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The Opioid Epidemic and Natural Solutions

“Overall, the results indicate that the medical profession is doing a poor job of appropriately prescribing opioid painkillers. Even though the rates have leveled off, we have a long way to go in improving medical care so these are not as overprescribed as they are currently … [T]here are a lot of leftover medications. In many cases, physicians could write smaller prescriptions, or avoid them completely for those who benefit from ibuprofen or acetaminophen.”

– Dr. Wilson Compton, Deputy Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (1)

Prescription opioids are medications that are typically prescribed by dentists, family doctors and hospitals as a response to acute pain.  The medication is only supposed to be used for a short period of time, but studies have found those who are prescribed opioids can take them from 2 weeks to 10 years or more. Opioids are chemically similar to endorphins, which is a substance our body makes naturally to relieve pain. Opioids can be made naturally from plants, be a blend of natural and synthetic compounds or completely synthetic.

How do Opioids Affect the Brain?

Opioids attach themselves to receptors in the brain. The chemical structure of opioids mimics our natural neurotransmitter. With the two being very similar, the body is unfortunately fooled into locking the opioid into a receptor site which activates the nerve cells. Once the opioid is attached into place, the body starts to experience what is known as the “Opioid effect”. This is where the body starts to slow down breathing rates, reduces or blocks pain and creates an overall calming effect. (7)

Opioids also target our body’s reward system. Opioids open the flood gates and overwhelm the circuit with dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter located in parts of the brain that help with emotion, cogitation, motivation, and feelings of pleasure. This constant overstimulation of our rewarding system leads to an increase of misuse and addiction to opioid medication. (7)  An article posted in the CBS news in June 2017 stated the alarming fact that opioid overdoses are the leading cause of deaths in Americans under the age of 50. (8)

Are there Side Effects of taking Opioids?

Some of the most common side effects of taking opioids include: constipation, itch, low blood pressure, excessive constriction of the pupil of the eye (miosis), nausea, sedation, urinary retention and suppressed respiration.

Natural Non-drug Solutions for Pain Relief

Reduce Sugar in the Daily Diet:

Sugar consumption has a direct correlation to inflammation.  A rise in blood sugar causes a cascade of events which includes the release of inflammatory chemicals. There are multiple inflammatory chemicals released, including histamines, prostaglandins and interleukins.

These inflammatory chemicals cause an internal response that requires the immune system to step in and respond to the cleanup process. Elevated levels of inflammation dramatically accelerate degeneration in the body and can lead to a host of cell damaging diseases that greatly reduces longevity. (2)

Take a High Quality Animal- Based Omega 3 Fats:

Omega- 3 fats block the chain of events that cause inflammation and regulate the migration of inflammatory cells and chemicals to the sites of inflammation.  Consumption of Omega 3 fats are found in dark green leafy vegetables, flaxseed, walnuts, butternuts, salmon, halibut, tuna, and avocados. By taking the natural route, one is unlikely to experience the side effects of gastro-intestinal or cardiovascular systems mentioned before that are common when taking anti-inflammatory drugs. (3,4)

Supplement with Bromelain:

Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapples. Although mostly used as a digestive aid, it has been linked to analgesic properties which have been documented to have influence on pain mediators such as bradykinin. (6)  Bromelain accounts for many therapeutic benefits like the treatment of angina pectoris, bronchitis, sinusitis, surgical trauma, and thrombophlebitis, debridement of wounds, and enhanced absorption of drugs, particularly antibiotics. It also relieves osteoarthritis, diarrhea, and various cardiovascular disorders. (5)

Supplement with Curcumin:

The anti-inflammatory properties of Curcumin has been shown to help with Osteoarthritis. Curcumin inhibits multiple pro-inflammatory molecules such as cytokines and prostaglandins. The effects of curcumin have been documented in many clinical trials demonstrating its ability to prevent or reduce cellular death and oxidative stress. (9) Clinical trial dosages between 200mg-3,000mg for curcumin have shown benefits depending on the case. It is important to talk to a physician about appropriate dosage per case.

Importance of Vitamin D:

Vitamin D is an important vitamin in the body that helps the absorption of essential vitamins and minerals necessary for overall bone and muscle health. (11) Levels less than 32 ng/mL have been shown to reduce intestinal calcium absorption, reduced bone density, reduced immune system, increased insulin resistance and risk of many types of cancer. Sources of vitamin D include sun exposure, food intake and dietary supplement of Vitamin D3.

