Looking to save money on health care costs? Consider using a chiropractor as you primary care physician

Have you ever considered using a chiropractor for anything other than a headache, sore back or a disc herniation?  There have been a number of studies showing that using a chiropractor as your primary care physician can save you a significant amount of money.  With today's high deductible plans most health care is now not paid for by insurance companies but rather by the patient.

Chiropractors are trained in the diagnosis of health problems by using blood work, MRI’s, CT and other diagnostic tools. Because of this training many people are using an alternative and more natural approach to health care by choosing chiropractors as their primary care family doctor.

One study of clinical and cost outcomes on 21,743 peoples over a 4-year period demonstrated giant decreases in health care costs
43.0% in hospital admissions
58.4% hospital days
43.2% outpatient surgeries and procedures

51.8% pharmaceutical cost reductions
All compared with normative conventional medicine for the same HMO insurance product in the same geography over the same time frame.

This study was then confirmed a few years later on 70,274 people  over a 7-year period confirmed giant decreases of health care costs
60.2% in-hospital admissions
59.0% hospital days
62.0% outpatient surgeries and procedures
85% pharmaceutical costs
When compared with conventional medicine for the same health maintenance organization product in the same geography and time frame.

If you are looking to save money on health care and get excellent results with a more natural approach give us a call, we would love to speak with you and help you find answers to your particular health condition.

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J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2007 May;30(4):263-9.

Diet, Lifestyle and Disease

Did you know that you are ultimately in control of your health?  We often like to make excuses or blame our genetics, however, science debunks our excuses.  We know that our lifestyle is more important than our genetics for most  health conditions.  Check out what this article states.

Proper lifestyle factors like diet, exercise, and smoking play a huge role in what diseases we end up with.  Americans are plagued with chronic diseases. Many of them are preventable.  As chiropractors, we not only get training in treating the spine but also nutrition and lifestyle medicine.

We have an incredible weight loss program that teaches you how to change your lifestyle to lose weight, eat correctly and do the proper types of exercises.  This program is food based. There are no protein shakes to buy.  Everything you eat is purchased at the grocery store.

If you are looking for a program that teaches you how to live a healthy lifestyle give us a call today.  We offer free consultation to anyone seeking information on what we offer.

http://gethealthyutah.com/weightloss/

Give us a call today to start your journey to becoming healthy. 801-798-2515

Why is everybody deficient in vitamin D?

Do you ever wonder why everybody seems to be deficient in vitamin D?  I do, in fact, when I test individual blood levels I find that the only people not deficient are people who supplement.

The Norwegian Institute for Air research created this calculator to determine how much sunshine you need to create the equivalent of 1,000 International Units (IU) of vitamin D in a day.

A Caucasian with fair skin living in Spanish Fork, UT on July 24th (Fiesta Days) at noon can produce 1000 IU of vitamin D in 27 minutes.  It is recommended we get between 2000 IU and 5000 IU of vitamin D daily of optimal health.  This would require 1 - 2.5 hours of mid summer sunlight each day.  In January it would require 5 hrs to create 1000 IU of vitamin D.

Unless you are able to be out in the sun for a few hours each day between 10 am and 2 pm you should get your vitamin D levels measured periodically and supplement with vitamin D.

Written by:
Dr. Steven Davis
Chiropractic Physician
Advanced Wellness Center

Car Wrecks and Disc Herniations

When we think about car wrecks we generally think about whiplash.  However, disc herniations are common with car wrecks.

Spinal disc anatomy is such that a jelly center exists in each disc.  With enough force, this jelly center will be blown out the back of the disc resulting in a spinal disc herniation.  When the jelly center is herniated outside the disc it will cause massive inflammation and compression on the spinal nerves causing shooting, radiation pains that go down you leg or arm. 

The mechanism for a disc injury is interesting.  When in a rear end collision, you are compressed against your seat.  This compression straightens the normal curves in your spine resulting in a lengthening  of the spine. This extremely rapid lengthening puts massive compression forces on the spinal disc and can result in a disc herniation.  

