Authentic Happiness

Check out this website for an interesting discussion of happiness. If you register (free) you can take a variety of happiness questionnaires and compare your results to those of various demographic groups. I particularly appreciate the concept of “positive health,” which is simply another way of saying that health is more than the absence of […]

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Lavender and Prepubertal Breast Growth in Boys

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A client recently emailed me the following question: “I read online that I shouldn’t use lavender essential oil or any products that contain it for A [her two year old son] because it could cause abnormal breast growth!! What do you think?” It’s true that there was an article published in the New England Journal […]

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The Fertility “Dirty Dozen”

The American Fertility Association has released a “dirty dozen” list of factors that can negatively affect fertility. Although the list is interesting, it does not provide much practical guidance on changes an individual or couple can make to avoid these things – nor does it specifically state where one finds them in the first place. […]

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Sunscreen Resource

Sun-drenched afternoons at the lake are fast approaching. While I am a true believer in the benefits of spending time outdoors, sometimes my desire to be outside outlasts my skin’s natural sun protection. I prefer to wear protective clothing and stay out of the sun during peak hours when possible, but if adventure calls I […]

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Food dyes

Imagine my shock when I learned that the red velvet cake often served at our family gatherings requires AN ENTIRE CONTAINER OF RED FOOD COLORING. Eep. Although I was never a huge fan of red velvet cake in the first place, I promptly added it to my “no thank you” list upon making this discovery. […]

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UK to license herbalists

This news shows how different the landscape in Europe is compared to what we have going on here in the States. I believe this is a positive development for the UK, although licensure in this country would likely be a disaster at this point. In my opinion, American herbalists do not have the strength as […]

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From the Earth

This evening I was reminded of one of my favorite witty responses of all time, courtesy of friend, herbalist and teacher extraordinaire James Snow.  The setting: James’ lecture on something to do with the liver at an American Herbalists Guild conference. The buildup: Annoying attendee repeatedly raising her hand and asking pseudo-questions designed to show […]

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Homebirth Resource

This looks like a wonderful resource for moms planning a homebirth, particularly those who do not know other homebirthers or who do not have a strong community. You can also sign up to be a homebirth mentor.  Spread the word and help normalize homebirth!

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The Golden Girls on Menopause

Thanks to one of my former students, here is an episode where the Girls discuss menopause and menstruation. Some interesting topics come up, including the fact that menarche, menstruation and menopause are often shrouded in mystery; many women do not know what to expect at the beginning or the end of their reproductive years. It’s […]

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