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Natural Treatment and Prevention of Childhood Ear Infections (Chronic otitis media)

A report from the Agency for Health care Research and Quality (AHRQ) suggests that children may not always need antibiotics to treat a middle ear infection (otitis media). Researchers from the Southern California/RAND Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) found some interesting findings, including: Nearly two-thirds of children with uncomplicated ear infections recover from pain and fever within 24 hours of diagnosis without antibiotic treatment - Over 80% recover within 1 to 7 days. A study, published in the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal on February 12, 2001 suggest that homeopathy is effective in the treatment of acute otitis media in young children..

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Childhood Ear Infection: Alternative to Antibiotics and Ear Tubes

Professor Graham Bell, from McGill University in Canada, warns that the new antibiotics pose "a serious and unprecedented" risk to public health. He warns that regulatory authorities tend not to look many years ahead when deciding whether to grant licenses to new drugs. "They are poorly designed to detect even grave and highly probable risks to public health arising from the population biology of microbes. "Instead of dismissing the possibility that widespread resistance will evolve, we should use the bitter experience that we have gained from conventional antibiotics to plan for it." --- "Diarrhea, abdominal pain, severe inflammation of the colon (colitis), irritable bowel syndrome, skin problems, fever, elevated white blood cell count, weak immune system, vomiting, dehydration, potassium deficiencies, allergies, colon perforation, bad breath, excess stomach gas, yeast problems, nutritional deficiencies and constipation are just some of the many side effects and problems linked to antibiotics. more

David A. Holland, M.D. on childhood ear infections: "In one study, children administered antibiotics for acute otitis media suffered double the rate of adverse effects compared to children in the study who took placebos (Clinical Evidence. 2000). The difference in outcomeEvery parent who has heard the plaintive cry My ear hurts! knows that ear infections are among the most troubling childhood ailments. In fact, by the time they turn three years old, 75 percent of children have had at least one ear infection, and nearly 50 percent of these children have suffered more than three ear infections.for those children in the study who took antibiotics compared to those who do not was almost negligible."

Doctors Overuse Antibiotics in Children

Two out of three infants receive antibiotics before they turn one year old. By the age of two, three out of four children have received the drugs, according to recent research. These findings are especially concerning as resistance to common antibiotics is becoming an ever increasing problem. Deaths caused by Staphylococcus aureus, the so-called superbug that is resistant to most antibiotics, are reportedly increasing.Moreover, research from a new study has shown that children from low-economic backgrounds are more likely to receive antibiotics than those from more well off families, and boys tend to receive antibiotics earlier than girls. Low-economic background might be a factor because people from this group tend to have higher rates of respiratory illness due to a lower likelihood of breast-feeding.

Repeated Ear Infections

One of the hardest things for a parent is to watch their child in pain and not be able to help. If your child has a pattern of repeated ear infections, you probably feel helpless. The conventional medical approach is to give antibiotics every time an ear infection is diagnosed. Or if these are ineffective, a tympanostomy (tubes) is performed . Most conventional doctors will convince you that there is no other option. InsteadIn this video Dr. Block demonstrates gentle techniques based on a century-old philosophy of osteopathic medicine which she taught in medical school. This technique helps to drain ears and upper respiratory tract and boost the immune system without antibiotics. Dr. Block explains, in easy-to-understand terms, what you can do at home to treat and help prevent future infections. The easy to follow video includes step-by-step instructions for home care of both infants and children. The techniques also work on adults with respiratory infections. Amoxicillin, of the most overprescribed drugs of our time can jeopardize a child's health, and why common ear and respiratory infections can and should be treated through safer and more effective means.of giving antibiotics every time your child has an ear infection, homeopathy, Transfer Factor, and raising the glutathione level can strengthen your child's health so that the whole pattern of getting sick stops.

In a clinical study, pediatrician, David M. Markowitz, M.D. reports an 84% reduction in antibiotic use when children used Transfer Factor.

"Are Antibiotics still effective? The period once euphemistically called the Age of the Miracle Drug is now dead. And the indiscriminate use of antibiotics is leading us to one of the most frightening eras in recent memory. That is, the return of infectious diseases for which there is no effective treatment. Two decades following the introduction of antibiotics, the medical community began to see a disturbing trend. Bacterial infections that were once treatable no longer responded to antibiotics. Penicillin is effective today against only 10 percent of the strains of Staphylococcus aureus that it used to eradicate easily. Those that did respond often required five to ten times the dose of the drug that previously was effective. One example of this is the resistant strains of gonorrhea that developed as a result of the antibiotics that were used to treat it." Michael Traub, N.D.

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). Researchers from the Southern California/RAND Evidence-based Practice Center(EPC) found some interesting findings, including: Nearly two-thirds of children with uncomplicated ear infectionsrecover from pain and fever within 24 hours of diagnosis without antibiotic treatment - Over 80% recover within 1 to 7 days. The Summary of the findings of this study, entitled Management of Acute Otitis Media Summary, Evidence Report/Technology Assessment 15, is available by calling the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse at 1-800-358-9295. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD, August 9, 2000 more...

When penicillin and other wonder drugs revolutionized Western medicine in the 1940s and '50s, it seemed as though every infectious illness could be cured with a few pills or injections. But half a century after it began, the golden age of antibiotics is ending with the alarming news that the drugs that were supposed to save the world have instead spawned an epidemic that may destroy it. 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.

While Dr. Carlson concedes that antibiotics can save lives, he warns that both physicians and patients must be judicious in their use of antibiotics. If they are overused, they are more likely to become ineffective in treating bacteria. “Antibiotics are not always the answer,” he says. “Sometimes it just makes sense to let an ailment run its natural course.”

Morton Walker, D.P.M - "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 of bacteria also stems from the ingenious biochemistry of the microorganisms themselves. To survive, microorganisms and fungi mutate into resistant strains"

Dr. James Howenstine, MD - "Multitudes of infants have frequent recurring ear infections. These “infections” usually subside when milk intake ceases as they are often caused by allergy to milk. Many children have tubes placed in their ear canals because of these “ear infections”. This procedure has recently been discovered to lead to decreased hearing as adults. This whole infantile ear infection problem is usually milk allergy not bacterial infection." Is Raw Milk Safe for Babies?

Book: Almost half of all American children today are diagnosed with autism, ADHD, allergies or asthmaDavid Markowitz, M.D. - "I have now completed a retrospective study comparing children in our practice who did not use Transfer Factor; during the same period. 87 children, age 8 months through 9 years, used transfer factors . We found 74% less reported illness and 84% less reported use of antibiotics." Dr. Markowitz is general pediatrician for more than 20 years in Kennebunk, Maine with a patient base of 4,500 children, is conducting an ongoing retrospective study of patients who are consuming.

