Providing a healthy environment before and after birth will help give your baby the best start in life.
Many moons ago while studying jaw problems and skull development, I learned breast feeding is very different than bottle feeding. The mechanics of breast feeding, for the child, requires more lower jaw movement, like a drawer going out and in, which provides active strengthening of muscles in the face.
The mother’s nipple also flattens and gets reshaped so the baby can express milk out of the breast. It has a broader, flatter appearance than what we see with the typical bottle nipple, which is round and bulbous. The nipple fills the baby’s upper palate and the sucking action provides an upward pressure to help shape the face. This affects the formation of the bite, possibly the eye socket, and pressures in the head, face and mouth.
I recalled this information while attending a recent lecture by Dr. Richard Gorris, DDS. He also gave additional information concerning the development of a baby’s skull. He said the skull develops in 3 areas: upper third, middle third and lower third of the head. Refined sugar can alter the rate of growth of these different segments, particularly the upper and middle thirds, so they don’t grow evenly. This can affect vision, as the 6 muscles controlling eyeball movement attach on both segments. He also stated lauric acid, an amino acid essential for growth and development of the brain, is highest in human milk. The next closest milk to human is goat’s milk, followed by coconut milk.
We have all heard how drugs the mother ingests during pregnancy affects the developing fetus. These include alcohol, prescription medications, caffeine and over-the-counter drugs. Dr. Gorris said combining certain foods can also produce narcotic-like drugs in the body, which can equally damage the fetus. One example was ingesting gluten, a non-soluble protein found in grains, with casein, another non-soluble protein found in dairy. He was describing pizza, which is made with a high-gluten wheat flour and cheese!
Providing a healthy environment before and after birth will help give the baby the best start in life. Perhaps it could even maximize brain development, create an appetite for healthy foods, optimize healthy vision, prevent jaw problems, improve digestive tract function, and maintain a healthy immune system. So consider eating fresh fruits and vegetables, drinking adequate amounts of water, getting enough sleep, exercising regularly for good circulation, strength and flexibility, and engaging in happy, social activity for a lifelong habit leading to good health.
Assemblymember Mike Eng presented Sheila and Stan Yonemoto with an award for their contributions to the 49th Assembly District as both business and community leaders during the California Small Business Day celebration that took place at the Sacramento Convention Center.
“As our state continues to struggle with difficult economic times, it is important that we recognize the contributions and the essential role our most outstanding entrepreneurs play in helping our economy recover,” said Assemblymember Eng. “Sheila and Stan Yonemoto are exceptional business owners who have provided physical therapy services to thousands of Southern California residents for nearly 30 years.”
Yonemoto Physical Therapy Services has been in Alhambra since 1982. It has contributed to several organizations including the West San Gabriel Valley YMCA, Asian Youth Center, Boy Scouts, the Go For Broke Japanese/American Veterans Foundation, and the Alhambra Rotary Club. Yonemoto Physical Therapy has offered free ACL injury prevention, free summer matinees for children, community wellness talks, free health seminars, and Qigong exercise classes to improve community health. Furthermore, the Yonemotos are involved in the business community as members of the California Physical Therapy Association, the Los Angeles Physical Therapy Association, and the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Yonemoto is the marketing manager for the Chamber.
California Small Business Day is a day dedicated to recognizing the contributions of small businesses to the state of California. It provides the California State Assembly and Senate an opportunity to honor small businesses from their districts.
My friend, Dr. Richard Gorris, from South Dakota was gracious enough to give a nutrition lecture at my office. He used to be an oral surgeon, but developed mercury poisoning as a direct result of his work as a dentist. He left dentistry to return to his love of nutrition and became a counselor/teacher/promoter of good nutrition.
His experience as a radio talk show host, a guest on TV talk shows, and a lecturer around the country made it easy for him to extend his usual 90-minute presentation to almost three hours at my office, and the audience wanted more. A second lecture had to be scheduled for the following week.
Dr. Gorris believes all degenerative disease begins in the colon, and there are only two reasons for degenerative disease: lack of nutrients absorbed into the body, and accumulation of debris such as toxins and waste material.
Dr. Gorris believes all degenerative disease begins in the colon.
Your mouth is the gateway to health or disease. Our digestive tracts are designed to process food in two days or less. Foods that can be processed within this time frame include fruits, vegetables, fish, and poultry.
Foods that take longer to process provide opportunities for toxins to be reabsorbed into the body and should be kept to a minimum or avoided entirely. Lamb takes four days to process, beef five days, the typical fast- food American diet seven days, and pork/cold cuts nine days.
Here are his guidelines:
Make every day a multisensory one. It’s the adventure of your lifetime. I hope this helps to give you some guidelines for better health.
And one last quote to share with you from Dr. Gorris:
“He who has health has hope. He who has hope has everything.” – Arabian proverb.
I focus on the topics you care about most.