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Overworked and Overwhelmed: 27 Things Moms Need to Know

  1. Understand why your lack of sleep is making you gain weight.  Sleep deprivation will make you eat more and burn less.  Your female hormones, thyroid, and stress hormones all change for the worse to slow your metabolism when you are not sleeping.  Click Here
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  2. Why mom is stressed:  This is one of my favorite posts to share with your husband.  She is so right!  This is one of the reasons we are so stressed!! Click Here.
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  3. Mommy Brain:  Did you know that lower progesterone after birth actually causes the learning center of your brain to shrink?  You also have changes in the part that processes emotions.  This can really change the way your brain works!  Learn one way to deal with mommy brain without meds or any outside cost: Click Heremom's-brain-out-of-order
  4. Brain Power:  There are 5 simple things you can do at home to improve your brain function that you can start today.  Read about balancing brain power with super easy lifestyle choices: Click Here
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  5. Nutrients for Stress:  In my experience, the biggest nutritional helpers for stress are vitamin C and B vitamins.  Check out this article for more info!
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  6. Lifesavers for childhood illness:  Dr. Johnson summarizes years of experience as a doc and a mom to give you safe easy ways to keep kids healthy at home.  Click Here

  7. Insomnia and hormones:  The hormone that is making you wake up (sleep and progesterone) Click Here
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  8. Chemical exposure in the home:  The free thing you can do right this minute to greatly reduce the toxins coming into your house. Click Here
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  9. 3 crucial reasons people eat too much:  Your overeating—what is happening and why?  It doesn’t matter how good your dietary program is if you can’t follow it!  Click Here

  10. Thyroid:  what you need to know.  We all know that thyroid causes weight gain, but so do a lot of things.  I ask a ton of questions to assess thyroid weight gain vs. other reasons.  Here are some of the things I am looking for:  Click Here
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  11. Fast super easy meals:  Here are some super simple 5 ingredient crockpot meals that are gluten free, dairy free, and sugar free.  I love easy!  Enjoy! Click Here
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  12. Tricks for raising a picky eater.  I love these ideas!  With picky babies, I always liked to do “bubbles for bites”.  It made meals fun and easier. Click Here
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  13. Why you should do a 21 day sugar detox  Click Here21-day-sugar-detox
  14. Stress related weight gain:  In my experience, people who carry blood type A seem to be more susceptible to stress related weight gain.  Click Here
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  15. When people tell you to stop caring about what others think, this is why that’s stupid.   Don’t let anyone beat you up because you are woman who cares what other people think sometimes.  Most of us care about how people view us as mothers, wives, friends, neighbors, and even strangers.  You know who doesn’t?  People with personality disorders, spectrum disorders, and other serious problems.  So don’t feel bad because you care!  Just find balance.  Check out this point of view too:
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  16. Cereal is not a good breakfast.  If you only want to change one thing about your diet, please start here.  Eggs are good, steel cut oats with nuts can be good, but no cereal! Click Here
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  17. Your difficult child:  Your kid’s most difficult qualities right now may be their best assets later.   I  often see kids with weaknesses that could become strengths in adulthood! Click Here
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  18. Cheap and easy whole foods for people who can’t afford all organic foods.  Click Here
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  19. Connecting with your school age kids:  I walk my boys to school every day, and I try to make conversation fun and light.  I love these ideas for conversation starters.  Sometimes it is easy to ask the same old boring stuff. Click Here
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  20. Tantrum Free:  Check out this excerpt from my favorite toddler book. I still use these techniques on my older kids!! Click Here
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  21. Introducing food to babies.  The easiest way to raise a good eater is to start babies with veggies! Click Here
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  22. It’s not all your fault when your kid has problems.  There are so many reasons to believe that fears and anxieties can actually be passed down generationally!  Of course our behavior influences our kids, but there may be more to it than that. Click Here
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  23. Understanding hormones and weight loss video: This one is Tina Sprinkle and I talking about weight loss and some surprising things you might not have known about diet and hormones:  Click Here
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  24. Premenstrual moodiness:  This is a huge trigger for premenstrual rage, and most of us have absolutely no idea that it matters at all!  What you can do with your lighting to change your mood. Click Herepremenstrual-moodiness
  25. Hidden Sources of Sugar: Click Here
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  26. The Science of addictive foods video: Click Here
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  27. Your average doctor doesn’t have time to talk to you about your hair loss, weight, mood, sleep, or energy level. Click Herewhat-your-doctor-doesnt-have-time-to-tell-you

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6 Lifesavers For Childhood Illness

There are 6 supplements that I NEVER run out of at home for illness! They’re natural, proven remedies backed by medical science. As always, consult your doctor before trying these. But once you’ve taken the first steps to natural supplements, treatments and prevention, there’s no going back.

