Lice… and how to treat them naturally and effectively!!!

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Have you looked for those creepy crawlers in your child’s hair?

I teach about natural remedies, and thankfully my kids prove to be great guinea pigs that I can test things out on. Kind of fun… but not so fun when one of them shows up with lice in her hair!

YIKES! I thought I had done everything to prevent it from happening in my house so to find these in my daughter’s hair was pretty humbling. But experience makes you a better learner and teacher.

You might come in contact with them sooner or later if your child is a child and if they attend school! Thankfully our experience didn’t last long, but it was tiring to say the least. Now I’m a new advocate for lice checking and good safe treatment!

 

What is lice and where do these creepy crawlers come from?

Head lice are parasites which are partial to humans. You can not get them from an animal. They are crawling insects and cannot hop, jump or fly.   They are small wingless insects which feed on human blood, which they need in order to survive. Lice in their full form are about the size of a sesame seed. Nits are the eggs laid by the female which then attach to the shaft of a piece of hair. This is what often makes it so hard to get rid of. The eggs or nits are glued to the hair.

Head lice can live about 30 days on a host and the female can lay up to 100 eggs or nits. When off their human hosts, lice will starve, and most will not survive for more than 24 hours off its human host.

How will I know if my child has lice?

Often itching is the first sign. Sometimes you might see little bites similar to mosquitoes around the base of the neck. Simple inspection can reveal the mature lice, but the best way to know for sure is to use a special lice comb to check.

What can be done to treat it?

Conventional treatment has you reach for a couple of different insecticide type shampoos: NIX (the chemical permethrin) and RID (the chemical pyrethrum).

Different places you look will tell you these are relatively safe , but this is where I have to step in and say they are not safe for children. Especially children who might be compromised in any way- be that a child who struggles with asthma, epilepsy, poor immunity or sensitivity to chemicals. Little bodies have a harder time detoxifying chemicals like these and there are no studies to show what the long term effects could be. A lot of these call for putting them on hair overnight in a showercap. That is a good 9-10 hours with a chemical on your child’s head- quite a long time for absorption. And the skin is one of the largest organs that absorbs chemicals. I would recommend avoiding the insecticide shampoos at all costs!

So WHAT can you do that is safe ?

Here is an ironic tale. When the lice showed up in our house, I was to teach a class on natural remedies a few days later and guess what? Lice was on the docket to be taught. How is that for timing! Thankfully I was a little in the know, but boy did I learn a lot more.

I chose not to use the harsh chemicals and go the natural route. My 7 year old sort of freaked out when she realized what was happening and what it meant. So I reached for a great homeopathic remedy to combat lice and frustrations.

The magic of Staphysagaria:

I gave it to her every 30 minutes for three doses the first night while we shampooed, and put a lot of things in the wash. If your child is susceptible to lice infestations there is another homeopathic remedy called  psorinum that you could use to break the cycle.

We also opted to use some essential oils in her shampoo. They included tea tree oil, lavender and eucalyptus oil. These create an environment that the lice don’t like. We simply put a few drops of each into the shampoo. Also we heated a little olive oil and coconut oil and put it on her hair overnight with a shower cap to suffocate any remaining critters. I hear mayonnaise is just as effectiveJ

The other magical tool?  The little metal comb. For the first 48 hours I was on it like stink on poop and combed her hair in little sections at least 3 times a day to make sure we didn’t have any more critters or nits left. After about 36 hours, we found no more critters OR nits! YAY! The comb helps mechanically remove the lice and nits. The nits are particularly tough to remove because they secrete glue that helps them latch on to the hair shaft. No insecticide or even shampoo can get the glue to loosen, only mechanical means can. We continued to use the comb daily and remained nit free.

What can be done to prevent it?

Some research has shown that a strong immune system keeps them away… so keep up the probiotics, goldenseal and echinacea for this. We do periodically use a few drops of the above mentioned essential oils in shampoo as well – but you can see we STILL got lice doing this. The best thing I have discovered and learned about is using the comb. We now own one, so I am going to use it every now and then to comb through my girls hair. It will do two things… 1) verify if they have lice or not because the comb will pull out any nits or lice bugs 2) it will prevent any egg infestation from growing as you can pull the eggs off with the brushing.

Give the gift of the comb…..

You can get them at most drug stores, but one resource that I have found invaluable during our ordeal is theLicemeister comb. You can check it out at headlice.org and here is what they say about the comb “This tool has been tested on real kids with real lice by real moms. The LiceMeister® combing tool enables parents to screen regularly, detect head lice early, and deal with them as safely and effectively as possible”

Check out Positive Health Wellness for more tips and tricks on how to remove lice.

