Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Stop Suffering With Pain!

A research journal, the “Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics”, published a study that showed high levels of patient satisfaction for those who went to chiropractors with what was classified as severe to moderate pain in either the back or neck.

A total of 369 patients were sampled who had gone to chiropractors with these problems.

These individuals were asked to complete surveys tracking all kinds of information from the type and severity of their problem to their level of satisfaction with care.

The results showed a very positive response from the study group in both the results they felt and their overall level of satisfaction with their care.

The results of the published study summed it up best:

“Based on the results of this survey, it seems that patients suffering from back and or neck complaints experience chiropractic care as an effective means of resolving or ameliorating pain and functional impairments.“

Moreover, the patients surveyed demonstrated a high degree of satisfaction with the care they received.

Numerous other studies have demonstrated that chiropractic is as effective, if not more effective than conventional medical management of such complaints.

What are you waiting for? If you still have questions, please contact our office for a free consultation!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Are You A “Sugarholic“?

Is your body giving you any warning signals?

Do you…

- Eat refined sugar every day?
- Do you find it difficult to go for more than a day without some type of sugar-containing food?
- Do you crave sugar, coffee, chocolate, peanut butter, or alcohol?
- Do you ever hide candy or other sweets around your home?
- Do you find it difficult to stop after one piece of candy or one bite of pastry?
- Do you always have some sugary food (cookies, candy, desserts) in your home?
- If you go for three or more hours without eating, do you experience shakes, fatigue, irritability, depressions, or anxiety?
- Do you eat something sweet after every meal?
- Do you often drink coffee and eat doughnuts or sweet rolls for breakfast?
- Do you find it difficult to go more than an hour after waking without eating?
- Do you find it difficult to go from one day to the next without drinking a soft drink?

If you answered "Yes" to more than four of these statements, chances are that you are sugar-sensitive. You are likely both allergic to sugar and “addicted” to it. You crave sugar, have withdrawal symptoms when you don't get it, and probably feel better for a short time after you've eaten it. In eating sugar to feel better, you are actually making your condition worse.

If you answered "Yes" to fewer than four questions, that doesn't necessarily mean you don't have a problem with sugar. Perhaps you aren't “addicted” to it but do you know just how much sugar you're eating?

The average American consumes over 10 pounds of sugar each month, nearly 4-1/2 cups per week or 30 to 33 teaspoonfuls of sugar every day. That's over 20 percent of our daily caloric intake spent on a refined food which upsets body chemistry and has no nutritional value. That means no vitamins, minerals, or proteins. Just simple carbohydrates that wreak havoc with your insulin and glucose levels and can even affect your serum triglyceride and cholesterol levels!

How You Feel Is Up To You!

Use this Holiday season to take the opportunity to cut down on your sugar intake. Skip the extra Christmas cookie, order some tea instead of that Caramel Frappuccino from Starbucks, and last but not least, take the time to get in some exercise between those holiday parties! Exercise is a great way to burn calories, normalize insulin levels, and raise your energy levels without worrying about the crash you get from foods and drinks high in sugar and caffeine! Oh yeah, don't forget to visit your chiropractor for a Holiday tune-up.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New Study Finds Chiropractic Cuts Health Care Costs in Half

A new study analyzing data retrieved from 85,000 Blue Cross Blue Shield beneficiaries found that insurance companies that prevent people with lower back pain from seeing a chiropractor actually pay 40% more for the care those people receive from medical providers.

Lower back pain is a significant public health problem with up to 85 percent of Americans experiencing back pain at some point in their lives. Treating back pain costs about $50 billion annually in health care costs (not including the negative effects on employee productivity) making it one of the top 10 most costly conditions treated in the United States.

If you or someone you know is experiencing back pain, schedule an appointment at our office today and save your self time and money by feeling better faster.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Are You “Thinking” Yourself Sick?

An Australian study in the late 1970s showed that when one spouse dies, the other experiences a weakened immune system. Your immune system is key. This helps explain why grieving spouses have more diseases and a higher death rate than others of similar age. Other studies have shown that heart patients who are depressed have more heart problems than happier heart patients; depression was a better predictor of problems than physical measurements were.

Cancer is more common in people who suffer a major emotional loss, repress anger and feel helpless. Cancer patients who express their emotions rather than denying them seem to recover more often. The link between emotion and cancer is so strong that some psychological tests have been found to be better predictors of cancer than physical exams at times. This does not mean that everyone who has cancer or some other disease has simply thought it upon himself. That’s not what I’m saying. There are many factors involved in disease; even the best attitude is not going to prevent ill effects from some chemical and biological hazards. A new study shows physical proof how one of those aspects – a strong and happy marriage – can be a boon to your health. According to the study, physical wounds take much longer to heal in marriages marred by hostility and conflict than those in which couples build a more pleasurable home life.

A study at UCLA in the early 1990s was conducted where 14 professional actors were recruited to study the effects of emotion on the immune system. During the study, the actors were told which mood state they would be experiencing.

They then read the appropriate scenario, which was only 100 words long, and were told to create and experience a realistic mood by developing the scene and act it out while seated. Actors were encouraged to use their own personal memories to intensify the experience if possible. Once the actors were in a particular emotional state, the researchers drew their blood to measure any physical changes that may be associated with particular emotional states. What they found surprised everyone. Simply by shifting from one emotional state to another, the actors could stimulate or suppress their immune function. Subsequent studies have measured all kinds of physical changes that result from emotional states, such as changes in hormone levels, brain chemistry, blood sugar levels, even the ability to heal properly. In fact, the mind-body connection is so strong that an entire field of science has emerged called psycho-neuro-immunology.

More and more scientific studies are published on a daily basis proving the idea that thoughts and emotions have a powerful influence on your physical health. This is one of the reasons why people are much more likely to get sick during job changes, holidays and other stressful times; or why people who are depressed have a much higher risk of developing cancer. How can emotions affect our immunity or resistance to disease? Research shows that your brain can release hormones and other chemicals that affect your white blood cells and other parts of your immune system

Though the chemicals also have other functions, they are a link between our thoughts and our ability to resist diseases. For example, when people react to stresses with fear, their brains send a “danger” message to the body. Here’s what happens. Hormones are released to raise blood pressure and prepare muscles for quick action, as if to fight or flee from danger. The stress hormones also depress the disease-resistance system, and over time, can damage your brain, heart and digestive tract.

Your thoughts can cause physical abnormalities such as ulcers, indigestion, nervousness and high blood pressure. Your thoughts can also depress your immune system, which leads to a wide variety of diseases. Whether a person experiences poor health, depends on the person’s heredity, environment, diet, their thoughts, and even their behavior.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Why I Don’t Get A Flu Shot

I have never received a flu shot and here are some reasons why. The effectiveness of the flu vaccine is exaggerated. The strains for the vaccine are selected a year in advance. That’s important for you to know because researchers guess on what strain will prevail each flu season. They have no other way of knowing. And if they guess wrong, the vaccine is useless.

So, many people who get the flu vaccine wind up getting the flu anyway. But it’s worse than that because the flu vaccine comes with some pretty significant toxins, like:

Thimerosal – A preservative used in multi-dose flu vaccines, it contains 49.6% mercury by weight. Mercury is toxic and has been linked to brain injury, organ failure and muscle weakness.
Triton X-100 – A detergent and mercury derivative.
Polysorbate 80 – A potential carcinogen.
Formaldehyde – Classified as a human carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency.

What’s more, it really isn’t good for the very young or the very old – the folks who are supposed to need it most. For example, more people than ever age 70 and older are getting flu shots. Meanwhile, the University of Alberta did a study in which one group of people got a flu shot, and one didn’t. More people died in the group that didn’t get the vaccine … but when researchers looked more carefully and adjusted for other factors like existing health conditions, there was no difference between the groups.

Children as young as six months are being recommended for flu shots, too. But get this: One study presented at an American Thoracic Society conference in San Diego revealed that children who received the flu vaccine had three times the risk of being hospitalized soon after taking the shot, compared to those who didn’t. For children with asthma, the number was even higher.

But this isn’t the only side effect of the flu vaccine. It can cause everything from headache, vomiting, fever and muscle aches to encephalitis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome and neurological disorders.

Here are some easy ways to avoid the flu without getting a shot:

Get a boost of Vitamin D
A study published in Nature Immunology this year found that T-cells – your body’s major infection fighters – don’t mobilize against viruses without vitamin D.5 Vitamin D essentially activates these cells and supercharges your immunity. So soak up at least 20 minutes of sun a day. And eat vitamin-D-rich foods like cod liver oil, eggs, milk and orange juice fortified with vitamin D, sardines, tuna, beef liver and Swiss cheese. Or you can supplement. I recommend at least 2,000 I.U.

