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February 2009 Health Newsletter


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» Avoid the Flu shot
» Childhood Vaccines
» Increasing Number of Children Receive Pediatric Chiropractic Care
» Chiropractic Effective For Myofascial Pain Syndrome & Trigger Points
» Relief For Knee Arthritis Sufferers
» Get Quality Sleep, Be Happy

Avoid the Flu shot


 




Stay healthy: avoid the flu shot

We are approaching flu shot season. The pharmaceutical companies and radio and TV stations (where drug companies spend millions on advertising) will soon start scaring people into getting injected with toxic chemicals that are useless and dangerous.

Heed the words of J. Anthony Morris, Ph.D. former Chief Vaccine Control Officer, US Food and Drug Administration:

There is no evidence that any influenza vaccine thus far developed is effective in preventing or mitigating any attack of influenza. The producers of these vaccines know that they are worthless, but they go on selling them anyway. (1)

Having the flu is good for you?

For thousands of years healers have viewed the cold, flu and fevers as some of the most powerful weapons your body has for cleansing and healing itself. Getting a cold or the flu, while a very uncomfortable experience, is not only a powerful way your body detoxifies you but also provides another significant benefit. Studies report that the cold and flu may protect you from getting cancer:


Those with carcinomas of the stomach, colon, rectum, breast, and ovary…and controls (with no history of cancer) were interviewed. A history of common colds or influenza prior to the interview was found to be associated with a decreased cancer risk. (2)


Subjects who reported a history of infectious diseases (e.g., colds, flu) showed a 30% reduction in risk [of brain tumor].(3)


If you have a bad cold or the flu do not suppress your fever or other symptoms with drugs. Instead respect what your body is telling you; work with your body to cleanse and detoxify your system. If you don’t, you can stay sick longer. As researchers have reported:


Taking aspirin or Tylenolfor the flu could prolong your illness by up to 3½ days. (4)


References

1. J. Anthony Morris, Ph.D. former Chief Vaccine Control Officer, US Food and Drug Administration. http://www.vaclib.org/basic/quotes.htm

2. Abel U, Becker N, Angerer R et al. Common infections in the history of cancer patients and controls. J Cancer Res Clin Oncol. 1991;117(4); 339-344.

3. Schlehoper B, Blettner M, Preston-Martin S et al. Role of medical history in brain tumor development results from the international adult brain tumor study. International Journal of Cancer: 1999;82:155-160.

4. Plaisance KI et al. Effect of antipyretic therapy on the duration of illness in experimental influenza A, Shigella connei, and Rickettsia rickettsii infections. Pharmacotherapy. 2000;20(12):1417-1433.

 

WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE FLU SHOT COULD HURT YOU

 Before the holiday season, there is what has come to be known as the "Flu season." Over the last few years, Americans of all ages have been told to run and not walk to get their annual flu shot.

While there is no question that the flu is a substantial health risk, many, many questions have arisen in regards to the flu shot. Recently, study after study is coming out revealing serious concerns over the safety of these flu vaccinations, the lack of any long term safety studies, and whether or not these shots are even helpful at all.

 In fact, while malls, supermarkets, drug stores, businesses, radio station campaigns, and even places catering to children are promoting flu shots for P.R. or as a publicity stunt, fewer and fewer doctors are advocating them, and even less are getting the shots themselves. Here is what you should know.

 Flu shots contain toxic agents.

 Flu shots can contain anything from aluminum, formaldehyde, microorganisms, thimerosal (mercury), ethylene glycol, and other toxic substances that are dangerous at any dose and deadly if at high doses.

 In addition to these substances, the flu vaccine is prepared from the fluids of chicken embryos inoculated with the specific type (s) of influenza virus that supposedly protects against the strains believed to be the most likely to be prevalent during that particular flu season. Reports over the last few years, however, have uncovered that the strains in the vaccine are typically not the strains present for that season. Not very encouraging considering the potential health dangers you are opening yourself and children to from these toxic chemicals.

 The flu can be deadly. In fact, building and maintaining immunity to unwanted infection, flu, cancer, and other infectious disease is always a critical matter in all seasons. Yet, the human body cannot build healthy immunity by being exposed to neurotoxic poisons like mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, and DNA from animals.

 Mercury is the second most toxic material on earth after radioactive plutonium. To make thimerosal, you start with elemental mercury and then ramp it up 1,000 times when you convert it to ethyl mercury. Aluminum is then added to the vaccine which has a multiplying effect on the mercury. This causes the mercury to be 10,000 times more toxic than elemental mercury.

