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LATEST NEWS: FROM AAP – ABOUT COVID-19 for PARENTS

The American Academy of Pediatrics Advises Parents Experiencing Stress over COVID-19

3/23/2020

Academy recommends parents seek help for themselves, and use positive discipline techniques like time outs, redirection and reinforcement of good behaviors

ITASCA, ILL. (March 23, 2020) — The American Academy of Pediatrics today advises parents facing stressors over COVID-19 to practice self-care, to reach out to others for help, and to use healthy discipline techniques, such as time-outs.

The Academy acknowledges the financial, emotional and other stresses that parents face as the number of coronavirus cases rise and many families spend long periods of time isolated at home. Research has found that when families are stressed, children are at an increased risk of being abused.

Caregivers should be sure to take care of themselves physically: eat healthy, exercise, and get enough sleep. Parents and caregivers also should maintain important connections to friends, family, and others in their community who can offer a critical support network by phone or video.

“During this time of understandable anxiety, give back and reach out to other parents when they need support,” said AAP President Sara “Sally” H. Goza, MD, FAAP. “If someone calls you frustrated about a crying baby or screaming toddler, offer to help.

Children may show signs of increased stress, which can lead to more frustration for the entire family, too. Building on the Academy’s updated discipline policy issued last year, the group recommends the following techniques:

  • Engage your children in constructive activities. Bored or frustrated children are more likely to act out. Many children have had their lives disrupted. They are out of school, and they can’t play with their friends.
  • Help them with their fears. Children who are old enough to follow the news may be afraid, for example, that they or their parents are going to die. You can acknowledge the fear, and discuss all the things you are doing to stay healthy, such as washing hands and staying home to avoid germs.
  • Call a time-out. This discipline tool works best by warning children they will get a time-out if they don’t stop, reminding them what they did wrong in as few words―and with as little emotion―as possible, and removing them from the situation for a pre-set length of time (1 minute per year of age is a good guide).
  • Know when not to respond. As long as your child isn’t doing something dangerous and gets plenty of attention for good behavior, ignoring bad behavior can be an effective way of stopping it. Ignoring bad behavior also can teach children natural consequences of their actions. For example, if your child keeps dropping his food on purpose, he soon will have no more crackers left to eat.
  • Catch them being good. Children need to know when they do something bad—and when they do something good. Notice good behavior and point it out, praising success and good tries. This is particularly important in these difficult times, when children are separated from their friends and usual routines.
  • Give them your attention. The most powerful tool for effective discipline is attention—to reinforce good behaviors and discourage others. Remember, all children want their parent’s attention. When parents are trying to work at home, this can be particularly challenging. Clear communication and setting expectations can help, particularly with older children.

According to the AAP, spanking, hitting, and other forms of corporal punishment can increase aggression in children in the long-run and do not teach children to behave or practice self-control. In fact, research shows it may harm the child and inhibit normal brain development. Corporal punishment may undermine the feeling of safety and security of home, which are particularly needed now.

The Academy also cautions caregivers never to shake or throw a child, which could cause permanent injuries and disabilities and could even result in death. The Academy recently issued an updated policy for pediatricians on identifying, treating and preventing abusive head trauma.

Tips for calming a fussy baby and advice for caregivers who have reached a breaking point can be found here. If you have a friend, relative or neighbor with the new baby at home, think of ways you can reach out to provide emotional support or practical tips, even during the current period of isolation.

“Sadly, about 5 children die every day in America from abuse and neglect,” said Robert Sege, MD, PhD, FAAP, a child abuse pediatrician and member of the AAP Council on Child Abuse and Neglect. “No doubt, we are worried about the financial and emotional stress this pandemic is placing on families, especially the most vulnerable. Call your pediatrician. Call your close friend, relative, or faith leader. Call someone if you fear snapping.”

In addition to reaching out to others for help, the Academy recommends parents facing acute stress try to take just a few seconds to ask themselves:

  1. Does the problem represent an immediate danger?
  2. How will I feel about this problem tomorrow?
  3. Is this situation permanent?

In many cases, the answers will deflate the panic and the impulse to lash out physically or verbally at children.

“Positive, nurturing relationships are so important for children as they develop, and parents and caregivers also need support – especially during times of uncertainty and stress like we’re in now,” said Suzanne Haney, MD, FAAP, chair of the AAP Council on Child Abuse and Neglect. “Everyone can play a role within their own family and in their network of friends and neighbors to support the most vulnerable among us.”

ABOUT THE AAP

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 67,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.


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Helping your child through the COVID crisis

Dear Parents,

While it would be easy & wise to shut down the clinic during this fast growing Covid-19 crisis, we at Natural Pediatrics believe that we should remain open for your (and our) children as long as possible, to help you at this time of crisis.

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing rapidly and continues to affect communities across the United States differently. Some of the strategies used to slow the spread of disease in communities include using telemedicine instead of face-to-face encounters for routine medical visits, which Natural Pediatrics has begun to offer.

Ensuring the delivery of newborn and well-child care, including childhood immunization, requires different strategies. Healthcare providers in communities affected by COVID-19 are using strategies to separate well visits from sick visits.

We in Natural Pediatrics are taking an abundance of caution and have working hard to keep our children safe and healthy. For example:

  • Scheduling well visits in the morning and sick visits in the afternoon
  • Separating patients spatially, such as by placing patients with sick visits in different areas of the clinic or another location from patients with well visits.
  • Spread out check-in: As soon as you check-in, we will either take you to a room right away or ask that you wait in your car until a room is available
  • We have designated rooms exclusively for well-checkups
  • Clean, clean and clean again: All rooms are being thoroughly sanitized after every patient and we are using an antibacterial spray. All toys, games and books are removed to avoid easy spread of germs.
  • We have introduced a travel screening questionnaire before each visit.
  • Offering Telemedicine service for patients that are unable to come to the clinic.

Even though Covid-19 is not as dangerous to healthy children, it is important that we vigilantly ensure that your kids get their annual checkups and vaccines on time to stay well, especially at this time.

Because of personal, practice, or community circumstances related to COVID-19, a provider may not be able to provide well child visits, including provision of immunizations, for all patients in their practice. If a practice can provide only limited well child visits, CDC encourages healthcare providers to prioritize newborn care and vaccination of infants and young children (through 24 months of age) when possible.

We are continuing to offer same-day sick appointments and expanded availability for well-checkups. Please let me know if I can help with questions or concerns. While this uncertainty may seem scary, we are in this together, as a family.

Cheers and Good health,

Lata Shridharan MD


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FOR OUR KIDS: WHAT IS SOCIAL DISTANCING AND PROTECTIVE HYGIENE

Social distancing means:

  • Maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Avoiding congregating with other people
  • Avoiding unnecessary physical contact

Protective hygiene measures include:

  • Not touching your face
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If soap and water are not available, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer


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NATURAL REMEDY: GINGIVITIS

Gingivitis is a common and mild form of gum disease (periodontal disease) that causes irritation, redness and swelling (inflammation) of your gingiva, the part of your gum around the base of your teeth.

