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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

Text Neck – A New Hertfordshire Epidemic?

Text Neck – It’s Not Just A Posture Problem, It’s A Health Problem

text neck hertfordshireParents are right to be concerned about the hours their children spend looking down at their phone.  And of course it’s not just children on mobile phones – it’s you too most likely.

The forward head posture caused by continual mobile phone and now tablet use is going to be responsible for more than just neck pain and headaches.

Text Neck can cause or contribute to upper back pain, shoulder pain and far worse.

Rene Caillet, Director of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Southern California points out these facts about forward head posture:

Forward head posture leads to loss of optimal spinal motion and function.

Optimal spinal motion is necessary for endorphin production (the chemical mediators that help reduce pain). Without this endorphin production the rest of the body tissues can become more sensitised to pain.

Forward Head Syndrome can deplete lung capacity by as much as 30%

Forward Head Syndrome can deplete lung capacity by as much as 30%.  Shortness of breath can lead to heart and blood vascular disease.

Forward head posture can cause the entire gastrointestinal tract to be affected, particularly the large intestine. Loss of good bowel function and evacuation are a common sequel associated with this postural weakness and may lead to toxic effects.

Apart from banning the use of mobile phones and tablets here’s what you can do:

Encourage Good Posture and get regular posture checks.

The International Posture Association recommends everyone should get their posture checked at least annually from the age of six.  In line with these recommendations we offer free spinal and posture health checks at Body In Balance. Give us a call today on 01707 662 704 to book a check up. It will only take about 20 minutes in total.

Poor Posture – Die Young (scary but true)

If you can’t make it to the clinic you can learn more about exercises that can help from Mike Westerdal a best-selling fitness author, and personal trainer.  He has created an excellent program to fix ‘ugly head posture’

The Most Important Muscle To Fix Forward Head Posture

The Devastating Effects of Poor Posture

Poor Posture = Poor Health

The International Posture Association recommends everyone should have yearly posture checks from the age of 6. Why?

It is because poor posture has a devastating effect on your health – especially forward head posture.  Does this look like you, or someone you know?

forward_head_posture

 

Over 100 years ago two doctors at Harvard Medical School performed hundreds of autopsies and determined 99% of all disease was down to ‘bad posture’ putting undue mechanical pressures on muscles, joints, internal organs and blood vessels.

20 years later, another American doctor, Henry Winsor, was more specific, finding a 96% correlation between minor curvatures of the spine and diseases of the internal organs.

More recent research has confirmed these early findings, that poor posture is related to disease and a shorter life.

Posture affects and moderates every physiologic function from breathing to hormonal production. Spinal pain, headache, mood, blood pressure, pulse and lung capacity are among the functions most easily influenced by posture.

-American Journal of Pain Management 1994, 4:36-39

Forward head posture leads to long term muscle strain, disc herniations, arthritis, and pinched nerves.

-Mayo Clinic, Nov 3rd, 2000

The more mechanically distorted a person is, the less energy is available for healing, metabolism, and thought.

-Roger Sperry, Ph.D. (Noble Prize in Physiology)

Some poor posture relates to birth injuries, so although the International Posture Association recommends checks on posture form the age of 6, some would argue it is worth having spines checked from birth.

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What you Can Do About Your Poor Posture Right Now

If you are nearby then you can take advantage of our free posture screening.  Call the clinic on 01707 662 704 and we will fit you in for a 15 minute check, in which we will give you the most up to date advice specific to your postural strains.

If you are not local, then this may be for you…

The ‘At Home’ Forward Head Posture Correction Exercises

For many years I had planned to create my own exercise program for patients, but I have recently found someone else has already done a great job.

Fill in your details below to get access, and I will send you my ‘Good Posture Report’ for free, and keep you updated with the latest findings and tips to improve your health.

Remember to check your email.

What Is Your Action Motivator

What is Your Action Motivator?

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A Happy, Beautiful, New Year To You.

Have you already made plans to make 2016 your best year yet?

And if not, why not?

Have you got any goals? Anything you have been meaning to achieve but have not yet?

Whatever your goal it’ll be easier with Optimal Health.

…and achieving your goals will be even easier if you know your ‘Action Motivator’.

If you don’t know what that is, then stop whatever you are doing and get this figured out first.

Your Action Motivator is the simplified version of your Big Why!

Your Big Why is the reason you get up in the morning to do ‘stuff’.

