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Researching Chiropractic: Chronic headaches, constipation, and autism

Chiropractic clinical case histories have been a regular feature of our patient newsletter since its inception and have included papers published in various bio-medical and chiropractic journals.

There seems to be no end to the conditions that respond to chiropractic care – physical as well as psychological.

That is because chiropractic does not “treat” a particular condition. Chiropractic care “treats” or, more accurately, “corrects” a serious interference to brain, nervous system and energy function known as the subluxation.

No matter what condition you or a loved one may have, you will always function better when free from subluxations. Chiropractors are uniquely trained to locate and correct subluxations.

Chronic headache in an eight-year-oldheadache young girl

An 8-year old boy who suffered from chronic headaches for two years was brought in for chiropractic care. The headaches were described as sharp and throbbing, worse with noise, better when lying down, and located in the frontal skull area and occasionally lasted an entire day. He also suffered from sore throat, fatigue, queasiness, aches, pains and dizziness.

His parents brought him to a neurologist, psychologist and nutritionist with limited health improvements.

 The child was adjusted over a  20 monthperiod. Initially his cervical x-ray showed a flat spine – there was no curve. After 6 months of care his cervical lordosis (curve) was near normal for his age. His headaches and other symptoms resolved.

Chronic constipation in a childconstipation 2

A 7-year-old-boy presented for care with complaints of chronic constipation, headaches and neck pain. The boy had suffered from constipation since the age of three. At age 5, MDs prescribed enemas (three times per week) but this gave only temporary relief. By age 6, stool softeners and the laxative MiraLAX® were prescribed. Three to four weeks prior to chiropractic care, the boy had bowel movements of once per week.    The child was adjusted over a 10 week period. The mother reported that her son had bowel movements of 5-6 times per week without the need for laxatives.

Two autism cases

Case one involves a 20-year-old autistic male who displayed aggressive behavior towards others. Case two involves a 17-year-old autistic female who abused herself.

Both patients received a trial of chiropractic care for 5 and 4 months respectively with visit frequency of once per week. Both patients responded favorably to chiropractic care with the male patient decreasing in aggressive behavior and the female patient decreasing in self-abuse and improving in socialization.

 Please share with someone you know who might be encourages to help with any of these issues through gentle chiropractic care. 

 

How well do you know your body? What part of your body does this?

Do you know which part of your body does the following?

They are your natural shock absorbers.

They take the pounding of walking, running and even standing.

They are flexible and elastic and give you strength.

They are like a golf ball or a jelly donuts – lots of wrappings that surround a gel-like center.

They thicken during the nighttime and thin out as you walk and sit. That’s why you’re a little taller in the morning than you are at night. 

If they are stressed they might become brittle and tear.

What are they?body

If you said, “intervertebral discs,” go to the head of the class.

Discs are like pads that fit between your vertebrae. They help give your spine its curves. Except for the top vertebrae under your skull (your atlas), every spinal bone has a disc underneath it connecting it to and separating it from its vertebra neighbor.

The tough wrappings on the outside are called the annulus fibrosis and the inner gel-like center is called the nucleus pulposus.

If your intervertebral discs are damaged your entire spine can be thrown off-center, your nerves can become inflamed and you won’t have flexibility, strength and comfort. You may experience back pain, leg pain, sciatica and weakness.

Bone spurs and degenerative arthritis of the lumbar spine can develop and this is called degenerative disc disease (DDD). It doesn’t have to be part of growing older. To prevent DDD you need to keep yourself hydrated, stay physically active, and see your chiropractor to keep your discs free from stress!

Take care of your body

Don’t assume you need disc surgery merely because an MRI shows your discs are not well. Many people who have “normal” backs have MRIs that show disc herniations, degenerative changes and narrowed spinal canals. Just because you have symptoms doesn’t mean your disc is causing the problem.

Don’t just jump into surgery – always get other opinions – especially from a chiropractor or two.

In conclusion – get regular chiropractic adjustments to help keep your discs healthy.

 

Cholesterol doesn’t cause heart disease: A Quiz

A Cholesterol Quizcholesterol 3

Did you know that there has never been a direct, proven link between high cholesterol and heart disease, heart attack or stroke? All of the hype was, at best, based on conjecture (the fancy term for guessing) and, at worst, a conspiracy to get people to take expensive prescription drugs!

If you’re one of the millions of people who believe these “facts” about cholesterol, get ready for an education. Take this True or False quiz to see if you can separate fact from myth about cholesterol.

