10 Tips to Prevent the Flu

Winter can be long, and dreary. Getting sick can make winter seem even longer. Each year the media hype surrounding the flu seems to get worse, there is a lot of fear mongering and bullying about the flu vaccine.  I have never gotten the “flu vaccine” and I have only had the flu one time in my life. (I had the flu when I was pregnant, and thanks to homeopathy it was not a big deal for me). If you research a concept called “The Original Antigenic Sin”,  and how it relates to the flu vaccine, you might understand why…

Stomach Flu Prevention and Natural Remedies

I know, it’s not really “the flu”, but people call it the stomach flu. The more proper term is gastroenteritis. It’s not fun to watch your kid puke, and even less fun to clean it up. Fortunately there are natural ways to prevent it, and natural remedies that can help recovery. (Note: this post is not intended to be medical advice, always defer to your doctor for medical treatment). Prevention – Probiotics This is my top pick for preventing the stomach flu. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Probiotic bacteria are “good bacteria” that we WANT to…

How To Naturally Heal Tooth Trauma

What can you do if your child suffers trauma to a tooth and it turns grey? Many will say there is nothing you can do about it. That has not been my experience. Last year, my daughter slipped and fell in the bathroom. She hit her tooth on the lid of a garbage pail. The tooth suffered some trauma, but it was not chipped or broken. It looked a little bruised at the gumline though. In that moment I was so grateful for homeopathy. Seriously. What else can you use in a situation like this? I gave her one dose…

Natural Remedy for Burns

Summer is almost officially here. We had our first day at the pool this weekend, and I was reminded of how much I despise sunblock. I don’t use sunblock for every trip to the playground, I know some sun exposure is actually needed to ensure proper levels of vitamin D. My own personal experience last year with vitamin D issues taught me there is no substitute for the sun when it comes to vitamin D. (A few days at the pool raised my vitamin D levels faster than months of supplementation, and I have the lab testing data to prove…

Natural Tooth Pain Relief

When I was pregnant with my second daughter, I got myself into a difficult situation with my wisdom tooth. I had a cavity before I got pregnant. My family had recently moved back to America and I had not yet found a holistic dentist so I put off getting it filled. (Not a good idea, I know, but it happened). After I got pregnant, it got worse. It was not painful at all, unless I put pressure on it. (I basically had to chew using one side of my mouth). I was able to halt the decay, (prevent it from…

Ghee – How I Love Thee

I went through a “dairy-free” phase in my life. In the past few years I have cautiously added dairy back in, but I tend to stick to dairy that is free of A1 beta-casein, which I have read is very harmful. One of the first “dairy” products I added back in is ghee. I am not sure if it is O.K. for everyone who has a sensitivity to dairy, but I have not had a problem with it in our family. So what is ghee? From the book “Eat Fat Lose Fat“: “Ghee, or clarified butter, is butter from which…

The Gluten-free Trap

Eating healthy in this country is a challenge. (That is putting it mildly). There are a plethora of marketing ploys and labeling tricks that are DESIGNED to trick us into THINKING we are eating healthy. Many times we shop and eat for the convenience. Let’s face it, we live in a fast-paced, busy society. Most parents are working while raising a family, which makes it hard to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. We should be eating the way our grandparents did, our meals should be cooked from scratch with food, not “ingredients”. Real food does not have…

Breastfeeding Diet

A mother’s diet is very important when nursing. In the first few years of life a baby is still developing; the brain and immune system is not mature yet. What mom puts into her mouth can have a lasting impact on her baby if she is breastfeeding. Please don’t let the thought of this intimidate you. It is actually a wonderful blessing to be able to nourish your child by breastfeeding. There are many short term and long term benefits for your child’s health. I am very passionate about breastfeeding, and I hope this article helps a few moms succeed…

Homeopathy and Ear Infections

The fall of 2016 was rough for me. I rarely get sick, other than a runny nose here and there. A few years ago our house was hit pretty hard. I am not sure why, but I was grateful I knew how to use homeopathy. When I wrote this post on Arnica, I was still fairly new to homeopathy, and I still did not understand how it works. Quite honestly it bothers me, I have a very analytical mind and I have a hard time NOT intellectualizing things. (I have been told NOT to do this with homeopathy, to just…

Gut Health

There is a controversy that has not made the main stream news yet, but some local news outlets have covered this. Apparently mothers are observing neurological changes in their children after using the laxative Miralax. I first heard of this a few weeks ago, and it is very concerning. I have not personally used this product, but it is common for Pediatricians to prescribe it to children who are constipated even though it is not labeled for children. I have had a few friends ask me about natural options to deal with this constipation issues. I do believe an ounce…

