It has been awhile since Dr. Bencik’s son had pertussis or what we all know as whooping cough. The experience her family had, especially her son Jake, was difficult. Recently Channel 12 interviewed Jake and Dr. Bencik about their experience. Take a look at their first hand experience with pertussis and why we strongly recommend vaccination.
As many of you may have heard, consumer report came out recently saying rice is contaminated with arsenic. This included all rice products, including baby rice cereal. They analyzed over 200 different types of rice products, and found measurable levels in all of them. If you go to the consumer research web site, you can see their entire article. So does this mean we need to stop eating rice in addition to not drinking apple juice (also found to have arsenic)? Well, for someone like me who has celiac disease and my main carbohydrate source is rice- I think not. Although they found trace amounts of arsenic, at this time it cannot be directly shown to be causing harm. Arsenic exists in our soil, and thus is found in other products such as fruits, vegetables, and even our water. We certainly do not want to stop everyone from eating these products. However, if this research places pressure on the food producers to regulate the amount of arsenic that is contained in them that would be great! I personally would like to eat as little as possible!!! So what does that mean for us as everyday rice consumers? As with everything else, the key is moderation. If you have the ability to limit rice, add variety to your diet. Baby cereal also comes in oatmeal, and you can alternate it with the rice cereal.
As many of you know, I started to get interested in concussions about a year and a half ago. It started as I was watching my son play his sports. He plays several high risk sports, hockey and football. I was amazed at how kids suffered what appeared to me to be a head injury and they were back into play 5 minutes later. Neither the coaches nor the parents seemed to understand the significance of their injuries. Players can seem physically okay and act fine but that doesn’t mean their brain is OK. What is even worse is …Continue reading →
Jack Jablonski. This is a name that I have been hearing about for the past few weeks. If you don’t know about him, Jack is a high school hockey player from Minnesota. During a game a few weeks ago he was checked from behind and is currently in the hospital and paralyzed. I have heard about him, because of Facebook. The amount of prayers that are going out about him, even from those who do not know him is incredible. My 14 year old daughter came and asked me if I had heard about him since it was also all over her Facebook site. She also asked if I knew about the other teenager from Canada who was killed in a freak accident when a puck struck him in the throat. …Continue reading →
Pertussis or “whooping cough” has reemerged in our community. There are now five confirmed cases of pertussis in Mequon area. We have blogged about this in the past and it seems time again.
Pertussis is highly contagious and can be dangerous for those who are not vaccinated. Surprisingly, even students that are vaccinated can acquire pertussis. Vaccinations are not …Continue reading →
Tragedy has happened again in our community. I say again because it was just over a year ago when a high school student from Homestead was killed in a car accident. Now two Nicolet sophomores were killed this past weekend in a car accident. Living in this community you will be touched by this in some way. Whether it is hearing it on the news, driving by Nicolet and seeing all of the news stations there (wouldn’t it be nice if they could let the kids work through this without blaring it in their faces), driving by the site and seeing …Continue reading →