The Healing Power Love

The healing power love


By Cristy Cali

Click aqui para español- > El poder de sanación del amor

Why am I still so surprised at the healing power of love? On some level, I am not surprised; yet, I find myself witnessing and experiencing situations with so much positive transformation.

Recently, I had a situation in my life where someone spoke ill of me publicly. When I heard about this, I was feeling conflicted, confused and not exactly sure how to proceed. I did not understand why this person would have claimed that I had behaved one way when I knew for a fact this was not the truth.

Despite the fact that my perception of what had occurred was different, it was obvious she had a completely different perception and she truly believed this to be true. This is going on a lot in the world right now, especially in the world of politics. Different media outlets are painting a different version of their truth to millions of people, leaving some people to believe one thing while others simply have no idea what to believe anymore. The defining lines of the truth have been blurred. No wonder there is so much chaos on the world stage!


From a metaphysical vantage point, what matters most is how we respond and what we allow ourselves to feel. After I found out about the incident, I waited at least 24 hours before I responded so I could have time to meditate about the situation. First, I recalled something my metaphysics professor once told me, “What other people think of you is none of your business.” What he meant was, you should not care so much what other people think of you; rather, if you are truly being honest with yourself, what you think of yourself is far more important. I know where my heart is, so I had to accept she did not see me in a way I wished to be seen, but I cannot do anything, nor should I waste my energy trying to change the opinion of someone else. When I meditated, I imagined my heart chakra opening up and connecting with this individual and I had a mental dialogue with her soul. I imagined my soul speaking directly to her soul. I asked her for forgiveness, compassion and understanding. I told her I loved her as a soul sister, and that I meant no harm. I prayed that she be blessed with positive energy so she could experience happiness. Then, I wrote her a letter in response to her accusation where I acknowledged and respected her feelings. I let her know I cared and understood by responding with compassion, while also standing my ground and being assertive.

“even if you believe you have done nothing wrong, believe you can always make things right”

Almost a week went by and each day I thought of her in a loving way. Although the situation had bothered me, I had come to terms and accepted what had transpired and I was in the process of putting it all behind me. Then, to my surprise, this individual reached out to me over the phone and sincerely apologized for their untrue remarks and asked me to accept her apology. If that is not proof of the power of loving energy, I do not know what more I could share with you. This is a real story. This is how love heals and how we can transform and elevate the vibration of the Earth so we may all live in harmony. It begins with us. Even if you believe you have done nothing wrong, believe you can always make things right.

Meal Planning for the New Year and Beyond

Meal Planning for the New Year and Beyond

By Lia Threat

Click aqui para español- >Planeación de alimentos para el año nuevo y más

Even though I am all for New Year’s resolutions, I believe more in making changes that will last through the whole year and not just that first month! One of the behaviors that I notice the most when people try to make a new change with their eating habits is an attempt at meal prepping. Some people go all out and meal prep seven days a week, and others may just prep their lunch. Start with a few days a week and build your way up to get a feel for how meal planning can fit into your schedule. Before you get started, here are a few things to keep in mind so you can begin with confidence. Good luck and happy prepping!

Our bodies love a diverse menu! Chicken and the same vegetable seven nights a week is not enough variety to get all the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to thrive. Choose a mixture of proteins, complex carbohydrates, fruits and veggies each week

For those of you who work a traditional Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 job, weekends may be your best bet for prep and shopping. Trying to do both in one day can feel overwhelming. Pick a day like Saturday to shop and cook in bulk on Sunday.

If you have red peppers one week, try raspberries or beets next. Switch between different shades of fruits and veggies for various antioxidants.

Delicate salad greens are not the best option to prepare ahead. Instead, choose hearty greens like kale, and collards, root vegetables, or pureed veggies. Also, cooking for three to four days and freezing the remainder can get you through the week while reducing the amount of food waste.



By Dr. Cristy Cali

Click aqui para español- >Gratitud

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lack wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

-   James 1:2-5 New International Version (NIV)

This biblical passage really spoke to me because many of us are experiencing cycles of challenges and uncomfortable periods, which ultimately stimulate growth. If you are experiencing difficulties in your life at this time, there is a very simple, yet powerful way to shift your perception and regain the energy and vitality you seek.

Here is the secret: gratitude.

Our suffering is never in vain when we understand that every single challenge is an opportunity for growth and transformation. The word transformation requires reformation and the breaking down of older patterns in an effort to create new ones. This can be uncomfortable, painful, and all-around stressful if we forget to remember the Divine power that lives within us. Good always has the potential to rise out of all suffering.

