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



Are You Sticking Your Neck Out?

Your desk chair, steering wheel, and smart phone are trying to kill you.

Did your mom nag you about your posture like mine did? Turns out she was right! Deviations from normal posture can and will impair normal, healthy function in your body. Here’s how:

The Architect of the human body may have shared the basic design with many other creatures, but in mankind, the structure turned upright. This freed those front legs to do other things like create masterpieces of engineering, or change the TV channel with the remote. Standing upright requires the spine to support the weight of everything above the hips, roughly half your body weight.

As adults, we don’t usually think too much about the balance of standing. It took a long time to get there, though. What takes some four-legged creatures just a few minutes to learn, typically takes a human one year to accomplish and several years more to master. The neurology of standing and moving upright is many times more complicated than being on all fours.

Situated at the very top of your body is your head. It has a specific center of gravity that is easy to see. From the front, the head should rest in the middle between the shoulders. From the side, the ear hole should be located directly above the middle of the shoulder.

The most significant and common deviation I see in practice, is the head moving forward of this position. It’s called Forward Head Posture (FHP). This posture is associated with arthritic spinal degeneration, a narrowing of the spinal cord canal which is called stenosis, disc herniation, loss of spinal curves, vertebral subluxation, headache, loss of range of motion, and other issues. Additionally, as the head moves forward, the leverage to cause damage increases.


These changes aren’t limited to the biomechanical. The main trunk of the brain-body connection, better known as the spinal cord, runs right through there. Postural distortions affect neurological function both directly and indirectly. When you disturb neurological function, you necessarily disturb the body’s ability to heal and regulate.

Any activity that juts the head forward encourages this posture. Desk posture, driving posture, mobile device posture, TV watching posture, even book reading posture encourages FHP. Very few activities specifically counteract it. Look around. How many people will you see today with FHP? All of them are at increased risk for accelerated wear and tear, premature aging, and a host of health complications.

Even if we could, simply eliminating FHP promoting activities wouldn’t reverse the damage. Activities including core-strengthening and flexibility are helpful in supporting proper posture and may help reduce some of the effects. The key to it all is a properly aligned and functioning spine. Nobody is better at helping you achieve that than your friendly neighborhood chiropractor.

What is the Difference Between “Checked” and “Adjusted”?

For me, one of the great things that Chiropractic has to offer is the ability to improve human function without having to add anything or take anything away. I love having the ability to not just change something, but to correct something, a vital something.

But in order to know that I’ve corrected that thing, I’ve got to be able to tell if it needs correcting in the first place! This is why not everyone who comes in for a visit gets adjusted.

This is important because the adjustment is specifically designed to correct vertebral subluxation. Vertebral subluxation is a loss of normal spinal alignment that results in abnormal spinal function. Arguably, the most important function of the spine is to protect and preserve a clear neurological connection between the brain and the body. Gray’s Anatomy describes the nervous system as the “master control system.” If you disturb neurological function, you necessarily disturb the ability of the body to heal and regulate.

Regardless of symptoms, you cannot function at your best if you are subluxated. Studies describe improvements in immune competence, cognitive improvements, improved reaction times, positive balance and postural changes and many other benefits. People who have followed a recommended care plan, repeatedly report general quality of life improvements, including increased energy and the loss of nagging health concerns like seasonal allergies or indigestion.

In order to ensure that when you leave my office you are operating free of vertebral subluxation, you get checked three ways. You get checked, first thing. Then if you need to be adjusted, I deliver the specific, scientific adjustment you need, and then check to make sure the subluxation has been corrected. But that is not enough. You are also routinely scanned, using a combination of up to four separate tests to measure and compare your current functional state to your previous ones.

After all, if you are not accumulating a real improvement, what’s the point? I hold myself accountable to you, and I believe that you deserve an objective measure of my performance.

The difference between getting checked and getting adjusted, to me, is the difference between knowing and guessing. It is the difference between something that will help you function properly or something that may make you feel good for a little while. It is the difference between you being your best and whatever the alternative is.

