Health and Wellness for Infants and Children
David M. Markowitz, M.D. - "Did you know that close to $10 billion
was spent on antibiotics in the U.S. last year? Did you know that many
bacteria have become increasingly resistant to these drugs and that
many drugs are outdated as soon as they are released for use? Have you
seen the many articles in Time and Newsweek (and many medical journals)
about the variety of plagues caused by infectious agents throughout
the world? What can we do to protect ourselves in a safe and natural
way against this ever-increasing threat? Have you had a child or patient
who has required multiple drugs to deal with one or several ear infections?
This is how this threat touches our daily lives."
In a clinical study, pediatrician, David M. Markowitz, M.D.
reports an 84% reduction in antibiotic use when children used
James Howenstine, MD. - "Excessive
antibiotics in children almost certainly stops normal maturation
of a healthy immune system. Lack
of healthy bacteria in the intestines caused by antibiotics creates
an environment in which pieces of partially digested proteins are able
to penetrate the barrier of the intestinal lining. When these abnormal
proteins enter the blood the body properly reacts to them as foreign
substances. The foreign proteins cause an antigen antibody reaction
producing symptoms and setting the stage for a possible auto-immune
illness to develop. Food allergies can also appear along with impaired
absorption of nutrients which may lead to poor health."
"Antibiotics and ear tubes treat symptoms of a problem. They do not
strengthen the organism so that it can fight the infection itself, nor
do they make the organism less resistant to future infection."
Drug resistant bacteria
After 40 years of pushing antibiotics for any ailment, physicians
are now confronting bacteria that have built defenses against those
same drugs. Some infectious bacteria that were once treatable are stronger
and often deadly. The reappearance of highly infectious bacteria is
caused in part by the overuse and misuse of antibiotics, but the resilience
bacteria also stems from the ingenious biochemistry of the microorganisms
themselves. To survive, microorganisms and fungi mutate into resistant
strains. Most Ear Infections Clear Up Without Antibiotics - A newly released report from the
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) suggests that children
may not always need antibiotics to treat a middle ear infection (otitis media).
Taking Out Adenoids Does NOT Help Ear Infections - Conclusions from
a study showed that removal of the adenoids, often associated with swollen
tonsils, as the first surgical treatment with children the ages of 10
to 24 months with recurrent middle ear infections, was not effective
in preventing further episodes.
Journal February 28, 2004; 328:487 (Free Full-Text Article)
Think twice before giving Steroids (cortisone,
prednisone) to your children "Doctors tell you that steroids (cortisone/prednisone/prednisolone)
only cause side effects after many years. But new research shows that
permanent damage is immediate and devastating. Studies show that steroids
cause permanent, debilitating effects after a single dosage. 'Steroids
are probably the most sleazy of modern day medications,' says John Mills,
former professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco
and chief of infectious diseases at San Francisco General Hospital.
According to a Harvard study, Americans now pay more visits to alternative
practitioners in a year than they do to primary care physicians....
They're spending $250 million a year on homeopathic remedies, and close
to $4 billion on nutritional supplements.... But is this stuff safe
for kids?" Yes, claim physicians Ditchek and Greenfield, practitioners
of "integrative pediatrics" There is a lot you can do, inexpensively
at home, to improve your children's health.
Vaccines containing Thimerosal
The FDA admits that the 12,000 reports it receives annually on pharmacologic
side effects from vaccines represent only
a fraction of what actually occurs. Congressman is calling for criminal
penalties for any government agency that knew about the dangers of thimerosal
in vaccines and did nothing to protect American children.
Congressman Dan Burton (R-Indiana) during Congressional Hearing:
"You mean to tell me that since 1929, we've been using Thimerosal, and
the only test that you know of is from 1929, and every one of those
people had mennigitis, and they all died?" For nearly an hour, Burton
repeatedly asked FDA and CDC officials what they knew and when they
knew it. (Thimerosal contains a related mercury compound called ethyl
mercury. Mercury is a toxic metal that can cause immune, sensory, neurological,
motor, and behavioral dysfunctions.)
Detecting, understanding, and treating children's allergies and environmental illness
Dr. Doris Rapp MD - "There are hundreds
of thousands of parents who have seen their children become wild and uncontrollable from a highly colored beverage or cereal."