Eat foods rich in Vitamin C
Eat plenty of citrus fruits, broccoli, beef steak and oysters. This will help you maintain a super strong immune system. You also can take supplements. I recommend 2,000 mg daily.

Add some immune-boosting herbs
Garlic is one of nature’s best germ killers.
Oregano oil and turmeric help prevent viruses and ease cold symptoms.
Green tea contains anti-bacterial properties.

Get plenty of rest
You need eight hours of sleep each day. By losing sleep, you rob your immune system of the energy it needs to fight infection,6 and you’ll catch more colds and flu viruses.

Get some each day but don’t go overboard. Too much exercise can actually stress the body and weaken your immunity. Twenty minutes a day of varied intensity exercise is all you need.

Lastly, Keep up your regular chiropractic adjustments
Remember, the nervous system controls the Immune system and that is our only true defense against flu‘s and colds.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Ever had a headache? Aspirin or Ibuprofen is something people often turn to during a headache, but these merely work to mask the pain. In reality, the pain does not go away, you just don’t feel it. Imagine you were driving down the road and your car started to make a funny noise so you turn up the radio. The problem is still there, you just don't notice it.

While an aspirin may be an effective way for some people to “treat” the pain of headaches, for others, popping pills just doesn’t cut it… so they turn to chiropractic. But does chiropractic work for treating headaches?

What Does The Research Say?
In 2001, researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, North Carolina noticed the patients who had undergone chiropractic treatment felt relief significantly faster after undergoing spinal adjustments.

Then a 1995 study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics shows that people who had received chiropractic care showed tremendous benefits. This is largely different from medication and pill-based treatment, which requires the patient to take in a suggested dose on a regular basis to mask their pain.

Muscular Tension Headaches

Tension headaches are usually caused by muscle contractions in your head, neck, and shoulder muscles. They are one of the most common headaches experienced by most Americans and are often caused by “emotional stress” that lead to stiffness in your muscles and joints.

Tension headaches, if not properly treated, can lead to a vicious circle of more muscular tension leading to more intense headaches. Chiropractic adjustments can be employed to help tension headaches because it restores the proper alignment of your spine and at the same time releases the built-up tension in your muscles.

Serious Vascular Headaches

Headaches that arise due to abnormalities in your vascular system (arteries) are more commonly known as “migraines”. Although many Americans experience at least one migraine over the course of their lives, nobody knows the exact reason why they exist.

Medical studies have shown that migraines are sometimes triggered by a change in the hormones arising from exposure to food, smells, changes in the weather, and even emotional stress. When these changes in your body’s hormone levels occur, the blood vessels located in your head dilate, causing other symptoms like nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and visual auras, followed by a severe headache that cannot be treated effectively or even disguised by aspirin and other over-the-counter medications.

Chiropractic adjustments are effective because they free up your nervous system. Migraine headaches can be treated and prevented effectively with Chiropractic care at this office. If you or someone you know is suffering from headaches, please make an appointment today.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Did You Know…

Every part of the body is controlled by nerves connected with the spine.

Chiropractic care corrects interferences to your nervous system, which allows your body to function properly.

There are about 206 individual bones in the average adult skeleton, with the backbone as the central core.

The only bone in the human body that some people think has no use is the coccyx, located at the base of the spine, but you know better.

The "backbone" is an engineering masterpiece made up of 24 donut shaped bones called vertebrae that work together to protect your delicate, sensitive nervous system.

Low back pain is the second leading cause of lost work days, second only to the common cold! Make sure you’re checked regularly for problems in your spine, as you DO NOT have to have symptoms to have these hidden problems.

It is estimated that stress is the major cause of 75% of all illness.

A Giraffe's neck contains 7 vertebrae, the same as you and I.

A common little caterpillar has more muscles than a human body.

Despite the hump, a camel's spine is straight, yours is not!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

40 Million Swine Flu Vaccines Written Off As Trash!

This is one of the reasons it’s good to have your spine and nervous system checked on a regular basis.

That headline is from a July 1, 2010 story in Medical News Today documenting the large overproduction of swine flu vaccines. Even amidst an ongoing push from the pharmaceutical companies and medical groups trying even now to persuade people to get a vaccine against a problem that never really materialized, millions of doses of US taxpayer paid vaccine doses must be destroyed with millions more to follow.

According to the Medical News Today story, a full one quarter of the produced and paid for swine flu vaccines “expired” at the end of June 2010, and were to be incinerated. As more vaccines expire, that number will go higher and may mean that as much as half of all the swine flu vaccine produced will need to be destroyed. The cost for the vaccines that are being destroyed to date is estimated to be about $260 million.

The H1N1, swine flu turned out to be less serious than the normal seasonal flu and claimed less lives than the normal flu does. Criticism mounted as a review of the so called pandemic showed that the death toll was only one-third of what normally occurs during a normal flu season. Additionally, countries from all over the world are also destroying their stockpiles of vaccines as they are also worthless.

A July 2, 2010 story in the New American, reported on an investigation conducted by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism that exposed improper conflicts of interest among World Health Organization (WHO) scientists. The inquiry found that at least three of the organization's "experts" were paid by vaccine manufacturers. The BMJ wrote, "Despite repeated requests, the WHO has failed to provide any details about whether such conflicts were declared by the relevant experts and what, if anything, was done about them."

In Europe the Council of Europe strongly criticized the World Health Organization's fear-mongering and vaccine promotion by saying, "The handling by the WHO of the H1N1 pandemic led to a waste of large sums of public money and unjustified scares and fears about health risks faced by the European public. They went on to note that, "(There was), overwhelming evidence that the seriousness of the pandemic was vastly overrated by WHO."

Dr. Ulrich Keil, a WHO advisor, conceded in an interview with the Associated Press, "Each time the so-called ‘experts‘ told us that millions of people would be killed worldwide by the respective viruses. We have learned that the experts were utterly wrong." What does this mean to you? Follow our Natural Flu Prevention Tips and make sure you get your adjustments to keep your immune system strong and healthy.

Monday, September 13, 2010


It’s a fact, 28 million Americans suffer from migraines.

Of these people, 4.5 million have more than one attack per month. A quarter of the female population is affected and about eight in every hundred men.

Most children who get migraines, have at least one close family member who suffers from migraines too. If a child has one parent who suffers from migraines, they have a 50% chance of getting them too, if both are sufferers, this rises to 75%.

Most headaches are uncomfortable and sometimes disabling, and for the most part they are not dangerous. Most of them can be helped by regular chiropractic care.

Fasting may cause headaches, as a fasting person is likely to have very low blood sugar. But other factors, such as STRESS, pollution, noise, smoke, flashing lights and “certain types of food” may also cause headaches.

Lifestyle plays an important part in preventing headaches. If you don't smoke, don't drink excessively, get regular sleep, eat a healthy diet and get daily exercise, you are unlikely to SUFFER from headaches frequently, unless you have a CHIROPRACTIC problem.

Tension headaches fall in the category of Cervicogenic headaches (meaning “starting in the neck“) can affect anyone and is the most common form of headache. Tension headaches are often the result of neck and shoulder muscles going into spasm due to a misaligned vertebra in your neck. This pain can last for days, sometimes longer.

More men than women suffer from ‘cluster’ headaches. These are intense headaches that often occur at the same time every day or every few days. People who are heavy smokers or drinkers often suffer from cluster headaches.

Ice cream headaches are no myth – you really can get them from eating this frozen dessert. This is caused by the rapid cooling and then re-warming of the blood vessels in the upper palate. This activity is sensed by nearby pain receptors which then send those signals to the brain.

Even children get headaches, some well before the age of ten. Before puberty, headaches are more common in boys. Adult women get headaches four times more often than men do and these can be linked to hormonal fluctuations. In both men and women, the severity and frequency of headaches decline with advancing years.

Since the most common form of headaches begin in the neck, make sure you’re checked by a chiropractor if you have any type headaches. They can often be helped with regular chiropractic care.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A New All Natural Supplement May Help Block ‘Breast Cancer’ Gene Activation

Scientists have discovered that different forms of estrogen have a profoundly different risk profiles for potentially causing breast cancer. What does that mean to you?

It’s been known for years that Estradiol (or E2), the form of estrogen associated with the menstrual cycle, can, especially in combination with other metabolic malfunction, cause breast cancer.

A new study shows that Estriol (or E3) has the opposite effect, actually blocking the breast cancer gene signals that are activated by E2.

This finding is of major significance for any woman looking for strategies to help reduce breast cancer risk.
Technically Speaking

Science has demonstrated that via Estradiol’s activation of estrogen receptors there was an increased risk for breast cancer. The new gene science shows that Estradiol is activating something called G protein-coupled receptor 30 (GPR30) that is ‘TURNING ON’ growth in a variety of female cancers.

The newest study shows that Estriol directly blocks the activation of the protein receptor GPR30, and this in turn is preventing the activation of a variety of genes that fuel breast cancer growth. So this news is huge. It has long been observed that Estriol appeared “protective against female cancers” – well here is the first proof of the mechanism.

