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A Different Way of Looking at Endometriosis

25 Jul

Moms and Exhaustion

19 Jul

Genetic Diversity

13 Jul

What is the Home Birth Experience Like?

21 Nov

Lincey KnoxAs you can imagine we have a lot of newly pregnant women here at Holistic Wellness. It’s a huge perk of the job! I frequently discuss birth options with my newly pregnant clients. Should I have a home birth, birth center birth, hospital birth? Should I use a certified professional midwife (CPM), a certified nurse midwife (CNM), or an M.D.? I’m excited for you to read the following post regarding the safety of midwife attended birth from midwife and guest blogger Lincey Knox, LM, CPM

What is the Home Birth Experience like?

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When a woman is empowered to set the tone for her own labor and birth she will naturally desire a safe and relaxing atmosphere.

In a home birth setting, the client is surrounded by the scents, sounds, and familiarity (own bed, bathroom, etc) that she is accustomed to, adding to her sense of safety and security. Feeling safe and allowing one’s body to relax and surrender to the natural process of labor is important. “It is safe to say that a woman should give birth in a place she feels is safe…For a low-risk pregnant woman this can be at home…” The relationship built between client and midwife facilitates a sense of trust and security and is an important aspect of safety in home births. Trusting the caregiver allows a woman to focus on the task before her rather than being concerned about what procedures may be done to her or the baby, which you find in most hospital settings. Midwives provide woman-centered care for low risk pregnancies. A midwife enters the home of her client with an attitude of respect continuing to facilitate a feeling of trust and safety as the woman labors and births at home.

Studies show risk in home birth is equal to or lower than the risk of delivering in a hospital and is associated with a much lower occurrence of intervening procedures during labor and delivery.

“Recognizing the evidence that births to healthy mothers, who are not considered at medical risk after comprehensive screening by trained professionals, can occur safely in various settings, including out-of-hospital birth centers and homes.”

In the right setting, with a low risk mother/baby pair and a trained and trusted midwife home birth is safe. Research your options and find a midwife that supports you in choosing what is best for you and your baby!

For other blogs in this series please see:  The Midwifery Model of Care and Is Midwife Attended Birth Safe?

Byline: Lincey Knox, LM, CPM

For those seeking additional information, the paper, Care in Normal Birth: a practical guide from the World Health Organization is an amazing resource.

****** If you’re not pregnant yet, pre-conception care is what you do to prepare yourself to become pregnant. Come learn how to enhance your health in preparation for optimal fertility, a healthy full-term pregnancy, a straightforward labor, a rapid recovery, successful breastfeeding – and of course,a bright, healthy beautiful baby! Learn how nutrition, changes in body composition, exercise and sleep can positively impact female and male fertility and impact the health of any future pregnancy. 

Is Midwife Attended Birth Safe?

10 Nov

Lincey Knox, MidwifeAs you can imagine we have a lot of newly pregnant women here at Holistic Wellness.  It’s a huge perk of the job!  I frequently discuss birth options with my clients. Should I have a home birth, birth center birth, hospital birth? Should I use a certified professional midwife (CPM), a certified nurse midwife (CNM), or an M.D.?   I’m excited for you to read the following post regarding the safety of midwife attended birth from midwife and guest blogger Lincey Knox, LM, CPM

Is Midwife Attended Birth Safe?

Is Midwife Attended Birth Safe? As a midwife, this is probably the question I hear most often. While the mother generally asks about the more relational aspects of care, the father is often more concerned with the impact a home birth will have on the family’s finances – and more importantly – the safety of his wife and child. As a midwife, one of my greatest responsibilities is to help my clients make informed choices by presenting them with accurate facts and the most up to date information available. Midwives are advocates and a source of support for mother and baby.

Planned home births are chosen by more and more women. The questions surrounding the safety of home birth are currently at the forefront of several studies. Women who receive care with a midwife are receiving woman-centered, personalized care that empowers women to make informed choices about their prenatal care and labor preferences.

So what are the studies saying? Almost all of the studies examined showed that women who had a planned home birth with a midwife had significantly less vaginal tears, postpartum hemorrhages, episiotomies (3.1% v. 16.9%), and labors ending in cesarean deliveries (7.2% v. 11%).  With home birth deliveries there are fewer unnecessary antepartum interventions for both the mother and the baby.

