Issue #16 Articles

ACOG’s Place-of-Birth Policies Limits Women’s Choices Without Justification and Contrary to the Evidence

In October 2006, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released a Statement of Policy on “Out-of-Hospital Births in the United States.” Following feedback from ACOG members and from Childbirth Connection and many other...

Also labeled: Birth, Pathways Magazine

As Vaccine Exemptions Double in Some States, CDC Officials and Vaccine Manufacturers Discuss Constitutionality of Exemptions

Publicly Publishing Lists of Unvaccinated Children and Prosecuting Homeschooling Parents for Neglect. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials, vaccine manufacturers and lawyers discussed the constitutionality of vaccine...

Beyond Organic

Organic meat, poultry, and dairy products are now available at your supermarket—which is a change for the better. When you see the organic label, you know the food is going to be free of pesticide residues, synthetic hormones, genetically modified...

Cluster Feedings and Fussy Evenings

“My baby nurses and fusses all evening! What’s wrong?” It is very common for babies to be fussy and nurse very often in the evenings, particularly in the early months. My daughter had a fussy time every evening for a couple of...

Cold and Cough Over-the-Counter Drugs for Children Found to Be Unsafe, Unproven and Ineffective

Cold and cough meds given to infants and toddlers work no better than dummy pills and can be dangerous. Pediatricians made recommendations to the FDA that the overthe- counter meds shouldn’t be given to children younger than 6 years because...

Curing a Symptom or Healing a Life?

There is an important distinction to be made between curing and healing. To cure is to fix a particular part. Allopathy—Western medicine—is particularly good at doing this, offering drugs and surgery so that disease, illness, or physical problems can...

Ear Infections

Van D. Merkle, DC Says: Become informed about Prevnar vaccine (PCV7), also known as the pneumococcal strep vaccine, or ear-ache vaccine. The literature does not support its use. Avoid ALL dairy products, sugar,...

Ease Into Wellness

One day not so long ago, a practice member named Craig walked into our center with a slight limp. When I asked him what was wrong, he told me that he had been wrestling with his son A.J. and had hurt his knee. When I told him we’d take a look at it h...

Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind (Part 2)

The Science of Changing Your Mind: Part 2 of an Interview With Joe Dispenza, DC Dr. Joseph Dispenza studied biochemistry at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. He went on to receive his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree at Life...

Help Teens Get the Sleep They Need

Teenagers are one of the most sleep-deprived segments of the population. Most teens require at least nine hours of sleep but get much, much less. The teenage years are a time when school, homework, community service, extracurricular...

Also labeled: Parenting, Author Patti Teel

Letter From the Editor, Issue #16

I grew up in the time when it was believed that healing came from outside in modalities. Drugs, surgery, and new procedures abounded and with them came the mentality that they healed us; they made us well. Authorities of this time recommended...

Pelvic Pain: Symphysis, Pubis, Dysfunction

One problem that many pregnant women complain about is pubic pain. Yet doctors and midwives often dismiss this pain as either “inconsequential,” “unfixable,” or “just one of those pregnancy discomforts that have to be endured.”...

Taking Charge of Your Family’s Wellness, Naturally

“Self empowerment” is the buzz word of our time. Yet, many feel disempowered when it comes to the care of their family’s health. Integrated medicine, taking the best of all worlds, is a sensible, responsible approach to healthcare. Here’s more from...

The Single Most Important Skill Parents Can Acquire is Playing

As nearly as I have been able to translate it, “Na-Na-Na-Boo-Boo” is actually an invitation, even a plea to “come and play with me.” Our most important task as parents is securing and maintaining a strong bond with our children. For a...

Also labeled: Parenting, Author Pam Leo

Thimerosal and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Alleged Misconduct by Government Agencies and Private Entities

Executive summary of the report of the ranking member on alleged miscinduct by government agencies and private entities related to thimerosal in childhood vaccines. Here is a brief summary of the release of an 18-month Senate investigation...