By Dr. Marcu McMillian
What is one of the biggest reasons why parents take their children to
see a pediatrician? Most pediatricians and parents will agree that it
is otitis media (commonly known as an ear infection. Otitis media
occurs when there is bacterial growth in the internal ear that leads
to inflammation which produces fluid build-up, local pain, fever, and
other symptoms. Conventional medicine considers bacteria to be at
the root of the problem and therefore directs the treatment to kill
the bacteria with antibiotics. This “logical solution fails more
often that it works.
Naturopathic medicine agrees that bacteria are overgrowing. But in
order for bacteria to grow it requires a certain temperature,
moisture, and sugar content of the medic for it to survive and
multiply. In other words children get ear infections because their
bodies provide a “nourishing environment” for the bacteria not
because they have an antibiotic deficiency.
The real question is, “How do our children become ‘bacteria-friendly’
media?” Candy, sodas, hamburgers, cookies, and other common foods
have little nutritional value and provide excessive ’empty calories’
in the form of simple carbohydrates and sugars. Bacteria feeds on
sugar. Logically, reducing the amount of sugar intake in the body
will make bacteria harder to grow and infect.
Another important factor is that allowing pathological bacteria to
overgrow in our bodies causes a weak immune system. Long-term
overuse of antibiotics suppresses the immune system. And the immune
system is what is supposed to protect us from infections in the first
From the naturopathic prospective the single most important thing to
understand is that an infection itself is a consequence and not the
cause. For treatment to be successful over the long run it should
address and remove the underlying causes of the problem not removing
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