OUTCOMES FOR NEWBORNS:

Depending on the study you read, you will find conflicting reports. Some studies show that the risk of home birth is too great to consider it safe, while others show that the incidence of neonatal death (death of a baby between days 1 and 28) and the rate of medical interventions are much lower at home compared to at the hospital.  Where the studies differ is in the outcome for the newborn. Some studies show that neonatal mortality rates are higher for women that choose a planned home birth with a midwife. However, it is important to point out that not all of these studies used “planned” home births in compiling their data. A planned home birth is safer than an unplanned home birth and should not be lumped together in the same category of home birth.  An unplanned home birth is often an unattended birth and thus the mother and baby are at increased risk as there is no provider attending to the mother/baby pair.  In addition, there are strict guidelines that midwives use in order for a mother/baby pair to qualify for a home birth. In cases where working within the safety of these parameters can not be assured, then a birth center or hospital birth is recommended for the safety of both mother and baby.

A study entitled “Outcomes of planned home birth with registered midwife versus planned hospital birth with midwife or physician” conducted in Canada looked at home births with midwives vs. hospital births. This study showed perinatal death at a rate of 0.35 per 1,000 births for home births and 0.64 per 1,000 births for hospital births,. The study also showed other benefits of home birth including less need for neonatal resuscitation, decreased meconium aspiration, and decreased need for NICU admittance. The safety of the baby is reliant on the health of the mother, risk factors associated with her pregnancy, the overall feeling of safety and trust of the client in her caregiver, and the education and experience of the midwife attending the birth.

Stay tuned for part II of this blog!

References:

1 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2742137/
2 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2742137/
http://www.acog.org/Resources-And-Publications/Committee-Opinions/Committee-on-Obstetric-Practice/Planned-Home-Birth
4 http://www.acog.org/Resources-And-Publications/Committee-Opinions/Committee-on-Obstetric-Practice/Planned-Home-Birth
5 http://www.nct.org.uk/birth/home-birth-safe
6 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2742137/
7 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9271961

****** If you’re not pregnant yet, pre-conception care is what you do to prepare yourself to become pregnant. Come learn how to enhance your health in preparation for optimal fertility, a healthy full-term pregnancy, a straightforward labor, a rapid recovery, successful breastfeeding – and of course,a bright, healthy beautiful baby! Learn how nutrition, changes in body composition, exercise and sleep can positively impact female and male fertility and impact the health of any future pregnancy. 

What are Xenoestrogens?

8 Sep

hormone balance xenoestrogens

Here at holistic wellness we get at least one call each day asking if Dr. Naumes, ND can help rebalance female hormones.  Some of these women have acne, others PCOS, still others have painful menstrual cycles or have never felt right after pregnancy.  Through an individualized approach using nutrition, exercise, appropriate laboratory testing, botanical remedies, detoxification and supplementation we can help correct imbalances.

Here’s a tiny snippet on why detoxification is important:

Xenoestrogens are substances that biologically function like estrogen but are not identical to the hormones we make in our body.  There are three kinds of xenoestrogens: naturally occurring ones such as saponins in the yam species, deliberately manufactured estrogen analogues such as HRT or oral contraceptives, and substances manufactured for a different purpose but possessing estrogen-like properties.  Women should be aware of avoidable exposure and actively support their body’s detoxification process if they want to rebalance their helter skelter hormones.

A few of the many sources of xenoestrogens include intravaginal spermicide, make-up, canned foods containing BPA, dental sealants, baby bottles, plastic food wrap and containers, herbicides, pesticides  and detergents whose alkyl phenols release estrogenic byproducts upon degradation.  Because these substances persist in the body, they can lead to hormone imbalances over long periods of time.  Pollutants acting as xenoestrogens will disrupt the body’s healthy balance of hormones and interfere with normal liver function, the ramifications of which are extensive and far-reaching.  Preservatives in cosmetic products such as parabens are easily absorbed through the skin and accumulate in breast tissue.  Since xenoestrogens are impossible to completely avoid, optimizing their metabolism should be addressed.

