"Low-grade chronic inflammation is now known to be a driver of most chronic degenerative diseases"
- Disc Injuries, Slipped Disc, Disc Herniation, and Disc Rupture (HERE)
- Heart Disease and virtually all forms of Cardiovascular Problems (HERE)
- Skin conditions including Eczema and Psoriasis (HERE)
- Most Autoimmune Conditions (HERE)
- Arthritis & Fibromyalgia (HERE & HERE)
- Asthma (HERE)
- ADD, ADHD, Depression, and various forms of Dementia (HERE & HERE)
- Neurological Conditions (HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE)
- Female Issues (HERE & HERE)
- Cancer (HERE)
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease / Leaky Gut Syndrome (HERE & HERE)
- Diabetes, Insulin Resistance, Hypoglycemia, and other Blood Sugar Regulation Problems (HERE)
- Obesity (HERE)
Interestingly enough, I have seen statistics saying that although we spend more on healthcare dollars than any country in the world both per capita and grossly (we have 3% of the population and take almost 2/3 of the world's pharmaceuticals), we rank at or near the bottom of the world as far as CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY DEGENERATIVE DISEASES are concerned. Just look at the lists in the link. It's easy to see why Inflammation is such a huge deal. But let's cut to the chase. What does Dr. Seaman say about which foods to eat and which foods to avoid? Although this article did not come right out and say it, I can tell you what he recommends for his patients (he says it over and over at his seminars). It is an extremely easy-to-remember rule of thumb. "Eat vegetation or animals that ate vegetation". And don't forget ---- grains (corn -- everyone's favorite 'vegetable' -- included) are not considered to be "vegetation". What Dr. Seaman's is essentially recommending here is a PALEO DIET. This becomes more clear when you look at his lists below.
CLICK HERE TO SEE HOW CHRONIC INFLAMMATION CAUSES
FIBROSIS (MICROSCOPIC SCAR TISSUE) AND CHRONIC PAIN
DR. DAVID SEAMAN'S LIST OF.......
CHERRY-PICKED QUOTES FROM DR. SEAMAN'S INFLAMMATION AND DIET ARTICLE
"Recently, it has been shown that patients are more likely to suffer with musculoskeletal pains and tendinopathy if they also have metabolic syndrome ---- which, is, in part, treated by adopting anti-inflammatory dietary changes"
We know from the scientific literature that the vast majority of Tendinopathies are TENDINOSIS. Although Tendinosis is certainly not considered an inflammatory condition in and of itself, systemic inflammation can contribute to its development.
"Low grade chronic inflammation is now known to be a driver of most chronic degenerative diseases. It is important to understand that low-grade chronic inflammation is not associated with an obvious infection or injury (i.e. acute inflammation) and does not predictably resolve [on its own]."
Just look at the list from earlier in the article. Shocking. And Inflammation is said to be a causal factor in all of them.
"[Inflammation] can generate pain in somatic tissues such as joint, muscle, disc, ligament, tendon, fascia, or epineurium [the fascia-analogous membrane that surrounds nerves]"
I have specific pages on MUSCLES, TENDONS, LIGAMENTS, FASCIA, and DISCS. I have written extensively about the fact that these tissues generate pain in the Deep Soma (HERE).
"Germane to the topic of this paper, it appears that nutrition is likely a key determining factor that generates the tissue 'flavor' of inflammation and, thus, pain expression."
This is a no-brainer you learned in grade school. You are what you eat. However, it is critical that you not miss what Dr. Seaman implies here. Although many people love blaming all their problems on poor genetics, Inflammation is one of the factors that makes up the field we know as EPIGENETICS.
"'Dietary Injury' [is] a term that may be helpful to appreciate how diet can cause chronic inflammation and pain. Dietary injury should be viewed as a cumulative and chronic event, such that monotherapies with nutritional supplements or medications are unable to counteract the 'hits' delivered by a pro-inflammatory diet.... But in making unhealthy lifestyle choices, an individual's body is transformed into a 'state' of chronic inflammation. The patient may not feel this transformation until an obvious clinical sign or symptom is present."
