Month: September 2006

More Medicare Confusion in 2007? Here’s some help…


Many people are still confused about the new Medicare part D or drug plan options related to the 2007 Medicare plan. According to Federal officials, 17 companies have been approved to provide Medicare drug coverage nationally for 2007. In 2006, there were nine. As a result, some Medicare beneficiaries will have more than 50 stand-alone plans to choose from for 2007. Selecting from 50 different cereals can be difficult enough, that’s why one should just typically choose LIFE.

Here is some information that may be helpful for both consumers and practitioners…

Sample Medicare CardWhat is Medicare Part A?
Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) helps cover inpatient care in hospitals, including critical access hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities (not custodial or long-term care). It also helps cover hospice care and some home health care. Users must meet certain conditions to get these benefits.

What is Medicare Part B?
Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) helps cover your doctors’ services and outpatient care. Chiropractic care for the correction of subluxation of the spine is covered under Medicare Part B. On the main Medicare website (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) you can compare prescription drug plans, compare health plans and medigap policies in your area, compare hospitals in your area, compare nursing homes in your area, locate Medicare publications, find out if you are eligible for Medicare and when you can enroll, find a doctor, discover what Medicare covers, and lots more.

This is a link to the official government handbook for Medicare… (it’s a PDF file so make sure you have a PDF viewer install to access the file)

A great page for chiropractors regarding Medicare and documentation guidelines. Helping your patients to receive quality chiropractic care within appropriate guidelines for Medicare. The page is currently maintained by Lisa Paoli, CMRS

Reducing health care costs with Chiropractic and Medicare (and Medicaid) This is also an Adobe PDF document

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Lots of information on this website for doctors. There is information regarding provider enrollment & certification, billing, regulations & guidance, and a whole lot more. According to the website, people with Medicare, family members, and caregivers should visit (link above), the Official U.S. Government Site for People with Medicare, for the latest information on Medicare enrollment, benefits, and other helpful tools. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is located at 7500 Security Boulevard Baltimore, MD 21244 @ 9:21 pm | Article ID: 1159600884

Schwarzenegger Signs Global Warming Bill in California

by Michael Dorausch, doctor of chiropractic

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken a stand on global warming. On September 27th of this week, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed landmark legislation that will impose sweeping greenhouse gas emissions reductions for the state of California.California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

According to the governor’s office, the State of California is the 12th largest source of greenhouse gases in the world. Environmentalists for months have been collecting postcards signed by concerned Californians to send to the governor urging him to sign this legislation. The legislation is known as AB-32, the global warming solutions act of 2006. Some environmentalists are calling it a landmark event as the legislation can be adopted by other states and the federal government.

Arnold Schwarzenegger called the law “a bold new era of environmental protection.” The bill is expected to set into state law a limit on greenhouse gas emissions which will call for a 25% reduction by 2020. The bill empowers state regulators to require major emissions reductions from the largest carbon polluters in the state. In case you were wondering, California chiropractors are not large carbon polluters. We could probably all do a better job on our way to and from the office each day to reduce emissions. We could also recommend, for the majority of people we care for, more exercise in the way of walking and bicycling, and less reliance on automobiles.

The bill will affect a wide range of industries which includes oil refineries, power plants, landfills, large manufacturers, and cement industries. And then there is big Pharma. There are 38 million people living in the state of California and when we talk about greenhouse gases and global warming most are going to talk oil and big SUVs. Monster cars like Suburbans, the GMC Yukon Denali, and Ford Expeditions may come to mind. Few are going to think about that little liver pill they take each morning and the mass amounts of energy that were consumed for it to get into their bellies.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers create massive amounts of CO2 emissions. While not the largest contributors to global warming, consider the following…

That little pill requires manufacturing facilities, research laboratories, distribution center office buildings, fleet vehicles for drug distributors, and other business premises. Those facilities and vehicles emit CO2 emissions from sources such as boilers, water coolers, heaters, generators of electricity, incinerators, wastewater systems, and air conditioners, among others.

