Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Nature of Dis-ease

The Nature of Dis-ease
By Bruce Lipton

Sometimes, the body’s natural harmony breaks down, and we experience dis-ease, which is a reflection of the body’s inability to maintain normal control of its function-providing systems. Because behavior is created through the interaction of proteins with their complementary signals, there are really only two sources of dis-ease: either the proteins are defective or the signals are distorted.

About 5% of the world’s population is born with birth defects, which means they have mutated genes that code for dysfunctional proteins. Structurally deformed or defective proteins can “jam the machine,” disturb normal pathway functions, and impair the character and quality of lives. However, 95% of the human population arrives on this planet with a perfectly functional set of gene blueprints.

Because the majority of us have a perfectly healthy genome and produce functional proteins, illness in this group can likely be attributed to the nature of the signal. There are three primary situations in which signals contribute to dysfunction and dis-ease.

The first is trauma. If you twist or misalign your spine and physically impede the transmission of the nervous system’s signals, it may result in a distortion of the information being exchanged between the brain and the body’s cells, tissues, and organs.

The second is toxicity. Toxins and poisons in our system represent inappropriate chemistry that can distort the signal’s information on its path between the nervous system and targeted cells and tissues. Altered signals, derived from either of these causes, can inhibit or modify normal behaviors and lead to the expression of dis-ease.

The third and most important influence of signals on the dis-ease process is thought; the action of the mind. Mind-related illnesses do not require that there be anything physically wrong with the body at the outset of the dis-ease. Health is predicated upon the nervous system’s ability to accurately perceive environmental information and selectively engage appropriate, life-sustaining behaviors. If a mind misinterprets environmental signals and generates an inappropriate response, survival is threatened because the body’s behaviors become out of synch with the environment. We may not think that a thought could be enough to undermine an entire system, but, in fact, misperceptions can be lethal.

Consider the situation of a person with anorexia. While relatives and friends clearly perceive that this skin-and-bones individual is near death, the anorexic looks in a mirror and sees a fat person. Using this distorted view, that resembles an image in a funhouse mirror, the anorexic’s brain attempts to control a misperceived runaway weight gain, by-oops!-inhibiting the system’s metabolic functions.

The brain, like any governing entity, seeks harmony. Neural harmony is expressed as a measure of congruency between the mind’s perceptions and the life we experience.

An interesting insight into how the mind creates harmony between its perceptions and the real world is frequently illustrated in stage hypnosis shows. A volunteer from the audience is invited onstage, hypnotized, and asked to pick up a glass of water, which the volunteer is told weighs one thousand pounds. With that misinformation, the volunteer struggles unsuccessfully with straining muscles, bulging veins, and perspiration. How can that be? Obviously the glass doesn’t weigh one thousand pounds even though the mind of the subject firmly believes that it does.

To manifest the perceived reality of a thousand pound glass of water, something that cannot be lifted, the hypnotized subject’s mind fires a signal to the muscles used to lift the glass at the same time it fires contradictory signals to the muscles used to set the glass down! This results in an isometric exercise wherein two groups of muscles work to oppose each other, which results in no net movement-but a lot of strain and sweat.

pictCells, tissues, and organs do not question information sent by the nervous system. Rather, they respond with equal fervor to accurate life-affirming perceptions and to self-destructive misperceptions. Consequently, the nature of our perceptions greatly influences the fate of our lives.

While most of us are aware of the healing influences of the placebo effect, few are aware of its evil twin, the nocebo effect. Just as surely as positive thoughts can heal, negative ones, including the belief we are susceptible to an illness or have been exposed to a toxic condition, can actually manifest the undesired realities of those thoughts.

Japanese children allergic to a poison ivy-like plant took part in an experiment where a leaf of the poisonous plant was rubbed onto one forearm. As a control, a nonpoisonous leaf resembling the toxic plant was rubbed on the other forearm. As expected almost all the children broke out in a rash on the arm rubbed with the toxic leaf and had no response to the imposter leaf.

What the children did not know was that the leaves were purposefully mislabeled. The negative thought of being touched by the poisonous plant led to the rash produced by the nontoxic leaf! In the majority of cases, no rash resulted from contact with the toxic leaf that was thought to be the harmless control. The conclusion is simple: positive perceptions enhance health, and negative perceptions precipitate dis-ease. This mind-bending example of the power of belief was one of the founding experiments that led to the science of psychoneuroimmunology.

Considering that a minimum of one third of all medical healings are attributed to the placebo effect, what percentage of illness and disease might be the result of negative thought in the nocebo effect? Perhaps more than we think, especially since psychologists estimate that 70% of our thoughts are negative and redundant.

Perceptions have a tremendous influence in shaping the character and experiences of our lives. They’re the reason why those faith-filled folks can swig poison, joyously play with deadly snakes and lift a car to free a loved one. Perceptions shape the placebo and nocebo effects. They are more influential than positive thinking because they are more than mere thoughts in your mind. Perceptions are beliefs that permeate every cell. Simply, the expression of the body is a complement to the mind’s perceptions, or, in simpler terms, believing is seeing!

New-Edge Biology Conclusion:
Accurate perceptions encourage success; misperceptions threaten survival.