Remember this holiday season that the Spirit of Christ and Divine Love lives through you always. Nothing can take that away from you. I am here to remind you of this very important fact so that next time you feel broken and wish to cry out in prayer “why?” as if you were a victim of circumstances, instead, say, “thank you” as Jesus gave thanks for the opportunity to exemplify a life in the image of God, despite all He experienced.  

When you consciously change your behavior for the greater good, the patterns that make up who you are also change on a quantum and molecular level, including our own DNA.

Science now reveals that our DNA renews itself every two months. All the cells within your brain renew within one year. Your epidermis (skin) renews itself every month. And so on and so on.

You can change everything about yourself, transform your being for the better by elevating how you think and act. As above, so below. Elevate your thoughts and you will elevate your life.

So long as you are conscious of your Divine Power and connection to the Universe, you will always have the ability to instantly be at peace and show others the way there.

Holiday Indulgence and Stress-Free Socializing

Holiday Indulgence and Stress-Free Socializing

By Lia Threat

Click aqui para español- >Indulgencia Navideña y socialización sin estrés

December is upon us once again, and it seems like the holiday parties have continued since Halloween! Although the holidays can be a joyful and cheerful time, for many, it is stressful. There are deadlines to meet at work and gifts to rush out and buy, parties to plan, heavy traffic, and the hectic holiday travel. Social and family gatherings may bring anxiety, which ties directly into emotional eating. Here are a few suggestions for coping with the holiday craze:

Do something that brings you joy– take a brisk walk, connect with a friend, get a massage, journal, exercise. Focus on what makes the holidays special- time with loved ones, family, friends, and good food.

Many people drink alcoholic beverages to make themselves more social and to ease their anxiety. Instead, grab a carbonated non-alcoholic drink or mocktail and find a familiar face. You will be able to connect and avoid getting tipsy too fast on an empty stomach.

Eating with intention and a little planning takes practice but can make get-togethers much more comfortable to navigate. Bring a healthy dish and serve yourself generously. Bringing something homemade will not only serve as a conversation starter, but it can also help to fill you up. By sampling your dish first, you can avoid large servings of calorie-rich items and sweets.

The “winter blues” are real. Low Vitamin D levels can negatively affect our moods and may cause us to seek out foods like sugar that stimulate the “feel good” chemicals in our brain (hello dopamine!).

How Much Screen Time Is OK for My Kids?

How Much Screen Time Is OK for My Kids?

By Common Sense Media

Click aqui para español- > ¿Cuánto tiempo frente a las pantallas está bien para mis niños?

Kids are spending more time with screen media -- and at younger ages -- than ever before. In an effort to help families curb kids‘ use, groups such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have released numerical screen limit guidelines, but the reality is that there really is no magic number that‘s “just right.“

What‘s more important is the quality of kids‘ media, how it fits into your family‘s lifestyle, and how you engage your kids with it.


The idea of screen time as a one-dimensional activity is changing -- even the AAP, whose screen time rules had been strictly age-based, is recognizing that not all screen time is created equal. Computers, tablets, and smartphones are multipurpose devices that can be used for lots of purposes. Even so, the World Health Organization is sticking with specific screen time amounts on the theory that sedentary activities such as playing computer games is contributing to the global obesity epidemic. However, designating device use simply as „screen time“ can miss some important variations. The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens identifies four main categories of screen time.

Passive consumption: watching TV, reading, and listening to music

Interactive consumption: playing games and browsing the Internet

Communication: video-chatting and using social media

Content creation: using devices to make digital art or music

Clearly, there‘s a lot of difference among these activities. But as valuable as many of them can be, it‘s still important for kids‘ overall healthy development to balance their lives with enriching experiences found off screens. These tips can help you:

Pay attention to how your kids act during and after watching TV, playing video games, or hanging out online. If they‘re using high-quality, age-appropriate media; their behavior is positive; and their screen-time activities are balanced with plenty of healthy screen-free ones, there‘s no need to worry

If you‘re concerned about heavy media use, consider creating a schedule that works for your family. This can include weekly screen-time limits, limits on the kinds of screens kids can use, and guidelines on the types of activities they can do or programs they can watch

Make sure to get your kids‘ input so the plan teaches media literacy and self-regulation, and use this as an opportunity to discover what they like watching, introduce new shows and apps for them to try, or schedule a family movie night.

The AAP‘s guidelines, released in October 2016, allow for some screen time for children younger than 2 and emphasize parental involvement for all kids. In a nutshell:


- Avoid use of screen media other than video-chatting for children younger than 18 months.

