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from Ben & Sarah Drake. They are part of the Jen & Nathan Oats Shaklee family.

"Chewable Cal Mag Plus or OsteoMatrix powdered and mixed with applesauce or jelly helped to mellow out our crankiest baby and we used with our toddler.  Calcium has a calming effect.”

Ben & Sarah Drake

The above is NOT a prescription, and should not be treated as such.  This is simply a testimony of an individual who had a positive experience with the product(s) listed.  These are personal testimonies and are not endorsed by Shaklee Corporation.


May 16, 2013:
Major homeopathic manufacturers facing two class-action suits
. Hyland's Inc. and Standard Homeopathic Company are facing class-action suits that charge that various products are marketed deceptively. One suit, filed on behalf of Kim Allen and seven others, is targeting twelve products (Calms Forte, Teething Tablets, Migraine Headache Relief, Clear Ac, Poison Ivy/Oak Tablets, Colic Tablets, Leg Cramps with Quinine, Leg Cramps, Defend Cold & Cough, Defend Cold & Cough Night, Hy1and's Cough, and Seasonal Allergy Relief). The other suit, filed on behalf of Enzo Forcellati, is aimed at six products claimed to relieve cough, sore throat, runny nose, headaches, and other cold and/or flu symptoms in children. Both suits note that because the products involve extreme dilutions of supposed "active ingredients," they cannot affect the ailments for which they are marketed. Both suits seek injunctive relief and damage awards. The Allen suit also asks for corrective advertising. A similar suit against Boiron was settled last year.


Two different points of view about the Amber Teething Necklace topic. The first article is from Dr. Weil's site and the second article is a very well done blog post from Musings from Mom School.
Are Amber Teething Necklaces Worthwhile?

What can you tell me about amber teething necklaces for babies? Are the health claims substantiated by any research?

Answer (Published 2/25/2011)

Amber teething necklaces are designed to be worn around the neck or as a bracelet by teething children. Promoters claim that they stimulate the thyroid gland (to control drooling) and improve the ability of the immune system to reduce inflammation in the ears, throat, stomach and respiratory system.

I'm unfamiliar with amber teething necklaces, so I checked with Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., director of the fellowship at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, and an authority on botanical medicine. She told me that the use of these necklaces is not supported by modern science. She also noted she is not a huge fan of putting necklaces on infants due to the potential risk of choking any jewelry poses, including hazards from swallowing a bead if the necklace is broken.

She adds that when her own children were teething, she made a remedy from frozen chamomile tea. Preparation is simple: steep 2 teabags in 1 cup of hot water for 10 minutes. Take out the teabags, add 1/4 cup apple or grape juice and freeze the liquid in ice cube trays. Then put a couple of the ice cubes in a handkerchief, tie a big knot around them, and let the babies gnaw or suck on them.

Bear in mind that in many infants, the process of teething is painless or nearly so, causing only increased drooling and a desire to chew. However, some infants develop tender, swollen gums, may not sleep and eat well, and may run a low fever; that is, one under 100 degrees Fahrenheit. (A fever above 100 degrees or diarrhea suggests problems unrelated to teething.)

Other methods of soothing a teething baby include rubbing the child's gums with a clean finger or letting the baby chew on a wet washcloth placed in the freezer for 30 minutes (wash after each use). You could also rub the baby's gums with a cool spoon. Or try a rubber teething ring - just be sure to take it out of the freezer before it gets so hard that it bruises the tender gums.

Andrew Weil, M.D.


Amber teething necklace review

Jordan is a hard teether. A few weeks back, he was having a really rough time with molars. Someone on Twitter suggested amber teething necklaces, so I looked into it.

I browsed on etsy and sent some questions to one of the sellers, Emma from the Amberforsale shop, and she agreed to send me, free of charge, one of her Baltic amber necklaces to try out on Jordan and review here. 

