Redwood City’s 10 water contaminates and what they do to your body!

Tap water is not safe to drink anywhere in the United States

Do you know what is in your water? Most people think our government keeps our water safe for us. Well, according to research done by the Obama administration, our drinking water gives us a higher risk of cancer based on what is coming out of our tap. This concerned me so I went to EWG’s tap water database and looked at the list of contaminants in Redwood City’s drinking water. This is going to really scare you but there is a solution so don’t worry. But first, here is the list. All of these chemicals on this list are toxic to the body, cause issues with your systems and can cause cancer and issues while pregnant. Hmmm, I wonder why so many women are having problems with fertility and birth? This may be one of the culprits. I have copied and pasted each contaminate directly from the website.

  1. Bromodichloromethane: This is one of the total trihalomethanes (TTHMs), is formed when chlorine or other disinfectants are used to treat drinking water. Bromodichloromethane and other disinfection byproducts increase the risk of cancer and may cause problems during pregnancy.
  2. Chloroform, one of the total trihalomethanes (TTHMs), is formed when chlorine or other disinfectants are used to treat drinking water. Chloroform and other disinfection byproducts increase the risk of cancer and may cause problems during pregnancy.
  3. Chromium (hexavalent) is a carcinogen that commonly contaminates American drinking water. Chromium (hexavalent) in drinking water may be due to industrial pollution or natural occurrences in mineral deposits and groundwater.
  4. Dichloroacetic acid, one of the group of five haloacetic acids regulated by federal standards, is formed when chlorine or other disinfectants are used to treat drinking water. Haloacetic acids and other disinfection byproducts increase the risk of cancer and may cause problems during pregnancy.
  5. Trihalomethanes are cancer-causing contaminants that form during water treatment with chlorine and other disinfectants. The total trihalomethanes group includes four chemicals: chloroform, bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane and bromoform.
  6. Trichloroacetic acid, one of the group of five haloacetic acids regulated by federal standards, is formed when chlorine or other disinfectants are used to treat drinking water. Haloacetic acids and other disinfection byproducts increase the risk of cancer and may cause problems during pregnancy.
  7. Chlorate forms in drinking water as a byproduct of disinfection. Chlorate impairs thyroid function, making chlorate exposure most harmful during pregnancy and childhood.
  8. Haloacetic acids are formed when disinfectants such as chlorine are added to tap water. The group of five haloacetic acids regulated by federal standards includes monochloroacetic acid, dichloroacetic acid, trichloroacetic acid, monobromoacetic acid and dibromoacetic acid
  9. Strontium is a metal that accumulates in the bones. Radioactive strontium-90 can cause bone cancer and leukemia, and any form of strontium at high doses can harm bone health.
  10. Vanadium is a metal used in steels and other alloys. People are commonly exposed to vanadium in water and food. Excessive exposure can be toxic during pregnancy and childhood.

Okay, so now that I have gotten your attention…what can you do? Easy…you need to get a reverse osmosis filter for your water. You can get it for your tap water and your refrigerator water as well. Costco, amazon and many other places sell them and they are easy to install. One thing that a lot of people do is drink only from plastic water bottles. Please do not. It is not only wasteful but there is tons of data out there showing issues caused by phthalates in the plastic that is absorbed in the water leading to health issues. If you want to have your water in a bottle, please use a glass container. This goes with pretty much any food or liquid.

Water is so important and we need around three liters a day to replenish the body and keep our system hydrated. Make it healthy!

Dr. Amie Gregory, DC, CCEP and ANF Instructor

Dr. Amie Gregory is a full body chiropractor in Redwood City who not only helps with pain, injuries and posture but focuses on guiding you to be a better you!

Calcification of the Pineal Gland and what causes it?

Pineal Gland produces melatonin which helps sleep, muscle cramps, puberty, fertility and decrease Free radicals from attacking your cells. It helps regulate your hormones and effects your nervous system.

This gland has not changed for hundred of years and is only responsible for regulating melatonin levels.

Flouride which causes skeletal issues in large doses and is seen as a toxin in many countries may actually be calcifying this vital gland. Research was published in 2001 which showed can deposit in the pineal gland and eventually calcify. This was determined after 11 aged cadavares were analyzed and the pineal glands were disected.

This is the not the first time research has shown that fluoride is directly involved with calcification of soft tissue. There was a previous study where fluoride was shown to calcify the arteries.

So what Is The Pineal Gland and what does it do?
This small endocrine gland is a pea like structure in the middle of the skull and is sometimes referred to as the “third eye”. It releases melatonin when it becomes dark and is highly effected by the optic nerve and the signals sent from the retina and is highly directed by your circadian rhythm. Stress also highly effects this gland and levels of melatonin can drop depending on the levels stress you are experiencing. So, the pineal gland is involved with the body releasing cortisol as well.

