Science for Sale?

“Let the researchers do the research,” explained a friend whom I consider to be both educated and intelligent. This was in response to all the “soccer moms” doing their own research about vaccines. I vehemently disagree because I’ve learned a thing or two about how research gets reported and applied. Still, it got me to thinking about how critically important research, and our ability to trust research is.

After all, parents research everything from prenatal vitamins to strollers to find the option that best suits their needs. Why not vaccines? If you truly believe that the case for vaccines has been settled, then how do you explain the sheer volume of people not accepting the vaccine story? Most of these people tend to be intelligent, well-educated, and wealthy, and their ranks include doctors, pediatricians, PhD’s, and immunologists, not to mention folks with enough study under their belts to qualify for a degree. I mean, even asking the question is enough to get you publicly hammered. Right, Katie Couric?

Among the many, many reasons to carefully research before you choose to force a cocktail of potent poisons into your child’s flesh is the fact that you cannot unvaccinate a child. Also, you the parents, and no one else, will be responsible for whatever the outcome is. Those two things alone are motivation enough to research. All that is required of researchers is the ability to read and critically think. And maybe Google. That’s it.

It’s important to research, because you find very interesting things. For example, Hooker, et al., released a review article in Biomed Research International titled, “Methodological Issues and Evidence of Malfeasance in Research Purporting to Show Thimerosal in Vaccines Is Safe.”

Basically, this paper refutes the SIX studies the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) uses to calm people’s fears about thimerosal as bad science and using 165 studies to demonstrate a link between Mercury and Autism. The CDC can’t find a link, but Hooker finds 165 of them.Mercury

If the CDC, your State Health Department, and your doctor all tell you that vaccines are safe and that they have not been shown to cause autism (which is not exactly the same as “do not cause autism”) but 165 studies show the opposite, what’s a parent/researcher to think? Who can you trust? The charge of “malfeasance” should be more than troubling. And it certainly isn’t going to make people like me less inclined to question.

At the heart of this matter is not whether to vaccinate or not to vaccinate. And frankly, getting distracted in a senseless debate is destructive, no matter what side you find yourself on. The heart of the matter is informed consent. People without accurate information cannot render informed consent. Informed consent is necessary, whether convenient or not, and speaks to the core of individual liberty.

The science of vaccine safety isn’t settled. Neither is the science of vaccine effectiveness. Not when vaccine researchers, the ones paid to do the primary research, lie and fake data.  Not when vaccines like the DTaP fail to protect.  Not when the concept of “herd immunity” or “cocooning” is bastardized and falsely attributed to a vaccinated state.

Misinforming people and then performing procedures isn’t just fraud; it doesn’t just damage the public trust; it is assault. To assault masses of people is to declare war on them. The Nuremberg Trials punished war criminals and the Nuremberg Code was established to protect free peoples from War Crimes.

Am I reaching here? Overblowing it just a bit? This is bigger than vaccines. Parents are having their children confiscated, based on conflicting medical opinions.  An otherwise healthy baby was taken from its mother because she questioned a vaccine.

Not all of this is happening based on science and research, but there is a clear trend of assault and bullying of the individual by hospital staff, Child Protection authorities, the news media and federal agencies, like the CDC and the FDA. Scientific studies are used as the common link of evidence-based practice, as they should be. But if we can’t trust the science, what then?

Ben Goldacre has a popular video on TedTalks that highlights some additional failings, faults, and fixes of our current research and publish model.


The more emphasis we put on science, especially in healthcare, the more we need real assurance that the science is impeccable. Currently, profitable science is promoted, and even “doctored” to make it more profitable. Science should never be for sale.arm-wrestling



Choice and Chance in the Land of Healthcare

For thousands of years, coughs, fevers, throwing up, and other disgusting symptomatic expressions have served as a stark warning of the presence of sickness. Unless you have specific training, signs like these evoke a visceral, stomach-turning response that is impossible to miss. For these thousands of years, infectious disease has been the number one threat against the individual. Infectious disease takes advantage of every other kind of hardship to break us down and destroy us.

