Holistic Healthcare Articles

Conventional Allopathic vs. "Alternative" Holistic Healthcare

It irks me to no end when conventional (allopathic) healthcare providers dismiss traditional therapies by attaching the moniker “alternative” to describe where they fit into the healthcare spectrum. Alternative to what? The word implies that...

A New Leaf: 8 Conscious Choices for a Healthier Pregnancy

I wasn’t always a clean-living crusader. Pregnancy has a way of turning on that “just tell me what to do to get this right!” switch, and, five years ago, when a friend gave me the book Green Babies, Sage Mamas, I began to recognize that I was in...

Rethinking “Racing for the Cure”

2010 was supposed to be the best year ever—I got married to my best friend, I graduated as a doctor of chiropractic, and then had the honor of bringing our first child, our son, into the world. Yet come December of 2010, my life came to a crashing...

Chickweed Is a Star

snowdrops and crocus flowers herald the spring. And if you look in between them, with luck you’ll see a bright green creeping plant, low to the ground with little white starry flowers: chickweed, a good friend of mine.

Know Your Practitioner: The Three Models of Birth and Health Care

What is a paradigm and why does it matter? How does each paradigm define the human body, and how does this definition affect the kind of healthcare you give and receive? How can we find ways to treat birth humanistically and holistically in an...

The Myth of the Magic Bullet: Understanding the Allopathic Paradigm of Medicine

Excerpted from the book, Love Your Body: Your Path to Transformation, Health & HealingFrom the advertisements we see for pills and drugs to the advice we get from most physicians and the examples we see in our friends and family, we...

What is Evidence-Based Maternity Care?

Evidence-based maternity care means practices that have been shown by the highest-quality, most current medical research to be most beneficial to mothers and babies (reducing incidences of injuries, complications and death), with care tailored to...

One Conscious Path in Parenting

As I opened the doors to the grand ballroom, I felt the spirited energy of the current presenter, Howard Moody. He was engaging the audience in an activity that allowed them to discover their playfulness. I scanned the room. It was packed to...

Chiropractic Philosophy and the New Science: An Emerging Unity

As a former medical school professor who currently lectures before chiropractors and chiropractic students, I must admit I am very perplexed about the intellectual foundation of chiropractic education. Major chiropractic colleges create an academic...

Quantum Leaps in Comprehension: Supporting the Body’s Innate Wisdom

We have long been told that “low levels” of serotonin in the brain equal bad and sad, and we have been educated by the pharmaceutical industry about the opportunity we have, through the use of antidepressants, to retrain our wayward neurons by mak...

Shapeshifting: The Evolution of a Post-Modern Integral Medicine

Our unceasing and innate longing for health, happiness and wholeness is embodied in our continuing efforts to better our lives. Blessed with the therapies and remedies of modern science, informed by cross-cultural approaches to healing, and endowed...

Shifting the Paradigm: Insight into the Germ Theory

Since the founding of the germ theory of disease, scientists have offered a holistic perspective. At long last, their efforts are taking hold.I grew up in a household afraid of germs. When my sister was born, my father had all guests put on...

Reclaiming Our Children’s Health

Nutrition, education and food policy affect all of our children. Can we change them for the better?In 2009, the largest recall of peanut products, supplied by Peanut Corporation of America, was prompted by an outbreak of salmonella that...

A New Attitude Toward Fevers: An Interview With Philip Incao, MD

Interview originally conducted for the John R. Lee, M.D., Medical Letter.No one is happy when their children are not feeling well. But there’s one symptom that has long had a bad reputation…which is finally starting to change. In...

Mythology of Science Based Medicine

The current healthcare debate has brought up basic questions about how medicine should work. On one hand we have the medical establishment, with its enormous cadre of M.D.s, medical schools, Big Pharma, and incredibly expensive hospital care. On...

The Healing Force Within

I can’t express anger,” says Woody Allen’s character in Manhattan. “I grow a tumor instead.” Much more scientific truth is encapsulated in that droll remark than many doctors would recognize. For all its triumphs and technical progress,...

Find Stillness to Cure the Illness

It’s a busy day, and you’re inundated by non-stop e-mails, text messages, phone calls, instant message requests, notifications— interruptions of all kinds. The noise of the world is a dull roar that pervades every second of your life....

Health-Conscious Dentistry: Dental Amalgams are 50 Percent Mercury. Should Expectant Moms be Concerned?

Renee Jamison, a 37-year-old senior manager at a financial services firm, realized that she was spending most of her non-working time trying to recuperate from the workday. Describing herself as a type-A personality driven to succeed in her career,...

What a Body Knows: Does “Healthcare” Have Anything to do with Health?

The other day, an article on breastfeeding caught my eye. Apparently, some celebrities have recently boasted about breastfeeding’s bulge-burning benefits. The article offered a response, amassing anecdotes from women, asking: Is it true? On t...

Turn Turn Turn: Options for Turning and Birthing Breech Babies

A breech presentation refers to the position of the baby in the uterus. It is normal, up to the seventh month of pregnancy, for the baby to be in a head-up, or breech, position. After the seventh month, any position other than vertex (head-down)...