February Newsletter 2021

February 1, 2021


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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


Is That a Snake Down Her Back?

  • Questions and Answers
  • The Germ or The Terrain?
  • Traditional Eating
  • What Makes America Unique Among the Nations?
  • Did You Know?
  • Researching Chiropractic
  • Success Story
  • Humor
  • References




Is That a Snake Down Her Back?


People have asked, “Is that a snake on her back?” “No, it’s her spinal column (backbone)” we say.

We’ve also been asked, “What’s with the chiropractic fascination with the spine?” “How does the back make me sick?” “How does the chiropractor working on my back make me healthy?”

Good questions. Let’s answer them:

Your brain controls your body. How? Your brain has a marvelous communication system—the nervous system. Billions of nerves leave the brain in a bundle known as the spinal cord and travel down your spine.

Millions of nerves from the spinal cord branch off between your spinal bones. The photo here shows a spinal column; spinal nerves coming out of it are in blue.

The next image shows your spinal cord and nerves sending your brain’s messages to all your internal organs: heart, lungs, stomach, liver, intestines, etc. and all your muscles, joints, glands, blood vessels and more!

For you to be healthy your spinal bones (vertebrae) must be in a heathy alignment or your nerves may be irritated and that can cause lack of proper communication between your brain and your body.


That’s where your chiropractor comes in. Your Doctor of Chiropractic locates distortions where the nerves are impinged or stressed (subluxations) and corrects or “adjusts” your spine to relieve this distortion.

For a healthy body, for ideal function, for a strong terrain, you need a healthy spine. A healthy spine helps ensure a healthy nervous system. That’s the role of your chiropractor.


Questions and Answers


Q: Are certain vertebrae associated with certain organs or conditions?


A: Yes. For many decades chiropractors relied on a spine-organ relationship known as the Meric System. For example, subluxations of the lower cervical (lower neck) upper thoracic (upper back) area are related to neck, arm and carpal tunnel pain; the 2nd and 3rd thoracics are commonly involved with asthma; the 5th and 6th thoracic vertebrae are related to stomach and digestive conditions; the 11th and 12th thoracic vertebrae are related to kidney and adrenal function (especially stress). 


Trauma to the coccyx (tailbone) has been claimed to cause all kinds of conditions including mental/emotional disturbances. At first this may seem unrelated however the wrappings around the brain (the meninges) anchor to the tailbone. A sudden trauma to the tailbone has been observed clinically to cause cascading stress to the brain!


That tells us something interesting—the body is so complex and interrelated that even areas that don’t seem related are in fact related. For that reason many chiropractors consider the Meric System valuable but not 100% reliable.


The Germ or the Terrain?


The Germ Theory vs. the Terrain Theory

Everyone has heard of Louis Pasteur who popularized the Germ Theory of Medicine and invented pasteurization. The practice of vaccination is based on Pasteur’s germ theory.


But there is another Frenchman, the scientist Claude Bechamp, who was constantly finding fault with Pasteur’s work. For instance, Pasteur’s experiments that "proved" his germ theory did nothing of the sort because Pasteur had injected healthy animals with the blood of a sick animal. The healthy animals got sick.

Injecting a sick animal’s blood did not prove anything. Béchamp said that Pasteur poisoned the experimental animals and that was what got them sick, not germs. Béchamp said Pasteur poisoned the terrain of the animal and the germs attacked the already diseased tissues.


According to Bechamp it was the terrain, the overall health of the person’s tissues, that determined whether germs would or would not grow. In one dramatic event, Claude Bernard, considered one of the greatest men of science, performed a fascinating exhibition before a professional audience of scientists and medical doctors. Bernard said, "The terrain is everything; the germ is nothing," and he then drank a glass of water filled with cholera. He didn’t get sick! (1)


Germs seek their natural habitat


Rudolph Virchow, the Father of Pathology, agreed with Bechamp. He believed that epidemics were social in origin and were caused by poor diet, poor waste disposal, bad water, toxins and other unsanitary conditions. He considered the germ theory as a hindrance to true prevention and cure. As he said:


If I could live my life over again, I would devote it to proving that germs seek their natural habitat—diseased tissue—rather than being the cause of the diseased tissue; e.g., mosquitoes seek the stagnant water, but do not cause the pool to become stagnant. (2)



Michio Kushi, the founder of modern macrobiotics had strong words for Pasteur and his legacy:


Pasteur originally conceived the idea of germs and destroying them ... it has mushroomed into DDT, killing beetles and worms, resulting in food contamination, much sickness, and trouble. Although he is regarded as a hero by modern medicine, Pasteur will be treated in much the same way as a warmonger when he is judged in the spiritual world. (3)


The study of epidemics tells us that Bechamp, Virchow, Bernard and Kushi were correct. Germs can’t bother a healthy person. Deaths from measles, mumps, pertussis, polio and many other diseases had dramatically fallen decades before antibiotics and vaccines. As our living conditions improved, our terrain became stronger. We are poisoning our world with our obsession to destroy germs.


Don't fear germs. Germs don’t make you sick. Sickness occurs first, and then the germs feed on weak tissues (terrain or land). The key to health and healing is proper function, detoxification and rejuvenation.


