By Silvio Nixon, DC
Lyme disease, also known as the great imitator, is receiving more notoriety as more cases are diagnosed. This is a disease that the chiropractic profession must be aware of. Its myriad of presentations are a constant challenge to all clinicians. The causative agent for this disease is Borrelia burgdorferi, a spirochete vectored by ticks. At first it was believed that it was only carried by the Ixodes dammini (eastern U.S.) and Ixodes pacificus (western U.S.) ticks. However, more recent studies have found the spirochete in other species of ticks, biting flies, cat fleas, and in animal urine. How effective a vector these others are is still to be determined. To the clinician in everyday practice, and in almost all the presentations I have seen, the patient has long-standing neurologic and musculoskeletal complaints. These symptoms have evaded diagnosis or have been diagnosed as a vague fibromyalgia. However, in far too many cases patients are being treated as hypochondriacs, left to suffer their chronic pain with little support, understanding, or help. In the classic case of Lyme, the patient will report a tick bite and have erythema migrans (EM), flu-like symptoms, and lymphadenopathy. The rash will have a bull’s-eye appearance with a necrotic center. However, of the five cases I have seen, only one had the rash, and only one ever remembered having been bitten by a tick. The one patient with the rash was in the acute stage and was referred out for the proper medical treatment. The one patient who remembered being bitten by a tick has had her symptoms since she was in high school -- for some 26 years. She has been treated for arthritis, bursitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and PMS. None of the treatment was appropriate and her condition continued. In each of the cases I have seen, when the appropriate medical therapy was applied, the patient improved. However, in the most chronic cases, the treatment has not been permanent. The chiropractic treatment given these patients did give relief; but, such relief was short-lived. As in the medical treatment, the more acute the condition the more effective the treatment. No matter how effective your treatment seems to be, the - 1 - patient should also receive the appropriate medical attention since, in the chronic stages, the disease does attack organ systems. This can include the central nervous system (CNS), the heart, the spleen, and the eyes. James H. Katzel, M.D., gives three classifications of Lyme Borreliosis in an article in the January 1991 issue of The Ticked Off Track, a Lyme support publication: 1) early Lyme Borreliosis -- erythema migrans, with or without the flu-like symptoms; 2) disseminated Lyme Borreliosis -- any acute organ system involvement; 3) chronic Lyme Borreliosis -- symptoms persisting more than three to four months. Dr. Katzel then lists the presentations of Lyme Borreliosis. In general you will see flu-like symptoms: chills, fever, headache, nausea, sore joints, muscle aches, fatigue, and malaise. An expanding rash may or may not be present. This general presentation is most descriptive of the acute stage, and will probably not be seen by most chiropractors. The early rash is usually found around the area of a tick bite. This is the erythema migrans (EM) an expanding lesion with a color that can vary from pink to purple. It can have a bull’s-eye shape or it can appear oval, triangular, and comma shaped, or as a series of commas arranged in a circle. In the disseminated state you will see multiple EMs. In the chronic state it is acrodermatitis chronica atrophicans (ACA), a series of ill-defined lesions suggestive of other systemic or dermatological conditions. Borrelia burgdorferi can be cultured from both early and chronic skin lesions. To date there are no accurate blood tests available for Lyme disease. The diagnosis must be based on the clinical presentation and a good history. In the dermatologic aspects, probe for a history of rashes, as well as a history of tick bites. Neurologic signs can include cranial nerve dysfunctions of nerves III through VIII; poor memory, headache, decreased attention or concentration, decreased motor functions, or radicular pain in the dermatome of the tick bite. The cardiac involvement can include AV blocks, though usually not permanent, and congestive heart failure. The musculoskeletal involvement includes chronic arthralgias, fibromyalgias, synovitis, tendonitis, and bursitis. Errosive involvement of the knee should be suspect of Lyme disease with any of the other symptoms listed above. A patient with a history of chronic, flu-like symptoms, joint pain, fatigue, and unexplained rashes, who has seen a variety of doctors and been treated unsuccessfully for different arthralgias or pain syndromes, should be considered a possible victim of Lyme disease. You, as a chiropractor, should contact a Lyme support group in your area, and find out what treatment facilities are available to receive your referral of any - 2 - suspected patients. Lyme disease is now found in most parts of this nation, as well as in Europe, and as man continues to encroach upon rural areas, his contact with the vectors of this disease will increase the number of cases seen by all health care providers. Silvio N. Nixon, D.C. Coalinga, California Page printed from: http://www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=44537&no_paginate=true&p_friendly=true&no_b=true
Due to FDA regulations, which severely limit label dosage recommendations on OTC (over-the-counter) products, we feel it necessary to make some general suggestions to our clients, healthfood store mangers and other promoters of our products based on our years of anecdotal experience. Of course we are required to suggest, you should be under the advice of a healthcare professional and follow any recommendations they may suggest first, otherwise consider these dosages as a good starting point. Some individuals may respond much better to higher doses and others may do just as well with less. Basically, if you are not feeling better within 4 hours you should increase the dose rate as you cannot overdose on this true colloid of pure silver (we have tested dosages to 32 ounces (yes that’s one quart) at one time with no side effect). Remember to begin treatment as soon as symptoms appear and continue for 5-7 days after symptoms subside with most infections to insure thorough elimination of the pathogen.
