August 21, 2014
Introducing New Foods (6mos-1 year)
Important things to remember
1. No two children are alike.
2. 6-9 months generally the earliest age for new food and beverage introduction. Also an appropriate time for implementation of a multiple vitamin.
3. 9-12 months a time when an infant’s digestive tract has developed sufficient enough to handle foods other than breast milk.
4. Requires constant close observation and accurate monitoring/recording of abnormal responses.
5. Should have understanding of rotational diet plan Implementation.
6. General rule….baby feeds for 9 months inside the womb, they should feed for 9 months outside on the breast
Determining What Foods are Best
1. Start with one food at a time and continue for 3-4 days provided there are no signs of intolerance.
2. Fruits are good first choice: make sure they are in season and regional
3. In season and regionally grown are preferred and are usually tolerated well. Organic is always best.
4. Start with the juicier fruits(peaches, pears, nectarines, melons, etc.)…mix in with breast milk…
5. Freshly prepared juices rather than whole mashed to begin.
6. If tolerated, mash or puree accordingly. In most cases it is appropriate to use the entire fruit being sure to put end product through fine mesh strainer.
7. Do not use seeds
· Require little digestion for adequate absorption and utilization
· They contain an abundance of vitamins and minerals
· They are excellent source of energy rich in natural carbohydrates
· Infants take to them well due to high water content
· Similar protein content to breast milk
· Fruits convert to uric acid be careful with too much fruit …especially if baby is not yet moving/active…it needs to be metabolized…
· Seasonal organic and regionally grown are best and well tolerated.
· Start with freshly prepared juices of carrots, squash, beets, celery, cucumber, zucchini.
· Best diluted 4 parts water to 1 part fresh juice.
· When certain of tolerance, the dilution may slowly be reduced.
· As with fruits, whole is better than part. Raw is best to ensure that all enzymes and nutrients remain intact.
· Growing number of experts agree that grains are less likely to be properly digested until between 1-1.5 yrs. of age.
· Should never be rushed into infants diet.
· Because of the frequency of allergy and intolerance to wheat and other gluten containing grains(barley,
· oats, rye and triticale), it is suggested that they are introduced last.
· Non-gluten grains (brown rice, millet, buckwheat, amaranth) are better choices when introducing grains for the first time.
Signs of Intolerance
· Redness around the mouth within 1-2 hours, or around anus within 12-24 hours.
· Abdominal bloating, gas and distension Irritability, fussiness, over activity, poor restless sleep often waking throughout the night, moderate crying.
· Constipation, diarrhea, foul odor to stool
· Frequent regurgitation of foods
· Nasal and upper respiratory congestion, runny nose
· Eczema-like skin on face, groin, bottom, or anywhere else on the body
Wrong Foods/Wrong Time and the Effect on Gut Integrity
· Implementing foods other than breast milk too early in a child’s life can create negative ramifications on overall health.
· Enhanced absorption of infant’s small intestine and specific and limited digestive capacity combine to allow increased uptake, from the intestine to the blood, of incompletely digested proteins or antigens. The infant’s immune system subsequently identifies these antigens as foreign and potentially harmful and attempts to remove them from the blood by forming antibodies.
· These antibodies can remain in circulation for many years and perhaps even a lifetime.
· As the child ages, and the foods that originally triggered an antibody response are eaten, the body will respond via its immunological defense system.
Common Food Intolerance Culprits
· Cow’s milk and milk products
· Citrus fruits
· Soy products
The Immune Defense Response
The release of powerful pro-inflammatory substances such as histamines and leukotrienes provoke an array of symptoms. Many of these symptoms include the common childhood health disorders such as colic, flatulence/bloating, constipation/diarrhea, dermatitis/eczema, recurrent upper respiratory infections, asthma, ear infections and alterations in mood and behavior.
