Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Headaches might be the most intolerable pain and discomfort that I can think of. The prevalance of headaches is unheard of. What could be worse than your head feeling like it is going to explode? The throbbing, the pounding, just make it stop!

Well let's examine the facts. Many headaches have an unknown etiology, meaning from no apparent cause. Researchers have identified many causes such as stress, alcohol, trauma, toxins, vision problems, and many many more. One cause that is rarely talked about is the condition called subluxation. This is where one or more bones in the spine is out of it's normal position. This misalignment puts pressure on the nerves that exit the sides of the bones creating interference, which leads to pain, symptoms and disease processes if it is allowed to go on for an extended period of time. Subluxation is correctable, and the only way is to see a chiropractor. There are no other health care professionals that can even tell what nerve interference is or a subluxation. Chiropractors can identify and correct this problem for you.

The major causes of subluxations are thoughts, trauma and toxins. These surround us everyday. As these subluxations persist, the internal structures and posture changes. When this is allowed to continue uncorrected the cervical nerves may become damaged. Many of these nerves control functions on the head and face. Even more of a concern is that the spinal cord runs from the brain down through the inside of the neck bones to the low back. As your posture continues to decline many headache patients experience forward head posture. Forward head posture means that your head translates forward from it's normal position. This can be seen and measured by observing someone from the side and looking at the position of the ear as compared to the shoulder. If you run a pen from the shoulder the ear should intersect it. If it is forward of the pen then this person has forward head posture. Forward head posture adds 10lbs of pressure to the lower portion of the neck where it connects to the upper back for every inch it goes forward. If you already have a 15 pound head that needs to be supported and you add more weight to it, that places a significant amount of stress on body and supporting tissues which in many cases triggers chronic headaches!

The most common treatments include medications and chiropractic care. Most people reach for the over the counter medications almost immediately. This has become an epidemic in many cases. We see patients that have literal pharmacies in their purses. This does not correct the problem it only chases away the symptoms and actually creates more problems. The most common being liver conditions and stomach problems. Many people do make their way to a chiropractors office to get relief care, and that is a great place to go. The problem is that most people use chiropractic care as a bandaid, only visiting a doctor of chiropractic when they are having a significant event.

The better option would be to get under consistent care and work on correcting the problem. Your chiropractor can put you on one of these correction plans and it does work. I do it everyday! The people that stick to the recommendations get the best results in the least amount of time for the least amount of money! Doesn't that sound like a winner? Absolutely.

So you decide, chase away the symptoms and create more symptoms, or correct the cause of the problem for good.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Words to live by

Eat well, drink well, move well, BE WELL.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Read this before you take harmful drugs

One patient's sad story from over the counter medication:
This came from daughter Jilly.. She was snizzing and couldn't stop. I told her to check the internet...

Read below.

Jo Ann

This is true, I verified:

> I want my friends and loved ones to know what has happened to me in hopes that it will never happen to you or anybody you care about. About 10 days ago, I felt a cold coming on; so before I went to bed I used Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel.. It's supposed to help you "get over your cold faster." Immediately after I sprayed it into each nostril I felt the most horrific burning sensation imaginable. It literally felt like I had sprayed pepper spray directly into my brain. It burned all the way to the top of my skull. My nasal passages swelled, my eyes watered - the burning lasted all night long into the next day.
> After about a day, I realized I couldn't taste anything and I thought, "Wow - I must really have a bad cold." Then I noticed that I couldn't smell coffee brewing, couldn't smell my perfume when I put it on, couldn't smell the popcorn I burned, couldn't smell my favorite candle. I panicked and starting smelling everything that I could find that had really strong odors - ammonia, finger nail polish remover, bleach, etc.. I couldn't smell ANYTHING! I started tasting everything that had really strong tastes such as HOT salsa, raw red onions, Doritos, coffee. I couldn't taste ANYTHING!
> I told my mother about this and she said, "Oh, I've heard Zicam can affect your Olfactory nerve." I went online, typed in "Zicam side effects" and bam - up popped all sorts of web sites with people reporting the same thing I experienced. It seems that this past June, Zicam pulled the swabs for adults and children off the shelf but not the nasal gel.
> I went to my ENT and he said the Zicam had basically "FRIED" my Olfactory nerve and the results are most likely permanent. He put me on a strong dose of a steroid called Prednisone in hopes of recovering ANY bit of the nerve damage but he told me to "take this and pray." He said he had read about the side effects of Zicam and couldn't believe it is still on the shelf. It isn't FDA approved. I am taking the Prednisone and praying but nothing is happening. I LITERALLY CANNOT SMELL OR TASTE ANYTHING! I can tell if foods are hot or cold, I can tell the consistency and I can faintly detect if it is salty but that is it.
> PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE pass this on to everyone you care about. I don't want this to happen to ANYONE else!!!!!!!!!! And if you have Zicam in your medicine cabinet--THROW IT AWAY!
> Please share with everyone you can.
> Check it out on the link below.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Staying on the wagon

Do you find yourself slipping off already from your new years resolution? News flash it is only the second week of the year. You need some help. Why succumb to the cliche that everyone gets on the bandwagon to lose weight, or quit smoking, or swears off chocolate, etc... Only to be in the second week and you cheated and are about to downward spiral.
Well don't be that guy. In order for you to accomplish a goal you must first think about what you want to do. Write it down so it exists. Next what are the action steps that you will have to do in order to accomplish this goal? Write it down. Get some help. The most successful people all have coaches and support teams behind them. Having someone there to push you, that is counting on you to perform and succeed helps them as well. If nobody holds you accountable it is really easy to just sit back on the couch instead of get to the gym. It is much easier to hit the snooze that get up and get going.
So if you are someone who is lost and needs guidance or if you are starting to slip, call us! We help all sorts of people accomplish their goals, (health and life). We are all in this together. Let's make 2010 a great year!