August 2015 Newsletter

August 1, 2015

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Enjoy the benefits of chiropractic – the largest natural, drug-free, surgery-free, expressive healthcare system in the world. More and more families are discovering that periodic chiropractic checkups and adjustments promote health and healing without drugs and dangerous medical treatments. More and more people are turning away from symptom treatment and choosing natural ways of achieving and maintaining health. Tired of taking drugs and the medical runaround? Welcome to the world of chiropractic – discover how natural health can be.

This issue’s table of contents

  • This month’s feature article
  • Cancer
  • Questions and answers
  • Did you know?
  • Woman dies of measles
  • Researching chiropractic
  • Success Story
  • Humor
  • References

This month’s feature article

We’re going to be featuring a very important topic this month and are giving it a little more space because it is so important: cancer.


Because it is a natural, vitalistic healing art, the chiropractic approach can give us much insight into this disease; an insight that is sorely lacking in today’s world.

In 1971 US President Richard Nixon declared a “war on cancer.” The goal was to eliminate cancer by the turn of the century. It was a medical war – natural, alternative, non-toxic and nutritional healers were not invited to participate.

The result? A big disappointment. Even as of 2015, many types of cancer remain largely incurable and the overall death rate from cancer has not decreased appreciably since the 1970s. (1) In the government’s war on cancer, cancer has won.

Another perspective

Although now a major killer, historically few people got cancer.

… In ancient times, [cancer] was extremely rare. There is nothing in the natural environment that can cause cancer. So it has to be a man-made disease, down to pollution and changes to our diet and lifestyle.

Professor Rosalie David, Faculty of Life Sciences, the University of Manchester (2)

An unexpected finding

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine (July 6, 2015) sought to determine if cancer screening saved lives. It didn’t; screening has no affect on breast cancer deaths.

…the clearest result of mammography screening is the diagnosis of additional small cancers. Furthermore, there is no concomitant decline in the detection of larger cancers, which might explain the absence of any significant difference in the overall rate of death from the disease. Together, these findings suggest widespread over-diagnosis. (3)

The study indicates that tumors may spontaneously disappear, and that many people have had cancer throughout their lives without ever knowing they had it. This has been found by others:

The natural course of some… breast cancers… [may be to] spontaneously regress. (4)

Why a tumor?

Tumors are not foreign objects implanted by evil aliens while we sleep designed to kill us. Our body creates tumors and keeps them alive with a blood supply. (5) Why would an intelligent body do such a thing unless the tumor served a purpose? But what purpose could a tumor serve?

Tumors and cancers appear to have an ability to sequester toxins that build up in our body. A tumor is so toxic that if it breaks apart (known as tumor lysis) it can sicken and kill. These toxins come from our external and internal environments and unless kept in one place can spread.

There is more cancer today than ever before in human history because there are more toxins today than ever before in human history. We are under constant toxic assault, but as long as our immune system and ability to detoxify (eliminate toxins) stay strong tumors will come and go.

There is a special name given to the ability of the body to dissolve cancers: spontaneous remission. This phenomenon has been recorded in medical literature for over a hundred years. Initially considered a rare event, recent evidence reveals that it is not rare at all – in fact it is rather common. Throughout most people’s lives tumors grow and then dissolve away.

Lessons from the dead

Autopsies of those prematurely killed in auto and other accidents reveal the deceased having lived with many times more tumors and cancers than are ever diagnosed in doctor’s offices.

Clinically apparent breast cancer afflicts one per cent of all women between ages 40 to 50. On autopsy however breast cancer was found in 39% of women in that age group. (6)

For every person diagnosed with thyroid cancer 1,000 had cancer colonies in their thyroid and never developed a tumor. (7)


It appears that screenings find lots of small tumors that would have disappeared on their own. How many are scared into chemotherapy, radiation and surgery for tumors that would have dissolved naturally? In More Medicine, Less Health H. Gilbert Welsh, MD writes:

Screening doesn’t avoid most cancer deaths. People who are regularly screened still can die from the cancer being screened for. Every randomized trial of screening has shown this. (8)

What to do?

