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The International Chiropractors Association of California publishes interesting monthly articles about Chiropractic. Please read the topics below and click on the link for more information.

July 2013

Supreme Court rules Drug Companies exempt from Lawsuits

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In case readers missed it with all the coverage of the Trayvon Martin murder trial and the Supreme Court’s rulings on gay marriage and the Voting Rights Act, the US Supreme Court also made a ruling on lawsuits against drug companies for fraud, mislabeling, side effects and accidental death. From now on, 80 percent of all drugs are exempt from legal liability.

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Study Shows Chiropractic Can Help Depression and Anxiety

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A case study published in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research on June 20, 2013, reports on the results of a case series showing chiropractic helping patients with depression and anxiety. This case series was looking for follow up on previous surveys showing that chiropractic patients felt chiropractic care helped with their mental and emotional states.

The authors begin by reporting that a previous study showed that in a survey of 2818 patients who completed chiropractic care, 76% of those patients reported a mental/emotional improvement, as well as positive changes in stress and life enjoyment over a period of several months following the chiropractic care. Additional prior studies also showed chiropractic care assisting patients with these types of mental health disorders.

This case series study involved six patients who responded to an Internet posting looking for people suffering from mild to moderate depression or anxiety who wished to be a part of a study involving chiropractic. The patients were not under any psychotherapy at the time and were given tests using standard scales of psychological testing to determine and measure their mental state prior to and after the chiropractic care.

All six of the participants also suffered from a variety of problems including musculoskeletal pains, asthma, hypertension, gastrointestinal issues, and sleep disorders. Those who were taking medications made no changes to their medications during the study to rule out any improvement due to medication.

For the purposes of this study, care was limited to only 12 chiropractic visits over a six week period. A specific analysis and form of chiropractic adjusting was used to correct nerve system interference from subluxations. To measure patient progress, a number of protocols were used both to monitor the chiropractic correction of subluxations as well as to see any improvement in depression or anxiety.

The results of the study were recorded for five of the six participants as one participant left the program due to a family emergency. The remaining five participants all showed positive results in most of the areas that the researchers measured. All five also showed positive test results for a decrease in nerve interference from subluxation. All five participants showed a “…significant decrease in depressive symptom ratings.” All five measured a “…significant decrease in anxiety.”

Additionally, four of the five participants who completed the study also reported a self feeling of improvement with their depression, enough to state that they would recommend this type of care to others with depression. Four of the five participants also reported significant improvements in the other health issues and problems they were suffering from at the beginning of the study.

In their conclusion the authors wrote, “The results provide tentative support for the effectiveness of upper cervical (neck) chiropractic care for anxiety and depression symptoms.” They also stated, “The present study found reduction in anxiety and depression symptoms and reduction in overall psychological distress among individuals with mild to severe depression, anxiety or both.”

Chiropractic Valuable in Accountable Care Organizations

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In a release dated June 26, 2013, The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) issued a report titled, “Accountable Care Organizations Optimize Outcomes, Cost Savings and Patient Satisfaction with Chiropractic Care.” This report demonstrates the value that chiropractic care offers in the new Accountable Care Organizations.

According to the website for the Centers For Medicare & Medicaid services, “Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, who come together voluntarily to give coordinated high quality care to their Medicare patients. The goal of coordinated care is to ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors.”

“Chiropractic care represents a non-invasive, evidence-based, drug-free approach that should serve as a key deliverable in the ACO model,” states Gerard Clum, DC, spokesperson, F4CP and lead author. “With ongoing positive outcomes for successfully addressing low back and neck pain, DCs are well positioned to help ACOs contain costs. Avoidance of surgical procedures and associated hospitalizations will have a profound impact on ACO achievements.”

Included in the report are statistics comparing costs to health plans for “Individuals With and Without Chiropractic Coverage.” When compared for costs and patient satisfaction, chiropractic groups with chiropractic consistently performed better than those plans that did not include chiropractic. For example, the average cost of lower back pain care was 12.5% lower for the group with chiropractic coverage inclusion.

Injured workers with lower back problems have a 42.7% chance of having spinal surgery if their primary caregiver for this condition was a surgeon. However, if chiropractic was used, the percentage of patients who eventually have expensive spinal surgery drops to only 1.5%.

