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<strong>GOOD</strong> <strong>HEALTH</strong> <strong>NEWS</strong><br />

January 2015<br />

Volume 7 No. 3<br />


Pg. 1<br />

Improving Trunk Control<br />

During Child Development<br />

Pg. 2<br />

How to Stay Healthy this<br />

Winter<br />

Pg. 3<br />

3 Tips on Adapting Art<br />

Projects for Your Special<br />

Needs Child<br />

Pg. 4<br />

Honey, Garlic, Lemon: A<br />

Natural Cold Remedy Recipe<br />

Pg. 5<br />

Foods to Avoid When You<br />

Have IBS<br />

Pg. 6<br />

Our Brand New VitaPlus<br />

Program<br />





Health in Motion director Natan<br />

Gendelman talks about how to<br />

improve trunk control in your child.<br />

In terms of physical development, the<br />

trunk is the king of the body. In order<br />

to maintain a certain position or to<br />

move properly, we must be able to<br />

control our trunk. Trunk control also<br />

determines how well we hold our head<br />

up and how well we move our hands,<br />

arms, and legs. Since every single system<br />

(digestive, cardiovascular, respiratory,<br />

nervous, etc.) is present in the<br />

trunk, it is also the mechanism through<br />

which we get nutrients to the rest of<br />

the body.<br />

During child development, when a<br />

baby begins to flip from their belly<br />

onto their back and roll from side to<br />

side, they are unknowingly stimulating<br />

their trunk and developing control.<br />

This is why going through the stages<br />

of development is so important for<br />

every infant. All of a baby’s developmental<br />

milestones (http://www.babycentre.co.uk/c25004227/developmental-milestones)<br />

should occur in<br />

order. For example, if your infant can’t<br />

roll properly yet, then their trunk is not<br />

ready to transfer to a more vertical position,<br />

like sitting upright. The same is<br />

true for going from sitting to kneeling.<br />

This requires much control of the trunk,<br />

head, and limbs. In order for your child<br />

to move on to standing, which is a highly<br />

functional position, it will require a<br />

huge amount of balance since they<br />

need to stand on a narrow base of support<br />

(their feet). Each stage of development<br />

prepares a child for the next one.<br />

A good way to help improve trunk<br />

control is by working with your baby<br />

on the floor. Guiding them through<br />

rolling and crawling on the ground before<br />

they’re ready to move into a more<br />

upright position is a great way to start.<br />

It’s important that there’s no fear of<br />

falling down and that your baby feels<br />

comfortable and safe.<br />

Another thing to note when helping<br />

your baby improve trunk control is<br />

that there should be no exercises, only<br />

functions (http://enabledkids.ca/looking-at-the-differences-between-exercise-and-function-in-treatment/).<br />