One article describes the role of the pineal gland in more technical terms here:

“The role of the nonvisual photoreception is to synchronise periodic functions of living organisms to the environmental light periods in order to help survival of various species in different biotopes.” [Source]

This tiny pea-sized pine cone is made of neural tissue and is located near the center of the brain, between the two hemispheres. It is not protected by the blood-brain-barrier which may be the reason why fluoride can effect this gland.

Descartes mind and body diagram

Even in ancient times the pineal gland has been evaluated. Galen and philosopher René Descartes described this gland as the “seat of the soul”. This was as early as the third century. They explained it as:
“this gland is the principal seat of the soul, and the place in which all our thoughts are formed. The reason I believe this is that I cannot find any part of the brain, except this, which is not double. Since we see only one thing with two eyes, and hear only one voice with two ears, and in short have never more than one thought at a time, it must necessarily be the case that the impressions which enter by the two eyes or by the two ears, and so on, unite with each other in some part of the body before being considered by the soul. Now it is impossible to find any such place in the whole head except this gland; moreover it is situated in the most suitable possible place for this purpose, in the middle of all the concavities; and it is supported and surrounded by the little branches of the carotid arteries which bring the spirits into the brain.”

Descartes pointed out the location of the pineal gland’s location and what vessels surrounded the structure.

When the gland is calcified, it can cause various problems:

  1. Alzheimer Disease
  2. Bipolar Disease
  3. Problems with Circadian rhythm
  4. Imbalance of Melatonin and other hormones
  5. Loss of sleep (Insomnia)
  6. Pain in the lower back
  7. Parkinson’s Disease
  8. Schizophrenia
  9. Stroke

So how can we protect the pineal gland from becoming calcified?

First of all, staying away from any fluoride is the highest priority. Avoiding Teflon (has fluoride) foods and beverages from tap water, infant formula, toothpaste with fluoride and prozac which contains fluoride as well.

There are many alternatives that you can find for toothpaste, cookware and alternatives to prozac. Sleep is essential for healing and regeneration and is crucial for health and well being. CPaps and Ambien are now becoming the norm for sleep disorders but understanding how melatonin and the pineal gland works is key for your sleeping patterns.

Chiropractic helps alleviate stress in the body and relax your nervous system and get your body to go into parasympathetic mode helping you relax, sleep and heal. I also utilize Amino Neuro Frequency Therapy (ANF) which allows me to administer discs which connect with your nerves (including the pineal gland) and help them normalize and work properly. If you have problems with sleep, muscle cramps, fertility or hormones, this may be the place for you!

If you would like more information about ANF, please check out my services page:

Reference article By Sayer Ji, founder of

18 withdrawal symptoms from prescribed antidepressants

New research reveals SEVERE withdrawal symptoms in over 50% of those who stop using antidepressant drugs. Some even include permanent damage.

The Journal of Addictive behavior conducted a study and reviewed the incidence, severity and duration of antidepressant withdrawal after discontinuing the drugs. It revealed that antidepressants are far more addictive and harmful than have been previously asserted. This goes against long time activists Kelly Brogan, MD and Peter Brogan MD both psychiatrists.

Here is what was found:

  1. More than half (56%) of people who attempt to come off antidepressants experience withdrawal effects.
  2. 46% of people encountering withdrawal describe the effects as severe.
  3. Withdrawal effects can last for several weeks or months.
  4. Current guidelines in the U.S. and U.K. underestimate how severe and how long this withdrawal occurs.
    New research reveals severe withdrawal symptoms in over half of those who discontinue antidepressant drugs, including lasting and even permanent damage.

This study was trying to figure out the veracity of the U.K.’s current National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and the American Psychiatric Association’s depression guidelines which state that withdrawal reactions from antidepressants are ‘self-limiting’ (i.e. typically resolving between 1 and 2 weeks).

They reviewed documents in 23 studies with diverse methodologies and sample sizes.

They found that side effects were wide-ranging, lasting several months or longer (including permanent dysfunction), such as:

  1. Increased anxiety
  2. Flu-like symptoms
  3. Insomnia
  4. Nausea
  5. Imbalance
  6. Sensory disturbances
  7. Hyperarousal
  8. Dizziness
  9. Electric shock-like sensations or “brain zaps”
  10. Diarrhoea
  11. Headaches
  12. Muscle spasms and tremors
  13. Agitation
  14. Hallucinations
  15. Confusion
  16. Malaise
  17. Sweating
  18. Irritability

These are the most common symptoms but they also found that there can be mania and hypomania, inability to cry and general emotional numbness.

After another study found similar results they recommended that the U.K. and U.S. be updated to show such results because they feel it leads to misdiagnosing of withdrawal and leading to longer antidepressant use and higher rates of prescriptions written for antidepressants. They also wanted prescribers to tell patients about such withdrawal effects.

