Grounding While Sleeping

electrical GroundImagine being able to remove free radicals from the body while you sleep!  Grounding yourself (barefoot on the earth, as an example, or using grounding sleeping pads) actually can reduce stress hormone (cortisol) levels in your body. Remember, our bodies run on electrical impulses. Everyday, we are exposed to a multitude of electrical energy forms, from our household lights to our refrigerator magnets to the cellular/radio signals in the air around us. Think back to fourth grade science. As inductance can affect the polarity of the molecules in a piece of steel, the exposure to so much electrical energy may be able to affect the polarity of the molecules in our bodies. Our evolutionary fix for this was simply to be in contact with the earth itself. But today, we wear rubber-soled insulators, we walk on concrete, and we forget to kick off our shoes and play in the mud!

A very interesting article on the biological affect of grounding the human body while sleeping was recently published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information and can be found at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15650465 Please read this!

 Remember not to neglect mother EARTH.  Get in touch with the earth (barefoot on the ground – not concrete). Just getting out into nature can be highly effective at reducing ADHD.   Get outside and reduce your child’s ADHD symptoms. Any person with a neurological issue (e.g. autism, ADHD, anxiety, etc.) should consider this as a must modality to use.

I think back to my childhood in Africa, and I now am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be in touch with the Earth, from the village, to high school in the mountains of Swaziland.  For those of us here in Portland, Oregon, we are blessed with Forest Park.  Let’s get our kids outdoors as much as possible. 

Grounding pads are being said to offer faster recovery after exercise or stress. This is a unique way to detox and increase your anti-oxidant levels while you sleep. Put this pad on your bed and connect it to a cord that grounds it to your home’s electrical system. By doing this, it indirectly makes sleeping on the earth possible from your bed!

Grounding pads can be ordered from: www.earthing.com

 I know this is the first time I have written about this intervention.  It makes sense; it’s safe and relatively inexpensive.  What if this one intervention allowed for a health breakthrough?  

If you get a grounding pad for your child, please let me know what happens.

Dr. Paul

 

Alcohol Ads and Future Drinking

alcohol-problemPercent of adults 18 years of age and over who were current regular drinkers (at least 12 drinks in the past year): 51.5%

In the United States, 72% of all deaths among youth and young adults aged 10–24 years result from four causes: motor vehicle crashes (26%), other unintentional injuries (17%), homicide (16%), and suicide (13%).

 

For detailed statistics on youth risk behaviors see http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/yrbs/index.htm

  

 

Below, the journal “Pediatrics” just published a study confirming what we all know to be true.  Alcohol advertisements do influence our teens to drink.  Teens that drink are far more likely to engage in risky behavior, such as drinking and driving, unprotected sex, and other drug use, etc.  If you have ever made a conscious effort not to watch alcohol commercials, you may find certain events (like major sporting events) have so many alcohol commercials that you might as well mute them all. These commercials glamorize alcohol by associating drinking with “fun” or good looking women/men, or fast cars, etc.  Just as violence on TV and video games may not be as harmless as once thought, clearly exposure of our teens to alcohol commercials can have a profound negative influence on their future. 

 

We know that early alcohol consumption predisposes children to a much higher likelihood of drinking problems or alcoholism.  Parents, it is much more important than you realize to do everything in your power to reduce opportunities for your children to come into contact with alcohol and even the commercials that glamorize drinking.  Model good behavior and if you are struggling yourself, get help.  That is likely the single most important gift you can give your family. Professional counseling can help or just walk into any open meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). 

 

Consider not keeping any alcohol in the house, especially if you have impulsive, risk-taking children. 

 

 

Exposure to Alcohol Advertisements and Teenage Alcohol-Related Problems

Jerry L. Grenard, PhD,
Clyde W. Dent, PhD, 
Alan W. Stacy, PhD

 

OBJECTIVE: This study used prospective data to test the hypothesis that exposure to alcohol advertising contributes to an increase in underage drinking and that an increase in underage drinking then leads to problems associated with drinking alcohol.

