A new study just out in the Journal of the American Medical Association demonstrated the following, mothers-to-be taking SSRI antidepressants (Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, etc) during the second and/or third trimester of pregnancy increased the risk of their child having an autism spectrum related disorder (ASD) by 217%. Mothers taking antidepressants in general (not just SSRI's), increased the risk of ASD's by 87%. Please share this with your friends. Here's a link to the study.
A new study published in Functional Neurology found significant improvements in childhood epilepsy with zinc supplementation. Children between ages 3-12 were either given 1mg/kg/day of zinc or a placebo for 6 months. At 6 months researchers found that 31% of the children treated with zinc had significant reductions in seizure frequency. Here's a link to the study, please share with friends with children with epilepsy!
Link to study
An article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in April 2014 demonstrates a link between acetaminophen (Tylenol) use during pregnancy and behavioral problems in children. The researchers found that one half of pregnant mothers used Tylenol while pregnant. The children of these mothers had a 37% in hyperkinetic disorders (Hyperkinetic disorder is a psychiatric syndrome emerging in early childhood featuring an enduring pattern of severe, developmentally inappropriate inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity across different settings (e.g., home and school) that significantly impair academic, social and work performance), and were 29% more likely to use ADHD medications. Read the study here. A second article, published in May of 2013, found a strong relation between Tylenol use and Autism. The authors showed in particular that circumcised boys who were given tylenol had an increased risk of an autism diagnosis, and the authors posed that this is one reason for higher levels of autism in males. Read the study here.
Over 60% of pregnant women will experience back pain during pregnancy. As a chiropractor I have found it extremely rewarding to treat these women, as low back pain is the last thing they should have to think about! A new study confirms my experience. The study looked at chiropractic intervention for mothers-to-be with low back pain and found that "52% of 115 recruited patients 'improved' at 1 week, 70% at 1 month, 85% at 3 months, 90% at 6 months and 88% at 1 year." I know of no other modality that has such dramatic results. This is doubly important considering new research linking over the counter pain medication, particularly Tylenol, to higher rates of ADHD and autism and children. Read the study here...http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24690125.
An excellent new study was just published demonstrating a nearly 50% reduction in the incidence of the flu in children supplementing with vitamin D. The study followed more than 300 children for 4 months of a school year. Half of the students received 1200IU of vitamin D3 daily, and the other half received a placebo. By the end of the study 18.6% of the placebo group had, at some some point, tested positive for flu, compared to 10.8% of the vitamin D3 group.
It was also of note that in children with a previous diagnosis of asthma, "asthma attacks as a secondary outcome occurred in 2 children receiving vitamin D3 compared with 12 children receiving placebo". That is 6 times fewer asthma attacks!
It's a good idea to supplement your child with vitamin D during the winter months. Also, If you have not had a vitamin D test in the past year I recommend that you get one! Vitamin D can affect your immune system, your thyroid and energy levels, and your bone health.
I have an excellent vitamin D product in my office, and kids like it!
Read the article here.
Tamiflu has shown up in rivers and sewage treatment plants. What this could mean is we've added one more "stressor" to the influenza virus. Influenza reacts to such stressors by mutating. The researchers who reported on the study say "The recent increase in OP (the active metabolite of tamiflu) resistance in influenza A virus (H1N1; commonlly called “swine flu”) has raised questions about the widespread use of Tamiflu in seasonal epidemics and the potential ecotoxicologic risk associated with its use in the event of a pandemic."
This quote is scary for two reasons: first, the H1N1 is already resistant to tmiflu, meaning it has mutated due to exposure, and second, the concern regarding possible toxic effects of tamiflu in the envirnment. Perhaps we should think about supporting the immune system with Andrographis and vitamin D rather than waging chemical warfare against the influenza virus?
Read the study here.
