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Monday, January 28, 2019

ACUPUNCTURE CAN HELP SAFELY IN PREGNANCY

Acupuncture and Pregnancy - A World of Benefits

Guest Post By Jenny Heart

It is well known by now that acupuncture is effective in the treatment and prevention of many illnesses. From migraine headaches to premenstrual cramps to insomnia, there are virtually no limits to the conditions that can be alleviated by this ancient Chinese healing art. Used by physicians, dentists and holistic practitioners worldwide, acupuncture is highly regarded in both Eastern and Western medical practices. The National Institute of Health reports an ever increasing use of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and one Harvard study estimates that Americans visit acupuncturists more than five million times per year.
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In all of its purported uses, it comes as no surprise, then, that acupuncture is also effective in treating pregnant women. More and more, women are seeking drug-free treatment for various pregnancy-related conditions. Thus, acupuncture, having no contraindications, is becoming highly sought after,
as women are learning that it is both safe and beneficial for mother and baby.
Pregnant women living here in Western North Carolina might consider visiting an Asheville acupuncture practitioner. Regularly scheduled balancing treatments throughout pregnancy enhance the health of the mother, influence the development of the baby, and help to prevent complications during childbirth. Acupuncture treatments can be given once a month until the final month, when weekly sessions help prepare for labor. Some treatments may cause a slight increase in fetal movements, but no acupuncture treatment - unless it is intended to induce labor - should significantly increase uterine activity.
There are many benefits of acupuncture during pregnancy; among these is its particular effectiveness in relieving morning sickness. This is great news for women who feel especially sick during the first three months of pregnancy, and even more so for those suffering from potentially dangerous hyperemesis gravidarum, or severe vomiting, during pregnancy. Studies are emerging that show women who receive acupuncture during the first trimester report having less frequent and shorter bouts of nausea than women who don't receive acupuncture. During the first trimester, acupuncture can also relieve migraines, fatigue, and bleeding. During the second trimester, acupuncture aids in maintaining balance by easing heartburn, hemorrhoids and stress. It can also be used to treat high blood pressure, edema and excessive weight gain.
In the third trimester, acupuncture treatment can bring relief from backache, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, and pubic and joint pain. Fortunately for the mother, the benefits are often immediate. The third trimester is also a time when a great deal of attention is given to the proper positioning of the baby. The acupuncturist should begin to encourage a head-down position by 32 to 34 weeks.
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 If you live in Asheville, acupuncture is very much an available resource for you during your pregnancy. Be sure to find an acupuncture practitioner who is nationally certified as a diplomate of acupuncture and who has experience in treating women who are pregnant. Acupuncturists with adequate training in the care of pregnant women should recognize the potentially serious nature of certain symptoms and only offer care that coincides with their patient's Western medical care regimen as dictated by their primary care doctor or obstetrician.
By Jenny Heart. Asheville Acupuncture by Nance Pettit. Deep healing heart centered acupuncture Asheville NC. Chinese acupuncture and Asheville NC acupuncture, integrative medicine and energy healing.
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Thursday, January 24, 2019

HERBS FOR PREGNANCY

Many women wonder what herbs are safe or unsafe in pregnancy.  This guest post discusses some herbs you may or may not have heard of.  Be sure to talk with your doctor before taking anything in pregnancy.

