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A very interesting article crossed my desk earlier today, one which actually gets to the problematic epicentre of this whole “detox” fad. (You can read the whole article here :https://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/does-hot-water-lemon-really-help-detox-142100872.html.) In it, the author goes through, step by step, why lemon juice has been decided upon as our holy grail for health and weight loss. And while he doesn’t necessarily disagree with everything being said about lemon, he does have a few issues with some of the terms being tossed around.

On the first two points, he says the literature could support the interpretation. Lemon is supposed to aid digestion – because it contains citric acid. Citric acid has been shown to boost the absorption of the active ingredient in most antacids. However, citric acid can also irritate some people, and it doesn’t necessarily encourage optimal digestive flora (although some people argue it does). Vitamin C (aka citric acid) also has the effect of boosting mineral absorption – which is why it helps with digestion, because the active ingredient in most antacids is mineral-based (aluminum hydroxide).

So that’s great, but don’t forget that citric acid occurs in tons of fruits and vegetables. Lemons happen to have one of the higher concentrates, but other citrus fruit – like oranges, grapefruits, and limes – also have high levels of Vitamin C. Kale, spinach, and carrots also have quite a bit of ye olde C.

Okay, how about the final claim: Lemon detoxifies our systems. Welllll, here’s where we run into a huge issue. What the eff do we mean by “detoxify?”

In a strict sense, we mean a process of eliminating toxins from our bodies. That sounds really healthy, right? It sounds like something you want to do. Toxins are bad and getting rid of them is good.

That’s generally true, but nobody has ever actually defined toxins or noted which toxins lemon supposedly gets rid of. We tend to think of “detox” as this sort of purifying process where we get rid of all kinds of “nasty” chemicals and “toxins” that are doing huge damage to our bodies, building up and causing all kinds of health problems.

If you want to use a very loose definition of toxin, though, caffeine is a toxin. In fact, so are most things we put into our bodies. Caffeine is a good example here, though: It’srelatively benign, in that it doesn’t do a heck of a lot of damage and it’s usually eliminated from our systems in short order anyway. You have to drink a lot of coffee to notice much long-term damage, although caffeine has been implicated in certain cancers and other diseases. (It also has been indicated in preventing certain diseases, so basically, nature is a crapshoot and you should just stick to the moderation manifesto – do what you want, but don’t go crazy, eh?) And furthermore, the body eliminates this “toxin” anyway – it’s removed in our waste products.

What about calcium? We normally think of this mineral as being incredibly important – our bodies use it to build bones and teeth, and it’s important in preventing osteoporosis. But did you know too much calcium is harmful? If there’s too much calcium in your system, you can get things like bone spurs – where the body just keeps building bone, ‘cause it can, resulting in protrusions that are often very painful and have to be surgically removed. And calcium is also implicated in the formation of kidney stones. So is calcium a toxin that we need to get rid of? Sure – lemonade is one remedy for kidney stones, since the acid tends to help break apart the calcium that’s causing the stones to form. So yes, calcium is a toxin, and yes, lemon juice will detoxify you – provided we’re talking about removing calcium from the system or flushing the kidneys.

But nobody knows that’s what we’re saying. We toss around these nebulous, ill-defined terms like “toxins” or “detoxify” and nobody actually knows what they mean. We just sort of toss them out there and we all get super-excited because, gosh, it sounds really good. Toxic is bad! We’d better get it out. But do we even know what we’re trying to get out?

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We all want our children to have good manners, but it can be a hard thing to teach them at times!  I think you should start early with kids — manners can and should be taught to children as soon as they begin to talk.  (Saying “please” and “thank you” are the basics.) I’ve found that parents who model good manners in front of their children often see them beginning to use appropriate manners on their own.

If your child has bad manners, try implementing some of the “Manners Matter” list below.  Don’t be afraid to over-exaggerate your good manners in front of your child.  Let you child know that good manners are important.


Manners Matter

* The first step in helping your child to develop good manners is to identify or make a list of good manners.  A manners list can be written for the home, friend’s homes, school, eating establishments, sporting activities and other places that you allow your child to frequent.  Place the list in a place where you and the child can easily refer to them.  Have your child help write or draw up the lists.

* When your child is displaying poor manners, don’t lecture — teach.  For example: Show your child by wiping your own mouth with a napkin that that’s the appropriate thing to do, instead of using the side of an arm.  Be positive while you are teaching!

