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American Children's Cancer Association (Give2Kids) is an approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity. Our mission is to educate the public on preventive health measures (especially in regards to childhood cancer) and help families with kids with cancer learn about and find the safest, most effective treatments available. We obtain our funding through donated vehicles.

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9 "Foods" to Never Feed Your Kids

Give2Kids (American Children’s Cancer Association) is doing our best to spread the word about how the food and drink our children consume, the air they breath, the skin products they use (shampoos, soap, etc.) and everything else that goes in, or on them, strongly determines their overall health, and protection against, or vulnerability to, environmentally […] The post 9 “Foods” to Avoid for Your Kids appeared first on Thank You for Helping Kid's With...

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Give2Kids (American Children’s Cancer Association) is doing our best to spread the word about how the food and drink our children consume, the air they breath, the skin products they use (shampoos, soap, etc.) and everything else that goes in, or on them, strongly determines their overall health, and protection against, or vulnerability to,
environmentally influenced disease conditions such as cancer and
other serious disorders.

Here are the top nine so-called foods your children (or you) should never eat:

1. Microwave Popcorn

I’ve placed this at the top of the list, as microwave popcorn is one of the worst health offenders (with the exception of this this one).

Microwave popcorn bags are lined with PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid), which leaches into the popcorn when heated. Blood tests have shown that PFOA contaminate the blood; they can disrupt the endocrine system, which negatively affect sex hormones. The EPA has ruled PFCs as “likely carcinogens,” and has stated that PFOA “poses developmental and reproductive risks to humans.” More info.

Some PFCs have also been associated with other health dangers, such as:

- Infertility
- Thyroid disease
- Cancer
- Immune system problems
- Increased LDL cholesterol levels

2. Processed Meats (Hot Dogs, Bologna, etc.)

Meats you’ll find in your local deli typically are made from animals injected with antibiotics, growth hormones, and other drugs to artificially
fatten them up, keep them disease free and more profitable. These same meats usually also contain other chemicals (such as sodium nitrite) and artificial flavorings and dyes. All processed meats should be completely avoided because they raise your child’s risk of cancer. There is NO safe amount of processed meat. Please look instead for local providers of fresh organic, grass-fed or pastured beef, chicken, etc, and/or salmon,
which are all much healthier options. Please note: if your budget allows, it is best to buy wild caught salmon (as opposed to farm raised). Here is more information to help you make a determination.

3. Margarine

Margarine and other fake butters are unhealthy for children in many ways. They contain trans fats (which is very bad for the heart), free radicals (which can be toxic to cells), emulsifiers and artificial preservatives, and toxic solvents such as hexane. Raw milk butter, when made from grass-fed cows, is rich in beneficial conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which is known to help fight cancer and diabetes.

4. Vegetable Oils

Many parents are not aware that vegetables oils (such as soy, corn, canola) create oxidized cholesterol in children’s arteries, which increases their risk for coronary artery disease as they grow older.

The healthiest oil to cook with is organic coconut oil, because it’s a healthy saturated fat which withstands the heat of cooking, without becoming chemically altered. For more information, please click here.

5. Tomato Sauce in the Can.

BPA is a toxic chemical linked to reproductive abnormalities, neurological effects, heightened risk of breast and prostate cancers, diabetes,
heart disease and more. To avoid this hazardous chemical, avoid canned foods entirely and stick to fresh fruits and vegetables, or switch over to brands that use glass containers instead—especially for acidic foods like tomatoes.

The plastic lining of cans contain BPA, which is a toxic chemical linked to brain disorders, higher risk of breast and prostate cancers, reproductive aberrations, heart disorders, diabetes and more. Acidic foods, such as tomatoes, are more likely to leach the BPA into the
food. Make sure, instead, to always use fresh fruit and vegetables, and/or only buy food in glass containers.

6. The Following Non-Organic Fruits and Vegetables…

It is especially important that the following fruits and vegetables only be consumed when organic, as have been found to be the most heavily sprayed with pesticides (these are the “top” 15 most sprayed. The see the rest of the list, please click here):

http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/list.php

Apples
Celery
Cherry tomatoes
Cucumbers
Grapes
Hot peppers
Nectarines (imported)
Peaches
Potatoes
Spinach
Strawberries
Sweet bell peppers
Kale
Collard greens
Summer squash

7. Regular Table Salt

As most of us know, we must consume salt — it is essential for life. But what is not generally known is that table sale (and the salt found in processed foods) is not healthy.

