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When Doctors Fire Their Patients
“You’re fired!” While this phrase may have become popular in some TV-show circles, it’s probably the last thing that a parent expects to hear during a routine visit to her child’s pediatrician. For Nipuna Dasi, a Seattle, Washington, mother of three, not only did her son’s pediatrician fire her, but Dasi also left the appointment with the concern that CPS might be following up.

The Difference Between a Weed and a Flower Is The Reference Book You're Reading
I really don't like pumping my kids up with some drug to make them feel better. Laugh all you want, especially if you knew me in college, but it's true. If my kids get sick, I refuse to pick up a bottle of ibuprofen or cough syrup or baby-anything drug. Now before you pick up the phone and call CPS, hear me out.

Why Has Yoga Become So Popular?
Did you know that over 15 million people practiced yoga in 2003, according to a landmark study by Yoga Journal magazine? And the numbers are expected to increase dramatically in subsequent years.

Research Your Own Health Facts in Six Easy Steps
How many times have you read a health-related article and asked yourself, “I wonder if that’s really true?” I know I do all the time! There is just so much unreliable information floating around out there on the internet, on television and within the pages of books and magazines that it’s best to thoroughly evaluate everything you read and hear.

To vaccinate or not … YOU can research the answers!
Opinions about vaccination range from one extreme to the other, with all sides being very vocal this month about their own perspective on vaccination risks and benefits. Not all the second-hand information out there is accurate, so take the time to research the vaccination issues for yourself and come to your own conclusions. With health research tools in hand, use this guide to locate the facts you need to make informed decisions for your family.

Fresh Ways to Have Fun Outside
Are you looking for fresh ways to spend time with your friends and family? Outdoor activities getting a little boring, are they? With your fast-paced life gaining speed all the time, it’s easy to stick to what’s familiar — but is that any way to live? Let’s take a few minutes and look at how easy it is to break out of the same-ole-routine and into the new with wholesome activities near home and out of doors. Read on to see why it’s tough to beat having fun with friends and family outdoors in the fresh air.

Got Stress? Go Gardening!
In its purest form, gardening is about connecting with the earth and resetting our clocks to the simple, natural rhythms of life. Try as we may, we can't really speed up a tomato plant and make it grow by our timetable. We must adapt, and in doing so, gardening offers us a gentle reminder about what's really important in life: food, water, warmth, a bit of loving attention and some room to grow.

Ease Those Bug Bites with Easy Herbs
Summertime means insect bites and stings. Ouch! Take a leaf from Susun S. Weed's storehouse of natural remedies: Soothe, heal and prevent bites with safe herbal remedies that grow right where you live: north or south, east or west, city or country. The best natural remedies for insect bites are right underfoot.

Hobbies and Crafting: Not Frivolous at All!
Are you looking for stress relief? No drugs, no meditation? Have you ever thought about taking up a craft? In fact, doing a craft is a prescription for good health. And more importantly, you do not need to be good at the craft to benefit. Imagine feeling more relaxed. See yourself smiling, pleased with your efforts. All this can be yours, once you start enjoying a hobby. A craft can be any hand-made project that you take pleasure in doing — it could be painting, needle work, knitting, home decoration, woodwork.

Get more Time, Energy and Money!
Time, energy and money are chronically lacking in parents’ lives. They are too tired because their children keep them up at night, they are strapped for time between juggling work and family, and they spend all their resources on their kids, the house, the car and the mortgage.
Everybody has a dream. Whether you know it or not, at one time you dreamed all the time. As children grow, their imaginations grow with them. Then they become adults, and the reality of the world sets in. Have you forgotten how to dream? Do you feel as if you have no time to breath, much less make your dreams reality?

Natural Alternatives for Lupus Symptoms
Making healthy diet and lifestyle changes will enable you to better manage the symptoms of autoimmune disorders such as lupus, fibromyalgia and Sjogren's syndrome while moving towards healing and wellness.
The following lifestyle modifications will not only benefit autoimmune conditions — minimizing discomfort and maximizing healing — but will also help reduce your risk of every common degenerative disease affecting Americans today.

ADD Couples: Tips for Working it Out
"All marriages require work from both partners to continue a loving relationship," says Eileen Bailey, director of ADDHelpline. "Marriages with one spouse with ADD can be even more difficult and trying but can also be rewarding, loving relationships as long as both partners value and respect the other person and the strengths they bring to the relationship."

Find Community Resources
In an ever-expanding global market, it's easy to forget that most of our needs can be met by using the resources we have access to in our own communities. As gasoline prices rise, which in turn tend to increase the price of every item transported, it's to our advantage as well as the environment to buy locally.

Are Christmas tree lights covered in lead — and are they hazardous?
The wires of many electrical devices, including Christmas lights, are insulated inside a plastic (PVC) coating. Some sort of stabilizer must be added to the PVC so that it will be heat resistant. PVC stabilizers commonly include metals such as lead, cadmium and tin.

10 Tips for Staying Within Your Dietary Restrictions
Over time this will all get easier. Your body will begin to repair itself and it will stop craving the unhealthy food eventually. It is a long process, but when you begin to see little steps of progress then you will feel more motivated. It will also take some time for your taste buds to adjust to alternative foods. Give it time.

Stop “Adding” Wellness to Your Daily Life
Do you think that wellness is fundamentally important? If you're reading this article, you probably do. I've noticed that some people think of wellness as a luxury item. If they have enough time, then they'll exercise. If they have enough money, then they'll take vitamins. And to tell the truth, that's how I thought of wellness for many years.

The Mother-Child Weight Connection
As the old saying goes, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. When it comes to predicting whether or not a child will be overweight as an adult, you don’t have to look much farther than his mother. Maternal obesity is the single most important predictor of obesity in children.

10 Quick Tips to Save the Planet and Your Health
Many of the common, everyday chemicals in your home can contribute to not only harming the environment but your health as well. Symptoms such as headaches, gastrointestinal disturbances, anxiety, depression, nervousness, fatigue, irritability, inability to concentrate, hyperactivity, joint and muscle pain and many more can be the result of these chemicals.

How Do I Avoid All This Glop in My Skin Care Products?
There is a growing concern that these parabens, which have been found in breast tumors of humans, may cause cancer once they are absorbed into the body through the skin. Although it is a known fact that the skin absorbs much of the chemicals and drugs which are applied to it, the question presently lies with whether or not the uncertain amount of parabens absorbed are a direct cause of cancer.

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