Bruce H. Lipton, PhD, author of bestselling, The Biology of Belief, is an internationally recognized leader in bridging science and spirit. Visit: www.BruceLipton.com.

Proprioception - Making Your Body Smarter


Proprioception - Making Your Body Smarter

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Chiropractic Care Helps Your Body Be Smarter
Your body's awareness of where it is in three dimensions is critical to your ability to function effectively in the world. This awareness depends on proprioceptors. These specialized nerve endings are part of your nervous system - your body's master system.
Nerve signals are transmitted from proprioceptors in joints and muscles, along nerve pathways, to spinal nerves. Spinal nerves connect to the spinal cord, and from there signals are transmitted to the brain. But spinal nerves are a potential bottleneck to the free flow of information. These nerves may become irritated or inflamed, blocking accurate information from reaching the brain and accurate instructions from reaching the rest of the body.
Chiropractic care helps keep your body free of nerve interference. By correcting spinal misalignments, chiropractic care helps remove nerve interference and ensures a free flow of information from the brain, to the spinal cord, to all the body's cells, and back again. Optimal health and well-being are the result.
We usually don't think of our bodies in terms of their being "smart." For example, we walk to the corner store without giving a single thought to the complex mechanics involved in getting there and back. But behind the scenes there's plenty going on and your body's "IQ" has a lot to do with your success in accomplishing everyday tasks.

Proprioception is one of those background physical processes that make up your body's total IQ. Proprioceptors are specialized nerve endings located in your muscles and joints that inform your brain about your body's position in three-dimensional space. You're able to write legibly because proprioceptors are sending instantaneous data about the angles of the small joints of your fingers and wrists as your pen moves across the page. You're able to run on the beach because proprioceptors are continuously sending signals to your brain about the changing shape of the uneven surface of the sand.1

Without these specialized nerve endings, we'd never be able to hit a baseball, throw a Frisbee, or drive a car. But proprioceptors can be smart or less than that. It all depends on how well-trained they are. One person out for a stroll might trip over a crack in the pavement and suffer a badly sprained ankle. Another person might trip over the same crack, even badly turning over their ankle in the process, and keep on walking without even a trace of a limp.

The difference between injury and non-injury is the level of proprioceptor training, and this level usually is related to whether you're doing regular exercise.2 Exercise trains your muscles and joints to adapt to varying kinds of stresses (weight-bearing loads) throughout a variety of positions (the full range of motion of those joints). As a result, trained proprioceptors can withstand a high degree of stress (such as a sudden twisting of an ankle). The untrained ankle, possibly the ankle of a person who hasn't done much walking, running, or bike riding in the last 5 years, will be damaged by an unusual and unexpected stress. The result is an ankle sprain of varying severity and possibly a broken ankle.

Similarly, it is well known that older adults experience more frequent falls than do younger adults. Part of the explanation involves proprioception.3Many older adults don't engage in regular exercise. Proprioceptive function decreases, changes in level or surface aren't recognized quickly by the person's feet and ankles, and the person falls.

It's easy to see that the effort to maintain your body's IQ is time very well spent. The fastest way to boost this skill set is by doing regular exercise. All kinds of exercise provide benefit, so the best exercises are the ones that have some interest for you personally. Optimally, a person is doing both strength training and cardiovascular exercise. As always, the key to long-term health and wellness is consistency.

1Wong JD, et al: Can proprioceptive training improve motor learning? J Neurophysiol 2012 Sep 12 [Epub ahead of print]
2Ferreira ML, et al: Physical activity improves strength, balance and endurance in adults aged 40-65 years: a systematic review. J Physiother 58(3):145-156, 2012
3Howe TE, et al: Exercise for improving balance in older people. Cochrane Database Syst Rev  2011 Nov 9(11):CD004963.

