Product Review: Time Manage your kids & get your sanity back!

by Emily Hecker, DC, CNC

My sister, Amy is the ultimate mom. She has two toddling kids ages 3 (Zachary) and 4.5 (Sophie) who has Turner’s Mosiac Syndrome. She is in therapy with the special school district every Monday for 2 hrs to work on physical and occupational therapy. Amy is a pilot turned massage therapist turned mom who knows a good product when she finds one. This is the first of her product reviews on the “On Task On Time” Timer. Read on..

On Task On Timer timer was awesome!!! I ordered 2 (one for sophie, 4.5 yrs, and one for zachary, 3 yrs) Thur and it came Saturday (yesterday). Today was the first day we used it. It’s worth EVERY PENNY and then some! Sophie and Zachary were dressed and fed in 30 min, even had teeth brushed and shoes and coat on!! We have 2 hrs before church starts, but sophie insists playing before church with her coat on since it was on her On Task On Time Timer and she already did it! Sophie followed it exactly, even ate breakfast which is usually a 45 min nagging session in the morning! She did it in 10 min!! WOW!! Zachary didnt follow it quite as well, but he’s younger and not motivated by reward charts as well as Sophie. But i think over time and as he grows he will get it. He did alright, just wanted to brush his teeth for 45 min instead of the 2 min that I scheduled for him! He will get it, it was his first day. Sophie was a Champ!! I am so glad I got it for her! She was my morning routine problem anyway, so I am glad that is solved! You have to read the Amazon reviews since they give awesome tips. I spaced it out so sophie and zachary were not trying to potty or brush teeth at the same time. It worked well! i just think zachary is a bit young but will get it in time, probably within the month. I am glad I got them and I dont dread mornings anymore!!!

The lady who invented this timer has 4 kids! When her TRIPLETTS were 5 yrs old she needed a solution for morning routines and invented this timer! She deserves the Nobel Peace Prize!!!!!

I am so happy with Sophie that I want to give that lady more than the $49 I paid for it! Can I mail her a tip?!?!? HA!!
She was NOT getting dressed by herself, getting on the potty by her self, putting her coat on herself. She is 4 and half!! Today, she did ALL those things HERSELF!! I cant wait to tell her therapist tomorrow!! I highly recommend this Timer to anyone you know who has kids age 4-12! (well, my husband asked if he could get one for himself….)

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Click here to read Amazon reviews (and they are awesome and helpful with tips!)

Thyroid Gone Wild!?

by Emily Hecker, DC, CNC

“…My thyroid problems began after I had my first kid.”

How many women do you know have said that? It’s not just coincidence…It’s physiology gone wrong.

Hormones, the immune system and digestive tract are unavoidable. Managing the integrity of these body systems is key to identifying where a thyroid problem began and how to manage it clinically. Here are a few triggers of a pregnancy-induced-thyroid disorder:

Thyroid Trigger 1. Hormones.
While a woman is pregnant, her hormones are changing. There comes a time in pregnancy (around 24 weeks) where the estrogen and progesterone hormones produced by the placenta start a rapid climb and surpass the HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) circulating in moms bloodstream. The estrogens that are produced from the placenta actually are derived from mom’s adrenal glands 1. A rapid fluctuation of estrogen is known to trigger an autoimmune response. Hashimoto’s disease, a common disease of the thyroid is an autoimmune attack on thyroid (TPO) antibodies. A whopping, 5-18% of all pregnant women exhibit elevated thyroid-specific antibodies 2.

Thyroid Trigger 2. Immune system.
During the second trimester of pregnancy, the immune system is TH-2 dominant and postpartum, switches and becomes TH-1 dominant 3. This is important because these shifts in these cells will set off an already stressed out immune system which can lead to postpartum thyroiditis. Supporting the immune system with certain immune modulators as well as avoiding foods that can launch an immune attack are essential. A stressed out immune system is defined as one with bacterial overload, microbial overgrowth, food sensitivity/allergy, chronic infections, other autoimmune diseases, and intestinal permeability.

Thyroid Trigger 3. Digestion
Ice cream, pickles and hot sauce, oh the cravings! Our health care providers express the importance of healthy eating for baby in utero, and pass out a list of foods to avoid while pregnant. Healthy eating is important, however, if one can’t absorb the good, nutritive foods– money, energy and health is lost. One of the first lines of defense against microbes and damaging toxins is the digestive tract. Certain stress hormones thin the protective lining of the stomach. If the integrity is lost, healthy tissue wears away and allows for invaders to enter our bloodstream. The food we eat is representative of the integrity of our digestive tract…usually. Meaning, if we can’t eat certain foods because we are sensitive, allergic or it just ‘causes distress’, our digestive tract is a war zone. It needs repair. An impaired digestion affects the immune system because the protective layer lining the digestive tract is covered with sIgA’s, soldiers of our immune system. Which leads back to #2.

Thyroid problems can be a direct result of a pregnancy. Modulating the digestive, immune, and endocrine systems are the most supportive ways to address a sluggish or overactive thyroid, naturally. Did your thyroid symptoms start postpartum? Are you tired of wondering, “why?”, Are you ready to get some answers?

We can help.

1 Guytons Physiology Unit XIV Chapter 82, Pregnancy and Lactation, p. 1033
2 Datis Kharrazian, 2010 Mastering the Thyroid
3 Thyroid diseases in pregnancy. Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol. 2009 Dec;21(6):501-7.

GO (Grain-Free, Raw) DOG, GO!

by Emily Hecker, DC, CNC

Walk in to any boutique, pet store and you will find all kinds of novelty food for your four-legged love of your life. Most all of them are grain free and now there are more and more raw food products coming available to the consumer. Most dog lovers who frequent these boutique stores know that the best food for your pets are these premium raw dog foods without grain. They know that for dogs who have more allergies, skin irritations, and other symptoms, this food is highly recommended.

Fillers such as wheat, corn, potatoes and rice are all carbohydrates. They break down into glucose and can cause unnatural swings in the your pet’s blood sugar, when it was designed to metabolize fat, not carbohydrates, for energy!

Dr. James Coghlan, DVM states that most of the diseases veterinarians treat on a daily basis are the result of feeding diets that utilize starch carbohydrates as an energy source for metabolism that also results in excessive amount of sugars to metabolize.  Diabetes and Cushings disease is a starch carbohydrate disease that does not at all exist among dogs and cats in the wild.1

These premium dog foods come with a high pricetag as well, about $70.00 for a 30-pound bag. Watch this video for an easy way to make your own dog-food.

Homemade Paleo Pet Food

So why a post about dogs on a mother-focused health blog? Because to realize the damage we do to our human-selves, we need a different perspective to really get the point. If the pet food industry recognizes the immune response that grains are negatively impacting the health of animals, why doesn’t the human food industry recognize it?

Well, it slowly is gaining more acceptance and when people experiment with their diet, they are finding the “paleo” way of eating eliminates potential allergenic food triggers.

Nutrition is extremely important and maybe we can learn a lesson from our pets. To find out more about the paleo diet and lifestyle check out my new favorite (cook)book, Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo.

My point is simple. If we love our animals so much to create a market demand for these premium grain-free foods, why don’t we eat that way too?


Dr. James Coghlan, DVM