Tedd Koren’s Free May 2013 newsletter

 It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. – Voltaire, French author, humanist, rationalist, & satirist (1694 – 1778) 

 Quackbuster in training?

 “You are misleading your readers, and are doing a disservice to the community.”

 Over the years Koren Publications’ chiropractic patient education materials have been attacked.

I had just started KP when I got a call in my office in Philadelphia from an angry pediatrician complaining about our brochure “Ear Infections and Chiropractic.”

 “You are giving out false information and I’m going to report you; you’re going to be in trouble.” I guess he didn’t like people learning that putting tubes in the ears were unnecessary, and potentially dangerous.

I answered him, “The information is coming from medical doctors and medical journals.”

I never heard from him again though he may have called my mother.

But more seriously, about 7 years later the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said they received a complaint about our brochures (the Quackbusters and Skeptics came to mind) and as a result they investigated all of our 84 chiropractic education brochures. They found 4 they hated.

The FTC especially hated the one on Childhood Vaccinations that stated that polio statistics were “cooked” to show the vaccine prevented polio when in reality it caused an increase of polio. “I want to see where you come off to saying that,” the FTC attorney said to me.

I sent him documentation that came from, of all places, the Congressional Record. “Well, let’s drop that one then and concentrate on these other brochures….” They had no case and in time dropped the entire investigation.

For a while I was tempted to advertise that our patient education brochures were approved by the FTC but thought it would be best not to tempt fate. Government agents can be sore losers.

The other day a Ph.D. in epidemiology who wrote to me: “Not only are most of your claims unsupported by scientific evidence, many of your statements are 100% false. You are misleading your readers, and are doing a disservice to the community.” Please let me know what you think of my response:

Attack on Koren Publications’ Vaccination Brochure

Dr. Koren, I have a Ph.D. patient that works in medical research. I gave her your brochure on vaccines, and below is her response. Dr. NV, D.C.

Dear Mr. Koren,

As an epidemiologist who regularly receives chiropractic care, I am deeply disappointed to see that your brochure on vaccination (Vaccination: 18 Reasons to Just Say No) has actually made it to the offices of reputable chiropractic physicians. Not only are most of your claims unsupported by scientific evidence, many of your statements are 100% false. You are misleading your readers, and are doing a disservice to the community. Below is my critique of your brochure. Please feel free to email me back to discuss.

Dear Dr. C-

Thanks for taking the time to comment on my brochure on vaccinations. Let me address your critiques in the body of your letter. My comments will be in bold.

Tedd Koren, D.C.

 1.  “Healthier” is a very subjective term; how is it defined? Further, the only references cited are for asthma. Therefore, the statement made here is very vague and has no scientific support.

2.  Although 13 medical conditions are listed here, only research on allergies is referenced. Autism is listed as a condition linked to vaccination, which has absolutely no scientific evidence to support it. You surely must know that the “landmark” study published by Wakefield on MMR vaccination and autism (Lancet 1998) was retracted in 2010. Wakefield paid the families of the 12 children in the study for their blood, fabricated data, and altered their medical history questionnaires. Many of these children were involved in a lawsuit against the vaccine manufacturers prior to being enrolled in the study, which is a serious conflict of interest. Two other notes regarding this study: Wakefield never wrote that vaccines cause autism in his study, and there is no thimerasol in MMR vaccines, nor has there ever been.

In the second paragraph, there are numerous conditions listed that are supposedly linked to vaccination; however, there is not a single reference listed.

In the third paragraph, a reference from 1984 is listed, and does not come from a scientific study. Surely something more convincing has come about in the last 30 years.

In the fourth paragraph, a physician is quoted as linking autism to vaccination. At the time of this quote (1999), the Wakefield study was thought to contain valid data and conclusions; however, this quote should now be considered invalid since the Wakefield study on autism has been retracted. 



Tedd Koren, D.C. responses in bold.

#1 and #2. 

The pamphlet has 30 references but could easily have 300. Space is a factor. The references do mention asthma and allergies however there are many other studies that compare the health of vaccinated with non-vaccinated children. In all the studies we find that vaccinated children have far more health challenges than non-vaccinated children and I’ll include some of them a few paragraphs down.

By the way, do you not find it interesting that no study of health outcomes of vaccinated versus non-vaccinated children has ever been conducted in the U.S. by the CDC or any other agency? With children now getting up to 101 different vaccines by school age no one is asking if this schedule is causing damage. Please note that the safety of the vaccine schedule has never been studied.

Most government data on vaccine reactions collected by CDC is contained in the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) database. The VAERS is considered to contain only 1% of reportable incidents because doctors rarely report reactions.

But most importantly, the VAERS numbers are only immediate reactions, a few hours to a few weeks after vaccination. Long-term vaccine-induced diseases and disorders are not recognized by parents or doctors when these conditions develop perhaps a few months to years later and would never be suspected to come from multiple vaccinations.

In other words, many children and adults have diseases and disorders that are vaccine induced and they never suspect they are from the vaccines.

Approximately half the children in the US suffer from a chronic disease or disorder while as many as 21% are developmentally disabled. http://journal.livingfood.us/2011/05/26/alarming-new-studies-50-of-u-s-children-have-chronic-illnesses-21-developmentally-disabled/

Here are some other studies:

Children vaccinated with DPPT or MMR had 14 times more asthma and 9.4 times more eczema than non-vaccinated children. McKeever TM, Lewis SA, Smith C. Does vaccination increase the risk of developing allergic disease?: A birth cohort study. Winter Abstract supplement to Thorax. 2002;57:Supplement III.

The death rate in vaccinated children against diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough was twice as high as the non-vaccinated children (10.5% versus 4.7%). Kristensen I, Aaby P, Jensen H. Routine vaccinations and child survival: follow up study in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa. British Medical Journal. 2000;321:1435-1441.

