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With all the media coverage exploding over the flu epidemic that’s sweeping the nation, it got me asking "What can we do to “flu proof” our kids?"
It’s impossible to keep our kids away from germs.
Look away for two seconds and they’re putting their fingers in their mouth, sucking the handle of the shopping cart, wiping their noses on the back of their hand, picking up dirty bird feathers or putting someone else’s gum in their mouth (ewwww!).
Q: What is Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD)?
A: There are a constellation of symptoms that occur when children and adults are removed from nature. It can manifest as physical, mental, behavioral, emotional, or spiritual issues. Children are affected more so than adults and when deprived of nature throughout childhood it can affect them their entire lives. It is also a "spectrum" disorder with a wide range of severity.
Q: How does a parent know if their child has...
Robin Discusses 3 Types of Stress
- Physical Stress — When a child's fundamentals aren't met (eating, sleeping, being outside, being loved, feeling safe), they can't handle stress well. Emotional reactions become dramatic and more intense than what the situation calls for.
- Stressors not within our control — This type of stress calls for us to find workarounds and mental attitude adjustments to do the best...
PMS and cramps are often as sign of hormone imbalance related to having too much estrogen in the body or estrogen dominance. While the Western medical solution is to put teens on birth control pills, there are some side effects that parents should be aware of. Progestin is a synthetic hormone in the birth control pill that has been shown to hinder a woman's reproductive cycle later and may even cause issues with fertility later in life. Not to mention, once the...
For many children, allergies can be bothersome and interfere with normal daily activities and play time. Unfortunately, allergy medications may not treat all the symptoms and in some cases eventually, stop working well. Has this ever happened to you or your child?
Treating the Underlying Cause
In order to address allergies, we need to look at the underlying problem. In many cases, there are underlying food sensitivities and gut imbalances that create a ripe...
Does your child have dark circles or shadows under their eyes?
While fatigue can cause of dark circles under the eyes, for many kids there's more to it than that. In this video, Robin Ray Green shares the Chinese medicine perspective on why kids get dark circles under their eyes and what to do about it.
1. Lack of Adequate Rest or Sleep
As kids get older and their schedules get busy, it can be hard to ensure your child is getting adequate sleep time. You'll know this is...
There’s nothing worse than lying down at night for a restful nights sleep only to find yourself wide-awake at 2AM watching the paint peel. Well okay, maybe there are a few things that are worse, but you get the idea. With an estimated 50-70 million American’s suffering from sleep disorders(1) it’s no surprise that the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recently announced that insufficient sleep has become a public health epidemic(2).
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Growing pains refer to deep muscle aches or, according to Web MD, “stretching [of ] the bone’s thick covering” (1). This may be due to rapid bone growth or intense physical activity. The pain usually occurs in the late afternoon or evening. Most children experience growing pains between the ages of 3 and 7 years, although pre-teens may also experience growing pains, too. Growing shouldn’t be a pain and from a holistic perspective diet and...
The subject of skin conditions is one that hits close to home for me. My oldest son started to develop eczema when he was about 3 months old. By 9 months the eczema had spread from the back of his arms to most of his body, except his trunk and scalp. I tried all the conventional medical treatments which included hydrocortisone creams, other prescription eczema creams, baths with a small amount of bleach (can you believe the dermatologist recommended that) and nothing worked. I was...
Acupuncture helps children with autism
New research has just been released which shows that acupuncture can help children who have autism spectrum disorder. The study found that after 12 weekly treatments of acupuncture the children showed improvement in the following areas:
- social initiation
- receptive language
- motor skills
- attention span
- coordination (including better writing ability)
This is very exciting news for children who have autism spectrum disorder because the improvement in these...
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