100 Fascinating Brain Facts

Flu Vaccine Info

Posted: September 28, 2011
By: Drs. Dawn & Michael Falite

Chiropractic_Alpharetta_JohnsCreekThe Flu Vaccine: Yes or No?

          Influenza is defined as a viral infection, lasting 4 to 5 days and characterized by fever, body aches, and weakness.  In the vast majority of cases, people feel yucky for several days and then recover with no complications.  The CDC recommends that people 65 or over and anyone with a compromised immune system receive this vaccine.  Additionally, they say women who are in their second or third trimester of pregnancy during flu season should have the vaccine.  The elderly and others that have suppressed immune systems seem to have the most challenges associated with influenza recovery.  This is why this is the target group for vaccination.  However, does it make sense to give a toxic substance to someone whose immunity is already challenged?

          Influenza activity peaks around December and early January.  This is an interesting phenomenon considering that most people tend to gorge themselves on food and drink from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve.  Is it any wonder that people’s immune systems are run down and that they are more susceptible to manifesting the flu?  What about taking care of your body instead of abusing it for 5 weeks and then hoping that a vaccine will “save” you from the flu. 

          Did you know that the vaccine makers have to begin formulating the flu vaccine at least 9 to 10 months in advance?  It takes that long to grow the virus.  This is done in raw chicken eggs ~ those with egg allergies BEWARE.  Additionally, the vaccine contains thimerosal (the mercury derivative that was ordered out of the childhood “mandatory” vaccines) and formaldehyde.  So, the vaccine makers GUESS about which strain of the hundreds possible might be the prevalent one for the following year.  Does someone from the CDC sit on the west coast with binoculars to check for which strain is headed our way?  Come on!  Additionally, the influenza virus constantly mutates.  This is another reason that the vaccine is not very effective.  It is impossible to gauge which strain (Asian, Beijing, etc.) will be the one you “get” and how it will have mutated. 

          And where do they get these names for the various types of the flu?  Asian, Swine, Beijing, why isn’t there a North Carolina flu, or Nebraska flu?  Why do all the various influenza viruses seem to come from the Far East?  Is it some kind of conspiracy?  It must be those communists!  Soon we’ll be seeing an Iraqi variety.

There are many well-documented cases of children and adults developing encephalomyelitis following administration of the flu vaccine.  The flu vaccine of the late 1970’s was linked to Guillain-Barre Syndrome.  In 1976, President Ford was persuaded to sign over $135 million for a comprehensive influenza vaccination program.  Despite the evidence that the new strain of flu the government was vaccinating against showed no sign of epidemic capabilities, 40 million adults were vaccinated.  Within four months of administration, hundreds of those that received the vaccine developed symptoms of Guillain-Barre Syndrome and some even died!  $3 billion dollars was paid out in compensation to these people.  Despite all of that, people continued to get vaccinated the following year, and  doctors reported almost 600 people exhibiting Guillain-Barre Syndrome that year.

All of that aside, just how effective is the vaccine anyway?  A 1993 Dutch study compared vaccinated and non-vaccinated elderly living in a nursing home.  In this study, two-thirds off all the residents were vaccinated.  50% of the vaccinatedpeople got the flu, compared to 48% of the non-vaccinatedgroup.  This clearly shows that the vaccination status did not have a protective influence at all.  Numerous other studies have come to the very same conclusion.  Please remember, just because you get the flu vaccine doesn’t ensure that you won’t get the flu….also, just because you get the flu vaccine and don’t contract the flu does not mean that the vaccine worked!

The question is, “why risk the effects of a toxic vaccine to prevent a generally benign condition?”  Perhaps instead of relying on an outside force to protect us from the evil “bugs” lurking, we should look inward, become accountable, and maximize our health in natural ways!  By eating healthy foods, getting enough rest, moderately exercising, and GETTING ADJUSTED you can know that you’ve done everything possible to strengthen your immune system.

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Diagnosis = Two Who Don\'t Know

Posted: September 21, 2011
By: Drs. Dawn & Michael Falite

Chiropractor_Alpharetta_JohnsCreekDiagnosis = Two Who Don't Know

     That’s right.  The definition of “diagnosis,” when broken down to the root words is “di” = two and “agnostic” = doesn’t know.  That’s why when you go to the medical doctor, or anyone else, and get the work-up to determine the diagnosis, two of you don’t know...YOU AND THE DOCTOR!

     According to C. Everett Koop, former Surgeon General of the United States, 69% of diagnoses given in this country are wrong!  Many of you have had the experience of going to the medical doctor for a symptom.  He/she prescribes the blue pill.  That one fails to relieve the symptoms, so he/she then prescribes the red pill.  And the cycle continues.  Or perhaps you go to several doctors for second opinions and get completely different diagnoses every time. 

     How can this be?  Isn’t medicine a science?  Actually, “medical science” is an oxymoron.  How can something be scientific when it is incorrect more than half the time?  If the diagnosis is wrong, and the treatment is based on that diagnosis, how scientific could it be?  Medicine is not a science!  Don’t be fooled!