Some chiropractors treat disc herniations very successfully.  It requires much more than just getting an adjustment.  We use a combination of therapies to help the disc to heal. Our office uses a special table called a flexion/distraction table which causes pumping and traction forces on the spine.  These forces can pull the herniation back into the disc so the disc can then heal.   It is impossible for a disc to heal with the jelly center (nucleus pulpulsus) in the way.  We have pre and post MRI's from patients we have seen in our office demonstrating we can indeed heal a disc.  

A key aspect to our care is the spinal strengthening portion.  We spend significant time strengthening the spine and core so injured patients can return to daily activities with as little limitation as possible.  Each visit we adjust the patient's spine to increase as much function as possible.  The combination of these therapies have proven to be very effective.  If your core is not strengthened the benefits will be limited, however, with a strong core, the benefits can be long lasting.  My wife suffered from a disc herniaton for 4 years until she met me.  I took her to a chiropractor that did proper rehabilitation procedures  (obviously before I had gone to chiropractic school) and now, 12 years later, she is still able to enjoy life with minimal to no discomfort. Not something a low back surgery patient can often say.

There is a great study that took patients who had suffered on average for 5 years with a disc herniation with pain radiating down their leg.  These patients received chiropractic care combined with spinal strengthening similar to what we do in our office.  At the end of their treatment 90% of those in the study had an average of 77%  improvement in symptoms.  A follow up over a year later 80% of the patients rated their improvement by 80%.
J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2009 (Nov);   32 (9):   723–733

If you or someone you know is suffering from a car wreck or a disc herniation that would like to avoid surgery.  Please have them call our office.  We would be happy to provide a free consultation and tour of our facility. 801-798-2515

Whiplash, Headaches and Headaches from a Car Wreck

Even a minor automobile accident can have major effects on your health. When one automobile is struck by another, thousands of pounds of force are exerted on the neck and spine. Injuries can result to the ligaments, muscles, joints, and disks of the neck and spine. Even at speeds of only 10 miles per hour injuries can be sustained.

Injuries from auto accidents can take time to appear. Many clinical, automotive, and medical studies report frequent delays in patients having initial onset of some amount of stiffness, soreness, or pain after being in a collision, anywhere up to 1-2 weeks. These frequent delays in the onset of post-traumatic pain also account for many injuries not being reported to the police. One study done by Quintner even indicated that 35% of patients had an onset of pain three months after the initial crash.

Whiplash and whiplash associated disorders represent a range of injuries to the neck caused by or related to a sudden force on the neck. Symptoms of whiplash are often pain and aching in the neck, back and shoulders, tingling and numbness in the arm and hand and headaches.

Headaches are the second most common symptom following a motor vehicle crash. One study found that 80% of mild head injury cases had chronic daily headaches for 5-7 days a week for six months. Migraines can also result in car injury cases. Luckily, our office can address all of these issues and more.

By using the latest in chiropractic spinal rehabilitation technology, instrument assisted adjusting and MedX spinal therapy machines and massage therapy, our office is able to not only give relief care but also offer strengthening and conditioning exercises to help reduce the probability of pain recurrence. If you’ve been in a car accident, you know the stress and pain isn’t worth the hassle. Let our experienced staff help you gain back mobility and range of motion and a pain-free lifestyle. 

Luckily, auto insurers also recognize the need for chiropractic care after such an incident. Our treatments are generally covered in full by automobile insurance policies, whether you’re the driver, passenger or pedestrian regardless of who is at fault. Call our office today to schedule an appointment for any symptoms you may be experiencing as result of a car accident no matter how recent or long ago the crash was.

Weight Loss Update Day 42

Here are my complete weight loss results after successful completion of the 6 week ChiroThin program.  This program is very easy and as you can see effective.  I am very pleased with the results.  I dropped from 215 lbs to 190 lbs in just 6 weeks.  I have been off the weight loss phase and in maintenance mode now for two weeks and have been able to keep off the weight with out any trouble.

