Family Health

Home Nursing for Carers

Tineke van Bentheim

Originally published as Caring for the Sick at Home

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When the original edition was published in the 1980's, it became a mainstay at our home.  I used it for all manner of illnesses and injuries - we had 3 small children, so I was given plenty of opportunity to become familiar with this book.  It is a wonderful resource - very clear instructions and very effective remedies and aides.  I strongly recommend that you make it a part of your healing basket - you'll turn to it often and be glad you did.

This book covers all aspects of general home nursing, including the arrangement of the patient’s room, meals, taking a temperature, and washing the patient. It also details numerous holistic treatments, including herbal and plant remedies, baths, foot baths, compresses, and poultices. Also included are sections specifically on pregnancy, birth, sleep, nursing the terminally ill, and death.

Here is a comprehensive guide for holistic home care, especially for those nursing children and adults through an illness.

Practical Home Care Medicine

A Natural Approach

Christine Murphy, Editor

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This little book is a gem! Like a homeopathic remedy, it's small size belies its power to heal. Christine Murphy has gathered together what I believe is best collection of home remedies ever presented in one place. Most of them them are ones she grew up with and many of them I used for my own children. I can personally tell you that you will be astonished at how effective they are - and how quickly they act!

I can remember when one of my children would begin to get an earache, just placing a simple onion poultice on the ear brought instant pain relief and sped the healing so much that things were often back to normal within a day. Really. This is the type of remedy you will find in this wonderful book - organized by illness, with special how-to sections on preparing the compresses, poultices, baths; stocking your remedy chest, and more.

Once you start using this book, you'll find it indispensable. And, you'll learn so much about the gifts the world brings for our health. Recommended without hesitation and with much hope that Practical Home Care Medicine finds its way into home after home after home.

Baby's First Year

Growth and Development from 0 to 12 Months

Paulien Bom and Machteld Huber

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A baby's first year presents parents with many different challenges. The initial excitement of pregnancy is followed by the child's birth and subsequent development, but many parents feel the need for significant support and information related to the everyday areas of life, such as nutrition and health.

This practical guide takes a holistic approach to the growth and development of a baby. Written by doctors qualified in both allopathic and anthroposophically extended medicine, it deals with all aspects of caring for a small child up to the age of twelve months.

Divided into short comprehensive chapters that cover the various stages of development, Baby’s First Year discusses subjects such as feeding and growth, diet and weaning, and bathing and sleeping. It includes sections on physical and spiritual development and presents an overview of childhood vaccinations.

Baby’s First Year is an ideal reference for people embarking on parenthood for the first time, or as a refresher for those having a second or subsequent baby. Veteran parents in particular may find its holistic approach refreshing and inspiring in comparison to standard baby-rearing texts.

Awakening to Child Health - Vol. 1

Holistic Child and Adolescent Development

Raoul Goldberg MD

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Awakening to Child Health - Vol. 1, is an exquisitely beautiful and warm portrait of child development and the health-giving impact of a warm and nurturing environment on the emerging human being. I should be clear that this is *not* a home medical care guidebook. It is something that I've always that was very needed - an exploration (in clear and common English) of the nature of childhood with lots of examples and considered discussions.

In other words, this is a book about children, who and what they are, what they need to develop into healthy adults, what they need to be healthy and strong as they grow. The knowledge, warmth and wisdom of Awakening to Child Health is truly life enhancing, at every level.

This book is wonderful - the sort you'll read, explore and be grateful to have known for years and years to come.

Contents:

  • Meeting Children and Your Inner Child
  • The Prenatal Journey of the Incarnating Child
  • Body, Soul, and Spirit and the Three Births of Childhood
  • The Heavenly Years from Birth to Three
  • The Golden Years from Three to Seven
  • The Beautiful and Healthy Years from Seven to Fourteen
  • Puberty to Adulthood
  • Seven Life Processes, Four Temperaments, Three Physical Types and Seven Character Types
  • Awakening to the Self and Identity

What Babies and Children Really Need

Sally Goddard Blythe

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This book represents a milestone in our understanding of child development and what parents can do to give their children the best start in life. The author uses the latest scientific research to demonstrate how a baby’s relationship with the mother has a lasting and fundamental impact. She emphasizes ways that changes in society over the past fifty years—such as delayed motherhood, the limited practice of breastfeeding, and mothers’ early return to work—interfere with important developmental milestones that are essential to success and well being in later life.