I have said it repeatedly. Supplements are just that --- supplementary. There is no way to correct a crappy diet simply by taking more supplements. The same can be said of medications. Deal with inflammation at the source because trying to cover the vast array of Inflammation-induced symptoms is a losing battle --- a battle that will eventually take your life, and leave you miserable in the process. More on MONOTHERAPIES.
"Diet is most important because the chemistry of the diet is reflected in the chemistry of the cells."
No explanation needed. Again, you are what you eat.
"The reduction in Omega-3 fatty acid intake adds to the inflammatory / painful state because Omega-3s convert to mediators that resolve inflammation and reduce pain. these mediators are derived from EPA and DHA."
This is a good place to mention the importance of EPA and DHA. They are the active ingredients of Omega Three Fatty Acids, and while abundant in High Quality Fish Oils, are found in only limited amounts in Flax Seed Oil. Your body is not efficient at converting Flax to EPA and DHA. This is why Flax Oil is not a substitute for PHARMACEUTICAL GRADE FISH OIL. By the way, PGFO is our number one selling supplement and has been for years. Why do people take it? Believe it or not, not because it is good for their health. They take it because they feel better --- less pain.
"The overconsumption of Omega-6 fatty acids leads to a change in cell membrane anatomy..... chronic joint pain is the diet-derived outcome"
Trans Fats create what the renowned Dr. Janet Lang calls "Stupid Cell Membranes". When Trans Fats are incorporated into cell membranes, the membranes not only get terribly inflexible, they let things into the cell they should not, and keep things out that should be let in. This is a component of numerous illnesses ---- including DIABETES.
"And while red meat is often impugned, studies have demonstrated that the consumption of lean red meat does not lean to post-parandial [post-meal] inflammation [like carbs do], and the substitution of lean red meat for carbohydrates had a blood pressure lowering effect in hypertensive men. While often touted as a healthy anti-inflammatory food, whole grains may contribute to low-grade chronic inflammation. It is known that lectins from all grains, and gluten from wheat, rye, and barley, can disrupt the Gut Barrier integrity and allow the absorption of dietary and bacterial antigens... Gliadin from gluten is known to stimulate enterocyte production of zonulin, which disrupts intestinal tight junctions and can lead to systemic inflammation."
This is nothing less than a clinical description of LEAKY GUT SYNDROME, which the medical community refers to as 'Increased Intestinal Permeability". Although up until about 15 years ago, the medical community denied the existence of Leaky Gut Syndrome, there are now nearly 10,000 peer-reviewed medical studies on the subject. GUT HEALTH is the foundational principal for healing all sickness and disease.
I salute you Dr. Seaman for working so hard to take this message to a wider audience for the benefit of humanity! I would also like to applaud Dr. Forest Tennant, editor in chief of PPM for having the gumption (albeit with a disclaimer of sorts) to run an article by a chiropractor in a medical journal. Hopefully your readers (MD's running pain clinics) will take this message to heart.
POSSIBLY THE SINGLE BEST EXERCISE ON THE PLANET
FOR LOSING WEIGHT AND GETTING IN SHAPE!
Ferriss rehashed the old Colorado State University study with professional bodybuilder Casey Viator being trained by the developer of Nautalis Equipment, Arthur Jones. Viator was said to have gained almost 70 lbs of muscle in one month's time by using Jones concept of one maximal set per exercise done to failure. Sorry; I'm not buying that he did this without some serious pharmaceutical help. What I am buying, however, is that Kettlebell Swings are the most amazing full-body resistance exercise I have ever been exposed to. For me, they the place of deadlifts, squats, lunges, and who knows what else. And I can do a couple heavy sets per week without stirring up the old PIRIFORMIS ISSUE (I use a 120 pound T-BAR).
One of the stories in Ferriss' book was that of a woman who had lost 100 lbs in 100 days by simply going LOW CARB and doing Kettlebell Swings two times a week for 15-20 minutes (to understand why Low Carb eating burns fat like a coal-fired furnace, CLICK THIS). Although I hear people talking about creating diets / workout programs that lead to a slow, steady, weight loss, you can do better than that if you desire --- much better.
