The published articles below appeared in the following publications: Chiropractic Economics, 1989, 1996 Dynamic Chiropractor, numerous articles The Chiropractic Journal, numerous articles Florida Chiropractic News Form and Fashion Magazine, Monthly Health Articles Planet Chiropractic Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research Local, Regional and National Publications, Dozens of professional articles Space Coast Golf Digest, Health Editor
by Sal Martingano, D.C.
2- Prostaglandin's are also the mechanism that the body uses to "trip" the cycle of other body chemicals which causes Lucocytosis to occur (the increase of WBC for clean up and repair).
3- To speed up the repair process, the body has to raise its' temperature a little because chemical reactions use heat as a catalyst to start the process. (remember the Bunsen burner in general chemistry class? You used it to start the chemical reaction). This may produce a mild fever; another symptom
4- All of this is under the functional control of the Central Nervous System, (CNS) and must occur for healing to take place; ie. Prostaglandin's, Lucocytosis, then healing.
2- 99% of medicine is a trial and error system (15% based on scientific fact),
Have you ever wondered how we ended up in a healthcare system that is riddled with errors and inconsistencies, priced beyond everyone's means, centered on the use of toxic chemicals and with a track record of iatrogenic injuries that is beyond the carnage of all our wars? What happened to the "first do no harm" motto of early medicine? Who has taken us from the laws of nature to the practicality and ever changing status of science? Most importantly, how have the healing arts become a government controlled issue?
Medical healing works by altering natural body healing by forcing the body to adapt to toxic chemicals. 1 ½ million people / year are hospitalized by adverse reactions to prescription drugs. 120,000+ people die each year from the chemical treatments they receive. Since modern medicine has taken over and is virtually mandated by law, Cancer has risen from 1:500 in 1950 to 1:3 in 1999; heart disease has soared, auto immune diseases like Asthma, Lupis, M.S., Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, etc. are off the charts. Vaccines are creating permanent brain injuries and death in ever-larger numbers.
2- If our government was really interested in bringing economic sanity to health care, why do they embrace Managed Health Care, which has raised the cost of health care to $1.2 trillion? By comparison, all proven natural health care technologies and treatments combined make up only 1.9% of the total health care bill?
3- If our government was truly for medical and personal independence (our constitutional rights), why institute and mandate government programs that remove personal choices and enslave people? Ex. Medicare: Every person over 65 becomes dependent on the government entitlement programs, which discourages independent thinking.
4- If we are truly a democratic republic, why do all medical mandates stem from the "World Trade Organization", which is an international organization, instituted for the purpose of controlling world activities? Ex. W.T.O.'s medical policy: "Healing is the sole responsibility of Conventional Medicine". Any organization that opposes this thinking will experience the full deterrent of supporting agencies like the F.B.I., C.I.A., F.D.A., Social Services, I.R.S.
5- If the F.D.A. was truly established to protect us from harmful products, why have so many approved drugs been removed due to their harmful and sometimes deadly effects, only to be replaced by more harmful drugs? Why does the F.D.A. not treat natural products that are known to work without harmful effects, the same as toxic chemical drugs?
6- If health is dependent on the body better adapting to it's environment, then why are vaccines being created to stop every living adaptive process?
These are just of a few of the questions that you should be asking yourself about your healthcare system and if you do, certain facts will become clear:
I've just described the present predicament of our health care system. Does this sound like the "democracy" that our founding fathers wrote about in the Declaration of Independence and spelled out explicitly in our Constitution? I think not.
Government was never designed to "own" any part of the sovereign rights of the states or the people. It was not designed to interfere with everyday life. Government was to provide for the "Common Defense" and uphold the laws of the land.
To those of us who have studied world economics and world politics, know that what I have just described is not a random act of government coming to the aid of their people in healthcare but is the classic case of a different form of government, Socialism. Socialism is a slow, non-violent takeover of all goods and services to its people. Socialism pretends to protect and "father" its people by offering entitlement programs in all aspects of the economy for the good of the people. It slowly tries to separate and redistribute the wealth of the nation so that there is no "power base" left to bargain from. Socialism offers a government-controlled centralization of all activities (in this case managed health care) to provide for the "common good".
Unfortunately, in the end, it leaves no room for personal freedom, the very freedom we, as a country, have fought to protect for 200 bloody years. Democratic forms of government do not seek to control but instead encourages the marketplace to set the benchmarks. This discussion is not only about healthcare but the basis of our understanding of the American healthcare system. When the American medical marketplace becomes alien to the other American economic marketplaces, one has to question why. Why destroy the competitive "insurance" marketplace in healthcare, in favor of 5 government regulated insurance giants, as is the present case in Managed Healthcare. How democratic can "controlled" insurance be? Obviously, it was not to save money, as it was presented. Medical costs have skyrocketed with the addition of governmental agency layering to complicate matters. In fact, medical doctors are mere pawns of this system needed only for their licenses to secure business profits. They are paid stipends for their services based on governmental allowances (codes). They have "mandates" as to how to practice and what to prescribe based on timetables not patient needs. Prevention is merely a euphemism for treatment. One can't practice prevention in a system requiring disease to survive.
It is my opinion that we are in the midst of a socialistic takeover of our healthcare system and perhaps other aspects of our democratic life as well. History is very clear, that those who give in to others controlling their daily lives will ultimately lose their freedoms to those forces. This is not about our medical healthcare system; it is about YOUR freedom to maintain YOUR democratic way of life. Too often discussions like this are ushered out as "conspiracy theories", by "kooks" who can't make it in society. This is the very reason why informed people rather remain silent and is the very "silent weapon" used by Socialism. I implore you think twice before you give up your freedoms in general because once gone, there is no turning back. Stand up for what is right, not what is expedient.
Government agencies have no business in healthcare. Managed health care is about the control over the money and direction in healthcare, not the healthcare. Choose your leaders wisely. The past 8 year administration was riddled with the rhetoric of non-democratic ideals. Study our history and the direction that we are presently moving toward. The inconsistencies are breathtaking. I urge all of you to take back your independence. Socialism cannot exist unless you give in to its methods.
by Sal Martingano, D.C.
The purpose of this article is to prepare you for what will happen to alternative, primary, health care professions like Chiropractic and how it will effect you. In the last two years, study after study like the Manga Report, the New Zealand Study, the Henderson Report and others have documented beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the inclusion of Chiropractic in ANY health care reform system will dramatically enhance its outcome while significantly lowering the overall health care bill. Chiropractic is a far less expensive, ethical and effective form of health care for all people. However, the powers to be choose to ignore these reports because they go against the present medical "disease care" model we now have. In fact, Chiropractic effectively eliminates the incredible expensive pharmaceutical industry and most of the massive medical testing facilities that now exist. Think about it, do we really need 31 MRI centers in Orlando alone? This of course makes the present medical and drug industries very nervous. Chiropractics' purpose, however, is not to eliminate drugs or medical doctors because of course they can be life saving and necessary. We are just trying to eliminate the incredible waste and overkill that exists in our medical system. Therefore, the real reason why we have been eliminated from most Managed Care plans, or have limited access to these plans, is because we are not medical, do not add money to or can be controlled by the A.M.A.