Greg B. Wilson, Ph.D. and James B. Daily, Jr., Ph.D. - "Transfer factors are not only useful for disease prevention but can also help with diseases already established due to inadequate immune response. Since transfer factor-producing T lymphocytes are important in immune recognition and memory, impairment of transfer factor production could neutralize the rest of the immune response in otherwise healthy individuals. Therefore, introducing transfer factors can sometimes enable a dysfunctional immune system to return to normal." An estimated 40 million dollars has been spent on transfer factor research, resulting in over 3,000 scientific papers documenting their benefits

"Since my son Elijah was born, he has suffered from severe ear infections. He was constantly put on antibiotics and had tubes put in his ears. He is now four years old and has been on Transfer Factor. He has not experienced any more infections." January Jackson.

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The Role of Glutathione GSH Level in Illness

Specialists in ear, nose and throat (ENT) and in dentistry have only recently become aware of the role of (GSH) in the diseases they treat. The respiratory tract is lined with a fluid made up of a complicated mixture of biochemicals and cells of the immune system, called the respiratory tract lining fluid (RTLF). Glutathione is the main antioxidant in this fluid and provides our initial defense against inhaled toxins. Institutions like the Inhalation and Toxicology Research Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico started researching the role of antioxidant enzyme activities in RTLF in the early 1990's. More recent work at the University of California (Davis) elaborates further on the role of antioxidants in this fluid.

This research project is only one of several focussing on the importance of glutathione in respiratory tract lining fluids, where it protects us from xenobiotics and infection. In severe or prolonged illness, these GSH levels may become depleted and enable the disease to progress and cause further complications. Furthermore, N.S. Krishna and his team at the University of Kentucky showed that this glutathione defense system weakens with aging, and more quickly in men than women.

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. British Medical Journal February 28, 2004; 328:487 (Free Full-Text Article)

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Post-Traumatic Ear Infection Syndrome
By Kelly Dorfman, M.S. This article was originally published in New Developments, Vol 9 (3)

Eleven years ago a group of parents and professional discussed concerns about the emergence of a regressive autistic like syndrome, later named Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD). All knew children whose development regressed following frequent otitis media (inner ear infections.) Could ear infections be causing PDD? Developmental Delay Resources (DDR) was founded, in part, to answer this question and to determine efficacious treatments. The autism epidemic now claims an estimate one in 160 children. Experts currently suspect vaccinations and the mercury-based preservative thimerosal as major culprits. Ear infections, although not causative, remain shadowy contributors. Both are part of the “total load” in susceptible children. A subgroup of children with attention problems or autistic spectrum characteristics, have a condition I have named Post-Traumatic Ear Infection Syndrome (PTEIS). These kids, apparently normal at birth, develop subsequent auditory processing issues, distractibility and developmental delays as a result of complications from sustained damage to the inner ear from both otitis media and its treatment.

Why Ear Infections Are Such a Problem

Frequent ear infections are a sign of weak immune function
Most children on the autistic spectrum have underlying immune problems. Either they are born with weak immunity, and are thus more reactive to foods or they react to foods, thus weakening their immune systems. Resultant ear infections are the symptom of a deeper underlying problem. A classic study one by Tala Nsouli, an allergist in the Washington, D.C. area that about 90% of children with ear infections or fluid have food allergies. When the offenders are eliminated, ear infections subside. Kids with food allergies get sick more often because their immune systems focus on reacting to foods, rather than on fighting germs.

The antibiotics used to treat ear infections may make children more susceptible to mercury damage
Preliminary studies by Dr. Boyd Haley, a world authority on mercury at the University of Kentucky, found that ampicillin and tetracycline increase thimerosal-induced neuronal death. In other words, less mercury does more damage in the presence of these antibiotics. Furthermore, all antibiotics kill good gut bacteria, essential to resist mercury uptake. (more on the danger of antibiotics and the importance of probiotics)

Perpetuating an Illness Cycle
Allergies, ear infections, thimerosal and antibiotics are a toxic cocktail for the nervous system. A child eats an allergic food and develops an ear infection. The doctor prescribes an antibiotic, killing both good and bad bacteria, leaving the gut lining irritated, and further stimulating an allergic response. Now the child is more reactive to foods, and develops additional ear infections, thus perpetuating an illness cycle. Introduce into this disturbing spiral a thimerosal-containing vaccine or one that acts on the gut lining, like measles. Who will be more likely to sustain vaccine damage: the toddler with an already irritated gut lining and reactive immune system, or a healthy child?

Dr. James Adams recently found that children with autism had ten times more ear infections during their first three years than typical kids. Almost 20 % also experienced a severe vaccine reaction. Another recent study linked Augmentin (a broad based antibiotic) to the development of autism.

Ear infections are associated with auditory processing problems
Children are born with hearing but they must learn how to listen. Ear infections that occur during critical developmental periods negatively affect auditory processing. Youngsters whose ears are clogged up with fluid cannot interact appropriately with their environments. BetweenAt a time when the numbers of emerging infections and antibiotic-resistant bacteria are rising sharply, the supply of new antibiotic drugs has been steadily decreasing. In addition, many health providers have failed to consider that our bodies are cloaked in a blanket of bacteria so pervasive that the bacterial cells outnumber our “human” cells by a factor of ten. In short, we are living in a microbe’s world and cannot ignore the very real potential for untreatable serious infections.birth and three, children learn to distinguish sounds and interpret them in context. They must filter out unimportant sounds such as the air conditions, and focus on important ones, such as a mother’s voice. Distracted an inattentive behavior is the result of the inability to sort significant auditory input from the extraneous. Studies have found that middle and high school students who are more distracted than their peers experienced early ear infections.

What To Do About Ear Infections
Remove problematic foods. The four problem foods most associated with ear infections are dairy products, wheat, soy and eggs. Before trying an extreme elimination diet, consider taking foods made from cow’s milk out of the diet first. This change alone is often sufficient to reduce or stop infections.

Use good bacteria. Probiotics, available in the refrigerator section of health food stores, balance the digestive tract and reduce allergic tendencies. It may take some trial and error to find the right product for your individual situation. Some are too strong and will increase gas and irritability; others are not potent enough. If symptoms do not alleviate in a few days, reduce the dose or change brands.

