Monday, June 26, 2006


Functional Analysis

Functional Analysis bases its technique on gentle touch and light thrusting by hand or instrument. This low-force adjusting method allows the nervous system to better integrate and understand the new corrective information and to process it throughout the spinal cord and brain.
Functional Analysis utilizes your breathing patterns and how you walk and move to determine the most appropriate places to treat, not just pain. Reconnecting your body with your brain is one of our main goals.
Your spinal corrections do not stop once you get off the table. They continue as you breath and move. You may notice that you hear a click or popping sound in your spine later on the same day after the functional analysis adjustment. That’s your body realigning and correcting its own subluxations.
Functional Analysis teaches and empowers your body to make more corrections and healing with ongoing care.

Monday, June 19, 2006


Children and Chiropractic

The relationship between intensity of chiropractic care and the incidence of childhood diseases.
Rose-Aymon S, Aymon M. Prochaska-Moss G, Moss R, Rebne R, Nielsen K. Journal of Chiropractic Research, 1989 (Spring): 70-77.

A comparative study of the health status of children raised under the health care models of chiropractic and allopathic medicine. Van Breda, WM and Van Breda JM Journal of Chiropractic Research Summer 1989.

Absence of T-cells, immune dysfunction, has colds all the time. International Chiropractic Pediatric Association Newsletter. November 1996

References : Children and Chiropractic


The value of a healthy attitude

The value of a healthy attitude: how faith, anger, humor, and boredom can affect your health

Does your attitude affect your health? Does a positive, happy one keep you healthier? Or a negative, unhappy, even angry, one hurt you? The answer to all these questions is yes. The mind and body are snugly interwoven, and this connection affects you in more ways than you might be aware of.

It used to be thought that the mind and the immune system existed independently of each other. But research now shows that they may act as a single unit. Feeling stressed, for example, can make you more susceptible to whatever virus is going around. On the other hand, when you feel joyous and lighthearted, your immune system has a better chance of protecting you from it.

It's been shown that even pretending to feel something can affect you. In a study at the University of California at Los Angeles, researchers found that actors could influence their immune systems simply by the emotions they portrayed.

It's a good bet that expectation also plays an important role. If you expect to be healthy, you increase your chances of enjoying good health. If you expect to be ill, you increase your chances of that.

This doesn't have to do just with whether you come down with a cold or a bug. Attitude influences whether you get--and even die from--more serious illnesses. Heart disease is a good example.

Anger is an emotion that's directly related to illness. It has its place in life, and there are times when feeling angry is an appropriate response. But chronic anger or anger that's out of proportion to the situation at hand is another matter. A study in Boston gave a questionnaire to 1,300 men to measure their tendencies toward anger. The study concluded that those men who scored the highest were three times more likely to develop heart disease than the men who scored the lowest.

This knowledge is not brand-new. John Barefoot, Ph.D., a research professor at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, did a 25year follow-up study of a group of medical students. "These were students in the 1950s," he says, "and we followed them up through 1980, I believe." What he and his colleagues discovered was that the ones who were hostile initially were the ones who were more likely to have died by the time of the follow-up study.

What he calls hostility, he says, is "an attitude of cynical beliefs and lack of trust in other people.... If you believe people are mean-spirited and bad and untrustworthy, that leads to a negative world outlook.

"That was one of the first studies," he adds, "but there have been several other studies, larger studies, that have also confirmed that."

In a study conducted at the University of Chicago, on the effect of attitude on health, 200 telecommunication executives were observed as their companies were downsized. The health of the executives who saw change as an opportunity for growth fared much better than those who saw it as a threat. Fewer than a third of the executives who had a positive attitude contracted a serious illness during or soon after the downsizing. But executives who saw downsizing as a personal threat had mare than a 90 percent likelihood of becoming severely ill.

Feeling stressed is something everyone can relate to. What's stressful, though, is an individual matter. A situation that stresses one person may feel exhilarating to someone else and go entirely unnoticed by another.

Boredom has negative effects on your health, also, because of its lack of challenge and mental stimulation. Fatalism has a negative effect too. According to an article published recently in the Washington Post, researchers "stumbled onto a striking finding: Women who believed they were prone to heart disease were nearly four times as likely to die as women with similar risk factors who didn't hold such fatalistic views.

"The high risk of death, in other words, had nothing to do with the usual heart disease culprits--age, blood pressure, cholesterol, weight," the article states. "Instead, it tracked closely with belief. Think sick, be sick."

If we convince ourselves that we're going to develop a particular illness or that we're going to die, we increase our chances of doing exactly that. The article further points out that surgeons are wary of patients who are convinced they're going to die, because almost 100 percent of them actually do.

It may seem that your health is at the mercy of your feelings, but the fact is that you have greater control over them than you might suppose--and there are definite ways you can exercise that control. One is to spend as much time as possible around positive, happy people. Another is to spend as little time as possible around negative, anxious, or angry people.

Support groups can make an enormous difference in your life too. And there are a variety of them around that deal with various problems and illnesses. In a study at Stanford University researchers found that cancer patients who were in support groups stayed in remission longer and lived longer.