The beauty of Naturopathic Care is that it can address many possible contributors to hormone imbalance.   Through an individualized approach using nutrition, exercise, appropriate laboratory testing, botanical remedies, detoxification and supplementation to correct imbalances, hormone imbalances can often be improved.   

Organic Garden

18 Aug

“A consecrated space experientially reminds you that there is much more to life than you think”  -Sadhguru

Digging in the Dirt

We here at Dr. Kate Naumes || Holistic Wellness have exciting news. We are planting an organic laboratory garden and will also be offering cooking classes for kids and adults in which we use food from our garden in our classes! Steve, James and their crew at Eat The Yard are helping us to get going.

We want to lead and support our clients to nurture themselves – physically, emotionally, and spiritually – so that our clients have the freedom to be their best selves. We believe that healthy women are the hub of a healthy world, and as healthier women we bring forth healthier and happier generations. What better way to support our clients to exercise, relax, and connect to the earth than through gardening and cooking?

So, on Day 1 of our garden project, we amended the soil in the backyard so that the soil could support the growth of healthy plants. Our soil was depleted. So depleted in fact, that we could not have grown healthy plants. The first day was spent getting rid of as much of the trash as possible and then digging out 6-12 inches of yucky dirt.

Mulching

Day 2 was focused on replenishing the soil. What was our basic plan for amending the soil?  The main plantings areas were filled with compost from Living Earth, a professional bedding mix – aka ‘landscape mix’ – including green sand, topsoil, expanded shale and sharp sand. Next, a layer of wood chips were laid down to help hold in moisture and eventually degrade into healthy soil.  Lastly, the entire backyard was inoculated with compost tea, rock dust, and oyster mushroom spores.

Watering

I can appreciate the loose analogy between improving our soil and improving our own internal  gastrointestinal and detoxification systems health. Sometimes our gastrointestinal and detoxification systems are so out of balance that we have to start with a detox (i.e remove the top 6-12 inches of yucky soil). Then we need to rebuild good GI health with the proper combination and timing of digestive enzymes (mushroom spores), probiotics (compost tea), healthy clean whole foods (compost & landscape mix), while replenishing with minerals (rock dust) and electrolytes (wood chips).

In short, if we remove the unhealthy things from our bodies/soil and put good stuff into our bodies/gardens it becomes possible to actually get good stuff back!  Can’t wait to share our organic laboratory garden and cooking classes!  

flowers

Kids Summer Organic Gluten-free Dinner Camp with Dr. Naumes

9 Aug

Cooking Camp

We will base our dinners on whole foods organic gluten-free ingredients.  Each day we will prep, cook, clean, set the table, and then eat the meal we prepared together.

When: Monday August 18th – Friday August 21st 2-5pm

Ages: 7-12

Please email for pricing and location!

Gaia – Coming Soon!

8 Jul

Gaia Creations

Coming soon!  Gaia bag made exclusively for Dr. Naumes Holistic wellness clients.  Gaia creations are handmade with care by women in need in the Dallas, TX area, using vintage, repurposed, or sustainable materials.

Local Healthy Food Field Trip in Dallas!

24 Jun

yummy salad

A valued and long term client shared the following invaluable information with us. Please enjoy!