The researchers also noted that the rising numbers of antidepressant prescriptions used throughout the world may be fueled by the antidepressant drug withdrawal side effects themselves:

“As the lengthening duration of Antidepressants use has fueled rising rates of such prescriptions over the same time period, we must understand the drivers of such lengthening use. The evidence set out suggests that lengthening use may be partly rooted in the underestimation of the incidence, severity and duration of AD withdrawal reactions, leading to many withdrawal reactions being misdiagnosed, for example, as relapse (with drugs being reinstated as a consequence) or as failure to respond to treatment (with either new drugs being tried and/or dosages increased). This issue is pressing as long-term AD use is associated with increased severe side-effects, increased risk of weight gain, the impairment of patients’ autonomy and resilience (increasing their dependence on medical help), worsening outcomes for some patients, greater relapse rates, increased mortality and the development of neurodegenerative diseases, such as dementia.”

The concerning implications of this study to millions around the world who are on antidepressants were immediately recognized by the media, as evidenced by mainstream reporting on the topic with the following headlines:

The news is out there, just find the right station

BBC News: Antidepressant withdrawal ‘hits millions’
The Guardian: Antidepressant withdrawal symptoms severe, says new report
The Times: Painful price of coming off drugs for depression
Independent: Antidepressants cause withdrawal symptoms in over half of patients who try to quit them, review shows
Thanks to a small but courageous group of professionals who have been raising awareness of the profound, unintended adverse effects of psychiatric drugs and the abject absence of objective criteria for determining “mental disease,” not only are there already resources available to the public today to better understand the dangers of psychiatric drugs, but there are also programs and protocols in place to help those who are on them to come off of them safely and with the support of others who have done the same already. For instance, the program put together by Dr. Kelly Brogan — Vital Mind Reset — has produced powerful outcomes. Take a look at the testimony wall here to learn from the first hand experiences of those who underwent the program and came out drug-free, often with their psychiatric symptoms and comorbid conditions reduced or completely put into remission.

This is a huge problem that many patients are not informed of. Make sure when you are taking any prescribed drug or treatment, that you are aware of what they do to your body. There are alternatives out there such as chiropractic, amino neuro frequency therapy, herbs, supplements and foods that can have wonderful effects on mood and well being.

Dr. Gregory, DC, CCEP ANF Pain Instructor

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Hashimoto’s disease (weight gain, fatigue and a plethora of other symptoms): what are your options?

Hashimoto’s disease is becoming somewhat common. This disease affects the thyroid gland. This gland is in the front of your neck and makes hormones that control metabolism, heartbeat, muscle control, brain development, mood and bone maintenance. I would say this is pretty important.

How Does Hashimoto’s Disease Happen?

Hashimoto’s disease happens when your immune system makes antibodies that attack the thyroid gland. This prevents your thyroid from making enough thyroid hormone and starts to have effects on the rest of the body. Your thyroid then works slower (hypothyroidism). This can lead to weight gain, fatigue, and other symptoms.

Women are more at risk than men. You can get Hashimoto’s disease in teens and young adulthood but in most cases it starts to show symptoms around 40 to 60 years old. If you have an autoimmune disease such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac Disease, Type 1 Diabetes, Pernicious Anemia, Crohn’s Disease or lupus you are more at risk.

The first symptom with Hashimoto’s is swelling or enlargement of the thyroid gland. This is inflammation that has developed into a goiter. Goiters can be felt by touch, interrupt swallowing but rarely cause pain in the area.

You may also begin to feel more fatigued than you used to. You may feel cold when other people are not, develop constipation or gain weight because your metabolism is not effected. If female, your menstruation may be heavier than usual.

Thyroid Gland

How is Hashimoto’s disease treated in Western Medicine?
It is normally treated with a synthetic drug called levothyroxine. This is mimicking the hormone that your thyroid gland makes naturally. This will be taken for the rest of your life.

What natural methods are there to treat this problem?
Chiropractic has amazing effects on the body’s systems. It can help regulate and heal areas that are effected by improper nerve signals. Supplements can be taken for thyroid issues as well. Standard Process has a few and they are pesticide free and organic.

ANF can be worn for 72 hours!

Amino Neuro Frequency Therapy can also help with thyroid issues and train the body to go back to its normal regulation. Discs applied to the area retrain the body to work efficiently and stay that way. No drugs, no surgery. Together with Chiropractic, this is a wonderful combination!

If you have been diagnosed with a thyroid problem, we may be able to help! We can work with other doctors and help you heal.

Dr. Amie Gregory has been using Amino Neuro Frequency in her clinic with great results. Give us a call or make an appointment on our 24 hour available calendar!

What are some of the risks of taking medication in the United States?

Most people in the United States start their day with a shower, coffee and prescription medicine but did you know that 50% of the US take prescription medication-four according to a Consumer Reports survey? Not only that, but these same people take over the counter drugs or supplements as well.

