The Healthy Way to Wear a Backpack

It’s back to school time for all the young scholars and with it comes the daily ritual of lugging school supplies around in a backpack. You may not realize it but ill fitting backpacks can put a significant amount of stress on your child’s body.
The long-term stress of wearing a poorly designed and/or excessively heavy backpack can lead to a back aches, neck stiffness, burning shoulders, headaches, tingling in the arms/hands, fatigued muscles and a stooped posture. These aches and pains can be a major distraction to your child’s focus in the school room, hamper their enjoyment of everyday childhood activities and increase the likelihood of future back problems later in life.

Loading a Backpack

  • Your child’s backpack should not exceed 15% of their body weight.
  • back pack2Load the heaviest items closest to your child’s back. Pack the bumpy or sharp edged items furthest away from the back. Arrange the school gear so it won’t shift and slide as they walk.
  • Many parents are shocked to discover just how heavy their child’s backpack truly is. To calculate how much the pack weighs have your child stand on a weigh scale with and without the pack on and subtract the difference.
  • On heavy backpack load days have your child hand carry a heavy book or item.
  • Pack up the bag on a table or ledge that is waist high as opposed to leaning forward over a pack on the floor.

Wearing the Backpack

  • Always use the two straps to spread out the weight evenly. Carrying a heavy load with one strap can lead to unwanted curvatures and abnormali
  • ties in the developing spine and musculature.
  • Make sure the straps are well padded (2 inches wide) to protect the blood vessels and nerves in the neck and shoulder region. Prolonged pressure in these areas can lead to pain and tingling in the neck, arms and hands.
  • Adjust the straps so that pack fits snugly against your child’s back. You should be able to slide one hand between the pack and your child’s back. Loose packs can pull your child back causing muscle strains.
  • The back of the pack should never rest more than 4 inches below the waist line.
  • Wearing a waist strap can take as much as 50 – 70% of the weight off the shoulders and spine helping to distribute the weight more evenly.
  • Teach your child to put on their backpack properly. Place the pack on a table and do up both straps before moving as opposed to twisting and reaching back or swinging the pack around the shoulder.Backpack21

It is important to be aware of your child’s daily burden because it could be detracting from their school experience. If they complain of back pain, headaches, numbness or weakness in their arms seek help to ease their discomfort and prevent future problems.

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The Cause & Solution for Ear Infections

Ear infections are an epidemic in our society. 90% of children will experience ear infections before they are school age. Most children experience two to three episodes per year. There is an estimated 10 million new cases per year. Despite extensive medical intervention, children’s ear infection rates continue to soar. An estimated $3.4 billion is spent every year for medications and surgeries. A study published in Canadian Family Physician stated that 97.7% of American children diagnosed with ear infections were given antibiotics but there was only a “definite need for antibiotics in only 5-10% of those cases!”Happy Babies (4)

Rate of ear infections soaring and medical science has failed to find an answer. The reason why they have failed is because the cause of ear infections is not micro-organisms. The real cause is an abnormally lowered immune response in the inner ear.

There is a solution to the problem. The real solution lies in locating the cause of the lowered immune response in the ear. A leading German authority, Dr. Gutmann, found 800 of 1000 (80%) infants checked during the first month of life had Blocked Atlantal Nerve Syndrome directly related to birth trauma. Blocked Atlantal Nerve Syndrome interferes with the nerve impulses in the upper neck area, lowers immune resistance and leave the child vulnerable to ear, nose and throat infections.

The cause of Blocked Atlantal Nerve Syndrome is the modern day birth process. The stress that is placed on the infant’s neck during the normal birthing process causes trauma to the upper cervical spine.

How do you fix Blocked Atlantal Nerve Syndrome? Only a trained Chiropractor qualified to remove the interference with a specific adjustment to the Atlantal Nerve. A chiropractic evaluation is of “decisive importance” and Chiropractic care can often bring about amazingly successful results.

“Birth Trauma at my age?”

A Patient asked me a typical question the other day. “What caused my neck problem?” He was shocked to discover that the reasons why many individuals suffer from neurological problems and health challenges as adults are from subluxations that were caused during the birth process. Signs and symptoms typically don’t show up until later in life, yet rob the individual of their health, vitality and wellness. Dr. Godfrey Gutman, medical researcher, discovered that more than 80% of the infants that he examined shortly after birth were suffering from injuries to the cervical spine (the neck), causing all types of health problems.

“If a child is subluxated at birth, that child’s perception of the world is distorted and their ability to respond to the world is compromised. This has severe implications throughout the life of that child! We are dealing with the single most devastating event in most individuals’ lives, it’s really that important. Every child should be checked for subluxations as soon as possible after birth.” Dr. Christopher Kent.

Dr. Towbin, of the Harvard Medical School’s pathology department, found that “the birth process, even under optimal conditions is potentially a traumatic, crippling event. Spinal cord annewbornd brain stem injuries occur often during the process of birth but frequently escape diagnosis.” As a chiropractor, we would much rather examine and adjust every newborn than to have to deal with a lifetime of health problems. We would rather adjust the newborn than wait 26 years and learn that the young person developed gall bladder disease in the areas where the nerve tissue was injured and compromised since birth.