If you missed my earlier blog post you can read it here: Half way results

If you are interested in an easy and extremely effective weight loss plan that teaches you how to eat correctly so you can keep the weight off long term then give us a call.  There are no protein shakes, no nasty soy protein bars, just good old fashioned food with instruction and coaching on how to loose the weight and keep it off for life.

Right now we are offering free consultations on our weight loss program.  Give us a call at 801-798-2515

ChiroThin Weight Loss Program, Half Way Progress with Dr. Davis

I thought I would post something on my weight loss journey.  I had let my self get too heavy so I decided to start our ChiroThin weight loss program.  When I started I was 215 lbs.  I just finished week 3 of the 6 week program and I am down to 197 lbs.  So far I have lost 18 lbs in 21 days, that isn't too shabby in my book.  I am excited to see the full results at 6 weeks.

My experience on the diet has been very pleasant.  I have plenty of energy and a happy mood.  I was afraid I would be hungry and have hangry problems but that has not been the case.  The only time I feel hungry are days that I do a lot of extra movement like working in the yard or going on a long walk with my wife and kids (the kids really take it out of you).  The hunger is easily remedied with a little extra protein to make up for the extra calorie expenditure.

My favorite part about this program is that it teaches you how to eat properly.  Each meal consists of meat, veggies, fruit, an optional salad and even bread.  Yes folks, I am losing weight this quickly (and healthily) and still eating bread! There are no prepackaged foods.  Everything I eat is purchased at the grocery store.  Once I reach my goal weight I can simply increase my portion sizes and maintain the new weight, because ChiroThin teaches proper eating habits.  Learning how to eat healthy will result in maintaining a healthy weight for life.

If you are considering a weight loss program, Dr. Wall or I would happily provide a free weight loss consultation to explain how our program works.  We can make sure ChiroThin is the right choice to meet your personal weight loss goals.

If you would like a little more information click here: GetHealthyUtah.com/weightloss

 Don't delay on this great opportunity to regain your health.  I really wish I would have done this sooner.  

Call Today!  Our number is 801-798-2515

Steven Davis, D.C.
Chiropractic Physician

 

6 categories that indicate you might have Candida overgrowth

1. Adrenal and Thyroid gland dysfunction:

Symptoms include cold hands or feet, low blood sugar, low body temperature, light headedness if you stand too fast, fatigue, inability to loose weight.

2. Gastrointestinal problems:

Symptoms include bad breath, bloating, constipation or diarrhea, dry mouth, white coating on the tongue, gas, heartburn, indigestion, IBS, inflammation, obesity or excessive weight loss.  It has been shown that Candida overgrowth is a major player in inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and gastric ulcers.1

3. Emotional and Mental imbalance

Symptoms include ADD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, drowsiness, fatigue, foggy brain, frequent mood swings, inability to concentrate, hyperactivity, insomnia, joint pain, low energy, mental confusion, muscle pain, muscle weakness, nervousness, poor memory, feeling of tingling and numbness.

4. Allergies and immune system weakness

Symptoms include acne, blurred vision, recurrent bronchitis, chemical sensitivities, coughing, earaches, hay fever, headaches, hives, nasal congestion, shortness of breath, sinusitis and sore throats.

5. Skin problems

Symptoms include acne, anal itch, athletes foot, dandruff, dermatitis, dry skin, eczema, excessive perspiration, nail fungal infection, impetigo, jock itch and even psoriasis.

6. Genitourinary problems

Symptoms include recurrent bladder infections, recurrent urinary tract infections, burning sensation when urinating, cramps, cystitis (bladder inflammation), endometriosis (irregular or painful menstruation), impotency, infertility, irregular menstrual cycle, painful intercourse, prostatisis, recurrent vaginal yeast infections, vaginal burning, itching or discharge, fluid retention.

Not all listed symptoms will occur in all people, however, if you have many of theses symptoms you should be tested for Candida overgrowth.