And here is a link to a great video on how to comb out the lice.

The Dangers of Tylenol

Not as safe as we once thought

Not as safe as we once thought

What do you give at baby showers?

Envision the scene with me. It is a baby shower for a friend, and she opens my gift and it is a basket with infant’s Tylenol, Motrin and Mylicon. I hear the “what a great gift”  and the “ oh of course that is from a pediatric nurse”  “ great idea”. I sit back and feel proud of my thoughtfulness to give a mom something she would need in the first few months of her baby’s life.

Fast forward about 10 years, and now I am not so proud. Now I have come to a point where my token baby shower gift has changed. And I have changed. I no longer give or even recommend Tylenol, Motrin or Mylicon in my family or in my practice. I know many parents use these three over the counter medicines a lot, but let me explain why I have chosen to avoid them at all costs.

I’m going to target Tylenol specifically because it seems to warrant more danger than Motrin and Mylicon, but they are not without issue as well. More on that later.

There are four problems with Tylenol:

  • It is too easy to overdose and overdosing can cause liver failure or even death. Thankfully the packaging has changed so this problem is not as common as it used to be, but think about how easily this could happen. It is the middle of the night, your child is screaming, you reach for the Tylenol and misread the label and in your stressful state you give two dropperfuls instead of one. For a little one, this can be devastating. I have worked in children’s hospitals and seen the sad cases of liver failure and even death from a simple mistake of overdosing on Tylenol.
  • It can deplete a substance called glutathione in the body. Glutathione is an antioxidant that the body needs. So if you are already sick and need a little help detoxifying something, depleting your glutathione won’t help!
  • The extra ingredients. Take a minute to read through the inactive ingredients in Cherry flavored Infant’s Tylenol:
  • anhydrous citric acid, butylparaben, FD&C red no. 40, flavors, glycerin, high fructose corn syrup, microcrystalline cellulose and carboxymethylcellulose sodium, propylene glycol, purified water, sodium benzoate, sorbitol solution, sucralose, xanthan gum

EWWW. I can’t even pronounce some of them, let alone want to give them to an infant. But three concern me… the butylparaben, red no 40 and the high fructose corn syrup.

The jury might still be hung according to some on the paraben safety issue, but given that there is even a chance of estrogenic type activity and a possible association with breast tumors, I ‘m choosing to stay away, especially for little ones!

FD&C red no 40. Not sure if you have seen the latest on food dyes and the potential dangers for kids, but why would you want to give your child something that has the chance of a potential reaction- especially some sort of hyperactivity reaction when they are already feeling bad?

High fructose corn syrup. Well the companies that make this want you to believe that it is a safe form of corn and no harm will be done. I beg to differ. First of all most corn used to make high fructose corn syrup is genetically modified corn. Some people even have reactions to the corn after it has been genetically modified. But again another foreign substance a little bitty body has to process when it is already under a stress response.

  • There are have been some studies that have linked the use of Tylenol in kids to asthma. Some pulmonologists are even recommending no Tylenol, especially for the kids on the asthma train.

 

Tylenol suppresses a natural reaction:

Those are just the four major reasons I don’t like it. The true fifth reason is that it is suppressive in nature. It will suppress the fever, yes, and might make your child feel better for a little while. But let’s think about what the body was trying to do. When a fever comes on, it truly is a sign of “life” in the body. It means the body is doing what it was miraculously designed to do on its own- fight off offending pathogens on its own. If you suppress that mechanism, the body may fight back harder to make it happen. Hence another fever the next day maybe even feeling worse.

The Mylicon and Motrin (another name for Advil or Ibuprofen) have similar issues- too many “extra” ingredients and the potential for adverse reactions. There was a recent lawsuit against the makers of children’s Motrin where a child had a terrible reaction to taking Motrin while she was pretty sick.

Are the short-term, “band-aid” helpers worth long-term consequences?

So although Tylenol, Mylicon and Motrin  can help in the short term and help your child feel better for a little while, my conclusion is that it is not really worth all the negative benefits. Why not choose something that works with the body, like homeopathy, instead of suppressing what is happening?

So now my token shower gift is a copy of the  book Super Nutrition for Babies, by Dr. Katherine Erlich, and a Hyland’s Childrens Homeopathic Remedy kit. And I feel great giving these!