The majority of waste emissions from pharmaceutical manufacturing plants involves something called organic sludge. Organic sludge is a term used to describe the mass amounts of micro organic matter that is produced during the biological processing of pharmaceuticals. If you ask me, I think we’d all be better of with less toxic sludge, less pharmaceuticals, and greenhouse gas emissions. Way to go Governor Schwarzenegger!

Just say no to organic sludge and massive CO2 emissions. Go green, go clean, and go chiropractic. It’s good for you and it’s good for the environment too!

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Los Angeles Chiropractor: Dr. Michael Dorausch is a chiropractor practicing in Los Angeles, California.

PDF FactSheet: AB 32 — Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006

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Target and Wal-Mart to sell Discount Prescription Drugs

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I started seeing news earlier this week that Wal-Mart was going to slash prices on generic drugs. I then began seeing news this weekend that Target was going to follow Wal-Marts lead and also dramatically cut prices on prescription drugs.

I’ve been checking some news sources and it looks like they (Wal-Mart) are only rolling out the generic drug program ($4 prescriptions) in Tampa, Florida. I would suspect that if the move goes well they’ll begin dropping prices on drugs throughout the nation. In fact, some news reports suggest that Wal-Mart will begin selling discounted drugs throughout the nation by sometime next year.

I have to be honest, I didn’t know you could buy drugs at Wal-Mart or Target. I didn’t even know there was a Wal-Mart store in Los Angeles until I did a search today using a Wal-Mart store locator. Turns out Wal-Mart store #2960 is on South Crenshaw Boulevard in LA, about 10 miles from my house. I don’t usually hang out in Crenshaw so I probably won’t be going there anytime soon, especially to buy discount pharmaceuticals.

I searched for a Target near me and it turns out they are even closer. I located a Target store in Culver City and one in Los Angeles, on La Cienega Blvd. Both are about 5 miles from my home in Venice. I love those Men’s Mossimo Cargo Shorts they have and I wouldn’t mind getting those for under five bucks, even though $17.99 is already a good deal. It’s funny what you begin to see when you start looking for it. Now that I’m on the Target web site I notice all sorts of info for their store pharmacy. Looks like they’re definitely in the business of selling drugs, as well as those cool men’s shorts. In fact, the whole reason these megastores are willing to sell drugs on the cheap is that consumers will typically spend money on other profit earning items while in the store.

I did a search for Wal-Mart and saw an interesting Google Adsense ad that read “Until WalMart Lowers Drug Prices Save up to 90% Here – Home Delivery.” Looks like others are happy to sell prescription drugs at a discount. Not everyone is smiling though. As is to be expected, local drug dealers (pharmacists) are concerned with these big megastores moving into their market.

There must be 400 or so related articles circulating this week regarding Target, Wal-Mart, and whoever else is deciding to deeply drop their prices on the selling of prescription drugs. Many of the articles are suggesting how great this is for the consumer as the cost of drugs will be decreased, there will be less reliance on Medicare, and folks may not have to worry as much about having insurance to buy their drugs. I always give these crazy suggestions but wouldn’t we all be better off not relying on drugs in the first place? @ 3:50 pm | Article ID: 1159149046

The Truth about Chiropractic

by Brian Nardi, D.C.

The truth about Chiropractic is that it is about alignment. Not of the physical boney structures of the spine as most want you to believe, but of the soul.

Way back when a sperm and an egg united and became one single unit. It was two wholes making one whole, 1 + 1 = 1. Not possible in the mind of a mathematician, but it occurred non-the-less. These two cells divided and multiplied until one day you became a baby. That wisdom that created you from two wholes into one whole is still alive and well inside of you today.

