Vitamin D Supplementation & Our Immune Systems

As we move deeper into the winter months, and holiday eating, our immune systems tend to struggle and flail to fight off  colds and flus.  Some of our immune systems are able to outwit the critters, and some are not.  There is a lot of attention and marketing geared towards ‘immune support’ and what actually contributes to a strong immune system, and what behaviors or supplements truly confer protection.  Among these immune supportive strategies is Vitamin D supplementation, which has been getting quite a bit of press in the past few years as the latest immune tonic.  Primarily, the active form of Vitamin D is made … Continue reading Vitamin D Supplementation & Our Immune Systems

Hyland’s Teething Tablets Recall

Some of you may have heard of or read the following FDA press release regarding Hyland’s Teething Tablets: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm230761.htm and the press release in response from Standard Homeopathic who makes the Hyland’s products: http://www.hylands.com/news/hylands-teething-recall.php For those of you that are concerned about using this product, there are a few things that you should know: – The company has voluntarily taken the product off the market due to the FDA warning.  The FDA has not actually evaluated this product for safety and efficacy; rather it appears that it has ‘flagged’ Belladonna and this product as potentially toxic due to a few … Continue reading Hyland’s Teething Tablets Recall

Seattle Vaccination Workshop

With naturopathic family physician & licensed midwife Dr. Sunita Iyer ND, LM and naturopathic family physician & licensed acupuncturist Dr. Michelle Obertacz ND, LAc   Confused about the vaccination schedule and how to make sense of it for your family?  Wondering how to evaluate your child’s and your family’s risk? When:   Thursday November 18, 2010 6:00pm-8:00pm Vaccination Workshop (Seattle) We will review the current vaccine schedule, how to evaluate your family’s ‘risk’, public health vs. private health concerns, how to make educated decisions for your family that you can live with, and conventional and natural ways to address reactions.  … Continue reading Seattle Vaccination Workshop

Upcoming Fall Workshops

Thursday September 16, 2010  6:30-8:30pm: Vaccination Workshop We will review the current vaccine schedule, how to evaluate your family’s ‘risk’, public health vs. private health concerns, and how to make educated decisions for your family that you can live with. Thursday October 28, 2010  6:30pm-8:30pm: Family First Aid We will discuss common family first aid concerns, natural remedies that you want to have on hand, and how to use them.   I will be co-presenting with my colleague Dr. Michelle Obertacz ND, LAc and we will also have a Seattle-based talk on this topic. Where: Herban Wellness, 103 Lake St. S, … Continue reading Upcoming Fall Workshops

Upcoming Lectures and Events

As part of my commitment to do some more teaching this year, I am excited to be offering a few lectures on topics related to natural pediatric and family health for all of you to learn from and enjoy!  The feature topics for this Spring will be: Supporting Your Family’s Immune System with the Seasons Food Introduction Basics and Preventing Food Intolerances Vaccines and Making Sense of the Schedule for Your Family These dates and times for these lectures is yet to be determined, and will take place at the Puget Sound Birth Center in Kirkland, WA unless otherwise specified.  … Continue reading Upcoming Lectures and Events

H1N1- What your family needs to know to stay healthy this year

You have probably at least heard about, if you are not actively following, all of the press regarding H1N1 or ‘Swine Flu.’  Despite the volume of news regarding this brewing pandemic, it is difficult to pick apart the facts, assess your family’s risk, and make decisions about prevention and vaccination.  In order to get your investigation underway, here are a few guidelines and resources that I have compiled.  Please know that this information does not take the place of a detailed, informed conversation with your family physician about your concerns.  In case you are not already aware, the commonly reported … Continue reading H1N1- What your family needs to know to stay healthy this year

Natural Mom & Baby Event

Come join me for this special event at Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy in Redmond, WA designed to address common concerns of Eastside moms and babes. In addition to presenting one of the seminars, I will be available to meet-and-greet if you have any questions afterwards! Schedule of events: 11am-3pm Enjoy complimentary… – 15-minute consultations with a health practitioner (advance sign up required) – Free Samples – Child health seminars: • 10-11am | Learn How to Boost Your Child’s Immune • 12-1pm | Natural Remedies for Allergies • 3-4pm | DHA’s & Brain Health Please visit http://www.pharmaca.com/locations/washington/redmond for location and contact information.  Hope … Continue reading Natural Mom & Baby Event