S-s-s-stop the S-s-s-stuttering

English: Speech-Language Pathology

English: Speech-Language Pathology (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dear Dr. Mom,

A stutter normally starts for people in childhood and is often referred to as a childhood stutter. This is often very worrying for parents and the child and it is difficult to know where to seek help for the person who has the stutter.

There are many types of stutter. Family and friends may not even be aware that a person they know has a stutter. That is because the person is able to hide the stutter, by using word avoidance or word substitution.

Other people are unable to do this and have what they would consider an openly more severe stutter.

A stutter would normally occur more when a person is:

  • under pressure
  • when tired
  • meeting new people
  • speaking in an uncomfortable situation
  • asking questions, for example asking for directions
  • introducing people Stuttering can also be known in some areas as stammering.

Stutter therapy:

People who have a stutter have different options when seeking therapy. They can go to a speech therapist or speech pathologist. Alternatively they can attend a speech course. These courses can be on a group basis or on a one to one basis.

There is one simple thing that Dr. Mom can do to help stuttering in a child. When a small child starts stuttering it is usually because he or she cannot find or articulate their words quick enough because of their small vocabulary. This is very stressful and almost terrifying for the little one who knows he has a small chance of getting his thought out (before he is distracted or Dr. Mom is distracted for that matter.) Take the child’s face in your hands and look into his eyes – give him all your attention and let him think about what he wants to say and help him get the words or thoughts out (before he forgets). Take the stress off. Give them all your time and attention. If you do this every time he begins to stutter or sputter trying to get your attention, the little one will realize he can take his time and even get to learn new words to communicate his thoughts. After a while the urgency will disappear and these incidences will get fewer and fewer – and the stuttering will be a thing of the past. This also works for rearranging speech impediments, saying “Watch my mouth, watch my tongue.”

And ….. Stutters can sing without stuttering – so encourage them to sing their thoughts if the stuttering is entrenched. Sing with them. Learn words with them. Learn the words of songs with them. Therapy rocks!

Don’t Forget – Ginkgo

Ginkgo Biloba Leaves with black background

Ginkgo Biloba Leaves with black background (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dear Dr Mom,

Here is another herb for your first aid kit – brainfood.

Ginkgo trees, are one of the oldest species of trees cultivated in China and are believed to be 150 to 200 million years old. The ginkgo trees grow in average soil and even in full sun. The tree can grow 100 – 120 feet. Ginkgo trees are very resistant to pollution and infection and hardly suffer any disease. Insects rarely attack these plants. Due to these reasons these trees are most tolerant even in urban conditions and are grown as shade trees.

Ginkgo or ginkgo biloba extracts is made from various parts of these trees. Chinease has used ginkgo biloba for the centuries for treating various ailments. Now it is most researched herb and is used by most of the countries as herbal medicine.

Working of Ginkgo Biloba:

Ginkgo leaves contains two groups of active components known as flavonoid glycosides and ginkgolides. These active ingredients helps in increasing blood flow to the brain and improving overall network of blood vessels, and consequently increases the inflow of oxygen and essential nutrients to brain and other important organs of the body and simultaneously helps controlling in allergic inflammation and asthma.

Benefits of Ginkgo Biloba:

The research on this herbal medicine continues for the last three decades and some of the benefits as evidenced by clinical studies have been summarized below.

  • It has a positive effect on vascular system and it allows the system to act more efficiently by allowing more blood flow and consequently more oxygen to the vital organs of the body including brain.
  • Brain, being the highest oxygen consumer (20%) of the total oxygen requirement of the human body, regulates the body more efficiently.
  • The improved blood circulation to brain including microcirculation in smaller capillaries increases memory and metabolic efficiency including neurotransmitters regulation.
  • Ginkgo biloba is useful for relaxing coronary arteries constricted by cholesterol.
  • Ginkgo biloba is also useful for relieving tension and anxiety.
  • Ginkgo biloba is also beneficial to elevate mood and restore energy.
  • Ginkgo biloba controls platelet activity factor (PAF). Excessive platelet factor (PAF) in the body may cause physical stress, brain disorder, and skin problem including psoriasis, cardiovascular disease and other hearing disorders.
  • Ginkgo biloba is beneficial for treating vertigo and tinnitus.
  • Ginkgo biloba acts as an antioxidant and inhibits free radical formed in the body. Antioxidant plays a vital role for protecting cardiovascular and central nervous system (CNS). The combined effect of improved circulatory system and antioxidant improves blood flow to retina and controls retinal deterioration causing an overall improvement in visual activity.
  • Some of the clinical trials indicate that ginkgo biloba is beneficial for treating Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Ginkgo biloba is also used as supportive herbal medicine for treating infertility disorder in males.

