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Researching Chiropractic: Back pain, developmental delay, constipation

There seems to be no limit to the health problems that respond to chiropractic care. How many people suffering, on drugs, facing a life of limitation could be helped by chiropractic care?

Probably most of them.

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A 28-year-old mother who was 31 weeks into her 2nd pregnancy visited a chiropractor complaining of low back and right sacroiliac joint pain. She said her pain began one week after picking up her 2-year-old child. She was cared for once a week for 3 weeks. Her low back and sacroiliac pains disappeared and she also showed improved hip and spine mobility. (1)

Developmental delay

A 15-month-old girl had lack of muscle tone and developmental delay. She was unable to pull herself up to standing, walk unassisted or communicate appropriately for her age level.  After eight months of chiropractic care the child was able to pull herself up to standing, walk unassisted and had become more verbal using words appropriate for her developmental age. (2)

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Constipation

A 3 ½-year-old girl suffered from chronic constipation. Subluxations were located in her cervical (neck), thoracic (mid back), lumbar (low back) and sacroiliac (hip) regions.  The girl received chiropractic care. Within three weeks, she experienced complete resolution of the constipation and was fully potty-trained. (3) 

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  1. Snyder J, Alcantara J. Resolution of low back & pelvic pain in a pregnant patient utilizing the Webster Technique: a case report & review of the literature. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic. Dec 18, 2019:139-143.
  2. Throp I, Shaw Y, Cade A. Improvement in developmental delay and hypotonia in a 15-month-old female following chiropractic care for reduction of vertebral subluxation: a case study. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic. Jan 16, 2019:144-147.
  3. Babinski K, Alcantara J. Resolution of chronic constipation in a child undergoing chiropractic care to reduce vertebral subluxations: a case report & review of literature. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic. Oct 18, 2019:122-128.

Some of the Zaniest, Craziest Words in the Dictionary 

The English language is, quite possibly, one of the strangest languages out there.woodtype-846089_1920

Some of these words are used regularly in many places around the English-speaking world, whereas other places haven’t even heard of them.

  1. Bumfuzzle. This is a simple term that refers to being confused, perplexed, or flustered or to cause confusion. You’ve probably heard your grandma or grandpa use this phrase, especially if they are from the East Coast or below the Mason-Dixon Line. This word is derived from the Old English dumfoozle.
  2. CattywampusThis is a term that you will find in the Midland and Southern United States. It is referring to something that is in disarray, that is askew, or something that isn’t directly across from something. For example, a post office might be cattywampus from the library. You might actually know this word by the terms catty-corner, kitty-corner, or catawampus.
  3. GardylooThis is actually a Scottish term, but it sounds really nifty! The definition is a funny and gross one; this is what people living in Edinburgh shouted out their windows as a warning before dumping their slop buckets out of their windows. At least they gave a little bit of a warning to those below!
  4. Taradiddle. This word references someone or something that is filled with pretentious nonsense or something that is a lie. A great example of this is that classic fisherman’s tale of how big the fish he caught was. Usually the fisherman is lying or at least exaggerating about the fish, especially if he (or she) didn’t keep the fish.
  5. SnickersneeWhile this word sounds like something funny or possibly cute, it is actually referring to a long, dangerous knife. It was first used in reference to cut-and-thrust fighting in the 1700s and is still occasionally used when referencing the knife, though it is becoming more and more obsolete.
  6. Widdershins. This is another way to say something is moving counter-clockwise or something is moving in the wrong direction. It is a much more fun way to say counter-clockwise and is most likely something you heard one of your grandparents or great-grandparents say. Many people do still use it in many poems and newly published books.
  7. Collywobbles. This refers to a weird feeling in your stomach or an overall bellyache. It is derived from the Latin phrase cholera morbus, meaning it came from the disease we all know as cholera. This is a word many people still use especially older individuals, and the background is quite dark! Many don’t realize the dark background much like many being unaware of the origins of “Ring around the Rosie.”
  8. Gubbins. This is an object that has little or no value and is also referring to a gadget or device. It can also refer to odds and ends or rubbish and, oddly enough, can be used to describe a silly person. We don’t know about you, but it seems a little strange that a word describing something with little to no value also refers to someone who is silly.
  9. Abibliophobia. Now this is a word that perfectly describes many people and you may be one! This refers to someone who is afraid of running out of things to read. We’re guessing that you are probably going to start using this word to describe yourself as you head out the door to the nearest Barnes and Noble or local bookshop.
  10. Bumbershoot.Here is a fun word that most people know. This is referring to an umbrella and is something we have heard in many a Disney film or in many different books. It is quite fun to grab your umbrella and say in a fun voice, “I think I need my bumbershoot today!”
  11. Lollygag. The origin of this word is unknown, but it first surfaced around 1868. The definition of “lollygag” is someone who is messing around or wasting time. It also refers to someone who is doing something that isn’t serious or useful. This could be a good word to use when procrastinating, “I’m just lollygagging.” Are you a lollygagger?
  12. FlibbertigibbetThis is another fun word! This refers to someone who is silly and who talks incessantly. The first known usage of this word is the 15th century and used to be spelled flepergebet. This word also refers to a person who is flighty.
  13. Malarkey. This refers to words that are insincere and talk that is particularly foolish. This is a word that we can thank the 1920s and 19030s for and it is still used by many people. It is a fun word to say, as well.
  14. Pandiculation. This is what happens when you wake up in the morning and stretch. As you stretch, your muscles might go rigid for a short time, which can sometimes be uncomfortable. It also describes that wonderful, or terrible, combination of being extremely sleepy, stretching and yawning at the same time. Now, when this happens to you, you’ll know what to call it!

