Friday, August 31, 2018

New Gummy Multivitamin Bridges the Gap in Children's Diets

Simply Natural, a children's nutritional company, is bridging the gap in children's diets with a new gummy multivitamin, Simply Natural Nutritionals, featuring 13 essential vitamins and minerals.
AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Simply Natural, a children's nutritional company, is bridging the gap in children's diets with a new gummy multivitamin, Simply Natural Nutritionals, featuring 13 essential vitamins and minerals. Simply Natural Nutritionals is available nationwide at and for $15.99.

Manufactured at an organic & Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certified facility in the United States, Simply Natural Nutritionals feature 30 percent less sugar than leading brands, are non-GMO, made with organic ingredients, and free of soy, nut, yeast, dairy, gelatin, salt, fish, egg, and gluten. Simple Natural's children's vitamins are specially formulated with:
  • Vitamin D3 to support bone and immune health
  • Vitamin A for eye support
  • Vitamins B6 & B12 for cell support and energy production
  • Vitamin C for immune support
  • Vitamin E to support heart health
  • Folic acid to support blood cell health
"When formulating our new children's multivitamin, we spent time researching what other multivitamins on the market were lacking and ensuring ours captured more of what children need for proper growth and development," said James Coccaro, Brand Director at Simply Naturals. "Our specially formulated multivitamin helps bridge the gap between picky eaters and balanced vitamin and mineral intake. Our vitamin tastes so good, we even have adults taking it."
Eating a balanced, nutritious diet is the best possible method for children to obtain essential nutrients according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dietetic Association. But even so, five in six children are not fed enough nutritious food for their age, depriving them of the energy and nutrients they need at the most critical time in their physical and cognitive development, according to a new UNICEF report. To combat this, it is recommended parent's supplement their child's diet with multivitamins.
Simply Natural Nutritionals include three delicious flavors even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy – cherry, orange, and strawberry. Children ages 2-4 are recommended to take one multivitamin per day, while people aged 4 and older are recommended to take two per day. Each Simply Natural Nutritionals multivitamin is vegan friendly and has no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, fillers or high-fructose corn syrup.
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SOURCE Simply Natural

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Rowdy Prebiotic Foods Introduces Third Flavor in Prebiotic Energy Bar Line: Sunflower Butter N' Berries

Prebiotic energy bar company celebrates flavor containing no peanuts, making them great for school lunches. Company is offering shipping for no additional cost for last week of August.

RENO, Nev., Aug. 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Reno based prebiotic energy bar company launched its third flavor, Sunflower Butter N' Berries in August. This peanut-free, prebiotic energy bar promotes gut health and provides lasting energy.

Rowdy Prebiotic Foods also carries popular flavors like Chocolate Coconut Cashew and Peanutty Dark Chocolate, all of which are prebiotic, low-glycemic and gluten free. To celebrate the launch of the latest peanut-free flavor, Sunflower Butter N' Berries, the company is offering shipping at no additional cost for all flavors through the end of August with code: AUGUSTFREESHIP.
Rowdy Prebiotic Bars are naturally sweetened with the Yacon root, a type of perennial daisy that has nourished cultures in South American diets for hundreds of years. Yacon root contains FOS, a gut-healthy sugar that acts like a fiber in the digestive system. The energy bars are schoolyard approved and have already gained a following with local ultra runners, triathletes and backpackers because of their simple, nutrient-dense ingredients and amazing flavor.

"We are a company committed to empowering people to improve digestive health so they can restore balance and get back to being themselves," said Founder, triathlete and avid hiker Kellie Lee. After Kellie experienced some health issues, she discovered many of these issues could be minimized with a diet that promoted gut health. Rowdy Prebiotic Foods was a product of her research and experimenting in the kitchen.

