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Summer Sun

 

Summer is well and truly here, and so, you are probably basking in the cool breeze from an air-conditioner as you read this - I certainly am! Just make sure that your air-conditioner has been professionally cleaned though, I got mine done recently, and you wouldn’t believe how filthy they get inside!

 

Shanghai does become incredibly hot in summer, and when the days are polluted it can become incredibly muggy outside. That being said, we do get many days with some fine blue skies (which then makes you notice the chemtrails incidentally). 

 

You’ll also probably see parents slapping sunscreen on their children as well. Little do so many parents know however, that sunscreen can be incredibly harmful to the body. 

 

Sunscreens aren’t all equal

 

We assume, that all sunscreen is safe, especially if the sunscreen product is advertised for children. Unfortunately, this is wrong! More and more research is emerging, and showing how toxic sunscreens really are for the body…

 

A paper published in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics states that:

 

“Sunscreens protect against sunburn, but there is no evidence that they protect against basal cell carcinoma or melanoma. Problems lie in the behaviour of individuals who use sunscreens to stay out longer in the sun than they otherwise would. Vitamin D inhibition is, at this stage, unlikely due to insufficient use by individuals. Safety of sunscreens is a concern, and sunscreen companies have emotionally and inaccurately promoted the use of sunscreens.”

 

The full paper can be read here.

 

 

The chemicals to watch out for

 

 

The majority of sunscreens available in the shops contain a concoction of toxic chemicals. Here are the ones to watch out for when you read the ingredients: 

 

 

  • Oxybenzon = endocrine disrupting chemical 
  • Avobenzone = promotes free radicals in the skin, therefore increases skin cancer risk
  • Parabens = endocrine disrupting  chemical
  • Fragrance = hidden blend of chemicals (some of which can be toxic). 
  • Homosalte = endocrine disrupting chemical 
  • Nano-zinc = promotes free radicals in the skin, therefore increases skin cancer risk, also if it is inhaled (such as by using aerosol suncreams) nano-particles can be harmful to the lungs
  • Titanium Dioxide = promotes free radicals in the skin, therefore increases skin cancer risk, also if it is inhaled (such as by using aerosol suncreams) nano-particles can be harmful to the lungs
  • Propylene Glycol = Increases risk of inflaming skin and causing red dots to appear, allergic reaction
  • Retinyl Palmitate = accelerates cancer growth

Toxic sunscreen = toxic environment

 

There is an environmental cost to sunscreens as well. It’s been shown that when they get seep into the oceans (either through swimming in the sea, showering, or even through urine) the toxic chemicals eventually make their way into the marine life, and they then cause serious damage. More reading on this can be found here.

 

Good sunscreens can be hard to find

 

You’ll find after scouring through all the known sunscreen brands that almost all of them will have some of the above ingredients.

 

The reason being, is that these ingredients do indeed work, that is they stop you from potentially burning, but at a cost to your own health!

 

We need the sunshine 

 

The sun is healthy and natural, and it is a vital source of Vitamin D for us, it therefore shouldn’t be avoided or blocked out by using unnatural sunscreens. The key, is to avoid overly long exposure and to limit time spent outdoors when the sun is at its fiercest in summer. Did you know that over 75% of us are Vitamin D deficient? Another reason not to block out the sun…

 

Protection starts from within

 

To keep your skin healthy, and to better protect against the sun it starts with a good diet. Here is a list of foods which will give you better skin and provide better protection:

 

  • Orange foods like carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and cantaloupe which are high in beta-carotene (Vitamin A) and can reduce sunburn and wrinkles.
  • Citrus fruits – contain quercetin and Vitamin C.
  • Spinach, kale and other leafy greens which are high in lutein.
  • Tomatoes, watermelon and red peppers which contain lycopene.
  • Omega 3 fatty acids, found in salmon, fish oil, flaxseeds, walnuts and canola oil.
  • Foods rich in selenium (which has been found to reduce risk of death from skin cancer by 50%) such as Brazil nuts and walnuts.
  • Teas – which are high in antioxidants.
  • Berries – the highest fruit sources of antioxidants.
  • Fish or UV treated mushrooms – which are full of Vitamin D, something that can have a protective effect against sunburn and skin cancer.

 

  • Olives, olive oil, nuts and seeds – rich sources of Vitamin E, great for healing the skin.

