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Woman Gets Vision Back After Chiropractic Adjustment

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Doctors said after Laura Hattier was born, she'd never be able to see like a normal person, let alone drive a car -- but that didn't stop her. She later entered a beauty pageant -- and won. After a chiropractic adjustment, her vision came back and she married the chiropractor. Now, her favorite things include helping others overcome tremendous odds and working with teenage girls.

A feel good story appeared in the August 3, 2005 issue of the The Daily Times of Delaware. The story starts off by reporting, "Doctors said after Laura Hattier was born, she'd never be able to see like a normal person, let alone drive a car -- but that didn't stop her. She later entered a beauty pageant -- and won. After a chiropractic adjustment, her vision came back and she married the chiropractor."

According to the article, Laura was diagnosed at birth, with congenital nystagmus.  This is a condition where the eye experiences involuntary shaking, causing severe vision loss.  According to Laura one in a thousand children are born with this condition.  She noted, "When I was born, I was completely blind. The doctor's told my parents there was no hope."

This situation did not stop Laura from working to achieve. As a child her vision improved, but she was still unable to play or read like normal children. "When I was a child, I would look in an adult text book and all I could see were dots," Hattier said. "I thought, 'Wow, grown-ups are really special to be able to look at dots and get words out of that!'."

By the time Laura turned 16 her vision had improved a little but she was still legally blind.  Additionally she had begun suffering from severe stomach ulcers.  Doctors continued to tell her there was no hope for either of her conditions.

However, Laura did not let that stop her.  She then entered the Miss Laurel beauty pageant -- and won.  She noted that event changed her life and opened doors that would have otherwise remained closed.  She commented, "That was the best things about my teenage years."

While continuing on to college, Laura took a part-time job at chiropractor Donald Hattier's office in Delmar. She noted his belief in chiropractic by recalling, "He suggested that everybody should get adjusted (chiropractic) if they need it or not just because it's a healthy and holistic thing to do."

It was in this circumstance that her life was changed forever.  After just her first adjustment, her ulcers disappeared and her vision began to improve. Laura commented, "I don't know if it was coincidence or chiropractic." 

On her last day of employment, Dr. Donald asked her on a date. The rest as they say is history.  The article notes that Laura and Dr. Donald Hattier now have four children and live near Dagsboro. At age 39, Laura is living the life she never thought possible.  Her vision has improved to 20/50 and she reports that she is able to take care of her family and run daily errands. "I can pick my kids up from school, I can drive my kids to church and I can go to the grocery store for my family," she said. "I am truly thankful for that."

See the original article here.


Antibiotics may trigger Asthma

Youngsters who receive antibiotics before their first birthday are significantly more likely to develop asthma by age seven. These findings appear in the June issue of the journal CHEST. Anita Kozyrskyj, PhD, and colleagues monitored 13,116 children from birth to age seven. The risk for asthma doubled in children receiving antibiotics for non-respiratory infections, as well as in children who received multiple antibiotic courses and who did not live with a dog during the first year.

"Dogs bring germs into the home, and it is thought that this exposure is required for the infant's immune system to develop normally. Other research has shown that the presence of a dog in early life protects against the development of asthma," comments Dr. Kozyrskyj.

CHEST – June 2007;131:1753–59.


Low Back Pain Tied with Postpartum Depression

Know someone who is pregnant or is thinking of getting pregnant? Have them call our office to have their pelvis checked. According to a new analysis, postpartum depression (PPD) is a whopping three-fold higher among women suffering from lumbopelvic pain, compared with mothers who do not experience back pain. These findings were based on an investigation of 180 women without lumbopelvic pain, 44 with pelvic girdle pain (PGP), 29 with lumbar pain, and 14 with combined PGP and lumbar pain.

Spine – June 1, 2007;32:1430-36.

The last thing you need to suffer from is back pain when you have a beautiful new baby. Call us today if you are pregnant or just had a baby.


Canadians and Chiropractic

From a June 4, 2007 news brief published by Media in Canada comes an article that examines the growing use of Chiropractic care by Canadians.  This report follows a study released by an independent research organization, The Fraser Institute, that more than half of all Canadians in 2006 were using some form of what that study called, "alternative medicine".

cfThe Media in Canada article noted that 3.6 million (13%) of Canadians have visited a chiropractor in the past 6 months. They also reported that Canadians who went to a Chiropractor were 4 times more likely to have also visited a homeopath or naturopath in the past 6 months. Looking at the demographics this article explained that Canadians who go to Chiropractors were 40% more likely to live in the prairies and 45% less likely to live in Atlantic Canada than the average Canadian.

The report by The Fraser Institute took a broader view and look at Canadians usage of non medical forms of healthcare. This report was based on a survey in 2006 which was compared to a similar one done in 1997.  This report showed that 54 per cent of those responding to the survey used at least one form of alternative or complementary therapy in the prior year.  This represented a 4% increase over the 1997 survey.  Nadeem Esmail, the Fraser Institute`s Director of Health System Performance and author of the report commented, "This increased use of alternative therapies is another indicator of Canadians` desire to have more choice and control over their health care options."

The Frazier Institute study noted one interesting fact that most alternative and complementary treatments are not covered by government health insurance plans, yet a large number of people choose those options.  In response to this finding Nadeem Esmail, commented, "When it comes to health and well-being, a significant number of Canadians are willing to spend their own money."

The Media in Canada article added some interesting information about Canadians who utilize chiropractic showing their general interest in health. They also noted that Chiropractors` patients are 2.5 times more likely to have used a smoking cessation patch or gum in the past 30 days than average Canadians. They also noted that Canadians who have visited a chiropractor are 2.6 times more likely to own orthopedic supports and/or braces as average Canadians.


New York Yankees and Chiropractic



The Yankees are hiring a team chiropractor. This may have come about because of several newspaper articles about center fielder Johnny Damon.

"My chiropractor is amazing," Damon said. "I just hope it translates into better results on the field, not just for me, but for the team."

From The New York Times.





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