For more information about Rowdy Prebiotic Foods, head to
Rowdy Prebiotic Foods is the product of our lifelong mission to eat healthy, without skimping on taste. Rowdy means a lot of things: positivity, preparation, perseverance and the best prebiotic foods on the planet. Rowdy is for the doers, dreamers and the status-quo shakers. People like you who recognize the power of their ideas and put'em to work. People who see the value of time and pledge to never waste a moment. We're dedicated to designing good, clean energy that helps you stay active (or inspires you to get there!). We hope our products will provide the fuel and inspiration you need to get back to feeling good, so you can get back to getting rowdy.

SOURCE Rowdy Prebiotic Foods

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

In a world of buzzword parenting, what's a parent to do?

Well-known risk factors undermine children's health and development, but there are protective factors you can employ

By Nicole Letourneau
Nicole Letourneau
Nicole Letourneau
Helicopter parenting. Tiger parenting. Free-range parenting. These are buzzwords we hear all the time that are supposed to describe the 'best' approaches for parents to take raising their children.
We all want the best for our children, and parents happily and eagerly adopt the latest, greatest advice. Even governments enact legislation that promotes one approach or another, like Utah did recently in passing legislation enabling parents to legally leave their children unsupervised to play outdoors or walk to school.
But do any of these parenting styles have ample evidence to support effectiveness as a parenting approach?
Most people might be surprised to find that the answer is: Not really.
Social scientists who study parenting rarely, if ever, use these buzzword concepts to categorize or characterize parenting approaches. When these scientists, like myself, want to predict what kind of parenting affects children's development, we consider very different variables.
So what really matters in parenting according to the evidence?
There are well-known risk factors that undermine children's health and development, and there are protective factors that promote children's health and development.
Risk factors include traumatic childhood experiences that parents themselves may have experienced in their own families, such as mental illness or addictions, family violence and low family income. These factors may prevent parents from engaging in consistent sensitive and responsive interactions with their children, which promotes children's optimal brain, cognitive and social-emotional development.
According to the Harvard Center on the Developing Child, parental mental illness, addictions, family violence, child abuse and neglect are all considered to be "toxic" to children's development. This toxicity is observable at the cellular level - when children are exposed to these chronic stressors, in an attempt to cope, their bodies produce the stress hormone cortisol at persistently high levels.
In normal situations, cortisol levels would come down as the stressor passes and the child's body would recover. However, in chronically stressed children, the high cortisol levels remain over time, negatively impact a range of body and brain systems, and contribute to ill health over their lifetime.
But there's good news in the evidence, too. Research shows that these stressors are only toxic in the context of low levels of protective factors. In other words, kids may be able to weather trauma if they have the right environment and supports to thrive.
So what provides protective factors to children for healthy development?
Abundant research shows that healthy serve-and-return relationships - parent-child bonds characterized by high sensitivity and appropriate responsiveness - can buffer the impacts of trauma on children's health and development. When a child serves up a cue to indicate a need and their parent reliably responds, this builds trust and a healthy parent-child attachment. It also contributes to children's greater success and ease in peer and school relationships.
Also important are parental social supports - the networks that parents can depend on to help them out and support them emotionally. Supportive people can include friends or family or even professionals like health-care providers. These people are reliably there for the parent who needs information, advice, reassurance, caring and even help with household tasks, like chores or child care.
Over and over, it's been shown that social supports can buffer the impacts between toxic stressors, like maternal depression, on children's health and development. Social support is best thought of as reciprocal - a back and forth between people who care about each other and show it in tangible ways.
'Reflective function' is also a protective factor and describes both the ability to have insight into your own thoughts and feelings and the ability to envision what another person thinks and feels. It helps a parent understand what might underpin their child's behaviour - so valuable when parenting young children who may not be able to communicate their needs and wants clearly. Fortunately for parents, this important protective factor can be learned with practice.
These three protective factors are what most scientists study if they want to know or predict how children will develop.
Experts who study parenting and child development don't waste time with popular culture conceptions of best or worst parenting approaches. You can throw the buzzwords away, in other words.
Nicole Letourneau is the Alberta Children's Hospital chair in Parent-Infant Mental Health at the University of Calgary. She recently published What Kind of Parent Am I? Self-Surveys that Reveal the Impact of Toxic Stress and More (Dundurn) and is a contributor to, which is based at the University of Winnipeg.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Drug Store Opening Botox Clinics results in bad publicity for drug manufacturers