When you feel overwhelmed by anxiety, anger, depression, or lack of interest in what's going on around you, it helps to know that you can talk to someone who will listen, someone who may be able to point you in a better direction--a friend, a member of the clergy, or a doctor or therapist. Sometimes what you need most is simply to know that you've been heard, that someone cares, and that you are not alone with your problems.

Religious faith has an enormous effect on your attitude. It can make you more generous and openhearted toward others and toward yourself, too. It helps to look for what's good and uplifting so that you focus more on the positive.

Regular exercise works wonders too. It defuses stress and strengthens your cardiovascular and immune systems while it makes you feel better about yourself.

Prayer, meditation, or simply relaxing while listening to soothing music helps. So does pursuing a hobby--gardening, painting, or cooking, for example. Hobbies give you something else to concentrate on, something to enjoy that shows positive results. And that gives your spirit a much-needed respite.

It's important to develop an attitude of optimism. Even when a situation or circumstance looks bleak, sad, or painful, there will be at least some small thing? the situation that can offer hope or something to smile about. By practicing looking for what's uplifting, you will find it more often.

And then there is humor--one of the most important weapons in a person's attitude arsenal. Humor impacts your health in a number of ways, says Steven M. Sultanoff Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in Irvine, California, and past president of the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor.

"Humor stimulates laugher. And we know that physiological stimulation through laughter leads to a number of health benefits. It appears to reduce stress; it tends to boost immunoglobulin A (an antibody that fights upper respiratory disease); and it tends to boost killer T-cells, which are antibodies that fight infection.

"Through laughter we get a physiological stimulation. Humor also stimulates us through what I call mirth. which is an emotional experience," Sultanoff adds. There's an enormous amount of research showing that people who have chronically distressing emotions, such as anger, depression, or anxiety, suffer a negative health impact from them. "The research, particularly on heart disease, is very dramatic," Sultanoff says. "People who are chronically angry and hostile are four to five times more likely to have a heart attack than people who are not.

"There's dramatic research that shows that the distressing emotions lead to bad health, and the experience of humor replaces distressing emotions. So, for example, you may have had a time in your life when you were really angry with someone, and they did something to make you laugh. In that moment you said, `Don't make me laugh. I want to be angry.' The experience of humor displaces the distressing emotion."

Humor also has a positive effect on health in the way that it affects your attitude. There's research showing that the way people believe and the way their attitude is adjusted are directly related to health. People who have a negative or pessimistic attitude about life are actually more susceptible to common everyday illnesses, such as colds or stomach pains.

"Humor changes attitude through what I call wit," Sultanoff continues. "There's a particular element of perspective that's provided by humor that relieves us of a potential health distress. So instead of seeing everything as negative, all of a sudden you see it in perspective."

Something worth cultivating is the ability to see humor in even small everyday things. One of Sultanoff's favorite examples is a sign on the freeway on the way into San Diego. "It says `Cruise Ships Use Airport Exit.' So how many cruise ships do you think there are on the freeway?" he asks. "And why would they use the airport exit?"

Sultanoff concludes, "Another important thing people can do is to learn one humorous thing--a story in their life, or a joke, or anything funny--that they can share with others. There is something in the sharing of humor that rekindles one's own experience. The complement to that is to have a humor buddy--someone who can share something funny with you every day or so."

Considering how important humor and laughter are to the state of health, they are both worth cultivating. So are faith, love, friendship, and pleasure in the small things of everyday life. All of these are within our reach. And all pay big health dividends.

Monday, June 12, 2006


The Secret of Life



The Dynamics of Growth and Change

The Dynamics of Growth and Change

a) The only way life gets better for you is when you get better! Better is not something you wish for; better is something you become
b) If you are not changing your responses to the situations and circumstances that make up your life, you’re not being flexible and thus you’re throwing away your greatest asset as an individual human being
c) By not being prepared, you make the choice of getting caught in some of life’s unpleasant circumstances, such as a rainy day. Make the decision to carry an umbrella. You’ve got to take personal responsibility you’ve got to be self-reliant
d) Learn all you can. Make all the friends you can. Read as many books as you can. Develop as many skills as you can. See and do as much as possible.


Chiropractic Philosophy 2006


Chiropractic Philosophy

Chiropractic Philosophy

Chiropractic is the only health care profession that not only bases its care on clinical research & basic science but also critical thinking and a philosophical approach that matches the reality around us.

80 years ago one chiropractic wrote down some basic tenets that can be proved by quantum physics and sciences of today.

In 1927 Dr. Ralph Stevenson wrote:

The 33 Chiropractic Principles

1. The Major Premise - A Universal Intelligence is in all matter and continually gives to it all its properties and actions, thus maintaining it in existence.

2. The Chiropractic Meaning of Life - The expression of this intelligence through matter is the Chiropractic meaning of life.

3. The Union of Intelligence and Matter - Life is necessarily the union of intelligence and matter.

4. The Triune of Life - Life is a triunity having three necessary united factors, namely: Intelligence, Force and Matter.

5. The Perfection of the Triune - In order to have 100% Life, there must be 100% Intelligence, 100% Force, 100% Matter.

6. The Principle of Time - There is no process that does not require time.

7. The Amount of Intelligence in Matter - The amount of intelligence for any given amount of matter is 100%, and is always proportional to its requirements.

