Simply Radiant Rejuvenation

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Are you feeling sluggish or feel foggy most of the day?  Do you have mal-digestion? Does time seem to be taking a toll on your health?
It could be that your body is toxic.  Take this quick questionnaire by clicking the blue link to see if you could benefit from Rejuvenation.

Are You Toxic Questionnaire

Two easy steps to TRANSFORM YOUR HEALTH!

1) Choose to eat healthier and smarter by making NATURAL, simple health care choices. Take this System Survey Questionnaire to evaluate what is needed to start your program.  Print out and complete.  Then Email to info@HolisticHealthDoctor.org or FAX (888) 398-9722 to our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Taylor.

Symptom Survey

2) Hire a holistic health coach.  Beginning a rejuvenation program with a trained specialist will support you in making new habits.  You will then quickly discover improved  energy, digestion, immunity and overall wellness through an easy to follow, yet powerful whole food based, natural anti-aging program.

Keep in mind that the closer to nature the easier for your body to benefit. Synthetic nutrients, flavors, binders and preservatives are NOT simple for your body to process. It is actually creating more of what ails you.  Whole food is what your body needs.
About Simply Radiant Rejuvenation

Simply Radiant is a 21-day program using a health coach to assist you in designing a program to  meet your personal health goals.  A program for your unique biochemical needs.  One  that focuses on whole food nutritional therapy and implements simple dietary changes to detoxify, nourish, rest, improve biochemical functioning and restore the body’s vitality.  Whole food supplements are on the surface simple yet very powerful.

Top 7 Benefits of Rejuvenation
Increased Energy
Natural Weight Loss
Increase flexibility
Decrease inflammation and pain
Improved Digestion
Enhanced Physical Function
Balanced Emotions, Improve Memory & Mental function

Rejuvenation is to energize your life, revitalize your activity level, increase flexibility and emotional and mental clarity and give you a renewed zest for living.  Using a reliable program which has the potential to alleviate symptoms of lowered vitality and improve general health and well being through a scientifically based approach with a health coach is the best investment you can make with your healthcare dollars.
Natural Rejuvenation

Once widely publicized, fasting is no longer considered the best form of detoxification. To function optimally, our body’s processes are dependent upon adequate levels of supporting nutrients, which are depleted during traditional fasting programs. Regular rejuvenation therapy encourages organs to detoxify, function better and even amplify their performance.

With the Simply Radiant program many people have experienced new clarity of purpose in life during cleansing processes.  This nutritionally sound program signals your liver to burn fat rather than store it.  You will also receive professional coaching through your comprehensive 21 day program.  Your program may include specific supplements tailored to meet your specific health goals.  We use therapeutic grade organic whole food supplements rather than synthetic micro-nutrients your body may or may not need or even be able to use. If functional medicine laboratory testing is indicated additional fees apply.
To learn more attend an Introduction to Rejuvenation. Email info@holistichealthdoctor.org for the current schedule. This and other educational programs are not a substitute for medical care.  We will not recommend that you stop taking any medications however we may recommend lab testing to access and design a program that supports your health needs.

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What You May Not Know About Vitamin D

It is estimated a billion people do not get enough vitamin D worldwide and that at least 70 percent of children and adults in the US are vitamin D deficient. The cause of deficiency is a combination of not enough sun exposure, and insufficient vitamin D from sunshine and in the diet. Recommendations to decrease sun exposure as well as the advent of the clothes dryer put an end to hanging the family laundry.  Additionally television and video games have kept children playing indoors especially in the US.

laundryRole of Vitamin D

Vitamin D plays many roles in human health.  It is a fat-soluble vitamin that is found in very few foods.  It is often added to fortify milk and cereal and is available as a dietary supplement. It is produced by the body when the skin is exposed to sunlight through a series of chemical reactions in the body.  “Vitamin D promotes calcium absorption in the gut and maintains adequate serum calcium and phosphate concentrations to enable normal mineralization of bone and to prevent hypocalcemic tetany” . It is needed for bone growth and bone health.  “Without sufficient vitamin D, bones can become thin, brittle, or misshapen. Vitamin D sufficiency prevents rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. (1) Calcium along with vitamin D helps protects aging adults from osteoporosis.

