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* CHILDREN OF THE FUTURE: On the Prevention of Sexual Pathology, by Wilhelm Reich. Foreword by William Steig. Details the importance of the social-family environment of the infant and child, and how disastrous is the exclusion of genitality to the young. Includes his 1932 work "The Sexual Rights of Youth", where Reich speaks to the essential nature of sexuality and the rights of youth to genital gratification. Other chapters detail the affects of parental attitudes towards infantile masturbation, the source of the human "no", special disturbances of the young -- all of which is substantiated by Reich's clinical observations, including case studies from the Orgonomic Infant Research Center. 223 pp.
$ 18.95 Softcover


NOW SHIPPING THE REVISED 2006 SECOND EDITION, over 464 pages with new Preface and Appendix "Update on Saharasia".

Dr. DeMeo's Magnum Opus on the ancient historical origins of human armoring, social violence and war: the first geographical, cross-cultural study of human behavior around the world using Wilhelm Reich's sex-economic discoveries as a basic starting point, and presenting world maps of different social institutions. Source-regions and migratory diffusion patterns were traced, back in time, to pinpoint where and how the human tragedy began. A breakthrough in the scientific study of human psychology and anthropology, and must-reading for every parent, student, professor and clinical worker in the field of human health and behavior. Separate chapter sections on: function of the orgasm, birth trauma in modern hispitals, sexual and physical abuse of children, A.S. Neill's Summerhill School, the mass psychology of fascism, infant cranial deformation and swaddling, breastfeeding and denial of the breast, male and female genital mutilations, premarital sex taboos, vaginal blood taboos, arranged marriage systems, contraceptive plants used by native peoples, the incest taboo, post-partum sexual taboos, homosexuality, prostitution, inheritance rules, ritual widow murder (mother murder), the high god and goddess religions, class stratification, castes and slavery, and the effects of starvation trauma on human emotion and sexuality, with a broad overview of climate changes leading to drought and desert formation over more than 6000 years of human history. Over 464 pages with over 100 maps, photos, and illustrations, with full bibliography, citations and comprehensive index. Saharasia: A controversial "Marriage of Heresies" over 10 years in the making, will change forever your way of looking at the world, your home culture, and current events. The revolutionary discovery of a geographical, climate-linked basis to human behavior. The first global cross-cultural anthropological, archaeological and historical survey of human family and social institutions. If you want to get a better understanding of "WHY" there is so much conflict in world history, and terrorism coming from the Middle East specifically, this is the book you are looking for.
SAHARASIA: Softcover 2006 Revised Second Edition.
$34.00 - Softcover

* PRIMAL HEALTH: Understanding the Critical Period Between Conception and the First Birthday, by Michel Odent. Examines a critical period of child development which affects life-long health, arguing that critical parts of biological life develop, regulate and adjust themselves during fetal life, and the time around birth and infancy. The later well-being of adults, their ability to withstand the 'diseases of civilization' such as hypertension, cancer, alcoholism and failures of the immune system resulting in allergies and viral diseases, can all be traced back to society's ignorance of the vital importance of the primal period. Import. 223 pp.
$ 29.95 - Softcover **NO LONGER AVAILABLE FROM US. TRY AMAZON ===>>

* THE SPIRIT OF CHILDREN: The Art and Life of Karen Carrino, by Deborah Carrino. With this collection of 124 drawings, Debora Carrino celebrates her sister's great talent and shares Karen's love for the beauty and special inner qualities of children, which are revealed in skillfully rendered figures, show an extraordinary attention to detail, and ability to capture the elusive and intertwined emotions of her subjects. Her tragic death in a car accident at age 19 is all the more poignant in view of the remarkable artistic legacy she left behind. 158 pp.
$28.95 - Hardbound

* HERBAL CONTRACEPTION AND ABORTION IN SEX-POSITIVE CULTURES: Selected Reprints. Includes reprints of 16 different published and unpublished Scholarly Articles from old anthropology, ethnobotany and pharmacology journals on the subject, clearly demonstrating that so-called "primitive" peoples had known how to control their fertility long before Western science. Also includes information on other books and web sites giving explicit details on herbal abortion methods. This information once brought a death-sentence by burning! c.250pp.
$4.95 - Available as a text-searchable PDF for downloading. A download link will be e-mailed to you after purchase.