Home Improvement

Home Improvement

Home Improvement Takes Physical Fitness
Chiropractic Care, Balance, and Safety in the Home
Proprioception involves activity of specialized nerve endings that tell your brain about the current configuration of all your joints (for example, the ankle joint of your right foot is currently bent at a 90-degree angle) and how much weight is being loaded onto each joint. This is a marvelously complex system. In order for your brain to receive such critical information on an instantansous basis and to be able to respond equally instantaneously, the channels of communication need to be wide open and free of interference.
Regular chiropractic care helps this process run smoothly and effectively. By aligning your spinal column and removing sources of nerve interference. Regular chiropractic care assists your proprioceptive system and all the other nerve system components in keeping you flexible, balanced, and safe.
You've finally decided to paint your kids' bedrooms. Not only that, but you're going to do it yourself. Congratulations. Or your rooftop gutters have become so filled with leaves that the only place for overflow rainwater to go is down the sides of your house and seep into the foundation, and you've decided to install a gutter protection system. And you're going to do that yourself.
These may be great choices. DIY projects are self-affirming and self-empowering, and often provide real opportunities for personal growth and development. There may be substantial cost savings, or you just want to reconnect with your high school self who loved shop class. Regardless of the numerous possible motivations, the most important consideration in any home improvement project is safety.
Aside from basic rules such as using protective goggles and always having a buddy supporting and stabilizing the ladder you're up on, safety around the home often depends on your own level of physical fitness. For example, if you're relatively out-of-shape, it's easy to strain a neck, shoulder, or lower back muscle when you're trying to apply paint evenly to a corner of the ceiling. Similarly, if you haven't done any vigorous exercise on a consistent basis in a while, do-it-yourself activities such as changing your car battery or even mowing your lawn can cause a lower back injury or even a twisted ankle or knee.
Doing regular vigorous exercise provides many benefits In addition to preparing you for real physical work. Also, supporting your exercise and physical work is a specialized system of nerve endings known as proprioceptors.1 These nerve cells play a significant role in whether physical activity is done easily and well or, instead, results in an injury. Stated succinctly, proprioceptors tell your brain about your body's position in three-dimensional space. For example, if you're bending over to pick up two one-gallon cans of paint, your brain needs to know that you're ankles are bent at 20 degrees, your knees are bent at 80 degrees, and your hips are bent at 70 degrees. If this information isn't transmitted accurately or isn't  received fairly instantaneously, you may suffer a lower back injury even though the paint cans themselves only weigh 8 pounds each.
Proprioception becomes a critical system any time you go up on a ladder.2Maintaining your balance depends on a moment-by-moment, two-directional stream of information between your brain and your bones, joints, muscles, and ligaments. Your nerve system and your musculoskeletal system do all the calculations required to enable you to work safely from the top step of your ladder. But if your proprioception system hasn't been optimally trained in a while and is, in a sense, out of shape, your balance and overall safety are at risk. Bad things can happen.
From all points of view, including that of safety in the home, it's important to maintain your proprioception system in peak condition. You can easily do this by engaging in regular strength-building activities such as strength training and yoga and regular aerobic activities such as running, walking, swimming, and biking.3 Proprioceptor training is built-in to all forms of vigorous exercise. Safely and successfully completing your home improvement projects is one of the many benefits.
1Judkins TN, Scheidt RA: Visuo-proprioceptive interactions during adaptation of the human reach. J Neurophysiol 2013 Nov 20 [Epub ahead of print]
2Suetterlin KJ, Sayer AA: Proprioception: where are we now? A commentary on clinical assessment, changes across the life course, functional implications and future interventions. Age Aging 2013 Nov 14 [Epub ahead of print] 
3Maitre J, et al: Chronic physical activity preserves efficiency of proprioception in postural control in older women. J Rehabil Res Dev 50(6):811-820, 2013

MSG: The Hidden Health Robber

MSG: The Hidden Health Robber 

After three years of actively making changes to my diet and lifestyle, I was still sick and tired all the time. I had recurrent migraines, PMS, depression, brain fog, irritability, mood swings, and extreme fatigue after eating—so extreme I often could not stay awake.

It was after one of those unavoidable after-lunch-napping episodes that one of the primary causes of my problems was revealed. A fellow co-worker found me in the break room out cold. I was embarrassed when she woke me up out of what felt like a drunken stupor and asked if I was alright.

I told her how it had become literally impossible for me to keep my eyes open after I ate lunch and dinner, and how I had splitting headaches on a daily basis that made it difficult for me to function. She listened attentively, then picked up the bottle of popular-brand salad dressing next to my empty lunch containers.

“What do you expect?” she quipped looking at the ingredients label. “This dressing is loaded with MSG. That’ll not only give you headaches and put you to sleep, honey—after awhile it’ll kill ya!”

“MS … what?,” was my response. I was clueless.

That’s when I first learned that MSG (monosodium glutamate) is an artificial flavor enhancer. It is also a neurotoxin that is notorious for causing a host of symptoms and sometimes very severe acute reactions in addition to contributing to the development of chronic symptoms and disease.

I immediately eliminated MSG from my diet and not surprisingly, my debilitating fatigue and migraines went with it! The fog in my brain began to clear and my overall disposition became sunnier as well.

Millions of people have had very similar experiences, discovering that one or more chemical food additives is the culprit in an acute or chronic condition they have been grappling with and once they removed the offending substance(s) from their diet their symptoms went away. MSG is one of the biggest culprits.

Things to know about MSG

Neuroscientists agree that MSG is a neurotoxin, killing brain neurons by
exciting them to death.

  • Despite the fact that in 1980 MSG was added to the FDA’s list of additives needing further study due to the uncertainties that exist, MSG has been increasingly added to food products. 
  • Studies reveal that when fed to pregnant rats or mice, MSG causes the off- spring to suffer from learning disabilities. 
  • In other studies on small animals, MSG has been proven to cause brain damage in the young. As a result, many baby food manufacturers voluntarily removed MSG from their products. However, there are still junior food products and baby formulas on the market that contain MSG. Ironically, many formulas for allergic infants contain larger amounts than the regular formulas. 
  • The leading reaction to MSG, which can take up to 48 hours to appear, is migraine headaches. A fact well recognized by headache clinics throughout the country. 
  • MSG also affects the hunger centers of the brain causing those who eat it to crave more food. That's why food manufacturers put it in their products - it keeps you coming back for more! 
  • MSG also causes weight gain. It is actually fed to laboratory animals to fatten them up for research without increasing their food intake. 

