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Dr Brewer said ‘It’s not often you hear a doctor recommending cookies, but Dr Siegal’s unique recipe offers a new option for people struggling to lose weight’.
A British doctor is calling on GPs to prescribe a radical new diet for obese children.
Dr Sarah Brewer claims that, with 3 in 10 UK children aged 2 to 15 being overweight, radical action is needed by the NHS.
She suggests doctors prescribe the Cookie Diet to kids who are in real danger of developing heart disease through severe overeating.
The diet asks users to eat 9 healthy cookies spread throughout the day, plus a 500 to 700 calorie evening meal in which they obtain their 5-a-day fruit and veg.
Dr Brewer believes that such radical measures are needed to arrest the alarming slide into chronic obesity that some British kids are facing.
She says ‘The size of the UK’s childhood obesity crisis is staggering and it’s time for decisive action. Many different approaches have been tried but, so far, traditional approaches have failed to make an impact.
‘It’s time we tried a new approach and while extreme diets should be a last resort for our children, too many British kids are already facing up to a life of medical problems and misery.
‘If we can’t recreate the old days of healthy eating and children playing in the great outdoors more often, we have to take a 21st century approach to a 21st century problem. Let’s swap the unhealthy snacks kids are currently eating for a healthier version that helps them feel full yet comes in the reassuringly familiar shape of a cookie.
Numerous methods have been tried by the authorities to curb childhood obesity. Recent headlines have focussed on the fact that 74 children under 11 have been taken away from their parents by the authorities for being overweight while 183 youngsters in England, Scotland and Wales have tipped the scales at 16 stone or more in the last 3 years.
Parents have also turned to extreme measures to help their kids shed the pounds, including children as young as 15 having gastric band operations through the NHS.
Dr Brewer believes that every option should be considered before any child is removed from their family or faced with the knife. ‘Rather than putting children on the operating table, we should explore other weight loss options that have been shown to work in other countries.’
Dr Siegal’s Cookie Diet was developed in the US by Dr Sanford Siegal to help combat the bulging issue of expanding waistbands. This medically endorsed approach has since become popular throughout Hollywood, even making the hop down under to Australia where it is hugely popular.
The cookie diet’s high protein, low sugar cookies are designed to fill you up without taking away your ability to enjoy the kind of snack food we all love tucking into.
They contain a healthy blend of hunger-satiating amino acids derived from milk, egg white, oatmeal, rice and other grains. These are baked into a range of tasty Cookies which, when eaten little-and-often during the day, keep hunger at bay. Made using rapeseed oil, they also provide healthy monounsaturated and essential fatty acids.
A recent review published in the journal Archives of Disease In Childhood titled, “Marketing breast milk substitutes: problems and perils throughout the world,” revealed a disturbing statistic:
Currently, suboptimal breastfeeding is associated with over a million deaths each year and 10% of the global disease burden in children
The review also highlighted an embarrassing fact of US history:
On 21 May 1981 the WHO International Code of Marketing Breast Milk Substitutes (hereafter referred to as the Code) was passed by 118 votes to 1,the US casting the sole negative vote. The Code arose out of concern that the dramatic increase in mortality, malnutrition and diarrhoea in very young infants in the developing world was associated with aggressive marketing of formula. The Code prohibited any advertising of baby formula, bottles or teats and gifts to mothers or ‘bribery’ of health workers.
The International Code of Marketing Breast Milk Substitutes, which the US thwarted the global consensus on, established an international health policy framework for breastfeeding promotion, as well as recommending restrictions on the marketing of infant formula.
Could the lack of US support and implementation for breastfeeding initiatives such as this be a major factor in why our nation, 30 years later, has one of the worst infant mortality rates in the developed world (29th), tying Slovakia, but lagging behind Cuba?
Presently, less than 5% of U.S. infants are born in “Baby-Friendly” hospitals, “a global designation that indicates best practices in maternity care to support breastfeeding mothers,” according to the CDC’s website. This is one reason why only 14.8% of infants born in the US are exclusively breastfed at 6 months, and only 35.% at 3 months. Conversely, 25.4% are never breastfed, with 24.5% of breastfed infants receiving formula before 2 days. 
