Archive for August, 2012


There’s a reason there is no such thing. Your brain and spinal cord are the source of LIFE in your body, doesn’t it make sense to have them checked for interference? If you were a light bulb, would you rather be a dim one or a bright one?

Photo and most text from the two AMAZING DOCS I love at Jupiter Family Chiropractic in Jupiter, FL. I just had to blow this up. It’s just TOO good.

–Dr. James

Scoliosis SURGERY?! WHAT?

Scoliosis Surgery: The facts your Orthopedic Surgeon won’t tell you!–Latest Research

An article published in the June 2012 Scoliosis followed 40 patients with Adolescent Idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) who underwent surgical fusion with rods and hooks. Surprisingly, researchers only found a post-operative improvement of less than 50%. A further surprise, after a 5 year follow-up the average loss of correction was almost another 10% suggesting the initial 50% reduction was decreased to under 40%. Most patients are under the impression that scoliosis surgery will eliminate the curve.

Shockingly, the researchers determined that within the first 30 days, 3 out of the 40 patients (7.5%) received a second surgery to correct dislocated hooks and rods.

After 4 years, an unbelievable 19 out of the 40 studied (47.5%; including 2 patients who had a second surgery just a month after their first) had received surgery again. 10 of these patients (25%) experienced late infection, 7 developed fistulae (abscess that connects to the body surface) and 3 cases experienced putrid secretions.

Overall, complete implant removal was necessary for 8 out of the 40 patients (20%) for late operate site pain (LOSP).

The authors concluded: “Retrospectively, we documented for the first time a very high revisions rate in the patients with AIS and treated with instrumentation. Nearly, Half of the instrumentation had to be removed due to late infection and LOSP.”

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Your Child Does NOT Have To Be Vaccinated To Attend School, Here’s Why…

By | August 14th, 2012 | 

Check with your state law to exempt your child from vaccines.

As you’re going over your child’s back-to-school list, there’s one thing you can cross off:  vaccines.

You’ve probably seen Marcella Piper-Terry’s brilliant “NO SHOTS, NO SCHOOL … NOT TRUE!” campaign. [1] (Thank you, Marcella, for all your hard work. What a great idea!) And I, along with many others, have written about vaccine exemptions before. But at this time of year—and with the misinformation that’s out there—I believe it’s worth covering again. The bottom line is, your child does NOT have to be vaccinated to attend school.


There is no federal law mandating vaccine exemptions. They are left up to individual states. Every state has at least one kind. Some have two or even three. All 50 states have a medical exemption. All states except Mississippi and West Virginia have religious exemptions. And 18 have philosophical exemptions.

To find out which exemptions are available in your state and how you go about getting one, visit the National Vaccine Information Center website. [2] Click on your state on the map. You will find a page of links that contain specific requirements and, in most cases, forms for each type. You can also Google your state’s name and “health department” for information.

Medical Exemptions

A medical exemption has to come from a medical doctor.

I’ve told my personal story before, but I’ll tell it again for those who haven’t heard it. Early in 2009, my grandson, Jake, saw a homeopathic pediatrician who gave him a medical exemption for school. She filled in the Commonwealth of Virginia School Entrance Health Form, listing all the vaccines he had received since birth and their dates. In the Conditional Enrollment and Exemptions section, she wrote, “Jake is recovering from autism and is now a child with ADHD with residual autistic traits. Further vaccines may put him back into autism,” and signed and dated it. That fall, the school accepted it with no questions or comments. I’m pretty sure that medical exemptions cannot be revoked. At least I hope I’m right. If I sound hesitant and uncertain, it’s because my research has raised some doubts in my mind as to whether a medical exemption is the best option.

According to Barbara Loe Fisher, founder of NVIC, “… it is almost impossible to get an American doctor to write a medical exemption today because the medical conditions, which qualify for a medical contraindication have been severely narrowed by CDC and AAP so that very few medical conditions qualify as a contraindication to vaccination. Therefore, it follows that very few medical conditions officially qualify for a medical exemption to vaccination.” [3]

I don’t know which medical conditions qualify for an exemption or who oversees the exemptions, but I have heard that a medical exemption can be turned down by a state health department. With that in mind, it’s probably easier to get one of the following exemptions.

Religious Exemptions

Requirements for religious exemptions vary by state. In most states, you don’t have to belong to a particular church (or any church), but some states require a letter from a “spiritual advisor” confirming that you are sincere about your beliefs. In other states (such as Virginia), you just need to sign a form saying vaccines violate your religious beliefs.

