Pediatrics


Seeing the Power of Chiropractic through the Children
Pediatrics
Written by Dr. Bobby Doscher, D.C.   
Wednesday, 22 July 2009 09:48

"Oklahaven" Children’s Chiropractic Center, a 501(C)3 charitable organization, was founded in the early 1960’s in response to the needs of chronically ill children, many of whom were paralyzed, braced, and wheelchair bound. In 1977, I was recruited to run the Center and, in 1979, became the President and Chief Executive Officer, assuming the Center’s daily operations. For over 47 years, Oklahaven has specialized in chiropractic care of the very sick and neurologically hurt children who come from all over the world.

Oklahaven

The lessons learned over the years are relevant to all chiropractors who have seen very sick children in their practices. Many of these children became well, understood the premise, and became the chiropractors who built our profession.

The illnesses through the years are similar, the labels have just changed. Children were labeled idiots and morons, if they could not behave or talk, then handicapped, challenged, and eventually special. Today they are autistic and the infants are so intoxicated they are seizuring, which illustrates the chiropractic premise of the toxicity, stress, and trauma—the downward spiral of health.

The head misalignment of a Cerebral Palsy child and other profoundly hurt children has always been addressed with success through chiropractic. We have observed the body go through the autistic spectrum as it balances and reorganizes itself, beginning the upward spiral to health and full function.

As the sun gets brighter at the dawn of each new day, the light of the life force grows brighter as the body heals and reaches its optimal potential. Children’s bodies heal quickly due to their strong recuperative powers. Oklahaven's evaluation clearly indicates where the child is stuck, which helps parents see the small changes, which will lead to the big changes. The Dream Kid Booklet (See figure 1)
evaluation forms are available at
www.chiropractic4kids.com.

 

Oklahaven’s Chiropractic Evaluation of a Child

The Dream Kid Booklet evaluation will help confirm the parent’s instincts to indicate if the child’s power is off and if the body is not developing properly. A subluxated body becomes weak and, through time, cannot reach these milestones. From the moment a child is born, his parents are observing and enjoying the developmental sequence. We acknowledge the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia in its Developmental Profile for first developing the concept of evaluating the chronological age vs. neurological age.

Chronological age is the time frame from the child’s birth. In this world, our body’s development is measured with the passing of time.

Neurological age represents the developmental milestones: crawling on the tummy, sitting, creeping on hands and knees, standing, walking, running, hopping, skipping, playing, and fine motor coordination. The senses—hearing, seeing, tasting, touching, and smelling—mature into perceptual ability, coordination, social skills, language, and problem solving.

When chronological age and neurological age do not match, it is a sign that subluxation exists, which creates a lack of ease in the body, which affects the child’s performance and delays his ability to problem-solve. When the gap exists, we see the beginning of dis-ease, dis-orders, dysfunction, and the litany of diagnostic labels.

Early indicators of subluxation, such as nursing difficulties, colic, chronic ear and respiratory infections, or the "too good baby" who does not cry out, show the early sensory shut down.

 

At Birth a Healthy Infant Exhibits:

• Birth Cry

• Toe dig

• Truncal movement

• Symmetrical & unrestricted movement, bilateral symmetrical movement of arms & legs

• Free movement of head & neck

• Sleeping prone, knees tucked under

• Bilateral grasp—thumbs outside of fist

• Light, startle, & skin reflexes

 

Observe the Child’s:

Body Balance

The breathing—Inhalation and exhalation. Most of the hurt children do not exhale; they are like fish out of water. You will see the sacrum and flailing of hands and feet. Look for rhythmic breathing.

• The mouth—The corners; are they wide or tight? The tightness, the expression, or hanging open.

• The tongue—Is it flat and flaccid or is the tip up? Are the sides moving naturally? Swallows easily or has problems with texture?

