THE SPINAL COLUMN
ALPHA CHIROPRACTIC NEWSLETTER
You Either Get It or You Don't
The number of people killed each day for taking the properly prescribed medication correctly is equivalent to over 3 full jumbo jets crashing each day, killing all aboard.
You either get it, or you don't.
In the early 1950's, Winifred Gardella was the poster child for the March of Dimes. Her picture, published in newspapers nationally, helped raise millions of dollars in donations to help fight polio. After 2 ½ years of care, their doctors told her family that there was no hope. Her grandparents, not willing to take the opinions of so-called "experts", took her to a chiropractor, and six months later she had thrown away her crutches and had been walking ever since.
You either get it, or you don't.
When Japan made it illegal to vaccinate children under 2 years of age, the result was an almost 100% decrease in the incidence of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Infantile seizures, convulsions, brain damage, learning disabilities, etc. all but disappeared. Their children's health ranking among the world went from being number 19 to being number 1 (the best in the world). Just by removing vaccines. Also, there were NO "epidemics" and any diseases were mild and self-limiting. When they changed the law again and made vaccines optional, these problems returned in the vaccinated children. (By the way, the US children's health ranks at a dismal 26 and dropping rapidly.)
You either get it, or you don't.
Americans consume over half of the drugs in the world at a rate of 25 million/hour. Americans consume 15 tons of aspirin per day (about 19 billion tablets per year), and if you didn't already know, this is the leading cause of kidney disease.
You either get it, or you don't.
Over 100 years ago, Chiropractic was labeled "quackery" and only 11% of the population was getting adjusted. In the early 60- 70's, it was called "unorthodox" and several chiropractors were jailed for practicing medicine (yeah right) without a license, yet 23% of the population was getting adjusted. In the late 80's-90's, 30% of the population was under chiropractic care, which was labeled "alternative" (to what I don't know). Today, about 40% of the population is getting adjusted. It is estimated that within this decade that Chiropractic will become the norm, as at least 50% of the population will be under regular chiropractic care. And what's cool is that all this is happening without commercials or ads in magazines, or popular press. This has been done through word of mouth by educated and satisfied patients.
You either get it or you don't.
A 3 year-old boy was adjusted and no longer has an ear infection.
A 43 year-old woman was adjusted and no longer has symptoms of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).
A newborn was adjusted and was taken off of life support.
A 15 year-old teen was adjusted and her menstrual cramps stopped.
A 50 year-old man stopped drinking and beating his children, 60 days after beginning chiropractic care.
After repeated failed attempts a 30-year old male was able to complete drug rehab without the use of medication thanks to getting adjusted.
A 45 year-old woman no longer needed her medication for depression.
A world-class athlete (and cancer survivor) was adjusted and won his 3rd straight Tour de France.
You either get it or you don't.
Chiropractic saves and changes the lives of thousands, actually millions, each day. September 18th marked the 106th birthday of Chiropractic. This was the day that DD Palmer performed the first chiropractic adjustment on a deaf janitor Harvey Lillard and his hearing was restored. October is Chiropractic Outreach Month in this office and we'd like you to share the benefits of Chiropractic with as many people as you know to help make our world a better place.
After all, you either get it or you don't.
Kids and Chiropractic
How often have you heard people say, "One day I felt fine, and then the next day I was just..."? Probably enough that you do not even recognize the absolute absurdity of that statement. Except for severe traumas, such as car accidents, major falls, gunshot wounds, poisoning, etc., people do not suddenly become ill. Disease does not occur spontaneously. It is not lurking around a dark corner waiting to jump on an unsuspecting victim. Small traumas, long-term abuse and negligence, though unnoticeable at first, take their toll on the body over a period of time. The last straw was not the one that broke the camels back. It was the last straw and all the ones before it. By the time the first symptoms appear, the body has already been malfunctioning for some period of time--often years.
This is the primary reason to have children under regular chiropractic care. Studies have shown that 80% of children receive their first subluxation during the birth process. Many of them will go 20, 30, or 40 years or possibly the rest of their lives with that interference in their nervous system. Even those who are not subluxated upon birth will have a variety of stresses put upon their spines as they grow. How many times does a child fall while he or she is just learning to walk? Conservative estimates say that the average child will fall on their rear end (only) about 3,000 times by the age of 3. After they learn to walk, don't they run, skip, stomp, jump, and hop? Don't they fall out of bed, fall out of trees, fall off their bikes, fight with their brothers and sisters, stand on their heads, play football, basketball, hockey, dance, gymnastics, and on and on and on?
Any one of these things is enough to cause a subluxation. Realizing that the physical stresses just mentioned, while more obvious to most people, are far less numerous than the chemical and emotional stresses that result in subluxations. Left uncorrected, these subluxations will begin to take their toll on the body. Lowering the ability of the body to be well will make it less able to concentrate, less able to fight off disease, less able to coordinate and harmonize, less able to make the food that is eaten into useable form, and less able to clean the blood of toxins. It will make it less able to make the proper chemicals in the proper amount to control all the body's functions, and less able to be strong, flexible, and healthy.
