Why Do So Many Consider Tetanus Shots Different From Other Vaccinations?

Though deemed safe and even necessary by the CDC and the FDA as well as the medical community at large, there are many who vehemently oppose all vaccinations. Strangely, the Tetanus vaccination seems to be the one exception on many lists.

What is Tetanus?

Tetanus is the clinical term for Lockjaw. It was named for the bacteria that causes it, Clostridium tetani. When this particular bacteria enters a wound, it can lead to impaired nerve function causing strong muscle spasms in the neck, face, stomach, or other parts of the body.

Lockjaw can cause non-movement of the jaw and surrounding facial muscles. It makes it virtually impossible for the person to open their mouth or swallow. Choking becomes a possible hazard. It is a very serious infection and can be fatal in up to 30% of those inflicted with the bacteria.

Clostridium tetani live and thrive in dust, dirt and even manure. It is also true that you can contract tetanus by being cut by rusty metal such as a nail, which is the most widely known cause. Though most commonly it enters through a puncture wound or a cut you can also get tetanus though burns that are not properly cleaned, animal bites and even non sterilized needles.

If you do contract an infection, you may not notice or realize it right away. The onset of symptoms can range anywhere from 3 days post-trauma to a couple of weeks with the average onset symptoms showing at about 8 days.

A Tetanus shot vaccination is the standard medical precaution.

Since the 1920’s the tetanus shot has been a routine part of childhood immunizations. It is considered 100% effective in preventing a tetanus infection. It is given during childhood and recommended as a booster every 10 years in adulthood.

Is there any alternative to vaccination?

Tetanus is different than other vaccinations in that it isn’t a disease. There is no gain of immunity build up by going through and surviving Tetanus. Tetanus itself is a potentially life-threatening poisoning of the body by way of foreign object penetration. Even if your immune system is operating in perfect health, it may not be enough to defeat Tetanus on its own.

This is why many doctors who do not believe in vaccinations still back the Tetanus shot. It remains almost in its own category.

The problem many people have with this vaccine, like many others, is that some of the ingredients are toxic and can produce varied reactions depending on the receivers overall health, age, and state of natural Immunity.

What is in the Tetanus Vaccine that could be considered dangerous?

  • Formaldehyde – Classified as a carcinogen by the National Institute of Health.
  • Aluminum Potassium Sulfate – Aluminum has been linked to Alzheimer’s Disease. It can cause stomach pain, constipation, black stools, coughing up of blood, urinary pain, drowsiness, muscle weakness and lack of appetite.
  • 2-Phenoxyethanol – is a skin irritant which can depress the central nervous system.
  • Bovine Extract – can cause diarrhea, nausea, swelling, local redness, and itching.
  • Thimerosal – is 49.6% mercury which is a potent neurotoxin.

Other integrative therapies have shown a positive impact on Tetanus but as of yet have not received a recommendation from any medical governing body. They include:

  • Iodine
  • Probiotics
  • Black Tea
  • Cranberry
  • Ginseng
  • Thistle
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Lime
  • Lavender
  • Selenium
    Raw Honey

Of course, the most beneficial thing should an accident happen, is proper wound care. If you receive a cut, scrape, burn, puncture wound or use a non sterilized needle it is vital to clean the area thoroughly and properly seeking medical care and advice.

If you choose not to get a Tetanus shot proactively, and do suffer a wound, it is important to get to the hospital quickly. You will then received not only the vaccination but also a tetanus immune globulin, which acts fast to prevent infection.

Every individual must decide if vaccinations are right for them and their family. Knowing the ingredients and possible side effects are important to be able to make educated health decisions.

For more information on natural healing and how to keep your family healthy, we invite you to visit www.chiropractorbonitasprings.com or give us a call at 239-947-1177 to schedule an appointment in our Bonita Springs office.

Originally published: http://chiropractorbonitasprings.com/blog/tetanus.html

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Natural Trauma Care

What if the unthinkable happens? You have an accident, but you are nowhere near a hospital. What do you do?

Is there such a thing as “natural trauma care”? The answer is a resounding YES.

1. Small nicks, cuts or scratches: You can dab on cornstarch. It will stop the bleeding almost immediately. Additionally, oddly enough, spider webs work very well if you can find some. Grab a good sized spider web, blow off the spider and any other bugs or debris and wrap it around or place over the injured area. Once the bleeding stops, remove the web and clean the cut thoroughly.