*Do you want to learn more about natural remedies that help your child feel better fast by supporting his/her immune system? Go here to take the course online .*

What is the one holistic remedy to always have on hand?

Quinton Marine Plasma.

Funny name, amazing remedy! It literally saved me one day. I left work not feeling well, a little dizzy, sore throat and a fever, not even sure if I could make it home. Thankfully I did make it home and took two vials of the Quinton Marine Plasma and went out to dinner that night!

But it’s not just for feeling run down.

It can:

  • Balance our internal fluids
  • Facilitate intestinal peristalsis, thereby addressing constipation
  • Clear toxins and support deficient adrenal, pituitary and thyroid function
  • Ideal for supporting recovery from fatigue, low energy, and other depressive states
  • Assist the body in reducing inflammation and supports the body’s ability to eliminate infections and parasites
  • Restore and open up suppressed methylation and metabolic pathways in the brain and nervous system
  • Improve absorption of other nutrients

Quinton Marine Plasma is the living fluid produced by dense fields of zoo-plankton as they consume smaller phtyo –plankton. In plain terms that is super cool minerals derived from plankton in the ocean. Discovered by the French Physiologist Rene Quinton (hence the name), this marine plasma has been used throughout the world healing people for over 100 years.

sea quinton

 

It is not just sea water, but a remedy full of the minerals that our bodies so desperately need. Quinton Plasma helps our bodies have the right terrain in order to fight off the bad germs. Kind of takes a different approach. Give the body the right environment and it will fight off the bad guys by itself like it was designed to do.

“The germ is nothing, terrain is everything.” – Claude Bernard (1817-1920)

There are two kinds, the isotonic and the hypertonic formula. The isotonic formula is one of those you want to have on hand for pretty much any illness. I usually stick with the isotonic as it is recommended for kids, the elderly population, and people with fragile immune systems or hypersensitive/allergic patients. Not only is it an oral rehydration tonic, it is great for fevers, sore throats, coughs, colds, eczema and it is a great overall calming remedy for kids. Have a child that is very restless at bedtime and or through the night? Try one to two vials a day over a week and begin to notice the difference in the demeanor.

The Hypertonic works best with athletes for refueling minerals after a workout.

This marine plasma is safe enough to use every day, but also great just to have on hand in event of an acute illness. Or even just to protect from illnesses, it would be beneficial to take 2-3 times a week. Take one to two vials in the case of an acute illness. It does have a salty taste, and to get kids to take it can be mixed in a little water or juice to disguise the taste. (Our family is partial to the Trader Joe’s Pomegranate Limeade)

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Check out the Quinton website for more great info and how it has helped so many others.

This remedy is a little hard to find, as there are only a few places online that sell it. If you are having trouble finding it, please email info@jubileehealth.org and we can point you in the right direction.

AND if you want to learn a little more about this remedy and how to use it to treat illnesses at home, please be sure to check out Jubilee Health’s online class coming up in November.
A Parent’s Guide to Natural Remedies: Everything you need to know to treat your child’s illnesses at home.

What’s your favorite remedy? What do you always like to keep around and have found works really well for you and your family? Leave us a note in the comments! And, as always, if you liked this post, please be sure to share it with a friend.

References

Dittman, R., & Brugioni, R. (20064). Evolutionary Development of Our Internal Ocean: Restorin Bio-Terrian with Quinton Marine Plasma. EXPLORE!

 

Like Cures Like: Homeopathic Magic for Your Family

Homeopathy changed my life. I was struggling with my 18 month old daughter who had quit sleeping through the night, was showing quick meltdowns and having some strange GI issues. I had been to lots of different doctors in the area to get help and I got the “she’s fine”. After being a pediatric nurse for a long time, I knew in my heart something was off. That landed me at my neighbor, Susan Kramer’s, door step.

She has a homeopathic and herbalism practice in her home called Earthways. After having an appointment with her she gave my daughter what is referred to as a constitutional remedy. Within 48 hours this child was sleeping through the night again, temper tantrums were down and I had a new 18 month old. I was blown away. This wasn’t a placebo- this was an 18 month old who didn’t know that I had even given her a remedy. I was hooked, I never looked back, my husband gave me a homeopathic kit for Christmas that year and I was a woman on a mission. I started to learn what homeopathy was all about and it changed the way I saw how to use medicine. Now, give me an ailment and I will figure out how to help clear it up.

Homeopathy is a gentle and safe way to help the body do what it was designed to do.

