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Sunday, February 27, 2011

San Anselmo neighbor's Big Mistake

I saw neighbors of mine (I live in San Anselmo) today, that I haven't seen in a while. It was most disturbing. Why?

This couple had significant health problems that were obvious to me when we first met, when they moved in, maybe 17, 18 years ago. She had serious mental problems, and Lyme's Disease. He had back and neck pain, and high blood pressure. Of course, I invited them to my office to get checked for Vertebral Subluxation. She said: "I'm a nurse, you know." I said "So? I've had many nurses as practice members. As a nurse, you should understand the limitations and the dangers of Medicine better than most." Anyway, they declined my offer.

On other occasions, I, again, offered my help. Each time, the same "I am a nurse" response. Each time, the both of them, under standard (or substandard care, depending upon your view of that institution that begins with a "K") medical care, were obviously deteriorating. The fact that this couple was/is about the same age as me made it that more poignant.

She, with her mental problems, was on an ever-changing set of psychotropic medications, and getting much worse. Beginning about 10 years ago, she had developed a condition known as akithesia, which is characterized by strong, repetitive twisting, involuntary motions, usually of the head and neck. Obviously, these psychotropic drugs are causing serious brain damage. instead of helping the brain function. Now, she is described as having Alzheimer's. A good medical excuse for the damage that they have caused.

His back and neck problems, of course, worsened over the years. His pain has become more serious, so the his pain medications have continued, and escalated, so much so that now his speech is slurred, perhaps permanently. One hand/forearm is in a brace on a regular basis. He requires a cane, because of a serious loss of balance. He now has "brittle diabetes," in other words, his blood sugar cannot be well-regulated by medication.

What if this couple had listened to me 17, 18 years ago? What if they had the CAUSE of their LACK OF HEALTH... Vertebral Subluxation... corrected, instead of their symptoms attacked by dangerous drugs? How much better, happier, healthier would they be today?

THINK! Who is the ONE person who you know who is like this.... falling, falling, falling... into the Medical Pit of destructive drugs and dangerous surgery? Email them, or call them now. Have a talk with them. Talk some sense into them. Ask them if it would be OK if I called them. Then, call me.

Let's help some people today!

Don Harte, D.C.
Marin Straight Chiropractor
Slayer of Subluxation

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Pediatricians Can't Read?

Just got this an a PDR (Physicians' Desk Reference) update:

Parents Still Giving Cough, Cold Meds to Kids Under 2: Poll

Many caregivers, doctors not heeding FDA warning about dangers of over-the-counter drugs

imageWEDNESDAY, Feb. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Many American parents of children aged 2 and younger still give over-the-counter cough and cold medicines to their kids despite U.S. Food and Drug Administration warnings to the contrary, researchers have found.

In response to research linking over-the-counter (or OTC) cough and cold medicines to poisoning or death in hundreds of children ages 2 years and younger, the FDA said in 2008 that the products should not be given to children in this age group.

In addition, studies have shown that these medicines have little benefit in controlling symptoms.

A new national poll of over 300 parents of children ages 6 months to 2 years found that 61 percent of parents gave OTC cough and cold medicines to their children within the last 12 months.

In addition, more than half of the parents said their child's doctor said the medicines are safe for children under 2 years, and about half reported that their doctor said the medicines are effective, according to the results released Feb. 15 by the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health.


So, do you still think pediatricians know what they're doing? They don't even follow their own guidelines, warnings, etc.

Trust your children's health to Chiropractic. Safe. Sensible. Who else wil correct their subluxation, allowing them to heal and to more fully express their genetic potential? You can't find genetic potential in a bottle of pills, or some neurotoxic vaccines.

Don Harte, D.C.
Corte Madera Straight Chiropractic
Liberator of Innate

Friday, February 25, 2011

Marin, Massage Therapists and Chiropractic

Recently, I saw a Marin Groupon (for those not familiar with Groupon, it is an internet thing that offers deals on a variety of things) for a chiropractor in San Anselmo, which is where I live. (The office is in Corte Madera.) Perhaps for this reason, I got ticked off more than usual.

Why? The meat of the deal was based upon getting a massage, with an optional chiropractic exam. Hey, there's nothing wrong with massage, but it is in no way part of Chiropractic, and should not be associated with Chiropractic. (The reason why it is sometimes associated with Chiropractic is pure marketing.)