A more important question to ask is that If spontaneous remission is fairly common, what can we do to make sure our body continues to dissolve those cancers that turn up so we have more spontaneous remissions?

Two things are most important – first, avoiding toxicity in our internal and external environments and second, ensure our body functions at its fullest potential to promote detoxification.

Avoiding toxicity: refined and junk foods, foods grown with pesticides and herbicides, vaccinations and most medications, root canals, dental mercury (silver) fillings and exposure to toxins.

Detoxification has been a traditional part of all cultures for thousands of years and should be a part of every person’s life – this includes massage, sauna, exercise, cleansing diets, fasting diets and other procedures to help our body remove toxins.

There are many healthcare approaches that help your body to function better such as nutrient-dense foods, homeopathy, Chinese medicine, body work of many types and, of course, chiropractic. Regular chiropractic checkups should be a part of everyone’s life so their body will function at its optimum.

Questions and answers

Question: Are root canals safe?

Answer: Root canals are dead teeth. The dentist kills the tooth by removing its blood and nerve connections. The aerobic (oxygen breathing) bacteria that normally live in the tiny tooth canals change into highly toxic anaerobic (non-oxygen) bacteria. These toxins are related to many health problems. Most biological/holistic dentists recommend pulling a dead tooth and replacing it with an implant, bridge or a Nesbit. From Whole Body Dentistry:

Bacteria found in root canal are related to: arthritis, heart valve problems, breast tumors, gall bladder disease, iritis, eczema, torticollis, nephritis, cystitis, pernicious anemia, colitis, neuritis, migraines, sinusitis, atherosclerosis, hypertension, coronary artery disease, and thyroid disease. (9)

Did you know?

John Pemberton (1831-1888), a pharmacist, was shot and slashed in the US Civil War. He began using morphine to ease his pain. Trying to find an alternative painkiller using coca leaves and kola nuts, he created a drink that later became Coca-Cola.

Woman dies of measles

That a woman from Washington State died from the "measles" got national attention and everyone was urged to get a measles shot. However, the media ignored the fact this woman had received a measles shot.

Historically, the measles shot had nothing to do with the drop in measles deaths. Deaths from the measles declined over 98% BEFORE the vaccine was used.

But there’s more to this poor woman’s story. She was given drugs that weakened her immune system and in the hospital was in contact with a woman who was contagious for measles. The measles is a harmless disease, unless your immune system is not working properly. Read more at:

Researching Chiropractic

Chiropractic clinical case histories have been a regular feature of our patient newsletter since its inception. There seem to be no limit to the health problems that respond to chiropractic care. How many people suffering, on drugs, facing a life of limitation could be helped by chiropractic care? Probably most of them.

Vision problems, wry neck and neurological issues in a 12-month-old. A 12-month-old boy was diagnosed with Paroxysmal Tonic Upgaze (PTU) Syndrome, torticollis and neurological issues secondary to birth trauma. Using chiropractic analysis and correction procedures the child was first assessed for vertebral subluxation. His atlas (C-1 vertebrae) and his sacrum (triangular bone at the base of the spine) were found to be subluxated (distortion causing nerve stress).

The boy was seen for four months for a total of nine visits. After the first chiropractic visit parents noted that his sleep improved. Care continued weekly for one month and parents reported improvement in PTU and torticollis. (10)

Daily headaches in a 13-year-old. The patient was a 13-year-old presenting with a chief complaint of daily headaches of several years duration. He reported he hadn’t experienced any trauma or triggering factors preceding his headaches. 

Chiropractic adjustments to the cervical (neck) and thoracic (mid-back) spine were administered.

The headaches resolved after 8 visits over a 2-month period. (11)

Mood, posture, depression and balance. A 72-year-old man suffering from severe postural alterations, mild depression, low back pain, balance disturbances and perpetual tiredness began chiropractic care.

Over a nine-week period the patient received care. He was given subjective and objective questionnaires and a complete health history and physical examination prior to care.