Dr. Doris Rapp - Children's
Allergies to Food & Environment In her breakthrough book, "Is
This Your Child's World?” - Dr. Rapp identifies the major symptoms
of potentially unrecognized allergies in children and adults, suggesting
possible sensitivities to dust, mold, pollen, foods or chemicals. Allergies
are much more than high fever, asthma and itchy skin. It is possible
to identify allergies by simply looking at someone. At times it is surprisingly
easy to find and eliminate the cause. The typical clues of allergies
and environmental illness can include any combination of the following:
Rubbing Nose Upwards; Eye Wrinkles; Dark Eye Circles Sudden Aggression;
Scarlet Earlobes A Spacey Look; Extreme Activity Changes Wiggly Legs;
Red Cheeks A Mottled Tongue.
more than twenty-five years, Dr. Doris Rapp, MD, has been treating
children whose lives have been hampered sometimes critically
by allergies and chemical sensitivities. Everyone knows about
the role of allergies in problems such as asthma and hay fever,
but very few people are aware of the staggering variety and
extent of the illnesses triggered by allergic responses and
sensitivities to substances of various kinds, natural and (increasingly)
unnatural. Dr. Rapp knows, and has probably done more than any
other person to make the general public more able to understand
and cope with allergies of all kinds. She has stepped back for
now from her incrediblydemanding private
practice, but is as active as ever in trying to spread understanding
of and effective responses to allergies. Dr. Doris Rapp MD - Children's Allergies to Food &
Environment Dr. Rapp is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric allergy.
Dealing with the fever
A fever is a helpful and necessary part of the process of healing
in a childhood illness, in any illness for that matter. During a fever
the healing reactions of the body are speeded up; the heart beats faster, carrying the blood more
quickly to all the organs; respiration is quicker, increasing oxygen
intake: and perspiration increases, helping the body to cool down naturally.
A high temperature generally indicates that the body's defense mechanism
is fighting an infection and temperature variations indicate how it
is coping. Attempts to suppress or control a fever artificially with
Tylenol, or even with homeopathic remedies, are likely to confuse the
body’s natural efforts to heal itself.
Very high fevers - those above 106°F (41°C) - can harm the heart
and brain. Some authorities, however, say that fever is unlikely to
cause brain damage in a previously healthy child. During most infections,
the brain keeps body temperature at or below 104°F (40°C). So in most
- not all - cases, you don't need to be afraid that your child's temperature
is going to continue to rise above that point.
Fever in Children - A Blessing in Disguise
by Dr. Mercola
It may help parents to remember that fever is only one part of the
picture of an illness. In fact, for children under eight years of age,
and especially for infants, the severity of a fever is an unreliable
indicator of the severity of the child's illness. For example, infants
and toddlers canbe very sick with a low or even subnormal temperature.
Conversely, children three to eight years old can be running about quite
cheerfully with a fairly impressive fever.
Fever increases the amount of interferon (a natural antiviral and
anticancer substance) in the blood. A mild fever also increases the
white blood cells that kill cells infected with viruses, fungi, and
cancer, and improves the ability of certain white blood cells to destroy
bacteria and infected cells. Fever also impairs the replication of many
bacteria and viruses.
line: A moderate fever is a friend, but not one you want to spend a
lot of time with. So it makes sense to avoid suppressing moderate fevers
with drugs, while continuing to monitor your child for dramatic increases
in temperature and worsening of any other of his symptoms.
Fever may be beneficial
Conventional doctors have been taught to treat every symptom that comes
to their attention. For instance, medication is often prescribed to
reduce childhood fever. Yet fever is the body's mechanism for destroying
viruses and bacteria. "If we do no more than take the edge off the fever
to make the child comfortable," says Dr. Smith, "we may be prolonging the illness."
to Dr. Moskowitz, producing a fever is one of the signs of a healthy
child. The remedies Dr.Moskowitz recommends do not take away fever,
but rather help the immnue system to finish it's job of healing. These
remedies may include Aconite, Belladonna, Ferrum Phosphate, Gelsemium,
Pulsatilla and Bryonia.
Dr. Sodhi also considers a fever below 102 F to be beneficial in
a child, and he does not like to give children medication such as aspirin
or tylenol for it. He does recommend a light, nutritious diet, and cold
sponging or homeopathic remedies such as Belladona, Aconite and Sulfur.
According to Dr. Ni, traditional Chinese medicine treats a fever
by inducing sweating and treating the accompanying infection. A hot
bath can be used to induce a fever.
David Hoffman believes that a fever may be beneficial in a young
child, and that a low-grade fever does not need to be reduced. The child
should be given a lot of support and comfort along with plenty of fluids.
Herbal teas such as peppermint, elder flower and even yarrow will help
the body cope with the fever, but will not surpress it the way aspirin does.