Ancient wisdom


This understanding is ancient. The Empirical or Vitalistic school of healing has always emphasized that to avoid sickness, and to recover from sickness, we need proper nutrition, elimination, avoidance of toxins and detoxification. To that we’d add chiropractic spinal care.


Spinal care is ancient and is absolutely necessary for proper function of the body organs to keep germs in their place (eating diseased tissues) and keep your body strong and in balance.


Traditional Eating


Avoid soy formula and soy


A study from the University of Cincinnati showed that US girls are entering puberty younger and younger. This trend has been going on for decades and is especially dangerous because early puberty has been linked to breast cancer. (4)

Why? Soy formula. Soy is filled with plant-based female hormones (phytoestrogens) and one bottle of infant formula has the estrogen equivalent of five birth control pills. This affects the sexual development of both girl and boy babies. If formula must be used, avoid all soy-based infant formulas.


For information on soy damage and natural formula alternatives go to www.westonaprice.org.


What Makes America Unique Among the Nations?


In these contentious times it’s important to understand our roots as a nation and what makes it unique. Hint: It’s not our Constitution.


This talk by the late Supreme Court Chief Justice Antonin Scalia is short. sweet and eye-opening and is stated with warmth, intelligence, wisdom and humor.




Please enjoy this and share it with your friends and relatives.


Did You Know?


Q: Did you know why ships and aircraft in trouble use "mayday" as their call for help? 

A: This comes from the French word m'aidez—meaning "help me"—and is pronounced "mayday." 

Q: Did you know why someone who is feeling great is "on cloud nine"? 

A: Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain, with nine being the highest cloud. If someone is said to be on cloud nine, that person is floating well above worldly cares. 

Q: Did you know why zero scores in tennis are called "love"? 

A: In France, where tennis first became popular, a big, round zero on scoreboard looked like an egg and was called "l'oeuf," which is French for "egg." When tennis was introduced in the US, Americans pronounced it "love."


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.


Birth trauma and brachial plexus injury. A mother brought her five-month-old son with severely limited left arm movement to a chiropractor. She reported a healthy pregnancy but a difficult labor and delivery; her son was breech and experienced birth trauma. An episiotomy and forceful pulling on his head and neck was performed in the delivery process.

Chiropractic was utilized as appropriate for the age and size of the patient. The infant gained full motion of his left arm within the two months of chiropractic care and the mother stated that her son may even have a tendency to be left-handed. (5)


Hourly bowel movements in a 98-year old. A 98-year-old man complaining of frequent, nightly bowel movements began chiropractic care. He reported no bowel problems during the daytime but at night he had to get up to defecate nearly every hour, up to 8-9 times a night.


The patient was diagnosed with adverse mechanical cord tension, cervical (neck) vertebral subluxation, coccyx subluxation and a twisted pelvis.


After one month of care (12 visits), the patient’s nightly, frequent bowel movements were completely resolved. (6)


Headaches from a sports injury. A 12-year-old girl suffered from headaches after a collision during a lacrosse game.


She received three upper cervical (upper neck) adjustments to her atlas (C-1) vertebra over a period of five visits within 28 days. Not only did her headaches disappear but her scoliosis (spinal curves) also improved. (7)


Success Story


Neck Pain

I’ve been going to Dr. Horning since I was a young kid (I’m now 34) as has my dad and we can never say enough great things Dr. Horning. Recently, (after not seeing Dr. Horning for a number of years), I made an appointment for my neck because I was in such pain from an old injury that I could not turn my head nor pick up my son. After 3 initial visits he fixed my herniated disk in my neck and now I’m going back almost every other day and I’ve never felt better. He’s the best, you won’t regret making an appointment! Erin B.




Shakespeare in our daily lives


For many English-speakers, the following phrases are familiar enough to be considered common expressions, proverbs and/or clichés. All of them originated with or were popularized by Shakespeare.


  • Make a virtue of necessity (The Two Gentlemen of Verona)
  • Milk of human kindness (Macbeth)
  • Ministering angel (Hamlet)
  • Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows (The Tempest)
  • More honored in the breach than in the observance (Hamlet)
  • More in sorrow than in anger (Hamlet)
  • More sinned against than sinning (King Lear)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (title)
  • Murder most foul (Hamlet)




1. Claude Bernard quotes. https://www.azquotes.com/author/1304-Claude_Bernard

2. Cayleff SE. Nature's Path: A History of Naturopathic Healing in America. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. 2016:59.

3. Michio Kushi quotes. https://www.azquotes.com/author/22254-Michio_Kushi

4. Biro F, Huang B, Wasserman H et al. Pubertal growth, IGF-1, and windows of susceptibility: puberty and future breast cancer risk. Journal of Adolescent Health. September 1, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2020.07.016.

5. Rubin D, Drumheller, K. Resolution of obstetrical brachial plexus injury in a 5-month-old male following chiropractic to reduce vertebral subluxation: a case report & review of the literature. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic. December 4, 2020:50-56.

6. Cameron D, Kountz C. Resolution of hyper frequent nightly bowel movements in a 98-year-old male following chiropractic care: a case study. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. November 12, 2020:143-149.

7. Salminen B, Smith Z. Reduction of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis & improved cervical curve in a 12-year-old female undergoing orthogonal upper cervical chiropractic care: a case report & review of literature. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research. September 28, 2020:50-57.