Precaution:

Although it is a herbal medicine with enormous benefits, it should not be combined with certain antidepressants such as MAO (mono amine oxidase). Persons taking medicine for blood clotting disorders should avoid taking ginkgo biloba, as the medicine will increase the effect of prescribed medicine.

If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, you should not take ginkgo biloba.

Side Effects:

The possible side effects of the medicine include

  • Ginkgo biloba may cause some gastrointestinal disorders.
  • Ginkgo biloba increases the risk of bleeding and if you have or had any blood clotting disorder, you should not take ginkgo biloba.
  • The other common side effects of ginkgo biloba may include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, dizziness, headache and restlessness.

If you observe any of the side effect as mentioned above or any other side effect, you should stop taking ginkgo biloba and always consult your doctor. Lately there have been reports that ginkgo has long term side effects. Learn about it and use it for good.

Knitting Hearts

English: A Marriage or Husband and Wife tree.

English: A Marriage or Husband and Wife tree. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Dear Dr. Mom,

 

After years of marriage, or even after a stressful period, you may start to feel like your husband is a stranger. Or is it that you feel he’s getting stranger? Either way, here are 5 simple ways to stay connected to your husband.
1. Cook a meal together.
Whether it’s breakfast or dinner it doesn’t matter, as long as you’re spending time together. How about getting up early Sunday morning and making a big old-fashioned Sunday breakfast for you and the kids? Or sending the kids to a sitter and preparing a nice romantic dinner together? You’ll save money fixing the meal at home rather than dining out. Plus, you won’t have to get “all dolled up” (unless you want to). Most importantly, you’ll be using teamwork, which is the number one priority for any marriage.

2. Take on a project and get dirty!
Tackle a big and messy job on your list – cleaning out the garage, pulling up shrubs in the yard, organizing the attic. Make an afternoon of it and do it together! You’ll both feel a great sense of accomplishment that the job is finally done and it’ll feel great to know that you got it done by operating as a unit. Now that you’ve worked up a sweat, why not draw a bath for two?

3. Spend a lazy afternoon going through old photos and reminiscing.
Talk about the activities you used to do when you first started dating and make a plan to start doing them again. You might not be able to do them all, but make the effort to do as many of them as you can, whether it is taking long walks, going to concerts, or making out at the movies.

4. Play hooky!
Plan a day where you can each stay home from work and spend the whole day home – alone – together – doing absolutely nothing! Lay in bed all day, cuddle, and watch movies. Make sure to turn the ringer off on the phone.

5. Make an effort on a daily basis to stay connected to your husband.
Listen, ask questions – be his partner in all aspects of your life. Something as simple as making it a point to say, “How was your day, Honey?” every day when he gets home and listening to his response can make all the difference.

The most important thing to remember is that you are not in your marriage by yourself. Share your concerns with your husband if you’re not feeling quite as close as you once did. Let him know how you feel, how it makes you feel and that you want to work on it.

Chances are your husband will be clueless, but once he realizes you’re genuinely concerned, he’ll jump right in and make more of an effort. Good luck!

 

 

Growing Memories.

Melodramatic chocolate chip cookie.

Melodramatic chocolate chip cookie. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dear Doctor Mom,

Memories are what grown-up kids are made of. The kitchen is the perfect place for making memories. When you spend time baking, cooking and enjoying meals with your family, you create happy memories you and your children will cherish forever. Kids and cooking are a wonderful combination for fun and learning.

