Letters to the editor on cruelty toward gay teenagers, chiropractic care, VA center

06/02/2014 12:00 AM

06/02/2014 6:29 AM

Some people are cruel toward gays

After I was born gay, I was a gay teenager in a small Kansas community where I thought I needed to be “cured.” That was to happen the year I was in the Topeka State Hospital. Instead, I learned how cruel some people are toward gay teenagers.

One of those teenagers, a minister’s son, jumped in front of me through the hospital’s highest unbarred window to escape the hell he had endured at home and in the asylum. Another boy I knew there was savagely tortured by sadistic teenagers. He thrust his skinny body out through an attic vent.

Why should we care about such atrocities from the past? Consider this: Preachers tell us to “hate the sin; love the sinner.” They also tell us we must not affectionately love someone of the same gender, nor marry that person.

I believe many ministers promote laws and practices that discriminate, such as ones that block gays from having equal rights. Thankfully, only a few try to convince us “God hates fags.” Some condone people – including parents and guardians – who believe it is acceptable to judge, bully and reject gay individuals.

I also believe a God of love created us. Who are we to judge what persons merit His love, and ours?



Helps bodies heal

Judging from the commentary by a local physician who included chiropractic among alternative medicines not to be considered legitimate (April 24 Opinion), it’s obvious that much of the medical community and, we can assume, the general population don’t truly understand what chiropractic means.

I am a doctor of chiropractic, which comes back to an understanding of anatomy and the nervous system. The brain coordinates with the cells and tissues on a two-way street of communication. The brain signals what it wants and the body sends signals back about what it needs.

Spinal misalignments and compressions disrupt these pathways, interfering with function and the body’s innate healing potential. Chiropractic corrects these misalignments, or subluxations, returning the body to a state where the nervous system can promote health. It has nothing to do with stopping pain, as much correcting the thing that causes the pain.

Chiropractic patients’ progress is monitored on several metrics – how they feel and their response to orthopedic and neurological tests. X-rays can be used to diagnose subluxation, as well as to see how the body has adapted and healed.

Articles criticizing chiropractic are misleading when they have nothing to do with modern chiropractic and current research. It is not only random patients who claim to no longer have neck aches. Studies such as one in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics in June 2004 claim regular chiropractic patients saw a 51 percent reduction of pharmaceutical costs and 43 percent less hospitalization.

People should be able to make informed decisions about their well-being without prejudice of whether it is popular or not.



Excellent care

Since the recent reports erupted regarding allegations of scandalous treatment of veterans and revelations that Department of Veterans Affairs officials doctored records in Phoenix, I thought I should share my VA experience in Wichita. The service and care I have received in the past four years at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center have been excellent.

Since returning from a 10-month deployment to Iraq in 2008-09, I’ve averaged two to three visits per year. After every visit I go away feeling very satisfied with the health care provided. I’ve even gone to the Kansas City VA Medical Center a couple of times, and my personal level of satisfaction has been the same.

In my opinion, the VA care being provided to vets residing in Kansas is exceptional and, for me, has been much better than any civilian doctor. The staff I’ve encountered at the VA facilities in Wichita and Kansas City are very caring and dedicated professionals attempting to do their best in providing quality health care to deserving military veterans.



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