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Children helped by the use of cannabinoids

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Today we are introducing several stories of children with severe medical conditions who have been helped by the use of cannabinoids in the treatment of their pathologies. Let us discover their life stories and testimonies, often through the voices of their parents.

The texts below are the result of translated extracts from cross-referenced sources, as research progresses. The list is by no means exhaustive, but it reflects a reality that is still unknown: the use of medical cannabis among children. Most patients and their families will turn, after these fantastic experiences, into ardent advocates for cannabis preparations to finally be an option for anyone with a medical need, especially children.

The current cannabis ban prevents medical use, research, and in some ways the dissemination of knowledge. It blames all the damage it causes to the substances themselves. Human rights are then only secondary and so are citizens and families of sick children.

It is time to question everything we think we know about cannabis and to examine the real results of its prohibition.

Mykayla Comstock – USA

At the age of six, in May 2012, Mikayla was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia, more precisely “acute lymphoblastic leukemia with T cells.” Finally, an explanation for her persistent fever, pain, pallor, skin manifestations and extreme fatigue. He was then discovered a huge mass in his chest (a mass of lymphoblasts). This was the beginning of a difficult journey for her, with operations, chemotherapy and radiotherapy sessions, which were mandatory.

In the USA, an adult patient can choose whether or not to undertake therapy, and determine which one. A child has no such right, nor do his parents. Parents are obliged to accept their child the only recognized treatments, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Parents who refuse this treatment for their child are deprived of custody.

So Mykayla must follow the protocol, i.e., five rounds of chemotherapy, the first four being very violent and the 5th “maintenance,” over a period of 2.5 or 3 years. From the beginning, her leukemia did not respond well to treatment, and the doctors were anxious.

Since the beginning, her parents wanted to obtain a card to access medical cannabis, which is authorized and supervised in Oregon. In this state, for a minor patient, two doctors’ approval is required. Mykayla was able to start using cannabis in July 2012, in the form of Rick Simpson oil (RSO), raw cannabis juice and marijuana in her food, in total two or three grams of THC-laden oil per day. She also followed an organic, vegetarian and low sugar diet.

As soon as she was treated with cannabis and started to use a vaporisateur Mighty, the benefit was immediately visible. Mykayla was able to eat again; she suffered less, seemed happier because she smiled and laughed frequently. And it was only after a week of treatment with THC-rich cannabis oil extract that doctors noticed that her leukemia was beginning to reignite. Today, she is doing well, still in remission and her parents are gradually reducing the amount of cannabis.

Lindsay Carter, Australia

After three years of “conventional” battle against a brain tumor accompanied by seizures, pain and nausea caused by chemotherapy, Lindsay and her family are turning to alternative cannabis-based treatment in the USA in 2014, in the hope of overcoming or stopping the tumor. The results were immediately very promising, with significant reductions in the size of her tumor. However, the financial cost of these trips quickly proved to be far too high.

“I would say that we have spent at least $65,000 so far, on three trips to the United States. This amount includes medical treatments and scans, housing, living there and traveling,” says Lanai, Lindsay’s mother. “Her tumor had halved in the USA where we spent most of 2014, and once back in Queensland it started growing again, growing by 4mm in seven weeks. We managed to stabilize it after the second trip to America, and on the third trip, we obtained a further decrease of 3mm in five weeks. We are fighting this tumor millimeter by millimeter.”

Lindsay, a 15-year-old teenager at the time, said in 2015 that community support had given him courage and that he did not understand why this effective treatment for his tumor was not available to him in Australia.

Since then, he and his mother have been actively advocating that bureaucracy no longer be a barrier to accessing cannabis-based treatment. “In the USA, Lindsay was able to be examined by a doctor and legally obtain her cannabis drug at a clinic in less than 24 hours.

Back in Australia, it was another story, but his case alerted the public to all those Australian patients who urgently need cannabis, and who cannot wait for years for conclusive studies to be done and for locally grown products to be allowed.

“When we are there, we have the support of an entire team of doctors with real experience in the use of cannabis and cannabinoids who think it can be a first-class treatment option,” she writes. “In the USA this medical team fully recommends and supports the treatment protocol that has given Lindsay maximum hope of being able to live a normal life – a hope he had lost for four years. However, every time we return to Australia, he is denied the potentially life-saving treatment.”

