Portland Physician, Dr. Chris Chlebowski, Rediscovers Effective Treatments for Colic

Doctor debunks new research and shows how colic is easily treated.

Portland, OR, December 09, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Researchers in Canada have recently completed a study on colic in newborns and created a campaign around their finding called “The Period of Purple Crying.” The basic idea behind the research is that infantile colic is a normal developmental stage that all mammals go through.

Dr. Chris Chlebowski, a pediatric chiropractor from Portland, Oregon, who specializes in colic responds to this campaign by saying "This idea from Canada is the concept 'du jour' in pediatrics at the moment. In reality conventional medicine has yet to find a concrete cause for colic." As one can imagine, this is frustrating to mothers of upset babies everywhere. "Practitioners of natural medicine have long stated that what a mother eats, and therefore exposes her baby to, through her breast milk, is the most common cause of colic," says Dr. Chlebowski.

Colic is a common newborn condition in which an otherwise healthy baby cries for extended periods of time. “Colicky” babies are extremely difficult to soothe and can appear to be upset for no good reason. Babies will typically begin to show signs of discomfort in the first few weeks of life.

Dr. Chris Chlebowski disagrees with the recent Canadian research. “Colic is not a normal developmental stage that babies should go through. 95% of colic symptoms are due to the types of food mothers are eating or the formula they are feeding their infants.”

"Common foods, which cause colic, are gas producing ones like lentils, beans, and members of the cabbage family. Wheat and dairy can also be problematic for some mothers and infants and infant formulas are even worse,” states Chlebowski from his Portland office. He goes on to say “The main ingredient in most infant formulas is either corn syrup or milk protein. Newborn babies’ digestive tracts cannot handle these substances and they react with painful gas and bloating.”

“When you take mom off these foods, the babies stop crying and feel better,” says Chlebowski. “Just because this is a common condition doesn’t mean it is normal. I have never seen a case of colic that did not respond to diet modification, herbal medicine and homeopathy.” Several studies also show that colic is responsive to probiotics, or good bacteria (Savino, 2009), and chiropractic care (Olafsdottir, 2001). In conjunction with dietary changes it appears that these treatments can be useful.

When asked why he thinks conventional medicine is resistant to these ideas Dr. Chlebowksi responded, “People are always resistant to the idea that our foods are harming us. It is much easier to blame physiology than to ask someone to change their diet, but our diets are the cause of colic and most of our health problems.”

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(2) Olafsdottir E, Forshei S, Fluge G. Trial of infantile colic treated with chiropractic spinal manipulation. Archives of Diseases of Children, February 1, 2001; 84(2):138-141.

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