Ear Infections: Maybe it's Fat Ears

Why do kids get ear infections? Well, I’m no doctor. So I can’t say for sure, but, according to Dr. Fuhrman improper nutrition is a major contributing factor. A reason that most likely goes overlooked, because after all, it’s easier just to write a prescription for antibiotics.

In a previous post Dr. Fuhrman shares the story of one little girl who kicked her persistent ear infections not with antibiotics, but with nutritional excellence. Take a look:
When Stephanie Rogers, a typical seven-year-old girl, became my patient, her parents handed me a printout from the local pharmacy documenting the filling of 67 rounds of antibiotics at the cost of $1,643.80 by the ripe age of seven. Once the pediatric group started prescribing the antibiotics for minor complaints of fever and cough, it escalated to ear infections, sinus infections, and finally visits to the ear specialist by the age of four. She received 15 separate prescriptions of antibiotics when she was five years old. The first year she was my patient, the entire family changed its diet style. Stephanie went along for the ride and did fine. I did use an antibiotic once for her that next winter, when she had a persistent high fever and a red painful eardrum; however, that was the last time an antibiotic prescription was necessary. Luckily, Stephanie has been free of antibiotics ever since.
And here’s a little more proof that nutrition has something to do with ear infections. New research claims there is a link between body fat and a certain type of ear infections, meaning overweight children might be at a heightened risk of ear infections. Randy Dotinga of HealthDay News is on it:
Scientists in South Korea have uncovered a possible connection between body fat in children and a certain kind of ear infection, but several specialists in the United States are expressing doubts about the research.


If the link does exist, however, it could provide doctors with yet another indication of how extra fat is bad for kids just as it is for adults. "We have to pay close attention to decrease childhood obesity," said study co-author Dr. Seung Geun Yeo, a researcher at Kyung Hee University in Seoul.

Ear infections in children remain very common, affecting as many as eight or nine of every 10 kids. Doctors blame the middle ear, which often cannot fully drain fluid as it is developing.
It sure seems like so many things come back to nutrition. And yet, we don’t pay it enough attention. It’s a shame that we evolved these big brains, because so many of us don’t use them. Here are a few more posts about ear infections:
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susy - September 22, 2007 5:14 PM

Tip to prevent ear infection with adult:
Preventative methods typically range from flushing the ear to chewing gum. Yes, chewing gum is recommended as it is known to help relieve pressure in the ear as well as creating good saliva flow. Chewing gum usually works a treat during plane flights when ears are affected during the landing procedure in particular.

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