Nutrition Articles

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...

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...

10 Homesteading Skills Every Child Should Learn

When we offer our children the freedom to participate, they learn life skills.When kids learn basic homesteading skills, they get a number of really important advantages in life. Here’s a short list of what they gain:

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...

Hands that Itch to Hold the Spoon

After World War II solid baby foods began to replace breastfeeding. Here’s how it happened. More often in this postwar period, embedded in discussions of infant feeding were assumptions about civilization, progress,...

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.

10 Steps to Regain Your Health

If you’re like most Americans, health is the most important aspect of your life that needs improving. Without adequate health and well-being, you can kiss most of your other goals goodbye. Declining health and vitality rob you of the energy you n...

Food as Love

Moms and food go together. We imagine moms making chocolate-chip cookies for an after-school snack. The stereotype of the Jewish or Italian mother, encouraging even their grown children to eat more, holds true for mothers of many different...

Food for Thought (Just Grow With It!)

Like most young children living in urban surroundings, 6-year-old Gracie thought food came from the grocery store and a plant was just a plant. Then one spring day, her mom added some pepper seeds to a backyard container, and Gracie’s world began t...

Cereal Isn't the Crunchy Thing To Do

Why “sacred” foods—high in nutrition and good for brain development—are a better choice.First foods for babies are so controversial these days. If you were a child born in the ’80s, your mom probably fed you cereal before anything else. Her...

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...

Youth At Risk: Why GM Foods Are More Dangerous for Children

Changes in nutrition have a greater impact on the structure and functioning of young, fast-growing bodies. More of young people’s food is converted to build organs and tissues, whereas adults convert more to energy and store this as fat.

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...

Chickweed Is a Star

snowdrops and crocus flowers herald the spring. And if you look in between them, with luck you’ll see a bright green creeping plant, low to the ground with little white starry flowers: chickweed, a good friend of mine.

Improving Your Gut Sense in Pregnancy

Before becoming a chiropractor, I was a microbiologist and immunologist. The microorganisms that we always talked about were the microorganisms that were always feared—the ones that we needed antibiotics and vaccines for, and were a threat to us a...

Why Are We Losing Our Bees?

Scientists have investigated a number of factors to help explain colony collapse disorder (CCD) and have offered a variety of explanations. The primary theory seems to be that CCD is caused by a variety of imbalances in the environment, secondary...

10 Ways You Can Help Bees

From the makers of the film Queen of the Sun1. Plant bee-friendly flowers and flowering herbs. Bees are losing habitat all around the world due to intensive monoculture-based farming practices;...

Don't Worry, Eat Happy!

Being stressed or angry at mealtimes can diminish the nutritional benefits of the food we eat. There’s good reason to cheer up before we chow down.My consistent advice is to exercise, pray, meditate, write, listen to music, or even hug the k...

Hopping Off the Gluten Train

I’ll admit it: I’m the type of mom who often scowls inside disapprovingly at doughnuts in preschools, elementary schools and birthday parties. I know it is judgmental of me, and I’m working on being more accepting. The schools in my area allow...

Warm Water & Lemon: Why You Should Drink It at the Start of Every Day

T he way you start each day is incredibly important. Whether you’re a mom, a coach, a writer, a small business owner or a yoga teacher, what you do first thing in the morning matters. According to Ayurvedic philosophy, choices that you make...