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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
- Chiropractic and Your Quality of Life
- Chiropractic Questions and Answers
- Traditional Eating – Butter is Better
- … Just the Essentials, oils that is
- Did You Know?
- Researching Chiropractic
- Success Story
In This Issue…
Does chiropractic improve your quality of life? You’d be surprised! What’s the deal with the Covid “shot” (it’s not a vaccine)? Why do some people get sick and others not? Can chiropractic help children with concentration problems and adults with autism? And yup, our great humor section (with a bonus).
Chiropractic and Your Quality of Life
Studies have revealed that people under chiropractic care experience wellness in many areas of their lives.
Chiropractic patients in two studies reported improved physical and mental/emotional health, better ability to deal with stress and more life enjoyment. (1-2) In another study, patients reported improved physical functioning, less bodily pain, improved general health, greater vitality, social functioning and improved mental health. (3)
Chiropractic has been especially effective with improving the life of the elderly. In one study of people 75 years of age and older those under chiropractic care enjoyed better overall health, fewer chronic conditions, less days in nursing homes and hospitals, more mobility and were less likely to use prescription drugs than non-chiropractic patients. 87% of chiropractic patients described their health as excellent compared to just 67.8% of non-chiropractic patients. (4)
What Can YOU Expect?
Chiropractic care is individualized; the care you receive will be unique for your body and needs and the benefits you receive will be unique for you. Be sensitive to your body and communicate with your chiropractor—let him or her know exactly what changes you may be experiencing after your adjustment.
Chiropractic Questions and Answers
Q. Why do some people get sick and others do not?
A. That question was asked by DD Palmer, the discoverer of chiropractic.
Palmer wrote in his classic work The Chiropractor’s Adjuster: “Why does one person get sick while his co-worker, eating the same food, exposed to the same air, having a similar life does not?”
For example, it is a known fact that even in the most severe epidemics the majority of people are unaffected. That’s right—only a tiny percentage of people even get sick and that is true with all the epidemics of history, including that of Covid-19.
The people who become ill and tragically succumb are the elderly as well as those with cancer, diabetes, morbid obesity, heart disease and other life-threatening conditions.
The recent pandemic mostly affected those in their 80s in nursing homes where people are already sick, the food is very poor, where everyone is kept on numerous medications and given periodic vaccines which can include varicella (chickenpox), shingles, DTaP (diphtheria-tetanus, pertussis), meningococcal, flu, pneumonia, hepatitis and more! All the above can seriously weaken an already compromised immune system.
Traditional Eating – Butter is Better
What does butter have to do with insects, organ meats, fish eggs and the fat of marine animals? For Americans—who do not eat bugs or blubber—butter is not just better, it is essential.
When American were told to avoid butter and switch to margarine the results were that heart disease that was rare in America at the turn of the century rose to become America’s number one killer. During the same period butter consumption dropped from eighteen pounds per person per year to four.
Why is Butter so Good for You?
Butter contains vitamins A, D, E, lecithin, selenium and many other nutrients. Butter protects us from heart disease and cancer, enhances thyroid and adrenal glands and improves immune system health. Men eating butter had half the risk of developing heart disease compared to those using margarine. (7-8) Butter also protects against tooth decay. (9)
Butter for Growth and Development
Many factors in butter ensure optimal growth of children. Chief among them is vitamin A. Individuals receiving optimal vitamin A from the time of conception have broad handsome faces, strong straight teeth and excellent bone structure. Vitamin A also plays an important role in the development of the sex characteristics. Calves fed butter substitutes sicken and die before reaching maturity. (10)
The Healthiest Butter
It’s worth it to pay a little extra for high-quality butter and cream, from cows raised on grass. Buy organic butter, cream, whole milk, whole yogurt and barn-free eggs. These bring good and fair profits to the yeoman producer without concentrating power in the hands of conglomerates.
For more information go to Why Butter Is Better - The Weston A. Price Foundation.
… Just the Essentials, oils that is
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are natural, healing and effective for many ailments, mood issues and so much more. Each drop is the most healing part of a plant distilled into a pure liquid form containing the powerful healing properties of that plant. The molecular structure of essential oils are small enough that they penetrate the skin almost instantly and affect the entire body within 20 minutes. Essential oils possess an abundant amount of healing abilities like, antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic, antimicrobial, antiparasitic, antifungal and anticancer. They invigorate your body by bringing life and oxygen to dying cells due to the oxygen molecules that each and every essential oil has. Essential oils can have between 200- 800 different forms of natural chemical constituents making them powerhouses for the body.
Essential oils offer a healthy alternative to harsh chemical fragrance. Artificial scents and perfumes not only increase inflammation, but they interfere with the body's detox pathways, hormonal system and increase susceptibility to disease. Choosing to use oils in your home and daily life not only adds some fun to your days but supports your body in so many ways.
History of Essential Oils
Essential oils are one of the first forms of medicine humankind ever used. Looking back through historical Chinese manuscripts there is evidence of priests and doctors utilizing the healing properties of essential oils to treat common ailments. Not only were they being used in China but also in Egypt and for many reasons. It is known that they were used for embalming. They have been found preserved in King Tut's tomb. Pyramids were a place where these essential oils were being created as they discovered hieroglyphics that are in fact the original recipes. The Bible is another place where you can find over 188 references to essential oils and their healing abilities. Roman and Greek cultures also utilized their aromatic and antiseptic properties during the bubonic plague. Romans not only used essential oils for their healing properties but also for their fragrance. They were used in baths, on their skin, and in their hair. It was not until the mid-19th century that essential oils regained popularity and resurfaced as a major part of modern culture.
