The Vaccination Dilemma

Americans are the most vaccinated people on the planet.  And the sickest!  Nearly half of the people in the United States suffer from at least one chronic illness.

“Nearly half of Americans suffer at least one chronic disease, everything from allergies to heart disease – 20 million more than doctors had anticipated this year, researchers say. And they warn that the fast-growing toll, now at 125 million among a population of 276 million, will reach 157 million by 2020. One-fifth of Americans have two or more chronic illnesses. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” (Associated Press Nov 29, 2000)

Chronic illnesses include cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression, allergies, asthma, autism, Alzheimer’s, learning disorders, attention deficit disorder and many, many others.  Most of these diseases were rare or non-existent before mass vaccination.

Is there a relationship between chronic disease and vaccination?  The evidence increasingly says “yes!”

First let’s ask, “What are we doing when we vaccinate?”  Vaccines inject microorganisms, (or their parts) and toxic chemicals deep into the body. That is a completely unnatural procedure.   Why?

Because diseases contracted naturally are ordinarily filtered through a series of immune system defenses. – the nasopharynx, mucus membranes, gastrointestinal tract, various lymphoid tissues – but when the vaccine virus is injected directly into the child’s blood stream it gains access to all of the major tissues and organs of the body without the body’s normal advantage of a total immune response.  The immune system is bypassed.

When we prevent the body from externalizing poisons, that is, prevent it from having an acute reaction with fever, malaise, skin eruptions, vomiting, diarrhea and the like, we drive disease deeper into the body where it is difficult or impossible for the individual to externalize it.

Instead of a relatively brief and mild (rarely dangerous) acute infectious disease (measles, mumps, chicken-pox, pertussis etc.) we create deep, long-term, life-long chronic illness, illness that never resolves.  Illness that lasts one’s entire life.

For thousands of year the Empirical or “Vitalist” approach to health asserted that when the symptoms of acute illness are suppressed, chronic illness is the result.  This has been observed by allopathic physicians as well as natural physicians by some of the greatest minds of their day.

“To check and suppress acute diseases means to suppress Nature’s purifying and healing efforts, and to change the acute constructive reactions into chronic disease conditions.” Henry Lindlahr, MD

“The greatest part of all chronic disease is created through the suppression of acute disease by means of drug poisons and through the destructive effects of the drugs themselves.”  Sir William Osler

“Cancer, tuberculosis, Bright’s Disease, and all chronic diseases were once innocent colds.” J. H. Tilden, MD

“Diseases are crises of purification, of toxic elimination. Symptoms are the natural defences of the body. We call them diseases, but in fact they are the cure of diseases.” Hippocrates

By the time a child is 18 months old they are to be injected with forty five vaccines!  By the time the child reaches school age (4-6 years) that number jumps to eighty-one different vaccines, according to the Center for Disease Control.

Yet, there is no proof that vaccines have eliminated any childhood disease and nor is there any proof that vaccines are responsible for the decrease in death from childhood diseases.  The death rate from these diseases had been decreasing for decades before the vaccine were in use. Ivan Illich, Ph.D. the famous sociologist writes:

The combined death rate from scarlet fever, diphtheria, whooping cough, and measles among children up to fifteen shows that nearly 90% of the total decline in mortality between 1860 and 1965 occurred before the introduction of antibiotics and widespread immunization.

In part this recession may be attributed to improved housing and to a decrease in the virulence of micro-organisms, but by far the most important factor was a higher host resistance due to better nutrition.

The professional practice of physicians cannot be credited with the elimination of old forms of mortality or morbidity, nor should it be blamed for the increased expectancy of life spent in suffering from the new diseases. (Medical Nemesis, Chapter 1-The Epidemics of Modern Medicine By Ivan Illich, Ph.D. (Bantam Books: New York 1976))

The world of vaccination appears to be based more on belief than on science.  When viewed longitudinally (that is, over along period of time) the recipients of vaccination appear to develop serious chronic health conditions.  For example, the famed Hugh Fudenberg, M.D. says the following:

The chances of getting Alzheimer’s Disease is ten times higher if an individual has had five consecutive flu shots. (National Vaccine Information Center’s First International Conference on Vaccination, September 1997, Arlington, Virginia)

Is this the reason why Alzheimer’s is expected to quadruple in the next few years? (Johns Hopkins Health Newsletter, Nov. 1998)

(Note: Dr. Fudenberg is the world’s leading immunogeneticist. His books are used as texts in medical schools throughout the world.  He is the 13th most quoted biologist in the world.  He has developed a method of reversing autism using a “blood cleansing” compound known as transfer factor.)