Florida implemented its own version of Managed Health Care in 1992, which was supposed to serve as a model for the country. By turning the control of health care back to the medical model and the Pharmaceuticals companies, the dominant controller over YOUR health care needs would be the government, not you and your doctor. Your democratic rights to freedom of choice, to do as you please with your money and health care wishes are of no consequence to the administration. In case you haven't noticed yet, very quietly, every aspect of American life is being "regulated" or "reformed" to disarm your democratic, constitutional rights, in favor of strict government controls. Health care represents 1/7 of our national budget and if it were under Government control along with Social Security and Medicare, the Government would control a full majority of our wealth. For those who have to be reminded, that's socialism in its purest form.
We at the Family Center for Chiropractic, say NO, enough is enough! Why do we have to participate in such nonsense? We have had a family based, H.M.A. (Health Made Affordable) plan for many years, that provides unlimited Chiropractic health care benefits, to you and/or your family. The cost of this plan is a fraction of your present insurance coverage inclusive of your deductibles. The majority of our practice has opted to utilize this plan, which effectively puts you back in control of your health care needs, your money and your constitutional rights to true freedom of choice. The HMA plan provides for unlimited visits for a low set fee, for a period of time; no deductibles, no reports, no hassles! The problem arises that soon there will be no insurance coverages, as you now know them. You will be forced to align with a Managed Care Group which will most likely have limited access to Chiropractic care, or choices of Chiropractors. With times changing as fast as they are and with such impunity, it is important to keep in mind that the purpose of health care is to serve the people, not build a mega empire for the drug market, or put Government in control over your health care..
Our present H.M.A. plan has been simplified to include an all inclusive, maximum benefit plan, at the least expensive rate. Maintenance care represents the closest thing to true preventive health care. Maintaining ones health IS the ideal situation, unfortunately our medical system frowns on maintaining good health. Have you ever tried to utilize your health insurance to maintain your good health? You can't because you are only covered for named illnesses or diseases. The survival of Chiropractic care as you now know it depends on our ability to understand Managed Health Cares limitations, then adopt for the right measures to get out of disease care thinking and into a wellness based program, like Chiropractic. We are committed to providing quality care to our patients. So "Take The Plunge" and see how Chiropractic care can be both effective and affordable.
by Sal Martingano, D.C.
When did we decide to give up our right to self determination in health care? To answer this question, one needs to look only to the economic structure of our "free enterprise" system. Health care, back at the turn of the century, meant emergency treatment for illness, disease or trauma. Medical Doctors were revered as healers, who were treated with respect but held no more special status than any other necessary profession. One uses his services, one pays for his services. At some point in time, around the 1930's and coming out of the great depression, were mental attitudes of great "master mind" groups that realized the potential of using someone else's money, time, expertise and skills, to develop the insurance concept in health care. That is, use someone else's money to pay for services in someone else's profession, to capitalize on the time management opportunities of financial marketing. The health care industry was selected because they could easily persuade people to "fear" to the rising costs of health care for their families. Fear is easy to sell because whether real or perceived, it forces people to react, not act. Fear is really an acronym for False Evidence Appearing Real. There was no real rising cost of health care until the insurance industry created the need to raise costs. Suddenly, other entrepreneurs realized they could capitalize on this new market, by creating the "STUFF" that would raise the cost of doing business in health care. It is true that the industrial revolution and the great strides in scientific research also played a part in raising the cost of doing business but it also created the markets, jobs and professions, to pay for the increases. However, free enterprise, being what it is, also created the situation where suddenly the medical community was thrust into a technological war of "who can do it better, faster and with how much stuff". The result was that the cost of health care grew disproportionate to the actual product being produced. In other words we have an inflated health care system. For example, if a simple testing procedure yielded a desired result, do we really need five other ways of yielding the same result? Do we really need 37 MRI machines in the city of Orlando Florida, when Canada functions quite well with three MRI machines for the entire country? The answer is that the insurance will pay for them. That means that any doctor can request all these tests and procedures, if he feels there is a need. The average patient is totally ignorant about the modern world of health care and will simply go along with the Dr.'s request, as long as insurance will pay for it. Hence, the entire infrastructure of the health care community reaps the profits from the game the insurance companies created. For over forty years, this game of covering more STUFF by creating more FEAR, has gone unchallenged. However, recently, the goose that laid the golden insurance egg, has realized that the game has backfired. You see, at one point, the third party pay system meant that the insurance companies could reap huge profits by collecting great sums of premiums on services never performed. Since the health care game has now grown to 18% of the national debt, the excess STUFF is draining the financial resources. As a result, the insurance companies are claiming "foul". The second largest financial resource in this country is the insurance industry, second only to the the U.S. treasury. The truth is that over 90+% of insurance profits have gone to investments, not health care services. Since services have grown dramatically, the aggressive investment money making ventures of the insurance industry has been stifled or stopped. Austerity spending has become the new buzz word in the industry. Special pleas to the U.S. Government have been made to help curtail the raising cost of health care. After creating the very problem of higher health care costs, the insurance industry is now asking for help to contain it. To the estute observer, however, crying poverty to the American public, is simply a slick way of allowing the President to act, in behalf of our country, to tie health care costs into the deficit. The result is that the insurance industry avoids having to tell the truth; they created a monster. Having a keen understanding of the term Managed Care is quite important, since the question really is, Who's managing Who? Billary Clinton is asking all health care providers to adhere to a prepared guideline of standard of care and cost containment, essentially without the input of the health care providers. The insurance carriers are selectively not covering certain services or providers, based on what they dictate in their policies. Private corporations are selectively designing large policies, thus reducing the incentives for insurance carriers to cover individual families. The result is that our practices are now being managed by other industries, who now want to lead the country back on the straight and narrow. My response is No Thank You...I don't recall my licences requiring me to be managed by someone else. I don't recall these industries offering to share in the professional liabilities they will create. Managed care forces chiropractors to stretch the truth about what to say to patients when asked about their care. No chiropractor can say "Mrs. Jones in 6 visits you will be healed". The Innate Intelligence of the body doesn't work that way. Am I being responsible to abandon my procedures because of insurance? Who's the doctor anyway? The point here is, if you intend to follow Managed Care guidelines, you will have a revolving door practice with no retention or continuity. Your referral network will drop an you will not likely witness the miracles of Innate healing we are so accustomed too. We will not be able to take care of children unless they have a named disease. In essence, with Managed Care in Chiropractic, the short term goal of reduced health care costs will only lead to increased sickness and disease, which is exactly what the Managed Care designers want. You see, the Who of Managed Health Care are the health care providers that medical health insurance was designed for; the Medical Doctor. Remember, Medical Doctors don't get paid unless you get sick. Chiropractors do not treat sickness as MD's do, therefore we are playing in the wrong program. Let's not reinvent the wheel. Insurance created the market for technology. Technology created the need for higher health care costs. The Medical profession needs lots of technology (Stuff), therefore, the Medical profession needs insurance. Chiropractors can easily function without technology. Chiropractors need technology by choice, not necessity. Therefore, Chiropractic doesn't need insurance or Managed Care. Speaking for myself, Managed Care is the perfect opportunity for private entrepreneurs to develop a chiropractic or Alternative health care insurance market, where the incentive is not to create more technology but to bring Chiropractic care to everyone who seeks it. Why bow to a token gesture of Managed Care, when we can strive to be financially independent of medical boundaries, medical codes, medical dollars and medical thinking. Remember the lessons of our past. The closer we get to medical thinking, the closer we get to extinction.