There are many different, lovely colors of amber offered in Emma's shop, and I had a difficult time choosing. Finally, I settled on this green amber nugget necklace. (Photo courtesy of the amberforsale etsy shop).

I received the necklace in the mail and put it on Jordan. I was fully expecting him to go crazy trying to pull it off himself or get it in his mouth, but shockingly, he has left it alone. That is totally uncharacteristic for Jordan, but it speaks volumes of the comfort of the necklace on him. He might reach up and touch it as I put it on him, but that's it.

At first, I thought the necklaces were for the baby to actually TEETHE on, as in chew. Not the case. Rather, it's the oils from the amber that are supposed to soothe the baby through the skin.

Here is some information about amber from Emma:

"Amber is the ancient resin of trees. The resin has gone through a number of changes over millions of years. The result of this metamorphosis is an exceptional gem with extraordinary properties. It is exploited and used by both craftsmen and scientist. Amber, which is in fact a fossil, is often held in the same class as semi-precious stones such as turquoise and jade because of its ornamental uses. Unlike these stones, amber is not mineralized. Rather, it is simply the fossil of resin, or tree sap. We use Baltic amber which is mined in the Baltic sea. This small Baltic region holds 90% of all world deposits of high quality amber."

More about the actual teething necklaces: 

"Firstly it’s important to remember that they are NOT for the child to chew on, they work by being worn against the skin, the heat of which releases microscopic amounts of oil, which is then absorbed into the skin. These amber teething necklaces are made of Baltic amber which is distinct from other types of amber as it contains succinic acid and it is this compound which gives amber teething necklaces their therapeutic quality. Succinic acid is naturally occurring in every cell of the human body and has many functions; analgesic (for pain relief), expectorant (to decrease mucous in the nose and chest), anti pyrectic (anti fever), antispasmodic (reduces the diarrhoea from an over active bowel) and anti inflammatory (reduces the red cheeks and dribbling). 

Some parents of children with amber teething necklaces report that they don’t even know when new teeth break through as the child is no different to their normal contented self. Obviously safety is paramount and there are a few things to consider; Baltic sea amber teething necklaces should be worn only under supervision, and should be worn under the clothing against the skin. They are short to reduce the risk of getting caught on anything and the child will become desensitised to its presence around their neck. Amber teething necklaces should be removed during naps or night time. Each bead is rounded to prevent sharp edges damaging the child’s skin, and is individually knotted onto cotton so that if a breakage were to occur only one bead would come off the necklace, and their small size makes them much less likely to cause choking should they then be swallowed. 

The screw-on clasp is made of plastic and not silver, and if a great strain is put on the necklace, this clasp will give way and allow the necklace to break open." 

Here's a photo of the clasp on Jordan

Soooo.... Did it work? Well, the short answer is I'm not sure. The reason I don't know is that as soon as I got the necklace and he started wearing it, he got sick. We've been through two back-to-back bouts of croup as well as a diaper rash situation caused by the doses of antibiotics. Yuck. That means I've had a crabby baby!

He did pop another molar through a few days after wearing the necklace, and I don't know if it was just me, but there WERE a couple days in there before he got sick that he would become calmer shortly after I put the necklace on him.

I just wish I'd had more opportunity to observe him in teething action, but not sick and cranky, to have a better idea if it was the necklace or not.

BUT, I have absolutely not discounted the amber teething necklace, and I will continue to put it on him. If it can give him some comfort, even unseen or unnoticed by me, then I want that for him.

PLUS, it looks incredibly adorable on him. I have had many, many comments on it. Neither Hubby nor I have ever been "jewelry on guys" kind of people, but even Hubby thinks it looks cute on Jordan.

If you have a hard teether, I would recommend trying a teething necklace. There are a lot of people out there that swear by them.The Amberforsale etsy shop has a fantastic selection. Emma also has a website for her amber products. Check it out!

Thanks, Emma, for allowing Jordan to try the amber teething necklace!

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