Baby Comfy Nose

April 29, 2017 by  
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We posted about this in the past but I think it’s such a great idea I wanted to post again!

If you’ve ever used a bulb or battery-type aspirator to clear the mucus out of your little one’s nose, you’ve probably said to yourself: “There has to be a better way!” Well, we just found a better way and it’s called the BabyComfyNose Nasal Aspirator. Here’s the secret: It works so much better because it uses your own suction. Think about it: your own lungs are a strong, natural vacuum cleaner – much more powerful than a tiny bulb or battery-powered motor. And the result is just a more effective method of clearing your baby’s sinuses.

But have no fear; you won’t suck boogies into your mouth because of the design of the receptacle and the tissue filter that you insert into the body of the aspirator. This is why pediatricians are recommending BabyComfyNose to moms and dads. Recently, Dr. Sears of The Doctors TV Show recommended the BabyComfyNose as the best way to clear babies’ noses. Take a look at the video ‘How to Use the BabyComfyNose’ here to see how well it works.

Buy the Baby Comfy Nose on Amazon by clicking here.


Similar products on Amazon (click)

Nose Frieda – this one uses the same idea and seems to be the popular name brand now.

Baby Vac – I had a friend recommend this VERY highly but many parents are a little wary of it when they hear that you hook the aspirator up to your vacuum. But these folks swear by it – not just for their babies, but for themselves too!






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Got Plantar Fasciitis? Here are some quick tips for relief

April 13, 2016 by  
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You just know something just isn’t right when you wake up every morning dreading those first steps getting out of your bed. The pain is sharp. The pain is real. The pain is instant. Slowly, as you take a few more steps you find some relief only to go through it all again each and every time you get up from a sitting position.

You’ve got plantar fasciitis and it is not fun. Plantar fasciitis heel brings over one million people per year to a doctor or chiropractor for relief. While it is often associated with certain sports, plantar fasciitis heel pain is not influenced by gender, nor is it exclusively an athlete’s problem. Sedentary folks find themselves with plantar fasciitis as well.

So, to help, here are 5 easy things you can do right now to help relieve the heel pain that comes from plantar fasciitis.

    1. Walk. Yes those initial steps are going to be painful. Sometimes they are very painful, but as you slowly walk you’ll find the pain subside quite a bit with each and every step. Take it slow but keep going.
    1. Roll. Get a tennis ball or child’s play ball, or even a golf ball and gently roll the bottom of your foot from just behind the ball of the foot to the heel on the ball. Start by doing this while you’re sitting and then slowly increase the pressure to roll while standing. Do not put your full weight into the ball.
    1. Stretch. Believe it or not, the pain you feel in your heel from plantar fasciitis is associated with your calf muscle. You need to stretch those muscles. One way to do this is to take a towel and roll it into a log shape. Place the ball of your foot on the top of the rolled up towel and drop your heel to the ground to stretch the calf. Hold the stretch for 60 seconds and then switch to the other foot.
    1. Soak. Soak your feet in a warm epsom salt bath. For even more benefit, add a few marbles to the water and roll your feet on the marbles while you soak. Add some essential oils too to help relax or invigorate you.
  1. Massage. After your foot soak, warm some coconut or olive oil between your hands and gently massage the bottom of your feet starting with the ball of your foot down through the arch to the heel.

Many people find permanent relief following these simple 5 steps on a regular basis. Other helpful tips include reducing the heel height of your shoes, walking barefoot occasionally and losing weight.

Katy Bowman has great exercises for foot pain and foot health. I’ve been studying feet and the whole body with her now for several years and am one of her biggest fans.  You can find out more about your feet, download videos that you can do daily to keep your feet, toes and body in tip top alignment and more when you visit her Nutritious Movement site (click here)

Is It Genetic Makeup Or Learned Behaviors?

December 3, 2015 by  
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Today, many psychologists believe that both learned behaviors and inherited traits are factors that affect our health and personality. It’s no secret that some traits such as eye color are determined by the genes our parents pass on to us. Other physical traits are also believed to be influenced by genetics. But, when it comes to behavioral traits, which is the bigger influence?

Genetic Characteristics

Genetics play a part in determining many physical traits, such as height, weight and vulnerability to certain illnesses. This has led many people to consider the role our genes play in determining behavior. The earlier in life a trait expresses itself, the more likely it is that genetics played a role in its development.