These recommendations are set for the highest potency 150 PPM products and since Electro-Pure offers lower potencies of 30 and 100 PPM colloids, one can simply multiply by 5 for the 30 PPM or just increase the dose by another ½ for the 100 PPM. For most applications the 150 PPM is most often recommended by our referring doctors and it is only twice the cost as the 30 yet 5 times as effective; a far better buy.
For children (even infants) you may reduce these dosage recommendations approximately by their size as the dose here is for a 150 pound adult individual. There are no reported contraindications with children of any age, at any dose and this pure silver product. Please note that for maximum efficacy, we recommend not diluting or mixing this colloid in other liquids, but if for some reason you feel you must, then avoid chlorinated water or liquids that may contain salt. We welcome your call toll free anytime at 877-355-9407 for more specific recommendations not mentioned here or anytime you may have questions or concerns.
NOTE: 6 teaspoons or 2 Tablespoons=1 oz. Always be sure to order soon enough that you won’t run out. Winter is upon us and its time for all the weird viral ‘bugs’ to hit us and here in the East is has been hot one day and then cold the next. Remember to control most viral infections, sinus infections, allergies, colds, flu and strep throat you MUST spray the colloid in the nose and throat using the atomizer or nasal bottle AND take an adequate oral dose to fight the systemic infection.
1. COLDS, SORE THROATS, CHEST COLDS: at first onset of cold-like symptoms, take 1 tablespoon orally and hold under the tongue as long as comfortable 4 times per day. Also, spray 2-4 sprays from the Atomizer (Throat and Sinus Bottle) into each nostril while simultaneously sniffing the fine mist deep into the nasal passages. Spray the throat with the Atomizer (Throat and Sinus Bottle) mist several times a day, also. Continue this dose routine for the first day of symptoms and then taper back to only 1/2 teaspoon orally each day and continue the spray program for your nose and throat the same, for 5-7 days after symptoms subside.
2. SORE THROATS AND STREP-THROAT: take 1 teaspoon orally four times daily and hold under the tongue as long as comfortable then gargle and swallow the remainder 4 times per day. Spray three sprays at the back of the throat using the Atomizer (Throat and Sinus Bottle) at least three times a day. Continue treatment until soreness and redness subsides then continue for at least 5 days thereafter. If soreness and redness continues after two days begin treatment more frequently. If high fever accompanied
by headache and nausea persist, then consult with your healthcare professional.
3. Ear aches and swimmer’s ear: put two drops in each ear three times daily and take 1 teaspoon orally twice daily for at least 4 days after pain subsides
4. FLU: at first onset of early flu symptoms (achy eyes, cramps, lethargy, and that ‘I feel like I’m coming down with something’ feeling), start with the above treatment for colds. If intestinal upset has begun, then take 1/4 teaspoon orally each hour until nausea, diarrhea and cramping ease, then continue with the 4 times orally a day routine. Continue for 5-7 days after symptoms subside. Of course anytime nausea is accompanied by high fever and severe headache, it is advisable to seek the advice of your physician for the possibility of other diseases other than influenza.
5. EYE INFECTIONS, STIES, CONJUNCTIVITIS (PINK EYE): carefully drop two drops per eye directly onto the conjunctivas. Repeat several times daily and continue for several days after infection is relieved. Treat both eyes each time even though only one eye may be infected.
