Issue #12 Articles

A Holistic Perspective on the Digestive System of Infants and Children

Infants and children are not simply small adults, especially when it comes to feeding and nourishing their little bodies. They are less able than adults to receive, transform and assimilate the nutrients given to them. Infants and children are born...

Better Choices For Colic

As I work with small children in my practice, I am witnessing a distressing trend in the pediatric medical care of infantile colic. Colic is described as a complex of symptoms in early infancy characterized by inconsolable crying that...

Breastfeeding Twins

Families and friends are always amazed when I mention that I am still breastfeeding my 2-year-old twin boys. Having twins is a very different experience from having a singleton with respect to rearing and baby care but for me having twins has become...

Brushing Up: Smile! You’re About to Change Toothpastes

If you are one of the majority of Americans that dutifully brushes with Colgate Total® on your dentist’s recommendations, you may be doing yourself more harm than good. What is first in the eyes of the dental dictocrats may be the last thing you wa...

Confused About Fat? Choose Grassfed!

In my Grandma’s day, there was no such thing as a bad fat. All fat was “good” simply because it tasted good. My Grandma fried her eggs in bacon grease, added bacon grease to her cakes and pancakes, made her pie crusts from lard, and served butter with...

Crying for Comfort: Distressed Babies Need to be Held

The term “cry it out” refers to the practice of leaving babies in their cribs without picking them up, and letting them cry themselves to sleep. A modified version of this approach is to go to the baby every few minutes to pat her on the back or...

Down With Homework!

Do bulging backpacks mean learning? With his new book, The Homework Myth, expert Alfie Kohn says no. Here’s why. After spending most of the day in school, students are given additional assignments to be completed at home. This is a...

Epidurals

Epidural pain relief is an increasingly popular choice for Australian women in the labour ward. Up to one third of all birthing women have an epidural,1 and it is especially common amongst women having...

Fluoride Exposure During Pregnancy Links to Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit and Behavior Disorders

Source: Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 17(2), 1995 Sodium fluoride is currently added to the majority of municipal water systems in the United States to prevent cavities in children. Its use has risen rapidly since the 1950s. Sodium...

Fluoride: More to Swallow

Nancy Browne Coleman, President, NJ Citizens Opposing Forced Fluoridation In 1993, the Food and Drug Administration responded to an inquiry by former Assemblyman Kelly. It seems that no fluoride supplements (vitamins, tablets, drops, etc.)...

Letter From the Editor, Issue #12

The other day our office assistant informed us that a particular parent had decided to stop having her baby adjusted. When the mother and I discussed this, she told me she had brought her baby to the pediatrician and she had told the mother that...

More on Fluoride

New York – October 12, 2006 : A 52-year-old American man’s arthritic-like joint pain and immobility went away after he stopped brushing his teeth with fluoridated toothpaste, according to a new study in the Journal of Bone and Mineral...

Studies Fail to Demonstrate Safety or Effectiveness of Influenza Vaccine in Children and Adults

National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) Calls for Influenza Vaccine Policy Change An independent analysis by the internationally renowned Cochrane Collaboration of worldwide influenza vaccine studies, published in the British...

The Beneficial Nature of Childhood Infections

It is not easy to see our children “sick” and we often resort to using drugs that only suppress symptoms because we think these symptoms are not good. Parents frequently ask the wellness minded practitioner why we do not support the use of these dru...

The Body Has a Mind of Its Own

I noticed this phrase recently in a book by Dr. Deepak Chopra. The body has a mind of its own. What a wonderful image! It immediately conveys a sense of reassurance, of innate self-sufficiency. Many of us were taught from an early age, by inference...

The Gift Every Child Really Wants

Whether we observe Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Solstice, the holidays have become more stressful for many parents and less happy for many children. By the time we add shopping, wrapping, baking, decorating, and holiday events to our already...

Also labeled: Parenting, Author Pam Leo

Tips For Safely Sharing Your Bedroom With Baby

Of the many philosophical debates in the world of infant care, few are as combustible as whether or not parents should share a bed ( bed sharing ) with their babies. Critics warn of dire consequences, from an increased risk of SIDS to...

Also labeled: Co-sleeping, Pathways Magazine

Tips to Successfully Nurse Twins or Higher Order Multiples

Have an open mind. During the first few weeks of adaptation, get help with cooking and chores—you need to concentrate exclusively on the new babies and nursing. Have confidence in your milk supply. Avoid introducing a...