     According to an shocking study, Alfred Walton, M.D. stated, “Dr. Richard Cabot discovered at the autopsy department of Massachusetts General Hospital that only 51% of the diagnosis in that hospital were correct; that 49% of the diagnosis were incorrect seems incredible, especially since the physicians at MGH have been recognized for years to be superior to any similar body of men in American medicine.”  If there is any place in the world where it is critical to have the proper diagnosis, it is in a hospital.  Life and death decisions are made in an instant.  Don’t you want to know that the doctor is positive about what is wrong before he/she operates?

     According to Barkev Saunders, Ph.D., research consultant for the U.S. Public Health Service, a published study, “Completeness and Reliability of Diagnosis in Therapeutic Practice” revealed the following: “Only 40% of all human ailments are found and labeled by doctors, and 60% are missed.  Of those that are ostensibly found, 50% are diagnosed in error.  Given an ailment in a patient, then, the chances of the medical physician finding it and diagnosing it correctly are one in five.”  Think for a moment about what that means.  Out of every five people, four are getting the wrong diagnosis...the wrong prescription...the wrong treatment...the wrong surgery!  It’s easy to see why over 100,000 people die each year due to prescription drugs and over 180,000 people die each year due to medical negligence. 

     A very blunt comment by Robert Fisher, M.D. is, “the popular medical doctor offers an easy diagnosis, which is almost always wrong, and treatment that is magical, expensive, and toxic.  In the process a life is either shortened or lost and a greedy ghoul makes another trip to the bank.  Most medical men are robbers and murderers.”  And this guy is a medical doctor!  This seems like an extreme viewpoint, but perhaps someone he cared about was one of those four out of five people who got the wrong diagnosis!

     “Diagnosis is so fraught with the element of uncertainty that no reliance can be placed on it.  Diagnosis is a medical delusion.”  John Tilden, M.D.

     Don’t blindly follow!  Educate yourself and get opinions from outside the medical propaganda machine before submitting to any procedures or drugs.

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Emotional Mastery

Posted: September 14, 2011
By: Drs. Dawn & Michael Falite

 Emotional Mastery

The “Discoverer of Chiropractic,” D.D. Palmer, stated that there are three things that cause or exacerbate     subluxations: trauma, toxins, and thoughts.  Negative thoughts can be defined as emotional stress.  That’s right…the emotional stress of work, family, finances, etc. causes nerve interference in our bodies.  This deadly combination of emotional stress and spinal subluxations clearly sucks the life, health, and vitality from your body.  You already know that consistent adjustments ensure the body is functioning at or near its god-given health potential, but how can you further reduce the emotional stress in your life?  The following are three simple tools that can change your life.    

The first tool for handling emotional stress in your life is to become a Master of Meaning.  We can never control all the external events of life (i.e. the weather, our families, other people, or traffic), but we CAN decide how we will respond to these situations and what they will mean to us.  Consciously interpreting events in your life from a positive, powerful, and inspiring perspective allows you to greatly minimize stress.  In other words, nothing in life has any meaning except the one we give it!  **please re-read that statement*** 

Consider this:  two women experience similar upbringings, including being born to unwed teenage mothers, being sexually abused and violently mistreated, becoming sexually promiscuous and pregnant themselves as teenagers, and using drugs to escape the harshness of life.  One woman becomes a drug addict, lives on welfare, and leads a life of despair and anger.  The other woman is Oprah Winfrey.  Both believe their lives turned out the way they did because of their childhood experiences!  It’s your choice, but we urge you to choose meanings in your life that are good, clean, pure, powerful, and positive.  Nothing in life has any meaning except the one we give it!   

The second tool to minimize emotional stress is through the power of focus.  Whatever we focus on in life is sure to multiply.  By focusing on negative situations, scarcity, distrust, or sadness we cause these emotions and circumstances to increase in our lives.  For example, if a person continually indulges in the emotion of sadness, it’s because he is “focusing” on sad events and circumstances.  The most important thing to remember is that you cannot consciously focus on two things simultaneously.  Therefore, by focusing on sadness, you are automatically deleting anything positive, loving, or hopeful in your life.  Conversely, if you chooseto focus on the great and outstanding events, people, or possibilities of your life, you simultaneously diminish and delete all negative emotions.

The quickest, most effective, and powerful way to direct our focus is through the use of questions.  The questions we ask ourselves direct our focus.  For example, a person that is continually sad could ask:  “What could I be happy about if I chose to be?  What is great about my life right now?  What am I  grateful for in my life?  What have I accomplished in my life that I am really proud of?  Who could love me if I really opened up and let them?  Whom could I love?”  If someone were to ask these questions consistently and with emotion, his brain will undoubtedly provide amazingly uplifting and inspiring answers.  Figure out what questions work for you, write them down, and use them.  Proper questions will keep you focusing on your most expansive and abundant emotions, even in the most stressful situations! 

