Proactive vs. Reactive

Do you wait until you are in a health crisis before seeking help from an illness care provider?  Or do you actively seek the advice from a “wellness” care practitioner to help you stay healthy and prevent dis-ease?  It is time for members of the community to change their perception of what health REALLY is.  Most dictionaries define health as being free from illness or injuries.  Yet most people embrace a definition of simply being symptom free.  It is well established that the diseases that are the most devastating in our country are those that are slow progressing and degenerative.  Heart Disease, Cancer, and Diabetes are deadly diseases that many people suffer from.  The reason is because the symptoms of these diseases don’t surface until long after the disease process has started.  Picture this scenario like an iceberg.  Normally, the tip of the iceberg is what you can see above water.  But what lies beneath the surface is much larger than what is visible.  This is the difference between dis-ease and disease.   Dis-ease is the struggle the body is going through to maintain health in a relatively symptom-free state.  This is the point at which blood chemistry starts to change (chronically high cholesterol or blood sugar), blood pressure starts to increase, or a tumor starts to grow but symptoms haven’t surfaced.  Disease is a state when the internal struggles become too great for the body to battle and systems begin to fail causing symptoms to surface.  At this point, health is a long way off and many people rely on medication provided by their illness care provider as a “reactive” approach to trick the body into feeling healthier.

The good news is that a healthier approach is available for people to reverse the process from disease to true health, and medication is not necessarily required long term.  Eighty to ninety percent of people get themselves into a health crisis by not exercising, sleeping poorly, eating unhealthy foods, and not managing stress.  Simply by cutting refined sugar and homogenized oil products (cakes, cookies, ice cream, chips, etc) out of your diet, eliminating gluten, only drinking water and limiting alcohol you can start a journey back to health. Increasing your vegetable and fruit intake, and increasing the consumption of foods with Omega 3 Fatty Acids like salmon,  almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds, and green leafy vegetables can significantly reduce inflammation in the joints and vascular system.  Losing excess weight is a big factor in restoring health.  Combining the above diet with cardiovascular exercise like fast pace walking, jogging, stationary bike, or the elliptical machine for 30 minutes 3 to 4 times weekly will detoxify the body and help you lose the weight that needs to be lost.  If you average 7 hours of sleep per night, and engage in activities you enjoy on a regular basis, along with the above exercise and nutritional recommendations you will be well on your way back to a healthy you.

Taking simple proactive steps to preserve or restore your health will prevent the desperate need to  be reactive and take potentially dangerous medications or risky surgeries to stay alive.  Talk to your chiropractor or call our office to discuss how being a chiropractic wellness patient can turbo boost your own healthy habits and live a long and active life.


Universal Intelligence…Huh???

I’ve probably already lost you with the title.  But if you read this post you will undoubtedly understand what Universal Intelligence is and how it pertains to human health and chiropractic.

It is hard to believe that everything that happens in the universe is by chance.  If you believe in god, not sure if he exists, or you simply believe god doesn’t exist it is impossible to refute that order and purpose exists in the universe.  For example, shapes repeat themselves throughout the universe.  The most basic is a sphere.  Planets, stars, fruit, and the human egg are just a few examples of objects in the universe that are naturally spherical.  A more complex shape is the spiral.  Galaxies, hurricanes, and spirochete microbes are a few examples from around the universe that form a spiral.  Laws of attraction are also universal in many ways.  The way planets orbit around stars (the sun) through gravitational pull is eerily similar to the electrostatic attraction of electrons around the nucleus of an atom.  Lastly, elements from the periodic table found here on earth (carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, and sodium) have been discovered on planets as far as 884.5 trillion miles away from earth.

So how does all this pertain to human health and chiropractic??  If you believe that the above examples of order and purpose in the universe are not by chance then you accept the idea that there is some kind of governing power in the universe.  Call it what you will.  Which means that the same powers that be designed the human body with purpose.  Did you know that the first organ that develops at the 19-22 day period after fertilization is the spinal cord (called the neural groove)?  By the end of that 3 day period cells called “Soma” are ready to start developing into all the organs of the human body, and the fetal brain begins to develop at the end of the neural groove!  Pretty amazing!

