Though few would dispute that breast milk is better for babies than formula, the sharing of breast milk, an age-old practice, is a lightning rod for negative criticism - criticism not so very dissimilar from that incurred by breastfeeding itself sixty odd years ago. But while we now know and accept that breastfeeding is important and should be encouraged, sharing breast milk remains a largely western taboo.
Ideally, of course, all mothers would receive the practical, cultural, and institutional support they need to breastfeed on their own. But for women who are passionate about offering their babies nature's first food, but find for a variety of reasons, but are unable to breastfeed for many different reasons, searching for a secondary source makes lots of sense. These moms want to provide the most nutritious and biologically appropriate food for their children; that is, breast milk with its many ingredients and live structures that are impossible to replicate. Indeed, both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend exclusive breastfeeding for at least six months, and thereafter in combination with food. Interestingly, WHO specify that best alternative to a mother's milk is breast milk from a wet nurse. It seems more than time that we should reevaluate the benefits of sharing breast milk …Read More >>
The number of children diagnosed with ADHD in this country has reached epidemic proportions. Eleven percent of children ages 4-17 have an ADHD diagnosis and 1 in every 5 boys will receive this diagnosis during their childhood. That’s 20% of our boys!
Most of these children will be put on some form of stimulant medication that can deplete the body of essential nutrients; impact sleep, appetite, and growth; and result in a whole host of negative side effects including anxiety, tics, rage, kidney and liver problems, manic episodes, and altered personality.
It gets worse. In May 2014, the New York Times reported that at least 10,000 toddlers are currently medicated outside current pediatric guidelines, which does not really recognize ADHD as a valid diagnosis before age 4.
If no one seems alarmed by that fact that one-fifth of our boys are walking the halls of their elementary schools on psycho-stimulant medications, surely, the drugging of babies will make somebody stand up and take notice?
And it has ...Read More >>
Research into the class of drugs known as psychedelics has made a resurgence in mainstream medical institutions, including Johns Hopkins and New York University. There are many reasons for this, including the need for better treatments for PTSD, depression, anxiety, and addiction.
Psychedelics are psychoactive substances that produce hallucinations and an expansion of consciousness. LSD is the best known of these. Dimethyltryptamine or DMT is another such substance.
Questions abound! Topics to be addressed on this show include:
- What's it like to be on DMT?
- What's happening to the body?
- What insights does this research provide into the way the brain and mind work?
- Does our brain chemistry allow entrance into other realms of existence? What is the utility of this and is it something we can control?
- What's the neurochemical basis for experience?
- Can DMT be used as a treatment for psychiatric issues?
This research is provocative, intellectually courageous, and expands the boundaries of science and medicine. It offers tantalizing insights about human consciousness and the metaphysical world ... Read More >>
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