Improvement in Motor Developmental Delay in a 15-month Old Baby Following Chiropractic

A recent study showed chiropractic helping correct motor development delay in a 15-month old baby. The documented study was published in January 2018 in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics. The study titled, “Improvement in motor developmental delay in a 15-month old male following chiropractic care to correct vertebral subluxation: A case report,” was conducted in Auckland, New Zealand, with the assistance of the New Zealand College of Chiropractic, in Auckland, New Zealand.

Improvement in Motor Developmental Delay in a 15-month Old Baby Following Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractor Dr. Justin Swanson Best Local Doctor Celebrity CareThe study authors begin by defining the issue. “Developmental delay is defined as a child who is not meeting a range of milestones at the expected rate of development.” They go on to explain the areas of delay by saying, “Typically, this involves multiple areas of development including cognitive skills, social and emotional skills, speech and language skills, fine and gross motor skills and activities of daily living.”

Developmental delay is measured against six areas defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “windows of achievement.” Each of these have different age ranges depending on the level advancement for the age of the child. These achievements include sitting without support, standing with assistance, hands-&-knees crawling, walking with assistance, standing alone, and finally walking alone. Not being able to achieve these tasks within the timeframe set forth in the WHO guidelines is considered developmentally delayed.

In this case, a 15-month-old boy who was suffering from developmental delay was brought to the chiropractor. The boy was unable to crawl or creep in any way. He was unable to pull himself up to stand, or to stand alone or walk. From around 6 months of age, he was able to sit upright, and from around 9 months old, he was able to roll. This level of ability was way behind what should be expected which would allow the boy to be considered to be developmentally delayed. The boy’s speech was not advanced but was not considered to be delayed in any way for his age.

A chiropractic examination was performed which revealed multiple areas of spinal and pelvic restrictive movement and alterations of muscle tone. The boy exhibited reduced ability to balance and difficulty in supporting himself on his hands and knees.

With consent from the parents, chiropractic care was started on the boy for correction of vertebral subluxations with multiple visits per week being performed in the initial stage of care.

The study results showed that, following the first two adjustments, the child started to crawl on his hands and knees by himself without needing assistance. After one additional visit, the boy was able to pull himself up to a standing position. Progress continued as it was reported that after the sixth visit, the boy was able to crawl on his hands and knees with ease and began letting go while in a standing position. After seven chiropractic visits, the boy began to take unassisted steps with increasing confidence. During the entire time of the chiropractic care, it was reported that there were no adverse reactions identified or reported.

In their discussion, the authors of this case study summed up the results by saying, “Motor development improvements were reported in a 15-month-old male over the course of 16-weeks of chiropractic care. The child had initially presented with motor development delay, with inability to crawl in any manner, stand or walk unassisted.”

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Baby with Chronic Constipation Helped with Chiropractic

From the January 2018 issue of the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics comes a documented case study of chiropractic helping a baby who was suffering from chronic constipation. In children, constipation can be expressed as infrequent bowel movements and can have hard and dry stools.

Baby with Chronic Constipation Helped with Chiropractic - Chiropractor Austin Texas Affordable Help Relief Best Respected Results 5 StarsThe study begins by noting that between 5-30% of the child population will suffer with this issue. More than one third of the cases become chronic, lasting for more than 8 weeks. The study reports that many factors can contribute to the issue including dehydration, dietary factors such as cows milk intolerance, or a change in diet. Certain organic issues can also lead to constipation as well as psychological factors including purposefully withholding stools which can become an acquired behavior in some children.

If no known cause can be found for the constipation, it is referred to as idiopathic constipation. The study describes how this problem can be detected by noting, “Signs and symptoms of childhood constipation include excessive flatulence associated with a foul smell, infrequent passing of stools, abdominal pain and withholding or straining to stop the passage of stools.

In this case, a mother brought her 2-year-old son in to see the chiropractor. The boy’s problems primarily included three weeks of right shoulder and arm pain which was affecting his daily activities as well as his sleep. His mother additionally reported that her son was suffering with chronic constipation for over a year and was taking what she described as a “significant” amount of medication for the issue. The boy’s bowel movements were extremely foul smelling and very painful to pass. The child was eating a very nutritious and healthy diet which would rule out dietary concerns for causing the constipation.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included inspection, range of motion, and palpation of the spine and pelvic bones. With the findings, age-specific chiropractic care was started on the boy. After only one visit, the child was completely free of the initial pain of right shoulder and arm pain. Within ten days, the boy’s mother reported that her son was having more frequent bowel movements associated with looser stools and less straining. As a result, the boy’s mother was able to reduce his medication.