- If you choose to introduce media to children 18-24 months, find high-quality programming and co-view and co-play.

- Limit screen use to 1 hour per day of high-quality programs for children age 2 to 5 years.

-Create a family media plan with consistent rules and enforce them for older kids.


The reality is that most families will go through periods of heavy and light media use, but, so long as there‘s a balance, kids should be just fine.

Can You Make Room in Your Budget for Healthy Eating?

Can You Make Room in Your Budget for Healthy Eating?

By Lia Threat

Click aqui para español- >¿Puedes hacer espacio en tu presupuesto para una alimentación saludable?

One of the top challenges when it comes to eating healthy is the significant price difference between buying processed foods and wholesome, organic foods and wild-caught proteins. Since we are in a transition season, why not try switching up some of the foods that you consume? There are ways to cut back on conventionally prepared and processed foods without breaking the bank! Below, some healthy-eating-on-a-budget hacks:

1 Buy Seasonally

Strawberries in December are always going to be expensive because they are out of season. Eating fruits and vegetables that are in season is not only cheaper but also better for your body. Our bodies change with the seasons, and the foods that we require to nourish our bodies change, too. Think hearty stews, squashes, and stone fruit for colder months.


2 Shop the Sales

Often, seasonal produce is what’s on sale. Shop the ads from local grocery stores and design your meals for the week around what’s cheaper. If you are shopping at Whole Foods, check the Amazon Prime app and shop the day’s Prime deals. Also, Whole Foods has started putting up tags around the store with items tagged, “last chance.” Recently, I scored boxes of raisins for lunch boxes at .89 cents, down from $3.99!

 3 Only Buy What You Need

To prevent excessive food waste, only buy what you will need for a specific recipe. If items are in danger of spoiling, freeze them! Great for smoothies, fruits, and soups.


4 Not Everything Has to Be Organic

Avoid the “Dirty Dozen” produce, heavily sprayed with pesticides, and shop the “Clean Fifteen.” See www.ewg.org for more info.

Our Amazon is burning

Our Amazon is burning

By Lia Threat

Click aqui para español- >Nuestro Amazonas se está quemando

Categorizing people, places, and problems as “other“ is a tactic meant to distance us from the truth of human connection. Currently, this is happening with the Amazon. The Amazon Rainforest is our forest. We should be caretakers of this forest just as the indigenous people that live within it are. The Amazon and the biodiversity contained within it are priceless.

The truth is, we are losing biodiverse systems as a result of our demand as consumers. Our desire for agricultural products drives the clearing of native lands for cattle and grain. Our need for wood and paper is driving the loss of mature trees that anchor the ecosystem.

The Amazon holds millions of the world‘s species, which include superfoods and medicinal plants – many of which have yet to be discovered. Multiple pharmaceutical drugs mimic the effect of plant species found in the Amazon or use a component of those species within their formulas.

What would our famous “super food bowls“ be without Açai or Camu Camu, one of the highest food-based sources of Vitamin C?

So how can we be conscious consumers from thousands of miles away?

  • Choose organic and support companies that buy from local cooperatives
  • Cut meat consumption to a few days a week or less
  • Look for labels with the Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance symbols, especially coffee and chocolate
  • Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
  • Donate generously to initiatives that support local indigenous tribes and communities

Remember, we are all responsible for the rainforest and our planet.

Breast Milk is the Best

Breast Milk is the Best

By Arturo Gastañaduy, M.D., A&G Pediatrics 

Click aqui para español- > La leche materna es la mejor

Breast milk is the ideal food for your baby. Exclusively breastfeeding for six months is the optimal way to provide good nutrition to all infants for healthy growth and development. Solid foods should be introduced at six months of age and breastfeeding should continue until the first birthday or beyond. No extra water is required when breast milk is present, and the only additional supplement needed is Vitamin D.

Unlike formula, breast milk boosts the baby’s immune system by providing antibodies, white blood cells and other factors that decrease the risk and severity of infections like colds, pneumonia, ear infections, diarrhea, etc. It also decreases the risk of developing allergies, asthma, eczema, obesity, leukemia and SIDS.  

Breastfeeding also promotes mother-infant bonding and stimulates brain development. Infants who are exclusively breast fed for 3 months or longer have higher intelligence scores.

Maternal benefits include lower risk of hypertension, diabetes, breast and ovarian cancers, decreased blood loss after delivery, increased child spacing, and earlier return to pre-pregnancy weight.

Practical advantages of breastfeeding: It is free, always ready at the right temperature, with no need for bottles and sterilizing equipment. Since fathers do not have to get up to fix a bottle in the middle of the night, they can be of use for other tasks!

