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635 health article submissions by the Mothering community.

Show Us the Science

By Lisa Reagan Issuse 105, March/April 2001 "Science for Hope and Healing: Challenging the Status Quo," the Second International Public Conference of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), was held September 8 to 10, 2000, in Arlington, Virginia. Thirty distinguished scientists from the US, Canada, and Europe, including immunologists, molecular and cell biologists, epidemiologists, gastroenterologists, pediatric neurologists, microbiologists, and internal medicine specialists, presented and discussed the biological mechanisms and possible high-risk factors for... read more

In Memory of Dr. Thomas Gordon

World-renowned psychologist, Dr. Thomas Gordon, author of Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) and founder of Gordon Training International of Solana Beach, California, died Monday, August 26, after a bout with prostate cancer. He was 84. Dr. Gordon spent more than 50 years teaching parents, teachers and leaders the model he developed for building effective relationships. His model was based on a strong belief that the use of coercive power damages relationships. As an alternative, he taught people skills for communicating and resolving conflicts that they can use to... read more

Thank You Barbara for Being My Teacher!

By Alisa J. HolleronWeb Exclusive Parenting resources are everywhere. Bookstores have overflowing parenting sections, childrearing experts dispense opinions on many subjects and the Web is teeming with websites about children. Sometimes, however, the best learning about parenting comes from the most unlikely of people and places. One example is my coworker Barbara. Though not an expert or author, Barbara has been one of my best parenting teachers. Since Barbara is not an expert, you might guess that she is a great mothering role model. Actually, that's not it. I never... read more

Piecing a Community

By Joan Logghe Issue 128 - January/February 2005 For three decades, a circle of northern New Mexico mothers has welcomed new babies with handcrafted quilts. Since the 1970s, a group of women from Chimayó, New Mexico, and environs—the back-to-the-land, homebuilding, and hippie community—have been welcoming each new baby with a quilt. In 1976 I was still living in Nambe but had gotten to know this tribe by way of belly-dancing classes. In fact, my second child, Matthew Samuel, was conceived after a night of belly dancing. I was sitting in my little adobe house when... read more

Talkin' about Revolution

By Joan LoggheIssue 128 - January/February 2005 Hungry for politically charged music? Listen up to a new generation of protest songs.By Jack Kolkmeyer It was really two songs that got me started thinking about the power of peace music. First was the plaintive wail of Bob Dylan in his 1964 classic, “The Times They Are A-Changin’. ” The second, Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” was equally incisive, but from a different notch on the radio dial, and a different time. In 1971 we had just gone through unbounded civil disturbances. We were still in Vietnam, and many of us were... read more

What about Mercury? Getting Thimerosal Out of Vaccines

Issue 105, March/April 2001By Lisa Reagan In his opening statement to the House Committee on Government Reform's hearing on mercury and medicine on June 18, 2000, Congressman Daniel Burton (R-Indiana) stated, "We assume that the FDA would protect our children from exposure to any level of mercury through drugs. But that has not been the case. Thimerosal was first marketed in 1930 and has become the most widely used preservative in vaccines. It is present in over 50 licensed vaccines. The FDA recently acknowledged that in the first six months of life children get more... read more

The Greatest Fear

By Charlotte BennardoWeb Exclusive It is too soon to feel the baby move, but I know he is there, safe and warm and loved. With this pregnancy, everything is going right; no in-vitro procedures, no high risk factors and no total bed rest like the first one. A normal part of many changes in my body caused by surging hormones is sore breasts. I’m uncertain though, about the lump in my right breast.My ob/gyn doesn’t appear ruffled, nor does she issue dire warnings; instead, quietly she tells me to see a breast specialist. Immediately. Is it serious? I ask. She looks at me... read more

What the Numbers Say: Birth, Breastfeeding, and Family in America

By Tiffaney IsaacsonIssue 111, March/April 2002 Note: All data are for the US , unless otherwise specified. Health Insurance/Expenditures National health expenditures(1) 1998: $1,149.1 billion 1992: $ 838.5 billion Percent of Gross National Product (GNP) spent on health care 1998: 13.4 1992: 12 1965: 6 Percent of GNP spent on health care by other countries, 1998 Germany: 10.6 Japan: 7.6 UK: 6.7 Total expenditure on health, per capita(2) $4,178 Country with next closest spending on health, per capita Switzerland, $2,749 Amount by which 1998 US healthcare expenditures per... read more

Kegel, Kegel, Kegel

Kegel exercises are not only great for women during pregnancy, but at any time. They increase circulation to the perineum and tone the vaginal and pelvic floor muscles that support the uterus. What’s great about kegels is that you can do them anytime, anywhere - and no one even knows what you’re doing. You can do them sitting, standing, or lying down. They’re great to do in the car at red lights or when you have to wait in line. Tighten your pelvic floor muscles as you would to stop from urinating. You will feel a slight lifting of your pelvic... read more

The Politics of Gardasil

By Peggy O'Mara Issue 142, 2007 In February 2007, bowing to pressure from parents and medical groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Merck & Co. stopped lobbying state officials to require that students be vaccinated with Gardasil before they can be admitted to school. The vaccine manufacturer hopes to generate as much as $3 billion in annual sales from Gardasil. According to the AAP, however, the states lack the money to pay for the vaccine, which costs $360 for the series of three shots. In February, Texas Governor Rick Perry mandated Gardasil... read more

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