The Common cold
by Janet Zand, L.Ac., OMD
Because your child's immune system is in the process of developing,
it is not unusual for a child to seem to catch a cold week after week.
As your child grows, her immune defenses evolve from an uncoordinated
series of safeguards to an intricate set of responses designed to defend
the body against foreign substances. In the meantime, boosting your
child's immune system with diet and herbs can lessen the frequency of illness.
An Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children and Infants
This comprehensive, user-friendly volume by one of the most highly
trained medical herbalists in America has all the information parents
need to safeguard and improve the health of their babies and children
utilizing proper diet, supplementation and herbs. Particular emphasis
is placed on strengthening the young immune system, with chapters on
managing allergies and avoiding the damaging overuse of antibiotics.
The heart of the book features an A-to-Z compilation of more than 50
common childhood complaints from colic and cradle cap to warts and whooping
cough, with remedies for easing discomfort and healing from the inside out.
Cancer and Children
In memory of our
son, Alexander Horwin On August 10, 1998 at age two, our son Alexander
Horwin was diagnosed with the most common pediatric brain tumor, medulloblastoma.
After Alexander endured two brain surgeries, my husband and I located
the best non-toxic therapy that had proven successful in treating brain
cancer. However, on September 21, 1998, the FDA denied Alexander
access to this potentially life-saving treatment. The oncologists
told us that without their "state-of-the-art" chemotherapy, the cancer
would soon return. We knew nothing of the history, efficacy and actual
danger of chemotherapy but instinctively knew it was a poor choice for
therapy. Alexander completed his third month of chemotherapy in December
1998 and died on January 31, 1999. He was just two and a half years old.
Mom saved her 4 year old daugther from Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia with natural diet and natural supplement that boosts the immune system
The "state-of-the-art" chemo protocol that the oncologists had administered
to our son had proven its ineffectiveness in pediatric brain tumors
many years before. In fact, in 1994, the exact same chemo drugs Alexander
received in 1998 had been administered to children the same age with
the same brain tumor (medulloblastoma) as Alexander. This experiment
proved so unsuccessful that tumors spread within five months and the
oncologists terminated the protocol. It was incredible to us to discover
that chemotherapy that had already proven so ineffective that it required
termination was being presented to parents as "state of the art" years
We were never informed about the failure of this therapy.
We also discovered that we weren't the only parents being purposefully
misinformed. Today, parents are still being misled and children with
brain cancer are still getting these same toxic drugs that have proven
their ineffectiveness in the past. But even if you are informed that
orthodox therapy does not work you still may not have a choice. When
we hesitated to bring Alexander in for chemo the oncologists were already
gearing up to take him from us by court order. Learn more:
read about the Horwin's
story and their journey into research.
Big Pharma Bribes Doctors to Hook Your Kids on Drugs
For decades, the majority of American doctors, mental health professionals,
the media, and the general public have yielded to the disseminations
of Harvard psychiatrist Joseph Biedeman who successfully evangelized
for more children -- and younger children -- to be medicated with powerful
The blowback from ADHD drugs is reported in the current
July 2009 Scientific American Mind article "Do ADHD Drugs Take a Toll
on the Brain?" a comprehensive report of the long-term dangers of ADHD
drugs such as Ritalin, Concerta, Adderall, and Vyvanse. The Centers
for Disease Control (CDC) estimated in 2005 that 9% of boys and 4% of
girls in the U.S. were taking ADHD stimulant medications; and according
to a 2007 study, ADHD-drug prescriptions rose by almost 12 percent a
year between 2000 and 2005. ADHD drugs are either the "amphetamine-like"
methylphenidate (e.g., Ritalin and Concerta) or actual amphetamines
(e.g., Adderall and Vyvanse), so it should not be surprising that long-term
use is associated with many hazards.
The current Scientific American Mind piece, authored by Edmund S. Higgins, clinical associate professor
of family medicine and psychiatry at the Medical University of South
Carolina states, "Methylphenidate has a chemical structure similar to
that of cocaine and acts on the brain in a very similar way." In February
2009, neuroscientists at the Rockefeller University reported cocaine-like
structural and chemical alterations in the brains of mice given methylphenidate.
Medical Fascism in the USA - Courts Order Kids To Take Drugs
Judges can constitutionally order controversial
drugs to be given to a child over the opposition of his parents. Parents
are medicating their children for fear of having them hauled away by
Child Protective Services.
