‘Raw Milk Fake Milk’
7 Ways to Support a Well-functioning Immune System
What? Usually people are encouraged to ‘deaden’ themselves in winter! We’re told to get flu shots and raised to trust in over-the-counter medications, yet this means the cold, cough and flu hang around for longer than needed.
To Sneeze, Blow or Plug your Nose
Kids Concussion … ‘what happened?’
Vital Moms Top 10 Traditions With Kids!
Words matter. Are you speaking the right words to communicate HEALTH to yourself and your child?
Health: what are you teaching your children ?
Breast milk… ‘FOOD’ tailored to your child
Of course, sometimes it’s just not working. I’m one of those mothers where breastfeeding did not come naturally to me although it is a natural …
“Ear infections…glue ear….grommets…or wisdom?
Big Pharma or Self-sufficient?
be showing signs of dis-ease.
Why Lice Make Their Home In Your Child’s Hair!
5 Ways to Double Your Health and Vitality
I’m Doing This For The Rest Of My Life…Will You?
You Don’t Medicate Your Children…Really?
The Truth About Santa
The Significance of the “Wibbly” Tooth!
The 10 Biggest Health Care Lies Moms Ought to Know!
The Lethal Routine
Turning A Mess Into A Message
Is Life Like The Truman Show? The “Normalising Gaze”
Yuck… Wash Your Hands!
I was prompted to write this after a Face Book discussion on germs. I thought it futile to comment in the thread as there just wasn’t enough space! Most were alluding to germs being nasty, disgusting and need to be gotten rid of. It’s understandable that parents wish to keep their children’s environments clean. A mother’s day at any given time could be made up with boiling bottles in hot water, cleaning pacifiers that fall on the ground, washing their children’s hands, wiping down supermarket trolleys and purchasing yet more antibacterial soap. Is this all necessary? After all it is still called a germ theory!
The Bully or The Bullied What I Taught My Children
I have had people of late either emailing me or private messaging me on our Vital Moms Facebook page about bullying. All correspondence had an underlying theme of “what do I do to support my child.” Interestingly we recently had two bullying situations created which has prompted me to share with you how we handled the circumstances. I imagine we handled it differently to most, at least in the discussion, as to why bullies show up in your life or your child’s life in the first place. I have chosen one of the circumstances to illustrate how we handled the conversation and situation.
I’m Ready To Approach Health Differently But Where Do I Start?
Making the move to anything “new” is challenging. Whether it is a new country, a house, a belief, parenting for the first time or a way of approaching health, there are inherent challenges that lay within making those moves, however now is the time to make the move. Why? Because one person dies every twenty-four minutes in the USA alone from drugs the majority of which do not start out as addictive but turn out that way. This year more American’s for example will die from drug overdoses than from any other type of accident – including car accidents. And don’t be fooled that it is not happening in your country if you live somewhere else. In most cases those deaths are a result of what is stored in the home medicine cabinet. Here are some stats to enlighten the situation…
What Our Child’s Behaviour Teaches Us About Ourself!
Have you ever found yourself wondering where the child you once knew went? One day your child can make a decision and the next day they won’t. Or one day they can tell you what they want for breakfast and the next day they can’t? Have you ever wondered why this behaviour suddenly came about? Perhaps you’re putting it down to growing and maturing in some way. What if I said there could be a missing link within your family dynamic that might be being over looked… would you want to dig in a little deeper to investigate? Yes?
“Teach Your Child To Read The Ingredients!”
At times I feel like a giant ogre with my kids as I harp on about food and making wise choices. I am sure as a parent you have felt this at times too. I unapologetically say “No!” in front of people now if I feel the food offered is not appropriate. I’m no longer concerned what other parents may think of my song and dance about what our kids can and cannot have. I make sure our kids go to places with food so something is available for them if they decide within themselves to make a wise choice not to eat what is offered to them. They know we eat organic food and that we approach health differently to the majority of their friends. They too are comfortable with saying to people “no thank you.”
As I was registering our boys for this year’s Rugby season I was under no illusion that companies are happy to sponsor kids activities – Kellogs, Nestle etc – and provide “snacks” when they go to register. What I didn’t expect to see in the goodie bag was…
A Fence or An Ambulance?