Vitamin D has numerous other roles in the body, “…including modulation of cell growth, neuromuscular and immune function, and reduction of inflammation (2, 3)

It plays a role in managing musculoskeletal pain from rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases. It is not uncommon for people with chronic pain to have a vitamin D deficiency.

You may not know that a vitamin D deficiency has an increased risk for cancer and autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis MS, and lupus.  Studies suggest that “… efforts to improve vitamin D status, for example by vitamin D supplementation, could reduce cancer incidence and mortality at low cost, with few or no adverse effects.” (3).  Another study reveals that the vitamin D levels in the body can predict weight loss success..(4)

Vitamin D plays a vital role in the absorption of calcium which can be a risk for people with RA. It protects against seasonal affective disorder which in susceptible people can bring on a seasonal form of depression

“Ellen M. Mowry, M.D., M.C.R., an assistant professor of neurology at John Hopkins University School of Medicine and the principle investigator of a multicenter clinical trial of vitamin D supplementation, has been conducting the research with regard to vitamin D and multiple sclerosis since she worked at the University of California in San Francisco. Her research finds that a strong correlation exists between vitamin D levels found in blood samples and the characteristic brain lesions of MS.” (5)

Dr. Mowry points out however that vitamin D is not the cure for MS.  Vitamin D is a hormone and over the counter supplements most likely will not contain ingredients that can provide the same co-factors that are found in natural vitamin D sources.(5)

Requirements and Sources
Sources of vitamin D include fish, such as salmon, mackerel and tuna, egg yolks and mushrooms. (6)  Just 15 minutes of sun exposure can provide 20,000 IU of Vitamin D without sunblock. It is not recommended that you expose unportected skin to the sun for long amounts of time due to the danger skin damage and risk of skin cancer.
How much vitamin D you need depends on how deficient you are.  It is recommended that you supplement by adding 1-2,000 IU of vitamin D per day.

Drug Interactions

Malabsorption of vitamin D can be affected by some drugs such as Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) and corticosteroids, which are prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis.  A blood test called, 25-hydroxy vitamin D test can evaluate your vitamin D levels. (7) “Both the weight-loss drug orlistat (Xenical and Alli) and the cholesterol-lowering drug cholestyramine (Questran, LoCholest, and Prevalite) can reduce the absorption of vitamin D and other fat-soluble vitamins (8,9,10) Both phenobarbital and phenytoin (Dilantin), used to prevent and control epileptic seizures, increase the metabolism of vitamin D (which can) inactive compounds and reduce calcium absorption.” (11, 12)

Toxicity
Excessive sun exposure does not result in vitamin D toxicity and vitamin D from food is not likely to cause toxicity. Toxicity is more likely from high intakes of dietary supplements. Symptoms range from “…anorexia, weight loss, polyuria, and heart arrhythmias.  More seriously, it can also raise blood levels of calcium which leads to vascular and tissue calcification, with subsequent damage to the heart, blood vessels, and kidneys. (12)  “The use of supplements of both calcium (1,000 mg/day) and vitamin D (400 IU) by postmenopausal women was associated with a 17% increase in the risk of kidney stones.” (13)