 Formaldehyde is classified as a toxic, colorless, water-soluble gas having a suffocating odor known mostly as embalming fluid. It is used in vaccines as a disinfectant and preservative.

 There are no long-term safety studies that vaccine manufacturers can draw from to validate the effectiveness of the flu shot. In fact, a leading immuno-geneticist showed that if an individual has had five consecutive flu shots between 1970-1980 (the years studies) his/her chances of getting Alzheimer's disease is ten times higher than if they had one, two, or no shots. The cause of this is thought to be the gradual build up of mercury and aluminum in the brain causing cognitive dysfunction (brain damage).

 Author Tim O'Shea made some very important statements in his book regarding the flu shot and it's inability to prevent the flu in any given season: "A vaccine supposedly contains some version of the causative agent, in a weakened form. With influenza, by the time the virus is isolated, cultured for manufacture, and distributed to the population, the virus that is causing the current incidence of influenza has usually changed to a form completely unaffected by the vaccine. Michael Decker, MD of Aventis, the flu vaccine manufacturer admits: 'By the time you know what's the right strain, you can't do anything about it.' "

 A recent report points out that potential confusion between respiratory infections caused by influenza viruses and those caused by non-influenza viruses can result in misdiagnosis and gross overestimation of the true impact of influenza on death and illness in a given influenza season. Therefore, the scare that has been created about the flu has been exaggerated to some degree.

 The flu shot, once marketed to the elderly and those with weakened immunity only, is now being recommended for all. Looking at the research and using common sense regarding health, the only conclusion one can draw is that there simply was not enough money to be made by selling to this select market.

 IS IT RIGHT FOR YOUR KIDS?

Oct. 31, 2006 - An independent analysis by the internationally renowned Cochrane Collaboration of worldwide influenza vaccine studies, published in the British Medical Journal on October 28, concluded there is little scientific proof that flu vaccine is safe and effective for children and adults. Citing the Cochrane Collaboration finding as well as methodological flaws in a child influenza vaccine study published October 25 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the National Vaccine Information Center is calling on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to stop recommending annual flu shots for all infants and children until methodologically sound studies are conducted. 

"There is a big gap between policies promoting annual influenza vaccinations for most children and adults and supporting scientific evidence," said epidemiologist Tom Jefferson, Cochrane Vaccines Field, Rome, Italy, who coordinated the comprehensive analysis for the prestigious Cochrane Collaboration.

 DOES IT WORK ON ANYONE?

The Cochrane Collaboration analysis also concluded that there is no real evidence that the use of inactivated influenza vaccine has any real effect on preventing influenza. This was backed up in the prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, which stated that the flu vaccine is effective as little as 30% of the time.

 IMPACT ON IMMUNITY

Additional reasoning for flu shot hazards and their ineffectiveness is that vaccines bypass the natural defensive capabilities of the liver, kidneys, colon, lymphatic system, and the immune system and deliver toxic waste directly into the body. Your body does not know what to do with mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, chicken embryos, and microorganisms when they are dropped right into the blood stream. Guillain-Barré, autism, temporary Multiple Sclerosis-like illness, breathing problems, hoarseness, wheezing, hives, paleness, dizziness, weakness, rapid heartbeat, and death have all been reported as side effects from the flu shot. Not to mention that many people who receive the flu shot immediately get the flu.

 ALTERNATIVE TO THE FLU SHOT

This short article is not designed to give you medical advice on whether or not to get a flu shot. After consulting your doctor about your risks, there are many very effective, natural ways to keep your immune system healthy and help boost it, if necessary, to keep you well during flu season - without needing to inject neurotoxic poisons and contaminants into your body.

 Your immune system is the only thing that prevents you from being overcome by infection and a host of other chronic illnesses. Therefore, supporting and enhancing it - not manipulating it - is extremely important. Helping the immune system means you do not just boost one or two components. There are 22 different instruments or


Author: J.Anthony Morris, Ph.D
Source: Internation Journal of Cancer. 1999;82:155-160
Copyright: J. anthony Morris, PH.D Former Chief Vaccine Control Officer 1999


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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.

 

Polio

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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Increasing Number of Children Receive Pediatric Chiropractic Care
A growing number of parents are adding pediatric chiropractic care as an integrative component of their children's health care regimen.

