Since when did chronic ear infections in children become normal?
And antibiotics and tubes the acceptable option for treatment?
At least half of all U.S children have had otitis media by their first birthday.
By age 6, 90% have had them.
What do Vaccines, Tubes, Dairy Products, & Antibiotics
have to do with Ear Infections?
Did you know? At least 6 vaccines mention Ear Infections as part of reported adverse vaccine reactions. Read (HERE)
Prenvar, the “ear ache” vaccine. A new subtype of the vaccine strain in the Prenvar vaccine is causing ear infections. . . that are resistant to all pediatric medications. According the vaccine manufacturer: “children who received Prenvar appear to be at Increased risk of otitis media….”
Did you know? About 1 million children have tubes inserted in their ears every year, at a cost of $1000/operation. Thus $1 billion is spent each year on this operation.
One of the primary reasons parents consent to tympanostomy (an incision in the eardrums to place a plastic drainage tube) is the fear of hearing loss from repeat infections. However, studies of children who have had this surgery, indicate that up to 42 percent of them develop scar tissue in the ear after surgery. It is believed that this scar tissue continues to build up in the ear for three years after the surgery, contributing to hearing loss. This does not happen in children who don’t receive the surgery.
Did you know? “Ear specialists frequently insert tubes into the ear drums of infants to treat recurrent ear infections. It has replaced the previously popular tonsillectomy to become the number one child surgery in our country. Unfortunately, most of these specialists don’t realize that over 50% of these children will improve and have no further ear infections if they just stop taking in pasteurized and homogenized dairy products”.
Did you know? 80 percent of children with ear infections would recover within about 3 days without antibiotics.
Numerous studies prove antibiotics to be ineffective for ear infections and do more damage than good.
“Antibiotics for ear infections are the number one reason why antibiotics are prescribed for children. Taking antibiotics presents many risks, not the least of which is killing off good bacteria in the body, letting yeast and mold overgrow in the body introducing a whole host of problems, like increasing the likelihood of future ear infections, eczema, and illness and digestive disorders”. Some studies have shown that children treated with antibiotics tend to develop resistance to antibiotics and have more ear infections than children not treated.
Dr. Robert Mendelsohn, in over twenty-five years of pediatric practice, stated that a series of controlled studies showed that the use of antibiotics for the treatment of ear infections made no difference in terms of hearing loss, spread of infection, or mastoiditis, when compared to not treating with antibiotics. According to Dr. Mendelsohn, evidence indicates the common course of care given by allopathic doctors (aka conventional medicine) of antibiotics and pain relievers actually weakens the immune system and contributes to more ear infections in the future.
“The long term effects of using antibiotics resulted in an increase in the occurrence of ear infections, with one occurring every 4-6 weeks”
THE SAME STORY:
A big thank-you to the blog: Healthy Families For God who recently ran a series on facebook, going through the alphabet of health. During E is for Ear Infections, they told this story. It’s the same story we hear most often concerning children’s ear infections.
“Take the case of a young boy named Matthew, whose doctor had put him on amoxicillin, the accepted treatment for such infections. The drugs seemed to work-but not for long. Four weeks later the ear infections took a turn for the worse and Matthew returned to his doctor, who, thinking that Matthew needed a stronger antibiotic, prescribed Ceclor, which did the trick–for a while. Six weeks later, Matthew’s infection worsened, so the doctor tried a still stronger medication.
Antibiotics weren’t what was needed. In fact, the infection was becoming more and more powerful because Matthew’s well-meaning doctor was aggravating the situation. The increasingly stronger antibiotics were making it more and more difficult for the infection to improve.
Why? It’s not just that antibiotics don’t always cure infections. They can actually worsen them. When taken frequently, they may trigger mutations in bacteria, making those bacteria resistant. Stronger and stronger antibiotics are then necessary to kill these bacteria–perhaps until none is left that works.
The solution to Matthew’s problem had nothing to do with drugs. It turned out that the boy had an allergic reaction to milk, which was congesting his ears and creating the infection. So we took him off milk. Presto! The infection disappeared.
Recent studies have confirmed that there is no different in outcome for children treated with antibiotics compared with those who weren’t treated at all.”
-Dr. Mark Hyman & Dr. Mark Liponis, Ultra-Prevention
OTHER TREATMENT OPTIONS:
If you are reading this and your child suffers from recurrent ear infections and you have been led to believes that antibiotics and tubes are your only options. There are OTHER TREATMENT OPTIONS:
1. For recurring ear infections, it’s best to try to find what is causing them and eliminate the cause/trigger. This is most often an allergy/sensitivity to pasteurized dairy.
Leo Galland, M.D., author of Super Immunity for Kids, says “It is no accident that the most allergic generation in history has been raised on antibiotics”. He believes that most earaches are the result of allergic inflammation and fluid back-up, rather than bacterial invasion. Dr. Galland also believes that the use of antibiotics increases the rate of allergic reactions and resultant inflammation. Studies cited in his book indicate that up to 70% of earaches suffered by children involve no bacteria at all, only inflammation.
2. Breastfeeding. Did you know? “Babies who were exclusively breastfed had less acute respiratory infections, less ear infections, less thrush, fewer episodes of digestive infections, and fewer hospitalizations.”
This study was different than others because it examined the effect of exclusive breastfeeding compared to partial breastfeeding with additional formula. Partial breastfeeding had no substantial protective effect. Apparently, formula feeding decreases immunity. The authors suggest that their findings indicate an immunomodulatory effect of breastfeeding “hampered by the introduction of formula feeding.”
3. See my earlier post on Ear Aches for the Garlic Oil Treatment
5. Essential Oils. Young Living essential oils are great for treating ear aches and infections.
*Lavender and Melrose or Purification rubbed around the outside of the ear in a circular motion and down the side of the neck. (NEVER inside of ear)
*Lavender helps to encourage the fluid to drain that is causing the discomfort and to reduce the congestion.
*Melrose or Purification work to kill any infection that would try to take hold in the ear.
Use the oils often. Every fifteen minutes while symptoms are acute. Then reducing to every half hour and every hour. Do this for a few days until all symptoms are gone.
*Thieves, Frankincense, or ImmuPower on the bottoms of feet to boost immune system and kill infection.
*Deep Relief Roll-On, Copaiba, and/or Panaway can be applied around the outside of the ear for pain relief.
*Clove is excellent for swimmer’s ear due to its strong antimicrobial, antifungal, anesthetic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
FINAL THOUGHT: There’s got to come a time when we stop thinking our babies were born with defective ears that don’t know how to drain. It is not normal to think that 1 million children a year need tubes put in their ears. It’s time we start asking why?
*I share this humbly and gratefully. I have 4 children. We have never experienced ear infections, antibiotics, or tubes. Do not accept “normal” for what is right.