Let’s time travel a bit…
Growing up, we were taught a few golden rules. Two of which being: not to name-call and to not do drugs. We all remember the DARE program in school, right?!
Now, fast forward some years later and many of us are forgetting the golden rules and possibly putting our children at risk. These days, it’s becoming all too common for parents to express behavior issues to their primary care physicians and for their children to receive a diagnosis of Autism, ADHD, etc. Whether we realize it at the time or not, at the point of diagnosis, the child is being labeled -aka- name-called. In that same moment, a vicious cycle may begin where these children and young teens are provided with sets of limitations and placed on prescription medications -aka- drugs. Did you know that the #1 prescription medication for ADHD is in the same class as cocaine? This is why several neurological medications have addictive properties and may cause neurological damage with long-term use.
A situation that we commonly see in children is Dysponesis, which is a reversible physiological state consisting of unnoticed, misdirected neurophysical reactions to various agents and the repercussions of these reactions throughout the organism, or in this instance, a child. Also known as errors in energy output, children who experience this include the:
- Raging Bull Kid – This is the child who is stuck on the gas pedal all the time. They display hyper behaviors like ADHD or anxiety.
- The Drunken Bull Kid – This child may display balance and motor difficulties as well as disorganized or disconnected thoughts.
- The Drunken Raging Bull Kid – This child is a combination of the two above. The child is both stuck on the gas pedal but also displays disorganized or disconnected thoughts. This is most commonly seen as Autism Spectrum Disorder and in Epilepsy.
It’s extremely important to understand that there is always a “why” behind neurological issues and that it will always be more effective to identify and treat the issue at the source, rather than mask the problem with pharmaceuticals. At the root of many Autism and ADHD diagnoses, are issues caused my physical, environmental and emotion stress.
Here are what we classify as the Top 3 Neurological Stressors:
Trauma can begin in utero if there is not enough space to grow and move around. It can also take place during the birthing process or in any event of complications. In research conducted by Dr. Guttman, it was found that spinal injuries, or subluxations, were present in 80% of infants, most likely from the birthing process. And where spinal injuries are present, it has been found that the success of spinal adjustment overshadows every other type of treatments, including prescription medication.
Unfortunately, toxins are everywhere. In the preserved foods we eat, the pesticides used on produce, the chemicals used in soaps and lotions, in our household cleaning products and in the polluted air we breathe outdoors. Because we can’t always control the level of toxins that we are exposed to, it’s more important than ever to control what we can. We suggest starting with your child’s dietary and nutritional intake. Be sure to shop organic when possible and thoroughly rinse produce before consumption. It’s also a good tip to try and shop the outer walls of the grocery store, as most of the food within the aisles are laden with preservatives and stripped of nutritional value.
- Thoughts (Emotional Stress)
Believe it or not, emotional stress can begin during a pregnancy if the mother experiences higher than normal emotions or worrisome thoughts. A child or teen can then be reintroduced to stress in a childcare setting, in school, in the environment of a broken family, or in the instance that they are labeled.
So, how can we help?
First and foremost, chiropractic care is not just for those with a sore back or individuals recovering from injury. Because the spine is surrounded by nerves, chiropractic care assists the nervous system in perceiving the environment and coordinating cells to react. We specialize in pediatric care and have seen great success in helping children and teens overcome various diagnoses and thrive in their new, healthy lifestyle.
If any or all of these symptoms and concerns are affecting your young child or teen, we encourage you to call us and schedule an evaluation at 337-478-1313.