Some people, known as nativists, believe that all of our traits and characteristics are determined by our genetic makeup. They believe that the characteristics that emerge as we grow older are governed by pre-programmed changes in the human body. Nativists believe these characteristics to include language development, attachment during infancy and even cognitive development.

Learned Behaviors

While some of our psychological traits may be affected by genetic composition, many aspects of our personalities are developed through learning and exposure. For children, most of this influence comes from their parents or their peers. For example, parents can encourage a child to have good manners, while other kids could convince them to get themselves into trouble. Some people, called empiricists or environmentalists, believe that most or all of our behaviors come from learning rather than genes.

Family Studies

Studies involving twins or adoptive families provide great insight into how our environment affects our traits and personalities. Research shows that identical twins that are raised apart have much more similar personalities than pairs of randomly selected people. Also, biological siblings share more traits than adoptive siblings do. This suggests that, to some degree, personality is indeed inheritable.

However, adoptive siblings still develop similar personalities, which suggests that these shared behaviors were learned through their environments. These shared behaviors and values may in fact wear off in time, though, as studies have shown that adopted siblings are no more similar than strangers by adulthood.

Nature Versus Nurture

Today, most experts believe that our development is influenced by both genetics and learning. There is too much supporting evidence for both sources to support an all-or-nothing view. However, the debate on how much a given trait is affected by our genes or environment continues. Researchers today are focused on ways that genes influence the way we learn from our environment, as well as how our environment can affect hereditary behaviors.

Research shows that genetic makeup and environmental factors both play key roles in making us who we are. Our genes determine many of our physical traits and could influence how we develop based on our experiences.

In turn, these experiences and our environment shape us into the people we are as adults. The question to ask is not whether a behavior is learned or genetic, but what parts hereditary or environmental factors played in the development of a behavior.


What Happens To The Body When It Doesn’t Get Enough Movement

November 25, 2015 by  
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Many things happen to the body when it doesn’t move enough. Unfortunately, it goes way beyond gaining weight.  Continue reading to learn more about the dangers of inactivity. No one is immune!

Energy Levels

Mitochondria are energy producing structures, which live in the cells of body tissues, organs and muscles. These amazing little structures need carbohydrates and oxygen to work properly. Since mitochondria are required for all bodily functions and movement, you definitely can’t live without them.

Mitochondria levels drop when your heart isn’t working at its full potential and your oxygen levels are diminished, due to lack of exercise. Fatigue occurs when energy production is slowed down and the body requires the same amount of energy to get work done.

Bone Issues

Bones love a workout, almost as much as they love calcium. The lack of weight-bearing exercise causes bones to lose density and the ability to properly store calcium. Less calcium in your bones means more of a mineral build up in organs such as your kidneys, the cause of kidney stones.

If the period of inactivity is long enough bones eventually began to weaken. This oftentimes results in osteoporosis, which leads to a much higher risk of painful bone fractures.

Muscle Problems

Just like bones, muscles benefit from movement. One of the first signs of being out of shape, due to inactivity, is loss of strength and muscle tone. When muscles are idle, blood flow slows down and the exchange of waste products and nutrients decreases. Less mitochondria results in lack of muscle coordination.

Without movement, the “electrical” connection between your nerves and muscles is sporadic at best. How does this affect you? You’ll typically find it more difficult to move around with the agility that you once could. It can also mean decreased strength and an increased risk of muscle injury, because of shrinking muscle mass.

Heart-Related Difficulties

Whatever your age, it’s important to keep your heart as healthy as possible. Even though your heart muscle is different from your skeletal muscles, the same health-related principles apply. Without proper exercise, the heart muscle shrinks. This makes it difficult to adequately distribute blood throughout the body and causes the heart to work much harder to get the blood to where it actually needs to go, especially in your hands and feet.

 Sluggish blood flow can lead to plaque formation in the blood vessels. This, in turn, sometimes causes high blood pressure, dizziness and circulation problems. All of these conditions are potentially dangerous if left untreated.

As you can see, inactivity causes havoc in and damage to your body. This is especially true for individuals who already deal with chronic conditions, because it typically only makes things worse.

In many cases, periods of inactivity are inevitable. But, the sooner you can participate in even a light movement regimen, the better off your mind and your body will be.

Already feeling some of the effects of not moving enough?  Try some of these “snacks” to get your body going again.  CLICK HERE for your movement sessions!


