Well­ness Arti­cles

Child­hood Asthma & Chi­ro­prac­tic

It is esti­mated that up to 15 mil­lion peo­ple suf­fer from asthma. Of those, 14.8 mil­lion are chil­dren under the age of 18. In 1993 alone, there were 198,000 hos­pi­tal­iza­tions for asthma. In that same sam­ple year, 342 peo­ple under the age of 25 died due to this prob­lem. In money terms, the direct cost of man­ag­ing a patient with severe asthma has been esti­mated at more than $18,000 per year.

The fol­low­ing sta­tis­tics about asthma come from the Bet­ter Health & Med­ical Network.

  • Asthma has increased 46% from 19821993 with an 80% growth in chil­dren under 18.
  • In the 517 age group, asthma causes an annual loss of more than 10 mil­lion school days per year.
  • Asthma accounts for more child­hood hos­pi­tal­iza­tions than any other child­hood disease.
  • Chil­dren with asthma spend approx­i­mately 7.3 mil­lion days per year restricted to bed rest.
  • In 1990, there were 7.1 mil­lion physi­cian vis­its for asthma.
  • Health care costs for asthma were esti­mated to be $6.2 bil­lion, which is almost 1% of the total US health care costs.
  • More than 5,200 Amer­i­cans died from asthma in 1991.

Recent arti­cles in pub­li­ca­tions such as “The Amer­i­can Chi­ro­prac­tor”, and “Today’s Chi­ro­prac­tic” describe strong links between peo­ple who suf­fer from these con­di­tions and nerve inter­fer­ence from sub­lux­a­tion. Sub­lux­a­tions are when bones in the spine pres­sure or irri­tate nerves caus­ing abnor­mal nerve func­tion. An arti­cle appear­ing in the Jour­nal of Ver­te­bral Sub­lux­a­tion Research Vol. 1 No. 4, also demon­strated the pos­i­tive effects of chi­ro­prac­tic care on 81 chil­dren with asthma.

Accord­ing to Richard Pis­tolese, research assis­tant for the Inter­na­tional Chi­ro­prac­tic Pedi­atric Asso­ci­a­tion, “Based upon infor­ma­tion cur­rently avail­able, chi­ro­prac­tic care rep­re­sents a safe non-​pharmacological health care approach, that may be asso­ci­ated with a decrease in asthma-​related impair­ment, reduced res­pi­ra­tory effort, and a decrease inci­dence of asthma attacks.” Pis­tolese goes fur­ther to say, “The cor­rec­tion of ver­te­bral sub­lux­a­tion is a non-​invasive pro­ce­dure, which could reduce or elim­i­nate the need for med­ica­tion, and poten­tially ease the sever­ity of the asth­matic condition.”

Ran­dom Article

In an arti­cle from Reuters Health Infor­ma­tion, printed in the Jour­nal of the AMA is a report of a sur­vey that showed many children

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