Vitamin C:

A study was conducted by Dr. Zollinger et al, in a double blind random study with participants with reflex sympathetic dystrophy post wrist fractures. Vitamin C was given pre-surgery and demonstrated no reports of reflex sympathetic dystrophy. The participants were given a daily dosage of 500mg 2 days prior to surgery and continued with vitamin C 7-week post-surgery.

Vitamin C is considered an anti-oxidant and is needed to manufacture collagen and work with the immune system. Collagen is needed to support the connective tissue, tendons and cartilage. It is also needed to prevent poor wound healing and supports healthy gums. (14)

What do do now?

It is important to meet with a qualified clinical nutritionist to review your personal health information to determine proper supplements and dietary recommendations. At our practice, we use a complement of diagnostic testing to put together a natural health plan to address your individual needs. Traditional chiropractic care and acupuncture work together with our nutritional advice to create a plan to get you out of pain and back to living your life with optimal wellness. Contact our office today to see how we can help!

Works Cited:

  1. Han B, Compton WM, Blanco C, Crane E, Lee J, Jones CM. Prescription Opioid Use, Misuse, and Use Disorders in U.S. Adults: 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Ann Intern Med. [Epub ahead of print 1 August 2017]:. doi: 10.7326/M17-0865
  2. Ballentine, Robert. CHRONIC PAIN,www.holistichealthservices.com/research/chronic_pain.html.
  3. “Nutrition and Pain Management: Omega 3 & 6.” New York Pain Medicine, Dr. Douglas Allen, 14 June 2012, nypainmedicine.com/nutrition-and-pain-management-omega-3-6/.
  4. “Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Pain Management | Health Plus Wellness Center.” Welcome to Health Plus Wellness Center, 16 Sept. 2016, healthpluswellnesscenter.com/omega-3-fatty-acids-and-pain-management.
  5. Rajendra Pavan, Sapna Jain, Shraddha, and Ajay Kumar, “Properties and Therapeutic Application of Bromelain: A Review,” Biotechnology Research International, vol. 2012, Article ID 976203, 6 pages, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/976203
  6. Cohen A, Goldman J. Bromelain therapy in rheumatoid arthritis. Pennsylvania Medical Journal. 1964;67:27–30. [PubMed]
  7. “The National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment.” How Do Opioids Work in the Brain?, The National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment, Dec. 2008, www.naabt.org/faq_answers.cfm?ID=6.
  8. Reynolds, Dean. “Overdoses Now Leading Cause of Death of Americans under 50.” CBS News, CBS Interactive, 6 June 2017, cbsnews.com/news/overdoses-are-leading-cause-of-death-americans-under-50/.
  9. “How Curcumin Relieves Pain And Aches.” Turmeric for Health!, 3 Aug. 2017, turmericforhealth.com/curcumin-benefits-and-dosage/curcumin-for-pain.
  10. Kragstrup, Tue Wenzel. “Vitamin D Supplementation for Patients with Chronic Pain.” Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care1 (2011): 4–5. PMC. Web. 22 Aug. 2017.
  11. Holick MF, Binkley NC, Bischoff-Ferrari HA, et al. Evaluation, treatment, and prevention of vitamin D deficiency: an Endocrine Society clinical practice guideline. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2011; 96: 1911–1930.
  12. Besse JL, Gadeyne S, Galand-Desmé S, Lerat JL, Moyen B. Effect of vitamin C on prevention of complex regional pain syndrome type I in foot and ankle surgery. Foot Ankle Surg. 2009;15:179–182. [PubMed]
  13. Zollinger PE, Ellis ML, Unal H, Tuinebreijer WE. Clinical outcome of cementless semi-constrained trapeziometacarpal arthroplasty, and possible effect of vitamin C on the occurrence of complex regional pain syndrome. Acta Orthop Belg. 2008;74:317–322. [PubMed]
  14. Krause’s Food, Nutrition & Diet Therapy 12th Ed. 12th ed. England: W B SAUNDERS (FL/MO)-ELSEVIER Science HE, 2008. Print.

Aluminum

Today’s blog post is brought to you by our monthly science based nutrition newsletter!  The information is too good not to share.  Please enjoy!

