Holistic Healthcare Articles

Eyes Wide Open: How to Tell if Your Care Provider Truly Supports Your Plan

Your doula and prenatal instructor might have suggested you prepare a list of priorities and preferences to discuss with your birth-care provider so the two of you can see if you have similar ideas about the care you can expect during your birth....

Creative Fertility: An Interview With Jeannine Parvati Baker

There are many wisdom traditions that understand the importance of privacy, and of treating a baby, mother, and father like a holy trinity, allowing the parents to celebrate together by focusing on the needs of their baby as they continually honor...

Understanding the Power of Chiropractic

Why do so many women become pregnant under chiropractic care, when they were never able to become pregnant before? Why are so many women seeking out chiropractic care in pregnancy in preparation for safer, easier births? Why are so many birth care...

My Journey to a Homebirth

Growing up, the only person I knew who had a homebirth was an aunt who, in my family’s opinion, was a bit of a hippie. It was not something “normal” people did. I never considered it as an option for myself. My homebirth came about because of...

Optimal Positioning: Balancing the Pelvis for a Safer, Easier Birth

In preparing for a natural birth, we recognize two things: the mother’s autonomy in childbirth and the supremacy of normal physiology. A mother-tobe has many resources to draw from in preparation for birth, the greatest being her own innate...

Can Chiropractors Turn Breech Babies?

Can chiropractors turn breech babies? If you had any idea how many times chiropractors get asked this question—as if chiropractors were obstetricians—you’d be shocked. The external cephalic version (ECV), a procedure done by obstetricians and some...

Trust

How do you know if you can trust your caregivers? Every person wants to be able to trust those who attend to their health and well-being, not just with their clinical competency, but also with their demeanor and compassion....

Perspectives on Chiropractic and Immunity

Louis Pasteur proposed the theory that germs cause disease. Very simply, the Germ Theory stated that there were separate diseases, and that each disease was caused by a particular microorganism. Today, we have discovered that...

Immunity

The increased incidence of allergies in children is one of the major healthcare issues of our day. From an immunological understanding, there are two simple points about this to keep in mind. First, allergens are a type of...

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 ...

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...

Viva Vagus! What Happens in the Vagus Nerve Affects Every Part of Our Lives

The vagus nerve is the longest of 12 pairs of nerves that originate in the brain, serving as the brain’s central command in the fight against stress, inflammation, and toxicity. The vagus helps regulate our “fight or flight” response, digestion,...

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...

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...

Don't Stand Me Up

An infant sits stiffly on the floor, unable to move his legs or extend his arms without losing his balance. A toddler steps off a platform and takes a tumble. Another toddler climbs the bars to the top of a wooden structure, then panics and cries...

Messing with Mother Nature

I can speak honestly about my own learning curve as a typical, caring father who wants his kids to reach their full potential—intellectually, spiritually, and physically. Surely, this is basic instinct. When we become dads for the first t...

Why Are We Asking Doctors if Women Should Have Midwives?

New pro-midwife guidelines have recently been issued in the United Kingdom. But in the United States, doctors are all too often the gatekeepers for women’s birth care.A few months ago, I was bumped from a national radio show. The c...

Master Controls

How chiropractic enhances life by removing obstructions to the nervous system’s communication with the body. Have you ever considered how you were made? Let’s take a moment to expand on this question: Have you con...

Antibiotics Given to Laboring Mothers

Obstetricians are aware that when a bacterium known as group B strep (GBS) is colonizing a mother’s vagina during pregnancy, her baby is more likely to develop an early infection with this bacterium after birth. Around 20 to 30 percent of mothers i...

And Now What Do I Do?

As a last resort, desperate parents turn to chiropractic to help their children and to find help that they have not been able to find elsewhere. At Oklahaven Children’s Chiropractic Center, many mothers have told us that deep down in their hearts t...