  1. Cholesterol is a vital substance necessary for good health. T / F
  2. The lower your cholesterol, the healthier you will be. T / F
  3. Having cholesterol levels of less than 150 significantly reduces your risk of dying from heart disease. T / F
  4. The lower your cholesterol levels are the greater your risk of dying from cancer. T / F
  5. Cholesterol plays a role in helping to protect the body against environmental toxins. T / F
  6. Cholesterol is important in maintaining fertility and sex drive. T / F
  7. Eating foods high in fat will raise cholesterol levels. T / F
  8. The use of statin drugs has lowered the incidence of heart disease. T / F
  9. Oxidative stress and inflammation are the root cause of cardiovascular disease. T / F
  10. High insulin levels are a greater risk factor for cardiovascular disease than high cholesterol. T / F

 Don’t Peak below until you’ve answered the questions. 

Answers to Cholesterol Questions

Answers:

  1. True
  2. False
  3. False
  4. True
  5. True
  6. True
  7. False
  8. False
  9. True
  10. True

 Please share this with someone who needs to know!!!! 

 

 

Researching Chiropractic: Food allergies, Sleep apnea & Plagiocephaly

Chiropractic clinical case histories have been a regular feature of our patient newsletter since its inception. 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.

Food allergies and other complaints. nut allergy

An 8-year-old girl who suffered from hip pain for six months and internal foot rotation for three years was brought in for care. She also suffered from peanut, pecan and walnut allergies. After thirty-eight weeks of chiropractic care, her hip pain cleared up, her internal foot rotation was improved and her allergies had dramatically decreased. (1)

Sleep apnea and chiropractic care. sleep apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is described as loud snoring, choking and awakening due to gasping that occurs especially during dreaming and may repeat all night. It is believed to be due to a loss of tone in the upper throat muscles. People with OSA have a greater chance of getting into car accidents (because of lack of sleep) and a greater risk of heart attack and stroke. CPAP therapy, placing a mask over the face, is a popular treatment (not a cure). Even throat surgery has been used. 

In this case, a 51-year-old man suffering from OSA for eight years began chiropractic care. He began to see improvement after three visits and after 33 visits his OSA completely resolved. (2)

Resolution of plagiocephaly in a 4-month-old male. 

Plagiocephaly (Greek for oblique head) is a common skull deformity seen at birth in as many as 61% of deliveries. They are often the product of stress applied on the skull during difficult delivery associated with forceps or vacuum-assisted delivery. baby headConventional treatment methods for plagiocephaly include and are not limited to skull-molding helmets, osteopathy, physical and positional therapy, botox injections into the muscles and surgery.

In this case, a 4-month old baby boy had plagiocephaly and in addition could barely move his neck. Chiropractic examination revealed subluxations at the upper neck (C1) and the sacrum. They were corrected. Improved neck motion was observed immediately and the plagiocephaly completely resolved. (3)


  1. Korthuis MA. Improved allergen-specific IgE levels in an 8-year-old female following chiropractic care to reduce vertebral subluxation: a case study & selective review of the literature. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic. 2017;2:82-92.
  2. Mankal K, Jenks M. Resolution of obstructive sleep apnea following chiropractic care to reduce vertebral subluxation. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. June 12 2017:113-118.
  3. Walker S, Russell D. Resolution of deformational plagiocephaly in a four-month-old male following chiropractic care to reduce subluxations: a case report. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic. 2017;2:78-81.

MUSHROOM WELLINGTON

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp of avocado oil
  • 1 large leek – chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery – chopped
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of sliced carrots – sliced like coins
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh tarragon – minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup of toasted chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chopped fresh spinach
  • 12 sheets of phyllo dough
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Heat the avocado oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add the leeks, celery, and carrots and cook for 4 minutes. Add the herbs, garlic, salt and pepper and cook for another 2 minutes. Add the broth to deglaze the pan. Add the walnuts and spinach and cook until the spinach wilts. Remove from heat.
  3. Take your dough out and lay it flat. Cover it with a damp towel to keep the dough moist. If it dries out it will get crumbly.
  4. Stack two pieces of phyllo dough on top of a piece of parchment paper and gently brush the top layer with a thin layer of olive oil. Add a thin line of filling on the side of the dough lengthwise, leaving a two inch border. Roll the filling and set aside.
  5. Stack two pieces of dough, brush a thin layer of oil on the top piece and add a thin line of filling on the side of the dough lengthwise, leave a two inch border. Roll the dough once over the filling and set the already rolled filling next to it and continue rolling. Continue the process until you have two sheets of dough left.
  6. Layer the two sheets of dough to make an extra-long sheet. Brush with olive oil and add the large finished rolled dough on the edge and roll it up. Slice three to six vents on the top with a sharp knife. Place on the cookie sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and puffy.
  7. Let it cool for 5 minutes before cutting.

 

Colds, Flu and Chiropractic

Chiropractic for the flu and common cold? Absolutely!colds

“But isn’t chiropractic just for backs?” we hear you ask.