8. The Function of Intelligence - The function of intelligence is to create force.

9. The Amount of Force Created by Intelligence - The amount of force created by intelligence is always 100%.

10. The Function of Force - The function of force is to unite intelligence and matter.

11. The Character of Universal Forces - The forces of Universal Intelligence are manifested by physical laws; are unswerving and unadapted, and have no solicitude for the structures in which they work.

12. Interference with Transmission of Universal Forces - There can be interference with transmission of universal forces.

13. The Function of Matter - The function of matter is to express force.

14. Universal Life - Force is manifested by motion in matter; all matter has motion, therefore there is universal life in all matter.

15. No Motion without the Effort of Force - Matter can have no motion without the application of force by intelligence.

16. Intelligence in both Organic and Inorganic Matter - Universal Intelligence gives force to both organic and inorganic matter.

17. Cause and Effect - Every effect has a cause and every cause has effects.

18. Evidence of Life - The signs of life are evidence of the intelligence of life.

19. Organic Matter - The material of the body of a "living thing" is organized matter.

20. Innate Intelligence - A "living thing" has an inborn intelligence within its body, called Innate Intelligence.

21. The Mission of Innate Intelligence - The mission of Innate Intelligence is to maintain the material of the body of a "living thing" in active organization.

22. The Amount of Innate intelligence - There is 100% of Innate Intelligence in every "living thing," the requisite amount, proportional to its organization.

23. The Function of Innate Intelligence - The function of Innate Intelligence is to adapt universal forces and matter for use in the body, so that all parts of the body will have co-ordinated action for mutual benefit.

24. The Limits of Adaptation - Innate Intelligence adapts forces and matter for the body as long as it can do so without breaking a universal law, or Innate Intelligence is limited by the limitations of matter.

25. The Character of Innate Forces - The forces of Innate Intelligence never injure or destroy the structures in which they work.

26. Comparison of Universal and Innate Forces - In order to carry on the universal cycle of life, Universal forces are destructive, and Innate forces constructive, as regards structural matter.

27. The Normality of Innate Intelligence - Innate Intelligence is always normal and its function is always normal.

28. The Conductors of Innate Forces - The forces of Innate Intelligence operate through or over the nervous system in animal bodies.

29. Interference with Transmission of Innate Forces - There can be interference with the transmission of Innate forces.

30. The Causes of Dis-ease - Interference with the transmission of Innate forces causes incoordination of dis-ease.

31. Subluxations - Interference with transmission in the body is always directly or indirectly due to subluxations in the spinal column.

32. The Principle of Coordination - Coordination is the principle of harmonious action of all the parts of an organism, in fulfilling their offices and purposes.

33. The Law of Demand and Supply - The Law of Demand and Supply is existent in the body in its ideal state; wherein the "clearing house," is the brain, Innate the virtuous "banker," brain cells "clerks," and nerve cells "messengers."

Saturday, June 10, 2006


Sensory Integration Dysfunction

In Sensory Integration Dysfunction, the brain is not processing, or organizing, the flow of sensory impulses in a manner that gives the individual good, precise information about himself or his world.

When the brain is not processing sensory input well, it often means it is also not directing actions or behavior effectively or efficiently. Without good sensory integration, learning is difficult, the brain makes inefficient and inaccurate responses to there internal and external environment.


Clinical neurophysiology of dystonia.

Acta Neurol Belg. 2005 Mar;105(1):23-9.

Clinical neurophysiology of dystonia.

It took decades to accept that dystonia, a bizarre condition which often produces abnormal movements exclusively during specific activities like writing, was due to brain disease. Clinical neurophysiology certainly added to this evolution of thinking. Recent neurophysiological observations demonstrate that dystonia is not only due to an isolated brain motor dysfunction, but also to sensory and sensorimotor integration disturbances. We hope that new treatment strategies will arise thanks to our better understanding of dystonia pathophysiology.


Dystonia may be caused by a mismatch between sensory input versus motor output

J Neurol. 2005 Oct;252 Suppl 4:IV13-IV16.

Basal ganglia encompass four to five distinct loops to allow parallel processing of information. Among them, the most intensively studied is the motor loop, which includes two distinct direct and indirect pathways. The direct pathway exerts facilitatory influence upon the motor cortex, whereas the indirect pathway exerts an inhibitory effect. Overall, this dual system provides a center(excitatory)-surround-(inhibitory) mechanism to focus its effect on selected cortical neurons, and several lines of evidence suggest that this center-surround mechanism is used to focus the output on a specific group of muscles required for performing a specific task. This operation is made possible through opening the sensory channel for the expected sensory feed-back afferents during movement. Thus, one of the important functions of basal ganglia seems to be the gating of sensory input for motor control. Dystonia may be caused by a mismatch between sensory input versus motor output, and parkinsonism may be viewed as a disorder of gain control of this sensorimotor integration.

