Northeast Wisconsin
  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • January 2016
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Toxins, trauma, thoughts and our children

We live in a time when children are exposed to more drugs, toxins and stress than ever before. According to David Katz, M.D., Director of Yale-Griffin Prevention Research, we live in a time when “due to poor diet, this generation of children has a shorter life expectancy than their parents!” The overuse of antibiotics, vaccine schedules, over-the-counter drugs, and puffers and inhalers are quite the bombardment to a child’s growing body. Any new furniture, cars or carpet have many harmful and toxic chemicals lurking in them, not to mention our cancer-causing hand soaps! Even our food supply can be a detriment to our bodies. Many are laced with harmful pesticides, genetically modified organisms and ultimately have no nutritional value.

Our children have learned to crawl, walk, and finally run but not without incident (trauma). There were many falls, bumps and bruises along the way. Most times we picked them up and inspected for blood or broken bones, the crying stopped and we assumed everything was OK, no worries.

Has your child been a victim of bullying or teasing(negative thoughts)? Many video games portray violence as an everyday occurrence and that it is OK. Do we monitor what our children watch and discuss what they are seeing? What about our very demanding and competitive sports we enroll our children in?

Not everything needs to be gloomy. There is a sun shining on the horizon. In order to begin to make changes in your and your child’s life, you need to understand a few very important things.

You need to understand that your brain — your nervous system — totally controls you. All of you! Every little bit. And we didn’t make that up! Gray’s Anatomy (the textbook, not the TV series) says so!

It controls the function of every organ, cell and tissue; your brain and nervous system control every part of your being. Your nervous system is comparable to a super computer that runs the whole show. In order for your brain to communicate effectively with your body, however, there must be a connection between the brain and your body. That connection is called the spinal cord, just part of your nervous system. For those of you who are not very clinically oriented, think of the spinal cord as a telephone cable containing millions of tiny wires called nerves. They originate in your brain and travel along your spinal cord to different parts of your body; the longest nerve in your body being the sciatic nerve (it extends into your toes!). And it can be up to seven feet long. That’s a lot of nerve!

So, how important is it that your nervous system is functioning optimally, as often as possible, from this day through the rest of your life? How do we begin to change our future generations?

First, consider purchasing “green” and nontoxic products for your home. Avoid anything with chlorine, antibacterial properties, triclosan or ammonia. Look for products that say “petroleum-free” 90 percent biodegradable, “VOC-free” and “solvent-free.” Eating organic, meeting local farmers, or better yet planting your own family garden, can keep food additives at a minimum.

Second, teach your children to recite affirmations. Positive thoughts like, “It will be OK” and laughter truly can be the best type of medicine. Yoga and meditation can help a child to have a better focus and life in general.

Lastly, a healthy, properly functioning nervous system is one of the best ways to keep your children healthy. A pediatric chiropractor can begin this process while a mom is first beginning to think about a family. Pregnancy specific chiropractic adjustments are vital for a healthy baby and mom. What mom wouldn’t enjoy an easier and quicker birth and delivery? Chiropractic kids are often happier and healthier children.

With a few of these modifications to your family lifestyle and visiting a pediatric chiropractor regularly you can begin to safeguard your child’s health. For information on finding a pediatric chiropractor in your area, go to: For more information on these topics and how to raise a healthy child in an unhealthy world, please visit for the “Raising a Super Hero Kid” lecture series.

Dr. Julie Wyss, BS, DC, Webster Certified

Dr. Julie Wyss and her husband Dr. Skip Wyss are the owners and pediatric chiropractors at Wyss Family Clinic of Chiropractic, the largest family chiropractic office in Wisconsin that specializes in pediatrics and pregnancy at 2830 Curry Court Ste #2, Green Bay. The doctors are both certified through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) in the Webster Technique, used to treat pregnant women and help with optimal fetal positioning for an uncomplicated delivery. The doctors are both completing their CACCPs and DACCPs, 400-hour grueling programs through the ICPA, which raises the bar for chiropractic standards in the care of pregnant women, infants and children. The doctors are both board certified by the state in nutrition, authors, parents, internationally recognized speakers on pregnancy and pediatrics and are very active in their community and nonprofits. You can contact them at 920-468-4199 or via the web at

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