Smile! It's one of the most contagious things you can do. And welcome to
another edition of Weekly Well-Being. The holidays are upon and I'm getting in
the Christmas spirit. I recently saw the newest version of "A Christmas Carol"
featuring the voice of Jim Carrey (among others) - highly recommend it. It's
sure to get you in the holiday mood. Couple of topics today. Let's get
Babies Sleeping in the Big Bed
I was reading through some Dr. Mercola's articles (www.mercola.com)
the other day and came across one that I found intriguing. It was about whether
or not it was safe for a baby to sleep in the bed with its parents. Well,
earlier in the decade, there was a campaign launched to make parents shy away
from having their babies sleep with them. The campaign was based on evidence
that showed that there was a slight risk of babies dying in those scenarios, as
approximately 500 children younger than 2 were killed during a 7 year period -
their deaths the result of either being smushed or by suffocating. This was
always a controversial stance amongst child health experts and child
psychologists, who claim bed sharing between baby and parents to be better for
the child than sleeping alone in a crib.
An interesting article was recently published in "Mothering Magazine," which
stated that the above mentioned campaign failed to take into account some
logical statistics when reviewing the research. For instance, there might be a
risk of a baby being suffocated or crushed, but there is a very low prevalence
of such occurrences. In statistics, there is a term called relative risk - it
is used to assess the risk of an event relative to the potential exposure to
such an event. To give an example of how this is used...lung cancer affects
about 1 in every 15 people, but smokers run a greater risk because they weaken
their lungs with cigarettes. 20% of smokers develop lung cancer, as opposed to
1% of non-smokers. So, the relative risk is that smokers are 20 times more
likely to develop lung cancer.
Using that relative risk formula - the article determined that babies are twice
as safe sharing a bed with their parents as they are sleeping alone in a crib.
I would tend to support that notion. When you consider the psychology behind a
baby sleeping with its parents, the child is in an, overall, much safer
environment. Assuming a sober, non-smoking parent - the child will be more
quickly responded to, thus making it feel safe and secure. Statistics also
support that both child and parents will sleep better, as a result. Parents
don't worry about the child they can't see in another room. Baby doesn't wake
up feeling alone. Sure, you run a very small risk of some of the scary
statistics - but its all relative. Relatively speaking, it may be better for a
baby to share the bed. Something to think about. Pass this along to parents
with infants that you may know and tell them to visit Mercola's website for more
Condition of the Week: Vertigo/Dizziness
Vertigo is a symptom that affects 40% of all adults and is associated with
other conditions, including BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo),
Meniere's Disease (a combo of vertigo, ringing in the ears, and hearing loss),
Labyrinthitis (inner ear inflammation), and Migraine headaches - among others.
Considered a balance control problem, it is usually treated with a variety of
medications depending upon the condition with which it is associated.
The issue of balance control is the primary reason why Upper Cervical care has
had such success with vertigo and many of its associated conditions. Balance
control is, in large part, a result of a fluid we all have in our inner ears
called Scarpa's fluid. The equality of this fluid in both the right and left
inner ear is necessary for maintenance of balance and equilibrium. When the
fluid becomes unequal, it gives the sensation of spinning despite your body
remaining stationary - a condition that is referred to as vertigo.
An upper cervical misalignment often causes that fluid to become unequal due to
the head tilt that accompanies it. Resting in the rings of the upper cervical
vertebrae is the lower most portion of the brainstem, which houses the hubs of
the nerves that control the sensation of hearing. So, left uncorrected, the
misalignment can lead to ringing in the ears and hearing loss. Let us not
forget that the very first recorded chiropractic correction to the C2 vertebra
restored the hearing of a man who'd been deaf for 16 years.
If you want natural relief from vertigo and its associated conditions, Upper
Cervical care might be your best choice.
Thinking good things for you, as always,