The study records that after four visits “…the mother reported that for the first time in his life, the child was sleeping throughout the night without waking and routinely passing a stool with no complaint.” After two additional visits the boy was having regular bowl movements without any straining.

In the abstract of this study, the authors give and overview of the case and the results by stating, “After four treatments, the frequency of bowel movements increased from once every other day to twice a day and use of medication decreased. Sleep quality also improved. As a result of the improvements noted with this intervention, a musculoskeletal mechanism for the development and persistence of constipation in children has been proposed.”

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Vasovagal Syncope, Fainting and Blackouts Helped with Chiropractic

The February 8, 2018, issue of the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research published a case study showing chiropractic helping a patient who was suffering with vasovagal syncope, resulting in fainting and blackouts. The authors of this study cite the World Journal of Cardiology to define syncope as “…syncope is defined as a transient and self-terminating loss of consciousness (LOC) with rapid onset, short duration combined with spontaneous, prompt and complete recovery.”

Vasovagal Syncope, Fainting and Blackouts Helped with Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractor Best Reviews MRI PI Car Accident MVA MVC Attorney HelpThe Mayo Clinic website describes this condition by saying, “Vasovagal syncope occurs when you faint because your body overreacts to certain triggers, such as the sight of blood or extreme emotional distress.” They further explain, “The vasovagal syncope trigger causes your heart rate and blood pressure to drop suddenly. That leads to reduced blood flow to your brain, causing you to briefly lose consciousness.”

In this case, a 57-year-old woman sought chiropractic care due to her chief complaint of fainting. She also reported that she was suffering with neck pain on the right side with a loss of normal right neck rotation. She had been diagnosed by her MD with vasovagal syncope (VVS).

The woman reported that her fainting first started in 1996. She reported that turning her head to the left would bring on the fainting episode. It was two years later that she was diagnosed by her cardiologist with vasovagal syncope. An EKG, cardiac Echo, and carotid artery doppler were performed but revealed no abnormal finding and were considered negative studies.

The medical recommendations included medication for low blood pressure and the possibility of surgery for implantation of an electrical pacemaker. The woman declined these options and decided to take a holistic approach for her health issues.

Chiropractic examination procedures, including x-rays, were performed after which specific chiropractic adjustments were started to address her vertebral subluxations. Analysis of the results of the adjustments were performed to determine the changes made from the procedures.

The results of the chiropractic care were immediate and profound in this case. After the first chiropractic adjustment, the woman reported that she did not suffer a single syncope episode or fainting attack. After her fourth visit, she also reported that her neck pain was completely gone. After the initial portion of care, the study noted that the woman remained on chiropractic care on a maintenance basis and that she was “…appreciative for the ability in gaining the quality and function back in her life, via chiropractic.”

In their conclusion the authors wrote, “The chiropractic treatment and complete resolution of a 57-year-old female patient suffering from Vasovagal syncope (VVS) is presented in this case study.” They further noted, “This case supports the evidence of chiropractic care in relieving neurological disorders based on anatomical association and interference.”

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Chiropractic Helps Excessive Crying in Baby According to Study

The Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics published a case study and review in their January 2018 issue showing how chiropractic helped a baby who was suffering from excessive crying. This study points out that although crying is a normal way that infants communicate their needs, excessive crying can indicate a health issue, and can create parental stress or even depression.

Chiropractic Helps Excessive Crying in Baby According to Study - Chiropractor Austin Best Baby Pediatric Chiro Care Infants Babies Mom BlogThe study reports that an incessant crying baby is one of the most common reasons infants are brought to healthcare professionals in the first sixteen weeks of life. In many cases, infants are brought to the chiropractor after a visit to the pediatrician has failed to significantly remedy the issue of incessant crying.

In this case, a five-month-old boy was brought by his parents to the chiropractor. The parents reported that their baby was exhibiting excessive and uncontrollable crying, a short attention span, and difficulties with sleeping. They reported that the excessive crying started immediately after birth and would continue for at least five hours each day. The baby boy would start inconsolable crying in the late afternoon and it would last until around 10 p.m. at night.

The birth history revealed a difficult and exhausting birth process, lasting over 30 hours and requiring vacuum extraction intervention. Additionally, immediately after birth, tube feeding of the infant was required due to low blood sugar levels. The tube feeding made breast feeding difficult as the baby showed defensive reactions around his mouth. Due to breast feeding problems, the baby was given formula which created issues of irritability and bowel problems. The child was finally diagnosed with colic.