In the report the authors summed up their findings when they stated, “The addition of a chiropractic benefit to a person’s insurance profile did not increase the cost of healthcare; rather, it was associated with a lower cost of healthcare on a global level.”

Migraines and Neck Curve Helped With Chiropractic According to Case Study

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From the June 24, 2013, issue of the scientific periodical, the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, comes a case study documenting the improvement of migraines and neck curvature in a young girl under chiropractic care.

The authors of the study describe migraines as “…a very common and frequent health problem in children and adolescents which has been described as an intolerable pain preventing the child from their daily activities such as going to school or social events.” They note that migraine headaches are so common that they are ranked among one of the top five health problems of childhood. Overall, 75% of adolescents and 25% of younger children will suffer from headaches of various types.

In this case, a 12-year-old girl was brought to the chiropractor suffering from severe migraines. The migraines, which had started six years earlier, had gotten so severe that she was missing a large amount of school and had missed two months at one time. The migraines would occur two to three times per week and would last several hours each episode. When asked to rate her pain on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being worst, the girl described the pain as an 8, with many times being a 10.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included thermography (motion x-rays known as videofluoroscopy), palpation, and other chiropractic checks. The x-rays of the side of the neck showed that the girl’s neck was curving in the reverse direction from the normal forward curve. It was determined that vertebral subluxations were present and a course of specific corrective adjustments was initiated.

The study reported that over the course of the young girl’s 5 weeks of care, she only suffered from one minor migraine and overall showed a 90% improvement of her migraine symptoms. A second set of motion x-rays was performed documenting that the girl’s neck had shifted from a reverse curve to a curve in the forward direction (lordosis). Additionally, the thermal scans and other tests were returning toward normal.

In this case, a 12-year-old girl had her life significantly improved with chiropractic care. In their conclusion the authors noted this achievement by stating, “Chiropractic care in this patient was able to increase her quality of life allowing her to not miss school and have a 90% improvement of her symptoms after 6 visits.”

Chiropractors Support Increased Physical Activity in U.S. Schools

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On June 27, 2013, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) issued a release in support of the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) for increased physical activity in U.S. schools. The IOM report issued on May 23, 2013, is titled, “Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School.”

According to the F4CP release, 12.5 million children in the U.S. are obese and another third are overweight. “Doctors of chiropractic serve at the frontlines in the battle against childhood obesity,” states Gerard Clum, D.C., spokesperson, F4CP. Dr. Clum continued, “Physical activity and education are critical to a child’s physical, cognitive and emotional development as well as to academic success, and the F4CP strongly supports its inclusion in schools.”

The IOM is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that works to provide unbiased and authoritative advice related to healthcare. In their report, the IOM gave a rationale for their recommendations: “Because the vast majority of youth are in schools for many hours, because schools have important infrastructure and are critical to the education and health of children and adolescents, and because physical activity promotes health and learning, it follows that physical activity should be a priority for all schools, particularly if there is an opportunity to improve academic achievement.”

Contained in their report, the IOM offered a number of recommendations which include:

  • Students should engage in additional vigorous or moderate-intensity physical activity throughout the school day through recess, dedicated classroom physical activity time, and other opportunities.
  • Additional opportunities for physical activity before and after school hours, including but not limited to active transport, before- and after-school programming, and intramural and extramural sports, should be made accessible to all students.
  • Increasing the amount of time youth spend in physical activity through brief classroom breaks or incorporating physical activity directly into academic sessions.
  • Working with parent groups and parent-teacher associations to create a demand for physical activity and mobilize this effort.

“The F4CP supports the IOM initiatives to educate the public on the importance of physical activity and good health,” adds Dr. Clum. “With sufficient physical activity and key behavioral changes, such as healthier food choices and attention to weight management goals, America’s youth will improve in areas of fitness, academics, self-esteem and physical performance, while lowering risks of obesity and Type 2 diabetes.”

Complications Following Brain Surgery Improved With Chiropractic Care: A Case Study

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Many people who go to chiropractors have had surgery of some kind. Often, they are concerned as to whether they can get chiropractic after surgery. This case study, documented in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, on June 14, 2013, may help answer this question.