It is important to note that the mechanism that originally brought two cells together and created the miracle that is you is still at work in you as it is in every other living being. It continually creates new tissue and maintains you in existence. The very mechanism by which we are able to be well is the same mechanism at work in the child. It is no less effective in the child than it is in the adult. Therefore, if it is important for you to be adjusted to remove interference in your nervous system, isn't it equally important to have your children checked for the same interference?
Many people are concerned about the forcefulness of an adjustment for a growing child. That would be a legitimate concern if all patients received the same adjustment. Thankfully, they do not. Each person is adjusted according to their age, their size, their health condition and their subluxations. Men may not be adjusted the same as women, the same as children, the same as older people, the same as tall, or short people, or a mother-to-be. No two adjustments on the same person are even necessarily the same, let alone on two different people. Children, on the whole, require far less force than adults, mostly because time and the results of abuse and negligence have not yet taken their toll. Who better than children to be under regular chiropractic care? Who could profit more than those who have not yet developed problems?
Now I leave you with two quotes that seem appropriate:
"Go ahead and leave your kids at home (if you dare) so they can enjoy the same health problems as you for the rest of their lives."
--James Sigafoose, D.C.
"There are only two reasons why parents do not get their kids adjusted regularly. One is that they were never told or bothered to learn about the benefits of chiropractic. In which case it falls on their chiropractor to explain it to them and for them to learn and understand. The other reason is that they already know, but are trying to kill the little buggers."
--Reggie Gold, D.C.
What Do "Experts" Really Know?
In chiropractic we often talk about how wonderful this body of ours is. We have an inborn wisdom resident within each of us that runs our body twenty-four hours a day, every day of our lives, and it can do it perfectly if there is no interference present. It is the innate intelligence and at this very moment it is creating thousands of chemicals out of the food that we ate for breakfast. Not only is our body making these chemicals, but they are being made in exactly the right quantity, at precisely the moment they are needed. When the body is allowed to function as it should, it will never make too much or too little of any chemical substance. We truly have an amazing and intelligent body. We are all equally intelligent when it comes to this inborn wisdom. No one's innate intelligence is smarter or becomes smarter than anyone else. The principle is the same in the newborn as it is in the eighty-year old. It has nothing to do with your IQ.
There is, however, an educated intelligence, which is that body of knowledge we gain from experience and from formal and informal education. We recognize that there is a wide disparity between the educated intelligence of different people. Some of us are rocket scientists and some of us have the IQ of a doorknob. While there is a great difference in the amount of knowledge in most academic endeavors, when it comes to knowledge about the human body, there is little disparity between people. There may be a difference between the amount of knowledge about the human body and its proper function between different people, however, when it comes to what is known in relation to what is capable of being known, there is very little difference. For example, there may be a great difference between the smartest and the dumbest kid in the first grade. But that difference is nothing when comparing both of them to a college graduate.
When it comes to the knowledge of the human body, it has been estimated that we know perhaps 1/10 of 1% that there is to know about its anatomy and physiology in health and disease. How humbling that must be. Can you see the point? Even if you know next to nothing, it is not much less than the guy who knows all that is to be known, and nobody knows that. Even specialists, who are considered to be the smartest people in a particular field, only have a great amount of knowledge in one small area. It has been humorously suggested that a specialist knows more and more (knowledge) about less and less (more specific areas of the body). And that he has finally arrived when he knows everything about nothing. But the fact is that none of us knows very much compared to what needs to be known about the body to be qualified to run it. The high school dropout is no more or no less qualified to run the human body than is the valedictorian from the best medical school in the world. The difference in what they know compared to what there is to know is insignificant. That is why the really smart people recognize their limited knowledge and do not try to run the body or to assume the role of the innate intelligence, which knows 100% about keeping the body healthy. They understand that the best thing they can do for the body is to remove obstacles or interferences to the innate intelligence and then stay out of the way. Chiropractic removes one of these interferences, vertebral subluxation, which prevents the nervous system from functioning properly.
Law of Cause and Effect
One of the 33 Principles of the philosophy of chiropractic (Principle No. 17) is the Law of Cause and Effect and states: every effect has a cause and every cause has effects. This seems obvious, yet we tend to forget this basic principle in life.
There can never be an effect without a cause. Everything that happens in your life is caused by something. And unless you set the causes in motion you will go through life as a victim. Other people will run your life when they are allowed to establish the causes. You must determine what you want and set those causes in motion.
This principle is a universal law. You cannot change a cause without changing an effect. And you cannot change effects without first changing causes. Complications arise when the effect of one cause is a cause of another effect. A single effect may come from a multiplicity of causes. And a single cause may produce a multiplicity of effects and they are not always foreseeable. An example of this is the introduction of a chemical (drug) into the body. While a drug is taken for one reason, it will invariably alter countless of chemical reactions in the body producing an infinite number of possible reactions (good and bad). This cause and effect relationship will vary from person to person, and even be different at times among the same person. This is why medicine will never come close to being an exact science, as evidenced by the hundreds of thousands killed by taking properly prescribed medication every year and the millions of others that are harmed to some degree.