“We need a state,” says Sally Goddard Blythe, “that gives children their parents and, most of all, gives babies their mothers back.”

What Babies and Children Really Need is an important book for parents of young children.

Contents:

  • Conception and Society: The Politics of Fertility
  • Does Early Development Matter?
  • Events Surrounding Birth
  • Events Following Birth: Risk Factors
  • Breastfeeding
  • Movement Instinct
  • Language Instinct
  • Building on the First Year: The Neuroscience of Developing Emotions
  • Factors Parents Can Control
  • What Needs to Be Done?

A Warm and Gentle Welcome

Nurturing Children from Birth to Age Three

Compiled from the work of the WECAN RIE/Pikler Working Group

The Gateways Series - #5

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The Gateway's Series just gets richer and richer and more and more useful. WECAN's newest offering, A Warm and Gentle Welcome is packed with some of the best articles I've seen addressing the needs of the youngest children and what adults in a wide variety of situations can do to meet them.

I don't think there is anyone who cares about children and about the future of our world who is not deeply troubled and concerned about what I will simply call the general insensitivity and lack of wisdom that seems so widely rampant when it comes to the care of young children.

What I love about A Warm and Gentle Welcome is that rather than simply saying that we must recreate our world from scratch, the authors one by one address modern necessities (for instance, the fact than many mother's quite simply must work outside the home in order to help provide for their family and children), and offer suggestions and approaches for working with them out of their own successful experience. For me, this is an invigorating, health-giving breath of fresh air, one which I believe will serve our children and world very well indeed. In this book is hope, and the direction and help to make it a reality.

Contents:

  • Foreword by Susan Weber
  • Introduction by Trice Atchison and Margaret Ris
  • The Changing Needs of the Family - The Fundamental Needs of the Child
    • Meeting the Needs of the Times by Cynthia Aldinger
    • Do We Know Why We Do What We Do? An Interview with Helle Heckmann by Margaret Ris
  • The Developing Child in the First Three Years
    • Emmi Pikler's Trust in the Wise Infant by Jan Swain
    • The Wonder and Complexity of Motor Development in Infants by Vanessa Mitchell Kohlhaas
    • Fostering Healthy Language Development in Young Children: A Journey in Relationships by Susan Weber
    • Thinking and the Consciousness of the Young Child
  • Caregiving as an Art
    • The Sacred Art of Observation by Theresa Catlin
    • In Their Shoes: Reflections on Cooperative Caregiving by Kristen Fiegl
    • What's All the Talking About? by Kim Lewis
    • Making Peace with Toddler Conflict by Trice Atchison
    • Tending and Cherishing the Living Spiritual Forces in Childhood by Joyce Gallardo
  • Working with Parents
    • Building Bridges: How Infant-Child Classes Can Help Support Families by Donna Stusser
    • A Gradual Transition to the Nursery by Marilyn Pelrine and Kirsten Carr
    • A New Vision for Creating Partnerships with Parents by Margaret Ris
    • In Praise of Simple Joys by Carol Nasr Griset

Crying and Restlessness in Babies

A Parent's Guide to Natural Sleeping

Ria Blom

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Here's the book I wish I had when my children were babies. Every parent knows the sound of a baby who won't settle down to sleep. Crying and restlessness, especially in young babies, can be both distressing and tiring.

Ria Blom is an expert in swaddling—ways of wrapping babies securely and helping them relax naturally into sleep. Swaddling works by inducing a sense of safety and comfort for the baby—and it can work wonders for the parent as well.

This insightful book offers quick solutions for parents under stress, as well as plenty of background information on sleeping patterns and baby routines. Sweet Dreams!

