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Spencer Family Chiropractic
Dr. Mary Spencer & Dr. Tim Ryan
April 2005

Welcome to our office's Chiropractic newsletter. We'd like to entertain you, inform you (and even inspire you a little).

Happy Spring 
May This Be a Time of Renewal for You and Your Loved Ones 



Office News

We are happy to announce that our new website is up and running. Please visit the site at www.spencerfamilychiropractic.com. While visiting the site look for the April promotion on the welcome page. We are giving away a $50 gift certificate to the person who shares our site with the most people. The way it works: send all your family and friends to our site and ask them to fill out the form on the welcome page. The person who refers the most people will be awarded the gift certificate.


You get your teeth, heart and blood pressure checked periodically but....what about your spine?
A spinal checkup is one of the most important checkups or exams you and your family could ever have because all your organs, muscles and glands get a nerve supply from your spine. 
An unhealthy spine could affect your eyes, teeth, stomach, intestines, heart, lungs, kidneys, liver and even your brain! (And some people think chiropractic is just about back and neck pain.) 
Your chiropractor is specially trained to check your spine (and those of your children) for areas of subluxation - nerve pressure. Subluxations are often painless; you may have one right now and not feel any pain in your spine - but other parts of your body may malfunction as a result.
Subluxations can be especially dangerous in infants, babies and children. For that reason all children should see a chiropractor for periodic spinal checkups. Is chiropractic all you need to stay healthy? See below....

Raw Materials

Chiropractic helps your body function at its best. But even the best engine can't run on junk; your body needs good raw materials. How can your body manufacture insulin, digestive enzymes, antibiotics, painkillers, antidepressants and the hundreds and thousands of chemicals you need from coffee, soda, donuts and other nutrient-shallow foods?

Think back on what your last few meals were and ask yourself if your body will really benefit from them. Can it make more heart, lung, brain, blood and kidney from those foods? The best foods really are those grown organically and especially bio-energetically. They may seem more expensive, but you get more nutrients from them, and they are not full of unnatural chemicals. The savings in medical bills will more than offset the cost of eating better quality foods.

How to make money from drugs

The only way you can make real money from a drug is to get it patented. When it's patented you have an exclusive right to make it (while the patent is in force) and can charge anything you like. However, natural substances cannot be patented. That's why vitamins are so cheap compared to prescription drugs. In fact, the only drugs that can be patented are by definition synthetic. Prescription drugs therefore are, for the most part, synthetic, unnatural chemicals - stuff that is not found in nature. That's not a very comforting thought for everyone on prescription medication. Many prescription drugs affect the liver and cause liver damage, because your cells cannot metabolize and do anything with these strange substances. They wind up in the liver. Pity the poor liver. Because hundreds of thousands die from adverse reactions to prescription drugs every year more and more people are turning to natural healthcare such as homeopathy, naturopathy and of course chiropractic.

Speaking of unnatural chemicals...

Artificial sweeteners encourage your body to gain weight? It's true! When people are taken off (or stop using) artificial sweeteners they lose weight. It appears that Nutrasweet TM, Equal TM, Splenda TM and other similar drugs cause you to crave carbohydrates. It's best to switch to Stevia, a natural zero-calorie sweetener often found in health food stores. 
Foods especially worth avoiding are those with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). HFCS was invented about 25 years ago by Japanese scientists with too much time on their hands. Today you'll find it everywhere, even in so-called health bars, sports drinks and yogurt.
HFCS cannot be used by body cells so it therefore goes to the liver to be broken down. Animals fed HFCS develop liver damage (cirrhosis). The rise in diabetes and obesity has also paralleled the use of HFCS. In addition, it interferes with copper absorption - rats fed a high-fructose, low copper diet died in 5 weeks. A similar human study had to be stopped because the subjects developed heart abnormalities. (1)

Chiropractic Questions and Answers

Are chiropractors against childhood vaccination? The subject of childhood vaccination is one of the most passionate issues chiropractors can discuss with the public. People may discuss the pros and cons of controversial medications such as cholesterol lowering drugs (statins) or painkillers (Vioxx TM) and many others. The usefulness of heart bypass operations and other surgical techniques has also been debated. 
Yet when then the subject of vaccinations comes up, suddenly what should be a very important discussion becomes an emotional battlefield with people refusing to listen or see both sides of this issue. We urge people to question all coercive procedures, especially those that have been shown to be dangerous. The danger is very real. The US government has paid nearly $1½ billion to the families of children who have been injured or killed by mandated vaccines. 
Just as there is no such thing as a safe drug so there is no such thing as a safe vaccine. Chiropractors have traditionally opposed childhood vaccination as an unnatural, dangerous and unproven medical procedure. As usual, we were ahead of our time. Today an increasing number of scientists, medical doctors and non-drug healers are questioning and opposing various and/or all vaccinations.
This bizarre practice of injecting foreign bacteria and viri and poisonous chemicals into children with immature immune systems will one day be seen as gruesome a procedure as bloodletting was in years past.

