FAMILY CARETom, Dick and Harry are all playing on their tricycles together in their neighborhood. They are three years old. Little Tommy is pedaling as fast as he can and while doing a wheelie on his tricycle flips over and gets thrown to the ground. He doesn't feel too hurt, however, and soon gets back on his tricycle and pedals away.
Unknown to little Tommy, the fall misaligned a vertebrae in his spine and created a subluxation. The subluxated vertebrae begins to impinge on a nerve that supplies his stomach with impulses from his brain. (Usually many nerves are involved in many complicated ways when there's a subluxation, but we'll use one nerve to illustrate this example.)
Tommy doesn't know he has a subluxation and probably never heard the word. Perhaps he never will. But in a few days he's complaining to his mother about his stomach ache. The stomach ache may last a short time, and since Tommy is a strong, growing boy, it most likely will go away and not return for a while.
Mom may overlook it: "Kids are always coming down with a little of this and a little of that," she says. "Besides, he's usually better the next day."
As Tommy gets older he finds that certain foods don't agree with him too well. He can't eat leafy vegetables, he can't eat spicy foods, he can't eat pizza. "I like them, but they don't like me," says Tommy. "They just don't agree with me."
As he gets older his occasional stomach aches turn him to over-the-counter (non-prescription) drugs for relief. He relies on Maalox, Pepto Bismol, Alka-seltzer and Bromo seltzer to get through the day. He spells relief R-0-L-A-I-D-S.
The years pass. Tommy enters middle age and finds that his drugstore remedies aren't working as well as they used to. He now goes to his medical doctor who prescribes more powerful drugs than he can buy himself. They may have greater side effects, but they are certainly strong.
Tommy's problems with his stomach gradually get worse. One day he is diagnosed as having an ulcer. In time, Tommy's ulcer gets so bad an operation is necessary. He will have to be careful of what he eats for the rest of his life-or else!
That is Tommy's story. It's not very pretty, but is his story unique? Hardly. You may know many Tommys. You may be one yourself. If it isn't their stomach trouble, or asthma, or arthritis or headaches or constipation or fatigue or back aches it may be another of the hundreds of disease conditions that medical books and neighborhoods are full of. The world is full of Tommys that live on medicines and are resigned to a life of aches and pains, sickness and disease.
The next three year old riding his tricycle is Dick. He is also a bit of a daredevil, overdoes a wheelie and, you guessed it-falls down and goes boom. He dusts himself off, more worried about tearing his clothes so his mother won't yell, than any damage he may have done to himself, and gets back on his bike. Like Tommy, little Dickie has got a subluxation, and also like Tommy, it is affecting nerves that supply his stomach.
Dick doesn't know he has a subluxation, but in time begins to suffer from stomach problems. Like Tommy, as the years go by he begins to realize he can't eat everything he'd like to and begins to rely on Maalox, Pepto Bismol, Alka-seltzer and Bromo seltzer. And of course, we know how he spells relief.
But one day a friend of his says, "You know, Dick, with all your stomach problems why don't you see a chiropractor?" "A chiropractor?" says Dick, "I thought they were just for backaches." But since he has nothing to lose, Dick gives the chiropractor a try. "Can you cure my stomach problems?", Dick asks the chiropractor.
"Chiropractors don't treat diseases, Dick. We locate and correct vertebral subluxations which cause nerve interference. After a person's subluxations are corrected, the body is better able to heal itself," says the chiropractor.
The chiropractor analyzes Dick's spine and locates a subluxation-the one that was created when Dick was three years old. He performs a chiropractic spinal adjustment and the vertebrae moves back in proper alignment.
"O.K. Dick, I want to see you again soon to make sure your vertebrae stay in position and don't resubluxate. In the beginning the area may be a little unstable and there may be a tendency to misalign."
Dick begins chiropractic care and after a time, the nerves regenerate and the stomach begins to heal. Maalox and alka-seltzer are things of the past-even his sleep is better and he has more energy during the day. He begins to spell relief differently and doesn't share Tommy's fate.
The last baby is Harry. Little Harry also has his spill on his tricycle, but his story will be much different from that of his friends. You see, little Harry is a member of a very special family: a family that practices chiropractic health maintenance.
Shortly after Harry's tricycle fall the family visits the chiropractor for their regular periodic spinal checkup. Everybody goes, it's a family event. It's true health insurance to ensure that their bodies are working with a healthy spinal column free from vertebral subluxations that cause nerve impingement. "After all," says Harry's mother, "We have our teeth checked periodically, why not our spines?"
The chiropractor checks little Harry's spine. "Well, Harry, what have we here? A subluxation! What happened? Fall down and go boom?" With his well trained hands the chiropractor uses the art of the spinal adjustment to correct little Harry's subluxation. Harry may never know how truly lucky he is.