Ear Infection Help Crown Point IN

To avoid VOCs, choose solid wood pieces whenever possible, and select upholstered items with removable covers you can wash before use. Air new furniture outside for as long as you can, and keep windows open for at least 48 hours after you move it in. “The more air you can get circulated around it, the better,” says Marilyn Black, chief scientist of Air Quality Sciences in Atlanta.

Michael Szarmach, DN, DC,and Jennifer Bingham, CMT
(708) 672-6744
Crete Wellness Center,1395-B Main St., Suite B
Crete, IL
Specialty
Chiropractors, Ear Coning, Energy Healing, Lymphatic Therapy, Massage Therapy, MicroCurrent Therapy, Naprapathy, Nutrition, Reflexology, Reiki, Wellness Centers

Jenny Craig
(866) 622-9370
10433 Indianapolis Blvd
Highland, IN
Alternate Phone Number
(866) 622-9370
Services
Weight Loss, Diet Plans

Jenny Craig
(219) 462-6560
2710 Laporte Ave
Valparaiso, IN
Alternate Phone Number
(219) 462-6560
Services
Weight Loss, Diet Plans

Demko Chiropractic Svc
(708) 798-5290
2817 Flossmoor Rd
Flossmoor, IL
Services
Diabetes Education, Nutrition Counseling, Weight Management, Diet Plan, Sports Nutrition, First Consultation, Weight Loss
Hours
Sunday:Closed
Monday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday:Closed

Healthy Horizons Inc
(219) 845-8450
7034 Indianapolis Blvd
Hammond, IN
 
Jenny Craig
(866) 622-9370
1670 E 80th Ave
Merrillville, IN
Alternate Phone Number
(866) 622-9370
Services
Weight Loss, Diet Plans

Julie Albrecht
(708) 756-0100
333 Dixie Hwy
Chicago Heights, IL
Services
Diabetes Education, Nutrition Counseling, Weight Management, Diet Plan, Sports Nutrition, First Consultation, Weight Loss
Hours
Sunday:Closed
Monday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday:Closed

Anila Nijhawan
(708) 957-8746
3235 Vollmer Rd,# 120
Flossmoor, IL
Services
Diabetes Education, Nutrition Counseling, Weight Management, Diet Plan, Sports Nutrition, First Consultation, Weight Loss
Hours
Sunday:Closed
Monday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday:Closed

Laura Mueller
(708) 915-8532
19550 Governors Hwy,# 2750
Flossmoor, IL
Services
Diabetes Education, Nutrition Counseling, Weight Management, Diet Plan, Sports Nutrition, First Consultation, Weight Loss
Hours
Sunday:Closed
Monday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday:Closed

Ardyss International
(708) 296-4555
743-2 Sandpiper Court
University Park, IL
 

Housecalls - Ear Infection Help, Furniture Fumes, and Getting Enough Vitamin D

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To Tube or Not to Tube

Q My child keeps getting ear infections and our doctor wants to insert ear tubes. Can any alternative therapies help?
 
A
You’ve got a good shot. Though most mainstream doctors haven’t yet turned a friendly ear, research suggests that recurrent ear infections can be caused by intolerance to certain foods and treated by eliminating those foods.

“It’s virtually malpractice that every pediatrician isn’t trying this approach,” says physician Bill Manahan of the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis. “It’s such an easy first step.”

One of the best studies tested 104 kids with recurrent ear infections and found that 81 of them had at least one food allergy. Cutting the offending foods from their diet for four months helped 86 percent of those kids—and when the foods were reintroduced, 94 percent had a new bout of illness.

Typical culprits are dairy products, wheat, chocolate, and soy, says Manahan. He suggests identifying foods your child eats a lot of and eliminating each completely—one at a time—for two to three weeks. If that helps, enforce the taboo for a few months, then reintroduce the foods one by one every four days or so.

Eight to 10 grams per day of the natural sweetener xylitol, in the form of gum or syrup, may also help; shop for it at xylitolstore.com. And some kids have gotten good results from craniosacral therapy or homeopathy.

New-Furniture Freeloaders

Q What’s the best way to get rid of the chemicals new furniture gives off?

A Just about every component of furniture can emit low doses of gases known as volatile organic compounds or VOCs. Such exposures can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat, cause headaches, and exacerbate asthma. The most common is formaldehyde, found in composite wood products such as pressboard, particleboard, and medium-density fiberboard.

To avoid VOCs, choose solid wood pieces whenever possible, and select upholstered items with removable covers you can wash before use. Air new furniture outside for as long as you can, and keep windows open for at least 48 hours after you move it in. “The more air you can get circulated around it, the better,” says Marilyn Black, chief scientist of Air Quality Sciences in Atlanta.

If nothing else, you could always cultivate a taste for antiques.

Sun or Supplements?

Q I take TUMS for calcium; if I get a little sun every day, do I need to take vitamin D, too?

A TUMS are an inexpensive and convenient source of calcium, but they don’t include vitamin D, which is crucial for absorption.

In theory, you can get the D you need from sunlight; all it takes is 10 to 15 minutes of sunscreen-free sun exposure at least two times a week. But for many people this isn’t simple: If you live in a northern region, or even in an area with lots of air pollution, you may not be exposed to enough of the UV light that’s required, especially in winter. People with dark skin, the elderly, and those with celiac disease have an...

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