Unbeknownst to many women, they suffer from HIGH levels of Estradiol. What are the symptoms of elevated levels of Estriadiol? Symptoms can include things like heavy menstrual cycles and headaches during your menstrual cycle. Stress and digestive problems can aggravate these issues and if you’re like 95% of the rest of the population, you definitely have STRESS.

A woman in her early forties often has increased Estradiol production prior to menopause (again reflected by heavier cycles) which can increase her estrogen-driven cancer risk. While any women with the symptoms of high estrogen menstrual cycles should work diligently to improve the underlying health problems that are causing this issue, it appears that Estriol is protective and along with progesterone could be used to promote a healthier balance between these important female hormones. A new safe and effective Estriol skin crème is available to help protect you against this change in dangerous Estradiol levels. Learn more at!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Can Bedwetting Be Helped?

Several recent studies have shown the benefits of regular chiropractic care for children suffering from "Nocturnal Enuresis" more commonly known as bedwetting.

Several studies published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics showed marked improvement in children with this problem over children who did not receive chiropractic care.

In one study 171 children suffering with bed wetting problems averaged 7 nights of bed wetting per week prior to the study. That means they were wetting the bed EVERY NIGHT.

After the children were given some initial chiropractic care the average child reduced the number of "wet" nights to 4 nights per week. A full 25% of the children receiving chiropractic showed a 50% reduction in wet nights.

In addition, only 1% of the children were considered "dry" prior to the study and prior to receiving chiropractic care. After the study 15% of the children were then considered "dry".

In another study, 46 primary children who had bed wetting problems were studied. Of this group of 46, 31 were placed under chiropractic care while 15 were in the control group and did not receive ANY chiropractic care.

The results of this study showed a 17.9% decrease in wet nights for the chiropractic group. Over the same period of time, no change was noted for the control group who did NOT receive ANY chiropractic care.

Here’s what’s really amazing. Improvement in some of the studies was shown to be IMMEDIATE after the very FIRST adjustment and then it remained stable thereafter. That is a testament to the power of a chiropractic adjustment.

If you know of any children with this problem, please share this article with their parents as they may not know of the benefits of a chiropractic adjustment.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Backpack Safety Tips

Much to children's disdain, it's time to go back to school. Do you know what's in your child's backpack, how much it weighs, or how that weight is affecting their neck, shoulders, back and spine? You need to know, because studies suggest far too many children are carrying far too heavy loads to and from school, and with serious consequences.

For example, a 2003 study in Spine found a significant relationship between the incidence of lower back pain among schoolchildren (ages 12-18) and both the weight of their backpacks and the amount of time the backpacks were used. Some backpacks were inordinately heavy; 18.9 percent of the students surveyed carried backpacks that weighed more than 20 percent of the student's body weight when full.

In another study, published in the same journal a year earlier, four out of five children said their backpacks were heavy, and two-thirds said they felt fatigue when carrying theirs. The study also showed that lifetime prevalence of low back pain was related to the amount of time children carried backpacks on their shoulders.

Not very good news, is it? So, what can you do as a parent to help your children in this regard? Here are a few simple suggestions courtesy of National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Ill.:

* Make sure your child's backpack weighs no more than 10 percent of their body weight.

* Also ensure that it doesn't hang more than 4 inches below their waistline.

* Urge your child to wear both shoulder straps. The straps should be adjustable so the backpack can be easily fitted to your child's body.

Improper backpack use is an important but often-overlooked cause of back pain. Your chiropractor can evaluate your child's backpack and provide additional suggestions on how to ensure your child goes to and from school every day without putting their spine at risk of injury. If your child does develop aches or pains from carrying too much in their backpack, bring them into the office for a tune-up! Children respond quickly to chiropractic adjustments and often one or two adjustments is all that it takes to get them feeling 100% again!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Your Health and the Germ Theory

Years ago, Louis Pasteur “discovered” the “germ theory,” promoted it, sold it, and the rest is history! He exposed the world to something that has never been forgotten. The gist of that theory?

That germs “cause” disease and that exposure to germs makes a person sick. What matters is the presence of germs - they cause disease – it’s just that simple… and actually it’s just that wrong!

Ironically, the father of the germ theory died in September of 1895, the same month and year of the first chiropractic adjustment!

Here’s something that most people never read about. Even on his deathbed, Pasteur stated that it was NOT germs that caused diseases, but rather the ‘environment’ (body) in which the germs were found --- that contributed to the cause of disease.

In other words – there had to be “fertile soil” for a germ “seed” to grow and manifest itself into a disease.

Today people are starting to understand that their children need exposure to germs to gain appropriate, ‘natural’ immunity when they are young. I hate to tell you this, but GERMS are everywhere. In fact, many believe that the increase in ‘childhood allergies and asthma’ may be a by-product of our over-sanitization by “germophobic” parents!

When doctors give us antibiotics that only attack the symptoms of disease, we are actually ‘fighting the body’s natural lines of defense’, and making it harder for us and our children to ‘heal properly’.

When we allow our children’s bodies to heal themselves, we enable them to become more resilient and far more capable of resisting the onslaught of germs in the future.

So…what we need to focus on as parents is keeping our children’s immune systems (as well as our own) functioning properly, so germs don’t find a willing host in which to thrive. You can compare this to the life of a car.

Why do some cars end up in the junkyard while others get collector plates and look brand new for decades? Some people go out of their way to maintain their cars to the best of their ability while others just run them into the ground. Eventually they just give out and are taken to the junkyard.

As parents and adults, we need to maintain the function of our bodies by providing ourselves with proper nutrition, sound sleep, exercise (even if it’s just a short walk), and optimal nerve supply to the immune system with regular chiropractic care.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Chocolate: The Next Miracle Food?

You heard it right: Chocolate is rapidly becoming the next miracle food. If minimally processed, it contains the highest flavanol content of any food. [Flavanols are phytonutrients also found in various fruits and vegetables and associated with numerous health benefits.] The problem is that these valuable compounds are nearly all destroyed when the cocoa beans are heated during processing. For a number of years, chocolate companies have put a great deal of effort toward figuring out how to preserve the flavanols in chocolate, and it appears some of them have succeeded. Several research papers report striking effects from eating these "special" chocolates regularly, including that eating chocolate lowers blood pressure, improves cholesterol levels, and lowers blood sugar. One of the most intriguing suggests chocolate even prevents sunburn - not by rubbing the chocolate into one's skin, but by eating it. Let's learn more about how chocolate is not only good (really good), but also good for you.

Chocolate for Blood Pressure

A number of recent "chocolate papers" have been published. Which is the most interesting? That honor should probably go to researchers from Harvard who solved what we could call the Kuna Puzzle. The Kuna are a group of indigenous people living along the coast of Panama who for the most part live as their ancestors did, hunting and fishing. However, some have moved to Panama City. The Kuna stand out in the medical literature because they have no age-related increase in blood pressure; 60-year-olds have the same blood pressure as 20-year-olds - that is, as long as they stay out of Panama City. Once a member of the Kuna moves to the city, their blood pressure tends to rise. Of those who live in Panama City, 45 percent of Kuna ages 60 and older have elevated blood pressure.

Why the Kuna don't suffer from hypertension as they age has been a long standing puzzle, up unto recently. In 2006, Harvard researchers explained the Kuna's apparent "immunity" to hypertension. They carefully modified the Kuna diet and realized that island-dwelling Kuna drink large quantities of flavanol-rich cocoa on a daily basis (5 cups or more) and incorporate it into numerous recipes. On the other hand, Kuna who live in the city consume far less cocoa, and what they do consume is commercially produced and thus has little flavanol content.

In simple words, for non-city-dwelling Kuna, eating flavanol-rich chocolate keeps their blood pressure down. Recall that chocolate contains the highest flavanol content of any food when minimally processed, but these valuable compounds are nearly all destroyed during standard processing (which involves heating). So, when the Kuna switch from unprocessed, "homemade" chocolate to city, store-bought, processed chocolate, they no longer get the chocolate protection.

Typically, cocoa loses over 70 percent of its initial polyphenol content (flavanol is a polyphenol) during manufacturing. The heat destroys it. In the past several years, researchers and food scientists have developed ways to preserve the polyphenol and particularly the flavanol content of chocolate. These high-flavanol chocolates have allowed for the study of chocolate's potential benefits.

There is little doubt any more that these chocolates lower blood pressure. Eating them activates specific enzymes called nitric oxide synthases. These enzymes increase the amount of nitric oxide made in the blood. Nitric oxide is a potent vasodilator and improves the function of blood vessels.
How much is enough? A March 2010 study published in the American Journal of Hypertension suggests that as little as 6 grams per day of high-flavanol chocolates lowers blood pressure. Certainly any chocolate lover could manage 6 grams a day, right?

