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Mental Illness in Children and Teens

Diagnosing Mental Illness in Children & Teens

Mental Illness in Children and Teens

Mental disorders are often hard to diagnose in children and teenagers, especially when the signs are not as severe. Many mental disorders are not treated.

According to a study done by the National Institute of Mental Health, NIMH, roughly 20 percent of U.S. youth will be affected by a mental illness during their lifetime. Mental disorders range in severity and may affect the individual only slightly or may be so extreme it can lead to devastating consequences.

 

Mental Illness in Children and Teens.

 

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Natural & Organic Health Products: What You Need to Know

ImageWondering what all the hype is about? You are not alone!

What are Natural & Organic Health Products anyways?

Well, if you are like most consumers, you are now paying a bit more attention to ‘safe’ and ‘green’ products for healthy living.

If you are also like most consumers you are confused as heck as to what a healthy natural product is anyways!

Let’s face it, the ingredients on the labels today are so crazy, it’s hard to tell what is a synthetic man-made chemical and which ones are long names for essential oils and plant essences!

Natural vs Organic: Is there a difference?

Sure, Organic ingredients are those that have not come into contact with pesticides or other harmful, toxic ingredients during their processing. Natural Ingredients, well, these are debatable. Natural can mean “exists in nature“, or natural as in “no additives“.

Companies use these words all the time and interchange them as they see fit.

Are Natural Products Safer?

That depends really. What are the ingredients? Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is natural, derived from natural plant sources that is, but it’s highly irritating and toxic to skin and eyes. Also, what other ingredients are included in the product? It’s great to have a “natural” shampoo with some essential oils but if you have a bunch of other toxic ingredients in there, it’s not really safe is it?

Are Organic Products Safer?

Same things as above. If a product says “Made with Organic Ingredients” or “Contains Organic Plant Essences” it means nothing! It needs to be certified organic and even then you need to check. Often you will find some organic ingredients mixed in with non-organic. Crazy stuff!

Finding Safe and Non-Toxic Products

Not easy! Even your local health and wellness store (big and small) will often carry products they ‘think’ are safe, but really, they still contain some of the toxic ingredients. The most common in something like fragrance. I can’t tell you how many stores I visit that offer brands I know are bad, but the owners don’t know any different (Or they do and don’t care, not sure on this one!)

I’ve been accused before of jumping on the ‘green’ wagon and that because I sell my products for profit I am just fear-mongering without any scientific evidence. (Yes, you all know who are you our there!)  🙂   The truth is, I believe in both arguments. I do believe some advocate groups go a bit far to prove their point and don’t always use valid points. However, I believe even more that the government really sucks at doing their job protecting consumers and is totally incapable and unwilling to do what needs to be done.

Look at companies like P&G that make so many products. Why do they care if their food products contains additives and food colorings that may lead to behavioral disorders in children? They manufacture Concerta, a very popular ADHD drug prescribed to children or any children who ‘seem to have ADHD’ today. What’s the big deal for these big companies? Their products cause reactions and they have more products to be the solution!

I can see their little hamsters running now:

“Oh, our body and face bar contains ingredients that dry out your skin and make you develop atopic dermatitis (eczema)?  No worries, just use our over-the-counter cream to treat your eczema.”

Or how about:

“Interesting, these food colors make these kids active crazy hyper and lose their focus in school. Many teachers think the kids are ADHD and are telling parents to just get them on drugs. So now they take anti-psychotic drugs that do only gosh knows what to their development and if they develop side effects or long term problems, well, we’ve got drugs for that too! Keep the money coming!”

Interesting!

Finding Natural and Organic Stores you Can Trust

They do exist! You may have to look hard and likely they don’t make too many products in really large quantities, but there are manufacturers out there you can trust. Be careful too though, many ‘natural’ companies can take advantage of this whole ‘green fear-mongering’ and offer you products that aren’t really that safe either or tested to be safe!

Look around, check out a company’s profile and social media pages like facebook, twitter, etc. What do their customers say? Do they promote other related companies, letting you know that they really do stand behind their mission statement? Are their prices super high (or insanely low?) Do they offer any sketchy products mixed in with ones that you know are good?

