THE SPINAL COLUMN
ALPHA CHIROPRACTIC NEWSLETTER

OCTOBER 2003



Should You Get A Flu Shot?
(Take This Quiz And Find Out)



Here we go again. It's that time of the year where everywhere you go they want to stick you with a flu shot. How this worthless archaic practice still exists is beyond me. Here is a quiz to help you realize why this procedure is not only a waste of time and money, but may be detrimental to your health.

 

Please answer each of the following questions, then check your answers.
1. What is the desired effect of a Flu shot?
2. How does a Flu shot "supposedly" work?
3. What system controls your immune system (and every other system in your body)?
4. If your immune system is functioning properly, should your body be better able to resist a Flu virus?
5. Knowing that your nerve system controls your immune system, what could make your immune
system weak?
6. What causes a subluxation (i.e., nerve interference)?
7. What are the 3 categories of stress?
8. Are there chemicals in a Flu shot other than a Flu virus?
9. Are some or all of these "extra" chemicals harmful to your body if injected into your blood stream?
10. Might the chemical stress from a Flu shot be difficult for your body to adapt to?
11. Might it cause nerve interference (i.e., might it initiate the subluxation process)?
12. What would the effect of nerve interference be on your immune response?
13. What removes nerve interference?
14. Knowing that a chiropractic adjustment will remove nerve interference and allow the free flow of Life Energy through your nerve system, how does an adjustment affect your immune response?
15. Do flies cause garbage?
16. What can you do you keep your immune response high?
17. Should you get a Flu shot?
Please check your answers.


ANSWERS:

1. Q: What is the desired effect of a Flu shot?
A: Prevent the Flu.
2. Q: How does a Flu shot "supposedly" work?
A: By "supposedly "boosting your immune system.
3. Q: What system controls your immune system (and every other system in your body)?
A: Your Nerve System.
4. Q: If your immune system is functioning properly, should your body be better able to resist a Flu virus?
A: YES!
5. Q: Knowing that your nerve system controls your immune system, what could make your immune system weak?
A: Interference in your nerve system (i.e.,
a subluxation).

6. Q: What causes a subluxation (i.e., nerve interference)?
A: Stress beyond your body's internal resistance (i.e., beyond your ability to adapt).
7. Q: What are the 3 categories of stress?
A: Physical stress, chemical stress, and mental/emotional stress.
8. Q: Are there chemicals in a Flu shot other than a Flu virus?
A: YES, known neuro-toxins, carcinogens and a whole host of other poisons.
9. Q: Are some or all of these "extra" chemicals harmful to your body if injected into your blood stream?
A: YES. (Let's just view one problem.
Hugh Fudenberg, MD, the world's leading immunogeneticist and 13th most quoted biologist of our times (with around 850 papers in peer review journals), has stated that getting flu shots can increase the chance of getting Alzheimer's Disease by at least 10 times or higher. Dr. Fudenberg said that it was due to mercury and aluminum that is in every flu shot (and most childhood shots). The gradual mercury and aluminum buildup in the brain causes cognitive dysfunction
.)

10. Q: Might the chemical stress from a Flu shot be difficult for your body to adapt to?
A: YES.
11. Q: Might it cause nerve interference (i.e., might it initiate the subluxation process)?
A: YES.
12. Q: What would the effect of nerve interference be on your immune response?
A: Your immune response would be decreased. Hmm ...
13. Q: What removes nerve interference?
A: A Chiropractic Adjustment.
14. Q: Knowing that a chiropractic adjustment will remove nerve interference and allow the free flow of life energy through your nerve system, how does an adjustment affect your immune response?
A: An adjustment increases your immune response. (A study published in 1994 showed that specific upper cervical adjustments increased the CD4 (white blood cell) counts in HIV positive patients by 48% over the six-month duration of the study. Another study done at NYU showed that chiropractic patients had a 400% greater immune system competence than people with cancer or other serious diseases and a 200% greater immune system competence over "healthy" people that were never under chiropractic care. Other studies show similar results of better immune systems while under care).
15. Q: Do flies cause garbage?
A: NO! Flies are attracted to and can only live where the environment is favorable for them to do so. Similarly, if you have an infection, a process has occurred over time that has allowed your body to break from its normally healthy and resistant condition into a state that allows bacteria and viruses to live and grow.
16. Q: What can you do you keep your immune response high?
A: Keep your nerve system clear from interference through regular visits to your Chiropractor and live a lifestyle that stops recreating that interference and instead builds health!
17. Q: Should you get a Flu shot?
A: I will not answer this last question for you, only you can do that. It is not my job to make decisions for you. I can only provide you with information. Just know the benefits and consequence of whatever choices you make.


