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

Painful Urination in Otherwise Healthy Children

Urinary tract infections are a common cause of painful urination, especially in girls where the bacteria from the stool (bowel movement) can easily reach the vaginal area and thus enter the bladder through the short female urethra. Symptoms of a bladder infection might include fever, painful urination (dysuria), needing to urinate frequently (frequency)and having the feeling of still needing to urinate, even right after having just used the bathroom (urgency). If your child looks ill and has any of these symptoms, you will want them seen to find out if they may have a UTI (urinary tract infection) or worse – a kidney infection (pyelonephritis) – where high fever is more prominent. The topic for this video is a unique presentation of painful urination in young boys (typically preschool age though they can be older) who are otherwise totally well with no fever, no urinary frequency or urgency BUT they do have painful urination. It REALLY hurts to urinate and they try to avoid it. There is no history of trauma/injury to the genitals. Ask if your son has constipation or may have been straining while trying to have a bowel movement. What can happen is that while straining to pass a bowel movement, if you urinate, the urine leaves with such force that it can tear the male urethra. Most older boys and men have learned to relax and stop forcing a bowel movement when they urinate. It’s the younger boy or perhaps one who is rushing or less attentive who may strain while simultaneously peeing and pooping and thus force the urine out with such pressure as to cause a tear.

I call this:

Painful Urination Associated with Urethral Trauma by Forceful Urination. In cases where there is a tiny opening to the urethra (urethral meatal stenosis) the urine stream can be so tiny that the urine comes out with enough force to again cause pain. These boys typically have pain all the time, but it is similar to that just described in that it is again caused by a forceful urine stream irritating or tearing the urethra. These boys will have a tiny forceful urine stream that could hit a target 10 feet away.

Immunization Rates and Healthcare Utilization

scalesIt is assumed that immunizations reduce illness and save lives, and I have lived through the era when hospitals were full of children with meningitis from H. flu and Strep pneumococcus. The Hib (against the H. flu bacteria) in particular and later the prevnar (against pneumococcus) definitely reduced and almost eliminated childhood meningitis from these number 1 and number 2 causes of bacterial meningitis. Our grandparents lived through polio and saw the eradication of that disease. Since there has not been a new case of polio acquired here in the USA for about 30 years, this danger has passed in the USA.

Immunizations are a procedure and as with all medical procedures, there should be a risk/benefit analysis and patients ( or their parents) should be given all the facts about the risks and the benefits so they can make an educated decision about the right choice for their child with regard to each and every vaccine. The era of one size fits all, and every child is given the full schedule of vaccines without consideration of what are a families risk factors needs to end. Families with autoimmune disorders, autism or even ADD and ADHD or other neuro-developmental concerns, and perhaps those with anxiety and depression, should think long and hard before injecting their infants and young children with the full schedule of vaccines.

This article below is a step in the right direction. I look forward to getting the full raw data. Study analysis may have been to prove that lower vaccination rates are risky. It appears that there may also be some benefits to the lower vaccination rates:

http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1558057#qundefined

Dr. Paul

Claiming A Religious Exemption for a Vaccine

Have you seen our latest video on this? See it here.

What do you do when your child is being excluded from school or day care for immunizations not being up to date? In Oregon, there is the religious exemption option that allows for parents to elect, for philosophical reasons, not to give all the vaccines or certain vaccines.
Oregon Revised Statute 433.267 allows parents to sign a statement that their child is “being reared as an adherent to a religion the teachings of which are opposed to such immunization”.
Oregon Administrative Rule 333-050-0010 defines “religion” for the purposes of immunizations requirements to be “any system of beliefs, practices or ethical values”.

 You can learn more about claiming the religious exemption here.

 

Dr Paul

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