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5 Exercises That Inhibit Primitive Reflexes

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

So excited to share Dr Melillo’s exercises….  By the way…  have you seen my video on doing the Moro Reflex on our YouTube channel?  We’ve been treating kids with primitive reflexes that are jammed for nearly 15 years.  Does this feel like you could benefit from these exercises?

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5 Exercises That Inhibit Primitive Reflexes

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Through an extensive research survey, we have demonstrated the relationship between the retention of infant reflexes and a wide range of neuro-developmental disorders like autism and ADHD. These retained primitive reflexes can have long term effects on cognitive development even into adulthood. Once your child has been assessed for primitive reflex retention, targeted therapeutic interventions are available to improve neurological development. However the first step to the program is to inhibit any retained primitive reflexes found.

The way to get rid of primitive reflexes is to use them. The following reintegration exercises are provided for the reflexes that are most consistently associated with a brain imbalance. These exercises can help start the process of balancing the brain so that your child can overcome developmental delays. These exercises can also be done by adults and parents, of whom as many as 40% may also have retained primitive reflexes.  Rest assured that this initial step in remediation is easy and does not take long. However, 20 plus years of experience has shown that if we use a hemispheric integration program, like The Brain Balance Program along with these exercises, these reflexes are inhibited much more quickly.

Face Stroking for Root and Suck Reflex

Root and Suck Reflex Integration ExerciseStroke the childs face until the reflex stops, which usually takes five to six times in a row. Do this at least twice a day until you can no longer elicit the reflex. Chewing gum can also be helpful to inhibit this reflex.
 

 

 


Starfish for Moro Reflex

Moro Reflex Integration Exercise - Starfish ExerciseHave your child sit in a chair in a fetal position, with the right wrist crossed over the left and the right ankle crossed over the left ankle. Fists should be closed. Ask your child to inhale and make like a starfish by swinging his arms up and out and thrusting his legs out while extending the head back and opening hands. Have him hold this position for 5 to 7 seconds while holding his breath. Then tell him to exhale and return to the same position, crossing the left wrist and ankle over the right wrist and ankle. Repeat this again until they are back to the original position Do this 6 times in a row a few times a day until the reflex is inhibited fully.

 


Snow Angels for Galant Reflex

Snow Angels Exercise for Galant Reflex IntegrationHave your child lie face-up on a mat or flat surface with his legs extended and arms at the sides. have him breathe in an simultaneously spread his legs outward and raise his arms out along the flour and overhead, with the hands touching. The hands should touch at the same time the legs are fully extended. Exhale and return to the original position. The key is to get the child to move all four limbs slowly at the same time. Do this 5 times several times a day until you can no longer elicit the reflex.

 

 


Ball Squeezes for Palmer Grasp Reflex

Grasping Reflex Integration ExerciseHave child squeeze a small ball, such as a tennis ball, several times in a row. Or you can just stroke the palm of the hand with a light brush until the reflex is suppressed.

 


Fencer Exercise for Asymmetric Tonic Neck Reflex

ATNR Reflex Integration Exercise | Fencer ExerciseThis one may take some practice to get right, so be patient. Have your child sit in a chair and turn his head to both sides or to the one side that still elicits the reflex. As your child is turning his head, have him extend the foot and arm of the same side outward from the body and look at his hand. The opposite hand should also open, the arm should flex, and the other leg should bend. Have the child return to starting position and repeat until the reflex fatigues. Repeat three times in a row.

 


Key Things to Remember

  • Exercises should be repeated in succession 5 to 10 times until the reflex fatigues.
  • Frequency is more important than intensity.
  • Movement must be slow and purposeful.
  • Proper mind-set is crucial: stay motivated and positive!
  • Give it time.

Why lose weight? Is the obesity epidemic REALLY a problem?

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

You hear about it in the news a lot: the obesity epidemic.  Australia and the United States seem to alternate year to year with who is the most obese nation – but we’re never far from the top!