The third tool for reducing emotional stress is proper physiology.  There are specific patterns of physiology that we “do” for each emotion.  Emotions do not just magically envelope us, we physically “do” or “perform” them.  Think about it...What is your physiology when you are sad?  Head is down, shoulders are slumped, breathing is tight and shallow, hands and arms are limp, etc.  On the other hand, when you are excited your head is up, you have a big smile, your spine is elongated, and you take deep and expansive breaths.  Each emotion you “do” has a specific physiology.  Change your physiology and you instantly change your emotion.  The key is to consciously recognize your disempowering physiology and break that pattern by adopting an empowering physiology.  For example, if you are doing sad physiology (i.e. slumped over, “woe is me”) and you force yourself to adopt an excited physiology by jumping up and down, dancing, and saying what you say when you are truly excited, you will be excited!  You will feel excited!  All of us have experienced unresourceful and disempowering emotions.  After all, we are only human.  However, the key is not to indulge in these negative states.  In fact, the less you feel like changing your physiology, the more you need to change!  The key to happiness is recognizing these negative emotions and instantly changing our physiology to reflect positive, vibrant emotions.  We must learn to make it easy to feel outstanding and hard to feel bad!

Let’s review the three powerful tools that can literally change your life:

1. Become a Master of Meaning.  Condition yourself to interpret all things in your life from a powerful, positive, and uplifting perspective.  Nothing in life has any meaning except the one we give it. 

2. Master your focus by changing the questions you ask yourself.  Most self-talk is in the form of a question.  Condition yourself to ask the most empowering, loving, abundant, expansive, blissful, and joyous questions.  Your focus will spontaneously and effortlessly shift to the good, the clean, the pure, the powerful, and the positive!

3. Master your physiology!  Condition yourself to adopt physiologies that are empowering and expansive.  Change your physiology (i.e. your breathing pattern, facial expressions, body movements, head position, voice tone, inflection, language) and your emotions will instantly change!

You can talk about wanting to “feel” better emotionally all day long.  You can waste money on a psychiatrist to deal with emotional “baggage.”  You can whine and complain about life.  You can turn to illegal drugs.  You can turn to socially accepted drugs (I.e. alcohol, cigarettes, Valium, Prozac, Zoloft) and excessive food to escape emotionally.  Or, you can “step-up” and realize that you consciously and unconsciously choose all the emotions you experience.  Emotions do not happen to us, we do them!  We are not victims!  We are not slaves to our emotions.  We are not helpless.  We control our emotions, our emotions do not control us.  Make a conscious choice and commit to becoming a Master of Meaning, asking empowering questions, and using proper physiology. 

Yes, emotional stress causes subluxations.  Help us help you to be healthier and happier.  Give yourself an adjustment above atlas (i.e. an attitude adjustment).  Practice these tools.  Choose to be better.  Have fun while you grow stronger emotionally.  Be patient.  Allow yourself to make mistakes and to screw up.  Laugh at yourself, and love yourself anyway!  Master your emotions!

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Have You Had Your Hug Today?

Posted: September 7, 2011
By: Drs. Dawn Falite

Chiropractic_Alpharetta_JohnsCreek       Hugging is healthy.  It optimizes the body’s immune system.  It cures depression (better than Prozac), reduces stress, induces sleep (better than Nytol), invigorates, rejuvenates, and has no unpleasant side effects!  Hugging is all natural.  It is organic, naturally sweet, and contains no pesticides, no preservatives, and no artificial ingredients.  It’s 100% wholesome! 

       This is something chiropractors have known for over 100 years.  Current research is finally catching up and proving the importance of touch.  Psychologist Tiffany Field has shown that touch therapy for people of all ages promotes health and saves money.  One study showed that hospital charges averaged $10,000 less for premature babies who were massaged than those who were not.  Also, massaged babies were more advanced in mental and motor development. 

       A more disturbing study done in the 1940’s divided infants into two groups.  One group was continually touched, held, loved, sung-to, and nurtured.  The other group only received bottles and diaper changes.  Tragically, 90% of the second group died within the first three months of the study.  For obvious reasons, the study was stopped.  In psychology texts, this phenomenon is known as Infant Grief Death Syndrome.  In fact, almost all psychoses, personality disorders, and mental illnesses can be traced back to a breakdown in the flow of love in the first few years of life. 

      Touch is one of our basic human needs.  It’s as important as food, water, air, and a healthy nervous system!  Chiropractic is one way to make sure you are getting your recommended daily allowance (RDA) of touch.  Part of the healing that takes place through the adjustment is the person-to-person contact.  Each of us has experienced radical shifts in our attitude and feelings after receiving an adjustment.  Have you ever come into the office feeling melancholy, gotten adjusted, and then gone home feeling awesome? 

      The adjustment accomplishes two things: optimizes your nervous system andfulfills the essential human need to be touched.  Here’s a good rule of thumb: we need 4 hugs a day for survival, 8 hugs a day for maintenance, and 12 hugs a day for growth! 

      So...go forth and hug!!

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