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Posted on April 17, 2020 at 5:10 PM



People of all ages are encouraged to add chiropractic to their strategy for warding off and fighting the flu and its effects – swine flu or otherwise.

Spinal adjustments can have a positive effect on immune function according to a growing number of researchers who are exploring the common denominators in disease processes, and the role of the nervous, immune, and hormonal systems in development of immune related illnesses.

Chiropractic corrects spinal abnormalities called vertebral subluxations that result in interference of the nervous system. Since the nervous system controls all functions of the body -- including the immune system -- chiropractic care can have a positive effect on immune function.

“Contemporary research is beginning to shed light on the neurobiological mechanisms which may explain the outstanding clinical results chiropractors have experienced when managing patients with viral and infectious diseases,” stated Dr. Christopher Kent, Co- Founder of Chiropractic Leadership Alliance.

Dr. Kent explained: “A comprehensive review of the research literature reveals the current understanding that the brain and immune system are the two major adaptive systems in the body. During an immune response, the brain and the immune system 'talk to each other' and this process is essential for maintaining homeostasis or balance in the body."

Since its inception, chiropractic has asserted that viruses and microbes don't threaten us all equally and that a healthy immune system easily repels most invaders. The immune system protects us from the flu, as well as any other infectious disease, and strives to get us well again when we do fall ill. Our immune system, like every other system in the body, is coordinated and controlled by the nervous system.

Chiropractors are also aware of the importance of positive health life style practices (rest, drinking ample quantities of water, diet, exercise, proper diet, use of multivitamins and minerals, and stress reduction approaches) that can also positively influence the nervous system and immune response. According to a large study of the chiropractic profession recently conducted by the Institute for Social Research, Ohio Northern University (McDonald et al., 2003), chiropractors also customarily advise their patients as to the benefits of these other modalities in optimizing overall health.

Chiropractors helping patients battle the flu is not a new occurrence either. During the 1917-18 influenza epidemic, which brought death and fear to many Americans, it has been estimated that 20 million people died throughout the world, including about 500,000 Americans. It was chiropractic’s success in caring for flu victims that led to the profession’s licensure in many states.

Researchers reported that in Davenport, Iowa, out of the 93,590 patients treated by medical doctors, there were 6,116 deaths -- a loss of one patient out of every 15. Chiropractors at the Palmer School of Chiropractic adjusted 1,635 cases, with only one death. Outside Davenport, chiropractors in Iowa cared for 4,735 cases with only six deaths -- one out of 866. During the same epidemic, in Oklahoma, out of 3,490 flu patients under chiropractic care, there were only seven deaths. Furthermore, chiropractors were called in 233 cases given up as lost after medical treatment, and reportedly saved all but 25. In another report covering 4,193 cases by 213 chiropractors 4,104 showed complete recovery.

“These results are not so surprising given what we now know about the interaction between the nervous system and the immune system” stated Matthew McCoy DC, MPH, Editor of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic. “Through research we know that chiropractic has beneficial effects on immunoglobulins, B-lymphocytes (white blood cells), pulmonary function and other immune system processes.”

One such study, conducted by Patricia Brennan Ph.D and her team, found that when a chiropractic “manipulation” was applied to the middle back, the response of polymorphonuclear neutrophils (white blood cells) taken from blood collected 15 minutes after the manipulation was significantly higher than blood collected 15 minutes before and 30 and 45 minutes after the chiropractic procedure. This research demonstrated an “enhanced respiratory burst” following the chiropractic adjustment. This “burst” is needed for our immune cells to destroy invading viruses and bacteria.

Another small study of HIV positive patients was conducted to study the effects of specific chiropractic adjustments to correct vertebral subluxations in the upper neck on the immune systems of HIV positive individuals. Over the six-month period of the study, the group that did not receive chiropractic care experienced a 7.96% decrease in CD4 cell counts, while the adjusted group experienced a 48% increase in CD4 cell counts over the same period.

A large retrospective study conducted by Robert Blanks Ph.D and colleagues studied 2,818 individuals undergoing chiropractic care - these individuals reported an average overall improvement, ranging from 7-28%, in a battery of physical symptoms including stiffness/lack of flexibility in the spine, physical pain, fatigue, incidence of colds and flu, headaches, menstrual discomfort, gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, dizziness and falls (Blanks et al., 1997, Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research).

More importantly, the incidence of colds and flu was reduced by an average of 15% in this large population who were undergoing regular chiropractic care.

“In addition to the passive recommendations regarding hand washing, avoiding large gatherings, coughing and sneezing into your hands – it makes a great deal of sense to do everything you can to ensure that your immune system is functioning at its best. And that strategy should include chiropractic care” stated Dr. McCoy.