Imagine for a moment that you own a Rolls Royce, a car that costs in excess of $100,000 and is considered by many as the most luxurious automobile you could ever own. It is practically priceless. Imagine that one sunny day you decide to take your Rolls Royce out for one of its first leisurely drives. No sooner than you leave your driveway, it breaks down. Would you drive your Rolls Royce to the local corner mechanic? Or would you bring your prized automobile to the Rolls Royce dealer? If you are anything like me, you would return it to its maker. Who could possibly know more about your automobile than the one who created it?

Now realize that this Rolls Royce is your body. How wonderful would it be to be able to bring your body back to your maker every time it breaks down? How would your Rolls Royce feel if you returned to your creator when ever you needed a tune up? How great would you become if you always returned to the one source that knows you up, down, inside, out, and backwards? How relieved would you feel? How confident would you be in that person? How free would you become knowing the one person who can always fix you is available to you whenever you need it?

Is this your Chiropractor? No, it’s me.

Somewhere along the way, we were separated. Chiropractic reunites us. The body heals itself because of me. You feel free because we are together. You achieve because we work hand in hand. I have been called Life-Force, Chi, Prana, Love, God, Allah, and spirit. You know me. I am inside, outside, around, above and below. Give me this day and you achieve. Give me your service and you abound.

Give me yourself and we are one.

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Dr. Brian Nardi is an Avon Chiropractor serving the residents of Avon, Simsbury, Canton, Farmington, Unionville, and other areas around Hartford, Connecticut.

Brian Nardi, D.C.
Nardi Family Chiropractic, LLC
195 West Main St
Avon, CT 06001
860-269-4529 @ 8:06 pm | Article ID: 1158991591

Breathing Easier Without Asthma Medication

By Darrel Crain, D.C.

“For breath is life, and if you breathe well you will live long on earth,” according to the Sanskrit proverb.

When it comes to asthma, modern medicine has apparently breathed new life into the old saying, “The cure is worse than the disease.”

Researchers at Cornell and Stanford Universities now tell us that the top-selling asthma medications are responsible for four out of every five deaths from asthma.

“We estimate that approximately 4,000 of the 5,000 asthma deaths that occur in the U.S. each year are caused by these long-acting beta-agonists, and we urge that (they) be taken off the market,” they said.

I don’t know about you, but I find this slightly alarming. It makes me wonder what our fearless defenders at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are going to do to protect us? How is it possible that 80 percent of asthma deaths are actually caused by the drugs already approved by the FDA for treating asthma?

Maybe they should add one of those little black box warnings. “If this drug doesn’t kill you, congratulations! Now you can breathe a little easier!” Or perhaps they should advertise a promotion similar to breakfast cereal, “Be the first to collect all four black box warnings in a single lifetime!”

Asthma is a serious breathing disorder, actually an immune response gone haywire. Tiny irritants such as dust or pollen particles trigger three immune responses to occur all at once: narrowing of the airways, heavy secretion of sticky mucus, and inflammation in the linings of the bronchial tubes. The name asthma appropriately comes from the Ancient Greek for shortness of breath or heavy breathing with the mouth open and panting.

According to the U.S. Surgeon General, asthma now affects one in every eight children. Health authorities are at a loss to explain what is causing this asthma epidemic, said to affect primarily those people living in the industrialized world.

“Despite decades of data, researchers are no closer now to understanding the roots of the asthma epidemic than they were when it first began 20 years ago,” wrote the Public Health Policy Advisory Board in 2002.

Asthma is the top reason children end up in hospital emergency rooms in the U.S. As many as 30 million people have asthma symptoms at one time or another in their lifetimes, yet death from asthma is relatively rare. Is it possible we could lower the number even more if we excluded deaths caused by asthma medication?

I love trying to figure out government logic. Vice-President Dan Quayle was particularly adept at clearing things up for us, “It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.”

Asthma is commonly referred to as a disease, but it is more correctly a “dis-regulation” of normal immune responses. All three elements of the “asthma attack” are standard equipment provided by nature to maintain a healthy immune system.

