Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Chiropractic Research


Improvement in Vision in a Patient with Diabetic Retinopathy Following Network Spinal Analysis Care

Marina Irastorza LMT, DC Bio, Daniel Knowles DC Bio, Richelle Knowles DC Bio

Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ February 16, 2012 ~ Pages 25-30


Objective: To describe the reorganization and reduction of intraocular pressure (IOP) in a chiropractic patient with diabetic retinopathy and concurrent loss of vision undergoing Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) care.
Clinical Features: A 46-year-old male with type I insulin dependent diabetes presented for chiropractic care. His complaints included numbness in both arms and fingers of the left hand, and diabetic retinopathy with total loss of vision for the past five years.
Intervention and Outcomes: The patient received NSA care 221 times over three years. After 8 months of care, he reported seeing shapes and colors through his left eye only for the first time in 5 years. He also reported a drop in intraocular pressure from an initial 50 mm Hg down to 18 mm Hg.
Conclusion: The patient in this case experienced improved intraocular pressure and vision following Network Spinal Analysis care. More research is warranted to better understand this link between Network Spinal Analysis care, chiropractic and the diabetic patient.
Key words: Network Spinal Analysis Care, Intraocular Eye Pressure, Systemic Blood Pressure, Diabetic Retinopathy, Vision, Chiropractic, Vertebral Subluxation
Resolution of Depression & Quality of Life Improvements in a Patient with Major Depressive Disorder after Hemisphere Specific Stimulation: A Case Study
Anne Zauderer DC Bio & Cedrick Noel DC Bio

Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ February 13, 2012 ~ Pages 18-24

Objective: To discuss the effects of chiropractic care utilizing a functional neurological approach for a patient with an eleven year history of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD).
Clinical Features: A 28-year-old male presented with an eleven-year history of depressive symptoms including: loss of interest in pleasure in almost all activities, a lack of reactivity to usually pleasurable stimuli, and significant weight loss. The patient was diagnosed with MDD at the age of twenty and subsequently treated medically through the use of multiple anti-psychotic medications and multiple rounds of Electroconvulsive Therapy.
Intervention and Outcomes: The patient was treated over a period of one year and three months at a rate of 2-3 visits per week utilizing a combination of chiropractic techniques including Activator instrument as well as high velocity, low amplitude (HVLA) spinal adjustments, most consistent with Diversified Technique. Adjustments were constantly varied in relation to patient positioning (prone, supine, seated, and standing) to promote a variety of cortical stimulations.
The patient was also adjusted utilizing hemisphere specific intervention designed to improve hemispheric coordination and sensory integration. Additional optokinetic home exercises were given as an adjunct to care. The patient reported a complete resolution of all depressive symptoms, termination of all related medications, and cessation of smoking while under chiropractic care.
Conclusions: We presented a case of a patient with MDD utilizing hemisphericity based chiropractic and rehabilitation which resulted in marked resolution of the patient’s depressive symptoms over the course of one year and three months.
Keywords: Major Depressive Disorder, chiropractic, spinal manipulation, chiropractic adjustment, hemisphericity, polypharmacy, dysafferentation

Resolution of Chronic Constipation in an Infant Undergoing Chiropractic Care: A Case Report & Selective Review of Literature
Milagros Rosado DC Bio & Robert Rectenwald DC, BCAO Bio
Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health - Chiropractic ~ Volume 2012 ~ Issue 1 ~ Pages 22-25

Objective: To report on successful chiropractic care in the case of an infant with constipation.
Clinical Features: A nine month old infant was presented for chiropractic care. She developed constipation after her mother stopped breastfeeding. Upon examination, subluxations were revealed at atlas and sacrum.
Interventions & Outcomes: Diversified full spine protocol was utilized and adjustments were administered when warranted. She was seen one time per week. After the first adjustment, her mother reported an increased frequency of bowel movements. By the third week her mother reported only occasional constipation. After five months of care the constipation had resolved.
Conclusion: The patient in our case showed improvement in the symptoms of chronic constipation after one chiropractic adjustment. After five months of care the constipation resolved. The results in this case suggest that chiropractic adjustments might have a positive effect in the management of chronic constipation in children, however more research is warranted.
Key Words: Constipation, chiropractic, diversified technique, subluxation, pediatrics
Subluxation Based Chiropractic Care in the Management of Cocaine Addiction: A Case Report
Jay M. Holder, DC, CAP, DACACD Bio & Brandon E. Shriner, BS Bio

Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ February 2, 2012 ~ Pages 8-17

Objective: This is a case study of a 63 year old male free base and crack cocaine addict who was court mandated to the Exodus Addiction Treatment Center for residential addiction treatment following a conviction for cocaine possession along with a record of multiple felony arrests over a 40 year period.
Clinical Features: The failed to retain recovery or successfully complete eleven previous medical model/disease concept residential addiction treatment programs for free base and crack cocaine addiction. A comprehensive case history, psychosocial, neurological and addiction assessments, along with chiropractic examinations were performed. Vertebral subluxations were detected after chiropractic examination.
Intervention and Outcomes: Torque Release Technique (a non-linear tonal model), P300 Wave testing, EMG, thermography and residential addiction treatment were combined for evaluation and application of care. Adjustments were performed with the Integrator adjusting instrument and were limited to Primary Subluxation. P300 Wave testing was performed with the Enigma P300.
Conclusions: Although subluxation based chiropractic care is not recognized as the main course of treatment for addiction, it is postulated that improvement of spinal neural integrity and neural dopaminergic pathway efficiency through chiropractic adjustments may contribute to improved homeostasis, Brain Reward Cascade and Reward Deficiency Syndrome thus allowing the body to express a greater state of well-being and human potential as an outcome. Additional outcomes such as increased addiction treatment retention rates and decreases in relapse are also postulated after combining non-linear tonal chiropractic care with standard addiction treatment and behavior modification.
Key Words: Torque Release Technique (TRT), Integrator, Enigma P300, P300 Wave, Chiropractic, Primary Subluxation, Vertebral Subluxation, Brain Reward Cascade (BRC), Addiction Treatment, Cocaine Addiction, EMG, Thermography, Cranio-spinal Meningeal Functional Unit, Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS).


Improvement in a 6 year-old Child with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Nocturnal Enuresis under Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

Allison Noriega DC Bio Jonathan Chung DC Bio Justin Brown DC Bio

Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ Issue 1 ~ January 30, 2012 ~ Pages 1-8


Objectives: To report on the improvement of a pediatric patient with nocturnal enuresis and Autistic Syndrome Disorder (ASD), after undergoing upper cervical specific chiropractic care.

Clinical Features: A 6 year-old boy who presented for chiropractic care with a history of nocturnal enuresis and ASD. The child experienced a traumatic birth and at the time of chiropractic care was following the Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!) Protocol.

Intervention and Outcomes: An atlas subluxation complex was determined based on clinical data collected at the first visit. Objective clinical evaluation included: static palpation, motion palpation, radiographs, paraspinal thermography, supine leg length inequality, as well as measurements of hip leveling, and bilateral weight distribution. National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) upper cervical specific adjustments were administered over a 15-week period. There was an overall reduction in the patient’s pattern of atlas subluxation, in addition to successful resolution of nocturnal enuresis and marked improvement in both his social interactions and learning difficulties at school.

Conclusions: The case presentation of a 6 year-old boy with nocturnal enuresis and Autistic Spectrum Disorder who underwent upper cervical chiropractic care is described. The reduction of vertebral subluxation was related in time with the resolution of nocturnal enuresis and significant improvements in behavioral patterns. Further research in both subject areas is advocated.