By the time the human body is fully formed and ready to be exposed to the outside world the spinal column is formed to protect the most vital organ of the body- the spinal cord.  However, from the time a fetus is developing in its mothers womb all the way through life the spine and spinal cord undergo constant stress jeopardizing communication from the brain to the organs.  Whether it is sleeping in a funny position, poor posture in front of the computer, a traumatic physical event, or advanced wear and tear in the form of arthritis the spine absolutely reduces the nervous system’s ability to control function of the organs at the highest level.  Before you know it you have a weakened immune system, have high blood pressure, incontinence, pronounced asthma, bowel problems, and more.  The universe gave us the ability to reproduce and function every second of the day without thought.  This Universal Intelligence that designed the body and flows through us as Innate Intelligence can be preserved by removing any nerve blockages caused by faulty spinal function with the help of chiropractic adjustments.  This is why chiropractic is so essential in a proactive healthy lifestyle along with healthy eating, exercise, ample sleep, and stress relief activities (having fun).

Magnetic Field Therapy- Magnesphere

Are you looking for a pain relieving treatment that is non-invasive, relaxing, and reduces inflammation in the body?  The new wave of energy medicine is here! The latest and most effective form of energy healing is full body, low level magnetic field therapy.  Unlike magnets themselves, or high intensity electromagnetic fields which interrupt the body’s natural energy systems, low level magnetic fields from the Magnesphere are used by the nervous system to reduce pain, inflammation, and the negative effects of stress.

Dr. Jerry Jacobson, the scientist who helped design the Magnesphere has been studying magnetic fields for over 50 years.  Some consider him the modern day Einstein for his work on completing Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.  It took him and his team 30 years to determine the right field intensity to improve human health, and develop an intricate system of protocols to treat various diseases that are common today.  Each protocol uses different frequencies of energy at the same intensity to target a disease.  Now, over 100 different protocols have been developed helping migraine headaches, arthritis, neuropathy, Parkinson’s Disease, addiction, and many other ailments.

The proof is in the pudding…right?  Well, outcome measures are available by using a special heart rate monitor before and during treatment to reveal how the nervous system is effected with the Magnesphere treatment.  In addition, Heart Rate Variability (a marker that evaluates how the body works under stress) is calculated as an additional way to determine if the Magnesphere is improving a patient’s health.

The treatment lasts for 30 to 60 minutes, is relaxing (no noise or movement), and is very affordable at $65-$75 per hour of treatment.   FDA approved for safety, there have been no negative side effects from this treatment reported, and there are very few contraindications to using the Magnesphere.

If you are interested in a complementary session give the office a call today to set up your potentially life changing treatment- (201)670-7661.

Chiropractic Cuts Blood Pressure- WebMD Says!

Chiropractors have know for years through first hand experience that spinal adjustments to specific vertebrae can directly affect how internal organs function.  For example, adjusting the vertebrae in the lower mid back can improve the function of the kidneys and bladder.

In a recent study, lead by George Bakris, MD, chiropractic adjustments performed by Marshall Dickholtz, Sr, DC had, on average, reduced blood pressure in 25 patients compared to the 25 research subjects who were given a sham adjustment.  According to Dr. Bakris, “This procedure has the effect of not one, but two blood pressure medications given in combination.  We saw no side effects or problems”.  To read the original article click on the link below.

Wanna Try Healing Your Cancer Naturally?

For decades different organizations have tried raising money to find cures for cancer.  For the most part, much of the research has identified genes that are common in cancer patients, or new immunotherapy/chemotherapy/radiation treatments, but medical cures seem to be a long way off.  If we continue to look at chemicals  that are toxic to the human body, true healing will never occur.

For over a century brave doctors and non-medical healers have been thinking outside the allopathic box treating cancer victims with drastic, but effective, natural means.  For example, in 1902 the English scientist, John Beard, proposed an anticancer use for the digestive enzyme Trypsin.  Although Beard was discounted for his hypotheses regarding the origin of a cancer cell, in 2002 (100 years after Beards original work) multiple scientists are agreeing with his findings that cancer cells originate from stem cells that lose their regulatory restraint.  In 1902 Beard tested his theory by injecting Trypsin into mice who had cancer.  Remarkably, the two mice that he injected had tumors that completely regressed.  In 1906, doctors started treating their patients with two types of Trypsin in various applications and achieved favorable results.  For more than a decade doctors were using digestive enzymes as a cure for cancer.  But, like most doctors who come up with effective treatments that aren’t mainstream, the “establishment” ridiculed Beard, and the momentum of his enzyme treatment petered out.  Several doctors caught on to Beards work over the next 40 years and applied his enzyme treatments to their own patients.  However, once they tried to publish their work, the mainstream medical community veraciously squashed their efforts.  Finally, as Dr. Nicolas Gonzalez accounts in his publication “The History of the Enzyme Treatment of Cancer”, Dr. Donald Kelly (professionally an orthodontist) engrossed himself in the study of Dr. Beard’s work after being diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer.  By combining large doses of pancreatic enzymes with largely an organic raw food, vegetarian diet, nutritional supplements, and coffee enemas he saw his tumors, that were once palpable through the abdominal wall, regress significantly.  After his own personal experience, Dr. Kelly dedicated the rest of his life to being an Alternative Cancer Therapist and wrote the book “One Answer to Cancer” in 1969.  Dr. Gonzalez, one of the foremost MDs who successfully treats cancer patients in New York City naturally, had the pleasure of interviewing and evaluating over 1000 of Dr. Kelly’s patients.  He found that 455 of those patients did well, and in some cases, beat the odds and went into remission even in stage four of some of the most aggressive forms of cancer.