At five months of age, the baby was brought to the chiropractor where a chiropractic examination was performed. After reviewing the information with the parents, they agreed to have chiropractic care started for their baby. The study recorded positive results by reporting, “After five treatments over five weeks, both parents reported that their child was a lot more relaxed, he could settle to entertain himself, was less irritable, and his crying had reduced to the normal unit of less than two hours a day.”

The author of the study was cautious in her conclusion as to not overstate the results of this single case study. She wrote, “It can be concluded that there are different etiologies of excessive crying, each related to different underlying concerns. Even though the research isn’t unanimous about whether chiropractic care does have a positive effect on excessive crying, there is evidence to suggest that chiropractic care is safe for the infant and that taking an excessively crying infant to a chiropractic will result in fewer hours of crying.”

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Infants Have Good Outcomes Under Chiropractic According to Study

A study was published in the January 2018 issue of the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics showing that, according to parents assessments, chiropractic was beneficial for their infants. The study also showed that chiropractic for the infants was beneficial to the parents’ overall self-health assessment.

Infants Have Good Outcomes Under Chiropractic According to Study - Austin Chiropractor Pediatric Care Infants Babies Children Boys Girls TeensThe study begins by noting that children and infants are commonly brought to chiropractors. Over one-third (37.5 %) of children seek healthcare that falls into the category of complimentary or alternative medicine (CAM). Common in the CAM services is chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation. Some of the more common reasons that infants are brought to the chiropractor include excessive crying, feeding difficulties, infant colic and abnormal motor development.

This study is unique in that it investigated the parents’ report of their infants’ care, rather than a clinical review of the results of care such as in most case reports. This study reports on parent satisfaction with care for their baby or infant, along with the parent’s report of the outcome of the care rendered.

Four questionnaires were used in this study to assess that parent’s judgment of their child’s health and the outcome of care. Two of the questionnaires were given at the onset of care and two were given later toward the conclusion. The questionnaires included demographic information along with rating the clinical experience provided.

The study parameters were very specific. “The mothers were asked to give a rating on a scale of 1 to 10 with regards to the daily amount of irritable behavior in their child, level of distress the mother feels with her child’s behavior, restfulness of infant sleep during the last week and difficulty to console the child when crying.”

This study looked at the survey results from 413 mothers, all with infants under the age of one who received chiropractic care. All 413 filled out the initial questionnaires and 197 filled out the second set of questionnaires at the conclusion of initial care. On the initial questionnaire, it was noted that 182, representing 50.3%, of the infant patients were four weeks of age or less. The breakdown showed that 30.2% of the infants were brought in for colic or crying, 22.9% for a feeding related complaint, 19.5% for a checkup, and 27.4% for a variety of other reasons.

The results of the study showed that in each of the categories, the infants had improved significantly according to their parents’ reports. Improvement was seen in the areas of amount of irritability, restfulness of sleep, and the ease of consoling an infant who was crying. Additionally, the parents reported that their own stress levels dropped by 48% as a result of their infant receiving chiropractic care.

In their conclusion, the authors noted why infants are brought to the chiropractors by saying, “The demographic profile of infant patients presented to a chiropractic practice setting showed the two leading complaints were feeding problems and excessive crying. The complaints were often present from birth and accompanied by potential anxiety/depression levels in the mother.”

As a result of the improvement in both the infants and the mothers, the researchers were able to report that the “Parents were highly satisfied with care and their expectations were met.”

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Idiopathic Scoliosis and Musculoskeletal Complaints Improved with Chiropractic

A case study documenting chiropractic helping to improve a patient suffering with idiopathic scoliosis and musculoskeletal complaints was published in the January 25, 2018, issue of the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. The patient also experienced an improved state of well-being as a result of the chiropractic care.

Idiopathic Scoliosis and Musculoskeletal Complaints Improved with Chiropractic - Chiropractor Austin TX Health Wellness Celebrity Best Confidential CareThe word scoliosis comes from the Greek word skolios, which means twisted or crooked. A diagnosis of scoliosis only means that there is an abnormal curvature of the spine from side to side of more than 10 degrees. Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is a spinal curvature that shows up about the onset of puberty but before maturity.

AIS shows up at a rate of up to 5.2% of the adolescent population with girls having this issue more commonly than boys. Measuring spinal curvature requires a specific procedure that results in a measurement known as the Cobb angle.

