Sweet Nectar of Life

Breastfeeding. It’s all around us, from the pages of Glamour magazine and storming social media, to the age-old paintings on the walls of the Louvre Museum in Paris. These days you can’t seem to get away from the subject. As National Breastfeeding Month comes to a close, it is imperative that people not only see the trendy side of breastfeeding, but also appreciate the science behind it.

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Supplementing?

In the US, the use of dietary supplements has increased substantially during the past several decades. Approximately one-half of adults in 2000 were using supplements, and contributed to the annual sales of more than $20 billion. Despite the mounting evidence that shows the ineffectiveness of supplementation to prevent chronic diseases, the multivitamin and supplement industry continues to grow. And what if you knew they could be causing you harm? Continue reading

Give Joy, Cut the Stress

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Few people would disagree with the idea that this, right now, the holiday season, is one of the most stressful times of year for the majority of people, particularly we matriarchs.   Holiday planning, traveling, participating in religious festivities, shopping, cooking, cleaning, decorating, “mandatory” family time and making arrangements for children who are home from school are just a few of the potentially joy-sucking facets of the holiday season.   And that’s not even everything that’s on the holiday-stress-inducing-list!  It seems to just keep going and going.  Not to mention everything must be absolutely perfect.  Biting your nails this very moment?     Continue reading

Panty Pandemonium

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Taboo Tuesday

We’ve all had it.  That moment of shock and awe (horror, even) accompanied with the question of “how can this possibly be normal?” … in the bathroom.  Discharge, while not always pleasant or convenient, is indeed normal and actually required for a healthy vagina.  The amount, color, and consistency various among women.  And throughout a woman’s life it changes depending on her age, menstrual cycles (or lack thereof), and if she is pregnant.  Knowing what’s normal may help alleviate moments of panic or, alternatively, prompt you to seek treatment.

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When pigs fly … or get the flu

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It’s fall! … and flu season. Blah, blah, boring! Perhaps, but understanding why you (and your family) cannot afford to forgo the flu vaccine is the goal here. This is an enjoyable time of year and traditionally very busy. You don’t have time to be in bed with I-just-got-hit-by-a-truck body aches and fever of 103 for four days.

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