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Controlling and regulating nerve impulses leave your brain, travel down your spinal cord to pairs of nerve roots exiting from between each pair of spinal bones and out to every cell, tissue, organ and system of your body.

Simultaneously, messages from the body are constantly sent back to the brain. Even the slightest distortion or disturbance of these vital messages to or from the brain can produce malfunctioning organs or tissues.

This is why a stomach problem may not be a stomach problem! Instead, it might be a brain-to-stomach or stomach-to-brain communication problem.

Locating and reducing these communication impairments with safe and natural chiropractic care and/or Nutrition Response Testing can help restore proper function and good health.

With Nutrition Response Testing, I have provided support and relief for a variety of conditions including, but not limited to, weight loss, Crohn's, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, heartburn, lactose intolerance, and a variety of other barriers to good health.  If you or someone you know suffers from any of these conditions, the best plan of action is to call my office and setup an appointment.

Posted in Chiropractic. Tagged as natural chiropractic care, Nutrition Response Testing, spinal cord.

Do You Break the Rules?

Turns out, the quality of our health is the result of a set of very simple rules. Play by the rules and you have the best chance for optimum health.

Break the rules and you'll pay for it. Not always immediately, but eventually. Here are 10 of the most obvious ones:
  1. You shall breathe. If you stop breathing, breathe in a shallow manner or inhale pollutants, there will be price to be paid.
  2. You shall ingest nutrition. Quality food is needed to fuel, grow and repair your body.
  3. You shall expel wastes. If you expel wastes too quickly or too slowly, you'll suffer.
  4. You shall hydrate. Drink enough so you never feel thirsty.
  5. You shall move. A sedentary lifestyle causes stagnation, poor circulation and hampers the function of the lymphatic system.
  6. You shall rest. Your body needs time to renew and repair.
  7. You shall adapt to your environment. The nervous system orchestrates every cell and tissue.
  8. You shall love. Love your neighbor as yourself.
  9. You shall forgive. Forgive others and forgive yourself.
  10. You shall die. Many try to break this one, but it's natural. It's part of the plan.
Valuing your health and following the rules permits you to live a purposeful life!

Posted in Healthy Lifestyle.

Spinal Link To Asthma

A report funded by the Australian Spinal Research Foundation suggests a link between chiropractic and the reduction of asthma symptoms.

According to Macquarie University researcher Dr. Ray Hayek, the study involved hundreds of people with asthma symptoms.
"When an asthma sufferer is under the anxiety of a looming asthma attack, the levels of the hormone cortisol increase. This acute increase in cortisol through a number of mechanisms can bring on an asthma attack," says Dr. Hayek. "Levels of the stress hormone cortisol steadily decreased during the trial, and levels of immunological markers (immunoglobulin A) steadily rose."

Apparently, reducing stress to the nervous system with chiropractic care reduces the likelihood of asthma attacks. More proof that chiropractic care, because of its focus on the nervous system, may be helpful for a wide variety of health complaints.

Posted in Chiropractic. Tagged as asthma, immunological markers, reducing stress.

Happy New You!

One of the trillions of things your body does with no input from you, is replace old cells with healthy new ones.
It's happening right now: New stomach lining, every 5 days. New skin, every 28 days. New liver, every 42 days.
Your body creates 1,000,000,000 new cells every hour. This renewal process replaces the old you with a whole new you, allowing you to heal. It's also why continued chiropractic care can be so helpful.

Your body relies on your current pattern and structure as a guide for the placement of new cells. Regular chiropractic care and a Nutrition Response Testing Protocol designed specifically for you helps establish new, healthier patterns and structures. This has created an entirely new way to see health. It's called: wellness.

What is your wellness plan?

Posted in Healthy Lifestyle, Nutritional Healing. Tagged as nutritional therapy.

What's Your Comfort Food?

What makes comfort food comforting?

You're sick in bed and longing for some of your mother's homemade chicken soup. Or...your daughter just broke up with her boyfriend of several months and is diving into the chocolate like there's no tomorrow. Or...your son just lost his school championship football match and he asks you to make him his favorite dinner a cheeseburger with extra onions!

What do all these scenarios have in common? Comfort food food that makes you feel good, like a favorite childhood security blanket or a warm, lingering hug from Grandma.
Comfort foods tend to be gender specific. While men generally opt for hearty stews, meat and mashed potatoes, and soups when they need to "feel better," women typically go in for the "quick fix" like chocolate or ice cream, foods they typically can just "grab" and don't have to spend time making for themselves.

Comfort food preferences are usually established in early childhood and are carried forward into adulthood. They are based on associations that evoke pleasurable psychological feelings that are soothing and result in physical comfort as well, as well as temporary relief from stress or disappointment.

What's your comfort food?

Feed your body properly.  Proper nutrition and regular chiropractic care will provide balance and healing to your body and help to minimize some of the more unhealthy cravings.  Call today!

Posted in Healthy Lifestyle, Nutritional Healing.

