Small children, big nutritional needs

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During the Mindd International Forum in May last year, leading international experts discussed how to boost IQ, improve concentration, protect your child’s brain and enhance physical health through the latest nutritional therapies and integrative treatments.

Key speaker and Harvard Paediatric Neurologist, Dr Martha Herbert, delivered a critical and hopeful message about brain health in our children: “Children with low IQ, ADHD, autism and developmental delays are considered to have brain problems. But many have medical problems that are being overlooked. These include poor and often self-restricted diets leading to mineral and vitamin deficiencies, problems with digestion and absorption of nutrients, cellular problems turning food into energy, and frequent infections. All of these everyday-seeming problems can drag a child down by contributing to poor attention and to problems regulating stress, sleep and sensory processing.”

“Giving your child an ample supply of nutrients such as B vitamins, zinc, iodine, magnesium and essential fatty acids provide vital supports for the brain. How these nutrients are digested and absorbed is also critical. So remember to include foods and supplements that support digestive health, such as probiotics and fermented foods.”

Try it!
Whole fresh foods
+ Toxic-free home products
+ Integrative medicine
+ Individualised education
+ A low-stress lifestyle

 Did you know…

Iodine deficiency can cut 10 to 15 points off an affected person’s IQ, according to the World Health Organisation.
Zinc is essential for both immune and cognitive function and according to the World Health Organization(WHO), 30% of the world’s population is deficient in zinc. Canadian research found 66% of children with ADHD were deficient in zinc.
Food is medicine. Every child deserves the chance to be the best they can be. And this starts in the kitchen with nutritional food that supports their brainpower, mood, behaviour and performance.

 Fighting the childhood epidemics
Have you noticed how every other kid seems to be diagnosed with ADHD, asthma or allergies? So have the medical communities, and biomedical experts are warning that there’s an epidemic of paediatric illness characterised by a reduced ability to detoxify. These physicians believe that the overload of toxins leads to oxidative stress that in turn creates chronic inflammation all over the body. This manifests in conditions such as asthma (inflamed lungs), allergies (inflamed immune system), autism/concentration inflamed neurons) and eczema (inflamed skin). “Clearly there is something environmental triggering a range of paediatric illness from autism and ADHD to allergies, infections and food sensitivities” says Dr. Kenneth Bock, a NY-based biomedical doctor and author of the book Healing the New Childhood Epidemics; Autism, ADHD, Allergies & Asthma. Dr. Bock analyses disease from a cellular perspective,explaining that these seemingly disparate illnesses are connected and that while they have some underlying genetic vulnerability, they are partly driven by environmental toxins.

A 5-pronged approach
Dr. Bock recommends a 5-pronged biomedical approach that focuses on digestive health, dietary modification, nutritional supplementation, detoxification and medication. This is said to effectively treat symptoms of asthma, allergies, ADHD and infections in autism patients plagued by multisystem dysfunction. It may also reduce or eliminate a child’s dependence on medications such as antibiotics, antidepressants, antihistamines, psycho-stimulants, cortisone and puffers.

In addition, the integrative approach to health incorporates behavioural, therapeutic and educational intervention. Leslie Embersits, Director of Mindd Foundation, sees an integrative approach as vital for learning and self-esteem. “Asking a child to read more or study harder when their underlying biochemistry does not support neurotransmission, is like asking a child with a broken leg to run faster. You first have to address physical needs before you can work on language, literacy and/or behaviour.” 

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The non-profit Mindd Foundation helps you adopt an integrative approach to family health through biomedicine, neuro-therapies and lifestyle decisions. They promote integrative treatments that support cellular health, including complementary medicine, cranial sacral therapy, nutrition, chiropractic care, speech and neuro-developmental therapies, energy medicine, acupuncture, holistic dentistry, functional neurology, Ayurvedic & Chinese medicine, yoga, meditation, osteopathy, naturopathy and homeopathy.