Bacteria that sit in your mouth can lead to plaque formation, which is a sticky film that irritates the gums and teeth. It’s a mild disease and is characterized by redness, swelling, irritation and puffy gums. In the early stages most people don’t know that they even have it. It can lead to gum recession along with loose teeth and bad breath. Here are some natural home remedies that can help you get rid of this annoying disease.

  • Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is well known for oral health benefits and is a natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory. Studies have found those with chronic gingivitis who brushed their teeth using tea tree oil toothpaste, had their inflammation reduced by half. It’s important not to apply tea tree oil directly to the gums or swallow it in its pure form. it can irritate the gums and can cause diarrhea. The best way to use this essential oil for your gums is by buying a special tea tree oil toothpaste, or adding a drop of tea tree oil to your regular toothpaste every time you brush your teeth.

  • Peppermint

A natural way to treat your gums for gingivitis is with peppermint due to it being antibacterial and antiseptic. Applying peppermint to your teeth and gums also reduces any inflammation and removes bacteria that cause bad breath. You can crush peppermint leaves and soak them in water for thirty minutes. Use this solution as a mouthwash and rinse your mouth with it three times daily. Another way to apply peppermint is by drinking a strong cup of peppermint tea between meals. Alternatively brush your teeth and gums with a peppermint-flavored toothpaste.

  • Salt

This mineral with its antiseptic and antibacterial properties is effective in treating gum disease. The salt can treat any swollen or inflamed gums, draw infections out of abscesses and stop the growth of bacteria. The best way to apply salt is by rinsing your mouth with a saline salt mix twice daily. Add half a teaspoon of salt to a glass of lukewarm water and rinse in the mornings and evenings.

Another way to apply it is by making a paste with mustard oil. Add half a teaspoon of salt to mustard oil. Use as much oil needed until a paste forms. Massage this treatment into the gums using circular strokes for two minutes. Then gargle with warm water. Repeat this treatment twice daily until you notice results, which should be within a few days.

  • Guava leaves

Dental studies have found that those with low vitamin C levels experience more gum disease. Traditionally 18th century sailors used to eat limes, a fruit high in vitamin C, to prevent bleeding gums. Although limes and oranges are high in vitamin C, an antioxidant which accelerates bone regeneration and helps repair connective tissues, guavas have higher amounts of the vitamin. Guava leaves are also anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and have analgesic properties. Guaijaverin, a plant flavonoid found in the leaves, is an effective antiplaque agent. You can rinse your mouth with the leaves by chewing them and spitting them out. If this sounds unpleasant, you can grind the leaves and add it to your toothpaste, or buy mouthwash with guava leaf extract.

  • Lemon juice

Although guavas have higher dosages of vitamin C, lemon juice is easier to locate all year round. Lemons also contain antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help with gum disease. You can mix lemon juice with a glass of warm water and use this as a mouthwash. Rinse your mouth with this solution after brushing your teeth. Alternatively you can make a paste with one tablespoon lemon juice and salt, and apply it to your gums, leaving it on for five minutes. Rinse off the paste with warm water and repeat four times a day until you notice an improvement.

  • Turmeric

Turmeric contains lots of curcumin, a natural anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant. This effectively lessens plaque, pain, swelling and gum inflammation. Curcumin also reduces bacterial activity, which prevents infection. Periodontists have found turmeric to be as effective as a traditional chlorhexidine mouthwash in fighting plaque, inflammation, and bacteria. You can apply turmeric as a paste: Mix one teaspoon turmeric powder with half a teaspoon of salt, and half a teaspoon of mustard oil. Apply and massage on your teeth and gums twice a day. Another way to apply it is by making a gum pack. Mix half a teaspoon turmeric powder to a little water or vitamin E oil and apply this on your gums for ten minutes. Rinse with warm water, once a day for several weeks. Alternatively you can make a paste of turmeric powder and a bit of water and brush it on your teeth with a soft-bristle toothbrush. This can be done twice a day for a few weeks.

  • Aloe Vera

This plant has both antibacterial and antifungal properties, which makes it a choice way to fight gingivitis. Applying this plant’s pulp to the gums can prevent the accumulation of bacteria that cause plaque, a key cause of gingivitis. The soothing qualities of the plant can also relieve pain and inflamed gums. The best way to extract the pulp is by opening the leaf with a knife. Rub the pulp on your gums and leave it there for ten minutes. Gargle with cold water and repeat this ritual several times a day until the gingivitis subsides.

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The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.


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TIPS ON HEALTHY PARENTING

Parents play a big role in how children know how to navigate their lives without worries. Here are some research tips into children’s behavior at different ages and they will help you raise successful and ambitious children.

  • Do not be afraid of setting high expectations

Having high, realistic expectations of children will help them understand the direction they should pursue later in life. Many studies have found that children whose parents expected them to continue to higher education usually did so as long as the parents conducted themselves in a way that helped their children succeed in school. The trick is to set a high enough expectation threshold so that children will aspire to reach it, but keep it within the possible range to prevent them from feeling frustrated or insecure.

  • Help children acquire coping skills

Children who get everything they want without trying or waiting for their turn find it difficult to cope with challenges at school and even in their future workplace. To prevent this, give your children the tools to deal with anger, delay gratification, or deal with situations that are needed to finally achieve success. At the same time, don’t deprive them of the opportunities to use these tools. If they learn how to survive small challenges in childhood, they will be able to overcome more significant ones in adulthood.

  • Ask the children to perform chores regularly

Children that are required to do chores from an early age, grew in responsibility, confidence, and ambition, according to a study conducted at the Brown Research Institute in 2014. The researchers agreed that chores play an important role in building children’s personality, but were surprised to find that while 82% of the parents in the study noted that they themselves were given chores from their parents when they were young, only 28% claimed that they required their children to do them. The researchers emphasize that it is important to prevent conditioning between chores and rewards such as pocket money. In fact, research findings show that these rewards actually reduce the motivation to do them.

  • Teach your children not to fear failure

The role of the parent is to manage and minimize risks, rather than eliminate them entirely. Successful parenting involves understanding that failure is a big part of success, and parents who raise successful children teach them not to fear failure or to feel ashamed when they do fail. Many parents find it hard to watch their children fail without helping them or scolding them, but failure helps children develop a strong character and independence. In fact, research findings show that we learn a lot more from our failures than our successes.

  • Remember the importance of emotional intelligence

In a comprehensive 20-year study of 700 children, those with well-developed social skills were also more likely to graduate with a degree and gain full-time employment before the age of 25. The most important things that must be taught to children in order to promote their social skills are to cooperate with their friends, to empathize with others’ feelings, and to help without being asked to do so.

  • Quantity over quality

While there was no correlation between the number of hours spent by parents with children between the ages of 3 and 11 and children’s behavior, scholastic achievement or personal well-being, there was a significant correlation between the quality of this time and all three indicators. Therefore, there is no need to feel guilty if you work long hours, as long as the time spent with your children at the end of the day is not devoted to passive activity like watching television. Talk to your children like you would to an adult, listen to their experiences, and try to share the important moments of your day. Try to avoid discussing disciplinary problems or scolding children during that time so that they know they can talk to you in a pleasant atmosphere regardless of what happened throughout the day.

