Category Archives: Children

Don’t Like Dairy But Need Your Calcium? Eat These

Did you know only 10% of teen girls in the USA get enough calcium? That’s an astonishingly depressing stat from the American Academy of Pediatric’s fascinating position paper on calcium (available here for free). Let’s show that graph right now:

calcium intake children

This graph clearly shows a couple points:

  • Most infants are doing great with their calcium, thanks to breast and formula milks.
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“Leaves Of Three, Let Them Be” — Avoiding Poison Ivy and Oak

“Leaves of three, let them be.” Sounds familiar to many of us, yes? This quote refers to the dreaded poison oak and poison ivy, plants which line the hiking trails and woods of much of the world. To protect themselves from being eaten, these hardy weeds have developed a very effective defense: their shiny leaves are coated in an incredibly reactive oil which causes a severe local, swollen and weeping rash, which often burns but mostly is incredibly itchy.… Read the rest