by Esther Taylor Jatamansi Center Massage & Holistics, Fillmore, CA Afterbirth is a part of the birthing process that most individuals living in the US overlook entirely: most…
Nothing new – just an invitation to review and recommit… 1. Do you have a source of filtered water and use a reusable container for drinking water? 2….
Over the past few decades, there has been much contention in our society about the perpetuation of gender stereotypes through the marketing and manufacturing of children’s toys. Feminists have promoted gender neutrality in the name of sexual equality, disregarding (and even disdaining) the fact that femininity and masculinity are complementary energies that cannot be equated. The idea of traditional gender roles—with man as the provider and woman as the primary guardian of the household and children—has become politically incorrect, and toy companies have been criticized for designing gender-specific products that suggest these stereotypes. While it is true that all human beings should have equal rights and opportunities, it is narrow minded to think that all humans have the same goals and desires. Despite what some feminists may contest, gender roles are not entirely constructions of culture—femininity and masculinity are universal, inherent energies found in different proportions in all people, regardless of biological sex. The issue is not gendered toys in and of themselves, nor is it the sex or gender of the children that play with them—the problem is our culture’s rejection of the fundamental differences between feminine and masculine energies, and our failure to appreciate the necessary balance of these dynamics. Read More
When I cook a Thanksgiving turkey, I usually don’t cook a huge one. I also have a preferred cooking method, inspired by the Chinese method called “red–stewed.” This method produces a turkey that is incredibly moist and flavorful. It’s highly untraditional, but after having turkey that was dry, with breast meat with the consistency of blotting paper, I discovered this recipe and have been using it ever since. Read More
The act of laboring and/or water birthing is a relatively new concept in the Western world, only gaining popularity in the U.S. in the last 30 years. It is believed, however, that water laboring and birthing was first practiced in ancient Egypt. The first recorded account of a water birth in modern history occurred in France in 1805, when after an exhausting 48 hours of labor a woman was placed in a tub of water where she was allegedly revived and thus able to give birth to a healthy infant. Since this event, water birth has been promoted as a natural and safe method of achieving comfort and relaxation during labor and delivery in most developed countries. Unfortunately the average U.S. obstetrician remains weary of this approach to birthing and birthing tubs in U.S. hospitals are still a rarity. Most free-standing birth centers, however, are fully equipped with birthing tubs and there are several companies from which mobile birthing tubs can be purchased or rented for home or birth center use. In addition, some woman actually choose to birth in the comfort of natural waters such as lakes, streams or the shallows of an ocean. Read More
Afterbirth is a part of the birthing process that most individuals living in the US overlook entirely: most are completely unaware of afterbirth options. When birthing in a hospital it is not uncommon for the afterbirth process to be rushed with modern techniques such as dosing the mother with Pitocin or oxytocin immediately following the birth of the baby or even the sometimes-damaging act of actually pulling on the umbilical cord in an attempt to rip the placenta out. Once the placenta is birthed it is labeled as medical waste and disposed of, often times without a second thought. Nowadays more and more doctors are becoming aware of the importance of delaying umbilical cord clamping until the cord stops pulsing or at least until the placenta is birthed in order to prevent anemia and other health complications in the baby. But what if the umbilical cord does not need to be clamped or cut at all? What if instead of disposing of the placenta, the mother took it back into her body as postpartum medicine via capsules? In this article I am going to discuss two afterbirth options unknown to most westerners: umbilical non-severance and placenta encapsulation. Read More
1. Do you have a source of filtered water and use a reusable container for drinking water?
2. Do you use reusable shopping bags for your groceries and other purchases?
3. Are you willing to carry collapsible containers when eating out rather than using “take out” containers provided by restaurants? (You can get a set at Amazon for $19.95 at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001CT4WMU/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1.)
4. Are there things you use that you could buy in bulk and split with others to reduce costs and packaging?
5. Could you buy more used items and clothing, especially for children who outgrow everything so quickly?
6. When hosting an event where people bring gifts (showers, birthday parties, etc.) would you consider asking them to bring only recycled items?
7. Do you buy recycled office supplies and recycle used ink and toner cartridges?
8. Do you use rechargeable batteries? (It takes 1,000 regular batteries to equal the lifespan of 1 rechargeable battery.)
9. When you buy coffee out, do you bring your own container?
10. Do you choose the “paperless option” for monthly bills and statements and subscribe to magazines on line? If you receive hard copy magazines do you donate them to hospitals, schools or offices with waiting rooms?
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This year I’m attempting to read all of Shakespeare’s plays in sequence. This is partly because I feel I should know the works better than I do, and partly to try and get some understanding of how he developed as a writer and a dramatist over his career.
It’s a little odd to think of Shakespeare developing. Looking for signs of him getting the hang of writing is like trying to understand how the parts of creation God made on the fourth day (the firmament of the heavens, for example) are better than the parts he made on the third day (grass and fruit trees, say).