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What about Chiropractic

Posted on August 14, 2018 at 12:30 AM
Dr. David B. Starkey Newsletter August 2018 Welcome to my Chiropractic newsletter. I would like to entertain you, inform you and even inspire you a little. Id love to hear from you; feel free to write to us with any questions or comments. TABLE OF CONTENTS Where Does Chiropractic Come From? Disc Surgery? Wait! And it Will Probably Be Unnecessary Hepatitis B Vaccination More Dangerous Than The Disease Can Animals Get Chiropractic Adjustments? Cough Medicine? Save Your Money Words Of Wisdom Chiropractic and Spinal Research Humor References Where Does Chiropractic Come From? Spinal care has been practiced for thousands of years in cultures throughout the world. For example, nearly 2,500 years ago Hippocrates said Look to the spine for the cure of many diseases.(1) This natural, drugless, ancient form of health care was disappearing as mankind became infatuated with drugs and surgery until it was rediscovered by Dr. D.D. Palmer, a magnetic healer in Davenport, Iowa in 1895. Dr. Palmers janitor, Harvey Lillard, had been deaf for 17 years after an injury occurred. Something gave in my back and my hearing disappeared. Palmer checked Lillards spine and noticed what appeared to be a vertebrae (spinal bone) out of its proper alignment. Could this be causing the mans deafness? wondered Palmer. Laying Lillard down on a table, Dr. Palmer performed the first modern spinal adjustment and Lillards hearing returned. Excited by his new discovery, Dr. Palmer began to check all his patients for spinal displacements (we call them subluxations today) and found they were very common. Patients with digestive problems, sciatica, menstrual troubles, migraines, headaches, epilepsy, heart problems, vision problems, back pain, and many other conditions responded and the word spread; people from near and far flooded Dr. Palmers offices. He was humble about his discovery: I am not the first person to replace subluxated vertebrae ¦this art has been practiced for thousands of years.(2) From one lone practitioner in the American mid-west chiropractic has grown into the largest natural, drug-free healing art in the world. Even though chiropractic is the modern version of a healing art that is thousands of years old its still new (and unknown) to so many people who could be helped if only they knew. Please let others know of the wonders of chiropractic care. It could make the difference between drugs and surgery and natural healing. Disc Surgery? Wait and It Will Probably Be Unnecessary This study has to be a surgeons nightmare. According to Spine, one of the most respected medical journals in the world, over 90% of people with disc herniations will get better without surgery by using conservative care such as chiropractic. An MRI (magnetic resonance image) scan will show a disc herniation in approximately 20% of people with no symptoms at all. That means that of 1 in 5 people who feel fine, if you gave them an MRI, youd see a serious disc problem that could be mistaken for a surgical condition. What about those who are told they have a disc herniation and they must get back surgery? The paper says something that would send shivers down the Spine of any orthopedic surgeon: "Over time, most patients with disc herniations recover with or without surgery, so that outcomes after five years are similar when surgical and non-surgical approaches are compared..."(3) In other words disc surgery could be refused by nearly all patients with disc herniations and the ultimate outcome would be no different. But theres more: failed back surgery syndrome. The failure of back surgery in so many cases is now called by a special name: Failed Back Surgery Syndrome. There are approximately 600,000 back surgeries performed per year with about 50% failure rate, or an FBSS rate of 300,000 per year. Where can these people turn? Why wait until a disc becomes "hot" before exploring chiropractic care? Chiropractic care may help prevent your spine from deterioration and herniation. Chiropractors have even helped people relieve the pain and frustration of failed back surgery (yes, you can receive chiropractic care if you've had spinal surgery) and even prevent future operations. Please get your spine checked. You get your eyes, teeth, and blood pressure checked, why not your spine? If you know anyone who is facing spinal surgery please have them call us to discuss the chiropractic approach with them. Hepatitis B Vaccination More Dangerous Than The Disease One of the most useless and dangerous vaccines given to children is the hepatitis B vaccine. More children sicken and die or are permanently damaged from this vaccine than from hepatitis B. In other words, the vaccine is far more dangerous than the disease. There is no justification for vaccinating a newborn child for a mostly sexually transmitted disease that is almost exclusively found in prostitutes, IV drug users and similar high-risk groups. Adding to its toxicity is the fact that hepatitis B vaccine has mercury in it which is toxic to the brain. Also the vaccine has never been studied as to its affects on the childs reproductive system or whether it can cause cancer, chronic or other degenerative diseases later in life. Life is like a ten-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use. Charles M. Schulz God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I doâ?¦and the eyesight to tell the difference. Can animals get chiropractic adjustments? Just as Pierre, pictured above (the dog, not the doctor), is getting his spine checked, any creature with a spine can receive chiropractic care. Many chiropractors adjust dogs, cats, horses, and farm animals. There is even a chiropractic-veterinary association where chiropractors (and many veterinarians) learn how to adjust animal spines. Why do animals need chiropractic care? Any spine can lose its alignment, develop nerve pressure (subluxations) and affect its owners health. Not long ago Life magazine had an article on a chiropractor who works for a zoo and adjusts lizards, tigers and other exotic creatures.(4) Dr. Daniel Kamen, an author on veterinary chiropractic, doesnâ??t back off from adjusting the spines of dogs, cats, and other nonhuman vertebrates. As long as it has a spine, I can adjust it, he said. He has adjusted giraffes, llamas, and a lion Sedated, Kamen added: so was the lion.(5) Cough Medicine? Save Your Money The authors of a study in the Feb 9th, 2002 British Medical Journal had a simple goal: To determine whether over-the-counter cough medicines are effective for acute cough in adults. So they reviewed all the controlled trials they could find 328 studies but only 15 were set up with a control group, were of adults, aged 16 or older who didnt have asthma, tuberculosis or cancer. Their review showed that there is no good evidence that over-the-counter cough medicines worked. On top of that antihistamines and antihistamine-congestant combinations were found to work no better than a placebo. (6) Words of Wisdom The souls are all one. Only the bodies divide us. Therefore, one who places the body before the spirit can never experience true love or friendship. Lubavitcher Rebbe The greatest derangement of the mind is to believe in something because one wishes it. Louis Pasteur Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit. Kahlil Gibran Chiropractic and Spinal Research Did you know there are thousands of journal papers on the wonders of chiropractic and spinal care in health and disease? Anyone who has any kind of health problem needs chiropractic care. A 38-year-old male with hypertension After 14 years of high blood pressure and the side effects of medication which included bloating sensations, depression, fatigue, and impotency, a 38-year-old male began chiropractic care. Chiropractic analysis revealed vertebral subluxation complex at levels C6-7, T3-4, and T7-8. All medications were stopped after seven adjustments and blood pressure remained at normal levels.(7) A 63-year-old man with leg numbness and lower back pain A 63-year-old man had a 36-month history of right leg numbness and recurrent lower back pain. Complete resolution of right anterior leg numbness followed a series of chiropractic adjustments for subluxations.(8) Children raised under chiropractic are healthier than children raised under medicine 200 chiropractors and 200 pediatricians were surveyed regarding the health of their children. The survey revealed that the chiropractic children had dramatically lower antibiotic use and disease in general, especially ear infections compared to the medical children. If the chiropractic children did get measles, rubella or mumps, etc. it was reported that the diseases were quite mild compared to those exhibited by their classmates.(9) Thank you for reading. Please write and let us know what you think of our newsletter. Stop by the office to keep yourself free from subluxations and remember to bring your friends and loved ones everyone needs a spinal checkup. BYE! I hope to see you soon. References 1. Ligeros KA. How Ancient Healing Governs Modern Therapeutics. New York: G.P. Putnamâ??s Sons, 1937. 2. Palmer DD. The Chiropractor's Adjustor. Portland, OR, 1910. 3. McCulloch M. Focus issue on lumbar herniation: macro- and microdiscectomy. Spine. 21(245):45s-56s. 4. Animal adjusting. Life Magazine. Feb 2000;86. 5. Kamen D. Animal adjusting - why, how, when and when not to adjust. 6. Schroeder K, Fahey T. Systemic review of randomised controlled trial of over the counter cough medicines for acute cough in adults. BMJ. 2002;324-329. 7. Plaugher G, Bachman TR. Chiropractic management of a hypertensive patient: a case study. JMPT, 1993. 8. Flatt DW. Resolution of a double-crush syndrome. J MPT. July/August 1994;17(6):395-397. 9. Van Breda WM, Van Breda JM. A comparative study of the health status of children raised under the health care models of chiropractic and allopathic medicine. Journal of Chiropractic Research. Summer 1989.

