Month: October 2006

Autism, mercury poisoning, thimerosal and the flu vaccine

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

About two weeks ago, news reports began showing up online suggesting that the flu vaccine was found safe to be used in children under the age of two.

The study looked at immunization records for more than 45,000 children and researchers determined that the intramuscular flu vaccine was safe to be used in children under the age of two.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “the single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year” and the CDC now recommends children under the age of two receive the flu vaccine.

Hundreds of news articles began appearing on major web sites such as Google News, MSN, and Yahoo, touting the recently reported study and suggesting the vaccine was now safe for babies. The message was clear… get the shot, get the shot, get the shot. However, there was something missing that was not appearing in any of the news articles… flu shots contain thimerosal.

That may come as no big deal to some, but to a parent that has been fighting with vaccine manufacturers and/or government officials to get mercury compounds out of vaccines, it’s a very big deal.

After increased pressure from consumers, parents of autistic children groups, and government elected officials, vaccine manufacturers and the FDA have collectively agreed to begin removing thimerosal from childhood vaccines. Problem is, up until these recent recommendations, the flu vaccine was not considered a childhood vaccine.

Here is a list of FDA links with PDF document information on various intramuscular flu vaccines being used in 2006. Fluzone “No Preservative” pediatric dose by Aventis Pasteur, reports not to use thimerosal in the manufacturing process. Below that are some links to get more information about Thimerosal.

Fluvirin® (Chiron Vaccines Ltd.)
Thimerosal (mercury derivative, =0.98 mcg mercury per 0.5 mL dose) is used in manufacture of the unit dose preservative free presentation but is reduced by the purification process to trace amounts.

Fluarix® (Influenza Virus Vaccine for intramuscular use)
Thimerosal is used at the early stages of manufacture and is removed by subsequent purification steps to <1.25 mcg mercury per dose.

FLULAVAL® (Influenza Virus Vaccine) ID Biomedical Corporation of Quebec (IDB)
FLULAVAL is an influenza virus vaccine indicated for active immunization of adults 18 years of age and older. Thimerosal, a mercury derivative, is added as a preservative. Each 0.5 mL dose contains 25 mcg mercury.

Fluzone (Aventis Pasteur, Inc.)
Fluzone vaccine is supplied in four different presentations: a 5 mL vial of vaccine which contains the preservative thimerosal [(mercury derivative), (25 µg mercury/dose)]; a 0.25 mL prefilled syringe (No Preservative: Pediatric Dose, for 6 – 35 months of age) distinguished by a pink syringe plunger rod; a 0.5 mL prefilled syringe (No Preservative, for 36 months of age and older); and a 0.5 mL vial (No Preservative, for 36 months of age and older). There is no thimerosal used in the manufacturing process of the No Preservative unit dose presentations of Fluzone vaccine.

Thimerosal in Vaccines (from the FDA)

Thimerosal (from Wikipedia) — Thiomersal is a very toxic compound which is harmful by inhalation and ingestion.

National Vaccine Information Center – Mercury Calculator

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Better mental health for breastfed babies

By Michael Dorausch, D.C. staff writer

A West Australian study has found that babies that are breast-fed for more than six months showed a significantly better mental health in childhood.

The findings are based on data from the Raine Study at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research. The institute has tracked the growth and development of more than 2500 West Australian children over the past 16 years.

According to the report, there’s growing evidence that bioactive factors found in breast milk play an important role in the rapid early brain development that occurs in the first year of a child’s life.

Mom and Baby - BreastfeedingResearchers found that even when they adjusted the results to take into account other factors such as socioeconomic situations, education, happiness, and family functioning, they still saw that children that were breast-fed for at least six months showed a lower risk of mental health problems.

The research analysis was based on a scientifically recognized checklist of child behavior that assessed the study children’s behavior at the ages of 2, 6, 8 and 10 years old. According to the study, children that were breast-fed had particularly low rates of delinquent, aggressive and antisocial behavior, and they were generally, less depressed, anxious or withdrawn.

