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Vagus Nerve Regulation: An Integral Part of Healing Inflammation and Chronic Illness

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Many of our patients, both adults and children, are dealing with stress daily. While stress is an adaptive response, repeated high-stress events and/or low-grade chronic stress can create inflammation, and if unchecked, lead to chronic illness. 

Patients suffering from ADHD, anxiety, asthma, digestive issues, emotional issues or ongoing stress are likely to have an imbalance in their vagus nerve tone. This keeps their sympathetic nervous system in an upregulated state and prevents...

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Measles: Know the Facts by Dr. Elisa Song, M.D.

"We’re not just afraid of real threats to our lives, the ones true fear can serve to protect us from. We’re also afraid of rare, usually nonfatal viruses...Yes, there are real dangers in our world, but we’ve lost touch with the statistical likelihood of these dangers, and as a result, many of us live in chronic fear....[yet] children are also safer than ever now. In England in 1900, 14 percent of all children died. By 1997, that number had fallen to 0.58 percent. While most...

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Could ADHD in Children Really be a Sleep Problem?

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I'm sure you wouldn't be surprised to learn that today most kid's aren't getting enough sleep.  

Reports from the Center for Disease Control point out that today's children get an hour less sleep per night than children did 100 years ago.  Increasingly, today's children are expected to rise early and participate in structured activities most of their day. This leaves less time for homework and downtime, shifting bedtime to later hours. This is even more problematic for teens today....

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Parental Rights and Vaccine Choice by Randall Neustaedter, L.Ac., OMD

Mandatory Vaccinations I've remained relatively quiet about the vaccine controversy, mostly because I feel like parents have the right to choose whether or not they want to vaccinate their children. However, the government is now encroaching on our parental rights to decide what is best for our children. It's time to take a stand and protect our parental rights as well as our right to choose whether to vaccinate our children, based on educated and informed decisions. It's our choice. I don't believe the...

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Red Flags & When to Refer for Pediatric Acupuncturists

Red Flags and When to Refer

One thing I love about acupuncturists is that they're totally committed to their patient's safety. Fear of missing a red flag during a pediatric treatment is a top concern for us.  We want to make sure that we don't miss something important, fail to refer when needed, or be liable for treating a child who should have been getting Western medical care.

When it comes to red flags my catch phrase is, "When in doubt refer out." 

There's no harm in having a child checked out by their...

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