Don't fall prey to fear. Take charge of your health! Just today, I saw about 10 different signs advertising the flu vaccine. Have you noticed over the last few years, the ads are becoming more fear based? I’ll never know why, the CDC and the AMA refuse to acknowledge and promote the role of immune boosting herbs and healthy diet and lifestyle tips for preventing colds and flu ..and instead ...Read More
Life in the Sunshine State ~ Wasn’t So Sunny!
Having a baby can be overwhelming but often the stress is compounded when almost everyone who crosses your path shares their differing views and opinions on pregnancy, birth and parenting. Although well-intentioned, it can become quite daunting for the mom-to-be or new mom when bombarded with advice regarding: • What and when to feed your child • How often you should play with your child and what games are the most educational? • ...Read More
Children’s Health…An Inconvenient Truth….what moms can do NOW!
Remember when you first saw Al Gore’s movie “An Inconvenient Truth” that depicted the dire state of our environment due to global warming? It wasn’t easy to watch, but it did help many of us awaken to the facts and realize that as a result of the industrialization of our world – most notably the creation of 87,000 new chemicals in the past 100 years - our planet was changing… ...Read More
Just today, I saw about 10 different signs advertising the flu vaccine. I’ll never know why, instead of this massive ad campaign, physicians don’t just encourage the use of immune boosting herbs such as Echinacea, and Elderberry or recommend fresh-made vegetable juice, essential oils, miso soup, Omega 3’s and Vitamin D. Actually, I do know why...except for a few docs who have broken from the pack, physicians are not trained ...Read More
Super Foods for a Healthy Family
I know the names Acai (pronounced ahh Sigh Eee), Cacao (pronounced Ca Cow) and Goji sound like exotic, foreign substances, but the truth is these are nutrient-dense “superfoods” that are rapidly gaining in popularity. And my prediction is, as more of us focus on ways to live longer, healthier lives, these strange sounding powders and berries will soon become household words. The term “superfood” was coined in 2004 by Dr. Steven Pratt ...Read More
Raising Happy, Healthy Kids in a Toxic World
I don’t usually pull the “age card” (especially in our youth-oriented society), but I’m going to just put it out there and tell you that I am a grandmother of 7 kids (2 are in the photo) and I have been a pediatric registered nurse for 36 years! Now, neither of these admissions alone, or in combination, makes me a wise old sage who has all the answers. However, the ...Read More
One of the Greatest Gifts You Can Give Your Child (& Yourself)
Get Healthy BEFORE You Get Pregnant... by Maureen McDonnell, RN We all know there are many factors at play in the days and weeks following conception that are crucial for the survival and healthy development of a fetus such as diet, stress, infection, tobacco use, environmental toxins, alcohol, drugs etc. But what we don’t often consider (and yet it may be of equal, if not greater significance) is the health status ...Read More
I know what you are thinking: “aren’t those two ideas mutually exclusive?” Actually, after 35 years of advocating healthy eating (and at the same time having to watch our family’s food budget), I can honestly say, “they are not!” Here’s why: When you take a portion of your hard earned money & invest it wisely in foods that provide superior nutrition, you are sick less often which translates into spending less ...Read More
Are There Safer Ways to Vaccinate Our Children?
Are There Safer Ways to Vaccinate Our Children? Maureen McDonnell, RN “There are unanswered questions about vaccine safety. We need studies on vaccinated populations based on various schedules and doses as well as individual patient susceptibilities that we are continuing to learn about. No one should be threatened by the pursuit of this knowledge. Vaccine policy should be the subject of frank and open debate, with no tolerance for bullying. There ...Read More
What Can Be Done to Prevent Autism Now?
Although the mystery of the autism epidemic has not yet been solved, emerging science and reports from parents about specific treatments that have improved (or in some cases recovered) their ASD children have given us strong clues regarding ways to prevent and treat Autism Spectrum Disorders. Causation theories range from: it must be due to better diagnosis, (rather than a real increase); to maternal age at the time of conception; to ...Read More