Snowball Effect of Spina Bifida
This past week something hit me. When it comes to our kiddos’ health, there seems to be a snowball effect.
The idea hit me like a brick after reading the following articles/posts in just a matter of a few days:
First, on Wednesday I got an email saying that a study revealed that SB kiddos are the least active of all the special needs categories.
Then, on Thursday I got an email from Dr. Mercola talking about how studies are showing how crucial exercise is to our entire being, including our genes, our DNA and our brains.
A few days later I read a post about a little SB kiddo with so many problems and then in the comments section it was revealed that this child is on multiple drugs.
This made me think of another kiddo who spent months in the NICU where the doctors would do a certain procedure to address a certain problem. Whether or not it fixed the first problem, it would create a new problem. Then a drug would be prescribed to address the new problem, which would create an even more serious problem. This whole thing snowballed out of control. And in the end it came to light that the doctors made a lot of poor decisions, causing many unnecessary problems. And the child suffers today as a result.
Then back to Mercola, on Friday I read an article talking about how the gut is turning out to be much more important to overall health than previously thought. Mercola goes so far to say that 80% of your immune system is located in your gut. This article in particular talked about dysbiosis, which would have been a foreign term to me had I not seen it previously in the article about Miralax causing dysbiosis. Jury is still out on whether or not that is true, but Mercola says dysbiosis has been linked to psychiatric problems, type 2 diabetes, obesity, colorectal cancer, immune deficits, asthma and sinusitis. This made me think of the potential slippery slope of Miralax.
All of these articles made me realize how much the quality of our kiddos overall health can affect their outcomes. Our bodies are made up of highly complex interconnected systems. And they all affect one another.
A body that is clean, balanced and healthy can focus on growing and thriving.
A body that is toxic, imbalanced and sick can only focus on trying to get well.
I see this dynamic at work in the Spina Bifida world.
And I don’t want to focus on the negative side of it. I want to focus on the positive. My point in writing this whole post is that I am excited for our children’s futures. If we can keep their bodies free from toxicity, nourished with healthy foods, supplemented with natural healing medicines, supported by physical therapy and strengthened by exercise and weight training, their bodies will become strong and able to grow (including their nerves).
I have so much hope for our healthy kiddos. There are so many new options every day. Technology is constantly improving.
From weight training & pelvic floor exercises to herbs & essential oils, there are so many things our children can do to improve their own futures.
I hope you are encouraged too!