15 Reasons to Breastfeed Your Baby (Including Two Newly Discovered, and MAJOR, Benefits You Likely Haven’t Heard Before)

28 Jan 2013
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Increasing breastfeeding rates in the United States is a national health goal that’s part of the Healthy People initiative. The goal is to have 75 percent of mothers breastfeed their babies initially, 50 percent after six months and 25 percent after one year. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least 12 months, while the World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or longer. For comparison’s sake, not even nearly a decade ago in 2005 while over 74 percent of infants born were breastfed initially, just 43 percent were still breastfeeding at 6 months and 21 percent at 1 year. Further, only 32 percent.

Four Common but Toxic Chemicals to Avoid During Pregnancy, Pre-Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

27 Jan 2013
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While it was once thought that fetuses in the womb were largely protected from environmental chemicals, it’s now known that a woman’s exposure while pregnant has the potential to harm the developing baby. Studies show that babies are exposed to hundreds of potentially toxic chemicals while in the womb. In fact, a study sponsored by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) tested the umbilical cord blood of 10 newborns and found that the samples contained an average of 200 chemicals … chemicals linked to cancer, brain damage, birth defects and more. “This is conclusive evidence that babies are being exposed to hundreds of industrial chemicals throughout pregnancy,” said Sonya Lunder, an.

“Shocking” Lack of Vitamin D in U.S. Kids

25 Jan 2013
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The majority of U.S. kids, about 70 percent in all, have low levels of vitamin D, according to data collected on more than 6,000 children ages 1-21. About 70 percent of U.S. kids have low levels of vitamin D, which may increase their risk of bone disease, heart disease, cancer and other illnesses. While too little vitamin D has long been linked to the bone disease rickets, researchers are finding that the vitamin impacts much more than just your bones, and low levels may increase the risk of heart disease, cancer and other illnesses later in life. The study, which was published in the journal Pediatrics, found that 9 percent,.

Six Cancer Screenings That Could Save Your Life

04 Jan 2013
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The American Cancer Society has estimated that 745,180 men and 692,000 women will have cancer this year in the United States. Of those cases, the most common are cancers of the skin, prostate cancer in men, breast and uterine-related cancers in women, lung, and colon and rectum — in both men and women. Simple cancer screenings, like having a doctor check your skin for signs of skin cancer (and doing the check yourself as well), can help you detect problems early on. Early detection of the disease followed by timely treatment increases the survival rates for people who suffer from cancer. There are a number of cancer screening tests that.