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  • Safety and use of L-Theanine in Children

    What is L-theanine? Theanine, an amino acid primarily found in tea leaves, particularly Camellia sinensis, and some mushrooms, has garnered considerable attention in recent years for its potential health benefits. Structurally similar to glutamate, a neurotransmitter involved in brain function, thea...

  • What is glutathione? What are glutathione supplements used for?

    What is Glutathione? Glutathione, often referred to as the “master antioxidant,” is a naturally occurring molecule found in the cells. Glutathione is a tripeptide, meaning it is made of three amino acids (cysteine, glutamine, and glycine). It is produced in the liver and plays a crucial ...

  • Is stinging nettle safe for children? What is it used for?

    Urtica dioica, commonly referred to as stinging nettle, boasts a rich history of culinary, medicinal, clothing and ceremonial practices. Belonging to the Urticacea family, it is a perennial herbaceous plant native to Europe and Asia, now found in temperate regions worldwide and considered a weed in ...

  • Clinical evidence for the use of chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) in children

    The Timeless Appeal of Chamomile Chamomile, scientifically known as Matricaria chamomilla, is a widely used herb in traditional medicines around the world. Ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman medical texts describe using chamomile as a calming tea infusion and for treating dry, weatherworn skin.1...

  • Safety and the use of Verbascum thapsus (Mullein) for common children’s conditions

    Mullein is a wonderful, abundant herb used for a number of children’s conditions. In this article we will explore the clinical research, safety and efficacy of Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) for use in children. Introduction Mullein, scientifically known as Verbascum thapsus, is a versatile flowe...

  • Probiotics and Their Role in Alleviating IBS and Constipation in Children 

    Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and constipation are common gastrointestinal issues that can significantly impact the well-being of children. Treatment options for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are notoriously inadequate or come with potentially serious side effects and risks.1 It’s crucial to...

  • Is Echinacea Safe for Children? Is it Effective?

    Introduction to Echinacea in herbal medicine Have you ever strolled through the pharmacy section at your local grocery store and noticed cold and flu medications boasting echinacea as a key ingredient? While the flashy labels are clearly promising relief from stubborn bugs, you might be wondering: d...

  • Medicinal use of Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) in naturopathic medicine

    The historical use of thyme Thymus vulgaris, commonly known as thyme, has a rich and varied history of use that dates back to ancient civilizations. The ancient Egyptians used thyme in their embalming practices, recognizing its strong preservative and antibacterial properties. In Ancient Greece, thy...

  • Understanding the stages of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet

    What is the Specific Carbohydrate Diet? For a full intro into the Specific Carbohydrate Diet see Getting Started with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. For children who are struggling with inflammatory bowel disease, like Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis you may want to check out Seattle Ch...

  • Getting started with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet

    What is the rationale behind the Specific Carbohydrate Diet? The rationale behind the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) centers around the idea that certain harmful gut pathogens flourish on carbohydrates that are more difficult to digest. In people with inflamed intestines or dysbiosis, breaking dow...

  • The fine line between Elimination Diets and Eating Disorders

    As a pediatric naturopathic doctor I have over ten years of experience using therapeutic elimination diets in children. I have seen many cases of dramatic reversal of chronic disease or behavior concerns. That said, in the last few years I have found myself increasingly hesitant to recommend restric...