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635 health article submissions by the Mothering community.

Healthy Meal Alternatives

Hi I have a 4.5 year old who is a fairly picky eater but what bothers me more is that he never really shows an interest in eating (except for dessert). For example, today he had a piece of cinnamon toast with butter then refused anything until dinner when he had an organic hot dog (one of the only proteins he eats), broccoli and cherry tomatoes. The problem is that dinner wasn't until 6:30. He melted down at karate and wouldn't even participate. Of course not, he had nothing to carry him through. I am wondering if there is a healthy shake or something I can give him in... read more

Supreme Court Rules Vaccine Injured Barred from Civil Court

February 23, 2011 From The Associated Press, February 22 "The Supreme Court closed the courthouse door Tuesday to parents who want to sue drug makers over claims that their children developed autism and other serious health problems from vaccines. The ruling was a stinging defeat for families dissatisfied with how they fared before a special no-fault vaccine court." Excerpt from NPR, "Parents Lose High Court Appeal In Vaccine Case" Read the Story read more

Should we Circumcise?

Hi, I was hoping you could give me some information on circumcision and your opinion on whether or not to have it done. My son couldn't have it done at birth because of some breathing complications he had. They recommended to wait until he is a year old. He is now 16 months old and I've had the appointment made twice to have the surgery. However, he has gotten sick right before the surgery both times. I am really wondering if I should follow through with this or not. The pediatrician is recommending it and telling me that I should do it because his father is circumcised... read more

Action Alert: Help Planned Parenthood Keep Federal Funding to Provide Basic Health Care

February 28, 2011 On February 18, 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to bar Planned Parenthood health centers from all federal funding for birth control, cancer screenings, HIV testing, and other lifesaving care. More than three million women, men, and teens are at risk of losing access to basic care. Sign Planned Parenthood's open letter to the Senate, who can still vote to change this. read more

Healing Ear Infections: Why Antibiotics Are Not the Best Treatment

By Cindy L. JonesIssue 104, January/February 2001 Antibiotics probably are used more often for the treatment of otitis media, or middle ear inflammation, than for any other purpose in the US. Is this use justified? Several recent reviews in medical journals have suggested that antibiotics provide little if any benefit for otitis media,1 but until now the lack of a good controlled clinical study has made it difficult to evaluate the information. Finally, however, that study is available. Dr. Roger Damoiseaux and colleagues at the University Medical Centre in... read more

Healing Crisis: Don't Worry Mom, I'm Just Growing!

By Melissa L. Block Issue 119, July/August 2003 Editor's note: This article features the ideas, knowledge, and advice of Dr. Philip Incao, MD. Dr. Incao received his MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1966. Dissatisfied with the limitations of modern medicine, he spent two years in Europe studying anthroposophic medicine, which he has practiced since 1973, first in rural upstate New York, and then for the last seven years in Denver, Colorado. Anthroposophic medicine was founded in the early 1920s by medical doctor Ita Wegman in collaboration with Rudolph... 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

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

It Won't Hurt Forever: Guiding Your Child Through Trauma

By Peter A. Levine and Maggie Kline Issue 110 January/February 2002 Lisa cries hysterically every time the family prepares to get into the car. Carlos, a painfully shy 15 year old, is chronically truant. "I don't want to feel scared all the time anymore," he says. "All I want is to feel normal." Sarah reports dutifully to her second grade class on time every morning; invariably, by 11:00 a.m. she is in the nurse's office complaining of a stomachache, although no medical reason can be found for her symptoms. Curtis, a popular, good-natured middle school student, tells... read more

Balancing Biochemistry: An Interview with Stephanie Cave

By Amy Morrison Issue 115, November - December 2002 This interview was conducted on August 18, 2002, by Amy Morrison, Mothering's associate editor. MM: How and when did your medical career begin? SC: I'm a board-certified family physician and started my practice in 1986. Dr. Amy Holmes and I have an integrated medicine practice in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which just means that we integrate everything that the patients need, hopefully in a nontoxic manner. I went to medical school when I was 36. At the time, I had a ten-year-old son with ADHD (Attention Deficit... read more

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