As the year 2011 draws to a close, this issue of the journal feels more like a new beginning than an end. That might be attributed to our special issue celebrating the beginning of our 26th year of publication with the fall edition. The inspiration gained from my delving into those first 25 years of JOPPPAH has been met with truly important contributions from our authors in this edition.
We begin with a research article from Antonio Madrid, Dale Pennington, Gary Brown, and Maureen Wolfe, reporting on results of their study evaluating 16 asthmatic children before and after their mothers were treated with bonding therapy. This research was supported by the Association of Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health, The Mental Insight Foundation, and the Huizenga Family. APPPAH is very proud to have played a role in making this research a reality and to bring you these results.
Verna Oberg, who earned her MA in Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology from the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute in 2010, brings us a fascinating literature search looking at links between attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and sleep disorders. This is an article you will want to share with anyone who works with children and families as it highlights the importance of relationships and the danger of relying too much on medications. In Verna's closing paragraph she states, "A significant body of researchers, scholars, practitioners, and parents do know that the fundamental basis of health and wellbeing is established in respectful relationships. At this time the world is just beginning to awaken to this knowledge, and will have to hurry to catch up to make a difference in how we 'treat' each other."
We are very happy to welcome Michel Odent back to our pages with four essays from his Primal Health Newsletter. This marks a renewed dedication to bringing you Dr. Odent's work on a regular basis. Just to entice you, here are the titles of the four essays: 1) Unasked questions about synthetic oxytocin, 2) New era in the use of drugs in obstetrics, 3) Pre-term births: Towards a paradigm shift, 4) The prime inconvenient truth. I think you will agree that these are timely and important topics as we approach 2012.
The Sharing Space returns to our journal with this issue. This issue's sharing space brings you an essay on the role of shame in infant development from Carolyn Wingfield. Carolyn has been working in the background as peer review coordinator for JOPPPAH for almost two years and is doing an exceptional job. It is a pleasure to bring this sample of her academic work to you. I'm sure we will hear more from her in the future.
Finally, we bring you three book reviews on wide-ranging topics. The first review, from Ann Diamond Weinstein, gives of an in-depth glance into The Lived Experience of Violation: How Abused Children Become Unhealthy Adults by A.L. Kirkengen. Then we have JoAnn O'Leary's review of The Heart in the Womb by Amali Lokugamage, M.D, followed by Kelduyn Garland's review of Aletha Hayton's recent book, Womb Twin Survivors.
As we enter into the year 2012, about which much has been prophesied and written, let us take this opportunity to envision and create a more peaceful world.