A German study released in September 2011 of 8,000 non-vaccinated children, newborn to 19 years, showed vaccinated children have at least 2 to 50 times more diseases and disorders than non-vaccinated children. http://journal.livingfood.us/2011/10/09/new-study-vaccinated-children-have-2-to-5-times-more-diseases-and-disorders-than-unvaccinated-children/

The Nederlandse Vereniging Kritisch Prikken (Dutch Association for Conscientious Vaccination, The Netherlands) compared the health of vaccinated and non-vaccinated children using various categories (sickly, eczema, asthma/chronic lung disease, allergies, aggressive behavior, sleeping difficulty, ear infections, inflammation of the throat, convulsions/collapse, need for antibiotics) and in every category the non-vaccinated children’s parents reported a fraction of the incidence of these events than those of vaccinated children.

In a governmental hearing Philip Incao, M.D. reported what many other M.D.s have stated:

 “In my medical career I’ve treated vaccinated and unvaccinated children and the unvaccinated children are far healthier than the vaccinated ones.”

There are many other studies I could refer to, but let’s move on.

Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s study was never discredited, he never retracted his study and recently his co-author was exonerated in a British government hearing after enduring repeated attacks by orthodox M.D.s. In addition, his findings on lymphoid hyperplasia and the measles virus (from the vaccine) have been replicated by researchers in other countries.

Wakefield’s work was ethical and passed ethical review standards. The attack on him was purely political. There is no truth to the statement that Wakefield fabricated data or altered health questionnaires, etc. It seems obvious to me that you are repeating allegations from journalist Brian Deer, who is presently being sued for libel.

Wakefield never claimed that MMR caused autism nor was thimerosal (mercury used in vaccines) discussed in his paper. All he did was report that a number of parents claimed their children regressed to autism after receiving the MMR vaccine. Apparently even repeating what parents told him caused him to be attacked. 

I needn’t discuss Wakefield’s work in depth here. However I recommend you watch his interviews on YouTube or read his book Callous Disregard – autism and vaccines – the truth behind a tragedy for the other side of the story. You have obviously been getting your information from one side only.

I’d like to mention two larger issues here. One is the fate of any medical doctor or government employee or newspaper or media employee for that matter who questions the safety of vaccines. They risk attack and the attempted ruination of their careers. At the very least they can’t get research funding and can’t find a job (or lose their job). Is it any wonder why they remain silent?

There is plenty of junk science that has been thrown to the media in an attempt to “prove” vaccines don’t cause autism. Nearly all (if not all) of these studies are done by people associated with pharmaceutical companies.

3. You quote an opinion, which is not science. A decrease in infant mortality in Japan was linked to raising the minimum age of vaccination; however, no time frame was listed. Perhaps other factors contributed to this decrease in mortality. In epidemiology, we call this an ecological study, which is unable to assess a causal relationship between two events. In the final paragraph, you again quote an opinion, and one from 1990 no less. 


The Pediatrics supplement by Cherry et al is based on Japanese health statistics. After the vaccination age was raised the incidence of SIDS dramatically dropped. It is not based on opinion but on fact. If you’d like to read the study please do so, it is properly cited. In addition, once the minimum vaccination age restriction was lifted and children under two could be vaccinated again the incidence of crib death (SIDS) began to climb. Coincidence? You may think so however the DPT vaccine has been associated with infant death since 1933. 

4.  Perhaps you should read the book, “Vaccinated: One man’s quest to defeat the world’s deadliest diseases” by Paul Offit. You will then understand the purpose of each of these “toxic poisons”.


I have read Offit’s book. It is incredibly biased and one-sided. Offit, who makes millions from vaccines, was on a government panel that approved a vaccine that later killed and maimed infants and was removed from the market. He should hang his head in shame. He is a pro-vaccine fanatic who has stated that children could receive 10,000 vaccines. I’d like him to try it on himself first. Perhaps you should read more balanced material such as Harris Coulter, Ph.D’s book Vaccination, Social Violence and Criminality and the other book cited above. The authors of these books do not have conflicts of interest as does Offit.

5. The statistics here are 20 years old. Back in the early 1990s, there was no good reporting system in place. However, with the help of technology, the FDA is now able to record vaccination adverse events through a systematic and thorough system. 


You can have all the technology you want but if the M.D. refuses to file a report no report is filed. There is no data to show there is any improved rate of reporting.

According to all data M.D.s and health officials rarely report vaccine damage (10% according to the FDA, 1%-2% in other studies). There is no reason to believe that incidence of reporting has changed. M.D.s are loathe to report much less acknowledge vaccine reactions.

6.  The heading says that childhood diseases almost “disappeared” before vaccination. This would mean that the incidence of disease declined. However, the statistics provided are for declines in mortality (death). Mortality does not equal incidence. 


Both morbidity and mortality of childhood diseases were sharply declining before mass vaccinations. For example, death from pertussis and measles was down 95-98% before mass immunization. No researcher could question that. While diagnosis may be suspect and not based on laboratory findings (surely as an epidemiologist you know that) deaths are not so easy to hide. For that reason I consider mortality a more accurate index.

7.  The “inclusion” of SV40 in some polio vaccines occurred from 1955-1961 and was an unintended contamination issue. The words used here imply that it was an intentionally added ingredient. 


SV40 was not intentionally added and I never say that. Vaccination promoters have good intentions, but as it is said, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” The fact is they really don’t know what they are doing and are playing with fire. The addition of adventitious toxins or viruses to the vaccine is one example. SV40 was the 40th simian (monkey) virus found in the polio vaccine to that time, however it was the most carcinogenic.

The Salk vaccine was contaminated and over 100 million Americans and Canadians were injected with it.

The contamination was known, reported and not told to the public. The government permitted Merck to sell and distribute the tainted (poisonous) vaccine. (Bernice Eddy, B. Sweet, MJ Hillman reports from the NIH and Merck respectively). After the contaminated Salk was removed from the market it was replaced with the contaminated Sabin vaccine. Not a good trade off. As you may know SV40 is used to cause cancer in laboratory animals. Is there any wonder cancers in children began to appear shortly thereafter and cancers in adults decades later, linked to SV40? http://www.naturalnews.com/032854_SV40_polio_vaccines.html

 8.  Shampoos and cosmetics are not regulated by FDA or EPA. These statements are misleading. Only color additives are regulated by these agencies.

 You missed the point. Let me clarify. The point is that our vaccines are poorly tested and while shampoos are tested for whether they can cause cancer, vaccines are not. 


