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Do you have itchy eyelids? Do you or your children often have eyelid irritations like styes? Sometimes our eyelids are puffy or feel crusty. Women, do you feel like your eye make-up irritates your eyelids? (if it does, bring your make-up to me and I will test it.)

Whether they are irritations, allergies or infections, our eyelids need a little love. This product will help with these issues. In fact, if you use these tissues, you might say goodbye to those issues.

The product is an eye wipe that uses tee tree oil and coconut oil. It feels good. And no, it doesn’t burn. Even your children will like it.

If your child comes home with pink eye or a stye or you feel your eyelid is irritated from your makeup, before you go to bed, use this wipe. If you need to, you can use it everyday. Ahhh…relief! Please, let me know how you like this product.

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Staying Healthy in 2020!

Stay tuned to my health tips in 2020.  I am going to introduce you to therapies you can do at home or in someone’s office.  At this point in time, as much as possible, it is important for you to do for yourself as much as you can.  Why?  There are problems in health care.  Problems with medications.  If you had an alternative that you could use in your own home, would you be interested in pursuing it?  

You may wonder how I stay healthy when I treat people who are sick all the time.  I do self-care to keep me from getting sick and I am going to share that with you in 2020.  I feel like staying healthy is a big job these days.  And it is one of our most important jobs because unless we are healthy, it is hard to enjoy your life.

So come on this ride with me and I will show you how to stay well in a sick world. Invite your friends. Welcome aboard.

Merry Christmas and I’ll see you in 2020!!  Happy New Year!

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If you are a parent, it is only natural to notice the qualities and characteristics of your children.  You want to support positive characteristics and diminish the negative ones.  But do you know which characteristics are negative? 

I read an article about stubborn children.  Being stubborn is a positive sign according to this article.  A stubborn child may be more difficult to teach, but according to this article, it is a positive sign in terms of being successful in life.

I’m not sure their definition of stubborn is the same as mine.  They did say that breaking rules and being defiant with parents was a good predictor of having a higher income as an adult.   See what you think.

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Holiday Pounds

The holidays have arrived.  They are so much fun, but everyone talks about the weight gain.  Hey, it is fun to celebrate with our friends and family.  Right?  After all it is Christmas!

I don’t want people to feel guilty about having treats at this special time of year, but what is your plan to discard the few pounds you might gain?

Maybe you aren’t pulled by food.  I know I am.  It looks so good.  You know what I am talking about.  And most of the time it tastes good too.  I end up eating more than I should.

Intermittent fasting is not new.  You probably know all about it.  But if you don’t, look on youtube for just the right person for you to learn from, I mean, of course, besides me.

Most people can fast.  There are so many ways to do intermittent fasting, there is probably a perfect way for you.  You can make a window of 5 hours a day where you eat, you can eat dinner tonight, and not eat again until tomorrow night.  Listen to what others say about it to find the perfect way to lose those few pounds you might gain over the holiday.  And yes, you can wait until January to start.  The doctor I was listening to tonight said he had gained some weight and started fasting at lunch and breakfast.  After a few days, he got on the scale and found, yes, he had lost a couple of pounds.  He said he kept it up until he had lost the 20 pounds he had “found” over the previous few years.   Most people are surprised how easy it is to do.  Well, not easy, but doable.  Of course, there are some people who shouldn’t fast.  If you have questions, you can always call or text me.  Enjoy your holidays and consider  intermittent fasting now or after the holidays if you add a few pounds. 

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My patients and friends:  Happy Thanksgiving.  

When my great-niece was a little girl, I was at their house and she was setting the table for dinner.  She said, “Let’s do that thing where we go around and say what we are grateful for.”  

Isn’t that a great idea to do every day?  We get in a hurry and are running from one thing to another.  But we can take a moment before eating and teach the children, as well as ourselves, to be thankful for our lives and the love in it.