Exercise<br />

means you are repeatedly asking<br />

your child to roll over and over again<br />

without any goal in mind. Rather, it<br />

would be better to show them a clear<br />

purpose for why they need to roll. For<br />

example, guiding your baby to roll to<br />

the table, to the bath or to their favorite<br />

toy are forms of complete function. By<br />

guiding your child this way, they will be<br />

encouraged to be more independent<br />

in their daily routine and it will help<br />

improve their trunk control drastically!<br />

Please remember that every child is<br />

different, and so the rate at which they<br />

develop good trunk control will vary.<br />

For children who are born prematurely<br />

or are developmentally delayed, it<br />

may take longer. Your child is capable<br />

of things no one can predict, so try<br />

to remain positive and focus more on<br />

building your child up in their current<br />

developmental stage rather than on<br />

how fast they reach their milestones.<br />



<strong>HEALTH</strong>Y<br />


As we welcome the winter weather<br />

into our daily lives we also enter into a<br />

vulnerability to sicknesses. It’s important<br />

to keep in mind what kind of foods<br />

we should consume in order to keep<br />

our bodies healthy so we can prevent<br />

from catching anything that will hinder<br />

us from our day to day schedules.<br />

It’s extremely vital to pay attention to<br />

what kind of foods provide the vitamins<br />

we need and might be lacking as<br />

the seasons come and go.<br />

One thing that many people lack<br />

during this season is Vitamin D which<br />

helps you activate your immune system.<br />

When your body is exposed to a<br />

pathogen, your T cells ( a type of white<br />

blood cell ) extend a receptor to search<br />

for Vitamin D. If you don’t have enough<br />

of it, however, the T cell will not be able<br />

to activate and your immune system<br />

will not be able to take action appropriately.<br />

Vitamin D is also important<br />

for bones, as it can increase calcium<br />

absorption when the body signals that<br />

it needs calcium. Populations with calcium<br />

intakes similar to omnivores in<br />

the United States, vitamin D is more<br />

important than calcium for preventing<br />

osteoporosis. Naturally, a great<br />

source of Vitamin D would be sunlight,<br />

if you have some time but if you don’t,<br />

finding replacements in food is fine<br />

as well. Great examples of sources<br />

of this essential vitamin are portobello<br />

mushrooms and fatty fish such as<br />

salmon and tuna.<br />

Vitamin C is another essential<br />

vitamin to be aware of and unlike Vitamin<br />

D it’s a lot easier to find great<br />

sources of this in foods. Vitamin C<br />

helps protect against immune system<br />

deficiencies, cardiovascular disease,<br />

prenatal health problems and eye disease.<br />

It’s even hailed as one of the<br />

most effective nutrients and higher<br />

levels of Vitamin C may be the ideal<br />

nutritional marker for overall health. If<br />

you’re looking for great sources of Vitamin<br />

C try kiwi and mandarins as both<br />

have high concentrations of it.<br />

Another tip to keep sick free this winter<br />

would be to eat antioxidant rich<br />

foods. Eating an antioxidant-rich diet<br />

is one of the best ways to curb free<br />

radical damage in your body while also<br />

optimizing your immune system. Ideally,<br />

try to include a wide range of fruits<br />

and vegetables in your diet, as this<br />

will give you an equally wide range of<br />

antioxidants, which is important since<br />

each antioxidant has a slightly different<br />

impact on your immune health. For<br />

example, glutathione, found in whey<br />

protein, asparagus, avocado and parsley,<br />

has been described as the “most<br />

important antioxidant” because it empowers<br />

your immune system to exert<br />

its full potential by quenching free<br />

radicals, recycling vitamins C and E<br />

into their biologically active forms and<br />

regulating DNA synthesis and repair.<br />

To summarize, eat healthy and be<br />

aware of what essential vitamins you<br />

need in your body and how much of it<br />

you are intaking daily! After all, in order<br />

to fight off possible illness you need to<br />

have a strong body that is prepared for<br />

the brutal changes in winter weather.<br />

Keep in mind to stay active and eat the<br />

foods your body really needs.<br />


Green tea is the healthiest beverage<br />

on the planet. It is loaded with antioxidants<br />

and nutrients that have powerful<br />

effects on the body.<br />




Art is a great medium for children to<br />

explore their creativity and express<br />

themselves without fear of doing it<br />

the ‘right or ‘wrong’ way. Some parents<br />

and teachers may shy away from doing<br />

traditional art projects with their special<br />

needs children or students because<br />

they find it difficult, but there is no need<br />

for this. With a few modifications, any<br />

special needs child can participate in<br />

art activities comfortably.<br />

Comfortable Positioning: Modifying<br />

your child’s surroundings so that<br />

they can do their artwork comfortably<br />

is important if they have a physical<br />

disability. Some children will have no<br />

trouble sitting up, but others may need<br />

to work while lying on their stomachs.<br />

The main thing is to stabilize their<br />

position so that they are able to work<br />

with their hands easily. Make use<br />

of special chairs, swings, and even<br />

cushions and blankets to help prop<br />

them up. It is also helpful if all the<br />

art tools they will be using are within<br />

easy grabbing distance from them.<br />

You could try taping or tying down the<br />

art tools to the area where your child<br />

will be working in.<br />

Use the Right Art Supplies: For<br />

children who have CP or other<br />

neurological conditions, they may have<br />

difficulty with their hand functioning.<br />

Try giving them thicker and heavier<br />

Finger painting is a great medium you could try with your child<br />

brushes, markers, or crayons to use,<br />

since they may be easier to grip. You<br />

could also consider using assistive<br />

devices to help them hold these tools<br />

in place. According to the teachers<br />

at Bright Hub Education (http://www.<br />

brighthubeducation.com/special-edinclusion-strategies/69301-adaptingart-projects-for-special-needsstudents/),<br />