The U.S. takes more pills now than in the past and far more than any other country. This is in the belief that this medication is life saving or making an improvement in our lives but in most situations, this is not the case.

Improper prescription data is astounding. According to the CDC and FDA, close to 1.3 million people had to visit an emergency room in the U.S. due to adverse drug effects in 2014. Out of this 1.3 million it is estimated act about 124,000 died from these effects. Other studies state that close to 50% of these adverse effects could have been prevented.

Access to prescription medications is not only costly to your health but the pocket book. It is estimated that $200 billion per year is spent on medications that are the unneeded according to the market research firm IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.

So why are people paying for drugs they don’t need?

  1. People are ingesting too many drugs which is overloading the body. Sometimes drugs are given to combat side effects of another drug. Nicole Lamber of Williamsburg, Va., states that she became “completely nonfunctional” while using several different drugs. She had pain, rashes, diarrhea, and anxiety which were all a results of the after effect of taking multiple medications.
  2. Drugs that aren’t needed or badly prescribed. Jeff Goehring of Waukesha, WI., had a stroke shortly after he began taking testosterone. This was prescribed by his doctor for fatigue. This drug was not approved by the FDA.
  3. Relying on drugs. Diane McKenzie from Alsip, Il., started getting diarrhea and vomiting from side effects of metformin. This was prescribed for “pre-diabetes,” or borderline high blood sugar. This can be tackled with changes to diet and exercise.

Why do people continue to take these drugs?

Some drugs can save lives but in many cases, people in the U.S. and MDs can be under the assumption that every symptom or even sometimes as a precaution to a disease, a drug is necessary. This is not the case. So where did people get this idea from? Experts state that the allowance of commercials and marketing by pharmaceutical companies have changed mentality.

Consumer Reports reviewed drug lists submitted by 20 Consumer Reports readers to see if they could find problems and if so, they alerted them. They also dispatched 10 secret shoppers to 45 drugstores across the U.S. to see if pharmacists identify potentially problematic drug interactions. They also compiled a list of 12 conditions that are often first treated with drugs but normally don’t need medication.

Here is an example of the domino effect with prescriptions:

Nicole Lamber was stressed with her first job as a physician’s assistant. A physician colleague prescribed alprazolam (Xanax) for her stress but she was not given any warning about side effects. She was told it was “safe”. Within a few months, she became depressed, even suicidal.

Over the next five years, Lamber says she saw a series of doctors who prescribed more and more drugs. Adderall to life her mood which is normally a ADHD medication. A second drug to counter the side effects Adderall. More to improve her appetite, help her sleep; and when her anxiety worsened, another sedative.

These drugs made her so ill she couldn’t leave the house. “I saw tons of specialists,” she recalls. “A gastrointestinal doctor for chronic diarrhea, an orthopedist and rheumatologist for joint pain, a dermatologist for rashes. None of them questioned my list of meds.”

Lamber’s story is hardly unique: The percentage of Americans taking more than five prescription medications has nearly tripled in the past 20 years according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Anyone taking more than 4 drugs no longer has the capability of their body working and regulating properly. The drugs are dictating how the body is functioning instead. In the Consumer Reports (CR) survey, over a third of people 55 and older were taking 5 or more drugs and 9 percent were taking more than 10. These drugs not only give side effects but put severe strain on your systems.

Dr. Michael Hochman, M.D., of the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California states that “The risk of adverse events increases exponentially after someone is on four or more medications,” he says.

Risk of adverse events is also true when multiple doctors are involved. Poor communication between providers often contributes to drug errors, says Michael Steinman, M.D., at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. Because of specialization in medicine, it is common to see more than one doctor. CR’s survey stated that 53 percent of those in taking prescription medications said they received them from two or more providers.

Potentially harmful prescribing is all too common, says Steven Chen, Pharm.D., an associate dean for clinical affairs at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy, who worked with Consumer Reports to review the medication lists submitted by readers. Chen, like many pharmacists reviewing drugs, didn’t have access to medical records. Of the 20 lists he reviewed, only two received a clean bill of health. Among the other 18, Chen identified 38 potential problems, half of which he considered serious. They included one person taking a combination of blood-pressure drugs that could cause potassium levels to spike and trigger dangerous heartbeat abnormalities, and another’s mix of a blood thinner, a pain reliever, and baby aspirin that could cause stomach bleeding.

Identifying those kinds of risks and untangling potential harmful interactions can be difficult.

In Lamber’s case, it meant finding a doctor who was willing to help. Even though she wanted to stop using these drugs, it was a hard process because she was addicted to them and had painful withdrawal symptoms. Today, while she still has some side effects, she feels lucky to be alive. “The drugs and the withdrawal from them almost killed me,” she says.

