Date: Sunday, 8 July 2007
Name: Tracey Howard
Main Condition: Chronic Vomiting
This story is about my son Xavier. He is now 15 months old. When we
had our first visit to the Upper Cervical Chiropractor he was 8 months
old. Going to the Upper Cervical Chiropractor did not just improve
our baby's health, it saved his life. This is Xavier's story.
Xavier was born
by caesarean section in April 2006, a very healthy, beautiful baby
boy. While we were in hospital he vomited a lot and I was told that
it was normal for caesarean babies to do this in the first few days
after their birth. We accepted this and just got on with enjoying
our baby. Unfortunately the vomiting did not stop after the first
few days. Xavier's vomiting continued, 15-20 times every day (no,
I am not exaggerating - we actually kept a record). Everything else
seemed to be fine - he slept well, he had no problems feeding, he
achieved all developmental milestones within normal limits. However,
I was still concerned about his vomiting as it seemed pretty excessive
to me. I told the paediatrician, the GP, and the child health nurse
on several occasions. Each time I was asked, "Does it seem
to bother him, does he experience any pain with the vomiting?"
When I replied that he didn't seem to have any pain, that he just
vomited without any obvious distress, the standard response was,
"he is just a 'happy chucker' so don't worry about it".
So, I went along with it, thinking that the vomiting wasn't a problem
as he was generally a happy child. In hindsight I feel like a complete
idiot. After all, what part of vomiting is normal? It was surely
a sign that something was wrong but I was reassured by several health
professionals that he was fine so we just continued as we were.
I guess I just kept hoping that it would stop soon so I buried my
head in the sand a little bit (the guilt will stay with me always).
In spite of
all the vomiting Xavier continued to grow and develop within the
normal limits for the first six months. He was such a good feeder,
but all along my poor little boy must have been so very hungry.
With an appetite like his he should've been a big, chubby baby but
he was very lean. At about six months old Xavier became a lot more
active as he started to crawl and pull himself up on furniture.
It was then that we really started to notice a deterioration in
his physical condition. His weight gain slowed down to the point
that he was no longer registering on the weight charts. Over the
period of about a month he started to look very poorly, with loose
skin hanging off his body and his ribs showing. I then took him
to the GP who referred me back to the paediatrician. Now, they were
concerned about the vomiting. My husband and I worried and prayed
about him constantly, but we tried to remain positive that a resolution
would be found. The paediatrician thought that there may have been
something wrong with Xavier's digestive tract so he was referred
for a Barium Swallow. We waited two weeks for the procedure and
it was one of the most horrendous experiences of my life. To assess
what is happening in the digestive tract the Barium must be swallowed
while the person is under the x-ray machine. Well, this would have
been simple if we could've just told Xavier to lie down and have
a drink, however, being 8 months old at the time, he really wasn't
that cooperative. So, there we were, Xavier lying on the x-ray table,
one nurse holding his legs down, me holding his arms down, one nurse
force-feeding the Barium to him, and the Doctor working the x-ray
machine. Xavier screamed and screamed and when he wasn't screaming
he was choking and spluttering. My tiny little boy lying there,
fighting for all he was worth. It broke my heart.
the Doctor was able to ascertain immediately that there were no
abnormalities in his digestive system. I took my little boy home
from the hospital feeling grateful that the tests had not found
any abnormalities, but also feeling quite lost about what we would
To this day
I don't really know what made me think of it but I suddenly decided
that I was going to take Xavier to a Chiropractor. I guess there
must have been something in the back of my mind because a few months
prior I had received some mail from an Upper Cervical Chiropractor
who was establishing a practice in my area. I had kept the fridge
magnet which had been sent so I called New Era Chiropractic. Well,
that had to be the best decision of my life (and Xavier's). Fortunately
when I called New Era Chiropractic, Dr John Brubaker answered the
phone. I spoke with him about what was happening with Xavier and
he was certain that Upper Cervical Chiropractic would be able to
assist. We booked an appointment for that afternoon.
When I met Dr
John I immediately knew that he was someone we could trust. He was
calm, confident, knowledgeable, and most of all, he really cared.
