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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Head Injury Crisis Makes Chiropractic a Crucial Life Saver

This is my recent Citizen article published today. I am adding it to my blog because I can't locate the link on the website. As I reread the article, I can't over emphasize how many injuries children sustain on an almost daily basis that affects the brain. The foundation of adult health begins during childhood. Whenever I hear someone say, "Oh, he'll grow out of it," I wince because the person is woefully uninformed of the chiropractic advantage.
Thank you for reading. Thank you for telling the truth to your friends and loved ones.
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The recent TIME magazine “Tiger Mom issue” contained another child centered article about the dangers of concussions. A survey shows 3.8 million Americans suffer this head injury every year. The number of ER visits for children has doubled between 1997 and 2005.

Sports such as football are given a lot of the blame but 66% of children’s concussions are attributed to regular play activities. It also doesn’t help that children seem to be attracted to trampolines and extreme sports such as skateboarding.

Mild injuries that do not get the attention of parents, coaches and physicians are of concern to chiropractors. This is because the accumulation of jarring hits to the body can do considerable damage to the developing brain.

A brain injury does not have to be a direct hit to the head, either. Any whiplash like trauma such as a blow to the chest can be just as serious. Neck pain in a child is a warning sign the head was snapped around enough to create brain swelling that erodes vulnerable nerve coverings.

The TIME article noted the suicide death of college football player, Owen Thomas, who didn’t have a history of mental illness. Upon autopsy, it was discovered he had physical signs of brain damage indicating a long term buildup of damage in nerve tissue.

With children, their heads are like bowling balls bobbing back and forth on a neck that is more like a slinky. Babies’ heads are cradled very carefully when held by adults but as they grow older and learn to walk it is a different story.

For younger children who have different health problems it is important to consider trauma to the head and spine. When children don’t meet their developmental milestones or they exhibit difficulty learning, their past episodes of falls should be considered.

Stomach issues or bed wetting in a child can be caused by milder traumas. Children who often have colds or bronchial infections have immune systems that are struggling due to past bumps and bruises.

The most heavily researched topic in pediatric chiropractic is injury to the spinal cord and brain stem resulting from childbirth procedures. Babies can be brought into the world unknowingly injured.

This is why regular chiropractic examinations are so important from infancy to adulthood. Neurologists are necessarily focused on the seriousness of concussions making the public aware of early interventions and chiropractors provide similar interventions, too.

Children often do better than adults with chiropractic adjustments and find the experience very enjoyable. Even when children are too young to express themselves, they quickly respond to the calming effect of a spinal adjustment.

Every parent needs to be aware there is real problem of accumulated damage to a child’s brain and spinal cord. A chiropractic assessment can reveal a great deal of information about stressful interruptions in a child’s development.

While children are at risk of damage from mild or severe injuries, the outcomes are very positive when parents are quick to choose chiropractic care for their families.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

65% Are Fat & Sick: Don't Follow This Crowd

  • Some people are sick.
    Some are sick and don't know it.
    The rest try to live well but hit roadblocks all along the way.

    There is something so terribly wrong when a statistic states there are more overweight people than thin people. Yesterday, I was listening to a radio show that was discussing the rarity of overweight school aged children many decades ago. Now, in a classroom of 30 kids, 10 of them are overweight or obese!

    As a whole, we are paying attention to very ineffective interventions and ignoring the real problems.

    Another complaint I have is this:
    If you google "can you be overweight and healthy" the articles are full of opinions that are all over the place. Some say you can be healthy and overweight and some say there is a very strong risk of metabolic syndrome if the person doesn't already have it. READ MY PAST ARTICLES ON METABOLIC SYNDROME

    If 65% of Americans are overweight or obese, we are believing a full set of lies about health and lifestyle.

    Here's a short list of lies and poorly disseminated information:

    You must take prescription drugs for health risks such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, osteoporosis

    High fructose corn syrup, or the new version "corn sugar" is similar to sucrose or table sugar made from cane or beets.

    Artifical sweeteners are good choices especially for diabetics

    Low fat cooking is healthy

    Whole grains are important in the diet

    Losing weight only requires eating less and exercising more

    The produce aisle is the healthiest place in the grocery store

    The food guide pyramid is correct

    The American Diabetic Association recommendations are healthy

    Children who don't perform well in school have attention problems

    Children don't play enough outside

    Dairy is important for strong bones

    Supplements are not necessary if the diet has variety

    There is no easy answer but there are easy explanations. Putting better habits into play is very difficult. The number one thing we have to do is turn our backs on big lobbies. In our capitalistic society we have to give "the little guy" a chance.

    Who are the little guys?

    Mike Adams and Dr. Joseph Mercola instead of the AMA and other large associations. Mike Adams and Dr. Joseph Mercola are in pursuit of safe, natural health. They point out the dangers of drugs especially the drugs that are taught to be the best way to deal with a disease. Dr. Mercola began selling products not to make money but to pay for the many lawsuits many angry groups file against him. He offers safer, intelligent options and he gets sued. He does win, but it costs him.

    Your local farms that grass feed and use organic practices. Mass farming is cheaper but very risky for our environment and health. GMO crops are creating diseases we will be unable to face in the future. Is cancer on the rise because of chemicals in farming and genetically manipulated seeds? By the way, Certified Organic Credentialing is so expensive, many small farms follow organic practices but do not seek the designation. Get to know the owners personally and ask they will proudly talk about their farming practices.

    Your local dairy that does not pasteurize. Unpasteurized is the only healthy milk to drink. End of Story. Visit the Real Milk site for more information.

    Supplements your natural health practitioners personally take, not products from GNC, Walmart, or Kinneys.We research how the products are made. If you aren't feeling better on store-shelf products, you're not buying bioavailable products. You can buy quality at a fair price, if you are committed to it.

    Natural health practitioners who emphasize realistic low carb eating. What does that mean? You have to ask me to find out.

    I know how hard it is to shake the health lies you grew up with. I had to go through the same internal fights. But that's what it is: internal. You make the decision to change your mind. But you never have to do it alone. It feels like you are alone, but you've got to stop believing what those 65% believe.

See you at the table...the adjusting table.
--Dr. Lisa
Your Health Freedom Advocate for True Informed Consent


Live Fully Today............

Saturday, February 05, 2011