According to statistics from 2010, the United States and Western Europe account for 33% of the global infant formula market, which consists of 2,260,000,000 lbs of product worth 11.5 billion US dollars. 
And here is a major point in need of differentiation: is the aforementioned global burden of infant mortality associated solely with a lack of breastfeeding, or, rather, does it not also reveal the potential lethality of the milk substitutes being provided and promoted?
We have already investigated some rather disturbing problems with common infant formulas on the market, including so-called “USDA organic” formula which contain highly toxic chemicals advertised as “nutrients,” in three previous articles: 1) Why Is Pesticide Used As An Ingredient In Infant Formula? 2) Chemicals As “Nutrients” In “USDA Organic” Infant Formula 3) Infant Formula For Disaster. Clearly, considering the research, infant formula is not benign. If you would like to view the first-hand studies on over 50 adverse health effects associated with infant formula consumption, visit our infant formula page.
Over 70 years ago, Dr. Cicely Williams, a British pediatrician who worked in poverty-stricken areas of Africa and Asia, penned these words:
If your lives were embittered as mine is, by seeing day after day this massacre of the innocents by unsuitable feeding, then I believe you would feel as I do that misguided propaganda on infant feeding should be punished as the most criminal form of sedition, and that those deaths should be regarded as murder
In her book “Milk and Murder,” Dr. Cicely was one of the first physicians to draw attention to the corporate take-over of breastfeeding through its shameless, and deadly promotion of infant formula as a substitute even when medically unnecessary.
So, what if it is true that over one million infants die every year from a combination of the toxic effects of infant formula and a lack of breast milk? Where are the conventional pediatricians and CDC focusing, given this reality? Vaccines, vaccines … and more vaccines.
As Dr. Linda Folden Palmer wrote, in her book The Deadly Influence of Formula:
Pediatricians spend much time frightening parents with something like a 1 in 100,000 combined risk from vaccine-preventable diseases when parents question the utility and safety of vaccines…. Yet these very same professionals offer formula samples with the other hand – when the magnitude of health risks associated with the use of formula is 500 times greater.
Written and unwritten policy now dictates that vaccination, e.g. the administration of the hepatitis B antigen shot on the first day of life, is more important than encouraging women to breast feed. Were breastfeeding a priority, health authorities would discourage the unnecessary use of epidurals, birth induction with synthetic oxytocin (Pitocin), and subsequently far higher rates of Cesarean section, all of which reduce the likelihood of initial infant-mother bonding, initial latching on and long-term breastfeeding success.
We must go higher up the food chain to the World Health Organization (WHO) in order to understand where these policies are coming from. The WHO claims (2008) that “1.5 million of deaths among children under 5 years were due to diseases that could have been prevented by routine vaccination. This represents 17% of global total mortality in children under 5 years of age.” Even if these figures were true – and corroborating support for the WHO’s statement, vetted through independent scientific bodies like the Cochrane Database Review, are conspicuously absent – it would not surpass in statistical significance breastfeeding as a means to reduce morbidity and mortality in infants.
Instead, we find vaccine researchers and proponents proposing the delaying of breastfeeding to “improve” vaccine responses. Why? Because vaccines actually induce a disease state (i.e. unnaturally elevated antibodies in response to synthetic antigens and adjuvants) that breast milk and breastfeeding attenuate. The breast and its milk therefore become the symbolic enemy of thetranshumanist vaccine agenda. In truth, the vaccines further add to the burden of infant mortality and morbidity in ways that the CDC will not acknowledge as a matter of principle; despite the supporting body of clinical evidence on vaccine-associated adverse health effects, which have grown to disturbing proportions.
Ultimately, it is natural birth and breastfeeding that will ensure the health of each and every upcoming generation. The more we attempt to supplant natural sources of nourishment, as well as displacing natural immunity in favor of synthetic vaccines, we provide the supposedly missing explanation for why autism spectrum disorders, childhood cancers, and a score of other now common diseases that afflict our youngest on a truly epidemic scale, are now the norm and not the exception.
 Marketing breast milk substitutes: problems and perils throughout the world. Arch Dis Child. 2012 Jun ;97(6):529-32. Epub 2012 Mar 14. PMID: 22419779
 UBIC Consulting: Ingredients for the World Infant Formula Market, 2010
 World Health Organization, Immunization surveillance, assessment and monitoring: Vaccine-preventable diseases.
