Resolution of Colic in an Eight Week Old Infant Undergoing Chiropractic Care: A Case Study

Ron R. Castellucci, BS, ACP, DC Bio

 

 

 

Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic ~ Volume 2012 ~ Issue 4 ~ Pages 109-112

Abstract

Objective: To report the outcome of chiropractic care using light impulse finger adjustments on an 8 week old infant who was diagnosed with infantile colic.

 

Clinical Features: An 8 week old female patient presented to the office with classic symptoms of colic. It was reported by the mother that the patient cried for up to 5 hours at a time and that she appeared to wince in pain upon making a bowel movement. The crying spells often lasted well into the night.

 

Interventions and Outcomes: The treatment protocol was limited to chiropractic spinal analysis using static, motion and muscle palpation followed by chiropractic care using light impulse finger adjustments in the supine and side posture positions. The segmental levels that were addressed were C1 and T11. Plan of care included 8 visits over 4 weeks. Improvements were seen after one visit and complete resolution of the symptoms were seen after 8 visits. After one year mom reports that the condition has not returned and the patient is a healthy, thriving one year old.

 

Conclusion: The case of an 8 week old infant with colic is presented. Significant improvement, followed by complete resolution of the condition was observed following the initiation of chiropractic care. More research is certainly warranted in the area of colic and the potential benefits of chiropractic care. The minimally invasive approach of chiropractic adjustments and results observed in the literature suggests that chiropractic could be included in the treatment protocols for infants who present with the condition of colic.

 

Key Words:  Chiropractic, vertebral subluxation, colic, infantile colic, adjustment, muscle palpation, somato-visceral, somato-autonomic, gastrointestinal

 

Astounding: Miss America contestant will have both breasts removed, and she doesn’t have cancer

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Thursday, November 29, 2012 by: Jon Rappoport

(NaturalNews) Allyn Rose, 24, has announced she’ll have a double mastectomy after the Miss America pageant is over.

She doesn’t have cancer.

“If I were to win [the contest]…I would have this incredible platform to speak to my generation…” Rose said.

Rose has been making the rounds of media outlets, announcing her intention, promoting what can only be called the medically-assisted culture of self-mutilation.

Read Mike Adams’ devastating article about the new study showing mammograms produce vast over-diagnosis of non-existent cancers, leading to cut-burn-poison treatments.

The case of Allyn Rose goes even beyond that. She has received no diagnosis of cancer. This is now a growing trend: precautionary mastectomies.

In Rose’s case, it’s about a marker, called Wiskott-Aldrich, which signals a very rare immune disorder, almost always found in boys.

Rose has been called a carrier. She is without symptoms.

But because this marker is said to run in her mother’s family, because her mother died at a young age, as a result of breast cancer, and because, we are told, breast cancer “runs in her mother’s family,” Allyn Rose has decided to have both her breasts removed.

Medical literature claims a high correlation between this Wiskott-Aldrich marker and cancers. But breast cancer specifically?

The director of the Wiskott-Aldrich foundation, Dr. Sumathi Iyengar, told the Washington Post’s Reliable Source there was only some anecdotal evidence pointing to a possible connection

I spoke with Dr. Iyengar and she was much more emphatic, stressing there is “no evidence” proving a link between the Wiskott-Aldrich marker and breast cancer.

On this basis, a healthy young woman of 24 is having both her breasts removed; she has been hailed as a hero; and she will go on the road and function as a promoter for her cause.

Naturally, Allyn Rose is working with the Susan Komen Foundation, notorious for its propaganda about the need for mammograms and “early diagnosis” and treatment.

What message will Rose be sending to young impressionable girls who want to gain status, recognition, and praise? The answer is obvious. Suddenly, popularity and acclaim are just one surgery away.

Major media outlets are playing along, of course. Where are the medical reporters raising objections? Nowhere.

Some 20 percent of women overwhelmed by cancer treatment options: study

Reuters
Nov. 28, 2012 4:08PM PSTNov. 28, 2012 4:08PM PST

(Reuters) – More than one in five women with early-stage breast cancer said they were given too much responsibility for treatment-related decisions – and those patients were more likely to end up regretting the choices they made, according to a U.S. study.

The findings, which appeared in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, don’t mean that women should not be fully informed about their treatment options, researchers said, but rather that doctors may need to find new strategies to communicate with patients, especially the less educated.

“Some women may feel overwhelmed or burdened by treatment choices, particularly if they are not also given the tools to understand and weigh the benefits and harms of these choices,” wrote research leader Jennifer Livaudais and colleagues.

