SEPTEMBER 21, 2020 BY ZEN HONEYCUTT LEAVE A COMMENT
COVID-19 has impacted our society in many ways. Health challenges, loss of loved ones, economic struggles, and stress are high on our list of where we are directing our attention. Our hearts go out to everyone who is being challenged today. And also high on the list of public attention is the focus on solutions.
We want solutions now! Unfortunately, some are focusing on and putting all their eggs in one basket. Including possibly ineffective solutions. The COVID-19 situation has turned out to be an opportunity for mass media commercials to promote unproven vaccines as the be-all, end-all solution.
At Moms Across America, we have seen and heard from thousands of families who have been impacted by the toxins in today’s vaccines (mercury, glyphosate, aluminum, Polysorbate 80, etc.) and the number of vaccines (16 vaccines, 69 doses by age 18). This is not your mother’s vaccine schedule!
A Fully Informed CommunityWe are committed to empowering mothers and others with actions and solutions to create healthy communities. That includes providing information about vaccine contaminants, the overwhelming vaccine schedule, and lack of safety testing. Our belief is that parents and everyone deserve to be fully informed, that their health is more important than the profits of vaccine manufacturers or the false comfort of the misleading concept of herd immunity.
The fact is that new reports say that the COVID-19 virus has already mutated 30 times. Experts in the field have reported that creating a vaccine for coronavirus in cats was ineffective. It is most likely going to be impossible to develop a vaccine based on the fact that the virus mutates.
Based on historical data from previous flu vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine is likely to either not be effective (flu shots have been about 20% effective) or could shed the virus, spreading it further. That is not acceptable.
The FactsIn fact, based on previous testing of childhood vaccines, this new vaccine is likely to contain glyphosate weedkiller, aluminum, Polysorbate 80, and other toxins which can be permanently harmful. Again, unacceptable.
In addition, we do not believe that an ineffective, toxin-containing COVID-19 vaccine, that we have to wait for 18 months, is the solution. It is vital that we boost our immunity NOW and can do so.
In addition, we also research and provide possible solutions. Experts from many areas of the naturopathic, holistic, integrative, and functional medicine health care sector advise boosting our immunity naturally. There are so many easy ways to boost our immune systems naturally – you may recognize many on this list and comment below to add a few more of your own.
The SolutionIn addition to finding a drugless healthcare provider like the doctors, chiropractors, in The 100 Year Lifestyle Network, adjust your lifestyle in the following ways…
Let’s be the ones to bring the truth, to inspire actions, and to rally the hope that we all so desperately need right now.
You are invited to be a part of a social media campaign called “Show Us Your Natural Immunity Booster!” Will you post a photo of yourself, every day for 1 week (dates), doing something, drinking something, or eating something that boosts immunity naturally? Photos of you in your garden, eating whole fruit, juicing a handful of greens, doing yoga with your kids…images of these positive, happy and healthy activities could really make a difference for all of our communities.
Imagine all the smiling faces and good actions we can create together!
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How Does COVID-19 Affect the Body?After the incubation period, the virus moves into the lungs where it begins its replication process. When this occurs, the immune system releases a plethora of inflammatory cytokines and chemokines to initiate and drive the immune response. At this point, three factors can occur which determine whether an individual experiences few symptoms with a good outcome or becomes severely ill.
Immune overdrive from the virus can cause a cytokine storm which injures the host cells. The cytokine storm involves high levels of proinflammatory cytokines such as IL-6, IL-10, and tumor necrosis factors (TNF-α) being released. Acute resiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) can occur as a result of the cytokine storm.
In some individuals who are infected by SARS-CoV-2, the activation of the complement system induced by the virus becomes unrestrained which causes inflammation, endothelial cell injuries, thrombus formation, and intravascular coagulation. Microcirculation blockage in the lung can lead to decreased oxygen intake.
When the epithelia of the vascular system are severely damaged, it triggers blood clot formation which, along with the cellular debris that falls off from the lining, can block the body’s circulation in other organs. Patients can develop severe circulatory problems such as deep venous thrombosis and thrombotic arterial complications resulting in serious conditions.