 
When you consider that an estimated 60-90% of processed, packaged foods contain MSG, and the majority of foods eaten in this country are processed, is it any wonder that so many people are sick, tired and overweight?

Despite the fact that food manufacturers disguise this toxic additive under more than 27 different names, MSG can be avoided. The best way to do so is to eat primarily whole, fresh, natural foods and the natural food brands that don’t contain chemical additives.

Symptoms associated with MSG include, but are not limited to: headaches/migraines, weight gain, extreme
fatigue, depression, numbness/tingling, chest pain/tightness, rapid heartbeat, weakness, pressure around eyes, blurred vision, sneezing, shortness of breath, frequent urination , seizures , insomnia, chills and shakes, dizziness, anxiety/panic attacks , behavioral problems , muscle/joint pain/stiffness, bloating, nausea/ vomiting, stomach/intestinal cramps, and PMS/menopausal issues.

Note: Aspartame is also a neurotoxin that can cause similar adverse reactions. Both aspartame and MSG have been shown to kill brain cells and cause subsequent endocrine disorders in laboratory animals. Also take note that acute reactions to MSG can sometimes take up to 48-72 hours to show up. Chronic conditions associated with MSG develop over time and may take time to reverse.

For more on MSG, including remedies for acute reactions and a downloadable wallet-sized MSG Quick List with the many names it may be listed under, visit: www.kellyhayford.com.

Kelly Hayford, C.N.C. is the award-winning author of If It’s Not Food Don’t Eat It! As a
former chiropractic assistant and junk-food junkie turned nutrition and health coach,
Kelly has helped thousands restore their health, energy and natural weight.

Establishing and Advancing the Chiropractic Family Wellness Lifestyle
Provided by Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, published by ICPA, Inc. For more information visit:
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Gardasil will be the biggest scandal in medical history

Gardasil will be the biggest scandal in medical history

http://hpv-vaccine-info.org/gardasil-will-be-the-biggest-scandal-in-medical-history/

By admin on April 14, 2014.

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Former Merck doctor predicts that Gardasil will be the biggest scandal in medical history.

The former Merck doctor, French Dr. Bernard Dalbergue, was interviewed for the magazine Principe de Santé (Health Principles) in April this year, and in that interview he talks about his experiences in the pharmaceutical industry. After some tough years as a doctor in a hospital, Dr. Bernard Dalbergue quickly became seduced by the convenience of work in the pharmaceutical industry. Less yelling, pain and death. The latest fashion, fancy cars, money and embezzlement became part of his new life instead. Right up until his conscience, after 20 years in the pharmaceutical laboratories, woke him up and he wrote all his experiences in a book.
In the interview Dr. Bernard Dalbergue talks about his surprise at how Marcia Angell, former head of the respected New England Journal of Medicine, left her job because she believed that the pharmaceutical industry manipulated the clinical research and controlled all the information that got to public attention. She, like many others, claimed that scientific studies that on the surface was described as objective and independent, was actually written by the pharmaceutical industry.
In the interview he also explains that each year between 18,000-30,000 die in France directly as a result of adverse reactions to pharmaceutical products and the figure for the whole of the EU is about 200,000. He explains that there are no clinical studies that will document the safety of a product, like Merck is trying to tell people in the case of Gardasil, it is only after millions of doses have been distributed that you will see how dangerous a product is. Therefore, he says without hesitation: “Gardasil will be the biggest scandal in medical history,” and he adds: “The full extent of the Gardasil scandal needs to be assessed. Everyone knew when this vaccine was released on the American market that it would prove to be worthless. Diane Harper, a major opinion leader in the United States, was one of the first to blow the whistle, pointing out the fraud and scam of it all.”
Dr. Bernard Dalbergue mentions another example of how the pharmaceutical industry has deceived the public; Mercks anti-inflammatory product, Vioxx, proved to have serious side effects, including cardiac arrest, and Merck used a lot of effort to conceal the more than 30,000 deaths due to side effects. Immediately thereafter, they started to develop a similar new product, called Arcoxia, where they just changed a few molecules, and while people still died from Vioxx, which at the time had been revoked, doctors began to prescribe the new and equally dangerous product. “Arcoxia is now being prescribed and approved, but it is extremely dangerous. It’s the same with Gardasil; it is useless and costs a fortune. In addition, decision makers at all levels are aware of it.” He recognizes that all vaccines have side effects, that all vaccines can cause guillain-barre syndrome, paralysis, mutiple sclerosis and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, but when it comes to saving millions from smallpox and polio then it is a different matter: “I predict that Gardasil will become the greatest medical scandal of all times because at some point in time, the evidence will add up to prove that this vaccine, technical and scientific feat that it may be, has absolutely no effect on cervical cancer and that all the very many adverse effects which destroy lives and even kill, serve no other purpose than to generate profit for the manufacturers.” On the question of why Gardasil is not just withdrawn from the market, the answer is short: “There is far too much financial interest for these medicines to be withdrawn.”
Towards the end of the interview, Dr. Bernard Dalbergue draws a parallel between the pharmaceutical industry and the system we have built, to the political system in China: “In China, opponents are executed with a single shot of a bullet to the neck and executions are broadcast on television. Worse still, the victim’s families are made to pay for the bullet used. In my opinion, these 18,000 to 30,000 deaths by medicines are exactly the same – the patients are made to pay for the bullet which kills them.”
The story about Dr. Bernard Dalbergue has also been published in Le Monde and the article can be read via the link below.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Oliver's Story