What exactly does this mean? Obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. Just so you can visualise: a 1.65m person becomes obese at 82kg. A BMI of 25-29 puts you in the “overweight” category. We do accurate BMI BioImpedance Screenings at New Leaf so that people know EXACTLY where they stand, but also look at fat mass, muscle mass, muscle quality and hydration – all of which can impact on your BMI and general health.

But is obesity really so bad? The resounding answer is “Yes!” In case you need convincing, here are 10 sobering reasons to lose weight:
1. Heart Disease

Excess fat, especially at your waist, raises triglyceride and bad cholesterol levels, lowers good cholesterol, increases blood pressure and damages your blood vessel system — all of which put you at greater risk for cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke.

2. Cancer

Obesity is linked to increased risk of cancers of the oesophagus, breast (postmenopausal), endometrium (the lining of the uterus), colon, rectum, kidney, pancreas, thyroid and gallbladder, and possibly other types of cancer as well, according to the National Cancer Institute.

3. Diabetes

The most common form of diabetes, Type 2, develops most often in middle-aged men and women who are overweight or obese — especially when those excess kilos manifest as belly fat. But adults aren’t the only ones at risk. Type 2 diabetes is becoming more common among overweight and obese children and teens as well.

4. Heartburn

Norwegian researchers have found that gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) has increased by almost 50% in only 10 years. The reason? The rise in obesity. “Increased weight — especially abdominal obesity — increases the pressure over the lower esophageal sphincter, which is the closure mechanism between the stomach and esophagus,” explains study author Dr. Eivind Ness-Jensen, senior resident in internal medicine and gastroenterology at Levanger Hospital in Norway. “The pressure forces the sphincter to open more frequently and for longer durations, promoting reflux of acidic content from the stomach to the esophagus.”

5. Immunity and Influenza

As rates of obesity continue to rise, the number of deaths from the flu could rise too. Recent research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that obesity is associated with an impaired immune response to the influenza vaccination.

6. Depression

Obesity in women is linked to a 37% increase in major depression, and the two conditions often trigger and influence each other. Heavy women also have more frequent thoughts of suicide, according to the American Psychological Association.

7. Disability

No surprise here. Carrying around excess weight puts a lot more stress on your skeleton and limits mobility. According to the CDC, people with arthritis are more likely to be obese. What’s more, Americans over the age 50 will collectively lose the equivalent of 86 million healthy years of life due to the combination of obesity and knee arthritis, say researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. And scientists at the University of New Hampshire found that overweight and obese women had an average of 24% less leg strength and 20% slower walking speed than normal-weight study participants.

8. Gum Disease

Too much body fat can even affect your oral health, putting you at higher risk for periodontal disease, according to a recent study conducted at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry.

9. Infertility, Gestational Diabetes and Birth Defects

Heavy women experience more miscarriages and pregnancy complications (such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia) and are more likely to give birth to babies with birth defects. In addition, obesity can lower the success rate of in vitro fertilization (IVF). A man’s fertility suffers too: Obesity is associated with low sperm motility and altered testosterone levels.

10. Quality of Life

Chronic disease, disability, depression and other health problems all chip away at joie de vivre and longevity. According to research in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, obesity significantly reduces “quality adjusted life years,” due to poor health and premature death caused by excess weight.
And if individual health woes don’t provide enough reasons to lose weight, consider the fact that obesity can have a tremendous impact on the wallet as well. According to a new study from Cornell University, obesity now accounts for almost 21% of all US health care costs, and Australia usually follows the U.S. trends.  In fact, obesity now adds more to health care costs than smoking cigarettes.
So if you’ve been ignoring those extra kilos, it’s time to open your eyes. The best reasons to lose weight are simple: long life, good physical health and emotional well-being. And a little extra financial security doesn’t hurt, either.

What are the differences between Live and Killed Vaccines?

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

I was chatting to a client this week about vaccinations – and she was under the impression that all vaccines contained ‘dead’ viruses or bacteria.  Here’s a great article I found on which vaccines contain what – and what to look out for…

What are the differences between live and “killed” vaccines? What do you need to know about shedding if you receive a live vaccine? Could these vaccines be dangerous to those who have not received immunizations or are immunocompromised (for example, due to chemotherapy)? What precautions should you take in special circumstances?
Live vs. Inactivated Vaccines
Live vaccines contain a weakened or attenuated form of a virus or bacteria.