Wrinkle Injections: Injured by Botox – and fighting in court - Botox i...: As the controversial treatment hits the high street, JACQUI DEEVOY speaks to the victims who are set to sue two of its biggest manufacturers.
"The drug comes with risks but the severity seems to be underplayed by the companies manufacturing it and by those administering it. Since 2009 the US Food And Drug Administration (FDA) has required Botox to carry a “black box”, the strictest warning in the labelling of drugs or drug products.
It indicates that there’s reasonable evidence of an association of a serious hazard with the drug. There is no official warning attached to Botox or Dysport® in the UK or anywhere in Europe.
Since 2003 Allergan has been sued several times with claimants suffering droopy eyelids, numbness, headaches, swallowing and breathing problems, brain damage and death.
In 2011, Allergan was ordered to pay $212million (£166million) compensation to a Virginia man who suffered brain damage after using the drug to treat hand tremors. It was also fi ned $600million in 2010 for “misbranding”.
To date there have been no lawsuits in the UK, despite plenty of reports of adverse reactions to the drug.
Lawyer Stephen Fidler and the 24 victims want to change that. “A large file of papers proving, in our view, an offence of administration of a noxious substance, has been delivered to the City of London Police,” he says. “We understand that they are reviewing the matter.”
However, a spokesman for Allergan insists: “Patient safety is a priority for Allergan and we take any reports of side effects related to all of our products very seriously, however we cannot comment on specific cases. “Allergan believes that medical aesthetic injectable treatments are medical procedures and should only be carried out by a trained and qualified healthcare professional in an appropriate clinical environment.”
Ipsen was unavailable to comment."

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Jobs and careers in the 'fourth industrial revolution'

The fourth industrial revolution will have the greatest impact on routine tasks. A flexible, well-educated and suitably trained workforce will be critical

By Jock Finlayson
and Kristine St.-Laurent
Business Council of B.C.
The work world is being transformed by rapidly evolving digital technologies as we march into what many are calling the "fourth industrial revolution."
With disruptive technologies pushing the frontiers of automation, some of the comparative advantages humans traditionally have enjoyed relative to technology are eroding. Computers and learning-based algorithms have progressed beyond replacing repetitive, manual tasks with mechanical execution.
Jock Finlayson
Jock Finlayson
Now, recognizing patterns, providing diagnoses and communicating complex information - three activities once seen as within the purview of people - are increasingly performed by computers. Doctors, lawyers, accountants and other skilled professionals may eventually join the ranks of those whose jobs have been displaced or fundamentally altered by automation.
What does all of this portend for the future of employment?
In the job market, advances in technology are expected to have the greatest impact on tasks that are routine in nature. Such tasks aren't necessarily mundane but they're labelled routine because they could be fully automated in the foreseeable future.
Routine tasks are found in most occupations and constitute part of many kinds of work activity. Examples include mathematical calculations involved in accounting and financial analysis; organizing and disseminating information; the physical execution of repetitive work, such as driving; and some types of repeated research, such as that performed when filing a patent.
In thinking about how technology shapes the labour market, a key insight is that automation is both a substitute for and a complement to human capital and intelligence. The challenge for workers is to figure out where they can add value and/or perform tasks that can't be automated.
The quick displacement of vast numbers of jobs is unlikely in the near term. A recent report from the McKinsey Global Institute estimates that between three and 14 per cent of the global workforce will need to switch occupational categories by 2030. This points to gradual change.
Kristine St. Laurent
Kristine St. Laurent
Even today, when some worry that millions of truck drivers and bus operators are poised to lose their jobs, trucking companies across North America desperately struggle to hire new drivers. Self-driving cars are coming, but more slowly than many tech enthusiasts believe. Robots already play a significant role in the manufacturing and logistics industries and will continue to make inroads elsewhere.
The good news is that increased automation should boost economy-wide productivity. But it may also translate into reduced full-time employment and downward pressure on wages and benefits for some workers. The net result is likely to be a widening divide between those whose work and skills complement technology, versus those who end up at a disadvantage in the digital age. A legitimate concern for policy-makers is that more individuals will be trapped in a downward cycle of low-skilled, low-paying employment, with diminished opportunities to find or transition into careers that offer a decent income.
Historically, technological innovations have often disrupted existing industries, business models and jobs - but without dampening the aggregate demand for labour. Instead, new industries and occupations have developed to replace those that have shrunk in the face of technological advances. Today, however, some analysts fear the expanding digital economy could lead to a sharp contraction in overall employment, as machines and software increasingly replace human labour.
In truth, economists and tech analysts don't know how or exactly in what time frame the fourth industrial revolution will unfold. However, a flexible, well-educated and suitably trained workforce will be critical to meeting the demands of the labour market, regardless of the pace at which technology advances.
For government and industry, it makes sense to develop policies and programs to strengthen in-demand skills and enhance workers' ability to acquire new skills and knowledge. A greater focus on technical training generally also makes sense, as people will be needed to operate and maintain the machines and digital platforms that are expected to proliferate.
Digitized, computer-generated knowledge, products and services promise gains in productivity and the standard of living. But we must be alert to the risk that these trends will leave behind those unwilling or unable to adapt.
Jock Finlayson is executive vice-president of the Business Council of British Columbia. Kristine St.-Laurent is a senior policy analyst at the BCBC.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Natural Bug Repellents

