How to Use This Blog

A Wayfarer is a person who is traveling, a particular place, a circumstance, a stage of life, etc. Let's walk the road of adoption together. The journey is so much better with company!
Much of this information is useful for any adoption, but this blog is designed to be a
I hope this blog will be helpful to you in your adoption whether you are considering, waiting or home. I started this blog when we were adopting and found there was next to nothing on the web in any orderly manner. I set about to collect information for myself and then for others. Now, there are more sites for resources, but still not much that brings it all together. I hope this blog will serve as a sort of clearing house for Ethiopian Adoption Information. Please feel free to contribute your knowledge through commenting.
You can search by topic in three ways. 1. Go to the "key word" tabs on top and open pages of links in those topics. 2. Use the "labels list" in the side bar or 3. use the "search bar" above the labels list. You can also browse the blog by month and year in the Posts section or in any of the above as well. The sidebar links are to sites outside of this blog. While I feel they provide good information, I can not vouch for each site with an approval rating. Use your own discernment for each. If you have more to add to the topic, please add it in the comment section of that page or post.
And, please link to The Wayfarer Adoption Blog by putting my button on
your blog so others can use this resource too. Please link to this blog when ever you can and whenever you re-post things (or images) you have found here. Thanks!
The solid tabs are links to my other blogs for books and family. Check them out if you are interested.
Welcome to the journey!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Link between stress and calcium deficency ??? Interesting study

So, this pod cast is quite interesting. Brings up some interesting ideas about some adopted kids, although not about adoption. Ok, I will just put this out there, you can come to your own thoughts and ideas on this after listening to it. Some kids born in Ethiopia come home with great teeth, while others come with really awful teeth, cavities and thin enamel. Neither one having ever seen a toothbrush before the child care center. Doctors give reports of bone density loss and calcium deficiency, etc. Some have even had bone density tests and dental evaluations done to determine age and found that their child has calcium deficiency and even bone loss due to it, etc... Many of these same kids have a seriously ingrained fight or flight response which we recognize as a reaction to danger and stress. We know that Ethiopia is impoverished, there are a lot of reasons for calcium deficiency, including poor nutrition and even malnutrition. In light of this article and findings, could the stress of poverty and the culturally approved child rearing practices (which would never fly in the US as healthy) be part of what we are seeing in some of our older adoptees? Just a thought. Not saying it is or is not. Just putting it out there for parents who are experiencing some of this as a thought to consider.
Check it out for yourself.

Stressed out! The powerful biology of stress

Pick up the podcast and listen in at .
A little tension keeps us on our toes - we're biologically primed for it. But 'toxic' stress makes us physically sick, and powerful research is now revealing its potent impact on our developing bodies and brains. Don't miss two world leaders transforming our understanding.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Please leave a comment:

Related Posts with Thumbnails

Sponsor a Child


The content on The Wayfarer:Ethiopian Adoption Resource Blog is for informational purposes only. We are adoptive parents, but we are not professionals. The opinions and suggestions expressed here are not intended to replace professional evaluation or therapy, or to supersede your agency. We assume no responsibility in the decisions that families make for their children and families. There are many links on this blog. We believe these other sites have valuable information, but we do not necessarily share all of the opinions or positions represented by each site, nor have we fully researched every aspect of each link. Please keep this in mind when visiting the links from this page.
Thank You.

A Links Disclaimer

I post a lot of links. I do so because I feel that the particular page has good information and much to offer. I do not necessarily support all that each site has to say or promote. I trust you to sift the links for information you feel is worthwhile to you. Each person's story and situation are unique and different things will be useful or not useful to each one in different ways. Please use your own discretion when accessing links and information.