October 15, 2014
Most parents would agree that a lot of kids are an accident waiting to happen. If you watch kids play, you may wonder how anyone gets past childhood without some sort of major trauma. But, fortunately, most survive just fine. If they receive regular chiropractic adjustments and are fed a healthy diet, they reach adulthood in excellent health.
Let’s talk about safety and prevention – Kids are kids! Let them have fun but expect the unexpected and make sure your child is ready for his/her future.
Video Commentary by Dr. Dan Yachter: http://youtu.be/iz0As75P_l0
In the United States the leading cause of death under the age of 25 is accidents. The leading cause of accidental deaths from the age of one to twenty-five years is automobile related.
- Almost 200,000 children are injured annually
- Over 1,000 children will be killed annually
Glauser and Cares, two medical researchers discovered that during a collision, a child in a lap belt will elongate (lengthen), jack-knife, and strike the back of the car seat. This is a known cause for pediatric trauma to the spine and spinal cord. The younger child is at higher risk in an auto injury. Two factors that place the younger child at risk are improper use or lack of car restraints (car seats and seat belts)…and the ratio of a larger head to a smaller child torso. The pediatric spine is particularly vulnerable to automobile trauma.
A child left without any car restraint will most likely receive the severest injury. It has been equated that an 8kg or approximately 17 pound child is unrestrained in a 30mph collision will accelerate and create the force of 250kg or approximately 800 pounds. The National Safety Council conducted a study observing 536 infants their first
year of life. The study discovered that 255 (47.5%) had fallen head first from a high place.
Message to our parents:
- Prevent these injuries by never allowing an infant to go unattended while on a high surface
- Infants should have regular chiropractic evaluation
Injuries and the baby walkers: Is it worth the risk?
In 1999, in the United States alone, nearly 9,000 children under the age of 15 months were treated in emergency rooms from baby walker injuries. The most common cause of injuries resulted from falls down stairs subsequently injuring the head.
In another study of ER hospital visits, injuries of infants under the age of one were recorded. The report concluded that 8.9/1,000 infants admitted to the ER were attributable to baby walkers and 1.7/1,000 of these injuries were of a serious nature. It should be noted that 97% of baby walker accidents result in neck and head injuries. Most injuries may be minor bruises and swelling of the head, forehead, face and cheeks. Serious injuries from baby walkers include:
- Skull fracture
- Intracranial Hemorrhage
- Cervical spine fracture
From 1997 through 1998 there were 34 infant deaths attributed to the baby walker. The Committee on Injury and Poison Prevention of the American Academy of Pediatrics forwarded several reasons why baby walkers should not be recommended. They mentioned that walkers do not help an infant learn how to walk and may delay normal motor & mental development.
Further, the American Academy of Pediatrics states that evidence of major and minor injury and death from baby walkers warrant a recommendation ban to the manufacture and sale of the product altogether.
It use to be that babies spent most of their time either nestled on the mother’s chest or on the ground or floor playing. Toddlers and preschoolers spent the majority of their time exploring and playing (both indoors and outdoors). These activities/positions allowed for proper (organized) brain development. Today’s children spend a great deal of time in an “apparatus’” and in front of computers and televisions. This hampers developmental
organization of the brain. They learn to use, and then rely on, the higher centers of the brain instead of integrating the lower part of the brain (cerebellum and brain stem). This disorganization of the brain and nervous system is why so many children struggle with reading, writing, and paying attention.
Baby walkers interrupt the multisensory and visual-spatial feedback the brain gets from the child’s view of his feet and also deprives the cerebellum of critical balancing exercises.
The American Academy of Pediatrics have been recommending that infants not be put prone for sleeping b/c of SIDS. However, what parents seem to be thinking is that the child should not be put in a prone position at all. As the result, many children seen in high risk clinics at 6 mos. have spent little or no time in the prone position. Parents state that the child doesn’t like being “on their tummy”. Infants who don’t experience early (2-5 mos.) play time on their tummies tend to have early motor delays. They are weaker in their flexor muscles, have increased
extension patterns in their extremities, keep hands mildly flexed at rest, tends to be archers, & are late w/press up on arms, rolling, & sitting.
“Tummy Time” develops muscles and neural pathways; possibly even fine muscles in the hands that relate to later handwriting skills. Movement and exploration allows the child to make connections between the upper, lower, and side-to-side brain areas. This will lead to later reading, comprehension, math, and organizational skills.
The infant and toddler learning to develop their muscular coordination for standing or walking will encounter numerous falls to the sitting position. Balance unfortunately does not exist for the infant, toddler and pre-adolescent. The home is the primary site for the adventuresome two and three year olds to receive injuries. Falls with immediate noticeable side effects or symptoms are not uncommon for this age group. Falls, small and large, unilateral (one sided dominance) sports and activities, as well as repetitive and poor postural habits are considered part of a normal life of a child. It is these normal life occurrences that can cause the minor injuries or strains to the developing spine by causing vertebral subluxation.
