Chiropractic Helps New Mothers Produce Milk
An article in the March 2007 issue of the scientific periodical, the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics, presents three documented case studies of chiropractic care helping new mothers who were unable to produce adequate mother`s milk. A reduction in mothers milk, known as "Hypolactation" can be a serious problem that can create health issues for both the mother and child.
The first case was a women who went to the chiropractor on the referral of her midwife. She had given birth 10 days earlier to her second child and unlike her first, she was unable to establish a milk supply for her second baby. The patient had no other medical issues other than difficulty in swallowing a glass of water.
An examination determined that she had a subluxation, and specific chiropractic care was initiated to correct that issue. After her second visit the patient commented that she found it much easier to swallow. By the third visit she noticed visible changes in her breast and the production of milk. This improvement resulted in a positive weight gain for the infant who was forced to depend of formula until the mothers milk issues were resolved.
The second patient went to the chiropractor for upper back pain but was also unable to produce sufficient milk to feed her one month old infant. Her examination showed no medical history for her problems, however, the chiropractic portion of her exam showed subluxations. She began a series of specific chiropractic adjustments for subluxation correction. By the forth visit the patient was noticing breast enlargement and the production of milk. She also became pain free from the upper back pain she was experiencing.
The third case was a women who came into the chiropractor`s office with her daughter six days after birth. She was sent there on the recommendation of the hospital lactation consultant. As in the previous cases, subluxations were found and care was initiated to correct them. In this case it took only 24 hours for the positive results to show, and for this mother to be able to feed her infant naturally.
Based on their case studies and the volumes of previous research, these researchers concluded that subluxations and the neurological interference they cause play a major role in Hypolactation. The researchers suggest, "Chiropractic evaluation for subluxations would be a key element in the holistic assessment of the failure to establish milk supply in the post partum patient."
Organic or Locally Grown Foods
There has recently been a flurry of information about eating healthy foods and which is better - organic or locally grown. There has also been a lot of confusion as to which is better. Since the goal of eating fruits and vegetables is to improve your health, the best option is to eat locally grown organic foods. Fruits and vegetables that are grown locally are typically on our plates shortly after they are being picked since they don't' have to be shipped a great distance. When fruits and vegetables are eaten shortly after they are picked, they have the highest amount of nutrients and enzymes, making then extremely healthy. The longer fruits and vegetables are in storage the more their nutritional value diminishes.
Ideally all meat, fruits and vegetables should be organic. More and more research shows that the long term side effects of many pesticides are simply not known. Going back to nature is ideal. The best type of fruits and vegetables to eat are locally, organically grown. So check out the local grocery stores, markets and even local farms.
Large Percentage of Infants Watching TV
A large number of parents are ignoring warnings from health experts and allowing their very young children to watch television and DVDs or videos. These findings are from an article just-published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
The researchers conducted random telephone surveys of 1,009 families in Minnesota and Washington with a child born in the previous two years.
According to the report, by three months of age, a whopping 40% of infants are regular television viewers.
That number jumps to 90% of two-year-olds, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital Research Institute. The findings are being published today in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
"Exposure to TV takes time away from more developmentally appropriate activities such as a parent or adult caregiver and an infant engaging in free play with dolls, blocks or cars," comments Frederick Zimmerman, lead author of the study.
Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine – May 2007;161:473-79.
Yoga Alleviates Migraines
A new study reveals that yoga may work wonders for migraine sufferers. Investigators tracked 72 patients with migraine without aura. The participants were randomly divided into a gentle yoga therapy cohort and a self care control group. The intervention lasted three months. Findings showed that, compared with those in the control group, patients who took practiced yoga enjoyed significantly greater reductions in headache frequency, headache frequency, medication use, anxiety and depression. The authors write: "The study demonstrated a significant reduction in migraine headache frequency and associated clinical features, in patients treated with yoga over a period of 3 months. Further study of this therapeutic intervention appears to be warranted"
Headache – May 2007;47:654-661.
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