By Gina Flores
I just had my chiropractic adjustment. I visit a chiropractor to manage my back pain and sciatica. But even when I am feeling good, I make it part of my weekly routine to get my spine examined and adjusted so I can stay healthy. I have been doing this for a few years and it’s made a difference in my life.
People occasionally ask me why I go to the chiropractor when I am not hurting. Truth be told, it’s one of the best preventive measures you can take to guard against diseases. Hell of a lot better choice than taking vaccines.
I think the story below, written by my chiropractor, explains it quite well. It also brings to light some of the political aspects that are tied to the chiropractic profession.
The Town of Sickville
By Dr. John Reizer
Once upon a time, there was a small town named Sickville. Sickville was an economically thriving community and its entire financial well-being was dependent on a number of health care companies that regularly provided services to the many citizens living within its borders.
According to the local census bureau, Sickville had a population of 2,000. Approximately 450 of the townspeople were health care practitioners. The remainder of the residents worked in other health related occupations.
Many of Sickville’s citizens were staff members at one of six local hospitals. Others drove the 25 delivery trucks that routinely carried medical supplies to 35 community drugstores. The remainder of the population worked for the locally owned ambulance company. The small town proudly operated 50, state-of-the-art, patient transport vehicles.
Almost every resident of Sickville earned a good living. 90 percent of the population had no mortgage or car payments. The people of Sickville seemed to have plenty of money to buy whatever they wanted, and many of them had become wealthy.
Unfortunately, most of Sickville’s population was not very healthy. The citizens couldn’t enjoy the money they were earning. People were often too sick to go on vacations and take part in other fun activities. Most of the townspeople were challenged with chronic colds and recurring bouts of influenza. Others suffered with autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. A growing number of citizens had recently developed more serious illnesses, like Cancer and Leukemia.
Very few of the town’s residents had all of their body parts intact. In Sickville it was considered a normal practice to have elective surgery for precautionary measures. Useless organs, that often caused problems later in a person’s life like gallbladders, appendices, and tonsils, were routinely removed by one of the town’s 56 surgeons. Men and women were also regularly encouraged to have vasectomies and hysterectomies after the age of 40. These were common sense health practices, routinely taught and reinforced in the Sickville Public School System.
A very small number of individuals, living in Sickville (about 50), were homeless people. They were the ones that didn’t have an official disease yet; but it was only a matter of time before they would be diagnosed with one. Every resident living in Sickville became unhealthy sooner or later. That’s why there was always such a big demand for medical doctors and other health care services.
The townspeople referred to the homeless people as the poor and unfortunate ones that roamed around looking for handouts. None of them could afford quality health care services, so they missed out on the many disease prevention programs that the more affluent citizens took advantage of.
A new town ordinance had recently been passed requiring every citizen living in Sickville to visit a medical physician at least once per month. The regular medical visits ensured all residents, except for the homeless people, were up-to-date on vaccines and other preventive health care protocols that had been established by the local medical board.
Preventive care was a big deal in Sickville. The town’s medical doctors had determined, many years earlier, the only way to prevent newer and deadlier diseases was to continue to develop and administer an assortment of vaccines. The medical board had declared an all out war on sickness.
Another new law required the residents of Sickville to proudly display their diagnosed diseases on the front of their driver’s licenses. The local medical board felt it was important for the town council members to keep track of all illnesses that were currently active within the community. This was because officially diagnosed diseases translated into profitable revenue streams for the entire town.
One September afternoon, something very unusual happened in Sickville. A new doctor moved into the only vacant building in town. This practitioner was different from the other doctors. He prescribed no medicines; administered no vaccines; performed no surgeries, and he didn’t wear a white coat. He called himself a chiropractor.
Quickly, the chiropractor opened his professional office inside the once vacant building. The people of Sickville were very curious about the new doctor. He had only brought with him a few chairs for his waiting room and a strange looking table that he used to work on his patients.
At first, the chiropractor only took care of the community’s homeless people. He bartered with his patients instead of charging them a fee. In return, the patients painted his office and helped him in other ways. He’d ask his patients to lie on the strange table and would feel their backs. Every once in a while he’d push his hands down, forcefully, onto their spines. That’s, pretty much, all the chiropractor would do.
It didn’t take very long for gossip to get out to the other people of Sickville. The gossip began traveling fast about how the chiropractor practiced a strange brand of medicine. Many townspeople thought he was crazy – a quack!
After awhile, some of the other citizens in town began going to the chiropractor. They enjoyed visiting him because he taught them interesting concepts they’d never heard before from other health care practitioners.