Jeff Goehring’s story: Jeff ran a busy deli and snow-plowing business in 2009. He started to feel more fatigued then he was used to so he contacted a doctor who put him on AndroGel, which contains the male hormone testosterone.

Goehring says he didn’t know then that testosterone drugs are approved by the FDA only for men with hypogonadism (very low levels of testosterone). This is normally caused by infection, injury, or other health problems. He also wasn’t warned that testosterone increases the risk of a heart attack or stroke, according to the FDA data.

Four days taking the drug, Goehring suffered a stroke. He’s one of more than 6,000 people nationwide suing six drug companies that make testosterone products. All claimants have stated that they suffered a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular event after using one of the drugs.

In a statement to Consumer Reports, AbbVie said the company believes “our disease education and marketing of AndroGel have adhered strictly to FDA-approved uses,” and emphasized that it’s up to each physician to make sure the drug is used for appropriate purposes.

So why would Goehring’s doctor put him on a medication that may not have been indicated for his condition?

  1. Doctors can prescribe drugs even if the FDA hasn’t reviewed the evidence and approved the drug for the purposes that the patient is coming in for.
  2. During the time Goehring started on testosterone, pharmaceutical companies began investing heavily in ads for the drugs and even came up with a catchy new name: “low T.” This advertising increased sales to $153 million in 2013. A March 2017 study in JAMA found that between 2009 and 2013, men exposed to more TV ads for testosterone or “low T” were much more likely to be taking the drug.

Those “low T” figures are just the beginning. Total spending on drug ads targeting consumers reached $6.4 billion in 2016. This is 64% more than in 2012, according to Kantar Media, a market research company. That’s $1.3 billion more than the FDA’s entire 2017 budget.

Drug companies spent $24 billion in 2012 alone on marketing just to doctors through advertisements in medical journals, face to face sales, free medication samples, and educational and promotional meetings, according to a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Building relationships with healthcare providers and marketing medicines is valuable, says Powaleny, the spokesman for PhRMA, helping to ensure “that healthcare professionals have the latest, most accurate science-based information available regarding prescription medicines.” Does science based mean research done by pharma for drugs they are trying to sell? This seems like a conflict of interest to me.

But many drug-safety experts worry that the practice also contributes to overmedication.

Steven Woloshin, M.D., a professor at the Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy and Clinical Practice says that for most men, testosterone “declines naturally with age.” Research shows that taking drugs to compensate has “little or no benefit” and “some serious risks.”

Goehring wishes he had understood this before taking such a drug. His stroke, he says, still impairs his short-term memory and has left one of his hands partially numb. He was unable to keep working at his deli and had to close. Now, eight years later, he’s still trying to pay off hospital bills not covered by insurance.

Diseases and drugs:
Catching disease early, of course, can be a good thing if it helps you address a problem before it leads to serious harm.

But “lowering the bar for what’s considered normal” can also get people on drugs before they need to be, says Allen Frances, M.D., a professor emeritus at Duke University who studies how the medical profession sometimes expands the definition of diseases. And treating people with drugs at the very early stage of a condition “often harms more people than it helps,” Frances says.

That’s what McKenzie, a nurse practitioner, says she worried about when she began experiencing side effects. After a few months, they were so intolerable she stopped taking metformin.

Research actually supports that approach. A 2015 study in Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology found that for people with pre-diabetes, regular exercise plus a low-calorie, low-fat diet cut the incidence of developing type 2 dia­betes by 27 percent; metformin lowered it by 18 percent. And the side effects of exercise and a healthy diet are other health benefits, not diarrhea and vomiting.

McKenzie decided to make lifestyle changes to lower her blood sugar. Key to her success, she believes, is the stray puppy she adopted, who motivated her to take long daily walks, helping her lose 70 pounds. Today McKenzie’s blood sugar levels are under control.

Before taking a medication, please do your research. These drugs are not natural and have effects on your body. Is there an alternative to this drug? Is there something else I could be doing to help with my symptom? My advice…always ask questions about what you are putting into your body. It could greatly change your life.

Why your SP02 is important

When you enter any hospital, they measure your SP02. This is measuring the amount of oxygen in the blood. SpO2 level is very important to understand health and vitality.

SP02 monitor

When people think of checking their health, most times people understand checking weight, mobility, blood pressure, blood sugar levels. However, SpO2 levels are a key indicator of health as well.

Blood is made up of a protein called hemoglobin that transports oxygen to cells throughout the body which is needed for proper function. A pulse oximeter, or oxygen saturation monitor, uses light sensors to read levels.

When hemoglobin is saturated with oxygen the color is bright red. If less oxygen, it is darker color. Pulse oximeters monitor the amount of blood in the capillaries around the peripheral areas of the body or in thin skin using this method. The amount of oxygenation in your blood can tell you a lot about your health, that is why it is measured when entering a hospital.

