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I Don't Want to "Gamble" With My Health

Updated: Sep 23, 2021

I know a lot of Chiropractors. I consult and coach them; some are my best friends. In general, I speak a lot within the Chiropractic profession, especially about a lot of topics and issues that we have shared interest in. By in large, Chiropractors believe in treating the body naturally. As a profession, we believe there is a time for drugs and surgery but it should be the last choice, not the first, when possible. We believe in the innate ability of the body to repair and heal itself. Don’t the first 4 letters in the word HEALth spell heal after all? We also believe that when placed in the right environment, the body has an amazing ability to overcome all kinds of problems. I’ve witnessed so many amazing stories of patients getting better through natural means over my career. However, there is a time and place for medicine, surgery, and vaccination. So, the question becomes, when do I let the body try to heal itself naturally versus intervene artificially with medical intervention?

In speaking with a lot of my Chiropractic colleagues, I’ve discovered both in my own practice and in theirs, there are patients that don’t want to come into our offices because some of us aren’t vaccinated. Many Chiropractors choose not to vaccinate because we believe in the power of acquired immunity versus artificial immunity. We also believe we are not a “high-risk, immune-compromised” person so if we got Covid, we would recover easily.

I had a long-time patient who I’ve been seeing for at least 15 years tell me just this week, “I’m not willing to come into the office and 'gamble with my health' because you aren’t vaccinated”. Wow. My first thought is that this patient smokes and has no problem with gambling with smoking and his health? Second, I’ve dedicated my life to be a role model for good health with my patients. My wife had Covid over a year ago and I’ve slept in the same bed as her and even though I didn’t get symptoms, I know I’ve been exposed and have developed acquired natural immunity.

I work hard on my health. I’m almost 53 and I think I’m in the top 10% for health when it comes to my age. I have no limitations, no chronic diseases, and take no medications. But now I’m risky to be around? I simply don’t get it. I understand that asymptomatic people can carry the virus and so his logic is that if I’m not vaccinated then I can still pass on the virus to someone else.

Well let me break the news, vaccinated people are spreading the virus (delta variant) as well, if not more. That’s just the facts. It’s called a “breakthrough” infection, meaning you’ve been vaccinated and still test positive for Covid. It’s an interesting choice of words, “breakthrough”. Any time in life I had a breakthrough, it’s been a really positive event. How about you and your breakthroughs in life? I don’t think getting Covid again after being vaccinated is such a positive "breakthrough" event.

The single largest study on artificial versus natural immunity so far is from Israel, one of the most highly Covid-19 vaccinated countries. Looking at thousands of medical records during the predominant Delta variant timeframe in Israel (June 1 through August 14), the study charted infections, symptoms, and hospitalizations. It’s the largest real-world observational study so far to compare natural and vaccine-induced immunity to SARS-CoV-2, according to its leaders.

Here are some of the results. You can look up and read the study for yourself:

  • The natural immune protection that develops after a SARS-CoV-2 infection offers considerably more of a shield against the Delta variant of the pandemic coronavirus than two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

  • The researchers also found that people who had SARS-CoV-2 previously and received one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine were more highly protected against reinfection than those who once had the virus and were still unvaccinated.

  • The study, led by Tal Patalon and Sivan Gazit at KSM, the system’s research and innovation arm, found in two analyses that never-infected people who were vaccinated in January and February were, in June, July, and the first half of August, six to 13 times more likely to get infected than unvaccinated people who were previously infected with the coronavirus. In one analysis, comparing more than 32,000 people in the health system, the risk of developing symptomatic COVID-19 was 27 times higher among the vaccinated, and the risk of hospitalization was eight times higher.

Now to be fair, according to the study, people who are vaccinated or acquire natural immunity are less likely to develop severe complications or die should they become re-infected with Covid. So, acquired or artificial, the key is to have long-term immunity and to be HEALTHY should you become exposed to Covid again.

However, I never in my life thought I would see the day where a vibrant, healthy, strong, and unvaccinated human being was more of a risk hanging around than an overweight, unhealthy, smoking, vaccinated human being. This is really getting strange and ill-logical to me. I speak my mind and I try to back up my logic and reasoning with science and data. I respect everyone’s right to DO WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL SAFE and we should be protecting the elderly and vulnerable (immune-compromised).

However, please recognize that your natural, God-given, innate immunity is more powerful than you could ever imagine. Trust it.

Best in Health,

Dr. Dane Donohue

Dr. Dane Donohue is a Chiropractor in Newtown PA and has been serving his community for over 25 years. Wellness Solution Centers provides all the services you need for a healthy life.

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