I could just say shop with NaturaleGREEN but I don’t need to do that! As a consumer you have find companies you can trust and also learn how to read labels so that shopping isn’t as scary as it is now. There are other companies like ours though, that are dedicated to providing safer products for consumers. We are always here though if you have questions and want to learn more about chemicals to avoid. Feel free to drop by our site at shopNaturaleGREENonline.ca where you can browse products that have already met our criteria and also read hundreds of articles to help you gain a better understanding of Natural vs. Organic vs. Safe vs. Not!

 

 

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Native Remedies Mindsoothe for Mood Swings & Depression

Native Remedies Mindsoothe for Mood Swings & Depression

If you have a teenager you probably know what it’s like to deal with their ups and downs. Not their fault mind you, their hormonal levels are changing and it is one crazy roller coaster ride! But, we’ve all been there before and sure, we got through it. However, you can make it easier on your kids and help their bodies balance out more!

Native Remedies Mindsoothe Capsules

Capsules for Mindsoothe Highly advertised to help those with ADHD and ADD, Mindsoothe is a natural herbal combination designed to promote calm mood and balance mood swings. It is not only for ADHD or ADD mind you. Anyone who suffers from ups and down can use Mindsoothe, provided you don’t already  take anti-depressants.

Safe and non-addictive, these easy to take capsules can help balance hormonal levels and keep your mood swings at bay, helping you get back to a normal and healthy life!

Where to Buy Native Remedies Mindsoothe: Canada & USA

You can buy Mindsoothe capsules at Natural e GREEN’s store here……With a satisfaction guarantee, you can certainly take advantage of their Buy 2 Get 1 FREE deal and this week it’s on sale too! (SWEET!)  For kids 12 and under use Mindsoothe Jr which are drops you add to juice or water. For teenagers and adults over the age of 12, use Mindsoothe Capsules.

If depression is on-going please speak with your doctor to ensure there are no other medical conditions present. Many people hide their depression and downplay it so please seek medical attention if your (or someone else’s) depression is getting in the way of normal day to day activities.

 

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Native Remedies in Canada Helps ADHD Kids Focus

Native Remedies in Canada Helps ADHD Kids Focus

September 27, 2011 – It’s back to school time and many parents are noticing their kids are having problems focusing in school. Getting back into the routine can be difficult but even more so if your child has ADHD/ADD, otherwise known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Native Remedies is available in Canada and can help your child focus and concentrate.

Helping ADHD/ADD Focus in School

Focus Formula in Canada for adults and kids

It is hard for children with ADHD/ADD to sit quietly in class and focus on their schoolwork. Sometimes they have extra energy that gets in the way of their concentration. Other times they just have too much going on in their heads and they just can’t concentrate.

Native Remedies is a herbal supplement that is designed to help children with ADHD/ADD to focus and pay attention in school. The formulas are safe and non-addictive with no side effects, how’s that for alternatives to pharmaceutical medications?

Focus Formula in Canada

Focus formula is very popular and designed for both kids and adults (Focus Addult for adults). Simply add the instructed amount to water or juice and drink 2-3 times a day. It is designed to help sharpen focus and attention.

Native Remedies Focus Formula can be used in combination with Brightspark and Mindsoothe products.

Brightspark in Canada

Brightspark herbal supplements for ADHD ADD

Designed to take away some of the extra energy that causes disruption and impulsive behavior,

Brightspark comes in the form of small white tablets that dissolve under the tongue. FDA approved and non-addictive, these tasteless pills are taken 3 times a day.

Native Remedies’ Brightspark can be used in combination with Focus and Mindsoothe products.

Mindsoothe Jr and Regular in Canada

Native Remedies also makes another popular herbal supplement for ADHD/ADD children. Mindsoothe Jr are drops that are added to water or juice (like the Focus Formula) and the Mindsoothe caplets are for ages 12 and up.

Mindsoothe is designed to help balance the mood and prevent outbursts and feelings of frustration. It can not be used if your child or the individual is taking anti-depressants. Mindsoothe Jr contains St. John Wort which is a natural herb designed to combat depression.