I recently posted an article on the benefits of vitamin D, and the recent realization that a high percentage of people are deficient. Research is showing that among other functions, vitamin D has the ability to up-regulate and down-regulate genes. In other words, when we have suboptimal levels of vitamin D our genes are not turned and off appropriately. Genes are used to create proteins which are the building blocks of nearly everything in our body--from our structure (bone, ligament, tendon, etc) to neurotransmitters, hormones, blood, etc.
This wide range of effects translates a host of problems linked to vitamin D deficiency including poor immune function, less vitality, and decreased athletic function. Specific to athletic function, a recent New York Times article highlighted the following:
I highly recommend having your vitamin D level checked with your next blood work. If it is low supplement with 2,000IU of vitamin D for 6 weeks and recheck. With my family I have everyone supplement with about 1,000IU for about three weeks, then we take about a three week break. WE also get plenty of sunshine! If you are local, I have an excellent product in my office.
Vitamin D has been getting a lot of press lately, and rightly so. If your read my blog you know that supplementing with some vitamins increases your chance of disease--specifically, supplemental vitamin C has been shown to increase cancer and cardiovascular death, vitamin E increases death rates in smokers, and vitamin A is toxic at high levels. Vitamin D, however, is coming out looking like a gem--supplementation boosts the immune system, builds bone, decreases cancer, gives resistance to the flu, and decreases death rates significantly (read this study).
Further, we now know that vitamin D requirements are higher than we once thought. New research shows that "the actual observations in both younger and older adults show that to ensure the goal of a vitamin D of 80 nmol/L in almost all adults, 100 mcg/d is required." This dosage in I.U. (which is how most vitamin D supplements are labled), is 4,000 I.U.
For these reasons I now carry an excellent vitamin D supplement in my office. In addition to a high dose of emulsified vitamin D, it contains Cod Liver oil, Genistein, and cofactors for absorption. Check it out!
Another study demonstrates the benefits of omega-3's in the treatment of autism. The study was small, involving 9 children given 1 gram of omega-3's per day for 12 weeks. Eight of the 9 children had significant improvement on a well studied Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist, averaging 33% improvement. The authors also noted "None worsened and no side effects were reported." I highly recommend all children to take omega-3's, and it is critically important in children with autism, ADD, ADHD, Asperger's, and other learning impairments. An excellent product, specially formulated for children, is available in my store.
Read the study here.
I am providing a link here to an excellent review of gut bacteria published by the National Institutes of Health--check it out--its good. It has great pictures and accurate information regarding the dangers of antibiotics. Here are a few quotes:
The microbiota is similar to an organ in that it performs functions essential for our survival. And just as with the heart or the lungs, when an environmental agent alters the function of the microbiota, the result can be disease.
Both human and animal studies have shown that even a one-time antibiotic treatment can lead to long-term shifts in microbial populations. The health consequences of these long-term shifts are still largely unknown.
“The incidence of [H. pylori] infection has been declining in the United States and other developed countries, which may contribute to the increasing incidence of [esophageal adenocarcinoma].”
In a study reported by Johan Dicksved et al. in the April 2007 issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology, children raised according to the “anthroposophic” lifestyle touted by philosopher Rudolf Steiner—with restricted antibiotics and plenty of microbe-rich fermented foods—showed higher microbial diversity than farm children, whose diets included more farm-produced animal products.
Psychological stress appears to reduce the numbers of Lactobacilli species in the human gut while increasing the growth of pathogens such as Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas species, as reported by Femke Lutgendorff et al. in the June 2008 issue of Current Molecular Medicine.
"Helena Parracho and colleagues reported in the October 2005 Journal of Medical Microbiology that 91.4% of 58 autistic children studied had a GI disorder, compared with 25% of otherwise-healthy siblings..."
Several studies have reported a strong correlation between disrupted microbial composition and allergies and asthma. Infants with atopic eczema had lower microbial diversity in their guts as well as fewer species of Bifidobacteria, compared with healthy infants, according to a study by Mei Wang et al. in the January 2008 Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
The bacteria in a gut, to a larger extent than I think we appreciate, both reflect and determine the state of your health. Antibiotics are incredibly over-prescribed to the detriment of the user.