Pediatrics


Treating the Maternity Chiropractic Patient
Pediatrics
Written by Dr. Michael Failla, D.C.   
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 11:22

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 healthy spine is vital to maintaining good health. This means that the spinal column itself, the discs, the nerves and bones must all be maintained in good health. Fortunately, it is possible to maintain good spinal health throughout your lifetime by seeking the treatment of a chiropractor. Chiropractors are medical professionals who give spinal adjustments that enable the spine to remain aligned and healthy.

maternityandchiropracticThere are times during the lifespan when an excessive amount of stress may be placed on the spine. Pregnancy is one of these times. For example, when pregnancy occurs, there is pelvic misalignment along with other physical and endocrine changes which occur. This causes additional stress to the spine. A possible result of this can be reduced space for a growing baby, which can result in problems during labor and delivery. Thus, it is necessary to get chiropractic treatment during pregnancy so that you can successfully counteract the stresses that pregnancy puts on the body.

Chiropractic as a treatment option is not new. Chiropractic, or rather the ideas associated with chiropractic, have actually been around for a long time. In fact, the history of chiropractic goes back as far as ancient Greece, when Hippocrates postulated that spinal misalignment could cause health problems. More recently, the first modern chiropractic adjustment was given by Dr. Daniel Palmer in 1895. He theorized that if there is correct spinal alignment, there will be proper nerve flow to all areas of the body and the patient will have good health. Palmer eventually opened a chiropractic school and, as the idea spread, more chiropractic schools opened. Today there are over twenty chiropractic schools throughout the states, as chiropractic has become a more popular treatment option.

Of note, all chiropractors are trained to work with pregnant women. However, there are chiropractors who have special certifications which signify that they have had additional training beyond the typical chiropractic training that enables them to know more about how to work with a pregnant woman. For example, the chiropractor may be a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) and may have a special designation such as a Certification from the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics (CACCP). The CACCP is a certification program which involves classroom training and a research clinical component. This certification program is taught by expert chiropractors. During the process of certification, there is special focus on learning important adjustment techniques that can be used with pregnant women. Chiropractors who are certified to work with pregnant women may use specially designed tables to ensure that there will not be too much pressure on the abdominal area of a pregnant patient. Also, these chiropractors often suggest special exercises that pregnant women can perform to increase the health of the spine during the pregnancy.

Gentle chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy can help control your feelings of nausea, reduce the length of time that it takes for labor, help reduce back pain and increase the likelihood of a very healthy pregnancy. One of the really good things about chiropractic is the fact that seeking chiropractic care is a way to reduce pregnancy-related pain without taking medications. That can potentially make the pregnancy safer for you and your baby. Also, studies have shown that chiropractic care is an effective way to improve balance in the pelvic area and improve balance in the ligaments and muscles which are attached to the pelvic area. That allows for a better chance of a successful, issue-free delivery.

motherandbabySome pregnant women who are considering chiropractic treatment may wish to know whether chiropractic can be useful in breech pregnancies. Of note, some babies are in the breech position until the third month of pregnancy. However, this is not considered problematic unless the baby is still in a breech position after 37 weeks of pregnancy. If you have concerns about breech deliveries, the following should set your mind at ease. There is a chiropractic technique called the Webster Technique that can be performed to balance the pelvis and make it more likely that a breech baby can turn naturally. The theory underlying this technique is that fetal breech position is caused by pelvic misalignment, which pulls on ligaments that provide support for the uterus. Thus chiropractors focus on aligning the pelvis and releasing pressure on the soft tissue so as to give the baby more room to turn. The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics stated in their July/August 2002 issue that when chiropractors did the Webster Technique it resulted in an 82% success rate in causing breech babies to turn. It was further found that chiropractors can perform the Webster Technique as late as the eighth month of pregnancy if the baby is in a breech position at that point in the pregnancy.

