March 19, 2015

Shaken Baby Syndrome, Part 1

Articles by Dr. Erdman are for informational purposes, and are not to be taken as specific medical advice.

At the beginning of February of this year, Mr. Mahmoud Ibrahim was on trial for attempted homicide. He allegedly shook his 4 month old son, Ali, so severely as to cause brain hemorrhage and retinal hemorrhage. He was jailed on 1 million dollars bail in October of 2013, where he had remained until being acquitted in February. This man spent 13 months in jail for a crime he was just acquitted of committing.

He was committed to jail because Dr. Bellino, who treated Ali that fateful day, said Mr. Ibrahim was a child abuser, based solely on his observations and findings. During the trial Dr. Bellino testified “that the brain injury suffered by Ali was due to abusive head trauma and likely caused by shaking within an hour of Ibrahim making a 911 call for help on October 28, 2013, when his son began struggling to breath.”

It sounds logical until you really take a hard look at the reality of Shaken Baby Syndrome or SBS. Are there people out there who abuse children? Sure there are, and they need punished to the fullest extent.

March 05, 2015

New Neuroimmunology, Part 3

Articles by Dr. Erdman are for informational purposes, and are not to be taken as specific medical advice.

For a third article in a row, I’m going to go back to the immunology and immunization debate.  We have gone into great detail on the subject of how your immune system responds with natural exposure to a disease versus a vaccination. 

Now, we’ll look at the starting point of your immune response. The care of the mother and the initial care of the infant play a huge role in the health of the baby. We all know that don’t we? Significant new research is showing that we haven’t known the half of it!

Would you believe the latest studies show that when a woman is pregnant, her diet, environment and care of herself affect not only her child, but her grandchildren and even her great-grandchildren? That is mind blowing! The way this is possible is through something called the epigenome. The epigenetic response is how you respond to everything that happens to you, including your environment, diet, child abuse, vaccinations, clean water or pesticide laced vegetables. Your genome doesn’t change as we age, but your epigenome changes drastically as we are influenced by our environment. That good news is that you can do something about your mother’s bad habits.