Healing Massage for Babies and Toddlers

Julie Woodfield

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Loving touch and bodily contact is essential for the healthy development of babies and toddlers. The author of this book explains when massage can help and shows the connection between tactile stimulation and physiological reactions in children.

Julia Woodfield introduces various massage techniques:

  • Leboyer’s method,
  • RISS,
  • kangaroo,
  • and polarity

Photographs and illustrations help demonstrate these methods.

This book is wonderful for parents!

Includes 60 photographs and 30 illustrations to demonstrate step-by-step methods.

The Vaccination Dilemma

Christine Murphy, Editor

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"This book should be read by all physicians, health care providers, and families with children."

—John R. Lee, MD

In their first five years of life, children are expected to undergo 37 doses of eleven different vaccines, yet relatively few parents are aware of the risks of chronic disease, injury, or death that some vaccines can present. A growing body of research has linked immunization with autism, seizures, asthma, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and even hyperactivity and learning disabilities; yet we continue to use vaccination as “insurance” even against diseases that no longer pose a significant threat.

Christine Murphy has compiled a book that presents the vaccination dilemma from multiple perspectives. It clearly describes the immune system and its workings—and what science does and does not know about them. It offers suggestions and resources for parents whose children are sick, whether from a common childhood illness or from a vaccination reaction. And it makes a case for an alternate view of disease—as a teacher that allows us to develop physically and spiritually, and as a necessary test of strength that we have chosen out of our destiny.

This book will help educate parents about the vaccination dilemma and prepare them to make, in consultation with one or more health professionals, educated vaccination decisions for their children.

Vaccination

A Guide for Making Personal Choices

Dr. Hans-Peter Studer, Edited by Dr. Geoffrey Douch

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While many parents are quite willing to follow official recommendations for child immunization, others avoid every vaccination for their children. Dr. Studer helps parents reach informed decision based on clear information. He explains the levels of danger of various diseases, which are sometimes related to a child's age. He also describes the ways in which vaccinations work and explores their benefits and potential risks.

This affordable guide is for all parents who are looking for the facts and for unbiased guidance.

A Guide to Child Health

Michaela Glöckler & Wolfgang Goebel

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Recommended to parents.

— British Homeopathic Journal

This book should be on the shelf of every parent and general practitioner.

—Anthroposophy Today

This is the definitive guide for parents on children’s physical, psychological, and spiritual development. It combines medical advice with the essential issues of raising and educating children.

The authors outline the connection between education and healing and discuss its implications for the raising healthy children. Medical, educational, and spiritual questions often overlap, and, when looking for the significance of any illness, it is necessary to study a child as a whole being of body, soul, and spirit.

The authors based their theory and practice on seventeen years of experience in the children’s outpatient department at the Herdecke Hospital in Germany, which is guided by the principles of anthroposophic medicine.

Part one covers childhood ailments and home care. Part two looks at the healthy development of children and how to create the ideal conditions for them. The authors also examine issues of raising and educating children and how this affects them later on in life. This book is extremely practical. It presents cases of conflict and crisis, along with potential solutions. The new edition lists medical and health practices in North America, Southern Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

Birth and Breastfeeding

Rediscovering the needs of women during pregnancy and childbirth

Michel Odent

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“ Just when we thought everything had already been said about birth and breastfeeding, Odent challenges us anew with a vision that is both provocative and compelling. A book you’ll want to discuss even before you finish reading it.”

—Marian Thompson, president emeritus and co-founder, La Leche League, International

Humanity, argues Michel Odent, stands at a crossroads in the history of childbirth - and the direction we choose to take will have critical consequences. Until recently a woman could not have had a baby without releasing a complex cocktail of “love hormones.” In many societies today, most women give birth without relying on the release of such a flow of hormones. Some give birth via caesarean section, while others use drugs that not only block the release of these natural substances, but also do not have their beneficial behavioral effects. “This unprecedented situation must be considered in terms of civilization,” says Odent. It gives us urgent new reasons to rediscover the basic needs of women in labor.

