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My sister is living with me and she will be 16 in September. She has what I consider to be a number of health issues. No doubt it's because she lives off processed food and soda <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I'm trying to talk to her about nutrition, and she does eat well at my house, but during the school year she lives at school and doesn't have much of a choice of what she eats (not that she always picks the best <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ).<br><br>
Anyway, her joints pop. When she punches her arms straight up into the air her elbows pop so loudly. Her back pops, her knees pop, her ankles pop...I dont't know if there is anything on her that doesn't pop! That can't be normal, is it? She's also had two ear infections since the begining of the summer (one was dx'd, the other we just assume was...she didn't go to the doctor). She has asthma that she has to control with an inhaler. If she doesn't take her inhaler she can't do anything physical. And, probably completely unrelated, but she gets CRAZY amounts of bug bites. I don't know how, because most of the time she's with us and the kids and I just don't get any, but she is COVERED. And they stick around for sometimes a week or more.<br><br>
So...my questions :<br>
1. what, if anything should be done about her popping?<br>
2. why is she getting ear infections, and what can be done to prevent them?<br>
3. is there anyway to control her asthma with homeopathic medicine?<br>
4. anybody got a clue about the wacky bug bites?
 

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I pop. My shoulders, hips, wrists, ankles, jaw, you name it and it pops. I also have crooked fingers. When I was in middle school my mom took me to the doctor concerned about it. They checked me out and were surprised I poped so much. So they did x-rays of my hands to see if it was the starting of rhumatoid arthritis. There were no signs of arthritis. So they said I was fine.<br><br>
Over the years I have read stuff on hypermobility and did the Beighton test. I am hypermobile, aka double jointed. This really just means that I have long ligaments and other connective tissue. Its not that big of a concern as long as your careful to not overextend.<br><br>
As far as bug bites thats me too. They love me. I've been trying to eat lots of garlic to see if it helps.
 

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I saw a documentary talking about how deep breathing excercies help athsma better than puffers for prevention good luck
 

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I'm a popper as well. I can pop anything I want just about any time. Livinzoo probably has the proper terms for things, and probably the same issues as I do. Basically my joints aren't "connected" or as close as they should be. I can pop my hands, wrists all the time. I was diagnosed with Bursitis as a teenager, so my knees click during some exercises, like stairs, which is quite annoying. I won't do those eliptical stairs things at the gym b/c it feels/sounds terrible on my knees.<br><br>
I've had mild asthma all my life, but thankfully I rarely have to use an inhaler. I think for overhealth, asthma and ear infections in general, she needs to watch her diet, take a good fish/flax seed oil. She can take something natural for her asthma, to rekick start her system. She should either see an ND or ask for help at a natural food store.<br><br>
As far as the wacky bug bites. I think it really has got to do with your blood. I think some people just smell/taste sweeter to bugs than others. I am usually the one in my family who gets bit the most, two bites last weekend at my moms house. They usually stay around for 3-4 days on me. Good luck, hope you can help her some.
 

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