Oliver's Story:
This is a long one, with many details... so I'll do my best to keep it short and succinct, and without crying on the keyboard!
Oliver was born on Memorial Day (May 25th) 2009. He was born a few weeks early, and born really fast. He "shot out" head to toe on the 2nd push from his amazing mother who delivered him naturally (thankfully) with no drugs to suppress his system.
Unfortunately because he was a bit early and premature, and was delivered so fast (midwife did not catch him, instead he landed on the bed on his head and neck)... he had major breathing issues right from the start. He was not breathing, and was blue and cyanotic.
After all sorts of panic and emergency as you can imagine... Oliver received his first adjustment from me, his dad and a Pediatric Chiropractor, about 2 minutes after birth. It was to his upper back and it allowed him to expel the fluids from his lungs and take his first breaths.
Fast forwarding, after an hour of working to get him better and nursing and working on his own... he crashed again. Once again he stopped breathing and his heart stopped beating. CPR was done and he was rushed away by emergency providers. He would end up being life-flighted to a Level 3 NICU in Rockford, IL.
There it was confirmed that Oliver had PPHN, Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension, meaning that his lungs weren't getting enough blood through them (too constricted) and therefore his brain and body weren't getting enough oxygen to function. They immediately put him on all sorts of respiratory support and oxygen.
Again unfortunately, at the same time the Neonatalogist at the hospital convinced us to also try a pretty unknown and experimental treatment on him - whole body cooling. The goal of this would be to try and protect his brain from oxidative damage when the oxygen flow was restored. At first, it made sense so we consented.
There is absolutely nothing worse in the entire world than for 48 hours seeing and feeling your tiny little infant son lying not just helpless, but freezing cold. The first picture below is of me providing non-stop chiropractic adjustments and work to him during that first 48 hours, while he was freezing. I hardly ever left that position for 2 straight days. The worst 2 days of our lives.
As those first 2 days went by, Oliver's lungs never got better and wouldn't respond. He then ended up needing to be transferred to Lutheran General Hospital in Chicago for a surgery and procedure called ECMO - meaning, putting him on a heart-lung bypass machine where blood would be taken out of his body, oxygen put into it... and then put it back into his body... so he could get oxygen, and his lungs could heal and rest.
An important note is that in order to go into surgery he had to be warmed back up and the whole body cooling stopped. Once he was warm his lungs started to respond so fast, they almost didn't need the surgery.
We would later find out that PPHN is a MAJOR contraindication to whole body cooling procedure (when you're cold, you constrict MORE)... and that the MD in Rockford was good friends and classmates with another MD in Michigan who was trying to pioneer this new procedure and do research on it.
So yeah, we saw the best and worst of medicine during this time. While trying to save his life, they also experimented with it. Thank God for the doctors at Lutheran General, and if I ever see the one from Rockford again... she better hope God is on her side. Sounds harsh yeah, but that was my baby, not another statistic or research metric.
Final fast forward... They told us Oliver would likely need 2 weeks on ECMO. However, like always, I was adjusting and working on him the whole time to continue to stimulate and maintain full neurological function and communication between his brain and spine... keeping his brain "fed" and able to heal and connect. So instead of 2 weeks, he was rocking and off in 5 days!
After that, he needed one more surgery to close the tiny hole in his heart that let blood flow properly as it hadn't been properly stimulated at birth due to his challenges... and after that, he continued to heal big time with his heart and lungs! The surgeons who saved his life are some of the most incredible and impactful people I will ever meet. They did their job with full confidence and certainty, and saved his life. Amazing!
The final hurdle Oliver had to get through was that because of all this oxygen challenges, and in spite of the whole body cooling... his brain had suffered a lot of stress and damage, and his EEG his first day at LGH showed "Burst Suppression" findings.
These are about the worst findings you can ever have on a brain EEG other than no activity at all, and in fact... most kids with this level of damage do not even live. And those that do, are "guaranteed" to have a life full of severe disability... seizures, major delays, don't talk, don't walk.
That's what we were told would be Oliver's life. We were told Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy were his "best bet" for sure. So we were supposed to keep him on all sorts of meds, mainly Phenobarbital... and anti-seizure med that also basically acts as an anti-life potential med. We had to fight, and we did...
But here's where the story turns... From the ambulance ride and throughout the whole time, I was adjusting Oliver. I was sending afferent (incoming) input through his spine, to his brain and nervous system... and I was confident and certain his brain would heal from the tsunami of a "perfect storm" it had been through.
I told the MDs and nurses the whole time what I was doing, how I was doing it, and what I expected. I spoke to them in "their language" explaining all the neurological connections and pathways. They looked at me like I was clueless and had two-heads. Turns out unfortunately for them, they were the clueless ones.
By the time Oliver checked out of his room at LGH 6 weeks later... these things had occurred:
- His EEGs were almost completely clear and no seizure activity at all. Burst suppression findings - GONE.
- Off ALL medications.
- Nursing, eating like a champ.
- Head shape (had been very deformed because of being stuck sedated in one position for so long) - perfect.
- Prognosis: Epic Chiro Kid.
Fast forward to today, and look at the pictures below... Oliver turns 5 next week and has lived 5 years of full out, Epic Chiro Kid style life! He's the model of pure health, happiness, joy... and epic awesomeness!
He is an Epic Little Brother, and an Epic Big Brother... and he LOVES life like none other! No seizures, no meds, no vaccines, no sickness ever at all...
He wasn't 1 in a million who "got lucky" - he was in 1 in a million who got adjusted.
It's now my life's work to change that metric so that those other thousands and millions of kids get the LIFE that Oliver has!
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Dr. Tony Ebel and Kristina Ebel
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A Parent’s Response to the New York Times’ Article: Eliminate Vaccine Exemptions

