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635 health article submissions by the Mothering community.

Finding an Alternative Practitioner

If you are looking to find an alternative practitioner for your family, here are some starting points.  Always try to start with a recommendation: either a referral from a friend or another patient, or from another health practitioner (your pediatrician, nurse-practitioner, or midwife). The professional organizations for each specialty usually screen their members to ensure that they have adequate training and experience, and can refer you to qualified practitioners in your area. Check to see if a practitioner is state licensed. If licensing requirements for that... read more

Debunking Fluoride

Debunking Fluoride: Cavity Fighter or Toxic Intruder? By Carol S. KopfIssue 107, July/August 2001 It just became easier to say "No thanks!" to fluoride supplements. Fluoride drops, tablets, and vitamins are more likely to damage children's teeth than to prevent cavities, according to mainstream dental groups such as the Canadian Dental Association and the Western Australia Health Department's Dental Service. Both organizations have stopped recommending regular fluoride supplementation. Routinely prescribed to US children who don't drink fluoridated water... read more

Pulse Open, Open, Open...

open wide. give your desires words. out loud words. tenderly gaze of the eye to eye. expose your craving anyway you must, under a blanket or backed by a rented band. reveal your intentions, clean. stand there, vulnerable, waiting. describe your dream, in detail. clarify what you’re afraid of and give faith to the opposite. engage every cell in fiercely wishing: to be seen. to be graduated. adored. valued. validated. met. the moment holds it all. give it then and there. even if it didn’t work before, or... read more

Vaccine Flexible Pediatricians

Looking for a pediatrician who will respect your wishes when choosing what vaccinations to take, if any? Here's a community-created list that should be of help. Do you know a practitioner who is vaccine-flexible? Send an email to administrator@mothering.com and we'll place him/her as a featured practitioner.      ALABAMA   ALASKA     ARIZONA Jessica Mitchell, N.D. Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center 8010 E. McDowell Rd, Suite 111 Scottsdale, AZ 85257 (480) 970-0000 Provides Vaccination information and administration of most but not all... read more

A Poem For My Son

mother’s day when you were born my days were suddenly full of trees and apples of hope and the machinations of terror I conceived of space my world became the size of a seed pointed and round no intruders a harvest of possibility only sorrow that I could imagine my world became a growing diamond in your eyes I conceived of love I became home . . . . . . .   About Danielle LaPorte Danielle LaPorte is the author of... read more

Life Intention + Lady Gaga : Learn To Believe In Speed

About four years after Stefani Germanotta performed unplugged at NYU, she picked up a Grammy and launched a sold out world-tour, as her new alter-ego, Lady Gaga. A lot can happen in a short time. What does Lady Gaga have to do with your life intention? She’s the poster chicka for swift success. Not overnight success (she started playing piano at age four, she opened up for New Kids on the Block, she got dropped by her first record label.) But swift success. Swift, like momentum and velocity. Swift, like one US presidential term, the time until your baby... read more

Wednesday Morning Sex Talk

The people around me are waking up — it’s a quickening, of sorts. Commitments are deepening. Breakthroughs are happening. This summer, something sparkly and hot is in the air. And it’s pretty sexy. But I happen to find consciousness super sexy. And the more I feel my own essence rising, the sexier life seems. But I’ve noticed that even shiny, sexy, wide-awake people don’t talk that much about sex. The general conversation starts and stops with whether you’re getting it or not. “It’s good.” “We need to make more time for it.” “Haven’t gotten around to... read more

The Old Women

All of us come from pagans. “Heathens” as some like to say, who were more familiar with the Earth’s cycles than say, what cycle America’s Next Top Model is currently on. My ancestors are from the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria. Yours might have been from Japan, Ireland, Argentina, or right here in the west. I am the first person in my family who was born in the USA and grew up with mixed stew of Christianity and indigenous practices (incense lighting, blessing water for the pregnant, sick, or those in need of extra spiritual fortification). I’ve always been... read more

Bonding Therapy for Asthma

By Elizabeth West Web Exclusive - March 24, 2009 I have to admit that when I first heard about Maternal Infant Bonding (MIB) therapy for pediatric asthma, my expectations were modest at best. We'd tried a number of different approaches for controlling our daughter's asthma, but nothing helped much. After experimenting with homeopathy, changes in diet, and various sorts of energy work, including reiki, we turned with some reluctance to allopathic medicine. The inhalers her doctor prescribed did keep us from frantic trips to the emergency room and eased her discomfort in... read more

After School Snacks: Five Wholesome Treats the Kids Will Love

A long day of learning makes little bodies hungry. Fuel them up for after school activities with these wholesome and easy to prepare snacks. Baked Veggie Treats Learners young and old will delight in this simple grab-and-go treat. This snack stores well for several days, and is a great source of quick nutrition and energy for after school. Ingredients: 1 cup cooked, mashed sweet potato ¼ cup cooked pureed spinach 1 egg 2 tablespoons milk 1 cup crushed whole wheat bread crumbs Preparation: Mix sweet potato, spinach, egg and milk.... read more

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