Friday, June 09, 2006


Mild Head Injuries

Mild head injuries and chiropractic

Zielinski, Robert J

Count to 15. When you reach 15, another person in the United States will have sustained a head injury. Each year, an estimated 2 million people will suffer a head injury and about 500,000 to 750,000 will be severe enough to be hospitalized. These accident victims will be classified as having a moderate to severe brain injury. However, approximately 85 percent of accident victims will sustain a "mild head injury" or concussion and will not be hospitalized. These accident patients will typically seek treatment for the physical consequences of their accidents in the offices of chiropractors, neurologists, and/or orthopedic doctors. Although these patients generally seek relief from physical pain, i.e., neck, back, and muscle, they may also be suffering the consequences of a closed head injury. An accident victim who has sustained a mild closed head injury may show no noticeable signs of physical damage to the head area, but he or she may be suffering from a traumatic brain injury. It is also necessary to realize that the term "mild brain injury" is a misnomer since any insult to the brain can have significant and devastating effects on cognitive functioning.

An accident victim may have had an automobile accident, a fall, a sports accident, or any other serious event. This can cause trauma to the muscles, bones, ligaments, blood vessels, nerves in the neck, back, and head, and to the brain. A traumatic brain injury can be defined as:

* direct impact of the brain upon the skull caused by an object striking the skull (such as a baseball bat striking the skull)
* the skull striking an object ( such as the head hitting the windshield in a car) the brain undergoing movement in the skull without direct impact to the head (such as a whiplash).
If the brain is damaged at the point of contact, it is considered a coup injury. If the damage is on the opposite side of the brain, it is known as a contrecoup injury.

The mild head injury without visible signs is often overlooked by physicians because the patient looks and acts "normal." In reality, a mild closed head injury may not show structural brain damage on a CAT scan or MRI and the accident patient may or may not have lost consciousness, or only report feeling "dazed" after the accident.

In a mild head injury, there may be no direct blow to the head. Instead, the head may be violently shaken back and forth, as in a rear-end collision. An injury may result to the brain because the brain ricochets inside the skull during the impact of the accident. The bouncing of the brain first against one part of the skull, and then against another, can produce bruises and/or swelling in different parts of the brain. Additionally, a shearing or tearing may occur, especially in the temporal and frontal areas of the brain, because of the skull's bony structure. The shearing and tearing happen on a microscopic level and, for the most part, are not apparent on common medical tests, such as an MRI or CAT scans. It should be noted that even if an MRI or CAT scan is negative, this does not mean that the brain is not compromised. These tests do not assess how the brain processes incoming and outgoing information. They assess only brain structure. In other words, these medical tests do not assess the "brain in action"-cognitive tasks that involve thought, memory, reading, and so on.

When a patient who has been in an accident comes to your office because of neck/back pain, you must be aware that in any accident, the brain may also be compromised. The patient may show only subtle signs of compromised brain functioning, and without an alert recognition of possible problems, the patient is shortchanged in terms of a treatment plan.

By the time the accident victim shows up in your office, he or she may have the following cognitive and personality consequences (beyond the physical problems for which the patient is seeking relief):

Cognitive Deficits
short attention span
short-term memory problems
problem-solving deficits
difficulty in understanding abstract concepts
inability to perform one- or two-step commands simultaneously
problems in reading comprehension or in performing math problems
mispronouncing words
word-finding difficulties
Personality Changes
emotional instability
apathy and lessened motivation
lowered Frustration tolerance
increased aggression

If these symptoms do not improve from one to three months after the head trauma, they may become permanent. An appropriate referral to a psychologist, neuropsychologist, or neurologist is absolutely necessary.

Behaviorally, an accident victim with a mild head injury can get confused about performing simple daily tasks, such as remembering telephone numbers, names, and faces, and in carrying out the common tasks of daily life. While pre-injury learning and memory typically remain unaffected, learning new material and procedures can be devastating since so much mental energy is needed to cognitively function that the tasks become overwhelming.

Additionally, in a mild head injury, it is typical that mental confusion occurs in over-stimulating environments, such as grocery stores, malls, restaurants, or large crowds. Learning new material is exhausting for this patient. Performing several tasks at the same time is equally taxing--such as cooking a meal. Concentrating on doing paper work is daunting. This exhaustion occurs because of the necessary additional effort on the part of the patient to pay attention to the task at hand; additionally, it usually becomes worse as the day wears on. The exhaustion is not only mental but also physical. Usually, a rest period is needed in late afternoon or early evening to help the patient recharge his or her "batteries." Along with the mental and physical exhaustion come emotional stress and a reduced ability to control the temper. Thus, the patient may become extremely frustrated, angry, and depressed and experience significant self doubt.
These deficits become even more devastating if the patient has been told that the MRI or CAT scan was negative. Patients wonder if they are "going crazy 11 since they think they should feel normal if their test results come up negative. These accident victims are "put into a box," i.e., victims know that "something is wrong," but they are told that they should not be experiencing cognitive consequences from their accident. Many times patients suffer in silence, afraid to pit their own experiences against their medical tests. The typical result is a depression in which patients doubt their own cognitive weakness experiences. This self-doubt is overwhelming in terms of emotional functioning.

Patients with a mad head injury tend to deny their cognitive problems and try to cover up their weaknesses. Few patients want to admit memory lapses, cognitive confusion, reading comprehension problems, or other related cognitive tasks. They want to avoid losing a job. Or they want to appear "normal" in daily life.