Despite all the benefits of breast milk, most mothers stop breastfeeding too soon – only 1 in 4 infants is exclusively breastfed for 6 months. Moreover, breastfeeding disparities exist with lower rates among African Americans, young mothers, the southeastern region of the U.S., and rural areas and infants enrolled in the WIC program.

The most important stimulus for milk production is the sucking by the infant. If this is interrupted, milk quantities will decrease. Problems with latching, concerns about the amount of milk produced, sore breast, cracked nipples, early formula feeds, and lack of hospital, family and work support are some of the reasons for early interruption of breast feeding.

Breast feeding contraindications are few and infrequent. Ask your doctor about them.

Tips for parents

Attend pre-natal classes                                 

Choose baby-friendly hospitals for delivery

Ask for skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth

Keep your baby in your room and breastfeed frequently

Steady milk production takes several days.

Initially, only small amount of clear yellow fluid (colostrum) is produced. Colostrum has antibodies and white blood cells that protect your baby against infections.

Be patient with yourself and your baby; he/she needs time to learn to eat.

Avoid formula supplementation, unless medically needed.

No pacifiers; have your baby suck your breast to produce more milk.

What’s for Lunch?

What’s for Lunch?

By Lia Threat 

Click aqui para español- >¿Qué hay de almuerzo?

Packing a Healthier Lunchbox for the Little Ones

The school year is already starting, and many of us are left wondering where our summer went! Make the transition to packing lunches a little more pleasant with some of the following back-to-school tips.

Offer new foods

Often, parents become frustrated with mealtime battles and fall into a pattern of sending the same lunch day after day. To avoid falling into this trap, offer your child new foods multiple times in various ways. It can take more than ten times of trying something before your child eats it! For example, your child may not like blueberries, but he/she may enjoy them in the form of a sugar-free jam. They may not care for raw broccoli but may like it cooked. Does your child spit out their greens? Try greens as part of a pesto sauce with lemon. Changing the method of preparation and adding seasonings can be a game-changer!

Watch the sugar!

Treats are always appreciated but try not to make it a daily habit. Try baking a healthier, homemade option that is naturally sweet – like banana muffins – and store them in the freezer for future lunch-packing.

Skip the juice and provide water!

Drinking water is essential for the health of our bodies and the health of our mouths! Fruit juices and sodas are not only sugary but also acidic. Foods high in sugar and acids can cause damage to teeth while creating the ideal environment for cavities to develop. Transition from juice to water with mint or a few strawberries added for flavor.

Have a great school year!

Get Healthier This Fall

Get Healthier This Fall

Click aqui para español- >Como mantenerse saludable este otoño

It’s back-to-school time, which means it might be a little too easy to eat the wrong things.

With all the rushing around that comes with this time of year, it’s hard to find the time to shop for and eat all the fruits and vegetables you need to keep healthy. Now more than ever, we need dietary supplements that allow us to stay healthy while we’re on the go.

Clinically tested in Baton Rouge, BiomeBliss was invented in New Orleans by natives Mark Heiman, PhD, John Elstrott, PhD, and Dale Pfost, PhD. BiomeBliss was created to help us stay healthy in the world of little time and fast food.

We’ve all done it – stopped by the drive through on our way home because we didn’t have time to go to the store. But making a habit of it is not healthy for the trillions of micro-organisms that live in your gut. These micro-organisms are not just passengers – they play active, important roles in your health. In fact, without proper nutrients, they can’t function and that can lead to serious problems. 

That’s where BIOMEBLISS comes in. Try BIOMEBLISS every morning: it contains the goodness of several servings of superfood fruits and grains (without all the sugar and calories) and helps you feel fuller to avoid snacking.

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Replace Soda with Herbal Drinks to Cool the Body

Replace Soda with Herbal Drinks to Cool the Body

By Lia Threat

Click aqui para español- > Cambia las sodas por bebidas herbales para refrescar el cuerpo

Why drink soda when you can prepare a simple drink with nutritious ingredients?

Many different herbs and foods are known as cooling foods in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda (traditional medicine with origins in India). 

One of those well known in Central America and throughout Mexico is the hibiscus flower. Hibiscus, also known as ‘Flor de Jamaica’ is a cooling herb and making a tea with hibiscus or even using hibiscus tea as a base for lemonade is a great way to cool the body on a hot day. 

Make sure to ditch the sugar and try a natural sweetener like honey or stevia.  Hibiscus is high in vitamin C, antioxidants, and may even contribute to lower blood pressure.