Processed salt is mostly (98%) sodium chloride, the rest being made up of man-made chemicals. These include ferrocyanide and aluminosilicate, neither of which are good for you or your children.

Far superior is unrefined salt, the best being Himalayan salt. It is pure, and not polluted with industrial toxins and heavy metals.

8. Unfermented Soy Products (Soy Protein Isolate)

Parents have been mislead for years about the “benefits” of soy. Unfortunately, soy as it is consumed in processed foods is far from healthy.

95% of American grown soybeans are genetically modified, and sprayed with the toxic pesticide glyphosate, exposure to which can lead to miscarriage and birth defects.

Fermented soy (tofu, tempeh, etc.) can be far healthier — but read the label to make sure it is not processed.

Here is just one of thousands of studies, which, combined, show consuming unfermented soy can lead to to digestive distress, malnutrition,
thyroid illness, immune-system disruption, reproductive/sex hormone disorders , cognitive decline, and infertility — as well as cancer and heart
disease.

9. Artificial Sweeteners

Regular refined sugar is bad enough for kids. but artificial sweeteners, such as Aspartame, can be as bad, or worse.

Studies have demonstrated how aspartame and saccharin cause higher weight gain than table sugar.

The body converts aspartame into formaldehyde, which is toxic to DNA and sensitive proteins.

Much of this article used information found here.

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Make Sure Your Charity IS a Charity

When deciding on where to donate your car, the most well known charities are not necessarily the best ones to donate to. In fact, at least a couple of the car donation “charities” that come up in the top 10 Google search results, are not charities at all! 3 Facts to Consider When Donating Your […] The post When Donating Your Car, Be Careful appeared first on Thank You for Helping Kid's With...

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When deciding on where to donate your car, the most well known charities are not
necessarily the best ones to donate to.

In fact, at least a couple of the car donation “charities” that come up in the top 10 Google search results, are not charities at all!

3 Facts to Consider When Donating Your Car:

1. The top car donation charity in the search results (kars4kids) only benefits a certain ethnic group of children, Not ALL children. They have apparently gotten into trouble with at least a couple of U.S. states, for not making this exclusivity clear. Here’s one of a number of examples.

2. Another car donation charity that appears at the top of search results is WheelsforWishes. They claim to contribute a portion of their proceeds to the well-known charity, Make-A-Wish. However, according to this article (and others) WheelsforWishes got in hot water in the state of Minnesota for only giving “Make-A-Wish” 20% of the donation proceeds!

3. Most are familiar with the charitable organization, Goodwill Industries. So when you see a website by the name of “Goodwill Car Donation” you’ll of course assume that the website is owned by the actual Goodwill, correct? Especially since the Goodwill logo is showing on the browser tab.

Well here’s the thing: they’re not Goodwill. They’re a for-profit company, called “National Charity Services”, who are not even a charity, but a for-profit company. Here’s what this for-profit company made in a previous year (hint: MILLIONS).

To be clear:
Goodwill Industries is allowing National Charity Services (AKA “Goodwill”Car Donation) to collect cars for them.

But the issue here is that anyone considering donating their vehicle to “Goodwill” Car Donation” won’t know that, because their website looks for all the world like it’s owned by Goodwill Industries.

You can verify the above by calling the 800 number on the “Goodwill” Car Donation” website, and insisting they tell you who they actually are.

All of the above information, and more, can be found on the following website, from which we gathered the above information: Best Car Donation Charities.

In conclusion: Make certain that the “charity” you want to donate to is actually a charity, by searching for them here. Here is our charity’s Nonprofit 501(3)(c) information, or you can find it on the IRS search page (scroll down page to see our link, Amercian Children’s Cancer Association). Also make sure the charity (or otherwise) is being completely up front with you — no matter how well known a vehicle donation organization they may be.
They’re are a number of charities to avoid out there — and we’d like to see you make the wisest decision for yourself!

 

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How Music Therapy Can Compliment Treatment for Children with Cancer

Music is a part of our everyday lives. Ritualistically, music has touched us throughout the history of humanity to celebrate life events and bond together as people. Even singing together on a long car ride can become a family tradition that creates comforting memories that return to us throughout our lifetime. Rhythm and playing musical […] The post How Music Therapy Can Compliment Treatment for Children with Cancer appeared first on Thank You for Helping Kid's With...