Articles like the one reported in the 10-8-98 issue of Florida Today: "Study: Little benefit to chiropractic treatment", appear, at least once or twice a year; usually on the heels of pro-chiropractic research study. I am always amazed that the difficult task of reporting the true benefits of chiropractic care is decided upon by people who have absolutely no training or understanding of the profession; unless we consider "The Associated Press" experts in chiropractic.
Pertinent Literature Review
Errors in Medicine- Dr. Lucian Leape JAMA Dec. 21 1994 Vol. 272
Drug Related Injuries, each year- American Medical News, Jan.15 1996
Causes of Preventable Death in U.S.- Public Citizen, May / June 1994
by Sal Martingano, D.C.
For nearly 100 years, the "subluxation" has been the focus of many debates within our profession. The mere concept of a vertebrae moving from its normal position seems ominous enough. However, to combine that movement with the resulting impingement of a spinal nerve or even torsional intra-cord pressure, can only result in body disfunction. How often have we heard those words repeated over the years. Some in our profession still debate the existence of the subluxation. However, we seem to agree that when the nerve or cord is compromised, the body will suffer. Therefore, it's also a fair assumption to say that the body will ALWAYS work better with a full nerve supply than one that is interfered with. We have been taught in our schools that the subluxation is not necessarily a radiographic finding since the third component of the subluxation, "the interference of nerve flow to the body", can not be seen on film. It is a clinical finding.
However, many of our management firms and specialty seminar programs refer to the radiographic presence of the subluxation. The work of "Rennasiance" coined the phrase the "subluxation complex", which clearly delineates the five working components that must result if a subluxation is present, yet they do not discuss its radiographic presence. The subluxation, as described in chiropractic philosophy, as corrected by the art of Chiropractic and the subluxation as documented by the science of Chiropractic, has been gaining notoriety even in medical circles. Many of our medical friends, who are also recipients of chiropractic care themselves, are taking notice that when subluxations are corrected, through adjusting, people not only feel better but they are better. They are noticing that when subluxations are removed, by the adjustment, the body heals from the inside out, without risk of side effects. However, it would be naive to conclude that the medical profession will suddenly disregard their drugs in lieu of chiropractic care.
By Sal Martingano, D.C.
1- What do you really know about health care?
- Only what we are told by the AMA and the Pharmaceutical Industry.
- Only what we hear on radio and TV (Media) but who pays for the advertisements...The Pharmaceutical Industry.
2- Do we really have a health care system or a disease care system?
- You can’t use your HC system unless you are sick.
- There is no money in “health”, only “ill health”
- Drugs therapy is the primary treatment protocol. Drug therapy equals huge profits and job security.
- Natural therapies equal reduced profits and lost jobs.
- Only conclusion is for Pharmaceutical Industry to control Natural therapy industry. F.D.A. strong arm tactics over Nutraceutical industry.
2- What are the tools of our HC system, i.e., what are the tools of the MD?
- Drugs & Surgery. If not treatable by drugs or surgery you don’t have a
Problem. Reccommendation for physical therapy, pain management or psycological evaluation.
3- Who really runs our HC system?
- The AMA is the accrediting agency of for the medical profession. The FDA is the research arm of the medical profession and provides regulation and drug research by the scientists & biologists of the Parmaceutical industry.
- Therefore the medical profession is regulated and financial dependant on the FDA & Pharmaceutical industry, who really run our health care system.
4- What is the FDA?
- Food & Drug Administration
- Appointed by the Federal Gov’t, not elected.
- The FDA answers to no-one. The president of FDA is as powerful as any high government official.
- Retired FDA employees often become CEO’s of the very drug company’s
they once regulated.
- The FDA has no testing facilities or labs of their own, they rely on the
research data of the Pharmaceutical companies.
5- Facts to Ponder:..Taken from the Archives of Internal Medicine & the C.D.C.
- Over 100,000 people die each year, not from the disease process but from the drugs used to treat the diseases.
- One third of the 8 million people (2.7 million) who enter the hospital each
year, do so because of drug reactions, intended to improve their condition.
- In 1994, Americans spent 73 billion on drugs, in 1994 Americans spent 76.6
billion on the diseases caused by those drugs.
- It costs every man, woman & child $600/year to keep the drug manufacturers
- 1/3 of the people who got the flu shot in 1997-98, got the flu. New flu
vaccines are now made from dead virus. Result is that you can’t get flu from
them but they don’t work either. Viruses needs host cell to survive. Dead
viruses do not create antibodies. Therefore chances of catching the flu is the
same with or without the flu shot.
- Polio vaccine (Sabin vaccine) now back to Salk Vaccine (live vaccine)
- Antibiotics are becoming useless due to overuse and bacteria adaptability.
- Medical research nearly always supports drug usage, not surprising since
nearly all medical research is funded by drug companies.
- Vaccine literature on childhood diseases.
6- What was the purpose of health care reform and Managed Health Care?
- Health care too expensive.
- Not everyone can get health insurance.
- Centralize the flow of HC to control its direction and costs.
n Created 52 new agencies to oversee its operation.
n Did away with pre-existing conditions....by charging everyone in the system the added costs of assuming a pre-existing condition.
n Created gate keepers.
n Forced all Dr’s to follow pre-determined guidelines that are actually out of their state law guidelines and border on malpractice
n Ex. Can only use certain Dx codes.
Can treat only by pre-determined guidelines:
-Hospital stays, certain type drugs only, the gatekeeper not the
doctor often determines the treatment type and duration,
according to the specific Managed Care group guides.
n The physicians must align with as many Managed Care Groups as they can, each having different pay scales and treatment protocols.
- Multiple fee systems are illegal yet under Managed Care its OK?
n Managed Care is the socialization of the American health care system.
7- How to take control?
- Ask questions.... Don’t assume you’re getting the correct information.
- If you’re told you need a test or procedure, ask “what if I have no insurance.”
- Become active in the process, not “what ever you say, you’re the Doc”
8- The Chiropractic connection to alternative health care.
- Chiropractic aids in the restoration of health by allowing the body to better adapt to it’s environment.
- Chiropractors remove nerve interference, called the Subluxation Complex, that can interfere in the proper nerve impulses from the brain, through the spinal column and to every cell in the body.
- Since the body will always adapt better to a good nerve supply, than a nerve supply that is interfered with, chiropractors simply adjust the spine to remove the subluxation complexes, then let the body heal itself.
- No drugs, no surgeries, no side effects, only the body’s natural healing systems.
By Sal Martingano
I'm sure you and I have been asked many times to explain how chiropractic works. Patients are facinated by the effortless way we perform our tasks. It has been my experience however, that if you simply "fix" their problems you will be considered a "good" doctor. However, if you can satisfy their intellictual curiosity by "telling the chiropractic story" in a way they can easily relate too, you will be considered a "great" doctor. Patients love to refer to doctors that are able to include them in the healing process. What a "rush" it is for them to actually know what is happening to them and why. Communication, in chiropractic, is the cornerstone of what separates us from traditional medicine. Think about it, medicine has yet to find a way to explain how an aspirin works, let alone how to explain the mechanism of "why we hurt". I offer the following as a sample of an "in-house" piece of chiropractic education as to "the mechanism of why we hurt". Let this be a guide toward your unique way of approaching the topic.
by Sal Martingano, D.C.