 

Body Alignment

• Head angle

• Mouth angle

• Brainstem compression—specific upper cervical X-rays

• Alignment of the chin with the episternal notch

• Hip alignment—many times this goes with the head alignment

• Leg Length—in severe cases, pronounced at the knees

• Feet angle

 

Behavior

Can the parent describe the child as affectionate, happy, curious, imaginative, loving, helpful, and responsible most of the time OR does the parent describe the child as frustrated, moody, whiny, withdrawn, defiant, angry most of the time?

 

The Chiropractic Lifestyle

Commitment to the time it takes—Restoring a child’s health requires dedicated parents, who can envision their child whole and will work hard toward it. It takes at least three years of weekly adjustments for a mildly hurt child to reach his optimal potential. What took three months years ago, now takes three or more years. Many of the children in the foreign countries heal in a shorter time, as we saw thirty years ago at Oklahaven. These children are less toxic, have less stress in their daily lives, and do not have three or four generations of inherited toxicity.

Whole foods—The living energy within the food, when properly absorbed, provides the life-giving energy our bodies require. We believe the key to restoring health is first chiropractic care to remove the subluxations, which will allow proper digestion and assimilation of the food. The body will begin to restore its natural flora and have the strength to detoxify. The child will naturally begin to eat a wider variety of whole foods because congestion in the digestive tract can destroy an otherwise normal taste palette. With time, this will relieve symptoms and promote optimal health. Whole fresh foods are best when grown locally and eaten in season to maintain the most life force. Processed foods are dead because they are too refined. Any food altered by radiation or chemically grown with pesticides, drugs or hormones will cause subluxation and, eventually, dis-ease within the body.

Parent’s Instincts and Goals—Parents intuitively know when something is wrong. Many parents instinctively know that medications or surgery are not the best path, but have been given no other choices. It takes a dedicated parent to persevere and find the solution. Most parents wish that they had known much earlier about the healing benefits of chiropractic. The parents’ expectations, goals, and wishes for their child are as vital to the healing process as are adjustments and nutrition. When the parents see the child whole and have great expectations, the journey moves forward.

 

Chiropractors, these parents need you! Not only will you build your future, but also the future of chiropractic. You will show current patients how significant the chiropractic way of life is for them as they see these children, who were given up on, return to health. When children are given the gift of health, they progress beyond the labels, fulfill their optimal potential, and give back to life.

Dr. Doscher is a 1977 Palmer Chiropractic College graduate and a Naturopath. Under her guidance with the Board of Directors, The Children’s Chiropractic Center, "Oklahaven", has focused on telling the chiropractic story through the children. She has received Humanitarian Awards for her unwavering dedication to healing the children. She lectures and speaks at numerous national and international conferences, chiropractic colleges, and has been invited to treat severely sick children around the world. She can be reached at
www.chiropractic4kids.com

 
The Law on Vaccine Religious Exemptions
Pediatrics
Written by Alan G. Phillip   
Friday, 29 February 2008 15:48

Agrowing number of parents and healthcare professionals around the world have questioned mass immunization policies in recent years, spawning a growing interest in legal exemptions. Vaccines are mandated in all U.S. states and territories, but each also offers one or more exemptions. Probably the most commonly exercised, and the most legally complex, are religious exemptions, currently offered in forty-eight states.

There’s a lot of information on the Internet and from other sources about vaccine exemptions. Unfortunately, much of it is misleading or outright incorrect, often appearing to reflect more what the writer feels the law should be rather than a clear understanding of what the law actually is. The truth is that many people have been unnecessarily denied vaccine exemptions due to incidents stemming from their lack of understanding about their legal rights. Others have failed to pursue an exemption under the mistaken assumption that they don’t qualify for one, or have needlessly given into pressure from local authorities to vaccinate against their wishes, despite qualifying for an exemption. Understanding your rights can make the difference.

A complete explanation of the law on vaccine religious exemptions is beyond the scope of a single article, but an introduction to some of the more important and commonly misunderstood aspects follows.