The chiropractor explained, to his new patients, how the human brain sent important messages to the entire body through the spinal cord and how the spine protected the spinal cord. He also explained how spinal adjustments helped to realign the spinal bones when they became misaligned from one another. The chiropractor told his patients that once the spinal bones were properly aligned, the brain’s messages could get through to the entire body and health could be restored naturally, without taking drugs.
The chiropractor also explained that when the nervous system worked properly, and wasn’t being interfered with by misaligned spinal bones, the townspeople would be healthier, and they wouldn’t have to surgically remove their body parts. He explained that the removal of tonsils, appendices, and gallbladders was not, really, a smart thing to do. The chiropractor also went on to explain that receiving vaccines was a waste of time and that the shots harmed their immune systems. The chiropractor told the members of the community that many of the harmful diseases the people of Sickville were experiencing were coming from the preventive vaccines and that vaccinations, in general, were preventing good health from being expressed in their bodies.
A year after the chiropractor opened his office, many of the townspeople were visiting him for spinal adjustments on a weekly basis. 900 of the residents were now under regular chiropractic care. The new chiropractic patients stopped visiting the other doctors and they stopped buying prescription drugs and getting vaccinations. They also stopped scheduling surgeries to remove their organs.
Because people weren’t visiting medical doctors, the physicians began moving out of Sickville to look for work in other nearby communities. The surgeons left too because no one wanted to have their body parts removed.
It didn’t take very long for the six hospitals to feel the effects of a decrease in business. All but one of the facilities had to close its doors. The one hospital that remained open had a lot of vacant space and decided to rent the empty parts of the building to the new chiropractor. He opened a satellite office and hired 5 additional chiropractors to help take care of all the new chiropractic patients.
Everyone in Sickville was beginning to get well. Almost all the diseases the townspeople had experienced, for so many years, had miraculously disappeared.
Unfortunately, as luck would have it, the community of Sickville began to experience financial hard times. A recession had, mysteriously, hit the entire area. It soon turned into an economic depression. The town was only able to keep one ambulance operating, and 33 of the 35 drugstores had to close due to low sales. Financially speaking, it was a terrible time.
At one point, the economy got so bad that quite a few townspeople lost their jobs. Many were forced to take out mortgages on their homes in order to pay for living expenses. After awhile, residents couldn’t make their mortgage payments and lost homes to foreclosure. The previously wealthy citizens of Sickville were broke and forced to live in shelters with the other homeless people.
One night, the local members of the medical board got together and held a secret meeting. They discussed, at length, the town’s unhealthy economy. They blamed the community’s financial problems on the new chiropractor that had moved into town. They concluded it was his radical and unscientific ideas that had destroyed most of the health care businesses in Sickville.
The medical board conducted a vote and unanimously decided to outlaw the practice of chiropractic in Sickville. They rationalized that the practice of chiropractic was based on pseudoscience and was a direct threat to the health and well-being of all citizens. In one secret meeting, the medical board had solved the town’s biggest problem.
The very next day, the chiropractor cleared out his office and left Sickville. The townspeople were upset at first, but they soon forgot about the strange doctor with the funny table that pressed on backs.
A new practitioner immediately moved into the chiropractor’s vacant office. He was a real doctor that prescribed drugs; performed surgeries; administered vaccines, and most important, he wore a white coat.
Within a few months, people started getting sick all over again. Soon after that, the medical doctors returned to town. Even the surgeons came back to Sickville. People were losing their health rapidly and desperately needed to have useless organs removed. The hospital system seemed to expand overnight. Inside of a year, the six hospitals were back in business and filled to capacity. There was even talk about building a seventh one.
The ambulance company was busy again also, just like old times. They managed to increase their fleet of patient transport vehicles to 53. People were sicker than ever. In fact, there were so many different epidemics taking place at the same time, the medical board decided to purchase three times the normal amount of vaccines for the hospitals and drugstores.
Sickville had definitely returned to the way it was before the strange doctor, who pressed on backs, had come to town. People were so ill; they were dying faster than any other time in the town’s recorded history.
The only consolation for the Sickville townspeople was that the economy had finally begun to recover. Because the citizens were so ill, they had generated revenue streams like never before. Almost every citizen managed to climb out of debt. Money was changing hands like crazy and the residents of Sickville were able to buy back their homes and purchase new cars. The depression was officially over and the economy was healthier than ever.
By Dr. John Reizer
Occasionally, a patient will ask me a question about how they can become healthier. As a natural health care practitioner, I become excited when someone takes the time to ask an intelligent question about improving their overall health and well being. In many situations, people are preoccupied with getting rid of symptoms and avoiding discomfort. They’re not necessarily concerned about solving a specific health problem.
