Childhood Ear Infections & Chiropractic

 

     What is the most common reason parents bring their child to the doctor?  Ear infections.  This is an inflammation of the middle ear, usually caused by bacteria, that occurs when fluid builds up behind the eardrum.  Although adults can get ear infections, they are more common in children.  The National Institute of Health has said that Five out of six children will have at least one ear infection by their third birthday.

Let’s look at the anatomy to understand why an ear infection may occur.  Behind the ear is the Eustachian tube which are smaller and more level in children than they are in adults.  This can make it difficult for fluid to drain out of the ear, even under normal conditions. If the eustachian tubes are swollen or blocked with mucus due to a cold or other respiratory illness, fluid may not be able to drain.

From a biomechanical or Chiropractic view, the atlas (first cervical vertebra aka C1) has two side projections called transverse processes and when the Atlas (C1) is subluxated (spinal vertebra misaligned) can put pressure or partially block the Eustacian tube from draining as well.

One common question, I get from patients is, “Why would my young child have a subluxation?”  I respond it’s because they have a spine like adults, they are active (running, falling, bumps, etc.) and they went through the birth process which for some can be traumatic at times on a infants spine.  The overwhelming majority of newborns that I have checked for subluxation in my 12 years of practice have shown some type of subluxation – many times at C1.  Side note: Chiropractic care for newborns is unlike care for adults and is very safe, gentle and effective.  

When the Eustacian tube is blocked, bacteria can build up thriving off the build up of mucus that accumulated.  Research has shown that children get ear infections as a result of this improper drainage of the deep neck lymphatics.  This causes fluid build up, an inflamed and bulging ear drum, and a welcome habitat for bacteria.  Since a child’s immune system isn’t as effective as an adult’s because it’s still developing, this makes it harder for children to fight infections.

The medical approach has children using antibiotics, which with prolonged use can lead to future antibiotic resistance, gut flora problems that can lead to leaky gut and other GI issues and it makes the child more susceptible to other infectious diseases, allergies, obesity, and autoimmune disorders.  Even famous medical doctors like Dr. Sears has come out and recommended a restricted and limited use of Antibiotics.  Even, the Journal of the American Medical Association had a study that concluded that children who took Amoxicillin for chronic ear infections were up to 6 times more likely to have a recurrence of their ear problem than those who received a sugar pill.  Lead author Erdem Cantekin Ph.D. said “children are being abused by the antibiotic treatment in this country.”

Drug resistant strains of childhood ear infections are rapidly increasing.  Health officials say the trend is closely linked to doctors’ misuse of broad spectrum antibiotics.  It is now known that antibiotics can cause side effects and lead to the development of drug resistant bacteria that can cause a more serious disease.  Antibiotics are not the preferred option in the early stages of the condition.

A more natural approach of killing off bacteria is to restore nervous system function which results in normal drainage of the ears and lymphatics and a more normalized function of the immune system.  Doctors of Chiropractic specialize in restoring normal function of the spine and nervous system and have shown to have a good track record in dealing with children with chronic ear infections.  I have seen an incredibly high success rate in my own clinic in treating Childhood and Adult Ear Infections and each case was a subluxation of the Atlas (C1) that we removed the nerve interference for maximum healing and removed the blocking of the Eustacian tube for proper ear drainage.

 

“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, podcaster, visionary, Maximized Living Doctor of Chiropractic and health ambassador to the general public as he educates and empowers others about true health and well-being.  He works out of two health clinics in Roswell and Johns Creek, GA (both are just north of Atlanta) and has over 11 years of clinical experience.  You can reach him at (drmattcares@gmail.com)

Eczema Natural Remedies

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Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is a skin condition that is a chronic allergic condition where the skin may develop areas that become an irritating itchy or scaly rash. Eczema can occur on almost any part of the body but is most common on the face, scalp, inside of elbows, knees, ankles, and hands. It typically appears as extremely itchy patches on the skin. Eczema can get worse when scratched; in fact, itchy skin may appear normal until scratched; the irritating action may then cause the characteristic rash and scales to develop. Eczema is particularly common in infants and children. A person’s risk of developing the problem also increases if he or she has a family history of eczema or allergic conditions such as asthma and hay fever.