The benefits of preparing and enjoying food as a family are clear. You save money and eat healthier meals. You create opportunities to connect and communicate with your children and spouse. And most importantly, you show love for your family when you spend time cooking and eating with them and teaching them the basics of cooking and nutrition. Children of all ages need your attention and your time. By working together to create a meal or bake a batch of cookies, you spend valuable time together.

So, here are 10 steps to get your family cooking up memories.

Step 1:
Teach small children the fun of cooking by helping them bake cookies and cakes. Kids love the tactile feeling of the cookie dough in their hands and it tastes good too. If you are short on time, you can use a boxed cookie mix and spend more time decorating.

Step 2:
Encourage the littlest ones to play pretend cooking. Kids love to play with real mixing bowls, strainers and wooden spoons. These make harmless toys and can be easily thrown in the dishwasher for quick cleanup. buys you some quiet time. – Sometimes household things are better than toys – they can be like mom and dad

Step 3:
If you live by your day-timer, schedule in baking cookies with your kids. Our schedules can be so hectic that something as simple as baking a batch of chocolate chip cookies can get skipped over. Write it down and do it.

Step 4:
If you have teenagers, let them play their favorite music (and dance around the table) while they wash the lettuce and set the table.

Step 5:
Work together with your spouse to prepare the dinner and use the time to catch up on each other’s day. Always allow tasting – contrary to popular belief it does not destroy the appetite – it invites sharing (and kisses)

Step 6:
Even if you are in a rush preparing dinner, remember to reduce your stress and focus on creating a fun atmosphere that naturally encourages the whole family to participate. Consider your words before speaking. You need to keep your words soft and tender – in case you have to eat them.

Step 7:
When spending time preparing food with your children, include lessons about healthy eating choices. Keep the conversation positive and avoid listing foods they can’t have. Tell the kids what you have been learning about health and tips for natural healing. They are little sponges and when they are grown you will benefit from their knowledge as it come back to you in treatment.

Step 8:
On days where you anticipate time will be tight, consider taking a short cut by using a frozen stir-fry mix or pasta with a jar of pre-made sauce. Your family will appreciate your relaxed mood much more than a made-from-scratch dinner.

Step 9:
Share the job of grocery shopping. One week have mom take one of the children as a helper, the next week dad can go with another child. Always work from a grocery list and let your children help you retrieve items and cross them off the list. This teaches reading, writing, logic and science amongst other things.

Step 10:
Have big family meals where you share about your day. Keep the conversation fun and avoid negative lectures over dinner. Remember to laugh. You are making memories.

Take these steps today and make your kitchen a fun and memorable place for your whole family.

Ginseng Tea – Cheers!

A ginseng field in Marathon County, Wisconsin ...

A ginseng field in Marathon County, Wisconsin near Marathon City, Wisconsin, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ginseng tea is great for short periods; this tea can alleviate many symptoms of common aliments and lessen fatigue. Ginseng is the main ingredient to many of the medicinal teas. However, prolonged use can lead to insomnia and heart trouble, so be sure to consult your physician before drinking ginseng tea regularly as an alternative to coffee for that afternoon pick me up.

In China, ginseng is held in high regard. It is believed that ginseng has rejuvenating powers and provides stimulation to the whole body. Ginseng also offers protection against fatigue. Ginseng is known to be a stimulant for the central nervous system. This root can also help with inflammation, fever, and hormonal imbalances to name a few.

The tea is usually made from the Wisconsin ginseng root. Slices can be steeped to create a tea that is a strong as you like, or purchased as a powder and brewed using tea balls. Both of these methods let you control the amount of tea used. There are ginseng tea bags available from specialty stores, but it is not recommended to buy the tea without reading all the ingredients as some packaged teas are sold as ginseng but in fact have very little of this herb in them, instead there are mostly fillers

Consult an herbal practitioner or naturopath as to the right type of ginseng and how to brew your tea. The tea can be sweetened with a little honey or stored cold in the refrigerator, as this tea is quite good served iced.