Her team from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York surveyed 368 women who had just had surgery for early-stage breast cancer at one of eight New York City hospitals, and again six months later.

The majority said they typically had trouble understanding medical information and less than one-third knew the possible benefits of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, Livaudais and her colleagues found.

Lack of both “health literacy” and knowledge about treatment benefits was common among the 21 percent of women who said they had too much responsibility for decision-making – as well as among the seven percent who felt they didn’t have enough responsibility.

Women who were poor, non-white or didn’t finish high school were also more likely to feel that they had either too much or too little say in their treatment.

Close to two-thirds of women on both ends of the spectrum had some regret about their original treatment decisions six months down the line. That compared to one-third of women who originally said they had a “reasonable amount” of decision-making responsibility.

Steven Katz, who has studied cancer-related decision-making at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, said that compared to past years, doctors now have better ways to tailor treatment to individual patients. But that also means treatment options are based on more convoluted information.

“The treatments are linked in complicated ways, and the information that doctors draw on to make recommendations has increasingly become more and more complex” said Katz, who wasn’t involved in the new study.

He said that for patients trying to make the best treatment choices, the smartest thing they can do is have a team of doctors – an experienced surgeon, a medical oncologist, a radiation oncologist and a plastic surgeon – all working on their case and sharing ideas.

“The purpose (of the study) was not to say women shouldn’t be provided with these treatment options, but that the information really needs to be tailored better,” said Livaudais, who is now at the University of California, San Francisco.

She recommended that doctors ask each patient how much responsibility she feels comfortable taking.

“Some patients prefer… for the information to be presented in simpler terms, or for the physician to recommend something to them,” she added. SOURCE: http://bit.ly/11d6IIW

(Reporting from New York by Genevra Pittman at Reuters Health; editing by Elaine Lies)

10 Secrets to Cooking Healthier

10 Secrets to Cooking Healthier

Easy ways to make your everyday meals healthier and tastier.

If your eating habits are anything like those of most Americans and you are looking for the simplest advice possible we would tell you to eat more vegetables, fruits and whole grains and less of just about everything else.

Olive Oil

1. Use Smart Fats

Not all fat is bad. Opt for unsaturated (e.g., olive oil) over saturated fats such as butter. But still use them in moderation because all fats are loaded with calories.

Quinoa

2. Go Unrefined

Pick whole grains over refined grains. Whole grains like brown rice and bulgur have their bran intact and thus have more fiber, B vitamins, magnesium, zinc and other nutrients

Vegetables

3. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

Most people don’t get enough! Aim for 4 to 13servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Pick produce in a variety of colors to get a range of antioxidants and vitamins. A serving size is 1/2 to 1 cupdepending on the fruit or vegetable.

Garlic-Roasted Pork

4. It’s Not All About the Meat

Meat is a great source of protein but it’s also a big source of saturated fat in many people’s diets. So eat small amounts of lean meat, fish and poultry. Fill up the rest of your plate with healthy vegetables and whole grains.

Breakfast Parfait

5. Choose Low-Fat Dairy

Dairy products like milk, sour cream and yogurt are a good source of calcium. Replacing whole-milk dairy products with low-fat or nonfat is an easy way to cut saturated fat in your diet.

portions

6. Keep Portions Reasonable

Even though we would all like a magic bullet for weight control, it really boils down to calories. One of the easiest ways to manage calorie intake is by eating healthy portions.

sugar

7. Use Sweeteners Judiciously

Sugars of any kind, whether corn syrup, white sugar, brown sugar, honey or maple syrup, add significant calories without any nutritive value.

salt

8. Keep an Eye on Sodium

Whether you have high blood pressure or not, it’s wise to watch your sodium intake. The USDA’s dietary guidelines for Americans recommend consuming less than 2,300 mg (about 1 teaspoon salt) daily.

citrus

9. Go For the Flavor

Enhance food with bold flavors from healthy ingredients like fresh herbs, spices and citrus. When your food has great flavor, there’s no reason to feel deprived.

Healthy Lunch

10. Be Mindful and Enjoy

Make conscious food decisions rather than grabbing for what is most convenient. Make sure it is something delicious and savor it. When you enjoy what you eat, you feel satisfied

 

Cholesterol Myths that May Surprise You

 

By Lisa Collier Cool
Nov 26, 2012

Life insurance companies know a surprising secret about cholesterol that most doctors never tell patients: When it comes to rating your risk for a fatal heart attack, the least important cholesterol number is your level of LDL (bad) cholesterol. In fact, life insurance actuaries don’t even look at LDL levels, because large studies show it’s the worst predictor of heart attack risk.

