Apple Pies, Pumpkin Pies And…. Mud Pies?

Mud PieMany parents tell their kids not to play in the dirt, for obvious reasons, but for some reason they always want to… Could your child know something you don’t?

Researchers have found that children who live in cites have a higher rate of food allergies than those who live in the country, suffering from the same allergies twice as often!

A study with a sample of 38,465 children ages 18 an under and categorized by ZIP Code had an astonishing outcome, especially with the two most common foods: Shellfish and Peanuts. To break the study down look at the following graph:

Urban Children Rural Children
Food Allergies 9.8% 6.2%
Shellfish Allergy 2.4% 0.8%
Peanut Allergy 2.8% 1.3%

Although the severity of food allergies did differ between the two groups almost 40% of all the children with food allergies had already suffered at least one sever, life-threating reaction.

Between 1997 and 2007 the rate of children with food allergies has increased by 20 percent; and children with food allergies are 2-4 times more likely to suffer from asthma or allergies to other things as well. Scientists are not sure why the rate of allergies is rising so steadily or why the difference in environment has an effect.

Some researchers are attributing the increasingly germophobic outlook in society to the rapid changes. A study done by Johns Hopkins Children’s Center showed that children with high levels of antibacterial chemicals in their blood had approximately double the risk of developing environmental and food allergies.

Children living in rural areas are more likely to come in contact or close proximity to dirt and farm animals which increases the variety of microbes than that of urban children. A Finnish study found that the greater the level of biodiversity in a child’s environment, the lower the prevalence of allergies of all types. They summarized that the wider verity of microbes also include many “friendly” ones hat colonize in the body and help fight inflammatory diseases. This is especially important in children who are still developing their immune systems.

So, if you live in a city, be sure to go out to the country on a regular basis and let your kids make all the mud pies their little hearts desire!! It’s fun and beneficial for their health!

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Sports Supplements and Your Teen Athlete

href=”https://thechirostudio.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/supplements_1.png”>Supplements_1The fall season is here and for many parents that means our children are getting back to some of our fall sports like football and wrestling. Some teens even plan on playing more than one sport this year or season.

Many of us know, and sometimes even encourage, our teens to use performance enhancing supplements. It has been a growing trend for the teenage population through out the years.

Among the healthy vitamin and mineral supplements like multivitamins, vitamin C, calcium and iron are the less healthy substances such as caffeine, creatine, ephedra, human growth hormone (HGH) and anabolic steroids. Some teens, and those that influence them (like coaches, parents, and teammates) have progressively been taking more dangerous substances under the impression that they are as harmless as vitamins and minerals.

Although many performance-enhancing supplements are advertised as being safe- especially those made up of natural compounds- a great number of them have not been tested by any regulatory agency, and the safety is actually UNKNOWN.

The pressure to excel at sports is greater than ever, and there is increasing competition to get into elite sports programs where they have a better chance of being discovered by professional sports scouts. The possibility of fame and fortune can be a strong enticement to our athletic youth to try performance-enhancing supplements to give them an edge over their competition.

Young athletes also try these drugs to encourage growth and muscle development, prevent illness and reduce fatigue. It is most common to these athletes to try different performance-enhancing supplements if they play tow or more different sports and are required to “bulk up”, such as wrestlers and weight lifters.

While he opinion of friends, teammates, and coaches was a huge influence on the decision of the young football players, wrestlers, and other athletes, to take supplements (mainly creatine) it was their parents who had the greatest amount of influence on their decision. So it is incredibly important for parents to be educated as to the benefits and drawbacks of each of these supplements. If you ar the parent of a young athlete, have a conversation with them about supplements. Remember to involve them in the research and be amazed at what you and your teen will discover!

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Ipad Causing Neck and Shoulder Pain?

Is Your iPad Causing You Neck and Shoulder Pain?

It is estimated that up to 300 million tablet computers such as the iPad may be sold by 2015, which seems entirely possible, given their ubiquitous appearance on trains, in cafes, and even at the supermarket. It has already been shown that frequent texting on your mobile phone can cause problems with neck pain, but those who use their tablet for everything from surfing the internet to watching full-length movies may be in for even more pain. Commonly referred to as “iPad neck,” increasing numbers of people are showing up in their chiropractor’s office with neck pain, tension headaches or shoulder stiffness due to the use of this device.
The results of a study published in Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, found that the use of tablet computers was associated with greater head and neck flexion than traditional desktop computers and that placing the tablet higher on a table and using a case to put the tablet at a more optimal angle could help prevent neck and shoulder problems.
Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Microsoft Corporation studied 15 volunteers who were regular users of tablet computers. The subjects performed simulated tasks on an Apple iPad2 and a Motorola Xoom, during which the posture of the head and neck, the subjects’ gaze angle and gaze distance were measured by a three-dimensional infrared motion analysis system. They surfed the internet, wrote e-mails, watched movies and played video games.
Each tablet came with its own proprietary case that enabled users to set the tablet at different angles. The Apple case allowed for 15° and 73° tilt angles, while the Motorola case allowed angles of 45° and 63°. Greater flexion of the neck was found with the iPad2 when used in its case. Not surprisingly, tablets set at the least perpendicular angle caused greater neck and head flexion than when the subjects used a desktop or laptop computer. Head and neck posture only began to approach a neutral position when the tablets were set in their cases at the Table-Movie angle in which they were closest to perpendicular.
The researchers recommended that tablet users place the devices on a table, instead of your lap and at the steepest viewing angle possible to avoid neck and shoulder pain by following the same protocols suggested for a laptop: Buy the right accessories to set the screen at a comfortable working height.  However, they cautioned that this configuration might cause problems for the arms and wrists so investing in a wireless keyboard would help prevent further problems.  John L. Pappas, MD, the medical director for the Beaumont Centers for Pain Medicine in Royal Oak, Michigan  also advises that “Good posture and frequent, short breaks can help minimize these symptoms.”
Excesssive computer use of any kind will lead to many unwanted aches and pains. In addition to reducing the amount of time you spend on it, consider seeing your chiropractor on a regular basis. Chiropractic care has been shown to be more effective in treating neck pain than using pain medication. A chiropractic adjustment can realign neck vertebrae and take the pressure off compressed nerves, bringing relief in a gentle, natural manner and allowing you to use your tablet more comfortably.

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