Family Wellness First - 036
The Big Pharma Push: Parents Push Back
The E-newsletter for Parents to Make Informed Health Care Choices
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US Health Care Exposed. The Most Astonishing Health Disaster of the 20th century. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPI7zdGdqo4
Under the Influence: Big Pharma in Congress
"In all, at least 15 congressional staffers, congressmen and federal officials left to go to work for the pharmaceutical industry, whose profits were increased by several billion dollars. "I mean, they - they have unlimited resources. Unlimited," [Congressman] Burton says. "And when they push real hard to get something accomplished in the Congress of the United States, they can get it done."
"I've been in politics for 22 years, and it was the ugliest night I have ever seen in 22 years." - Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C.
This article is definitely worth the read:
Teen screen: is a controversial "suicide survey", done on children in schools and then directs these children to psychiatrists who prescribe psychotropic drugs. This program is endorsed by the US Government. If this is in your district--you may want to know more.
Visit this website for additional information: http://www.psychsearch.net/teenscreen.html
View news clips here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhDQHdSwyEY
And a web site for teens to view: http://www.teenscreenfacts.com/
Read more about psychotropic drugs and children: http://www.icpa4kids.org/research/children/add.htm
Read about Chiropractic and ADHD: http://www.icpa4kids.org/research/chiropractic/adhd.htm
Read about the Holistic Approach to ADHD: http://www.hpakids.org/holistic-health/search
If you missed this recent TV report on chiropractic care and ADHD, you may want to view it here: http://wbztv.com/video/?id=
Today, another article was posted here: http://cbs3.com/health/local_story_228205120.html
New Studies on , Safer Holistic Care for Children:
The July 2007 issue of Pediatrics contained two articles documenting the holistic, or what is called complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), treatment of children.
One study looked at CAM usage by a population of parents attending a pediatric outpatient clinic at a university-affiliated general hospital in Quebec, Canada over a four week period (Jean, 2007). CAM therapies included chiropractic, naturopathy, homeopathy, massage, acupuncture, Reiki/energy care, hypnosis, osteopathic manipulation, folk remedies, and any hands-on techniques to promote health. A questionnaire was completed for each child. A total of 114 children were included in the study, and 54 percent of these children had received CAM care, a higher number than reported in previous studies. The most popular forms of treatment were homeopathy, chiropractic, and naturopathy, all of which we would define as holistic systems of pediatric care. It is interesting that 39 percent of these families had sought homeopathic care for their child, a higher figure than in most other studies. The next most frequently used modality was chiropractic (24 percent), then naturopathy (23 percent). This should be encouraging and gratifying to homeopaths. The fact that most of these children presented to this clinic for chronic problems may explain the high level of holistic care and the high level of homeopathic care in this population.
The other study was a survey of naturopathic physicians in Washington state. Remarkably, only 15 percent of responding naturopaths saw more than 5 children per week (Weber, 2007). The most common chief complaint was respiratory problems (colds, coughs, ear infections, allergy), then eczema, ADHD, and autism. The authors remark that no antibiotics were used to treat any of the respiratory symptoms seen in the study period, despite the fact that naturopathic physicians in Washington have the ability to prescribe antibiotics. They compare this to a study of pediatricians in Seattle which showed that 46 percent of visits by patients less than 3 years of age presenting with colds and coughs resulted in a prescription for antibiotics (Taylor, 2005). The authors remark that "It is possible that, by adopting some of the techniques used by the pedsNDs participating in our study, conventional practitioners might reduce the injudicious use of antibiotics in children with cold and cough symptoms." Not an unexpected comment given that three naturopathic physicians authored the study, but it is unusual for the AAP to publish it. The fact that so few naturopaths see a significant number of children may point to a lack of adequate training in pediatrics to develop the confidence to treat children. This may indicate that postgraduate training in holistic pediatrics could be targeted to the naturopathic medical community so that more children can benefit from holistic care.
-Submitted by Randall Neustaedter OMD
Jean D, Cyr C. Use of complementary and alternative medicine in a general pediatric clinic. Pediatrics. July 2007; 120 (1):e138-e141.
Taylor JA, et al. Effectiveness of a parental educational intervention in reducing antibiotic use in children: a randomized controlled trial. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. 2005; 24:489-493.
Weber W, et al. Frequency and characteristic of pediatric and adolescent visits in naturopathic medical practice. Pediatrics. July 2007; 120 (1):e142-e146.
Consumer Health Daily Reports recently an article:
In praise of non-drug solutions
Kudos to parents who are making, safer, informed health care choices for their families!
New Study on Safety of Chiropractic Care for Children:
The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association is doing a Survey study with parents to determine safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care for children. Stay tuned for updates!
Jeanne Ohm, DC
I.C.P.A. Executive Coordinator
H.P.A. Executive Secretary
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