Fear of Fevers

Is your child's fever a reason to worry? Usually not - here's why.  A fever is just the body's attempt to self-regulate.

Your child wakes up in the middle of the night crying. You rush into her room and pick her up to soothe her. You start to panic because she literally appears to be on fire with fever. How serious is this and what should you do?
Many parents needlessly worry about their children's fevers. What few know is that a fever is the body's natural response to an infection. A fever in and of itself is not a disease; it's the body's natural way to respond to certain illnesses. A fever lets the immune system know to produce antibodies to fight the infection. Interfering with this process may actually prevent the immune system from doing its job.

Many parents, fearful that a fever can cause seizures, brain damage or worse, over-medicate their children with ibuprofen and similar medications. Seizures are rare in fevers less than 108 degrees Fahrenheit (42 degrees Celsius).

What can a parent do for a child with a fever?
  • Give your child plenty of fluids to keep him/her from becoming dehydrated. Dehydration can raise the fever even higher. Check to make sure your baby has at least 8-10 wet diapers per day or that your older child goes to the bathroom at least every four hours.
  • If the child is also nauseous, make sure you give the child sips through a dropper.
  • Don't force-feed the child, or make him/her eat when they are not hungry.
  • Dress, or undress, your child to keep them comfortable.
Keep in mind that the body is self-regulating. Fevers really do serve a purpose to keep those "bugs" at bay!

Nutrition Response Testing will indentify the precise "immune challenge" that your body is fighting.  I will test you for yeast, fungus, virus, bacteria and parasites and then identify the precise nutrients your body needs to overcome that "immune challenge". 

Posted in Healthy Lifestyle, Nutritional Healing, Whole Body Purification. Tagged as Dehydration, fevers, nauseous, night crying, Nutrition Response Testing, Seizures, yeast.

Do You Get Enough?

It's natural and absolutely essential for proper digestion. What is it? 


Got fiber?

You hear a lot about how you need fiber in your diet, but just how important is it to your body and how does it help you?
The Institute of Medicine recommends a daily fiber intake of 38 grams for men and 25 grams for women for anyone under 50; for those over 50, the numbers are 30 and 21 respectively. However, many get only about half that amount each day.

Eating the proper amount of fiber has significant health benefits including:
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Lower incidence of constipation
  • Feeling of "fullness" that can lead to weight loss
  • Reduced risk for colon cancer
  • Reduced risk for diabetes
Natural fiber is the best way to increase fiber intake in your diet, making "artificial" fiber supplements unnecessary. Some of the best sources of natural fiber include:
  • Nuts one of the best sources of fiber. Eating a handful a day is a great way to add natural fiber to your diet.
  • Vegetables - Fibrous vegetables like spinach, broccoli, cabbage, squash, asparagus, cucumbers and Brussels sprouts provide the most benefit. If the vegetable has skin or seeds these make it even more fiber-rich!
  • Fruit Leave the skin on please because it is a major source of fiber! The seeds in berries are also a major source of fiber! You should definitely help yourself to several servings of these each day!
  • Seeds Pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds all provide an excellent source of fiber and they make a great snack too!
  • Legumes Beans, especially green beans as opposed to the dried variety, are a fiber-filled food.
Keep in mind that it is important to make sure you drink plenty of water each day in order to make the fiber you eat more productive.

Of course there is no "One Diet Fits All".  Call today for a Nutrition Response Testing Analysis.  This involves testing of all your glands and organs against food sensitivities, immune challenges, heavy metals and a complete dietary analysis  to ensure your body is getting the specific nutrients it needs.

Posted in Healthy Lifestyle, Nutritional Healing, Whole Body Purification. Tagged as cholesterol lowering, colon cancer, constipation, Diabetes, Natural fiber, Nutrition Response Testing, weight loss.

Kissed By The Sun

Getting that bronzed glow makes some people feel more attractive. But at what price?  That 'healthy' glow isn't healthy at all.

Millions of people visit tanning salons in order to keep that year-round "kissed by the sun" glow. What many of them fail to realize is that "glow" may someday cause malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.
Is this fake idea of health worth the risk?

Tanning salons promote their services by claiming that their beds emit UVA rays rather than the potentially more harmful UVB rays. However, a 15-20 minute session in a tanning bed equals an entire day of outdoor tanning and UVA rays can be just as damaging to the skin and to the immune system as UVB rays. In fact, the UVA rays emitted from a tanning bed lamp are three times as powerful as those from direct sunlight!

What are some of the more serious long-term effects of UVA exposure? They include:
  • Eye damage
  • Immune system changes
  • Wrinkles and premature aging of the skin
  • Cataracts
  • Sun spots/pigmentation changes on skin
  • Skin cancer
Although anyone who is exposed to UVA rays may be at risk, some are at greater risk, particularly those who have blond, light brown or red hair, those with fair skin, those who burn easily, those who have blue, green or gray eyes, and those who often burn before tanning.   Women, and especially teenage girls frequent tanning salons more often than their male counterparts, making them more vulnerable to the increased risks and damaging effects of UVA exposure.

