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If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as a sorry a state as the souls who live under tyranny.-- Thomas Jefferson
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    • The Electroshock Quotationary is a 154-page collection of chronologically-arranged quotations, excerpts, and essays about the nature of electroshock: who gets it and why, how it is administered, what the experience is like and its effects.  The entries date from 47 A.D. to the present.  Opinions and facts, pro and con, are represented in this highly readable, carefully researched expose of one of medicine's most controversial procedures.  It may be downloaded free of charge and without logging-in.   Frank edited the best-selling Random House Webster's Quotationary in 1998 and The History of Shock Treatment in 1978.

    • Dr. Grace Jackson has written two books that are required reading for anyone who has anything to do with psychiatric medications in any capacity.   They are Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs: A Guide for Informed Consent and Drug Induced Dementia: a perfect crime.   This is information your own doctor won't give you and may not even want you to have, since they hate it when you know things that they don't.

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    • Developed by Ian White, Af-x® is an innovatiave, highly effective and much-needed move away from conventional therapies.  Af-x focuses directly on feelings and acknowledges that at some level, you already "know" the true causes of your problems (and only you could ever truly "know").  An approach to life that understands you already have the resources to bring about positive change and guides you in doing that in just three contact sessions that help your subconscious, self-correcting resources back onto the right track. Read the article above by Sudha Hamilton for his look at Af-x.

    • Developmental Delay Resources     Don't let the name fool you; this site is a huge treasure chest of information on every kind of health issue you can think of.   Some amazing people doing wonderful work in finding solutions that won't poison us.

    • Dr. Bose Ravenel has a brand new website and is still working out the bugs but worth a visit and a return when he gets more content up.   For now he has a very interesting article on training for self-control and the promise of more helpful advice to parents in a section entitled Common Behavioral and Learning Problems in Children.   I have nothing but the highest respect for Dr. Ravenel; he is a brave voice that speaks out for the true welfare of chldren.

    • Environmental Working Group has one of the most helpful websites that I've found.   The Skin Deep section pairs ingredients in nearly 25,000 products against 50 definitive toxicity and regulatory databases, making it the largest integrated data resource of its kind.   Why did a small nonprofit take on such a big project?   Because the FDA doesn't require companies to test their own products for safety.   Check it out and use it to keep our children free from cancer causing products.   If you don't do it, who will?

    • The Farm to School website will help us get better food to our school lunch programs.   This is vital to the health of our children and communities so please get involved.   If you don't have a Farm to School program in your community you can ask these people for help and advice to get one started.   Food is our best medicene and I cannot stress enough how you must educate yourself and be constantly watchful of what your children eat.

    • I first heard about HeartMath® from Joseph Chilton Pearce when he was a keynote speaker at a Waldorf conference in Washington D.C.   I was completely won over by the man and he spoke high praise of this place and the work that they're doing.   Explore for yourself this amazing Institute that is dedicated to helping people find balance between their mind and heart in life's activities. Their website is huge, full of free and purchaseable resources; basic research on emotional physiology and heart-brain interactions, clinical studies, and research on the physiology of learning and performance.   An additional line of inquiry aims to further the scientific understanding of the human biofield, intuition, and emotional energetic system.   In their words, "The Institute of HeartMath's research forms the foundation for the development of practical, scientifically-validated tools and technologies that enable people to improve their health, performance, and quality of life."

    • The International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry is dedicated to the critical study of mental health.   This group of professionals and laypeople are determined to find the truth about this confusing and elusive field and take no study or platitude at face value.   In these times where the drug companies control so much of the medical field it's a breath of fresh air to find this group that's based on true integrity.

    • The Magnesium Website is an essential read.   I'm a born skeptic, but this year, with the addition of a magnesium supplement to my diet, I am free of migraine headaches for the first time in decades.   Of course the companies that sell harmful, migraine medication would hate you to discover that a solution might be as simple as that.

    • The National Vaccine Information Center is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to preventing vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and defending the right to informed consent to vaccination.   This subject is so important that this website is posted twice on Joyful; here and on the Birth and Infancy page.   Before you choose to vaccinate your child, please educate yourself about the risks.   This page will help you determine what the laws are in your state.   If the State can tag, track down and force citizens against their will to be injected with biologicals of unknown toxicity today, there will be no limit on what individual freedoms the State can take away in the name of the greater good tomorrow. - Barbara Loe Fisher, Co-Founder NVIC

    • Nourished Magazine is just what the name says: an online magazine devoted to nourishment.   Thisis the real kind of nourishment that leads to good health, not the pseudo kind of nourishing that has become an overused cliché in every women's magazine and health spa ad.   While you may not agree with every article that's written in this magazine, they come to you with a sincere effort to explore the ways we feed and care for ourselves and our communities which, as we are beginning to realize, is the foundation for everything.

    • Rudolph Steiner Health Center is what true healing is all about.   Physicians and nurses use a wide range of treatments which include homeopathy, nutritional guidelines, artistic and movement therapies to extend the practice of medicine.  As true healers, not the disease mongerers that we're used to, their goal is to consciously understand the interactions of the soul and spirit as well as the body.

    • The Weston Price Foundation is one of the best sources I know for sound information on nutrition.   This website has a whole library hidden in it and if you want more you can become a member and recieve their newsletter.   Fads and misinformation will come and go, but this is the place for that timeless wisdom we need to build good health.

    • You and Your Child's Health is a library of health information about raising children and creating a healthier family life.   This Living Book also contains personal stories about the joys and triumphs, as well as the struggles and challenges, we face as parents.   It is made freely available as a public service by the sweet and wonderful Susan R. Johnson, M.D., F.A.A.P., and we are eternally grateful.

Carob is a brown powder made from the pulverized fruit of a Mediterranean evergreen.  Some consider carob an adequate substitute for chocolate because it has some similar nutrients (calcium, phosphorus), and because it can, when combined with vegetable fat and sugar, be made to approximate the color and consistency of chocolate.  Of course, the same arguments can as persuasively be made in favor of dirt.-- Sandra Boynton
© 2011 Christine Bazzett