6. SINUS INFECTIONS: for sinus infections that have persisted for many weeks or even months, a multifaceted approach is usually warranted to completely clear all infection from the sinuses, ears, eyes, nose and throat. It should be understood that these infections tend to become deeply seated in areas of the sinus that are difficult for systemic antibiotics to reach effectively, and may take weeks to completely clear.
A) Take at least 1/2 teaspoon by mouth twice daily for at least a week after symptoms subside.
B) For at least a week, apply two drops twice every day to each of your eyes and ears.
C) Spray your throat with at least two mists twice daily from the or Nasal bottle for at least a week.
Most importantly, treat the sinus area thoroughly at least twice a day for two weeks (or a week after symptoms subside) as follows: After gently blowing your nose and clearing the nasal area as best possible, tilt your head back or even lay on your back on your bed with your head hanging over upside down and spray at least two mists from the Atomizer (Throat and Sinus Bottle) or Nasal bottle into each nostril (sniff while holding the other nostril closed). Some people find that its easier on the neck to sit in a chair and lean forward onto your legs and tilt your chin forward toward your chest, then spray the mist into each nostril as above. This should be allowed to ‘soak’ into the sinus area for a few minutes if possible. Then slowly sit upright and again blow your nose gently to clear any mucus. Then spray at least one more spray per nostril as you sniff to coat the cleared nasal passages. Avoid overlapping treatment with any salt water rinses within 1 hour of treatment with the silver colloid for best efficacy.
7. Skin infections, some types of ECZEMA, insect bites and cuts: apply topically as often as needed (at least 3 times daily) until area heals.
8. RINGWORM, infected ingrown toenails, ATHLETES FOOT AND FUNGAL SKIN INFECTIONS:apply topically at least 2 times daily working well into infected area and healthy skin around the affected area. After bathing is a good time to apply, but dry the affected area thoroughly to remove any remains of chlorinated water. Continue for two weeks after healed and if athlete’s foot is common, a rinse with the colloid each day after bathing is a good idea to prevent re-infection.
9. Fungus Nails: take 1/2-1 teaspoon orally twice daily. Each week clean and remove as much of the infected nail as possible being careful to dispose this infectious material away from areas that may contaminate others. As often as possible, wet the nail with the colloid working it well under the cuticle. You may even dampen the padding of a ‘Band-Aid’ with the colloid and sleep with it applied to the nail. Nails grow slowly, so you will not see much change for several weeks, but then should begin to have a healthy nail growing from the nail bed within a week. Continue to treat the nail daily at least two weeks after the last of the damaged nail is trimmed off. If you stop treatment before total healing, the fungus may grow back toward the cuticle again. You must continue treatment until the entire damaged nail is gone, which in many cases takes many months as nails grow only fractions of an inch per month.
10. most Warts, skin tags and some moles: after bathing and drying the affected skin, rub the colloid thoroughly into the wart tissue. The silver must contact the virus at the bottom layer of skin cells before the wart tissue will stop forming. Older warts may be more persistent and respond well to dampening the pad of a ‘Band-Aid’ and wearing over the wart overnight each night until the wart is removed. Continue treating the healthy skin for two weeks after all signs of the wart are clear. Warts over a large area of the body may be treated by spraying several times daily with the Atomizer (Throat and Sinus Bottle) and taking 1/2 teaspoon orally twice daily for 4-6 weeks.
11. Sinus infections, acute flu, PERSISTENT colds, BRONCHITIS, PNEUMONIA and other chronic upper respiratory infections: You may inhale the mist into the lungs for treating Bronchitis and persistent coughs. Although, pneumonia has been successfully treated many times with our products, it is a very serious condition and you should be under the care of a healthcare professional if your condition doesn’t improve within 12 hours.
12. Fever blisters, canker sores and cold sores: these painful viral ‘flare-ups’ should be treated topically as often as possible by simply wetting the sore. Continue treatment for a week after the sore has gone. Systemically they may be prevented in the future by taking 1/2 teaspoon daily for at least a month.
