Children Health

July 23, 2010


Join us for a one-of-a kind introduction to Energy Medicine with one of its leading pioneers, Donna Eden as she finishes her West Coast tour in Santa Barbara . August 4 will be an exciting introduction to Energy Medicine, one of the most important developments in learning to keep your body healthy and vital. Energy Medicine is reshaping health care and you will learn techniques you can start to apply during the class and use for the rest of your life. Donna Eden was able to naturally heal herself from illness wants all people to be able to know that they can heal themselves. And, according to Mehmet Oz, Energy Medicine is the "Next great frontier of medicine."

In this class you will learn how to:
· Restore your energy
· Optimize your health
· Strengthen your immune system
· Enhance your joy in life

Date and Time: August 4, 2010 from 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Location: Santa Barbara Unity Sanctuary
Santa Barbara Unity Sanctuary
227 E Arrellaga Street
Santa Barbara , CA 93101
Cost: $20 ($21.99 w/service fee)
For tickets, visit

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November 09, 2009

A Philosophy of Healing

Vibrant Health is an ongoing journey, requiring deep awareness of one’s mental, emotional, physical and spiritual walk through life. The body has the innate capacity to create, regenerate and heal itself. It proved it over millions and millions of years as it developed from the simplest, one-cell-organism form of life to the complexity of the human body of today. And it goes through this process again and again as it develops from 2 cells the size of this dot ”.” into a community of 50-75 trillion cells that we call the human body, over a period of 9 months, during the pregnancy.

Biological systems are in continuous movement and designed to self-regulate, self-correct and live interdependently with all other forms of life, pending they are provided with the optimal tools to do so. Recent industrial progress has considerably altered our basic needs for healthy living: air, water, food, ways of life, community. Degenerative dis-eases including autoimmune disorders and cancers are rampant and more and more “new illnesses” are surfacing almost daily.

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August 21, 2009

Growth of Self Control

Our community has a debt of gratitude to pay the dedicated officials, teachers and mentors who came to speak on August 12th at the town hall meeting in support of the healing needs of our valley’s young people. It is hoped that connections between adults will result in growing awareness in the youth. Choices will be made, and growth or change will happen.

How do we choose what we choose?

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January 15, 2009

Welcome EVERY Ojai Baby

Beginning January 20, 2009

Weekly drop-in support group for mothers and young babies (0-6 months) to receive and share support, practical information, and honoring in your new role as Mom. Topics include newborn traits and behaviors, feeding (breast or bottle), infant and parent sleep, the emotional life of a new mom, and whatever is on your mind and heart this week. A non-judgmental place to share laughter and tears as we Welcome Every Mother and Baby.

Facilitated by Renee Mandala.
Held at the Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center, 555 Mahoney Ave , Room 2, Oak View 93022.
Tuesdays, 1 – 2:15 pm.
$5 – 10 suggested donation.
Phone 646-5865.

November 17, 2008

FDA experts say "Take children's meds off the market"

Last month a panel of FDA advisers voted in favour of a proposal that children under the age of 6 should not be given cold and cough medicines, because they have not been proven to be effective or safe. The experts advice will now be considered by FDA regulators, who are likely to take action against these type of over the counter products.

One person who was delighted with the decision was Dr. Michael Shannon, pediatrician with Children's Hospital Boston and professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical: "I think they are neither safe nor effective," "The problem is the risk-benefit ratio," he said.The benefits are non-existant "These drugs are not effective. They do not work to relieve the symptoms of a cold." Meanwhile the risks are real, more than 500 million doses are administered annually and the two primary problems are overdosing and ill effects from mixing different medications.

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May 07, 2008

Breastfeeding support for the women and babies of Ojai

Two things every new mother and mother-to-be should know about:

Pre-Natal Breastfeeding Class
For expectant women and their families, to learn about getting breastfeeding off to a good start, and to introduce the benefits and beauty of the breastfeeding relationship.
Held at the Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center in Oak View
Monday, May 12, 7 - 9 p.m.
$25 per person/$40 couple*(*sliding scale available to those who meet financial requirements)
Facilitated by Renee Mandala, MA CD(DONA) CLC
RSVP 646-5685

The Ojai Breastfeeding Helpline
Staffed by lactation professionals, telephone counseling, information and referral are available FREE to our community.
Ojai Breastfeeding Helpline 805.646.5685

October 28, 2007


Excitotoxin: a substance added to foods and beverages that literally stimulates neurons to death, causing brain damage of varying degrees. Con be found in such ingredients as monosodium glutamate (MSG), aspartame (Nutrasweet®), cysteine, hydrolyzed protein and aspartic acid.

An enlightening and frightening book by Russell L. Blaylock, M.D.

If you're into the “health food” movement, you probably try to avoid MSG. But you may not know that the other excitotoxins are equally as dangerous and damaging or that they are more dangerous and damaging in combination.

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October 27, 2007

Organic Milk (and more) That Isn't

This article / interview is from The News Target, by Mike Adams.
It can be found here:

With consumer demand for organic products continuing to grow, more large corporations are entering the organic market. To maximize profits, some of these companies don't follow organic standards but still label products as organic. For example, Horizon Organic and Aurora Organic, sold by Wal-Mart and other retailers, continue to produce “organic“ milk under factory-farm conditions that few reasonable people would consider truly organic.

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October 23, 2007

Breastfeeding Basics - Get a Great Start!

Saturday, October 27 1:30 - 4 pm, at the Mothers Guild in Ventura. $30couple/$20 person.
RSVP 667-2115 or 640-1417

Learn the skills you'll need to get breastfeeding off to a great start. Perfect for both parents -Dad's make the difference!. You'll learn how and when breast milk is made, how much your baby needs, the basics of latch and positioning, typical nursing patterns, when to get help, and recommendations for supplies and equipment.

Taught by Renee Mandala, M.A.,Certified Lactation Counselor, UCLA-trained Lactation Educator, DONA-certified doula,who runs a private practice in Ventura specializing in breastfeeding, birth & postpartum support.

Next class: Saturday, November 17 or December 15th.

October 20, 2007

The 100 Year Health Experiment

Even though this experiment has been going on for about 100 years, you may not have heard it. It doesn’t have an official name. It is certainly the longest and largest study ever conducted on the connection between diet, chemicals and health.

The subjects in this study don’t even realize that they are the unwitting participants in a ongoing experiment on the effects of specific foods and chemicals on living organisms.

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October 06, 2007

Grand Opening of the Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center

When: Saturday October 13, 11:30 - 2:30

Where: Oak View Recreation and Resource Center, 555 Mahoney Drive in Oak View

What: Grand Opening Celebration of the Nan Tolbert
Nurturing Center and Ojai Valley Birth Resource and Family Support.
Join us for a day of celebration, live music by the Oak View Old Time
Fiddlers, food hot off the grill, tasty treats, children's play
activities, and a tour of this exciting new center.

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June 06, 2007

Birth Story Night: Stories to Inspire and Guide

Birth Story Night: Stories to Inspire and Guide
Tuesday, June 26, 6:30 - 9pm New!
$15 couple / $10 person
RSVP welcomed 667-2115

Calling all expectant parents! Join us for an informative, exploratory, and fun evening listening to other parents talk about their real-life, positive birth experiences.

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December 21, 2006

Welcome to is a healing blog, and companion site to, which is a one-stop resource directory for alternative and traditional healing in Ojai and Ventura County, California.

Ojai is known as a healing community, from destinations such as the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa and The Oaks at Ojai to dozens of world-renowned healers in a dizzying array of modalities and expertise. We are bringing together a number of talented healers to share their knowledge and advice on a wide range of health and healing issues.

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