At the Rockefeller Institute, Dr. Arpad DeNagy determined that interference to the nervous system, due to spinal stress, resulted in serious damage within a short period of time. He recommends that stabilizing biomechanical care should begin as soon after birth as possible. Furthermore, he indicated that this spinal stress tragedy may take sixty years to develop fully! “The entire birth process, from conception and pregnancy to delivery and post-delivery, can lay the foundation for later mental and physical disease. We now know that the trauma surrounding the birth process is engraved as imprints in the developing nervous system of the fetus and newborn.” Arthur Janov, Ph.D.

Has Your Birth Process Caused You An Early Demise?

A Boston University pathologist demonstrated that there is severe spinal damage to the infant as a result of the “usual” birth process. “The real cause of our demise is not diseases, but the spinal stress that happens at birth. This robs us of our innate potential for a very long, very healthy, and very happy life.” “The child will have less than optimal physical, mental, and social well-being. The birth damaged child carries the seeds of premature death with him at all times.” Studies at Columbia University have shown that the average child loses seventy percent of his biological potential by the age of seventeen. Traumatic birth syndrome, whether it results in immediate symptoms or diminishes your human potential over the course of yourbaby lifetime must be dealt with immediately.

Kids, ADHD & Chiropractic

What Is ADHD and How Common Is It?

Today with 1 in 10 kids is diagnosed with ADHD, making it the most commonly diagnosed neuro-behavioral disorder in children. This prevalence has sky rocketed over the past generation. Ritalin is currently the most common treatment for kids with ADHD. (In fact, the United States uses 90% of the world’s Ritalin) This medication is a schedule II controlled substance that has effects similar to both amphetamines and cocaine. As more parents are learning about the effects of medication on their children, they are looking to alternative treatments for ADHD. One very safe alternative that many parents have turned to is pediatric chiropractic care.

The main idea behind chiropractic care is that it restores optimal function of the nerve system. According the Gray’s Anatomy textbook, “All functions of the body are controlled by the nervous system.” ADHD is a known central nervous system disorder. When there is stress and tension in the nerve system, caused by common childhood occurrences like birth, falls, and sports, and chemical insult behavior problems may arise. A way to describe the effects of nerve system tension in children with ADHD and other neuro-developmental problems is that it is as if these kids have the heavy metal rock band Metallica blaring in the background all the time. It causes them behave erratically, have difficulty concentrating, seem overly sensitive, and have meltdowns for no apparent reason. Chiropractic care turns down the Metallica by calming the nerve system. The end result is that the childkids behaves and functions at a higher level. Since the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and spinal nerves) is protected by the skull and moveable bones of the spine, pediatric chiropractors are able to use gentle spinal adjustments to affect the nervous system.

Is There Any Evidence That Chiropractic Can Help Children with ADHD?

This has been an intensive area of study for well over a decade. A 2014 study of children diagnosed with ADHD between the ages of 8 and 12 remarkable results were found with chiropractic care. 75% of the children were on medication. Following a minimum of 5 months of care there was an overall 17.3% improvement in ADHD symptoms with no additional intervention.

New Thoughts on Autism

What Is The New Thinking About The Incredible Increase in Child Autism?

In a study by Drs. Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff, MIT scientists have drawn a strong correlation between glyphosphate pesticides and autism spectrum disorder. The study was published in April 2013.

Glyphosphate (commonly called Roundup) is one of the most widespread herbicides in use today. Today most people’s exposure to Roundup is not on the farm or the garden but through eating genetically modified foods (GMOs). 80% of genetically modified crops, particularly corn, soy, canola, cotton, sugar beets and most recently alfalfa, are specifically targeted towards the introduction of genes resistant to glyphosate, the so-called “Roundup Ready® feature.” This allows commercial farmers to spray Roundup on their crops continually without killing the plants. The upside is high yield crops with no pest damage. The downside is that the crops are saturated with Roundup and consumed by those who eat the crops.

The industry asserts that glyphosate is nearly nontoxic to mammals and therefore it is not a problem if glyphosate is ingested in food sources. It is claimed to be less toxic than aspirin. As a consequence, measurement of its presence in food is practically nonexistent. Research doesn’t back up Monsanto’s claims.

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“At today’s rate, by 2025, one in two children will be autistic,” Dr. Seneff stated. She noted that the side effects of autism closely mimic those of glyphosate toxicity, and presented data showing a remarkably consistent correlation between the use of Roundup on crops (and the creation of Roundup-ready GMO crop seeds) with rising rates of autism. (See graph above, bars show increases in autism by year while line shows increases in use of Roundup on corn and soy in US)

How Does Roundup Affect the Human Body?

Glyphosate inhibits detoxification of xenobiotics and interferes with cytochrome P450 enzymes (enzymes that allow the liver to detoxity the body), which enhances the damaging effects of other chemical residues and toxins, and very slowly damages cellular systems in the body through inflammation. It has also been found to have a direct effect of killing normal gut bacteria leading to gut dysbiosis. Eat only organic foods and avoid all GMO products.