PTEIS is very common and mostly preventable. If you have a child who has had three or more ear infections and you need more information, check out Dr. Michael Schmidt’s “Healing Childhood Ear Infections”. An ounce of prevention is worth years of distraction.

"My son had always had constant ear infections, basically, since he was a baby. I had planned to get tubes in his ears right after the first of the New Year. In Jan. 2008, I put him on Immunocal hoping it would help with the infections until surgery. As of June 2008, he hadn’t had infections of any kind. In fact, no one in our family-all of us taking Immunocal, have had any infections, including our one-year-old son, our four-year-old daughter, our six-year-old son, my husband nor myself. I did not have to get tubes for my son’s ears." Kathy

Relationship between middle ear infections and inattention: The basis for inattentive ADHD?

The main culprit for attentional deficits is often believed to be the result of hearing loss (even mild), early in a child's life due to complications with the middle ear, including infections, allergy-related causes or build-up of fluids in the canal. As a result, the child begins to miss out on verbal cues, and does not develop the same level of response to an adult voice. Auditory deficiencies (including auditory processing disorders) may stem from this key development period, even if the hearing difficulties are only temporary.

Not surprisingly, there is a wealth of data associated with hearing loss due to middle ear complications can lead to language processing difficulties. We have seen how auditory processing disorders can often occur as a comorbid factor in ADHD, and may be linked to seemingly unrelated behaviors including comorbid anxiety and conduct-related disorders. It is important to note, however, that other early childhood studies have not seen a link between infection and attentional difficulties (observed by parents, teachers, or clinicians).

Interestingly, environment may play a huge role in explaining this discrepancy between study results. One study found that children who had middle ear complications early on along with poor home environments were significantly more likely to develop attentional difficulties (along the lines of what would be classified as ADHD). Therefore, the effects of early ear infections on compromised attentional difficulties may be significantly reduced if a supportive home environment is maintained for a child. This is good news for parents of children with ear infections. But what about the hyperactive component of ADHD?

For over 30 years, researchers have linked high rates of ear infections and hyperactivity (this study used the term "minimal brain dysfunction", a phrase which this blogger has personal objections, nevertheless, it is a relatively common term in the literature). Later studies confirmed these findings, including one which reported the majority of children medicated for hyperactivity had a past history of 10 or more childhood ear infections. These numbers were in sharp contrast to the prevalence of ADHD in non-hyperactive children.

Julian Whitaker M.D. - Ritalin is the number one prescription drug for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This drug has such tremendous potential for abuse that it is classified as a controlled substance by the Drug Enforcement Agency. Ritalin is an amphetamine (in street jargon, "speed") with a lengthy list of side effects, including nervousness, insomnia, nausea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, dizziness, palpitations, headaches, irregular heart rhythms, and psychic dependence — in short, addiction. In fact, Ritalin's appeal to drug users and its potential for abuse are so high that US House Judiciary Chair Henry Hyde (R-IL) recently filed a request with the General Accounting Office (GAO) to conduct an investigation of Ritalin abuse in public schools. In addition, class action lawsuits have been filed in Texas, California and New Jersey charging Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis, maker of Ritalin, with conspiracy to create the psychiatric disorder known as ADHD in order to fuel the market for their product. Drug-Free Alternatives For Attention-Deficit Disorder - Helping Children, Not Drugging Them

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Mercury (thimerosal) in childhood vaccines: Congressman is calling for criminal penalties

Congressman is calling for criminal penalties for any government agency that knew about the dangers of thimerosal (mecury) 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.

Peter Baratosy, M.B., B.S., Ph.D. - "I see many children in my practice. Some are immunized and some are not, my own children are not. I see the difference between the immunized and the non-immunized. They're much healthier and have less infections, colds, otitis media and tonsillitis. Dr. Michael Odent has written a letter in the JAMA (1994) where his figures show a five times higher rate of asthma in pertussis immunized children compared to non-immunized children. He is also quoted in the International Vaccination Newsletter (Sept. 1994): "Immunized children have more ear infections and spend more days in hospital."

At least 6 vaccines mention Ear Infections as part of reported adverse vaccine reactions. Under Adverse Reactions: ... Ear infection (otitis media.)
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Breast feeding has proven to protect against ear infections

Recent studies show that the longer a baby is nursed, the less likely he or she will be to contract otitis media and other infections. Possible reasons for this are that mother's milk contains antibodies that protect against disease, and that nursing precludes the use of cow's milk (an irritant to the eustachian tube and a common allergen). Causative factors involved in earaches, ear Inflammation and infections is susceptibilitywhich can be triggered by substituting early bottle feeding for breast feeding.

Human breast milk seems to have a prophylactic effect on a baby, although the exact reason why is not understood: that is, whether it has more to do with an intolerance to the cow's milk or the natural immune boost provided by mother's milk, or a combination of both. A related factor to bottle feeding is that supine feeding with the bottle has been shown to cause regurgitation of the milk which then has a chance of entering the Eustachian tube. Another very common etiological factor in children is one or more food or inhalant allergies. Breastfeeding By James W. Prescott, Ph.D. – Institute of Humanistic Science

Dr. Mercola - " The treatment of ear infections in this country is a HUGE problem. Most of the chronically sick children I see were given antibiotics frequently for recurrent ear infections. The sad tragedy is that nearly all of these are preventable by simply changing the diet. Avoiding milk and dairy is the single largest issue, but clearly other food allergens contribute (CLICK HERE for diet info). Even with the best diets though a child may get an infection. This does not mean that the child needs antibiotics. The simple solution to is to put a few drops of breast milk in the ear canal every few hours. This usually works to clear up the infection within 24-48 hours and is far safer, less expensive and a better solution than putting the child on antibiotics. If the mother is not breastfeeding, it is likely she knows someone who is. All that is required for the treatment is about one half ounce of breast milk, so obtaining that from a friend will work just as well. If you know someone who has a child with ear infections PLEASE forward them this article. You may make a huge impact on the future health of that child." more...

Allergens may cause acute otitis media by causing mucus production and mucous membrane swelling. Once the allergens are discovered and removed from the child's environment or diet, health can greatly improve. Common food allergens in children include cow's milk, wheat, soy, corn, citrus, and egg, although other foods may be implicated on an individual basis. Inhalant allergies include molds, dust, animal dander, and hay fever.

