by Bret Glass, MA
Scratching behavior for cats is a natural form of self-expression that satisfies multiple needs associated with health and well-being. Scratching provides a natural manicure that strips the outer sheath, or layer of the claw, for hygienic purposes; allows stretching of the muscles, ligaments, and tendons for health and vitality...
Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Almost half of all pet cats in the United States are declawed. Bret Glass offers a fabulous fortress, education and alternative resources to help cats keep their claws. Join Bret's Go Pro-Paw Movement, or add a suggestion for 100 ways to keep from declawing your cat.
Animals & Pets
Editor's Note: Dr. Alan Greene provides resources for parents seeking information on raising children in a healthy, earth-friendly environment. For more information visit www.DrGreene.com.
Eco-Products & Services
by Linda Melos, ND
Silver amalgam dental fillings are actually only 35% silver. 50% or more of the amalgam is mercury – which is the 2nd most toxic metal on this planet, and the most toxic non-radioactive metal. The manifestations of chronic low-grade mercury poisoning tend to start 3 to 10 years after placing mercury in the mouth.
Editor's Note: This article explains some of the history of amalgam fillings, what they are made up of, and signs that they may need to be removed. Dr. Melos also offers some great resources on where we find more information about mercury exposure.
by Carol Lawrence
Parenting is not an easy job but in my opinion it's the best job anyone could ever have. The children of today are the future of tomorrow. Today we have so many more tools available and so much more knowledge than when our parents were raising us. Such as the fact that our thoughts and emotions have a huge impact on our bodies...
Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Conscious parenting is really connecting with parents these days as they are searching for new and creative open ways to raise their children. We are thrilled to see this happening. We've been writing publicly about conscious parenting topics since 2009. Both of us raised our families in this manner when there was no conscious parenting resources to pull from. Here's an older article from the vault. We'd love your feedback and to hear your thoughts.
Family & Parenting
by Marilyn Scholl
Cooperative Development Services has developed a model for the development of food cooperatives – Four Cornerstones in Three Stages. The model is based upon the four cornerstones of vision, talent, capital, and systems that are each within three stages of food co-op development: organizing, feasibility and planning, and implementation. The four cornerstones comprise the attributes of a successful start-up within the three stages. The vision of Food Co-op Initiative is to support faster and more efficient start-ups by providing assistance and resources all the way through the development process.
by Eden Kozlowski,
ATH Co-Editor of Meditation
I am the mother of a child with special needs. My young teenage daughter was born with pachygyria, which basically means her brain decided to be structurally different from the norm. In the old days she probably would have been labeled "retarded" (what a word, huh?!) and in a sense, that is what her brain did – it didn't advance fully...
Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: Do you have a special needs child? Or do you know anybody else who does? This article is chalked full of wisdom, sensitivity, information, empathy and the most amount of positively driven helpful tools that we've ever read on reducing stress for parents or caregivers or anyone involved on a daily basis who is taking care of special needs children.
Family & Parenting
by Amanda Gore
It was the last line that made me think. Our lives today are so busy, hectic, rushed and full of concerns that we forget to be with our families or friends when we are with them!...
Editor's Note from Carolyn White: What does "being present" mean to you? At times, in your daily interactions, do you find your body in one place and your mind miles away? Realize that this disconnect keeps you from being present in the moment, which can lead to stressful relationships with yourself and others. Unresourcesful stress is an energy that negatively impacts your well-being. Amanda Gore presents insights on how to be consciously present. Learning to live in the moment, as Amanda relates, benefits us in many ways.
by Jill Hope
Confidence is such an essential quality in living a happy, successful life. Confident people are more likely to ask for what they want, and tend to do it in a way that gets a positive response...
Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Self-esteem is a very important part in raising a confident functioning child, teenager and adult. It's up to us as parents to instill this characteristic in our children. That's why we wanted to share this article with you. It has some very good tools and tips to put to use that we personally taught our children. Jill Hope provides parents with numerous resources through her writing and courses. If you are needing help she is an excellent resource.
Family & Parenting
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