Another study links autism, mercury

While we're on the subject, more and more studies are indicating that vaccines, especially those with mercury in them (RhoGam, flu, DTP etc.) are linked to neurological disorders, learning disorders, immune system disorders, delayed development and autism. A late breaking story reports on yet another study that found a possible link between higher mercury emissions and higher rates of autism. The study to be published in the peer-reviewed journal Health and Place found that for each 1,000 pounds of environmentally released mercury, there was a 43% increase in the rate of special education services and a 61% increase in the rate of autism. (2)
Although it is supposed to have been removed, mercury (thimerosal) is still in many childhood vaccines, the flu shot and the RhoGam shot. Even in trace amounts there is no safe level of mercury. It is a brain poison. 

What is the difference between chiropractic and medicine?

What has medicine become? It has turned into an endless, and expensive, treatment of symptoms, leaving the patient no healthier because the cause of their dis-ease is usually not addressed. People remain in a marginal state, not quite sick and not quite healthy. Chiropractors and other vitalistic healthcare providers seek to eliminate the underlying cause of the problem and help the patient function at their fullest with a strong immune system unimpeded by subluxations, toxins, waste and other things that imbalance them.
People are waking up. In 2005, over 50% of the total US healthcare dollar is spent on "health" instead of "medicine." 88% of US adults use, and believe in, some kind of "alternative" to "medicine."

Words of Wisdom (?)

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx

If you look like your passport picture you're too ill to travel. - Will Kommen

If the shoe fits, charge it.

All I ask is a chance to prove that money can't make me happy.

Did you know?

You have about 640 muscles attached to the bones in your body plus the muscles that line your digestive tract, blood vessels, heart and other organs. But the ones we usually talk about attach bone to bone (they are called skeletal muscles). Your head, face, eyes and neck have more than 100 muscles! Do you know how many muscles it takes to do the little things? It takes...
6 to move an eyeball
20 to purse the lips for a kiss
25 to smile
30 to twist your foot inward
35 to twist your foot outward
45 to frown
50 to take a step forward
75 to speak
Look at how marvelous your body is. We are mostly unconscious of the wonders our bodies perform. Imagine how hard you'd work if you had to figure out which muscles to use? In a sense we treat our bodies like we do our TV - we don't have to know electronics to make it work, we just turn it on. You don't have to think about the 50 muscles it takes to step, you just do it. Now here's the math part of our newsletter - how many muscles to takes to smile, look up, kiss and take a step forward?

Chiropractic and Spinal Research

Do you know anyone living on drugs? They may have years of uncorrected subluxations in their body. Please tell them about chiropractic. 
People who show imbalances in leg length are less healthy. A common finding in people with subluxations is that one leg appears longer than the other. This is called leg-length inequality. Does it really matter?
In a recent study, fifty-five volunteers were given the SF-12 health questionnaire which measures health-related quality of life. The volunteers were then examined by a chiropractor for leg length alignment. The results were compared with their quality of life questionnaires. Those people with leg length differences had significantly lower scores on the quality of life questionnaire than those without leg length differences. People with leg length differences experienced lower scores in the mental health component than the physical. The mental component measured depression, stress and life satisfaction. Chiropractors balance out the spine and structural system bringing your legs back into balance. (3)


Here is a great little cartoon and (funny) song making fun of drugs. You've got to see it.



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Bye - see you next month. Want copies of this newsletter for your friends? Please feel free to forward this to them (hey - this isn't Napster! Share it with your friends with our blessings!) Please remember that everyone needs to be free from subluxations, so bring your friends and loved ones for a spinal checkup.

If you are not currently a patient and would like to become one please contact us.

1. www.holisticmed.com
2. World News (Washington, March 15). 86128 http://www.newkerala.com/news-daily/news/features.php?action=fullnews...
3. Knutson,GA, Owens EF. Leg length alignment asymmetry in a non-clinical population and its correlation to a decrease in general health as measured by the SF-12: a pilot study. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research. November 1, 2004;1