  • Cow’s milk is linked to allergies and ear infections The mucus-producing effects of cow’s milk consumption are so well known that nearly all pediatricians now recommend the elimination of cow’s milk from the diets of children prone to chronic ear infections. Many children have allergic reactions to cow’s milk, including nasal congestion. When passages become blocked and irritated, ear infection is the frequent result.
  • The Rise in Soy Allergies In the 1980s, Stuart Berger, MD, labelled soy one of the seven top allergens—one of the "sinister seven". These allergies are caused by antibodies known as immunoglobulins and have been linked to sleep disturbances, bedwetting, sinus and ear infections, crankiness, joint pain, chronic fatigue, gastrointestinal woes and other mysterious symptoms. Babies and Soy: A Word of Caution
  • Soon after giving birth, for about 3 days, female mammals produce colostrum, which is a milk-like substance that jump-starts a newborn's immune system. Colostrum contains transfer factors, a set of messaging molecules that convey immune information within an individual's immune system and are the primary communications used by the immune system to defend against harmful microbial threats. By transferring information from cell to cell, transfer factors serve as "teachers" to the cells, ensuring a strong immune system capable of surviving, even thriving, in its new environment.

Elise McConnell, mother of three, Fort Worth, Texas "Since I began using The Block System we haven't had to use an antibiotic for an upper respiratory infection in seven years."

From the Actor In this video Dr. Block demonstrates gentle techniques based on a century-old philosophy of osteopathic medicine which she taught in medical school. This technique helps to drain ears and upper respiratory tract and boost the immune system without antibiotics. Dr. Block explains, in easy-to-understand terms, what you can do at home to treat and help prevent future infections. The easy to follow video includes step-by-step instructions for home care of both infants and children. The techniques also work on adults with respiratory infections. In this video you will learn: ? The underlying causes of chronic ear and respiratory infections. ? Effective treatments you can do at home. ? Powerful techniques Dr. Block taught to students in medical school. ? How to help prevent recurring infections. ? Ways to help stay healthy and support the immune system. ? How to help stop the vicious cycle of: infections - antibiotics - immune system suppression - more infections

Safe and effective natural herbal remedies:

Mullein: "Mullein oil is a traditional Native American remedy used to reduce swelling and inflammation. Gently heat mullein oil to slightly above body temperature and, with your child lying on his side, put one or two drops into the affected ear. The heat feels comforting, while the mullein goes to work on the problem." (Janet Zand L.Ac., O.M.D.)


Healing Childhood Ear Infections : Prevention, Home Care, and Alternative Treatment by Michael A. Schmidt, Doris Rapp

This provides a comprehensive overview of the research on the use of antibiotics and ear tubes in treating ear infections, and it reviews various alternative treatments, especially nutrition and homeopathy, as viable methods to both prevent and cure ear infections.

"By the time my son was 18 months old, he had had seven ear infections in the past six months and was scheduled to have surgery for tubes. My father suggested I research alternative medicine first, so I bought this book. What a wonderful source of information that most peditricians don't tell you. We tried a handful of rememdies recommended in this book, all with great success. It is now 9 months later and my son has only been diagnosed with one ear infection during this time, and to our surprise when we told the peditrician we didn't want to treat this ear infection with antibiotics, he agreed that it was best NOT to treat it, that his own immune system would fight it. And guess what? It did!"A reveiwer from amazon.com

Dr. Moskowitz on vaccines and ear infections - "A critical factor in the long term treatment of otitis media is the effect of vaccinations on the immune system. He strongly advises parents against vaccinating their children until they are completely over the cycle of ear infections. Many parents don't realize what an added stress a series of vaccinations, such as the DPT booster, poses to the child's weakened immune system. Dr.Moskowitz has seen many children who are nearly cured of a chonic ear infection have the cycle return following a routine immunization." more

Herbal Medicine: Herbal remedies for ear infections include the internal use of echinacea, as well as garlic oil capsules, says Dr. Hoffman. He also recommends drops of Mullein flower oil in the ear, as long as there is no perforation of the ear drum. Hoffman tells of a six year old boy who was diagnosed as having neurological deafness (damage to the auditory nerve in both ears) . Though the child was not in any pain, he had not been hearing well in class. He came to Hoffman with his family, all of whom suffered from severe sinus problems. The herbs prescribed to the family members, goldenrod, echinacea and raw garlic helped reduce excessive secretion of mucous. Since there are no herbs that can cure neurological deafness, Hoffman did not expect the child's hearing loss to improve. However, in treating the whole family for sinus blockage, with a low-mucous diet and the prescribed herbs, the boy's sinus problem cleared up and his hearing did improve.
Hoffman concluded that the child had been misdiagnosed and that 50 % of his hearing problem had been due to mucous buildup resulting from a prolonged infection in the middle ear and was not related to nerve damage. more

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Homeopathy a Good Alternative for Treating Ear Infections

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. In chronic ear infection it has become standard procedure for physicians to use ear tubes in conjunction with antibiotics or in place of it. These tubes help drain the pus from the ear, but this treatment only deals with the results of the problem; it does nothing to treat the reason the infection was able to spread in the first place. This physiological fact may be the reason ear tubes have been found to be of questionable value.

The applications of homeopathy are widespread -- everything from treating the common cold to clearing up childhood ear infections. It's this latest use that caught the attention of a group of West Coast researchers, who set out to evaluate in a scientific way the many reports of homeopathic success. The study, which appears in the February issue of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, was funded by the Standard Homeopathic Company and took place in a private pediatric practice in Seattle. Children with middle ear infection received either a homeopathic remedy geared to their specific symptoms, or a placebo. They took the pills three times daily for five days, or until their ear pain and fever got better, whichever came first. The children, aged 18 months to 6 years, were divided into two groups, with 36 receiving homeopathic treatment and 39 getting placebo. Neither the researchers nor the parents knew which treatment each child got until the study was over. Eight different homeopathic remedies were given in combinations that were individualized for each child, depending on his or her mood, type of pain, amount of thirst, and length of time with symptoms.

Janet Zand L.Ac., O.M.D. - "While antibiotics are a common treatment for ear infections, parents should be aware that a study done in the Netherlands compared children with ear infections who were treated with antibiotics to a control group who were given a placebo. Although the antibiotic group improved somewhat faster, it is interesting to note that there was little difference between the two groups in long-term outcome" more

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. A study, published in the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal on 2/12/01, is the first placebo-controlled study to suggest that homeopathy is effective in the treatment of acute otitis media in young children. Their randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled, pilot study of 75 children aged 18 months to six years with middle ear effusion and ear pain and/or fever for no more than 36 hours was conducted in Seattle Washington by Jennifer Jacobs, M.D.