Another one of my favorite drinks with roots in Colombia is ‘limonada de coco.’ Think limeade meets coconut! Usually, it is blended coconut cream, ice, lime juice, and sugar. This drink can be modified to add mint and make it extra refreshing! Again, try using low-glycemic coconut sugar, stevia, or honey.

Mint is also a cooling herb and blending it with coconut milk, and lime juice makes for a great drink! The healthy fat in coconut is a great way to satisfy cravings, while the natural oils in mint may aid digestion. You get a boost of vitamin C from the lime as well as essential minerals from the coconut like manganese, selenium, and copper.

If you crave something carbonated, try blending fresh fruit and adding flavored sparkling water.

My favorite combination is passionfruit sparkling water with fresh mango! A great way to get in a serving of vitamin A. Try the recipe below and tag us!

Limonada de Coco


1 1/2 c. Cream of Coconut

Juice of 4 limes

2 cups ice

Sweetener of choice to taste

Blend and enjoy!

Being Spiritual

Being Spiritual

By Patricia Prychodny

Click aqui para español- >Ser espiritual

We are spiritual people when we wake up and begin to see and feel that the material things are something we need, but that in order for things to work properly, it’s much more important to attain a state of wellbeing within. 

Many people ask me... does being spiritual have anything to do with religion? And I say to them, “we all have our religious beliefs, but spirituality is what each individual has inside him, his peace, his light and his inner harmony.” 

That peace we all seek is acquired through learning how to respond to our experiences. When we go through moments of chaos, pain, or uncertainty, and we react in a proper way, we find a light that shines to show us the way. Responding positevely to bad situations gives us an understanding that things happen the way the are supposed to happen, which takes away anxiety.

Being a spiritual person also takes living in the present. This does not mean we forget our past, but it means we allow things to take their own course. To be spiritual we need to stop being the victim and to forget the question “why me?” Instead, we need to analyze the teaching and the purpose of each situation and move forward.

Whenever you need an answer to an issue, look inside yourself. That wonderful being within you holds a lot of wisdom and is always willing to help you. I assure you: your soul will give you the direction to solve any problem. That solution will also come from a place of love and coherence with your heart.

A spiritual person accepts without sacrifice. You are a  spiritual person when you don’t allow outside factors interfere with your inner peace. Remember that changes are positive when your work on your inner self. How you are within will reflect on the exterior. Remember as you learn from yourself, you can also learn from everyone who crosses your path.

There are several routines that help us find our spirituality:

Accept your mistakes

Do not judge the actions of others

Meditate at least 5 minutes a day

Be in touch with beautiful nature

Love and believe in yourself

The latter is the main one because it allows us to love others and accept them as they are.

 Jumpstart Weight Loss with Intermittent Fasting


Jumpstart Weight Loss with Intermittent Fasting 

By Lia Threat

Click aqui para español- >Acelere la pérdida de peso con ayuno intermitente

Somewhere along your weight loss journey, you may hit a plateau where your body becomes too comfortable with diet and workout routines and is no longer being challenged physically. You cannot seem to lose that extra 5, 10, fill in the blank number of pounds. That is when various forms of fasting can be beneficial. 

One of the most popular trends in the paleo and functional medicine world is intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting is fasting from food from very early in the evening until early afternoon or late morning the next day. It usually works out to be a fast beginning after an early dinner and continuing until lunch the following day, approximately 16 hours. It’s great because most of your fasting hours are spent sleeping!


About 3 years ago, I began to incorporate intermittent fasting into my daily routine. It wasn’t long until I began to see noticeable changes in the way my clothes were fitting. Within a year, I had dropped excess weight and felt amazing!

The benefits of intermittent fasting are numerous - it encourages the cleansing of the body on a cellular level, helps to regulate metabolism and blood sugar and aids in weight loss while reducing inflammation. Just remember to eat a healthy, protein-rich meal when you break your fast!

If you are the type who can wake up early and not feel like you need to have breakfast until later in the day, you may want to consider intermittent fasting. Even if you aren’t, you can fast a little longer each day to get your body used to it. 

Consult your doctor before beginning any fasting cycles, especially if you have metabolic issues or are currently on medication.  




By Patricia Prychodny

Click aqui para español- > Resiliencia

Resilience is the ability of some, or most likely, all human beings to adapt positively to complex experiences and situations. Resilience is also the ability to overcome the adverse by looking at difficult moments from a different perspective.

We know people who have gone through many difficult situations, and we’ve seen them recover and continue their lives happily, despite having felt so much pain. They find a lesson in every situation, and even in the most negative moments, they acquire great wisdom and learn to flow through life in a very positive way.

