There is an excellent study in a recent edition of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. The researchers looked at rhinoconjunctivitis (inflammation of the nasal passages and eyes due to allergy), eczema, asthma, and general allergies in children. They found that antibiotic use during the first year of life increased rates of asthma, rhinoconjunctivitis, and eczema. Anitpyretic use (tylenol, ibuprofen)increased rates of asthma and eczema. MMR vaccination increased risk of rhinoconjunctivitis while children without MMR vaccination who actually got measles had lower risk of eczema.These results are vitally important since allergies, asthma, and eczema rates have risen dramatically in the past few decades. Clearly it is time to stop overmedicating our children. Read the study here.
A new article in the Associated Press describes "Sinuplasty", a technique where a ballon is inserted into the sinuses, then blown up to stretch the passages. "I think there's a huge number of people who can benefit from this, its really the most exciting thing that's happened in our specialty in probably 15 years" says Dr. Michael Friedman, an otolaryngologist and chief of head and neck surgery at Chicago's Rush University Medical Center. The technique works incredibly well for people suffering from sinusitis. What the article fails to mention is that chiropractors have been using this technique for 100 years! In chiropractic the technique is called "Nasal Specifics." I use this technique with great success in my own practice. Many patients who have tried antibiotics, allergy medications, and nasal sprays with no result are literally cured in one treatment! Home treatments including diet, nasal lavage (also known as netti pot treatment), and steam baths with essential oils can all be beneficial. Here's a link to the article . If you are interested in this treatment give my clinic a call!
It's April in Nevada County and the rain keeps falling--cold season seems to be lingering with the prolonged winter. The best herb I've found to combat colds is andrographis paniculata (called Kan Jang in Chinese and Kalmegh in Hindi). This herb has been proven again and again to shorten the duration of the common cold and flu, and to be an effective preventative. It has been compared to Echinacea by researchers, and was found to be superior. It is safe for children to use. It is also preventative against cancer and there is some research showing that it actually reverses atherosclerotic plaqueing in blood vessels! Here's links to a few research studies:
The next time you begin to catch a cold, try taking 1/2 teaspoon of andrographis paniculata 4 times per day. You'll be amazed!