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Asthma & Allergies A Closer Look

Nearly 40 million Americans - that's 25% of the total population - suffer from asthma and other allergy diseases.

In an asthma attack, children and adults respond similarly, with severe congestion, swelling, and other allergic type reactions in response to various irritants. As the reaction progresses, breathing becomes more difficult and in some cases life-threatening. The bronchioles swell with mucous and go into spasm. This closes the airways and causes the asthmatic to wheeze and gasp for air.


The problem

Although the traditional methods for controlling asthma and allergies are numerous, sickness and death from asthma appear to be increasing. According to W.O. Spitzer, S. Suissa and P. Ernst: The Use of Beta-Agonist and the Risk of Death and Near Death from Asthma, The New England Journal Of Medicine, February 20, 1992, this trend is at least partially due to side effects from regular use of inhaled medications.


A new approach

According to J. Peet, P. Peet, S. Marko and R. Marko, The Baby Adjusters Department of Research and Statistics, 1992, in a recent study, children with asthma showed an overall improvement in the lung capacity after only 15 chiropractic adjustments...These adjustments improve respiratory function by restoring normal nerve function, which in turn may result in symptomatic improvement in bronchitis and asthma.

In several studies researchers found spinal adjustments to induce respiratory function and chest mobility superior to that produces through conventional medical bronchodilators, expectorants, and corticosteroids.


Hyper-activity + Attention Deficit Disorders

According to B.F. Finegold: hy is Your Child Hyperactive? New York: Random House, Inc., 1975, It is estimated that as many as 5 million children in the United States alone are afflicted with attention deficit disorders in varying degrees. Symptoms often cluster with hyperactivity to include lack of concentration, short attention span, imulsivity, fidgetiness, low frustration tolerance, difficulty with compliance, and poor social interaction.


Medical Treatment

Traditional methods of medical intervention are aimed at turning down the child's level of activity through drugs . . . the known side affects of these drugs include nervousness, insomnia, stomachache and skin rashes. Other symptoms include loss of appetite, leading to weight loss, and accelerated heart beat. Perhaps the most serious side effect in controlling behavior with drugs, however, is that it can become a psychological crutch. Some children become very drug dependent and experience episodes of anxiety if dosage is changed or terminated.


A New Approach

All body functions are controlled by the brain sending and receiving messages over nerves. . . When vertebrae are out of their natural alignment, nerves become stretched or twisted (commonly referred to as a nerve "pinch").

This neurological disturbance is called a subluxation and can be very irritating for any child . . . The Doctor or Chiropractic specializes in the detection and correction of subluxations.


Success with Chiropractic Care

Doctors of Chiropractic have reported success with attention deficit disorders for years, and this has been supported by recent studies on the effectiveness of chiropractic adjustments. In a study by E. V. Walton: Chiropractic Effectiveness with Emotional Learning and Behavioral Impairments, International Review of Chiropractic; 29:2-2. 21-22, September 1975, chiropractic care was [found to be] more effective in treating the wide range of symptoms common in a neurological dysfunction syndrome in which 13 symptom problem areas were considered. The statistics showed that chiropractic care was 20 to 40 percent more effective than commonly used medications. A study performed by J. M. Giesen, D. B. Center, and R. A. Leach: An Evaluation of Chiropractic Manipulation as a treatment of Hyperactivity in Children, Journal of Manipulation and Psychological Therapeutics, October 1989; 12:353-363, suggested an overall improvement in seven hyperactive children who had received specific chiropractic care.


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