The results offers more data to a list of growing evidence for more support to be given to mothers to help them breast-feed longer.

Some documents related to breast-feeding from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association: Breastfeeding

Related topics include…
Breastfeeding and Asthma
Australian researchers followed 2,195 children for six years to evaluate the effect of breastfeeding on asthma, allergy, and obesity. They found that babies who were exclusively breastfed had a lower incidence of asthma and other allergic disease.

Duration of Breastfeeding Affects IQ
Doctors of chiropractic have traditionally been strong proponents of breastfeeding. Now, just-published research shows that doctors should not only encourage mothers to breastfeed, but should also instruct them to stay at it for at least six months.

Breast-feeding for 6 months can cut infections
Breast-feeding for 6 months provides a greater reduction in a baby’s risk of respiratory infections than feeding for fewer months, according to a study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting.

Source: New research reveals breastfeeding boosts mental health @ 6:30 pm | Article ID: 1162272665

How do you spell fear? FLU

By Michael Dorausch, D.C. staff writer

“When facts are known, knowledge exists. When we possess knowledge, faith and beliefs disappear, for one is skeletal frame for substance of other.” BJ Palmer, Developer of Chiropractic

How do you spell fear? FLU. How do you spell profit? VACCINE. There is no question about it, the FEAR network is out in full force and is currently steamrolling through a neighborhood near you. I have been watching hundreds of news feeds during the past few weeks and the releases coming out related to the flu and the flu vaccine are staggering.

The great majority of flu and flu vaccine related news (the great majority of all news) is based on fear. A sample of headlines for the current week include titles such as… vaccine delays may prompt flu clinic postponements, officials say a flu season is almost here, officials prepare for influenza season, delay in flu vaccine delivery, thousands line up for flu shots, flu shot recall, three people dead after receiving flu vaccine, and flu vaccines could be a waste of time.

It appears as though there is new flu content appearing online every few minutes. Perform a Google News search and you’ll discover thousands of article headlines related to the flu.

Google News Search: Flu

This past week, the bulk of the headlines sent the message that there may not be enough flu vaccine to go around or that there would be delays. If one is to read through enough headlines though, they would discover many articles suggesting that there is a great abundance of flu vaccine available (in the United States) and that many places are fully stocked and prepared to deliver the stuff.

Recent headlines like “flu vaccine could be a waste of time” will be pummeled by hundreds and even thousands of contrary articles “reminding” people that they could be the next to die if they forgo flu vaccination. Almost every single canned flu vaccine article I’ve seen makes sure to mention “statistics” on death and dying from the flu.

Headlines from earlier this week also read… “flu shots safe for all kids”

I scanned through many of these headlines and read the articles. Over and over again I got the idea that someone was trying to sell something.

Out of hundreds, I found one that mentioned Thimerisol and mercury. Thimerosal, used in vaccines, is a compound that contains an inorganic form of mercury called ethylmercury. While the makers of childhood vaccines recently have agreed to stop using the mercury based compound in vaccines (due to pressure from parents whose children became autistic after receiving vaccinations) flu shots apparently still use the preservative.

The decision that it was okay to vaccinate every child in the United States under the age of two was based on one report. Barbara Loe Fisher, founder of the nonprofit National Vaccine Information Center had this to say… “Without large, nongovernment studies, substantive conclusions about vaccine safety and the long-term health of infants and children who receive annual influenza vaccinations cannot be made.” @ 7:19 pm | Article ID: 1161926402

Poor evidence to support flu vaccine effectiveness

By Michael Dorausch, D.C. staff writer

According to an export report, the flu vaccine may not be as effective as people would like to think.

Sticking you with the fluA highly respected vaccine expert has called for an “urgent” reevaluation of vaccine campaigns related to the flu shot. According to the expert, Tom Jefferson, there is little clinical evidence that shows the flu vaccine has any effect on things like hospital stays, time off of work, death in healthy adults, and even adults suffering from conditions such as cystic fibrosis and asthma.

The expert added that flu vaccines being given to children under the age of two have about the same effect as if they were given a placebo, or some dummy drug.