First, in the U.S., vaccine requirements and exemptions1 are addressed at the state level, as Congress lacks authority under the Constitution to address vaccine requirements for state residents.2,3 However, one’s right to refuse immunizations in the exercise of one’s religious beliefs is a right afforded by both state and federal law,4 primarily by way of state statutory and regulatory code and the U.S. Constitution’s First and Fourteenth Amendments. State constitutions may play a role as well.

Rights are seldom, if ever, absolute. One person’s right to exercise their religion is limited by opposing rights—in the case of vaccine religious exemptions, the state’s right to require immunizations for the presumed benefit of society. Therefore, determining your rights is not simply a matter of reading the relevant state codes and constitution sections. While those may be necessary starting places, they will tell you little about the precise boundaries of exemption rights with regard to the specific facts and circumstances of your life. Make no mistake—the application of those laws can vary, sometimes radically, with the widely varying situations of individual people and families.

How, then, do we determine how the law applies to any given situation? We must look beyond the language of codes and constitutions to legal precedent. Legislatures may enact statutes, but the courts interpret them—on a case-by-case basis, one legal dispute at a time. The U.S. Constitution is interpreted in the same way—by the courts, one legal dispute at a time. When a case in a lower (or trial) court is appealed to a higher (or appellate) court, the higher court may issue a written "opinion" of their ruling that, then, serves as guiding legal precedent in future disputes.5 So, to determine how state and constitutional laws apply to your specific situation, you must determine whether or not there is any applicable legal precedent.

Needless to say, the totality of court opinions constituting the body of legal precedent for any given area of law at any given time can never fully address the potentially infinite variety of hypothetical future scenarios that may arise under that area of law. So, when a new situation arises to which no prior legal precedent applies directly, it may be difficult to say with any certainty how the law applies to that new situation. This is often the case with vaccine religious exemptions. Furthermore, when the facts in a precedent case do resemble those of a current situation but are distinguishable from it, there may be opposing arguments about how—or even if—the precedent applies, with corresponding uncertainty as to what the law is or should be for the current situation.

Unfortunately, the complexity doesn’t end there. When legal precedent does apply to a current situation, a determination must be made as to whether it is "binding precedent"—precedent that determines what the law is presently—or "persuasive precedent" that provides only guidance for what the law arguably could or should be. The distinction is pretty straightforward. Higher court opinions are binding on lower courts for disputes that arise within the same jurisdiction, but they serve only as persuasive precedent for other jurisdictions.6 This distinction can be critical. A court can rule contrary to persuasive precedent—against you—if it believes that doing so is the more just outcome in your particular case, but courts have no discretion to rule inconsistently with binding precedent. As you might well imagine, arguments favoring immunizations often have the legal advantage, so it may be helpful for those claiming a religious exemption to have binding precedent supporting their rights.

As it turns out, for the majority of U.S. residents, most of the precedent for vaccine religious exemptions is persuasive precedent, coming from New York federal courts and only a handful of state appellate courts. Don’t be too quick to discount the value of persuasive precedent, though. In many instances, it carries weight sufficient to clarify your rights under state law and the Constitution that can help get the exemption even when there are complicating circumstances. However, where persuasive precedent directly contradicts state law rather than serving merely to clarify it, its application can be more tenuous. For example, some state laws require membership in an organized religion with tenets opposed to immunizations in order to qualify for a vaccine religious exemption. Local officials are bound by such laws, despite the fact that opinions from courts in other jurisdictions (i.e., persuasive precedent for the local state) ruled that such laws were unconstitutional in those other jurisdictions. This can be frustrating for people with personal religious beliefs opposed to immunizations who do not meet their state’s church membership requirements.7 Curiously, rights under the U.S. Constitution pertaining to the exercise of a vaccine religious exemption can vary from state to state, despite all states being subject to the same U.S. Constitution.

The ease or difficulty of exercising an exemption can also vary according to the differences in the specific wording of laws from state to state. For example, some states’ laws allow the state to question whether or not a claimed religious belief in opposition to the immunization requirements is truly religious or sincerely held. Where this is the case, attempts to exercise a religious exemption may be scrutinized, and exemption claims allowed or denied accordingly. Of course, lack of legal authority to question religious beliefs in states that don’t permit such an inquiry doesn’t always prevent local officials from making such an inquiry anyway. In those instances, rights may ultimately be honored or denied according to claimants’ knowledge of their rights and willingness to stand their ground.