What is Candida albicans?  Candida is a yeast that normally lives in our mouth, throat, intestines, and genitourinary tract. There is a healthy balance between beneficial bacteria and beneficial yeast in our body.  However, if given the opportunity Candida will grow out of control.

There are many things that allow Candida to grow out of control.  Common causes include recurrent antibiotic use, high carbohydrate/sugar diet, immune deficiency, toxic metals and chemicals, excessive stress, hormone imbalance, use of birth control pills, chronic constipation, chronic diarrhea, alcohol consumption, use of steroids, and genetic disorders.

How does it cause all of these symptoms?  Simply put, toxic overload.  Candida produces 80 known toxic substances including ethanol, acetaldehyde and formaldehyde.  This in turn produces massive amounts of inflammation that leads to many clinical symptoms.

If you suspect you have a Candida overgrowth there are a few steps to correcting the problem.

1. Get tested to confirm this is the correct problem.  Simply following some internet protocol for Candida and reducing its levels could cause a bacterial overgrowth problem.

2.  Find the cause of the overgrowth and remove it.

3. Supplement with products that help restore balance to the yeast and bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract.

4. Eat a proper diet and exercise.

5.  Support proper digestion and absorption.  Candida will interfere with absorption of vitamins and minerals.

6. Strengthen your immune system.

7. Do a proper systemic and cellular detoxification program.  I am not talking about a liver cleanse, a bowel cleanse or a juice fast.  You must get the toxins out of you body.

If you suspect a Candida overgrowth problem and would like us to help you regain your health please give us a call at 801-798-2515.

Article written by Dr. Steven E. Davis, chiropractic physican

Reference

1. Kumamoto CA. Inflammation and gastrointestinal Candida colonization. Current opinion in microbiology. 2011;14(4):386-391. doi:10.1016/j.mib.2011.07.015. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3163673/#R26

 

Are Food Allergies Killing Your Thyroid?

Thyroid dysfunction is a very common problem I see frequently in the office.  Addressing a thyroid can be a simple fix or may take some serious investigative work.  I would like to address a few of the common causes of thyroid problems and how correct these issues.

Physiology

When our thyroid hormones get low our brain creates a hormone called thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) to signal to the thyroid to make more hormones.   The thyroid gland will respond to the TSH and make more of our thyroid hormones, T4, T3, and reverse T3 (rT3).  We can make T3 and rT3 from T4.  T3 is our most active thyroid hormone, it is 4x stronger than T4.   rT3 does not effect your metabolism but will block our T3 causing low thyroid symptoms.  Since the brain only senses hormone levels not hormone effectiveness, elevations of rT3 will not alter TSH, T4 or T3 blood levels.  To really understand thyroid function all of these hormones need to be checked.

Adrenals, Stress and Cortisol

Our adrenal hormones are often times overlooked as a cause of many conditions.  We will limit this article to how it effects our thyroid.  When we are stressed our adrenal glads make a few hormones to help us deal with the stress.  Cortisol is a hormone that is produced by our adrenal glands to help us mange stress.  If you are chronically stressed, you may have high cortisol levels.  This is a problem for your thyroid because cortisol will cause an elevation in reverse T3.  Cortisol is also a powerful anti-inflammatory.  If you have high levels of inflammation from food allergies, a poor diet, candida overgrowth, chronic disease, etc you will likely have elevated cortisol levels and a sluggish thyroid.  It is always a good idea to measure blood cortisol levels when evaluating a thyroid.

Iodine

Iodine deficiency is a common cause of sluggish thyroid.  We make thyroid hormones from iodine, tyrosine and other building blocks.  Some studies have shown that our daily need for iodine is as high as 12.5 mg, the RDA for iodine is 0.15 mg.  If you don't regularly eat seafood there is a good chance you are iodine deficient.  