For the treating chiropractor, careful observation and active listening to the patient's verbalizations are necessary to detect if subtle consequences of the mild head trauma are present. For instance, does the patient forget simple instructions during your treatment, ask you to repeat what you have said, have problems verbally expressing thoughts, stumble over words, need to be directed over and over to perform a task, have difficulty discriminating left from right, or seem to be depressed or unduly anxious?
Questions can be directed to the patient, such as:

How is your memory?
Do you have problems remembering what you read?
Do you get distracted easily?
Is your thinking confused?
Do you forget what has been told to you?
Do you have trouble performing daily tasks?
Do you have problems following directions?
Has there been a change in your personality since the accident?

These, among other variables, can suggest that the patient is suffering from the consequences of a mad head injury. Since many patients, however, will try to deny "problems," each response will need to be validated by behavior observed by the treating physician. Other methods of inquiry could include questionnaires relating to the consequences of a mad head injury, as well as computerized screening assessments of the patient.

The first tragedy of an accident victim may be a mild traumatic brain injury. The second tragedy is if a treating physician does not recognize the devastating cognitive and emotional consequences of a brain injury, which may mean that a proper referral to those professionals with expertise in working with head-injured patients is not made.

The author would like to state that this article is not intended to be an exhaustive examination of mild traumatic head injuries. It is merely a starting point for those who are interested in the topic.

Reference and Reading List
1. Filskov S & BoIl T. (Eds.) Handbook ofClinical Neuropsychology. 1981. New York: Wiley and Sons.
2. Levin H, Eidenberg H, e3 Benton A. (Eads.) Mild Head Injury.1989. New York: Oxford University Pres.
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6. Parker R Traumatic Brain Injury and Neuropsychological Impairment. 1990. New York: Springer- Verlag.
7. Taylor R. Distinguishing Psychological from Organic Disorders. 1981. New York: Springer Publishing.
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Wednesday, June 07, 2006


Chiropractic treatments for whiplash

Chiropractic treatments for whiplash

Introduction to whiplash
Chiropractors are specialists in treating non-surgical spine injuries and commonly treat whiplash injuries from car accidents. The job of the chiropractor in helping his or her patients overcome the pain and disability associated with whiplash is to:

The process of rehabilitation from a whiplash injury requires a concerted effort between the chiropractor, the patient and any other professional assisting in the case. The likelihood of success of recovering from whiplash is enhanced by a continued focus on restoring normal function with the help of the chiropractor.

After a whiplash injury, chiropractors take a systematic approach to establishing a diagnosis (1), including:

  1. Patient history
  2. Chiropractic examination
  3. Working diagnosis
  4. Chiropractic treatment plan

Chiropractors’ evaluation of patient history for a whiplash injury
The chiropractor will review specific information regarding the car accident, such as:

The chiropractor will also ask questions about the whiplash injury:

Finally, the chiropractor will ask about any other symptoms that may be related to the pain, such as numbness, tingling, weakness, dizziness, or blurred or double vision.

Chiropractor’s examination of a whiplash injury
Next, the chiropractor will examine the patient to assess, in the immediate stage, whether serious whiplash injury is present that may require hospital and/or surgical referral, and to identify specific tissues that have been injured.

Chiropractor’s working diagnosis of a whiplash injury
From the history and examination, the chiropractor will establish as a "working diagnosis" — a clinical impression of the most salient features of the whiplash injury.

Based on this diagnosis of the whiplash injury, the chiropractor will then determine whether any additional tests (such as x-rays, MRI, EMG or blood tests) are required. The chiropractor will obtain reports from any tests that were done through the emergency room or at previous consultations with spine specialists to avoid unnecessary duplicate testing at the chiropractic clinic.

Once all the necessary information has been gathered, the chiropractor will make a determination as to the best course of action required to bring about maximum recovery from the whiplash injury in the shortest time possible. This may mean referral by the chiropractor to another spine specialist or a chiropractic treatment plan.

Sunday, June 04, 2006


Breathing for Better Health!

Breathing is one of the most important and most “instant” of all the vital functions of the body and yet the understanding of it, let alone the correction and therapeutic use of it, in complementary medicine is far from sufficient. The aim of this article is to shed light on some of the confusing issues about respiration.
The very existence of our physical body in the environment requires several “interactions” and “exchanges”:
exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide between the atmosphere and the body through breathing;
exchange of organic matters (eating, defecation) provided by the digestive system;
exchange of heat (emitting, conserving or absorbing heat mainly through the skin) with the environment is provided by the thermoregulatory system;
movement of the body is provided by the locomotor system (bones, joints and muscles);
informational, emotional and spiritual exchange is provided by the central nervous system, (The Thalamus, Hypothalamus & Limibic Systems).
If any of these interactions goes wrong disease will ensue. However, in reality the sick person has many, or all, of these systems deranged, though in different degrees.


Infertility and Chiropractic

Infertility and Chiropractic

A new series of case studies was published and made the news in a big way. Madeline Behrendt, D.C., who has written several articles in the JVSR on infertility was interviewed, and they are including Chiropractic in their segment! This aired nationally on CBS.

Read about it here:
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Read additional articles about chiropractic and infertility here:

The Resolution of Chronic Colitis with Chiropractic Care Leading to Increased Fertility Charles L. Blum, D.C Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research 2003 (Aug 31): 1-5

Insult, Interference and Infertility: An Overview of Chiropractic Research Madeline Behrendt, D.C. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research 2003 (May 2): Special Infertility Issue

The restoration of female fertility in response to chiropractic treatment. Proceedings Of The National Conference On Chiropractic And Pediatrics. 1994:55-64. McNabb B. Copies of the proceedings may be purchased through the ICA; call 1-800-423-4690.

