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Hand Sanitizer Poisoning

Those of us with kids know how easy it is for their curiosity to get the better of them.  A recent article points out the dangers of children ingesting hand sanitizer.  It seems this is a much bigger deal than you might expect and the dangers are very real.  Many hand sanitizers smell great and may taste decent, such as strawberry.  The danger lurks in the amount of alcohol which can range from 45% to 95%.  By comparison wine and beer have about 12% and 5% alcohol.  Even small amounts of sanitizer can create alcohol poisoning in a small child.  There is a 400% increase in related poisonings in kids under 12. Over 16,000 cases were reported in 2014.  So if you have kids, grandkids or even friends with kids.  Keep these products out of reach!!

Keep Moving, Get Thinner

As a follow-up to a few days ago, my “reasons to keep moving” message, I found some more interesting facts.  Some school kids can spend at least 65 to 70% of their waking hours sitting and we all know how bad that is.  Sitting burns about 100 calories per hour while standing burns about 30 calories more per hour than sitting.   Thus 2 hours sitting burns 200 calories while standing burns 260 calories etc. A study in Texas found that those first graders with standing desks burned 17% more calories than those who sat. For those students who were overweight, the effects were more dramatic with those students burning 32% more calories. Take home point, move it and lose it !!

ADHD, a drug defined disease?

I read a great article in Time magazine about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and discovered this diagnosis is now given to approximately 13.2% of boys and 5.6% of girls in the U.S.  It seems that what we considered normal childhood behavior years ago has now evolved to the point that we consider it a disease epidemic.  The article, by Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D., addresses this issue and I learned quite a bit.  She sees ADHD-type behavior as a spectrum of normal childhood that most kids grow out of, or as responses to rocky times in a child’s life however this behavior is now being clustered into a discrete and chronic mental health condition or illness with clear and defined boundaries. We are lead to believe that treating these kids with psychiatric medications (Ritalin, Adderall) is the answer.  She goes on to question how America got to this point.  That point is, how did our image of childhood evolve so that behaviors once considered normal are so terrible that we must treat them with psychiatric medications?  Has our development of new drugs now defined the disease?  For example, she references other authors in her article describing that when Prozac was developed, many people were given a diagnosis of depression because that person responded to the medication, not the other way around. Now, ADHD is the “diagnosis of the day” just as depression was a favored diagnosis in the 90’s. We now have new drugs that allow us to blanket that disorder across society in such a way that the response to these stimulant drugs has both “defined and expanded the scope of the ADHD diagnosis”. In other words, now that we have the drug, we must have a diagnosis to force feed. After all, 10 million American kids have received this diagnosis in this country, and unfortunately it is expanding beyond our borders.  Stimulant medications are now so common place and has changed our ideas of how to deal with social behaviors that “ADHD has become a household word.”   Thus, the “new illness is perceived as biological because it has a convenient biological treatment.” It is no longer just a normal part of childhood development.  Though the drugs do wonder’s for many people, not all societies have redefined normal childhood as a mental illness to be medicated into oblivion.

Chiropractic and Your Kids Brain Power

Busting news recently talks about how exercise makes a kids brain more efficient.  Researchers have discovered that children who are more fit tend to have more white matter in their brains than those who are not as fit.  This white matter region of the brain where attention and memory reside and also is critical for linking different parts of the brain together. Whether or not this equates to higher IQ or better grades needs to be studied however the study does show that physical activity may be an important part of keeping a child’s brain active and open to learning.  Time to take the kids outside for some exercise but make it fun! Remember, that many schools are now reducing or eliminating Phys Ed classes!

Children, Chronic pain and Chiropractic

Many parents who are Chiropractic patients also start their kids out early with Chiropractic care, as they want them to experience the benefits it provides.  A recent study out of the University of Michigan showed that one in six adults with chronic pain had a history of chronic pain as a child or adolescent.  The symptoms include nerve pain, among others, and has a higher chance of being characterized as fibromyalgia. If you or your child has developed rare, but chronic pain symptoms, Chiropractic care is a great place to start the healing process. The earlier the better.

Restless Leg Syndrome and Kids

Kids often get something we call restless leg syndrome (RLS).  It is basically an issue with the legs constantly moving, or feeling terribly uncomfortable, especially during rest and sleeping. It also happens with adults and can interfere greatly with sleep. A very small study showed that increasing the iron (ferritin) levels in the blood using iron supplements could effectively controlled the problem within about 4 months. We have also used acupuncture along with combination of calcium, magnesium, Valerian root and passion flower for adults which is also quite effective.

Kids, Sugary Drinks, And Obesity

We all know by now that sugary drinks are not the greatest healthy beverages to consume. A very recent study showed that preschoolers who consumed sugary drinks were more likely to gain excess weight and run the risk of being obese compared to non-drinkers. Also the research found that less milk was consumed by those kids who drank more sugared beverages. Please be vigilant about your child’s sugary drink consumption, as well as your own. It is a life and health issue!