Children's health in the new school year
As you check off things on your children's school to-do list, is optimizing their health and learning on there?
One thing I know for certain - parenting is tough, very tough. I am reminded of that fact, daily, not just by having two teenage sons myself, but also hearing the many gut-wrenching stories of the concerned parents who enter my office looking for answers for their children's health.
Being a parent is difficult and stressful due to the long hours, and no weekends off, but also because most parents, especially in this town, have such high standards for themselves and their children. Many wonder if they did, or are doing something wrong in how they are raising their child.
I reassure them that what is most important is finding the cause of their child’s disease, not who or what is to blame. I ask them to leave blame at the door because it interferes with healing, especially true in cases of children of separated or divorced parents.
While common symptoms of childhood chronic conditions are often clustered together and given a name – such as “asthma,” for difficulty breathing, wheezing, and increased mucus flow – the causes of that illness often vary widely. Jeremiah and Karen may both have asthma, but why they have asthma may be completely different. This is critically important because the only effective treatment that will reverse or significantly reduce the asthma, or other childhood illnesses, is to treat the causes.
Naturopathic doctors treat the symptoms and the condition, but more importantly, NDs identify and remove the obstacles to cure. In the case of asthma, for example, if found to have hidden/delayed food allergies, then the next step would be to recommend the child stop eating the food allergens, and to test the for “leaky gut.” If the child has leaky gut, then treat with nutritional supplements.
Other potential causes of asthma include: environmental allergies, infections, poor digestive function, emotional stress and other triggers.
The common childhood chronic conditions outlined below also have many different causes. Laboratory testing to consider for each condition are also listed. Virtually every child that I have treated has multiple hidden/delayed food allergies/sensitivities. I recommend that all children, whether they are suffering from a chronic condition or seem to be extremely healthy, be tested for food allergies, especially if they eat wheat and dairy.
Acne: Adrenal stress DHEA & cortisol (AS); candida overgrowth (CO); detoxification profile (DP); food allergies/sensitivities (FAS); organic acids (OA); vitamin/mineral analysis (VMA)
ADD/ADHD: Amino acids (AA), blood sugar, celiac disease/gluten intolerance (CD), CO, FAS, fatty acids (FA), genetic (neurological), leaky gut (LG); organic acids (OA), toxic metals (TM), urinary polypeptides (UP); VMA
Autism: AA; CD; CO; DP; Digestive imbalance/infection (DIF); FA; FAS; genetic (neurological); LG; Neopterin/Biopterin; OA; TM; UP; VMA
Constipation: CD; DIF; FAS; thyroid hormones
Ear infection: DIF; EENT exam; FAS
Eating Disorders: AS; Blood sugar; VMA
Eczema: DIF; DP; FA; FAS; LG; VMA
Irritable bowel (IBS): DIF; DP; FAS; LG
Thrush: CO; LG
Dr. Dennis Godby, Doctor of Naturopathy, Sutter Medical Foundation.
He may be reached online or at his Sacramento Office (916) 446-2591.
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