9.  The first paragraph states that leukemia and brain tumors are rising dramatically. This is true, however, as the reference cited (number 15) points out—in the title no less—the rise in these diseases is due to better diagnosis and reporting.

Better diagnosis is not the reason there is more cancer. There is more cancer because there is more cancer.

I remember when that same argument was used regarding autism and was shot down by proper epidemiological studies. 

Sadly these conditions are rising and appearing in younger and younger people. A number of researchers have linked SV40 with brain tumors, leukemias, mesotheliomas and osteosarcomas. 

However, you imply that this increase is due to vaccination, which is absolutely misleading.
The second paragraph cites a reference from 1985, which used data from medical records and self-report. This study is of very low quality.

You are trying very hard to disagree but you do not consider the obvious – vaccines contain carcinogenic substances (formalin, aluminum, mercury etc.) and injecting these into children and not testing them for a relationship between cancer and vaccination is unethical and immoral. I’m surprised you are not concerned about this.

11. Again, the link between vaccination and autism has been debunked. Furthermore, you are making false statements. The very first sentence says that the U.S. government admitted that vaccines cause autism, and even provides a reference. If one were to go to the original document, one would see that your statement is a lie. The U.S. government “maintained the position that vaccines do not cause autism.” The true content of the report is not reflected in the brochure. The statistic presented in the last sentence is an opinion and is not based on any scientific study.
In the second paragraph, the “three-fold increase” in ADHD and asthma was due to increases in awareness and diagnosis, and is even mentioned in the original article.

The link between vaccination and autism was never “debunked” although the CDC has tried it’s best to bury the issue. The CDC helped fund five Danish studies to debunk the autism-vaccine link. Upon analysis they were shown to be fraudulent “junk science” with scathing critiques tearing these so-called “scientific” papers apart. The lead author of the largest study was later charged with fraud. 

The CDC contacted certain dishonest researchers in Denmark and paid for them to create studies “proving” there was no link between vaccination and autism. Only people who have not analyzed the data in the papers themselves and only read the abstract or press reports would make such a statement as you did. Please do your homework on this issue.

The U.S. government said to the effect that the vaccine caused autism-like symptoms in a child with a pre-existing condition (mitochondrial damage). Of course, the fact that vaccines have been linked to causing mitochondrial damage was conveniently ignored. This bizarre selective reading of the medical literature was noticed in media reports.

Because of politics the government is refusing to use the “A” word in its court decisions. But the children who were severely brain damaged after vaccines are in fact diagnosed with autistic symptoms. What’s the difference? There is none – the diagnosis of autism is based solely on behavioral symptoms.

Excuses from the medical profession that “we’re just diagnosing more cases now” are entirely self-serving. There is no proof of that. Of course one may ask if we’re just diagnosing cases better now where are all the 40, 50 and 60 year old autistics? The explosion in autism is real and putting one’s head in the sand only makes things worse.

By the way, there are now over 5,000 claims in the U.S. awaiting adjudication on the autism vaccination issue. The real numbers of parents who observed their once healthy children regress into autism are no doubt in the hundreds of thousands. What good research is being done to see if there is a vaccine connection? None. In addition the U.S. government has paid over $2.5 billion to vaccine-injured children. If your child dies the government pays you $250,000. Vaccines are acknowledged to cause death and serious, lifelong damage and this has been known for over a century.

13. Where is the reference that supports the claim that vaccination changes our genetic code?


Science News and the journal Nature as well as other researchers. If you want specific references I can supply them. The science of epigenetics deals with this subject in much greater detail.

14. Hugh Fudenberg was a collaborator of Wakefield, the fraudulent physician whose study on autism and MMR vaccination was retracted from Lancet. In fact, Fudenberg had his medical license revoked in the 1990s and is no longer allowed to practice medicine. Despite his inability to legally practice medicine, Fudenberg currently charges $750/hour to parents who are interested in finding a remedy for their children’s autism. The study that seems to link Alzheimer’s to flu vaccine was not an actual scientific study. Further, the flu vaccine studied was manufactured from 1970-1980. We have made significant advancements in the content of our flu vaccines since that time.

I know Dr. Fudenberg personally. I never heard that he collaborated with Dr. Wakefield. What study did they work on together?

Dr. Fudenberg’s medical license was revoked because an office assistant was using his forms and forging his name to obtain drugs. Dr. Fudenberg is legally blind and instead of going into legal battles decided to give up his license. Please check your sources before making such inflammatory statements. 

Dr. Fudenberg claimed that the mercury in flu shots caused Alzheimer’s and his study was published. The mercury in multi-vial flu shots has not been removed as of this date so the dates are irrelevant. Other researchers have linked brain damage to the aluminum in vaccines.

Dr. Fudenberg is the one of the world’s leading immunogeneticists with over 800 papers published in top biomedical journals and is the recipient of numerous medical awards throughout the world.

His work on transfer factor and its application has reversed the condition in a number of autistic children. The cost to care for an autistic child for his life is $1,000,000. What do you think he should charge for his services?

Calling Dr. Wakefield names is uncalled for and libelous.

15. Natural immunity does not always last a lifetime. Further, not all natural infections induce immunity. The final sentence is also misleading. The study cited suggests that febrile illness in children may increase the risk of cancer as an adult. Even if the febrile illness is induced by vaccination, this is NOT the same as saying that NOT having febrile illness will LOWER the risk of cancer. The findings are being mis-interpreted.


Medical textbooks repeatedly state that once a child has had measles, mumps, etc. they have permanent immunity. There have been reports of a person having had a childhood illness more than once but that is considered extremely rare.

I think you mis-read my paper, the studies show febrile infectious child disease related to a decreased risk for cancer. There have been many studies showing that individuals with a history of acute infectious illnesses have less chronic illness including cancer and heart disease. This is referred to as the hygienic school of disease and calls into question whether suppressing childhood diseases is a good idea in the first place. As Robert Mendelsohn, M.D. has written, “Are we replacing measles and mumps with cancer and leukemia?” The answer is, sadly, “yes.”

