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Archive Category: Children’s Health

Measles Outbreak, Flu Season, or Just a Cold

January 29th, 2019

If you live in the Portland/Vancouver area, you are likely aware of the current outbreak of measles. So far, most of the cases are in unvaccinated individuals. While most children will recover fully, there can be significant complications for others. Click here for more information on measles. I am not addressing the controversy regarding to vaccinate or not to vaccinate, but want to address the issue of what to do when you are sick.

If you are sick–fever, coughing, malaise, etc.–your best course of action is to stay home, rest, and recover! This goes against very real and powerful cultural pressures to “keep going”, “be strong”, “power through”, etc. The advent of all the medications to help dry up that runny nose and suppress that cough and reduce that fever have contributed to our perception of the ability to continue our daily schedules “as usual” when we are ill. This not only is a disservice to our own bodies, but to others whom we then expose. One of my favorite examples is from the book by Alvin Tresselt and illustrated by Roger Duvoisin, “White Snow, Bright Snow” published in 1947. The policeman caught a chill, his wife applied a mustard plaster, and he went to bed. I’ve attached a couple of the illustrations–but read the book, it is fun!

My hope is that we each can contribute to changing this cultural pressure–from pushing ourselves and children when we should be resting and healing to a culture that values our limitations and allows time for recovery. Yes, I know being sick is inconvenient and that recovery may be even more so.

And in this season of measles which is very contagious, please stay home if you have a fever, cough, runny nose. These will start even before the telltale rash. Just think, if everyone in Clark County could stay home for 2 weeks, we could end this outbreak! (OK, I know that is not practical 😉 ). Of course, call your health care provider if you are concerned about progression of your or your child’s illness!!

To your health!!

White Snow, Bright Snow

Herbicides in Your Children’s Cereal??

August 16th, 2018

Glyphosates (a main ingredient in Round-Up) has been identified as carcinogenic in California and are present in cereals and grains. I was going to try and summarize EWG’s article, but they have done such a great job I’m just attaching the link–please check it out. The good news is that organic cereals had much lower levels.

Sugar Smacks–Like We Need Another Reason to Avoid It

July 13th, 2018

Hopefully, no one believes that Sugar Smacks cereal is a healthy way to start the day. But now it is also associated with a multi-state Salmonella outbreak. If you have any of this cereal in your cupboard, please dispose of it. Instead, focus on a healthy breakfast of fruit, vegetables, and egg or healthfully-raised meat or fish. My breakfast today (wish I had taken a photo!): quail eggs sauteed with red cabbage and broccoli. To Your Health!!

Natural Pest Control

May 14th, 2018

While trying to avoid use of dangerous pesticides, I turn to natural pest control. I’m including a link to EWG’s site–love the homemade insecticidal soap! Remember that pesticides are not only dangerous to the environment but to you, too. Here’s to a healthy home and garden!!

“Organic” Jargon? This may help . . .

May 1st, 2018

Are you having trouble with the labeling of our foods? Organic, Grass-fed, Pasture-raised, etc. Lions and tigers and bears, oh, my! Here is an article that may shed some light on the nuances of labeling. EWG.org also has helpful pages–check them out as well. To your health!!

Fish Oil and Probiotics During Pregnancy–for Baby’s Health

April 23rd, 2018

Research has noted a 33% reduction in risk of allergies with fish oil and a 20% reduction in risk of eczema with probiotics. Check out the details in this article! Good over-the-counter brands include Nordic Naturals and Carlson.

Changing Baby Poop

March 13th, 2018

The pH of baby poop has been changing since the 1920’s with “acceleration” of this change in the 1980’s. I suspect that increased carbohydrate and packaged/processed foods by nursing mothers is at least contributory, but more research is needed. That being said, a whole (real) food diet consisting primarily of vegetables (especially leafy greens), plus fruit, healthfully raised meats, and healthy fats is optimal over packaged and processed foods, period. Check out this article.

A Colic Treatment That Works!

January 23rd, 2018

I’ve had great success with homeopathic Chamomilla for colicky conditions in infants, but I’m excited about having another option. Research in Poland, Italy, Canada and Australia is showing that Lactobacillus reuteri helps, too. For the comfort of your child and your peace of mind, check out this article.

Dangers of Mattresses

January 8th, 2018

Shopping for mattresses can be daunting–they are expensive, there are many options, AND they can be TOXIC. EWG.org has posted this article on crib mattress studies showing not only VOC’s which are dangerous, but fragrances and more. You can bet these studies would likely apply to other mattresses, too. I can recommend cotton or natural latex mattresses. If you are lucky enough to live in the Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA area, we have a couple of options: Mulligan Mattress and Cotton Cloud Natural Beds. I recently purchased a natural latex mattress and am thrilled!! Very comfortable, no chemical odors, sleeping better–Hurrah!! I even bought a natural latex pillow which I also recommend. Please read the article and check out these mattress options. To your health!

Bucking the Fast Food Marketing

December 18th, 2017

Bucking the Fast Food Marketing

 

Making fresh, homecooked meals every night is a rarity for millions of people that are busy with work and family life. Today, convenience foods and fast food restaurants have become the go-to for many busy families around the country. Convenience food products such as frozen pizzas, prepared mixes, canned soups, and other microwaveable foods means that individuals and families are lacking quality, wholesome nutrition. Processed food items like these usually have very little fiber, high saturated fat and sodium content, and lack the nutrients that fresh foods have. There has been controversy for many decades over microwaving food and the dangers of zapping nutritional content.

Yet, advertising and commercials make these processed foods appealing because they’re fast and easy to prepare, but in fact, they’re doing real damage to your health and can be a hazard to healthy living. Don’t fall victim to fast food marketing tactics. A whole food diet can be quick and even more economical. Here are some mistakes to avoid and tips on how to change what you eat so you can live a healthier lifestyle.

#1: Plan.
Set aside time to plan your menu for the week and if you’re short on time, get your shopping done in one trip at the beginning of the week to cut down time spent on stopping at the grocery store multiple times.  Planning can not only save you money, but it will also help you prepare on what meals you need to cook ahead of time and which ones you’ll need to set aside time to prepare when you get home at night. Planning ahead will help you start integrating, fresh, homecooked meals into your diet rather than relying on convenience food day in and day out.

#2: Make your diet a “whole” one.
If you live a busy, active lifestyle, you can still eat well while on the go. Just prepare fresh meals ahead of time and then freeze them until you’re ready to eat it, then add some fresh organic fruit and vegetables as your side dish. Your diet should include a variety of raw, fresh fruits and vegetables, so if you’re hungry during the day for a snack, instead of giving into your craving for a greasy bag of chips, have a variety of fresh items on hand or items that have low saturated fat and no processed sugar to eat instead. Or, invest in a blender or juicer, as this can allow you to drink your fruits and veggies and make it a flavorful treat during the day! It is very important to make each meal as well-balanced as possible.

If you’re tired of feeling lethargic or even “empty” after eating processed, packaged foods, it’s time to make a change. Do your homework when it comes to the importance of what you’re putting in your body. If you’re struggling with how to make a positive change in how you eat and you need help on how to adjust your diet and lifestyle, I can help provide some helpful tips and some of my favorite go-to healthy foods. Your health as well as the health of your family is incredibly important and making a shift away from convenience foods to fresh, wholesome products will be life-giving in the end.

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