Health News - Oct‘01  

Prepared By Burdi Chiropractic & Massage Group  

 (Dr. G. Burdi, D.C., Q.M.E. & Sherree’ Burdi, M.T.)

Welcome to our special patient newsletter. We have some very important information for you in this issue. Pass it to your friends and relatives. You never know what little thing you say or do will make a big improvement in their lives.

Table of Contents

  • Red Light, Green Light
  • Words of Wisdom
  • It's Flu Shot Season
  • Resources for Vaccine Information
  • Taking Aspirin Or Acetaminophen May Prolongs The Flu
  • Asthma, Lung Conditions and Chiropractic
  • Aging Successfully
  • Words of Wisdom
  • Chiropractic &Research
  • Win a Massage!

First, a little story:Student driver

Red Light, Green Light

 A driving instructor was with a new student driver.
He asked, "There's a red light, what do you do?"
"I must stop," said the student.
"Now the light has just turned green. What's the rule of the road?"
"I must go."
The instructor was not amused. "Not so. A green light says that you 'may' go, not that you 'must' go. If there's someone in the middle of the street a green light doesn't give you permission to run over them!"

It's the same with spinal checkups. A subluxation in your body (a mis-aligned spinal bone [vertebra] that irritates your nerves) acts like a "red light." It saps your energy and creates overall body malfunction (dis-ease) that can lower your resistance, cloud your thinking, stress your mind and prevent you from functioning at your physical and emotional best.

Checkups to correct your subluxations in your body give a "green light" in the sense that energy can now flow through the body and mind without interruption: thus the body and mind are able to function better.

There are many studies that show that chiropractic improves emotional health, lowers stress and lets you enjoy life more. But remember, green only means you "may" go. When you leave my office you'll have more "green lights" before you - but it is up to you to use your growing sensitivity and energy to heal, create a better life for you and your loved ones, and spread success, love, and happiness wherever you go.

Words of Wisdom

To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order;
to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order;
to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life;
to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.
- Confucius

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained. - Marie Curie
Flu shot

It's Flu Shot Season

Should you get a flu shot?

Think twice. According to Hugh Fudenberg, MD, the world's leading immunogeneticist and 13th most quoted biologist of our time (over 850 papers in peer review biomedical journals), if an individual has had five consecutive flu shots between 1970 and 1980 (the years studied) his/her chances of getting Alzheimer's Disease is ten times higher than if they had one, two or no shots. (1) Dr. Fudenberg reported that the reason why this was so was due to the mercury found in every flu shot The gradual mercury buildup in the brain causes cognitive dysfunction. Mercury is found in many childhood shots also.
Is that why Alzheimer's is expected to quadruple in the near future? Is this something you want in your body? (2)

Speaking of the flu…..
Aspirin Or Acetaminophen May Prolong The Flu

Researchers from the University of Maryland studied 120 volunteers who had experimentally induced flu infection. They found that the duration of the illness was longer if the volunteers' fever was reduced with aspirin or acetaminophen (tylenol). Those patients stayed sick on average 3 ˝ days longer than those not given the drugs to lower fever. Why? Fever is an important mechanism by which your body fights infection. By interfering with "mother nature" and artificially lowering fever, we are preventing our "inner doctor" from functioning to heal us. (3)

Want To Know More About Childhood Vaccination?

For more information on vaccination issues, the National Vaccine Information Center maintains an informative website at http://www.909shot.com or they can be reached at 512 W. Maple Avenue, #206, Vienna, VA 22180. Their phone number is 1-800-909-SHOT (7468). Another good vaccine information site is the CHF - Citizens for Healthcare Freedom. Also a good vaccination issues Q&A site can be found at http://www.nccn.net/~wwithin/vaccine.htm .

Child with asthma Asthma, Lung Conditions and Chiropractic

Anyone suffering from asthma, bronchitis, emphysema or other chronic lung conditions needs to ensure their lungs and bronchi are receiving uninterrupted nerve communication from their spines. Chiropractic is dedicated to correcting spinal subluxations so that the nerves to the lungs (and other body parts) are able to send their life giving commands and are not interfered with. This may help avoid a lifetime of taking drugs.

Typical of chiropractic clinical studies is that of a 6-year-old boy who had asthma since age 3 and was using inhalers (Beclovert and Vertolin) up to three times a day. He received chiropractic care to his cervical (neck), thoracic (mid back) and lumbar (lower back) areas. He made significant progress almost immediately. He was finally able to run during soccer games and began to sleep more soundly. After a short time he hardly ever had bouts with mucous clogged nasal passages and his inhalant use stopped. (4)

Another case history is that of a 34-month-old boy with asthma and enuresis (bed-wetting) who had not responded to medical care. More than 20 emergency hospital visits had taken place for the asthma attacks during a 12 month history. Three chiropractic adjustments were administered over an 11 day period and the asthma symptoms and enuresis ceased for more than 8 weeks. The asthma and enuresis reoccurred following a minor fall from a step ladder but disappeared after adjustments. After a two year follow-up the mother reported no recurrence of the asthma or the enuresis. (5)

In other studies (of adults with breathing disorders) lung volume was found greater after chiropractic adjustments. (6) As one famous researcher wrote: "In asthma the mechanical factor (spinal subluxation) may be so important that until the mechanics are put right the symptoms will persist."(7) One later study of 185 men and 87 women showed that spinal care improved respiratory function(8) and in another study of patients with chronic pulmonary disease, a classification that includes those with bronchitis and emphysema, over 90% reported improvement of symptoms after spinal care.(9) In another study researchers found spinal adjustments to give superior respiratory function and chest mobility when compared to conventional medical bronchodilators, expectorants and corticosteroids.(10)

Are You Aging Successfully?

Nearly 400 older men and women age 65-95 were followed for 16 years to see if they were successfully aging? What is successful aging? It was defined as having little or no difficulty with daily physical activities such as bathing, eating, dressing, shopping, cooking, doing housework, walking a flight of steps or half a mile, lifting or carrying 10 pounds, writing or handling small objects. At the beginning of the study in 1974, nearly 60% of those surveyed scored as successfully aging. By 1990, 16 years later, only 35% still qualified. What predicted successful aging?

· Income: Those with income above the lowest quarter of the group were nearly twice as likely to age successfully.
· Education: Those with 12 or more years of education also did better.
· Chronic disease: Those without diabetes, chronic lung disease, arthritis, or hearing problems fared better.
· Depression: The absence of depressed feelings made successful aging twice as likely.
· Personal contacts: Those reporting five or more close personal contacts nearly doubled the rates of successful aging.
· Exercise: Seniors reporting that they walked often for exercise were nearly twice as likely to enjoy healthy aging.

Those who were not depressed, had close personal contacts and walked often, tripled their chances of healthy aging. (11)

Words of Wisdom

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing themself.- Leo Tolstoy

It is not how much you do, but how much love you put into the doing that matters.- Mother Teresa

Leg check testingChiropractic and Spinal Research

Did you know there are thousands of papers on the wonders of chiropractic and spinal care in health and disease? Anyone who has any kind of health problem needs chiropractic care. Is there any disease or condition you'd like to know about? Ask us.

Just some examples of typical cases are: