Safety Musts for Kids Around Pools

Sharing this again to raise awareness about pool safety and children.

Deepest condolences to the Miller family after losing their 19-month-old.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 911 call reveals people pleading for help as they try desperately to save Olympic skier Bode Miller’s 19-month-old daughter from drowning in a backyard swimming pool. Emeline Miller died at an Orange County hospital Sunday, a day after being pulled from the pool in suburban Coto de Caza. The call was released Tuesday by the Orange County Fire Authority. It begins with a woman screaming frantically, “Hurry,” as a dispatcher asks for the location of the emergency. He’s told Emeline fell into the pool, isn’t breathing and has no pulse. The dispatcher then spends several minutes instructing people gathered around her on what to do until emergency vehicles arrive.

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NewsMD: What's Hot in Health

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Swimming is one of the best cardiovascular exercises. Great for your body AND mind.

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 That said, it’s important to do safely, especially if you have kids or there are children around you.

PLEASE make sure to read this if you have any type of pool (even an inflatable) or are thinking about getting one.

There are rules and regulations in each State and it’s YOUR responsibility (not your child or anyone else) to stay safe.

POOL SAFETY REQUIREMENTS BY STATE:

https://patch.com/pennsylvania/peters/residential-pools-require-adherence-to-state-laws-and37599f6bb8

Drowning happens in the blink of an eye.

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Hold your child’s hand when near water. 

swimming25Even if they CAN swim, never ever take your eyes off of them, not even for a second.

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Swimming lessons should be mandatory in schools. To this day, I meet adults who can’t swim and say they’re “afraid” and “too old now.”  That’s nonsenses. You’re never too old to learn anything.

Remember, it’s never…

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Top 10 Safe Tea Brands

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Great news. There are still safe pesticide-free tea brands out there, and my favorite, Yogi tea is on there.

 

Top 10 Safe Tea Brands by Tammy Catania

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Testing Teas for Pesticides

According to a report done by CBC Marketplace pesticides in some tea exceed the allowable limit.

CBC had 10 different teas tested by an accredited lab, the lab used the same testing method as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Half of the teas tested contained pesticide residues above the allowable limits in Canada. As per the test results eight of the 10 brands tested contained multiple chemicals, with one brand containing residues of 22 different pesticides. (1)

But what actually is the allowable pesticide residue in tea? As per the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, it is 0.1ppm. (2)

Other Countries Are Banning These Ingredients

Two of the chemicals that they found are actually in the process of being banned in other countries.

One of the chemicals found was Endosulfan.

This chemical is one of the most toxic pesticides on the market today. It is responsible for many fatal pesticide poisoning incidents around the world.

Endosulfan is also a xenoestrogen—a synthetic substance that imitates or enhances the effect of estrogens—and it can act as an endocrine disruptor, causing reproductive and developmental damage in both animals and humans. (3)

The second chemical they found was Monocrotophos. It is acutely toxic to birds and humans. Being also a persistent organic pollutant, it has been banned in the U.S. and many other countries (4)

Top brands of tea that CBC Marketplace had tested

  • Uncle Lee’s Legends of China – Green tea and Jasmine green tea
  • No Name- Black tea
  • King Cole- Orange pekoe
  • Signal- Orange pekoe two cups
  • Twinlings- Earl grey
  • Lipton- Pure green tea and Yellow label black tea
  • Red Rose – Orange pekoe
  • Tetley- Pure green tea

Out of all the teas that were tested, the only one that came back clean was the Red Rose Pekoe. (Here is the full test report from CBC marketplaces lab.)

Did you know that pesticides have been linked to a wide range of human health hazards, ranging from short-term impacts such as headaches and nausea to chronic impacts like cancer, reproductive harm, and endocrine disruption.

Some of the Acute dangers – such as nerve, skin, and eye irritation and damage, headaches, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, and systemic poisoning – can sometimes be dramatic, and even occasionally fatal. (5)

Some of the symptoms of Mild Poisoning or Early Symptoms of Acute Poisoning are headache, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, restlessness, nervousness, perspiration, nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite, loss of weight, thirst, moodiness, soreness in joints, skin irritation, eye irritation, irritation of the nose and throat.

 

Another great place to get amazingly healthy, pesticide tea is from Mountain Rose Herbs.

How to Know if Your Tea Is Safe

  1. Look for the certified organic label on the package so you know that your tea was cultivated without harmful chemicals. You can find information on Organic certification here http://www.pro-cert.org/en/tea
  2. You can grow your own herbs and make your own tea.garden
  3. Research the brands you plan on purchasing. The Environmental Working group has many teas and their ingredient and toxic levels listed. Also, they have a great App that you can use when out at a store shopping.tea7
  4. Do be careful of buying tea that is grown in China or India, even if they state they are organic. Here is some information on the pesticide use in India, and here is some information on the pesticide use in China .

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Thank you registered holistic dietician, Tammy Catania. Stay healthy!

 

June Is Grass Pollen Month: All You Need To Know!

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June is key grass pollen month in many areas.

People with seasonal allergies will feel symptoms.

