(Keywords: To vaccinate, childrens vaccinations, Guillain Barre syndrome, flu vaccination, whooping cough vaccinations, autism and vaccinations )
To my knowledge, there is no official Chiropractic standpoint on the subject of immunisation.
So here is mine, opinion, for what it's worth:
Smallpox, a highly infectious and fatal disease (killing an estimated 400 million people in the Nineteen hundreds alone.), spawned attempts by many societies to prevent the spread of the disease. Small pox existed many thousands of years before Christ throughout the world.
Two interesting facts:
The earliest practice was to take fresh, live pus from a person suffering from smallpox and then grafting those afraid of getting the disease. The practice was largely successful, but not without attendant risks. Some such childrens vaccinations caused death after developing the full blown disease. Or went blind.
The practice was brought to England in the early seventeen hundreds by one Lady Mary Montague, a notable beauty whose face was severely disfigured by smallpox. After her brother died from smallpox, she decided to have her children variolated, a practice she learnt whilst with her husband, serving in Istanbul. Both children survived the inoculation and neither ever contracted smallpox.
Thousands of childrens vaccinations, really variolations were then done in England. One such was a boy, Edward Jenner, son of the vicar of Berkely. At thirteen he was apprenticed to a local surgeon. Benefitting from an early education from his father, he became highly intrigued when he heard a dairymaid remark that she would never suffer from the disfigurement and death of smallpox because she had had cowpox.
However, Jenner was a highly talented man, with many interests. An accomplished violinist, a natural biologist, the migration of birds, making hydrogen balloons, for example.
It was only after twenty-five years in practice, late in the seventeen hundreds, that he made the first great stride forward for which he became famous. He was treating a dairymaid with cowpox, when he made the dubious decision to inoculate his gardener's child with pus from the maid's cowpox.
The boy became mildly ill. Some two months later he again inoculated the boy; this time the boy never became ill. Jenner concluded that the inoculation had made the boy immune. For the first time, Jenner coined the term "vaccination." History records that the medical community both honoured and reviled Jenner in equal measure.
But what of the flu vaccine? To vaccinate, or not to vaccinate, that is the question.
Personally, I'm against vaccination for all illnesses that cannot be described as "very serious". I could list many anecdotes of people who have become very seriously ill, some died, after vaccinations. Against measles...?
The autism and vaccinations controversy continues.
Many insurance companies now only pay for physical therapists to provide a chiropractic adjustment; that's in the face of powerful research proving that inclusion of DCs to perform their own technique would save them a good deal of money. One has to conclude that political medicine has gone off on another tack to contain our profession.
It's being successful with some doctors of chiropractic quitting. Others become involved in some dodgy practices, like demanding that patients sign up for a whole year of treatment in advance, in order to stay in business.
In recessionary times, the going is tough when the insurance won't pay.
Is the day approaching for a new Wilk versus the AMA and the insurance companies?
The chiropractic profession has tried hard to stay on the moral high ground; those who stoop to unscrupulous practices need to be exposed and disciplined if we are not to stoop to the low blows that medicine has often resorted to contain and eliminate us.
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