Thursday, May 26, 2011

Why Seek Chiropractic Care After a Car Accident

Why Seek Chiropractic Care After a Car Accident
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Whiplash is most commonly received by passengers in a motor vehicle that is struck from behind by another vehicle. When the head is suddenly “jerked” back and forth (“whipped”) beyond its normal limits, the muscles and ligaments supporting the spine and head can be overstretched or torn. The soft, pulpy discs between spinal bones can bulge, tear or rupture. Vertebrae can be forced out of their normal position causing stiffness, pain and nerve damage. The spinal cord and nerve roots in the neck can become stretched or irritated. This is all possible even with little damage to the vehicle. In fact, research shows that increased “crushing” (as seen with higher-speed impacts) of the vehicle actually absorbs some of the shock of the impact and can lessen injury to the car’s occupants. When “crushing” does not occur (as seen with lower-speed impacts), nearly all of the shock is transferred to the driver and passengers.
Symptoms Associated with Whiplash

Whiplash symptoms may include headache, dizziness, blurred vision, pain in the shoulder, arms or hands, reduced ability to turn and bend, and even low back and leg problems. These symptoms may appear immediately following the accident or as much as 2 weeks after the injury.

The human body will attempt to immobilize injured areas following a trauma. This usually begins with “protective” muscle spasm (as the name implies, the spasm is attempted to prevent further harm by immobilizing damaged joints and muscles). If function is not restored within 4-8 weeks, then scar tissue will be laid down at the site of injury hampering the return to full function. This will eventually lead to increased bone growth with the joint causing joint degeneration. All of this, however, can occur with little to no pain.
A study in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery stated that “…an individual involved in a motor vehicle accident is nearly 7-times more likely to suffer neck degeneration within 7-years of the accident…” than individuals that have not been involved in an auto accident. The goal of chiropractic care is to return the injured joints, muscles and nerves to complete, healthy function thereby reducing this increased risk of degeneration.
Treatment for Whiplash

Since injuries following a motor vehicle accident tend to affect many different tissues, a multi-pronged treatment program is often necessary to achieve full recovery.
Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractic Adjustments return joints to their proper motion and position allowing your body to regain its lost function. This often relieves pain caused by inflammation trapped within the joints and reduces strain on tight, fatigued and spasmed muscles. Chiropractic adjustments are also effective in reducing pressure on “pinched” nerves and joint irritation often associated with headaches.
Muscle Therapy

Muscle Therapy following an auto accident is beneficial at reducing the pain associated with muscle spasms and is also effective at preventing muscle inflammation from converting to scar tissue within the muscle (one of the prime contributions to chronic pain following an accident).
Ice and Medications

Ice, anti-inflammatory medications (Advil, Ibuprogen, Motrin, Alleve), painkillers and muscle relaxants can offer short-term relief, but do not address the source of the pain. These methods only mask the symptoms and can sometimes be harmful especially if it allows the injured person to perform activities that should be avoided until significant healing has occurred. Remember: Pain and muscle spasms are both protective responses that attempt to prevent further damage.
Common Problems Associated with Whiplash

* Headaches
* Neck Pain
* Low Back Pain
* Disc Injuries
* Shoulder Pain
* Rotator Cuff Impingement
* Tendonitis

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Vaccination quote by Dr. Harris Coulter, Ph.D

"A major cause of the Roman Empire's decline, after six centuries of world dominance was its replacement of stone aqueducts by lead pipes for the transport and supply of drinking water. Roman engineers, the best in the world, turned their fellow citizens into cripples. Today our own "best and brightest," with the best of intentions, achieve the same end through childhood vaccination programs yielding the modern scourges of hyperactivity, learning disabilities, autism, appetite disorders, and impulsive violence." ~ Harris Coulter, Ph.D.

It really says a lot when many other colleagues are taking about the risk of vaccinations... Many of these disorders are linked to childhood vaccinations. I urge every mother and father to educated themselves on the pros and cons of vaccination before making a decision that could potentially cause life long consequences to your self and your children.

These are some of the common concerns about vaccinations

* Are vaccines effective? Do vaccines really protect from disease?
* How safe are vaccines? Who monitors the safety of vaccines?
* Are vaccines really necessary?
* Who should not get vaccinated?
* Is an infant's immune system too immature to handle vaccinations?
* Aren't vaccines un-natural?
* What is the issue about thimerosal? Is it dangerous?
* Is there a link between vaccines and autism?
* Why should babies get injections that make them cry?
* What if vaccines are too expensive?