Research suggests that exposure to the sun is essential to good health. Clearly, tanning booths and exposure to unnaturally high levels of ultraviolet light can compromise your health and later on, your appearance!

Posted in Healthy Lifestyle. Tagged as melanoma, tanning salons.

Getting On Your Nerves

Could that pain in your legs be sciatica? The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, so when it's inflamed the pain is profound.

Someone you know may have complained about a condition known as sciatica, but what is it? To understand the condition, it's helpful to know a bit about the anatomy of the sciatic nerve.

The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest nerve in the body. It begins at the base of the spinal cord and extends down the length of each leg to the toes on each foot. The sciatic nerve is really made up of five separate nerves that come together, and at one point is the same diameter as your thumb!

The sciatic nerves provide sensation and strength to the leg and connect the spinal cord with muscles in the thigh, lower leg, and feet. Muscle weakness or a tingling sensation in the legs can result when the sciatic nerve has been compromised or compressed in some way.

An inflammation of the sciatic nerve or compression on the nerve can cause profound pain. This is the condition known as sciatica; symptoms of sciatica include a dull ache to moderate or even severe pain, shooting pains, numbness, or a tingling feeling in the legs. Individual symptoms and their severity can usually be traced back to where one of the five nerves originates in the lower back.

While treatment in the past may have included muscle relaxants, pain medicine and even surgery that had only a 60% success rate, chiropractic care has been shown to be quite effective in relieving the nerve interference and irritation that is causing the pain in the first place - the root cause of what's getting on your nerves!

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, and feel that sciatica may be the problem, please call our practice to schedule an appointment. A thorough examination will determine whether or not you have sciatica and we can discuss what can be done to help.

Posted in Chiropractic. Tagged as chiropractic care, sciatic nerve.

Small Bones. Big Job!

The Atlas and Axis are tiny bones that have a very important job.

When you think about the atlas and the axis do you think about world geography? A globe? Or a pair of very important bones?
The first seven vertebrae in the spine make up what is known as the cervical spine. It begins right below the neck and ends where the 12 vertebrae of your mid-back, or thoracic spine, begin.
The two uppermost vertebrae at the top of the cervical spine are different from the others in this grouping because they provide the neck with the ability to rotate. The atlas is the first cervical vertebra; it is located between the skull and the remaining vertebrae of the spine. Directly below the atlas is the axis.
Special ligaments link these two vertebrae, allowing a great deal of rotation between them.When we talk about "head rotation," we are really referring to the atlas rotating on the axis. These two bones, working in tandem, give your head its ability to turn from side to side.

Because the cervical spine is so flexible, it is quite susceptible to injury. When you hear about whiplash injuries sustained in a car crash, these two vertebrae are often involved. When you stop to consider that this relatively small area of the spine supports the head, it is easy to understand how abrupt head movement could cause damage, let alone a car crash with a violent head jerk!

If you or anyone you know has been in a car accident or had a trauma, regardless fo the severity, it is a good idea to have your spine checked for damage.  Call today to schedule a chiropractic examination.

Posted in Chiropractic. Tagged as car accident, chiropractic examination.

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Why Chiropractic is the Best Solution for Sciatica Pain

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Sciatica pain is often so debilitating that it forces people to miss work and other normal activities.  Of all patients with low-back pain, sciatica patients have the highest level of disability (1).  In fact, patients with sciatica are disabled for an average of 72 days according to Norwegian public-health records.
Fortunately, a recent study offers hope to sciatica patients: chiropractic care can speed the recovery from sciatica flare ups and allow patients to return to work sooner (2).

The study evaluated 44 Norwegian workers after they came to the hospital with severe sciatica pain. Most of those patients had been experiencing pain for three or more weeks prior to their hospital visit.
The hospital chiropractor examined each patient to evaluate his/her posture and gait, range of motion, and palpation of the lumbar spine.

The chiropractic then performed various joint adjustments to the spine and other limbs that had been injured through patients compensating for pain. Ice treatment was also used to relieve soft tissue soreness.Patients were treated daily in the hospital and later three times a week for the first two weeks. Some patients needed additional follow-up treatment but typically did not exceed 14 treatments.

In matter of 21 days, 91% of patients returned to work full-time. Two patients returned to work part time. Researchers concluded this study demonstrates the potent benefits of collaboration between chiropractors and orthopedic surgeons. Chiropractic care can put an end to your sciatica pain so you can begin living your life fully again.

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  1. Arana E, Marti-Bonmati L, Vega M, et al. Relationship between low back pain, disability, MR imaging findings and health care provider. Skeletal Radiology 2006;35(9):641-7.
  2. Orlin JR, Didriksen A. Results of chiropractic treatment of lumbopelvic fixation in 44 patients admitted to an orthopedic department. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2007;30:135-139.