Contents includes the following informative reprints:
* Attitudes of Four Peruvian Jungle Tribes Towards Plants Employed as Oral Contraceptives, Nicole Maxwell, unpublished monograph, 1970.
* "Contraceptive Plant Drugs", V. J. Brondegaard, Planta Medica 23(2):167-182, 1973.
* "Antifertility Agents of Plant Origin", J. R. Price, from A Symposium on Agents Affecting Fertility, C.R. Austin & J.R. Perry, Eds., Little, Brown & Co., 1965.
* "Alleged Antifertility Plants of India", R.C.D. Casey, Indian J. Med. Sci., 14:590-600, 1960.
* "Plant Materials Used by Primitive Peoples to Affect Fertility", H. deLaszlo & P.S. Henshaw, Science, 119:626-631, 7 May 1954.
* "Cherokee Belief and Practice with Regard to Childbirth", F.M. Olbrechts, Anthropos XXVI:17-19, 1931.
* Plants Used by the Indians of Mendocino County, California, by V.K. Chesnut, US Nat. Herbarium, VII(3), Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1902, pp.344 & 367.
* "Vegetable Antifertility Drugs of India", B.S. Malhi & V.P. Trivedi, Quar. J. Crude Drug Research, 12:1922-1928, 1972.
* "Plants as Oral Contraceptives in the Northwest Amazon", R.E. Schultes, Lloydia, 26:67-74, June 1963.
* "Some Native Herbal Remedies at Present in Use in Mashonaland", H.Wild & M. Gelfand, Cent. African J. of Med., 5(6):292-305, June 1959.
* "Physiological and Medical Observations Among the Indians of the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico", A. Hrdlicka, Smithsonian Institution Bureau of Am. Ethnology, Bulletin 34, 1908, pp. 163-166.
* "Some Sex Beliefs and Practices in a Navaho Community", F.L. Bailey, Papers, Peabody Museum of Am. Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard U., 40(2):23-27, 1950.
* "Potential Value of Plants as Sources of New Antifertility Agents I & II", N.R. Farnsworth, et al, J. Pharmaceutical Sci., 64(4):535-598, April 1975 and 64(5):717-754, May 1975.
* "Inhibition on Glucagon After In-Vitro Mixture with Lithospermum", W.R. Breneman & M. Carmack, Endocrinology, 62(5):627-636, May 1958.
* "Action of Lithospermum Ruderale on Ovulation in the Hen", F.J. Zeller, W.R. Breneman & M. Carmack, Poultry Science, 37(2):455-459, March 1958.
* Plants Suggested as Possible Oral Antifertility Agents, source unknown, pp.1-19.

* WE ARE ALL WATER BABIES, by Jessica Johnson & Michel Odent. Fascinating book of photos and narrative on birthing of babies in warm underwater environments, and the child's natural ability (and desire!) to swim underwater with gentle help from parents. Fantastic underwater photography, with discussion on the benefits of water-birth by Dr. Odent, a long-time advocate of gentle-birth. One of the most emotionally-touching books ever, with photos showing unarmored young babies and children happily suspended in water. 150 pp.

* BIRTH WITHOUT VIOLENCE: Revised Edition of the Classic, by Frederick Leboyer. The book that revolutionized the way we meet our children when they enter the world, urging us to consider birth from the infant's point of view. Why must a child emerge from the quiet darkness of the womb into a blaze of blinding light and loud voices? Why must an infant take its first breath in terror, hanging upside down as its invulnerable spine is jerked straight, then be greeted with a slap on the bottom? Why must it be separated from its mother after spending nine months inside her nourishing body? This book, complete with a new author preface, shows us how the transition from womb to world can be made without fear or trauma, and illustrates the creation of an environment of tranquility in which to welcome our children: a relaxed mother, gentle lighting, soothing atmosphere, and a warm bath that mirrors the child's prenatal surroundings. Dr. Leboyer's simple techniques demonstrate how a birth without violence has far-reaching implications for improving the quality of human life physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Illustrated with many photos of alert and smiling infants immediately after a gentle birth. 131 pp.

* BIRTH AND BREASTFEEDING: Rediscovering the Needs of Women During Pregnancy and Childbirth, by Michel Odent. In many societies today, natural childbirth and breastfeeding, as developed over millions of years of evolution, are on the decline, robbing both mother and baby of the complex cocktail of 'love hormones' which are a part of the natural childbirth and breastfeeding experience. This unprecedented situation must be considered in terms of civilization, argues Odent, who gives urgent reasons to rediscover the basic needs of women in labor. He highlights the needs of birthing mothers to privacy and a feeling of security. The activity of the intellect, use of language, and many cultural beliefs and rituals are handicaps to natural 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. 156 pp.

* THE FIVE STANDARDS FOR SAFE CHILDBEARING, by DAVID STEWART. Good nutrition, skillful midwifery, natural childbirth, home birth, and breastfeeding are the essential prerequisites for a safe and healthy birth. Steward did extensive epidemiological research to prove beyond a doubt that the most dangerous way to give birth is in a hospital, undergoing "standard medical obstetrical procedures". The more classical medical training the birth practitioner has, the worse is the outcome for both baby and mother. Fourth Revised Edition. 536 pp.