It is based on the premise of “like cures “like”. Developed over two hundred years ago by a doctor named Samuel Hahnemann, homeopathy takes a substance noted to cause certain symptoms, dilutes it down over and over (even hundreds of times), and then in this diluted form it will cure what it causes.

Let’s say for instance, an onion can cause one to have teary eyes, runny nose or cold like symptoms. However, if taken in a diluted form it will cure the runny nose and watery eyes. The remedy is called allium cepa and it is derived from the common onion. It also has no known side effects and doesn’t interfere with any prescription meds. Another example would be the homeopathic remedy, RHUS TOXICENDRON. It is actually made the poison ivy plant. But in its diluted or homeopathic form, it can cure poison ivy.

One that is a must have on hand at our house is Belladonna.

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Beautiful and helpful belladonna.

Just this week, both my girls came down with a quick onset of a fever and headache that took them to the bed. (isn’t this when we know they are really sick?) I gave both of them Belladonna just a few times (you give till you get better) along with an amazing remedy called Quinton Isotonic and some essential oils to the feet. SHAZAM they were both feeling back to normal the next morning and back to school.

I LOVE treating my family at home and watching them get better so fast!

There are thousands of remedies out there and various ways to use them. To keep it simple, know that common ailments like sore throat, common cold, headaches etc can be treated effectively, safely and gently at home. However if you are seeing issues on a more chronic basis, it is always advised to seek professional homeopathic help or an alternative type practitioner to be able to go a little deeper.

 

In the mean time, grab a few good reads!

Homeopathic Medicine for Children and Infants

Homeopathic Remediees for Children

 

 Have you used homeopathic remedies, either for yourself or your children? Leave us a comment; we’d love to know what works well (or doesn’t!) for you.

Can a Simple Salt Help My Family's Health?

 

Cell salts are one of easiest remedies to use at home, one of the most inexpensive, and completely safe for the whole family. They do not interfere with medications, they taste good (kids love them), and they are readily absorbed by your mucous membranes (and not the digestive system which is often faulty).

Cell salts, also known as tissue salts or mineral salts naturally exist in human cells and play a critical role in regulating cellular metabolism.

The health of a cell is critical to our overall health. In 1872 a German Homeopathic physician, Dr. William Schuessler, developed what has become known as the 12 Schuessler cell salts. Schuessler reasoned that an imbalance in these minerals was actually the cause of many diseases and maladies.  His findings determined that if this balance of minerals in the cell is upset, there can be a change in the state of immunity and resistance to microbes.  He also studied and catalogued various symptoms that can result from any cell salt deficiency.  These cell salts are homeopathically derived, allowing them to be a more bio-available form to the cell.

Modern lifestyles drain even the most health conscious person.

These much needed levels of mineral salts can be easily depleted through everyday stress, poor nutrition, anxiety, environmental toxins, exposure to heavy metals and contaminated drinking water.  I know of practitioners who use ONLY cell salts in their practice and have great success. The beauty of cell salts is their ease of use and kids love them. I never have a problem giving them to my daughters. You cannot harm yourself with cell salts.

Cell salts can really help the next time your family suffers from an ailment!

Take a look at this list below to see if you recognize any of these imbalances, and then use either of these methods to take them:

1) Dry method: tap 2-4 pellets or tablets into the cap and drop them into the mouth. Most children prefer this method due to the sweet taste.

2) Wet method: put pellets in clean water and consume throughout the day.

Acute cases take 2-3 pellets or tablets as often as every hour or two hours. Chronic cases take 2-3 pellets,   1- 3 times a day.

Cell Salt #1 Calc. Flour

Calcium Fluoride – the safe form of fluoride. Helpful with:

Improving circulation

Teething, toothaches and sensitive teeth

Children prone to cavities and tooth remineralization. Helps widen palate for teeth to grow        in straighter

Cracking of joints

Strengthening of bones

Expectorant for colds/coughs

Find it here: CALC FLUOR

Cell Salt # 2 Calc. Phos

Calcium Phosphorous Helpful with :

Growth spurts or high calcium needs

Teething (rub on gums)

Healing of broken bones

Sore throat with difficulty swallowing

Feeling overwhelmed

·Infections of mucous membranes

Flatulence (gas)

Find it here: CALC PHOS

Cell Salt #3  Calc. Sulph

Calcium Sulphate. Helpful with:

A Must with early stages of cold symptoms

All over skin health, rashes, boils, abcesses, cradle cap dry eczema

Superficial skin burns

Helps in removal of wastes and toxins

Pus formation with cystitis

Find it here CALC SULPH

Cell Salt #4 Ferr. Phos

Iron Phosphate. Helpful With:

