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How Do “Benign” Medications Like Paracetamol Harm Your Child?

Our grandparents cry out for help, our children lay on couches or in beds, thermometer sticking out of their mouths, pale or flushed, sometimes holding their heads in pain or burning up with fever. We want it to stop. We want to fix them. We don’t want our loved ones to be in pain. Our instincts as caregivers is to want to take that pain or discomfort away, but is that always the best idea, and are our methods always the best ones to employ?

So, let’s get to the reasons why “benign” medications are not, ever, “benign.”

1. Numbing the pain is not always good. Sometimes our children need to feel what is happening in their body so they can understand and help you understand the type, root, source, and cause of the discomfort. They can then ask the questions: What is it? AND Why is it happening? What is my body trying to tell me? They learn to listen to their bodies and can communicate their findings with us, and then we can use the appropriate course of action to address the cause.

2. Medicating for pain interferes with your child’s body’s natural immune response, and because of its suppressive nature, dumbs down the body’s own natural intelligence. With a confused immune system, your child’s body can actually mount a more severe attack on the source of the discomfort requiring more medication, or it can forget how to mount an attack at all the next time.

It is imperative to modulate a healthy immune system as it is what will protect your child from infection and toxicity (which requires an active, appropriately responsive immune system) and prevent the onset of autoimmunity (an inappropriately overactive immune system that attacks its own tissues thinking they are foreign invaders).

3. Every medication depletes your child’s body of essential nutrients. Paracetamol in particular, depletes the antioxidants Coenzyme Q10 (which is essential for heart, oral, and stomach health) and glutathione (which is the master antioxidant). Other medications can deplete minerals and B vitamins.

Why is this important? If you think about oxidation, think about an apple rotting or aging. Oxidation is basically your internal apple turning brown. Antioxidants protect your child’s body from this process, detoxify, and fend off free-radicals which damage proteins and enzymes and genetic material. Protect your child’s protectors, because in our current world, there are plenty of other assaults by way of chemicals and metals and poor quality food that they have to contend with.

4. Even “benign” medications can cause organ damage, and it has been proven that Paracetamol is toxic to the liver, in particular. Yes, this damage is more prevalent and likely if there is a prolonged use, but given the fact that children’s bodies are so sensitive and are still developing, extreme caution should be employed because even the occasional but consistent use should be carefully considered. Add up all the fevers, aches, pains, and bumps your children get throughout the year, and you may be surprised about how many opportunities there are to use medications.

5. Paracetamol is chock full of unhealthy ingredients. If you have become a label reader (which I highly encourage you do), just have a look at the “other ingredients” from a bottle of Children’s Liquid Paracetamol.

Anhydrous citric acid, Butyl paraben, F, D, & C red dye # 40, flavors, glycerin, high fructose corn syrup, microcrystalline cellulose, carboxymethylo sodium, propylene glycol, purified water, sodium benzoate, sorbitol, sucralose, and xanthan gum.

A word about a couple of these ingredients:

Parabens are endocrine disruptors, meaning that they disrupt the endocrine (hormone) system and are shown to cause cancer.

Food dyes are a common allergen for children, and many children who have been labeled ADHD or have brain fog, learning difficulties, and mood and behavior problems have been discovered to have food dye allergies. There are many documented cases where a child was taken off of food dyes, and their whole life changed – they got along with siblings, had a better time of learning, were invited to birthday parties, again, were able to be in social situations. Can you imagine the impact that a simple discovery like this can have on a child’s entire experience in this life? And this garbage is in our medicine?

High fructose corn syrup is a cheap, highly processed sugar that is, for lack of better scientific terms, poison for the body and harmful to your child’s brain. Eating this “food” on a regular basis is detrimental to your child’s health and can cause a myriad of health problems including Type 2 Diabetes, brain degeneration, behavioral problems, mood problems, learning disabilities, the list goes on and on. Being that it is a highly processed sugar, it also suppresses the immune system. Yep, double whammy on the immune system here. This ingredient is also found in thousands of “food” products that litter our super market shelves.

And the rest of the ingredients are equally harmful, except, maybe, the water.

Let Your Child’s Body Do Its Job

OK, so if Paracetamol and medications like it are not an option, what tools do we have? I am here to tell you: LOTS!

