Parenting Stress in a Busy World

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Parenting is hard. Parenting can take you to your emotional and physical limits. There tends to be very few breaks associated with being a parent. And despite the wealth of books and courses available to many people, I would argue that it is difficult to prepare for or prevent some of the stressors that parenthood brings. However, there are some ways to prevent these stressors from becoming too overwhelming. 1. Manage Expectations (of Yourself and your Children) I think by now most of us know that how people represent their…

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Gastro-Esophageal Reflux in Babies

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Gastro-esophageal reflux occurs when the contents of the stomach moves backwards, up into the esophagus and can cause quite a bit of discomfort as contents carries stomach acid along with it. Babies with reflux have mild symptoms such as posseting and regurgitation, to more severe symptoms like projectile vomiting. It is common for babies to do this occasionally. Their small stomach is easily distended during feeds and their lower esophageal sphincter (the circular, constricting muscle between the stomach and esophagus) is still maturing. This maturation is typically done by about…

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Treatment via the Small Intestine Meridian

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As we say all the time here at the clinic, just because you are experiencing a specific symptom does not mean that this is the main issue affecting you. More often than not, in fact, signs and symptoms can be attributed to less obvious underlying causes. There is a surprising number of chronic health issues that can be traced back to poor digestive health. Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture have a long history of successfully treating these digestive health imbalances or disharmonies. A few Traditional Chinese Medicine small intestine facts:…

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Your Child’s Asthma/Eczema/Allergies might be Related to his/her Intestines

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At birth, our digestive tract is sterile meaning it does not contain bacteria. It is during the birthing process that our digestive tract becomes colonized by bacteria from the mother’s vagina, colon, and rectum. Let’s compare this to a Baby Born by C-Section Since babies delivered by caesarean do not go through the birth canal, they are not exposed to the same diversity of bacteria. However, these babies will be in contact with the skin’s bacteria, which is more exposed to the outside world and this then increases the chances of…

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IBS: The Link between Anxiety and Gut Health

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The Connection between Physical and Mental Health The more time I spend in the area of mental health, the more I learn about how intertwined our physical and psychological health really are. Recent research has started to point more clearly to the connections between the health of our gut (e.g. the digestive tract) and our mental health. One particularly interesting link seems to exist between our gut health and the anxiety we experience. The gut is considered the “second brain” by many due to the 100 million neurons located in…

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Children with certain Diagnoses, affected by Food

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It is difficult to understand how what we eat affects our moods, our ability to function and our ability to cope with various symptoms of a number of mental health disorders. Not only does this apply to adults, but to children as well. There are many foods, supplements and other chemicals added to our food that can affect children with different diagnoses. One example is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Each child with ASD can drastically differ from one another due the variability in the way the disorder presents itself. However, there…

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Struggling with IBS? Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) may be the Cause!

IBS caused by SIBO

If you’ve been struggling with your digestive system, perhaps diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and you’ve been reading up on food sensitivities and leaky gut, then this article is for you! Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a common culprit behind IBS. Yes, there is a reason you have poor digestion! It’s not all in your head, and no: you do not need an antidepressant for it. What are the symptoms of SIBO? Abdominal bloating, discomfort or pain after meals Excessive burping and/or excessive flatulence Nausea, heartburn and/or regurgitation…

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Feeling Depressed? Acupuncture Can Help

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Chinese Medicine considers emotional well-being to be a huge factor in determining one’s overall health, and depression is no exception. There are many types of depression, but for this article specifically we will focus on mood changes occurring as a result of the changing seasons. Many people with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) feel a drastic decrease in energy and motivation with a desire to nap along with an increase in cravings of carbohydrates and high sugar foods. Acupuncture is a great addition to traditional treatment strategies to help regulate the…

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