Chemotherapy : A Critique of the Use of Toxic Drugs in the Treatment of Cancer
"I started as a believer in chemotherapy. As a science writer
at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, I wrote articles
praising the latest advances in chemotherapy. Because chemotherapy drugs
were general cellular poisons, they could be terribly toxic. They were
also very expensive for patients and for society as a whole. When I
learned about the links between the pharmaceutical industry and the
cancer establishment (later detailed in my book, The Cancer Industry)
I understood the commercial reason that such an inadequate modality
was so heavily promoted."Ralph W. Moss
Chemotherapy in Pediatric Brain Tumors
This document cites the medical literature and demonstrates
the toxic failure of chemotherapy in treating malignant pediatric brain
tumors over the last 25 years. It also discusses how the FDA did not
permit Alexander have access to a potentially life saving therapy a
policy decision that sentences many children with cancer to death. This
document was provided to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee
on Government Reform as written testimony for a congressional hearing
that took place on June 7-8, 2000 in Washington D.C.
Lots of drugs must be sold
Guylaine Lanctot, M.D -
"The medical establishment works closely with the drug multinationals
whose main objective is profits, and whose worst nightmare would be
an epidemic of good health. Lots of drugs MUST be sold. In order to
achieve this, anything goes: lies, fraud, and kickbacks. Doctors are
the principal salespeople of the drug companies. They are rewarded with
research grants, gifts, and lavish perks. The principal buyers are the
public - from infants to the elderly - who MUST be thoroughly medicated
and vaccinated...at any cost! Why do the authorities forbid alternative
medicine? Because they are serving the industry, and the industry cannot
make money with herbs, vitamins, and homeopathy. They cannot patent
natural remedies. That is why they push synthetics. They control medicine,
and that is why they are able to tell medical schools what they can and cannot teach."
Forced Drugging of
Children - Parents may face jail over compulsory drug orders
In the US judges can constitutionally order controversial drugs to be
given to a child over the opposition of his parents. Parents are medicating
their children for fear of having them hauled away by Child Protective
Services. In the UK Parents of children diagnosed with attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) will face jail under proposals in the
new Mental Health Bill if they refuse to drug their children, a psychiatrist has warned.
Dr. Robert Titzer, Ph.D.-"Babies as young as three or four months old can be taught to read."
Now with the help of an early childhood brain-training program, you can accelerate the development potential of your child's
brain, rom age 3-month and above, quickly and naturally. Your child's mental capabilities can progress faster than you ever
Do you know that the best time to teach a child to read is when they
are still a baby? Unbelievable as it may sound, but research has clearly
shown that children who start learning to read as a baby before beginning
formal education tend to gain better self-esteem and higher confidence
levels compared to others who begin their formal education in a more
Dr. Robert Titzer, Ph.D. "We have
babies who by nine months of age, who can read many words." In more
than 15 years of teaching, Dr. Titzer has worked extensively in researching
and developing a method that takes advantage of your baby's natural
learning skills. He believes that babies can learn to read as soon as
they have visual tracking with their eyes. That's somewhere around 2-3
months old. Dr. Titzer says it's up to parents to work with their baby
at home. He doesn't believe in waiting to let teachers at school do
the work- because about 90-percent of brain development happens in the
first five years of life.
In the first year, your baby’s brain triples in weight. By the end
of the second, your toddler’s brain weighs three quarters that of an
adult’s. The brain’s activity increases with its weight. The metabolism of a baby’s brain, as measured by
how much blood sugar it uses, builds steadily from birth until the age of
3. At that point, your child’s brain is more than twice as active as
yours, and it will remain so until he or she reaches puberty. All that
internal energy and growth is matched by the toddler’s external activities:
exploring the world, reaching out for objects, gurgling and practicing
sounds (the building blocks of language).
The essence of the matter is to keep the process simple so that the
baby can follow it, and to keep it enjoyable so that the baby follows
it out of self-interest. If you are trying to force lessons into your
tiny baby, then you are simply digging your way for a permanent fear
and hatred of your kid towards reading. You don't have an option to
force, you must make the sessions fun. It must be in an environment
that the baby wants to live and relive in. The idea is that after your
baby goes through one or a few of reading sessions, the baby will start
looking out for the next reading session out of own. This can happen
only if the reading session is an enjoyable experience. The best is
to identify a session of around 30-40 minutes every day at a fixed time,
so that it becomes a routine for the baby. The time can be more or less
depending on the age and health of the baby.