He examined Xavier's neck, focussing on the Atlas (the vertebra
at the very top of the spine). When he gently put pressure on the
area Xavier flinched. It became obvious that Xavier was experiencing
pain. Dr John adjusted Xavier's neck with his adjusting tool (I
don't even know if it has a particular name). He then again gently
felt Xavier neck, applying pressure and this time Xavier didn't
react at all. I couldn't believe my eyes. He had obviously been
experiencing pain before the adjustment and the pain had now gone.
I noticed a
difference in Xavier within hours of his first adjustment - he burped!
It was only when he burped that I realised he had never burped in
the entire 8 months prior to our visit to Dr John. A very natural
part of life, particularly for babies, and I hadn't even realised
it. That weekend was the best we had had in a long time. Xavier
seemed a little more settled and the vomiting even seemed a little
more manageable (I think I was just feeling so hopeful that things
were about to improve). Following another adjustment a few days
later Xavier seemed even more at ease. Over the next few weeks we
returned to Dr John weekly and Xavier did not need any further adjustments
in that time - thankfully the adjustment was holding and our beautiful
little boy was starting to feel a lot better. We had been recording
Xavier's vomits for quite some time and we continued to do so. The
first week after the initial adjustment things stayed pretty much
the same (Dr John had warned us that he may even get worse for a
time as his body adjusted to the new messages that were now able
to get through his nervous system). The vomiting then decreased
over the next couple of weeks until finally on 24 December Xavier
had the first day in his life that he did not vomit at all. What
a great Christmas present.
Xavier is now putting
on weight and is happy and healthy. He occasionally has to return
to see Dr John for an adjustment and together we will ensure that
he has one of the best kept spines around!! Whether he likes it or
not, Dr John has become an honorary member of our family. We thank
God every day for guiding us to him. I can't even think what may have
happened to Xavier had we not found Dr John. I am sad to say that
it was sheer desperation that brought us to Dr John's door. I hope
that for anyone reading this story a visit to the Upper Cervical Chiropractor
becomes your first step and not your last resort. I'm sure it will
be worth it.
Date: Tuesday, 6 January 2009
Name: Mrs Tina Train
Main Condition: Epileptic Seizures, head trauma
A year ago, my husband and I took our 4 year old boy Jackson, to see
Dr John Brubaker to see if he could help with the 30-50 seizures a
day our little boy had been having since he was two and a half (he
would even seizure in his sleep).
When he was two, he had fallen and hit his head very badly and that
is where the trouble started. There was no escaping it. Over a year
before meeting with John, we had seen one of the top neurosurgeons
in brisbane who diagnosed him with epilepsy and put him on epilum.
At first it was a small dose, but after no change in his condition
and after some months, Jackson was taking 5mls twice a day.
In frustration one day I rang the neurosurgeon and told him that after
a very long year, I didn't believe the medication was working at all.
He told me he'd send me a script for another drug 'lamotrogine'. He
wanted me to add that to what Jackson was already taking. Jackson
is a very loving and gentle soul, who would never hurt anyone, but
whilst on medication, he often attacked me, punched me, screamed at
me and had hysterical episodes...... this was a side effect that we
could have coped with, had we been able to see some improvement. We
made a very difficult decision one day and that was to gradually get
him off the epilum and try something else.... enter Dr John - our
angel as we call him now.
From the minute we walked in, Dr John wanted to know everything we
could tell him about Jackson and any problems he had. After filling
out his information form, he took us to his x-ray room. We waited
for him to look at the xrays and read our form before he called us
in to say that he was more than confident that he could fix our little
Jackson within a 6-12 mth period. He informed us that Jacksons atlas
was out (caused by the fall he'd had some years earlier).
Only time would tell... he told us to be patient, that we probably
wouldn't see results immediately because his body had a lot of healing
We saw enough improvement in those first few months to feel safe enough
to send Jackson to kindy which was a huge step for us. He was a lot
better but still had a long way to go.
