What if Albert Einstein had been put on Ritalin? Did you know that Einstein, one of the greatest geniuses of the last century, did not speak until he was four years old and didn’t read until he was seven. His teacher described him as “mentally slow, unsociable and adrift in his foolish dreams.” He was expelled and refused admittance to the Zurich Polytech Institute. Today he would have been put on Ritalin.Ritalin Side Effects and ADD Treatments Ritalin Side Effects and ADD Treatments

Thomas Edison’s teachers said he was too stupid to learn anything. Isaac Newton did very poorly in grade school. Opera singer Enrico Caruso’s teacher said he had no voice at all and could not sing. Winston Churchill failed sixth grade. Beethoven handled the violin awkwardly and preferred playing his own compositions. His teacher called him hopeless as a composer. Are these geniuses Ritalin candidates also?

What are we doing to our children? How did we allow our country to be jokingly referred to as the Ritalin capital of the world?

Ritalin is a very dangerous and highly addictive drug. Under Federal Law, Ritalin is classified as a schedule II controlled substance, the same rating given to cocaine, opium and morphine. Withdrawal symptoms can be severe and include depression, fatigue, paranoia, increased dreaming, irritability, bedwetting and suicide.

At a program on The Ritalin Controversy, one of the mothers stood up and told her son’s story. He tried Ritalin for a very short time and he hated the way it made him feel, so he stopped taking it on his own (hurray for him).  
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Amoxicillin and other antibiotics are frequently used to prevent recurrent middle ear infections that affect 15% of America’s children.

But a study supported by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research indicated that use of these antibiotics may not be a good idea.Children and Wellness Children and Wellness: More evidence of antibiotic overuse

The study showed that children with recurrent middle ear infections — that is, three infections within six months or four in a year — and given antibiotics fare about the same as children given a placebo, with 61- 64% remaining free of new infections during the study period.

Also, researchers say that the excessive antibiotic use, which has the potential to promote acquisition of antibiotic-resistant bacterial pneumonia, already is becoming more prevalent.

Instead of attempting to “fix” the problem with a pill, invest in your child’s overall well-being. Studies show that providing chiropractic care for your child from an early age can help in reducing ear infections, and increasing overall health.

“Continuous twice daily or once daily amoxicillin prophylaxis compared with placebo for children with recurrent acute otitis media,” Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal 16.

“Amoxicillin is Often Prescribed to Prevent Middle Ear Infections in Young Children, But it is Only Marginally Effective,” Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Sept. 29, 1997.

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According to the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research (FCER), chiropractic care can be an effective tool for sufferers of Tension Headaches.  Several studies over the past few years have tracked many different types of physical and  behavioral treatments for patients with headaches.  Chiropractic care was specifically compared to amitriptyline, a common medication used for headaches.headache 300x210 How To Manage Headaches With Chiropractic Care

The results showed that chiropractic was highly effective for patients with tension headaches. When compared with the drug amitriptyline, chiropractic and the drug had similar short term effects during the episode.  However, the drug carried with it an adverse reaction rate in 82% of the patients.  ? The only reactions to chiropractic care are health and wellness!

The most profound effects were seen after the care was discontinued in the study.  In these instances the patients who were on drug therapy essentially returned to the same state as before. (Drugs only treat the symptoms.)  However, the patients who were under chiropractic care continued to show sustained reduction in headache frequency and severity even after the chiropractic care was discontinued. (Chiropractic treats the cause.) The implications are that chiropractic is not actually a therapy or treatment, but rather gets to the cause, allowing the body to effect a correction that lasts beyond actual care.

The statistics are staggering. Every year more than 5000 teenagers commit suicide while another 500,000 attempt to do so. Thousands of kids are killed and injured each year in automobile accidents and horrible acts of violence that are linked to drugs. Millions of kids are turning to drugs and alcohol to try to find their place in the world. What can we as parents do to make sure that our children grow up with the self worth and the values that empower them to “just say no” and use good judgement when they are out on their own?

