Deadly twist at the chiropractor's office: Chiropractor's move can trigger strokes in healthy patients
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Deadly twist at the chiropractor's office
Chiropractor's move can trigger strokes in healthy patients
By Jennifer Wolff
Updated: 1:51 p.m. ET June 17, 2007
Christa Heck lay crumpled on her right side in the front seat of her SUV, staring helplessly at the dashboard. She tried to right herself, but her body wouldn’t obey her brain: One arm was limp, the other floundering uncontrollably. Ten minutes earlier, she’d been at her chiropractor’s office for a routine follow-up. But something had obviously gone wrong. Lying virtually paralyzed across her passenger seat, “all I could do was pray someone would help me,” she recalls. “I thought I was going to die.”
Heck, a 43-year-old mother of four from Mahopac, New York, had been seeing a chiropractor on and off for 20 years to treat headaches and lower-back pain. A pharmaceutical representative, she spent her days driving to sales calls and her nights working long hours at the computer. A few visits to adjust her back and cervical spine — the bones that run up through the neck — always relieved the strain. “I had the impression that it was good for health maintenance,” she says. “Not once had I been told there were risks involved.”
In November 2003, she’d had her first visit with a new chiropractor recommended by a friend. He snapped her neck to one side, then to the other, and she felt the same pop she had many times before. But 24 hours later, her head still hurt. Then, while cooking dinner, “I turned my head to the left, and the room started spinning and I felt nauseous. It lasted only a second,” she says. “I thought it was an inner ear infection.”
The next day, Heck returned to the chiropractor and told him about her vertigo, nausea and hurting head. “Let me see if I can get rid of that headache,” Heck says he told her, twisting her head to one side until it popped. When he twisted to the other side, however, it didn’t crack. He told her to take a deep breath and relax, then massaged her neck briefly before placing his hands on both sides of her head to try again. Once more, her neck didn’t pop. “I felt this wave of nausea,” Heck recalls. “I left the office a little dazed.”
Minutes later, Heck pulled her car up to a convenience store to get some ginger ale to settle her stomach. But when she shifted her SUV into park, she collapsed, the motor still running. She tried grabbing her Cell Phone , but her hands flailed. Eventually, she inched it between her fingers and after several tries managed to press the keys to speed-dial her husband, Ed. “All he says he heard was me crying and slurring my words, but he couldn’t make out any of them,” she says. Finally, Ed recognized two words: Red Mills, the name of the convenience mart. “He was 45 minutes away,” Heck says. “I was terrified.”
By the time her husband arrived, Heck felt a little better. She was weak but could sit up and talk. They considered dialing 911 but knew an ambulance would take her to a hospital where Ed once had a bad experience. So instead, he drove her home.
The next day, Heck awoke feeling numb on the right side of her body. Her left eyelid drooped, and the right side of her face was frozen. When she walked, both feet dragged. Ed called family friend M. Mehdi Kazmi, M.D., assistant clinical professor of neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. As the doctor quizzed her over the phone, Heck mentioned she’d just visited a chiropractor.
“Oh, Christa,” he said. “I need to see you right away.”
Dr. Kazmi examined her only a few minutes before he escorted her across the street to Montefiore Medical Center, where doctors took scans of her neck and brain. “Christa is lucky to be alive,” he says. “I knew the moment I saw her that she had had a stroke.” And he is convinced that the stroke was caused by Heck’s neck adjustment, which tore a critical artery that keeps blood flowing to the brain. “I see at least two cases like this or worse a year,” Dr. Kazmi says. “Cervical manipulation is a preposterous thing to do, and it should be banned.”
Americans make some 250 million visits to a chiropractor each year, and 105 million of those appointments include neck manipulations, according to the American Chiropractic Association in Arlington, Virginia. In addition to being used for neck, back and headache pain, the treatment is purported by some chiropractors to ease ailments as diverse as asthma, PMS and attention deficit disorder.
Chiropractic theory holds that when vertebrae become misaligned, they may put pressure on nerves along the spine, interrupting the nerves’ signals to the rest of the body. “Through improving the functioning of the joints, you are at the very least improving overall health,” says ACA spokesman William J. Lauretti, assistant professor at New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls. “When a spinal joint is not functioning properly, it’s a chronic irritant to the nervous system.”
Introduced in the late 19th century by the founder of chiropractic medicine, Daniel David Palmer — a Canadian schoolteacher who became famous for his healing touch — neck adjustments are given routinely and repeatedly by U.S. chiropractors, as well as some physicians, physical therapists and massage therapists. But despite patients’ enthusiasm for the neck adjustment — 45 percent of respondents to a Self.com poll said they had seen a chiropractor — researchers have not produced definitive proof of its medical value.
In 1996, several chiropractic groups commissioned a study from the Rand Corporation, an independent research company in Santa Monica, California; Rand reported that there have not been enough studies to show long-term benefits from cervical manipulations for neck, head and shoulder pain and only sparse evidence of short-term relief. A 2005 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reached a similar conclusion. Earlier this year, an evaluation of chiropractic visits and other complementary treatments for lower-back pain conducted by Harvard Medical School in Boston found the therapies “did not result in clinically significant improvements in symptom relief or functional restoration.” (The researchers did not track whether patients were getting neck adjustments specifically, but the ACA estimates 42 percent of appointments include them.)
What neck adjustments can do
In Self’s online poll, more than 20 percent of women who visited the chiropractor said they felt no better afterward. Eight percent said they felt worse. Injuries that can occur on a chiropractor’s table include soft tissue damage, joint dislocations and bone fractures in the neck and back. The most common problem is disk injury in the neck or lower back, which can be extraordinarily painful. (In 1999, Karen Santorum, wife of former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, won $175,000 in court after suffering a herniated disk at the hands of a chiropractor.) But only neck manipulation, not back adjustments, can cause the life-altering side effect Christa Heck had.
According to Heck’s medical records, the chiropractor’s neck adjustment left a 4.5-centimeter tear in her left vertebral artery, one of four pathways that control blood flow to the brain (the others are the right vertebral artery and the left and right carotid arteries).
Extreme or abrupt twisting of the neck can damage the inner layer of these arteries, creating a blood clot. If the clot travels north, it can cut off blood flow to part of the brain — the definition of a stroke. In fact, Dr. Kazmi believes Heck had two strokes, one the day after her first neck adjustment, and another immediately following her second. “The damage was done after the first manipulation, then she started throwing clots,” he says.
Heck’s chiropractor (who Heck asked not be identified for fear of jeopardizing a legal settlement) said through his lawyer, Stephen P. Haber of White Plains, New York, that Heck’s version of events was contradicted by “sworn deposition testimony, records of care and test results to say nothing of established principles of chiropractic and medical science” and that he looks forward to trying the matter in court.