Chiropractic is for the entire body. Many people seeing chiropractors for pain find a general improvement in their health that includes fewer and less severe colds, flu and other respiratory problems.

What Causes the Common Cold?

It’s not just germs. For germs to grow in you, you must first be fertile soil. For example, cold viruses were placed on the mucous lining of the nose in test subjects, yet only 12% got a cold. (1)

Obviously, there is more to the cold than germs. For that reason, chiropractic doesn’t “treat” the common cold. It does, however, help awaken your inner healer, your natural resistance – the only “cure.” Natural resistance is the only reason why your cold goes away rather than lasts for weeks, months, years or your entire lifetime!

Chiropractic helps raise your natural resistance to disease by removing a serious interference to your proper body function: subluxations, permitting your body’s natural resistance to disease (immunity) to function at greater efficiency.

There are numerous case histories of chronic cold and flu sufferers having less or no colds after chiropractic care. (2-4) If you want protection from colds and flu, see your chiropractor for natural healing and prevention!

here Are Benefits to Getting Colds and Flu

It’s been said that there can be no cure for the common cold because the common cold is the cure. This is nothing new or really unusual. This approach has been known for thousands of years. Hippocrates, the “father” of medicine wrote: “Diseases are crises of purification, of toxic elimination. Symptoms are the natural defenses of the body. We call them diseases, but in fact they are the cure of diseases.” 

Symptoms are defense mechanisms, helping us detoxify and destroy infection. An infectious disease leaves a healthier person in its wake. In one study, a history of common colds or influenza was associated with less stomach, colon, rectum, breast and ovarian cancer. (5)

Other researchers found that having two childhood viral infections reduces the coronary risk by 40%, four infections reduced it by 60% and six viral infections lowered the risk by 90%. (6)

If you have a cold come in for chiropractic care. A chiropractic adjustment could make the difference between a quick recovery and a lingering illness. Especially do not interfere with your body’s natural healing ability with drugs; permit the symptoms of colds and flu to take their natural course. Do everything to give comfort and build up your natural immunity (chiropractic, hydration, essential oils, homeopathy, rest). The result will be a healthier and stronger body.


  1. Chopra D. Quantum Healing. New York: Bantam Books. 1989:142. 
  2. Absence of T-cells, immune dysfunction, has colds all the time. International Chiropractic Pediatric Association newsletter. November 1996. 
  3. Aguilar AL, Grostic JD, Pfleger B. Chiropractic care and behavior in autistic children. Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics. 2000;5(1):293-304. 
  4. Bofshever, H. Case history. International Chiropractic Pediatric Association newsletter. Nov/Dec 1999. 
  5. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/9454821/ns/health-heart_health/t/childhood-infections-may-prevent-heart-disease/#.W-mP0hNKgcU
  6. Abel U, Becker N, Angerer R et al. Common infections in the history of cancer patients and controls. J Cancer Res Clin Oncol. 1991;117(4):339-344.  Erkki Pesonen, MD, University Hospital in Lund, Sweden. Presented at IV World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery in Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 23, 2005.

MUSHROOM SWEET POTATO POT PIE

A NEW TWIST ON AN OLD FAVE  mushrooms-3765555_1280

SERVES 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 1 sweet potato, thinly sliced
  • 5 cups mushrooms of choice (e.g. cremini, Portobello, shiitake), fresh, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup stout or dark beer
  • 1/4 cup leeks, white part only
  • 1/4 cup shallot, diced
  • 2 tablespoons Kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon flour, whole wheat or gluten-free
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon tamari, low sodium
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, fresh, minced
  • 1 teaspoon parsley, fresh, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, fresh
  • Black pepper, freshly ground, to taste

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a large pot, sauté shallots over medium heat until translucent, about 3 minutes, adding a drop or two of water as needed if sticking occurs.
  3. Add leeks and 3/4 teaspoon thyme and cook 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in minced garlic and tomato paste and sauté another minute.
  5. Add mushrooms and cook about 10 minutes, stirring regularly and adding water if needed.
  6. Sprinkle flour in the pot. Stir and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  7. Add stout, balsamic vinegar and soy sauce. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 5 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat and stir in olives, parsley, and black pepper.
  9. Spoon mushroom mixture into ramekins then layer sliced sweet potatoes on top, overlapping so the mushrooms are covered with two layers of sweet potato. Season with 1/4 teaspoon thyme and black pepper.
  10. Bake 30-35 minutes or until sweet potatoes are browned and crispy and mushroom gravy is bubbling. Serve.

How many nerves come out of your spine?

