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635 health article submissions by the Mothering community.

Your permission slip from the universe.

I’ve got the Goddess of Permission on speed dial and she was thrilled to oblige with this sweeping list of acts of self expression and liberation. We can draw on it whenever we need. Come back often. Build on it. The Permission Goddess sends kisses and high-fives. you have permission to : not finish reading books that you’re not really enjoying. Don’t force it, close it. : walk out of movies that suck (and hey, if you leave in the first twenty minutes, you can get your money back.) : let it go to voicemail (especially during dinner, or... read more

From Dr. Bob Sears: California Bill AB2109 Threatens Vaccine Freedom of Choice

Thank you to Dr. Bob Sears for this guest post. The California Legislature is currently considering a bill that would require parents to obtain their doctor’s signature on a government form prior to enrollment in public school if they wish to skip one or more vaccines for their child. Current law allows parents to decline vaccines by signing an exemption form at the school – no doctor’s signature needed. The new law would require “a written statement signed by a health care practitioner that indicates that the practitioner provided the parent... read more

How Much Do You Weigh?

Sheila Daniels, by permission I had lunch recently with a group of friends, all highly accomplished and creative women. The discussion zipped along in fascinating directions, that is, until we were given menus. Although most entrées were described by what had been subtracted—low-fat, vegan, dairy-free—that didn’t stop my friends from gasping about what they’d like to order, but wouldn’t unless they wanted to be “bad.” In this case, “bad” meant consuming actual food like potatoes. Enough already. There’s far too much energy expended on diets... read more

Guard Against Gardasil

By Elissa Mendenhall Issue 142 - May/June 2007 In September 2006, the State of Michigan approved two measures to require girls entering the sixth grade to be vaccinated with Gardasil, the new vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV). Touted as the "anti-cancer vaccine," Gardasil is widely hailed in the public health community as a giant step toward preventing cervical cancer. After four clinical trials, the FDA approved its use in June 2006, and Gardasil is now available by prescription. Clinical trials have found that Gardasil is nearly 100 percent effective in... read more

7 tiny big life shifters

The past few years have been about deep healing for me – bod’, psyche, bank account, relationships…relating…creating. Change can be radical but the steps to healing are usually small >> sequential >> interconnected. This is how some of it came together for me. I: 1. Let go of my “check-my-email-in-the-morning-guilt.” Screw it. I LIKE to check my email first thing in the morning. It doesn’t mean that I’m a distracted workaholic, it means I’m an excited Creative who loves her friends and new friends and what she does with her day…life >> this actually... read more

There Is Plenty of Scientific Evidence for Homeopathy

by Amy L. Lansky, PhD (for more information about homeopathy, see www.impossiblecure.com) Sometimes it sure gets frustrating! Almost every day I hear or read  the same old refrains: “There is no evidence that homeopathy works.” “Homeopathy is just the placebo effect.” “Homeopathy is dangerous.” Here is something that a quackbuster “reviewer” recently wrote on Amazon: “Homeopathy may work for cats and dogs, but is dangerous to be used on children, and at best is no more than the placebo effect.” Let’s parse this... read more

Got boundaries? Got class?

  e·qua·nim·i·ty –noun mental or emotional stability or composure, esp. under tension or strain; calmness; equilibrium. Origin: aequ, even, plain, equal + anim, mind, spirit, feelings Synonyms: serenity, self-possession, aplomb. Antonyms: panic, disquiet, discomposure, agitation. GOT BOUNDARIES? Self respect. Not suffering fools. Not throwing pearls before swine. Being seen, heard, felt. Speaking up for yourself. Original Voice. Radical self care. Authenticity. Self-soothing. Practice. Ritual. Honouring your needs so you... read more

Aluminum in Vaccines

By Robert W. SearsIssue 146, January/February 2008 Vaccines have become the most controversial parenting topic of the decade. When parents are considering whether or not to vaccinate their children, one of the things that must be considered is aluminum toxicity. Aluminum is added to a number of vaccines to help them work better. Normally, one wouldn't consider aluminum to be a problem. It's a naturally occurring element that is present everywhere in our environment—in food, water, air, and soil. It's also a main ingredient in over-the-counter antacids. And because... read more

how to make the most of being toast: embracing burnout

“AND THEN SHE CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD. IF HE WAS FIRE, SHE MUST BE WOOD.” - Joan of Arc, by Leonard Cohen (the most gorgeous version of which is sung by Jennifer Warnes) I admit it: I’m burned out. Fried. Toasted. But this time, there’s something satisfying and tasty about being…roasted by the life I’ve chosen. I’m reveling in it. Rather than the usual “How’d I let this happen?, or, I’m weak, or, I should take better care of myself…” admonishments (from myself and others,) I’m curling up to my tenderized being and I’m really... read more

7 things I know about active letting go. (sure beats waiting.)

Note: “active letting go” is not to be mistaken for “passive letting go”, whereby life rips stuff out of your grip, or you paint yourself into a corner, or things get so heavy they stop you in your tracks and you have to ditch them just to carry on. Active letting go is a little more…pro-active. It’s a practice. It’s awake. It’s somewhat delightful (except for the agony of it.) 7 THINGS I KNOW ABOUT ACTIVE LETTING GO: 1. There’s always more to let go of. It’s endless and it’s beautiful because it’s endless. Just surrender to the endlessness of... read more

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