Six Food Mistakes Parents Make

Here’s a look at six common mistakes parents make when feeding their children.

1. Sending Children Out of the Kitchen

It is understandable that parents don’t want children close to hot stoves, boiling water and sharp knives. But studies suggest that involving children in meal preparation is an important first step in getting them to try new foods.

2. Pressuring Them to Take a Bite

Demanding that a child eat at least one bite of everything is likely to backfire. Studies show that children react negatively when parents pressure them to eat foods, even if the pressure offers a reward.

3. Keeping “Good Stuff” Out of Reach

Parents worry that children will binge on treats, so they often put them out of sight or on a high shelf. But a large body of research shows that if a parent restricts a food, children just want it more.

4. Dieting in Front of Your Children

Kids are tuned into their parents’ eating preferences and are far more likely to try foods if they see their mother or father eating them. Parents who are trying to lose weight should be aware of how their dieting habits can influence a child’s perceptions about food and healthful eating.

5. Serving Boring Vegetables

Calorie-counting parents often serve plain steamed vegetables, so it’s no wonder children are reluctant to eat them. Nutritionists say parents shouldn’t be afraid to dress up the vegetables.

6. Giving Up Too Soon

Eating preferences often change. Parents should keep preparing a variety of healthful foods and putting them on the table, even if a child refuses to take a bite. In young children, it may take 10 or more attempts over several months to introduce a food.

New York Times September 14, 2008

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COPD (Respiratory Disease)

Some 600,000 people in the UK are known to have COPD and it is the sixth most common cause of death in England and Wales, killing more than 30,000 people a year.

Despite this, many people are still unaware of this lung disease.

Introduction of COPD

What is COPD?

COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, which is a term that covers a number of lung conditions including chronic bronchitis (inflammation of the airways) and emphysema (damaged air sacs).


As the name suggests, the main problem is airway obstruction. In COPD, the lung airways are damaged and narrowed, which makes it harder for air to get in and out.

What causes it?

COPD is generally a smokers’ disease. The lung damaged caused by smoking increases with duration of smoking.

Most people who develop COPD have been a smoker for many years and are aged 40 or older.

Air pollution and certain occupations, such as coal mining, may also play a part, but it is rare for a non-smoker to develop COPD.

What are the symptoms?

Cough (sometimes called a “smoker’s cough“), phlegm/sputum production and shortness of breath.

In mild cases, these symptoms may only appear occasionally – in the winter for example.

As the disease progresses the symptoms become much worse.

A person with severe COPD may become so breathless that they are no longer able to carry out normal daily activities such as walking.

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What is the outlook?

There is no cure for COPD. Once the damage is done to the lungs it cannot be reversed.

Stopping smoking will greatly help improve the symptoms and stop the disease from progressing further.

It is never too late to stop smoking and it will benefit even those with advanced COPD.

Keeping fit and healthy by taking regular exercise and maintaining a health weight can also help.

People with chronic lung diseases are also advised to have an annual flu jab.

Severe COPD is extremely debilitating. As the lungs become more damaged, too little oxygen gets into the bloodstream and this lead to other health problems such as heart failure.

There are therapies that can help at all stages of the disease.

How can it be treated?

Bronchodilator medications, usually given via an inhaler, help open up the airways and make it easier for the person to breathe.

People with COPD often have flare-ups of their condition.

When this happens, or as the disease becomes more severe, steroid medication may be required to help reduce the airway inflammation.

Some may require hospitalisation and intensive treatment with oxygen and antibiotics if they develop a chest infection, for example.

Other medicines, called mucolytics, make the sputum less thick and easier to cough up.

When COPD is severe, portable oxygen may need to be used every day to help with the breathlessness.

Various cylinders are available and they can be used in the home for the long term.

Breathing exercise lessons, or pulmonary rehabilitation, are available at some hospitals.

These teach a person how to improve their exercise performance to maintain quality of life.

Regular yoga exercise with Pranayama (breathing exercise) under the guideline of some expert is the best way to get gradual & permanent  relief from COPD.

.Disclaimer: This information is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advise or help. It is always best to consult with a Physician about serious health concerns. This information is in no way intended to diagnose or prescribe remedies.This is purely for educational purpose

Sources: BBC NEWS:14th.March. ’06

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A study of 1,449 men who reported having migraines found that they had a significant 24 percent increased risk of major cardiovascular disease and a 42 percent increased risk of heart attack. It’s not clear exactly why migraines affect the cardiovascular system, but studies of women with migraines have shown a similar increased risk of cardiovascular problems. Researchers from Harvard Medical School say that people with migraines should be aware of all their potential risk factors for heart disease, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity, and try to reduce them as much as possible. These findings were presented this week at the 2006 American Heart Association Meeting in Chicago.

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