  • Remember that children are an independent beings

Along with the desire to help children get on the right track in life, it’s also important to maintain a balance and remember that children are people in their own right. Excessive protection of children may delay their development and prevent them from being able to think for themselves, solve problems, and cope with difficulties. Therefore, make sure to let them feel that they can make their own decisions. This helps them develop preferences, a unique taste and an understanding of the impact they have on their lives.

  • Stop "extinguishing fires"

Many parents treat parenting as a "fire-fighting" task and conduct themselves every day in a way that enables them to take control of specific problems as soon as possible. However, finding the quickest solution as soon as possible does not meet our ultimate goal of raising children to become successful adults. Consider which of your daily struggles are important, and which you can avoid, remind yourself of the moments when you let your children off the hook, even though they behaved badly, and try to act as a role model for them.

  • Help your children develop tenacity

Encouraging children to perform challenging or difficult activities and not to give up immediately will prepare them for success in later stages of their lives. Perseverance and persistence are among the things that are necessary to teach children at a very young age since a child without a "fighting spirit" will find it difficult to develop this trait later in life. Do not help your children with a task you know they can do themselves.

  • Operate according to the three Commandments: efficient, stable, friendly

Some children find it difficult to behave their best simply because they don’t fully understand what is required of them. This is because many parents find it difficult to educate their children consistently, punishing them only for some of their negative actions and not commending positive behavior. Successful parenting is deliberate and goal-oriented, and you have to remember that every time you talk to your child in order to convey some message to him or her. The consequences for inappropriate behavior should be clear and proportionate, same with rewards for positive behavior. If your response to your children’s behavior is effective but also stable and friendly, your children will understand how to act and at the same time you’ll be able to maintain an open channel of communication with them and they won’t be afraid to reach out to you in the future.

If you follow these tips you’ll raise independent, successful and happy children.

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The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.


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NATURAL ROOM FRESHENERS

Many industrial and chemical air fresheners are often too overpowering and smell too artificial. Luckily, there are many natural ways to make your house smell amazing.

Make your own scented candles

Start by melting wax from unused candles or wax you got at the local craft store. You can do it by using a double layered broiler or with a microwave, using a micro-safe container. During that time glue a sturdy piece of string or a store bought candle wick to the bottom of a glass or a bowl.

Once the wax is melted quickly mix in coffee beans, vanilla, cinnamon pieces, mint leaves, or whatever it is you want your candle to smell like. Pour the mixture into your bowl while holding the candle wick up. Hold it up for about a minute until the wax thickens and your candle is ready!

Use multiple scented candles: If you have a large house than one candle won’t really do the job. It can be a candle you made yourself or ones you bought, the important thing is to experiment with many kinds. You’ll be surprised how fun it can be to encounter a different smell each time you enter another room.

Make a herbal fire starter

This is a simple and ingenious way to mimic the smells of great home cooking without actually do any cooking. Take a small pot or a saucepan and fill it half way with water. Throw in things like cinnamon sticks, citrus peels, olive oil, basil or nutmeg. You just need to boil the water and your whole house will be filled with an amazing smell in no time. Have fun experimenting with different ingredients and different smells, you’ll be amazed how effective this method can be.

Make a reed diffuser

Pick up some reed sticks from a craft store. Fill a cup with about two thirds water, and add 10 drops of essential oil or other strong fragrance liquid. Flip the reeds over every couple of hours to refresh the scent. It might not be the best solution for your entire house, but it’s great for small bathrooms and dinner tables.

Make your own potpourri

Start by collecting dried materials, aromatic spices and essential oils to your liking. You can go for a spicy mixture of cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, star anise and cloves, or a red and green mixture of cranberries, fragrant evergreens and dried eucalyptus. Put everything into a bowl and add a few drops of essential oil or lemon juice on top. If will make a room smell fantastic for days.

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MAKE YOUR OWN NATURAL HAND SANITIZER

Washing your hands with soap is better, but if you have no soap and water, hand sanitizer is the second best thing. Commercial hand sanitizer can get expensive, and with the shortage of hand sanitizer due to COVID-19, you may have to resort to making your own.

Yield 4 ounces

Ingredients

  • 5-10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 30 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 3 ounces high-proof vodka (Everclear), or rubbing alcohol can be substituted
  • 8 to 10 drops essential oil, such as lemon, clove, cinnamon
  • 1 ounce pure aloe vera gel
  • ¼ teaspoon Vitamin E oil (helps soften hands!)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Funnel
  • Plastic container

Instructions

  1. Mix the alcohol and aloe vera gel in the bowl. Pour the ingredients into the bowl and use the spoon to mix them together well. The mixture should be completely smooth
  2. Add essential oils and Vitamin E oil to a small glass bowl or container and swirl to mix.
  3. Add alcohol to the oils and swirl again.
  4. Combine this mixture with the aloe vera gel and mix well.
  5. Shake gently before each use. (Sanitizer should last several months with the addition of Vitamin E and alcohol to help preserve.)
  6. Lavender, and tea tree essential oils have the added benefit of providing additional antiseptic properties to the mixture.
  7. If you don’t like these scents, it’s fine to use whatever scent you enjoy. Lemon, grapefruit and passion fruit all work well.

Transfer hand sanitizer to small, clean squirt bottles. Also, use colored bottles like this so the essential oils in the recipe are not exposed to light. Finally, this recipe is perfect for throwing into a purse or a backpack!

Notes

To make a hand sanitizer spray, simply use witch hazel instead of aloe vera gel in this recipe.

Source: https://www.diynatural.com/homemade-hand-sanitizer/ & Others

The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.


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NATURAL REMEDY: LEMON WATER

Lemons are some of the most nutrient-rich and healthy fruits out there that can be used to ease a wide variety of ailments.

Here are a few ways that lemon juice can transform your bodily health:

1. Boosts Your Immune System

Lemons are rich in vitamin C, B, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and fiber. Although vitamin C is the key to jump-starting our immune system, the rest of the nutritional benefits of the lemon can certainly do you no harm. It’s good to drink a glass or two of lemon water when you are feeling stressed, because that is when your immune system is most likely to fall weak to any surrounding bacteria or viruses.

2. A Surprising Source of Potassium

Potassium is good for your heart health as well as your brain and nerve function. It is usually found in vegetables like potatoes and spinach, but lemons are also an excellent source for a potassium boost.

3. Eases Your Digestion

Lemon water should be drunk at room temperature as warm water helps stimulate smooth movement within the gastrointestinal tract. Lemons and other citrus fruits contribute to this effect because they are high in vitamins and minerals that loosen up the toxins in the digestive tract. Lemon is an excellent natural remedy for symptoms of indigestion like heartburn and bloating.

4. A Natural Diuretic

Lemons increase the rate of urination and therefore are able to quickly remove toxins in the digestive tract that can affect the health of the urinary tract.

5. Keeps Your Skin Clear

The potent vitamin C in lemons helps keep the skin blemish and wrinkle-free. In addition the antioxidants in lemon juice can be applied to scars and age spots in order to reduce their appearance without diminishing the skin’s radiance.

6. Reduces Inflammation

Drinking lemon water on a regular basis may decrease the levels of acidity within the body, which is where disease is most likely to occur. It works to remove uric acid in the joints which is the main source for joint pain and inflammation. It’s best to drink the lemon water in the winter at a lukewarm temperature to fight off the effects of cold-weather stiffness.