Throughout the centuries, deadly diseases made the world seem to be a hostile place for human life. Mankind dreamed of a day when diseases could be eradicated. It seemed that our bodies were unfit for this environment. Plagues came and went, millions of people died, still the quest for survival hinged on the notion that somewhere out there was a magic potion that would stop it all. Urbanization, of early cultures, was the way to pool resources by building large Mecca’s for trade and protection. However, with urbanization came crowded facilities, over burdened sanitation and tainted water supplies, a perfect place to breed the very diseases they sought so hard to destroy. With the inevitable needs for new land and markets, the world began to populate outside the urban boundaries. As it did, the great plagues of the world seemed to pass. No one really understood the concept that disease-carrying organisms lived by the same natural laws as people did, in balance with nature. When the balance is altered, the battle for survival begins. Because of this very concept, there is documentation that the mortality rate from infectious disease in early Europe declined up to 90% before any vaccination programs were invented. Bubonic Plague and Scarlet Fever disappeared before bacteria were discovered.
The reason for this remarkable turn of events evolved as a natural by-product of better living conditions, better sanitation, water purification and a healthier lifestyle. In other words, disease and mankind were once again in balance. With the evolution of better lifestyles came the time to ponder the science of our world. Science is based on the premise that the world is predictable, like Astrology, Geology, Physics and Chemistry. In Mechanistic thinking, for example, everything in our universe can be measured in a linear fashion. Now, this may be true for inanimate objects like the stars and the Atom but is not true with living things. Living things are unpredictable. Vitalism, on the other hand, is the study of living things that have no definite pattern, unpredictable, adapt to change and defy scientific laws. Yet, science claims it can control nature as well as the stars. This colossal conflict in thinking is resulting in the internal destruction of the natural laws of living things. The classic example of this conflict is that science can predict the exact moment when the next cosmic collision of a meteor will occur with a planet, as it recently did with Jupiter. Yet science cannot predict what a vaccine will do to the body with any degree of certainty, even for one week. The reason for this is that living things have an Innate Intelligence, which defies the logic and description of science. Therefore, attempts at controlling nature by science will ultimately cause chaos.
Science got into the health care business, by way of vaccines, to kill disease. Infectious diseases became the pet project of science. The scientific studies of infectious disease was like playing hide and seek with nature. It began a sequence of events that mankind may never recover from. The intentions of scientists were noble but the continuous tampering with the microscopic creatures of our planet, led to a sense of conquest. Little did science know that these microscopic armies of opportunistic organisms were not about to simply conform to man's wishes. The fact is that infectious diseases affected both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. Vaccines often lead to dangerous side effects. Being protected from infectious diseases, by vaccines, doesn't always mean the viral organism dies. They often mutate around the vaccines to form new infectious diseases, yet unknown to mankind. For example, the Measles Vaccine has produced Atypical Measles; a very vicious killer variety of measles that only affects vaccinated children. The unvaccinated, naturally protected children, get no such reaction. Like it or not infectious diseases play an important role in the maturation and adaptability of our immune system.
The Laws of Nature are not always congruent with the Laws of Science. To eradicate infectious disease is to stop natural maturation and adaptability. For example, it is well documented in medical research that the proper development of a rash during measles is apparently important for the prevention of Cancer and degenerative diseases in later life. The Measles vaccine, of 1962, has therefore tampered with our body’s ability to resist cancer. Immunized children of 20-30 years ago are now the highest risk groups for Cancer, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis and other autoimmune diseases. Just think, after nearly 50 years of Cancer research, it is now estimated that one in five people are likely to develop cancer. Before vaccination programs the number was one in two hundred. The same relationships are true for other autoimmune diseases. So strong are the benefits of natural childhood diseases, that a group of Swiss medical doctors formed a group, which questioned the efficacy of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine. They actually induced Measles in children with serious Kidney diseases. The result was an improvement in their condition. Also improved or disappeared were Asthma, Lupus and Eczema. However, their most important finding was to question the suppression of fever. They found fever to be the number one benefit in fighting infectious diseases in the body.
An important reason to accept infectious diseases in childhood is a well-documented principle that the immune system must be primed and challenged, in the young, in order to protect them from the autoimmune diseases of later life. Science tends to view symptoms as if they were the disease itself. Health care systems, outside of Western Allopathic Medicine, view symptoms as guidelines to understanding the disease process. Rather than trying to suppress the symptoms, some cultures actually accelerate the symptoms to enhance the natural healing efforts of the body. Understanding the disease process, rather than controlling it, leads to a better acceptance of Natural Law. Herring’s Law states "as disease passes from acute to chronic, the symptoms move from the surface to the interior." A vaccination, directly into the blood stream bypasses the acute phase and goes directly into the chronic phase where it there has the opportunity to attack the vital organs. Once into a vital organ, the body is defenseless. Mechanistic scientific thinking allows modern medicine to produce vaccines to make antibodies for a specific disease. However, Vitalistic thinking says that the bodies natural immunity process not only defends the body from one disease but also applies its knowledge to other diseases not yet exposed too. Vaccinations are man's way of justifying its scientific knowledge.
Science has always provided the answers from better living conditions, to space travel. Man has yet to understand that science only holds the answers to what he can create. That which has been created for him, however, is above scientific reproach. Understanding what causes disease and controlling disease are two vastly different ideas. The deadly diseases of the past are only gone today because of man's natural evolution through better living environments. There were no vaccines for the Bubonic Plague yet when the rats, which carried the deadly disease, disappeared from the torrid living conditions of the day, the disease-producing organism went with them. The science of living cured the Plague not the science of medicine. Vaccines are scientific attempts at being defiant of nature’s ways.
Nature has a wonderful way of bringing balance to the species. Many of the dreaded new diseases we now face are nothing more than nature flexing her muscles against scientific tampering. Aids, Cancer and other killer diseases could be nature’s way of bringing balance to the species for tampering, via vaccinations. Nature does not exist to protect mankind, no more than it was to protect the dinosaurs. Either conform to nature’s laws or perish. There is enough technology today to deal with diseases on demand, if one so desires. There is no reason other than greed and control to force a species into Natures disfavor.
Mankind needs to protect itself naturally, by better adapting itself to the environment. Vaccinations are micro attempts to disarm nature. Simply change your thinking from "getting sick" by childhood diseases, to "getting healthy" through childhood diseases, and you'll see that the only reason to vaccinate our infants and children is for the convenience of the parents and the fear of the unknown. Children are prepared by nature to survive, through the priming of the immune system, when they are young. Just a quick review of the present status of Antibiotics and their ineffectiveness at stopping infectious diseases can document nature at work balancing the species. How much longer will it take for us to see the same effect with vaccinations? In fact, it's happening already. For example, the only way to get Polio in this country today is through the Polio Vaccine itself. The Smallpox vaccine was discontinued for the very same reason.
