Empower your kids with a food supplement that is already proven and tested for over one hundred years

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The food supplement of my childhood.

If I had to recommend a food supplement that’s best for kids, then I wouldn’t hesitate telling anyone, especially the parents who only want the best for their kids, to try Scott’s Emulsion Cod Liver Oil. This is no sales talk but I’m speaking straight from the facts on a product I myself had used since time immemorial. I grew up taking this food supplement and it was just too good a food supplement can be.

I rarely got sick when I was a little child. I also did well in grade school (I was a consistent first honor pupil from grade one to grade five and a salutatorian in grade six.) I had a good memory, too. I could easily memorize songs, phrases from different books that I’ve been reading, faces, places, and people.

I may be just being gifted as a child, or just quicker to learn. I considered myself to be just average though. But there’s one thing I thought was contributing a lot to my physical health as well as to that of my brain. And that’s Scott’s Emulsion Cod Liver Oil I was taking as a child.

I could still recall how it tasted the first time I took it. I almost vomited as I couldn’t quite take the taste of it. But later on I liked it as it made me feel better. Good things don’t always taste better at first.

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My son tried to drink of what’s left with an empty bottle of Scott’s Emulsion Cod Liver Oil food supplement.

It was in a bottle with an engraving of a man with a fish on his back. The color of its content is milky white. It has become a part of my childhood.

There was a time when it was not available in the market. So I switched to taking other commercial food supplements. But a few years back, just when I’m already a dad for the first time, the food supplement of my childhood has made a huge comeback as it was already available in the local market and with a new flavor.

Scott’s Emulsion Cod Liver Oil is packed with vitamins A, D and calcium. It is also rich in phosphorus, and is a natural source of omega 3 fatty acids, EPA, and DHA. These nutrients help the body build its natural resistance to infections and also for brain health.

I am making sure my toddler, who would be turning four years old this coming August, gets only the best nutrients his body needs by giving him the natural food supplement of my childhood. What’s good news was that Scott’s Emulsion Cod Liver Oil now comes in a new orange flavor, making its taste agreeable to kids, or even adults. Of course, following the required dosage for a given age is very important as over dosage might result for one to experience some adverse effects.

Leukemia: Zooming in on the most common of pediatric cancers

Learn to detect leukemia early on
Leukemia is the most common of pediatric cancers.

Cancer has positioned itself on the second spot next only to cardiovascular disease when it comes to the most common cause of death, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With that factual statistics concerning cancer almost bagging top one position, should be enough to cause an alarm. It’s about time people should be informed about the most common of childhood cancers which is “leukemia.”

According to a 2009 article written by Jose Maria Rivera, M.D. and colleagues, published in Hematology/Oncology Clinics of North America, “one out of every three children with cancer is diagnosed with leukemia.” But what should parents be doing to give their kids with leukemia a fighting chance? Well, in my humble opinion, they must learn to detect leukemia early on. That’s one of the best things parents could do to start with. It is every parent’s duty, especially in an era when leukemia tops all other cancers in children, to learn about the said disease plaguing kids.

DEFECTIVE BONE MARROW OR BLOOD

Cancer of the bone marrow or blood is called leukemia. The signs and symptoms of this particular type of cancer could be reflected in the way different blood cells are working. The white blood cells, as what we’re told in Biology class at school, serve as the body’s army fighting infection; the red blood cells are responsible for transporting oxygen to the different parts of the body, while the platelets, on the other hand, help in blood clotting.

Leukemia should be looked upon as something that would manifest as an infection, bleeding, or anemia. One of the most common symptoms of leukemia is fever. But that is not just ordinary fever though. It is a febrile condition that does not just go away despite adequate treatment. So when a child has been treated with antibiotics several times but his fever keeps coming back, there’s a possibility of leukemia that must be considered.

There are other signs as well to consider aside from a recurring fever, and these are paleness, large abdomen, enlargement of lymph nodes, and bruising in covered areas. It is common for young children to get bruises most of the time, but those with leukemia usually are getting these on their extremities. A quick blood test is necessary to detect leukemia early on.

WHAT CAUSES LEUKEMIA

Genetic and other factors could make a child prone to leukemia. If there’s a strong history of cancer in the family, then there’s a great possibility for such genetic abnormalities to transfer from one generation to another. Another factor is exposure to radiation and chemicals. Yes, even the very drugs that are used to treat cancer—the chemotherapy drugs—could lead to leukemia.

HOW TO TREAT LEUKEMIA

Eradicating all leukemia cells via chemotherapy is the initial phase of treatment. The next phase is all about gearing towards preventing the disease from involving the nervous system. The third and last phase is aimed at prolonging the disease-free interval.

TYPES OF LEUKEMIA

Comprising a majority of cases in children is the acute leukemia. The most common type is acute lymphoblastic leukemia or ALL, which is responsible for about three-fourths of all cases. Then there’s acute myeloblastic leukemia or AML which covers twenty percent of childhood leukemia cases.

Chronic leukemia, on the other hand, is relatively uncommon. For instance, chronic myeloid leukemia or CML is responsible for only three percent of pediatric cases. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia occurs in kids two to five years of age, while acute myeloblastic is more common in newborns and adolescents.

Give your children more brain power by using iodized salt everyday

GIVE YOUR CHILD MORE BRAIN POWER
In one of his chess matches against a computer.

Contrary to what many people have thought and believed about iodized salt as something that contains healing properties, it is not a medicine. But, rather, it is just ordinary salt fortified with a micronutrient called “iodine.” And, as we know, iodine is very important and needed in preventing health problems arising from the lack of it.

