A Drug-Free Approach to Asperger Syndrome and Autism: Homeopathic Care for Exceptional Kids by past Mothering contributors Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, LCSW, and Robert Ullman, ND, as well as Ian Luepker, ND, is an accessible, inspiring introduction to homeopathic treatment for kids with autism spectrum disorders. After outlining the basics of homeopathic care, the authors use case studies to demonstrate how they choose remedies to successfully treat common groups of symptoms. (Picnic Point Press, 2005) -Reviewed by Melissa Chianta Buy it Now!
The Case Against Circumcision Mothering‘s popular circumcision articles reprinted as one handy booklet! This quality color reprint includes “The Case Against Circumcision” from issue no. 85 and “Protect Your Intact Son” from issue no. 103, both by Paul Fleiss, MD. Two more articles originally published in issue no. 132 round out this comprehensive exploration of the vital medical and ethical questions surrounding this procedure: “Cutting Kids” by Karen Burka and “Whose Decision is it?” by Gussie Fauntleroy. All of the information you need to make a truly informed decision is gathered into this clear, helpful collection. 24 pages. Print version. Also available as a Digital Download.
Finding the Words In the US, neurological disorders have reached epidemic proportions—over a ten-year period, the rate of autism in California increased by 273 percent. This documentary, which follows the stories of eight children struggling to recover from autism spectrum disorder, investigates possible causes of this disease, particularly the role of vaccines. www.findingthewords.org/site/files/ftw.htm -Reviewed by Debby Takikawa
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv, asserts that children’s relationships with the outdoors are in desperate need of repair for the sake of their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Instead of subjecting kids to Ritalin treatment or weight-loss camps, he implores parents to let them play in puddles and leap through the grass. (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2005)
Marked in Your Flesh: Circumcision from Ancient Judea to Modern America Cultural anthropologist Leonard B. Glick takes a critical look at circumcision, chronicling the procedure’s development from biblical times to the present. The result is dense, thouroughly researched work that serves as scholarly support for the decision not to circumcise. (Oxford University Press, 2005) -Reviewed by Melissa Chianta
Meditation in a New York Minute: Super Calm for the Super Busy Mark Thornton clearly outlines 19 simple techniques, mostly using breath and body awareness, to focus the mind throughout the day. His ultrashort methods don’t require any particular religious orientation, and could be just the ticket for helping stressed-out parents stay cool with their kids. (Sounds True, 2006) -Reviewed by Melissa Chianta
Simply Natural Baby Food by Cathe Olson This book contains: Over 150 wholesome recipes for infants and toddlers, fun recipes for crackers, pretzels, and sugar-free treats, imaginative ways to get your child to eat vegetables, vegetarian and vegan alternatives for almost every recipe, wheat-free, dairy free, and egg-free dishes, recipes for non-dairy nut and seed milks, dishes for the whole family, and timesaving tips & nutritional advice.
Trauma through a Child’s Eyes: Awakening the Ordinary Miracle of Healing by psychologist Peter A. Levine and psychotherapist Maggie Kline, is a thorough, step-by-step guide to helping children resolve physically and emotionally overwhelming experiences using Levine’s Somatic Experiencing (SE) method. The book addresses extreme events such as car accidents, divorce, and sexual abuse, and not-so-obvious traumas such as falling off a bike. This excellent compendium has much to teach parents, including how to prevent certain traumas from occurring, and it is not meant to replace professional care, especially in instances of sexual abuse. (North Atlantic Books, 2007) -Reviewed by Melissa Chianta
Talking to Babies: Psychoanalysis on the Maternity Ward by Myriam Szejer, is a fascinating account of an innovative French psychoanalyst who dispels newborns’ troubling physical symptoms by discussing – with the babies themselves – difficult family issues, about which the infants seem very aware. (Beacon Press 2003)
Vaccine Debate The desire for more information about the safety, efficacy, and even the necessity of vaccines has led to a growing number of parents choosing an alternative vaccination schedule for their children. Some now have their children vaccinated against only certain diseases, some spread out the shots over a longer schedule, and some choose not to vaccinate at all. Writer Jennifer Margulis speaks with experts on both sides of the issue to answer the question: Do those who avoid vaccinating their children really put other kids in harm’s way? Reprinted from the July/August 2009 issue of Mothering Magazine. 20 pages. Digital download.
Vaccines: Still an Issue for Our Time This reprint comprises three articles that appeared recently in Mothering. It details the latest controversies in vaccines: the new HPV vaccine being mandated for young girls, new concerns regarding aluminum in vaccines as discussed by Dr. Bob Sears, and the connection between the mercury-based perservative thimerosal and autism, a topic resurrected by recent court cases. 24 pages. Print version. Digital version also available.
The Vegetarian Mother’s Cookbook by Cathe Olson, a Mothering contributor, is a collection of creative, simple, meatless recipes to nourish pregnant women and their families. Cook up such tempting concotions as Thai-Pumpkin Coconut Soup and Sweet Potato Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing. (GOCO Publishing, 2005)