In this case, a 17-year-old girl came to the chiropractor with health concerns that included an astrocytoma that was surgically removed from her cerebellum four years earlier. According to the American Brain Tumor Association, “Astrocytomas are tumors that arise from astrocytes—star-shaped cells that make up the ‘glue-like’ or supportive tissue of the brain.” The authors of the study explain that the cerebellum is part of the central nervous system (CNS) and has no direct ability to cause muscle contraction, but if harmed or removed, body movements become uncoordinated and abnormal.

In addition to the brain tumor removal, the young girl also reported a history of scoliosis, headaches, tremors, fatigue, loss of balance, and dizziness. After her brain surgery, the girl experienced a significant decline in her postural control, her speech began to slow and was slurred, and her balance became difficult to maintain. Her balance got so bad that she was no longer trusted to drive. She also had fatigue and headaches that were debilitating and caused her to vomit. Her history noted that, prior to these symptoms, she was an avid dancer and soccer player, and was not taking any medication.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included palpation, thermography, and x-rays. From this examination, it was determined that the young woman had subluxations in the upper neck creating nerve system interference. A series of specific corrective chiropractic adjustments was initiated for the correction of the subluxations.

The patient stated that she began noticing changes by her second visit. By the 24th visit, the patient reported that her balance had improved from a 6 out of 10 to a 9 out of 10 since starting chiropractic care. She also stated that her speech had improved over 90% since beginning care, and that she feels it is smoother and less choppy.

In their conclusion the authors wrote, “This case report outlines subluxation-based chiropractic care of a 17-year-old female who was experiencing a loss of balance, difficulty with speech and postural problems following the removal of an astrocytoma from her cerebellum. This is one case demonstrating an improvement in balance, speech and posture while under chiropractic care.”

7 out of 10 Americans Take a Prescription Drug

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The headline above is from a June 27, 2013, HealthDay article that appeared in the US News and World Report health section of their news website. The article, and several others on this subject, are reporting on a study published on June 21, 2013, in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Another article on the Mayo report in PharmaLive on June 19, 2013, starts with the results of the study by noting, ” Nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and more than half take two, Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center researchers say.” Even more ominous is that the study showed that a full twenty percent of patients are on five or more prescription medications. The study found that antibiotics, antidepressants, and painkilling opioids are most commonly prescribed.

Study author, Jennifer St. Sauver, Ph.D., a member of the Mayo Clinic Population Health Program in the Mayo Clinic Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, added that, “…the second most common prescription was for antidepressants — that suggests mental health is a huge issue and is something we should focus on. And the third most common drugs were opioids, which is a bit concerning considering their addicting nature.”

The study also showed that medication usage, as expected, was higher in the elderly. However, the study also noted that women are more likely to be taking prescription medications than men. In people under the age of 19 years, the most common drugs prescribed are vaccines, antibiotics, and anti-asthma drugs .

The trend toward increased prescription drug usage is alarming. The PharmaLive article writes, “Prescription drug use has increased steadily in the U.S. for the past decade. The percentage of people who took at least one prescription drug in the past month increased from 44 percent in 1999-2000 to 48 percent in 2007-08. Spending on prescription drugs reached $250 billion in 2009 the year studied, and accounted for 12 percent of total personal health care expenditures. Drug-related spending is expected to continue to grow in the coming years, the researchers say.”

Chiropractic represents a drugless approach to healthcare. In response to this new study, Dr. Michael McLean, President of the International Chiropractors Association commented, “America is awash with drugs. These numbers speak to a problem with how healthcare is viewed in the United States.” He continued, “In the US, we spend more money, take more drugs, and have more chronic disease than any other advanced nation in the world. It is time we as a society question the practice of taking more drugs, as it has not yielded improved health.”

Chiropractic Cuts Headache Pain By 71%

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Trigger point therapy reduced cervicogenic headache pain by 71% for patients in a new study. The patients also experienced a 59% reduction in neck pain symptoms, as well as improved range of motion and muscle function.

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When Fear Worsens Back Pain

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Are your emotions influencing your pain? Studies suggest that our mental health plays a role in our experience with pain, particularly in people with musculoskeletal symptoms like back pain and whiplash.