Another chiropractic technique that is used for enabling healthy position for a breech baby is called the Bagnell Technique. The Bagnell Technique differs from the Webster Technique in the sense that the Webster Technique assumes that the sacral area has been tilted backwards whereas the Bagnell Technique assumes that the sacrum has been turned to the side. Other assumptions pertaining to the Bagnell Technique are that there could be neck problems, pubic cartilage problems, or other ligament issues which are causing the breech position. Of note, there are not many chiropractors trained in the Bagnell Technique at this time. However, the Bagnell Technique of chiropractic is a technique that is becoming more widely known as an additional benefit to pregnant patients.

Pregnancy should be a time of joy for you. After all, you are anticipating the birth of your baby. But keep in mind that pregnancy does put stress on your spine. However, getting spinal adjustments from a chiropractor can help maintain a healthy spine, because the chiropractor knows special adjustment techniques that can keep your spine healthy during your pregnancy so that your labor and delivery will go smoothly.

 
The Backpack Dilemma
Pediatrics
Written by George LeBeau, D.C.   
Monday, 21 February 2011 17:19

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T
he controversy and dialog about the problem with backpacks has raged for decades. Many groups have done “studies” to determine the extent of continuing trauma to young people literally saddled with carrying numerous books in backpacks that can easily weigh as much as 15% or more of their total body weight.

Organizations such as The American Chiropractic Association and the American Orthopedic Association have sponsored and performed numerous studies to determine the long term effects of heavy backpacks on the musculoskeletal frame of children. The results of these studies have been published almost continuously in national and international journals.

Everyone agrees that the “Back Pack Syndrome”(Figure #1) is a real and threatening danger to the structural health of children in their formative years. The degree of threat varies from one “report” to another with some going as far as saying it can contribute to “Developmental Scoliosis.” The preponderance of information available on this subject shows no good evidence in support of this theory. However, the occurrence of back pain symptoms in children who carry a high percentage of body weight in their backpacks is supported by numerous studies published in high-quality journals from around the world. There is no doubt that the problem exists. The dilemma is...what do we do about it?

All sorts of suggestions have been presented from proper weight distribution (not carrying the pack on both shoulders equally) to designing a more ergonomic backpack (Figure #2). To have a better understanding about the confusion surrounding this problem, perform a Google search of “Images, Backpacks.” Daunting, to say the least. Of the dozens of pictured suggestions there are arguments for the adoption of each one in eliminating the problem. However, none of these suggestions eliminates anything. At best, they “accommodate” the child to the pack. We, as chiropractors, are always telling our patients that we treat the “cause” of the problem, not the “symptom.” Designing a better backpack treats the symptom! To eliminate the “cause,” we simply need to get rid of the backpack entirely.

backpackcartoonOne suggestion for this is “wheeled”(or in Europe and Asia, “trolley”) backpacks. I believe the airline industry was first in connecting “continuing trauma”workers compensation disability claims with heavy backpacks. The solution reached by their research department was to require the use of special wheeled cases for their pilots and flight attendants.

While this approach may take the weight off the child’s shoulders and back, putting it onto the cart, other issues then come into play. Probably the most serious for young people, especially boys, is teasing and harassment from peers about being a sissy, weakling or any number of inventive, disparaging remarks their “friends” can come up with. Another problem is the issue of stairs. Most schools from kindergarten to universities abound with stairs of every type and description. As a result, we not only have the weight problem to contend with, we also have the awkward and unwieldy (no pun intended) handle and wheels to lug up those pesky stairs. Yes, the handle retracts and there are straps on the trolley, but how many kids are going to bother with that when the bell rings and they’re in a rush?

Others are still promoting the re-institution of school lockers. However, there are a number of inherent problems with school provided lockers in every part of the world; for instance, cost, danger (e. g., drugs, weapons, pornography), graffiti, continuous abuse, damage and repair and last, but not least, hiding younger classmates for later release at the most embarrassing moment.

With the tens of billions of dollars spent each year on school books, the savings to Government and State Education Departments would be enormous.