 

Should I Get Back Surgery?

Many people who have back pain get back surgery-a big mistake in most cases. Studies show that back surgery has a high failure rate and that patients are left in as much or even more pain in time after the operation. A second or even third back operation is often done. Recently The Economist described the problems with the surgical approach. 

Back Surgery = 87% still in severe pain

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The prevalence of chronic back pain provided a huge expanse of fertile ground for the deceptive marketing and poor prescription behind America’s opioid epidemic… Spines are injected with cement-like mixtures or fitted with various types of medical hardware. Vertebrae are fused together, discs excised or tampered with in various ways… there is a growing body of evidence that the benefits… to most patients are limited or non-existent…

In 2015 there were roughly 85,000 [spinal fusion] surgeries in America… Two years after treatment 87% of customers were still in pain severe enough for medication or some other treatment; 15% had more surgery. (1)

Please share this with anyone you know who is contemplating back surgery or having medical procedures. If only everyone experiencing back pain first explored chiropractic care, there would be much less back surgery, less drugs (including opioids), less expense and happier patients.

By the way, chiropractic may help those who already have had back surgery and prevent them from having more surgery.

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  1. Cheetham S. Backs to the future. The Economist. Jan 18, 2020:17-19.

The Power of the Adjustment

Nearly 125 years of chiropractic success shows that when the nervous system is free from obstructions (subluxations) the body can respond more effectively resulting in improved overall health. There are thousands of published cases (and many millions of non-published cases) describing people suffering from nearly every known disease healing after chiropractic care.

Chiropractor treating a patient

The chiropractic adjustment is so powerful because it releases stress from your many systems including your nervous, muscular, skeletal, lymphatic and immune systems. 

We refer to separate “systems” only for convenience. You are one complete organism and all your systems are interconnected. There is no true separation. For example, your skeletal and respiratory systems create blood for your circulatory system, and your brain drains into your lymphatic system. Your brain is directly connected to all your immune system organs such as your lymph nodes, spleen, etc.

Your nervous system guides your immune system cells to go where help is needed to keep your resistance to infection high and to keep your body detoxifying, digesting, eliminating, breathing and moving properly.

Regular chiropractic adjustments ensure that all your “systems” are talking to all your other “systems” without interference from subluxations. That’s why anyone with any health condition or challenge can benefit from chiropractic care. Remember, miracles do occur and chiropractic journals are filled with them. Adjustments help you function at your peak-you’ll be the super you! (1) 

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  1. Cohn A. Chiropractic and the neuroimmune connection. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research. September 30, 2008:1-5.

Researching Chiropractic: Numbness & Tingling, Nursing Issues, and Doggy Chiro

How many people suffering, on drugs, facing a life of limitation could be helped by chiropractic care?  Probably most of them. The following are 3 case studies of people just you who were helped by chiropractic care. Do you know someone who might benefit from our care? Please share this with them.

