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Motherhood

Preventing & Treating Recurrent Plugged Milk Ducts

March 10, 2013
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As a Lactation Educator and Counselor, I am often asked about plugged ducts and how to handle them. I personally had a heck of a time with recurrent plugged ducts. Through my professional training, education and experimenting with different approaches, I came up with a multi-pronged plan of attack to prevent and treat these little (or not so little) buggers. Proper latch. An improper latch is the culprit for most breastfeeding issues. It can result in insufficient emptying of the…

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Wellness

Mitral Valve Prolapse & Dysautonomia

February 8, 2013
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A myriad of seemingly unrelated symptoms have plagued me since I was a teenager– after years of doctor visits and no answers, I gave up on finding the cause. There were just too many things. Six months ago I was taking a leisurely walk to get some fresh air when I got a crushing pain in my chest. This time, I was certain I experienced a heart attack. I was referred to a cardiologist who ordered a blood panel and…

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Wellness

20 Ways to Boost Your Immune System Naturally

January 25, 2013

‘Tis the season for sniffles, sneezes and sore throats! We can’t do much about the toxins, bacteria and viruses that we’re exposed to– but we can strengthen and support our immune systems which will help prevent these invaders from doing harm in the first place. Here are 20 ways to boost your immune system naturally to help keep you healthy and feeling good year-round! 1. Garlic. Garlic is one of nature’s most powerful immune boosters. It is a natural antimicrobial and unlike most…

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Motherhood Wellness

Herbal Remedies for Kids

April 28, 2012
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Herbs have been used for healing long before recorded history. The majority of childhood ailments tend to be mild and herbal remedies are considered safe, effective and are much gentler than conventional and pharmaceutical alternatives. Internationally known herbalist and educator Rosemary Gladstar says, “Administered wisely, herbs do not upset the delicate ecological balance of children’s small bodies as does much of modern medicine, but rather work in harmony with the young child’s system.” Herbal remedies along with plenty of rest,…

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