Heck’s vertigo and queasiness after her first appointment should have been red flags because both are symptoms of stroke. Chiropractors should tread carefully and do extra screening tests before manipulating the neck of a patient who complains of unusual dizziness, vertigo or nausea, according to an instructional guide published by National Chiropractic Mutual Insurance Company in Clive, Iowa, the nation’s largest chiropractic insurer. “A good chiropractor doesn’t merely grab people’s necks and crack them,” the ACA’s Lauretti says. “You take a thorough exam. If there is a history of dizziness, stroke, visual or auditory disturbances, and to a certain extent a history of migraine, I’m going to be much more cautious.”
Wade S. Smith, M.D., director of the Neuro-vascular Service at the University of California at San Francisco, was the lead author of a 2003 study in the journal Neurology that confirmed the connection between cervical manipulation and stroke. In the study, Dr. Smith says, patients with strokes caused by torn arteries were nearly five times more likely to have had a recent neck adjustment than those with strokes caused by something else, indicating that “recently seeing a chiropractor is an independent risk factor for stroke.”
And although researchers aren’t sure why, young women tend to have slightly more of the injuries. Brittmarie Harwe, 40, of Wethersfield, Connecticut, received an out-of-court settlement of $900,000 after a 1993 manipulation that permanently paralyzed one of her vocal cords and left her unable to swallow food; she nourishes herself through a stomach tube. In December 2006, Rachelle Smith, a 32-year-old mother of five in Olathe, Kansas, settled a case with her chiropractor for undisclosed damages and $70,000 in medical costs. She says that when she began to vomit after a neck adjustment — a sign of what would turn out to be a stroke — the chiropractor assured her that her body was simply “releasing toxins.”
“I’ve seen more cases of vascular injury following chiropractic manipulations than just about anybody, and these people’s lives are ruined,” says Alan Bragman, an Atlanta chiropractor who has served as an expert witness in some 900 chiropractic cases in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. “I’ve known of seven or eight people who died right on the table or shortly thereafter,” he adds. Kristi Alaine Bedenbaugh, 24, of Little Mountain, South Carolina, died in 1993 three days after a cervical manipulation for a sinus headache and a few months before her wedding. In 1998 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 20-year-old restaurant supervisor Laurie Jean Mathiason fell into a coma on her chiropractor’s table minutes after a neck manipulation she received for a tailbone injury; she was dead three days later.
“The twist was so violent that it tore her artery clear through,” says her mother, Sharon Mathiason. “In our wildest dreams, our family had never imagined that a perfectly healthy kid in the prime of her life could have a stroke. But at the hospital, we were bombarded with doctors coming into the waiting room and saying, ‘Don’t you know that (if you go to the chiropractor), never let them touch you above the shoulders?’ I have made it my life’s campaign to warn people of the risks of chiropractic neck adjustment.”
Risks vs. benefits
The stories are frightening. But the actual risk for injury remains a topic of fierce debate. Estimates vary wildly as to how many neck manipulations will lead to a stroke — numbers from 1 in 5.8 million treatments (from an analysis of data from the Canadian Chiropractic Protective Association, a chiropractic malpractice insurer in Toronto) to 1 in 400,000, according to a study published in a 1996 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. A 2003 survey of French doctors by the Hospitals of the University of Strasbourg, France, found that the incidence of post-manipulation vascular injuries was 30 times higher than had been published in medical journals. One reason the numbers are so varied may be that there is no formal system for reporting complications from chiropractic manipulation.
Chiropractors and the organizations that represent them say the dangers of manipulating the neck have been overplayed. In all but a handful of states, no law or written ethical guideline requires them to alert patients about the possibilities of damage, and most of them don’t. “A stroke following a manipulation is phenomenally rare,” Lauretti says. “We want to give information to patients to empower them, but at what point does that information become meaningless? With this issue, we are approaching that point.”
Statistically speaking, taking aspirin or another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug for pain is potentially far more toxic than getting one’s neck cracked; NSAIDs account for about 7,500 deaths per year, according to researchers from Stanford University in California. The difference is that aspirin is a scientifically proven pain reliever, and neck manipulation is not, says Brad Stewart, M.D., a neurologist in Edmonton, Alberta, with a special interest in chiropractic stroke.
“The expectation of benefit is almost negligible. The risk, though small, is very real,” says Dr. Stewart, one of whose patients had part of her brain removed after a cervical manipulation mangled both of her vertebral arteries. “You can’t predict who this will happen to, and for that reason alone, it just shouldn’t be done.”
As Lauretti notes, almost any sudden movement of the neck can tear an artery — leaning your head back to drink a soda, for instance, doing yoga, stargazing or craning to check your blind spot as you back out of the driveway. Medical journals have reported numerous cases of women who have been seriously injured having their hair washed at a salon. According to a study from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, one-fourth of arterial dissections are caused by abnormalities that already exist in the connective tissue that make certain people particularly vulnerable to the injury. “It’s not a simple black-and-white issue that someone who visits the chiropractor and then suffers a stroke can say clearly it’s the chiropractor’s fault,” says Wouter I. Schievink, M.D., director of the vascular neurosurgery program at Cedars-Sinai. “It’s not always clear what came first, the dissection or the manipulation.”
Given the enormous amount of chiropractic visits in this country, Dr. Schievink says, the risk per visit is tiny. On the other hand, patients see chiropractors an average of 10 times during treatment. “If you take into consideration how many times they go and how many manipulations are performed, it does become a public health concern,” he says. “It’s a low risk but potentially a life-threatening one.”
‘I miss the old Christa’
It’s the late fall of 2006 and Christa Heck looks like any other professional woman walking along Manhattan’s East Side. Her light-brown hair is freshly highlighted, her dark-blue pantsuit neat and stylish. But when she steps from the street to the curb, she stumbles to the right. Certain the fumbling has gone unnoticed, she continues to chat, but her words are ever so slightly slurred.
To remember her meeting today, Heck says that she placed notes by her bed, on her bathroom door and on the microwave oven in the kitchen. “Otherwise, I might not have remembered to come,” she says, pulling medical records from a large manila envelope. She points to a 2005 neurology report that suggests she has a generalized brain injury with symptoms such as memory loss, impaired motor coordination and slower mental processing.
Heck speaks as if her true self was lost in the past — about her 3.97 grade point average in college, her plans before the stroke to go to law school and her once phenomenal ability to multitask, caring for four children while being the sole breadwinner for her family when Ed was forced onto disability. These days, her girls — ranging in age from 15 to 25, three of them stepdaughters from Ed’s previous marriage — don’t rely on her so much. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve simply forgotten to pick up my youngest daughter from soccer practice,” she says. Nor does she see her friends as often as she used to. “I asked one of my friends if I had changed, and she said, ‘Honestly, Christa, you’ve changed a lot.’ It breaks my heart.”
Heck continued to work for two years after the stroke, her manager adjusting her assignments to help her cope. But when her company introduced a new product for her to sell, Heck resigned. “I couldn’t handle too many things at once,” she says. She has considered a job in retail, but her psychiatrist told her she might find it difficult when the store got busy and recommended she take a quiet back-office job.