One of my colleagues informed me of a man whom he heard tell an unfortunate story with a critical message on this very issue.iStock 000002380173XSmall 300x199 Raising A Healthy Drug Free Family

This was a professional man who spent his entire adult life working hard to achieve financial success for himself and his family. He was very committed to accomplishing extraordinary things in his professional life, and he did. He owned five major companies and was worth millions of dollars. He recently found out that this wasn’t everything.

One night, after flying his personal airplane to a business meeting, he received a startling call in the middle of the night from his wife. He jumped as his wife proceeded to tell him that his daughter in law was killed in a house fire and his two grandchildren were critically injured. Stunned by the news, he flew out the next morning, after his meeting, and arrived home in time to hear the doctor inform the family that both of the children had died.

Crushed by this horrible news, he couldn’t imagine things getting worse, but they did. Within just a few days, his son was arrested and charged with the crime. He is currently serving a life sentence.

This man’s message is very powerful and very sad. Imagine his pain. Imagine the questions he must have. I would wonder to myself, “did I do all I can to raise my family with the right values? Did I do all I can to instill a value system that supported a loving home in which every person knew they were important, a value system based on love and understanding, and a value system free from drugs?”
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Even during the gentlest and most natural of births, Traumatic Birth Syndrome can have an immediate impact on a new baby. As the baby is making its way through the iStock 000005725002XSmall 300x225 Traumatic Birth Syndrome – How Chiropractic Care Can Help Babiesbirth canal, physical pressure can force the baby’s neck to twist and bend, causing misalignment to the upper cervical vertebrae.

Traumatic Birth Syndrome is not a new condition. A researcher by the name of Duncan measured the amount of force it would take to severely injure a baby’s neck during delivery. He found that 90 pounds of force was enough to cause stillbirth, while less than that would cause the spinal joints to sprain. Duncan commented, “This is not what most obstetricians would consider a great force.”

Traumatic Birth Syndrome can cause a variety of symptoms including:

  • Respiratory failure
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Colic
  • Asthma
  • Reoccurring ear infections
  • Chronic colds and flu
  • Sleeping difficulty
  • Headaches
  • Neck and back pain
  • And many more

Traumatic Birth Syndrome doesn’t always occur immediately after birth. Sometime it can take months or years to surface.
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10. Chiropractors Are Not Real Doctors! Chiropractors are indeed real doctors licensed by the province in which they practice, and actually have more classroom hours than Medical Doctors. D.C stands for Doctor of Chiropractic.

9. It Only Helps Adults, Not Children. Quite the opposite, in fact, chiropractic results are achieved much quicker on children than adults. Similar scenario with quick results that occur when children wear dental braces as opposed to adults.

8. Chiropractors Treat Back Pain Only. Some doctors do, but that is like changing your motor oil only when your engine is smoking. The best Doctor of Chiropractic addresses the misaligned vertebrae to improve the function of the nervous system.

7. Too Expensive. Medical treatment is usually 50-70x more expensive than chiropractic treatment and over 80% of the cost is for diagnosis. Chiropractic has been proven through research to be 3 times more cost effective.

6. Spinal Adjustments Hurt. The spinal adjustment itself does not hurt, however you may be sore after the first adjustment, similar to starting an exercise program.

5. An Adjustment Will Cause A Stroke. The chance of having a stroke from a chiropractic adjustment is about 1 in 6,000,000. You have a better chance of being struck by lightning.

4. It Is Harmful And Dangerous. It has been established by the U.S Government that chiropractic is the SAFEST and most effective treatment for back pain. Medical malpractice results in more than 180,000 deaths each year.

3. Chiropractors Is Just A Health Trend. If chiropractic is a health trend, it is the country’s longest trend since it has been around for over 105 years

2. No Scientific Proof That It Works. In the last 10 years, there have been hundreds of studies proving its validity in the health care arena.