Every parent is encouraged to educate themselves about vaccinations in order to make sound decisions about their child's healthcare.

Eight additional questions to ask:

* Is my child sick right now?
* Has my child had a bad reaction to a vaccine before?
* Does my child have a family history of:
o Vaccine reactions
o Convulsions or neurological disorders
o Severe allergies
o Immune system disorders
* Do I know if my child I at risk for reacting?
* Do I know how to identify a reaction?
* Do I know how to report a vaccine reaction?
* Do I know the vaccine manufacturer's name and lot number?
* Do I know I have a choice?

The recent rise of autism, autism spectrum disorders, ADD, ADHD, allergies, digestive disorders including reflux, skin conditions/eczema, sensory integration issues and decreased immune function in our children is astonishing. Our body and immune system was not designed to process chemicals which come from the environment (poluted air, water and soil), prescription drugs, processed foods & beverages and vaccinations.

The build up of chemicals creates a toxic load in the adult and pediatric body. With the addition of more and more vaccinations, a little person's body, excretory and immune systems are required to work even harder to eliminate this chemically induced toxic load. When the body cannot process and excrete toxins, symptoms and diseases will occur. In 1983, 10 vaccinations were recommended (download PDF of 1983 CDC recommendations), but in 2010 the number has risen to 49, an increase of over 400% (download PDF of current CDC recommendations).Also, vaccines are not tested for risks when given in combination, yet routinely they are dosed that way for convenience and compliance.

Mercury has received a lot of media coverage regarding its close correlation to autism and other associated disorders. Although mercury has been removed from most vaccines, it is still routinely an ingredient in the Flu Shot, which is recommended during pregnancy and for children. Mercury is also still in the RhoGAM Shot, which is given to pregnant women when their Rh factor is negative. Unfortunately mercury is also in our air as a result of burning coal and in the fish we eat due to polluted oceans.

In addition, thimerasol, which is 49% ethyl mercury is still routinely put into vaccine. These are not the only toxic ingredients found in vaccinations.

Here are some of the toxic ingredients found in vaccinations and flu shots:

* Aluminum
* Formaldehyde
* 2-Phenoxyethanol
* Sorbitol

A common misconception is that a child must be vaccinated to attend school. Learn more about vaccination recommendations vs. laws and visit the download page for exemption forms.

If after weighing the pros and cons, you decide to vaccinate your child, here are important things to consider:

* Never vaccinate your child while he or she is sick (even mild symptoms) or is on antibiotics.
* Increase vitamins before, on and after the vaccination day, especially high doses of Vitamin C (3000-5000 mg per/day) and Vitamin A (5000 IU or more) when giving the MMR vaccine.
* Give your child a homeopathic remedy to help detoxify the toxic chemicals from the vaccine. We recommend the homeopathic: Vaccusick, which is available at Lake Pointe. The dosage is 1 drop per day for two weeks after each vaccination.
* Delay vaccines until your child is 18-24 months old.
* Consider only one vaccination per medical doctor's visit.

The following are signs of an adverse vaccine reaction:

* Tenderness and/or swelling at injection site
* Fever (severe or mild)
* Irritability
* Unrelieved crying and/or high-pitched cry
* Limp / decreased muscle tone
* Unresponsiveness
* Marked increase in sleeping time
* Skin rashes
* Joint pain and aching
* Seizures or convulsions
* Anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock
* Abscess or infection at injection site
* Development delays or changes

If your child has an adverse reaction, stop vaccinations until you learn more. The Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System was developed in 1991; it can be used to search for a "hot lot" or contaminated vaccination lot and to report a vaccine reaction. You can also report an adverse reaction to the National Vaccine Information Center.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Xcite Nutrition's 90 for 90 Challenge

Xcite Nutrition and its preferred partners are proud to announce the launch off the Xcite 90 for 90 Challenge: It only takes 90 days to change your life for the better. Are you up for this life changing experience?