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Music is a part of our everyday lives. Ritualistically, music has touched us throughout the history of humanity to celebrate life events and bond together as people. Even singing together on a long car ride can become a family tradition that creates comforting memories that return to us throughout our lifetime. Rhythm and playing musical instruments even without formal instruction brings a sense of empowerment and humanity to us all. Having our children play musical instruments recreationally is a great outlet for our natural musical instincts. Adding instrumental instruction and regular playing plays gives a sense of ownership to a child’s expression as well as enriches their developing mind and sense of confidence.

When looking at alternative cancer healing treatments there are effective and active arts based treatments that especially appeal to children’s creativity and imagination. They have also proven very effective to quell boredom and the monotony of extended hospital stays. Music Therapy is an effective supplementary treatment for children with cancer and most hospitals offer integrated music therapy individually, in groups with other ailing children and family sessions.

As cancer treatments cause  pain and discomfort,the effect pain has on the human spirit and the feeling of control over ones body and mind can be an added obstacle in recovery. The goal of music therapy is to relieve pain and improve coping skills with treatments as well as improve a sense of self and control through creativity and connecting to feelings through musical expression. A consultation with a licensed music therapist in correspondence with your clinician can help you to set up a program to benefit your child’s healing.

Children, and especially teens,  that suffer from many of the developmental after effects of cancer treatment like ADHD, facing the stress of future infertility, growth hormone disorders or physical limitations, for example, successfully find the outlet of music as a way to bond and connect with their peers. As well as the personal satisfaction that comes with reaching out to the world through creativity and performance.

Consider bringing a little music into your family’s healing routine. Unusual portable instruments like a kalimba, an electronic portable keyboard or an electronic app can be an active form of musical expression. Speak to your treatment facility about options for music therapy and follow your own inspiration! Experiment with what your child responds to…be it world beats, jazz, classical, rock ‘n’ roll or pop. Set specific music time aside for the family and let the music act as bonding time for healing and expression.

Please reference
Related Links
American Music Therapy Association
http://www.musictherapy.org/

Certification Board for Music Therapists
http://www.cbmt.org/

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Kids: Wear Helmets, Adults: Donate Car NY :)

When you Donate Car NY, you help us assist families with kids with cancer learn about and find the safest, most effective treatments. You also help us educate the public about cancer prevention. Please consider donating your car NY (or in any state) today to the American Children’s Cancer Association.  And find out if you qualify […] The post Kids: Wear Helmets, Adults: Donate Car NY :) appeared first on Thank You for Helping Kid's With...

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When you Donate Car NY, you help us assist families with kids with cancer learn about and find the safest, most effective treatments. You also help us educate the public about cancer prevention. Please consider donating your car NY (or in any state) today to the American Children’s Cancer Association.  And find out if you qualify for our $200 VISA Gift Card thank you gift! Thank you.

Every year more than 300,000 kids are brought to the hospital emergency room as a result of cycling accidents. Many of these cases involve head or traumatic brain injuries or even death. Adults and children alike can reduce the risk of serious head injury by 85 percent by wearing a properly fitted and approved safety helmet. The US government has created a safety standard for bike helmets. When you are purchasing a helmet be sure that it has a CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission).  The helmet should fit properly. Many hospitals and national sports equipment retailers have helmet fitting days, but any local bike shop can be of assistance. Hats should never be worn beneath the helmet that they can compromise the fit and effectiveness. Chin straps should be buckled at all times and fit snugly to keep the helmet straight on the head and covering to forehead.

If you Donate Car NY, you help us to share health and safety information like this with the
public.

Helmets should be worn as well as any other appropriate safety equipment for many outdoor activities that could expose your child to head trauma like skating, scootering, skiing and snowboarding. If your child should suffer a traumatic head or brain injury you must be sure that he or she refrains from all sports activities until you have full clearance from your family physician.

Other cycling safety measures to keep in mind:

If you or your child’s helmet is put to the test, replace it with a new one. They do not work as well after a serious crash.

Be sure that your child’s bike is the correct size and height. Your child’s feet should touch the ground when straddling the bike in a standing position.

Regularly check that the chain is oiled, the brakes are responding, the tires are sufficiently inflated and all wheels, pedals and handle bars are tight.

