Nice quote

"The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can." Neil Gaimon

Health and Sex

Monkey Platters: (scroll down to bottom for more links including one on protein):

Article on exercise and how it affects cells (an article my friend from ballet sent): 
"What I Eat" - 80 individuals in different parts of the world and what food they eat in a single day including health related information.

"Food: 25 Amazing Projects Investigate the History and Science of What We Eat" - By Kathleen Reilly

From the minute life begins, food makes you strong, helps you grow, and gives you energy. But do you take that ham sandwich for granted? You might not give a lot of thought to where your food comes from, how it got to you, what’s really in it, or what it does for you. Food: 25 Amazing Projects Investigate the History and Science of What We Eat gives kids some “food for thought” as they dive into exciting projects about the incredible world of food. Kids will have fun learning about all aspects of food in our daily lives—how vegetarians balance their diet, how some cultures rose and fell based on a single food source, the route from farm to market, how eating locally makes an impact, and much more.

Natural Living:
Gary Null:
Dr. Mercola's website:

(I think) Great Resource Books:
Prescription for Nutritional Healing
Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child
Raising Your Child In Spite of Your Doctor

Wild Edibles

Eat Weeds?

Are you interested in foraging?  There is a great series of videos made by Sergei Boutenko (son of Victoria Boutenko who has written much about raw food):   
His video (in parts) :

Sergei Boutenko's new book - Wild Edibles: A Practical Guide to Foraging, with Easy Identification of 60 Edible Plants and 67 Recipies:

Sergi's rap song - "Don't Eat Something If You Don't Know What It Is":

"Wild Plants of Maine A Useful Guide" by Tom Seymour - Tom occasionally does presentations at nature centers and libraries as well as nature walks.

"Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and not so wild) Places" by Steve Brill with Evelyn Dean
Wildman Steve Brill's website:
There is an interesting and funny article off of his website about how he got arrested in Central Park for eating the park flora! 

"Dandelion Celebration: A Guide to Unexpected Cuisine" by Peter Gail.  Lots of recipes for dandelions in there!  The library system has it too!  

A Maine author of plants and medicinals to check out (thanks Erik DaSilva!):

Human Body Anatomy Model: The one we have comes with a book about the body and what various organs do, etc.  

Remember that show called "The Facts of Life?"  Well, there is a book by the same title by Jonathan Miller and David Pelham (available through the Maine Library Lending System).  Like Pop-Out books?  This one's for you! 

See How You Grow? by Dr. Patricia Pearse and Edwina Riddell
This book is AWESOME!  A lift the flap book that I read with my children when I was pregnant.  

A Biologist's Song about Mother's Day - funny, and I learned something!
He has other songs as well!

The Care and Keeping of You!  (American Girl book that I heard was great!  I have not read it yet, but plan to.)

For younger kids: "What's the Big Secret?" (by Laurie and Marc Brown)

"What's Happenning to My Body Book" - by Linda Madaras   

"Changing Bodies, Changing Lives: Expanded Third Edition: A Book for Teens on Sex and Relationships" (Paperback) by  Ruth Bell (Author) "Sometime between the ages of nine and seventeen, your body will change dramatically..."

"Everything you NEVER wanted your kids to know about SEX (but were afraid they'd ask): The Secrets to Surviving Your Child's Sexual Development from Birth to the Teens" by Justin Richardson, M.D. and Mark A. Schuster, M.D., PH.D.

Newly listed here as of November 2015 as I just discovered this book: Sex Is a Funny Word: An Intelligent and Inclusive Illustrated Primer on Sexuality by Cory Silverberg and and Fiona Smyth. Here's a link to Brain Pickings for more information:

Website for teens on sex: 
Birds and Bees and Kids: 

"A Child Is Born" by Lennart Nilsson - When I was pregnant with my first child, a friend suggested I get this book because it had excellent photos!  It did!

A book about teens and sleep -
"Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep" by David K. Randall 
"Biology's cruel joke goes something like this: As a teenage body goes through puberty, its circadian rhythm essentially shifts three hours backward. Suddenly, going to bed at nine or ten o'clock at night isn't just a drag, but close to a biological impossibility. Studies of teenagers around the globe have found that adolescent brains do not start releasing melatonin until around eleven o'clock at night and keep pumping out the hormone well past sunrise. Adults, meanwhile, have little-to-no melatonin in their bodies when they wake up. With all that melatonin surging through their bloodstream, teenagers who are forced to be awake before eight in the morning are often barely alert and want nothing more than to give in to their body's demands and fall back asleep. Because of the shift in their circadian rhythm, asking a teenager to perform well in a classroom during the early morning is like asking him or her to fly across the country and instantly adjust to the new time zone -- and then do the same thing every night, for four years. ... 
"Teenagers in the past were expected to spend part of their days in the classroom and then either work at an after-school job or complete a round of chores on the farm. To fit in time for both, the school day started as early as 7:00 a.m. This early start time remained constant despite sweeping cultural changes over the successive decades, including a sharp reduction in the percentage of young adults who work at an after-school job. Band practice, sports teams, drama club, and other activities that add to a college application have taken the place of paid employment for many teenagers. ... The lack of sleep affects the teenage brain in similar ways to the adult brain, only more so. Chronic sleep deprivation in adolescents diminishes the brain's ability to learn new information and can lead to emotional issues like depression and aggression. Researchers now see sleep problems as a cause, and not a side effect, of teenage depression. ...

More on sleep from Sandra's site: 

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