The choice is not Mechanistic Science versus Vitalistic Nature. We have earned the right to utilize both. Our challenge is to learn when. Alternative health care professions like Chiropractic and Homeopathy are founded in vitalistic thinking. Therefore, modern scientific, medical thinking does not recognize them. Science has not yet found the mechanism to describe these professions. By complimenting the body through Herbal preparations, nutrition and removing nerve interference by adjusting the spine, the body simply communicates better with itself. Better neurological information from the brain to the body, no matter how it is achieved, automatically enhances a better immunological response. Chiropractic really doesn't cure any diseases; a better functioning body will do it for us. The body will find its own level of healing that is congruent with natural laws. Vaccines are unnatural to nature’s laws and can cause the destruction of the human immune system.
History is proving that the short term successes of vaccines are being over shadowed by the long-term loss of the natural immune response to disease. In other words, you can't fool Mother Nature.
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By Sal Martingano, D.C.
by Sal Martingano, D.C.
Sounds like one of those Godzilla movies with "out of sync" Japanese voice tracks. But no, it's not a movie; it's a real life drama of nature's balance between mankind and microbe. Countless articles are showing up capitalizing on the biggest error in medical judgement ever committed...The Germ Theory. With the advent of Penicillin, back in the 1940's, the era of Antibiotics was born. This was touted as the beginning of the end for infectious diseases, according to the medical profession. In 1969, then Surgeon General Bill Stuart stated, "It's time to close the book on infectious diseases". Well, just 25 years later and only 50 years since Antibiotics' inception, nature is staging a comeback. It appears that it took nature just 50 years to counter our best shot at controlling infectious diseases by allowing its microscopic creatures, Bacteria and Viruses, to adapt to the antibiotics and create the environment for worldwide devastation. What went wrong, medicine asks? What went wrong was that medicine stopped working with nature and decided that it would control nature, for mankind. For years, medical science has denied the presence of an Innate Intelligence in nature, that phenomena which defies scientific description. Medicine opted to play with its' chemistry set and claim victory every time it could outsmart natural law. Well, it's time for nature to teach science a lesson or two. Unfortunately, it's at our expense.
by Sal Martingano, D.C.
From its’ beginnings, the chiropractic position has been that the body simply works better with a good nerve supply. Regardless of the chiropractic school you graduated from or how strong a part chiropractic philosophy plays in your daily life, one thing is certain; the body always works better with an appropriate nerve supply. The question that always seems to arise is to “how much help does the body need to maintain an appropriate expression of health?”
The parting of the ways came with the advent of “science” with regard to its resulting effect on medicine as a whole. Scientific methodology appears to be how one explains that “appropriate expression of health”. Sure there is an Innate Intelligence that guides all living things to their maximum expression of life but few understand that same Innate Intelligence also guides all living things to death. Science is mesmerizing in its ability to describe “how” and sometimes “what” takes place in life. Most of us have rallied behind the advancements in science; the wonderful discoveries that have led to life saving gifts that mankind can use. So strong is our allegiance to science, that we are even forgiving when science fails to succeed, falls short of expectations or at worst, kills the very life it tries to enhance.
Medical science appears to be supremely pious, building monuments to its achievements. Dr. Mendelson, in his book Confessions of a Medical Heretic, states, “medical science has its rituals” as he describes “the religion of modern medicine” and the “temples they worship in.” The problem is these rituals rival the very fabric of chiropractic. Universal truth is that the body heals itself. The Innate Intelligence of the body needs no help, only no interference. It is at this juncture that the truth is revealed. Medical science is not a substitute for the Innate wisdom of the body.
The body can never be described fully by traditional scientific method. The reason is that the body has not been scientifically designed. Science best describes and explains what has occurred, it neatly organizes its data and makes hypothesis based on that data. The trouble is people often confuse hypotheses with truth. Truth is always and eternal. Hypotheses are mere best guesses. The simplicity of this understanding leaves no doubt that medical science is not reliable enough to entrust “life” to. Life beats to a different rhythm. I make no pretense to know what that rhythm is but at the sub-atomic molecular level, that level presently know as Quantum Physics, answers appear to be more reliable. At the molecular level, there are infinite choices to be made; choices that only the Innate wisdom of the body knows. Scientific “puffery” is no match for infinite wisdom. Simply put, when the scientific results are not those expected, go against the hypothesis or go completely astray, the best approach is often to simply ignore them.
Never has this fact been so revealed as it has with vaccines. People often forget that the difference between vaccines designed to offer resistance to disease and vaccines designed to inflict disease, lies in the intent of the researcher. Well intentioned scientists, in their experimentations, often find additional ways to capitalize on their research. Biological experiments that do not have the desired effect still have an effect. In fact, this is the premise with biological warfare. Biological agents are sometimes the result of scientific tampering or accidents. Vaccines are incredible concoctions of microorganisms, adjuvanent agents, and carcinogenic preservatives, cultured to produce apparent immunity to disease producing organisms. The problem lies in the “one size fits all” mentality of medical science. I’m not speaking of doses here, I’m referring to the arrogant belief that somehow the infinite choices that abound at the molecular center of every human being will somehow align itself, simply because the scientific intent is to make it so.
Technology has advanced to the degree that the sanctity of life itself can be manipulated. It is now possible to combine any portion of Deoxyribonucleic Acid, from any cell, from any species or organism. Watson & Crick could never have imagined the scope of such accomplishments. The result of such technology is that science had better be prepared to face the full scope of the infinite variety within Innate Intelligence. How pompous to believe that medical science might someday “out think” Innate. Innate doesn’t think! It simply acts appropriately to the forces of life as they are presented. It has no more solicitude toward life than it does toward death. It strives only toward the survival of the species. Not to humanize Innate, but it would care less that something or someone is tampering with DNA. Innate will simply do what is appropriate for the body to adapt to the new conditions, even if that adaptation means moving toward its destruction. It may take science 50 years to figure out what Innate Intelligence did in the blink of universal time. As it is now, microbes have evolved 50,000 years because of our 50 years of tampering.
What drives the vaccine machine? Certainly, the compassion to eliminate killer diseases that have afflicted mankind throughout the centuries is a noble cause. The “Black Plague” of the Middle Ages, the great influenza of the 1800’s, Smallpox and I’m sure you can fill in your personal favorite, combined to kill millions and stirred compassion to find a cure. Many in our profession have expertly extolled on the intricacies of these diseases and pointed out that in every instance there was a pattern of great despair leading to many deaths and finally a decrease in the lethal effects of the disease; in most cases without any intervention at all. Moreover, it’s been pointed out that Smallpox, for example, killed 1/3 of its victims yet it was highly contagious and lethal; what happened to the other 2/3rds? Medical science conveniently fails to mention these survivors because they don’t fit the agenda of vaccines. Edward Jenner discovered that scratching the skin with a small amount of Cowpox serum, often lead to limited immunity to the deadly Smallpox. In experimenting with his family, his wife did not survive but his sons did. His discoveries led to much of the vaccine research that we have today.