16. The study cited here is grossly misinterpreted and your statements are entirely incorrect. It is clear that you did not read the study. You state, “In one school, out of 137 children who contracted measles, 98.7% were vaccinated.” In the study, it clearly states that 98.7% of children in the school (where most of the 137 cases occurred) were vaccinated, and none of the students who were vaccinated properly became infected. The vaccine efficacy was estimated to be 96.9%. As for the second study cited, the pertussis strain that infected children was a mutated strain that was not included in the vaccine. Obviously, those who were infected with the mutated strain were not protected by the vaccine, because it was not included. You claim that receiving pertussis vaccine increases the chance of getting pertussis; this is misleading and incorrect.

I see this kind of thinking often. When one vaccine is given and epidemics break out the vaccine schedule is changed because “obviously” more shots are needed. There is medical blind faith that the shots work.

When the DPT vaccine came out one shot would give lifetime immunity. Now children receive five DPT shots and there are still epidemics of these conditions mostly in the fully vaccinated. Similar with MMR and Varicella. By the way did you know the death rate after Gardasil is now over 100 young girls? It’s an improperly tested vaccine that does not work.

The medical community sees the continued epidemics in vaccinated populations as an excuse to vaccinate more, not to question whether the vaccines work in the first place.

The Netherlands study cited that those who had been vaccinated with pertussis had an increased chance of getting the disease in an epidemic. I don’t see where this is misleading or incorrect. Please show me.

Vaccinated children have lower natural immunity and weakened immune systems. “Mutations” are always occurring and the non-vaccinated have the best defenses against them.

18. Natural immunity does not always last forever. In fact, some infections, including the human papillomavirus (HPV), do not induce much natural immunity at all. This is particularly important for males, because their immune system does not seem to create an immune response against HPV infection. 



HPV is in most sexually active women and causes no cancer. HPV has never been linked to cancer since cancers have many different viri in them. HPV by itself does not cause cancer, and even the FDA states that there must be other contributory factors (I could give you chapter and verse if you wish).

My concluding comments:

Dr. C—- from your remarks it is obvious that you have been relying on very biased sources and have not read the actual research.

We have the sickest children in the world with a multitude of chronic physical and emotional/neurological disorders that were rare or nonexistent 100 years ago. As the vaccine schedule increases so do the autistic and damaged children. No amount of arguments or “junk science” attempting to “prove” the safety of vaccines can stop the damaged children from coming.

If you do really care about children I recommend you investigate the comparative health of vaccinated and non-vaccinated children and whether it is worthwhile to place so many children at risk in the hopes of “preventing” diseases that are today generally mild and not life-threatening.

Perhaps the most serious issue is that thousands of parents will tell their doctor, “My child was developing fine and then regressed after the vaccine” and the doctor ignores the parents and re-vaccinates the child, often with tragic consequences.

If you are truly interested in epidemiology I suggest you investigate this area of regressive autism; it will open your eyes. Why do you think we have so many neurologically and immunologically damaged children today? 

We have more literature on vaccination and other health issues at www.korenpublications.com and I recommend you review them.

Sincerely,

Tedd Koren, DC

Postscript: I have yet to hear back from her.

 Koren Publications provides popular chiropractic, vaccination and natural health information. Go to www.korenpublications.com to see what all the excitement is about.

CDC Autism and Vaccines Study

CDC Autism and Vaccines Study

  Or “There’s nothing to be concerned with
–everyone go back to sleep”

 Tedd Koren, DC

 

There’s a reason a scientist at a vaccine conference referred to the CDC as the “Centers for Disinformation Control.”

 They continue to spend taxpayers’ money spewing forth poorly written, biased, “junk science” studies that, through their connections, are placed in well-read medical journals for maximum media attention.

 This latest study, by DeStefano et al. 2013, published in The Journal of Pediatrics is no exception. It is entitled “Increasing Exposure to Antibody-Stimulating Proteins and Polysaccharides in Vaccines Is Not Associated with Risk of Autism.” Read it here:

http://www.jpeds.com/webfiles/images/journals/ympd/JPEDSDeStefano.pdf

 But before we discuss this particular study let us ask why was this terribly written paper not exposed and just accepted as good research?

 Why are reporters no better than typists when it comes to critically reviewing medical studies? This headline from USA Today is typical of mainstream media fawning:

Full vaccine schedule safe for kids, no link to autism

A new study finds that children who receive the full schedule of vaccinations have no increased risk of autism.

“This is a very important and reassuring study,” says Geraldine Dawson, chief science officer at Autism Speaks, who wasn’t involved in the new paper. “This study shows definitively that there is no connection between the number of vaccines that children receive in childhood, or the number of vaccines that children receive in one day, and autism.”

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/03/29/vaccine-schedule-autism/2026617/

Media reporters, in a brazen effort not to rock the ship of fools they float on love people in white coats with letters after their names. They must worship them because not a single question about study design, selection bias, conflict of interest or misinterpretation of the data ever passes their lips.

 As Harris Coulter, Ph.D. once commented, “Reporters who are better suited to report on the local flower show or Rotary meeting write up medical stories. They have no training in this field.”

 A more accurate description of the CDC research is found here:

 CDC Claim of No Autism-Vaccine Link Based on Junk Science

 One health care writer Heidi Stevenson appears to have performed an unnatural act that none of the media reporters attempted – she critically read the entire study, not just the abstract. She writes,

 The CDC has produced junk science that demonstrates absolutely nothing, but claims it shows no connection between autism and the vaccine schedule. It’s now spinning it as if it proves that there’s no link between the modern day nightmare of autism and the vaccines that they push for Big Pharma…In no sense does it even come close to demonstrating a lack of association between autism and vaccines. There are several reasons.

 Please read the rest of her critique here; it is much more clearly written than the Pediatrics piece:

http://gaia-health.com/gaia-blog/2013-03-30/cdc-claim-of-no-autism-vaccine-link-based-on-junk-science/

 Dumber and dumberer?

 It’s hard to find more foolishness than that which comes out of the mouths of MDs and their fellow travelers (pharmaceutically-financed researchers). It if weren’t for the fact that we’re taking about babies’ brains being fried this would be black humor at its best (or worse).

 But it is real. No amount of studies “proving” that there is no link between vaccines and autism keep the brain-injured babies from coming. How many more babies’ lives must be ruined and sacrificed before the gods of medical denial?

 

Why not ask this?

