Monday, June 15, 2015

The New Wellness Care for Children

Chiropractic is a healthcare profession that is very multifaceted, encompasses all ages by taking care of people of all ages, and can help regain, restore, and maintain optimal health throughout a lifetime. This applies to the neonate, infant, child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patient.

Chiropractic care is unlimited in its approach to wellness, given the many aspects of health the nerve system affects. What is becoming more evident in society today is the notion that we need to start taking better care of our bodies. We need to start eating better, exercising more, and keeping our bodies more balanced for enhanced health.

Chiropractic for adults is very important, but chiropractic for kids is vital. Children today have many more obstacles to face than they may have had 20 to 25 years ago. A doctor of chiropractic’s main focus and objective is to reduce neurological insult caused by misalignment in the child’s spine. Locating, analyzing, and correcting misalignments in the spine can have a dramatic effect on the overall state of a child’s health and behavioral well-being.

Why Should Children Have Chiropractic Care?

More and more parents are seeking chiropractic care for their children because many spinal problems seen in adults begin as early as birth.

Even natural birthing methods can stress an infant’s spine and developing nerve system. The resulting irritation to the nerve system caused by spinal and cranial misalignment can cause many newborn health complaints. Colic, breathing problems, developmental delay, nursing difficulties, sleep disturbances, allergic reactions, and chronic infections can often be traced to nerve system stress.

Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked for it. As the infant grows, learning to hold up his or her head, sit, crawl and walk are all activities that affect spinal alignment. These milestones are important times to have a child evaluated by a chiropractor.

As the child begins to participate in regular childhood activities, such as skating or riding a bike, small yet significant spinal misalignments may occur. Childhood injury is one of the most common reasons a parent seeks care for their child. If neglected, spinal traumas during this period of rapid growth may lead to more serious problems later in life. These misalignments may or may not result in immediate pain or symptoms.

Subtle trauma throughout childhood will affect the future development of the spine, leading to impaired nerve system function. Any interference to the vital nerve system will adversely affect the body’s ability to function and grow at its best. Regular chiropractic checkups throughout childhood can identify potential spinal injury from these traumas, allowing corrections to be made early in life, to help avoid many of the health complaints seen later in adults.

Another reason for seeking out care is the resolution of a particular symptom or condition. It is important to understand that the doctor of chiropractic does not diagnose or treat these conditions or diseases. The expertise of the chiropractor is in checking the child’s spine for misalignments that impair nerve system function, thereby affecting overall body function.

The New Wellness Care for Children

These misalignments interfere with the nerves’ ability to transmit vital information from the brain to the rest of the body.

The nervous system controls and coordinates the function of all the systems in the body: the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, hormonal, eliminative, and immune systems. This is why nerve interference can impair any aspect of health. The chiropractic adjustment restores nerve system function, allowing the body the ability to express a greater state of health and well-being.

Your chiropractor will take a case history and perform an exam to determine if spinal misalignments are present. Chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified to fit a child’s size, weight, and unique spinal developmental stage. Given that some chiropractors do not work with children, it is always best to call the office first. Some practitioners tailor their practice around children and focus on preventative health, while others focus on other specialties. All chiropractors on the ICPA website ( focus their practices towards the care of children.

Adjustments can be performed with hands, instruments, or pillow-like blocks. They are both gentle and specific to the child’s developing spinal structures. Most parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and look forward to subsequent visits. They also report that their children experience a greater level of health while under regular chiropractic care.

Please take the time to check out our section on Pediatric Chiropractic

This Is the Way One Father Told His Pediatrician “No” to Vaccines

What does an informed parent look like? We’ll show you.
Below is a letter written by Bob O’Kane, a concerned parent, to his pediatrician about vaccines and the danger they pose to his child. This letter is one great example of how to approach your doctor, especially if you have looked into the matter further and are uncomfortable with their stance on the topic.
The name of the doctor has been intentionally omitted.