This whole massage-Chiropractic thing pulls Chiropractic deeper into the popular misconception that it is a pain relief thing, even a relaxation thing, and, so, a casual thing, as is massage. Bad enough that so many people think this. This is a particular problem in "New Age," mellow Marin. It is, in my opinion, an abomination for chiropractors to perpetuate this nonsense, especially in Marin.

Let's be clear. Chiropractors change lives, and save lives, by detecting and correcting Vertebral Subluxation, interference to the brain and the nervous system. It is this system that controls and coordinates everything in your body... every system, every organ, every tissue, every cell. Any interference with this vital communication takes away from health, allowing less function, and eventually disease to occur.

It's nice to have 50 minutes of relaxation from a massage now and again, but it is hardly in the same league with a chiropractic adjustment, let alone ongoing chiropractic care. So why should it be in the same office? And why should it be used to promote a chiropractic office?

What do you think?

Don Harte, D.C.
Corte Madera Straight Chiropractor
Liberator of Innate

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

"Can Psychiatry be a Science?"

Like the headline? It is the sub-headline of an article from last year in "The New Yorker," called "Head Case." A lot of good insights as to the gross non-specificity, the gross subjectivity, of psychiatry. Speaking of good insights (if you are a Practice Member), when was the last time you took a look at the pile of great magazine articles (of which this is one) and scientific articles in the reception room? How about the stuff on the walls? Where else are you going to find this sort of thing?

Read the article. Some good historical perspective, and some serious questioning of both the pill camp and the talk camp.

Let me simplify. All mental problems take place in the mind, which is in the brain. (Technically, the part of the brain called the limbic system, involved with emotional states, goes beyond the brian, down the cord, to approximately the level of the 6th thoracic vertebra.) The brain... the nervous system... this is what I do as a straight chiropractor.

You having mental problems or challenges? How many people do you know having these sorts of problems, icluding children? How many of these poor folks are taking dangerous anti-depressants, anxioloytics, sedatives, anti-convulsants and/or anti-psychotics, and would like to get off the junk? Get them on the phone to me today.

Do I treat mental illness? No. I seek to correct Cause... Vertebral Subluxation, allowing body and mind to heal.

Don Harte, D.C.
Marin Straight Chiropractor
Liberator of Innate

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Psychotropic Drug Devastation: Legal, Illegal

A couple of weeks ago, I spent some time with an acquaintance of mine, who really needed some time. He was losing his mind, and knew it.

Way back in the late 60's, he did way too much LSD. (And some, especially in Marin, still think Timothy Leary was a genius. No. He was, however, fairly successful in bringing about the realization of one of his battle cries: "Bring it all down, Man." And so it has come down.)

So, he was always a little "off," and very prone to depression. This time, he was deeper in the pit than I had ever seen him. Yes, he was under the care of both a psychologist and a psychiatrist. Yes, he had a variety of prescriptions, from anti-depressants to anti-anxiety agents to anti-psychotics.

He was cogent enough to articulate that the (legal, prescribed) drugs he was taking were destroying his mind, but that he needed more and more powerful drugs just to get by. For the first time, I saw him exhibiting a condition known as akithesia, episodes of involuntary muscle jerks, brought about by the anti-psychotics.

Some think that illegal psychotropic (mind-altering) drugs are cool, and safe. Many think that legally prescribed psychotropic drugs are safe and effective. If you met this man, and say his pain, you would realize that both illegal and legal psychotropic drugs are dangerous to the individual, and a blight upon society.

That includes the "pushers," legal as well as illegal.

"What else can I do???"  The mind is within the brain. The brain is part of the nervous system, a system that is basically contiguous. Affect the nervous system with interference to its proper functioning, vertebral subluxation, anywhere in the spine, and you affect the brain. This holds, in the spine, as far away as the coccyx, the tailbone. Subluxation there directly impacts the meninges, the "bag" that holds the cerebro-spinal fluid.

Mental/emotional challenges? Begin with correcting Vertebral Subluxation, allowing your nervous system, INCLUDING YOUR BRAIN, to function better. Get straight chiropractic care now.

Don Harte, D.C.
Corte Madera Straight Chiropractor
Liberator of Innate

Marin Neurologists? What? Why? The Marin IJ?