It is noteworthy for those with unorthodox religious beliefs that the U.S. Supreme Court has defined "religion" for legal purposes broadly, and that lower federal courts have applied that definition to vaccine religious exemptions specifically. So, don’t be too quick to assume you don’t qualify for a religious exemption—it just may be that the beliefs you assumed wouldn’t qualify for an exemption do. For example, personal religious beliefs or one’s unique personal interpretation of an established religion may qualify for religious exemptions in many states.

Other exemption concerns involve more practical matters. For example, even if you know your rights under state and federal law and understand the legal strengths and weaknesses of your particular situation, you still have to deal with local authorities who may or may not know your legal rights and who, respectfully, may or may not cooperate with you even if they do. Sometimes, exercising a religious exemption is very straightforward and proceeds without incident. Other times, local officials resist even valid legal exemption claims. Sadly, reports of rude, uncooperative, and even coercive and confrontational behavior from local officials are not uncommon. Most of the time these folks are probably acting out of a genuine concern for the health and safety of the community (they do, after all, have a contrary agenda) but, sometimes, they overstep professional boundaries in deliberate attempts to discourage people from exercising a valid legal exemption right. It is most unfortunate that this should ever occur. Anyone who disagrees with current laws should seek redress from the state legislature via the appropriate political process.

Finally, even those who successfully exercise a religious exemption may unwittingly leave themselves vulnerable to a future challenge. This occurs when a person’s inadvertent non-compliance with state requirements results in an exemption claim that is initially accepted, despite some flaws, but which flaws, nevertheless, leave it vulnerable to future scrutiny. Even authorities can contribute to the confusion.For example, one state’s Immunization Branch’s website lists requirements for exercising a vaccine religious exemption that appears to be inconsistent with statutory law. Residents of that state whose exemption letters contain only the Branch’s stated requirements may be vulnerable to a future challenge, even if their letters are accepted initially, as the religious exemption statute requires more.9

Given the legal complexities of vaccine religious exemptions, many people concerned with them wisely choose to consult a knowledgeable attorney. It’s a small investment for the resulting insight, protection and peace of mind.

This article was originally printed in Health Trek, the Official Publication of the North Carolina Chiropractic Association. September/October 2007 edition.

 

References:

1.  Exemptions are sometimes referred to as exceptions or waivers.

2.  Federal laws do address vaccine requirements and exemptions for immigrants and the military. They also provide a possible means of avoiding vaccines in the workplace on religious grounds.

3.  As a practical matter, the federal government exerts powerful influence over state immunization laws and policies.

4.  Mississippi and West Virginia are the only states that do not currently offer a religious exemption to immunizations.

5.  The “lower” federal district courts and some state trial courts may also issue written opinions.

6.  For purposes of this discussion, jurisdictions may include a single state or group of states, depending on the court.

7.  Exercising a religious exemption may still be possible for people in this situation, but it may require the support of a local attorney.

8.  The author has twice e-mailed the Immunization Branch about this, but the Branch has not responded.

9.  When a state agency’s policy conflicts with state statutory law, the statute is the higher authority.

Alan Phillips is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law, and a member in good standing of the North Carolina State Bar, and the North Carolina Judicial District 15B and Orange County Bars. Alan is one of few attorneys in the U.S. who handles vaccine exemption cases, and perhaps the only one with a website dedicated to providing reliable, authoritative information on this topic. Alan’s website features free information, and a low cost e-book, The Authoritative Guide to Vaccine Legal Exemptions, that provides in-depth information about vaccine legal exemption law, for lay people and professionals alike. For information about presentations and consultations, contact Alan at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; call 1-919-960-5172; or visit www.vaccinerights.com.

