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Nearly 1 million children in the United States are potentially misdiagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder simply because they are the youngest — and most immature — in their kindergarten class, according to new research by a Michigan State University economist.

These children are significantly more likely than their older classmates to be prescribed behavior-modifying stimulants such as Ritalin, said Todd Elder, whose study will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Health Economics.

Such inappropriate treatment is particularly worrisome because of the unknown impacts of long-term stimulant use on children’s health, Elder said. It also wastes an estimated $320 million-$500 million a year on unnecessary medication — some $80 million-$90 million of it paid by Medicaid, he said.

Elder said the “smoking gun” of the study is that ADHD diagnoses depend on a child’s age relative to classmates and the teacher’s perceptions of whether the child has symptoms.

“If a child is behaving poorly, if he’s inattentive, if he can’t sit still, it may simply be because he’s 5 and the other kids are 6,” said Elder, assistant professor of economics. “There’s a big difference between a 5-year-old and a 6-year-old, and teachers and medical practitioners need to take that into account when evaluating whether children have ADHD.”

ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder for kids in the United States, with at least 4.5 million diagnoses among children under age 18, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

However, there are no neurological markers for ADHD (such as a blood test), and experts disagree on its prevalence, fueling intense public debate about whether ADHD is under-diagnosed or over-diagnosed, Elder said.

Using a sample of nearly 12,000 children, Elder examined the difference in ADHD diagnosis and medication rates between the youngest and oldest children in a grade. The data is from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study Kindergarten Cohort, which is funded by the National Center for Education Statistics.

According to Elder’s study, the youngest kindergartners were 60 percent more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than the oldest children in the same grade. Similarly, when that group of classmates reached the fifth and eighth grades, the youngest were more than twice as likely to be prescribed stimulants.

Overall, the study found that about 20 percent — or 900,000 — of the 4.5 million children currently identified as having ADHD likely have been misdiagnosed.

Elder used the students’ birth dates and the states’ kindergarten eligibility cutoff dates to determine the youngest and oldest students in a grade. The most popular cutoff date in the nation is Sept. 1, with 15 states mandating that children must turn 5 on or before that date to attend kindergarten.

The results — both from individual states and when compared across states — were definitive. For instance, in Michigan — where the kindergarten cutoff date is Dec. 1 — students born Dec. 1 had much higher rates of ADHD than children born Dec. 2. (The students born Dec. 1 were the youngest in their grade; the students born Dec. 2 enrolled a year later and were the oldest in their grade.)

Thus, even though the students were a single day apart in age, they were assessed differently simply because they were compared against classmates of a different age set, Elder said.

In another example, August-born kindergartners in Illinois were much more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than Michigan kindergartners born in August of the same year as their Illinois counterparts. That’s because Illinois’ kindergarten cutoff date is Sept. 1, meaning those August-born children were the youngest in their grade, whereas the Michigan students were not.

According to the study, a diagnosis of ADHD requires evidence of multiple symptoms of inattention or hyperactivity, with these symptoms persisting for six or more months — and in at least two settings — before the age of seven. The settings include home and school.

Although teachers cannot diagnose ADHD, their opinions are instrumental in decisions to send a child to be evaluated by a mental health professional, Elder said.

“Many ADHD diagnoses may be driven by teachers’ perceptions of poor behavior among the youngest children in a kindergarten classroom,” he said. “But these ‘symptoms’ may merely reflect emotional or intellectual immaturity among the youngest students.”

The paper will be published in the Journal of Health Economicsin conjunction with a related paper by researchers at North Carolina State University, Notre Dame and the University of Minnesota that arrives at similar conclusions as the result of a separate study.

from Science Daily.

If scientists discovered something that worked better than vaccines at preventing influenza, you’d think they would jump all over it, right? After all, isn’t the point to protect children and adults from influenza?

A clinical trial led by Mitsuyoshi Urashima and conducted by the Division of Molecular Epidemiology in the the Department of Pediatrics at the Jikei University School of Medicine Minato-ku in Tokyo found that vitamin D was extremely effective at halting influenza infections in children. The trial appears in the March, 2010 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Am J Clin Nutr (March 10, 2010).

The results are from a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study involving 334 children, half of which were given 1200 IUs per day of vitamin D3. In other words, this was a “rigorous” scientific study meeting the gold standard of scientific evidence.