Oh, and if those questions weren't enough here are some more statistics for you:


-The number of flu-related deaths in the United States has increased fourfold since the 1970s and now claims more lives than AIDS -- this despite the increased use of the flu vaccine.


-This increase is blamed on the aging population, who are more susceptible to the flu. Over 65 percent of the elderly receive flu shots, however it was reported that the shots are largely ineffective among this group of people aged 65 and older. According to a report, the shots do not protect aging immune systems as well as younger ones. But didn't older people exist before 1970? And if the shots are ineffective can someone tell me why they are used? Hmm, more questions.


-From 1976 to 1977 the number of flu related deaths was 16, 263, compared with 64, 684 from 1998 to 1999 despite the increased use of the flu vaccine.


Isn't one of the definitions of insanity doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result?

 

A Day in the Life of Your School-Aged Child


They wake from the soundest of sleep startled by the sound of their alarm clocks or your voice calling them for the fourth or fifth time.


Groggy and still half asleep, they shuffle from their beds to the bathroom stubbing their toe on something they should have put away, forcing them to hop on one foot the remainder of the way.


They shower in water containing who knows what kind of chemicals and they shower and they shower.


Now, late for the bus they go running full speed down the stairs, grab two Pop-tarts and with a 40-pound bag of books strapped across their backs, they make a mad dash out of the house to their bus stop.


At school all day, they sit in uncomfortable, hard-as-rock chairs with their heads bent over their books (whether they are reading or sleeping). When they take a break from the more than six hours of bending their necks in the opposite direction of their natural curve, they are in a constant state of stress.


Are they going to pass all of their classes? Who are they going to the dance with? When will their face clear up? What if they don't get into college? Why won't their parents leave them alone? Why won't parents pay more attention to them? And this is a good-to best-case scenario.


We all know children who have other serious personal struggles--with their identity, with handicaps, with peer pressure, with home life.


After school, they challenge themselves physically with sports of all sorts - football, soccer, tennis, golf, track, wrestling, basketball, baseball, volleyball.


Unfortunately, often times this activity is fueled solely by the one lousy piece of pizza they had for lunch or maybe a cheeseburger and fries or sometimes nothing at all! It's possible that their after school activity isn't physical maybe it's musical, artistic, or academic. Still, the stress of a long, challenging day on little fuel takes its toll.


By the time they arrive back at home in the evening they are often exhausted not to mention cranky.


This may result in arguments with other family members, which is upsetting to everyone. Dinner often is fast-food or if it is homemade they fall asleep on the couch while it is being prepared with their bodies contorted in some unbelievable position that they're too tired to even notice.


After dinner, it's homework time or probably more likely TV time or computer time where they sit lifeless for another several hours. Or maybe they sit and talk on their cell phone for hours on end with their girlfriends or boyfriends with their heads tilted over stressing the delicate neck musculature.


Finally, you yell to them saying it's getting late and they better get ready for bed (mostly because you're exhausted at this point and you just don't want to deal with it anymore).


At this point they are pretty much ready to go again since they power napped if not on the couch in the car or the bus on the way home.

 

With all the physical, chemical, and emotional stress your child packs into the typical day -- do you really think their spines are going unaffected?


Is it even possible to undergo such numerous and various stresses and not have every part of their body be affected?


No, it is not. The problem is the nerve system directs and organizes every other system and every function of the body. If you want your child to learn and grow and play and be all they can and should be, you simply must have their spines checked regularly. Take your child to see a chiropractor this week and every week they are supposed to. Make the time to fit it in. It's vitally important.


How Do You Remove The Darkness From A Room?


Easy question, huh? The answer is totally obvious. In fact, I'll bet you didn't even hesitate with your response. The answer, of course, is that you turn on a light!


But notice something very interesting and important about your answer. You didn't really remove the darkness. Instead, you added light . And, as you add light, darkness automatically leaves because darkness and light can't exist in the same place at the same time.


While we understand and accept this to be the truth regarding darkness and light, most of us have never applied this concept to other areas of our lives. This principle of adding (or creating) what we DO want, instead of focusing on eliminating or preventing what we DON'T want is universally effective in bringing us to where we want to be. It is simple really, when you fill a space with one thing, it must displace whatever was there before!