 In this study published in the most recent Journal of Pediatrics they did not do the basic, most commonsense research to see if vaccines cause autism: compare vaccinated with non-vaccinated children to see which group has more autism, allergies, asthma, eczema, cancer, dyslexia, bi-polar disorder, neurological disorders, diabetes, etc.

 It would be easy to do – more and more parents are waking up to the sad reality of vaccine dangers and refusing to have their healthy children vaccinated to prevent diseases that are almost always mild and beneficial (yes, infectious childhood diseases mature the immune system of children and are ultimately beneficial. More on that at another time.)

 So we now have hundreds of thousands, even millions of non-vaccinated children in the US available to study. By the way, with all these non-vaccinated kids running around where are measles, mumps, chicken pox and pertussis?  Whenever there’s an epidemic it is mostly in the vaccinated!

 But I digress.

 Non-vaccinated children are healthier than vaccinated children. Autism in a non-vaccinated child kid is very rare. The fact that is does happen at all is mostly due to other toxic exposures, birth trauma, brain inflammation, antibiotics and other medical interventions.

 

Why doesn’t the CDC …?

 Why doesn’t the CDC compare vaccinated versus the non-vaccinated? Numerous MDs and healthcare providers claim that the non-vaccinated children they care for have a fraction of the autism, asthma, diabetes etc. than vaccinated children have.

 This CDC study was published in a journal read by those who have the most to gain from vaccines and the most to lose if people stop vaccinating (pediatricians). 

 This paper proves only one thing: passage through medical school erases the ability to perform critical thought.

 

Doesn’t tell us what we need to know

 The study did not research the MOST IMPORTANT question a parent has: “What are the chances my child may get autism from a vaccine?” Instead it looked at some kids with autism and others without autism and looked at how many vaccines they got. That proves nothing.

 A child may get autism after one vaccine, another after ten and another may not get any obvious systems. All children are different. To further skew the data the researchers carefully screened children from participating who might give the researchers “incorrect” (i.e. accurate) data. This is known as selection bias.

 Researcher Heidi Stevenson critically reviewed the serious faults with the data noticing this (that all other reporters seemed to somehow miss):

 There is no explanation for the high dropout rate of subjects, nor is there an explanation for the significantly different dropout rates between ASD cases (51.9%) and controls (68.3%). More than half of both groups didn’t finish the study, yet we’re left without an explanation. Obviously, this large number could easily have changed the results.

 http://gaia-health.com/gaia-blog/2013-03-30/cdc-claim-of-no-autism-vaccine-link-based-on-junk-science/

 To continue the selection bias the researchers omitted many children who had a predisposed weakness for getting autism, many neurological diseases (which can be caused by vaccination) and even removed those with one form of autism (Rett syndrome) from the study. 

 This study proves nothing

 The study proves nothing, absolutely nothing.

This study is as meaningful as saying ten kids are vaccinated and one gets autism. Do you now say the vaccine doesn’t cause autism because nine kids didn’t become autistic? That is about the quality of the research we are seeing.

 

Age of Autism, Isthtar and the movies

 Some insightful perspectives are from the Age of Autism web site at

 http://www.ageofautism.com/2013/04/brian-hooker-destefano-autism-vaccine-study-is-to-science-what-ishtar-was-to-cinema.html

 One has to wonder on the timing of the announcement of this study, considering the fact that the CDC just released statistics about two weeks ago stating that the rate of autism among school children in the U.S. has now risen to one out of 50.

http://healthimpactnews.com/2013/cdc-now-admits-1-in-50-school-children-with-autism-time-to-stop-ignoring-the-vaccine-connection/

 Researcher Brian Hooker, Ph.D. comments on this paper:

 Of all of the papers I have reviewed over my 26-year career as a research scientist, this is perhaps the most flawed and disingenuous study I have encountered. The Destefano et al. 2013 study is to science what the movie Ishtar was to cinema.  Read the full story at Health Impact News.

http://healthimpactnews.com/2013/can-we-trust-the-cdc-claim-that-there-is-no-link-between-vaccines-and-autism/

 

 

This study can serve a purpose

 The paper from this study would be better served lining bird cages. It was written to lull a concerned population of parents to return to blind obedience. 

 Millions of parents report their child became autistic shortly after receiving vaccines. Who should we believe–a parent who observed firsthand what the vaccines did to their formerly healthy child or researchers working for an agency promoting vaccines (the CDC)?

 As Groucho Marx said, “Who you gonna believe, me or your own eyes?

 Autism and neurological disorders increase and increase as the number of vaccines increase.

 Why don’t researchers ask these questions: Is it safe for vaccinated parents to vaccinate their children? Does the amount of damage increase with each vaccinated generation? Do the vaccines cause a genetic miasmatic weakening?

 Could the damage to our children be further compounded by nutrient-deficient foods? By breast milk that is not as nutritious because the mother eats GMOs and takes synthetic “prenatal vitamins” and eats commercial (factory-farmed) beef, fish, chicken and other animal products?

 Rather than look there the medical geniuses say autism might be related to the age of the child’s grandfather (I am not making this up). Take a look at this:

 

Grandfather’s Age Linked to Autism in Grandchildren

 Men who fathered children after age 50 may be nearly twice as likely to have a grandchild with autism compared with men who had children in their 20s, according to a study based on Swedish health data. The study is the first to suggest that the risk …

http://www.jpeds.com/webfiles/images/journals/ympd/JPEDSDeStefano.pdf

 And how much did that bit of loony research set the taxpayers back?

 Let us close with the immortal words of George Carlin commenting on modern medicine:

 They don’t know what they’re doing, it’s all guesswork in a white coat.

There are only two chiropractic techniques

There are only two chiropractic techniques. “What? You ask, aren’t there nearly one hundred?”

Well, yes – there are many “named” techniques or methods of locating and/or correcting subluxations – but if we consider the philosophy behind techniques we will discover that they all fall into one of two philosophical categories. All techniques are either vitalistically based or mechanistically based.

This division is not unique to chiropractic; nearly every healing art is based on mechanism or vitalism.

Mechanist? Vitalist?

For over 2,500 years vitalism (also known as empiricism) and mechanism (also known as rationalism) have been battling for the hearts, minds and wallets of the public. At various times in history one has been dominant over the other; presently we appear to be in a transitional period, shifting from mechanism to vitalism.

