Issue #19 Articles

Along Came Autism: Dominick’s Story

I think any mother first looks at her newborn son, all pink and soft, and dreams of his future. Maybe he’ll be a doctor, a lawyer, or a teacher. President, perhaps? Well, I knew my Dominick was meant to be something greater. My son was born...

An Inconvenient Cancer Truth

Cancer is a term that inspires a broad range of feelings: from fear, anger, and helplessness to curiosity and determination. Cancer, as a force, has given rise to a massive infrastructure of cultural and clinical responses, and many of these are...

Doulas: Before, During, and After Birth

A doula is a woman experienced in childbirth who is specially trained to provide various kinds of support for the mother before, during, and/or after the birth. The term comes from ancient Greece, where a female servant called “the doula” attended the...

Also labeled: Birth, Author Jan Mallak

Energize Your Communication — Become a Genuine Listener

Since most of us spend more than half of our time in communication as a listener, we should be experts at it by now. If you are, though, you are the rare exception. Most people listen passively, planning what they are going to say next, or...

Food Cravings

If you crave this… What you really need...

Health Benefits of Kindness

Being kind has a profound impact in the lives of others but you may not know how much of a positive health benefit it delivers to you as well. People who perform acts of kindness would agree that being kind to someone else makes them “feel...

Letter From the Editor, Issue #19

It is a time of great change. Leaders in science are calling it “the shift.” Leaders in healing are referring to it as the raising of the consciousness. Even politicians are talking about the readiness for our social change and our responsibility as...

Parents and AAP Clash

Green Our Vaccines Rally Held in Washington, DC Within Days of Creation of New Immunization Alliance to Enforce Existing CDC Vaccine Schedule Celebrities and autism activists Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey led over 8,500 parents in a Green...

Raising Our Consciousness: Stepping Out from Where We Were

Albert Einstein said, “No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it. We must learn to see the world anew.” A Nobel Prize winner, Albert Einstein transformed the world’s understanding of the universe and its workings with his...

The Joy of Being a Mother

Being a mother can be much more joyful than we make it, if we learn to recognize when and why we make it harder than it should be. As a pediatrician, I often ask mothers to stop regretting the past, as well as to stop worrying obsessively about the...

The Paradigm Shift in Medicine and Science

The word paradigm in present usage means the model constructed by our unconscious and conscious mind which we use to understand and explain the world. Our paradigm incorporates all of our basic assumptions about the nature of reality. It is our...

Time Just to Be

The stories I hear from parents never cease to amaze me. Like the one from the mom who was feeling pressured to enroll her two-and-a-half-year-old in the local soccer program—the local, competitive soccer program! “Our town,” she said,...

To Empower! Not Control! A Holistic Approach to ADHD

Thousands of studies tell us what children with ADHD can’t do, but few tell us what they can do. This article presents holistic strategies for helping children with ADHD succeed at home and in school by building on their interests, learning styles,...

What Babies Really Need

As they contemplate the birth of a new baby, parents wonder exactly what it is they will need to buy—after all, there is so much new parenting paraphenalia available. Yet one of the obstacles that can get between us and a full experience of m...

What is Sensory Processing Disorder?

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder resulting from the brain’s inability to integrate everyday sensory information received from the five senses: touch, vision, sound, smell, and taste. In addition to the...