1. They Say It Heals Everything. Since the body is a self-healing organism, it is the body not the doctor that does the healing. However, the chiropractor is the only professional trained in detecting and removing the subluxation from the nervous system.

Many of us are uncomfortably familiar with the sneezing, wheezing, and coughing of respiratory allergies. We either endure the symptoms, or we endure the side effects of the medications we take for the symptoms.

Fortunately, there’s a better choice.allergy cure Allergy Cures – Choose A Homeopathic Approach

Homeopathy is a time-tested system of medicine rooted in a unique philosophy. Instead of covering up superficial symptoms, homeopathic medicines work with the body to promote greater health.

The homeopathic approach to allergies is based on the realization that symptoms are the body’s attempts to correct an imbalance in the body. Homeopathy sees a bigger picture than simply a specific allergic reaction to a specific allergen. Rather, the problem is identified as the individual’s hypersensitivity that leads to these overreactions. Homeopathy addresses not only allergy symptoms, but the individual’s overall health as well.

Drawbacks of mainstream drugs

Although mainstream allergy drugs are heavily promoted through costly advertising, they may cause more harm than good. By suppressing symptoms, these products are suppressing your body’s efforts to restore balance and health.

Let’s look at a few common over-the-counter allergy products.

Antihistamines are often used to “dry up” a runny nose. However, a runny nose promotes drainage, an essential step in detoxifying your system.

In addition, antihistamines have been linked to undesirable side effects such as drowsiness, blurred vision, dizziness, loss of appetite, nausea, and dryness of the mouth, nose, and throat.
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Ear infections are the most frequent primary diagnosis made at visits to U.S. physician offices for children under 15 years of age.Caring for Ear Infections With Chiropractic Care Caring for Ear Infections With Chiropractic Care

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics,

  • Almost half of all children will have at least one middle ear infection before they’re 1-year old.
  • Two-thirds of those will have had at least one such infection by age 3.
  • Almost half of those will have had repeated bouts.

Statistics also show that more traditional ways of treating ear infections simply don’t work.

  • Antibiotic treatment of otitis media is no more effective than placebo, and increases the risks of reoccurrence. [Source: Cantekin EI. Antibiotics to prevent acute otitis media and to treat otitis media with effusion. JAMA 1994; 272(3):203-4 / Medline ID: 94293436]

However, correcting the cause through chiropractic has been shown to help over 80% of all children with ear infections.

  • 93% of all episodes of otitis media treated with chiropractic care improved, 75% in 10 days or fewer.

This study’s data indicates that limitation of medical intervention and the addition of chiropractic care may decrease the symptoms of ear infection in young children. [Source: Froehle RM; Ear infection: a retrospective study examining improvement from chiropractic care and analyzing for influencing factors. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1996; 19(3):169-77 / Medline ID: 96294956]

Does your child have reoccurring ear infections? Instead of visiting the pediatrician, check in with your chiropractor. Your child may be ear infection-free this coming season.

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With homework levels at an all time high, its no wonder more kids are experiencing more back pain. To help your child stay healthy throughout the school year, take a look at these backpack safety tips:iStock 000006473717XSmall 300x199 Kids and Back Pain – Backpack Safety

1. Proper fit is essential to carrying the load properly.  The backpack should extend to, but not beyond the top of the shoulders or the top of the buttocks.

2. The load of the pack should not exceed 15% of the child’s weight.  For example, a 70 lb. child should carry no more than 10.5 lbs.

3. Pack carefully.  Carry heavier objects as low and as close to the back as possible.  Only pack what is absolutely essential.  Go to your locker more often instead of carrying everything in your pack.

4. Use both straps.  Even though it might not be cool, do not use only one strap.  Straps should also be snug, but not tight.  When carrying heavy loads, use the waist strap for added support if the backpack is equipped with one.
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