Sunday Radio Show: Using Functional Medicine to Treat Digestive Issues

Join us for our radio show this Sunday when host Dr. Kevin Passero and his special guest Eve Plews will be discussing “Solving the Belly Blues” – applying the principles of functional medicine to the treatment of digestive issues.

Eve Plews, LNC, has practiced for 24 years in her clinic, Full Spectrum Health, in Sarasota, Florida. Her training includes medical botany, homeopathy, five-element theory and functional medicine. Eve is a food-based clinician incorporating nutrients, herbs and medical foods to support health and healing. She has served on the Xymogen® Board of Advisors since its inception.

Tune in this Sunday from 10-11am on 1500 AM (WFED) or listen live on the web. Our shows are streamed everywhere.

Last week’s show was on sources of fatigue, and supplements to help optimize energy levels. Click to listen.

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Supplements for Babies & Toddlers

Yesterday I wrote about making baby food; today I am writing about what supplements a baby should have. I do get quite a few questions regarding this topic, and even yesterday, someone emailed me a question about vitamins for their toddler.

Here is my take on giving supplements to infants and toddlers.

Nursing infants under the age of 6 months should be supplemented with vitamin D3. I have written about this before. If they are nursing well, and are having regular bowel movements, this is the only supplement they need. As a nursing mom, your own diet should consist of fruits, veggies, lean protein and whole grains… plus GOOD FATS!!

Once solids are introduced, nursing usually is curtailed a bit. Bowel movements can become more difficult especially with iron-fortified cereals. I suggest adding a quarter teaspoon of essential fatty acid (Nordic Naturals DHA Jr.) to the cereal to help with bowel movements. Plus it is very important for brain and eye development. Continue reading “Supplements for Babies & Toddlers”

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Make Your Own Baby Food

As my daughter rounded the 6-month mark, I began to think about what sorts of foods I would start her on. I perused the grocery aisles and was not impressed with the selection, even with the organic and natural varieties. They seemed colorless and bland, and when I read the ingredients lists, water was near the top.

Convenience is definitely a selling point when it comes to jarred baby food. But I started wondering – how complicated and time-consuming could making my own baby food really be? So I left the baby food aisle and headed over to the produce area and picked up some organic carrots, beets, bananas and apples.

The only equipment you need to make your own baby food is a pot! But if you have a steamer, then you can use that, too. Wash, peel and chop your fruits and veggies and steam them until the are tender. If a fork easily passes through, then it’s ready. If steamed vegetables and fruits are soft enough, you can mush them with a fork. I also like to use a handheld blender. Continue reading “Make Your Own Baby Food”

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New Guidelines for Sinus Infections: NO ANTIBIOTICS

New guidelines by the Infectious Diseases Sociey of America (IDSA) say that treating sinus infections with antibiotics (standard practice in the US ) won’t help most cases and may actually do more harm.

According to the IDSA, sinus infections are the fifth leading reason for antibiotic prescriptions, but as many as 98% are caused by viruses. Antibiotics do not and cannot treat viruses. Because there is no easy way to determine whether the infection is viral or bacterial, many doctors prescribe antibiotics… just in case. The problem with this is that since most infections aren’t bacterial, the antibiotics won’t help and can actually increase antibiotic resistance.

If you are one of the millions of Americans suffering from sinus infections every year, there are options that can help ease your symptoms. Check out the Sinus Survivial Program by Dr. Rob Ivker. His protocol has helped many people who have suffered for years. Through diet, nasal irrigation and supplements, you can finally have relief from sinus congestion and infections.

If you would like to know more about the Sinus Survival Program, please contact Village Green Apothecary at 1-800-869-9159.

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Sunday Radio Show: Sources of Fatigue, How to Optimize Energy

Join us this Sunday for our radio show with host Dr. Kevin Passero and his special guest Dr. Erin Stokes, as they discuss sources of fatigue and supplements to help optimize energy levels.

Dr. Erin Stokes, ND, received her naturopathic degree from Bastyr University in 2001. The focus of her practice at Lotus Naturopathic Clinic in Boulder, Colorado, is postpartum health and wellness. She enjoys educating others, and has taught Western Pathology and Psychology of Healing at Southwest Acupuncture College. Dr. Stokes is the Director of Education at MegaFood.

Tune in this Sunday from 10-11am on 1500 AM (WFED) or listen live on the web. Our shows are streamed everywhere.

Last week’s show was on The Blood Sugar Solution – a program for losing weight, preventing disease and feeling great. Click to listen.

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March 2012