Whatever Happened to Winifred Gardella?
For years, this child with polio was the poster child for the March of Dimes. Read what happened next
In the early 1950s, Winifred Gardella was a poster child for the March of Dimes in San Francisco. Nationally, her image raised millions of dollars to help fight polio, a dreaded crippling disease. Her sad, innocent face and her tiny body, supported on crutches and leg braces, made many Americans reach into their pockets to donate. But the March of Dimes could not help Winifred. After she spent 21/2 years under a doctor’s expert care, her parents were told that there was no hope for her.
Despite this dire prediction, Winifred’s grandparents were determined to find a cure. They were not about to accept the opinion of so-called “medical experts.” They decided to choose their own healthcare, and they took Winifred to Dr. Lewis Robertson, a chiropractor in Glendale, California. Under his care, Winifred was adjusted daily; within six months of having her nerve interference corrected, she threw away her crutches and braces and went for a walk with her chiropractor. From then on, she never needed crutches.
This was not a “medical miracle.” Winifred’s body simply responded normally to chiropractic adjustments by reestablishing its ideal balance and optimal function. It’s a natural response to chiropractic.
This is just one of many stories about the benefits of chiropractic care. While there is extensive research about the benefits of regular chiropractic treatments, much of it is ignored by the media and the medical community. Good spinal health is essential to the function of the entire body.
This article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #52.
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