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Two months before starting chiropractic care a woman began experiencing radicular symptoms in the form of pain, weakness, numbness and tingling in all the fingers in her right hand. 

Prior to seeing the chiropractor, the patient saw a medical doctor who took X-rays as well as prescribed anti-inflammatory medication and a steroid injection. In addition, a physical therapist was seen three times per week for finger rehabilitation. Her condition did not change.   An MRI revealed multilevel disc protrusions in her neck, spondylosis and spinal stenosis. It was recommended that she have a surgical evaluation. She refused. 

After 26 visits, over a period of 100-days, improvements were observed on both X-ray and MRI along with a reduction in all her symptoms. (1)

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Two weeks after the birth of twin girls the new mother was seen for care. She complained of an inability to initiate a let-down reflex and was not producing enough milk. She also complained of neck, shoulder pain and vasospasms (an arterial spasm restricting blood flow) in her breast.

Chiropractic examination revealed subluxations in her upper thoracic (mid back) region and cranial restrictions.

Adjustments were delivered to the thoracic area (T3-T5). The mother immediately felt more sensation in her breast, specifically the nipple and areola. She also reported the ability to relax her shoulders and achieve deeper inhalation during nursing. She produced double the amount of breastmilk as she had previously. She was feeling emotionally more stable and even optimistic about maintaining her nursing schedule with the twins. An updated exam at ten months postpartum showed that she was still successfully nursing both twins. (2)

Cauda equina syndrome in a 7-year-old dachshund.foxhound-53951_1280

All animals with a spine can develop vertebral subluxations. Like their humans, dogs have subluxations too. In this case a 7-year-old dachshund was experiencing a decrease in appetite, defecation issues, decreased reflexes in his hind legs and could not do a full body shake. Similar symptoms occur in humans with herniated discs and it’s called “cauda equine syndrome.” X-rays confirmed that this dog had an L1/L2 (upper lumbar) disc herniation.

The owner described the dog as always being “a very active dog and still is. He would jump everywhere….” One day the dog started whining and would not jump onto the couch, but rather would lay on the floor and did not eat much. The dachshund had two chiropractic adjustments and all the symptoms were alleviated: hind leg reflexes returned, as did his appetite, and (to the relief of the owner) bladder and bowel control. 

After the second visit the owner of the patient reported the dog was “totally back to normal;” he was able to do a full body doggy shake. (3)

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  1. Cunico C, Badiou M. Improvement in symptoms and spinal alignment following the pierce results system in a patient with cervical radiculopathy & intervertebral disc derangement: a case study & review of the literature. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. February 12, 2020:11-25.
  2. Baum A. Resolution of milk ejection reflex dysfunction & increased breastmilk supply following chiropractic adjustment in a nursing mother of twins: a case report & review of the literature. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic. March 10, 2020:7-11.
  3. Stone-McCoy P, Friedrich S. Resolution of cauda equina syndrome following chiropractic care in a 7-year-old dachshund with lumbar disc herniation: a case study & review of the literature. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. February 27, 2020:26-32.

Strengthen Your Immune System With Chiropractic

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You are the product of hundreds of generations of strong, healthy, intelligent ancestors. Think about it-every one of your many ancestors needed to be healthy to live long enough to at least reach puberty; every ancestor needed to be attractive enough to find a mate; every ancestor needed to be smart enough to survive in this difficult world and be able to raise heirs.

You have inherited a wonderful body designed to keep you going for (believe it or not) over a hundred years in perfect physical and mental health. 

But it doesn’t always seem that way. A lifetime of physical, mental and chemical stress can weaken us and cause our bodies to malfunction. One of the most serious forms of stress you can have in your body is the subluxation.

What is a Subluxation?    

A subluxation is a tiny distortion in your spine that causes nerve damage. Subluxations create disharmony in your body, a precondition for sickness and disease of all kinds. Subluxations have been linked to internal organ weakness as well as abnormal stress on your muscles, cartilage and discs. Subluxations have also been linked to arthritis, spinal degeneration, lowered resistance to disease, premature aging, loss of height, unbalanced posture, weakness and pain.

Often Unnoticed for Years          

Most people have subluxations and don’t know it since they are often painless; you may suffer from them for years before symptoms appear. However, all the while your health is deteriorating.