Why is blood oxygenation important?
Oxygen provides energy for the entire human body. It allows cells to do their job, grow and repair. Absence of oxygen leads to death, but poor oxygenation over long periods of time has detrimental effects as well and leads to dis-ease.

Low blood oxygenation can lead to the following:

  1. Impaired vision
  2. Pain & Inflammation
  3. Fatigue
  4. Muscle weakness
  5. Short term memory issues
  6. Inability to focus
  7. Decreased circulation

Even people that are at peak levels of health, such as athletes, can benefit from monitoring their levels of oxygen in the blood.

Adequate levels of SpO2 can help with:

  1. Better performance on endurance activities
  2. Improved mood, memory and focus
  3. Decreased pain
  4. Increased recovery and healing

What is a safe level of oxygen in the blood?

Levels should be 95 to 100%. Levels under 90% lead to detrimental health. This is a sign that your body is not working correctly and not getting the oxygen that it needs for systems to work efficiently.

What are the symptoms of low blood oxygen levels?

  1. Rapid or shallow breathing
  2. Unprovoked euphoria (excitement)
  3. Confusion and fogginess of the brain
  4. Dizziness, Vertigo or lightheadedness
  5. Vision problems
  6. Increased heart rate
  7. A bluish tint to the lips, outer ear or fingernails

Levels should not change just because of aging. Normal oxygen saturation levels in elderly are the same as the normal oxygen level for adults unless they are suffering from some sort of respiratory disease. For patients that have a condition that affects their SpO2, it is not uncommon to see levels as low as 88%. This is dangerous because the body is now working harder and not getting its nutrients.

What causes blood oxygen to be low?

Diseases that impair the respiratory system cause blood oxygen to be low. These conditions occur when the body is unable to take in oxygen, it is unable to properly store it in the blood for transportation to the cells, or the cells do not take up the oxygen that is being delivered.

Here are some conditions that effect overall health when blood oxygen saturation levels are low:

  1. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  2. emphysema
  3. Asthma
  4. Anemia
  5. Congenital heart disease
  6. Heart disease
  7. Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome

There are also emergency and traumatic situations that cause blood oxygen levels to drop drastically and immediately. Stress highly effects your oxygen levels as well.

  1. Punctured lung
  2. Acute respiratory distress syndrome
  3. Allergic reactions
  4. Pulmonary embolism

How can we increase SpO2?

Amino Neuro Frequency Therapy (ANF) can increase low levels fast! Application of discs over the heart or Vagus nerve can bring levels back up to normal in most cases.

There are things you can do yourself to increase levels. Meditation with deep breathing, diet rich with iron, plants in the household, decrease stress, cardiovascular workouts can all help bring levels up and keep you healthy.

Dr. Gregory at Precise Moves Chiropractic in downtown Redwood City, CA

Chiropractic along with Amino Neuro Frequency Therapy (ANF) can help normalize areas back to where they were working long before injuries or chronic problems have surfaced. This is a therapy that allows you to regain your health and get your life back!

How dentistry can effect your health

Root canals, amalgam fillings, nickel crowns effect more than the teeth.

Dr. Westin Price was a renowned dentist who did research and wrote several books regarding dentistry and the effect on teeth and the human body. One book entitled Nutrition and Physical Degeneration showed the effects of the western diet on teeth opposed to cultures eating a non-western diet. He found less problems with cavities and tooth structure.

He also did DNA studies over two centuries ago which confirmed that toxic dental materials have created general health problems. Dental mercury fillings, nickel crowns which in kids is called chrome crowns, root canals and holes in the jaw line after tooth extractions called “cavitations” all can have ill effects leading to neurological issues, digestive problems, sexual issues or a plethora of issues depending on what teeth have been effected.

Each tooth in our mouths has nerves that branch out to areas of our bodies which include our organs. If bacteria or metals bother these nerves, it will have negative ramifications to areas those nerves branch out to.

Since 1840 mercury has been exposed as leading to health issues. The dental profession finally admitted that putting toxic mercury in the mouth might be detrimental to human health and have decreased the mercury in fillings, although the use of 50% of this metal in fillings is still considered “state of the art.”

Data performed in the past regarding metal was done on cadavers. The tissue is different, blood flow and cells are no longer active and this metal was shown to not have ill effects on the body unless there was heat in the mouth which pretty much is all the time when we are alive. So maybe finding an alternative to metal may be something to look into when considering a filling?

Root Canals:

Close to a century ago, Dr. Price as well as the Mayo Clinic uncovered that root canals were toxic to the body. Dr. Price wrote a book in 1922 disclosing this information and the American Dental Association denies that they are toxic and states they are safe.

