Mission for Today
by Bob Braile DC
I am a chiropractor. Today, I will love
everyone, serve everyone, and give the message of chiropractic to
everyone I contact. Every man, woman and child needs my help today, in
becoming and remaining subluxation free. At no time today, will I
withhold the truth of chiropractic for fear of rejection.
Today, I am an expert at correcting
subluxations. I will correct subluxations on everyone I care for. When I
do this, the power within them, heals them, every time without
exception. I CAN help everyone I see Today.
Today, I ask for the strength to serve
all those who are coming to see me. I ask for the love to give fully to
each one individually. I ask for the innate wisdom to correct every
subluxation I lay my hands on today. And I ask for the authority to
convert others so that Today, they may share in, and spread the truth of
Today, I serve God by
serving others through the gift of chiropractic.
Today, I am a
Of A Profession. Can We Learn A Lesson From This?
Tedd Koren, DC
A few years ago The Journal of the
American Osteopathic Association had a paper by Lincoln J. Fry, Ph.D.
former chair and professor at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at
Nova University, Florida.
I hope the people who control the CCE,
National Boards, National, Western States, Northwestern and other
so-called chiropractic schools read his paper for Dr. Fry is describing
where they are taking our profession. Fry writes,
“Osteopathic medicine has been described
as a being in a state of crisis” with the source of the turmoil “rooted
in the transformation of “osteopathy” to “osteopathic medicine,” with
the latter characterized by full-service healthcare.”
“This transformation has won
acceptance…but it has also created new problems… concomitant with the
emphasis on full-service healthcare is an apparent decline in the
profession’s emphasis on osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). Once
seen as the backbone of osteopathic medicine, some students now report
that osteopathic physicians discourage them from using OMT in hospital
Fry cites studies showing a decline in
the use of OMT since the 1930s and a 1974 report that less than 17% of
patient office visits include the use of OMT by DOs.” Only 14% of
osteopathic physicians used OMT in at least half their patients.
“The decreased use of OMT is seen as a
threat to the unique identity of the osteopathic medical profession….”
Think about this the next time you
discover that the CCE cites schools for not giving enough blood tests or
urinalysis in clinics but doesn’t seem to care about spinal adjusting of
(Fry LJ: Preliminary findings on the use
of osteopathic manipulative treatment by osteopathic physicians. J Am
Osteopathic Assn 1996;96:9)
Strength is in Our Knowing
Jeanne Ohm, DC
More often than not, it has been our
experience as chiropractors to watch an issue of truth come to the
masses--a very issue we as chiropractors knew all along to be so! Think
about a few of these issues which DCs have known to be true and have
recently gained public popularity and acceptance--even medical approval!
Body movement is one which comes to mind.
DCs have long taught the importance of keeping the body in motion for
both healing and regeneration. Exercise became the buzz word of the
90's. Right along with this has come the consciousness to eat better. I
can think back to my student days in the early 80's and recall my first
intro to good foods coming from DCs. The rest of the world thought we
were crazy to be somewhat conscientious about what we put into our
bodies. Today, nutrition is becoming vogue and accepted as an ingredient
Another issue was our innate apprehension
about antibiotics and their complicated effects preceded the inkling
that a greater scientific law was being tampered with. The 90's brought
out study after study warning of the dangers of antibiotic usage. One
need only to look back to BJ's writings in the 50's to realize that from
a chiropractic standpoint, antibiotics were destined to be shown up as
causes of further complications.
As chiropractors, our history and
perspective on health and wholeness has always shown us reason to doubt,
fear and most importantly refuse vaccines. Today, there are more and
more groups out there becoming leery of vaccines and obtaining the
scientific data to support their concerns. Now lets be realistic
here--it hasn't been the sole effort of DCs which has gotten these
messages out to the public, but it has been our diligence to communicate
and our unfaltering knowing which has greatly contributed to the public
finding out about these issues. The little bit each and every one of us
does, adds up to a momentous tide for change.
What I want to point out is another one
of those bits of knowledge we as DC's know to be true. It needs our
attention, because as with all of our concerns for humanity, the lives
of many depend on it. Thanks to the works of some greats in our
profession, the significance of the birth process as the first cause of
subluxation was brought to the attention of the world. Teachers like Dr.
Joe Flesia gave us the research and educational tools to support the
hypothesis and the devastating effects of VSC at birth Others, like Dr.
Arno Burnier provided us with the passion and commitment to educate our
patients about birth. Still others like Dr. Larry Webster equipped us
with adjusting technique, skills and equipment. He taught us how to
prevent traumatic birth with specific maternal adjustments and how to
analyze and correct subluxations in infants and children.
What I hope to do here is to bring you
closer to the devastating effects a traumatized birth can have on the
life of a child. First, I would like to look at some of the atrocities
which lead to trauma at birth. In our country, women are led to believe
they are having a "natural birth" if their eyes are open. Local
anesthesia, spinal taps, episiotomies, induced labors and birth
positions which go against gravity and anatomy are all considered part
of a normal, natural birth. With fear tactics and intimidation, women
have been led to compromise one of the most powerful experience they
will ever have. When women's natural capacities are violated like this,
the birth process becomes a painful, traumatic, unnatural procedure for
both the mother and baby. The effects of this type of birth on the
newborn can be life-threatening, indeed.
