4 ways to combat stress for busy mamas

You’re under a great deal of stress. Let’s be honest.  Not only did you carry a child (I don’t care how long ago that was, it takes a serious toll on your body and loads of time to recover),  but you have the hardest job on earth. Let’s list some of the physical stress you’re…

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Vitamin A in Pregnancy: toxic or essential?

Vitamin A is a critical nutrient for healthy pregnancy. Sufficient vitamin A in pregnancy is needed for proper fetal skeletal and palette formation, proper development and regulation of the immune system, proper communication between the senses and the brain and proper lung development. In animal tests vitamin A deficiency in pregnancy animals produced spontaneous abortion,…

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Gluten – is early introduction to gluten a good idea?

Is early introduction to gluten a good idea? The latest government guidelines for feeding babies suggest that introduction to gluten at an early age can reduce the risk of celiac disease. This is based mainly on statistics gathered from 2 studies done in 2000 and 2005.  The studies have lead to guidelines that teach parents that…

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Understanding Child Eczema – natural treatment

Eczema symptoms include itchy, red, and dry skin caused by inflammation. The most common type of eczema is called atopic dermatitis.  Most infants who develop eczema outgrow it by age 10, however, if the underlying cause is not uprooted, eczema is a red flag that further hypersensitivity reactions like asthma, allergy and autoimmunity might emerge.…

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Is all food toxic now?

So, just as a follow up to my last blog post about rice cereal….  Consumer Reports just published another report warning about inorganic arsenic in rice. There’s a great little video and summary about it here. In essence, they are warning about over consuming some types of rice because, as it turns out, rice absorbs…

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Infant Rice Cereal… carcinogenic?

When I was feeding my first child, I went the conventional route. Even though I knew whole foods were better than processed, we gave our son fortified organic infant rice cereal as his first solid food. I was worried about iron. And I was doing what everyone was telling me to do. I had had some…

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Postpartum mood disorders….dietary strategies

It’s time to take on Postpartum Mood Disorders…. Having a baby is the most beautiful, exciting moment of your life, right?  Not for some.  Postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD and psychosis – a collection of mental illnesses particular to the circumstances of pregnancy and mothering –  are estimated to affect about 10-15% of women (1). That some…

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The baby who wouldn’t nurse

I recently had a client whose 3 month old baby started to refuse her breastmilk. Most people understand, now a days, that “breast is best” and this mother was no exception.  She wanted to breastfeed, but after every feed her baby was so anxious, upset, and restless that she didn’t know what to do.  She…

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New infant feeding guidelines.. did Health Canada get it right?

In case you missed it on the news and in my newsletter… here’s more on the infant feeding guidelines recently brought out by Health Canada. In general, a great step forward in the world of Public Health but there are some holes. Their recommendations are now more in line with what anyone who knows anything…

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