At times, it is useful and necessary to make the airways smaller, just as it is sometimes a great idea to have massive mucus production and elimination. There are even times when it is necessary to go through a complete inflammatory process just to restore internal order. We call it asthma when all three responses are unleashed at the same time, a senseless overkill effort similar to blasting away at moths in your closet with a 12-gauge shotgun.

“Asthma attacks are increasing even as air pollutants and most other allergens have declined in the U.S. and other developed countries,” noted Ron Bailey in Reason magazine. Asthma sufferers are apparently becoming more highly sensitized, because fewer environmental irritants are said to be triggering ever-greater asthmatic responses. But what is causing the increased sensitivity?

“A growing body of research points toward changes in the immune system forced by exposures in the womb or shortly after birth as the cause of heightened sensitivity to allergens, and thus the cause of asthma’s rise,” according to the Collaborative on Health and the Environment.

My wife Nancy and I found out about sensitization the hard way with our youngest son, Charlie. When he was two, we had to jump in the car late one night and dash for the emergency room. At the hospital they gave us a supply of free sample drugs to tide us over for a few days. “There is no cure for asthma,” we were told. “The only thing you can do is treat the symptoms and try to manage the disease.”

Charlie, now fourteen, never had to use any more asthma drugs, because we found out right away it was cow’s milk that was his sensitizing factor. Complete avoidance of cow’s milk was all it took to “cure” Charlie’s asthma at the time, even though he can now tolerate moderate amounts of milk.

“Experience is the worst teacher; it gives the test before presenting the lesson,” said Vernon Law.

Ironically, children at opposite ends of the socio-economic scale suffer similarly high levels asthma, apparently for different reasons. On the high end of the scale, a child’s environment may be incredibly sterile, so their immune system never gets a chance to flex its muscle by responding to microbes. At the low end of the scale nutrition is terrible, the air quality is poor with high levels of particulates, and these kids are constantly exposed to insect and pesticide residue. The result for both groups of kids is the same, a distorted immune response.

Official guidelines focus on medical treatment and management of asthma, but say little if anything about sensitization and how to avoid it. While the medical solution is to suppress immune responses, a more natural approach seeks to up-regulate the innate control of immune function.

The first step is to find out which foods and other environmental factors may be causing sensitization. Dairy products top the list of foods linked to hypersensitivity. Not surprisingly, the list of items to avoid includes the usual suspects known to interfere with normal healing: sugar, highly refined and processed foods, artificial flavors, artificial colors, preservatives and pesticides, to name a few. It is helpful to upgrade the diet to include foods containing high levels of non-inflammatory nutrients, notably omega-3 fats.

Certain common medical interventions are also reported by researchers to sensitize children, priming them for asthma attacks. Consider cranking these facts into the medical intervention risk/benefit equation for your child.

The use of antibiotics in very young children, particularly during the first year of life, leads to a fourfold increased risk of asthma, according to research by the Wellington Asthma Research Group, as reported in The New Scientist magazine. If the child were given a broad-spectrum antibiotic in early life, he or she would be 8.9 times more likely to suffer from asthma!

Vaccines are also linked to the asthma epidemic. “The odds of having a history of asthma were twice as great among vaccinated subjects than among unvaccinated subjects. The odds of having any allergy-related respiratory symptom in the past 12 months was 63% greater among vaccinated subjects than unvaccinated subjects,” according to the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics.

“Medicine being a compendium of the successive and contradictory mistakes of medical practitioners, when we summon the wisest of them to our aid, the chances are that we may be relying on a scientific truth the error of which will be recognized in a few years’ time,” wrote French author Marcel Proust.

To the extent that asthma sufferers can learn how to avoid immune suppressive drugs as treatment by eliminating sources of sensitization, we can all breathe a littlw easier for a while. But then again, as John Maynard pointed out, “In the long run, we’re all dead.”

