By Yin Health Founder, Tsu Shan Chambers and our Chiropractor, Dr Jennifer Viveiros
Did you know that there are chemical and mental/emotional stressors that children may deal with and that can contribute to subluxation (dysfunctional spinal segment)?
Foods. Formula-fed babies have an increased likelihood of infections and are candidates to develop allergies later in life. Paediatricians often place infants on cereals by the third month of life “so they can sleep through the night.” Considering that gluten is one of the leading food allergens for children, this begins a vicious cycle of placing stress on the body. The five major food allergens (chemical stressors) with children are; gluten, dairy, soy (infant formulas), corn (found in a majority of processed foods) and peanuts.
Vaccines. Other chemical stressors to children are ingredients that can be found in vaccines. These include mercury, aluminum, hydrochloric acid, formaldehyde, ethylene glycol, latex and MSG. The lack of responsibility to test which children may be sensitive to potential neurotoxins is difficult to understand.
Fillings. Although many in the dental field are attempting to send warnings that fillings may not be safe, dental fillings, or amalgam, still contain the following ingredients: 50 percent mercury, 30 percent silver and differing amounts of tin, zinc and copper.
Pesticides. Pesticides are a constant in our lives, with children ingesting up to 15 pesticides each day. Various types of produce, including sweet bell peppers, lettuce, hot peppers, apples, peaches, cucumbers, strawberries, imported grapes, green beans and pears, may contain anywhere from 30 to 60 trace pesticides With genetically engineered food products such as corn, soy, potato, tomato, canola and cottonseed oil, papaya, radicchio, squash and salmon on the rise, a child’s diet may be inundated with chemicals, since manufacturers are not required to label the products accordingly.
The common mental stressors that affect children of all ages are often overlooked. One in eight children experiences anxiety, and it’s often linked to fractured families, bullying and failure to succeed.
Being a teenager is not easy when it comes to self-image. 50% of 13- to 15-year-old girls believe they are overweight, and 80 percent of 13-year-old girls have already tried dieting. Some will develop anorexia nervosa during their teen years.
20% of teens will experience depression, but less than 33 percent will get help, and 30 percent will develop a substance abuse problem if not properly treated. It should also be noted that suicide is the third leading cause of death among teenagers.
What You Can Do
As a family wellness practice, teaching parents how to limit chemical and mental stressors in the lives of their children is of utmost importance. Although prevention is the key, most children will be exposed to physical, chemical and mental stressors in their lives. This is why reviewing children’s lifestyle habits is important.
A family wellness chiropractor can take an active role to reduce those triggers, along with educating parents about the correlation between stressors, subluxation and lifestyle consequences. This responsibility of overseeing lifestyle habits – and the reality that children cannot live their lives “in a bubble” – necessitates that you implement a regular check-up routine for children.