March 19, 2015
A variety of studies have demonstrated that breastfeeding increases a child’s immunity to disease and infection:
- Many studies show that breastfeeding strengthens the immune system. During nursing, the mother passes antibodies to the child, which help the child resist diseases and help improve the normal immune response to certain vaccines.
- Respiratory illness is far more common among formula-fed children. In fact, an analysis of many different research studies concluded that infants fed formula face a threefold greater risk of being hospitalized with a severe respiratory infection than do infants breast-fed for a minimum of four months.
- Diarrheal disease is three to four times more likely to occur in infants fed formula than those fed breast milk.
- Breastfeeding has been shown to reduce the likelihood of ear infections, and to prevent recurrent ear infections. Ear infections are a major reason that infants take multiple courses of antibiotics.
- In developing countries, differences in infection rates can seriously affect an infant’s chances for survival. For example, in Brazil, a formula-fed baby is 14 times more likely to die than an exclusively breast-fed baby.
- Researchers have observed a decrease in the probability of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in breast-fed infants.
- Another apparent benefit from breastfeeding may be protection from allergies. Eczema, an allergic reaction, is significantly rarer in breast-fed babies. A review of 132 studies on allergy and breastfeeding concluded that breastfeeding appears to help protect children from developing allergies, and that the effect seems to be particularly strong among children whose parents have allergies.
Benefits to the Child Later in Life
Some benefits of breastfeeding become apparent as the child grows older. Among the benefits demonstrated by research:
- Infants who are breast-fed longer have fewer dental cavities throughout their lives.
- Several recent studies have shown that children who were breast-fed are significantly less likely to become obese later in childhood. Formula feeding is linked to about a 20 to 30 percent greater likelihood that the child will become obese.
- Children who are exclusively breast-fed during the first three months of their lives are 34 percent less likely to develop juvenile, insulin-dependent diabetes than children who are fed formula.
- Breastfeeding may also decrease the risk of childhood cancer in children under 15 years of age. Formula-fed children are eight times more likely to develop cancer than children who are nursed for more than six months. (It is important to note that children who are breast-fed for less than six months do not appear to have any decreased cancer risk compared to bottle-fed children.)
- As children grow into adults, several studies have shown that people who were breast-fed as infants have lower blood pressure on average than those who were formula-fed. Thus, it is not surprising that other studies have shown that heart disease is less likely to develop in adults who were breast-fed in infancy.
- Significant evidence suggests that breast-fed children develop fewer psychological, behavioral and learning problems as they grow older. Studies also indicate that cognitive development is increased among children whose mothers choose to breastfeed.
- In researching the psychological benefits of breast milk, one researcher found that breast-fed children were, on average, more mature, assertive and secure with themselves as they developed.
Information provided by Dr. Dan Yachter, D.C.
Next week, the topic will be “Benefits of Breastfeeding to the Mother.”
March 13, 2015
Breast milk is widely acknowledged as the most complete form of nutrition for infants, with a range of benefits for infants’ health, growth, immunity and development. Breast milk is a unique nutritional source that cannot adequately be replaced by any other food, including infant formula. Although pollutants can accumulate in breast milk, it remains superior to infant formula from the perspective of the overall health of both mother and child.
Infants are fragile and susceptible to disease, partly because their bodies are not fully developed. They must be treated with special care and given adequate nourishment. Infant formulas are able to mimic a few of the nutritional components of breast milk, but formula cannot hope to duplicate the vast and constantly changing array of essential nutrients in human milk. Nevertheless, breastfeeding is often devalued, both in the United States and abroad, and in many parts of the world it must compete with relentless advertising by infant-formula companies.
Studies have demonstrated a number of important health benefits to breastfeeding. Among them:
- Breast-fed children are more resistant to disease and infection early in life than formula-fed children.
- Breast-fed children are less likely to contract a number of diseases later in life, including juvenile diabetes, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, and cancer before the age of 15.
- Mothers who breastfeed are less likely to develop osteoporosis later in life, are able to lose weight gained during pregnancy more easily and have a lower risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer.
Breastfeeding also has economic advantages: it’s cheaper than buying formula and helps avoid medical bills later because it helps equip the baby to fight off disease and infection. New parents are well advised to learn all they can about the pros and cons of breast milk and formula.
The United States Lags in Breastfeeding
The United States has one of the lowest rates of breastfeeding in the industrialized world, and one of the highest rates of infant mortality. Data from 2003 indicate that 71 percent of U.S. mothers initiate some breastfeeding, and only 36 percent report feeding any human milk to their infants at six months. Rates in the African-American community are lower, with only 55 percent of women initiating breastfeeding and only 24 percent still breastfeeding at six months. Those numbers stand in marked contrast to Sweden, for example, where the breastfeeding initiation rate exceeds 98 percent and the rate at six months is 72 percent. In Sweden, there is a high level of awareness about chemical contaminants in breast milk, yet most mothers make the wise decision to breastfeed their children anyway.