Looking for something on the net today, I came across "Neurologists reject claim in Novato Stroke." It was listed in the Marin Independent Journal, February 8th, 2011.

Hmmm. Sound interesting. So, I clicked on it: what came up on the IJ site was:

Thank you for visiting Marin Independent Journal. We are sorry the article that you requested is no longer available. Please search for this article in our archive search.

So, I went to the archives, and nothing was there. Sounds like a scene taking place at the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell's classic novel, 1984. I wonder what is going on? Another case of iatrogenic (physician-caused) death? Hey, a recent article in US News and World Report put that figure at 180,000 deaths, annually (USA). Which is 180,000 deaths more than from Chiropractic (zero deaths).

To whom do you put your trust in? THINK!

I've always said that neurologists are the most impotent of all of the medical specialties, and that, if they truly understood the nervous system, they would go back to school and become chiropractors.

What do you think?

Don Harte, D.C.
Marin Straight Chiropractor
Liberator of Innate

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Medicine's "Holy Water" and Big Brother

The State of Washington is proposing a law threatening vaccine exemption.

As I understand it, their current regulation is similiar to California's, where a parent can just opt out his or her child from vaccination. (You thought "No shots, no school?" That's what They want you to think.)

The proposed law will require the exemption from to be signed by a medical provider. That means that the parent will have to take the extra time, pay for an appointment, to be browbeaten about the mythical safety and efficacy of vaccination. Is this some sort of "safety valve" for Big Brother in a white coat, who thinks that we, the people, are too stupid to make out own decisions about our own health and that of our children?

Dr. BJ Palmer, the "Developer of Chiropractic" (son of the founder, Dr. DD Palmer), wrote, "The school is public, but the child is private."

What do you think?

Don Harte, D.C.
Corte Madera Straight Chiropractor
Liberator of Innate

Saturday, February 12, 2011

What Marin Can Learn from South Carolina

Chiropractic, as a profession practiced in Marin, is just so confused. It is practiced as whatever is real natural and cool and alternative. There is no clear intent or purpose. That is why so many people fall back into the ridiculous "default" image of chiropractors as third-rate medical back pain doctors. This is so far from what Chiropractic was, and is.

Check out Sherman College of Chiropractic. A good example of real, what we call "straight" Chiropractic. Look for the real thing, for you and your loved ones. Your nervous system, your health, your life, is too important to be left to lesser chiropractors.

Don Harte, D.C.
Marin Straight Chiropractor
Liberator of Innate
Slayer of Subluxation

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Serious Disease Vs. Marin Sensibilities Vs. Chiropractic Self-Esteem

I know that most people think of going to the chiropractor with back pain or neck pain. Indeed, that's why I originally went, so many years ago. And people get help in this regard, when Medicine has nothing for them, or has already made them worse.

But this misses the point of Chiropractic. Real Chiropractic. Straight Chiropractic. We remove interference, we correct subluxation, thereby allowing the body to heal, to maintain itself better, and, to some degree, to perfect itself. We do not diagnose. We do not treat, NOT EVEN BACKACHE!

Sadly, most chiropractors, especially here in Mellow Marin, have two very serious problems, which leads to a third. They fall prey to all kinds of "New Age" distractions* They are often terminally mellow, becoming so casual with something so critical as the proper practice of Chiropractic, as to lose virtually all clinical value, and all credibility. These two faults lead to a third problem, a lack of self-esteem, and a lack of esteem for Chiropractic. Why does Chiropractic have such a "bad name" here? This is why.

Being a "New Age Supermarket" is a favor to no one. Diminishing the importance and the efficacy of Chiropractic is a disgrace. In the end, it robs people of the opportunity to lead nealthier, fuller lives. It may even cost lives.

A great part of the cost in diminished lives and lost lives is the LACK of serious cases... people in really bad shape... in most chiropractic offices here in Marin. People might say, "Oh, I've been a chiropractic patient for years," yet they go for one or two visits for pain relief, like taking Advil. Light weight cases only, for these lesser offices.

In my office, there are people with Parkinson's, vertigo, ALS, some unnamed neurological disorders, diabetes, various mild to serious digestive conditions, etc. In the past, there have been people with so many serious issues, most getting better, most either able to lessen their drug intake, or, more often, totally eliminate drugs.

