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Good Health News • Winter Holidays• 2013

Good Health News Winter Holidays • 2013 Volume 6 Number 3

Happy Holidays from Health in Motion!

In This Issue

Health in Motion director Natan Gendelman along with our staff wish everyone

Gift Ideas for Kids ................................Page 1 Untold Dangers of Fake Christmas Trees & Healthy Holiday Recipe ................................Page 2 The Scandal Behind the H1N1 Pandemic ................................Page 3 Here's What People Have to Say about LIFE ................................Page 4

Happy Holidays and and a safe winter!

Gift Ideas for Kids 1. A diary

A diary could be the simplest gift that could really spark imagination in your children and push them to draw, doodle their hearts out. Now there are tons of diaries published with detailed instructions on how to fill them out, check out which one your child would have the most fun with.

2. Learn-to-dress dolls

Find dolls that will help children learn to put clothes on them, this would help children with learning delays coach themselves to dress and undress. The functions of tying shoe laces, buttoning up, using zippers and buckles would be more fun with a fluffy doll.

3. TickleMe Plant

Introducing children to nature is the one of the best things you can do as a parent. Check out this TickleMe Plant [ http://ticklemeplant.com/ ], which gets shy and contracts when you tickle it. This is sure to be a kids’ favorite!

4. Constellation night light

For kids who can’t sleep in the dark, this night-light will shine lights in the form of constellations in the night sky onto their bedroom ceilings. Best scenario for a bedtime story.

5. Toy walker

Get a fun toy walker with buttons, mirrors to encourage hands-on activities that would help encourage fine motor skills. Having this toy would also inspire children to stand, walk and push the walker along, helping them improve their balance and coordination.

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General General Health Health

∂ The Untold Dangers of Fake Christmas Trees Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/26/health/fda-moves-to-regulate-food-for-animals.html

This holiday season, are you looking

forward to putting up a big tree in your living room, covered with beautiful ornaments and gifts laid at the bottom? Did you ever think about whether your tree is actually good for the environment or have any harmful effects for your health? Compared to real trees, fake trees have greater damaging hazards to human health and the environment. Plastics such as polyvinyl chloride (or PVC / vinyl) make up a considerable proportion of fake trees. This specific type of plastic is non-renewable and derived from petroleum.

Healthy Holiday Recipe

Some carcinogens, such as dioxin, ethylene dichloride and vinyl chloride are generated when PVC is made, which pollutes the environment. Many Chinese factories manufacturing these fake trees have very lax labor standards and don’t adequately protect their workers from handling the dangerous chemicals. It has been shown in animal tests that these additives are linked to damages to the liver, kidney, neurological and reproductive system.

Roasted Pears (4 servings)

Also, fake trees might shed dust laced with lead, that might land on your living room floor, holiday gifts, or worst, you might inhale it accidentally. This holiday season, consider to invest in a live tree from a local plant nursery, which you could also choose to replant in your own yard once the holiday is over. Take note that live trees should not spend more than a week indoors to prevent them growing in the warmth of a house. Once this happens, the tree cannot be replanted in the cold weather. We wish you a happy holiday where you enjoy good health with family and friends! (Source: http://environment.about.com/od/ greenchristmas/a/christmas_trees.htm)

Nutritional benefits: Studies show that pears show consistent ability to reduce risks of diabetes. Vitamin C in lemon juice produces a healthy glow in skin. Research has shown that compounds in maple syrup have anti-cancer and anti-diabetic properties.

Duration: 35 minutes Ingredients: 2-3 pears 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons maple syrup

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. 2. Skin, core, and slice the pears. Toss them in lemon juice in a large bowl; add the maple syrup and toss again. Transfer the glazed pears to a baken pan large enough so you do not have to stack the slices one over another. Bake the pear slices, stirring occasionally to prevent them from sticking onto the pan. Serve when pears are tender and golden. Health in Motion Rehabilitation (416) 250-1904) www.healthinmotionrehab.com


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The Scandal Behind the H1N1 Pandemic Information Resource: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/narcolepsy/narcolepsy.htm

In April 2009, swine influenza broke out in Mexico, it was the first recorded case of H1N1 in history. In June 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the H1N1 a pandemic. Countries then proceeded to take steps to combat this ‘pandemic’, one of the most immediate responses were to research on vaccines.

A Swedish study demonstrated that children and adolescents under the age of 20 could have a risk that is four times higher when they are vaccinated with Pandemrix, the name of the H1N1 vaccine. Recently, a scientific study from the United Kingdom’s Health Protection Agency has found that Pandemrix and narcolepsy in children is connected. Pandemrix was not licensed for use in the United States.

Within a year of trying to maintain control over H1N1, statistics showed that the mortality rate of this influenza was much lower than that of the seasonal flu. In Europe, there were around 2,900 deaths due to H1N1, compared to the statistical estimates of 40,000 More than 36 million children and adults in the – 220,000 deaths annually because of the seasonal flu. European Union have been vaccinated against H1N1 with four different vaccines. However, there started to be reports surfacing about cases of Narcolepsy (a chronic neurologic disorder There have been reports on whether the World caused by the brain’s inability to regulate sleep-wake Health Organization has been influenced by key cycles normally) occurring in children who took H1N1 scientists representing major pharmaceutical firms vaccinations. that produced the H1N1 vaccines. Michèle Rivasi, an ecologist and a Member of the European Parliament, stated during a European Union H1N1 management evaluation in Strasbourg, France on March 7, 2011: “I would like to highlight the cases or narcolepsy that have been reported in children in Finland and Sweden following vaccination with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)’s H1N1 influenza vaccine. These cases need our attention. In the first instance, they clearly demonstrate that there are still grey areas, both in relation to the actual toxicity of the vaccines and adjuvants and in relation to possible risks as yet unknown to the manufacturers themselves. Finland has suspended the use of this vaccine until more information is available. It is time that the precautionary principle benefited patients for once instead of always benefiting the companies.”

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Learning Independent Function Everyday. That's LIFE.

what people have to say ∂ Here's about our LIFE Program:

Mini Program For: kids 0-12 & 12-15 with CP, ABI or stroke Frequency: 1-3 times a week, 2-3 hours/day Duration: Ongoing as needed Maxi Program For: kids 0-12 & 12-15 with CP, ABI or stroke Frequency: 5 times a week, 3-5 hours/day Duration: 4 weeks Contact us if you are interested in booking for Nov-Dec 2013. 2014 dates are also available.

"We entered this programme on a recommendation from a friend so I already had an idea of what to expect, but halfway through the four weeks it is exceeding all my expectations. Natan is amazing with Finn, he knows exactly what to do with him & how to handle him. Already I am seeing a huge improvement with Finn and he is delighted with all the new things he is learning to do. For the first time since Finn has been diagnosed I am excited about what he is going to achieve."

Claire Dempsey, Dublin, Ireland ∂ Nothing can be built up on disability.

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