GOOD HEALTH NEWS
Volume 7 No. 3
IN THIS ISSUE
Improving Trunk Control
During Child Development
How to Stay Healthy this
3 Tips on Adapting Art
Projects for Your Special
Honey, Garlic, Lemon: A
Natural Cold Remedy Recipe
Foods to Avoid When You
Our Brand New VitaPlus
Health in Motion director Natan
Gendelman talks about how to
improve trunk control in your child.
In terms of physical development, the
trunk is the king of the body. In order
to maintain a certain position or to
move properly, we must be able to
control our trunk. Trunk control also
determines how well we hold our head
up and how well we move our hands,
arms, and legs. Since every single system
(digestive, cardiovascular, respiratory,
nervous, etc.) is present in the
trunk, it is also the mechanism through
which we get nutrients to the rest of
During child development, when a
baby begins to flip from their belly
onto their back and roll from side to
side, they are unknowingly stimulating
their trunk and developing control.
This is why going through the stages
of development is so important for
every infant. All of a baby’s developmental
should occur in
order. For example, if your infant can’t
roll properly yet, then their trunk is not
ready to transfer to a more vertical position,
like sitting upright. The same is
true for going from sitting to kneeling.
This requires much control of the trunk,
head, and limbs. In order for your child
to move on to standing, which is a highly
functional position, it will require a
huge amount of balance since they
need to stand on a narrow base of support
(their feet). Each stage of development
prepares a child for the next one.
A good way to help improve trunk
control is by working with your baby
on the floor. Guiding them through
rolling and crawling on the ground before
they’re ready to move into a more
upright position is a great way to start.
It’s important that there’s no fear of
falling down and that your baby feels
comfortable and safe.
Another thing to note when helping
your baby improve trunk control is
that there should be no exercises, only
means you are repeatedly asking
your child to roll over and over again
without any goal in mind. Rather, it
would be better to show them a clear
purpose for why they need to roll. For
example, guiding your baby to roll to
the table, to the bath or to their favorite
toy are forms of complete function. By
guiding your child this way, they will be
encouraged to be more independent
in their daily routine and it will help
improve their trunk control drastically!
Please remember that every child is
different, and so the rate at which they
develop good trunk control will vary.
For children who are born prematurely
or are developmentally delayed, it
may take longer. Your child is capable
of things no one can predict, so try
to remain positive and focus more on
building your child up in their current
developmental stage rather than on
how fast they reach their milestones.
HOW TO STAY
As we welcome the winter weather
into our daily lives we also enter into a
vulnerability to sicknesses. It’s important
to keep in mind what kind of foods
we should consume in order to keep
our bodies healthy so we can prevent
from catching anything that will hinder
us from our day to day schedules.
It’s extremely vital to pay attention to
what kind of foods provide the vitamins
we need and might be lacking as
the seasons come and go.
One thing that many people lack
during this season is Vitamin D which
helps you activate your immune system.
When your body is exposed to a
pathogen, your T cells ( a type of white
blood cell ) extend a receptor to search
for Vitamin D. If you don’t have enough
of it, however, the T cell will not be able
to activate and your immune system
will not be able to take action appropriately.
Vitamin D is also important
for bones, as it can increase calcium
absorption when the body signals that
it needs calcium. Populations with calcium
intakes similar to omnivores in
the United States, vitamin D is more
important than calcium for preventing
osteoporosis. Naturally, a great
source of Vitamin D would be sunlight,
if you have some time but if you don’t,
finding replacements in food is fine
as well. Great examples of sources
of this essential vitamin are portobello
mushrooms and fatty fish such as
salmon and tuna.
Vitamin C is another essential
vitamin to be aware of and unlike Vitamin
D it’s a lot easier to find great
sources of this in foods. Vitamin C
helps protect against immune system
deficiencies, cardiovascular disease,
prenatal health problems and eye disease.
It’s even hailed as one of the
most effective nutrients and higher
levels of Vitamin C may be the ideal
nutritional marker for overall health. If
you’re looking for great sources of Vitamin
C try kiwi and mandarins as both
have high concentrations of it.
Another tip to keep sick free this winter
would be to eat antioxidant rich
foods. Eating an antioxidant-rich diet
is one of the best ways to curb free
radical damage in your body while also
optimizing your immune system. Ideally,
try to include a wide range of fruits
and vegetables in your diet, as this
will give you an equally wide range of
antioxidants, which is important since
each antioxidant has a slightly different
impact on your immune health. For
example, glutathione, found in whey
protein, asparagus, avocado and parsley,
has been described as the “most
important antioxidant” because it empowers
your immune system to exert
its full potential by quenching free
radicals, recycling vitamins C and E
into their biologically active forms and
regulating DNA synthesis and repair.
