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Baby Talk is Talking Chiropractic

In a recent issue of Baby Talk magazine, an article entitled, "It's Only Natural", discussed a recent gathering of 300 pediatricians in Tucson, Arizona. The speakers included, Stephen Straus, M.D., head of the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Andrew Weil, M.D., director of the program in integrative medicine at the
University of Arizona College of Medicine. The article stated that pediatricians are becoming aware that patients' parents are less and less eager to turn to drugs when treating childrens' illnesses. The pediatricians were looking at options for "times, such as with colic or recurrent ear infection, when standard treatments don't hold all the answers". This is an excerpt on the portion of the article dealing with chiropractic and children's health:

"How does it work?" "Chiropractors trace many of the body's health problems to misalignments of the spinal column, which press on the nerves leading to various parts of the body. But, chiropractors who work with infants don't apply the same force that's used with adults..."

"What's it good for?" "Recurrent ear infections are the most common reason parents take their children to a chiropractor. One small study found a correlation between spinal adjustments and resolution of otitis media." The study's author points to the increasing number of pediatricians referring ear infection patients to chiropractors in an effort to keep the child from "yet another round of antibiotics".

The article goes on further to include referrals to chiropractors for colic, "muscle and back pain from falls or injuries, constipation, and chronic conditions such as asthma".




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