Meanwhile, she spends time working with Victims of Irresponsible Chiropractic Education and Standards (VOICES), a fledgling advocacy group comprising families of 60 victims of chiropractic stroke, five of whom have died. The group is urging Congress to ban cervical manipulation. While federal action seems unlikely, another group of victims in Connecticut is supporting bills that would require that state to track chiropractic injuries and add chiropractors to a public database of physician credentials, disciplinary actions and malpractice suits. A third proposed law would require Connecticut chiropractors to obtain written consent before doing a neck adjustment, explain the risk for stroke and detail its symptoms.
“Had I known stroke was a risk, I would have recognized that something was wrong before going back a second time,” Heck says with tears in her eyes. “I miss the old Christa so much. Had I known better, I’d still have her.”
This article was originally published in the May 2007 issue of SELF.
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I've been a Chiropractor for 31 years. My father was one for 44 years. I know thousands of Chiropractors. Collectively we have given millions of adjustments. Never, and I mean never, have I seen a Chiropractic adjustment cause a stroke. Never. If anything I've had many patients over the years who, after having a stroke, find the only relief they can get is with a good chiropractic adjustment.
Never the less what do you hear about? The one "possibility" that one chiropractor somewhere is being sued for causing a stroke. Of course you won't hear about it when the chiropractor goes to court and gets acquited.
In the meantime consider the following article with the FACTS about the medical genocide being perpetrated on society by the medical profession and their cronnies in the media, drug companies and government.
This article is posted on my forum. Dr. Sutter
The Creation of a Post-Human Being. The mass drugging of society
The statistics are astounding. Over 120,000 people a year die as a direct result of taking prescription drugs. The drugs properly prescribed by their medical doctor. Properly taken by the patient. 120,000 people dead. The mainstream media doesn’t cover it. Why?
Over 90, 000 people a year die from secondary infections in hospitals. The mainstream media doesn’t cover it. Why?
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
At the same time the mainstream media makes sure you know all about the illegal drugs and their infamous war on them. What are the stats that warrant such a large investment in time and resources to win this war on illegal drugs?
At last count 11,000 people died last year from illegal drug use. 11,000 people. What does that tell you?
It’s a con. The whole show is a con. The real problem, as the above stats PROVE, is the prescription drug deaths and all the death in the hospitals. Illegal drugs deaths, although tragic, is just a drop in the bucket compared to the legal drugs. And yet they try to convince you the illegal drugs are the problem.
Why all the effort on the illegal and none on the prescription?
Well, of course the illegal drugs fill the prisons and the legal drugs are a very important part of the mass drugging of America. Matter of fact, without the mass drugging of society it’s not possible for the “Status Quo”* to implement their plan for the post-human being they are trying to create.
The mass drugging of society is the very foundation of their plan to create a post-human being. It is the ONLY way they can accomplish it.
It IS a fact that it’s not possible to brainwash a “normal” brain. Normal being a brain that hasn’t been poisoned by chemicals. However, once a brain has been poisoned it gets quite a bit easier to program that brain.
A post-human being is a person that no longer has the capabilities to think for himself. To draw conclusion of his own reasoning skills. To look at something and be able to see what it is without being told by anyone else what it is. To be creative in all areas of life, to love and serve. These skills are lost in the post-human being. The only thing they can do is what they are TOLD to do (A Slave). Thus the main effort by the “Status Quo” to mass drug society.
Without the mass drugging of society their agenda CANNOT be fulfilled. They cannot do the wars, the assassinations, and the sheer manipulation of society that is so obvious at this time in history. A “normal” brain cannot be fooled. Cannot be brainwashed, cannot be lied to. Oh sure, we can all be fooled temporarily but a normal, nonchemicaled brain will eventually see the lies and correct the situation and then go after the perpetrator of the lies. That, they CANNOT have. The mass drugging of society solves the problem for them.
I teach people how to get healthy. It doesn’t matter what disease they have. I put them on a program that does indeed get them healthy. It always amazes me after they’ve been through a bit of detox how surprised they are at their thinking abilities. They can think clearer, they can see better, their reasoning skills are vastly improved. Some even to the point of being psychic. Which I personally believe is a “normal” attribute. Their brain always wakes up and they then can see the abundance of lies around them that are plaguing society and they are very interested in what I call “the rest of the story”.
Once recovered from what “they” called a “terminal” disease people get more than a little pissed-off. Perhaps for the first time in their life they were actually successful at accomplishing something they were told wasn’t accomplishable. This is a great point of inspiration for these people. They are now interested in seeing what else they can do something about. Of course that leads them into studying the rather large world of truth that exposes the NWO and all it’s machinations through the centuries.
But they are truly frustrated because there doesn’t appear to be anything that can be done about it all. It’s not like taking responsibility for your own body and getting it healthy. This involves many other people that know what they now know. They were lied to and it almost killed them. That will wake you up. But once awake what can you do about it?
Of course there’s a lot you can do about it but that’s not the point of this essay.
The point I want to make is the chemicals that now poison society are there via a very well thought out plan to turn you into a post-human being. It is the very foundation of their plan. Their plan can’t work without it. The mass drugging of society.
There have been many attempts at mass drugging of society in the past couple hundred years, and they have been very successful at eliminating a lot of folks. Gary Noll covers the historical statistics in his work on vaccinations. Whenever vaccinations were used as a so-called prevention or cure many people died from the vaccinations and NOT the disease they were being vaccinated against. The swine flu scam early in the last century comes to mind. Created totally by the vaccinations against it. The people that weren’t vaccinated against it didn’t die. They tried to do the same thing with the recent “bird flu” scare.
While the basic premise of immunizing a body via a small exposure to the specific disease is indeed valid, the people that are in control of the vaccinations don’t have immunity in mind for you. They know the only thing necessary for complete immunity for ANY specific disease is a scratch on the skin. A hypodermic needle full of the disease and chemicals ALWAYS fails and if it doesn’t kill the person outright right then, it creates many supposedly unrelated problems down the road.
I strongly suggest for those of you that want to do more research on vaccinations find out what the vaccinations do to the kidneys, heart and central nervous system. It’s not nice.
So vaccinations have been used many times in history for genocide purposes.
Since the early 50’s last century vaccinations have been pretty much mainstream America. I was one of the lucky ones. My father was a Chiropractor and didn’t allow us kids to be vaccinated. I learned later in life that he had one hell of a battle with the principal of the school and the entire school board at the time. Us kids were NOT to be vaccinated. Thank you Dad…
Vaccinations fit perfectly into the mass drugging of society. But that is a very obvious thing to observe. Prescription drug use is also very obvious. But there are other things that are NOT so obvious.
First, lets take a look at what a drug really is. That people are expecting drugs to cure them of their diseases is fantasy – it can NEVER happen. Period.
