Category: diet and health

Utah’s Juvenile Type 2 Diabetes Problem

Utah actually has a higher than average rate of juvenile type 2 diabetes. This started as an assignment for one of my public health classes, but I’m sharing it here as we head into the sugariest time of the year. Utah’s issues with obesity and diabetes are nowhere near what they are in other places (the Southern states), but it is growing. The paper … Read More Utah’s Juvenile Type 2 Diabetes Problem

Can I Consume It While I’m Breastfeeding?

The answer is yes… and no… and maybe under certain conditions… In no particular order, here are some of the most commonly questioned substances and the verdict on each one: Tobacco No. Obviously, no one should smoke. Ever. But there are certain risks associated with breastfeeding and smoking. Heavy smokers (20+ cigarettes a day) increase the likelihood of passing nicotine to the baby. The … Read More Can I Consume It While I’m Breastfeeding?

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Feeding Your Body, Baby and Spirit During Fasting Days

My daughter was screaming at me because I had put her in the play yard after she tried to eat a piece of paper that was destined to become an orange origami rose. (I was having “Special Time” with my 7 year old. He said he wanted me to help him make an origami box and and an origami rose so that he could … Read More Feeding Your Body, Baby and Spirit During Fasting Days

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I Love WIC- But We Need Some Changes To Food Packages

First of all: Happy World Breastfeeding Week!!! Along with that, this week is also the first ever National WIC Breastfeeding Week. I love the concept of the WIC program. The Supplementary Food For Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program is supposed to increase access to healthy food for low-income pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, babies and children under 5. The problem is that some of … Read More I Love WIC- But We Need Some Changes To Food Packages

Pregnancy, Breastfeeding And That Little Legalized Leaf

Note: This post is only looking at marijuana use in women who are not taking other drugs. Mothers who are taking marijuana in addition to drugs like cocaine, meth, heroin, etc. have more complicated issues and probably somewhat different perceptions of marijuana use than women who are only using marijuana, especially under legalized circumstances. OK, onwards… I had to write a paper for my … Read More Pregnancy, Breastfeeding And That Little Legalized Leaf

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Kombucha: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and the Neutral

Most labels describe kombucha as a tea, but that’s actually only true in the loosest sense. Kombucha is a fermented drink, very similar to raw apple cider vinegar. How is kombucha made? Well, you make some black, green or oolong tea and add some sugar. (Some people use herbal teas too- rooibos is especially popular.) When the tea is sufficiently cooled off, you dump … Read More Kombucha: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and the Neutral

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Measles, Dying in Childbirth, VBAC’s, Hospitals and Why Bambi Is Deadlier Than An Alligator

The odds of measles complications are high at 1/1000… The CDC says that 1 in 1,000 people with measles will develop encephalitis and that 1 in 1,000 people with measles will die. 1 in 1,000 is pretty high. …But the odds of maternal death from blood clots are low at 1/1,000 On the other hand, the risk of maternal death is concerning but relatively … Read More Measles, Dying in Childbirth, VBAC’s, Hospitals and Why Bambi Is Deadlier Than An Alligator

Public Health Mythbusters Edition: Raw Milk, Friend or Foe?

The last twenty years have not been kind to Louis Pasteur. He ordered that his laboratory notebooks be withheld from outsiders, but in the 1970’s one of his heirs left them to the Bibilotheque Nationale in Paris. In the mid-1990’s a researcher from Princeton went through the notebooks and then wrote a book on what he found. Since then embarrassing revelation after embarrassing revelation … Read More Public Health Mythbusters Edition: Raw Milk, Friend or Foe?

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Making Peace With Your Diet Through Traditional Chinese Medicine

We’ve all been through different diets to try and eat healthy. Vegan, vegetarian, raw, gluten-free, paleo and the list goes on… Some people see phenomenal results with one way of eating while others see little to no change. It used to be a big mystery to me. But the more I’ve studied the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective on diet, the more I understand. … Read More Making Peace With Your Diet Through Traditional Chinese Medicine