Did you know that the most frequent reason for physician visits for children in the United States under the age of fifteen is otitis media (ear infection)?
It is expected that approximately 10% of infants by 3 months of age will have an episode of an ear infection. 50% of children by 3 years of age will have had more than three episodes of acute otitis media!
Did you know that otitis media is the most common infection for which antibacterial agents are prescribed for children?
There are few problems to this.
First thing is that 30% of all ear infections are actually known to be viral and antibiotics do not kill viruses. And secondly, there has been a tonne of research that suggests the extravagant use of antibiotics (especially in infants) lead to the disruption of the gut flora. In 2013, the Canadian Medical Association Journal included a study that stated the facts bluntly, showing how disruption of the infant's gut microbata has been linked to many inflammatory and immune problems like allergies, asthma, even cancer!
The Link Between The Gut Microbiome And Brain Health
The New York Times bestseller book, The Brain Maker by Dr. David Perlmutter made a big impact and forced a paradigm shift in today's health care and how we treat certain immune-related diseases. The book successfully highlights the indisputable link between our gut and brain:
In fact, the health of our gut flora was found to be more profound than we've ever imagined:
It's responsible for fighting inflammation:
"Your intestinal flora in fact has everything to do with inflammation and whether or not you can combat free radicals. In other words, the state of your microbiome determines whether or not your body is fanning the flames of inflammation or squelching them."
Our gut is the "second brain" and it makes us happy:
*The neurons in the gut are so innumerable that many scientists are now calling the totality of them "the second brain." Not only is this second brain regulating muscles, immune cells, and hormones, but it's also manufacturing something really important. Popular antidepressants like Paxil, Zoloft, and Lexapro increase the availability of the "feel-good" chemical serotonin in the brain. You may be surprised to find out that an estimated 80 to 90 percent of the amount of serotonin in your body is manufactured by the nerve cells in your gut! In fact, your gut's brain makes more serotonin - the master happiness molecule - than the brain in your head does."
What's more unsettling is that the integrity of our gut flora since infancy determines our future health outcomes. Rigorously controlled studies conclude that people with disturbed gut flora since infancy have the following risks:
- A five-fold increased risk of allergies
- Triple the risk of ADHD
- Twice the risk of autism
- An 80 percent increased risk of celiac disease
- A 50 percent increased risk of becoming obese (also associated with increased risk of dementia)
- A 70 percent increased risk of type-1 diabetes
A newborn's gut flora was found to be most disrupted if he or she was born via C-section or exposed to frequent administration of ANTIBIOTICS!
So how can we put a stop to this madness?
Chiropractic Literally Saves Lives
I have already shared with you how chiropractic can benefit everyone:
It gives unparalleled results in pain relief,
promotes optimal nervous system and health,
allows you to reduce and adapt to stress,
while giving you that edge over others to perform at your highest level in anything you do.
But did you know that chiropractic care can also boost your immune system?
Chiropractic is actually proven to be effective in managing ear infections in infants and children without the need of antibiotics.
A 1996 study published in the Journal of Manipulative Physiol Ther showed that:
"93% of all episodes (of otitis media paediatric patients) improved while under [chiropractic] care and 75% improved in ten days or fewer. 43% had improvement with only one or two treatments." This is just one of many studies that serves to show how chiropractic care may decrease the symptoms of ear infections in young children.
But chiropractic care doesn't specifically "treat" ear infections, but works by boosting the entire immune system through removing inferences in our central nervous system.
"It was showed that 80% [of patients] under standard medical care experience ear infections versus only 31% of children experiencing otitis media under chiropractic care."
Don't Be A Victim Of Drugs, Be In Charge Of Your Health
Hopefully, you don't read this article and come to a conclusion that chiropractic care is a great way to "treat" ear infections because it is not. Chiropractic does not cure anything but works by optimising your brain-body connection, so you can heal, move, function and live as you were designed to be.
According to the CDC, it was found that four out of five Americans take an antibiotic every year. About 258 million courses of antibiotics were prescribed in 2010 in the U.S. for a population of 309 million people.
Just imagine, if everyone knew the fact that chiropractic improves the nervous system and boosts the immune system, not many children would be forced to take antibiotics during their early childhood.
Just imagine, with significantly lowered rates of antibiotic prescriptions, there would be less gut-related disorders, allergies, asthma, diabetes and even cancer.
The amazing part is that - this is not just a hypothesis - it's real and it's backed with recent scientific evidence. So from today onward, I sincerely hope that you can make the right decision for you and your loved ones; don't be a victim of drugs but take full control and be in charge of your health.
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