At a time when pleas for the “humanization” of childbirth are fashionable, the author suggests, rather, that we should first accept our ‘mammalian’ condition and give priority to the woman’s need for privacy and to feel secure. The activity of the intellect, the use of language, and many cultural beliefs and rituals—which are all special to humans—are handicaps in the period surrounding birth. Says Odent: “To give birth to her baby, the mother needs privacy. She needs to feel unobserved. The newborn baby needs the skin of the mother, the smell of the mother, her breast. These are all needs that we hold in common with the other mammals, but which humans have learned to neglect, to ignore or even deny.”

Expectant parents, midwives, childbirth educators, those involved in public health, and all those interested in the future of humanity will find this a provocative and visionary book.

Primal Health

Understanding the critical period between conception and the first birthday

Michel Odent

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Odent, a leading pioneer for natural childbirth, indicates that the period between conception and a child’s first birthday is critical to lifelong health. In this prophetic book, first published in 1986, Odent argues that different parts of the “primal adaptive system” develop, regulate and adjust themselves during fetal life and the time around birth and infancy. Everything that happens during this period of dependence on the mother has an influence on this primal health.

The author suggests that the later well-being of adults, and their ability to withstand hypertension, cancer, alcoholism and failures of the immune system resulting in AIDS, allergies and viral diseases, can all be traced back to society’s ignorance of the vital importance of the primal period. This book is essential reading for all who care about the health of our children and the ongoing health of society as a whole.

The Good Sleep Guide - Fully Revised, 3rd Edition

for You and Your Baby

Angela Henderson

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After my first child was born I was astonished at how little sleep I got because she slept so fitfully. At that time the available advice on the subject ranged from "just let the baby cry" (with the "guarantee" that babies could cry for at most 45 minutes - something my baby disproved absolutely when I tried this in desperation) to "just sleep with the child, then everything will be alright" (unless you have a child who would literally nurse non-stop all night long . . . and did I mention restless?).

Anyway, it was months and months before anything that resembled a real night's sleep came my way (or hers). Having reviewed this book and Sound Sleep, I have to say that had I known these techniques, and had I had these balanced voices in my life, we would have been sleeping soundly much earlier.

This book has been available throughout Europe for quite a while - in fact our grandson benefited from it a few years ago. It's a gem and covers everything from the techniques that sooth babies into a sound sleep to diet considerations to room temperature - and at each turn there is an assessment you can apply to discover if your baby is really having trouble sleeping or if you are (both) merely going through a normal period of intermittent sleep.

A wonderful, welcome contribution to the good health of babies and the good rest of mothers!

Sound Sleep

Calming and helping your baby or child to sleep

Sarah Woodhouse

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I just love this book - it is so wise and so warm! And, it addresses the different sleep concerns that a parent might encounter with different aged children. Truly a beautiful work from a warm soul.

This well-researched guide is for parents with babies, toddles or older children. There are useful insights, inspiring stories, handy checklists and a variety of easy to use methods for you to draw on as needed. Woodhouse offers practical tips for:

  • soothing your new baby to sleep with touch, warmth and settling routines
  • understanding crying and screaming - so you can cope and know what to do
  • using timed settling for getting older babies into the habit of sleeping through the night
  • tackling toddlers' and older children's sleep problems
  • contacts, information and finding support

The author is commited to the reality that every baby and every parent is different - and that we all change from one time to the next. Her advice: choose what works for you - and get a good night's sleep!

The Young Child in the World Today

The Gateways Series One

Compiled from articles published in the Newsletter of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America

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Wonderful! Some of the best articles published by Gateways on some of the most pressing concerns of the day.

Topics covered include new health problems of children and youth, sexual abuse of children, ADHD, violence and electronic media, TV and ADD, virtual reality and the child's growing mind, and child development and television.

Putting all these article inside one cover is a great idea - thank you, WECAN!

Homeopathic Medicine at Home

Maesimund B. Panos, M.D. , and Jane Heimlich

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This is one of the two guides to homeopathic medicine that helped me raise my children. I found it over 20 years ago, when it was one of the only books written for the layperson wanting to use these simple and highly effective remedies for themselves and their family. The text and explanations are uncluttered, the information clear and empowering. I especially love the remedy charts, set out by category of illness. These make it very easy, even in the middle of the night while tending to a child with a suddenly high fever, to identify which symptoms fit the pictures of the home remedies covered in this book. I still use it and can't recommend it highly enough.