Chiropractic Care

Doctors of Chiropractic specialize in locating and correcting subluxations, releasing this deep stress that has been interfering with your ability to function at your best, to heal at your best, to think at your best.

Chiropractic promotes balance, resistance to disease and improved function. That is why you’ll find people with all kinds of health conditions in a chiropractor’s office.

Health Optimization        

Chiropractic is not just about helping us when we get sick. Chiropractic promotes wellness, wholeness and optimal function. Chiropractic patients report improved physical and emotional health, less stress and more enjoyment of life. (1-7).


  1. Meade TW, Dyer S et al. Randomised comparison of chiropractic and hospital outpatients management for low back pain results from extended follow up. BMJ. 1995;311:349-351.
  2. Blanks RHI, Schuster TL, Dobson M. A retrospective assessment of network care using a survey of self-rated health, wellness and quality of life. JVSR. 1997;1(4):1-17.
  3. Marino MJ, Phillippa ML. A longitudinal assessment of chiropractic care using a survey of self-rated health wellness & quality of life: a preliminary study. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research. 1999;3(2):1-9.
  4. Owens EF, Hoiriis KT, Burd D. Changes in general health status during upper cervical chiropractic care: PBR Progress Report. Chirop Res J. 1998;5(1):9-16. 
  5. Hoiriis KT, Owens EF, Pfleger B. Changes in general health status during upper cervical chiropractic care: a practice-based research project. Chirop Res J. 1997;4(1):18-26.
  6. Gedinab F, Danski FG, Egmared T et al. Patient-reported improvements of pain, disability, and health-related quality of life following chiropractic care for back pain – a national observational study in Sweden. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. 2019;23(2):241-246.
  7. Coulter ID et al. Study associates chiropractic with better health in the elderly. Topics in Clinical Chiropractic. 1996:3(2):46-55.

SPICY BUTTER BEANS ON TOAST

A great (and nutritious) comfort food! beans on toast

  •  olive oil                                                    
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 400 g can of butter beans drained and rinsed
  • 400 g tinned tomatoes                              
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 pinches chilli flakes                                
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp tamari                                             
  • handful spinach
  • pinch salt and pepper                                
  • bread for toasting

Directions

  1. To a pot add a glug of olive oil, 1 crushed garlic clove and the drained and rinsed butter beans and stir.    
  2. Now add the tinned tomatoes, 2 tsp paprika, 2 pinches chilli flakes, 1 tbsp maple syrup, 1 tbsp tamari and stir. 
  3. Cook on a high heat for about 7-8 minutes until the sauce starts to thicken.
  4. Take off the heat, add the spinach and stir though until it wilts. 
  5. Scoop on toast and enjoy.

 

ONE-POT VEGAN WHITE BEAN SHAKSHUKA

ONE-POT VEGAN WHITE BEAN SHAKSHUKA

Serves 4SHAKSHUKA

 Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 head kale, destemmed and chopped
  • 28 oz diced or crushed tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt & pepper
  • pinch of crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 15 oz can cannellini beans
  • Vegan/regular cream cheese and handful of chopped fresh parsley for topping

Directions

Warm the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until transparent. Add the garlic and cook for a few more minutes, until fragrant. Then add the kale, cover and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes, until wilted down.

To the skillet, add the tomatoes and their juices. Add the smoked paprika, cumin, oregano, salt & pepper, and red pepper flakes (optional). Stir to combine and allow the sauce to come to a simmer. Add the white beans and cook until heated through. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Top with dollops of  vegan) cream cheese then sprinkle with pepper and chopped parsley.

Serve warm with toasted bread and enjoy!

Note: I substitute baby spinach or kale for the head of kale (5-8 ozs works!)

Researching Chiropractic: Crohn’s, AIS, and Fainting

How many people suffering, on drugs, facing a life of limitation could be helped by chiropractic care?  Probably most of them. 

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A 60-year-old man diagnosed with Crohn’s disease was suffering from abdominal pain and cramping, stiffness all over his body, diarrhea and a generalized feeling of sickness and malaise. His symptoms had begun six years prior and developed gradually. 

When he began chiropractic care, he was taking multiple medications for his condition that he felt were not helping. He was unable to go more than one hour without experiencing symptoms. 

