Health-E-News August 2013
empowering you to optimal health
Postural Changes Help Those With ADHD
Doctors of chiropractic and chiropractic neurologists offer a non-drug and non-invasive treatment alternative for ADHD patients that targets the underlying problems, not just symptoms. "Motor activity-especially development of the postural muscles-is the baseline function of brain activity. Anything affecting postural muscles will influence brain development. Musculoskeletal imbalance will create imbalance of brain activity, and one part of the brain will develop faster than the other, and that's what's happening in ADHD patients," says Dr. Melillo.
While chiropractic neurologists have found success in treating ADHD and learning disabilities by providing the necessary brain stimulation, they also recommend nutrition and lifestyle changes that may help correct or prevent biochemical imbalances that cause ADHD. Parents are encouraged to:
- Remove as many food dyes, sugar, preservatives, and additives from the diet as possible.
- Focus on natural, mostly organic foods with as few pesticides or herbicides as possible.
- Determine if there is an allergy—usually starting with dairy and gluten and try elimination diets.
- Stop using pesticide sprays in the house.
- Avoid taking medications, nicotine, alcohol, and other drugs in pregnancy that may harm the fetus.
- Find ways to relax during pregnancy. Stress on the job may affect the unborn baby's health, as well.
- Breastfeed. The first months and years of a child's life are critical to physical and psychological development. Breastfeeding mothers' diets are important as well.
Exercise and Chiropractic Reorganize the Brain to Be More Resilient to Stress
Physical activity reorganizes the brain so that its response to stress is reduced and anxiety is less likely to interfere with normal brain function, according to a research team based at Princeton University.
While this experiment was done on mice, it represents a model for what happens in people.
One group of mice was given unlimited access to a running wheel and a second group had no running wheel. Natural runners, mice will dash up to 4 kilometers (about 2.5 miles) a night when given access to a running wheel. After six weeks, the mice were exposed to cold water for a brief period of time.
The brains of active and sedentary mice behaved differently almost as soon as the stressor occurred, an analysis showed. In the neurons of sedentary mice only, the cold water spurred an increase in "immediate early genes," or short-lived genes that are rapidly turned on when a neuron fires. The lack of these genes in the neurons of active mice suggested that their brain cells did not immediately leap into an excited state in response to the stressor.
While this study was done on mice, it helps to show the effects of 'epigenetics.' That's the term for when your environment effectively changes your genetics.
How an Outfield-Wall Collision Changed One Baseball Player's Life
In 2000, Chicago White Sox minor-leaguer Greg Shepard violently crashed into the left center field wall while trying to run down a fly ball. When he woke up the next morning, he was basically paralyzed. "I couldn't lift my body out of bed, turn my head, or move my right arm," he says. He then asked his wife to find him a Chiropractor.
And that, in a way he didn't fully realize at the time, was the life-changer.
Shepard so feared "losing my job" from a prolonged absence on the disabled list that he decided to stick with that same chiropractor even after the neck-and-spine surgeon his team sent him for a second opinion recommended surgery to repair the damage done to his neck in the collision. "Once he set my occiput back into place, my arm started working. A few days later, I could turn my head and fully look at the pitcher again. I was amazed."
He never missed a game all season after that.
When he retired from baseball, Shepard decided to become a Chiropractor, so that he may be able to help other athletes.
What is your life plan?
At 92, Ed Stafford golfs, dances, travels - and sees his chiropractor regularly to help him do it all with ease
Use it or lose it. That’s the motto constantly repeated by Ed Stafford’s chiropractor, and the 92-year-old takes it to heart. Three days a week, he’s out on the golf course, chalking up nine holes; Thursday nights he can be found giving line-dancing lessons at a local seniors’ centre in Oakville. In winter he and his wife, Monica, snowbird off to Florida, where he’s out on the links almost every day. “I only started using a golf cart these last two years,” he says. “Before that, I used to walk the course.”
Stafford, always the active type, credits his continued limberness to Dr. Natalia Lishchyna, his chiropractor for the past two years.
What is your life plan? What are you dong to ensure at 92 you can life a healthy and vibrant life?