Wellness Lifestyle Articles

Infant Needs and the On-Demand Life

On-demand services may have spoiled parenting—yes, by their very convenience. For example, we no longer have to plan our schedule around the airing of our favorite program or make efforts to record a particular show. With a few clicks, we can e...

It Takes Two to Tantrum

When Toddlers Act Out, Parental Expectations are a Piece of the PuzzleMost of the time, when your child is having a tantrum, the episode is more accurately characterized as an interaction between the two of you. Generally, your...

Time In

The popular “time-out” behavior management technique is less harsh than traditional forms of discipline, but it’s still a punishment—like a mini jail sentence. Time-outs usually include a shame component as well (e.g., the “Naughty Chair”)....

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...

A Grateful Mind Opens Up a Loving Heart

Operating from a state of appreciation and gratitude is not only the secret of fulfillment, but it’s also the secret of decreasing the editing, fractions, side-bending, and wanderings in life. You have more vitality when you are grateful for all y...

The Ancient Cure for Depression

Counteracting the Health Impact of a “Civilized Lifestyle”Depression is a global epidemic. It is the main driver behind suicide, which now claims more than a million lives per year worldwide. One in four Americans will suffer from clinical...

After the Break-Up

Having a Positive Divorce is Up to You…But if You Have Kids, You’ll Have to Heal on Two Levels at OnceDivorce hits every aspect of your life. There is no escaping the waves of disbelief mixed with relief and terror and joy. It’s a very...

The Science of Happiness: Why Complaining is Literally Killing You

Sometimes in life, all the experience and knowledge simmering around in our consciousness combines itself in a way that suddenly causes the cerebral clockwork to click into place, and in this fluid flow of thought we find an epiphany rising to the...

Nature's Rhythms

Rhythm is fundamental to well-being. It is the keynote of nature. It’s not just a sign of life—it is life. The cycles of nature guide our lives, and their wisdom can be our wisdom, too. We often forget that our body is part of the body of the...

The Roseto Effect: How a Close-Knit Community Can Enjoy a Reduced Rate of Heart Disease

It seemed like a virtual fountain of youth, with a heart attack mortality rate roughly half the rate of every surrounding community. Same water, same neighborhood, same occupational mix, same income level ranges, same races. So what was the...

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...

Empowering Feminine Energy

Women grow in confidence when they draw upon their feminine wisdom.

Making Time to Stop and Think: Principles to Live By from Mother and Activist Atsuko Watanabe

Everyone is in a hurry. There may be many reasons for this, but one result is certain: We don’t get much time to think. If we want to be more fully human, one of the places we could start is to consider what exactly “a human being” is. What are we...

In The Flow: Bringing the Moon Inside

Ah, childbirth classes. For some of you reading this they may be a memory—or they may be yet to come. There you gather, in a room full of pillows, partners, and other blossoming mothers-to-be, to receive the great secrets about this most mysterious...

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...

How Rest Saved My Soul

When a mom drives her minivan by an empty park in a raging thunderstorm and sits there for an hour, screaming and in tears, people might think she’s nuts. I know that’s what I thought of myself. You’ve completely lost it. You’re out of control...

Bliss: Knowing Everything is Okay

The moment I love the most during yoga nidra meditation is toward the end, when you’re barely sensing your body. All thoughts fade, your heart opens, and this sense of being connected to a universal fire emerges. Whether there’s something going on in...

Present-Time Consciousness

We are perfect, intelligent beings with very complex organs and systems that harmonize and function beautifully. We were designed to survive and thrive in a world of challenges. We’re designed to forage for food, find and secure shelter, and create...