Volume 8. Issue 11 February 2020
THE SPINAL TIMES
Lancaster Chiropractic Life Center
Earaches and Infection Gone and Ear Tube Surgery Cancelled Due to Chiropractic
In the September 9, 2019, issue of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health appears a case study that documents how chiropractic helped a young girl who was suffering with ear infections recover and avoid scheduled ear tube surgery.
Otitis media is the technical name for an ear infection. According to the Mayo Clinic, “An ear infection (sometimes called acute otitis media) is an infection of the middle ear, the air-filled space behind the eardrum that contains the tiny vibrating bones of the ear. Children are more likely than adults to get ear infections.”
This study begins by the authors reporting that acute otitis media (AOM), is a common disorder with 23% of children will have experienced this condition by year one. Most of the cases of AOM are observed ages 6 to 12 months. Not too long ago, common medical treatment of AOM was to give the child ongoing antibiotics in an attempt to further prevent infections. More recently, the quick antibiotic approach has been less common in favor of managing the pain and monitoring the problem in the hope that the problem self-resolves.
In a growing effort to reduce the usage of drugs by children, many parents have turned to other forms of care or treatment for their children suffering with otitis media. The study reports, “A popular option and highly utilized alternative care approach for children is chiropractic.”
In this case, a 3-year-old girl was brought to the chiropractor by her mother for a chiropractic consultation and possible care. The girl had been suffering with chronic ear infections. According toher mother, the girl’s ear infections were made worse by a cold or the flu. The child had been through multiple rounds of antibiotics. Each time antibiotics were used, the ear infections would appear to clear up but then return again after the therapy was discontinued. At the time of the chiropractic examination the little girl was scheduled for tympanovstomy ventilation tube surgery.
Upon examination, it was noted that the girl was suffering with infections in both ears and was visibly in pain as she appeared agitated and was continually grabbing at her ears. In addition to inspection of the ears, a spinal examination was performed which included both static palpation and light motion of the girl’s spine. From the examination out was determined that subluxations were present in the girl’s spine.
With the permission of the girl’s mother, specific forms of age appropriate chiropractic adjustment began. The girl was scheduled for ear tube surgery two weeks after the start of her chiropractic care. Due to the results from her receiving chiropractic care in those two weeks, her medical doctor cancelled the ear tube surgery because the infection had cleared.
The study records the response of the girl’s mother by stating, “Given the response of the patient to chiropractic care, the patient’s mother elected to have her child attend chiropractic care on a wellness basis. The child continues to receive chiropractic care on a wellness basis and has not experienced another bout of OM (otitis media).”
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Recipe: Slow-Cooker Moroccan Beef Stew with Couscous
3 carrots, thinly sliced on an angle
1/2 large celery root, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks (abut 2 cups)
3/4 cup pitted prunes, chopped
1 1/4 pounds beef stew meat
1 tablespoon was el hangout (Moroccan
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup couscous
2 teaspoons harissa paste, plus more for serving
Fresh cilantro, for topping
Stir the carrots, celery root and 1/2 cup prunes in a 6-8 quart slow cooker. Toss the beef with the raw el
hanout, 1 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper in a large bowl. Arrange on top of the vegetables. Whisk the chicken broth and tomato paste in a small bowl or liquid measuring cup and pour over the meat and vegetables. Cover and cook on low until the meat is tender, 7 to 8 hours.
About 15 minutes before serving, cook the couscous as the label directs.
Skim the fat off the top of the stew with a ladle and discard. Stir in the harissa and season with salt and pepper. Divide the couscous and stew among bowls. Top with the remaining 1/4 cup prunes and cilantro; serve with more harissa.
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