Natural alternatives

 

If your diet is in check, but still want to take an extra precaution when in the sun, then try some of these natural alternatives:

 

  • Red Raspberry Seed Oil – of all the oils, Red Raspberry Seed Oil may provide some of the highest broad spectrum UV protection as it contains vitamin E, vitamin A, and omega fatty acids.
  • Hemp Seed Oil – said to offer an SPF of around 6, hemp oil can be used on your skin or taken internally to boost omega 3 levels.
  • Macadamia Oil – also believed to have an SPF of 6.
  • Sesame Seed Oil – an SPF of approximately 4.
  • Shea Butter – there are so many reasons to use Shea butter, one of which is its SPF of 4.
  • Jojoba Oil – this oil has a myriad of uses for hair and skin, while offering a sun protection factor of 4.
  • Coconut Oil – with an SPF of just 2, coconut oil isn’t going to be your first line of defence against the sun, but it’s an added bonus of this popular DIY beauty product ingredient

 

 

Of course, if you are out in the sun for long periods, then cover up with light, thin, cotton clothing and wear a wide brimmed hat. It’s as simple as that!

 

Make your own safe sunscreen for you and your family

 

Why not have a go at making your own sunscreen? This recipe from draxe works well and is healthy and natural.

 

Homemade Sunscreen | Total Time: 30 minutes | Serves: 10

 

INGREDIENTS:

10 drops lavender

1 tbsp pomegranate oil

3/4 C coconut oil

2 tbsp Zinc Oxide

2 tbsp shea butter

Glass Jar

 

 

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients except zinc oxide in a jar.
  • Place a saucepan with 2 inches of water on stove over medium/low heat.
  • Place jar in saucepan and stir contents until ingredients start to melt.
  • Once all ingredients are combined, add in zinc oxide and stir well. Store in a cool place.

 

 

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You may have a child who is reaching an age where you are considering giving them ‘pocket money’. Giving your child pocket money can provide opportunities for your child to practice their numeracy skills and allows them to understand the importance and function of money in the world in which they live. For my child, who is approaching 3 yrs old, already knows how important it is to keep a ‘coin’ handy for the ‘rides’ dotted around outside shops!

 

Earning the money

 

 

Pocket money shouldn’t be just given willy nilly though, rather you can help instil some work ethic and show them the importance of responsibilities. The completion of little jobs will be much more satisfying and rewarding compared to just giving money for nothing. From my own experience, when I was a child, I used to get about £2 a week, and for that I completed little jobs such as hoovering the carpets, washing the car, washing the dishes, mowing the lawn , etc. I do remember feeling satisfied when each job was completed, and allowed me to better respect my surroundings and be more tidy. 

 

Life lessons

 

With money, comes many life lessons. Words and phrases such as save, spend, lend, borrow, pay back, invest etc, can all be taught about. The earlier your child understands money, the better they will understand finance as a whole and potentially be more wealthy as they get older! Helping your child to invest, instead of spend their money is perhaps the best habit you can instil into your child from early on.

 

 

Below is an infographic I’ve put together that you can show your child on how to earn their pocket money!

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The trees are first to fall

 

I was on my way home from work the other day, and I noticed that a once lovely street full of trees, looked quite different. All the trees were in the process of being uprooted and sawn apart. The smell of cut trees filled the air, and the street no longer looked quite as pleasant. See the picture below:

 

 

 

So I wondered, what is going on here? Turns out that, this tree onslaught is going on all around Shanghai, and across other major cities in the world. Any guesses to why? Well some of you may be aware, as it has started to get some publicity…

5G deployment 

 

The reason being is to make way for small cell 5G installations. The telecom industry has switched from primarily installing large, macro cell towers to deploying significantly more “small cell” towers (5G). Most of you have probably heard of 5G by now (I gave it a mention in a previous post here). You see, 5G frequencies are not very efficient at going through objects, such as trees and so, must be removed before they can be employed. 

 

 

The industry/government wants wireless everywhere with “small cell” towers every couple hundred feet apart!  That means cell towers in our neighbourhoods, near schools and parks, where we live, work and play. The industry vision for 5G is to enable the Internet of Things, Smart Communities, driverless cars (and more), where roads and appliances (even baby diapers!) are embedded with wireless radiation transmitters that connect to cell phones, smart meters and the internet.

