Wellness Lifestyle Articles

Signal Boost: Send Your Teen These Messages Instead of a Text

Social media has a reputation for being nothing but trouble for teenagers. There are many upsides to social media, not least of which is that it provides a way for teens to connect with one another. What concerns me more than simply the time spent...

Train Your Brain

Creating new neural pathways will help you let go of bad habits.When you understand how neural pathways are created in the brain, you get a front-row seat for truly comprehending how to let go of habits. Neural pathways are like...

Interbeing

A recognition of alliance is growing among people in diverse arenas of activism, whether political, social or spiritual. The holistic acupuncturist and the sea turtle rescuer may not be able to explain the feeling, “We are serving the same thing,” but...

Diagnosis: Does It Help or Hurt?

I received an e-mail yesterday talking about yet another “new” disorder. This disorder was for people who fixate on eating healthy. The author was talking about how people who don’t care what they are eating are “healthy,” and those who do care have a...

Live Life Fully: Chiropractic Adjustments Restore Normal Nerve Function and Enhance our Overall Expression and Quality of Life

As a chiropractor, I recognize that the nervous system is the conduit of transmission for all life expression. The acclaimed chiropractor Dr. Christopher Kent relates this idea in his lectures (slightly paraphrased here). “Everything we experience i...

Routes Toward Trustful Parenting in Our Time

A variety of social trends have conspired to reduce trustful parenting, promote directive-protective parenting, and reduce children’s freedom over the past several decades. These include the decline of neighborhoods and loss of children’s outdoor pla...

The Habits of Happiness

I’m not one who believes you can be happy all the time, but I have learned you can be happy much of the time. It’s not something that depends on how your day is going or how others treat you—it depends on what you do on a regular basis....

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...

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...

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...

Our Drive to Bond

"It is beyond our imagination to conceive of a single form of life that exists alone and independent, unattached to other forms." — LEWIS THOMAS

11 Things I Wish Every Parent Knew

After 25 years practicing pediatrics, and caring for thousands of children, I’ve noticed some patterns that offer me a deeper vision of health. I’d like to share some of those invaluable lessons with parents.

You’re Glowing. Literally: So Be Sure to Shine on Your Kids

A 2009 study by several Japanese scientists found that “the human body literally glimmers.” It turns out that the light the body gives off is of 1,000 times lower intensity than the sensitivity of our naked eyes. They found this by making a rather...

A New Leaf: 8 Conscious Choices for a Healthier Pregnancy

I wasn’t always a clean-living crusader. Pregnancy has a way of turning on that “just tell me what to do to get this right!” switch, and, five years ago, when a friend gave me the book Green Babies, Sage Mamas, I began to recognize that I was in...

The Myth of the Magic Bullet: Understanding the Allopathic Paradigm of Medicine

Excerpted from the book, Love Your Body: Your Path to Transformation, Health & HealingFrom the advertisements we see for pills and drugs to the advice we get from most physicians and the examples we see in our friends and family, we...

Prenatal Yoga and Childbirth Education: Preparing Your Body and Mind

World-renowned yoga teacher Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa shares her thoughts on prenatal yoga, childbirth education and listening to your intuition in an interview with filmmaker Sarah Kamrath for Kamrath’s childbirth- education series, Happy Healthy Child: A...

One Conscious Path in Parenting

As I opened the doors to the grand ballroom, I felt the spirited energy of the current presenter, Howard Moody. He was engaging the audience in an activity that allowed them to discover their playfulness. I scanned the room. It was packed to...

Dropping Love Bombs

Change is the great paradox of certainty in our lives. Every day, in some degree, we are experiencing its waves. Sometimes the waves rock us gently, and other times the waves crash on board, ripping us apart. Then we are left broken, with the...

When Father’s Day Stings

With Father’s Day having its 103rd anniversary in June, it seems a good opportunity to both honor dads, but also to send extra love to kids who don’t have dads, or who have been wounded by dads (and to the moms who parent them). What is the emo...