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Help Your Body Heal Better, Faster and With More Certainty

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on December 3, 2014

How does your body heal?  How can you help it…or should you even try?

In our thoroughly modern, “scientific” age, we employ all sorts of therapies and remedies to “enhance” or “speed” the healing process.  And quite often, we take drugs to ease the pain and symptoms CAUSED by the healing process.  BUT, I would suggest to you that there is a better way.

Now before I start, I’m not telling you not to go to the ER if you’ve been involved in an accident and need immediate attention.  I’m talking about routine chronic problems that never get to heal and diminish your quality of life.  And well, what I’m about to tell you might even help that broken arm heal better, too.

Your body heals itself much like a mason repairs a damaged wall.   A crew is brought in to remove the damaged parts and prepare the way for rebuilding the wall.  Then new materials are brought in to replace the old damaged material.  A competent and capable body (like the mason) will get the job done in the appropriate amount of time.

How does your body repair itself?

How does your body repair itself?

However, If the nervous system is compromised, the process simply will not function appropriately.  It’s like the mason gets the word late and is not quite prepared for the job.  Then we take something to ease the pain and it’s like giving the mason a bottle of booze to keep him from getting mad.  He can’t focus and just takes longer to do the job at less than 100%.

Enter the chiropractor.  He/she makes sure the brain gets the right signal and proper instructions and the right mason are then sent to the damaged/sick area.  The demolition and repair are done correctly and timely.

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So if you want to make sure your body heals properly and as efficiently and effectively as possible, find a good chiropractor that ONLY ADJUSTS the spine to remove this thing we call a vertebral subluxation.  You’ll be glad you did.

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Arthritis and Chiropractic

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on October 8, 2010

“Can chiropractic help arthritis?”  That’s a question every chiropractor is asked on a regular basis.  Depending on the chiropractor, the answer might be “It depends”, “I don’t know”, or “Yes!  Of course!”  This is where you ask, “How can that be?  My doctor says arthritis can’t be reversed.”  Well, let’s take a look and see how chiropractic can help arthritis.

Before we go too far, it’s important to know that there are actually TWO different conditions known as “arthritis”.  By definition, “arthritis” is inflammation of the joints.  But as I said before, there are actually two kinds of “arthritis”.  First, there’s osteoarthritis, sometimes referred to as “wear and tear” arthritis.  This includes DJD or Degenerative Disc Disease.  Then, there’s several variations of rheumatoid arthritis.  Let’s look at each of these separately.

Osteoarthritis or “wear and tear arthritis” is just that, a sort of wearing away of the joint.  It usually shows up as we age OR after years of excessive use or wear on a joint.  I can’t tell you how many folks tell me “The orthopedist told me the disc in my neck or low back is worn down because of my age.”  My response is “Well, how old are the other discs in your spine?”  Obviously, I see more of these problems in the spine because the spine is the focus of my practice as a chiropractor.  DJD or osteoarthritis in the spine, is usually caused by a (or several) bones in the spine that are not in perfect alignment.  And just like your car being out of alignment, these areas wear out quicker than the rest of the spine.  The discs wear away and the wisdom of the body tries to stabilize the area.  On x-ray, this reaction looks like little bone spurs.  It’s actually the body trying to fuse these vertebrae in order to protect you.  Usually, the problem is not noticed until the disc is about gone and the spurs (or osteophytes) start to press on nerves, causing pain.

The typical medical approach to dealing with this type of arthritis is self-medication with over-the-counter painkillers and NSAIDS, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Tylenol, Advil, etc.  If not resolved, you can end up on steroids or prescription painkillers that can lead to addiction.  The eventual medical solution is surgery, sometimes very risky surgery with long-term consequences.

The other kind of arthritis, called rheumatoid arthritis, is an inflammatory autoimmune condition that causes pain, swelling and disfiguration, usually easily seen in the hands.  As with most autoimmune conditions, the cause is unknown.  Yet, treatments start with over-the-counter painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs, then prescription painkillers, then immunosuppressant drugs.  That just means that the drug you’re taking actually retards your immune system.  The mandatory warnings on these drugs warn you of infection, disease and even death.  Hmmm.  Since we don’t know the CAUSE, should we be treating the effect with potentially lethal drugs?

I know you’re saying, “Alright, already.  How can chiropractic help either of these conditions?”  Since you asked, I’ll tell you.

There are two (at least) ways chiropractic helps those with arthritis.  The first way is biomechanically.  If you do, indeed, have spinal misalignments (we call them vertebral subluxations) that can cause the discs to wear down more quickly, we help correct those misalignments with gentle, specific adjustments.  As your body stays in its proper alignment, pressure is taken off nerves AND your nervous system.  When that happens, your symptoms tend to clear up.  If you maintain that proper alignment, you become stronger and help keep them from coming back.