Years ago, I remember visiting Central Market for the first time and feeling intimidated to see such a variety of unfamiliar food.  This experience sparked an interest in visting a number of local farmer’s markets, and really learning about ingredients and where our food comes from. Nearly a decade has passed and I still love discovering new ingredients and visiting with local farmers who have a passion for the food they offer.
On a recent trip to Hood River, Oregon, my wife and I enjoyed a day touring a local “Fruit Loop” which included a number of local farms.  The drive included farms with apples, cherries and peaches in season, a lavender farm, and an alpaca farm/yarn shop where they breed Alpacas and sell handspun yarn from the fleece.
In that spirit, I’d like to share a few destinations local to the North Dallas area that would make for a fun “food field trip” one Saturday. You’ll want to bring along an ice chest!
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Start in Plano at the Lucky Layla Farm store at Lavon Farms.  Discover raw, unpasteurized cow’s milk, drinkable yogurts, handcrafted cheeses, butter and caramel milk.
Lavon Farms: http://www.lavonfarms.com, 3721 N. Jupiter Rd
Mon-Sat 9-6, 972-423-8080
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Continue North to McKinney to visit Matt at Local Yocal and discover Wagyu steak at its best! Consider signing up for a Steak 101 class to learn where the various cuts of steak come from, how meat is aged, and best of all how to cook it to perfection yourself!  Come hungry for lunch because in the class you’ll sample each cut of steak cooked with wood charcoal on an outdoor pit.
Local Yocal: http://www.localyocalfarmtomarket.com, 213 N Tennessee St.
Mon-Sat 8-6, 469-952-3838
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From McKinney, find FM-543/Weston Rd off of US-75 and enjoy the drive to Weston, Texas, the oldest town in Collin County. Visit Steve at Texas Range Honey for a taste of raw unfiltered varietal honeys and farm fresh eggs. Steve is very passionate about both honey and his chickens!
Texas Range Honey: http://rangehoney.com, 116 Main Street
Saturdays 9am-1pm972-567-2542
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The final stop to Hidden Valley Dairy in Argyle is quite a bit of a drive, though a very scenic one. From Weston, go north on FM-543 and make a left on FM-455. Follow FM-455 across Lake Ray Roberts spillway to I-35. Take I-35 south and follow the split to the right, I-35W and take Crawford Road/Robson Ranch Road exit, turn left, go under I-35W, and take the first right onto Taylor Road. At the end of Taylor Road, turn Left on Old Justin Road. Hidden Valley Dairy will be on your left. Trey & Judy’s specialty is raw goat’s milk, including a wide variety of scented goat milk products that Judy makes herself.  They often have a number of other local and seasonal offerings you may be interested in.  Make sure to check out the goats while you’re there!
Hidden Valley Dairy: http://www.hiddenvalleydairy.com, 402 Old Justin Rd.
M-W-F 10:30am-6:00pm, Sat 12:00-6:00pm469-442-7775
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We love supporting local farmers, and we’re sure there’s a lot more out there to discover.  We hope you’ll check these farmers out, and if there are others you’d like to share please let us know and we’ll pay them a visit!

A Holistic Approach to Anxiety

3 Mar

Anxiety refers to a state of nervousness, worry, apprehension, or fear. Anxiety is a normal reaction to stressful circumstances, as it can improve focus and performance in a tense situation. When anxiety is excessive, however, it can induce physical symptoms such as high blood pressure, heart palpitations, chest pain, nausea or headache. If chronic, anxiety can be emotionally disabling, and compromise immune and digestive function. Correcting underlying imbalances may significantly lessen its severity.

  • Imbalances in certain nutrients can exacerbate anxiety.
  • Amino acids are crucial building blocks for important brain neurotransmitters that stabilize mood.
  • Women are more than twice as likely to have anxiety than men, especially when levels of estrogen and progesterone fluctuate.
  • Anxiety can also result from “adrenal fatigue”
  • Immune reactions to gluten contribute to anxiety and depression in some individuals.
  • Exposure to certain heavy metals such as lead can affect the nervous system, triggering anxiety.
  • Individuals suffering from anxiety may lack essential fatty acids such as omega-3 EPA and DHA.

The beauty of Naturopathic Care is that it can address each of these possible contributors to anxiety.   Through an individualized approach using nutrition, exercise, appropriate laboratory testing, botanical remedies, and supplementation to replete or correct imbalances, the severity of anxiety can often be greatly diminished.   Making lifestyle changes is of upmost importance.  In addition, learning coping skills and using relaxation techniques can also be helpful.  Thus, I also suggest my clients work closely with a qualified counselor/therapist when anxiety is significant and/or pervasive.