Why Children and Teens Should Stay Away From Cell Phones
While years ago scientists were dismissive of any risks associated with cell phone
use, the accumulated amounts of studies showing health risks for long-term
users now paint an entirely different picture. In addition to the Toronto
Department of Health advisory, the U.K., Belgium, Germany, France and
Russia have already introduced precautionary policies regarding cell
phone usage due to potential health risks. For example, one Swedish
review of 11 studies found that using your cell phone for 10 years or
longer will double your risk of getting a tumor on a nerve connecting
your ear to your brain (acoustic neuroma). And because children have
thinner skulls than adults, and their nervous systems are still developing,
children are particularly vulnerable to this type of tumor and should
not use cell phones at all.
Beware of Infant Soy Formulas and Other Soy Products - Precocious (Early) Puberty
Contrary to popular belief that soy is a health food, evidence reveals
that soy consumption has been linked to numerous disorders, including
infertility, increased cancer and
infantile leukemia, Type1 diabetes,
and precocious puberty in children have been
fed soy formula. (early maturation, such as breast development and menstruation
as early as 6 years of age). Scientists have known for years that the
isoflavones in soy products can depress thyroid function and cause goiters
in otherwise healthy children and adults. A combined research team of
Cornell University Medical College and Long Island Community Hospital
medical experts have found that children who develop Type1 diabetes
are twice as likely to have been fed soy formulas as those fed all other
foods This confirms concerns based on animal studies raised in the 1980's
and 1990s by Health Canada researcher Dr Fraser Scott and led to the American Academy of Pediatrics issuing
their warning to pediatricians against any use of soy based formulas.
"Considering all of soy's health benefits, it is tempting for new
and expectant mothers to see soy-based infant formula as a "miracle
food" and to stock their pantries sky-high with the stuff. Well, hold
on there mama. That most vulnerable member of the population, an infant
unable to breastfeed, stands at great risk of developing a serious thyroid
disorder due to a diet based entirely on soy formula. That disorder
is hypothyroidism, or an under-active thyroid and it is a common cause
of fatigue, depression, obesity, constipation, extreme sensitivity to
cold and a number of other symptoms, most so common that the disorder
can go undiagnosed for years." - Katie Mehrer
Dr. Mercola - "Soy formula is one of the worst foods
that you could feed your child. Not only does it have profoundly adverse
hormonal effects as discussed above, but it also has over 1000% more
aluminum than conventional milk based formulas. It is becoming increasingly
common for young children, even 5- and 6-year-olds, to go through
precocious puberty (aka early sexual development). The introduction
of this report even states that studies have found girls as young as
2 years old entering puberty! This is clearly a multi-faceted problem,
but I believe one of its main causes stems from your environmental exposure
to a whole slew of endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Even the conservative
US government has recognized that soy formula is a potent endocrine disruptor. There is absolutely no reason to ever give
your child soy formula or soy milk. It is one of the worst foods you
could possibly give your child and the long-term health complications
can be quite significant. Prostate and breast cancer, early puberty,
endometriosis and infertility, irregular and painful menstrual periods
are only a few of the things your children will have increased risk
for if they are given soy formula or soy milk. If you have already given
your child these foods the best way to reverse the damage is to have
them rigidly follow the eating plan. The nutrition from whole organic foods is the most
potent corrective force for these disruptions in hormones. If you still
aren't convinced of the dangers of soy you might want to review the
protest letter two FDA experts wrote earlier this year which points
to studies that show a link between soy and health problems in certain animals."
Diethylene glycol Effects on Organs
kidneys fail first. Then the central nervous system begins to misfire.
Paralysis spreads, making breathing difficult, then often impossible
without assistance. In the end, most victims die. Many of them are children,
poisoned at the hands of their unsuspecting parents. The syrupy poison,
diethylene glycol, is an indispensable part of the modern world, an
industrial solvent and prime ingredient in some antifreeze. It is also
a killer. And the deaths, if not intentional, are often no accident.
Over the years, the poison has been loaded into all varieties of medicine
cough syrup, fever medication, injectable drugs a result of counterfeiters
who profit by substituting the sweet-tasting solvent for a safe, more
expensive syrup, usually glycerin, commonly used in drugs, food, toothpaste
and other products. Toxic syrup has figured in at least eight mass poisonings
around the world in the past two decades. Researchers estimate that
thousands have died. In many cases, the precise origin of the poison has never been determined.
Nutrition for Children and Babies
A new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry shows
that children who experience malnutrition exhibit strikingly increased
behavioral disorders and aggressive behavior as they grow older. Children
who suffered certain nutritional deficiencies demonstrated a shocking
41% increase in aggression at age eight. At age 17, they demonstrated
a 51% increase in violent and antisocial behaviors. And the only difference is their diet.
are many serious consequences of generation after generation having
diets deficient in an element essential for normal development of the
nervous system. In 1996, Laura J. Stevens, of the Department of Foods
and Nutrition, Purdue University, and co-investigators published an
extremely important paper in Physiology and Behavior. The researchers
found that boys with lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood
showed more problems with behavior, learning, and health than those
with higher levels of total omega-3 fatty acids.
