You are a good parent if you are reading this. Seeking help for your child with behavior issues means that you care and are doing everything you can. Whether your child is two or fourteen, continued bad behavior wears on the whole family. It is difficult to deal with bad grades, flaring tempers, poor choices, or outward defiance. These young years of their life should be positive and filled with good memories, and they can be.

Perhaps the best way to help your child is to take a different perspective: it’s not their fault. It’s not yours either- let me explain. This behavior is an outcry for help. There is something in their body out of balance and subconsciously this is the way they ask for help, please listen to them. Your child is not behaving badly because they want to or because you have done something wrong; it is a sign that something is not right. My job to figure out what that is. Together we can work to fix what is off using natural methods.

The brain and nervous system are what control all of our thinking, acting, and the choices we make every second of the day, AND it is a very sensitive organ. In children with behavioral problems, I often find that they have an irritated nervous system. There are many things that can cause this, some chemical, some structural, most of them correctable.

Children are so rewarding to work with because their young bodies are resilient and often respond wonderfully to natural medicine. My goal is to make a plan that is simple, fits your budget, your lifestyle, and greatly improves the quality of life for your child and your whole family.

Please call Dr. Crystal Schmidt if you have questions about your child’s behavior.  (715) 579-7145

Dr. Schmidt is a doctor providing chiropractic care and natural medicine treatments to the children and adults of the St. Croix area. She is proud to serve the people of Hudson, Roberts, River Falls, New Richmond, Baldwin & Woodville, Menomonie, Stillwater, Woodbury, and the surrounding areas.
 
 
Spring is traditionally a fertile time; fruit trees start budding, and birds are busy carrying twigs to build their nests. It seems like everything comes alive and promptly starts to reproduce. For a couple struggling with infertility this can be an especially cruel time.

But it doesn’t have to be. Even if you’ve struggled for years and exhausted every fertility treatment known, you shouldn’t give up hope. Seeking advice from a natural medicine practitioner is great next step, and often a rewarding one!

The body is an amazing machine; every second of the day it is carefully orchestrating cascades of hormone levels that are responsible for, well… keeping you alive. Your body is also a smart machine, and it knows that if it can’t create a healthy pregnancy, well then it just won’t create one at all. We should appreciate this incredible wisdom and work with it, not against it.

Can your structure support a pregnancy? Do you have a strong and sturdy womb? First, the pelvis has to be in line and the ligaments that hold it together need to be strong. I commonly see women who have weak pelvis structure often due to a previous pregnancy, an old injury (slip or fall), or poor dietary habits. The nerves that supply the pelvis and its contents should be working without interference. The organs that are adjacent to the uterus should be healthy and in good working order. For example, if you suffer from constipation you likely have inflammation around your lower intestines, which can irritate your uterus and ovaries.  Anyone of these things is enough to prevent pregnancy. This is just of sample of the things that need to be addressed.

Infertility is a complex issue because it can involve so many different aspects of your body that are all vitally important. This spring as you notice flowers blooming and hints of green emerging from the soil I hope you feel encouraged instead of defeated.

If you are struggling with infertility, whether male or female-related, please call to speak with Dr. Crystal Schmidt.  (715) 579-7145 or visit www.naturalmedicinewi.com.

Dr. Schmidt provides chiropractic care and natural medicine treatments to the children and adults of the St. Croix area. She is proud to serve the people of Hudson, Roberts, River Falls, New Richmond, Baldwin & Woodville, Menomonie, Stillwater, Woodbury, and the surrounding areas.

 
 
Most people tell me that the hardest time to eat gluten-free is when they are on the go, out with friends for dinner, or traveling. Hudson has some great options and with a few simple preparations you can ensure gluten-free success!

If you have an allergy or are sensitive to gluten- eating gluten-free needs to 100% all the time. Even one crumb is enough to set your health back; it is that important- so do what you need to do to succeed.

Always keep snacks with you or in your car
Nuts travel well, and you can often find them in individually portioned bags. Or just keep some in a small container in your purse, desk, gym bag, etc. Look for raw, and organic if possible. And the great thing is you can get them anywhere. Forgot to pack a snack? Run in to Walgreens or even the gas station.

Easy snacks are also nice to have on hand for when you get home late and have that "I need to eat something quick before I eat anything in sight" moment.