School Backpacks (use caution)

Posted on August 6, 2018 at 12:55 AM
Today over 40 million teenagers carry a backpack to school. More and more doctors are seeing children for back pain and injuries and now that children are back in school, thousands of elementary, secondary and high school students are heading to their classes with overstuffed backpacks slung over their shoulders. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates more than 3,300 children age 5-14 were treated last year in the ER for book bag injuries. It typically puts them off balance and gives them a posture that promotes low back pain, said Dr. Wayne Yankus of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on School Health. While carrying a backpack to school every morning may seem harmless enough, it can cause painful back and neck problems and injuries for students who dont pack or carry their backpacks properly. It can also lead to long-term medical problems and injuries to the spine that may last a lifetime. Recently scientists have discovered that carrying heavy backpacks may pose a serious threat to your childs future spine development. The scientists state the average backpack represented 17% of the childs body weight. This would explain why 67.2% of the children suffered muscle soreness, 50.8% suffered back pain, 24.5% suffered numbness, and 14.7% suffered shoulder pain. Medical professionals advise that individuals carry no more than 15% of their body weight on their backs. A child weighing: 50 lbs. should only carry 2.5 - 5 lbs. 80 lbs. should only carry 4 - 8 lbs. 100 lbs. should only carry 5 - 10 lbs. 130 lbs. should only carry 6.5 - 12 lbs. 150 lbs. should only carry 7.5 - 15 lbs. (Source: American Chiropractic Association) If your child does use backpacks to carry books there are things that you can do to reduce the physical stress associated with carrying backpacks. 1. Make sure that the weight of the book bag does not exceed more than 10% of the childs total body weight. This is especially important for children in grades 1-4. 2. Avoid using backpacks or athletic bags that have one strap. 3. Ensure that children wear both straps on their shoulders to distribute weight evenly. 4. Have your child examined regularly by a chiropractor so that any potential spinal or postural problems can be addressed and corrected. 5. Use a book bag on wheels or an air cushion book bag ( if possible. If children are having headaches, neck pain, bad posture, achy and strained muscles, low back pain, muscle spasms, tingling hands, and increases scoliosis complications, they are carrying too much weight improperly.