Dr. Mercola - "The medical establishment has convinced American parents that they need to run their babies to the doctor at the first sign of a fever. This does not make sense, as a fever is actually a good thing. High fevers are especially good as they are far better than any immunization at building an authentic, life-long immune response. When we suppress these fevers with Tylenol we can cause far more harm than good. To add insult to injury, parents give their children antibiotics that do absolutely nothing for the viral infection and do everything to upset the fragile bacterial microenvironment in their child’s intestine. Fever in Children - A Blessing in Disguise

Stop Your Child's Ear Infections Naturally Without Antibiotics or Tubes by Steve and Aviva Waldstein

Alternatives to AntibioticsHerbal Antibiotics: Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug-Resistant Bacteria
(also antiseptics, antivirals, antipyretics, anti-inflammatories, and antifungals

Officials from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control have reported that the overuse of antibiotics in medicine has created an epidemic of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Doctors fear that if antibiotic use is not curtailed, we may soon approach the day when untreatable infections are rampant. In Beyond Antibiotics, Drs. Schmidt, Smith, and Sehnert explore the problems presented by the overuse of these drugs. More importantly, they show how to build immunity, improve resistance to infections, and avoid antibiotics when possible.click here to learn more about natural antibiotics you can purchase without a prescription

Testimonial: "When my 9 year old was little she had earaches from 2 months old to 18 months. Finally tired of all the antibiotics, I tried garlic and mullein drops and sweet echnicea. in 2 weeks no more ear trouble. She doesn't even have scars from all the swelling from the fluid. They wanted to put tubes in. Glad I waited." Sharon Cloud

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Cold Socks Treatment

Randall Bradley, N.D. , a naturopath from Omaha Nebraska, frequently uses the cold socks treatment, a long-standing naturopathic therapy for stimulating the immune system. Dr. Bradley finds this treatment to be effective in relieving the symptoms of many upper respiratory conditions such as head and chest colds, earaches, the flu, sore throats and even allergies. With this procedure, he says, relief is often seen within thirty minutes. If it is not, one can repeat the treatment while the patient remains covered and in bed. After four hours or usually by morning, the wet socks should be totally dry, the feet warm and the symptoms gone or much improved. Dr.Bradley says it is effective with both children and adults. Learn how to do it step by step

Subject: Ear infection: avoiding ear tubes
Date: 10/22/2000

My nephew always seemed to have ear infections. Ever since I can remember he was put on Antibiotics. It got so bad that my sister- in-law was informed by my nephew's doctor that they need to put tubes in his ears. God acts in mysterious ways really, we are in a grocery store and this woman overheard us talking about the surgery. She told us how an herb called Echinacea had helped her son. She also tried Garlic/ Mullein leaf oil as well. So, he tried it for 2-3 weeks and what a relief when we found out that the infection had totaly cleared. It is so sad that they don't teachdoctors much about nutrition but instead they pump kids with all kinds of medications and antibiotics.

Childhood Ear Infections by Janet Zand L.Ac., O.M.D.

Failure-to-Thrive Syndrome

Tom Gardiner, PhD - "Failure-to-thrive (FTT) is a clinical syndrome of body wasting and weight loss. It can occur during development in infants and young children,1 or it can occur in adults as part of the cachectic (tissue wasting) process in diseases such as cancer and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).2 Neurological and gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, characteristic of poor development and function, are also often present in FTT patients. For example, FTT infants frequently have seizures and microcephaly.3 ,4 GI symptoms include diarrhea, bowel inflammation and malabsorption, which further interfere with the utilization of dietary nutrients, resulting in additional tissue wasting and weight loss."

"Dietary glyconutritional supplements may play important roles in the prevention and repair of dysfunctional processes involved in the FTT syndrome. In fact, a pilot study in FTT children has provided evidence that certain glyconutritional substances can significantly reduce some of the signs and symptoms of wasting found in FTT."

Learn more: The Healing Science of Glyconutrients / Glyconutritionals

Where to buy glyconutrient products

Birth / Infant's Need and Care

Failure-to-Thrive Syndrome
Natural Birth and Home Birth
Turning breech babies
Homeopathy in pregnancy and childbirth
Why Cesarean Sections are Not the Best Childbirth Option
Ultrasound Scans Linked to Brain Damage in Babies
Unborn babies soaked in chemicals, survey finds

Heidi and Paul Jackson's twin girls, Brielle and Kyrie, were born October 17, 1995, 12 weeks ahead of their due date. Standard hospital practice is to place preemie twins in separate incubators to reduce the risk of infection. that was done for the Jackson girls in the neonatal intensive care unit at the Medical Center of Central Massachusetts in Worcester.

Kyrie, the larger sister at two pounds, three ounces, quickly began gaining weight and calmly sleeping her newborn days away. But Brielle, who weighed only two pounds at birth, couldn't keep up with her. She had breathing and heart-rate problems. The oxygen level in her blood was low, and her weight gain was slow.

Suddenly, on November 12, Brielle went into critical condition. She began gasping for breath, and her face and stick-thin arms and legs turned bluish-gray. Her heart rate was way up, and she got hiccups, a dangerous sign that her body was under stress. Her parents watched, terrified that she might die. Learn how she was rescued by her sister

Mothering Magazine's Having a Baby, Naturally: The Mothering Magazine Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth

For more than twenty-five years, Mothering magazine has captured an audience of educated women who appreciate its "we'll inform, you choose" approach to parenting. Having a Baby, Naturally reflects this spirit with straightforward, uncensored information about pregnancy and childbirth, addressing common concerns and questions in a compassionate, nonjudgmental style.

SPONTANEOUS CREATION 101 Reasons Not to Have Your Baby in a Hospital

  • WHY CHOOSE A HOME BIRTH? In previous generations home birth was the norm. It is only fairly recently that it has been viewed as reckless, eccentric, even selfish.With the backlash against decades of hospital-based, interventionist obstetrics, and increasing evidence of its safety, home birth is gaining a renewed respectability amongst many parents and professionals.
  • Unhindered Childbirth When medical "experts" get involved in pregnancy, birth and other healthcare decisions, a woman's autonomy often is compromised. We simply want women to know that they don't have to accept this hindrance. Women all over the country are taking control of their birth experiences, and taking responsibility for their lives and health without involving themselves in the medical healthcare arena.
  • Labor of Love Childbirth Support Doulas are the newest members of the laboring woman's team. A doula's role is to provide constant physical and emotional support to the woman and her partner, and to help provide necessary information for them to make informed decisions regarding the birth. Her qualifications include training in meeting the needs of the laboring woman, and her own experience with childbirth. The doula is a source of nurturing and reassurance for the woman and her partner.

