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Spencer Family Chiropractic
Dr. Mary Spencer & Dr. Tim Ryan
December 2007


Each year millions of people enjoy the most popular natural, drug-free healthcare system in the world - chiropractic! Why live with health problems when you can live without them? Discover chiropractic - discover hownatural healing can be.

Enjoy the beauty of every season

What can chiropractic do for me?
Special Flu Vaccine Report
Chiropractic and spinal research
Gardasil: new video reveals hidden dangers
Nutrition: high (good) fats = high health
Breastfeeding doesn't make breasts sag
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What can chiropractic do for me?
3Help keep you youthful and healthy
All your life you've gotten your teeth, eyes, hearing, blood pressure and heart checked…how many years has it been since you've had your spine checked? Unfortunately most of us have never had this done - and it shows!
Most people's spines are suffering from a lifetime of neglect, and as a result discs are thinning, there is spinal degeneration (osteoarthritis), nerves are stressed and unhealthy, posture is off, energy is low, diseases are developing and premature aging is setting in.
Our goal in this office is to turn your health around by relieving you of a serious form of spine and nerve damage called the vertebral subluxation complex, or simply ‘subluxations’.
Subluxations are distortions in your body structure that can stress and weaken your bones, nerves, muscles, ligaments, discs, joints4 and even internal organs, including your brain. The effects can be immediate or they may take time -  it depends on many factors such as age, diet and lifestyle.
Regular chiropractic checkups and adjustments can ensure that you and your loved ones live without subluxations, keeping your resistance to disease high and ensuring your body works at its optimum.

Special Flu Vaccine Report
5“Years ago, people developed resistance the old fashioned way: By getting the flu. And then when that type of flu came around again years or decades later, they either didn't get sick or had only a mild case. The vaccine marketeers want to take that away from our population. What will that make us? Vaccine dependent, of course." – Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder of the National Vaccine Information Center
Three important reasons to avoid the flu shot:
     1. The flu shot contains mercury, formaldehyde, gelatin and traces of chicken cells.
     2. The flu shot contains viral contaminants that have been linked to cancer. 
     3. You can get the flu shot – and all the risks that go with it – and still get the flu. 6

Flu shot does not save lives in the elderly
The flu vaccine isn’t preventing death in the elderly population, the “high risk group” that is told to get a flu shot to reduce mortality, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. (1)

Although immunization rates in those over 65 have increased 50% in the past 20 years, there has been no decline in flu-related deaths. Mortality rates for those over 85 between 1968 and 2001 showed no change as well. The authors add: “Studies substantially overestimate vaccination benefit”; a diplomatic way of saying it’s useless. 
If you get the flu, avoid aspirin and acetaminophen (Tylenol™ & others)
Flu sufferers who lower their fevers with aspirin or Tylenol stay sick an average of 3½ days longer than those who do not take the drugs. (2) The purpose of a fever is to fight infection and cleanse the body of toxins. Why interfere?
Getting the flu gives you protection against cancer
Scientists discovered that those with a history of colds and flu also had less breast, colon, rectal, stomach and ovarian cancer.

 A history of common colds or gastro-enteric influenza prior to the interview was found to be associated with a decreased cancer risk. (3)
In another study, subjects who reported a history of colds, flu and other infectious diseases had a 30% reduction in risk of brain tumor. (4)
Long-term consequences of flu shots – immune system damage?
Researchers have discovered that repeated vaccination at a young age substantially increases the risk of influenza at older ages. However, getting the infection naturally appears to strengthen the immune system and decreases the risk of being re-infected. Natural is better. (5) Note: The authors did not even look for an Alzheimer’s-flu shot connection.

Ineffective flu shots?
Does the flu shot prevent death and illness? The elderly over age 70, who account for 90% of all flu related deaths, may not be protected at all. Flu vaccine use by the elderly increased from 15% to 65% in the US since 1980 but there is no decrease in influenza-related mortality. The few clinical trials that have included elderly people have indicated there is a decrease in antibody responses (and therefore reduced clinical benefit) from flu vaccination as people age beyond 70. (6)
In conclusion
Rather than see flu, colds, fevers and nasal discharge solely as uncomfortable, we should know that they operate in our best interest: to heal, cleanse and detoxify us. Suppressing symptoms may create more serious disease in the future. That doesn’t mean we should ignore a sick person. Illness is a time of rest and recuperation. Ill people need comfort, proper nutrition and support.
Many people who wish to avoid medical suppressive therapies such as aspirin, acetaminophen, antihistamines, decongestants and other drugs designed to prevent symptoms instead turn to nutrition, chiropractic, homeopathy, naturopathy, acupuncture and many other natural “expressive” healthcare systems so their bodies will get the full benefit from their symptoms – cleansing, healing and improved health.

Chiropractic and spinal research
Is there any disease or condition you'd like to know about? Write us.
Chronic constipation. A 7-month-old girl suffering from chronic constipation with a history of painful straining and hard, pellet-like stools (once per day to once every 3 days) was brought in for chiropractic care. After one visit the patient’s bowel function normalized to one or two soft, effortless stools per day. Improvements were confirmed at a 1-year follow-up visit. (7)

Diabetes and chiropractic. Six patients with Type 2 diabetes underwent chiropractic care plus baseline measurements of blood pressure, pulse, electrocardiogram and plasma glucose levels were obtained. Patients were assessed 1, 2 and 3 hours post adjustment. The adjustments resulted in a stabilization of plasma glucose levels during the three hour fasting period. (8)
Erb’s Palsy. This is the case of a 5-week-old boy with a limp left arm. Clinical diagnosis of Erb-Duchenne Palsy was made. The child received specific chiropractic adjustments to the mid-cervical spine and an exercise program. Patient’s condition resolved with only a mild “waiter’s tip” deformity within two months. (9)

Gardasil: new video reveals hidden dangers
Importance: High 8
All vaccines have their dangers, but this genetically altered LIVE CANCER vaccine is especially deadly. As of this date at least 11 girls have died and hundreds more have become seriously ill from this shot. It is not even proven to be effective and many people doubt it is necessary at all.
Medical professionals are now admitting there are more dangers than they originally thought.
Think twice before you believe the scare-mongering put out by those who make money from the vaccine. Don’t blindly assume they have your best interest at heart.

