Saturday, January 12, 2008

Chiropractic Restores Man's Sight

Here's an Interesting Story from the Dubuque, IA local newspaper:

Doug Harkey's visits to a chiropractor had been helpful, but not spectacular, until Thursday, Jan. 3.

"My left eye was watering for 45 minutes straight," Harkey said.

That left eye had been devoid of sight for 12 years.

While at a friend's house, Harkey wiped his eyes.
"While I wiped my right eye, I could see out of my left," Harkey said.

Goodbye blindness, hello restored sight.

"Oh my God, I can see!" Harkey told a friend.
"You always could," the friend answered.
"No, out of my LEFT eye," Harkey said.

Harkey and Stackis believe a chiropractic adjustment corrected a spinal bone spur problem, and that correcting the problem restored the lost sight.
"I am totally happy for Doug," Stackis said. "I've heard of cases of people regaining their sight, but I've never experienced something like Doug's magnitude .

Miracles can happen and some of those miracles are pretty big."
Harkey's fiancee, Gina Connolly, has been visiting Stackis.
"I was skeptical about chiropractic," Harkey said.
He gave it a try, though, at Connolly's suggestion and after attending a new-patient class conducted by Stackis.

"Your nerve system controls and regulates every function of your body," said Stackis, who believes chiropractic care can influence healing throughout the body.
Harkey couldn't wait to have an eye doctor verify his regained vision. However, his regular doctor was unavailable, so Harkey visited Connolly's eye doctor, Dr. Lynn Lester, on Jan. 7.
"I am very excited for him," Lester said. "It's incredible."
Lester is not sure exactly what triggered the sudden vision improvement.
Harkey said Monday's tests revealed he now has 20/100 vision in his left eye.
Normal vision is considered 20/20 vision, meaning people can see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be seen at that distance. People with 20/100 vision must be as close as 20 feet to see what a person with normal vision can see at 100 feet.
Lester told Harkey his left eye vision could reach 20/30 with the use of corrective lenses.
"He has the potential for even better," Lester said.
Harkey thought retinitis pigmentosis -- a degenerative disease that gradually attacks the retina -- would permanently rob sight from his left eye. His right eye had been reduced to tunnel vision, but recent surgery by Dr. Rommel Fuerste improved his right-eye sight to 20/40.
Fuerste declined to discuss the case of his patient, but Harkey relishes talking about his left eye and the future.
"I'll have everything back except my peripheral vision," he said, adding that he continues to have difficulty seeing forms in shadows. "In the daytime, it will be great to see everything."

Dr. Zach's Comments:

  • Did you know that the Chiropractic Profession was founded in 1895 when Dr. Daniel Palmer restored a man's hearing by simply adjusting a misalignment in his spine (In chiropractic, these misalignments are called SUBLUXATIONS). Since that time there have been thousands of seemingly miraculous cases of health recovery through chiropractic care.

  • Of Course, Chiropractic is not a cure all. Not every case of deafness or blindness is caused by subluxation in the spine, but you might be surprised by the health conditions that do see improvement.

  • So, How did this man regain his sight? It's quite simple actually. Chiropractic is based on the premise that spinal misalignment (subluxations) can lead to irritation and injury to your nervous system. Your nervous system controls every other system in your body. Therefore, if your nervous system is irritated or injured, it's going to negatively effect the areas of you body controlled by those nerves. In the case of this man in Iowa, subluxations in his neck were causing visual malfunction.

  • Re-aligning the spine, and thus relieving the irritation and injury to the nervous system can thus restore normal function to the spine, nervous system, and yes, even the organs that were malfunctioning as a result (in this case eyes/ vision).

  • Not only has chiropractic care, at times, restored someones ability to hear or see, but correcting subluxations have also helped people suffering from hundreds of other conditions from ADHD and Asthma to High Blood Pressure to digestive issues like Acid Reflux and Irritable Bowel Disease. Chiropractic has helped couples battle infertility, women with painful or irregular menses, and men with prostatitis.

  • But, please understand, chiropractic is not a cure for any of these things. Your body desires health, balance, and vitality. And when we, the chiropractor, remove interferences to your nervous system, your body's natural healing ability takes over and does the rest. Daniel Palmer said something long ago that still rings true today... "Nature needs no help, just no Interference."