Fever: An Inconvenience, or an Opportunity for Growth?

In the past, chronic disease was something associated with age. When an acute process was not managed properly over time, a chronic process would develop. We had the opportunity as a child to have a fevering illness which burned off those substances, which when left in the body, contributed to chronic illness. Children today have a double disadvantage: First, they are filled with toxins. Second, they are not allowed to fever, or go through any process of discomfort so that they might learn and then grow.

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Fevers

Fever is a hallmark of most childhood illnesses. It is what prompts a parent to call their child’s doctor. It is what tells the mother to keep her child home from school. What is the relationship we have with illness? What is the relationship we have with fever, especially one in our child?

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Sunrise Detox

Movement is created by the cayenne pepper and the lemon. The pepper provides heat so there is more efficient enzymatic function. The enzymes in our body are temperature-dependent, and in a very narrow range. That is why it only takes a few degrees of fever to create a full immune response. Giving a form of heat, like cayenne pepper, increases our internal enzymatic function.

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The Journey of Recovery

As a toddler, Lukas was just as intense. Two to three hour nightly tantrums were the usual. He screamed. He arched his back. He flapped his hands. At one point I started videotaping his screaming fits, naked in the tub one particular time, in order to show his doctor who insisted Lukas was “perfectly normal, just on one end of the normal curve.”

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SUBLINGUAL IMMUNOTHERAPY: The New Frontier in Allergy Treatment

"I took a plane out to Minnesota and then drove over two hours to the little town of Onalaska to meet with Mary and her team. I spent a day and a half in their clinic learning about their system and how I could bring this technology back to the children in Santa Rosa. One of the things that impressed me the most was this center has treated over 190,000 patients WITHOUT ANY INJURY..."

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Warmth

This past Saturday, the kindergartens, first and second grades enjoyed their Winter Spiral ceremony. One could breathe in the warmth of the room, thanks to the parents and teachers who spent the morning creating the atmosphere using fresh pine and bay leaves. The lanterns were lit and the room was filled with beautiful music from the harp, played by (one of two harp-playing) parents. Quietly, the rest of the parents filed into their seats; upstairs, the teachers skillfully brought the children from the busy outer, doing and thinking world into a reverent, joy-filled, feeling world.

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Running on Rhythm

We hear so much about rhythm in Waldorf schools. “A parent’s job is to create a strong sense of rhythm in the home.” Most of us adopt consistent bed and eating times, at least during the school year, fully trusting the wisdom of the teacher. And then most of us, our family included, relaxes a bit on the rhythm over the summer.

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Outlaws

What does warmth in today’s society look like? We have many families where it seems to take two incomes to support a household. Both parents are rushed to get projects finished at work, taking on extra duties to keep their job. Healthcare is oftentimes the carrot dangling out in front of these particular employees especially. Even if they would forego healthcare coverage for themselves, they would not risk their children not having coverage.

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Haiti Mission

The trade winds blow the mint-colored curtains making them dance in the sunlight over the bassinet. I wonder if Tata Islande will remember that image somewhere deep in his subconscious. It’s been five minutes, sitting in the plastic blue chair next to his bed. In the isolation gown given to me to protect the babies from germs, I sweat profusely. It feels like time is altered, or maybe stopped. He hears my voice, his sweet face contorts into raised eyebrows, his neck arches backwards and to the side, his dry lips suckling a missed hand over and over.

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