Herbal Allies For Pregnant Women

Guest Post By Susun Weed

Most women would agree that drugs are to be avoided during pregnancy. Many over the counter remedies, especially antihistamines, acne medicines, and laxatives, have been shown to cause birth defects in animals or humans. Antibiotics may cause fetal abnormalities and sulfur drugs can cause neo-natal jaundice. Tranquilizers and painkillers can cause birth defects and addict the fetus. Antacids can cause muscle problems in the baby and edema in the mother. (In addition, they mess up a woman's calcium metabolism; see discussion following.)
And it is well accepted that the drug-like actions of alcohol, tobacco, and coffee are best avoided both before conception, during pregnancy, and while lactating.
Few women, however, understand that vitamin/mineral supplements are more drug-like than food-like. Though they are widely recommended, even by orthodox MDs, supplements are problematic for
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pregnant women and ought to be avoided. A study of 23,000 pregnant women, reported in The New England Journal of Medicine (1995) found 4.8 times more birth defects among the children of women who consumed 10,000 IU or more of vitamin A in supplemental form. And if that isn't enough to make you hesitate before reaching for the pills, consider this: the amount of iron in four prenatal-formula tablets can kill a child under the age of three.
In addition to drugs and supplements, many common herbal remedies, including golden seal, and flax seed are best avoided during the weeks of gestation. See below for herbs that may be problematic during pregnancy.
Nevertheless, there are many simple, safe home and herbal remedies available to ease the discomforts of pregnancy. The remedies of wise women, or "old wives," have persisted for centuries, passed from woman to woman. They are not strict protocols designed to work with the greatest possible number of women. Rather, they are part of the ever-changing wisdom ways of women, meant to be applied to the unique individual in unique and ever-changing ways. Although they have not been subjected to double blind studies, they are not superstition and dumb custom, but the results of millions of careful observations over thousands of generations. These remedies are the gifts of our foremothers. They are gifts from women who were deeply intuitive, immersed in day-to-day practice, and in tune with women's needs - emotional and spiritual, as well as physical.
Wise women believe that most of the problems of pregnancy can be prevented by attention to nutrition. Morning sickness and mood swings are connected to low blood sugar; backaches and severe labor pains often result from insufficient calcium; and varicose veins, hemorrhoids, constipation, skin discolorations and anemias are also related to lack of specific nutrients.
Excellent nutrition for pregnant women includes not just vital foodstuffs and nourishing herbal infusions, but also pure water and air, abundant light, loving and respectful relationships, beauty and harmony in daily life, and joyous thoughts.
All nutrients are needed in abundance during pregnancy as the gestating woman forms two extra pounds of uterine muscle; the nerves, bones, organs, muscles, glands and skin of the baby; several pounds of amniotic fluid; the placenta; and a great increase in blood volume. In addition, extra kidney and liver cells are created to process the waste of two beings instead of one.
Wild and organically grown foods are the best source of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients needed during pregnancy. All the better if the expectant mother can get out and gather her own herbs: stretching, bending, breathing, moving, touching the earth, taking time to talk with the plants and to open herself to their spiritual world.

 

Red Raspberry (Rubus ideaus and other species)
For centuries herbalists have relied on the leaves of red raspberry to nourish pregnant women and relieve difficulties during pregnancy and birth. Scientific herbalists are baffled by these claims, as they find no chemical constituents in raspberry leaves that are capable of inducing these purported effects. Nonetheless, "if pregnant women believe that it provides relief from various unpleasant effects associated with their condition, no harm is done," says Varro Tyler in The Honest Herbal.
Most of the benefits associated with regular use of raspberry throughout pregnancy can be traced to its astringent, strengthening, and nourishing powers. Raspberry leaves contain tannins and fragrine, which give tone to the muscles of the pelvic region, including the uterus. They also contain nourishing vitamins and minerals. Of special note are the concentrations of vitamins A, C, E, and B, plus generous amounts of easily assimilated calcium, iron, phosphorous, and potassium salts.
A strong infusion of dried raspberry leaves increases fertility, tonifies the uterus, aids in easy birthing, helps prevent miscarriage, alleviates morning sickness, reduces muscle/leg cramps and backache, and counters fatigue.
To make it:
  •     Put one ounce of the dried raspberry leaves in a quart jar; fill it to the top with boiling water, and cap tightly.
  •     After steeping for at least four hours, strain the leaves out of the infusion. 
  •     Drink the liquid hot or cold, with honey, or anyway you like it. 
  •     Refrigerate left-overs. 

