Issue #30 Articles

What Do We Know? Anthropology and Birth Activism

During a birth advocacy dinner I once attended in Seattle, a doula raised her glass and made the last toast: “For all the women who don’t know.”My reactions trembled on the existential brink. As both an anthropologist and a birth activist, I am...

Also labeled: Pregnancy & Birth

Bringing Back the Balance: A Chiro Mom’s Perspective

My introduction to chiropractic care came after the birth of my first child. As a new mother I found myself bombarded with facts, stories and ideas of what everyone else seemed to think was best for my child. Walking into a mom’s group at my local...

Mom and Dad Were Wrong!: When it Comes to Your Dreams, Sometimes the Best Advice is to Ignore Everything Your Parents Told You

Most of the time my parents got it right. But everything I learned about achieving career bliss, I learned by actually ignoring my well-meaning but cautious parents. In fact, if you aspire to find work that you truly love, some of what your parents...

Happiness is a Choice

Although it may be tempting to dismiss a call to happiness during troubled economic times, world strife, or personal grief as overly optimistic or too simplistic, I believe these are just the occasions for a reminder that when it comes to...

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,...

The Pill Merchants: The Relentless and Tragic Marketing of Psychiatric Drugs

In our work, we strive to alleviate distress and to support and enhance people’s personal growth, transformation, individua- tion, self-determination, and clear and expanded awareness. Necessity dictates that we also spend a lot of time challenging...

The Raging War on Vaccine Choice: Is 2011 the Make or Break Year?

While the U.S. Supreme Court votes to protect Big Pharma from vaccine liability and states watch successful assaults on vaccine exemptions, the venerable consumer vaccine safety watchdog, the National Vaccine Information Center, organizes Americans...

A Message from our Editor, Issue #30 - Informed, Conscious Choice

Informed, Conscious ChoiceEvery day I’m encouraged by stories of parents who are exercising their options to make informed choices for their families. They are seeking resources and materi- als that challenge the status quo, and they...

Consciousness and Healing: The Two Faces of Individual and Collective Transformation

The call for healing can be heard echoing around the world. With extreme political unrest in the Middle East, the after- math of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and earthquakes shaking the globe, people everywhere are feeling pain and desta-...

Rewriting the Reality Code: The Quantum Power of Our Participatory Universe

“What strange beings we are!” noted the 13th-century mystic Rumi, “that sitting in Hell at the bottom of the dark, we are afraid of our own immortal- ity!” Perhaps it is actually the power to choose our immortality, as well as everything from our...

Culling the Weeds: The Surest Way to a Robust, Healthful Life is to Tend the Garden of Our Minds

The mind is a curious thing, because it is so powerful yet sometimes so difficult to control. We find ourselves thinking a certain way, knowing that this thought may be creating trouble for us, yet we find it difficult to stop. For example, many...

What’s in Your Basket? An Exclusive Interview with Jeffrey M. Smith

Jeffrey M. Smith is the head of the Institute for Responsible Technology. An internationally acclaimed filmmaker and author, his first book, Seeds of Deception, made him the world’s foremost consumer advocate for non-GMO choices.

Also labeled: Author Lisa Reagan, Nutrition

Your Child is Like the Rain: A Guide for the Peaceful Parent

When our neighboring Mount St. Helens recently started to rumble, one of my children asked, “Do people who live close by get mad when the volcano erupts?” “Do you get mad at the rain?” I asked. While he was pondering my question, his...

Also labeled: Author Naomi Aldort, Parenting

Making Healthy Babies: Your 10-Step Action Plan

Want to get pregnant? Here are 10 tips for increasing your chances of conceiving a healthy baby...naturally!1) Know Your Cycle When is your “fertility window”? The Sympto-Thermal Method has proved to be a very effective way to det...

Breastfeeding Boobytraps: Five Cultural Misconceptions that Come Between Baby and Breast

A few weeks ago my 15-month-old son weaned from breastfeed- ing. It was an event that passed almost unnoticed because it happened so gradually, and it was a day or two before I realized he hadn’t nursed. When I stopped to think about it, I knew it w...

In It for the Long Haul: A Dad's Opinion on Breastfeeding

My name is James, and I fully support the breastfeeding mothers of the world. “Ahhhh,” you say, “he must live in California.” Nope. I live in New England. “Well, then he must be one of those ‘dot-edu’ types: lectures, tweed coats...

Living the Ten Tenets of Wellness

Wellness always seems to be working toward answer- ing one critical question: Why don’t people do what they know they need to do for themselves? Providing people with good information about physical fitness, stress management, nutrition, etc., is...

Bringing Light to the Dark Side of Parenting with Worldview Literacy (Part 1 of 2)

The Greek goddess Athena’s companion is a little owl that perches on her shoulder. The owl’s natural night vision peers into her owner’s darkness, illuminating the hidden side of her psyche. Because Athena is able, with the owl’s help, to see the...

You Are Brilliant, and Earth is Hiring

In May of 2009, Paul Hawken delivered this unforgettable commencement address to the University of Portland’s graduating class of 2009.When I was invited to give this speech, I was asked if I could give a simple short talk that was “direct,...

Grow Your Best Fall Garden: Expert Advice for What, When and How to Plant in the Fall Gardening Season

Right now, before you forget, put a rubber band around your wrist to remind you of one gardening task that cannot be postponed: Planting seeds for your fall garden. As summer draws to a close, gardens everywhere can morph into a tapestry of...