The presence of vertebral subluxation and the lack of normal spine movement may interfere with the development of the spine with symmetry (equal balance). A child developing asymmetry may lead to one of the primary causes to permanent vertebral subluxation with the adult spine. Under the age of five most falls and traumas occur at home or at a day care facility. Over 1 million children under the age of 5 visit hospital emergency rooms each year. More than 88,000 children a year visit the emergency room and, since 1990, 11 deaths have been attributed to trampoline usage. From the age of 5 to 18 most accidents occur at the school. Sports, physical education classes and unorganized activities play a role in these injuries.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commissioner study revealed that almost 250,000 children under the age of 15 were treated for injuries related to playground equipment. Over 200,000 children are seen in emergency
rooms each year. Fifty percent of these injuries resulted in head and cervical trauma. The most common equipment for childhood injuries are:
- Swings 87,000
- Monkey bars 68,000
- Slides 49,000
- Seesaws 11,000
- Other 22,000
- Bicycles are another source of childhood trauma. Over 50,000 children a year are treated for head trauma (not wearing a helmet) and cervical trauma.
Other childhood injuries include:
- Bicycling 297,852
- Skateboarding 110,462
- Roller Skating 29,337
- Inline Skating or Rollerblading 16,479
3.5 million children under the age of 14 receive medical treatment for sports injuries each year. Sports injuries are typically attributed to:
- Football 368,229
- Basketball 308,627
- Soccer 140,410
- Baseball 120,543
- Swimming 43,112
- Wrestling 33,535
- Gymnastics 26,542
- Horseback Riding 24,803
- Hockey 21,490
- Track and Field 17,410
Recent statistics have shown that over 6,000 students will go to an emergency room and 21,000 will be seen by healthcare providers. Sudden neck snapping in extension, flexion, and compression to the head or buttocks from falls can cause spine and/or spinal cord injury. Activities that are commonly associated with falls that can cause pediatric spinal trauma are skate boarding, trampoline, roller blades, horseback riding, surfing, water slides, or diving in shallow water.
Infants of physical abuse can also sustain injuries to the spine and spinal cord from violent shaking of the head. If accidents are the leading cause of death and severe injuries to children in most westernized countries, one can only assume that an epidemic number of children have sustained some level of pediatric spinal injury and trauma.
**Elevation Health doctors of chiropractic recommend spinal check-ups every 2 weeks for 1st year of life at a minimum. This is justified due to the fact that 50% of infants will have had a first fall from a high place within first year of life.
Hidden Physical Stressors
A lack of necessary sleep can cause undue stress to your child’s body and immunity. Children require a certain amount of sleep based on their age:
- Infants – 12.7 hours
- Toddlers – 11.7 hours
- Preschoolers – 10.4 hours
- 1st to 5th grade – 9.5 hours
Research has shown that a television in a child’s bedroom can contribute to a 50% increased likelihood of childhood obesity. According to recent studies, the following percentages of children in each age group have televisions in their bedrooms:
- Infants – 20%
- Toddlers – 18%
- Preschoolers – 30%
- School-ages – 43%
- The typical child is “plugged-in” for 8 ½ hours per day.
Society’s lack of wellness has consequences. Common childhood disorders result in children missing school:
- 42.6 million children will miss 1 day of school due to illness
- 4 million children will miss more than 10 days
Information provided by Dr. Dan Yachter
Next Kids’ Corner article: “Neurological Development and Birth Trauma.”
October 15, 2014
Know the facts on how to Prevent & Recover!
This workshop will teach you how to heighten your energy level and increase your immune system so that you will have the healing power to ward off debilitating diseases and seasonal illnesses (flu, colds ect…) .
Monday October 20th @ 6:00 pm
Location: Hartley Chiropractic Center
2653 Ulmerton Rd Clearwater (FeatherSound) Fl 33762
October 10, 2014
My health problems were numerous. I had uncontrolled high blood pressure, ear infections, sinusitis, constipation, low-back pain, soft-tissue and/or nerve damage at the L4, L5, and L6 vertebrae. I had excruciating neck pain that required sleeping on a special pillow due to whiplash injuries I received after three auto accidents. One injury occurred while on a ride at Disney. Additionally, my fingernails were paper thin, my hair was falling out, I bruised easily, I experienced breathing irregularities, food sensitivities, and the list goes on and on. My immune system was severely compromised as well.
I had previously tried chiropractic treatment, massage therapy, water aerobics, sleeping on a cervical pillow, herbal supplements, and mixing all with prayer.
Since my care has begun, I have decreased medications for my blood pressure. My blood pressure is finally within a normal range with less medication. I do not use sinus medications any longer (I used to spray several times a day in the past). I no longer have ear infections (every time water would get into my ears after a shower or washing my hair, I would have vertigo or dizziness). My mental acuity is clearer. My thoughts were previously “foggy” before my spinal adjustments.
I am in a long-term commitment to my good health with Elevation Health. Their approach has surpassed my prior chiropractic interventions because they x-rayed me first to see what they were dealing with. The other chiropractors did not do that.
May God Bless the doctors of Elevation Health!