After long and hard battles, Lindsay was granted the right to receive the most effective drug to treat her condition in her country. Nevertheless, the procedures for importing his drug took an additional 12 months, and unfortunately, the barriers are still accumulating for Australian patients wishing to treat their symptoms or diseases with cannabis-derived products.

What is the ideal age to learn a foreign language?

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The younger you are, the easier it is to learn a foreign language!

Learn a foreign language

Popular opinion is that children and adolescents learn faster than middle-aged adults. The brain being younger, more receptive and more adaptable. Especially for foreign languages, learning will be different according to age.

It has been proven that until the age of 6, children will learn a foreign language naturally, through interaction with others. children growing up with two parents of different nationalities and languages will learn both languages innately, listening and discussing.

The ideal age to learn a foreign language would, therefore, be around 5 years. The child is skilled enough to reproduce the sounds of the language heard. He is thus able to acquire a perfect accent in just a few months. This is almost impossible for an adult who will keep his native accent, even after several years spent speaking a second language.

Speaking a second language? Mainly pros!

However, even if learning a second language during one’s lifetime is no longer considered innate or “natural,” there are real advantages for the child.

Indeed, it is proven that the younger ones mastering two languages will show abilities in different fields:

  • Improved attention
  • Increased communicative sensitivity
  • Versatility and multi-tasking skills
  • Openness to different cultures, a greater curiosity
  • Facility to learn to read and write
  • Creativity and originality developed

Switching from one language to another is a real mental gymnastics that allows the brain to create and even slow down its aging!

Immersion in a language course

In all cases and regardless of your age, the important thing in learning a foreign language is practice. A child will tend to forget a language so quickly if he does not practice and use it in his daily life. A young person who lived his first years in the United States and then moved to a non-English speaking country may lose his or her command of English entirely over the years.

When your child learns a new language, he or she will need to adapt this learning to everyday life. It will be vital for him to listen to others speak. But also to be able to communicate to understand the usefulness and importance of his learning.

Traveling or having a foreign buddy

If you’re not ready to let your child go on a language trip, take him on a journey with you! It is the best way to open it to different cultures, to the sounds of new languages and, above all, to arouse its curiosity.

You can also encourage them to have a foreign correspondent. Today, many websites offer this type of language exchange. A simple, effective and inexpensive way to anchor language learning in everyday life. And to make your child want to make conversation in this new language.

In the end, it is not age that matters, but the willingness and curiosity to learn a new language each age has its own methodology and motivation!

Parenting in a digital world

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According to numerous surveys, the majority of families feel that digital technology complicates the transmission of values.

To educate is to transmit. Transmit knowledge, skills, history, culture. Transmit values to enable our children to become free, responsible and fulfilled adults. A role that families take very seriously, according to numerous surveys conducted in 2018 around the world.

Conducted in late 2017 – early 2018, this survey shows that fathers and mothers overwhelmingly (74%) took the time to reflect on the values to which they are attached.

Success and safety surpass tradition.

As the philosopher Roger-Pol Droit observes, the time is well and truly over when many were content to reproduce the educational practices of their parents mechanically. This does not mean, however, that we are witnessing a great upheaval. Thus, by comparing the primary values that respondents believe they have received and those they wish to transmit, we note a reasonably strong continuity.

When asked to mention several items, the majority of respondents consider that their education was marked by autonomy (58%) and kindness (55%). Two values that are at the top of the ranking, with 65% and 61% respectively, among those that these parents would like to inculcate in their offspring.

A strong continuity, therefore, but also ruptures. Thus, while 48% of parents feel that they have been handed down the tradition, only 36% see it as an essential aspect of education. Situated in the top three of the values received, tradition is left behind when it comes to mentioning the values to be transmitted first. It is overtaken by success (44%) and security (39%) and is now on a par with universalism.

A gap between the values of the family and those of society

However, in reality, if there is a break, it is above all between the values that families wish to transmit and those who seem dominant to them within society. The majority of parents say they are attached “to values that revolve around the independence of mind and attention to others. In their opinion, however, power and success (cited by 52% and 51% of respondents, respectively) take precedence outside the family circle.

From then on, education sometimes resembles a ridge path.” We can transmit values that we have anchored in ourselves, tell our children that we must not give them up, and at the same time teach them to live with people who have other points of view. Education also means allowing children to integrate into society, even if we do not share all its values.

Parents remain the first educators.