Fear and the Spark

When you’re surrounded by the truth, you can either surrender to it, or keep tilting at windmills. Don Quixote did it for whatever reason his insane mind could muster, but most of us do it out of habit. And who could blame us? We’re surrounded by microwaves, high-speed internet streaming movies and Facetime. Which reminds me, I’m confused and a little disappointed that Facetime doesn’t have some cutesy i-name. I just needed that off my chest. Thanks, I feel better now.


Back on task: we are a generation that gets quick. The youngsters have never known anything else, and even the aged amongst us have witnessed an unprecedented acceleration of how quickly things can go from desired to delivered.

We are easily distracted. And we are most easily distracted when we come upon something difficult. It’s often because we are afraid. Seth Godin, a best-selling author, illustrates this eloquently:

The self-defeating quest for simple and easy

Bullet points, step by step processes that are guaranteed to work overnight, proven shortcuts…

If it was easy, everyone would do it.

Worth noting that surgeons don’t sign up for medical school because they’re told that there is a simple, easy way to do open heart surgery.

It’s not that we’re unable to handle complicated problems, it’s that we’re afraid to try. The Dummies mindset, the get-rich-quick long sales letters, the mechanistic, industrial processes aren’t on offer because they’re the best we can handle. No, they sell because they promise to reduce our fear.

It will take you less time and less effort to do it the difficult way than it will to buy and try and discard all the shortcuts.

Marketing in healthcare works the same way. If we can be distracted by fear, then a market for a fear reducer is created automatically. This cycle is repeated across the healthcare landscape, because no matter what is being sold, the underlying fear message is that your body is inherently weak and perpetually broken. So we shortcut and “temporary-relief-of-symptoms” ourselves into more and more unhealthy methods to try and be healthier. It will never work.

The truth we seem to be missing is that you were born to be healthy and that by eating real food and working and playing and sleeping and praying you give the little miraculous spark of life inside you the tools to remake you in the best way it can. It is going to remake you anyway, all the time, every day. Why not give it everything it needs including a clear neurological, brain-body, connection? Fear causes subluxation and subluxation destroys any chance at a clear connection and optimum spark expression.

Knee Pain May Not Be a Knee Problem… Yet.

knee xray A lot of athletes and especially runners can be plagued by knee pain. It may start by hurting after exertion. Then that gets worse. Then it hurts during exertion and by the time most folks are motivated to do something about it, significant damage has been done. Now you have a knee problem. But what caused it?


The knee is a relatively simple joint consisting of four joint surfaces moving back and forth with body weight. The bending of the knee acts as a secondary shock absorber during walking and running. The strike and roll of the 52 joint surfaces in the foot is primary one. If the primary shock absorber fails, the secondary must compensate. Compensation largely stops at the knee. Because your knee picks up the slack, your foot is less likely to hurt, which hides its role in the problem.


inner knee muscle positionAbove the knee, are the hip and the spine. The spine alone has 174 joint surfaces. These stabilize to the pelvis. The pelvis uses four (4) muscles on each leg to stabilize across the knee. Here you can see the position of the three inside muscles, effectively using the small knee joint as a torque anchor. The fourth is on the outside of the leg. The knee potentially under stress from below, and also from above.


I use the relative number of joint surfaces to highlight the complexity of the structures involved. Logically, you’d expect the structure with the larger number of moving parts to have the higher likelihood of trouble.  The spine has 174, the foot 54, and the knee 4. The fact is, your knee can’t function optimally with stress coming from above and/or below.


The logical conclusion to all of this is that if you are active and you have knee pain before, during, or after activity, you need to find out why. What you discover may change your life.

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Note: This article is purposely targeted at forward running and the degenerative changes leading to knee replacement; it addresses the knee from that perspective. Thus, the motion of the knee and the parts are over-simplified to illustrate concepts. Lateral running is more complex, but the concepts illustrated here also apply.

Dr. Robert Johns is a chiropractor serving the greater Birmingham area from his office in Mt. Laurel, AL.

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.

Get Checked for Subluxation

Before adding something toxic to your body, we recommend getting checked for subluxation. No matter what your condition or diagnosis, you are better off when you are not also suffering the effects of dysfunction resulting from vertebral subluxation. Getting checked for subluxation is quick, safe, gentle, and can save you tons of money in the long run. This is why all of the chiropractors I know get themselves and their family checked for vertebral subluxation on a regular basis, regardless of how they feel.


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