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Traditional practitioners not final arbiters of our health care decisions

  • Published in Letters

To the Laconia Sun,

The return of the "Allopathic Allosaurus" hits the pages of The Sun with venomous angst and repetitive, superheated rhetoric in his letter of this past March 15. Sounding all the world like the high priest of pomposity, Mirno Pasquali decries from on high that he and traditional medicine practitioners are the final arbiters of how we all should make our health care decisions.

"Believing that chiropractic manipulation can treat any medical disease is akin to believing that professional wrestling is a sport." Summoning his inner Hulk Hogan, Mr. Pasquali is just so gosh darn sure that the many thousands of chiropractors across the nation who have performed millions of spinal adjustments have done nothing to improve the health of their patients. He condescendingly tells all parents who have sought chiropractic care that they are just "throwing your money away." That would be his sledge hammer-like assessment, as he attempts to place a "Killer Kowalski-like" choke hold on any alternatives to drug therapy.

Having optimal nerve function which appears to facilitate improved immune function by emphasizing our own body's innate healing ability makes common sense to me. Having a properly functioning immune system through positive brain/body communication provides us with the best chance of staying well and fighting off disease. That makes a lot of sense as well.

Leon Kass, University of Chicago professor emeritus, now at the American Enterprise Institute, makes the following assessment: "It seems boring to suggest that the most important path is a vanilla virtue — prudence". That would be careful, good choices that provide minimal risk of danger or injury when considering our health options. Certainly, comparing the risk of chiropractic adjustments to the consumption of drugs is a no brainer. Just spend a few hours watching all the lawyers appearing on daytime television going after the pharmaceutical companies for the damage they have caused. Drugs and surgery are sometimes necessary, but should they not be a last resort option? Band-aid approach or addressing the root cause of ones' illness. Should it not be the choice of the patient?

As George Will notes, "The premise that health is the product of medicine leads government to believe it can deliver health by judiciously distributing preventative or therapeutic medicines." Common sense tell us that adding toxic chemicals to an already compromised immune system is a stop-gap measure at best and only leads to a shortened life span at worst.

"One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small; and the ones that mother gives you don't do anything at all. When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead, and the white knight is talking backwards. And the red queen's off with her head. Remember what the door mouse said, feed your head, feed your head". Now, I have no idea if PA Pasquali is a fan of Jefferson Airplanes' "White Rabbit." Nor do I know if he listens to the lyrics while resting on his "Surrealistic Pillow." I have no idea if he has fallen while chasing rabbits. Perhaps I'll go ask Alice because the PA talks down to us as though he is 10 feet tall. Kudos to these apropos Grace Slick lyrics and this 1967 top-10 hit.

Hidden from the public is the following facts which form the "Polio Paradigm." This being the endlessly mistaken notion that improvements in public health result primarily from new medicines. The enormous drop in the death rates of polio and tuberculosis resulted largely from improved nutrition, housing, hygiene and food handling. George Will also notes the following: "Typhoid too, became rare before effective drugs became available." And I believe that unbiased, scientific literature reveals that streptomycin produced only about a 3 to 5 percent reduction in TB. Yet, George notes that the cultural bias persists in the belief that improved health is achieved only through the medical-intervention model.

Such is the result of a massive campaign of advertising by the pharmaceutical/industrial complex aided and abetted by our very own government. It is all about power and control over our lives. If our government was really interested in our "wellness care," they would spend some of our tax dollars doing more extensive research into the tremendous volume of anecdotal evidence and chiropractic research that has been collected over the past century. Instead, most politicians have been bought off and bought into the allopathic medical-intervention model. Which should be more appropriately labeled, "sick care" rather than "health care."

Finally, the "all-knowing" allopathic allosaurus makes one final attack on all parents who utilize chiropractic care for their children: "More importantly you, just like their false claims regarding vaccinations, are putting your child at risk." Apparently, according to this particular physician's assistant, parents are just too stupid to make good healthcare choices for their children. In fact, when it comes to vaccines, the medical profession treats us like uneducated dolts.

Neurosurgeon, Dr. Russell Blaylock has a few questions for PA Pasquali. (1) Why are the folks administering vaccines so afraid of telling the truth about side effects? (2) Why do they go to such great lengths to make this information unavailable to the general public? (3) Why did the pharmaceutical companies pressure Congress to pass a law protecting them against vaccine-injury lawsuits? (4) And why is the recourse to legal redress so well hidden from the public?

You know, it would be quite ironic if Mr. Pasquali was "hoist on his own petard" by being negatively affected by a side-effect from one of the very drugs he prescribes to his patients. If so, not to worry my self-indulgent physician. The chiropractic family will welcome you with open arms as you seek to spark your body's innate ability to heal itself. Now, about that haughty and conceited, elitist attitude that comes across in your letters. Some prudent practice in the art of modest, self-effacing introspection just might be in order. I'm working on it myself. Perhaps we can start a support group. We could take turns being in charge.

Russ Wiles