One only needs to look at some birth
pictures or videos to realize the undo force applied to the baby's neck
and spine. It's amazing how gentle everyone is with the child's spine
and head when passing a newborn from one to another, and in contrast,
how brutal the actual birth procedures may have been just minutes
before! The force applied with forceps and vacuum extraction is far
beyond any force you could imagine exerting on a delicate newborn spine.
As chiropractors, we can look at these procedures in horror and shudder
at their probable effects.
As professionals interested in research
results, we can read medical studies which support the theory that the
birth process is a life threatening experience. One such report "Latent
Spinal Cord and brain Stem Injury in Newborn Infants" by Abraham Towbin
MD published in Dev. Med Child Neurology tells us that "the birth
process even under optimal controlled conditions is potentially a
traumatic, crippling event for the fetus." He goes on to tell us that
"Survival of the newborn is governed mainly by the integrity and
function of the vital centers in the brain stem. Yet, paradoxically, the
importance of injury at birth to the brain stem and spinal cord are
matters which have generally escaped lasting attention."
These are serious statements and are
certainly supportive of our suspicion that modern birthing procedures in
this country are indeed life-threatening to infants. Just how life
threatening is my thought proposal for you now. Several years ago, while
attending a vaccination seminar, a homeopathic MD was reviewing the
relationship between SIDS and the DPT shot. The latest medical studies
on SIDS was drawing a substantial connection between a baby's sleeping
position as a possible cause of SIDS. It was being considered, that
placing a child on its back reduced the incidence of SIDS. Being firmly
fixed on the DPT vaccine/SIDs relationship (which I am in no way
discrediting) he looked at it as nonsense. My chiropractic antenna went
up and so did my hand. I explained to him the idea that placing a child
on its stomach to sleep causes undo stress to the cervical spine as the
child's head needs to be turned one way or another. Combining this
biomechnanically unsound position with an even slightly traumatic birth
could be the insult added to injury that affects the spinal cord's
respiratory centers in such a way as to cause SIDS. Sound plausible?
Towbin's other report, "Spinal Injury Related to the Syndrome of Sudden
Death In Infants" published in the American Journal of Clinical
Pathology supports the relationship between birth trauma and SIDS. This
study, too was published in the 60's. Yet today, if you ask the "SIDS
experts", they will tell you no known cause exists, just make sure you
place your child on its back--for whatever reason.
If you are detecting cynicism, yes, I do
confess. Perhaps it is because more children die of SIDS in a year than
all who die of cancer, heart disease, pneumonia, child abuse, AIDS,
cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy combined! It is also because when
searching a website called "Child Secure" under their SIDS section, they
not only held to the medically protected theory that there is no known
cause for SIDs, they further slandered Chiropractors and their theory
connecting birth trauma and SIDS as "old wives tales and ignorance".
(Look it up yourself if you want a blood pressure surge). The
defensiveness points that we may be onto something big here.
Well folks, here we are again- faced with
an issue which needs our immediate attention and efforts to bring it
into play. As always, we must continue to educate. Patients are not
aware how damaging the birth process can be. Women need to be reoriented
about birth and what they can do to regain their say in this crucial
event in their child's life. We need to do what we can to help prevent
these harmful births from happening. Our adjusting skills need to be
fine-tuned to work more specifically and effectively with children.
Makin' Miracles is working to provide chiropractors with the
opportunities to make an impact on birth trauma. As I travel each
weekend to different cities around the world, I am privileged to share
accumulated knowledge with the attendees about adjusting infants and
pregnant mothers. It is a wonderful thing that we as DC's can make a
correction to an infant's spine, remove interference to the nervous
system and watch the infant's body heal and repair from the damaging
effects of birth. It is even a greater thing however when we have the
skills to adjust the mother throughout pregnancy, remove interference to
her nervous system, help balance her pelvic muscles and ligaments and
allow her to have an easier, safer delivery because of it.
Every day we get up and draw on our inner
strength to face the masses--to be the one voice among the noisy crowd.
Amongst the confusion and the chaos and the resistance, we get up and we
do what we know we have to do. Sometimes we soar ahead, and sometimes we
are knocked back a few steps. Then there are the times we wonder if we
are really making a difference at all. Those are the times most
critical-- those are the times we must not just simply hold on, but
realize the tremendous impact we have made and must continue to make in
Applaud yourself--you deserve it! We are
the one clear voice in the turbulent, noisy crowd. What we have to offer
is life giving. We need only to perfect the skills of our hands and draw
from the strength of our hearts. In this way, we will continue to make a
world of difference.
Jeann Ohm DC has had a family wellness
based practice for 20 years. She is an international instructor on
Chiropractic in Pregnancy and Infancy. Dr. Ohm is also the Executive Co-ordinator
for the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. She can be
reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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