Issue #42 Articles

A Message from our Editor, Issue #42 - Celebrating the Shift

This year we are celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Pathways to Family Wellness magazine. What began as a dream to integrate, communicate and expand the rising awareness that we are conscious, self-healing beings has evolved into an...

A Touch to Heal: A Chiropractor Helps Direct an At-Risk Newborn Toward Wellness

The text came through at 10:41 p.m. on a Friday night. It was from our midwife, Michelle Ruebke, C.P.M.: “I just delivered a baby and think he needs to see one of you guys. He’s too fussy (not crying) and won’t nurse.” Instantly I turned to my wife,...

On Becoming a Father

In Ancient Rome, to be a father, it was not enough to conceive the child. In fact, biological lineage did not matter. A man had to publicly declare his will and intention to become the child’s pater (the Latin word for father). The ceremony was...

The Four Pillars of Healing

I’ve spent years interviewing people who have experienced spontaneous remissions and healings. In that time, it has become clear to me that most of these individuals have four specific qualities in common. They have experienced the same c...

Kids Out of Balance

Today’s parents are special. We have to be—we are raising children in a very different world. As my mother likes to remind me, “Things aren’t the way they used to be.” She’s right. Look around: They aren’t. Food is injected and sprayed...

Relationship Science and Being Human

When I was a child, I used to marvel at the sound of the frogs in our neighborhood creek. Perched on the rocks, they would find each other and croak out an exhilarating symphony of amphibious songs. Meanwhile, tadpoles swam in the cool, flowing...

Birth as Initiation

Imagine yourself in a large, dark room lit by the flame of a single lamp at the center of a table in front of you. The air is thick and warm with the humidity of the 50 people who have remained seated behind you for two hours. You’re tired, yet y...

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...

The Wearable Baby

When comparing baby-wearing to carrying babies in a car seat, the car seat doesn’t stack up.As a chiropractor that cares for mostly expectant mothers and children, I see both baby-wearing and car-seat-carrying parents on a daily basis. I w...

Seven Reasons to Not Carry Baby Facing Out

Chiropractors recommend wearing your baby facing inward. Here’s why.I love to see parents “wear” their babies! The positive effects of carrying their babies around with them are numerous, and it is heartening to see more and more parents retur...

Baby’s Hungry: A Daddy’s Perspective on Nursing (and Nursing in Public)

I was about 12, riding the D.C. Metrobus home from school, when a woman started complaining loudly about another woman breastfeeding her baby on the bus. I didn’t see anything, so I don’t know if the nursing mother was covered up or not, but that’s...

Believing: The Neuroscience of Reverse Truths

While my children’s adolescence cured me of most of my theories, a few fundamental ones survived, and are even more boldly illuminated against the backdrop of passing years. One of these survivors is the principle of reverse truths. In traditional...

How I Learned to Disconnect to Connect

I am used to staying in touch with people and accessing news online whenever I want. But over the last year, when I was writing and launching my new book, Parenting Without Borders, I found myself on my computer more and more. There were edits to...

Digestive Wellness

I’ll spare myself some embarrassment and not share with you the nickname my friends gave me in high school as a result of my digestive problems. I now know that the diet of my youth, which consisted of bologna sandwiches on white bread, soda, milk a...

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...

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...

Youth At Risk: Why GM Foods Are More Dangerous for Children

Changes in nutrition have a greater impact on the structure and functioning of young, fast-growing bodies. More of young people’s food is converted to build organs and tissues, whereas adults convert more to energy and store this as fat.

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...