There are a number of prominent doctors in the field that are either strictly treating cancer naturally, or using a combined approach of medicine and nature.  Drs. such as Stanislaw Burzynski, James Forsythe, Russell Blaylock, and Jonathan Wright are just a few brilliant, successful physicians paving the way for naturalists to make their mark in the field of oncology.

There are so many natural substances that are known to thwart the growth of cancerous tumors.  Some basic anti-cancer principles include drinking purified water, and eating green leafy vegetables like Kale, Wheat Grass, Spinach, and Blue-Green Algae. Other superfoods such as Chlorophyll, Green Tea, Reishi Mushroom, Tumeric, Blueberry, Red and Orange Vegetables, and Acai Berry are also known to help your body resist cancer.  Some supplements that have been recommended include DHEA, Glutathione, Resveritrol, and other high level Antioxidants like OPC3.

To educate yourself about how to TREAT and PREVENT cancer naturally I highly recommend you buy the books “Knockout” by Suzanne Somers, and the highly acclaimed book “Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds” by Dr. Kelly A, Turner.   These books are sure to empower even the most desperate patients in the most dire situation.


Patient Health vs Insurance Coverage

As insurance policies become more costly, healthcare coverage continues to stay the same or become less comprehensive.  Over the years I have been challenged dozens of times with the task of explaining to patients that treatment needs rarely coincide with the number of treatments the insurance company allows.  I am often asked by the patient, “How many visits do I have left?”, or “How many visits does the insurance company cover?”.  Unfortunately, it is quite common for people to take better care of their cars than their bodies.  Somehow people with insurance coverage began to think that if insurance only allows “x” number of visits, then that is all they should need.

Over the years I’ve had to be very direct with my patients telling them that they will most-likely need care beyond their insurance policy limits, and they will have to invest in improving and maintaining their health.  Those who are health oriented typically follow my recommendations and are rewarded with a better quality of life experiencing noticeably fewer episodes of pain.  Those who are medically minded only come for crisis or “illness” care and wind up having more episodes of debilitating pain that become more frequent and severe with age.

So, the take home here is to use insurance to “supplement” your personal investment in your health, but don’t allow insurance to dictate what health and wellness related services you receive.  Within reason, always incorporate services that enhance your health to avoid health crises in the future.

Why Is My Back So Stiff In The Morning???

So many patients come in complaining that they don’t really have severe pain, but over the last several years their back has gotten increasingly stiff upon waking in the morning.  This is very common and usually occurs in people whom are above the age of 40.

As you age, and the repetitive stress that is endured from daily activities accumulates in your body, supportive tissues in and around the joints slowly wear down.  The types of activities that you engage in over the first 40 years of your life defines what tissues in your body wear down first.  For example, if you sit in front of a computer all day at work, and you’ve been doing it for 20+ years, the hands, neck, and back wear down first.  If you are a construction worker or manual laborer your shoulders, low back, hips, and knees will wear down first.

Increasing low back stiffness upon waking in the morning occurs because the intervertebral discs in your back are progressively wearing down.  Physiologically, when the connective tissue that makes up the disc (glucopolyglycans) begins to lose its strength and structure it is no longer able to hold on to its normal water content.  It is the fluid in the disc that gives you movement between spinal bones.  When the water content of the disc reduces the disc becomes a dry sponge-like structure creating the stiffness many people feel when they get up in the morning.  This condition is called “Degenerative Disc Disease” (DDD).

