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What to do if Your Teen is Being Cyberbullied

by Guest Blogger

With kids heading back to school we wanted to tackle a very important issue.  This week we are featuring a guest blogger, Kevin Stromberg, LCPC.  Kevin Stromberg, LCPC, is a clinical therapist at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health. Stromberg collaborates with those he works with to create a safe and therapeutic environment.

The world we live in today is much different than it used to be. Our social lives have moved online in a lot of ways. So has bullying.

Cyberbullying is a threat to our children’s mental and physical health. About 34 percent of teens admit to being victims of cyberbullying.

Cyberbullies use the internet, cell phones, video game systems, or other technology to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person. They do this by threatening, excluding, spreading rumors or tricking their victims.

You can help your teen take steps to prevent cyberbullying before it starts. Also, be on the lookout for warning signs that your teen is being cyberbullied.

What do you do if a cyberbully has already invaded the comfort and safety of your home? If your teen is the target of cyberbullying, you can help with these tips:

  • Stay calm. Tell your teen that it’s not his/her fault if they are cyberbullied, and you won’t blame them or take away their computer privileges. (This is the main reason kids don’t tell adults when they are cyberbullied). Let your teen know you support them, and stay calm yourself.
  • Don’t respond. Your teen’s first response might be to retaliate, but that can make a situation much worse. Teach your teen not to respond to cyberbullies. Bullies are looking for a response and when they don’t get one from their target, many just move on.
  • Block the cyberbully’s access. Over 70 percent of teens said that being able to block cyberbullies was the most effective method of prevention. Show your teen how to block the bully’s messages. Most websites let you block certain users, and phones allow you to block phone numbers.
  • Save the evidence. Help your teen keep a record of all instances of cyberbullying. Print out messages, pictures and emails, save text messages, record screen names, and capture screen shots. Let your teen know that cyberbullies can often be traced, located and punished.
  • Report it to the content provider. If you don’t know who the cyberbully is, contact the website or service where the cyberbullying is occurring and make a report. Cyberbullying is a violation of the terms of service of any reputable service provider (websites, apps, internet, cell phone companies). Report cyberbullying.
  • Work with the school. If the cyberbully goes to the same school, seek the help of school administrators. Most schools’ bullying policies cover cyberbullying. If the bullying is based on race, sex or disability, contact the Office of Civil Rights as well.
  • Call the police. If the cyberbullying involves threats and harassment, or if you feel your teen’s safety (or the safety of someone else) is in danger, report it to the police immediately. Most states have laws related to online threats. If your local department is not helpful, contact county or state law enforcement officials.
  • Set up measures to prevent future issues. Monitor your teen’s online usage and behavior. Set up privacy controls on their online accounts. Tell your teen to never share passwords with anyone except you (not even friends), never give out personal information online, and never open emails from someone he/she doesn’t know or from someone they know is a bully.

Bullying of any kind has got to stop. Our kids have the right to feel physically and emotionally safe at school and at home.

Make sure your teen knows not to join in if he/she sees someone being bullied online. Stand up and tell others to stop cyberbullying. Get an adult involved. Be a friend to the person being bullied. Drown out the bully’s hurtful words with supportive, encouraging ones.

Is your child a victim of cyberbullying? Explore behavioral health resources, including counseling and programs for adolescents.

What Do You Really Know About Rheumatoid Arthritis??

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

Every patient that has come into our office has heard about some form of arthritis. Whether that is osteoarthritis, arthritis, or the infamous rheumatoid arthritis. But when asked if they knew the difference between them, there is always a slight pause followed by silence. This blog is going to go more in depth about rheumatoid arthritis and explaining what the signs and symptoms are as well as treatment options.

Before getting into signs and symptoms let us discuss some basic information about the body.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system – which normally protects its health by attacking foreign substances like bacteria and viruses – mistakenly attacks the joints. This creates inflammation that causes the tissue that lines the inside of joints (the synovium) to thicken, resulting in swelling and pain in and around the joints. The synovium makes a fluid that lubricates joints and helps them move smoothly and prevents the bones from rubbing each other.

rheumatoid-arthritis-diagram

Roughly 1.5 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with RA and nearly three times as many women have the disease than men. The most common age groups to develop RA are between the ages of 40 and 60 years old.

Signs and Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis:

In the beginning stages of RA the smaller joints are affected first; ie; smaller bones in the hands, feet and in the wrists. As it progresses it may go into both shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles. There also have been cases of patients having issues with their skin, eyes, lungs, heart and the blood vessels. Typically more than one joint is affected with joint pain, swelling, tenderness, redness, warm to the touch, morning stiffness lasting for 30 minutes or longer, fatigue and loss of appetite.

There is no one blood test or specific imaging to confirm if the patient has RA. People with rheumatoid arthritis often have an elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR, or sed rate) or C-reactive protein (CRP), which may indicate the presence of an inflammatory process in the body. Other common blood tests look for rheumatoid factor and anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) antibodies. A Rheumatoloigist may recommend X-rays to help track the progression of rheumatoid arthritis in your joints over time. MRI and ultrasound tests can help the doctor judge the severity of the disease in your body by checking how much of the bone is damaged, and the narrowing of the joint space.