Turmeric Golden Milk

November 9, 2015 by  
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I’ve recently discovered the beautiful spice Turmeric (or Curcumin).  Believed to help with pain, blood cleansing and even alzheimer disease, it seems to be a wonder spice!  Slightly bitter to the taste, it’s often use in India and other Asian countries in stir fries and other lovely dishes.


Why do people take turmeric?

Curcumin, a substance in turmeric, may help to reduce inflammation. Several studies suggest that it might ease symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, like pain and inflammation. Other compounds in turmeric might also be medicinal.

In lab tests, curcumin seems to block the growth of certain kinds of tumors. One study showed that turmeric extract containing curcumin could — in some cases — stabilizecolorectal cancer that wasn’t helped by other treatments. But more research is needed.

Other preliminary lab studies suggest that curcumin or turmeric might protect against types of skin diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, colitis, stomach ulcers, and high cholesterol. Based on lab studies, turmeric and curcumin might also help treat upset stomach, scabies, diabetes, HIV, uveitis, and viral infections.

I started throwing a half a teaspoon into my morning smoothie this summer.  It does definitely alter the taste, but not in a bad way, and also gives the smoothie that lovely mustard-ish color if you’re not adding darker fruits or lots of greens.  All of these things are ok and were ok until today when I learned that a few other things can help make the benefits of turmeric more easily available by the body.  If you’re going to eat the stuff, you might as well get the maximum benefit.

The folks at posted this (click) with tons of details – more than I’ll give you here so I urge you to run over there to read more.  But for now, I’ll tell you what I did after I read the article.

I made Golden Milk.

Here’s the video that includes how to make your paste – which you then add to milk (dairy or non dairy) to make this yummy treat.

So the paste is basically:

1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder

1/2 cup water (plus up to another cup water as needed)

Heat the water over low heat, stir in turmeric powder and keep stirring for at least 7 minutes, adding more water as it starts to dry out – keeping it smooth and silky.

A couple of things that I added:

I made the paste as directed but added a few turns of black pepper as I was stirring since the article suggested it.  After I made the paste and scraped most of it into the glass jar for storage, I added my cup of milk (I used full fat, whole cow’s milk) to the same pan and scraped up the yummy leftover paste – which probably ended up being about a half a teaspoon.  Perfect!

As this was heating I added a teaspoon of coconut oil, a pinch of cayenne pepper, another turn of black pepper, a pinch of ginger and about a 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon.  Then I poured in about a teaspoon of maple syrup – my chosen sweetener.  Agave, coconut sugar, honey or even *gasp* white sugar would work too.  I stirred and let it heat to just below  boiling.

One thing I didn’t do but will do next time is pour this mixture into my personal blender to make sure all the spices, oil and sweetener get mixed in very well.  Sprinkle with a little more cinnamon and sip away!  I’ll keep you posted on the “health” benefits but for now, it’s enough to have another nice warm and good for you drink to sip on during the upcoming colder months!


Eight Things Your Fingernails Are Trying to Tell You

October 12, 2015 by  
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Did you know that you can tell a lot about your health from the appearance of your fingernails? It doesn’t take the place of a qualified health professional’s opinion, of course, but it’s a good way to see indications of potential health problems that may require a doctor visit.

So what are your fingernails trying to tell you? Here are eight fingernail anomalies to look for and what they could mean.

1. Brittle Fingernails

Brittle fingernails split and beak easily, and usually they are pale in color. They may flake and chip, too. Here are some health issues that brittle nails may be trying to tell you.

* Osteoporosis or low bone density may show up as brittle fingernails. This is because your nails need calcium – a mineral that is lacking in osteoporosis patients – to be strong. A bone density test can clarify things.

* Vitamin and mineral deficiencies: low Vitamin D can cause brittle nails, and so can low levels of calcium, iron, and zinc.

2. White Lines

White lines on the fingernails can be vertical or horizontal.

Vertical white lines may be caused by calcium deficiency, and possible deficiencies of other vitamins and minerals.

Horizontal white lines are considered more alarming health signals.

* Thyroid problems may cause white horizontal lines.
* Respiratory disease can be indicated by horizontal white lines on the nails.
* Heart disease is another possible underlying cause.
* Malnutrition and arthritis may cause these lines.