Capsules, tinctures, and teas of raspberry are not as effective.
Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Some people dislike nettle because of its strong sting, but it is an herb with myriad benefits for the expectant mother. A strong infusion (prepared by brewing one ounce of dried nettle leaves in a quart of boiling water for at least four hours) helps prevent varicose veins and hemorrhoids, eases leg cramps and backache, reduces the incidence of hemorrhage after birth, and increases the richness of breast milk.
Every cup of nettle infusion supplies amazing amounts of energy as well as huge amounts of calcium, magnesium and vitamins A, D, C, B, and K. It prevents folic acid anemia and iron deficiency anemia, and is also a digestive aid, a strengthener to the lungs, an ally of the kidneys, and a restorative to the hair and skin.
Capsules, tinctures, and teas of nettle are not as effective.
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
As a keeper of dairy animals, I was introduced to this herb as an ally to keep my goats' fertility high and their milk production generous. It took only a little imagination for me to begin to use it for women, too. Red clover blossoms are best taken as a strong infusion (one ounce of dried blossoms brewed overnight in a quart of boiling water). The tincture is a sedative; pills and capsules have very little effect.
To date, I know of dozens of women who, unable to conceive, have found success after drinking up to a quart of red clover infusion every day for at least six weeks. The generous amounts of minerals, proteins, antioxidants, and phytoestrogens in red clover restore health to the entire reproductive system. It's great for men, too. Most notable are the amounts of vitamin E and the presence of selenium and zinc. Red clover has ten times more plant hormones than soy.
Don't stop drinking red clover infusion once you get pregnant though. The infusion prevents and eases the constipation so common during pregnancy. It also strengthens the liver and improves appetite, especially when morning sickness is a problem. And it relieves anxiety.
And keep on drinking red clover once your child is born. There is no more valuable herb to keep breast milk rich and the breasts healthy then red clover. In fact, it is the world's most respected anti-cancer herb, acting not only to eliminate cancer but to stop its occurrence as well.
Seaweeds (including kelp, nori, dulse, kombu, and wakame)
One of the best green allies for women in their fertile years is seaweed, both for its mineral richness, and for the special substances it contains which directly counter birth defects. Algin or alginic acid, found in many seaweeds, absorbs radioactive neucleotides and heavy metals. When eaten by the prospective mother and father, seaweed protects them from cancer and protects the fetus from faulty genes. Seaweeds also protect the fetus and parents from the harmful effects of chemicals and carcinogens.
Seaweed is one of the most nutritious plants known. Earl Mindell, in his book Vitamin Bible notes that kelp contains vitamins A, B, C, and E, as well as choline, carotenes, and 23 minerals including calcium, selenium, iron, magnesium, and zinc. He recommends it especially for nourishing the brain, spinal cord, and nerves of the fetus. Eating seaweeds regularly improves the fertility and the health of the pregnant woman, too, strengthening her digestive system, increasing her overall energy, and helping to prevent constipation, muscle cramps, backaches, anemias, hemorrhoids, and depression. For healthy skin, hair, and bones, there is no better food or herb than seaweed.
Capsules, tablets, and powdered seaweeds are not as effective as eating seaweed as a vegetable several times a week. In addition to buying seaweed at your health food store, you can harvest it yourself. There are no poisonous seaweeds. For more information on harvesting and using seaweeds, consult the Lewallens' Sea Vegetable Gourmet Cookbook.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinalis)
This common weed of suburban lawns is one of the best liver tonics known. All parts of the dandelion are medicinal: the roots, leaves, and flowers are brewed into tinctures, medicinal vinegars, cordials, wines, and bitter infusions.
If you dig your own, use them to make a mineral-rich vinegar: Fill a jar with cut dandelion, then fill the jar to the top with pasteurized apple cider vinegar. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap held on with a rubber band. Label, with the date; it's ready to use in six weeks. Try it as a salad dressing, or a condiment for beans. Some women like to drink it first thing in the morning: 1-2 tablespoonsful in a glass of water.
Nourishing the liver is critical during pregnancy. Lack of strong liver functioning is implicated in morning sickness, hemorrhoids, constipation, heartburn, indigestion, lack of energy, headaches, and mood swings. If using the tincture, try a dose of 10-20 drops in a small glass of water just before meals.
Fennel Seed (Foeniculum vulgare)

Anise Seed (Pimpinella anisum)

Dill Seed (Anethum graveolens)

Caraway Seed (Carum carvi)