T Cell Levels
The outcome of COVID-19 has a wide spectrum of symptoms ranging from asymptomatic, mild response with symptoms just like the regular flu, to terminally ill. Researchers have tried to identify the cause of the difference and have found that the mild form of COVID-19 have healthy levels of circulating T cells including CD4 and CD8.
T cell exhaustion markers and serum cytokine levels from 522 patients with COVID-19 and 40 healthy controls showed that in COVID-19 patients requiring Intensive Care Unit (ICU) care the number of total T cells, CD4+, and CD8+ T cells were dramatically reduced.
In summary, the unfavorable clinical outcome in some individuals with SARS-CoV2 infections are caused by multiple factors which include a cytokine storm that causes ARDS, unstrained complement activation which causes epithelial damage and blood clot formation, and low circulating T cell levels which renders a decreased immunity to the viral infection.
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Boosting your nutrientsEven in the diets of registered dietitians such as myself, there is room for improvement when it comes to getting all the necessary nutrients our bodies need. Although your body will let you know if you're running low on key nutrients, it's better to be ahead of the curve and give it all the vitamins and minerals it needs. Here are tips from dietitians on how to squeeze more nutrients into your diet—especially ones you might be lacking.
PotassiumThe DASH Diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) uncovered a crucial link between increased potassium intake and improvement in blood pressure levels. Multiple fruits and vegetables supply potassium, most notably broccoli, tomatoes, sweet and white potatoes, citrus fruits, bananas, and dried fruits. (This is a great example of how a diet with a wide variety of foods is the best bet.) A potassium deficiency may affect your heart, kidneys, and muscle functions. Avoid high potassium supplements, however, especially if you take heart or kidney medications.
Essential fatty acids"My nutrition shortfall is definitely omega-3 fatty acids. I worry that I am not getting enough because I don't eat seafood. We all have foods that we don't like and seafood is mine. I don't take supplements. Because of this, I am constantly aware that my body may be lacking. I vary my cooking oils and use canola oil when I need a flavorless oil, I eat walnuts regularly and use them in foods like pesto (instead of pine nuts) and add them to breads, and I eat eggs that contain omega-3 fatty acids. I think that being aware of what is lacking in our diet is half the battle." --Sarah Pflugradt, MS, RDN, LDN owner of salubriousrd.com.
Vitamin CNope, it won't free you from the common cold forever, but getting enough vitamin C does boost your immune system and provide antioxidants for preventing chronic diseases. The best food sources include bell peppers, oranges, kiwi, broccoli, strawberries, and Brussels sprouts. If these foods aren't in your typical repertoire, consider supplementing with 75 mg vitamin C daily. Add an additional 35 mg per day if you're a smoker.
Vitamin D"A few years ago, I got tested at my doctor's office and it turned out that I had very low vitamin D levels. I wear sunscreen daily and work indoors so I knew that my access to vitamin D through sunlight was pretty limited. I started taking a vitamin D supplement daily and also try to include good sources of vitamin D in my diet every day, like eggs (keep the yolks for the vitamin D!), salmon or tuna, and cheese. My levels have improved, but I still need to be vigilant to keep them in the normal range." --Andrea Goergen, MHS, RDN, LDN, owner of Cultivate Healthy in Washington, D.C.
IronVegetarians miss out on one of the richest sources of iron—beef. Thankfully, iron-fortified breads and cereals, as well as legumes—kidney beans, chickpeas, white beans, and lentils—are excellent sources for iron. Iron is essential for healthy blood, growth, and development. No surprise then that pregnant women need significantly more iron (27 mg per day) than non-pregnant women (18 mg per day). Dietitians who are pregnant can usually be found with iron supplements in their cupboard to enrich their diet.
CalciumThis is my weakness: Because I've never liked milk or yogurt, and I limit my cheese intake due to genetically high cholesterol, calcium is the nutrient I struggle with. I rely on almond milk, tofu, kale, almonds, and sneaking Greek yogurt into recipes. Even so, I do not meet the recommended intake level of 1,000 mg per day. Calcium is essential for bone health, especially with my family history of osteoporosis. Supplements help me reach that goal every day.
