|Childhood Asthma and
It is estimated that up to 15 million people suffer from
asthma. Of those, 14.8 million are children under the
age of 18. In 1993 alone, there were 198,000
hospitalizations for asthma. In that same sample year,
342 people under the age of 25 died due to this problem.
In money terms, the direct cost of managing a patient
with severe asthma has been estimated at more than
$18,000 per year.
The following statistics about asthma come from the
Better Health & Medical Network.
Asthma has increased 46% from 1982-1993 with an 80%
growth in children under 18.
In the 5-17 age group, asthma causes an annual loss of
more than 10 million school days per year.
Asthma accounts for more childhood hospitalizations than
any other childhood disease.
Children with asthma spend approximately 7.3 million
days per year restricted to bed rest.
In 1990, there were 7.1 million physician visits for
Health care costs for asthma were estimated to be $6.2
billion, which is almost 1% of the total US health care
More than 5,200 Americans died from asthma in 1991.
Recent articles in publications such as "The American
Chiropractor", and "Today’s Chiropractic" describe
strong links between people who suffer from these
conditions and nerve interference from subluxation.
Subluxations are when bones in the spine pressure or
irritate nerves causing abnormal nerve function. An
article appearing in the Journal of Vertebral
Subluxation Research Vol. 1 No. 4, also demonstrated the
positive effects of chiropractic care on 81 children
According to Richard Pistolese, research assistant for
the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association,
"Based upon information currently available,
chiropractic care represents a safe non-pharmacological
health care approach, that may be associated with a
decrease in asthma-related impairment, reduced
respiratory effort, and a decrease incidence of asthma
attacks." Pistolese goes further to say, "The correction
of vertebral subluxation is a non-invasive procedure,
which could reduce or eliminate the need for medication,
and potentially ease the severity of the asthmatic