Sunlight is Healing
Vitamin D has been studied for its ability to prevent cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, and colon cancer – and new research shows it might fight pancreatic cancer – the 4th leading cause of cancer deaths in the US. Just a few minutes of natural sunlight helps your body synthesize vitamin D. Other sources of Vitamin D are eggs (buy organic from free range chickens, of course), liver, fatty fish such as salmon, sardines, herring and raw milk. We don’t recommend pasteurized, low fat or skim milk as good sources since artificially added Vi-tamin D is not in its natural balance and is not used as well by your body. The natural sources are the best.
Ear infections usually clear up on their own
In a study of 283 children given prescriptions for antibiotics, two-thirds of the children’s parents delayed getting the prescription filled for 48 hours. And then they never filled the prescription – the kids were all right. Researchers studying the data discovered that the children who did not receive antibiotics recovered at the same rate as children who started taking them immediately. (1) According to USA Today, many parents and doctors these days are taking a “watchful waiting” approach with children older than 2 who have ear infections, the most common childhood illness. Many are forgoing antibiotics because of worries about drug resistance and evidence that most ear infections will heal on their own. (2) And finally, according to research from the New England Journal of Medicine, “Inserting tubes in children with persistent fluid in the ear does not lead to better developmental outcomes as the children age.” (3)
Note: When children receive antibiotics for ear infections they get more infections. When they recover on their own (without drugs) their resistance improves.
TMJ and Chiropractic
If you place your fingers in front of each ear and open your jaw, you’ll feel lots of wiggling. This is where your skull’s temporal bone attaches to your mandible (jaw): the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Lots of ligaments, cartilage, fascia, discs, muscles, nerves and blood vessels run in, around and through it.
That is why, when the TMJ joint is misaligned, you can have all kinds of problems: trouble opening the mouth wide; clicking or popping sounds; a locked jaw; headache; hearing loss; tinnitus (ringing in the ears); throat fullness; facial swelling; shoulder, cheek or jaw pain; neck ache; facial nerve pain; ear or eye pain; dental pain; nausea; blurred vision and dizziness. (1)
Spine and TMJ problems appear related and for that reason more TMJ sufferers are benefiting from chiropractic care. (2) By relieving pressure on the spine and cranial bones, chiropractic may relieve or correct TMJ problems. (3)
Conversely, an unhealthy skull/jaw alignment can put great stress upon the spinal column. There are documented cases of dental problems that, once corrected, have helped chiropractic patients to better hold their spinal adjustments. (4-5)
All TMJ sufferers need a chiropractic checkup. Anyone who has been to the dentist should follow up with a quick stop at their chiropractor.