“Some children may need<br />

Velcro wrapped around to hold the<br />

brush or marker in place. Children with<br />

tremors or coordination problems will<br />

benefit from heavier art. They may<br />

also do well with a weighted cuff on<br />

their forearm, wrist or shoulders.”Play<br />

dough sculpting and finger painting<br />

are also great mediums you could try<br />

with your child!<br />

Group Art Projects: It’s great for<br />

children to work on their own individual<br />

projects by themselves; however,<br />

try changing it up once in a while by<br />

making it a group activity! Invite your<br />

child’s brothers and sisters or friends<br />

to join in on the art fun. It can be very<br />

helpful when you put children with<br />

different levels of abilities together,<br />

especially if your child with special<br />

needs is unable to do certain parts of<br />

a project by themselves. Not only will<br />

they have fun expressing themselves,<br />

but they can also learn how to work<br />

with others!<br />

Giving children thicker and heavier crayons to use will make it easier to grip.<br />



Directions:<br />

1. Thoroughly wash the lemon and cut into wedges. Make<br />

sure to leave the rind on!<br />

2. Peel garlic cloves and chop finely.<br />

3. Fill jar with lemon wedges and chopped garlic. Pour the<br />

honey over the mixture.<br />

4. The honey, garlic, and lemon mixture is ready to use right<br />

away! It’s best to use this on the same day since it will lose<br />

potency after 24 hours. Make a new batch fresh each day for<br />

as long as your cold and flu symptoms last.<br />

Ingredients:<br />

• 1–2 tablespoons honey (Use the raw, unpasteurized kind!)<br />

• 5–8 cloves of raw garlic<br />

• One whole lemon<br />

• A clean jar<br />

Now you have your own go-to natural cold medicine prepared!<br />

When you’re feeling the symptoms of a cold, eat<br />

a small spoonful of honey from your ‘medicine’ jar (don’t<br />

forget to include the chunks of lemon and garlic!) about<br />

every hour. Or you can make a nice soothing tea by adding<br />

a spoonful to some hot water.<br />

Boost your immunity this winter by trying this simple, but<br />

effective home remedy! Honey, garlic, and lemon are all<br />

great at fighting off infections because they each act as an<br />

antibacterial. The antiviral properties of honey help protect<br />

against viruses like the flu, and the vitamin C found in lemon<br />

helps strengthen the immune system.<br />


Our daughter, Maggie,<br />

was diagnosed with<br />

Cerebral Palsy when<br />

she was 17 months<br />

old, though we expected<br />

this diagnosis<br />

much sooner. In the<br />

four weeks that we’ve<br />

been here, Maggie<br />

and we have learned<br />

so much and she has<br />

accomplished amazing<br />

things. She can roll, sit and crawl – all the things that she<br />

tried her best to do before but not properly. She can now<br />

transition from the floor to sitting, to being on her knees,<br />

to stand and she is even taking steps with very little support<br />

both with and without a walker. We were told to get a<br />

wheelchair before we came! Overall, we can’t say enough<br />

about Natan and the staff here at Health in Motion. From<br />

functional rehabilitation, to massages, communication and<br />

diet advice, they have it all covered. We’re so grateful God<br />

led us here to support our little Maggie. Thank you so much!<br />

-Daniel + Amanda, Nashville, TN, U.S.A<br />

Mini Program<br />

For: kids 0-12 & 12-16 with CP, ABI or stroke<br />

Frequency: 2 times a week, 2 hours/day<br />

Duration: Ongoing as needed<br />

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For: kids 0-12 & 12-16 with CP, ABI or stroke<br />

Frequency: 5 times a week, 4.5 hours/day<br />

Duration: 4 weeks<br />

Contact us if you are interested in booking for 2015.<br />

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Irritable bowel syndrome is a common<br />