  1. Institute of Medicine, Food and Nutrition Board. Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 2010.
  2. Holick MF. Vitamin D. In: Shils ME, Shike M, Ross AC, Caballero B, Cousins RJ, eds. Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease, 10th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006.
  3. Norman AW, Henry HH. Vitamin D. In: Bowman BA, Russell RM, eds. Present Knowledge in Nutrition, 9th ed. Washington DC: ILSI Press, 2006.
  4. The Role of Vitamin D in Cancer Prevention by Cedric F. Garland, DrPH, Frank C. Garland, PhD, Edward D. Gorham, PhD, MPH, Martin Lipkin, MD, Harold Newmark, ScD, Sharif B. Mohr, MPH, and Michael F. Holick, MD, PhD; Am J Public Health. 2006 February; 96(2): 252–261; January 18, 2005.
  5. Ellen M. Mowry, Emmanuelle Waubant, Charles E. McCulloch, Darin T. Okuda, Alan A. Evangelista, Robin R. Lincoln, Pierre-Antoine Gourraud, Don Brenneman, Mary C. Owen, Pamela Qualley, Monica Bucci, Stephen L. Hauser, Daniel Pelletier. Vitamin D status predicts new brain magnetic resonance imaging activity in multiple sclerosis. Annals of Neurology, 2012; 72 (2): 234
  6. Earthman CP, Beckman LM, Masodkar K, Sibley SD: The link between obesity and low circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations: considerations and implications. International Journal of Obesity (London) 36(3): 387-396, 2012.
  7. Buckley LM, Leib ES, Cartularo KS, Vacek PM, Cooper SM. Calcium and vitamin D3 supplementation prevents bone loss in the spine secondary to low-dose corticosteroids in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Ann Intern Med 1996;125:961-8.
  8. Lukert BP, Raisz LG. Glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis: pathogenesis and management. Ann Intern Med 1990;112:352-64.
  9. de Sevaux RGL, Hoitsma AJ, Corstens FHM, Wetzels JFM. Treatment with vitamin D and calcium reduces bone loss after renal transplantation: a randomized study. J Am Soc Nephrol 2002;13:1608-14.
  10. McDuffie JR, Calis KA, Booth SL, Uwaifo GI, Yanovski JA. Effects of orlistat on fat-soluble vitamins in obese adolescents. Pharmacotherapy 2002;22:814-22.
  11. Compston JE, Horton LW. Oral 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 in treatment of osteomalacia associated with ileal resection and cholestyramine therapy. Gastroenterology 1978;74:900-2.
  12. Gough H, Goggin T, Bissessar A, Baker M, Crowley M, Callaghan N. A comparative study of the relative influence of different anticonvulsant drugs, UV exposure and diet on vitamin D and calcium metabolism in outpatients with epilepsy. Q J Med 1986;59:569-77.
  13. Jones G. Pharmacokinetics of vitamin D toxicity. Am J Clin Nutr 2008;88:582S-6S.
  14. Institute of Medicine Committee to Review Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin D and Calcium. Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D. Washington, DC: National Academies Press; 2011.
  15. Otten JJ, Hellwig JP, Meyers LD. Vitamin D. In: Dietary Reference Intakes: The Essential Guide to Nutrient Requirements. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2006.
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Healthy Pregnancy with Chiropractic

 

pregnant woman

Chiropractic care provides many benefits such as maintaining a healthier pregnancy, controlling symptoms of nausea, reducing length of labor, easing delivery, relieves back, neck and joint pain, prevents cesarean section and assists new mothers back to prepartum health.  It can eliminate many of the discomforts of pregnancy and make the birth process and postpartum experience easier for mother and baby.

According to The American Pregnancy Association: “There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. All chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant. Investing in the fertility and pregnancy wellness of women who are pregnant or trying to conceive is a routine treatment for most chiropractors.”

“In one study, women receiving Chiropractic care through their first pregnancy had 24% shorter labor times than the group not receiving Chiropractic, and multiparous subjects reported 39% shorter labor times. Thirty-nine percent-that’s a massive difference. In addition, 84% of women report relief of back pain during pregnancy with Chiropractic care. Because the sacroiliac joints of the pelvis function better, there is significant less likelihood of back labor when receiving Chiropractic care through pregnancy.” (“Pregnancy and Chiropractic” By Martha Collins, D.C., Planet Chiropractic website)

Common Complaints of Pregnancy

The nervous system is the master communication system to all the body systems including the reproductive system. Keeping the spine aligned helps the nervous system and thus the entire body work more effectively.  During pregnancy, there are many changes that occur to a woman’s body that may result in a misaligned spine or joints which affects the nervous system, joints, muscles, organs and functioning of all of the systems of the body.

Increased curve in low back: This is one of the most common complaints during pregnancy.   Back pain is uncomfortable and frustrating, especially when your medical doctor tells you that it’s “normal.”   From “Low Back Pain During Pregnancy,” in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology: 862 pregnant women participated in a study in the community of Linkoping, Sweden answered detailed questionnaires in the 20th, 30th, and 35th week of pregnancy. All women had symptoms of low back pain. Seventy-nine had such severe pain that they were unable to continue work, and were referred to an orthopedic surgeon for …examination.”

