Issue #23 Articles

Chiropractic and Ear Infections: What We Offer Makes a Difference

Many parents bring their children into our office asking us to treat their ear infections. My first response is that the purpose of chiropractic care is not the treatment of conditions or diseases; rather, it is the restoration of normal body...

Doing Dinner: Confessions of a Radical Mother

I love slow living. It’s peaceful, meaningful and even downright radical in a go-go world. According to a recent article in, appropriately enough, Time magazine, groups of harried parents across the United States are joining a wave of...

Blessings

Last week I was on vacation at a friend’s mountain home in California. Not only do I adore her and her family, but I also fell in love with her home, situated on 15 acres in the Sierra Nevada mountains. During one trip down the mountain into town, I...

Holistic Care of Middle Ear Problems in Children

Holistic care provides comprehensive treatment for the recurrent or persistent ear problems that are so common in young children. The symptoms of ear infections and fluid collection in the middle ear often begin in a baby’s first year, and they can...

The Road to Holistic Practice: An Integrated Approach

Every doctor spends years gaining an education and training for his or her career. Medical school and internships present crucial opportunities for learning. But the education doesn’t stop once the training ends. Sometimes, in order to be the best...

Swine Flu

Earlier this year saw an outbreak of a frightening new strain of the flu. The resulting panic created a lot of sound and fury…but what did it signify? Just when the A(H1N1) flu (“the flu formerly known as swine”) was losing its headline luste...

Moms Fight Back: The Battle Against BPA

It may be quite astonishing to learn what’s currently going on in the bisphenol a (BPA) industry. BPA is a chemical additive used to strengthen plastic. It’s found in polycarbonate plastic food and drink bottles, including baby bottles and sippy cup...

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Too Hot to Handle

Imagine that you forget: That the coffee was made with boiling water. That the tea kettle just came off the burner. That the car radiator fluid was boiling as you removed the cap. How long before you remove your hand from the source of the...

What Do You Expect?

A busy road near my home is under construction right now. I travel this way twice every day, but yesterday I noticed a sign I hadn’t seen before. It said, “New Lane Configurations— Expect Delays.” This didn’t seem strange to me at first, but as I...

Hop, Skip and Jump: Physical Activity Molded our Past. Can it Shape our Future?

Once upon a time, children were almost never indoors, preferring to play outside. Nor were they ever still for long. They skipped and galloped, climbed trees, jumped rope, played hopscotch and rode their bicycles for blocks. They ran screaming...

Better School Food’s: List of Unhealthy and other Food Additives to Avoid when Raising Healthy Children

Better School Food, an organization devoted to promoting healthy meal choices in our nation’s schools, researched and compiled this list of common lunchtime foods. Each ingredient is defined and listed with some of its known side effects. We hope...

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Parenting the Whole Child: Nurturing the Connections Between Emotion, Intellect, Body and Spirit

Our western worldview has given us a fragmented picture of the self. As a result, we have developed segmented disciplines in our society. Medicine treats the body’s symptoms; psychology deals with the emotions; education trains the intellect; r...

The Brewer Pregnancy Diet

The specifics of the diet (available at tinyurl.com/brewer diet) were compiled by Dr. Tom Brewer, an obstetrician, after years of studying research on the effects of nutrition in pregnancy. He lived to see his philosophy used to prevent or treat...

Causes of Ear Infections

Middle ear infections are on the rise. The ailment, also known as otitis media, has become far more prevalent in children throughout the twentieth century, increasing 150 percent between 1975 to 1990 alone. This dramatic increase illustrates the...

Car Seats are for Cars

Children who are consistently carried in car seats instead of held close to mom suffer adverse physical and psychological effects “You know, you’re the only mother here who doesn’t carry her baby in a car seat,” commented the receptionist at...

The Germ Theory: A Chiropractic Look at the Germ Theory

Two Vital Perspectives The following article is contributed by two writers, a chiropractor and a naturopath. Each offers a unique and vitalistic perspective.The germ theory states that diseases are due to specific...

Antibiotics and Ear Infections

In cases where the immune response lags behind a bacterial infection that is dangerously decimating the body, the 1950s advent of antibiotic medications saved the lives of millions of people who would have otherwise succumbed. However, the...

Dangers of Hospital Births: Why Birthing in a Hospital Can Cause More Problems than it Solves

There’s a saying that birth is as safe as life gets. There are times when birth can become dangerous for the baby or, very rarely, for the mother. This is when hospital-based maternity care really shines, and we’re able to save mothers and babies who...