Inability to conceive. Two case histories from the files of Larry L. Webster,D.C. International Chiropractic Pediatric Association Newsletter. Nov. 1995.


Chiro & Autism...No Drugs...NO SIDE EFFECTS!

Case report: autism and chronic otitis media. Warner SP and Warner TM. Today's Chiropractic. May/June 1999.

2) Case Study - Autism. Rubinstein, HM, Chiropractic Pediatrics Vol. 1 No. 1, April 1994

3) The effects of chiropractic treatment on students with learning and behavioral impairments due to neurological dysfunction. Walton EV. Int Rev of Chiro 1975;29:4-5,24-26.

4) Developmental Communication Disorder. Subluxation location and correction Stephen R. Goldman, D.C. Today's Chiropractic July/August 1995 p.70-74.

5) Autism, Asthma, Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), strabismus and illness susceptibility: a case study in chiropractic management. Amalu WC. Todays Chiropractic. September/October 1998. Pp. 32-47.

6) Subluxation location and correction by Stephen R. Goldman, D.C. Today's Chiropractic July/August 1995 p.70-74. Case Study No. 4:

Additional Articles:

1) An analysis of 350 emotionally maladjusted individuals under chiropractic care. Hartmann GW, Schwartz HS. NCA Journal of Chiropractic, Nov. 1949.

2) Relations of disturbances of cranio-sacral mechanisms to symptomatology of the newborn. Fryman V. JAOA. 1966;65:1059

3) Post-traumatic evaluation and treatment of the pediatric patient with head injury: a case report. Araghi HJ. Proceedings of the National Conference on Chiropractic and Pediatrics, 1992:1-8.


Austism, Learning Disabilities


Peer Reviewed Journals:

1) Blocked atlantal nerve syndrome in infants and small children. Gutman G. ICA Review, 1990; July:37-42. Originally published in German Manuelle Medizin (1987) 25:5-10.

2) Learning difficulties of children viewed in the light of osteopathic concept. Frymann V (1988). In: Retalaff EW, Mitchell Fl Jr. (Eds). The cranium and its sutures, Springer, Berlin Heidelberg, NY, pp.27-47.

3) The relationship of craniosacral examination findings in grade school children with developmental problems. Upledger JE, J Am Osteopath Assoc. 1978 (Jun);77 (10):760-776

4) Osteopathic management of psychosomatic problems. Dunn, FE. JAOA, Vol. 48 No. 4 Neuropsychiatric Supplement Vol. 2 No. 1 Dec. 1948.

5) Osteopathic concepts in psychiatry. Dunn FE JAOA, March 1950.

6) A pilot study of applied kinesiology in helping children with learning disabilities. Mathews MO, Thomas E, British Osteopathic Journal Vol. X11 1993.

7) The effect of chiropractic adjustments on the behavior of autistic children; a case review. Sandeful, R, Adams E. ACA Journal of Chiropractic, Dec 21:5, 1987.

The authors reported that 50% of all subjects under chiropractic care experienced reliable behavioral improvements, as recorded by independent observers. It is reported by those working with autistic children than any change in behavior in an autistic child is considered to be significant. Behavioral improvements were observed in such diverse areas as picking up toys, use of sign language, reduction of self-abuse and appropriate use of language.


A Quick Look At Autism

National Press about theVaccine/ Autism Connection:

These recent articles in Washington Times reveal a very interesting hypothesis. Author, Dan Olmsted writes: "Since the Amish have been cut off for hundreds of years from American culture and scientific progress, the Amish may have had less exposure to some new factor triggering autism in the rest of population. The likely culprit: vaccines.

Traveling to the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country in search of autistic Amish children, the reporter, based on national statistics, should have found as many as 200 children with autism in the community -- instead, he found only three, the oldest age 9 or 10.

The first autistic Amish child was a girl who had been brought over from China, adopted by one family only to be given up after becoming overwhelmed by her autism, and then re-adopted by an Amish Mennonite family. (China, India and Indonesia are among countries moving fast to mass-vaccination programs.)

The second autistic Amish child definitely had received a vaccination and developed autism shortly thereafter.

The reporter was unable to determine the vaccination status of the third child.

Read the articles here: and here:

The Medical Debate:
This link leads you to an informative letter from one MD to another about the connection between vaccines and autism.

Video on Autism:

The autism mailing group recently sent out this link:
It is a one hour video from the DAN conference, about kids on the autistic spectrum who have recovered through the use of nutritional intervention. The interesting thing is that a lot of these kids became "autistic" after vaccination. Some really interesting footage. And a fantastic shot of the audience responding to Gov. Schwarzenager signing a bill to forbid the use of mercury in vaccinations. The speaker has all parents in the audience stand and wave their hands if they thought their child would not be autistic if not for their vaccination.

