According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, over five million children suffer from chronic ear infections, resulting in 30 million visits to doctors’ offices and over 10 million prescriptions of antibiotics each year. 50% of the antibiotics prescribed for preschoolers are for ear infections. Symptoms of ear infections may include mild discomfort, irritability, fever or severe pain.
An estimated 2.9 million Australians suffer from chronic sleep disorders, and an additional 1.5 million experience occasional sleep problems. Of the 70 known sleep disorders, the most common are as follow:
Insomnia, the most prevalent of the sleep disorders, is characterized by either an inability to fall asleep and/or waking up during the night and having difficulty going back to sleep.
Millions of Australians swallow pills daily hoping they will work some kind of magic to make their lives easier and less stressful. Maybe this pill, that white powder, or these capsules will make them feel better once they dissolve in their stomach, enter the blood stream and travel to the brain. They have put their faith in medication, hoping it will relieve their present state of dis-ease. Antidepressant pharmaceuticals are a multi-billion dollar industry.