Issue #12 Articles

A Holistic Perspective on the Digestive System of Infants and Children

Infants and children are not simply small adults, especially when it comes to feeding and nourishing their little bodies. They are less able than adults to receive, transform and assimilate the nutrients given to them. Infants and children are born...

Down With Homework!

Do bulging backpacks mean learning? With his new book, The Homework Myth, expert Alfie Kohn says no. Here’s why. After spending most of the day in school, students are given additional assignments to be completed at home. This is a...

The Beneficial Nature of Childhood Infections

It is not easy to see our children “sick” and we often resort to using drugs that only suppress symptoms because we think these symptoms are not good. Parents frequently ask the wellness minded practitioner why we do not support the use of these dru...

A Message from our Editor, Issue #12 - Holistic Options

Holistic OptionsThe other day our office assistant informed us that a particular parent had decided to stop having her baby adjusted. When the mother and I discussed this, she told me she had brought her baby to the pediatrician and...

The Body Has a Mind of Its Own

I noticed this phrase recently in a book by Dr. Deepak Chopra. The body has a mind of its own. What a wonderful image! It immediately conveys a sense of reassurance, of innate self-sufficiency. Many of us were taught from an early age, by inference...

Confused About Fat? Choose Grassfed!

In my Grandma’s day, there was no such thing as a bad fat. All fat was “good” simply because it tasted good. My Grandma fried her eggs in bacon grease, added bacon grease to her cakes and pancakes, made her pie crusts from lard, and served butter with...

Also labeled: Author Jo Robinson, Nutrition

The Gift Every Child Really Wants

Whether we observe Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Solstice, the holidays have become more stressful for many parents and less happy for many children. By the time we add shopping, wrapping, baking, decorating, and holiday events to our already...

Also labeled: Author Pam Leo , Parenting

Better Choices For Colic

As I work with small children in my practice, I am witnessing a distressing trend in the pediatric medical care of infantile colic. Colic is described as a complex of symptoms in early infancy characterized by inconsolable crying that...

Brushing Up: Smile! You’re About to Change Toothpastes

If you are one of the majority of Americans that dutifully brushes with Colgate Total® on your dentist’s recommendations, you may be doing yourself more harm than good. What is first in the eyes of the dental dictocrats may be the last thing you wa...

Crying for Comfort: Distressed Babies Need to be Held

The term “cry it out” refers to the practice of leaving babies in their cribs without picking them up, and letting them cry themselves to sleep. A modified version of this approach is to go to the baby every few minutes to pat her on the back or...

Breastfeeding Twins

Families and friends are always amazed when I mention that I am still breastfeeding my 2-year-old twin boys. Having twins is a very different experience from having a singleton with respect to rearing and baby care but for me having twins has become...

Epidurals

Epidural pain relief is an increasingly popular choice for Australian women in the labour ward. Up to one third of all birthing women have an epidural,1 and it is especially common amongst women having...