Treatment:

Unfortunately there is no cure for RA but there are different methods in treating the patient. The most popular form of treatment that doctors like to try are some form of medication. Such as some type of steroid, NSAID’s (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARD’s) and biologic agents. Common names for any of these drugs are Plaquenil, Humira, Enberel, Methotrexatre and Prednisone. All of these drugs have side effects. It can be from headaches, light sensitivity, liver damage, heartburn, high blood pressure, dizziness, neuropathy, itchy skin, vomiting, diarrhea, increasing the likely-hood of getting an infection in the body and many others.

There are other ways you can try and control the symptoms of RA as well as decreasing the amount of “flare ups” the body has.

Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy/Massage Therapy: Patients would be shown how to properly stretch the muscles throughout the body to make sure that the body has the best flexibility it can have. When the body has increased range of motion there is less stiffness and tightness and restoring muscle strength and endurance is easier. The program can easily be tailored to the patient and progression of exercises keeps the body and mind challenged.

Anti-Inflammatory Diet and Healthy Eating: There are 7 main things in someone’s diet that should be avoided; Dairy, gluten, soy, eggs, peanuts, corn and sugar. Many people have a hard time digesting and processing these foods which can cause gastrointestinal issues. Drinking water is also an easy way to help detox the body and to get rid of toxins. A person should be drinking at least HALF OF THEIR BODY WEIGHT IN OUNCES OF WATER A DAY!!!! Water helps the body get rid of all the bodies “junk” and if it is not being expelled then it is just sitting in the body doing more harm than good.

Supplements and Vitamins: At our office we offer a variety of supplements that can help with RA. Natura is a company name that we recommend often to our patients. A few of our popular supplements are InflamAway, Corydalis Plus, Botanbol, and Thermo-Fit. All of them help increase the metabolism, increasing bone health, relieves minor pain and other benefits. Other recommendations can be using probiotics, vitamin D as well as fish oil. These are recommendations that should be discussed with your doctor to make sure that there are no contraindications and to take the correct dosage.

For more information about the brand Natura please go to their website at www.naturahealthproducts.com. For reading this blog you will be able to receive a discount of any of the supplements/vitamins that we have in stock. If you have any questions please call our office at 847-362-4476.

Healthy Back to School Tips for Your Family

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

School is just getting back into session in the Chicago suburbs and routines are changing.  It usually takes families weeks to nail down the new schedules.  Here are a few easy steps to start to implement so everyone is off to a healthy school year!

  1. Eat a nutritious breakfast.

While there has been a debate recently about the merits of eating breakfast for weight loss, it is agreed that kids should not skip breakfast. Breakfast is a perfect opportunity to help your kids get a healthy dose of nutrients such as fiber, calcium, and protein. Limiting sugar intake in the morning will help keep their brains firing at full force during their early classes. Great quick and healthy options include: Make ahead breakfast sandwiches or burritos, overnight oatmeal, protein shakes, low-fat Greek yogurt and fruit, or scrambled eggs and a slice whole wheat toast.

  1. Limit liquid calories.

The easiest place to start is to limit sugary beverages such as soda. Sugary drinks are simply empty calories and devoid of nutrients. Try also limiting fruit juice or diluting juice such as OJ with water to reduce the sweetness and the calories. Try also to  substitute sugary drinks for a glass of almond or coconut milk.

  1. Increase fruit and vegetable consumption.

Fruits and veggies are rich in nutrients including antioxidant vitamins A and C, folate, fiber, and potassium. They are also low in calories. To help your kid increase their consumption of fruit and veggies, keep pre-washed produce available for your kids to simply grab and eat. Keep washed berries, apples, pears, and bananas on hand. Keep a bag of baby carrots and celery sticks around for kids to snack on.  The nutrients in fruits and vegetables are key to keeping your kids healthy during the school year.

  1. Plan dinner as a family.

The best way to get your kids to eat healthy dinner is to engage them in the planning. Choose healthy options that everyone likes and let your kids select a veggie option and healthy whole grain option. Steamed broccoli, sautéed spinach, whole wheat pasta, and brown rice are some examples of healthy side dishes. Healthy main dish protein options include baked chicken or grilled fish. Try to make meals kid friendly and try to eat together as a family on most nights. Planning ahead for busy school nights will make dinner run more smoothly.

  1. Practice portion control.

Finally, my favorite tip for families is to practice portion control. Minding your portions as well as those of your kids is, by far, one of the easiest ways to manage calories and avoid weight gain. I also love practicing portion control with kids as it allows for occasional treats instead of banning foods altogether. Portion out an occasional cookie for your kids’ snack and add additional healthy choices such as melon, berries or grapes.

Meal planning doesn’t have to be difficult.  Pick a day during the week that you have time to pre-plan.  Create bags of vegetables for healthy snacks, and even pre-prep breakfast and dinner items for quick turn around.  If you have questions regarding recipes, meal planning or portion control, feel free to contact our office!