Healthy beef sticks (or beef jerky!) that are individually wrapped are a great source of protein. Look for organic, grass-fed and without any chemical additives, which you can find at Fresh & Natural Foods in Hudson. Also look into ordering them in bulk straight from the seller or even from Amazon.com.

Bars: protein bars, nut bars, whatever you call them- they are quick, filling and travel really well. There are so many healthy, gluten-free options available now. Look for ones with at least 6g of protein.
My Favorite Picks (healthiest, best-tasting & most affordable)
Pure Bars; any variety: http://thepurebar.com/
Clif Kit’s Organic Fruit & Nut Bar; Peanut Butter: http://www.clifbar.com/food/products_kits_organic/
Lara Bar “ALT”; any variety: http://www.larabar.com/products/alt

Plan ahead
Invited to someone’s home for dinner? Most people will find that their hosts are more than happy to accommodate them, and with a little digging about their menu followed by direction from you, they might be able to pull it off. If you don’t feel good about the invitation, don’t hesitate to decline their offer. It is your health, and it should come first. Or politely explain that you are eating a certain way for you health, that you can’t expect them to prepare anything special for you, and offer to have them over at your home instead.

Almost all restaurants offer something that you can eat. It might be something smaller, and you should have a snack with you to supplement it if you need to. You can often be safe with a salad, but not the dressing. Don't hesitate to bring your own; I have never seen a restaurant that minded this...just try to be discrete. Check their website or call ahead and figure out what you can have before you get there. I recommend doing this before you even decide on a restaurant in the first place.

In Hudson, WI I have personally been to or have had great feedback from other patients on the following:
Pier 500, Hudson: http://www.pierfivehundred.com/menu/gluten-free-menu/
San Pedro Café, Hudson: http://www.scribd.com/doc/103157324/San-Pedro-Gluten-Free-Update-June2012
Dough Boys Pizza, Hudson: http://www.doughboys-pizza.com/store/1/menu
Chipotle, Hudson: http://www.chipotle.com/en-us/menu/special_diet_information/special_diet_information.aspx

If you are eating a gluten-free diet, but continue to have symptoms that you were hoping to get rid of, please call Natural Medicine Center to speak with Dr. Crystal Schmidt.  (715) 579-7145

Dr. Schmidt is a doctor providing chiropractic care and natural medicine treatments to the children and adults of the St. Croix area. She is proud to serve the people of Hudson, Roberts, River Falls, New Richmond, Baldwin & Woodville, Menomonie, Stillwater, Woodbury, and the surrounding areas.
 
 
It is a baby’s nature to be explorative, vocal, bright-eyed, and happy. Not a care in the world…you remember those days, right?

But what do you do when you’ve provided your child with nourishment, clean diapers, and all the love they can handle, yet they continue to cry, fuss, or seem restless? It is a horrible and helpless feeling. And when you’ve done all you can, it’s time to seek an outside opinion, or maybe several.

It is human nature to be cranky or just-not-quite-yourself when something is off. Your fussy child or sick baby is trying to tell you something; and it’s really important that you listen. 

Small problems as a child can turn into large problems as they grown and become adults. Now is the time to get on top of something that is wrong, so it doesn’t negatively impact your child’s future.

Whether it’s a new mom with an inconsolable baby, or parents who are at the end of their rope with their terrible two-year old, my job is to take a very detailed look at every aspect of the child, figure out what is not right, and help you to correct it. Being thorough is very important.

My treatments are very gentle and safe. Please be assured that if I find something outside of my expertise, I will refer you to the proper doctor immediately. I take pride in treating my patients, old or young, as if they were my own family. I am always amazed how one or two small changes in baby’s diet or a gentle adjustment to their spine can often make all the difference in the world. 

Parents often bring their children in for things like:
diarrhea and constipation
reflux, colic, fussy behavior, restlessness
poor sleep or sleeping patterns
frequent illness, wheezing, stuffy nose, allergies or sinus issues
trouble breast-feeding, only breast feeding on one side
rashes, dry skin, eczema

If you have any questions, please call the office anytime to speak with Dr. Schmidt! (715) 579-7145

Dr. Schmidt is a doctor providing chiropractic care and natural medicine treatments to the children and adults of the St. Croix area. She is proud to serve the people of Hudson, Roberts, River Falls, New Richmond, Baldwin & Woodville, Menomonie, Stillwater, Woodbury, and the surrounding areas.