Every vaccine program strives to appeal to the compassionate desire to save lives. Surely, no one can dispute these motives. However, having the luxury of historical records, if one cares to look, clearly demonstrates that EVERY contagious, infective disease follows the same waxing and waning patterns over time. In failing to report such an incredible piece of information, medical science chooses to ignore that “the body develops immunity over time, without intervention.” Realizing this, what can we do in the interim to protect ourselves?
Louis Pasteur gave us our present path by destroying the belief in natural healing. He discovered the Germ Theory, stating that “microbes”, which he called Germs, cause diseases. Unfortunately, Pasteur didn’t actually discover germs but had plagiarized the work of the researcher Antoine Bechamp, to suit his own needs. Bechamp spoke of “microzymas” or “little bodies” in his 50 years of research on fermentation and blood born organisms, which preceded Pasteur. Pasteur’s inability to fully understand the concept that people thought he had created, led to the creation of modern day vaccine theory based on the false notions of their effect on “germs”. In doing so, the next century of medical scientists became fixated on the “war against germs”. Little did they know that “germs” didn’t actually cause disease. In their defense, it must have been hard to deny the hypothesis about germs causing disease, when every disease they discovered carried a different germ. In hindsight, what they didn’t know was that microbes, however they are described, have a life force of their own, just like the host they infect. As a result, they too are driven by an Innate force to survive. Since there are incalculably more microbes than humans, going to war against a superior army, out numbered and with ions of survival tactics to draw upon, is not a very good idea if your survival is at stake. However, since we are bigger than the microbes, the race to destroy the microbes began.
They soon found that the enemy microbe is slick. Very quickly chemicals and compounds were developed that destroyed the microbes and like the Gulf War’s superior smart bomb technology, soon led to bold statements like the victory speech in 1972 by the CDC that Smallpox has been eradicated from the earth. Soon after, the same speech was given about Polio. Naturally, the vaccines were given the credit and all the people cheered. However, every scientist entrusted to the pharmaceutical industry’s war on disease knew that the enemy was not gone, it simply couldn’t be found. The ions of adaptive knowledge have served the microbes well. What had happened was that microbes simply mutated over time. What used to be a certain type microbe, accepted the chemical onslaught of vaccine bombs and simply mutated to a more resistant microbe. This is Innate Intelligence at it’s best. It only proves that B.J. was correct in his descriptive analysis of Innate Intelligence. While medical science beats its chest in victory, the microbes simply raise the stakes. This is not the forum to discuss the rise of new diseases like Aids, Lupus, Alzheimer’s, Autism, Tourettes and the host of what is now known as “auto immune diseases”, but let it be said that the war on germs is going the same way as the war on guns, drugs, crime and now the war on terrorism. These wars seem to have no end and are examples of not knowing your enemy.
In the year 500 B.C., a Chinese general and philosopher by the name of Sun Tzu wrote a treatise called “The Art of War”. It has been translated into just about every language in the world and has become a classic military and political strategy. I suggest that it also become part of the medical science lexicon. Sun Tzu said:
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of
a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every
victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy
nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
I contend that medical science knows itself but not the enemy. If Sun Tzu is correct, for every victory gained, a defeat will be suffered; so it appears to be.
This is why the war on disease will never be won by present day medical science. They don’t know their enemy. Further, the vaccine programs, which represent the proverbial bombs of war, are portrayed as “peace keeping bombs”. In order to keep the peace within the human species we will wage war against microbes. Sometimes medical science intensifies the war by giving names to diseases that conjure up fear in the people. For example: the Swine Flu, the Asiatic Flu, the Russian Flu and others, all have names having nothing to do with their origins, except that they can be seen as foreign invaders that we must take action against. This is not the U.N. we are talking about. We can’t simply transfer responsibility of understanding our enemy to a power force that has no idea what they are dealing with. The enemy “Germ” that Pasteur described turns out to be responsible, in part, for our own well being. It is part of our life cycle and occupies every aspect of our existence. How smart is it to fight with yourself?
Chiropractic philosophy is not about the correction of human illness. Don’t confuse getting well with being well. It is uniquely suited to set up a second choice for “what to do in the meantime to protect ourselves”. Vaccines’ Grand Deception is that their war on disease will never be won by chemical and biological tampering with the Innate forces of life. A 1.3 trillion dollar health care budget, without an understanding of the enemy, is futile. Our philosophy clearly tells us that we will never be protected from disease by fighting the disease. Knowing the enemy, in this case, means accepting the fact that disease causing microbes are microbes that have evolved beyond our capacity to adapt to them. All the vaccines in the world will not change that. However, knowing the enemy means creating the environment to better resist their onslaught. The body works better with a good nerve supply, is a phrase repeated “ad nauseam”. Yet, in spite of its simplicity, it is rarely understood by medical science because they have been taught to add disclaimers. These disclaimers often fall into the category of vaccines, (just in case).
The prudent use of medical science, in emergency situations, is hardly as glamorous but at least the risk of miscalculating the enemy is offset by the damage you know the enemy can cause. The emphasis needs to be on finding the way to adapt, since we, not the microbes, are the new kids on the block. The Grand Deception is that vaccines effectively stop, not enhance, the adapting process. This is a war that can never be won. Putting the body on hold, to offset the effects of “chickenpox” and the like, for example, is increasing the likelihood that the relentless tampering with the life for or our “symbiotic” enemy will one day fulfill a prediction made by George Orwell in his classic novel entitled, 1984. The novel was a satirical prediction of what the world might be like far in the future. He wrote about government gone astray but if we substitute “medical science” for “government” the story doesn’t change at all. Orwell envisioned that, if governments (medical science) continued to expand their power as they were then doing, eventually, they would evolve into a global police state (medical monopoly). He described the methods that would be used to keep the masses from rebelling. Thought control was the primary method, but one of the ways they accomplished that was to be constantly at war. In time of war, the populace will accept any hardship and make any sacrifice to defend the homeland. However, to have war, it was necessary to have an enemy, and that enemy had to be despicable in the eyes of the homeland defenders. Atrocities had to be committed and many lives had to be lost. But it was equally important to avoid winning the war – otherwise, the hardships imposed by the state would no longer seem reasonable to its subjects.
I suggest that as eerie as this novel was, Mr. Orwell may have aptly described the present state of medical science and its’ war on microbes. It has been said that foretold is forewarned. We must not participate in a war that was never meant to win. The fight against microbes must not dominate our pursuit for health; the survival of humankind depends on it. Instead push forward, as George Orwell suggests, for “the hardships imposed by the state (medical science) will no longer seem reasonable to its subjects”.
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By Sal Martingano, D.C.
Occasionally, I get the chance to watch a training video or participate in a professional seminar designed to enhance the skills of the amateur or weekend sportster. It’s such a pleasure to see the pro’s effortlessly go through their rituals time and again; demonstrating proper “form” that ultimately improves their “function”. How to properly present a fishing bait to a waiting bass or how to properly chip out of a sand trap suddenly takes on the strategy and appearance of a well rehearsed play. Every move is calculated and practiced over and over until it can be faithfully duplicated to perfection. Then it’s your turn; you go through the steps, you set your strategy, you practice over and over but somehow something is missing.
