Child Behavioral Problems & Natural Medicine

March 19th, 2013

You are a good parent if you are reading this. Seeking help for your child with behavior issues means that you care and are doing everything you can. Whether your child is two or fourteen, continued bad behavior wears on the whole family. It is difficult to deal with bad grades, flaring tempers, poor choices, or outward defiance. These young years of their life should be positive and filled with good memories, and they can be.

Perhaps the best way to help your child is to take a different perspective: it’s not their fault. It’s not yours either- let me explain. This behavior is an outcry for help. There is something in their body out of balance and subconsciously this is the way they ask for help, please listen to them. Your child is not behaving badly because they want to or because you have done something wrong; it is a sign that something is not right. My job to figure out what that is. Together we can work to fix what is off using natural methods.

The brain and nervous system are what control all of our thinking, acting, and the choices we make every second of the day, AND it is a very sensitive organ. In children with behavioral problems, I often find that they have an irritated nervous system. There are many things that can cause this, some chemical, some structural, most of them correctable.

Children are so rewarding to work with because their young bodies are resilient and often respond wonderfully to natural medicine. My goal is to make a plan that is simple, fits your budget, your lifestyle, and greatly improves the quality of life for your child and your whole family.

Please call Dr. Crystal Schmidt if you have questions about your child’s behavior, or visit www.naturalmedicinewi.com. (715) 579-7145

Dr. Schmidt is a doctor providing chiropractic care and natural medicine treatments to the children and adults of the St. Croix area. She is proud to serve the people of Hudson, Roberts, River Falls, New Richmond, Baldwin & Woodville, Menomonie, Stillwater, Woodbury, and the surrounding areas.

Are you Struggling with Infertility?

March 8th, 2013

Spring is traditionally a fertile time; fruit trees start budding, and birds are busy carrying twigs to build their nests. It seems like everything comes alive and promptly starts to reproduce. For a couple struggling with infertility this can be an especially cruel time.

But it doesn’t have to be. Even if you’ve struggled for years and exhausted every fertility treatment known, you shouldn’t give up hope. Seeking advice from a natural medicine practitioner is great next step, and often a rewarding one!

The body is an amazing machine; every second of the day it is carefully orchestrating cascades of hormone levels that are responsible for, well… keeping you alive. Your body is also a smart machine, and it knows that if it can’t create a healthy pregnancy, well then it just won’t create one at all. We should appreciate this incredible wisdom and work with it, not against it.

Can your structure support a pregnancy? Do you have a strong and sturdy womb? First, the pelvis has to be in line and the ligaments that hold it together need to be strong. I commonly see women who have weak pelvis structure often due to a previous pregnancy, an old injury (slip or fall), or poor dietary habits. The nerves that supply the pelvis and its contents should be working without interference. The organs that are adjacent to the uterus should be healthy and in good working order. For example, if you suffer from constipation you likely have inflammation around your lower intestines, which can irritate your uterus and ovaries.  Anyone of these things is enough to prevent pregnancy. This is just of sample of the things that need to be addressed.

Infertility is a complex issue because it can involve so many different aspects of your body that are all vitally important. This spring as you notice flowers blooming and hints of green emerging from the soil I hope you feel encouraged instead of defeated.

If you are struggling with infertility, whether male or female-related, please call to speak with Dr. Crystal Schmidt.  (715) 579-7145 or visit www.naturalmedicinewi.com.

Dr. Schmidt provides chiropractic care and natural medicine treatments to the children and adults of the St. Croix area. She is proud to serve the people of Hudson, Roberts, River Falls, New Richmond, Baldwin & Woodville, Menomonie, Stillwater, Woodbury, and the surrounding areas.

 

Green Tea Chocolate Truffles (dairy and gluten free!)

February 18th, 2013

These got rave reviews from people who aren’t even gluten free or dairy free! And they really couldn’t be easier to make. This  recipe is also fully customizable- don’t have green tea powder, leave it out. Add a tsp of fresh orange zest instead. Add extra vanilla, add a pinch of cayenne pepper, add some toasted nut pieces.

Plus, look at that list of power-house ingredients. These are the very definition of a healthy treat!

Matcha tea is a fine ground green tea leaf (a special kind, I think) and is available at many natural food stores. I have even seen it sold in individual serving packs at some tea shops (if you don’t want to commit to a $10+ jar of it). I used Republic of Tea Brand Matcha Powder, which I found at Fresh and Natural Foods in Hudson, WI. It is grassy and adds a unique and interesting hint of earthiness to an otherwise ordinary chocolate.