ProbioticsEssential for healthy gut function, and potentially helpful for mood regulation and improvement of allergies, probiotics can be difficult to come by in a regular diet. Foods rich in probiotics include fermented foods such as kefir, tempeh, sauerkraut, and miso, or fortified yogurt. If these aren't part of your routine, a supplement may be a good call.
Choline"This is a nutrient that most Americans (89 percent!) aren't getting enough of, and it's now pegged a nutrient of concern by the 2015 to 2020 Dietary Guidelines. The Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) is 550 mg. Because many of the great choline sources are things like beef, salmon, and chicken, it can be hard for vegetarians like me to get enough. So on days that I know I'm not eating enough vegetarian sources, I'll take a supplement. Choline plays an important role in liver health, as well as the transport of fats throughout the body."--Amy Gorin, MS, RD owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Vitamin EFood allergies to certain nuts (sunflower seeds, peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts) or oils (corn, safflower, soy) can interfere with ability to consume enough vitamin E. With the DRI for adults of 15 mg, these allergies or very-low-fat diets affect adequate intake. Even dietitians admit to the investment of supplementing vitamin E. A powerful antioxidant, vitamin E may prevent chronic diseases and improve immune function.
FiberEssential for healthy gut function, but also shown to play a role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and certain cancers, fiber is lacking in the typical American diet. The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for adults is 25 grams per day. Without a strong presence of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your day, you will struggle to reach this goal. Sneaking fiber into breakfast smoothies with fresh berries or ground flaxseed or eating a high-fiber cereal first thing in the morning makes for a great start to the day.
Vitamin B12"Vitamin B12 is hard to get enough of as a vegetarian since many of the good sources are animal-based. While I aim to eat foods like eggs and dairy that contain vitamin B12, I often don't get enough, so I do take a supplement daily. Vitamin B12 is important for important bodily functions like production of red blood cells and proper maintenance of the central nervous system." --Gorin
MagnesiumYou may be surprised to learn that magnesium is essential in more than 300 metabolic functions. It's hidden in a variety of foods, including almonds, spinach, cashews, shredded wheat, beans, and soy milk, so it's certainly possible to eat enough through diet alone. However, if you're one of those super picky eaters, you may not get enough. Most multi-vitamin/mineral supplements contain magnesium, so that can cover your shortfall.
Vitamin K"I fall short on vitamin K which works with vitamin D to strengthen bones. Those taking vitamin D need adequate vitamin K (among other things like calcium) to help build and preserve bone. Try to get as much as you can from food sources via dark leafy greens, beans, scallions, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and prunes (dried plums). Make sure not to take vitamin K supplements without speaking to your doctor as it can interfere with medications." --Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, owner of NutritionStarringYOU.com.
In addition, studies show that if you walk regularly and quickly enough, it could be the only aerobic exercise you need to keep your heart and lungs healthy.
It's also accessible, easy, and free. So if you're one of the 47% of adults in the US who don't meet the CDC's Physical Activity Guidelines for aerobic activity, then walking is a habit worth pursuing and keeping.
Here's seven research-backed health benefits of walking, as well as how fast, long, and regularly you should walk to reap them.
1. Burn calories and lose weight Walking increases your heart rate, causing you to expend energy and burn calories just like other forms of physical activity such as running, swimming, or cycling. How many calories you burn depends on how fast you walk, for how long, the terrain, and your weight.
A 2020 study published in the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research found that participants burned an average of 89 calories walking 1,600 meters (about 1 mile). That was only around 20% less than the 113 calories other participants burned running the same distance.
And across the results of nine different walking studies in this 2008 review published in the Annals of Family Medicine, participants lost an average of 0.05 kilograms (0.1 pounds) per week as a result of increasing their step count by between 1,827 and 4,556 steps per day. Overall, that translated to a weight loss of about 5 pounds a year on average across all studies.
The American College of Sports Medicine offers recommendations for how much time people who are overweight or obese should dedicate to physical activity each week to prevent and promote weight loss. It goes as follows:
2. Increase energy levelsWalking increases blood flow around the body so that more blood — containing oxygen and nutrients for fuel — can reach the large muscles in the legs as well as the brain. This is what makes you feel energized, according to Pete McCall CSCS, exercise physiologist, personal trainer, and author.