3. “Spoon” Nails

This refers to fingernails that look scooped or concave.

* Fingernails that curve down or inward can indicate thyroid deficiency, or hypothyroidism.
* Spoon nails can mean you are absorbing too much iron, but they can also indicate iron deficiency.
* Heart disease is another possibility.

4. Pitted Nails

Fingernails with multiple small pits can indicate several things.

* Psoriasis can cause pitted nails.
* Connective tissue disorders (such as Reiter’s syndrome) can be indicated by small pits in the nails.

5. Lifted Fingernails or Nail Separation

Also known as “Plummer’s nail,” lifted fingernails literally lift from the nail bed. They may indicate:

* Diabetes
* Lupus
* Pellagra (Vitamin B3 deficiency)
* Hypothyroidism
* An allergy to a fingernail product (such as an adhesive) or drug

6. Yellow Fingernails

Long before other symptoms become apparent, yellow fingernails may be a sign of the following:

* Liver disorders
* Respiratory disease or disorders, such as chronic bronchitis
* Problems with the lymphatic system
* Diabetes

7. Terry’s Nails

With this condition, the tip of the fingernails has a dark band across it. This can mean:

* Liver disease
* Congestive heart failure
* Diabetes
* Sometimes it is simply a sign of aging.

8. Beau’s Lines

These lines are like long indentations that occur in the middle of the nail, usually one line per nail. Here’s what Beau’s lines could mean:

* Diabetes that is not controlled
* Cardiovascular disease
* Past severe illness such as scarlet fever or pneumonia
* Zinc deficiency

These lists are certainly not meant to scare you! But hopefully, you’ll take a good look at your nails when you’re trimming or filing them, and see what they might be telling you.

Why the classic todder W sit isn’t good for you

June 9, 2015 by  
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Don’t let your kids sit in a W sit.

From Stephanie Galanis here:

I had a patient recently ask me if it is okay for her thirteen-month-old daughter to be W-sitting during playtime. The short answer is: absolutely NOT! 

It is never ok to be sitting like this for a prolonged period of time, and should be stopped immediately whenever you see it. There are a few postural and developmental reasons for this, and I’ll go into some detail on all of them: (click here to read the detail on this)

  1. Hip Distortion

  2. Knee and Foot Distortion

  3. Poor Development of Core Muscles

  4. Lack of Cross-Body Coordination

See more of this article when you click HERE

Find out more about how to encourage kids to sit, move and play in a more healthy way when you visit

Sun Exposure and Cataracts – How to Protect Your Eyes

June 1, 2015 by  
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pretty-lady-with-a-hat-1366246-mAccording to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are 18 million people around the world who are blind due to cataracts. Five percent of those 18 million people can attribute their cataract-caused blindness directly to exposure to ultraviolet radiation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also notes the correlation between ultraviolet radiation and eye problems, including cataracts.

The WHO and the EPA further suggest protection from ultraviolet (UV) radiation to prevent eye damage. The WHO has developed a UV index to indicate when the risk of damaging rays are highest. The UV index refers to the level of UV radiation present under different conditions. For example, the UV index is higher when you are around a reflective surface such as water or snow than when you are surrounded by grass and soil.

Symptoms of over-exposure to UV radiation include puffiness and redness (photoconjunctivitis), and /or darkened, spotty vision. While normal vision usually returns if the person does not repeatedly experience UV exposure, permanent damage can be done by repeated or prolonged exposure.

How Can You Protect Your Eyes?

Your vision is precious, so it’s worth it to take some steps toward preventing eye damage from the sun. Here are some precautions you can take.

* Sunglasses are a basic but important precaution. Sunglasses with side panels are the most effective. If you have prescription glasses, consider clip-on sunglasses or sunglasses that can be placed over your prescription lenses.

* Don’t look directly at the sun with unprotected eyes at any time of day for any reason. Yes, sunrises and sunsets can be beautiful; but the sun can come up from the horizon or out from behind clouds suddenly. Wear sunglasses to view sunrises or sunsets, and only when the sun itself is below the horizon. Do not ever view a solar eclipse without proper eye protection, and never look directly at the sun during the day.

* Limit your time in the sun during its brightest hours, which is from approximately 11am to 2pm. The time of year, geographical location, and terrain will affect when the brightest light occurs in your area.

* If there is shade available, spend your outdoor time in it as much as possible.