Everybody's Guide to Homeopathic Medicine

Safe and Effective Remedies for You and Your Family

Stephen Cummings, MD and Dana Ullman, MPH

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This is the other guide to homeopathy that accompanied me and my children as they were growing up. As with Panos's book, I still return to it when someone in my family or a friend is visited by illness. The edition I'm able to offer you contains even more information and helpful tools than the one I have loved for so long.

You'll learn how to:

  • assess illnesses and identify clues that point to the right remedy
  • individualize homeopathic treatment
  • decide when professional medical treatment is required
  • gain access to leading homeopathic organizations and resources

Additionally, this new edition also includes two new features that make selecting the correct remedy even faster and easier:

  • Casetaking Questions, to guide your information-gathering process in regard to symptoms
  • Remedy Summaries, for at-a-glance identification of the appropriate remedy

This is a great book - I hope it finds a place on every family's bookshelf!

Homeopathic Medicine for Children and Infants

Dana Ullman, M.P.H.

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This is an excellent resource for parents wanting to use natural healing methods that support the bodies response to illness. The first half is organized by common ailments and includes accessible descriptions of the symptoms addressed by the various homeopathic medicines. Each ailment also includes clear guidelines on when to seek medical attention. The second half of Homeopathic Medicine for Children and Infants is the most thorough Materia Medica of common remedies that I have ever found in a book written for home use. Several pages are devoted to each remedy, including meaningful descriptions of the plants or substances used. For this alone, I consider the book to have earned its place on anyone's bookshelf.

Working with Anxious, Nervous and Depressed Children

A Spiritual Perspective to Guide Parents

Henning Köhler

Introduction by Philip Incao, MD

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Henning Köhler courageously presents parents and teachers with a practical path of schooling the thinking, heart, and will in selfless devotion to the individual destiny of each child. This is a book every teacher, parent and friend of children will want to read and consider - it offers a way of receiving troubled children into our hearts, into the stream of our love such that healing and forward movement become possible.

A Thought Is Just a Thought

The Story of Living with OCD

Leslie Talley

Afterword by Michael A Jenike, MD

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Powerfully illustrated, A Thought Is Just a Thought is the compelling and sympathetic story of Jenny, who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It describes Jenny’s visits with her mother to a doctor. He notices that Jenny is afraid to stop tapping the wall with her fingers for fear that her sister won’t come home, and that she is afraid to walk on the white squares of the kitchen’s black and white, tiled floor.

The kind Dr. Mike helps Jenny overcome her fears by showing her how to rethink the bad thoughts, and eventually she stops dwelling on the thought and its irrational consequences, realizing that, after all, a thought is just a thought.

A Thought Is Just a Thought is the first book for children and parents that confronts OCD, a surprisingly common childhood illness. It is an excellent resource for parents and for doctors who wish better understand how to help children deal with this debilitating psychological illness.

The Vaccine Guide (2002 Edition)

Risks and Benefits for Children and Adults

Randall Neustaedter, OMD

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Aside from diet and discipline, no other issue concerns parents more today about their children's health than the safe use of vaccines. The Vaccine Guide provides a clear, well-balanced, and thoroughly researched review of vaccine use. I strongly recommend it for parents and health care providers.

Robert Schiller, MD, Chairman Department of Family Medicine Beth Israel Medical Center, New York

Finally! A thorough, balanced review of both the risks and benefits of vaccines. Here is the guide I've been hoping would be written, one which informs clearly and completely then leaves the decision in the hands of the family.

Parents needing to decide for their children whether to vaccinate and, if so, whether to vaccinate with every vaccine currently recommended will find Dr. Neustaedter's presentation to be a breath of fresh air - as well as a helping hand from someone who is extremely well-versed in the subject.