 
A Breakthrough in Bringing Chiropractic to the Children of the World
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Pediatrics
Written by Drs. Theresa and Stuart Warner   
Friday, 29 February 2008 15:43

Each year, children are getting sicker in our country and around the world. Every childhood disease is sky rocketing. The rate of asthma has doubled in the last ten years, up over 400 percent. In fact, 16 percent of all school-age children have asthma. Today, 8 percent of all children are being diagnosed with ADHD. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one out of every 150 children is being diagnosed with autism. Sixteen million visits are made to pediatricians for otitis media every year. Allergies are rampant; diabetes, eczema and obesity are on the rise.

Why are children getting sicker every year in our country? We regularly witness confused, but well meaning, parents doing a few things right (with regard to their children’s health) and a lot wrong. For example, a Mom breastfeeds her baby, yet her five-year-old is eating cheese doodles, drinking soda, and becoming part of the statistics of chronically ill children.

Other parents are trying to improve their children’s health by giving them organic foods; yet, their children have vertebral subluxations which interfere with nervous system function. As another parent gets his children adjusted, he then vaccinates them, introducing chemicals and carcinogens into the bloodstreams interfering with their immune systems.

All of these contradictions and misinformation are leading to a generation of sick kids.

The statistics are shocking—even scandalous—and it is all happening under the recommendations of the pediatricians, advertising to consumers by the drug companies and as a result of the culture that we live in. Parents are desperately looking for new approaches and better solutions for their children’s healthcare. But, they don’t know where to turn or whom to trust. All resources, including women’s and mom’s groups, relegate chiropractic to a piece of the puzzle or a modality of alternative medicine.

However, we are not alternative medicine but mainstream wellness and doctors of chiropractic should be leading the wellness movement and now we can.

It’s not easy being a wellness mom. If you are choosing to get your baby adjusted, your husband may disagree with you. If you are varying from the recommended vaccination schedule for your child, your mother-in-law may be harassing you. If you are practicing extended breastfeeding, attachment parenting, home schooling, or doing anything unique from those around you, the pressure can be daunting.

So what are parents to do?

We saw the need to create a place where moms can come together, support each other, and say, "Look, I’m a Wellness Mom just like you, making similar decisions and I have happy healthy kids as a result." We needed a place where expectant moms, new moms, and experienced moms can come together, fellowship and receive expert information and guidance on raising healthy children in the chiropractic wellness lifestyle. Additionally, mothers who have children with health challenges will be able to come and discover new and better approaches and solutions.

And this is why we created Wellness Moms America (WMA)/International. Wellness Moms is a nonprofit organization and movement, the foundation of which is a chapter meeting that takes place once a month. Moms come together and meet in libraries, community centers, whole food markets, and many other locations within your community, led by chiropractic. And what is unique about this group—there’s a very structured curriculum, so you leave with a lot of new information each meeting.

Every month, the mom’s learn about different aspects of living the chiropractic wellness lifestyle. At each meeting, members are informed about the latest in breastfeeding and nutrition, vaccination, natural birthing, parenting issues from the wellness consciousness, exercise, improving brain and immune function, chiropractic care, and current events. WMA meetings are welcoming to everyone, from those who are just learning about the wellness lifestyle, to those families who live it everyday. In general, mom’s are not racing to the chiropractor with their kids to get checked, but they will come to the Wellness Moms meeting to find out about what to feed their kids or ask about vaccination and then they find out about chiropractic. This is proving to be a huge influx of new families for chiropractors associated with the Wellness Moms chapters.

The WMA has everything to educate and nurture the whole family. Moms, dads and kids, alike, see that the other families are much like their own. They are eating the same types of foods, getting adjusted, and are living similar wellness lifestyles. Knowing that other parents and expecting mom’s are making the same decisions you are, and recognizing that you have a support system upon which to develop friendships, is essential. Soon every community in the world will have a Wellness Moms Chapter, a place where people can come together and support each other for living the Chiropractic Wellness Lifestyle.