Believe it or not, our government (Medicare) will pay for you to lose weight as long as you are losing 1.1 lbs per month. Yep; you heard me correctly. A measly, gravy-sucking quarter pound per week. Depending on how overweight you are and your physical condition, this might be as good as you can do. The truth is, however; most people can do better ---- MUCH BETTER. It's the holiday season. Why not take the HOLIDAY CHALLENGE and get in shape before you gain that extra weight that comes from eating too many cookies and washing them down with too much eggnog. To learn more about the relationship between Kettle Bell Swings, WEIGHT LOSS, getting in shape, and the like, see my pages on the subject (HERE & HERE). On the last link, I even show you how to make your own Kettlebells for next to nothing. Don't settle for one pound a month when you can do so much better.
As always, ask your MD before starting any diet or exercise program.
THE HIGH COST OF FOOD SENSITIVITIES
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Since I visited you in October and had the Fascia Remodeling, I have had only one headache! I was having them everyday before seeing you! Thank you so much for helping me!
SHOULDER DISLOCATION -vs- SHOULDER SEPARATION
Just below that is the "ball and socket" part of the shoulder joint. The head of the arm bone (the humerus) is held into the socket of the Scapula (the shoulder blade) by a group of ligaments known as the Capsular Ligament.
When the shoulder gets hit in a certain way, sustains too much stress (weightlifting, shoveling gravel, a fall), you can damage (sprain or stretch out) the Acromioclavicular Ligament. The picture below (black background) shows the different levels of severity of Separated Shoulders. Because the Acromioclavicular ligament itself is damaged, the end of the collar bone is allowed to tip upwards. Usually this is fairly slight. But as you can see from the images below, they can get progressively severe to the point they can require surgery --- depending on the degree of stretching / tearing of the Acromioclavicular Ligament.
Bear in mind that the tell-tale sign of a freshly Separated Shoulder is a painful 'bump' at the point (top) of the shoulder. An old dislocation will not typically hurt, although the bump remains. Once you have separated the shoulder, it never really goes back. You will always have the bump. Also bear in mind that this is a slow-healing injury. I separated my left shoulder about 16 years ago shoveling pickup load after pickup load of dirt for my garden. I have no real problem with it today as long as I do not get ignorant in the gym and try to bench press like I did back in the day. Unfortunately, TISSUE REMODELING does not really work on this particular injury.
The Shoulder Dislocation is a more serious injury --- something you need to seek medical attention for. It is important to deal with this injury quickly. The longer a shoulder stays dislocated, the greater chance there is for complications. Also, having repeated shoulder dislocations (think of Mel Gibson's character in Lethal Weapon) leads to permanent instability, arthritis, chronic dysfunction, and chronic pain. Besides pain, swelling, and spasm, the classic sign of a Shoulder Dislocation is a hollow area at the front top of the shoulder --- the cavity left after the shoulder comes out of its socket and drops downward. Although we help lots and lots of Shoulder Problems with our Tissue Remodeling (HERE), like the Separated Shoulder, this is not one of them. Again, the Cold Laser Therapy, proper Nutritional Supplements such as LIGAPLEX, can make a huge difference in the length of time a Rehab Protocol will take (as well as its overall effectiveness).
People always seem to think of nerves as small and wiry. I am here to tell you that the Sciatic Nerve is different. It is a beast! The Sciatic Nerve is both the biggest and longest nerve in your body ---- as big around as your biggest finger (see picture below). All of the nerves that exit from your low back grow together to make one nerve --- the Sciatic Nerve. Almost immediately after, the Sciatic Nerve comes through the little "hole" just below the Piriformis Muscle (see picture top left). If there is a problem with the Piriformis Muscle, irritation to the Sciatic Nerve can occur at this point. And just how common does Sciatic irritation by the Piriformis occur? It is so common that UCLA's Mount Sinai Medical School called Piriformis Syndrome the number one cause of Sciatica in a 2005 study (HERE). Did you catch that? Peer-reviewed research has called Piriformis Syndrome is the number one reason that people have sciatica. Having over two decades in clinical practice tells me that they are probably correct.
