Polio, The March of Dimes, and the Miracle of Chiropractic

The March of Dimes was established in 1938 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a response to the US epidemics of polio that left some people with physical disabilities.  The efforts of the March of Dimes were to raise money to support education and research efforts to combat the paralysis of polio. 

winifred 1President Roosevelt had been afflicted with polio in 1921 that left him without the use of his legs.  Every year a child who was afflicted with paralytic polio was selected as the March of Dimes poster child that included a campaign with pictures of this child being splashed across newspapers, magazines, and posters across the nation.  School kids werethen asked to donate 10 cents that was donated to the organization. 

In the early 1950s, Winifred Gardella was the poster child for the March of Dimes in San Francisco. An image of Winifred bracing herself on crutches with cumbersome leg braces supporting her fragile legs was used in a national campaign to raise money for the organization, drumming up millions of dollars in support.  She was suffering from the effects of Polio and her story is one that is not only moving, but also absolutely true. 

While the image of Winifred Gardella opened up the pockets of donators, the very same doctors receiving the money tried for two and a half years to help her with her ailments. The attempt was unsuccessful; prompting the doctors to tell the parents, “There is no hope.”

Despite the prediction of the medical doctors, Winifred’s grandparents were desperate to find a solution. They brought her to Dr. Lewis Robertson, a chiropractor. After six months of chiropractic treatment for nervous system interference, she was able to throw away her crutches and leg braces. In a defiant and well-documented picture, Winifred Gardella, once hopeless, took a walk holding hands with Dr. Robertson.  The March of Dimes never paid a penny for the chiropractic care she received.

This was nearly 60 years ago.  Although most people think chiropractic care is only for headaches, back and neck pain, the chiropractic adjustment actually restores integrity to the nerve system.  You live your life through your nerve system and to have a healthy body, your nerve system needs to be healthy as well.  Since everyday stress is what makes this system sick, it is important for everyone to make regular chiropractic care part of his or her health routine. 

If chiropractic was able to help Winifred Gardella throw away her crutches, think of what it could do for you.