Health and Wellness Media Reviews

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!

Allergy Free Naturally: 1,000 Nondrug Solutions for More Than 50 Allergy-Related Problems by Rick Ansorge and Eric Metcalf (Rodale 2001)

The American Holistic Medical Association’s Guide to Holistic Health: Healing Therapies for Optimal Wellness by Larry Trivieri, Jr. and The American Holistic Medical Association (John Wiley & Sons, 2001)

Aromatherapy: Soothing Remedies to Restore, Rejuvenate, and Heal by Valerie Gennari Cooksley (Prentice Hall Press, 2002)

Baby Massage: The Calming Power of Touch by Dr. Alan Heath and Nicki Bainbridge, RN (DK Publishing, 2004)

Baby Matters, Revised 2nd Edition: What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Caring for Your Baby by Linda Folden Palmer

The Cancer Monologue Project edited by Tanya Taylor and Pamela Thowmpson (MacAdam/Cage Publishing, 2002)

The Case Against Circumcision
‘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.

The Eco-Foods Guide: What’s Good for the Earth is Good for You! by Cynthia Barstow (New Society Publishers, 2002)

Ecological Medicine: Healing the Earth, Healing Ourselves edited by Kenny Ausubel with J. P. Harpignies (Sierra Club Books, 2004)

Finding Hope When a Child Dies: What Other Cultures Can Teach Us by Sukie Miller, PhD (Fireside, 2002)

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. -Reviewed by Debby Takikawa

Genetically Engineered Food: A Self-Defense Guide by Ronnie Cummins and Ben Lilliston (Marlowe & Company, 2000)

The Great Big Book of Hope: Help Your Children Achieve Their Dreams by Diane McDermott and C.R. Snyder (New Harbinger Publications, 2000)

Healing With Aromatherapy by Marlene Ericksen (Keats Publishing,2000)

Healing with the Herbs of Life by Lesley Tierra (Crossing Press, 2003)

Healthy Teeth for Kids: A Preventative Program From Pre-Birth Through the Teens by Jerome S. Mittelman, DDS, Beverly D. Mittelman, BS and Jean Barilla,BA (Twin Streams, 2001)

The Herbal Drugstore: The Best Natural Alternatives to Over-the-Counter and Prescription Medicines! by Linda B. White, MD (Rodale, 2000)

Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe’ (Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 2002)

Infant Massage: A Handbook for Loving Parents by Vimala McClure (Bantam Books, 2000)

It Won’t Hurt Forever: Guiding Your Child through Trauma (tape series) by Peter A. Levine (Sounds True, 2001)

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)

Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives: A Holistic Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth by Deepak Chopra, MD,David Simon, MD, and Vicki Abrams, CCE, IBCLC
This book appliesthe spiritually nourishing principles of Ayurvedic medicine and the sensibility of Western science to conception, pregnancy, and postpartum care. This gently written book also offers valuable insight into how couples can effectively communicate, and how one might best meet apregnant partner’s needs. (Three Rivers Press, 2005)
Un comienzo magico/ Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives: Guia holistica para el embarazo y el nacimiento/ A Holistic Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth (Spanish Edition)

Making Informed Medical Decisions: Where to Look and How to Use What You Find by Nancy Oster, Lucy Thomas and Darol Joseff, MD (O’Reilly & Assoc. 2000)

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 

The Merck Manual of Medical Information: Home Edition by Merck Research Laboratories, 1997)

Mother Nature M.D.: Protect Your Health and Cure Disease with Hundreds of Healing Foods and Herbs by Eric Meyer, (Prentice Hall Press, 2001)

A Mother’s Book of Well-Being: Caring for Yourself So You Can Care for Your Baby by Lisa Groen Braner (Red Wheel/Weiser, 2003)

Naturally Healthy Babies and Children: A Commonsense Guide to Herbal Remedies, Nutrition and Health by Aviva Romm, CPM (Storey Books, 2000)

The Naturally Healthy Family’s Guide to Herbs and Whole Foods for Health by Shonda Parker (Loyal Publishing, 1998)

Nourishing Your Daughter: Help Your Child Develop a Healthy Relationship with Food and Her Body by Carol Beck (Perigree, 2001)

The Oxytocin Factor: Tapping the Hormone of Calm, Love, and Healing by Kerstin Moberg, MD (Da Capo Press, 2003)

The Parent’s Guide to Natural Health Care for Children: How to Raise Happy, Healthy Children from Birth to 15 by Karen Sullivan (Shambhala, 2004)

Prescription for Nutritional Healing: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements, Third ed. byPhyllis A. Balch, CNC, and James F. Balch, MD (Avery, 2000)

Rosemary Gladstar’s Family Herbal: A Guide to Living Life with Energy, Health, and Vitality by Rosemary Gladstar (Storey Books, 2001)

Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies about the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating by Jeffrey M. Smith (Yes! Books, 2003)

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 

The Truth Will Set You Free: Overcoming Emotional Blindness and Finding Your True Adult Self by Alice Miller (Basic Books, 2001)

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)

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Circumcision: Untold Facts on America’s Most Widely Performed-and Most Unnecessary-Surgery by Paul M. Fleiss, MD, and Frederick M. Hodges, D.Phil. (Warner Books,2002)

When Children Grieve: For Adults to Help Children Deal with Death, Divorce, Pet Loss, Moving and Other Losses by John W. James and Russell Friedman (Quill, 2001)

Whole Foods for Babies and Toddlers by Margaret Kenda (La LecheLeagueInternational, 2001)

Whole Woman Homeopathy: A Safe, Effective, Natural Alternative to Drugs, Hormones and Surgery by Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, MSW (Prima Health 2000)

The Woman’s Book of Yoga and Health by Linda Sparrowe (Shambala,2002)

Women’s Sexual Passages: Finding Pleasure and Intimacy at Every Stage of Life by Elizabeth Davis (Hunter House Publishers, 2000)

Your Vital Child: A Natural Healing Guide for Caring Parents by Mark and Angela Stengler (Rodale, 2001) 

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