Wellness Lifestyle Articles

A Message from our Editor, Issue #53 - Something to Cluck About

The Rooster Makes All the Noise, But the Hen Rules the Roost! We got our first chickens when we were in college. Tom and I were paying our own way and chickens seemed to be an easy, economical source of food. We bought 18 young chickens...

How to Describe Birth to a First-Time Pregnant Woman

I’ll come straight to the point: There is a severe lack of women on this planet who enjoy their birthing experience, let alone walking away from it with a profound depth of empowerment. What is going so wrong? When I tried to talk to mothers in my...

Teaching Babies in the Womb

How Fetal Experiences Can Impact Your BabyAfter more than 35 years of research, it is now well documented that fetal intelligence exists in the womb. There is even a bumper sticker stating, “The Womb Is a School and All Babies Attend.”...

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...

Bliss Before Birth

The Effects of a Mother’s Thoughts and Emotions on her Unborn ChildHow can you best support your baby’s growth and development during your pregnancy? Do your thoughts and feelings affect him?

A Way of Blessing

The blessingway ceremony has its roots in the traditions of the Navajo hoshooji ceremony in North America. It celebrates a feminine rite of passage, inducting women into new and venerated phases of their lives. Customarily, the blessingway ceremony...

What Mothers Need to Know About Giving Birth

That birth is a cooperative action between the mother and baby. That babies try very hard to assume the best position for birth.

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...

This Is a Mother's Love

I recall vividly the first night our son, Harper, slept at home with us. He was all of two days old. He slept right next to us in a tiny hammock thing. The idea that he was now on the outside of my body was so bizarre to me that no matter where he...

A Message from our Editor, Issue #52 - Journey From Fear to Trust

Every weekend in class I show a video clip where anthropologist Robbie Davis Floyd tells us, “From the time of Descartes on, we have been acculturated to believe in mind-body separation. You see it in the separation of mother and child, in a fetal...

Game Changers: 3 Scientific Discoveries that are Transforming Medicine

Anyone who has plumbed the depths of science, either through study, primary research, or experimentation, will reach the limitations of their belief in science as the be-all and endall. Beyond this ceiling is the sense of wonder that...

A Doctor for All Seasons

Sometime in 1979, my father, Dr. Robert S. (Zalman Shaul) Mendelsohn (1926–1988), traveled from his Chicago home to Brooklyn for some speaking engagements. He spoke to two audiences of women only, one night in Williamsburg, and o...

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 ...

Role of the Microbiome in Infant Development

The human microbiome plays a vital role in overall health, and new information about it is discovered nearly every day. Defined as “the sum of all microbial life living in or on the human body,” the microbiome is a vibrant...

Rethinking Bugs

You know those glossy pages in the Sunday paper supplements that tell you what’s going up and down in terms of style? Well every time I open them I am more and more surprised not to see bacteria featuring in there, given how...

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...

The Arc of Healing

When your child is sick, you don’t need to freak out. One thing I teach all my clients is that symptoms follow an arc. Like every process, there is a cycle to healing: a beginning, middle, and an end.

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...

Mind Over Genes

Earlier in my career as a research scientist and medical school professor, I actively supported the perspective that the human body was a “biochemical machine ‘programmed’ by its genes.” We scientists believed that...