You can learn to be resilient by training yourself to always find a way to synchronize with each experience received. Remember that you can overcome any obstacle. Accept the idea that you can overcome any pain. Life does not give you more than you can handle. When you look at suffering in a kind way, it makes you more human.

It is up to you to find the way to move forward in life and to decide how you will adapt to different situations. People who are resilient often say that it is thanks to what happened to them that they are better humans, because they managed to face their challenges.

Do not look for justification to avoid being happy. Be a positive person. Remember that you are here, in this life, in this present, to live what you must live.

By going through an internal growth, you can be the person who will be able to help many others who are going through similar situations. You are here to become a great teacher through the lessons received from your own experience.

Never ignore how strong you are and always work on your inner growth. Remember that life is a constant lesson, so don’t get carried away by negativity and go chase your goals!

Above all, accept your reality and flow with everything around you.

With lots of love,

Patricia Prychodny

“Doctor, When do I Need to Take My Child to the Emergency Room?”

“Doctor, When do I Need to Take My Child to the Emergency Room?”

By Mamatha Ananth, M.D., and Arturo Gastañaduy, M.D., A&G Pediatrics

Click aqui para español- >“Doctor, ¿cuándo debo llevar a mi niño a la Sala de Emergencia?”

For all parents, their children are the most precious persons in their lives. Thus, this is an important discussion during a well-child visit. Every year 24 million patients 0-18 years are seen in the Emergency Room. CDC estimates an average of 2 hours for waiting and treatment time. The cost of ER visits is $500-$10,000. One third to one half of all ER visits are non-urgent.

As nobody wants to waste time or money, here are some guidelines for when to bring a child to the Emergency Room:


  1. Trouble Breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Noisy breathing
  • Rapid or shallow breathing              
  • Blue lips
  • Choking/Gasping
  • Not breathing


  1. Seizures/Loss of Consciousness/ “Too sleepy”/ “Unusual behavior”

If a child has a seizure, lay him on his side to prevent choking. Tongue injuries are rare, therefore do not put anything in his mouth. Call 911 and monitor how long the seizure lasts.

  1. Injuries
  • Motor Vehicle, skiing, horse-riding
  • Head trauma
  • Drowning/Water sport injuries
  • Eye injuries
  • Burns: blistering, electrical, smoke exposure
  • Falls greater than three feet
  • Loss/Displaced permanent teeth
  • Stabs, gunshot wounds
  • Suspected fractures/dislocations
  • Cuts > ½ inch, persistent bleeding


  1. Poisonings

Children with ingestion or exposure to chemicals, cleaning agents or medications need to be evaluated. Call POISON CONTROL 1(800)-222-1222, follow their advice and go to the nearest ER.

Do not provoke vomiting; it could worsen the situation. If a chemical got into the eyes, rinse them well with water.

  1. Allergic Reactions

Wheals all over, trouble breathing, and fainting may occur with eating some foods (e.g.: nuts, seafood, pork), medications, insect bites or stings or contact with Poison Ivy/Oak. If your child is known to be allergic and you have an Epi-Pen, please use it and go to the ER.


  1. Sickle Cell Patients with:

Fever, severe pain not improving with usual treatment, distended painful abdomen and increased pallor and tiredness.

  1. Foreign Body Ingestions

Coins and other small objects can obstruct the airway or alimentary tract. Batteries and magnets produce serious injuries by different mechanisms.

  1. Skin

New red or purple spots that do not blanch

Rapidly enlarging red and painful areas

Large boils (> 5cms)

  1. Abdominal Pain

Severe pain localized to one area of the belly in a child who is not eating or playing.

  1. Chest Pain

Chest pain is rare and much less serious in children than in adults. Heart beating too fast or funny, fainting.

  1. Fever

Fever is defined as rectal temperature greater than 100.4 °F or 38.0 °C. Oral, Axillary and other area temperatures are usually lower than the rectal one. Most cases of fever are viral infections that resolve on their own and patients may be seen in the clinic by their doctor. Fever could be dangerous and need ER evaluation in patients with the following:

  • Age less than three months
  • Seizures, lethargy, altered mental status
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Trouble breathing
  • Cancer or chemotherapy
  • Belly pain with bilious vomiting, bloody stools
  • Non blanching red/purple spots
  • Swollen, painful joints or limbs
  1. Gastrointestinal

Bilious vomiting, bloody stools or vomiting and diarrhea with decreased activity and urination.