Doctor XXX,
My wife and I would like to say it was an absolute pleasure to meet you. We thank you for taking the time with us the other day to discuss our beautiful little daughter Rylan.
I was wondering if I could take a moment to discuss something with you real quick regarding the notes I read this evening in her file. Please note, this is a very calm letter and not meant to start a debate in any way. We value your profession and position.
That being said, It’s in my opinion that the some of the comments are a bit misleading and was wondering if you could add this email to your notes. Please note we understand you are extremely busy and probably had to summarize the appointment the best you could.
You mentioned in your report:
A few things to note here. First and most most importantly, we refused to sign the document because there was no legal statute or requirement for us to sign such a document. This was the main basis for the non signature. We simply do not have to. Nor is there any legal basis for AAP to require such signature. I also specifically mentioned that there has been cases surfacing around the country whereas a parents signature on such a document was used against the parents.
For the record I never, ever once said “we fear losing our child.” This statement, with respect, is erroneous and can lead to a misinterpretation. I has also mentioned we are in fact of a religious exemption which was granted to our family on the 20th of May, 2014.
We also specifically stated that our concerns were not only with the ingredients listed on the vaccines and the disclaimers on the vaccine inserts, but the overall fear we had was that our child could break out in the hive/rashes she did shortly after receiving her Hepatitis B shot. If it was only after those hives/rashes appeared that we had blood testing done which determined our lovely daughter had elevated liver functions. This was the majority of our rationale behind not giving her shots as I implied.
The other reasons were the materials we read at the cdc and fda website.
First, the disclaimers on vaccine inserts or lack of disclaimers was a concern. The disclaimers clearly state the possible side effects. Yet, not one Doctor in the past had those ready for us. Nor did they provide them when the vaccine was opened. We had to do the research ourselves. And honestly, I’m glad we did. Especially with the amount of information surfacing lately that research was or could have been manipulated.
In addition, the head of the CDC in an April/May radio show admitted the so called measles outbreak in New York consisted of 23 cases of which 20 people who got the measles had previously been vaccinated and thus nobody could be assured the vaccines actually work. (this is public information on the CDC website, and put a dent in the so called “herd immunity” theory.).. The other three cases involved foreigners. Our last Doctor even told us people are dying. Dr. XXXX, do you know how many people have died in the past 10 years? The number is in fact less than all the fingers I have on my hands. Again, this is public record available through the CDC and not some Google search result.
The last concern was the ingredients and the amount of Aluminum and by-products that are in the vaccines which so happened to have been the center of several House Oversight Committee hearings on Capital Hill. I also stated that the cdc and fda have conflicting views when it came to amount of Aluminum which should be injected into an individual based on their body weight.
I quote (and I encourage you to check my sources:) )
According to the FDA:
Aluminum may reach toxic levels with prolonged parenteral administration (this means injected into the body] if kidney function is impaired . . . Research indicates that patients with impaired kidney function, including premature neonates (babies), who received parenteral levels of aluminum at greater than 4 to 5 micrograms per kilogram of body weight per day, accumulate aluminum at levels associated with central nervous system and bone toxicity [for a tiny newborn, this toxic dose would be 10 to 20 micrograms, and for an adult it would be about 350 micrograms). Tissue loading may occur at even lower rates of administration.(Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Document NDA 19-626/S-019, Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act for Dextrose Injections.)
And also:
Aluminum content in parenteral drug products could result in a toxic accumulation of aluminum in individuals receiving TPN therapy. Research indicates that neonates [newborns] and patient populations with impaired kidney function may be at high risk of exposure to unsafe amounts of aluminum. Studies show that aluminum may accumulate in the bone, urine, and plasma of infants receiving TPN. Many drug products used in parenteral therapy (injections) may contain levels of aluminum sufficiently high to cause clinical manifestations (symptoms) . . . parenteral aluminum bypasses the protective mechanism of the GI tract and aluminum circulates and is deposited in human tissues. Aluminum toxicity is difficult to identify in infants because few reliable techniques are available to evaluate bone metabolism in . . . infants . . . Although aluminum toxicity is not commonly detected clinically, it can be serious in selected patient populations, such as neonates (newborns), and may be more common than is recognized.(Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Document 02N-0496, Aluminum in Large and Small Volume Parenterals Used in Total Parenteral Nutrition. Available online at:”
Doctor XXXX, the FDA maximum requirements for aluminum received in an IV is 25 mcg per day. The suggested aluminum per kg of weight to give to a person is up to 5mcg. (so a 5 pounds baby should get no more than 11mcg of aluminum.) Anything that has more than 25 mcg of aluminum is a very valid concern for us when it comes to Rylan.
Research indicates that “patients with impaired kidney function, including premature neonates, who receive parenteral levels of aluminum at greater than 4 to 5 (micro)g/kg/day accumulate aluminum at levels associated with central nervous system and bone toxicity. Tissue loading may occur at even lower rates of administration. (”
But did you know most Vaccines, for some reason, are not required to have a label containing this information and that practitioners also are not required to follow the maximum dosage of 25 mcg? This is something that actually was very troubling to us.
So doing some math — the following are examples of weight with their corresponding maximum levels of aluminum, per the FDA:
  • 8 pound, healthy baby: 18.16 mcg of aluminum
  • 15 pound, healthy baby: 34.05 mcg of aluminum
  • 30 pound, healthy toddler: 68.1 mcg of aluminum
  • 50 pound, healthy child: 113 mcg of aluminum
  • 150 pound adult: 340.5 mcg of aluminum
  • 350 pound adult: 794.5 mcg of aluminum
So how much aluminum is in the vaccines that are routinely given to children?
  • Hib (PedVaxHib brand only) – 225 mcg per shot
  • Hepatitis B – 250 mcg
  • DTaP – depending on the manufacturer, ranges from 170 to 625 mcg
  • Pneumococcus – 125 mcg
  • Hepatitis A – 250 mcg
  • HPV – 225 mcg
  • Pentacel (DTaP, HIB and Polio combo vaccine) – 330 mcg
  • Pediarix (DTaP, Hep B and Polio combo vaccine) – 850 mcg
The HEP-B shot alone is almost 14 TIMES THE AMOUNT OF ALUMINUM THAT IS FDA-APPROVED. The MMR? The dTap? All have similar amounts.
So in summary Doctor XXXX, when we did our due diligence, this info scared the hell out of us. Especially considering what happened to Rylan shortly after the Hep B was administered to her.
Continuing, I mentioned what made us leave our last Doctor was that she wanted to give our daughter 8 vaccinations at once. And in doing the math, that would have added up to more than 1,000 mcg of aluminum. Even when one, who is not familiar with toxicity levels and the science behind them, looks at the chart above can notice that amount isn’t even safe for a 350 pound adult let alone a child who weighs less than 25lbs.
According to the FDA and the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics), what happens if a child receives more than the maximum required dose of aluminum?
  • Aluminum builds up in the bones and brain and can be toxic to the body and its organs.
  • Aluminum “can” cause neurological harm.
  • Aluminum overdose can be fatal in patients with weak kidney’s or kidney disorders or in premature babies.
  • (Aluminum Toxicity in Infants and Children, Committee on Nutrition, American Academy of Pediatrics, Pediatrics Volume 97, Number 3 March, 1996, pp. 413-416)
In summary, our reasons, even though we have an issued exemption in the State of Florida, were valid enough to hold off on vaccinations and the ingredients that are used in them as adjuvants. Especially when one considers what happened shortly after her first HEP-B shot.
In closing, I thank you for taking the short time to read my email. We firmly admire your practice and the personnel you have and look forward in continuing Rylan’s care with you. She deserves the best, and we think we found it.
Respectfully Yours’,
Robert O’Kane
ps- yes we are considering the shots as she gets older. But in the meantime can you order for us a screen to determine if Rylan’s immune compromised? This will help us a great deal considering thousands of cases that went through the vaccine court in the past decade showed many injuries and deaths resulted in the failure to pre-detect if children had a compromised immune system prior to any shots.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

