From the Desk of Dr. Michon Hawkins : Newsletters :

Fall 2004

Hello patients and friends,

Summer is past and school has started for our children. It is exciting to see them hurry off to learn and grow.

This summer I demonstrated how different backpacks could hurt your children's' backs at Learning Express in Snider Plaza. A company called Airpack is making ergonomic backpacks. These packs are designed to balance your child's load and help your child be able to maintain the natural curves of his/her spine. See more in the Kid's Corner.

I urge all parents to make sure their children are getting healthy snacks. There are so many unhealthy items on the market that it is difficult to keep track. Remember that studies have been done on refined sugars, colorings, synthetic sweeteners, refined flours and the chemicals in pop. These things really do a number on your child's ability to concentrate and his/her moods. See my healthy snack recipe.

Have a good school year.

ALLERGIES

The fall can be an allergy nightmare for those who have compromised immune systems. Healthy adrenal glands (the little glands on top of your kidneys that help you deal with stress) are very important to the strength of your immune system.

How your adrenals are handling things can be diagnosed with a saliva test at my office. If you experience three or more of these symptoms on a regular basis, you may have adrenal exhaustion.

  • Chronic stress
  • Lack of energy
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Migraine headaches
  • Sleep problems
  • Cravings for sweet foods
  • Low sex drive
  • Poor Memory
  • Irritability

Check with me to see how to rebuild exhausted adrenal glands and a tired immune system.

AFTER SCHOOL RECIPE

A healthy energy booster for the after school slump. This is based on a recipe from Georgia Kostas at the Cooper Clinic:

EASY OATMEAL/RAISIN COOKIE

  • 1 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1-1/2 c. oatmeal
  • 2 beaten egg whites
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. chopped dates
  • 1/3 c. walnut oil
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 c. raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Stir in oatmeal. In a separate bowl combine egg whites, brown sugar, dates, oil, milk, vanilla and raisins. Add to flour mix and stir well. Drop batter by teaspoons onto a greased cookie sheet (butter is good). Bake 12 to 15 minutes. Enjoy warm after school when the weather gets cool.

KIDS CORNER

Your child's bones are softer than yours. This means continual heavy weight can cause actual damage or improper formation of the bones. Also, the heavy weight can damage muscles and ligaments which will make the joints unstable.

If your child's backpack weighs more than 15% of his or her body weight, the backpack will cause your child to begin bending forward in an attempt to balance himself. This can cause strain to the lower back ligaments and muscles as well as misalignment of the vertebrae.

Airpack backpacks are sold at Learning Express in Snider Plaza, Dallas. They are endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association. Let your child try one on and experience the difference.


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