What is 90 for 90?
The 90 for 90 Challenge is a fitness and nutrition program that requires 90 people to commit to 90 days of a regimented program that is designed to guide individuals and teams towards attaining their fitness and nutrition goals. It is committing to 90 minutes of exercise a week. The program runs for 12 weeks. 90 for 90 is an effort to increase awareness in the community of the importance of better health through better nutrition. It is a pledge to make the small and often overlooked changes in life that will add up to significant benefits to one’s health and overall wellbeing. 90 for 90 is
• A commitment to attain a higher level of nutrition and fitness
• Opportunity to work towards fitness and nutrition goals as a part of a team
• An opportunity to receive support and guidance from fitness, nutrition and health professional who can offer exceptional tips, services.
• Exposure to nutritional supplements that promote better health

Who should participate?
• Are tied of endless TV diets and plans that cost of hundreds of dollars and get you little or no results?
• Do you feel less motivated to work out or eat right as an individual?
• Are seeking natural and safe methods to improve your wellbeing?
• Are you goal oriented and driven by the desire to accomplish set goals?
• Have you ever considered or sought out the services of a fitness, nutrition or health professional to support your fitness and nutritional goals?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions then the 90 for 90 is right for you. The challenge is ideal for individuals who want to improve their well-being through positive lifestyle changes, identified as
• Better Nutrition
• Commitment to exercise
• Commitment to being a lifetime student on nutrition and health

How does it work?
The Challenge is open to a maximum of 90 qualified individuals who commit to following a regimented nutritional and fitness program for a period of 12 weeks. The individuals are placed into groups based on their goals. The idea is to place individuals with common goals in a group so that they are working and supporting each other towards a collective goal. This is a great way to keep everyone motivated. Examples of common goals include
• Seeking to lose 10, 20 30 pounds: This would be the weight loss group, which can have sub groups depending on the variance in the desired weight loss goals
• Seeking to regain body shape: ideal for people looking to tone and get back into great physical shape
• Seeking to start working out and understand nutrition for the first time

Note: A $500.00 prize will be awarded to the person nominated by the group as being the person who best represented the goals and virtues of the 90 for 90 challenge
Each group is assigned to a sponsor(s) that will support them throughout the 12 weeks process to attain their goals.

Download registration form. Fill out and return via email attachment to:
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A new study reveals that bicyclists can improve their performance by undergoing a short program of chiropractic care.

The study involved six people, 4 male and 2 female. Three of the males and both females were competitive racers.

Initially, the subjects were tested to determine their base line performance. Using a CompuTrainer--a stationary, computerized machine that allows the rider’s personal bike to be attached to it—each bicyclist participated in a race simulation. Researchers then recorded various data regarding strength, pressure and force. After the test, each biker was examinated and adjusted by a chiropractor, then retested on the CompuTrainer one – two weeks later.

A poll of the riders found that five reported a lower perceived effort of how hard they were working at the same workload during the retest. Five of the riders also experienced improvement in pedaling performance. These results indicate that a bicyclist can ride longer before fatiguing.

Chiropractic adjustments improve all aspects of body performance by correcting vertebral subluxations, or misalignments of the spine, which interfere with nervous system and the body’s ability to function at 100 percent capacity. If this is what chiropractic adjustments can do for bicyclists, just image how beneficial chiropractic adjustments will be to your everyday living!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Babies Born Between 39 and 41 Weeks of Pregnancy May Do Better Than Babies Born a Few Weeks Earlier

Babies Born Between 39 and 41 Weeks of Pregnancy May Do Better Than Babies Born a Few Weeks Earlier
By Denise Mann

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD
Newborn wrapped in blanket

May 23, 2011 -- Babies born between 39 and 41 weeks of pregnancy fare better than infants born during weeks 37 or 38, a study shows.

A term birth is considered 37 to 41 weeks, but the new study suggests it is more of a continuum.

The findings appear in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Previously it was thought that infant mortality risk was similar for babies born between 37 and 41 weeks. But the new study shows that this risk is increased when babies are born between 37 and 39 weeks of gestation, and that this risk decreases with each additional week of pregnancy.

"A truly elective delivery should wait until at least 39 weeks," says study researcher Uma M. Reddy, MD, MPH of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development in Bethesda, Md.

"We don't stop labor at 37 weeks, and the majority of babies will do fine," she says. But "if nothing is going on and you are doing well, waiting to 39 weeks is best for you and your baby."
Overall Risk of Infant Mortality Is Low

The overall risk of newborn death remains small, but it doubles for infants born before 37 weeks, compared to infants born at 40 weeks. In 2006, infant mortality was 1.9 deaths for every 1,000 live birth when babies were born at 40 weeks. This rate increased to 3.9 per 1,000 live births when a baby was born at 37 weeks, the study showed.

"Don't pressure your doctor to deliver you any earlier," "Reddy says. "The definition of term is arbitrary and 37 weeks isn't magical because it is the beginning of term."

Researchers looked at data on 46,329,018 births that occurred from 37 to 41 weeks gestation between 1995 through 2006.

