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A Biomechanical Approach

So frequently are behavioral and developmental disorders addressed through a variety of behavioral and chemical approaches that the significance of the biomechanical aspects of these conditions can be underestimated. This article introduces the...

A Holistic Perspective on the Digestive System of Infants and Children

Infants and children are not simply small adults, especially when it comes to feeding and nourishing their little bodies. They are less able than adults to receive, transform and assimilate the nutrients given to them. Infants and children are born...

A Little “Ding” is No Little Thing!

A “ding” may be more serious than expected. After a “ding” on the field, shook-up athletes may sit on the sidelines for a little while, then, if they look okay, they often go back (or are sent back) into the game. According to a recent study, this may...

Also labeled: Issue #03, Pathways Magazine

A Starting Point

Can anyone help me? There is nothing more devastating to a parent than hearing that his or her child has a problem. With the prevalence of autism and the spectrum disorders hitting 1 in 150 children in the United States, the delivery of this...

Are Your Children Being Unnecessarily Medicated?

These days, it seems many medical doctors' first course of action is to recommend or prescribe drugs for any patient complaint; disturbingly, this trend seems to hold true whether the patient is an adult or a child.An eye-opening study...

Also labeled: Author William Parks, DC

Attention Deficit Disorder and Ritalin

A Look at the Research There is extensive research available that demonstrates the need to avoid the use of such drugs as Ritalin, Adderal, or Cylert when "treating" hyperactivity disorders in children. Unfortunately, the...

Bioterrorism and Our Kids

The threat and fear of exposure to bioterrorist weapons looms ever so close since the deaths linked to pulmonary anthrax. Is the worry legitimate and what can we do for ourselves and the kids?The prime disease candidates the terrorists...

Also labeled: Author Stephen Marini, DC

But I'm Sick!

Early last week, a practice member of mine named Melissa came in for her weekly check-up. I found that she was clear (i.e., didn't need an adjustment), so I rang the well bell and congratulated her. She got up off the table with a confused look on...

Also labeled: Author Kevin Donka, DC

CDC Cautions the Use of Fluoridated Water for Infant Formula

The possibility of an association between fluoride in infant formula and the risk for enamel fluorosis has been studied for many years. Until now, most researchers concluded that fluoride intake during a child’s first 10 to 12 months had little i...

Also labeled: Issue #13, Pathways Magazine

Child Playgrounds

Research has found that playgrounds are essential to not only physical strength, but mental strength as well. Playgrounds help develop social, emotional and cognitive skills. Children however, need more than the traditional playground. They need...

Chiropractic Care of Children with Colic

In December 2008, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the National Health Statistics Report on the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use by adults and children in the United States for 2007. The authors—Patricia B...

Chiropractic Clears Ear Infections

My daughter was 4 years old and still had a sinus/ear infection shortly after finishing her medication prescribed by her pediatrician. Apparently the medication was unable to cure the infection. The infection became resistant to the medication, so...

Cold and Cough Over-the-Counter Drugs for Children Found to Be Unsafe, Unproven and Ineffective

Cold and cough meds given to infants and toddlers work no better than dummy pills and can be dangerous. Pediatricians made recommendations to the FDA that the overthe- counter meds shouldn’t be given to children younger than 6 years because...

Also labeled: Issue #16, Pathways Magazine

Confirming the Hazards of Stimulant Drug Treatment

Until recently, no studies have systematically examined the rate of psychotic symptoms caused by routine treatment with stimulant drugs such as methylphenidate (Ritalin) and amphetamine (Dexedrine, Adderall). Doctors who prescribe stimulant drugs...

Down With Homework!

Do bulging backpacks mean learning? With his new book, The Homework Myth, expert Alfie Kohn says no. Here’s why. After spending most of the day in school, students are given additional assignments to be completed at home. This is a...

Also labeled: Issue #12, Author Alfie Kohn

Ear Infections

Van D. Merkle, DC Says: Become informed about Prevnar vaccine (PCV7), also known as the pneumococcal strep vaccine, or ear-ache vaccine. The literature does not support its use. Avoid ALL dairy products, sugar,...

Eliminate the Fear, Not the Fever

As loving and caring parents, we naturally want to help our children feel better when the inevitable fevers, colds, and illnesses arise. Many of us will reach for popular over-the-counter remedies to suppress fever and alleviate symptoms, in the...

Engineered Foods: A Threat to Children

What is Genetic Engineering? Genetic engineering is a laboratory technique used by scientists to change the DNA of living organisms. DNA is the blueprint for the individuality of an organism. The organism relies upon the...

Epidemiology of Pediatric Soccer-Related Injuries — Soccer Parent Alert!

In the May 2, 2007 issue of Journal Watch Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine a new study on soccer injuries was published. Researchers used data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance S...

Also labeled: Issue #15, Pathways Magazine

Flu Season: Chance or Choice?

As we approach the “flu season” it is important for us to recognize some of the lifestyle dynamics that contribute to our increased susceptibility to the flu. Our bodies have an incredible ability to adapt to their environments and maintain a...

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