Month: May 2015

“Midwife Amanda Burleigh has finally succeeded in her fight to change the guidelines for cutting off the umbilical cord after birth.”, By Alyssa Fiorentino

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“After 10 years, midwife Amanda Burleigh has finally succeeded in her fight to change the guidelines for cutting off the umbilical cord after birth.

Since the 1950s, the standard for cutting the umbilical cord required that it be cut within seconds of the baby’s birth. This has been considered best practice as it is meant to reduce the risk of the hormonal injection—given to the mother to stop hemorrhaging—from reaching the baby’s blood stream and causing health issues. However, since the drug has been replaced with a safer alternative, Burleigh has questioned whether or not this practice should remain in place.

Over the past decade, the midwife has sought to change this method, insisting that the baby be kept attached to its mother longer. She followed her hunch, that the umbilical cord should not be cut while it is still pulsating with blood, with medical research that provided solid evidence that she was right.

Burleigh’s original thought was that cutting the cord too soon deprived the newborns of vital blood cells from the placenta. With the help of a group of fellow medical experts, evidence was found that the standard practice for cutting the cord could deprive a baby of one third of its blood stock. It was also linked to an increased risk of iron deficiency anaemia, which can lead to cognitive learning delays.

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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has officially changed the guidelines for cutting umbilical cords to now state that doctors and midwives should not routinely cut the cord “earlier than one minute from the birth of the baby.” It also suggests that the wait last anywhere from one to five minutes, or longer per the mother’s request.

Burleigh, who was recently named Midwife of the Year by the British Journal Of Midwifery, believes this is best for newborns.

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Full article link below:

http://www.womansday.com/health-fitness/news/a50495/something-that-always-happens-right-after-birth-is-about-to-change-forever/

“Detoxing For Brain Health – New Research Findings: CranioSacral Therapy Improves Glymphatic Cleansing of Brain Tissue”, By Carolyn Simon

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“CranioSacral Therapy Enhances Glymphatic Cleansing
Although glymphatic cleansing is a newly identified process, the concept of a stronger fluid motion through the brain is not new. Craniosacral therapy pioneer Dr. John Upledger hypothesised his “Pressurestat Model” of fluctuating CSF production within a semi-closed hydraulic system back in the early 1980s. This model of CSF moving under pressure within the dural membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord was the basis of his evolving research and development of craniosacral therapy. There is now an extensive body of evidence of the health-promoting effects of craniosacral therapy, published by craniosacral therapists among a worldwide network of practicing clinicians.

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, hands-on body therapy that engages with the body’s craniosacral system, the interactive physiological environment surrounding and protecting the brain and spinal cord. The focus in craniosacral therapy is encouraging the release of trauma locked within the tissues, improving physiological function and promoting the body’s natural healing processes. Craniosacral techniques restore and enhance fluid movement within the brain and spinal cord and throughout the whole body. During craniosacral therapy cerebrospinal fluid motion is increased, improving glymphatic flushing of the brain tissues.

Adequate flushing of the brain environment is essential for brain detoxification, nutrition and normal range of function. Scientists’ recent discovery of the glymphatic system’s mechanism informs Dr. Upledger’s earlier hypothesis. Just as importantly, it affirms craniosacral therapy as an effective and established treatment option for enhancing brain cleansing in cases of brain disease or injury and as a preventative measure”

By Carolyn Simon

Full article link below:

http://www.bewellbuzz.com/journalist-buzz/detoxing-brain-health-research-findings-craniosacral-therapy-improves-glymphatic-cleansing-brain-tissue/

Pillows: Goldilocks Pillows Ltd

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Good quality mattress and pillows are very important:

1/ to maintain a good/neutral alignment for your back (neck, thoracic/mid back and lumbar spine/low back)

2/ to prevent further issues

3/ to maintain all the good work between your osteopathic sessions

If you are sleeping on your back you won’t need the same size/height of pillows than the height required for an optimal spinal position if you are sleeping on your side…

Most people change position during the night, however after few osteopathic sessions some people usually get more comfortable in one position which was not before starting osteopathic sessions.

As restrictions in the body, imbalances, accumulation of strains, tightness, asymetries accumulate, the body starts to get tired of compensating and/or adaptating which is then leading to pain/inflammation at different areas and dysfunctions.

Checking simple things such as mattress quality (firm enough) and good supporting pillow can make a big difference, helping you sleeping better (in term of quality and quantity), helping you to integrate the good changes from osteopathic sessions and giving a chance to your body to recover.

I am not affiliated with Goldilocks Pillows Ltd, I just like these products because I have good experiences with them privately and professionally, and I enjoy giving you information so you can take your health into your own hands.

http://goldilockspillows.co.uk/

Meditation App Anamaya: “An empowering self-development and meditation resource for life on the go.”, Graham Doke

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As an osteopath, I recommend meditation for many reasons.

By experience, I found it very helpful for some patients in between osteopathic sessions, it helps regulating stress, anxiety, being more positive, improving emotional awareness, helps to focus to perform better, being just less worried, or more relaxed, it can help to improve your motivation as well.

I like to give to my patients advice / tools that they can use in between osteopathic sessions to improve their lifestyle, and meditation is one of them.

One very common comment I hear is “where can I go to meditate?”, or “I don’t have the time to go somewhere for this”.