GREEN TEA CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES
1 can of full fat coconut milk
3 tsp matcha green tea powder, divided
5oz unsweetened chocolate
1 Tbs coconut oil
¼ cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
¼ cup natural cocoa powder

Be careful not to shake or jostle the can of coconut milk (in fact, I often put mine in the fridge overnight just to ensure that it will harden up nice); open the can and measure out ¾ cup of the thick cream from the top. Place the coconut cream in a small saucepan along with 1 tsp of the green tea powder; heat over low-medium, gently stirring, until it starts to just boil around the edges.

Meanwhile, chop the chocolate into small pieces and place in a heat-safe bowl along with the coconut oil. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate in the bowl, let sit for one minute, and then stir with a fork until well combined. Add in the honey and vanilla and stir again until very uniform. Pour the mixture into a shallow pan (like a bread pan), cover, and chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours.

To make the truffles, use a tablespoon to measure out a portion of the chocolate, quickly roll it between your palms to form a ball and then roll it around in the cocoa powder to cover. Or if you aren’t feeling so fancy that day, just scoop out a spoonful of chocolate and put it right into the cocoa powder, no need to make them into balls….they will just look, well: rustic.

Place the finished truffles close together and use the reserved two teaspoons of matcha powder to sprinkle over top of them.

Dr. Schmidt is owner of Natural Medicine Center of Wisconsin located in Hudson, WI. To contact her with questions regarding your health, call 715-579-7145 or visit www.naturalmedicinewi.com

Dr. Schmidt provides chiropractic care and natural medicine treatments to the children and adults of the St. Croix area. She is proud to serve the people of Hudson, Roberts, River Falls, New Richmond, Baldwin & Woodville, Menomonie, Stillwater, Woodbury, and the surrounding areas.

Gluten-Free Eating Tips: Hudson, WI

January 28th, 2013

Most people tell me that the hardest time to eat gluten-free is when they are on the go, out with friends for dinner, or traveling. Hudson has some great options and with a few simple preparations you can ensure gluten-free success!

If you have an allergy or are sensitive to gluten- eating gluten-free needs to 100% all the time. Even one crumb is enough to set your health back; it is that important- so do what you need to do to succeed.

 

Always keep snacks with you or in your car
Nuts travel well, and you can often find them in individually portioned bags. Or just keep some in a small container in your purse, desk, gym bag, etc. Look for raw, and organic if possible. And the great thing is you can get them anywhere. Forgot to pack a snack? Run in to Walgreens or even the gas station.

Easy snacks are also nice to have on hand for when you get home late and have that “I need to eat something quick before I eat anything in sight” moment.

Healthy beef sticks (or beef jerky!) that are individually wrapped are a great source of protein. Look for organic, grass-fed and without any chemical additives, which you can find at Fresh & Natural Foods in Hudson. Also look into ordering them in bulk straight from the seller or even from Amazon.com.

Bars: protein bars, nut bars, whatever you call them- they are quick, filling and travel really well. There are so many healthy, gluten-free options available now. Look for ones with at least 6g of protein.

My Favorite Picks (healthiest, best-tasting & most affordable)
Pure Bars; any variety: http://thepurebar.com/
Clif Kit’s Organic Fruit & Nut Bar; Peanut Butter: http://www.clifbar.com/food/products_kits_organic/
Lara Bar “ALT”; any variety: http://www.larabar.com/products/alt

 

Plan ahead
Invited to someone’s home for dinner? Most people will find that their hosts are more than happy to accommodate them, and with a little digging about their menu followed by direction from you, they might be able to pull it off. If you don’t feel good about the invitation, don’t hesitate to decline their offer. It is your health, and it should come first. Or politely explain that you are eating a certain way for you health, that you can’t expect them to prepare anything special for you, and offer to have them over at your home instead.

Almost all restaurants offer something that you can eat. It might be something smaller, and you should have a snack with you to supplement it if you need to. You can often be safe with a salad, but not the dressing. Don’t hesitate to bring your own; I have never seen a restaurant that minded this…just try to be discrete. Check their website or call ahead and figure out what you can have before you get there. I recommend doing this before you even decide on a restaurant in the first place.

