Thursday, December 4, 2014

What do holistic dentistry and orthodontics look like?

If you have any questions related to oral health for you or for your children, our December 18 meeting on "Holistic Approaches to Dentistry and Orthodontics" is not to be missed! Bring your partner! Bring a friend!

We all know that as adults, we're supposed to go to the dentist twice a year. But what about children?

And have you ever asked any of these questions:

  • When do children need to see a dentist and start getting x-rays?
  • What do we do if our pediatrician tells us breastfeeding is causing problems with tooth enamel
  • How concerned should we be about fluoride and about mercury in amalgams? 
  • How does nutrition play a role in the health of teeth and the development of the mouth?
  • Is there a problem with prolonged thumb-sucking or pacifier use?
  • How can the size and shape of the mouth affect the rest of the body?
  • What do breastfeeding challenges have to do with mouth shape and structure, and what are the possible interventions?
  • Is there any connection with oral health and sensory disorders, asthma, allergies, sleep apnea or bedwetting?
  • What are some signs that there might be crowding and a possible need for orthodontic intervention? How early can you tell? How early should you do anything?
  • Are braces inevitable? What can we do to avoid or limit the need for them? And why might we want to avoid braces?
  • What if we had braces as a child but still experience headaches or breathing problems from a too-narrow airway? Or what if we never had braces but don't like the look of our smile? What can be done as an adult?


Dr. James Bronson and his son, Dr. Alex Bronson, of Bronson Family Dentistry will address these questions in their presentation on Thursday, December 18, 7-9 p.m., at the UUCA, 4444 Arlington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22204

Friday, October 31, 2014

De-stressing before the holidays!

For our November meeting, Life & Leadership Coach for mothers Alexandra Hughes of The Bliss Space will present an educational, inspiring and supportive talk and workshop designed for mothers who experience stress and worry as part of their daily lives.

We will be sharing simple, practical strategies that will teach us how to be a mom in a relaxed, yet energizing and self-loving way.

The title is: "From Stress to Bliss: Simple Strategies to Help Moms Feel Relaxed & Energized”

Thursday, November 20, 7-9 p.m., UUCA, 4444 Arlington Blvd.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

October Moms Night Out - BYOB

The October Moms' Night Out was a real treat for the taste buds.  Nine women gathered and sipped away on a variety of beverages.  The drinks on the table were:

-Kombucha from MOM's Organic Market in Merrifield (take your own bottle and fill it up in the store from the tap)
-Two juices from Bon Vivant (formerly Seva Cafe) in Del Ray
-Tea from House of Steep in Arlington (Digest and Caramel Rooibos)
-Organic Wine, for those who needed something stronger
-Pear/Cinnamon Juice

We also had some tasty snacks, including coconut muffins, lavender shortbread cookies, and chocolates.  

The women did what women do well: they talked and talked!  The evening ended around 10:30, well past the projected 9:00 ending because everyone was having so much fun.  Most of the drinks were finished and the moms departed with a happy belly and a rejuvenated spirit. There is nothing like women having the chance to share their current challenges and joys. This was a much needed night out! Thanks to all the moms who made it.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Digestion and Elimination 101 in October

October is Holistic Living Month! Many believe that most healing starts in the gut. What better time to go back to basics and get to know our digestive system's ins and outs!

It's not just what you eat but what you absorb. Join us to learn about the intricacies of the digestive system with Dr. Sean Woods of The Chiropractic Associates and Cindy Santa Ana, Board Certified Health Coach, of Unlock Better Health.

Do you suspect food intolerances and sensitivities in your children or in your own body?
Does anyone in your family experience constipation, loose stools, gas, or bloating?
Do you feel like structural problems from pregnancy are interfering with digestion?
Does your digestion seem to change with hormonal changes?
Just how often are you supposed to have a bowel movement, and what should it look like?
What are the best conditions for optimal digestion?

In addition to some biology 101 about what happens in which parts of our bodies, our speakers address questions about nutrient absorption and about elimination.

They will also discuss enzymes, supplements, probiotics and healing foods, elimination diets, acid/alkaline foods, food combining and some traditional foods preparation such as soaking grains and fermenting foods.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Special October daytime meeting!

Our recent meeting on Supporting Children's Emotional Health was so powerful, we decided to bring the topic back for a daytime meeting on Friday, October 3!

This special daytime meeting will be a conversation about some of the approaches and strategies we discussed at our August meeting and will include copies of the handouts. One or two of the panelists may be on hand, including chapter leader Jessica Haney, and we can share personal experiences, ask questions, and maybe test out a method or two!

Whether you attended in August and want to talk in more depth or you are just exploring holistic approaches, this should be a great conversation.

Friday, October 3, Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
As always, children are welcome, but please bring quiet toys or crafts to supplement our toy box offerings.

Our chapter has daytime meetings when leader schedules allow. We welcome members who would like to organize regular daytime meetings to apply to become a leader. Volunteer help from non-leaders could also help us schedule more daytime meetings. If you're interested, please contact Jessica at jessicahmnarlalex (at) gmail (dot) com.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September meeting on Sleep: Science and Solutions for the Whole Family

What happens during sleep?
Why is sleep so important for our bodies and our children's bodies?
What might be interfering with quality sleep?
What are some of the effects of poor sleeping habits for children and for adults?
How can we ensure that everyone in our family sleeps well?




Join us for a presentation by Dr. Benjamin Hopsicker of Alexandria Wellness Center on the science of sleep with Pediatric Sleep Coach Michelle Winters of SleepWell Sleep Solutions sharing insights on instilling good sleeping habits with babies and children.

Sleep: Science and Solutions for the Whole Family
Thursday, September 18, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22204



Children are always welcome to attend.

RSVP is not required but is helpful; it helps us plan for adequate handouts.
Email JessicaHMNArlAlex (at) gmail (dot) com or reply to the Facebook event.

And be sure to check out this great article from the September 2 Washington Post on how lights from electronic devices can disrupt sleep, especially for teenagers.

Motherblessing August 2014

We had another great motherblessing last weekend. We put together some thoughts and necklaces for two of our moms in absentia, and artist Amy did a beautiful drawing on the guest of honor's belly. We shared birth stories, thoughts about siblings and just generally enjoyed supporting our expectant mama!