Immune System Dysfunction

Hashimoto's disease is a common autoimmune disorder.  The immune system attacks the thyroid gland and damages it.  This damage makes the thyroid gland unable to efficiently do its job and make thyroid hormones. Immune system dysfunction is very complicated but can be helped by reducing offending factors like intestinal hyper permeability AKA leaky gut syndrome, adrenal fatigue, and food allergies.

If you suffer from symptoms of low thyroid function and would like a comprehensive evaluation to help correct the cause of the problem our number is 801-798-2515

Article written by Dr. Steven E. Davis, chiropractic physician.
 

5 Steps to beat Candida overgrowth

What is Candida albicans?

Human Tongue with Candida after antibiotic use

Human Tongue with Candida after antibiotic use

Candida is a yeast that normally lives in our digestive and urinary tracts.  It is part of our normal healthy intestinal flora (microorganisms that live in our gut).  Candida helps prevent us from being infected by harmful bacteria.

Candida is kept in balance by having a healthy immune system and normal levels of good bacteria in our intestinal tract.  However, if given the opportunity from a weakened immune system or a decrease in good bacteria, for example following a dose of antibiotics, or given the proper environment, from eating a high sugar diet, Candida will shift from its yeast form to its infectious form called a mycelial fungus.  It is in this state that Candida can invade the body.

While in its fungal form, Candida produces finger like projections called rhizoids that can penetrate the intestinal wall and allow toxins, bacteria, and other things into the body that shouldn’t enter.  This will cause a large amount of inflammation and lead to a long list of symptoms like food allergies, auto-immune disorders, fibromyalgia, ADHD, muscle aches and pains, sore joints, recurrent urinary tract infections, fatigue, foggy brain, acne, anxiety, depression, adrenal fatigue, bad breath and many, many more.

How can you know if you have Candida?  In our office, Dr. Davis, our natural medicine expert and chiropractic physician, most commonly runs a simple urine test that will test for Candida overgrowth.  You can also have your stool or blood tested.  It is very important that you test for Candida.  If you make the assumption that you have an imbalance and reduce the Candida levels too far you could end up with a difficult condition to correct called small intestinal bowel over growth (SIBO).

Once we have identified that Candida overgrowth is the culprit of your symptoms we follow a few basic steps to support the body’s natural balance.

Step 1:  Eat a healthy, low glycemic index diet.  Carbohydrates like sugar can feed Candida and promote overgrowth.  Your diet should consist of 30-40% protein.  The basis of the rest of your caloric intake should be low glycemic index vegetables, healthy oils like coconut oil, which helps balance Candida levels, and no more than two serving of fruits per day.  Avoid things that negatively affect your gut flora like alcohol, herbacides and pesticides in our food i.e. eating non GMO products, and reducing other toxins like cigarette smoke.

Step 2: Supplement with the correct probiotics.  Not all probiotics are equally effective at balancing the gut flora.  Some are effective at reducing Candida levels and healing the gut and others are not. For example Saccharomyces Boulardii has been shown to reduce Candida overgrowth.

Step 3:  Support your immune system.  There are a number of great products that will help your immune system to reduce Candida levels.  A coconut oil extract that is high in caprylic acid is a good choice.  Just eating two tablespoons of coconut oil each day can also be effective.

Step 4: Digestive aids that reduce biofilms.  Candida overgrowth can weaken you body’s ability to properly digest food.  Taking proper digestive enzymes will help you to fully digest your food which facilitates better absorption.  Some enzymes will also reduce one of Candida’s protection mechanisms called a biofilm.  Biofilms surround and protect Candida from your immune system.  Digesting this away will help you body fight the overgrowth and create microbial balance.

Step 5: Regular exercise has been shown to influence improve your normal gastrointestinal flora.  Exercise will help you body to function more efficiently and will strengthen you immune system.  It will also help restore energy levels.

Written by Dr. Steven Davis, Chiropractic Physican

Image source: Human Tongue infected with oral candidiasis By James Heilman, MD (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Vitamin D: How much is enough?

The Verdict is out.  We simply are not getting enough Vitamin D.