In Hudson, WI I have personally been to or have had great feedback from other patients on the following:
Pier 500, Hudson: http://www.pierfivehundred.com/menu/gluten-free-menu/
San Pedro Café, Hudson: http://www.scribd.com/doc/103157324/San-Pedro-Gluten-Free-Update-June2012
Dough Boys Pizza, Hudson: http://www.doughboys-pizza.com/store/1/menu
Chipotle, Hudson: http://www.chipotle.com/en-us/menu/special_diet_information/special_diet_information.aspx

If you are eating a gluten-free diet, but continue to have symptoms that you were hoping to get rid of, please call Natural Medicine Center to speak with Dr. Crystal Schmidt.  (715) 579-7145

Dr. Schmidt is a doctor providing chiropractic care and natural medicine treatments to the children and adults of the St. Croix area. She is proud to serve the people of Hudson, Roberts, River Falls, New Richmond, Baldwin & Woodville, Menomonie, Stillwater, Woodbury, and the surrounding areas.

Fussy Cranky Kids & Babies

January 21st, 2013

It is a baby’s nature to be explorative, vocal, bright-eyed, and happy. Not a care in the world…you remember those days, right?

But what do you do when you’ve provided your child with nourishment, clean diapers, and all the love they can handle, yet they continue to cry, fuss, or seem restless? It is a horrible and helpless feeling. And when you’ve done all you can, it’s time to seek an outside opinion, or maybe several.

It is human nature to be cranky or just-not-quite-yourself when something is off. Your fussy child or sick baby is trying to tell you something; and it’s really important that you listen.

Small problems as a child can turn into large problems as they grown and become adults. Now is the time to get on top of something that is wrong, so it doesn’t negatively impact your child’s future.

Whether it’s a new mom with an inconsolable baby, or parents who are at the end of their rope with their terrible two-year old, my job is to take a very detailed look at every aspect of the child, figure out what is not right, and help you to correct it. Being thorough is very important.

My treatments are very gentle and safe. Please be assured that if I find something outside of my expertise, I will refer you to the proper doctor immediately. I take pride in treating my patients, old or young, as if they were my own family. I am always amazed how one or two small changes in baby’s diet or a gentle adjustment to their spine can often make all the difference in the world.

Parents often bring their children in for things like:
diarrhea and constipation
reflux, colic, fussy behavior, restlessness
poor sleep or sleeping patterns
frequent illness, wheezing, stuffy nose, allergies or sinus issues
trouble breast-feeding, only breast feeding on one side
rashes, dry skin, eczema

 

Dr. Schmidt is owner of Natural Medicine Center of Wisconsin located in Hudson, WI. To contact her with questions regarding your child, call 715-579-7145 or visit www.naturalmedicinewi.com.

Dr. Schmidt provides affordable and high-quality chiropractic care and natural medicine treatments to the children and adults of the St. Croix area. She is proud to serve the people of Hudson, Roberts, River Falls, New Richmond, Baldwin & Woodville, Menomonie, Stillwater, Woodbury, and the surrounding areas.

Don’t Let Dehydration Ruin Your Summer Fun!

May 21st, 2012

Summer means hiking, gardening, festivals, parties, hitting the beach, family road trips, and just enjoying the warm outdoors. But an increase in heat can lead to an increase in water loss; don’t let dehydration ruin your health this summer!

How does dehydration affect your health?
The discs in your spine that protect your nerves are made largely of water. When you become dehydrated your discs become dehydrated and put pressure on your nerves. Being properly hydrated is an incredibly simple step you can take to protect your back and neck this summer! Even mild dehydration can cause constipation, brain-fog, lowered immune function, and increased blood pressure. Be mindful of your body and try these easy strategies to protect your health this summer!

1. Start the day off right! Put a large glass of water next to your bed at night. First thing when you sit up in the morning, drink it down.

2. Buy a large one-gallon insulated water jug (like Coleman brand), fill it with clean water and keep it in your car. This is great for day excursions, long car trips, or when you have just been out longer than you had planned for. Make sure to refresh it with clean water every day or two.

3. Get a nice stainless steel water bottle with a screw top lid that is leak-proof. Carry it with you everywhere! Even if you are only working outside in the yard, you are more likely to stay hydrated if you have it close by, rather than having to go back in the house to get a drink.

4. Don’t have a taste for water? Jazz it up! To make it more appealing add in something fresh. I like mint and a slice of lime, a slice of orange and a fresh strawberry, or cucumber and melon.

5. Focus on fruits and veggies- these things are naturally full of water and will help to keep you hydrated if you fill your diet with them.

6. Lose the Gatorade; try coconut water instead! Replenish your minerals with something that doesn’t contain refined sugar. Coconut water is available at most grocery stores, has a mild pleasant sweetness, and is full of vitamins and minerals that will keep you going. Keep this on hand for when you need an extra pick-me-up!

With health care costs at an all-time high, do yourself a favor and keep hydrated this summer: it can save your health, your wallet, and make for a more enjoyable Wisconsin summer!

Male Infertility

April 13th, 2012

We are living in a completely different world than even our grandparents; amazingly different. They grew their own vegetables, raised their own meat, and milked their own cows. Meat wasn’t produced in mass; livestock were not given tons of antibiotics, chickens were allowed to roam free, and chemicals and prescription drugs were not dumped into the rivers. The reality is that we are now living amongst more pollutants and toxins than ever before, and they are slowly causing harm to our bodies, especially our hormones.

Estrogen is becoming a big problem for the male population. There are a lot of estrogen-like substances all around us; they are in plastics, metal cans, and even the water supply, and we are taking them into our bodies faster than we can filter them out.

The rising rate of obesity plus the increase in environmental toxins is a huge blow to the male reproductive system, and this is why: fat is where estrogen is stored. If you have excess fat, you have excess estrogen, and if you have excess estrogen, you likely don’t have adequate testosterone; testosterone is needed for male reproduction. If you want to conceive a child, you have to have balanced hormones.

Just as proper hormone function is needed for females, the same is true for males in order to produce healthy sperm that are capable of going the distance. Natural selection is a term often only used in the animal world, but it certainly applies to humans also; only the strong survive. Sick animals don’t reproduce at the same rate as healthy ones, and the same holds true for the human population. Male health can be just as important as female health when dealing with infertility.

Dr. Schmidt is owner of Natural Medicine Center of Wisconsin located in Hudson, WI. To contact her with questions regarding your infertility, call 715-579-7145 or visit www.naturalmedicinewi.com.

Infertility: A 3-Part Series, Part III

April 10th, 2012

Part III of III: Is there Anything Else?

While hormone activity (part 1) and structure/nerve function (part 2) are very important, there are other small details that make up the rest of the picture. That is to say, there are a lot of small things that may be out of order and are contributing to your infertility.

How do we find out what these things are? First, by taking a thorough history. It may seem odd when I ask you how old the house you live in is, or if have ever worked in an environment with any strong smells, but these questions are important. Sometimes it can be a very small detail of your daily life, or something that happened to you in the past that can be contributing to your infertility, and we need to find out what these things are so that we can start to correct them if they are a problem.

Second is blood testing; some basic (and affordable) blood tests can tell us a lot about what is going on in your body. Being a doctor of natural medicine, I look at your blood work a little differently than your medical doctor does. I am looking for functionality: how is your body functioning based on what your blood work says? When you have a blood test, the lab calculates a value of what is “normal” based other blood samples collected from people your age, gender and living in the same region. The doctor then compares your result to this value. If you are within the “normal” range, your doctor will tell you your blood results are fine.

The only problem is that as a population we are getting sicker, and our ”normal” ranges are getting larger. I analyze your blood tests very thoroughly, and I want your results to be the optimal for you and for trying to conceive a child. “Normal” does not necessarily mean good all the time.

Remember that you are asking your body to do a lot when you try to conceive a child. And although your body was created with the knowledge to do this, your body is very smart and will not create a child if it can’t create a healthy one. Infertility is a complex issue because it can involve so many different aspects of your body that are all vitally important. But it becomes very simple when you sit down and methodically address every one of these details. Find what is not right, and correct it.

If your hormones are working correctly, your structure and nerve function are good, and all your other body chemistry is right, you will conceive a child; after all, it is what your body was created to do!

Check back on Friday, April 13 for a follow-up post on male infertility!

Dr. Schmidt is owner of Natural Medicine Center of Wisconsin located in Hudson, WI. To contact her with questions regarding your infertility, call 715-579-7145 or visit www.naturalmedicinewi.com.

