Wellness Lifestyle Articles

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...

Global Grandmothering

Grandmothers are coming together, using their healing powers to create a better future for the world. They are succeeding.The sun falls behind a mountainous range and the desert heat begins to cool. Families gather around an early...

Peeling the Wellness Onion

As holistic practitioners, we are wellness investigators who must use who, what, where, when, why and how to help clear a path for optimal wellness to emerge from a client’s story. In training, we are often cautioned against going to the “why” well,...

A Child’s Place Is in the Kitchen: How Cooking Advances Learning

It’s easier to cook when our children aren’t in the way. Bubbling pots and sharp knives, after all, are hardly child-friendly. But the kitchen shouldn’t be off-limits to kids. Yes, dinner takes longer to make when Mason snips the cilantro to...

Digesting the World

Eating right is certainly in the news these days. From fads like the South Beach Diet to the front-page image of the First Lady planting an organic vegetable garden on the White House lawn, Americans are beginning to pay closer attention to their...

The Law of Prayer

For centuries, mankind has lived with prayer. When most people think of prayer, they think of asking for help from a Higher Source, to aid them in the traumas or tragedies or anxious circumstances of their lives. That is great; who could be against...

Staying Motivated in Tough Times

It’s easy to become discouraged during hard times, especially if you aren’t financially stable. Increased problems, such as job insecurity, fear of the unknown and everyday stress, can lead to anxiety and depression. When so much is out of you...

Celebrating Changes

Breaths come and breaths go. Tens of thousands of times, every day of your life, your breath changes its direction. The events of your life come and go, too. Nothing stays constant. Everything is changing. The attitude that you choose to...