Chocolate and Heart Health

Chocolate protects against heart disease in more ways than lowering blood pressure. It also decreases blood markers of vascular inflammation and improves cholesterol levels. A 2008 paper published in the Southern Medical Journal reported that after one week of eating a daily dose of chocolate providing 700 mg of flavanols, subjects' low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels (the "bad cholesterol") fell by 6 percent and their high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (the "good cholesterol") rose by 9 percent.

Chocolate as an Edible Sunscreen?

In a double-blind study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology last year, researchers in London gave chocolates to 30 healthy volunteers. Half ate a high-flavanol chocolate and the others ate a low-flavanol chocolate. A minimal erythema dose (MED), a measurement of how much sun exposure it takes to trigger a sunburn reaction, was calculated at the start of the experiment and again three months later. Volunteers who ate the regular chocolate had no change in sun sensitivity. But in those who ate the high-flavanol chocolate, the length of time it took for their skin to start to "burn" more than doubled. In other words, they could tolerate twice the sun exposure without burning as before they started eating the chocolate.

Most people, if given a choice between eating chocolate or slathering oneself with sunscreen, would not even consider this a choice, but a no-brainer.

Let the Eater Beware: Not All Chocolate Is Created Equal

These are all fascinating studies, but there is one problem. Standard chocolates, the kind most people eat regularly, contain only small amounts of flavanol. These chocolate research studies used special chocolates with much higher than normal flavanol content. Flavanol content was preserved through special low-temperature processing. So, as tempting as it might sound to purchase a chocolate bar next time you are at the checkout while grocery shopping, don't do it with the rationale that it will improve your health. Those chocolates do not contain enough flavanol to work their health magic.

That said, more and more companies, large and small, are working to produce high-flavanol chocolate. For example, there are two major companies that claim to have figured out how to preserve the flavanols in chocolate. One is the Belgium chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut, who has developed a special refining process marketed under the brand name Acticoa. This brand of chocolate has been used in most of these recent research papers. Callebaut does not currently sell its chocolate in North America, though a rumor hints that it will introduce it to the U.S. market this summer.

The other company marketing high-flavanol chocolate is part of the Mars candy company and sells their product under the brand name CirkuHealth. This product line replaces Mars' older specialty brand called CocoaVia, which was manufactured and sold for about 10 years, but discontinued in 2009.

That something as delicious and pleasurable as chocolate might offer profound health benefits is almost too good to be true. We still can't say definitively that chocolate prevents high blood pressure, heart disease or sunburn, but I'm sure you'd be willing to volunteer for the next study! For now, talk to your doctor for additional information.

Original article at

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Asthma Cases Doubling

Why is that? Asthma now affects some 15 million Americans and according to some sources, those numbers are underestimated.

A recent article on states that asthma is the most common of “chronic” childhood diseases.
According to one article, there are two factors which play a part in whether you're likely to suffer from asthma: a cleaner living environment and genetics.

Some families do have several asthma sufferers but what of those that don't? If this were true how would we explain a family of ‘5’ living in the same environment - yet only one suffers from asthma? If the environment is a cause - why doesn't everyone have it?

The inside-out approach. It would make more sense to me that the body's inability to respond to its environment is more likely at cause. If the environment caused asthma – logically, we would all suffer from it.

According to one article, many medical doctors believe that ones increased susceptibility to allergies and asthma may be linked to the idea that children are leading healthier lives in cleaner living spaces. The article states that our bodies typically grow resistant (via innate intelligence) to allergies while fighting off childhood infections and diseases. But if children are facing fewer childhood infections as they grow up, it may leave them more susceptible to increased incidence of asthma.

A good point is made here which is that our bodies grow resistant - when exposed to germs and outside agents. What happens to the body that is feed antibiotics, numerous childhood vaccines, and other powders, pills and potions? Do these things increase or decrease ones ability to adapt and respond to the environment in which we live? You know that answer to that one I’ll bet.

The developer of Chiropractic, Doctor B.J. Palmer said, "The master maker of the human body did not create you and then run off and leave you Masterless. He stayed on the job as Innate, as the Fellow Within, as nerve transmissions controlling every function of life, Above-Down, Inside-Out, expressing, creating, exploring, directing you in every field and phase of experience so that your home is truly the world and the world is your home."

Our bodies are divinely designed to interpret, respond and adapt to our environment from the inside out. It all begins from within. Not surprisingly, we’re succumbing to more “chronic” diseases and drug resistant bacteria as we continue to follow the medical path from outside-in. Make sure you take care of Innate by getting checked by your chiropractor regularly.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Get Up and Get Moving: 7 Big Benefits of Physical Activity

It's a simple formula: People who are physically active are healthier, less likely to develop chronic diseases, and have better aerobic fitness compared to people who don't. In short, physical activity gives you a great chance to enjoy a long, healthy life - and who could ask for more than that? Yet despite the clear health benefits of regular physical activity, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that over half of American adults do not engage in physical activity at levels consistent with public health recommendations.

Are you guilty as charged?

According to the CDC, adults need to engage in at least 2½ hours (150 minutes) each week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity to achieve substantial health benefits. Examples include brisk walking (3 miles per hour), bicycle riding (less than 10 miles per hour), ballroom dancing, or even general gardening. Aerobic activities that keep you moving are integral to an anti-aging lifestyle. Below are 7 of the wide-ranging benefits of physical activity. Read these and then get up and get moving with some physical activity of your own!

1. Help Your Heart

Researchers at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation found that exercising three times a week not only helped reduce the risk of premature death in people with coronary artery disease, it helped reduce the death rate of people that were simply over stressed. The researchers found that the subjects who became physically fitter during the study period (by exercising) were 60 percent less likely to die in the following six years. Exercise also helped reduce stress levels from one in 10 patients to fewer than one in 20 patients, which lowered the overall death rate for stressed subjects by an impressive 20 percent.

2. Grow Brain Cells

Studies done at the National Institute on Aging found that mice that exercised regularly (on a running wheel) increased their number of brain cells and enabled them to perform better at spatial learning tests compared to mice that did not exercise.

3. Fight Breast Cancer

Canadian researchers explored how sex hormones are positively influenced by aerobic exercise, examining how an aerobic exercise intervention influenced these circulating hormones, which may impact breast cancer risk. The researchers found statistically significant reductions in estradiol and free estradiol, as well as increases in SHBG, among the exercising women compared to controls. The researchers stated:

"This trial found that previously sedentary postmenopausal women can adhere to a moderate- to vigorous-intensity exercise program that results in changes in estradiol and SHBG concentrations that are consistent with a lower risk for postmenopausal breast cancer."

4. Build Strong Bones

Older women who were enrolled in the Senior Fitness and Prevention Study in Germany had higher bone density in their spine and hip, and also had a 66 percent reduced rate of falls. Also, fractures due to falls were twice as common in the controls versus the exercise group. The authors' conclusion: "Compared with a general wellness program, our 18-month exercise program significantly improved bone density and decreased fall risk."

5. Stress a Little Less

Anxiety often remains unrecognized or untreated among patients with a chronic illness, and may have serious consequences including declines in quality of life and a lack of compliance with their treatment plan. Researchers at the University of Georgia found that, on average, patients who exercised regularly reported a 20 percent reduction in anxiety symptoms compared to those who did not exercise. "Exercise training programs lasting no more than 12 weeks, using session durations of at least 30 minutes, and an anxiety report time frame greater than the past week resulted in the largest anxiety improvements," said the researchers.

6. Defend Against Stroke

The Harvard School of Public Health examined the effects of leisure-time activities on stroke risk in women. Relying on data from 39,315 healthy American women, the team investigated the subjects' physical activity for a period of nearly 12 years, and tracked the incidence of stroke during the same time frame.

The researchers found that those women who engaged in moderately intense exercise during the study period were at a markedly lower risk of stroke; specifically, walking time and pace were inversely related to the risk of any stroke (longer time, faster pace = lower stroke risk). Stroke risk declined by as much as 37 percent as the pace of walking increased from less than 2 to more than 3 miles/hour.

7. Enjoy Your Golden Years

The Harvard School of Public Health also explored whether physical activity is associated with improved overall health among those who survive to older ages. They found that women who survived to age 70 or older as of 1995-2001 engaged in higher levels of physical activity at the beginning of the study and were less likely to have chronic diseases, heart surgery or any physical, or mental impairments. According to the researchers, "These data provide evidence that higher levels of midlife physical activity are associated with exceptional health status among women who survive to older ages and corroborate the potential role of physical activity in improving overall health."

Make the Move Toward Better Health!