  1. Curing Pills:  These have been used in Chinese medicine for treating nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea for many years.  The pellets are very small and can be mixed in applesauce for children.  In general, it takes about 20 minutes to control the symptoms.  It may cause you to empty the contents of your stomach or bowels if you have a virus. The herbs will not prevent that. It needs to happen.  In turn, you may feel off from dehydration and a change in your pH, but you would soon feel better.  It can be taken as much as needed, and may be given at the first hint of illness to prevent the onset in some cases.  If the medicine is not helping, please seek medical attention.  These pills doesn’t significantly improve:  parasites, medication overdoses, or C Diff.  If you are lethargic or have had symptoms for an extended period of time, make sure you have a provider monitoring you.
  2. Old Indian Wild Cherry Bark Syrup:  This syrup tastes terrible but it can be your best friend against coughs.  You have to take the full prescribed dose. It can also be used during asthma attacks.  If after 20 minutes until the next day, you are still experiencing respiratory distress or the condition worsens, you need to seek medical attention.
  3. Yin Chiao:  This little antiviral / antibacterial blend is a lifesaver for basic colds, minor ear problems and viruses.  It can be combined with any of these other medicines as indicated on the package.
  4. Quell Fire:  This formula is great to have around for urinary infection, ear infection, and tonsil infections.  For children, use a few drops and wait 20 minutes before checking the fever.  If your child is sick, please make an appointment with the doctor to discuss the prescription until you know how to use it on your own.  As with any acute infection or antibiotic, if you are worse the next day, the treatment isn’t working and you may need to seek urgent care.
  5. N Acetyl Cysteine:  This amino acid can be taken in high doses (up to 3000 mg per day) for thick mucus.  It can also be used for sinus infections, ear infections, coughs, or anything with tenacious mucus that won’t drain.  I never use it alone, but in combination with the above treatments as needed.
  6. Zhong Gan Ling:  In traditional Chinese Medicine, this has been used for a long time for sore throat, aches, and fever.  It can be combined as needed with the other medicines.  Often, the “flu” also impacts other systems. Exercise caution when dosing other people.

But What About Prevention?

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I love elderberry syrup concentrate for people who get sick frequently.  It is easy to use and very safe.  You can take 1 ml daily for prevention.  If you are starting to get sick, take 1 ml every hour the first day.  This is a GREAT treatment for kids, I use it at home often. 

The Best True Home Remedy  

This treatment is less appealing but works great.  With the onset of the flu, a virus, or sinus infection, try chewing a whole clove of garlic!  This may make you smell terrible but, in a pinch when you don’t have anything else, this works!  

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This information is intended to teach you about care for illness at home.  Please remember that this is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure a medical condition.  

Need More Help?

For people who need general care, I genuinely love the annual care option.  If you get sick a lot and don’t want to have to pay co-pays or take meds every time, this will help. This gives you access to me when you need to talk to a doctor and don’t want to mess with the usual hassles with the medical system.  Get my cellphone number just in case you need it.  I will answer your questions, help with your diet program, tell you what to do when you are sick, talk to your other providers as needed, and give you my guidance in more urgent care situations.

Acupuncture and other treatments are also included.  I enjoy this option so much because it gives you the access you want without having to book an appointment for everything you need.  When I know you really well, I can take a quick call from you.  

I don’t always need a chart to answer your question or remember what you are taking.  It allows me to give you that personal family doctor care that you (and I) want.  My concierge fees can be submitted to insurance as an out of network provider for partial coverage and ideally can keep from needing a lot of other medical care the rest of the year.  

 

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Health and Weight Loss Podcasts

Dr. Johnson Co-hosts a podcast about weight loss. Frank, a professional podcaster, is on his weight loss journey as she guides him through. He started off at almost 400 pounds. Together, they address the best ways to lose weight and stay healthy. Never listened to a podcast? It is time to start! Go to your app store and download a podcast listening app if you don’t already have one. The easiest thing to do is to search for “Randomocity Health” on your podcast app and subscribe.

