Asthma and Chiropractic Care

 

Asthma has become a large health concern for children in recent years. Over the past 20 years the incidence of asthma has doubled. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that in 1998, approximately 17,299,000 people in the United States, or 6.4% of the population, with cases among very young children up 160%. As reported in the June 16, 1999 issue of JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), the CDC also noted that between 1980 and 1994, the number of people self-reporting asthma grew 75%.

In a study conducted in 1996 by the Michigan Chiropractic Council (MCC), a panel of doctors performed an out-come assessment study to test the qualitative and quantitative effectiveness of chiropractic care on children with asthma. The high demand of parents seeking alternative care for pediatric asthma was shown by the overwhelming interest in the study. More than 500 parents called the MCC seeking to get their child involved in the chiropractic study.

The study, which took place during May and June of 1996, examined the chiropractic effectiveness in correcting the cause of asthma in patients from birth to age 17. The average age of the participant was 10 years. “After 30 days of chiropractic health care, patients averaged only one attack, whereas prior to the study they were experiencing more than four attacks,” said MCC Dr. Bob Graham, who directed the study. “Medications, which can be costly, were decreased by nearly 70 percent. Finally, patient satisfaction was rated 8.5 on a scale of 10.” More than 70 chiropractors from 62 cities in Michigan studied more than 80 children suffering from asthma.

The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association lists several studies on their web site (www.4icpa.org) discussing the benefits of chiropractic for children with asthma. The following are some of those excerpts:

“76.5% of patients with bronchial asthma said they benefited from chiropractic treatment. Peak flow rate and vital capacity increased after the third treatment. Significantly lower quality of life impairment rating scores were reported for 90.1% of children after 60 days of chiropractic care. During this same time period the average number of asthma attacks decreased an average of 44.9%, and asthma medication usage was decreased an average of 66.5%. Among parents of asthmatic children who had received chiropractic treatment, 92% considered this treatment beneficial.”

Asthma Study Shows Chiropractic Benefit

From the November / December 2000 issue of Today’s Chiropractic, comes a study report on Asthma. In the study, 47 patients were observed for a two year period. These patients had all been medically diagnosed with persistent asthma ranging from mild persistent in 11 cases, moderate persistent in 28 cases, to severe persistent in 8 cases. The care rendered consisted of specific chiropractic adjustments. The range of visits was from 14 to 44, with the average being 26 during the study period. Most patients in the study began care at a rate of 3 visits per week with this frequency being reduced after 4 to 8 initial weeks. The patient results were very good with all 47 of the study patients showing a marked improvement ranging from 87 to 100 percent.

Patient observed improvement was measured by both improvement in their symptoms as well as a decrease in their usage of acute asthma attack medication. Even more impressive was that all of the patients in the study reported maintaining their improvement after a two-year follow up.

Do you know someone who is suffering needlessly with Asthma? Have them come to our clinic to see if we can help make a difference in their life and health.

 

Take a few moments to read through our patient Success Stories and you will see that the Enhanced Wellness team have experience in helping patients live life to the fullest. If you are ready to try a new approach today in maintaining your health and wellness, then contact us at (770) 552-7500 to make an appointment.

 

Disclaimer: 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.  The information is also not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional nor is intended as medical advice.

 

Eczema Natural Remedies

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.

 

 

Take a few moments to read through our patient Success Stories and you will see that the Enhanced Wellness team have experience in helping patients live life to the fullest. If you are ready to try a new approach today in maintaining your health and wellness, then contact us at (770) 552-7500 to make an appointment.

 

Disclaimer: 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.  The information is also not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional nor is intended as medical advice.