Instead, life insurance companies use a simple math formula to rate your heart attack risk: They divide your total cholesterol by the level of HDL (good) cholesterol.

“If the ratio is below three, and there’s no inflammation in your arteries, you’re practically bulletproof against heart attacks and strokes, even if your LDL is high,” reports Amy Doneen, MSN, ARNP, medical director of the Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Center in Spokane, Washington.

Here’s a look at eight common cholesterol myths.

Myth: Cholesterol is inherently evil.

Fact: You couldn’t survive without cholesterol, since this waxy substance produced by the liver plays many essential roles in our body, from waterproofing cell membranes to helping produce vitamin D, bile acids that help you digest fat, and sex hormones, including testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone.

Cholesterol is ferried through your body by molecular “submarines” called lipoproteins, such as low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL).

Myth: Low cholesterol is always a sign of good health.

Fact: Although low levels of LDL cholesterol are usually healthy, a new studyreports that people who develop cancer typically have lower LDL in the years prior to diagnosis than those who don’t get cancer.

Researchers compared 201 cancer patients to 402 control patients without cancer, matched by such factors as age, gender, smoking, blood pressure, diabetes, and body mass index. None of the patients had taken statins.

Thirteen earlier randomized clinical trials of statin therapy also found a link between low LDL and cancer, causing medical debate about whether statins raise risk. The new study suggests that an unknown biological mechanism—rather than cholesterol-lowering medication—may be the culprit. 

Myth: High LDL means you could be headed for a heart attack.

Fact: Nearly 75 percent of people hospitalized for a heart attack have LDL (bad) cholesterol levels that fall within current recommended targets, and close to half have “optimal” levels, according to a national study of about 136,000 people. The researchers also reported that levels of protective HDL (good) cholesterol have dropped in heart attack patients over the last several years, probably due to the rise in obesity, diabetes, and insulin resistance. Only 2 percent of the patients studied had ideal levels of both LDL and HDL.

Myth: All LDL particles are equally dangerous.

Fact: The size of the particles matters, says Doneen. “Think of beach balls and bullets. Some LDL particles are small and dense, making it easier for them to penetrate the arterial lining and form plaque, while others are big and fluffy, so they tend to bounce off the artery walls.”

People who mostly have small, dense LDL cholesterol are up to three times more likely to have heart attacks than those with big, fluffy particles.

Myth: Americans have the world’s highest cholesterol levels.

Fact: Contrary to the stereotype that most of us are just a few big Macs away from a heart attack, US men rank 83rd in the world in average total cholesterol and US women 81st, according to the World Health Organization. For both sexes, the average is 197 mg/dL, slightly below the borderline high range (200 to 239 mg/dL).

In Colombia, men average a whopping 244 mg/dL—a level that doubles heart-disease risk—while Israeli, Libyan, Norwegian, and Uruguayan women are in a four-way tie for the highest average with 232.

Myth: Triglycerides trigger heart disease.

Fact: “Triglycerides, a type of blood fat, don’t invade the artery wall and form plaque,” explains Doneen. “However, high triglycerides mark another huge problem: insulin resistance, a pre-diabetic condition that is the root cause of 70 percent of heart attacks.”

High triglycerides are also one of the warning signs of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of abnormalities that multiply risk for coronary artery disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. To be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, you must have three or more of these disorders: high blood pressure, high blood sugar, a large waist, high triglycerides, and low HDL.

Myth: Eggs clogs up arteries.

Fact: It’s true that eggs are high in dietary cholesterol, with upwards of 200 mg, mainly in the yolk. Research shows, however, that eating three or more eggs a day boosts blood concentrations of both good and bad cholesterol.

The LDL particles tend to be the light, fluffy ones that are least likely to enter the arterial wall, while the increased HDL helps keep the arteries clean, suggesting that most people’s bodies handle cholesterol from eggs in a way that’s unlikely to harm the heart. The researchers say that their findings add to growing evidence that eggs are not “a dietary evil.”

Myth: There are no visible symptoms of high cholesterol.

Fact: Some people with high cholesterol develop yellowish-red bumps called xanthomas that can occur on the eyelids, joints, hands, or other parts of the body. People with diabetes or an inherited condition called familial hypercholesterolemia are more likely to have xanthomas.

The best way to tell if your cholesterol is too high is to have it checked every three years, starting at age 20, or more often, if advised by your healthcare provider.

 

Research debunks suggested link between chiropractic and stroke

A study published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research (JVSR) refutes several recent media reports that chiropractic is linked to a risk of stroke.