In any case, 88% of the respondents consider that it is primarily up to the family to transmit values. A figure that echoes a formulation dear to the Apel: “Parents are the first educators of their children.”

Although it is mentioned first in only 5% of cases, the school nevertheless has a vital role to play in this transmission for 90% of the respondents. Moreover, even though many schools take a proactive approach to this issue, only 62% of parents surveyed believe that the school does this sufficiently.

Regarding education for citizenship, France is, on paper, the best pupil in the European class, with specific teaching spread over twelve years, starting with CP but, in reality, this approach remains mostly ineffective because values, particularly republican values, are too often taught in a disembodied way.

Digital complicates transmission

Another lesson from this survey: parents who consider religion as one of the vectors of values are very much in the minority (9%). Only slightly more respondents believe that the Internet can play such a role (16%).

Moreover, more than one in two respondents (56%) think that the pace of innovation and the impact of digital technology on time complicate transmission. Digital technology can also be used to convey our values, provided we choose resources in a rational way,” says Caroline Saliou. On the condition also that we teach our children that benevolence does not stop at the threshold of the screen, that it must also guide us on social networks.

Shotokan Karate is good for your little ones

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Shotokan is a form Karate. Karate is a martial art originating from the Ryukyu Islands of Japan, an area now known as Okinawa. Karate relies on kicks, punches, elbow strikes and use of the open hand in such moves as knife-hands and spear hands.

Origins.

Gichin FunakoshiKarate itself came to the Japanese mainland around the early part of the 20th Century. Karate got people’s attention around the world when marital arts movies became popular in the 1960s and 1970s.

Karate represents a skill that is wrought out of hard work, self-discipline and a deep personal creative flair that makes an individual have their style. Different forms of Karate exist and Shotokan is a very popular one.

Shotokan was developed by Gichin Funakoshi and his son Gigo Funakoshi. Shotokan was developed by blending a range of existing Karate forms together. Shotokan is thought to have increased the popularity of Karate due to the promotional efforts of it’s creators.

Shotokan is the most widely practiced form of karate in the world.

Benefits.

Deciding to practice Shotokan Karate has many benefits. Karate is a great form of exercise; increasing cardiovascular health and agility.

This is also a sport that can be practiced alone and in groups. There is a strong element of progression which is an inspiration to keep improving and working on the discipline. The mixture of independent study and social sessions is very appealing to many people who take up Karate.

karate teaches good values

Practice at different levels.

When you start out with Shotokan, you will learn the basic moves which are called Kata. Kumite is the stage where you are sparring with an imaginary opponent. Kumite is the process of using the sparring moves on a real opponent.

Ranks are used to denote experience levels. These rankings differ from school to school, but a black belt is considered the highest level in most schools. Often the black belts are embellished with stripes to denote other information about the person’s rank.

If you are looking for fitness, a social outlet and an ancient discipline that promotes personal growth and development, then Shotokan Karate could be for you. Find a nearby school and go along to see what it’s all about.

The Best Toy Drones For Kids

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Nowadays, drones are available in several different sizes, shapes, and prices.
It means that there are drones for almost everyone regardless of your profession, sex, and most importantly age. Drones for kids (or minis drones pour enfants) are somewhat affordable when compared to drones meant for adults.

It is always in your best interest and that of your child to make sure that you use these drones in a safe place.

Nano drones are highly recommended because they help your child to have a priceless experience with drones and teach him or her to be more innovative.

Here is a look at some of the most recommended toy drones for kids:

HUBSAN X4

Husban X4 is one of the most recommended mini-drones for kids. The brand is very reliable and has a reputation of creating both expensive and pocket-friendly drones. The Hubsan X4 is among the most affordable toy drones that this company offers.

It is perfect for your kid to fly it inside the house without causing any serious problems; however, it is still ideal to be flown outside. The Hubsan X4 has a very attractive design, and its controller comes with an inbuilt screen that allows you to see what’s happening live from the 0.3MP inbuilt camera.

What’s more, the drone comes with a 3.7V battery that offers you a flight time of around five minutes. Its spare parts are also readily available.

JXD 509G

JXD is also a very reputable brand when it comes to drones and most importantly drones for kids and beginners. JXD509G comes with amazing features such as one key return, headless mode and altitude hold. As a matter of fact, it is these features that make this drone competitive.

