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The 1917 Flu Epidemic and Chiropractic

This post is reprinted from https://circleofdocs.com/1918-influenza-epidemic-and-chiropractic-care/

The Official History of Chiropractic in Texas
By Walter R. Rhodes, DC

Published by the Texas Chiropractic Association — 1978

CHAPTER VI:
THE THREE GREAT SURVIVAL FACTORS
[Excerpts by Dan Murphy, DC]

“The 1917 – 1918 influenza epidemic swept silently across the world bringing death and fear to homes in every land. Disease and pestilence, especially the epidemics, are little understood even now and many of the factors that spread them are still mysterious shadows, but in 1917-1918 almost nothing was known about prevention, protection, treatment or cure of influenza. The whole world stood at its mercy, or lack of it.”

“But out of that particular epidemic, the young science of chiropractic grew into a new measure of safety. While many struggles would lie ahead this successful passage of the profession into early maturity assured its immediate survival and made the eventual outcome of chiropractic a matter for optimism. If there had been any lack of enthusiasm among the doctors of chiropractic, or a depleting of the sources of students then the epidemic took care of them too. These chiropractic survivors of the flu epidemic were sure, assured, determined, and ready to fight any battle that came up. The effect of the epidemic becomes evident in interviews made with old-timers practicing in those years. The refrain comes repeatedly,”

‘I was about to go out of business when the flu epidemic came – but when it was over, I was firmly established in practice.’

“Why? The answer is reasonably simple. Chiropractors got fantastic results from influenza patients while those under medical care died like flies all around.” “Statistics reflect a most amazing, almost miraculous state of affairs. The medical profession was practically helpless with the flu victims but chiropractors seemed able to do no wrong.”

“In Davenport, Iowa, 50 medical doctors treated 4,953 cases, with 274 deaths. In the same city, 150 chiropractors including students and faculty of the Palmer School of Chiropractic, treated 1,635 cases with only one death.”

“In the state of Iowa, medical doctors treated 93,590 patients, with 6,116 deaths – a loss of one patient out of every 15. In the same state, excluding Davenport, 4,735 patients were treated by chiropractors with a loss of only 6 cases – a loss of one patient out of every 789.”

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“National figures show that 1,142 chiropractors treated 46,394 patients for influenza during 1918, with a loss of 54 patients – one out of every 886.”

“Reports show that in New York City, during the influenza epidemic of 1918, out of every 10,000 cases medically treated, 950 died; and in every 10,000 pneumonia cases medically treated 6,400 died. These figures are exact, for in that city these are reportable diseases.”

“In the same epidemic, under drugless methods, only 25 patients died of influenza out of every 10,000 cases; and only 100 patients died of pneumonia out of every 10,000 cases. This comparison is made more striking by the following table:”

Influenza Cases Deaths – Under medical methods – Under drugless methods “In the same epidemic reports show that chiropractors in Oklahoma treated 3,490 cases of influenza with only 7 deaths. But the best part of this is, in Oklahoma there is a clear record showing that chiropractors were called in 233 cases where medical doctors had cared for the patients, and finally gave them up as lost. The chiropractors saved all these lost cases but 25.”

“Statistics alone, however, don’t put in that little human element needed to spark the material properly. Dr. S. T. McMurrain [DC] had a makeshift table installed in the influenza ward in Base Hospital No. 84 unit stationed in Perigau, in Southwestern France, about 85 kilometers from Bordeaux [during WWI]. The medical officer in charge sent all influenza patients in for chiropractic adjustments from Dr. McMurrain [DC] for the several months the epidemic raged in that area. Lt. Col. McNaughton, the detachment commander, was so impressed he requested to have Dr. McMurrain [DC] commissioned in the Sanitary Corps.”

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“Dr. Paul Myers [DC] of Wichita Falls was pressed into service by the County Health Officer and authorized to write prescriptions for the duration of the epidemic there – but Dr. Myers [DC] said he never wrote any, getting better results without medication.”

