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Tackling Childhood Obesity with Chiropractic | Universal Wellness Source

Addressing Childhood Obesity through Chiropractic

Obesity on the rise

Childhood obesity is on the rise in America. Even if you don’t want fries with that kids’ meal, chances are your fast food restaurant wants to give you some. Chains like McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Burger King offer unhealthy sides and drinks 84 percent of the time, in lieu of their more nutritious offerings like apple slices, yogurt, and juice. That’s among the findings of a new analysis released by researchers at Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, which examined fast food marketing and nutrition trends.

The fast food industry has stepped up efforts to reach children and teens. Last year, preschoolers saw 56 percent more ads for Subway, 21 percent more ads for McDonald’s, and 9 percent more ads for Burger King than they did in 2007. Often, they’re bombarded with images of snacks and desserts—
children see more than two advertisements each day promoting unhealthy menu items.

How Chiropractic Can Help

You may not think of your chiropractor as being helpful with obesity problems, but they can be your best ally with weight problems. Obviously, the traditional medical field does not have the answer, or we would not have an increasing childhood obesity problem in America.

Except for obesity conditions caused by extremely rare glandular problems, children and adults become obese for one reason and one reason only—consuming more calories than they burn. To lose weight you just need to consume less calories than you burn. 
That’s it—it’s that simple. Either eat less, exercise more, or do both.

There are many reasons we are overeating:

  • Stress
  • Boredom
  • Food/Comfort Issues
  • Malnutrition

If low, or no energy, is the reason for not exercising, the chiropractor will examine the possible causes for this. It may be a nutritional deficiency, lack of sleep, stress, or other physical problem. The chiropractor will be able to find the cause and eliminate or treat the cause. With more energy, it will easier to get out and exercise, allowing the body to burn more calories.

When people attempt to lose weight by eating less, they may become even more deficient in nutrients. Which increases their hunger sensation. We tend to eat more when our bodies are nutrient deficient. When we eat more we than we should, we put on weight.

Once the body has sufficient amounts of all nutrients, then the hunger center shuts down, and there is no longer a feeling of hunger. When the hunger is under control, people can much more easily control the amount of food that they eat, and they can begin to lose weight.

Other Factors

The other factor in the equation for losing weight is exercising more to burn more calories than are consumed. Here, again, your chiropractor can help make this easier. If kids and adults are not exercising because of pain, the chiropractor can help with both of these problems. Chiropractors are the experts at eliminating the causes of pain, not just masking the pain with drugs. Through chiropractic adjustments, the body will be restored to normal alignment. Thus reducing the physical causes of spinal stress and return it to normal function.

The bottom line is that obesity problems can be addressed. Take the first step and want to do something about the problem. Together, your chiropractor and you can solve the problem.

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Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Ear Infections

Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Ear Infections

Natural ear pain relief

Ear pain is the number one reason for children to visit the chiropractor. There is a strong link between the birthing process and recurrent ear infection, also known as otitis media. During the birthing process, cervical vertebrae can become misaligned, disrupting nerve function, which can affect the eustachian tube. This may lead to fluid buildup in the middle ear and cause Otitis Media.

Reduced trips to the pediatrician

Ear infections accounts for over 35% of all pediatrician visits in the United States. Antibiotics, the usual treatment, are not always effective and may even lead to a recurrence of ear infections. Overuse of antibiotics creates a cycle of repeat ear infections. This Creates a need for more pediatric visits, more antibiotics, and subsequent antibiotic use during the first two years of a child’s life. In the U.S., the cost of the medical and surgical treatment of Otitis is estimated to be between three and four billion dollars annually.

Adjustments maintain healthy ears

Studies show that ear and other upper respiratory infections respond favorably to chiropractic adjustments. One promising study published in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics indicates that there is a strong correlation between chiropractic adjustments and the resolution of ear infections. Over 3oo children with chronic ear infections participated in the study.

In this study, each child, ranging in age from 0 to 5 years, was given a series of chiropractic adjustments. The results show that close to 80% of the children did not experience another ear infection within the six-month period following their initial visits.

The six-month period included maintenance treatments every four to six weeks. Joan M. Fallon, D.C., is the author, and the chiropractor who treated the children in the study. This pilot study serves as a starting point from which the chiropractic profession can examine its role in the treatment of children with chronic ear infections.

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Chiropractic Solutions for Sinus Trouble | Universal Wellness Source

Chiropractic Solutions for Chronic Sinus Trouble

Waking up with a stuffy head

Do you feel as if you always have a cold or that your last cold never left you? Do you have a chronic “postnasal drip”? If you answered yes’, you may be suffering from sinusitis-the most common condition in the 18 to 45 age group. Your sinuses (Latin for “hollow”) are eight spaces in the bones of your forehead, cheeks and temples. Although they help you to breathe, many people think that’s the one thing they prevent because as they become inflamed, they fill with mucus.

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinuses and nasal passages. It can cause 
a headache or pressure in the eyes, nose, cheek area, or on one side of the head. A person with this condition may also have a cough, a fever, bad breath, and nasal congestion with thick nasal secretions. Sinusitis is categorized as acute (sudden onset) or chronic (long term, the most common type).

Sinus Symptoms

There can be too much of a good thing. When mucus fills the sinus linings, the condition is called sinusitis (when it only involves the nose or throat it is called rhinitis and may mimic a cold). Sinusitis is not very rare; it often occurs when you have a cold and clears up when the cold ends. If the drainage is blocked, pressure increases and can cause pain, discomfort, headache and swelling around your eyes and ears; 
a dull ache in the cheekbones; pain in the teeth or jaw; increased nasal secretions; chills; fever; dizziness; loss of appetite; photophobia (sensitivity to light); bad breath; a general “yucky’’ feeling; even depression.

The Chiropractic Approach

By relieving stress on the nervous system and body structure, your body works more efficiently. Chiropractic medicine holds a great deal of promise for people with sinusitis. Its treatments can target the bones and mucous membrane that surround the air-filled sinus cavities, as well as the joints and muscles of other parts of the body. Patients of chiropractic have reported improvements in their breathing, their postnasal drainage, their ability to sleep, and their sense of smell, as well as fewer headaches.

Anyone suffering from sinusitis, rhinitis or other respiratory problems should see a chiropractor for a spinal checkup. Spinal care 
can help your body function better, improve your resistance to disease and enhance your well-being.

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