If you are constantly bitten by these pesky pests, here are natural ways to repel mosquitoes without using chemically-laden repellents as well as natural treatments for mosquito bites:

Wednesday, August 8, 2018


No-roll, no-cut, and no-chill Amish sugar cookies will become your go-to recipe for your next potluck or bake sale. This modern adaptation of Amish sugar cookies produces the softest, no-fuss sugar cookies that will ever come out of your oven, just like grandma used to make!
Amish Sugar Cookies Recipe

Monday, August 6, 2018

Who's caring for the nursing home carers?

Nursing home care aides are burning out but measures can be taken to improve their work conditions. And that will result in better care for their patients

By Carole A. Estabrooks
and Stephanie A. Chamberlain
Troy Media contributors
Many of us have moms and dads or older friends and relatives in nursing home facilities. We care very much about their well-being and the supports they receive. But who's caring for the care aides who do the bulk of the front-line work in nursing homes? Their welfare is almost entirely overlooked in the health system. And the health of the care aide affects the quality of care they deliver.
Care aides, also known as nurses aides, personal support workers or continuing care assistants, are the largest workforce in nursing homes in Canada. Research suggests between 75 and 90 per cent of direct care to residents is provided by care aides, including physical care, such as helping those they care for to eat, bathe and dress, as well as emotional care and social interaction. Their role is central to the quality of care and quality of life of nursing home residents.
Carole Estabrooks
Carole Estabrooks
Yet up until recently, we've known little about them. When the health force is studied at all, typically care aides and registered nurses are lumped together, even though their job functions are distinct, and their educational, social and ethnic backgrounds, as well as their positions in the hierarchy of the health-care workforce, are often significantly different.
So what happens when you focus specifically on the contributions and the health of nursing home care aides?
You discover care aide burnout in Canada is rampant.
Along with our colleagues at the Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC), we recently published a study in the International Journal of Nursing Studies that surveyed almost 1,200 care aides from 30 nursing homes in three Western Canadian provinces. We found that care aides, despite high belief in their professional abilities and finding their work meaningful, were at high risk for emotional exhaustion and cynicism.
What is burnout exactly?
Burnout is a psychological condition that results from work-related stress and can present itself as emotional exhaustion, such as a lack of emotional response or a lack of physical energy. It can present as a negative and detached attitude and a lack of feeling of accomplishment in your work. Research shows that those who are burned out report providing lower quality care.
In our study, we found that care aides work efficiently, sometimes under challenging conditions, and with a strong sense that what they do is meaningful - but the risk for burnout is great.
Stephanie Chamberlain
Stephanie Chamberlain
More than 60 per cent of the residents in the nursing homes where care aides work have a dementia-related condition. High stress demand on care aides is linked to this complex and demanding care. We found that, on average, care aides experienced at least three dementia-related behaviours in the last five shifts.
Combine these complex care demands with often inadequate staffing, limited or nearly non-existent continuing education and training opportunities, and lack of decision-making opportunities for the residents they care for, and it's no surprise that the threat of burnout is high.