* Wear hats with wide brims that shade your eyes.

* Practice good nutrition and eat a healthy diet. This is good advice for maintaining general health, but it can also make the difference between healthy and diseased eyes. Foods high in lutein, such as blueberries, strawberries, and other berries are good for the eyes. Carrots, which their high vitamin A content, are the traditional food for the eyes for a reason. Eat such foods daily to keep your eyes healthy.


Balancing the Needs of the Family When One Member Has ADHD

February 18, 2015 by  
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When a member of your family, especially a child, is diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), it is difficult at best to cope and find strategies to address the issue.

Moreover, when there are other children and family members that need attending to, it is important to remember them in the equation.

The first and most important thing to remember is to tend to the family member that has ADHD and make sure that his or her needs are well met. Be sure to speak to the doctor, any counselor, and school personnel to ensure that the best environment for your child is put into place.

hands-1434811-2-mOnce you have discovered the diagnosis of ADHD, it is a good idea to have a family meeting. Explain the diagnosis to your other children, dispelling any myths that may exist. Have an open forum and let the others ask questions. Give them specific tools and ways to cope with their sibling who has ADHD.

Let your other family members know that with proper care and counseling, ADHD is something that everyone can live with, especially because you are all a family and a team.

Once the others in the family know all the information and have all their questions answered, and a team of doctors, counselors, and school personnel are put into place, take some time to remember each family member’s needs – including your own.

Let everyone in the family know that they are all equally important. Spend one-on-one time with other members of the family so that they do not feel as though they have been left out.

Be a role model to your children and your spouse by making it clear that you will take time out for yourself periodically and all are welcome to do the same. Alone time, prayer time, going to the gym or going for long walks will benefit you and show your children and your spouse that you are important as well. Taking care of yourself allows you to take care of the others.

If there is a family outing, take a little extra time to prepare. Make family meetings a regular habit, especially when going on a family vacation. Take all opinions and feelings into consideration and let everyone know that they can come to you at any time to discuss the family dynamics.

In a family where one member has ADHD, a little bit of time, a lot of patience, and some good old-fashioned communication are in order to strike a balance with all family members.

As long as you let your family know that you are a team and that when one wins, you all win, chances are better that you will have a successful family unit regardless of ADHD.

Health Benefits of Ice Skating for the Whole Family

February 16, 2015 by  
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Families that play together stay together, or at least that’s how the saying goes. If you take some time to have fun together it can reduce stress among family members. You could choose an activity everyone can enjoy. Have you considered the health benefits of ice skating for the whole family?

Most people only think of ice skating as a sport when the winter Olympics rolls around. However, indoor ice skating rinks allow for year-round skating. In fact, what could be better during a hot summer day than going into an ice-cold rink and enjoying yourself for a few hours?

Ice skating is great exercise. With this one activity you can stretch and strengthen your muscles, and it provides excellent aerobic training. Besides being such wonderful exercise, ice skating is also a lot of fun!

Finding an activity that you enjoy makes it more likely you’ll actually do it regularly. The more often you go ice skating, the better it is for your family. Think about going ice skating twice a week and then doing some other form of exercise during other parts of the week.

Are the members of your family stressed from day-to-day living? Ice skating as well as other exercise releases chemicals within your body which helps reduce stress hormones. This means ice skating is an activity to help relieve stress and allow you to relax a little more.

Even though ice skating takes some practice, it is something everyone in your family except infants can enjoy. Ice skating rinks have skates of every size to rent. If you go ice skating very often, however, you may save money by purchasing a pair for each family member whose feet are finished growing. Toddlers or children’s feet grow so quickly, however, that buying them their own ice skates may not be cost-effective.

An added benefit of ice skating as a family is that the activity can help keep you connected. You can also use ice skating as an activity your children may invite their friends to. This means you’ll get to meet and get to know your children’s friends.

Not everyone lives close enough to an ice skating rink to use this activity as their major form of exercise so they do other exercise primarily. If you’re used to running, bicycling or playing tennis outdoors, you can’t do that when there is very much snow and ice on the ground. Perhaps you can use ice skating as an alternative exercise when the weather is bad.

There are many health benefits of ice skating for the whole family. It provides the body with much-needed exercise and helps reduce stress. If you haven’t considered ice skating as a family activity, what are you waiting for? Even if you don’t know how to ice skate there’s no time like the present to learn.

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