What The Health – my thoughts

I watched “What The Health” last night on Netflix. Short answer is… I’m not a fan. The movie has a very obvious vegan agenda, which is fine… whatever.  I have nothing against vegans. But it turns a very complex subject (the question “what should we eat?”) into black and white, misses the entire concept of…

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Food Allergies – are IgG tests useful?

It is becoming increasingly common for children to develop a sensitivity to foods. What this means is that when they eat a certain food, their immune system overreacts to it triggering symptoms ranging from sleepiness to hyperactivity to skin rashes and tummy pain. Food sensitivities are tricky to tease out – reactions are varied and…

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The Resilient Family: Toxic Free Living With Alexis Reid

As part of the Resilient Family interview series Dr Alexis Reid and I sat town to talk about how to (and why to) avoid chemicals. The goal of these interviews is to give parents like you simple strategies to raise healthy kids naturally. It has never before been so important to avoid chemicals where and…

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My response to Children’s Mental Health Week

Last week was Children’s Mental Health Week in Ontario. Did you know? The intention was for there to be a flurry of “awareness” about the fact that our kids’ mental health needs to be a priority. True. It does.  Attention, focus, anxiety, depression, aggression, emotional outbursts… too many kids are struggling. But here’s the thing.…

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Top Tips For Holiday Recovery (video)

Easter just happened. In our home that means 4 days off school, visitors, late nights, too much sugar, more overall stimulation, lack of routine, dinners out…. so it’s not surprising that behaviour, energy and mood have been a little “off” in the days after. Holidays can bring on what I call “a stress storm”. In the 30 minute…

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The Gluten-Free/Casein Free Diet – Helpful or Hype? (video)

Gluten, dairy and behaviour – is there a link? Is this all hype? Or is there something to this diet strategy? Is it worth the trouble? I hear these questions all the time from parents so I want to give you some answers. I work mostly with families who are trying to help their kids…

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The Problem With Paleo

A Paleo-type diet is often recommended for myriad health issues including depression, ADHD, autism, chronic pain and autoimmune disease. The simplistic definition of this strategy is to remove grains, dairy and legumes and focus instead on meat, seafood, fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds. I find Paleo to be a very helpful starting point for children who are…

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What To Feed Your Family

What we feed our kids matters.  Perhaps the most impressive study to date on the influence of early child nutrition on health later in life looked at the diets of 23,000 mother/child pairs from pregnancy through to age five. Among this group, poor diet in early childhood was shown to increase rates of depressive thoughts, anxiety,…

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Top 6 Ways To Improve Digestion In Your Kids

In my book, Raising Resilience, I discuss Three Core Dietary Strategies to focus on if you want to improve the health of your kids. Taking steps to improve digestion is one of them. I picked “eat to improve digestion” as a core strategy because what goes on in the digestive system influences the entire body.…

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Why Focus On Resilience

The following is an excerpt from the forward of my book, Raising Resilience. Ready for your copy? Scroll down to the end of this post. We were living in a quiet log cabin in the woods—a safe haven of sorts— but still, too much of my energy was focused on worry. I worried about chemicals in…

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