13. Mouth ABSCESSES, and sores caused by dentures and ORTHODONTIC appliances: dab the colloid onto the sore and or hold a dampened ‘Q-tip’ directly on the sore for a minute or so, repeat several times a day until sore is well healed. Each day after brushing your teeth and rinsing, rinse the mouth with a 1/2 teaspoon of the colloid and swallow the remainder.
14. Infected tonsils: use the Atomizer (Throat and Sinus Bottle) and spray directly onto the tonsils two to three sprays three times daily. Also, take 1/2 teaspoon orally three times daily. Continue for at least 5 days after swelling and pain subside.
16 Infected gums, GINGIVITIS, and gum sores: dab the colloid onto the sore gently massaging it to encourage penetration between the gum and tooth, and/or hold a dampened ‘Q-tip’ directly on the sore for a minute or so, repeat several times a day. Each day after brushing your teeth and rinsing, rinse the mouth with a 1/2 teaspoon or more of the colloid and swallow remainder (great for bad breath, too). Consult your Dentist if pain and fever persist beyond reason indicating abscessed tooth root.
16. Lyme’s Disease, Chronic FATIGUE Syndrome, systemic yeast infections (candidiasis) and other chronic disorders:
take a minimum of 1 Tablespoon
at least twice daily for a month. Continue to monitor the progression of the disorder. Many have experienced complete remission within the first few weeks but it is advised to continue treatment for at least a month or longer to assure continued good health.
17. TO help PREVENT irritating RASHES AND BLADDER INFECTIONS CAUSED BY CONTACT WITH DIAPERS, PERSONAL HYGIENE PADS, AND various INCONTINENCE PRODUCTS: lightly spray the surface of the diaper or pad before use. The Atomizer (Throat and Sinus Bottle) is very convenient for this application.
18. PROPHYLACTIC BEFORE VACATIONS, CRUISES AND AIR FLIGHTS: at least two days before your flight or trip, take 1 tablespoon of the 150 PPM colloid orally twice daily. On the day of the flight or during the cruise, use the Atomizer or Nasal bottle to spray the nasal area and throat several times per day to kill off any air borne pathogens encountered in the recycled air systems. During the rest of your vacation take ½ teaspoon twice daily to further prevent any infections and have a healthy vacation. If any pathogen should affect you, then increase the oral dose back to two tablespoons twice daily and use the Atomizer or Nasal bottle to spray the nasal area and throat several times until a few days after you feel better.
19. TOOTH ACHE, ABSCESSED TEETH AND PENDING ROOT CANALS:Infections of the tooth may respond to topical treatment with the silver colloid if applied to the tooth area and worked into the gum between the tooth and gum. It is recommended to use the Atomizer bottle to direct a spray around the tooth and massage the gum to work the colloid down beside the tooth. If the sore tooth is accompanied by fever and pain it may also be useful to take an oral dose under the tongue of ½ teaspoon twice daily to fight any infection that may have become systemic. Of course if the pain and fever should persist for more than reasonable, it is most important to follow the advice of your Dentist as infections that enter the bone can become life threatening. In most cases this is not necessary though as the antibiotic properties of this colloid are more effective than most prescription medications.
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There is no shortage of sugar in the 21st century. From such obvious items like doughnuts, candy, and sugary drinks, to the less obvious, which now include most every processed food on the shelf at the supermarket. It is probably no mystery that sugar is not good for you and I have been documenting the scientific dangers of sugar for many years. In fact after reviewing the evidence of the damage sugar can cause, it is my firm belief that regular use of sugar is even worse for you than cigarettes.1
High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) Research has shown that the highly processed fructose in HFCS contributes far more to obesity and insulin resistance syndrome than simple table sugar.2 In animal studies, fructose consumption was found to produce:
• Insulin resistance
• Impaired glucose tolerance
• High insulin levels
• High triglycerides
• High blood pressure
Consuming HFCS also contributes to fat deposits in your liver (fatty liver) and increases the buildup of dangerous lipoproteins, part of cholesterol deposits, in your blood vessel walls.3 This leads to plaque buildup and a narrowing of your blood vessels, which increase your susceptibility to both strokes and heart attacks.4
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The Natural Approach
By Molly Dickinson
This year marks the 17th Annual National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), a childhood vaccination awareness drive sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission, according to the CDC, is “to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities.” In 2010, hundreds of communities across the Western Hemisphere, along with the Pan American Health Organization’s Vaccination Week in the Americas, participated in NIIW.