In addition, walking and other types of physical exercise have been shown to increase the amount of a type of protein found in the brain, called brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). BDNF may be responsible for how well you can think, learn, and memorize — amongst other functions in the brain.
"There is a correlation between a brisk walk and elevated levels of BDNF, which can help improve overall cognition, or thought processing," says McCall.
A 2008 study published in the Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic journal found that previously sedentary adults reported feeling more energetic and less fatigued after just 20 minutes of low to moderate aerobic exercise — including walking — for three days a week over a six week period.
And this 2017 study conducted on sleep deprived women aged 18 to 23, published in the journal of Physiology & Behavior, found that walking up and down the stairs for just 10 minutes at a low to moderate intensity was more energizing than consuming 50mg of caffeine, or about half a cup of coffee.
3. Boost immune system Walking briskly and regularly can also help protect you from getting a cold, the flu, or other immune-related illnesses.
That's because physical exercise like walking increases the amount of white blood cells circulating in your blood. These cells fight infection and other diseases as part of the body's immune system.
A 2013 study of 800 young adults over six years published in the World Journal of Experimental Medicine showed that white blood cell count increased significantly after just five minutes of exercise.
And this 2005 study published the American College of Sports Medicine's flagship journal measured the white blood cell count of 15 adults immediately after a 30 minute walk as well as after sitting down for the same amount of time. It also found a significant increase in white blood cells.
Walking has also been linked to a lower number of sick days taken. A 2011 study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine tracked 1000 adults during flu season. Those who walked at a moderate pace for 30 to 45 minutes a day had 43% fewer sick days and fewer upper respiratory tract infections overall.
Their symptoms were also less severe if they did get sick. That was compared to adults in the study who were sedentary.
4. Ease painWalking can also help relieve pain from stiffness in your body by warming up your muscles, making it easier to move, according to McCall.
"The motion can elevate tissue temperature making it easier for muscles to lengthen and shorten — as temperature increases, muscles move more easily," says McCall.
In addition, walking can increase levels of certain types of chemicals in your brain — known scientifically as neurotransmitters — which help your nervous system work effectively. This can include a type of neurotransmitter that reduces pain.
"The first few minutes of walking might be uncomfortable but after five to seven minutes the body warms up, blood is flowing, and neurotransmitter production increases helping reduce pain," says McCall.
For this reason, walking is often recommended to alleviate pain and reduce disability in patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions — that is, pain that affects the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves — such as lower back pain.
There is also evidence of patients who are hospitalized with chronic musculoskeletal pain in the spine or limbs reporting less pain the more they walked.
5. Improve heart health Walking has been found to reduce your risk of cardiovascular events — that's any incident which causes damage to your heart, such as a heart attack — by 31%.
This was evident even at a moderate pace of about 2 miles per hour and at distances of just over one mile a day for five days a week, or 5.5 miles per week.
But the longer and faster you walk, the greater the benefits and protection of your heart. A 2017 study of more than 50,000 adults in the UK, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, found that people who walked at an average or quick pace between five and 10 hours a week were about 24% less likely to die from heart disease compared to slow walkers.
6. Reduce stress, improve mood, and fight depressionAerobic exercise including walking can help you feel more relaxed, reduce stress, and fight depression.
The reason aerobic workouts lift our spirits seems related to their ability to reduce levels of natural stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, according to this 2015 study in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science.
Just a 30-minute walk is enough to lift the mood of someone suffering from major depressive disorder, according to a 2005 study published in the journal of the American College of Sports Medicine.
And a 2019 study published in the official journal of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) found that three hours of exercise a week, no matter the type of activity, decreased the risk of depression in people who had already experienced feeling depressed.
7. Extend life expectancyWalking has also been linked to a decreased risk of mortality, or a longer life expectancy. And the longer and faster you walk, the more it increases your life expectancy.
This 2011 study published by the British Medical Association followed 27,738 participants aged 40 to 79 years for a 13 year period and found that participants who walked for more than one hour a day had a longer life expectancy than participants who walked for less than one hour a day.