Survey data indicates that the percentage of chiropractic patients under 17 years of age has increased at least 8.5 percent since 1991, says the American Chiropractic Association. Further, a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study indicated that nearly 3 percent of children in the United States were treated with chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation in 2007, making it the most common form of doctor-directed complementary or alternative medicine used by children.

According to Elise Hewitt, DC, a Portland-area doctor of chiropractic and president of the American Chiropractic Association's Pediatrics Council, chiropractic care isn't just for adults. Infants and children can benefit from spinal manipulation and other forms of chiropractic care just as much as their parents and grandparents.

"It's very important that a child have both a pediatrician and a pediatric chiropractor. A pediatric chiropractor is not there to replace the role of the pediatrician," says Dr. Hewitt. "The pediatrician provides medications when necessary and delivers care in times of serious illness and injury. A pediatric chiropractor is there for preventative wellness care and maintenance of the child's structure. The two are very complementary."

Studies are beginning to show that chiropractic can help children not only with typical back and neck pain complaints, but also with issues as varied as asthma, chronic ear infections, nursing difficulties, colic and bedwetting.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle. Doctors of chiropractic - commonly referred to as chiropractors - practice a hands-on, drug-free approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Following their undergraduate education, doctors of chiropractic obtain a four-year degree consisting of more than 4,500 hours of study and clinical experience. Pediatric specialists receive additional post-doctorate training.

"The vast majority of parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and look forward to subsequent visits. They also report that their children experience a greater level of health while under regular chiropractic care,” Dr. Hewitt notes.

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is the nation's leading chiropractic organization representing more than 15,000 doctors of chiropractic and their patients. To find a chiropractor near you, visit the ACA's searchable member database at www.acatoday.org/DocSearch.

Author: American Chiropractic Association.
Source: American Chiropractic Association. January 29, 2009.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association. 2009


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Chiropractic Effective For Myofascial Pain Syndrome & Trigger Points
A recent review of research was performed to identify the effectiveness of various treatments for the relief of Myofascial pain syndrome and myofascial trigger points. Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic form of muscle pain characterized by sensitive points in the muscles called myofascial trigger points. These trigger points in the muscles can be painful when touched and the pain can spread throughout the affected muscle as well as radiate down the extremities. In this study, 112 articles were found matching the study's criteria and were reviewed. After evaluating these studies, researchers stated, "Moderately strong evidence supports manipulation and ischemic pressure for immediate pain relief at myofascial trigger points…". Manipulation is the primary treatment provided by chiropractors. Ischemic pressure another common technique utilized by chiropractors that involves applying manual, direct pressure to the trigger points to ultimately provide pain relief and reduction of trigger points. If you or another is suffering from sensitive areas in the muscles and/or you believe you could be suffering from myofascial pain syndrome, please contact our office today for a professional and caring consultation.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JMPT. Volume 32, Issue 1, Pages 14-24 (January 2009)
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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Relief For Knee Arthritis Sufferers
A new study published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism found chondroitin sulfate successful at reducing pain as well as reducing cartilage loss in the knee for subjects suffering from knee arthritis. Of the 622 subjects aged 45 to 80 years, the average subject was suffering from moderate knee pain due to arthritis. For a period of 2 years, subjects received either prescription-grade chondroitin sulfate or a placebo. Those receiving the chondroitin sulfate as compared with the placebo experienced notable pain relief as well as a 33 percent reduction in the likelihood of experiencing joint narrowing in the knee. While these findings are extremely promising for those suffering from arthritis of the knee and perhaps with arthritis of other joints, it should be noted that subjects were taking prescription-grade chondroitin sulfate and thus, results cannot necessarily be generalized to those chondroitin sulfate products currently being sold as dietary supplements. However, it does appear that the correct chondroitin sulfate can have beneficial effects in those suffering from various forms of arthritis.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Arthritis & Rheumatism, February 2009.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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Get Quality Sleep, Be Happy
According to researchers at the National Public Health Institute, those suffering from sleep quality issues are more likely to become dissatisfied with life as they grow older. It appears that lack of adequate sleep or adequate quality of sleep experience a significantly higher rate of dissatisfaction with life as they age. Also, it doesn't appear that those who become dissatisfied with life as they age have a similar correlation to sleep quality. While more research is needed, it's important to realize how essential it is to consistently give your body the rest it needs and strive to obtain sufficient amounts of quality rest and sleep.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: American Journal of Epidemiology, January 15, 2009.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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