Swimmer’s Ear: Reduce the Risk

School-aged girl in swimming cap and goggles in pool

Swimmer’s ear (medical term otitis externa) is very different from the run-of-the-mill inner ear infection (otitis media). Swimmer’s ear is an infection along the ear canal, when the ear canal remains moist (think swimming)  and creates an ideal environment for bacteria to grow and create an infection. In North America, 98 percent of cases of […]

Grounding: Five Reasons to be Outside and Barefooted

Someone in the surf with bare feet

Being barefooted and outside has many health benefits. My entire life, I have always gone barefooted as much as possible. It makes me feel good, and now that there is a growing body of research on grounding or earthing, I can justify my desired shoeless existence. And yes, I find it comical that we have […]

Dealing with Kids’ Ear Pain while Flying

I was on vacation recently and got a call from the father of one of my little patients. He was on vacation as well, and told me that his four-year-old daughter started to have some ear pain on the airplane when they were landing. Her pain ended up getting worse and worse, so they took […]

All About Ears – Blog Series Part 2 – “The Four Causes of Ear Infections”

Ear infections are the bane of modern parenthood. Yet, they are poorly understood and often over-treated.The United States spends $4b a year on ear infections. I do not think this needs to be the case.Once I began practicing integrative medicine and incorporating nutritional recommendations into my daily pediatric practice, I saw recurrent ear infections melting […]

All About Ears – Blog Series Part 1 – No More Tubes

We all come into this world with certain gifts.  My gift revealed itself early on.  I can remember being in the 8th or 9th grade and my mother brought home one of her students whose earring back had imbedded itself into her earlobe.  We lived in a rural area in the Midwest where people didn’t […]

Are Antibiotics the Only Treatment for Ear Infections?

Toddler getting an ear examination

I have seen time and again that ear infections do not always require antibiotics. The integrative approach is extremely effective, especially when breaking the cycle of recurrent ear infections. Many ear infections heal on their own Upwards of 65% of ear infections will heal on their own, without the aid of an antibiotic.  It is safe to watch and wait […]