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August 2008 Health Newsletter

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» Chiropractors Treats The Source, Not Just The Symptom
» Childhood Vaccines
» Chiropractic Care Offers A Better Quality Of Life
» Vitamin C - The New Cancer Fighter?
» We Want A Health Care Overhaul

Chiropractors Treats The Source, Not Just The Symptom
As the economy continues to wander in unpredictable directions, the number of stress-related health ailments continues to rise. According to a recent Associated Press-AOL Health Poll, some of the more common stress-related ailments include headaches as well as overall stress-induced pain in various parts of the body. It's a good thing that most chiropractors are specially trained to deal with these rather common stress-related aches and pains. In fact, many chiropractors are not only experts in the soft tissues of the body and their related conditions, but additionally, are extremely knowledgeable in those things that degrade overall health and wellness, including stress. Many chiropractors also offer health and wellness related care programs in addition to the more medically-based, and some would argue, less logical symptom-based care. For instance, if you're suffering from headaches due to stress and/or improper posture, it makes far more sense to treat the stress and/or postural deficiencies than to simply seek temporary relief through the ingestion of pain medication. Without properly addressing the cause of the health problem, there is little chance to completely resolve the problem or prevent it from returning in the future. If you're suffering from stress-related aches and pains, give chiropractic a try. Chiropractic is safe, chiropractic is natural and chiropractors focus on the cause of your pain, not just the symptoms it produces.

Source: Associated Press. June 9, 2008.
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Childhood Vaccines


Childhood Vaccines

Much of what you have been led to believe about immunizations simply isn't true… I would urge you to reject all inoculations for your child. – Robert Mendelsohn, MD


Today more parents are questioning and refusing vaccinations for their children. Some of the reasons given are:

  • They consider the vaccines more dangerous than the diseases
  • They prefer natural rather than artificial immunity
  • They have religious or philosophical objections to vaccination
  • They have a vaccine-injured child (a growing number)


45 Vaccines At 6 Months!

The current US vaccine schedule requires 45 vaccines at 6 months of age; 64 at 18 months and at least 74 at 4-6 years!! There is no proof that a child's immature immune system can handle this chemical assault.


Are Vaccinated Children Healthier?

In one study children vaccinated with MMR or DPT+Polio were found to have 14 times more asthma and 9.4 times more eczema than non-vaccinated children. In another study 23.1% of vaccinated children had asthma and 30%had allergies while none of the non-vaccinated children had asthma or allergies.


Medical historian Harris Coulter, PhD states: Between 15 and 20%of American school children are considered learning disabled with minimal brain dysfunction directly caused by vaccine damage… A large proportion of the millions of US children and adults suffering from autism, seizures, mental retardation, hyperactivity, dyslexia, and other… 'developmental disabilities,' owe their disorders to one another of the vaccines against childhood diseases…


SIDS or Crib Death

Vaccinations have long been linked to crib death. This observation was underlined when, in 1975, after the Japanese government raised the minimum vaccinations age from two months to two years, crib death and infantile seizures virtually disappeared. Crib death was rare before childhood vaccination.


Do The Benefits Outweigh The Risks?

MDs rarely report adverse reactions or injuries. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) states that only one in ten vaccine injuries is ever reported; however other studies put that number as one in 50.


As of 2004 the US government had paid nearly $1.5 billion to the families of vaccine-damaged children as part of the vaccine compensation program. That number, however, represents only a fraction of those children hurt and killed.


Apart from the risks, the effectiveness of vaccination to "prevent" illness is in question: outbreaks have occurred in 100% vaccinated populations. An outbreak of 137 cases of measles occurred when 98.7% of the students were vaccinated.


How can we agree to a procedure if we do not know if the risks outweigh the "benefits?"


Have vaccines Eradicated Disease?

Infectious diseases, e.g., smallpox, diphtheria, whooping cough, scarlet fever, etc., began to disappear long before the immunizations ever came on the scene. As Ivan Illitch, PhD observed: The combined death rate from scarlet fever, diphtheria, whooping cough, and measles among children up to fifteen shows that nearly 90% of the total decline in mortality between 1860 and 1965 occurred before the introduction of antibiotics and widespread immunization.



As Robert Mendelsohn, MD stated: It is commonly believed that the Salk vaccine was responsible for halting the polio epidemics that plagued American children in the 1940s and 1950s. If so, why did the epidemics also end in Europe, where polio vaccine was not so extensively used?