A drug HAS to be a chemical. The very fact that it is patented requires that it has to be a chemical. In order to get a patent on anything it has to be invented. Obviously it can’t be found in nature so it must be invented. The only way to invent a drug is to manipulate specific chemicals in specific combinations that is entirely new. Then you can patent it. This works great in industry but not in healthcare.
The only things a body can use are other things that have been alive at one time, or are indeed alive when eaten (Fruit and vegetables). That’s it. Nothing else will work. A food has to be something that was alive or is alive when eaten. Food is the ONLY thing a body needs and can use to stay healthy or regain your health if lost.
Chemicals ALWAYS interfere with the healing process - always. But more importantly they ALWAYS decrease the performance of a body and effect the functioning of the brain that is running that body. Chemicals make bodies and brains sick. ALWAYS.
Drugs ARE chemicals - they HAVE to be. The patenting process demands it. Of course prescription drugs are patented. Over the counter drugs may have been patented once but no longer are. Drugs are chemicals and chemicals are drugs they are synomonous and interchangeable words.
Carcinogens - Everybody has heard this word. It’s been pounded into us for 30-40 years now. Carcinogens are chemicals that cause cancer. Everybody knows this. It is true, chemicals do indeed cause cancer. But the treatment for cancer is Chemotherapy. Chemo being short for Chemical. Which leads one to think on a subconscious level that some chemicals are bad and some are good. Which is NOT true. All chemicals are bad for the human body. Period. There will never be a chemical found that can cure cancer. Or any other disease for that matter. It’s simply never going to happen. It can’t happen. It’s basic chemistry.
The only legitimate use of chemicals in healthcare is in an emergency situation where body physiology has to be controlled to overcome the injury. But even then the surgeons and therapists that take care of those situations will get you off the drugs as soon as possible after the injury. They know drugs hinder the healing process. That is the legitimate part of medicine. The rest of medicine tosses that right out the window when treating you for any supposed “terminal” disease. Or any symptom at all for that matter.
The human body goes to great extremes to eliminate any and all chemicals that it happens to get exposed to. And usually the body is quite successful at eliminating the chemicals. Therefore, a prolonged course of chemical poisoning is required to have the desired effect of creating the post-human being.
How is that done? Prescription drugs are the most obvious way. Vaccinations do more damage than any other single thing. Vaccinations attack the central nervous system WHILE it is growing and completing all its neurological hookups. Any first year medical student knows it take a good 5 years to complete the growth of the central nervous system. 5 years. And it’s your nervous system that controls and coordinates all the other systems of the body including the immune system. That’s basic physiology right out of 1st year medical school. If vaccinations were legitimate there would be laws AGAINST vaccinating anyone BEFORE they are 5 years old. And then it would be a scratch on the skin not a vial full of noxious poisons and diseases. Autism anyone???
There are a few other ways you’re being poisoned perhaps don’t know about.
Chlorine: Chlorine kills bacteria. Very useful in the manufacturing process, But it kills ALL bacteria and should never be used in a human body. Never. The human body absolutely NEEDS bacteria to survive. They are called “friendly” bacteria and they thrive in you intestines. You can’t process food without these friendly bacteria. If you can’t process food you die.
So Chlorine in your water supply kills the friendly bacteria in your colon and you slowly die. Fortunately the amount of chlorine is not enough to outright kill you but prolonged use of municipal water supplies does indeed make you deficient in friendly bacteria and leads to chronic illnesses. I’ve seen chronic illness magically disappear just about overnight by the introduction of the friendly bacteria. Much to the amazement of the patient I might add.
Fluoride: Fluoride is used in rat poison. Did you ever hear of fluorocarbons? Nasty little poisons - will kill you quite quickly. Fluoride is a strong poison. It has no business being in the water supply or toothpaste or the school health program. It’s a by-product of aluminum manufacturing and atomic fuel manufacturing.
The research on fluoride is quite extensive and quite convincing. In every double blind study ever done the fluoride people always have more cavities and more kidney and heart disease. There are two studies the Dentist quote and they are both flawed. I live in West Michigan where one of the first studies was done. It was flawed and the stats juggled.
Fluoride does several rather unpleasant things to you. First it makes you docile, pliable, easy to manipulate. Second it draws unto itself aluminum. Which just so happens to settle in the brain. Where do you think all the Alzheimer’s is coming from? Third it actually causes the teeth to rot. Yeah, that’s right - it causes cavities. Fourth it interferes with the growth centers of the permanent teeth, which causes them to come in crooked.
So fluoride in the water supply is part and parcel of the mass drugging of society. It creates a lot of business for the dentists and makes people subject to manipulation. You know - brainwashing.
Synthetic vitamins is another one they hoodwinked the public into believing. For sure vitamins are important but they HAVE to be from their natural source (food). They cannot be synthetic. It’s the same things as the drugs I mentioned above. If it’s synthesized it obviously can’t be natural. Thus, the body can’t use it. If it’s synthesized it has never been alive and therefore impossible for the body to use.
This turns into a legal issue. The manufacturer can make isomers of the vitamins, which are mirror images of the vitamin, but it can’t duplicate nature in the lab. The closest they can come is an isomer, a mirror image of it. Of course that means that it’s the exact opposite of the real thing and the body considers that a chemical poison which it really is. So the body immediately rejects it. Thus, the brightly colored urine when you take the synthetic vitamins. But legally they can call the synthetics real vitamins. They are more accurately defined as drugs. This has been known since the 40 by the way. More mass drugging of society.
And these synthetics are everywhere. Just about all wheat products are “fortified” with synthetic vitamins. All dairy is “fortified” with synthetic vitamins. Even the candy bars and soft drinks are now “fortified” with synthetic vitamins.
I have never seen any studies on what synthetic vitamins do to brain function but my guess is that it’s pretty important and probably contributes to making the public docile, easy to manipulate.
Last is what they are doing to the food supply in this country. If you’ve seen the movie “Supersize Me” you’re already aware of the chemicals (drugs) they are putting into the foods to make you addicted to them. But what else are the drugs doing? Again I’d be willing to bet they are contributing to the public’s docilness.
Plus, the growing process of the foods is being manipulated. Genetic engineering and such. Then the food is subject to irradiation once harvested. That can’t be good for it. Doesn’t radiation cause cancer?
Chemical poisoning is subtle. It affects the core, emotional, mental place where you live in very subtle ways. The best way to explain this is to relate what I personally went through that made me see how devastating it is.
My personal experience with chemical poisoning comes from Vietnam. The Agent Orange. Believe it or not I don’t think the government knew how bad it was going to be. Agent orange had been used by the railroads for years. It was very good at keeping the tracks clear. So it had a very good record. The problem was that it would get into our water supply in the jungle so we’d end up drinking it everyday. Well, as with any good poison, you can’t do that. It may work well on the railroad tracks but it sure caused a lot of problems if you drank it.
