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 rolling...

Babies Sleeping in the Big Bed

I was reading through some Dr. Mercola's articles ( 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 interesting stuff.

Condition of the Week:

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,

Dr. Chad