This is, in contrast, to “killed” or inactivated vaccines. It might sound frightening at first to realize that a vaccine contains a weakened virus or bacteria, but these are altered so that they cannot cause disease—at least in people with healthy immune systems (and by far the majority of people without a healthy immune system as well.)
If a child (or adult) has a suppressed immune system, live vaccines are not given. Where this could potentially be a problem is with shedding. After receiving the vaccine, some of the weakened viruses will travel through the body and can be present in bodily secretions such as feces.
The other main type of vaccine is made of the inactivated virus or bacteria (whole vaccine) or just parts of the virus or bacteria (fractional vaccine).
Advantages and Benefits of Live Vaccines
Live vaccines are thought to better simulate natural infections and usually provide lifelong protection with one or two doses.

A second dose, like for the MMR vaccine, is given because some people don’t respond to the first—not as a booster dose.
Most inactivated vaccines, in contrast, require multiple primary doses and boosters to get the same type of immunity.
Live Vaccines
Children have been getting live vaccines for many years, and these vaccines are considered to be very safe for those who are healthy.

In fact, one of the very first vaccines, the smallpox vaccine, was a live-virus vaccine. Due to widespread vaccination, the last natural case of smallpox occurred in 1977 (there was a case due to a laboratory accident in 1978) and the disease was declared to be eradicated worldwide in 1979.
Examples of Live Vaccines
Live vaccines include:
MMR – The combination measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine.
Vavivax – The varicella or chicken pox vaccine.
Proquad – A combination of MMR and Varivax.
Rotavirus vaccines – Rotavirus vaccines are a combination of two oral vaccines, RotaTeq and Rotarix.
Flumist – The nasal spray flu vaccine (Note: In contrast, the flu shot is an inactivated vaccine.)
Yellow fever vaccine – The yellow fever vaccine is an attenuated, live virus vaccine recommended for travelers to high-risk areas.
Adenovirus vaccine – A live-virus vaccine, the adenovirus vaccine protects against type 4 and type 7 adenovirus. It is only approved for military personnel.
Typhoid vaccine – The oral typhoid vaccine is made with a live-attenuated strain of Salmonella typhi, the bacteria which causes typhoid fever. An inactivated, injectable version of the vaccine is also available. Either typhoid vaccine would only be given to travelers to high-risk areas.

BCG – The bacilli Calmette-Guerin tuberculosis vaccine is not routinely used in the United States because it mainly prevents severe TB, a disease uncommon in the United States.
Smallpox vaccine – The smallpox vaccine has not been routinely used since 1972 but is available from stockpiles if it is needed.
Oral polio vaccine – The original OPV (Sabin vaccine), which has been replaced in the United States by the inactivated polio vaccine (Salk vaccine.) Prior to using the injectable polio vaccine, there were a few cases of polio each year in the United States felt to be due to the vaccine.
The only live virus vaccines that are used routinely include the MMR, Varivax, Rotavirus, and Flumist (the injectable flu shot is preferred for those who are high risk.)
Live Vaccine Precautions
Although live vaccines don’t cause disease in the people who get them because they are made with weakened viruses and bacteria, there is always a concern that someone with a severely weakened immune system could get sick after getting a live vaccine. That is why live vaccines are not given to people who are getting chemotherapy or who have severe HIV among other conditions.
Whether or not you give a live vaccine to someone who has a problem with their immune system depends greatly on exactly what condition they have and the degree of their immunosuppression. For example, it is now recommended that children with HIV get the MMR, Varivax, and rotavirus vaccines, depending on their CD4+ T-lymphocyte counts.
What about taking precautions so that you don’t expose other people after your child has a live vaccine?
Vaccine Shedding and Live Vaccines
Parents sometimes have a concern about whether their healthy children should get live vaccines if they will be exposed to someone else who has a problem with their immune system, especially if they are in close contact with someone that has compromised immunity.
Fortunately, except for OPV and smallpox, which aren’t typically used anymore, children who live with someone who has an immunologic deficiency can and should get most vaccines in the routine childhood immunization schedule, such as MMR, Varivax, and the rotavirus vaccines. That’s because it would be extremely rare for someone to contract one of these viruses from someone who got the vaccine. A much greater concern, actually, would be that the unvaccinated child might get a natural infection with measles or chicken pox, and pass that on to the person with an immune system problem.
In fact, the latest guidelines from the Immune Deficiency Foundation state that:

Close contacts of patients with compromised immunity should not receive live oral poliovirus vaccine because they might shed the virus and infect a patient with compromised immunity. Close contacts can receive other standard vaccines because viral shedding is unlikely and these pose little risk of infection to a subject with compromised immunity.
Unless they will be in contact with someone who is severely immunosuppressed, such as getting a stem cell transplant and being in a protective environment, they can even get the live, nasal spray flu vaccine.
The concern in any of these cases is viral shedding, in which someone becomes contagious and can pass a virus to someone else. When we get sick with a cold, the flu, a cold sore, or any other contagious disease, it is not uncommon that we spread it to other people by shedding the virus or bacteria that is making us sick.
With true vaccine shedding, like with the oral polio vaccine, the vaccine virus can be shed after being vaccinated even though you didn’t get sick with the virus. Fortunately, when most others are exposed to vaccine virus, they don’t get sick either, as they have been exposed to the weakened vaccine strain of the virus. This was actually thought to be an advantage of the oral polio vaccine, especially in areas with poor sanitation and hygiene. Still, vaccine shedding can be a problem if the person who is exposed has a severe immune system problem.
Fortunately, vaccine shedding is not usually a problem because:
Most vaccines are not live and don’t shed, including DTaP, Tdap, flu shots, Hib, hepatitis A and B, Prevnar, IPV, and the HPV and Meningococcal vaccines.
The oral polio vaccine is no longer used in the United States and many other countries where polio has been brought under control.
The MMR vaccine doesn’t cause shedding, except that the rubella part of the vaccine may rarely shed into breastmilk (since rubella is typically a mild infection in children, this isn’t a reason to not be vaccinated if you are breastfeeding.) What about the rare case of a person developing measles after getting the MMR vaccine? In addition to being extremely rare, it would also be extremely rare for a person to transmit the vaccine virus to another person after developing measles in this way. In fact, a systematic review of the MMR vaccine in 2016 “determined that there have been no confirmed cases of human-to-human transmission of the measles vaccine virus.”
The chicken pox vaccine doesn’t cause shedding unless your child develops the rare vesicular rash after getting vaccinated. The risk, however, is thought to be minimal and the CDC reports only five cases of transmission of varicella vaccine virus after immunization including over 55 million doses of vaccine.
The rotavirus vaccine only causes shedding in stool, so can be avoided with routine hygiene techniques, such as good hand washing, and if immunocompromised people avoid changing diapers for at least a week after a child gets a rotavirus vaccine
Transmission of the live, nasal spray flu vaccine has not occurred when evaluated in several settings, including people with HIV infection, children getting chemotherapy, and immunocompromised people in health-care settings
And of course, children shed viruses and are truly contagious if they aren’t vaccinated and naturally develop any of these vaccine-preventable diseases.
What You Need To Know About Live Vaccines
There are a few precautions to consider with live vaccines:
Although multiple live-virus vaccines can be given at the same time, if they aren’t given at the same time, you should wait at least four weeks before getting another live-virus vaccine so that they don’t interfere with each other.
It is usually recommended that children who might be getting a solid organ transplant be updated on their live-virus vaccines at least four weeks before the transplant.
In addition to children getting chemotherapy, children who are getting daily steroids for 14 days or more should delay getting live vaccines for at least three months. (Rather than being at risk for infection, however, this recommendation is usually made because the vaccine simply won’t work if a person is on steroids.)
Live vaccines are reportedly being developed to protect against West Nile virus, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV,) Parainfluenza virus, herpes simplex, cytomegalovirus (CMV,)