Why is sleep so important?

Most times when you visit a doctor they ask about your sleep. Why Is Sleep Important?

First of all sleeping is when you heal and regenerate. Getting a good nights rest is good for mental and physical health and well being. Kids need sleep in order for growth and development. Not getting enough sleep will effect how you are able to think, react, learn and determine your mood.

When you are sleeping your brain is doing what it needs to get you to regenerate and get you through the next day before you rest and relax again. Different synapses happen during sleep then when you are awake working on your computer or watching television. Your brain and nervous system form new pathways, learn and adapt. This means it needs rest and needs to have the energy to do what you need it to do everyday.

Multiple studies have shown that getting a good night sleep will allow you to learn better. Math problems, playing an instrument, sport or any other task is learned and sleep helps your problem solving skills. It also helps you pay better attention and helps with creativity and decision making.

How does sleep help with physical health?

Sleep is involved with healing and repairing heart and blood vessels. Studies have shown people with less sleep have an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke.
Hormones are affected by how much sleep you have. You want to keep your hormones even. For example there are hormones that tell you that you are hungry and full. Ghrelin tells you that you are hungry and Leptin tells you that you are full. When you are lacking sleep, Grhelin goes up and Leptin goes down so you will eat more and gain weight.

Insulin levels are also affected by sleep. Decreased sleep elevates your blood sugar level increasing the secretion of insulin increasing risk of diabetes.

Deep sleep helps to secrete Growth Hormone increasing muscle mass.

Your immune system is very important to fight off disease. Lack of sleep will change the way your immune system responds to stress which will highly affect your health Your immune system will change the way it responds to stimuli. Common infections will be hard for the immune system to keep at bay and you will be more susceptible to colds, flus and other antigens.

Most people do not know the risks of lack of sleep. They think they are still functioning at a high capacity when they are not. A good example of this is driving. If sleep deprived, people think they are still able to drive well. Studies have shown that lack of sleep inhibits driving ability as much if not more than driving while intoxicated. It’s estimated that drivers who have not gotten adequate sleep factor in about 100,000 car accidents each year, resulting in about 1,500 deaths.

Driving is not the only activity impacted by lack of sleep. Professions like health care workers, pilots, lawyers, mechanics, assembly line employees can make mistakes at work which can affect themselves and others.

Get a good nights sleep. It is good for metabolism, energy and healing. You will be all the better for it and keep yourself and others safe.

Doula Or Midwife? What To Consider When Choosing Between Them

Looking for some help during pregnancy?  Here is what to consider when deciding on whether you want to use a Doula or Midwife when you are pregnant:

First, lets talk about the differences between a Doula and a Midwife. A Doula provides emotional and physical support during pregnancy and childbirth. They are not medical professionals and do not deliver babies.

So, what do they do?
Doula’s have different roles and can provide certain services depending on what you need.
1. Support women who are on bed rest to help prevent early births
2. Provide support during the birth process
3. After birth they help the mom during the first few weeks to help with feeding the baby and household tasks.
How does this work?

Before the actual birth a Doula usually:
– Meets with you to go over how they can help you and get acquainted. (normally during the 2nd and 3rd trimester).
– Instruct moms on relaxation and breathing techniques.
– Answer any questions about the birth process and what to expect.
– Go over labor and delivery and talk to moms about any possible complications and how they are handled.
– Develop a birth plan.

When labor occurs a Doula will:
– Administer Constant support
– Massage to help mother relax
– Guide you to comfortable positions
– Make sure fluids and nutrition is kept up during birth process
– Be an advocate to communicate preferences to medical staff
– Support soon to be dad

– After delivery:
– Support to parents when bringing baby home
– Teach care methods to parents
– Breast feeding education
– Keep mom hydrated, fed and rested

Studies have shown that moms to be that use a Doula have shorter labor, need less medication and are less likely to have a C-section.

Now lets go over what a Midwife does:

A midwife is a trained health professional. They assist with labor, delivery, and after after birth. Midwives can deliver babies at birthing centers, home or at a hospital.
Most families who choose a Midwife want little medical intervention and have no complications during their pregnancy.

There are different types of Midwives:
1. Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) are registered nurses who have graduated from an accredited nurse-midwifery education program and have passed a national exam. They can practice in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

2. Certified midwives (CMs) are non-nurse midwives who have a bachelor’s degree or higher in a health field, have completed an accredited midwifery education program, and have passed a national exam. Only a few states permit CMs to practice.

3. Certified professional midwives (CPMs) are non-nurse midwives who have training and clinical experience in childbirth, including childbirth outside of the hospital, and have passed a national exam. Not all states permit CPMs to practice.