Neuromuscular and Biochemical Changes: During pregnancy, most women experience a number of neuromuscular and biochemical related complaints which respond well to chiropractic care including: the release of the hormones affecting the elasticity of muscles and ligaments may cause joints to more easily misalign, therefore lifting is not recommended and posture is crucial during pregnancy.  Chiropractic care will keep the joints healthy and in proper alignment.

Increased weight gain puts an increased demand on spinal and pelvic muscles causing fatigue which is a common complaint.  In addition there is increased stress on spinal and pelvic ligaments, changes in the normal curvature of the spine in the mid and low back, increased joint stress and the occurrence of vertebral and sacroiliac joint misalignments.

These changes primarily affect the pelvic and spinal ligaments, muscles, joints and other supportive soft tissues and may cause sprain/strains of pelvic and spinal structures, as well as alteration of the normal spinal curvatures and spinal biomechanics. The result is an increased stress on the body leading to pain and discomfort.

Pelvic changes:  When the pelvis is misaligned it reduces the amount of room available for the developing baby. This restriction is called intrauterine constraint. A misaligned pelvis may also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery.

Changes in posture: Joints and ligaments in the woman’s pelvis loosen and become more flexible making room for the enlarging uterus and in preparation for delivery. As her center of gravity changes  it alters weight bearing on the joints throughout pregnancy.  This added stress and changes in posture can make pregnancy uncomfortable for many women as well as creating misalignments.

Benefits

Chiropractic care helps during pregnancy and labor and helps the mother and baby after the birth. “In the eight weeks following labor and delivery, the ligaments that loosened during pregnancy begin to tighten up again. Ideally, joint problems brought on during pregnancy from improper lifting or reaching should be treated before the ligaments return to their pre-pregnancy state-to prevent muscle tension, headaches, rib discomfort, and shoulder problems. “  (American Chiropractic Association website, “Chiropractic Advice for Moms-to-Be”)

The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association recommends that “women receive chiropractic care throughout pregnancy to establish pelvic balance and optimize the room a baby has for development throughout pregnancy. With a balanced pelvis, babies have a greater chance of moving into the correct position for birth, and the crisis and worry associated with breech and posterior presentations may be avoided altogether. Optimal baby positioning at the time of birth also eliminates the potential for dystocia (difficult labor) and therefore results in easier and safer deliveries for both the mother and baby.”


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Food Pyramid Failure

United States Department of Agriculture created The Food Pyramid which is based on the USDA’s Dietary Goals for Americans (DGA).  It was designed to be a visual aid to promote healthy eating then by following the suggestions of the food pyramid Americans would have better nutrition and health.  Grains, located at the bottom where the pyramid is larger, represent the largest number of servings, while salts and fats, which are recommended to be used sparingly, appear on the top.

The DGA are federal guidelines that were released in 1977 advises all people in America to reduce the fat in their diet and increase the carbohydrates, know to millions of adults and children symbolized by the Food Pyramid.

Food pyramid

The Food Pyramid

The Food Pyramid, according to a report “While the DGA are the bedrock of conventional nutrition today, what has been forgotten is that when they were issued, the benefits of eating more carbs and less fat were hotly debated within the scientific community.  Simply put, there wasn’t a lot of evidence to support the notion that reducing fat would lead to better health or weight loss.

Many prominent scientists openly questioned the DGA.  Philip Handler, president of the National Academy of Sciences, summed up their concerns in a rebuke he delivered to Congress in 1980:
“What right has the federal government to propose that the American people conduct a vast nutritional experiment, with themselves as subjects, on the strength of so very little evidence that it will do them any good?”

The DGA prevailed in spite of Dr. Handler’s protest (that’s a whole other story), and since 1977 Americans have dutifully increased the ratio of carbohydrates to fat in their diet.

Significant is that during  “…that time, the obesity rate has risen from 15% of the population to 35% today while the rate of diabetes has skyrocketed.”

“The development of an epidemic of overweight and diabetes under the guidance of the DGA would seem to call for a critical review of the guidelines. So when the DGA review committee recently rubber-stamped the goals, basically telling Americans to keep doing what they’ve been doing, a group of prominent health researchers had had enough.”