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Rain, time of day and temps all affect pollen level.

Google pollen in your city/state, so you’re aware when levels are high.

Today, they’re “Very High” in most areas.

Prevention is BEST, so be sure to make a note of what you can do to avoid allergic reactions to grass.

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What Is a Grass Pollen Allergy?

If your allergies are worse in the spring and summer time, you may have a grass pollen allergy.

Grasses are the most common cause of allergy. Each year, plants (including grasses) release tiny pollen grains to fertilize other plants of the same species. Unfortunately for people with grass allergies, these pollens trigger allergic reactions.

Symptoms of grass pollen allergy include:

  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy nose, eyes, ears and mouth
  • Stuffy nose (nasal congestion)
  • Red and watery eyes
  • Swelling around the eyes

You may not see the grass pollen in the air, but your body can react to even small amounts.

Many people know pollen allergy as “hay fever.” Experts usually refer to pollen allergy as “seasonal allergic rhinitis.”

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What Types of Grasses Cause Allergy Symptoms?

If you have a grass pollen allergy, you may be allergic to more than one type of grass.

There are hundreds of types of grasses, but only a few are responsible for allergy symptoms. Your geographic location may determine which grasses may be responsible for your symptoms.

The most common types of grasses that cause allergies are:

  • Bermuda
  • Johnson
  • Kentucky
  • Orchard
  • Rye
  • Sweet Vernal
  • Timothy

When Is the Grass Pollen Season?

In northern regions of the United States, grasses usually pollinate in the late spring or early summer. In southern regions, grasses may pollinate throughout many seasons and could trigger symptoms throughout the year.

These small, light and dry grass pollen grains are released into the air and can travel for hundreds of miles by the wind.

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How Can I Prevent Allergic Reactions to Grass?

Here are ten ways you can reduce allergic reactions to grass pollen:

  1. Limit your outdoor activities when pollen counts are high. Check your local forecast and pollen count every day. On high grass pollen count days, aim for some indoor activities like seeing a movie.
  2. Keep the lawn cut short. If possible, ask someone else to mow the lawn. Most grass pollen comes from the flowery top of tall grass. If you keep your lawn short, it is less likely to release pollen. Close all your house windows before someone mows your lawn.
  3. Keep windows closed during pollen season and use central air conditioning with a HEPA filter. This applies both to your home and to any vehicle (car, bus, train, etc.).
  4. Bathe and shampoo your hair daily before going to bed. This will remove pollen from your hair and skin and keep it off your bedding.
  5. Wash bedding in hot, soapy water once a week.
  6. Wear sunglasses and a hat. This will help keep pollen out of your eyes and off your hair. You can also wear long pants if you will be in contact with grasses.
  7. Change and wash clothes worn during outdoor activities.
  8. Dry your clothes in a clothes dryer, not on an outdoor line.
  9. If you have furry pets, wipe their fur off with a towel before entering your home. Also, keep pets out of your bedroom and off your bed.
  10. Start an allergy treatment.allergy10

How Can I Manage My Grass Allergy Symptoms?

The first step is to get properly tested and diagnosed. Once your doctor/allergist knows what specific allergens cause your symptoms, he or she can work with you to create a plan.

There are over-the-counter and prescription pills, liquids or nasal sprays that can help reduce or prevent grass allergy symptoms.

These medicines include antihistamines, decongestants and nasal corticosteroids.

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Most allergy medicines work best when you start taking them before pollen season begins. This allows the medicine to prevent your body from releasing histamine and other chemicals that cause your symptoms.

However, many people with pollen allergy do not get complete relief from these medicines. This means they may be candidates for immunotherapy.

Immunotherapy is a long-term treatment that can help prevent or reduce the severity of allergic reactions. It can change the course of allergic disease by modifying the body’s immune response to allergens.

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There are two types of immunotherapy available for grass allergy: allergy shots and allergy tablets.

  • Allergy Shots – Subcutaneous Immunotherapy (SCIT) is administered at the doctor’s office. It involves getting injections of allergens in an increasing dosage over time.During the course of immunotherapy, a person with grass allergy becomes progressively less sensitive to that allergen.

    Patients may experience relief within one to three years of starting SCIT. The most common side effects for SCIT include local reactions at the injection site, such as redness, itching, swelling, tenderness and pain.

    Less common systemic reactions may include generalized redness, hives, itching, swelling, wheezing and low blood pressure.

  • Allergy Tablets – Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) is a more recent form of immunotherapy that can be done at home.It is needle-free, and involves placing a tablet containing the allergen under the tongue for 1 to 2 minutes and then swallowing it.

    Treatment begins prior to the grass allergy season and continues throughout the grass allergy season. By taking these tablets every day, you may reduce your grass allergy symptoms.

    This treatment offers people with these allergies a potential alternative to allergy shots. SLIT tablets also have side effects and some may be serious, which is why it’s important to talk with your doctor about your treatment options.

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Both forms of allergy immunotherapy (shots and tablets) are prescribed by your doctor. Talk to your health care provider to get started on your allergy treatment plan.

Courtesy The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America