Where to Buy Native Remedies Focus, Brightspark and Mindsoothe in Canada

Store: shopNaturaleGREENonline.ca

Customers can order products online from Natural e GREEN. Natural e GREEN is located in Alberta, Canada and has quick shipping times. Customers can contact Natural e GREEN with any questions they have and are still encouraged to speak with their doctor or pharmacist if their children are currently taking other drugs.

 

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New Study Finds ADHD Genes Linked to Autism and Neuropathic Disorders

August 13, 2011 – Medical News Today reported that a new study, led by The Hospital For Sick Children and the University of Toronto have made a very interesting discovery in the neurological field. The study has uncovered more genes in ADHD and an overlap in some of those genes. The study, published in the online edition of Science Translational Medicine, also links susceptibility of Autism and other neurological disorders.

Genes Identified in Neurological Disorders: ADHD and Autism

Led by Dr. Russell Schachar and Dr. Stephen Scherer, the study examined the DNA patients who have ADHD. The study looked for copy number variants (CNVs) which are insertions or deletions that affect the genes. In three cases, CNVs were found in the child’s genes but not in their parent’s genes, showing the mutation to be specific to the child only. ADHD is believed to be a hereditary condition.

In previous studies, certain genes had been identified in other neuropsychiatric conditions including autism spectrum disorder or ASD. Of 349 children, nine tested positive for ASD and also carried CNVs related to ADHD and related disorders.

Gene Identification Helps to Diagnose ADHD, Autsim

While concrete testing for neurological disorders such as ADHD are still not 100% proven, the gene identification gets scientists one step closer to being able to understand ADHD and other mental disorders.

Dr. Schachar reports that people react in different ways and each case is quite unique. Many people who have ADHD also display other conditions such as, but not limited to, anxiety, mood, language or conduct disorders. It’s also noted that 75 percent of individuals who have ASD also have deficits in their attention and/or display hyperactivity.

What is ADHD and ASD

ADHD is the abbreviation for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and affects four percent of school-age children worldwide. Symptoms of ADHD are hyperactivity, impulsiveness and lack of attention. It often leads to learning difficulties, problems with social skills and mood disorders.

ASD, also known as autism spectrum disorder, affects approximately one in 100 children across North America and causes problems with communication, behavior and social concepts.

As with many disorders of the brain, there are currently no concrete tests to diagnosis conditions like ADHD and physicians rely on perception of behavior in various settings. Many factors must be ruled out first such as eye or ear problems and all results may not be completely un-biased.

Todd Elder, of Michigan State University, published a study in 2010, linking rates of ADHD diagnosis with children who were the youngest in their classroom. He noted that up to 60 percent of children who were the youngest in their grade level, were more likely to be diagnosed as ADHD, simply because they were younger then their peers. This equates to the possibility of nearly 1 million US children being misdiagnosed with ADHD and between $320 million to $500 million being spent on unnecessary use of medications to treat the disorder.

Since current diagnosis of the disorder relies on teachers and caregivers evaluating the patient based on observation, it is very likely that a five year old will be perceived to be more hyperactive and immature than their six year old peers. Elder’s study has led many parents and educators to only allowing a child to enter kindergarten if he or she has reached the age of five on the actual start date of school and if they have not yet turned five, they are recommended now to wait another year before entering the school system.

This new study will increase the chances of properly diagnosing conditions such as ADHD and stop unnecessarily medicating children who do not need powerful stimulant medications.

 

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Dangers of ADHD Drugs and Anti-Depressants: Child Suicide

June14, 2010 – Harry Hucknall was 10 years old when he took his own life. Diagnosed as having ADHD and prescribed both Ritalin and Prozac, Harry had mentioned feelings of unwell and did not appear to be happy. Tests have revealed he had higher doses than a normal adult would have had for the same problems. Harry was not alone, hundreds of children have died from drug-related deaths, ADHD drugs that is.

What ADHD or ADD Is and Why It Needs Treatment

ADHD or ADD is a condition that stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The main difference between ADHD and ADD is the hyperactivity component. For the sake of simplicity, we will refer to the condition as ADHD.

Children with ADHD have trouble focusing and concentrating. They don’t always follow instructions, forget things quickly, have a hard time socially with peers and often can’t sit still for long periods of time. It is hard to make an ADHD diagnosis until the child is school-age, that is, one he is in a structured classroom setting. Drug guidelines are set to not be administered to any child under the age of six, because before then, it is quite impossible to tell if the child has ADHD or not.