But despite the CDC’s week-long campaign, it’s likely the number of U.S. infants aged 2 and younger (the target age range for NIIW) who will be inoculated with all 14 recommended vaccines—38 doses in all—will continue to decline. According to a 2010 report from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), vaccination rates for 2-year-olds under private health plans dropped in 2009 after seeing near-steady growth for more than a decade.
Why? It isn’t because the CDC is failing to get its message out. It’s because another message—born of respect for the body’s abilities, not fear of its limitations—is making itself heard now more than ever. And people are listening. An increasingly vocal counterculture of parents, alternative health professionals, scientists and even medical doctors are standing up, speaking out and otherwise needling the allopathic status quo in an effort to change what they consider an inherently flawed, even dangerous, medical practice.
Today’s Chiropractic LifeStyle is proud to add its voice to the rising call for rethinking the way the U.S. approaches disease prevention and care; starting with those who matter most—our children. This April 23-30, TCL won’t be participating in National Infant Immunization Week; it will be celebrating “Natural Infant Immunization Week” instead. In contrast to the CDC’s push for increased vaccination, natural infant immunization highlights the importance of preparing infants to protect themselves from disease by calling upon a partnership of parents and wellness providers to support the innate function of children’s developing immune systems. It’s a movement celebrating the achievements of chiropractic, nutrition and other vitalistic lifestyle choices in promoting healthy communities from the inside out.
NIIW vs. NIIW
Though they share an acronym, these two approaches to infant immunization differ at the deepest of levels. The two movements have
existed in stark opposition since Edward Jenner first shocked the world by injecting pus from a milkmaid’s cowpox lesion into an 8-year-old boy, creating the very first “vaccine” for smallpox in 1976. In order to fully understand the heart of the pro- vs. anti-vaccination debate, it’s critical to understand the way vaccines do—and don’t—work, and how this differs from the natural way our bodies are designed to generate immunity.
Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder of the National Vaccine Information Center, a leading source of critical research on childhood vaccination in the U.S. for nearly 30 years, explains it this way, “The human immune system, in simple terms, has two arms: the innate (cellular) and learned (humoral). For optimal immune function and good health, a balance must be maintained between these two arms of the immune system. The immune system of a newborn matures and is strengthened after birth and throughout childhood by naturally responding to the challenges of viruses, bacteria and other antigens—like pollen—in the environment. These challenges stimulate both inflammation and anti-inflammatory responses involving the cellular and humoral arms of the immune system. This natural maturation of the immune system allows the newborn to live in harmony with his environment outside the womb.”
Most vaccines, she observes, bypass the innate immune response and primarily involve the humoral immune response. “This stimulates the production of antibodies in the blood,” explains Fisher. “This is why vaccines don’t confer the same kind of immunity that exposure to and recovery from the natural disease confers.”
This, she says, is also why the practice of administering booster shots developed; as an effort to extend the short-term immunity triggered by inoculation.
“[The natural immunity perspective] completely destroys the vaccine theory,” adds Mary Tocco, an international speaker and educator often referred to as the “Erin Brokovich” of the vaccine industry. “Vaccinology is based on an outdated medical paradigm called the ‘allopathic model,’ the mechanistic model of conventional medicine where everything is compartmentalized. Immunologists were taught the only thing responding to vaccines is the immune system—with no regard for how the adjuvants or other ingredients will affect the immune system or rest of the body. This would be like saying that when we eat, the only thing affected is the stomach.”
“The new understanding,” she continues, referring to the vitalistic and holistic perspective, “considers the whole individual, realizing that when we inject, the whole body is involved.”
When we consider vaccination from this viewpoint, the current practice of infant inoculation gives rise to a growing array of questions and concerns with which Fisher, Tocco and other leading voices in vaccinology criticism are all too familiar.
Beyond the fact that vaccines don’t provide the same type of superior immunity generated by a high-functioning immune system, they’ve been linked (the medical community insists inconclusively) to neurological disorders and increased disease susceptibility. Vaccine critics point not only to a lack of investigation into potential side-effects and how they may cause individuals to react differently to inoculation, but also to a long list of additives whose toxicity is either well-known or in debate.