Adults needing to decide for themselves whether to get flu shots, vaccinations for travel, hepatitis and booster doses will also find all the information they need to make sound decisions for themselves.

This is the only non-dogmatic, balanced and thorough account of the subject I have found - Thank you! Dr. Neustaedter!!

Healing Childhood Ear Infections

Prevention, Home Care, and Alternative Treatment

Dr. Michael A. Schmidt

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Ear infections are still the leading reson parents take their child to a doctor. To combat infections, parents and doctors employ arsenals of antihistimines and antibiotics, and too quickly resort to ear tubes nad surgery. In this updated and revised second edition of his bestselling Childhood Ear Infections, Dr. Michael Schmidt describes the current controversy in medical journals questioning existing treatments for chronic earaches.

The causes of middle ear infections, Dr. Schmidt argues, are a series of events which flourish when poor nutrition occurs: the immune system is lowered, excess mucus is produced, and vitamin and mineral absorption is inadequate.

Careful attention to diet and nutrition to prevent food allergies, and the use of acupressure, homeopathic medicine, and herbal medicine are effective in healing earaches and preventing their recurrence. Healing Childhood Ear Infections offers the most compelling critique to date of existing treatments and the effectiveness of alternative therapies.

This book offers hope, solid information, and sound advice for discouraged parents and clinicians. It shines a much-needed brilliant light on a common, troubling, often chronic childhood illness. It should be sent home from the hospital with every newborn - and be required reading for all clinicians

Jan T. Adams, MD, Clinical Professor, University of Minnesota Medical School

Homeopathic Medicine for Pregnancy & Childbirth

Richard Moskowitz, MD

Foreword by Judy Norsigian and Jane Pincus, Co-Authors of The New Our Bodies, Our Selves

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Dr. Moskowitz's work is something that has been needed for a very long time - a detailed manual on remedies that are specific to the needs of women during pregnancy and at childbirth, something that previously had to be discovered piecemeal through the vast literature of homeopathy. I can't recommend this book highly enough to anyone seeking a safe and sound journey through pregnancy - I only wish it had been written in time for my own childbearing years.

You are holding a classic in your hands. No one before has written such an accessible guide to homeopathy and child-bearing. No one could bring more attention to detail and intellectual precision to the subject than Dick Moskowitz. This book will revolutionize the health care of women in this country.

Peggy O'Mara, Editor Mothering Magazine

Prozac Free

Homeopathic Alternatives to Conventional Drug Therapies

Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, MSW and Robert Ullman, ND

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In Prozac Free, homeopathic physicians Dr. Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman and Dr. Robert Ullman offer compelling reasons for considering the homeopathic approach as an alternative to taking conventinoal medications such as Prozac, Zoloft, Pxil, and Wellbutrin. The authors discuss the serious side effects of these drugs and their failure to treat the underlying causes of depression, anxiety, and other mental and emotional problems. Using case histories from their own practice, they demonstrate the long-term success rate of homeopathic remedies and the advantages of homeopathic treatment, including:

  • Safer, more effective treatment for depression, anxiety, phobias, grief, mood swings, and other mental and emotional disorders
  • Highly effective and completely natural alternatives to antidepressants and other psychiatric medications
  • A medical appraoch that treats you as an individual rather than a diagnosis
  • Practitioners who are genuinely interested in getting to the root cause of your problems
  • Medications that are free of side effects and specifically tailored to your needs
  • Treatment that eases your state of mind and improves your physical health and overall well-being

Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health

174 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family

Rosemary Gladstar

Foreword by James A Duke, Ph.D.

New Softbound edition - formerly titled Rosemary Gladstar's Family Herbal

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The herbal that has it all!

I ordered copies of this book for our book shop sight-unseen simply because I enjoy Rosemary Gladstar's other herbal books so much. I expected to find another book reflecting her love of plants and knowledge of herbs, and containing many of her outstanding formulas for various things. What I really found, and what I am jumping up and down in excitement about, is nothing less than the best family health and wellness guide, the best introduction to plant lore, the most loving guide to living in wholeness on our earth I have every seen!!!!! It's fun to read, too - I could barely put it down long enough to write this review and I'm going back to it the minute I'm finished.

