Category: Discussions

Thyroid Medication: Why I chose The “Natural” over “The Pharma” for my Little Girl

I changed Hana’s thyroid meds a few weeks ago. Way back in December, before her tumour was diagnosed, I’d been sure she had an under active thyroid and I decided over Christmas that I would ensure she received natural thyroid replacement rather than synthetic. There is HEAPS about this online, especially in the very informative…

Could Oxytocin Therapy reduce Obsessive Behaviour in Brain Tumour Survivors?

A few days after the first part of our Oxytocin trial ended (read this to find out what happened!), I noticed something: Oxytocin reduced some of Hana’s obsessional behaviours, but it was only once these behaviours returned that I attributed this to the Oxytocin: Pens: Counting and Colour Coding Shortly after my daughter had her…

Why my Daughter is at risk of developing Obesity after her Brain Tumour

There is no beating about the  bush: My daughter fits many of the risk factors for developing the intractable ‘Hypothalamic Obesity’ over the next 6 months. She had a higher body mass index when she was diagnosed with her brain tumour, the Craniopharyngioma. The tumour was so large that it caused Obstructive Hydrocephalous (”water on…

Why do Parents send Sick Kids to School and Daycare? What can we do about it?

I was strapping my kids into the car outside daycare last week when a newbie mum came up to me to ask a few questions, quickly progressing to the meat: “And what about…germs?” “Oh, yeah,” I nodded ruefully, ‘There’s LOADS of those.’ She groaned when I told her the ugly truth; that, time after time,…

Has our Relationship with Food been Hijacked? A look at what “Normal Eating” has become in the 21st Century

I want to share some of my thoughts on our attitudes to and relationships with food in the 21st Century. I’m going to question whether a large part of our eating behaviours have become “disorderly”. Please note though, by using the words ‘disorderly eating’ I’m not referring to Eating Disorders which are a mental illness,…