A Parent’s Response to the New York Times’ Article: Eliminate Vaccine Exemptions

http://www.livingwhole.org/a-parents-response-to-the-new-york-times-article-eliminate-vaccine-exemptions/

I am generally a nice person. As long as someone or something does not infringe upon my rights as a parent or individual I try to stay out of it. And that’s exactly how I feel about vaccinations. I encourage you to educate yourself but ultimately, you have the final say. That’s how it is here in the United States of America, we have the freedom to choose, freedom to parent our kids the way we see fit, and freedom from government interference into the most intimate aspects of our lives whether we are religious or not.
Or so I thought…
There was a piece published by the New York Times recently written by Dr. Kristen Feemster (a pediatric infectious disease physician who profits from “professionally advising” pharmaceutical companies and feels that a parent’s decision not to vaccinate may warrant a call to Child Protective Services) that urged the scientific and public health communities to curtail vaccine exemptions. In case you’re wondering, a vaccine exemption allows an individual to forgo the vaccination for medical, religious, and sometimes philosophical reasons. The reason for trumping these rights? The public good.
I had many problems with this article, and you should too, because it infringes on your constitutional rights as a parent, blatantly suggests that “vaccines are safe and effective,” insinuates that those of us who choose not to vaccinate our children have no educated reason for doing so, and obviously assumes that the healthcare, scientific community, and parents (the most important player in this dilemma if you will) agree on what constitutes the public good. 
Here is my response to this article.
Dear Dr. Feemster, the New York Times, and anyone else who thinks I don’t have a right to (un)vaccinate my child:
I am sorry to hear that you deem a parent’s choice of whether or not to vaccinate with so little regard. Need I refer you to the United States Constitution where it has been decided and upheld by the United States Supreme Court on numerous occassions that parents’ have the right to the care, custody, and control of their children, freedom to rear their children without  government interference, the freedom of expression and religion, freedom of privacy, and protection under the first, ninth, and 14th amendments. The right to raise my child as I see fit and the right to decide what I do and do not put into my body or my child’s is a fundamental right granted to me as a citizen of the United States of America. (See Prince v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Wisconsin v. Yoder, Cleveland Board of Education v. LaFleur, Pierce v. Society of Sisters, Meyer v. Nebraska,  City of Akron v. Akron Center for Reproductive Health Inc., Thornburgh v. American College of Obstetricians and GynecologistsStanley v Illinois, Quilloin v. Walcott, Parham v. J. R, etc.) 
You claim that personal and philosophical exemptions should be curtailed because of those who cannot medically receive vaccines. What about those of us who are subjected to virus shedding on a daily basis by those individuals who have chosen to vaccinate? What about those of us vaccinated or not, who have gotten sick as a result of a vaccine induced virus outbreak (like whooping cough, measles, and meningitis). What about the billions of dollars we sink into healthcare every year to cover the rising costs associated with the surge of childhood diseases, all of which are listed as side-effects on the vaccine inserts and have increased as the number of vaccines on the child immunization schedule have increased? What about the vaccine-injured children? Should we not be worried about protecting our children from the serious and sometimes debilitating vaccine-induced conditions? Are my religious freedoms not protected when it comes to vaccinations? Is my educated opinion that vaccines are harmful to the human body of less value than yours? What about the millions of Americans and medical professionals who think the same?
You state that vaccines are safe and effective but as a member of the scientific and healthcare community I’m not sure how you came to that conclusion. You see, vaccines are not research effective because they are not subjected to double-blind placebo controlled studies using a saline solution that is the standard for evidence-based medicine. Vaccinations are tested against other vaccinations, adjuvants, and complex vaccinations – this not only yields inaccurate results but altered and inaccurate safety data. How can you know if something is truly safe if it is not tested against a placebo?
“Vaccines are safe and effective. The significant reduction in illness and death from vaccine-preventable diseases is testimony to how well they work.”
You claim vaccines are safe. Have you read the package inserts, studies, or checked out the VAERS database lately? If you had, you would see side-effects like these: (Boostrix - Tdap) blood and lymphatic system disorders, immune system disorders, myocarditis, nervous system disorders, convulsions, seizures, encephalitis (brain swelling), facial palsy, skin disorders; (Pediarix IPV + DTaP + Hep B) Sudden infant death (SIDS), death, seizures, meningitis, paralysis, anaphylactic shock, encephalitis, skin and tissue disorders; (Chicken pox / Varicella) eczema, vaccine-strain chicken pox, lower respiratory infections, seizures, encephalitis, cerebrovascular accident, transverse myelitis, Guillain-Barré syndrome, Bell’s palsy, aseptic meningitis, pneumonia; (Merk’s Hep-B) Guillain-Barré Syndrome, ringing in the ears, multiple sclerosis, myelitis including transverse myelitis, seizure, febrile seizure, peripheral neuropathy including Bell’s Palsy, herpes zoster, migraine, arthritis. Merck’s MMR vaccine insert is laughable. And I quote,