Infertility: A 3-Part Series, Part II

April 6th, 2012

Part II of III: Structural Stability

Let’s talk about structure: imagine your house without a solid foundation or framed walls. The floor creaks when you walk across it, the ceiling is sagging, the walls are crumbling, and it’s drafty. Would you want to live in this house? Now consider your future womb, it is your baby’s home for nine months; we want it as strong and sturdy as possible.

What does it look like to have a strong and sturdy womb? First, the pelvis has to be in line and the ligaments that hold it together need to be strong. I commonly see women who have weak pelvis structure often due to a previous pregnancy, an old injury (slip or fall), or poor dietary habits. The nerves that supply the pelvis and it’s contents should be working without interference. The organs that are adjacent to the uterus should be healthy and in good working order. For example, if you suffer from constipation you likely have inflammation around your lower intestines, which can irritate your uterus and ovaries.  Anyone of these things is enough to prevent pregnancy.

The nerves that supply your reproductive organs come from your spine and go through the areas of your low back and tailbone. Especially when trying to conceive a baby, the nerves to your reproductive system need to be on at 100%. If your pelvis and low back are even a little out of alignment, it can put pressure on these nerves so much so that it prevents you from being able to conceive or keep a pregnancy. And this is not detectable on any blood test!

Many people can tell they are out of alignment because they have low back pain or stiffness, often in the morning; hip pain; or pain in their legs, ankles, or feet. Another sign that your low back could be out of alignment is poor bowel function (less than one or two bowel movements per day). But perhaps the most dangerous situation is someone who is out of alignment but does not have any pain or other symptoms that are detectable to them. The bottom line is if you are dealing with infertility, you need to be checked by a chiropractor.

The structure and stability of your pelvis is of deepest importance; it houses your reproductive organs and contains the nerves that supply them, and it will be the future home of your child.

Check back for the final part in this series on Tuesday, April 10th!

Dr. Schmidt is owner of Natural Medicine Center of Wisconsin located in Hudson, WI. To contact her with questions regarding your infertility, call 715-579-7145 or visit www.naturalmedicinewi.com.

Infertility: A 3-Part Series

April 3rd, 2012

I of III: Are Your Hormones Working Correctly?

The body is an amazing machine- and every second of the day it is carefully orchestrating cascades of hormone levels that are responsible for, well…keeping you alive. Your body is also a smart machine, and it knows that if it can’t create a healthy pregnancy, well then it just won’t create one at all. We should appreciate this incredible wisdom.

It sometimes baffles me when I hear story after story of failed infertility treatments. This body is not able to sustain life for a reason; please find out why that is before you pump it full of artificial hormones.

Your body has many different hormones, and only some are directly related to reproduction. Others are related to sleep, relaxation, ability to get-up-and-go, and getting nutrients from the food you eat. When you rattle even one of these many hormones, it can affect every other hormone in your body, including ones related to your ability to conceive and sustain a pregnancy.

Forgot to eat breakfast this morning? Your blood sugar and insulin (a hormone) levels are likely off balance, which means your body is struggling and putting all its energy toward keeping you alert; there is no energy left for it to consider reproduction. This is just one example of the many ways that changes in other hormones can affect fertility. Your body works hard to keep its priorities straight, which is good because that is what keeps you healthy. And if it is bogged down with multiple hormone systems that are not functioning as well as they should, your body won’t create or sustain a healthy pregnancy. You wouldn’t re-shingle the roof if the house was on fire, would you?

So how do we know if your hormones are working correctly? We look for signs that may indicate one or more of your hormone levels are off, and then we actually measure them! We find out exactly what your hormones are doing. Many doctors and fertility clinics use a blood test, which tells us the overall amount of hormone in your body (not the active hormones) on the day of the test. The test I prefer is one that measures the amount of hormones in your saliva over the course of a month (you do this at home). It is a great test because saliva (unlike blood) tells us the status of the active hormones in your body and measures them over the entire month. This allows us to get the big picture of your overall hormone cycle. Day 2 is just as important as day 20 when you are trying to conceive; not only do you need the correct amount of hormones at ovulation, but you need the correct amount all cycle long.

Check back for part II in this series on Friday, April 6!

Dr. Schmidt is owner of Natural Medicine Center of Wisconsin located in Hudson, WI. To contact her with questions regarding your infertility, call 715-579-7145 or visit www.naturalmedicinewi.com.