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Healthy Baby Seminar

Topic: Dr. Brian Gluvic will discuss effective natural treatments for common conditions in infancy.

Overview: Dr. Brian Gluvic is a naturopathic physician and co-founder of the Village Health Clinic with a specialty in Pediatrics. He teaches pediatrics at the local Naturopathic Medical School. He will discuss effective natural treatments for common conditions in infancy including eczema, constipation, and colic. Strategies to prevent allergies and infant nutrition will also be discussed.

Date: Thursday, June 9thUnknown

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Location: Community Birth Program Clinic located in the Panorama Village Shopping Centre at #201-15149 Hwy. #10 in Surrey.

Reservation: Please call 604-575-7275 or inquire at Village Health Clinic / Community Birth Program.

Lifestyle Nutrition

Trying to Get Pregnant?

UnknownAt the Village Health Clinic, we have helped many women and men with fertility issues. We use evidence based nutritional and diet therapies, herbal medicines, acupuncture and bioidentical hormone replacement therapies to create a customized treatment plan to restore hormone balance, optimize ovarian and uterine function, and ultimately increase fertility. We offer effective treatment options for conditions that interfere with fertility: endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, fibroids, low ovarian reserve, early menopause, autoimmunity, luteal phase defects, hypothyroidisms, recurrent miscarriage, and male infertility. And, we tailor treatment plans to support and improve the success rate of assisted reproductive technologies (in vitro fertilization, intrauterine insemination).

Latest Research

How Long Does it Take for Gut Bacteria to Return To Normal After Antibiotic Therapy?

Antibiotic treatment can significantly alter the composition of bacteria in our digestive tracts leading to the common side effects associated with these drugs – diarrhea, bloating and abdominal pain. In particular, it is the healthy bacteria, such as Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus species, that are destroyed. In infants, many studies have revealed how these healthy bugs play an important role in the development of the their immune systems and digestive tracts. Alterations in these gut bacteria lead to increased risk for infections, allergies, autoimmune disease, obesity and serious digestive disorders.

How long do the negative effects of antibiotics last? A study looked at the stools of 18 infants, half of which were treated with antibiotics within 48 hours of birth and half did not receive any antibiotics throughout the study. Stools samples were compared at 4 and 8 weeks after the antibiotics were completed.

At 4 weeks, the proportion of healthy bacteria was significantly lower in the infants receiving antibiotics compared to those found in untreated infants. At 8 weeks, the levels of healthy bacteria in the treated infants had partially recovered to those found in the untreated infants. But, the levels of Bifidobacterium, which appears to be the most important bacteria at this age, did not fully recover. Also, longer treatment times of antibiotics resulted in further decreases in healthy bacteria.

This study reveals how vulnerable the balance of bacteria are in infant digestive tracts. It suggests the importance of appropriate probiotic supplementation particularly during or immediately after antibiotic therapy to reduce long term health risks.

Fouhy F et al. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 2012 Nov 56:5811

Latest Research Nutrition

First Baby Foods: Meat and Fish?

A recent news story with a headline “Hold the pablum: Give that baby some meat, new Canadian guidelines advise” has some mom’s confused. Most have been told by health professionals that rice cereals should be the first solid food to introduce to babies. New guidelines recommend introducing meat, fish, poultry and other meat alternatives at six months of age. The reason for the previous and new recommendations hasn’t changed – all these foods contain iron. Iron is vital for infant growth and nervous system development. Initially, breastfed infants rely on their stores of iron but this lasts only about 6 to 9 months.  At that point, they will need dietary iron to build up these stores. Otherwise, iron deficiency may result leading to irreversible delays in brain development.

Meat products contain not only high amounts of iron but a form of iron that is much more absorbable than what is found in fortified foods such as rice cereal. The introduction of meat products in infancy is not a new practice.  Many traditional cultures – such as aboriginal groups – have used meat and fish as an infant’s first foods. When you consider an infants digestive physiology at six months, they are more capable of digesting meat products than grains such as rice. For example, their pancreas produces minimal amounts of starch digesting enzymes at 6 months and doesn’t produce mature levels until 18 months. At six months they are relying on the very limited starch digesting enzymes produced by their saliva. Protein digestion on the other hand is well developed at 6 weeks of age.

To learn more about solid introduction and other nutritional concerns during infancy, please ask Dr. Gluvic at your next well baby visit.

 A joint statement of Health Canada, Canadian Paediatric Society, Dietitians of Canada, and Breastfeeding Committee for Canada. 2012