I passed the Agent Orange after a Liver Flush on Dec. 14th 1998. By the time I got to the bathroom door I could sense something was different inside of me. December 14th was a Monday and it took until Wednesday for that feeling to coalesce enough to get a handle on it and find out what had changed.
The hopelessness was gone. That’s what was different inside of me. The hopelessness I didn’t even know I had was now gone. That’s how subtle chemical poisoning is. I acquired that hopelessness by drinking the Agent Orange in Vietnam. It creeps up on you and is so subtle you aren’t even aware that its there. But sure enough as soon as I passed the Agent Orange I felt the difference.
Then, and only then, did I realize how effective chemical poisoning is. For the first time since November 1971 that sense of hopelessness was gone. I actually felt like I just might beat this sickness. That it was doable - I could make it all the way back from that damn war. And, of course, I did.
So don’t be fooled into thinking these chemicals don’t affect you. They do at a level so subtle it’s hard to ascertain until the chemicals are gone. The detox phenomenon that the terminally ill go through as they are recovering wakes up their brain. They can think again. And most of the time people don’t suspect there is anything wrong with their thinking apparatus. Not until the chemicals start to leave are they aware of it. Then they do indeed get a bit pissed-off that it was done TO them, on purpose, by design.
The mass drugging of society is being done to create a Post-human being. An individual that cannot think for himself, cannot see the lies he’s living in and embraces his masters. He’s a slave in the true sense of the word. Willing to do only what he is told to do to please his masters. No self-determinism, no creativity, no ability to love.
And if you look around it’s very plain to see they have come a long way in accomplishing this.
I wrote “It’s Not Illegal” about a year and a half ago. I wrote it because it was so frustrating for me to watch people get their health back and then return to the very doctor that almost killed them in the first place. These people worshiped their medical doctor more fervently than any religion I’ve ever seen. In “It’s Not Illegal” I point out some of the obvious things people should be able to see. So now I could just hand them a book instead of explaining it all everytime.
So the “brainwash” is advanced to a rather frightening stage. People are walking right into their own grave and worshiping the very people that are putting them there.
The only part of their program that is more important than the mass drugging of Society is that absolute control of the media. Which has been a done deal until the Internet exploded onto the scene.
To create a slave, to eliminate all the “native” abilities of man, and be left with nothing but a post-human requires a massive campaign of drug use. They have come a long way to that end.
Dr. Kenneth R. Sutter II
* “Status Quo” The collective term I use to identify the elitists, royalty, and international bankers and in general the evil empire that runs this planet. You know, the NWO.
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- Re: Deadly twist at the chiropractor's office: Chiropractor's move can t... by spinetrooper
Well said. Great response. If only more people knew the truth.
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- Re: Deadly twist at the chiropractor's office: Chiropractor's move can t... by chrisb1
an excellent post. Totally agree with you. Thankyou for that. The only other person I know of who has expressed thoughts in the same vein is John Hammell of IAHF.
You have placed into words what most of us have been thinking. Thankyou again.
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- Re: Deadly twist at the chiropractor's office: Chiropractor's move can t... by rabbitears
I'm in complete agreement with you! I know many chiropractors, some became friends, and I've had plenty of adjustments myself.
In fact, I had a life-changing experience with adjustments from injuries at a young age that I had seriously considered becoming a chiropractor. I didn't, but my experience was further supported by my position of alternative practices which I became more involved in over the years.
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- Re: Deadly twist at the chiropractor's office: Chiropractor's move can t... by Dangerous Bacon
" Never, and I mean never, have I seen a Chiropractic adjustment cause a stroke. Never."
From doc10's posting on this forum (quoting chiropractor Alan Bragman):
"Current studies estimate that one out of every two practitioners may have a patient suffer a serious cerebrovascular injury in his or her professional lifetime. Recent high-publicity deaths of young adults in Canada from cervical manipulation prompted a population-based case-control study. The results from this study have prompted some medical experts to conclude that the risk of a vertebrobasilar injury from cervical manipulation may be as high as 1.3 incidents per 100,000 cervical manipulations. In March 2001, The New England Journal of Medicine estimated that the incidence of vertebral or carotid artery dissections may even be as high as one incident per 20,000 cervical manipulations. As more information is obtained, the risk factors have steadily increased."
Bear in mind that most strokes resulting from chiropractic neck manipulation are not reported to medical journals, and don't get included in statistics.
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- Re: Deadly twist at the chiropractor's office: Chiropractor's move can t... by #67299
fail at trying to discredit the chiropractic movement. laughable story for anyone with half a brain
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- Stroke ^ Cervical Manipulation by UserX
February 12, 2005, Volume 23, Issue 04
Stroke Due to Cervical Manipulation
by Alan H. Bragman, DC
"Cervical manipulation remains a safe, effective procedure with minimal side-effects when the standards of care are followed."
As an expert witness in the field of chiropractic negligence for over 10 years, I have been involved in more than 600 cases throughout the United States. Of the cases reviewed, more than 150 involved allegations of a cerebrobasilar injury caused by chiropractic cervical manipulation. In all but a few of these situations, the chiropractor violated the standard of care and a causal relationship to the treatment and resulting injury was apparent. A stroke or arterial dissection associated with chiropractic treatment is a tragic, life-altering situation for all parties involved.
Vertebrobasilar accidents account for just over 5 percent of the malpractice suits filed each year, but they are among the most serious. These injuries frequently result in permanent neurological deficit, psychological trauma, quadriplegia and/or death. Many of these lawsuits result in settlements well in excess of a million dollars. This alone is a compelling reason to maintain higher limits of liability coverage.
Overall, the chiropractic profession has downplayed the risk of stroke through cervical manipulation. Early studies and opinions held that the risk was minimal, and that cervical manipulation has not been conclusively proven to cause vascular accidents. More recent information and studies suggest the risk of stroke due to cervical manipulation is still very low, but higher than past information would indicate. One problem encountered researching this subject is the lack of complete, concise, data from which to draw accurate conclusions. The number of patients under chiropractic treatment has increased dramatically in recent years, without a corresponding rise in manipulation-induced strokes. Hopefully, this indicates that even with more exposure, improved chiropractic education, screening procedures and increased awareness may be starting to have a positive effect.
In 1972, Maigne suggested, "There is probably less than one death of this nature out of several tens-of-millions of manipulations." In 1982, Cyriak stated, "This risk works out to about one in ten million manipulations, and is no argument against manipulation reduction in suitable cases." In 1981, Hosek, et al., suggested, "We may form a conservative likelihood estimator by looking at the ratio of vertebrobasilar injuries to adjustments performed. This ratio would be 100 injuries per/100 million adjustments, about one in a million." In 1983, Gutmann concluded, "There are two to three serious incidents involving the vertebrobasilar system in one million manipulations to the upper cervical spine." In 1985, Dvorak and Orelli stated that "following an inquiry amongst the members of the Swiss Medical Group for Manual Medicine, it was calculated that there were slight neurological complications in one in 40,000; and one important complication in 400,000 cervical manipulations."