People who author articles with headlines like, "Is it Sciatica or Piriformis Syndrome?" don't get it. Piriformis Syndrome, while not synonymous with Sciatica, is its number one cause. This often times leads to the mistake I see almost everyone who has Piriformis Syndrome having gone through. Their Sciatica, butt pain, and leg pain, is usually called "Disc-Related". In other words, someone saw something on an MRI of the lumbar spine (low back) that they have attempted to relate to the patient's Sciatica. While it's true that DISC HERNIATIONS are also a major cause of sciatica, they are certainly not the only cause ---- or as UCLA determined, the most common cause.
Fortunately, Dr. Schierling deals with large numbers of people suffering from Piriformis Syndrome. He understands what you are going through. It will help if you understand ASYMPTOMATIC DISC HERNIATIONS as well For more information on the subject, HERE is a list of all his blog posts on Piriformis Syndrome.
ANTIBIOTICS: THE DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD
"We must remind ourselves that antibiotics are a shared resource, and every individual should consider how each prescription or use of antibiotics impacts the overall effectiveness of the antibiotic arsenal. How we use and protect these precious drugs must fundamentally change." Arjun Srinivasan, MD, associate director for healthcare-associated infection prevention programs for the CDC speaking to a group of reporters earlier this week as part of the Get Smart About Antibiotics Week.
Not surprisingly, the South (Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana) had the highest rates of antibiotic use, while the lowest were seen in states that we often associate with health-conscious people (Hawaii, California, Oregon, and Washington). They stated that in America, there are just over 800 out-patient prescriptions for antibiotics written per 1,000 people (children and the elderly have a rate that is essentially 1,000 for 1,000). The gist of the statement was to warn the population that antibiotic resistance is growing at a faster rate than new antibiotics are being developed.
I think that everyone would have to admit that Antibiotics were one of the true "miracle" breakthroughs of 20th century medicine. However, their overuse and abuse has led to untold health problems here in America. I would guess that the bigger portion of that is due to the fact that although far too many doctors write prescriptions for antibiotics like there is no tomorrow, few are doing anything substantial to educate themselves or their patients about the risks and long-term problems associated with antibiotic use. I would go out on a limb (a place I seem to spend a great deal of time) and say that antibiotics are not only one of our greatest miracles, they are also one of the greatest destroyers of health and greatest causes of chronic health conditions. This is because, among other things, antibiotics kill the good bacteria that make up 80% of your Immune System (HERE).
To read Part II of this post, which goes into much more detail concerning the problems associated with antibiotic usage, go HERE.
SOCCER HAS THE POTENTIAL TO CAUSE BRAIN DAMAGE
This was reported by yesterdays issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The study was unique because cutting edge technology was used to make these determinations. And interestingly enough, none of the damage showed up on traditional brain scans. According to Dr Inga Koerte and colleagues of Harvard Medical Schools Psychiatry Neuroimaging Laboratory, elite soccer players who routinely perform "Headers" (directing the soccer ball with their head) had several significant findings on brain scans that were indicative of changes in their white matter. What does the white matter do? Here is what an online encyclopedia says, "White matter, long thought to be passive tissue, actively affects how the brain learns and dysfunctions. Whilst grey matter is primarily associated with processing and cognition, white matter modulates the distribution of action potentials, acting as a relay and coordinating communication between different brain regions".
Although they did not go as far as saying that heading the soccer ball was causal to the various problems they listed (I did not list these problems on my blog because no one would have understood most of it), they did say that it was a distinct possibility (probability). This is why when I coach soccer (I have been coaching soccer for over a decade), we never practice heading the ball. After this, I will probably completely disallow it in children under high school age. This is because not only does the repetitive trauma lead to neurological damage, it leads to AUTOIMMUNITY as well. HERE is a post on Autoimmune Diseases related to TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).