The consequences of burnout are significant - and costly.
If care workers are not healthy, their work suffers and so does the quality of patient care. Care aide burnout can also result in job dissatisfaction and affect workplace productivity, high staff turnover and poor staff retention, as well as high absenteeism.
So what can be done?
Based on this study and more than 10 years of research in nursing homes, we have a number of recommendations aimed at improving our understanding of the care aide workforce:
  • We need the implementation of national training and continuing education program standards for care aides. Care aides increasingly need to know how to deal with complex residents, such as those with dementia, and need opportunities to learn the latest best practices and have the skills to provide quality care.
  • Improving the work culture for care aides would also help with burnout, including strategies to engage them in decision-making about the residents they care for.
  • We need co-ordinated efforts across governments to track the care aide workforce, including numbers and migration patterns across Canada. We also need mandatory provincial care aide registries.
The regulation of the care aide workforce must be addressed, particularly given the frail, highly vulnerable population of older Canadians who are in their care. And what's good for the carer turns out to be good for the nursing home resident, too.
Dr. Carole A. Estabrooks is a professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta and scientific director of the Knowledge Utilization Studies Program (KUSP) and the pan-Canadian Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC) research program hosted at the University of Alberta. Stephanie Chamberlain is a doctoral candidate at the University of Alberta. She is an Alzheimer Society of Canada doctoral fellow and a Revera Scholar.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Rowdy Prebiotic Foods Launches Antioxidant-Rich Superfood Bar

Give your digestive system a boost with a snack designed to nurture and repair your gut health.

RENO, Nev., Aug. 3, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Rowdy Prebiotic Foods is expanding their line of all natural energy bars with the launch of their Sunflower Butter N' Berries flavor.
The new bar features mouthwatering bursts of antioxidant-loaded cranberries and creamy protein-packed sunflower butter alongside the gut-supporting prebiotic superfood Yacon Root.
"Our Sunflower Butter N' Berries bar is crafted to wake up your taste buds and your digestive system," said Rowdy founder, triathlete, and outdoor enthusiast Kellie Lee. "By sweetening it with Yacon instead of traditional syrups, we've created a low-glycemic snack that helps you function at high speed with low drag."
Rowdy Bar Benefits:
  • Loaded with beneficial prebiotics from the Yacon Root
  • Crafted with 10 or fewer whole food ingredients per bar
  • Low Glycemic
  • No artificial flavors
  • Paleo-friendly
  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten-, Soy-, and Dairy-Free
"Yacon Root is truly the hero of our brand," said Lee. "It feeds the probiotics (good bacteria) in your gut, provides a satisfying sweetness, and has also been found to help lower and regulate blood pressure, boost liver health, and keep "bad" cholesterol down."
In addition to their Sunflower Butter N' Berries flavor, Rowdy Bars come in Peanutty Dark Chocolate and Chocolate Coconut Cashew.
To learn more, visit, or pick some up online and at independent grocery stores, gyms, and health centers nationwide.
At Rowdy Prebiotic Foods, they believe adventurous people deserve foods that can keep up with them. Their whole food, clean eating bars are a testament to the power of perseverance and positivity as well as the digestive health benefits of prebiotics.