The Unusual Bond of Diabetes

Diet |

As two diabetics, my daughter and I share an unusual bond. Some of the advantages of our having the same disease are obvious, others are subtler, and there are big disadvantages one might not expect. (more…)

Making Herbal Tinctures. Part 3

Health |

Fill the jar to the brim with fresh plants, tamping it down as you go. Pour the liquor over the plant slowly, giving it time to seep through tightly packed leaves. You may want to leave it set for a few minutes before adding more liquor. (more…)

Making Herbal Tinctures. Part 2

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Fresh plants make the best tinctures when leaves and stalks are the parts used, although roots, bark, and berries are used dried. If dried plants are used (they’re easier to find retail, and keep easily) bear in mind that 1 part dried herb is equivalent to 3 parts fresh plant. (more…)

Making Herbal Tinctures. Part 1

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Tincture means alcohol. Although tinctures can be prepared with glycerin and vinegars, they tend to be less effective and spoil in a few weeks. Alcohol-based tinctures are an excellent way to extract healing and medicinal properties from plants, as opposed to vitamins and minerals, and will store on the pantry shelf virtually forever. (more…)

The Signs of Syphilis

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Syphilis, a parasitic infection, can damage the brain, nervous system and heart. It can be fatal. The symptoms of this sexually transmitted disease, or STD, appear in stages. Syphilis is highly contagious in the first two stages, but not in the third. Infected mothers may pass the disease on to their infants during childbirth. (more…)

Osteoporosis Detection

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We know osteoporosis is a horrible disease that often affects post-menopausal women. We know that the decreased estrogenic environment present after the menopause is associated with increased incidence of osteoporosis and osteopenia, the low bone mass precursor to osteoporosis. Because the ramifications of fractures resulting from osteoporosis are so serious (potential for death, decreased mobility and healthcare dollars), it is important to make a diagnosis of osteoporosis or osteopenia as soon as possible. Osteoporosis is treatable and even preventable. (more…)

Breast Feeding Basics. Part 2

Women's Health |

Inverted nipples do not prevent women from breast feeding. Many women with inverted nipples feed well. Special preparation may be needed, such as the Hoffman Technique and using a breast shield.

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Breast Feeding Basics. Part 1

Women's Health |

Your decision to breastfeed is an excellent choice. To make yourself feel more confident, it is important to educate yourself on breastfeeding. There are many great books and videos listed in the books section of our website.

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