  1. Genitourinary
  • Bloody urine
  • Severe lumbar pain radiating to genitals
  • Lower abdominal pain in adolescent girls
  • Swollen painful genitals in both sexes
  1. Bites
  • Deep/multiple dog/cat bites (unknown or unvaccinated)
  • Wild animals: bats, raccoons, foxes, snakes
  • Insects bite/sting with difficulty breathing
  1. Psychiatric/Social
  • Suicidal or homicidal thoughts
  • Hearing or seeing things that are not there
  • Violent behavior
  • Physical or sexual abuse

Reasons to bring children to the doctor’s office or urgent care and NOT to the Emergency Room:

  • Colds
  • Earache
  • Pink eye
  • Diaper rash
  • Constipation
  • Colic
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Summer Sunshine and Your Daily Dose: How to Obtain More Vitamin D

Summer Sunshine and Your Daily Dose: How to Obtain More Vitamin D

By Lia Threat

Click aqui para español- >Dosis diaria de sol de verano: Cómo obtener más vitamina D

Vitamin D is also known as the “sunshine vitamin,” and June in New Orleans is a great time to soak it all up! Vitamin D is absorbed by our bodies via ultraviolet rays from the sun. After it is absorbed by the skin, it undergoes a process of synthesis before being utilized. More than just a fat-soluble vitamin, vitamin D also acts as a hormone with receptors present on cells throughout nearly every system in the body. It can affect mood as well as our immune system. 

So, what is the best way to get more? Well first, we must consider how our bodies absorb vitamin D through sun exposure and the foods that we eat. With sun exposure, the amount of melanin in our skin may contribute to how easily vitamin D is synthesized by our body. Those with lighter skin absorb vitamin D faster and may require only about 10-15 minutes in direct sunlight on exposed skin (without sunscreen). Others with darker skin may require up to 30 minutes.

Anyone with skin conditions or those with a sensitivity to the sun may want to obtain their vitamin D through foods and supplements.

Ask your doctor to check your vitamin D levels and determine if you need a supplement.

Consume foods with high levels of naturally occurring vitamin D such as cod liver oil, eggs, mushrooms, and salmon.

Find Your Balance With Reiki

Find Your Balance With Reiki

By Patricia Prychodny 

Click aqui para español- >Encuentra tu balance con el Reiki

What does the word Reiki mean? Reiki is a Sanskrit word. REI means universal life and KI means vital energy.

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a technique of channeling and transmitting vital energy through the laying on of hands.

What is Reiki used for?

Reiki is used to obtain peace and balance on all levels, both physically and mentally, as well as emotionally and spiritually. Reiki is a great tool for stress reduction and relaxation. Many people use Reiki for wellness. Reiki is not a cure for a disease or illness, but it may assist the body in creating an environment to facilitate healing. Reiki is a great tool to use as a complement to traditional medicine and is practiced in many hospitals and medical care settings.

Where does Reiki come from?

Reiki is of Japanese origin and was discovered by a monk named Mikao Usui in the mid-nineteenth century.

Who can practice it? All human beings can practice Reiki. Even unconsciously, many times, we do it with our children or loved ones. But to understand it and achieve a conscious channeling, we need a guide.

How can one learn Reiki?

 The learning of Reiki consists of three levels. The first level is the initiation to Reiki, which focuses on learning how to tune into the universe, learn the symbols of Reiki and how to apply Reiki using the tools taught at this level. In this first level, we learn how to use a breathing technique called HARA. We also learn to identify the Chakras, meditation techniques, and to feel the energy in the hands. It is a very special inner journey for the student.

Th e second level teaches us to channel the energy, so that it can be sent from a distance, and thus, be able to help other people using more advanced symbols.

Th e third level is to obtain the final master, which enables you to teach it to others.

In my own experience, Reiki has been one of the most beautiful gift s I have received. It has given me the opportunity to heal myself, and I have also been able to help many others who needed healing. 

Join us for a Reiki workshop in Spanish on Saturday, May 18th from 8am to 2pm. For more details about the workshop, call 504-458-0311.  - -


Sugary Sweet - Treat Yourself Without the Guilt

Sugary Sweet - Treat Yourself Without the Guilt
By Lia Threat @wellnesswithlia

Click aqui para español- >Antojos dulces - Un gusto sin culpa.

May brings with it all the indulgences: festival grub, snowballs, ice cream, and sweet treats. How does one keep their sugar consumption in check with all the temptation?

To reduce daily sugar consumption, run down this mental list of questions:







Sugar comes in many forms- it is usually added to food under the guise of other names such as brown rice syrup, corn syrup, fruit juice concentrate, dextrose, and sucrose. Th ere are more than 50 names for various forms of sugar!