Be sure your child wears covered shoes with laces that are double knotted and pants legs etc. are free from getting caught in the chain.

Be sure that your child’s bicycle is fixed with a bell or horn.

Dress your child in light colored clothing and be sure there are reflectors on the bike. Also have fun with decorating the helmet with reflective stickers – helmets come in all sorts of great colors and designs but encourage your child to personalize his or her helmet!

Be sure to teach your child traffic rules, including stop signs, riding with traffic, using bike lanes when available and using indicating hand signals when turning. Young children (under 10) should not cycle in the street and should use sidewalks only.

Park bike paths are safe places that families can ride together. Teach your children when passing walkers or other bikers they should always do so on the left and announce their passing as “On your left!”.

Tell your child to look out for obstacles that can cause mishaps like wet leaves, potholes and deep puddles.

For long rides, be sure your child has a bottle of water. There are many types and models that fix to the bicycle itself.

We hope you enjoyed this article. Please consider sharing our offer about Donate Car NY, with you friends and family. Thank you.

References:

https://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/kphel.html

http://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/injury_prevention/children/fact_sheets/young_children_1-4_years/bicycle_safety_1-4_years.htm

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Smoothies: Quick Way to Eat Well During Treatment Schedule

When you make your Car Donation NY, (or any other state) to American Children’s Cancer Association, you help us assist families with kids with cancer kids with cancer learn about and find the best, most effective alternative treatment options. We also accept your Car Donation NYC. By Amanda Stambuldzys Kids love smoothies and with managing […] The post Smoothies: Quick Way to Eat Well During Treatment Schedule appeared first on Thank You for Helping Kid's With...

When you make your Car Donation NY, (or any other state) to American Children’s Cancer Association, you help us assist families with kids with cancer kids with cancer learn about and find the best, most effective alternative treatment options. We also accept your Car Donation NYC.

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Kids love smoothies and with managing a busy treatment schedule, they provide a fruit and vegetable packed quick meal on the  go with minimum preparation time and easy clean up.  The smoothie “shakes” are also a great way to get some antioxidant rich vegetables and additives into kids with finicky palates.  Flax seed extract and kale, for example, have strong flavors that many kids turn their nose up to.  But, by being a little creative with various frozen fruits and all natural fruit juices – such as apple and pomegranate – you can get past the “yuckies” and pack a balanced, high energy meal into one glass.
There are many smoothie makers on the market available to order from Amazon.com that come with fitted to go cups (Magic Bullet MBR-1701 17-Piece Express Mixing Set  - additional mugs can be ordered), but any high powered blender and washable tumblers available in most supermarkets and department stores are all you need.  For families in lodging, packing a smoothie maker ready to plug into a kitchen outlet, can save precious time for early morning starts as well as be economical.  Many smoothie retail outlets are expensive and actually may contain high fructose corn syrup and other additives that are not recommended for children in treatment.  Alternatively, there are some great bottled products that are both all natural and organic such as www.odwalla.com available at many supermarkets and convenience stores.  Still be sure to check the labels and be mindful that many mass produced products may serve well as a supplements but may not contain proteins and other essential nutrients to contribute to balanced eating.
Freezing your own fruit is also an economical way to preserve and make use of over-ripened fruits.  See ideas and tips on freezing fruit: http://naturesnurtureblog.com/2012/05/24/how-to-freeze-fresh-fruit/

