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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.

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Exercise Before School Reduces ADHD Symptoms in Children

Children with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) may benefit from exercising daily before school. A resent study by US researchers published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology showed reduced ADHD symptoms in the classroom and at home with exercise.

The study involved over 200 elementary school children ranging from kindergarten to second grade with either normal behavior patterns or symptoms of ADHD. The children were randomly divided into two groups that either participated in about 30 minutes of daily moderate to vigorous physical activity before school or sedentary classroom-type activities. After twelve weeks, all children in the physical activity group demonstrated improved attention, less mood swings and improved social behavior, including the children with ADHD symptoms.

In practice, I frequently recommend more vigorous exercise activity for my patients with ADHD and consistently see benefits in behavior. Hopefully, we will see more studies showing the benefits of physical activity in the treatment of ADHD and other conditions, and ultimately have physical activity, and perhaps less drug treatment, incorporated into the conventional treatment approach to these conditions. At the very least, all schools should incorporate more physical activity into the school day.

Hoza, B., et al. A Randomized Trial Examining the Effects of Aerobic Physical Activity on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms in Young Children. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 2014; DOI: 10.1007/s10802-014-9929-y

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We Treat Children!

At the Village Health Clinic, we specialize in science-based natural medical care for children. Starting in infancy we provide comprehensive well baby/child
exams where we record your child’s growth and development, perform a full physical exam, and discuss in detail all your parental concerns – such as vaccinations, breast feeding, food introduction, allergy risk reduction, and healthy eating habits. We provide evidence-based dietary and nutritional treatments, along with conventional therapy when required, for common chronic and acute conditions in infancy and childhood – like constipation, eczema, infant reflux, abdominal pain, diarrhea, asthma, ear infections and other respiratory infections. We have received additional training in naturopathic pediatrics and teach pediatrics at the local naturopathic medical school.
Schedule an appointment with a Village Health Clinic doctor to receive the best in naturopathic medical care for your children.
Latest Research Nutrition

Antibiotics or Nutrition for a Cold?

It is common medical practice to prescribe antibiotics for acute respiratory infections (colds, sinusitis, ear infections, sore throat, bronchitis) despite the fact that most of these infections are caused by viruses, not bacteria.  Both doctors and patients play an important role in this unfortunate practice – patients often pressure their physician to prescribe the antibiotics.

A recent study showed that delaying or not prescribing antibiotics for acute respiratory infections resulted in no difference in the severity or duration of symptoms when compared with those that received antibiotics. This study is one of many that have revealed the futility of taking antibiotics for these common illnesses. These unwarranted antibiotics lead to drug resistant infections, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and increase risk for allergies and bowel disorders.

At the Village Health Clinic, our approach to acute respiratory infections is to use evidence based dietary, nutritional and natural therapeutics that reduce the intensity and duration of symptoms and ultimately prevent these infections.  We also provide guidelines to help you decide when to consider emergent care and antibiotics. In some of these cases, we will provide you with a prescription for antibiotics and instructions to fill the prescription under certain circumstances – such as the presence of warning signs that indicate the illness is getting worse.

If you find yourself or your child is fighting an infection, please schedule a visit. We can usually get you in for a short appointment that day.

 

Little P et al. Delayed antibiotic prescribing strategies for respiratory tract infections in primary care: Pragmatic, factorial, randomised controlled trial. BMJ 2014 Mar 5; 348:g1606. 

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Seminar with Dr. Brian Gluvic

Topic: How to get children to eat a healthy diet

Date:  November 20th, 7pm-8pm

Location: Village Health Clinic

Overview: Dr. Gluvic will talk about the recent trend away from a whole foods diet towards a refined foods diet and the relationship between a refined diet and certain chronic diseases, specifically obesity and diabetes. The components of a healthy diet for children will be presented along with strategies to improve children’s dietary intake of healthy foods.

Registration: To reserve your space, please call the office at 604-575-7275 or email reception@villagehealthclinic.ca.

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Irregular Bedtimes May Result in Behavioral Issues in Children

Children with irregular bedtimes have more behavioral problems than children with regular bedtimes. In a study published in Pediatrics, more than 10,000 children’s sleeping patterns were recorded from ages 3 until 7. At age 7, the children’s behavior was assessed by their mothers and teachers. The study revealed that children with irregular bedtimes had significantly more behavioral issues – aggression, hyperactivity, emotional issues – than those children with regular sleep patterns. The greater the irregularity with bedtimes, the more behavioral issues that were reported. At the end of the study, the children with behavioral issues were switched to a regular bedtime schedule and as a result had significant improvements in their behaviors. Children, like adults, are “creatures of habit”. Their physical, mental and emotional development thrive on regular daily routines.

Yvonne Kelly, John Kelly and Amanda Sacker. Changes in Bedtime Schedules and Behavioral Difficulties in 7 Year Old Children. Pediatrics. 2013; DOI: 10.1542: 2013-1906

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Too Much Screen Time in Young Children is Harmful for Their Development

At the University of Montreal, researchers studied the television viewing habits of about two thousand toddlers (age 2 years). They discovered a correlation between the amount of time spent watching television and the child’s ability to learn. They concluded that three hours or more of television viewing per day results in impairment in vocabulary and math skill development at the preschool level. They also suggested that excessive television viewing can lead to attention and physical fitness issues later in childhood. The study results did not find any correlation with toddlers that watched two hours or less of television per day.