Benefits of Childhood Diseases

Lost in vaccination discussion is the fact that acute infectious diseases, when properly managed, are good for overall health. As Harris Coulter PhD states: Contracting and overcoming [childhood] diseases is part of a developmental process that actually helps develop a healthy, robust, adult immune system able to meet the challenges that inevitable encounters with viruses and bacteria will present later on.


Viera Scheibner, PhD writes: Infectious diseases of childhood are very beneficial for children to catch… The general inflammatory process is important in the dynamics of maturation of the immune response to diseases.


In one study it was found that those who had febrile infectious childhood diseases had less cancer in their lives.


Vaccines Cause Autism


Scientists believe they have found a direct link between childhood vaccinations and autism, asthma and ADHD!


These shocking results come from a groundbreaking study released in June 2007by Generation Rescue. The research, privately funded without ties to the pharmaceutical industry or the medical community, included an extensive interview of 17,674 vaccinated and unvaccinated children.


When compared to non-vaccinated boys in the same age group, researchers found the following statistics:


--Vaccinated boys age 4-17 are 155 percent more likely to have neurological disorders, 224 percent more likely to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and 61 percent more likely to have autism.

--Older boys, in the age range of 11 to 17, who were vaccinated, were found to be even more susceptible to autism. They are 158 percent more likely to have a neurological disorder, 317 percent more likely to have ADHD, and 112 percent more likely to have autism.

--Vaccinated boys were 224 percent more likely to develop ADHD.

--Vaccinated boys and girls were 120 percent more likely to develop asthma.


Younger boys that have been vaccinated show less symptoms of autism, however researchers believe that there lower numbers will rise over time as professionals are more able to accurately diagnose the early symptoms of autism in younger children.


Scientists who conducted the study now believe that the mercury found in routine childhood immunizations plays a major role in the ten-fold increase in autism cases over the past two decades.


According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in every 150 children will develop autism.



Author: Chiropractors Who Care
Source: Robert Mendelsohn, MD
Copyright: June 2007 2007

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Chiropractic Care Offers A Better Quality Of Life
A number of studies have shown patients are more likely to be satisfied with their health care experience during a chiropractic visit when compared to a medical visit. One of the likely reasons is that chiropractors tend to educate their patients on their health condition. Actually, one of the wonderful qualities of a chiropractic doctor is their willingness to educate their patients. In a recent study published in the prestigious international journal Spine, researchers found women suffering from chronic low back pain who participated in back school had a significantly improved quality of life score when compared with those who had not participated. Not familiar with the term back school? Well as the name suggests, back school is simply a term referring to any program offered by a health care professional or related company that educates individuals on their back and spine. This includes the back and spinal anatomy, proper postural techniques, training in specific occupational-related tasks and techniques as well as other tips and suggestions to prevent future and manage current back and spinal related problems. While some chiropractors have their own formal back schools in place, most simply provide similar information to their patients on a more personalized, one-on-one environment. Interested in improving your quality of life? It could be as simple as calling your local doctor of chiropractic.

Source: Spine. 33(15):1617-1621, July 1, 2008.
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Vitamin C - The New Cancer Fighter?
New research shows vitamin C may have the potential to fight cancer in humans. While this particular study focused on ovarian, pancreatic and brain tumors in laboratory mice (considered aggressive cancers), these results could likely have similar effects in humans. In the study, researchers injected high doses of vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, to allow for larger concentrations in the mice. For those mice receiving the vitamin C injections, cancerous tumor growth was half that of the mice that did not receive the vitamin C injections. The researchers believe that the large amounts of vitamin C produce hydrogen peroxide within the body that kills cancer cells but doesn't appear to harm the normal cells. Their next step will be to test their findings on humans.

Source: National Institutes of Health. August 4, 2008.
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We Want A Health Care Overhaul
Been to the doctor lately? What about a recent surgery? Even if you haven't, simply paying your health insurance premiums will be enough for you to understand how expensive health related costs have become. In fact, the premiums for family health insurance increased from $1,275 in 1996 to $2,890, and for single coverage, from $342 in 1996 to $788 in 2006. For those of you without insurance, cost is most likely the reason. This is the primary reason why more than 80 percent of Americans feel our health system is due for, excuse our choice of words, a stick of dynamite. What's more, 32 percent of Americans agree that the health system is in need of an overhaul while 50 percent believe it would require a fundamental change. Only 16 percent of adults believe the health care system works relatively well with only minor changes needed. With these staggering cost increases, a 16 percent satisfaction rate and close to 50 million Americans uninsured, what exactly are we waiting for?

Source: Harris Interactive Poll. August 7, 2008.
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