disorder of the colon that affects 1 in<br />

7 Canadians and nearly 1 in 5 Americans.<br />

Depending on the severity of IBS<br />

that a person has, living with frequent<br />

symptom flare-ups such as abdominal<br />

pains, cramps, bloating, constipation,<br />

and diarrhea can be a very painful and<br />

inconvenient experience. Although<br />

the cause of IBS is still unknown and<br />

there is no proven cure, simply changing<br />

your diet can help prevent many<br />

of these painful symptoms and lead<br />

you to live a more comfortable life.<br />

Here are some common food triggers<br />

to avoid that can cause IBS symptom<br />

flare-ups:<br />

Grains: Eating grains such as rye,<br />

wheat, and barley are heavy for digestion<br />

and may be too much for those<br />

with IBS to handle. Grains will sit in the<br />

digestive system and highly ferment,<br />

which can aggravate IBS symptoms<br />

like bloating and cramping, and even<br />

cause damage to the intestinal lining.<br />

Dairy: Consuming dairy (i.e. milk,<br />

cheese, etc.) may trigger a variety of<br />

IBS symptoms such as constipation,<br />

diarrhea, bloating, and flatulence due<br />

to the fat and lactose contained in<br />

these products. If you are lactose intolerant<br />

and have IBS, you may want<br />

to consider reducing the amount of<br />

dairy you eat.<br />

Fried Foods: Most would agree that<br />

fried foods are incredibly tasty, but<br />

very unhealthy, even for those who<br />

don’t suffer from IBS. The high fat content<br />

found in fried foods is hard on<br />

the digestive system and may trigger<br />

or worsen diarrhea and abdominal<br />

cramps in those with IBS. Coffee, alcohol,<br />

and soda: These 3 are digestive<br />

stimulants that can worsen cramps,<br />

bloating and diarrhea for IBS patients.<br />

Carbonated drinks like soda and beer<br />

will increase the amount of gas in your<br />

gut. Fructose, an artificial sweetener<br />

found in many sodas, can also produce<br />

Coffee is a powerful irritant to the digestive system.<br />

gas. Coffee, caffeinated or decaffeinated,<br />

contain components that are powerful<br />

irritants to the digestive system<br />

that may cause increased stomach<br />

acid production. This can be especially<br />

problematic if you have IBS.<br />

Spicy Foods: Heavily spiced foods<br />

can irritate the digestive tract of those<br />

with IBS and aggravate abdominal<br />

cramping and diarrhea. Try to avoid<br />

spices such as pepper, curry, ginger,<br />

cinnamon, and turmeric.<br />

Problematic Vegetables: Although<br />

vegetables are healthy for you and<br />

should be incorporated into everyone’s<br />

diet, there are many that will cause<br />

excess gas and bloating in those with<br />

IBS. Some of these gas-producing<br />


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shared with family and friends. Articles in GHN are for informational purposes<br />

only. If you have a health condition, please consult your physician<br />

or health care provider before following any advice. Good Health News<br />

is published by the Health in Motion Rehabilitation Clinic, Toronto, Ontario,<br />

(416) 250-1904, info@healthinmotionrehab.com. Previous issues of<br />

Good Health News are posted at: www.healthinmotionrehab.com. If you<br />

would like a subscription, or a copy of past issues, feel free to contactu<br />

us. We hope you enjoyed this issue!<br />

-The Health in Motion Team<br />

veggies include broccoli, beans, onions,<br />

cabbage, garlic, celery, cucumbers,<br />

carrots, and Brussels sprouts. All<br />

of these foods will not trigger symptoms<br />

in all IBS patients. It will be different<br />

for everyone. You can figure out<br />

which of these vegetables cause the<br />

most gas by eliminating them from<br />

your diet for a few days and then reintroducing<br />

them one-by-one slowly.<br />

Baking or cooking these vegetables<br />

instead of eating them raw may also<br />

help prevent IBS flare-ups.<br />



VitaPlus therapy is an all-natural treatment for people suffering<br />

from chronic illnesses, which activates the body’s<br />

innate ability to regenerate healing through a completely<br />

organic and vegetarian diet, juicing, natural supplements<br />

and vitamins, detoxification and cleansing. Based on osteopathy<br />

manual practitioner Natan Gendelman’s extensive<br />

experience of successfully treating various conditions,<br />

such as cancer, arthritis, fibromyalgia, asthma, irritable<br />

bowel syndrome, Crohn disease and so on, the VitaPlus<br />

methodology and program is based on a whole-body approach<br />

which reactivates the immune system and develops<br />

an environment in which diseases cannot survive.<br />

VitaPlus Approach<br />

We see the body as a single unit of function, which encompasses<br />

the mechanisms and ability to heal itself. Our<br />

treatment reactivates and boosts the immune system,<br />

which fights and kills diseases.<br />

How Do We Do This<br />

VitaPlus treatment is a full intensive detoxification and<br />

cleansing regimen focused on restoring and reactivating<br />

the body’s ability to heal itself.<br />

It Consists Of:<br />

- Entirely organic and vegetarian diet plan,<br />

including juices, meals and snacks<br />

- Up to 5 litres of fresh pressed juice daily<br />

- Biologically-natural nutritional supplements<br />

and vitamins<br />

- Detoxification and cleansing<br />

- Massage therapy<br />

- Health coaching<br />


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