There is a well respected belief that “practice makes perfect”. The idea is that if your form is perfect and you practice diligently, the result should be perfection in terms of your function. The concept is simple enough but it’s not complete. The real concept is: practice, plus reflection makes perfect. There is an old saying that states: “If you do the same thing you always do, you’ll get the same results you always get.” This is what I sense most people do while watching “self help” videos on golf. Sure the pro’s make it look easy but what they are not showing you is that every choreographed move is reflected upon to determine if what they did, matched what they set out to do. If not, minor tweaks and corrections are made, then practiced again until perfection is achieved.
Sounds good right? Well what if I told you that in spite of the “reflection” and corrections you may never achieve perfection. Form and function can only be achieved if your body is capable of faithfully carrying out the commands of your mind. How well do you take care of your golf clubs? How often do you buy new golf shoes? Most of us would say, oh you have to take care of your equipment or it will not give you good service. What do we do to insure that our “form” is directly responsible to our functional capabilities? How do we know if we are actually performing the game plan set forth by our mind? You see, this is the one variable that a video cannot teach. Professional lessons give you a better “hands on” approach to the game but how sure are you that your body is capable of following your instructions? One quick way to tell is to determine what you want to do, then try to reflect on the entire event. Remember, practice plus reflection makes perfect. If you can’t recreate the event in your minds eye, you didn’t do it as planned.
Ever watch a professional act out his move before he performs it? At the instant he strokes the ball, he knows what the results are likely to be. If not, you see a pensive look on his face trying to reflect on his error.
So far, we are talking about the mechanics of the game. However there is more to the game than mechanics. What if your body cannot perform as you instruct? What if all the practice and reflection in the world does not improve your performance? You’ve exhausted all your excuses including the dull spike on you golf shoe but to no avail. Well take heart, your dilemma may be easier to correct than you think. I can tell you with absolute authority, that if your body is experiencing interference in the way it communicates information from your brain to the rest of your body, practice will simply make more practice. Did you know that every movable vertebrae in your spine, all 24 of them, MUST work in harmony before you do? Did you also know that there is an “innate” body intelligence that is responsible for how you do what you do?
There are probably no secrets in Golf that haven’t been revealed as yet; perhaps none that would make a cataclysmic change in your game. However, there is one secret that could make a definitive improvement in your game without looking at another video. Having a Chiropractor check your spine for misalignments, called “subluxations” that ALWAYS interfere with the normal transmission of nerve energy from the brain, can improve your function and your form. It’s really simple to understand; your body always performs better with a good nerve supply. Did you ever have a faulty sparkplug wire in your automobile? The car looks good, you just changed the oil, and you put the best gas you can find in the tank for top performance, yet the engine runs like crap. Nothing is going to improve your cars performance until you change that sparkplug wire. Likewise, your body can’t improve on its form or function, in Golf or any other activity, until you do a little maintenance on your electrical “nervous” system.
If you are noticing that nothing seems to improve your game or you can’t visualize or reflect on what you have just done, maybe it’s time to take a quantum leap forward in your thinking. Try Chiropractic; it is safe and effective, is drug free and only has one side effect; better performance. Getting a spinal “tune up” may not get you a spot in a foursome with Tiger but it will let you in on one of his secrets; he and almost every golf pro on the circuit have regular spinal check ups. Maybe you missed that on the video.
By Sal Martingano, D.C.
Ever wonder why your game varies so much from day to day? If you have been reading these articles over the past few months, you have been privy to little know secrets of the human body that don’t come with instructions and are not illustrated on instructional videos. Golf is no different than any other sport that requires only the skill that you can muster and master. Non- team sports truly test your ability to be consistent and focused since, when the round is over, all you have to talk to is your scorecard and a memory. There are no locker room meetings, no strategy sessions and pep talks or even cheerleaders to make you want to “drive one for the Gipper”. No, it’s just you and that little ball and the only connection between them is your club and your ability to deliver the goods.
On the surface, it appears that practice and occasional lessons are the only ways to improve your game. A deeper look into “what it takes” leads us into the mysterious world of how the brain processes all this information in the first place. You might ask; “What does this have to do with improving my golf game?”…….well, just about everything! We, as recreational players or even for some of you scratch golfers, concentrate on the outside essentials of good golf; things like proper lift on the back swing while resisting the temptation to raise your head at the moment of contact……you know, the stuff. However, did it ever occur to you that you have to “get in the mood” before any of this can happen.
Getting in the mood is serious business. Ever try to cut your grass when you know an NFL playoff game just started? Try to accomplish or master any business activity or sport when your brain is elsewhere and you will soon join the ranks of the unemployed and frustrated. Let’s take it one step further, how about getting intimate as well? Now, before you think I’m about to break into a chorus of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, let me get to the point.
As a chiropractor, my philosophy of the body is simply that “the body works better when the brain is in intimate communication with every cell of the body”. Did you know that there are specific “gateways” to the information stored in the brain? These gateways are opened and closed by what you think and how your body perceives those thoughts. Knowledge and your ability to express that information accurately, is therefore dependant on how well you can convince your brain to access the data. To the casual observer, accessing the information can be done by simply thinking about it and voil’a…it’s there. However, that information is generally only what is needed to get the job done. The full file of information along with the internal tutorials is only accessed with a special “code”. That code is accessed by “getting in the mood” and facilitating all the nerve pathways to that information in order to make it look easy. In other words, specific “gateways” exist to feed you information on “the need to know basis”.
Wouldn’t it be interesting if you can access the gateway to your full file of golf information before you begin your game? You can; in fact, if you want to see it in action, observe a pro from the time he leaves the clubhouse to the first tee. He is slowly but surely “getting in the mood”. The “gateway” is pre-programmed to open the full file as soon as he can convince his brain he’s ready. Once the gateway is opened, the rest is automatic. Think about it; do you think you can hit a 300 yard drive perfectly with people lined up on the fairway watching your every move, unless you were on automatic?
I know that each of us has the capability of playing extraordinary golf. There are, of course, genetic mutants that will probably be better off going fishing but accessing information and performing at higher potentials is doable. The key is to insure optimum body performance. The job of the “gateway” is to access the highest level of raw data for you to use. Getting in the mood is the way you get to the data but pulling it off is another matter. As I mentioned in previous articles almost all the pros access the services of chiropractic care. Why, because performance is directly responsible to allowing all that wonderful raw data to be used properly by your musculo/skeletal system. For this to occur, being “in the mood” is not enough. In short, the body works better with a good nerve supply than one that is deficient. The ultimate factor in the success of your game is having a body that follows your directions to perfection. Chiropractic offers that opportunity and can truly be the missing link in the puzzle; everything else can be learned, nerves have to be maintained, just ask a pro. Once you understand these concepts you can use “getting in the mood” for…..other things as well !
By Sal Martingano, D.C.
Recently, I’ve been reading articles on the awakening that has taken place in the game of Golf. More television time than ever is being devoted to the major tournaments around the world. Names like Fuzzy, Chi Chi, the “Babe”, no, not Ruth but Babe Zaharius of the 1950’s LPGA fame and now Tiger have become household names in the world of golf. The American public can’t seem to get enough of that little round ball. As a child, I remember my father and uncle passing by Dyker Golf course in Brooklyn, New York on a rainy day. We were on our way to go fishing. My dad commented, “Look at those nuts on the golf course, chasing that little ball around in the rain, what possible enjoyment can you get out of that?” Of course, the golfers on the course were probably saying the same thing about us as we drove by with fishing poles hanging out the window. The point is that golf has come a long way since the days of wood shaft clubs and many of us fisherman have joined the “nuts” on the golf course, even in the rain.
