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Researching Chiropractic: Rheumatoid arthritis, epilepsy, VBAC

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.

Rheumatoid arthritis, headaches and neck pain. 

A 59-year-old man suffering from headaches, neck pain, and rheumatoid arthritis began chiropractic care. Over a period of 10½ weeks he received eight chiropractic adjustments. He reported complete resolution of his headaches and neck pain following the first adjustment. In addition, his rheumatoid arthritis symptoms decreased to such an extent that he was able to discontinue his medication. (1)

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Post traumatic epilepsy (PTE). 

PTE sufferers have recurrent seizures following an injury to the brain. These injuries are often the result of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or a brain operation.  A 19-year-old man was diagnosed with post traumatic epilepsy. He had a traumatic brain injury six months prior to coming to a chiropractor’s office.

His vertebral subluxations as revealed by X-ray were corrected. Almost immediately the frequency of his seizures began decreasing and then completely resolved. Additionally, the headaches and dizziness from which he suffered also improved. He remained seizure free in a 10-year follow-up. (2)

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Vaginal birth of twins after a cesarean (VBAC). 

A 34-year-old woman 16 weeks pregnant with twin girls began chiropractic care. Her chief complaint was severe left sacroiliac, hip and buttock pain. She had been suffering for 3 weeks. She also mentioned that she wished to have a natural childbirth since having had a pregnancy and cesarean birth two years prior.

Over a period of 19 weeks she received 18 adjustments. Her sacroiliac, hip and buttock pain abated and at 36 weeks’ gestation, she successfully delivered twins via vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). (3)

twin girls


  • 1. Slagel J. Resolution of headaches & neck pain in a 59-year-old male with rheumatoid arthritis undergoing upper cervical chiropractic care: a case report. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research. March 14, 2019:19-27.
  • 2. Null SA, Null LA. Resolution of post-traumatic epilepsy, headaches & dizziness following upper cervical chiropractic care in a 19-year-old male: case study & review of the literature. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research. March 4, 2019:11-18.
  • 3. Spear M, Alcantara J. Vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) with twins following chiropractic care: case report & review of the literature. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic. November 5, 2018:145-149.

Can a chiropractor see things that I can’t?

Questions and Answers About Chiropractic

Question: Can a chiropractor see things that I can’t?

Answer: Yes! 

Chiropractors are always “checking people out.” We can’t avoid it because we know what it means and we know we can help!

When you see people walking down the street, do you notice if their shoes are pointed in the same direction or does one stick out or in more than the other? 

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Do you notice if their heads are balanced front to back, side to side, on their necks?

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Do you notice if one hand seems to be a little lower on the body than the other hand?

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Do you notice if one arm swings a little more than the other?

If the hip swings more on one side than the other when a person walks? If, when lying down, one leg appears shorter than the other?

These, and other seemingly minor differences are common and can be very important. Yet most people don’t notice or appreciate them. But your chiropractor often notices them and sees the tremendous importance in body balance and symmetrical movement.

Now you know why top professional and Olympic athletes visit chiropractors – for better balance, coordination and movement plus more energy and efficiency of motion.

If you notice any of these things in you, or in someone you know, we can help!

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What Is the World’s Greatest Drugstore?

What would the world’s greatest drugstore be like? Well, it’ll have every drug and chemical you need to live a long, healthy life, free of You are the world's greatest drug storedisease, pain and disability. The drugs from this drugstore would never have a side-effect. This drugstore would be open 24 hours a day, never close and be at your beck and call – delivery would be instantaneous. Also, all the drugs would be free. 

Well, such a drugstore does exist! It’s your own body! 

Related: You are the world’s greatest drug store!

Yes, every drug and chemical you need to live a long and healthy life is made by your body, in the exact right amount, just when you need it, 24 hours a day. 

Your body makes drugs (chemicals) to raise your blood pressure and lower your blood pressure, relax you and make you hyper-vigilant (for example, when you are in danger); drugs to create inflammation and drugs to dissolve inflammation, painkillers and pleasure creators as powerful as heroin. Further, your body manufactures chemicals that create tumors and chemicals that dissolve tumors; chemicals to raise and lower your blood sugar; raise and lower your cholesterol and even … drugs to make you hungry, to make you feel satiated, drugs to build up bone, drugs to break down bone, drugs to build muscle, drugs to break down muscle, drugs to stimulate you as well as drugs to depress you. 