7. A Caffeine Aid

Lemon juice is an excellent way to cut back on caffeine in coffee or soda because it has similar rejuvenating effects. Substituting your morning cup of joe for a cup of hot water and lemon may save you from an afternoon crash and quiet your caffeine cravings.

8. Keeps You Hydrated

Starting your day off with a cup of hot lemon water can not only prevent fatigue later on in the day, but also dehydration. Dehydration is one of the major causes of toxic buildup, stress and even susceptibility to viral infections. So if you are the kind that forgets to drink water, it is recommended that you drink lemon water in order to stay hydrated throughout the day.

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COVID-19 Update

Dear Parents,

With the WHO recently declaring Covid-19 as a pandemic, it is more important than ever to pay attention to your health and the health of your children.

Researchers, the CDC, and news agencies across the globe are emphasizing that the most important thing you can do is wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. This is a very important point, so please make sure you and your kids wash with soap and water, scrubbing well.

I understand the uncertainty about what is going on, and I want to make sure you know that the Natural Pediatrics family is with you in keeping our kids healthy.

Even though Covid-19 is not as dangerous to healthy children, it is important that we vigilantly ensure that your kids get their annual checkups and vaccines on time to stay well, especially at this time.

We wanted to share what additional measures we’re taking to make sure our Natural Pediatrics family stays safe.

  • As soon as you check-in, we will either take you to a room right away or ask that you wait in your car until a room is available
  • We have designated rooms exclusively for well-checkups
  • All rooms are being thoroughly sanitized after every patient and we are using an antibacterial spray
  • We have introduced a travel screening questionnaire before each visit
  • We are continuing to offer same-day sick appointments and expanded availability for well-checkups to accommodate for school closures

While this uncertainty may seem scary, we are in this together, as a family.

Please let me know if I can help with questions or concerns.

To health,

Dr. Lata Shridharan


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NATURAL REMEDY: DEPRESSION

Depression is not a disease it is a mental illness and emotional disorders.

Signs and Symptoms of Depression

Depression is not same to everybody.

  • Feelings of helplessness and physically slow down.
  • Experiencing hopelessness
  • Feeling sad and empty.
  • Tolerance level is low therefore irritability and restlessness is common.
  • Weight gain or loss may happen. Weight changes are clearly visible within a month.
  • Sleeping disorders like insomnia or oversleeping.
  • Deep fatigued and physically drained. Even a small work seems to be a huge task.
  • Ability to think, making decision or concentration gets reduced.
  • Continuous fear of death, sadness and suicide leads to clinically depressed.
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in day to day activities
  • Strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt.
  • You harshly criticize yourself for perceived faults and mistakes.
  • Continuous feelings of headaches, back pain, muscle ache, stomach pain etc.

Causes of Depression

The factors and causes of clinical depression are varied like biological, genetic, environmental, psychological and medical illness.

  • Losing near and dear ones.
  • Fighting with chronic diseases and illness.
  • Experiencing trauma.
  • Changes in brain function and brain structure.
  • Personality features like Low self esteem, negative way of thinking, unwarranted worry, more sensitiveness, overdependence and pessimistic view.
  • Stress leads to psychological depression.
  • Chronic diseases like AIDS, Cancer, Parkinson’s, Heart attack, Hormonal disorders, Diabetes makes one depressed.
  • Tendency to get depression is more common with bipolar disorder (manic depression).
  • Certain medicine like prednisone, sleeping pills, birth control drugs may cause depression.
  • Misuse of alcohol and drugs.
  • Diet lack in folic acid and Vitamin B-12 may lead to depression.

Complications of Depression

Depression is a serious mental disorder that may ruin individuals and families. It is advisable to take experts view regarding the disorders. Alternative remedies have greater role to play here. Using and practicing some forms of Alternative medicine like Yoga, Massage, Acupuncture, etc., show positive result in this direction.

  • Suicidal Behavior-most dangerous depression complication, so, identifying suicidal behaviour can lift the person from this metal bipolar disorders
  • Substance and Alcohol abuse
  • Heart attack, Diabetes and other medical conditions
  • Obese and eating disorders that cause appetite tremendously and leads to weight gain. Eating disorders deteriorate the depression signs and symptoms.
  • Low esteem and self-injury
  • Anxiety and Pain disorders are the outcome of depression.
  • Emotional outburst is common.
  • Migraine
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Acute Back pain
  • Fear of open or public gathering

Depression Prevention

  • Follow good health habits to prevent depression.
  • Proper and balanced diet is recommended.
  • Yogic exercise, especially Relaxation and Meditation is one of the novel solutions.
  • Shavasana in Yoga is highly recommended and acts like as a stress reducers.
  • Sound sleep also keeps you away from depression.
  • Think positively
  • Do exercise regularly.

Depression and Diet

· Deficiency of vitamin D shows main symptoms of depression.

· Omega-3 fatty acid that makes up a large percentage of brain. It would be helpful in relieving depression. Omega-3 fatty acid gives as quick result as drugs.

· Deficiency of Vitamin B-Complex, Biotin, Folic Acid and Vitamin C also lead to digressional problems.

· Deficiency of Vitamin B1 may cause brain disorders as brain along with this vitamin convert glucose into fuel. If the mechanism get disturb, depression, anxiety, gastrointestinal disorders occur.

· Lack of vitamin B3 is associated with mental slowness and anxiety.

· Vitamin B5 cures depression and reduces symptoms like fatigue, stress and irritation.

· Vitamin B6 is good to uplift mood.

· Use of calcium and magnesium supplement is recommended.

· Eating of refined sugar and carbohydrate is avoided.

· Avoid Coffee, Tea, Fast and junk food to give healthy development to your brain.

· Avoid Alcohol and cigarettes.

· Skipping of breakfast should be avoided as it directly related with depression.

Yoga for Depression

Yoga is an effective alternative treatment for depression. Practicing Yoga with simple asanas and pranayamas may bring a pleasant environment to the person and keep depression away.

Yoga exercises help to circulate oxygen to brain, muscles and other parts of the body.

Here, some easy Yoga postures are given for depression. Yoga therapy is not just an exercise; it is a holistic form of treatment and provides therapeutic benefits.

  • Surya Namaskar( Sun Salutation) energizes the entire neuro-glandular and neuro-muscular system of the body. It is extremely advisable for depression patients.
  • Meditation is the best tool to control depression
  • Shavasana is highly useful in taming the stress response and mental tiredness.
  • Viparita Karni enhances blood circulation in brain and facilitates mental calmness and ease from clinical depression.
  • Parvatasana helps to balance nervous system and beneficial for depression and anxiety.
  • Padmasana is helpful in relieving the physical, nervous and emotional problems and useful for anxiety and depression.
  • Makarasana eases physical and mental tiredness, improve mood and brain function.
  • Balasana acts like as a depression buster.
  • Ujjayi Pranayama is beneficial in curing and healing depression.
  • Laughter Yoga is the best tip and solution for depression.
  • Bhramari Pranayama relieves stress and tension.
  • Sheetali and Sheetkari Pranayama provides overall cooling effect.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Depression

  • Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri) is beneficial for cooling and smoothening the nervous system and brain. Regular use of Brahmi oil eases depression.
  • Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) keep away from pessimistic thoughts, enhance the mind function and a cure for depression.
  • Mandook Parni (Centella Asiatica) is good for depression.
  • Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) helps to cure depression.
  • Tinospora Cordifolia helps to increase blood circulation in brain.
  • Cardamom ( Elattaria cardamomum) Cardamom tea show positive surprising result effect for depression patients.
  • Guggulu ( Commiphora wightii) contains guggulsterones involves well coordination in the nervous system, hence good for depression.
  • Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi) removes depression by smoothening the mind.