Chiropractic is far too important to be diminished by amateurs. Consider only real chiropractors. And tell your friends and family, including those who live far away.

Don Harte, D.C.
Corte Madera Straight Chiropractor
Liberator of Innate

*Some things that one might be considered "New Age" are nonsense, and some are valuable... Chi Gung, yoga, meditation... But none of them are Chiropractic. Therefore, they are distractions, NOT valuable additions. Lao Tsu, 2500 years ago, wrote, "When you walk, walk. When you sit, sit. Above all, do not hesitate."

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A Fishy Story: Chiropractic vs. Medicine

I just took down from my bulletin board (if you're a Practice Member, and you don't check the boards...) a full page plus drug ad. The drug? Lovaza. The headline? "TOO MUCH FAT IN YOUR BLOOD?"

This drug, Lovaza, is made from a perfectly good, cheap, and commonly available nutritional supplement, (omega-3) fish oil. What's going on here? They, the drug company, are taking something simple, refining it so that they can patent it and charge a whole lot more for it by making it a prescriptiuon drug. By refining it, they may very likely be making it less effective, and probably dangerous as it leaves the "natural" realm.

This is a trial baloon in one of the dreams of the PMG (Pharmaceutical-Medical-Governmental) Complex, making all supplements available only by prescription. I am sure that they would just love to do that to Chiropractic as well. And you still think that government control is a plus? How about your own judgment?

The simple to complex thing seems to be common in the health arena. Medicine names thousands of diseases (often inaccurately), and follows that by treatments to counteract whatever they think the disease is doing. The complexity comes out in the massive injury and death toll of Medicine.

Chiropractic is simple. Your brain and your nervous system controls and coordinates your body. When  there is interference...  Vertebral Subluxation.... that control and coordination suffers, resulting in dysfunction, dis-ease and eventually disease. In Chiriopractic, we do not diagnose; we do not treat. We adjust to correct Vertebral Subluxation, and allow the body to do what it is supposed to do. Simple.

Don Harte, D.C.
Marin Straight Chiropractor
Liberator of Innate

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Tuscon Massacre, and Anti-Psychotic Drugs

In the aftermath of the Tuscon Massacre, besides all of the partisan political huffing and puffing, there is a new "friendliness" in attitude towards legally prescribed psychotropic drugs.

This issue has been in the popular media well before this incident. I can think of several episodes of the TV series "Law and Order," making hay of some poor wretch being "off his meds," committing one or more heinous crimes. The implication is that the crime would not have been commited, that the "perp" would not be a "perp," but instead be reasonably happy and productive. Really?

Check out my last blog, about the ten legally prescribed drugs that are linked to violence. One of these drugs on the list, Luvox, was take by the infamous Columbine shooters. Two aren't even psych drugs, per se. One is for malaria, Larium, and the other is to stop smoking, Chantix. Now the latter drug does work upon a huge chunk of the nervous system.

So consider that some, perhaps many, drugs will foster violence instead of preventing it. \

More tomorrow. Make sure to "tune in." (That leaves out "turning on" and "dropping out." That stuff has caused enough damage.)

Don Harte, D.C.
Corte Madera Straight Chiropractor
Slayer of Subluxation
(Can I say "slayer" in this new "climate of civility?")

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Top 10 LEGAL Drugs Linked to Violence

This article was just sent to me. AMAZING! Paxil, Ritalin, Prozac, even the new "wonder drug" to stop smoking, Chantix.

But, then, it's not amazing when you stop and think how drugs can effect the brain. Of course, "medical science" (sometimes an oxymoron) really has no good idea how their drugs actually work in the brain. There are theories. There are short-term studies, for drugs that are meant to be used on a very long-term basis. You sometimes see the cute little molecular cartoons in the TV ads. But they really don't know.

They know even less what these drugs to to the developing brains of children. PARENTS OF MARIN: Heed this warning. Just because The Doctor, the pediatrician, prescribes something for your child, it doesn't mean that it's even remotely safe.

Why not seek health, instead of fighting disease? Come. get checked. Get adjusted. Get well.

Don Harte, D.C.
Corte Madera Straight Chiropractor
Slayer of Subluxation

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