Researching Chiropractic: Asthma, Diabetes, and Fibromyalgia

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.

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Asthma, stomach and intestinal complaints, colds, and chiropractic

A 23-month-old child suffering from asthma, gastrointestinal complaints, and frequent colds was brought to a chiropractic office for evaluation and possible care by her parents. She was on various asthma medications and was under constant monitoring by her pediatric pulmonologist. 

Chiropractic care consisted of adjustments to address areas of vertebral subluxations in her cervical (neck), thoracic (midback), and lumbosacral (lower back) spine. 

Within approximately 11 months, the patient’s parents reported a 90% improvement in their child’s condition. All medications were discontinued with a dramatic decrease in asthma symptoms, sinus problems, and frequency of colds. 

Fibromyalgia and chiropractic

 A 36-year-old woman began chiropractic care due to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident three days prior. Chiropractic examination found vertebral subluxations and the patient was placed on a schedule of chiropractic care. 

The patient was seen over a 12-week period. She responded well to care with dramatic improvement in fibromyalgia symptoms and was placed on a long-term maintenance plan.  

Diabetes and chiropractic

A 61-year-old man presented to the chiropractor with a 20-year history of type 2 diabetes. Chiropractic adjustments were applied to the sites of vertebral subluxations, and dietary modification to reduce inflammation in the body was recommended as well. After 1 month of chiropractic treatment and dietary changes, the patient decided to cease taking medication for the treatment of his type 2 diabetes.  After 2 months of chiropractic care, he returned to his medical doctor who confirmed that his blood-glucose levels had normalized. 

Dr. C notes that her sister dropped her insulin needs to virtually nil after getting under care.

Do you know anyone with the above issues?

Please refer them to us. We can help! 517.627.4547

Curried Lentil Soup

Makes 10 1-cup servingscurried lentil soup

Serve this soup with a green salad and whole-grain bread or chapatis. 

  • 1 cup dry lentils, rinsed                                
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced                                    
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin                         
  • 8 cups water or Vegetable Broth
  • 1/2 cup dry couscous                                     
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder                        
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste 

Combine lentils, onion, celery, garlic, cumin, and water or broth in a large pot. Bring to a simmer, then cover loosely and cook until lentils are tender (about 50 minutes.)


Stir in couscous, tomatoes, curry powder, and black pepper. Continue cooking until couscous is tender, about 10 minutes. Add salt to taste.

From Dr C..this combines my love of soup, curry, and lentils into one wonderful dish!

 

Your Listings: How are yours?

We’re not talking about your listing in the phone book (do people use them anymore?) or whether your boat is tilting in the water. When chiropractors use the word “listing” it’s used to describe the direction your vertebrae or spinal bones are subluxated or out of position.  

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For example, let’s say you’re told your listing is “C-1 right.” What does that mean? Well, C1 is shorthand for your first cervical (neck) vertebra. It’s located just underneath your skull. “C-1 right” means that C1 is shifted to the right. C-1 RA means that the vertebra is shifted right and has rotated anterior (or forward) on the right. 

If we said that your C-2 is left that would indicate that your second cervical vertebra is shifted left. Your seven cervical vertebrae are named C-1, C-2, C-3 all the way to C-7.  

You also have 12 thoracic vertebrae named T-1 to T-12. You have five lumbar (lower back) vertebrae named L-1 to L-5. 

Your vertebrae can misalign in many individual directions – left, right, inferior (down), superior (up), rotation, anterior (towards the front), posterior (towards the back), medial (towards your center), lateral (away from your center) – and many combinations of directions. There are also different listing systems based on the various adjusting techniques chiropractors use. 

It can get very complicated. 

How do doctors of chiropractic determine what your listing is? X-ray analysis is a common tool that is used but there are others in use in the profession.

 

To discover if you have any listings, schedule an appointment with Dr. Charmaine or Dr. Ray.  Please Contact us  or call 517.627.4547

10 reasons to take children to a chiropractor

 

We get asked this a lot. Why would you take a child to a chiropractor? They aren’t old enough to have back pain. IMG_1269

There are lots of reasons for taking children to a chiropractor and here some popular and very beneficial ones:

  1. To maximize their child’s neural plasticity (brain and nerve development). 
  2. To enhance their child’s overall health and wellbeing. 
  3. To strengthen immunity and reduce the incidence of colds, ear-aches, and general illness. 
  4. To help with colic and Irritable Baby Syndrome. 
  5. To help with asthma, breathing difficulties, and allergies. 
  6. To improve spinal posture. 
  7. To improve their child’s ability to concentrate. 
  8. To assist with behavioral disorders and enhance emotional wellbeing. 
  9. To help alleviate digestive problems.
  10. To assist with bed-wetting and sleep issues. 

