Mommy, Do I Have to Get a Shot?

 After listening to my 5 year old cough, off and on, for 8 days and then running a low temperature (99-100 degrees) fever for 3 days, I called our pediatrician.  As we pulled into the parking lot at the pediatrician's office Saturday morning, my daughter asks form the back seat, "Mommy, do I have to get a shot?"  I reassured her that no she would not get a shot at this visit, but next week for her 5 year check-up would be a different answer.  At this visit, the typical exam was done and she was diagnosed with atypical pneumonia treatable with antibiotics.  The next visit she would be finishing her immunizations/vacccinations, getting ready for Kindergarten in the fall, so shots are in her near future....more

Affordable Care Act Update: One Part Delayed; Open Enrollment on Schedule for October

Other aspects of the Affordable Care Act are still set to unroll on schedule, including many programs that specifically benefit women.  If you've had decent insurance for years, you may not be impressed with the offerings, but for the millions who have had sub-par insurance or have opted not to seek preventative care due to costs, these changes could mean life or death. ...more
Thanks for the update, Melissa. I know this is super confusing for a lot of people, but I really ...more

MyPlate Introduces New Food Recommendations

The Food Pyramid was considered the standard for healthy eating for almost 20 years.  First Lady Michelle Obama , the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and Surgeon General Regina Benjamin created an updated visual infographic and it’s called MyPlate....more

Chicken Pox Vaccination

What many of us forget is that virtually everyone used to get chicken pox. That meant that there were between 3-4 million cases each year.  While the vast majority of people recovered after a few days of  itching and feeling miserable, there were still about 100 people, mostly children who died from chicken pox each year....more

Allergies, Asthma, My Children's Health and Climate Protests

What is the connection between the proposed XL Pipeline that would carry Tar Sands Oil from Alberta, Canada to Texas, and my children’sPhoto Credit: Shutterstock...more
I live in Edmonton, Alberta - gateway to the north, about an eight hour drive south of the Tar ...more

Children, Vaccines & Polio Oubreak???

Vaccines, Kids and Polio Outbreak??? When I was first pregnant a few years ago, the debate started. To vaccinate or not....more

The Poop on Pampers Dry Max Diapers vs Facebook Moms: A Rash of Rashes or Rash Rush to Recall?

There's a battle raging online over little butts. Parents on Facebook posting cringe-worthy stories and photos of rashes, blisters, burns, and bleeding they attribute to Pamper's new Dry Max diapers....more

Asthma, Allergies and the change in seasons

After receiving so much great feedback from my last blog on asthma and allergies, I thought I would write some more about the topic.  I’m learning more and more about asthma and allergies as my son grows.  It seems th...more

Eating Disorders and Kids: Why we Need to Pay Close Attention

Sometimes my 2 year old toddler refuses to eat. Sometimes this last for 2 meals in a row.  Sometimes for 2 consecutive days. A close friend of mine’s seven year old child is overweight and snacks all the time....more

EDNOS is very prevalent, yet most folks have never heard of it. It's important that a person ...more

Pesticides and ADHD: Having Salad with a Side of Suspected Toxins

 I try to buy organic fruits and veggies, at least the dirty dozen.  Organic milk too. Pasta, once or twice....more