Dr. Price states: “My attention was drawn to the increase in autoimmune disease after the high-copper amalgams of 1975 were initiated as “state of the art” fillings, which ADA claimed released no mercury. On the contrary, studies from Europe found that the high-copper amalgams released fifty times more mercury than previous amalgam!”

He stated there were increases with auto-immune as well as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis.

He not only found problems with mercury but found that bacteria from root canals can create auto immune diseases.

What is common about both mercury and root canals? Hapten formations. This is a small molecule that can elicit an immune response only when attached to a large carrier such as a protein.

“Healthy cells have a code imprinted on them. It is called the Major Histo-compatibility Complex (MHC). This is your personal code called “self.” Your body considers other code or alteration of this code to be “non-self.” The immune system is trained to kill and eliminate any “non-self” invaders”.

If an atom of mercury attaches to a normal healthy cell, a hapten is formed and the immune system immediately identifies that cell as “nonself.” What this does is start our immune system to try and destroy these cells. If mercury attaches to a nerve cell, the nerve will become diseased like in cases of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Lou Gehrig’s disease and Lupus. If it is on a hormone then hormones will be effected. Basically, any cell can be effected by haptens.

Auto immune diseases have become prominent in our society. Dr. Price found bacteria in nearly all root canal teeth that he studied. He took the bacteria and placed it under the skin of rabbits. He found that root canal fragments from a person who had suffered a heart attack, when implanted into a rabbit, would cause a heart attack in the rabbit within a few weeks. This was 100% of the time. Having a tooth that is dead given a root canal and having the body then be invaded by this bacteria is harming the patient. What is worse? A dead tooth extracted or chronic illness of the patient?

So with this data it is imperative to find a holistic dentist that uses materials that are not toxic to the body. I am not anti-dentistry. We should take care of our teeth. Just with someone who uses safe methods.

If you would like more information about Dr. Weston and his research. Please go to Also, a great chart to look at to see the correlation of teeth and systems is on Groton Wellness.

Dr. Amie Gregory, DC, CCEP, ANF Holistic practitioner

At Precise Moves Chiropractic Wellness & Sports, we look at the body as a whole and determine what the “root” of the symptom is (no pun intended). A symptom may be showing itself based on many factors going on in the body. Just treating the symptom may bring temporary relief, but we need to find out how to get your body working the way it should so those symptoms don’t show up again.

5 normal and weird effective remedies for muscle cramping

We have all had cramps one time in our life. Calves, hamstrings, and feet are pretty common to have cramping. Cramps become more common as we get older. In a Harvard study, half of the participants that were 60 reported having leg cramps, a third say they are awakened by cramps at night, and 15% report weekly episodes. These are very painful and can stop you right in your tracks.

So what causes a muscle to cramp?
According to Dr. Bruce Bean, Robert Winthrop Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School, leg cramps are muscle spasms caused by “mini-seizures” of motor neurons which control muscle contractions. They most common when musculoskeletal issues happen such as arch issues with the feet, metabolic disorders which effect the body’s chemical interactions or neurological problems such as Parkinson’s disease.

With that said, it can still happen to anyone, even if we are healthy. Dehydration, electrolyte imbalances can all cause cramping. Scientists have discovered that motor neurons work harder during cramping so finding a way to calm these synapses down is key.

I had a patient come in with leg pain and numbness. After one session, we got the numbness to disappear and leg pain to decrease but she started having cramping when standing. I asked her what she did when cramps occur. Normally, cramping can be taken care of with electrolytes (Magnesium, sodium, calcium, potassium) but in this case she said I took mustard? I never heard of this so I had to do some research. I know a lot as a doctor but I am constantly learning from my patients as well. Here is what I found out about muscle cramping:

How can we prevent cramps?

  1. Chiropractic and body work help to keep the nerves and muscles healthy and communicating efficiently.
  2. Make sure you are rolling out tight muscles and stretching.
  3. Vitamin B complex can help your energy levels, brain function, and cell metabolism leading to better nutrition to the muscles and nerves.

Now here are some therapies that people use and swear by but are not “scientific”

  1. Sleeping with a bar of soap near the muscle cramps. I would wrap it up so it doesn’t scrap around the bed all night but it is cheap and harmless. No side effects here.
  2. Mustard or pickle juice: Swallowing a teaspoon of mustard when you are experiencing cramps or an ounce of pickle juice can quickly alleviate cramps. If cramping is problematic for you, taking a teaspoon of either per night will prevent chronic cramping. Keep in mind though, if you have GERD or are watching your salt levels, you may want to check to make sure it is okay with your doctors treatment plan. This method, because these tastes are so strong, scientists think the foods might stimulate ion channels in the mouth, esophagus, and stomach to send signals to the central nervous system that inactivate overexcited neurons. Pretty cool huh?
  3. HotShot: This 1.7-ounce dose of cinnamon, ginger, lime juice, sweeteners, and capsaicin (the active compound in chili peppers). This was developed by Dr. Bean and Dr. Rod MacKinnon, a Nobel Laureate in Chemistry at Rockefeller University, as a remedy for cramping during rigorous exercise.