What do Midwives do?

As stated above they can provide care before, during and after birth. They also can help with family planning, prenatal exams, order tests, monitor physical and psychological health, provide birthing plans, advise about diet, exercise, medicine and keeping healthy during pregnancy.

Here are some other tasks a Midwife can help with:
– Educating parents about childbirth and newborn care
– Support parents during labor
– Admit or discharge from the hospital
– Deliver babies
– Refer to doctors as needed

Reasons for a Midwife:

1. You want your childbirth to be as natural as possible with little medical intervention, such as an episiotomy, fetal monitoring, labor induction, etc.
2. You want the emotional, practical, and social support that midwives provide.

Hopefully this answers some of your questions about choosing a Doula or a Midwife. Good luck and Congratulations!

3 Phases Of Chiropractic Care… What Are They?

Most patients that see me for the first time usually have symptoms. I know that the major goal at that point is to GETTING out of pain but what about STAYING out of pain?

There are 3 phases of care that people must go through to make sure you don’t get back in pain and can live life without major restrictions.

1. Relief Care: This phase provides temporary relief of your symptoms. Normally, when a patient is in this phase and get relief it is because inflammation is decreased and joint function is restored through spinal adjustments.  Ice, heat or cold laser may also be used to help the symptoms start to subside.   However, symptom relief is likely to be temporary if the underlying cause is not addressed after the pain subsides. In many cases the cause of your symptoms are improper body mechanics, repetitive movements, micro-trauma or postural issues that need to be rectified before real change can occur. Faulty muscle patterns consisting of weak or overly tight muscles need to be addressed and monitored for lasting results.

2. Corrective Care: This phase takes longer because it addresses the cause of the issue that is normally a long term problem. Progress is analyzed and care is modified depending on consistent results. Some people respond quicker than others depending on the condition and integrity of the spinal column, the age and physical condition of the patient, the severity of the injury and the duration of the problem.  Consistency without exacerbation of the original issue is tracked as well as anything that may hinder your progress. Stabilization is the goal.

Maintenance: This is what ensures optimal health and is the final stage of health. Day to day activities put biomechanical strain on our bodies. We are constantly exposed to stress and we must continue to monitor the health and condition of your spine through periodic evaluations to make sure that you don’t go back to the beginning.  Regular chiropractic adjustments will help insure you are living at your optimum level of health and function.

The benefits of maintenance care are that minor misalignments can be detected before they become symptomatic or well-established. We have specialized tests to track the spinal column, muscles and organs to make sure you maintain health and can track any issues that may be festering and ready to become problematic. Maintenance chiropractic care allows for improved posture, enhanced function, better athletic performance, reduced injuries and an overall enjoyable pain-free lifestyle.  This type of preventative or wellness care can also save time and money by keeping minor problems from becoming more serious and preventing you from starting back from scratch.

16 Reasons Why People Stop Going To A Chiropractor

I hear a lot of reasons why people either start care and stop, or don’t see a chiropractor at all. Here are a few reasons people feel that they don’t need to see a chiropractor.

1. “Chiropractic is too expensive”:
Research clearly disproves this myth. Chiropractic care has been consistently shown to be cost effective in a number of government and workers’ compensation board studies. According to The Manga Report, a 1993 Canadian government commissioned study, “There would be highly significant cost savings if more management of low-back pain was transferred from physicians to chiropractors… Users of chiropractic care have substantially lower health care costs, especially inpatient costs, than those who use medical care only.”

According to an economic analysis conducted in Richmond, Virginia, “By every test of cost and effectiveness, the general weight of evidence shows chiropractic to provide important therapeutic benefits, at economical costs. Additionally, these benefits are achieved with apparently minimal, even negligible, impacts on the costs of health insurance.”

When the State of Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Board conducted research in 1988 on treatment costs associated with injured workers who received care from either chiropractic doctors or medical doctors, they found chiropractic treatment costs were 58.8 percent of the treatments costs rendered by medical doctors ($558 vs. $1,100 per case)

According to Web MD Report who performed research on 1 Million people over a 4 year period. One group had chiropractic care and one did not. Here are the results:

· Chiropractic cut the cost of treating back pain by 28% compared to those who did not have chiropractic care.
Back surgeries were reduced by 32% (that is 1 in every 3 people)
1/3 fewer surgeries which reduced hospitalization by 41%.

This study reported a 95% satisfaction rate with chiropractic care!
2. “I don’t need a chiropractor for general health, just for pain”.
Yes, we can help with back and neck pain, but we also affect the body in so many other ways.

