In 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency designated 10 counties in North Central Texas as failing to meet the 2008 eight-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard. Residents can work together to improve the region’s air quality by making small, impactful changes in behavior on June 23, Clean Air Action Day, sponsored by Air North Texas, a regional campaign and partnership that seeks to improve North Texas air.
Dr. Christy Porterfield, co-owner of HealthWorks, in Plano, has recently completed specialized advanced pediatric training, and will be holding an open house with free screenings for children up to 13 years old from 9 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 5 p.m., May 31.
The purpose of the screenings is to help discover nerve inflammation, which Porterfield says can be difficult to diagnose in a child because it often hides behind other health problems like fussiness, a clicking or popping shoulder, inability to sleep, frequent colds or illness, digestive difficulties or reflux.
“ A woman’s body is exquisitely designed to conceive, nurture and give birth,” says Dr. Carol J. Phillips, an Annapolis, Maryland, prenatal chiropractor, doula and author of Hands of Love: Seven Steps to the Miracle of Birth.
Judith Lothian, Ph.D., associate editor of the Journal of Perinatal Education, professor of nursing at Seton Hall University, in South Orange, New Jersey, and a natural childbirth educator, knows the significance of women’s deep intuitive instinct. “Women who feel supported and encouraged can tap into their own wisdom and find deep satisfaction in giving birth naturally. The process itself perfectly prepares mother and baby to continue on their journey together.”
Several gentle strategies help mothers-to-be prepare for the joys of natural pregnancy and childbirth.
Pregnancy and birth are two of the most beautiful and miraculous events any woman will experience. Our bodies are designed to develop and then usher the baby into the world through the birth process. However, anyone that has seen a birth can attest to how traumatic it can be for both Mom and baby.
Tauma to the infant occurs as the baby is displaced from the fetal position, and then extended and forced through the birth canal. This alone is traumatic, but often some form of invasive intervention such as induction, C-section, vacuum extraction or forceps is required, adding more trauma to the event.
Any pregnant mother’s biggest wish is to have a health baby, and child’s health starts with Mom’s health. There is a growing trend of children having more chronic conditions like allergies and behavior challenges, and one way to reverse and stop this is to make sure that mom’s health is optimal, even before conception. The three pillars of health maintenance: diet, exercise and stress management, are more important than ever for a woman that wants to give birth. Here are some easy-to-follow lifestyle guidelines that can maximize a woman’s chances of having a thriving baby.
Reflexology is the study and practice of working the reflexes of the feet and hands or ears that correspond to other parts of the body. It is based on the principle that there are reflex points connected to every organ and gland in the body.
Diverticulitis is an acute inflammation of the small pouches (called diverticula) lining the large intestine. It is one of three types of what is known as diverticular disease; the other two being diverticulosis (formation of the pouches) or diverticular bleeding. The small pouches are found throughout the entire digestive system, and when they become blocked with waste material, bacteria builds up, resulting in inflammation or infection. Symptoms of possible diverticulitis include abdominal pain and/or cramps of varying degrees, alternating constipation and diarrhea, tenderness in the lower abdomen and possibly the left side of the abdomen, chills, and/or fever. These symptoms can also reflect other types of gastrointestinal disorders. Continue Reading
The sixth annual M-o-o-ving Thru’ The Mud With Landon mud run for kids, hosted by Circle N Dairy, will be held June 3, 2017 to raise funds for the nonprofit Hope for Hypothalamic Hamartomas (HH), a form of brain lesion, to provide information and support to HH patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers, and promotes research for early detection, improved treatments, and finding the cure. Gates open at 9 a.m. and the main event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on a working dairy farm with obstacles designed for children 4 to 15 years old. The kids will be challenged by a course of 10 farm-themed mud pits, including a tunnel Mud Run For Kids Raises Funds for HH Research crawl, rope swing, pig pen, great calf escape and tractor tire dive. There will also be hayrides, face painting, calf petting and other fun activities. Participants are encouraged to bring a towel and change of clothes. No pets are allowed. Continue Reading
Vitality Life Center has added light emitting diode (LED) phototherapy to its menu of services. According to owner Andy Hopkins, LED phototherapy is cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for pain management and skin care. Continue Reading