Key Words: nocturnal enuresis, chiropractic, subluxation, upper cervical, children, autism

The Webster Technique: Results From a Practice-Based Research Network Study
Joel Alcantara DC Bio Jeanne Ohm DC Bio Derek Kunz BS Bio
Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health - Chiropractic ~ Volume 2012 ~ Issue 1 ~ Pages 16-21

Objective: To contribute to evidence-based practice, the use of Webster Technique is characterized in a chiropractic practice-based research network.
Methods: In an exploratory study, we sought data from pregnant subjects under chiropractic care that included their sociodemographic information, previous prenatal care and abnormal fetal positioning prior to after care with the Webster Technique.
Results: A convenience sample of 81 pregnant women receiving chiropractic care comprised the study subjects. The average age of the patients was 32.4 years. Previous or concurrent care included external cephalic version, slant board, acupuncture, moxabustion, homeopathy and various forms of exercises. Based on 63 of the 81 subjects, we found 70% of the subjects with abnormal fetal pregnancies reporting a correction to the vertex position.
Conclusion: The preliminary results of our study contributes to evidence-based practice that pregnant women with abnormal fetal positions may derive benefits from chiropractic care using the Webster Technique.
Key Words: Webster Technique, chiropractic, pregnancy, fetal malposition, fetal malpresentation, subluxation, practice-based research network

The Dangers of Prenatal Ultrasound

The Dangers of Prenatal Ultrasound
From the The Center for Unhindered Living

Read about the medical realities of prenatal testing

Ultrasound, sonograms, and dopplers use high frequency sound waves to produce an image of the baby on a viewing screen or amplify the baby's heartbeat so it can be heard more easily. NO STUDIES have been done which prove the safety of these devices, and the American Medical Association recommends AGAINST unnecessary exposure.

"Unnecessary Exposure" includes the use of ultrasound to:

1. Confirm the sex of the baby.

2. Assess gestational age (how many weeks old the baby is).

3. Assess fetal size and growth.

4. Confirm multiple pregnancy.

5. Determine fetal presentation (the position of the baby in the womb).

Many health care professionals still use ultrasound for these purposes anyway, even though the American Medical Association has not approved its use for these purposes. With the exception of confirming the sex of the baby, all these pieces of information can be obtained with hands-on skills. A fetoscope or stethoscope can detect the baby's heartbeat without the dangers of ultrasound.

According to the World Health Organization and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report, "It is not clear at this time whether ultrasound fetal monitoring is beneficial to the mother or fetus in terms of pregnancy outcome...If there is no generally acknowledged benefit to the monitoring, there is no reason to expose patients to increased cost and risk. The question of benefit has not yet been resolved...and the potential for delayed effects has been virtually ignored."

In other words, Ultrasound technology carries potential risks that have not yet been evaluated, yet many doctors are telling women that there is no risk.

Having an ultrasound is NOT essential to a healthy pregnancy. However, most doctors are trained to use expensive technology and NOT trained to use hands-on skills.

Before you allow an ultrasound to be done on you, do some research, thoroughly question your healthcare provider about safety as well as the value of the information that would be received. Don't be afraid to refuse the test if you are not comfortable with the information you have discovered. It is your constitutional right to refuse any tests you do not want.

To give you some means of comparison, I offer this analogy. Have you seen a woman with an extremely high voice break a glass by singing an extremely high pitched note? That is an example of what just ONE relatively slow sound wave can do. Ultrasound technology is based upon ultra high-frequency sound waves, which bombard the child in the womb at an extremely high rate of speed. If one slow sound wave from a woman's voice can break a glass, what can super high frequency sound waves do to your child? Ultrasound waves in laboratory experiments have been known to damage chromosomes, produce internal cellular heat which damages cells, retard the normal development of cells, and many other phenomenon.

Research That Has Been Done On Ultrasound Technology

"Prenatal exposure to ultrasound waves impacts neuronal migration in mice," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2006 103: 12903-12910.

There is evidence that the exposure of pregnant mice and nonhuman primates to ultrasound waves may affect the behavior of their exposed offspring. Additionally, studies have shown that the frequent exposure of the human fetus to ultrasound waves is associated with a decrease in newborn body weight, an increase in the frequency of left-handedness, and delayed speech.

Because ultrasound energy is a high-frequency mechanical vibration, researchers hypothesized that it might influence the migration of neurons in a developing fetus. Neurons in mammals multiply early in fetal development and then migrate to their final destinations. Any interference or disruption in the process could result in abnormal brain function.

