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Natural Medicine Clinic specializing in Women’s Health, Men’s Health, & Children’s Health



Spring 2017 Newsletter

OK y'all, here we go! Spring newsletter is here and inside you'll find: State of the Clinic (what's new, all of our hour updates, our social media tags- basically everything you need to know.) Seasonal spring recipes Herbal Spotlight (spoiler, it's Dandelion) Bookshelf spotlight from Adrienne What is Holistic Pelvic Care (TM) ? 5 Ways to get kids to take herbs Doctor's Note Spring discount offer I went a little overboard on creating it, so the file was too big for the website to upload at once. Solved that with two links! Happy Spring (1) Happy Spring (2) I hope that you'll click through and find a lot of value from this. Make sure you sign up to get our next newsletter, straight to your inbox!...

Breastfeeding Guide: Weaning Your Little One

Adrienne Koznek, IBCLC Breastfeeding is a journey, and may take on many different variations throughout its course.  For many mothers, the decision to wean is a highly emotional one.  Unfortunately, some mothers have to wean abruptly and unexpectedly for a number of reasons.  If this is the case, I highly recommend talking to an IBCLC about how to do this in a way that won’t compromise your health.  However, if your baby is no longer a baby and you’re ready to move on to another phase of life together, it can and should be done gently and with love and care. Weaning actually refers to the process of introducing anything other than breast milk.  Technically speaking, introducing solid foods is the beginning of the weaning process; however,...

How to Make a Mustard Plaster

Hey y’all, welcome to DIY Thursday. This week I’ve seen that hacking cough that’s going around and I’ve prescribed a mustard plaster every single day, so I thought I’d write it down so you can find it later. I also made a (lengthy!) video on how to do it, but I’ll outline the steps and rationale here in case you don’t have time to watch me do it. First off, history lesson. Mustard plasters are not a new thing- ask your grandmother. This is the way that colds, bronchitis, and pneumonia used to be treated circa the early 1900’s. This treatment even made it into the New England Journal of Medicine for how effective they were during the Spanish flu epidemic. They’ve fallen out of favor...

10 Ways to Support Your Breastfeeding Partner

by: Adrienne Koznek, IBCLC It feels incredibly intuitive that support is necessary when caring for a new baby, but in fact, there is research that shows this.  Studies show that informal support - from a partner in particular - tends to have more influence on breastfeeding initiation and continuation than formal support from a healthcare provider. In the early days of having a newborn, the non-breastfeeding partner may feel concerned that they can’t do much to help with the baby.  On the contrary, there are plenty of things to do to support the breastfeeding mother - here are just a few of them. Bring snacks.  One-handed snacks like nuts, string cheese, hard-boiled eggs, granola bars, and fruit are ideal because generally one hand is occupied when nursing...

Self-care strategies for a busy life

Adrienne Koznek, IBCLC As a mother to a young child who is also working outside the home, self-care is of the utmost importance - and often one of the first things to go out the window.  But you cannot pour from an empty cup, so we have to take care of ourselves to be our best selves. Here are a few things I like to do for myself when I need a refill: Warm beverages: I cannot start my day without a warm cup of tea or coffee.  I love the ritual of brewing, pouring, and stirring.  The moments I get (sometimes peace is included, sometimes not) while drinking a nice hot beverage prepare me for the day. Yoga: I make time to go to yoga 3...

Do I Need a Detox?

by: Alicia Hart, ND People often come in wanting to do something to “detox” in spring. Now, what detoxification means to you may vary. Usually people are saying they want to lose weight, feel healthier, and have more energy. Sometimes people are asking to get rid of heavy metals or environmental pollutants like organophosphates. Sometimes people are concerned about fat soluble medications that they feel are still affecting them. In general, your liver and kidneys do a marvelous job of processing your day to day exposure load, so congrats! You’re already detoxing. When we think of detox for parents, we must consider nursing mothers specifically because breastfeeding itself is an act of detoxification. Breastmilk, with its higher fat and protein content, does tend to attract heavy metals...

Healing Nipple Damage With Nipple Soaks

by: Adrienne Koznek, IBCLC Breastfeeding should not hurt, but the reality is that it’s not uncommon for new mothers to have some issues in the beginning.  Sometimes mothers experience sore nipples or even damage such as abrasions, cracks, or blisters.  This can happen for a number of reasons, including tongue tie, high palate (the “roof” of the mouth), and poor positioning, among others. It is incredibly important to seek professional help from an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) to resolve the breastfeeding issues and prevent further damage, but in the meantime, some triage must happen. When your nipples are sore or damaged, breastfeeding may be incredibly painful.  While you are healing, if you are unable to bring your baby to the breast, you will need to...

Slow Comfort Foods for Cold Winter Days

Winter offers us a time to slow down, to surround ourselves in warmth and comfort. January, conveniently enough, is Slow Cooked Foods month. Most of us have memories of coming home after a long day to a house filled with the aroma of a magical concoction that has been quietly simmering away, turning itself from raw ingredients into savory joy as though offering a hug welcoming you back. Here are some of our favorite slow-cooked meals for you to try. *** Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup Adrienne Koznek, IBCLC I love split pea soup because of its creamy yet hearty texture.  This recipe is fairly simple with minimal preparation.  The dried peas take a while to cook down, but when they do they become beautifully creamy and smooth. Ingredients: 16 oz...


A New Year, A New Round of Annual Exams

by Stacie Wolfe, ND You know you are supposed to go to the doctor at least once yearly, but that doesn't always happen. You feel great, why bother going ALL THE WAY OVER THERE just to be told you are healthy as a horse? What is involved in an annual health check anyway? Aren't those for kids and people your parent's age? The annual wellness exam is a way to make sure you are doing as great as you think you are and a phenomenal way to catch any health issues before they become problematic. This is the time to get any routine blood work and immunizations, as well as a head-to-toe physical exam. It is also a great opportunity to check in with your healthcare provider about...

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