Philosophical Exemptions

A philosophical exemption is based on a personal belief that doesn’t have to be religious. States currently accepting a philosophical exemption are Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin. Some of these states require the parent to sign the form at the local health department in front of a staff member.

Proof of Immunity

If you can show proof of immunity, you may be able to get an exemption. This requires submitting proof that your child has had a particular disease, that he has been vaccinated against the disease, or that his titers show immunity to the disease.

Back to my grandson. The same pediatrician who gave Jake a medical exemption offered to test his titers. He had been fully vaccinated between 1 day and 15 months, receiving 30 doses of vaccines. The results of his tests showed that he was still immune to measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, and hepatitis B more than six years after his last vaccine.

My oldest daughter had a different experience. Her pediatrician told her that an insurance company wouldn’t pay for titer testing, which he said was expensive. He wasn’t willing to do it—even when she said she would pay for the tests. This is absolutely criminal on at least two counts. Titer testing should be covered by insurance. If you don’t have insurance, it should be free. After all, it’s ridiculously easy to get free vaccines. More important, the tests should be required by law after the first shot in any series. These tests could prevent many unnecessary vaccines for many children. The point I’m getting to here is, if you’re lucky enough to find a doctor who will give you a medical exemption, he would probably test your child’s titers, which would give you—and the school—proof of immunity.


Here are several states and their exemption laws. I have chosen these because they illustrate the wide range of specific requirements. Keep in mind that, in some states, legislators are being pressured to do away with different kinds of vaccine exemptions. So, the following information is subject to change at any time.


The Colorado Medical Exemption form includes options for children in child care through grade 5 and says that “The physical condition of the above named person is such that immunization would endanger life or health or is medically contraindicated due to other medical conditions.” The form must be signed by a medical doctor. [4]

South Carolina

In South Carolina, a licensed physician must submit a request in order to receive the medical exemption form. For a religious exemption, parents have to call the local health department and set up an appointment. [5]


The Virginia K–12 Religious Exemption form (which my family has used) states: “The administration of immunizing agents conflicts with the above named student’s/my religious tenets or practices.” Like most (if not all) exemptions, it also says, “I understand, that in the occurrence of an outbreak, potential epidemic or epidemic of a vaccine-preventable disease in my/my child’s school, the State Health Commissioner may order my/my child’s exclusion from school, for my/my child’s own protection, until the danger has passed.” The form has to be signed by the parent and notarized. [6]


The Montana Religious Exemption form says: “I, the undersigned, swear or affirm that immunization against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, polio, rubella, mumps and measles is contrary to my religious tenets and practices. I also understand that I am subject to the penalty for false swearing if I falsely claim a religious exemption for the above-named student [i.e. a fine of up to $500, up to 6 months in jail, or both (Sec. 45-7-202, MCA)].” A new form must be submitted each year, signed by the parent and the student (if 18 or older) and notarized. [7]


The Idaho Certificate of Immunization Exemption states that “As the parent/guardian of [student’s name], I am opposed to having my child receive the immunization(s) checked in Section 1 of this form for the following reason(s).” There is space to fill in the reason. [8]


In Texas, parents who want a philosophical  exemption must sign an Affidavit Request for Exemption from Immunization for Reasons of Conscience. The form can be mailed, faxed, hand delivered, or filled in online. [9]


As you can see, the laws about exemptions vary from state to state. Some are as simple as checking a box and signing a form. Others require that you write a statement about your belief. Still others require that you or your doctor submit a request in order to receive the exemption form.

Whichever exemption you opt for, it’s vital that you learn what the laws are in your state and act quickly to do what you need to do before your child starts school. Some states are trying to take away religious and philosophical exemptions, and it’s becoming more and more difficult to get a medical exemption. The sooner you act, the better.

If your pediatrician won’t listen to your concerns and threatens to discharge your child as a patient if you refuse to vaccinate, find another doctor. You can ask friends for suggestions or Google “vaccine-friendly doctors” or “no-vax doctors” for a doctor who is open to an alternate schedule—or no schedule, if that’s your choice. Sometimes doctors in a family practice will accept unvaccinated children. Another option is to find a younger doctor. In a recent poll, about 15 percent of young doctors said they’re “starting to adopt a more individualized approach to vaccinations in direct response to the vaccine safety concerns of parents,” … “including delaying vaccinations or giving children fewer vaccines on the same day or continuing to provide medical care for those families, who decline use of one or more vaccines.” [10] It makes sense that a doctor who will accept a child who isn’t vaccinated according to the AAP schedule may also be amenable to writing a medical exemption—and/or testing your child’s titers.