Take note, if you are pregnant use ginseng sparingly or not at all.

English: American ginseng in human figure. Cul...

English: American ginseng in human figure. Cultivated in Marathon Ginseng Gardens (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Metal Contamination

A pound coin floating in mercury

A pound coin floating in mercury (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dear Dr. Mom,

An interesting area of alternative medicine that is advancing rapidly is mercury detox treatment.  Mercury is toxic to humans.  We can be exposed to mercury in a number of ways, including the silver fillings in our teeth, ammunition, artificial flowers and wood preservatives.

High concentrations of mercury in the body have been shown to have many negative effects, including a deterioration of the central nervous system, dementia, depression and tremors.  Mercury is absorbed into both the connective tissues and the nervous system, making its effects even more disastrous.  By restricting the individual cells’ respiration enzymes, mercury keeps your cells from using oxygen. It can cause heart disease and suppress your immune system.  Cleansing your body of mercury is the answer.

Mercury detoxification is the process by which mercury is eliminated from the body.  The process is lengthy, often taking three to six months.  The most common method for eliminating mercury is chelation therapy. Chelation therapy is introducing a binding agent into the body that grabs onto the mercury and causes it to be excreted with the body’s waste products.  Both intravenous and oral chelation methods exist.  The intravenous method is more costly and inconvenient, making the oral method the most popular.

While the intravenous method administers compounds directly into the blood stream, oral chelators can be purchased and administered to reduce mercury levels in the body.  These will often contain a type of algae and cilantro, natural chelators, known for their ability to bind mercury, and other supplements to assist the body in eliminating mercury.

If you suspect that you have mercury in your body, be sure to check with a health professional on how best to eliminate the chemical from your body. Once you eliminate the mercury from your body, you can expect to feel improved brain power and concentration, increased energy and rejuvenated!

Treasure In A Coconut

English: Coconut oil in solid state

English: Coconut oil in solid state (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Suffering from CRS (Can’t Remember Stuff)? Some incredible hope shared below:

Guest post by Lynda:

When we consider brain function and brain health I think I can speak with the authority of experience. When I was 8 years old I had Polio. The Polio I had is called; ‘bulbar polio’, [polio of the brain]. This polio affected my general mental function, causing ADHD type symptoms as well as chronic fatigue, squinting of one eye, slight paralysis of the muscles in my neck and right lung. The paralysis improved after a few months, being especially visible in my eye improvement.

BUT as I reached my late 30’s I found symptoms recurring, especially with ataxia, [interrupted messages from the brain to the muscles causing weakness], in my neck, and my right lung was basically not functioning when I slept.

This problem has got worse with age, and as I found out this is common with Polio victims and is called, ‘Post-Polio Sequel’. Because of these problems I have had to find every trick in the book to keep healthy and alive.

From my early 20’s I have been studying the brain and ways to improve its function through; DIET, SUPPLEMENTS, EXERCISE.

In my early 40’s I went all out studying brain injury with related problems, especially pertaining to short term memory damage, ADHD, and Autism, and have basically never stopped in my quest to understand this traumatic disability.

The information I gleaned strengthened my belief that neurological function and cell structure in general could be altered or improved by, DIET, SUPPLEMENTS, EXERCISE. BUT it seems just as I start to get one problem in control, another symptom raises its ugly head.

According to the Post Polio Sequel Support Group’, this is the case with all the old polio victims; they either try every trick in the book, or die early.

TO GET TO THE POINT

I think of ENERGY this way; if I was rushed to hospital now, the guys of the emergency services would give me a drip, glucose and saline, and as I have seen happen, it’s almost like the paramedic gives me new life. So subsequently I “drip” some energy into myself – in my morning green tea I have; 1 teaspoon SOLE` made from Himalayan Salt and a bit of lemon for the Vitamin C, and I also have pure fruit juice for the sugar. [my morning drip]

About a year ago I however felt I needed more, possibly protein or a ‘good fat’, but without eating a meal and getting even fatter, so I thought I would try coconut oil. [Obviously only the very best quality]. [I use Extra Virgin]. I now realize that coconut oil in my morning tea helped with energy I so desperately needed with the added benefit of feeding up my brain.

