August 2009


Breech Pregnancy Corrected and C Section Prevented with Chiropractic - A Case Study

A case study appeared on July 22, 2009 in the scientific periodical, The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, documenting the correction of a breech pregnancy and therefore saving a woman from having an unnecessary C-section delivery.

This case involved a 41 year old woman who was 33 weeks pregnant and had confirmation by ultrasound that the baby was in a breech presentation. She came into the chiropractor's office looking for an alternative to prevent the cesarean procedure which was planned for her 39th week of pregnancy.

The woman did have a history of back pain during her pregnancy. The chiropractic examination showed muscle spasms and tenderness over multiple areas of her spine including her lower back. Her spinal range of motion was also significantly reduced. Numerous other orthopedic tests were positive, and trigger points were detected around her abdomen. It was determined that she had a subluxation of the sacrum and was a good candidate for a technique known as the "Webster In-Utero Constraint Technique".

According to WikiParenting, "The Webster In-Utero Constraint Technique is a chiropractic procedure used to correct subluxations in the pregnant mother’s sacrum and pelvis. The technique was developed the late Dr. Larry Webster, Founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), in 1978. This technique is considered a safe means to restore proper pelvic structure and function for pregnant mothers."  The ICPA defines the procedure by saying, "The Webster Technique is defined as a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment that reduces interference to the nerve system and facilitates biomechanical balance in pelvic structures, muscles and ligaments. This has been shown to reduce the effects of intrauterine constraint, allowing the baby to get into the best possible position for birth."

The results of this case study documented that after 5 Webster In-Utero Constraint Technique adjustments were given to the patient over a 1 month period, an ultrasound was performed by the woman's medical physician. The ultrasound confirmed that the baby had moved into the vertex position resulting in the planned cesarean section being cancelled. The patient had a vaginal delivery of a baby boy weighing 7lbs 8 oz without complications.


Swine Flu Vaccine Should Not Be Given to Children in Schools

The above is the headline from a July 22, 2009 release from the National Vaccine Information Center, (NVIC). Along with this article is a video by Barbra Loe Fisher, founder and president of the non-profit NVIC, an organization designed to provide information of vaccinations to the general public.

The video and accompanying article question the safety of the vaccination based upon very limited testing. Ms. Loe Fisher also notes that since a national public health emergency was declared by officials in the U.S. Departments of Health and Homeland Security, back in April, "..drug companies, health officials and anyone who gives experimental vaccines to Americans during a declared public health emergency, (are) protected from liability if people get hurt."

In the video, Ms. Loe Fisher calls for more proof, "The National Vaccine Information Center has been a vaccine safety watchdog since 1982. We are questioning the need to turn schools into medical clinics this fall where swine flu vaccines being rushed to market will be given to children first. We are calling on the Obama Administration and state Governors to provide solid evidence to parents that it is necessary to give children experimental swine flu vaccines in schools."  The original NVIC article and video can be seen here (http://www.nvic.org/NVIC-Vaccine-News/July-2009/Swine-Flu-Vaccine-Should-Not-Be-Given-to-Children.aspx).

In an additional article in the August 7, 2009 Examiner, author Bill Underwood asks the question with his headline, "Is Baxter International's swine flu vaccine a godsend, a scam, or something worse?". In his article, Underwood presents the case that the vaccine company may have actually created the problems for which they have created the vaccine. He makes his case by noting, "According to reports in the mainstream media, this strain of influenza contains viral code fragments from: Human influenza, Bird Flu from North America, Swine flu from Europe, and Swine flu from Asia. For this to have been a natural combination of viral fragments, it means an infected bird from North America would have had to infect pigs in Europe, then be re-infected by those some pigs with an unlikely cross-species mutation that allowed the bird to carry it again, then that bird would have had to fly to Asia and infected pigs there, and those Asian pigs then mutated the virus once again (while preserving the European swine and bird elements) to become human transmittable, and then a human would have had to catch that virus from the Asian pigs — in Mexico!"