Current studies estimate that one out of every two practitioners may have a patient suffer a serious cerebrovascular injury in his or her professional lifetime. Recent high-publicity deaths of young adults in Canada from cervical manipulation prompted a population-based case-control study. The results from this study have prompted some medical experts to conclude that the risk of a vertebrobasilar injury from cervical manipulation may be as high as 1.3 incidents per 100,000 cervical manipulations. In March 2001, The New England Journal of Medicine estimated that the incidence of vertebral or carotid artery dissections may even be as high as one incident per 20,000 cervical manipulations. As more information is obtained, the risk factors have steadily increased.
My experience as a forensic expert leads me to conclude that the risk of stroke from cervical manipulation is greater than current literature suggests. In some cases I have reviewed, people died as a direct result of cervical spinal manipulation. In almost all of these cases dealing with vascular injuries, the incident could have been avoided or lessened with a proper history, vascular screening, avoidance of rotational manipulation, and/or closer monitoring of posttreatment progress.
Recognizing the increased risk is just the first step. The next question is, how do these vascular injuries occur, and what are some of the risk factors? The vertebral arteries are where the vast majority of cervical manipulation injuries occur, with a smaller number affecting the carotid arteries. Injuries occur either from direct trauma to the vessel wall or through subsequent vasospasm following treatment. Research and current data suggest that rotational manipulation of the upper cervical spine is the type of maneuver most likely to cause a stroke. Damage to the arterial wall through stretching, kinking, tearing or direct trauma can cause sufficient damage to disrupt vascular flow to certain areas of the brain, resulting in ischemia. Damage to the inner vessel wall, the intima, may result in a dissection or tearing of the wall. This damage can initiate the clotting response, with subsequent embolus formation altering blood flow to the brain. Signs and symptoms of ischemia usually occur during or shortly after upper cervical manipulation.
The demographics of cerebrovascular injury with cervical manipulation indicate that middle-age men and women in the 30-45 age range are in the highest risk group. For years, it was incorrectly assumed that this type of stroke risk was higher in the elderly, due to vascular degenerative changes and athrosclerosis. The most common presenting symptoms of patients suffering strokes are headache, neck pain and cervical muscle spasms.
In an excellent article,1 Dr. Edward Sullivan recommended the following screening procedures be followed prior to performing cervical manipulation:
Part 1 - High-risk categories noted in the history
Transient ischemic attacks
Smoking (length of time is important)
Whiplash or cervical strain/sprain
Family history of strokes
Medications affecting hemodynamics (antihypertensives, oral contraceptives or regular aspirin use)
Cervical spine spondylosis or spurring.
Constant headaches (several days duration)
Known congenital arterial cervical anomaly (absent vertebral artery, etc.)
Cervical arterial surgery
Radiographic evidence of atlanto-occipital ligament ossification or a cervical anomaly (spina bifida, posterior ponticle, etc.)
Part 2 - Symptomatic systems review
Bilateral blurred vision
Hearing loss in one or both ears
Difficulty in swallowing
Loss of consciousness
Temporary lack of understanding
Drop attacks without loss of consciousness
Numbness or loss of sensation anywhere in the body
Weakness, loss of coordination or strength anywhere in the body
Part 3 - Hypertension, subclavian, and carotid artery: stenosis/occlusion
Checking bilateral blood pressures; noting significant discrepancy.
Palpate and measure bilateral radial pulse; checking for weakness or absence.
Auscultate for bruits and palpate; bilateral supraclavicular fossas and carotid bifurcations.
Part 4 - Vertebrobasilar artery functional maneuver test (George's Test)
Have the patient rotate his/her head as far to the right as possible and hyperextend the neck for 3-5 seconds. Observe for signs of ischemia; if negative, proceed to the left side.
The most common signs of vertebrobasilar ischemia include dizziness; nausea; nystagmus; blurred vision; syncope; slurred speech; weakness; paresthesia; and numbness.
If the patient has a positive George's Test, do not perform a cervical adjustment. If the history and review of systems place the patient in a high-risk category, referral to an appropriate medical specialist may be indicated. If the patient exhibits signs of ischemia during or following cervical manipulation, do not readjust the patient. Observe the patient closely, periodically monitoring vitals while checking the progression of the ischemic signs and symptoms. If the ischemia persists or becomes more pronounced, immediately transport the patient to the nearest hospital.
These screening procedures are highly effective in preventing cerebrovascular incidents, as evidenced by the experience at the outpatient clinics at my alma mater, National College of Chiropractic. Several millions of cervical adjustment has been given at the National College, without a single reported vertebrovascular incident. The obvious conclusion is that cervical manipulation remains a safe, effective procedure with minimal side-effects when the standards of care are followed.
Sullivan E. Screening prior to cervical adjustments can prevent strokes. Chiropractic Economics 1988.
Alan H. Bragman, DC
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- Death By Medicine by UserX
Death by Medicine
By Gary Null, PhD; Carolyn Dean MD, ND; Martin Feldman, MD; Debora Rasio, MD; and Dorothy Smith, PhD
Something is wrong when regulatory agencies pretend that vitamins are dangerous, yet ignore published statistics showing that government-sanctioned medicine is the real hazard.
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- to the chiropractic skeptic by UserX
Follow the Leader… or Follow the Follower?
Following the example of successful people is a good idea – it avoids the trial-and-error of blazing your own trail. But most people, Nightingale observed are so hungry for acceptance, they try to be like everyone else. Instead of marching forward they march in circles, following each other in mindless lockstep… and going nowhere.
That concept is easy enough to understand. But it’s very hard to do something about it. You can’t overcome a lifetime of knee-jerk responses after only one hearing. But, after repeated hearings, you start to make headway.
Please read the truth about Chiropractic more than once, in order to overcome a lifetime of propaganda, misinformation and walking in circles. Millions seek Chiropractic care, why not you?
Those that read this article with intellect and not with prejudiced or opinionated thought patterns will gain the most. You see, truth is for earnest seekers, not for those of idle curiosity. Absolute truth is discovered by those who overcome their natural materialistic skepticism. Thus it is with CHIROPRACTIC! People are always against that which they know nothing about. Ignorance breeds condemnation.
“There is a principle which is against all information, which is proof against all argument and which cannot fail to keep man in everlasting ignorance, that principle is condemnation before investigation.”
In the days prior to Christopher Columbus, most believed the world to be flat. Those that believed otherwise were labeled as heretics or at best, fools. They were ridiculed, and scoffed at and generally laughed at due to their presumed ignorance.
Today, however, we look at the world in a different way. Columbus, as well as others, have shown us the truth in regards to the shape of our world. It took brave, courageous men to show us a new way of thinking.
When it comes to health care, there is a group of doctors that are trying to get mankind to form a new way of thinking. They are called “Doctors of Chiropractic” or “Chiropractors”. The chiropractic profession is only one hundred years old, however, in this short time has become the second largest healing profession in the world as well as the largest natural health care system in existence.