In today’s digital age, and advanced computer technology, a possible solution to this widespread and potentially disastrous problem exists. It is possible to put every word of every book in existence into electronic format. Indeed, this “paperless revolution” is already being done by just about every publishing house in the world except, for some reason, the educational materials publishers. How simple it would be to take those very heavy textbooks and transfer that material onto a CD or post it on a password protected website. Teachers could hand out assignments via email or on a thumb drive. Students would then upload the information to their computer (Do you know any student who does not own one?), follow the “menu” to the appropriate chapter and study directly from their computer. Most of them do this anyway, even though they still have to lug the physical books around. This solution eliminates all but the smallest pack that would be used to hold and transport the CD’s. With the tens of billions of dollars spent each year on school books, the savings to Government and State Education Departments would be enormous. Maybe this is part of the problem. With the incredible profit margin made by the educational publishing houses, I’m sure the publisher’s lobby would surely do everything possible to block this advancement. Where are the environmentalists, “Tree Huggers,” when you NEED them?

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George Le Beau, D.C., is Clinical Associate Professor, (Chiropractic), and Clinic Director at the International Medical University (IMU), in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

In February of 2010, the IMU <www.imu.edu.my> started the very first chiropractic program in Southeast Asia and is one of a few Medical Universities in the world to have a chiropractic school as part of their medical education offerings. In addition, the IMU opened their 5000 sq. ft. chiropractic clinic on campus, in May 2010, of which Dr. Le Beau is Director.


 
Building Trust
Pediatrics
Written by TAC Staff   
Thursday, 25 February 2010 00:00

http://theamericanchiropractor.com/IMAGES/OHM1.JPGDr. Ohm is a practicing DC in a family, wellness based practice since 1981 and an internationally renowned instructor on "Chiropractic Care in Pregnancy and Infancy" to practicing chiropractors and affiliated Care Providers. She has authored numerous articles and published research papers on this topic. She is the founder of Makin’ Miracles, the Executive Coordinator of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, and the Chief Editor of the profession’s family wellness magazine Pathways.

It is her understanding that birth trauma is a common, underreported event and, therefore, it has become her goal to eliminate its damaging effects on the newborn. She is accomplishing this by:

• Adequately training DC's in specific chiropractic techniques and care for pregnancy, birth & infancy for the promotion of natural birthing.

• forming national alliances for chiropractors with like-minded birth practitioners and attendants

• empowering mothers to make informed choices in pregnancy and birth

• offering patient educational tools which address this issue.

Dr. Ohm is married to Dr. Thomas Ohm, Chiropractor. They have six children, who have all received chiropractic care since conception. They were all born at home and are enjoying the benefits of the chiropractic family wellness lifestyle.

In an interview with The American Chiropractor (TAC )magazine, Dr. Jeanne Ohm (Ohm) tells us why pediatrics could play a role in your practice.

TAC: So how did you come to have such an interest in chiropractic care for kids?

Ohm: I was not the healthiest child—I had asthma, allergies and regular headaches growing up. My mother was going to a chiropractor who was treating her bursitis and never once did he suggest kids come in for adjustments! When I was 19, I fractured my spine and, after a year of orthopedic care with minimal improvement, someone suggested I go to a chiropractor. I was fortunate that this DC knew what chiropractic was and took the time to explain it to me. Within a few months of regular care, to my delight, my back pain was alleviated and my childhood maladies were gone. Because of this care and our newfound understanding of healing, my husband and I went to chiropractic school (PA College of Straight Chiropractic). Fortunately, the school we went to had instructors who were very experienced in adjusting children, so we learned these skills early in our professional career.

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TAC: What is the most profound experience that you have been able to witness in delivering chiropractic care for kids?

Ohm: I often get asked this question and there have been so many profound cases. One that stands out was visiting an infant in the hospital who was in a coma-like state. One small adjustment to her atlas and she opened her eyes on the spot. Since then, however, I have come to view ALL adjustments as profound experiences. I am convinced that each and every adjustment enhances immeasurable quality of life for that person. Every adjustment in its own right is lifesaving.

TAC: Do you have any thoughts on how the documentation of the effectiveness of chiropractic care on kids has been represented?

Ohm: Until recently, there has been limited published research about children. Most of it has been case studies and, although this shows us some effects of the adjustment, more research is warranted. As Executive Coordinator of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) and with the expertise of our full-time Research Director, Dr. Joel Alcantara, I have been very involved in initiating the profession’s largest, most successful Practiced Based Research Network (PBRN). What is so exciting about a PBRN is that it captures the essence of evidenced-based practice as defined by Sackett: External clinical evidence from systematic research, individual clinician experience and practice and especially patient centered clinical research.

