Feb/Mar 2015

House Call

At-Home Massage

A good massage relaxes tight muscles, relieves tension and boosts circulation. Combine massage with natural oil and pleasant fragrance and the experience is delightfully enhanced. Today, different types of massage are practiced around the world. Basic techniques can be mastered by anyone. Massages are a romantic activity for couples and they make a lovely Valentine’s Day activity. Here are a few simple tips:   More...

Research Roundup: Nannies and Food Allergy & More

Almost all nannies who took part in an online survey about food allergy recognized the condition as potentially life-threatening. However, only 58 percent of nannies who cared for food-allergic children had self-injectable epinephrine with them at all times and 46 percent felt uncomfortable using epinephrine in an emergency. In addition, 30 percent of nannies thought it was acceptable to pick an allergen out of a prepared meal before giving it to an allergic child and 19 percent didn’t always wash their hands after touching food allergens.   More...

All About Zinc

“Well, he’s low in zinc,” the doctor said as he thumbed through the overstuffed binder holding my son’s medical records. I had consulted this doctor, known as a medical detective, for help with my son’s numerous health issues—food allergies, developmental delays, slow growth, picky eating and more. “His zinc level definitely needs to be corrected first thing,” he said. It turned out that both my children were deficient in zinc, a trace mineral critical for healthy growth and development, skin integrity, attention, immunity and appetite. “There’s a clear link between low zinc levels and growth hormone deficiency,” the doctor added, touching on one of the problems my too-small-for-her-age daughter had been struggling with for years.   More...