The awareness of evidence regarding aluminum exposure and its negative effects on our bodies is growing.  Researchers have been linking aluminum exposure to neurological disorders such as Alzheimers, Parkinsons, ADHD, and even cancer for years.  In fact, “there has been a strong link between human exposure to aluminum and the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease for half a century or more” says Chris Exley, PhD, of Keele University in England who has been studying the impact of aluminum on the human body since 1984.1 Aluminum occurs naturally is the soil, water, and air but we are contributing to the load by manufacturing of aluminum products, power plants, pollution from industrialization, “chemtrails” from aircraft in the skies, and vaccines.

If significant aluminum load exceeds the body’s capacity to eliminate it, it is deposited into various tissues that include bone, brain, liver, heart, spleen, and muscle.2   And, humans living a modern lifestyle, can very easily reach these daily dose levels.  Children and elderly people are the populations at greatest risk of exposure to potentially harmful levels.  Dr. Chris Shaw, a neuroscientist and professor at the University of British Columbia explains in his studies regarding the aluminum that is in countless products we use every day since the Industrial Revolution; “We increasingly have this compound that was not part of any biochemical process on Earth, that can now only go and do havoc, which is exactly what it does. It causes all kinds of unusual biochemical reactions.”2  Side effects of chronic Aluminum exposure or toxicity are muscle weakness, confusion, speech problems, slow growth in children, brain diseases, and nervous system problems causing difficulty with voluntary and involuntary actions.

Where does it come from?

Aluminum contamination has been found in a number of products on the market to include foods and beverages, deodorants, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals like antacids and buffered aspirin.

Additional contamination occurs when food comes into contact with aluminum equipment.  Cooking with aluminum foil dramatically increases your aluminum levels.  According to a 2006 study, cooking meat in aluminum foil increased aluminum levels as follows:3

Red meats cooked in aluminum foil increased in aluminum by 89 to 378 percent.

Poultry increased by 76 to 214 percent.

Aluminum levels increased with higher cooking temperatures and longer cooking times

Vaccines are a primary source of aluminum that exposes children to the metal more now than ever.  Children today are receiving 17 shots that contain aluminum, compared to 4 vaccines in the 1970s-1980s.4 Common vaccines that contain aluminum are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, DTap, Pneumococcal HPV, and Hib but there are more.  The worst part is that many children are receiving more than just one vaccine at a visit in which the concentration of the aluminum levels is greatly increased.

A study published in BMC (BioMed Central), a portfolio of high quality peer-reviewed journals, in 2013 concluded5:

“Alum has high neurotoxic potential, and planning administration of continuously escalating doses of this poorly biodegradable adjuvant in the population should be carefully evaluated by regulatory agencies since the compound may be insidiously unsafe… especially in the case of over-immunization or immature/altered blood brain barrier.”

Following a typical injection, 59% of the aluminum content is excreted within the first five days, but 25% may be retained long term. In some children, the aluminum may have a 10-year half-life.6  Injection of aluminum is different than ingestion.  However…this topic deserves its own newsletter.

Intake of daily antacids and aspirin that contain Aluminum is the reason why elderly persons are more susceptible to aluminum intake at neurotoxic levels.  Oral intake of 330 mg/kg/day or more results in decreased myelination of nerves in experimental animals, and even 230 mg/kg/day is enough to cause neurological damage.6  Adults who take a buffered aspirin everyday as directed by their physician to reduce cardiovascular risk with an antacid are getting between 840 and 5,000 mg of aluminum-containing compounds per day!6

Alzheimers

Very small amounts of aluminum are needed to produce neurotoxicity and is done so in increments of small amounts over a lifetime.  The hypothesis that aluminum significantly contributes to Alzheimer’s disease is built upon very solid experimental evidence and should not be dismissed.7   Data combined from 37 studies involving 1227 participants was published as a meta-analysis in The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.  The studies examined autopsy’s measuring amounts of aluminum in the brain, blood, and CSF.  The conclusion of the report demonstrated that aluminum levels are significantly elevated in the brain, serum and CSF of patients with Alzheimer’s disease.8

Getting rid of it

Actual absorption of Aluminum from ingestion is pretty low.  Most aluminum ingested from food, water and drugs is excreted out by the kidneys into the urine but the brain, however is extremely sensitive to it.  The problem is that neurons are very good at absorbing whatever aluminum does make it into the bloodstream.5 The result over time is a gradual destruction of neural tissue.