Research has shown that the best way to prevent meningitis, colds, cases of flu, and other illness, is to maintain a strong immune system. This is not debated by either MDs or Chiropractors. Developing a strong immune system relies on optimal communication between all systems of the body. Chiropractic allows this to happen by taking misalignments out of the spine. Our goal is to remove interference in the nervous system. This system controls and coordinates all other parts of the body.

How can there be interference in the spine and nervous system? Interference is caused by subluxations or misalignments in the spine which hinder communication from the adjacent nerves.

When subluxations are corrected, our nervous system can send signals efficiently optimally boosting immune functioning. In fact, individuals who receive chiropractic care have 200% greater immune competence than individuals who don’t. This is why it is vital to receive regular chiropractic adjustments. We not only help you function better for athletic competitions, we keep your body stress free and working optimally preventing illness.

How is that for total health!
3. “I don’t have enough time”:
Yes, staying healthy takes time and commitment, so does being in pain and unable to work! So does spending time in the hospital re-cooperating from a surgery that could have been prevented.

Editing your life because of sickness takes time too. Having to modify your life and not being able to do the things you enjoy in life not only takes time as well but prevents you from being the person you want to be. That is a big sacrifice!

Everyone tries to take the time to work out but it is only part of the process to optimal health. Eating well and taking care of your body to enable you to continue going to the gym injury free is also part of the process. We can help with that in addition to keeping the rest of your body healthy. Getting adjusted normally takes 5-15 minutes with a little time for travel. Most times you are not going more than 2x per week. That is a bit over 30 minutes per week.

Tip: See your chiropractor before a workout if you can…get both out together and then go on with the rest of your day!

You are worth the time, your body needs it and your body will thrive once it gets it.
4. “It takes too much time to see results”:
It may take some time but think about wanting to lose weight and get in shape, both of those take time. That is how the body works! You can’t eat one meal or work out once and think you are going to have long-term results. You have to continue to keep the results you have gained.

Eventually, after getting in shape, you don’t have to work out as hard or eat as lean as you did to get to your goal but you do have to continue…your body needs consistency to get consistent results.
Remember…. health is not an event it is a process!
5. “I feel good” (pain-free):
This is a very common response I hear. Pain is not an indicator of health. It is the bodies signal that it is in an emergency situation and needs help immediately. Pain will make you focus on the area of discomfort; that is what the body wants you to focus on because it is injured. Being pain-free doesn’t mean you are in good health. Everyone has heard the story of a loved one or friend who felt great and the next day they had a heart attack. There was no pain, but there was a health problem that was going on and they didn’t know it.

That is why we do scans to see what your health status is so we can address any issues that you may not feel now and prevent any unwanted health situation.

6. “The chiropractor does the same thing every time”:
It may feel like this ut that is because your body has developed a pattern and that pattern has to be re-trained. For example, if you are sitting all day long, there will be areas that will be stressed more than others. If you sleep in a certain position and don’t have proper posture, this will have a pattern too. Holding on to emotional stress will affect your body as well and eating food that is not good for you will store stress in the body leading to tightness and malfunction.

On each visit, we check to see what areas need to be addressed for misalignments of the vertebrae and improper movement. If there is a change, we will notice it when doing tests and palpation.

7. “I don’t feel any results after 1 or 2 visits”:
Again, think about wanting to lose weight, get in shape, all of those take time and you don’t see results right away. You should start to feel results of symptom relief within 6-12 visits. If there is still no result, then you will be referred to another practitioner that may be able to help.

8. “My MD says I should stop”:
Most of the time this is not warranted. There may be the rare occasion where there is a joint that should be avoided if there is a fracture or tear but even in those cases, cold laser or other modalities have been shown to increase healing time and aligning the spine will boost your immune system and allow for quicker recovery.

9. “Insurance won’t pay for more visits”:
Money is always an issue, but many insurance plans are not set up for you to get the necessary care you need. “Health” insurance plans are really a misnomer. They are really “sick care” plans. Insurance companies don’t want to pay out. They want you to use as little of your benefits as possible. Getting 12 visits per year is only in case something happens and you are in pain and need help. Other than that, keeping you healthy is not the real concern of insurance. It is set up on a “sick care” plan instead of a health and wellness care plan where you really see results.

I set up my plans to make sure you are doing well in life. I want you to be able to be the person you want to be and have a long plentiful life. This may not coordinate with your insurance. In such cases, we have affordable plans that are not much more than a gym membership. If you choose not to continue after your benefits have run out that is your health choice and I will respect your decision.