* Review your child’s school discipline policy.  Many school rules are set up so that their students display appropriate manners.  For example, schools do not allow their students to walk on tables, throw food and talk when others are talking.  These manner rules can help you reinforce your own manner guidelines at home.

* Teach your child appropriate signals or body language (other than your voice) to remind them to use good manners.  For example, placing your finger on your ear may be used to help remind the child to listen to others while they talk.  Rubbing your lip may be used to remind the child to slow down when eating food.

* Do not be afraid to remove your child from a setting if he or she continues to display bad manners.  Dismiss the child from the dinner table after you have reminded the child of the need to use good manners.

* Children may commonly choose to use inappropriate language when they are with their peers.  Let your child know that this is unacceptable behavior and poor manners.

* Do not encourage your child to use bad manners by laughing at them after they burp, act silly at an inappropriate time, pr make a funny face when someone is serious.  This only teaches the child to use poor manners.

* Always take the time to review the good manner lists before going to the grocery store, someone’s house for dinner, sporting events and other places that your child may attend.

With some practice and coaching on your part, you’ll see your child go from having less-than-perfect manners, to being ready for all the social occasions coming up this spring and summer.


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Home schooling is a method where kids learn out of interest and curiosity and not to please the adults in power. It is to provide an educational program to an individual outside of established schools or any other educational institution. It is one of most rapidly growing trends in education in the United States.

How Did It Start?

It is not known when exactly it was started. Flipping the pages of history, we notice that almost all the great rulers like Alexander The Great and the royal class kids were home schooled. It was said that public schools were failing and will continue to fail since it does not deliver a satisfactory quality of education.

Is It The Right Choice?

”Why to home school when public schools are available?” This must be the question lingering in your mind. Well, home is the most effective place where one learns the basic lessons of life – truth, honor, self-control, self-respect, the value of education, virtue, honest work and the purpose and privilege of life. There is no other place other than home in nurturing and teaching children.

The Environment

The most decisive element to a successful home schooling is the ambiance that is conducive to learning. The environment may differ but the result would be the same, i.e. kids would enjoy learning. It is up to the parents how creatively they prepare it for their kids. The corners of learning may have quiet and cozy reading space, bookshelves crammed with great books, a listening corner with headphones and bean bags, and a number of activity books. So there it is, you get the idea! Creating such a space makes learning fun.

Why Is It Better?

The primary reason is dissatisfaction from public education system. Other reasons include:

  1. Being able to impart knowledge on various beliefs and morals
  2. Physically safer environment to learn in
  3. Personal attention and one to one interaction
  4. Higher academic records
  5. Discipline which a public school lacks
  6. Prevention from the negative peer pressure
  7. Considerably higher levels of exposure
  8. Developing strong bonds of parent-child relationship

Parental Tips

It needs a lot of commitment, time, focus, patience and dedication to home school a child. It takes 2 to 3 hours on a daily basis to devote to your child’s curriculum. It is a hard work and a big responsibility providing home education to your children. It is ultimately you who is responsible for the child, and not any other person or organization. It is an extremely large responsibility and should not be taken carelessly and lightly.


  1. School’s aim is to mint money so that the business keeps running. On the other hand, they are producing mere slaves for the workforce. Home schooling creates unique individuals who fulfill their talents, expectations and potentials with determination.
  2. Balanced learning which helps a child focused and interested in what so ever he/she is learning. It gives your child to learn at his/her own pace.
  3. There is time and schedule flexibility. A child is not confined to the academic calendar. Scheduling vacations and trips any time would not be a problem.
  4. Parents can control the academic curriculum according to the child’s learning capacity.
  5. Parents are secured about the kind of education being provided to the child and the child will be under their guidance all the time.
  6. Custom and design the time table according to the needs of the child.
  7. Home schooled kids are less aggressive and are more tolerant.


  1. Home schooling would affect the family income as full time employment would be difficult.
  2. It is important to love your children and be ‘you’. If you cannot be yourself, your kids are better off in school.
  3. Big money is spent on family and since there are kids with you all the time, you will end up buying more and more books.
  4. Home schooling is time consuming, dynamic and intense. And of course if you fail, you have yourself to blame.

Number of people are opting for home education for their children. And if so, many people are doing it, then something is definitely right about it. Parents thinking of home schooling their children must think hard and do ample research before they take any decision.

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