Holistik Health

Author - Mat Robar

Smoking Linked to Lower IQ’s

I’m sure many of us are thinking… okay yeah, it causes cancer, its not the smartest decision a person could make. Well, recent studies conducted by researchers from Tel Aviv University in Israel found that smoking is directly correlated with a lower IQ. The IQ’s of more than 20,000 healthy men between 18 and 21 were tested. 28% of these men smoked, 3% were former smokers, and 68% had never smoked. The average IQ of the smokers was 94 compared to the 101 average IQ of the non-smokers. That’s a seven-point difference, pretty big. Chain smokers, who smoked more than a pack a day, had an average IQ of 90. Now you’re probably wondering what an average IQ is. A normal IQ falls between 84 and 116, however, a 7-11 point difference is still considered significant.

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Vegan Granola Bars

School is right around the corner. Keep your kids eating healthy with these homemade vegan granola bars. They are super nutritious, and as always, delicious. They will keep your kids feeling energized and full all day, helping them to focus in class and come home with fun filled stories about what they learned that day.

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Chickpea Hummus Recipe

Hummus is a great source of protein. Its perfect for the BBQ and potluck filled summer months. Feel free to make a batch and pair with some veggies. Bell peppers and carrots are awesome choices to pair with the hummus! Everyone at your BBQ won’t be able to get enough of this raw hummus. They’ll be asking for your secrets.

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Music Improves Learning Ability

Listening to music while studying is really common. Kids do it to keep themselves entertained, college kids do it because they think they are pro at multi-tasking and want some background noise. Well, it turns out that music helps improve learning ability. Moms and dads you can stop turning off your kids’ stereo while they are studying – it’s actually helping them!

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Babies Born with Multiple Sclerosis is linked to Lack of Sunlight

I just read this article by Ethan Huff about how mothers who don’t get enough sunlight can give birth to babies with multiple sclerosis. It definitely is a little scary. The study out of Australia found that natural sunlight is extremely important to the development of babies. Researchers found that mothers who do not get enough sunlight during the first 90 days of their pregnancy bear children with an increased risk of multiple sclerosis later on in life. A lack of sunlight causes problems with the child’s development of their central nervous system and immune system. Because of this, the child will be more likely to develop MS.

The study evaluated birth records from 1920-1950 connecting low vitamin D levels to MS. Research revealed that the majority of the MS patient were born during November and December in the Southern Hemisphere, which would have meant that the early days of the babies’ development were during the winter months when it is likely that the mother got minimum sunlight exposure. Research also discovered that very few MS patients were born between May and June when their first trimesters would have been during summer months, when it is likely that the mothers were exposed to more sunlight and thus vitamin D.
The studies showed that the risk of MS was approximately 30% higher for patients who were born during the winter months (that’s a lot higher!). Research also found that MS became increasingly more prevalent the further away from the equator. This indicated that sunlight exposure – and vitamin D – is directly linked to MS susceptibility.
Now, we all know that you can’t force the sun to come out. So if natural sunlight is not available, mothers can supplement with natural vitamin D3 in order to help their babies be healthy. Weighing the numbers and the easy solution to the problem, why wouldn’t mothers implement this simple solution? Go out in the sun! If there’s no sun, take some vitamin D – its inexpensive and easy, all you have to do is swallow a little pill to help prevent your child from increased risks of MS.