Questions and Answers About Chiropractic

Question: How many nerves come out of your spine?drawing of spinal column and nerves

Answer: A lot. About 100 billion nerve cells (neurons) are in your spinal cord. Neurons are specialized cells that transmit and receive electrical impulses. They are like wires and can be as much as a few feet long or a fraction of an inch long. All 100 billion are packed into your spinal cord that is a little thicker than a pencil. Your spinal cord goes down your spine or backbone. 

Your nerves inside the backbone branch off from your spinal cord and travel through little holes between your spinal bones (vertebra). These nerves connect your brain to your heart, lungs, kidneys, muscles, intestines, glands and all your other body parts. 

Your brain and nerves coordinate the function of all the organs in your body so you function as a whole – so your organs all communicate with each other and all your systems work together. 

But if your nerves are stressed by your spine being out of proper alignment then you will have nerve interference; messages won’t travel properly through your body. Chiropractors refer to this as a subluxation.

As a result of subluxations, your body won’t be able to function at 100% efficiency and you’ll suffer from dis-ease: your resistance may be lowered; your muscles may not work properly; your balance, brain, vision, hearing, digestion and hundreds of other things may be adversely affected.

Chiropractors are specially trained to locate and correct (adjust) subluxations. Come in for a checkup, and bring your family to make sure they are subluxation-free. Call today! 517.627.4547

The Perfect Vegetarian Holiday Meal

This menu us perfect for any

Ok so this is a questions we get often as to what we, as vegetarians/vegans eat on this two major feast days. The quick answer might be everything but the meat…but that leaves some people confused. So here is a rundown on some of the choices we have made over the past 30 years or so.

vegetarian holiday meals

Stuffed pumpkin/butternut/squash…stuffed with a mix of mushrooms, rice, nuts, tomatoes and garlic.

 

Mushroom/spinach strudel with filo dough which is not hard to work with at all!

 

A 16 layer lasagna…..many layers of different  roasted veggies.

 

Mushroom Wellington in flaky pastry.

 

Sides include :

  • Family faves such as Hasselback potatoes
  • Maple syrup roasted Brussel sprouts
  • Garlic mashed potatoes
  • A fresh salad including homegrown microgreens and fruit.

We are not really big on desserts (who needs that after a big meal) but we have one traditional South African dessert we “must” always make which is Melktert…(Milk custard made with English custard powder).

And possibly some chocolate dessert.

What are some of your favorite traditional vegetarian/vegan dishes?

Researching Chiropractic: Children, mothers and chiropractic

Chiropractic clinical case histories have been a regular feature of our patient newsletter since its inception. 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. 

Chiropractic care is the most common complementary and alternative (CAM) intervention for children, with wellness care cited as the most common reason for care.

This study included five children (3 boys and 2 girls, ages 9-13) who were under chiropractic care since birth. In fact, all the mothers were under chiropractic care before, during and after they became pregnant.

All the mothers reported a decrease in symptoms such as low back pain, extremity numbness and generalized soreness while pregnant. Four of the children were born vaginally with no complications and one was delivered via an obstetrician-recommended cesarean section. All the children were either fully or partially vaccinated; all were breastfed. 

The parents reported that their children experienced a higher level of health and quality of life than other children of the same age. (1)

children

Rib and low back pain in a 26-year-old. A 26-year-old man complaining of rib and low back pain began chiropractic care. Chiropractic analysis revealed subluxations and an unbalanced nervous system; the patient received 17 adjustments over a 10-month period and experienced a significant improvement upon his first post-examination at one month and second post-examination at 10 months of care.

In addition to his rib and low back pain relief, the patient demonstrated long-term curve correction as well as improvement in his autonomic nervous system. (2)

back pain

An “immune-deficient” 5-year-old. A 5-year-old girl diagnosed as immuno-deficient with recurrent respiratory illnesses was brought in for chiropractic care.

Her history included a premature birth, birth trauma, torticollis, constipation, frequent ear infections, tympanostomy (ear) tubes, tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy.

Under chiropractic care her vertebral subluxations were immediately addressed and corrected. The mother reported a decrease in her daughters’ respiratory illnesses and related symptoms and an increased ability to respond to infections more efficiently. She was able to stop all medication with only occasional use of an inhaler at night. (3)

5 year old girl


  1. Stone-McCoy P, O’Brien S. Health outcomes of pediatric patients undergoing chiropractic care since birth: a retrospective analysis. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic. August 13, 2018:90-98.
  2. Hoying M, Bulla C. Long-term cervical curve correction and reduction in dysautonomia in a 26-year-old male undergoing chiropractic care using the Pierce Results System. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. June 28, 2018:121-129.
  3. Deignan D, DaCampo T. Resolution of immunodeficiency in a child undergoing chiropractic care for the management of vertebral subluxations: a case study & review of the literature. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic. July 5, 2018:68-76.