The authors of this study also reviewed other studies on scoliosis and chiropractic. These studies also showed improvement of scoliosis with chiropractic as measured using the Cobb angle. In one case, a 15-year-old girl improved from a Cobb angle of 46° to 30° in 18 months, and she was able to avoid a planned surgical intervention. Another case involved an 10-year-old girl whose curve improved from 35° down to 25° as verified by an independent medical radiologist. Overall, in the 12 studies that the authors of this study reviewed, all showed a significant reduction of the Cobb angle after several months of chiropractic care.

In this case, a 21-year-old woman presented herself for chiropractic care. She was complaining of low back pain with radiating numbness into legs and feet when lying on her back, as well as daily headaches. She reported that the problems began four years earlier while she was a cheerleader and doing gymnastics in high school. Standing, sitting, bending, and lifting all seemed to make her problems worse. On a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 being the worst, she rated her lower back pain as an 8. When she would lie down for over an hour, she would experience numbness in her legs and feet. Her headaches would occur about three times per week. X-rays she had done a year prior showed a scoliosis with a Cobb angle of 20°.

Based upon a chiropractic examination which included palpation, range of motion, thermal studies and a sEMG of the woman’s spine, it was determined that subluxations were present. Regular specific chiropractic adjustments were started to address the findings.

Five months after chiropractic care was started, follow-up x-rays were taken at the same facility as the original studies were done. The x-rays showed a reduction of the curvature from 20° to 12.5°. Additionally, the patient reported much improvement in all of her pain symptoms.

The authors of the study explained how the correction of subluxations can have a positive effect on the body. “Regardless of the technique used, a majority of chiropractors are focused on detecting and correcting vertebral subluxations to improve function.”

In their conclusion, they wrote, “The results of this case study suggest that chiropractic adjustments … can help reduce the scoliotic curvature of the spine of a female with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, improve other attending or compensatory curves and postural faults, as well as improve state of well-being and musculoskeletal complaints.”

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Raynaud’s Disease & Cervical Curve Improved Following Chiropractic

From the January 22, 2018, edition of the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research comes a case study documenting the improvement under chiropractic of a patient suffering from Raynaud’s Disease, as well as chronic upper back and lower back pain.

Raynaud's Disease & Cervical Curve Improved Following Chiropractic - Chiropractor Austin TX Best Doctor High Reviews Stars Yelp Google Facebook Nextdoor LocalAccording to the Mayo Clinic, Raynaud’s Disease, also known as Raynaud’s syndrome or Raynaud’s phenomenon, is a condition that “…causes some areas of your body — such as your fingers and toes — to feel numb and cold in response to cold temperatures or stress. In Raynaud’s disease, smaller arteries that supply blood to your skin narrow, limiting blood circulation to affected areas.” Typically, during a flair up the fingers turn white, then blue with tingling and a cold feeling. Raynaud’s is more common in woman than men, occurring at between 4-6% of the female population.

In this case, a 29-year-old woman went to the chiropractor for consultation and care. The woman was suffering with cold, stiff, and cramping hand pain along with purple discoloration. She had been experiencing these symptoms of Raynaud’s phenomenon for over ten years. Additionally, she was now suffering with pain in the upper back, intermittent lower back pain, and dizziness.

After a full case history, a chiropractic examination was performed which included spinal thermographic heat readings and spinal x-rays. The initial x-rays showed a decrease from the normal forward curvature of the neck. As a result of the findings, a determination of the presence of subluxation was made, and specific forms of chiropractic adjustments were started.

After 11 weeks of chiropractic care, a re-evaluation was done to access the progress. At that time, it was recorded that the thermal scans had returned to normal and the neck x-rays had shown an improvement in the curvature. The patient reported a resolution of the symptoms of Raynaud’s, including her hands being warm again as well as a decrease in the cramping and stiffness. Additionally, she reported that her upper and lower back pain were gone.

The authors explained the purpose of chiropractic care in these types of cases by saying, “The Gray’s Anatomy textbook states that the role of the nervous system is to control and coordinate every function of the body. Therefore, the main objective of subluxation-based chiropractic care is to achieve optimal functioning of the nervous system. Regardless of the health condition, the role of the chiropractor is to reduce neurological interference within the body by locating, assessing and reducing vertebral subluxation, utilizing specific chiropractic adjustments.”

