Integrative Health Blog

Holistic Pedatrics: Take Home Points from the Vaccine Event

Posted by on Wed, Aug 31, 2016

The Let’s Talk About Vaccines event held at National Integrated Health Associates was educational, engaging and enlightening.  I had the privilege of sharing my experience at this event with students, trainees and colleagues in the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health at Howard University’s College of Medicine.  My focus for that talk was the Holistic Pediatrician’s Management of Vaccine Refusal.  Your stories, the information shared and the discussed research by Dr. Suzanne Humphries, Barbara Loe Fisher and the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) served as an incredible background for teaching empathy to current and future providers and promoted the perspective and need for more personalized and precision medical approaches to keeping our children healthy and protected.

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Tags: vaccinations, children's health, holistic pediatrician

Let's Talk About Vaccines: An Evening of Discussion on August 25, 2016

Posted by on Sat, Aug 13, 2016

Special Event


Let's Talk About Vaccines 

When: Aug. 25, 2016
Time: 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: NIHA
5225 Wisconsin Ave. NW #402
Washington, D.C. 20015

 

Please join us on Thursday evening, Aug. 25, 2016,  for lectures,  information and education about vaccine safety.

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Tags: vaccinations, children's health, pediatrics

Ask these 8 Questions Before You Vaccinate

Posted by on Tue, Feb 18, 2014


Recently there was quite an uproar over a TV show done by Katie Couric on children who experienced negative reactions after receiving the HPV vaccine. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus spread by sexual contact. The recommendation by the CDC (Center for Disease Control) is that girls be vaccinated for HPV at age 11 or 12 for cancer prevention, and recently extended the recommendation to boys of the same age. Sharing their stories on the Katie Couric show were two mothers who reported adverse reactions after their daughters had been vaccinated for HPV with Gardasil. One child was unable to get out of bed for years, and sadly, the other child died.

While vaccination reactions may be rare, the fact is, many pharmaceuticals carry risk and these risks can be greater for some children than others.

These 8 questions from National Vaccine Information Center are designed to help a parent make a fully informed decision on vaccination.  Use this list to discuss any concerns with your doctor and make the best informed decision for your child.

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Should You Get the Flu Vaccine?

Posted by on Wed, Oct 30, 2013

Mark McClure DDS

The flu season is here and the flu vaccine will soon be all over the media marketing to everyone to get your flu vaccine. Your doctor, the neighborhood pharmacist, the school nurse and others will be armed with needles and flu vaccines eager to inject. The pressure to get the flu vaccine at home and work places will be great. For the elderly, it may be put as potentially life and death. But what are the facts and what can you do to prevent or minimize the flu symptoms naturally?

Our experience is the flu shot is not harmless. For some of our patients, their chronic health problems started with a simple flu shot. There are two issues involved:

  1. Do I want to get vaccinated?
  2. What can I do to prevent or mitigate the flu if I get sick?

Educate Yourself and Make an Informed Decision on Vaccination

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Tags: natural options, flu, vaccinations

Prepare for Flu and Cold Season with Healthy Habits

Posted by on Wed, Oct 13, 2010

By Deborah McCabe

Flu and Cold Season Information
At NIHA we always advise patients to get as much information as possible before making any health care choice for their family. We want to help you find reliable sources.  Providing you with good information is one of our most important responsibilities. This empowers you to make the best decisions for you and your family based on what has been proven to be safe, effective and necessary. Here is good information that should help everyone make those important decisions this cold and flu season to stay healthy.

Educate Yourself

In August 2010, the World Health Organization officially stated that the Swine (H1N1) flu pandemic is over. That means that all the worries of a worldwide flu disaster are history. There has been lots of buzz about why the flu scare got so blown out of proportion. For a comprehensive dose of flu related information, I recommend Dr. Mercola’s site, and Dr.Tenpenny's site has good information as well. Below are links to two of Dr. Mercola's postings with lots of statistics and references to help better understand the flu vaccine controversy. 

Today we are seeing diseases resistant to traditional treatments and we know how important a lifestyle of prevention and life long wellness is the KEY! A regular exercise regimen, eating a whole food, organic diet, drinking a clean fresh source of water, getting adequate sunshine and controlling stress levels is still the best way I know to stay healthy as the colder, darker weather season approaches.

While enjoying a nice fall days, it is hard to believe that cooler weather is right around the corner. A few good habits can make a profound difference in our overall health this coming season.  

Here are few easy-to-follow tips to stay healthy:

1. Increase the time and frequency of hand washing. Use warm, soapy water and wash frequently throughout the day and especially before meals; there is no need to use anti-bacterial soap.

2. Maintain a sufficient level of exercise. This gets harder as the days shorten and the weather cools. It is important to set aside time for a workout routine, but it's important to make it "do-able." Add some fun options that you will look forward to like belly dancing or Wii Fit, something the whole family may enjoy and can be done easily at home. You won't stick to the exercise if you just dread the thought of doing it, so find something you enjoy.

3. We encourage everyone to keep up their vitamin and mineral supplementation. Especially be sure to include Vitamin D and Vitamin C. It is important to get your levels checked prior to flu season or at your next check up. At NIHA we have Flu and Virus Prevention information with the supplements we recommend for this cold and flu season.

Links to flu vaccine information via Dr. Mercola.com:
http://bit.ly/9acCEH
http://bit.ly/7LTJV

Enjoy the lovely autumn weather and be well!

 

Debbie McCabe is a holistic health practitioner at National Integrated Health Associates, NIHA, an integrative medicine and dental center  located in Washington, D.C.


 

 

 


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Tags: flu, vaccinations, immune system, nutritional supplements, virus

A holistic doctor's thoughts on vaccination conference and gardasil

Posted by on Thu, Oct 15, 2009

 by Tracy Freeman MD

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Tags: vaccinations, holistic doctor, womens health, gardasil