The Health Dangers of GM Soy and Corn
Genetically modified soy and corn are two of the most prevalent GM foods in the US food supply, and both have been linked to potentially serious health effects. For example, one 2009 Brazilian study discovered that female rats fed GM soy for 15 months showed significant changes in their uterus and reproductive cycle, compared to rats fed organic soy or those raised without soy. This finding adds to a mounting body of evidence suggesting that GM foods can contribute to a number of reproductive disorders, including:
· Changes in reproductive hormones, such as excessive production of estrogen, progesterone, follicle stimulating hormone, and luteinizing hormone
· Damage to pituitary gland
· Retrograde menstruation, in which menstrual discharge travels backwards into the body rather than through the uterus, which can cause a disease known as endometriosis, which may lead to infertility. The disorder can also produce pelvic and leg pain, gastrointestinal problems, chronic fatigue, and a wide variety of other symptoms
· Testicular changes, including damaged sperm cells
Another disturbing study performed by Irina Ermakova with the Russian National Academy of Sciences, reported that more than half the babies from mother rats fed GM soy died within three weeks, while the death rate in the non-GM soy group was only 10 percent. Additionally, the babies in the GM group were smaller, and, worst of all, could not reproduce. In a telling coincidence, after Ermakova’s feeding trials were completed, her laboratory started feeding all the rats in the facility a commercial rat chow using GM soy. Within two months, the infant mortality facility-wide reached 55 percent.
Join us next week for the next article in the Kids’ Corner series, “Top 10 Food Additives To Avoid.” We already know that Nutrasweet is a dietary “poison”, but what else can hurt your child?
By Dr. Dan Yachter, D.C.
Elevation Health, Lake Mary, Florida
August 20, 2014
Before chiropractic care I suffered from headaches, dizziness, fatigue, constipation, brain fog, and excruciating neck pain. I never really believed in chiropractic care and after I heard the Elevation Health doctors on the radio describing how the body works, they peaked my interest about chiropractic care.
After chiropractic care I can only say this: thank you Elevation team for all of your support and care through this process. I have had no headaches, fatigue, brain fog or problems using the bathroom since starting care. My neck pain has been extremely better to deal with and I am able to function so much better. I could go on and on but I think everyone gets what I’m saying.
I tell my family and friends that if you want to live a vibrant and healthy life and stay out of the crazy medical system stop by and see the doctors at Elevation Health.
June 30, 2014
Patient of Dr. Denson & Dr. Yachter
Elevation Health, Plantation, FL
July 31, 2014
Being a parent of a new baby brings many new experiences and yes, some challenges. One of the most important things you can do for your child is to provide a healthy, nutritionally sound diet he/she will enjoy and continue for life. Here is a list of excellent food choices for your infant. Of course, breastfeeding is key and is all your infant needs for the first 6 months, but after that, the choices are endless.
After 6 months:
Coconut: Milk, water, oil, and butter products
Sweet potato (baked on top of coconut oil)
Homemade apple/pear sauce
Very farm fresh yolks (excellent for babies)
Butternut squash with Amish butter or coconut oil
Walnuts, almonds, macadamias, pecans, pistachios, cashews: only raw, organic…never salted or roasted (also butter versions of any of these nuts).
Avocado: Juliet eats at least 1 per day
Quinoa: Loads of it!
Sweet peas and carrots (this is one of Juliet’s staples).
After 1 year you can begin: grass-fed, raw milk or Kefir. Meats are to be only grass-fed, organic versions due to massive amounts of chemical exposure in conventional selections.
According to conventional wisdom: “No grains if possible…very inflammatory…if you to choose to feed your child grains, wait until baby has multiple teeth to chew”.
Here’s the Green Shake our Juliet loves:
Handful fresh spinach
Juice of 1 grapefruit, 1 orange and 1 lemon/lime
1 scoop vanilla Complete Shake (optional)
Water if needed
Juliet also loves organic chocolate!
Check out my wife’s (Mindy Yachter) recipe blog for more recipes: biteoflifeblog.com
*Chemical Stress: Evaluating exposures to the following can reveal and quantify possible negative impact on a child’s health status:
*Dietary choices: Not breast fed, poor chemically/artificially fortified formula/food intake, chronic over exposure to same foods, introduction of certain foods too early in life etc.