To avoid that destruction, we have learned through these long generations to avoid any possible sign of sickness and to assume that the lack of symptoms means “no news is good news.” We have come to view sickness and disease as the result of an outside agent that steps in and robs us of our health. The proposition and subsequent discovery of micro-organisms solidified this idea firmly in the mind of those disposed toward rational, scientific thought.

In the early 20th century, this led us to seek to eradicate microbes by any means necessary. Antibiotics, a major medical advancement, showed tremendous promise as a capital weapon in our war on germs. This promise was relatively short lived though. We soon became aware that the very weapon we wielded with impunity against our foe was creating a new generation of germ that thwarted our every attempt to contain it. Instead of eradicating the foe, we were causing it to become only more dangerous and deadly.

Predictions as recently as 1955 painted a very rosy picture of the upcoming new millennium and beyond. Women would appear forever young. Man would live well into his 2nd century. Infectious diseases were to be eradicated. Cancer would be contained. The common cold a distant memory. And so on. Meanwhile, diseases that had previously been conquered are showing up as superbugs, including tuberculosis, staph and the latest, gonorrhea.

According to the CDC’s Top Ten Leading Causes of Death, the only infectious disease that still makes the top ten is the flu. Flu makes the list only when exaggerated and combined with pneumonia. Almost none of the diseases and conditions on the Top Ten list are likely to have early symptoms or to be infectious. Why do we use a healthcare strategy, based on the chance that we can use the presence of symptoms to protect us from the things that aren’t our primary threats? It is a systemic and cultural failure to adapt. In nature, failure to adapt is lethal.

What has become clear is that the primary threats facing American health are related more to choice than to chance. We choose to value a lifestyle and pace of living that require our bodies to be in top condition to keep up, while we choose to neglect or abuse our body at every turn.

Take another look at the diseases and conditions in the Leading Causes of Death and see if you don’t see a rampant pattern of abuse and neglect.   Heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other problems related to chronic organ dysfunction of the lungs and kidneys. (Not to ignore suicide, which could be the poster child for abuse of the self.) We can’t legitimately claim that consequences of long-standing physical and emotional abuse happen by chance.

Why do we sit around and do stuff we know is harmful to our health? There are three main reasons:

  1. The consequences aren’t immediate and there’s no “one thing” we’re doing (or not doing) that is the cause of the problem. It’s just not that simple. The cause is cumulative, just like many other modern problems.
  2. The incentives to be healthy contradict cultural norms and values. Our culture values convenience, sensuality, and time efficiency. Natural, healthy foods, as an example, can be convenient, but that limits variety. Variety is one way we satisfy the sensuality value. They are also commonly less time efficient because you are left with ingredients requiring preparation instead of pre-packaged ready to eat items.
  3. A false sense of security when it comes to healthcare.guardrailWe tend to think of the healthcare system as a safety net, because in a way it is. It is a great system for helping someone avoid death in a crisis. But when the crisis arises from a long series of choices we make as individuals, it is limited in how it can help those who choose not to help themselves. It can no more protect you from the cliff than a good guardrail. It may give you a second chance, but it will eventually fail.

We have to realize that the steering wheel is in our hands and that with planning and action on our part, we can make a big difference in our own health outcomes. Right now, we’re #50 in the world. I know we can do better.

This is why the message of Chiropractic is so important. Health and healing come from within. You were made to be healthy. When you disturb normal function, you necessarily disturb the natural ability of the body to express health. Nowhere is this more true than in the nervous system. It is the master control system of the body. It is the part that gets disturbed through vertebral subluxation. That is why Chiropractic exists. That is why Chiropractic saves people money on their healthcare expenses. That is why you should make the choice to get checked and improve your chances.







US Boasts 51st Highest Life Expectancy

For falling to the 78th percentile, the US gets a:


It’s time to take a hard look at the “Health Report Card” of the US. According to the CIA World Factbook, the most recent data ranks the US behind 50 countries, including South Korea and Puerto Rico, in life expectancy. In 46 countries, including Kuwait and Croatia, mothers are more likely to survive birth. There are 50 countries, including Cuba and Guam, where babies are more likely to survive their first month.


2011’s Life Expectancy Estimates

We are the 18th fattest country in the world, twice the rate of Switzerland.

