Torticollis and MTHFR

Torticollis, or wryneck, literally means "twisted neck" in Latin. A common transient condition found often, in individuals who have slept in the wrong position. A chiropractic adjustment or extra minerals can typically alleviate this type of torticollis. In newborns, torticollis can happen due to positioning in the womb, after a difficult childbirth or because the infant is trying to compensate for a tongue tie while nursing. This is called infant torticollis or congenital muscular torticollis. The use of forceps or vacuum devices to deliver a baby during childbirth also makes a baby more likely to develop torticollis, as in a    C-section delivery, an emergency, or precipitous delivery. Also having the genetic polymorphism, MTHFR can prone a baby to have a congenital tongue or lip tie, and increase the incidence of torticollis; this causes the baby to develop “compensation” to allow for nourishment through breastfeeding. Compensation may be in the form of a neck twist in order to develop a proper...
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Let Them be Dirty and Healthy

Cleanliness is next to GODliness right? Well that’s what society has implied over the last 50 years. We have turned health into a disease and indoctrinated our children into it before their birth!  Why did we start hating dirt, bacteria, germs and microbes? When families moved out of the farming fields into the service industry we became “cleaner” to a fault. Research has shown that this may not be the healthiest option for the human form. There is always opportunity to change, balance and heal..so start today! When babies are born and pass through the birth canal they receive a load of beneficial bacteria to help model the immune system properly; if this is not the case babies should have some assistance with proper immune support in the form of probiotics. It takes approximately 5 years to lay down a properly balanced immune system. Excessive antibiotics or other medications can alter the growth and development of immunity. Breastfeeding, properly timed non...
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Autism and the other A’s (allergies, asthma and atopy/eczema)

Why is it that many autistic children struggle with a lot of other “A”s? Statistics show 25% of kids with autism has asthma too. Statistics show 60% of kids with autism has eczema too. Statistics show 8% of kids with autism has anaphylactic allergies and 40% have seasonal allergies. Although there are multiple mechanisms for these conditions individually, the focus for this article is the global impairment of the immune system that predisposes kids with autism to other conditions. The research shows that autistic kids are overburdened with all kinds of immune imbalance. This immune system imbalance initiates improper reactions to toxicity and how the body attempts to make every effort toward elimination (of toxins). Autistic kids have impaired detox mechanisms and altered methylation pathways, which are integral for detox of harmful substances the body comes in contact with frequently. Methylation is an important step in the detoxification of the body, and requires active forms of certain B vitamins in order to...
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Can’t conceive? Check out this before feeling like all hope is lost

Inability to conceive can stem from a number of causes: Poor nutritional status Genetic mutations Autoimmune conditions Hormone imbalances   If a mother’s nutritional stores are depleted she will not have enough “supplies” to conceive and grow a healthy baby. Vital nutrients like Magnesium and b vitamins are necessary for proper development of a fetus and proper signaling of hormones from the mother to stimulate cell signaling and growth. Proper hormone balance between estrogen and progesterone is a must. Abnormal levels of either of these can create problems with conception. Be sure to check for low levels of progesterone or estrogen dominance. Remember almost all pharmaceutical medication deplete some nutrient, this includes anything put on your skin topically too, like steroid creams or even sunblock. Be sure whichever depletions are being caused that they are RE-pleated properly.   If there is a genetic mutation present then, the interruption in signaling will not allow for proper conception, impanation or development of a growing fetus. MTHFR and...
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Common MTHFR Mutations and General Health

What is a MTHFR Mutation? An abnormal change in gene structure/mutation, of the MTHFR gene can cause a disruption of the MTHFR enzyme’s normal function of breaking down homocysteine. MTHFR mutations are common. The mutations can be “heterozygous” meaning they occur only on one strand or “allele” of the chromosome, or they can be “homozygous”, occurring on both alleles. The frequency of a mutation is common, occurring in about 60% of the population. MTHFR gene is directly related to hyperhomocysteinemia (high or elevated levels of homocysteine). High levels of homocysteine can be attributed to many conditions seen in midwifery such as Decrease in vitamin B-12 levels. Higher incidence of anemia Complications in Pregnancy Due To Neural Tube Defects, posterior Tongue tie, lip tie Anencephaly Other neural tube defects Spina bifida Autism Rheumatoid Arthritis Flares Down Syndrome PEs Altered drug metabolism Low vitamin d levels/ osteoporosis Neuropsychiatric Disorders Gestational Diabetes Early Pregnancy Loss/ SAB (viable fetus) Placental Abruption, Low Birth Weight The most common...
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What a post-partum mom really wants when you visit her and her baby

