CBD Shows Promise for Autism

by Katherine Leo Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the fastest-growing developmental disorder, affecting more than 3.5 million in the U.S. alone, according to a 2014 report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These numbers have steadily increased at a yearly rate of 6 to 15 percent since 2002, and seem to be on an upward rise. While there is ... Read More »

Holistic and Biological Dentistry for Children

Spotlight on the Biological Dental Group at National Integrative Health Associates Holistic and biological dentistry are terms used synonymously, notes Dr. Mark McClure of the Biological Dental Group at National Integrative Health Associates (NIHA), in Washington, D.C., near Chevy Chase. Holistic refers to the structure of how the mouth, teeth, jaw, head and neck are intricately connected to the whole ... Read More »

Keep Decay Away

Kids Do Best with Holistic Dentistry by Linda Sechrist According to a 2012 New York Times story, “Preschoolers in Surgery for a Mouthful of Cavities,” more dentists nationwide are recommending that children be administered general anesthesia at hospitals due to the severity of decay. Such extensive dental work on children is largely preventable. Wise parents encourage their children to develop ... Read More »

Mindful Healthy Life Releases E-Book Resource Guide for Local Parents

For natural-minded parents that live in and around Washington, the new Mindful Healthy Life of Metro DC Guide to Holistic Family Living e-book offers a wide range of healthy family resources. The new release from the online lifestyle magazine combines all the entries that are in its online directory—practitioners, yoga studios, schools, parenting coaches, health coaches and much more—with lists of activities, events and ... Read More »

A Passion for Holistic Health Care for Children

A Spotlight on Dr. Lorelle Bradley of NIHA by Robin Fillmore Dr. Lorelle Bradley is a holistic pediatrician at National Integrated Health Associates (NIHA) who understands that to help children, and their parents, she must be more than their doctor. She also serves as a navigator and advocate, helping families develop their children into healthy productive adults. Trained as a ... Read More »

The Wild and Wooly Teen Brain

What Kids Need [from Us] to Grow Wise by April Thompson Peer pressure and body consciousness are universal challenges facing teens and their parents. Experts find that by modeling healthy habits and maintaining open lines of communication, adults can help foster healthy independent thinking and responses to inevitable situations. Respect Developing Capacities Some teen struggles are literally all in their ... Read More »

Raising a Music-Lover

Kids Thrive to Rhythms of Head and Heart by Randy Kambic A resounding chorus of research shows that the traditional three R’s of essential early education should also encompass an M for music. Playing instruments prior to and during school can put children on a tuneful path to lifelong benefits. Helpful Resources A 2015 study by the National Association for ... Read More »

The Power of Family Constellations On Health

by Dr. Isabel Sharkar Emotional and psychological wellness is a result of what we think, learn, experience and suffer, and how we interpret our lives. Additionally, we are influenced by the energy we receive from our ancestors. The flow of qi (energy) that is available to us from our parents (alive or deceased), is dependent on our ability to open ... Read More »

National Kids Yoga Conference at Catholic University

Amazing work is being done to bring the health benefits of yoga, mindfulness and meditation to children and teens. They are learning how to de-stress, focus their minds and develop greater self-awareness as educators, mental health professionals, parents and yoga teachers are seeing the benefits of social emotional learning, physical movement and wellness programs taught at all ages. The National ... Read More »

College Planning 101: Preparing for the Marathon of Your Child’s Education

by Barry Wind and Jeremy A. Pearce Many parents who have welcomed their first child recently or who have toddlers or children in elementary school turn to financial advisors for help in planning for their child’s education. Typically, parents are faced with questions such as: “Will my child go to college?” “Should I pay for some, or all, of their ... Read More »