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Could taking kids to petting zoos prevent ibd?

Another study supports the hygiene hypothesis: the theory that children who are exposed to animals, germs and allergens are less likely to develop disease.

Specifically, the new findings illustrate that infants who had regular contact with farm animals during their first year of life are significantly less likely to develop inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), compared with infants who are not in contact with farm animals. The trial pooled data on 444 children with Crohn disease, 304 children with ulcerative colitis and 1,481 children without IBD. Regular contact with farm animals slashed youngsters' risk of developing IBD in half.

Pediatrics – August 2007;120:354-61.


Junk food diet during pregnancy may influence child's food choices

Pregnant and breastfeeding women with a penchant for "junk food" may be more likely to give birth to children who overindulge in junk food, according to a study in rats.

The experiment found that pregnant and lactating rats that ate a diet rich in fats, sugars and salts tended to have pups that overate similar foods. However, the pups did not overeat standard rat chow. The study's authors speculate that a mother's diet may influence the way offspring's brains perceive food.

British Journal of Nutrition – August 15, 2007


Can Back Pain Shorten Life?

Among elderly women, daily back pain "is associated with reduced quality of life, mobility and longevity and increased risk of coronary heart events," concludes a new report in the journal Spine. These findings are from a 5-year investigation of 1,484 community dwelling Australian women, 70 to 85 years of age.  "The adverse health effects of chronic back pain deserve greater recognition," urge the study's authors.

Spine – August 15, 2007;32:2012-18.


Back to School and Backpack Safety

Several news stories and articles have appeared speaking to the issue of backpack safety in school children.  One article from the Aug. 1, 2007 issue of the Okeechobee News starts off by noting that backpacks can be purchased anywhere, but very few people ask about the construction of these packs. The article suggests that parents ask the following questions. "How wide are the shoulder straps? Does it disperse weight evenly? Does the bag have a waist belt to disperse weight to the hips?"

The Okeechobee News article reports that according to the the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), there are more than 21,000 backpack-related injuries each year. The article notes that increased weight is a major issue. The result, as they suggest, is that, "This increase in weight can be correlated to an increase in children seeing chiropractors."

On July 12, 2007, the California publication, The Acorn, also published a story on backpack safety. In this story they quote Dr. Gerard W. Clum of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress who advises, "Backpacks weighing more than 15 pounds that are slung over a shoulder produce an imbalance in the rib cage." He continued by saying, "This type of repetitive strain can also initiate arm and hand numbness, headaches or backaches."

The July 20, 2007 Toledo Free Press also ran a story on backpacks where they offered tips by the American Chiropractic Association to "help prevent the needless pain that backpack misuse could cause the students in your household."  These tips included:

  • Make sure your child`s backpack weighs no more than 10 percent of his or her body weight.
  • The backpack should never hang more than four inches below the waistline.
  • A backpack with individualized compartments helps in positioning the contents most effectively.
  • Make sure that pointy or bulky objects are packed away from the area that will rest on your child`s back.
  • Urge your child to wear both shoulder straps.
  • The shoulder straps should be adjustable so the backpack fits to your child`s body.
  • If the backpack is still too heavy, talk to your child`s teacher.


Diet Soda Poses Same Risk of Heart Problems as Non Diet

A new study published in the July 23, 2007 journal "Circulation" and reported on the WebMD web site the next day suggested that drinking diet soda does not decrease the risk of heart attack compared to drinking regular sugared soda. The study comes from a large, multi-generational heart study that followed residents of Framingham, Mass., a town about 25 miles west of Boston.  In this study researchers observed  approximately 6,000 middle-aged men and women to see the effect drinking diet soda would have on heart health.

Researchers found the results were surprising. Study senior author, Dr. Vasan Ramachandran of the Boston University School of Medicine commented, "It`s intriguing and it begs an explanation by people who are qualified to do studies to understand this better."

Barry Popkin, of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill voiced his concern about the study by saying, "There`s too much contradictory evidence that shows that diet beverages are healthier for you in terms of losing weight that I would not put any credence to the result on the diet (drinks)."

The study did show that those who drank soda, whether diet or not, were subject to an increase in "metabolic syndrome", a cluster of symptoms that increase the risk for heart disease and a host of other heart issues.

The American Heart Association issued a statement in response to the study, "Diet soda can be a good option to replace caloric beverages that do not contain important vitamins and minerals."


Take care of yourself to take care of others

Almost 90 per cent of teenagers do not do the recommended amount of daily exercise and very few regularly eat fruit and vegetables. A survey of 18,400 secondary school students found 46% fast food at least twice a week, 51% ate snack food four or more times a week, and 44% had high-energy drinks four or more times a week. The survey found only 39% cent ate the recommended three daily serves of fruit and only 20% ate four serves of vegetables. (The Australian).

So what's the best way to change these stats? Start with yourself. Being healthy and leading by example for your family. Making regular exercise, Chiropractic adjustments and healthy eating, a part of your family lifestyle is the best way to ensure everyone will be healthy and happy. So when you come in for an adjustment you are doing more than you think - you are being a role model to others. Be a hero to them, and tell them about the wondrous changes you've experienced with Chiropractic.

Be the change you wish to see - be a healthy role model.


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