In the study, while 31 of 167 children in the placebo group contracted influenza over the four month duration of the study, only 18 of 168 children in the vitamin D group did. This means vitamin D was responsible for an absolute reduction of nearly 8 percent.

Flu vaccines, according to the latest scientific evidence, achieve a 1 percent reduction in influenza symptoms (http://www.naturalnews.com/029641_v…).

This means vitamin D appears to be 800% more effective than vaccines at preventing influenza infections in children.

To further support this, what really needs to be done is a clinical trial directly comparing vitamin D supplements to influenza vaccines with four total groups:

Group #1 receives a vitamin D placebo
Group #2 receives real vitamin D (2,000 IUs per day)
Group #3 receives an influenza vaccine injection
Group #4 receives an inert injection

Groups 1 and 2 should be randomized and double blind while groups 3 and 4 should also be randomized and double blind. The results would reveal the comparative effectiveness of vitamin D versus influenza vaccines.

Unfortunately, such a trial will never be conducted because vaccine pushers already know this trial would show their vaccines to be all but useless. So they won’t subject vaccines to any real science that compares it to vitamin D.

Vitamin D also significantly reduced asthma in children

Getting back to the study, another fascinating result from the trial is that if you remove those children from the study who were already being given vitamin D by their parents, so that you are only looking at children who started out with no vitamin D supplementation before the trial began, the results look even better as vitamin D reduced relative infection risk by nearly two-thirds.

More than six out of ten children who would have normally been infected with influenza, in other words, were protected by vitamin D supplementation.

Also revealed in the study: vitamin D strongly suppressed symptoms of asthma. In children with a previous asthma diagnosis, 12 of those receiving no vitamin D experienced asthma attacks. But in the vitamin D group, only 2 children did.

While this subset sample size is small, it does offer yet more evidence that vitamin D prevents asthma attacks in children, and this entirely consistent with the previous evidence on vitamin D which shows it to be a powerful nutrient for preventing asthma.

Now, given that vitamin D3 shows such a powerful effect in preventing influenza — with 800% increased efficacy over vaccines — shouldn’t CDC officials, doctors and health authorities be rushing to recommend vitamin D before flu season arrives?
Of course they should…Even if vitamin D offered 100% protection against all influenza infections, they still wouldn’t recommend it.

Why? Because they flatly don’t believe in nutrition! It runs counter to their med school programming which says that nutrients are useless and only drugs, vaccines and surgery count as real medicine.

They are promoters of medical dogma rather than real solutions for patients. They promote vaccines because… well… that’s what they’ve always promoted, and that’s what their colleagues promote. And how could so many smart people be wrong, anyway?

But that’s the history of science: A whole bunch of really smart people turn out to be wrong on a regular basis. That’s usually how science advances, by the way: A new idea challenges an old assumption, and after all the defenders of the old (wrong) idea die off, science manages to inch its way forward against the hoots and heckles of a determined dogmatic resistance.

This attitude is blatantly reflected in a quote from Dr John Oxford, a professor of virology at Queen Mary School of Medicine in London, whose reaction to this study was: “This is a timely study. It will be noticed by scientists. It fits in with the seasonal pattern of flu. There is an increasing background of solid science that makes the vitamin D story credible. But this study needs to be replicated. If it is confirmed we might think of giving vitamin D at the same time as we vaccinate.” (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/ne…)

Did you notice his concluding remark? He wasn’t even considering the idea that vitamin D might replace vaccines. Rather, he’s assuming vitamin D only has value if given together with vaccines!

You see this in the cancer industry, too, with anti-cancer herbs and nutrients. Any time an anti-cancer nutrient gains some press (which isn’t very often), the cancer doctor will say things like, “Well, this might be useful to give to a patient after chemotherapy…” but never as a replacement for chemo, you see.

Many mainstream doctors and medical scientists are simply incapable of thinking outside the very limiting boxes into which their brains have been shoved through years of de-education in medical schools. When they see evidence contrary to what they’ve been taught, they foolishly dismiss it.

“The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.” – Bertrand Russell

Medical journals as guardians of ignorance

Medical journals largely function not as beacons of scientific truth but as defenders of pseudoscientific dogma. To have your paper published in most journals, your paper must meet the expectations and beliefs of that journal’s editor. Thus, the advancement of scientific knowledge reflected in each journal is limited to the current beliefs of just one person — the editor of that journal.