 

Weapon of mass destruction 

 

5G is a weapon used by the military, and they have been using it for nefarious purposes for a long time, some prime examples are in crowd control devices and ray guns. 

 

So why is it being deployed in our cities? Is it part of the depopulation plan? All the scientific evidence shows it is harmful to biological life. What the heck is going on? Has greed or money and information harvesting blinded governments? Or are governments consciously and knowingly trying to destroy us? Either way, it isn’t advisable to sit idly by…

 

 

 Ignorance is not bliss

 

When you ask people about 5G, chances are they say:

 

  • I don't know what it does
  • I don’t care about it
  • What are the benefits to it?
  • It is dangerous!

 

Your tax money hard at work

 

So, who pays for the deployment of 5G? You and me! The taxpayers! Paying our way to our doom… Couldn’t that money be better spent elsewhere, such as something that isn’t going to slowly kill all life?

 

Fortunately, it is unlikely to be everywhere. It will be mainly deployed in the urban areas (i.e., areas that are most concentrated with human life). So we know where to go/not to go.

 

The research is out and conclusive 

 

Did you know that there are over 28,000 peer reviewed studies that have been published on how and why 5G is dangerous? I’m sure you didn’t, because I certainly didn’t realise how many studies have been carried out. If you were to tune in to MSN (mainstream news), you wouldn’t get that message.

 

A 5G base station is on average 19 times more powerful than an existing 3G/4G base station - that means they pump out significantly higher doses of EMF and radiation. Dangerous to you, and even more dangerous to your children, as their bodies are much more susceptible to cellular damage.

 

What will happen to you and your children?

 

So what are the symptoms of 5G radiation? Well, here you are: 

 

  • fatigue
  • headaches
  • sleep problems
  • anxiety
  • ringing in the ears
  • heart problems
  • learning and memory disorders
  • increased cancer risk
  • increased risk children will be born with autism 
  • and more…

 

All living creatures will feel its affects

 

Studies found wireless radiation harms trees, birds, bees and insects as well. In fact, 5G is a 100 times more damaging to insects, because they absorb more radiation at these frequency ranges. So, if the bees die out, who pollinates our food? So we all go down together, right?!

 

A country that is malign and deceptive 

 

Perhaps not, as certain peoples (such as those in Israel) won’t be installing 5G. Considering that Israel has helped with the development of 5G, why won’t they deploy it in their own country?

 

 

Here in Shanghai

 

Unfortunately, Shanghai, Jiading will be the ‘leader’ in 5G deployment in China. The reason being, is that Anting in Jiading is the epicentre of car manufacturing, and they are leading the way in driver-less cars, and so they believe that 5G will help them in their advancement. This is why we can begin to see the trees along the roads disappearing at an accelerated pace…

 

 

The environmental problem is severe, but not as severe as the harm they will cause everybody. Especially to children.

 

I’ve written before about the importance of your children’s health, and this is another example of something that will impact their health. You want your children to learn, develop and be healthy, but if 5G is around them, then this is thrown into doubt….

 

 

Technology advancement should never come at the expense of your own health.

 

What to do?

 

What can you do about it? Share this information with everybody you know, and bring your communities together and say NO to 5G deployment!

 

 

More reading on this topic can be found at the following websites:

 


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If you’re a parent you’re most likely  looking out for your child’s safety. For example, you tell your child to hold your hand and cross the road when you see the green man. This is common sense, you do this to reduce risk and potential harm coming to your child. 

 

Why then, do so many parents not care about the harmful impacts of EMF (electromagnetic fields) and the various forms of radiation bombarding their child every second of the day? Ignorance? Apathy? Indifference? 

 

Anybody who researches the impacts of EMF and radiation on our bodies understands that it poses very real risks to our children and indeed ourselves. A previous blog post covering some of this topic can be found here. It includes a list of some of the scientific studies into this topic.