The modern Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) believes that it is indeed time for a new way of thinking when it comes to our health care delivery system. Today many Americans still believe that modern medicine has given us the best health care in the world, but we see it a little differently. Americans spend over $850 billion dollars each year on modern medicine for disease and crisis care, not health care. That is more than twice as much as other industrialized nations, yet America ranks only 37th in life expectancy and 21st in infant mortality. We are spending more money and getting sicker every year, according to the World Health Organization.
It is no wonder we are seeing a health revolution. It is time to redefine what health really is! It is time to re-invent health care for the 21st century. Just as any science, Chiropractic has evolved over the years and has come to the forefront of true health care.
“No Science is ever a completed one, because new facts, new relations and new phenomena are forcing themselves upon consciousness, seeking for classification and explanation in conformity with laws under which they exist.”
B.J. Palmer, D.C. 1917
B.J. was right, Chiropractic has grown and helped millions of suffering humanity back to health. However, some may find this hard to accept. This is because… our minds reject all thought and ideas that are not consistent with what we have accepted as fact. In the neurophysiology of how we think, when we accept a thought or concept as fact, such as health care, the pre-frontal lobe of our brain then screens out all new thoughts and ideas that may be encountered on the subject. The new thoughts are then rejected because they are not consistent with what we believe; therefore, we are protected from all new, evasive ideas even though they may be more accurate than our own. In other words, “do not confuse me with the facts; I have already made up my mind”.
As you endeavor to read this article, I would hope that in doing so you will have an open mind and a clear intent to learn. That all preconceived ideas may be brought into the light of truth, holding on to true facts and discarding false conceptualization and propaganda.
While it may be true that we all live in the same world, there are great differences in our thought processes. We must come to the realization that our destiny is determined by choice, not by chance. Unfortunately, most people reflect the opinions of others, not their own. So the information contained herein may be discarded based upon the unenlightened opinions of others.
“Apparent truth” refers to the appearance of the mind and material phenomena. This means that every perceivable reality appears as “real” to deluded minds, but “unreal” to enlightened ones. Some believe their borrowed negative opinions as to Chiropractic effectiveness to be “truth”. This can only be called “apparent truth”, since the opinion is not backed by scientific evidence.
“Absolute truth” refers to the simplicity of documented fact as well as proper investigation. On the pages that follow, you will find a small record of the volumes of scientific documentation as to Chiropractic’s ability to ease the suffering of mankind. There are no limits, except those we put on ourselves, such as flat world thinking.
Let me preface the following information by stating that I am not against medicine, per se. After all I did have full medical staff privileges at a fine hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. When it comes to the emergency intervention and first aid, medicine does very well.
NEGATING FREARFUL QUESTIONS…
The following are typical questions that I have been asked by those who knew absolutely nothing about chiropractic. See if someone has asked you any of these or you may have even asked yourself.
Q: “You are not a REAL doctor, are you?”
A: In a pleasant manner I would ask, “What do you mean by ‘real doctor’ – someone who prescribes drugs, surgery, bed rest or a psychiatrist?” After they reflect a moment, I then explain that the word doctor means TEACHER and that REAL DOCTORS do not pretend an expertise which they do not possess. “REAL” doctors do not pass judgment on professions about which they are basically ignorant. “REAL” doctors are those who get results.
CASE IN POINT:
The Doctor of Chiropractic is well versed in the diagnosis of human ailments as stated by the United States Federal Government on December 8, 1994. An interdisciplinary panel of the Agency for Health Care policy and Research (AHCPR) stated:
“Spinal manipulation, done by a chiropractor, was identified as the only recommended intervention whose benefits include symptom relief and functional improvement.”
The report went on to state that when it comes to back problems physical therapists have nothing to offer with the exception of exercises. The report also stated that surgery was to be considered strictly as a last resort after manipulation and been tried first. Still the allopathic profession (M.D.) continues to do surgery and physical therapy first.
A “real” doctor’s goal is to prevent what he or she treats and prolong life.
Q: “You (pop/crack/crunch) backs, don’t you?”
A: I have no patience (or patients) with this one. I firmly respond with, “Do you refer to stomach surgery as ‘gut slitting,’ inoculations as ‘arm stabbing’ and prescription medications as ‘doping’ or ‘pill pushing’? Would you ask a brain surgeon if he (pop/crack/splits) skulls?” Of course, they answer “no,” and then I explain, “What I do is called ‘chiropractic adjustment,’ never a (pop/crack/crunch). I know there are those in other professions, not trained in the subtleties and finesse of the specific chiropractic adjustment, who may (pop/crack/crunch) spines, in an attempt to emulate what chiropractors do, but that is not a chiropractic adjustment. And they will never get the same result.
I then add, “Because of chiropractic’s tremendous success with so many medical failures, many M.D.s and P.T.s now take weekend courses in spinal manipulation. Mrs. Jones, how would you like for me to perform an appendectomy on you, after taking a weekend course? I’m sure I could manage, but...” The point is made.
Q: “My doctor says chiropractic is dangerous, is it?”
A: At this point, I give them a comparison of malpractice insurance rates. For example, “In Kentucky, orthopedic and neurosurgeons pay over $60,000 per year for malpractice insurance, while chiropractors pay about $1,100. Who do you think the insurance companies are betting on when it comes to safety?” (I sometimes rib medical acquaintances, when they complain about their malpractice rates, by telling them to stop the malpractice, and that if they really want to get rid of chiropractors, all they have to do is get the results we get!)
Q: “Why doesn’t the AMA approve of chiropractic?”
A: It does not apply. That is like asking Republicans why they do not approve of Democrats, or vice versa. You would not ask plumbers to approve of electricians or AT&T to approve of MCI. The same is true of medicine and chiropractic.
Q: “My doctor says I don’t need a chiropractor, do I?”
A: Please, that is like a dermatologist saying you do not need a cardiologist. How would a dermatologist know? We know that almost everything derogatory that is said about chiropractic was spawned by political medicine, but look at the scientific facts about medicine.
The U.S. Office of Technology Assessment says, “Only 15 percent of what goes on in medicine can be considered scientific.” The Mayo Clinic reports that “75 percent of their patients have iatrogenic disease (doctor caused).” And the World health Organization says that 80 percent of disease is caused by those who treat disease. Each day in the U.S. 290 people die from prescription medication. That’s one every 5 minutes. If medicine had not lied about chiropractic, we would not have to tell the truth about medicine. After almost 100 years of brazen chiropractic bashing by medical propagandist, a little chiropractic truth is long overdue.
Q: “Chiropractors do not go to college, do they?”
A: Those that specialize in biomechanics are mostly Ph.D.s in research and chiropractic doctors that apply the research to practice. The education of a Ph.D. in anatomy, physiology or biomechanics is generally understood by the public at large. However, the education level of the chiropractic physician is almost universally unknown.
The Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) has more education in biophysics and biomechanical engineering than any other profession. The modern day chiropractor surpasses his allopathic (M.D.) colleges in anatomy, physiology, diagnosis, neurology, radiology and of course biomechanics. The medical doctor has a total of 4248 hours compared to the chiropractic doctor’s education hours of approximately 4485. Both the M.D. and the D.C. attend fully accredited colleges and universities and must take rigid national and state board examinations for licensure in order to practice their respective sciences.
There are many that will read the paragraph above with disbelief. They may say, “I do not believe that; M.D.’s are far better education than the QUARPRACTORS,” mispronouncing chiropractors of course. It goes back to the old saying, “Don’t confuse me with the facts, I’ve already made up my mind.” The truth is D.C.’s are far more educated in musculoskeletal disorders than any other profession.
CASE IN POINT:
A medical orthopedic surgeon and professor of physiatry at eight American medical schools, John McMillian Mennell, M.D., testified, under oath, before the United States District Appellate Court, that medical physicians have almost no education in the musculoskeletal system. He stated that new residents at a hospital would have between “zero to four hours” on the subject.
Q: “Why so many visits?”
A: As a doctor of chiropractic, I am attempting to retrain and restructure the muscles and ligaments, thus restoring normal position and function to your spine. During this time we must maintain proper joint motion and function if the tissues are to heal at maximum strength.
A single bone out of place (subluxation) without significant disturbances will require about the same time as a sprained knee or ankle for complete healing and stability. However, multiple subluxations will take longer for maximum function. Further more, with additional complications of past or old injuries, surgeries, arthritis, compression, muscular contractions, muscular weakness, age, stress, short or long term physical abuse, the time and frequency of visits begin to increase into months or even a life time of care. Also, the longer the time after the onset of the VSC (subluxation) the greater the visit frequency and longer the time of recovery.
Q: “How do you know when I’m done?”
A: The frequency of care of visits is reduce when clinical test findings, instrumentation and x-ray findings indicate the vertebral subluxation complex (bones and pinching nerves) has been reduced, stabilized (holding) , or corrected.
Q: “Why should I believe in your philosophy of health care, i.e. chiropractic?”
A: A philosophic system is an integrated view of existence. As a human being, you have no choice about the fact that you need a philosophy. Your only choice is whether you define your philosophy by a conscious, rational, disciplined process of thought and logical deliberation – or let your subconscious accumulate unwarranted conclusions, false generalizations, doubts and fears thrown together by chance, but integrated by your subconscious into a kind of mongrel philosophy. In other words, it is impossible not to have a philosophy; however, it should be based in fact, not on invalid precepts or hearsay. BELIEF DOES NOT IMPLY TRUTH!
Case in point:
Who can deny that…
Chiropractic is the second largest healing profession in the world.
Chiropractic is licensed in all 50 states.
Chiropractic degree is recognized by the United State Office of Education
Chiropractic colleges are accredited nationally and regionally, the same as medical colleges.
Chiropractic is classified as one of the four major healing professions by the Office of the president, Bureau of Budgets, Washington, D.C.
Chiropractic college curriculum averages 4,485 hours as compared to medical school’s 3,700 to 4,200 hours.
Chiropractic doctors must pass stringent national and state boards before receiving a license to practice just as a medical doctor must do.
Chiropractic is recognized by major medical insurance companies.
Chiropractic is covered by worker’s compensation
Chiropractic is included in Medicare and Medicaid.
Chiropractic has been found to be “twice as effective” and “unequaled” for thousands of patients according to factual studies of worker’s compensation in 44 of the United States and Canada.
Chiropractic research has proven chiropractic effectiveness.
Chiropractic research by the medical profession has proven chiropractic effectiveness.
Chiropractic philosophy is gaining acceptance by the scientific community.
Chiropractic is gaining great support by the general populace worldwide.
Chiropractic is the fastest growing health profession in the country.
Chiropractic is concerned with health, not just disease.
Chiropractic has served kings, presidents, and potentates.
Chiropractic councils are members of the World Health Organization of the United Nations.
Chiropractic physicians are treating patients in under developed nations as humanitarian service.
Chiropractic doctors are experts when it comes to treating and diagnosing neuro-musculoskeletal disorders. U.S. Courts, Legislative members, patients and the scientific community agree that indeed chiropractors are the experts.
Chiropractic has been slandered by organized medicine for the purposes of power and greed (See article titled Education/Research available at the Spinal Rehabilitation Center) I hope you have read all the material in this article and now know the truth about chiropractic. I pray that it has been enlightening to you and that it will lead to enhance your life as well as your health.
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- Re: Deadly twist at the chiropractor's office: Chiropractor's move can t... by Rivergallery
20% didn't find it effective.. That means 80% did. Sounds like a better ratio than going to the MD.
Also why would you go to a Family Dr for a back ache? Why not go to a specialist?
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- Re: Deadly twist at the chiropractor's office: Chiropractor's move can t... by boldyloxx
LCD, I feel the writer of the article you posted is too slanted against the chiropractor profession . Nevertheless, their article does NOT turn me off towards chiropracters. It only warns me to do my homework and make sure I choose a chiropracter who knows what he/she is doing. As in surgeons and anyone in the medical field, you are going to get some who work carelessly or don't follow all the proper protocols.
The chiropracter I go to is also a Reiki practitioner and energy healer. Every time I get an adjustment from him, I feel balanced and refreshed. He has a very calm demeanor as well-- and tells me how to move and breathe as he manipulates my spine.
A friend of mine who had been in a car accident went to a chiropracter who tested him first to see if he was able to do an adjustment on him. Well, my friend was turned away because the chiropracter knew that if he did any adjustment on him, it would be too risky for the type of injury that he had. That is also a good chiropracter--- who knows when NOT to give an adjustment.
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- Another few million deaths and the chiros might catch up with mainstream... by Tony Isaacs
- Re: Deadly twist at the chiropractor's office: Chiropractor's move can t... by awebaby
I wonder how many people have strokes after going to medical doctors? - do they blame it ever on their diet or the drugs the doctor is who i prescribing to them - check the lists of side effects even in over the counter drugs - i will make your head spin - do you blame the doctor when he prescribes naprosin to mask the pain of arthritis? Make some sense here.
But a person happens to have a stroke after seeing a chiropractor and blames it on him? I wonder what this persons food and drug intake was for the last 25 years.
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- my experience by San2006
I was suffering from dizziness ( after I lifted heavy laminate flooring boxes). About 3 months ago, collapsed on the kitchen floor in front of my 4 year old.
The MDs had nothing to offer me except drugs(SERC) to control my dizziness which did NOT work.
The chiro fixed me up by adjusting my neck. All the pain went away. If I had not allowed him to touch my neck, I am sure, I would still be dizzy.
There is a lot of Science about chiropractic. And drug pushers try to discredit it by scare tactics. I tried chiropractic when I was in a really hopeless state. I am glad I did.
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