Golf has also caught up with the technology of the day. Titanium clubs, space age materials for the balls and the “sweet spot” on the clubface are all standard issue. Highly manicured courses, designed by the legends of the game, are now the standard in the industry. Media coverage for the game has become outstanding. I remember watching golf on TV as a youngster. All I heard was a “swoosh” as the golfer hit his driver, and then watched nothing but sky for 30 seconds until the camera found where the ball landed. Now the cameras are so sophisticated that you can almost see the dimples on the ball in flight. Absolutely nothing is left to the imagination any longer. Golf has truly come of age.
With more demanding courses and almost weekly tournaments available for the pros to participate in, Golf has become ever more demanding on the body as well. It has been long known that most Olympians now travel with a team chiropractor as part of their health care team. Maybe you didn’t know; but chiropractors are also on board with professional baseball, basketball, soccer and WWF wrestling. Athletes of all walks of life are experiencing the benefits of regular chiropractic care. Most viewers assume that these athletes just seem to go like the “energizer bunny”, week to week in top condition. Nothing is further from the truth. Athletes must put on a show for their audiences. Poise, confidence, consistency, stamina, are all traits that have to be maintained or the pros lose their “super human” status in the eyes of the public (as well as their advertising contracts).
The August 17 /PRNewswire, reported a story about professional golfers using chiropractic on a regular basis. Dr. Tom La Fountain is a chiropractor that travels with the PGA tour and regularly is seen providing chiropractic to the pros. Dr. La Fountain reports that up to 85% of the injuries on the PGA Tour and Senior Tour relate to the spine, and about 70 – 75% of those golfers receive regular chiropractic care.
The August 21, 2000 issue of the Salt Lake Tribune reported that senior pro golfer Doug Tewell was delayed entering the Senior PGA Tour due to spinal problems. Tewell injured his back while playing golf with his son in Oklahoma. The injury kept him in bed for 3 days and required the use of a walker for 2 weeks. On the recommendation of fellow pro Bob Tway, Tewell decided to see a chiropractor. His comments in the Tribune article summed up his reactions, “the most incredible thing, just a few little adjustments,” Tewell said. “I thought I had met Oral Roberts.”
Professional women golfers also utilize chiropractic. Dr. David Stude, a chiropractor and associate professor clinician at Northwestern Health Sciences University, lectures across the country with Lisa Masters, an LPGA golf pro, emphasizing the importance of chiropractic care for golfers. Dr. Stude states, “Normally, each vertebra in the spine moves independently a certain number of degrees when our whole body is involved in an activity. If that is not happening, for example, if two or more segments move as a whole unit, rather than moving independently, it can lead to a kind of vertebral dysfunction and often, a neurological complication called, the Subluxation Complex.”
With golf participation on the rise, more demands will be placed on your body as well. Remember, you can take all the lessons you want; buy the very best equipment available and hit the course in your best spiked shoes; none of it matters if you can’t strike the ball with consistency and accuracy. When all is said and done, it all comes down to you. Is your body up to the task or not? Good golf is a product of mastering the basics and being consistent. Great golf is doing what the pros do. They depend on proper communication to all body parts. Chiropractic is becoming part of that formula, why……..because it works!
by Sal Martingano, D.C.
It is the dream of every serious golfer to be able to follow the directional plan set forth by that inner voice that says, “now just relax, keep your head down, let the club direct the ball, follow through and get ready to receive your congratulations from the foursome.“ You’ve heard that voice a thousand times and rehearsed the rituals over and over in your head; yet somehow, when all is done, the communications broke down. You chalk it up to more practice needed, the wind was too strong, your glove was too tight or you just had a bad day.
Does this sound familiar? Well the rituals may be different but every serious sport enthusiast experiences the same thing. Why can’t you get your body to simply follow the directions of your brain? What occurs between the thought and the implementation? Why can’t you get it right and be consistent? If you are nodding your head about now, you are in for a surprise. Guess what…..It may not be your glove or any of the other excuses you console yourself with. Maybe it’s in your spine.
Over the years I’ve worked with numerous professionals in sports like tennis, bowling and golf. These are single participant sports that rely solely on your ability to execute the wishes of your brain. Professionals are far more consistent with their game than most of the week end duffers yet they too occasionally fall prey to episodes of non-compliance. Why does this occur and what can be done? To the professional taking one or two strokes off their game or adding 5 pins to their average, requires quantum changes. Yet under Chiropractic care this and much more is possible without changing a single thing.
The answer is in knowing what Chiropractic can do. Every thought or action you have requires millions and millions of neurons to fire in synchronization. These neurons are part of the central nervous system and are responsible for ALL body activity. Any interference in that communication highway will result in functional losses. Chiropractic is not really about your pain as much as it is about your life. When nerves lose their ability to faithfully pass along messages from the brain, your performance suffers; your timing is off, your perception changes and most of all you’re just not sure where the loss is coming from. It’s like talking into a microphone with a plastic bag over it.
Perhaps through some twist of fate you are introduced to Chiropractic care. The reasons may be varied but to your surprise your golf game is suddenly taking a turn for the better. Why you ask? The only difference in your life is the Chiropractic care; could this somehow be responsible? The answer is usually yes. However the reason is not what you expected. You thought the Chiropractor was going to stop your neck from getting so stiff but what you didn’t know is that removing spinal interference not only improves joint mobility but also improves the neurological transfer of information from the brain to every cell in your body. The result is that for the first time your body is faithfully following the directional plan of the brain without effort. You can suddenly follow through without forcing it, your stroke becomes effortless and it doesn’t matter what glove you’re wearing. You’ve finally got your act together. The result is that you take several strokes off your game.
Every professional or serious sports participant I’ve ever worked with has told me this story. The reason why this occurs with such regularity is that the body works better with a good nerve supply than one that is interfered with. Along with the added benefits of proper joint mobility and muscle tone, you are looking at the perfect secret weapon……yourself ! The secret is that there is no secret. Chiropractic consistently allows the body to express itself at a higher level. Professionals are aware of this wonderful gift and take full advantage of it. Did you know that nearly every professional in sports today either travels with a Chiropractor or has access to Chiropractic along their routes, as part of their healthcare team? Every professional wrestler or baseball team has a Chiropractor on board. Every Olympic sports team, travel with their own Chiropractor. You may not see them, but they are there. I know, I’m one of them.
The point is that Chiropractic is not a subset of medicine and in fact, is not an alternative to any form of healthcare. Chiropractic removes nerve interference that may exist in the spinal column. In doing so it enhances ALL bodily functions, therefore allowing the body to perform at a higher level of its potential.
As with all things of lasting value, it’s the simplicity that makes it unique. If you are a golfer who would like to check out what your true potential can be, give Chiropractic a try. You can pay for lessons to improve your technique but execution is another matter. Proper execution is an “innate function” that can be faithfully duplicated. Either you have it or you don’t.
Perhaps Chiropractic can help bring out the “innate function” in you.