Other articles also quote experts who question the panic and rush surrounding the swine flu issue. British epidemiologist, Dr. Tom Jefferson, was quoted in the August 2, 2009 Pittsburgh Conservative Examiner as questioning the continual over reaction to various flu scares, "There are some people who make predictions year after year, and they get worse and worse. None of them so far have come about, and these people are still there making these predictions. For example, what happened with the bird flu, which was supposed to kill us all? Nothing. But that doesn't stop these people from always making their predictions."


Cerebral Palsy and Chiropractic, A Case Study of 2 Year Old Boy Being Helped

Published in the August 1, 2009 issue of the The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health is a study documenting the case of a 2 year old boy diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, and showing vast improvement under chiropractic care.

In this case, a mother brought her 2 year old adopted son into the chiropractors office in the hope that chiropractic care would help improve her son's mental and physical development. The young boy was diagnosed with hypotonic cerebral palsy as a result of traumatic birth, while his twin sister was diagnosed with spastic CP at the same time.

The young boy's history revealed that he had been hospitalized at about 3 months of age with acute respiratory failure due to complications of intubation. Shortly after, a tracheotomy was performed due to his inability to breathe on his own. While in the hospital, the boy began to have seizures approximately 8-10 times per day. He was placed on a number of medications, one of which he had a severe reaction to and he went into anaphylactic shock while in the hospital. His mother insisted on removing him from the hospital and weaned her son off of all seizure medication.

Results of the chiropractic examination revealed subluxations and a course of specific chiropractic adjustments was initiated. The chiropractic care had an immediate positive effect. After the first visit, the young boy's mother reported that her son had begun to pull himself up on his riding toys. By the fifth visit, the patient's mother further noted that her son had started sleeping 9-10 hours at night as compared to the 3-4 hours per night he was previously sleeping. The results in this case study also documented that the boy was able to begin walking without assistance and his fine motor skills as well as neurological state were improving. After 6 months of care, when this study was written, the child's vocal sounds still remained the same but he was able to make eye contact for longer periods of time.

In his conclusion, the author of the study wrote, "The theory of chiropractic deals with the understanding that if there is interference within the body, our body is unable to function at its maximal potential and therefore dis-ease can occur. Removing this interference through a chiropractic adjustment can increase a patient's health and body function. This is a case report of a child with cerebral palsy who underwent chiropractic care and in 8 visits experienced substantial lifestyle improvements."


Fibromyalgia and Chiropractic

An article released on August 6, 2009 appearing on EarthTimes.org by the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress discussed chiropractic as a means of helping for those suffering with fibromyalgia. According to WebMD fibromyalgia is, "Widespread pain in the muscles and soft tissues above and below the waist and on both sides of the body. In this syndrome, the nervous system (nerves, spinal cord, and brain) is not able to control what it feels, so ordinary feelings from your muscles, joints, and soft tissues are experienced as pain."

The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress stated that chiropractic care has been shown to reduce the agonizing pain, debilitating fatigue, and joint stiffness associated with fibromyalgia. The Foundation noted that there are a variety of medical treatments for fibromyalgia, but that chiropractic care in particular has grown sharply in popularity among the millions of sufferers for dramatically reducing chronic, widespread pain and restoring patients to healthier lives.

Dr. Gerry Clum, a chiropractor and spokesperson for the Foundation and President of Life Chiropractic College West commented, "Fibromyalgia involves turmoil of the central nervous system, yielding a situation known as central sensitization, which causes heightened nervous system responses." He continued his explanation, and explained how chiropractic fits into the care of fibromyalgia patients by saying, “Overall health and wellness is affected by an individual’s nervous system, an area in which chiropractors are proficiently trained to address, making chiropractic care a viable option for fibromyalgia patients.”