The America Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents limit television viewing to a maximum of two hours per day in children two or older and to avoid any television exposure in children before the age of two.

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Pop drinking tied to aggression in 5-year-olds

Four per cent of parents in the study reported their children had four or more servings of pop a day. Sugar and caffeine are potential triggers for behaviour, but parenting practices and home environment are also an influence.

Drinking several servings of soda a day is associated with behaviour problems such as aggression, a new study of preschoolers suggests.

When researchers looked at 2,929 children in the U.S., they found 43 per cent of parents said their child had at least one serving of soda a day and four per cent had four or more servings daily.

“In this large sample of five-year-old urban U.S. children, we found strong and consistent relationships between soda consumption and a range of problem behaviours, consistent with the findings of previous studies in adolescents,” Shakira Suglia of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York and her coauthors concluded in Friday’s issue of the Journal of Pediatrics.

Children who consumed four or more servings of soda per day were more than twice as likely to destroy things belonging to others, get into fights and physically attack people compared with children who drank no soda.

Drinking four servings of soft drinks was associated with increased aggressive behaviour, even after accounting for factors such as TV viewing, candy consumption, maternal depression and intimate partner violence.

The researchers noted they can’t tell whether there is a cause-and-effect relationship between drinking pop and the behaviours.

The researchers didn’t have information on the type of soda consumed, such as regular or diet or caffeinated or non-caffeinated. Both caffeine and sugar are potential mechanisms, Suglia said. Caffeine is associated with impulsivity in children and adolescents but the scientific evidence for sugar is mixed, she added.

Nutrition Prof. Katherine Gray-Donald of McGill University in Montreal said the study has merit, even though it doesn’t prove anything.

“When we look at simply three groups of children eating low, medium and higher levels of sugar, you look at your nutrient intake, as the sugar goes up, the amount of many other nutrients just declines quite regularly,” Gray-Donald said.

“We don’t know if in a large population you may get children who are really missing some nutrients that are very important for their development. That’s hard to say.”

It’s also possible that as much as the researchers tried to control for other things, they can’t completely control for the home environment, such as parenting practices.

The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study was funded by the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

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Could Restricting Sugar Reduce Youth Violence?

I have treated many children that were brought to me by parents who were concerned about the influence of diet on their child’s behavior, particularly aggressive type behaviors – like physical abuse of play mates or siblings. In some of these cases, diet played a significant role while in others it didn’t. There isn’t a lot of evidence (only some small poorly controlled studies) to help define what role diet plays in these circumstances but there is enough to warrant more attention.

A recent study looked at consumption of soft drinks and violent behaviors. Unlike past studies, this one also controlled for a handful of other factors (sex, age, ethnicity, BMI, alcohol or tobacco use, sleep deprivation). This helped to ensure that any correlation found between sugar consumption and violent behavior was not influenced by these other factors. The study found that the higher the consumption of soft drinks the more incidences of violent behavior – such as carrying a weapon, physical abuse towards peers, siblings or dates. Specifically, five or more cans of soda per week significantly increased the likelihood of violent behavior. Of all the variables that were tracked, only tobacco and alcohol consumption showed any correlation with violet behavior.

This study wasn’t perfect since it didn’t account for other variables that may have influenced behavior such as other soft drink ingredients (caffeine, preservatives, colorants). But, it does suggest, as previous studies have, that sugar may influence mood and behavior in certain individuals. Considering not only this but the host of other health issues, like obesity and diabetes, that added sugar consumption contributes to, we need to make an effort to restrict our children’s consumption of added sugars, particularly sweetened beverages.

 

Solnick SJ and Hemenway D. The ‘Twinkie Defense’: The relationship between carbonated non-diet soft drinks and violence perpetration among Boston high school students. Inj Prev 2011 Oct 24.

Latest Research Lifestyle Nutrition

Higher Salt Intake in Children Associated with High Blood Pressure

The link between high salt intake and high blood pressure in adults is well known. Fortunately, adults are increasingly taking the simple step of restricting salt intake to not only treat but also prevent high blood pressure and it’s cardiovascular complications (heart attack and stroke). Why then do we allow our children to continue to consume high levels of salt in the form of fast foods, processed snacks such as chips, and deli meats.

A recent study published in the journal “Pediatrics” showed that higher salt intake in children is associated with high blood pressure. The association was even stronger in overweight or obese children. Children should be consuming less than 2300 mg of salt per day but this study found that they are consuming an average of 3400 mg per day. This is comparable to the average daily intake of salt for an adult – way too much. We forget that children are not only susceptible to the same illnesses as adults but that many of these diseases start in childhood. For example, atherosclerotic plaques (the precursor to heart attack and stroke) can be found in children as young as 10 years old. Many of these conditions (cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes) are not old age diseases but life long diseases that start in childhood. It is our responsibility as parents to teach our children healthy eating and lifestyle habits.

Sodium Intake and Blood Pressure Among US Children and Adolescents. Pediatrics. 2012 Sep 17. [Epub ahead of print]