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To Your Health


Raising A Child (Part 3)



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03/01/2007 - Our hypothetical child is now starting to walk or crawl and developing at a very rapid rate in the nervous system, organs and musculoskeletal system. As I have stressed, it is very important not to feed your child junk food or generally processed food. The child's nutrition can affect his/her development in terms of behavior. I want to especially emphasize restriction of MSG and aspartame. Down the road I am going to go over why. (Again? Yes, again!) Try to use a blender to make up baby food instead of using store bought. It is healthier and not hard to do. Get them drinking water; be cautious of fruit drinks. Don't let the child develop the understanding that dinner comes in wrappers and if they whine long enough they will get what they want.

Another important topic to discuss is TV. A child's brain is developing and one of the ways it develops is by the number of connections the brain cell can form. Researchers have found that allowing a child to watch TV actually resulted in a decreased number of connections. And it is better for a child to explore, to play, to socialize, all that "stuff" they did before TV. People believe it is okay now and then, however, if all the family does is sit and watch TV, guess what the most likely outcome for the child is going to be.

A question that I have been asked is, "Should children be given supplements?" Absolutely. Our nutritional value is not what it used to be so supplementing with vitamins and minerals and essential fatty acids is very important. The child's metabolism is much greater than that of adults and any nutritional shortcomings can affect the developing body. Some examples of important supplements are DHA which is very important for brain development, vitamin C and vitamin E (very important antioxidants), not to mention how important calcium and magnesium are for the body. Beware of processed foods that state that they are enriched with vitamins and minerals. Most of the time what they strip off a food is far better than what they add (example: white bread).

So what about the body? Well, you may have noted that the child is not very stable or balanced when learning how to walk. As a result the child may be having some serious falls and bumping into things now and then. Now at first if the child isn't knocked out or bleeding we might feel that he/she is okay. If you watch this child carefully after something like this happens, within 24 to 48 hours he/she may develop symptoms such as fever, runny nose, or may just not be as active as usual. This could have caused what I described in the previous article a subluxation of the spine. Remember, the nervous system is still developing and the child's body is still out of proportion (head to body). The child's body is an incredible adapting machine and the responses to things are amazing. For instance, if an adult fell down the stairs, he could lay there for the day, but if a child fell down the same stairs he may cry awhile but soon take off running. As parents, we may assume everything is okay, but it may not be. If the child happens to subluxate his spine he may not complain about the same symptoms an adult might have, such as pain or restriction of motion. The child may show subtle signs such as fever or runny nose, or general lethargy. I have had parents bring their children in after a major fall having noted these symptoms occurring and the child had subluxations of the spine and needed to be treated. If taken care of the child's body responds very quickly. If not taken care of the body will have to adapt (compensate) for these subluxations which may pose a problem later.

Rats! I'm over again. Sorry, we will have to stop here and try to touch some more on this next month. By that time our child may be ready for school. Until next time.

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