Possible New Autism Diagnosis..An expert panel appointed by the American Psychiatric Association is looking to re-define how to categorize Autism. Some of the proposed changes would lead to a drastically reduced rate of diagnosis, which “may make it harder for many people who would no longer meet the criteria to get health, educational and social services”. In particular, many diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (in which many patients display similar social deficits as those with Autism) would no longer qualify under the new Autism rules. Read more on this. Continue reading
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Factual Fridays – Friday, March 4, 2011
Part 1: Add One New Color to Your Plate Every Week
Eat Right With Color. That is this year’s theme for National Nutrition Month. Over the month of March I’ll share some of my favorite tips that help make small changes in the colors of your plate that can lead to BIG benefits. This week’s post includes tips that can help you add one new color to your plate per week this month (that’s 4 extra servings of fruits and vegetables if you start this weekend!).
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Factual Fridays – Friday, February 25, 2011
Everyone can eat healthy on a budget. Don’t believe me? Here are tips and tricks from some of the best.
An Oxymoron or The Way of the Future? Food Stamps and Organic Foods
I was inspired this week by Jenni Grayson’s incredible article of practical tips for eating organic on food stamps in the Huffington Post . It is one of my favorite articles ever written on the subject of healthy eating on a budget. Food stamps – called SNAP nationally and CalFresh in California – has become a reality for more people as times get financially more difficult across the country. While programs like FSNEP publish healthy eating education materials on a regular basis, Jenni’s tips reign supreme for me. I highly recommend that you click through each of the links she includes. Each and every one is unique, useful, and a money saver! Here’s a rundown with a few of my own links:
- Cook at home as much as possible. Yes, you can do it!
- Use more dried beans and make meat a condiment.
- Ignore name brands, choose whole foods, and search those bulk bins.
- Purchase the Clean 15 foods that may not need to be organic (or make an effort to stick to the top of this list.
- Stretch your food dollars at a farmer’s market. Find one at Simple Steps or Local Harvest.
- Stick to the classics for budget friendly meals.
Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! Let’s take a look at the health news for the last two weeks.
1) A law that would have required stores that carry cigarettes to put up posters of diseased lungs and brains was rejected on Wednesday. The judge ruled that the move would have violated federal law, since only the federal government is allowed to regulate cigarette warnings.
2)The world’s first organ donor has passed away this week. Ronald Lee Harrick donated a kidney to his twin brother in 1954, giving his brother an extra 8 years of life. This was the first successful organ transplant in the world, which revolutionized an entire line of treatment. The doctor, Joseph Murray, received a Nobel Prize for his work.
3)A recent analysis of tap water in 31 cities has shown a possible carcinogen is present. Called hexavalent chromium, it has been shown to cause cancer in lab animals. Though the federal government has not yet set a limit for the maximum allowed amount of hexavalent chromium, a decision is in the works.