CHILDREN SHOULD BE ACTIVE
DEFEATING ADD / ADHD NATURALLY
"There's a fine line between genius and insanity." Oscar Levant
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ADHD AND GENIUS
BEHAVIORS ASSOCIATED WITH ADHD
BEHAVIORS ASSOCIATED WITH 'GIFTEDNESS'
But think about it for a moment. If greedy people can convince the American public that these characteristics listed above are symptoms of a "Disease", everyone in the medical community benefits. The University Research Facilities (built and funded by big government and big pharma) get more of your tax dollars to tell the world how wonderful and effective their drugs are, and doctors get over-simplified solutions to complex problems ---- i.e. drugs. Hey; why try to solve underlying problems when you have a prescription pad and pen in your pocket? And who makes out like the biggest bandit in this happy shindig? Everyone knows the answer to this one --- the pharmaceutical companies. But it all comes back to convincing people that they or their children have a disease --- a disease that can only be addressed with drugs.
The drugs used to treat ADD / ADHD are in such great demand right now that an ongoing shortage of the medications used by the medical community for the pharmaceutical treatment of these problems has left many patients scrambling to fill their prescriptions. These shortages are the result of an ongoing battle between drug manufacturers who value profit above all else, and the DEA (not the FDA; the DEA), which wants to slow down the Meth problem. What did you just say? Yes, you heard me correctly. Believe it or not, Ritalin and other ADHD drugs are a form of METHAMPHETAMINE.
Ritalin (Methylphenidate ---- look at the first four letters of the drug's name), Adderall, and other similar drugs are prescribed by physicians to combat ADHD. Manufacturers claim that when used correctly, these medications are not addictive. If you believe that one, I have this bridge over in Brooklyn I'd just love to sell you. The truth is that almost half of the teenagers in drug treatment centers across the United States report having abused Ritalin / Adderall. And there is no argument that when Ritalin is abused, it is addictive --- very addictive.
According to the latest CDC statistics (2007 -- yeah; I realize they are over five years old), North Carolina is the state with the highest incidence (nearly 16%), while Nevada is the lowest at between 5-6%. Missouri comes in at almost 11%. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 3 million children (ages 4-17) are on drugs for the disorder, with almost half of that group on Ritilin or Meth-like meds. Not surprisingly, boys are diagnosed almost 3 times more often than girls. Depending upon whose stats you choose to believe, the rate of ADHD is increasing at a rate of about 5% per year. Things, however, may be much worse than our outdated government stats are saying.
A recent study by Dr. Craig Garfield of Northwestern University in Chicago was published in the medical journal, Academic Pediatrics. It showed that nearly 10.5 million American kids (4-17) were diagnosed with ADHD in 2010. That adds up to an almost incomprehensible increase of 66% in ADHD since Y2K. But even more shocking is that the authors claim that the actual numbers are much higher.
Ritalin / Adderall are stimulants that affect the central nervous system. Although the drug's effects are similar to amphetamines, for those with ADHD, they may prove to be just the opposite. Scientists know that Ritalin increases the release of dopamine in the brain. But the truth is, no one really knows how the stuff works. I've heard it said that Ritalin (speed) cranks the kids up so tight (like an over-wound watch) that it actually slows them down (the spring broke). The "experts" say that people with ADHD have weak dopamine receptors or low amounts of dopamine in the brain, and the increase in dopamine brought on by ADHD drugs focuses their attention. The problem is that most recreational drugs tend to work in much the same way --- they increase neurotransmitters such as dopamine or serotonin. They also tend to burn out the parts of the body where these neurotransmitters are made. This leaves us with addicts who are unable to feel anything other than sadness and depression without the drugs.
If you ever have a chance, google "Kurt Cobain ADHD". "When you're a kid and you get this drug that makes you feel that feeling, where else are you going to turn to when you're an adult?" ---- Cobain's widow Courtney Love talking about their drug use.
Ritalin and other similar drugs such as Concerta or Adderall (look how many pro athletes have been suspended lately for Adderall) are abused because of their Meth-like qualitites. This is why there are always stories of teachers, parents, day care supervisors, nurses, etc, stealing little kid's Ritalin. Because Ritalin is a form of Meth, it suppresses appetite and suppresses fatigue. It gives people a boost that is said to last for hours, providing elevated awareness and pleasure (the word actually used most often is 'euphoria'). This class of drug is usually taken orally or crushed and snorted like cocaine. To anyone who has followed this sordid affair, none of this should be surprising. In the past 30 years, there has been a twenty-fold increase in prescriptions for treating ADHD. It's always interesting that even though there is an overt message of 'Just Say No' going on in our schools and communities; the people who supposedly love these children and care about them the most (parents, teachers, doctors, caregivers, etc) are canceling out that message by giving them drugs every time they turn around.