“Measles, mumps, and rubella are three common childhood diseases, caused by measles virus, mumps virus (paramyxoviruses), and rubella virus (togavirus), respectively, that may be associated with serious complications and/or death. For example, pneumonia and encephalitis are caused by measles. Mumps is associated with aseptic meningitis, deafness and orchitis; and rubella during pregnancy may cause congenital rubella syndrome in the infants of infected mothers.”
Assuming for a moment that the MMR vaccine actually works, the above sounds pretty good…until you get to the bottom of the insert where you see that the vaccine is associated with the same side-effects of the disease it’s designed to prevent:
Panniculitis; atypical measles; fever; syncope; headache; dizziness; malaise; irritability, vasculitis, pancreatitis; diarrhea; vomiting; parotitis; nausea, diabetes mellitus, thrombocytopenia, purpura, regional lymphadenopathy; leukocytosis, anaphylaxis and anaphylactoid reactions have been reported as well as related phenomena such as angioneurotic edema, arthritis, myalgia, athralgia, encephalitis; encephalopathy; measles inclusion body encephalitis, subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE); Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS); acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM); febrile convulsions; afebrile convulsions or seizures; ataxia; polyneuritis; polyneuropathy; ocular palsies; paresthesia.”
I’m sorry, I’m vaccinating against a rash that has a less chance of causing death than you falling out your bedroom window, being struck by lightening, and drowning in a puddle, so that I can increase my child’s chance of getting one of the side-effects listed above? No thanks. I don’t gamble (especially with those odds). That’s not safe or effective.
And of course, all of these inserts say the same thing: “This list includes serious events or events which have causal connection to components of this or other vaccines or drugs. Because these events are reported voluntarily, from a population of uncertain size, it is not possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to the vaccine.”
Does this seem like evidence-based medicine to you? Do you think this pharmaceutical company can’t establish a causal relationship between vaccinations and side-effects because of the poor manner in which they conduct their studies (and because they do not want to insinuate fault)? As a parent, don’t you think the wisest thing to do is to make sure these substances are held to the highest testing and safety standards before they’re injected into children? Are you really making me choose between a measles rash and brain encephalitis?
And I love how the package insert insinuates that the vaccine some how played a role in eradicating measles, mumps, and rubella:
“For measles, 894,134 cases reported in 1941 compared to 288 cases reported in 1995 resulted in a 99.97% decrease in reported cases; for mumps, 152,209 cases reported in 1968 compared to 840 cases reported in 1995 resulted in a 99.45% decrease in reported cases; and for rubella, 57,686 cases reported in 1969 compared to 200 cases reported in 1995 resulted in a 99.65% decrease.”
I find this correlation (that the vaccine eradicated or reduced these illnesses) interesting especially because the first measles vaccine wasn’t even put on the market until 1963. So we have twenty years unaccounted for here and the actual data shows a stark decline in mortality of measles before the vaccine was introduced. Isn’t that convenient? The same is true for polio, pertussis, diphtheria, and the rest. (Here’s a good read on that). 
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Vaccines did not eradicate these diseases. Quarantine programs, sanitation, clean living conditions, and clean water did. If you look at how these viruses are transmitted (dirty water, poop, unpasteurized milk from infected cows, etc.) and the time frame during which these diseases actually decreased you’ll see this occurred during a time in both Britain and United States History where our society became more industrialized as a whole and access to clean water, clean food, and public health services drastically improved. But we’ll just pretend that the high prevalence of these diseases in other parts of the world like Africa and India have nothing to do with the fact that there are millions of people living in poverty without access to clean living conditions or water. 
But wait, what about whooping cough?
Not only was the mortality rate practically nonexistent before the introduction of the pertussis vaccine, the actual prevalence of pertussis was relatively unaffected by the vaccine until 2003-2004 when the outbreaks doubled. Of course this was attributed to “better diagnostic and reporting methods” which is code for “the new vaccine we created to replace the old vaccine has failed miserably and has made the vaccinatedasymptomatic carriers that can infect anyone in the population…Oops.”  I know, the unvaccinated are easy scapegoats but according to the science, we’re not the carriers causing the outbreaks here. 
The Era of Chronic Disease
I have to agree with your article, we are fortunate to live in an era where we rarely see polio, small pox, diptheria, and other major illnesses. I certainly am not a fan of paralytic polio or any sickness for that matter – what parent is? But to say that these diseases are “vaccine-preventable” or that the vaccine eradicated these illnesses is a stretch at best (you can look at other countries who have comparable vaccination rates and see the failures here).
Do you really think that the increase in chronic disease in this country has nothing to do with the massive amount of vaccines being shoved at the American people? If you can’t see the correlation…please read the vaccine inserts here
No, what I see around me is a new generation of disease. We have a 1 in 50 autism rate – the highest in history and of any other country. We have diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, Crohn’s disease, eczema, learning disabilities, neurological disorders, seizure disorders, birth defects, psoriasis, food allergies, thyroid conditions, and outbreaks of vaccine-strain disease like pertussis, measles, shingles, and mumps. Does this seem like a win to you?