In the study, researchers injected more than 335 fetal mice at embryonic day 16 with special markers to track neuronal development. Exposure to ultrasound waves for 30 minutes or longer caused a small but statistically significant number of neurons to remain scattered within inappropriate cortical layers and in the adjacent white matter. The magnitude of dispersion of labeled neurons was highly variable but increased with duration of exposure to ultrasound waves.

Newnham, J.P., Evans, S.F., Michael, C.A., Stanley, F.J., & Landau, L. I. (1993). Effects of Frequent Ultrasound During Pregnancy: A Randomized Controlled Trial. The Lancet, 342(Oct.9), 887-891.

A study of over 1400 women in Perth, Western Australia compared pregnant mothers who had ultrasound only once during gestation with mothers who had five monthly ultrasounds from 18 weeks to 38 weeks. They found significantly higher intrauterine growth restriction in the intensive ultrasound group. These mothers gave birth to lower weight babies.

The researchers concluded that prenatal ultrasound imaging and Doppler flow exams should be restricted to clinically necessary situations. This recommendation comes at a time when ultrasound during prenatal visits has become increasingly popular and serves as a kind of entertainment feature of office check-up visits.

Campbell, J.D., Elford, R.W. & Brant, R.F. (1993). Case-Controlled Study of Prenatal Ultrasound Exposure in Children with Delayed Speech. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 149(10), 1435-1440.

Delayed speech is not a pathological or organic syndrome but developmentally defined symptom complex. Clinicians have noted an increased incidence of delayed speech in pediatric patients.

This is a matched-case control study of 72 children 2 to 8 years old presenting with delayed speech of unknown cause. The children were measured for articulation, language comprehension, language production, meta-linguisticskills, and verbal memory. When checked for ultrasound exposure, the speech-delayed children were about twice as likely to have been exposed to ultrasound than the matched controls.

The authors believe that delayed speech is a sensitive measure reflecting sub-optimal conditions for development. If ultrasound can cause developmental delays, the authors are concerned about the routine use of ultrasound and they warn against it.

Devi, P.U., Suresh, R., & Hande, M.P. (1995). Effect of fetal exposure to ultrasound on the behavior of the adult mouse. Radiat Res (QMP), 141(3), 314-7.

Pregnant Swiss albino mice were exposed to diagnostic ultrasound. There were significant alterations in behavior in all three exposed groups as revealed by the decreased locomotor and exploratory activity and the increase in the number of trials needed for learning. These results indicate that ultrasound exposure during the early fetal period can impair brain function in the adult mouse.

Hande, M.P., & Devi, P.U. (1995). Teratogenic effects of repeated exposures to X-rays and/or ultrasound in mice. Neurotoxicol Teratol (NAT), 17(2), 179-88.

Pregnant Swiss mice were exposed to ultrasound, x-rays, and combinations of the two. Effects on prenatal development, postnatal growth and adult behavior were studied. U + U group showed an increase in percent growth retarded fetuses. The postnatal mortality was significantly higher only in the U + U group. In the X + U group, the exploratory activity was affected at 6 months of age. There was a significant change in the locomotor activity with a reduction in the total activity as 3 and 6 months of age in the U + U group. Latency in learning capacity was also noticed in this group. The results indicate that repeated exposures to ultrasound or its combination with X-rays could be detrimental to the embryonic development and can impair adult brain function when administered at certain stages of organogenesis.

There are many other studies that have been done, but no one seems to be paying attention to them.

Don't allow yourself to be the next guinea pig.

All the studies above address the issue of physical safety of ultrasound procedures. Ultrasound also has some very serious emotional and psychosocial side effects.

When an ultrasound is done, and the results are questionable, it can be an emotional rollarcoaster. Ultrasound technicians are wrong as often as they are right, and when a family is told that their unborn baby has some kind of defect, they will spend the rest of the pregnancy worrying, crying, and in some cases, may abort the baby because they are assured it has an abnormality.