METHODS: A total of 3890 students were surveyed once per year across 4 years from the 7th through the 10th grades. Assessments included several measures of exposure to alcohol advertising, alcohol use, problems related to alcohol use, and a range of covariates, such as age, drinking by peers, drinking by close adults, playing sports, general TV watching, acculturation, parents’ jobs, and parents’ education.

RESULTS: Structural equation modeling of alcohol consumption showed that exposure to alcohol ads and/or liking of those ads in seventh grade were predictive of the latent growth factors for alcohol use (past 30 days and past 6 months) after controlling for covariates. In addition, there was a significant total effect for boys and a significant mediated effect for girls of exposure to alcohol ads and liking of those ads in 7th grade through latent growth factors for alcohol use on alcohol-related problems in 10th grade.

CONCLUSIONS: Younger adolescents appear to be susceptible to the persuasive messages contained in alcohol commercials broadcast on TV, which sometimes results in a positive affective reaction to the ads. Alcohol ad exposure and the affective reaction to those ads influence some youth to drink more and experience drinking-related problems later in adolescence.

 

Dr. Paul

 

Your Child Is More Than A Diagnosis

How our children are labeled:

ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ASD – Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autistic
Asperger
Bipolar
Depressed
Anxious
PDD-NOS Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified.

These are all labels. What is going on with your child, their biochemistry, their nutrients and the neurochemistry in their brain? If we work to optimize nutrition and minimize toxins, in most cases, the brain can heal. Prescriptions may help the symptoms (the diagnosis) but don’t lose sight of the goal: to heal and lose the diagnosis in many cases. Identify underlying issues/ causes. Don’t think of your child as a label. They are a human being on a journey to wellness.

Dr Paul

Teenage Suicides

New study just published in JAMA – Psychiatry, confirms many known facts on this 3rd leading cause of death in teenagers:
–    1/8 of teens has suicidal thoughts
–    1,386 teens ages 13 – 18 took their lives in 2010.
–    1/25 teens has attempted suicide
–     55% who thought about or planned suicide have had some  treatment before

As parents, we need to realize that just getting our potentially suicidal teens into treatment, may not be enough. We still must stay in tune with their emotional needs and wellbeing.  We must keep a finger on the pulse of their emotions and sometimes during a crisis, go to any length to make sure they are safe from self -harm.  Remember that at times our teens may have suffered some trauma they are too embarrassed to share with us and may tell us little bits to see if we can handle the whole truth.   Sometimes professional counseling is needed when emotional stress, anxiety or depression have a grip on our teens.

 If the aggressively suicidal teen has a plan and expresses that they do not feel that they can be left alone, then please do not leave them alone and if you do not feel you can protect them, then they need an emergency evaluation, perhaps in an emergency room.  Do not leave your teen suffering in severe depression or anxiety.  These conditions are treatable.  Those who are highly impulsive may have a higher risk.  Do not be afraid to talk about this issue.  Studies all show that talking about suicide with your angry, anxious, depressed or suicidal teen, actually decreases the chance of them committing suicide.   Discussion of feelings and suicidal thoughts with parents, teachers, medical professionals or counselors is helpful and allows your suffering teenager to feel that people care and are trying to help. 

Many suicidal teenagers will describe what they are feeling as “pain”.  An unbearable pain comparable to suffocation, that is so unremitting that suicide can seem like the only way out.  We know they would be killing a stranger, as they are in a temporary state and that the anxiety, depression or horrible situation will pass, it will get better. 

I provide a couple links below, to a couple YouTube videos that one of my sons posted as part of his recovery from an incapacitating suicidal depression/anxiety that had hi-jacked his brain chemistry and nearly took his life this past year.  Consider sharing this with your depressed or anxious suicidal teen or young adult.  Sometimes they just need to know they are not alone, and that they can and will get better.

Why You Should Help Others Fight (Major Depression, Anxiety, Depersonalization)  

Dealing with Suicidal Thoughts

Dr Paul

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