The new study did not include information on the type of delivery (caesarean section vs. natural birth) and/or the reasons for preterm delivery.
Redefining 'Term'

"We need to make people aware that within the definition of term, there are two categories," says Alan R. Fleischman, MD, the medical director of the March of Dimes in White Plains, N.Y.

Term is "a biologic continuum between 37 and 41 weeks and those babies born early in term are different than those babies born at full term," he says.

The new findings apply only to women who do not have medical reason to deliver before 39 weeks, he says.

But "there is a whole group of women and doctors who are delivering early for convenience or due to a very minor change in some test that has not been shown to be helpful," he says. "It is a perfect storm because you never see a mother who likes the last four weeks of pregnancy. It's uncomfortable and many feel it is time."

J. Christopher Glantz, MD, MPH, a professor of maternal-fetal medicine at University of Rochester School of Medicine, agrees. "The definition of term is a little arbitrary and it is an old definition based on how babies did many many years ago."

Most babies do OK at 37 weeks, he says. "The differences are not that dramatic between the actual risk of mortality from 37 to 39 weeks, but why take any unnecessary risks at all?"

"Elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks definitely have some increased morbidity," says Abdulla Al-Khan, MD, the director and chief of maternal and fetal medicine and surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey Other factors such as type of delivery and reason for early term delivery also affect these risks, he says.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

How to Successfully Achieve the Level of Health You Desire

How to Successfully Achieve the Level of Health You Desire

Success is defined as the PROGRESSIVE REALIZATION OF A WORTHY IDEAL OR GOAL. As the old saying goes, you don't get something for it goes with your health. You can have a great deal of control over your health. All you have to do is make a decision to do what it takes to be healthy. If you seriously follow the action steps listed below you can empower yourself with the "tools" necessary to be healthy. Go for it...You deserve it. The team at Chiropractic & Nutrition Wellness Center are behind you 100%!
Thoughts are Things

"Whatever the MIND OF MAN can CONCEIVE and BELIEVE it can ACHIEVE!" In order for you to achieve wellness, you must first imagine in your mind that it is possible. You have to deeply grasp that wellness is attainable.

Perhaps many of your attempts have failed to permanently relieve your pain, or your quality of life has eroded your ability to freely imagine wellness. I would like to say that all has not been lost if you have not tried (and given it a good trial) our methods of chiropractic and nutritional health care. Our methods are unique and very comprehensive. Many people have regained their health through careful and methodical application of the healing methods used at Dr. Jon Wise's office. You may be able to achieve wellness on.
Six definite, practical steps by which DESIRE for richness of health can be transmuted into its physical equivalent.

1. Fix in your mind the EXACT type of health you desire. It is not sufficient merely to say, "I want to be healthy." Be definite as to what degree of health you desire. For instance:
•Do you merely want pain relief?
•Do you want optimum physical, mental, nutritional & social well-being?
•Do you want to restore your quality of life?
•Do you desire to return to your previous employment capability?
•Do you want to prevent this problem from recurring?
•Do you also want all of this for your family?

2. Determine exactly what you intend to GIVE in return for the degree of health you desire. (There is no such reality as "something for nothing.")
•Are you willing to follow your doctor's advice?
•Are you willing to exercise?
•Are you willing to take your supplements and alter your eating habits?
•Are you willing to keep your appointments?
•Are you willing to pay for your health (Time, Energy and Resources)?

3. Establish a definite date when you intend to POSSESS the health you desire. Obviously, this step in goal setting is difficult because of factors like severity and chronicity. Because of these strong variables, this goal should be comprised of smaller goals that can be measured at specific intervals.
•How soon would you reasonably like to be free of pain?
•When is it possible to return to work?
•When do you want to feel great?

4. Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at ONCE, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into ACTION.
You are at Dr. Jon Wise's office, so you must be ready now. Together you and Dr. Jon will shape this plan to suit your present condition, your reasonable ability to improve it, the steps t accomplishing this and the evaluations necessary to keep you on course.

5. Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of health you intend to have, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for this health, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to acquire it. Dr. Jon will help you with this so you have something concrete to refer to.

6. Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, ONCE just after arising in the morning, and once just before retiring at night. As you read, see and feel and believe yourself already in possession of the health your desire.

Dr. Jonathan Wise
5875 S. Rainbow Blvd 201
Las Vegas, NV 89118

10 Healthy Steps for a Healthy Smart Baby

10 Healthy Steps for a Healthy Smart Baby

Intelligence isn't just a genetic thing- you really can help the process of brain development in your infant. Start young
and be consistent; you really will see results. Some of these tips might seem obvious, but are you really being
disciplined in your endeavors to enrich your child? We're all busy people, but here are 10 simple ways to make your
baby smarter.