A healthy life isn't necessarily a happy life, but most people agree it certainly makes the going easier. After all, if you're sick all the time, develop a chronic, life-threatening illness, and/or die sooner than you should, how much fun is that? Take some advice from the experts, starting today: Get up and get moving! As the research shows, consistent physical activity has huge health and wellness benefits that you deserve to enjoy!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Posture and the Bonsai Tree (Part Two)

Poor posture distorts the alignment of your bones, chronically tenses your muscles, and contributes to stressful conditions such as loss of vital lung capacity, increased fatigue, reduced blood and oxygen to the brain, limited range of motion, stiffness of joints, pain syndromes, reduced mental alertness, and decreased productivity at work. According to the Nobel Laureate Dr. Roger Sperry, "the more mechanically distorted a person is, the less energy is available for thinking, metabolism, and healing."

The most immediate problem with poor posture is that it creates chronic muscle tension as the weight of the head and upper body must be supported by the muscles instead of the bones.

Think about carrying a briefcase. If you had to carry a briefcase with your arms outstretched in front of you, it would not take long before the muscles of your shoulders would be completely exhausted. This is because carrying the briefcase far away from your center of balance places undue stress on your shoulder muscles. If you held the same briefcase down at your side, your muscles would NOT fatigue as quickly, because the briefcase is closer to your center of balance and therefore the weight is supported by the bones of the skeleton, rather than the muscles.

In some parts of the world, women can carry big pots full of water from distant water sources back to their homes. They are able to carry these heavy pots a long distance without significant effort because they balance them on the top of their heads, thereby carrying them at their center of balance and allowing the strength of their skeleton to bear the weight, rather than their muscles.

Correcting bad posture and the physical problems that result can be accomplished in two ways. The first is by eliminating as much "bad" stress from your body as possible. Bad stress includes all the factors, habits, or stressors that cause your body to deviate from your structural center.

The second is by applying "good" stress on the body in an effort to move your posture back toward your center of balance. This can be accomplished through exercise, stretching, chiropractic adjustments, and changes to your physical environment, all designed to help correct your posture. Getting your body back to its center of balance by improving your posture is critically important to improving how you feel.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Posture and the Bonsai Tree

The ancient Japanese art form of growing Bonsai trees is fascinating. I’m sure you heard about these trees along time ago in the movie, “Karate Kid”. Well Bonsai trees are essentially normal shrubs that have been consistently stressed in a particular way for a long time to create a posture which would never be found in nature.

Depending on how the tree is stressed while it grows, it may end up looking like a miniature version of a full-sized tree, or it may end up looking like a wild tangle of branches with twists and loops. To most people, "good posture" simply means sitting and standing up straight. Few of us realize the importance of posture to our health and performance.

The human body craves alignment. When we are properly aligned, our bones, NOT our muscles, support our weight, reducing effort and strain. The big payoff with proper posture is that we feel healthier, have more energy, and move more gracefully. So while the word "posture" may conjure up images of book-balancing charm-school girls, it is NOT just about standing up straight. It’s about being aware of and connected to every part of your self.

Posture ranks right up at the top of the list when you are talking about good health. It is as important as eating right, exercising, getting proper rest and avoiding potentially harmful substances like alcohol, drugs, and tobacco.

Good posture is a way of doing things with more energy, less stress and fatigue. Without good posture, you cannot really be physically fit. Without good posture, you can actually damage your spine “every time” you exercise.

Ideally, our bones in the spine stack up one upon the other: the head rests directly on top of the spine, which sits directly over the pelvis, which sits directly over the knees and ankles.

But if you spend hours every day sitting in a chair, if you hunch forward or balance your weight primarily on one leg, the muscles of your neck and back have to carry the weight of the body rather than it being supported by the spine.

The resulting tension and joint pressure can affect you not only physically, but emotionally, too, -- from the predictable shoulder, back, and neck pain to headaches, allergies, and a depressed immune system.

Friday, May 28, 2010

High-Risk Moments for Your Lower Back

When are you more likely to injure your back? Why can you get into more trouble picking up the newspaper than doing something more challenging? What simple steps can you take to avoid injury and pain? Let's get the answers to these questions and more.

Two Critical Moments

When it comes to your lower back and injury risk, there are two critical times when you need to be especially careful. One is first thing in the morning when the joints in your back are actually a little swollen. You are actually taller because the discs have extra fluid in them. A careless forward bend or twist first thing in the morning can do substantial damage to the discs or other structures in your back. It doesn't seem fair that something as simple as bending and twisting, something you have done thousands of times before, can suddenly cause big problems.

The other critical time is after you have been sitting. Long periods in the car or on an airplane can be especially challenging. In this case, the culprit is something called "creep." This means that your ligaments and tendons lengthen to accommodate the position that you have been in. The ligaments and tendons do not provide the proper protection and stability when they have been lengthened by “creep“. When you first get up from sitting, you are at risk. The longer you have been sitting, the higher that risk. If you sit more upright, with good lumbar support, you will have somewhat less risk.

Here are a couple common events that can contribute to lower back pain. Keep in mind that in all of these scenarios, your back was already vulnerable.

Scenario #1: You didn't sleep well last night, perhaps from sleeping in an unfamiliar bed while traveling. After sitting too long, you get up, feel stiff, but ignore it. You sit back down in a soft chair to read the paper, get up and suddenly there’s a sharp stab in the back.

Scenario #2: You get up from sleeping, and sit at your computer. After getting lost in an article you end up sitting far longer than you planned. You get up, and can't stand completely straight.

Even a good night’s sleep on your favorite bed leaves the small joints and discs in your spine extra hydrated. This is because they have been relatively inactive and there is no pressure compressing them (gravity), forcing some of that fluid out.

If you have a good back, none of this matters. If you have a vulnerable back, it all matters. Ideally, when you get up, you should do some kind of activity that warms up and "wrings out" the excessive fluids. One of my favorites is simply rolling on to your back and bringing each knee (right, left, then both) to your chest. This should be done first thing, before even sitting up in bed. As soon as the spine has to work against gravity, the muscle will contract to keep you upright, preventing some of the motion in the spine. Sitting down at the computer, sitting on the toilet, etc., before a short walk or performing some simple movements can get you into trouble.

So, who has a good back versus a bad back? Unfortunately, most of us have bad backs, at least in the sense that they can be subject to injury and pain at any time. In fact, studies suggest that as many as eight in 10 people experience low back pain during their lifetime. That's a lot of back pain already happening or waiting to happen. As you can tell, some scenarios whereby people experience back pain are all too common.

How to Avoid Injury and Pain

Don't bend over immediately after sitting. Sitting, even in good posture, puts you at risk. The longer you sit and the worse the seat, the more at risk you are. Airplane seats can be very risky because it's hard to get up and move around due to the tight quarters. To make matters worse, the minute the plane stops, you bend over to get luggage from under the seat, or reach up, and twist and lift to get your bag from the overhead compartment. After a long sit, give yourself at least a few seconds of backward bending and/or moving around to “reset” your spine. Then you can carefully, using your hips rather than your back, bend over to pick up something.

When you sit, don't slouch. Slouching amplifies the risks, makes it more likely for something bad to happen to your discs or joints or muscles. Sit up straight and keep your back in a neutral position with some forward curve (or lordosis). Using a lumbar support helps maintain this position. This one simple action can make a huge difference but like any habit, will require you to "Just Do It" for a few weeks. If it’s “too late” and your lower back has already flared, call our office today and get relief!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

You Can Prevent Osteoporosis

First of all you probably don’t think of your bones as living tissue, but that’s just what they are. Your bones are filled with “living cells”, some of which make new bone and some of which break down old bone. This process keeps your bones fresh and healthy, clearing out old or damaged cells to make room for new, healthier ones.

However, in some people, bones are broken down faster than they can be rebuilt. This (obviously) is a bad thing, leading to bones that are weak and thin. This condition is called osteoporosis and affects 10 million Americans, mostly women.

Thin bones are more likely to break or fracture which can lead to serious problems. A hip fracture, for example, can cause a person to need nursing home care and potentially disable them for life. Due to the proximity of the femoral artery, hip fractures can even be deadly, pretty serious stuff.

What You Can Do

There are things you can do to prevent osteoporosis. Our bodies build up our calcium stores until we are about 30 years old so it’s best if prevention begins early—during your childhood and teens. This is when you can most influence how strong your bones will be.

That said, it’s never too late to adopt habits that help YOUR bones now, even if your teen years are behind you. Here are some habits that every person should take up, no matter how old they are:

Get enough calcium lactate or calcium citrate and vitamin D. Calcium is one of the main things that make up bone and Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium. Foods like yogurt, salmon, and almonds are great sources of calcium. Direct sunlight is a great way to get Vitamin D (skip the tanning bed and kill 2 birds with one stone by following the next tip)

Exercise. Weight bearing exercise like walking, running, and lifting weights put stress on the bones, making them stronger.

DON‘T SMOKE. Smokers tend to lose bone faster than nonsmokers. In fact, smokers are 55% more likely than nonsmokers to break a hip.