If these efforts aren’t successful, talk to a lawyer who is knowledgeable about vaccine exemptions. Google “vaccine exemption lawyer,” or ask friends for suggestions. Especially in states that require personal belief statements, a lawyer can head off problems that may be difficult, if not impossible, to correct. For more information, I highly recommend that you listen to the conversation between Dr. Mayer Eisenstein and attorney Alan Phillips. [11]

I can think of two more ideas that, although they might not be a first choice, are possibilities. I personally know parents who have moved to a state with friendlier exemptions. I also know parents who end up homeschooling their children. For me, either option is preferable to letting a child have unnecessary, untested, and unsafe vaccines. Remember: We’re talking 49 doses of vaccines by age 4 to 6. And by the time a child has been through high school, we’re talking a total of approximately 70 doses. We’re talking lab-altered viruses and bacteria; aluminum; mercury; formaldehyde; phenoxyethanol; gluteraldehyde; sodium borate; sodium chloride; sodium acetate; monosodium glutamate (MSG); hydrochloric acid; hydrogen peroxide; lactose; gelatin; yeast protein; egg albumin; bovine and human serum albumin; antibiotics; and unidentified contaminants. [12]


As usual, “the other side” is working hard to make sure kids stay vaccinated.

“Studies have shown that the harder it is to obtain an exemption, the less parents use it. Some are motivated by convenience. Others see the hurdles as a sign of how seriously society regards immunizations.” [13]

The gist of this article is to make exemptions more difficult to obtain by requiring parents to be counseled by their pediatricians on “the risks of vaccination versus leaving a child unprotected.” And—get this—requiring insurance and Medicaid to cover the counseling. After all, it’s effective. “About 85 percent of parents who had withheld vaccines changed their mind after group information sessions at the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.”

Why not call a spade a spade? A “group information session” is propaganda. More of the same. If parents can have a free counseling session with their pediatrician to convince them to have their children vaccinated—free if they can’t afford them—then let’s require insurance and Medicaid to pay for titer testing (and the visit) and make it free for uninsured patients.



#27 – Dropping 420 lbs on your head at the Olympics. Can you imagine gold medalist weight lifter Matthias Steiner’s next Chiropractic visit… ‘hey doc, my neck’s sore and I’ve been getting these bad headaches. Think it could be my pillow?” 

The father of Chiropractic, D.D. Palmer recognized 3 ‘T’s as being the major cause of nerve interference (aka Subluxation): Trauma, Toxins and Thoughts. The first ‘T’ is pretty obvious, but many patients overlook the last two. TOXINS come in the form of pesticides, artificial additives in our food, cigarette smoke and the most common of all, pharmaceuticals (yes, drugs are foreign to the body and put added stress on your nerve system). Constant THOUGHTS of fear, worry and depression can also weaken your sensitive nerve system and make it harder to heal.

Many patients believe it’s only physical things like car accidents, bad pillows and the occasional ‘400 lbs barbell on the head’ that can cause nerve interference, when in reality it’s the daily bombardment of hidden food toxins and stressful thoughts that commonly do the most damage.Image

I have a lifelong difficulty with falling asleep at night–and even more problematic — staying asleep. I don’t have a medical cause for insomnia or any sleep disorders, just a brain that likes to go into overdrive when my body finally has a chance to lie down and rest.

I’ve looked to the Internet for sleep advice, but have found only the most obvious sleep tips such as “avoid coffee in the evening” and “make your room dark”. It’s taken me a bit of trial and error, but finally I’ve found a number of things that really do work in helping me get to sleep and stay asleep long enough to get enough deep restorative sleep to wake up feeling rested and refreshed in the morning. For me, the following has worked well. I call these sleep tips unconventional because I haven’t seen them in the typical sources — in fact, I often see the just the opposite recommended.

  • Nap every single day
    Contrary to all the sleep sources that say to avoid napping during the day in order to sleep better at night, I believe it is actually a good idea to nap every day. But in order to make this work it is vital to stick to three rules:
    1. Nap regularly
    2. Keep it short, and
    3. Make it in the early afternoon

    1) By napping at the same time every day, your body will start to regulate itself to fall asleep more quickly at that time; 2) Keep it short. Only nap for 20 minutes. A 20-minute power nap provides enough sleep to feel refreshed and more alert, yet it won’t interfere with falling asleep at night. And; 3) Try to nap in the early afternoon, preferably 20 to 30 minutes after lunch, which is when your body is naturally inclined to feel sleepy, and early enough in the day to not interfere with falling asleep at night.

