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Many chronic infections are due to a compromised immune system and/or upper respiratory system, including chronic ear and sinus infections. Since the immune and respiratory systems depend upon normal communication from the brain and spinal cord to control and coordinate their functions, alterations in neurological function can contribute to malfunctions in these systems. Specifically, an imbalance in autonomic nervous system function, caused by input from upper cervical spinal joint irritation (neck misalignment), can produce or exaggerate infection susceptibility via control over immune responses.1-21

While many infection sufferers recall specific traumas such as head injuries, auto accidents or falls, which could have injured their upper cervical spines, some do not. In certainipediatric cases, the injury can occur from the normal birthing process. An upper cervical examination utilizing Laser-aligned Radiography and Digital Infrared Imaging is necessary in each individual's case to assess whether an upper cervical injury is present and whether benefit from IUCCA upper cervical care can be achieved.


Chronic Ear and Sinus Infections Case Studies


"Cortical Blindness, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, and Recurring Otitis Media: A Case Study in Chiropractic Management." by William Amalu, D.C. Today's Chiropractic. May 1998.
***To read this article, please go to the PacificChiro.com web site by clicking on the link below***

"Alternative Caregivers Find Success With Children" by Debbie Melani. Daily Camera. June 9, 1998.

"Chronic Ear Infections: New, Non-Surgical Drug-Free Treatment" by Erin Elster, DC. The Boulder County Parent. January 1999.

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