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Ooh Genes: MTHFR mutation

Our health is determined by two key factors, our genes and environment.  Genes are the blue print for our body and its function. We inherit two copies of each gene from our parents. Although, we all have different backgrounds studies have found there to be little variation in the human genome, less than one percent. …

Teacher’s Pet or Class Clown: Grade Your Immune System

With cold and flu season running rampant, many patients are curious as to why their immune systems are “lessened,” “weak,” “cannot get over,” or “slow to respond to supplements or medications.” Which brings up an important discussion on what the immune system is, its function, and how our lifestyle impacts our overall health. The immune system …

10 Tips to Avoid Gaining 10 Holiday Pounds

Tis the time of year where people start saying “this year will be different!” “This is the year I stay healthy during the holidays!” “I’m not going to wait until New Years to lose weight!” Thanksgiving begins a 5-6 week stretch of being constantly surrounded by festive cocktails, decorated cookies, and decadent sauces. So this …

Teething

So it’s been a while since the last post. The last one had to do with my locking my child down to get some piece of mind. Let’s just chalk up the year long hiatus to- the kid got smarter than that, and I’ve been running around like a crazy person ever since. In my …

Birth Plan- What is it, and do you need it?

When my patients are around 35 weeks of pregnancy, I ask them how their birth plan is going. With first time moms, the most common response includes a look of confusion, followed by, “my plan is to have the baby.” A lot of people don’t know what a birth plan is, or more importantly- why …

Planning for the Organic & Natural Nursery

If you haven’t realized yet that along with a baby comes a boat load of STUFF, then you need to check your pulse because you may not be alive and functioning. It’s not just the big stuff that fills your house with clutter, it’s all the small stuff too. And then there’s the completely non-sensible …

Prenatal Nutrition and Exercise

So I already admitted in the intro to this series that I didn’t get a chance to do a pre pregnancy cleanse like I had always hoped and planned. Pregnancy snuck up on me and I all of a sudden one Sunday afternoon had to start treating my body like a “temple” rather than a …

Home Birth, Birthing Center, or Hospital?

This was one decision we had already talked about and planned on. Living in Rice Lake, WI, there are limited birthing options- but more than one would expect. Although I work with many of the obstetricians in the area on a professional level and I respect them greatly, my husband and I knew from research …