By Dr. Steve Visentin, D.C.
In a dingy hotel room, a pregnant crack addict self-delivers her baby. With her own hands, she pulls the baby out of her body, lays her daughter onto the dirty carpet. The mother soon abandons her new-born. Some people would call her a crack baby, an ugly name for a girl who never had a chance.
When I first saw her at age two, this girl’s development had been so delayed that she couldn’t walk or talk. By that same age, most normal children are so active, they drive their parents crazy. She said nothing and was barely able to stand. Her painfully thin body shook. She wasn’t eating. It was heartbreaking to look at her.
Her foster mom had all but given up hope. She explained that she had taken the child to every pediatrician in town. Each doctor wanted to prescribe more medications and ignored the fact that her first nine months of life were spent floating in amniotic fluid filled with drugs.
I examined her, using all the standard tests. Then, I checked for a condition that no other doctor had considered. Subluxation. A subluxation is a bone out of place that interferes with the nervous system. Our tests showed a massive vertebral subluxation at the base of her skull near the part of her brain that controls vital functions – heartbeat, respiration, digestion, and elimination.
These particular kinds of subluxations are frequently caused by traumatic births. Many times, births that use forceps and suction cause babies to have subluxations just below their skulls. Even so-called normal births can cause this problem due to the anxious pulling that occurs when doctors try to help nature. At times, 60 to 90 pounds of force are used to pull the baby out of the birth canal. This is enough duress on an undeveloped spine to cause life-long problems or even death. Imagine how many children have been dragged into the world in this way and their subluxations went undetected.
Of course, I gave the child an adjustment. Adjustment means to gently realign the bones of the body and remove pressure from the nervous system. After I did this, the sweet girl walked toward her foster mother. Both cried. My eyes also filled with tears. It’s amazing how profound a precise chiropractic adjustment can be.
The next day, they returned. The girl was doing better and was developing a healthy appetite. Someone in my office had a birthday celebration and she ate a huge slice of cake. Some days later, she begged for food from my secretaries who were eating carrots and hardboiled eggs for lunch. It was as if she were trying to catch up on all the growth and development that she’d missed.
I often think about her and wonder – what if I hadn’t adjusted her? She may never have had a chance to thrive. She might still be struggling to develop. As a Chiropractor, I have the privilege of helping some very difficult cases.
I realize many of Planet Chiropractic’s readers are not chiropractors. Some might wonder if chiropractic is a cure for a baby that is addicted in the womb. Chiropractic is not a cure for any particular disease. It’s a way of creating balance in the body so that we can heal ourselves and stay well.
When you understand that birth is often traumatic and the effects of subluxation are devastating, especially for children, it becomes clear why chiropractic is vitally important from birth and beyond.
Make sure to get your entire family checked by your chiropractor. Chiropractic is not just about aching backs and necks. It’s about maximizing the potential of the entire human race.
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Dr. Visentin, D.C. practices in Denver Colorado, you can visit his website at Care Chiropractic.
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