are-chiropractic-children-healthierIn the summer of 1989, Drs. Wendy and Juan van Breda conducted a fascinating research study. The results were published in the Journal of Chiropractic Research.

The two chiropractors surveyed 200 pediatricians and 200 chiropractors about their children. They asked how often the children had certain illnesses, if they had ever taken antibiotics, and other questions.

Which were healthier?

In four of the most significant childhood health indicators the D.C. kids did much better.

More than 95% of the chiropractic children were completely allergy free. Less than 91% of the medical children could make that boast.

New research findings are exploding the myth that chiropractic is just for adults. In fact, even babies might benefit from proper spinal care! One study compared children of chiropractors with those of medical doctors and the results were amazing! Although only 10% of the chiropractic kids had ever taken any medication, they had fewer cases of ear infections, allergies, asthma and tonsillitis.

With asthma, the difference between the two groups was much smaller. Still, the chiropractic children had ‘no occurrence’ answers (96% for chiropractic, 95% for medical).

With tonsillitis, the difference was startling! Nearly 43% of the medical children had tonsillitis, compared to only 26.3% of the chiropractic children.

The biggest difference showed up in cases of otitis media (inflammation of the middle ear). Medical doctors reported that eight out of every ten (80.1%) of their children had this type of ear problem when they were growing up. For chiropractors, it was only three out of every ten (31%).

What was even more interesting is that the chiropractic children didn’t take as much medication or as many antibiotics as the medical children.

The M.D.s said nearly 90% of their children had used antibiotics. Only 50% of the chiropractic children had taken these drugs.

About 30% of the M.D. children had taken medications other than antibiotics. Only slightly more than 10% of the chiropractic children had ever taken medicine.

The researchers concluded, “This study has shown that children raised under chiropractic care are less prone to infectious processes such as otitis media and tonsillitis, and that their immune systems are better able to cope with allergens such as pollen, weeds, grasses, etc., as compared to children raised under allopathic care.”