Given Shakespeare’s reputation and achievements it’s actually rather difficult to think of him as a human being at all; he seems more akin to a force of nature. This is certainly how it feels to me, a man with the same profession as his and born in the same town. We instinctively know this is not the same as Anthony Hopkins coming from the same town as Richard Burton, however much Hopkins idolised Burton. Any comparison between me and Shakespeare beyond those two simple, coinciding facts would clearly be laughable. It would be like someone who happened to be born in Nevada seeing the Grand Canyon and saying, ‘Yeah; that could be me some day.’ Read More
Elimination communication (EC), also known by other names including infant hygiene and infant pottying is founded on the premise that all primates are born with the instinct to not soil themselves. This innate awareness is often broken in human infants by diapering and the parents’ lack of response to the infant when communicating his/her needs (often in the form of a subtle squeal or squirmy movement). When ignored, the infant will simply give up trying to express this need to go to the bathroom. Eventually infants will all but lose awareness of soiling themselves since diapers pull the urine and stool away from the skin. This is especially true of disposable diapers which is one reason most EC parents prefer cloth diapers, unless traveling or leaving their infant with a sitter. Read More
When a relationship comes to an end, it is natural to go through a process of loss and grieving. One could argue that the period after a breakup feels comparable to withdrawal from an addiction—all you can think about is what you now can’t have, and you feel physically and emotionally out of balance. However, this phase of grief or withdrawal is a necessary part of the “detoxification” process that allows you to heal and move on. Despite how much you love them, if you can successfully remove yourself from those that damage you, you can emerge from the grief-period as a stronger, healthier person.
The most difficult relationship-withdrawal that I’ve endured hit me when I ended my on-again off-again love affair with Sugar. It was the epitome of a toxic relationship—a one-way street of unrequited love, enveloped in irresistible illusions of pleasure and euphoria. If Sugar hadn’t come by for a while, I would be left craving the way I felt when we were together, as though I had an empty hole in my stomach. Even though I knew I would ultimately feel drained and depressed after our rendezvous, Sugar always had a way of sweet-talking me into yet another one. It was a vicious cycle that, until recently, I didn’t feel strong enough to terminate. Though the break-up was admittedly intense (exacerbated by the fact that I couldn’t curl up with a box of See’s assorted chocolates to ease my pain), cutting Sugar out of my life has turned out to be the best decision I’ve made in terms of my long-term health and vitality. If you have your own Sugar issues, this article may serve to bring you some clarity. Read More
“Mechanical stress [or strains] alter the structural and functional properties of cells at the cellular, molecular, and genetic levels.”
- Davies and Tripathi, 1993 (emphasis added).
If you attended high school in the last 100 years you were probably presented with a cellular model that basically has a cell’s nucleus containing all the information necessary for cellular replication, with the genetic code (DNA) determining a cell’s behavior. Following this model, the state of every tissue (made up of cells) and every organ (made up of tissues), and every system (made up of these organs) is dictated by our genes.
In more recent studies, it has been observed that simply having a particular gene doesn’t automatically create a particular outcome. This means, for example, that you and your neighbor could both have a breast cancer gene, but only one (or neither) of you gets cancer. The fact that genes behave differently has led to an emerging field of study called epigenetics, a branch of biology studying how a cell’s environment can affect the behavior of the cell itself.
There is a good chance you have heard of the genome and been presented with the model of genetic pre-determinism but chances are slim you have heard of the mechanome and the biological state that results from the distribution of forces to the tissues and to the cells and to the molecules that make up your body. Read More
“It’s a wicked-huge book (over 1000 pages) that essentially presents Wolfram’s theory on Universal law. So far he’s stated that traditionally, scientists are boiling biological phenomenon into mathematical equations so outcomes can be predicted without needing to observe. Only, in order to make the math work, little details in outcomes are overlooked making many commonly accepted scientific conclusions incorrect. Simply, biological phenomenon is much more complex than any human can correctly calculate. He proposes that a computer CAN work out the details and the underlying equations are simple computer programs that can predict much more naturally complex outcomes than those found in science-based models.”
“I am reading this book because I loved her memoir, The Glass Castle, and because my mother recommended it (she recommended The Glass Castle as well and among many other things she’s one of my best sources for good reads). Half Broke Horses is an amazing story. I am completely engaged and captivated by its telling, even more so knowing that it is based on the real life experiences of the author’s grandmother. I love stories about the pioneering life, especially when they speak about real people, and this one delivers up a truly inspiring and no-nonsense heroine and the many interesting adventures that made up her life.”
“I’ve been slowly reading this book, and rereading parts of it, over a year or so. In short, it illustrates through unusually rigorous data gathering and analysis that whether we know it or not, all people are better off living in societies with small income and wealth gaps between wealthiest and poorest. Even down to fairly low thresholds, it isn’t the absolute standard of living that matters most to the health, productivity, happiness, or longevity of people, but the differences among our individual standards of living in the same society.”
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