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Patient Care Story – More Than “Just a Crack”

How Chiropractic Care Supports Overall Health When Sarah took her newborn daughter Ava in for her first chiropractic adjustment, she never expected it would become such an integral part of their family’s health. Sarah had little experience with chiropractors prior to becoming a mother. She had heard about the benefits of chiropractic care for infants […]

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Microbiome – Understanding what microscopic critters have to do with pregnancy, birth, & baby – Notes from Pathways Connect Kelowna May 2018 Gathering

Where do we even start?  This is a topic I could discuss for days. It is near and dear to me academically, clinically, and personally.  During my master’s degree in clinical nutrition, I studied and wrote papers on the gut-brain axis, the microbiome, and neurodevelopmental disorders (which are my permanent passion focus).  Clinically, I work […]

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Group B Strep (GBS) – Implications for Probiotic Use During Pregnancy

A Note on GBS Streptococcus agalactiae (AKA group B strep/GBS) is considered commensal (meaning normal) vaginal microbiota in 10-25% of women. In the presence of an overgrowth during late-stage pregnancy, this species can cause sepsis, pneumonia, and sometimes meningitis, all of which are very serious concerns for a newborn.  This is why women in Canada […]

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Probiotics During Pregnancy

Let’s take a step back (from our first blog on the microbiome). What about before birth? What about during pregnancy? Of course, our dietary choices, supplements, medications, stress-load, and physical experiences all impact both mom and baby in-utero. The womb is not quite the sterile environment we once thought it was.  There is a growing body […]

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The Microbiome & Birth

I was recently asked to do an in-service update on the microbiome and birth for a group of midwives. Always excited to dork out on anything birth and baby related, I was eager to accept the offer and wanted to make sure I was prepared with the most up-to-date information I could provide to empower […]

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Growing a Snack Garden … with kids!

There is nothing that kids love more than to dig in the dirt, so why not use those extra little hands to help you in the garden. Children enjoy planting seeds, watching them grow, and harvesting what they have grown. The experience can help them to develop a love of nature and can have a […]

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Let’s Get Smart About Stress

Stress. We all have it. You can’t avoid it. Sometimes it’s good; sometimes it’s bad.  Sometimes you feel like you have a lot; sometimes you feel very little. No matter what, your body is constantly doing its best to manage that stress load appropriately and function gracefully through it.  My goal in this blog is […]

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