Issue 48

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CHIROPRACTIC

Performed at MWA by Michael Steinhauser, D.C. & Martin Gallagher, M.D., D.C.

CHIROPRACTOR - Physician Referral

Studies have been done to indicate that spinal manipulation is effective in the treatment of mechanical-type back problems, but there are no definitive scientific studies that have shown that vertebral misalignment is a cause of disease or infection.

In 1991, RAND, a nonprofit research organization, published, through a multidisciplinary review of the literature on back pain, a report which supported the use of spinal manipulation as a treatment for patients with acute low back pain without symptoms of lower extremity nerve-root involvement. This treatment was to be discontinued after 2 to 4 weeks in the absence of documented improvement. The literature is less clear and insufficient with regard to spinal manipulation in treating a subacute back pain with or without neurologic findings or sciatica for which additional research is needed.

The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published a report concluding that in the absence of any "red flags", manipulation can be beneficial in patients with acute low back problems without radiculopathy when used within the first month of symptoms. A description of chiropractic by the Life Chiropractic College states "chiropractic is unique in that the goal of chiropractic is to correct spinal subluxation, normalize spinal biomechanics, remove neurological interference, and allow the body to heal itself using its own vital, vivifying, recuperative forces. We chiropractors are -- paradoxically, in a sense--specific spinal specialists yet, because of the nervous system, our care automatically produces global effects in diverse bodily systems." The primary purpose of chiropractic appears to improve health by adjusting the spine and using other natural measures to stimulate the body's innate recuperative powers by way of the nervous system.

About 94% of all spinal manipulation in North America is done by chiropractors. It may be difficult for physicians to select a chiropractor. According to the "Job Analysis of Chiropractic," compiled by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners in 1993, there are at least 19 different adjustment techniques being used by chiropractors. These include techniques ranging from tapping "subluxated" vertebrae into place with a spring-loaded mallet to "applied kinesiology". Muscle testing is supposed to locate a diseased organ and spinal segment responsible for the patient's problem. This author, who is a chiropractor and who can offer effective help in treating back problems, would use hands-on spinal manipulation along with physical therapy in a practice limited to the treating of neuromuscular problems of mechanical origin.

Chiropractors who offer regular spinal adjustments and a preventive maintenance program to maintain health and prevent disease may subject their patients to unnecessary manipulation and risk, especially in the case of cervical manipulation.

Cervical spinal manipulation may improve the range of motion and provide short-term relief for subacute or chronic neck pain and muscle tension headaches. The rate of vertebrobasilar accidents from cervical spinal manipulation has been estimated to be 1.46 per 1 million manipulations. In a study by Coulter et al, 57.6% of reported indications for cervical manipulation was considered inappropriate, with 31.3% uncertain, and 11.1% could be labeled appropriate. Much more scientific data on cervical manipulation is needed. Appropriate spinal manipulation should feel good. Painful manipulations are not necessarily good. According to the American Chiropractic Association, 85.5% of chiropractic patients in a given period were treated for neuromuscular conditions. Only 11.3% were treated for viscerosomatic conditions. About 5% of the U.S. population annually uses chiropractors.

There is considerable evidence that spinal manipulation is beneficial in the treatment of certain types of neck and back problems and related ailments such as loss of mobility and tension headaches. Family physicians should seek out a good chiropractor and establish a rapport with the chiropractor to enhance cooperation. This should allow for the combination of treatment methods that are best for the patient.

"Finding a Good Chiropractor," Homola, Samuel, D.C., Archives of Family Medicine, January/February, 1998;7:20-23.

 

 

 OZONE THERAPY

Procedure Ordered at MWA by Emma McGowan, M.D. & Martin Gallagher, M.D.

What is DERMOZONE?
DERMOZONE refers to the method of isolating a body part by surrounding it with a medical wrap or "bag" (such as a hand, arm, leg, foot, torso, pelvis, but NEVER head), and introducing ozone to PROMOTE WOUND HEALING.

What is DERMOZONE used for?

  • Gangrene
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Bed sores
  • Burns
  • Skin infections
  • Resistant skin wounds

How does the DERMOZONE work to heal the skin problem?
The ozone kills any bacteria, viruses, fungus, or molds infecting the open wound, increase blood flow to the wound, and stimulates the healing process. It has been documented that many body parts have been spared amputation through the application of ozone by this method.

How is the DERMOZONE applied?
The bag is placed around or over the affected area, the output tube from the ozone generator is placed through the top of the bag, and the top sealed as effectively as possible. Ozone at the desired concentration must first be humidified (bubbled through water) and then enters the bag; the ozone generator constantly runs during this treatment.

How long is the treatment time?
Treatment times vary depending on the type of wounds being treated but typically range from 10 - 30 minutes.

How many treatments and at what frequency will I need?
The number of treatments varies with the severity of your condition, age and other health problems. The treatment can be from daily to several times per week.

Can I receive other Oxidative therapies on the same day as DERMOZONE?
Yes, that is common. You may receive multiple oxidative therapies such as CHELOZONE, OZONE HYPERTHERMIA, HBOT, etc. on the same day.

Does DERMOZONE hurt or burn?
No, there is no pain, burning or agitation of your condition during DERMOZONE therapy.