Truly pioneering research that challenges the status quo is almost always rejected. Only papers that confirm the presently-held beliefs of the journal’s editorial staff are accepted for publication. This is one reason why medical science, in particular, advances so slowly.

Studies that show vitamin D to be more effective than vaccines will rarely see the light of day in the scientific community. It is to the great credit of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, in fact, that it accepted the publication of this paper by Mitsuyoshi Urashima. Most medical journals wouldn’t dare touch it because it questions status quo beliefs about vaccines and influenza.

Medical journals, you see, are largely funded by the pharmaceutical industry. And Big Pharma doesn’t want to see any studies lending credibility to vitamins, regardless of their scientific merit. Even if vitamin D could save America billions of dollars in reduced health care costs (which it can, actually), they don’t want vitamin D to receive any scientific backing whatsoever because drug companies can’t patent vitamin D. It’s readily available to everyone for mere pennies a day.

In time, it will be recognized as superior to vaccines for seasonal flu, but for now, we must all suffer under the foolish propaganda of an industry that has abandoned science and now worships a needle.

Sources for this story include:
http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/abs…

from Natural News. 16 Sept 2010.

This is an excellent article that just came out in the ICPA’s publication Pathways – a must read for parents and anyone who supports them 🙂

S. Rosenberg, ICPA

What we cannot see are the millions of different hormonal changes and chemical reactions occurring both in the mother and the developing baby, all of which are controlled and coordinated through the nervous system. Now more than ever, during pregnancy you need a nervous system that responds immediately and accurately to changing requirements in all parts of your body, and therefore you need a healthy spine!

Chiropractic care prior to conception promotes a more regular menstrual cycle and optimal uterine function. It prepares the body to be strong, supple, and as balanced as possible to carry the pregnancy. Restoring proper nerve supply to reproductive organs has helped many couples who thought they were infertile. And adjusting women throughout pregnancy is one of the most rewarding parts of our work, because a healthier pregnancy means an easier labour and delivery, and a better transition for the baby into this life.

A person’s spine is made of 24 moveable bones called vertebrae, plus the sacrum (tailbone), pelvis, and skull. From the brain, nerve impulses travel down the spinal cord, branch out into nerves, and exit between the vertebrae. When the vertebrae become misaligned or unable to move properly a condition called vertebral subluxation, it irritates and interferes with the nerves. The message from the brain is slowed down and the life-energy carried by the nerve is unable to reach the organs and tissues at full potential. A doctor of chiropractic aligns the vertebrae and pelvis through gentle adjustments to the spine, relieving the pressure on the nerves and allowing the full nerve energy to reach the tissues it serves.

As you gain weight, especially in the abdomen, this exerts a downward, forward pull on the lower spine. This extra weight combined with changes in your gait and centre of gravity can set the stage for backache and neck pain. Additionally, as labour approaches, your body secretes a hormone called relaxin, which loosens ligaments. This may exaggerate the effects of an existing spinal or pelvis problem. The positioning of the baby and its movement as well as expansion of the lower part of the ribcage to accommodate your growing baby can also cause discomfort in the ribs and upper portion of the lower back. Additionally, your increasing breast size in preparation for lactation can create upper back subluxations.

According to recent studies, chiropractic care may result in easier pregnancy including increased comfort during the third trimester and delivery and reduced need for analgesics (pain medication). In one study, women receiving chiropractic care through their first pregnancy had 24% reduction in labour times and subjects giving birth for the second or third time reported 39% reduction in shorter labour times. In another study, the need for analgesics was reduced by 50% in the patients who received adjustments. In addition, 84% of women report relief of back pain during pregnancy with chiropractic care. When women receive chiropractic care throughout pregnancy, the sacroiliac joints of the pelvis function better. As a result, there is significantly less likelihood of back labour (contractions and sharp pain felt in the lower back during labour). Chiropractic care has helped new mothers become more comfortable breastfeeding (posture-wise) as well as to produce more milk. Chiropractic care has also been shown to reduce the likelihood of postpartum depression.