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Turning Breech Babies

Babies normally turn themselves head down between 28-32 weeks. They have a stepping reflex which causes them to "walk" around the inside of the uterus when the bottom of a foot is against a hard surface, such as a contracted uterus. Those lovely toning contractions (formerly called Braxton-Hicks contractions) provide a perfect surface to trigger baby's stepping reflex. Babies also need a normal amount of amniotic fluid, and a relaxed mommy. One astute client suggested that it would make sense to put a hand against baby's foot to trigger the stepping reflex while the mom is in the various positions to try to turn baby.

There are a lot of different ways of trying to turn a baby - external manipulation, gravity manipulation, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, herbs, visualization. But the first thing to do is to try to figure out why the baby is currently breech. Your baby and your body working together can be awfully smart, and it may be that there's something about the pregnancy that requires a breech or cesarean delivery. more

Ultrasound - More powerful, more dangerous, more unethical

Ultrasound equipment bombards a fetus for up to one hour with megahertz radiation. This radiation, which cycles millions of time per second, can cause mutation and bleeding in the intestinal cells of rodents.31 Swedish scientists say routine ultrasound scanning of pregnant women may be causing subtle brain damage in unborn babies.32 Approximately half of all pregnancies in the U.S. result in prenatal or postnatal death, or an otherwise less than healthy baby.33 Many wonder if routine exposure of America's fragile unborn to megahertz radiation might be a factor, among others, of this shocking national statistic. Is fetal ultrasound exposure playing some part in the national epidemic of delayed development in infants, plus learning and behavior difficulties suffered by millions of our school children? Exposing the unborn to ionizing X-radiation at airport checkpoints is an even more dangerous game of roulette.

New research has raised doubts over the safety of ultrasound scans used to view fetuses in the womb. Scientists have called for further research to determine whether safety limits should be reviewed for the tests, which are also used to check internal organs in children and adults. Since the early 1990s, when American researchers showed that ultrasound tissue heating can cause bleeding in mouse intestines, ultrasonographers tune the power of scans to reduce heating. The latest discovery, by scientists at University College Dublin, is the first to find that scans create changes in cells. Patrick Brennan, who led the research, said: "It has been assumed for a long time that ultrasound has no effect on cells. We now have grounds to question that assumption." The researchers gave 12 mice an eight megahertz scan lasting for 15 minutes. Hospital scans can last for up to an hour, using frequencies of between three and 10 megahertz. According to today's New Scientist, two significant changes in the cells of the small intestine were detected in scanned mice compared with unscanned mice. Four and a half hours after exposure, the rate of cell division had reduced by 22 per cent and the rate of programmed cell death had approximately doubled. Mr Brennan believes there will be similar effects in humans. New Scientist ISSUE 1476 Thursday 10 June 1999

Ultrasound Scans Linked to Brain Damage in Babies
Evidence suggesting that ultrasound scans on pregnant women cause brain damage in their unborn babies has been uncovered by scientists.

Why Cesarean Sections are Not the Best Childbirth Option
Dr. Joseph Mercola

Cesarean section is major surgery and brings with it many risks to both mother and baby. Babies born by C-section do not receive the natural stimulation that comes from moving down the birth canal, and therefore must often be given oxygen or a rub down to help them breathe. They also miss out on the natural hormones that are released during vaginal birth to help the baby during his first moments of life. There is also a risk that the surgeon’s knife could accidentally cut the baby or that the baby could be born prematurely if the surgery is performed too soon. A recent study in the August 2003 Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology also found that cesarean section might increase the infant’s risk of developing a food allergy. Women who undergo cesareans are at an increased risk of many complications compared with a natural birth. learn what the risks are

Babies and Soy: A Word of Caution

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.

Breast feeding has proven to protect against ear infections. Recent studies show that the longer a baby is nursed, the less likely he or she will be to contract otitis media and other infections. Possible reasons for this are that mother's milk contains antibodies that protect against disease, and that nursing precludes the use of cow's milk (an irritant to the eustachian tube and a common allergen).

While the dangers of formula feeding aren’t something you’re likely to hear in your doctor’s office, the conclusions can be derived through an examination of the available scientific research on infant mortality in the United States and across the world. There are studies showing artificial feeding’s impact on overall infant death rates in both developing and undeveloped countries. While studies offering comparative death rates are not available for industrialized regions, there are numerous studies providing comparative occurrence rates for many illnesses and disorders in the United States and other industrialized nations. Many more reports are available extolling superior survival rates and decreased illness rates among breastfed infants, but only those with solid numbers are useful here. We can assemble the statistics from these studies to build a firm picture of the ratio of infant deaths for U.S. formula-fed babies against those who are breastfed. The Deadly Influence of Formula in America

Learn more: Beware of The Toxicity of Soy Products

It's well known that breastfeeding, especially for the first four months of an infant's life, is associated with fewer ear infections. Your breastfed child will not only have fewer ear infections, but protection against other infections. Breastfeeding provides protection against diarrhea, gastrointestinal and respiratory infections; in fact, infections of every kind.

By James W. Prescott, Ph.D. – Institute of Humanistic Science

The crucial role of breastmilk with its immunological agents for protecting the newborn/infant against disease and illness is well known, as is its essential role in promoting the development of the infant's own immune system. It is less well known that the infant's immune system does not reach maturity until about 5-6 years of age. This developmental immaturity of the infant's immune system can serve as a guide to appreciating the developmental immaturity of the infant's brain with its various structural, neurochemical and electrophysiological processes that extend in development well beyond the 5-6 years of maturity for the immune system. more

The La Leche League International mission is: To help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

Breast Milk and Ear Infections
It's well known that breastfeeding, especially for the first four months of an infant's life, is associated with fewerear infections. Your breastfed child will not only have fewer ear infections, but protection against other infections. Breastfeeding provides protection against diarrhea, gastrointestinal and respiratory infections; in fact, infections of every kind.


Unborn babies soaked in chemicals, survey finds

WASHINGTON, July 14 (Reuters) - Unborn U.S. babies are soaking in a stew of chemicals, including mercury, gasoline byproducts and pesticides, according to a report to be released on Thursday. The report by the Environmental Working Group is based on tests of 10 samples of umbilical cord blood taken by the American Red Cross. They found an average of 287 contaminants in the blood, including mercury, fire retardants, pesticides and the Teflon chemical PFOA. Studies show that pesticides can harm children’s health. Yet across the country, kids are being exposed to high levels of dangerous chemicals at school.