According to the report by the expert, which appeared in the British Medical Journal, studying the precise effects and effectiveness of flu vaccines is very difficult for scientists to do, since influenza viruses mutate and vary from year to year. He added that most studies are of poor quality, and there is little comparative evidence regarding the safety of vaccines.

Apparently there is pressure for policymakers to be seen like they’re doing something about public health, which puts policy before evidence.

This report may bring some light to a flurry of reports in the news earlier this week suggesting that flu vaccines were safe for children under the age of two. Were those reports an organized effort by big Pharma to capture the early share of mind and convince the public that vaccinating their little ones with dead virus flu serums was a safe and effective thing to do?

Related flu vaccine headlines from around the world…
CTVNews: Report casts doubt on flu vaccine effectiveness
Bloomberg: Study Finds Little Evidence to Support US Flu Vaccine Policy
Telegraph: Those flu jabs could be a waste of time, says expert

Planet Chiropractic Search: flu+vaccine @ 6:28 pm | Article ID: 1161923312

Chiropractic and children with ADHD

By Sharon Gorman, D.C.


I tell patients that the most common reason that children are referred in my practice is ADHD and that I have several patients who are teachers and refer children in the practice all of the time. I definitely have several teachers that are patients and several of them send children to the practice. I bet we get at least one a month sometimes more. The truth is that most of the children that become patients in our practice become patients because their parents bring them into the office as part of a family that has decided to get adjusted. Some of them are asymptomatic but now a days most children and people aren’t asymptomatic. Their ability to heal is compromised by having a nervous system that has interference which we know as subluxation.

Those kids are in the right place being in my practice as well as the children that are referred for ADHD or any other reason because I KNOW that a child expresses health better when they are not subluxated. I know this as most of you do but why do I lie? Why do I tell everyone about the ADHD children? Because I want more of them in my practice and I want people to know that it is OK to send them my way. Every summer I have many patients who take their children off of the meds to see what happens with their children’s behavior without the meds. The summer is the safest time to try it out because the kids are out of school anyway. Most don’t see the need to put the kids back on mood altering medication. It is so dangerous to be altering children’s minds with medication.

Well let me explain to you something I learned from Dr. Sigafoose many years ago. He often tells the story that happened many years ago when he was just starting in practice. People would often ask him how many patients he was seeing. He would give them a number that was way higher than the number of people he was actually adjusting. When asked why he lied he said that he didn’t lie. They asked him how many he was seeing and in his mind he was seeing that many people. They hadn’t asked him how many people he was adjusting. If they asked how many he was adjusting then he would have had to tell them the truth.

How many are you seeing? How many are you adjusting? Do they match up? Well if they don’t then maybe you don’t really see it in your minds eye! What else doesn’t look like you think it should in your life? Maybe it is time to see it in your mind and write about it and talk about it and make it real in your life. By doing this you will either create things the way you want them or you will stop tormenting yourself by telling yourself that you can’t create what you think you want.

Hope I got you thinking.

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Contact Sharon Gorman at (570) 350-4091 for more info. @ 8:40 pm | Article ID: 1161844871

Americans losing confidence in health insurance

By Michael Dorausch, D.C. staff writer

2006 has been a year of frustration for American health care consumers as health care coverage insurance costs surged higher this year. According to the annual Health Confidence Survey, which was released today by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, 52% or more than half of those surveyed were dissatisfied with the cost of health insurance, a sharp increase from last year’s results.

According to the survey, the majority of consumers said that their health care premiums, deductibles and co-payments had gone up last year. Among those who said their costs had risen, more than 50% said they were saving less as a result. That has affected retirement plans, 401(k) plans, and created difficulty for some to pay for basic necessities such as housing and food.

Of those that participated in the survey, the majority polled would rather see employer-sponsored health insurance rather than receive an additional $6,700 in pay raise. That was the average cost of employer-provided coverage in 2004. The average is now $7,100 per employee and growing.