10. “Chiropractor doesn’t spend enough time with me”:
When you came in for care originally we did tests to determine what was going on with you and your general health. Most chiropractors spend a lot of time on your first visit to find out what is going on by doing necessary tests, asking questions and providing care. We don’t want to put a band-aid on your problem, we want to figure out the source and help you heal.

Since your body has a pattern it is easy for us to evaluate what is happening. Also, since most chiropractors have seen thousands of spines, it doesn’t take us long to see what the patterns are. So, it may seem a short time but we understand the body very well and it takes repetition of the plan to get results. We are fast and efficient at what we do and sometimes that looks as though we are not paying attention when in fact we are! We make it look easy but it is years of practice that allows us to make it look that way.

It is important to know that it is not the length of time spent with the doctor but what the doctor knows and applies.

11. “Massage makes it feel better for a while so I can just do that”:

Don’t get me wrong, massage is amazing and necessary for losing up joints getting better movement in the body. However, if your body is not aligned the muscles are not working right and will go back to doing what they were doing before. You are not really fixing the problem, you are making it more comfortable for the time being. Remember, the nervous system is the system that tells the muscles what to do so it is important that it is aligned and sending the proper signals to the muscles making your body function properly.

A massage feels great and will get stress out of the tissues, get blood flowing and relax the muscles. It feels great for a while but if you are not aligned properly and go back and doing stressful things to your body, it will come back. This is why it is so important to get adjusted. Not only for general health but for proper musculoskeletal health as well!

12. “Sometimes I am sore after adjustments”:
As with any body manipulation (exercise included), sometimes there is soreness because the body is not used to either being in the position it is now in or having a manipulation to that area. It can sometimes inflame after body work so that is why you are sore. Ice usually helps to take the swelling away. If it persists then there are other options we can use for your to help with inflammation.

13. “I Will never reach excellent health so why bother”:
We all can always work toward excellent health (if this is what you want. Excellent health is obviously a matter of living a full life without as much restriction as possible. Bad health is dealing pain, disease, and limits. You may not be excellent but you can keep that goal in mind and be the best that YOU can be. It is better than doing nothing and getting the same results that brought you into the office in the first place!

14. “I think I can manage on my own”:
I hear this a lot. Depending on what age you are, you have been doing a lot of things right and a lot of things wrong as far as your health is concerned. There are lifestyle habits that are hard to kick and probably brought you into the office to begin with. Knowing the proper exercises and trying to track your body’s health by how it feels will work for a while but eventually cause you some sort of discomfort. Why not make sure you are doing what worked to keep your body at ease and will continue to do so? You are worth it and why take a chance on your health?

15. “Yoga or workouts are all I need to stay healthy”:
Again, exercise is great for you; especially yoga and its focus on breathing and stretching. However, we are constantly exposed to stress in our lives. In the past, it didn’t take many adjustments or massages to get you functioning well and staying that way. Unfortunately, our society has constant stress. Long work hours, sitting for long periods of time, demanding deadlines, traffic, processed food, pesticides in food, and athletic injuries all lead to compromised nervous system function leading to problems with digestion, elimination, heart issues and some type of organ weakness.

As Arnold Schwarzenegger says: “Chiropractic is a necessity!”

Workouts take the stress out of the body but they can also put a strain on the body. Making sure the body is functioning properly will allow for a better workout and the muscles and organs to respond optimally.

16. My medical doctor, friends or family think it is not safe or a waste of time:
Most of the time people who tell you it is unsafe haven’t been to a chiropractor and haven’t read articles on both sides of the issue. They are either listening to old propaganda or focusing on only negative articles without seeing the latest data.

According to recent research:
Neck and spinal manipulation are remarkably safe procedures. While some reports have associated upper high-velocity neck manipulation with a certain kind of stroke, or vertebral artery dissection, the best evidence3 suggests that this type of arterial injury often takes place spontaneously, or following everyday activities such as turning the head while driving, swimming, or having a shampoo in a hair salon.

Patients with this condition may experience neck pain and headache that leads them to seek professional care—often at the office of a doctor of chiropractic or family physician—but that care is not the cause of the injury.

In addition to being a safe form of treatment, spinal manipulation is incredibly effective, getting patients back on their feet faster than traditional medical care. A March 2004 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that chiropractic care is more effective than medical care at treating chronic low-back pain in patients who have experienced symptoms for one year or less. Similarly, a study published in the July 15, 2003, edition of the medical journal Spine found that manual manipulation provides better short-term relief of chronic spinal pain than a variety of medications. Moreover, a 2012 study in Spine found that only 1.5 percent of workers with back injuries whose first point of treatment was a doctor of chiropractic required surgery, compared to the 42.7 percent of workers whose first contact was a surgeon.