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Migraine Linked to Stroke Risk

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Migraine Linked to Stroke RiskPatients who have migraine with aura may have an elevated stroke risk. Data released by researchers at the 2013 International Headache Congress in Boston, to be published the journal Cephalagia, revealed that this type of migraine carries the same stroke risk as diabetes, morbid obesity, or extreme hypertension.

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Lumbar Support Pillow for Back Pain Relief?

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Sitting at a desk all day, like the majority of working adults do in industrialized nations, has been shown to be a risk factor for low-back pain, among other work injuries and pain. If you spend most of your work-day sitting, you may be among the 89% of workers who claim musculoskeletal pain, as we reported in a recent article. The link between sitting and back pain is likely related to sustained body postures that are outside of neutral posture. A long time sitting in a posture not neutral has been shown to cause prolonged muscle contractions and pressure to the intervertebral disc. While you’re sitting, your lumbar spine flattens and strain on your posterior spine increases. It has been suggested that these areas of pressure can be minimized by maintaining the natural lordotic curvature of the spine while in a sitting position.

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Video: Chiropractic vs. Injections for Disc Herniation

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June 2013

Rate Shock: In California, Obamacare To Increase Individual Health Insurance Premiums By 64-146%

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Last week, the state of California claimed that its version of Obamacare’s health insurance exchange would actually reduce premiums. “These rates are way below the worst-case gloom-and-doom scenarios we have heard,” boasted Peter Lee, executive director of the California exchange. But the data that Lee released tells a different story: Obamacare, in fact, will increase individual-market premiums in California by as much as 146 percent.

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May 2013

Chiropractic Helps Patients with Multiple Sclerosis

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A new case series suggests that chiropractic care could ease musculoskeletal pain in people with multiple sclerosis.

Multiple sclerosis is a neurodegenerative disease that damages the central nervous system. Symptoms vary based on the individual but often included muscle weakness, stiffness, cognitive difficulties, urinary problems, blurred vision, numbness, and tingling. New symptoms often occur in “attacks” or develop slowly over time.

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Video: Chiropractic Alleviates Neck Arthritis

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October 2012

Review: ‘Doctored’ makes the case for chiropractic care

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Though it’s mostly one-sided and sometimes plays like a commercial for the alternative medical community, “Doctored” makes a cogent case for real cooperation between Western medicine and less traditional protocols.

Writer-director Bobby Sheehan (he also produced and shot the documentary) begins by exploring chiropractic care and presents a case that, despite mainstream medicine’s longtime crusade to brand it “quackery,” it is a highly viable, at times superior alternative to standard surgery and prescription therapy.

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F.D.A. Says Avoid Drugs From Company Tied to Meningitis

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NEW YORK — U.S. health officials ramped up warnings Thursday about a Massachusetts specialty pharmacy linked to a widening outbreak of a rare kind of meningitis, urging doctors and hospitals not to use any products from the company.

Investigators this week found contamination in a sealed vial of the steroid at the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass., according to Food and Drug Administration officials.

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Many injured workers remain on opioids

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Nearly 1 in 12 injured workers who were prescribed narcotic painkillers still were on the drugs three to six months later, according to a new report on worker’s compensation claims.

The report also found that drug testing and psychological evaluation, two measures designed to reduce abuse of the drugs, were not being done most of the time.

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September 2012

Under Obamacare, states choose Chiropractic Care

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It is among the health-care law’s most important — and most daunting — questions: What health-care benefits are absolutely essential?

California legislators say acupuncture makes the cut. Michigan regulators would include chiropractic services. Oregon officials would leave both of those benefits on the cutting-room floor. Colorado has deemed pre-vacation visits to travel clinics necessary, while leaving costly fertility treatments out of its preliminary package.

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Health Net faces suit over refusals to cover treatments

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Robert Mendoza of Monrovia says he had to come up with about $30,000 last year to pay for a cancer surgery that his insurer, Health Net Inc., refused to cover because it wasn’t considered “medically necessary.” Kalana Penner of La Cañada Flintridge says she had the same problem when her doctor recommended surgery for a serious nerve condition, and once again Health Net said it wouldn’t pay. Finally, she got California insurance officials last year to order the Woodland Hills insurer to cover it.