“Vaccines are pharmaceutical products,” says Fisher, “like all pharmaceutical products, vaccines carry a risk of injury or death that can be greater for some than others. Every child, like every infectious disease and every vaccine, is different. Depending upon the vaccine, there are additives that may affect an individual child’s health, including aluminum, mercury, formaldehyde, MSG, antibiotics, Polysorbate 80, egg and other animal protein or DNA, in addition to lab-altered viruses and bacteria.”
Additionally, given the financial stake the medical and pharmaceutical industries have in vaccine proliferation, their role in conducting or funding the majority of studies dictates any findings be taken with a heavy dose of aluminum salt (a common vaccine adjuvant).
“Common vaccine ingredients aren’t tested for safety,” Tocco says. “Most pediatricians aren’t aware of how vaccines are produced or the toxic adjuvants that are in all vaccines. When you consider vaccines have been around for more than 60 years and there isn’t one long-term study showing efficacy and proving safety, it’s completely unacceptable. They’ve never compared the vaccinated population to the unvaccinated and I believe this is the most important study needing to be done.”
More than Just Numbers
Whether or not to vaccinate isn’t just a question of science. The fact that both sides of the debate can take the exact same cannon of scientific literature and interpret it in their own favor indicates not only a need for further and better investigation, but a much deeper, more important contention.
Beyond the numbers, the way we approach vaccination is a question of philosophy.
According to critics, the philosophy espoused by the CDC and other medically based models upholds intervention over intuition, relying upon a continually shifting arsenal of external chemical and physical processes to change the way individual bodily structures and systems function. The vitalistic and naturalistic perspective honors the human body’s innate intelligence (no matter how tiny and new), trusting in nature’s superior wisdom and enabling that body to adapt to its environment and guide itself toward its own highest expression of function.
Because these philosophies are diametrically opposed, they cannot readily coexist within the same belief system (be it individual or socio-cultural). So the controversy rages on amidst a growing fog of fear and antagonism; and more and more parents are finding themselves torn between a seemingly impossible decision—to vaccinate, or not to vaccinate?
Jeanne Ohm, D.C., an internationally renowned expert in pediatric Chiropractic, recalls one patient in particular. “I had a case where a father came in and he was petrified to vaccinate and petrified not to vaccinate. Apparently, he’d been reading up on both sides of the issue. I told him, ‘never make a decision in fear; it’s usually the wrong decision.’ And then I said, ‘You’ve obviously done your research, you’ve read what both sides have to say. What you need to do now is that you and your wife need to go down into your core belief system and see what resonates with you: vitalism or mechanism? And from that core belief system is how you make your decision.”
According to Tocco, parents possess intuition about such things, but they’ve been taught to ignore it. “I tell parents to carefully examine all the information and follow their gut instincts,” Tocco adds. “With the Internet and the information explosion, there’s an abundance of information on both sides. Truth has a certain feel to it. Search for the truth and you’ll find it.”
And as one chiropractor puts it, “If you do choose to get your children vaccinated, you would, of course, still want to make sure they are checked and adjusted. Wouldn’t you also want to make sure they’re unsubluxated if you choose inoculation?”
Know Your Rights
So-called “anti-vaccine” proponents like Fisher, Tocco and Ohm aren’t fighting for an end to vaccination. They simply believe the decision to vaccinate children should be just that—a decision; one parents should make with the support of health care providers after weighing possible risks and benefits , while heeding that inner voice telling them what’s right for their families.
“It’s imperative we have the legal right in the U.S. to embrace our deeply held personal values, beliefs and philosophies and follow our conscience when making important decisions about our own health or that of our children,” Fisher says. “Making any such health care decision—including one involving use of a pharmaceutical product carrying a risk of injury or death—is a profoundly personal decision.”
“All Americans who believe vaccines are protective and safe and the best way to maintain their health or the health of their children have affordable access to all government-recommended vaccines in public health clinics, or they can get vaccinated in a private doctor’s office. Those holding a different view about the benefits and risks of vaccination, however, should be allowed to follow their own path to health and healing without suffering harassment or punishment at the hands of those who disagree with them.”
