Blackcurrant Seed Oil for Atopic Dermatitis in Young Children – Director’s Choice

Written by Jessica Patella, ND. Three grams of blackcurrant seed oil, when given to pregnant women at 8-16 weeks gestation, later through their breastfeeding cycle, and then to their infants until age 2 years, significantly improved atopic dermatitis in 12 month old infants compared to the olive oil placebo.  (more…)

Fish Oil in Pregnancy Shown to Lessen Asthma in Children – Director’s Choice

Written by Jessica Patella, ND. Analysis of 695 children (3 years post-delivery) revealed that children of mothers who supplemented with fish oil in the third trimester of their pregnancies had a 16.9% reduction in persistent wheeze and asthma compared to 23.7% in the control group, corresponding to a relative reduction of 30.7%.

Food Additives Shown to Increase Hyperactive Behavior in Children

Written by Jessica Patella, ND. Artificial food additives and the preservative, sodium benzoate, increased symptoms of hyperactivity when given to a population of (153) 3 –year and (144) 8-9 year old children. The amount of artificial food colorings and sodium benzoate consumed daily by children in this study was equivalent to consuming 2 bags of sweets for the 3 year olds and up to 4 bags of sweets for the 8-9 year olds.

Coenzyme Q10 may Benefit Children with Down Syndrome – Director’s Choice

Written by Greg Arnold, DC, CSCS. According to this study, children with Downs Syndrome had higher BMI, blood glucose levels, and IL 6 and TNF-alpha when compared to healthy controls. These children also had lower levels of CoQ10, suggesting that young Downs Syndrome children could potentially benefit from supplementation with CoQ10.

Probiotic Supplement Benefits Preterm Infant Health – Director’s Choice

Written by Greg Arnold, DC, CSCS. A 2016 study demonstrated that of the 10,890 infants, those who were given a combination of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium infantis had a significant 52 % reduced risk of developing necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC); a 49% reduced risk of death after contacting NEC and an 11% reduced risk of blood stream infections compared to preterm infants who did not receive probiotics.   (more…)

Megadose of Vitamin A Lowers Vitamin E in Colostrum

Written by Jessica Patella, ND. Participating mothers, who received 200,000 IU injections of Vitamin A just 24 hours postpartum, had a significant 134 % Vitamin A increase in colostrum and a 16.4 % decrease in Vitamin E. Researchers suggested that Vitamin E be added to the Vitamin A injections to compensate for this decrease.


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