Organic: What it actually means on different products

Children's Health, Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
You see the word 'organic' more and more. But what does it actually say about what it’s on? Some consumers are more than willing to pay higher prices for organically grown food and other products. But is the extra dollar worth it? The answer may depend upon personal priorities. Here are tips for fruits and vegetables, dairy and meat, cosmetics, processed foods and cotton and coffee from a great report in the LA Times: By definition, organically grown foods are produced without most conventional pesticides, fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge. Livestock aren't given antibiotics or growth hormones. And organic farmers emphasize renewable resources and conservation of soil and water. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which runs the National Organic Program, says organic is a "production philosophy," adding that…
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Dealing With Those All-Too-Public Tantrums

Children's Health, Parenting
Parents often have a hard time figuring out what to do when their children decide to throw tantrums. It doesn't help matters that kids often have their meltdowns in public places -- the supermarket, the mall, the family restaurant. According to a report in HealthDay News, an expert is saying, "Don't let glares, stares tempt you to give into your child's meltdowns." So, just what should you do? Chuck Smith, a Kansas State University child development expert, has compiled tips to help parents deal with out-of-control youngsters. Here's his advice: Set rules and enforce them. "Many parents are concerned with the glare of onlookers, so they'll let their kids get away with things because of the threat," Smith said in a news release. "You can't let a child leverage your…
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Doctors Say Schools May Be Spreading Misinformation About Homosexuality

Children's Health, Parenting
The American College of Pediatricians (ACP) is sending a letter to school superintendents asking that they not tell students who may experience same-sex attractions to simply accept that they are homosexual. And, the group has launched a new web site with material for educators and students on the topic. According to a report on CitizenLink, the letter cites studies that "demonstrate most adolescents who initially experience same-sex attraction, or are sexually confused, no longer experience such attractions by age 25." The report says, "One such study shows as many as 26 percent of 12-year-olds reported being uncertain of their sexual orientation, yet only 2-3 percent of adults actually identify as homosexual. Therefore, the majority of sexually questioning youth ultimately adopt a heterosexual identity.  Many schools, however, tell such questioning students…
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