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Parenting is not an easy task under the best of circumstances, and parenting a child with chronic health challenges is especially tough. Can you avoid the pitfalls of helicopter parenting when you raise a child with health challenges? At what point does caring and resourceful parenting become overbearing and counterproductive?

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Many of us, who are practicing diets free of refined sugars, use honey as a sweetener of choice. Natural, full of micronutrients, antibacterial, what’s not to like? Why limit the good stuff?

 

For the most part, our body recognizes honey as a simple sugar, and science has already established the fact that sugar promotes inflammation. In fact, many dieters who only saw limited results from eating classic SCD, found that avoiding honey resulted in better progress towards healing.

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The future is here! For less than $400 you can get a tailored nutrition plan, based upon the sequencing of your gut microbiome. Is the expense worth it? That depends on what you are trying to achieve, and who you ask .

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A steady stream of books about diet therapies and healthy eating has been reshaping the way many people eat in the past few years. These books, published by popular doctors and bio-hackers, all teach eating principles that are very similar to the SCD. Some of these ‘new’ diets focus on disease management, and some focus on health maintenance and disease prevention.

If you already eat based upon the principles of SCD, GAPS, AIP Paleo, Whole 30, or any comparable variant, you are way ahead of the curve. However, if you want to sharpen your tools and improve your diet even more, you owe it to yourself to keep up with the current research and accumulated data.

...continue reading "SCD and Dr. Hyman’s new book FOOD"

Not enough people are familiar with the crowded field of personal gut health apps.
Those who practice the specific carbohydrate diet may be familiar with SCD Buddy. It is a free phone app that only covers the basic SCD allowed / not-allowed list, but can be very helpful for those just trying to master the principals of SCD. There are also many apps for users of the Paleo diet and even for low FODMAP dieters.

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Controlled breathing can be one of the most potent tools for managing symptoms, creating and sustaining wellness. Breathing techniques provide an easy, drug free option to reduce symptoms of gut disorders and improve digestion.

Controlled breathing, often called breathwork, is also very effective for pain management and helps with many other maladies, like stress, anxiety, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, attention deficit disorder and high blood pressure, to name a few.

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Low bone mineral density, osteoporosis, and osteopenia are known risk factors for both male and female patients with gut disorders and IBD. The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America reports that 30 to 60 percent of people with IBD may have low bone density, which puts them at significant risk for osteoporosis. Lack of awareness leads to a situation where many patients who should be tested are not being referred to diagnostic tests, and therefore are not receiving therapy to reduce fracture risk. It is important for physicians to understand the magnitude of this risk and to refer patients to DEXA tests (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) for timely diagnosis. ...continue reading "Gut disorders increase risk of osteoporosis"

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Through years of mentoring and interacting with motivated and highly educated parents and with medical professionals, we have accumulated a comprehensive list of cold remedies that were tried by many reliable families and verified as helpful. Our earlier post from 2015 on the topic of cold and flu season provided a general overview. We now expand on this subject, offering more helpful details.

Maintaining gut wellness while fighting a cold is essential. The basic principle of gut friendly practice is to minimize the ingestion of medications whenever possible. Instead, prefer topical medications whenever those options are available. 

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A newly published research article raises growing concerns about the safety of dairy products.

The research was conducted by Michael Collins, Professor of Microbiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in cooperation with Irene Grant from the Institute for Global Food Security, School of Biological Sciences, Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom, shows a high survival rate of MAP bacteria in powdered milk products.
The study authors concluded: "the broader food safety implications of detecting viable MAP in this type of dried dairy product are not insignificant given that powdered infant formulae is consumed by young babies with immature immune systems."

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A grain-free dairy-free delight

This Cinnamon Babka is highly addictive. Our family feels compelled to keep shaving off slices to "straighten the edge". Originally, Babka was a traditional sweet eastern European yeast cake. This version is grain and dairy free yet very close in taste and texture to the original. It is enjoyed even by those who do not observe SCD.

Babka Loaf

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