Issue #63 Articles

A Message from our Editor, Issue #63 - Jeanne Ohm, D.C.

A Healthy Nervous System

Understanding Dis-ease From Another PerspectiveDisease is not something to be feared, but rather understood as a natural adaptation to negative stress. Many people think that the flu season, for example, is like a game of roulette—that it’s a...

Self-Compassion for Parents

Recently I was helping some cousins with preparations at a family wedding in the countryside. One of them was a mom who had three young kids, including a newborn. We began to talk about parenting. “So, how am I doing?” Emma asked me point-blank,...

Parents as Informed Advocates

Smart and well-behaved as he was, my fourth grader couldn’t read. Well, Ryan could kind of read, but he was far short of being a reader. My having a degree in education hadn’t helped. Yes, I had pressed the school to test him, and yes, he had an...

Progress and Motion

If you’re wondering why your kids won’t pay attention, it might be because they don’t get enough movement.Most parents spend a lot of time wondering why their kids won’t listen. Are they doing it deliberately? Do they need their hearing...

Teaching Meditation in School? 4 Reasons to Reconsider It

I take issue with teaching children meditation in school, particularly when done without a wider view of the systemic causes for child dysregulation and a more thorough understanding of trauma. Yes, meditation has been proven to be effective...

Shed Those Shoes!: How Being Barefoot Benefits Brain Development

It drove my mother crazy when I went barefoot as a kid. It still does—because I’m in stockinged feet in the fall and winter, and barefoot the rest of the time! I can’t stand the confinement of shoes. And I’ve long been an advocate for children to go...

Free Play: 10 Ways Unstructured Play Helps our Kids Thrive

Free play—the unstructured time during which children can act out their fantasies, create their own rules, and explore the world at their own pace— profoundly benefits children’s early development. But while experts agree that undirected play is...

Being Wrong and Being Smart

In one of his lectures, mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing said, “If a machine is expected to be infallible, it cannot also be intelligent.” This quote got me thinking. I asked T.K. Coleman, the education director at Praxis (a...

Matters of the Heart During Pregnancy

Finding Home Together in an Evolving WorldWe live in an exciting yet uncharted time. The 20th century Newtonian worldview that considered our core nature to be physical has expanded exponentially into a 21st century multidimensional,...

The Social Heart: Energy Fields and Consciousness

In physics, it is generally accepted that “distant” particles can act with instantaneous “knowledge” of each other’s state because the order of the whole (the cosmos) is nonlocalized and enfolded into all parts. More recently, it has become evident...

Understanding and Assessing Labor Progress

The current framework for understanding and assessing labor progress is inaccurate, not supported by evidence, and fails to incorporate women’s experience of birth. Given those realities, how best can we assess labor progress without vaginal...

Postpartum Doulas

Even After the Birth, Professional Expertise Can Make a Big DifferenceSometimes pregnant women say they don’t need a postpartum doula because they have their mother/husband/sister/great aunt coming to stay. Which is all well and good. But...

Payback Is a Blessing

How I Inadvertently Created the Village That Saved MeI have been called unlucky, and I guess, by some calculations, I could be considered so. I am a person who big things happen to. Big, hard things. Of course, everyone has stuff—life h...