Ask any parent with an autistic child if they’d rather choose a simple fever and rash that lasts for 3-5 days that gives their child life-time immunity or the life-long condition of autism (which is listed as an adverse reaction on page 11 of the Tripedia DTaP insert which is now discontinued, but not before millions of children were injected). I think WE as PARENTS owe it to our children to make sure these vaccines, with absolute certainty, do not cause these diseases before we inject anything and everything into our children on a whim. Oh, but how can we do that when vaccines are not research effective?
Herd immunity does not exists when it comes to vaccines. 
Herd immunity is this concept that a certain percentage of the population needs to be vaccinated in order to eradicate a disease. Herd immunity does not exist with vaccines and here’s why:
Herd immunity only applies to those diseases that are naturally derived that confer lifetime immunity. Vaccine manufactures promise to introduce an antibody. They do not promise the antibody will work (e.g. MMR vaccine insert) and if it does work it only confers temporary immunity for up to 4-10 years. Chicken pox vaccine gives immunity for “unknown duration” but no more than 10 years, MMR is unknown, Pertussis “protection” is a joke, Hep B is a maximum of seven.
So my child could get the simple childhood chicken pox as a child and have lifetime protection, or she could get vaccinated, get sick anyway (by chicken pox or one of the many other diseases associated with the vaccine), have only temporary (if any) immunity, and increase her chances by 50% of getting shingles as an adult?
But wait, I should be happy that my infant is at least getting some protection from the mean hepatitis B that is transmitted via sex and dirty needles. I was really worried about that one. Good thing she’ll get another booster when she starts school to prevent that risky kindergarten behavior.
So we have a bunch of vaccinated people out there who may or may not have developed antibodies and if they have, will have “worn off” in a period of days, months, or years. How many people in their 30s and 40s do you know who have been vaccinated lately? Why do we not see these “vaccine preventable” outbreaks in this age group? Why are the outbreaks occurring among the most heavily vaccinated population and in the vaccinated themselves? And is it safe to get continuous boosters of these vaccines throughout the course of one’s life? Has anyone done a study on the long-term effects of repeated vaccines? What about the accumulation of heavy metals like mercury, formaldehyde, and aluminum that have an affinity to the brain and intestines and accumulate in toxic levels in the body? What about the DNA of the cells (of aborted fetuses and animals) and its ability to interact with our own?
Don’t you think these are questions that need to be answered before we go “curtailing” a person’s exemption rights?
Dr. Feemster, please let me tell you why I as a parent and educated individual have chosen not to vaccinate my children:
Vaccines have not been proven safe. They are not effective. They have not eradicated any diseases. They cause illness including the ones they are designed to prevent. They cause viruses to mutate and strains of what were simple childhood diseases to become more virulent. Vaccines assault the immune system, contain additives that are deemed harmful and toxic by the EPA and FDA, and are responsible for the most recent outbreaks of pertussis, measles, mumps, and meningitis. The CDC’s response to their failed vaccine? Get more boosters because somehow getting more of something that didn’t work in the first place is logical.
My decision to “unvaccinate” my child in no way affects your children or anyone else’s children. If anything we should protect the people who cannot be vaccinated from children who are, since many of the vaccines cause virus shedding for six weeks or more. In addition, my unvaccinated child does not put anyone else’s vaccinated child at risk. If their child is vaccinated then shouldn’t they be protected?
And finally, please tell me how my child, who has never has measles, whooping cough, (or any other sickness for that matter) is responsible for the recent outbreaks of these diseases – in the almost exclusively vaccinated population no less. Blaming an unvaccinated child for the spread of a disease they’ve never had on a population that is almost entirely vaccinated is like you blaming a random person’s cat in Oklahoma for the grey hair you found on your head. Exactly. It’s ridiculous at best.
Until doctors receive training in medical school on the subject of vaccinations (that goes beyond the viewing of a child’s picture in a third world country who has the rarest and worst case of polio known to man), and start reading the package inserts, educating patients on the potential risks, are knowledgeable on the history and “science” of vaccines, and are willing to accept the liability for my child becoming injured as a result of what comes through the needle…I will always…ALWAYS…question my doctor.
Until the media stops promoting agendas from financial backers, I’ll question them too. And until a pharmaceutical company decides to properly research the product they’re promoting and puts the welfare of the people over the buck, I’ll question them too.
Until vaccines are properly tested, proven to be safe, proven to work, not exempt from liability, free of harmful additives, and proven to be incapable of harming my child…I will not be vaccinating. And as a parent and citizen of the United States, as an individual who has done their research, as a professional married to a physician – it is my right to say no. For the sake of the “public good,” let’s start asking questions. You don’t have to have a degree to read a package insert or to understand what it says.
Until then, hands off our exemptions.