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Radiation protection, re-visited

It's been just over a year since the Nuclear meltdown in Japan.  We had a lot of concerns about radiation for a month or two, and then things sort of simmered down. However, I recently had a patient ask me what she could do to protect her young children from the effects of increased radiation in our atmosphere.  There's a lot out there on the web.  Weeding through all of it to determine an effective set of guidelines for families with little ones (or pregnant ones!) has been my pet project for the past few weeks.

Without further ado, I present "Dr. Roe's Radiation Protection Plan"

1. An apple a day.  Pectins (found in apples) are probably the most well-studied food source for radiation protection, even after exposure has occurred.  People in the Chernobyl radiation zone have been advised for years and years now to consume apples on a regular basis to help the body absorb and eliminate excess radiation.

2. Eat iodine-containing foods, and keep a source of iodine on hand for your family in the medicine cabinet.  There is no need to supplement Iodine on a regular basis, and this can, in fact, put people over the age of 40 at risk for thyroid cancer.

3. Add Spirulina to Smoothies or, even better, applesauce a few times per week.  Spirulina also shows the ability to bind radioactive isotopes so that the body can more readily eliminate them.

4. Find a reputable source for Kombucha tea, and drink it 3-6 times per week (8oz serving).  Besides, the hot-link there, I was able to easily find lots of evidence to show the anti-oxidant, free radical scavenging, radiation-busting effects of this ancient beverage.

5. Most of all, be healthy.  Eat whole foods.  Drink water.  Take a daily multivitamin (a good one!!!!)  Avoid sugar and processed foods to keep all of your organ systems intact and functioning properly.  Your body's ability to combat radiation exposure is only as strong as it is healthy.

So there you have it, the naturopathic doctor-approved, weeded-out version of Radiation Protection, 101.

On being human.

This is an absolutely fabulous article written by a mama on self-forgiveness and being human.  I love it.  I think if we keep in mind what it means to be human, to replenish our stores of grace, and to forgive ourselves when we feel we haven't been our best selves or parents....we can have healthier happier dynamics at home and in the world. Give it a read!

Maternity leave for the midwife!

  Hi everyone!  Most of you know that we're expecting our second baby in September, but I wanted to get the word out at any rate.  Next week is my last week at the office before I go into major mama mode and bring our new little one into the world.  I will be out of the office from 9/5/11-10/11/11.  When I come back, I will be in the office on a very part-time basis for the month of October.  I will add more hours in November and December, and will be back to my full schedule in January. While I'm out, Dr. Jenny Maurer (at our clinic) will be covering my practice.  She will be available to see you at the clinic for any of the concerns you would normally see me for.  If you have well-baby, well-child, or adult wellness checkups that are due, she is happy to do those too.  I will be in the office this Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday wrapping things up, so please give a ring if you have any questions!

We don't know if our baby is a boy or a girl (YET), but I will post here when the baby is safely born.  See you all this coming fall!!!

A handmade healing salve!

Today, I'm working in my kitchen, whipping up a treat for the folks who come to the Green Sprouts Festival this weekend.  I've been infusing fresh organic calendula flowers in olive oil for 2 weeks, and today I'm turning that oil into a salve. salve 1 |sav; säv| noun an ointment used to promote healing of the skin or as protection.

The first 75 visitors to our booth this year will get a free sample of the Family Tree Medicine Calendula Salve!  We use calendula salve for cuts, scrapes, bruises, and other types of boo-boos.

You can also enter your name to win a brand new Moby Wrap.  Dr. Maurer and I both used this wrap for our little ones when they were babies. So, if you or someone you know is having a baby soon, stop on by, say hi, and try your luck at winning.

We look forward to seeing you there, rain or shine!

Oregon is Rocking the breast-feeding stats!

Just read an interesting article about how the U.S. is really making the effort to ensure that babies are not only breastfed, but that they breastfeed for longer.  The recommended length of breastfeeding is 12 months for each baby. Last year, 75% of all newborns started life at the breast.  By 6 months, only 43% still nursed, and by 12 months, only 22%.  In Oregon, 40% of babies still nurse at their first birthday.  We know that breastfeeding is important in the prevention of asthma, diabetes, and childhood leukemia.  If you want to read the full article click here.

Natural remedies for Traveling with Kids

Whether you're camping, heading to the beach, or staying close to home this summer, you'll want to know about these natural remedies for kids (and adults too!). Sunburn:

1. Mix 1 drop of lavendar essential oil per tablespoon of aloe vera gel and apply to burned areas.

2. For a full-body burn, combine 2 cups of baking soda with 10 drops of lavendar essential oil in a tepid/cool bath and soak for 20 minutes. Apply a soothing hypoallergenic body lotion to skin afterwards to seal in moisture.

Bug Bites: 1.    Prevent bug bites with a homemade bug spritzer: •    2 drops each: Essential Oils of Wintergreen, Citronella, Cedarwood, Peppermint, and Lemongrass. •    Mix with ½ cup distilled water and ¼ cup almond oil (or other yummy oil) and put in a spritzer bottle. 2.    If stung, remove stinger with credit card or fingernail and apply ice quickly to prevent swelling and spread of toxins.  If wheezing or dramatic swelling occurs, call 911 immediately. 3.    Apply lavendar essential oil topically (undiluted, 1 drop) 4.    If itching occurs, combine ¼ cup of witch hazel extract with 20 drops of peppermint essential oil and 20 drops of lavendar essential oil and apply as needed with a cotton ball.

Cuts/Bruises: 1.    If the injured area is bruised, apply arnica gel or cream there 2-3 x’s day until the bruised sensation is getting better.  Can also do homeopathic arnica acutely. 2.    If the injured area is bleeding/open, clean the area thoroughly with soap and water.  Apply calendula salve 2x’s/day until a scab forms, then you can apply comfrey salve and arnica gel to continue the healing process.  Never apply arnica or comfrey to an open wound.

A little hiatus for a little reason.

dsc_0024Iris handsimg_0183 If you've been reading my natural health blog, you've noticed that I've taken a little hiatus. This year there have been 2 running jokes. I have been the pregnant midwife...and the pregnant obstetrics instructor. In early October, I stopped being both and started being Iris's mama! She's doing great, I'm doing great, and I'm back at work in my office, seeing patients with a new lens on life.