March Newsletter 2019

March 1, 2019


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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


  • How Effective is Back Surgery?
  • Questions and Answers About Chiropractic
  • Nourishing Foods
  • Researching Chiropractic
  • MD Will Not Vaccinate His Kids
  • Success Story
  • Humor
  • References


 How Effective is Back Surgery?


Although thousands of back operations are performed each year studies have yet to show it to be effective. In fact, research reveals that spinal surgery has a high failure rate, with the pain coming back after the surgery, sometimes immediately, sometimes a few months later, sometimes after a year or more. Too many people are told they need a second, or even a third operation. It is so common that back and spine surgery is repeated because the pain returns, that this recurrence has a special name: Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.


How common is it?


The failure rate for spinal surgery averages around 50%. However, that depends on how the studies define success. Some researchers will say the surgery was successful if the patient remained pain-free for one or two years. The pain returned but the surgery was still considered “successful.”


In one recent study the failure rate was 46%. Follow-up surgery has an even more dismal success rate with: more than 30%, 15%, and 5% of the patients experience a successful outcome after the second, third, and fourth surgeries, respectively. (1) 


Get a second, even a third opinion


While surgery is sometimes necessary, it is always a good idea to never rush into an operation unless it’s an emergency! Get more opinions. For example, Nancy Epstein, MD, a neurosurgeon and editor of Surgical Neurology International, did a survey to see if recommended spinal operations were necessary after the patient received a second opinion. She found that 94% of the time surgery wasn’t necessary. As she writes:

Increasingly, patients, spine surgeons, hospitals, and insurance carriers are not only questioning whether spinal operations are “unnecessary,” but also whether the “wrong” (e.g., overly extensive cervical or lumbar multilevel fusions, anterior vs. posterior surgery, etc.) or “right” (appropriate) operations are being recommended to patients.


Of 183 second opinions seen over 20 months, the second opinion surgeon documented that previous spine surgeons recommended “unnecessary” (60.7%), the “wrong” (33.3%), or the “right” (6%) operations. (2)


Because so many back operations are unnecessary and so many back operations fail, always get a second and even a third opinion. Make sure a Doctor of Chiropractic is consulted – it might save you from an unnecessary operation or a failed back surgery,


Questions and Answers About Chiropractic


Q. Is it safe to have chiropractic care if I had back surgery?


A. In most cases it is perfectly safe for a person who had spine and/or disc surgery to receive chiropractic care.


Since back surgery has such a high failure rate (see above), many people find that their pain and disability returns. In many cases their MD (usually an orthopedic surgeon) will recommend a second (even a third or a fourth!) operation.


Wait! Before rushing to surgery again, why not explore chiropractic care? While chiropractic is well known to help people with spine and disc problems avoid a back operation, what about people who have already had spine and/or disc surgery and are still suffering? Is it too late for them?


Happily, there is often help. Even if a person had prior spine surgery chiropractic may still help them! Here is one published case history as an example (this is one of many such examples):


A 62-year-old woman suffering from constant low back pain following failed spinal surgery began chiropractic care. She was diagnosed as having “surgical syndrome” from an L5 disc operation that included fusion of L5-S1 (low back and sacrum). In fact, she had two such operations. The second operation was seven years after the first operation.


By the time she began chiropractic care she was taking 13 different medications!


Chiropractic examination revealed a 25.3° right scoliosis at T4-L3. She carried her head in front of her hips and her left hip was misaligned. She received two chiropractic adjustments each week for six weeks and then once per week for another six weeks. After the first 3 months of care her hips were balanced, her posture was improved, her scoliosis slightly improved, her back pain decreased and she had improved function and quality of life. (3)


Nourishing Foods


It’s official – saturated fat is good. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recommends dropping limits on dietary cholesterol, citing "no appreciable relationship between dietary cholesterol and serum cholesterol or clinical cardiovascular events in general populations." Enjoy saturated fat, something our ancestors have known for hundreds of generations. (4)


There’s more. A meta-analysis of 21 studies published in 2010 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded: "consumption of saturated fat had no observable correlation to [stroke] and heart issues" after observing 347,747 people for 14 years. (5)

The real cause of health problems – carbs. The authors write, "high carbohydrate intake was associated with higher risk of total mortality, whereas total fat and individual types of fat were related to lower total mortality." (6)


Enjoy coconut oil, butter, cream, tallow and lard, replacing carbohydrates with these good quality fats. Especially avoid cooking with or eating foods made with vegetable oils including canola, soy, cottonseed, sunflower seed and others.



Researching Chiropractic

Chiropractic clinical case histories have been a regular feature of our patient newsletter since its inception. There seems 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.



Ear infection in a one-year-old. Parents brought in their one-year-old infant who was suffering from chronic, recurrent ear infections; having had four bilateral ear infections in a period of six months. The ear infections interfered with the child’s sleep and caused extreme irritation in the child’s attitude. Medical care consisted of prescribed antibiotics.