Nature cure treats depression through diet, physical exercise, scientific relaxation and meditation.

  • Nutritional therapy to build brain chemicals such as serotonin and norepinephrine.
  • Whole grains and green vegetables are needed to cure depression
  • Preferred good mood foods like whole grain, bread, bananas, oranges and grape fruits. • Banana is good for depression as it contains magnesium. • Oranges and grapefruits are valuable in depression.
  • Tea, coffee, beverages, soft drinks, white sugar, food colourings, chemical additives and strong condiments should be avoided. • Apple I nerve tonic and recharge the nerves with new energy and life
  • Cashewnut is good remedy for depression.
  • Asparagus is beneficial in the treatment of depression.
  • Cardamom is a useful product for depression.
  • Lemon balm is effective in the treatment of mental depression.
  • Roses are useful in depression.
  • Proper exercise also play greater role in the cure of depression.
  • Exercise improves the function of the Autonomic Nervous.
  • Adequate rest, relaxation, and meditation are essential to overcome depression

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KIDNEY HEALTH AWARENESS

More than 37 million American adults are living with kidney disease and most don’t know it.

10 possible signs you may have kidney disease

  1. You’re more tired, have less energy or are having trouble concentrating. A severe decrease in kidney function can lead to a buildup of toxins and impurities in the blood. This can cause people to feel tired, weak and can make it hard to concentrate. Another complication of kidney disease is anemia, which can cause weakness and fatigue.
  2. You’re having trouble sleeping. When the kidneys aren’t filtering properly, toxins stay in the blood rather than leaving the body through the urine. This can make it difficult to sleep. There is also a link between obesity and chronic kidney disease, and sleep apnea is more common in those with chronic kidney disease, compared with the general population.
  3. You have dry and itchy skin. Healthy kidneys do many important jobs. They remove wastes and extra fluid from your body, help make red blood cells, help keep bones strong and work to maintain the right amount of minerals in your blood.Dry and itchy skin can be a sign of the mineral and bone disease that often accompanies advanced kidney disease, when the kidneys are no longer able to keep the right balance of minerals and nutrients in your blood.
  4. You feel the need to urinate more often. If you feel the need to urinate more often, especially at night, this can be a sign of kidney disease. When the kidneys filters are damaged, it can cause an increase in the urge to urinate. Sometimes this can also be a sign of a urinary infection or enlarged prostate in men.
  5. You see blood in your urine. Healthy kidneys typically keep the blood cells in the body when filtering wastes from the blood to create urine, but when the kidney’s filters have been damaged, these blood cells can start to "leak" out into the urine. In addition to signaling kidney disease, blood in the urine can be indicative of tumors, kidney stones or an infection.
  6. Your urine is foamy. Excessive bubbles in the urine – especially those that require you to flush several times before they go away—indicate protein in the urine. This foam may look like the foam you see when scrambling eggs, as the common protein found in urine, albumin, is the same protein that is found in eggs.
  7. You’re experiencing persistent puffiness around your eyes. Protein in the urine is an early sign that the kidneys’ filters have been damaged, allowing protein to leak into the urine. This puffiness around your eyes can be due to the fact that your kidneys are leaking a large amount of protein in the urine, rather than keeping it in the body.
  8. Your ankles and feet are swollen. Decreased kidney function can lead to sodium retention, causing swelling in your feet and ankles. Swelling in the lower extremities can also be a sign of heart disease, liver disease and chronic leg vein problems.
  9. You have a poor appetite. This is a very general symptom, but a buildup of toxins resulting from reduced kidney function can be one of the causes.
  10. Your muscles are cramping. Electrolyte imbalances can result from impaired kidney function. For example, low calcium levels and poorly controlled phosphorus may contribute to muscle cramping.

Diet for kidneys

Inclusion of the foods mentioned below acts as a preventive measure for avoiding contraction of kidney disease.

1. Apple

The high pectin content in apples helps reduce the risk factors associated with kidney damage.

2. Berries

Berries are a great source of antioxidants and helpful nutrients. There are a number of berries that can be added to the diet to protect kidney health such as strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, etc.

3. Citrus Fruits

If you want to keep your kidney healthy, the more Vitamin C the better. Citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons contain this vital vitamin in abundance.

4. Cabbage

Cabbage is naturally low in sodium, which makes it a great vegetable to have to prevent kidney disease. The best way to eat cabbage is to have it lightly cooked so that it retains its health benefits.

5. Sweet Potato

The amount of vitamins and minerals found in sweet potato are great for consumption at any time of the day.

6. Kale

Dark leafy green vegetables are a must include in your diet towards better kidney health. Kale is one such superfood which is readily available and can be added for its high vitamin and mineral content.

7. Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, bottle gourd and watermelon

Cauliflower is one power-packed vegetable which has Vitamin C, Folate and fiber in abundance. It can be had boiled or even raw for maximum health benefits for the kidney. Coconut water is another drink which is recommended by the expert.

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NATURAL REMEDY: PSORIASIS

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition, that causes extremely dry, flaky, and itchy skin. It results from the formation of extra skin cells on top of the epidermis, causing the skin to become thick and almost scaly in nature. Unfortunately, it’s regarded by conventional medicine as a lifelong condition, with no permanent cure available as of yet. Here are 10 home remedies and herbs you may use to alleviate the itchiness.

Natural Remedies

1. Aloe Vera Gel

Available in a gel form, aloe vera is a favorite home remedy for burns, sunburns, and insect bites. It’s also one of the gentlest ingredients you can use for psoriasis, keeping your dry skin moisturized. It’s especially useful when stepping out in the sun, protecting your skin from UVB-damage, and may also be used in the form of a carrier oil (as a base gel), whereby you can add 12 drops of one of the below oils to 1 fl.oz (30ml) aloe vera gel.

2. Calendula Essential Oil

The calendula plant, also known as pot marigold, works wonders on skin conditions because of its firming and hydrating properties. It can also prevent skin damage caused by the environment, aging, and weather changes.

3. Peppermint Essential Oil

Due to peppermint’s cooling sensation, it’s an effective remedy in relieving itchiness and discomfort caused by dryness. Used in moderation, it will prevent damage to already irritated skin.

4. St. John’s Wort Essential Oil

St. John’s wort has long traditions in herbal remedies. It’s a popular plant used for its anti-depressant properties. However, it may also be applied topically to treat minor wounds, burns and skin irritations. St. John’s wort has anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-microbial properties, all of which are beneficial to people who suffer from this skin condition. Prior to use, it’s important to consider any contraindications as it shouldn’t be used with some medications.

