10 Things You Need to Know About the Zika Virus Today

  1. The Zika virus is actively being spread in South Florida, more specifically in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The CDC recommends pregnant women avoid travel to these areas. If a partner must travel to this area or another affected area outside of the US, safe sex practices (such as condoms or other barrier methods) must be used to avoid sexually transmitting the disease. Pregnant who live in or frequently travel to South Florida or another affected area must be tested for Zika in their first and second trimesters. 2.…

Supplements May Boost Antidepressants

It is possible that you still may feel depressed while on antidepressant therapy. Researchers found that adding a low-cost supplement to your regimen may help to reduce depressive symptoms. Those individuals battling depression know that some, if not many days feel like a chore. Despite being common, depression can be a finicky state to treat. Many consult with doctors, seek therapy, or are prescribed antidepressants. Antidepressants may not work the first time around, and some may find themselves on 2 or more medications in an effort for the drugs to augment each…

Mostly Organic Recipe for Cough Drops

A few weeks ago, both of my parents came down with a nasty respiratory infection that had them coughing for days. My dad, being of Indian descent, is always looking for a natural alternative and swears by the power of cloves to help with throat pain and cough. Indeed, cloves have a lot of medicinal properties including antioxidant, anesthetic, and anti-inflammatory benefits. I decided to try this simple recipe for clove cough drops using some organic ingredients. You may even discover that you already have many of these ingredients in…

Natural Ways to Beat Holiday “Blues”

Last week, I embarked on a 3,000 mile journey to California with my 13 month old son to celebrate Thanksgiving with family. A long layover in Dallas, hours on a plane, and emerging molars left my typically easygoing son less than thrilled for a (thankfully) small portion of our stay. Yet, the crying and whining was so incessant one night, that it took a dose of ibuprofen and a drive around my sister’s neighborhood to get him settled. Eventually I was able to put my sleeping baby to bed. Yet,…