Chiropractic examination revealed subluxations at multiple levels as well as a poor diet. Subluxation-centered chiropractic care was initiated and his diet was addressed to restore proper intestinal gut flora. The patient reported immediate relief following his first and second adjustments with complete resolution of Crohn’s disease over the course of care. He was able to stop taking all medications after nine months of care. The patient’s complete remission was confirmed by his endocrinologist. (1) 

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS)woman-837156_1920

A 21-year-old woman began chiropractic care complaining of low back pain and of radiating numbness into her legs and feet. X-ray and other analysis revealed a left-sided scoliosis (her spine was twisted to the left) plus an exaggerated mid-back (thoracic) and lower back (lumbar) curve. 

She was analyzed for subluxations. Her chiropractic care addressed and corrected her subluxations and over a period of five months of care (a total of 62 visits) her left-leaning scoliosis reduced from 20° to 12.5°. Additionally, her mid-back curve reduced from 63° to 40° and her low-back curve reduced from 70° to 65°. 

By seven months of care she experienced improvement of over 50% in well-being and a 50% reduction of her physical complaints. (2) 

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A 57-year-old woman complaining of sudden blackouts (fainting) was diagnosed with “vasovagal syncope” (VVS), a sudden, brief, temporary loss of consciousness (LOC). She also had constant neck pain primarily on the right and inability to turn her head fully to the right. 

She had tried prescribed medication and her MD recommended surgically implanting a pacemaker to regulate her nerve function. She refused. 

Chiropractic examination and X-ray analysis revealed vertebral subluxations of the upper neck or cervical vertebrae (C1 and C2). 

Her VVS completely disappeared and never returned after her first visit. By her fourth visit her neck pain and limited range of motion greatly diminished. (3)

Do you know anyone with the above issues?

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  1. Phillips MA, Wilt TB. Complete remission of Crohn’s disease following subluxation centered chiropractic care: a case report & review of the literature. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research.March 10 2018, 2018:38-47.
  2. 9.Fox M, Tveitnes E-B. Reduction of idiopathic scoliosis and musculoskeletal complaints & improved state of well-being in a 21-year-old following chiropractic: a case study & review of the literature. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. January 25, 2018:12-22.
  3. Friedman R, Friedman A. Resolution of vasovagal syncope (VVS) following upper cervical chiropractic care: a case study & review of the literature. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research. February 8, 2018:1-12.

Crispy Veggie Taquitos

This recipe for Crispy Veggie Taquitos was adapted from Ela Vegan

Ingredients:

 

  • 2 medium-large potatoes, peeled and chopped

    Photo by Ela Vegan

    Photo by Ela Vegan

  • 1/2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 medium carrot, grated or finely diced
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup peas, frozen
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp sea salt, more or less to taste
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • Red pepper flakes, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 5 oz  cheese of choice
  • taco seasoning, to sprinkle on top of taquitos (optional)
  • 8–10 tortillas

Directions:

  1. Peel and chop the potatoes and cook in a pot with boiling water and salt until fork tender which takes about 12-15 minutes. Drain the water and mash the potatoes with a potato masher. You can add a splash of plant-based milk for a creamier result. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan/skillet over medium-high heat and add the chopped onion. Sauté for 3 minutes, stirring frequently, then add the grated carrot, minced garlic, all spices and sauté for a further minute.
  3. Pour in the vegetable broth, add peas (frozen), put the lid on and cook for a few minutes until the carrot is softened. If you use frozen peas, make sure to let them thaw completely. If using canned peas, drain and rinse (no need to cook, add them in the next step). Turn off the heat.
  4. Add the mashed potatoes and cheese. Use a fork or a potato masher to combine everything.
  5. Taste the veggie mixture and adjust seasonings. Add more salt/black pepper/spices to taste. If you want it spicier, add more red pepper flakes to taste.
  6. Preheat oven to 410 F (210 C) and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Place about 2-3 Tbsp of the filling onto each tortilla and roll them up tightly. Place every tortilla seam-side down on the baking sheet, next to each other. Brush with a little vegetable oil (to make them even more crispy) and sprinkle with some taco seasoning.
  8. Bake in the oven for about 17-20 minutes or until they are golden brown and crispy. Broil for a few extra minutes (optional).
  9. Serve with salsa, sour cream, queso or guacamole.
  10. Enjoy!