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Spencer Family Chiropractic
Dr. Mary Spencer & Dr. Tim Ryan
January 2008


21Are you searching for greater health and wholeness for yourself and your family?
Would you like to do more than treat symptoms? Are you interested in making disease prevention and health enhancement part of your lifestyle? Looking for more than a drug approach?

Then welcome to a more natural world ~ welcome to the world of chiropractic.

I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness. – Mother Teresa
My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind. –  Albert Einstein

A visit to the chiropractor
Why become a chiropractor?
Accidents, injuries and chiropractic
Baby’s infections prevent allergies
Words of wisdom
Heaven and hell
Chiropractic and spinal research
Breastfeeding creates emotionally healthier children
Nourishing nutrition
General rule – avoid bizarre operations
Who are you? Take this personality test

A visit to the chiropractor
4People sometimes ask us to review some of the basics of what a visit to a chiropractor entails. Actually a visit has two broad components: analysis and adjustment.
During the analysis we determine where your nerve pressure, your vertebral subluxation complex (VSC), is located. Based on over a century of research, the chiropractic profession has developed many unique procedures for this purpose: muscle, bone and motion studies; X-ray and imaging studies; leg and posture measurements and many others.
Next we perform an adjustment to eliminate your VSC. An adjustment introduces force/energy/information into your body, which helps to release pressure from your nerves, muscles, joints and discs and to realign or balance your body structure. The force must be introduced at the proper angle or direction, at the right time, and with the right pressure. The chiropractic profession has developed a sophisticated array of adjustment techniques. Ask us about the ones we use.

Why become a chiropractor?
Chiropractors help individuals and families get healthy and stay healthy naturally, without drugs and surgery.
Chiropractors have a wonderful, unique perspective on healthcare that is growing dramatically in popularity.
You can even have fun speaking and lecturing to people of all ages and presenting information they generally can’t get anywhere else.
As a chiropractor you have the freedom to “set up shop” nearly anywhere in the world and the excitement of knowing that you are in a unique profession that goes back thousands of years but is still new to millions of people.
For more information on chiropractic as a profession, please call our office.

Accidents, injuries and chiropractic
Too many people who have been in an accident or suffered trauma don't receive chiropractic care. That's a big reason why over half of all accident victims never completely recover from their injuries and may live on painkillers, muscle relaxants and physical therapy or even endure repeated surgeries over the years. Sometimes they're told that they'll have to live in pain for the rest of their lives. In fact, even a “minor” trip or fall from childhood may cause severe health problems later in life.
Why?  Because nearly any physical force radiates to your skeletal system and can cause subluxations. For that reason a chiropractic spinal checkup is essential after an accident. Chiropractic care may make the difference between true recovery, healing and strength or lingering pain, sickness and disability.

Baby’s infections prevent allergies
7Yet another study has verified that the fevers and infections of infancy have a protective effect against allergies and asthma later in life.
In this study, children who developed fevers during the first year of life tended to have a lower risk of allergies by age seven. Half of the children who experienced no fever during their first year had allergic sensitivities by age seven compared to only a 31% incidence of allergies among children who experienced two or more fevers during infancy. It appears that children exposed to more germs develop stronger immune systems. (1)
Comment: Children need to develop their immune systems by fighting infections. Aspirin, Tylenol™ and other anti-pyretics interfere with fever development and may keep a child sick longer. Childhood vaccinations prevent the immune system from developing properly. Working with nature, not against nature, helps create healthier children (and adults).

Words of wisdom
A new medicine is needed. The old medicine has reached its limits; it can no longer cure more than harm. – Rick J. Carlson
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
 – Buckminster Fuller

Heaven and hell
A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, ’Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.'
The Lord led the holy man to two rooms. In the middle of one room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew which smelled delicious and made the holy man's mouth water.
The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, but because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths.
The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering. The Lord said, 'You have seen Hell.'
They went to the next room. It was exactly the same as the first one. But here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.
The holy man said, 'I don't understand.'
‘It is simple' said the Lord, 'it requires but one skill. You see, they have learned to feed each other, while the greedy think only of themselves.'