Coriander Seed (Coriandrum sativum)
The aromatic seeds are members of the "carrot family" of plants and are used around the world to ease indigestion, freshen breath, and increase milk supply. As the medicinal value is found in a volatile oil, the seeds are quickly and easily brewed: add a heaping tablespoonful to a mug and fill it with water just off the boil, letting it steep for 2-5 minutes. A spoonful of honey is a delightful addition.
For a somewhat more complicated brew, midwife Elizabeth Davis (in her book Heart and Hands) relates this old wives' remedy to increase milk supply: Boil 1/2 cup pearled barley in three cups water for 25 minutes. Strain and refrigerate. Heat (but do not boil) one cup of barley water and pour it over one teaspoon fennel seeds. Steep no longer than thirty minutes.
And how delightful that the ease imparted by the brew influences the infant through the breastmilk, relieving colic, turning fretfulness into slumber, and countering teething pain. For best results drink your brew, hot or cold, while nursing your baby. Herbalist Juliette de Bairacli Levy advises mothers of infants and young children to always carry some aromatic seeds in their pocket for the children to chew should they be car-sick or become argumentative.
Ginger (Zingiber officinalis)
When it comes to quelling nausea or morning sickness (motion sickness, too) there is no better herb than ginger root. Whether you use it fresh or dried, a little ginger goes a long way toward warming the belly and relieving queasy feelings. Some books mistakenly list ginger as an herb that can cause a miscarriage. This misinformation no doubt got started by a hopeful woman who had noticed that drinking ginger tea made her menses flow more easily. But midwives agree that ginger is safe, even in early pregnancy.
In addition to quelling morning sickness, ginger helps prevent constipation of pregnancy, keeps the pelvic muscles warmed and toned, relieves intestinal cramping and gas (in infants, too), increases digestive force by encouraging the secretion of digestive enzymes, lowers blood pressure, and restores vitality.
Calcium
Of course calcium is a mineral, not an herb, but it is so important during pregnancy that it deserves our attention. Lack of adequate calcium during pregnancy can cause muscle cramps, backache, high blood pressure, intense labor pains, severe afterbirth pains, loss of teeth, and pre-eclampsia. Lack of calcium also contributes to feeble fetal heart action, a difficult birth, and "cranky" babies with easily irritated nervous and digestive systems. For optimum health of mother and child, eat plenty of foods rich in calcium and other minerals.
The calcium found in foods and herbs is metabolized by the body far more effectively than the calcium in pills. Calcium in plants is found in the form of minerals salts, which are naturally chelated. In addition, the varied forms of these salts aids in assimilation. And, of course, no plant contains only one mineral. The multitude of mineral salts found in herbs and foods act synergistically with the calcium salts, improving utilization by all the body's tissues.
In general, to improve calcium assimilation, women are advised to consume it with acidic foods (antacids interfere with calcium absorption), plenty of vitamin D (which can be produced by sitting in the sun for 15-20 minutes), magnesium, and daily exercise. Stress, use of antacids, consumption of coffee, use of steroids, drinking fluoridated water, and too much phosphorous in the diet also interfere with calcium assimilation.
Getting 1500 to 2000 milligrams of nourishing calcium salts every day is not hard with the help of Wise Woman ways.
  •     Many wild greens are exceptionally rich in calcium and other mineral salts. The leaves of lamb's quarters, mallow, galinsoga, shepherd's purse, knotweed, bidens, amaranth, or dandelion, when cooked until tender, supply more calcium per half-cup serving than a half-cup of milk.
  •     Herbal teas and tinctures contain little or no calcium salts. For mineral richness, make herbal infusions by steeping one ounce of dried herb (such as raspberry, nettle, or red clover) overnight in a quart of boiling water. Or make mineral-rich vinegars by steeping fresh herbs in apple cider vinegar for six weeks. The long steeping of the water infusion releases minerals, the acid of the vinegar does it too. A cup of herbal infusion can have 150-300 milligrams of calcium salts. A tablespoon of medicinal herbal vinegar can contain 75-150 milligrams of calcium salts. 
  •     Cultivated greens are good sources of calcium, better if they are cooked thoroughly, and best if they are organic. Kale, collards, mustard greens, oriental greens, broccoli de rape, turnip greens, even cabbage supply 100-250 milligrams of calcium salts per half-cup serving.
  •     Fresh dairy products are the best place to get mineral salts, especially calcium, but there is controversy about the assimilability of calcium from pasteurized milk. Fortunately, raw milk cheeses are now easily available; look for them as a reliable source of nutrients. 
  •     When milk is made into yogurt, it becomes superbly digestible and the calcium content increases by fifty percent (up to 450 milligrams of calcium in just one cup). A daily cup of plain yogurt not only prevents pregnancy problems, it also counteracts vaginal and bladder infections. Women who eat yogurt regularly are far less likely to be diagnosed with cancer as well. When buying yogurt, I look for plain yogurt that contains only milk and culture. I absolutely avoid dried milk powder, skim milk powder, pectin, and other thickeners. 
  •     Other great-tasting sources of calcium include goat milk and goat cheese, canned fish eaten with the bones such as salmon, sardines, and mackerel, and tahini (ground sesame seeds).
  •     There are roughly 200 milligrams of calcium in two ounces of nuts (excluding peanuts), one ounce of dried seaweed, two ounces of carob powder, one ounce of cheese, half a cup of cooked greens, half a cup of milk, three eggs, four ounces of fish, or one tablespoon of molasses.
  •     Many fruits are rich in calcium (though not as rich as the above foods). Dried dates, figs raisins, prunes, papaya and elderberries are the best.
  •     Avoid foods high in oxalic acid such as spinach, swiss chard, beet greens, rhubarb, and brewer's yeast. They interfere with your ability to absorb calcium.
  •     Do not use bone meal or oyster shell tablets as sources of supplemental calcium. They have been found to be high in lead, mercury, cadmium and other toxic metals, which can cause birth defects in your child.
HERBS WOMEN MAY WISH TO AVOID DURING PREGNANCY AND WHILE LACTATING
Agave and Yucca (Agave species): contain large quantities of irritating saponins