Prozac in Pregnancy Toxic to Fetus
Women who take the popular antidepressant Prozac while pregnant might negatively affect the development of their babies. Researchers found some of the consequences included babies that were born lighter and sleepier than normal. Respiratory problems were another reported consequence. A report revealed that the effects of taking the drug were more likely to happen in utero exposure during the late stages in gestation. The report involved the study of Prozac, known generically as fluoxetine. Although the studied toxicity of this drug was considered to be reversible, long-term studies have yet to be performed to observe residual effects. Experts also found that Prozac could affect sex drive in both adult men and women, and it was discovered that the drug was getting into the blood of newborns through breast milk. It was also reported that mood disorders in women of childbearing years was common and statistics showed that 15.6 percent of women met the qualifications for major depression while in their third trimester of pregnancy. Researchers suggested further examination of how and why antidepressants could trigger the production of new brain cells, which could affect a fetus or newborn in ways that haven’t yet been explored. CNN April 28, 2004

Dr. Mercola - "Depression is a serious condition that needs to be taken seriously, especially among pregnant women because of the possible health risks that can be caused to the developing fetus or later to the newborn child. But drugs are rarely a wise choice for pregnant women. There are much safer alternatives where you won’t have to risk negatively altering the development of your baby and any other long-term health effects. Here are some simple and virtually non-toxic therapy options: The use of omega-3 oils is an absolute must with most Americans but particularly with pregnant women. This is because the vast majority of women are deficient in higher order beneficial omega-3 fats like DHA. DHA is responsible for:

Preventing the vast majority of premature deliveries
Maximizing intelligence
Optimizing vision in infants
Supplementing your diet with omega-3 fat from fish oil or cod liver oil is also an excellent way to treat depression. If this subject interests you, I highly recommend Dr. Stoll's book The Omega-3 Connection. He is a Harvard psychiatrist who has done a great job of compiling the evidence supporting the use of fish oils for depression. But in addition to treating the depression, omega-3 will also do wonders for improving the intelligence of the child and protecting them from the epidemic of brain injuries such as autism, pervasive developmental delay and ADHD". more

Homeopathy in Pregnancy and Childbirth

Homeopathy is ideal for women in their child-bearing years as it is a gentle yet highly effective system of medicine. During pregnancy some women will choose to live with the discomfort of minor complaints such as morning sickness or heartburn, rather than seek treatment because they are concerned about the possible side effects of orthodox medicines with regard to their unborn child.

Homeopathic medicines cannot cause side effects because only a minute amount of the active ingredient is used in their preparation. They work by stimulating the body's own healing powers. Homeopaths recognise that symptoms of ill health are expressions of disharmony within the whole person and that it is the person who needs treatment rather than the disease alone.

By stimulating the vitality of a pregnant woman, homeopathic treatment will automatically benefit her baby. By being as healthy as possible during pregnancy you are giving your baby the ideal conditions in which to thrive. Many homeo-paths will advise you on diet and lifestyle to encourage a healthy pregnancy and birth. Good homeopathic treatment prior to conception can help you be as healthy as possible during your pregnancy.

The many physical and emotional changes of pregnancy may cause minor health problems, such as mild urinary problems, diarrhoea, heartburn, anaemia, varicose veins, backache, cramps, thrush or emotional distress. All these problems and more potentially complicated symptoms such as raised blood pressure or edema, can still be helped by professional homeopathic treatment.

A Friend to Women by Deborah Olenev, C.C.H.

Homeopathy can offer good health to women in all stages of their lives from infancy through old age. It is beneficial for the full range of emotional, mental and physical problems that a woman is likely to experience, and can help her through the transitional and developmental milestones of her life.

For the child, homeopathy can help with clingy behavior, difficulties with sleep, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, fears, shyness, excessive anger, skin conditions, reactions to vaccines and many other frequently encountered problems. It is unsurpassed in the treatment of childhood acute diseases, yielding rapid results in a gentle manner, by stimulating the child's immune system rather than suppressing it.

During the teen years homeopathy can help with the hormonal changes of puberty and the acne that often appears at this time, but primarily it can assist with the emotional upheavals, which frequently occur as little girls make the transition to womanhood.

Later in Later in life when a woman gets pregnant, or has a hard time conceiving (homeopathy can help with problems of infertility), it can assist with difficulties frequently encountered, such as morning sickness and depression. By treating the mother during pregnancy and making her as healthy as she can be, we can insure that the baby will be born healthy and free of inherited diseases. By treating throughout pregnancy, we also assist the mother to go through childbirth safely and joyfully.

Self Help With Homeopathy
Homeopathic medicine developed much of its popularity in the United States and Europe because of its success in treating people with cholera, scarlet fever, yellow fever and other infectious diseases that were ravaging populations. Homeopathy also provides many valuable medicines in treating people who suffer from accidents and injuries. When these medicines are used in conjunction with conventional first aid procedures, the risk of long-term damage from an injury can be significantly decreased and the healing process can be noticeably enhanced.

Homeopathy can be of great assistance when dealing with minor injuries at home or out in the world. Often an injury is not serious enough to warrant a trip to the doctor's office. It is a good idea to put together or purchase a homeopathic kit. There are a few essential remedies that you will come back to over and over again. The kit is recommended for use in self-limiting conditions and conditions that do not require medical monitoring or diagnosis.

I own several homeopathic kits at home and I keep one kit in the clove compartment of my car for emergencies. I find the cost of the kits to be much more economical than individual bottles. On average one homeopathic bottle in a kit cost about US$ 2.35 instead of $9+ for a single individual bottle. I only use one to three tiny little pellets as a dose when treating myself, my family or my pets. Unlike allopathic medicine, the size and quantities of homeopathic pellets make no difference in the therapeutic results. One pellet, the size of a grain of sugar has the same therapeutic effect as a pellet the size of a pea. Likewise, twenty pellets have the same therapeutic effect as one pellet. Avoid exposing your remedies to direct sunlight and strong odors (cleaners, mint, camphor). Endeavor to refrain from handling the tablets directly with your fingers--it is better to put the tablet into the bottle cap and dispense it from there. Shirley

Article: The Homoeopathic First Aid Bites and Stings, Bleeding and Hemorrhages, Burns and Scalds, Poisoning, and much more.

