October 2014


Georgia Governor Declares September to be Subluxation Awareness Month

On September 23, 2014, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal presented a proclamation to members of the Georgia Council of Chiropractic declaring September to be Subluxation Awareness Month. This marks the fourth time Governor Deal has issued this public awareness safety proclamation. 

Governor Deal was the first elected official to bring this issue to the public consciousness at this level. Dr. Awais Butt, president of the Georgia Council of Chiropractic, commented, "We are all very proud of our governor taking this bold step to help inform the citizens of this state about the benefits of having a nervous system free of interference from Subluxation."

Dr. Robert Braile, past GCC president added, "It is our hope that other elected officials will follow suit and also bring this health issue before their constituents." He said, "This could be one of the more impactful events in healthcare due to the large numbers of the population affected by subluxation."

The proclamation states the following:

By the Governor of the State of Georgia


 Whereas:     The human body is a well-functioning and well-formed organism that is both complex and organized; and

Whereas:     Controlling and coordinating the human body are the nervous system and the brain. These work to orchestrate the vast intricacies of the human body; and

Whereas:     It is vital that the nervous system communicates clearly with the rest  of the body in order for individuals to function at their maximum potential; and

Whereas:     Vertebral Subluxations were first discovered in September of 1895 and represent on of the most widely common and unknown disturbances to the human nervous system: and

Whereas: It is important to be aware of and research the causes of vertebral subluxations in order to experience a better life and improve overall health. Chiropractic is the only profession that is trained to locate, analyze and correct Vertebral Subluxations; now

Therefore:     I Nathan Deal, Governor of the State of Georgia, do hereby proclaim September 2014 as Subluxation Awareness Month in Georgia.


 ADHD, Learning Disability, and Social Behavior Disturbance Helped with Chiropractic

Research published in the September 15, 2014, issue of the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research documented a case study of chiropractic helping a patient with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, and social behavior disturbances. The authors begin by noting that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that approximately 12% of children are affected by ADHD.

Since there is no physical test for diagnosing ADHD, the authors note that according to the National Institutes of Health, "No single test can diagnose a child as having ADHD. Instead, a licensed health professional needs to gather information about the child, and his or her behavior and environment."

The general medical care for this difficult to diagnose condition is drug intervention. This type of approach is both controversial and uncertain due to the negative long term effects.

In this case, an eight-year-old boy was brought by his mother to the chiropractor. The boy had been diagnosed seven months earlier using psycho-educational testing with ADHD (inattentive type) and learning disability regarding working memory and processing speed. His mother brought him to the chiropractor looking for an alternative method of care for her son.

The boy's condition was causing him problems in school as his frustrations would lead to outbursts in class. His mother did not believe the medications her son was given represented a long term solution. She also  reported that his medications appeared to be ineffective, causing nausea, heart palpitations, and low appetite.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included a postural analysis, spinal palpation, thermographic (heat) study, and spinal x-rays. From the findings, it was determined that subluxations were present and a specific course of chiropractic care was started.

The study records that, according to the boy's mother, her son started to show improvement after the second chiropractic visit. Several months into care, the boy's parents reported that he was improving considerably with his mood swings, social interaction, temper, energy, memory, and immune function.

The boy's mother commented that her son showed "...a complete turnaround in mood. [He] has made lots of friends and is not having any social difficulty. He is smiling and laughing and appears normal now. We have yet to see how well his grades are affected, but he is staying in class and keeping up with work and expectations!"


Upper Back Pain and Numbness in Hands Helped by Chiropractic - A Case Study

A study published in the August 29, 2014, issue of the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research documented the resolution of a case of a painful condition known as "T4" syndrome. The study authors report that T4 syndrome is a condition characterized by unilateral or bilateral upper extremity pain and numbness that originates from the upper thoracic spine.

The authors explained that, "The T4 Syndrome involves unilateral or bilateral upper extremity pain and paresthesia originating from the upper thoracic spine. Occasionally, headaches are experienced as well. The onset is usually gradual and non-traumatic."  They continue to describe the condition by saying,  "Patients may experience paresthesia (numbness/tingling) in all digits of the hands, glove-like numbness of the hands and forearm, weakness (unable to open jars), hand clumsiness, upper extremity coldness, a sense of fullness, tightness, and deep aching pain." This condition is four times more common in women than men.

In this case, a 62-year-old woman went to a chiropractor with complaints of upper mid-back pain and bilateral hand numbness and tingling, mostly involving the 4th and 5th fingers. The hand problems were the most severe in the morning.  The woman's symptoms began without warning about a week before seeking chiropractic care.

A physical and chiropractic examination was performed on the woman. These procedures included a range of motion exam, vital signs, neurological and orthopedic exams, and spinal palpation. Based on the examination, a determination was made that subluxations were present in the lower neck, and in the upper-mid back area of the spine. From these findings, chiropractic adjustments were started to address the subluxations.

The study reports that three days after the woman's first chiropractic adjustment, the numbness in her hands had resolved, but the mid back pain was still present. On her third visit, the patient reported that she had fallen asleep on the couch while watching TV. Upon awakening, she experienced numbness in her hands again. By the fifth visit to the chiropractor, both her hand numbness and mid-back pain had been completely resolved.


Vaccinations Linked to Autism in Two New Studies

A direct link between certain vaccinations and autism was shown and discussed in two published studies.  The first of these studies is a scientific article published on August 27, 2014, in the journal Translational Neurodegeneration, that exposed a link between Measles-mumps-rubella vaccination and autism in African American boys. The study is titled; "Measles-mumps-rubella vaccination timing and autism among young African American boys: a reanalysis of CDC data."