People who see a chiropractor regularly have fewer injuries, better posture, fewer colds and fewer cases of flu. Just like going to the dentist is necessary to keep your teeth healthy, going to a chiropractor keeps your brain and nerves healthy. Your brain function is pretty important don’t you think?

References: http://www.acatoday.org/Patients-Why-Choose-Chiropractic-Chiropractic-A-

What Do Chiropractors Really Do?

Chiropractors focus on the intimate relationship between the nervous system and spinal function as well as full body mechanics that help your whole body function optimally leading to great health.

Structural alignment and proper body mechanics are essential for the whole body and systems to function properly. If the body is holding on to stress and not moving correctly, this disturbs the nerves and put added stress on the body and its organs resulting in neurological issues.  These neurological issues lead to illness and disease.  What we do is more than just alleviate neck and back pain.  We affect the body from the inside out.  We are known for neck and back pain but the reason why we are so good at it is because we focus on the whole body.  We take stress out of the body that was restricting movement.  Lack of proper movement leads to problems in the spine, brain and organs.   A symptom will happen eventually if the body is not able to get rid of hidden stresses.  This may be heart, lung, digestion, reproductive issues or pain in tissues and joints.

We can help with almost any malfunction that is occurring because we work with the master system (nervous system).  Some of the things we can help are: ear infections, high blood pressure, headaches, digestion, allergies and many other issues that can be controlled by medication.  We just do it naturally!  What we do is safe, effective and has been proven scientific.

Making sure the bones and joints move properly keeps any irritation or disturbance of the brain and spinal cord at bay allows the body to move and function properly.  Signals sent to and from the brain can be sent without interference and the body can function optimally.  Organs and tissues are directly associated with the spine and will work better if the signals controlling them are working as they should.

If you are looking to be healthy without the use of drugs or surgery, then this is the method for you.

9 Reasons Why You Don’t Get A Flu Shot!

www.precisemoves.com/images/flu%20shot.jpg” width=”438″ height=”292″ />Flu symptoms are not fun and most of us don’t want to lose work because we are home with the flu and if we have families, it can be transmitted back and forth easily.  There are numerous ways to boost your immune system preventing the flu and many other health issues.

Flu shots make a lot of money in the winter months…it is very lucrative for the companies that make this vaccine.

Many medical experts now agree it is more important to protect yourself and your family from the flu vaccine than the flu itself.   I know….this does not show up on the signs at Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy.

Here are some of the Cons of getting a flu shot:

1.) Lack of real evidence:   It has not been proven that young children benefit from flu shots at all.  A systematic review of 51 studies involving 260,000 children age 6 to 23 months found that the flu vaccine is any more than a placebo. Each flu shot is only for a particular strain so it only protects against that strain of the virus.  It does not mean you won’t be at risk for other strains.

2.) Medical journals have published thousands of articles revealing that injecting vaccines can actually lead to serious health problems.  this includes harmful immunological responses and several other infections.

3.) The flu is now injected into the body:  Introducing this vaccine to the body now creates symptoms of running noses, pneumonia, ear infections, bronchiolitis within days or weeks of getting the virus.  It has also been shown to lower the immune system leading to higher risk of coming up with other symptoms.

4.) The Flu vaccines contain mercury:  This is hazardous to the body and actually decrease synapses of the nerves.  Mercury toxicity can cause memory loss, depression, ADD, oral issues, digestive and respiratory problems and cardiovascular diseases and many more health impairments.

5.) New evidence has shown the flu shots can cause Alzheimer’s disease:  One report shows that people who received the flu vaccine each year for 3 to 5 years had a 10-fold greater chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease than people who did not have any flu shots.  Again it has been shown that the immune system is negatively impacted leading to the bodies in ability to fight infections and leading to less than desirable health.  Flu shots to the elderly population can have dangerous consequences.

So what does the CDC say about flu shots and can this data be trusted?

6.) Well, not entirely.  The Center for Disease Control appoints a 15-member Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).  This committee is responsible for deciding who should be vaccinated each year.  Almost all the ACIP have a financial interest in immunizations.  Why would they want data to show that vaccines are not needed?  It is not profitable for them.  This creates a lot of doubt about why these shots are actually needed.

7.) Research shows that over-use of the flu-vaccine can actually alter flu viruses and cause them to mutate into a more dangerous strain.

8.) Ingredients in flu vaccinations can cause serious neurological disorders.  In many cases, flu vaccines contain harmful ingredients like detergent, mercury, formaldehyde, and strains of live flu virus. Does this sound healthy and natural to you?