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Refer children to chiropractor?

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Lancaster is very lucky to have a thriving medical community. Like most things, maintaining health often takes many different skill sets, approaches and collaboration. My patients often admit very sheepishly to me that they go to a chiropractor. My answer is always: Wonderful! Why isn’t he/she sending me letters?

Those of us with the letters M.D. after our names are stereotyped as being close-minded to alternative forms of medicine. True, in allopathic medical schools there is a certain bias taught against chiropractic care, but I think that is changing. Medical doctors’ biggest fear is that you will “replace” traditional medical care with chiropractic care. Contrary to popular belief, we do not fear this because of monetary motivation, but because we feel as your primary providers our job is to oversee your child’s health including any intervention by specialists, chiropractors or therapists.

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California’s Health Insurance Coverage

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August 2012

Chiropractors Helping Athletes at London Olympics

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No less than a dozen different news stories recently appeared reporting on chiropractors going to London to assist the athletes in the 2012 Olympics. In many of these articles, the various doctors from around the nation are working with the athletes to help them maximize their performances and giving them the competitive edge.

In one of the articles on August 1, 2012, in the Lake Forrest Patch, Dr. Dustin Glass is described as the official team chiropractor for the United States women’s indoor volleyball team. “I am very proud and honored to be a part of Team USA,” stated Dr. Glass. “They are representing the country on the biggest athletic stage in the world and I am fortunate to be a part of it.” Later in the article Dr. Glass continued, “Having helped out in practice and sitting courtside while traveling, to see the athleticism these athletes bring to the sport is an awesome experience,” he said. “These are the top 12 players in the country competing for the pinnacle of success in athletics—the Olympic gold!”

A number of the other articles focus on a team of chiropractors helping the USA martial arts, Judo, wrestling, weight lifting and sitting volleyball teams. In a July 28, 2012 article in the online edition of the Erie Times-News, Dr. Tom Stetson, a chiropractor from North Carolina expresses his enthusiasm by saying, “It’s incredibly exciting to take the true principles of health to the world stage of London. The principles we teach help athletes win, but they can also help people in this community achieve the health they’ve been looking for.”

In addition to the excitement that many doctors are feeling, the athletes, coaches and directors are also glad to see the chiropractors at the Olympics. Jose Rodriguez, USA Judo executive director, commented in a July 29, 2012, Examiner article, “This is about making our athletes stronger, faster and sustainably successful.” In the same article, Terry Steiner, the USA Women’s National Wrestling Team coach added, “I have seen a tremendous value in our partnership (with the chiropractors) as it pertains to the performances of our Olympic team. I can further see the positive, life-long effects these doctors can have on their lives after London.”

One chiropractor, however, is at the Olympics for a different reason. Dr. Josh Binstock a 6-foot-5-inch athlete, is competing in his first Olympic Games as part of the Canadian Volleyball team. In a July 30, 2012, article in the Algemeiner, Dr. Binstock said, “[This] was what I had been dreaming about since I started playing this sport and what I put my chiropractic career on hold to pursue.”

Rheumatoid Arthritis Helped with Chiropractic – A Case Study

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The July 26, 2012, issue of the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, discusses a documented case study of a woman suffering with Rheumatoid arthritis, whose quality of life was dramatically improved through chiropractic.

The authors of the study begin by explaining that, “Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an idiopathic autoimmune disease categorized by systemic inflammation primarily of joints and soft tissue”. They also note that previous studies show that RA is 2 to 3 times more common in women than men. The authors also report that according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it was estimated that in 2005, 1.293 million adults aged 18 and older suffered from RA.

In this case a 54-year-old woman entered a chiropractic health center specifically for care of her Rheumatoid Arthritis. At that time, the woman was complaining of severe pain in both her hands and her fingers. She also had swelling of the joints and muscles in her hands, fingers, knees, feet and toes. In a self rating pain scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst, the woman rated herself as a 9 out of 10 if she was not taking medication and a 3 out of 10 when medicated.