RFK, Jr on Autism:
Recent press has been focusing on an article written by RFK, Jr on the effects of thimerosal in vaccines and the vaccine connection.
Read the article here:
Read his complete text on the subject here:

Increase in Autism Baffles Scientists

October 18, 2002 ~ Authors of California study say they cannot explain reasons for what they call epidemic of childhood autism in state; mysterious brain disorder affects person's ability to form relationships and to behave normally in everyday life; study discounts genetics, birth injuries and childhood immunizations as factors in tripling of autism cases from 1987 to 1998; Dr Catherine Lord, leading authority on autism, says it is unclear whether California findings apply to other states; federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working in 13 states to look at apparent increase in autism cases; there is no reliable count nationwide so far, since criteria and reporting practices vary from state to state.The full article is available for a fee from the New York Times.

MMR/ Austism Link -- New Research

Ever since Andrew Wakefield's work on the MMR Vaccine and Autism came out there has been multiple papers, comments and disputes about its validity. Search for collection of previous studies

Now a new study adds additional reason to believe there is a a direct correlation between the two.

This news article sums it up well. New Research Suggests Autism Link to MMR

Here is Singh's abstract on: Abnormal Measles-Mumps-Rubella Antibodies and CNSAutoimmunity in Children with Autism Read the abstract in PubMed

“The Status of Research into Vaccine Safety and Autism"

Washington, D.C. - On June 19, 2002, at 11:00 a.m., in Room 2154 of the Rayburn House Office Building, the Committee on Government Reform, chaired by Congressman Dan Burton (R-IN), will conduct a hearing to evaluate the status of research concerning the possible relationship between vaccines and neurological disorders, including autism. Ten years ago, autism was estimated to affect 1 in 10,000 children. According to the National Institutes of Health, it is now anticipated to affect 1 in 250 children.Read the Report

New Study Supports Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism

The newest research on the vaccine-autism relationship has just come out showing a link between mercury in vaccines and autism when there is genetic predisposition.The measles virus was detected in spinal fluid of children with autism, but not in controls.The findings challenge the results of several large studies on autism and bolster the fears of parents who have long believed their children were harmed by the vaccines.,1,5059086.story?coll=la-news-science

Prenatal Risk Factors for Infantile Autism

The following study, "Prenatal risk factors for infantile autism", poses an interesting correlation between infantile autism and intrauterine growth restriction. Reuter's article begins, "Intrauterine and neonatal factors related to restricted intrauterine growth or fetal distress may be associated with the development of autism, according to a report in the July issue of Epidemiology.
In a case-control study nested within a population-based cohort, Dr. Christina M. Hultman, of the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, and colleagues examined various maternal characteristics and pregnancy outcomes among 408 children diagnosed with infantile autism before 10 years of age and 2040 matched controls." And concludes with . "Although several of the reported associations could be a function of genetic risk in the fetus, several of the findings are consistent with nongenetic environmental mediation of risks." (Read the complete article)

The chiropractic correlation here comes in the conclusion drawn by the authors: "Our findings suggest that intrauterine and neonatal factors related to deviant intrauterine growth or fetal distress are important in the pathogenesis of autism."

Intrauterine constraint can lead to deviant growth and fetal distress. 1,2 This new study isjust one more reason why removing constraint to the woman's uterus throughout pregnancy leads to easier, safer births for both the mother and baby.

Specific chiropractic care balances pelvic muscles and ligaments and removes constraint to the woman's uterus. 3 When we understand the physiological relationship between the woman's uterus and the developing baby, it is clear to see that specific chiropractic adjustments throughout pregnancy can decrease the potential of deviant intrauterine growth and/ or fetal distress. 4

1.Hellstrom B, Sallmander U "Prevention of Spinal Cord Injury in Hyperextension of the Fetal Head" JAMA 1968; 204(12): 1041-4

2. Cunningham FG et al, "Dystocia Due to Pelvic Contraction", Williams Obstetrics, Nineteenth Ed 1989

3.Anrig C, Plaugher G; "Chiropractic Management of In-Utero Constraint" Pediatric Chiropractic, 1998: Chapter 5 page 102.

4.Chiropractic Care in Pregnancy for Safer, Easier Births

Umbilical Cord Clamping a Cause of Autism?

This particular study examines the potential relationship between early cord clamping, infant asphyxia and autism. It summarizes: Brain lesions are associated with autism and related disorders[1]. Hypoxic brain lesions in monkeys are associated with intelligence/memory defects similar to autism. [2] Immediate cord clamping causes newborn hypoxia. Placental oxygenation until the lungs are functioning prevents newborn hypoxia. Placental oxygenation until the lungs are functioning should prevent autism that is caused by hypoxic brain lesions.
Read the article at:

Check out this compilation of additional resources on the subject by the same author:

Send your patients to: so they can download additional info and present documentation to their birth care providers.

More Resources:

Research on Autism and Chiropractic

The Autism Page @ Chiro.Org

Additional Info on Vaccines

Autism Research Institute

Center for the Study of Autism

The Autism Autoimmunity Project

Families for Early Autism Treatment

Articles in Mothering Magazine

Vaccine-Autism Link

Over the past several years, parents have been hearing about the possible link between mercury in vaccines and its potential cause of autism. Studies have been published on either side of the fence , however the most recent published research is swaying the controversy back to the probable side.

Here is a highlighted timeline of this controversy::

Andrew Wakefield and the Autism Link:

In 1998, Dr. Andrew Wakefield first published a paper in the Lancet associating the MMR vaccine to autism.