Dr. Fudenberg is of the opinion that the cause of the brain damage from the flu shot is most likely the mercury in the vaccine.  Mercury has an affinity for brain tissue.  In addition to flu vaccine, mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde are present in childhood vaccines.  No, mercury is still in many shots in “trace” amounts which are still harmful.

Non-vaccinated children are healthier and happier than vaccinated children.  One reason is because they are permitted to get sick naturally and get well naturally. As Philip Incao, MD writes

One of the best ways to ensure your children’s health is to allow them to get sick. At first hearing, this concept may sound outrageous. Yet childhood illnesses may be of key benefit to a child’s developing immune system and it may be inadvisable to suppress these illnesses with immunizations.

Chiropractors have been in the vanguard of the movement to permit the natural healing abilities of the body to function as they are meant to function.  That means not interfering with symptoms; they are nature’s way of externalizing, cleansing and purifying the body.  That also means that we should remove anything which interferes with our body function – such as subluxations.

Tedd Koren, DC is the author of Childhood Vaccinations: Questions all Parents Should Ask which comes with a 50 minute audio CD. It is available from www.korenpublications.com (800-537-3001) along with many other vaccination and health-related materials.  Dr. Koren has also developed a Vaccination Lecture Kit for professionals and non-professionals to use to lecture on this subject.

A Pox On My House

We went to a chicken pox party a few weeks ago.

This is how it works: someone’s child has chicken pox and they invite people to bring their kids.

The idea is for the children to get it now instead of when they’re older and the disease can be much more uncomfortable and dangerous.

We brought over Seth (11) and Shayna (7).

All the kids played together and had a great time.  Meanwhile we adults went out to a nice restaurant.  We played together and had a great time too, at least until the check arrived.

For the next couple of weeks Shayna was asking, “When am I getting the chickens?”

I didn’t know.  The first time we tried this we were late and the kid, though covered with scabs, was no longer infectious.

Finally she got a “chicken”.

One night she was a little itchy and showed us a small, reddish, slightly raised spot behind her shoulder.  The next morning she showed us a couple more.  “Not much of a disease,” I thought.

The next day a few more appeared here and there. She was in pretty good spirits, a little fever, and more pox showed up on her chest and back.  I called a friend who has six children.  “My daughter had maybe a few pox marks.  It was nothing for her.”

“This’ll be a breeze,” I thought.

Then came the 3rd day.

Shayna’s trunk was covered.  From her trunk it spread to her arms and legs and scalp.  But the pox can also surface on mucous membranes and be in your mouth and some other private places that can be very uncomfortable. It did.  Shayna was not happy; she was miserable and whiny.  This was one unhappy girl.  Her parents weren’t too thrilled either.

The homeopathic remedies people suggested seemed to help, as did the oatmeal baths.

I told Shayna that kids often have growth spurts after they’ve been through a childhood disease.

It’s true.  Childhood diseases challenge and strengthen their neuro-immune systems and parents have often reported physical and psychological developmental leaps after a bout of measles, mumps, chicken pox, etc.  That’s why in India measles is referred to as the “Visitation of a goddess.”

“I’m having a growth spurt, Daddy,” she announced later that day.  “Look, my arm is already longer.”

By the next day she was still miserable but getting a little better. Not all the pox will form blisters of pus.  Those coming in later just stay as reddish blotches and then go away.  It’s pretty dramatic. If I didn’t know about how benign it is I would be scared.

It’s interesting that the little blisters on the pox are full of the chicken pox virus.  The body is externalizing the virus.

However that doesn’t happen when children are vaccinated. Childhood vaccinations bypass the nasopharynx and other mucous membranes that help combat and remove germs and toxins; the viri, bacteria, DNA and other chemicals in shots are injected deep into the body where they are not easily, if ever, externalized.

What happens to the foreign proteins and various chemicals that are injected into the child?  No one knows.  Is the child full of measles, mumps, chicken pox etc for life?  No one knows.

Chicken pox is a mild disease kids get; it’s part of growing up.  No big deal. The chances of a child actually dying from chicken pox are about the same as someone winning the lottery. But now letting your child get it naturally, with permanent immunity, has become a political and philosophical statement.

I don’t remember ever getting the mumps or German measles as a kid, but I remember having chicken pox and measles.  Don’t know about any growth spurt.  Maybe I need to get sick again?