The ICPA/PBRN has conducted numerous projects to date and two ground breaking papers have been accepted for publication in prestigious, biomedical CAM journals. Our safety study was published in Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing and our study characterizing the practice of chiropractic has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Therapies.

We are so pleased that the first significant research relevant to chiropractic for children is reaching all health professionals and enhancing inter-professional understanding and collaboration.

TAC: What kind of fears do children have when they visit a chiropractor for the first time? 

Ohm: The fears of children largely depend on their parents’ fears…children will often pick up what their parents are feeling. As providers for children, it is so important we spend a significant amount of time with parents, alleviating their concerns and explaining what we do. If a child is still exhibiting fears after the parent has been assured, it may be because the child has experienced painful and invasive experiences at the pediatrician’s office. For this reason, we do not have the child refer to us as "doctor", as we do not want an association with our care to painful treatments.

 

TAC: How does a doctor handle this fear?

Ohm: We spend a good amount of time building trust with the child, even an infant, before we make the adjustment. It is important to have their permission, and getting that permission varies according to age. For older children, I explain the adjustment with the analogy of a light switch and I am gently touching their spine as I talk. I invite them to get on the table and proceed with gentle touch and talk. In infants, it is a non-verbal type of communication–gentle touch and handling with soothing words. Only when I feel their bodies relax into my touch do I proceed with the exam and adjustment.

TAC: How do you see the rendering of chiropractic care for kids changing over the next 10 years?

Ohm: When we started practicing almost 30 years ago, it took a bit of education for parents to understand the essence of chiropractic care for children. Now, parents are coming into our practice aware of the many benefits our services offer and insisting on chiropractic care at birth. I attribute this to a shift in the way parents are perceiving "health care." They are tired of suppressing symptoms with harmful drugs and procedures; rather, they are looking for safe solutions that improve their child’s ability to function better. Parents are more informed and more assertive in carrying out their decisions for health. They are recognizing that the allopathic model is just one approach to health, not the only approach. Today, Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is becoming a mainstream choice for family health. A recent study determined that chiropractic was the leading CAM treatment for children. In 10 years from now, I expect that parents will be including chiropractic care throughout pregnancy for safer, easier births and following through with regular care for their entire families. It is truly a wonderful time to be a family wellness chiropractor!

TAC: Are you working on any projects that you would like our readers to know about? 

Ohm: My full-time position with the ICPA contributes to the expansion and growth in fulfillment of our mission with Research, Training and Public Education. In research, we are continuing with data collection, compilation and preparation for publication with our numerous PBRN’s. Our members are committed to participating and are, therefore, substantiating the care they love to provide. In the area of training, we offer the most successful Pediatric Diplomate program available. Last year we were in at least 15 locations including North America, Europa and Australia. We are proud of our doctors, their achievements with our program, and we know they are providing excellent care in their communities as a result of their participation. In the arena of Public Education, we are ready to launch our updated website for the public, www.icpa4kids.org,
with even more resources for parents to make informed health care choices. The circulation of our magazine, Pathways, to Family Wellness is exploding, especially since we hit the major news stands last year.

TAC: Please add anything we have missed and you feel should be addressed to the readers.

Ohm: At this very critical time of health care change and in regard to chiropractic’s role in this shift, it is imperative that individual chiropractors continue to achieve excellence in practice, support evidenced-based research pertinent to their practice and find avenues of public education that professionally represent the essence of chiropractic. I do invite all chiropractors to come check us out at www.icpa4kids.com. We are committed to the success of the individual practitioner and of the entire profession.

TAC: Any final words to our readers?

Ohm: It is an exciting time to be a chiropractor. There is a shift of consciousness happening in all sectors of our world, and I believe family wellness chiropractic will play a significant role in this shift. We are privileged to be chiropractors…to be invited into someone’s personal space, to touch them and to be part of their healing is something we should be grateful for every day, every adjustment. Aligning together in this state of appreciation may be the catalyst to bring this profession together and allow chiropractic to take its rightful role.