The publishers must have thought as I do, also, because they have put extra effort into the binding (extra heavy, signature stitched, beautiful), the paper selection (heavy, semi-gloss), the layout - two column text with many boxes of extra stories, insights, lore, the need for beautiful photos (lots of color photos of plants, people and more), the size (an extra friendly 7.5" x 7.5" x 1.5"thick). In short, this is a book that will last as long as it's usefulness (several generations) and will gladden the heart every time it's used.

Rosemary has divided the Family Herbal into 9 well-organized chapters, two appendices packed with basic information, herbal resources and an excellent index.

  1. Eco-Logical Herbalism
  2. A Prescription for Life - the basics of healthy living, where herbs fit in
  3. Taming Stress and Anxiety
  4. Home Remedies for everyday Ailments
  5. Recipes for Radiant Beauty (I've been using her facial system for over 5 years with outstanding results!)
  6. For Children (includes great sections on the needs of the sick child beyond remedies, dosage for children and more)
  7. For Women
  8. For Men
  9. For Elders
  10. Appendix I: The Herbal Apothecary: An A-to-Z Guide
  11. Appendix II: The Art of Making Herbal Remedies

I can't think of any homecare situation that isn't covered here - and there is much that goes beyond the basics. This book is as joyous as its author and very, very thorough. Mini-biographies and vignets of some of our most wonderful herbalists are an extra attraction.

If you can have only one book on herbal remedies, this is the one to get!

Rosemary Gladstar is a national treasure, a leader and a visionary in the field of folk herbalism for more than three decades. . . . Don't leave this book on a shelf - it belongs on the kitchen counter, where it can be used every day!

- Tieraona Low Dog, M.D.; Member, White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Healthy Body, Healthy Brain

Alzheimer's and Dementia Prevention and Care

Jenny Lewis

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This book is the result of Jenny Lewis’s research and experience as a caregiver for her mother, who has suffered from senile dementia for fifteen years. Despite her mother’s worsening condition, Jenny has continually fostered an attitude of hope and a determined effort to improve her mother’s quality of life. In Healthy Body, Healthy Brain, she shares her advice.

Jenny Lewis discusses the importance of valuing and caring for the elderly, encouraging mobility and independence for as long as possible. She emphasizes prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia through nutrition, physical activity, and positivity and offers suggestions on how to improve the health and well-being of those already suffering from these conditions. Jenny goes on to discuss residential care and nursing homes and the importance of adopting a fresh approach toward caring for the elderly in our society.

This practical and encouraging guide also includes practical suggestions that can be introduced easily into daily routines, including recipes for nourishing soups and Brain Gym exercises.

Farewell My Friend

A Step-by-Step Guide to Handling a Serious Illness and Even the Death of a Loved One

Beatrice Toney Bailey

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Farewell My Friend

A Step-by-Step Guide to Handling a Serious Illness and Even the Death of a Loved One

Beatrice Toney Bailey

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Bea and James Bailey

When Bea Bailey called to see if I might like to review her book, I could tell just by listening to her that it had to be very, very special indeed. Even over the phone I found myself in the presence of someone so filled with life and in possession of a heart that was wide open that I was inspired. To find such a person is a rare event - rarer still is to find that such a person has made caring for a loved one through serious illness and even death her mission. Her book, the outcome of her journey alongside her beloved husband James as his illness progressed and eventually claimed his life, is a pearl of priceless worth.

Bea has shared with humor, honesty, joy and sorrow all that she learned on this journey, and all that she believes you will need to know should such a passage become part of your own life.

This is the most practical, healing book on the subject I've ever seen. It is as though Bea were standing along side you, say, now you need to attend to this matter; now you need to check on that; are you taking care of yourself? Here's what to do so that you continue to have the strength to help. And more, much more.

Farewell, My Friend is a book you read through tears and through laughter. It is a book that heals the heart as it helps you navigate through the myriad details that will confront you. It is a book about love, right through and then beyond the end of this life. Bea has made of her own loss a gift to all of us.