Editor's Note from Eden Kozlowski: Goldie Hawn describes the inception and the birthing process of her MindUp curriculum for schools. It is the literature that I use and think it is comprehensive, scientific, amazing. Watch this video to learn more or simply if you feel compelled to do something different... to break the mold... or if you are feeling like you are trying and nothing is happening... it will inspire.
by Jonci Jensen, ND
One of the women I learned from is named Cascade Anderson Geller, she has helped to create the herbal medicine training at three of the accredited naturopathic medical schools. Cascade has been teaching people about “produce aisle medicine” lately and I thought you all might also appreciate the teachings.
Editor's Note: Dr. Jensen gives some great self-care tips in this article about poultices. Almost makes me want to go out and injure myself so I can try some of these!
by Kimaya Singh
With the recent spate of mass shootings, people have begun to ask what it will take to reduce violence, especially among kids or in places where they spend time. We know that violence does not just occur in random places sparked by uncertain things. It also takes place daily in schools or on street corners...
Editor's Note: Violence is a result of many things, including mental illness and feelings of loss, anger, loneliness, and powerlessness. Fortunately, these feelings are something that a yoga practice can address, especially when meditation is guided by someone who intentionally wants to empower and encourage students who are dealing with these types of emotions. The author states that, in addressing these negative feelings, yoga gives its practitioners, especially young people, an internal locus of control.
by I Waste So Much Time
Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: Did you know we spend more on our prisoners than our students? And given the sordid state of most of our prisons, that's not saying much for our schools. Did you know that the US military budget is greater than the next 14 countries combined, yet students graduate from college with crippling debts (often to minimum wage jobs)? If that wasn't enough, we now have 100s of "for-profit" (?) colleges that, by all accounts, fail to provide proper education but still at a very high cost? Of course, an educated population makes for a strong, stable state. But it also creates thinkers. People who may not accept being "good little soldiers" to corporations willing to work for minimum wages at jobs that are mind-numbing.
Editor's Note from Julie Lachman: What would it to get this school on the right track? This school receives kids who've been expelled from other schools. Yet, they have no weapons, suicides, or expulsions. Why? It's what the kids are eating. Can school violence be prevented? Appleton school district shows us how.
by Mark Brady, PhD
I was never a very good student in any of the schools I attended. I was kicked out of Katherine Brennan Elementary School – which currently ranks 534th out of 543 Connecticut elementary schools (because of kids like me?). But I wasn’t suspended for tromping Element No. 4 from the Periodic Table of Swearing in 20-foot high letters onto the pure white snow covering the hill behind the school...
Editor's Note from Angela McCoy: A reminder from Dr. Brady that we all have specific talents and gifts and we as parents (and educators), should honor that in our children by allowing them the freedom to explore their interests.
Family & Parenting
Editor’s Note from Eden Kozlowski: Whatever name you give it... meditation, mindfulness, awareness, or stress reduction techniques... it works. It not only works, it rocks. David Lynch states in this video, "When you see it, you say, 'How come this isn't everywhere?'" I ask this question, too, everyday. Still there are so many road blocks, and I get another chance to work on patience.
Currently, I am spending the majority of my time speaking to educate parents and others on what this practice can do and how it is totally ok for everyone. Find people in your area who do this work. Ask them to tell you more. If you have concerns, present them. Let's dismantle the concerns so together we become a true community, and together we make some amazing changes to our schools and our communities and our LIVES!
by Sholeh Patrick
I've long had this fantasy that Western medicine will merge with Eastern, that medical schools will absorb ancient wisdom and simpler treatments into a blended approach to health...
Editor´s Note from Julia Sanfilippo: This is a great patient testimonial for chronic headache relief. The author explains how and why acupuncture works in a reader-friendly way. I hope her positive experience with acupuncture encourages other people to try this amazing ancient practice.
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