Many pharmaceutical drugs have been created to treat ADHD, though the safety and effectiveness of these drugs is really not yet proven. The only drug that has been around long enough to understand long-term effects is Ritalin and it has been proven to be dangerous and lead to addiction tendencies. However, most doctors and educators push to treat these children with mind-altering drugs so they fit into the norm. Often, more than one drug is prescribed and children end up on a “cocktail” of drugs.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe ADHD does need treatment – but not with mind-altering drugs that have known side effects and unknown long-term health hazards. I am a mother of an ADHD child and have been though it all. I understand the frustrations and trials. I know parents want their children to behave and to do well in school, but pharmaceutical medications, especially ONLY pharmaceutical medications, are not the answer. You need behavioral techniques to be applied and must understand how your child thinks to help her discover the tools she’ll need to succeed in life.

Children Dying From ADHD Drug Treatments

Doctors often don’t disclose the dangers of ADHD drugs. They may mention some “common” side effects such as problems sleeping, loss of weight, loss of appetite and irritability but rarely do they mention the “other” side effects.

Did you know – many ADHD drugs can cause:

  • Depression
  • Suicidal Thoughts and Tendencies
  • Heart Attacks

Doctors rarely make sure parents know about these side effects and understand the risks their children are taking when they go with this ADHD treatment. In my personal opinion, I think all parents should have to sign a waiver of sort, that outlines the drug(s) their children will take and ALL the side effects (common or not). It needs to be 100% certain that parents realize how serious these drugs are – they are not vitamins and just because millions of kids take them each day, does not mean they are safe.

Diagnosing ADHD in Children

So how is ADHD diagnosed? It is a term that was invented 50 years ago and covered a variety of symptoms. There is no concrete or absolute test for ADHD. Basically, to diagnose ADHD parents and educators will be asked to ‘evaluate’ the child on their behavior and especially compared to their peers. A psychiatrist will then evaluate the results, compare them to peer levels and decide whether or not your child is ‘up to par‘.

A study, done by Todd Elder, indicated that nearly one million children in the U.S may be misdiagnosed with ADHD based on this method of ADHD testing. The reasoning behind it deals with children who are the youngest of the classroom. In some cases, children who enter kindergarten when they are four (typically those that have birthdays at the end of year) will be almost one year younger than their peers. Developmentally, they will always be more immature than their peers and when evaluated in comparison to them, they will be seen as “not equal.” (Well no kidding! One year is a big difference when it comes to children.)

Dangers of ADHD Drug Treatments and Children That Have Died

The next couple of paragraphs will be sad and readers are warned of the fact.

Adrian David Wade - Suicide: Strattera

Taken from the page of National Alliance Against Mandated Mental Health Screening and Psychiatric Drugging of Children, the following children have died from being on ADHD drugs:

  • Stephanie Hall – 11 years old. Ritalin.
  • Louise Dunkle – 10 years old. Desipramine.
  • Matthew Smith – 14 years old. Ritalin.
  • Adrian David Wade – 12 years old. Strattera. (Suicide).
  • Leanne Bessner – 15 years old. Concerta.(Suicide).
  • Macauley Showalter – 7 years old. Ritalin and 3 other psychiatric drugs.
  • Randy Steel – 9 years old. Dexedrine and other drugs.
  • Cameron Pettus – 12 years old. Desipramine.
  • Travis Neal – 13 years old. Ritalin.
  • Harry Hucknall – 10. Ritalin. (Suicide).

These children, and many more died from side effects caused by the ADHD drugs: heart attacks, organ toxicity or suicide.

Seeing Through The Eyes of ADHD Children

For just one moment, let’s try to put ourselves in their shoes. The ones who are diagnoses with this very subjective disorder.

“I am a child, I like to play and have fun. It feels good when someone tells me I did something right, but that doesn’t  happen often. I don’t know why, but I find it hard to sit still like everyone else. I know I should sit and read the textbook like my teacher tells me too, but I am just not interested in in and my mind is so busy with other thoughts.