© Darrel Crain, 2006 All rights reserved.
Comments? Questions? Opinions? Rants? Call Darrel Crain at 619-445-0100

Dr. Darrel Crain
Family Chiropractor
Natural Health Writer
President, CCA San Diego County District @ 7:18 am | Article ID: 1158686333

ICA Celebrates Chiropractic Founder’s Day 2006


The chiropractic profession is celebrating its 111th year of service to the public today. A new and innovative approach to health and healing, the practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between the structures of the human body, primarily the spine, and function as coordinated by the nervous system, and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health. Chiropractic, a drugless and non-surgical science and practice, is also based on the understanding that the human body is a self-healing, self-regulating organism. Chiropractic recognizes that the capacity exists to enhance the healing process by removing barriers to the body’s innate abilities of self-comprehension and repair.

Through manual adjustments of the segments of the spine to remove nerve interference, doctors of chiropractic seek to restore normal bodily functions to allow the body to heal itself. What in 1895 was considered an attack on the orthodox medical industry of the era is now a concept so credible that widely recognized names like Drs. Andrew Weil and Deepak Chopra base the core premise of their best-selling books and tapes on this healing model.

Chiropractic’s famous first adjustment is recognized each year on Founder’s Day, commemorating September 18th, 1895, when Dr. Daniel David Palmer administered his initial specific chiropractic adjustment on Harvey Lillard in Davenport, Iowa. Dr. D.D. Palmer delivered the first chiropractic adjustment with the specific intent of realigning a malpositioned vertebra, restoring its normal position, in an attempt to restore a hearing defect. That attempt, as the world now knows, was successful.

From an innovative scientific concept, the science and practice of chiropractic rapidly gained official status through the legislatures of the various states under the authorities reserved to the states in the U.S. Constitution to “regulate the professions and the trades.” The legal development of chiropractic began shortly after the initial articulation of chiropractic principles and, by the 1920s, chiropractic was well on the way to formal legal recognition and regulation through licensure in numerous states.

The first law passed by a state legislature authorizing and regulating the practice of chiropractic as a separate and distinct health care profession was in Kansas on March 20, 1913. This action was followed in quick succession by the legislature of North Dakota in that same year, and by Arkansas, Oregon, Nebraska and Colorado, by 1915. This represented the beginning of a recognition process that was completed in 1974 when Louisiana finally adopted a chiropractic licensure law. This steady official embrace of chiropractic is one of the most profound and historic health care success stories of modern times.

Chiropractic would not have been successful in attaining official licensed professional status if it were not for the tremendous support it received from the public. Throughout its history, the chiropractic profession has provided clinically effective, cost-effective and safe care to millions of patients worldwide, and earned the highest patient satisfaction levels of any doctor-level health care science. Every day in the United States alone, more than one million consumers of all ages, from newborn infants to the most senior of our citizens seek the care of a doctor of chiropractic.

Chiropractic, which was once considered experimental, unorthodox or “alternative” health care, has now become a vital part of the main stream of health care. “Doctors of chiropractic worldwide have every reason to be proud of our profession and the unique contributions chiropractic science continues to make to the lives of millions,” said ICA President Dr. John Maltby.

The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) is also celebrating its 80th Anniversary in 2006. Founded in 1926 in Davenport, Iowa by Dr. B J Palmer who served as ICA president utill his death in 1961, ICA is the world’s oldest continuously functioning international chiropractic professional organization. Dedicated to the growth and development of the chiropractic profession based on its fundamental principles and philosophy, ICA has worked worldwide to build the chiropractic profession, always remaining true to the principles and philosophy on which it was founded, and fighting to preserve its unique identity as a separate, distinct and drugless health care profession.

ICA’s service and leadership in the profession is a matter of record as noted by well-known chiropractic historian, Russell Gibbons who wrote in 1996: “The story of ICA’s maintenance of principle and scope of practice, its growing and systemic efforts through the legislative process and its influence upon opinion makers is a remarkable account. For with minimum resources, ICA created an effective lobby for chiropractic and pioneered the concept of public relations, which eventually was to change the perception of millions of Americans toward chiropractic as a legitimate and respectable health care alternative.”