You can reach Dr. Jeanne Ohm at 1-610-565-2360 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Maternity and Pediatric Care in Chiropractic What 2,055,000 People See
Pediatrics
Written by Dr. Mark Studin DC, FASBE, DAAPM, DAAMLP   
Thursday, 25 February 2010 00:00

In September 2009, Parents Magazine, with a worldwide circulation of 2,055,000, published, on page 210, an article on chiropractic and children. The article was a well-written prose about the benefits of chiropractic for children. It included what some concerned MD’s had to say vs. what chiropractic offers and what treating chiropractors had to say. Surprisingly enough, it was a very balanced article with two of the biggest problems being that there is not enough evidenced-based care in our profession and one had to be wary of the non-credentialed chiropractor.

http://www.theamericanchiropractor.com/images/studin1.jpgBack in the 1980’s, I studied with Dr. Larry Webster and cared for children by the 100’s weekly, along with pregnant patients. Many patients were referred to me by midwives and, in fact, I was successful in helping the body right a "breeched" baby in 6 out of 6 cases. Did that make me an expert? The answer is no. It made me experienced, but I lacked the credentials through formal training in understanding, and three hours with Dr. Webster did not make me an expert.

When the public looks at you, what they will see is D.C. and that stands for a lot. However, what Parents Magazine wrote, "LACKING CREDENTIALS IS A RED FLAG: Look for a practitioner who has a Diplomate certificate in pediatrics (with the letters DICCP after their name)."

Credentials are critical and we are now hearing this from the mass media along with organized medicine, because they do matter. They matter because we need to learn more to become better at what we do without compromising the correction of the subluxation.

In the 1980’s, my biggest mistake was not caring for those breech cases. It was not working with a team to document my care and create a research program around that care. That is evidenced-based care and is where we need to be if we are going to care for 95% of the population vs. only 5% of the population that we currently care for.

If you treat children with ear infections, there needs to be a program to document it, so that we can have a vast amount of scientific evidence. According to the Parents Magazine article, that is the #1 reason that medical doctors are wary to refer. There is too much serendipitous information and not enough hard evidence.

I have hard evidence. I have 28 years of patient files that prove chiropractic works…. It’s not enough. There are peer-reviewed research publications like JMPT and a new one about to be launched from the American Academy of Medical Legal Professionals called JAAMLP. These types of publications are a big part of the solution for us, as a profession, to move towards caring for 95% of the population.

I have previously written about organized medicine and I can finally say that the individual medical doctor is searching for more answers and desperately needs our help in a team approach to healthcare. As a rule, MD’s are in agreement with a drugless approach first, drugs second and surgery last. We just have to give them the scientific validation of what we have been shouting for 114 years and the floodgates will open, bringing patients into our offices.

The first step for each individual doctor, as I have said before, is to ensure that your credentials are memorialized in a "living" document called curriculum vitae (CV). This is the formal avenue for the world to see you. Parent’s Magazine, along with the rest of the public, understands that credentials are critical in determining who should care for their families and your CV is the correct vehicle to properly display your credentials. As I have previously shared with you, you can go to www.uschirodirectory.com for a free CV builder.

Both the ACA and the ICA have pediatric programs. Other entities have numerous courses. Each course you take should be a part of a formal program that has been approved for continuing education, so that it has been scrutinized by a state licensure board and is admissible when added to your CV.

We, as a profession, should also start recognizing specific conditions that respond to chiropractic care and tie in to current research projects to give the evidence that is needed to support what we do. I urge each of you to contact the chiropractic colleges and ask to be directed to the research department for direction. Contact the research journals or create your own research program. We need more evidenced based conclusions about what we all know; chiropractic works!

The time is now…95% of America needs us to do this and they are getting sicker because we are not moving fast enough.

 

Dr. Mark Studin is the President of CMCS Management which offers the Lawyers Marketing Program, Family/MD Marketing Program and Compliance Auditing services. He can be contacted at www.TeachChiros.com or call 1-631-786-4253.