Aloes (Aloe species): purging cathartic

Birthroot (Trillium species): contains oxytocin

Black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa): may irritate the uterus

Blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides): contains oxytocin

Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica, Rhamnus frangula): purging cathartic

Cascara sagrada (Rhamnus purshiana): purging cathartic

Castor oil (Ricinus communis): purging cathartic

Comfrey (Symphytum uplandica): alkaloids in roots are dangerous to the liver; leaves are safe to use

Cotton root bark (Gossypium harbaceum): contains oxytocin

Dong quai (Angelica sinensis): contains coumarins which may irritate uterus and liver

Ephedra (all species): increases blood pressure; may cause heart palpitations, insomnia, headaches

Evening primrose oil (Oenothera biennis): used by midwives to initiate labor

Ginseng (Panax quinquefolium): may cause headaches, irritability, insomnia

Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis): contains irritating alkaloids which stress liver and kidneys

Juniper berries (Juniperus communis): very harsh on the kidneys

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra): increases blood pressure; large doses can cause heart failure, headache, lethargy, water retention, and excessive excretion of potassium

Ma-huang (another name for ephedra)

Mistletoe (Viscum album): large doses can have detrimental effects on the heart

Mistletoe, American (Phoradendron flavescens): raises blood pressure, causes uterine contractions

Rue (Ruta graveolens): contains essential oils that can damage the kidneys and liver

Senna (Cassia senna): potent purging cathartic

Thuja (Thuja occidentalis): contains essential oils that can damage the kidneys and liver

Turkey rhubarb (Rheum palmatum): purgative; may cause uterine contractions

Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium): essential oils can adversely affect brain
WOMEN WHO MISCARRY EASILY MAY ALSO WANT TO AVOID THESE HERBS
Autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale): also known as saffron; large doses can cause miscarriage

Basil (Basilicum species): see mints

Bearberry (Berberis vulgaris): bark contains similar alkaloids to goldenseal; berries and leaves OK

Catnip (Nepeta cataria): see mints

Flax seeds (Linum usitatissimum): large doses may stimulate uterine contractions

Feverfew (Chrysanthemum parthenium): contains essential oils that can damage liver and kidneys

Ground ivy (Hedeoma hederacea): see mints

Mints - such as basil, catnip, rosemary, thyme, savory, peppermint, oregano, ground ivy, sage, and spearmint - contain essential oils that, used internally (or extracted into a tincture) may harm the kidneys and liver; the infusion, taken in large enough quantity, may stimulate uterine contractions

Mugwort/Cronewort (Artemisia vulgaris): used to help bring on labor

Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans): a large dose of this spice contains the essential oils that could adversely affect the brain, liver, and kidneys

Oregano (Oreganum species ): see mints

Osha (Ligusticum porterii): may irritate the uterus

Parsley (Petroselinum crispum): a well-known, and quite effective, abortifacient

Poke root (Phytolacca americana): large dose (more than 4 drops) may stress kidneys

Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium or Hedeoma pulegiodes): essential oil may harm kidneys and liver; also see mints

Peppermint (Mentha piperita): see mints

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis): see mints

Sage (Salvia officinalis): see mints

Savory (Satureja hortensis): see mints

Southernwood (Artemisia abrotanum): essential oils, similar to those in wormwood, are easily extracted into tinctures and can adversely affect the brain

Spearmint (Mentha spicata): see mints

Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare): essential oils in tincture may damage kidneys and liver