 

 

There is most likely a huge range of devices that are polluting your space as you read this. Some of the worst offenders include:

 

mobile phones (microwave radiation and EMF)

computers (microwave radiation and EMF)

WIFI routers (microwave radiation and EMF)

cellular towers (microwave radiation and EMF)

tablets/ipads (microwave radiation and EMF)

wireless printers (microwave radiation and EMF)

lights (EMF)

televisions (EMF)

 

Other things you may often use include:

 

microwave ovens (microwave radiation and EMF)

hairdryers (EMF)

washing machines (EMF)

baby monitors (microwave radiation and EMF)

electrical skin care products (EMF)

 

Your own list may include many more, but for me personally, these were the biggest culprits impacting me and my family’s life. So here are 10 quick solutions to improve you and your family's health:

 

What you can use to check

 

 

 It would be useful for you to get an EMF metre which allows you to test EMF and RF radiation. I bought one (the TRIFIELD EMF meter model TF2), and it allowed me to get a good understanding on what poses the biggest risks are around me. After knowing what they are, I’m then able to mitigate the risks. 

 

 

This is what I did (and I recommend you do the same):

1) Get wired!

 

Switch from a wireless household to a wired one. Switch off the wireless function in your router (can be founder in your router's homepage) and mobile devices and use good old ethernet cables. Your internet speed will be much faster and your home won’t be filled with harmful microwave radiation. Also persuade your workplace to go wired as well. You can get adapters for all your devices easily.

 

2) Keep it away from your body

 

Use the speaker phone function when talking on a phone, avoid putting it near your head. Most phones even say this in your settings page, keep it away by at least 5mm. 

 

3) Use an EMF cover for your laptop

 

Don’t put your laptop computer on your lap when working. If you need to, you can get some protection like using a EMF defender cover, like this one:

 

4) Bin the microwave oven

 

Throw away your microwave oven. Many of them leak significant levels of radiation, mine did. I was pretty shocked by the number I got on my metre. 

 

5) Towel dry!

 

Stop using a hairdryer to dry your hair. You’ll be shocked at the EMF level on your metre when you turn your hairdryer on. It most likely kills a large number of brain neurones each time you dry your hair...

 

6) Move away

 

Stay away from cellular towers. The cancer risk posed by them is significant. Ideally at least 1km away at all times. If you live close to one, consider moving. 

 

7) Sunlight is best

 

Check your lights are good quality and aren’t leaking large amounts of EMF. Don't stay too near to lights, and make use of natural sunlight as much as possible...or even the moonlight!

 

8) Save power and save your health

 

Unplug all electrical devices at night and turn off all devices. Even if a device is 'off', in most cases it will still be polluting your space. This is because many devices rely on digital on/off switches rather than mechanical ones.

9) The Stone of Life

 

Order some shungite and place it around your home, and wear it as jewellery. It is a truly magical stone that is sourced from Russia. It will help absorb EMF and radiation and provide numerous other health benefits to you and your family. It is a fantastic water purifier. I have shungite pyramids in front of my computer, I wear a shungite pendent and I have a piece of shungite stuck to the back of my phone. It’s brilliant stuff.

 

10) 5G a danger to humanity

 

Petition against 5G in your community. Studies into the affects of 5G and animals are startling. No sane person wants to be anywhere near 5G towers or devices. Watch the video below on the dangers of 5G.

 

 

Now you know

 

If you follow the above the recommendations, the impacts will be lesser to you and your family's health, but won’t be completely nullified. Indeed, when you go into a public space every man and his dog has a wireless device potentially infringing on you and your family’s health. The only solution to eliminate the risks completely would be to live off-grid and away from civilisation! Unfortunately for most people, this isn’t possible…

 

 

I hope that you take action on what you have read here, and do further research yourself into the topic and also share this with your friends and family (if you care about them that is)! It’s all about reducing your exposure. So here is to you and your family’s health and living cancer free. Remember, good health is the most important thing of all!

 

Dangers of 5G video
Wireless wake-up call video

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Getting in early

Being able to distinguish quickly between who needs additional support in the early years environment allows the child to progress quicker and makes developmental milestones more achievable to reach compared to if that additional support comes later, or indeed not at all. Recognising problems early on or potential problems and having them addressed can make positive and profound changes throughout a child’s life. Therefore, early years educators have huge potential in steering a child towards a more pleasant and rewarding life, providing we are aware and are engaged in the workplace environment that is. Early intervention then, not only requires awareness and engagement, but knowledge - that is understanding of the stage of development a particular child is in, and if they don’t fit into that stage adequately, then the process of intervention can begin. 