Having healthy fit families requires that the entire family be involved. So many times we see families that go there separate ways on a day to day basis. Mom and dad go to work out at different hours of the day or not at all. The kids are either sitting in front of the television or computer and never make it outside at all or they have teams that they play on and practices that they go to alone.
Healthy families need to be families that make a point to exercise together. Not only will it make them healthier but it will also bring them closer as a family. This is something that is more important in today’s world than ever. In the past there was very little alternative to spending lots of time outside and doing things with your family, that was the days before computers and hundreds of channels on television.
Once we made up our minds to go for a walk or other activity as a family a couple times a week my spouse and I were so surprised at how good we were feeling. We had been neglecting exercising because we felt we were too busy and opting to just fall into bed each night exhausted and start over again the next day. Just this small change in our lifestyle brought great changes in our energy levels.
And since we had begun to feel so much better we decided to add additional outdoor exercise activities for our family. We started taking day trips to local parks and recreation areas and in our search for places to go we were astonished at how much there was to do! There were natural waterfalls you could hike to, hills you could climb (that to us seemed like mountains), nature trails, bird sanctuaries, and tons of other places of interest that were not at all expensive but a treat for the family. We began all this for our kids and found ourselves feeling better every day and having a much easier time getting up in the mornings for work.
We then decided to join our local YMCA so that we could swim as a family and take advantage of all the great programs they had in place for families there. The Y even had a lake that they allowed us to fish in. There was an outdoor track around the small lake for walking or jogging as well.
I recommend looking online and checking out family recreational areas near to your home. If you are not already an active family I will bet you are surprised at all the different places there are to explore within a couple hours of home. There are farms, ranches, orchards, lakes, rivers, and many other exciting places to visit all over the country. Not only will this turn your family into a healthier family but it will also serve to bring you much closer as well. It is up to us as parents to initiate this change in our families and I know when you do you will be glad you did. I know we are!
Ken Myers is a father, husband, and entrepreneur. He has combined his passion for helping families find in-home care with his experience to build a business. Learn more about him by visiting @KenneyMyers on Twitter.
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We all want our little ones to stay warm and safe when we’re on the move. But parents are being warned that putting babies in car seats wearing coats could prove fatal.
According to recent research*, more than half of all British carers – a staggering 56 per cent – are unaware that snowsuits and bulky outdoor wear can squash down in an accident, making straps too loose to keep their child secure.
As a result, experts at the Department of Transport** say up to 80 per cent of us aren’t using car seats safely – with poor harness tension the number one failing.
And with more than three quarters of parents – 76 per cent – regularly dressing little ones in coats before setting off in the car, the scale of the problem is huge.
Now a new campaign is being launched to make carers aware of the dangers and offer clear advice about how to keep babies and young children safe and comfortable.
The Sit Tight initiative, backed by Child Seat Safety Expert, Kat Furlong, gives clear guidance to help parents test the safety of their car seat. As she says: “All parents want to do the best for their babies but this is one area where changes need to be made.”
“Making sure children are comfortable and safe is of utmost importance. Following the Sit Tight guide is an easy way to test the effectiveness of your car seat and make sure you get it right.”
The campaign has been launched by baby accessories company, Ruby and GINGER who offer a range of practical travel solutions, including their own Cosy Car Seat Cover – a 3+ tog product that removes the need for bulky coats and snowsuits altogether.
Now director Liz Rhodes is urging people to follow the Sit Tight checklist on their website to make sure their children stay safe and secure all year round.
Recently shortlisted in the Best Safety category in the Mother&Baby awards 2014 and tested and approved to rigorous European R44 standards the Ruby and GINGER Cosy Car Seat Cover allows parents to tighten harness straps as needed.
As Liz says: As she says: “Our easy test guides takes a matter of minutes but in the event of an accident it could save your child’s life. We work hard to offer a range of solutions to make parents’ lives easier and our Cosy Car Seat Cover has been designed to do just that – keeping children snug without compromising safety.”
Ruby and GINGER’s Sit Tight Checklist:
The Ruby and GINGER Cosy Car Seat Cover
Find more information about Sit Tight on www.rubyandginger.co.uk/sittight