Archive for September, 2012

Mom Enough to Speak Out
September 19, 2012

This fall “Pathways Magazine” is featuring an article with Jamie Grumet.  You may remember her as the mom on the cover of “Time Magazine” nursing her then three-year-old son as he stand on a chair with the tag line “Are You Mom Enough?”.  The article and cover went viral and created quite the controversy.  In “Pathways Magazine” Ms. Grumet speaks about her experience with the backlash of her breastfeeding a child who is older than most people are comfortable with.

Did you know that the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the Canadian Pediatric Society recommend that children be breastfed for up to two years and beyond? Did you know that Save the Children’s 2012 State of the World’s Mothers Report places the United States dead last among 36 industrialized countries for breastfeeding? 

In the United States initial rates for breastfeeding are high and then they drop in the first few weeks due to lack of support.  I know first hand from working with pregnant moms and infants that often times babies have a hard time latching on due to the vertebrae in their neck being misaligned.  Babies like adults can have a hard time turning their neck if the bones are not gliding in all directions the way that they should.  During nursing the baby must turn their head and then also be able to have a strong suck yet this can be compromised and then easily fixed with gentle chiropractic alignment along with craniosacral therpay. Since only 8%- 10% of the public see chiropractors, this is a lot of mom’s who will not continue to nurse due to that reason alone. 

Why is breastfeeding so important?  There are important immunoglobulins in breast milk that help increase the health of our children and other factors that help with digestion.  Breastfed babies are also less likely to have colic, upper respiratory infections, ear infections, constipation, asthma or allergies.  Breastfeeding is also quite economical.  Did you know that the United States under 5 mortality rate is 8 per 1,000 births?  Forty countries performed better than the US on that indicator. 

Even though breastfeeding children over 12 months is still quite controversial in the United States Ms. Grumet and many other moms prefer to continue nursing as long as their child wants to.  This is for reasons of obtaining optimal health and nurturing safe feelings.  The fall article in “Pathways” has a different tone than the article in “Time”. To find out more got to:


A Chiropractic Movie.
September 12, 2012

September 21st is the New York premiere of the movie “Doctored” and Jeff Hayes is the executive producer of this documentary.  Mr. Hayes also produced “On Native Soil”, “Farenhype 9/11” and other works.  The documentary encourages the public to take charge of their health even if they don’t want to and to consider alternatives to the traditional medical model.  Currently the traditional medical model is “drugs and surgery first, chiropractic and other alternative therapies last.” 

One of the goals of this documentary is for the public to be aware that there are other philosophies that are needed in our current health care system.  Patients rarely question the care that they are prescribed and Mr. Hayes wants to encourage more interaction.  During the film a few patients are followed during their course of care and health professionals are interviewed including chiropractors. Mr. Hayes wants to make sure that chiropractors have a seat at the medical model table when people with chronic illness want to know what they can do to better help themselves.  Is there a way of being healthier?  How come this kind of treatment and philosophy is not well known? Perhaps because of this documentary patients will consider going to a chiropractor first and then using drugs and surgery after that if all things fail. 

Mr. Hayes was inspired to tell the story of the American Medical Association’s conspiracy against the chiropractic profession, culminating in the Wilk vs. AMA trial, after learning about it from his chiropractor.  The documentary goes into further detail about this trial. On a personal level Mr. Hayes had been put on blood pressure medication 20 years ago and never skipped a day.  Once he started this documentary and began his interviews someone said to him, “Have you ever looked at why your body has high blood pressure?”  He said the thought never occurred to him and this kind of dialogue and thought process is what he wants to encourage.  Mr. Hayes also wants his film to make an impact and inform the public about chiropractic.

In his own words Mr. Hayes said, “I couldn’t be more excited to do this documentary. In recent years my eyes have been opened to alternative healthcare options. The immediate increase in health I experienced personally after starting down this road is something I’ve just got to share with people.”

To see a preview of the movie go to:

A Toddler’s Fever
September 5, 2012

Here is another reason why I love being in my profession.

 New things this mom learned from her chiropractor… a gentle adjustment and some fun hanging upside down can do wonders for a toddler’s fever!

My son got his first adjustment when he was a few months old from Dr. Schuster.  We talked about his sensitive skin and she recommended that I use a combination of probiotics and fish oil.  She also gave me some information to read and since I love to research I did my own fact finding on the Internet.  My pediatrician is very open-minded and was supportive of my using these nutritional supplements that Dr. Schuster had recommended. His skin in general was much clearer and whenever he would break out the homeopathic creams and supplements helped calm down his skin.

Over the past year each time we would see Dr. Schuster she would hold him upside down as one way to help realign the vertebrae in his spine and he would always laughs.  She also would use her fingers down his spine to keep his nervous system well connected.

Fast-forward a year later and my toddler is walking and climbing all over the place. One day he fell off the couch onto his head and I immediately thought of Dr. Schuster.  I called her because he was very cranky, had a high fever and was not acting like himself.  She recommended that I hang him upside down immediately like she usually does to help take pressure off of his spine and neck.  She also said to bring him over for a chiropractic adjustment.

I knew something was really wrong because when I tried to hang him upside down he was not happy!  Dr. Schuster worked his neck and spine and she too held him upside to help release his stuck vertebrae. His fever broke in the middle of the night the next morning.  I went in to nurse him and he was cooler, and just sweating it all out all of a sudden.  He hadn’t sweated at all for two days, but finally, he did.  I also was hanging him upside down all day after his adjustment and he was much more tolerant of it.  He was still a bit “sensitive”, but the next day I would say he was himself again.  Not too bad for his first “big” illness. 

Dr Schuster gave me some other tips; which I really appreciate including using arnica gel on his neck, spine and head.  She is a wonderful resource and support and calling upon her is a lot less stressful than calling/going to the medical doctor.  I don’t think they would have been able to do anything, anyways. 

Thanks so much Dr. Schuster!