Iodine Deficiency and Development

The way you can measure a society’s soul is by the way that it treats its children.
Nelson Mandela

Issue No. 18 – 16th March 2006

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My PD Updates

ECCPA 2006 – 27, 28 May at Genazzano FCJ College Kew Melbourne.

I’m no longer presenting at this conference as I will not be in the country.

As I will be in Europe in April/May, if you have any contacts in the UK who would be interested in hosting a PD in early childhood music and movement, please let me know their contact details and I will contact them direct.  Many thanks.

Did you know that 20% of children in NSW and Victoria are mildly iodine deficient?  This condition can affect their learning, hearing and growth.

Found naturally in seafood, milk and added to iodised salt, iodine is necessary for the production of healthy thyroid hormones. During pregnancy, a deficiency can seriously affect development.

But the problem is that we don’t eat enough seafood and less than 10 percent of the population use iodised salt. Milk, the other major source of iodine has changed over time.

Specialists say iodine deficiency is so common in Australia it’s a serious threat to our next generation of children. They’re calling for the mandatory addition of iodine to all salt, and for all pregnant and breast feeding women to take iodine supplements.

‘Well over 100 countries have followed the World Health Organisation’s recommendation that all salt for human consumption should be iodised,’ says Professor Cres Eastman, from the Australian Thyroid Foundation.

‘We’re one of the few countries in the world that isn’t doing this.’

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From the November Missile – newsletter of Move To Learn –

Facts that should change the world (from The Maverick Spirit newsletter  ‘ ‘ 2/12/05)

People in industrialised countries eat nearly seven kilos of food additives every year

It’s the kind of lunch the people across the western world eat every day: a ham and mustard sandwich on soft grain bread, packaged neatly in a little plastic triangle; a bag of salt and vinegar crisps; and a bottle of orange fizzy drink. Its sounds tasty, not particularly health-conscious, but certainly a convenient filling lunch.

The Ham Sandwich contains no fewer than thirteen E-numbers, additives with strange multisyllabic purposes: emulsifiers, treatment agents, stabilizers, acidity regulators. There are some surprising ingredients too: what are maze grits, and why have I never used them when I’ve made bread? Why should smoked ham need water? The crisps are suitable for vegetarians and coeliacs, apparently, but still contain flavour enhancers.

Source: Jessica Williams  50 Facts that should change the world

Quote of the Week

Mel Brooks at 78 years old said; “I’ve never let the child in me be subdued by the adult”.


A Sunday school teacher asked her class, “What was Jesus’ mother’s name?”
One child answered, “Mary.”
The teacher then asked, “Who knows what Jesus’ father’s name was?”
A little kid said, “Verge.”
Confused, the teacher asked, “Where did you get that?”
The kid said, “Well, you know, they are always talking about Verge n’ Mary.”


Thank you so much, it was so calming and relaxing.                                                           
Karen Baker, Music Specialist ‘ attended ASME Summer School

I began to look at the development of very little children in handling equipment.  It was great.     Elizabeth Campbell , Music Specialist ‘ attended ASME Summer School

About The Author

Marlene Rattigan B.A., Dip. Ed. (ECS), CELTA

Marlene Rattigan is an Early Childhood teacher, a teacher of English as a Second Language, and from 1987-2000 was a nationally accredited fitness leader. Her background is in music education. A keen interest in motor development in children led to the creation of Kidz-Fiz-Biz which she taught successfully for 13 years. Marlene also conducts workshops for children, teachers and parents at schools, in the community and at festivals. She has produced teaching manuals complete with audio CDs which are an extension of her ‘Kidz-Fiz-Biz’ program.

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