It is now January 2009 and for the past 2 months Jackson has had no
seizures (apart from the occasional eye flutter which is rare and
only there for a split second). Jackson starts big school at the end
of the month. I can't thank Dr John more for what he's done for Jackson
and our family who have been riddled with worry for him. I only wish
I could reach every parent out there who's child has a head trauma/seizures
and tell them to look into this.... THERE IS HOPE ! GOODLUCK
Date:6th June 2008
Name: Helen Warwick
I am writing to express my great appreciation for, not only the wonderful
service that you have provided for my family but also for the professionalism
displayed by yourself and your staff.
I always feel
so much better after a visit. I particularly notice a huge improvement
in my eight year old son Andy's behaviour and wellness after seeing
you. I cannot stress enough how you have improved the quality of
mine and my family's lives.
Whenever I have
visited your clinic, I have always been provided with friendly customer
service from the ladies at reception. When I have arrived for an
appointment you have seen me, within only a few minutes. This is
yet another demonstration of the professionalism of you and your
Thank you so much
for helping me improve the health of myself and my family, and for
your courtesy and friendship.
Date: 21st February 2008
I am writing to express my gratitude to you for the successful treatment
of my Meniere's disease and the associated symptoms that this disease
I will be always grateful for your positive approach to the suffering
I was enduring. Your initiative to purchase specialized equipment
to provide treatment to many people with conditions similar to mine
is testament to your innovativeness. Your willingness to see me on
weekends and public holidays was greatly appreciated by me, and the
genuine concern shown by yourself and your staff was very reassuring.
Your office is run professionally and efficiently by very friendly
When I first
came to you in July 2007 I had quite a low expectation of what relief
I would obtain from presenting myself to you. I had reached a point
in my life where the Meniere's had escalated significantly, it was
dominating my whole life and this was seriously encroaching on my
family, my work and my general physical and emotional well being.
I was dizzy, nauseous, deaf and disorientated most days.
2-3 times a
week this dizziness and nausea culminated in vomiting continuously
for 4-6 hours, and rendered me exhausted for 24hours after each
episode. My hearing loss became a significant problem, particularly
at my place of work. At times I had great difficulty driving home
from work, which was endangering me, my family and other road users.
My husband was at this time working in Brisbane and the on Gold
Coast during the week, coming home on weekends, which meant many
times my two children would have to get their own dinner and put
themselves to bed as I was incapable of doing anything for them.
This made me feel totally inadequate as a mother.
episodes I would wake at about 3 or 4am, do the washing up and make
the lunches for school, just in case in a few more hours I wasn't
able to function. Not much of an existence. I was feeling desperate
and couldn't see my life without Meniere's having a significant
impact upon it. Prior to Meniere's disease taking hold of me I was
a fit and healthy individual without any health concerns.
My doctor had
prescribed Serc, Stemetil and Phenergan for the Meniere's. On particularly
bad days I was taking up to 5-8 Stemetil tablets per day and on
several occasions when the vomiting wouldn't desist I was injected
My doctor told me there was no cure and my hearing loss would become
progressively worse. The deafness I could deal with, the nausea,
dizziness and vomiting I found more difficult.
my treatment with you over a year ago, I have only had 3 vomiting
episodes. These episodes have been less prolonged and considerable
amounts of time have lapsed between each of these episodes. I feel
as if I have control over what I do now. I was willing to try anything
to help my condition but didn't realise I would find it quite so
easily. My children have their mother back and my work colleagues
don't have to watch me vomit into the work bins anymore.
Thank you also
for virtually eliminating my 11 year old son Jack's, travel sickness
issues. I am confident if he could have more regular treatment his
problems would disappear altogether. Sometimes Jack could be sick
from our home 15kms north of Dalby into town, on a nice straight
road. lt has sometimes taken us 4 -5 hours to travel back from Brisbane
with Jack having to vomit frequently.
Thank you from
the bottom of my heart for all you have done for me and my family.
Phenergan was again prescribed by our doctor, which did work but
wasn't exactly practical if you were going on a 2 week journey.
Jack thanks you most sincerely.
I know now when I start to feel nauseous or dizzy that an answer
lies 240kms to the East. My desperation has disappeared and my life
belongs to me once again.