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Experts are discovering that obesity can begin even before children enter elementary school. A recent study found that bottle feeding can actually contribute to obesity in children. According to the study “the prevalence of obesity at 5.5 years was 22.9% in children who at 24 months were using a bottle and was 16.1% in children who were not.”

Breastfeeding is considered to be the best choice for children’s health on all levels. According to the American Dietetic Association:

“Breastfeeding is associated with a reduced risk of otitis media, gastroenteritis, respiratory illness, sudden infant death syndrome, necrotizing enterocolitis (death of intestinal tissue), obesity, and hypertension. Breastfeeding is also associated with improved maternal outcomes, including a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, and postpartum depression.”

In addition, mothers who breastfeed their also reduce their risk of vascular changes associated with future cardiovascular disease compared to those mothers who do not breast feed for at least three months.

If bottle feeding is required, it should not go beyond 12 – 14 months. After that point, it is considered prolonged us and may contribute the child being overweight or obese. Children who continue to use a bottle often consume larger amounts of calories than they need. Prolonged bottle use is also suspected as a cause of both iron deficiency and “baby bottle tooth decay.” Children who are given a bottle at night are particularly liable to develop baby bottle tooth decay.

Parents are encouraged to breast feed exclusively if at all possible and only use a bottle when necessary.

According to a report released by the National Center for Health Statistics, approximately one out of every 10 Americans over the age of 12 is taking antidepressants. Women are more than two and a half times more likely to be taking antidepressants than men, with a third of those women taking the antidepressants for 2 – 5 years.

A recent study found that expectant mothers who take antidepressants within the year before their babies are born increase the likelihood that their babies will be born with Autism. The study found that the risk of their babies being born autistic more than doubled for mothers who took antidepressants within a year of birth. For those mothers who took antidepressants during their first trimester of pregnancy, their babies were almost four times more likely to be born autistic than babies born from mothers not taking antidepressants.

These findings are in addition to an earlier study that found that taking just one prescription of antidepressants increased the risk of a spontaneous abortion. Depending on the drug or drugs taken, the risk of spontaneous abortion increased between 68% and 251%.

Sadly, in the United States, approximately one out of eleven women of child-bearing age are currently taking antidepressants. And while all drugs have side effects, these are side effects are especially significant. Women who are considering pregnancy should be cautioned to strongly consider discontinuing the use of antidepressants and all other drugs several months if not longer before they intend to become pregnant.

August 06, 2012
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What most affects your personal energy level?

The Meal

Food affects our energy on many different levels. Don’t eat enough and you’ll feel tired; eat too much and you’ll feel sluggish. The types of foods are also key; even a small meal that’s sugar- or fat-heavy will weigh you down (literally and figuratively), while the same portion size bursting with complex carbs, lean protein and vital nutrients will provide you with fuel for the entire day.

The Couch

People who don’t exercise consistently may claim that it would only “wear them out”; people committed to consistent exercise recognize that while the workout itself may leave them exhausted, their energy levels actually soar over the long term. That’s because movement is life, and the more you move, work your muscles, and build strength and vigor, the more energy you have.

The World

Stress is like a siphon draining gas from your car’s tank; sooner than later, you’re running on empty. When the weight of the world is on your shoulders, your body shuts down. Chronic stress can affect virtually every organ system, putting a tremendous strain on your body. Even your immune system can be affected, increasing your risk of getting sick. And when you’re sick, you’re usually tired.

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