Hot shots have the same effect as the mustard/pickle remedy but the effects last longer. works along the same principle as mustard and pickle juice, but has longer-lasting effects. You can purchase this remedy as a sports drink. It is about $7.00 on amazon.

Dr. Amie Gregory is a full body wellness and sports chiropractor with over 10 years experience with helping athletes or anyone else reach their health and wellness goals.

How can chiropractic help with a sinus infection?

Sinus Infections are not fun but can be helped with chiropractic

What is a Sinus Infection?
A sinus infection is when the areas around your eyes and nose become infected. These can be hard to alleviate and in most cases you are given an antibiotic. These infections can be caused by a virus, bacteria or even allergies.

Isn’t a sinus infection a cold? No, not the same thing. Colds don’t mean that you have a sinus infection but since a cold is a virus, it can lead to one.

Common symptoms for a sinus infection are:

  • Pressure behind they eyes and around cheeks
  • Runny nose that lasts for over a week (can be yellow or green)
  • Headaches can occur because of the constant pressure and inflammation
  • Often times you get a fever because your body is fighting off an infection
  • Coughing
  • Foul smelling breath
  • Post nasal drip
  • Tiredness
  • Decreased ability to smell because of clogging of the sinuses

So, how can chiropractic help? One big factor effecting your sinuses is the trigeminal nerve. This nerve branches out and goes to the nasal passages. When we adjust the neck it effects this nerve. It allows your body to relax, boosts your immune system and helps the nerve function properly sending proper signals to the area.

We also can lightly adjust the jaw where the trigminal nerve branches out to the forehead, cheeks and chin. This can help the infection heal up faster.

Also, Dr. Gregory at Precise Moves Chiropractic has Amino Neuro Frequency discs that when used can help the sinuses clear up fast. These discs are wearable for 72 hours and have shown amazing results!

Dr. Gregory, DC, CCEP, ANF Insructor

Don’t let stuffiness keep you from doing things you love. Take care of yourself, you only have one body!

How does emotional stress lead to physical symptoms?

Deadlines, long hours, commute, family obligations all lead to emotional stress

Have you struggled with depression? Panic Attacks? Chronic Stress? Every have pressure in your stomach? Acid Reflux? Heart Burn?

Solar Plexus is located right under your ribs and can be the epicenter of our emotions. This is known as the 3rd Chakra. This is the largest autonomic nerve center in the abdominal cavity. These nerves manage a plethora of vital functions like adrenal secretion, intestinal motility and efficiency of internal organs. The inability of releasing emotional stress leads to malfunction and illness. Emotional blockages lead to physical blockages and inflammation leading to diseases.  

Look at the rate of auto-immune diseases, bowel and intestinal issues, allergies and other illnesses that were not as common in the past, showing high increases with little explanation of why they are occurring.

Here are some physical symptoms that have been shown to be caused or elevated by emotional factors:

  • Heart disease:  Type A personalities have a higher risk of high blood pressure and heart issues.
  • Asthma: It has been shown that a parent’s chronic stress may increase the risk of asthma in their offspring
  • Obesity: Stress causes cortisol to increase and increases fat in the adbomen.  When people are stressed, they also try and forget such stress by eating
  • Diabetes: stress levels increase glucose levels which creates problems with diabetes.
  • Headaches: Tension and Migraines are caused by inflammation triggered by stress
  • Depression/Anxiety: Highly stressful jobs have shown an 80% higher risk of eventually having issues with depression than those with lower stressed jobs. 
  • Gastrointestinal problems: Heartburn, Reflux, GERD, IBS, Crohn’s, Diverticulitis etc all have an emotional element of accelerating symptoms.
  • Alzheimer’s Disease: Brain lesions have been found to grow more quickly leading to this disease.
  • Aging quickly: One study has shown that the DNA of mothers that were under high amounts of stress had been effected and their chomosomes accelerated 9-17 years than mothers with lower amounts of stress.
  • Premature death: Caregivers that are looking after their spouses were shown in one study to have a 63% higher rate of death than those who were not caregivers.  
We can help you be the best you!

Chiropractic helps alleviate stress in the body, increase immune and  help the body heal by allowing your system to start going to parasympathetic status (rest and regenerate).  

Breathing and meditation are also very important for your health and mind.  IGA levels are increased with meditation.  This is an immune response that helps fight off bacterial and viruses leading to ill health.  This is why it is so necessary to meditate.  

When meditating, think of gratitude! Even if you have not gotten what you are showing gratitude for, keep thinking it and you would be surprised at what happens.  Positive thoughts lead to health and vitality, Negative thoughts can influence the body the other way.  Treat yourself well and you will reap the rewards!