The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress article noted that chiropractors aim to correct misalignments of the spine and pelvis through hands-on adjustments. As joint motion improves, fibromyalgia patients discover that the excruciating pain can be reduced or, in some cases, eliminated.

As a testimonial, the article reported that Retired Brig. Gen. Becky Halstead, the first woman General in the U.S. Army to command in Iraq, suffered from fibromyalgia during her service. The West Point graduate recalled her story by saying, "The adjustments and nutritional advice I received from my chiropractor helped in treating the fibromyalgia and made me feel better on a day-to-day basis."


Medicines Top Source of Kids' Poisonings

The above headline is from a HealthDay News article published in the August 4, 2009 Atlanta Journal Constitution. A similar article also appeared on the MedPage Today website on August 5, 2009. These articles and several others covered a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC), that was also published in an advanced September 2009 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

These articles reporting on the CDC study, showed that in the United States alone, each year more than 71,000 children, 18 years old and younger, wind up in emergency rooms for unintentional overdoses of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.  The article also notes that more than two-thirds of emergency department visits are due to poisoning from prescription or over-the-counter medications.  This represents more than double the rate of childhood poisonings caused by household cleaning products, plants or other items.

Lead researcher Dr. Daniel Budnitz, director of the CDC's Medication Safety Program in the division of health-care quality promotion, was quoted in the articles stating, "Medication overdoses are most common among 2-year-olds" He then reports an alarming statistic by saying, "About one out of every 180 2-year-olds visits an emergency department for a medication overdose each year."

Dr. Robert Geller, a professor of pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine and medical director of the Georgia Poison Center, added his concern about these alarming numbers by saying that "the number of children seen in the emergency room due to overdoses that are unintentional or medication errors is remarkable." He then added, "Right now, poison centers are having their funding cut. If poison centers are less available, the number of children going to emergency rooms will rise."

Dr. Budnitz explained how most of the incidents happen when he said, "Basically, it's young children finding and eating medicine without adult supervision," he said. "They are found with an empty bottle or pills in their mouth or something, and they are taken to the emergency department."


Prescription Drug Abuse Problem Highlighted by Death of Michael Jackson

Thousands of stories have recently been written about the death of Michael Jackson and the association of the entertainer's death with prescription medications. Now several other articles highlighting the concern over this growing social crisis have begun to shine a light on the enormous scope of the problem.

TransWorldNews published an article on August 4, 2009 titled, "Prescription Drug Abuse Major Source of Health Care Cost". In this article they report that in the previous month alone approximately 5.2 million people admitted to using prescription medication for purposes other than what they were prescribed for.

The authors of the TransWorldNews article make a very prophetic statement when they say, "Attempting to sell a pill sized answer to every life problem has become one of the most expensive and devastating health care issues ever to face the country." 

Speaking on the same subject in an August 7, 2009  Idaho Mountain Express article, Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna, who participated in a panel discussion on the subject stated, "There's a bigger problem with prescription drug use than there ever has been with meth, in terms of human fatalities. The fact is, we've been seeing more people die from prescription drug use in Washington state than we have to automobile accidents." Stephen J. Pasierb, president and CEO of Partnership for a Drug-Free America, who also participated in the panel added, "There's a significant weakening in drug-free attitudes. Illegal drug use is going down, but it's being replaced by prescription drug abuse."

A NatureNews.com article on August 4, 2009 reported that according to research from the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, one out of every five US teenagers, or 20 percent, has abused prescription or over-the-counter medications.

Numerous news outlets are now reporting that Michael Jackson used over 19 different alias names to purchase prescription drugs. Although many celebrities use alias names to check into hotels and spas, when they use them to obtain prescription drugs, it is a crime.  In the wake of this news, the Partnership for a Drug-Free America encourages parents to take this opportunity to talk with their teens about the risks of prescription drug abuse. They note that tips and tools on how to have effective conversations are available on the website, www.TimeToTalk.org.


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