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Jamie Olivers Food Revolution Comes to Kennesaw GA

About Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the growing obesity epidemic that – if left unchecked – threatens not only our children but every subsequent generation. Hes had great success as a chef entrepreneur and social activist but it is his passion for great food and cooking from scratch that has inspired people globally and enabled him to highlight the importance of cooking skills throughout the world.

Why do we need a food revolution?

The problem stems from the loss of cooking skills at home and the availability of processed foods at every turn from the school cafeteria to church function halls factories and offices. This Food Revolution is about saving lives by inspiring everyone: moms dads kids teens and cafeteria workers to get back to basics and start cooking good food from scratch.

What can you do?

The See It Make It Eat It program is inspired by an event on May 19 called Food Revolution Day.  The event is an initiative launched by the Jamie Oliver Foundation to inspire educate and empower people everywhere to stand up for real food. Thousands of people worldwide will participate in events to raise awareness on preventing diet-related diseases and to arm people with the knowledge and tools to make healthier food choices.

Register for a class. Registration is free sponsored by the Fit City Kennesaw initiative but is limited to fifty participants. Saturday May 19 at the Edge Kitchen 2750 Jiles Road in Kennesaw Commons classes will be conducted from 10 am – 2 pm.

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Doctors Urge Fewer Routine Tests

Recently nine US specialty societies representing 374000 physicians developed a list of Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question in recognition of the importance of physician and patient conversations to improve care and eliminate unnecessary tests and procedures.

Im glad that the common-sense things that chiropractors have been saying since the 19th century are now becoming part of the medical mainstream.  We chiropractors still hold that drugs and surgery are not the answer to promote health and it is nice to see the Medics starting to choose wisely.-->serif;">”

In most cases people need drugs and surgery because they have ignored their health for a prolonged time especially when it comes to the major causes of death.  Have a look at these pie charts showing the top five major causes of death for the US in 2009 broken down by age group:

Cause of Death by Age

What happened to cause the cancer and heart disease death rate to jump from 26% in the 25-44 age group to 54% in the 45-64 year old group?  This is not because they turn 45!  These are chronic long-term symptom-free conditions that could be addressed by chiropractic and other lifestyle interventions.  The whole medical concept of treating patients based their symptoms leads to a false sense of security and contributes to this dramatic rise in cancer and heart disease as people get older.

Bottom line:  Dont wait for symptoms to see your chiropractor!

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Is Autism On The Rise

Is Autism On The Rise?

The CDC released a report last month that suggests that 1 in 88 children suffered from Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) in 2008. The new number represents an increase prevalence from 1 in 110 ASD sufferers in 2006. This report May alarm new parents health care providers and those in government however the news deserves some discussion. The report itself recognizes that there is an opportunity for clarity in the reasons why the numbers are going up. The government website for National Institute of Health (NIH) states that It is unclear whether this is due to an increasing rate of the illness or an increased ability to diagnose the illness. referring to ASDs.

What parents should know is that:

  1. The prevalence range doubled. This indicates a problem in standardization of the either the collection or interpretation of the criteria needed to be considered ASD.
  2. That when educational information is available it correlated to higher rates. This is information from guidance councilors teachers special education instructors and is not necessarily from a doctor or health care provider.

The study maintains that Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of developmental disabilities characterized by impairments in social interaction and communication and by restricted repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior. This report relied on The American Psychiatric Associations Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-IV Text Revision “Disorders Usually First Diagnosed In Infancy Childhood or Adolescence” n.d(DSM-IV-TR) diagnostic criteria for any of the following conditions: Autistic Disorder; Pervasive Developmental Disorder–Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS including Atypical Autism); or Asperger Disorder to define the disability. So when a child is placed in this group they could be between a new born and eight years old and they could be severely disabled or a child who gestures instead of uses words or one who has a short attention span.

The degrees to which ASD has become an acceptable diagnosis is very wide and it might be getting wider since the descriptors are used by non-health professionals in non-malicious ways to document a childs behavior. The other consideration in this regard is that the ages of diagnosis range from days to years old. Having eight years to develop a history where the case could be made for an ASD diagnosis increases the likelihood that one will be diagnosed.

How the study was done

The information used in the report was gathered by data sources that are categorized as either

  1. Education including evaluations to determine eligibility for special education services or
  2. Health including diagnostic and developmental assessments from psychologists neurologists developmental pediatricians physical therapists occupational therapists speech/language pathologists and other providers.

The study is a surveillance report conducted by the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network (ADDM) and does not rely on professional or family reporting of an existing ASD diagnosis or classification to ascertain case status. Instead information is obtained from childrens evaluation records to determine the presence of ASD symptoms at any time from birth through the end of the year when the child reaches age 8 years. ADDM focuses on children aged 8 years because a baseline study conducted by CDC demonstrated that this is the age of identified peak prevalence.

The data is the then reviewed in two phases.

The first phase requires a trained clinician to comb through the data provided by the data sources looking for triggers (e.g. child does not initiate interactions with others prefers to play alone or engage in solitary activities or has received a documented ASD diagnosis).

In the second phase a child is included as meeting the surveillance case definition for ASD if he or she displays behaviors at any time from birth through the end of the year when the child reaches age 8 years as described on a comprehensive evaluation by a qualified professional that are consistent with the DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria for any of the conditions listed above.