To summarize, eat healthy and be
aware of what essential vitamins you
need in your body and how much of it
you are intaking daily! After all, in order
to fight off possible illness you need to
have a strong body that is prepared for
the brutal changes in winter weather.
Keep in mind to stay active and eat the
foods your body really needs.
DID YOU KNOW
Green tea is the healthiest beverage
on the planet. It is loaded with antioxidants
and nutrients that have powerful
effects on the body.
3 TIPS ON ADAPTING ART PROJECTS
FOR YOUR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD
Art is a great medium for children to
explore their creativity and express
themselves without fear of doing it
the ‘right or ‘wrong’ way. Some parents
and teachers may shy away from doing
traditional art projects with their special
needs children or students because
they find it difficult, but there is no need
for this. With a few modifications, any
special needs child can participate in
art activities comfortably.
Comfortable Positioning: Modifying
your child’s surroundings so that
they can do their artwork comfortably
is important if they have a physical
disability. Some children will have no
trouble sitting up, but others may need
to work while lying on their stomachs.
The main thing is to stabilize their
position so that they are able to work
with their hands easily. Make use
of special chairs, swings, and even
cushions and blankets to help prop
them up. It is also helpful if all the
art tools they will be using are within
easy grabbing distance from them.
You could try taping or tying down the
art tools to the area where your child
will be working in.
Use the Right Art Supplies: For
children who have CP or other
neurological conditions, they may have
difficulty with their hand functioning.
Try giving them thicker and heavier
Finger painting is a great medium you could try with your child
brushes, markers, or crayons to use,
since they may be easier to grip. You
could also consider using assistive
devices to help them hold these tools
in place. According to the teachers
at Bright Hub Education (http://www.
“Some children may need
Velcro wrapped around to hold the
brush or marker in place. Children with
tremors or coordination problems will
benefit from heavier art. They may
also do well with a weighted cuff on
their forearm, wrist or shoulders.”Play
dough sculpting and finger painting
are also great mediums you could try
with your child!
Group Art Projects: It’s great for
children to work on their own individual
projects by themselves; however,
try changing it up once in a while by
making it a group activity! Invite your
child’s brothers and sisters or friends
to join in on the art fun. It can be very
helpful when you put children with
different levels of abilities together,
especially if your child with special
needs is unable to do certain parts of
a project by themselves. Not only will
they have fun expressing themselves,
but they can also learn how to work
Giving children thicker and heavier crayons to use will make it easier to grip.
HONEY, GARLIC, LEMON: A NATURAL COLD REMEDY RECIPE
1. Thoroughly wash the lemon and cut into wedges. Make
sure to leave the rind on!
2. Peel garlic cloves and chop finely.
3. Fill jar with lemon wedges and chopped garlic. Pour the
honey over the mixture.
4. The honey, garlic, and lemon mixture is ready to use right
away! It’s best to use this on the same day since it will lose
potency after 24 hours. Make a new batch fresh each day for
as long as your cold and flu symptoms last.
• 1–2 tablespoons honey (Use the raw, unpasteurized kind!)
• 5–8 cloves of raw garlic
• One whole lemon
• A clean jar
Now you have your own go-to natural cold medicine prepared!
When you’re feeling the symptoms of a cold, eat
a small spoonful of honey from your ‘medicine’ jar (don’t
forget to include the chunks of lemon and garlic!) about
every hour. Or you can make a nice soothing tea by adding
a spoonful to some hot water.
Boost your immunity this winter by trying this simple, but
effective home remedy! Honey, garlic, and lemon are all
great at fighting off infections because they each act as an
antibacterial. The antiviral properties of honey help protect
against viruses like the flu, and the vitamin C found in lemon
helps strengthen the immune system.
Our daughter, Maggie,
was diagnosed with
Cerebral Palsy when
she was 17 months
old, though we expected
much sooner. In the
four weeks that we’ve
been here, Maggie
and we have learned
so much and she has
things. She can roll, sit and crawl – all the things that she
tried her best to do before but not properly. She can now
transition from the floor to sitting, to being on her knees,
to stand and she is even taking steps with very little support
both with and without a walker. We were told to get a
wheelchair before we came! Overall, we can’t say enough
about Natan and the staff here at Health in Motion. From
functional rehabilitation, to massages, communication and
diet advice, they have it all covered. We’re so grateful God
led us here to support our little Maggie. Thank you so much!