As your pregnancy advances, some chiropractic techniques will need to be modified for your comfort. Your chiropractor is aware of this and will make the necessary changes. In particular, special pregnancy pillows and tables with dropaway pelvic pieces are used to accommodate your growing belly. A chiropractor trained in the techniques that address uterine constraint or mal-presentations will check for misalignment of the pelvic bones, misalignment of the sacrum and vertebrae, and spasm of the ligaments that support the uterus and help hold the pelvis together.

Body position during delivery is also critical. Any late second stage labour position that denies postural sacral rotation denies the mother and the baby critical pelvic outlet diameter and moves the tip of the sacrum up to four centimetres into the pelvic outlet. In other words, the popular semi-recumbent position that places the labouring woman on her back onto the apex of the sacrum closes off the vital space needed for the baby to get through the pelvic outlet. This delivery position is the main reason why so many births are traumatic, labour is stalled, the mom becomes fatigued and overwhelmed by pain, so the utilization of epidurals, forceps, episiotomies, vacuum extraction, and caesarean increases. This is why squatting is the preferred position—gravity works to help and the pelvic outlet can open to a greater degree. Squatting during delivery results in decreased use of forceps and a shorter second stage of labour than the semi-recumbent position! Moreover, research has shown that coached pushing in the second stage of labour does not improve the short-term outcome for mothers or babies, except when the baby needs to be keep “baby blues” at bay, regain their energy and lose the weight they gained during pregnancy.

Pregnancy Exercise Tips

Don’t exercise for longer than 30 minutes at a time.

Always include a 10-minute warm-up and a 10-minute cool-down period (in addition to the 30 minutes of exercise).

Pregnant women should not exercise to exhaustion—but being fatigued is okay.

Avoid forced, passive stretches, such as reaching for your toes. Pregnancy hormones make your joints looser, so overstretching—which can cause a muscle injury—is a greater risk during pregnancy. Also, avoid sudden jerking or bouncing movements or quick changes in position.

Limit aerobic activity to the low-impact variety, especially if you weren’t exercising regularly before getting pregnant. Brisk walking, swimming, and riding a stationary bicycle are good choices. Keep it moderate (30 minutes per day), particularly if you weren’t exercising before pregnancy. Ensure weight training is done under proper guidance.

Measure your heart rate at peak activity to be sure you are not exceeding 140 beats per minute.

Avoid overheating: drink plenty of water, and don’t exercise in hot, humid conditions.

Avoid activities that put you at high risk for injury, such as horseback riding or downhill skiing.

Avoid sports in which you could get hit in the abdomen (e.g. softball).

Especially after the third month, avoid exercises that require you to lie flat on your back for an extended period of time since this can reduce your heart rate, lower your blood pressure, cause dizziness, and may reduce blood flow to baby.

Never scuba dive because it can cause dangerous gas bubbles in the baby’s circulatory system.

Before starting any new exercise routine, always check with your health care provider.

Stop exercising immediately and consult your midwife or doctor if any of the following symptoms occur during or after exercise: bleeding, cramping, faintness and/or dizziness, elevated blood pressure, or severe joint pain.

Here’s an easy pelvic tilt exercise to get you started. It will strengthen stomach and back muscles and reduce stress from the growth of your uterus. You may want to make sure you haven’t eaten for an hour or so before doing this exercise for comfort.

  1. Lie flat on your back with your knees bent (this can also be done standing if you are uncomfortable on your back).
  2. If needed, place a small pillow under your neck and/or lower back for support. Make sure you maintain a small curve in your neck to reduce the likelihood of strain.
  3. Pull in abdominal and buttock muscles (this should flatten the lower back). Imagine you are peeling your buttocks and spine up off the floor. Slowly, vertebra-by-vertebra, rise to approximately bra-strap level (as long as there is no pain or tension felt in your neck).
  4. Hold, breathe out, and count to five.
  5. Relax. Inhale. Roll down slowly, and with control, vertebraby- vertebra.
  6. Repeat five times.

Additional Hints to Help Prevent Pregnancy Backache

Stand erect; do not allow your belly to sag.

Change positions often to ease lower back strain.

When lifting, bend your knees and keep your back straight.

Consult your chiropractor for exercises to reduce lower back strain (an easy one to start with is the pelvic tilt shown above).

Your mattress should be supportive and comfortable.

Sleep on your side with a pillow between your knees.

Adequate rest is essential.