October 8, 2014
Video Introduction by Dr. Dan Yachter: http://youtu.be/krIHRUs6QWA
2006 (Mar): 9 (1): 6-10 Aguilar carried out a series of chiropractic adjustments on 26 autistic children over a 9-month period. Twelve were found to have a left atlas laterality and 14 had a right atlas laterality. Outcomes from the study were varied but included normalization of deep tendon reflexes and dermatomal subjective sensation, increased cervical range of motion and reduction of other health problems. Many of the children were taken off Ritalin, bladder and bowel control improved, some children started to speak and eye contact and attention span also improved in some children. Hyperactivity and aggressive behavior were reduced in other children and five children were able to attend mainstream classes at school for the first time. Behavioral data, recorded by the teachers and parents, showed significant improvements in most cases.
The Effect of Chiropractic Adjustments on the Behavior of Autistic Children: A Case Review
Journal of Chiropractic 1987 (Dec); 24 (12): 21-25, Sandefur, R.; Adams, E
Autism is a severe behavioral and neurological disorder involving or inappropriate use of language, bizarre behaviors and an insistence on sameness. A systematic series of chiropractic adjustments was administered to
six autistic children to see if behavioral or neurological remediations would occur concomitant to treatment. The subjects were recruited from a Kansas City area specialized facility. Data used for the study were collected by the
classroom teachers. Those behaviors that remained fairly constant prior to treatment were selected for analysis. Results were divided into observable effects and no observable effects. All of the observable effects that occurred
following intervention were in the desired direction. Behavioral improvements were observed in such diverse areas as picking up toys, use of sign language, reduction of self-abuse and appropriate use of language. It is hoped that this pilot study will generate further research into the effects of chiropractic adjustments on similar neurological disorders.
**Gutmann, a medical/manual medicine doctor studied 1,000 infants with birth trauma. His study revealed that birth trauma (long lever technique) often caused upper cervical vertebral subluxation. The study revealed that infants who were adjusted during the study showed improvement with the following disorders – colic, restlessness, fever of unknown origin, seizures, postural scoliosis, etc. Dr. Gutmann speculated that abnormal nerve function may lead to a lowered immune system in children and may be a contributor to common childhood sickness as seen in ear infections and tonsillitis.
70% of infants are breastfed at birth but only 36% will continue to be breastfed by 6 months and less than 18% at 12 months resulting in many children being formula fed. Formula fed infants have an increased likelihood of infections and are prone to developing allergies later in life. Over 6.7 billion gallons of milk are consumed each year. 40% of that or 3.1 billion gallons are consumed by children. Typically 20% of children are eating fast food more than three times a week and approximately $150 billion is spent on fast food each year. Studies are linking this to obesity, insulin resistance and type-2 diabetes as currently more than 9 million children are obese. A can of soda contains up to 55mg of caffeine and energy drinks may contain up to 350mg of caffeine. 13% of the average child’s daily calories come from soft drinks and 140 pounds of sugar are consumed per person per year.
Vaccine dosages out of control?
Children will be given 48 doses of 14 vaccines before the age of 6. In the past 25 years, the number of doses of vaccines given children under 6 has more than doubled and their ingredients include but are not limited to the following:
- Mercury & aluminum
- Hydrochloric acid
- Ethylene Glycol
- Amalgam, or dental fillings,contain 50% mercury, 30% silver and differing amounts of tin, zinc and copper.
Most foods on the grocer’s shelf contain:
- Nitrates and nitrites (including sodium nitrite)
- Sulfites (including metabisulfites)
- Sulfur dioxide
- Benzoic acid (aka sodium benzoate)
- BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)
- BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole)
- Coal tar
- Propylene glycol
- MSG (monosodium glutamate)
- Refined or bleached flour (i.e. whitened using chloride oxide)
Over 20 million children ingest 8 to 15 pesticides each day.
The top ten pesticides used in the past ten years include:
- Petroleum oil
- Metam Sodium
- Methyl bromide
- Copper sulfate
- Mineral oil
- Copper hydroxide
*When tested, fruits and vegetables were found to have traces of several different pesticides:
Sweet bell peppers – 64
Lettuce – 57
Hot peppers – 51
Apples – 50
Peaches – 42
Cucumbers – 40
Strawberries – 38
Imported grapes – 37
Green beans – 35
Pears – 33
*When possible, always buy locally grown organic fruits and vegetables.
Genetically engineered foods are becoming more common:
18% of dairy cows are injected with rBGH and dairies often mix milk.
Roxarsone (chicken feed) contains arsenic and tests have found 466 ppb of arsenic in chicken liver.
Animals are often fed antibiotics, creating antibiotic resistant bacteria.
*Off-labeling of prescription drugs has become a major problem. 2/3 of drugs prescribed to children have not been tested for them and drugs are used off-label in nearly 80% of major children’s hospitals.
*Physicians are prescribing drugs based on a “best guess” as to the dosage, efficacy and even safety.
Almost 10 million children per year will be written a prescription. Off-labeling of prescription drugs has become a major problem.
The top ten drugs typically prescribed off-label include:
ü Alupent syrup
Join us next week when our topic will be: “Physical Stressors.” http://youtu.be/krIHRUs6QWA
Information provided by Dr. Dan Yachter, D.C., Elevation Health, Lake Mary, FL