Following 50,225 walkers over 14 years, another 2018 study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine looked at the association of walking at a faster pace with factors like overall causes of death, cardiovascular disease, and death from cancer.
The researchers found that the quicker you walk, the lower your risk of overall death. For example, walking at an average pace resulted in a 20% reduced risk of overall death when compared to walking at a slow pace. And walking at a brisk or fast pace — at least 4 miles per hour — reduced the risk by 24% compared to walking at a slow pace.
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Analysis: Is now a good time to buy stocks?Cathy Borland sits on a lawn chair at the end of her daughter’s driveway. She’s with her husband, Bob. The two watch from afar as their grandchildren chase one another around the front yard. While she smiles on the outside sadness lies within. Cathy and Bob are social distancing—times five. That is, if the couple were at a ball game, they’d be in the nosebleed section.
© Provided by FOX News Fox News medical contributor Dr. Janette Nesheiwat explains.Borland lives just north of New York City, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus. Aside from the one visit to her daughter’s house, Borland hasn’t left her home in four weeks.
“You worry because it doesn’t seem to be getting any better and I’m just so afraid for my kids and my grandchildren,” Borland said. “You just don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s stressful…it’s stressful.”
Borland will pick weeds in her garden to ease her anxiousness, watch a movie or experiment with new recipes. At the end of the day, Borland says her prayers, lays her head on her pillow and falls asleep. The next six hours will be her only respite from worry.
Health experts are urging people to stay calm during the COVID-19 pandemic— to try meditating, exercising or learning a new skill to name a few. People know what to do, but the question is why they should do it.
A bidirectional relationship exists between chronic disease and anxiety. The more one worries, the more likely a person will develop a chronic condition. At the same time, a chronic condition induces anxiety.
“Anxiety is meant to pass through the body,” Carol Ewing-Garber, PhD and director of the applied physiology lab at Columbia University, Teachers College, told Fox News. “When a person holds onto stress, harmful biological changes occur causing damage making a person more susceptible to heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer among other illnesses including the coronavirus.”
The biological changes activate a person’s sympathetic nervous system -- the part of the body that is responsible for our fight or flight response. When under stress, the system releases hormones called catecholamines. Under the umbrella of catecholamines are hormones, including adrenaline, epinephrine noradrenaline and norepinephrine, Ewing-Garber said.
“The release of these catecholamines ramps up the cardiovascular system and affects blood flow to the body. In itself, this response does not cause damage to the body—it facilitates necessary bodily functions to meet immediate needs and is quickly resolved,” she said.
However, if the response remains consistently in high gear and a person remains in a chronic period of stress, the result is damaging and reduces our immune function. This potentially puts a person at-risk of contracting a COVID-19 infection. Also, if an anxious individual contracts the virus, the person is more likely to experience complications.
John Allegrante, PhD and professor of health education, also of Columbia University, agreed. Anxiety has a deleterious impact on bodily functions such as breathing, the heartbeat and digestion, he said.
“What’s so damaging about the current situation, where there is not only the uncertainty of the seriousness of infection with COVID-19 and the uncertainty of what we face in the aftermath, is that chronic stress and the prolonged state of heightened vigilance can be exhausting to the human spirit, which only furthers the spiral of anxiety,” he said.
That is, not getting the pause from anxiety is likely to be almost as debilitating as the risk of acquiring the virus itself.
But it’s not only about the anxiety-related risk of a coronavirus infection. It’s also about what’s to come in terms of economic repercussions. The economy is in turmoil. Businesses are closing. Unemployment has skyrocketed. And people are glued to the stock market as they watch their retirement funds disappear.
This is called financial anxiety, according to Dan Gertrude, CPA and founder of New Jersey-based Gertrude and Company, and it has the same deadly effects.
“As far as anxiety and financial anxiety [during the COVID-19 pandemic]…I’ve been dealing with it as much as my clients,” he said. “That fear comes from the unknown. The unknown triggers financial anxiety especially now and I have to get my clients to a point where they can be certain about uncertainty.”