And here is one of the best parts: There are millions of Wellness Moms like you throughout the world, but most of them feel that they have to be guarded and secretive about many of their decisions to avoid confrontation and rejection. Up until now, there has been no organization or leadership for them. Wellness Moms and Dads are powerful people and this has quickly become the most important, influential lay public organization in the world for children being raised in the Chiropractic Wellness Lifestyle.

People have been waiting for something like this to come along to gain the support and most updated information they need. As a chapter member (or leader), you become part of the solution. None of us can do this alone, and we shouldn’t have to. By working together, we will help our children reach their optimum genetic potential on every level for the betterment of our children and the world.

 

Drs. Theresa and Stuart Warner, leading experts in children’s health and wellness, have a private practice in Point Pleasant, NJ, where 75 percent of their practice consists of young children. They write articles and lecture internationally on raising extraordinary healthy children and are applauded for helping to bring the most new families into chiropractic offices. The Drs. Warner founded Kids Day America/International™ where 2,000 chiropractors and chiropractic colleges have screened nearly 4,000,000 children in thirteen years for subluxation. They also founded Wellness Moms America/International™, which supports moms in communities around the world in raising children in the chiropractic lifestyle. Drs. Warner’s company, Future Perfect Inc., has products, services and coaching to create pediatric practices for chiropractors worldwide. Through the World Children’s Wellness Foundation, they champion children’s causes. To contact Drs. Warner or to receive free weekly pediatric practice building and science emails, send your request to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 1-732-295-5437. You can get all the details on the information line at 1-512-505-6860.

 
The Armamentarium for Natural Pediatric Health
Pediatrics
Written by Frank J. King Jr., N.D., D.C.   
Friday, 29 February 2008 15:39

babyfirststepHomeopathy offers chiropractic a greater armamentarium than any other adjunct to quickly, safely, and naturally nip the potpourri of children’s health problems in the bud. It empowers chiropractors to broaden their scope of effective pediatric practice to include:

• ADD & ADHD, Appetite Enhancement, Allergies (Seasonal, Food, Environment), Appetite and Weight Control for Children, Bedwetting, Colds & Flu, Coughs, Colic, Earaches, Environmental Toxicities, Fever, Fears & Nightmares, Growth & Development, Heavy Metal Toxicity, Hyperactivity, Parasites, Teething, Tummy Aches, Vaccination Reactions.

Homeopathy works by correcting nerve interferences throughout the inner-workings of the body where the hands of the chiropractor cannot reach. It actually empowers the chiropractor to be a doctor of the whole nervous system and fulfills the vision of our forefathers, such as D. D. and B. J. Palmer. It is the essential key to complete chiropractic destiny.

The powers and potentials of our great profession exceed far beyond what we have seen. Our profession was positioned from its beginning to expand its power and influence, not to shrink back into mediocrity. To accurately set our compass toward the full potential of chiropractic, we must first align our vision with the vision of the founders who created chiropractic.

I am reminded of D. D. Palmer’s vision about how he had expected chiropractic to mature. In his book, The Chiropractor’s Adjuster, 1910, pg. 15, D. D. Palmer stated: "But as soon as the human mind is capable of absorbing a still more refined and advanced method and human inspiration demands it, it will be delivered to the denizens of the earth. A few years ago, it was thought impossible to send a telegram without using a stretched wire from post to post to convey it from one point to another. Today, by proper adjusting, messages are sent thousands of miles over land and sea without the need of posts or wire. Is it too much to expect a similar development, along chiropractic lines, to be awaiting our beck and call?"

I believe D. D.’s vision for chiropractic is fulfilled by homeopathy. It offers chiropractic the ability to go beyond the limitations of communication from the "stretched wire." We will never fulfill the high call of chiropractic until we transcend the limitations of the spine and address the bigger picture involving the plethora of nerve interferences throughout the whole body. A more complete understanding of nerve interference and subluxation would encompass a combination of aberrant neurological dysfunctions, including reflex aberrations, abnormal reflex responses, dysfunctional memory patterns, pathological reflexes and inherited reflex anomalies that can occur anywhere from the brain to the most peripheral portions of our body. As we take steps to embrace a bigger picture of nerve interference, we will take quantum leaps towards fulfilling D. D.’s vision for chiropractic.

