Having laryngitis is humbling and calls to mind this pearl of wisdom from Taoist philosopher Lao Tsu: Silence is a source of great strength. My family and friends are having a field day because they mistakenly perceive my silence as taking me as out of my power. Im not. Yes, this experience has re-affirmed how I would never voluntarily take a vow of silence or run off to a monastery. For a lawyer and radio show host, this is hell! Yet, in my forced retreat, I understand why people seek out silence. Calmness and quiet are gained with surrender to being silent. Although Im certainly out of my element, Im not without power.
Eczema is an increasingly common disease in infants and small children. According to the National Eczema Association, over two decades the number of infant eczema cases has more than doubled. Eczema now affects about 10 percent of infants. While the exact reason for the increase is unknown, many dermatologists include pollutants, modern cleaning products and chemical preservatives among the chief suspects. In reaction to the perceived chemical threat, many parents want natural treatments for their children’s eczema. Finding the right natural treatment means understanding a little about the cause and progress of eczema.