The other way chiropractic helps is neurological.  Anyone that has ever suffered from an autoimmune disease knows that it’s made worse by stress.  Chiropractic adjustments help take stress off your nervous system allowing your body to rest, relax and heal.  By taking stress off your nervous system, your body functions better and is less likely to attack itself.   When your body is restored to proper function, healing and health happens naturally.

So from both a biomechanical and neurological standpoint, chiropractic helps your body deal with both the causes and effects of both kinds of arthritis.  If you suffer from either of these conditions, find a good Principled chiropractor and learn more about the chiropractic lifestyle.  If you do, I promise you more and better health and life.

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Seven Times Seven: How Will Your Health Be at 49?

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on September 4, 2010

Did you know that every red blood cell in your body is replaced every 120 days?  Did you know that your entire body is replaced on average every 7 years?  Wow!  Personally, I find that amazing.  I’m thinking, “If I clean up my act and start living according to some sound principles, I could have a whole new body…and life in just a few years!”

Since getting in the health business, I’ve noticed things I’d never even considered in the past.  I remember being in 6th grade and the teacher telling us how old we’d be when the millennium turned over and thinking “Dang.  I don’t want to be around if I’m gonna be like folks I know that age.”  Sadly, that’s even more true now than then.  Of course I’m 10 years older than that now and younger than most folks my age.

Enough nostalgia.  Let’s talk about regeneration.  Let’s assume that everything in your body and life goes according to God’s design.  By the time you’re 50 years old, you should be in pretty good health.  But, we all know folks that age that simply are not in good health, at all.  What happened?

Here’s one premise.  We know that the first system to form in our bodies is the Central Nervous System and that every aspect of our lives are either controlled by or filtered through our nervous system.  If someone had had any kind of difficult birth process, there could be damage (or at least stress) on the neck and brainstem.  Since the brainstem affects ALL of your body’s vital function, pressure there could affect your development and health.

Let’s just say that happened to you or someone you know and your nervous system (and body) was functioning at say 90%.  Since you’re growing so fast in your early years you might not notice any problems whatsoever.  Well, maybe some colic or seizures or ADD/ADHD.  But nothing “serious”.  OK.  Maybe you grew up with chronic colds and seemed to catch whatever bug was going around when none of your friends or family did.  But, nothing serious.

But, as newborn becomes seven, then 14 then 21, you start to notice a pattern.  Then about the time you turn 30, life begins to wear you down.   You might have developed chronic health problems like fibromyalgia,  migraines, high blood pressure, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, arthritis or some other kind or arthritic condition.  Then, by the time you turn 40, you’re wondering how you’re going to live as long as your parents and what the heck is your life going to be like.

Let’s do the math on that.  If you start out with your nervous system and body functioning at 90%, your blood cells and tissues and organs and systems don’t develop and function quite as well as they should.  At 14, it’s 90% times 90%.  At 21, it’s 90% times 81%.  By the time your 49 (the halfway point)  you’re functioning at 36% of the potential God sent you here with.  Your body is falling apart and your life sucks.   You begin to wonder if you’ll even live long enough to enjoy your retirement and IF you do, will you be able to afford to!  You purchase long-term care insurance so your family won’t be saddled with the cost of warehousing you in your waning years. Bleak picture, huh?

What if we could correct that problem that started at birth or during childhood?  Could we reverse all that was done or not done?  Maybe so.  What if you could help your body start functioning at 100% of what your potential is right now?  Would that help?  Of course it would!  Because your body ALWAYS strives to do ALL that it can with what it’s got to work with, you begin IMMEDIATELY toward better function and better health.  It’s like investing in a retirement account.  You can get a late start and still be way ahead of where you’d be if you had never invested in the first place.

Simple chiropractic care focused on the original stress on your nervous system (NOT on back pain or symptoms) can help you move toward your potential immediately.  Sure, you can improve your health with diet and supplementation, exercise and a good spiritual life.  However, since EVERYTHING is filtered through or controlled by your nervous system, more of all (or any) of these is fruitless if there’s nerve interference.  So, the key is to locate and reduce interference to the proper function of your nerve system.  That usually happens at one place, the top of the neck.  So, it’s important to find the right chiropractor.

You were Designed to do great things and be productive your whole life.  If that’s not happening for you and with you, find yourself a good Principled chiropractor.  If you need help finding one, let me know.  I’m always glad to help.

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How is chiropractic like a manicure?

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on October 8, 2008

I was talking with a friend who has also been getting adjusted by me over the last few years.  While my friend has seen chiropractors for many years, she had never heard about the wellness aspect of chiropractic care.  In fact, in all her previous chiropractic experiences, she would get adjusted ONLY until her symptoms cleared up.  At that point, she would be released from care and not come back until her symptoms did.

At the point that I had started adjusting her, it had been a few years since her last chiropractic experience.  She came to me because her symptoms of tingling and numbness in her hands had returned AND the only thing that ever helped were adjustments.  Obviously, she responded quickly to the adjustments and the symptoms cleared up in no time.  But, she was shocked at my answer when she asked the question, “How can I keep this problem from coming back?”  My answer was simply, “You will probably need to get adjusted on a regular basis for the rest of your life”.