Becoming familiar with the most common names will help you scan food labels before buying.

Beware! If a product lists a form of sugar as the first or second ingredient, it is likely very high in sugar per serving. Food labels list ingredients from largest to smallest so look before buying. To avoid excess sugar, keep homemade treats on hand that are naturally sweetened.

Try this frozen yogurt popsicle recipe:

• 6-8 oz container of plain, unsweetened yogurt
• 2 ripe mangos cubed or 1 1/2 cup berries
• Splash of coconut milk to thin
• (Optional) fresh mint, Stevia, or honey
• Blend, pour in popsicle molds and freeze
• Enjoy!

Spring is Here! Get Outdoors and Get Moving!

Spring is Here! Get Outdoors and Get Moving!

By Lia Threat

Click aqui para español- >¡Sal al aire libre y muévete esta primavera!

Spring in New Orleans usually means a beautiful, albeit short, season before the heat kicks in around Jazz Fest. Consider taking advantage of the moderate temperatures by planning outdoor activities and family functions.

Add physical activity to your next gathering

Family and food are an essential part of New Orleans culture. You may want to try integrating physical activities into family picnics, so everyone has an opportunity to get involved. Something as simple as bringing a ball along can make for a few hours of fun while burning calories!

Think about which activities you enjoyed as a child

Many times, going back to some of those activities can really inspire you to exercise without feeling as if it is a burden. Examples are swimming, biking, enjoying a nature trail, gardening, spending time near the ocean, or even signing up for a spring marathon! For those interested in biking, the blue bikes around the city of New Orleans have been a big hit! Play tourist for a day and check out how to use them at bluebikesnola.com.

Be open to new forms of exercise

You may want to try kayaking for the first time or take tennis lessons. Whatever it may be, challenging your body and your muscles in a new way can add variety to your routine. You may even discover a new form of exercise that you truly enjoy! Just remember to stay hydrated and aim for morning and evening workouts to avoid the midday heat!


Spring Brings Bites and Stings!

Spring Brings Bites and Stings!

By Arturo Gastanaduy MD - www.a-g-pediatrics.com

Click aqui para español- >La primavera trae picaduras y aguijonazo

Insects resurface with warmer temperatures. These small creatures are the most common and diverse type of animals on Earth. Over 90% of animals are insects and there are more than one million species identified.

The most common blood sucking insects are mosquitoes, flies and fleas. Their saliva produces small itchy pale-red hives that improve spontaneously in a few days. Nevertheless, insect bites may produce severe allergic reactions, become infected, or may transmit serious illness like malaria, dengue, yellow fever, viral encephalitis, etc. Most of these illnesses are rare in the USA; however, we have several hundred cases of encephalitis every year Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. They are more active at dawn and dusk, are attracted by bright colors and sweat and bite exposed areas of skin. Flies are attracted to food, garbage and animal excreta. Fleas are more frequent in homes with pets and they usually bite under clothing. Fleas can survive in carpets for a long time

Bees, wasps, hornets, and ants do not bite but sting. They do not transmit systemic illnesses but are responsible for half of human deaths which are due to a severe allergic reaction to the venom

Reactions to bites and stings are usually less than two inches in diameter; 10 % of people will have large (≥ four inches) and painful local reactions. Both can be treated with cold compresses, calamine lotion, cortisone cream, cetirizine or loratadine for itching and acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain.

The area should be washed with cold water and soap. It should be kept clean and scratching should be avoided to prevent infection. Bee stingers are barbed, and they remain with the venom sack on victim’s skin. They should be removed quickly to decrease the dose of venom received. Severe allergic reactions to stings develop quickly and include generalized hives and swelling away from stung area; hoarseness, throat or chest tightness, wheezing, difficult breathing; nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain; lightheadedness, dizziness, and passing out.

If any of these symptoms occur, call 911. If your child is known to have severe allergic reactions, your doctor may have prescribed EpiPen that should be administered to the lateral side of the thigh immediately.

Prevention is best by utilizing insect screens, removing objects that can hold water around your house, clean clogged gutters, use insecticides and pest control to eliminate ants, bees and wasp nests, staying inside at dawn and dusk, wearing closed shoes, long pants and long sleeve shirts outdoors, avoiding bright colors, and using insect repellents.

The most effective repellents are DEET based. DEET is safe for pregnant women and infants older than two months. Thin spray over exposed skin and clothes is enough. Do not spray under clothes or on the hands of small children who will touch their mouths and eyes. To protect their faces, spray a little of it on your hands, rub them together, and then apply over their faces including the ears.

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