Click Here to read an article called "Mother Rails Against Ultrasound" which chronicles one family's terrible experience with the inaccuracy of this test. In 1993, the results of the largest study ever done on ultrasound were published. It was called the RADIUS study. The original results were reported in these publications if you would like to get a copy of the study and read it for yourself.

Ewigman, B., Crane, J.P., Frigoletto, F.D., et al. Impact of prenatal ultrasound screening on perinatal outcome. N Engl J Med 1993 Sept 16;329:821-7.

LeFevre, M., Bain, R., Ewigman, B., et al. A randomized trial of prenatal ultrasound screening: Impact on maternal management and outcome. Am J Obstet Gynecol 1993 Sept 15;169:483-9.

Basically, the study, the largest of its kind to date, states that routine ultrasound does not benefit mothers or babies in terms of pregnancy outcome. It did not reduce the number of infant or maternal deaths, and it did not lead to better care for the newborn. The only thing it did was expose the families to increased cost and risk.

One thing that is irritating are the statements commentators have made about these studies. Particularly after the 2006 publication by the National Academy of Science.. Websites like the American Academy of Radiologic Technologists stated that

It was emphasized that the study does not mean that ultrasound use on human fetuses for appropriate diagnostic and medical purposes should be abandoned.
"On the contrary: ultrasound has been shown to be very beneficial in the medical context. Instead, our study warns against its non-medical use."

Do they think we are stupid? There is no difference between medical and non-medical exposure. In the hands of a doctor, it is no more safe than when done for recreational purposes.

I encourage you to do your own research, and don't listen to people's opinions, but look at the actual research that has been done. Then look deep inside yourself and consult your own inner wisdom. After reading my other article about the safety issues involved with ultrasound exposure, what does your inner wisdom tell you? Listen for that little voice to answer. Does the whole concept of ultrasound seem safe, effective, necessary, and helpful? I wish you luck in your pregnancy and birth.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Vaccine Reactions: Genes or not our genes is the question

Facebook Post: I just learned from my father that he had a stroke in 1990, within a short time of when he received his last flu vaccine. My dad and I have been estranged for many years and have only recently renewed our relationship. (thank-you, God). My father did not know that after my one-and-only flu vaccine (at age 30) I ended up in Neuro-Intensive Care for 5 days with my blood pressure so high (240/210 at one point), the nurse told my sister he had not seen anyone with such high BP that did not have a stroke. My daughter is seriously vaccine-injured. We need to be asking the questions and checking the medical records not only of our children, but also of our parents. This may lead to important clues as to the susceptibility of subsequent generations to vaccine-injury.
My response: 
Ask yes, but I am afraid to tell you that reaction is not genetic. Family history will only be beneficial if you go back 100's of generations... Many Many Many people have vaccine reactions, whether they are very minor and not noticable or very servere. Whether they show up in an instant or it takes 30-40 years to show up. Vaccine injury is a hard subject to talk about because there are soo many variables that needs to be taken into consideration.

But here is the biggest question: Do we need vaccines to get and stay well? The answer is no. Vaccines have not been around since the dawn of time. They are relatively new (last few 100 years...) and I have not seen once piece of valid research study to prove the Validity that it is safe for humans and it truely prevents the claims that the multi-billion dollar a year drug companies state. There are tons of society at do not vaccinated and they do not have the same disease rates as we do... Proof is in the pudding, as we have to do is open up out eyes and see...

