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» The Wellness Family
» American Chiropractic Association Convenes Diversity Forum
» Exercise As Effective As Drugs
» Social Media... Depressing

The Wellness Family

Dear Patient,

Dr. Rapp is dedicated to providing you with the absolute best in family wellness care. So take a moment today to discuss with your Family Wellness Chiropractor any concerns you may have regarding your family’s overall health and wellness.

Pediatric Stress

We don’t typically associate childhood with stress. Children don’t have bills to pay, demanding jobs or
kids of their own to worry over, so why would children possibly be stressed? This may be how we think, but the sad fact is that children today are being diagnosed with high-anxiety, depression and a myriad of other psycho- logical disorders resulting in more children being on psychosomatic drugs now than ever.


There was a time when playground bullying was probably the worst source of stress that we could imagine for our children. Someone at school was making their little lives miserable and it was usually a child who was bigger, meaner, tougher, etc. Today we have a whole new arena for bullying. With social media sites so popular, they have opened a door for children to be bullied 24/7, instead of just the seven or eight hours a day that they’re at school. Recent studies show that the percentage of children being cyberbullied has more than doubled from 18% to 37% between 2007 and 2019.
Additional studies have reported that bullying is affecting almost a quarter of all school-age children and that 5.4 million students will skip school at some point in the year because of this. Most children reported a fear of speak- ing to an adult about the bullying out of fear of reper- cussions or the abuse escalating, so the cycle of stress is never broken.


Unfortunately, another cause of stress for children comes from a surprising source: the parent. We all want what’s best for our kids, like a bright and successful future, but sometimes in our zeal we forget to allow time for them to be children.
If we over-schedule them with organized sports, dance classes, music lessons and self-improvement programs we don’t leave them time to be children. We convince ourselves that it’s best to keep kids busy, but we forget that boredom is a catalyst for creativity.

Many children who have been over-scheduled grow to resent the attention placed on their lives and begin to wonder what’s wrong with them. They question why they need so much improvement and refinement, then retreat into a shell of insecurity, finding escape in video games and internet surfing. We lose the child in the pursuit of perfection.

Critical Self-Image

More typical of girls, the time between elementary school and junior high finds young women becoming more critical of their looks. Studies have found that almost half of all teenage girls believe that they are overweight and 80% of 10-year-old girls have dieted at least once. Is it any wonder then that young girls are suffering from eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia nervosa? Additional studies have shown that most an- orexia patients developed this disorder in their teens.
Children with strong social-emotional skills are better able to cope with everyday social challenges.

Fractured Families

Another source of stress is the fractured family. Unfor- tunately, whether we like it or not, the divorce rate is high and when children are involved the collateral damage is greater. Recent studies have concluded that children of divorced parents are statistically more likely to have their own marriages end in divorce.
While every effort is made to help children not place the blame on themselves for the divorce and to teach children healthy ways to resolve issues, the anger between the parents will still sometimes be transferred to the children, increasing their anxiety.

The Serious Outcome

Children today are responding to emotional stressors in ways that we can’t imagine and generally don’t under- stand. Recent studies have shown that between 1/3 and 1/2 of all teenagers are self-injuring and, of this number, cutting and burning are the most common type of non- suicidal self-injury. Despite the appearance, self-injury is not a precursor to suicide. According to research pub- lished in 2019, 55% of those that will actually discuss it, and many won’t, said “I wanted to get my mind off my problems” and 45% said, “It helped me to release tension or stress and relax.”

While self-injury is typically considered non-suicidal injury, suicide rates rose 130% for U.S. children ages 10-15 between 2007 and 2015 and for youths ages 15-19, it rose 46% in that same time period.

This has increased exponentially in 2020, as isolation increases feelings of stress among adolescents. In May
of 2020, doctors at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, California said that they have seen more deaths by suicide during this quarantine period than deaths from the COVID-19 virus. Dr. Mike deBoisblanc stated, “We’ve never seen numbers like this, in such a short period of time. I mean, we’ve seen a year’s worth of suicide attempts in the last four weeks.”

What is being done?

Many parents have turned to the medical profession for help with their children, which typically includes drug- therapy. The problem with the typical modern medicine routine is that most anti-depressants are being pre- scribed off-label to children. Since they haven’t been tested on children, doctors are making a best-guess as to the correct dosage.
Studies published in 2004 found that there is an increas- ed risk in suicide for children ages 10-18 who are taking serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). As a result, the FDA published a Public Health Advisory expressing concerns over certain antidepressants being given to children and teens. However, several studies have basically refuted those concerns including one by the American Academy of Pediatrics that claimed there “appears to be no clinic- ally meaningful variation in the risk for suicidal acts by antidepressant agent within the class of SSRIs”. During the first 12 months of treatment 266 subjects attempted suicide and three were successful. This was an event rate of 27.04 suicidal acts/1000 person-years. Yet, they find this to not be “clinically meaningful”?

How to Avoid Chemicals

A dangerous contributing factor is general practitioners and increasingly pediatricians writing the majority of antidepressants prescriptions, not the psychiatrist. If concerned parents would take their child to a psychiatrist first, where psychotherapy would be the first defense, antidepressants would be a last resort.