The reason why you get up and go to work.   And I’m not talking about the money – it’s what you plan to do with the money. So it could be to have exotic holidays, buy your spouse fantastic gifts, educate your children, full fill your charitable mission, buy a new Porsche, etc etc. Your action motivator is everything boiled down to a word or two, or at most a phrase.

You can probably guess my action motivator. Simply the word ‘Health’. Everything I do comes back to it. Does it help improve the health of my family? My own health? The health of my patients? My friends? My community? The Planet?

You do have different specific Action Motivators too. For instance at the moment I am planning to go on a detox with my wife – and although there is the health aspect there is also the very real and vein reason I want to have the body of Hollywood star, just to prove that I can do it.

So what is your Action Motivator?

If you have a goal revolving around health then I have more for you on my New Year message video.

In it I reveal the 4 main causes of 90% of modern disease. 4 things that no matter how old, young, fit or sick you are, if you take care of them you WILL improve.

So to kick start your health this year :

As a brief summary, the 4 main causes of ill health (the ‘Deadly Quartet’ are

  1. Toxicity
  2. Malnutrition (yes, even in Brookmans Park and the rest of the UK)
  3. Stress
  4. Lack of motion

If you are ready for change, and ready for action then at Body In Balance we aim to inspire you to be well and live better, in body mind and spirit by showing you ways to combat the Deadly Quartet daily. (some are easy, some are fun, and some are even delicious.)

It’s Your Health

Why You Need To Take Your Health Urgently!

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Just today I came across 6 articles that spurred me to remind you of this.

Most people say their health is important, yet only look after it once they lose it. And then they go to the doctors. Yet 80% of the time the advice they will get is inappropriate or dangerous.

Here’s why.

Nearly everything a doctor does is learned from a drug company rep. And as governments are beginning to realise – drug companies as a whole are more interested in your money (via tax)than your health.

And here are the 6 articles that reminded me of this today:

  • Drug companies hide the adverse effects of their drugs

http://www.newsmax.com/Health/Health-News/drug-companies-adverse-events/2015/07/27/id/659132/

  • Drug companies are being investigated more and more for corruption and bribery

http://www.pharmatimes.com/Article/15-07-30/11_pharma_firms_in_Romanian_bribery_probe.aspx

  • Diabetes drugs increase heart attack risk

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/landia/article/PIIS2213-8587%2815%2900044-3/abstract

  • Antipsychotics are a major cause of death in the elderly

http://www.uofmhealth.org/news/archive/201503/are-antipsychotic-drugs-more-dangerous-dementia-patients-we

  • Aspirin and Bowel Cancer

http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2203800

  • VERY IMPORTANT – commonly prescribed drugs for heart burn actually increase heart attack risk. This is something that can definitely be avoided IF you get the right help. So give me a call if you know someone with heart burn.

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jun/09/heartburn-drugs-could-increase-heart-attack-risk-scientists

If you want to start getting EPIC health, then call us on 01707 662 704, and get involved with building your health, your family’s health, and the health of the community.

Responsibility-life questions

If you haven’t already watched my Philosophy and Prosperity videos, and listened to the related EPIC Health audios, then you can do so now, and find out how most people can make huge improvements to their health and future health of their family and friends:

https://youtu.be/i4catymWFeU   Prosperity of Health

https://youtu.be/Wl7YELyQ2F8 Map Your Philosophy

https://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/epic-health-intro-part-1/

https://soundcloud.com/drchris23/epic-health-part-2

https://soundcloud.com/drchris23/epic-health-part-3

Dr Bob Rakowski Detox Testimonial

Detox Kicks Bad Habits!

I recently received a great testimonial from someone who went through the ‘Dr Bob Detox’ in order to help him stop drinking so much.

Before sharing his results, here is an update of further benefits I have received:

 Detox Can reveal Your True Addictions

Dear Chris.

I completed my 7 day detox this morning and thought you may be interested in my thoughts and the results I achieved.

Firstly, as you know, my primary reason for detoxing was to try and wean myself off the bottle of wine a day I have been consuming for the past considerable length of time. Hypnotherapy (at the pain clinic), meditation, concerns over high blood pressure and concerns from friends and family haven’t been able to help me reduce my consumption at all. Though I follow a healthy diet (no irony intended), weight train, cycle and run most days of the week I have also become reliant on Diet Coke to see me through the energy lows that come from consuming so much alcohol and I have been drinking at least a litre a day, often more!