Whether the doctor is conscious of it or not, every healthcare system and every chiropractic technique is based upon vitalist or mechanist philosophical assumptions; philosophy guides therapeutics.

Many people don’t realize that science basically involves assumptions and faith … nothing is absolutely proved.
Charles Townes, Nobel Prize winner in Physics and Templeton Prize winner

Vitalist assumptions
• Vitalists (empiricists) view the body as intelligent, responding with a purpose to environmental stress using symptoms to maintain and regain homeostasis. Symptoms are therefore seen as intelligent responses to stress and are not to be suppressed or eliminated.
• Living bodies are overwhelmingly complex with millions and billions of interconnected and rearranging parts in constant flux to maintain (and regain) homeostasis. Because of this constant flux, understanding what is happening in a patient at any one moment in time is impossible.
• The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, expressing qualities the parts cannot; therefore studying the parts will give incomplete information about the whole (at best).
• Being greater than the sum of its parts the whole cannot be reduced to and fully understood by physics, mathematics, mechanics, chemistry and other intellectual disciplines.
• Vitalists claim that the only way to understand the living organism is to observe how it reacts in sickness and health. Vitalists learn from the whole and especially the unique, complex, idiosyncratic patient before them.
• For these reasons vitalistic care is personalized to the unique needs of the individual.

What do mechanists believe?
• Mechanists (rationalists) view the body as a machine that is largely passive before environmental onslaughts.
• Mechanists view symptoms as undesirable signs of breakdown that need to be removed or eliminated.
• Like any machine the whole is equal to the sum of the parts; by understanding the parts, by dissecting and using the disciplines of mathematics, chemistry, mechanics, and physics we will know the whole.
• Like any machine the body’s parts will break down and they can be replaced or manipulated without regard to the whole.
• Mechanists develop theories about the body and apply them to all bodies and all people, largely ignoring individual idiosyncrasies.

Whence they came

Mechanist techniques/healthcare systems are invented (intellectually deduced) while vitalist techniques/healthcare systems are discovered (accidentally found to work). Mechanist techniques are based on educated intelligence while vitalist techniques are based on innate intelligence.

Medical examples

Coronary artery bypass surgery/CABS (mechanistic – invented) is based on the assumption that blocked coronary arteries could be replaced as a plumber replaces a clogged pipe. CABS is linked to brain damage and has not been proven to decrease deaths.
Chelation therapy (vitalistic – discovered) was used to cure heavy metal poisoning but was accidentally found to reverse coronary artery disease by removing plaque from arteries. It has been successful in hundreds of thousands of cases.
Chiropractic examples
Mechanist chiropractic techniques begin with an intellectual concept of what and/or where the subluxation is and how it should be corrected. These approaches determine in advance (a-priori) what the body wants.
For example, techniques that are based on the theoretical or mathematical assumption of where “ideal” spinal curves or segments are “supposed” to be based on x-ray or palpation analysis are mechanistic. Techniques that assume that all locked spinal areas need release (such as diversified and “flying seven”) are mechanistic.
Vitalistic chiropractic techniques do not use intellectual concepts to determine what a subluxation is and what its mechanisms are. A subluxation to vitalists is a metaphor for interference in life expression. The vitalist does not know exactly what a subluxation is or what care is needed in advance; the care is a-posteriori – after the fact.
Vitalists rely on the body’s reactions to locate and correct subluxations/interference.
Vitalistic chiropractic technique practitioners do not know what the body wants or needs in advance. By testing or “asking” the body they determine what procedures they are going to use.
Vitalistic practitioners tailor their care on the unique needs of the patient.

“Asking” the body

Binary biofeedback is at the same time the most advanced and the most ancient method of care. Various professions “ask” the body in different ways. For example, homeopathy uses the “proving” – a feedback based on the symptoms the patient exhibits. CranioSacral Therapy employs “still point” to “ask” the body. Applied kinesiology employs the muscle reflex. Biofeedback methods include the short leg reflex, the occipital drop, skin resistance, and many others.
With the use of biofeedback, the body tells the practitioner what needs correcting or adjusting, in what order, and if the correction was accomplished. Vitalistic techniques are highly individualized.

The challenge of vitalistic techniques

Vitalistic techniques are ideally an open system that may take us anywhere: to the spine, cranium, structure, meninges, emotions, dehydration, dental issues, toxicity, parasites, organs, nutrition, and other areas of interference. The doctor must be open to exploring; the practitioner is limited by the questions asked based on their awareness. For example, a doctor who does not know the various brain structures will not know to ask about them; a doctor unschooled in Chinese medicine will not pick up meridian imbalances.
It is not easy to be open to “wherever the body takes us.” Intellectual mechanisms are useful to help us organize our thoughts and give us a framework in which to work. But at the same time we risk being limited by the prevailing dogma of the day. DD and BJ Palmer strove to break out of the dogmas of their age and we need to be open to exploration as well.

The challenge of mechanistic techniques

Mechanistic techniques are based on intellect (hence they are called “rationalist”) and risk falling into rigidity. The practitioner risks becoming narrow-minded and intellectually defensive, refusing to acknowledge the failures and limitations of the system he is using. The practitioner risks ignoring the patient in his use of systems and mechanisms (i.e. “the operation was a success but the patient died” mentality.)

Educated vs. innate

Mechanistic techniques are “educated intelligence” based. Vitalistic techniques are “innate intelligence” based.
Chiropractic philosophy is vitalistic; Chiropractic was accidentally discovered by DD Palmer.
Purely intellectual, mechanistic techniques are not congruent with chiropractic.
We say in chiropractic we have an innate intelligence – why don’t we use it? With vitalistic techniques, especially Koren Specific Technique (KST) we can ask the body where its interference or subluxations are located, the order of correction, and what approaches are best suited.

Zen balance

In the ancient Zen symbol life is considered a balance of opposites, of yin and yang – heaven and earth, female and male, hot and cold, flexibility and rigidity, emotion and intellect, etc. In the symbol there is always some yang in the depths of yin and always some yin in the depths of yang. In the same way, all vitalist techniques include some degree of rationalism (intellectual analysis) and all rationalist techniques include some degree of vitalism (feedback from the body); rationalists/mechanists rely mostly on intellect to approach understanding of the unknowable body while vitalistis/empiricists rely mostly on innate (body wisdom) to guide them in their care.