I think that the Anamaya App is an excellent idea, as it gives more people the chance to create space in their “me time” for meditation sessions, at home, travelling, or outdoors.

http://anamaya.co/

Essential baby remedies, by Ingefleur Homeopathy

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“If you purchased the Childbirth Kit from Helios for the birth or if you have the Basic 18 or 36 kit from Helios, you will have all the remedies below. If you have neither though, and you want to start building your little home pharmacy but have no idea where to start, then definitely get the 5 remedies below with special mention of Arnica to have in your purse! All remedies aer suitable from anywhere between a 6c and 30c (the latter is the most common in the UK) but in cases of fever or fabulous teething you might like to have a 200c as this potency matches the intensity of a fever or the teething.

Arnica – for any bumps and bruised. Great trauma remedy so also will help your child calm down when having made a fall. Surely a remedy to keep in your handbag alongside an Arnica cream or gel.

Belladonna – number one remedy for fever. Give your baby this remedy before you reach for the Calpol and chances are you won’t need it at all. Useful remedy also in ear aches if the child is very hot, has a flushed face and is in a bad mood.

Calcarea Carbonica – good remedy for most babies when they have a very stuffy cold and are otherwise quite happy. Can be useful in constipation and is the second remedy you would consider for teething especially if teeth are coming through very slowly.

Chamomilla – your best friend in teething. First remedy to think of, especially if teething is accompanied by diarrhoea and if your child is very fussy and upset with the teething.

Pulsatilla – probably your number one remedy for colds in babies and toddlers. Often there is yellow/green discharge from the nose and the child is more clingy or tearful than usual. If the latter is the case this is your remedy also in case of a fever. Colds that go into the lungs, and that are worse at night with runny discharge during the day are also great indications for this remedy. Can be useful to alternate with Chamomilla in earaches that are not clearly Belladonna or if Belladonna does not relieve.

Bonus remedy for momma: Cocculus Indica – this has saved many mothers for sure. If you have been having bad nights and you wake exhausting, feeling a bit dizzy or sick during the day (like a jetlag), or nursing leaves you exhausted, Cocculus is your friend!

The remedies above are very useful in acute self-limiting diseases. Please remember however that if you notice that the remedy is not working or needs to be repeated frequently, another remedy may be indicated and it would be worthwhile to get in touch for a consultation.”

By Ingefleur Spreij

Full article link below:

http://www.ingefleur.com/babyremedies.html

Fertility & preconception, by Ingefleur Homeopathy

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” […] With the introduction of the contraceptive pill women have gotten more control over what is happening to their body when it comes to not falling pregnant. However, as many women have experienced, getting pregnant after several years of contraception may now not be so easy. This is not only because the natural hormone cycle is disturbed with contraception but also because women increasingly start having children at a later age.

Whether you have been on contraception or not, if you want to get pregnant the most important thing is that you are in the best health possible. To give your baby a good start you want the “soil” to be the best possible right? This means that your body systems should work the best possible and your toxicity levels as low as possible (this includes stress!), and that there needs to be plenty of nutrition. Remember that although the baby develops in your body and you need to be in the best condition possible, when trying for a baby your partner needs to be in the best health possible too!

Many factors can influence difficulty in conceiving. Factors for both males and females:

  • Obesity or lack of nutrition
  • Infections such as sexually transmitted diseases
  • Toxic metal levels in the body
  • Increased alcohol intrake
  • Smoking
  • Chronic stress
  • Unbalanced hormonal levels
  • Physical or emotional trauma
  • (Recreational) drugs
  • Chronic disease such as diabetes

Male specific factors that affect fertility:

  • Occupations that overheat the scrotum area such as men working in bakeries
  • Varicose veins in scrotum area
  • Other conditions such as raised sperm antibodies or chromosomal abnormalities

Female specific factors that affect fertility:

  • Chronic disease such as endometriosis, polycystic ovaries syndrome, diabetes
  • Fibroids
  • Structural abnormalities such as a tilted uterus
  • Hyper acidity
  • Chronic candida infection

This can be a scary list, however… many of these things can be dealt with! Some of the issues above you and partner can tackle yourselves:

  • Make any needed lifestyle changes. Make sure you get all your vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. Reduce alcohol intake, sugar intake, loose some weight if needed, consider seeing a nutritionist. Sleep enough, and get those stress levels down!
  • Make sure the guy’s semen is not overheated. So wear loose fitting underwear and clothing. Examine your lifestyle to see if there is anything that may cause overheating such as cycling or working in a bakery.
  • If you have been on the contraceptive pill, injections or coil, make sure you wait three months before you start trying (use condoms in the mean time). If you had a miscarriage wait preferably longer than that; up to 6 months to help the body recover from the trauma.
  • Don’t worry too much about when you are ovulating, just make sure you have sex three times a week at least. Charting can help however to give you an idea of whether you are ovulating and when.

Some of the factors in the (in)fertility list are not easily fixable with lifestyle changes. If you have done all the above and after 7 months to a year you have not fallen pregnant yet, it is a good idea to get yourselves checked out. Go to your GP and have all the regular tests done to see if there are any obvious reasons that you haven’t conceived yet.

Even if the tests are inconclusive however, homeopathic treatment can greatly raise your chances of conceiving.

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Tip: if you like flower essences, try the Woman combination from Australian Bushflowers. It is a combination of flower essences aimed at anything female including premenstrual symptoms, menstrual symptoms, conception, pregnancy, post pregnancy and menopause. It is available in drops, a oral spray, and a cream (yummy!).”

By Ingefleur Spreij

Full article link below:

http://www.ingefleur.com/fertility.html