Is anyone conducting an Insurance Companies are a Ripoff survey? Most consumers probably do not realize that increased health-care coverage costs do not equal increased health care reimbursements to providers.

In my experience, a typical consumer wants to add chiropractic care to an insurance plan so they contact their HR department or insurance broker for more information. They are told the good news, they can get 12 visits of chiropractic care added to their plan for that calendar year, and it will only cost them $40-$70 per month additional. They show up in a local chiropractic office insurance card in hand, and would like to use one or all of those 12 visits they have paid into insurance for. Most, have a deductible, some as much as $4000. For those of you not in the know, that means you’ll be spending $4000 out of pocket (of your OWN money) before those 12 golden visits from the insurance company kick in.

OK, let’s say the deductible is only $250, or even better, there is no deductible. Yahoo, there’s no deductible, but there’s still a co-pay, and that payment may range from $10-$40 depending on the insurance plan. The chiropractors fee-for-service for a typical visit (adjustment of the spine only) is an estimated $60. In a best case scenario, our consumer is paying at least $10 (at time of service) for that visit, plus a monthly premium that is sucked from their paycheck and funneled into the insurance company piggy bank.

Deal or no big deal? The consumer wants their chiropractic care, they paid into the plan, they make a co-pay, cover their deductible, and the insurance company pays the doctor the balance. Ho Ho Ho, have I got some property to sell you. What the insurance company is NOT telling you is that they don’t pay $60 for the visit. They determine, based on their own standards, what they will pay, and that may be anywhere from zero dollars to around 34 bucks. If you’re beginning to think someone is making money off of this scam you are correct! Open the case, another big-money jackpot for the middleman, better known as American health care insurance coverage.

Have a healthy day! (it will save you money) @ 7:24 pm | Article ID: 1161840289

Patient alert: are your painkillers killing you?

By Michael Dorausch, D.C. staff writer

New warnings are going to be put on the packaging of common painkillers such as ibuprofen after experts ruled that their use has been linked to an increased risk of stroke and heart attack.

painkillers can be real killers - heart attacks and strokesMillions take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for the pain related to conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. While there has long been a concern about the side effects of these medicines, there is a growing amount of evidence that shows a link to taking NSAIDs and suffering heart attacks and/or strokes.

The Commission on Human Medicines, regulators of healthcare in the UK, have cautioned all doctors in writing that daily high doses of these common pain pills could increase one’s risk of heart attack and stroke.

The commission has asked drug manufacturers to update the information that they put on their products so as to highlight the increased risks.

NSAID medications that were reviewed included: ketoprofen, ketorolac, diclofenac, indomethacin, meloxicam, nabumetone, nimesulide, piroxicam, etodolac, ibuprofen and naproxen.

Two years ago, the arthritis pain killer drug Vioxx, a COX-2 inhibitor, was pulled off the market after researchers discovered it also increased the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Chiropractic search: Painkillers
Chiropractic search: NSAIDs
Chiropractic search: ibuprofen @ 7:18 pm | Article ID: 1161753516

It’s Cold Gin Time Again – Daily Drink or Two Good for Heart

By Michael Dorausch, D.C. staff writer

(note: if you take any of this too seriously you could probably use a drink.)

A new study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, suggests that moderate drinking reduces heart attack risks for healthy men. If you’re planning to belly up to the bar as a result of reading the study, make sure you are following all of the other recommendations and that you fit into the category of a healthy male.

According to the study, if you are male and don’t smoke, have a healthy diet, get plenty of exercise, and consume alcohol in moderation (less than two glasses per day), your chances of having a myocardial infarction (heart attack) are less than the chances for a male with a similar lifestyle who never drinks alcohol.

According to the study, none of the men were overweight, and all had a body mass index of under 25. They exercised vigorously for at least 30 minutes a day or more. They all ate plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and fiber, chicken, fish, and polyunsaturated fats. They also kept their intake of trans-fats, red and processed meats low.

