“The news that Minnesota ranks first in health and Louisiana last, suggests that their connecting medium, the Mississippi River, or some other north-to-south phenomenon might be a factor,” explains John Hart, DC, the author of a just-published report.
“Consequently, correlations were assessed for various outcomes for states along the Mississippi River in an effort to better understand possible mechanisms for the health disparity along the River. Doctor ratios were also correlated with the outcomes.”
“Each state along the Mississippi River was ranked according to its north-to-south position. The position ranks were correlated with various outcomes in the areas of health, education, and socioeconomics. Doctor (physician [medical and osteopathic] and chiropractor) ratios for these river states were also correlated with these outcomes.”
“Decreased health along the Mississippi River, from north-to-south, is likely a multi-factorial phenomenon, i.e., a decrease in income, educational attainment, and quality of health care. The ratios for both doctor types (physician and chiropractor) were correlated with improved outcomes, especially for chiropractor ratios.”
“Chiropractors had stronger correlations for improved health outcomes when compared to physicians. Further study is indicated into other possible causative mechanisms such as the quality of drinking water and health care delivery”.
JVSR – December 5, 2007. www.jvsr.com