Homeopathy offers chiropractic a detailed and comprehensive approach to correcting the deeper dimensions of nerve interferences beyond the bone on the nerve. We are intimately interconnected to our world. We cannot survive more than a few minutes without the right relationships with the atmosphere from which we breathe, drink, eat and live. Homeopathy extracts the innate vital force from these substances through a comprehensive process called potentization. It offers chiropractic over 200 years of controlled studies, called provings, that are also backed by clinical outcomes to confirm its efficacy and safety. It provides us with a comprehensive compilation of our neuro-response relationships to the substances of our world. This information is recorded in various texts recognized by the FDA called homeopathic materia medicas and repertories.

Like chiropractic, homeopathy works to activate our body’s natural innate abilities to express optimal health. Homeopathy, with its serial dilutions and succussions beyond the molecular levels, works not bio-chemically but bio-energetically upon the nervous system to activate proper healthy functions of the body. The science of homeopathy offers the chiropractor a detailed network of tools to easily, safely and effectively correct the bigger picture of nerve interference.

Homeopathy understands that the body is designed to be healthy and overcome disease. The symptoms are the body’s innate attempting to heal and communicate. Homeopathy works to express health, not suppress disease. It activates the body’s innate vital force to heal and maintain optimal health. Hering’s Laws of Cure states that homeopathic healing occurs from the above, down and inside out and that retracing chronologically in this order is a sign of a true cure.

Sounds like chiropractic, doesn’t it? Yet these basic principles go back over 200 years to the inception of homeopathy. As you may have figured, these principles were established in homeopathy about 100 years before D. D.’s discovery of chiropractic.

B. J. Palmer’s vision was to empty the hospitals, insane asylums and jails and fill the churches. Homeopathy offers chiropractic the opportunity to expand its scope of practice to begin fulfilling B. J.’s vision. It has an exhaustive armamentarium to correct intimately intricate imbalances throughout the body, mind and emotions.

Science has finally mounted enough evidence to strongly recommend the avoidance of allopathic drugs during pregnancy due to the dangers to the infant. Even more so, should we not be more cautious from birth to adolescence when a child is still in the formative years of vital growth and development. During these stages there is no mother’s placenta or liver to filter and lessen the side effects and toxic effects of any drugs taken directly. Perhaps the child’s best protection is the safe natural alternatives we, as chiropractors, can offer.

Homeopathy has proven itself safe and effective over the past 200 years for treating both pregnant mothers and their infants. Because of homeopathy’s pure healing effects, we can safely say, when treating a pregnant mother, that we are actually treating two for the price of one. Homeopathy works so deeply that even genetic or inherited problems can be corrected through it.

From newborn to childhood, the average baby may experience five to ten infections per year. Under normal healthy conditions, infections are commonly fought off and barely noticed, causing the baby’s immune system to be strengthened and prepared for a healthy life. Under disease conditions, the fever will appear more intense.

The fever is said to be our friend. The fever kills and cleanses the body of pathological organisms and toxins that will cause harm or malfunction to our optimal health. Without the functions of the fever, we would all be eaten up by various harmful microorganisms.

When doctors attempt to take a genocidal attitude over microorganisms, we get into trouble. If we did everything for our children, such as cleaning up behind them, doing their homework and solving all their problems, they would never develop into healthy adults mentally and emotionally. Likewise, if allopathic drugs were used to suppress all our symptoms growing up, our bodies would not develop into physically healthy adults.

Homeopathy offers the opportunity to correct fevers in a very safe and healthy way. You may be thinking, "Why fix a fever when it’s our friend?"

Fever is actually the body’s later attempt to correct an imbalance. An optimally functioning immune system will nip these imbalances in the bud before we ever know it. Homeopathy activates the body to function optimally so that the fever is quickly eliminated by expressing health rather than suppressing disease.

