Hand Sanitizer May Not Be as Handy as You Think

COVID-19 is not the world’s first pandemic, and it won’t be the last.

Remember the old days when we used to eat birthday cake after someone carefully blew all over it, releasing spit shrapnel and hot air in an effort to extinguish birthday candles? How about when the world didn’t look like a sea of ninja impersonators, with floral patterns and color-coated masks, and everyone didn’t apply hand sanitizer as often as they breathe?

The landscape in which we live is not the same as it was one year ago. Whether you are diving headfirst into every COVID-19 precaution available or resistant, there is no denying that both personal and professional spheres have been coronavirus-fied, dripping with temperature checks and symptom-watchers on high alert.

Antibacterial or Anti-Immune System?

Triclosan is an antimicrobial ingredient. It “is one of the most commonly used ingredients to kill off bacteria and fungus in the US.” It’s “found in clothing, kitchenware, furniture, toys, medical devices, antibacterial soaps and body washes, deodorants, acne medications, mouthwashes, toothpastes, wound infection solutions, and cosmetics. Triclosan is found in 75 percent of liquid hand soaps.”

As antibacterial products fly off the shelf faster than the Cabbage Patch dolls of 1983,

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Iodine or Bust!

“Over 90% of the U.S. population is iodine deficient,” according to recent FDA publications. You may be thinking, “I can’t even pronounce iodine, so why do I care?” But the truth is you should care a great deal.

PSA: The body does not produce iodine, & that’s a problem

The body does not produce iodine, which means iodine must be part of your diet. This essential mineral helps make thyroid hormones, which are hormones that control the body’s metabolism and other vital functions.

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Brush the Teeth You Want to Keep ~ Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss uses humor to hit home an incredibly important point: Once baby teeth fall out and permanent teeth pop up, you don’t get another shot at growing more teeth.

The Importance of Your Pearly Whites

As DentalHealth.org points out, teeth help us:

  • Chew and digest food
  • Talk and speak clearly
  • Give our face its shape
  • Boost our confidence, which affects our social lives, careers, and relationships
  • Live longer
    • “Research has found that the number of teeth we have is strongly linked to how long we live.

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Children & Anxiety: The Unwanted & Heartbreaking Duo

Anxiety.

This seven-letter word is one of the most unsuspecting destroyers of confidence, self-esteem, and overall self out there. As the CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, points out, there are several different types of anxiety disorders commonly found among children:

  • Separation anxiety: being afraid when away from parents
  • Phobias: having extreme fear about a specific thing or situation, such as dogs, insects, or going to the doctor
  • Social anxiety: Being very afraid of school or other places where there are people
  • General anxiety: Being worried about the future and about bad things happening
  • Panic disorder: Having retreated episodes of sudden,

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Superfoods: Worthy of their cape or unworthy of their hype?

The comic book opens with the masked crusader. Her cape flaps behind her, thanks to the wind she creates with her own forward momentum. She’s focused. Her mission is to protect not just life in general but the quality of one’s life too. No, she’s not someone who endured a fateful bite with a radioactive spider, like Spider-Man, nor is she a Kung Fu master, like Bruce Lee. 

She is a superfood.

What are superfoods?

Medical News Today defines superfoods as “foods that offer maximum nutritional benefits for minimal calories.

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Losing a Child: The Loss, The Surrender, & Tips to Help

You become the best actress possible.

The Oscar.
The Emmy.
The Golden Globe.

All the awards go to you when you are forced to survive the death of your child.

The Loss

A child’s last heartbeat triggers the deformation of their parents’ hearts.

To lose a child is to lose a piece of yourself forever. The realization that everything– from your morning cup of coffee to your marriage to every relationship and experience in your life–

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Pets: Children’s Saving Grace Both During & After COVID-19

“The researchers found that parents in dog-owning families were 30 percent less likely to report conduct and peer problems with their toddlers in comparison to families that don’t own dogs.”~ Concerned About Your Kid’s Social Development? Getting a Dog Can Help

“Researchers evaluated 643 children for signs of anxiety. They found that only 12 percent of kids who have dogs met the clinical criteria that would prompt health care professionals to further screen for anxiety… Being with dogs can lower levels of cortisol (which is associated with stress),

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Emojis, Mood Swings, & You

Have you ever looked at your frequently used emojis list on your cell phone after you’ve let a young child text emojis to someone? After the grinning and proud child hands back your phone, the emojis in the frequently used list vary from pizza to unicorns to high-heeled shoes to dinosaurs to countless other images that seem to have zero connection to each other. This is a visualization for sudden mood swings, which PsychCentral defines as “a noticeable change in one’s mood or emotional state.”

Combating Mood Changes

Unlike the jump from pizza to unicorns to high-heeled shoes to dinosaurs in the above analogy that make the child giddy with happiness,

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THE BATTLE OF THE BOWEL Spoiler: Aging is the Underdog

“The first thing to understand is that what goes in is supposed to come out- albeit in a very different form and with some nutrients missing. We eat and drink to sustain our bodies and after the digestive system extracts the necessary ingredients from our ingestion, the wastes are excreted as liquids in urine and solids in feces.”~ Medical University of South Carolina

The above quote is a perfect segway into a conversation about bowel movements and aging. Although it would be nice for bowel movements to treat us with the same consistency and gentleness as they did in our younger years,

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You’re Never Too Old to Hear “Go to Bed!”

She’s exhausted.

After a school day of dodging gossip and stressing about tests and her reflection in the bathroom mirror, she enters an afternoon and evening of merry-go-round extracurriculars and an eat-when-you-can dinner. With the little energy she has left, she crawls into bed and hoovers her phone within a few inches of her face, the light from her tiny screen illuminating her bedroom and pulling her into a hypnotic social media-induced trance. Within seconds, she falls into the social media dark hole,

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