These drugs are perfectly designed for your unique needs, your unique genetic expression – and they have no side-effects or adverse reactions. 

Further, these drugs are made in the exact right amount and delivered to the exact part of your body that needs them at the exact moment it needs them. Some of these drugs are unique to you – no one else has them. No man-made pharmacy can do that. 

Yes, get your body working at its full potential and it’ll provide you with all the drugs you need, in the right amount and tailored to your unique body – and all these drugs are natural and organic!

 Americans and Canadians spend millions of dollars on tons of synthetic (unnatural) drugs each year. Every prescription and OTC (over-the-counter) drug has the potential to cause a bad reaction. In fact, tens of thousands of people die from reactions to properly prescribed medications every year. They are taking unnatural drugs because their internal pharmacy is not working to its fullest potential.

 Chiropractic care, by correcting subluxations, helps to “wake up” your internal pharmacy so it will function closer to its potential. Subluxations are misalignments of your body structure that interfere with the energy and communication that travels over your brain, spinal cord and spinal nerves. Without proper communications your internal pharmacy may not get the right information to give you everything you need at a moment’s notice in the exact amount.

 For your internal pharmacy to be working at 100% (or as close to it as possible) you need a body free from subluxations. For that reason, regular chiropractic care is needed by everyone!

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Researching Chiropractic: Non-epileptic seizures, Intention tremor, and Breech babies turn

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 36-year-old woman who was diagnosed with a non-epileptic seizure disorder called chronic psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) began chiropractic care. She was suffering from tremors, loss of muscle control while staying conscious, dizziness, vertigo and fatigue as well as experiencing 6-10 full body convulsions every day lasting from twenty minutes to one hour!

She had been suffering from PNES for approximately six years. Her medical doctors prescribed drugs and psychotherapy for her conditions but she continued to get worse. In desperation her MD referred her to a chiropractor. 

The chiropractic examination found upper cervical vertebral subluxations with related postural and structural distortions. After her first adjustment she had no symptoms for two days. She had three visits the first week and two per week for the next five months. After five months of chiropractic care she was completely symptom-free. (1) 

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A 20-month-old boy was suffering from a shaky right hand. He was diagnosed with intention tremor (kinetic tremor) meaning that the tremor occurs while the arm is moving such as reaching for a toy or food. He also walked with his arms behind his torso and had speech delay.

The child was brought in for chiropractic care and his subluxations were addressed. The parents were told to do cross-crawl at-home exercises as part of the care plan. 

The frequency of his intention tremors significantly decreased and his parents reported a marked improvement in his co-ordination and appetite. Also, his energy levels increased and frequency of colds/infections had improved. His parents noted that he was speaking in three-word sentences. (2)

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Five pregnant women between the ages of 24 and 40 (pregnant 30-36 weeks) began chiropractic care. They all suffered from related pain and had babies in breech presentations.

When sacral subluxations are corrected using chiropractic procedures the pelvic cavity opens, the uterus has less stress and the baby is able to turn into the ideal presentation for delivery.

All the women had their babies in normal vertex positions within 10 adjustments (with 5.8 adjustments being the average). All five women went on to have normal vaginal deliveries. In addition, they had decreased back, pelvic and head pain. (3) 

If you know anyone suffering from any of these 3 situations, please share this article and encourage them to seek chiropractic care. We can help!


  1. Friedman R, Puro S. Resolution of psychogenic non-epileptic seizures following chiropractic care: a case study & review of the literature. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research. February 11, 2019:1-10.
  2. Stone-McCoy P, Pogrelis ZC. Resolution of intention tremor following chiropractic in an infant with vertebral subluxation: a case study and selective review of the literature. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic. February 25, 2019:11-18.
  3. Mulcahy R, Mayo E. Resolution of breech presentations confirmed by ultrasound following chiropractic care using Webster Technique in five women: a case series. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic. March 11, 2019:19-27.