A homeopathic formula can simply be given as often as every ten minutes for about an hour. Usually, within the first few doses, the fever is eliminated and everybody is happy. I usually follow up with four to six doses a day for a few days to assure the body fully corrects the problem.

Every parent should have fever, earache, influenza and head cold homeopathic formulas around to nip those moments in the bud that commonly occur during the inconveniences of the night. Your patients’ parents will be so thankful and will look to you first for their family’s health needs.

 

Frank J. King Jr., N.D., D.C. is a nationally recognized researcher, author and lecturer on homeopathy. In addition, Dr. King is the founder and director of King Bio, an FDA registered homeopathic manufacturing company dedicated to completing chiropractic destiny with the marriage of homeopathy. These procedures can be used with any homeopathic company’s product line and are so easy you can apply them in one day. Call King Bio Asheville, NC, 1-800-543-3245 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
The Practice of Pediatric Chiropractic
Pediatrics
Written by Jeanne Ohm, D.C.   
Monday, 04 June 2007 15:23

At the 2007 Annual Association of Chiropractic Colleges/Research Agenda Convention, in March, the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (I.C.P.A.) presented a survey paper titled: The practice of pediatric chiropractic. The survey was conducted by the I.C.P.A. polling from its international DC membership. The paper was written and submitted by Joel Alcantara, DC, Research Director, I.C.P.A., Inc.

From the paper:

Abstract

To further characterize the practice of pediatric chiropractic, we undertook this survey study of chiropractic members of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, the largest free standing post-graduate training organization in the field of Pediatric Chiropractic.

Materials and Methods

A survey study characterizing the practice of pediatric chiropractic was e-mailed to 1500 chiropractors. Six hundred forty-six completed and returned the survey, 98 were duplicates, bringing the total to 548 respondents for a response rate of 71 percent.

Results

Of the respondents, 332 were female and 216 were male. The seven most common techniques used in practice were Diversified Technique, Activator Technique, Thompson Technique, Cranio Sacral Technique, Gonstead Technique, SOT Technique and Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP) Technique.

Our responders saw an average of 133 patient visits per week with 28 visits from those less than 18 years of age. The average cost of an initial visit was $127, with a follow-up at $42. The sources of practice income were equal from insurance and cash practices with a large percentage of pediatric visits paid out-of-pocket. The most common types of care were spinal adjustments followed by wellness care, the use of herbs, exercise & rehabilitation care and prayer healing.

The five most common reasons for pediatric visits were for wellness, ear problems, digestive problems, musculoskeletal and ADD/ADHD. Some 55 percent of the responders refer to medical providers, while only 28 percent receive pediatric referrals.

To the best of our knowledge, this study provides the largest database from which to characterize the practice of pediatric chiropractic in North America. A significant number of visits to a chiropractor are from children and even if it is inconsistent with medical guidelines, it is consistent (at face value) with wellness and prevention. Further research is needed to fully examine the issues involved.

Another interesting finding with the survey results was that more than 50 percent of the respondents did not feel confident, coming out of chiropractic college, in caring for children. The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association was the first organization in our profession to offer a Certification Program in Chiropractic Pediatrics. Its founder, Dr. Larry Webster, noted the importance of pediatric care and launched the Certification program in the early 90’s. Since then, the I.C.P.A. has launched the largest, most successful Diplomate program in the world. Total hours of education are 360, including numerous research projects and technique classes. The program is co-sponsored and recognized with postgraduate credits by Cleveland Chiropractic College, Northwestern Health Sciences University, Parker College of Chiropractic and Life University.

It is important to note that the I.C.P.A. is an international, educational, non-profit, organization, independent from any national political organization. Funding from members supports a successful public educational program and a full time research department dedicated to the chiropractic family practice.

Dr. Jeanne Ohm instructs internationally on the topic "Chiropractic Care for Pregnant Women and Children." She is Executive Coordinator of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association: www.icpa4kids.com and can be reached at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

 
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