Which technique is more successful?

Finally we must ask which approach works better. The care that is more tailored to the individual needs of the patient has historically had better results with minimal adverse reactions. The more vitalistic a healthcare system or technique, the better the results.

Suggested reading

The historical division of healthcare has been best explored in by Harris Coulter, Ph.D. in his magnum opus Divided Legacy, Vol. 4.
Tedd Koren, D.C., is the developer of Koren Specific Technique the fastest growing vitalistic technique in the profession. For information, go to www.korenspecifictechnique.com. Dr. Koren also writes patient education materials. Go to www.korenpublications.com. Dr. Koren can be reached at tkoren1@aol.com.

Sternum at lunch

The other day I was invited to speak at a local chiropractic meeting, I was given a free lunch (it wasn’t so bad) and I got to meet a bunch of people.

So one of the MRI sales guys there asked me to check him.

First priority, sternum. 2nd priority, sternum, 3rd sternum, then liver, then sternum again. Sitting down, sternum liver, C1, cranials. What’s going on here?

So I asked him, “What’s with your sternum? I keep getting sent to it and it’s related
to the heart and heart energy.”

“Oh, I had a heart attack recently.”

“How old are you?”

“49. Also I’m on statin drugs – Lipitor.”

“Well, I guess that’s why I was sent to you liver too, it’s damaging it.”

“But my cardiologist told me to take it.”

“Hey, my dealer tells me to buy more cocaine.”

OK, I didn’t say the last part but I’m still amazed that people who are in a health care field haven’t the faintest idea of health.

Ugh! Still, I was pretty impressed his body kept sending me to the sternum and liver. Can we charge people extra if they are really stupid?

As you may know from my nutrition talk, older people need more cholesterol. In fact high cholesterol levels correlate to lower death rates in people over 70.

So today I had new patients – he’s 79, she’s 77 and they are on Crestor and some other poison. “I was on Lipitor and when I stopped taking it my arm, neck and hand pains stopped.” So his MD switched him to Crestor. Modern medicine.

Here are some examples of the power of KST. Enjoy the stories.

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Fish to water
I had a patient say to me: “something just told me to come here” She had never heard of us, but her other Chiropractor was out of town and uses…um well let’s just say a “lesser” technique (her words). She had a fantastic wave pattern saying “Oh I’m unwinding.” She took to KST like a fish to water, like Godzilla to Japan, Like a German to a Bratwurst…ok you get it. Her wave pattern was pretty violent I had a hard time keeping a contact. Bill Steinbach, DC, Harbor Springs, Michigan

Life-changing
I have spectacular results with KST but there is something more…I think KST is changing my life. It’s way deeper than just, another technique, it has reopened my mind and my spiritual essence, I feel very confident with my new orientation because KST became my main technique, it is simply amazing, there is a slow transformation for the practicionner when you practice KST on a regular basis. With KST innate is operating at an infra level. TOO COOL! Frédéric Derdaele, DO, Brides Les Bains, France

Violin migraines
An 11 year old came in complaining of migraines on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They started on her 11th birthday…I asked her, “What happens on Tuesdays and Thursdays?” She said she has violin and gym. I adjusted her in POS while she imagined playing the violin. After two adjustments she has no more migraines on Tuesdays or Thursdays or any other days. Sharon Havis, DC, Southfield, Michigan

Sciatica
Patient with sciatica today. I adjusted right IN ilium and L3 right disc. I said, “That’s it.” He tried to bring on the sciatica pain and it was gone. He was shocked that it was gone within 1 minute. He asked me how I knew it was those spots and I said, “Your body told me.” Kevin Kita, DC, Morrisville, Pennsylvania

Disc adjustment
Low back spasm 3 days after a child bounced on her low back (she has 5 kids) I checked and adjusted with my normal protocol then had her stand up to do a KST check in the posture of subluxation: lumbar, disk, right, 3″ out from midline, conterclockwise. I adjust. “Anything else?” no. I asked her to make her back hurt. She started bending forward, expecting pain, bent all the way to her toes then stood upright, whipped around and said, “No way! That fast?” Kevin Ross, DC, Tempe, Arizona.

Mid-back pain
A gentlemen walks in with very intense mid back pain that radiates down his whole spine and into both legs, of four day duration. Had an appointment next day but co
Whole T spine area from T4-8 segments were anterior and a lot of compensatory bilateral muscle spams. Asked for priorities: adjusted thoracic segments and certain ribs as pt. moved head in flexion / extension. …shrugging shoulders…did menigeal release adjustment coccyx area. Asked how is the pain ? He says: Its gone, there is nothing now! 4 days I suffered and its gone.
Nice… painless gentle adjusting in motion, gave the body the leverage it needed to clear out the subluxations and menigeal subluxations that were present. With old days of diversified adjusting he would have been too acute to even work on him. And maybe 2-3 office visits to soft tissue treat w/ modalities to cool it down enough to then be able to do an anterior dorsal adjustment that would have been painful . Mark Lynch DC at VIP Chiropractic, Bayville, NJ

KST videos

Happy New Year.

This will be a great year – it’ll be a steady, gradual, ever upward kind of year in which we’ll get wise and stronger. I feel it.

Of course if you’re a Mayan you may be a little nervous since the Mayan calendar supposedly says the world will come to an end in 2012. If that’s the case then, what the hell, go on a cruise (maybe the meteorite will miss you) or climb mountains (you’ll have a great view of the mayhem) or do something you love – what else is there?

Hold on – I’m not a Mayan. You’re not Mayan. Let’s move on (I gotta stop getting so morbid.)

Everyone enjoy 2012. That’s an order. You’ll have an especially great time if you like watching political commercials. Maybe there’s an adjustment to enjoy political commercials? Better still, an adjustment to turn the TV off?

In the meantime please note that the Philly seminar was moved to March 31/April 1st. We had to move it so that it’d be approved for CE credits in Pennsylvania.

Also we’ve got Orlando coming up the first weekend in Feb. and the cruise Feb 11th. There’s still time to register for the cruise.

