The Benefits of Probiotics in Children

A clinical study released by Academy of Pediatrics shows that children may benefit from probiotics especially while taking antibiotics or in treating viral diarrhea. What are Probiotics? According to Wikipedia, probiotics are live microorganisms thought to be healthy for the host organism. According to the currently adopted definition by FAO/WHO, probiotics are: “Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host”.[1] Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) and bifidobacteria are the most common types of microbes used as probiotics; but certain yeasts and bacilli may also be helpful. Probiotics are commonly consumed as part of fermented foods with specially added active live cultures; such as in yogurt, soy yogurt, or as dietary supplements. About the Study The complete study can be downloaded in pdf form: “Clinical Report—Probiotics and Prebiotics in Pediatrics“ In summary, the report found that: 1. Human milk, a natural prebiotic,is preferred for infants through 6 months of age. The oligosaccharide content of human milk is substantial and is part of the prebiotic components of the human milk. Breastfed infants typically have a preponderance of naturally occurring probiotic bacteria in their digestive systems. There may be some naturally occurring probiotic bacteria contained in human milk. 2. There is some evidence in otherwise healthy infants and young children to support the use of probiotics early in the course of diarrhea from acute viral gastroenteritis and that use of probiotics reduces its duration by 1 day. However, the available evidence does not support the routine use of probiotics to prevent infectious diarrhea unless there are special circumstances. There is some evidence to support the use of probiotics to prevent antibiotic associated diarrhea but no evi-...

FDA Pulls Painkiller Medicine Off the Market

Darvocet was pulled off the market this past week at the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) request due to safety concerns. A new study links the active ingredient in painkillers Darvon and Darvocet to serious and sometimes fatal heart rhythm abnormalities. This is a product that has been widely available in the United States for years. According to the LATimes.com article, “Painkillers Darvon and Darvocet Withdrawn at FDA’s Request“: Sidney Wolfe of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group blasted the FDA’s action as too late and called for congressional hearings into why the agency took so long. Public Citizen tried for more than three decades to limit use of the drug and petitioned the FDA to ban it in 2006. Given the withdrawal of Darvocet on the heels of the Tylenol recall, it may be time to consider more natural approaches to pain management. One option is Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT). Low Level Laser Therapy is one of the most important developments in health and wellness and a critical part of the integrated approach at BioVeda. We utilize LLLT to dramatically reduce musculoskeletal pain and inflammation as well as promote tissue repair in targeted areas. Because this is a cold laser, it is not a heat treatment and does not have any of the risks associated with other types of lasers. LLLT promotes tissue growth and healing. Low Level Light Therapy brings in oxygen to the cells and stimulates the lymphatic system thereby reducing inflammation in targeted areas. ATP (adenosine triphosphate) production is stimulated on the cellular level, boosting their energy levels to foster normal function. The pain reflex...

Phenolic Compounds as the Source of Allergic Response

– by Dr. Eric Herman, D.C. BioVeda Health & Wellness Center of Bethlehem What causes allergies and chemical sensitivities? Over the last decade, important breakthroughs have occurred in the identification and treatment of allergies. Dr. Robert Gardner, Ph.D. professor of nutrition at Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah), discovered that specific key chemical agents cause allergic reactions including hayfever. These naturally occurring chemical agents called “phenolic” (aromatic) compounds, are regularly found throughout our environment in thousands of items including most foods, pollen and chemicals. What is the relationship between allergies and asthma? Many forms of asthma are caused by allergic reactions from both airborne phenolic compounds and those found in foods. Asthmatic individuals can be helped in the same way as others suffering from allergies. Airborne phenolic compounds are often found in pollen, tobacco smoke, house dust, air pollution, kapok, wool, feathers, animal hair or dander, building materials, furniture stuffing, cottonseed, and chemical odors. Some examples of foods that are most likely to be factors associated with asthma are those eaten daily such as wheat, eggs, chocolate, corn, peanut butter, citrus fruits, potatoes and tomatoes. We have helped many people suffering from asthma by first testing for those phenolics and other agents that can cause or contribute to asthma. We then screen and treat allergies, if indicated, utilizing our clinics’ painless techniques. This treatment also helps strengthen the immune system. Do I have to restrict my diet to avoid allergies? Not usually. Since phenolics are found in so many foods and other materials, it would be virtually impossible through dietary restrictions to avoid the phenolics causing the reactions. For instance,...

Fish Oil and Alzheimer’s

Dr. James Augustine, D.C. – BioVeda of Cerritos, CA writes in response to the article published on CNN.com, Fish Oil Ingredient Doesn’t Slow Alzheimer’s, which explores a study that asserts that omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) does not slow mental decline once it’s began: Several points here: Isolating DHA from it’s food source never works, as most nutritional supplements have been synthesized in a lab, the active ingredient from the food removed and concentrated. This is given as a food supplement, but isolated, fractionated vitamins / minerals / amino acids do not work. It would be like breaking off a piece of your car key and attempting to start your car. No…you need the entire key and hence you need the entire vitamin as it occurs in food. Treating disease or preventing disease? Once a significant degenerative process has set in like Alzheimer’s, it takes a dramatic effort to reverse it and heal. Fish oil should be preventative, not a treatment for Alzheimer’s. What wasn’t discussed – toxicity levels that can cause degeneration in nervous system tissue. Also..the blood thinning effect that fish oil has, which therefore can improved blood flow to the brain. I wonder who funded the research? What was the agenda? “Ah…vitamins are a hoax…they don’t really affect the body” If that were the case, try to stop eating food for a week and see if you notice any differences in your health! Dr. Augustine,...

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