It’s refreshing to encounter that special individual that shows an interest in something other than covering up a particular symptom that is affecting their body at that point in time.
I think a lot of us fail to understand what it really means to be healthy. Health is certainly more than just the absence of symptoms and diseases. People drop dead every day of the week that had no prior signs or symptoms associated with an illness. I’ve heard people make the statement, “He was the picture of health right before he died.” No, obviously, he wasn’t! Knowing that so many people are confused about what it actually means to be healthy, I thought it would be a good idea for me to write a brief article about this subject.
All life has the natural ability to adapt to its surrounding environment. Whether we are discussing very small organisms or the most complex forms of life (human beings); living things must either adapt to their environment or cease to exist.
How adequately or inadequately life adapts to its surroundings is the true measuring stick of an organism’s level of health. This formula is applicable to both microscopic organisms and human beings.
When a person becomes physically or emotionally compromised, (run down, overworked, overstressed, malnourished, etc.) his or her natural abilities to adapt to environmental stresses become less than what they should. Naturally occurring microbes, that humans normally coexist with, suddenly pose a serious threat to physiological systems when a particular individual is unable to properly adapt to environmental challenges. In other words, we become unhealthy when we lose our natural adaptive tendencies.
We don’t catch influenza because we come in contact with a specific virus. We become infected because our immunological defenses, that allow us to adapt to that viral microbe, are weakened or compromised. Bacteria and viral opportunists, that we regularly encounter, are only as strong as our natural, adaptive tendencies allow them to be. This is why only five out of ten people will come down with the flu or another sickness that has crossed everybody’s path. The five individuals that remained healthy weren’t just lucky. They adapted more appropriately, in an immunological sense, than the five people that contracted a particular strain of influenza.
Catch a flu virus or some other type of bacterial infection and your body will immediately begin a plan of attack in an effort to adapt to the challenging, microbial invader. In most situations, human physiology will activate a fever to kill off the bacteria or virus affecting your body. Most of these opportunistic organisms cannot survive in higher temperature ranges and so the body modifies its internal thermostat, making it impossible for them to survive. The body’s ability to adapt is absolutely amazing.
Unfortunately, in many situations, human beings do a plethora of things that interfere with the body’s innate abilities to adapt to its environment. Taking fever reducing drugs is one of them. Because we have been misled by drug companies, that have a financial interest in teaching us bad health practices, we commonly believe fever is a bad thing and that it can cause brain damage. In reality, fever is a friend and will minimize the duration and severity of most common illnesses that are generated from opportunistic bacteria and viruses.
There are many things that you can do on a daily basis that will improve your body’s ability to adapt to its surrounding environment. Consuming drugs, vaccines, artificial sweeteners, unnatural food additives, and other toxins are not some of them.
Consuming fruits, vegetables, non fluoridated water, and eating properly will help your body adapt to its environment more efficiently.
Because the intelligence that regulates your body’s physiology, and allows you to adapt to your environment, operates directly through the nervous system, it’s vitally important you have your spine checked by a chiropractor several times each year for tiny vertebral misalignments called subluxations. If left unchecked, spinal subluxations can inhibit the functioning capability of the nervous system and will cause the human body to adapt less efficiently to its surrounding environment. This translates into an unhealthy individual.
When people finally begin to understand and respect the fact that true health originates from a living thing’s ability to properly adapt to its immediate surroundings, we will finally begin to see a marked improvement in the overall health of our population.
The health information that has been written on this website is not intended to replace a professional relationship between a patient and a health care specialist nor is it intended as medical advice. Readers are encouraged to make health care decisions based upon their own independent research
By Dr. John Reizer
Inman, SC – In December, 1986 I graduated from chiropractic college and shortly thereafter was licensed to practice as a chiropractic physician in the state of New Jersey. I can remember those early days of my professional career quite vividly as well as the frustration that constantly came along with being a member of a healthcare profession that was often looked down upon by traditional medical clinicians.
When I entered chiropractic college in the fall of 1983, I understood that the profession was a political fire-pit and frequently the very center of unwanted controversy. At the time however, I did not fully comprehend all the reasons the chiropractic profession had been under attack for so many years.
My education from that point forward would become twofold; one part dedicated to teaching me the art, science and philosophy of an incredible healthcare discipline and the other designed to teach me all the reasons chiropractic was constantly being placed in the cross hairs of a professional shooting squad administered by the medical profession and operated by its behind the scenes handler, the pharmaceutical industry.
I can recall the very first time a light bulb went off in my head and I made the all important discovery that something was definitely afoul within the healthcare industry. I remember sitting in a general physiology course, learning about various biological pathways that were present in the body and thinking, medical professionals cannot be this misinformed about health and wellness.