The study, “Stroke and Chiropractic: A Review of the Literature” conducted by Dr. Ari Cohn, found serious flaws in research literature often used to support accusations about the dangers of neck adjustments.

The categorization of all manipulation as chiropractic is one of the worst of these flaws.

According to Dr. Cohn: “In the literature, there is a lack of distinction between professions and different styles and techniques of manual procedures, adjusting and manipulating. Medical doctors, osteopaths, physical therapists and chiropractors have different levels of expertise and levels of training in the area of spinal manipulation and adjustment. Although chiropractors perform approximately 94% of all spinal adjustments, it is misrepresentation to include statistics of injuries caused by other professionals, and even non-professionals and refer to the procedures as chiropractic in nature when clearly they are not.”

Another issue involves blaming the cause of a stroke on chiropractic based on the temporal relationship to an adjustment.

“Just because a person had an adjustment a day or two before their stroke does not mean the adjustment caused the stroke. Most people probably drank water the day before the stroke but no one is going to say the water caused the stroke” argued Dr. Cohn.

The New Jersey practitioner also compared the incidence of stroke in the general population versus stroke in people receiving chiropractic care. Noting that the chiropractic group had a lower incidence, Dr. Cohn pointed out “the statistics might indicate that we are actually preventing strokes in our patients as opposed to the other way around.”

Dr. Cohn’s review also compared the risk of common medical procedures to the risk of stroke from cervical adjustment.

“Medical procedures have an inherent risk that the public seems to accept without question. Even a simple venipuncture is many times more dangerous than the risk of stroke from a chiropractic adjustment. These are obvious flaws in logic that people are just not seeing,” he noted.

Commenting on the research report, Dr. Matthew McCoy, editor of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research said, “A person is more likely to get hit and killed by lightening than suffer an adverse event from a neck adjustment. While the chiropractic profession certainly needs to research its safety and efficacy, I think there are more pressing aspects of health care delivery to worry about.”

Dr. McCoy added that strong political and economic factors frequently provoke a rash of medical articles on the so-called “dangers” of chiropractic.

“Considering that medicine kills more people every six months than died in the Vietnam War should cause people to question whether this is a case of the pot calling the kettle black,” he said.

JVSR is a peer-reviewed scientific journal devoted to subluxation based chiropractic research, affiliated with the World Chiropractic Alliance (WCA), an international organization representing doctors of chiropractic and promoting the traditional, drug-free and non-invasive form of chiropractic as a means of correcting vertebral subluxations that cause nerve interference. For more information, contact the WCA at 800-347-1011 or http://www.worldchiropracticalliance.org.

Risk of vertebrobasilar stroke and chiropractic care: results of a population-based case-control and case-crossover study.

Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2008 Feb 15;33(4 Suppl):S176-83.

Source

Centre of Research Expertise for Improved Disability Outcomes, University Health Network Rehabilitation Solutions, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada. dcassidy@uhnresearch.ca

Erratum in

  • Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2010 Mar 1;35(5):595.

Abstract

STUDY DESIGN:

Population-based, case-control and case-crossover study.

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate associations between chiropractic visits and vertebrobasilar artery (VBA) stroke and to contrast this with primary care physician (PCP) visits and VBA stroke.

SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA:

Chiropractic care is popular for neck pain and headache, but may increase the risk for VBA dissection and stroke. Neck pain and headache are common symptoms of VBA dissection, which commonly precedes VBA stroke.

METHODS:

Cases included eligible incident VBA strokes admitted to Ontario hospitals from April 1, 1993 to March 31, 2002. Four controls were age and gender matched to each case. Case and control exposures to chiropractors and PCPs were determined from health billing records in the year before the stroke date. In the case-crossover analysis, cases acted as their own controls.

RESULTS:

There were 818 VBA strokes hospitalized in a population of more than 100 million person-years. In those aged <45 years, cases were about three times more likely to see a chiropractor or a PCP before their stroke than controls. Results were similar in the case control and case crossover analyses. There was no increased association between chiropractic visits and VBA stroke in those older than 45 years. Positive associations were found between PCP visits and VBA stroke in all age groups. Practitioner visits billed for headache and neck complaints were highly associated with subsequent VBA stroke.

CONCLUSION:

VBA stroke is a very rare event in the population. The increased risks of VBA stroke associated with chiropractic and PCP visits is likely due to patients with headache and neck pain from VBA dissection seeking care before their stroke. We found no evidence of excess risk of VBA stroke associated chiropractic care compared to primary care.