Decompression Free Report

Posted on July 30, 2018 at 1:35 PM
DECOMPRESSION SPECIAL REPORT �??YOU MAY BE ABLE TO AVOID SURGERY WITH SPINAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY�?� If you or a loved one is suffering from disc herniation(s), degenerative joint disease, sciatica or other painful back or neck problems�?� There is a very good chance that non-surgical spinal decompression therapy will be music to your ears. This treatment has helped thousands of back pain sufferers, even after over-the-counter drugs, injections and surgery have not worked. How powerless is it to hear "We've done all we can do for you, you're just gonna have to live with the pain." Guess what, you may not have to live with the pain ANYMORE! Non-surgical spinal decompression is in the process of making spinal surgery and other back pain treatments much less popular. And why not? Who wants surgery, which is often unsuccessful and when there is an alternative? Surgery is invasive, from the anesthesia to the severing of tissue. Furthermore, back surgery presents significant risks including worse pain compared to pre-surgery and even severe adverse complications. On the other hand, Spinal Decompression Therapy does not utilize drugs or surgery and has had very impressive results. Won't the Pain Go Away on its Own? There are 7 simple words that threaten to drastically affect the rest of your life. Those words are, �??It will go away all by itself " If those words have crossed your mind, here are some facts that you need to consider: 1. 80-90% of all adults will suffer with low back pain at some time in there life.5 2. Lower back pain is the leading cause of disability for people under 45 years of age. 6 3. Lower back pain is the second leading cause of visits to doctors' offices.7 4. Lower back pain is the third leading reason for hospital admissions. 8 5. Annual costs of back pain in the U.S. range from $20-$75 billion, and as much as $100 billion worldwide. 9 6. According to Met Life Insurance statistics, the average back treated medically without surgery costs $7,210 and the average back treated surgically costs $13,990.10 7. Statistics indicate that 15-20% of the population has lower back pain in any given year ...approximately 32 million cases. 11 And when it comes to the pain just going away by itself, a study in the British Medical Journal proved this myth to be false. Here are the eye opening results regarding patients 12 months after initial medical consultation: No pain & No Disability............. 25% Pain OR Disability ..................... 25% Pain AND Disability.................. 50% The authors of the study concluded: "This takes account of two consistent observations about lower back pain: firstly, a previous episode of lower back pain is the strongest risk factor for a new episode, and secondly, by age 30 years almost half the population will have experienced a substantive episode of lower back pain. These figures simply do not fit with claims that 90% of episodes of low back pain end in complete recovery." 12 Our conclusion....75% of back pain sufferers will have either pain or disability or pain AND disability one year after their initial consultation to a medical doctor...and it is clear that back pain does NOT usually get better without PROPER treatment. The Disc and How It Causes Pain Your spine is similar to 24 blocks stacked on top of each other. Between each set of blocks is a disc. Discs are similar to a shock absorber on your car's suspension. The outside of the disc is made up of tough fibers called the annulus fibrosus and the inside has a soft, jelly like substance, the nucleus pulposus. When your disc is injured or torn, the jelly-like substance on the inside can protrude or leak out. This is called a herniated disc. This substance is highly irritating to the surrounding anatomy and is a source of pain. If the outer material is not torn, discs can bulge - without herniating. This is similar to stepping on a balloon when it doesn't pop. The balloon bulges out to one side or the other without the rubber breaking. As you probably know, bulging or herniated discs are a major cause of back pain. These conditions can also cause nerves to be pinched that can cause pain or loss of sensation in your extremities including legs, arms, toes, etc. What is Spinal Decompression Therapy? Spinal Decompression Therapy is FDA cleared and has a very high success rate for pain associated with herniated or bulging discs...even after failed surgery. It is a non-surgical, decompressive therapy for the relief of back and leg pain or neck and arm pain. During this procedure, by cycling through distraction and relaxation phases and by proper positioning, a spinal disc in the neck or low back can be isolated and placed under negative pressure, causing a vacuum effect within it. What can this vacuum effect do? The vacuum effect accomplishes two things. From a mechanical standpoint, disc material that has protruded or herniated outside the normal confines of the disc can be pulled back within the disc by the vacuum created within the disc. Also, the vacuum within the disc stimulates growth of blood supply, secondarily stimulating a healing response. This results in pain reduction and proper healing at the injured site. What decompression system is used for this purpose? After a significant amount of research, the Rutherford Back and Wellness Center chose what we believe to be the most sophisticated, technologically advanced, state-of-the-art decompression in the world. We also selected this system due to its ability to treat discs in both the neck and the low back. How is Spinal Decompression Therapy different from regular traction? The computer head is the key. The preprogrammed patterns for ramping up and down the amount of axial distraction allows for higher levels of spinal decompression and disc rehydration. Who can benefit from Spinal Decompression Therapy? Anyone who has back pain or neck pain caused in whole or in part by a damaged disc may be helped by spinal decompression therapy. These conditions include: Herniated, protruding or bulging discs, Spinal stenosis, Facet syndrome, or Arm or leg pain/numbness. Are there medical studies that document the effectiveness of Spinal Decompression Therapy? Most certainly! One study 13 documented by MRI up to 90% reduction of disc herniations in 10 of 14 cases! Other studies 14 have reported that the majority of ruptured disc patients achieved "good" (50-89% improvement) to "excellent (90-100% improvement) results after spinal decompression therapy! Are there conditions where Spinal Decompression Therapy is not indicated? Spinal decompression therapy is not recommended for pregnant women, patients who have severe osteoporosis, severe obesity or severe nerve damage. Spinal surgery with instrumentation (screws, metal plates or �??cages�?�) is also contraindicated. However, spinal decompression therapy after bone fusion or non-fusion surgery can be performed. Are the sessions painful? In almost all cases, the treatments are completely painless. In fact, some patients fall asleep during the spinal decompression session. How many sessions will be needed and what is the cost? The specific treatment plan will be determined by the doctor after your examination. Do most patients receive therapy and rehabilitative exercises in addition to Spinal Decompression Therapy? To reduce inflammation and assist the healing process, supporting structures are treated with passive therapies (ice/heat/muscle stimulation), chiropractic adjustments (as indicated) and/or active rehabilitation in order to strengthen the spinal musculature. How do I get started? We want make it easy for you to learn if you are a candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy. Just bring this report with you on your first visit and you will receive a complete evaluation - including consultation, history, orthopedic/neurological testing, X-rays (if indicated) and report of findings... FOR ONLY $50.00 Need More Information? If you need any additional information, please call (615) 295-0709 and ask to speak to me. That's right, I'll talk to you personally in order to help you make the right decision. I look forward to having the opportunity to help you. So please�?�call today! Sincerely, Dr. David B. Starkey TELEPHONE (615) 295-0709 PS: Remember, for only $50, you can learn if you are candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy! Why continue to suffer when the solution might be only a phone call away? PPS: One last thing. If I determine that you are not a candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy, I will tell you that and work to refer to you a doctor who can hopefully help you. REFERENCES 1. Gionis. Thomas. MD, JD, MBA, FICA, FRCS et al. The outcome of a clinical study evaluating the effect of nonsurgical intervention on symptoms of spine patients with herniaated and degenerative disc disease is presented. Spinal Decompression, Orthopedic Technological Review. November/December 200: Volume 5. Number 6: Pages cover. 36-39. 2. Eyerman, Edward. M.D. MRI Evidence of Nonsurgical, Mechanical Reduction, Rehydration and Repair of the Herniated Lumbar Disc. Journal of Neuroimaging Volume 8 / Number 2 April 1998 3. Shealy. Norman C.. M.D.. Ph.D.. F.A.C.S. New Concepts in Back Pain Management: Decompression, Reduction, and Stabilization. Pain Management Volume 1. 1998. pgs. 259-257 4. Eyerman, Edward. M.D. MRI Evidence of Nonsurgical, Mechanical Reduction, Rehydration and Repair of the Herniated Lumbar Disc. Journal of Neuroimaging Volume 8 / Number 2 April 1998 5. Bigos S. et al. Acute Low Back Problems in Adults, Clinical Practice Guideline No. 14. Rockville, MD: U.S. Public Health Service, Dept. of Health and Human Services. AHCPR pub. No 95-0642, Dec. 1994. 6. Ibid. 7. Ibid. 8. Ibid. 9. Ibid. 10. Mushinski M. Average hospital charges for medical and surgical treatment of back problems: United States. 1993. Statistical Bulletin. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., Health and Safety Division. Medical Dept., April-June 1995. 11. Bigos S. et al. Acute Low Back Problems in Adults, Clinical Practice Guideline No. 14. Rockville, MD: U.S. Public Health Service, Dept. of Health and Human Services. AHCPR pub. No 95-0642, Dec. 1994. 12. Croft, Peter, et al,. Outcome of Low Back Pain in General Practice: A Prospective Study. British Medical Journal 1998: 316 : 1356-1359 (2 May). 13. Eyerman, Edward. Simple Pelvic Traction Gives Inconsistent Rellief to Herniated Disc Sufferers. Journal of Neuroimaging, June 1998. 14. Shealy, C. Norman, Borgmeyer, Vera. Decompression, Reduction, and Stabilization of the Lumbar Spine: A Cost-Effective Treatment for Lumbosacral Pain. American Journal of Pain Management Vol. 7 No. 2 April 1997.

