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  • Get Ready for 'Back to School' With These 5 Blogs

    by Paula Gallagher | August 19, 2014

    back to school joeI am 2 weeks away from sending my oldest back to school. It always seems like a bit of a last-minute scramble to get him (and me) prepared for the school year. Here are five blogs that will help make the transition from easy summer living to a more structured routine, a little smoother.

    1. Five Tips For Back-to-School Health
    Inevitably kids get sick. Diet, sleep and hygiene all play roles in keeping your kids healthy.

    2. Back to School... For Moms
    The Mojo Coach, Debi Silber, reminds us that there are lot of things that moms – and dads – can do to help make back-to-school easier for everyone.

    3. Sunday Radio Show: Some Homeopathic Solutions for Back-to-School
    Listen as host Dana Laake and her special guest Dr. Christophe Merville discuss homeopathic solutions for stress, sleeplessness, and sports injuries as children head back to school.

    4. Do Your Kids Have Lice?
    A gross yet all too common reality for many parents and their kids. Learn how to get rid of those nasty pests naturally.

    5. Healthy Snacks For Kids
    Great snack ideas to help  support attention, focus and concentration between meals.

  • Why Stress is Dangerous: Types, Causes and Risks

    by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | August 18, 2014

    stressThere are two types of stress and most of us have experienced one or both, at times. There are many causes and more risks involved than you may realize, but the good news is that not all stress is dangerous and there are ways to lessen your stress and enjoy better health.

    Acute Stress: Momentary help in times of danger

    Acute stress is the term for what occurs when your body senses danger and adapts to the threat by making physical changes, enabling you to avoid greater potential harm. This protective mechanism, crucial to your safety and designed to protect you, causes your body to secrete chemicals and stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, in response to your thoughts and prepares your body for “fight or flight.”

    For example, let’s say you’re crossing a street to meet your friend at the local coffee shop and notice a car quickly approaching. You see the car and understand the risks, which causes you to feel fear and anxiety (learned behaviors that we only feel when we decide something is dangerous or anxiety provoking). Your body adapts to this stress by secreting chemicals and hormones, sending messages to your heart, lungs and organs to prepare them to handle the crisis.

    • Your heart rate increases
    • Blood flow is diverted to muscles allowing for quick movement
    • Pupils dilate and more oxygen flows through your lungs for an extra burst of energy

    These changes allow you to react quickly, enabling you to jump onto the curb to safety. Within a short period of time, your body calms down and things return to normal, allowing you to continue on to the meeting with your friend over your favorite cup of coffee.  Read more

  • Unhealthy Negative Relationships: Why Positive Thinkers Feel Better, Live Longer

    by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | August 12, 2014

    HappyTell me who you spend your time with and I’ll tell you how you feel. What? No…really, I can and here’s why:

    We often take on the feelings, behaviors and attitudes of those we spend time with, like the co-worker or friend who’s always complaining and speaking negatively about her body, job, relationships – and basically, her life! Do you know why she looks forward to spending time with you? Because it’s her opportunity to vent about it all and find relief. Afterwards, she feels better, much lighter, freer and ready to get on with her day, but how do you feel?

    I’m guessing that you probably feel drained, deflated and uninspired. Although your intention was to be a good friend and listener, once you became involved emotionally in your friends negativity, you were brought right down with her, right?

    Negative relationships affect your health and happiness

    Now, what about the friend who is lighthearted and enthusiastic, embracing life with eagerness and zest. Just thinking about the time you spend together brings a smile to your face because it’s always fun, relaxing and enjoyable. The relationship is easy, which makes it easy to be excited about the rest of your day. When you hang out with this person, you’re able to:  Read more

  • Stress Series: A Natural Approach to Dealing With Anxiety

    by Paula Gallagher | August 7, 2014

    In this next part of our series on stress, we will talk about a natural approach to dealing with anxiety.

    Anxiety is a normal human emotion. You may feel anxious, or nervous, when faced with a problem, taking a test, making an important decision, or when afraid. When these feelings cause such distress that it interferes with a person's ability to lead a normal life, then it can be considered an anxiety disorder.

    There  are different types of anxiety disorders:

    Panic disorder: Panic anxiety disorder is having the feelings of terror that strike suddenly and repeat with no warning. Anxiety symptoms related to panic disorders include sweating, chest pain, palpitations (irregular heartbeats), and feeling of choking.

    Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): OCD is having constant thoughts or fears that cause you to perform certain routines or rituals. The disturbing thoughts are obsessions and the rituals are compulsions.

    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): PTSD can develop following a traumatic and/or terrifying event, the unexpected death of a loved one, or a sexual or physical assault, among other things. People often have lasting and frightening memories of the event and tend to be emotionally numb.  Read more

  • Dealing With Stress: A Natural Approach

    by Paula Gallagher | July 29, 2014

    Stress is unavoidable and is part of our lives.

    Some stress can be good. A certain amount of stress motivates us to grow and mature. However, constant stress can lead to a host of health problems. Over the next few weeks, this series will look at how stress can cause anxiety, depression, memory problems and overall mood issues. We will also discuss some natural remedies for dealing with stress, including what you can do to avoid it in the first place.

    Our bodies are designed to handle stress. In fact, the adrenal glands are the endocrine organs responsible for the body’s response to stress. However, when stress is prolonged, the physical effects of stress begin to show. This is due to increased production by the adrenal glands of the hormone cortisol, which can affect everything from blood sugar levels to thyroid hormone production and sleep quality.

    Fortunately, there are measures that can be taken to reduce the physical and emotional toll of stress on the body. Stress reduction techniques like meditation, biofeedback, exercising, or yoga are invaluable. In addition, there are several nutritional supplements that can reduce the effects of stress. To learn more about what you can do, visit our blog next week, when we will be talking about anxiety.

    If you would like some support now, Village Green’s naturopathic doctors and certified nutritionists are available for individualized consultations for a personal assessment of your unique situation. During your appointment (either by phone or in-person), our practitioners will:  Read more

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