Well­ness Arti­cles

Children’s Ear infec­tions & Chi­ro­prac­tic

In the Octo­ber 1998 issue of the Ladies Home Jour­nal appeared an arti­cle enti­tled, “Chi­ro­prac­tic Adjust­ments for Chronic Ear Infec­tions.” This arti­cle reviewed sev­eral stud­ies show­ing the effec­tive­ness of chi­ro­prac­tic care for pre­vent­ing re-​occurring ear infec­tions known as Oti­tis Media or OM.

Accord­ing to the arti­cle, reoc­cur­ring ear infec­tions account for over 35% of all pedi­a­tri­cian vis­its in the United States. Some­times these infec­tions are due to bac­te­ria and some­times these are due to a virus. The most com­mon med­ical care for this sit­u­a­tion has been antibi­otics, even though antibi­otics have no effect on viruses. While the arti­cle men­tions that the antibi­otic may be effec­tive in an acute bac­te­r­ial infec­tion, they do noth­ing to stop repeat infec­tions. Research and sta­tis­tics is now show­ing that repeated use of antibi­otics is con­tribut­ing to future infec­tions by cre­at­ing drug-​resistant infec­tions. The sur­gi­cal approach has met with lit­tle long term results as the “tubes” placed in children’s ears often come out and usu­ally require a child to be put under gen­eral anes­the­sia to do the surgery.

The arti­cle in the Ladies Home Jour­nal states, “Chi­ro­prac­tic care is thought to pre­vent recur­rent infec­tions by cor­rect­ing mis­align­ments (called sub­lux­a­tions) and allow­ing nor­mal fluid drainage from the mid­dle ear.” What the arti­cle took spe­cial note of was that 6 months after the chi­ro­prac­tic care was given to the chil­dren in the study, 80 per­cent had not suf­fered a recur­rence of ear infections.

In clos­ing the arti­cle did make a pro­found state­ment. They made a rec­om­men­da­tion to par­ents on this sub­ject. “If your child is between ear infec­tions and his doc­tor sug­gests ear-​tube surgery, ask if you can try chi­ro­prac­tic treat­ment first.” While we agree with that sen­ti­ment, we sug­gest you not wait for a period between episodes, and you don’t have to “ask” per­mis­sion from any other doc­tor to seek chi­ro­prac­tic care. As the sneaker com­pany said, “just do it!”

Chi­ro­prac­tic Care of 401 Chil­dren with Oti­tis Media: A Pilot Study”

Found in the March 1998 edi­tion of Alter­na­tive Ther­a­pies and authored by Fal­lon and Edel­man. (Con­clu­sion) “There is a strong cor­re­la­tion between chi­ro­prac­tic adjust­ment and the res­o­lu­tion of oti­tis media for the chil­dren in this study, which can serve as a start­ing point from which those in the chi­ro­prac­tic pro­fes­sion can exam­ine their role.”

Ran­dom Article

In the United King­dom the use of aspirin in chil­dren under 12 has been banned since 1986. This past April the UK Com­mit­tee on

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