TUSCAN VEGETABLE PASTA

 Serves: 6 

Ingredients

Mix together:

  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms  
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 cup tightly packed spinach
  •  2 red bell peppers, julienned,
  • 1 large onion, chopped 
  1. Spread on baking sheet drizzle with 1T Olive oil and 2 Tbs herbes de provence/Italian herbs. Bake at 450 for 10 minutes.  
  2. Cook 2/3lb penne pasta and then mix with 1 cup mozzarella cheese, 1 cup tomato sauce and the baked veg and transfer to a casserole. 
  3. Top with a drizzle of Olive oil and 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese at 450 for 20 mins till bubbly.

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Diet Sodas and Juices Are Linked to Higher Stroke Risk, Study Says

Researchers found that older women who drank more diet drinks had a higher risk of stroke and heart disease, as well as a higher risk of diet cokedying early from any cause, compared to women who drank fewer of the drinks.

Researchers studied data from more than 81,000 post-menopausal women. After an average follow-up of nearly 12 years, the scientists found that women who drank two or more artificially sweetened drinks a day had a 23% higher risk of having any type of stroke, and a 31% increased risk of having a stroke due to clotting in brain blood vessels, compared to women who reported drinking fewer than one beverage a week (or none at all). (1)


A Daily Diet Soda Habit May Be Linked to Dementia – Both Sugar- and Artificially Sweetened Drinks Might Have Negative Effects On The Brain

MRI scans and cognitive exams of about 4,000 people ages 30 and up found that people who consumed more than three sodas per week – or more than two sugary drinks of any type (soda, fruit juice, and other soft drinks) per day – were more likely to have memory problems, a smaller brain volume and a smaller hippocampus (an area of the brain used in learning and memory. Drinking at least one diet soda a day was associated with smaller brain volume, as well. (2)


  1. Mossavar-Rahmani Y, Kamensky V, Manson JE. artificially sweetened beverages and stroke, coronary heart disease, and all-cause mortality in the women’s health initiative. Stroke. 2019;50:555-562.
  2. Paseabc MP, Himalidbd JJ, Jacquesbe PF et al. Sugary beverage intake and preclinical Alzheimer’s disease in the community. Alzheimer’s & Dementia. 2017;13(9):955-964.

Why do chiropractors encourage breastfeeding?

Questions and Answers About Chiropractic: Why do chiropractors encourage breastfeeding?encourage breasfeeding

Chiropractic is a natural healing art that recognizes the wisdom of nature. Nature makes a perfect food for baby for optimal brain and body development. It’s called breast milk and the advantages over anything else are many.

Benefits to baby:

  • Breastfeeding protects against infections including meningitis, bacteremia, diarrhea, respiratory tract infection, necrotizing enterocolitis, otitis media, urinary tract infection and sepsis in pre-term infants.
  • Breastfed babies have less Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (CRIB death).
  • Breastfeeding is associated with better grades in high school.
  • Breastfed babies have less diabetes, lymphoma, leukemia, Hodgkin disease, obesity and asthma.
  • Breastfed babies show enhanced cognitive development.

Benefits to mother:

  • Decreased postpartum bleeding
  • Faster return to pre-pregnancy weight
  • Natural child spacing/family planning
  • Decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancer
  • Decreased risk of hip fractures and osteoporosis after menopause
  • Women in their 60s who breastfed were 10% less likely to develop heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. 

    https://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/nursing-basics#1

Enchilada Lasagna

This is looks like a lot of work but it actually comes together very quickly,  Dr.C.

For the Base:

    • 3 medium sweet potatoes, diced                                         
    • 1/2 large onion, diced
    • 1 red pepper, diced                                                             
    • 3 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained                 
    • 1 lime, juiced
    • 2 green onions, sliced
    • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder                                                    
    • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
    • 1 bag spinach, chopped                                                        
    • A handful cilantro, chopped
    • 3 cups  cheese, (vegan if preferred) shredded                       
    • 12-15 corn tortillas

 

For the Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil                                                         
  • 1/4 cup flour 1/4 cup tomato paste                                        
  • 2 tablespoons cumin                     
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder                                                    
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder    
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder                                                   
  • 4 cups vegetable broth

 

To Make the Enchilada Sauce:

  1. Heat the olive oil.Add all spices and toast them for about 1 minute.
  2. Whisk in the tomato paste.
  3. Finally, whisk in the flour. It will form a ball. Let cook for about 1 more minute.
  4. Slowly add the broth, whisking as you add it, until you get a smooth consistency.
  5. Bring sauce to a boil until it thickens. Set it aside.

