Tag Archives: childrens health

Building a Bigger Brain.

24 Dec

Dr. Michael F. Roizen

Co-Author of 4 #1 NY Times Bestsellers including: YOU Staying Young.

The Owner’s Manual For Extending Your Warranty (Free Press)

Our basic premise is that your body is amazing.  You get a do over. It doesn’t take that long, and it isn’t that hard if you know what to do.  In these notes, we give you a short course in what to do so it becomes easy for you, and for you to teach others. We want you to know how much control you have over both the  quality and length of your life.

What do your favorite wool sweater, your retirement savings account, and your brain have in common? They’re all better off if they don’t shrink! But the brains of the 79 million Americans (and millions more Canadians) are at risk of not only shrinking but not growing right from the start!

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” That proverb has been around since at least 1695, and it was a creepily obsessive phrase in the 1980 movie The Shining (and look what happened there!). Yet, this very simple and profound observation has somehow gotten lost in our modern scramble to make kids smarter. Recess, that time honored tradition that lets kids work off their restless energy and teaches them everything from being part of a team to negotiating conflicts with classmates, has virtually disappeared from many school districts. (In some school districts instituting recess is a challenge. In Chicago, for example, nearly 100 elementary and middle schools have no playgrounds.)

But people who make such policies are finally beginning to realize that it’s a huge mistake to eliminate  playtime. The benefits of recess include: stimulation of creativity and imagination, improved physical health and control of obesity, building friendships, and an improvement in classroom attention and learning. Kids who have an hour of play first thing in the day learn better. Social-emotional learning should be woven into academic learning because it enhances a child’s ability to learn and to thrive.

So if your child goes to an elementary school that does not have recess, or you have school administrators who do not think recess is important, then speak up and step in.  If you have no outdoor space for recess, then help school teachers find creative ways to make the gym or a classroom work. If you have to take the issue up at parent-teacher meetings or the PTA, then do it. Your child’s health, happiness, and school success depend on it.

On to another topic…

Intestinal bacteria are big news: Breast milk contains 700 varieties (that’s good because it seems to build an infant’s immune system and digestive health). We now know these bacteria break down and generate amino acids and neurotransmitters that affect mood (these are true gut reactions); and it seems disruption of a healthy balance of gut bacteria may cause (or be the result of) type 2 diabetes. But perhaps the most astounding news is that a fecal transplant (putting someone else’s, um, healthy mix of gut bacteria into the GI tract of a person suffering with Crohn’s disease or a C. difficile infection) can banish chronic diarrhea PDQ. But it sounds so… what’s the scientific word? Icky.

Well, now there’s an artificial mixture of gut bacteria that’s called, we kid you not, RePOOPulate.  In tests, people with “untreatable” C. difficile infections (that’s the bacteria that can thrive in the gut after treatment with antibiotics) saw their diarrhea clear up in three days after RePOOPulate-ing. Six months later, they were still free of the sinister bug. This not-quite-as-personal bacterial transplant successfully rebalanced their gut with a healthy bacterial mix.

If you have chronic intestinal problems, get onboard with a probiotic regimen (we recommend Culturelle and Sustinex) and make sure you eat plenty of apples. They’re loaded with pectin (it’s what’s called a prebiotic); it helps balance gut bacteria in favor of the good guys. Asparagus, chicory root, garlic, onions, and oats are other prebiotics. And if that doesn’t help, talk to your doc about repopulating your intestines with friendly bacteria.

Thanks for reading.

Young Dr Mike

NOTE: You should NOT take this as medical advice. 

This article is of the opinion of its author.

Before you do anything, please consult with your doctor.

You can follow Dr Roizen  (and get updates on the latest and most important medical stories  of the week) on twitter @YoungDrMike. 

Feel free to continue to send questions to youdocs@gmail.com. You can follow Dr Roizen on twitter @YoungDrMike (and get updates on the latest and most important medical stories of the week).  The YOU docs have a new web site: YOUBeauty.com  and its companion BeautySage.com the only site we know of where you can find skin products proven to meet the claims (opened for business on June 1st, 2012), and a new book: YOU: The Owner’s Manual for Teens.

Michael F. Roizen, M.D., is chief wellness officer and chair of the Wellness Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. His radio show streams live on http://www.healthradio.net  Saturdays from 5-7 p.m . E-mail him questions at YouDocs@gmail.com.   He is the co-author of 4 #1 NY Times Best Sellers including : YOU Staying Young and YOU: The Owner’s Manual. He is Chief Medical Consultant to the two year running Emmy award winning Dr Oz show– The Dr Oz show is #2 nationally in daytime TV.  See what all the fun is about, and what he, The Enforcer, is up to. Check local listings or log onto DoctorOz.com for channel and time. And for more health info, log onto youbeauty.com anytime.


Chiropractic Care of Children.

12 Dec
Dr. Binder & Neela

Dr. Binder & Neela

Chiropractic techniques are not limited to any particular group. We see patients of all ages, sizes, genders, ethnicities, and so on. So, is the care of children “different” than chiropractic care applied to adults? If so, how?

There are studies that review the treatment of musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions such as low back pain, non-MSK conditions such as asthma, and chiropractic care of infants, adolescents, and teenagers for a variety of conditions. The management techniques utilized by chiropractors for children vary across the profession, but typically, they are modified methods of those applied to adult patients. When one thinks of “chiropractic care,” the immediate image is that of spinal manipulation where a high velocity, low amplitude “thrust” is made and joint cavitation occurs (the release of gas creating a cracking sound similar to knuckle cracking). Chiropractic treatment can also include dietary advice, nutritional or herbal supplement recommendations, posture correction, exercise training, and the use of physiological therapeutic modalities (like electric stim, light, ice, heat, traction, ultrasound, and more). Behavioral counselling may be included, depending on the patient’s condition and the individual training the chiropractor has focused on, especially on a post-graduate level. Chiropractors, like many health care providers, have post-graduate board certification options, of which pediatrics is one of many. Looking at research for children and chiropractic, here is what the current literature base supports:

Pediatric care: There is evidence that chiropractic methods, when properly modified and applied, are safe. However, more research is needed to determine what the current practice model should be for this patient group.

Children & adolescents: There is currently research support for treatment of this patient population for some MSK conditions, particularly low back pain. Again, additional, high-quality studies are needed to further support this category.

Non-musculoskeletal care (children & adolescents): Conditions such as colic, otitis media, asthma, nocturnal enuresis (bed wetting), and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, all require additional high-quality studies before firm conclusions can be made. At present, there is little data to support or refute the effectiveness of chiropractic care for these conditions. However, the authors do recommend that a chiropractor may play a role on the pediatric healthcare team. They suggest that it is appropriate to utilize a four to six treatment “trial” to determine effectiveness of care for a colicky infant where all other serious diagnoses have been excluded. Similarly, in cases of enuresis and asthma, chiropractic may have a role on the management team. A call for more research is a common recurring theme for the management of non-MSK conditions.

ADHD in children and adolescents: One focused systematic review reported the need for more high-quality research in this area before conclusions can be made either for or against the utilization of chiropractic care for ADHD.

Possible adverse effects: In review of (again) limited studies in this area, chiropractic care appears to have little negative issues associated with it. Serious side effects are reported as “rare.”

Bottom line: Though more research is needed, in the absence of underlying pathology, chiropractic care may be considered as part of the pediatric management team for a four to six visit trial to determine treatment effectiveness.

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