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Six Natural Ways to Boost Your Child’s Immune System!

Now that the school year is in full swing, cold and flu viruses will make their way through classrooms and families. Just because everyone else is getting sick doesn't mean your child has to too. There are a few simple things that can help keep your child's immune system strong and reduce the likelihood of getting sick or at least reduce the severity and duration of illness should they catch a cold or flu virus. Read the rest of this entry »

Natural Treatments for Asthma.

Any parent who has been to the E.R. with their child during an acute asthma attack can tell you first-hand how scary this medical condition is. Asthma affects nearly 1 in 11 children in the U.S. It is usually diagnosed before age 5, and many times the initial diagnosis follows an upper respiratory infection, such as the common cold. Most alarming, is the fact that asthma rates and deaths due to asthma have increased significantly over the past few decades--a statistic not to be taken lightly. As frustrating and scary as the disease itself can be, more and more parents and affected children are just as frustrated with the limited treatment options available. While it is true that some children "outgrow" their asthma, that is not true for all children. Those who live with moderate to severe asthma may find themselves choosing between daily medications that slowly destroy their liver or a lifestyle hampered greatly by the threat of their next asthma attack. Fortunately, there are some Natural Treatments that can be quite effective and help those with asthma decrease the severity and progression of their disease while minimizing the need for potentially harmful drugs. Here, in no particular order, are some Natural Treatments to consider (and discuss with a qualified healthcare professional): Read the rest of this entry »

Should my child take Probiotics? What exactly are they, anyway?

Probiotiocs are "good" bacteria that normally colonize the digestive tract. Lack of these bacteria can lead to digestive disruption and symptoms such as chronic diarrhea and/or constipation. The "good" bacteria also happen to play a large role in our overall health, since the digestive tract contains over 40% of our body's immune system. Read the rest of this entry »
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