Don’t drink too much alcohol. Heavy alcohol consumption can reduce bone strength by impairing your bodies ability to process vitamin D. You should be getting a good amount of vitamin D each and every day to prevent osteoporosis.
Be careful with your medications. Some medications like corticosteroids, anti-seizure medications, Cyclosporine A, and thyroid hormones can weaken bones.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Been a Bit Stressed-Out Lately?

Sorry to hear it, but here’s some bad news that might stress you out a bit more. All of that stress you endure is really bad for your health. Stress can impact all aspects of your health, and therefore, your life.

Do you suffer from nagging headaches? Could be stress. Not sleeping well? Could be stress. Back pain, frequent colds, frequent upset stomach? Stress, stress, stress. Even negative thoughts and feelings like anxiety, irritability, sadness, depression, anger and restlessness can be stress related.

Stress can even cause behavioral problems such as under-eating or overeating, drug or alcohol abuse, increased difficulty in controlling your temper, and social withdrawal. Long term exposure to stress can contribute to the development of chronic, life-threatening illnesses such as heart palpitations, high blood pressure and heart disease.

In fact, it’s been estimated that up to 80% of all physical illnesses are related to stress! One of the reasons is that stress is regulated by small glands in your body called the adrenal glands, also known as the “stress glands“. Many things you eat or drink affect these glands, resulting in your body not being able to handle stress, resulting in many health issues.

What To Do?

It’s somewhat of a vicious circle, isn’t it? Life is stressful enough without having to incur even more stress by worrying about what all that stress is doing to your health!

Certainly, there’s no escaping the fact that life is stressful. Eliminating stress from our lives is pretty much impossible and the hectic pace and daily demands of modern life only compound the problem. Fortunately, there are ways to mitigate the effects of stress, and even reduce the amount you have to endure.

Chiropractic Can Help

Chiropractic care can be a very effective means of both reducing your overall stress level, and managing the physical impact of stress has on your health. How can chiropractic help? By assuring that your nervous system functions efficiently, free from any form of interference or irritation.

Chiropractic adjustments help restore proper function to the spine, eliminating subluxations, muscle spasm, joint inflammation and pressure on spinal nerves. When the nervous system is allowed to function free of interference, your body is better able do deal with stress and you become a happier, healthier person!

The sense of relaxation and contentment that most chiropractic patients experience after a treatment is a great way to reduce mental stress. Acupuncture and massage therapy, also available at our office, are also helpful in reducing physical tension and decreasing mental stress.

Take Control of Your Life by Controlling Your Stress

Remember the ‘vicious circle’ mentioned earlier – the effects of stress being continuously compounded by the effects of stress? Well, the circle doesn’t have to turn in only one direction.

By utilizing chiropractic care to lessen your stress and mitigate its impact upon your health, you can make that circle change direction and work in your favor. Instead of accumulating stress, you can experience the soothing relief of stress reduction. And as your body and psyche heals from the relief, you’ll dump even more stress. You’ll be turning that circle the other way – loosening the spring, ratcheting down the tension. Can’t you feel a bit of relief just imagining it?

Why not get the stress relief process started today with a call to our office at (303) 463-0722? You’ll likely feel a bit less stressed just for having made the call, knowing that relief awaits.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Our Office From A Practice Member's Perspective

Instead of reading what I have to say about Chiropractic, I’d like to pass on what one of our patients had to say about our office.

"When you receive a diagnosis of breast cancer, your priorities in life change. You begin to surround yourself with the best doctors: ones that have the skill, knowledge and compassion to help you through the toughest and darkest time of your life.

Even with the best Oncologist and Surgeon, you still search for help. That is where Doctor Jim Doran and his Chiropractic Wellness Center entered my life.

With exceptional knowledge of the human body and mind, Dr. Doran’s caring nature sets him apart from conventional treatments. Through body alignments and acupuncture, I was able to work throughout my treatments and bounce back to my same old self.

Life is about caring for your mind, body and soul and I entrusted mine to Doctor Doran and his staff. For me personally, I could not have made a better decision. Give yourself that same chance. Call today -- start on your way to good health."

- Lindajo Danielson

I hope you will give our office the chance to help you with your health concerns as well.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Good Posture... Just How Important Is It To Your Health?

Everyone knows that eating right, exercising, getting a good night's sleep and avoiding potentially harmful substances like alcohol, drugs and tobacco are at the top of the list when you are talking about good health. Did you know that maintaining good posture ranks just as high on that list? Good posture allows you to do things with more energy, less stress and less fatigue.

Surprised? Well, you're not alone. The benefits of good posture may be one of the “best kept” health secrets. The good news is that most everyone can avoid the problems caused by bad posture and you can make postural improvements at any age.

Good Posture is Good Health

We're a health conscious society today and good posture is a part of it. Because good posture means your bones are properly aligned and your muscles, joints and ligaments can work as nature intended. It means your vital organs are in the right position and can function at peak efficiency. Good posture helps contribute to the normal functioning of the nervous system.

Without good posture, your overall health and total efficiency may be compromised. Because the long-term effects of poor posture can affect bodily systems (such as digestion, elimination, breathing, muscles, joints and ligaments), a person who has poor posture may often be tired or unable to work efficiently or move properly.

Even for younger people, how you carry yourself when working, relaxing or playing can have big effects. Did you know that just 15 minutes reading or typing when in the wrong position can exhaust the muscles of your neck, shoulders and upper back?

Poor Posture - How Does it Happen?

In most cases, poor posture results from a combination of several factors, which can include:

1. Accidents, injuries and falls
2. Poor sleep support (mattress)
3. Excessive weight
4. Visual or emotional difficulties
5. Foot problems or improper shoes
6. Weak muscles, muscle imbalance
7. Careless sitting, standing, sleeping habits
8. Negative self image
9. Occupational stress
10. Poorly designed work space

As you can see, poor posture can develop as a result of accidents or falls. However, most often it is the result of environmental factors or bad habits. This means that you have control.

Poor Posture & Pain

A lifetime of poor posture can start a progression of symptoms in the average adult. It can start with...
Fatigue – then tight, achy muscles in the neck, back, arms and legs - by this time, there may be a change in your muscles and ligaments and you may have a stiff, tight painful feeling. Many neck and back problems are the result of tight, achy muscles brought on by years of bad posture. Poor posture and limited mobility increase the likelihood of this condition in later years. Chiropractic can help you minimize those effects by removing spinal subluxations which contribute to bad posture and often first cause it to occur.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Control Your Allergy Symptoms Naturally

When looking to control allergy symptoms without resorting to medications, the first step is to limit your exposure. Using an air filter, preferably one that ties into a central heating and air conditioning system, can drastically reduce the build-up of allergens in your home. It is also important to focus on areas where allergens can collect. Pet areas, carpets, rugs, and upholstered furniture should be cleansed regularly, and bedding should be washed at least once a week.

In addition to these simple steps, you may want to look to your diet as a means for controlling your allergy symptoms. A study of 35 patients conducted in the Journal of Asthma found a positive correlation between allergy relief and vegetarian or vegan diets. In a clinical observation, 92 percent of patients who followed a vegan diet for one year reported reduction in asthma symptoms.

Foods that have been closely linked to respiratory allergies include dairy products, chocolate, sugar, and gluten. There is also strong evidence indicating a connection between allergic rhinitis and intake of certain food additives, including artificial dyes and colorants, sulfites, and benzoates.

Omega-3 fatty acids have also been shown to support healthy airways and additionally favor the production of anti-inflammatory mediators. In a 2009 study reported in the International Archives of Allergy and Immunology, atopic asthma patients supplemented daily with omega-3 fatty acids improved airway responsiveness even when subjects were exposed to a known allergen. Dietary sources of omega-3 fatty acids include cold-water fish, flax seeds, chia seeds, and walnuts.

Increasing antioxidant intake is also essential to prevent the free radicals that are often elevated in allergies and asthma. Vitamin C is considered as one of the most important dietary antioxidants for the protection of the lungs, and low levels of blood vitamin C are considered an independent risk factor for allergic rhinitis. Other beneficial antioxidants may include vitamin E, selenium, the carotenoids, and the flavonoids, which all posses powerful free radical- quenching capabilities.

Acupuncture can work wonders on allergy symptoms. After an acupuncture session, people often get immediate relief from the pressure that can occur due to sinus congestion. Acupuncture has also helped to shorten the length of time that people typically suffer from allergies.

Why go through life suffering from allergies if you don't have to? With a few dietary and lifestyle changes, you can face allergy season without stockpiling allergy medications and Kleenex. Set up an appointment with Doctor Doran today for more information about allergies and natural solutions.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Get Rid of Neck Pain

In general, there is no one cause of neck pain that applies to every patient. If you have chronic neck pain, you may have received a diagnosis of disc herniation, whiplash, strain, sprain or something else. Regardless, most of these conditions have one thing in common: Certain muscles are affected, and these are the muscles we need to target before progressing to more challenging exercises or activities.

