Study Says Children Might Outgrow Egg Allergy

More than one study suggests that there is the potential for some children who are allergic to eggs to outgrow that allergy. Kids who are severely allergic to eggs probably will not outgrow it, but those with less serious egg allergies might. The studies involved carefully introducing eggs into the diet of kids who were allergic to them. Sometimes, children can outgrow some allergies. This is more likely to happen with kids who have slight allergy symptoms to a particular allergen, and not likely to happen with children who have very severe allergies. A couple of studies suggest that it … Continue reading

Sally Ride Dies

Okay, you are probably reading my headline going “Why is this under Green Living?” But let me explain… Astronaut Sally Ride died last Monday after a seventeen-month battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 61. However, she leaves behind a huge legacy. Ride became the first American woman in space in 1983 when she was a member of the Space Shuttle Challenger. She was also the first woman to use a robotic arm, which was then used to retrieve a satellite. Ride went up in the Challenger again in 1984 and all in all, she spent 343 hours in space. As … Continue reading

Snapping Stars

Not Ryan Reynolds, Anderson Cooper or William Levy, the Cuban hunk who just shook his groove thing on “Dancing with the Stars.” Talk about a celestial body. Sizzle, sizzle. No, I’m referring to the stars that illuminate the night sky. Picture this: The other day my daughter and I were taking advantage of the summer-like temperatures with a late evening stroll. Just as we got to the end of our street we gazed upward and saw two separate stars that shone like beacons against the pitch black sky. My daughter immediately wished upon them. Turns out they were planets. So … Continue reading

MythBusters Cannonball Causes Unintended Damage

An errant cannonball that was shot off by the co-hosts of the MythBusters television show has caused some unexpected damage to some unfortunate families homes, (and a vehicle). The stars of MythBusters have apologized to the families, and will not air the footage. What insurance should the damage claims be sent to? MythBusters is a television program that is shown on the Discovery channel. It features the hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, who set out to discover if certain myths are actually true. They do a scientific experiment that is designed to debunk, or prove, the myth that they … Continue reading

Christmas Allergy and Asthma Triggers to Avoid

The holiday season may not be “the most wonderful time of the year” for children who have asthma, or environmental allergies. There are a lot of allergens in the air, and in your home, due to the way we celebrate Christmas. Parents who are aware of these allergy and asthma triggers might be able to prevent their child from having a severe reaction. Oh, Christmas tree! How lovely are your branches. How abundant are the allergens you put into air! The Christmas tree that is sitting inside your living room might be the source of your child’s allergy or asthma … Continue reading

Marie Osmond’s Son Commits Suicide and Stars Support Chile

When I think of the Osmond family, I always think of smiles. In fact, in the ’70s during the height of their popularity, people often made fun of them for their wholesome smiles. We learned a while back that those smiles were often used to hide sorrow. In fact, Marie Osmond named her 2001 book about postpartum depression “Behind the Smile.” Unfortunately, those smiles dimmed again this week as Marie’s 18 year old son, Michael Blosil, committed suicide Friday when he jumped from his eighth floor apartment. TMZ is reporting that Michael, a student at the The Fashion Institute of … Continue reading

Maybe Teens Aren’t So Shallow

I complain alot about how teenagers idolize the likes of Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, and the rap star of the moment, but a recent survey of American Kids from age 12 to 17 chose Steve Jobs as the person they most idolize. Now, I must qualify that statement by pointing out that teen stars and rap artists were not on the list that they chose from. They were asked to choose a person from the list of Oprah Winfrey, Tony Hawk, Mark Zuckerberg, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Kimora Lee Simmons, and Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs was the idol of choice … Continue reading

How Old Are Those Teen Idols Really?

(wikimedia commons) I last wrote about my aversion to teen idols and my philosophy that teens should not be idolizing TV and movie stars. As I mentioned in that article, many of these teen stars are grown men and women which is even more reason for teens not to be following their everyday life and emulate them. Following, is a list of “teen” stars, both old and new and their true ages. I believe it is important for parents to discuss this with teens so they will understand that they cannot do everything that “teens” on TV do. Jason Earles … Continue reading

No Teen Idols Allowed

There seems to be an uproar over Miley Cyrus’s pole dance performance at the 2009 Teen Choice Award show. People are appalled. People are astonished. People are surprised. I’m not. I appears that parents want teen idols to be pure and chaste and have squeaky clean images so that our kids might follow in their footsteps. Since our teens do imitate and emulate those they idolize, everyone wants to control the private lives and performances of teen stars in an effort to control their own kids. This is laughable. Historically, (for the last 50 years anyway) teen idols have always … Continue reading

“Slumdog” Kids Finally Get New Digs

After living on the streets for the past few weeks Slumdog Millionaire’s child stars Azharuddin Ismail and Rubina Ali now have a new dilemma on their hands—deciding which new home to live in. According to reports, Slumdog director Danny Boyle got fed up with hearing about how poorly his young stars’ were being treated by the Indian government, so he flew to Mumbai this week and purchased new apartments for them. Shortly after Slumdog won the 2009 Oscar for best film, Boyle established the Jai Ho Trust to help fund 10-year-old Ismail and 9-year-old Ali’s education. However the generous scholarship … Continue reading