5. Sunflower Seed Base Oil

Studies conducted on this base oil, have shown that it improves the health of the skin barrier, promoting elasticity and integrity, as well as improving overall hydration of the skin. It may be used alone, and is an excellent alternative to the more expensive moisturizing oils available, without compromising the oil’s effectiveness to rehydrate the skin.

6. Licorice Essential Oil

The licorice plant has been found to alleviate symptoms associated with psoriasis. In a 2013 study, licorice extract was used on a dry, itchy, and inflamed scalp (similar symptoms to this skin condition). It was found that licorice was able to improve skin moisture and reduce itching and dryness. It was able to normalize the skin’s lipids, improving hydration and texture of the scalp.

7. Tea Tree Essential Oil

Dry and cracked skin that results from psoriasis is often prone to wounds and infections. However, using tea tree essential oil can be beneficial in keeping skin bacteria-free. Tea tree extract is a natural antibiotic that can fight bacteria, viral, fungal, and protozoal infections found in the skin. Tea tree contains potent anti-inflammatory properties which can directly target inflammation caused by psoriasis.

8. Chamomile Essential Oil

Chamomile is an effective skin care ingredient for psoriasis. In a 2011 study, it was shown that German chamomile can relieve itching and inflammation when applied twice a day on skin lesions. Chamomile has also been shown to relieve the symptoms of atopic dermatitis by regulating the body’s immune response system to allergens – this is especially important for people affected with psoriasis, whereby your skin immunity is altered and sensitivity is increased.

9. Gingko Biloba Essential Oil

This supplement is normally used for memory and neuronal health, however, it can also be used to maintain skin health. Applying the essential oil (blended with a carrier oil) to the skin will help moisturize deeply.

Using Natural Remedies with Care

To get all the benefits from the following herbs, most will require that you use their essential oils (natural extracts from the core of the plant). These oils should be applied topically. However, as they are very potent, they should be handled with care. With this in mind, essential oils should never be rubbed directly onto your skin unless they have been diluted with a carrier oil (such as a cold pressed coconut oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, or sunflower oil).

Take a bath: Add 6 to 10 drops of the oils in a bath, diluted in 1 tablespoon milk or honey, dispersed in water. Mix the water in the bath well before entering.

Apply Topically: Add 12 drops of the essential oil to 1 fl.oz (30ml) carrier oil, and massage directly into the skin.

DISCLAIMER: While these natural remedies will help alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis, it is always important to consult with, and get a proper diagnosis from, a medical physician.

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NATURAL REMEDY: WHEEZING

Wheezing (which takes the form of a high-pitched whistling sound) is common among many individuals.

Wheezing can be serious. If left untreated it can lead to bronchitis and pneumonia, endangering your life.

What Causes Wheezing?

People who have asthma or respiratory problems are the most vulnerable to wheezing. Wheezing is a result of the airway passages getting blocked due to dust, mucus, sputum or phlegm. With the airway path obstructed, oxygen cannot move easily. Some other causes of wheezing might come from:

• A constant and severe cough and cold

• Anaphylaxis (an allergic response that hinders, congests and hurts the air path)

• Swallowing a foreign object

• Inflammation, constriction, irritation of the vocal cord

• Dust or pollution

• Acidity and acid reflux

• Smoking, or second-hand smoke

• Family history of wheezing

Natural Remedies

1. Steam therapy

One of the easiest and fastest ways to stop wheezing is through steam therapy which helps to get rid of dust, mucus or thick phlegm that has obstructed and clogged your throat. Just pour boiling water into a large bowl and add some drops of essential oil, either peppermint or eucalyptus oil. Cover your head with a towel and lean over the bowl. Inhale the steam emitted from the hot water through your nose and also through your mouth for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat twice a day.

2. Hot shower

Hot showers help reduce dust, phlegm and mucus. Simply take a hot shower for about 5 minutes, allowing the bathroom to steam, like a sauna. Do so twice a day. This will also help open your pores, removing dust from your body.

3. Warm fluids

Drinking warm fluids can help soothe your airways. Opt for warm water. This helps prevent mucus from developing in the airway tracts. Furthermore, if you’re experiencing wheezing, consume hot soups or porridge instead of solids as this can make the situation worse, provoking buildups. Drink herbal teas like ginger, licorice or chamomile to keep wheezing at bay and stay away from dairy products.

4. Gargle with salt water

Salt water contains anti-bacterial properties. So gargling may help reduce wheezing or coughing by eliminating the mucus clinging to your airway passages. Simply add 1/2 teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm water, stirring until the salt dissolves. Gargle within 30 to 60 seconds and repeat every hour.

5. Use nasal drops

Nasal drops can help ease your wheezing situation. Just two to three drops can help your breathe more easily instantly. Prior to using this treatment, ask your doctor for advice.

6. Add Turmeric, Garlic and Garlic to your diet

Curcumin, found in turmeric makes a wonderful treatment for wheezing. It can also be used to heal injuries or scars on the body. Just add a teaspoon of turmeric into warm water, along with honey for extra benefits. Then stir until it is dissolved completely. Drink the remedy twice a day.

Garlic is full of medicinal properties. It can be used to enhance the immune system, which helps combat sickness and diseases. Garlic will help eliminate the bacteria blocking the airway passages. If you are unable to take it raw, cook with garlic as often as you can.

Ginger is an excellent remedy for respiratory issues like asthma, coughing, wheezing and the flu. It cleans and gets rid of blockages in breathing tubes, and reduces and prevents inflammation. This will ultimately lead to a decrease in wheezing. Either eat alone, or mixed with salads. Drink ginger tea, either alone or together with honey.

8. Figs

A rich source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin B, zinc and iron, figs are believed to heal inflammation in the throat and airway tube by draining out extra mucus. Figs are also said to relieve pain and decline stress on the vocal cords. Simply soak them overnight. Next morning, eat the soaked figs and drink the soaking water.

9. Red Chili

Eating red chili is beneficial to our health and helps reduce wheezing too. It is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin B6, copper, iron and potassium. Eating spicy food has been shown to stop wheezing instantly through releasing sinus congestion.

10. Yogurt

It may come as a surprise that yogurt is able to stop wheezing. It is rich in vitamin B12 and it’s very effective in boosting the function of the lungs, as well as easing inflammation in the throat and airway passages. Eat twice a day to fight against coughing and wheezing.

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NATURAL REMEDY: TREATING COUGH

These are some remedies used by our ancestors when having to fight off a cough.

1. Create your own cough syrup

Studies show that honey is an effective remedy in treating coughs and sore throats. A teaspoonful should suffice, or for a stronger remedy, combine some honey with coconut oil and lemon juice. Though not recommended nowadays, our grandmothers often combined a shot of bourbon with honey before bedtime, to soothe a cough.

2. Sip on Thyme tea

Thyme is an excellent treatment for coughs, upper respiratory infections, bronchitis and whopping coughs, so much so that in Germany, it has officially been approved as an effective treatment. Thyme works to relax the trachea (the windpipe) and reduce inflammation. To make thyme tea, steep two teaspoons of crushed leaves in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes, then strain. For a more potent fix, add honey and lemon.

3. Take a hot shower

Close the windows, turn off the fan and crank up the heat. Steam can be a cough’s worst enemy. It works to soothe the airways and loosen sinus congestion and phlegm in your throat and lungs. On the downside though, steam may worsen coughs that are caused by asthma – in which case, be sure to practice caution.