Alabama is the 47th healthiest state. When we compare just Alabama to the above charts, the results get even worse.

There is hope. Shortcuts like low-fat, trans-fat and artificial sweeteners are being exposed as frauds. We are, as a nation, realizing that good health is a direction and not a destination. Fads and cheats do more harm than good. To have a strong body, each part needs to be strong and all of those parts need to work well together.

Nutrition, exercise, and sleep are most affected by our daily decisions. There are apps and pen-and-paper charts that can give you a report into what you are really doing and how often.  Attitude is a crucial component, too. These things are all interdependent and synergistic, building on each other for better results. That’s good news.

To get the most out of efforts in these areas, it is vitally important that your body be able to function without interference. The part of your body that manages and coordinates all function is the nervous system. Most people are unaware that they live with nervous system interference, called vertebral subluxation.

Vertebral subluxation is “silent” the same way that hypertension and early cancer are. The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to get it specifically checked. The same is true for vertebral subluxation. Your chiropractor is specifically trained to check you.

Living with subluxation limits your potential to heal, to regulate and to thrive. In my practice, I’ve seen it result in agonizing headaches, chronic ear infections, and asthma, as well as body aches and pains. I’ve seen families who had trouble having kids, become fertile. Chronic conditions like Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) respond and quality of life is improved without the nasty effects of toxic and dangerous drugs. When correction is applied, many of these conditions improve or resolve without any other treatments.

You were made to be healthy. No matter where you are today, you can move in that direction!

Optimizing Your Genetic Ability

Genetic PotentialIn 1975, Ronald Pero, Ph.D., chief of cancer prevention research at New York’s Preventive Medical Institute and Professor of Medicine in Environmental Health at New York University, began developing scientifically valid ways to estimate individual susceptibility to various chronic diseases. Pero and his colleagues found strong evidence linking immune system responsiveness and the absence of certain DNA repair enzymes to disease susceptibility and limited lifespan. At the same time, he followed his fascination with the relationships between certain hormones and carcinogenic agents. The nervous system is responsible for regulating hormone balance, so it is necessarily involved in cancer susceptibility.restoring the balance

This reasoning led Pero to investigate chiropractic as a means to affect the risk of immune system breakdown and disease. A small group of individuals who had received chiropractic care for a period exceeding 2 years were studied. All chiropractic patients studied were labeled ‘genetically normal’ and showed no genetic reasons for increased susceptibility to disease.

In addition, the long-term chiropractic group demonstrated a 200% greater immune competence than those not receiving chiropractic care and 400% greater immune competence than those with cancer or other serious diseases. Surprisingly, this improved immune competence was uniform across age groups, not declining with age. He concluded that “chiropractic may optimize whatever genetic abilities you may have.”Neurobiology

STOP. Some of you may be reading this and wonder how we got from the back pain relief that chiropractors are famous for and all of this genetics and hormones and immunity stuff. While it is true that Chiropractic is well established as an effective means of addressing back pain, what most people do not realize is that those results barely scratch the surface of what people are experiencing in Chiropractic offices all across America.

The human body is self-healing and self-regulating. At our very best, chiropractors act to honor and restore this Law of Life by adjusting the spine to correct vertebral subluxation. Subluxation interferes with the restoration of the maintenance of health by interrupting active organization at the level of communication through the nervous system.maximizing human potential

We must face a stark reality. “Health Care is going to change from treatment-based to prevention-based discipline,” says William Haseltine, Chairman of Human Genome Science.

This means that we are going to have to recognize that our reliance on crisis-based strategies is too little, too late. Western medicine is too often helpless in resolving the high number of chronic and disabling conditions including cancer, various syndromes and other instances of poor health. We treat disease as an entity that must be choked with toxins or cut and burned away in the hope that our body will survive the assault. Certainly battles have been won, but the war is being lost.

Short-term strategies will have to give way to long-term strategies that are congruent and free of contradiction. The nervous system is the conduit of environmental comprehension and change. The endocrine system, controlled by the nervous system, functions to activate or deactivate genes based on environmental factors and response. The genes contain the parameters through which adaptation can occur. All of this happens in an ongoing process we call life.

