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Waiting for evidence of link between chiropractic & immune system

To The Daily Sun,

After Reading Dr. Moneysmith's and Dr. Mills' ad asking us to help celebrate the birthday of the Chiropractic profession, it led me to wonder if these two "doctors" slept through or skipped anatomy class the day hearing was discussed. If they had been present they would have heard that Cranial Nerve #8 is responsible for hearing. Any eighth grader could figure that out. A cranial nerve comes from the brain itself, hence the name, it does not come from the spinal cord. Thinking that one can restore hearing by manipulating the cervical spine is just plain medically ignorant. But why let facts get in the way of a good story. But this is what D.D. Palmer, the father of chirproactic medicine claimed he did. There is no independent verification of this, all we have is D.D. Palmer's claim. Who was D.D. Palmer, and why should anyone believe him? In the words of a newspaper reporter, The Davenport Leader, the local paper where D.D. Palmer had established a magnetic healing practice and took to calling himself " doctor" had this to say about him:
" A crank on magnetism has a crazy notion that he can cure the sick and crippled with his magnetic hands. His victims are the weak-minded, ignorant and superstitious , those foolish people who have been sick for years and have become tired of the regular physician and want health by the short-cut method, he has certainly profited by the ignorance of his victims".

My theory is that the janitor in question was so scared to have that crazy old man twisting and pushing on his neck that he claimed that he could hear just to get him to stop. He probable innately knew that having someone twist and crank on his neck was not a good idea. Kevin Sorba, the actor who played Hercules on TV in the 90s, suffered a stroke after his chiropractor manipulated his neck.

This is my theory  which is yours for free. Unlike Dr. Mills, who wants you to pay $27 dollars for her theory. She wants you to be checked for subluxations, but according to the GCC a regulatory body in England who made a very strong statement regarding subluxations and chiropractic claims in 2010: "The chiropractic vertebral subluxation complex is a historical concept but it remains a theoretical model. It is not supported by any clinical evidence that would allow claims
to be made that it is the cause of disease or health concerns"
What we should celebrate are the advances in medicine in the last 118 years based on good scientific studies not on stories from charlatans like D.D. Palmer. Like my favorite medical breakthrough, vaccinations. I took a class offered through my church years ago to study the scriptures. The first statement from the Catholic nun who was running the program was "all knowledge comes from God". Flash forward to last week when a church in Texas had to call members in for a mass vaccination program after 15-25 members came down with measles. The church had preached that vaccinations were not needed. I pictured GOD sitting up there looking down on this church, shaking his head and saying to himself, "what is wrong with those people , I gave them the knowledge ".
I still have my $200 challenge out there. Any one who can show me the research from Dr. Pero that "Doctors" Moneysmith and Mills claim in their ad, that, "chiropractic manipulations can increase the immune system", the money is theirs. "Doctors Moneysmith and Mills have been surprisingly silent on this issue when challenged. One thing is certain however , these "Doctors" of chiropractic medicine are following closely in D.D. Palmer's footsteps.

Mirno Pasquali PA C

Laconia

Last Updated on Friday, 28 March 2014 08:58

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Early childhood development is about preparing for success

To The Daily Sun,

I thank all of you who have spoken to me about my letters. This one is about a serious matter that the far right and far left should all agree upon.

Early Child Development is about preparing babies from birth to succeed in their education and lives. Public education in this country is not able to produce educated graduates. Charter schools may do better; that is an open question. Here is the answer: parents must be shown how to prepare their baby from birth to start in kindergarten at the level of children from educated privileged families. Kindergarten teachers have told me that they can tell, with fair accuracy, on the day they enter how a child will do in life.

Every educator knows the value of these programs. They make their jobs more productive in many ways. Every grade school teacher knows how much time is spent working with discipline and failing students. The schools would not have as many drop outs. Their overall school performance would drastically improve.

The second equally important component of ECD is the health of the children. Neglected, sick, abused and hungry children can only learn to repeat what they are exposed to from birth.

The Family Resource Center of Lakes Region Community Services, and the United Way have programs which are trying to address the things I talk about above. Unfortunately public funding has been reduced and funneled to other places. (I will not get into that here.) A program that I am working to start in a village near NYC will require that I raise large amounts of money to get started. I am seeing more and more very wealthy individuals and foundations recognizing the need to invest in ECD.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis made a study years ago which showed in dollars how much such a program can save the schools and society in general. These cost vs returns studies took into account many factors such as the wasted time of teachers trying to help failing pupils, while shorting their primary job of teaching the curriculum. It went on to the cost of welfare, and the criminal justice system. The graduates of schools go on to get jobs, pay taxes, and raise, wanted, responsible children. The return on the cost of ECD is $17 for every $1 invested. You can Google the link to see the entire report. There are many others on the subject that are very interesting.