 

Communicating with parents foremost is essential, as most likely they will be able to contribute some valuable information about their child. Working with information from what the parents have provided, we can then begin our analysis of the child in question, making sure that all information is logged sufficiently. Information that is logged can then be passed on whenever required to do so.

 

Early intervention is crucial 

There are a number of important reasons why early intervention is crucial, both can have long term and short term impacts for the child and society. Of course disabilities are diverse in nature, but we know they all contribute extra stress to a child at some point.

 

Some examples of short term benefits in regard to receiving extra support are:

 

  • Better engagement in activities
  • More likely to reach developmental milestones and learning outcomes
  • Are more confident and more comfortable in the environment
  • Less likely to have accidents 
  • Parents will be grateful and appreciate the support
  • Logs/reports can be used for better planning and collaboration

Some examples of long term benefits in regard to receiving extra support are:

 

  • Prolonged life
  • Reduced chances of criminal behaviour 
  • Better mental health
  • Less likely to indulge in drink & drugs
  • Less likely to claim substantial amounts of benefits
  • Improvement in relationships
  • Are better parents themselves

Strategies 

 

As educators, there are a number of strategies we can use to meet children’s additional needs. Working with the child’s family should be step one, after all, they should already know a lot more than what we do in regard to the needs of the child. When we know the strengths and capabilities of a child, we can then begin to build on those. As all children  have some strengths, it shouldn’t be too difficult to do this. Finding these strengths can be done through observation as well as information passed on by parents and fellow staff. Working with external professionals, those in the health services in particular, can also be reached through various lines of communication when necessary also. They can aid the development of certain plans in best supporting the child. Of course, reaching out to the children themselves shouldn’t be underestimated either, children know a lot more than what we are led on, therefore concepts such as the importance of caring and understanding for each other, and other basic ethics should also be taught. In my experience, much of the ethics comes natural to children in most cases anyway.

 

Conclusive research

Some research carried out by the UK government also supports the idea of early intervention in early years, they say:

“Developing attunement, attachment, good communication skills and empathetic behaviour can help babies and children to  flourish and reduce problems seen later in life." Indeed, a wealth of research illustrates how early experiences and levels of development can predict later life outcomes. For example:

 

• A child’s development score at just 22 months can serve as an accurate predictor of educational outcomes at 26 years

• Vocabulary at age 5 has been found to be the best predictor (from a range of measures at age 5 and 10) of whether children who experienced social deprivation in childhood were able to ‘buck the trend’ and escape poverty in later adult life. The Ministry of Justice shows that 70% of young offenders have communication difficulties

• Some 54% of the incidence of depression in women and 58% of suicide attempts by women could be attributed to adverse childhood experiences, according to a study in the US

• An authoritative study of boys assessed by nurses at age 3 found that the boys who were considered to be ‘at risk’ had two and a half times as many criminal convictions at age 21 as the group deemed not to be at risk”

More information on this can be found here.

 

The early years is an opportunity 

As we can see the role of a competent knowledgeable early years educator is becoming more and more apparent. In most cases now, it’s not just one individual supporting a child with needs, rather a collective effort from parents, the staff and external professionals. The more of the ‘needs’ of children that are supported early on, the greater the chance of having positive outcomes for themselves and indeed society in general. This is perhaps then, why early years educators are having a better reputation among other professions - and rightly so. It's never been a better time for children to be part of our Little Cubs sessions! 

 

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Young children can sometimes say the funniest of things at times. For example my 2 yr old daughter, when we go to the park, there are these interesting looking speakers dotted around everywhere playing cheesy music, anyway, as soon as she hears them, she runs over to each and everyone and says “BEAKER BEAKER!” I try my best to model the ’S’ sound that should be at the beginning of the word… but to no avail! She really does sound funny and cute when she says it though!

I’m sure there have been many cases similar to this with your own children at some point too!

 

 

What we do know, is that a young child’s speech, language and communication is rapidly developing and before you know it they can have little conversations with you. Although development comes along naturally in a healthy environment, there are ways to further increase the developmental rate.  I’ve created the infographic below to give you some extra ideas in bettering your child’s speech, language & communication development. Hope you find it useful.

 

You may have noticed we have released a video collection based on the Oxford Reading Tree and read aloud by myself. I do really believe that it will help your young child with their english skills, so take a look! There is still the launch offer of 20% off, so be quick. Enter 'learningisfun' at checkout to save 20%.