The right to refuse vaccination varies by state. The NVIC’s website contains detailed, state-by-state information many find helpful when discussing vaccinations with pediatricians and other health care professionals. Currently, provisions exist for medical, religious and philosophical exemptions to mandatory vaccination (though not always concurrently). All states honor signed exemptions from medical and osteopathic doctors, although federally approved guidelines often complicate matters. Religious exemption is supported in all states except West Virginia and Mississippi, and 18 states currently allow philosophical exemptions.
Protect them from the Inside Out
Regardless of whether or not you choose to vaccinate, supporting your child’s developing immune system as fully as possible should be never be a question.
Says Ohm, “Vaginal birthing; breastfeeding for at least 18 months; organic foods; minimal chemical stresses and drugs; a nerve supply free of interference; a good emotional lifestyle; and a happy home are the best things you can provide to support a strong immune system.”
“We now know the immune and nervous systems are considered by science to be one system,” she adds. “We as parents need to make choices supporting nervous system function and decreasing physical, emotional and chemical stresses on our children.”
Of course, whether or not that choice includes vaccination, ultimately, is up to you.
Dynamic Chiropractic – June 21, 1991, Vol. 09, Issue 13
Is There a Trend Toward Chiropractic in Sports Care
By Robert Thomle and Robert Ziegler
A literature review on the effects of chiropractic and sports care revealed a complex role for doctors who treat athletes at every level. We discuss different research papers presented and the interrelationships of care and the results. We feel that more research at every level of sports care needs to be pursued for the betterment of chiropractic and the athletes we treat.
The determination of chiropractic’s role in sports care revolves around the ability of the doctor to show
progress in areas important to the athlete. 1 Chiropractic is not only beneficial to the experienced and
professional athlete, but is beneficial to the amateur and weekend athlete as well. The practitioner’s role is to enhance performance, and prevent and manage injury.1,2 The treatment of professional athletes has helped the chiropractor to apply his knowledge of biomechanical injuries and their treatment. 3
Chiropractors have found that they can also be effective in the nutritional aspects of athletic performance. They have been able to help in precompetition preparation, competition endurance, and all aspects of injury prevention and treatment. 4
Chiropractic is becoming more a treatment of choice by professional and amateur athletes. This has been evident in the treatment of collegiate, Olympic, and professional athletes and has enabled us to gain recognition. 5 Chiropractic care is not only limited to the more advanced athlete, but young athletes are able to benefit from chiropractic treatment as well. This is especially true in the areas of critical, acute, and emergency care.2
Due to the lack of education in the areas of biomechanical and neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction, medical doctors are not as well prepared to deal with athletic injuries. Because of this, many athletes of varying abilities are learning of the benefits of chiropractic care. An excellent example of a medical professional giving advice to professional players about chiropractic can be found in the San Francisco 49ers. Some of the players personal doctors are quoted as saying, "It’s the worst thing for you," and "If he (their chiropractor) hasn’t hurt you already, he will hurt you." 6 Many high-performance athletes and their coaches have found that sports chiropractic plays a major role in three important areas of prime concern to all athletes: maximum musculoskeletal performance, prevention of injury, and management of injury. 1,2
Weekend and amateur athletes can learn about the importance of chiropractic adjustments from many
professional athletes. No matter which sport you enjoy on your day off, you can find someone you admire in your area of interest that is being treated by a chiropractor. The list of advocates is long. Boxing heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield; Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, and Roger Craig of the four time Super Bowl champions San Francisco 49ers in football; Chi Chi Rodriguez in golf; world champion kick-boxer Dennis Alexio; as well as champions in virtually every major sport are becoming regular chiropractic patients. Many of these athletes insist on being adjusted by their chiropractors just prior to competition. 3They feel they are not able to perform at their optimum ability without the reassurance that they have full range of motion without restriction in their joints. 7
The changing outlook towards health from an allopathic standpoint to a more holistic approach has brought the study of nutrition to a more respectable position. The athlete is always looking to enhance performance, speed, injury rehabilitation, and increase endurance. In their search they are being drawn to the benefits of nutrition. Inadequate nutrition and unhealthy nutritional behavior is clearly linked to the etiology of practically every major chronic disease. 8 Chiropractors qualified in the field of nutrition are able to give pertinent advice on vitamin supplementation, dietary intakes, environmental toxicities, homeostasis, and biomechanical reactions of bodily systems. 4
In an effort to reduce injuries entire teams as well as individual athletes are looking toward chiropractic to design tailored conditioning programs. They are finding that chiropractors, as trained professionals in the area of biomechanical function of the neuromusculoskeletal system, are better able to prepare a complete conditioning and injury prevention program. 9
It is necessary to properly assess and identify the biomechanics of an injury prior to the initiation of a
goal-oriented treatment program of the involved area.
