Childhood

Backpack Tips

Childhood

Taking the Measures to Protect Spinal Health
July - August 2002 ICPA Newsletter

backpackAs school approaches and we get new back packs for our children, there are important safety measures to consider in choosing and wearing back packs. Back Pack Safety America/ International gives us these simple steps for avoiding injury and improving spinal health.

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Dealing with Sickness

Childhood

by Kevin Donka, D.C.

bedwetting Early last week, a practice member of mine named Melissa came in for her weekly check-up. I found that she was clear (i.e., didn't need an adjustment), so I rang the well bell and congratulated her. She got up off the table with a confused look on her face and said, "But I'm sick! How can I be clear when I'm sick? Are you sure I'm clear?"

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The Truth About Sunscreen

Childhood

by Kurt Greenberg, D.C.

apply-sunscreenWith skin cancers of all kinds increasing at an alarming rate and the deadliest form malignant melanoma threatening to surpass all other malignancies as the number one cancer in America within twenty years, it is imperative we investigate all treatment strategies, prevention and most important the causes without delay.

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Learned Helplessness

Childhood

by Kevin Donka, D.C.

6475252[1]Have you ever been to a circus and wondered why such a big animal doesn't just break that tiny little chain around its ankle? The answer is that the elephant is living in a state of what is called "Learned helplessness."

The way to train an elephant is to begin by attaching a very big, very strong chain to its leg and then forcing it to go to the limits of the chain over and over again. Since this is such a strong chain, the elephant can't break it and it quickly learns not to try anymore. It learns to be helpless.

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Flu Season: Chance or Choice

Childhood

by Jeanne Ohm, D.C.

feverAs we approach the "flu season" it is important for us to recognize some of the lifestyle dynamics that contribute to our increased susceptibility to the flu.

Our bodies have an incredible ability to adapt to their environments and maintain a state of "ease" or balance. It is this balance or proper function that creates true health and well-being. Physical, emotional and chemical stresses adversely affect our bodies' ability to adapt and maintain this balance.

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Sunshine For Vitamin D

Childhood

by Kevin Donka, D.C.

sunshineThe American Academy of Pediatrics has just announced that breastfed infants should now get vitamin D supplements to prevent rickets. Infant formulas contain much more vitamin D than breast milk, and there is an apparent resurgence of the condition among babies who have been nursed. That's the word from the nation's leading pediatricians, outlined in a new policy statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The statement appears in the April 2003 issue of Pediatrics.

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Fever: A Hot Topic Worth Looking At

Childhood

sick_kid w termoMyths vs Reality.
Fever is one of the most common reasons that parents seek medical attention for their children. Parental concerns arise in part because of the belief that fever itself is a disease rather than a symptom or sign of the body adapting to a cause. (1) Additionally, many parents over react in the treatment of fevers and actually add to the duration of the very condition the body is trying to eliminate. Fear and misinformation about febrile seizures add to parents' concerns and their often unwarranted mode of treatment. Understanding fever and its function in health is imperative in caring for our children more effectively.

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Neurological Problems

Childhood

A Letter from a Chiropractic Advocate
By Phyllis Libby
Originally Printed in ICPA Newsletter May-June 1999

nurologicalI want to share with you my efforts to introduce chiropractic to families with neurologically disabled children on intensive home treatment programs in Guatemala and Poland. In these two countries, nonprofit associations devoted to brain-injured children pay my expenses for a labor of love, to strengthen their treatment programs and awareness of the latest therapies. It's a risk telling people about chiropractic in places where it is rare and the chance of it becoming a reality is so remote. However, stimulating for neurological growth every day will not produce permanent results without chiropractic. So I gave the message hoping that the miracle would materialize.

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The Benefits of Co-Sleeping

Childhood

Macal Gordon, Executive Editor, Attachment Parenting
Originally printed in ICPA Newsletter July-August 2002

cosleepingWhat Research Shows.
When it comes to research about co-sleeping, there's good news and there's bad news. The good news is that there is research to suggest that there are benefits to parents and infants who share a bed (or room) through the night. The bad news is that, beyond the research into the connection between co-sleeping and SIDS prevention, there's not much being done which inquires into its qualitative or long-term aspects. Until this type of research is done, we must continue to draw from the good work that is being done within the American culture, as well as from studies conducted in other cultures abroad.

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Backpack Research

Childhood

Dr. Marvin Arnsdorff
Originally published in I.C.P.A. Newsletter May-June 2002

boy-wearing-backpack-0-280x280[1]For many students, "hitting the books" leads to academic achievement. Students who carry those books in overloaded backpacks may be unknowingly participating in the beginning of a health epidemic.

Scientific research reveals an alarming danger associated with improper childhood backpack use. This research stems from the increasing number of reports of childhood back pain in recent decades. By the end of their teen years, close to 60 percent of youths experience at least one low-back pain episode. And new research indicates that this may be due, at least in part, to the improper use of backpacks on young spines. That's why Dr. Marvin Arnsdorff and his partner John Carroll created Backpack Safety America/International™ to curb the rising tide of injury due to improper use of backpacks. "Back pain leads to more than 19 million doctor visits per year, according to the U.S. Department of Human Health and Services," said Dr Arnsdorff. "What will that figure be when the members of the "Backpack Generation" are in their thirties and forties?"

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Asthma Information

Childhood

By: Jeanne Ohm, D.C., F.I.C.P.A.
Originally Printed in: I.C.P.A. Newsletter July/August 1998

According to the Better Health & Medical Network:
-Asthma is a chronic lung disease with inflammation and or obstruction of the airways from the nose and mouth to the lungs.
-4 million children under the age of 18 suffer with asthma.
-Asthma has increased 46% from 1982-1993 with an 80% growth in children under 18.
-In the 5-17 age group, asthma causes an annual loss of more than 10 million school days per year.
-Asthma accounts for more childhood hospitalizations than any other childhood disease.
-Children with asthma spend approximately 7.3 million days per year restricted to bed rest.
-In 1990, there were 7.1 million physician visits for asthma.
-Health care costs for asthma were estimated to be $6.2 billion, which is almost 1% of the total US health care costs.
-More than 5,200 Americans died from asthma in 1991.

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Mercury Toxicity

Childhood

Jeanne Ohm, D.C., F.I.C.P.A.
Originally Printed in: I.C.P.A. Newsletter September\October 1999

mercury 2Working with the effects of chemical stress on the nervous system, it is important we become aware substances in our environment which adversely affect children from conception and throughout childhood. One such neurotoxin is mercury and depending on the exposure levels, mercury can cause numbness, in fingers and toes, impairment of motor coordination and speech, drowsiness, memory problems and tremors.(1)

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