This drone is made out of ABS plastic which means it is ideal for kids and beginners because of crashes. Other features include 2.0-megapixel FPV camera, 4.3-inch screen, and flight time of about 10 minutes.

HERO RC XQ-5

If you are looking for a nano drone that is ideal to be flown at night, HERO RC XQ-5 is your best option. This drone is perfect especially when you are on vacation with your kids. LED lights are wrapped around it making it suitable to be flown at night. The also done comes with a 7.4V battery that offers you around 10 minutes time of flight.

So, if your son or daughter is fascinated by drones, you can surprise him or her in his or her next birthday with a toy drone as a birthday present. Let him, or she will have fun recording and taking pictures of the entire event with the drone.

Parenting for Idiots – A Series Well Worth Watching

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Today I wanted to share this pilot episode of a great series for parents (experienced and new parents)

Let me know your thought son this ?

Benefits of Choosing Wooden Toys

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When it comes to buying toys for children, there is a vast choice of products available.
One of the most common materials from which modern toys are produced is plastic. However, there are many benefits to choosing wooden toys as an alternative.

Quality

a dog made of wood

Toys made from wood are often of better quality than their counterparts produced using plastics. It means they are a particularly good choice if you are buying the toys as a gift. Many wood products are handcrafted, but even those that are machine manufactured are still better quality than most plastic toys.

Timeless Appeal

Toys often follow trends and come in and out of fashion. However, wooden toys have a timeless quality about them. If a toy is made from wood, it is usually something that you can pass from one generation to the next and the toy will still appeal regardless of the latest fads.

Attractive

What each person finds aesthetically pleasing comes down to personal preference but, in most cases, toys crafted from wood are usually beautiful pieces. Larger toys, such as a rocking horse or a dollhouse, can even make an interesting feature in your child’s bedroom rather than simply clutter that is confined to the toybox.

Durability

One of the major benefits of using wood as a material to create toys is that it is durable. A problem that many parents experience when buying their children plastic toys is they are easily damaged or broken. If you opt for toys made from wood instead, you will not have this issue. Wood is unlikely to snap in the way that plastic does. It means that the toy will last for many years despite regular rough play. This can save parent money in the long-run as they do not have to replace toys regularly.

Safe

Plastic toys that break are a common safety concern for parents.

Once the toy is broken, a sharp edge is often exposed. Parents then must dispose of the toy to prevent their child hurting themselves. A parent does not have this worry when their child is playing with a wooden toy. As it is less likely to break and will not have sharp edges, there is no risk posed to the child.

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Encouraging Imagination and Interaction

Many plastic toys have added extras, such as sounds, working parts and buttons. While these have educational value, they do not necessarily encourage your child to use their imagination.

Wood-crafted items can get your child to imagine how they will play with the pieces and create their scenarios with the toys by adding voices, devising situations and interacting with each piece in a different way. Good examples of toys that encourage this type of role play are tools, food, dollhouse furniture and animals that are made from wood.

These examples show that there are many benefits to choosing wooden toys instead of plastic toys. While a plastic toy may seem the obvious choice when you are buying new toys, toys made using wood are more durable, safer, better quality, attractive, timeless and encourage your child to play in a different way.

How to Manage Parenting While Working

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Parenting is a difficult task and so is working. Imagine what it would be like if these two had to be managed simultaneously. It undoubtedly becomes very difficult and sometimes very hard to manage but if it’s something which needs to be done then do it in a way that you have to make a minimal compromise in the upbringing of your children.

Know Your Priority

If you have children, you must know that you hold a great deal of responsibility from the day you brought another life into this world. You are their guardian and the duty to fulfill all their requirements both emotional and physical lies on your shoulders. You must also realize that you are no longer free to think of yourself only, you have lives linked with yours and before taking any decision in your life, you need to consider its effects on yourself and those on your children. Your job should be something you are passionate about but when it comes to choosing between your job and your children, KNOW that your children are your priority.

Make Time for Them No Matter What

Your children require your time more than they require your money. Make sure that you are there for them in times of need. You should be there at each and every significant moment of their lives no matter how hard it is for you to cut down on your working hours. You need to work that is something they should understand but your son needs you to be there at his final football game and your little daughter wants you to come to her dance performance, that’s something that you should understand.
Working mothers are supposed to cook their children meals at home every once in a while just like working dads are supposed to drive their children around every now and then. Despite the fact that your day was busy and tiring and by the end of the day you have all your energy drained but make sure that at the dinner table you all sit together and you listen to EVERYTHING be it lame or smart, that your children have to say about how their day went. Always make such an impression on them that you are the people who are most interested in their lives.