Keep daily chores manageable. Seek those who can most help you make this experience meaningful. Whether it’s a friend to walk with to the pool, a doula to help with your labour plan, or your mother offering to watch the kids or help clean the kitchen, take advantage of the help around you.

Know your limits. If you are working throughout your pregnancy and/or have other children to care for, try not to overdo it.

Practice good postural habits.

Plan and do regular exercise.

Kegel exercises are a great way to prepare and tone the pelvic floor muscles for delivery and can be done anytime. To do Kegels, contract the muscles around your urethra and vagina— imagine you are trying to prevent yourself from urinating. Hold for several seconds, then release. Repeat sets of ten, several times each day.

Have regular spinal check-ups; they are an important part of preventative health care.


Other Factors to Consider in Maintaining a Healthy Pregnancy

Proper nutrition is essential to maintaining a healthy pregnancy. This includes adequate intake of folic acid, good sources of protein and iron, calcium-rich foods, and lots of fruits and vegetables. Drink plenty of pure water to keep well hydrated. Avoid eating too much sugar and sweets including fruit drinks as they can cause you (and the baby) to gain excessive weight.

Research has found that a pregnant woman can help protect the health of her child by avoiding smoking and second-hand smoke alcohol, excessive caffeine (e.g. tea, coffee and cola), unnecessary exposure to x-rays (especially in the first trimester), unnecessary medication (including over-the-counter remedies), and foods with chemical additives, artificial sweeteners, and artificial ingredients.

Regular exercise, good nutrition, and periodic spinal adjustments can make pregnancy the pleasant, exciting experience you want it to be! Pregnancy should be an opportunity to reflect on your family’s plans and dreams— not a time to struggle with pain. Preparing for a new baby is a daunting challenge for even the most organized mothers-to-be. So, during this meaningful time, be proactive: work to prevent backache before it affects your peace of mind or distracts you from focusing on your family’s well being. Chiropractic care is safe and natural, simply removing interference to your body’s own controlling and healing ability.

Pathways Issue 20 CoverThis article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #20.

This summer, after one baby girl died, and more than 250 other children were hospitalized with convulsions and high fevers following their seasonal flu vaccine injections, Australian health banned the shot for all children under the age of five.

A short time later, Finland also suspended the H1N1 vaccines due to six reports of narcolepsy in children and teens immediately following vaccination. According to The Helsinki Times, “Medical reports suggest that over 750 of those who have been vaccinated have experienced harmful effects.”

In Sweden, an investigation was launched after cases of post-vaccination narcolepsy appeared in children there as well.

“The vaccines appear to be causing a pattern of neurological disorders affecting children and teens across the planet,” said a report in India’s Bharat Chronicle.

A public outcry was raised after it was revealed that Australian officials apparently were aware of the problem for several weeks yet withheld the information and continued to encourage parents with infants, children, and teens to be vaccinated with H1N1.

Health officials at first tried to convince the public that there was no “causal” relationship between the vaccine and the side effects but even the Australian coroner had to admit he couldn’t rule out that the flu shot was responsible for the death of two-year-old Brisbane toddler Ashley Jade Epapara.

Next, the blame was put on a “bad batch” of vaccines manufactured by Australia’s biopharmaceutical company CSL under the name Fluvax. “This is not a long-term safety issue with vaccines,” University of Western Australia School of Paediatrics and Child Health Associate Professor Peter Richmond told WAToday.

In the US, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) announced in August that “Afluria [the version of Fluvax approved by the FDA for use in North America] should not be used in children aged 6 months through 8 years.”

Although health officials around the world were trying to calm parents by suggesting the reactions were relatively rare and not the effect of the vaccine itself (only of “rogue” batches), parents weren’t reassured.

“My 6 children all got the flu shot on Tuesday the 21st of April. Within hours they were violently ill. Fevers above 39c, vomiting. We are now day three, they all have severe headaches, fevers, aches and pains and the runs. This is terrible, people have known about this for weeks. This is being played down by the health department. I would like to know if there will be any long turn health issues for my family. I am sure there are more than 22 children ill. Well I have six of them. I want answers,” stated one woman in the WAToday comments section accompanying the article.

The Chiropractic Journal. 2 Oct 2010.