Benefits to the Child in the First Years of Life
Breast milk is a unique combination of nutrients essential to a child’s health, and cannot be duplicated by any laboratory formula. It provides a number of health advantages beginning at birth and continuing throughout a child’s life. In fact, a large number of the health problems today’s children face might be decreased, or even prevented, by breastfeeding the infant exclusively for at least the first six months of life. The longer the mother breastfeeds, the more likely her child will get the health benefits of breastfeeding.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that mothers breastfeed for at least the first year of a child’s life and continue until they both feel they are ready to stop. In the first six months, the baby should be nourished exclusively by breast milk. The slow introduction of iron-enriched foods may complement the breastfeeding in the second half of the first year. Breast milk without supplements during the first six months reduces the possibility of food contamination due to tainted water or malnutrition as a result of over-diluted formula. Therefore, the child should be nursed without the interference of water, sugar water, juices, or formulas, unless a specific medical condition indicates otherwise. The AAP asserts that breast milk has the perfect balance of nutrients for the infant. It is by itself enough sustenance for approximately the first six months of life and should follow as the child’s staple throughout the first year.
Information provided by Dr. Dan Yachter, D.C.
Join us next week for Part 2 of “The Benefits of Breastfeeding.”
March 11, 2015
Exactly 10 years ago this month, while living in New York City, I started having intense episodes of vertigo. I was sent to doctors from one end of Brooklyn to the next. They did hearing tests, balancing tests and even an MRI. You see, they were telling me back then that I may be suffering from something called Meniere’s disease. It has no known cause and no known cure. The MRI was done to rule out the possibility of a brain tumor. As a young woman of 35, I was convinced that I could possibly be handicapped for the rest of my life.
I relocated to Florida in August of 1999 because every environmental condition that surrounded me just by living in New York (loud noise, bright lights, stress, etc.) were the very things that are known to trigger episodes of vertigo.
Attending the Blockbuster Workshop events has been one of the most profound experiences of my life. The Elevation Health doctors have a true passion, not to get rich or become prosperous, but to see others prosper and be in good health even as their souls prosper! While I have learned a higher, more excellent way to eat, and I have a new determination to be the healthiest I have NEVER been in my life, I appreciate the heart of these doctors. I have been inspired by the Elevation Health doctors to hold on to the passion to also see others live healthier, longer, & stronger lives.
As I am writing, I have lost 6 pounds in just 6 weeks. Diabetes and high blood pressure are at least two of the things I have witnessed my loved ones deal with. I am determined to end the generational curses of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attacks. I WILL be a lean, clean and healthy machine! Although I am not yet at a place where I am vertigo free, my determination is to transition my life to a healthy state, where vertigo does not and cannot continue to thrive.
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March 4, 2015
Ninety percent of the neurological development and synaptic connections are completed by age 6. Myelination (Myelin is the covering on the spinal cord and nerves) of most of the axons of the major spinal tracks and the cerebrum are largely completed by the end of the second year of postnatal life, while full myelination is completed after the tenth year.
At birth the cerebellum grows so rapidly that by the onset of puberty its surface area has increased fourfold. Structures such as the reticular formation, commisssural neurons, and intercortical association areas mature after the tenth year of life. The dendrites of the cortical neurons are rudimentary at birth but during the first year of life, each cortical neuron develops 1,000 to 100,000 connections with other neurons.
Since by age six all of the motor and sensory functions we use as adults have been fully developed it is after this time that we can enhance these functional abilities and perfect their use. Damage at any stage prior to the preliminary development of these functions will cause compensatory patterns to either be learned or occur naturally to allow us to interact with our environment to the best of our ability.
“Birth related spinal cord injuries appears to be under diagnosed. Severe injuries cause death immediately; incomplete injuries can either cause death within the neonatal period or permit survival. In birth injuries, the upper cervical spine or the cervicothoracic junction is usually affected. However, and level of the spinal cord can be involved, and the involvement of multiple levels is not uncommon.”
Dickman, Rekate, Sonntag, Zabramski, Division of Neurological Surgery, Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ.
If corrections are not made at this point in time or soon afterwards studies show that these children will function at reduced capacity later in life. “Traumatization of the suboccipital structures inhibits functioning of the proprioceptive feedback loops. The motor development, though preprogrammed, cannot develop normally. These systems are fault tolerant and able to overcome considerable difficulties and restricted working conditions. But the price for this is a reduced capacity to absorb additional stress later. These children may show only minor symptoms in the first months of their life but later on at the age of 5 or 6 they suffer from headaches, postural problems or diffuse symptoms like sleep disorders, being unable to concentrate etc.”
Journal of Manual Medicine, Springer – Velag 1992
“Without correction, aberrant motility of the motion units of the spine will inevitably result in spinal degeneration. With appropriate correction before the spinal degeneration occurs, there will be no spinal degeneration.”
Dr. Jan Jirout “Studies in the Dynamics of the Spine”
“Nerve tissue reacts adversely to stretching and the hypermobility of the spine causes nerves to stretch abnormally, causing immediate pathophysiological changes as well as long-term neuropathologic changes.”
Alf Brieg, M.D. “Adverse Mechanical Tension in the Central Nervous System”