First, if your child is in pain or has a fever, don’t panic. Fever is the body’s immune system ridding itself of an invader. In order to prevent this sense of panic, educate yourself and stock your natural remedies toolkit, not your medicine cabinet. But if you are scared, remind yourself that you have the wisdom and the ability to care for your kids. Take a breath and assess the situation before you act. Listen to what is going on, and resist the urge to silence the symptoms.

If your child is ill, let them rest. Rest is the simplest thing to do but is the most important, regardless of its simplicity.

If your child is in pain, use appropriate methods such as hot or cold therapies, changing position, movement, meditation, breathing, etc., to also help alleviate their discomfort before reaching for the medication.

Educate yourself about therapies such as homeopathy, essential oils, massage, and herbal teas that work with your child’s body and not against it so that you can know enough to use them at home.

Give your child plenty of fluids. Fluids will flush and replenish and are needed for every process in your child’s body.

Build your child’s body with the right nutrition tools. Nutrients are the fuel your child’s body runs on, and it is imperative that s/he has what s/he needs to repair and then maintain. Nutrition is key.

Within reason, allow your child’s illness take its course. It is important to let them build their immune system in order for them to become stronger for the next assault.

Seriously consider your family’s use of over the counter medications. Your children can become better aware, more empowered, and better educated about their needs and how to handle health challenges when they are taught to listen to their bodies and use the tools that will strengthen and enliven them while preparing them for their future challenges.

And never be alone, know that most every parent out there has been through times like this with their children. Use our Children’s and Teen Health Community Facebook group to reach out to other parents for support.

May you and your children be well!

(R)evolutionary Mama,

Identify ‘hunger type’ to eat healthy and stay healthy

Marna Thall

Here are the three different hungers –
1. There’s mouth hunger
2. There’s stomach hunger
3. There’s head hunger?

Once we understand the difference, we can regulate when, how, what and why we eat, and we can achieve ideal weight as well ideal health.

Hunger Type #1: Mouth Hunger
Mouth hunger is actually thirst but can seem like hunger, so you have to watch this one. Your mouth signals you to have liquids by getting dry and needing something in your mouth; water being the best and healthiest bet.

Hunger Type #2: Stomach Hunger
Stomach hunger is the feeling you want to make friends with and listen for in order to know which meal to eat next. It’s your energy obtaining, food needing feeling AND it’s the feeling that 98% of the naturally thin feel that signals them to eat. It’s physical in nature and it’s what you should be aiming for as the only reason to put food into your body.

Hunger Type #3: Head Hunger 

Finally you have head hunger. Head Hunger is when you eat because you ‘think’ it’s time to eat or you ‘think’ some food sounds good. This little bugger is the hunger that creates the most havoc in our lives because it has nothing to do with the true nature of hunger and it attaches itself to all sorts of emotions. We’re hungry for a hug, and head hunger thinks “let’s eat to make us feel better”. We feel bored, and head hunger says “no problem” and we head to the fridge to fill up that time.

The naturally thin eat for head hunger but very very seldom; only around 2% of the time, which isn’t much at all.

What is the solution for head hunger you might ask? Feel your feelings is the answer. If you’re sad – cry. If you’re bored feel boredom and find an activity that you can do that’s healthy.

Practice FEELING into your feelings and let me know how it’s going for you. The saying really does apply to emotional eating – in order to heal your emotional eating, you’ve got to feel your feelings!

Clients who begin feeling instead of eating say that at first it’s pretty uncomfortable, but as times goes on it gets easier and easier until turning to food happens only on occasion.

Have fun feeling ! :)


An easy home made nutritional supplement with 5 seeds

5-Seed Blend

This nutritional powerhouse sits on my counter, ready to dress my morning oatmeal or my rice at night.

It’s simply a jar of chia seeds, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds.

Hello, magnesium, calcium, protein, omega-3 fats, and antioxidants all in one.


Here’s the recipe:
  • 2 cups ground flaxseeds. If you don’t have the time or inclination to grind them yourself, you can buy them already ground.
  • 1/3 cup – ground sesame seeds
  • 1/3-cup ground sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup ground pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds.

Use within a week.

Image Courtesy Google.

Is fresh fruit juice really a good choice?