I love my family, patients and friends.  I consider all of you my family.  And this Thanksgiving, know I am thinking of you and feeling grateful that you share your life with me!

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As we are closing in on the Thanksgiving holiday, yes, let’s be thankful.  And health is at the top of the list.  You expect me to say that.  Right?  But what makes us healthy?

One important aspect of good health is friendship.  Not everyone will love us, we know that.  But to feel that deep sense of friendship where you accept the person for who they are, and feel accepted by them, can make many burdens lighter.  Friendship is the spice in life.  The right kind of friendship helps us see ourselves better.  It helps us love ourselves even when we are not perfect!  It helps us continue when things are difficult and life brings difficulties!

Let’s be thankful for friends, real friends.  It is especially wonderful when family can be friends.  It is a great time of year to re-access your friendships and see where you want to spend your time and energy.  Everyone has limits on time and energy.  Inside we know who to be grateful for in our lives.  Nurture that!

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Hang on Tight. Here We Go!

The holidays have begun.  It is a race and we need to pace ourselves.  It starts before Halloween.  And as soon as the costumes are off, Christmas items are in the stores, even before we order the turkey for Thanksgiving.   After Santa closes the door, we have our eyes on New Year’s festivities.  It is a marathon, not a sprint.  We have to pace ourselves

There are a few things I’d like to remind you to do to help you enjoy the holidays as they are so fun!  Get enough sleep.  Wash your hands often.  Eat well.  Get some exercise.  Plan ahead so you aren’t buying gifts at the last minute.  Wrap gifts ahead of time.  Make your holiday menu early.  

All of these suggestions are to keep you well.  And if you get sick this fall, get in right away and get some herbs and an adjustment so you aren’t out of the race very long!  This is the most fun time of the year! You don’t want to miss it.

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Maybe you know someone who got an infection while in the hospital?  You thought you were safe in a hospital, right?  Think again.  But there is hope.

You see, all breakthroughs are from someone finding their purpose, which is often determined by interest, and struggling with it until the curtain opens and an answer is revealed.

I read this article and felt that way about this Dr. Stephanie Taylor.  She wondered why so many of her patients, who were children, got infection.  She decided to return to school to study architecture because she felt it was due to the layout of the building.

In doing a research project with over 8 million data points, one issue stood out above all others which correlated to infections.  It was dry indoor air.   The most healty relative humidity for indoors to avoid infection is between 40 and 60% relative humidity.  

Now we need to educate!  Hospitals should see this study!  If you know a doctor, forward this article to them.  And don’t forget to check the relative humidity in your own home!

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Let It Snow!

Living in Denver, occasionally we have snow days.  Most snow days we continue our schedule just as we would when it doesn’t snow.  But then there are real snow days.  The city basically shuts down.  As long as the electricity stays on, we are fine watching the snow fall and accumulating.  

When we are forced to stay home because of the elements, we can relax.  There is nothing to do and no place to go.  Maybe the parents play games with the children.  You have a family day.  Children play making a fort with quilts and blankets or play grocery store taking everything out of the pantry.  Or everyone dresses appropriately and makes a snow man. That is what I did on the farm when I was a child.  But that is the way we lived, not the exceptional day.  We did not live the busy lives we live today.  

Yes, we have progressed to computers and phones and we live in a world of constant entertainment.  Things change and I’m in the older crowd.  But really cherish the snow days.  Being home a whole day with no one leaving is an exception to the rule these days.  When it happens, ENJOY IT! 

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Cortisone Shots!

When you injure a joint and go to a medical doctor, often a cortisone shot is suggested.  Many patients have asked me, over the years, what I think of them.  

Understanding that sometimes we are desperate, they can be necessary and helpful.  But make no mistake, the shots will make the arthritis worse over time.  

This isn’t my idea.  It is in the research.  Read this article and beware. 

I’ve had patients who have had marvelous luck with one steroid shot.  Fabulous!! But keep it to a minimum!