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A disturbing event

 

 

I was recently sat outside Can Cubs, enjoying the fresh air (it’s not often so ‘fresh’ in Shanghai, so thought I’d make the most of it)!, when my motion of thought was interrupted by a mother in her early 30s smacking the bottom of her daughter repeatedly. I wasn’t sure on what the little girl did, but I was thinking what ever it could of been surely didn’t deserve that rollocking. The little girl was clearly upset and in distress. Indeed, violence should never been used as a form of punishment no matter what the ‘wrong doing’ a child may have done. Unfortunately there are still many children subjected to violence and abuse from family members. Perhaps their reason is that ‘this is how I was punished, so therefore this is how I will punish my children’. I myself was subjected to violence as a child for my ‘wrong doings’, as many other adults will testify too. As I am a parent now, I couldn’t fathom hurting my own child. Is this a difference in personality, a control of emotion, patience or knowledge? Or perhaps it’s all four…

The consequences 

 

It’s been well documented that when children receive violence as a punishment (e.g. smacking), they will often use this as a solution to their own problems. After all, by a child’s logic, my parents use it, so it surely must be the correct method to punish or solve a problem. You could say that this is one of the 'minor' negative effects from a long list of more serious effects it has on a child’s short term and eventual adult life. There is a good reason why it is illegal to hit children in over thirty countries worldwide.

 

So you may be asking what are the consequences violence/smacking will have on my child?

 

Here is the conclusive list:

  • turns them into angry, resentful adults with psychological and emotional problems
  • they are more defiant towards parents and authorities 
  • the poorer their relationships with parents 
  • the more likely they are to report hitting a dating partner or spouse
  • they are also more likely to suffer mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression, and substance abuse problems
  • less likely to empathise with others or internalise norms of moral behaviour

 

What a parent should be doing

 

A plethora of research over the years have supported the above, and yet you still see this behaviour in society. Here are the top 7 solutions to discipline a child without using violence:

 

  1. education
  2. expressing disapproval
  3. having a little discussion
  4. ignoring
  5. separation and replacement
  6. time-outs (also known as “thinking time”)
  7. warnings

 

It’s worth understanding the emotional well-being of your child, as it may be a determining factor in not using smacking as a solution. Find below a slideshow I made which sums up a child’s emotional well-being quite tidily.

 

 

For further reading into this topic click here.

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Eating healthily is something that we all think we know how to do, and indeed teach our children what to eat  and what not to eat, right? You may think the simple answer is to have a natural balanced diet rich in vegetables and fruits, wholewheat foods and quality protein from beans and eggs is enough. You wouldn’t be wrong with that answer, but, it’s important to have a greater awareness on the entirety of everything that effects your health and on what exactly gets added to foods and other things you put into your body.

 

 

Here is a list of substances that enter our bodies and have an adverse effect on our health. I'm sure at least some of this list will come as a surprise to you...

 

  1. Fluoride

 

One particular growing concern among people is fluoride. This toxic chemical is found tap water, soft drinks and, toothpaste and even foods. Some countries have higher quantities than others though. Fluoride has a profoundly negative effect on our health. Here is a list on the effects on our bodies fluoride has:  (sourced from the Fluoride Action Network)

 

 

 

Arthritis

Gastrointestinal Effects

Bone Fracture

Hypersensitivity

Brain Effects

Kidney Disease

Cancer

Male Fertility

Cardiovascular Disease

Pineal Gland

Diabetes

Skeletal Fluorosis

Endocrine Disruption

Thyroid Disease

Acute Toxicity

 

 

Solution: I advice you to watch the documentary at the bottom of the page titled ‘The Great Culling’ to understand the full scope of then fluoride problem. It can be difficult to avoid fluoride in some places, but you can install special filtration systems for your tap water or source from somewhere that clearly doesn’t contain any. The easiest thing to cut a portion of fluoride out is to swap your toothpaste for charcoal based toothpaste instead of fluoride based toothpaste (I did a long time ago, and my teeth never felt better)!

 

 

2) Pesticides

 

Used to raise and treat produce and other products, these poisons often leave behind residues. They've been linked to everything from cancer to birth defects.

 

 

Solution: Organic foods are required to be synthetic pesticide-free.