 
Asthma: Solutions You May Not Have Considered
Pediatrics
Written by Ogi Ressel, D.C.   
Thursday, 25 February 2010 00:00

Most likely, someone you know is suffering with this condition. Could be your child, a parent, someone close to you, or even yourself. I say this because there are thousands of North American children (and adults) afflicted with difficulty breathing.

A report on the status of asthma in the United States, conducted by the Pew Environmental Commission, estimates asthma cases will double by the year 2020. That means that one out of every 14 people will suffer from this condition. Currently, asthma costs $11 billion annually and it is the number one reason for school absenteeism. It accounts for almost 2 million hospital visits and 5000 deaths yearly in the United States. From 1980 to 1994, the overall number of asthma sufferers increased by 75 percent and 160 percent, specifically, in youngsters under four. The Department of Health and Human Services (Healthy People 2000 Initiative) includes an asthma strategy, although this report states, "it will not be effective in reversing this alarming trend." A review of the 1999 HHS research budget revealed that 70 percent of the funds designated for asthma were spent on treatment and drug research, while less than 9 percent was targeted for prevention.

http://www.theamericanchiropractor.com/images/resselimage.jpg"Almost nothing is going toward tracking the disease and very little is going toward prevention and discovering the cause of the disease," states Dr. Paul Lock, Deputy Commissioner of the commission on May 17, 2000.

It is estimated that, in the next twenty-five years, 50 percent of all children will have difficulty in catching their breath. That is absolutely not OK!

Why is asthma becoming so rampant? United Kingdom
scientists are beginning a hospital trial to see the effects of certain bacteria on asthma. "There is a global network of biological asthma research which has demonstrated that the lower the exposure of a baby to certain types of bacteria, the higher the risk of asthma," states Dr. Charles Warner, child coordinator and professor of child’s health at the University of South Hampton. Researchers are adding a low dose of bacteria, which is commonly found in dirt, to the diet of some 400 babies, whose families have a history of asthma. They will then study and assess the child’s risk of developing asthma. It is hoped that the bacteria will eventually play a role in boosting the children’s immune system.

People have been taught to be afraid of bacteria, fostering an inappropriate use of antibiotics ("just-in-case" prescriptions), and a market saturated with antibacterial soaps and cleaners. Not only have we created an environment in which resistant super-bug bacteria can thrive, but we also kill bacteria which are actually beneficial and essential to balance the internal environment of our bodies.

Let’s look at the science of breathing a bit closer. Breathing is a process whereby your body takes air from the outside. This air then passes through your nose, windpipe, and your bronchi. These are all parts of your "air conditioning" system, so to speak. This air is then filtered, purified, cleansed, warmed, and humidified before it enters your lungs. Think about the science behind this for a moment. There are amazing biofeedback loops at work here that inform your brain whether the air you are breathing in is too cold, too dry, too polluted, etc. These messages are relayed to your brain, which then makes minute corrections to your "program" every second that you are alive. It is an amazing process and happens very exactly under the perfect guidance of your nervous system. Yes, your nervous system is responsible for this function.

So what, then, is asthma? In children (and adults) who have asthma, the small tubes in the lungs, called bronchioles, become inflamed and irritated. They then contract and even spasm and produce mucous, which tends to plug up the breathing passages. Children can literally gasp for air. These "attacks" can last minutes or hours and can persist for a lifetime.

It is generally felt that an asthma attack can be triggered by allergies, stress, pollen, pollution, etc. It can be life threatening. These children are condemned to a life of bronchodilators, drugs, and cortisone, all of which have serious side effects. These side effects can be either immediate or develop over a lifetime of chronic drug use. Asthma is said to be the leading cause of chronic illness among children. Not a fun thing to have. It is definitely a condition best avoided.

Here is the catch, however: Have you ever wondered why some children subjected to the same stresses, pollens, etc., develop asthma while others do not? After all, if asthma were caused by all the factors the public has been led to believe, then all children would have it, right?

Wrong! Only some do, and their numbers have been rising steadily. Why (my favorite question) would that be?

