Friday, September 5, 2014

Info for Pregnant Mothers & Parents- Sept 2014


September 2014

Hi Everybody Dr. Norris here. 
This month's newsletter includes some facts about pregnancy, children and medication.  

A recent study published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics, found that the use of acetaminophen for pain relief during pregnancy may be associated with a higher risk for hyperkinetic disorders (HKDs) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)–like behaviors in children, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), points to low-risk, drug-free alternatives, such as chiropractic care, for pain relief and improved health of expectant mothers and their developing babies.

“Because risks associated with medications are magnified during pregnancy, experts are advising expectant mothers to look for non-pharmacological ways to deal with pain,” says Gerard Clum, D.C., spokesperson, F4CP, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the value of chiropractic care.  “Doctors of chiropractic receive a minimum of seven years of education to clinically evaluate patients and provide gentle, hands-on manual and instrument care, as well as nutrition, ergonomics and exercise advice – all fundamental contributors to a healthy pregnancy and lifestyle.”

According to the report, children whose mothers used acetaminophen were:
  • 13 % more likely to show ADHD-like behaviors
  • 37 % more likely to be diagnosed with HKDs
  • 29 % more likely to be prescribed ADHD medications
In a subsequent article in USA Today, experts also advised against substituting the use of acetaminophen with ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), as they may disrupt fetal development and cause further problems.

“Added stress to the body, weight gain and postural changes often cause relentless discomfort for expectant mothers,” says Dr. Clum. “Conservative options, such as chiropractic, can improve structural balance and help with conditions such as headaches, neck and back pain -- all too common during pregnancy.”

“As evidence continues to expose the dangers connected to the use of acetaminophen and other NSAIDS, especially during pregnancy, it becomes evident that pharmaceuticals should not be a primary option,” concludes Dr. Clum. “Natural approaches – such as chiropractic care – should be the first choice for achieving better health throughout all stages of life, including pregnancy.”

Children respond very well to chiropractic care. Conditions such as chronic earaches, spine pain and headaches are often resolved with treatment.  Because of my desire to help children I offer complimentary chiropractic care for those under 12 years when an adult is also treated.
If you or someone you care about is suffering,
call me for a consultation.
That's what I love to do, help people.
“Because nobody has time for pain!”
Dr. Michael Norris

Vitamin D & Cognition Link

Older adults who are severely deficient in vitamin D may be more than twice as likely to develop dementia or Alzheimer’s disease than those who don’t have a deficiency, according to the largest study of its kind.  There has been a growing body of research on the disease’s connection with vitamin D — the main sources of which are sunshine, supplements, egg yolks and oily fish like salmon and sardines.  September issue of the journal Neurology.

"Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical."
Yogi Berra, New York Yankee Great

Disclaimer: The information contained herein is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases or, medical problems. It is not intended to replace your doctor's recommendations. The information is provided for educational purposes only. Response to care and nutritional benefits may vary from one person to another.