There are many nutrients you can take to aid in removal of heavy metals:

Vitamin E

Vitamin C

Selenium

Turmeric

Milk Thistle

Chlorella

Try adding herbs to your foods like cilantro, parsley, curry, and garlic.

It is also very important to test liver function, kidney function, and your immune status.  Testing a comprehensive blood panel will not only cover all of these, but can also detect any major deficiencies or toxicities that could be affecting your body’s ability to heal, repair, and detox.  You can test your toxic element status by doing a hair and urine tests.  Hair testing will help show what you are currently excreting.  However, further investigation can be done by a urine test to determine if there are toxic elements you are NOT excreting.  This is critical in that some people develop or have an impaired ability to efficiently eliminate aluminum and other heavy metals.  Basically, the heavy metals are going in faster than they are being eliminated.  Oral chelation agents can help assist the heavy metal elimination process.

There are some oral chelating agents that can be very effective and cause heavy metals to be quickly removed from the body.  However, caution should be used: high doses of these products can have side effects such as upset stomach.  Your SBN health professional can help guide you to efficiently and safely eliminate heavy metals.  Using oral chelating agents should NEVER be done unless under supervision of your experienced healthcare provider.  To find out more about heavy metals you may be exposed to and/or to see what other deficiencies exist, it is recommended to always get tested first.  An individualized plan of action is important because not everyone’s body excretes toxins at the same rate.  There are many variables that can play into your body’s healing rate.  It is never too late to get started.  Call us today to schedule a consultation with an experienced nutritionist to get tested!

 

References

  1. Dr. Veronique Desaulniers. “Aluminum Toxicity: 4 Ways to Detox Your Brain & Body.” The Truth About Cancer, 27 Mar. 2018, thetruthaboutcancer.com/detox-aluminum-toxicity/.
  2. Walia, Arjun. Here’s Where Aluminum Goes When It’s Injected Into Your Body from a            Vaccine.  The Vaccine Reaction.  Published May 31, 2016
  3. Turhan, S. “Aluminium Contents in Baked Meats Wrapped in Aluminium Foil.” Meat Science., U.S. National Library of Medicine, Dec. 2006,             www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22063217?dopt=Abstract&holding=f1000%2Cf1000m% 2Cisrctn.
  4. NVIC.org Vaccination Pamphlet
  5. Khan, Zakir, et al. “Slow CCL2-Dependent Translocation of Biopersistent Particles from Muscle to Brain.” BMC Medicine, BioMed Central, 2013,   www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3616851/.
  6. Goldman, Erik. “Aluminum, Alzheimer’s & Autism: Understanding the Connection.” Holistic Primary Care, 26 May 2015, holisticprimarycare.net/topics/topics-a-g/chronic-   disease/1701-aluminum-alzheimer-s-autism-understanding-the-connection.html.
  7. Gherardi, Romain Kroum, et al. “Aluminum and Alzheimer’s Disease: after a Century of Controversy, Is There a Plausible Link?” Frontiers in Neurology, Frontiers Media S.A.,       2011, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4318414/.
  8. Sohaib A. Virk Sohaib A. Virk Guy D. Eslick. Aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease: A        comprehensive meta-analysis.  Alzheimer’s and Dementia.  The Journal of the       Alzheimer’s Association.  University of Sydney.  2003, January 09.

What’s the Deal with Turmeric?

If you enjoy South Asian and Middle Easter cuisine, chances are you’ve come in contact with a spice called turmeric. It is one of the main ingredients in curry dishes and has a vibrant color and flavor1. One of the main reasons why turmeric has been linked to its main health and medical benefits is due to its active ingredient known as curcumin. A typical turmeric root may contain 2-7% concentration of curcumin1. There are over a million articles on the web and in journals supporting turmeric and its multiple pharmacological activities. Some examples of these benefits are listed below.