Intensive Care

Shayna is sitting in the big chair watching TV.  Her older brother Seth, 11 knows that it’s an unwritten law that older siblings STAY UP LATER than younger ones.  We’re violating that law tonight.

“Why does she get to stay up?”

“She’s sick and doesn’t have to go to school tomorrow.”

“That’s not fair.”

That’s his motto.  I think he was born saying it. It’s his view of life. He is right, life isn’t fair.  But he’s not staying up just the same.

“You’ve got school tomorrow.”

“Well, once when I was sick you made me go to bed early.  It’s not fair.”

“Not everyone is sick the same way each time. Sometimes you have to go to bed when you’re sick.  Shayna is past the painful part and she just needs to relax.”

OK, I didn’t tell that to him.  He didn’t want to hear it.  He just wanted to watch TV. I said, “Go to bed.”

“It’s not fair.  You treat me like a baby.  I’m the only one in my class who has to go to bed so early.  Everyone else’s parents let them stay up all night….” etc. etc.  

Who are these parents?  I’m convinced they’re some imaginary amalgamation of kids who can do things he cannot: one kid’s parents let him stay up later than he can, another parent let’s his kid play more video games, another gives his kid every toy he wants, another let’s his kid drink cola and eat junk food, another let’s his kid drive, kill younger siblings etc.

So Seth is angry and stomps off to bed. “It’s not fair.”

Fifteen minutes later he jumps downstairs overjoyed.  He discovered what appears to be a small chicken pox bump.

“Can I watch TV now?”

The Two Best Ways To Avoid Malpractice

1. Laugh your way out of malpractice

Malpractice is, of course, no laughing matter but studies actually reveal that humor and patient education decrease your risk of getting sued.

No kidding – I once mentioned this to a group of chiropractors at a conference and one said, “I agree 100%. If I can’t get a new patient to laugh during my initial orientation I refer him out. I don’t want to get sued.”

Let’s face it, we are human and we all make mistakes. However, what makes one patient sue and the other say, “That’s ok doc, the rib will heal.” ?

The difference is often your relationship with your patient.

Is your office a warm, inviting place? Do you discuss financial matters with patients? Are you available if there’s a financial or personal problem? Are your CAs taught to let you know if a patient walks away less than very pleased with your care? Are your CAs warm and friendly?

I have no doubt that cold, impersonal doctors and staff get sued lots more than their warm blooded brethren. In fact, a study compared “no claims” physicians (those who were never or rarely sued) with doctors who got sued more often. This is what they found:

“No claims” physicians … educated patients … laughed and used humor more.”

Levinson W et al. Physician-patient communication, the relationship with malpractice claims among primary care physicians and surgeons. JAMA. 1997;277(7);553-559.

Are you radiating the energy of a healer – warm, caring, friendly, sincere and approachable? Is your staff supporting your warm, caring personality? Or not?

As Patch Adams, MD has said, “People crave laughter as if it were an essential amino acid.” Interview with Patch Adams. Mothering. 1986;38.

Give your patients more of what they crave and they’ll perhaps think twice, or three times, before calling that lawyer. And there’s something else you can do to minimize your chances of being sued.

2. Get great results

Be effective with just about anything that anyone who walks through your office door brings to you. Become known in your area as “The Doctor Who Gets Results.”

For every one patient that likes a “good crack” I’ll bet you there are twenty who dislike it – many you’ll never see because they’ll never set foot in your office. And sometimes that ‘ol side posture million dollar roll, or “diversified” routine, can have unforeseen consequences.

Koren Specific Technique (KST) is low force and gentle and yet gets powerful results. There’s no “cracking” and it is safe enough to use on anyone, from a newborn to a brittle old person.

KST also permits the patient to be checked and corrected (adjusted) in any posture; they don’t have to lie on a table. They can get checked and adjusted while they are standing or sitting or in the posture of subluxation – the position in which they became subluxated. After all, how many people get subluxated while they are lying face down on a table? So why do we insist on adjusting them in that position?

Further, trying to ease an antalgic patient onto a high-low table can be pretty scary if the patient reports increased pain as the table descends. What do you do?

Adjust them in the position in which they are subluxated. The subluxations in this position may be more obvious and therefore adjusted more easily than in a prone position. For more information on KST, go to www.teddkorenseminars.com and watch a free introductory video and read articles about this safe, revolutionary way to care for patients.