Crystals are made up of natural minerals, which are made up of natural elements. Crystals can be composed out of a single mineral or multiple. Crystals are a part of science and vibrate at certain frequencies. Those vibration can affect their surroundings and your body. The energy can harmonize with the body’s electrical field helping a person feel more balanced, calm, and energized, or just plain better. It is not a cure all treatment but it certainly can help.
If you are interested in experimenting with crystals, go into a reputable shop and place crystals in your hands and see which resonate with you and make you feel better.
Amethyst is a best-seller, for its supposed anti-anxiety properties. “Amethyst is said to be good for anxiety and sleep, so it is a great crystal to have in your bedroom.
Labradorite, a blue crystal, with a reputation for promoting creativity, optimism, and communication. Try using labradorite crystals in a home office or on your desk at work....
Adapted from Article by Emerson Ecologics. Full article link at the bottom
The Elimination-Challenge Diet
The elimination-challenge diet is the gold standard for identifying food sensitivities and intolerances. It’s the fundamental tool for discovering foods that may be triggering symptoms like allergies, eczema, sinus conditions, joint pain, migraine headaches, brain fog and fatigue. For many patients, the benefits are unmatched, and being in control of identifying and removing problematic foods from their diet can be empowering and motivating.
The elimination-challenge diet is usually a win-win for both patient and doctor, but it’s not necessarily an easy undertaking for everyone. The process is straightforward, but it can be (as the name implies) a challenge. Patients may become discouraged or frustrated if the diet is too restrictive or if the process drags out too long. There are some tips and tricks, however, to increase patient success. Follow the guidelines below to assist your...
Practiced for generations by cultures all over the world-- detoxification is about resting, cleansing and nourishing the body from the inside out. By removing and eliminating toxins, then feeding your body with healthy nutrients, detoxifying can help protect you from disease and renew your health. Here are some foods that have been shown to improve natural detoxification in your body.
Artichokes help the liver function at its best, which in turn will help your body purge itself of toxins and other things it doesn’t need to survive.
This wonder fruit is packed with antioxidants, lowers cholesterol and dilates the blood vessels while blocking artery-destroying toxicity. Avocados contain a nutrient called glutathione, which blocks at least 30 different carcinogens while helping the liver detoxify synthetic chemicals.
Beets contain a unique mixture of natural plant chemicals (phytochemicals) and minerals that make them superb fighters of infection, blood purifiers, and...
According to the Institute of Functional Medicine, Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach looking at the root cause of illness. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.
Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual. Functional Medicine enables physicians and other health professionals to practice proactive, science-based, personalized medici...
If someone in your family suffers from allergies, you are not alone. 1 in 5 people, or an estimated 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. Over the last 50 years, it has become even more common suggesting there are likely some environmental or behavioral triggers. Most people who are struggling with an allergy go to the doctor to be treated and are routinely given pharmaceuticals from acetaminophens to antihistamines which can often be helpful but does not treat the underlying issues.
The holistic approach to allergy management combines multiple approaches. It is important to monitor and treat acute episodes and symptoms, manage allergens and strengthen and balance our immune system. In this disorder, the body is in an inflammatory state. Some individuals have a very specific trigger in which case avoidance of that inflammatory antigen is key. For most people though, no single, specific trigger is identified and symptoms are more generalized. Imagine that your body is a bucket...
Physically nurse anytime possible, and then pump when the baby finishes and just pump and pump for as long as you can. The longer you stimulate the breast like the baby is nursing, the hope is your body will rise to the occasion thinking you are actually nursing that long and produce more milk.
De-stress as much as possible. Stress raises your cortisol which effects your other hormones and often leads to decreased milk supply.
Hydrate hydrate hydrate: Drink water, Gatorade, and a lot of tea, especially with fenugreek, blessed thistle and mother’s milk tea.
Add Oats and oatmeal to your diet where possible.
Add Brewers yeast to cookies, pancakes or whatever you can
Videos and Pictures
Watch videos and "hear" your baby cry. See them...Look at pictures, wear clothes that smell like your baby.
Some mother’s swear by Domperidone. It's hard to come by and not approved in all countries so check with your physician before taking.
Flu season is here! The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. These viruses spread through the air from person to person. Conventional flu prevention and treatment includes antiviral drugs and vaccines.
Like most people, I am sure you are wondering if there is anything you can do to prevent or treat the flu. Are there any options besides Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, Sudafed, and Tamiflu or just waiting and watching?
YES of course, there are many things you can do! Let’s explore the healing tree for flu:
The most important step in prevention of the flu is your lifestyle!!
Hygiene- Ample hand washing is your best defense against the flu. Wash your hands with soap and water or with hand sanitizer when in public places. Try your best not to touch your hands to your eyes or mouth. Try to avoid individuals who are sick and stay out of big crowds as much as possible.
Food – Eat healthy organic foods. Your body needs all the minerals and vitamins it...
Coughing is the body’s natural method for clearing the airway and trying to expel harmful microbes, dust or irritants. Coughing can rarely be a symptom of an underlying illness such as pneumonia or asthma so you should seek medical care if you have been coughing for more than a week, you are having difficulty breathing, you are wheezing or have a barky cough, turning blue in the lips, lethargic, high fevers above 104, your child is less than 4 months old, or there are other symptoms that you are concerned about.
Most coughs are benign and are symptoms of an upper respiratory virus (URI). The average URI last 3-5 days, with cough, congestion, fevers and feeling mildly ill. It is not uncommon for the cough and congestion to last for weeks or months after your child feels better. You should be examined if the cough is lingering, but you generally do not need medication if your child has a mild cough and congestion, but is otherwise well, afebrile, has a normal activity level and does no...
I am reposting this article from the Institute of Functional Medicine because I think it is very important. In western society and western medicine, we are way to quick to jump to antibiotics for things that will get better on their own through time. Antibiotic use has consequences. You should not use them just because you have had a cough for 5 days. Only use antibiotics when necessary. They can save your life when used properly but have consequences when abused.
It’s 2am and you are sound asleep. Your 11 month old son starts crying hysterically and then vomits. He has a low grade fever. It has been 3 hours and he vomits again. You are trying to give him some formula, but he doesn’t want to drink any of it. He looks ok and you are not concerned that you need to run to the Emergency Department, but you know that if you can’t him to drink any liquid soon, he will start getting dehydrated. What can you do?
You call the on call nurse and she tells you to pick up some Pedialyte and give frequent small sips. You quickly Google Pedialyte and you see there are dyes and other ingredients you are not happy with. What now?
Can I Give WATER?
A question I often get asked is whether you can just give water. The short answer is, NO, you can not. You can give some water at first if this is all you have because hydration with water is better than nothing, but it is important to not just give water. When your child vomits or has diarrh...