Spinal Decompression Therapy

Posted on July 30, 2018 at 1:10 PM
Spinal Decompression Therapy By Dr. David B. Starkey If youre suffering from a herniated disc and other treatments have not yielded sufficient benefit, you should find out if you might be a candidate for spinal decompression therapy. Spinal decompression therapy is a nonsurgical, traction-based treatment outcome for herniated or bulging discs in the neck and low back. Anyone who has back, neck, arm or leg pain caused by a degenerated or damaged disc may be helped by spinal decompression therapy. Specific conditions that may be helped by this therapeutic procedure include herniated or bulging discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica, facet syndrome, spondylosis or even failed spinal surgery. Many patients, some with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-documented disc herniations, have achieved good to excellent results after spinal decompression therapy. The computerized traction head on the decompression table or machine is the key to the therapys effectiveness. The preprogrammed patterns for ramping up and down the amount of axial distraction permit decompression to occur at the disc level. This creates a negative pressure within the disc, allowing the protruded or herniated portion to be pulled back within the normal confines of the disc, which permits healing to occur. To reduce inflammation and assist the healing process, supporting structures are treated with passive therapies (ice/heat/muscle stimulation), chiropractic adjustments (when indicated) and/or active rehabilitation in order to strengthen the spinal musculature. Your specific treatment plan which is usually covered by insurance - will be determined by the doctor after your examination. Based on research and our offices clinical experience, the best results have been achieved with 12 to 20 sessions over a four to six-week period. If you are suffering from a degenerated or herniated disc, I encourage you to explore safe and effective spinal decompression therapy before risking surgery. For more information, ask your doctor if you might be a candidate.

Vaccination Evidence Says It's Time to Question Medical Authority

Posted on October 29, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Vaccination Evidence Says It's Time to Question Medical Authority JULY 23, 2013 BY PAUL FASSA (Health Secrets) Recent outbreaks of mumps were surprising because virtually all those infected had received vaccination for mumps. Approximately 80% of the almost 2000 afflicted had received the required two shots of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine. But amazingly, regional health authorities answer was to recommend a third dangerous shot as the solution, a logic that defies reason. Questioning Medical Authority Even a CDC vaccine FAQ site admits that mumps in children is a mild disease, and once they've had the mumps, they won't get it again. This is because they've been naturally immunized by having it! In rural communities years ago, parents intentionally exposed their kids to children with measles, mumps, or chickenpox to confer future immunity. This was done successfully and without exposing the children to toxins and side effects. Today, we have to wonder if the risk of immediate or future negative effects from vaccinating against usually harmless childhood diseases makes sense. Mumps and measles used to occur naturally in children well before puberty. In this recent outbreak among completely vaccinated youngsters, the average age for the afflicted was 15, leading to the conclusion that they came down with mumps as a result of being vaccinated. Administering a third MMR shot raises the stakes that injury or long term health issues will occur as the result of vaccination to purportedly prevent this mild childhood disease. Vaccines are loaded with toxic ingredients such as thimerasol (mercury), aluminum and formaldehyde, and the immune system is bypassed when live attenuated viruses are directly injected into the blood stream. Many vaccine authorities have concluded that a three phase vaccination provides the greatest risk of a cytokine storm, which occurs when an overly stimulated immune system feeds on the host with terrible, often life crippling and even lethal consequences. Double Speak and Double Think In his novel 1984, George Orwell explained double speak as expressing contradictory comments in one statement. Later the notion of double think arose to describe the ability to hold contradicting views simultaneously. An example of contradicting views held at the same time: Newborns are required to receive hepatitis B vaccinations; hepatitis B is transmitted sexually or by sharing needles. Obviously newborns are not having sex and sharing needles. And hepatitis B vaccinations have caused nightmarish consequences for many inoculated in the past. That's with short term results. Longer term side effects remain to be seen. Following the mumps outbreaks, the CDC told mainstream media that the MMR vaccine was not 100% effective against mumps, but actually only 75% to 85% effective. And strikingly, the percentage range of the mumps victims who did receive both MMR vaccinations was 75% to 85%! These two statements were printed very near each other in the same body of a media report, a blatant case of double speak. Think about it. When an attenuated live virus is injected into the blood stream, the very disease vaccinated against can be contracted. So if a third shot is administered, maybe closer to 100% of the immunized will come down with mumps! Vaccine Industry Scientist Blows the Whistle Sanitizing vaccines by removing the preservatives thimerosal (mercury) and formaldehyde, or even withholding the adjuvants squalene and aluminum (both dangerous neurotoxins) from vaccines simply won't do. Those who truly understand the immune system and vaccinations will tell you that vaccination science is flawed at its foundation. Investigative journalist Jon Rappaport recently interviewed a former vaccine scientist who used the pseudonym Dr. Mark Randall to avoid harassment and pension loss since he was once of the inner circle. Here's a small sampling of Mark Randall's remarks from this revealing interview: The decline of disease is due to improved living conditions. [After investigating] I realized I was working in a sector based on a collection of lies. Most dangerous? The DPT shot. The MMR. As far as I'm concerned, all vaccines are dangerous. They can actually cause the disease they are supposed to prevent. They can cause other diseases. Whether you think those who oppose vaccinations are conspiracy nuts or you're sitting on the fence regarding vaccinations, and even if you already know they're dangerous, it may be helpful to read the complete interview of Dr. Randall by Jon Rappaport, which is available here. For more information: http://blogs.h/07/30/three-stage-vaccinations-may-create-perfect-cytokine-storm/