Chiropractic spinal examination revealed multiple subluxations. The patient received a total of nine adjustments and the ear infections completely resolved. (7)


Irregular bowel movements in an eight-year-old. A young girl with a history of irregular bowel movements was brought in by her parents for chiropractic care. Previous attempts of altered potty training habits and stool softeners were unsuccessful in regulating her bowel movements.


Examination revealed vertebral subluxations that were periodically corrected. After two weeks of care the parents noticed initial improvements and after six weeks of care the fecal incontinence was resolved; the child was having no “accidents” for the first time in her life. (8)


Sciatic pain and hot flashes. A 57-year-old woman was suffering from right-sided sciatic nerve pain as well as approximately 10 hot flashes per day.


Chiropractic examination revealed upper cervical (upper neck) subluxations that were addressed. After receiving nine upper cervical adjustments over a period of six weeks, she reported complete resolution of hot flashes and improvement in sciatic pain. (9)


MD Will Not Vaccinate His Kids


Success Story

Severe Neck Pain

Nervous and scared about chiropractic


Let me start off by saying that just a few short weeks ago I was a total chiropractic skeptic. I have now come to the realization that this was mostly because I was uneducated on chiropractic care itself.

A few weeks ago I was suffering from severe neck pain. The pain was interfering with my work, gym routine, driving and sleep- I was miserable. I tried the whole Motrin, ice and heat methods I had read online but nothing was working.

A few close people I know had suggested seeing a chiropractor- even though I was skeptical I was desperate to get rid of the pain. I heard great things about this office and made an appointment with Dr. Horning and it was the best decision I ever made. He explained to me all about chiropractic care and put me right at ease. He sent me for X-rays to better diagnose the cause of pain. A pinched nerve and total disc displacement throughout my entire neck was the diagnosis.

Every visit I was educated on what exactly was going to happen that visit, Dr. Horning made my anxiety about getting adjusted fade away. The staff is so sweet and helpful and made me feel comfortable right away! Every visit was simple and the pain from the pinched nerve was gone in just three short visits, now the adjustments to get my neck back to “normal” are just beginning. I am already feeling so much better physically and am looking forward to making my body healthy again!

Chiropractic care is amazing and a healthy lifestyle must- Go see Dr. Horning and his amazing staff today!


Laura R.




  • I just read that 4,153,237 people got married last year. Not to cause any trouble but shouldn't that be an even number?
  • Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool. I gave him a glass of water.
  • I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather; not screaming in terror like the passengers in his bus.
  • If I had a dollar for every girl that found me unattractive, they would eventually find me attractive.
  • I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom until they are flashing behind you.
  • A recent study has found that women who carry a little extra weight, live longer than the men who mention it.
  • Did you know that dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw fish to them?
  • My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We'll see about that.
  • I think my neighbor is stalking me as she's been Googling my name on her computer. I saw it through my telescope last night.
  • If you think nobody cares whether you're alive, try missing a couple of payments.
  • My therapist said that my narcissism causes me to misread social situations. I’m pretty sure she was hitting on me.
  • My 60-year kindergarten reunion is coming up soon and I’m worried about the 175 pounds I’ve gained since then.



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1. Daniell J, Osti O. Failed back surgery syndrome: a review. Asian Spine J. 2018;12(2):372-379.

2. Epstein, NE. Are recommended spine operations either unnecessary or too complex? Evidence from second opinions. Surgical Neurology International. 2013;4(Suppl 5):S353-S358.

3. Lapham-Yaun R, Castro K. improved spinal alignment, chronic low back pain and improved quality of life in a 62-year-old patient undergoing chiropractic care following failed surgical syndrome: a case study & review of the literature. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. January 17, 2019:10-21.

4. Mozaffarian D, Ludwig DS. The 2015 US dietary guidelines: lifting the ban on total dietary fat. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2015:313(24):2421-2422.
5. Mensink RP, Zock PL, Kester AD, Katan MB. (2003). Effects of dietary fatty acids and carbohydrates on the ratio of serum total to HDL cholesterol and on serum lipids and apolipoproteins: a meta-analysis of 60 controlled trials. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2003;77(5):1146-1155.

6. Dehghan M, Mente A, Zhang X et al. Associations of fats and carbohydrate intake with cardiovascular disease and mortality in 18 countries from five continents (PURE): a prospective cohort study. Lancet.  2017;390(101077):2050-2062. Published online August 29 2017.   .

7. Sigmon P, Alcantara J. Resolution of chronic, recurrent bilateral ear infections following chiropractic care in a one-year-old infant: a case report & review of the literature. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic. January 14, 2019:1-5.

8. Meeks S, Green T, Evans M. Resolution of pediatric encopresis following chiropractic care to correct vertebral subluxation: a case study & review of the literature. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic. January 24, 2019:6-10.

9. Slagel J. Resolution of hot flashes in a 57-year-old female following upper cervical NUCCA care: a case report & review of literature. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research. October 29, 2018:46-53.