* THE AMERICAN WAY OF BIRTH, by JESSICA MITFORD. A scathing indictment of the damage done to mothers and babies by money-hungry hospitals and obstetrical doctors. Exposes the myth of "safe" hospital births and of "skilled" medical obstetrical specialists. A resounding note of support for midwifery; flesh and blood meaning to cold statistics. 336 pp.

* IMMACULATE DECEPTION, A Fresh Look at Childbirth, by SUZANNE ARMS. An entirely new edition of the classic that changed maternity care in the United States. The author reveals how modern birth practices evolved, challenges commonly held beliefs, and explores the subjects of pain and fear in birth. A champion of midwives, Arms provides a clear vision of what is possible and how everyone can benefit from changing the way our culture approaches birth. Truly eye-opening. 290 pp.

* TOUCHING, The Human Significance of the Skin, by ASHLEY MONTAGU. A wide-ranging and detailed discussion of the emotional and physiological benefits for infants, children, teens, and adults from being touched, stroked, held, and physically loved. 494 pp.

* EVA REICH'S BUTTERFLY TOUCH MASSAGE (BOOK): A Gentle Technique for Babies, Children and Adults, by Richard Overly. Discusses, in step-by-step instructional manner, a gentle technique for babies, children and adults. Promotes nurturing and healing for all ages, and bonding between baby and parent. A powerful and pioneering massage therapy technique, this gentle, non-invasive technique is described in detail, and can be used by any parent with easy to follow, step-by-step instructions. This breakthrough touch can help you bond with your newborn, or improve the vitality of your child, or every adult in your household. Illustrated 60 pp.

* EVA REICH'S BUTTERFLY TOUCH MASSAGE (DVD): A Gentle Technique for Babies, Children and Adults, by Richard Overly. A companion to the above book, and stand-alone instructional DVD for Eva Reich's Butterfly Touch method, as presented by Overly.

* ORGONOMIC FIRST-AID FOR MOTHERS AND INFANTS, by EVA REICH. Transcription of a wide-ranging 1986 lecture presented to the American College of Orgonomy, at a conference on Staten Island, NY. She talks about her early work with her father, Wilhelm Reich, and also her work with premature babies which led to the development of her gentle baby massage. She also discusses working with pregnant women, their emotional feelings and the assistance they may need after birth, particularly with depression and "unsettled" babies. Many innovative ideas. 30 pp.
Now contained as an article in Pulse of the Planet #5 See here

* TEACHING GENTLE BABY MASSAGE By Dr. Eva Reich A new video giving detailed and extensive step-by-step instructions on how to do the gentle bioenergetic massage developed for infants, but also useful for adults. 50 min. 1/2" VHS.

* GENTLE BIO-ENERGETICS: Theory and Tools for Everyone, by Richard Overly. With a Foreword and Comments by Eva Reich, developer of Gentle Bio-Energetics. This workbook combines information contained in the author's prior several volumes on the same subject, which are no longer available. It presents and discusses practical methods for restoring the natural flow of life energy, to enhance personal growth and healing. Specific methods are discussed and diagrams given to apply gentle massage-type bioenergetic methods for: mothers needing help in bonding with their babies; babies in distress from birth trauma; athletes recovering from injuries; abused individuals; recovering addicts; GI tract complications; and simple stress relief. "Melting Armor, Healing Memories and Restoring Natural Energetic Flow". 302 pp.

* NATURAL HEALING IN GYNECOLOGY: A Manual For Women, by Rina Nissim. An essential reference book giving women the power of choice in their own healing and reproduction. Provides herbal remedies for contraception and as emmenagogues and abortifacients. Banned in many nations. Covers the limits of modern allopathic medicine, contrasting them to healing alternatives from both Western and Eastern cultures. The author was a founder of the Dispensaire des Femmes, a women's health centre collective in Geneva, Switzerland, and has worked with women and health groups in the USA, Central America and India. 234 pp. **NO LONGER AVAILABLE FROM US. TRY AMAZON ====>

A German-language edition is also available from Amazon.de Use their book-search feature to look for all titles by "Rina Nissim", and also for this title: Naturheilkunde in der Gynaekologie
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* THE KASPER HAUSER SYNDROME OF "PSYCHOLOGICAL DWARFISM", Deficient Statural, Intellectual, and Social Growth Induced by Child Abuse, by JOHN MONEY. If you ever doubted that emotional factors can have dramatic somatic results, this book exploring the historical case of a young man dwarfed by extreme physical abuse, will convince you. The author presents a century's worth of information on the physical, social, and mental effects of child abuse and neglect as well as recent research. 290 pp.

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