The standard medical first-line approach to asthma is to prescribe inhalant steroids. These often reduce the frequency and intensity of asthma attacks, but not without a price. Steroid use has been linked to osteoporosis, stunted growth in children, and cataracts. The effects of long-term use are unknown, since these drugs are so new. Steroids substitute for and decrease the body’s ability to make its own steroids, and to respond to stress as well as suppressing the immune system. Although these drugs are often taken by pregnant and breast-feeding mothers, they have not been tested for safety under these instances (though it stands to reason that these drugs will have similar effects on babies).

As I mentioned earlier, all drugs cross the placental barrier and affect the baby. According to a recent study, "the majority of adults and children with asthma experience unwanted side-affects of medication, such as feeling generally restless, shaky hands, shaky feet, racing heartbeat, etc. These side effects have prompted one in three adults to reduce their medication and cause one in four to skip a dose at some point."

Some authorities feel that asthma is really a reaction to a lack of proper hydration of the body; that it is a lack of water. They, therefore, suggest drinking plenty of pure water to hydrate the body. In my practice, I have not met many children who like to drink pure water—it is boring. If you believe this is the solution, then I recommend that you use diluted fruit juice.

Many researchers, on the other hand, have found that asthma seems to be related to our current vaccination program. There are increasing numbers of scientists and practitioners who support this conclusion. Bart Classen, M.D., of Classen Immunotherapies in Maryland, is among the most vociferous. (You are welcome to visit his web site at www.vaccines.net).

Vaccination alters the normal immune response and makes a child’s immune system overreact to something perfectly innocuous. As a result, a child’s immune system is over-stimulated and becomes over-sensitive. Air, for example, that would not bother a normal person, has an adverse effect of a child who’s nervous and immune systems are "overloaded."

D. D. Palmer, the discoverer of chiropractic, once said it this way: "I desired to know why one person was ailing and his associate, eating at the same table, working in the same shop, eating the same food and breathing the same air, was not." Why? What differences were in the two persons that caused one to have asthma while his partner escaped? Why?"

Doctors of Chiropractic have been helping children with asthma for years. I have had the good fortune of being able to help thousands of children with this condition.

How does chiropractic relate to asthma, you ask?

I need you to understand that the body is a self-healing, self-regulating organism. The nervous system is the central computer that runs the whole body and all of its functions—the function of the arms, legs, digestive system, sinuses, your immune system, and also the lungs and bronchioles. Every part of your being is under the control of your nervous system. It is your very own Internet.

As long as the nervous system is allowed to function with no interference, the body should function normally. Often, however, some of the vertebrae of the spine become subluxated, affecting the way the nervous system controls body functions. Chiropractors call this malfunction. It simply means that the body is no longer performing according to the program; it is no longer working normally. By correcting these subluxations, chiropractors eliminate interference to the nervous system, allowing normal function. By eliminating interference to the nervous system, we can help the body work normally again. With no drugs! I like that.

As well as chiropractic care, which is essential, there are a number of natural supplements you can obtain from a health food store to help your patients through this trying period.

Vitamin B complex plus C—It stimulates the immune system, and reduces the effects of stress.

Quercetin with Bromelain—These, together, act as an immuno-stimulant and anti-inflammatory agent.

Vitamin A—This is beneficial for tissue repair.

Lobelia—Helpful during an attack. It is an expectorant and relaxes the muscle walls of the bronchial tree.

Coenzyme Q10—This helps to counteract the release of histamine, which induces local tissue swelling.

Magnesium and calcium—Tend to cause some dilation of the muscle walls of the bronchi.

Some authorities suggest bee pollen or propolis. I have found that such bee products often cause reactions in children, and I feel they should be avoided.

 

Dr. Ogi Ressel is a Wellness Coach for the "Practice Evolution Program", an author, an international lecturer, a pediatric and x-ray specialist, a researcher, and a father to three wonderful kids.

He has been featured in many newspapers, magazines, been on national TV and writes a weekly newsletter that is sent to chiropractic doctors all over the planet. Dr. Ogi had the top pediatric and family practice on the planet and teaches doctors how to have an ultra-successful practice which focuses on honesty, integrity, clinical excellence, simply being the very best, and taking care of tons of children and their parents. He lives in the Niagara Falls area.

You are welcome to check out his Practice Evolution Program: www.practiceevolution.com or call 1-800-353-3082.

 
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