Part of that is, Gertrude, also the author of best- selling book, Positive Financial Karma, said, is getting his clients to recognize that everyone is going through this. But if his clients are so caught up in anxiety, they aren’t listening making it difficult for them make good financial decisions.
The world is not going to be the same after this and those who are going to be most financially successful are going to be the ones who adapt to the new normal and we can’t be afraid of that,” he said.
But aside from the economic anxieties, worrying that a loved one will become infected with COVID-19 or die as a result of complications from it seems to be hitting people the hardest, at least for Borland.
“The fear and anxiety that someone I love will contract the coronavirus is a feeling that might never go away,” she says. “I’m trying to be strong, but it’s heartbreaking. It’s just heartbreaking."
March 20, 2019 by Dr. Eric Plasker 12 Comments
The debate between vaxxers and anti-vaxxers is raging as a blitzkrieg of legislation is attempting to be bullied through government agencies mandating that every child be vaccinated, while eliminating personal and religious exemptions. There are so many important factors in play, but for the sake of political urgency, this letter to federal agencies from the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons is on point!
The letter, as published on their website, is reprinted below in its entirety with a link to their site. Also included in this article is a link to Robert Kennedy’s Facebook Page, Childrens Health Defense where you can hear important testimony related to this issue.
Evidence that Big Pharma and the federal agencies who oversee them, like the FDA and CDC, cannot be trusted to ensure our safety is everywhere! Examples include…
Here is the letter…
To: Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee
Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
Re: Statement federal vaccine mandates
Feb. 26, 2019
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) strongly opposes federal interference in medical decisions, including mandated vaccines. After being fully informed of the risks and benefits of a medical procedure, patients have the right to reject or accept that procedure. The regulation of medical practice is a state function, not a federal one. Governmental preemption of patients’ or parents’ decisions about accepting drugs or other medical interventions is a serious intrusion into individual liberty, autonomy, and parental decisions about child-rearing.
A public health threat is the rationale for the policy on mandatory vaccines. But how much of a threat is required to justify forcing people to accept government-imposed risks? Regulators may intervene to protect the public against a one-in-one million risk of a threat such as cancer from an involuntary exposure to a toxin, or-one-in 100,000 risk from a voluntary (e.g. occupational) exposure. What is the risk of death, cancer, or crippling complication from a vaccine? There are no rigorous safety studies of sufficient power to rule out a much higher risk of complications, even one in 10,000, for vaccines. Such studies would require an adequate number of subjects, a long duration (years, not days), an unvaccinated control group (“placebo” must be truly inactive such as saline, not the adjuvant or everything-but-the-intended-antigen), and consideration of all adverse health events (including neurodevelopment disorders).
Vaccines are necessarily risky, as recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court and by Congress. The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has paid some $4 billion in damages, and high hurdles must be surmounted to collect compensation. The damage may be so devastating that most people would prefer restored function to a multimillion-dollar damage award.
The smallpox vaccine is so dangerous that you can’t get it now, despite the weaponization of smallpox. Rabies vaccine is given only after a suspected exposure or to high-risk persons such as veterinarians. The whole-cell pertussis vaccine was withdrawn from the U.S. market, a decade later than from the Japanese market, because of reports of severe permanent brain damage. The acellular vaccine that replaced it is evidently safer, though somewhat less effective.
The risk: benefit ratio varies with the frequency and severity of disease, vaccine safety, and individual patient factors. These must be evaluated by patient and physician, not imposed by a government agency.
Measles is the much-publicized threat used to push for mandates, and is probably the worst threat among the vaccine-preventable illnesses because it is so highly contagious. There are occasional outbreaks, generally starting with an infected individual coming from somewhere outside the U.S. The majority, but by no means all the people who catch the measles have not been vaccinated. Almost all make a full recovery, with robust, life-long immunity. The last measles death in the U.S. occurred in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC). Are potential measles complications including death in persons who cannot be vaccinated due to immune deficiency a justification for revoking the rights of all Americans and establishing a precedent for still greater restrictions on our right to give—or withhold—consent to medical interventions? Clearly not.
