Parents can help prevent allergies by sucking on their baby’s pacifiers

 New Research

pacifierFinds kids whose parents “sucked” their child’s pacifier were less likely to develop asthma, eczema and food allergies when compared to kids whose parents avoided the “nasty” cleaning method.
“We demonstrate that a common parental practice, sucking on the infant’s pacifier before it is given back to the infant, is associated with protection against early eczema development and asthma symptoms,” wrote the researchers, led by Dr. Bill Hesselmar, a pediatric allergist at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

Pacifier Study

The Study consisted of 184 Swedish infants. 80% of the children had a parent who already had allergic reactions.

  • Babies were tested for allergies at ages 18 months and 3 years old.
  • Parents kept diaries for the 1st 12 months, including illnesses & medications.
  • As the infants turned 6 months old, and two questions asked were:
    • “Does the child use a pacifier?”
    • “Is it cleaned by boiling, rinsing in tap water, or by the parents sucking on it?”

75% of babies studied had used a pacifier in the first six months. Many parents rinsed the pacifier in regular water, but nearly half boiled it and one third of them “sucked” the pacifier clean.
Children “sucker’s” were:

  • 88 percent less likely to have asthma
  • 63 percent less likely to have eczema
  • Desensitized to food allergies
  • Boiling the pacifier may be associated with increased asthma rates

The researchers also noted the effect against asthma and eczema with vaginal deliveries versus cesarean-section.

This leads us to more questions about our “cleaning” practices. Is cleaning too much, to much for our kids, do they need more exposure to germs to have their immune systems grow?

From a conservative healthcare family, we believe “germs” helps us grow our immune systems and that exposure to colds, flu, chicken pox are all building blocks for our immune systems to play with and learn.

Just a THOT –

You as a reader didn’t learn to read by listening to streaming audio, why do you think a germ free environment is helping to build your immune system ?


Chiropractic Adjustments and Tinnitus

Chiropractic adjustments are popular and successful management options for reversible functional disorders of the neck (cervical spine) and other areas of the spine. Some studies have demonstrated that such adjustments can relieve tinnitus.3236

TinnitusAlcantara et al.34 described how chiropractic adjustments could reduce tinnitus, vertigo and hearing loss in a patient with cervical subluxation and temporomandibular disorder. Symptoms eventually ceased after nine sessions. Kessinger et al.32 documented clinical changes after chiropractic sessions in a geriatric patient with tinnitus, vertigo, hearing loss and cervical alterations from C3 to C7. Throughout the sessions, the patient’s symptoms were alleviated and structural/functional improvements were also evident through radiographic examination.


upper cervicalIn contrast to classical chiropractic adjustment, Arlen’s atlas adjustment  is performed without traction, rotation or extension of the cervical spine.37 By means of irritation and tension of the posterior cervical muscle, one might increase the afferent input to the vestibular nuclei in the brain stem, which might give rise to tinnitus.37 Thus, reduction of the tension via atlas therapy seems to lower the proprioception and nociception output, leading to normalization of the flow of information to the brain stem, and, as a consequence, tinnitus improvement.

It seems that some somatosensory tinnitus could be alleviated by correcting the misalignment of the cervical spine through chiropractic adjustment, especially in the upper cervical region. Such alignment might allow the entire spine to reposition itself and possibly correct the input of the region through the somatosensory pathway on the auditory system.

According to Kaute,37 many other methods are used to relax the neck muscles, with some success in treating tinnitus: the Alexander method, autogenous training, the Brügger method, craniosacral adjustment and Feldenkrais. All act on the same point – the posterior neck muscle.

Nevertheless, as much as this topic has been receiving more attention in the current literature, it still needs further clarification.

32. Kessinger RC, Boneva DV. Vertigo, tinnitus, and hearing loss in the geriatric patient. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2000;23:352–62. [PubMed]

33. Kessinger RC, Boneva DV. Case study: acceleration/deceleration injury with angular kyphosis. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2000;23:279–87. 10.1016/S0161-4754(00)90175-1 [PubMed]

34. Alcantara J, Plaugher G, Klemp DD, Salem C. Chiropractic care of a patient with temporomandibular disorder and atlas subluxation. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2002;25:63–70.10.1067/mmt.2002.120415 [PubMed]

35. Leboeuf-Yde C, Pedersen EN, Bryner P, Cosman D, Hayek R, Meeker WC, et al. Self-reported nonmusculoskeletal responses to chiropractic intervention: a multination survey. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2005;28:294–302. 10.1016/j.jmpt.2005.04.010 [PubMed]

36. DeVocht JW, Schaeffer W, Lawrence DJ. Chiropractic adjustment of temporomandibular disorders using the activator adjusting instrument and protocol. Altern Ther Health Med. 2005;11:70–3.[PubMed]


Hypertension Pilot Study – Univ Chicago & Chiropractic

This groundbreaking medical study demonstrated a chiropractic correction lowering blood pressure significantly in study participants. Conducted by Dr. Marshall Dickholtz, Sr. and Dr. George Bakris, the study used a chiropractic technique for half the patients and a bogus correction for the other half.

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