3 Things Your Pediatrician Won’t Tell You About Your Child’s Ear Infection

3 Things Your Pediatrician Won’t Tell You About Your Child’s Ear Infection

Middle ear infection, or otitis media, is one of the most common childhood afflictions, impacting up to two thirds of children at least once before the age of 3 and up to 90% before the age of ten.(i)Ear infections are the number one reason a child visits the emergency room.  The most common treatments for ear infections are antibiotics and if that doesn’t work, ear tubes.

Your pediatrician likely has the best intentions when they prescribe your child antibiotics or recommends ear ventilation tubes but there are three major flaws with these recommendations.  A simple PubMed or CDC search yields all the information you need to determine ear infection management is not as black and white as you have been lead to believe.

These are the 3 things your pediatrician likely did not tell you when recommendations were made in managing your child’s ear infection.

1.  Most ear infections are viral. which means using an antibiotic (kills only bacteria) doesn’t work.(ii)


This is from the CDC’s website antibiotic recommendations page.  As you can see, the usual cause is a virus and antibiotics are NOT needed.

2.  Antibiotics and ear tubes can be dangerous.  Antibiotics in children are linked to asthma(iii), obesity(iv), overall lowered immune function(v) and adult disease.(vi) Ear tubes do not improve long term hearing(vii), learning, cognitive, or academic outcomes(viii).  Studies show that ear tubes lead to scarring and have been linked to poorer hearing 6-10 years later.(ix)

3.  Antibiotics do not treat the cause of ear infections which is poor drainage.  Using antibiotics, or even tubes, are merely a band-aid approach.  Ear infections are caused by the Eustachian tube not allowing fluid to properly drain from the middle ear.(x) When the fluid becomes stagnant it becomes a hotbed for viruses and bacteria.  Killing the bugs is not a long term solution.

If you are looking for a safe, long term-solution that addresses the cause of ear infections, pediatric chiropractic is the answer.  How does that work you ask?

There are 4 muscles that are closely associated with the Eustachian tube.  These muscles help open and close the tube.  The muscles are the tensor veli palatini, levator veli palatini, salpingopharyngeus, and tensor tympani.(xi)  When these muscles spasm and lose their normal tone, their function is lost and the ability to open and close the tube is compromised.

What would cause these muscles to spasm and lose function?  Improper nerve input.  This is caused from upper cervical (neck) misalignments.(xii)

The chiropractic adjustment restores normal motion and alignment to the spine which, in turn, restores normal nerve function and normal muscle function to the Eustachian tube which ultimately allows the tube to drain appropriately.(xiii)

A few quick hitters to wrap this thing up.

  • But isn’t cracking my baby’s neck dangerous?
    • Most adults associate a chiropractic adjustment with a loud cavitation (gas releasing from joint) sound.  Although the adult adjustment is completely safe(xiv), parents believe this would be dangerous for their children.  The force applied when adjusting an infant/child is significantly less.  The typical force applied to a child’s neck is the equivalent of the force you can rest from your finger over your closed eyelid without discomfort.
  • How do I find a chiropractor that is trained to check my child?
    • In Las Vegas, is a great place to start
    • Another great place is
    • If the above two methods don’t yield results you will need to do a little research.
      • Check out their website.  Make sure it looks like a place that specializes in kids.  The website should include articles about kids and chiropractic as well as pictures and testimonials showcasing success with kids.
      • Read their reviews.  Look through their online reviews.  If it’s 100% adult and back pain oriented look elsewhere.

Please leave your thoughts by adding a comment below—but remember, we can’t offer personal medical advice online, so be sure to limit your comments to those about getting back your child’s’ health!

BE Well!