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635 health article submissions by the Mothering community.

The Life and Death of a Hurricane

By Lisa Shattuck I didn't lie this time. Sometimes in my struggle to answer my kids in an age appropriate manner, I might lie: if I want to shelter them from another depressing situation or someone's violent urge. But since our home city was in ruins all around us, it seemed foolish to hide anything. We were discussing plans for Christmas—we'd come back to New Orleans just in time for the holidays. I explained that what I preferred to celebrate was the blessing of being together with family. "But its Jesus' birthday, mom?" my five year old daughter, Aja, exclaimed.... read more

Fertility Awareness Method

  • by JMJ

  The Fertility Awareness Method, similar to Natural Family Planning, is a method of birth control that uses symptoms including basal body temperature, cervical mucus, and cervical position to detect ovulation and thus allow a couple to abstain or use other protection during potentially fertile times.  This is the basic set of rules taught in Toni Weschler's book, Taking Charge of Your Fertility.     Summary of FAM rules (sympto-thermal) Pre-ovulation rules: 1) First 5 Days Rule: You are safe the first 5 days of your menstrual cycle if you had an obvious... 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

Special Needs Book Recommendations

Here are book recommendations from many special needs parents here at Mothering.  Please add to this list if you have read a good special needs book that fits into our community's general philosophy (and the book is not already on this list).   General – All Special Needs Changed by a Child, Barbara Gill The Child With Special Needs: Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth, Stanley I. Greenspan, Serena Wieder, Robin Simons How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish Married with Special-Needs Children: A... 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

The Case Against Time Out

  By Peter Ernest Haiman, Ph.D.   For generations, parents have sought a reliable and dependable way to handle childhood misbehavior. The most recent and popular discipline technique is time-out. Although time-out is better than spanking, it is not an appropriate way for parents to cope with the misbehavior of their children. Moreover, the use of time-out can create subsequent childhood behavior problems. These problems can affect the well-being of the child and severely strain the parentchild relationship.   Child Behavior – A Symptom The behavior of... read more


Dingo n.  An MDC mama (or soon-to-be mama, or mama in her heart) with the desire to move forward at a run or walk. She supports her fellow dingo in each dingo's quest to find balance and reason in her life. Requirements to become a dingo: Posting on this thread goals for the day, week, month, year, or decade. OK if starting couch to 5k or running an ultra marathon. Identifying features of a dingo: Posts often here, facebook, daily mile. Starts to get antsy during extended time off for injury or sickness. Found on the road, on the dreadmill, in the pool, or on a... read more

Trying To Conceive After A Loss Resources

Resources for TTCAL       Welcome! This is the place to start if you're new to TTC After Loss or just looking for some frequently-referenced resources! This wiki is a work-in-progress driven by content suggested by members. So, please, feel free to edit me with your links, information, blogs, favorite threads, etc. that should be included. If you were a new member, just coming to this forum to get started, what do you want to know? Where would you send a newbie to get started? What threads do you constantly reference when looking for inspiration,... read more

Artificial Colors And Salicylates And The Feingold Diet

Intro   Are you or your kids sensitive to artificial colors and flavors?  Maybe you're problem-solving rashes or highly, highly energetic kids?  Have you tried the Feingold diet and it's helped you or someone you love?  These are linked, and oftentimes people can decrease their sensitivity to some of these foods or substances by supplementing a few nutrients that our bodies use to excrete these chemicals.      More information   The Feingold diet limits/eliminates a wide range of artificial colors and flavors, including some that are fairly hidden... read more

Mental Health Forum Resources

The list below is a work-in-progress with suggestions offered by MDC members and is no way considered exhaustive or all-inclusive. This list does not represent an endorsement or recommendation of any provider by MDC/Mothering, and we are not responsible for the accuracy of this information. We suggest that you contact the individual care provider prior to seeking treatment to ask questions specific to you or your family's care. If you have links you would like to recommend for this list, please contact the forum’s Moderator or an Administrator for their inclusion.... read more

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