Adele Hite of the Gilling’s School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina led a scathing review of both the DGA and the DGA committee in “In the Face of Contradictory Evidence”.  Which appears in the respected scientific journal Nutrition  and accuses the DGA committee of “inaccurately representing, interpreting, or summarizing the literature [and] drawing conclusions and/or making recommendations that do not reflect the limitations or controversies in the science.”

The authors present a conclusion that is nothing short of scandalous: “The [DGA committee] report does not provide sufficient evidence to conclude that increases in whole grain and fiber and decreases in dietary saturated fat, salt, and animal protein will lead to positive health….It is time to reexamine how US dietary guidelines are created and ask whether the current process is still appropriate for our needs.”

The foundation of the popular belief about nutrition is that fat is bad, carbohydrates are good, that plant foods are better nutrition than animal foods, is not based on scientific evidence.  It never was, and in fact may be doing us harm.

For example is the use of low fat diets.  Fats are required for hormones and neurotransmitters as well as many other functions.  It is not a surprise that we have such an enormous number of the population on anti-depressants, anti-inflammatory drugs, pain pills, sleep aids, hormone replacement and more.  Essential Fatty Acids are required by the body for biochemical competency and balance.  A low fat diet is nothing short of dangerous.

WHY???
Decisions about the design of the food pyramid and Daily Requirements were highly influenced on the one hand, by the affordability of meeting the nutritional needs for the Food Stamp program, Vitamin E in particular.

Vitamin E

Food Sources of Vitamin E

Food Sources of Vitamin EThis is due to the failure of policy makers to use science as a foundation in implementing government policy.  Thomas Jefferson said, “Educate the people and end tyranny.” As a clinical nutritionist for over thirty years I am thrilled that this widely applied tool is being questioned at a high level.  information to educate patients and keep them healthy.  As a chiropractor I want to be able to provide science based information to educate patients and keep them healthy.

(c) 2008  Dr. Nancy G. Taylor, DC

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Chiropractic Care for Babies

Good BeginningsChiropractic exams during the first month of life can play a significant role on a physical and mental health and ability to develop to its full potential. Even during the gentlest and most natural of births physical pressure can force the baby’s neck to twist and bend, causing misalignment to the upper cervical vertebrae. Research shows that over 80% of newborn infants examined shortly after birth suffer from injury to the neck, causing all types of health problems. It was determined that the amount of force it takes to severely injure a baby’s neck during delivery is 90 pounds. That is enough to cause still birth. The spinal joints can also be sprained with less force. Injury can be mild to severe which may go unnoticed resulting in:

• Irritability
• Frequent regurgitation
• Inability or poor feeding ability
• Sleeping difficulty
• Cerebral palsy
• Digestion problems
• Colic
• Reoccurring ear infections
• Asthma
• Chronic colds and flu
• Headaches
• Neck and back pain
• Childhood bed wetting
• Scoliosis
• Attention Deficit Disorder and Hyperactivity
• Respiratory failure
• And more

Traumatic Birth Syndrome                         

baby neck forced

Even if your medical doctor says your baby is fine understand that Medical doctors get no training in the detection and correction of the spinal joint misalignment and nervous system interference from what is called vertebral subluxation. Chiropractors, on the other hand are specialists trained in detecting and correcting issues from Traumatic Birth Syndrome.
In an article by chiropractor Dr. Peter Fysh: “Brain injuries were found in one out of every 664 infants delivered with forceps; one out of every 860 deliveries by vacuum extraction and one out of every 907 infants delivered by c-section….”Tremendous stress is placed on baby’s the neck and head during the birth process especially during the pushing stage of labor as the baby is compressed and pushed down the birth canal. As the baby is compressed, the small bones of the spine may be pushed out of natural alignment.  Damage to the spine and delicate nerve tissue is also common.

Vertebrae are also easily pulled out of alignment by excessive and forceful extension of the infant’s head with forceps. This causes the nerves to become stretched or twisted, and this vital communication system is then disrupted and can result in a wide variety of problems. These neurological disturbances are called subluxations, and may result in interference of the nervous system so that one or more parts of the body are affected, as well as health in general. Subluxations can also foster the onset of sickness and disease as the body weakens.

