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 Nature Deficit Di…
Q: How do we know the herbs we are giving our kids are safe?
A: We only purchase from companies who test for bacteria, pesticides and metals, molds fungus, etc. We also do a visual ID and make sure they are good quality and we purchase organic when available.
Q: How can parents be sure they are purchasing good quality herbs?
A: Make sure you purchase herbs with a cGMP (current good manufacturing practices) certified rating.
Q: What about herbs and nursing?
A: I would re…
Kids and Needles?
Many kids are leery of needles and naturally want to avoid the pain of a shot or blood draw, which is totally understandable! Fortunately, pediatric acupuncture is completely different than a shot! Because acupuncture needles are so different than hypodermic needles, we call them “taps.”
Taps are hair-fine pediatric needles that create a virtually painless experience.
The term “tap” references the rubbing and tapping that is done to desensitize the point b…
More Flow and Less Stress When Your Plan Your Week the Five Element Way
This idea to plan my week using the Five Elements came to me during an incredibly busy time in my life. I was writing my book while also working full time treating patients and providing pediatric training for acupuncturists. I felt like I was meeting my goals, but I wasn't living in a way that was aligned with how I wanted to feel everyday. I felt overworked and overcommitted with a web of obligation that w…
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 they can with the situation we have.
- Stressors we control — These ofte…
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 birth control pill …
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 environment for the…
One of the things I love most about my work is being able to connect with parents and share timely advice, support, and tips for healing with Chinese medicine. It lights me up when parents find simple, natural solutions that shift whatever is going on in a positive way. That's why I'm thrilled to let you know that each Wednesday around 10:30 am Pacific, I'll be going Live on Facebook, which allows us to easily interact no matter where in the world you live! During the live broadcast you can shar…
I was recently watching a Daily Show segment and they did a piece on allergies called Along Came Pollen. In the segment, they showed a video in which news broadcasters from around the country warned of a "pollen tsunami" and a "pollen vortex". They went on to claim year after year that THIS year was the WORST ALLERGY SEASON EVER!
Reality Check: It's called spring
Pollen isn't going anywhere, but that doesn't mean you or your kids are destined to suffer for the rest of your life! If you hav…
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