Childhood obesity, diabetes, and related illnesses are becoming major
health problems in America. Nutrition journalist Critser presents a
critical analysis of the many social and economic factors that make
Americans, contrary to the book's subtitle, the second-fattest people
in the world (the South Sea Islanders are fatter). He blames parents'
reluctance to monitor their children's eating habits; the marketing
tactics of fast-food companies, which influence us to overeat; the preponderance
of fad diets; the phasing out of physical education programs in schools;
and the sale of fast foods at schools to save money on dining facilities.
Lower-income families have higher rates of obesity regardless of race,
ethnicity, and gender, which the author attributes to lack of information
about diet and exercise and the wide diversity of cultural beliefs about
weight, body size, and self-esteem.
urges Americans to tackle obesity head on, concluding with descriptions
of initiatives that worked when communities launched a cooperative effort
to change their eating habits and avoid the path to lifelong obesity.
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FDA Issues Public Health Advisory on Cautions for Use of Antidepressants in Adults and Children
Poor mood, depression, and low energy have become epidemic in America. There
are literally tens of millions of American men, women and children that
suffer from some level of emotional disturbance. Although day-to-day
stress can be considered a precipitating factor, there are multiple
studies in the medical literature indicating that proper nutrition is
critical to maintaining emotional health. Stress, anxiety, tension and
depression are intimately connected with most illness.
The Food and Drug Administration today issued
a Public Health Advisory that provides further cautions to physicians,
their patients, and families and caregivers of patients about the need
to closely monitor both adults and children with depression. The drugs
under review include bupropion, citalopram, fluoxetine, fluvoxamine,
mirtazapine, nefazodone, paroxetine, sertraline, escitalopram and venlafaxine.
It should be noted that the only drug that has received approval for
use in children with major depressive disorder is fluoxetine (Prozac).
According to the first comprehensive scientific review to include
all available studies, including negative data that have long been withheld
from public scrutiny by the pharmaceutical industry, four popular antidepressants
being used to treat thousands of depressed American children are unsafe,
ineffective or both. Those antidepressants are: Paxil, Zoloft, Effexor,
Celexa. This is damning evidence of the drug companies' patent disregard
for the safety of humans and focus on profits. GlaxoSmithKline was found
to be concealing evidence that shows that these drugs do not benefit
children in any way and only increase their risk of killing themselves.
This was confirmed in an article in the
Journal. Drug companies do the research and learn that the drugs
don't work, yet are willing to sell and market them to children even
when it is clear that they are causing many children to commit suicide.
Antidepressants, Diet and Aggressive Behavior
A new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry shows that
children who experience malnutrition exhibit strikingly
increased behavioral disorders and aggressive behavior
as they grow older. Children who suffered certain nutritional deficiencies
demonstrated a shocking 41% increase in aggression at age eight. At
age 17, they demonstrated a 51% increase in violent and antisocial behaviors.
And the only difference is their diet.
Lendon Smith, M.D. - "Most of the children I treated
with diet and supplements no longer needed the Ritalin they had been
taking. Their problem was not a Ritalin deficiency.
They had mineral and vitamin deficiencies. Their behavior good mornings
and terrible afternoons; either sleepy or restless and inattentive were
easily explained by their diet. Along with a better diet, they needed
minerals to act as co-enzymes for basic metabolism. As I expanded my research with reading and using
nutrition as treatment for patients, I noted that the nutritional approach
was valid for other conditions not just the hyperactive child."
Direct link between the violent shootings and the increased and indiscriminate
use of popular antidepressant drugs. Dr. Whitaker M.D points out that
many of the gun-related massacres that have made the headlines over
the past decade have a common thread: they were perpetrated by people
taking Prozac, Zoloft, Luvox,Paxil,
or a related drug. A documented side effect of these drugs -- known
clinically as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) -- is
akathisia, or physical and mental agitation. Dr. Whitaker says "akathisia
is to violence what a match is to gasoline. And this condition has been
reported in a significant number of Prozac users." Moreover, the Food
and Drug Administration has received over 40,000 reports detailing adverse
effects related to Prozac. - The Scourge of Prozac by Dr. Julian Whitaker MD
Dr Peter Breggin M.D. the eminent
psychiatrist and author of "Toxic Psychiatry, Talking Back to Prozac, Talking
Back to Ritalin", told me: "With Luvox, there is some evidence of a
four percent rate for mania in adolescents. Mania, for certain individuals
could be a component in grandiose plans to destroy large numbers of
other people. Mania can go over the hill to psychosis."
