Often parents of children with Down syndrome are told that their child has a genetic condition and that there is nothing that they can do to change or improve their health, other than surgeries to repair any congenital defects and medications to affect mood or focus. They are then encouraged to accept their fate and sent out the door!
Allergy Season Has Arrived.
As many of you (unfortunately) know, allergy season is in full swing! Sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, cough, and the dreaded sinus infection... no doubt, allergies are the worst!
Here are some simple things you can do at home to take the edge off your allergies this year (or banish them all together).
A recent study by the Southern Poverty Law Center estimated that over 50% of children in the US feel anxiety and fear since Trump’s election. This number is significantly higher in Muslim children, children of color, and children in immigrant families.
The election and recent behavior of the Trump administration have many of us experiencing a great deal of stress, so much that many psychiatrists have already started using the term “Post-Trump Stress Disorder” to explain the huge influx of clients seeking election-related mental health support since November 2nd.
The stress, grief, and anxiety relating to Trump’s election is not only being felt by adults - it is also having a dramatic and unique impact on kids.
Recently I had a parent ask me about a supplement called phosphatidylserine (sometimes abbreviated as PS). She wanted to know if it might be beneficial for her child’s brain function. So what is this stuff, and can it really help kids with ADD/ADHD, autism, and learning disorders?
What is Pertussis (aka Whooping Cough)?
Pertussis is also known as whooping cough. It is caused by a bacteria called Bordetella pertussis, a tiny bacteria that is spread by airborne droplets (from coughing and sneezing).
In the beginning the illness looks like a common cold, with a fever, sneezing, runny nose, and a normal sounding cough. After 1-2 weeks, most of the symptoms resolve but the cough sticks around and just gets worse. Many kids will develop what are called “paroxysms” of coughing, meaning they will have bad coughing fits where they will cough several times in a row, followed by a gasp for breath (the “whoop” in whooping cough).
Kids may cough so much they throw up, give themselves nosebleeds, or break blood vessels in their eyes (a generally harmless condition called subconjunctival hemorrhage).
Considering the Pro's and Cons
There are lots of things to think about when deciding whether to use a known donor or to purchase sperm from a sperm bank. Cost, convenience, future family dynamics, legality, and medical history and health are all factors to consider.
This subject is often one of the first things that must be figured out by LGBTQ couples and single people trying to conceive, but straight couples may also be faced with a decision about where to get donor sperm, if the male partner is struggling with infertility.
Anxiety can have many forms - in some kids it mostly shows up as anxious thoughts, worrying, or nightmares. For other kids, anxiety may show up in purely physical form, without any anxious thoughts. Instead, these kids might have issues like stomach aches, headaches, ticks and twitches, or even rashes and hives.
Once you recognize the signs of anxiety in your child, you can start to help them and teach them how to help themselves, when anxiety strikes.
Just in case you missed my last post, What is PCOS... and How Can it Affect Fertility? Here is a quick recap of why polycystic ovarian syndrome prevents ovulation:
It all starts with follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH). FHS helps the eggs mature and follicles grow till one is mature enough to be released in ovulation. Luteinizing hormone, on the other hand, is what triggers the release of the egg once it’s ready to go.
In people who don’t have PCOS, the ratio of luteinizing hormone (LH) to follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) is around 1:1. In PCOS, LH to FSH ratio is closer to 3:1. When that happens, follicles try to mature, but then the relatively high level of LH interrupts them in the middle of their growth and they never end up getting big enough to be released.
PCOS is one of the most common causes of infertility in the US. But don't lose hope! For most people PCOS is totally treatable. Read on to find out more...
PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. It’s an inheritable genetic variation in which the ovaries produce high levels of androgens: mainly DHEA-S, and testosterone. In addition, Luteinizing Hormone (LH) and Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) ratios are often out of balance in people with PCOS.
High testosterone often leads to facial hair growth, high sex drive, thinning hair, and acne, while the LH to FSH ratio can often interrupt ovulation (more on that in a minute) and cause irregular menstrual cycles and cysts in the ovaries.
Pagophagia is a fancy medical term that simply means “ice eating.” Lots and lots of people find that they end up craving ice during pregnancy, and may get into the habit of chewing on ice all day long. What causes this bizarre craving?
The truth is that we don’t know exactly why so many people crave ice during pregnancy, but many people develop pagophagia when they become deficient in iron. And, as you may already know, iron deficiency anemia is very common in pregnancy (up to 25% of people become anemic at some point in their pregnancy).
All you need is a head of cauliflower and two tablespoons of coconut oil.