There is no way to rejuvenate the disc.  Don’t panic…there’s hope! Chiropractic care can dramatically help slow down the degenerative process and ensure that your nerves do not get damaged as seen below.  In addition, there are natural supplements (Nutra Disc by Anabolic Labs as an example) and exercises that help to maintain what disc remains, and reduce the inflammation commonly associated with the degenerative process.  To find out if you have DDD, or obtain information about chiropractic, supplements, and the exercises click on the “Make an Appointment” tab, or call my office to set up an appointment- (201) 670-7661.

Posture is the Key to Spinal Success

“Sit up straight!”, “Stop slouching”, “Stand with confidence!” my parents would shout when I was young.  Like me, you probably felt all those commands were just a way for your parents to control you.  However, our parents subconsciously were on to something.  The large majority of neck and back problems are due to weak supportive (postural) muscles, and significant changes in the way spinal bones relate to each other due to poor posture.  Let me paint the picture for you.  As a child you carry a heavy backpack and sit in class for about 6 hours per day. When graduation time comes from undergraduate or graduate school you choose to be a Financial Analyst or IT Specialist and sit in front of a computer 8 hours per day.  Not only that, but in order to get to and from work you sit on a bus, train, or in a car for 2 hours per day.  At the end of an exhausting day your sectional couch begs you to sit, relax, and plop down.  You can’t resist and watch TV for a couple hours.  Before you know it you are experiencing dull pain and stiffness in your neck and back blaming it on stress and fatigue.  You figure the pain will go away because typically in the morning you wake up with little or no discomfort.  Suddenly, a day comes when you wake up and can’t move your neck because the pain is stifling, or you bend down to pick up something and you fall to your knees in pain.

Does some or all of this scenario sound familiar?  Little by little your poor posture over the years has led you down a path of spinal destruction.  The spine is innately meant to have 4 distinct curvatures in its structure.  This keeps the body upright in its most stable and supported position.  When we slouch, the reduction of the curve in the low back weakens our core postural muscles and puts a sustained abnormal force into the discs between the spinal bones.  At the same time, the head shifts forward in relation to our shoulders compressing the vertebrae and nerves in the lower half of the neck and upper back.  Disaster is almost inevitable.

Back and neck pain is, for the most part, easily preventable.  By consciously sitting and standing straight, taking frequent breaks at work, and exercising your core muscles the chances of experiencing debilitating spine pain is minimal.  Here is a great visuals to show you good posture in both the standing and sitting position…

The Chiropractic Spinal Adjustment- Why Are People Scared?

Very often new patients come in and tell me they are afraid to be “cracked”.  Naturally, people use the word “cracked” because of what other people have described they felt, and because there is an audible sound with some adjustments that has a bubble wrap kind of effect.  As a result, as humans, we associated spine and snappy noises with violent action movies.  In addition, there is a bit of professional disparity between out-of-date thinking medical practitioners and chiropractors.  I often have patients tell me that their medical doctor told them that they could die or get injured by a chiropractic adjustment.  These medical practitioners never responsibly use research to back up their opinion.

The reality is that chiropractic adjustments are very safe.  The art of bone setting has been around for over 2,000 years, and the science behind chiropractic care was established in 1895.  All of the research available indicates that the chance of a severe injury from chiropractic care is, on average, less than 1:8,060,000 chiropractic visits, or 1 incident per every 48 chiropractic careers.   This was confirmed by researchers (Haldeman) who did an exhaustive search of malpractice claims over a 10 year period covering over 4,500 chiropractors in Canada.  In fact, the chances of a serious adverse reaction to a neck adjustment is equivalent to the same chance while simply walking into your medical physicians office.  This was documented in the journal SPINE in February or 2008.   Malpractice insurance for chiropractors is very low at $2,000 annually which reflects the safe nature of the profession.  Health insurance companies have been covering chiropractic care for over 35 years because it is the safest and most effective way to treat spine related pain conservatively.

Conversely, medical treatments are far more dangerous.  An article from the Journal of the American Medical Association on July, 26 in the year 2000 indicated that at least 225,000 deaths occurred due to medical intervention annually.  That included deaths from unnecessary surgery, medication errors and reactions, and hospital errors including infections.  That’s equivalent to more than 3 jumbo jets crashing every day over a year period and, at the time of the article, was the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer.

My purpose here is not to bash the medical community.  My son’s life, and millions of other people’s lives have been saved by modern medicine.  But, the time of double standards should end and everyone should have an opportunity to incorporate lifestyle and quality of life saving chiropractic care into their lives.  I urge everyone to not allow an opinion of others, or the sound of a treatment to discourage you from experiencing chiropractic care and its natural healing effects.