Wellness Lifestyle Articles

Jorey’s Journey

When I saw Jorey for the first time, I wanted to know everything about this sweet little 5-month-old. I learned that he was born via a scheduled C-section. His mother, Deon, explained that for the past five days Jorey had been having 8 to 12...

A Matter of Trust

There’s a story about a rock climber named Wim Hof, who has become a guru of sorts. In his younger days, he was attempting a dangerous climb with no safety ropes to catch him if he fell. In the middle of the climb, while clambering on the side of t...

Can Early Food Trauma Adversely Affect Our Brains Decades Later?

For six weeks this summer, my wife and I participated in a program on Whidbey Island, Washington, called Detox and Discovery. It was led by Toni Marthaller-Andersen, a professional nurse-practitioner who’s passionate about the role of nourishment i...

Let Them Go Barefoot: On Why Our Toddler Doesn't Wear Shoes

Disclaimer: This isn’t an article suggesting everyone and every child should be barefoot. We are not telling anyone how to live or what to do. We are sharing information and giving another perspective on footwear and barefoot living. I get many...

Vitamin N: 10 Reasons Children and Adults Need Their Daily Dose of Nature

In Last Child in the Woods, I focused on why children need nature. In my new book, The Nature Principle, I tell how the whole family— and whole communities—can become happier, healthier, and smarter through more contact with the natural world. I do...

Our Fear of Freedom

Like many of you, at the core of my childhood experiences was the belief that using control and force with children is necessary. We still live in a culture that primarily operates from this belief. We grew up under the control of adults and...

School's Out... Forever! How Government Education Cripples Our Kids, and Why

This article is dedicated to all of the amazing teachers who, over the years, have done their best to honor the innate potential in their students.I taught for 30 years in some of the worst schools in Manhattan, and in some of...

Flowing with the Stresses of Kids (Or Anyone Else)

Parenting can be stressful. That’s probably one of my bigger understatements, but as the father of six kids, I’ve learned a little about handling these stresses so that it’s not such a big deal anymore. Kids throw tantrums, demand to have their...

Better Have Another

The first of the blueberries are coming in now, and most mornings one of us stops by the patch on our way in from chores to snag a handful or three. We planted the 90-something bushes 16 years ago, before we’d even broken ground on the house. This...

Grounding for Babies

Caregiver meditation to help us calm infants and be present for them. It’s no secret that babies feel what their mothers feel, both inside and outside of the womb. In much the same way, they sense their caregivers—which is...

Thinking Outside the Chair

Our physical environment is constant, meaning there are forces constantly at play—shaping our bodies into a structure we will call on in the future. Unfortunately, the set of forces modern people tend to create result in a...

Faster than the Speed of Life

Have you ever wondered why the faster you try to get things done, the more mishaps occur? Could it be that sometimes you actually get ahead of yourself and move too fast for your own good?

Siblings at Birth: A Rite of Passage into the Family

We birthed all six of our children at home. Although the first four were what are now called “unattended” births (meaning no official birth practitioner was present), all but our first were attended by their siblings. For my husband and me, the...

When Does Parenting Begin?

In our culture, majority opinion is that parenthood starts after birth. This view has been subtly fostered by medical scientists who think of a baby as physical matter, especially brain matter, which they have long believed is insufficient to...

Mindfetalness

Why Being Mindful of Your Baby’s Movements in Pregnancy is so ImportantIn a time of obsessive multitasking, instant gratification and digital distractions, it’s not surprising that stress levels continue to escalate for expectant parents....

Making the Transition from Fear to Courage

Many souls around the world today are still living much of their lives in the state of fear. It’s a sad thing, but it’s a reality that can be seen all around us. Many systems within society— social, political, religious, and more—perpetuate the energy...

Blackmail and the Medical Vaccine Exemption

Vaccine risks for you or your child can range from zero to 100 percent, depending upon the genes you were born with, your microbiome DNA, the environment you live in, your age and health at the time of vaccination, and the type and how many...

3 Ways to Activate Your Inner Healing Potential

Living in health and holistic harmony can be challenging in today’s toxic, fast-paced world. However, you can activate your internal healer to help you repair the damage done to your body, mind and spirit. One of the principles of a v...

Touch as Nutrition

New research reveals that few of us are getting the amount of daily physical contact we need…a deficiency that is taking its toll on our health.Touch could properly be regarded as a form of nutrition.

The Health Benefits of Finding Your Tribe

Most of us have been blessed to get at least glimpses into what it feels like to be part of a tribe. Maybe you felt that sense of belonging on your wedding day, when family and friends gathered from afar just to celebrate your awesomeness. Maybe...