-Daniel + Amanda, Nashville, TN, U.S.A
For: kids 0-12 & 12-16 with CP, ABI or stroke
Frequency: 2 times a week, 2 hours/day
Duration: Ongoing as needed
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Frequency: 5 times a week, 4.5 hours/day
Duration: 4 weeks
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FOODS TO AVOID
WHEN YOU HAVE
Irritable bowel syndrome is a common
disorder of the colon that affects 1 in
7 Canadians and nearly 1 in 5 Americans.
Depending on the severity of IBS
that a person has, living with frequent
symptom flare-ups such as abdominal
pains, cramps, bloating, constipation,
and diarrhea can be a very painful and
inconvenient experience. Although
the cause of IBS is still unknown and
there is no proven cure, simply changing
your diet can help prevent many
of these painful symptoms and lead
you to live a more comfortable life.
Here are some common food triggers
to avoid that can cause IBS symptom
Grains: Eating grains such as rye,
wheat, and barley are heavy for digestion
and may be too much for those
with IBS to handle. Grains will sit in the
digestive system and highly ferment,
which can aggravate IBS symptoms
like bloating and cramping, and even
cause damage to the intestinal lining.
Dairy: Consuming dairy (i.e. milk,
cheese, etc.) may trigger a variety of
IBS symptoms such as constipation,
diarrhea, bloating, and flatulence due
to the fat and lactose contained in
these products. If you are lactose intolerant
and have IBS, you may want
to consider reducing the amount of
dairy you eat.
Fried Foods: Most would agree that
fried foods are incredibly tasty, but
very unhealthy, even for those who
don’t suffer from IBS. The high fat content
found in fried foods is hard on
the digestive system and may trigger
or worsen diarrhea and abdominal
cramps in those with IBS. Coffee, alcohol,
and soda: These 3 are digestive
stimulants that can worsen cramps,
bloating and diarrhea for IBS patients.
Carbonated drinks like soda and beer
will increase the amount of gas in your
gut. Fructose, an artificial sweetener
found in many sodas, can also produce
Coffee is a powerful irritant to the digestive system.
gas. Coffee, caffeinated or decaffeinated,
contain components that are powerful
irritants to the digestive system
that may cause increased stomach
acid production. This can be especially
problematic if you have IBS.
Spicy Foods: Heavily spiced foods
can irritate the digestive tract of those
with IBS and aggravate abdominal
cramping and diarrhea. Try to avoid
spices such as pepper, curry, ginger,
cinnamon, and turmeric.
Problematic Vegetables: Although
vegetables are healthy for you and
should be incorporated into everyone’s
diet, there are many that will cause
excess gas and bloating in those with
IBS. Some of these gas-producing
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veggies include broccoli, beans, onions,
cabbage, garlic, celery, cucumbers,
carrots, and Brussels sprouts. All
of these foods will not trigger symptoms
in all IBS patients. It will be different
for everyone. You can figure out
which of these vegetables cause the
most gas by eliminating them from
your diet for a few days and then reintroducing
them one-by-one slowly.
Baking or cooking these vegetables
instead of eating them raw may also
help prevent IBS flare-ups.
WHAT IS VITAPLUS THERAPY
VitaPlus therapy is an all-natural treatment for people suffering
from chronic illnesses, which activates the body’s
innate ability to regenerate healing through a completely
organic and vegetarian diet, juicing, natural supplements
and vitamins, detoxification and cleansing. Based on osteopathy
manual practitioner Natan Gendelman’s extensive
experience of successfully treating various conditions,
such as cancer, arthritis, fibromyalgia, asthma, irritable
bowel syndrome, Crohn disease and so on, the VitaPlus
methodology and program is based on a whole-body approach
which reactivates the immune system and develops
an environment in which diseases cannot survive.
We see the body as a single unit of function, which encompasses
the mechanisms and ability to heal itself. Our
treatment reactivates and boosts the immune system,
which fights and kills diseases.
How Do We Do This
VitaPlus treatment is a full intensive detoxification and
cleansing regimen focused on restoring and reactivating
the body’s ability to heal itself.
It Consists Of:
- Entirely organic and vegetarian diet plan,
including juices, meals and snacks
- Up to 5 litres of fresh pressed juice daily
- Biologically-natural nutritional supplements
- Detoxification and cleansing
- Massage therapy
- Health coaching