The idea that microbes in our environment might impact our health was not new to me. It’s well-established that the microbes in soil enhance the nutritional value of food and, as found in studies of farm children in Bavaria and among the Indiana Amish, improve immune function. (Researchers were finding that exposure to a diversity of microbes early in life led to fewer allergies.) But garden microbes acting as mood enhancers—well, this was news to me.“How does this work?” I asked Jill Litt several years ago when I first became interested in what I call gardening’s “bio-euphoric” effect and was wondering whether to prescribe thisRead More →

At a time when GOP candidates can barely name an important woman from history, these Rad American Women of Halloween are a great way to have fun and educate others. Source: 10 Kids’ Halloween Costumes Inspired By Rad American Women, From Angela Davis to Patti Smith by Kate Schatz — YES! Magazine Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it

Ultimately, I believe that slowness is an act of resistance, not because slowness is a good in itself but because of all that it makes room for, the things that don’t get measured and can’t be bought. Source: Orion Magazine | Finding Time Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it

“Importantly, our data argue that the recognized increase in celiac disease prevalence in the general population over the last 50 years could be driven, at least in part, by perturbations in intestinal microbial ecology.” Investigators interested in celiac disease have wondered why only 2 to 5 percent of genetically susceptible individuals develop the disease. Attention has focused on whether environmental determinants, including gut microorganisms, contribute to the development of celiac disease. Using a humanized mouse model of gluten sensitivity, a new study in the American Journal of Pathology found that the gut microbiome can play an important role in the body’s response to gluten.Read More →

Here’s the thing. This is a Both/And situation. Psychiatry, Industry, and Media have created an epidemic. But there is also an epidemic. This is where the wastebasket function of psychiatric diagnosis comes in. When conventional lifestyles and associated medical and pharmaceutical interventions create problems that go unrecognized as legitimate by orthodox doctors, psychiatry is all too happy to give these patients a home. Source: ADHD: More of It, Better Diagnosis, or Both? Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it

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 →