9.) What strain is used?  Each year is a educated guess as to what strain is going to be used.   Getting several different flu shots for different strains will start to get dangerous with the addition of multiple toxins being introduced to the body.

Flu shots are indeed more dangerous than you could think, and it is best to rely on natural ways to protect against the flu rather than getting yourself vaccinated.  Chiropractic is commonly used to boost the immune system and keep the body healthy and able to fight dis-ease and symptoms.

Remember that drugs make billions of dollars each year and that cures are not happening the way they used to because it is not profitable to cure a problem, only keep it at bay with a pharmaceutical.

Here is a video showing you just what is in a flu shot:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWfCnjnShnM

The Great Effects of Frankincense Oil – Fight Cancer

Frankincense oil has been found to be helpful in treating rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease and even different types of cancer.

 Frankincense For Cancer, how is it helpful?

It helps kill the cancer cells associated with ovarian cancer, as well as brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers.  How it works is by regulating cells which promote healing of cells and fights off the effects of cell mutation leading to cancer on otherwise healthy cells.

According to a study by the University of Leicester in the UK, it found that AKBA (acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid), a chemical compound in the resin that actually targets and kills cancer cells without harming healthy cells. AKBA potently suppress human cancers including brain, breast, lung, colon, pancreatic, prostate and stomach. Frankincense is taken by many people with no known side effects.

Other Health Benefits Of Frankincense Oil

The health benefits of frankincense oil are mostly attributed to its anti-inflammatory, astringent, antiseptic, disinfectant, digestive, diuretic, and expectorant properties.

Anti-Anxiety

Frankincense Oil is also very sedative, because it induces a feeling of mental peace, relaxation, satisfaction and spirituality. It calms you naturally and can lower anxiety, anger and stress.

Anti-inflammatory

The resin from the trunk of Boswellia trees contains anti-inflammatory substances, it lowers symptoms of joint pain or muscle pain related to conditions like arthritis, digestive disorders, and asthma. Due to powerful anti-inflammatory properties, people frankincense oil for chronic inflammatory conditions such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and osteoarthritis.

Relieve arthritis pain and swelling

Mix with a carrier and rub into aching joints at night before bed and throughout the day.

Prevent insomnia

Diffuse frankincense at bedtime to help you slow down your breathing and relieve nervous tension and anxiety. You will sleep like a baby.

Strong immune system

The antiseptic properties of Frankincense make it ideal for supporting a strong immune system. Massage a few drops into the balls of your feet every day. In addition, try diffusing it throughout your home and especially in the bedroom at night. This is especially good during cold and flu season.

References: www.naturalnews.com

Top 10 Chiropractic Medical Research Studies

Chiropractic care is not only beneficial to correct long term damage to your health because of stress, poor posture or trauma; it is also real HEALTH CARE.

In my opinion, no other health profession can prevent nerve to muscle diseases and disruptions in the body like chiropractic can!

If you think that only chiropractors realize how beneficial it is, here are some examples of research and studies from the medical community.

1. Chiropractors help with Sciatica 

According to a clinical trial in 2014 by the European Spine Journal it uncovered how chiropractic care had a 72% success rate in treating sciatica cases and symptoms similar compared to the 20% success from physical therapy and 50% from corticosteroid injections.

2. Low Back Pain and Neck Pain

The British Medical Journal published a study performed in 2003. 183 patients with neck pain were randomly treated with manual therapy (chiropractic spinal mobilization), physiotherapy (mainly exercise) or general practitioner care (counseling, education and drugs) in a 52-week study.

The clinical outcome measures showed that chiropractic adjustments resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general practitioner care. Moreover, total costs of the chiropractic-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of physiotherapy or general practitioner care.

Another study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found patients with chronic low back pain that was treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement including patient satisfaction after one month of care than patients treated by family physicians.

56% of chiropractic patients reported that their low back pain was greatly improved opposed to 13%  of medical patients.  Nearly 1/3 of all medical patients reported that their pain was much worse.

NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine funded a study to test the effectiveness of different approaches for treating neck pain.  272 participants were separated into three groups that (A) received either spinal manipulative therapy from chiropractor, (B) receieved pain medication (over-the-counter pain relievers, narcotics and muscle relaxants) or (C) followed exercise recommendations.

After 3 months, about 57 % who received chiropractic care and 48% who exercised reported at least a 75% reduction in pain, compared to 33% of the people in the medication group. After one year, approximately 53% of the drug-free groups continued to report at least a 75% reduction in pain, compared to just 38% pain reduction among those who took medication.