I was regularly reading in physiology textbooks how the body operated, and yet the medical profession had thousands of procedures designed to interrupt and interfere with almost every normal body function. Why? The answer to my question was quite simple – Big Pharma!
It did not take me too long in my college years to realize that chiropractic principles and its philosophical perspective were in direct opposition to the medical paradigm of managing sickness indefinitely. Medicine was not interested in the health of the population. It was hellbent on never allowing a human being the chance to have a proper expression of health. I now realized that big pharmaceutical companies were never going to commit to serious research that would lead to the eradication of a single disease process. There simply was no money in any specific cure but a huge cash cow existed for a profession that was willing to dedicate all its resources towards the indefinite management of a countless number of diseases.
And so this is what I have learned after 36 years of being a student and chiropractic healthcare practitioner; chiropractic works really well. It allows each patient the opportunity to experience the best individual expression of health possible.
It has been a most rewarding professional career for me because I have witnessed thousands of patients get healthy and stay healthy. There’s no amount of money in the world that I could have earned that would be as satisfying as watching a patient get healthy without being exposed to toxic drugs. CLICK HERE FOR A FULL EXPLANATION ABOUT THE SCIENCE OF CHIROPRACTIC
Conversely, I have also learned that pharmaceutical companies realized long ago that their wealth and future earnings were only able to come to fruition by selling the false allopathic paradigm that health can only be achieved by administering toxic vaccines and other synthetic drugs in an attempt to make the human body and its associated chemistry stronger. This does not work and it’s why we have so many more diseases today than ever before.
Dr. John Reizer
As a doctor of chiropractic, I have always felt an obligation to help educate patients, laypersons and anyone else that might have had a sincere desire to learn something about becoming healthier. This post has to do with the real life benefits associated with being under regular chiropractic care and how a better expression of human physiology and health can be realized by simply maintaining the integrity of the spine’s alignment.
My brother, Dr. Steven Reizer a successful chiropractor who practices in the Upstate of South Carolina, recently shared with me some pretty amazing results he achieved while working with a patient in his private practice.
The patient, a 14 year old male, entered his office complaining of neck pain and stiffness. Range of motion in the cervical spine had been diminished considerably. The boy reported the condition had been present for about eight months and had been getting progressively worse over time. After taking x-rays, Dr. Reizer discovered the young patient had a kyphosis in the cervical spine. This is a condition where the normal curve of the neck is reversed.
Upon careful examination of the radiographs (x-rays) it became apparent to Dr. Reizer that the cervical spinal bones in question were all well maintained and had not been fractured. Several of the bony segments in the region, however had been subluxated (slightly misaligned from each other) in a posterior direction. This situation had caused tremendous spasticity in many of the paraspinal muscles of the cervical spine. The spastic muscular activity along with the misaligned spinal segments caused a reversal of the normal cervical curve.
The young patient was given a series of eight chiropractic adjustments over a six week period of time and then another set of cervical x-rays were taken to see if any changes might be noticeable. It should be noted that after the chiropractic adjustments were administered, the patient had normal range of motion and the pain and stiffness in his neck had abated.
Pre and Post X-Rays of Patient’s Cervical Spine
The first radiograph (taken before care commenced) pictured above on the left shows a very apparent kyphosis in the cervical spine. It’s possible to see in this view that the posterior arch of the Atlas vertebra (C1) has taken on the appearance of being pushed upward and into the occipital region of the skull. It’s also possible to see in this view that a number of cervical spinal segments have moved posterior in relationship to each other.
The spinal adjustments administered were very specific in that they addressed posteriority of the segments involved as well as any rotational considerations that were present in the patient’s spine.
Looking at the second radiograph on the right (taken six weeks after care commenced), it’s interesting to note from a clinical perspective that any posteriority associated with the mid and lower cervical segments as well as the extreme inferior tilting of the Atlas (C1) vertebra appear to have been corrected. It’s equally interesting to note that the kyphosis present earlier was replaced with an almost normal looking lordotic cervical curve. Keep in mind that these dramatic changes were made with only eight spinal adjustments.
It’s easy to see on a set of x-rays how the cervical spine can become adversely affected by vertebral subluxations. What is not visible, however is the amount of nerve damage that this problem can cause in the human body. Many spinal nerves can and do become negatively affected with the loss of proper spinal alignment and this can cause a loss of health and physiological expression in a person.
There is not a surgical procedure in existence nor a pharmaceutical product on the market that can correct a vertebral subluxation. Only a chiropractic adjustment can correct this problem. Vertebral subluxations occur at some point in most people and that is why it’s imperative that every person should take the time to have his or her spine checked by a qualified chiropractor each year.
What do you think about this subject?