This study suggests that the data showing the link between MMR and autism was available for a number of years but was evidently covered up by the CDC and influences in the vaccine community. The results of this study state, "When comparing cases and controls receiving their first MMR vaccine before and after 36 months of age, there was a statistically significant increase in autism cases specifically among African American males who received the first MMR prior to 36 months of age."

Not long after this first study was released, many pro-vaccination forces voiced their concerns. After what must have been intense pressure, the CDC study was retracted from the journal and suggestions were made that the author, a senior researcher for decades at the CDC, had a conflict of interest and his research was flawed.

The second study linking vaccinations to autism centered around the chicken pox, Hepatitis-A and MMR vaccines. Published in the September 2014 issue of the Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology  (JPHE) is a study that reveals a clear correlation between autism disorder (AD) and MMR, Varicella (chickenpox) and Hepatitis-A vaccines.

The results of the JPHE study state, "When comparing cases and controls receiving their first MMR vaccine before and after 36 months of age, there was a statistically significant increase in autism cases specifically among African American males who received the first MMR prior to 36 months of age."

Lead author and scientist for the Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute, Dr. Theresa Deisher, pointed out that many of these vaccines are made using cells from aborted babies. This type of vaccine creates additional health issues.  She stated, "Not only are the human fetal contaminated vaccines associated with autistic disorder throughout the world, but also with epidemic childhood leukemia and lymphomas."

"What we have found is that across continents, and across decades, change points in autism disorder are clearly associated with the introduction of vaccines produced using human fetal cell lines," Deisher said. "Each time we inject our children with one of these vaccines, we are also injecting them with residual fetal human DNA."


Chiropractic Care Eases Back-Related Leg Pain

A study published on September 16, 2014, in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed that spinal manipulation (SMT), as they called it, combined with exercise, could help patients with back and leg pain more than just exercise alone. This care is in contrast to medications, injections, or spinal surgery.

The study titled "Spinal Manipulation and Home Exercise With Advice for Subacute and Chronic Back-Related Leg Pain" listed the objective as, "To determine whether spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) plus home exercise and advice (HEA) compared with HEA alone reduces leg pain in the short and long term in adults with back-related leg pain (BRLP)." 

The study followed 192 patients with short term or chronic back-related leg pain. They split these subjects into two groups. One group received only home exercise and advice recommendations, while the other group also got the recommendations along with chiropractic adjustments. 

The study subjects received the care and exercise for only a 12-week period and were re-evaluated at 12 and 52 weeks to see what changes had occurred. The results showed that at the 12-week period, both groups showed improvement with their problems.  However, the group that received the chiropractic, along with their advice and exercise, was statistically more improved than the group  that only did the exercise.

When a follow-up was conducted at the 52-week mark, the improvement  was not as clear, showing that when the care does not continue through the full course, the results may not be as lasting.

A Sept. 15, 2014, article in Medpage quoted lead author Gert Bronfort, DC, PhD, from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minn., who said, "Prior to this study, SMT was considered a viable treatment option of what is known as 'uncomplicated low back pain,' which is low back pain without radiating pain to the leg."  He continued, "This combination resulted in advantages in pain reduction, disability, global improvement, satisfaction, medication use and general physical health status after 12 weeks."

David Geier, MD, an orthopedic surgeon in Charleston, S.C., who was not involved with the study, was quoted in the MedPage Today article, "If we can find less invasive means to get relief and avoid surgery, that's always a good thing."


October is National Chiropractic Health Month

A release dated October 1, 2014, in Businesswire from the American Chiropractic Association announces that October is National Chiropractic Health Month. The release states that the objective of  National Chiropractic Health Month is to be working with "...more than 130,000 doctors of chiropractic (DCs), chiropractic assistants (CAs) and chiropractic doctoral students nationwide to help educate the public and policymakers about the value of a 'conservative care first' approach to health care." 

The release notes that this approach to health care encourages emphasis on more cost-effective and safer approaches over potentially addictive medications for pain management and health enhancement.  "People need complete information about their treatment options," said ACA President Anthony Hamm, DC. "During National Chiropractic Health Month, DCs are encouraging patients to ask questions and learn about safe, effective conservative approaches that may help them avoid riskier and more costly treatments."

The release states three reasons why "Conservative Care First" is an important strategy when dealing with health care issues.

  • Chiropractic physicians are the highest-rated healthcare practitioners for low-back pain treatments with their patient-centered, whole-person approach that provides greater interaction and communication for appropriate diagnosis and developing more cost-effective treatment planning.
  • Numerous recent studies have clearly shown the dangerous over reliance in the U.S. on prescription painkillers that simply mask pain. This has tremendously increased Americans’ risk for overuse and abuse of these drugs if taken for long periods, leading to more than 17,000 related deaths in 2010 (more than heroin and cocaine combined). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls the abuse of prescription pain medications an "epidemic."
  • Recent evidence questions the overuse--and in some cases the effectiveness--of more invasive treatments such as spinal fusion surgery and spinal steroid injections for back pain. It is reasonable for patients to exhaust more conservative options before undergoing these costly procedures.

One of the benefits pointed out by the release for Conservative Care First, is a statistic showing the likelihood of surgery for workers with back injury.  The release points out that when an MD or surgeon is the point of first contact for these injured workers, the rate of surgery is 42.7%.  This is far more than the 1.5% who eventually have surgery when the point of first contact was a chiropractor. This translates into a much safer and more affordable outcome for injured workers.


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