In the conclusion of the study, the authors further explained their results by saying, “This case report shows improvement in the symptomatic presentation of Raynaud’s Phenomenon in a 29-year-old female after 11 weeks of subluxation-based chiropractic care. The patient had been suffering from symptoms of RP for over 10 years and was seeking an alternative solution. Subluxation-based chiropractic care, used to address neurological disturbances caused by vertebral subluxation, can lead to positive outcomes in chronic symptomatic cases.”

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Female Veterans’ Neck Pain Improved Following Chiropractic According to Study

A study published in the journal, Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, on February 2018 reports neck pain improving with chiropractic care on female veterans being treated in a VA hospital. The study begins by reporting that neck pain is a common problem among active military and veterans.

Female Veterans' Neck Pain Improved Following Chiropractic - Chiropractor Austin TX Military VA Acupuncture Care Back Headache PTSDContributing factors for neck pain in military personnel can range from trauma related to combat situations to office work, not unlike that seen in civilian populations. Musculoskeletal conditions are the leading health issue in female veterans, with women being more likely to experience neck pain than men.

The study notes the need for a non-drug approach to helping women veterans with pain, especially in light of the growing concern over opioid addiction, and the fact that opioid medications have a greater negative effect on women than men. A recent study showed that since 1999, there has been a 265% increase in overdose deaths in men, while during that same period there has been a 400% increase in overdose deaths among woman.

Currently, VHA patients are being referred to chiropractic services for a variety of musculoskeletal complaints, with neck conditions accounting for 24.3% of all these referrals. This study was conducted by reviewing the records of female veterans between the ages of 18 and 89 who were suffering from neck pain and met the inclusion criteria and follow through for this study. A total of 34 woman met all criteria and completed the questionnaire. These veterans were all suffering with neck pain and were seen by a chiropractor for more than two visits between the years 2009 and 2015.

A numerical rating scale (NRS) was used to rate pain. The NRS is a point system assessment for pain severity with 0 representing no pain and 10 representing the “worst pain imaginable.” The study also used the Neck Bournemouth Questionnaire (NBQ) which not only looks at pain, but also questions the patient as to how the pain affects their daily lives and their mental attitude because of the pain. The NBQ has a total score of between 0 and 70 with 70 being the most severe with the worst effect on the person’s life.

The study showed that after chiropractic care was given to the female veterans, there was a significant improvement as recorded by both the NRS and NBQ scores. The NRS score decreased from 6.3 down to 3.5 on average. The NBQ score also improved, showing a decrease from 37.6 before chiropractic to 23.9 after chiropractic. The study also recorded that there were no significant adverse events or side effects reported for any of the patients in this study group.

In their discussion, the authors noted that regardless of the overall health assessment of the women veterans in this study “…female veterans in the present study receiving chiropractic management for neck pain had demonstrable improvement which was statistically and clinically significant.” They also reported that the results of this study on women showed results that were consistent with prior studies conducted primarily on male veterans.

In their conclusion, the authors wrote, “Female veterans with neck pain included in this study experienced statistically and clinically significant reductions in NRS and NBQ scores over a short course of chiropractic management with a mean of 8.8 treatments. Chiropractic management may be an effective treatment strategy for female veterans with neck pain complaints.”

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Neck Pain and Pain Down Arm Helped with Chiropractic

The Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research published a case study on January 4, 2018, documenting the improvement in neck pain and arm pain in an elderly patient undergoing chiropractic care. The term used in this study for this condition is radiculopathy.

Neck Pain and Pain Down Arm Helped with Chiropractic - Chiropractor Austin TX Radiculopathy PI LOP Personal Injury Car Truck Accident AttorneyThe word radiculopathy comes from two Greek and Latin words meaning root, and illness. In this usage, it means a pain that originates at a nerve root and runs away from that origin, typically down an arm or leg. Cervical radiculopathy means that the problem has its origin in the neck. According to WebMD, “Cervical radiculopathy is the damage or disturbance of nerve function that results if one of the nerve roots near the cervical vertebrae is compressed. Damage to nerve roots in the cervical area can cause pain and the loss of sensation along the nerve’s pathway into the arm and hand, depending on where the damaged roots are located.”

The researchers in this study note that, “In younger people cervical radiculopathy is often caused by a disc herniation or some form of trauma which directly impacts on the nerve in the intervertebral foramina (IVF).” The IVFs are the openings between each vertebra where the nerves exit from the spinal column. They report that in older patients, pressure on nerves at the IVF typically occurs from degenerative or arthritic changes with a narrowing of the IVF known as stenosis.

