Germs, Illness & Healthy Kids

Sick Kid

Let’s face it, being a parent is a challenging task, but taking care of sick children makes it even more challenging at times. Waking up in the middle of the night to the sounds of your child’s cough, feeling your child’s feverish body, and cleaning up vomit is something you may be familiar with. This is part of the parent program that we signed up for and is part of being a child, right? I hear the stories: my child has this, my child has that, my doctor said it is this, and my doctor said it is that. . . I know what your thinking – well, all kids get sick, it’s just a normal part of childhood, but why so often?

The general parental consensus is that kids “catch” a cold or flu by viruses and bacteria that are circulating in the air or passed from others. The reality is that out of all the children exposed to any virus, only a portion will get sick to some degree and others will not succumb to the disease at all. The fact is that it is not just the virus or the bacteria that causes the illness, but many other factors. The internal environment of the body determines whether a child will be susceptible to colds, flu or any other illness.

Germs, such as a virus or bacteria, are much more likely to cause illness when the body is out of balance and immunity is weakened.  In order to survive and become active enough to cause symptoms, these germs first need to have an environment that nourishes them. They survive and proliferate from feeding off the wastes and toxins that accumulate in the body. The immune system responds, triggering an inflammatory response that may include rash, fever, congestion, runny nose, and coughing. These are signs that the body has begun its process of healing – dispelling the wastes, virus, and accumulated toxins from the body.

In order for your child’s body to generate a sufficient and complete healing response, the immune system needs to be strong and functioning at its best. The best way to a strong healthy immune system is a sound nutritional approach. The best approach is to provide a healthy environment right from the start. It is critical that these good habits begin at the onset of life so that this becomes the norm for our children. We must understand that a child’s immune system is supported by vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants. We must give our children lots of fresh organic whole foods: fruits, vegetables, beans/legumes, whole grains, raw cheeses, eggs, fish, fermented dairy and poultry. Processed foods (McDonald’s, fast food, candy, sugary drinks, etc.) place a burden on the immune system and create more of a toxic environment within the body. In short, keep the consumption of processed foods to a minimum or not at all. This will give children the best chance to develop a good strong immune system for optimum health.


Jack LaLanne’s Take on Healthy Diet & Exercise

Jack LaLanne says his whole life has been devoted to communicating the message that anyone can improve their physical condition if they really want to and are willing to do something about it. You don’t need to follow a grueling two-hour exercise routine, says LaLanne, but start incorporating more physical activity into your daily life. Stop spending most of your free time slouched in front of the TV. Get out and walk, lift some weights, take a regular swim, or ride a bike.

Most important, though, is to change what you eat. An early nutritionist mentor of Jack LaLanne’s described humans as “walking garbage cans”. Remember, we are what we eat.

Try the Jack LaLanne Diet . . . “Lite”

LaLanne recommends starting out by replacing some of the junk foods we eat with healthier foods. Substitute white bread and white rice with whole grains and brown rice.

The “lite” version of the Jack LaLanne diet entails gradually cutting down on the amount of processed food, red meat and poultry we eat, and eating more fish and raw vegetables. Try to eat at least three or four kinds of raw vegetables every day and gradually work your way up to LaLanne’s recommended eight – ten vegetables.

Fresh Veggie Juice

A great way to do this without too much effort is to invest in a juicing machine and start experimenting with literally thousands of delicious combinations of fruit and vegetable juice blends.

What Approach Will You Take – Michael Phelps’ or Jack LaLanne’s?

Will you grind yourself for 4 Olympics over 16 years or go for the life “long-haul”? It is a choice. Life is but a dash on a tombstone, but it is an endurance race while you are on this Earth. The fact is, it is very likely that you will benefit more from the lifestyle of Jack LaLanne than Michael Phelps’. While Michael Phelps will have his share of Golden Moments, Jack LaLanne has had his share of a “Golden Life”, inspiring our nation to get more out of life through better health and wellness.

Either way, whether you are the tortoise or the hare, whether your light burns for a long time or you’re a shooting star, why not start your own list of feats and physical accomplishments?

What’s next for you?


This was the 3rd and final part of a 3 part article.


Read Part 1 of this article.

Read Part 2 of this article.


Pesticides in Produce – Buying Conventional or Organic?

Dirty & Clean Foods List

The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization that advocates for policies that protect global and individual health, produces a Shoppers’ Guide to Pesticides in Produce. It is based on the results of nearly 51,000 pesticide tests on food crops by the U.S. Department of Agriculture between 2000 and 2005. The results of their data takes into consideration the way in which consumers wash, peel and prepare produce prior to consumption.

Organic fruits and vegetables by definition are grown without the use of pesticides. But some find that the expense of buying organic is simply too much. Below is a list of 12 “dirty” foods followed by a list of 12 “clean” foods. These  two lists are for your information and are presented here to reiterate their importance. We, here at Transformation LLC, believe it is up to each person to weigh the costs of buying organic versus buying conventionally grown produce. Keep in mind, however, that research shows that the effects of pesticides on the body can definitely lead to serious health problems.

The EWG states that “the best option is to eat a varied diet, wash all produce, and choose organic when possible to reduce exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.”

12 Foods You Should ALWAYS Buy Organic

Of the 43 different fruit and vegetable categories in the Guide to Pesticides, the following twelve foods had the highest pesticide load when conventionally grown. For this reason, they are the least safe to consume:

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Lettuce
  • Grapes (imported)
  • Pears
  • Spinach
  • Potatoes

12 Foods that You Don’t Have to Buy Organic

Of the 43 different fruit and vegetable categories in the Guide to Pesticides, the following twelve foods had the lowest pesticide load when conventionally grown. Consequently, they are the safest conventionally grown crops to consume:

  • Broccoli
  • Eggplant
  • Cabbage
  • Banana
  • Kiwi
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet peas (frozen)
  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Sweet corn (frozen)
  • Avocado
  • Onion