Bedwetting

·A must have FIRST AID remedy= redness, heat, pain or swelling

·headaches

Anemia. Nosebleeds, great for low hemoglobin in pregnant women

Increase oxygenation and circulation

Low Grade fevers. Use first sign of sore throat or cold

Find it here: FERR.PHOS

Cell Salt # 5 Kali Mur

Potassium Chloride. Helpful with:

Ear pressure/apin/infection

Sinus infection, runny nose, sore throats

Anxiety and nervousness

Mental confusion

Swelling of lymph glands

White, flaky dandruff

Find it here: KALI MUR

Cell Salt # 6 Kali Phos

Potassium Phosphate. Helpful with:

Gives energy

Weak memory, improving learning and attention

Brain and nerve tonic

Insomnia

Depression with no apparent cause.

Vertigo

Find it here KALI PHOS

Cell Salt #7 Kali Sulph

Potassium Sulphate. Helpful with:

Constipation

Chronic ear infections

Psoriasis, dry scalp

Stufffy nose, colds with yellow discharge

Hot flashes

Stiff joints

fatigue

Find it here: KALI SULPH

Cell Salt #8 Mag Phos

Magnesium Phosphate. Helpful for:

exhaustion

Pain-anti-spasmodic. Muscle cramps, menstrual cramps, whiplash

Tics      and twitches

Carpal tunnel

Nerve headaches

Spasmodic cough

Find it here MAG PHOS

Cell Salt #9 Nat. Mur

Sodium Chloride – salt! Helpful with:

Tinnitus

Watery diarrhea

Balancing fluids: edema, puffy eyes, hayfever,

Dry skin, nail

Hives after exertion

Cold sores

Slow digestion with heartburn

Emotional remedy- PMS/menopause

Find it here: NAT MUR

Cell Salt #10 Nat. Phos

Sodium Phosphate: helpful with:

Stomach pain, after eating fatty food

Gallstones

Balancing acidity

Gout, stiffness, swelling

Sensitive to cold

Kidney remedy, cystitis

Hives

Worms, grinding teeth, picking nose

Hypoglycemia episodes

Find it here: NAT PHOS

Cell Salt #11 Nat. Sulph

Sodium Sulphate. Helpful with:

Lack of appetite

·Nausea, thrush

Asthma, especially with mucous

·Support for depression, gloom and fear

Find it here: NAT SULPH

Cell Salt # 12 Silicea

Silica. Helpful with:

Picky, frail children

Babies vomit mother’s milk

Weakness, stamina

Grogginess in morning

Improve, hair, skin, nails- connective tissue

Remedy for bad effects from vaccinations in newborns

Lacking self confidence and courage

Premature babies, slowness in development

Find it here: SILICEA

BIOPLASMA

A combination of the 12 cell salts. Helpful for generic use, but use specific ones for certain conditions.  Use for overall demineralization.

Find it here BIOPLASMA

The most commonly recognized  brand is  HYLANDS.  These can be found at most health food stores or on Amazon and they come in 500 or 1000 count bottles[EN1].  Find them in our Things We Love- under Remedies, then Cell Salts

Great resources to learn a little more about cell salts:

Facial Diagnosis of Cell Salt Deficiencies David Card

Homeopathic Cell Salt Remedies: Healing with Nature’s Twelve Mineral Compounds

References used for this information:

Elixirs.com, Seroyal, Brighter Day

Can Essential Oils Cure a Cold?

Essential oils are very powerful tools and they have been around for thousands of years. They are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be found to be 50-70 times more powerful than herbs. Essential oils are great  natural alternatives to synthetic drugs and can be safely used at home to treat common illnesses and avoid multiple trips to the drug store  or the doctors’ office. Children and infants can benefit from them too!

So can an essential oil cure a cold? Yes, that and much more.

 

Here are some success stories from my practice:

One seven year old boy with chronic asthma issues requiring steroids, inhaler and nebulizer treatments particularly through the winter months. His mom chose to use several different eo’s (short for essential oils) and he required no steroids, no inhaler and had to use the nebulizer only 1 time during the winter season. Small investment for eo’s to have on hand, but think about the difference in cost of going to doctor, getting prescriptions filled, and not to mention the side effects of the drugs he would have had to take.

A child who has special needs including a sensory processing disorder. Mom chose to go the eo route and used them for calming. The child experienced much happier days, less stress and less sensory reaction issues.