Pulling neck

All body functions are controlled by the brain sending and receiving messages over nerves. During a natural birth, newborns frequently suffer injury as they are pulled, twisted, and compressed. These injuries are considered “normal” by birth attendants and are not typically evaluated.  Damage may be more severe in a difficult delivery and infants may sustain skull fractures, intestinal hemorrhage, cord compression, brain damage, damage to the facial nerve and facial paralysis.

Spinal care affects internal organ disease, brain function, I.Q., the immune system, arthritis, colic, bed-wetting, pregnancy, gynecological conditions, respiratory problems, learning disorders, sports performance, digestion, elimination, emotional well-being, vision, hearing, ear infections, disc problems, low back, TMJ, carpal tunnel, allergies, torticollis, headaches, migraines, crib death, trauma, muscular dystrophy, neurological problems and much more.”

“Dr. Abraham Towbin of Harvard Medical School and the Department of Pathology, presented his research at the Eighteenth Annual Meeting of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy.  He found that “the birth process, even under optimal conditions, is potentially a traumatic, crippling event for the fetus.”
Traumatic Birth Syndrome (TBS) occurs when the spine is injured during or shortly after the delivery process resulting in nervous system damage or nerve interference.  It is typically found in the infant’s neck and occasionally in the mid and lower back.  TBS can come from:
•    Pulling or twisting the head, neck, spine or pelvis
during birth
•    Prolonged labor
•    Difficult delivery
•    Forceps, vacuum extraction, or other extraction
aids are used during delivery.
•    Caesarian section deliveries

Injuries can be painless in about 95-97% of infants who may go up to adulthood with mild complaints they are told are “nothing” or “just growing pains”. An examination by a Chiropractor is the best way to determine if nervous system damage or interference as occurred.

All babies should be examined by a Chiropractor immediately after birth and through out childhood. It has been shown that they perform better in school and sports activities.

By Dr. Nancy Taylor © 2010

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Holistic Chiropractic

Clinical Nutrition and Functional Diagnostics as the Future of Preventative Health Care

The focus of the chiropractor is adjustment of misaligned vertebra.  These misaligned vertebra puts pressure on nerve and thus interfere with nerve flow.  The malpositioned vertebra is also called a vertebral subluxation complex (VSC) which affect a multitude of body processes in the body.  Pressure on these nerves can have many effects not all of which have symptoms you may feel. 

The founder of chiropractic, D. D. Palmer, believed in three key areas as the cause of subluxations:  trauma, toxins and psyche.  This observation takes into account that the cause may be inside the body or outside the body. 

More well know is that subluxations result in aberrant motion range resulting in pain, loss of full range of motion and decreased flexibility (stiffness).  Less well known is that is can also result or be caused by organ dysfunction.  To simply treat the pain symptoms of the VSC disregards the underlying physiological processes involved in nerve function.  Without proper nerve conduction the life force is impeded.

Pain can indicates a breakdown of tissues caused by digestive problems such as: maldigestion, malabsorption, nutrient deficit or an acquired or inborn error of metabolism.  Proper nerve flow to and from the organ is fundamental to good health.  Chiropractic theory refers to this as the Viscero-somatic reflexx which can cause the VSC.  The malpositioned joint thus effects nerve flow to and from the organs, brain and entire body.  An example is the patient with PMS more often than not complains of back ache. 

In other words, a mechanical aberration due to posture, injury or activity is what is typically treated by the chiropractor.  Additionally structural faults may be associated with a disturbance of underlying physiology known as the viscero-somatic reflex. 

Chiropractors are trained and board certified in laboratory diagnosis.  Additionally some chiropractors have advanced training in functional diagnostics which is a scientific assessment of visceral functioning.  It seeks to detect abnormal physiological function in the body prior to the manifestation of disease.  In conventional laboratory assessment samples are taken to look for the markers that indicate the presence or absence of disease.  The purpose is to confirm the presence or absence of disease.  Functional diagnostics on the other hand evaluates markers that indicate imbalances, altered relationships and nutrient deficiencies.  This type of laboratory assessment can detect an abnormal physiological function before there is a health crisis.

