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DDH – The Life Changing Condition

tice familyBy Natalie J. Trice -

My second born son, Lucas, has Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH), a condition that affects between one and three children in every thousand and whilst it isn’t life threatening, it has certainly been life changing.

DDH, also referred to as congenital hip dysplasia or ‘clicky hips’, is where the ball and socket hip joint fails to develop correctly and doesn’t fit snugly together.

As with many conditions, the earlier DDH is detected the sooner treatment can begin and the less chance there is of life of pain, hip replacements and disability.

Lucas is now six and has just had his fourth operation and whilst he has spent time in casts, had more x-rays than I can remember and suffered more than any child should, I decided to turn a difficult situation into a positive one. 

Is Bariatric Surgery to Extreme for Obese Teens?

obese teenThe results of a new study to be published November 6, 2015 in The New England Journal of Medicine to coincide with presentation at The Obesity Society Annual meeting in Los Angeles, California show that three years after undergoing bariatric surgery, adolescents experienced major improvements in their weight, metabolic health, and quality of life.

Teen-LABS (Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery), a multi-center clinical study examining the safety and health effects of surgical weight loss procedures, is the largest and most comprehensive analysis of bariatric outcomes to date in adolescents.  The study enrolled 242 adolescents, ages 13 to 19, all of whom were severely obese with an average weight of 325 pounds before surgery. The participants had an average body mass index (BMI) of 53 kg/m2. BMI is a tool to determine if a person's weight may lead to health problems.  Three years after surgery, average weight had decreased by over 90 pounds, or 27 percent.  Most participants also had reversal of a number of important obesity-related health problems.  Reversal of type 2 diabetes was seen in 95 percent and normalization of kidney function was seen in 86 percent.  Hypertension corrected in 74 percent and lipid abnormalities reversed in 66 percent.  

NEWS: Single Gene Variation Can Cause Obesity

genes dnaA single variation in the gene for brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF) may influence obesity in children and adults, according to a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health. The study suggests that a less common version of the BDNF gene may predispose people to obesity by producing lower levels of BDNF protein, a regulator of appetite, in the brain. The authors propose that boosting BDNF protein levels may offer a therapeutic strategy for people with the genetic variation, which tends to occur more frequently in African Americans and Hispanics, than in non-Hispanic Caucasians. The study is published in the journal Cell Reports.


Obesity in children and adults is a serious issue in the United States, contributing to health conditions such as heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Importantly, genetic factors can predispose a person to obesity, as well as influence the effectiveness of weight-loss strategies. The body relies on cells to process and store energy, and changes in genes that regulate these functions can cause an imbalance that leads to excessive energy storage and weight gain. 

Who Me? Change?

senior yogaDr. Howard  Peiper - Path to a Better Life -

Everybody wants to get enlightened, but nobody wants to change.

This is the simple, daunting truth that has been staring back at us for eons. The question arises, are we ready to change now?  Mostly followed by a strange and surreal moment of ambiguitty, confusion, and backpedaling.

It is a very rare moment indeed when the evolutionary impulse – that mysterious urge toward unbounded freedom and our own potential for radical transformation in this life – arises in awareness, unimpeded by the endless fears and desires of the separate ego. But it is infinitely rarer that, when that impulse arises, there is a bold and fearless response that says yes and only yes, now and forever.

Live in the Moment…For Your Health

parents and kidsCharles F. Glassman, MD, FACP - Coach MD


I’m sure you have heard the call to “Just live in the moment.”

The question I ask is, “What defines a moment? Is it a second, is it a minute, is it an hour, a day, a lifetime? How long is it?”

In the context of the life of the universe, our lifetime is indeed an infinitesimal blip. So to the astrophysicist our lifetime is a moment.

Or you might choose to look at it the way the rock group Kansas did in their 1978 hit, Dust in the Wind: “I close my eyes, only for a moment, and the moment’s gone.”

All of these might make for interesting conversation, but don’t really help us to live happily in the moment. For me, living in the moment means being attentive to the activities and interactions going on right now, and being ever aware of the automatic brain’s attempts to disrupt everything. This concept is crucial because the automatic brain (AB) is constantly digging through the data banks of our past comparing present conditions and projecting into the future, in an attempt to get a handle on the unknown. The AB wants to get us to fight or flee present or potential dangers, which (to this primitive brain) often arise from the peacefulness and “vulnerability” of the moment.