The woman had been diagnosed 7 years earlier with RA. By the time she came to the chiropractor, her condition had gotten so bad that many mornings she awoke with pain that made standing erect very difficult. The study authors also reported that when walking, she often had to hold onto the wall due to the severe magnitude of her pain.

A chiropractic examination was performed consisting of several tests including x-rays and a surface EMG study. The determination of the presence of subluxations was made and a specific course of chiropractic care was initiated.

The results for this woman were life changing. By the fourth month of chiropractic care, she was able to discontinue taking her medications. By the tenth month of care, her pain from the RA had reduced to a 1 out of 10 without her having to take any medications. The woman later reported that she was able to dance, exercise, and walk up her stairs without any pain.

In their discussions the authors wrote, “After seven years of management in the medical model the patient exhausted her options and was ready to take control of her health. The patient was able to gradually stop taking medication for pain and inflammation and she is now drug-free. This patient made dietary changes and underwent corrective chiropractic care to realign the spine to allow for better function.”

Chiropractic Included in Expert Panel Addressing Health Concerns of Nation’s Astronauts

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) wants to expand man’s exploration of space. What they also want is a chiropractic opinion on how spaceflight will affect the spines of the astronauts.In a release dated August 2, 2012, and published in several news outlets, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) noted that NASA was addressing concerns about the heightened risk of musculoskeletal injuries threatening astronauts. To address these concerns, NASA conducted the Spinal Deconditioning Injury Risk Summit, in which chiropractic input was sought.

The F4CP release reported that “During the Summit, a multidisciplinary panel of experts addressed various issues including identifying impacting factors — such as microgravity exposure, flight weight and landing forces — and defining potential protection and prevention options. Going forward, NASA expects to develop and test new measures to counteract spinal deterioration in space crews, based on the panel’s recommendations.”

John Mayer, DC, PhD, a chiropractor from south Florida, participated on the panel and added input from a chiropractic perspective. He believes chiropractic represents advancement in prevention and protection protocols.

“Deconditioning — the breakdown of the spine’s musculoskeletal support system — is a very common and serious condition occurring in astronauts,” said Dr. Mayer, Lincoln College Endowed Chair in Biomechanical and Chiropractic Research, and associate professor, School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences at USF Health. “It is crucial that NASA continues to aggregate data and develop strategies to mitigate this problem. More times than not, this initial breakdown leads to other debilitating health concerns, such as disc herniation — an ailment space crews are five times more at risk for than average individuals.”

“Possible options to enhance safety measures for astronauts can include everything from developing new equipment to altering spaceflight exercise procedures to new healthcare practices,” says Dr. Mayer. “The use of an effective specialized musculoskeletal care, like chiropractic, may ultimately prove to be effective in reducing the incidence of injuries for individuals exposed to a variety of physical demands, such as astronauts.”

Baby with Asthma Helped by Chiropractic

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A case study published in the July 19, 2012, issue of the scientific periodical, the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal and Family Health, documents the case of a young boy suffering from asthma who improved with chiropractic care.

The study authors start by noting that asthma in children is very prevalent with 9 million U.S. children under the age of 18 being diagnosed with asthma. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control, (CDC) estimate that 15 million people suffer from asthma. Asthma is currently the leading cause of school absence in the U.S., with the rate of asthma cases increasing steadily.

In this case, a 24-month-old boy was brought to the chiropractor by his mother for chiropractic care. According to the boy’s mother, her son had suffered from asthma, chronic colds, and respiratory issues since birth. At the time the child was brought to the chiropractor, he was taking 2 medications daily that were prescribed by his pediatric pulmonologist. These medications included Flovent at 2 puffs twice per day, and Singulair almost daily.

A chiropractic examination was performed and it was noted that the boy’s neck had a limited overall range of motion. Additionally, multiple areas in his spine had restricted segmental motion and abnormal positioning. It was determined that multiple areas of vertebral subluxations were present, and a specific plan of corrective chiropractic adjustments was initiated.

The study authors noted that the child responded quickly. They wrote that the “…patient’s mother reported that due to her son’s improvement and decreased symptomatology, she was no longer giving her son the Flovent or Singulair.”