ICA, now with members in all fifty of the United States, all Provinces of Canada and 41 other nations, remains committed to the global expansion of the science and practice of chiropractic, and to making the unique healing powers of chiropractic accessible to every citizen of the world. For more information visit the ICA website at or call 800-423-4690 or 703-528-5000. @ 10:30 am | Article ID: 1158611458

Ear Infections without antibiotics, what’s a child to do?

Planet Chiropractic News

Earlier today, we reported on a study published in the September 2006 issue of JAMA, regarding children’s ear infections and the use of antibiotics > > > Most Kids Ear Infections Healing without Antibiotics. The study basically concluded that most children suffering from ear infections do not require antibiotics since the body’s own defense mechanisms will resolve the problem naturally, when given time to heal. Interestingly, early in the day, some major news networks ran headlines that read similar to the following… “childhood ear infections may not require drugs for treatment.” Those headlines have since been replaced by one’s more specific to the often unnecessary use of antibiotics when treating ear infections rather than suggesting that children do not require drugs for ear infection treatment.

Here is a summary of some articles related to the topic as well as some resources located related to ear infections. Please note that major news sites typically kill off links to their news content after a few weeks. If that becomes the case, I suggest searching the entire title of the article to see if you can locate it elsewhere.

Articles related to children, antibiotics, and the JAMA study….

Fox News Network: Most Kids’ Ear Infections Can Heal Without Antibiotics (earlier in the day the same article had a title that read “Treating Kids’ Ear Infections May Not Need Drugs”
Fox News 28 (South Bend, IN): Most Kids’ Ear Infections Can Heal Without Antibiotics

CBS News: Best Ear Infection Treatment? Time
CBS News 5 (San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose): Treating Kids’ Ear Infections May Not Need Drugs

ABC News: For Kids’ Earaches, Patience Can Count as Much as Antibiotics
ABC News (New York-WABC): A new way to treat ear infections without medication

News from Australia (Herald Sun): Delay can stop ear infection drugs: study

Some Planet Chiropractic archived articles related to antibiotics:
NSAIDs & Antibiotics Increasing Risk of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Antibiotics Don’t Work
MDs Issue Guidelines on Antibiotics
Antibiotics Don’t Help
More Superbugs Resisting Antibiotics

International Chiropractic Pediatric Association – ear infection related content…
Chiropractic Research — Ear Infection (Otitis Media) Peer Reviewed Journals
Listening with A Different Ear: Holistic Approaches to Ear Infections by Lawrence P. Palvesky, M.D. (Additional Articles On Otitis Media) @ 8:14 pm | Article ID: 1158214488

Most Kids Ear Infections Healing without Antibiotics

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

A recent study published in a September issue of JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association) found that most kids with ear infections do not need antibiotics, but they get them anyway.

It is estimated that up to 98% of medical doctors treat ear infections with antibiotics immediately. It has long been common knowledge that there is widespread antibiotic drug prescriptive abuse throughout the United States and the rest of the world. During the past decade, the problem has gotten so bad that various public-health campaigns have been launched to educate both doctors and parents about the risks associated with prescribing antibiotics to children. In spite of the public awareness campaigns, millions of potentially harmful prescriptions are still being written for kids each year. Some doctors blame parents and suggest that parents are demanding prescriptions for their children’s illnesses. If doctors do not educate parents about the “wait and see” approach how are they to know?

Some countries in Europe have been experiencing success when educating parents about the risks associated with antibiotic use. Doctors found that what most kids need when suffering from an ear infection was time to heal and not a dose of antibiotics. Time is a critical factor in healing. Parents need to receive that information regularly from all health-care providers. Principal number six from the classic “Stephenson’s Chiropractic Textbook” states that there is no process that does not require time.