There are certain muscles in the neck that are designed to help us maintain our normal and healthy curve of the spine. In addition, these muscles are designed to hold our head up all day. The technical names of these muscles are the longus capitus and longus colli, more commonly known as the deep neck flexors. They are the muscles that attach to the front of your spine. Because they're located deep in the front of the neck, we often ignore them.

In people with chronic neck pain, these muscles are often fatigued a lot quicker than in people without neck pain. That means other muscles pick up the slack and begin working harder. The muscles that begin working harder are the ones we generally end up stretching. Have you ever noticed that when you stretch stiff muscles, they feel good for a short period of time, only to get tight again? The thing is, if you don't address the other muscles, the ones that get fatigued and gradually stop working, then your stretching program will not work as well. All these muscles need to be in "balance."

The best way to see if your deep neck flexors fatigue is to try and lift your head off the ground when you are lying down. The technique is simple: Simply tuck your chin in to your chest and lift your head off the ground, and then attempt to hold it there for 10 seconds. If the neck begins shaking, or your chin is unable to stay tucked in, your deep flexors are fatigued and need to be addressed. For most people with chronic neck pain, this can be a difficult exercise. That's why you can begin your exercise program by doing simple chin tucks while sitting or standing.

Simply tucking your chin in and holding it until you fatigue will help reactivate these muscles. You can start with 12 repetitions of this exercise, working your way up to three sets of 12 repetitions each. Ensure you take adequate rest (several minutes) in between each set.

Once you get comfortable with basic sitting/standing chin tucks, you can try doing the exercise lying down. The goal is to be able to do it 12 times, holding each one until you fatigue. The next goal is to work your way up to three sets of 12 repetitions, with rest in between each set. Then work your way to three sets of 15 repetitions and then three sets of 20 repetitions. Remember, this is a marathon, not a race. The goal is to increase the endurance of your muscles rather than their strength. Your neck is designed to carry the weight of your head all day, not to lift trains or buses! That's why building up endurance should be your first priority.

Neck pain is an all-too-common condition that can prove debilitating if left untreated. If you are experiencing neck pain (or headaches!) call 303-463-0722 and schedule an appointment today!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Tips for Preventing Acne at Any Age

From sweet 16 to fabulous 40 and beyond, acne is a condition that affects almost everyone at some time in their lives. According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly 85 percent of adolescents and young adults between the ages of 12 and 24 develop the condition, and some people continue to be affected into their forties and fifties.

It‘s important to remember that acne has both internal and external causes. However, there are some basic precautions you can take to help prevent breakouts. Here are some tips for people of any age who want to keep their skin clear: Don‘t pick, pop or squeeze, or otherwise mess with your skin. Squeezing blemishes or whiteheads can lead to infection or scarring and almost always makes the acne you have worse. Wash your pillowcase often and always use clean face towels.

Dirty towels and pillowcases can harbor bacteria and germs that can make acne worse. Be sure to pull your hair away from your skin when you sleep. Try to shower as soon as possible after your workout since sweat combined with skin oil scan trap dirt and bacteria in your pores.

Don‘t go to bed with makeup on, it can clog your pores and lead to breakouts. Make sure to clean cosmetic brushes regularly in soapy water and throw out old, contaminated makeup. Use topical treatments anywhere that you tend to get breakouts -- don't just spot-treat existing pimples. The pore-clogging process happens two to three weeks before any blemish becomes visible on the skin.

Exercising regularly can help reduce stress and it increases blood circulation and oxygen penetration to the skin, which may help to prevent acne. Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day to help 'detoxify' the body from the inside out. By taking these simple precautions, most people can reduce the occurrence of acne.

There are also a variety of products available to help in healing or preventing breakouts. However, consumers should be careful about what they choose to use. Most acne prevention products either don‘t work very well or have side effects. Male and female bodies and hormonal compositions are different, and you have to address those differences when you are treating acne.

Seek professional help if your acne is beyond the norm. Otherwise, look for gentle, natural over-the-counter medications.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

DIY Ergonomics

According to the U.S. Department of Labor and Statistics, in 2008 work-related musculoskeletal disorders accounted for almost one third of all workers’ compensation claims (317,440 claims to be exact!) Each claim resulted in an average of 10 days out of work for the injured person and cost employers millions of dollars.

Here are a few easy tips you can use to make your work place a safer and more comfortable place.

Practice good posture

  • Sit with shoulders relaxed—not elevated, hunched or rotated. Keep elbows close to your sides and bent at about a 90 degree angle.
  • Wrists should be kept straight—which usually requires them not to rest on the laptop keyboard or the edge of the desk.
  • Carrying a laptop and other supplies around each day is hard on the body. Swap a shoulder bag for one that will distribute the weight of the load evenly.

Pull up a chair

  • Find a seat with lumbar support. It decreases the weight placed on your back when seated for long periods of time while supporting good lumbar posture.
  • Sit with your entire upper body upright or leaning slightly back.
  • Sit with your knees at the same level or slightly below the level of your hips. Feet should be slightly out in front of the knees and supported with a foot rest if necessary.

Get comfy

  • Ideal light levels for computer use are actually lower than the light required for reading. Keep overhead office lights slightly dim and use a desk lamp if you need extra light.
  • Keep space heaters and small fans on hand to allow yourself to adjust your workspace temperature as needed for maximum comfort and efficiency.

Don’t repeat

  • Take frequent breaks from repetitive tasks like typing, handwriting, using the mouse or using office equipment like staplers or anything with buttons.
  • Use pens with a large “Ergo” barrel to ease the task of writing.
  • Exercise your hand muscles and relax a bit between long periods spent typing or writing, by giving a stress ball a few squeezes from time to time.

If you do develop some ached or pains from your work don’t hesitate to come in and get checked for subluxations. The longer you wait to address these problems the longer they take to fix and that means a longer time before you feel better!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Arthritis Patients Turn to Chiropractic

The Annals of Internal Medicine published the results of a survey of 232 people who had arthritis and were under a rheumatologists care.

Of those who responded, 63% said they were using some form of "complementary care" as named by the study.

Of those people, 31% were using chiropractic.

These numbers may themselves be grossly under reported as only 45% of the patients told their doctor about using the other forms of care.

These reported numbers translate to over 19% of the public who are seeing a rheumatologist are also seeing a chiropractor.

And if less that half of the patients are telling their doctor about it, the actual number may be twice as high.

Personally, I thought the most impressive statistic was that 73% of those trying chiropractic… found it helpful. The reasons given why people said they tried the non-medical care was:

  1. To control pain.
  2. They heard it helps.
  3. It is safe.
  4. It has helped someone they know.
  5. Their prescription medication wasn't working.

Chiropractic Works! It’s just up to you, the patient to make sure you follow through with your care. You don’t stop going to the dentist because your teeth don’t hurt. You continue to have your teeth checked because you want them to last. Your spine is no different. Call 303-463-0722 to schedule an appointment and begin relieving your arthritis pain today!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

How Chiropractic Started Ronald Reagan’s Radio Career

Ever since D.D. Palmer delivered the first chiropractic adjustment in 1895, chiropractors have been passionate educators. But probably none as passionate as the founder’s son himself, B.J. Palmer. Known as the “Developer of Chiropractic,” B.J. Palmer is often credited for chiropractic’s presence today.

As a wise businessman, lover of gadgetry, and an excellent communicator, Palmer saw something in the early days of radio that others did not. Simply its ability to communicate messages (chiropractic or otherwise) to a great number of people all at once. In fact, he is known for using an agricultural term “broadcasting” in reference to the radio. Palmer saw in radio a potential to “broadcast,” or spread, “message seeds” from a central location in a way that no other medium could match.

He purchased his first radio station, the WOC, in 1922. Although the call letters were arbitrarily assigned, he was quick to let everyone know that it stood for the “Wonders Of Chiropractic.” Operating atop the Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, the “Wonders of Chiropractic” drew an estimated one million listeners and was credited as our nation’s first commercial radio station west of the Mississippi.

In the 1930’s, radio was so new that many Midwestern towns didn't even have a commercial station. After graduating from college, a young Ronald Reagan started out to begin a career in sports broadcasting. He started in the Chicago area… and was soundly rejected everywhere he went. As he was turned down at one station, he simply moved west to interview at another. He knew of two or three in the tri-cities area in Davenport, Iowa. He started with stations on the Illinois side of the Mississippi but struck out, then crossed the river into Iowa. His first stop was station W.O.C. in Davenport.