DO THESE DRUGS WORK?
ADHD medications undoubtedly increase concentration over the short haul. Probably why one of the main groups of abusers are college students. But what does the research say about long-term results with these drugs. One thing we do know is that these drugs do not improve test scores or fix behavior issues when given over the long haul. Nor does this take into account the side effects of these drugs (we'll get to them shortly).
The interesting thing about these drugs is that despite the fact that no one seems to know how they work, various forms of amphetamines have been given out by our military since the days of WWII. Sure they help people stay awake and focus on mundane tasks (air traffic control or radar / sonar operator, for example). The problem is that there is almost no hard evidence that these drugs are improving the overall ability of diagnosed children to learn. One of the biggest studies on this particular issue was published just a few short years ago in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The study showed that for a relatively short period the drugs seemed to work. But the longer the kids took them, the less effective they were. The authors pointed out that there was no long term benefit in these drugs as far as either academics or behavior were concerned ---- the two reasons these drugs would be prescribed. By the way, this study has been going on for well over a decade, and is ongoing.
SIDE EFFECTS OF ADHD DRUGS
One of the most common class of side effects involves the Circulatory System (heart). Six percent of the people who take these drugs have a significantly increased heart rate. The drugs also commonly cause palpitations, irregular heart beat, and high blood pressure. And just like meth, they can cause stroke, heart attack, and even death. But this is not even near all of it. If you have ever seen people on meth for any length of time, you know they do not tend to cast much of a shadow (they are often skin and bone). This is because the drugs remove the sensation of hunger (which, by the way, is why most diet drugs are versions of speed as well). Meth and similar drugs have always been a favorite among those wishing to lose weight via chemical means. Believe it or not, approximately one in three people taking the ADHD drugs are going to have anorexia-related side effects (nausea, vomiting, anorexia, things taste different, diarrhea, etc). This is particularly true of Adderall.
Urinary Tract Infections are another common side effect of ADHD drugs. According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common of these includes symptoms of abdominal pain, increased frequency, cloudy urine, bloody urine, as well as several others. Although these are bad, the worst is yet to come. Not surprisingly, ADHD meds have a tendency to mess with people's minds. Prolonged use of stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin can cause various forms of psychosis such as paranoia, hostility, DEPRESSION, and feelings of worthlessness or uselessness. Like many other drugs, the amount that it took to cause a certain effect, does not cause that effect any more. People need more of the drug to get the same effect. Most of these side effects are synonymous with SYMPATHETIC DOMINANCE.
WHAT TO DO INSTEAD OF TAKING METHAMPHETAMINE
- STAY AWAY FROM FOOD ADDITIVES: Food Additives are associated with about a jillion and one problems --- including Hyperactivity. This is not new information. Dr. Benjamin Feingold wrote two books on the relationship of 'Hyperactivity' to Food Additives back in the 1970's. It is not difficult to find people who still swear by his work. Just be aware that like most healthcare pioneers, mainstream medicine views his life's work as quackery.
- DO YOU HAVE FOOD SENSITIVITIES? This was another of Dr. Feingold's major points. You see; he was an M.D. (an allergist) who concentrated on, among other things, food allergies and their relationship to Hyperactivity. The problem is that Food Sensitivities are much more common than Food Allergies and can be far more severe. Of course GLUTEN is the most common. And unless you understand GLUTEN CROSS REACTORS, you probably need to be tested (Cyrex Array 4). If you understand this concept, you can determine which foods you are sensitive by going on an ELIMINATION DIET / PALEO DIET.
- EAT ONLY WHOLE FOODS: This is a no-brainer, and goes along with the previous bullet point. In January of this year the medical journal Pediatrics got in on the act. I certainly cannot agree with all of their conclusions, but it is a start --- they are finally admitting that ADHD is definitely related to diet. I have been pumping this idea for over two decades (HERE)!