Have you even thought or spoken those words? Have you ever heard anyone use this as a reason why they would not want to have a chiropractic evaluation? If so, then I would have to say that you are not alone. I have heard this sentiment numerous times. When I hear these words spoken, I have to ask myself, “What is it that they don’t ‘believe’ in?”

Do you ‘believe’ in chiropractic? Well let’s find out. Do you ‘believe’ that your brain’s responsibility is to control and coordinate all of your bodily functions? If you do, then you are in agreement with every physiology text book that has been published. Do you ‘believe’ that your brain sends out information, in the way of brain waves or messages, over the nerve system to control and coordinate every physiological function you perform? Again, if you do then you are in agreement with every medical text book ever written on the subject. Do you ‘believe’ that a disruption of the information flow over the nerve system causes a state of imbalance and threatens your health? If so, you are in agreement with anyone who has ever studied the Central Nervous System. Do you ‘believe’ that removing any obstruction to nerve flow would improve your health and your brain’s ability to control and coordinate all of your bodily functions? If you do then you agree with all the published research on the topic.

So then, what is it that you do not ‘believe’ about chiropractic? See when you really understand the concept behind how chiropractic works, then you realize that you do ‘believe’ in chiropractic. So then why do so many people use the “I don’t believe in chiropractic” excuse? Good question. I can only surmise that people don’t understand what chiropractors do so they just default to the “I don’t believe” stance. In the end, this is quite sad because they do believe in what chiropractors do, they just don’t realize it. This means they may never experience the benefits that chiropractic has to offer because of a misunderstanding. All too many people will continue to use drugs and resort to surgery when that may not even be necessary. It doesn’t have to be that way!

You owe it to yourself to have a chiropractic evaluation and find out whether you are a chiropractic candidate or not. It’s not hard to do, just pick up the phone and call the office. We’ll sit down with you and hear out your concerns. We’ll walk you through the entire process and then we will discuss the results of your tests so that you can understand them. At that point if you are a chiropractic patient you can make an informed decision about whether you receive chiropractic care or not. You owe it to yourself. Your health is too important not to check out chiropractic. Don’t delay one more minute, make an appointment today.

Children have recently finished a summer break from school that was filled with changes in routine, extra play time, sunshine and fresh air.  Activities of summer are typically invigorating and healthy for kids.  At the same time, as you have watched your children play with youthful energy while they run, fall, dive, suddenly change directions, jump, twist and interact with others with playful contact, wouldn’t you say that their primary shock absorber has been put to the test?

The primary shock absorber for the body is the spinal column, with its fiber-cartilage discs between the bony vertebrae and the forward and backward curvatures that afford the body’s framework with both elasticity and rigidity.  Sure, children are far more resilient than adults when it comes to tumbles and impacts, but they too are subject to spinal misalignments that result in vertebral subluxation and congestion upon the nervous system.

With youngsters, if a structural impediment is present it may be so slight that it is not readily discernible to parents.  The evidence that all function is not up to par may not be noted.  The child may not complain about pain in the back or neck.

Now children are back in school, back to a daily routine and less physical activity.  The restrictions and confinement of the classroom are restraints to which youthful nervous systems are challenged to adapt.  The attentiveness and effort to complete lessons are, to many children, a further strain upon their nervous system.  These stresses, coupled with slight structural impediments to nerve action, can result in digestive disorders, throat or breathing complications, ear problems, urinary and elimination upsets, and much more.

There are symptoms that result from spinal nerve pressure that parents, nor teachers, consider to be illness when confronted with these recognizable problems such as inattentiveness, lack of concentration, declined motivation and increased listlessness.  The poor kid is too often punished for bad grades, or worse still, labeled as ADD or “hyperactive” and medicated with dangerous drugs to artificially control perception and behavior.

Many parents have witnessed a dramatic improvement in their school children’s performance and enthusiasm following chiropractic intervention.  The chiropractor checks the child’s spine for subluxations and methodically analyzes and adjusts to remove interference to the nervous system.  When the congestion and pressure are cleared from the circuitry that keeps all the bodily systems working in harmony and at their optimum, the possibilities are so great that no child should be deprived of the advantages of chiropractic examination.

Reinforce the health of your children and their progress in school with regular chiropractic care.

from Voice for Health

Why is Chiropractic care important for babies and children?