  • Anticarcinogenic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Cardiovascular protectant
  • Helps support the liver
  • Supports the nervous system
  • Cancer prevention and treatment adjunct

Anti-carcinogenic Effects:

An anticarcinogen is defined as a substance that counteracts the effects of a carcinogen or inhibits the development of cancer2. Turmeric has demonstrated that it is capable of having an anti-carcinogenic effect on all steps of cancer development. Some studies are currently being conducted to prove that it may also play a part in cancer regression. The protective mechanism of turmeric is due to its direct antioxidant and free radical-scavenging effects. It helps jump start the body’s natural antioxidant system while simultaneously increasing levels of glutathione and other enzymatic processes of the body3. In various studies, turmeric has been reported to exhibit activity against the development of skin, breast, oral and stomach cancers. A study published by the Journal of Biological Chemistry found that Curcumin improves the effectiveness of chemotherapy in breast cancer patients3. Curcumin also promotes anti-angiogenesis, meaning it helps prevent the development of additional blood supply necessary for cancer cell growth.

Cardiovascular Effects:

The effect of turmeric and curcumin on the cardiovascular system includes the lowering of cholesterol levels and inhibiting platelet aggregation. A study was conducted on 10 healthy individuals who received 500mg of curcumin a day for 7 days. There was a 33% reduction of Lipid Peroxides, which contributes to a reduction of cell damage. There was a 29% increase in HDL cholesterol and 11.63% reduction in total serum cholesterol. This cholesterol lowering ability is due to turmeric interfering with the intestinal cholesterol uptake and by increasing cholesterol conversion into bile salts4.

Liver Support Effects:

A study was conducted on mice given aspirin and carbon tetrachloride (widely used as a cleaning fluid). The mice experienced a significantly reduction of the liver blood markers when treated with 100mg/kg of turmeric5. The antioxidant effect of turmeric supports its role in treating liver conditions, especially anti-inflammatory and chloretic effects (stimulating the secretion of gastric acid). This helps with increasing biliary excretion of bile salts, cholesterol and bilirubin6. Turmeric has also been noted to help increase the solubility of the bile, showing great benefit to the prevention and treatment of gallstones7.

Nervous System Support:

Multiple studies are currently underway demonstrating the effectiveness of turmeric on the nervous system. Some studies have indicated that a protective role of turmeric on stroke models, including links to the reduction of plaque buildup in models of Alzheimer’s disease8. It also has helped with the reduction of cataract formation on the lens by reducing the rate of cellular death and boosting resistance of the optic lens9-10.

Cancer prevention and Treatment Adjunct:

One human study was conducted on 16 chronic smokers and 6 nonsmokers. The nonsmokers served as a control group, while the 16 chronic smokers were given 1.5g of turmeric per day. At the end of a 30 day trail period, the smokers who had received the turmeric each day had a reduction of a mutagenic (radiation or a chemical substance) agent in their urine11. The results of the study are quite significant. With the rise of smoke and other environmental cancer causing agents, the frequent use of turmeric appears warranted11.

How much do you need?

The typical dosage for turmeric and curcumin depends on the type of condition being treated. The most common recommendation for turmeric as an anti-inflammatory aid is between 1000- 3000mg per day.  Turmeric’s active form curcumin may have difficulty being absorbed with its rapid metabolism and low bioavailability in the body. Some reports show that not all oral administered curcumin is 100% absorbed in the GI tract, in fact 40-85% may go completely unchanged. Some tips on how to help curcumin get in the body is to mix it with black pepper, fats and with quercetin (pigment found in plants and food such as red wine, red grapes, berries and onions12.)

Before considering a dosage for yourself, it is important to consult a nutrition specialist. You can find out the level of your deficiencies and toxicities by getting a comprehensive blood test and tissue mineral analysis. Reviewing results of these testing methods with your experienced nutrition professional can help you understand where to start. By knowing exactly what diet to follow and what supplements you need with the correct dosing, you can control your body’s health status. Get tested today to get started on a pathway towards optimal wellness!

 

Works Cited:

1 Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects 2nd Edition, “Chapter 13: Turmeric, the

Golden Spice”

2 “Anticarcinogenic.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 1 Mar. 2018.