Dr. Helen B. Mason [DC], whose “son, when only a year old, became very ill with bronchitis. My husband and I took him to several medical specialists without any worthwhile results. We called a chiropractor, as a last resort, and were amazed at the rapidity of his recovery. We discussed this amazing cure at length and came to the decision that if chiropractic could do as much for the health of other individuals as it had done for our son we wanted to become chiropractors.”

Dr. M. L. Stanphill [DC] recounts his experiences: “I had quite a bit of practice in 1918 when the flu broke out. I stayed (in Van Alstyne) until the flu was over and had the greatest success, taking many cases that had been given up and restoring them back to health. During the flu we didn’t have the automobile. I went horseback and drove a buggy day and night. I stayed overnight when the patients were real bad. When the rain and snow came I just stayed it out. There wasn’t a member of my family that had the flu.”

When he came to Denison he said: “I had a lot of trouble with pneumonia when I first came. Once again took all the cases that had been given up. C. R. Crabetree, who lived about 18 miles west of Denison, had double pneumonia and I went and stayed all night with him and until he came to the next morning. He is still living today. That gave me a boost on the west side of town.”

“And when interviews of the old timers are made it is evident that each still vividly remembers the 1917-1918 influenza epidemic. We now know about 20 million persons [recent estimates are as high as 100 million deaths] around the world died of the flu with about 500,000 Americans among that number. But most chiropractors and their patients were miraculously spared and we repeatedly hear about those decisions to become a chiropractor after a remarkable recovery or when a close family member given up for dead suddenly came back to vibrant health.”

“Some of these men and women were to become the major characters thrust upon the profession’s stage in the 20’s and 30’s and they had the courage, the background and the conviction to withstand all that would shortly be thrown against them” [including being thrown in jail for practicing medicine without a license].

“The publicity and reputation of such effectiveness in handling flu cases also brought new patients and much acclaim from people who knew nothing of chiropractic before 1918.”

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“The first survival factor for chiropractic: they were the legal and legislative salvation. But the fabulous success of chiropractic in combating the 1917-1918 influenza outbreak was the public relations breakthrough that can certainly be called the second great survival factor. Better acceptance by the public followed and more patients meant financial safety for practicing chiropractors. Dedicated chiropractors came into the profession in increasing numbers and they had a sure sense of certainty, heady conviction, and a great willingness to fight for the cause.”

Other Texas Chiropractic History (view more at chirotexas.com)
1916 – Texas State Chiropractic Association Formed
1916 – First TSCA annual convention held at the St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio
1917 – First chiropractic bill introduced into Texas Legislature
1923 – Second chiropractic bill introduced into Texas Legislature

More on fighting  colds and the flu:

How To Beat Colds and Flu This Winter

December 30, 2017

2018 Your Best Year Yet

niacin and sauna detox

When it comes to New Year Resolutions many are health based.

Sadly, most people fail.

Two reasons for failure are

  1. A lack of ‘Forward Motivation’
  2. A lack of support

In this video I explain a simple technique to ‘pull you forward’

And in this video, one of my mentors, Dr Dan Pompa, explains the best way to start the year health wise; why it’s the best; and how to get the support you need:

If you are up for the fast, any kind of fast, and would like more info and support, then connect via Facebook Messenger: https://m.me/BodyInBalanceUK

.. or call us on 01707 662 704 if you suspect you need personal coaching.

 

Acid Reflux Treatment and the Dangers of Antacids

Acid Reflux Treatment – “Educate, Don’t Medicate”

This was the headline of just one of the many well written articles by health and medical experts warning about the dangers of ‘mediating’ vs ‘treating’ acid reflux or heart burn.

One common class of ant-acids has now been linked to increase stomach cancer,  heart disease and dementia, which is why I decided to write this article and provide you with some solutions in this video:

As far back as 2010 the FDA in the US sounded alarms on the use of common PPI drugs like omeprazole because they can increase many life threatening conditions.

According to Mitchell Katz, Director of the Los Angeles County Health Agency and the Director of Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, the United States’ second largest municipal hospital system these dangerous drugs should only be used for:

  • Bleeding ulcers
  • Infection with the ulcer-causing bacteria Helicobacter pylori
  • Zollinger-Ellison syndrome (a rare condition that causes your stomach to produce excess acid)
  • Severe acid reflux, where an endoscopy has confirmed that your oesophagus is damaged

AND FOR AS SHORT A TIME AS POSSIBLE.