In this case, a 74-year-old woman suffering from the symptoms of cervical radiculopathy presented herself for chiropractic care at a teaching clinic in New Zealand. Her symptoms included pain for several years, with numbness and tingling down her left arm that had gotten worse in the last few weeks. She was also complaining of weakness in her left arm and the inability to grasp heavy objects with her left hand.

One year prior to her chiropractic visit, her MD took neck x-rays which showed calcium buildup and disc degeneration in her neck. At that time, she did not consider her symptoms to be affecting her daily life so no care was rendered.

A chiropractic examination was performed, and it was noted that her cervical range of motion was limited in all directions. Neck rotation did cause an increase in pain and numbness in her left arm and hand. She also exhibited a decrease in the ability to feel sensations along portions of her left arm. Her finger grip strength on her left side was significantly reduced.

The findings were consistent with the presence of vertebral subluxation, and specific chiropractic adjustments were started at the rate of twice per week. By the 11th visit, the woman started noticing a decrease in the frequency of episodes of pain and numbness in her left arm. She reported that her problems were no longer present 24 hours per day and was only exacerbated during lifting her arm for long periods. She also reported an improvement in the quality of her sleep. A progress examination was performed, which included neurological testing, which showed further improvement in sensory ability of the C6 and C7 dermatomes on her left arm.

In their conclusion, the authors wrote, “Cervical foraminal stenosis causing radiculopathy is a problem that affects a large portion of the older population. This case study, and previously reported research, suggests that chiropractic care may benefit some people suffering from radiculopathy.”

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US Child Mortality Ranks Worst Among Wealthy Nations

A study published in Health Affairs in January 2018 reports that the U.S. ranks last among 20 wealthy nations in child mortality. The report was covered by multiple news outlets including a January 8, 2018, CNN news story titled, “Among 20 wealthy nations, US child mortality ranks worst, study finds.”

US Child Mortality Ranks Worst Among Wealthy Nations - Chiropractor Austin TX Pediatric Chiropractic Healthcare Kids Babies Infants Asthma Colic Ear InfectionsThe Health Affairs report begins by stating, “The United States has poorer child health outcomes than other wealthy nations despite greater per capita spending on health care for children.” The study looked at child mortality rates between 1961 and 2010 in the U.S. and compared this data to 35 other similar wealthy nations.

Some of the other countries included in this study were Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Dr. Ashish Thakrar, lead author of the study and an internal medicine resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System in Baltimore noted, “This study should alarm everyone. The U.S. is the most dangerous of wealthy, democratic countries in the world for children.” Dr. Thakrar continued, “We were surprised by how far the U.S. has fallen behind other wealthy countries. Across all ages and in both sexes, children have been dying more often in the U.S. than in similar countries since the 1980s.”

The study noted that childhood mortality had improved in all countries, but that the rate of improvement for the U.S. was slower than the other countries. The study also showed that the rate of child mortality for the U.S. and New Zealand were disproportionably higher than the rate for the other countries in the study. It should be noted that the United States and New Zealand are the only two countries where direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising of prescription drugs is legal.

The study showed just how bad the numbers are for children in the U.S., reporting that from 2001 to 2010, the risk of death for infants in the U.S. was 76 percent greater than for infants in other countries. Additionally, the death rate for children ages 1–19 was 57 percent greater in the U.S. One of the more disturbing findings was that U.S. children between the ages 15–19 were eighty-two times more likely to die from gun violence than children in the other nations. When projecting over a 50 year period of the study, the researchers determined that the U.S. suffered about 600,000 excess deaths of children from all causes.

In the CNN story, Dr. Thakrar further explained, “Existing research has shown that infants die more frequently in the U.S., but this was the first time we were able to see that this trend started decades ago. We were also surprised by how much more often US adolescents, in particular boys, are dying from injuries,” he said. “The most disturbing new finding of this study was that a 15- to 19-year-old in the U.S. is 82 times more likely to die from gun violence in the U.S. than in any other wealthy, democratic nation.”

“In as much as health policies will have an effect on infant and child mortality, it should be noted that the U.S. also has the highest rate of intervention in all processes of birth, and medical procedures and in the rate of citizens taking prescription medications.” said Dr. George Curry, President of the International Chiropractors Association. He continued, “Perhaps, as a society, we should step back and ask the very pertinent question. Is this very system that is suppose to be protecting our health, contributing to these excess deaths?”

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