Go to www.korenspecifictechnique.com

PS. The KST A to Z book is still in the works. All these hundreds of stories take time to organize.

Really interesting POS. Please watch.

Matthew Robbins, DC (drmatt357@hotmail.com) who practices in Tucson, Arizona has created two wonderful videos showing KST in action. In the first he is working on his daughter Sofia who is a ballerina and the second is his working on a patient who is a cellist.

Matt came to the second KST seminar ever. He learned the OD on the skull, then started to use the air OD. He was the first person to modify the OD in that manner – as far as I know. I was intrigued and asked Matt to send me a video of his air OD which he did.

“Where is the OD in these videos?” you may ask. Well, as many of you know the OD doesn’t necessarily need your hands – some people get a visceral “OD”, they just feel it. That happens more and more as you do KST; doctors will sometimes say to me, “I know the occiput has dropped before I put my hands on the patient’s head.” I think that gut or visceral response is ancient and may be the basis for all traditional healing arts.

So Matt is doing challenging, usually with his hands, but feels the OD in his body.
Enjoy the videos. The music is wonderful in both. Matt’s comments are on youtube.

Ballerina and KST

“I have been adjusting dancers for over 20 years. Using the Koren Specific Technique (KST) it’s possible to adjust patients not only in their position of pain but also while in motion. Specifically for dancers, this will improve turn-out, improve extension and flexibility, work on some underlying issues of repeated foot, ankle, knee and hip injuries. It is also possible to help with dance alignment and getting left and right turns to balance and be equally as good. This is great for ballet conditioning and injury prevention.”

Cello POS adjustment

“Using KST to adjust a patient while they’re in the position or during the activity that creates their problem. This is the only adjusting technique with which this can be done.”

In the meantime I hope to see you in the near future. We plan on having advanced classes in every US KST event. Bring friends – the world needs more KST doctors and there’s too many doctors who are bored, suffering and unhappy with their results. Your friends will thank you for it.

The date for the Gatwick, UK seminar is June 9/10. We’re still waiting for the hotel contract to be signed to make it official. Essen, Germany will be June 16/17,

If anyone needs a mentor or has any questions please write to me at tkoren1@aol.com

Fixing Disc Problems – It’s easier than you think

Fixing disc problems – it’s easier than you think Tedd Koren, DC

He was scheduled for back surgery. The pain was getting worse and worse; he was barely able to stand or walk and was desperate.

A friend told him to see me. I was his last resort. I was also the fifth chiropractor he has been to. He didn’t think I could help him but was willing to grasp at one more straw.

Like so many patients he arrived with a pile of X-rays and MRIs for me to look at while making doctor noises (Hmmmm! Hmmmmmm!) as so many others had done

I thanked him for the pile, placed it on a shelf and told him I didn’t need all that expensive plastic (OK, there is some silver in the films). Imaging films such as X-ray, CT scans and MRIs are done on people who are frozen in time, in a certain position and who are three dimensional, at the very least. But these pictures are two dimensional – I’m not seeing the whole person. Besides we all know that loads of pain-free people have horrible looking MRIs while people who are suffering from lots of back pain may have relatively normal MRIs.

He seemed hurt that I was ignoring all these sacred pictures so I mollified him by telling him I’d study them later if it was necessary.

Now to attempt to succeed where so many others have failed.

Using Koren Specific Technique (KST) I quickly found some unhappy discs (herniated, bulging, torn, inflamed) and in just a minute or less adjusted them as he was standing.

He stood up with a funny look on his face, excused himself and walked out of the office, “I have to make an important phone call.” he said.

He returned a couple of minutes later. “What was that about?” I asked.

“I called the surgeon and cancelled my surgery. I don’t know how you did it but for the first time in many months the pain disappeared. What did you do?”

Three weeks later he went on a 50-mile hike with his son with a full backpack. He has since referred his wife, children and grandchildren in for care. So what did I do?

Disc problems can be a patients, and chiropractor’s nightmare.

Patients with unhappy discs often don’t hold regular (structural) adjustments and tend to plateau – or get worse over time.

Patient is miserable, doctor is frustrated. Unless the disc is adjusted they may never achieve spinal stability and integrity.

Under medical care patients back surgery costs a small fortune; chiropractic is less expensive and yet the great results we wish to see often eludes us. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Since discovering KST nearly ten years ago (and using it to correct my own disc problems) I have found it has been a blessing to other disc pain sufferers.

Using KST I have discovered some easy and often quick ways to correct discs problems. In addition the patient can help self- adjust his/her discs when the doctor is not around.

At my KST seminars we teach lumbar disc corrections using a protocol to quickly and easily locate and correct disc problems.

But what can a doctor (or patient) who has not taken a KST seminar do right now? What if you are suffering at this moment?

Here are some things you can do that may give surprising results.

You first need to do a little poking around your lower back. You’ll find that on the left or right side of the lumbar (low-back) vertebrae there will be some painful “hot spots.” They are often 2, 3,4, 5, 6 or more inches lateral to (away from) the spine. If the hot spot is on your side, it means the disc is inflamed or bulging or torn in the lateral direction. If the painful “hot spots are on the abdomen that means there are anterior disc problems.

After you locate the hot spots you can use an adjusting instrument, even a wooden dowel (maybe 1/4 inches in diameter or even your fingers and you tap into them. This will hurt a little. Do it as you are moving, twisting or turning your lower spine – where the pain is the worst, that may be the best spot to tap.

You may find an immediate improvement. It may not be 100% but you’ll notice some relief. And if you’ve ever had sciatica or severe lower back pain you’ll take any relief you can get.

I’ve seen this work in the most difficult, painful patient.

Sometimes you’ll see a minor improvement – but you’ll see an improvement in almost every case.

If you are a doctor I recommend you give your patient homework to tap into these “hot spots” when they are in bed or during the day.

Using KST you can locate these hot spots quickly and easily and adjust into them quickly and easily.

But you can also find the hot spots by palpation (it will take a little longer).

A little tip: you may feel what feels like a tight, thin band radiating from your spine outwards many inches. Usually the hot spots are along this band,

Please write me and let me know how you are doing with these suggestions.

For more information on KST go to www.korenspecifictechnique.com or call 800-537-3001.