Did You Know?
The Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974 that was meant to protect our water mentioned 91 contaminants in our drinking water. Today approximately 60,000 chemicals that can seep into our drinking water are used in the US.
According to research, 49 million Americans are exposed to illegal concentrations of bacteria, chemicals and radioactive substances from power plant byproducts, agricultural fertilizer, pesticide runoff and more. (11)
What can you do? We cannot depend on the government to protect us. We can protect our homes and loved ones by using good quality bottled water and by installing a water filter. In addition to filtering out chlorine (linked to cancer) and fluoride (linked to brittle bones) a good quality filter should get rid of all the other yucky stuff mentioned above.
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.
Concentration and learning difficulties. A 6-year-old girl had concentration and learning difficulties since beginning school twelve months earlier. She also suffered from severe stomach pain for over two months diagnosed as abdominal migraines.
After six weeks of chiropractic care improvements were seen in concentration and learning along with a complete resolution of abdominal migraines. (12)
Disc and lower back pain. A 43-year-old man with left-sided low back pain that radiated down his left leg, down the lateral calf, to his foot and heel sought chiropractic care. He described the pain as dull and sharp with numbness and he rated his pain level as 8 out of 10. The pain made him unable to work and sleep through the night. He was prescribed Advil® 200 mg, Percocet® 5 mg-325 mg, Valium® 5 mg and Tramadol®, all of which did not take away the pain.
An MRI showed left side L4-L5 (lower back) disc damage (protrusion with an extruded fragment). MDs recommended an epidural block or low back surgery.
The patient decided to visit a chiropractor. He saw the chiropractor five times for the first week, then three visits per week for the next three weeks until the re-examination. After 15 visits he was able to work 12-hour days and was able to sleep the entire night without pain. He can sit and lay without pain. On reassessment, he rated the pain at 2/10. (13)
Autism in an adult woman. A 22-year-old woman with autism spectrum disorder was experiencing anxiety, nervousness, menstrual disorder, restriction of daily activities and speech. She was brought in for chiropractic care by her mother who sought care for optimal health on all levels and increased interaction with others.
The Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist was used to determine improvement in social outcomes for the patient. After eight sessions there was an improvement of 41% in the subscale of sociability and 24% improvement in the subscale of health/physical/behavior. Total improvement was 18% following chiropractic care. Among the changes were improved speech (more verbal), reduction in rigid routines and improved sociability. (14)
Due to inattentive doctors and having to wait 4, 5, even 6 weeks to be seen by a physician, I searched to find better care. I discovered Dr. Horning through a friend.
I am so please I found his establishment. I didn't have to wait weeks to consult and evaluate what to do next for my injury. His very personable and helpful staff squeezed me in the very next day and he got right to work.
My foot injury, which left me practically immobile and was slow to heal, is finally on a progressive mend thanks to the vigilance and well thought out care by Dr. Horning. He is attentive and very personable to your health care needs. I couldn't be happier! I highly recommend his services! Helene S.
Q. What does HMO stand for?
A. This is actually a variation of the phrase "HEY MOE." Its roots go back to a concept pioneered by Moe of "The Three Stooges," who discovered that a patient could be made to forget about the pain in his foot if he was poked hard enough in the eye.
Q. I just joined an HMO. How difficult will it be to choose the doctor I want?
A. Just slightly more difficult than choosing your parents. Your insurer will provide you with a book listing all the doctors in the plan. These doctors basically fall into two categories—those who are no longer accepting new patients and those who will see you but are no longer participating in the plan. But don't worry; the remaining doctor who is still in the plan and accepting new patients has an office just a half-day's drive away and received his training in Bombay.
Q. Do all diagnostic procedures require pre-certification?
A. No. Only those you need.
Q. Can I get coverage for my pre-existing conditions?
A. Certainly, as long as they don't require any treatment.
Q. My pharmacy plan only covers generic drugs, but I need the name brand. I tried the generic medication, but it gave me a stomachache. What should I do?
A. Poke yourself in the eye.
Q. What if I'm away from home and I get sick?
A. You really shouldn't do that.
Q. I think I need to see a specialist, but my doctor insists he can handle my problem. Can a General Practitioner (or his Physician's Assistant, if he's not free) really perform a heart transplant right in his office?
A. Hard to say but considering that all you’re risking is the $20 co-payment, there's no harm in giving him a shot at it.
Q. Will health care be different in the next century?
A. No. But if you call right now, you might get an appointment by then.
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5. CDC estimates COVID-19 fatality rate, including asymptomatic cases (nbc26.com).
6. Teen diagnosed with neurological disorder after getting first dose of COVID-19 vaccine (clickorlando.com).
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14. Pellegrino A et al. Improved behavioral changes, dysautonomia, dysponesis and quality of life in an adult with autism following chiropractic care to correct vertebral subluxation: a case study & review of the literature. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. February 19, 2021:9-14.