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Growing Healthy

Treating Your Cold Naturally

It is basic knowledge that antibiotics cannot cure the common cold and should be avoided unless there is a true source of infection. Most illnesses that you or your child may get are likely viral illnesses. Many over the counter medications are not approved for children and many people are seeking a natural remedies instead of putting foreign chemicals into their bodies. Working at an integrative practice, we have come to know and understand the power of homeopathy and would …

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Exercise is Good for Your Brain, Too!

Kids! Listen Up! Exercise helps you think better! Ever sat for a long time and felt irritable? Maybe you were doing your homework, maybe you were playing a video game. But at some point, you felt like you needed to move? Next time you feel like that, hop up and get some exercise. Did you know that exercise helps you tackle tasks better? Well, it is true! Becoming physically active helps the brain work better. Doing physical activity helps the …

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Home Remedies for Burns

Prevention remains the single best way to manage pediatric burn injuries. It may come as no surprise that the majority of burns occur at home and are preventable. But when a burn does occur, how do you treat it? What can you do at home and what needs immediate attention?  Here is some guidance as well as a few effective home remedies for non-severe burns.   Type of Burns A first-degree burn leaves a redness which heals in 3-7 days …

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When should a physician suspect Lyme Disease?

As a general rule of thumb many physicians would consider Lyme Disease when everything else is negative in a complex medical case. It was quite surprising to me after I received four positives out of four patient cases tested for the Lyme Disease within the recent year. Then the question came about what was in common in these children? I did an extensive review of both conventional traditional literature and also the Integrative Medicine cases. My findings made me think …

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Combat those Spring Allergies

Combat those Spring Allergies It really is like going to war! While most of the country is still suffering cold weather and scraping snow off their windshields, for those of us in North Florida our weather is finally starting to turn.  And instead of our cars being covered in snow, it seems they are covered in yellow pollen – a sure sign that spring, and spring allergies are upon us.  Spring is the time of year that we normally think …

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Simple Tips To Prevent Swimmer’s Ear and Middle Ear Infections

  In an article we recently published, Swimmer’s Ear vs. Middle Ear Infection, we described the two types of ear infections and the differences between them. In this article, we’re going to elaborate on these ear infection types by describing a few simple ways you can prevent your children from getting them. Swimmer’s Ear Prevention As the name suggests, swimmer’s ear is most frequently caused by swimming. Particularly during the summer months, swimmer’s ear is a prevalent condition among children. …

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Immunizations, Their Safety & Role in Integrative Medicine

In recent years, the media and general public put immunizations under the microscope, questioning whether or not they are safe and a necessary part of protecting children from infection and disease. One of the most visible proponents against immunizations, The View talk show host Jenny McCarthy, strongly claims that her son’s autism developed as a result of his childhood immunizations. McCarthy’s assessment of her son’s autism is not supported by any medical documentation, and scientists and physicians agree that immunizations …

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Staying Hydrated During the Hot Florida Summer

We all know how hot it can be outside during the summer in Florida. As the temperature rises, so does the risk of heat-related illnesses. That’s why it’s important to ensure your children stay safe in the heat to prevent dehydration. Follow these tips to keep your child safe and hydrated this summer. Make sure they have plenty of water. It’s ok to let your child have sports drinks while they are exercising, but they do contain high levels of …

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Stay Cool and Hydrated: Learn How to Beat the Heat this Summer

With summer comes long, hot days playing outdoors. While every child enjoys playing outside, as a parent it is important to ensure they don’t get too hot and suffer from heat-related illnesses as a result. Heat-related illnesses can strike anyone, but children are more vulnerable than adults. Their smaller bodies produce more heat during physical activity than adults while also producing less sweat. Kids are also more likely to be too busy playing to stop and drink enough fluids. Common …

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Tips for Raising Boys

As the saying goes, “boys will be boys.” Parents of boys know that raising a boy can have its challenges and is certainly different then raising a girl. Take a moment to read our tips for raising a happy, healthy boy. You’ll be glad you did. Tips for Raising Boys: Give him space to play. Boys have a tendency to be more rowdy and active than girls. Just make sure you provide your boys with productive ways to channel their …

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