One of the biggest prejudices people have about going to the chiropractor is they “they want you to go forever!”  The truth is that YOU are the customer.  YOU decide how often and for how long you want to get adjusted.  Like my friend, lots of folks are satisfied to simply go until the symptoms go away, then stop.  the problem with that approach is that you never really get the source of the problem cleared up.  So, the problem continues to get worse over time causing you to have to go back later.

I proceeded to tell her that regular adjustments over time help keep pressure off your nervous system.  And since your nervous system runs every aspect of your life and every bodily function, regular adjustments help you reduce stress that builds up in your body causing all sorts of aches and pains, as well as many chronic autoimmune problems like irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, arthritis (and all its’ derivatives) migraine headaches, high blood pressure, ulcers, ADD/ADHD, even infertility and sexual dysfunction.  Oddly enough, my friend had had a foot of her colon removed because of IBS, which is made worse by chronic stress.

It was at that point that she asked a question I must have heard a thousand times over my chiropractic career.  “Why wasn’t I told about this by ANY of my previous chiropractors?”  I didn’t really have a good answer.  I think part of it is that chiropractors don’t want to seem TOO bold about what they claim, so they simply take the easy money and adjust till the pain goes away and hope to see you when the pain comes back.

Chiropractic is like a manicure. This was a little hard for me to grasp at first, simply because I don’t get manicures.  But with a manicure, the nail polish either fades away or is slowly chipped off as you go through your normal routine.  So, ladies generally go back on a weekly or monthly basis.  I’m sure one reason they go back is because they like being pampered a little.  Another reason is that they simply like how they feel when they look better and a fresh manicure always looks better than an old one.  Chiropractic adjustments are very much like that.  While one adjustment is great and a few are even better, the true benefit from chiropractic care comes when you make it a part of your life.  Whether weekly or monthly, regular visits help your body stay aligned and dealing with a stressful world much better than if you don’t go at all.  And when you go to the chiropractor on a regular basis, you also get to ask questions about where health really comes from and compare perspectives between your chiropractor and your MD.

If women get their nails done on a regular basis and men change the oil in their car every 3-5000 miles, why wouldn’t you make sure to keep stress off your nervous system?  After all, your nervouse system controls EVERY function in your body!  Every life experience is filtered through your nervous system.  In other words, if you’ve got stress on your nervous system, your life can be an absolute mess without you even knowing it!

If I could encourage you to do one thing it would be to talk to your chiropractor about long-term wellness care.  If you don’t have a chiropractor and want to know more about living a better life without drugs and fear of sickness and disease, read more of my blog and feel free to ask questions.

Best wishes for a powerful day and inspired life!

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FDA lists drug safety warning changes

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on February 29, 2008

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a list of drugs which required changes in the safety warnings and precautions in NOVEMBER. Remember, the best way to avoid (or reduce) the dangers of drug use is to build health naturally. Here’s the list followed by a link to the specific warnings:

In November 2007, the following drugs had modifications to the BOXED WARNING, CONTRAINDICATIONS, and/or WARNINGS sections:

Abilify (aripiprazole) Tablets, Abilify Discmelt (aripiprazole) Orally Disintegrating Tablets, Abilify (aripiprazole) Oral Solution, Abilify (aripiprazole) Injection For Intramuscular Use Only

Aranesp (darbepoetin alfa) For Injection

Avandia (rosiglitazone maleate) Tablets

Epogen (epoetin alfa) For Injection

Myfortic (mycophenolic acid) Delayed-Release Tablets

Optison (Perflutren Protein-Type A Microspheres Injectable Suspension, USP)

Sarafem (fluoxetine hydrochloride tablets)

Crestor (rosuvastatin calcium) Tablets

Cymbalta (duloxetine hydrochloride) Delayed-Release Capsules

Kaletra (Iopinavir/ritonavir) Tablets and Solution

Lac-Hydrin (ammonium lactate) Lotion, 12%

Zometa (zoledronic acid) Injection – Concentrate for Intravenous Infusion

Arava (leflunomide) Tablets

Avalide (irbesartan-hydrochlorothiazide) Tablets

Celebrex (celecoxib capsules)

Eligard (leuprolide acetate for injectable suspension)

Invanz (ertapenem for injection)

Motrin IB (200 mg ibuprofen) Tablets

Nexavar (sorafenib) Tablets

Sprycel (dasatinib) Tablet For Oral Use

Toradol (ketorolac tromethamine tablets)

Vectibix (panitumumab) For Intravenous Use Only

The Detailed View Page identifies safety labeling sections and subsections revised along with a bref summary of new or modified safety information to the BOXED WARNING, CONTRAINDICATIONS, and/or WARNINGS sections:

http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/safety/2007/nov07.htm

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