4. Sip on black pepper and honey tea

Black pepper and honey are said to work on ‘wet’ coughs. The pepper stimulates circulation and mucus flow, while the honey works as a natural cough reliever. To make the tea, combine one teaspoon of freshly ground pepper with two tablespoons of honey in a mug and fill with boiling water. Cover, and steep for 15 minutes. Then strain and sip.

5. Turmeric milk

Consuming a lot of liquids, whether teas or water, may help fight off a cough. This natural remedy tends to work because fluids help thin out the mucus in postnasal drip, keeping the membranes moist.

Another common remedy that works well is mixing turmeric, black pepper and honey in warm water and consuming it to coat the throat.

6. Suck on cough drops or lemon

Menthol cough drops work especially well, as they tend to numb the throat, which can help tame the cough reflex.

You could also sprinkle the lemon with a pinch of salt and pepper and suck on it to get the best effect.

7. Make a cup of licorice root tea

Licorice root has long been used to treat coughs. And one of the reasons why this natural remedy works so well is because it can help soothe an inflamed and irritated throat. Slice one ounce of licorice candy (opt for candy that contains real licorice – alternatively, you may opt for licorice root) and steep it in a quart of boiling water for 24 hours. Sip as much as you need.

8. Have some ginger

Ginger has a wealth of health benefits, and has long been used for its medicinal properties. In Eastern medicine, ginger is often prescribed to treat symptoms of colds and flu due to its antihistamine and decongestant properties. To get the most from its beneficial properties, make ginger tea by adding 12 slices of fresh ginger to a pot with three cups of water. Let it simmer for 20 minutes and remove from heat. Strain and add one tablespoon of honey and a squeeze of lemon. If it tastes too spicy, add more water.

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NATURAL REMEDY: ABC WONDER JUICE

In Chinese medicine, preparing a juice that contains apple, beet and carrot has, for centuries, been regarded as a "miracle drink", due to the huge amount of benefits this juice provides for both mind and body. The wonderful effects of this drink and the simplicity of these common ingredients have made it a very popular remedy in many countries around the world. To prepare this drink you just blend them together and consume them. Be sure to drink the pulp with the juice. The vegetables and fruits should be fresh and the juice must be consumed immediately. Generally, the best time for drinking it is in the morning on an empty stomach.

• Apples – This fruit is loaded with beneficial antioxidants for the body as well as vitamins such as A, B1, B2, B6, C, E and K. Apples also contain plenty of other nutrients, such as folic acid, zinc, magnesium, fiber, calcium, and iron.

• Beets – Beets contribute to cardiovascular health and provide nutrients such as vitamin A, C, B, iron, copper, magnesium, potassium and other anti-aging compounds.

• Carrots – Carrots are known to be an excellent source of vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, C, E and K. In addition, the carrot has huge amounts of niacin and pantothenic acid in it, which support the buildup of minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium and selenium.

The Benefits of ABC juice

1 – It is believed that the antioxidant compounds of this juice can help prevent cancers and restrict the growth of cancer cells, protecting them from the harm of free radicals. By doing this, they are preventing accumulative damage to the cells that may eventually evolve into cancerous formations.

2 – This juice is known to contribute to the health of different body organs such as the liver, kidneys and pancreas, and prevent the onset of disease. It does this by helping them purify your body from toxins, thereby making their job easier so there’s less strain on them to perform. When organs the liver don’t have to work so hard, they stay healthy – and so do you.

3 – The beta-carotene and lutein present in carrots, coupled with the powerful properties of beets, help promote cardiovascular health. Furthermore, the properties of the apple help reduce cholesterol and keep the blood pressure stable, two conditions that can lead to heart problems. Combined, this juice is one of the best things you can do for your heart.

4 – In Chinese medicine, this drink is associated with many skin health benefits. Regular consumption helps remove pimples and blackheads, moisturizes your skin, combats dryness, improves the appearance of wrinkles and revitalizes old tissues.

5 – Many people have testified that this juice provides excellent support to the functioning of the digestive system, especially for people who suffer from ulcers, intestinal problems and chronic constipation. Drink it several times a day for regular bowel movements.

6 – The juice provides all the nutrients needed to maintain good cognitive functions, enhance memory and promote concentration. In the long run, the ingredients in this juice may even help prevent the onset of some of the neurological diseases that occur with age.

7 – For people who work at a computer for long periods of time, drinking this juice regularly will moisten your eyes and help you avoid irritation, fatigue and dryness.

8 – The combination of the vitamins and nutrients in these three foods is an excellent way to strengthen and stimulate the immune system. This is vital when it comes to fighting and preventing diseases, allergies and infections.

9 – The drink acts as a natural detoxifier that promotes blood purification and the elimination of toxins. As a result, the production of red blood cells, the carry oxygen to all of our body parts, increases – making sure our entire body stays healthy and ‘fed’.

10 – Women with heavy menstrual symptoms can drink this juice to relieve pain, reduce inflammation and prevent menstrual cramps.

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LATEST NEWS: CORONAVIRUS “GOOD” NEWS

As the coronavirus spreads around the globe, sickening more than 90,000 people and killing about 3,000, doctors have noticed something curious: Very few children have been diagnosed with it. And of those who have, most have had mild cases. Worldwide, there have been no deaths reported so far in young children. This does not mean that children can’t transmit the virus to other, more vulnerable members of the community.

Takeaway:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children and their families should take preventative measures, such as washing hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and covering your mouth when you cough.


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NATURAL REMEDY: TREATING MINOR WOUND

Here are some relatively unknown natural home remedies that are fantastic for healing small wounds.

  • Coconut Oil

If you have coconut oil available, you can use this to treat a minor wound. The antibacterial and antifungal properties of this oil make it great for cleaning small injuries. To add to this, it also helps to reduce inflammation and moisturize the wound. If this wasn’t enough, it can also help to reduce scarring as well. It is especially good to treat abrasions, chaffing and cold induced skin cuts.

How to use it:

1. Apply some coconut oil to the wound and surrounding area.

2. Seal in the moisture using a bandage.

3. During the day, change the bandage and reapply the oil two or three times.

4. do this for several days until the wound is completely healed.

  • Potatoes

Research has shown that potatoes are effective at cleaning wounds and keeping infections at bay. Furthermore, they moisturize the wound and encourage quick healing as well.

How to use it:

  1. Grate a potato, then spread onto a clean cloth.
  2. Place over the wounded area.
  3. Leave it for 4-5 hours before removing and cleaning with warm water.
  4. Reapply fresh potato several times per day and keep doing so until the wound has completely healed.
  • Garlic

Thanks to its strong anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, garlic is great when it comes healing any minor wounds.

How to use it:

  1. Crush 3 garlic cloves, and mix with wine.
  2. Leave if for 2-3 hours, then strain.
  3. Use a clean cloth to apply the solution to your wound.
  4. Do this until your wound has healed.
  • Chamomile

Chamomile is a great for treating small wounds. This flower is well-known for its many health benefits and is often consumed in a tea. However, people are starting to realize that it can also be used to treat wounds. According to some studies, chamomile is faster at healing wounds than some corticosteroids. You can use chamomile tea bags to heal your wounds.