 

 

3) BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole) & BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene)

 

These common processed food preservatives have been declared carcinogens by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. They’re also accused of disrupting hormones and impacting male fertility.

 

 

Solution: Check ingredient lists to avoid.

 

4) Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH/rBST)

 

Given to cows to increase milk production, rGBH produces elevated levels of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) in dairy products. IGF-1 is a significant factor in breast, prostate and colon cancers.

 

 

Solution: Choose organic or rBGH-free dairy products.

 

 

5) Sodium Aluminum Sulphate and Potassium Aluminum Sulphate

 

Used in processed cheese products, baked goods, and microwave popcorn, among other packaged goods, these ingredients are linked to adverse reproductive, neurological, behavioural, and developmental effects.

 

 

Solution: Read ingredient lists to avoid this toxin.

 

6) Bisphenol-A (BPA)

 

Found in food and beverage can linings, this hormone-mimicker is suspected of promoting breast and prostate cancer, reproductive and behavioural problems, obesity, and diabetes.

 

 

Solution: Avoid canned foods. Choose fresh, dried, or frozen instead.

 

7) Sodium Nitrite/Nitrate

 

Used in deli foods like processed meats, these preservatives are linked to many types of cancer. Beware of “uncured” and “no added nitrites/nitrates” products. They often use celery juice instead, which is high in nitrates.

 

 

Solution: Read ingredient lists to avoid this toxin.

 

8) Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons

 

These carcinogens are created when fat is burned—by flames or very high heat.

 

 

Solution: Pre-cook grillables and finish over low flame.

 

9) Vaccines 

 

Like any other medical treatment, vaccination must be justified in view of an objective risk/benefit analysis. All risks and benefits must be considered. Any rational medical treatment must do more good than harm. This is universally accepted.

The problem with vaccines is that risks have been underestimated, and the benefits overestimated. In particular, the risk of brain injury from vaccines is much higher than commonly believed. 

 

 

Solution: Ensure you do your research into the type of vaccine you or your child will take, and make an informed choice. See the documentary at the bottom of this page.

 

 

10) Acrylamide

 

Formed by cooking or frying starchy foods like potatoes and grains at high temperatures, acrylamide is a carcinogen.

 

 

Solution: Avoid fried foods, snack chips, crackers, toasted cereals, cookies, and bread crusts.

 

11) Brominated Vegetable Oil

 

Used in fruit-flavoured drinks and sodas, animal studies found high doses of this toxin led to reproductive and behavioural problems.

 

 

Solution: Check ingredients listings

 

12) Artificial Food Colouring/Dyes 

 

These ubiquitous chemicals have been linked to neurological disorders like ADHD. 

 

 

Solution: Read ingredient lists to avoid.

 

13) Dioxins

 

These highly toxic pollutants accumulate in fatty foods and are linked to cancer, liver damage, birth defects, and endocrine and immune disruption.

 

 

Solution: Choose low- or no-fat foods or cut out meat entirely

 

14) Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) 

 

Found in about 70 percent of processed foods with corn-, soy-, cottonseed-, canola-, and sugar beet-based ingredients, GMOs may cause organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility.

 

 

Solution: Go organic! GMOs aren’t allowed in certified organic foods. And they aren’t ever labeled, making them difficult to avoid in non-organic foods.

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Well as promised, the release of high quality english learning videos are ready to download! After months of work, your children can now reap the benefits by learning from them.

 

Do you want your child to learn and develop their english language skills?

Do you want them to learn how to read and enhance their current reading skills to a higher level?

 

Do you want them to listen and engage with a native english speaker? Do you want them to learn english while having fun?

 

Then if yes, with Prime Cubs Storytime your child can! We can together! Our videos features the Oxford Reading Tree collection - one of the world’s foremost brands when it comes to developing literacy skills in young children. It’s used in 80% of all UK primary schools. Each book covers a different topic and provides new words, phrases and concepts for your child to learn and enjoy. If combined with the hundreds of activity sheets available, your child really will make strides in their listening, reading, speaking and writing english skills. 

 

Our videos range from level 1 (just beginning to read) to level 6 (being able to read confidently).

 

English is becoming an ever more important language to learn in today’s world, so if english is your child’s second language, be sure to develop it as quickly as possible to give them a best possible start in life!