Vaccinations ??

Posted on October 29, 2017 at 9:45 PM
Dr. David B. Starkey DC MS Dipl. Ac. VACCINATION: THE MYTH Vaccination is a very controversial and emotional issue today. It is not a chiropractic issue, nor has it ever been. It is a freedom of choice issue. You as the parent have the ultimate responsibility for your child's health and well-being, and you, not your doctor, state, or federal health officials, will live with and be responsible for the consequences of your decision. Vaccines are portrayed as being indispensable and somehow better at disease protection than our innate biological defenses and nutritional resources have accomplished for thousands of years. The Anthon reports that medical experts with financial ties to the vaccine manufacturers heavily influence the government's decisions endangering the health of innocent children to enhance profit. In the U.S. alone, they estimated that over $1 billion is generated each year from profits. Although I administered them myself during my early years of practice, I have become a steadfast opponent of mass inoculations because of the myriad hazards they present. Robert Mendelson, M.D. Immunizations promote certain types of chronic diseases. And far from providing a genuine immunity, the vaccines are actually a form of immunosuppression...I could no longer bring myself to give the injections to children even when the parents wished me to. Richard Moskowitz, M.D. Isn't it ironic that we require or recommend immunizations in order to start school only to, in some cases, compromise some of the children by the very method we are using to supposedly protect them. Mark Thoman, M.D. Not only are vaccinations not able to completely prevent us from contracting a certain disease, but they also have many ingredients that have known reactions in the body. These ingredients include: Ethel Glycol (antifreeze), formaldehyde (preserving-bodies), acetone (finger nail polish remover), aluminum phosphate (carcinogens), mercury (cancer causing agent), phenol (carbon acid disinfectant), and Thimerosal (carcinogen). On average before the age of six, your child will have been vaccinated 34 times. Many childhood diseases have declined steadily due to the increases in technology, such as improved sanitation, nutrition and health care, but not because of vaccines. In a whooping cough outbreak in Cincinnati in 1993, 80% of those under the age of five who got whooping cough had been fully vaccinated. Every year 8 cases of Polio occur as a result of the vaccine. There has not been a naturally occurring case of Polio since 1979. Vaccination promises protection against a select number of chronic diseases that, for some mysterious reason, our own immune system and natural health resources cannot deal with effectively on their own. The common side effects that have been documented after vaccinations include chronic immunological and neurological disorders such as autism, hyperactivity, attention deficit disorders, dyslexia, allergies, cancer and other conditions. These diseases barely existed 30 years ago before mass vaccination programs. Reactions to vaccinations can consist of persistent screaming, a high-pitched unusual cry, a state of unresponsiveness, fever with or without seizures or convulsions, excessive drowsiness, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, nausea or apparent dizziness. If any of these symptoms occur any time, you should contact your physician, but this is especially important after a recent vaccination. It is estimated that physicians report less than 10% of vaccine damage and 97.5% vaccine related deaths go unreported. The U.S. pays more than $11 million each year in settlements and paid a total of $750 million in damages presently. CHIROPRACTIC IS THE #1 SOURCE FOR A PROPERLY FUNCTIONING NERVOUS AND IMMUNE SYSTEM Chiropractic is a natural, simpler and holistic way of improving your child's immune system. Chiropractors look directly for a SUBLUXATION; this is a misalignment of a bone that is putting pressure on a nerve creating an interference or dysfunction in a body. There are three ways that a child or an adult gets a subluxation: Trauma - birth process (Dr. Towbin states that 80% of all children are subluxated at Birth), slips, or falls, stress, emotional, family dynamics, chemicals or drugs, antibiotics, vaccination, sugar, NutraSweet, 2nd hand smoke, and pollution. Chiropractors are the only health care professionals who can detect and correct your child's subluxation. Chiropractors look for the cause of your son/daughter's weakened immune and nervous system. In a recent study, children under chiropractic care can get sick less often and less severely, and they will rarely miss days from school. Recent studies show that they have fewer emotional and learning disabilities and other neurological problems connected with childhood. Chiropractic Kids also have less need for antibiotics, less occurrence of ear infections, tonsillitis and the immune system strength is doubled. It is clear that American health care consumers are not going to win the right to make informed, independent health care decisions, including vaccination decisions, for themselves and their children unless they actively push for a change in state mandatory vaccination laws and support large scale reform of the mass vaccination system. MOMS SPEAK OUT I feel the body's own immune system is far better than injecting an unnatural substance. Most common childhood diseases are not life threatening. Once the child has the disease he/she is immune for life. S.G. For more information contact Dr. David B. Starkey