He promptly found out that he was a day late for interviewing for the open announcer spot. Fortunately, he convinced the program manager to hire him to announce the Iowa-Minnesota Homecoming game for “$5 and bus fare.“

In February of 1932 he received a call from WOC asking him to take on a position as one of their staff announcers. Unfortunately, Reagan proved to be a terrible announcer with a stiff and “wooden” delivery. Only after the station assigned someone to help with his on-air delivery did he really shine as an announcer.

Ronald Reagan’s really big break came when he was asked to announce the Drake Relays for WHO, another Palmer owned radio station in Des Moines, Iowa. A few weeks after this event, B.J. Palmer received a permit for a 50,000 watt clear channel station and WHO became one of the most powerful NBC stations in the country. Because of his reporting on the Drake Relays, Ronald Reagan was offered the post of sports announcer.

Ronald Reagan was an early proponent of chiropractic as both a patient and employee of B.J. Palmer. Since that time chiropractors have gone on to serve extensively to help everyone from movie stars in Hollywood to Olympic athletes in Vancouver!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Advil Vs. Tylenol, What’s the Difference?

We’ve all heard someone ask "Does anyone have any Advil?". Sometimes people mention a specific over-the-counter pain reliever regardless of what they intend to use it for. However, there are differences between these medications which means that some work better than others for different conditions.

Aspirin (Bayer, Bufferin)
Aspirin is used to treat headaches, minor body aches and pains, and to reduce inflammation from strains and sprains. Aspirin works in two main ways. First, by it inhibiting an enzyme that helps produce compounds called “Prostaglandins“. These are compounds that, among other things, sensitize our nerves to pain signals. Secondly, it acts as an anti-inflammatory by preventing platelets in the blood stream from “sticking” together. The negative side effects of aspirin can include stomach upset, heartburn, and even upper abdominal pain. It's also counter indicated for hemophiliacs because of it's anticoagulant properties and should not be given to children with a fever due to its link to Reye's syndrome (a potentially fatal disease). An added benefit to aspirin is it’s use in the prevention of heart attacks and strokes, due to it’s anticoagulant properties.

Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
Chemically, ibuprofen is very similar to aspirin and functions in a similar way, inhibiting the production of prostaglandins. It just does so with slightly different chemical reactions. So why would you use ibuprofen instead of aspirin? In lower doses, ibuprofen seems to irritate the esophagus and stomach lining less than aspirin or naproxen. Therefore, if you have ulcers or acid reflux disease, ibuprofen is probably the best choice for reducing inflammation from conditions like strains and sprains or arthritis.

Naproxen (Aleve, Midol Extended Relief)
Although mainly used for headaches, naproxen is also an effective anti-inflammatory agent. For arthritis, strains and sprains, sunburns, and other aches and pains resulting from inflammation, naproxen seems to be the best choice. Some studies also show that naproxen works better than aspirin in relieving the pain of menstrual cramps. Another benefit to naproxen is it’s ability to provide 8 to 12 hours of pain relief compared to the 4 to 8 hours given by a similar dose of ibuprofen.

Acetaminophen or Paracetamol (Tylenol)
Although acetaminophen effectively lowers fevers and soothes headaches, it does not act as an anti-inflammatory. This means that it won't help those aches and pains from arthritis or last weekends touch football game. However, acetaminophen does have the additional benefit of being “easier” on the esophagus and stomach. This is of course important for headache sufferers that also suffer from GERD, stomach ulcers, and nausea. Acetaminophen is also safer for hemophiliacs and children because of it’s inability to act as an anti-inflammatory agent, resulting in less risk of bleeding or Reye‘s Syndrome. One warning about the use of acetaminophen, the “overdose” amount is fairly close to the typical dosage used for pain relief so some physicians consider it more dangerous than aspirin, as it is easier to overdose unintentionally.

You didn’t think I would forget about the most effective pain reliever of all, did you? Chiropractic is especially effective at relieving pain from arthritis, sprains and strains, and headaches. While over the counter pain relievers can give temporary relief to the symptoms of your problem (pain), we can fix the cause of your problem. Call our office today!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Chiropractic Care Included in 2010 Olympic Vancouver Winter Games at On-Site Polyclinic

For the first time in the history of the Olympic Games, the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada, will include chiropractic care inside the Olympic Village Polyclinic. The polyclinic is a 10,000-square-foot multi-disciplinary facility that includes comprehensive health care and medical services including emergency medicine (available 24 hours); primary care and sports medicine; a full range of therapy services; dentistry; an eye clinic; imaging; a diagnostic laboratory; and a full spectrum of consultant specialists. Essentially, most health-care needs for athletes or officials residing at the village will be provided at the polyclinic. For life/limb-threatening conditions, Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) is a short distance away.

While doctors of chiropractic (D.C.s) have historically been included on the Olympic medical staff, the upcoming events mark the first time that D.C.’s from the host country will be treating athletes and officials from around the world directly inside the Polyclinic.

“This is an historic event not only for the chiropractic profession, but also the athletes who will now have access to the care that will help them prepare their bodies for competition,” states Michael Reed, D.C., MS, DACBSP, and Team USA Medical Director (USOC). “These athletes train hard and endure significant physical demands. Sports-focused D.C.s, along with other members of the sports medicine team, are specially skilled to assist them in reaching peak performance.”

Throughout the years, chiropractic has become a mainstay in the care of world-class athletes, leading to a growing number of D.C.s included in the Olympic Games. Countless athletes attribute the care they receive from their chiropractors -- working along-side other health care professionals – as a key to properly preparing their bodies to perform optimally.

Chiropractic care has experienced several major moments in Olympic history, dating back to Leroy Perry, D.C., who provided chiropractic care to athletes representing Antigua during the 1976 Games in Montreal, Canada. During the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, NY, George Goodheart, D.C., became the first official chiropractor appointed to the U.S. team. With each subsequent Olympic Games and Pan American Games, the U.S. teams -- along with a growing number of other national teams -- have included at least one doctor of chiropractic on their medical staff, culminating with the 2010 Winter Games incorporation of chiropractic care inside the Polyclinic.

“Inclusion inside the Polyclinic is another major milestone for the chiropractic profession, and we are grateful to the Host City of Vancouver, the head of Medical Services at the Polyclinic, Jack Taunton, M.D., and to Robert Armitage, D.C., who helped make this possible,” concludes recently promoted USOC Director of Sports Medicine Clinics, Bill Moreau, D.C., DACBSP.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

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Because of poor diets, high stress, and environmental toxins (like the air we breath), we tend to to accumulate and store excessive quantities of waste products such as diacetic, lactic, pyruvic, uric, carbonic, acetic, butyric and heptic acids.

These acid wastes can negatively affect our joints, muscles, organs, and glands causing both minor and major health problems. The IonCleanse Detoxifying footbath creates a "bath" of negative ions that pass through the skin to neutralize these tissue acid wastes.

Call our office at 303-463-0722 and schedule a detox session today!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Colic And Chiropractic

Colic is defined as: Inconsolable crying in an infant for as least three hours a day, at least three days a week, for at least three weeks.

Quite a definition huh?

A colicky baby typically presents with a loud piercing cry, flexed legs, tensed abdominal muscles, and clenched fingers. It typically starts around three weeks of age and lasts until around three months, but sometimes lasts for as long as six months.

Approximately 10-20% of babies are affected by colic. Medical doctors diagnose colic based on the previously mentioned "Rule of 3" and after ruling out diseases that may make a baby cry uncontrollably.

Parents of infants with colic report significantly higher stress levels than parents whose babies don't have colic. The stress and frustration of trying to soothe a colicky baby may interfere with mother-baby bonding and can increase the risk of postpartum depression. Chiropractic care has shown some of the best results, with 94% of colicky babies demonstrating improvement with gentle, non-forceful, chiropractic adjustments.

Research on chiropractic care and colic has shown significant benefits over other treatments such as dietary changes, medication, and infant positioning. A randomized clinical trial published in 1999 in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that "Spinal adjustments are effective in relieving infantile colic". For this study the researchers randomly assigned infants diagnosed with colic into two groups. One group received chiropractic care for two weeks and the other group was given the anti-gas medication dimethicone for two weeks. The babies in the chiropractic group showed a 67% decrease in crying while the babies on medication showed a 38% decrease in crying.

Another study with 316 children also showed significant improvement in colic in response to chiropractic care. This prospective study used diaries from mothers of colicky babies to track the amount of crying. The three month long study showed a "satisfactory result of spinal manipulative therapy in 94% of the cases". The improvements occurred after an average of only three adjustments over the course of two weeks.

How would a vertebra in an infant become misaligned? If you have ever seen a baby being born, you’ve seen how traumatic it can be. Often times the neck must be twisted (for lack of a better term) to free the shoulders so infant can exit the birth canal.

Babies have no other way to tell you something is wrong, other than crying, so be aware of what your babies are telling you. Chiropractic adjustments for children and infants are specific, gentle, and safe. If you have children, of any age, please set up an appointment to have them checked to see if they need an adjustment.