Well­ness Arti­cles

Chi­ro­prac­tic Story Worth Telling

From the August 3, 2002 issue of the Los Ange­les Daily News comes an uplift­ing story that has been labeled by the paper as, “A Mir­a­cle on Hort­ense Street. The story is of 10-​year-​old, Laura Bibb, a devel­op­men­tally delayed girl, who as the news­pa­per reported, “went from being the neigh­bor­hood pity to the neigh­bor­hood Rocky.” As a baby, Laura was ini­tially diag­nosed as being mildly men­tally retarded. Later, when it came time for her to start school, her skills and test scores placed her at the severely retarded level.

Helen and Ron Bibb, Laura’s par­ents, never gave up hope or stopped fight­ing for their daugh­ter. Helen spent half her life on the Inter­net look­ing for the answers to why Laura’s body had betrayed her. Laura kept falling down, she would also start to binge-​eat and some­times refuse to talk to her fam­ily for long peri­ods of time.

Nei­ther the Inter­net nor her doc­tors could give Laura’s mom Helen the answers. The med­ical doc­tors were say­ing that every­thing med­ical sci­ence had to offer, inside the con­fines of an HMO plan, was being done to help. “I was on the diag­no­sis merry-​go-​round, going nowhere,” Helen says. “There were plenty of expla­na­tions and excuses, but no answers.” She con­tin­ued, “She had orthotics put in her shoes, but her knees were still swollen and get­ting worse. Her right leg and foot were start­ing to turn in. The ortho­pe­dic doc­tors sug­gested knee braces and painkillers.”

Then one day, a neigh­bor of the Bibb’s, Pam Flynn, wrenched her knee and went to see Toluca Lake chi­ro­prac­tor, Dr. King Rollins. While under care, she told the chi­ro­prac­tor about 10 year old Laura. She men­tioned that Laura was falling down all the time, and would soon need braces and a steady diet of painkillers just to get around. “The idea of this won­der­ful lit­tle girl who had already been through so much, now need­ing braces to walk really threw me,” Pam said. Later that day, Pam went to see Helen and told her to see the chi­ro­prac­tor who she said also treated kids. Pam told Helen, “Go see him, what could it hurt?”

That’s exactly what Helen Bibb did as she brought Laura to see the chi­ro­prac­tor. And the results were mirac­u­lous! Dr. Rollins com­mented on his care for Laura by say­ing, “I was look­ing for any­thing that would inter­fere with Laura’s ner­vous sys­tem, and I found a ver­te­bra at the base of her skull was way out of place and putting pres­sure on her nerves,” he said. “So I adjusted it.”

Laura’s mom Helen thought the pro­ce­dure was so sim­ple, yet the results were so pro­found. “The first thing Laura did was let out a big sigh of relief,” Helen said. “That night she came down the stairs by her­self. We were stunned. This used to take for­ever with Laura hold­ing on to both rails, her dad in front so she wouldn’t fall, and me guid­ing from behind. Laura now wants to move and run and be a real kid for the first time. All the doc­tors said that her foot would stay turned in and there was noth­ing they could do. Well, her foot has straight­ened out, too.”

The Bibb’s neigh­bors noticed the changes as well. One of them Elaine Alexan­der com­mented, “She’s an entirely dif­fer­ent lit­tle girl, men­tally as well as phys­i­cally. She used to be shy and hide behind her mother. Now, she’s in the open, talking.”

The LA Daily News story fur­ther reported that the girls life was changed when this sum­mer, Laura did some­thing Helen, in her most opti­mistic dreams, never would have thought pos­si­ble. With her mom and dad, younger sis­ter Julie, and older brother Edward cheer­ing her on and burst­ing with pride, Laura swam with the dol­phins at Sea World. Laura’s mom Helen con­cluded the arti­cle by say­ing, “When we’d walk the dogs, Laura couldn’t keep up. Now, she’s out front. It’s been a remark­able trans­for­ma­tion. Look at her, she’s so proud of herself.”

Ran­dom Article

A research study pub­lished in the July 12, 2006 issue of the Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Med­ical Asso­ci­a­tion (JAMA), shows that daily activity

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