Hence the Programme.

Having made the commitment I had no fear that I would be able to complete it but, despite watching the film of your experience, my primary concern was that I would have a major reaction to alcohol and caffeine deprivation; would end up with blinding headaches, diarrhea, zero energy, etc and be continually hungry. Chris, the programme was excellent!

I can honestly say that I didn’t experience a prolonged headache throughout the 7 days. I got the occasional pain (rather like a hunger pain, a niggling irritation in my temple that lasted until I had some vegetables), but nothing like I’ve been experiencing from all the wine I’ve been consuming or my bodies reaction when I’ve attempted to reduce my caffeine intake.

Days 2 and 7 were my worst days:

Day 2. Very little energy and feelings of anxiety alternating with poor focus (not all the time but when it was time to take another shake).

Day 7. No energy and bad tempered (out of sorts), but maybe due to feeling so well on Day 6 I had done too much exercise and gardening!

Days 3,4,5,and 6. Woke up with lots of energy, was able to continue with my free weight programme and gentle 3km runs each day. Felt focused and perfectly able to work.

I was really impressed with the programme, the shakes are filling and reasonably tasty (as you know). My major problem was with eating so many ‘greens’. I can honestly say I missed salt more than I missed either the wine or the Coke, however what I craved most was fruit; a continual longing for any fresh fruit at all times of the day…I guess it was sugar I really wanted and, apart from wine,fruit is my primary source of sugar.

Anyway, here are the results from my 7 day programme. I weighed myself each day, took three blood pressure readings from which i got the days average and then calculated the reduction for the week.

BP: 06/07/15                             132/ 84

BP: 13/07/15                             115/ 78

Waist:     06/07                              34.5″
13/07
                          32.5″

Weight:     06/07                           67kg
                 13/07                                   64.1kg

Body Fat:     06/07                16.4
13/07
                15

Muscle:            06/07                53.1
                         13/07                52.1

Visceral Fat: 06/07                    7.5
13/07                        5

I’m amazed by the reduction in my blood pressure and if I can keep off the salt as well as the wine and coke I have no doubt that I’ll be making an appointment with the Dr to discuss reducing my medication.

Waist reduction is great and by sticking to a clean diet, free of alcohol, aspartamine and soda I know I’ll reduce more fat from my waist line.

Visceral Fat result is fantastic!

I would wholeheartedly recommend this programme, it was easy, practical, simple, not too challenging and easy to fit in with my everyday life. The results are fantastic and I’m optimistic that I’ll be able to keep off the wine until I feel strong enough to reintroduce into my life occasionally and only at social occasions.

Many thanks Chris, wish me luck and wish me well

Regards

D

 

How to Explain Chiropractic to Others

Thank you Hertfordshire and North London

Thank you Hertfordshire and North London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We cannot thank our family, friends, patients, and allied health care providers enough for referring patients to our practice.

There is no other form of advertising that attracts the quality of patients as those our patients refer to us.

So, here’s some information that may help you tell others about us, in either Hertfordshire or North London:

Chiropractic has been around since 1895 and is the third largest healthcare profession in the world:

* The primary focus of treatment includes the neuromusculoskeletal system (nerves, muscles, joints) such as disk herniations (e.g., sciatica, pinched nerves), sprains and strains, sports injuries, neck pain (e.g., whiplash), headaches, and many others.

* The treatment includes a “hands-on” approach where massage, manual traction, joint manipulation and mobilization are commonly utilized. In general, the treatment typically feels good and patients look forward to the process.

* In many cases (such as low back pain, neck pain, headaches), chiropractic care may function as the primary or only treatment that is needed. However, when other medical conditions co-exist, the combination of chiropractic and medical treatment is often better than either one by itself (depending on the condition).

* Over the last 20-30 years, a significant volume of research has been published finding chiropractic approaches to be either equal or superior to other forms of healthcare provision for low back and neck pain, headaches, and other conditions.

* In the USA many hospitals, medical clinics and VA facilities have integrated chiropractic into their healthcare systems. Medicare and Medicaid have included chiropractic coverage since the 1970’s and most private insurers (in the UK and the USA) include chiropractic coverage due to the significant volume of research reporting the benefits, cost savings, and patient satisfaction.

Your individual story may actually be the most important thing you can share.

You can read what others have experienced in our North Finchley and Hertfordshire chiropractic clinics

https://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/testimonials/

https://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/mission-accomplished/

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