Discovering and Treating Unrecognized Allergies in Children and Adults
Doris Rapp offers a simple yet
effective approach to handling "problem" children. Is
This Your Child? shows parents how to identify the common foods,
chemicals, or common allergic substances that could be the culprits
that cause some children or adults to feel unwell or act inappropriately.
If your child is always sick, hyperactive, a slow learner, or cranky,
the first question you should ask is not "What drug should be prescribed?"
or "What have I done wrong as a parent?" Instead, find out the cause.
Dr. Rapp gives sensible suggestions about how these reactions to foods
and environmental factors can be recognized, prevented, and treated.
With this information, many affected children should feel, act, behave,
and learn better. If you can detect unsuspected environmental illness
in your child--or yourself--you can change your lives so you're more
content, happy, and free of illness.
"This book was an eye opener for us. Our daughter had many ADHD
type symptoms; angry outbursts, emotional meltdowns, and was fidgety,
restless, and unable to stay focused. After following the book's recommended
rotational diet, we figured out what foods she reacted to. Avoiding
those foods (especially corn) produced dramatic positive results. She
is now an alert, attentive, angel of a child. This book is a must for
any parent with a problematic child." an amazon.com reviewer: Dale
Sherman from Syracuse, NY
Dr. Doris Rapp is a board certified environmental medical specialist
and pediatric allergist. She is Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
at the State University of New York at Buffalo and the founder of the
Practical Allergy Research Foundation. She is the author of The New
York Times best seller, 'Is This Your Child?'
Conventional Drugs may impair immune function
Dr. John Mills MD - "Conventional drugs used for
treating asthma, particularly steroids, can impair immune function and
lead to more serious health problems. "Doctors tell you that
steroids (cortisone, prednisone) only cause
side effects after many years. But new research shows that permanent
damage is immediate and devastating. Studies show that steroids cause
permanent, debilitating effects after a single dosage. Steroids are
probably the most sleazy of modern day medications" John Mills, former
professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco
and chief of infectious diseases at San Francisco General Hospital.
Mark Stengler ND - "Conventional medicine seeks to reduce
this inflammation by using anti-inflammatory medications, or use pharmaceutical
inhalants to temporarily dilate the passageway. There are two limitations
to this approach. Firstly, every drug has the risk of side effects.
Secondly, the drug approach does not offer a long term solution. In
my opinion, there are natural approaches that work to treat the cause
of asthma and offer long term success."
Dr. Doris Rapp MD - "There are hundreds of thousands
of parents who have seen their children become wild and uncontrollable
from a highly colored beverage or cereal."
Is This Your Child's World?
This is a great book that details how environmental hazards along
with food allergies affect children. It analyzes schools and homes to
inform people of the chemicals, paint, carpeting, spices, etc. cause
symptoms of Learning Disabilities or behavior problems. The chapters
in this book are broken down specifically to help you target your concerns.
I loved the pictorial and writing samples given in this book. As a special
educator, I found this book extremely helpful in my school building
and with my own family.
Dr. Rapp, whose appearance on the Donahue showseveral
years ago brought the largest response in the show's history (140,000
letters!), and whose subsequent book on children's allergies, Is This
Your Child?, has been a best-seller for many years, distills vital information
into simple suggestions for dealing with the complexities of allergies.
H. J. Roberts, M.D.: "I have observed severe intellectual
deterioration associated with the use of aspartame products (NutraSweet/Equal/Spoonful/Canderal/Benevia,
etc.) It was usually manifest as great difficulty in reading and writing,
obvious problems with memory and grossly impaired orientation to time, place and person."
James Bowen, M.D. told the FDA years ago "Every
known metabolite of aspartame is of marked or questionable toxicity
and patently unsafe for human use." In Aspartame Murders Infants he
said: "At every point in the fertility process
etc.) destroys. ....It ruins female sexual response and induces
male sexual dysfunction. Beyond this, aspartame disrupts fetal development
by aborting it or inducing defects. And if a live child is born aspartame
may have heinously damaged the DNA of the baby cursing future generation."
