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Dynamic Chiropractic – March 27, 1992, Vol. 10, Issue 07

"Dear Abby"

By Editorial Staff
"Chiropractor frees boys from bed-wetting misery," read the March 5, 1992 headline in "Dear Abby," Abigail Van Buren's syndicated advice column that is read by an estimated 95 million readers daily.

It was a pleasant surprise to see Abby's column once again get the good word out about chiropractic. The previous time was December 18, 1990 when Abby's entire column was devoted to chiropractic. (See January 18, 1991 issue of "DC".)

This time, a mother from South Carolina wrote Abby after reading in her column of a mother's desperation over a 20-year-old son who still wet the bed. As the 20-year-old had been to medical doctors but to no avail, the South Carolinian offered this advice: "I took my 15-year-old twin sons (both bed-wetters) to a chiropractor, and within a month, both boys were completely cured of their bed-wetting. Regular medical doctors could not help them."

The mother of the twins added: "... all I can say is it worked, which meant everything in the world to me and my boys."

Abby's reply: "I believe you. I Have several hundred letters bearing the same message concerning chiropractors. ... I am well aware that some in the medical profession will criticize me for giving what sounds like a 'commercial' for chiropractors... but I would be less than honest if I did not publish your letter.

The next letter in the column is also devoted to bed-wetting. A Mrs. D.S.B. wrote that her 16-year-old was cured of his bed-wetting when a pediatric nephrologists prescribed DDAVP (a nasal spray!) and no liquids after 5 p.m. (no liquids after 5 p.m. would seem to go a long way toward "curing" the problem). The DDAVP is purported to stimulate an antidiuretic hormone that is believed to be enhance the bladder's ability to hold urine through the night.

The chiropractic adjustment or DDAVP? It's nice to know that chiropractic offers people a health care alternative to prescriptions.

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