The soft tissue involvement of an injury must be evaluated and included in the treatment program. Many
problems are found to be initiated at the precompetition level, due to poor conditioning, poor fitness or poor posture. Evaluation procedures use not only traditional orthopedic tests, neurological examinations, and
x-ray studies, but have come to include more extensive outside professional diagnostic procedures. These may include CAT scans, MRIs, joint angiograms, diskograms, and joint arthroscopic procedures. 10
The trend towards chiropractic in sports care has been shown to be valid. It is hoped that more definitive studies in the area of nutrition, biomechanics, and injury rehabilitation will be done to heighten chiropractic in the sports care arena. Because of the increasing world-wide interest in sports and fitness, no matter what your age or level of athletic achievement, the opportunity to finally see the role of chiropractic in sports care is at hand.
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8. Sawyer, C.E. "Nutrition specialists fill vital role." J Chiropractic 1989; 26:28-30.
9. Hagerman, G.R.; Atkins, J.W. "The U.S. Alpine ski team’s conditioning and injury-prevention
program." Am Chiropractor November, 1989; 16-25.
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dysfunction." Chiropractic Sports Med 1987; 1:26-28.
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12. Whitman, M. "The complete blood count and its clinical nutritional implications." Dig Chiropractic
Econ 1987; 29:20-23.
13. Nansel, D.; Cremata, E. "Effect of unilateral spinal adjustments on goniometrically-assessed cervical lateral-flexion end-range asymmetries in otherwise asymptomatic subjects." J. Manipulative Physiol Therapy 1989; 6:419-427.
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Robert Thomle and
Robert Ziegler, Students
Cleveland Chiropractic College
Kansas City, Missouri
What Is A Subluxation And What Does It Do To Me?
In simplest terms, a subluxation (a.k.a. Vertebral Subluxation) is when one or more of the bones of your spine (vertebrae) move out of position and create pressure on, or irritate spinal nerves. Spinal nerves are the nerves that come out from between each of the bones in your spine. This pressure or irritation on the nerves then causes those nerves to malfunction and interfere with the signals traveling over those nerves.
How does this affect you? Your nervous system controls and coordinates all the functions of your body. If you interfere with the signals traveling over nerves, parts of your body will not get the proper nerve messages and will not be able to function at 100% of their innate abilities. In other words, some part of your body will not be working properly. It is the responsibility of the Doctor of Chiropractic to locate subluxations, and reduce or correct them. This is done through a series of chiropractic adjustments specifically designed to correct the vertebral subluxations in your spine. Chiropractors are the only professionals who undergo years of training to be the experts at correcting subluxations.
Now, the detailed explanation.
Subluxations are really a combination of changes going on at the same time. These changes occur both in your spine and throughout your body. For this reason chiropractors often refer to vertebral subluxations as the "Vertebral Subluxation Complex", or "VSC" for short.
In the VSC, various things are happening inside your body simultaneously. These various changes, known as "components," are all part of the vertebral subluxation complex. Chiropractors commonly recognize five categories of components present in the VSC. These five are:
The osseous (bone) component is where the vertebrae are either out of position, not moving properly, or are undergoing physical changes such as degeneration. This component is sometimes known as kinesiopathology.
The Muscle Component is also involved. Since the muscles help hold the vertebrae in place, and since nerves control the muscles themselves, muscles are an integral part of any VSC. In fact, muscles both affect, and are affected by the VSC. This component is known as myopathology.
The Soft Tissue Component is when you have misaligned vertebrae and pressure on nerves resulting in changes in the surrounding soft tissues. This means the tendons, ligaments, blood supply, and other tissues undergo changes. These changes can occur at the point of the VSC or far away at some end point of the affected nerves. This component is also known as histopathology.
The Chemical Component is when all these components of the VSC are acting on your body, and therefore causing some degree of chemical changes. These chemical changes can be slight or massive depending on what parts of your body are affected by your subluxations. This component is often known as biochemicalabnormalities.