Informed Choice Articles

Trial of Labor

Up until the early 1900s, there was no good option for delivering high-risk births that would be safe for both the mother and baby. Joseph Lister’s use of carbolic acid as an antiseptic during surgery paved the way for surgical deliveries in which...

There is a Choice: A Parent’s Greatest Fear Transforms into Her Most Empowered Decision

Lily was my third child. She was born in China, in the city of Jiujang, in Jiangxhi Province. She was 10 months old when we traveled to get her, and weighed a mere 10 pounds. Lily was beautiful. She was more like a newborn than a 1-year-old....

Struggling with Help that Harms: Working with Young People on Psychiatric Drugs

Sixteen-year-old Rob takes Advanced Placement classes at a high-achieving upper-class high school. He’s in the marching band, is a Life Scout, and reads and thinks for pleasure. I happen to know from meeting with him that he is curious, intelligent...

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...

Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: The Potential Dangers of Epidural Anesthesia

The modern woman is task-oriented. We live in a world that places demands on our competence, attention and efficiency. We use technology, tap into our communities and plumb the depths of our reserves to navigate an often hyper-masculinized world...

A Summit for Conscious Choice

A conversation with Gregg Braden, Joe Dispenza and Bruce Lipton.Chiropractors have always been a collaborative force in joining professions related to natural healing. The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association embraces this...

Herd Immunity

Even though endemic outbreaks of common childhood diseases, such as measles, have been eliminated in some regions after prolonged mass-vaccination efforts, we are still being constantly reminded that reducing vaccination coverage of children in a...

New Blood

Infants have a right to all the blood they’re born with. Why are doctors keeping it from them?Are we allowing our health providers to rob our babies of their full potential of health, intelligence, immunity and longevity? At the time of b...

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...

Risks of Induced Labor

A new study linking labor induction to increased autism risk made the news last year. This latest study on the connection between induction and risk of autism comes out of Duke University, and was reported in the Journal of the American Medical...

Letter to a Labor and Delivery Nurse

Dear Labor and Delivery Nurse, This letter could also be addressed to doctors and midwives, but it is you, nurse, whom most expectant mothers interact with throughout their labors. I understand that you were called to this profession for a...

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...

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...

My Child Is Vaccine-Injured (Just Like Yours)

If you wait until your child is born to think about vaccines, a vaccine injury is almost impossible to recognize. You are too tired and overwhelmed when it strikes. You are too immersed in the trees to see the forest. Too busy putting Band-Aids on...

Eyes Wide Open: Are Informed Mothers and Autonomous Childbirth the Answer to Our Modern Obstetric Dilemmas?

The mosquitoes weren’t as bad that year. I was thankful. Typically, through the summer, they were so thick in our part of the city that it was hard to be in our yard. My quilt was spread out under the pawpaw tree, and tailor-sitting in that shade, I...

Vaccination

Most of the medical profession claims the issues surrounding vaccination have been “settled long ago, and laid to rest.” After my experiences in the hospital system and thoroughly examining both sides of the vaccination debate, it is clear that tha...

Nine Health Concepts Kids Won't Learn in School

When it comes to health, children today are guided by an illusion of reality. Teachers in the educational system have only the best of intentions, but unfortunately they’re led by a curriculum so distorted from our natural world that it is nearly...

Turning Point: Resilience in a Time of Extremes

We’re living the emergence of a new “normal,” and the success of our transition hinges upon: (1) our willingness to acknowledge the shift, and (2) how we learn to adapt to it. Our globalized culture of jobs, money, markets and resources means 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...