In the case study, the authors reported that, “…the boy was still being seen in the chiropractor’s office for wellness care once every other week and has reported only one cold with a respiratory flare up once in the past two years.”

In their conclusion the authors wrote, “In the case of a 2-year-old male suffering from asthma, chronic colds, and respiratory issues since birth, there was a resolution of symptoms after receiving four adjustments over the course of three weeks. Evidence in this case supports chiropractic care in the management of asthma and associated symptoms.”

Hospitals Ignoring Requirements to Report Errors

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Above is the headline of a USA Today story published on July 20, 2012. The article is based on a Memorandum Report issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, from Stuart Wright, the Deputy Inspector General for Evaluation and Inspections. The title of the memorandum report is, “Few Adverse Events in Hospitals Were Reported to State Adverse Event Reporting Systems.”

The memorandum report, and the USA Today article highlight the fact that hospitals seem to be ignoring state regulations that require them to report cases in which medical care harmed a patient. The USA Today article noted that this makes it almost impossible for health care providers to identify and fix preventable problems.

The Memorandum Report begins by stating that previous studies show that “…an estimated 27 percent of Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized in October 2008 experienced harm from medical care.” Many of these events were classified as serious adverse events, defined as events resulting in prolonged hospitalization, permanent disability, life-sustaining intervention, or death. Other events were classified as temporary harm events, defined as events requiring intervention but not resulting in lasting harm.

The report further stated that “…an estimated 60 percent of adverse and temporary harm events nationally occurred at hospitals in states with reporting systems, yet only an estimated 12 percent of events nationally met state requirements for reporting.” This meant that most events falling into this area did not get reported because they were not required to be reported.

Also alarming was the fact that hospitals often do not even recognize adverse events. The report stated, “We also found that hospitals reported only 1 percent of events. Most of the events that states required to be reported, but that hospitals did not report, were not identified by internal hospital incident reporting systems. This suggests that low reporting to state systems is more likely the result of hospital failure to identify events than from hospitals neglecting to report known events.”

Parkinson’s Sufferer has Quality of Life Significantly Improved Under Chiropractic

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The July 30, 2012, issue of the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research published a case study documenting the improvement of a Parkinson’s patient using chiropractic care.

The author of the study begins by reporting that in the United States, 50,000-60,000 new cases of Parkinson’s disease (PD) are diagnosed each year. It is estimated that over one million people currently suffer from this chronic and progressive disorder.

According to the National Parkinson’s Foundation, “Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative brain disorder that progresses slowly in most people. What this means is that individuals with PD will be living with PD for twenty years or more from the time of diagnosis. While Parkinson’s disease itself is not fatal, the Centers for Disease Control rated complications from the disease as the 14th top cause of death in the United State.”

In this case, a 63-year-old male pastoral counselor complaining of resting tremors of the right hand, anxiety and stabbing middle back pain, went to the chiropractor. His complaints started a year and a half earlier and seemed to start shortly after he suffered a severe case of the flu that lasted 2-3 weeks which caused him to lose 15 pounds. Due to his symptoms, he was diagnosed by a neurologist with Idiopathic Parkinson’s disease.

At the time the pastoral counselor presented himself for a chiropractic evaluation, he appeared frail, had a low tone of voice, and had reduced facial expressions. He stated that he also works as a marriage counselor which increases his daily stress level, and he had been experiencing restless leg syndrome at least twice a week for the past two years which affected his ability to get quality sleep.

Multiple chiropractic examination procedures and x-rays confirmed the presence of spinal subluxations, most notably at the level of the top bone in the neck, the atlas. A specific course of corrective adjustments was initiated to correct the atlas subluxation.

Following his first adjustment, the man noted an improvement in his tremors. After a week of care, he also reported an increase in energy. The study records that by the end of the second week of care, he had a greater range of motion in his neck and higher level of energy, allowing him to complete his week of work and participate in extra activities on that weekend. Shortly afterwards, his mid back pain also stopped.In his conclusion the author wrote, “We conclude that improvement of the Atlas alignment was associated with reduction of most of his Parkinson’s symptoms including decrease in frequency and intensity of his middle back pain, improvement in his quality of life and improvement in his motor function.”

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