Iodine deficiency disorders or IDDs are a serious problem. Millions of people all over the world, especially those coming from underdeveloped and developing countries, are suffering from IDDs. This is due to the fact these people are consuming foods that are low in iodine or they simply just couldn’t afford buying foods that are rich in this particular micronutrient.

Iodine deficiency disorders could result to a person’s having many a defect like mental retardation, low IQ, deaf and mute, and stunted growth. A pregnant woman who lacks iodine in her diet is in danger of having a miscarriage, and giving birth to an abnormal baby. Also a pregnant woman who has goiter is at risk of having a miscarriage, or of giving birth to an abnormal baby.

Mental and growth retardation affect your children for life. Serious lack of iodine could even lead to death in young children. In adults, however, this could result for their having a goiter and other abnormalities.

So using iodized salt every single day is of the utmost importance. Iodized salt is especially fortified to contain as much iodine which you and your family need, not to mention the fact that it is cheaper than other iodine supplements.

There is a great need to use salt fortified with iodine every single day; whether in the kitchen, your daily cooking, or on the dining table for flavoring your family’s meals and snacks. Foods that are high in iodine like seaweed, salt water fish, sea shells, and other sea foods must also be eaten regularly.

Why it is important for children to receive all the required vaccines for their age

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Nathaniel and his playmates.

According to the Centers for Disease Control or CDC, an estimated two million five hundred thousand deaths of children five years old and below were prevented by vaccines worldwide in the first decade of the twenty-first century. Immunization is the best preventive measure for people from contracting diseases and their complications. Many diseases of today are vaccine-preventable.

The World Health Organization (WHO) created the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) in the year nineteen seventy-six. One of its aims is to provide universal access to relevant vaccines for all at risk, by which to include adolescents, older children, and adults. The concept known as “immunization” really helped in the reduction of worldwide deaths due to communicable diseases.

 Actually, children are not the only ones to benefit a lot from vaccination. It must include, as well, adults (by which to include the elderly), adolescents, and even parents regardless of age. Necessary vaccines must be given to some adult people, especially such as those against the flu, HPV, Hepatitis B, Varicella, Influenza, MMR, DPT, and Pneumococcal disease due to the fact that these diseases could affect anyone.

For those who still had no idea what it’s all about and how does it work, well, here’s a brief review. There are two types of vaccines: the live attenuated and the inactivated. Live attenuated vaccines are actually live bacteria or viruses that are modified or weakened so as to trigger an immune response similar to being infected by the real organism. While the inactivated vaccine, on the other hand, is one that undergoes chemical or thermal exposure so as to aid in deriving components needed to cause an immune response in the person being injected with it.

It is not advisable to inject live attenuated vaccines to individuals whose immune systems are weak as this may only make the situation worse. But they are advised to receive the inactivated version, instead. Although it is not as potent as the live vaccine, periodic administration or booster shots are needed so as to provide long-lasting immunity.

When vaccines are first introduced, millions have been spared from contagious diseases. Yet there are still quite a many of those who were not convinced of the cost-effectiveness of this type of prevention in contrast to how much one would actually be spending when getting treated for the disease. If people still are not convinced of the importance of preventive measures (also known by such a term as “prophylaxis”), then maybe they must consider studying how communicable diseases were affecting millions worldwide as compared when vaccines were already available.

In a world without vaccines, devastating outbreaks of small pox, polio and measles were common occurrences leading to deaths the world over, causing pandemics in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Scientists worked hard in finding ways to actually prevent these deadly diseases. Yet only the small pox vaccine was developed during the eighteenth century. It was not until the later part of the 1900s that the first-ever vaccine laboratory was built. It was during that particular time also that more virus-caused diseases emerged.

Here’s a list of vaccines recommended in the EPI based on the child’s age:

When it should be given? What vaccines should be given? How many doses should be given?
Birth to before two weeks of age Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) One dose
  Hepatitis B First dose
Four weeks to six months of age Hepatitis B Second and third doses, at least four weeks apart
  DPT (Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus) Firs dose: two months

Second dose: four months

Third dose: six months

  Oral Polio Vaccine/Inactivated Polio Vaccine First dose: six to eight weeks

Second dose: four months

Third dose: six to eighteen months

  Haemophilus influenzae B (Hib) First dose: two months

Second dose: four months

Third dose: six months

  Pneumococcal vaccine (PCV) First dose: two months

Second dose: four months

Third dose: six months

  Rotavirus vaccine Number of doses depends on types of vaccine but should be given between two to six months.
  Influenza vaccine Given yearly starting six months onwards
Nine months Measles First dose: nine months

Second dose: fifteen to eighteen months

Twelve months onwards Hepatitis A Two doses at twelve to twenty three months, six to eighteen months apart
  DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus) Booster doses at fifteen to eighteen weeks and four to six years
  Varicella (Chicken pox) First dose: twelve to fifteen months

Second dose: four to six years

  Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) First dose: twelve to forty-seven months

Second dose: fifteen months to twelve years

  Tetanus vaccine Booster dose should be given every ten years or five years if at high risk
  Typhoid vaccine First dose: two years old

Booster every two to three years

  Meningococcal vaccine Given at least two years old for those at high risk
  Human Papilloma Virus vaccine First dose at eleven to twelve years old, with next two doses after one to two months and six months after the first dose.
  Rabies vaccine Should be given in areas with high incidence of rabies at zero, seven, twenty-one, and twenty-eight days.