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57 health article submissions by the Mothering community.

Probiotics or Antibiotics?

This post is not medical advice and is not intended to replace medical advice.  I'm not a doctor.  I'm just a mother with a story to share.  The last few weeks have been a lesson in parenting my own daughter through medical issues.  Have we figured everything out?  Not really.  We do, however, have another piece of the puzzle.  Interestingly, this piece of the puzzle even has the doctor prescribing more natural remedies.  Here is our story.   It all started with bed-wetting.  My seven-year-old daughter, AJ, usually sleeps well and wakes up dry.  Now she was wetting the... read more

Dealing with Back To School (or Work) Jitters

by Amy L. Lansky, PhD   (For more information about homeopathy, please visit www.impossiblecure.com)   For many years, my son Izaak always needed a visit to the homeopath at the start of a school year. A nervous kid, the back-to-school period was always difficult for him as he adjusted to new classes or a new school.   Of course, the remedy that always helped Izaak the most was his constitutional remedy, which was selected to match him overall. Because his tendency to be anxious in new situations was an intrinsic element of his overall state, it made sense that a... read more

Potency -- What Does It Mean? Or, Why the Quackbusters Know Nothing About Homeopathy

                 by Amy L. Lansky, PhD   (For more information about homeopathy, please visit www.impossiblecure.com)   One of the common strategies used by "quackbusters" (like James Randi) to debunk homeopathy is to stage dramatic events where they take "overdoses" of remedies -- thereby (supposedly) proving that homeopathic remedies are "nothing." For example, Randi once  took a whole bottle of "homeopathic sleeping pills" and said that he had no noticeable effect; he did not become sick from them, and not only did he not become sleepy, he felt wide... read more

Bye Bye Bugs: 5 Natural, Safe and Effective Insect Repellents

  Hiking, camping or simply playing in our own backyard can become more misery than fun when we find ourselves swarming with mosquitoes and other insects.   But before you grab the bug dope from your local drugstore you might ask yourself, "What's in this stuff?" In addition to DEET, the well-know toxin that powers many insect repellents, conventional sticks and sprays can be packed full of other harmful chemicals---making them downright poisonous to kids.    Luckily there are a variety of safe, natural and super effective alternatives.   We asked our... read more

Everybody Poops: A Mom's Top 10 Reasons for Squatting and Why You Should Try It

    Sponsored post brought to us by Squatty Potty   Special thanks to guest blogger Jennifer of Hybrid Rasta Mama for contributing this blog post.   Everybody poops. Or at least they should poop. In fact, every living thing should poop on a daily basis.   You might remember your parents reading you the book Everybody Poops when you were young. You quite possibly have read it to your children in an effort to get them a little more comfortable with the idea of pooping in a toilet. I know I did.   Something occurred to me one day as I was reading... read more

Ouch! How Homeopathy Can Help With Those Pesky Insect Bites

by Amy L. Lansky, PhD   (For more information about homeopathy, please visit www.impossiblecure.com)       Every summer, I spend some time in Muskoka, a region of Ontario north of Toronto known for its mosquitoes. In fact, even worse are the black flies that swarm the area before it is fully warmed up. Usually I miss black fly season, but sometimes it lingers when a summer gets off to a cold, wet start. These buggers are particularly nasty. They actually take a bite out of you (you literally are missing a 1/16 inch patch of skin!) and the resulting... read more

Four Great Homeopathic Remedies for Postpartum Mothers

by Katharina Sandizell   There are several homeopathic remedies that are a great relief for post-partum mothers while hormones are still shifting. They can help with many of the typical complaints that new mothers experience. Below is a list of several remedies that I have found very useful when treating mothers.   During this special time when the body is navigating so many changes, women often experience headaches, exhaustion, problems with nursing, and mood swings. Since many remedies can express similar physical symptoms, I have first and foremost described the... read more

8 Safe Sunscreens for Summer Fun

  Summer is here and many of us are thinking about how we can keep our kids safe in the sun.    The first line of defense for most parents is to grab the sunscreen and make sure the kids are properly covered. But who wants to slather on a cream that contains potentially dangerous chemicals?   That's where natural sunscreens come into play. Using safe ingredients, many lotions, creams and sticks provide excellent UV protection while minimizing chemical exposure.   Below is a list of just some of the great, natural sunscreens that... read more

Homeopathy -- A Lifesaver For Your Summer Travels!

    Izaak in Rome, overjoyed after finding some gluten-free pasta!   (For more information about homeopathy, please visit www.impossiblecure.com)   Even though I am the author of Impossible Cure, I'm still a "Nervous Nelly" when it comes to my kids' health. When my older son Izaak finished his Master's degree a couple of years ago, he went on an exciting four-month trip around the world before beginning work. While traveling in India, he acquired a nasty intestinal bug. Imagine my panic when I received a call from Nepal. "Mom, I've got... read more

5 Elements for Healthy Living

Most of you know me as someone who writes a lot about the wonders of homeopathy.  But homeopathy isn't just about using remedies to heal -- it's also about staying healthy in the first place. As Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (the developer of homeopathy in the 1800s) said, one must remove "maintaining causes" -- eating and living habits that lead to ill-health. There are also a variety of natural means for restoring health that don't involve the use of remedies. These can be handy if you are on a good constitutional remedy and don't want to interrupt its action with the use of... read more

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