Children's Health & Wellness Articles

Resisting Control

I once heard a parenting educator say that it is more important for young people to resist control than to have things go well in their lives. This truth has stayed with me. I see it, for example, in the long two- or three-hour ordeals between...

Power Points: Seven Keys to Helping Women Speak Their Truth

Women are innately powerful in the ability to bring forth life onto this planet and in the many inherent gifts of the Feminine. A woman deeply anchored in her body and soul exudes a captivating feminine radiance. These powers have been shrouded in...

Preparing Our Daughters: A Conscious Shift into the Challenges of Puberty

Our daughters are losing their amazing, full-of-themselves smiles, the ones that break our hearts with their beauty and lack of guile. Something is making them anxious and afraid. You can see it in their worried, critical expressions when they look...

How Emotions Shape Your Baby’s Brain

Psychoanalyst John Bowlby’s landmark hypothesis—that attachment to a loving caregiver is the core element in optimal development from infancy to adulthood—was a great step in our understanding of babies and children. The questions he raised about the...

Innate Expressions, Sensory Sensitivities

A young man who is a patient of mine happens to have autism. He is nonverbal and his parents drive him to see me so he can get checked and adjusted. Tim has many of the characteristics of anyone with autism, so from the outside most people would...

Ear Infections in Kids: Natural Remedies to Ease Ear Pain and Enhance Function

My wife and I have been in private practice, specializing in helping children and their families for the past 11 years. Of all the issues that happen with our pediatric patients, ear infection is probably the most common. We compiled this...

The Controversy Reignites

Vitamin K shots are routine for most newborns... but the practice has its dark side.The controversy surrounding administering vitamin K shots to newborns recently surfaced when physicians at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at V...

The Circumcision Decision

During my first pregnancy, I was overwhelmed with joy when I found out that there was a little boy in my belly. Like many mamas-to-be, I instantly fell in love and spent my days (and nights) dreaming about him. As the months passed by, I began to...

Where Are the Happy Babies?

Have we forgotten what babies need from (all of) us?I was so glad to meet a happy, confident, socially engaged baby this week. Baby Loren was a stark contrast to most babies that I encounter these days. Most tend to look distracted, unhappy,...

The Myth of Self-Settling

Many people, parents and experts alike, advocate the idea of “teaching a baby to self-settle” or “self-soothe.” Self-soothing is often referred to as the holy grail of baby sleep. Once babies can self-soothe, parents are told to expect uninter...

Diagnosis: Does It Help or Hurt?

I received an e-mail yesterday talking about yet another “new” disorder. This disorder was for people who fixate on eating healthy. The author was talking about how people who don’t care what they are eating are “healthy,” and those who do care have a...

Live Life Fully: Chiropractic Adjustments Restore Normal Nerve Function and Enhance our Overall Expression and Quality of Life

As a chiropractor, I recognize that the nervous system is the conduit of transmission for all life expression. The acclaimed chiropractor Dr. Christopher Kent relates this idea in his lectures (slightly paraphrased here). “Everything we experience i...

Breaking Through ADHD with Chiropractic Care

An estimated 3 to 4 million children, and probably even more adults, have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. ADHD is most often thought of as a medical disorder requiring medical treatment, largely via mind-altering drugs...

Injury and ADHD

Early research has shown that very young children who sustained head trauma often meet the diagnostic criteria for ADHD within two years—even if they were not diagnosed with ADHD prior to the injury. Spurred by these findings, a study published in T...

From Distress to Express

This is Hector. He is living with the effects of autism. The changes he has experienced since starting chiropractic care are simply amazing. When he first came in to the office, he was in extreme distress. It’s hard to even list all his i...

Soaring Numbers of Children on Powerful Adult Psychiatric Drugs

There has been a concerted effort by pharmaceutical companies to prescribe toxic antipsychotic drugs to children. Now the “success” of this campaign has been documented in the Archives of General Psychiatry. In a comparison between the years 199...

Nature Was My Ritalin: What The New York Times Isn’t Telling You about ADHD

Is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) a painful neurological reality for many children? Undoubtedly. But could it be that at least some of the increase in diagnosis and treatment of ADHD may have to do with the fact that we took the...

ADHD: Time for a New Perspective

“She has a remarkable ability to engage in a task. We use her as a model for the other kids, to show them what we want out of the journaling project,” said my daughter’s nursery school teacher as we sat together on diminutive, paintsplotched...

Homeschooling: A Natural Fit for the Kinesthetic Child

As we were sitting down to dinner, Alex, a wiry 4-year-old, finally stopped running and took his seat. Turning to his mom, I remarked, “When your child starts kindergarten, they will want to put him on drugs for ADHD. Don’t do it.” She repli...

The Milestones That Matter Most

“M-a-t” “M-at.” “Mat.” My 6-year-old pored over her Bob book, painstakingly sounding out each word. I listened and worried; her older brother was able to read those same words at a much younger age. It’s natural to compare our children and fret...