So You Enjoy a Good Mom-Blog?

I love a good mom-blog: insightful perspective from the women who have been-there, done-that before you. What worked and what didn't. Some of the biggest mom-blogs out there right now are those that revolve around family health and wellness. You can learn everything from how to make your own beauty products (from animal lard, nonetheless!) to 1.9 billion ways (ok, maybe not that many) to use … [Read more...]

Health Tip: Water Filtration

How much do you know about the contents of the water you cook with, bathe with, and put into your body on a daily basis? Here are the most recent local reports from the area: Augusta County (2009) Harrisonburg City (2012) Rockingham County (2009) Staunton City (2012) Waynesboro City (2012) One of the resolutions we've made in the Dodge household is to improve the quality of our … [Read more...]

Where Should I Buy My Supplements?

I'm taking a short break from common childhood conditions to address something that I have seen a lot lately.  The questions of 1) where to get supplements and 2) if there is a difference in quality between brands are questions that I hear on a daily basis.  I will try to clarify things a little with this post. There are three main “classes” of supplements: the ones you can get at big box … [Read more...]

Common Childhood Ailments: Ear Infections – Part 1

Continuing with topics on common childhood ailments, let’s now talk about ear infections.   Ear infections are one of the most common reasons I see children in my office. Many of the kids that come in have had several ear infections, been on several different antibiotics, and cannot seem to stop the cycle.  Hopefully, if you are reading this, this does not sound like your situation. But, if it … [Read more...]

Common Childhood Ailments: Fevers

I have had a lot of questions lately on some pretty common childhood health issues. Over the next few weeks I would like to share some of those issues with you and more natural approaches on how to handle them.  The first topic that I will discuss is fever. First let’s talk about what a fever is and why it occurs.  A fever is your body’s natural response to a foreign invader (i.e. bad bacteria … [Read more...]

Wellness Care: Boost Your Immune System

This is right around the time of year that colds and the flu hit us pretty hard.  To help prevent and shorten any illnesses that may come your way here are some simple and natural immune boosting recommendations. Diet Your diet gives you the basic building blocks that your body uses to function, so feed it right and it will function better. Lots of fruits and veggies, nuts and seeds, a little … [Read more...]