ADHD Linked to Common Pesticide

More and more children are being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and also being placed on medication to treat the symptoms. We already know the extreme dangers associated with these drugs, but what about getting to the root cause of the problem? Here is a look at a recent study that links pesticides to an increased risk of ADHD.

A study published in the May 17, 2010 issue of the journal Pediatrics has found that even low levels of pesticide residue found in the urine samples of North American children seems to be strongly associated with the development of ADHD.

Bouchard and Weisskopf found that even at low exposures, the presence of the common pesticide byproduct dimethyl thiophosphate in the urine of children made them twice as likely to exhibit ADHD symptoms.

This byproduct was found in about 6 in 10 of the children and as Bouchard says, “It’s not a small effect. This is 100% more risk.”

For every tenfold increase in pesticide byproduct malathion in the urine; the risk of ADHD increased to 55%.

At least 73 million pounds of organophosphate pesticides are used in agricultural and residential settings in the US.

Organophosphates are designed to be toxic to the nervous system, says Bouchard, “That’s how they kill pests.”

Aside from this strong link to pesticide exposure, pressure on a child’s nervous system can also cause symptoms of ADHD.

Pressure on the upper cervical spine, caused from bad posture, birth trauma, falls, car accidents, etc. can increase the sympathetic response in the body–also known as ‘fight or flight.’ This can cause ADHD-like symptoms and trouble focusing. The best sort of physician to seek out is a wellness chiropractor. They can evaluate the spine and remove pressure from that area.

Here’s the full report.

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Have  you noticed the number of drug recalls and warnings lately?

Tylenol recall: Serious side effects investigated

Fortunately more and more parents are re-evaluating the need for vaccinations – Many More Parents Are Refusing Vaccines!!

Why take risks with your health and the health of your family? I recommend you always start with the easiest, safest steps to improve your health. Chiropractic adjustments are just that – safe and easy and thousands of people are living healthier, happy lives as a result.

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Denver mom says she has found the answer to helping her kids fight allergies and colds.

Erika Roberg takes her three children to a chiropractor once a week.

Her oldest son, 4-year-old Caleb started seeing Dr. Greg Mortimer of Englewood just days after he was born. Roberg says the adjustments have worked.

“If he gets a cold, it is over in hours, not days,” she said.

Her 2-year-old son, Andrew needs the most help. He has severe allergies and asthma and often needs oxygen to function and feel good.

“I can bring Andrew here in an acute allergy attack. Before we leave, he is about 80 percent better. He can breathe easier. His mood is generally better. His eyes are usually less puffy. The redness will be mostly gone. And then, by the end of the evening, if he’s on oxygen, I can get him off oxygen. He’s just better.”

Here’s the entire article

Mediterranean diet may help prevent dementia, study says

In a study, people who most closely followed a Mediterranean-like diet were 36% less likely to have areas of brain damage.

Eating a diet rich in healthy fats and limiting dairy and meat could do more than keep your heart healthier. It could also help keep you thinking clearly.

New research shows that sticking to the Mediterranean diet, previously shown to reduce heart and other health issues, also may help lower the risk of having small areas of dead tissue linked to thinking problems. Known as brain infarcts, they’re involved in vascular dementia, the second most common form of dementia, after Alzheimer’s disease.

“We’ve got these diseases of aging that cause disability, cost a ton of money to treat and manage, and wreck people’s lives,” said Dr. Gregory Cole, a professor of medicine and neurology at the University of California, Los Angeles, who was not involved in this new study. “You’ve got to get in there and figure out what actually works for prevention, and not have people guessing.”

A Mediterranean diet includes a lot of fruit, vegetables and fish, olive oil, legumes and cereals, and fewer dishes containing dairy, meat, poultry, and saturated fatty acids than other diets. It also involves small to moderate amounts of alcohol.

Here’s the full CNN report.

Johnson & Johnson Recalls Children’s Tylenol and Motrin

The U.S. FDA has urged consumers to stop using liquid Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl and Zyrtec medicines for children and infants. Johnson & Johnson has announced a broad recall following the discovery of manufacturing deficiencies that could affect the quality, purity and potency of the drugs.

The FDA also warned that consumers should not give adult strength medicine to children instead, as this can result in serious harm.

According to Reuters:

“Some of the products affected by the recall may contain a higher concentration of active ingredient than specified; others contain inactive ingredients that may not meet internal testing requirements; and others may contain tiny particles.”

Read the entire report at Dr Mercola’s site.

Ulcer meds linked to grave infections, fractures

Worth $15-billion (U.S.) a year, proton pump inhibitors among the most misused drugs on North American market.

Proton pump inhibitors – drugs used to treat a range of digestive problems ranging from heartburn to bleeding ulcers – are among the most misused drugs on the market, new research concludes.

Between 53 per cent and 69 per cent of PPIs are inappropriately prescribed, particularly for dyspepsia, the medical term for indigestion and upset stomach. Proton pump inhibitors reduce the production of acid by blocking the enzyme in the stomach wall that produces it.

“Harm will result if these commonly used medications are prescribed for conditions for which there is no benefit, such as non-ulcer dyspepsia,” said Dr. Deborah Grady of the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She said risks seem particularly acute in seniors.

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Did you know that in one study 45% of adults who received Chiropractic care, while suffering from from dyspepsia (heart burn) noticed an improvement in their symptoms and decreased their medication. Full report.

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Exercise in Pregnancy Benefits Babies

For most pregnant women, exercise is the last thing on their minds. After all, keeping slim while you’re expecting isn’t exactly the top priority — rather, it’s making sure your baby gets enough nutrients to grow. But in a small new study, researchers at the University of Auckland in New Zealand report that a mother’s regular aerobic exercise may be good for a growing fetus’ health — and may even help a baby get a healthier start in life.

The finding is a bit surprising, because exercise is known to lower the risk of insulin resistance — the precursor condition to diabetes. Although insulin resistance is a detriment in healthy adults, it turns out to be helpful for proper fetal development. Insulin-resistant individuals gradually lose their ability to respond to changing glucose levels in the blood; in pregnant women, the condition, which occurs when hormones produced by the placenta interfere with the proper function of insulin in the body, means nutrients get shunted to the growing baby. (If the condition gets severe, however, it can result in a temporary condition called gestational diabetes in the mother, which is associated with heavier babies and a higher risk of obesity in childhood.)

It’s an even more important message for overweight and obese mothers-to-be, who tend to deliver heavier babies (anything over about 8 lb. 12 oz., or 4 kg, is considered a high birth weight), who are then at higher risk of diabetes and obesity later in life. Those heavier children are then more likely to become overweight adults and in turn give birth to bigger babies. The goal, says Hofman, is to break the cycle of ever bigger generations of babies. According to his latest findings, exercise during pregnancy may be a safe and reliable first step; the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends 30 minutes a day for pregnant women, for as long as they are physically able.

Chiropractic for the Treatment and Prevention of Sports Injuries

Chiropractic for the Treatment and Prevention of Sports Injuries

Chiropractors have a longstanding history of treating musculoskeletal sports injuries.

Hoskins and Pollard used two groups of male semi elite Australian Rules football athletes, matched them in several ways and randomly placed them in one of two arms of the study. All received the usual and customary management and medical care. Half also received chiropractic care which consisted of both soft tissue and Chiropractic adjustments.

When chiropractic care was added to conventional management, there was a significant reduction in lower limb strain injuries, time missed as a result of knee injuries, lower low back pain, and there was improvement in health status.

Here’s the full study.