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November 7th, 2016. Election Day Eve.

by: Alicia Hart, ND There is possibly only one thing that everyone in the country can agree on about this whole dumpster fire of an election season: This entire election season has been so stressful. Acute stress can be useful. Sympathetic nervous system changes our physiology in a number of ways. Our blood moves away from our digestive system and fills our muscles with oxygen and tension so that we can run. Visual motion tracking improves though acuity decreases, heart rate and blood pressure go up, our adrenal glands dump adrenaline and cortisol into our circulation, immune system initially tones down inflammation- everything you need to respond to a situation where you might need to run from tigers. Chronic stress isn’t as useful. Chronic high blood pressure doesn’t help...

Help! My Kid Won’t Eat 10 Do’s & Don’ts to Solve Mealtime Struggles

Guest blog by: Katharine Jeffcoat - pediatric nutritionist As our families march on towards the holidays, mealtime can become challenging for us all. For those of us with small children currently eating a limited diet, family meals can be especially stressful. I was talking to a local mama and pediatric nutritionist, Katharine Jeffcoat, recently about this conundrum and wouldn’t you know but she has already written a whole post of Do’s & Don’t’s for getting picky eaters on board. While some families still need expert help like Katharine’s to on board, her guide to helping selective eaters to broaden their palate is very useful. Read on for her take! At some point most parents will experience some type of picky eating behavior with their children (and if you don’t,...

The demons that possess us: wood betony and mental health

by: Stacie Wolfe, ND In the darkest corners of the brain lurks a being capable of growing beyond the confines of the skull. Dormant it sits, waiting patiently for the exact moment that stress, anxiety and exhaustion render us susceptible. The whispers begin, a tiny voice planting doubt, convincing you that even the most minute of mistakes are enormous life failings. You crawl under the blankets, feet tucked in so perhaps that brain monster can’t get you, at least not all the way. “Everything you do is pointless.” “It will only ever get worse.” “Your whole life is one giant mistake.” There are many plants we can look toward to soothe our minds and emotional hearts. When sitting down to write this post, I felt drawn to write of wood...

Is My Baby Getting Enough Milk? 5 Things To Look For

By: Adrienne Koznek, IBCLC New mothers are often concerned about making sure their baby is getting enough milk. While this is a common and understandable concern, it is often unfounded and can easily be answered by looking for certain signs. Here are some ways to know your baby is getting enough milk: Count diapers: in the first couple of days after birth, your newborn will have very few diapers.  After day 4, look for at least 3 bowel movements that are larger than a quarter.  This is a good sign that they are getting enough milk.  If babies aren’t eating enough, they will stop having bowel movements before they stop urinating.  As for wet diapers, keep your eyes out for at least 5 well-soaked diapers in...

Full Belly Fare – 10% Discount

Life has a way of getting overwhelmingly busy, whether that be a new baby or an unexpected medical issue. Full Belly Fare has you covered with home-delivered, healthy meals. If you mention Vitality NW when you place an order, and you will receive a 10% discount off your first order.  ...

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Mastitis: What Causes It and How Do I Resolve It?

by: Adrienne Koznek, IBCLC Mastitis is the term for a breast infection in all or part of the breast.  It more commonly occurs in one breast, usually as a result of a plugged duct (a blockage in the breast causing a hard, sometimes painful lump that doesn’t allow milk to flow).  Generally caused by staph infection, mastitis usually presents with the following symptoms: -hard, swollen, red, painful area in the breast; often streaky in appearance -flu-like symptoms: chills, malaise, achy joints -fever It’s important to note - especially with the onset of cold & flu season - that unless there are changes in the breast, these symptoms may not indicate mastitis. If you start to feel like you’re getting mastitis, it’s important to get to the root of the problem and...

Therapeutic Order: Why does it matter?

First year in naturopathic medical school is virtually identical to osteopathic medical school or conventional medical school, with mountains of books and anatomy lab and a big focus on how the body works. One thing that’s different between a naturopath, an osteopath, and a conventional doc is philosophy. An MD spends time focusing on specific problems that can go wrong in a person, while a DO spends time learning how to bring the body into alignment, as the body is an interrelated structure that has many parts influencing health. NDs have a slightly different focus. Drawing from the vitalistic focus that the body is always trying to do its best to remain in health, an ND spends time trying to understand the root cause of illness...

Calling All Expectant Parents!

Breastfeeding Prep Class by: Adrienne Koznek, IBCLC If you're an expectant parent, you're probably doing a lot to prepare for your baby.  In addition to all the laundry folding and book reading you're doing, you may want to consider attending a breastfeeding class.  Most mothers intend to breastfeed, and learning some of the basics about how to breastfeed and what to expect may be an important key to early breastfeeding success. Breastfeeding can sometimes seem a little daunting to new parents.  We aim to provide parents with information about how to get breastfeeding off to a great start.  This two-hour class will give you tools for your "toolbox" in a way that will not make you feel overwhelmed. Breastfeeding is natural, but that doesn't mean it always comes easily!...

Five Reasons to Schedule a Home Lactation Consultation

by: Adrienne Koznek, IBCLC  When breastfeeding problems arise, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a key support person to overcoming them.  Trained in a wide array of issues (including mastitis, sore nipples, tongue tie, and supply concerns, among others), an IBCLC is considered the “Gold Standard” in lactation support. To that end, leaving the house in the early days postpartum can feel incredibly daunting.  Here are give reasons why new parents may want to consider calling an IBCLC for a lactation consult in their home. 1.        You just had a baby!  You are (definitely) tired, and (probably) sore and feeling overwhelmed to some degree.  The first few days, weeks, and even months of having a newborn ought to be treated as a time of healing and...

Hawthorn: an herb for the ages

Picture the year 40 in 1st century AD. Caligula is in charge of the Roman empire, failing to invade Britain.  Germanic tribes are beginning to settle in eastern Europe. The codex is beginning to replace the scroll.  There is an average age of thirty-five, though people of that time could and did live into their sixties, provided that they survived infancy, childbirth, and war. Approximately around then, Dioscorides was born. While Hippocrates is considered the father of modern medicine, Dioscorides of the first century is considered by both western European and Islamic medicine to be the father of drugs. Though, of course drugs as we think of them now didn’t exist back then- what he really did was develop a system for cataloguing reactions and...

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