Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Aristotle Economou.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Dr. Economou. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Nothing takes the place of personal experience. This is why as a doctor I understand the difficulties my patients face when dealing with a personal health challenge.
It’s that time of year again. The stress of the holiday season is upon us and your New Year’s health goals are just around the corner. This is a reminder to make your concierge care or house call appointments soon.
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Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!!!
A new study reveals prenatal stress has a physical effect on babies. Researchers report prenatal maternal stress in late gestation leads to slower growth of the offspring both in utero and during infancy.
Researchers from The Universities of New Mexico and Göttingen have now proposed a hypothesis that largely predicts why there are highly variable patterns in the growth rates of disadvantaged offspring across 719 studies on 21 mammal species.
“The idea is that prenatal stress affects offspring in two different ways depending on the timing of the stressor during pregnancy—yielding different outcomes before birth, after birth, and after weaning” says Andreas Berghänel, evolutionary anthropologist at The University of New Mexico and lead author of the study.
For example, prenatal maternal stress late in gestation causes mothers to invest less energy in their offspring, which leads to slower grow in the womb and during infancy. Once the baby has reached nutritional independence, however, they are no longer affected directly by their mother’s provisioning, and consequently grow at the same rate as non-disadvantaged offspring. Thus, maternal stress late in gestation leads to slow growth during dependent phases, but doesn’t affect growth later.
By contrast, prenatal maternal stress early in gestation can cause the fetus to be entirely reprogrammed to deal with a reduced life expectancy. To “make the best of a bad job,” the early challenged offspring switches to an accelerated pace of life and grows and matures faster than unchallenged offspring to ensure that it reproduces before it dies. Once set on the fast track, the offspring under early prenatal maternal stress remain on this trajectory even after weaning and therefore overshoot the usual body size for age throughout development.
“We found that stress during late gestation reduces offspring growth during dependence, resulting in a reduced body size throughout development, whereas stress during early gestation results in largely unaffected growth rates during dependence but accelerated growth and increased size after weaning,” says Berghänel.
Dr. Aristotle's Comment:
3 Examples of Stress Relief During Pregnancy
1. Restoring Pelvic Balance and Poor Posture
Pregnant women often have issues with their pelvic balance and back pain due to the extra weight they must carry in the front of their body. Many women experience pelvic structural changes during their pregnancy. When the pelvis is not in balance, it can restrict the amount of room that the developing baby has. We address imbalances of the spine to lessen low back pain.
2. Reducing Pregnancy Symptoms
Care helps reduce some of the uncomfortable symptoms associated with pregnancy. Regular care throughout pregnancy can help women maintain their health during pregnancy, relieve joint and neck pain and control the symptoms of nausea.
3. Reducing Labor and Delivery Time
Since women who receive regular care are taking care of their nervous system, many have found their bodies are better prepared to handle the childbirth process. When the nervous system is working properly, the whole body is working as it should be. With this in mind, many women who receive chiropractic care during pregnancy have shorter labor and delivery times.
The body undergoes a number of changes during pregnancy. This can leave any woman feeling uncomfortable as her body handles the physical and hormonal changes that pregnancy brings. Of course, many women are also worried about the health and safety of their baby during this important developmental time. In order to take the best care possible of both mom and baby, it is important to take care of your body with regular visits.
Pregnant moms who take the time to keep their body in balance during pregnancy will find that their overall pregnancy can be more comfortable and enjoyable as they keep their bodies — and their babies — healthy.
It is rare if a pregnant woman does not encounter a certain amount of "morning sickness" throughout the term.
As any one who has ever experienced pregnancy can confirm, morning sickness leaves an expectant mother miserable for days, weeks or months, turning an otherwise joyful time into a period of misery.
Thankfully there is an integrative approach, when properly used, which produces a remarkable response.
It has been my personal clinical observation, that this system carries with it a success rate as high as 90 percent overall. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose by applying this method.
To get you started, begin by using these 3 acu-points with firm pressure for 30 seconds per area:
P 5 -- Jian Shi -- Intermediary -- four fingers above the palmar wrist crease.
P 6 -- Nei Guan -- Inner Gate -- three fingers above the palmar wrist crease.
LIV 3 -- Tai Chong -- Bigger Rushing -- between the large toe and second toe.
If your morning sickness is deep rooted and you still need additional assistance, let us know.
Health experts have been unable to agree on whether fluoride in the drinking water may be toxic to the developing human brain.
High levels of fluoride are known to cause neurotoxicity in adults, and negative impacts on memory and learning have been reported in rodent studies, but little is known about the substance’s impact on children’s neurodevelopment.
In a meta-analysis, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and China Medical University in Shenyang for the first time combined 27 studies and found strong indications that fluoride may adversely affect cognitive development in children.