Probiotics

“All Disease Begins In The Gut”- Hippocrates In the past few years, probiotic bacteria have been making headlines in the scientific world. The media is even catching on to something that has been known by many for long time; the health of our gut microbiome is essential for optimum health. This study shows some species of “good bacteria” may play a role in reversing peanut allergies. This study suggests the “terrible two’s” might be linked to the biodiversity of a child’s gut microbiome. This study shows probiotic bacteria in kimchi can biodegrade pesticides. This study shows infant colic may be…

Natural Flu Treatment

Every year the media tells us the flu season is the “worst season ever”. This year is no different, and a few friends have asked me about natural ways to fight the flu. So I decided to write a post about this. Disclaimer – I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice. I am simply sharing my personal experience. Last year I found out I was pregnant in February. (I found out on Valentine’s Day). Around a week later I caught the flu. (Awesome timing, right?) I was genuinely surprised because I very rarely get ill. I…

Why I buy “Organic”

These past few weeks, the weather has been horrendous. I am usually a very picky food shopper, but the poor conditions have prevented me from shopping from the usual stores. (The icy roads have prevented me from traveling very far). It has been a painful reminder of why I need to stock up on food. My “pantry” right now is frightfully low on supplies. The organic selection at the local grocery store is somewhat sad. (I bought an organic avocado last week which looked pretty nasty when I opened it up). Last night I bought a mixture of organic/non-organic vegetables,…

Folic Acid vs. Folate

Folic acid is THE vitamin pregnant women are supposed to take. It is supposedly the most important vitamin for pregnant women. It is supposed to prevent Spina bifida and other midline defects. But what if that is not true? Sounds crazy right? But if you read on I will explain why it is not true for many of us. The vitamin that is needed is actually FOLATE. Many people think they will get enough folate by taking folic acid, but that is not always true. There are complex biochemical cycles that occur in our bodies that convert folic acid into…

Cod Liver Oil – The Ultimate Immune Booster?

It’s snot season. Literally, if you have a child in school you know exactly what I am talking about. It seems almost impossible to make it through flu season without getting sick. Oddly enough I have done it, many times. I don’t get sick very often. I made it 40 years without ever catching the flu, (or getting the flu shot). For a while I thought I just got lucky, I thought I inherited an awesome immune system. Until last year … I got sick a few times. I had a sore throat that turned into an ear infection in…

Elderberry Syrup

Tis the season of runny noses, high fevers, ear infections, and stomach viruses. There is an old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We do a lot in this household to prevent getting sick, and it usually works out pretty well for us. (Even when illness strikes it is usually mild. Probiotics, cod liver oil, and fermented foods have been very beneficial for my family). Homeopathy has been a life saver for us as well, and I am so glad I took a class in it last fall. But fermented foods and homeopathy is…

Sugar – the sickening truth

Sugar makes us fat and sick Literally, I am not exaggerating. If you want to do something RIGHT NOW to greatly improve your health, reduce or eliminate your consumption of processed sugar. Does this seem like an impossible task? Does the thought of cutting out sugar give you heart palpitations? That is not surprising, sugar is also extremely addictive. It is more addictive than cocaine. “Connecticut College students and a professor of psychology have found “America’s favorite cookie” is just as addictive as cocaine – at least for lab rats.” Source I thought I was doing pretty good in the…

The Dairy Dilemma

“Milk, it does a body good”. Does anyone else remember that slogan? Is it true though? Dairy has gotten a lot of negative attention in recent years. The Paleo diet, which has gained in popularity, involves completely eliminating dairy from the diet. Many who have autoimmune diseases have blogged about improved health when removing dairy. Eczema often clears up when dairy is removed from a child’s diet, (I personally witnessed this). Parents of autistic children report their child’s condition improves when dairy and gluten are removed from the diet. Ear infections are sometimes linked to dairy consumption. So what on…

The Daniel Diet

In the past few years I have tried to find the right combination of foods for my body. Each person is different and I do not think that there is a “one size fits all” diet. We all have different nutritional needs. I have known for a few years that my way of eating was not optimal for me because my digestive system was sluggish. I knew I had to change something, but I wasn’t sure what I needed to change. I started cleaning up my diet a few years ago. It started with weight gain, (isn’t that usually what…