1. Reading- Read to your baby from day one and try to make it a daily habit. Even newborns benefit from hearing
you read stories, as it introduces them to the various sounds of language. Also, the colorful pages will intrigue them
and stimulate their brain.

2. Cuddling- Babies need to be held as much as possible. Cuddling will make a baby feel safe and secure, building
their self esteem from the day they are born. As a result, they will thrive physically and psychologically.

3. Floor Play- Put baby on the floor for tummy time and to just explore his surroundings. Don't be alarmed if he
dislikes tummy time at first. He will learn and grow with each day. Bright, age appropriate toys spread around baby
also increase his interest.

4. Eye Contact- Make eye contact with your baby- your face will be the most fascinating toy they will have for a long
time. Talk, make faces, and babble. This will nurture baby as well as introduce him to language and communication.

5. Set Challenges- Put a toy just out of reach during tummy time and watch baby figure out how to get to it. They
learn through frustration. Don't forget to cheer them on when they finally reach it!

6. The Great Outdoors- Take baby outside for a while. Introduce him to things he hasn't seen before. Let him
touch a tree, a flower, etc.

7. Music- Classical music, to be exact. Surely you've heard of The Mozart Effect on children- the theory that playing
Mozart for a child everyday increases cognitive skills and emotional well-being.

8. Breastfeed- Breast milk is brain food and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that a mother nurse
her child for at least one year.

9. Dancing- Dance around with baby in your arms. The movement will be new to them and it is a great way for
bonding and showing relations with music.

10. Be Silly- Laugh, tickle and be silly with baby. As he gets older and starts to play make believe, his creativity will
be a test of his intelligence.

We All Need Good Computer Ergonomics

Good computer ergonomics – our posture when we sit at our workstations – is important for children as well as for adults. According to a New York Times article, over 70% of America’s 30 million elementary school students use computers. With the IT world we live in, the 30% that don’t soon will. While this is good for the minds of these children, it can be damaging to their bodies.

Doctors of chiropractic are treating more young patients who are suffering as a result of their working at ill-conceived computer stations – ill-conceived because they are designed for adults, or because they are poorly designed for children. It is a shocking thought, but many children already suffer from repetitive motion injuries (RMI), also known as repetitive strain injuries (RSI). One such injury is the problematic carpal tunnel syndrome. Chronic pain in the hands, back, neck and shoulders are other symptoms related to bad ergonomics.

Researchers from Cornell University published a study revealing that 40% of the elementary school children under their scrutiny were using computer workstations that created a postural risk. The other 60% were found to be in the range that raised “some concern.”

It is not enough to teach children how to use computers; more emphasis has to be placed on teaching them how to properly use the actual workstations. These are the formative years for an individual, mentally, emotionally and physically. Poor work habits when young can lead to serious health effects that plague that person for the rest of their life. While parents know to watch out for signs of substance abuse in their children, few have any idea of the long-term health effects that can arise from postural problems.
What can you do?

Thankfully, there are certain things you can do to lessen the chances of your child suffering painful and potentially disabling injuries:

* Make sure that any workstation in the home that is shared by both adult and child can be modified according to the user.
* Check that the top of the computer monitor is set at a height at or below the child’s eye level. You may need to remove the monitor stand to do this, or alternatively raise the child’s sitting position in some way.
* Look at the workstation chair and ensure it is correct for the child. To stop slouching and for added back support, you can place an ergonomic back cushion, a pillow or a rolled-up towel in a position that corresponds with the small of the child’s back. Make sure that the gap between the front edge of the seat and the back of the knees is two inches. A good workstation chair should have arm supports that cause the elbows to rest at an angle between 70 to 135 degrees relative to the computer keyboard.
* Check that the wrists are held in a neutral position while typing, and not angled up or down. To ensure the child doesn’t have to hold their arm out away from their body, move the mouse mat close to the keyboard.
* Achieve a 90- to 120-degree angle for the child’s knees, if necessary by installing a foot rest, or perhaps a box or a small stool.
* Ensure there is adequate lighting to reduce eyestrain, and check the monitor is not reflecting any glare. Use a special antiglare screen if necessary.
* Do not allow your child to sit for uninterrupted hours at the computer. Limit their time, and enforce breaks during which they can stretch and move about. Have them perform the following stretches: clench the hands into fists and move them in 10 circles inward, followed by 10 circles outward; place hands in a praying position and squeeze together for 10 seconds, then point them downward and do the same squeezing for another 10 seconds; spread the fingers apart, then close them one at a time; stand and have them wrap their arms around the body, turning all the way round to the left, then all the way round to the right.
* Try to have your child drink four 8-ounce glasses of water every day so their muscles and all their bodily functions are adequately hydrated. This can help avoid injury. Juices and sodas etc. are not a suitable replacement for water.
* Suggest to your child’s school and PTA that the children are educated on proper computer ergonomics, and encourage the installation of ergonomically correct workstations at the school.