I like to figure out how things work. I love it when I have free time and I can do puzzles and draw and make things work. Often I don’t clean up right away but that’s just because there is SO much I want to do, so much I want to learn. My mind is full of ideas, and thoughts and it makes me happy and excited! I can’t wait to try all these things, build new things and put my ideas on paper! I like to act and sing and play music and wish I could just express myself all the time that way.

The teachers tell me to sit still, and write out the answers a certain way. I don’t see them like that. They show me a math problem and tell me to write out all the steps individually to show how I got the answer. But my mind doesn’t work that way. I know the answer, I SEE the answer. I also see the BIG picture and how everything fits together, but teachers don’t want to see that, they want to see the small version. How do you explain to someone how to feel happy? How do you explain the steps you would go through to feel that feeling?  You can’t, it’s just something that happens. That is how I think and learn. I can’t really explain it, it’s just what I know and if it’s right, why do they tell me I’m wrong?

I don’t follow instructions well all the time and have trouble expressing myself properly. People misunderstand me all time and it really hurts. I think I’m following instructions and feeling proud of myself for doing something, only to get in trouble for not doing something else that I was supposed to do. I’m always in trouble, I’m always grounded. I don’t think I’m very smart because I’m in trouble all the time and people yell and get angry with me, sometimes they call me stupid and tell me I will never succeed in life. They are probably right. Even though I know a lot, I can’t explain what I know and I can’t do it the way the teachers want me to do it, so I probably won’t succeed in this world because I just don’t fit in. They don’t understand.

I think my parents love me, they say they do, but they are angry and sad and feel frustrated. I think I failed them, I’m not who they wanted me to be. I try so hard, each day I promise I’ll do better and I’ll listen, but somehow, things don’t work out that way and I end up messing up again and again and again. I wish I wasn’t here sometimes, the sadness is so much for me, I feel horrible most of the time and I get tired of trying to make things work out. It seems no matter how hard I try, things still mess up and I get in trouble. I feel their anger, their disappointment and it makes me dark inside. I don’t feel that happiness or joy inside me, it’s hard to think of positive things when all I feel is dark and alone.

I don’t belong here, I don’t fit in. It’s sort of like how a blind person goes through life: ” They don’t see like you or I do, they don’t use their eyes. They see things differently and do things differently but they get the job done.”

I see things differently, this I can not explain.”

The above quotation was not written by an ADHD child, but it could have been. It was written by me, a mother of an ADHD child and researcher of ADHD children.  We need to see through their eyes to understand how they think. They do not think like we do and asking them to do so is like asking a foreigner to “just speak” our language without any training.

I am a mother, my son has been through many conventional and non-conventional ADHD treatments. He has suffered some of the worst side effects listed with pharmaceutical ADHD drugs and through our experiences we have come to learn more about him and how he thinks and learns.

There is no easy answer here, no quick-fix solution. The first step is understanding and committing to working with our children. Avoiding pharmaceutical drugs is a good choice, at least until all other avenues have been fully tried. Education and awareness are key to helping our ADHD children and it begins with you: The Parent, Caregiver and Educator.

About the Author

Tamara Laschinsky is the owner of Natural e GREEN and author of Helping Your ADHD/ADD Child: Simple Steps to Improvement. She is the the mother of an ADHD child who has tried the pharmaceutical route and now employs a herbal and behavioral approach to treating ADHD. She lives with her family in Alberta, Canada. You can find her books on Amazon.

 

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Hazelwood Necklaces and Bracelets: Naturally Balance Your pH Levels

Hazelwood Necklaces and Bracelets: Naturally Balance Your pH Levels

May 9, 2011 – Have you seen a baby or infant lately wearing a neat looking wood necklace or anklet? It’s not a fashion trend; they are hazelwood and amber necklaces and they help baby feel better! For centuries the aboriginal people put hazelwood chips on the backs of babies necks – to help ease the pain from teething. Hazelwood necklaces also help alleviate other health issues – naturally (and fashionably!)

How Hazelwood Necklaces and Bracelets Naturally Heal Your Body

Double hazelwood bracelet

Hazelwood acts to balance the body’s pH levels – turning acidic pH levels into alkaline levels. The way it works is the hazelwood actually absorbs the extra acid and while it does, the wood gradually turns a darker brown color. In order for the body to be at it’s best healing level, it should be slightly more alkaline. When your body is higher in acidic pH, you are susceptible to more illnesses and pains. By helping it be more alkaline, it is better able to filter out toxins and help the immune system combat any illnesses.

