With ear and sinus infections, what is happening is virus bacteria have gotten into those areas – you have a foreign invader. So how does that happen? Well, one way that can happen is that your neck is out of alignment and creating nerve pressure, so the nerve doesn’t work right and the area of the body that that nerve controls does not work right. And with the sinuses and ears, typically what’s happening is that they are not draining properly. That results in a backup of fluid, which creates a good environment for bacteria and viruses to grow in, so you get the infection. We are always exposed to these viruses and bacteria but when your body is functioning optimally, they are not able to get in your body and take root and expand and multiply.

Getting an upper cervical chiropractic evaluation and adjustment to make sure you fix the alignment will get you in good alignment and that ensures you have good nerve function. As a side benefit, many times you will see these areas drain properly and the infection go away.

Now also, on top of that, minimize dairy. I had a patient that was getting ear infections all the time, but he was eating a big bowl of ice cream every night. Well, you have dairy and sugar. I got him off the ice cream and the infections went away. Minimize dairy and minimize sugars. And minimize all sweeteners, artificial sweeteners are even worse, so get off of those. They suppress the immune system.

Then you can increase garlic. If I feel my sinuses are getting a little drainy, I get on lots of garlic. I take two capsules every couple of hours. Not more than eight to twelve a day, but I do take a lot of those.

I also take a lot of Goldenseal.  Goldenseal is a natural, very strong immune booster. It supports the body. Also, take good probiotics. And, exercising will get lymphs pumping throughout your body. Make sure you are getting a lot of good fruits and vegetables. And then also, essential oils work really well with these issues.

Do all that and you’ll really take care of your body and you will most likely see these issues fade away.

Dr. F.J. Schofield specializes in Upper Cervical Chiropractic care at Gardner Schofield Chiropractic in West Bend, Wisconsin. He can be reached at (262) 334-8188 and is located at 820 E. Paradis Dr., West Bend, WI 53095. 

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