It's amazing how easy it is to get off your routine. Every week, I sit
down to write one of these and then I skip one week and it's tough to get back
into the routine. Nevertheless, it's a new year, I'm re-dedicating myself to
making sure I uphold the weekly part of the well-being title. I want to start by
wishing everyone a happy new year. I hope 2011 is a great year for you.
One thing that I had an opportunity to do in the latter part of 2010 is start
seeing more kids in the office. It's very rewarding to see kids make their
usually pretty quick turnarounds, or even to notice little differences (like
being able to wink for the first time). So, that's why I want to start today by
briefly talking about ear infections and the antibiotics typically prescribed to
Ear Infections and Anti-Biotics = An Unnecessary Combo
Did you know that the American Academy for Pediatrics clearly states that a
child should be observed up to three days after diagnosis of an ear infection to
see if it will go away on its own? Most of the time, it will. So, why do so many
docs immediately recommend an aggressive course of anti-biotics for something
clinically proven to go away on its own? The consequences of taking anti-biotics
can often be (quietly) worse than the ear infection itself. Look at the words
anti and bio. Anti means the opposite of and bio means life. Is it a good idea
to feed your kids pills or give them shots of the opposite of life?
There are numerous common childhood conditions that have somewhat puzzling
traditional treatment protocols. Or, in some cases, there's no protocol when
there are proven "alternative" methods. Take Scoliosis, for instance...
The term scoliosis comes from the Greek word meaning "crooked" and it is a
spinal disorder that affects nearly 20 million people. Often screened for in
schools, it is a condition in which the spine curves from side to side forming a
"C" or an "S" shape instead of the normal straight line. Continuing from the
above, the protocol for its treatment is often just observing it over a period
of time to make sure it doesn't get any worse. There's also a physical therapy
regimen and a surgical procedure that often involves the insertion of steel rods
into the body.
The problem with the above protocols is that they don't address an issue of the
utmost importance: the cause of scoliosis. While the popular opinion is that
scoliosis has no known cause (in most cases), the reality is that it has (for
most) a very simple cause: trauma. The spine sits a certain way until something
causes that position to change. There are numerous traumas that occur in early
childhood or prior to that can prompt that change. The birthing process, the
thousands of falls over the first few years, learning to walk, playing with
friends, learning to play sports, climbing then falling out of trees, falling
off your bike, etc.
The foundation of the spine is the top of the neck. Wherever it goes, the rest
of the spine follows. When the aforementioned traumas occur, the top of the neck
is the most susceptible to injury or misalignment because it lacks any
interlocking joint to hold it securely in place. Thus, the top of the spine is
where the initial misalignment occurs and - because it is the foundation - its
shift causes the rest of the spine to shift. If that foundational misalignment
is not addressed, the rest of the spine will continue to shift and a curve that
should not be there develops.
Ideally, then, scoliosis is a condition that can usually be prevented.
Prevention (i.e. not having it at all) is the best route. That is not to say,
however, that the condition cannot be reversed. Once that foundational issue at
the top of the neck that causes the rest of the spine to shift is corrected,
then the rest of the body will slowly but surely shift back toward normal. Keep
in mind, though, that the longer the scoliotic curve is present, the longer it
will take to make a significant improvement and the less likely it will be that
it can ever get back to 100% normal.
Thinking good things for you, as always,