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Hey Laura, what are some alternative feminine hygiene products?

******* Hey boys! If you’re uncomfortable reading words like BLOOD! VAGINA! PERIOD! CERVIX! CRAMPS! and the like, go do something manly and check back later ************

Okay ladies, let’s chat.

Can I just start by saying that sometimes I amaze myself at the breadth of my experience? Tee hee.

Hey Laura,

With the news reporting on scary chemicals in diapers and feminine products, I’ve begun to wonder if there is an alternative to traditional pads and tampons?  What products would you recommend for a woman with a medium-to-heavy monthly flow?

Sincerely, my Aching Vagina ;)

Her Aching Vagina is probably referring to the dioxins contained in bleached cotton sanitary products - tampons...

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Hey Laura, what can I do for my allergies when I’m breastfeeding?

A new mom writes:

Hey Laura, what are some natural allergy remedies that are safe for a breastfeeding mama? I usually have a ton of drugs to take for seasonal allergies and I want away from them in general, but really because I am breastfeeding too. :)

Being pregnant or nursing and sick is horrible! Not only is the toll on your body so much greater, there seems to be very little you can do to get relief without putting your baby in jeopardy!

Luckily, I have a few tricks up my sleeve that should help you get through hayfever season in relative comfort.

First of all, if you don’t already know this, Kellymom.com is your go-to website for all breastfeeding questions. It is an excellent...

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Hey Laura, how can I combat the negative side effects of antibiotics?

“D” writes:

Hey Laura,
My mom had hip replacement surgery and keeps getting an infection. She’s got an oozing infection on her leg and a UTI from the last round of antibiotics. I know you’re really into what else can be done in addition to antibiotics, and I thought I’d try to get some ideas from you—something my dad can make up for her, etc.

*** Disclaimer: Guess what! I’m not a doctor! Trust your instincts and the other qualified experts in your life. ***

Oh, what a bummer! My initial thought is that her immune system must be totally shot - the multiple rounds of antibiotics will do that. I’m a big advocate of probiotics; they can help replenish the good bacteria that the antibiotics...

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Hey Laura, what’s an effective shampoo and conditioner without all the “bad stuff”?

Oh man, when this email popped into my inbox, I knew I was in for it. Hallie is, in my mind, already the pinnacle of “natural hippie girl,” and her question is one that has plagued me for several years!

Was this question going to force me to close my business as Your Expert, or would my enviable Googling skills pay off yet again?

Hallie wrote:

Dear Laura,
I want to use shampoo without tons of bad stuff but I get so overwhelmed trying to figure out what ingredients are no-no, and by the prices on the natural shampoos, I give up. Also I have NEVER found a natural conditioner that ACTUALLY makes my hair manageable, and once again, I don’t want to spend $200 trying different ones until I find...

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Hey Laura, what can I do for my back pain?

Heather caught me on Facebook this afternoon, wondering what she can do for her chronic back pain during the 2 weeks that her chiropractor is out of town.

Oh, Heather! I know how it is; I get absolutely panicky inside when I can’t get instant access my chiropractor!

Luckily, there is an inexpensive tool to help you maintain a more comfortable existence between chiro appointments: the foam roller.

Just a simple cylinder of high density foam, this magical creature will become your best friend! You can find them at most sporting goods stores, or you can order from Amazon (and support heylaurawhat.com!)

The foam roller assists in self massage for myofascial release. The fascia are the...

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Hey Laura, what are some good supplements to take during and after pregnancy?

Kael’s Momma sent this one in and it’s a good one! What are some good prenatal and postpartum supplements?

******I’m not a doctor! I’m not even really an expert; I just pretend to be one for our mutual edification and entertainment. Don’t be stupid: Listen to the real experts in your life, including the truest authority on yourself: Your Self.*****

When you’re pregnant, good nutrition is more important than ever. But good nutrition can’t be gotten in a pill, and there’s some contention whether there’s any benefit at all to prenatal vitamins. Potent vitamin supplements can also exacerbate nausea, and some care providers recommend suspending your use of a vitamin until the first trimester...

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Hey Laura, what’s a good sunscreen that’s safe for my family?

Oh, so you heard that Vitamin A, a common sunscreen ingredient seems to actually accelerate the development of skin cancer?

Well, definitely take it with a grain of salt. The whistle-blowers, a lobbying group called the Evironmental Working Group, seem to have based their assertions on the preliminary findings of one study, while there are many other studies that have concluded that the antioxidant is safe.

This article, by a cosmetic producer, takes apart the EWG claims with a studied efficiency. While the author owns a cosmetic company and is obviously vested in the debate, I find her well-supported counter-argument to the EWG article much more convincing!

That said, I’m all about...

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