12 Million Kids In The USA With Asthma? What’s Going On????

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When my kids were young it was rare to see a child hauling around an inhaler or needing a time- out for a Nebulizer treatment.   Today it’s reported that 2 in every 10 kids are being treated for asthma. What in the world is going on????

I don’t doubt that asthma is a real problem but I can’t help but wonder if small changes could make a big difference.

Dr. Batmanghelidj, author of Your Body’s Many Cries for Water has this to say:

“It is estimated that 12 million children suffer from asthma, and several thousand die every year.  Let us declare an end to asthma in less than five years.   Let us save children from the constant fear of suffocation because they do not recognize that they are thirsty for water!”

If your child suffers from asthma, you might be rolling your eyes right now at the audacity of this pioneering physician (with 20 years of clinical and scientific research on the role of water in the body)  to suggest that water could make a difference for your child with asthma.  Perhaps that is part of the problem.  We can’t see the forest for the trees anymore.  Maybe we’ve gotten so far down the line with modern medicine (that CLAIMS to have a pharmaceutical answer for everything) that we can’t…or won’t...consider the root cause of the problem or the basic biological needs of the human body.

Every medical “expert” will agree that there is a definite relationship between dehydration and excessive histamine production in the body.  With this in mind, doesn’t it make sense that if the body is properly (and consistently) hydrated that the amount of histamine would be more manageable?

I have spoken with mothers of grade school children who are withholding fluids from their children before school because their kids aren’t permitted to use the restroom outside of planned breaks and lunchtime,  One “accident” sealed the deal in every situation.  How pathetic.  Our children are dehydrated (and sick) because school rules dictate when they can use the facilities?  With that in mind, most grade school children are only consuming 6-8 ounces of fluids (at lunchtime) for the entire day.  That’s not enough to hydrate a small dog and yet we expect them to have energy and brainpower to get through the day.  If that isn’t losing sight of the needs of the human body I don’t know what is!

Get back to basics and FORCE your children to drink plenty of (healthy) water before, during and after school….just make sure it’s GOOD water and not water that can lead your child to a host of OTHER medical challenges! 

Your children deserve to be hydrated and you just might be amazed at the results when you make sure they are…with water and not sugary drinks or sodas.




Withholding Fluids From Young Children…Child Abuse or School Compliance?

The Ultimate Price for Bathroom Use

Kids Have to “Pay” to Use the Bathroom in School?


I’ve always thought that eliminating waste was a human necessity and not an earned privilege; but it looks like schools across America have a different idea. 

Texas – A second-grade teacher charges good-behavior “bucks” for bathroom visits.  Consequently a seven-year-old boy wet his pants in class because he hadn’t accumulated enough good behavior credits to secure a trip to the bathroom.

Chicago – School officials at a public elementary school in Chicago are ordering teachers to sign students up for “designated restroom times” when entire, overcrowded classes of little kids must use the bathroom each day.  The rationale for the “pee policy” is to improve the school’s standardized test results.

California – The mother of a 7-year-old Irving elementary school student says her son wet his pants in class after his teacher refused to let him use the restroom because the honor roll student didn’t have enough “Bonus Bucks” for a potty break.

NEWS FLASH: A ‘normal’ urination rate (of a hydrated human) is eight to 10 times a day.  When nature calls it’s time to go!  School schedules don’t have a whole lot to do with anything when it comes to bodily function.  Sorry teachers, you would NEVER have that much control over my kids!

I’m shocked when I coach people on the importance of efficient hydration for health and they complain that they can’t drink a lot of water because (if they do) they’d have to “live in the toilet”.  Are we so busy that using the toilet has become nothing more than a nuisance?  Apparently so.  Just ask our school teachers!   From their standpoint, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to be bothered with unnecessary things like potty breaks!

WARNING:  The longer you hold your urine the likelier it is that the bladder will become a breeding ground for bacteria to grow.  Bacteria can lead to infections which can spread to kidneys and cause greater damage to the body over all.  Holding your urine is NOT a good thing.  Withholding fluids is far worse.

Dehydration is the leading cause of many chronic conditions and water is the key to all life (and health).  If you want your kid to do their best in school then HYDRATE THEM!  How can a dehydrated brain function at its maximum potential?   Just keep in mind that what goes in MUST come out.  You’ll have to fight for potty breaks if you have a hydrated kid.

In order to avoid the potty problem (and the potential for bullying over an “accident”) countless parents are now withholding fluids from their little ones.  I don’t know what’s worse ; schools that think that using the bathroom is an earned privilege or parents that would rather have a dehydrated child than to fight the schools for their basic human rights.  Hmm…

It’s no wonder we have a health crisis in America…




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How Smart is YOUR Kid? Measurable Improvement!

Parents all across America are pushing their kids to be the very best that they can be.  They are striving for  excellence like never before.  From the National Honor Society to All Star athletics  in hopes of having the brightest possible future and the promise of a future college scholarship.  Unfortunately, in the hustle and bustle of getting their kids to “the top of their game”, they are overlooking a vital component.

kid drinking water

This study entitledWhat is the cell hydration status of healthy children in the USA? Preliminary data on urine osmolality and water intake conducted by Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, Oakland, CA reveals something that every parent should know.

This study focused on children between the ages of 9 and 11 years old  There were 337 children from LA and 211 children from NYC and all were considered to be  healthy enough to go to school that day.  Families were instructed to go about the morning as usual with no change to diet or fluids.  Urine samples were collected on each child prior to going to school.   The study showed that an alarming number of children (84%) were in a state of voluntary dehydration at the beginning of the school day.  Seventy five percent of them reportedly did not consume water at all as part of their normal protocol.

Various tests were performed throughout the day that focused on cognitive performance while in a state of  dehydration and cognitive performance after consuming water.  The results were startling.  Here is the “bottom line:

“In conclusion, our results indicate that even under conditions of mild dehydration, NOT AS A RESULT OF EXERCISE, intentional water deprivation or heat exposure, children’s COGNITIVE PERFORMANCE can be improved by adding a drink of water

Similar performance studies have been conducted by the military over the years to gauge the ability of soldiers to perform under harsh circumstances but this is the first study of its kind conducted on healthy children. By the way, the study was repeated on a group of 6-7 year olds and the conclusions were the same.  Most of them were in a state of voluntary dehydration AT THE BEGINNING of the school day and they all showed cognitive improvement just by adding water.

Its time to slow down and to stop fooling ourselves.  NO OTHER FLUIDS take the place of water AND the body needs lots of it.   Back in my day, this was a loud and clear message.  Today, most people “poo-poo” the need for water and opt to “hydrate” with their own drink-of-choice.  Apparently parents are passing along these bad habits to the kids too.   As far as I’m concerned, withholding water from a child probably ought to be on a child neglect list somewhere.  After all, the long term consequences of dehydration can be deadly.

If you’re racing toward the finish line of excellence and potential future scholarships, you might want to consider the obvious…your child needs to be hydrated WITH WATER.  If you want the best OUT of your child you need to be putting the best IN to your child…the garbage in – garbage out theory applies here too.   While you’re at it, make sure you’re giving them the best water that  money can buy.  There is no need to hydrate with water that’s doing more harm than good in the long run.

Bottoms up!



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