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White Willow (Salix Alba), have been used by the Chinese, Greeks and Romans for thousands of year as an herbal remedy to relieve fever and pain. The active ingredient in white willow is salacin. In the early twentieth century salacin has been synthesized as aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid). Aspirin is more potent than salacin, but it is also more prone to causing side effects such as stomach irritation, ulcers and internal bleeding. Salacin is much gentler on the stomach than aspirin. Recent studies show that willow bark contains other compounds with antioxidant, antiseptic, and immune-boosting properties. In modern herbal medicine, willow bark is recommended for back pain, osteoarthritis and rheumatism pain, sprains, toothache, headache, fever, colds and flu.

 

HOW IT WORKS

Migraine headaches can be prevented by substances that block serotonin receptors 5-HT@A and 5-HT@C in the arteries of the brain. Like feverfew, white willow impedes these receptors and can inhibit migraines.

 

HOW TO USE IT

The level of salacin varies considerably from one species to another, so the level of pain relief may vary between teas and products.
Tea: Simmer 1 teaspoon willow bark in 1 cup of water for 10 minutes. Strain. Add honey to taste, if desired. Drink 1 cup 2 to 3 times a day.

Extracts: buy a willow bar product standardized to salicin: take a daily dose equivalent to 120 to 240 mg salicin, in 2 or 3 doses. It may take a week or so to see benefits.

 

RESEARCH
In 2006 a small study in France was conducted involving seven women and five men who suffers with migraines ranging from one every 2 weeks to 3 migraines a week. Each subject received 300 mg of white willow and 300 mg of feverfew twice daily. After 6 weeks migraine frequency was reduce by 57% on average. After 12 weeks migraine frequency reduced ever further by 62% on average. In fact, 90% of the subjects experienced a substantial reduction in migraine frequency. This is an excellent result, and a far better one than those of most migraine drugs.
The results of the research on white willow and feverfew as combination for migraine therapy are highly impressive in comparison with other natural remedies or frequently used pharmaceuticals.  It is certainly a good option to try before you take prescription drugs.

Common Names: 
 Willow Bark
Latin Name: Salix alba, S. purpurpea, S. fragilis
Parts Used: Bark
Therapeutic Use: Migraine Headaches, back pain, osteoarthritis


Dr. Gregory Jean-Pierre of Upper Cervical Institute of Florida in Boca Raton, FL is an Upper Cervical Chiropractor trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic focuses on helping women with migraines. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems including migraines. More information can be found on their website at http://www.uci-fl.com or follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UCIFL


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Untitled-2Butterbur has been used as a folk medicine for over 2,000 years. It is a perennial shrub that is native to North America, Europe, and Southeastern Asia, and is usually found along rivers and streams and in damp forests and marshy areas. Since the middle of the 20th century, western science has taken interest in Butterbur as a remedy for couch, seasonal allergies, asthma and allergic skin conditions without the drowsiness and other side effects associated with taking antihistamine. The usage of Butterbur that has displayed the most promise, however, is in the prevention of migraine headaches. Although butterbur has proven medicinal properties, it is considered a natural product in the United States and the United Kingdom, and is available as an herbal supplement. In Germany, however, butterbur requires a doctor’s prescription.

HISTORY
Butterbur was used by the ancient Greeks to treat asthma. In Medieaval Europe, infusions of butterbur roots or leaves were a remedy for treating coughs, hoarseness, bronchial infections, and urinary tract complaints and to expel intestinal worms. It was given to lower fever and calm intestinal ailments.

HOW IT WORKS
Petasin and isopetasin are the active ingredients that are believed to have calcium-blocking properties similar to magnesium and drugs such as diltiazem and amlopine. All of which are used to prevent migraine. This works by reducing spams in small arteries in the body and brain. It also has anti-inflammatory effects that inhibit leukotrienes, which are inflammatory substances potentially involved in the development of migraines.

 

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
A 1993 and 1995 study concluded there were statistical improvements on patients using butterbur than the placebo group.  

 

Treatment

Group

Migraine Frequency Without Treatment

Migraine Frequency After Third Month of Treatment

Improvement

Butterbur

3.4

1.8

47%

Placebo

2.9

2.6

10%

 

In 2004 study was repeated with larger doses of administered. This was a double blind randomized clinical trail of butterbur extract. 202 migraine sufferers participated. The participants experienced two to seven migraines attacks a month. Three groups were formed:  
   
        Group A received 75 mg of butterbur extract twice a day
        Group B received 50 mg of butterbur extract twice a day
        Group C received placebo

After 4 months 68% of the subjects received in group A obtained at least a 50% reduction in migraine frequency. Group B had a 32% decrease. Greater results were found towards the end of the study. As with most natural remedies 3 to 6 months of use is typically required to reach maximum impact.

OBTAINING AND USING
Native to the Northern Hemisphere, the vast majority of the world’s supply is wild-harvested in eatern Europe and sold as herbal supplements.
    Extract: A consistent amount of the main active compounds is desirable. Look for products that guarantee a minimum if 7.5 mg of petasin and isopetasin. When purchasing butterbur products, be sure to choose a brand labeled PA-Free. This means the product was processed to remove potentially harmful or toxic chemicals found in the butterbur plant known as pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PA). The special butterbur extract is prepared by having all liver-toxic alkaloids removed.

DOSAGE
The dosage fro butterbur extract is usually 50 or 75 mg twice a day. For children ages 10 to 12 25mg twice a day. Infrequent side effects with butterbur include stomach pain, nausea and burping.

Common Names: Butterbur
Latin Name: Petasites hybridus
Parts Used: Leaves, rhizomes
Therapeutic Use: Migraine Headaches, seasonal allergies

Dr. Gregory Jean-Pierre of Upper Cervical Institute of Florida in Boca Raton, FL is an Upper Cervical Chiropractor trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic focuses on helping women with migraines. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on their website at http://www.uci-fl.com or follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UCIFL
 

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NATURE’S MIGRAINE-PREVENTING POWERHOUSE

(Article in National Geographic Magazine Nature’s Best Remedies Issue pg 13) 

Description: Macintosh HD:Users:FrontDesk:Desktop:Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 9.23.35 AM.pngUsed for over 2,000 years, feverfew helps reduce the frequency and severity of Migraines. One of the more than 40 compounds in the leaf is parthenolide, shown to ease smooth muscle spasms and prevent the constriction of blood vessels in the brain, one of the leading causes of migraines.

Studies showing benefits from feverfew used a freeze-dried formulation of 50 to 100 mg daily, typically standardized as 0.2 to 0.35 percent parthenolide content. In some countries such as Canada parthenolide consistency is requires for feverfew products. Sometimes feverfew is blended with riboflavin (vitamin B2) and Magnesium, as these have also been shown to reduce migraine frequency.

OBTAINING AND USING

 Feverfew us an easy-to grow perennial, which provides a profusion of flowers year after year with only minimal attention. Commercially, feverfew products are sold in most health food stores.

Fresh leaf: Two leaves chewed daily to ward off migraines is the traditional treatment. Warning: the fresh leaf can cause mouth ulcers.

Capsules: Dosage is 50 to 100 mg daily. Check manufacturer’s instructions.

 PRECAUTIONS: Clinical trials have shown feverfew to be safe and well tolerated. Anyone experiencing mouth ulcers from chewing the leaves should discontinue use. Pregnant women should not use feverfew.

Common Namesfeverfew, bachelor’s buttons, featherfew

Latin NameTanacetum parthenium, Chrysanthemum parthenium

Parts Used: Leaves, flowering tops

Therapeutic Use: Migraine Headaches

 

Dr. Gregory Jean-Pierre of Upper Cervical Institute of Florida in Boca Raton, FL is an Upper Cervical Chiropractor trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic focuses on helping women with migraines. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on their website at http://www.uci-fl.com or follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UCIFL

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Overview: Omega-3s temper inflammation, improve brain and heart health, maintain healthy eye health, keep you thin and even help you live longer. Alas, most Americans don’t get enough of the beneficial fatty acids in their diets (experts estimate that the majority of people in the U.S. are consuming one-quarter of the recommended daily intake). The 3 main kinds of omega-3s are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Fatty fish are the best source of omega-3s, which makes it harder for non-fish eaters to get sufficient amounts of these essential fatty acids. For vegetarians, flaxseed oil, hempseed oil, algae and chia seeds are some of the best alternative sources of omega-3s. Read on to learn more about the benefits of including omega-3s in your diet.

1. Omega-3s Keep You Sharp There’s a reason why fish is referred to as “brain food.” Some 60% of your grey matter is comprised of fats, and increasing your intake of omega-3s has been proven to improve brain health from infancy into old age. According to a study published in Cerebral Cortex in June 2013, adult subjects improved cognitive performance and measures of complex thinking when given 2.2 grams of omega-3s (EPA/DHA) per day. Omegas-3s improve brain health by helping to maintain healthy circulation (blood flow to the brain) and providing structure and integrity to the membranes of cells in your brain. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23796946

2. Omega-3s May Help You Stay Thinner Population studies show a correlation between obesity and low levels of omega-3s. In one study of 124 adults, those with lower blood levels of omega-3s had higher BMIs and waist and hip measurements compared to adults with higher levels of omega-3s. They also provide metabolic advantages and stimulate hormones that help you control how much you eat and enable the body to burn fat as fuel. http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2013/fo/c3fo60038f#!divAbstract

    3. Omega-3s May Reduce Risk of Certain Cancers While research is still in its infancy and results are conflicting, there are several studies that suggest omega-3s may help prevent certain cancers — including breast and colon cancer. In several studies, omega-3s suppressed the growth of tumor cell lines. A recent analysis of studies conducted with omega-3 fatty acids and breast cancer found that women with the highest dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids had a 14% reduced risk in developing breast cancer. http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2013/fo/c3fo60038f#!divAbstract

   4. Omega-3s Can Help You Live Longer Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S., and 80% of strokes are preventable. In addition to the hundreds of studies showing that omega-3s are heart-healthy, several studies suggest that they may play a role in preventing stroke. Stroke is considered a “brain attack,” meaning that a blood vessel to the brain is blocked or breaks, both of which lead to brain damage. Omega-3s help reduce several of the controllable risk factors of stroke, which include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and atherosclerosis. According to a Harvard Public Health study, older adults with the highest blood levels of omega-3s had a lower risk of dying of a coronary event, like a heart attack or stroke. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23546563

   5. Omega-3s Improve Skin Health Research shows that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help protect the skin from the sun’s harmful rays and from signs of photo-aging and damage, and omega-3s provide some of the same benefits too. Skin damage occurs most often from sunlight exposure and the response that is elicited on the cellular level. A recent study found that omega-3 fatty acids help protect skin cells from UV damage from sun exposure. Research published in Experimental Dermatology in 2011 reported that omega-3s are helpful in decreasing photosensitivity, decreasing immune response following sun exposure, as well as decreasing photoaging and oxidative stress that results from sun exposure. Omega-3s may play also play a role in helping to prevent skin cancer. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21569104

   6. Omega-3s Raise Good and Lower Bad Cholesterol Diets with more omega-3s and less saturated fat help to keep the good (HDL) cholesterol levels high while keep the bad (LDL) cholesterol levels low. That’s why the American Heart Associations recommends healthy adults eat at least 2 servings of fish (preferably oily fish from cold waters) each week to get about 500mg to 1g of omega-3s a day. A great way to meet this recommendation is to enjoy wild and sustainable sources of salmon or cod. For example, a 3.5 oz serving of wild Alaska salmon provides about 1.5-1.7g of EPA/DHA. EPA and DHA from fish may be more absorbable than omega-3s from supplements. One study found that omega-3s from eating salmon raised blood levels of DHA/EPA more effectively than fish oil supplements. http://www.appforhealth.com/2013/07/alaska-salmon-with-asian-glaze/

   7. Omega-3s Improve Your Mood Evidence suggests that omega-3s may also help alleviate depression and other mental health disorders. Population-based studies show that people who eat more fish and seafood and have diets higher in omega-3s have reduced risk for depression and post-partum depression. Human clinical trials have found that supplementation of omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce the risk for some psychotic episodes among those with schizophrenia. A 2013 study published in Human Pharmacology also showed that DHA has a positive impact on aggressive behaviors and acts to help improve and stabilize mood when individuals are under duress.                                                                     http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20974418

   8. Omega-3s Reduce Blood Pressure There is significant scientific agreement that omega-3s will help reduce your blood pressure. Studies show that people who eat more fish have lower blood pressure, compared to those who don’t each fish. Omegas-3s make blood vessels healthier and more flexible to help control blood pressure. Randomized control trial results have shown indisputable evidence for the blood pressure-lowering effect of omega-3s. This change was most effective and most apparent in those who already suffer from hypertension, although those without elevated blood pressure will still benefit from omega-3s. A recent study also found that subjects taking high doses of fish oil supplements helped protect the heart from work-related stress.                                                                         http://www.mtu.edu/news/stories/2013/june/fish-oil-lowers-stress-response.html

   9. Omega-3s Act as a Pain Reliever Omegas-3s have the ability to lower markers of inflammation that are linked to joint and muscle pain that is often managed with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) drugs, such as ibuprofen. In one study, 250 patients experiencing chronic pain took 1.2g of DHA/EPA daily. The results found that 60% of the participants said that their pain was improved, and 80% were satisfied with the level of improvement they received from taking fish oil. The authors concluded that taking EPA/DHA supplements may be safer than NSAIDs for treating pain. And in a double-blinded, placebo-controlled study, a daily dose of 1.8 grams omega-3s helped reduce pain associated with exercise-induced delayed onset muscle soreness in men.                                            http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16531187

   10. Omega-3s Improve Eye Health DHA omega-3 is concentrated in the retina, macula and other areas of the eye, and studies show that DHA plays an important role in healthy vision. In fact, DHA represents 93% of the omega-3 fats in the eye tissue. Some studies have found that DHA supplementation can improve visual outcomes among pre-term infants. While studies with older adults have found that DHA along with the carotenoids, lutein and zeaxathin, may play a role in protecting against age-related macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of blindness among older Americans.         http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16815401

   11. Omega-3s Fight Wrinkles and Inflammation Chronic, systemic inflammation is linked to many diseases and conditions —from heart disease, arthritis, bronchial issues to inflammatory bowel disease and signs of accelerated aging, like wrinkles. Studies show that when omega-3s are high, the body has an increased production of anti-inflammatory agents that help turn down the body’s inflammatory response. While it’s unclear how omega-3s temper inflammation, researchers at the University of California, San Diego reported that omega-3s inhibited pro-inflammatory hormone production. How much is enough? Most health authorities suggest that a healthy baseline is 500 mg per day.  http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/pressrelease/why_omega_3_oils_help_at_the_cellular_level/

   12. Omega-3s Lower Harmful Triglycerides High triglycerides can lead to metabolic disorders, pancreatitis and heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends 2-4 g of EPA/DHA taken per day, under medical supervision, to lower high triglycerides. In one study, published in the Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism, high doses of DHA (and medium-chain triglycerides) slashed blood triglycerides by up to 50%. Total cholesterol and fasting glucose levels also decreased. To get more than 1 g of omega-3s per day, a supplement or fortified food is generally necessary. When choosing a fish oil supplement, look for reputable brand that has been found to deliver high quality products. When adding supplements to your diet, we always recommend consulting with your doctor. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20150726

   13. Omega-3s Improve Asthma Asthma has been linked to many environmental and dietary factors that can act as triggers for episodes. Some studies show that people suffering from asthma have lower levels of omega-3s compared to those without the condition. Several studies show that diets that are rich in omega-3s (and lower in omega-6 fatty acids) improve outcomes among those with asthma. Omega-3s may even provide relief for exercise-induced asthma, the condition whereby people experience bronchoconstriction during exercise. A recent study published in Respiratory Medicine, reported a 59% improvement in lung function and reduced airway inflammation in participants after they took an omega-3 supplement. http://www.resmedjournal.com/article/S0954-6111%2813%2900139-X/abstract

   14. Omega-3s Improve Joint Pain and Stiffness from Arthritis Arthritis is “inflammation of the joint,” and there are many different forms of the condition. The good news is that arthritis is no longer considered an inevitable part of aging. Research shows that keeping joints mobile through physical activity and eating a diet rich in antioxidants and omega-3s may help reduce inflammation of the joints. One study, published in Arthritis and Rheumatism, reported a 20-25% improvement of arthritis symptoms in participants taking at least 2.6 g/day of omega-3s, compared to those taking a placebo. Participants were able to reduce their intake of traditional medications, like NSAIDs (ibuprofen). http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8003055

   15. Omega-3s Improve Bone Health Multiple studies show that omega-3s can improve bone density and may help reduce fractures due to their bone-building effects. While too large of an amount of omega-6s in one’s diet will produce inflammation that increases bone loss, the anti-inflammatory effects of omega-3s have been shown to stimulate markers for bone-forming cells while turning down the cells that promote bone loss. To boost your bone health here's an easy way to increase omega-3s in your diet: adding a tablespoon of Nutiva chia seeds or shelled hemp seeds to yogurt or non-dairy smoothies adds 2.5 g and 1 g of ALA omega-3, respectively. These seeds can also be used on top of salads, chicken dishes, casseroles and veggie or grain-based side dishes.                         http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17227589

   16. Omega-3s Reduce the Risk of Cardiac Events One of the ways omega-3s reduce risk for cardiac events like, stroke and heart attacks, is by making the blood less sticky and likely to form blood clots or atherosclerotic plaques in arteries that can rupture and lead to strokes or heart attacks. Omega-3s are also involved with maintaining a healthy heart beat and rhythm to reduce risk of cardiac arrhythmias. In one study reported in JAMA, men who consumed salmon 1 or more times a week experienced a 50-70% reduction in risk of a heart attack. Additionally, the Physician's Health Study showed that eating fish once a week was associated with a 52% lower risk of sudden cardiac death compared to participants who ate less or no fish.                                                            http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/107/21/2646.long

   17. Omega-3s for Vegetarians and Vegans Vegetarians who don’t eat fish or seafood can have a hard time meeting their omega-3 quota from plant-based sources of ALA only. The good news is that there are several supplements that you can find that are algae-based (that’s how fish and seafood at the bottom of the food chain get their EPA and DHA). Flaxseed oil, hempseed oil and chia seeds are some of the best plant-based vegan sources of omega-3s. NOTE: Vegans should be very conscious of how much omega 6 and saturated fats they consume. Conversion of ALA to DHA and EPA is greatly diminished when you consume too many plant foods, such as nuts, that contain high amounts of omega-6s and saturated fats like coconut oils or palm kernel oils.                             http://www.appforhealth.com/2012/12/spinach-mushroom-and-leek-frittata/

 

 

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Chiropractic is not a religion yet I can’t tell you how many times I hear someone say that they don’t “believe” in chiropractic. I got that response today which prompted me to write this note.

Chiropractic is a Philosophy, Science and Art. It’s not a belief system. Chiropractic works whether you believe in it or not. It certainly makes it a whole lot easier if you believe that the body is capable of healing itself and that a chiropractic adjustment is design to remove interference so healing can take place.

I have those signs in my office to show people that healing doesn’t come from the adjustment or me. Healing comes from GOD. I never take credit when someone leaves my office thanking me for getting them out of pain and having their life back. My answer is always to point to that sign and say that you always had it you. I’m simply the facilitator through which HE works.

Now what I’m about to say next might be a little controversial within my profession. Not because of the content but rather my interpretation of it. While I love all my Chiropractic principles, the following are what I use as a beacon in my office.  

No. 1 The Major Premise. It states that there’s a universal intelligence in all matter and continually gives to it all its properties and actions, thus maintaining it in existence.

No. 2 The Expression of this intelligence through matter is the chiropractic meaning of life.

Let’s jump to #20 and 21

No. 20 Innate Intelligence. A “living thing” has an inborn intelligence within its body, called Innate Intelligence.

No 21 The mission of innate intelligence is to maintain the material of the body of a “living Thing” in active organization.

Here’s the way I interpret those principles. The opinion expressed are solely my opinion and doesn’t not represent the entire chiropractic profession, specifically those that believes that God has no business in chiropractic.

You see as a Christian, those principles are made clear to me in Genesis chapter 1. In the beginning there was the word, and the word was with God and the word was God. That’s principle No 1. Universal intelligence is God. God created everything that we are surrounded with. He is represented in all that you see and don’t see. He is universal and He’s maintaining everything is existence. Without God, everything ceases.

After God created Adam from the dust on the ground, He breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and he became a living being. So Innate intelligence is simply the breath of God within us. Which is why you take your last breath when you die. The difference between living and dying is simply the breath of God residing in you or not. You see for me, Chiropractic is simple. Chiropractic is design to restore the commutation between Innate Intelligence and Universal Intelligence.

When there’s a disconnection between the two, we call that a subluxation. Luxation means light and sub means less. Subluxation means less than light. I believe that the biggest subluxation lies in the Chiropractor rather than the patient lying on your table. I say that because when a chiropractor himself does not live the chiropractic lifestyle nor understand the principles that are at work; it is hard for him to be a facilitator that God can use to increase the “light” in the patient.

It is for that reason that I believe a chiropractor must believe in chiropractic. A patient doesn’t necessarily have to. Chiropractic again is not a religion. Religions kill people. Having a personal relationship with God, allows you to overcome any subluxation that might be present in the patient. I notice that people gets better in my office not because of my great skills but simply because I submit myself to allow He that created us to do is magic through me.

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When I’m connected to the source, Miracles happen. When I’m disconnected, no matter what my equipments show, patients doesn't seem to get the result that they or I desire.

I know I started this note by saying that chiropractic is not a religion but all I talked about is the connection between God and Chiropractic. Let me conclude by saying, whether you believe in God or not, He still exist. He is all around us. Every breath that you take can be your very last. So much bigger than a chiropractor adjustment to remove interference, make sure you remove your spiritual subluxation.

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Have a person hold one arm straight out to the side, palm down, and instruct him to maintain this position. Then place two fingers on his wrist and push down. He’ll resist. Now have him put one foot on a surface that’s a half-inch higher (a few magazines) and repeat. This time his arm will cave in. By misaligning his hips, you’ve offset his spine. Your brain senses that the spine is vulnerable, so it shuts down the body’s ability to resist.

When the Atlas is misaligned, the paraspinal muscles gets tight on one side. That makes your head tilt to one side, shoulder drops on that side and your hip rises on that side as well, creating what we call a neurological short leg. This is the phenomenon that is described above. The brain shuts down the body’s ability to resist, in the scenario above.

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When the hip misalignment is cause by the atlas being out of alignment, the brain cannot communicate at 100% with the rest of the body. That tiny misalignment at the brainstain due to the atlas sideslip cause an array of symptoms and disorders. Multiple Slerosis, Parkinson, High Blood Pressure, Anxiety, Fibromyalgia, Trigeminal Neauralgia, Migraines, Sciatica, Ringing in the Hears, Herniation to name a few.

If you suffer from any of the above conditions mention above, you might have an atlas problem. You might have tried everything else, with no relief. Don’t give up. Find an Upper Cervical NUCCA Practitioner and get your atlas evaluated for a condition known as an Atlas Subluxation Complex Symdrome. If you don’t know how to find such doctor, please contact the office and I’ll make sure I direct to one near you.

What is an Upper Cervical NUCCA Practitioner?

"We focus on restoring the normal bio mechanical relationship of the head and neck (foramen magnum/atlas/axis). Because no two people are alike, we take precision three-dimensional films to assess each misalignment and determine the right adjustment for each person. The adjustment is then based on leverage rather than strength or speed, so no forceful movement/cervical rotation is necessary. The result is a painless structural correction that promotes better function and neurological efficiency."

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There is new hope for Multiple Sclerosis sufferers, and it may be related to the Upper Cervical Spine.  If you haven’t heard of the term CCSVI, you will soon.  Three years ago Dr. Paulo Zamboni of the University of Ferrara in Italy, hypothesized that an abnormality in blood and/or Cerebro-Spinal Fluid (CSF) drainage from the brain and spinal cord may contribute to nervous system damage in M.S.  The term he uses for this phenomenon is called Chronic Cerebro-Spinal Venous Insufficiency, or CCSVI.   This can be visualized as a physical blockage of blood flow through functional MRI or Doppler Ultrasound, and the degree of blockage can be quantifiable (measured in numbers). Other researchers and health experts are now getting behind Zamboni’s hypothesis, as new research has emerged and been scheduled.

So far, the research has found a higher frequency of CCSVI in M.S. patients.  Furthermore, a history of head trauma has been correlated to a backup of CSF which can lead to M.S., Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s.  A recent study published in the Journal of Phlebology concluded that this venous insufficiency likely occurs from a physical blockage in the cervical spine.  Another recent study, contributed mainly by Dr. Scott Rosa, showed that Upper Cervical Chiropractic care can decrease the pressure and restore proper CSF flow and drainage from the brain.

While the causation of CCSVI is becoming clearer, the current medical treatment is a bit muddled.  The treatment technique utilized by Zamboni is called Percutaneous Balloon Angioplasty (PTA), and remains highly controversial.  Some research points out that this procedure has led to a relatively high percentage of complications, including need for multiple procedures, and in a few cases death.  On the other hand, there is research that supports the relative safety of this procedure when weighing the risks vs. the potential benefits, and generally considers it effective.  Other doctors have used a stent or a combination of the two, with mixed results.  An emerging natural treatment method for CCSVI, stemming from the research noted above, is Upper Cervical care.  What gives this particular approach the edge over others is that there are no side effects.

Upper Cervical care seeks to correct the alignment of the head & neck, which is a critical part of the body as it relates to health.  The top two bones in the neck (C1,C2) sit directly underneath the brain stem, and provide protection to the spinal cord and related blood vessels, including the internal jugular veins.  A misalignment in this area can create a torqueing of the top of the spinal cord, thus compressing the venous structures in the top of the neck, ostensibly interfering with blood and cerebrospinal fluid drainage from the brain.

Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that involves an immune system attack against the Central Nervous System (brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves).  This attack causes a breakdown in the myelin sheath which serves as a protector and conductor of the nerve tissue.   When any part of the myelin sheath is damaged or destroyed, nerve impulses traveling to and from the brain via the spinal cord are distorted, producing a variety of symptoms including progressive incoordination, vision impairment, spasticity, fatigue, and cognitive dysfunction among others.  This emerging CCSVI hypothesis contradicts the early predominant theory that this demyelination is a result of an autoimmune cascade.  The significance of this is that most current M.S. medications are targeted at the immune system, under the assumption that the autoimmune reaction is always the principle causative factor.  With the emergence of the CCSVI hypothesis and supporting research, the causation of M.S. is now very much in question.  Could there be more than one cause?

Clearly, more research is needed but the evidence thus far cannot be understated.  This is a huge breakthrough for those suffering from M.S. and may just in fact be the start of a groundbreaking discovery in health care.

By Noah Kaplan, D.C.

Advanced Upper Cervical



References:

Burton JMAlikhani KGoyal MCostello F, et al.  Complications in MS patients after CCSVI procedures abroad (Calgary, AB). Can J Neurol Sci. 2011 Sep;38(5):741-6.

Hubbard, David.  Clinical Improvement after Extracranial Venoplasty in Multiple Sclerosis.  Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology.  Volume 23, Issue 10 , Pages 1302-1308, October 2012.

Patti FNicoletti ALeone CMessina SD’Amico ELo Fermo S, et al. Multiple sclerosis and CCSVI: a population-based case control study. PLoS One. 2012;7(8):e41227. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0041227. Epub 2012 Aug 3.

Radak Djordje, et al. Incidence and distribution of extravascular compression of extracranial venous pathway in patients with chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency and multiple sclerosis. doi: 10.1177/0268355513486638. Phlebology May 9, 2013 0268355513486638.

Weinstock-Guttman BRamanathan MMarr KHojnacki DBenedict RH, et al.  Clinical correlates of chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency in multiple sclerosis. BMC Neurol. 2012 May 15;12:26. doi: 10.1186/1471-2377-12-26.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/28/magazine/a-controversial-cure-for-multiple-sclerosis.html?pagewanted=4&_r=3

http://www.nationalmssociety.org/research/intriguing-leads-on-the-horizon/ccsvi/about-ccsvi/index.aspx

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1264010–multiple-sclerosis-canada-launching-clinical-trial-of-controversial-treatment-developed-by-zamboni

http://ucstudies.wordpress.com/2012/01/15/inventor-of-mri-has-found-possible-cause-of-multiple-sclerosis/

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This past week on the Heal Yourself Radio, concussions was the topic. A lot of people attribute concussions with something that is severe. As was discussed on the radio, a lot time and can be something that we tend to overlook because the initial symptoms weren’t that dramatic. 

When accidents and injuries occurs, you tear loose the connective tissue that holds the spine in place it creates a weakness, which allows the spine to break down and lock into a stressed position.

The area of the body that is the most vulnerable to injury and has the most far reaching effects is the upper neck.  The top bone in the spine, the atlas sits right underneath the skull and when the tissues around it become stretched and damaged the weight of the head will be shifted from center.

Once the position of the head is altered the position of the eyes and ears is altered as well.  The brain will initiate a reflex called the righting reflex in order to balance the eyes and the semicircular canals in the ears with the horizon.

The problem is now the head is slightly off center and the spine must adapt to that position by twisting and turning the remaining structure of the spine.  This will lead to tilting of the shoulders, the hips and imbalance all the way down to the legs leading to an unequal distribution of weight.

Body imbalance can lead to a variety of different health problems, but frequently has the same root cause…

The original head or neck injury created a misalignment of the Atlas bone at the base of the skull, which led to the subsequent problems with the structure of the body; nerve and blood flow from the brain to the body.

Dizziness and Chronic Headaches

Here is a great example from a research article published in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ January 6, 2011

A 23-year-old female patient presented for upper cervical chiropractic care five months after a slip and fall that resulted in a concussion.  The patient presented with symptoms of vertigo and headaches consistent with post concussion syndrome.  The patient had a longstanding history of headaches that were exacerbated by the concussion and a new complaint of positional vertigo that occurred immediately following the trauma.  Significant body imbalances were noted including a leg length difference.  Specific Upper Cervical X-rays demonstrated an upper cervical misalignment.

She began to receive Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic care and the headache and vertigo was gone immediately following the first adjustment. Post X-Ray evaluation showed a significant improvement in the alignment of the head and neck.  The follow up examination the following day revealed a significant decrease in muscles spasm in the neck and the legs were balanced.

The patient’s care was continued on a frequency of twice per month for evaluations and progress monitoring. She continued to report a complete resolution of vertigo and a significant improvement in the headaches as well.

Who do you know that has had a concussion?  Do they have a chronic health problem?  Is there a connection to the upper neck?

Only an upper cervical specialist could tell you for sure.

To schedule your NUCCA evaluation, call us at 561-409-3594

As a long time Migraine sufferer, I understand first hand how debilitating it can be. The frustration of not being able to find an answer as to why you are having the migraine only adds to the problem. I found my solution through NUCCA. This might be the answer you have been looking for. So call and find out how we may be able to help. 

References:

Heal Yourself Radio – Weekly broadcast on 1470AM or wwnnrradio.com from 5pm to 6pm with Dr. Jean-Pierre of Upper Cervical Institute of Florida, in Boca Raton FL and Dr. Chung of Keystone Chiropractic in Wellington FL.

Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ January 6, 2011

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care of a Patient with Post Concussion Syndrome, Positional Vertigo and Headaches

Alisha Mayheu DC & Matthew Sweat DC

 

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Essential nutrients you need to create a strong and healthy new you.

Has there ever been a time, perhaps when you were still young and green to the ways of the world, when you set out to bake a cake only to discover well into the process that you were short a few ingredients—but decided to go ahead and bake the blasted thing anyway, perhaps with a few creative “substitutes” thrown in? “After all,” you reasoned, “how big a deal could a package of yeast and a few eggs be anyway? A little extra flour and a quarter-cup of milk should work just fine.””

Alas, pulling what amounted to a steaming oversized flapjack from the oven, you realized then that the next time you decide to bake anything, you’d best include all of the right ingredients.

In a way, creating a strong, healthy body is like baking a cake. If you want things to turn out right, you’ve got to supply your body with the right “recipe” of raw materials. As far as nutrition goes, scientists have identified six categories of “ingredients” essential to good health, those being water, protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals. Each of these compounds has profound effects on both your physical and mental health, says Prof. Barbara Demmig-Adams, a biochemist at the University of Colorado-Boulder. “Food molecules entering the human body act as hormone-like messengers that regulate pivotal body functions at the cellular level.”

You’re not half the man (or woman) you used to be
There are nearly 100 trillion cells in the human body, which are constantly degenerating and regenerating themselves anew. Depending on which expert you talk with, your entire body replaces its tissues and cells every one to seven years. Within the next month, you’ll have a whole new stomach lining. In about three months, you’ll have a fresh crop of red blood cells. Within the next three years, you’ll have a new set of muscles. And in fewer than four years, you’ll have an entirely updated skeleton.

“The reason you are alive,” says Dr. Arnold Caplan, director of the Skeletal Research Center at Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University, “is your body is constantly and continuously regenerating tissues. That means that cells are dropping dead and new cells are taking their place.”

For an old cell to be replaced with a healthy, new one, Caplan says it’s imperative that it receives 100 percent of the raw materials it normally requires for regeneration. The problem is, the way the typical American diet is set up, 60 percent of us are deficient in one or more of these essential nutrients, according to a recent government-sponsored survey.

Now, if these ingredients are not provided, a new cell will still be created—but, like that cake, it just doesn’t turn out right. Over many cellular regenerations with insufficient raw materials, you get more and more unhealthy cells, which leads to more and more unhealthy tissues. Over time, you’re left with an unhealthy lot of muscles, bones and organs and poor overall mental and physical health.

Of course, the way you reverse this insidious process is by beginning to supply your body with optimal amounts of the ingredients it prefers to keep cellular regeneration going strong. Let’s now take a look at a few of the most common dietary faux pas as far as this issue is concerned—and how we can fix them before it’s too late.

Protein
By now, everyone who lifts weights knows protein is essential to the muscle-building process. In fact, the word protein comes from the Greek word meaning “of prime importance.” Not only does it provide your muscles with their basic building blocks, but protein also contributes to key biological functions like blood clotting, fluid balance, the production of hormones and enzymes and cellular repair. For the most part, resistance-training athletes get more than enough of this vital nutrient to meet their biological and muscle-building needs, however...

The problem is … how we’re getting our protein, and not so much “how much” we’re getting. You see, research has shown that cooking certain meats at high temperatures, such as frying with those popular indoor “lean, mean grilling machines,” creates chemicals that may cause serious cellular damage and potentially increase your risk for cancer, according to a recent report from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). According to the report, heterocyclic amines (HCAs) are the carcinogenic chemicals formed from the cooking of meats such as beef, pork, fowl and fish.

HCAs form when amino acids (the building blocks of proteins) and creatine (yes, creatine, which is also found naturally meats) react at high cooking temperatures. Researchers have identified 17 different HCAs resulting from the cooking of meats that may pose human cancer risk. One study conducted by researchers from NCI’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics found a link between individuals with stomach cancer and the consumption of cooked meats. Additional studies have shown that an increased risk of developing colorectal, pancreatic and breast cancer is associated with high intakes of well-done, fried or barbecued meats.

The solution: According to the NCI, meats that are partially cooked in the microwave before cooking by other methods have lower levels of carcinogenic HCAs. In fact, studies have shown that meats that were microwaved for two minutes prior to cooking had a 90 percent decrease in HCA content. In addition, if the liquid that forms during microwaving is poured off before further cooking, the final quantity of HCAs is reduced. Also, oven roasting, baking and stewing are done at lower temperatures, so lower levels of HCAs are likely to form.


Carbohydrates
Contrary to popular opinion, carbohydrates are not part of a larger conspiracy to make you fat and sick. The truth is, carbohydrates are the most important energy source for your brain, exercising muscles and each of your body’s 100 trillion cells, however...

The problem is … the carbs that make up the bulk of the typical American diet—sugars and refined starches—don’t contribute much of anything as far as nutrition goes. It’s the whole grains, which make up a measly 5 percent of Americans’ carbohydrate consumption, that provide your cells the quality nutrients and energy they need to work efficiently.
“Epidemiological studies find that whole-grain intake is protective against cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity,” says Dr. Joanne Slavin, a professor of food and nutrition at the University of Minnesota. These protective effects, Dr. Slavin says, largely rest in the health-enhancing bran (the outer layer) and germ (the internal embryo) found naturally in whole grains. When grains are refined to make white flour and white rice, for example, the bran and germ—and all of their healthful nutrients and disease-fighting phytochemicals—are stripped away and washed down the drain.

The fibrous bran, protein and fat contained in whole grains also slow their digestion and absorption, increasing satiety and providing the body with a sustained release of energy. Refined grains, on the other hand, are rapidly digested and absorbed, provoking spikes and dips in blood sugar, which, over time, could lead to obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

The solution: Eat fewer sugars and refined starches and more whole grains. In fact, Dr. Slavin recommends replacing sugars and refined starches with whole grains altogether. You’ll not only be getting a more sustained, quality source of energy to fuel your workouts, but you’ll be contributing to optimal cell health. “Whole grains are rich sources of a wide range of phytochemicals with anticarcinogenic properties,” Dr. Slavin writes in a recent review paper published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. “Some of these phytochemicals block DNA damage and suppress cancer cell growth.”


Quality sources of whole grains include oatmeal, barley, steamed brown rice and whole-grain breads.

Fat
Fat is another nutrient that really takes a beating. But what gets forgotten, or at least ignored, is the critical role it plays as a structural component of all cell membranes, among thousands of other important biological duties. The good news is, Americans get plenty of fat in their diets; however...

The problem is … it’s the wrong kind! Epidemiological surveys show Americans are malnourished on the good fats, the essential fatty acids (EFAs), and are overloaded on saturated and trans fats, which are associated with a host of diseases and really don’t play any important role in the body except to be burned as energy.

Disturbingly, the average intake of trans-fatty acids is about 12 grams per day in the U.S.—about 10 percent of our total fat intake, according to dietary fat expert Dr. Udo Erasmus. This deadly fat is abundant in foods like margarine, shortening, snack foods (Oreos) and most fast foods. And as reported recently from the Harvard School of Public Health, they double the risk of heart attack, increase diabetes and kill at least 30,000 Americans every year.

“These damaged oil molecules are intimately involved in the cell, including in gene activation and gene repression—do you think they might affect the way your genetic program functions?” Dr. Erasmus asks. “The answer is a big yes. That’s scary stuff.”

The solution: Dr. Erasmus believes we should work to completely eliminate trans-fatty acids from our diets. Even small amounts can lead to big problems, he says. “You can usually tell that a food contains trans-fatty acids if the term ‘hydrogenated’ or ‘partially hydrogenated’ is on the label,” Dr. Erasmus says. “As we like to say, ‘If you see the H-word on the label, then get the H out of there.’” Replace these fats and saturated fats (the artery-clogging crud found in fatty beef, creams and cheese) with health-promoting essential fatty acids. Besides contributing to optimal cell function, these fats promote healthy skin and hair and speed up your metabolism. Good sources include cold-water fish such as salmon, walnuts, ground flax seeds or flax seed oil, hempseed oil and safflower oil.


Water
Water is a compound we can’t do without for more than only a few days. The human body is about 60-75 percent water, and the brain is said to be about 85 percent water. Even bones are about 20 percent water. Next to the air we breathe, water is the most important substance we need for survival; however...

The problem is … We may be drinking ourselves straight into a state of dehydration with our excessive consumption of caffeinated beverages. And by doing so, says hydration expert Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, author of Water for Health, for Healing, for Life, they are likely interfering with cell function and compromising their health.

“Imagine a juicy plum picked from a tree and left exposed to the sun or wind—it becomes a prune,” he says. “The dehydration of the plum produces the shriveled interior and wrinkled skin that are typical of drying fruit. Loss of water causes the internal and external structures of living things to change, be that dehydration in a fruit or in a person.”
Depending on the area where the dehydration has settled most in the body, Dr. Batmanghelidj says, the cells in that region begin to wrinkle, and their inner functions are affected.

According to a recent survey conducted by the Nutrition Information Center, Americans drink an average of only 4.6 cups of water a day—a far cry from the 10 recommended for optimal hydration and muscle function. Worse yet, results of another recent survey conducted in 14 major U.S. cities showed that most Americans are countring the positive effects of the little water they are getting by drinking an average of 5.9 servings daily of caffeinated beverages like coffee and soft drinks. “Caffeine further dehydrates the body,” Dr. Batmanghelidj says. “You urinate more than the volume of water contained in the beverage.”

Couple this with the fact that it’s not uncommon for individuals to dehydrate by 2 percent to 6 percent of their body weight during exercise, and the result, as you can imagine, isn’t good. Not only is cell function disrupted, but dehydration can result in sluggishness, dulled senses, stalled muscle growth, a general sense of fatigue and an all-around lack of peak performance.

The solution: Drink at least 10 glasses of water a day and limit your consumption of caffeinated beverages, Dr. Batmanghelidj says. “The body needs water—nothing substitutes for water. Coffee, tea, soda, alcohol and even milk and juices are not the same as water.”


Vitamins and minerals
The importance of vitamins and minerals to your health really goes without saying. They play a vital role in maintaining the proper biological functioning of everything from muscles to memory. Now, nutritionists and dietitians will tell you that you can get all these important micronutrients from simply consuming a “balanced diet;” however...

The problem is … few of us even know what a “balanced diet” is, let alone consume one. “The reality is, it’s becoming more and more apparent that many vitamin RDAs may be too low, and food alone doesn’t always provide enough vitamins and minerals,” says MM nutrition columnist Dr. Jeffry Life. A recent report by the Council for Responsible Nutrition found that 80 percent of women and 70 percent of men consume less than two-thirds of the Recommended Daily Allowances for one or more nutrients.

The solution: Consume a good-quality multivitamin/mineral supplement daily. “It’s difficult to obtain protective levels of some nutrients solely from diet,” says Dr. Lester Packer, a now-retired professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. “Supplements are clearly required.”

Closing thoughts
Unfortunately, many people are truly unaware of the damage they could be doing to themselves with the food they’re eating. Nor are most people aware of how much better they could look and feel if they stopped feeding themselves accidentally and started eating with purpose—and with all of the facts at their fingertips.

We are tackling this issue because many people come to see me in the office and expected to get better while still eating like crap. The food that you take in is the body fuel source. So put the right fuel in your body in order for it to work more efficiently. 

If you like what you read, please share it with your family and friends. More importantly, take a look at our website, and see what we do and how we can help you live a healthier lifestyle. Call the office and schedule a complimentary evaluation. It's just a conversation, not a commitment for care. 

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We are the most conditioned, programmed beings the world has ever known. Not only are our thoughts and attitudes continually being shaped and molded; our very awareness of the whole design seems like it is being subtly and inexorably erased.

The doors of our perception are carefully and precisely regulated. Who cares, right?

It is an exhausting and endless task to keep explaining to people how most issues of conventional wisdom are scientifically implanted in the public consciousness by a thousand media clips per day. In an effort to save time, I would like to provide just a little background on the handling of information in this country.

Once the basic principles are illustrated about how our current system of media control arose historically, the reader might be more apt to question any given story in today's news.

If everybody believes something, it's probably wrong. We call that Conventional Wisdom.

In America, conventional wisdom that has mass acceptance is usually contrived: somebody paid for it. Examples:

  • Pharmaceuticals restore health
  • Vaccination brings immunity
  • The cure for cancer is just around the corner
  • When a child is sick, he needs immediate antibiotics
  • When a child has a fever he needs Tylenol
  • Hospitals are safe and clean.
  • America has the best health care in the world.
  • And many many more

This is a list of illusions, that have cost billions and billions to conjure up. Did you ever wonder why you never see the President speaking publicly unless he is reading? Or why most people in this country think generally the same about most of the above issues?

How This Set-Up Got Started

In Trust Us We're Experts, Stauber and Rampton pull together some compelling data describing the science of creating public opinion in America.

They trace modern public influence back to the early part of the last century, highlighting the work of guys like Edward L. Bernays, the Father of Spin. From his own amazing chronicle Propaganda, we learn how Edward L. Bernays took the ideas of his famous uncle Sigmund Freud himself, and applied them to the emerging science of mass persuasion.

The only difference was that instead of using these principles to uncover hidden themes in the human unconscious, the way Freudian psychology does, Bernays used these same ideas to mask agendas and to create illusions that deceive and misrepresent, for marketing purposes.

The Father Of Spin

Bernays dominated the PR industry until the 1940s, and was a significant force for another 40 years after that. (Tye) During all that time, Bernays took on hundreds of diverse assignments to create a public perception about some idea or product. A few examples:

As a neophyte with the Committee on Public Information, one of Bernays' first assignments was to help sell the First World War to the American public with the idea to "Make the World Safe for Democracy." (Ewen)

A few years later, Bernays set up a stunt to popularize the notion of women smoking cigarettes. In organizing the 1929 Easter Parade in New York City, Bernays showed himself as a force to be reckoned with.

He organized the Torches of Liberty Brigade in which suffragettes marched in the parade smoking cigarettes as a mark of women's liberation. Such publicity followed from that one event that from then on women have felt secure about destroying their own lungs in public, the same way that men have always done.

Bernays popularized the idea of bacon for breakfast.

Not one to turn down a challenge, he set up the advertising format along with the AMA that lasted for nearly 50 years proving that cigarettes are beneficial to health. Just look at ads in issues of Life or Time from the 40s and 50s.

Smoke And Mirrors

Bernay's job was to reframe an issue; to create a desired image that would put a particular product or concept in a desirable light. Bernays described the public as a 'herd that needed to be led.' And this herdlike thinking makes people "susceptible to leadership."

Bernays never deviated from his fundamental axiom to "control the masses without their knowing it." The best PR happens with the people unaware that they are being manipulated.

Stauber describes Bernays' rationale like this:

"the scientific manipulation of public opinion was necessary to overcome chaos and conflict in a democratic society." Trust Us p 42

These early mass persuaders postured themselves as performing a moral service for humanity in general - democracy was too good for people; they needed to be told what to think, because they were incapable of rational thought by themselves. Here's a paragraph from Bernays' Propaganda:

"Those who manipulate the unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested largely by men we have never heard of.

This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society.

In almost every act of our lives whether in the sphere of politics or business in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind."

Here Comes The Money

Once the possibilities of applying Freudian psychology to mass media were glimpsed, Bernays soon had more corporate clients than he could handle. Global corporations fell all over themselves courting the new Image Makers. There were dozens of goods and services and ideas to be sold to a susceptible public. Over the years, these players have had the money to make their images happen. A few examples:

Philip Morris

Pfizer

Union Carbide

Allstate

Monsanto

Eli Lilly

tobacco industry

Ciba Geigy

lead industry

Coors

DuPont

Chlorox

Shell Oil

Standard Oil

Procter & Gamble

Boeing

General Motors

Dow Chemical

General Mills

Goodyear

 

The Players

Though world-famous within the PR industry, the companies have names we don't know, 
and for good reason.

The best PR goes unnoticed.

For decades they have created the opinions that most of us were raised with, on virtually any issue which has the remotest commercial value, including:

pharmaceutical drugs

vaccines

medicine as a profession

alternative medicine

fluoridation of city water

chlorine

household cleaning products

tobacco

dioxin

global warming

leaded gasoline

cancer research and treatment

pollution of the oceans

forests and lumber

images of celebrities, including damage control

crisis and disaster management

genetically modified foods

aspartame

food additives; processed foods

dental amalgams

Lesson #1

Bernays learned early on that the most effective way to create credibility for a product or an image was by "independent third-party" endorsement.

For example, if General Motors were to come out and say that global warming is a hoax thought up by some liberal tree-huggers, people would suspect GM's motives, since GM's fortune is made by selling automobiles.

If however some independent research institute with a very credible sounding name like the Global Climate Coalition comes out with a scientific report that says global warming is really a fiction, people begin to get confused and to have doubts about the original issue.

So that's exactly what Bernays did. With a policy inspired by genius, he set up "more institutes and foundations than Rockefeller and Carnegie combined." (Stauber p 45)

Quietly financed by the industries whose products were being evaluated, these "independent" research agencies would churn out "scientific" studies and press materials that could create any image their handlers wanted. Such front groups are given high-sounding names like:

Temperature Research Foundation

Manhattan Institute

International Food Information Council

Center for Produce Quality

Consumer Alert

Tobacco Institute Research Council

The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition

Cato Institute

Air Hygiene Foundation


American Council on Science and Health

Industrial Health Federation

Global Climate Coalition

International Food Information Council

Alliance for Better Foods

Sound pretty legit don't they?

Canned News Releases

As Stauber explains, these organizations and hundreds of others like them are front groups whose sole mission is to advance the image of the global corporations who fund them, like those listed on page 2 above.

This is accomplished in part by an endless stream of 'press releases' announcing "breakthrough" research to every radio station and newspaper in the country. (Robbins) Many of these canned reports read like straight news, and indeed are purposely molded in the news format.

This saves journalists the trouble of researching the subjects on their own, especially on topics about which they know very little. Entire sections of the release or in the case of video news releases, the whole thing can be just lifted intact, with no editing, given the byline of the reporter or newspaper or TV station - and voilá! Instant news - copy and paste. Written by corporate PR firms.

Does this really happen? Every single day, since the 1920s when the idea of the News Release was first invented by Ivy Lee. (Stauber, p 22) Sometimes as many as half the stories appearing in an issue of the Wall St. Journal are based solely on such PR press releases.. (22)

These types of stories are mixed right in with legitimately researched stories. Unless you have done the research yourself, you won't be able to tell the difference.

The Language Of Spin

As 1920s spin pioneers like Ivy Lee and Edward Bernays gained more experience, they began to formulate rules and guidelines for creating public opinion. They learned quickly that mob psychology must focus on emotion, not facts. Since the mob is incapable of rational thought, motivation must be based not on logic but on presentation. Here are some of the axioms of the new science of PR:

  • technology is a religion unto itself
  • if people are incapable of rational thought, real democracy is dangerous
  • important decisions should be left to experts
  • when reframing issues, stay away from substance; create images
  • never state a clearly demonstrable lie

Words are very carefully chosen for their emotional impact. Here's an example. A front group called the International Food Information Council handles the public's natural aversion to genetically modified foods.

Trigger words are repeated all through the text. Now in the case of GM foods, the public is instinctively afraid of these experimental new creations which have suddenly popped up on our grocery shelves which are said to have DNA alterations. The IFIC wants to reassure the public of the safety of GM foods, so it avoids words like:

Frankenfoods

Hitler

biotech

chemical

DNA

experiments

manipulate

money

safety

scientists

radiation

roulette

gene-splicing

gene gun

random

Instead, good PR for GM foods contains words like:

hybrids

natural order

beauty

choice

bounty

cross-breeding

diversity

earth

farmer

organic

wholesome

 

It's basic Freudian/Tony Robbins word association. The fact that GM foods are not hybrids that have been subjected to the slow and careful scientific methods of real crossbreeding doesn't really matter. This is pseudoscience, not science. Form is everything and substance just a passing myth. (Trevanian)

Who do you think funds the International Food Information Council? Take a wild guess. Right - Monsanto, DuPont, Frito-Lay, Coca Cola, Nutrasweet - those in a position to make fortunes from GM foods. (Stauber p 20)

Characteristics Of Good Propaganda

As the science of mass control evolved, PR firms developed further guidelines for effective copy. Here are some of the gems:

  • dehumanize the attacked party by labeling and name calling
  • speak in glittering generalities using emotionally positive words
  • when covering something up, don't use plain English; stall for time; distract
  • get endorsements from celebrities, churches, sports figures, street people - anyone who has no expertise in the subject at hand
  • the 'plain folks' ruse: us billionaires are just like you
  • when minimizing outrage, don't say anything memorable, point out the benefits of what just happened, and avoid moral issues

We are the most conditioned, programmed beings the world has ever known. Not only are our thoughts and attitudes continually being shaped and molded; our very awareness of the whole design seems like it is being subtly and inexorably erased.

The doors of our perception are carefully and precisely regulated. Who cares, right?

It is an exhausting and endless task to keep explaining to people how most issues of conventional wisdom are   scientifically implanted in the public consciousness by a thousand media clips per day. In an effort to save time, I would like to provide just a little background on the handling of information in this country.

Once the basic principles are illustrated about how our current system of media control arose historically, the reader might be more apt to question any given story in today's news.

If everybody believes something, it's probably wrong. We call that Conventional Wisdom.

In America, conventional wisdom that has mass acceptance is usually contrived: somebody paid for it. Examples:

  • Pharmaceuticals restore health
  • Vaccination brings immunity
  • The cure for cancer is just around the corner
  • When a child is sick, he needs immediate antibiotics
  • When a child has a fever he needs Tylenol
  • Hospitals are safe and clean.
  • America has the best health care in the world.
  • And many many more

This is a list of illusions, that have cost billions and billions to conjure up. Did you ever wonder why you never see the President speaking publicly unless he is reading? Or why most people in this country think generally the same about most of the above issues?

How This Set-Up Got Started

In Trust Us We're Experts, Stauber and Rampton pull together some compelling data describing the science of creating public opinion in America.

They trace modern public influence back to the early part of the last century, highlighting the work of guys like Edward L. Bernays, the Father of Spin. From his own amazing chronicle Propaganda, we learn how Edward L. Bernays took the ideas of his famous uncle Sigmund Freud himself, and applied them to the emerging science of mass persuasion.

The only difference was that instead of using these principles to uncover hidden themes in the human unconscious, the way Freudian psychology does, Bernays used these same ideas to mask agendas and to create illusions that deceive and misrepresent, for marketing purposes.

The Father Of Spin

Bernays dominated the PR industry until the 1940s, and was a significant force for another 40 years after that. (Tye) During all that time, Bernays took on hundreds of diverse assignments to create a public perception about some idea or product. A few examples:

As a neophyte with the Committee on Public Information, one of Bernays' first assignments was to help sell the First World War to the American public with the idea to "Make the World Safe for Democracy." (Ewen)

A few years later, Bernays set up a stunt to popularize the notion of women smoking cigarettes. In organizing the 1929 Easter Parade in New York City, Bernays showed himself as a force to be reckoned with.

He organized the Torches of Liberty Brigade in which suffragettes marched in the parade smoking cigarettes as a mark of women's liberation. Such publicity followed from that one event that from then on women have felt secure about destroying their own lungs in public, the same way that men have always done.

Bernays popularized the idea of bacon for breakfast.

Not one to turn down a challenge, he set up the advertising format along with the AMA that lasted for nearly 50 years proving that cigarettes are beneficial to health. Just look at ads in issues of Life or Time from the 40s and 50s.

Smoke And Mirrors

Bernay's job was to reframe an issue; to create a desired image that would put a particular product or concept in a desirable light. Bernays described the public as a 'herd that needed to be led.' And this herdlike thinking makes people "susceptible to leadership."

Bernays never deviated from his fundamental axiom to "control the masses without their knowing it." The best PR happens with the people unaware that they are being manipulated.

Stauber describes Bernays' rationale like this:

"the scientific manipulation of public opinion was necessary to overcome chaos and conflict in a democratic society." Trust Us p 42

These early mass persuaders postured themselves as performing a moral service for humanity in general - democracy was too good for people; they needed to be told what to think, because they were incapable of rational thought by themselves. Here's a paragraph from Bernays' Propaganda:

"Those who manipulate the unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested largely by men we have never heard of.

This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society.

In almost every act of our lives whether in the sphere of politics or business in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind."

Here Comes The Money

Once the possibilities of applying Freudian psychology to mass media were glimpsed, Bernays soon had more corporate clients than he could handle. Global corporations fell all over themselves courting the new Image Makers. There were dozens of goods and services and ideas to be sold to a susceptible public. Over the years, these players have had the money to make their images happen. A few examples:

Philip Morris

Pfizer

Union Carbide

Allstate

Monsanto

Eli Lilly

tobacco industry

Ciba Geigy

lead industry

Coors

DuPont

Chlorox

Shell Oil

Standard Oil

Procter & Gamble

Boeing

General Motors

Dow Chemical

General Mills

Goodyear

 

The Players

Though world-famous within the PR industry, the companies have names we don't know, and for good reason.

The best PR goes unnoticed.

For decades they have created the opinions that most of us were raised with, on virtually any issue which has the remotest commercial value, including:

pharmaceutical drugs

vaccines

medicine as a profession

alternative medicine

fluoridation of city water

chlorine

household cleaning products

tobacco

dioxin

global warming

leaded gasoline

cancer research and treatment

pollution of the oceans

forests and lumber

images of celebrities, including damage control

crisis and disaster management

genetically modified foods

aspartame

food additives; processed foods

dental amalgams

Lesson #1

Bernays learned early on that the most effective way to create credibility for a product or an image was by "independent third-party" endorsement.

For example, if General Motors were to come out and say that global warming is a hoax thought up by some liberal tree-huggers, people would suspect GM's motives, since GM's fortune is made by selling automobiles.

If however some independent research institute with a very credible sounding name like the Global Climate Coalition comes out with a scientific report that says global warming is really a fiction, people begin to get confused and to have doubts about the original issue.

So that's exactly what Bernays did. With a policy inspired by genius, he set up "more institutes and foundations than Rockefeller and Carnegie combined." (Stauber p 45)

Quietly financed by the industries whose products were being evaluated, these "independent" research agencies would churn out "scientific" studies and press materials that could create any image their handlers wanted. Such front groups are given high-sounding names like:

Temperature Research Foundation

Manhattan Institute

International Food Information Council

Center for Produce Quality

Consumer Alert

Tobacco Institute Research Council

The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition

Cato Institute

Air Hygiene Foundation


American Council on Science and Health

Industrial Health Federation

Global Climate Coalition

International Food Information Council

Alliance for Better Foods

Sound pretty legit don't they?

Canned News Releases

As Stauber explains, these organizations and hundreds of others like them are front groups whose sole mission is to advance the image of the global corporations who fund them, like those listed on page 2 above.

This is accomplished in part by an endless stream of 'press releases' announcing "breakthrough" research to every radio station and newspaper in the country. (Robbins) Many of these canned reports read like straight news, and indeed are purposely molded in the news format.

This saves journalists the trouble of researching the subjects on their own, especially on topics about which they know very little. Entire sections of the release or in the case of video news releases, the whole thing can be just lifted intact, with no editing, given the byline of the reporter or newspaper or TV station - and voilá! Instant news - copy and paste. Written by corporate PR firms.

Does this really happen? Every single day, since the 1920s when the idea of the News Release was first invented by Ivy Lee. (Stauber, p 22) Sometimes as many as half the stories appearing in an issue of the Wall St. Journal are based solely on such PR press releases.. (22)

These types of stories are mixed right in with legitimately researched stories. Unless you have done the research yourself, you won't be able to tell the difference.

The Language Of Spin

As 1920s spin pioneers like Ivy Lee and Edward Bernays gained more experience, they began to formulate rules and guidelines for creating public opinion. They learned quickly that mob psychology must focus on emotion, not facts. Since the mob is incapable of rational thought, motivation must be based not on logic but on presentation. Here are some of the axioms of the new science of PR:

  • technology is a religion unto itself
  • if people are incapable of rational thought, real democracy is dangerous
  • important decisions should be left to experts
  • when reframing issues, stay away from substance; create images
  • never state a clearly demonstrable lie

Words are very carefully chosen for their emotional impact. Here's an example. A front group called the International Food Information Council handles the public's natural aversion to genetically modified foods.

Trigger words are repeated all through the text. Now in the case of GM foods, the public is instinctively afraid of these experimental new creations which have suddenly popped up on our grocery shelves which are said to have DNA alterations. The IFIC wants to reassure the public of the safety of GM foods, so it avoids words like:

Frankenfoods

Hitler

biotech

chemical

DNA

experiments

manipulate

money

safety

scientists

radiation

roulette

gene-splicing

gene gun

random

Instead, good PR for GM foods contains words like:

hybrids

natural order

beauty

choice

bounty

cross-breeding

diversity

earth

farmer

organic

wholesome

 

It's basic Freudian/Tony Robbins word association. The fact that GM foods are not hybrids that have been subjected to the slow and careful scientific methods of real crossbreeding doesn't really matter. This is pseudoscience, not science. Form is everything and substance just a passing myth. (Trevanian)

Who do you think funds the International Food Information Council? Take a wild guess. Right - Monsanto, DuPont, Frito-Lay, Coca Cola, Nutrasweet - those in a position to make fortunes from GM foods. (Stauber p 20)

Characteristics Of Good Propaganda

As the science of mass control evolved, PR firms developed further guidelines for effective copy. Here are some of the gems:

  • dehumanize the attacked party by labeling and name calling
  • speak in glittering generalities using emotionally positive words
  • when covering something up, don't use plain English; stall for time; distract
  • get endorsements from celebrities, churches, sports figures, street people - anyone who has no expertise in the subject at hand
  • the 'plain folks' ruse: us billionaires are just like you
  • when minimizing outrage, don't say anything memorable, point out the benefits of what just happened, and avoid moral issues

Keep this list. Start watching for these techniques. Not hard to find - look at today's paper or tonight's TV news. See what they're doing; these guys are good!

Science For Hire

PR firms have become very sophisticated in the preparation of news releases. They have learned how to attach the names of famous scientists to research that those scientists have not even looked at. (Stauber, p 201)

This is a common occurrence. In this way the editors of newspapers and TV news shows are often not even aware that an individual release is a total PR fabrication. Or at least they have "deniability," right?

Stauber tells the amazing story of how leaded gas came into the picture. In 1922, General Motors discovered that adding lead to gasoline gave cars more horsepower.

When there was some concern about safety, GM paid the Bureau of Mines to do some fake "testing" and publish spurious research that 'proved' that inhalation of lead was harmless. Enter Charles Kettering.

Founder of the world famous Sloan-Kettering Memorial Institute for medical research, Charles Kettering also happened to be an executive with General Motors.

By some strange coincidence, we soon have the Sloan Kettering institute issuing reports stating that lead occurs naturally in the body and that the body has a way of eliminating low level exposure.

Through its association with The Industrial Hygiene Foundation and PR giant Hill & Knowlton, Sloane Kettering opposed all anti-lead research for years. (Stauber p 92). Without organized scientific opposition, for the next 60 years more and more gasoline became leaded, until by the 1970s, 90% of our gasoline was leaded.

Finally it became too obvious to hide that lead was a major carcinogen, and leaded gas was phased out in the late 1980s. But during those 60 years, it is estimated that some 30 million tons of lead were released in vapor form onto American streets and highways. 30 million tons.

That is PR, my friends.

Junk Science

In 1993 a guy named Peter Huber wrote a new book and coined a new term. The book was Galileo's Revenge and the term was junk science. Huber's shallow thesis was that real science supports technology, industry, and progress.

Anything else was suddenly junk science. Not surprisingly, Stauber explains how Huber's book was supported by the industry-backed Manhattan Institute.

Huber's book was generally dismissed not only because it was so poorly written, but because it failed to realize one fact: true scientific research begins with no conclusions. Real scientists are seeking the truth because they do not yet know what the truth is.

True scientific method goes like this:

1. Form a hypothesis
2. Make predictions for that hypothesis
3. Test the predictions
4. Reject or revise the hypothesis based on the research findings

Boston University scientist Dr. David Ozonoff explains that ideas in science are themselves like "living organisms, that must be nourished, supported, and cultivated with resources for making them grow and flourish." (Stauber p 205)

Great ideas that don't get this financial support because the commercial angles are not immediately obvious - these ideas wither and die.

Another way you can often distinguish real science from phony is that real science points out flaws in its own research. Phony science pretends there were no flaws.

The Real Junk Science

Contrast this with modern PR and its constant pretensions to sound science. Corporate sponsored research, whether it's in the area of drugs, GM foods, or chemistry begins with predetermined conclusions.

It is the job of the scientists then to prove that these conclusions are true, because of the economic upside that proof will bring to the industries paying for that research. This invidious approach to science has shifted the entire focus of research in America during the past 50 years, as any true scientist is likely to admit.

Stauber documents the increasing amount of corporate sponsorship of university research. (206) This has nothing to do with the pursuit of knowledge. Scientists lament that research has become just another commodity, something bought and sold. (Crossen)

The Two Main Targets Of "Sound Science"

It is shocking when Stauber shows how the vast majority of corporate PR today opposes any research that seeks to protect

  • public health
  • the environment

It's a funny thing that most of the time when we see the phrase "junk science," it is in a context of defending something that may threaten either the environment or our health.

This makes sense when one realizes that money changes hands only by selling the illusion of health and the illusion of environmental protection. True public health and real preservation of the earth's environment have very low market value.

Stauber thinks it ironic that industry's self-proclaimed debunkers of junk science are usually non-scientists themselves. (255) Here again they can do this because the issue is not science, but the creation of images.

The Language Of Attack

When PR firms attack legitimate environmental groups and alternative medicine people, they again use special words which will carry an emotional punch:

outraged sound science

junk science sensible

scaremongering responsible

phobia hoax

alarmist hysteria

 

The next time you are reading a newspaper article about an environmental or health issue, note how the author shows bias by using the above terms. This is the result of very specialized training.

Another standard PR tactic is to use the rhetoric of the environmentalists themselves to defend a dangerous and untested product that poses an actual threat to the environment. This we see constantly in the PR smokescreen that surrounds genetically modified foods.

They talk about how GM foods are necessary to grow more food and to end world hunger, when the reality is that GM foods actually have lower yields per acre than natural crops. (Stauber p 173)

The grand design sort of comes into focus once you realize that almost all GM foods have been created by the sellers of herbicides and pesticides so that those plants can withstand greater amounts of herbicides and pesticides. (The Magic Bean)

Kill Your TV?

Hope this chapter has given you a hint to start reading newspaper and magazine articles a little differently, and perhaps start watching TV news shows with a slightly different attitude than you had before.

Always ask, what are they selling here, and who's selling it? And if you actually follow up on Stauber & Rampton's book and check out some of the other resources below, you might even glimpse the possibility of advancing your life one quantum simply by ceasing to subject your brain to mass media.

That's right - no more newspapers, no more TV news, no more Time magazine or Newsweek. You could actually do that. Just think what you could do with the extra time alone.

Really feel like you need to "relax" or find out "what's going on in the world" for a few hours every day? Think about the news of the past couple of years for a minute.

Do you really suppose the major stories that have dominated headlines and TV news have been "what is going on in the world?" Do you actually think there's been nothing going on besides the contrived tech slump, the contrived power shortages, the re-filtered accounts of foreign violence and disaster, and all the other non-stories that the puppeteers dangle before us every day?

What about when they get a big one, like with OJ or Monica Lewinsky or the Oklahoma city bombing? Do we really need to know all that detail, day after day?

Do we have any way of verifying all that detail, even if we wanted to? What is the purpose of news?

To inform the public? Hardly. The sole purpose of news is to keep the public in a state of fear and uncertainty so that they'll watch again tomorrow and be subjected to the same advertising.

Oversimplification? Of course. That's the mark of mass media mastery - simplicity. The invisible hand. Like Edward Bernays said, the people must be controlled without them knowing it.

Consider this: what was really going on in the world all that time they were distracting us with all that stupid vexatious daily smokescreen? Fear and uncertainty -- that's what keeps people coming back for more.

If this seems like a radical outlook, let's take it one step further:

What would you lose from your life if you stopped watching TV and stopped reading newspapers altogether?

Would your life really suffer any financial, moral, intellectual or academic loss from such a decision?

Do you really need to have your family continually absorbing the illiterate, amoral, phony, uncultivated, desperately brainless values of the people featured in the average nightly TV program? Are these fake, programmed robots "normal"?

Do you need to have your life values constantly spoon-fed to you?

Are those shows really amusing, or just a necessary distraction to keep you from looking at reality, or trying to figure things out yourself by doing a little independent reading?

Name one example of how your life is improved by watching TV news and reading the evening paper.

What measurable gain is there for you?

Planet of the Apes?

There's no question that as a nation, we're getting dumber year by year. Look at the presidents we've been choosing lately. Ever notice the blatant grammar mistakes so ubiquitous in today's advertising and billboards?

Literacy is marginal in most American secondary schools. Three fourths of California high school seniors can't read well enough to pass their exit exams. (SJ Mercury 20 Jul 01)

If you think other parts of the country are smarter, try this one: hand any high school senior a book by Dumas or Jane Austen, and ask them to open to any random page and just read one paragraph out loud. Go ahead, do it. SAT scales are arbitrarily shifted lower and lower to disguise how dumb kids are getting year by year.

At least 10% have documented "learning disabilities," which are reinforced and rewarded by special treatment and special drugs. Ever hear of anyone failing a grade any more?

Or observe the intellectual level of the average movie which these days may only last one or two weeks in the theatres, especially if it has insufficient explosions, chase scenes, silicone, fake martial arts, and cretinesque dialogue.

Radio? Consider the low mental qualifications of the falsely animated corporate simians they hire as DJs -- they're only allowed to have 50 thoughts, which they just repeat at random.

And at what point did popular music cease to require the study of any musical instrument or theory whatsoever, not to mention lyric? Perhaps we just don't understand this emerging art form, right? The Darwinism of MTV - apes descended from man.

Ever notice how most articles in any of the glossy magazines sound like they were all written by the same guy? And this guy just graduated from junior college? And yet he has all the correct opinions on social issues, no original ideas, and that shallow, smug, homogenized corporate omniscience, which enables him to assure us that everything is going to be fine...

All this is great news for the PR industry - makes their job that much easier. Not only are very few paying attention to the process of conditioning; fewer are capable of understanding it even if somebody explained it to them.

Tea In the Cafeteria

Let's say you're in a crowded cafeteria, and you buy a cup of tea. And as you're about to sit down you see your friend way across the room. So you put the tea down and walk across the room and talk to your friend for a few minutes.

Now, coming back to your tea, are you just going to pick it up and drink it? Remember, this is a crowded place and you've just left your tea unattended for several minutes. You've given anybody in that room access to your tea.

Why should your mind be any different? Turning on the TV, or uncritically absorbing mass publications every day - these activities allow access to our minds by "just anyone" - anyone who has an agenda, anyone with the resources to create a public image via popular media.

As we've seen above, just because we read something or see something on TV doesn't mean it's true or worth knowing. So the idea here is, like the tea, the mind is also worth guarding, worth limiting access to it.

This is the only life we get. Time is our total capital. Why waste it allowing our potential, our personality, our values to be shaped, crafted, and limited according to the whims of the mass panderers?

There are many important issues that are crucial to our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. If it's an issue where money is involved, objective data won't be so easy to obtain. Remember, if everybody knows something, that image has been bought and paid for.

Real knowledge takes a little effort, a little excavation down at least one level below what "everybody knows."

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Go for a walk. A walk is a successful, osteoporosis-resistant workout. 

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Believe it or not, studies have found only a very nominal difference in the bone density between marathon runners and people who are walkers. So speed and force don’t make as much of a difference as do consistency and covering some distance. 

Weight-bearing exercises, basically walking and weight training, are recommended. Pool exercises are very popular right now, but they don’t do much for bone density, because of the buoyancy. 

Bone cells are very responsive to gravity. That’s why astronauts tend to get a significant amount of osteopenia (reduction in bone density) during prolonged space travel. 

Also, bed-ridden or very sedentary patients tend to acquire a negative calcium balance and begin losing bone density. 

Even a healthy young person who becomes confined to a hospital bed for just a couple of weeks can actually lose a significant amount of calcium in just that short period of time. 

Getting a nice workout to resist osteoporosis doesn’t take a lot of equipment. Just go for a walk on a regular basis.

So get out there and start moving. Remember the key word is consistency. Create a regiment where you are walking at least 5 days a week. Increase the distance and pace, as you get stronger and fitter. 

Get a postural check up. Nothing worst than exercising when your frame is all bend out of shape. It’s like driving a car that’s not aligned. You know what does to the tires. Well if you spine is not aligned properly and you have improper posture, the same faith awaits your disc as the tired. They will blow out. 

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LOW BACK PAIN DEBATE- from Newsweek
By: Lauren Fleishman and Claudia Kalb

The Great Back Debate. Is massage better for you than surgery? As millions of Americans seek relief from this ancient ailment, doctors are trying simpler, less invasive ways to end the agony. Pins and needles: Turned off of costly and unreliable back surgery, back pain sufferers are exploring alternative treatments likemassage and acupuncture. Stop rubbing your sore back for a minute and take a quick tour of Mother Nature's engineering masterpiece: the human spine. Pretend you are Alice, so tiny you can climb among the muscles, nerves, bones and ligaments that make up the very core of your body. Crawl down the 24 vertebrae that encase and protect the spinal cord, from the cervical spine to the thoracic area to the lumbar region, that pesky lower back. Note the 23 rubbery white discs: the cartilage inner tubes that cushion the vertebrae. Observe the dozens of spinal nerves threading out from the cord between the bones. Poke the bands of muscle that wrap and support the bony column. Now focus on the tugs and thuds of daily life. The quick bend when you pick up your sobbing 2-year-old, the pounding of your feet as you run to catch the bus, the steady pull of your untoned belly, the dull pressure as you sit bleary-eyed in front of your computer, the sudden twist of your golf swing. Feel, too, the constant emotional stress we all live with: worries about aging parents, the kids' SAT scores, an IRS audit, mayhem in Iraq. Finally, imagine (or recall) that knife-in-the-back moment when something suddenly goes wrong with all that gorgeous spinal anatomy: Owwwwwww!

Like an expensive but temperamental sports car, the human spine is beautifully designed and maddeningly unreliable. If you're a living, breathing human being, you have probably suffered the agony of back pain. Eighty percent of Americans will battle the condition at some point in their lives, making it the No. 2 reason for doctor visits (after coughs and other respiratory infections). Already, back-pain sufferers cost this country more than $100 billion annually in medical bills, disability and lost productivity at work. And as long as we continue to lead overweight, sedentary and stressful lives, that number is unlikely to go anywhere but up.

As it does, legions of new back-pain sufferers, many desperate and even disabled, will seek relief. When they do, they'll quickly discover just how complicated their problem really is, with its mystifying mix of physical symptoms and psychological underpinnings. The reality is that the torment will usually go away on its own, impossible as that may seem when you're writhing on the kitchen floor. But pain is pain, and Americans, especially baby boomers, want a quick fix. The result: spinal-fusion surgery, the most costly (about $34,000 a pop) and invasive form of therapy, has spiked dramatically? 77 percent in the United States between 1996 and 2001. But many of these procedures simply don't work. Doctors, worried that far too many patients seem far too willing to go under the knife, are now actively looking for simpler, more effective ways to treat one of the most vexing problems in medicine. "We've come to the point where we have to think out of the box," says Dr. David Eisenberg, head of Harvard Medical School's Osher Institute, where he is studying nonsurgical alternatives like massage, acupuncture and Chiropractic. "The time is now."

Back pain can originate anywhere in the elaborate spinal architecture. Degenerated discs, which may lead to herniation and compressed nerves, are a common problem. Then there are those wrenching spasms provoked by muscle, tendon and ligament injuries, which can drop grown men to the floor. What's most mysterious about back problems is the disconnect between anatomical defects and pain. Unlike blood pressure and cholesterol, which can be easily measured with arm cuffs and blood tests, lower-back pain has no objective way; the volume of tears; the intensity of a grimace; to be gauged. In many cases, the precise cause of pain remains unknown. 

Imaging tests have found that two people with herniated discs can lead radically different lives: one spends his days popping painkillers, the other waltzes through life like Fred Astaire. In one well-known study, researchers sent 98 healthy people through an MRI machine: two thirds had abnormal discs even though none complained of pain. In other research, experts compared a group of patients who reported back pain with a control group who didn't. Close to two thirds of the pain patients had cracks in their discs, so-called high-intensity zones, or HIZs. But so did 24 percent of the noncomplainers. "The real issue," says Dr. Eugene Carragee, the study's lead author and director of Stanford's Orthopaedic Spine Center, "is, why do some people have a mild backache and some have really crippling pain.”

Response From Dr. Gregory Jean-Pierre of Upper Cervical Institute of FL. 

While it is true that too many people are willing to go under the knife, recent study does show that more and more americans are seeking alternative medicine. As the article points out, surgery simply doesn't work. In fact, in many of the patients that I see in my office, after having had the surgery, the pain is made worse. 

The only profession that spends all its time studying the human frame (spine), are chiropractors. if you have a brain tumor, would you go to a person that does brain surgery as part of his practice, or one that does brain surgery on a daily basis, all day, everyday? 

In my office, the spine is what I work with all day, everyday. We focus on the brain body connection and how that can affect your spinal alignment. We get great success with people with back pain on a daily basis. The treatment is effective with no side affects. More importantly, it will not cost you $34,000.

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Someone once said, "The only difference between a diamond and a lump of coal is that the diamond had more pressure put on it." If that were the case, we should all be shining brightly by now.

Sure, stress can motivate us to get things done, that's the upside. The downside can be really ugly. Stress, according to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, can sometimes lead to physical problems, such as high blood pressure, and accelerate some effects of aging. And we all know stress may contribute to emotional upheaval irritability, anger, even depression.
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Here are seven easy strategies one for each day of the week to help you meet stress head-on and conquer it: 

• Breathe. Yes! It's that simple. Breathe deeply, but don't hyperventilate. Inhale as though you were sniffing a delightful scent. Then stre-e-e-tch your arms high over your head as you slowly and completely exhale. 

• Set boundaries. Just like the stressed-out mom who sat in the playpen to keep away from the children, you can erect some barriers. Decide what you will do and when. Better still, decide what you won't do and dare to say "no." Try to avoid anything, and anyone, who wastes your time. 

• Clarify your goals. Decide exactly what needs to be done, and plan a smart way of accomplishing each task. Oh, and give yourself a big tick on the calendar every time you achieve even one of your goals, no matter how small. 

• Put yourself first. That's right! If you aren't functioning at your peak, your work and your relationships will suffer. Find time for yourself, and try to do at least one relaxing thing each day: Take a bubble bath, or read a chapter of a favorite book. 

• Give yourself a break. It's okay to goof off, cancel a lunch date, or miss a deadline now and then. In six months or 10 years, who will remember? 

• Get spiritual. Get in touch with your spiritual values, and align your plans and activities with them. For instance, read an inspiring book, then figure out how to incorporate what you learned into your day-to-day life. 

• Take five. Right now stop what you are doing to cherish the moment. Savor whatever you're drinking or eating. Or go outside and smell the air, the flowers and the trees. Feel the wind, sunshine or rain on your face. Listen for tiny sounds. Take a moment every day to marvel at the wonders all around you.

More often then not, stress is not the problem. The way you handle stress is. Let's face, we can never totally get rid of stress in our life. Stress has a way to challenge us and make us grow as an individual if it is handle the right way. It can also breaks us down and get us sick.

The best for you body to be able to sustain all the stress to you subject it to on a daily basis is to make sure that the brain and body connection is without interference. To make sure that your nervous system is working properly. 

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU GOT YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM EVALUATED?

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It is a gentle and very specific way of balancing the entire body framework and thereby decreasing stress to the nervous system.

How does it work?

First, understand that NUCCA looks at the spine differently. The spine works as a unit and thus subluxates as a whole. It adapts and compensates in order to balance itself when the center of gravity is away from vertical.

Since all of the joints of the spine interlock, they cannot move independently from one another. Only one area doesn’t obey this rule – the occipito-atlantal-axial joint complex.

The atlas has no interlocking joints, and it acts as the connection between the head and the rest of the spine. No other segment can be used mechanically and neurologically in the same way. This area is the cornerstone of spinal stability. This is where the misalignment occurs.

How is it corrected?

NUCCA is based on the principles of Mathematics and Physics in x-ray analysis to precisely measure the misalignment and the correction vector. Extreme attention is placed on taking accurate x-rays.

Then the doctor aligns his/her body to the vector and directs a force down this correction pathway. Because this vector is on the exact correction pathway, minimal force is needed to make an adjustment.

How do you know that it works?

A post x-ray gives the doctor objective evaluation and to what degree the alignment was corrected. Correction of the misalignment has been highly correlated to a decrease in neurological stress, correction of posture, and alleviation of symptoms.

How do you measure it?

1) Pre and post x-rays (1st correction only). The analysis uses the principles of math and physics to measure the degrees of movement of atlas compared to the head and the cervical spine.

2) Anatometer – an instrument that measures bilateral hip height, hip translation and body lean into the frontal (coronal) plane due to postural muscle imbalance from nervous system involvement. NUCCA uses body imbalance to monitor the subluxated spine.

3) Leg Check – supine leg check is used to measure the amount of spastic contracture due to postural muscle imbalance from nervous system involvement.

What about Subluxations in different areas of the spine?

When the spine breaks down due to an injury or trauma, there will be increased areas of stress within the spine. Those areas may become subluxations and will be different in everyone depending on how the spine breaks down.

This is why all techniques work. By adjusting these subluxations, stress is decreased in these areas. However, the true cause had not been addressed. The atlas subluxation complex (ASC) must be corrected. To be truly stable, one must correct the cause and not the compensation.

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SIT UP STRAIGHT AND KEEP YOUR WRIST IN NEUTRAL 

Ergonomics is not a four-letter word — even though many business owners may think otherwise. 

That's because when business people hear the word ergonomics, they immediately think of dollar signs — as in what it will cost to outfit employee workstations with new setups to prevent sometimes crippling injuries.

But the money needed may be minimal, and your employees' health should be the overriding concern. Painless simple adjustments to a computing environment, such as getting a better chair or raising a monitor, may cost little but makes a huge difference in injuries and employee absences. 

Understanding how poor positioning combined with no breaks can lead to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) should be a priority for anyone who works at a PC and/or employs others who do. 

Businesses very often don't have to spend $1,000 or more on equipment — or completely overhaul the workplace. If you have the knowledge, you can better know what to do and what to spend. Employers should learn about what triggers wrist pain and other repetitive-stress injuries, and spend time watching and training their employees, he says. Because people come in different shapes and sizes, solutions to ergonomic problems differ. However, there are some generally accepted guidelines when it comes to sitting at a computer for several hours a day, day after day. Here's a look at some. 

Keyboards: Your wrist position is key 

The ideal computing position, most agree, is to be sitting upright or slightly reclined. Your shoulders should be straight, upper arms hanging straight down, close to your body, and elbows at a 90-degree (or even slightly more) angle. Your forearms and hands should be flat and your hands relaxed. 

All this leaves your wrists in a neutral position. Those who type with their wrists pointed up or down, or extended outward or inward, are asking for trouble. It generally means they're sitting too close or too far away, or they don't have a keyboard that suits them. 

Split keyboards — ergonomically designed keyboards sloped in the middle — are growing in use and popularity, although they still command only 10% of the market. One reason for their increasing use is that they do a better job, with most users of ensuring that the wrists remain in a neutral position. Microsoft manufactures both flat and split keyboards but I foresee more users migrating to the split keyboard because of its ergonomic enhancements. Based on my research, there is more of a chance of being comfortable with a split keyboard. But I realize that 'comfortable' is a subjective term, and that you can be perfectly comfortable with a flat keyboard too.

Mouse: Does it fit your hand?

Hands run in all different sizes, but so do mice. What you want is one not too big or too small, but that fits snugly under your relaxed hand. The back of your hand should feel the mouse, and the point where your hand turns into your wrist should be on the table. It needs to fit well enough so you can easily click and know the click is successful. If you're pooh-poohing this, don't. You'd be surprised how many people suffer hand or shoulder pain because of a mouse that's an unnatural fit. A trackball mouse often works better for people with shoulder pain because it takes less overall movement to use. For those already suffering from hand or wrist pain, the answer might be a foot-operated mouse, which eliminates stressful hand motions. 

Monitor: eye level and minus glare 

If it isn't positioned correctly, your PC monitor can cause neck pain, shoulder pain, and eyestrain from glare. Keep it directly in front of you, and at an arm's length in distance. Your neck should be straight, not leaning forward. The top of the screen should be directly level with your eyes. The monitor should be tilted slightly upward. Put stacks of paper underneath it if necessary — and be wary of using a laptop PC in place of your desktop for long periods of time. Beyond this, glare from poor positioning related to your windows or lighting could result in eyestrain and headaches. Re-position your monitor, and adjust your font size and color, if necessary. HealthyComputing.com also recommends putting your monitor on a swivel arm if you are frequently interacting with others, and want to move your monitor to the side while you do. And it strongly urges following a "20-20-20 rule." "Every 20 minutes you are working at your computer, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. 

Chair: most important component? 

A good chair may be the most important part of your workstation, because it affects your position more than just about anything else. An adjustable chair, allowing the user to customize the fit, is the better choice ergonomically than a fixed chair with no options. 
Besides sitting straight or slightly reclined, a user's lower back should be fully pressed up against and supported by the back of the chair. His feet should be flat on the floor, or on a foot rest — a platform you can buy inexpensively to help a user maintain a correct sitting position and avoid fatigue. 

Laptop PCs

HealthyComputing.com devotes a section of its site to "mobile ergonomics," including wireless phones and PDAs. Suffice to say here that notebook PCs trigger the most ergonomic fears, because you can't easily adjust the keyboard and the screen — they're connected. Also, many people operate them, literally, from their own laps or in other awkward positions. But that is the nature of the beast. Having your screen at eye level means you're bending your wrists upward. keeping your wrists flat means you're looking downward, at the expense of your neck. The best advice here is to avoid prolonged use of a laptop. If you can't, use a mouse at all times, don't compromise on comfort, change positions often, and take frequent breaks.

A word about phones

A headset used to be an option. Now it's a necessity if you are on the phone a lot. Taking steps to get your PC ergonomically correct, but cradling the phone on your neck for long phone calls doesn't make sense. You can find headsets for under $100. 

Get up and walk around — often

Having the most ergonomically safe workstation possible still may not prevent MSDs. Users must change positions and leave their workstations several times a day to break up the repetitive stresses. A health-care specialist where I work strongly recommends drinking water throughout the day. That guarantees you'll take breaks.

Get your nervous system checked

Last but certainly the most important is to get your nervous system evaluated. If you are like most people, you have been doing all of these wrong. You body has been undergoing repetitive trauma for years. It may or may not be producing any pain. Once thing is for sure that your spine will be out of alignment. Your spine is the highway of life. All communications from the brain to the body and vice versa has through go through the spine in other for you to function well. If there are interferences in those signals due to improper spinal alignment, you health is at risk. Have you nervous system evaluated to make sure you don't have the signal killer known as Subluxation affecting your nervous system. 

In our office, we locate and remove interferences within the nervous system that are disrupting the body's ability to heal itself. 
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You walk into your doctor's office for a physical exam and step on the scale. Last year, the doctor said you were overweight. Now he says you are obese — at the same weight.

A nurse takes your blood pressure. You have hypertension — with the same previously healthy reading you've had for years.

The doctor scans your wrist bone. You have a condition called "osteopenia" — with the same bone density that was fine last time you were measured.

You mention you are not enjoying sex as much as you used to. Diagnosis: a new kind of sexual dysfunction.

You leave the office with a head full of worry and a fistful of new prescriptions, joining more than 40 percent of Americans who take one or more prescribed drugs daily in the effort to stave off more serious trouble.

You are suddenly sick, simply because the definitions of disease have changed. And behind those changes, a Seattle Times examination has found, are the companies that make all those newly prescribed pills.

The Times found that:

• Pharmaceutical firms have commandeered the process by which diseases are defined. Many decision makers at the World Health Organization, the U.S. National Institutes of Health and some of America's most prestigious medical societies take money from the drug companies and then promote the industry's agenda.

• Some diseases have been radically redefined without a strong basis in medical evidence.

• The drug industry has bolstered its position by marketing directly to the health-conscious consumer, leading younger and healthier people to consider themselves at risk and to start taking medications.

Every time the boundary of a disease is expanded — the hypertension threshold is lowered by 10 blood-pressure points, the guideline for obesity is lowered by 5 pounds — the market for drugs expands by millions of consumers and billions of dollars.

The result? Skyrocketing sales of prescription drugs. Soaring health-care costs. Escalating patient anxiety. Worst of all, millions of people taking drugs that may carry a greater risk than the underlying condition. The treatment, in fact, may make them sick or even kill them.

Dartmouth Medical School researchers estimate that during the 1990s, tens of millions more Americans were classified as having hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes or obesity simply because the definitions of those diseases were changed.

Today, three of every four Americans technically have at least one of those diseases. But millions of them are not truly sick and may never be, even without medication. The Dartmouth researchers said it was unknown whether those people would benefit from early detection and treatment, while it is "an open question" whether branding them diseased and feeding them drugs may be causing significant physical or psychological harm.

The medical profession's term for these people is "the worried well." They are otherwise healthy people who have risk factors, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, but may never suffer a heart attack or stroke.

Dr. Alfred Berg, chairman of family medicine at the University of Washington and a past chairman of a federal task force that fights drug-industry influence on disease and treatment guidelines, said the best advice for many people at risk of so-called "lifestyle diseases" is to simply change their lifestyles.

"Diet and exercise and righteous living — but nobody wants to hear that," Berg said.

Instead, he says, a "commercial prevention" industry has emerged, focused on selling drugs to people who don't really need them but who can pay for them.

"We have a system that nobody but Big Pharma is happy with," says Dr. John Kitzhaber of The Foundation for Medical Excellence in Portland, who was Oregon's governor from 1995 to 2003.

But the drug companies can't do it alone. They need, and receive, support from much of the world's medical establishment.

Treatment guidelines established by international and national health organizations instruct physicians on diagnosis and treatment of disease and are meant to be scientifically pristine. But many of those groups lack any process for preventing or disclosing conflicts of interest.

The Times found that for a broad spectrum of diseases, the experts writing the treatment guidelines had drug-company ties ranging from research contracts to consultancies to stock ownership.

Berg's group, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, flatly prohibits any conflicts of interest, either in money or previous research. As a result, it is consistently more conservative in its recommendations than other medical guideline-writing groups and pushes fewer drugs.

Dr. H. Gilbert Welch, a Dartmouth medical professor and editor of Effective Clinical Practice, a journal of the American College of Physicians, agrees that his profession shares the blame for what he sees as an overdose of preventive medicine.

The problem begins, he said, with the expanding definitions of disease.

"You can't tell me that three-quarters of my population is sick before I start," he said. "That just doesn't pass the laugh test.

"Our business is in a hard place right now," Welch said. "A lot of docs know it's not right."

Get off the hamster wheel of big pharma. Stop treating your health as an experiment. Your body a self healing, self regulating, self adapting mechanisms. You need to to only be free of interference for your body to function as it should. 

You cannot solve a problem with the same mindset that created it. You cannot heal the body from the outside in. Drugs taking to he alt disease and symptoms are making you sicker. 

In our office, we locate and remove interferences within the nervous system that are disrupting the body's ability to heal itself. 

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If I knew it would be the last time that I’d see you
Fall asleep, I would tuck you in more tightly and 
Pray the lord, your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be the last time that I saw you
Walk out the door, I would give you a hug and kiss and 
Call you back for one more.

If I knew it would be the last time I’d hear your 
Voice lifted up in praise, I would video each
Action and word, so I could play them back day after day

If I knew it would be the last time, I would spare
An extra minute to stop and say “I Love you,” instead
Of assuming you KNOW I do.

So if you’re waiting for tomorrow, why not do it
Today? For if tomorrow never comes, you’ll surely
Regret the day, that you didn’t take that extra time
For a smile, a hug, or a kiss and you were too busy to 
Grant someone, what turned out to be their last wish.

So hold your love ones close today, and whisper in
Their ear, Tell them how much you love them and that
You’ll always hold them dear. Take time to say “I’m 
Sorry,” ‘Please forgive me,” ”Thank you,” or
“It’s okay.”

Sometimes we forget that our health is the most important thing in our life. Symptoms are the last stage of disease. Symptoms are the last thing to come and the first thing to go away. Judging your health or your love one’s health based on symptoms is dangerous. We build disease without knowing it, symptoms show up, we cover them with drugs, and the body is still full of disease. If there’s pressure on your nerves you are building disease. Upper Cervical (NUCCA) Chiropractic keeps the pressure off the brainstem so you and your family can express 100% of your God given potential.

Call us TODAY, because what you do NOW may affect your tomorrow. 


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How often does your doctor tell you to get a check-up for your health?

1 time per year!

Doctors tell us in order to maintain our health; we should have a check up one time per year. What is the purpose of these check-ups? They are checking you for disease that has already built up. Is this health care or sick care?

It’s sick care!

Medicine is early detection of disease that has already begun to form in your body; it’s not health care. Because of this type of thinking, America has on of the highest death rate and is one of the sickest countries in the world, according to the Oxford University Press, 1998. A child born in the United States is more likely to be sick and die than in any other country studied. Either move or learn how to raise a healthy family before it’s too late!

In order to get sick your immune system weakens. In order to get healthy the immune system has to get stronger. Every medication lowers the immune System. How can we expect to be healthy with one sick care check-up per year and medications that lower our immune system? We can’t! Medicine is not healthcare it’s sick care.

Health is when your body is functioning at 100%. Your brain, spinal cord and nerves control every function in your body. A Chiropractic check-up and an adjustment allows the brain to communicate with the body, raising the immune system and allowing the body to heal from anything!

According to Ronald Pero, PhD, New York University Medical Research, Chiropractic maintenance patients have immune systems that are 200 times stronger that people who are not under Chiropractic care.

You get yearly check-ups with your M.D. and pediatrician, or you can get regular Chiropractic check-ups, so you and your family can express 100% of your God given potential. The choice is up to you!

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Are You Getting Enough Water?

Nearly three-quarters of the population questioned in a recent survey said they know they are supposed to drink at least eight 8-ounce servings of water each day. But only 35 percent reported they actually do, according to the survey, conducted by Yankelovich Partners for the Rockefeller University in New York and the International Bottled Water Association. The survey encompassed 2,818 Americans. 

Of course, the bottled water industry has an interest in encouraging people to drink more water. But the truth is, people need to. In fact, most of us need more than eight glasses a day. According to the American Dietetic Association, eight glasses of water is the minimum in a range up to 12

A good guideline is to divide your weight in half and then consume that many ounces of water each day. So a 128-pound person needs 64 ounces, but a 160-pound person needs 80 ounces. 

The reasons we need water are many. After oxygen, water is the human body's most important need. Our bodies consist largely of water (estimates range from 50 percent to 70 percent), and water plays a role in nearly every major bodily function. For starters, water is essential to regulating our body temperature, which is especially important in hot, humid weather such we have here in South Florida. Any time you are exposed to high temperatures, you need to keep replenishing with water to keep the body temperature normal. That's your body's way to cool down. Water also plays a key role in carrying nutrients and oxygen to cells, removing waste, cushioning joints and protecting organs and tissues. "Without proper hydration, the body is exposed to a variety of health risks," said Barbara Levine, director of the nutrition department at Rockefeller University. "Long-term, more severe dehydration poses serious problems that dangerously affect blood pressure, circulation, digestion, kidney function and nearly all body functions." Mild dehydration can cause sluggishness, dry and itchy skin, headaches, indigestion, constipation and the trigger to drink - thirst. You shouldn't wait until you are thirsty. That's a sign that dehydration has already set in. 

Water isn't the only liquid that can hydrate our bodies. But while caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea and soda and alcoholic drinks may wet the mouth, they actually cause the body to lose water. A recent study shows that Americans drink more of these beverages (6.8 servings a day) than they do water (6.2 servings.) Folks would be better off trading caffeine and alcohol for water, juice, milk and carbonated sodas without caffeine. And some foods with high water content, such as lettuce and tomatoes, can aid in hydration. Sports drinks also can help. "They have minerals in them and some flavor, which for some people simply helps them ingest as much fluid as they need. Of course some also have sugar. And contrary to popular belief, only those who've participated in strenuous marathon-type activity really need to replace sodium and minerals with a sports drink. "If you've just been batting the tennis ball around, water will do it. But if a sports drink will help you drink a lot, then go for it. Mindy Perilla, 29, a coordinator of international health programs, said she likes to add lemon juice, lime juice or cranberry juice to her water for a little flavor. "I'm not an athlete, I just like to drink water," said Perilla, who consumes 2 to 3 liters a day. "People notice it. My parents say they don't know how I can drink so much. But I have fewer headaches and muscle aches and it just makes me feel good." 

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Acute Pain

Pain is one of the most common symptoms humans experience, yet it is one of the least understood. Acute pain is the body's smoke alarm, alerting you to a potentially dangerous situation. In fact, people with congenital analgesia, a rare condition that leaves them unable to sense pain, often harm themselves without knowing it. These people commonly die in their mid-30s, usually from injuries they never felt. Because pain plays such a vital role in survival, the brain usually gives it priority over other sensory information.

Acute pain begins when special sense receptors in the skin or internal organs called nociceptors are activated. They receive information about heat, pressure, pricks or cuts, or other injury causing pain. Two types of nerve fibers carry information from the nociceptors to the spinal cord: A-delta fibers, which transmit information quickly; and C-type fibers, which transmit impulses more slowly (and may cause a nagging sense of pain).

At the spinal cord, these pain messages may be modulated by other spinal nerves that enhance or diminish the intensity of the pain stimulus. The impulse travels to different parts of the brain. Some regions determine the location and cause of pain, while other areas integrate the information with additional information to produce a pain sensation, often described as "vicious," "sharp," or "dull." 

Chemical couriers, or neurotransmitters, carry the pain messages up and down the nerve tree. Different neurotransmitters activate different receptors on nerve cells. The pain you feel depends on which neurotransmitters and which receptors are involved. For example, when a particular neurotransmitter activates the recently discovered NMDA receptor, nerve cells become so sensitive that even light pressure causes excruciating pain.

Some spinal nerves release neurotransmitters called enkephalins, and some regions of the brain release neurotransmitters called endorphins. These chemicals act as natural painkillers.

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is persistent discomfort lasting months or years. Persons with chronic pain fall into two groups: those with a specific source of pain, such as nervous system injury or a systemic disease like arthritis, and those without an obvious source. Some people who experience chronic pain but do not have an obvious source of their discomfort may have forgotten an injury that has healed. For reasons not well understood, nerves sometimes "remember" acute pain, transmitting the sensation even though the cause no longer exists.

In some cases, pain can spread through the body to sites far removed from the site of injury. In a condition known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy, pain usually spreads over one limb but can involve much of the body. Scientists think pain signals arriving at the spinal cord send a recruiting call out to neighboring nerve cells. These cells then respond as though they are receiving pain signals.

About 34 million people in the United States experience chronic pain. About one-third of these people suffer from back pain, and another one-third have arthritis. Various forms of cancer also cause persistent pain. Many people have developed dependencies on strong pain-killing medications and have fallen into a cycle of pain, depression, and inactivity

Solution 

It is important to understand that pain is the result of something not working right. Pain is not the problem, but rather a symptom of the problem. In our office, with focus on resolving the problem at it’s source – the brainstem. By correction the atlas subluxation, we are able to return the body back to homeostasis. The great thing about our procedure is even though it make take a while to fully correct the problem, pain is usually the first thing that goes away.

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