Based on the findings, the authors say that this risk should not be ignored, and that more research on fluoride’s impact on the developing brain is warranted.
“Fluoride seems to fit in with lead, mercury, and other poisons that cause chemical brain drain,” senior author Grandjean says. “The effect of each toxicant may seem small, but the combined damage on a population scale can be serious, especially because the brain power of the next generation is crucial to all of us.”
This study was published online in Environmental Health Perspectives on July 20, 2012.
Dr. Aristotle's Comment:
Toothpaste without fluoride is always an option.
One of my favorites is the PerioBiotic Toothpaste with probiotics in either spearmint of fennel flavors and no fluoride.
You can find it in your in your Healthwave/FullScript Account. (Click here)
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Children whose mothers were exposed to flame retardants during pregnancy may have a lower IQ than their peers who did not experience prenatal exposure, a new study reports.
A hazardous class of flame retardant chemicals commonly found in furniture and household products damages children’s intelligence, resulting in loss of IQ points, according to a new study (August 2017) by UC San Francisco researchers. They found that every 10 fold increase of maternal flame retardant levels was associated with a drop of 3.7 IQ points in her child
We are exposed to a variety of chemicals each day. It’s nearly impossible to avoid them. If they accumulate in our body then we experience symptoms and eventually diagnosed with some disease. They find their way into the food chain, in particularly high concentration with products that are rich in fats such as fish, meat and milk. They also enter our systems as we breathe particles that have off-gassed from household furnishings.
In fact, today’s child at 6 years old already has chemical levels that it used to take us until our 40’s to accumulate.There are also strong links between fire retardants and the following conditions:
Accumulation of a lifetime of these toxins combined with others such as heavy metals can result in exhaustion, depression, weight gain, poor motivation, hair loss, and high cholesterol. It doesn’t end there….They can also cause problems; adrenal stress glands, low testosterone, reduced estrogen production, polycystic ovarian syndrome (POS), endometriosis, and cancer. Calcium channels can also blocked leading to high blood pressure, heart failure, and others.
The author Woodruff of the UC San Francisco study stated: “Many people are exposed to high levels of flame retardants (PBDEs) and the more PBDEs a pregnant woman is exposed to, the lower her child’s IQ,” And when the effects of PBDEs are combined with those of other toxic chemicals such as from building products or pesticides, the result is a serious chemical cocktail that our current environmental regulations simply don’t account for.”
The researchers also found some evidence of a link between PDBE exposures and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but concluded that more studies are necessary to better characterize the relationship.
If you are planning a pregnancy, reduce the toxic load of your body including heavy metals and other toxins that have accumulated to reduce your baby’s exposure.
Review your current detoxification pathways and check if they are working properly through blood and urine testing.
Sweating is one proven mechanism for dumping stored environmental toxins Purchase an infrared sauna that uses “poplar wood” only. Call our office for a recommendation. I highly recommend using a sauna after your labs have been completed.
Eliminate trans fatty acids out of the diet, and restore missing essential fats, correct mineral deficiencies, like selenium, manganese, zinc and magnesium to facilitate safe detoxification.
Use cotton mattress covers and room air purifiers to help lower the toxins and avoid the memory foam pillows and beds due to out-gassing.
For more information on our pre-pregnancy programs call us at 310.734.0951
In MS, resulting nerve damage disrupts the communication between the brain and the body.
Multiple sclerosis causes many different symptoms, including vision loss, pain, fatigue, and impaired coordination. The symptoms, severity, and duration can vary from person to person.
According to a study published in the July 2017, issue of Neurology, mothers who breastfeed for a total of at least 15 months over one or more pregnancies may be less likely to develop multiple sclerosis (MS) compared with those who don’t breastfeed at all or do so for up to four months.
Dr. Aristotle Economou
Dr. Aristotle understands the difficulties patients go through when dealing with a personal health challenge. In 2006, an event occurred that turned his life upside down and put his years of clinical experience in wellness healthcare to the ultimate test. Over a short period, the muscles in Aristotle’s body unexpectedly became paralyzed with only the ability to slightly move his hands at the wrists and blink his eyes.
Aristotle ended up in an intensive care unit (ICU), followed by a 72-day stay in a local hospital. He was told he may never walk again. Throughout the year, his healing journey continued while confined to an electric wheelchair and requiring around-the-clock care.
With help and determination, Aristotle combined modalities from Functional Medicine, Eastern Medicine and unique techniques in Chiropractic and Tui Na. This resulted in the ability to rebuild his body mind and spirit, which was the foundation to his miraculous recovery including the ability to walk again.
Aristotle then wrote the book, Change the Way You Heal: 7 Steps To Highly Effective Healing. No matter how big or small your health problem, this inspirational book shows you how to maximize your healing abilities and resources using the same methods he implemented in his own recovery.