When it comes to exercise most of us are thinking things like working out in the gym, Yoga, Pilates, Krav Maga (very popular here in LA), and running. We may not be a likely bunch to be drinking one or two alcoholic beverages per day so I did some research on the Kings of alcohol consumption and er “exercise.” After reading the study it makes sense to me that sex (in the form of vigorous exercise), drugs (alcohol), and rock ‘n roll (more vigorous exercise) can be good for your heart.

Ace Frehley (Space Ace from Kiss) in the classic Kiss song “Cold Gin” offered the following…

Its time to leave and get another quart
Around the corner at the liquor store
the cheapest stuff is all I need
To get me back on my feet again

Mr. Frehley, that’s fine, but be sure to consume plenty of vegetables, fruits, fiber, chicken, fish, soy, nuts and polyunsaturated fats along with your diet of cheap cold gin. Remember, there is a two drink limit, and you should also be getting plenty of exercise. Try running to the liquor store on the other side of town as it will better get your heart rate up, as walking around the corner just doesn’t cut it.

Turns out there is some good heart health advice in Rock and Roll music. In your face Tipper Gore! The Australian hard rock band AC/DC album Back in Black song “Have a Drink on Me” offers this…

Whiskey, gin and brandy
With a glass I’m pretty handy
I’m trying to walk a straight line
On sour mash and cheap wine
So join me for a drink boys
We’re gonna make a big noise

To the bad boys down under, it’s only two drinks a day so drop one of the whiskey, gin or brandys. If by trying to walk a straight line you are exercising, great, you are off to a good start. If you’re on the side of the highway with the PoPo then probably not so good. Making a big noise is fine. Have fun, loosen up, but try not to disturb your non-drinking neighbors in the process. And on your next visit to the chiropractor please remember… don’t worry about tomorrow, get adjusted today, bring your checkbook, or some good MedPay. Have a drink on me.

Our local Los Angeles boys from Guns N’ Roses (who in their hey day travelled with a tour chiropractor), on their debut release “Appetite For Destruction,” had this to say about drinking…

Wake up late honey put on your clothes
Take your credit card to the liquor store
That’s one for you and two for me by tonight
I’ll be Loaded like a freight train
Flyin’ like an aeroplane
Feelin’ like a space brain
One more tonight

Axl Rose has the right attitude but let me add some suggestions. Rather than getting up late try getting up early. Putting on your clothes is always a great idea if you’re going to go out in public. Follow my Ace Frehley cold gin suggestions and choose a liquor store on the other side of town. You may as well go with your honey so that you both get plenty of exercise. Using a credit card is good so you’re not running with cash but make sure the liquor store accepts them. I don’t know if two drinks will get you feelin’ like a space brain but it’s worth a try.

While I don’t think any of the research on heart health and alcohol consumption talked about which kinds of alcohol to drink, my gut tells me to stay away from the cheap NightTrain, Mad Dog 2020, and Gin, even though you rock ‘n rollers seem to sing about it so much.

And in case you are wondering, yes, I’m a west coast struttin’ and getting plenty of exercise. I’ll have to work on the consumption of alcohol, as I’m two drinks short of the suggested intake, at least during the week. @ 10:29 am | Article ID: 1161721818

Tips on Halloween Costumes for Chiropractors

By Michael Dorausch, D.C. staff writer

Chiropractors Bobby Braile and BJ Harmen at 2005 Halloween party(The Priest and the Pimp – Drs. Bobby Braile and BJ Harmen at a 2005 chiropractors Halloween party)

For those that participate, it’s that time of year when people start thinking about what they are going to wear for Halloween. Paris Hilton, Superman, Spiderman, and Captain Jack Sparrow will all be popular for 2006. While there are lots of popular costumes to choose from this year, I thought I’d put together a brief list of costumes that would probably not be a good idea for a chiropractor in practice to wear.

Edward Scissorhands
Remember the story of that uncommonly gentle man who lived in a historic mansion way up on the hill? Edward was created by an inventor who died before finishing him. As a result he left Edward with scissors where he should have hands. Great for gardeners and hairdressers but probably not a good idea in a chiropractic office.