 

Eczema is caused by a reaction similar to that of an allergy and can promote chronic inflammation. The condition will often wax and wane and accompany other allergic conditions such as asthma. In some cases, a specific substance, such as certain soaps, detergents, or metals, dust mites, and animal dander, can trigger eczema. Eczema can be worsened by dry climates, exposure to water, temperature changes, and stress.

 

Individuals with this condition should make lifestyle changes to their diet, add moderate exercise and avoid environmental toxins (toxic detergents, household cleaners, etc.). Examples include eliminating chemically sprayed vegetables and fruits, processed foods, junk foods, sugars and artificial sweeteners. Minimizing stress also has been shown to help suppress exacerbations.

 

Here are some helpful natural remedies to help with eczema:

  1. Treat the Gastro-Intestinal lining (gut walls). This is done by consuming bone broth, healthy fats, probiotics and fermented foods. More info can be learned from Natasha Campbell-McBride’s book Gut and Psychology Syndrome.
  2. Probiotics and probiotic-rich foods help provide additional and benefitial gut bacteria and helps heal the intestinal walls. The probiotic rich foods include Kombucha, Keifer and Sauerkraut.
  3. Fermented Col Liver Oil – a great source of an essential fat. Taken as capsules or as a topical cream. Green Pasture Blue Ice Royal Cod Liver Oil is a brand that can be bought on Amazon.com.
  4. Omega 3 Foods – Increase with avocadoes, fresh and wild-caught salmon or tuna, eggs, organic raw nuts, and chia or flax seeds.
  5. Gentian Tincture – 10 drops before each meal helps the digestive system eliminate toxins that can irritate the skin.
  6. Vitamin E Oil – especially natural D-alpha tocopherol with mixed natural tocopherols. Break open the capsules for the oils and avoid synthetic Vitamin E by reading the label and avoid Vitamin E “Acetate”.
  7. Aloe Vera Gel – especially when mixed with vitamin E oil, is a useful symptom remedy. Gels from freshly cut aloe vera leaves are optimum.
  8. Epsom Salt or Magnesium Flake Baths – If water is tolerable (for infants – you can pre-boil the water, let it cool and then use it as bath water), Add 1-2 cups of Epsom Salts or Magnesium Flakes, ½ cup of Sea Salt and the optional ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract and 10 drops of an essential oil like lavender or mint.
  9. Organic cold pressed virgin coconut oil can be used as a topical treatment. A thin layer of coconut oil or coconut oil lotion bar helps cool eczema itching and pain.
  10. Cucumbers – Cut thin slices of a whole organic cucumber and allow the slices to soak for at least two hours. Then filter the liquid, discard the cucumber and apply the liquid with a cotton pad.
  11. Carrots – Skin three organic carrots and boil them till they’re soft. Mash until you get a smooth paste, and then apply to affected areas for 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water when finished.
  12. Homemade Sea Spray has Vitamin D, magnesium and minerals that help the skin heal. Ingredients are:

– 1 cup of distilled water (or pre-boiled)                    – 1 tablespoon of sea salt

– 1 pinch of Epsom salt or magnesium flakes- Little Lavender or Mint essential oil (for scent)

Add the salt and Epsom salt (or magnesium flakes) to warm water and stir until the salt is dissolved. Add the essential oils and store in a jar or spray bottle. Apply with a cotton pad as a toner.

 

 

Dr_Matthew_Eisen

“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, visionary and health ambassador to the general public as he educates and empowers others about true health and well-being.  He works in a health clinic in Roswell, GA (just north of Atlanta) and has over 10 years of clinical experience.  You can reach him at drmattcares@gmail.com

Disclaimer: The entire contents of this email are based upon the opinions of the author, unless otherwise noted. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information presented is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician. The information here is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice.  © Copyright  Dr. Matthew Eisen.  All rights reserved.

Skin Issues, Allergies and Immunity Helped with Chiropractic

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Chiropractic and Medical research have shown that spinal misalignments (subluxations) can create visceral disease and immune dysfunction.  In 2004, one major medical study had a controlled group who had vertebral correction (Chiropractic adjustments) to reduce the vertebral misalignments in patients with atopic dermatitis and bronchial asthma.  The study also focused on the connections between visceral / immune dysfunction and the vertebral deformities (subluxations).

Among 120 atopic dermatitis patients who received spinal correction treatments each day, 106 (88%) showed improvement in skin itching and 86 (72%) showed improvement in skin condition.  Among 240 atopic dermatitis patients who did not receive spinal correction treatments each day, they could not obtain a sure treatment effect as well as the Chiropractic controlled group.

