Archive for the 'healthcare' Category

nosefrida snotsucker

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

I was recently reminded about this great European snotsucker, the nosefrida, when my daughter caught my cold and became congested.

A client recently turned me on to this great device, which is much slicker and safer to use on our littlest ones’ noses. Consider this improved alternative to the blue bulb nasal aspirators.

help needed: send diapers now!

Monday, December 21st, 2009

I was reading my Daily Candy emails this morning and was reminded of tremendous need many impoverished mothers have: diapers for their babies.  Help a Mother Out is an organization in San Francisco who collects diapers and distributes them to those in need.

Early in my career I worked for a non-profit program in the inner city of Milwaukee.  There I worked with many teen mothers and saw firsthand how hard some people work to stretch a diaper or two…some for an entire day.  It was heartbreaking to see, and with two little ones myself, I can’t imagine not being able to put a clean diaper on them whenever the need arises.

Fortunately, there are great people and organizations (such as Help a Mother Out) throughout the US, as well as virtual diaper drives who are collecting diapers to distribute to these very needy families. Spread some diaper cheer!

best sunscreen

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

I know I seem like I’m on a bit of a kick here, but it seems that my confusion about sunscreen has a basis.  According to the Enviornmental Working Group’s most recent research on the industry, there has been a product explosion over the past two years.  Thanks to pressure from the EWG, the number of sunsreens containing any of the 4 recommended UVA/UVB blockers jumped to 70% from just 29% last year.  Most notably, the number of sunscreens protecting from harmful UVA rays has more than doubled.  Their 2009 sunscreen guide has a best of list with comprehensive pros and cons on each sunsreen.

The end of pap smears?

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Today’s New York Times shared a remarkable study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine showing that DNA tests outperform pap smears in the identification of cancerous cells.  On top of that, the DNA test is considered reliable for years and has results within hours. This could obsolete the pap smear test altogether.

This research was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as was the drug company who has created a $5 test – a price that would only go down with demand and means the possibility for greater prevention in third world countries where preventive medicine is accessed less frequently.  This is exciting news in women’s health!

great massage therapist recommendation

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

I had the pleasure recently of getting a massage from a wonderful massage therapist, Megan Connell, whom I highly recommend.  I didn’t want to leave.  Just the time to myself was priceless.  The added bonus of a relaxing, feel-good massage was wonderful! Can you hear your body thanking you already?

Megan specializes in Swedish and Deep Tissue massage, and has been certified in pre-natal massage by instruction with Susan-Rachel Condon, a midwife and certified Childbirth Educator.    She has worked with a Chiropractor for 4 years, which has allowed her to focus on problems of a specific nature and to have a good understanding of individual muscles and their relationship with each other in movement.

Megan Connell is a graduate of the Swedish Institute and has been practicing massage since 1999. She became interested in bodywork because of her own experience with scoliosis.  Her back was fused at age 15 because of a growing curvature of the spine, and during college this fusion started causing discomfort.  She began working extensively with a teacher of The Alexander Technique, which guides students to understand and change their bodily habits, habits that may be undermining the efficiency and ease of their own body’s use.  This led to an acute interest and understanding of the body, which informs her work as a massage therapist.

For appointments call Megan at 646-489-8090 or email

fans dramatically reduce SIDS risk

Monday, October 6th, 2008

The New York Times Well Blog posted about a new research finding, published today in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, has found having a fan in baby’s room reduces the risk for SIDS by as much as 72 %!  The proposed theory is that the fan prevents the baby from re-breathing in exhaled carbon dioxide.  And while the fan doesn’t make the baby’s room cooler, it is important to keep the sleeping environment cool as this also reduces the risk for SIDS.

important product warning – mommy’s bliss nipple cream

Friday, June 13th, 2008

If you have this product – throw it away. If you are using it, stop immediately. A friend and new mother shared the May 29, 2008 post from the FDA informing consumers to neither use nor purchase Mommy’s Bliss Nipple Cream.  Here is what the FDA said:

The product contains potentially harmful ingredients that may cause respiratory distress or vomiting and diarrhea in infants. The product is promoted to nursing mothers to help soothe and heal dry or cracked nipples. Potentially harmful ingredients in the product are chlorphenesin and phenoxyethanol. Chlorphenesin relaxes skeletal muscle and can depress the central nervous system and cause slow or shallow breathing in infants. Phenoxyenthanol, a preservative that is primarily used in cosmetics and medications, can also depress the central nervous system and may cause vomiting and diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration in infants. Mothers and caregivers should seek immediate medical attention if their child shows signs and symptoms of decreases in appetite, difficulty in awakening, limpness of extremities or a decrease in an infant’s strength of grip and a change in skin color.

the vaccine book

Friday, June 13th, 2008


I recently attended a talk given by Dr. Robert Sears, author of The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child. He is part of the Sears family and has made vaccines his area of pediatric specialty. What I liked about his presentation is that he spoke from a place of balance, neither overstating nor understanding the importance of vaccines. He gave parents all the latitude necessary to make informed decisions for their child and family. He was clear about what science has learned and where there are shortcomings. In his book, he offers information about each vaccination, children’s risks for each disease and a vaccine schedule that he follows in his practice. A good, comprehensive read if you are searching for information to help you make a vaccination choice.

voluntary withdrawal of infant cold and cough medications

Saturday, October 13th, 2007


Here is what Tylenol has to say about their withdrawal [via Baby Center]:

The cough and cold season is here, and we have important information to share about infants’ and children’s cough and cold medicines. These medicines are generally recognized as safe and effective when used as directed. Most parents use these cough and cold medicines appropriately.

However, we have become aware of rare instances of misuse leading to accidental overdose, especially in children under the age of two. Therefore, we are voluntarily withdrawing the following concentrated cough and cold medicines from the market:

  • Concentrated Tylenol® Infants’ Drops Plus Cold
  • Concentrated Tylenol® Infants’ Drops Plus Cold & Cough
  • PediaCare® Infant Dropper Decongestant
  • PediaCare® Infant Dropper Long-Acting Cough
  • PediaCare® Infant Drops Decongestant (containing pseudoephedrine)
  • PediaCare® Infant Dropper Decongestant & Cough
  • PediaCare® Infant Drops Decongestant & Cough (containing pseudoephedrine)

If you have these products in your household, please discontinue use in children under the age of two. These actions do not apply to cough and cold medicines labeled for children aged two and above.

Additionally, these actions do not apply to Infants’ and Children’s Tylenol® and Motrin® pain relievers and fever reducers. When used as directed, these products are safe and effective.

As always, it is important to medicate carefully. Always use the exact dosage device that comes with the medicine. Use the medicine only as directed. And keep all medicines out of the reach of children.

Whenever you have questions about how to treat your child’s cough and cold symptoms, call your doctor. For specific questions about our products, call 1-877-895-3665 or visit

Your child’s safety continues to be our number one priority.

This message is brought to you by the makers of Tylenol® and PediaCare®.

We realize these changes may be inconvenient for you, and we are happy to provide a valuable coupon to use on one of several products of your choice.