Fruit juice gained popularity as a “healthy” alternative to flavored drinks such as soda due to its reputation for containing a high concentration of vitamins and antioxidants. However, after taking a closer look at the way fruit is metabolized in the body and in the digestive system, fruit juices could be doing more harm than good to our health. Here’s why:

1. We process fruit differently than animals do.

Animals designed to eat high-fruit diets, such as birds and orangutans, have specialized digestive systems that allow the slow digestion of fruits. 

In contrast, our digestive system has a relatively shorter colon. This means that our gut bacteria aren’t evolved for the slower digestive processes required for a diet high in fruit. When we eat fruit, our digestive system sweeps the simple sugars into our blood stream.

2. Juicing strips the sugars from fruit out of their natural casing.

In nature, sugar is locked up tight by the structure and biology of the plant world. Simple carbohydrates are encased by complex carbohydrate cellulose walls. When we flood our system with simple sugars, it causes an imbalance in our gut bacteria to favor faster metabolizing microbes.This is known to be related to digestive conditions like irritable bowel disease and intestinal permeability, which is now being linked to immune system dysfunction.

3. Juicing delivers a tsunami of sugar with only some of the benefits.

Sugar’s solubility in liquid means that in a simple 12-ounce serving of orange juice, you’ll be delivering up to 7 to 8 teaspoons of sugar. As you can imagine, it’s far easier to gulp down a glass of orange juice than munch on 7 teaspoons of table sugar.

While juice might deliver a dose of water-soluble vitamins like vitamin C, the amount of sugar in it means that you’re better off getting the vitamin C from a vegetable with much less sugar!

4. Sugar in fruit juice can cause the same health problems as drinking too much soda.

It’s a common misconception that fruit sugar is “healthy sugar.” While the body is designed to metabolize glucose, many fruit juices will contain a high level of fructose, which can be metabolized only in the liver. As a result, an overload of fructose can result in fatty liver disorder.

This high concentration of sugar might also result in the same conditions that we relate to consumption of other sugary drinks, such as tooth decay, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cognitive decline.

5. Skip the juice and go for whole fruit instead.

Unlike our orangutan friends, humans should enjoy fruit in moderation (one to two servings per day). As an alternative, you should drink water, milk, or tea.

And Stay Healthy.

from Dr. Steven Lin

Do you need antibacterial soap? NO!

This Photo Shows How Much Bacteria Is Really On Kids’ Hands
We make our children scrub their hands with antibacterial soap. Because – can you imagine the bacteria on his or her hands after a day of play?Well, now you don’t actually have to imagine. Thanks to Tasha Sturm, a microbiology lab tech at Cabrillo College, you can actually see it.She made her 8-year-old son, who had just played outdoors, leave a handprint in a petri dish that was filled with agar jelly. After warming it to body temperature in an incubator, the bacteria and fungus on her son’s hand grew into the cultures that could be seen in an image (above) she posted on Microbe World.

The image is somehow beautiful and stomach-churning at the same time (I need to go wash my hands immediately.).

But don’t be alarmed, Sturm told Today: “It’s normal stuff that we’re exposed to every day. The skin protects us from a lot of the bad stuff out there. The take home message is that to have a healthy immune system, you’ve got to be exposed to stuff.”

So keep living dirty, kids. It’s good for your microbiome and makes for pretty awesome photography!!

Adoption by Mainstream Medicine Practitioners!!

Finally! I was beginning to feel like a salmon must – swimming against the current, but hopefully not to gasp and give up!!!   :)

Yesterday I read an article in Medscape, an online continuing medical education portal, on gut bacteria and estrogen. That is the coming together of Integrative and Traditional Medicine. That’s exciting!!

And now, Cleveland Clinic is opening its Functional Medicine center on the 23rd. So now, hopefully, the twain shall meet. And one day, not too far away, it will be Traditional Medicine which will be overtaken.

And you, my dear readers, will be in the forefront of the revolution!

Suggested videos to watch


Nina Teicholz at TEDxEast: The Big Fat Surprise


The Oiling of America, Sally Fallon Morell.


Sugar: The Bitter Truth by Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology. He explores the damage caused by sugary foods. 


Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride-The importance of healthy gut flora.