Chiropractic & The Flu in Gaylord, MI
Comments by Dr. Saks: While there is no actual proof that chiropractic care is a cure for any type of flu, here is some accurate accounting of what took place during the very serious Spanish Flu of 1918. We do know that the real value of chiropractic care extends well beyond back or neck pain, and has a role to play in optimizing the way our bodies function. At this point, in our clinic, we continue to treat those that come in and we are taking significant steps within the clinic to not only protect ourselves but also those that choose to continue treatment.
1918 Influenza Epidemic and Chiropractic Care In Gaylord, MI
Historical Chiropractic News
Editors Note: The information provided here was forwarded to Planet Chiropractic by a chiropractor in Texas. Far too many people (including chiropractors) are not aware of historical events that took place during the 1917 – 1918 Spanish Flu years, which involved chiropractors caring for thousands that suffered influenza infection during those times. With such a firestorm of media coverage and fear surrounding the Pandemic, it would be irresponsible not to attempt seeking knowledge regarding influenza events of the past.
The Official History of Chiropractic in Texas
By Walter R. Rhodes, D.C.
Published by the Texas Chiropractic Association — 1978
THE THREE GREAT SURVIVAL FACTORS
[Excerpts by Dan Murphy, DC]
“The 1917 – 1918 influenza epidemic swept silently across the world bringing death and fear to homes in every land. Disease and pestilence, especially the epidemics, are little understood even now and many of the factors that spread them are still mysterious shadows, but in 1917-1918 almost nothing was known about prevention, protection, treatment or cure of influenza. The whole world stood at its mercy, or lack of it.”
“In Davenport, Iowa, 50 medical doctors treated 4,953 cases, with 274 deaths. In the same city, 150 chiropractors including students and faculty of the Palmer School of Chiropractic, treated 1,635 cases with only one death.”
“In the state of Iowa, medical doctors treated 93,590 patients, with 6,116 deaths – a loss of one patient out of every 15. In the same state, excluding Davenport, 4,735 patients were treated by chiropractors with a loss of only 6 cases – a loss of one patient out of every 789.”
“National figures show that 1,142 chiropractors treated 46,394 patients for influenza during 1918, with a loss of 54 patients – one out of every 886.”
“Reports show that in New York City, during the influenza epidemic of 1918, out of every 10,000 cases medically treated, 950 died; and in every 10,000 pneumonia cases medically treated 6,400 died. These figures are exact, for in that city these are reportable diseases.”
“In the same epidemic, under drugless methods, only 25 patients died of influenza out of every 10,000 cases; and only 100 patients died of pneumonia out of every 10,000 cases. This comparison is made more striking by the following table:”
Dr. Saks :
Because of statistics like this and our own understanding of how the body functions, we have decided to continue to offer chiropractic care for those who decide to include that in their self-care.
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