Human Body Detectives StoryBook Collection for Kids

The Human Body Detective stories of Merrin and Pearl’s magical ability to jump into people’s bodies and explore their body systems (digestive, immune, circulatory, skeletal, nervous) combine science with their fun adventures to help kids understand how their bodies work. At the same time, each book explains the healthy whole foods that fuel each system.

The Human Body Detectives series explores science with a twist–an accessible lesson about the human body presented in a fun, relatable way that kids will love. 

And Human Body Detectives StoryBook Collection has been created for kids in a 200 page plus all their activities.

And it’s gorgeous, simply gorgeous.

Plus it’s only $48. 99 on Amazon.

Not too bad for letting your kids learn about how their bodies work and what foods best fuel them in one big book that not only educates but entertains.

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Case#1 The Lucky Escape
Case#2 Battle with the Bugs
Case#3 A Heart Pumping Adventure
Case#4 Osteoblasts to the Rescue
Case#5 Brainiacs

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Let me know your thoughts on the book and go ahead and share!

Be well,

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The Story of Human Body Detectives

My “Aha!” moment for creating the Human Body Detectives series came while I was making breakfast for my daughters, Merrin and Pearl. Prior to that moment, I had been trying to find accessible information for kids to supplement the talks on digestion and nutrition I was giving at local elementary schools, but I was coming up empty-handed. The material I found was too advanced for the kids I was teaching. I wanted entertaining and educational information on the different physiological systems within in the body that also addressed how kids can live healthy lives.

As I flipped the pancakes, I realized that I needed to create what I had been searching for. And the Human Body Detectives were born. I joined a local writing group and began writing and editing. More writing, more editing. I had a blast and Merrin and Pearl enjoyed listening to my stories and helping to make them better. My very own test subjects! But I couldn’t stop there.

Dismayed at statistics about the epidemic of childhood obesity and increased illnesses among children as a result of malnutrition, I teamed up with a colleague who holds a master’s degree in education from Stanford and together we created a comprehensive elementary school curriculum for third through fifth graders based on the books I had written. Finally, I had what I’d originally been looking for—a fun, interactive way to engage students and aid them in understanding their body functions and healthy lifestyle choices.

The process has been nothing but rewarding and I am constantly scheming about the next adventure for the Human Body Detectives. Stay tuned!

 

 

 

What You Need to Know About Summer Sun: Sunscreen and UVA &B

Summer, Sun and Sunscreen: Everything Your Need to Know

The summer solstice, which occurs on June 21st, marks the the beginning of the summer. And with this, shedding the winter clothing layers and playing outside, excitably happens. Although a great, we need to be a little prepared by protecting our skin from the potentially harmful sun rays.

The purpose of sunscreens is to help shield you from the sun’s ultraviolet rays (UV) rays. It does this is 2 ways:

1. Some types of sunscreens scatter the UV light and reflect it away from your body.

2. Others will absorb the UV rays before they reach your skin.

Before I go into more depth on sunscreens, here are some basic terminology:

SPF: Sun Protection Factor. This rates how well the sunscreen protects your skin from ultraviolet B rays (UVB). Therefore, SPF refers to the blockage of UVB rays. This is how it works: if you normally burn in 10 minutes, SPF 15 would mean that you could go out in the sun for 150 minutes before burning.

Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays are known to be cancer causing. These rays cause your skin to burn.

Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays will also increase skin cancer risk but they penetrate deeply into the skin and cause premature aging ( wrinkles). There is no rating to inform you of UVA protection, so paying close attention to ingredients is very helpful.

With the 100’s of sunscreens available on the shelves, it is really difficult to figure out which is best.

It’s all very daunting.

Naturally occurring minerals – zinc oxide and titanium dioxide – are the most effective physical blocks form the sun’s rays. They work as a barrier between the skin and the sun, and they are non-toxic and do not leave a heavy footprint on the earth ( and oceans – chemicals in sunscreens are playing a role in the destruction of coral reefs!).

Look Out for these Chemicals Found in Sunscreens:

• Benzophenones (dixoybenzone, oxybenzone)

• PABA and PABA esters

• Cinnamates

• Salicylates

• Digalloyl trioleate

• Menthyl anthranilate

• Avobenzone [butyl-methyoxydibenzoylmethane; Parsol 1789] – Interesting fact: avobenzene is the only chemical sunscreen currently allowed by the European Community. Its safety is still of question due to its easy absorption into the skin and that it is a strong free radical generator.

General Thoughts about Sunscreens:

• Chemicals in sunscreen are thought to be one of the causes in the increase of more skin cancers than the sun itself, because of its having a strong estrogenic (negative ) effect.

• The chemicals may generate free radical that disrupt cellular membranes which may lead to cancers.

• There are no regulations on sunscreens. This is a scary fact.

Best Summer Sun Plan:

• Apply 15 minutes before sun exposure ( best to let in absorb first).

• I have read that you need about 2 tbsp to cover your whole body, but my advice is not to skimp!

• Don’t forget your ears, and lips!

• Wear sunscreen or better yet sun-protective clothing everyday…even on the cloudy days!

• Hang in the shade. When I go to the beach I always find a couple of trees to a) hang up my hammock and b) provide some shade.

• Wear sunglasses ( this is super easy for me but I can not get my kids to wear them – any ideas?)

• Try to avoid the sun peak hours – 10 am to 4pm.

• Wear a hat.

• Invest in some sun protecting clothing especially for when playing sports outsides.

• Reapply sunscreens very regularly ( every 2 hours is best).

Have a wonderful summer!

Be well,

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