Controlled Trials of Hypnosis in the Treatment of Chronic-Pain Problems

Posted on August 25, 2017 at 3:20 PM
Thirteen studies, excluding studies of headaches (note: hypnosis in the treatment of headaches is reviewed elsewhere in this issue) were identified that compared outcomes from hypnosis in the treatment of chronic pain to either baseline data or a control condition. Hypnosis has been applied to a variety of chronic-pain conditions including those from cancer (Elkins, Cheung, Marcus, Palamara, & Rajab, 2004; Spiegel & Bloom, 1983), low-back problems (McCauley, Thelen, Frank, Willard, & Callen, 1983; Spinhoven & Linssen, 1989), arthritis (Gay, Philippot, & Luminet, 2002), sickle cell disease (Dinges et al., 1997), temporomandibular conditions (Simon & Lewis, 2000; Winocur, Gavish, Emodi-Perlman, Halachmi, & Eli, 2002), fibromyalgia (Haanen et al., 1991), physical disability (Jensen et al., 2005), and mixed etiologies (Appel & Bleiberg, 2005�??2006; Edelson & Fitzpatrick, 1989; Melzack & Perry, 1975). These studies are reviewed in regard to research design and outcomes for each chronic-pain condition. Cancer Pain Spiegel and Bloom (1983) assigned 54 women with chronic cancer pain from breast carcinoma to either standard care (n = 24) or weekly expressive-supportive group therapy for up to 12 months (n = 30). The women randomized to the group therapy condition were assigned to groups that either did or did not have self-hypnosis training as a part of their treatment. The hypnosis intervention was directed toward enhancing patient competence and mastery in managing pain and stress related to cancer. Hypnotic training included suggestions to �??filter out the hurt�?� of any sensations by imagining competing sensations in affected areas. Patients were also given instructions for using self-hypnosis outside of the group-therapy sessions. Both treatment groups demonstrated significantly less pain and suffering than the control sample. Hypnosis was not the main focus of the expressive-supportive group-therapy sessions, however, patients who received hypnosis in addition to group therapy reported significantly (p

Strain/Sprain is one syndrome Dr. David B. Starkey

Posted on February 11, 2017 at 3:25 PM
Strain/Sprain is ONE Syndrome Not Two Separate Pathologies And Is Permanent By Mark Studin DC, FASBE(C), DAAPM, DAAMLP William J. Owens DC, DAAMLP Citation: Studin M., Owens W. (2017) Strain/Sprain Is One Syndrome Not 2 Separate Pathologies and is Permanent, American Chiropractor 39 (2) 26, 28, 30-31 According to the National Institute of Health???s, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disorders: A sprain is an injury to a ligament (tissue that connects two or more bones at a joint). In a sprain, one or more ligaments is stretched or torn. A strain is an injury to a muscle or a tendon (tissue that connects muscle to bone). In a strain, a muscle or tendon is stretched or torn. ( Historically, doctors of all disciplines in the clinical setting and lawyers in the medical-legal arena have erroneously attempted to separate them into 2 distinct injuries allowing a false conclusion to be derived in either prognosis or legal arguments when considering connective tissue pathology as sequella to trauma. Solomonow (2009) wrote: There are several ligaments in every joint in the human skeleton and they are considered as the primary restraints of the bones constituting the joint. Ligaments are also sensory organs and have significant input to sensation and reflexive/synergistic activation of muscles. The muscles associated with any given joint, therefore, also have a significant role as restraints. In some joints, such as the intervertebral joints of the spine, the role of the muscles as restraints is amplified. The role of ligaments as joint restraints is rather complex when considering the multitude of physical activities performed by individuals in routine daily functions, work and sports, the complexity of the anatomy of the different joints and the wide range of magnitude and velocity of the external loads. As joints go through their range of motion, with or without external load, the ligaments ensure that the bones associated with the joint travel in their prescribed anatomical tracks, keep full and even contact pressure of the articular surfaces, prevent separation of the bones from each other by increasing their tension, as may be necessary, and ensuring stable motion. Joint stability, therefore, is the general role of ligaments without which the joint may subluxate, cause damage to the capsule, cartilage, tendons, nearby nerves and blood vessels, discs (if considering spinal joints) and to the ligaments themselves. Such injury may debilitate the individual by preventing or limiting his/her use of the joint and the loss of function. Pgs. 136-137 While ligaments are primarily known as mechanical or supportive structures responsible for joint stability, they have equally important neurological functions. Anatomical studies have shown that ligaments in the extremities and the spine are endowed with nerves called mechanoreceptors. The presence of such that sense and send neurological information to the spine and brain in the ligaments confirms that they contribute to proprioception (feeling and analyzes one???s physical positon in space and time) and kinesthesia (similar to proprioception but can maintain feeling in these nerves even with aberrant neurological imput elsewhere) and also has a distinct role in reflex activation or inhibition of muscular activities. Simply put, the nerves in ligaments attempts to alter muscle activity to prevent further biomechanical failure and pathology (bodily injury), which effects one???s ability to move in a balanced homeostatic manner leading to further functional loss in a short amount of time. The presence of such nerves in the ligaments confirms that they contribute to proprioception and kinesthesia and have a distinct role in reflex activation or inhibition of muscular activities. Therefore, the muscles and tendons (which are inherent in muscular activity), are responsive and dependent upon ligament activity in function with both normal and pathological (inclusive of trauma) activities. Solomonow (2009) also reported that as far back as the turn of the last century, that a reflex may exist from sensory receptors in the ligaments to muscles that may directly or indirectly modify the load imposed on the ligament. A clear demonstration of a reflex activation of muscles finally provided in 1987 and reconfirmed several times since then. It was further shown that such a ligamento-muscular reflex exists in most extremity joints and in the spine. A Single trauma according to Panjabi (2006) can cause either a tear in the ligament called laxity or a subfailure injury of the spinal ligaments and injury to the mechanoreceptors embedded in the ligaments and the following cascade of events occur: pgs. 669-670 NOTE: The subfailure injury of the spinal ligament is defined as an injury caused by stretching of the tissue beyond its physiological limit, but less than its failure point. When the injured spine performs a task or it is challenged by an external load, the transducer signals generated by the mechanoreceptors are corrupted. Neuromuscular control unit has difficulty in interpreting the corrupted transducer signals because there is spatial and temporal mismatch between the normally expected and the corrupted signals received. The muscle response pattern generated by the neuromuscular control unit is corrupted, affecting the spatial and temporal coordination and activation of each spinal muscle. The corrupted muscle response pattern leads to corrupted feedback to the control unit via tendon organs of muscles and injured mechanoreceptors, further corrupting the muscle response pattern. The corrupted muscle response pattern produces high stresses and strains in spinal components leading to further subfailure injury of the spinal ligaments, mechanoreceptors and muscles, and overload of facet joints. The abnormal stresses and strains produce inflammation of spinal tissues, which have abundant supply of nociceptive sensors and neural structures. Consequently, over time, chronic biomechanical failure develops leading to premature degeneration and long-term pain. Simply explained, when there is a ligament injury or sprain, the nerves in the ligament fire signals that go to the central nervous system and causes the muscles to react as compensation to bodily injury to stabilize the structure. That in turn sets up another cascade of problems if not compensated for or repaired as the muscle spasticity cannot maintain itself for long periods of time and goes into a posture of tetanus, or perpetual spasm until the lactic acid builds. This is followed by the muscle failing and putting the entire structure in a chronic biomechanically unstable position and causing the bone to remodel or become arthritic. According to Hauser ET. Al (2013) ligament instability in either subfailures or laxity are a clear cause of osteoarthritis. This is not speculative as the inured will develop arthritis in 100% of the time and is consistent with Wolff???s Law that has been, and continues to be accepted since the late 18th century. Therefore, as per the above scenario, strain-sprain is an intertwined syndrome that cannot either mechanically or neurologically be separated and will cause arthritis in 100% of the post-trauma instance. How much arthritis and how quickly it will develop is dependent upon how much ligamentous damage there is. References: What Are Sprains and Strains? National Institute of Health, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disorders (2016) Retrieved from:( Solomonow, M. (2009). Ligaments: a source of musculoskeletal disorders.Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies,13(2), 136-154. Panjabi, M. M. (2006). A hypothesis of chronic back pain: ligament subfailure injuries lead to muscle control dysfunction.European Spine Journal,15(5), 668-676. Hauser R., Dolan E., Phillips H., Newlin A., Moore R., Woldin B., Ligament & Healing Injuries: A Review of Current Clinical Diagnostics and Therapeutics, The Open Rehabilitation Journal, 2013, 6, 1-20