Kent Warner

Center Harbor

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 03:53

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Dinner theater to benefit Winni Wellness Center was a great success

To The Daily Sun,
The Winnipesaukee Wellness Center would like to express our sincere appreciation to all the generous people who helped make our 1st Annual Dinner/Theater succeed. We were able to raise $$6,859 to continue providing exercise/strength training programs at affordable rates.
Our major sponsors were incredible! Meredith Village Savings Bank was "on board" to give us the support we needed before we even knew what our major fundraiser would be this year. Scott Ouellette was very generous providing a gourmet meal in a very nice venue at his Magic Foods Banquet Facility on Rt. 25 in Moultonborough. Nancy Barry of Interlakes Summer Theater gave us a "great deal" and we experienced an outstanding performance of "Les Miserables"
To our 80 attendees at the dinner & theater we say thank you! There were so many positive responses to this fundraiser we plan on doing it again next year. Thank you to all who donated items for the Lakes Region Food Pantry. It was our opportunity to "give back" and help others.
The following businesses were so generous in donating cash or prizes for our raffle: Meredith Dental, Meadow Pond Animal Hospital, Mark Richter's Repair, Central Insurance, Good Neighbor Services, The Inns & Spa at Mills Falls, Pirates Cove, Fitness Edge, Harts Turkey Farm, Ragged Mountain Resort, Funspot, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Georges Diner, Paridise Falls Mini Golf, Village Kitchen, Sal's Fresh Seafood, Skelley's market, Shoppes at Red Hill, The Common Man, The Sandwich Fair, Country Drummer Jewelers, and Misprint.
To the many who could not attend but wanted to support the event and gave a donation we thank you! We hope to see you all there next year!
Debra Emerton
Winnipesaukee Wellness Center
Moultonborough

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 03:29

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Many sources of factual information on health of Social Security, etc.

To The Daily Sun,

In the September 4 edition of The Laconia Daily Sun, Tony Boutin issued another of his ideological diatribes on what he calls "Social Welfare" programs. He asserts that Social Security, Medicare and Disability Insurance (part of Social Security) are all insolvent. This assertion is simply not true and is intended to alarm those who either do or will receive benefits from them. The Social Security and Medicare Trustees Report is available on-line (http://www.ssa.gov/oact/trsum/) to anyone who prefers to have factual information about their current status and future challenges. An easy-to-read summary of Social Security and Medicare (2012) can be found on the State Committee on Aging web site at http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/beas/aging/documents/ss.pdf. These programs do indeed face significant challenges which Congress must address but it is not helpful to have purposeful disinformation propagated about these programs by those who have ideological objections to their very existence.

In the same letter, Mr. Boutin attacks the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), using much of the same level of hateful disinformation being propagated by right-wing opponents of the existence of this program. To be sure, there are significant challenges associated with the ACA but those attacking its existence have apparently forgotten that nearly everyone who evaluated the health care needs of the United States (from across the political spectrum) have agreed that the system prior to the enactment of the ACA was unsustainable. Again, there are many sources of factual information available on the web about the ACA. A good place to start is the Congressional Budget Office's Director's blog found at http://www.cbo.gov/blog or the AARP fact sheets found at http://www.aarp.org/health/health-care-reform/health_reform_factsheets/.

If Mr. Boutin and others desire repeal of the Affordable Care Act, what do they constructively suggest in its place? (Silence!)

Russ Armstrong
(Formerly of Gilford)
Peterborough

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 03:25

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4 people who died in Benghazi were murdered, it wasn't war

To The Editor,

Henry Osmer, in his last jumble of words, took me to task for my numbers pertaining to the country's debt. Henry, the national debt when G.W. Bush took office was $5.73 trillion and it increased by $4.9 million during his eight years. in office. Obama has been in office for four years and nine months., not six years, as you stated, and in that four years and nine months, the national debt has increased by over $6 trillion and is still climbing. I have to say that math must not be one of your strong suits. I also have to remind you that we were at war during the majority of Bush's eight years in office. Think back Henry, Sept. 11, 2001. Do you remember what happened on that day? So to use war as the reason for Obama's increased spending is a little hypocritical, don't you think?

People that died during war time, including collaterals, are deemed killed because we are at war. Other than war time, when someone dies at the hands of another it is deemed murder because it is an illegal act. The people that died in the Benghazi attack were murdered because we weren't in a legitimate war with their attackers. I hope that clears that up for Henry.

The scandal about Benghazi is the fact that Obama's gunslingers went on numerous news programs after the attack and proclaimed that the attack was the result of a negative to Islam video that was on the www prior to the attack when it was proven that the Obama administration knew it was an attack by jihadists. Obama himself stated it was the video that caused the attack and Hillary Clinton, who at that time was Sec. of State, while being questioned about the murders of four Americans at a congressional hearing, one our of whom was our ambassador answered "at this time what difference does it make?" The military was ready and willing to go in with whatever aid they could give to the ambassador and the three navy seals who died during the attack but were told to stand down by their higher ups. Henry, that's what makes it a scandal, one of the Obama administration's many, and if that isn't enough do a little of your own research and you'll find more.

This will be my last response to Mr. Hosmer's letters because, and I'm using some of Winston Churchill's words here, I feel it is unfair and even a little mean to continue in a battle of wits with an unarmed man.

Dave Schwotzer

Meredith

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 03:20

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