Chiropractic has been at the forefront of this idea long before birth became an automatic emergency med   ical procedure, long before antibiotic abuse had created the very thing it set out to destroy, and long before “a pill for every ill” meant that 1 in 2 adults in the US is on a prescription along with 1 in 4 children. Give your body a fighting chance to heal and thrive. Make the most out of your genetic potential and seek to truly be your best.

Gene Tuning

The majority of illness afflicting the American public today is the direct result of a chronic lack of healing.

Health is your natural state. The body you live in is both self-healing and self-regulating. In order to heal and regulate, your body is constantly adapting and seeking to achieve homeostasis between its external environment and the processes happening inside. The greater the ability to attain homeostasis, the healthier you are.

We talk about this a lot. Usually, we focus on the role of the nervous system, but today we are going to talk heavily about the role of the genetic code in the process.

Sex Cells

There are only two cell types in your body that do not possess your full genetic code: sex cells and red blood cells. Sex cells, specifically, have exactly half the normal number of genes. The first impression that genes made in your future was at the moment of conception, when a foreign collection of DNA embraced a lonely string of code in the darkness and whispered tenderly, “You complete me.” Every feature you possess was coded at that moment. Every feature you express is in your genetic code, but there are countless other features that are not expressed.

Turn It On (and Off)

Genes do not turn themselves on and off. They cannot. You can think about your genetic code like radio stations. There are many stations available, and depending on what your mood and activity are, some stations are more fitting than others. The same healing intelligence that knitted those two initial strands together while blocking all the rest out is responsible for flipping those genes on AND off depending on the situation. Homeostasis is a moving target; the variables are always changing in a million ways all the time.

The Hook-up

The linkage between the environment and the genetic code is the nervous system. Every piece of information about the inner and outer environments is detected and transmitted through the peripheral nervous system and assimilated and directed by the central nervous system. The quality of that exchange is directly related to the ability of the nervous system to transmit that information flawlessly. Chiropractic is the only health practice with the ability to measure and correct the most common cause of nerve system interference, the vertebral subluxation. Subluxation impairs homeostasis.

Getting it

Get the most out of your genetic code. Make sure your nervous system is transmitting at 100%. Get checked for interference in your homeostasis process. Life is the reward!

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Subluxation

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) has become one of the most significant health problems affecting people in the workplace in recent years. It was first described nearly a half a century ago. Following that description, for forty years it was relatively rare to be diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. In the past ten years, however, the incidence of CTS has been growing rapidly.
Carpal Tunnel surgery

  • According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, CTS is the second most frequently reported occupational injury and an estimated one-half of the work force may be affected by the year 2015, according to the National Safety Council.
  • A typical case of CTS can cost $10,000 and a surgery can run as much as $30,000.
  • CTS alone represents billions of dollars lost by companies as a result of treatment costs, missed work time and decreased productivity.
  • CTS is responsible or 30-40% of worker’s compensation claims filed and ranks first on the list of disability claims nationally.

Carpal tunnel posture ROMShort version: the more intense the pain of the carpal tunnel syndrome, the stiffer the neck motion was when tilting the head away from the painful wrist. This suggests a clear correlation between the neck and carpal tunnel.

Carpal Tunnel cervical

“Cervical neuritis” is the medical way of saying the nerves in the neck are irritated, exactly the same as the result of being impinged during subluxation.Carpal Tunnel cervical double crush

Double crush phenomena sounds an awful lot like subluxation.

Carpal surgery fail

At this point, it should be clearer why surgery fails as an intervention for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Athlete violin posture

Don’t think CTS and overuse injuries only happen to desk jockeys. Poor posture and ergonomics can impair in virtually any situation where movements are repeated. Hair stylists, musicians, nurses, athletes, and magicians are all at risk.

Getting checked for vertebral subluxation is so easy. It’s simple, and even better, it’s completely safe and non-invasive. Subluxation can cause so many problems for so many people in so many ways, and getting checked for vertebral subluxation is a no-brainer.

Get more info or schedule a screening for yourself or a loved one at (205)437-8837 or