*Environmental: Pesticides, petroleum based products, cigarette smoke, plastics, household/body cleaning products, furnishing/floor protectors etc.
*Medication: Previous and present chronic use of broad spectrum antibiotics, chronic use of OTC fever reducers, decongestants, expectorants, cough/cold remedies etc.
*Dietary Exposure: Most often the first insult to the immature immune system
a. Recent evidence supports the fact that the health of children directly correlates to the strength and health of their digestive tracts.
b. It is the digestive lining that interfaces with the outside world and houses the largest part of a child’s immune system.
c. Research continues to reveal a strong functional relationship between the nervous system, digestive tract and the immune system.
d. Despite the fact that medicine has been slow to acknowledge many, if not all, natural approaches to a variety of childhood dysfunctional conditions, the importance of this relationship continues to gain momentum in many alternative circles.
e. Many chiropractors today have provided significant insight into the development of practical protocols that have emphasized the importance of adjustments and nutritional fortification in the care of chronically ill children.
f. The continued success of these safe and noninvasive protocols have given parents a better understanding of the importance of utilizing a doctor of chiropractic.
*Dietary Influence: Breastfeeding
ü The young of all mammals are best nourished by the fresh whole milk produced by their own species and humans are no exception.
ü In the early 1900’s approximately 99% of infants were breastfeed.
ü By the mid fifties, studies showed less than 40% of infants were breast-fed with further decline into the late sixties to as low as 20%.
ü Due to the increased awareness of environmental chemical toxins infiltrating our foods over the past decade many women are returning to breast-feeding.
ü This trend has been supported by the World Health Organization, Unicef, and more recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics. All advise breastfeeding should be utilized for a minimum of 1 year with emphasis on feeding up until 2 years.
Understanding the Limitations of the Infant GI Tract:
Ø Infant has no teeth and insufficient salivary secretions necessary for starch breakdown, significant concentrations of these enzymes are not present until the first teeth appear(approx. 5-7 mos.).
Ø Breakdown of more complex starches occurs in the small intestines and involves pancreatic amylase. Most pediatric GI authorities assert that this essential enzyme does not appear until around 15 mos.
Ø Newborns stomach secretions contain pepsin and hydrochloric acid which, along with the pancreatic enzymes trypsin and steapsin, effectively breakdown the specific proteins, minerals, and fats present in breast milk.
Ø The walls of the infants small intestine are extremely permeable during the first 9 months., ensuring maximum absorption but with less discretion than that of a mature gut.
Watch for the next article in our Kids’ Corner series (every Wednesday).
Written by: Dr. Dan Yachter, D.C., Elevation Health, Lake Mary, FL
July 23, 2014
Before chiropractic care I suffered from residual effects of fracturing my L1 vertebrae and a painful tailbone. I could not sit without a donut pillow and couldn’t perform my lengthy Saturday chore list without being in pain at the end of the day. We believed in the value of chiropractic care but our previous chiropractor stopped listening to our needs, so we began praying for a new chiropractor. Our prayers were answered when a longtime friend of the family told us about their chiropractor and invited us to a class.
After chiropractic beginning to receive adjustments at Elevation Health, we felt our prayers were answered abundantly above what we could ask or think. The pain has subsided in my neck and I have only gotten 2 headaches since I started care. The pain in my back and tailbone has lessened and I have much more energy and experience better balance.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words; that is so true once you have seen what a healthy spine looks like next to your subluxated spine. We appreciate and love the Elevation Health doctors, who are people passionate about helping others feel better.
The monthly workshops have provided much needed knowledge. We put great value on the courtesy and professionalism that we witness from all of the staff at Elevation Health.
Before any surgery or filling any prescription, if you feel yucky or are suffering from chronic pain or memory loss, please go see the doctors at Elevation Health; it might just change your life!
Elevation Health patient