According to the study, ear infections are the most common reason antibiotic drugs are prescribed to children, with a reported 15 million prescriptions written annually. According to the American Academy of pediatrics, a whopping 80% of children that are not treated immediately with antibiotics will get better on their own. They get better as a result of their bodies innate capacity to heal. Those innate abilities require time to do their work. It can be a tough pill to swallow to rely on ones own abilities to heal when drugs and quick fix solutions are marketed to us constantly. However, becoming aware that we may be making the problem worse for our children may help some in making their decisions. Some reported side effects children can experience from taking antibiotics include diarrhea, upset stomach, rash, allergies, and the possibility of antibiotic drug resistance.

Maybe we’re just a little bit crazy here in California but nearly all the people that I know prefer to purchase antibiotic free milk, antibiotic free beef and poultry, etc. That’s if they even drink milk or eat such products. We make an effort to purchase fruits and vegetables that are free from chemicals and pesticides, and make other natural and/or organic choices when it comes to feeding ourselves and our families. We don’t even want our pets consuming unnecessary antibiotic laden products and we try to keep their nutrition as natural as possible. Why then do we continue to dump so much toxic sludge (in the form of antibiotics and other drugs) into our children? I’m no mathematician, but 80% of 15 million results in about 12 million unnecessary doses of antibiotics prescribed annually. 12 million unnecessary doses of antibiotics (or any drug) annually is not good for our children, it’s not good for our pets, and it’s not good for our environment,. It is good for antibiotic drug manufacturers, it’s good for shareholders, and it’s good for the business of medicine as usual.

Drugs, drugs, drugs or information, information, information. Parents should have better education about the benefits and risks associated with antibiotics and any other drugs their children may be being prescribed.

Interesting side note: There has been an experimental vaccine for childhood ear infections that has been undergoing testing for the past year or so. It contains proteins from the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae and nontypable Haemophilus influenzae. Call me crazy but if studies have shown that most kids with ear infections will heal on their own without the use of antibiotics why would we want to vaccinate them? Vaccinations have risks to children and profits to vaccine makers and their shareholders. @ 10:46 am | Article ID: 1158180415

Fear of Microbes and Vaccination Questions

By Darrel Crain, D.C.

Have you ever noticed that young children seem genetically programmed to encounter every possible microbe in their surroundings? On playgrounds around the world you’ll see little ones who have never met walk up and lick faces with one another while other toddlers wander pleasantly by, going from spot to spot just to taste the dirt, as a chef might savor a sip of different soups simmering on the stove.

When I was in grade school, measles, chicken pox and mumps were considered no big deal. In fact, moms used to arrange impromptu parties just to make sure everyone got exposed to those viruses as soon as one or two kids in the neighborhood showed any telltale signs.

“Okay boys and girls, let’s have a contest and take turns to see who can blow this whistle the loudest! Good job, Sally, now it is Jimmy’s turn! Okay, everybody, time to swap balloons!” Moms knew how to make saliva-mixing fun!

The tradition of accepting each childhood infection as a rite of passage has waned over the years, overtaken by a much different idea, one that has been heavily promoted by public health leaders: “Let us prevent childhood infectious diseases altogether using vaccinations!” Thus began our “prevention-at-all-costs” vaccine policy.

“We will conquer these germs one shot, one child at a time. Goodbye fevers! So long skin blisters, rashes, sore throats, pustules and all kinds of yucky stuff! All you need is this list of shots: 48 doses of 14 vaccines, except next year we’ll probably add another shot, maybe two, and probably another couple of booster shots. Oh, and you’ll need the flu shot every year.” And so on. I am told that at least one hundred additional vaccines are in the development stage.

Of course, some who read these words are already reaching for the telephone, “Hello, Security? Arrest this man, he’s a dangerous anti-vaccinationist!” Anti-vaccination? Hmm, would I be called “anti-traffic” if I wrote about the need to reduce death and disability caused by the way we use automobiles? Isn’t the purpose of all this to make sure we’re doing what’s best for our children’s health? But then again, if asking difficult questions means I am a dangerous man, so be it.