In applying this cause to life and chiropractic, this law puts us back in charge of our life. Think of the chaos there would be if there was no law of cause and effect. You would not be able to predict anything. For example, you could plant corn and it might come up as bananas. But the law of cause and effect states that it will come up as corn, or not at all, if other things (causes) prevent it from growing. If you do not like corn, you cannot wish it to become bananas. If you preferred bananas, the only thing you can do is plant bananas next year.
You cannot go back in time and undo what you did before. We do all sorts of things and are surprised by their results. When you have a subluxation it has an effect upon the body and that effect is permanent. Yeah, but he's been adjusted for years now, doesn't that undo the damage. NO! If he had been adjusted immediately after the first subluxation, instead of walking around with it for years, he wouldn't be the same now. Sure, symptoms can disappear and health can improve, but decisions and actions performed while subluxated can never be undone. They may still be fantastic, but they may not have been the best they could have been. For example, subluxations may have caused you to be an A & B student, instead of getting straight A's. So you went to a good college instead of an Ivy League school. You got a job, but not the best job. As an athlete, a football defensive lineman, you were able to run the 40-yard dash in 5.5 seconds instead of 4.5 seconds. This could mean the difference between playing for a 1A school and making it to the NFL or going to a AA school and ending your football career when you graduate college. At work your productivity may not be as high as it should be, so you do not get as much done, not getting promoted, or increasing your income. Having a subluxation is like driving an old car with the emergency brake on. You do not realize it is on and you settle for less of a life.
Now can you see why it is so imperative we start working with young children? You cannot make up the damage later on. Do not wait until they are older to bring them in. All the years of subluxation have a permanent damaging effect upon their future life. And there is no way you can overcome this.
Here's something else, if a vertebral subluxation has been there for years it can cause permanent damage to nerve fibers. Even after the vertebrae has been adjusted enough so that the body can stabilize it as best as possible, it may take a long time for the nerve to get back to normal. It could be years, or never as some of that nerve damage may be permanent.
Deductive reasoning is the application of logical thought from a major premise. The Major Premise in Chiropractic, (Principle No. 1) states: A Universal Intelligence is in all matter (animate and inanimate matter) and continually gives to it all its properties and actions, thus maintaining it in existence.
But animate (living) matter we note, is not only maintained in existence by intelligence, but adapts to changes. Life is a process of ongoing changing physiology--reorganization. Universal intelligence organizes, innate intelligence reorganizes living matter. That is how it stays alive.
Ask any scientist what is life? It is a process of adaptation. When you can no longer adapt, you die. Adaptation means constantly adjusting and readjusting your physiology according to the bodies needs, nothing static.
Principle No. 6 is The Principle of Time, which states: there is no process that does not require time. How much time? Is it too late to make the needed changes? Do you have the time to makes the necessary changes? What you must understand is that there is no way that a person can be subluxated without debilitating results, even though those results may never be identified. Not living to your potential is not something that is noticeable for many people.
Since chiropractic is not an exact science either, no one can truly predict the results of an adjustment. The only thing that happens as a result of an adjustment is that the body is freer to adapt, to change its physiology appropriately. Does chiropractic get results? Absolutely! Every time! You cannot adjust someone without getting results, some form of change, good change. Yes, it is always good change. Because a body that is not subluxated does good things. But sometime that good change may not be immediately noticed or even look good. If your body is now able to detoxify itself, or expel poisons it was unable to before, symptoms such as a fever, vomiting, and diarrhea may result. Sometimes pain even increases. Why? Because one of the things that a subluxation may do is shut off nerve receptors that register pain. So now as your body begins the process of adaptation and healing, these previously unused receptors will transmit pain again. What if by removing subluxations you were now able to live an extra year or two? What if you were able to destroy or prevent all forms of major diseases from developing in your body? It has often been said that the greatest stories of chiropractic success are the ones that will never be told. All the diseases that never happened because people were raised subluxation-free. Adding life to years and years to life is common slogan used by chiropractors.
One thing I've noticed is that people resist change. Oh, it is not difficult for people to accept a new idea. What is difficult is to get them to give up their old ideas. What people will try and do to chiropractic is to twist it and distort it so that it fits into their lifestyle. "I'll go when I hurt or when I don't feel good." As if symptoms matter (see last month's newsletter). It has not yet occurred to them that they have to change their lifestyle. They look for easy outs. "Following the line of least resistance is what makes rivers and people crooked" was a quote by B.J. Palmer. He then he went on to say, "Make your decision for what is right, not expedient and wash your mind of all compromise." You cannot have true health and optimal potential and performance when subluxated. There is no way around this statement. Why people choose to purposely sabotage their lives by being subluxated is beyond me.
So it becomes our job to change the world. If we do not, it will stay the way it is. We have to share what we know with family, friends, and coworkers. We need to change people's minds and attitudes, and we need to become leaders in our community. Not only health leaders, but also thought leaders. It may not be a comfortable position, but one we must take if we want to see loved ones healthy and living to their potential in life. Remember; with great knowledge come great responsibility.