Children's Health & Wellness Articles

Will Play for Donuts

MeMe Roth, President, National Action Against Obesity The moment we signed up our kids for Fall Soccer, guess what happened first? Snacks. Snack schedules. Snack emails. Snack discussions. The same thing happened during flag football, field...

Pediatric Drug Testing and the Aware Parent

Harry Shirkey, a medical practitioner, coined the term “therapeutic orphans” more than 40 years ago to describe how children are overlooked in medical research; his observations remain true today. Despite the best efforts of the American Academy of...

Chiropractic Care for Children

Chiropractors have been caring for children for more than a 100 years. Many common childhood ailments will respond to this safe, natural form of health care. More and more parents— especially those who are already chiropractic patients t...

Yoga for Kids

Imagine you are up to bat, with two outs; it is the bottom of the ninth inning. Everyone you know is in the stands watching you. The pressure is unbearable. Will you hit the ball or strike out? This can be an overwhelming feeling for anyone,...

Playing is More Than Just Fun: Benefits of Proper Motion to Develop Healthy Minds and Bodies

Having fun with your child is important, but good play routines can last a lifetime. It is a parent’s responsibility to stimulate their child’s developing nervous system with every motion and activity. These motions are helpful in dev...

Why We Never Ask: “Is It Safe for Infants to Sleep Alone?”

Historical Origins of Scientific Bias in the Bed-sharing SIDS “Debate” “ Bad science sets out to make a point, looks neither to the left nor to the right but only straight ahead for evidence that supports the point it sets out to...

Real Change

When most people come into the practice, they are coming in “for” something and are carrying with them a particular symptom which they want rectified instantly. They have usually tried everything else: pills, herbal mixtures, a new exe...

Fluoride: No Reason to Smile

At the end of last year, with the hope of improving dental health, Southern California began to add fluoride to its water supplies—a procedure first adopted 68 years ago in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Surprisingly, even though fluoride is now added to...

Defending Informed Consent to Vaccination in America

Vaccination is a medical intervention performed on a healthy person to theoretically prevent infectious disease that could harm that person or be communicated to someone else and cause harm. Many people experience infectious diseases, such as...

Why Recess Is Different from PE

When school began last fall, many parents discovered that recess has disappeared from their children’s day. Of those who asked why, some were probably told that because their children have physical education class they don’t need recess. But PE and...

Casual Remarks: An Excerpt From Hidden Messages: What Our Words and Actions are Really Telling Our Children

It’s a curious affliction: the tendency to talk about one’s children in the most brutally honest and hurtful ways without realizing that the cherished subjects of the offensive comments are listening to every word. Right now, you may be saying to...

The Benefits of Laughter

Fact: Preschool-aged children laugh up to 400 times a day, but by the time we reach adulthood, we only laugh about 17 times per day! I don’t know about you but when I read that statistic above, it makes me wonder why there is such a...

Jumping Jeepers: Why Won’t These Kids Sit Still?

“She’s hyperactive, you know.” Mrs. Bryant said it with deep concern. Then, as if to mitigate the cause of her concern, she added with an embarrassed giggle, “I guess Erica got it from me.” With considerable astonishment I realized that Mrs....

Ear Infections

Van D. Merkle, DC Says: Become informed about Prevnar vaccine (PCV7), also known as the pneumococcal strep vaccine, or ear-ache vaccine. The literature does not support its use. Avoid ALL dairy products, sugar,...

Help Teens Get the Sleep They Need

Teenagers are one of the most sleep-deprived segments of the population. Most teens require at least nine hours of sleep but get much, much less. The teenage years are a time when school, homework, community service, extracurricular...

Taking Charge of Your Family’s Wellness, Naturally

“Self empowerment” is the buzz word of our time. Yet, many feel disempowered when it comes to the care of their family’s health. Integrated medicine, taking the best of all worlds, is a sensible, responsible approach to healthcare. Here’s more from...

Cluster Feedings and Fussy Evenings

“My baby nurses and fusses all evening! What’s wrong?” It is very common for babies to be fussy and nurse very often in the evenings, particularly in the early months. My daughter had a fussy time every evening for a couple of...

Are Your Kids Safe?

Most people are surprised to find out that the first stress placed on a child’s neck and back is during the birthing process. An estimated 60-90 lbs. of force is used on an infant’s neck during “normal” delivery. Do you think this could cause damage...

Eating Right for Sleep

Food has a huge impact on a child’s well-being. It can energize, increase hyperactivity, or induce fatigue. Just as a lack of sleep can jumble a child’s thinking or cause learning problems, so can an inadequate diet. Each child is a unique ind...

Teaching Children Respect

Children are mirrors; they reflect back to us everything we say and do. We now know that 95% of everything children learn, they learn from what is modeled for them. Only 5% of all they learn is from direct instruction. Human beings are like...