3. Headaches (Tension and Migraine)

Headaches are commonly the top 5 reasons why someone seeks out a chiropractor.  There are over 230 peer-reviewed articles showing that chiropractors help stop, and decrease the headache symptoms worldwide.

A group trial study found that 22% of people who had chiropractic treatment saw the number of attacks drop by 90%. In that same study, 49% said they had a significant reduction in symptomatic pain.

With this and several other studies in mine, it is clear that headache relief for patients should include chiropractic care over the medical field.

4. Colic and Ear Infections

Scores of case studies have been documented and published showing that children suffering from ear infections (otitis media) acid reflux and colic have had almost complete relief after just a few visits.

The reasons for this vary, but one common theme is that nerves controlling the gut and brain are intricately connected to each other and are quite sensitive to neurological insult caused by vertebral subluxations.

5. Neurological Conditions 

Exciting research is currently being conducted via upright MRI showing how upper cervical adjustments affect various brain-based conditions.

Not only are MRI scans revealing that cerebral spinal fluid and blood flow are markedly increased after a chiropractic adjustment, researchers are observing that cerebellar invagination (when the cerebellum drops down below the skull line) is being reversed and brain plaquing (common in multiple sclerosis) is disappearing!  This shows the power of what chiropractors do!

Montel Williams (TV host), was interviewed about his experience as a MS patient under chiropractic care. It changed his life and there are numerous videos showing his dramatic results.

6. Blood Pressure

George Bakris,  who is the world expert on hypertension, published a study in 2007 with researchers in the Human Journal of Hypertension.  They proved that having one upper cervical chiropractic adjustment had the same effect as taking two blood pressure-lowering drugs. Even more fascinating, the effects of just one adjustment lasted more than six months!

Compared to the placebo-treated patients, saw an average 14 mm Hg greater drop in systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure count) and an average 8 mm Hg greater drop in diastolic blood pressure (the bottom blood pressure number).

Other studies have shown similar findings with hypotensive patients, and their low blood pressure was raised to normal levels after chiropractic care. This is exciting because it highlights the body’s ability to create a homeostatic balanced environment once vertebral subluxations are removed. This is what DD Palmer was talking about when chiropractic was discovered in 1895.

7. Surgery Prevention

Chiropractic is always a good step to take if a patient has been referred for back surgery.

Now the Journal of the American Medical Association just published its low back pain guidelines and suggested that people suffering from back pain first try chiropractic before resorting to surgery.  This is not widely known by the public but should be so that many people avoid unecessary surgery and remain mobile and pain free.

8. Frozen Shoulder

Clinical trials have been published showing how patients suffering from frozen shoulder responded to chiropractic care.

Of the 50 patients: 16 resolved completely; 25 showed 75% to 90% improvement; eight showed 50% to 75% improvement; and one showed 0 percent to 50 percent improvement.

9. Scoliosis

Chiropractic adjustments for scoliosis coupled with muscular rehabilitation techniques may help prevent the progression of scoliosis. There are several trials out there that show significant improvements in the Cobb x-ray line which shows the angles of scoliosis several years after receiving chiropractic care.

10. Athletic Performance 

Many athletes like Michael Phelps, Jerry Rice and Joe Montana have been under regular chiropractic care during and after their career.  In fact, over 50% of NFL teams have a chiropractor on staff.  It is now common for most athletic teams to have a chiropractor on hand to help with injuries and rehabilitation.   Studies have shown that chiropractic:

  • Reduces inflammatory cytokines
  • Boosts your immune system
  • Enhances pulmonary function
  • Decreases mental and oxidative stress
  • Relieves muscle tension
  • And can naturally increase your energy level

Studies have even proved, objectively and subjectively, that chiropractic patients experience “overall increased bodily function,” which includes bowl regularity and mental clarity.

Basically, because it helps place your body in the position where it can heal itself, chiropractic adjustments can free your immune system up to focus on keeping you healthy, which enhances your ability to think, move and perform.

Think chiropractic is just for neck and back pain….it can help but it is for allowing your body to use its innate capabilities and heal all on its own!

Myths Regarding Stroke and a Chiropractic Adjustment

After a Chiropractor evaluates a patient and determines the patient is a candidate for chiropractic care, treatments are administered.  There is a lot of myths out there regarding what happens after an adjustment so I wanted to set the record straight with what I have experienced as a patient and as a doctor.