Is DERMOZONE safe?
DERMOZONE is safe and effective. It has a long history, particularly in Europe, of use for skin and wound healing, when correctly applied.

 

IMMUNE FUNCTION
Vaccination

As many as one in 20 individuals in Europe and North America have some type of autoimmune disease. The manifestation of the disease occurs in genetically predisposed individuals but needs an environmental trigger. Infections are a likely cause. Microbial antigens can cause a cross-reactive immune response. Autoimmunity is a component of a normal healthy immune system. It would be rare, if at all, that vaccines would trigger an autoimmune disease.

"Vaccination and Autoimmune Disease: What is the Evidence?" Wraith DC, Goldman M, et al, Lancet, November 15, 2003;362:1659-1666.

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 HIGH-DOSE INTRAVENOUS VITAMIN C THERAPY

Vitamin C has been in the public consciousness for years; it became even more famous when the Nobel prize-winning chemist, Linus Pauling, began promoting it as a sort of universal cure-all.

Vitamin C has an important place in the treatment and prevention of a variety of diseases. This belief is based on an ever-increasing body of scientific evidence.

Did you know that Vitamin C:

  • Is required for your body to make serotonin and other neurotransmitters?
  • Is anti-inflammatory, and a potent antioxidant?
  • Supports the immune system?
  • Helps in some neurological diseases?

Conditions that respond favorably to IV-C include but are not limited to:

1. Allergies and Asthma
2. Chronic Pain
3. Infections: bladder, respiratory, sinus, systemic
4. Cancer
5. Toxic metal Syndrome
6. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
7. Liver disease
8. Poor immune response

 

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How Doctors Use Vitamin C Against Lead Poisoning
BY ANDREW W. SAUL, EDITOR

(OMNS, Jan 26, 2016) We hear about the hazards of lead. We know that lead poisoning can cause severe mental retardation. Lead has been clearly linked with Alzheimer's disease. We have been told to avoid lead in our homes and in our water, and to clean up lead pollution of our environment. But we have not been told how to remove it from our bodies. Vitamin C mega doses may be the answer.

Dr. Erik Paterson, of British Columbia, reports:
"When I was a consulting physician for a center for the mentally challenged, a patient showing behavioral changes was found to have blood lead levels some ten times higher than the acceptable levels. I administered vitamin C at a dose of 4,000 mg/day. I anticipated a slow response. The following year I rechecked his blood lead level. It had gone up, much to my initial dismay. But then I thought that perhaps what was happening was that the vitamin C was mobilizing the lead from his tissues. So we persisted. The next year, on rechecking, the lead levels had markedly dropped to well below the initial result. As the years went by, the levels became almost undetectable, and his behavior was markedly improved."

HOW MUCH VITAMIN C?
Frederick Robert Klenner, M.D., insisted that large amounts of vitamin C are needed to do the job. One old (1940) paper got it wrong, and Dr. Klenner comments:
"The report by Dannenberg that high doses of ascorbic acid were without effect in treating lead intoxication in a child must be ignored, since his extremely high dose was 25 mg by mouth four times a day and one single daily injection of 250 mg of C. Had he administered 350 mg/kg body weight every two hours, he would have seen the other side of the coin."

Here is what 350 milligrams of vitamin C per kilogram body weight works out to in pounds, approximately:

35,000 mg Vitamin C -  220 pounds

18,000 mg Vitamin C- 110 lb

9,000 mg Vitamin C -  55 lb

4,500 mg Vitamin C -  28 lb

2,300 mg Vitamin C -  14-15 lb

1,200 mg Vitamin C -  7-8 lb

Although these quantities may seem high, it must be pointed out that Dr. Klenner administered such amounts every two hours.

Vitamin C may be given intravenously if necessary. Oral vitamin C may be given as liquid, powder, tablet or chewable tablet. Toddlers often accept powdered, naturally sweetened chewable tablets, which may be crushed up between two spoons and added to a favorite food. Infants do well with liquid vitamin C. You can make this yourself by daily dissolving ascorbic acid powder in a small dropper bottle and adding it to fruit juice. Dr. Klenner recommended daily preventive doses, which he described as one thousand milligrams of C per year of a child's age, plateauing at 10,000 mg/day for teens and adults.

"VITAMIN C? BUT . . ."
Common questions from readers are likely to include these, to which we have provided the briefest of answers.
"Why so much?" Because too little will not be effective. Dr. Klenner, as well as Robert F. Cathcart, M.D., Hugh D. Riordan, M.D., Abram Hoffer, M.D. and many other highly experienced nutritional physicians have all emphasized this.
"Is it safe?" Year after year, decade after decade, national data shows no deaths at all from vitamin C. Vitamin C does not cause kidney stones, either. Read up so you know what you are doing. Work with your doctor. And make sure your doctor has read what you've read.
"Is ascorbic acid really vitamin C?" Yes. Linus Pauling, double Nobel-prize winning chemist, said so. He ought to know. Almost all successful medical research on vitamin C therapy has used plain, cheap, you-can-buy-it-anywhere ascorbic acid. Other forms of C will also work well.
"That's it?" Certainly not. All sources of lead contamination must be addressed and eliminated. Vitamin C has an important role to play in so doing, and should be publicly advocated by the medical professions, government, and the media.

Immediately.

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