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12 Sep Naturopathic Medicine Week

The U.S. Senate last night unanimously passed a resolution designating October 7 – October 13 as Naturopathic Medicine Week.

The resolution recognizes the value of naturopathic medicine in providing “safe, effective, and affordable health care…” and encourages Americans to learn about the role of naturopathic physicians in preventing chronic and debilitating conditions.

Passage of this resolution is an historic achievement for naturopathic medicine. The Congress has now officially recognized the important role naturopathic medicine plays in effectively addressing the nation’s health care needs as well as in addressing the increasingly severe shortage of primary care physicians.

For the latest information about Naturopathic Medicine Week (NMW), visit the NMW page on AANP’s website.

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03 Sep Wonder Women! Documentary Viewing

WONDER WOMEN!We invite you to enjoy a documentary with our community Saturday, September 28th at 4:00pm at our office in Highland Park. Our viewing selection will be Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines, which “traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, WONDER WOMEN! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation. WONDER WOMEN! goes behind the scenes with Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, comic writers and artists, and real-life superheroines such as Gloria Steinem, Kathleen Hanna and others, who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre”.

We will watch together and then chat with executive producer, Erin Prather a bit afterward.

Seating is limited, so please email frontdesk.naumes.nd@gmail.com to sign up.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 
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19 Aug Invisible Documentary Viewing

invisible documentary viewing

 

In one of the most genius ideas of the summer, our D Moms Daily wellness expert Dr. Kate Naumes, ND has launched a monthly documentary viewing series at her office on the Katy Trail.

The next viewing takes place this Saturday, August 24 at 6 p.m. featuring Invisible, filmmaker Roz Mortimer’s beautiful and thought-provoking film that follows Inuit mothers and the challenges they face as harmful chemicals from their food begin to surface in their breast milk.

Space for the viewing is limited, so be sure to RSVP to frontdesk.naumes.nd@gmail.com if you’re planning to attend!

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29 Jun The Power of Family Dinner

Power of Family Dinner

As part of our continuing pursuit in finding that elusive balance, I wanted to touch on the importance of family dinners. The good news is that research shows that adolescents and parents perceive family meals positively. It looks as though family meals could be a useful mechanism for enhancing family togetherness. They’re also good platforms for parents to model behaviors that they would like their children to emulate.

For younger kids, the benefits are further motivating… Wouldn’t we all love to enjoy our kids again, instilling in them more grace and courtesy as we prepare them for the privilege of an enjoyable dinner at a restaurant? (Getting them to eat more fresh more fruits and vegetables would be nice too.)

Read on for some tips for creating that vital ritual of family dinner:

Before dinner:

  • Set a regular dinnertime.
  • Take on fewer activities if these are getting the way of family dinner.
  • Prepare (or pick up pre-made) food to eat together at home.
  • Include children in setting the table (a toddler placemat can empower littles to set the table).
  • Turn off the TV and music and remove technology/phones/tablets from the table.
  • Light a candle and/or dim the lights.
  • Say a prayer or express gratitude for your time together and for the food.

To read more of Dr. Naumes’ posts head over to D-Moms Blog.

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11 Jun Turn on Some Tunes

Turn on Some Tunes

Everyday the energy my (almost) 3-year-old son expels makes my jaw drop. Music is one of the tools my husband David and I often use to channel this boundless energy.

I’m lucky that said husband is a composer and plays the guitar beautifully. From the moment we found out we were pregnant – almost 4 years ago now – David has been singing to our son. Back then, at night before we went to bed, David would make “whale sounds” on my belly to calm our growing baby down so I could get some sleep.

Here are my suggestions for using music to joyfully rein in that, at times, overwhelming kid energy in a way that helps us cultivate peace and connection.

I’ve divided this up into a daily ritual because “transitions” and other stressful times during the day offer great opportunities to stop for a moment and honor the shift from one activity to another… Music could be used a background, but it’s even more effective when there is an official music break.

Morning Music:

  • Some mornings we put recordings of birdsong on to help wake up – seems as though it helps us get out the door since it sounds as if we already are! Feel free to flap your wings like a bird.
  • Once a week, my husband leads a drum circle at our little one’s school in Oak Cliff. An empty water cooler container makes a great makeshift hand drum – you can’t really destroy it! Drumming gives my husband time to connect with our son and watch him interact with his little friends.

Head over to D-Mom’s Blog to read more of Dr. Naumes’ music suggestions.

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28 May Cocoa is Good for Your Brain (Really!)

Cocoa is Good for Your Brain (Really!)

By Dr. Deneb Bates, ND

Taking steps to promote and protect brain health is important at any age. Short-term and long-term brain health is greatly determined by how we live, the choices we make, and the foods we eat. Fetal brain formation during pregnancy; childhood brain growth, development, mood, and function; and cognitive longevity in our adult years can all be impacted, either positively or negatively, by how we live our lives.

Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a critical time for brain development. It is important for a pregnant mother to have optimal nutrition so that her baby’s brain develops properly. Some of the most important nutrients for brain formation during pregnancy include adequate folic acid and Omega-3 essential fatty acids, particularly DHA. Folic acid is naturally found in green vegetables, like spinach and asparagus, and is also abundant in beans such as black-eyed peas and red kidney beans. Pregnant women should also supplement with a pre-natal vitamin to assure adequate folic acid intake during pregnancy.

DHA is an essential fatty acid that is especially important in brain and central nervous system development as well eye health. The standard American diet does not contain enough DHA for optimal health. Food sources rich in DHA include wild Alaskan salmon, sardines, and anchovies. A quality fish oil supplement is an option for people who don’t eat fish regularly.

To read more of Dr. Bates’ post head over to D-Mom’s Blog.

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