Your child’s health is their greatest asset.

To schedule an appointment or talk to Dr. Charmaine or Dr. Ray please Contact us  or call 517.627.4547

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Makes about 2 cups (8 1/4-cup servings)roasted red pepper hummus

  • 1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, or 1 1/2 cups of cooked garbanzo beans
  • 1 tablespoon tahini (sesame seed butter)                    
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, packed in water 

If using canned garbanzo beans, drain them, reserving liquid, and rinse beans. Place beans, tahini, lemon juice, green onions, garlic, cumin, black pepper, and roasted peppers in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Add reserved bean liquid, or if using cooked beans, water, or vegetable broth, as needed for a smoother consistency.

What is Chiropractic Philosophy?

Every healing art follows a philosophy. While medicine follows a mechanistic philosophical model (the body functions like a machine and is chiropractic philosophy unreactive), chiropractic follows a vitalistic philosophical model (the body is intelligent and reactive). 

Chiropractic recognizes that the ultimate healer is your inner healing ability that can heal anything – from a cut to cancer. Our purpose as chiropractors is to help your natural healing ability to function as close to 100% as possible. 

  We do that by correcting subluxations – structural distortions in the body that interfere with the flow of energy and information throughout the body. 

  Chiropractors are specialists in locating and correcting subluxations in everyone – from the newborn to the elderly – so you’ll function with more balance, harmony, and energy. 

To learn more about our chiropractic practice, please click here.

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The Latest from Charmaine: Early Fall 2020

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Well, that was summer, wasn’t it? In the year of Covid did we actually have a summer?

Please know that, as the medical professions keep reminding you that the flu’ season is upon us, you really need to work on eating healthy to stay well.

That means less junk/processed food and way more fruits and veggies. That will keep your system more alkaline so that the cold and flu “bugs “don’t find a home in your body.

Norway has a great approach to the Fall and Winter weather…they actually actively seek opportunities to get out and breathe the fresh air!  Whoa, a novel concept!  This from a country that lets their little ones nap snug and warm, in a sheltered place, in the fresh air.  Norwegians are one of the happiest people on the planet and it’s because they embrace their environment, not bemoan it!

As Fall settles in (one of my absolute favorite seasons), and as we prepare to settle the garden in for winter…please plan carefully, hindsight is great but doesn’t take care of the aches and pains of foolish actions.

We await the arrival of Miss Lanjopoulos-Smedsrud in early October. I hope to be able to go and help out after she arrives, but if not, we plan on being over there for the christening over Christmas.

MEANWHILE, STAY SAFE, EAT LOTS OF FRUITS AND VEGGIES, DRINK PLENTY OF WATER, KEEP MOVING, AND GET CHECKED REGULARLY!

Drs. Ray & Charmaine

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Veggie bounty summer pasta

Click the link for the original recipe: Veggie bounty summer pasta      artichokes-1246858_1920

serves 2

Ingredients

  • 200 g / 7 oz rigatoni or penne pasta
  • 20 ml / 4 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 7 ozs zucchini (1 medium), cut into chunks
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • a good pinch of sugar (optional)
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • a good pinch of chili flakes
  • 4 charred artichoke heart halves, chopped
  • 8 Kalamata olives, de-stoned and chopped
  • chopped fresh parsley, to garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Cook the pasta just short of al dente (the pasta I used takes 12 min to cook al dente, I cooked it for 11 min) following the instructions on the packet, saving about 60 ml / ¼ cup of cooking water just before you drain your pasta.
  2. Heat up 2 tsp oil in a non-stick pan (I like to use a stainless steel one for this dish). Once hot, add zucchini and fry it on a gentle heat until caramelised, stirring from time to time.
  3. Once zucchini is almost done, add the garlic and allow it to fry in amongst the zucchini, stirring frequently. Do not let it brown as it will make it taste bitter.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and transfer out of the pan. Set aside.
  5. Add chopped tomatoes and a good splash of water (or vegan wine if you’d like) into the same pan.
  6. Allow the tomatoes to break down and thicken a little. Add a splash more liquid if the pan is getting dry.
  7. Season the sauce with salt, pepper, a pinch of sugar (if using), balsamic vinegar and a pinch of chili flakes if using. Stir well. Add cherry tomato halves to the pan, allow the cherry tomatoes to soften in the sauce.
  8. Add drained pasta to the sauce and a bit of pasta cooking water if needed. Coat the pasta in the tomato sauce. Mix well and adjust the seasoning if needed – remember that olives will add saltiness. At this point you may want to add a touch more olive oil for a more luxurious finish.
  9. Finally return fried zucchini and add chopped artichoke hearts and olives to the pan.
  10. Divide between two bowls and sprinkle with fresh parsley

Researching Chiropractic: Strength Building, Failure to Thrive, Thyroid Issues

Chiropractic makes you stronger. We know that professional and amateur athletes love chiropractic. Now there is a simple study showing that chiropractic makes you stronger. In this study grip strength was recorded for 100 male and female patients before and after chiropractic care. The results were statistically significant.

