Back to School- Keeping the Kids (and Yourself!) Healthy

It’s not just kids and parents who get sick in the fall. More sick kids = more sick parents = more sick people sneezing on your kale. We spend more time inside as the weather cools down. We find ourselves getting less exercise. We are more likely to turn to poor habits as we head into winter.

That said, this post will focus on the littles since it’s back-to-school season. I’ll be writing more about healthy immune systems as we head into fall!

A healthy developing child will on average get about 4 illnesses during any given year.  On the contrast, healthy adults would get approximately 2 illnesses a year.

What happens in the school environment that makes kids more susceptible to getting sick? (more…)

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Do different types of sugar affect me differently? | Ask Dr. Samantha Video

Do you think that all natural sugars are ok in moderation? The answer is…it depends.   Ready to learn more about sugar and your body? Read these two articles (they’re both in the most-read list of my articles): Dr Samantha’s Top Tips for Kicking Sugar to the Curb Why is sugar so addictive? 

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What To Do If You Get Off Track

I saw a patient a while back who went on a new medication that changed everything. We’d been working together for a year or so and she really, really wanted to see if she could get her health sorted without taking any prescription medications. It doesn’t matter what she had going on, or what medication was on the table because this story isn’t about the condition, or...

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Dr. Samantha’s Top Tips for Healthy Eating on Vacation

Once when I mentioned to a patient that I was heading on vacation she responded, with a wink, “oooooh, I hope you plan to have a realllllly good time.” At first I was a bit confused as to what she was suggesting! Then I realized we had been talking about nutrition so I clarified that this was the topic at hand (thankfully it was!) I...

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How To Make Bone Broth (and Why!)

A number of years ago, I was introduced to bone broth. I admit that I was a little squeamish about the idea of it at first, but I decided to give it a try. Although I tend to avoid things that are all the rage, I understood that bone broth has a wonderful nutritional profile. I was thrilled when I discovered that it was also...

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Overcoming Overwhelm: Coloring to Rethink Your Relationship with Stress

One of my favorite things to do with patients is to illustrate concepts with drawings (I actually do this across the desk and draw upside down which makes it even more fun…but I’m a dork like that!) For allergy patients I draw a nose sniffing a flower and then how the body responds with a cellular reaction, ultimately leading to a runny nose and sinus inflammation....

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