Thyme (Thymus species): see mints
Legal Disclaimer: This content is not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. Any suggestions made and all herbs listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, condition or symptom. Personal directions and use should be provided by a clinical herbalist or other qualified healthcare practitioner with a specific formula for you. All material contained herein is provided for general information purposes only and should not be considered medical advice or consultation. Contact a reputable healthcare practitioner if you are in need of medical care. Exercise self-empowerment by seeking a second opinion.
For more information about herbs and pregnancy, including herbs to use during birth, to improve lactation, and to help the newborn infant, see: Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year, by Ash Tree Publishing. To receive a free brochure of classes and correspondence courses available from Susun S Weed, contact her at:
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Saturday, January 19, 2019

FLAT HEAD SYNDROME IN BABIES

I did know a women who had a baby with a very round face and a very flat head. According to this article, the condition can be corrected. Apparently it's prevalance increased when the "back to sleep" campaign started since more infants are spending more time resting with the back of their head down. Read more:

Although the majority of cases of misshapen heads in babies can be attributed to positional plagiocepahly, a small number of infants are born with a far more serious form of plagiocephaly caused by craniosynostosis. In such cases, the deformity is caused by premature closure of the fibrous joints between the bones of the infant skull (called cranial sutures). A thorough examination is necessary to confirm or rule out this diagnosis.
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Due to SIDS awareness, many infants now spend nearly 100 percent of the time on their backs. The risk of positional plagiocephaly can be reduced by simply alternating the sleeping position of the infant, adding supervised tummy time during play, and being aware of which direction the infant tends to look. The AANS offers these simple tips:

•Place the infant with his or head turned on the opposite side of the head. This can be achieved by placing a towel roll or rolled up blanket beneath the back and hip on the flattened side, positioning the baby to 45 degrees. Place interesting objects on the opposite side of the bed to attract the infant’s attention. Do NOT put the towel or blanket under the infant's head, because this can lead to suffocation. Many infants will wiggle off of the roll in a short time; some physicians recommend using Velcro or tape to secure the roll to the infant's body.

•When holding, feeding or carrying an infant, make sure that there is no undue pressure placed on the flat side of the head. Change infant’s head position from side to side during feeding time.

•Provide an infant with plenty of supervised play time on his or her tummy. This helps build and strengthen neck, shoulder and arm muscles.

•For optimal results, positional therapy should be started before the infant is 4 months old.

If positional therapy does not work, helmet or band therapy may be recommended. There have been many improvements in design since the introduction of the original molding helmet in 1979. The helmet/band is precisely fabricated and customized to your baby’s head to achieve improved symmetry and proportion. For optimal effectiveness, it is recommended that helmet or band therapy begin by 5 months of age. The length of therapy depends on the individual case, but usually takes between two and six months. The AANS offers the following guidance:

Do not purchase helmets on your own without first consulting a physician specialist.
When treatment starts at the optimum age of 3 to 6 months, it usually can be completed within 12 weeks.
Correction is still possible in babies up to age 18 months, but will take longer.
The baby will wear the helmet/band 23.5 hours per day with the exception of one-half hour set aside for bathing and cleaning. 

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

BPA IN INFANT FORMULA, SCARY!

I've written before about some of the dangers in plastics in terms of how they can affect hormones in both men and women. According to the article below, BPA is also found in infant formula cans. Read more from cnn.com:
From the article:

"Breast-feeding was my absolute first choice," says Helen Niblock, cradling her newborn and watching tentatively as she puts 5-week-old Emma on a scale. "I actually cried when they told me that I had to give her formula in the hospital."

Niblock gives Emma Enfamil from a can to supplement her diet. But a research group says the cans that contain the formula are lined with a toxic, potentially harmful chemical.

The Environmental Working Group, an advocacy and research organization, says in a new report released to CNN that liquid formula from the nation's top baby formula makers is sold in cans lined with bisphenol-A, or BPA. The formula makers acknowledge the presence of BPA, but say it is not harmful. The Food and Drug Administration agrees.

The Environmental Working Group is a nonprofit research organization focused on public health and the environment. It does not take money from special interest groups. The group previously raised concerns about the presence of BPA in plastic baby bottles and is pushing for regulation of the compound. Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains the Environmental Working Group's findings
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The group says, based on its analysis of existing research on BPA, even a very small amount of the compound may cause a host of problems, from brain and behavioral disorders to cancer, a claim the formula makers and federal regulators adamantly deny.