Marcella: keep up everything you do for educating the public about vaccine injuries... Prevention is the key, but that means preventing the toxin to enter our body in the first place... If someone wants antibodies to a virus, just inject the virus, not the garbage in it...
 Another FB Reponse: 
Jon.. with all due respect you are SO wrong. Vaccine reactions run in families.. they run in mine as well. We have genetic polymorphism called MTHFR and it makes you much more prone to vaccine reactions
 My Response: 
I am fully aware of that claim. It is not the genes... Genes do not turn on and off by random chance. Genes are the blueprint for what the human body requires in life. It tells us what species we belong to and who we can successfully mate with to produce offsprings. Your genetic code is 100% identical to my genetic code! Its Identical to everyone's genetic code. The human genome has not changed in well over 40,000 years. What turns on one gene vs. the next is based on your environment. Phyenotypical expression is what makes you different then myself and different then everyone else. There are well over 300,000 different combinations who how genes are expressed. Genes are expressed due to your lifestyle and the physiological adaptations that you have and the adaptations that your bloodlike has made over the history. I will not agree that vaccine reactions is Genetic. This is the field I have been studying and teaching other in for the last 8 years. I do not expect you to know what I know... You are welcome to use my knowledge or you are welcome to start studying the right stuff. I will state as before in prior post, there is a Familiar trends towards health and health issues... for example: Who taught you how to live, how to eat, how to move, how to think? Your parents! Who taught them? Their parents! And their parents? See the point. If everyone in a family has similar lifestyles and put under similar life stresses and they have very very similar phyenotypical expressions of their genes, do you think families might develop similar conditions and reactions to vaccines.

Its a hard concept for most people to hear because we have been brainwashed for years that the reason why we are sick is our genes. The reason why we get cancer is because of our genes... heart disease... diabetes... and the list goes on and on! There are only 2% of the world with a true genetic condition. Meaning, They where born with it and every generation of that family has it that dates back more then one or two or three generations... The whole bloodline! Genes have not changed, so here is the question: Why are we as a human species sick? What has changed in the last 100 years? Why is it over 100 years there was very little chronic diseases. Why is it our grandparents are living longer then our parents or better yet, when they die, how come they do not have the same illness at death that we will have?

These are great questions... We need to be asking these questions and much much more like them... The questions are everything... I have the many of these answers and I educate my patients everyday on how to get well and stay well... Simple concept: Eat Wise, Move Wise and Think Wise...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Dangers of a Sedentary Lifestyle - Move Wise

Sedentary Lifestyle

Sedentary lifestyle is a medical term used to describe a lifestyle with little or no physical activity.  It is commonly found in both the developed and developing world, and is characterized by sitting, reading, watching television or using the computer for much of the day, with little or no vigorous physical exercise.

The Facts on Sedentary Lifestyle:
  • Approximately 50% of America’s youth aged 12–21 are not regularly physically active.  Moreover, physical activity declines dramatically during adolescence.
  • According to the American Heart Association, those who are physically inactive have between 1.5 and 2.4 times the risk for developing coronary heart disease, comparable to that observed for high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure or cigarette smoking.
  • A sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of developing diabetes, hypertension, colon cancer, depression and anxiety, obesity, and weak muscles and bones.
  • According to the CDC, nationally in 2000, 78% of the population was at risk for health problems related to lack of exercise, which is regular and sustained physical activity.
  • On average, physically active people outlive those who are inactive.
  • Physical inactivity affects at least 20 of the most deadly chronic disorders. 
The Importance of an Active Lifestyle

The Expression of our Genes, combined with lifestyle choices, determine the health that we get to experience during our lifetime.  What current research shows is that our genes are virtually identical to those of our hunter-gatherer ancestors who inhabited the earth 10,000-40,000 years ago.  For them, daily physical activity was not a lifestyle choice; it was a necessary part of survival.  Nowadays, even though exercise and movement may seem like a choice, exercise is still very necessary for our survival and optimal health.

Currently, more than 60% of American adults are not regularly active, and 25% of the adult population is not active at all.  Sedentary Death Syndrome, or “SeDS,” is the term developed by more than 200 of the nation’s leading physiologists to diagnose the growing epidemic of physical inactivity and its relationship to chronic, preventable diseases.  All inactive Americans are currently at risk for SeDS, which can lead to premature disability or death.  Approximately 2.5 million Americans will die prematurely in the next ten years due to SeDS, a number greater than all alcohol, gun, motor vehicle, and illicit drug use deaths combined.  These researchers call SeDS the second largest threat to public health.

Avoid all these dangers of a sedentary lifestyle by making the choice to exercise regularly! 

Now Get Moving!

Eat Wise - Move Wise - Think Wise
Dr. Jon Wise!