Prevalence of Autism

The data collected in this 2008 report compared to the 2006 report has an increase in the range of prevalence per 1000 children (from 4.2-1.1 to 4.8-21.2) which indicates that some change or variation exists in 2008 compared to 2006 either in the data collected or in the interpretation. The major factor in variation in estimated ASD prevalence was associated primarily with sites having access to education records and also appeared to be associated with improved identification among children without intellectual disability according the the study.

My Opinion

Dont be alarmed by this study.

What I think is happening is that our school systems are documenting more kids with short attention spans and that this is acting as a trigger for labeling. Parents have been threatened with having their children removed from school unless they agree to place the child on some prescription medication.

A side-effect of all this is that harmful drugs will be prescribed and more children will be numbed by them during this time of explosive cognitive and creative development.

 

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Family Matters

Parenting for Success

Family Matters is a collaboration of local area business that have a deep commitment to the community and its health and development. Aqua-Tots Eaton Chiropractic Gymnastic Academy of Atlanta KidtoKid Primrose School of Kennesaw North The School Box.

PARENTING FOR SUCCESS

April 24th 201 

Seminar Series

Fundamental Principals of Successful Parenting            

Featuring Professional Parent Coach and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Marian Andres – Fountain Gate Counseling Center

Seasons of Parenting- Parents will learn to identify the different seasons of parenting and the parenting responsibilities that go with each season.

Parent-Centered Homes- Parents will learn to set up their homes in ways that optimize parenting success.

Leadership Parenting- Parents will learn to present themselves most effectively as they parent.

Parents of Misbehaving Children- Parents will focus on why children misbehave and learn effective ways to respond to misbehavior.

Parenting Children of Character- Parents will learn practical ways to instill character  in their children.

Parenting Everyday Issues- Practical guidance for modern-day parenting conflicts.

TESTIMONIALS

“Our approach to parenting and discipline completely changed after attending these seminars.  We are a much stronger family unit now and our children have a new level of respect for us that was not there before.” 

Candice-mother of a four and eight-year old

 

“Absolutely wonderful series! Each seminar provided me with ‘new tools for my toolbox’ that have been effective in helping me to be a better parent and spouse.-->serif;">”

Mark-father of a teen and seven-year old. 

“An unbelievable value for the money.  We need more events like this in our community.  There’s not a parent out there who wouldn’t benefit from attending these seminars.

Meghan-mother of a three-year old

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Chiropractic Adjustments May Lower High Blood Pressure

Chiropractic Adjustments May Lower Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (hypertension) is a major risk factor for disorders such as cardiovascular disease diabetes and dementia. New research shows that chiropractic a non-invasive manual procedure May be effective in reducing blood pressure.

A recent study in the Journal of Human Hypertension reveals that chiropractic adjustments May lower blood pressure. The experiment was conducted with 50 participants all with stage 1 hypertension who were not currently taking medication. The group was made up of 70 percent men and 30 percent women.  Half the subjects underwent chiropractic care and received adjustments designed to correct vertebral subluxations or misalignments of the spine that are believed to cause insult to the nervous system. The group was adjusted as indicated by chiropractic protocols over a period of 8 weeks. A control group received a sham procedure.

Vertebral subluxations are areas in the spine where movement is restricted or bones (vertebrae) are misaligned. This common condition is triggered by physical chemical and emotional factors. Vertebral subluxations are corrected utilizing gentle and safe manual maneuvers.

In the study those undergoing chiropractic care for vertebral subluxations enjoyed significant drops in both systolic blood pressure (first or upper number) as well as diastolic blood pressure (second or lower number).

At the end of the eight week study systolic BP decreased by an average of 17 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) for those receiving chiropractic care compared with 3 mm Hg for those who received the sham procedure. Diastolic BP dropped an average of 10 mm Hg among chiropractic patients compared with 2 mm Hg in control group. No adverse effects were detected among the study participants.

The authors speculate that subluxation of the upper cervical spine causes abnormal tension of the brain stem reducing blood flow and causing dysfunction of the cardiovascular neural control mechanisms.

The studys authors concluded: Restoration of atlas alignment is associated with marked and sustained reductions in BP similar to the use of two-drug combination therapy. This suggest that chiropractic care May prove to be an effective alternative to standard medication for hypertension (J Hum Hypertens 25:2007;Epub).

Past studies investigating the effects of chiropractic on hypertension achieved similar results although with smaller patient groups. One of these divided 30 participants with upper cervical (neck) subluxation into two groups. One received adjustments the other rested and did not receive adjustments. BP was compared before and after for both groups. The adjustment group experienced a significant change in BP; the rest group did not change significantly (J Manip Physiol Ther 2001;24:101-9).

Another study found that 6 out of 8 patients studied experienced significant drops in BP following chiropractic adjustments (J of Chiro Res and Invest 199;8).

A study of 75 students at Palmer College of Chiropractic who were found by chiropractic examination to have upper cervical subluxation found that blood pressure 5 minutes after an adjustment was significantly lower than prior to the adjustment (J Manip Physiol Ther 1988;11:261-6).

A review study suggested that the chiropractor is particularly suited to effectively manage patients with high blood pressure stating that hypertension :May be regarded as a prime condition warranting specialized care that included proper education during the formative years modification of dietary habits in conjunction with daily exercise regiments and regular spinal maintenance all of which are covered by modern chiropractic clinical practice. (J Manip Physiol Ther 1986;9:27-3)

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