Children and Chiropractic

Why Should Children Have Chiropractic Care?

More and more parents are seeking chiropractic care for their children. Many spinal problems seen in adults began as early as birth. Even so called “natural” birthing methods can stress an infant’s spine and developing nerve system. The resulting irritation to the nerve system caused by spinal and cranial misalignment can be the cause of many newborn health complaints. Colic, breathing problems, nursing difficulties, sleep disturbances, allergic reactions and chronic infections can often be traced to nerve system stress.

Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked right away. As the infant grows, learning to hold up the head, sit, crawl and walk are all activities that affect spinal alignment and are important times to have a child checked by a Doctor of Chiropractic.

Pictures-Kids-Bicycle-Skateboard-Scooter-10005200834[2]As the child begins to participate in regular childhood activities like skating or riding a bike, small yet significant spinal misalignments (subluxations) may occur. If neglected, the injuries during this period of rapid growth may lead to more serious problems later in life. Subtle trauma throughout childhood will affect the future development of the spine leading to impaired nervous system function. Any interference to the vital nerve system will adversely affect the body’s ability to function at its best.

One of the most common reasons parents seek care for their child is trauma from an injury of some sort. These misalignments may or may not result in immediate pain or symptoms. Regular chiropractic checkups can identify potential spinal injury from these traumas, make the correction early in life and help avoid many of the health complaints seen later in adults. Proper spinal hygiene is an important key to better health.

Another sought out reason for care is the resolution of a particular symptom or condition. Parents seek care for conditions such as colic, ear infections, asthma, allergies and headaches (to name a few) because they have heard from other parents that chiropractic care can help.

It is important to understand that the Doctor of Chiropractic does not treat conditions or diseases. The expertise of the chiropractor is in checking the child’s spine for misalignments that impair nervous system function and then correcting the misalignment to restore normal function.

What Will The Chiropractor Do When I Bring My Children In?

The Doctor of Chiropractic will take a case history and perform a chiropractic exam to determine if spinal subluxations exist. After the examination the chiropractor will then determine what chiropractic adjusting methods are best suited to fit a child’s size, weight, and unique spinal condition. Chiropractic adjustments are both gentle and very specific to the child’s developing spinal structures. Most parents report that their children enjoy having their chiropractic adjustments and that they look forward to subsequent visits. They also report that their children experience a greater level of health while under regular chiropractic care.

What Does the Research Tell Us About Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Children?

A 2007 study involving 389 parents and their children revealed some interesting results. The parents in the study tended to be parents with higher education which would seem to indicate that the higher the level of education the more apt parents are to take their children to chiropractors regularly. The parents in this study brought in their children to the chiropractor for a variety of health challenges. The most frequent health challenges were musculoskeletal pain, ear, nose and throat conditions, respiratory problems, and behavioral challenges. Over 50% of the parents brought in their children for “wellness visits”.

chiropractic-care-for-kidsIn the study no child reported any adverse reactions to chiropractic adjustments. Those children who had symptoms of pain reported decreased or diminished pain. Parents of the children in the study reported improvements in their child’s immune system, improved sleeping habits and an improved emotional state.1

1. J Alcantara, et al, Treatment-related aggravations, complications and improvements attributed to chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy of pediatric patients: a practice-based survey of practitioners. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies, Volume 12, December 2007

Mom Was Right!

Did Your Mom and Grandmother Insist That You Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables?

Of course they did… and sometimes the oldest advice is the wisest advice. A new study published in March 2014 in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, should give you more reason to pile your plate with fresh produce picks. The study used data from more than 65,000 free-living English adults (at least 35 years old) and monitored their dietary habits and health status for an average of 7.7 years. During the course of the study, some 4,399 subjects died. Using the available dietary intake and mortality data, researchers found an association between fruit and vegetable consumption and reduced risk for death from all causes, as well as risk of dying from cardiovascular disease or cancer.

What Do We Learn From This Study?

Subjects who reported eating seven or more servings of produce daily were 42% less likely to die from any cause during the study. In addition, those eating seven or more servings per day reduced risk of dying from cancer by 25 percent and from heart disease by 31 percent, compared to those who reported eating less than a serving per day. Vegetables were found to provide more disease-preventing benefits than fruit. For example, those eating 3+ servings of fruit reduced risk of death by 16 percent but eating 3+ servings of vegetables reduced risk of death by 32 percent. (Vegetables are your greatest source of vitamins and minerals)

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The researchers also found that every additional serving of fruit or vegetable reduced risk for overall death. They did report, however, that canned and frozen fruit consumption was correlated with a slight increased risk of death. The researchers noted that this finding is not consistent with previous studies, and added sugar in many canned fruits may be the culprit. (Many fresh frozen fruits contain no extra sugar).

Bottom line: It’s okay to be like your mother or your grandmother and ensure that your children and grandchildren learn to love vegetables and fruits. The study makes it clear… Eat more vegetables and fruits. While it’s unclear how many servings per day are optimal for overall health, this study shows that three or more servings of vegetables and three or more servings of fruit provided significant health payoffs. Produce may be the only food group that we can safely say, “More is better!”