 

During your child's learning I encourage you to reach out to me and let me know how your child is getting on. Ideally, have your child write to me directly, and practice their writing skills! Let me be your child’s personal english teacher today and I hope to hear from your child very soon!

 

 

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As we are now in the New Year, I’d like to take this chance to wish everybody a Happy and Prosperous New Year from myself and everybody at Can Cubs! At Can Cubs it’s been an industrious year, we've made sure it was by following this simple yet profound quote from Buddha  “Fools wait for a lucky day, but everyday is a lucky day for an industrious man.” I like this quote, and it rings true for anybody who wants to make something of themselves or their business. Here are my five personal highlights from this year at Can Cubs:

 

Easter

  • During Easter, we held an outdoor event in the local park, it was a beautiful warm sunny day, and we organised Easter egg hunts and other Easter games and activities. The children loved it! For many, it was the first time they had experienced the joy of Easter.

 

Summer Camp

  • Our Summer Camp was booked up almost instantly with repeat customers from the previous year, the children couldn’t wait and the parents knew that their children would be taken care of well. Plenty of unforgettable memories forged in that time. The children participated in a large variety of activities (English, fencing, archery, drama, martial arts, natural science, games, sports, art & crafts) and it was great to see them all develop well throughout the camp!

 

Halloween

  • Halloween was another one of those events that booked up instantly with repeat customers from the previous year. I knew how to make this kind of event special, because I once had a part-time job in my earlier life working in a ‘Real Haunted House’! Of course I keyed the scary parts down a little though! We had an array of pumpkins, halloween decorations, smoke and music - combining with our session content and the children being dressed up, it was another unforgettable night!

 

Christmas

  • A visit from Santa at Christmas is a must for all children! We made sure that happen! We put a lot of effort into making sure it would be the best possible Christmas for our members - and fortunately it was! We had a Santa’s Grotto, themed art and craft tables, a Christmas session, games, crackers, food, snacks and Christmas drinks, gift exchanges, & Christmas disco! We invested a lot into it, but hearing the testimonials afterwards, it was well worth it. 

 

And the rest!

  • Of course throughout the year (when not holding seasonal events) there are always days that are unforgettable in our Little Cubs & Prime Cubs sessions for the children and staff at Can Cubs. However I’d be writing all day if I tried to summarise the 100 + sessions I’ve taught this year! Quite simply, they've been prodigious. 

Much of the photos and videos of the above can be found here in the gallery.

 

We have made strides in other parts of Can Cubs outside of our sessions, and these include:

 

Books and Teaching Material

2018 saw the release of our Little Cubs Preschool Workbooks and Prime Cubs English books. Not to mention, a fun collection of short stories featuring Can Can bear also! The children have actively engaged and enjoyed all of our literacy material. We have seen strong development in our children’s language skills because of them. 

 

Storytime Channel

Our Storytime channel has 64,000 views (at this time of writing), and that figure is going up and up. I’m glad that so many children have enjoyed listening to classic stories, many of those stories I loved when I was a child! We’ll be adding new Storytime videos shortly. 

 

Pinterest

Our Pinterest channel features numerous boards where parents and children alike can learn something new on a variety of different topics (not just relating to education). With an average monthly view count of 11,421, our boards are bringing knowledge across the world!

 

Parent’s Portal

For extra review of session content, we enabled parents to log in to our website and access the key english content to help cement knowledge from class at home. This feature has gone down well with our members, and links offline and online learning well.

 

 

 

So what lies in wait for this year at Can Cubs? Here are our five main goals for 2019:

 

 

  • Provide a series of 46 downloadable videos to help children’s english reading skills.
  • Develop an online learning platform/app where children can learn english in a fun way at home or out and about.
  • Provide more sessions at our Can Cubs Centre in Shanghai, in particular having our Little Cubs members come twice a week.
  • Coordinate cultural exchange trips in Nursery’s & Primary schools in the UK for our interested members in China.
  • Provide high quality branded clothing to children.

 

As you can see, these goals will greatly enhance the brand of Can Cubs, and will expand our influence into other areas outside of our base in Shanghai. We hope that you can continue to support us in our journey and be a part of it all the way. We look forward to seeing you at Can Cubs very soon or if you’re a follower of our blog, I look forward to seeing you in my next post! Remember, be industrious this year and make your own luck!

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