Speaking of questions, here is my absolute number one, top of the list, very most important question we need to ask: “Are vaccinated kids healthier than unvaccinated kids?” Try asking your pediatrician this question and you can be 99.9 percent certain he or she will answer, “Oh yes, the benefits far outweigh the risks!”

“Injections are the best thing ever invented for feeding doctors,” said Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Suppose for a moment that the answer to this question was no. What then? Even your doctor might be unaware that no scientific study has ever looked at this most basic of questions. Isn’t it time we find out the answer to that question before we add even one more shot to the vaccination schedule, considering each shot adds another dose of neurotoxic chemicals, heavy metals and allergy-triggering foreign proteins into our kids?

Once prevention became the priority of public health, fewer reported infections became proof we were on the right track. But is it as simple as all that? The answer appears to be no. Our enthusiasm for widely applying our limited understanding of manipulating the public immune system with vaccines has led to some serious disadvantages.

For example, not only are measles outbreaks quite common among highly vaccinated populations, but infection with measles now occurs in much younger and much older populations, for whom the illness is potentially far more serious.

Another example is chicken pox. As the chicken pox vaccine was being licensed for widespread use, critics of the plan predicted that it would lead to a massive shingles epidemic, causing terrible pain and suffering in the older population. This was due to the loss of wild varicella virus circulating in the community that once served to periodically rekindle immune function.

Well, the shingles epidemic did arrive, and great fanfare accompanied the rollout of a newly licensed vaccine to fight shingles, ready to inject into older people. What do you suppose they put in the shot? Children’s chicken pox vaccine, only now it had 14 times more of the virus!

“Once we accept something as “good,” we often persist in doing it even when the result is clearly bad, while telling ourselves that we just haven’t done enough of it,” wrote Dave Kopel.

Regarding the chicken pox vaccine, “We replaced a simple self-limited disease with a nasty, painful and chronic one. When will we learn that it is not wise to try to fool Mother Nature? We think we have a solution to a problem only to find out that our solution is the problem,” commented Edward Yazbak, M.D.

Well, we shouldn’t hold our breath, but now for the first time in history the possibility exists that researchers will mount a scientific study to compare and contrast the health of vaccinated versus unvaccinated children in our country. Such a project is listed in a bill recently passed in the U.S. Senate.

I say “possibility” because the fate of the research depends on the ability of our elected leaders to withstand the political and economic pressure of the powerful medical industry lobbyists, who seem dead set against comparing the vaccinated with the unvaccinated.

Leaders in the medical industry would have us believe that the entire health profession is united in its support for mass vaccination programs. However, many industry scientists who have spoken out against the company line have found themselves out on the unemployment line, while independent researchers are continually attacked and ridiculed. A more honest appraisal of the whole process – from deciding which vaccines to develop, to the vaccine safety trials and subsequent government licensing and mandating – would describe the entire effort as fraught with gross financial conflicts of interest from start to finish.

Meanwhile, parents around the world are horrified to see terrible and debilitating chronic diseases continue to devour the good health of children, robbing them of the potential for normal, productive lives. Public health leaders are at a loss to explain the cause of this devastating epidemic, yet we are nevertheless reassured over and over again that vaccines cannot possibly be a contributing factor.

The grave epidemics of chronic disease are peculiar to modern industrialized countries, which also happen to have the highest rates of childhood vaccination. Hurray for the politicians for trying to do the right thing and fund a study that could lead to new paths for protecting our children’s health!

Rita Hoffman of the Vaccine Information Awareness Network asked, “What would be the general state of health today if 200 years ago medicine had taken the path of discovering the keys to promoting a strong, unadulterated immune system in conjunction with increased nutrition, vitamin and mineral supplementation along with better sanitation?”

“The greatest enemy of the truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth – persistent, persuasive and unrealistic,” said John F. Kennedy.

Perhaps most unrealistic of all is our health leaders’ irrational fear of microbes.

© Darrel Crain, 2006 All rights reserved.
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Dr. Darrel Crain
Family Chiropractor
Natural Health Writer
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