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Home Wellness Newsletter FWF - 047 - New Year and Lots to Share

FWF - 047 - New Year and Lots to Share

Written by Jeanne Ohm, D.C.   
Thursday, 28 May 2009 09:13
Issue 047 - New year--Lots to Share

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Table of Contents

  • Pregnancy Matters
       o Homebirths in Jeopardy in AU
       o Midwifery reborn in birth review
       o AU Chiropractors participating in safety study for pregnancy
       o Why Educated Women Choose Homebirths in the US
       o Chiropractic Care in Pregnancy for the elimination of dystocia
       o Banning of Vaginal Births After C-sections (VBACS)
  • Children's Wellness
       o Protect Your Child from Toxic Exposures
       o School near fast-food joint? Expect fatter kids
       o Shopper's Guide to Pesticides
       o Antibiotics Back in the News Again
       o Update on Fluoride
       o Chiropractic in the News
  • Pathways

Pregnancy Matters

Homebirths to Become Illegal or Go Underground

The option to have a home birth could soon become a thing of the past following new federal government regulations, The Australian reports. Midwives are now being required to have professional indemnity insurance and this will probably not be made available to independent home birth midwives.

Read the entire story here: www.health.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=759564

and here: www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25124579-601,00.html

Midwifery Reborn in Birth Review

This article, however is in support of continued midwifery homebirth care in Australia. www.cooma.yourguide.com.au/news/national/national/general/midwifery-reborn-in-birth-review/1440155.aspx?storypage=2

AU Chiropractors Participating in Study for Care in Pregnancy

The ICPA is running a large scaled, global Practiced Based Research Network (PBRN) on Chiropractic Care in Pregnancy. The purpose of the study is to determine the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. It will report on data from practitioners offices including types of techniques used, patient satisfaction and birth outcome. Because the ICPA has just launched its classes in AU, many AU chiropractors are joining the PBRN and collecting data in their offices.

Read the entire AU newspaper article, Alternative to Cesarean here: www.maitlandmercury.com.au/news/local/news/General/alternative-to-caesarean/1454542.aspx?src=email

Find out more about the ICPA PBRN here: www.icpa4kids.com/research/PBRN/PBRN_Index.htm

Doctors--want to participate? Join the ICPA/ PBRN here: https://secure.icpa4kids.com/pbrn_membership_application.htm

Why Women in the United States Choose Home Birth

A new study explores the reasons women choose homebirth. Their most common reasons were: safety, avoidance of unnecessary medical interventions, previous negative hospital experience, more control and to be in a comfortable, familiar environment. Another important reason was their trust in the natural birth process. They equated medical intervention with reduced safety and trusted their bodies inherent ability to give birth without interference.

Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health Volume 54 Issue 2. Pages 119-126 (March 2009)

Read the abstract here: www.icpa4kids.org/research/pregnancy/natural.htm

Chiropractic Care in Pregnancy for the Elimination of Dystocia

A recent case study published in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health showed the benefits of chiropractic care during labor to eliminate dystocia and improve birth outcome. The study is archived on the journal website here: www.atypon-link.com/MCY/doi/abs/10.5555/pmfh.2009.2009.1.1b

VBAC Moms Need Your Help

More and more hospitals are refusing mothers with previous c-sections the right to have a vaginal birth after c-section (VBAC) This article presents the dilemma many mothers are facing: www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1880665-1,00.html

In Northwest Arkansas, for example, the cesarean section rate is over 30% in all hospitals with one close to 60%. These figures greatly exceed the World Health Organization recommendation of a cesarean section rate of 10-15%. To make matters worse, all hospitals in NW Arkansas ban VBAC ( vaginal birth after cesarean). The International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN), a 501(c)(3) organization, has been actively working to raise c-section awareness, reverse the VBAC bans at area hospitals and support mothers and babies in the area. Visit the ICAN website to learn more about the rising c-section rate and how it can be prevented here: www.ican-online.org

Children's Wellness

Protect Your Child from Toxic Exposures

From Jane Sheppard at HealthyChild.org: Keeping up with all the toxins around your baby can be confusing and frustrating, to say the least. It seems that everything - from toys and baby bottles to mattresses and household furnishings - contain potentially unsafe materials.

The good news is that there is a lot you can do to reduce or eliminate most of the major exposures. This report will help you to sort out the biggest and worst exposures and what to do about them. You can reduce or eliminate many chemical exposures and give your baby a safer, more natural environment. Read the article here: www.healthychild.com/images/stories/downloads/Protect-Your-Baby-from-Toxic-Exposures.pdf

School near fast-food joint? Expect fatter kids

A study found that youth who study within a half mile from a fast-food outlet eat fewer fruit and vegetables, drink more soda and are more likely to be obese than students at other schools. Read the article here: www.news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090313/hl_nm/us_fastfood_fat_1

This gets one thinking about how fast foods in school lunchrooms are affecting kids as well!

Shopper's Guide to Pesticides from Environmental Working Group

This handy guide shows you the fruits and veggies with the most and least pesticides, so you know which to always buy organic and which are pretty clean even when conventionally grown.

Download the guide here: www.foodnews.org/EWG-shoppers-guide-download-final.pdf

Antibiotics Back in the News Again

Antibiotic Use in First Year of Life Linked to Small Risk of
Developing Asthma

March 9, 2009 — Antibiotic use in the first year of life is linked to a small risk for the development of asthma, and this risk increases with the number of courses of antibiotics prescribed, according to the results of a study reported in the March issue of /Pediatrics/."We have shown that in a large, population-based cohort, after careful conducted analyses adjusting for many potential confounders and with multiple sensitivity analyses, the association between antibiotic exposure and the subsequent development of asthma remains," the study authors conclude.

Antibiotic Treatment of Otitis Media May Not Prevent Mastoiditis

February 24, 2009 — Antibiotic treatment of otitis media may not be indicated to prevent mastoiditis, according to the results of a retrospective cohort study reported in the February issue of /Pediatrics/. "GPs [general practitioners] and pediatricians working in primary care need to be able to recognize the signs of mastoiditis (postauricular swelling and protrusion of the auricle), particularly in older children, and to refer promptly to ENT [ear, nose, and throat] services," the study authors conclude. "Trends in antibiotic prescribing need to be formally monitored in association with the longitudinal follow-up of individual patient disease outcomes data, to ensure that any changes in antibiotic use are not causing harm."

Read the articles here: www.medscape.com/viewarticle/589252?sssdmh=dm1.441842&src=nldne

Read more about the effects of antibiotics here: www.icpa4kids.org/research/children/antibiotics.htm

Update on Fluoride

There is much question about safety of fluoride in our water. Stay informed with the latest update here: www.groups.google.com/group/Fluoridation-News-Releases/browse_thread/thread/fcb711fd07d4a077

Chiropractic in the News

There are more and more articles and interviews in the media about children and chiropractic.

Here are two recent articles of interest:



A recent TV interview on ABC's Nightline drew much interest and commentary from the chiropractic profession. Although the interviewer was a sensation seeker, our member Dr. Beth Forgash did a great job. Also the parents interviewed showed their enthusiasm for care as well. The MD, however was a bit off-base with an unsubstantiated remark about risks.

The ICPA Research Director had this commentary to the MD's statement: www.icpa4kids.com/pedEx/Nightline_Response.htm


Pathways Issues #21 Now Available!

April is Autism Awareness month. This special 5th Anniversary issue of Pathways is full of articles focused on autism: causes, treatments and prevention.



Many, many blessings,
Jeanne Ohm, DC
ICPA, Executive Coordinator
HPA, Executive Secretary

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