Children's Health & Wellness Articles

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...

Well Beyond Medicine: The Wait and See Prescription

Earaches bring more unhappy children to emergency rooms and pediatric offices each year than just about any other health disorder. Antibiotics remain the most popular medical treatment for earache, with doctors reportedly writing 15 million...

Re-Valuing Free Play

Many parents don’t realize that imaginative free play has been squeezed out of our children’s lives, and what a tremendous loss this is. The majority of preschool programs today emphasize early learning, computer literacy, or using the...

Keeping Our Babies Safe in Motion

Although I would love to stay at home all day with my baby, my life requires me to leave home on occasion. Well actually, my son, Xander, and I usually have to venture out everyday. The one thing I can count on is that when I put Xander in...

New Approaches to Health Care “Alternative” Therapies Now Mainstream for Many Families

After enduring 50 hours in labor and the Caesarean Section birth of her son Anson, Kim Pham of Seattle did not head straight home from the hospital to rest. She took her 3-day-old son directly to a chiropractor because she was concerned...

“Growing Pains” and Chiropractic Care

“Ouch! My legs hurt, Mommy!” Have you ever had your child wake up in the middle of the night complaining of leg pains? Do you remember having them as a child? These are commonly referred to as “growing pains” and can be defined as recurrent...

Will Breastfeeding Give Your Child Cavities?

Breastfed children have far fewer dental cavities than those who are bottle-fed. This includes nursing caries as well as other cavities. The unfortunate term “nursing caries” refers to a typical pattern of dental decay seen when jui...

How Do Vaccines Work? Immune Mechanisms and Consequences

From Dr. Moskowitz’s previous article in Pathways (issue 10), we learned that the theoretical effect of vaccines on the infectious diseases they are designed to protect against is misleading at best. He also illuminated the potential l...

Vaccinations: Informed Consent, Efficacy and Strengthening Immunity

Informed Consent The principle of Informed Consent has its roots in millenniaold medical ethics, and in modern times has become codified as law. Federal regulations require that doctors tell patients in advance the nature of the...

Growing a Bumper Crop of Smart, Healthy Kids

The connection from farm to table has been broken by decades of change in our food system. The social result of this break in understanding where our food comes from is almost incomprehensible. With increased global food production, cities...

Treating an Ear Infection

I know antibiotics are not good for my baby, but what do I do if he gets an ear infection? Avoid dairy. Identify food allergens. Try this safe, economical solution!