Tonsillectomy Risks May Outweigh Benefits

The following study is incredibly important and revealing. Repeated episodes of tonsillitis and large, obstructing tonsils are very concerning, but removing these vital structures may not be the best long-term solution. The tonsils and adenoids are like the soldiers at the gate who protect the body from viral and bacterial invaders. We need them! The conclusion in this study is the strategy of “watchful waiting”. But there is so much more that can be done to help strengthen the immune system, allowing the body to heal itself. Chiropractic adjustments have been found to increase the immune response by up to 200%. Echinacea, Vitamin C, and a diet full of immune fighting phytonutrients (vegetables and fruits) are the best. Also, take a look at dairy. Many kids with swollen tonsils and repeat infections are dairy sensitive. Remove the dairy and in 3 weeks, the improvement can be dramatic. Add dairy again, then watch what happens. You will have the answer to the dairy question.

Be proactive, it always makes more sense to promote health than to fight disease!  Have your kids been checked for subluxation?  If not, summer is a perfect time!  Call us today at 512-346-3536 to set up your family’s spinal checkup!


Here is the article published in the New York Times:

Tonsillectomy Risks May Outweigh Benefits

Watchful waiting may be a good strategy when the condition is not too severe.

by Nicholas Bakalar,  The New York Times,  June 7, 2018

More than 530,000 children have their tonsils or adenoids removed in the United States each year to prevent recurrent infections and sleep or breathing disorders. But a new study suggests that the surgery may have long-term risks that in some cases outweigh any short-time benefits.

The report, in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, compared 60,667 Danish children under 9 who had tonsillectomies, adenoidectomies or both with 1.1 million who had not had the surgeries. They were born between 1979 and 1999, and researchers followed their health for up to 30 years.

After controlling for many health factors, they found that tonsillectomy was associated with almost triple the relative risk of diseases of the upper respiratory tract. Adenoidectomy was associated with about double the relative risk of obstructive pulmonary disorder, upper respiratory tract diseases, and conjunctivitis.

The surgery has some short-term benefits in cases of abnormal breathing, sinusitis, and ear infections, but the long-term risks for those conditions were either significantly higher after surgery or not significantly different.

“This is the first study to look at long-term risks,” said the lead author, Sean G. Byars, a research fellow at the University of Melbourne. “With some kids, knowing that there are future risks may cause people to hold off, use pain medication and so on. Watchful waiting may be a good strategy when the condition is not too severe.”

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