Issue #46 Articles

A Message from our Editor, Issue #46 - Letting Music Awaken Our Dreams

Art and music has a way of revealing the core ideals of a time. Sometimes those messages last for decades. Growing up in the ’70s, we celebrated with passionate, meaningful music. The lyrics were about growth, expansion, finding ourselves, q...

Nurture the Nervous System, Nourish the Baby

How Chiropractic Supports BreastfeedingWe all know the benefits of breastfeeding for a newborn, but we also must not underestimate the joy and emotional well-being that follow when a mother is able to feed her infant as planned and find...

The Vital First Adjustment

The baby was born without respiration or a heartbeat. There are moments in one’s life where time seems to slow down and you truly do experience an out-of-body sensation. There were so many things going on around me, but all I could do was stare at t...

Salutogenesis: The Authentic Wellness Model for Health

A century ago, infectious diseases were the health crises of the day. Researchers broke ground with treatments and cures. Populations underwent radical improvements in lifestyle, such as sanitation, clean water and improved nutrition. Today, we no...

The Importance of Being Around: A Life Lesson on Being a Dad

“Be around.” That’s the first rule on being a father. It’s the easiest to accomplish and the easiest to fail. Men want to be around. They have wives. They have children. They know they should be with them. So where in the hell are they?...

Let’s Get Lost: A Family of Four Goes Out of the Country and Off the Grid

We all have fantasies of what we might do if we weren’t afraid. I’m talking about those ideas that flash in our minds, giving us a glimpse of what it might feel like to act upon something that lives only in our theoretical parts. That if you did thi...

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....

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...

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...

The Gratitude Challenge

Imagine you’re at work. It’s lunchtime and you’re hungry, but there’s a problem. In your rush to get out the door you forgot to grab your wallet. You have no food and no way of paying for anything. Luckily, you’re friends with a few of the people you...

Neuroplasticity: Changing our Belief about Change

A dangerous belief in our culture is that we can’t change. We’ve all heard the disempowered statements: “He’s just grumpy. He can’t change that,” or “I will always be anxious. It’s the way I was born.” While we most certainly have genetic...

Food as Love

Moms and food go together. We imagine moms making chocolate-chip cookies for an after-school snack. The stereotype of the Jewish or Italian mother, encouraging even their grown children to eat more, holds true for mothers of many different...

What Do You Really Want for Your Children?

An interview with Dr. Wayne DyerHow often, as a parent or grandparent, do you wonder (and worry) whether you are capable of providing the guidance necessary for children to emerge as healthy, self-reliant, resilient and confident adults?

Parenting Lessons from Tribes Around the World

A conversation with photographer Jimmy Nelson.Last year, while heavily pregnant, I attended a talk by acclaimed photographer Jimmy Nelson in our local café here in Amsterdam. He was speaking about his new book, Before They Pass Away, and...

Fathers Present at Birth

In 1952, British author, anthropologist and humanitarian Ashley Montagu wrote: “Women are the mothers of humanity; do not let us ever forget that or underemphasize its importance. What mothers are to their children, and to others, so will men be to...

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...

One Man's Open Letter to all Children: A Message for our Time

Dear Children, I know that this world must often seem confusing to you. It’s noisy, dirty and filled with adults scurrying about their busy lives without noticing you all that much sometimes. It’s filled with rules and people telling you wha...

Screaming to Sleep: The Moral Imperative to End ‘Cry it Out’

I remember the scene vividly. I’m around 1½ years old. Recently separated from my mother, my grandmother cares for me. I see myself standing in my crib at my grandparents’ home. It’s dark. I am crying and crying. I don’t know what I...

Safe Co-Sleeping with Infants

As you make your own decision about where and how your infant should sleep, here are some of the issues to be concerned with. What constitutes a “safe sleep environment”?

There is a Bed, a Family Bed, Where Everyone is Sleeping

Recently, I went on yet another business trip. Fortunately, this was the first business trip I’ve made in some time, almost a year if memory serves correctly. I have traveled several times a year over the past 10 years or so—sometimes more, som...