Thus minor imbalances are detected by examining biochemical changes which could contribute to sub-optimal health and lead to chronic degenerative disease.  These diagnostic tests are non-invasive or minimally invasive.  The test findings allow for the formulation of an individualized protocol.  Samples used are blood, hair, stool and urine.  Areas typically tested include: digestion, nutrient status, detoxification, oxidative stress, immunity and cardiovascular

An example is inflammation.  A normal inflammatory cascade may be altered due to toxicity or dysbiosis.  Toxins released in the body from numerous chemical reactions can build up and lead to auto intoxication leading to inflammation.   The body responds by way of the immune system.  Immune complexes build up in the joints and tissues creating pain and inflammation.  Or toxins outside the body enter the body (exogenous toxins) such as xenobiotics (paint fumes, farming chemicals etc.) which affect the liver and create free radicals.  The viscero-somatic reflexes respond.  For instance dysbiosis affects the digestive flora.  Normally that flora produces B vitamins among other beneficial processes.  A loss or change in gut flora affects the way the gut functions. Increased intestinal permeability allow toxins to be released causing dysfunction and pain.

 

For example from D. D. Palmer’s theory of the cause of subluxation complex consider that the psychic cause of the VSC includes mental, emotional, psychological and neurological. The effects of stress and resulting hormone imbalances are numerous: cortisol is depleted, DETA and melatonis are also depleted by stress.  The patient frequently presents with mid back pain and fibromyalgia symptoms.  Additionally she indicates anxiety, depression, nervousness and psychological manifestations.  She may be on HRT.  An amino acid assay indicates an imbalance which affects the production of neurotransmitters.  Laboratory tests pinpoint the imbalance.

 

Functional diagnosis allows for early therapeutic interventions with a much improved prognosis for what may appear to be minor symptoms.  It intercedes with early intervention what could set the stage for a much more serious problem later.  Functional testing includes laboratory panels which reveal underlying causes of irritable bowel, faulty digestion, allergies, indigestion, bloating, malabsorption.  All factors contributing to fibromyalgia or a reoccurring subluxation  (based on the viscero-somatic reflex theory).  GI function is measured for digestion, absorption, bacterial balance, metabolism and immune status.  Permeability testing  measures for an increase or a decrease which are both associated with numerous clinical disorders.  Detoxification profiles from urine samples assesses the capacity and susceptibility to oxidative damage.

 

Functional diagnostics answers consumer demands for preventative health care.  It is the medicine of the 21st century.  To position themselves as holistic physicians chiropractors must embrace the concepts of functional diagnosis and acknowledge the scientific validation of nutrition by practicing clinical nutrition, not assessment based on subjective findings.

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Alcohol Consumption During Pregnancy

Reuters Health news service ran an article dated Feb 10, 2000 that stated that researchers now know how drinking alcohol during pregnancy can affect the brain of a fetus. This study also published in the February 11, 2000 issue of the Journal of Science, was conducted at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis Missouri.

In that article, Dr. John Olney stated, “It’s a mechanism that involves interfering with basic transmitter of the systems in the brain….” The shocking part of the report was that it was reported that just one episode of getting drunk during the third trimester of pregnancy would be enough to damage the brain of a fetus. The March of Dimes says, “Drinking alcohol when you’re pregnant can be very harmful to your baby. It can cause your baby to have a range of lifelong health conditions. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause miscarriage, preterm birth and stillbirth.”

Why this happens is because the alcohol in your blood passes through the placenta then to your baby through the umbilical cord and to the baby’s liver. Your liver can handle the effects of alcohol, however your baby’s liver is not fully developed and can affect the healthy development of your baby.

Recommendations from the March of Dimes regarding alcohol use is as follows: “If you’re pregnant or even thinking about getting pregnant, stop drinking alcohol. Alcohol includes wine, wine coolers, beer and liquor. There is no amount of alcohol that is proven to be safe.
You may know some women who drank regularly during pregnancy and had seemingly healthy babies. You may know some women who had very little alcohol during pregnancy and had babies with serious health conditions. Every pregnancy is different. Drinking alcohol may hurt one baby more than another. The best way to ensure a healthy baby is to stay away from alcohol altogether.”

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