Wellness Lifestyle Articles

A Message from our Editor, Issue #52 - Journey From Fear to Trust

Every weekend in class I show a video clip where anthropologist Robbie Davis Floyd tells us, “From the time of Descartes on, we have been acculturated to believe in mind-body separation. You see it in the separation of mother and child, in a fetal...

Game Changers: 3 Scientific Discoveries that are Transforming Medicine

Anyone who has plumbed the depths of science, either through study, primary research, or experimentation, will reach the limitations of their belief in science as the be-all and endall. Beyond this ceiling is the sense of wonder that...

A Doctor for All Seasons

Sometime in 1979, my father, Dr. Robert S. (Zalman Shaul) Mendelsohn (1926–1988), traveled from his Chicago home to Brooklyn for some speaking engagements. He spoke to two audiences of women only, one night in Williamsburg, and o...

Natural Immunity

In order to use vaccinations wisely, we need to understand exactly how they work. Vaccines are designed to cause an increase in antibody levels (titers) against a specific bacterium or virus, thus preventing illness from that ...

Role of the Microbiome in Infant Development

The human microbiome plays a vital role in overall health, and new information about it is discovered nearly every day. Defined as “the sum of all microbial life living in or on the human body,” the microbiome is a vibrant...

Rethinking Bugs

You know those glossy pages in the Sunday paper supplements that tell you what’s going up and down in terms of style? Well every time I open them I am more and more surprised not to see bacteria featuring in there, given how...

Are We Making Our Children Sick?

Sometimes even the best of intentions have unforseen consequences Chronic illness has become the new normal for children. Yet much of what is being done to children— medications they receive like Tylenol and antibiotics, t...

The Arc of Healing

When your child is sick, you don’t need to freak out. One thing I teach all my clients is that symptoms follow an arc. Like every process, there is a cycle to healing: a beginning, middle, and an end.

Don't Blame the Bugs

Have you ever experienced real fear? Most of us have tasted moments of panic at some time in our lives, even if it was only the first wobbling solo effort on a bicycle or canter on a horse. For others it may have been the first...

Mind Over Genes

Earlier in my career as a research scientist and medical school professor, I actively supported the perspective that the human body was a “biochemical machine ‘programmed’ by its genes.” We scientists believed that...

Honoring the Innate Potential

This remarkable talk at the 2010 Pathways to Family Wellness Summit was given by Joseph Chilton Pearce, who passed away in August. Joseph was a man who spent his entire life searching for the innate potential in mankind— which he found, as all...

The Nurtured Womb

Gone are the days when we could consider pregnancy a nine-month grace period before the job of parenting begins. Mounting research tells us that lifelong well-being, including mental health, begins in the womb, and everything parents do—beginning e...

The Environment of the Womb

The environment of your womb is rich with sounds and sensations, and your impressions of the world continually filter through to your baby. Each sensation—pleasurable or uncomfortable, imaginary or real—releases chemicals through your body...

Hear My Cry

Why “cry it out” may be one of the most misguided parenting philosophies of our generation.Babies cry. Then they angry cry. Then they stop. Imagine you’re hanging out by a riverbank with some co-gatherers a couple million years ago,...

Chiropractic for Social Well-Being

From very early in our lives—actually in utero— one of the first reflexes that can be observed is that of withdrawal. Withdrawal is a whole-body reaction that is seen in response to a stimulus that is in some way adverse to the developing fetus, suc...

The Compassionate Instinct

Many question whether true compassion exists at all— or whether it is inherently motivated by self-interest.Recent studies of compassion argue persuasively for a different take on human nature, one that rejects the preeminence of s...

Play Makes Us Human

Have you ever noticed how we, as a society, use agricultural metaphors to talk about parenting and education? We speak of raising children, just as we speak of raising tomatoes or chickens. We speak of training children, just as...

A Father's Perspective: The Journey from Hospital to Home

Many women have questions about how to approach their partner about natural birth, and especially an out-of-hospital/home birth. I don’t ever remember being worried about convincing my husband, David—but then again, my feisty side comes out pretty...

10 Personalities of Dads at Birth

Just like women, men all have their own ways of being present for a birth. They have varying comfort levels with the process, which, though we all have to push our comfort zones in birth, should be respected. Here are the 10 birth personalities of...

Why Infants Need Chiropractic Care

It is common to get strange looks from people I talk to about taking infants to the chiropractor. I know what is going through their heads: Is it safe? Babies don’t have back pain. Do babies get adjusted the same way I do? These are legitimate...