See his paper on Sperm Warfare. We are now taking case histories for
class action on aspartame starting with seizures, brain tumors, eye
deterioration and blindness, etc. Learn about the Legal class action
Thyroid disorder and Fluoride Poisoning
Two main thyroid disorders: Hyperthyroid and Hypothyroid.
The thyroid hormones regulate (1) metabolism, (2) growth and developement,(3) the activity of the nervous system. An under production
of these hormones is a hypothyroid condition, while an overproduction
creates a hyperthyroid condition .
Protecting The Thyroid Gland
of Your Children In Radiation Emergencies "The toll of thyroid cancer
carried by the fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster could have
been prevented, new evidence suggests. And a British cancer expert agrees
that had a simple supplement been given to young children in the former
Soviet Union who were in the path of the radioactive cloud which covered
much of Eastern Europe, much suffering could have been prevented. The
disaster, in 1986, happened when a reactor at Chernobyl, in the now-independent
state of Ukraine, melted down, throwing large quantities of radioactive
isotopes into the atmosphere. One of these, radioactive iodine, is absorbed
by the thyroid gland, particularly in very young children,
where it can cause cancer, in some cases many years later."
"Every function inside the body is regulated by
and depends on water. Water must be available to carry vital elements,
oxygen, hormones, and chemical messengers to all parts of the body.
Water is also needed to carry toxic waste away from the cells. Medical
professionals have been educated to treat pain and disease with medications---they
do not understand the problems associated with dehydration." Batmanghelidj, M.D.
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Infant Circumcision: the hidden trauma
of routine infant circumcision have been thoroughly disproven. Studies
have shown that circumcision, far from being a harmless and painless
procedure, is one of the most painful procedures that can be performed
on an infant and has potentially far-reaching detrimental physical and
Infant Circumcision: "What I Wish I Had Known"
by Marilyn Fayre Milos R.N.
I didn't know what circumcision was when I consented to have my three
sons circumcised. My doctor had told me the surgery was a necessary
health measure, that it didn't hurt, and that it only took a moment
to perform... like cutting the umbilical cord, I thought. I certainly
wasn't prepared when, in nursing school several years later, I saw the
surgery for the first time.
"We students filed into the newborn nursery to find a baby strapped
spread-eagle to a plastic board on a counter top across the room. He
was struggling against his restraints tugging, whimpering, and then
crying helplessly. . . . I stroked his little head and spoke softly
to him. He began to relax and was momentarily quiet. The silence was
soon broken by a piercing screamthe baby’s reaction to having his foreskin
pinched and crushed as the doctor attached the clamp to his penis. The
shriek intensified when the doctor
inserted an instrument between the foreskin and the glans (head of the
penis), tearing the two structures apart. The baby started shaking his
head back and forththe only part of his body free to moveas the doctor
used another clamp to crush the foreskin lengthwise, which he then cut.
This made the opening of the foreskin large enough to insert a circumcision
instrument, the device used to protect the glans from being severed
during the surgery. The baby began to gasp and choke, breathless from
his shrill continuous screams. . . . During the next stage of the surgery,
the doctor crushed the foreskin against the circumcision instrument
and then, finally, amputated it. The baby was limp, exhausted, spent."...
Have you seen children and young adults among your family and friends
with those whitish spots or flecks on their teeth or, in more extreme
cases, dark streaks that look like decay? This is the effect of dental
fluorosis, the first visible sign of overexposure to fluoride. In some
communities, the incidence of dental fluorosis is 30 to 60 percent or
more. Fluoride ingestion from mouth rinses and dentifrices in children
is extremely hazardous to biological development, life span and general
health. Research from China has shown a correlation between exposure
to low doses of fluoride and diminished IQ in children.
Research is beginning to show that the cavity-fighting power of fluoride
may have been overstated. Recent studies in the Journal of Dental Research
conclude that tooth decay rates in Western Europe, which is 98 percent
unfluoridated, have declined as much as they have in the United States
in recent decades. Indeed, it's only in the United States that fluoride
is championed by the government.
Most European nations -- including Germany, France, Sweden
and Holland -- prohibit fluoride on public health grounds.
growing number of parents are concerned about the potential side effects
of conventional drugs and are now turning to the safer medicine-homeopathy.
Infants and children respond so well to homeopathic medicines that the
good results they experience often encourage the parents to try the
remedies themselves. It is time that parents and physicians seek safe,
natural and effective alternatives to conventional, potentially harmful
drugs. Homeopathic medicine is one such alternative. Learn about homeopathic
medicine for childhood ailments such as bedwetting, chicken pox, measles,
colds, flus, teething, constipation, sore throats, earaches, diarrhea, and much more.
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