The most common reaction to chiropractic care is relief.  After a first time patient comes in for care, approximately 35% have aching or soreness in the spinal joints or muscles the day after an adjustment.  65% feel some sort of relief.  If soreness does occur, it feels like you worked out and the muscles are sore.  This is because of slight inflammation that occurs after your body is treated and muscles and joints are now moving differently than they are used to.  This normally does not last more than 24 hours.  Ice is normally recommended in such cases and works great.  If the aching continues, contact the chiropractor and they will gently work on areas (probably muscle and tissue work with inflammatory work) and this should solve the problem.

  • One big myth regarding chiropractic care is a stroke or On “vascular accident”.  This I have never heard of in the chiropractic community and have never experienced as a patient.  This myth has been compared with primary care physician (PCP) visits and stroke. According to the authors of this particular study:
  • According to Cassidy J D, Boyle E, Cote P et al. Risk of Vertebral Stroke and Chiropractic Care, It has been discovered that:

1. There was “no evidence of excess risk of VBA stroke associated with chiropractic care compared to primary care.”

2. The alleged correlation more likely had to do with patients seeking chiropractic treatment of already-existing VBA symptoms (headache and neck pain) before the stroke took place.

In the hands of experienced chiropractors, cervical manipulation usually renders beneficial results with few adverse side effects.  If a person is at risk of having a stroke, turning their head quickly, putting their head in a sink at a hair salon or any slight movement of the head and neck could trigger a stroke. Chiropractic treatment is no more dangerous than a visit to their own medical doctor.

Chiropractic is not only safe, but there are several studies out there showing that it helps boost the immune system and lower blood pressure.  The myths about stroke and chiropractic are outdated and are quite damaging to the profession. There is no research out there showing that chiropractors cause patients to stroke.  As a matter of fact, our malpractice insurance is low because we don’t hurt people.

References: http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/chiropractic/reactions-following-a-chiropractic-adjustment

Are Perfumes and Cleaning Supplies Toxic?

Did you know that Perfume and other types of fragrances are the single largest category of cosmetic products? Hair gels and supplies, facial creams and eye cosmetics are the kings of the hill in this category.   These cosmetic supplies are responsible for nearly 50 percent of all dollars now spent in the US  for cosmetics.  Fragrances are also included in the household products that we use.

Exposure to toxic ingredients in cosmetic products occur through the pores of our skin. Now, in the case of cleaning products, the exposure is through inhalation.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has direct authority to regulate toxic ingredients in that are contained in cosmetics and personal care products. For seven decades, they have failed to do so. Similarly, the Environmental Protection Agency has also still failed to regulate these toxic ingredients in household cleaning products.

Since neither organization has done anything to prevent exposure, it is left up to the International Fragrance Association (IFRA). The IFRA is an international trade organization of over 100 perfume and fragrance manufacturers, representing 15 regions including the US, Europe, South America, Australia and the Far East.

According to this organization, of the more than 5,000 ingredients used in the fragrance industry, approximately 1,300 have so far been evaluated by the industry’s International Research Institute for Fragrance Materials. Evaluation of ingredient safety is made by an “independent” board of toxicologists, pharmacologists and dermatologists, without disclosure of their qualifications, let alone conflicts of interest. Their findings are presented to IFRA’s Scientific Advisory Board, and then published in its trade journal, Food and Chemical Toxicology. The information reported in this journal is the basis on which IFRA formulates its own “safety guidelines.” However, due to the “trade secret” status of fragrances, manufacturers are still not required by the FDA to disclose their ingredients on the label or in any other way.

In May 1999, in response to numerous complaints of respiratory, neurological, and other toxic effects following the use of Calvin Klein’s Eternity perfume, the Environmental Health Network of California hired two testing laboratories to identify the ingredients in the perfume. These results were analyzed by the Cancer Prevention Coalition.  These results were summarized in the author’s 2009 Toxic Beauty book, reveal the following:

• 26 ingredients whose “Toxicological properties have not been investigated,” or “toxicology properties have not been thoroughly investigated.”

• 25 ingredients that are “Irritants.”

• 5 ingredients that are “Skin sensitizers,” or allergens.

• 3 ingredients that show “Fetal, hormonal, and reproductive toxicity.”

• 2 ingredients that “May cause cancer.”

Dr. Vey, president of IFRA, failed to respond to repeated warnings from August to October 2003 from the Cancer Prevention Coalition. These warnings said that “all fragrance products be labeled to the effect that, apart from the absence of known skin and respiratory allergens, they contain no known carcinogens, gene damaging, hormonal, or otherwise toxic ingredients.”

Clearly, we can’t rely on the FDA, IFRA or any of the programs in place for regulation of toxic chemicals in perfumes and cleaning supplies.  Everyone should look up the ingredients and know what they are inhaling and putting on their skin.