"BPA is a chemical that is harmful at very low doses," says Jane Houlihan, the organization's vice president for research. "We're talking about millions of babies exposed every year to this toxic chemical that's found in infant formula."

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Tuesday, January 01, 2019

MAKE YOUR OWN KEFIR! CREATE THE RIGHT CONDITIONS FOR PREGNANCY

KEFIR FOR FERTILITY AND GETTING PREGNANT

After the holidays, you may want to try to help your body get back to normal.  With all of the high fat and sugary foods we consume at holiday parties, it's easy for our bodies to get out of balance.  Many people have not even heard of kefir unless you've done your research on probiotics and sources of probiotics in your diet. One common misconception is that yogurt and kefir are the same thing. They are not the same and this guest post should help explain what kefir is, how to make it and how it can enhance your health:

The Benefits of Probiotics - And The Best Sources
By Madeleine Innocent
The benefits of probiotics is legendary. Probiotics are bacteria, which are essential to life. There are around 1,000 different strains of bacteria, yeasts, protazoa and various other micro-organisms that inhabit your body. This makes up around 2 kg, 4lb of your body weight.
The majority live in your digestive system, but there are colonies all over your body, particularly so at every orifice.
The function of bacteria is to protect you against any invading bacteria, fungi or virus that is not part of your system. Your bacteria is part of your immune system. Over your life time, a healthy balance is established.
It is impossible to break down and utilize food without bacteria. Some vitamins, especially vitamin B12, is compromised without this bacteria.
Babies get their founding bacteria from a vaginal birth. Those babies born through a caesarian section miss out on this vital start to life.
Mother's milk contains a variety if beneficial bacteria which they will not get when formula fed.
Babies will add to this healthy bacteria creation, by crawling around and putting things into their mouth. The presence of pets adds to this. The all too hygienic practice so common today, prevent the baby from creating a healthy bacteria foundation.
This opportunity occurs only once in your life. Once a child starts to eat and create strong stomach acid, the opportunity is lost.
The overuse of antibiotics has created havoc in the health of the population. This is especially true in
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babies and that of the digestive system. It can also lead to obesity, to candida, to inflammation and allows a serious infection to take hold because there is no competition.
Luckily, all is not completely lost. The benefits of probiotics include replacing much of the bacteria that is essential for a healthy body. Freshly picked, unwashed, raw fruit and veggies (preferably home grown or certified organic), with their natural bloom, contain a plentiful supply of beneficial bacteria.
You can purchase probiotics commercially, but you will probably benefit more if you make your own. It is quite simple to do so, is not expensive and can be stored easily.
Probiotic supplements tend to contain just two or three bacteria, rather than the wide diversity so necessary to life.
The common probiotics are sauerkraut, kefir, komboucha and rejuvelac. They come in various guises. For example, the common kefir is milk kefir. But water kefir is easy to make and avoids the use of dairy.

To make your own water kefir, you need
  • 1 2 litre (quart) glass/ceramic container with lid
  • 1 litre (2 pints) filtered/rain water
  • half a lemon, cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon blackstrap molasses
  • 4 tablespoon sugar (use rapadura, palm sugar, brown sugar, etc, rather than white sugar) DO NOT USE HONEY as it will kill the culture
  • quarter to half a cup of kefir grains (starter) or if you have a friend with the culture, you can ask them for the next 'baby' it produces
  • optional extras - one fig cut up, quarter cup apple juice or 2 cm/1 inch sliced banana
Combine the ingredients. Depending on the ambient temperature, the culture will take 2 - 5 days to mature. The best range is within 18 - 28C (65 - 82F). Outside this temperature range, some microorganisms will die off.
Taste the culture. When it is ready, it will not taste sweet. Rather it will have a slightly sour taste, with just a hint of sweetness. It may taste a little like wine. It should smell yeasty, earthy, fruity, vinegary and pleasant.
Strain the kefir, retaining the culture for the next batch you make. It will remain dormant in a glass jar of water in the fridge for a considerable time.
Bottle the kefir. It will ferment after bottling, so release the cap periodically, until you have the hang of this process. Kefir will store for years, like wine, if you can keep it that long.
Bacteria is essential to life. Use antibiotics sparingly. There are far healthier options to health care. The aim should not be to kill organisms that are interfering with your life. The aim should be to create a healthier immune system so the organism cannot gain a foothold in your body. Homeopathy offers you that.
The benefits of probiotics include rebalancing your natural bacteria for a healthier body.
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