3 Curcumin Treatment Suppresses IKKβ Kinase Activity of Salivary Cells of Patients with Head

and Neck Cancer: A Pilot Study http://clincancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/17/18/5953

4 Soni KB, Kuttan R. Effect of oral curcumin administration on serum peroxides and cholesterol

levels in human volunteers. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol

5 Lin SC, Lin CC, Lin YH, et al. Protective and therapeutic effects of Curcuma Xanthorrihza on

hepatotoxin-induced liver damage. AM J Chi Med 1995; 23: 243-254

6 Ammon HP, Wahl MA. Pharmacology of Curcuma Longa. Planta Med 1991;57:1-7.

7 Ramprasad C, Sirsi M. Curcuma Longa and bile secretion. Quantitative changes in the bile

constituents induced by sodium curcuminate. J Sci Ind Res 1957;16C: 108-110.

8 Lim GP, Chu T, Yang F, et al. The curry spice curcumin reduces oxidative damage and amyloid

pathology in an Alzheimer transgenic mouse. J Neurosci 2001; 21: 8370-8377

9 Pandya U, Saini MK, Jin GF, et al. Dietary curcumin prevents ocular toxicity of naphthalene in

rats. Toxicol Lett 2000; 115: 195-204

10 Awasthi S, Srivastave SK, Piper JT, et al. Curcumin protects agains4-hydroxy-2-trans-nonenal-

induced cataract formation in lenses. Am J Clin nutr 1996;64:761-766

11 Polasa K, Sesikaran B, Krishna TP, et al. Effects of turmeric on urinary mutagens in smokers.

Mutagenesis 1992; 7: 107-109

12. Nita Chainani-Wu. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. July 2004, 9(1): 161- https://doi.org/10.1089/107555303321223035

 

This information has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

The Terrible T’s

If you have come into our office you have probably heard us talking about the “Terrible T’s” quite a bit. But what are the terrible T’s and what impact do they have on your health? The 3 terrible T’s are traumas, toxins, and thoughts. Each one plays a pivotal role in health in its own unique way. Let’s break these down individually and dive into how they each can affect you.

We will start with traumas. Traumas are probably the most obvious T when it comes to the impact they have on your health. Traumas are defined as any injury, accident, fall, bump, scrape, bruise, etc. Traumas are the things you usually can easily remember. They are things that happen that you know caused some sort of pain or dysfunction in the body. For example you recall falling off your bike and hurting your knee or getting in a car accident and suddenly having neck pain. But sometimes traumas aren’t quite as obvious. Think about some repetitive traumas you go through daily. Do you sit at a desk all day? That’s a trauma for your low back. Every time you look down at your phone that’s a trauma for your neck. We are starting to see more and more cases of repetitive traumas causing problems for our patients. So how do we correct for these traumas? Chiropractic adjustments are wonderful for restoring proper joint motion and function following biomechanical injuries to the body. We love seeing the results our patients get even from just a few adjustments of the spine or even extremities! Chiropractic adjustments help to reduce pain, restore range of motion, and get people back to feeling like themselves.

The next T I would like to talk about is toxins. Toxins are things that get into your body and cause massive inflammation. That build-up of inflammation can lead to wide spread pain and discomfort. Most commonly toxins are found in our environment in the things we eat and expose ourselves to. Think of your daily routine getting ready. Do you use clean shampoo, do you use deodorant with aluminum, are you using toxic makeup products? It’s important to make the switch to clean and natural products for all of the above to make sure you are protecting yourself. Now think about the foods you eat? Are you eating enough fruits and vegetables? A majority of people are not. Do you eat fast food? Gluten? Dairy products? These things are commonly very toxic and inflammatory for people. This inflammation from food is not always present as symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort. Sometimes inflammation from food can show up as joint pain, back pain, or even nerve pain. We have seen multiple people who don’t seem to respond to chiropractic care suddenly start to see amazing improvements when we start looking at what toxins are in their environment and remove them. Our bodies were made to thrive and heal and be healthy as long as we remove toxins interfering with that process!

The last T we need to discuss is thoughts. This is one of the most difficult T’s for most of our patients to wrap their heads around. Our thoughts are so powerful when it comes to our health. Patients who have a positive outlook on their health generally see much better results in our office. In Chinese medicine they discuss in depth how each emotion effects each organ. Anger congests the liver. Fear can cause problems in the kidneys. Sadness can affect the lungs. In our office one of the most common things we see is stress. Stress is often carried in the muscles of the neck and shoulders. We can help biomechanically by adjusting the neck and stretching the musculature but unless we address your stress levels we may never find the results you are looking for.

