After one year, only 5 percent of children from the families who received the family-based therapy had been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Among families who received just the handout, that number jumped to 31 percent. Source: Anxious Parents Can Learn To Prevent Anxiety In Children : Shots – Health News : NPR Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it

I have already written much about my experiences (both personal and clinical) with Nettle seeds which you can find at my website or in the blog archives as well as on the Herbwifery forums. As a quick summary though, I have seen several clients go from near renal failure to normal levels within a few months and I have also observed much improvement in mood, energy and general endocrine/nervous system health in clients with adrenal burnout. Below are instruction based on my experience of harvesting, processing and using Nettle Seed. Source: The Nettle Seed Rebellion: Outlaw Plants and Their Progeny » The Medicine Woman’s RootsRead More →

French child psychiatrists, on the other hand, view ADHD as a medical condition that has psycho-social and situational causes. Instead of treating children’s focusing and behavioral problems with drugs, French doctors prefer to look for the underlying issue that is causing the child distress—not in the child’s brain but in the child’s social context. They then choose to treat the underlying social context problem with psychotherapy or family counseling. This is a very different way of seeing things from the American tendency to attribute all symptoms to a biological dysfunction such as a chemical imbalance in the child’s brain. Source: Why French Kids Don’t HaveRead More →

Researchers at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, have discovered the mechanism by which a low dose of the opioid antagonist naltrexone (LDN) can suppress cell proliferative-related disorders such as cancer and autoimmune diseases. LDN causes a compensatory increase in an endogenous opioid, the opioid growth factor (OGF, [Met5]-enkephalin), and the OGF receptor (OGFr). Source: Low-dose naltrexone (LDN): Tricking the body to heal itself | EurekAlert! Science News Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it

An informative and encouraging video from Dr. Jill Cottel in Southern California and others: Ignore the annoying postcard graphics, she sounds like an open minded, intelligent thorough doctor (Internal Medicine) who now uses LDN and has done the literature reviews. She describes several cases that are very encouraging. 89% of her patients were reporting “at least some improvement” One third of those patients rated their improvement as 5 on a scale of 0-5. LDN should be considered when it may be of benefit… especially autoimmune and inflammatory conditions… because it is so low risk. All the safety data is available”. Recommend on Facebook TweetRead More →

Published on 19 Jun 2015 5 minute video with Will Johnstone, author of The Posture of Meditation Some of the earliest meditation instruction — from the Buddha himself — emphasizes the centrality of body and breath in the process of relaxing into deeper states of awareness and realization. Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it

From Sarah Ballantyne, The Paleo Mom, on Facebook: A new study published yesterday shows evidence that humans were were preparing grains (oats) in a multi-step process as early as 32,000 years ago. As you can imagine, the interwebs are a buzz with chatter, speculation, and rejuvenated critiques. The researchers examined the composition of starch grains found on a grinding tool dated to 32,000 years before present from the Grotta Paglicci site in Southern Italy. They determined that the tool was used for grinding oats (in addition to other plants) into flour based on the abrasive lines on the surface of the tool and the positionsRead More →

This is a great overview of methylation, histamine intolerance, MAST cell disorders and gene variants (like MTHFR) From a woman whose 5yo has been really sick. via the Low Histamine Chef: Our goal in helping our little guy was to lower the histamine we were putting IN his body,reduce the amount of the chemicals that were competing for the same pathway out, and lighten up the functional bottleneck that was backing up histamine in his body. Part of the reason this was happening was his genetic hiccups in the methylation cycle inhibit some of the enzymes that act as the ‘bouncers’. The liver secretes theseRead More →

This is the first article that Claudia Welch references in her Introduction to Healthier Hormones class. She also quotes her 19yo niece at university ” I just want a really big garden!” By Anne-Marie Slaughter I still strongly believe that women can “have it all” (and that men can too). I believe that we can “have it all at the same time.” But not today, not with the way America’s economy and society are currently structured. My experiences over the past three years have forced me to confront a number of uncomfortable facts that need to be widely acknowledged—and quickly changed. Source: Why Women StillRead More →

This is what Claudia Welch says (in the second article that she references in her Introduction to Healthier Hormones class. is at the root of hormonal imbalance: The Busy Trap, Tim Krieder in the NYT What she had mistakenly assumed was her personality — driven, cranky, anxious and sad — turned out to be a deformative effect of her environment. It’s not as if any of us wants to live like this, any more than any one person wants to be part of a traffic jam or stadium trampling or the hierarchy of cruelty in high school — it’s something we collectively force one anotherRead More →