How to use it:

  1. Soak the tea bag in hot water.
  2. Place the soaked tea bag on the wounded area.
  3. Secure the tea bag in place with some gauze.
  4. Reapply several times a day until better.
  • Cayenne Pepper

Not many people would consider this spicy food to be a good home remedy, but for thousands of years, it has been used to deal with many health issues. The fact that it contains capsaicin is what makes it useful to us. Cayenne pepper acts as a healing agent as it can stop a wound bleeding in as little as 15 seconds.

How to use it:

  1. Add one tablespoon of cayenne pepper to an 8-oz. glass of water, and drink it. It will not taste nice, but it’ll do the trick.

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LATEST NEWS: AVOID ULTRA-PROCESSED SNACKS

Yale researchers have found that foods that combine fat and carbohydrates create a powerful addiction-like reward in the brain.

In the study, researchers found that the participants were more likely to buy foods containing the fat-carbo combination, and moreover, the brain scan reflected stimulation in an area associated with reward.

An ideal fat-carbo combo ratio is like breast milk, which contains 3.5% fat and 7% carbohydrates.

Snack food, by comparison, is typically about one quarter fat and half carbohydrates.

The results at least partly explain rising rates of obesity.

Takeaway: Avoid ultra-processed food.

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LATEST NEWS: PREPARING FOR CORONAVIRUS

According to CDC, American public should “prepare” for an outbreak of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

According to the latest situation report from the World Health Organization (WHO), there are 53 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S.

There are more than 80,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide, with more than 77,000 of them in China.

Per the latest data, 2,700 people have died after contracting the virus.

PRECAUTIONS:

The CDC offers ways to prevent the virus:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

And, as for those face masks, the CDC offers the following information:

  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

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LATEST NEWS: ALARMING TREND ON OBESITY

According to CDC, a healthy body mass index, or BMI, should hover between 18.5 and 24.9, entering the "obese" range at 30.

But alarmingly, a report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the obesity rate in the US in 2017-2018 spiked to 42.4%, per US News & World Report.

The new averages put us precipitously closer to falling into the latter: Average BMI was 29.1 for men in 2015-16, 29.6 for women; 16 years earlier, those figures were 27.8 and 28.2, respectively.

The CDC health survey which polled more than 5,000 adults found that those with severe obesity (having a body mass index of 40 or higher) rise from 4.7% to 9.2% in 2 decades.

  • Black Americans claimed the highest rate, at 49.6%,
  • Hispanics come in at 44.8% and
  • Whites at 42.2%;
  • Asians at a relatively low 17.4%.

Using data on more than 47,000 Americans ages 20 and over, another CDC report found average waist circumference jumped more than an inch for men, 2 inches for women, and a more pronounced trend was spotted in terms of weight: Men claimed an average weight of 197.9 pounds in 2015-2016 (up from 189.4 pounds in 1999-2000), while the average US woman registered 170.6 pounds, up from 163.8. For context, in the early ’60s, the average man weighed 166 pounds, the average woman 140, per the AP.

Why does it matter?

  • It is quite evident that heart health greatly suffers with obesity.
  • According to some estimates, annual medical costs for the obese may be as high as $210 billion.
  • Scientists also found, per the research published in the Feb. 10 edition of JAMA Pediatrics, that puberty in girls has started about three months earlier per decade from 1977 to 2013—meaning girls today are heading into puberty about a year earlier than their ’70s counterparts. The average age of onset in the US is 8.8 to 10.3 years, while in Europe it’s between 9.8 and 10.8 years, and in Africa 10.1 to 13.2 years.
  • A study in the Lancet sees obesity as a leading cause for potential trouble with colorectal, endometrial, gallbladder, kidney, and pancreatic cancers, as well as multiple myeloma.

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A COLLECTION OF NATURAL LIVING TIPS

Purify air in your home with house plants

Like trees, plants can provide a home with added oxygen. Specific species are able to remove toxins from the air. Try adding plants like bamboo palm, peace lilies, gerbera daisies, philodendrons, rubber trees, ficus or corn plants to your home to purify the air.

Mix Rosemary in your hair oil or shampoo

Rosemary is widely known to have hair benefits, and simply adding a few drops of rosemary essential oil to your shampoo will help you have healthier, thicker, and more luscious hair for longer. An old way to incorporate rosemary into haircare is to simply steep rosemary leaves in shampoo for a week or so, which reportedly works just as well as the oil. Interestingly, the hair growth effect of rosemary has been recently proven experimentally, with scientists showing that rosemary oil was just as effective as minoxidil (an ingredient in hair growing serums, such as Rogaine) for men with alopecia.

Remove furniture scratches with walnuts

Walnut oil can repair wood blemishes. You need to shell the nut and rub it over any marks on the wood. The oils penetrate the wooden surface and go to work fixing any stains, blotches or scratches.

Avocado face mask

Avocado had been used by Aztecs as a skin moisturizer for centuries. You can either use avocado oil on targeted dry areas applied on clean skin or do a simple avocado mask. To do the mask, just mash up some leftover avocado into a paste and apply a thin layer on any spot of your skin that is dry, be it your cheeks, nose, or elbows. Keep this mask on for 20 minutes, and then wash off. Your skin should feel supple and soft after using the mask.

Keep sponges clean by microwaving them

Make sure your sponges don’t become a breeding ground for germs with this tip. Take your dirty sponge and squirt a little lemon juice into it. Warm it up in the microwave for several minutes on high. The heat will kill the bacteria and you can use the sponge again.

Use natural oils instead of body lotions

Using natural oils, such as olive oil or avocado oil, can protect your skin (and hair) from aging because these oils are very high in anti-oxidants. Coconut oil is also good for your hair and body, but we wouldn’t recommend to use it on your face since it can be comedogenic and cause pimples and clogged pores in some people.

Use Alka Seltzer to unclog drains

If your sink appears to be acting up, try this trick to unblock it. Drop four of these fizzy tablets down the drain, followed by a tablespoon of vinegar. Then flush the sink with boiling water. The drain should become unclogged and ready for use.

Use Rose water instead of toners

Hydrating toners can be crazy expensive, $20 and up for a small bottle of liquid that can be easily replaced by a much cheaper bottle of rose water. This beautiful and inexpensive product can soothe redness, reduce acne, heal small cuts and burns, and even prevent skin aging. Simply soak a cotton pad with rose water and apply on clean skin before your moisturizer, and you’re done.

Clean windows with newspaper

Newspapers will do a more thorough job cleaning windows and mirrors because they have denser fibers than paper towels. Dense fibers allow the paper to absorb liquids used for cleaning. The density also makes them stronger, so they are less likely to fall apart in your hands.

Aluminum foil can help with ironing

Cover your ironing board with aluminum foil and then put the ironing board cover over the top of it. The foil will reflect the heat so you will be ironing both sides at the same time, without the need to flip the piece of clothing over.

Remove chewing gum with peanut butter

Chewing gum has a tendency to get stuck to your shoe and other places where it doesn’t belong. Remove this annoying litter with a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter spread. Afterwards, you can use a wire brush to help scrub off any remaining bits of the gum.

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The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.