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Health Newsletter - Spring '07

Prepared By Burdi Chiropractic & Massage; Dr. G. Burdi, D.C.
Celebrating 30 Years Of "Light-Force" Adjusting, Massage & Wellness

Welcome to our office's Chiropractic newsletter. We hope you had a great holiday season and wish you a New Year filled with happiness, peace, prosperity, joy and personal growth and healing.

"If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing." - Marc Chagall

Table of Contents
· How do you walk?
· Faith heals
· Chiropractic and spinal research
· Exercise can make you healthy or sick
· Cough medicine may cause birth defects
· Breast-feeding
· Humor heals

Walking feet impressions How do you walk? Foot in?  Foot out? An interesting way of telling if you (or others) have spinal nerve stress from joint misalignments (subluxation) that could lead to health problems is to look down at the feet! 
Many times both feet are not pointed in the same direction - one foot, or both may turn a little out or a little in. This can be very important. Foot or ankle position when you walk can be a sign of stress on the base of your skull and brain. People with chronic physical and/or emotional disorders often have severe posture (some with very noticeable leans) and gait (movement) distortions. These people need chiropractic. It can profoundly improve their health. So start foot-watching to help someone or yourself!

Educated OwlChiropractic and spinal researchThere are thousands of papers from different journals on the wonders of chiropractic and spinal care in health and disease. Anyone who has any kind of health problem needs chiropractic care. Make it a family affair to stay healthy with regular checkups.

Otitis media (ear infection):  A 23-month-old girl with chronic otitis media had been on "numerous regimens of broad-spectrum antibiotics" with no relief. Six months earlier tubes were placed in both ears. Three days after the adjusting 1st cervical vertebra patient's ear drainage and pain were noticeably reduced. The child was soon free of symptoms. (1)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome:  Irritable bowel syndrome, also known as mucous colitis and nervous bowel, affects 15-25% of adults. Symptoms include cramping and/or abdominal pain, diarrhea or constipation, ulcer-type symptoms, heartburn and/or upper abdominal indigestion. In this case study, a 25-year-old woman with chronic irritable bowel syndrome, especially intestinal pain and diarrhea which occurred one or two times per week for the past five years, began chiropractic care. After her first chiropractic adjustment, she reported that she had not experienced any diarrhea for two days. Her symptoms were quickly alleviated during the course of her care. Two years later she remained symptom free. (2)

HIV:  Five patients were adjusted and five were controls. After 6 months, in the control group (not under chiropractic care) the CD4 levels declined by 7.96% while the group receiving chiropractic adjustments experienced a 48% increase in CD4 cell counts. This indicates that correction of upper cervical subluxation could improve immune system health. Note: This study was originally intended to last one year, but after two patients in the control group died of AIDS it was decided to end the study and put the surviving controls under chiropractic care. (3)

Woman exercising
Exercise can make you healthy or sick - Guess what! Exercise isn't always good for you. It all depends on your ATTITUDE. Researchers found that forcing animals to exercise causes their immune systems to weaken. When mice, for example, willingly run on a treadmill they do not suffer a weakening of their immune system. As one researcher says: "the benefits of exercise are reaped under voluntary conditions." (4) The same is probably true with forcing people to do anything they don't like, even if it's "for their own good."

PillsCough medicine may cause birth defects - Tylenol Cold, Tylenol Flu, Vicks Dayquil, Robitussin Maximum Strength, Sudafed Severe Cold Formula, Nyquil, Dimetapp DMä and 40 prescription products contain the drug dextromethorphan. This compound can cause birth defects so early in the development of the embryo that in many cases the woman wouldn't even know she was pregnant. Thomas H. Rosenquist, Ph.D., developmental biologist, chairman and professor at University of Nebraska Medical Center's cell biology and anatomy department and research head of UNMC study says, "We feel that a single dose is capable of causing a birth defect and that ultimately it could be the cause for a woman to have a miscarriage." (5)

BabyBreast-feeding - Nature's nourishment is always superior to any man-made chemical concoction (formula). In yet another study showing the superiority of breast-feeding over artificial food, it was found that breast-fed infants score higher on developmental and visual tests than formula-fed babies. (6)

Humor heals - A pilot study of 24 patients suggests that treating patients after a heart attack with laughter may reduce the risk of further heart problems. All were treated with standard medical care and cardiac rehabilitation. Half also watched a humorous video of their choice for 30 minutes each day. After one year, the humor-treated patients had less arrhythmias, lower blood pressure, and lower levels of stress hormones, plus they required lower doses of medication and less nitroglycerine. Only 2 had a recurrent heart attack, compared with 50% in the non-humor group. (7)

Thank you for reading. Please write and let us know what you think of our newsletter, plus stop by the office for your checkup to keep yourself free from subluxations. Everyone needs a spinal checkup, so bring your friend and loved one - they get a 50% discount when coming in with you!

1. Phillips NJ. Vertebral subluxations and otitis media: a case study. Chiropractic: The Journal of Chiropractic Research and Clinical Investigation. 1992;8(2):38-39.
2. Wagner T, Owen J, Malone E, Mann K. Irritable bowel syndrome and spinal manipulation: a case report. Chiropractic Technique. 1996;7:139-140.
3. Selano JL, Hightower BC, Pfleger B, et al. The effects of specific upper cervical adjustments on the CD4 counts of HIV positive patients. Chiropractic Research Journal. 1994;3(1):32-39.
4. Travis J. Just do it (but only if you want to). Science News. 1997;52:298.
5. UNMC study links use of nonprescription cough medicine to miscarriages, birth defects. Media release, U of Nebraska. Pediatric Research. January 1998:1-7.
6.Makrides and Neumann, et al. Fatty acid composition of brain, retina, and erythrocytes in breast and formula-fed infants. American J of Clinical Nutrition. 1994;60:189-194.
7. Tan SA, et al. Mirthful laughter, an effective adjunct in cardiac rehabilitation. Can J Cardiology. 1997;13 (Suppl B):190B.

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