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.

J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2004 Jun;27(5):336-47.

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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.


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


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