While under chiropractic care, improvements in both self-reported subjective and objective measures were noted. This included improvements in posture, low back pain, balance disturbances, perpetual tiredness and a mildly depressive state of mind. These improvements include overall physical, mental and emotional well-being of the patient. (12)

Success Story

Severe Stomach Pains In a 9 year old       

My husband and I came to see Dr. Horning with our 9 year old son, Kenny, after he had been suffering with severe stomach pains on a daily basis for over 10 months. Kenny had been to the ER 3 times for the pain where they did x-rays and also went to see several doctors, including a GI specialist at one of the areas leading children’s hospitals.

Kenny had gone through many tests including an upper GI, Ultrasound and Endoscopy all without revealing any issues. The next thing the GI doctor suggested was that we eliminate gluten and dairy from his diet. Our whole family made the switch in support of Kenny and the hopes that this was the answer. After a couple of weeks on the gluten and dairy free diet, Kenny’s pain came back. He was living with pain on a daily basis that got stronger each time he ate. Kenny was missing out on playing with friends because he did not feel well, he did not want to go to parties and events with friends because he couldn’t eat what everyone else ate and he felt sick all the time.

When we were referred to Dr. Horning, Kenny was popping Pepto pills like they were candy just to get through the day. Imagine being 9 years old and dealing with such stress! Kenny was a trooper through it all and finally had some relief after meeting with Dr. Horning.

At Kenny’s initial exam, Dr. Horning told us that he believed Kenny had a systemic yeast infection. We couldn’t believe it! We had an answer and Dr. Horning had a plan! Kenny started on a 21 day diet and supplements with each meal. By the second day, Kenny was pain free! He is 16 days into the diet (which has not been easy), but he is holding strong and knows that the results we are seeing are worth the sacrifice!

We cannot thank Dr. Horning enough for helping Kenny (and the rest of our family) to get back to a “normal” existence.

Kenny B.


How Do Court Reporters Keep Straight Faces?

These are from a book called Disorder in the Court: Great Fractured Moments in Courtroom History by Charles M. Sevilla and are things people actually said in court.

ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?

WITNESS: He said, 'Where am I, Cathy?'

ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?

WITNESS: My name is Susan!  

ATTORNEY: Are you sexually active?

WITNESS: No, I just lie there.  

ATTORNEY: What is your date of birth?

WITNESS: July 18th.

ATTORNEY: What year?

WITNESS: Every year.  

ATTORNEY: How old is your son, the one living with you?

WITNESS: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which.

ATTORNEY: How long has he lived with you?

WITNESS: Forty-five years.  

ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?


ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?

WITNESS: I forget.

ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?  


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  2. David AR, Zimmerman MR. Cancer: an old disease, a new disease or something in between? Nature Reviews Cancer. 2010;10:728-733. doi:10.1038/nrc2914
  3. Harding C et al. Breast cancer screening, incidence, and mortality across US counties. JAMA Intern Med. Published online July 06, 2015. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.3043
  4. Zahl P-H, Mæhlen J, Welch HG. The natural history of invasive breast cancers detected by screening mammography. Arch Intern Med. 2008;168(21):2311-2316.
  5. Nishida N et al. Angiogenesis in cancer. Vasc Health Risk Manag. 2006;2(3):213-219.
  6. Black WC, Welch HG. Advances in diagnostic imaging and overestimations of disease prevalence and the benefits of therapy. N Engl J Med. 1993;328:1237–1243.
  7. Folkman J, Kalluri R. Cancer without disease. Nature. 2004;427(6977):787.
  8. Welch HG. Less Medicine, More Health. Boston, MA: Beacon Press. 2015.
  9. Breiner MA. Whole Body Dentistry. Fairfield, CT: Quantum Health Press, LLD. 2011;171.
  10. Herman CA, Amilcar C. Chiropractic management of an infant with paroxysmal tonic upgaze syndrome, congenital torticollis & upper cervical subluxation following birth trauma: a case report. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research. June 29, 2015; 19-23.
  11. Klingler S, Alcantara J. Resolution of daily cervicogenic headaches in a 13-year-old male under chiropractic care. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic. 2015;2:82-85. 
  12. Bredin M, Putt K. Improvements in mood, posture and balance in an older patient receiving chiropractic care: a case study. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. May 21, 2015;125-129.