Effective Pain Relief for Chronic Conditions

chronic-painAs a holistic nurse practitioner and herbalist, I have worked with patients suffering with pain for 10 years. You are probably thinking what can herbal or alternative therapies do for effective pain relief for chronic or acute pain? Well, the doctor I worked for was probably thinking the same thing at first, but he took a risk and invited me to join the practice. He was a chronic pain specialist who treated all kinds of pain conditions including headaches, spinal and peripheral nerve pain, musculoskeletal pain, various types of inflammatory arthritis, abdominal and pelvic pain syndromes and pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, which is generalized pain in various soft tissues of the body. Continue reading “Effective Pain Relief for Chronic Conditions”

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Dinner Tonight: Broths

brothBroths are liquids that are full of flavor, made with water that has been slowly simmered with bones, meat, fish or vegetables. They can be eaten alone, like a soup, or used to cook other foods like soups, stews, gravies, and so much more.

Broths can be easily bought in the store, but they are just as easily made at home. There is nothing like a pot of simmering broth on the stove, plus you can control the ingredients in your broths, especially salt content. Broths are nourishing and offer many health benefits.

I like to “stock” up on my broths because I find I turn to them as soon as the runny noses and itchy throats start. Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Broths”

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Your Diet Legacy and Your Daughter

mother-daughter-cooking2As moms, we often try to instill our beliefs and standards in our children. Often, our goal is to ensure that our children learn from the benefit of our knowledge and experience so that they can create enriching, rewarding lives for themselves. So why is it then that one of the most significant messages moms often pass on to their daughters is the legacy of… dieting?

Every mom wants the best for her children; there is no question about that. But unfortunately, when a mom lives through the emotional and physical pain that her overweight body may cause, she unknowingly often passes the “right to diet” on as though it were a “rite of passage” into womanhood. Continue reading “Your Diet Legacy and Your Daughter”

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Cold or Allergies – How Do You Know?

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My neighbor has been struggling with a cough, scratchy throat and runny nose for 2 months. She can’t figure out if it’s a cold or allergies. She is not alone. Fall is a prime time for allergies, but it’s also the time when you start to get more colds, thanks to kids bringing back all sorts of germs from school.

While colds and allergies share common symptoms, their origin is different. A cold occurs when a virus enters the body. Symptoms are a reaction to your immune system’s fight against the infection.

Meanwhile, allergies are an adverse reaction to a substance caused by an overactive immune system. Continue reading “Cold or Allergies – How Do You Know?”

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Pass the Ketchup

ketchupFor the longest time, I feared ketchup would be the only source of fruit my children ingested. Unfortunately, most store-bought ketchups are laden with sugar (high-fructose corn syrup) and other ingredients that I shouldn’t want my kids ingesting at every meal (or any meal).

I found a recipe for homemade ketchup and I made a small batch to test it out. Truthfully, it did not go over well, but I continued to experiment and eventually found something that everyone likes. My kids now ask for my ketchup when we go out, as opposed to the regular stuff offered at restaurants.

And ketchup isn’t just a condiment used to hide the taste of food! It also has – or can have – many health benefits.  Continue reading “Pass the Ketchup”

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    Paula Gallagher
    Paula is a highly qualified and experienced nutrition counselor on the staff at Village Green.
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    Debi is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition, a personal trainer, and whole health coach.
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