  • Avoid taking a hot bath
    There is a lot of advice that says take a hot bath right before bed to relax yourself, but since the body needs to lower its temperature in order to fall asleep a hot bath will actually keep you up. If you find a hot bath relaxing, finish your bath at least two hours before your bedtime so that your body has enough time to cool down. Make sure to give your body at least an hour to cool down after a bath and prior to going to bed.
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  • Make your room colder
    Similar to the point above, your body needs to cool down in order to fall asleep and stay asleep, so do what you can to make your room cool. For me, a cool bedroom has the added benefit of nestling into a heavy comforter, and I find the heavy warmth on top of me very soothing.
  • Exercise intensely
    Don’t just “exercise”, but do so intensely, to the point of feeling physical exhaustion. At the end of the day, this is probably the single best thing for helping induce deep, restorative sleep. When I say “intensely”, I mean intense relative to your capability. For some this may mean running 5 miles, for others it may mean a brisk 20 minute walk that elevates the heart rate. Physical tiredness is absolutely essential to getting a good night’s sleep.
  • Limit red wine
    I can drink a few beers or glasses of white wine and sleep fine, but when it comes to red wine any more than one single solitary glass and I’m in for a poor night’s sleep. Drinking more than one glass of red wine is a sure-fire way to wake me up after a few hour’s of sleep and make it impossible to get back to sleep. This started after I turned 30 (although I don’ t know why this is).
  • Get out in the sunlight soon after waking up in the morning
    When you wake up, don’t lounge around in bed. Don’t even stay inside. If possible, get out in the morning sun soon after getting up. The bright sunlight (or any bright light) tells your body’s natural biological clock that its time to wake up, and that same clock will then be set to tell your body its time to go to sleep about 14 to 16 hours hours later.
  • Don’t watch TV
    Avoid watching TV (or looking at a computer screen) at least 30 minutes before you go to bed. Many sources of sleep advice say to watch TV or do something similar like surfing the Internet to wind down before bed, but I think this is bad advice. Watching TV and going online are both mentally and visually stimulating. It may feel physically restful, but these activities stimulate the brain instead of helping the brain wind down enough to fall into sleep.
  • Block out noise
    White noise is restful, and even more importantly, it means that I won’t be woken up with every little thump that the house makes. A fan is ideal because it does double duty of providing consistent soft background noise as well as keeping my room cool. White noise machines are also available. I got one from Radio Shack for about $20 that allows you to pick from sounds such as rain, babbling brook, and or a train (no whistles, just the wheels on the track).
  • Find a bedtime ritual that works for you
    Warm milk? Yech. A cup of herbal tea? No thank you. These are commonly advised to help you rest and fall asleep. I say find the routine that works for you – whatever it is – and just do it every night. For me, it’s the simple act of shutting the house down. Turning off all the lights, picking up stray toys, reviewing the schedule for the next day, planning breakfast for the morning rush, and locking each door. Feeling organized about the house helps me feel less anxious. This simple routine tells my body that its time to close down for the day, and it really does help. Find what helps you feel less anxious at the end of the day and incorporate into a nightly ritual.
  • Do what it takes to manage stress in your life
    At some points in our lives we are burdened by a great deal of stress. It may be chronic pain or other health condition, a family or work situation, financial stress, or all combined. And the stressful situation may well be unavoidable. But do what you can to take some control over the stress. There are so many ways to do this — I encourage you to try some and just keep trying until you find what works for you. Simple meditation works best for me. It forces my mind to focus on something, thereby freeing up all the clutter to float to the surface, be recognized, and be gone. For others it is guided imagery, either with the help of a professional or with CD’s, regular massage, yoga or tai chi, calming music, or a therapeutic run or bike ride after work. We all have different preferences — try one that sounds appealing, but if you find it difficult to stick with it, then try a different one.
  • Keep pen and notebook next to your bed
    Often when I’m lying in bed, or even while I’m sleeping, I’ll think of a new idea for work. Or I’ll remember something important that I forgot to do during the day. Rather than try to remember it, which causes anxiety (which is stimulating) I write it down so it exists on paper and doesn’t have to stay in my head. And if I keep a notebook for these things right next to my bed I find I’m more likely to write it down.

For those who are curious, I have tried sleep medications, biofeedback, and many other sleep aids as well, but the above combination has worked the best. I think the bottom line is to re-condition yourself to positively associate the process of going to bed with sleep, which ultimately is an act of letting go — and to get your brain to stop stressing.

The preceding tips worked perfectly for me and I hope will give you at least some ideas of what will work for you, too. What do you think? Do you have a tip that didn’t make my list? Let us know in the comments.

Sweet Dreams!