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Asthma Study on Benifits of Chiropractic

Asthma has developed into a large health concern for kids recently. Within the last two decades the incidence of asthma has doubled. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that in 1998, approximately 17,299,000 people in the United States, or 6.4% from the population, with cases among babies and toddlers up 160%. As reported from the June 16, 1999 issue of JAMA, the CDC also noted that between 1980 and 1994, the amount of people self-reporting asthma grew 75%.

Inside a study conducted in 1996 by the Michigan Chiropractic Council (MCC), a panel of doctors performed an out-come assessment study to examine the qualitative and quantitative effectiveness of chiropractic care on kids with asthma. The high need for parents seeking alternative care for pediatric asthma was shown with the overwhelming fascination with the research. Over 500 parents known as the MCC planning to get their child involved in the chiropractic study.

The research, which developed during May and June of 1996, examined the chiropractic effectiveness in correcting the reason for asthma in patients from birth to age 17. The common age of the participant was 10 years. "After 30 days of chiropractic health care, patients averaged only one attack, whereas prior to the study they were experiencing more than four attacks," said MCC Dr. Bob Graham, who directed the study. "Medications, which can be costly, were decreased by nearly 70 percent. Finally, patient satisfaction was rated 8.5 on a scale of 10." More than 70 chiropractors from 62 cities in Michigan studied more than 80 children suffering from asthma.

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