Truth is visits from well-meaning family and friends are always welcome! It’s the unsolicited advice or subtle (pressured) offers to hold/ care for the newborn we could all do without. Research has shown us time and again that the first weeks of life are critical for bonding, proper milk supply and post-partum recovery of the mother. The best things we can do for mom and her new baby is: 1) Take their other kids somewhere. Older siblings are usually under stimulated by the daily goings on of a newborn. So take the other children for as long as you can, and bring them back exhausted and fed. 2) Feed the mama! Remember she is constantly feeding another human! Be sure to check with here to see if there are particular things she is or isn’t eating. Be sure the dish is disposable or a gift. Post-partum moms do not have the best memory capacity. 3) Collect some cash or a gift card for cleaning...
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Backpacks or Back Pain?

  So quickly, it seems, the summer is nearly over and soon children will be back to school.  Along with brand new school clothes, come new backpacks soon to be filled, or over filled with school supplies.  It’s safe to say most students won’t be thinking about back and neck pain, but that’s what they risk if their backpacks are too heavy or are not carried properly. If a backpack is carried improperly or is excessively heavy, it can result in the severe back and neck pain, neck or back injury, poor posture and generalized fatigue.  Excessively heavy back packs may harm muscles and joints as well, compounding, serious fatigue to the child's body.  Though books are essential for learning, carrying them, should not affect physical well being.. Heavy backpacks may be more than just an annoyance for students.  Studies show an overloaded backpack forces the child to compensate by leaning forward to balance the load, creating potential health problems if the backpack...
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Natural Treatment for School Time Illnesses

Many parents experience the joy of sending their healthy child off to school ..only to have them home sick shortly after classes begin. Classrooms can be breeding grounds for organisms that cause illnesses in young children. Here are some common afflictions children can get in school and some simple tips to treat them naturally and effectively! Head lice Head lice are a common problem among children attending daycare, and elementary school.  This louse is most often spread by direct contact with the hair of an infected person. It is uncommon for head lice to spread by contact with clothing, furniture, or personal items used by an infected person. A diagnosis of head lice should always be confirmed because head lice can be mistaken as lint or dandruff. Some natural treatments for head lice include: Salt and vinegar Mix one-quarter cup of salt and one-quarter cup of vinegar thoroughly. Gently spray the solution onto your hair so that it becomes slightly wet Put on a shower cap and leave...
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Start the school year OFF SWEET!!!

School is right around the corner! Back to packing lunch, and managing the nutrition of our kids from a far. In many cases parents may choose foods out of convenience instead of nutritional density leading to a large amount of sugar consumption by kids during the school day. High sugar consumption and processed foods, all be it organic can cause issues for our kids during the school day and beyond! If your child suffers from: Stomach aches, Constipation and diarrhea Fatigue, joint pain, and muscle pain Frequent infections, especially of the ears and throat Skin irritation and rashes Behavioral issues ADD/ADHD or other problems with concentration Unexplained weight gain or loss Frequent bed wetting Autism Spectrum Disorder   Take a look at the diet and their lunchbox selections before making a battery of provider appointments and planning extreme measures with the school. A good list of things to avoid include: Gluten Sugar and fake sugar substitutes Preservatives (like BHT, TBHQ, MSG, etc) Food Dyes...
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Autism healing begins in the Gut!

It has been well reported that autism is intimately connected to the immune system and acts in some way as an autoimmune conditon. Immunity begins to develop during the 14th week of gestation, as undifferentiated developing immune cells, which later become major cells of a human’s immune system, with specific and necessary function. The placenta, provides nourishment for the baby, also secretes hormones, primarily progesterone, which shifts mom’s chemical profile away from Th1 (offers protection to pathogens that pose a threat to get inside of cells) and towards Th2 (response offers protection against pathogens outside of cells).  The baby then will trigger his/her increase in Th1 when travelling through the birth canal and swallowing, sitting and slipping through on its earth side voyage. The development of the Th1 mechanism is continued during breastfeeding, for which the “World Health Organization” recommends at least 2 years, to glean all the necessary immunologic benefits for the baby.  Continued, through childhood with encounters from viruses...
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