Vitamin D is crucial in every disease from inhibiting cancer and heart diseases to mental disease, recurrent infections, tooth loss, osteoporosis, narcolepsy and auto-immune disease.

Unfortunately the reference range of Quest and Lab Corp is commonly 30 to 75 nanomols per liter (nmol/l).

Scientists who are experts in vitamin D chemistry are now finding that the actual need for vitamin D is greater than 75 nanomols per liter (nmol/l).

What is the problem?

The problem is millions of people who are around 30-75 are told by their physicians that they have a normal level of D, when in fact it is too low.

Now here is another more serious problem.

When you do have a good therapeutic level, doctors using the "normals" (30 to 75) on conventional labs will erroneously tell you that you're too high and you should cut back.

Researchers have shown we could cut the cancer and heart attack rates in half in this country if people just had enough vitamin D.

Sadly, it will take many years before medicine catches up.

As a consequence, we will see even more of an explosion of our current epidemics of diabetes and depression, cancer and heart disease. In addition, more people will develop auto-immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, and lupus, not to mention Alzheimer's.

Basically the take away message from today's article is people who have too little vitamin D are told they have just enough. And people who think they are taking enough will be told they have too much and should cut back.

Functional medicine practitioners also understand that cheap and synthetic forms in foods and nutrients lower the good level of D3.

So make sure you use a quality Vitamin D3 supplement and don't forget the value of 30 minutes of natural sunshine.

References

Adams JS, et al., Update in vitamin D, J Clin Endocrinol Metab 95:471-8, 2010

Souberbielle JC, et al, Vitamin D and musculoskeletal health, cardiovascular disease, autoimmunity and cancer: recommendations for clinical practice, Autoimmun Rev 9:709-15, 2010

Pierrot-Deseilligny C, et al, Is hypovitaminosis D one of the environmental risk factors for multiple sclerosis? Brain 133:1869-88, 2010

Carl Lindner B., et al., Low vitamin D and narcolepsy and cataplexy, Sleep Diagn Ther 6; 5:47-50, 2011

Compliments from Functional Medicine University
 www.FunctionalMedicineUniversity.com

Natural Solution to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

What is I.B.S.?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a very common problem.  It affects 11% of the population globally.  It can also be a cause of other conditions such as adrenal fatigue, anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, and more.

Clinical diagnosis is usually based on symptoms.  The Rome III criteria for diagnosing IBS are the following:

  • At least 3 days per month in the last 12 weeks of continuous or recurrent abdominal pain or discomfort.
  • With at least 2 of the following:
    • Relief with defecation
    • Altered stool frequency
    • altered stool form
    • onset of symptoms more than 6 months prior to diagnosis

Often times it is difficult to differentiate between irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).  The FDA approved lab marker to differentiate between these two conditions is called calprotectin.  Calprotectin is a marker of inflammation found in the stool.  If someone meets the Rome criteria and have low levels of calprotectin then we can diagnose IBS if calprotectin is high then the diagnosis is IBD and should get a colonoscopy.

How can IBS be helped

From a natural medicine approach there are many things that can be done for people who suffer from IBS.  The first question that should be asked is "why are my bowels irritable?"  The most common answer to this question is a condition called small intestinal bowel over growth (SIBO).  SIBO is an overgrowth of the good bacteria in your small bowel.  Dr. Davis wrote a great article on SIBO that can be found here. Bacterial overgrowth  has been shown to be present in 84% of IBS cases and proper treatment leads to a 75% reduction of symptoms!  Treatment for IBS starts with a proper diagnosis of the cause.  Organic acid testing (a urine test)  and stool analysis will give the most comprehensive information as to why you may have IBS.  Once we know the cause then we can correct the underlying problem.  This usually is done by following one of three specific diets.  The specific carbohydrate diet, GAPS diet or a low FODMAPS diet.  They are all very similar in nature.  These diets will promote healing of the intestinal lining and balancing of the gut bacteria and yeast levels.  While on this diet your natural medicine doctor will prescribe some antimicrobial supplements to reduce the bacterial over growth and then promote proper healing of the gut with probiotics, fish oil, L-glutamine and digestive aids.  Over a few months time, the gut will heal and huge reduction in symptoms will follow.

