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The links between Fertility, Sun Exposure, and Vitamin D

6 Jul

Dr. Naumes Helps Demystify Sun Protection

22 May

Demystify Sun Protection

Are you confused about which sunscreen is the best for you and your family? Have questions about the dangers of too much sun exposure? When it comes to trying to protect yourself from the sun, it’s easy to go crazy.

Many products carry confusing claims or contain ingredients that could pose health risks. The FDA has just recently updated the rules for sunscreen labeling, however its standards are still weak compared to Europe and other parts of the world. In the mistaken belief that sunscreen alone will protect them from skin cancer risks, many people fail to seek shade and cover up in protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses.

Though some studies seem to suggest that sunscreen may help prevent certain cancers, there is mounting evidence that sunscreen might increase the risk of the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma, for some people. Researchers speculate that this may be because sunscreen users tend to stay out in the sun longer than those that don’t use sunscreen. Alternatively, it may be the chemicals in the sunscreens themselves.

Read more of Dr. Naumes’ post over at D-Mom’s Blog.

Green Products for Mom on “D-The Broadcast”

8 Mar


Dr. Naumes shares her favorite Green Products for Mom on “D-The Broadcast“.

The Safest, Most Effective Beauty Products for Expecting Moms

22 Jan

 

Safe Effective Beauty Products

 

During pregnancy, women often find that they are more mindful about the products they use every day on their skin. How can you find skin-nourishing and pampering products to enhance your glowing skin? Nature provides wholesome alternatives to the usual toxin-laden drugstore products. Choosing botanical and all-natural body products is important because most of what we apply on our skin is absorbed into the bloodstream and can have effects on a developing baby.

The cosmetics industry is largely self-regulated and conducts little to no research on the long-term safety of their products. Unfortunately, conventional body products contain some hormone-disrupting ingredients that are toxic to the reproductive system. How can you avoid these? A good rule of thumb is to choose products with fewer, more natural ingredients whose names you can pronounce. Busy moms often want to switch to natural products but don’t know how to navigate the many options in the organic body care aisle.

Read more of Dr. Naumes’ post over at D-Magazines DMoms Blog

Natural Solutions for Helping Prevent Mosquito Bites

19 Aug

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As you may already be aware, the Texas Department of State Health Services has commissioned aerial spraying of the chemical Duet. The most up to date information regarding the spraying can be found at the City of Dallas’ website.

The City of Dallas has issued the following recommendations:

  • Minimize exposure. Avoid being outside, close windows and consider keeping pets inside while spraying occurs.
  • If skin or clothes are exposed, wash them with soap and water.
  • Rinse homegrown fruits and vegetables with water as a general precautionary measure.
  • Cover small ornamental fish ponds.
  • Because the chemical breaks down quickly in sunlight and water, no special precautions are suggested for outdoor swimming areas.

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Now, everyone knows that taking precautions to reduce the risk of mosquito bites and possible disease spread is very important, but excessive exposure to synthetic, chemically-based insect repellents can cause long term harm.  Furthermore, the most common ingredient used in commercial insect repellents, DEET (N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluidine), is not recommended for use on children under two months of age or on pregnant women.

If you do use DEET-based repellents, read the label and make sure you use them according to the manufacturer’s’ guidelines. A certain amount of DEET can be absorbed through your skin and into your bloodstream, and in large doses it can make you seriously ill. DEET can act as an irritant, and has been reported to be the cause of seizures, insomnia, mood disturbances and impaired cognitive function. The NHS and the Health Protection Agency (HPA) say that products containing 50 percent DEET are safe to use while pregnant, however we don’t know much about the possible harmful effects on the developing baby.

Beware of misting systems that contain permethrin, a neurotoxin that is dangerously toxic to cats, and potentially dangerous to humans. Also of concern is the new Off! Clip-on, which contains the chemical Metofluthrin, known to cause severe neurotoxic symptoms in dogs, rabbits, and rats. To minimize your exposure,  replace any old air filters in your home in addition to using an additional air purification system, if you own one.

Fortunately, there are many safer options to help ward off the pesky suckers:

  • Wear protective clothing that is loose-fitting and light in color.
  • Avoid wearing bright or floral patterns.
  • Use unscented shampoo, soap, deodorant, laundry detergent, etc.
  • Refrain from wearing perfume.
  • High quality garlic capsules can work wonders in preventing mosquito bites.
  • Use mosquito netting when outside for prolonged periods, especially over strollers, baby carriers and car seats when the baby is sitting in them outside.
  • Eliminate standing water around your home.
  • Plant mosquito repellent herbs such as rosemary, lemon balm, lavender, basil and catnip.

