Opinions vary widely about the best course of action for pregnant patients considering marijuana, even among doctors and researchers who specialize in the therapeutic use of marijuana. This makes sense, as peer-reviewed research on prenatal exposure to marijuana is very limited. And, what little data we do have is complicated because the relationship between prenatal marijuana … [Read more...] about Marijuana in Pregnancy
Archives for July 2015
I admit that I've been prejudiced in favor of the cradle carry for breastfeeding. It's what worked for me so I naturally think it is "right." I don't like the cross cradle or other "carries" because they seem too complicated. And, when I see mothers today breastfeeding with their babies positioned straight onto their breasts I think they're doing it wrong. But, it is I who h … [Read more...] about Natural Breastfeeding
We speak frequently of our privacy, but seldom of our freedom though they are one and the same. We call ourselves consumers—thus defining our significance by what we buy—but in fact, we are citizens. A consumer interested in privacy looks at California Senate Bill 277, which removes all but medical exemptions for childhood vaccinations, in the light of his or her own protection … [Read more...] about SB 277: What Now?
Oh, the agony of colic! The very word brings chills up the spines of most new parents. Please, they beg the parenting gods, spare our family the pain and anguish of this nightmare of infancy! Well never fear, the great therapeutic power of Chinese Medicine is here to help calm the crying and relieve the pain that are the hallmarks of this pediatric condition. Colic is … [Read more...] about Acupressure for Colic
Being a naturopathic physician diagnosed with breast cancer, a number of friends and colleagues have wondered why I have chosen to do so much of the conventional care offered. The answer is that it works; the statistics are greatly in my favor. At 54, in the world of cancer care, I am considered young and have been otherwise blessed with pristine health. I knew I could handle … [Read more...] about Naturopathy with Radiation
Deciding if and when to have a child with a partner is a big decision. This decision can be even more challenging when you are with someone who is threatening, controlling and manipulative. REPRODUCTIVE COERCION Pregnancy and parenthood cause physical, emotional, financial and social changes, and therefore it is understandable to want stable and reliable partners for … [Read more...] about Reproductive Safety