The Homeopathic Childbirth Manual
A Practical Guide for Labor, Birth, and The Immediate Postpartum Period. It's is a reference guide written for pregnant women, homeopaths, midwives, and other birth professionals. It offers clear and easy-to-follow information on how to manage many of the physical and emotional challenges encountered during the birth process with the use of homeopathy, a gentle, yet powerful effective form of natural medicine.

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Attachment Parenting: Instinctive Care for Your Baby and Young Child

Is it OK to sleep with your newborn baby? How old is too old for breastfeeding? These questions and more are answered in this latest addition to the Sears Parenting Library. Attachment Parenting encourages early, strong, and sustained attention to the new babys needs and this book outlines the steps that will create the most lasting bonds between parents and their children. Practical and inspirational, this book, the heart of the Sears parenting creed, is a necessity for every new parents' bookshelf. William Sears, M.D., and Martha Sears, R.N., are widely regarded as North Americas foremost baby and childcare experts and have had success with their previous 16 books addressing parenting issues. William Sears, M.D., is a contributing editor to Parenting and Baby Talk magazines, as well as the parenting.com web site. The most-frequently asked parenting questions from this site have now been compiled into four easy-to-read FAQ books: The First Three Months, How To Get Your Baby to Sleep, Feeding the Picky Eater, and Keeping Your Baby Healthy.

For Parents-to-Be and New Parents
The Vital Role of Essential Fatty Acids For Pregnant and Nursing Women

Recently it has been discovered that the Omega-3 fats are necessary for the complete development of the human brain during pregnancy and the first two years of life. The Omega-3 fat and its derivative, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), is so essential to a child's development that if a mother and infant are deficient in it, the child's nervous system and immune system may never fully develop, and it can cause a lifetime of unexplained emotional, learning, and immune system disorders.

A deficiency of the Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats causes insufficient milk production and breast engorgement. Flax seed oil has been found to substantially increase milk production in women who are not producing enough milk to nurse their infants. It also often clears up breast engorgement. One woman I know was having great difficulty producing enough milk to nurse her newborn child. Within twenty-four hours of taking flax seed oil, her milk production doubled, and one breast that was engorged opened up, allowing the milk to flow freely.

Many authorities recommend that pregnant and nursing women consume fatty fish two to three times weekly and/or add a minimal amount of flax seed oil to their diets to insure adequate intake of Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids.

Another paper worth reading is the report given by Artemis Simopoulos, M.D., a pediatrician and endocrinologist from the International Life Sciences Institute.7 She takes a comprehensive look at how the Omega-3 deficiency affects many areas, from fetal growth to arthritis and cancer.

A healthy mother's milk is high in essential fatty acids, GLA, and other precursors to prostaglandins. Cow's milk is low in essential fatty acids, and other prostaglandin precursors, and is high in saturated fats. For this reason, cow's milk is not an adequate substitute for mother's milk. Neither is baby formula. At a recent international symposium on Dietary Omega-3 and -6 Fatty acids Dr. Neuringer, an authority on infant milk, stated that the low Omega-3, high Omega-6 content in infant formulas is of great concern because of the imbalance it causes among the resultant prostaglandins. These imbalances could impair the immune system and predispose the infant to cancer and heart trouble later in life. Feeding a nonnursing baby a few drops of flax seed oil will provide the Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids. more about flaxoil

Pregnancy Nutrition for Making Strong, Healthy Babies
All ‘primitive’ peoples have dietary rules around reproduction.1 For thousands of years our ancestors followed these rules, experiencing unassisted birthing generation after generation, and growing beautiful and robust children who could go on and do the same. more

From the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 2002 Vol 109 No 1 pp 119-121
Beneficial Bacteria (Probiotics) During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Helps Protect Against Eczema

Cultured bacteria that can potentially promote health are called probiotics. Probiotics administered during pregnancy and lactation appears to promote the immune system protective potential of breast-feeding. The probiotics also protect infants against eczema during the first two years.

There is a growing incidence of allergic diseases in the Western world and researchers acknowledge the need to offer primary protection to reverse the trend. The ideal source of infant nutrition to provide protection from these diseases is breast-milk. Its role, however, is elusive.

Pediatricians in Finland undertook a double-blind, placebo controlled study to determine the potential for protection against allergic diseases by administering probiotics. Mothers who received probiotics during pregnancy and lactation improved their anti-inflammatory transforming growth TGF in their milk. In addition, it was shown that the risk of developing eczema during the infants first two years was significantly reduced compared with the placebo group.

Researchers concluded that maternal allergies were a positive risk for eczema in the infant. In addition infants who appeared to benefit the most from maternal probiotics supplementation were those whose cord blood Immunoglobulin E (IgE) concentration was elevated.

Studies have shown that the continual use of antibiotics has a devastating affect on the immune system. Each time you use an antibiotic, the immune system gets further and further suppressed. Antibiotic kill friendly helpful microflora bacteria in a body, not just the pathogenic bacteria. A healthy intestinal tract with a balanced microflora can boost the immune system, keep pathogenic diseases of the intestinal tract in check. Probiotic use creates an intestinal environment that can improve a user's immune system. The intestines are the body's largest immune organ. It's a fairly hostile environment and a well balanced system can relieve immunological stress associated with an unhealthful system. This gives the immune system a chance to enhance its capabilities in other parts of the body.

Available probiotics products and and more information

Breast milk has many benefits for babies that are superior to formula. Babies who are breastfed are reportedly less likely to get sick (with diarrhea, gastrointestinal illness, urinary-tract infections, respiratory disease, pneumonia or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), less likely to have allergies, less likely to have later weight problems, less likely to have ear infections, and -- according to a study published in the May 8, 2002, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association -- likely to be more intelligent. Breast-Feeding Best Bet for Babies from the FDA's website

More Childbirth Information, Stories Much can be learned from the experiences of other moms, and their stories are fun to read!

Midwifery, Pregnancy, Birth and Breastfeeding A terrific Online Birth Center

Pregnancy, natural childbirth and breastfeeding

"Considering the many side effects of the AIDS drug AZT, the question of giving it to pregnant women should be weighed carefully instead of being blindly accepted." Nicholas Regush ABCNEWS.com

Forced Treatment Of Kids Why Parents With HIV Don’t Treat Their Kids
NEWBORNS AND AIDS: To Test, Or Not to Test Doctors say quick screening now used is too often wrong, may do more harm than good

Find The Perfect Name for Your Baby
Numerology is the study of numbers and their meanings. It is based on the belief that the name you were given at birth and the day, month, and year you were born influence who you are and what will happen during the course of your lifetime. When you give your baby a balanced name, you give the gift of enlightment.

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