Doctors of Chiropractic recognize the vital relationship between the structure of the body and the way the body functions. They treat subluxations, which are alterations of spinal joint motion or position that affect both the surrounding muscles and connective tissues as well as the nerves that exit the spinal cord at that level. Chiropractors strive to balance the body biomechanically. Not only does this minimize stress on joints and relax tight muscles, it also improves the function of all of the body’s systems by affecting the central nervous system. This type of care can benefit everyone, but perhaps the most crucial time to be checked by a chiropractor is during infancy and childhood.

The birth process is one of the most traumatic experiences our bodies ever go through. Whether delivered by cesarean section or vaginally, and whether the birth is natural or involves interventions such as forceps or suction, there is a tremendous amount of force placed on the joints of the spine and cranium. Intra-uterine positioning (within the womb) can also contribute to joint dysfunction in the newborn. In the first year of life, the spine grows by 50% and the brain undergoes 65% of its post-natal total lifetime growth! For all these reasons, it is extremely beneficial for the newborn to be checked by a chiropractor trained in pediatrics and Cranio-Sacral Therapy to ensure that all of the spinal and cranial joints are functioning properly.

As the baby grows and becomes mobile, tumbles and bonks on the head become daily occurences. Once they become toddlers and young children, they are constantly running, jumping, climbing and beginning sports participation, all of which involve significant chances of falls and injuries. These can cause joint subluxations and abnormal tension in the muscles and connective tissues of the body. Regular chiropractic care throughout childhood can help minimize the effects of these structural problems on the way the body functions.

Is Chiropractic care safe for babies and children?

Absolutely! In over one hundred years since Chiropractic began, there has not been even one case of a child being hurt by a chiropractic adjustment. Young bodies are very flexible and children’s bones are not fully ossified (or completely turned into bone). Therefore, very little force is needed to perform an adjustment. It is not the amount of force applied to the spine that affects the subluxation, it is the precise location and direction of force that is the key. With years of training and development of great finesse and the ability to detect subtle changes in joints and the surrounding tissues, the chiropractor is able to use very gentle techniques to effect change at a specific joint. It is much less forces than the child’s body absorbs in just one fall.

What kinds of conditions respond to Chiropractic care?

Subluxations affect the function of our body’s master system: the central nervous system. If the affected nerve goes to a muscle, spasm is the result. If it goes to an organ, the organ won’t function the way it should. Problems with nursing, ear infections, headaches, colic, asthma, chronic bedwetting, and neck or back pain can all result from subluxations, and have been shown to respond well to chiropractic care.

The muscles spasms that result from subluxations can have profound effects on the body. For example, spasms in the upper neck create tension on the membrane that surround the brain and spinal cord, the dura mater. This tension can constrict the cranial nerve that controls the tongue, which exits the brain through the dura. If the tongue can no longer function properly, nursing difficulties result. Subluxations can also cause spasm in the small muscles that surround the opening of the Eustachian tube into the back of the throat, which can cause excess fluid in the ears and leads to chronic ear infections. Once the skilled chiropractor removes the interference to the nervous system, spasms decrease and the condition may improve dramatically.

Conclusion

Chiropractors concern themselves with the structure and biomechanics of the body (including the spine, cranium, extremities, and the muscles and fascia that connect it all) and the way that subtle alterations in this structure affect the function of the nervous system, which controls every aspect of the body. Infants and children can benefit tremendously from regular chiropractic care. When their bodies are in proper alignment and free of subluxations they will feel better, function better, and have a more balanced foundation to grow on. We all know that tiny alterations int eh alignment of the tires on a car may be completely asymptomatic for 20 or 30 thousand miles, but eventually will cause a major blowout that brings us to a screeching halt on the side of the road. In much the same way, subtle alterations of joint function and imbalances in the connective tissues of our body may not bother us in the short-term, but can have profound effects over time if they are not treated. With preventative and maintenance care during childhood, the chiropractor can help prevent blowouts from occurring further down the road. Children need chiropractic care to ensure optimal health and body function.

References.

  1. Hewitt, Elise G DC DICCP. Pediatrics Lecture, Western States Chiropractic College, Summer 2002.
  2. Levy, Peter J DC. Personal correspondence.
  3. Fysh, Peter N DC FICCP. Chiropractic Care for the Pediatric Patient. International Chiropractors Association Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics, Arlington VA. 2002.