Injury following Low Speed Crashes

Posted on October 12, 2016 at 2:05 PM

Dr. David B. Starkey DC MS Dipl. Ac.

Correlating Crash Severity with Injury Risk, Injury Severity, and Long-term Symptoms in Low Velocity Motor Vehicle Collisions

Medical Science Monitor

October 2005; 11(10): RA316-321

Arthur C. Croft and Michael D. Freeman

These authors note: In the mid-1990s, a set of guidelines was published by a leading U.S. auto insurer instructing claims adjusters that injury claims resulting from motor vehicle crashes with less than $1,000 US in claimant's vehicle property are "unlikely to — or cannot cause significant or permanent injury" and should "be handled as a fraudulent claim," regardless of medical evidence of injury. The "claim goal was to close without payment."

The MIST (minor impact soft tissue) protocol uses vehicle property damage as a construct for injury, and all injury claims less than $1,000 US of vehicle property damage are considered to be false.

These authors "conducted a comprehensive best evidence synthesis of the existing medical and engineering literature to investigate the relationship between vehicular structural damage and occupant injury in motor vehicle crashes."

 The key points noted in this article include:

1. A substantial number of injuries are reported in crashes of little or no property damage.

2. Property damage is an unreliable predictor of injury risk or outcome in low velocity crashes!

3. 95% of rear impact injury crashes occur below 25 mph.

4. Rear-end collision injury severity and duration can be reduced with a head restraint closer to the occupant's head.

5. Well-done studies documented cases of injury with "almost no vehicle damage."

6. There is "no statistically significant associations between crash severity and the 6-month injury status."!

7. "Persons who were unaware of the impending crash were significantly more likely to have persistent symptoms."

8."No statistically significant relationships existed between measures of crash severity in terms of calculated velocity change or maximum deformation and long-term symptoms."

9. There are no significant correlations between crash severity and long-term symptoms.

10.There is a substantial injury risk in frontal and rear impact low speed crashes without sustaining appreciable vehicle damage.

11."It seems clear that property damage in low velocity motor vehicle crashes does not provide a reliable means of assessing the validity of injury claims and, provides no reliable means of prognosticating long term outcome."

12."A substantial number of injuries are reported in crashes of severities that are unlikely to result in significant property damage."

13."Property damage is neither a valid predictor of acute injury risk nor of symptom duration."

14."Based upon our best evidence synthesis, the level of vehicle property damage appears to be an invalid construct for injury presence, severity, or duration."

15. "The MIST protocol for prediction of injury does not appear to be valid."    

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Dr. David B. Starkey DC MS Dipl. Ac.