Think about pre-mixing family favorites in freezer storage bags or a vacuum pack sealer as a time saver – bananas, forest fruits and ripened mango make a great combination to freeze together.  Try using your blender unit as the portion measure – so all you have to do is grab a pack and flip a switch.   Many health food supermarkets have pre-packaged, organic frozen mixed fruits already portioned for smoothie making at pretty fair price points.  Trader Joe’s freezer section (check www.traderjoes.com for your local retail outlet) has some great ready packed alternatives.  Also, take advantage of seasonal fruits and farmers markets.  We have a bumper crop of NJ blueberries and peaches this year - they are both very freezer friendly and going at greatly reduced market prices this summer!
Long shelf natural protein additives (both dairy and non-dairy) and avocado are a great way to balance out the meal and give your smoothies the “milk-shake” texture appealing to kids’ palates. Almond milk, soy milk, Greek yogurt and organic milk are all great sources. Greek yogurt and milk products actually can also be frozen for longer life (although you may find a consistency change, the blending process will bring them back to shape). See this guide  for tips on freezing dairy products.  There are many powdered additives on the market but some are not easily digestible and may have some products not recommended for kids.  Be sure to check labels for FDA approvals and consult your doctor or a nutritionist to be sure that you are making positive choices for your child’s diet.
Vegetarian Times is a great resource for recipe ideas. Check out this VT article for this tasty smoothie recipe idea with blueberries, avocado and beets (one of the “yuckies”):
Other websites via StumbleUpon under search Smoothie Recipes can also be sourced. Be sure to follow Give2Kids: (link StumbleUpon site) to continue to spread the word about the Donate Your Car Program. ( Ron- please edit to your standard to increase traffic etc.)
Raw honey, agave nectar (the ‘raw” form only) and other fruit sugars can sweeten up your vegetable packed smoothies as well. Also keep in mind that Stevia is a healthy alternative sweetener. And remember that brown (over-ripened) bananas add extra all natural sweetness!  Look out for the next posting for some other ideas on how to use them and other leftovers in the next posting “When Bananas go Brown: Alternative kid friendly (not so slow) cooking ideas for left overs!”.

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Quick Snack Packs & Meals for Families Managing a Busy Treatment Schedule

You can help us assist families with children with cancer, learn about (and find) the safest, most effective treatments available. Please donate your car, truck or any other vehicle to the American Children’s Cancer Association today. We accept your Car Donation NY and Car Donation NYC (and everywhere else in the U.S.) by phone: 1-800-Give2Kids (1-800-448-3254) or […] The post Quick Snack Packs & Meals for Families Managing a Busy Treatment Schedule appeared first on Thank...

You can help us assist families with children with cancer, learn about (and find) the safest, most effective treatments available. Please donate your car, truck or any other vehicle to the American Children’s Cancer Association today. We accept your Car Donation NY and Car Donation NYC (and everywhere else in the U.S.) by phone: 1-800-Give2Kids
(1-800-448-3254) or online.Car Donation NY
There are many pre-packaged kids meals on the market that save time for pressured families on the go or in lodging during treatments with limited cooking facilities. But a closer look at the nutritional labels show that many of the mass market brands are very high in sodium, corn syrup, saturated fats and nitrites/ preservatives which are detrimental to children in treatment. Other obstacles are children with special dietary needs such a gluten sensitivity and food allergies. Having some long shelf and freezer staples can make all of the difference relieving some of the pressure from your schedule as well as provide healthful eating for the whole family.The following are some ready available products  in most supermarket health food and gluten free sections or can be ordered in bulk from some major online retailers such as
Amazon.com
Annie’s Organics offers ready made on the go snack packs, organic kid friendly bagged snacks, long shelf and gluten free products a well as frozen meals that can easily be prepared in efficiency kitchenettes with a microwave or stove top or as a quick meal for busy days.  See www.annies.com for products available, recipes and ideas for meals on the go.
Many vendors at airports, train stations, bus stations, hospital cafeterias and children’s activity centers are carrying healthy alternative snack packs along side of the usual “junk food” offerings. Look for the Snack Smart line by Centerplate which packages balanced,  organic and gluten free alternatives.
Sabra Foods, available in all major supermarkets, makes hummus minis and other dips and spreads that can be paired with organic low sodium corn chips, whole grain breads, organic baby carrots, and other ready cut vegies.
See website for products available and recipe ideas.
Long shelf organic soups such as Imagine Soups can be enjoyed hot or cold (on hot days try the sweet potato soup over ice and others for a pleasant summer alternative!). Paired with whole grain organic bread with organic nut butters (barring nut allergies), Greek yogurt spreads, herbed fresh goat cheese or hummus makes a great lunch or light dinner.
As we all know, fresh fruit on hand is long shelf in its natural packaging but with a busy schedule and limited time for shopping stocking up can lead to over ripened fruits and waste. There are proper ways to store fruits and vegetables to prevent premature spoiling. Wrapping the stem of a bunch of half ripened bananas with plastic wrap for example can double the shelf life.  Check out this article at the Vegetarian Times for compatible fruits and vegetables and storage tips:
Smoothies are also a great alternative meal on the go…look for the next posting about smoothie makers, freezing fruit, organic fruit ready packaged and long shelf and freezing healthy additives to pack a punch!

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