CF 236: You Are What You Eat & Screen Time For Kids
Today we’re going to talk about what you eat and mental health and we’ll talk about screen time for kids.
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Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about about the inflammatory response’s protection from chronic pain, which is fascinating.. and we talked about where patients should be starting their journey for low back pain.
Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. On the personal end of things…..
Struggles and challenges in my personal space. See if you recognize any of my struggles in your life and clinic.
Some are so busy they can’t see straight. I have to say that the last few weeks have been a bit slow for me compared to where I normally am, numberswise. I typically will see 180+ appointments per week, 23 or so NP per week included in that number, and around 650 or so total appointments per month by myself.
Lately, it’s more like 145 or so per week.
In my mind, it’s the economy. It’s gas prices. It’s uncertainty. I keep good stats and this is just not normal for me. I didn’t make anyone in town mad. I didn’t go out and kick the mayor’s dog or anything. My name and reputation hasn’t changed. We’re good.
So why the slow down? COVID isn’t really around to take the blame this time. And, in the past, any time there’s been a slow down, it’s either back to school in August or it’s the holidays. So, outside of those factors what else is working people’s brains these days? Uncertainty. The inability to afford extras because of the price of food and gas and real estate and vehicles and everything else y ou can think of.
I cannot wait until the post-COVID wreck finally settles and life starts to click normally once again. No more excuses about inflation, gas, supply chains, price gouging, or anything else. Just normal life. I can’t wait.
In the meantime, I’m still looking for an associate. I’m a go getter. I’m a do-er. If you are too and you need a great place to work, be mentored, and maybe even buy out one of these days, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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This first one is an article that covers a paper. The article is called “Your mental health may depend on what’s in your diet”
by the staff (Staff 2021) at Study Finds. It was published in September of 2021 and that’s just steamy enough! It’s an article so here is the summary of the info within:
- “There is increasing evidence that diet plays a major role in improving mental health, but everyone is talking about a healthy diet,” says Lina Begdache, an assistant professor of health and wellness studies and co-author of the study
- There is not one healthy diet that will work for everyone. There is not one fix
- Results indicated that eating breakfast daily, getting moderate exercise frequently, and keeping fast food and caffeine consumption down improved the mental health of young women. In mature women, the same applied with the addition of high consumption of fruits daily.
- In young men, daily exercise coupled with dairy and meat consumption increased mental health, along with a low intake of fast food and caffeine. The same applied to mature men with an additional intake of nuts daily.
- “I have found it in my multiple studies so far, that men are less likely to be affected by diet than women are. As long as they eat a slightly healthy diet they will have good mental well-being. It’s only when they consume mostly fast food that we start seeing mental distress,”
- “Women, on the other hand, really need to be consuming a whole spectrum of healthy food and doing exercise in order to have positive mental well-being. These two things are important for mental well-being in women across age groups.”
Interesting stuff there. Food for thought…..pun intended.
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The last one today is called “Association Between Screen Time Trajectory and Early Childhood Development in Children in China”
by Zhao et. al. (Zhao J 2022) and published in JAMA Pediatrics on June 6, 2022. Aye yaye….muy caliente! Why They Did It
Screen time has become an integral part of children’s daily lives. Nevertheless, the developmental consequences of screen exposure in young children remain unclear.
The authors wanted to investigate the screen time trajectory from 6 months to 72 months of age and its association with children’s development at age 72 months in a prospective birth cohort. That’s 6 years old for those that don’t like brain math.
Basically – Is early screen exposure associated with children’s cognitive, language, and social-emotional development? How They Did It
Wrap It Up
- Women in Shanghai were recruited for this cohort study.
- Their children were followed up at 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, and 72 months of age.
- Children’s screen time was classified into 3 groups at age 6 months:
- continued low (ie, stable amount of screen time),
- late increasing (ie, sharp increase in screen time at age 36 months), and
- early increasing (ie, large amount of screen time in early stages that remained stable after age 36 months).
- Cognitive development was assessed by specially trained research staff in a research clinic.
- Of 262 eligible mother-offspring pairs, 152 dyads had complete data regarding all variables of interest and were included in the analyses.
- Data were analyzed from September 2019 to November 2021.
The findings of this study suggest that both the duration and the onset of screen exposure matters in terms of children’s cognitive and social-emotional development.
It found that excessive screen time in early years was associated with poor cognitive and social-emotional development. This finding may be helpful in encouraging awareness among parents of the importance of onset and duration of children’s screen time.
Parents…..listen up. I wished I had this information when I was a young parent. I think some of the stuff we did would be 180 degrees different.
No doubt in my mind. And for those of you that don’t understand on Facebook how research like this is chiropractic, you don’t get it and probalby never will. We are a profession. Not a spinal manipulative therapy modality. We are a profession and kids mental health and development is as much a part of the health and well being of our patients as is low back pain.
Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen.
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Staff (2021). “Your mental health may depend on what’s in your diet.” StudyFinds.
Zhao J, Y. Z., Sun X, (2022). “Association Between Screen Time Trajectory and Early Childhood Development in Children in China.” JAMA Pediatr.