Of course, these are anecdotes, but when you’ve tried everything else, or would prefer something that can, at worst, cause no harm, an essential oil can be a great tool in your body-healing shed, for both you and your family. For those interested in the medical literature, find many of the studies here. Especially noteworthy are the studies on Alzheimer’s and dementia – could we cure some of society’s ills with lavender oil?

Here are some other uses for essential oils:

Allergy issues: Try lemon, peppermint and lavender oil.

Stomach issues and heart burn: Reach for ginger, peppermint and lemon.

Canker sores: Try Maleluca or Tea tree oil.

Cold symptoms:  Reach for peppermint and frankincense.

You simply could do a medicine cabinet makeover and use essential oils for many issues you normally would make a trip to the drug store for.

There are a lot of different essential oil companies out there.  I have landed on two companies that I like for their quality manufacturing processes and certified therapeutic grade manufacturing. At Jubilee Health I use doterra oils for my patients. Doterra is a multi level marketing company, so you pay a membership fee, like at Sam’s or Costco to get them at wholesale price and then just use them for your family. I also like Mountain Rose Herbs, and you can simply order these online with no membership fee.

If you are interested in learning more, you might want to check out Pinterest, You tube and Face Book, and see what others are doing with their essential oils. I think you will be amazed.

Contact Jubilee Health if you are interested in ordering some to improve the health of your family.

Multi-vitamins: worth it, or not?

I get lots of questions at Jubilee Health about “what should my family be taking every day”, especially when it comes to a multivitamin. There are lots of different products out there and it is hard to know what is right.

Ideally, of course we would hope we wouldn’t have to take a multi vitamin if we had that full time chef cooking all of our food for us. But that is not happening.

And our soil is so depleted of many nutrients and minerals these days that a multi is not a bad idea.  A multi vitamin usually has vitamins AND minerals.  Our soil is especially depleted in minerals, and without minerals our body can’t be at it’s optimal health.  Minerals are they key in creating the catalysts for the enzymatic process so the body can utilize nutrients.  And sometimes we just want the insurance of getting the extra good stuff.

A few tips when choosing a multivitamin:

Does it come from real food? There are a lot of good brands who make it point to let you know their sourcing is from real or whole foods, not a synthetic form. Juice Plus is a good example of a real food vitamin. Vitamins that are synthetically made are hard for the body to process. Here is the hard part, a lot of words look good, but if written in the following manner, they are synthetic and you might do best to avoid these ingredients.

Ergocalciferol (Vitamin D)

d-alpha tocopherol

Folic Acid (B9)

Vitamin A palmitate

Riboflavin (B2)

Pantothenic Acid (B5)

Vitamin A palmitate

pyridoxine

Also, choose capsules instead of tablets- as processing to make tablets can degrade the nutrients.

Kids gummies…. Most of them that I have seen have lots of added things to them to make them taste good for the kids. Yeah, you might can get them to take them easier, but they have a lot more to them that might not be helpful. Try opening a  capsule of better quality and hiding in a little applesauce or smoothie.

Avoid excipients and fillers. Simply read the label before you purchase. Excipients are binders, fillers, flowing agents and “glues” that are often non-nutritive substances used in nutritional products. There are several that are probably best to avoid: propylparabens, magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide, sodium benzoate, methylparaben, FD and C red #33, polyethylene glycol and methacrylic copolymer.

After the human genome project it was found that there are some people who  have a genetic polymorphism called MTHFR-( yes, you read that right – it stands for methytetrahydrofolate reductase). If one is positive for this genetic defect it can mean that you have trouble converting folic acid to a usable form in the body.  The folic acid added to most over the counter supplements is a synthetic form, not to be confused with good folate-rich foods like spinach. With that in mind I recommend buying a product that has a broken down form of folic acid and you will see the words like folinic acid, or 5-methatetrahydrofolate. The two best ones that I know of are Dr. Rons Multi and PRL Daily One.

One of the best supplements you could introduce your family to is cod liver oil . My favorite is Green Pasture (see below). There are others; please contact Jubilee Health for more info. This is one of the best food “supplements” out there. It is not heat or chemically treated, it is made by a traditional process thus leaving all the vitamins, enzymes and minerals intact. (hello incredible multi vitamin!) It is one of the best REAL sources of vitamin A, vitamin D and EPA and DHA! Both my girls were sick this week, and guess what I realized? We had been out of our cod liver oil for a while.

 

 

 

And if you are the adventurous type and want a recipe to try and make some sort of multi on your own head on over to Modern Alternative Mama website and see her cool recipe to make your own multi at home!