2. A bloody nose: If you are experiencing a bloody nose open a bottle of vinegar and inhale deeply through your nose. Keep doing so and the bleeding should stop within a short time. Vinegar burns the blood vessels cauterizing them closed.

3. For a bleeding wound: Apply a little sugar and let it melt over the wound. This will stop the blood from continuing to flow.

4. If you suspect a blood clot: You can take the herb Dong Quai to help break up the clot but do try and seek out medical attention as soon as possible as blood clots can be incredibly dangerous depending on location.

5. Ice: Reducing the temperature drastically slows bleeding as well as helps prevent future inflammation and bruising at the site of injury.

6. Small wounds:  Cayenne pepper sprinkled into the wound will help to stop the bleeding as well black pepper.

7. Splinters: To remove small splinters from the skin easily, wet a bar of soap and rub the sharp end of a sewing needle in it, so that the needle has a liberal coating of soap. Then rub the soapy needle in the opposite direction of the splinter. As soon as the splinter has some soap in it, squeeze it, and it should come right out. This method is painless and is good for use on children. For removing splinters of glass from the skin pour some hydrogen peroxide on the skin. The splinter will bubble itself out after a few minutes. Do not squeeze as more tissue damage may occur.

8. Burns: The best thing for a burn is to apply cool water liberally. Do ensure that the water is not too hot or too cold. Blisters will be formed, but that is a part of the natural healing process. If you want to avoid blisters you could try one of these home remedies. Cut a tomato into wedges and rub one slice on the burn. The acid from the tomato takes the pain away and the burn will not blister. You can also use cold water and vinegar compresses until the pain goes away and then apply potato slices on the area.

9. After any injury for overall healing – Arnica Montana 1M (trauma care blend) Specifically designed to speed recovery from a major physical trauma, TraumaCare™ is generally considered too strong for a minor bump or bruise.

To learn more about natural care give us a call at Nutrition Specialists of Florida | Chiropractor Bonita Springs – Dr. Gary Gendron. 239-947-1177 or visit us online by going to www.chiropractorbonitasprings.com

Originally posted: http://chiropractorbonitasprings.com/blog/Trauma.html

Would you recognize the warning signs of Spinal Stenosis?

From time to time, we all have the occasional ache or pain, especially as we age. It can be tempting to push it aside and focus on other things, keeping your mind distracted and off of the pain. As spinal stenosis occurs gradually over time, there is no sudden onset and symptoms tend to start out mild and barely noticeable and work their way up to life interrupting.

What is spinal stenosis?

Spinal Stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal column. This narrowing causes pressure on the spinal cord itself and the spaces (neural foramina) where the nerves leave the spinal cord. This can cause cramping, numbness, and pain in the legs, back, buttock area, neck, and even shoulders or arms.

  • Loss of balance, bladder and bowel control issues can occur.
  • Disks become drier
  • Disks may start to bulge
  • Both bones and ligaments may thicken – this is caused by chronic long-term swelling.
  • Symptoms may come and go over time
  • Symptoms may occur only with certain activities or movements
  • Spinal stenosis tends to feel better when rested
  • Numbness and tingling often accompany pain

What causes spinal stenosis?

  • Tumors of the spine
  • Injury that puts pressure on the nerve roots or the spinal cord
  • Herniated disk
  • Slipped disk
  • Spinal arthritis
  • Bone disease

Spinal Stenosis usually sets in and becomes noticeable around age 50 or older. It can cause the recognizable sign of age, in a lean forward in posture.

If you are experiencing symptoms it is important to seek out a proper diagnosis.  A MRI or CT Scan are both viable options. Much can be done through regular chiropractic care, activity modification, and exercise. Anti-inflammatories such as turmeric or bromelain are wonderful accompaniments to the therapy.

Fortunately, most are able to successfully manage the symptoms with these non-surgical and non-medical therapies, best results come when you seek treatment as early on as possible, helping to avoid the use of any medications or surgical procedures down the road.

Working with your body rather than against it is always the most viable option. Giving it the proper nutrition, supplementation, and adjustment of electrical pathways in the nervous system in order to allow it to heal itself offers you the very best possible prognosis.

Don’t live in pain. Call us today (239) 947-1177 or visit www.chiropractorbonitaprings.com to connect with Dr. Gary Gendron, Nutrition Specialist Bonita Springs | Chiropractor Bonita Springs. We look forward to working with you on your journey to health.

originally posted: http://chiropractorbonitasprings.com/blog/Spinal_stenosis.html