A Holistic Approach to Depression

28 Feb


Depression is a medical illness that involves the mind and body.  Feelings of hopelessness, chronic apathy, and reduced ability to experience pleasure in life are some of the debilitating symptoms of depression.   Chronic depression can interfere with a person’s work and social life, appetite, sleep, and energy level, and has also been noted to increase risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease, especially among women.
  • Imbalances in certain hormones may underlie depression, particularly when stress and obesity are present.
  • Inadequate amounts of certain vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and essential fats can predispose to chronic depression.
  • Certain amino acids are crucial source material for the production of brain neurotransmitters and mood regulation.
  • Malabsorption in celiac disease may interfere with mood regulating neurotransmitters and nutrients such as vitamin B12.
  • Studies shower a higher incidence of depression in those with celiac’s disease compared to those without the disorder.
  • Many with depression also suffer from thyroid hormone imbalances
  • Overexposure to certain heavy metals have been shown to induce  depression.
  • Pre-menstrual and post-menopausal hormone imbalances contribute to mood swings in many women.
  • Deficient omega-3 fatty acids can contribute to depression, particularly in alcoholics and post-partum women.
  • Imbalances in melatonin can result in depression.
  • Depression in men seems to correlate with a drop in testosterone seen with aging.
  • Depression appears to predispose individuals to immune hypersensitivity to various food and environmental allergens.
  • Bacterial overgrowth in the small bowel can impair absorption of key nutrients involved in mood regulation.
The beauty of Naturopathic Care is that it can address each of these possible contributors to depression.   Working with Dr. Naumes to create an individualized approach using nutrition, exercise, appropriate laboratory testing (via your primary care physician), botanical remedies, and supplementation to replete or correct imbalances, the body can function at a more optimal level.   Making appropriate lifestyle changes is often of upmost importance.   Dr. Naumes encourages her clients to work closely with a qualified counselor/therapist.

Male Fertility – the lifestyle burden isn’t just on women

10 Feb

Male Fertility

Ok guys, this one’s for you!  I’ll keep it short and sweet. Here are factors that may affect male fertility that you might not have thought about.

The quality of sperm is a measure of both the sperm’s genetic integrity and its capacity for fertilizing an oocyte (egg). Poor sperm quality has been associated with abnormal sperm motility (movement) and the inability to complete the processes of fertilization. The following may negatively impact sperm and may have other negative effects on male fertility:

  • Oxidative stress – think alcohol consumption, the standard american diet, and lack of exercise

  • Being overweight – not only does this affect your sperm’s ability in the fertilization story, but it may affect your future child’s health!

  • Smoking cigarettes or marijuana

  • Steroids

  • Cocaine

  • PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – especially those used regularly

  • Certain antibiotics, especially when taken the 4 months before trying to conceive

  • Specific pesticides and chemical solvents

  • Sedentary jobs

Please remember that optimizing your fertility holistically isn’t just about the woman.  It’s about both people optimizing their fertility to increase your odds in any given attempt. GO TEAM!

If you need help, schedule an appointment today.

Happy Holidays!

10 Dec
Dr. Kate Naumes || Holistic Wellness

 We have moved down the hall! Turn right off the elevator to find our beautiful new space.

 Also, as a reminder, the office will be closed December 24th – January 2nd for Winter Break.

 Please visit our convenient online scheduling system to schedule an appointment. If you need to refill a supplement, please submit your request to order@naumesnd.com. All orders will be  drop shipped to your home address and will include shipping/personal order fees until our next group order on January 11th.

 Stay safe and warm!

The Hockaday School Career Mentoring Board

25 Nov

“When a girl comes of age in an environment in which she takes for granted the fact that her voice matters, she has a solid foundation for taking that assumption into the rest of her life”  Kim Wargo – Eugene McDermott Headmistress at Hockaday

In my practice we believe that healthy women are the hub of a healthy world, so of course I couldn’t agree more with Ms. Wargo’s quote above. As a graduate of an all women’s college, Mount Holyoke, I know first-hand the value that a supportive single sex education can provide in empowering young women. So I was delighted recently to be asked to speak at a Career Mentoring event for high school girls from Hockaday, a college preparatory day and boarding school located in Dallas.

When ladies have the ability to support and learn from each other, the effect is powerful. For my part, I used to my time with these students to answer their questions about the difficulties and rewards of medical school, midwifery training and a typical day in a doctor’s working life. It was refreshing to see these inquisitive young ladies leaning in to their futures and I’m happy to have had the opportunity to support them.  Thank you Hockaday for letting me be a part of your Career Mentoring Event.