Croup is a type of cough many kids will have at least once before they turn 5 years old. It is a scary but usually harmless illness, and there are lots of natural remedies to help your little one feel better quickly (and help everyone get to sleep again!).
What Exactly is Croup?
Croup is a swelling of the windpipe that can happen when your child has an upper respiratory infection. It’s this swelling that causes the barking cough and the wheezing sound you may hear when your child breathes in. This is distinct from the wet, mucusy-sounding cough you'll hear when your child gets a virus or irritant down in their lungs.
Most of the time a case of croup starts as just a regular cold or a mild flu. A few days into their sickness your child may lie down and start a loud, raspy, barking cough, possibly with some gasping or wheezing in between. This is what’s often describes as the “seal bark cough.”
While pregnancy may be one of the most magical times of your life, stretch marks are not particularly magical - in fact, they can really suck. This is a salve that can be used during and after pregnancy in order to minimize or reduce stretch marks.
Rosehip oil is high in antioxidants, including vitamin A and vitamin C. Shea butter and coconut oil are both hydrating and anti-inflammatory, while frankincense, neroli, and patchouli all have anti-scarring properties. Frankincense and patchouli also promote cellular regeneration, which encourage new skin growth and healing in areas of stretch marks.
Yep, that’s right: most babies get the Hepatitis B vaccine in the hospital, just hours after they are born. Most of the time this happens without the parent’s consent - or without even telling the parents that it’s happening. In fact, if your birth happens in a hospital or birthing center and you DON’T want your baby vaccinated for Hep B, you’ll likely have to tell the hospital or center that before hand, and tell them again and again before and after delivery.
There is a weird phenomenon happening with certain kids. A child can be perfectly happy and normal, then out of the blue develop tics and spasms, extreme anxiety, obsessive compulsive behaviors, mood swings, anorexia, aggression, hyperactivity, cognitive changes, or any combination of the above.
This is a tragic change, and often parents and doctors are at a loss when trying to figure out what might be causing these symptoms and behaviors.
This is a recipe for an easy to make chia seed and coconut milk pudding. When soaked overnight, the outer coating of the chia seed absorbs water and swells, giving this pudding a tapioca-like consistency, with a little crunch. It's a delicious and fun way to get a sweet treat with all the health benefits of chia and coconut oil.
Makes: 4 servings
Time: 10 minutes to make, 4 hours resting
Eczema and other itchy, crusty rashes can make a kid’s life pretty miserable. It’s hard to watch your little one always scratching, especially if their skin gets so bad that it cracks and bleeds, or gets red and irritated with infection.
Many parents are tired of the cycle of eczema flares, topical steroid creams, decrease in symptoms, then right back into another flare-up, and worry about how topical steroid use might be affecting their children in the long run. Ending the cycle of eczema flares requires taking a look at what may be causing the rash to break out in the first place, in addition to offering relief for symptoms in the moment. Fortunately, naturopathic medicine can offer a great deal of help for children dealing with this itchy, painful condition.
Not all of us are grabbing our sleds or skis and running for the door when winter hits. For many people, winter time, with its chilly temperatures, overcast skies, and long dark nights, is a time when it gets hard to feel excited about much. For some this can become chronic low-mood, or even depression.
Individuals who experience this type of low-mood or depression only during the winter months may be suffering from a specific condition called seasonal depression or seasonal affective disorder, also known by the acronym SAD.
Wow, autumn has barely started and it looks like we are already heading into cold and flu season! Whether it's sniffles and cough, the full-on chilly achey flu, or that seasonal “crud” that just won’t seem to go away, cold and flu season can take a lot of the fun out of this beautiful time of year.
So why not head some of those sick-days off at the pass? Here are a few things you can do to protect yourself and your kids from “whatever is going around” this season:
While looking over some pathology notes today I was moved by how beautifully complex our kidneys are. A liter of blood is pumped into your kidneys every minute, adding up to 1500 liters of blood every day! Of that blood, about 140 quarts get filtered. That means that the kidneys filter all the blood in your entire body every 50 minutes, making them one of our most important ways to cleanse and detoxify our systems.
Our kidneys help us remove all sorts of wastes from our blood, including uric acid and other metabolites, drug wastes, salts, and ammonia. These substances are filtered out of the blood and into the urine.
In addition, the kidneys are part of an intricate balancing act that regulates blood pressure and lets just enough water out of your system so that you don't have edema (swelling from retaining water) and keeps just enough water in to keep your cells and tissues hydrated.
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