Peter Breggin, M.D. a psychiatrist, medical expert, and author, has been a watchdog of the underreporting of side effects from antidepressant and psycho-stimulant use. He believes that “those struggling with severe depression essentially are feeling profound hopelessness and despair that can be addressed by a variety of psychotherapeutic, educational and spiritual or religious interventions.” It’s time to consider other options besides the promised (typically unsuccessful) quick fix offered by chemicals.

Better Care

One of the first steps that is now being made available is Social-Emotional Learning. This process helps children develop the self-awareness, self-control and inter- personal skills that are vital to interacting with the world. Children with strong social-emotional skills are better able to cope with everyday social challenges.

Your Doctor of Chiropractic would encourage you to remember the benefits of living a wellness lifestyle. Encourage your children to get plenty of sleep, as a lack of rest can negatively affect a child’s mood. Nutrition also plays a huge role in how we function mentally. Addition- ally, progressive parents are recognizing the benefits of yoga for their children as it requires specific meditation techniques that quiet the mind and create a calming influence. This typically helps children become more focused, resulting in a reduction of stress.

Finally, a recent study shared the case history of a 19- year-old female diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder (GAD). After a four-month course of chiropractic care, the young woman reported an 80% reduction in her anxiety symptoms, including a 90% decrease in her headaches. The patient was able to resume a normal lifestyle without resorting to prescription or other drugs.

Be sure to speak with your Family Wellness Chiropractor today about recommendations on how to help improve your child’s overall health and wellness to avoid feelings of stress.

Author: Dr. Claudia Anrig

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American Chiropractic Association Convenes Diversity Forum

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) convened a leadership roundtable this month to explore issues related to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in chiropractic. The EDI Forum featured a diverse panel of chiropractors who shared not only relevant data but also their personal experience and thoughts on how diversity in the chiropractic profession can be improved. The EDI Forum, the first of its kind organized by the ACA Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, aimed to continue conversations that ACA began three years ago that resulted in a 2018 diversity statement acknowledging cultural agility as "a foundation for competent healthcare delivery to improve patient outcomes and engage in public health initiatives." "For the past three years [the members of the committee] have been instrumental in developing a strategic roadmap for ACA leadership on issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We have made great progress in our efforts and will continue to improve upon our work in the coming year," noted ACA President Robert C. Jones, DC, in his opening remarks. "We have the capacity to contribute to a more equitable world through the lens of public health," added William Foshee, DC, chair of the committee. Keynote speaker Dionne McClain, DC, who is the first African American to serve on the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners, encouraged attendees to step out of their comfort zones to learn more about the history of explicit and implicit bias against minorities and how cultural competency can positively impact health access and outcomes. She underscored the urgent need for the chiropractic profession to learn and adapt to meet the needs of the American population, which data shows is becoming increasingly diverse. In addition to Dr. McClain, the EDI Forum panelists included Michaela Edwards, DC, president of the American Black Chiropractic Association; Angel Ochoa-Rea, DC, president of the National Gay and Lesbian Chiropractic Association; and ACA Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion members Joshua Lederman, DC, and Nakiesha Pearson, DC, who also served as moderator. The group touched on several issues throughout the two-hour discussion. Among other things, they agreed the profession could serve minority communities better by enhancing the cultural competency of providers. Attracting more minority students to chiropractic colleges and having more minorities represented in leadership positions within the profession were also cited as key factors in enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion in a meaningful way long term.

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: - December 21, 2021.

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Exercise As Effective As Drugs

It’s concerning that many have taken a sort of inactive position when it comes to their health and inherent ability to get and stay well. We have moved towards becoming a sick or ‘unwell’ nation seeking ‘health’ through the services of a medical physician - a physician who most commonly provides a solution written on a prescription pad. The reality is that there are safe, natural and highly effective ways for us to overcome disease, get well and maintain good health and wellbeing. In a large review just published in the British Medical Journal, researchers from Britain's London School of Economics and Harvard and Stanford universities in the United States found no statistically detectable differences between exercise and drugs for patients with coronary heart disease or prediabetes, when a person shows symptoms that may develop into full-blown diabetes. Most of us already have the inherent tools to fight disease if we make the right choices - something doctors of chiropractic understand. If you’d like to learn more about improving your health the natural way, call your local doctor of chiropractic today!

Source: Reuters: October 3, 2013.

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Social Media... Depressing

A growing amount of research indicates those suffering from depression, loneliness and other mental health issues can be at risk for addiction to excessive internet usage. A new study shows similar findings with Facebook usage. Facebook addiction or intrusion arises when Facebook usage begins to negatively impacting one’s day-to-day activities and interpersonal relationships. In this recent study, 672 Facebook users were assessed utilizing questionnaires to determine their degree of Facebook addiction and current level of depression, if any. Researchers found those individuals with higher depression scores suffered from higher levels of Facebook addiction. Additionally, their time spent online was also associated with the degree of Facebook addiction - the more time online, the more Facebook addiction. However, time spent online alone was not associated with depression. These findings indicate that Facebook and likely other social media websites have a heightened attraction to those suffering from depression and addictive behaviors. Findings also identified those with the highest risk of becoming addicted to Facebook - young males spending an extensive amount of time online.

Source: European Psychiatry, online May 8, 2015.

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