 

Pregnancy & Chiropractic

by Dr. Jade Dellinger

Back pain is one of the most common reasons pregnant women come into our office.  Although getting adjusted may help alleviate low back pain in soon to be mom’s, there are far greater benefits to beginning chiropractic care as early as you can!

One of the most important aspects of caring for a pregnant woman is the ability to keep her stress levels down and her nervous system functioning at 100%.  Regardless of the types of stress, they all have major implications to the fetus.  The increase in adrenaline while under stress can cause an increase in fetal heart rate and a DECREASE in fetal oxygen supply.  Getting adjusted will help restore balance within the nervous system and decrease the effects that stress has on the body.

While the fetus grows, the mother’s body is going through numerous musculoskeletal changes.  Over 30 years ago, Dr. Larry Webster developed a technique to help reduce the effects of sacral subluxation on the pregnant woman.  This technique involves specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustments in an effort to improve neuro biomechanical function.  In other words, Webster Certified Chiropractors have advanced studies in the pelvis and sacrum and the important role both structures play in pregnancy.  Properly adjusting these areas when needed will help improve neurological function such as decreased stress hormones, improved mobility, and more!

The Webster technique should be utilized by a chiropractor throughout pregnancy.  The ligaments that attach to the uterus also attach to the pelvis.  By removing the torsion on these ligaments, the Webster technique will aid in an easier pregnancy and labor.  Creating balance among the pelvic bony structures, muscles and ligaments allow for proper space for the fetus to grow and develop without restrictions.

Chiropractors work with the nervous system to help restore and maintain proper functioning.  Working with a chiropractor during pregnancy will help decrease the potential for unnecessary intervention as the pregnancy progresses.

If you or someone you know is pregnant and you are looking for resources, do not hesitate to contact our office.  It is imperative to surround yourself with a team who all support your decisions throughout the pregnancy.  Having a Webster Certified Chiropractor on your birth team will help not only regulate stressors, but balance the pelvis, thus creating an easier pregnancy and birth.

Up All Night – Newborn Symptoms

by Dr. Jordan Leasure

Over the years we’ve seen numerous women throughout and following their pregnancy.  Many of these women bring their newborns in for treatment as well.  As we check in with mom we always check in to see how their babies are doing.  Are they sleeping enough?  Are their cries satisfied with changing or being fed? Are they pooping enough or too much?

As simple as these questions are, there are many times the answers are no to more than one of the above questions.  When a baby is struggling, the first question has to lead to diet of baby and mom.  If our patient is breast feeding, then we need to address her diet to find out where the babies distress is coming from.  

There are many foods that infants prove to be sensitive to causing symptoms such as colic, sleeping difficulties, diarrhea, constipation, digestive distress and gas.  Every patient is different, but the first foods to remove from the diet include:

  • Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Caffeine
  • Chocolate
  • Citrus
  • Cow’s Milk (Including byproducts)
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Nuts
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Wheat

Step one is to review the list and see what the breastfeeding mother might be eating on a regular basis.  This may be daily, or a few times each week.  Try to cut those foods out for a week and see if the babies symptoms improve.  Sometimes it is as easy as a diet change and the colic, crying and constant distress is solved!

When a baby is formula fed and has the same types of symptoms, it is time to address the formula.  Goat milk has proven to be the top substitute since it is the closest to human milk.  This is very easy to digest as long as the goat milk is certified  “free of BGH and antibiotics”.  There are of course other options that we would review with the family on a case by case basis.

It is important to have babies with any type of symptom evaluated by a trusted health professional to find the most appropriate and natural solutions for the babies symptoms as to not add toxins to their systems.  If you or someone you know is noticing these types of symptoms with their newborns, do not hesitate to have them contact our office with questions.

Kiddos and Chiropractors

by Dr. Jordan Leasure

By: Taunya Farr

Let’s be honest, having kids in school is a breeding ground for all kinds of germs.  It might seem as if you or someone you know always has a sick kid home with a cold, an ear infection, strep throat, etc.  I started bringing my kids in for Chiropractic care about a year ago.  Initially they were skeptical to have an adjustment but Dr. Jordan and Dr. Jade quickly made them feel comfortable and I’m certain they giggled through most of their adjustment and it was over before they even finished talking about their Christmas Wish List.

Since then, I’ve noticed that my kids (ages 6 and 8) seem much happier, healthier and more calm from getting adjusted regularly.  If they happen to be coming on with something, I’ll bring them in and it seems that the adjustments help “kick” the ailment much more quickly.  Ear infections seem to be a thing of the past and my two children will actually ASK for an adjustment if they aren’t feeling well.

Since we see a lot of children in the office, I wanted to share the reasons most parents bring and trust their kids with us.

Top reasons Parents bring their children into North Shore Pro-Active Health:

  1.     Chronic ear infections
  2.      Improvement with ADHD and anxiety
  3.      Improve immune system
  4.      To help resolve breastfeeding issues and colic.
  5.     Torticollis
  6.      Bedwetting and constipation
  7.      General well being
  8.      Help improve poor posture and Scoliosis
  9.  Help improve asthma and allergy symptoms
  10. Other health and behavorial concerns