Nutrition: high (good) fats = high health
9Myth: A lowfat diet will make you feel better and increase your joy of living.
Truth: Lowfat diets are associated with increased rates of depression, psychological problems, fatigue, violence and suicide. (10)
Avoid low-fat foods. They are unnatural, unhealthy products that do not help you lose weight. Avoid unnatural or unhealthy fats such as soy, canola, margarine, corn and hydrogenated oils.
Using healthy fats from natural sources such as coconut oil; olive oil; organic butter; chicken, duck and goose fat; whole (not skim) raw milk and unpasteurized milk products as well as eating grass-fed beef and wild-caught fish will help ensure you live a long and healthy life.

Breastfeeding doesn't make breasts sag
10This may come as a welcome relief to some contemplating breastfeeding. The overall health benefits to mother and child (over cow and soy formula) are so overwhelming that the question of whether or not to breastfeed should never have to be asked. Still it’s nice to know a woman doesn’t have to sacrifice her looks in the process.
In addition, women who breastfeed return to their pre-pregnancy figure faster and easier.

Bill Maher’s hilarious, yet oh-so-true, rant about Big Pharma, astutely observes:  "If you believe you need all the pills and drugs the pharmaceutical industry says you do -- then you're already on drugs." Watch this "YouTube" video clip. http://www.youtube.com/v/rHXXTCc-IVg&rel=1
The answers are printed below, but don't cheat.
1. After the Lone Ranger saved the day grateful citizens asked, who was that masked man? Someone would answer, I don't know, but he left this behind. What did he leave behind?________________.
2. When the Beatles first came to the U.S. in early 1964, we all watched them on The ________ Show.
3. "Get your kicks, ___________________."
4. "The story you are about to see is true. The names have been changed___________________."
5. "In the jungle, the mighty jungle, ________________."
6. After the Twist, The Mashed Potato, and the Watusi, we "danced" under a stick that was lowered as low as we could go in a dance called the "_____________."
7. "N_E_S_T_L_E_S,  Nestle's makes the very best _______________."
 8. Satchmo was America 's "Ambassador of Goodwill." Our parents shared this great jazz trumpet player with us. His name was _________________.
9. What takes a licking and keeps on ticking? __________________.
10. Red Skelton's hobo character was named __________________ and Red always ended his television show by saying, "Good Night, and "________ ________".
11. Some Americans who protested the Vietnam War did so by burning their______________.
12. The cute little car with the engine in the back and the trunk in the front was called the VW. What other names did it go by? ____________ & _______________.
13. In 1971, Don MacLean sang about, "the day the music died." This was a tribute to _____________.
14. We can remember the first satellite placed into orbit. The Russia ns did it. It was called _________.
15. One of the big fads of the late 50's and 60's was a large plastic ring that we twirled around our waist. It was called the ________________. !

01. The Lone Ranger left behind a silver bullet.
02. The Ed Sullivan Show
03. On Route 66
04. To protect the innocent.
05. The Lion Sleeps Tonight
06. The limbo
07. Chocolate
08. Louis Armstrong
09. The Timex watch
10. Freddy, The Freeloader, and "Good Night, and may God Bless."
11. Draft cards (Bras were also burned.)
12. Beetle or Bug
13. Buddy Holly
14. Sputnik
15. Hoola-hoop

Bye. See you next month. Don’t forget to stop by for a checkup and an adjustment.

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1. Simonsen L et al. Impact of influenza vaccination on seasonal mortality in the US elderly population. Archives of Internal Medicine. 2005;165:265-272.
2. Plaisance KI, Kunaravalli S, Wasserman SS et al. Effect of antipyretic therapy on the duration of illness in experimental influenza A, Shigella sonnei, and Rickettsia rickettsii infections. Pharmacotherapy. 2000;20(12):1417-1422. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/409651
3. Abel U, Becker N, Angerer R et al. Common infections in the history of cancer patients and controls. Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology. 1991;117(4):339-44. http://www.springerlink.com/content/v635l637674w8k02

4. Schlehoper B, Blettner M, Preston-Martin S et al. Role of medical history in brain tumor development results from the international adult brain tumor study. International Journal of Cancer. 1999;82:155-160.
5. Carrat F et al. Repeated influenza vaccination of healthy children and adults: borrow now, pay later? Epidemiol Infect. 2006;134(1):63-70. http://www.vaclib.org/basic/repeatedfluvax.htm
6. Simonsen L et al. Mortality benefits of influenza vaccination in elderly people: an ongoing controversy. Lancet Infect Dis. 2007;7:658-666.
7. Hewitt EG. Chiropractic treatment of a 7-month-old with chronic constipation: a case report. Chiropractic Technique. 1993;5(3):101-103.
8. Webster SK, Dickholtz M, Woodfied C and Bakris GL. Acute effect of NUCCA upper cervical adjustment on patients with diabetes type II. Chiropractic Research Journal. 2000;Vll(2):81.
9. Harris SL, Wood KW. Resolution of infantile Erb’s palsy utilizing chiropractic treatment.
J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1993;16:415-418.
10. Steegmans PH, Hoes AW, Bak AA et al. Higher prevalence of depressive symptoms in middle-aged men with low serum cholesterol levels. Psychosomatic Medicine. 2000;62:205-211.