Our Vital Moms readers, who have been enjoying my guest blogging during December, will be familiar with this month’s Vital Health Alert. This poem I first read back in 1998 and it has stuck with me. My memory of it was triggered the other day when having a conversation with a mum who was chasing symptoms rather than looking at the cause of the health expression she had created. It is a great reminder that there ARE SIMPLE STEPS as PARENTS we CAN TAKE to make sure our own health and the health of our kids is consistently expressed at its best, whatever “best is”. If you are a health professional this poem would be ideal for you to finish an in house presentation with. If not, print and place in your reception area for people to learn more about how they are choosing to look at health.
“Are You In A Rush To Get Your Health Back?”
Every process we go through requires time. Whether it is the aging process, the birth of a child, job promotions, graduating, or learning new skills like walking, talking or riding a bike. Reaching new milestones and new levels in understanding takes time. I imagine we all agree with this so much so that we place a value on it. For instance, time is money and medals, every second counts, there’s no time to waste, if we don’t go now we won’t have time, if its not there in 30 minutes it’s free! People even get impatient in the drive-through for the “fast food”. Most people want instant gratification and immediate results, just like the instant microwave dinner that is “cooked” in one minute.
So many things take time. Cooking a turkey at Christmas takes three or four hours, pregnancy takes nine months and career achievements take time. Yet when it comes to our bodies we seem to be a lot less tolerant of…
“Birth Dystocia What You Need To Know!”
When you’re pregnant you get a whole lot of unsolicited information pouring your way, right? When I was towards the end of my pregnancy with my eldest I found myself listening to a lady in the aisle of our local Hy-Vee supermarket in the USA, rambling on to me about pain, discomfort and drugs. Her last comment to me as she paid for her groceries was when it all slows down honey… take the drugs! I thought to myself why is it people feel compelled to share their birth story, good or bad, with you when you are pregnant? I decided that day in the Hy-Vee checkout aisle to surround myself with white light, nod politely and say to myself ‘that’s your journey not mine’. As I see it, everybody’s journey is different – experiences, birth option, thought processes, trauma, fear, structural integrity and nerve system disturbance amongst many other factors.
It’s the nerve disturbance and fear I want to focus on in this article. I have found over the decades of listening to the stories and my own experience that there is a common thread regardless of the place of birth, type of birth, country of birth, or birth team attendees and it’s this…
“The Sun… Are You Tired Of Being Told How Bad It Is?”
As summer is fast approaching here in the southern hemisphere I thought it would be a great opportunity to write about sunscreens. It’s certainly a great time to evaluate what’s in the tube BEFORE you put it on! Did you know the Cancer Council of Australia in 1980 launched a very successful health campaign? I remember as a child watching “Sid” the seagull, adorned with board shorts, t-shirt and a hat, tap across the TV screen singing a catchy jingle Slip Slop Slap reminding parents and kids to be careful of the nasty sun and skin cancer.
“Nature, Birth, Butterflies & Babies”
A man watched a butterfly emerge from its chrysalis. He watched intently and noticed the butterfly struggling with the process. The man thought: I should help the creature birth. Taking a pair of scissors, he cut through the chrysalis in the hope that it would help the butterfly to drop out of its home and into the physical world. The butterfly did just that. It dropped out easily but with compromise. The butterfly had a withered body and shriveled wings. He watched and watched and thought to himself that at any moment the butterfly would fly. He was waiting with anticipation for the event to happen, for the body to become firmer and the wings to spread and carry the butterfly away into the ether. The butterfly did neither. Instead it just lay there. It spent the rest of its life crawling around with its withered body and shriveled wings.
“I had to have a Caesarian. Why? Because I …..”
C-section rates are sky-rocketing and so too are the reasons people are being told to have a caesarean which is major abdominal surgery. I have heard everything from: ‘Your pelvis is too small’, or ‘too twisted’; ‘the baby is small and won’t have the strength to birth vaginally’; ‘the size of your foot is only a 6 that indicates a small pelvis so a C-section would be best for you’; ‘you had a C-section last time so another C-section would be the safest option for your uterus as it won’t be strong enough to withstand a vaginal birth’; ‘a C-section will have less complications’ and ‘you’re too old to birth naturally…’ This last reason is intriguing as it is often used as…