Water is the most precious life giving substance in our environment. Our bodies are made of about 40% water. Almost all land-based life forms are engaged in a daily struggle against dehydration. Many organisms, including humans, have evolved elaborate modifications of their physiology to defend against dehydration. Some of these modifications give symptoms that appear as “dis-ease.” In the words of Dr. Batmanghelidj, “Don’t treat dehydration with drugs, DRINK WATER.”

Moist skin, bowel regularity, return of the sense of thirst…are among the benefits of drinking plenty of pure water. Arthritic pain, susceptibility to respiratory infection, headache, abdominal pain, chapped lips, dry skin, heat intolerance, hypertension and many other conditions have been alleviated by nothing more complicated than drinking water.

RECOMMENDATION: Drink at least eight 8oz. cups of pure water each day

PURE WATER – Chlorination is not OK. Residual chlorine and other by-products are toxic and they taste bad.

SCHEDULE

  1. First thing upon waking in the AM. Some people prefer this glass to be warm.
  2. A few minutes before breakfast. (To avoid diluting digestive juices, don’t drink water with meals)
  3. Mid to late morning.
  4. A few minutes before lunch.
  5. About 3PM
  6. About 5PM
  7. A few minutes before dinner.
  8. About two hours after dinner.

Reference: Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, by F. Batmanghelidj, MD

From The Baby Adjusters

Infantile colic can be as troublesome for the parent as the child experiencing the condition. Characterized by a multitude of symptoms, the child suffering from infantile colic does not usually respond to simple comforting methods and exhibits periodic fussiness that can last over hours or days. In many cases, the infant appears to be in pain and will pull up his/her legs. At times the child’s abdomen will be hard and distended. Occasionally, the passage of flatus will give relief, yet these attacks may last for hours. To make matters more complicated, this condition rarely responds to traditional health care. This leaves many parents troubled as an infant’s episodes of crying and fussiness persist.

Two chiropractic studies relating to infantile colic are of particular interest. The first study was done by a group of Danish chiropractors who revealed positive results when spinal adjustments were given to a group of colicky infants.1 A second study, involving a group of 316 infants diagnosed with colic, reported 94% successful resolution within the first two weeks of chiropractic care.2 Although chiropractic care does not treat the symptoms of colic specifically, Doctors of Chiropractic have found, after adjusting hundreds of babies, that most will respond within the first few weeks.3 Why does chiropractic work when other methods fail? It’s simple really. Nerve supply is vital to the proper function of every system of the body, including the stomach, intestines, and other abdominal organs. Any vertebral subluxation causing interference to the nerves in this area could adversely affect gastric function and result in discomfort, gas and other colic symptoms.

As the infant with colic responds to chiropractic care, parents usually note that the child sleeps for longer periods without fussing, and requires less comforting.4 As a parent you can do your part to help your child by keeping your child’s appointments, and following your Doctor of Chiropractic’s instructions. Remember, healing takes time. Chiropractic is a natural science in that it neither stimulates nor inhibits body function, but instead gradually allows normal body function to take place once again. As chiropractic helps to restore normal function in your child’s nervous system, your infant’s digestive tract and other related organs have a better opportunity to receive LIFE (nerve supply) from the brain, bringing it back to full normal potential. The result is a content baby and a happier you.

References.

  1. Klougart N, Nilsson N, Jacobsen J. Infantile Colic treated by chiropractors: A prospective study of 316 cases. J manipulative Physiol Ther 1989;12:281-288.
  2. Netter F. The Ciba collection of medical illustrations. Vol I Nervous System, part 1 Anatomy and Physiology. 1986.
  3. Nilsson N. Infantile colic and chiropractic. Euro J Chiro 1985;33:624-665
  4. Peet, JB: Infantile Colic, Baby Talk Newsletter, Volume 2, No. 3. 1993.
  5. Walton, EV. Chiropractic Effectiveness with Emotional Learning Behavioral Impairments. International Review of Chiropractic, 29:2-2,21-22, September, 1975.
  6. Winsor, H. M.D. Sympathetic Segmental Disturbances-11; The evidence of the Association in Dissected Cadavers, of Visceral Disease with Vertebrae Deformities of the Same Sympathetic Segments. Medical Times, 49:1-7, November 1921.

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