There is another way

The Lavender route in Provence, France.   With setting sun giving sunburst from behind a tree.

Health – it is one of those things that you don’t notice it until it is gone.

For me it has been a few times in my life where I was happily traveling along and then bang – it hit me out of the blue.

During one very stressful period of my life about 15 years ago I developed IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome). I literally could tell you where every public toilet was on my walk home from work, what the best time of the day was to use the bathroom in privacy in my workplace (just after lunch was a complete nightmare), and how long it took for food to go from my mouth to the other end! Luckily for me I was also studying to be a naturopath at the time and utilised my student clinic, where one of the final year students treated me. She made such a profound difference in my life, and I am so grateful to her for helping me cope with the stress, and ultimately, become well again.

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Help me Jackie the naturopath! My baby has a head cold

One of the most common questions I get as a naturopath and a mum is how to get rid of a cold/cough/runny nose in a sick child. It actually sparked me to create my Toddler and Kids Immunity program, as it is a common issue in families, particularly coming into winter.

The problem is, the younger the child, the trickier it can be to help with “home remedies” as they are not on solids, so cant take over the counter nutrients and herbs. When younger babies are sick, OR if your older child is catching everything that goes around, and is sick more then they are well, it may be better to bring them in for a naturopathic consultation. However if your child is eating solids and gets the occasional head cold then you may find the following advice helpful.

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MTHFR gene – what is it? And what does it mean?

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Genetics – it seems complicated and mind boggling that a bunch of proteins (our DNA) control every aspect of our lives, and that one very small change in DNA can have far reaching consequences. It is unfortunately true. And science has not been able to change our DNA. We are stuck with what we are dealt at conception.

A new part of genetic investigations is the MTHFR gene variations. Why is this important? Because it is estimated that between 40-60% of the population have a variation in this gene. Chances, are, if you are reading this, you may have one. I have one, and so do many of my patients – hence my strong interest in this area.

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“2 minute” Miso Soup

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I was chatting to a few mums in my mothers group the other day about quick and healthy lunches and I told them about my 2 minute miso soup. It is really easy, quick, and really healthy. I was actually teaching my naturopathic students about the benefits of fermented food a few weeks ago – of which miso is one (but that’s another blog post!). I buy the one from the supermarket (Asian section) but you can also get it from health food stores and obviously Asian grocers. As it is fermented, it lasts for ages in the fridge. I have also discovered that miso doesn’t have to be made from soy. It can be made from any grain, and so it still can be eaten by people who avoid soy.

You can also make this as a “2 minute noodle” work lunch, where you put all the ingredients in a large jar, and then at lunch time you just add boiling water, shake it up and – hey presto – you have a yummy lunch. If doing it this way, I would put 2-3 teaspoons of miso paste in the jar rather than 1 tbsp so it dissolves easier.
Recipe below:

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Toddlers and Children Immunity Program

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I’m sure you will agree that when you have a small child, and that child is sick, everyone suffers – not just the child involved. Sleep deprivation plus grizzles and grumbles, often from the little person who often cant articulate what is wrong – it can be very unpleasant for everyone.

If your little one is at childcare, or kinder, then they will also seem to catch everything going around. A certain amount of this is healthy and ok (3 or 4 colds in a season builds and strengthens their immune system) however when they are sick more often than they are well, this is a problem and something can be done.

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