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    Many medicines for earache are actually ineffective even though still commonly prescribed. Back in 1983, the February 10th issue of the NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE reported that a three-year study of decongestants and antihistamines commonly prescribed by ear specialists showed that they are no better than nothing at all. Putting tubes in a child's ears is hardly a pleasing alternative.  When your child (or adult family member) has pain in or around the ear, here are some other approaches to consider.

    1.  Simple earache is likely to be a symptom of an ear infection.  Almost anything you do to fight the infection will fight the earache as well.  Large doses of vitamin C are especially effective. At high levels, vitamin C is a natural antibiotic and antihistamine. It will also reduce inflammation and fever, and is safer than pharmaceutical drugs.  HOW TO LIVE LONGER AND FEEL BETTER by Dr. Linus Pauling, THE HEALING FACTOR by Dr. Irwin Stone, and CLINICAL GUIDE TO THE USE OF VITAMIN C edited by Lendon Smith, M.D. will substantiate this. These are very important books for you to read.

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    2.   Check and see if the upper neck bones are misaligned. If one or more of these cervical vertebrae are "out," the resulting pinched nerve or strained muscle can indeed lead to an earache. To check this out, find the place where the neck, skull and jaw meet. This spot is just under the ear. If gentle pressure on this spot is painful, you may have an earache that a chiropractor may be able to help. It is worth it to find out.

    3.  Warm, damp compresses are a traditional earache treatment.  A washcloth moistened in warm tap water works fine, and feels good. Even better is a little warm (not hot!) oil introduced carefully into the ear canal.

    4.  To help relieve pressure and encourage natural drainage, you can try a simple massage technique. Gently press right under each ear. Now continue pressing, moving downward and forward along and just under the edge of the jawbone. You have just massaged the Eustachian tubes. Eustachian tubes are internal passages connecting each inner ear to its own opening inside the upper throat. Repeatedly massaging like this aids in relaxing, dilating and clearing this tube. Before resorting to artificial tubes, let's try the ones we were born with!

    5.  Natural healing advocates believe that ear aches and infections are caused fundamentally by improper diet. Many kids are fed meat, white bread, sugar and chemically-doctored foods daily. This must stop, or the earaches won't. A near-vegetarian diet with lots of fruit, vegetable salads, whole grains, and non-meat protein results in healthier children. Think that your kids won't accept these good foods?  Consider the powerless alternative of medicines that are no better than a placebo. Start them eating right early, and it will pay dividends for a lifetime.


Copyright C 2004 and prior years by Andrew W. Saul.

Andrew Saul is the author of the books FIRE YOUR DOCTOR! How to be Independently Healthy (reader reviews at ) and DOCTOR YOURSELF: Natural Healing that Works. (reviewed at )

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