So, let's apply this to another area of life. If you are stressed out and you would rather be in a peaceful state of mind, begin creating peace. That is, do things that actively and progressively produce peace, and as peace comes, stress will automatically leave - just as when we add light, darkness leaves! If you are spending the majority of your time thinking, saying and doing things that bring you and those around you peace, there will be very little time left for you to be stressed.


Mother Theresa understood this principle and applied it to her own life. She was once asked if she would participate in a Vietnam War protest march and she replied, "No, but if you have a march for peace , let me know."


Remember, when we fill a space with one thing, it must displace whatever was there before.


Chiropractic care is all about applying this concept to your health. Many people spend large amounts of time and energy trying to identify and get rid of their pain and illnesses. But, in a very real way, we can add light to this situation as well, instead of trying to remove the darkness.


You have inside of you a powerful "life force" that organizes, runs, regulates, heals, and grows your body. We call this your innate intelligence. When this life energy is fully expressing or, "turned on," it is like turning on a light inside of yourself that removes (displaces) any darkness that was there before.


You see, your innate intelligence is perfect - it always knows what to do to keep you running at your highest level, including healing you when you're sick. BUT, chiropractic does not focus on healing you, it simply seeks to make sure your life energy is flowing - that your Light is on. Then, your innate intelligence goes to work healing you.


We accomplish this by giving what are called chiropractic adjustments that clear any interference from your nerve system. This allows for the free flow of intelligence again between your brain and all the cells of your body. THAT'S IT! That's all chiropractic is about. It's about making sure that the miracle-producing life force inside you has a chance to do its best to move you progressively toward optimal health, happiness and the full expression of your potential and your purpose in life!


So, if you or someone you know has been frustrated by continually trying to remove darkness (disease) from your life, maybe it's time to take a different approach - maybe it's time to turn on your Light and watch the darkness just fade away.


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If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.
-Thomas Fuller
Share your knowledge of chiropractic with others.
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It Works Like Magic!


A few days ago I saw a TV commercial for an anti-inflammatory and pain relieving medication. I usually have a problem with these ads, but this one turned out to be totally true.


The ad was about a man who was playing in a Father and Son baseball game. His son was upset because his Dad's knee pain was preventing him from playing full out like the other dads.


Then he took some of the medicine and he was able to play at the level that made both him and his son happy. The commercial ended with the father saying, "It works like magic!"


As I said, I am not usually in agreement with drug ads, but this one spoke the truth in a way I had never heard it stated before - "It works like magic!"


You see, the word "magic" can be defined as either "fooling someone," "fooling nature" or "controlling nature." Drugs work in exactly this way. They can "fool people" into believing their bodies are functioning just fine. This causes them to no longer be aware of warning signals their bodies are giving them to avoid certain things.


They also work by "fooling nature." That is, they fool the natural adapting and healing mechanisms of the body into thinking that everything is fine. And, they work by "controlling nature." In other words, they completely bypass the natural systems God has set up in your body to continually adapt, heal and grow you toward the full expression of your purpose and potential in life and cause something else to occur instead.


Think carefully about this now - Is that what you really want to do? Is that the choice you want to make for your family - to "fool" yourselves into a false feeling of security and comfort?


Chiropractic is not "magic" at all. In fact, the last thing we want to do is to "fool or control" anything! We know that God has placed within you and everyone else an inner wisdom that always knows what to be and do in every situation. We call this wisdom your innate intelligence.


We know that when this inner wisdom can express itself fully through your nerve system, whatever needs to heal first will in fact heal first. We also know that if your body needs to warn you about a certain movement, position or activity you will get that warning so that further damage can be avoided and healing may continue.


We also know that as you continue through your care and as you continually express your life force more completely you will be able to progressively become more aware of what your purpose in life is and work toward the actualization of that purpose.


You see, chiropractic is not magic - on the contrary, it is a miracle! The miracle is in the ability to express the God given perfection that was placed in you at birth. Once this happens, there will probably never be as much need for magic.


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Its time to stop trying to cure disease and start making disease unnecessary. Disease isn't a curse or bad luck or punishment. Health isn't a gift or good luck or reward. Disease and health are both by-products of choices in essential areas of life.
-M.T. Morter, D.C.
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