At Ply Family Wellness we always look at our patients as a whole, not just a list of symptoms. We don’t take neck pain as just neck pain. We will dig to the root of what exactly is causing that neck pain. Was it an accident? Was there some sort of trauma? Is there a toxic overload coming from your environment? Are you overly stressed and holding it in your neck and shoulders? Could it be something else entirely? At our office we won’t settle for just relieving your pain. We also want to make sure that it doesn’t come back. If you are interested in finding out what is causing your ailments please give us a call. We would love to work with you.

 

Written by: Kameron Bavender, DC

Top 5 Benefits of a Chiropractic Adjustment

  1. Pain Management

This is one of the most common reasons people seek chiropractic care.  Chiropractic adjustments have been proven to reduce neck pain, back pain, and headaches over and over in the research.  Chiropractic care has also been shown to decrease pain from injuries to the shoulders, knees, hips, and ankles.1  Many studies are now showing that the use of chiropractic can even reduce dependence on pain medications.  If you have pain of any kind be sure to see your chiropractor to see what they can do for you.

  1. Improved Sleep

If pain isn’t what is keeping you up at night it is likely stress. Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to reduce stress levels which, in turn, leads to more restful and restorative sleep patterns.2  Many patients report getting the best night of sleep they can remember following chiropractic adjustments.  This is because of the relaxing response of the nervous system following the chiropractic adjustment.  If you aren’t sleeping well, you should absolutely see your chiropractor for regular adjustments.

  1. Stimulates the Immune System

A chiropractic adjustment stimulates the nervous system which is directly linked to the immune system.  This stimulation has been shown to awaken the immune system to help the body fight off colds and flus and other illnesses.3 It has been shown that the subset of the population that gets regular chiropractic adjustments gets sick far less often than the rest of the population that does not get adjusted.  If you want your immune system functioning at its highest capability you should call your local chiropractor today!

  1. Improvements in Behavioral and Learning disabilities

Chiropractic care targets the nervous system.  We like to relate it to a dimmer on a light switch where if the spine is out of alignment it is as if the nervous system is being dimmed.  There is still messages getting through but not as fast or optimally as we would want.  This symptom often presents as behavioral or learning disabilities.  Chiropractic adjustments will realign the spine to remove the interference with the nerves thus removing the dimmer and getting the power turned back on at full force.  Many parents report seeing an improvement in their child’s behavior and ability to concentrate once they begin getting adjusted.4

  1. Normalizes Blood Pressure

At least one in every three adult patients we see is on some sort of blood pressure medication.  Hypertension has become an epidemic in this country.  Luckily, chiropractic adjustments have been shown to have a significant impact blood pressure.  While the mechanism of why is still not fully understood, it has been shown in the research that chiropractic adjustments are just as capable of normalizing blood pressure as some of the more common medications are.5

 

Chiropractic adjustments have so many benefits these listed are just the tip of the iceberg.  It is hard to narrow down to just the top 5!  Some benefits not listed also include chiropractic for wellness care, chiropractic for pregnancy, reduction in allergies and asthma, reduction in gastrointestinal issues, improvements in athletic performance, and so much more. If you aren’t sure if chiropractic can help you please call our office today and find out!

 

 

 

Sources:

  1. Salehi A, et al. Chiropractic: Is it Efficient in Treatment of Diseases? Review of Systematic Reviews. Int J Community based Nurs Midwifery. 2015 Oct; 3(4): 244-254. PMCID: 4591574
  2. Kang DH, McArdle T, and Suh Y. Changes in Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Across Cancer Treatment and Relationship to Stress, Mood, and Quality of Life. J Altern Complement Med. 2014 Nov; 20(11): 853-859. PMCID:4238248
  3. Kanga I, and Steiman I. Chiropractic management of a patient with breast cancer metastases to the brain and spine: a case report. J Can Chiropr Assoc. 2015 Sep;59(3):269-78. PMCID:4486990
  4. Karpouzis F, Bonello R, and Pollard H. Chiropractic care for pediatric and adolescent Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A systematic review. Chiropr Osteopat. 2010; 18:13. PMCID:2891800
  5. McMasters KL, et al. Blood pressure changes in African American patients receiving chiropractic care in a teaching clinic: a preliminary study. J Chiropr Med. 2013 Jun; 12(2): 55-59. PMCID:3730295