The reality however, is that they are massively over prescribed and wrongly prescribed.

What is really shocking is that an estimated 50% of  acid reflux and heart burn is actually caused by LOW stomach acid, not high acid. This is why you need to at least try the simple test I mention in my video.

In 1996, a British physician wrote about a condition is called atrophic gastritis.

Atrophic gastritis (a condition where stomach acid is very low) is associated with a wide range of serious disorders that go far beyond ‘heart burn’ the stomach and oesophagus. These include:

  • Stomach cancer
  • Allergies
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Depression, anxiety, mood disorders
  • Pernicious anemia
  • Skin diseases, including forms of acne, dermatitis, eczema, and urticaria
  • Gall bladder disease (gallstones)
  • Autoimmune diseases, such as Rheumatoid arthritis and Graves disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease (CD), Ulcerative colitis (UC)
  • Chronic hepatitis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Type 1 diabetes

If you have acid reflux and any of the other problems above then make you doctor aware of this article:      http://gut.bmj.com/content/38/3/306

The Dangers and Unwanted Effects of PPI drugs

 

There are many different causes of heart burn, but only one type of common medical treatment, regardless of the cause – ant-acid drugs.

There various types of ant-acid drugs, all of them with both short term and long term side-effects.  The most commonly prescribed and most dangerous though are the Proton Pump Inhibitors (known as PPI’s).

In the UK the most common PPI’s are

  • omeprazole (losec)
  • lansoprazole
  • pantoprazole

There are others, and they often have different names in the USA such as zantac and nexium

Common short term side effects:

  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Flatulence
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Rash
  • Headache

Serious immediate side effects:

  • Stevens-Johnson syndrome
  • Toxic epidermal necrolysis
  • Reduced kidney function
  • Pancreatitis
  • Reduced liver function
  • Erythema multiforme
  • Serious allergic reactions

This is just the tip of the ‘seriously hazardous’ effects of drugs like omeprazole when taken long term (anything more than 1 year).

Serious Long Term Side Effects

  • An increase in stomach acid production (called “acid rebound”), which can create more heartburn—causing a vicious cycle.
  • Interference with calcium and protein absorption in the body, which can lead to osteoporosis and bone fractures.
  • Dry mouth, which can lead to tooth problems.
  • Increased risk of food-borne infections.
  • B12 deficiency

And Even More Seriously

  • Stomach Cancer increase by 2-8x
  • Heart disease increase by 21%
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Dementia

If you would like a more holistic approach to finding the cause of your acid reflux then call the clinic on 01707 662 704 and quote ‘Acid Fix’ so we know you’ve read this article.

 

Are You Digging Your Grave With Your Teeth?

According to an article in the Guardian on 10/10/2017 ‘obesity threatens to bankrupt the NHS’.

Figures compiled by the World Obesity Federation reveal the current cost to the UK is £14.38 billion and will rise to £23.47 billion by 2025.

Currently, or should I say in 2014, 27.3% of the UK population where classified as obese. If current trends keep going, then we can expect 33.9% by 2025.

In my opinion there are a number of things to blame for this global trend:

  • The abdication of our health responsibility thanks to drugs and vaccines
  • The abdication of our eating habits thanks to world wide food business
  • The ‘luxury’ of modern living meaning we don’t have to move to get food

In the end though, none of the above really matter, as it’s YOU that choses what to eat, and how to exercise.

So what can be done?

Learning about health in general is a great start, and I’ve written and vlogged a great deal about this already.

As I know that many, many people need an easy answer, here’s 3 videos to help:

  • 2 great supplements to battle the bulge (that are helpful for athletes to)

  • Probably the best single diet (although not for everyone) and a ‘cheat to ketosis’ I use
  • Breathe yourself thin (or rather don’t breathe!)

And finally, as  bonus, the origins of  ‘Are you digging your grave with your teeth?’

If you would like to learn more about any of the supplements, or be coached to health and wellness call the clinic on 01707 662 704.

