Family Wellness First - 032
Chiropractic for Kids, Infant Formula, Drug Reps
The E-newsletter for Parents to Make Informed Health Care Choices
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Chiropractic for Children in the News
The following television interview on Health Watch shows the benefits of chiropractic care in children with ADHD symptoms. Dr. Marty Rosen, ICPA Certification instructor for SOT. View the news clip here: http://wbztv.com/video/?id=
New Guidelines for Powdered Infant Formula
WHO has new guidelines on reconstituting powdered infant formula which can be found at http://www.who.int/foodsafety/publications/micro/pif_guidelines.pdf. WHO recommends that water be boiled first, cooled to 70C (158F), and used at that temperature to reconstitute the formula. Higher temperatures can cause problems with the formula and lower temperatures do not kill Enterobacter sakazakii or other bacterial species that can be in the formula. The idea is to kill intrinsic bacteria in the formula not to sterilize the water. It's not the water that is contaminated, it is the formula!
Another good reference is:
Bowen AB, Braden CR. Invasive Enterbacter sakazakii disease in infants. Emerg Infect Dis 2006; 12:1185-1189. The authors are from the CDC and recommend that no infants under 4 weeks of age receive powdered infant formula, including full term normal babies.
Chiropractic Helps New Mothers Produce Milk
An article in the March 2007 issue of the scientific periodical, the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics, presents three documented case studies of chiropractic care helping new mothers who were unable to produce adequate mother`s milk. A reduction in mothers milk, known as "Hypolactation" can be a serious problem that can create health issues for both the mother and child.
The first case was a women who went to the chiropractor on the referral of her midwife. She had given birth 10 days earlier to her second child and unlike her first, she was unable to establish a milk supply for her second baby. The patient had no other medical issues other than difficulty in swallowing a glass of water.
An examination determined that she had a subluxation, and specific chiropractic care was initiated to correct that issue. After her second visit the patient commented that she found it much easier to swallow. By the third visit she noticed visible changes in her breast and the production of milk. This improvement resulted in a positive weight gain for the infant who was forced to depend of formula until the mothers milk issues were resolved.
The second patient went to the chiropractor for upper back pain but was also unable to produce sufficient milk to feed her one month old infant. Her examination showed no medical history for her problems, however, the chiropractic portion of her exam showed subluxations. She began a series of specific chiropractic adjustments for subluxation correction. By the forth visit the patient was noticing breast enlargement and the production of milk. She also became pain free from the upper back pain she was experiencing.
The third case was a women who came into the chiropractor`s office with her daughter six days after birth. She was sent there on the recommendation of the hospital lactation consultant. As in the previous cases, subluxations were found and care was initiated to correct them. In this case it took only 24 hours for the positive results to show, and for this mother to be able to feed her infant naturally.
Based on their case studies and the volumes of previous research, these researchers concluded that subluxations and the neurological interference they cause play a major role in Hypolactation. The researchers suggest, "Chiropractic evaluation for subluxations would be a key element in the holistic assessment of the failure to establish milk supply in the post partum patient."
Pharmaceutical television advertising is a grand hoax
As if we did not already know, however this article is a great read: http://www.newstarget.com/021526.html
Posing as Pals, Drug Reps Sway Doctors' Choices
As much as doctors would like to deny it, subtle attention from friendly drug sales representatives can have a big impact on what drugs they prescribe, according to two U.S. studies published on Monday... 'The remarkable thing is how effective a very brief visit by a drug representative -- most often less than five minutes -- can be in influencing physicians' choices to use a drug for an unapproved indication,' Dr. Michael Steinman of the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center said in a statement. Besides free drug samples, salespeople often bring gifts, lunch for the doctor or office staff, new pens and coffee mugs. 'The doctor feels subtly, even subconsciously, indebted to the representative,' Steinman said."
Read the entire article here: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/555652?sssdmh=dm1.265716&src=nldne
Jeanne Ohm, DC
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