Holistic Healthcare Articles

Actually, It Does Matter How You Give Birth

Whenever people discuss C-sections and natural childbirth, one well- meaning sentiment always rises from the fray: It doesn’t matter how you give birth, as long as your baby comes out healthy. I appreciate people wanting to remove...

Time to Opt Out

It was the stopwatch on the wall that did it. The colorful paint and framed pastel prints nearby tried to hide its conspicuousness, but it was there: red neon digits glowing like the timer at an NBA basketball game. I asked the hospital tour guide...

Creating Sacred Space for Birthing

We are the guardians of the most sacred moment in the lives of women and their families, with implications for the long-term health of both. It’s a moment when nine months of hopes, anxiety, planning, purchasing, celebrating, putting up with being...

The Importance of the Vagus Nerve

The vagus nerve is the tenth cranial nerve, and has the most extensive distribution out of all of the cranial nerves. Named for its tendency to wander, the vagus nerve acts like a central switchboard, sending out nerve impulses to and from the...

Peeling the Onion

When I talk with my kids, I love sharing analogies of how the natural world is reflected in their bodies. One of my favorite ones is this: Your body is like an onion. Layers of experiences and responses build up: falls, injuries, positioning;...

Chiropractic Brings New Hope

I had a difficult pregnancy, difficult delivery, and then a baby that didn’t sleep. Lincoln was sick all the time—ear infections, upper respiratory infections, you name it. Just before his second birthday, he broke his leg. He ended up having a bon...

Building Resilience in a Fight-Or-Flight World

What if fatigue, irritability, allergies, sensory overwhelm, learning difficulty, and frequent illness aren’t the brain doing something wrong, but actually part of an intelligent and adaptive response? Nearly half of all children in the U...

Kaleidoscope Eyes: Discovering the New Medicine

“Picture yourself in a boat on a river, with tangerine trees and marmalade skies. Somebody calls you; you answer quite slowly. A girl with colitis goes by.” Wait…what?! Colitis?

Choosing a Birth Class: Hospital-Based vs. Independent Childbirth Education

In our society, where birth often happens behind closed doors, and the wisdom of labor is not often shared between generations, childbirth education classes have become an integral part of the journey of preparing for birth. However, many women are...

17 Things I Wish Every Woman Knew

In my career as a naturopath, I’ve inadvertently wound up working almost exclusively with women. Over the past few years, there are certain things that I’ve found myself desperately wanting these women to deeply know and understand. These are the...

Why You Should Think Twice about Prenatal Ultrasounds

I’m now in my second trimester—14 weeks, to be exact—and I have yet to hear my baby’s heartbeat. It’s a weird feeling, to be honest. During my first pregnancy, I had no idea about the dangers of prenatal ultrasound. The second I saw those two pink...

Birth Trauma and the Issue of Informed Consent

At first, Erin Shetler was angry the doctor had performed the procedures without her knowing. He had cut her vaginal opening, used vacuum extraction to deliver her baby, and reached into her uterus to remove the placenta—all of which carry risks....

Birth Story

The Power an Adjustment Can ReleaseBy Mallory Josh

Does My Baby Have Allergies Already?

In my capacity as a chiropractor and mindset/lifestyle coach specializing in German New Medicine, I am a member of a lot of holistic parenting groups and I see a lot of rashy baby photos, with parents inquiring what the source of the rash might be....

How Chiropractic Reduces Interference at Birth

Lindsay was in labor all day. Her water had broken nearly 24 hours before and her progression was slow; her midwife, Elizabeth Charron of the Palms Birth House, was uncertain if she’d be able to continue at the birth center. That’s when she reached...

The True Meaning of Evidence-Based Practice

Chiropractors that run evidence-based practices are able to provide patients with adjusting techniques, recommendations, and advice for wellness and health management that reflect knowledge and experience confirmed by the most up-to-date...

Also labeled: Chiropractic, Issue #56

Autism, Neuroplasticity and The Polyvagal Theory.. What Does it all Mean?

When I was in college, we learned that the autonomic nervous system (ANS) had two parts: the sympathetic and parasympathetic. We were taught that the ANS was a balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems, where one was on and the...

Are We Medicating What it Means to be a Child?

The labels are becoming all too familiar to modern families: ADHD, ADD, OCD, ODD, and bipolar disorder, to name a few. Twelve percent of U.S. children and teens carried a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in 2011,...

Scientism: The Impact of Neglecting Medical Philosophy

For quite some time, freedom of thought has been under siege within the medical profession. More often than not, the war against new ideas is justified in the name of science. When a discipline like science becomes so certain of itself that it...

Holistic Medicine: Do You Believe?

I’ve always been confident. Somehow, I feel like I may have been born this way. It didn’t come from my upbringing, from years of therapy, or from new-age soul work. I am comfortable with being wrong, and with not knowing, but I have always fel...