Many serious complications have followed MMR vaccination, and are listed in the manufacturers’ package insert, though a causal relationship may not have been proved. According to a 2012 report by the Cochrane Collaboration, “The design and reporting of safety outcomes in MMR vaccine studies, both pre- and post-marketing, are largely inadequate” (cited by the National Vaccine Information Center).
Mandate advocates often assert a need for a 95% immunization rate to achieve herd immunity. However, Mary Holland and Chase Zachary of NYU School of Law argue, in the Oregon Law Review, that because complete herd immunity and measles eradication are unachievable, the better goal is for herd effect and disease control. The best outcome would result, they argue, from informed consent, more open communication, and market-based approaches.
Even disregarding adverse vaccine effects, the results of near-universal vaccination have not been completely positive. Measles, when it does occur, is four to five times worse than in pre-vaccination times, according to Lancet Infectious Diseases, because of the changed age distribution: more adults, whose vaccine-based immunity waned, and more infants, who no longer receive passive immunity from their naturally immune mother to protect them during their most vulnerable period.
Measles is a vexing problem, and more complete, forced vaccination will likely not solve it. Better public health measures—earlier detection, contact tracing, and isolation; a more effective, safer vaccine; or an effective treatment are all needed. Meanwhile, those who choose not to vaccinate now might do so in an outbreak, or they can be isolated. Immunosuppressed patients might choose isolation in any event because vaccinated people can also possibly transmit measles even if not sick themselves.
Issues that Congress must consider:
AAPS represents thousands of physicians in all specialties nationwide. It was founded in 1943 to protect private medicine and the patient-physician relationship.
Jane M. Orient, M.D., Executive Director
Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
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We’re all aware of the serious problem in the US with opiate addiction. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 115 Americans die from opiate overdoses each day (about 43,000 a year), and we spend about $78 billion on the total costs of opiate abuse. Opioid addiction is crippling our economy and many communities.
Many people who become addicted to opiates are first introduced to them by doctors who prescribe them for chronic pain. A recent study in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that 60% of opioid overdoses first used these drugs when given a prescription for chronic, non-cancer pain: 59% of those patients were prescribed painkillers for chronic back pain and 24% were for chronic headache.
In summary: 36% of people who died from opioid overdoses were first given a narcotic because they had back pain.
Chiropractic: Working with the Root Cause of PainChiropractic takes a different approach to pain by working to help the body repair the root cause of the problem rather than simply masking the symptoms, like opiates do. Remember: painkillers don’t repair injuries or damaged tissue; they simply stop the brain from processing pain, leaving the underlying problem. If the problem isn’t treated and the normal function isn’t restored to the body, the pain will return.
Numerous studies have found that chiropractic care is equally (or even more) effective than medical care for a variety of pain conditions, including back pain, sciatica, headache, and scoliosis. And since chiropractors don’t prescribe drugs or perform surgery, patients who get adjustments don’t have to worry about the negative side effects that come with these treatments…including addiction.
Even the American Medical Association has acknowledged that chiropractic adjustments should be a course of treatment before surgery is considered for back pain.
The US Department of Veterans Affairs has also seen the benefits of chiropractic care in the treatment of pain and, over the last few years, dramatically increased the utilization of chiropractic for veterans.
Chiropractic Patients Use Fewer OpiatesNow a new study1 from the VA looked at the relationship between chiropractic care and opioid consumption in returning veterans. In this study, the researchers looked at the health records of 14,000 individuals who had received at least one chiropractic adjustment. The authors found:
“The percentage of veterans receiving opioid prescriptions was lower in each of the three 30-day time frames assessed after the index chiropractic visit than before. Our work did not attempt to assess causation or otherwise explain this observation. Veterans may have been referred to chiropractic care as part of an opioid taper plan, or those who agreed to chiropractic care may have been inherently less likely to seek opioid prescriptions. However, it is also possible that the delivery of chiropractic care may have been a substitute for opioid use in our sample, which raises interesting research, policy, and practice considerations as the VA continues to expand chiropractic services. This is particularly relevant in light of other work that has shown a negative correlation between chiropractic use and opioid use in private sector populations.”
This is not the first study to show that chiropractic patients are less likely to use opiates.
Written by: Michael Melton on September 16, 2018.Modified on September 23, 2018.