It took me a long time arguing with myself trying assure myself – “was this only in my head”, to actually realize and accept that the coconut oil in my tea not only helped the ataxia in my neck, [head shaking], but it also helped my right lung to breathe better at night. I was blown away and being busy, I had no time to check the internet for backup results. I told whoever would listen about my findings, but now feel I am obligated, as a result of the article I have just read in the Saturday Newspaper, to share this knowledge.

Here is the article I read; ‘Hope stirs for dementia man’. The article tells of 68yr old man who had Alzheimer’s so badly that he could not dress himself nor go to the toilet alone. This article is the story of how Dr Mary Newport had been treating her husband with virgin coconut oil (VCO) with incredible results. She claims it got his SHORT TERM MEMORY back and functional, and helped his DEPRESSION, and that MRI scans had showed his brain had STOPPED SHRINKING. The son of the 67 yr old also contacted Keiran Clarke, professor of physiological biochemistry at Oxford University, and head of the Cardiac Metabolism Group, who gave favorable comments on Dr. Mary’s report.

This caused him in July to start giving his father one teaspoon of coconut oil twice a day and today the old man gets dressed himself and takes a minibus to a recreation center where he spends the day and returns home, through London, by himself.

The ‘experts’ believe it is the action of the tiny molecules of energy in the coconut, called ketones’ BUT I believe there is more to it.

So, anyone with SHORT TERM MEMORY DAMAGE, ADHD, AUTISM, ALZHEIMERs, DEPRESSION, ATAXIA [head bobbing up and down], would be silly not to try this.

By the way, I had my bold tested for cholesterol before I started with the coconut oil about a year ago and it was very good. Good cholesterol high and bad cholesterol low. A year after starting the coconut oil I again took my bold and it was the same, still very good. Actually my doctor said that if I was an astronaut wanting to go to the moon, this blood test would say they should let me go.

They might be right, I suppose I could make it to the moon, but the damage from the polio to my brain and nerves can never be restored, only controlled to a degree. I will still always be fighting the polio related symptoms, but possibly with a better chance of survival than those who do not know, nor try all the natural remedies available.

This information is not only for the improvement of your own health, buy also so that you can perhaps pass it on to someone else who can use it to improve their quality of life.

About Lynda:

Linda McGregor lives in South Africa with her family and shares her incredible knowledge of nature’s bountiful remedies every chance that she gets. She has made an impact on so many lives with her vast knowledge and experience and by the information that she so readily shares. When you meet her you are inspired by her determination and kindness.

Hey, You ..

I am starting to speak. Representative of the ...

I am starting to speak. Representative of the beginning of a conversation or statement. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Starting a conversation is not always easy. Especially when you don´t feel comfortable with the people you are conversing with.

There could be an eerie feeling of awkwardness at the start of the interaction unless you know the five secrets…

Here are five secrets to starting a great conversation with a group of people:

1. Get everyone involved.

When starting a conversation, introducing people to each other could be necessary. That is if you don´t know each other or some of those present don´t.

Then, connect one of your group to the topic you are talking about by inviting him to contribute. Or you might simply relate one person to another with their commonalities to encourage dialogue.

2. Choose a topic.

When starting your conversation, choose a general topic. One that everyone can relate to. This will let everyone feel that they belong. This is a great way to encourage everyone to share ideas.

3. Do not drill with questions.

This should be avoided especially when asking one person only. The person may feel that he or she is facing a firing squad. Asking too many questions to a person may let him or her feel uncomfortable.

By doing so you might give that person a reason to leave the conversation. The others may also feel uncomfortable with this – they might think that they will be asked next!

4. Break the ice.

At first, there may be awkwardness among the group. You can work to break the ice. Each one of the members is just waiting for someone to do this. You can do this by cracking a joke to make them laugh. You can also start by telling a story. This may lead them to share their story, too. Then, everything will follow.

