13 Jul How Naturopathic Doctors Are Proving the Value of Integrative Medicine

Here is a great article recently posted by the Huffington Post:

In the mid-1980s, leaders of the reemerging naturopathic medical profession faced a tough challenge. They had to make the case for a scientific basis for their field prior to any history of federal support for naturopathic research.

The naturopathic physician authors of such pioneering volumes as the Textbook of Natural Medicine and bestselling, consumer-focused counterpart the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine searched the world’s literature. They referenced diverse studies on diet, therapeutic nutrition, lifestyle, stress and exercise and profession’s whole person, multi-modality, natural therapeutic-focused form of integrative medicine.

Many of these references were gleaned from conventional medical literature. Bottom line: The reemergence of naturopathic doctors (N.D.s) owed a significant debt to research of their medical doctor (M.D.) colleagues.

Read the rest of John Weeks’ article here.

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30 Jan Eco-friendly, holistic health loving mom’s checklist


The lovely blog tinydallas has a regularly occurring “moms we love” segment.

“Not too long ago, Dr. Kate Naumes weighed in with a post on how to keep the kiddos healthy during flu season using natural remedies. Dr. Naumes is a naturopathic doctor that works with women and children, showing them how to use various holistic methods to maintain and improve their health. I’ve always been intrigued by (and a big believer in) the practice of holistic medicine and was eager to learn more about this former Oregonian, now an Oak Cliff resident. So without further adieu, here’s a peek into her world….”

Read more here

Also, if you haven’t checked out this blog and you live in DFW it is a delight to read.  I count myself lucky to be included in its posts.  Thank you tinydallas.

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01 Dec Natural Childbirth: Is it worth it?

Most expecting women will go out of their way to prepare for a healthy baby and to ensure the safest and healthiest birthing experience.  However, today epidurals are de rigueur, and many women mistakenly believe that a hospital birth is the best – or only – option. The fact is, for most women a natural birth is statistically safer than a medicated or Caesarian birth.

When it comes to having a baby, the least amount of intervention is best, assuming there are no complications. Ideally, a birth would take place at a free-standing birth center, or in your own home, with the care of a certified professional midwife (CPM) and a doula for support. CPMs are some of the best trained professionals for non-medicalized births.

Other options include, in order of most hands-off to most intervention-driven, certified nurse midwives, family practice doctors and OB/GYNs. Your chances of having an instrumental delivery go up just based on where you go.

If you want to have a healthy, safe, and natural birth, there are a few steps you should take to prepare yourself:

  • If you aren’t convinced that attempting a natural birth is right for you, educate yourself on the risks of epidurals and Caesarian deliveries to your baby and yourself.  For example, epidurals increase the risk of a forceps delivery and of vacuum extraction, both of which can negatively impact you and your child’s health.
  • Take child birth education classes to prepare for your big day.
  • Hire a doula to comfort and care for you.
  • Make sure your partner is prepared and supportive – this can come in many shapes and sizes.

Sometimes, due to complications, women cannot always deliver their baby naturally.  However, education and preparation through simple measures during preconception, as well a  professional midwife and doula, greatly increases the chances of natural birth. If an epidural is necessary or preferred, there are steps new mothers should take.  Ideally schedule an appointment or two with Dr. Naumes before your birth and then another one in the first week after delivery so that she can help support you during this healing process.

Keep in mind that although natural birth may be painful, it is worth it. Giving birth is a peak life experience, and normally the discomfort you will feel during a natural birth will be outweighed by the euphoria and love you feel after you deliver your baby.

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28 Nov Organic Garden Update

photo by Thejaswi

Here is an update on my search for less expensive clean food.  Our compost bin and worm bin have been hours of fun for our son. Plus I feel much better about turning our food waste into organic soil instead of more trash for the landfill.

Most compost bins are plastic and that didn’t feel right to me.  Ours is a terra cotta composter with a hinged wooden lid.   Oak Cliff Organics guided us with the following:

  • Dried leaves are a good source of  brown, or carbon based material
  • Greens include: pre cooked fruit and veggie scraps, egg shells, used tea bags and coffee grounds
  • We mix what is in the pot weekly, which helps it decompose.  In about 3 months we shouldn’t be able to identify anything in the pot and it is ready to put in our garden.

We also have a terra cotta worm bin.  The little red wigglers come up and feed after we put our food scraps in the bin. We can add crushed eggs shells, tea bags and coffee grounds here too. In about eight weeks the soil will be considered vermicompost and ready to harvest and put in our garden. Oak Cliff Organics will be coming by to give us a lesson in harvesting our worms!

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