Try one of the following more natural mosquito repellents:

  • Skeeter Screen’s Patio Eggs and reed diffusers utilize bug-deterring essential oils to repel mosquitoes over a space of about 200 square feet.
  • Adults and older children can apply undiluted vanilla essential oil to pulse points (wrists, neck, ankles) to repel mosquitoes with a pleasant smell.
  • A homemade repellent can be made using a low (2-4 percent) dilution of essential oils such as eucalyptus and/or lemon eucalyptus with a base, such as jojoba, or almond oil mixed in a spray bottle.  This can be applied to children over the age of two and is safe for pregnant women.  Spray only on children’s clothes away from their eyes, like the backs of shirts and shorts and on socks and shoes.
  • Cinnamon and peppermint are also effective in warding off mosquitoes. Cinnamon can burn, so it is not advised to use with small children.
  • Look for safer repellent sprays available for purchase that contain P-menthane-3,8-diol (PMD). PMD is the active ingredient in oil of lemon eucalyptus and is in the most widely-used Chinese insect repellent, quwenling.  Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent Lotion and Spray Lotion, Survivor Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent, Off! Botanical Insect Repellent are good choices. However, PMD is roughly half as effective as DEET, so reapply as necessary.
  • Repellents that contain picaridin, a plant-derived compound, have an excellent tolerability profile, in contrast to DEET. Picaridin is odorless, non-sticky, and non-greasy; it also does not irritate skin, stain fabrics, or degrade plastics. Look for Sawyer Insect Repellent, Cutter Advanced, and Cutter Advanced Sport.

The risks and benefits DEET, Duet and other pesticides will likely be debated for some time. In the meantime, at least for Dallas residents, the aerial spraying continues. Have further questions? Schedule an appointment to set up a cleanse to optimize your detoxification system so that your body can best eliminate DEET and other environmental toxins. As Alejandro Junger MD so beautifully explains, “cleansing is turning up the intensity and effectiveness of the detoxification system.”

written by Kate Naumes ND and Andrea Kavanaugh

Interview on ABC’s Good Morning Texas

9 Jan

Herbal First Aid Kit + Handcrafted + Organic Fabric

25 Jun

New bag in today: Pink Birds!

These two bags are crafted from organic fabric, and, as always, handmade locally. See the other designs here. When you purchase a first aid kit you receive a complimentary 30 minute consultation related to use of the items in the kit.

The Prepared Family Care Kit

7 Jun

Baby interested in the Herbal First Aid Kit bag

Handmade by a Oak Cliff resident with recycled, reclaimed, or organic materials.


Each bag or container is unique. All are filled with essential herbal first aid items….and a easy to follow instruction booklet written by Dr. Naumes.


Funky…


Fun…


Retro…

Whimsical…

Skin Cancer Prevention

6 May

There is mounting evidence that sunscreen might increase the risk of the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma, for some people.  Researchers speculate that this may be because sunscreen users stay out in the sun longer than those that don’t use sunscreen or it may be the chemicals in the sunscreens themselves.

Come learn some simple steps you can take to protect you and your family during those hot Texas summers.

Good Day, Sunshine

14 Apr

Vitamin D. We’re all aware that it’s in fortified milk and sunshine, as well as supplements. Beyond that, most of us likely don’t think about it much. This could prove to be an unhealthy and easily avoided mistake.

Vitamin D plays a crucial role in the maintenance of many of our body’s organs. The common and often discussed issue with vitamin D deficiencies is bone health. However, it also has a very important role in regulating the thyroid and parathyroid glands, as well as impacting our immune system and inflammation.

An estimated one billion people worldwide have insufficient vitamin D. Of the studies done in the elderly, post-menopausal women, and adolescents, half of the U.S. population has inadequate levels of this important vitamin. A multivitamin, daily milk intake, and weekly salmon did not prevent vitamin D deficiency. And despite prenatal vitamins, seventy-three percent of pregnant women were found to be vitamin D deficient, and eighty percent of newborns were deficient in one study; a second study, in which ninety percent of participants took prenatal vitamins, showed that half of pregnant women and neonates were insufficient or deficient.

Not convinced yet? Note that extremely low levels of vitamin D are associated with increased risk of death when associated with cardiovascular disease.  Mounting research shows that the vitamin indirectly helps rid the body of toxins, such as mercury, and may be involved with memory formation, processing, and complex planning.

Most people already know that in utero and during childhood, vitamin D deficiency can cause growth retardation and skeletal deformities and may increase the risk of hip fracture later in life. What isn’t as well known is that vitamin D plays a role in fetal lung development and maturation, with subsequent reduction in wheezing illness in children who have sufficient vitamin D found in yet another study. Vitamin D deficiency at time of delivery quadrupled the risk of Caesarian section.

On the upside, in Finnish children given adequate amounts of vitamin D3 the first year of life, and followed for thirty-one years, had reduced risk of type 1 diabetes.

Additionally, optimal vitamin D levels are important in cancer prevention and cancer progression; it plays a part in estrogen-related cancers, as well as many others, including prostate, colon, breast, leukemia, and skin. Its immune system bolstering help minimize colds and flu; inflammation reduction effects help reduce many chronic inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Further, vitamin D will reduce dermatologic conditions, such as psoriasis, and help prevent osteoporosis.

On board? Good. This may lead you to wondering, how can I get vitamin D in my life, and how much is the right amount per day?

We can talk about these answers for you at your next appointment.
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Please join my introductory class “Sunscreen Myths & Facts” to learn more.