Wakefield resigns:

Scorned and rebutted by his peers, Dr. Wakefield did not give up his search for truth and real science. Read about his struggles here: and and

Wakefield disputes study in NEJM:

In November 2002, the New England Joural of Medicine published a study to rebut Wakefield's findings about the MMR Vaccine/ Autism link.

Dr. Andrew Wakefield had this to say about their findings:

February 2004:
CDC Vaccine Data Leads Scientists to Shocking Discovery.


Parents Show Increasing Concern about Autism and Vaccines

More parents refusing to get kids vaccinated. Physicians are increasingly confronting parents who are concerned about the safety of childhood immunizations.

May 2004:
Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism

The committee concludes that the body of epidemiological evidence favors rejection of a causal relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism. The committee also concludes that the body of epidemiological evidence favors rejection of a causal relationship between thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism. The committee further finds that potential biological mechanisms for vaccine-induced autism that have been generated to date are theoretical only.

National Vaccine Information Center Comments on Review:


June 2004: New Study Supports Possible Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism

The newest research on the vaccine-autism relationship has just come out showing a link between mercury in vaccines and autism when there is genetic predisposition.The measles virus was detected in spinal fluid of children with autism, but not in controls.The findings challenge the results of several large studies on autism and bolster the fears of parents who have long believed their children were harmed by the vaccines.

For a recent TV News clip on the vaccine issue visit:
Clips on the right hand side of the page

Resources on Mercury in Vaccines:

For additional articles on autism visit:

For information on vaccines visit:

For information on chiropractic and autism visit:

Visit this site for clips from the Autism Conference:

Saturday, June 03, 2006



Dualism : contends you must have both of the two components in question, rather than one or the other. In contrast to dualism two other philosophical positions concerned with the number of substances: monism and pluralism. Monism is the view that there is one elemental whereas pluralism maintains that there are many things which constitute the world.

A major problem faced by dualists is the inability to resolve the rift created between the two opposing elements. Typically the motivation for resolving conflicts between these two realms is to make the world more understandable. For instance, how is the interaction between mind and body explained? Descartes, for example, claimed that the pineal gland is the point of contact between the bodily and spiritual realm. The inability to rectify these two realms has inclined some to adopt monism. Modern Allopathic/ Traditional/Orthodox Science, for example, offers a monistic account of reality (physicalism), which eliminates the mental altogether, removes any problems of relatedness between mind and body by eliminating the spiritual all together. Mental events are reduced to brain states, thus leaving only the bodily realm, thus monism.

Epiphenomenalism : The accepted extension of the allopathic, reductionist, mechanistic view of the mind/body concept. Epiphenomenalism contends there is only a one-way causal connection from the body to the mind, but none from the mind to the body. According to this idea, Consciousness is just a byproduct of the body, much like smoke from a steam engine train. Thus all value and attention is focused of the “chemical” physical processes of the body and thus; the mind, soul, spirit and “consciousness”, “Individual Human Awareness” of the patient is cheaped or minimized.

Pleomorphism : microbial genera and species are not fixed and rely on he host’s environment to determine it’s form and malevolence. A paradigm in which the host organism or patient was an active participant in infection and disease - in contrast to Koch and Pasteur and the monomorphists who held the microbe to be all-powerful, the host organism a passive victim. Pleomorphism means downgrading the microbe, since the host, by resisting the latter's onslaught, could alter its characteristics and make it return to a normal form as again. The patient has control over the bacteria, not the other way around. The microbes are the result, not the cause of disease

Monomorphism - a dogma meaning again that microbial genera and species are fixed and eternal, that the form of each microorganism associated with a specific disease always stays the same and always causes that same disease.

"Accepting Pleomorphism meant acknowledging the host organism's, the patient's capacity to defend itself (him or her) against, and dominate, the microbe.

Monomorphism, on the contrary, enhanced the role of the microbe in disease, and consequently that of the physician who combats the microbe. This is the principal reason for the instinctive hostility of the majority of physicians to Pleomorphism and Holistic/Alternative Medicine in general."( Divided Legacy, Harris Counter . pg. 39)

Pleomorphism was a great threat to this "control" factor. This control factor means;

"control of the disease with poisons that need monitored and controlled, controlling therefore, the patient and their pocket book."(Ibid, pg.39)

The phenomena of life are forced into categories (disciples; i.e., cardiology, oncology, EENT, etc.), which can be manipulated to make a living from the practice of allopathic medicine. The monomorphists have identified their doctrine with science itself, as science itself, that Monomorphism is a law of nature, which it is not. This viewpoint has, through the years, taken on such an aspect of truth that to question it now seems a scientific sacrilege.

The followers of Koch proclaimed Monomorphism with 'religious fanaticism', stated Max Gruber in 1885. F. Loehnis stated in 1922 that the intransigence and verbal violence displayed by the various factions in this conflict resembled certain historic theological quarrels.

For all these reasons, Monomorphism was at first excessively rigid, even dogmatic. Rene Dubious states that Koch and Pasteur; "overestablished" the doctrine of the specificity of disease causes and that blind acceptance by several generations of bacteriologist of the dogma of constancy of cell forms and immutability of cultural characteristics discouraged for many years the study of the problems of morphology, inheritance, and variation in bacteria and viruses.

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