Month: August 1999

Against the Odds: Babies Written Off at Birth

A Story of Love, Nutrition and ChiropracTIC!
Source: CNN

LORRAINE HALE, HALE HOUSE: “The children had clear withdrawal symptoms. They screamed, they cried in agony.”
GREENFIELD: This summer, one of the most important institutions here in New York City celebrated its 30th anniversary. Hale House is an oasis of sorts in Harlem for the children of drug-addicted mothers. To this day babies exposed to everything from alcohol to heroin continue to arrive.
Good morning, Miss Sunshine. Good morning. Good morning says Hale. “These are babies some called lost.” “They are thriving.”

More than 4,000 of them have come through these doors, and they are still coming: babies born to drug addicts. They come here from social workers, police precincts, jails. Their mothers, on the way to treatment programs or prison, have voluntarily placed them in the hands of Hale House… in the hands of Lorraine Hale.

HALE: In 1969-’70 we saw children who were born to mothers who had abused heroin so that the children had clear withdrawal symptoms: They screamed, they cried in agony. After that, cocaine came into the community, and the children we had coming to live with us were cocaine addicts.
Despite the dire predictions for so- called “crack babies,” these children are doing well under a program pioneered by Hale House. Child care workers here are told to flood them with affection and attention. “You can do anything you want” is said to the very youngest child.
From the praise to the hallways lined with toddler- sized mirrors, everything is focused on building self-esteem.
HALE: We want them to know that they can fulfill any dream that they have for themselves, even when they’re very young. Yes, you can do it. Try it, let’s see what happens.

It’s nurturing, both for the body and the soul. The children all eat a diet designed for drug-exposed babies by nutritionist Sylvia Elbaz. “Anything that I can get into them to that will help them digest the food, absorb the food, really packed with nutrients, that’s my goal here, definitely.” says Sylvia Elbaz. No preservatives, no additives and no white sugar.
“Their livers have been so toxic from the drugs and the alcohol that they absorbed prenatally that I don’t want to add more insult to injury. So, for example, here’s a peanut butter that was donated, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and it says “peanuts dextrose,” which is sugar. Don’t want that. Partially hydrogenated vegetable oil — I don’t want partially hydrogenated anything.”

Lets feel if your spine’s in good alignment today, all right? says Dr. Trina Marx, Chiropractor at Hale House. Dr. Marx says keeping the children’s spines properly aligned prevents stress on other areas of the body. The children are under regular chiropractic care.
Marx: Many children come with impaired immune systems and have had stressful beginnings. We’ve seen children that were below scale in terms of their physical development and mental development suddenly become up to par. But it’s a combination effect. It’s the chiropractic. It’s the hands-on. It’s the love. It’s the nutrition. It’s the environment, a stress-free environment.

It is an environment made by Lorraine Hale, who has her doctorate in early childhood development. She found the first baby 30 years ago. @ 14:15 | Article ID: 936040515

Palmer College Lyceum Delivers The Goods

Davenport, Iowa:
According to D.C.’s that attended the event, last weeks Lyceum was a massive success. Dr. James Sigafoose said the event was fantastic and he had a wonderful time. “Things have turned 180 degrees, with Dr. Guy Riekeman at the top” stated Dr. Norris Erickson, Central Regional Director for the Palmer Alumni association. There were numerous speakers and some 3000 in attendance. When a speaker suggested chiropractors should position themselves as specialists in health care, Dr. Bob Braile replied “I am a specialist, I specialize in chiropractic.” @ 07:32 | Article ID: 935584334

Drug-resistant staph may be spreading

ATLANTA – Federal health officials are worried that drug-resistant strains of staph bacteria may be spreading, after four Midwestern children died from infections. Drug-resistant staph was once largely confined to hospitals and nursing homes, but the children’s deaths in Minnesota and North Dakota show it may be spreading to communities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

“These are the first deaths we’re aware of that have appeared in the United States and in medical literature,” said Dr. J. Todd Weber of the CDC’s National Center for Infectious Diseases. “How rare or how common it is, we don’t know yet.”

Staph bacteria are the No. 1 cause of hospital-acquired infections in the United States, blamed for 13% of the 2 million hospital infections annually.

Source: USA Today @ 09:47 | Article ID: 935333277

More off-label drug promotion in the offing

Though the full impact of a recent federal court ruling is unclear, doctors can expect more off-label drug use information from drug manufacturers.

Washington — Eli Lilly announced this month that it would direct its sales representatives to market its osteoporosis drug, Evista (raloxifene), as a breast cancer prevention agent.
This step was noteworthy for two reasons. First, Evista so far has gained Food and Drug Administration marketing approval only for its osteoporosis indication. Second, a July court order barred the company from promoting the off-label breast cancer prevention use.

Source: American Medical News
Go There(Click to read the entire article) @ 09:57 | Article ID: 935074643

Drug-resistant bacteria on the rise

ATLANTA – The bacteria that cause pneumonia, meningitis and other serious illnesses are becoming increasingly resistant to penicillin, federal health officials said Thursday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that in 1997, 25% of the illnesses caused by streptococcus pneumoniae organisms were resistant to the antibiotic. The rate was 14% in 1993-94. The data came from a CDC study of hospitals in seven states with a total population of 16 million. Dr. Daniel Feikin of the CDC said one of the leading factors in the increase in antibiotic resistance is overuse. “A lot of infections are viral and antibiotics don’t do anything for viral infections,” he said.

Source: USA Today @ 08:12 | Article ID: 934290733

Parents fear growing number of vaccines

Never have American children received so many vaccinations: Most of the 11,000 babies born each day in the USA will get at least 21 vaccinations before they start first grade – more than twice as many as a decade ago.

Never have questions about vaccines been so pointed.

Fueled by the withdrawal of a vaccine last month because of safety concerns and frightening Internet discussions about vaccines, a growing number of parents and politicians are asking whether the sheer number of immunizations now required by states for many children really is necessary – or safe.

“When some parents are more afraid of the vaccine than they are of the vaccine-preventable disease, it is imperative that we fully examine this issue.”

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Source: USA TODAY @ 09:53 | Article ID: 934124009