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

Welcome to our chiropractic office newsletter.
We hope to inspire you, teach you and have a little fun.

We ache, because that is human. To learn from it, that is wisdom.
– Deng Ming-Dao


· Pregnancy and Chiropractic
· Eliminate due date?
· Antibiotics and Asthma
· Chiropractic and Spinal Research
· Parents of Autistic Children Sue Drug Firms, Dental Groups
· Words of Wisdom
· References

Pregnancy and Chiropractic

So many women who received care during pregnancy say to us: How in the world do other women get through pregnancy without [chiropractic] adjustments? - Carol Phillips, DC

If you are pregnant one of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby is see a doctor of chiropractic. Pregnant women are very prone to subluxations (spinal misalignments causing nerve interference) because hormonal changes can cause relaxation of ligaments and increased spinal instability. This can result in pain, spinal imbalance, weakness, fatigue and breech presentations. Chiropractic care provides so many things a pregnant body needs: a flexible and balanced spine, hips and pelvis; internal organs without postural stress and freedom from nerve stress – all essential for a healthy pregnancy and delivery.

In short – along with a better diet; exercise and avoiding drugs, alcohol and cigarettes – chiropractic care should be an essential part of every pregnancy.

Eliminate Due Date?

While we’re on the subject of pregnancy, the “due date” may be a thing of the past. Only 5% of babies show up “on time” anyway. Dr. Vern Katz, of the Center for Genetics and Maternal Fetal Medicine in Oregon says that a due date frustrates and makes expecting parents anxious if their baby is late. This, in turn, tends to put pressure on doctors to ''do something.” As a result, the number of induced labors has skyrocketed in the last few years, many of them unnecessary.
One reason due dates are flawed is that the 14-days-from-the-last-period formula doctors use to figure it out is flawed. "How often," Katz asks, "does conception occur exactly 14 days to the minute after the first drop of menstrual blood appeared?" Variability among women is also a factor. Women expecting twins or in poor health with hypertension or diabetes can all expect to deliver early. Katz suggests that doctors start using the concept of a "delivery week." (1)

Antibiotics and Asthma

Drugs often have unknown side effects, especially on the very young. In a study of 456 children, aged five to 10, by researchers in New Zealand, children given antibiotics in the first year of life had four times the risk of developing asthma. Taking antibiotics after age one increased asthma by one and a half times compared to children not given antibiotics. (2) One study revealed that young children under chiropractic care used little, if any, antibiotics. Why? They didn’t need them. Chiropractic care kept their bodies unsubluxated so they could fight off infections naturally. (3)

Chiropractic and Spinal Research

Did you know there are thousands of papers on the wonders of chiropractic and spinal care in health and disease? Anyone who has any kind of health problem needs chiropractic care. Is there any disease or condition you’d like to know about? Ask us.

Multiple Sclerosis and Chiropractic A 47-year-old woman first experienced MS symptoms at age 44. She noticed her thinking wasn’t as clear, she had less bladder control and developed leg weakness and nerve sensations in her arms and legs. For three years her symptoms steadily worsened. An MRI revealed nerve lesions. She began chiropractic care; an upper cervical (upper neck) subluxation was located. The chiropractor adjusted (corrected) the subluxation and monitored her spine. After 4 months of chiropractic all her MS symptoms had disappeared. A follow-up MRI showed no new lesions and a reduction of existing lesions. Two years later all MS symptoms remained absent. (4)

Parents of Autistic Children Sue Drug Firms, Dental Groups

In an April 4, 2002 news report form Reuters News Agency the parents of a group of children with autism are suing several U.S. drug companies and dental associations, charging that vaccines and dental fillings containing mercury caused or contributed to their child’s autism. The families are seeking unspecified damages on behalf of their children. Seven other suits have been filed. The groups charge that the dental associations mislead consumers by not telling them that amalgam fillings contained mercury and could, when implanted in women's mouths, expose fetuses and nursing infants to toxic levels of mercury. The drug companies are being sued for not warning parents that children receiving vaccines containing the mercury-based preservative thimerosal were at higher risk for mercury poisoning, which has symptoms of autism.

Words of Wisdom

It is essential to know that to be a happy person, a happy family, a happy society, it is very crucial to have a good heart, that is very crucial. World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just the absence of violence but the manifestation of human compassion.
– Dalai Lama

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it) but "That's funny...”
– Isaac Asimov

Want copies of this newsletter for your friends? Stop by the office and we’ll give you some hard copies. 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. Obstetrics and Gynecology. December, 2001.
2. Asthma Update, Baltimore, MD in Bottom Line Personal, October 2000.
3. Van Breda,W and Van Breda J. A comparative study of the health status of children raised under the health care models of chiropractic and allopathic medicine. Journal of Chiropractic Research Summer 1989, 101-103.
4. Elster E. Upper cervical chiropractic management of a multiple sclerosis patient: a case report. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research. May 2001; 4(2).