If you suffer with IBS and would like to feel better, please give us a call at 801-798-2515.

Written by Dr. Steven Davis, D.C., chiropractic physician and natural medicine practitioner.

Disc Herniations

Do you suffer from a disc herniation?  Disc herniations are spinal injuries where the jelly center of the spinal disc ruptures out the back of the disc and puts pressure on the nerves.  Disc bulges are slightly different in that the jelly center of the disc has not fully broken through the disc to the point of herniation.  Disc bulges can also be painful.

Chiropractors can treat disc herniations very successfully.  We use a combination of therapies to help the disc to heal.  In our office we use a technique called flexion/distraction which is a pumping traction therapy that helps to pull a herniation back into the disc so the disc can then heal.  We have pre and post MRI's from patients we have seen in our office proving we can indeed heal a disc.  We also spend significant time strengthening the spine so injured patients can return to daily activities with as little limitation as possible.  Each visit we adjust the patient's spine to increase as much function as we can.  The combination of these therapies has been proven effective.

One study took patients who had suffered on average for 5 years with a disc herniation with pain radiating down their leg.  These patients received chiropractic care combined with spinal strengthening similar to what we do in our office.  At the end of their treatment 90% of those in the study had an average of 77%  improvement in symptoms.  A follow up over a year later 80% of the patients rated their improvement by 80%.
J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2009 (Nov);   32 (9):   723–733

If you or someone you know is suffering from a disc herniation and would like to avoid surgery.  Please have them call our office.  We would be happy to provide a free consultation and tour of our facility.
 

Written by Steven Davis, D.C., chiropractic physician

Are hormones inhibiting your weight loss

We consistently see people who eat healthy and exercise and are still unable to loose weight.  Why can't they loose weight? Maybe they just have bad genetics?  Wrong!  When I comes to weight loss there are a number of factors to consider.   In this article I will address the following factors: Diet and exercise, hormones and detoxification.

Diet and Exercise

Diet and exercise are the basis of any weight loss program.  Calories in vs calories out is a simple truth that usually applies to weight loss.  Have you ever considered that the types of food you eat play a big role?  Here is an over simplified example to prove a point.  100 calories of donut  vs 100 calories of steak.  The doughnut is absorbed easily and you nearly get all 100 calories in your body.  The steak on the other hand requires some work.  You have to chew it more, and your gut has to expend some energy breaking down the steak before you can absorb it.  This simple example shows that different foods of the same caloric value do not really yield the same net caloric value in the body.  The donut also will cause your blood sugar to raise.  The elevation of blood sugar will signal the body release insulin.  Insulin will drive the sugar out of the blood and into your cells.  What ever doesn't get used by your cells will be stored as fat.  Insulin is a fat storage hormone.  This leads to the next topic of hormones.

Hormones as they relate to weight loss

Hormones are key factor to weight loss.    There are many hormones involved in weight management. With natural medicine and proper diet you can activate your weight loss hormones and experience rapid and sustained weight loss. Here are just few examples of hormones and how they relate to weight loss.

Thyroid

Duval F, Mokrani M-C, Monreal Ortiz JA, Schulz P, Champeval C, Macher J-P. Neuroendocrine predictors of the evolution of depression. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience. 2005;7(3):273-282.

Most people know and understand that our thyroid hormones set our metabolism.  Our thyroid hormones are T4, T3, and rT3.  T4 is basically our inactive hormone that gets converted to T3 or rT3.  T3 is our active thyroid hormone and keeps our energy up.  Reverse T3 (rT3) is an inactive thyroid hormone that will increase when we are stressed.  It will compete with T3 so it has a harder time doing its job.  This is why is is critical that when we test thyroid hormones we test these hormones as well. Looking simply at TSH and T4 is not adequately examining your thyroid function. Since we are natural medicine doctors will do a complete work up to get a more clear picture of where the failure is occurring.