Never Take Out Your Frustration on Your Children

Working parents have hectic lives. They have to manage job and home at the same time and that can exhaust them quite often. They are humans too and so they also get frustrated at times. It is very hard to keep yourself from fighting with each other or scolding your kids for the smallest of reasons but that is what you are supposed to do as good parents. Never shout at your children and never fight with each other before them and most importantly never make them feel as objects you love taking all your frustration out on.

Parenting Tips for Young Parents

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Young parents are the ones who find it hardest to bring up children in an effective manner such that they blossom. Here are a few tips for new and young parents which would help them set their goals straight as parents.

Be Grateful

You should always consider yourself lucky and privileged that this child has come through you into the house. It is something which should be taken as a blessing, only then you will realize your duties as a parent and all the responsibilities that parenthood brings with it.

Let Them Be

Young people are often rebellious and stubborn but when they become parents they must realize that this thing about them now needs to be changed. They can no longer impose their decisions on the new little ones that now are a part of their lives. You should always let your children “just be”.
This is the first step to raising happy children.

Provide a Supportive Atmosphere

Provide a supportive environment to your children. Encourage them and buck them up in what they do and never criticize their efforts to do something positive. If you provide them with such an environment, they’d grow up to be smart people with great leadership skills.

Make Yourself Attractive

Children look up to their parents as their first guides. Make sure that you are a reflection of what you want your children to be in the future. Make yourselves the people they admire and idealize and not the ones they hate and despise. Adopt good habits so that they can follow you and make sure that you NEVER drink, smoke or fight in front of them.

Seek Love Not Respect

Always expect love from your children, respect will follow. If you demand respect from them, they might get annoyed by this direct demand and start considering you as someone they should fear or forcefully bring respect for.

Maintain a Friendly Relationship

Always be your children’s best friend. You should be the first person your children come to when they need to confide in someone. This is something which is much more important than it seems. Because sometimes when you have a formal relationship with your children, they might confide into wrong people who could possibly misguide them. Never let that happen.

 

Parenting Tips for Single Parents

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Being a parent is never an easy job. Bringing up your children by providing them with more than just the basic needs and education so they grow up to be healthy individuals is what parents are always aspired to do. Both mother and father are equally important in the life of a child and the responsibility is shared between the both parents to bring up a child that is fit to enter the world on his own. Parenting is a struggle and when you are a single parent the struggle is actually doubled.

Single parents take over the whole responsibility of their child single-handedly depending on their situation. Either a single mother or single father ends up with the loss of their significant other thus ending up being a single parent or is divorced/separated who opts for the adoption of their children and chooses to become a single parent. Although in all of this, there are support groups and agencies that provide a helping hand to single parents. If you are a single parent looking for ways to make your life easier here are a few tips to help you out:

Communication is the key

A single parent means you have to be both a friend and a guardian to your child. Communication is the key to keeping the balance; talk to your child and not at him/her. Share your feelings with your child so he/she feels comfortable to reciprocate the same. This way your child won’t look for friends outside and you will share a strong and lasting bond with him/her.

Prioritize your kids ahead of your job

It is quite difficult for single parents to manage financially so most of them end up in more than one job or work overtime. This makes parents preoccupied with work and chores leaving kids feeling lonely and left out. It is important to understand that being emotionally available for your kids is equally important as providing them financially. Prioritize your time with your children and be available for them. Opt for flexible job options and organizations that provide flexibility to single parents.

Work like a family

You are a family so don’t take every little chore upon yourself. Divide chores among kids and ask for their help in cleaning up, folding the laundry, and making breakfast. By doing this, you will feel a positive difference in the ambiance of your home.

Take care of yourself

With all the hustle of working and taking care of the children single parents often ignore the fact that they too need to be taken care of. Without sound mental and physical health you will end up drained and won’t be able to provide for your kids with ill health. Take time off kids and work and invest in things that charge you up so you can return being refreshed.

Don’t be obsessive about being perfect

Most often single parents tend to become obsessive over perfection as a parent to bring up well-mannered children. Don’t be hard on yourself and your child; enjoy your time with the little ones before they grow up and step into adulthood.