In this study 95% of the patients had a more than 5% increase in grip strength immediately after chiropractic care. A majority (31%) of the patients showed between 11-15% increase in grip strength; some had over 40% increase and one patient’s strength increased by 85%!

From the paper: Removal of vertebral subluxation can lead to improved motor function, better body function and healthier well-being. (1)

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Failure to thrive, oral thrush and inconsolable crying in a 4-month-old. The baby was medically diagnosed with “failure to thrive” (FTT) and MDs recommended surgical insertion of feeding tubes (i.e. gastrostomy) into the baby’s stomach. The mother refused and sought alternative care.

At 4-months-old the baby was brought to the chiropractor. In addition to FTT she suffered from inconsolable crying, chronic diarrhea and was dangerously underweight. Chiropractic examination detected vertebral subluxations at C1-C4 (upper neck) and T3-T4 (upper back) that were adjusted on the first visit.

Following the first visit, she slept a few hours continuously, without waking up and crying. After three visits she stopped arching in extension and screaming and her stools were becoming a normal color and well-formed. Eventually, she was sleeping through the night and was notably a happier baby, consistently gaining in strength and health each week. The child did not have the gastrostomy surgery.

Five years later the child was healthy and well-developed. (2)

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Hypothyroidism reduction. A 44-year-old woman with upper shoulder pain and pain between the shoulder blades that occurred after a motor vehicle accident 23 years earlier sought chiropractic care. She also suffered from low-thyroid function (hypothyroidism) and was taking Armour ThyroidT. Spinal X-rays revealed a significant loss of normal neck curve (hypo-lordosis) in addition to vertebral subluxations.

She received spinal adjustments to reduce her vertebral subluxation complexes (VSC). In addition to improvement in her pain, she began exhibiting signs/symptoms of an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism). Her endocrinologist found improved thyroid function and instructed her to significantly reduce her thyroid medication. (3)

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Taking Out Adenoids Does NOT Help Ear Infections

Removal of the adenoids, often associated with swollen tonsils, is the first surgical treatment for many babies and young children. Although recommended for ear infections, it is not effective. (4) If your child is suffering from ear infections bring him/her in for a chiropractic checkup and adjustment so you may avoid drugs and surgery.

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Resources:

  1. Ng K. Improvement in motor function measured by grip strength following chiropractic adjustments to reduce vertebral subluxation in 100 subjects. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. March 23, 2020: 33-42.
  2. Neally R, Alcantara J. Resolution of failure to thrive in a 4-month-old infant following adjustment of subluxation: case study & selective review of the literature. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic. 2015;4:149-153.
  3. Bak AD, Engelhardt PR. Improvement in cervical curve and hypothyroidism following reduction of subluxation utilizing Chiropractic Biophysics: a case study & selective review of the literature. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. December 10, 2015:226-237.
  4. Koivunen P, Uhari M, Luotonen J et al. Adenoidectomy versus chemoprophylaxis and placebo for recurrent acute otitis media in children aged under 2 years: randomised controlled trial. BMJ. 2004 Feb 28;328(7438):487.

The Latest From Charmaine: Late Summer 2020

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Well, in the year of Covid, where nothing is “normal” anymore— It might be that time when our kids head back to school or maybe when they head to the kitchen table and go to virtual school.

There are so many negatives that are coming out of this current time that are affecting our emotional and mental health– that I am asking you all to make a special effort (and I know you are overloaded in SO many ways), but please, make an effort to touch base with friends and families and REALLY take time to talk and make sure they feel connected.   Depression and suicidal tendencies are mounting along with an increase in violence in the home as people take out their frustrations on those closest to them.

It is really important for the health of the family and the community that we each have a checklist of people to reach out to let them know they are not alone. Another Covid consequence that is bugging me is the way companies are  forcing the use of single use plastics on us all. I was doing so well with reducing the use of plastic in our house and then the rules changed.  From now on, I will take my own bags into Meijer and pack my own groceries – (don’t give me the evil eye if you are behind me in line. Single use plastic bags are one of the biggest issues in landfills.)  I will also take my mesh bags that I bought before Covid hit and place my greens in those instead of another type of single use plastic bag.

Check out  The Tiny Life website for some ideas to help reduce and reuse and recycle.

Have a GREAT LABOR day weekend and make sure your spines are checked to keep yourselves as healthy as possible and eat lots of VEGETABLE , GREENS and FRUIT!