Draw Your Future, or Dig Your Grave With Your Teeth

Draw Your Future, or Dig Your Grave With Your Teeth!


What on Earth am I on about now?

One of my good friends, Pete Cohen,  is a world class life coach and he organised a conference on the 23rd of September.

One of the speakers was my friend and mentor Dr Bob Rakowski.

‘Dr Bob’ covered a range of health strategies that you should be familiar with – The Magnificent 7. If’ you missed my previous training on these then here’s a catch up:

Of everything Bob said, the one phrase that stuck in my mind was that there are more people dying in the West from inadequate and poor nutrition choices than anything else – or as he put it, ‘digging your grave with your teeth’.

Another speaker who made a greater impact on me than I thought she would, was 3 time TEDx speaker Patti Drobrowolski.

There is no way I can do her justice in a few words, all I can say is she connects your brain to focusing on what you really want, and helps you clear the mental clutter, and draw out your creative genius, in a very simple way.

There is a saying that pictures are worth a thousand words, but in reality, it turns out they are worth 2 million!

Make what you will of the post conference picture I poorly took with Pete, Patti, myself and some of the other Mi365 crew:

While here is Patti’s picture summary of the whole day:

Here’s Patti’s most recent TEDx Talk

You can learn more about how she works, including free tutorials and templates:
http://pattidobrowolski.com/

To discover more about the Mi365 community and Pete Cohen:
https://mi365.me/

Why I Use Sunblock All Year Round

Astaxanthin, nature’s sunblock has a host of potent health benefits, and can help athlete’s and arthritis sufferers alike…

I’ve found skin benefits start at 2mg a day, and anti-inflammatory properties start at 8mg day.

In my first video on astaxanthin I explained why I took it in summer, and D3 in winter. Now with the knowledge that ataxanthin has unique abilities to keep all our cell membranes healthy I’m choosing to take it all year.

Pop in to the clinic if you are near us in Brookmans Park. You’ll get a free healthy coffee for your troubles.

Don’t forget to read my last blog post about how to be part of the World Peace solution, rather than feeling helpless, or hoping somebody else will deal with it:

World Peace, We Can All Make A Difference

 

 

 

September 15, 2017

World Peace, We Can All Make A Difference

International World Peace Day Is A Real Thing

     … so why is there not much fuss about it?

After watching Professor Brian Cox’s program for the BBC ‘The 21st Century Race for Space’ I was inspired to make a video on Facebook last week. I’ve now uploaded it to Youtube:

Then 3 days later I was at a conference called ‘Fast Forward Your Business’ (FFYB) which really could have been called Fast Forward Your Consciousness. It would take me half an hour to explain why, so I’ll shorten it to these two snippets

  1. FFYB is the flagship event of Roger James Hamilton.  Roger is helping lead the entrepreneur movement towards creating a better world – eradicating poverty is part of his mission. He is very reminiscent of Richard Branson. His main business is worth about 30 million dollars, yet you’ll find him at festivals, expanding his horizons of human expression, in the middle of the desert.  Here he is at ‘Burning Man’ with some of his family. Roger in under the tophat.
  2. Another man making a huge impact on the FFYB movement is Paul Dunn. Paul has done 4 TEDx talks, and set up ‘Buy 1, Give 1’ a fantastic concept on how business can be a force for good. So far over 115 million gifts given! If you have a business and you want to give: https://www.b1g1.com/businessforgood/

Let’s just say I got home on Sunday even more eager to get this peace process hurried along.

That’s when I stumbled again across International Peace Day, which I remembered I’d read about last year. It’s on the 21st of September.   Every year since 1981, set up by the United Nations. You’d think there would be more publicity.

There are plenty of ways to get involved with this, and link up with others, ready to do something about World Peace, which I’ll cover in a moment.

The BIG problem with World Peace, is that it is such a huge issue, that most people can’t even seriously entertain the idea of doing something about it. It’s scary, and seems ridiculous to entertain such thought. It’s taken me 45 years to realise that ‘I’d like to see world peace’ has to be more than ‘a nice idea that I’d love to something about, but I really don’t know what to do, so I won’t even look’.

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