Hazelwood necklaces have been used by customers to relieve and soothe the following health conditions:

  • Heartburn
  • Gastric Reflux
  • Teething
  • Skin Problems (eczema, rashes, dermatitis, psoriasis, acne etc.)
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Constipation
  • Migraines
  • Cavities
  • and other health ailments that are caused by excess of acid in the body

How the Amber Necklace and Bracelets Help Natural Healing

The Amber puts succinic (suh-sin-ic) acid into your body, which is said to act as an anti-inflammatory agent. The Amber helps to reduce inflammation be it joint pain from arthritis or even from injuries. It occ

urs naturally in nature and is very important in your body’s metabolism process. High in anti-oxidants, it is said to stimulate neural system recovery and boost the immune system. Users say it boost energy levels, concentration and awareness.

hazelwood adult necklaces with amber

Hazelwood and Amber necklaces

Europeans have used Amber for natural healing for centuries. While they did not realize what succinic acid was and that Amber is very high in it, they did realize that it worked to heal them and used it to keep healthy. Tea was brewed in Amber pots, baby teethers were made of Amber and it was also burned to fumigate after the plague hit Europe in the middle ages.

Dr. Veniamin Khazanov of the RAS’ Institute of Pharmacology at the Tomsk Scientific Center says “For aged people, succinic acid has proved to be indispensable. It is capable of restoring the energy balance at the cellular level, which is often upset as the years go by, and helps the patient regain his youthful energy.” He says also that it has proven the equal or better of many commercial drugs and is significantly less expensive.

Are Hazelwood and Amber Necklaces Safe for Baby and Everyone

baby safe hazelwood necklaces amber teething

baby safe break away clasp

You must look carefully at the necklaces for baby and ensure they have a baby-safe latch on the back. The clasp should be designed to break open if it gets snagged on something; to prevent strangulation. Some parents choose to take the necklace off at sleeping time and you can also wrap the necklace around the ankle a few times and cover with a sock.

When it comes to babies and kids, you don’t want the necklaces or bracelets to get into their mouths. The beads and wood pieces can be a choking hazard. The necklaces can help with diaper rash, upset stomach and teething pains so if you aren’t comfortable with having the necklace on their neck while they sleep, wrap it around their ankle and cover with a sock to ensure they don’t pull at it! If they are wearing it as a necklaces, they should not be able to get it over their chin (to enable sucking on it!)

How Long Hazelwood and Amber Necklaces Will Last and Keep Working

hazelwood amber necklaces

Dark edges show necklace is ready to be replaced

It depends on how acidic your body is. The necklaces will generally last between 3 months and a year. Depending on use and wear and tear, you may need to replace your necklace every 4 months. (Baby safety clasp features only last 4 months, so if you are using the necklace for an infant, replace necklace after 4 months or move necklace to ankle instead.) Some customers have reported using double necklaces for severe whole-body eczema conditions, while others need only a single necklace to keep their body pH in balance.

It is also advisable to remove the necklace or bracelets before showing/bathing or swimming. While regular water won’t reduce the affect of the hazelwood, it can warp the wood and give it a “weathered” appearance. Chlorine, however, will destroy the wood and you should not wear these necklaces when swimming in chlorinated water.

Many customers feel relief within a day or two, but it can take 2-4 weeks to notice any difference; depending on your health ailments. Hazelwood and Amber necklaces will not cure the problem, they only absorb extra acid that your body is producing.

Deciding on a Necklace

You don’t necessarily need a combination Hazelwood and Amber necklace, their are many necklaces that are hazelwood only. The Amber addition helps to add some immune boosting to your system but it is the hazelwood the really helps in taking away the harmful acid build-up. So choose something that appeals to you and see how it works! Even if you aren’t buying them for health purposes – they are fashionable and fun too!

About the Author:

Tamara Laschinsky is the owner of Natural e GREEN (NaturaleGREEN.ca) and author of “The Cosmetic Chemicals Guide” and “Helping Your ADHD/ADD Child.” She lives with her family in Alberta, Canada.

 

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