A German medical re­searcher dis­covered that over 80% of the infants that he exam­ined shortly after birth were suffering from injuries to the cervical spine, the neck, causing all types of health problems.

Traumatic Birth Syndrome is not a new condition. A researcher by the name of Duncan measured the amount of force it would take to severely injure a baby’s neck during delivery. He found that 90 pounds of force was enough to cause still birth, while less than that would cause the spinal joints to sprain. Duncan commented, “this is not what most obstetricians would consider a great force.”

Dr. Abraham Towbin, from Harvard Medical School and the Department of Pathology, presented research at the Eighteenth Annual Meeting of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy. In his research he found that, “the birth process, even under optimal conditions, is potentially a traumatic, crippling event for the fetus.”

“Spinal cord and brain stem injuries occur often during the process of birth but frequently escape diagnosis.” Dr. Towbin continues, “death may occur during delivery or, with respiratory function depressed, a short period after birth. Infants who survive the initial effects, may be left with severe nervous system defects.”

What about the babies that don’t show immediate signs and symptoms of Traumatic Birth Syndrome? What if the signs and symptoms don’t appear until later on in life? What is the effect on that infant? How does it interfere with that baby’s potential to express itself completely and wholly as a human being? What kind of symptoms and diseases could it cause later on in life?

The neck is an area of the body where you cannot afford to have an injury remain uncorrected. Since injuries here can affect the brain stem, all the vital functions of the body are inhibited. This can occur whether there are symptoms present or not.

Do you remember what happened to Christopher Reeve, the actor who played Superman in the movies? He was riding his horse and fell forward on his head, breaking a bone in his upper neck.

In an interview he did with Barbara Walters, you could see that he was unable to breathe without the use of a ventilator machine. He also was unable to control his elimination system. Many of his other bodily functions were altered as well.

“Wait a minute, how could this be”, you might ask. “He didn’t hurt his lungs, his bowel, or his bladder, he hurt his neck.”

This is precisely the point. When the neck is injured, the entire body is affected. Similarly, when there is an injury to another part of the spine, the organs and systems supplied by those nerves become dysfunctional. These spinal injuries, called the vertebral subluxation complex, can alter the course of a person’s life if they are not immediately corrected.

Several patients come to mind to illustrate this point. One woman had a full term pregnancy and her baby was fatally injured from the birth process. This stillbirth is the most severe effect of Traumatic Birth Syndrome. Thankfully she was able to get pregnant again and deliver a beautiful baby boy. You can be sure this child began receiving chiropractic care right away. My chiropractic colleagues around the world all agree that we would much rather examine and adjust every newborn baby on the planet than do one autopsy. We would much rather adjust babies than wait 26 years and learn about young people having cancer or gall bladder disease in areas where their nervous systems had been injured and compromised since birth.

The human body was designed to function as a well oiled machine until the ripe old age of at least 100. There are people who are living to be 100 years old in various parts of the world and they are functioning absolutely fine.

Traumatic Birth Syndrome, whether it causes symptoms immediately or just diminishes human potential over the course of a lifetime, must be dealt with immediately.

Don’t be fooled if your medical doctor says your baby is fine. Medical doctors get little to no training in the detection and correction of the vertebral subluxation complex caused by Traumatic Birth Syndrome and will almost certainly miss it.

Chiropractors, on the other hand, have been-detecting and correcting Traumatic Birth Syndrome and the vertebral subluxation complex for over a 100 years through simple, gentle procedures called adjustments.

All children should be examined by a Chiropractor immediately after birth. Take this critical step to ensure that your children grow up as healthy as they are designed to be.