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This summer, after one baby girl died, and more than 250 other children were hospitalized with convulsions and high fevers following their seasonal flu vaccine injections, Australian health banned the shot for all children under the age of five.

A short time later, Finland also suspended the H1N1 vaccines due to six reports of narcolepsy in children and teens immediately following vaccination. According to The Helsinki Times, “Medical reports suggest that over 750 of those who have been vaccinated have experienced harmful effects.”

In Sweden, an investigation was launched after cases of post-vaccination narcolepsy appeared in children there as well.

“The vaccines appear to be causing a pattern of neurological disorders affecting children and teens across the planet,” said a report in India’s Bharat Chronicle.

A public outcry was raised after it was revealed that Australian officials apparently were aware of the problem for several weeks yet withheld the information and continued to encourage parents with infants, children, and teens to be vaccinated with H1N1.

Health officials at first tried to convince the public that there was no “causal” relationship between the vaccine and the side effects but even the Australian coroner had to admit he couldn’t rule out that the flu shot was responsible for the death of two-year-old Brisbane toddler Ashley Jade Epapara.

Next, the blame was put on a “bad batch” of vaccines manufactured by Australia’s biopharmaceutical company CSL under the name Fluvax. “This is not a long-term safety issue with vaccines,” University of Western Australia School of Paediatrics and Child Health Associate Professor Peter Richmond told WAToday.

In the US, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) announced in August that “Afluria [the version of Fluvax approved by the FDA for use in North America] should not be used in children aged 6 months through 8 years.”

Although health officials around the world were trying to calm parents by suggesting the reactions were relatively rare and not the effect of the vaccine itself (only of “rogue” batches), parents weren’t reassured.

“My 6 children all got the flu shot on Tuesday the 21st of April. Within hours they were violently ill. Fevers above 39c, vomiting. We are now day three, they all have severe headaches, fevers, aches and pains and the runs. This is terrible, people have known about this for weeks. This is being played down by the health department. I would like to know if there will be any long turn health issues for my family. I am sure there are more than 22 children ill. Well I have six of them. I want answers,” stated one woman in the WAToday comments section accompanying the article.

The Chiropractic Journal. 2 Oct 2010.

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Have you even thought or spoken those words? Have you ever heard anyone use this as a reason why they would not want to have a chiropractic evaluation? If so, then I would have to say that you are not alone. I have heard this sentiment numerous times. When I hear these words spoken, I have to ask myself, “What is it that they don’t ‘believe’ in?”

Do you ‘believe’ in chiropractic? Well let’s find out. Do you ‘believe’ that your brain’s responsibility is to control and coordinate all of your bodily functions? If you do, then you are in agreement with every physiology text book that has been published. Do you ‘believe’ that your brain sends out information, in the way of brain waves or messages, over the nerve system to control and coordinate every physiological function you perform? Again, if you do then you are in agreement with every medical text book ever written on the subject. Do you ‘believe’ that a disruption of the information flow over the nerve system causes a state of imbalance and threatens your health? If so, you are in agreement with anyone who has ever studied the Central Nervous System. Do you ‘believe’ that removing any obstruction to nerve flow would improve your health and your brain’s ability to control and coordinate all of your bodily functions? If you do then you agree with all the published research on the topic.

So then, what is it that you do not ‘believe’ about chiropractic? See when you really understand the concept behind how chiropractic works, then you realize that you do ‘believe’ in chiropractic. So then why do so many people use the “I don’t believe in chiropractic” excuse? Good question. I can only surmise that people don’t understand what chiropractors do so they just default to the “I don’t believe” stance. In the end, this is quite sad because they do believe in what chiropractors do, they just don’t realize it. This means they may never experience the benefits that chiropractic has to offer because of a misunderstanding. All too many people will continue to use drugs and resort to surgery when that may not even be necessary. It doesn’t have to be that way!

You owe it to yourself to have a chiropractic evaluation and find out whether you are a chiropractic candidate or not. It’s not hard to do, just pick up the phone and call the office. We’ll sit down with you and hear out your concerns. We’ll walk you through the entire process and then we will discuss the results of your tests so that you can understand them. At that point if you are a chiropractic patient you can make an informed decision about whether you receive chiropractic care or not. You owe it to yourself. Your health is too important not to check out chiropractic. Don’t delay one more minute, make an appointment today.

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