To Make the Base:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Toss the sweet potatoes in olive oil, salt, and pepper and place them on a baking sheet.
  3. Roast them for 20-25 minutes.
  4. In a large pan, sauté the onion and pepper in a little bit of olive oil until they’re soft.
  5. Add the garlic, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, and cumin.
  6. Cook this for about 2 more minutes.
  7. Add in the spinach and cook it until just wilted.
  8. Remove this from the heat and place the mixture in a bowl
  9. Add the black beans, green onion, lime juice, and cilantro.
  10. Mix this well.
  11. When sweet potatoes are done, add them to this mixture as well and mix it to combine.
  12. Assemble the lasagna in a 9×13 pan.
  13. Cut each corn tortilla in half.
  14. Add 1 cup of sauce to the pan and move it around to cover the bottom.
  15. Place the flat side of the tortillas in the pan so they are flush with the sides of the pan, essentially creating a rectangle with 2 tortillas.
  16. Cover the bottom with tortillas.
  17. Add 1/2 of the sweet potato mixture, 1 cup of cheese, and 1 more cup of enchilada sauce.
  18. Start the layer again with corn tortillas, the rest of the sweet potato mixture, cheese, and sauce.
  19. Finish the dish with a layer of tortillas, cover with the rest of the sauce, and top with the rest of the cheese.
  20. Bake lasagna for 20 minutes, then broil the top until golden brown.
  21. Let it sit for 10 minutes before cutting.

This is from one of my fave sites One Green Planet

What is Health?

So many people use the word “health” in different ways. We want to answer the question, “What is health?”

Chiropractic is a healthcare profession – a profession whose goal is to help you regain and maintain health. How does it do that? First, we need to explain what health is all about.

Health is your body functioning at 100% efficiency on every level.

That means:

  • you have lots of energy
  • you can digest foods to obtain nutrients
  • your immune system is keeping you free from invaders and toxins
  • your muscles and joints are balanced
  • your brain is working to keep you awake, alive and happy and communicating with all your body parts

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Your brain sends nerve messages to coordinate the function of every muscle, gland, bone, joint and body part. Your body parts also send messages to your brain so everything knows how things are going.

Chiropractors have recognized a serious communication disorder that prevents your body from working at its optimum: subluxations. Subluxations are areas of spinal, structural and nervous system stress that interfere with your internal communications – interference between your brain, spinal cord and internal organs. 

Without good communication, your body begins to malfunction. A subluxation undermines your health, interferes with your ability to function at your optimum and causes dis-ease or body malfunction.

How do Chiropractors Help?

Chiropractors specialize in locating and correcting/adjusting subluxations. Subluxations are often painless – you and your children may have many and not know it – until disease symptoms occur. Make sure you and your family members (especially if they are pregnant) are functioning without subluxations. Come in for a fun, pain-less, drug-free chiropractic checkup. 

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VEGAN IRISH STEW

   From “It doesn’t taste like Chicken”

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oilIrish stew
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 – 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can (473ml) vegan stout beer (I used Guinness…YUM!)
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 8 oz mushrooms, quartered
  • 2 1/2 cups baby potatoes, halved (or about 2 regular potatoes and cut into chunks)
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil, and when hot add in the celery, onion, and garlic. Sauté until the onion becomes translucent and just begins to brown, about 5 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle in the flour. Stir well to coat the veggies, and cook for another minute to heat up the flour. Add 2 cups of vegetable broth, and scrape the bottom of the pan with your spoon to get any bits off the bottom.
  3. Add in the beer, all of the remaining veggies, tomato paste, and spices. The beer will foam up, but that’s ok, the bubbles and alcohol will cook right out. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 – 15 minutes until the veggies are fork-tender, but not mushy. The stew will be very thick! If you prefer a thinner stew, feel free to thin it out to taste with 1 to 2 more cups of vegetable broth. Remove bay leaves before serving, and serve hot.

Made this many times… LOVE it…great stick to your ribs food!

Irish Stew