RANDOMOCITY HEALTH PODCAST – #12 It Takes a G.E.N.I.U.S.

 

RANDOMOCITY HEALTH PODCAST – #11 Hydration

 

RANDOMOCITY HEALTH PODCAST – #10 The Wall

 

RANDOMOCITY HEALTH PODCAST – #9 The Power of Positive People

 

RANDOMOCITY HEALTH PODCAST – #8 Stressed Out

 

RANDOMOCITY HEALTH PODCAST – #7 Hypo or Hyper? The Thyroid Explained

 

RANDOMOCITY HEALTH PODCAST – #6 Chiropractic Care

 

RANDOMOCITY HEALTH PODCAST – #5 Blood, Sugar and Carbs

 

RANDOMOCITY HEALTH PODCAST – #4 Happy Health-Oween

 

RANDOMOCITY HEALTH PODCAST – #3 Holidays and Hormones

 

RANDOMOCITY HEALTH PODCAST #2 – Meet Dr. Johnson

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Knowing My Essential Oils

Essential oils are so popular right now!  People are always coming and asking about the things they are trying at home.  The biggest thing that I run into is that,  sometimes people don’t know what will work and what may not be strong enough.  Please keep in mind that even if you like essential oils as a treatment, I still suggest you have someone supervising your care.  I will share my favorites!

1.  Lavender:  My favorite use for this one is, of course, sleep.  You can buy this encapsulated for a slow release sleep product.  I also occasionally have people put a drop in their water and leave it by their bed.  That way, they can drink it if they wake up.  Easy, and no sleep hangover.  I also might add a drop to water in tea on a particularly stressful day.  This must be with an oil that is made for consumption obviously.

2.  Peppermint:  Enteric coated peppermint is a key supplement for me in managing IBS and diverticulitis.  For both, you often need a high dose and it must be encapsulated correctly.  It can cause reflux, so you don’t want to use too much without a capsule.

3.  Oregano Oil:  While a single drop orally or on the feet might not be enough to fight an ear infection, oregano oil is powerful.  It is great for killing fungal and bacterial infections.  It is strong enough to upset your stomach.  It MUST be taken with a probiotic, just like an antibiotic.

4.  Tea Tree Oil:  This is a popular one, although I tend to lean more toward garlic oil when I need something like this.  Tea tree oil can be good for topical applications, but it can also be irritating so you have to be careful.  Some people do use it orally, although I don’t recommend it.

Please feel free to share your favorite essential oils in the comments!

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Randomocity Health Podcast #13 – Let’s Get Physical – 5 Month Update

Frank “Beefcake” Munroe welcomes special guest Anthony Giordano from Randomocity Health Sponsor, Compound Health and Fitness.

This episode covers the results of Frank’s first 5 months of his Randomocity Health Fitness and Weight Loss Journey, All of the Awesome Features that Compound Health and Fitness have to Offer. Also, Anthony tells about Compound Health and Fitness’s Brand New Fitness Studio/Gym Opening This Spring!!!!

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Why Are Drugs Expensive?

Ever wonder about the cost of medications in the US?  It can be pretty outrageous.  Many people are aware that the same drugs we use in the US can be purchased for pennies on the dollar in other countries.  Even prescription vitamins that are covered by insurance often cost more than double the cost of buying the same vitamin over the counter.  Want to understand why?  Check out this video:

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What You Have to Know About Meat?

Why do I drive to the Kansas City River Market to buy meat from Golden Rule Farms? They’re good people, the price is great, and the health benefits of the meat are worth the drive. It’s not just about humane treatment of the animals, although that is nice too. I think there is a dramatic difference in the health risks we face when we eat conventionally raised meats vs. animals fed a natural diet. Most people have no idea why they should spend a little more on quality.

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Eat Butter!

I eat a lot of butter, but always grass fed. Here’s why:

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Hormone Balance and Fertility with Acupuncture

Many people know about using acupuncture for pain, but not everyone is aware of the benefits of acupuncture when you are trying to balance your hormones.  Check out this video.

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Cut the Sugar!

In honor of my 1 year anniversary without any refined sugar, I would like to share this video with you. My 1 year no sugar challenge has been such a good experience, I have decided not to have any dessert at the end. I don’t want to add it back in!

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