Chiropractic and spinal research
Chiropractic care frees you from a severe form of dis-ease known as the vertebral subluxation complex (VSC). This is a distortion in your structural system that can affect the health of your bones, nerves, muscles, glands, brain, organs – and lots more.
Chiropractic is needed no matter what condition a person may have – it may make the difference between a life of suffering and illness and a life of ease and health. 
Disabling low back pain. This is a study of 171 patients who had been totally disabled by chronic low-back pain ("constant severe pain") for an average of 7.6 years. They were not helped by medical care and were considering back surgery. They were referred for chiropractic care. After 2-3 weeks of chiropractic, 87% returned to full function with no restrictions for work or other activities. One year later they were still doing fine.(2)
10Learning disabilities and dyslexia. Eight studies were reviewed containing 25 case reports. All studies showed beneficial effects of chiropractic 11care in individuals suffering from learning disabilities and dyslexia.(3) 
Neck pain. Seventy patients with neck pain (25 males and 45 females, ages 20-55 years) were randomly divided into either a chiropractic group or a control group. The chiropractic group showed a significant improvement in neck pain after only one adjustment.(4)

Breastfeeding creates emotionally healthier children
12Babies have an intense need to be held and one of the most comforting things for a newborn is the physical act of nursing. Leaving a baby alone with a bottle is not emotionally satisfying to the child and does not make them feel safe or secure.
Breastfeeding also promotes bonding between mother and baby in a way that bottle-feeding cannot. Most women naturally feel a strong desire to hold their baby and there are physical and emotional reasons for this. Breastfeeding ensures that mother and baby have some intimate time together and actually stimulates the mother’s release of the oxytocin hormone, which is known to promote maternal behavior.

Nourishing nutrition
13“The key to a good salad is vegetables at the peak of freshness, cut up into small pieces, then dressed with a high enzyme dressing composed of raw ingredients – high-quality oils, vinegar, lemon juice, whey, avocado and raw or cultured cream. Chopping or grating vegetables is the first step in the process of thorough digestion, leaving less for the teeth and digestive juices to do, and allowing more surface area of the vegetables to be coated with healthful dressing.”(5)

General rule – avoid bizarre operations
Hysterectomies have serious after effects. The surgical removal of the female reproductive sex organs is a primitive practice, yet an average of 622,000 per year have taken place over the last decade. Doctors tell women sex will be the same, or better than ever. Women say their sex lives are over - they're "dead in bed." Find out more at http://hersfoundation.org/effects.html.

Vasectomy and brain damage

The damaging effects of vasectomy on immune and nervous systems have been observed for four decades. Primary progressive aphasia (PPA), a form of dementia due to brain cell degeneration, has been observed after vasectomy. It can occur in individuals under the age of 65 (and sometimes as early as in the 40’s), and involves a decline in one or more language functions.(6)
Removing tonsils? Try chiropractic first.

Removing the tonsils of children with mild or moderate throat infections is more expensive and has fewer health benefits than simply watching and waiting, say researchers. In a study of 300 children aged 2 to 8 who had been advised to have their tonsils out, those who avoided surgery had fewer annual visits to doctors and lower resulting medical costs. The children who avoided surgery also had fewer fevers, throat infections and respiratory illnesses.(7)

Who are you? Take this personality test
Here is an online personality test that some say is uncanny in its accuracy. Find out for yourself. Take it at www.41q.com.

Be naughty, save Santa the trip.
Is there another word for synonym?
Isn't it a bit unnerving that doctors call what they do "practice?"
Where do forest rangers go to "get away from it all?"
What do you do when you see an endangered animal eating an endangered plant?
If a parsley farmer is sued, can they garnish his wages?
Would a fly without wings be called a walk?
Why do they lock gas station bathrooms? Are they afraid someone will clean them?
If a turtle doesn't have a shell, is he homeless or naked?
Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?
Can vegetarians eat animal crackers?
If the police arrest a mime, do they tell him he has the right to remain silent?
Why do they put Braille on the drive-through bank machines?
How do they get the deer to cross at that yellow road sign?
Bye. See you next month. Don’t forget to stop by for a checkup and adjustment.
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1. Williams LK et al. The relationship between early fever and allergic sensitization at age 6 to 7 years. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 2004:113(2):291-296.
2. Kirkaldy-Willis WH and Cassidy JD. Managing low-back pain. Canadian Family Physician. 1985;31:535-540.
3. Pauli Y. The effects of chiropractic care on individuals suffering from learning disabilities and dyslexia: a review of the literature. JVSR. January 15, 2007:1-12. https://www.jvsr.com/abstracts/index.asp?id=280
4. Martínez-Segura R, Fernandez-de-las-Penas C, Ruiz-Saez M et al. Immediate effects on neck pain and active range of motion after a single cervical high-velocity low-amplitude manipulation in subjects presenting with mechanical neck pain: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 2006;29(7):511-517.
5. Fallon S. Nourishing Traditions.  Washington, DC: New Trends Publishing. 2001:175.
6. Weintraub S, Fahey C, Johnson N et al. Vasectomy in men with primary progressive aphasia. Cognit & Behavior Neurol. 2006;19(4):190-193.
7. Reuters. November 21, 2007. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/topic/story.cfm?c_id=204&objectid=10477291