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Creating A Better World Through Emotional Intelligence

It’s January 2020, and there are a lot of heavy things happening in the world. Meanwhile, at home, the transition back to “regular life” after the holidays may be proving to be messy. You might be at the point of telling yourself or your partner to “push through!” while telling your kids to stop arguing and put their socks on already. Why would anyone choose this month to focus on emotional intelligence while so many issues—global crises, daily demands, and the challenge of establishing new habits—are smacking us in the face?

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Intentions for 2020: Embracing a Healthy Mind and Gratitude

I’d like to ask you an important question: How are you?

It’s such a broad question that you might be tempted to flash a smile and chirp back, “Busy, but great!” even if it’s not true. This time of year is particularly hectic, and while the holidays can be fun and joyful, they can also be stressful, and sometimes depressing. Pretending things are great even when they aren’t can be exhausting, especially if you or a loved one is feeling depressed or anxious. To keep you and your family on track, I’d suggest reflecting on how you are and doing so regularly. This practice helps you notice if you are showing up in the ways you want or lets you decide what changes to make and identify when you need some additional support. In other words, asking yourself this simple questions may simplify staying true to your intentions.

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Zantac Pulled from Shelves due to Probable Cancer Causing Contaminant: What does this mean for me and my family?

For years, Zantac (the brand name for the drug ranitidine) and generic equivalents have been marketed as a safe, effective way of alleviating reflux, better known as heartburn. Millions have used this product to suppress reflux…but in recent days, CVS, Walgreens and other retailers have pulled these products from their shelves and in Canada the drug has been recalled.

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids Explained

At this point, most people have heard about the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. But what are they and why should you care? How much should a person consume? What are the best sources of omega-3s? If your family is vegetarian is there still a way to get them?  How about if you’re vegan? These are common questions that we will clarify here.

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Milk and Milk Alternatives

Until infants are 12 months old, their primary nutrition source comes from breast milk and/or formula with the addition of solids typically at 4-6 months. Once the 12-month birthday comes around, and the rate at which children grow decreases, the nutritional needs for toddlers change as they no longer require the dense nutrition provided in formula.

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3 Newborn Care Tips

When we at GetzWell Pediatrics talk about holistic care, we are describing our emphasis on the whole child whose health is impacted by many factors, not the least of which is how well mom and dad are doing. New parents often focus solely on concerns related to their babies, forgetting that their own well-being is essential to that of their newborn.

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If All You Have is a Hammer, Everything Looks Like a Nail. We Have More Tools!

You can accomplish a lot with a hammer. You can hang pictures, build a garden box, and even separate those stubborn Legos that refuse to break apart through any other method. But what happens when you need to drive in a screw or turn a bolt? As useful as a hammer is, if you want to build something better, sooner or later you’re going to need more tools to finish the job.

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