5. Ask open-ended questions.

These require a more than yes or no answer. These questions will make the flow of your conversation much smoother if done intelligently. These questions can even lead you to another topic.

Asking questions allows you to quickly test the waters to see which topics people are interested in discussing. Just be careful to ask with a pleasing tone.

It is not necessary that you use all of these tips or to use them in order. You can simply choose which ones are most appropriate for the situations you find yourself in. What matters is using these tips to kick off a conversation on a positive upbeat tone.

Once you start experimenting with new ways to start conversations you will notice what works best for your personality. At this point it will all be much easier and before you know it you may even enjoy meeting new people. Who knows how many friend you never knew you had.

Old And Tired

old age home

old age home (Photo credit: jaded one)

Dear Dr Mom, Many times life includes taking care of and being kind to an elderly person, family member or not (old age homes can be lonely places). For the elderly getting a good nights sleep can impact the quality of life during the day. It may be difficult to quieten the loud and lousy thoughts that crowd in on the mind of older folk who might have all the answers but have forgotten the questions.

Sleeping problems in the elderly are more than likely to manifest in a particular pattern, depending on the health of the person, and the prescription drugs they may be taking for their health problems.The quality of their sleep may change considerably, either because of less demands on their energy as a result of retirement, or through illness.

Illness disrupts sleep patters in the elderly, and may result in increased awakenings due to physical discomfort. Urinary urgency, cramps, angina, chronic obstructive airways disease,and left ventricular heart failure may be some of the many illnesses which cause sleep problems in the elderly.

An elderly person may become very anxious about a change in their sleep pattern, however, it will be necessary to thoroughly investigate the problem in order to find out if this perceived sleeping problem causes dysfunction in their waking activities. If the elderly person has a care-giver, or lives with family then the problem may be easier to assess, for what appears to be a problem may only be a normal change in sleep pattern for the age.

The most frequently occurring sleep problem in the elderly  appears to be trouble falling asleep (sleep latency), the person may spend some hours in bed before they can fall asleep. This may be seen by the elderly person to be a problem, and they may turn to sleeping pills. Sleep latency is more common in women, and this appears to apply to all age groups, not just to the elderly.

Maybe less daytime activity, combined with daytime naps might be contributing to the fact that they cannot fall asleep. The pressure of a normal working day has been taken away, so the energy output is considerably less. While this may be offered as a possible reason for not being able to fall asleep, many others factors may be involved.

Adding to the confusion about sleep latency, the difficulty may be exaggerated because the person who experiences it may be convinced that unless they have 8 hours of quality sleep, they will become ill. Sometimes it is difficult to convince an elderly person that they no longer require 8 hours of unbroken sleep, but that it may be better to have a shorter night’s sleep with added day time naps.

How about the old remedy of a glass of milk before bed?
According to Jean Carper, The Food Pharmacy, milk for insomniacs? Never!
Milk, particularly low fat milk wakes you up. ” Milk delivers tyrosine to the brain, which in turn triggers production of dopamine and norepinephrine, stimulating you to think more quickly, and accurately” (Good for brain function). There are some indications that nodding off after a glass of milk might indicate a milk allergy.

So how can sleep problems in the elderly be resolved?

  • Feeling loved and included
  • A warm comfortable quiet environment,
  • regular exercise,
  • good diet,
  • no heavy meals at night,
  • no eating late at night,
  • relaxation therapies,
  • aromatherapy,
  • herbs like Camomile or Valerian may be taken as a tea, provided that your doctor has been consulted.

Sleep problems in the elderly should be thoroughly investigated before any medications are prescribed. Unfortunately this is not always the procedure that is adopted, for often a script is written for what has been described as insomnia by the elderly person, however, it is most likely not the case, but rather it’s a normal progression of a resetting of the circadian rhythms (biorythms, body clock) which requires education, not medication.

Provided that there is no evidence of disease of the central nervous system, such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic brain damage (where daily doses of coconut oil might just help), and chronic pain, then sleep problems in the elderly are far better managed conservatively.