Adrenals

Our adrenal hormones are often times overlooked as a cause of many conditions.  We will simplify our discussion in this article to weight gain.  Cortisol is a hormone that is produced by our adrenal glads.  Cortisol plays a large roll in our body.  It reduces inflammation, helps to manage blood sugar, helps us manage stress, can weaken our immune system, plays a large roll in our energy and even affects our neurotransmitters (brain hormones) that control our mental health.    The images to the right demonstrate that elevated cortisol will inhibit thyroid hormone production.  In addition cortisol causes more conversion of T4  to the T3 competing rT3. 

Things that can increase your cortisol levels are blood sugar swings, stress, tissue damage, inflammation and pain.  Inflammation can be caused by injury or poor diet.  Inflammation due to poor diet is a major cause of chronic disease.  For example cholesterol sticks to the blood vessel wall because of inflammation, that leads to cardiovascular health problems.  Cortisol is our bodies anti-inflammatory hormone.  In fact, cortisone that is used in injections is the inactive form of cortisone.  If we have a poor diet our body will produce cortisol to counter the inflammation.  This will lead to decreased thyroid function which will cause fatigue and weight gain.

If you are interested in learning more about adrenal hormones we teach a free class on adrenal health.  Give us a call.

Insulin

Insulin is a fat storage hormone.  It causes the blood sugar levels to decrease by getting the sugar into the cells of our body.  Insulin resistance has two major causes.  One is a poor diet that keeps the blood sugar levels high.  The other is a poor diet that is inflammatory.  Inflammation is a major player in insulin sensitivity.  In fact some anti inflammatory foods, herbs and spices have been shown to be as effective as some medications at lowering insulin needs.  

Detoxification

There are a number of misconceptions when it comes to detoxification.  True detoxification is much more than a simple juice fast or a lemon juice and maple syrup cleanse.  These simple ideas have their place when used correctly, however, true detoxification is a multi step process.  It involves providing all the nutrients the body needs to process toxins and prepare them for excretion.  Toxins that are water soluble are easy for the body to dispose of via the the urinary tract.  Fat soluble toxins are much more difficult to get rid of.  They require going through two phases of liver processes that create a lot of free radicals.  Phase I liver enzymes have to be slowed and phase II liver enzymes sped up to reduce free radical stress on the body.  It is this difference in enzyme speed that forces the body to get behind on it detoxification and store the excess toxins in the fat cells.  Proper care must be taken to get the toxins out of the fat cells where they are stored, and then processed through the liver.  Once the liver has been able to process these toxins they can then be excreted via the urinary tract.

We often times see rapid weight loss in patient who undergo one of our physician guided detoxification programs. 

We offer customized weight loss programs that have given people a long term weight loss solution.

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Article written by Steven Davis, D.C., chiropractic physician, natural medicine doctor.

Headaches, Migraines and Neck Pain

Most people quietly suffer with headaches, migraines and even neck pain when they don’t have to. Around 12 million people daily fight the pain of a headache or migraine. Something as simple as taking an Aspirin can sometimes alleviate the pain but it doesn’t fix the root of the problem.

In many recent studies, chiropractic care has been the top remedy in treating these ailments.  A recent study at Duke University demonstrated that headache patients who received chiropractic care still had sustained relief four weeks after treatment in contrast to patients receiving medication who had no such benefit.

Neck pain is another huge complaint and can sometimes lead to headaches and migraines. The good news is that too can be addressed through chiropractic care.

The neck is incredibly engineered and it can lose its natural function through car accidents, chronic poor posture and uncorrected vertebral misalignment.   This loss of function can lead to neck pain, headaches and migraines.

With over 50 million people experiencing headaches or migraines on a regular basis chiropractic care has become more necessary than ever. If you or anyone you know experiences this kind of pain, know that we can help!

Article written by Steven Davis, D.C., chiropractic physician.