- NO ANTIBIOTICS: When I say no antibiotics, I don't really mean 'no' antibiotics. Take them if you are on your deathbed. Other than that, stay far away from them! Antibiotics are one of the top destroyers of health in the United States. They not only kill the good bacteria that live in your Gut and make up 80% of your Immune System (HERE), they destroy your body's ability to make neurotransmitters. For instance, 90% of your Serotonin (your 'feel good' neurotransmitter) is made in the Gut. Antibiotics are the single biggest destroyer of GUT HEALTH in America today.
- STRICTLY LIMIT SCREENS: If your kid has been diagnosed with ADHD, he is probably spending way too much time in front of a TV or computer screen. Again, this is not new information. Doctors have been writing books about this for at least 50 years. When I was a little kid, my parents pulled the plug. It was one of the singularly best things they ever did for us.
- MAKE SURE THAT YOUR KIDS ARE GETTING LOTS OF ACTIVITY & EXERCISE: Yet another no-brainer. Seems like most of this stuff is just plain old common sense. Thanks to things like screens (previous bullet point), kids are getting way less exercise than they used to. Just take a deep breath and repeat after me, "I am the parent. I am the parent". Now, go make the changes that need to be made! The day will come that your children thank you for it. If they are little, they will never really know the difference.
- BE LEARY OF VACCINATIONS: All you have to do is Google "Childhood Vaccinations & ADHD". Prepare to be shocked. Like Antibiotics, certain vaccines have a propensity for killing off the Gut's normal bacteria. These bacteria not only compose a full 80% of your immune system (HERE), they perform all sorts of other vital functions as well --- such as helping to manufacture 90% of your body's serotonin. There is much too much evidence on this topic (both empirical and anecdotal) to ignore --- but Americans continue to do so. You can go HERE to do more research on the topic. All I am asking you to to do your own research into the matter.
- TAKE PHARMACEUTICAL GRADE FISH OIL: The brain is made up of large amounts of Omega-3's. Study after study tells us that Americans get about 1/30th of the amount of Omega Threes we need to be healthy. I have found numerous peer-reviewed studies citing a virtually causal link between lack of Omega Threes and ADHD. Just make sure the fish oil you take is Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil! For lots more information on this topic, just go HERE.
- STAY AWAY FROM SUGAR AND OTHER HIGH GLYCEMIC INDEX JUNK: Even little kids know that SUGAR makes them hyper. Avoid it! This does not even take into account that scientific research is tying almost every health problem you can think of back to UNCONTROLLED BLOOD SUGAR. If you really love your children, you will limit the amount of sugar and High Glycemic Index foods they consume. Better yet, teach them why it is bad. You'll be surprised how much they 'get it'.
- DISCIPLINE YOUR KIDS --- TEACH THEM TO LIVE DISCIPLINED LIVES: I will never forget the first time I went to Eugene & Edna's house for Sunday service. All their little bitty kids sat through service as quiet and well behaved as church mice. What was the difference between their kids and children in the average church? He and Edna have high expectations of what their children's behavior will be. I have since seen this phenomenon many times with many different families. Kind of reminds me of the book I read with my son recently, Do Hard Things. The gist of this book is that adults do not expect nearly enough of children, but especially teens.
- CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS: Once you understand that the Nervous System controls each and every function of the body (HERE), you can begin to grasp how chiropractic adjustments can often help kids (or adults for that matter) with ADHD. Over the years, I have seen this work time and time again.
- JUST REMEMBER THAT SOME KIDS ARE NATURALLY MORE HYPED THAN OTHERS: Back in the days I worked at CAMP WOOD, I would run into a fair number of these kids. They were always my favorites --- maybe because I was fairly hyped and half-cocked myself. If you love on these kids and wear them out physically, they are rarely a problem.
The advice in this post is just the beginning --- a template for you create your own plan. There is no one-size-fits-all answer for ADHD --- particularly when it comes to treating with meds. Like I tell all my patients. Never believe anything that any doctor (self included) tells you. Do your own research. What you will begin to learn, however, as you learn more about natural health is that almost all sickness and disease have both a common origin and a common remedy (HERE). Knowledge is power, and if you ever hope to defeat ADHD or any other major health problem without medical intervention of some sort, you had better be educating yourself.
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).
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