There was over a 70 percent improvement in allergic diseases as well. It was found that vertebral misalignment is a common and characteristic finding in patients with atopic dermatitis and bronchial asthma.

The study went on to say, “according to the results of this study the possibility may be considered that chronic nerve compression secondary to vertebral deformity in the thoracic region had a significant effect on the immune function of atopic dermatitis and bronchial asthma patients. The adrenal cortex functions of these allergy patients may be in the chronic decline condition with this chronic nerve compression” (1).

Understanding  the devastating effects of a Vertebral subluxation and the power of a Chiropractic adjustment, makes one study the laws of ‘adaptive physiology’.  When your body goes into a “Fight or Flight” response due to a stressor (when you are being chased by a mountain lion or hearing bad news) your body will respond by raising your blood pressure, heart rate, LDL cholesterol, insulin, and glucose.  this allows your body to adapt to your new environment stressors properly. Your cell-mediated immune system goes down which decreases your hormones that bind globulin resulting in a higher level of hormones in your blood that over time that can make you more susceptible to developing such illnesses as cancer, colds, influenza, and other infections.

Also, your body will decreases serotonin which down regulates learning and up regulates anxiety and fear centers in your brain so that your body can react properly to the stressor as well.  However, this may lead to increased anxiety, fear, depression, learning and attention deficit disorders.  This response is essentially adaptive physiology (2).  As great as this is when your being chased by a mountain lion, but this can be very harmful when this occurs all day, every day and you’re trying to live a healthy lifestyle.

During an adjustment, the movement of the spine creates a stimulation of proprioceptors in the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and discs.  This proprioception and mechanoreception are essential nutrients for balance and health of the brain and body.  With a vertebral subluxation, proprioception is diminished which is recognized by the body as a stressor.  This elicits the stress response, putting the body into adaptive physiology (3).  If it is not removed, the stressor stays there chronically and may cause the cascade of negative health conditions.

When you analyze the 95% of chronic illness, they are all the result of chronic adaptive physiology due to a stressor: cancer, diabetes, chronic pain, obesity, heart disease, fatigue, depression, infertility, decreased libido, insomnia, acid reflux, constipation, auto-immune issues, Alzheimer’s, dementia, etc.

“The 2004 Journal of Orthopedic Surgery” did a study and proved the relationship between vertebral deformities and allergic diseases (4).  They concluded that chronic nerve compression secondary to vertebral deformity in the thoracic region had a significant effect on the immune function of atopic dermatitis and bronchial asthma patients. The adrenal cortex functions of these allergy patients may be in the chronic decline condition with this chronic nerve compression. A sure treatment effect cannot be obtained without considering the nature and the function of the autonomous nerves.

So, in conclusion, if you yourself or if you know of someone suffering with any skin issues, asthma or immune system deficiencies (they get sick more often and easier than others), recommend them to visit our clinic for a Chiropractic evaluation. Chiropractors are the only types of healthcare professionals and doctors that directly treat nerve-impinging subluxations with specific Chiropractic adjustments.

 

Dr_Matthew_Eisen

“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, visionary and health ambassador to the general public as he educates and empowers others about true health and well-being.  He works in a health clinic in Roswell, GA (just north of Atlanta) and has over 10 years of clinical experience.  You can reach him at drmattcares@gmail.com

Disclaimer: The entire contents of this email are based upon the opinions of the author, unless otherwise noted. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information presented is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician. The information here is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice.  © Copyright  Dr. Matthew Eisen.  All rights reserved.

SOURCES:

1 Y. Takeda & S. Arai : Relationship Between Vertebral Deformities And Allergic Diseases . The Internet Journal of Orthopedic Surgery. 2004 Volume 2 Number 1
2 McEwen, Bruce. Central effects of stress hormones in health and disease:understanding the protective and damaging effects of stress and stress mediators. Eur J Pharmacol. 2008 April 7;583(2-3): 174-185.
3 Seaman, D.R. Dysafferentation: a novel term to describe the neuropathophysiological affects of joint complex dysfunction.  JMPT 1998 21 (4)
4 Y. Takeda & S. Arai : Relationship Between Vertebral Deformities And Allergic Diseases . The Internet Journal of Orthopedic Surgery. 2004 Volume 2 Number 1