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.

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Is your Jaw Pain TMJ?

TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) is an incredibly painful condition that is situated within the muscles of the jaw and cheekbone. The temporomandibular joint acts like a sliding hinge which is the connection from your skull to the jawbone.

TMJ can be caused by your genetics, trauma to the jaw or even arthritis. Nocturnal tooth grinding and clenching can also play a role, though tooth grinders don’t always develop TMJ.

Common complaints include pain, stiffness, clicking sounds that are audible to others and even having your jaw lock up from time to time. It may even extend to a dull ache around the ear and back of the head. Chewing may cause pain as well. These are all a result of the jaw itself becoming misaligned. Over time if not corrected adhesions can form in the muscle keeping the jaw out of place.

Whiplash from auto accidents can be an initial cause of an onset of TMJ. When ligaments tear or stretch it can pull the jaw out of position. Other injuries involving the facial area can have the same results.

If not treated properly, over time degeneration of the disc between the jaw and the skull can occur, wearing away which leaves only bone on bone to rub together wreaking havoc on the nerves located in that area.

Visiting your Chiropractor for jaw pain can be a tremendous help. They take an overall approach to well-being and help to determine the cause and the resulting best course of action.

Manual adjustments may be used as a treatment for the jaw disorder. Your doctor may press on areas of your skull, jaw and upper spine in order to help relieve irritated inflamed nerves increasing your jaw’s range. The active release technique which is a soft tissue based therapy is likely to be used. This manipulation can help your body break up the adhesions as well as scar tissue on the muscles and ligaments. When combined with regularly scheduled chiropractic treatment it has proven to be a very effective method to obtain healing and pain relief. 

Leading experts at The National Institutes of Health recommend these treatments as the best course of action. Noninvasive treatments should always be tried first, rather than automatically leaning towards aggressive treatments such as surgery and implants, which penetrate the tissues of the face, jaw or joint.

If you have facial pain, jaw pain or grind your teeth in your sleep come in and talk to us at Nutrition Specialists of Florida ChiropractorBonitaSprings.com or give us a call at 239-947-1177.

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Are you suffering from a B Complex Deficiency?

When not feeling well very few of us, right off the bat, think “I must be lacking a certain vitamin or nutrient” when often that is the very truth of the matter. Vitamin deficiencies, especially in B Complex, can cause such a wide range of health complaints that your guesses as to what the problem is may be all over the board. It may even seem confusing as to what type of a doctor you would even go to see for help.


Consulting a practitioner who does Nutritional Response Testing is always a safe bet as a solid place to start in order to get some answers and get your health back on track.


Let’s start with some of the basics:


What is B-Complex?

It is a group of several vitamins including Vitamin B1(thiamin), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), Vitamin B6 (pyridoxal phosphate), Vitamin B7 (Biotin), Vitamin B9 (folate), and Vitamin B12 (cobalamin).


A deficiency in these vitamins can cause a wide range of symptoms.


How would you know if you had a Vitamin B deficiency? What to look out for:


  • Skin issues – dermatitis, dry skin, cracks on the corners of your mouth, and easily bruised skin
  • Fatigue – Muscle weakness, tiredness, lack of coordination, waning muscle mass, even numbness in fingers may occur.
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Insomnia
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Rage
  • Forgetfulness
  • Unease
  • Depression
  • Mental confusion
  • Fear
  • Hostility
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Lack of appetite
  • If pregnant a lack of B vitamins can even cause neurological birth defects
  • In the elderly, bad vision and red swollen eye lids are a sign
  • A tendency to burst out crying for no real reason at all is a tell-tale symptom of B deficiency.
  • Vegans are especially at high risk for this deficiency



B-Complex is vital for health. Many of these symptoms are being medicated as simply mood disorders in the medical and mental health communities when in reality it is possible for their source to be based in the physical body craving and desperately needing the right targeted supplementation.


Other than taking Vitamin B Complex as a direct supplement what can you do to make sure you are getting enough B vitamins in your diet?


Eating a diet that is rich in B vitamins is easy if you know what you need to include.


B1 – is found in Whole grains, legumes, and beans, spinach, kale, and peanuts, among others.


B2 – Almonds, rice, eggs, milk, yogurt, spinach, soy, and sprouts.


B3 – Milk, eggs, beans, green veg and red meat.


B5 – Eggs, meat, yogurt, beans, and legumes.


B6 – Seeds, rice, salmon, tuna, turkey, and chicken.


B7 – meats, such as chicken and pork, although it can also be found in egg yolks, potatoes, and nuts.


B9 – green leafy veg, asparagus, root vegetables, milk, wheat, beans, and salmon.


B12 – Vitamin B12 most commonly found in fish, pork, beef, dairy, and eggs.


If you are severely Vitamin B deficient you may benefit from supplementation in addition to dietary changes. It is important to talk with your nutritionist to get the very best professional guidance possible. Visit www.chiropractorbonitasprings.com or call 239-947-1177.


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