Michael Myers
Not Mike Myers as in Shrek, the Cat in the Hat, Austin Powers, or Wayne Campbell, I’m talking about the other Mike Myers, from the movie Halloween, that walks around with a big butcher knife. While it may be an easy costume to make (who doesn’t have a butcher knife in their kitchen) it’s probably not a good idea to go to the office that way. Anyways, butcher knives should only be used in butcher shops, kitchens, and operating rooms.

Freddy Krueger
I don’t know how popular the Freddy Krueger (from Friday the 13th and a Nightmare on Elm Street) costume still is but I’m going to stick with this trend and suggest that any costume that involves razor blade sharp fingers or extensions on one’s hands is probably not going to work well for the chiropractor.

Logan / Wolverine
While most superheroes make great costume ideas for chiropractors, Logan (Wolverine) from X-Men is probably not one of them. On the plus side, Wolverine possesses animal-keen senses and reflexes. He also has a healing factor (super duper innate intelligence) that allows him to recover from virtually any wound. On the downside, (not for a superhero but for our costume ideas) he has razor-sharp retractable claws.

So, even if you’re claws are retractable I’m suggesting you go with something else. No butcher knives, sharp scissors, claws (even retractable ones), or razor finger extensions. How about a bunny rabbit, or Winnie the Pooh, Scooby Doo, or some other furry and cuddly creature?

Okay, have a safe and fun Halloween. @ 9:12 am | Article ID: 1161717168

Deaths After Flu Vaccine Halt Vaccination Program

By Michael Dorausch, D.C. news staff

UPDATE: Four Israeli deaths have now been reported after flu vaccine shots were given. Health officials have found no apparent connection between the deaths.

The Health Ministry in Israel has ordered all clinics to halt administration of the flu vaccine after 3 people died, all within days of being injected with the same flu vaccine.

Can the flu shot kill?An investigation has been launched to discover what may have caused the deaths but at this point there is no more information available.

Doctors in the area have been contacted and the manufacturer of the vaccine has been notified.

Until recently, there were two major manufacturers of flu vaccines in the world, Novartis and Chiron. In April, Novartis acquired Chiron, a California maker of flu vaccines and other biopharmaceuticals. According to the financial website, Novartis is expecting to achieve another year of record sales and earnings.

On the business side of flu vaccine manufacturing, some experts believe Chiron saw an opportunity to make money as other companies got out of the flu vaccine making market from 2000 – 2004. Today, the market for flu vaccine is massive and only continues to grow. In 2004 the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) began recommending universal flu vaccination for all children 6 months to 23 months old, as well as vaccination for the elderly and chronically ill. Some experts feel it is only a matter of time before the CDC advises every American (~ 300,000,000 people) to get a flu shot each year.

Some Flu & Vaccine Related Content…

Flu Season Wellness Plan Should Include Chiropractic Care
The World Chiropractic Alliance (WCA) is recommending that people of all ages add chiropractic to their strategy for warding off and fighting the flu and its effects this season.

Spinal adjustments can have a positive effect on immune function, the WCA asserts, citing a growing number of researchers who are exploring the common denominators in disease processes, and the role of the nervous, immune, and hormonal systems in development of immune related illnesses.

Flu Cases Start to Swell
This past week our community has witnessed a massive amount of flu infection amongst our children, hospital workers and elderly.

The Flu – Why Doesn’t Everyone Get It?
That darn “flu bug” is going around again. It has been spotted driving north on the highway as well as through many local communities. Now, if we could just get the license plate of the car and apprehend that pesky varmint, we could stop him in his tracks.

Needles Or Not – Flu Debate
Time again for the annual ‘needles or not’ flu debate. If it weren’t such a damn serious subject it could be considered a silly and immature debate. But it is serious. Deadly serious for your children, loved ones, and yourself if you make the wrong choice. We’re talking about the annual debate over whether it is safe, prudent, or unwise to get a flu vaccine shot.

Search Flu on
Search Flu Vaccine on @ 6:35 am | Article ID: 1161534956