If you or your child continue to suffer from computer-related pain despite your best efforts to avoid it, your next stop should be a doctor of chiropractic to prevent the injury worsening and to promote healing.
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Chiropractic: A Safe Treatment Option

Chiropractic: A Safe Treatment Option

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of back pain, neck pain, joint pain of the arms or legs, headaches, and other neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects.
The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current literature shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.1
In addition to being a safe form of treatment, spinal manipulation is incredibly effective, getting patients back on their feet faster than traditional medical care. A March 2004 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that chiropractic care is more effective than medical care at treating chronic low-back pain in those patients who have been experiencing the symptoms for one year or less. In addition, a study published in the July 15, 2003, edition of the journal Spine found that manual manipulation provides better short-term relief of chronic spinal pain than a variety of medications.

Neck Adjustments

Neck pain and some types of headaches are treated through precise cervical manipulation. Cervical manipulation, often called a neck adjustment, works to improve joint mobility in the neck, restoring range of motion and reducing muscle spasm, which helps relieve pressure and tension.
Neck manipulation is a remarkably safe procedure. While some reports have associated upper high-velocity neck manipulation with a certain kind of stroke, or vertebral artery dissection, recent evidence2 suggests that this type of arterial injury often takes place spontaneously, or following everyday activities such as turning the head while driving, swimming, or having a shampoo in a hair salon.
Patients with this condition may experience neck pain and headache that leads them to seek professional care—often at the office of a doctor of chiropractic or family physician—but that care is not the cause of the injury. The best evidence indicates that the incidence of artery injuries associated with high-velocity upper neck manipulation is extremely rare – about 1 case in 5.85 million manipulations.3
To put this risk into perspective, if you drive more than a mile to get to your chiropractic appointment, you are at greater risk of serious injury from a car accident than from your chiropractic visit.
It is important for patients to understand the risks associated with some of the most common treatments for neck and back pain—prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)—as these options may carry risks significantly greater than those of manipulation. According to a study from the American Journal of Gastroenterology, approximately one-third of all hospitalizations and deaths related to gastrointestinal bleeding can be attributed to the use of aspirin or NSAID painkillers like ibuprofen.4
Furthermore, surgery for conditions for which manipulation may also be used carries risks many times greater than those of chiropractic treatment. Even prolonged bed rest carries some risks, including muscle atrophy, cardiopulmonary deconditioning, bone mineral loss and thromoembolism.5
If you are visiting your doctor of chiropractic with upper-neck pain or headache, be very specific about your symptoms. This will help your doctor of chiropractic offer the safest and most effective treatment, even if it involves referral to another health care provider. If the issue of stroke concerns you, do not hesitate to discuss it with your doctor of chiropractic. Depending on your clinical condition, he or she can forego manipulation, and instead can recommend joint mobilization, therapeutic exercise, soft-tissue techniques, or other therapies.

Research Ongoing

The ACA believes that patients have the right to know about the health risks associated with any type of treatment, including chiropractic. Today, chiropractic researchers are involved in studying the benefits and risks of spinal adjustment in the treatment of neck and back pain through clinical trials, literature reviews and publishing papers reviewing the risks and complications of neck adjustment.
All available evidence demonstrates that chiropractic treatment holds an extremely small risk. The chiropractic profession takes this issue very seriously and engages in training and postgraduate education courses to recognize the risk factors in patients, and to continue rendering treatment in the most effective and responsible manner.


1. Senstad O, et al. Frequency and characteristics of side effects of spinal manipulative therapy. Spine 1997 Feb 15;435-440.
2. Cassidy D, et al. Risk of Vertebrobasilar Stroke and Chiropractic Care. Spine 2008; 33:S176–S183.
3. Haldeman S, et al. Arterial dissection following cervical manipulation: a chiropractic experience. Can Med Assoc J 2001;165(7):905-06.
4. Lanas A, et al. A nationwide study of mortality associated with hospital admission due to severe gastrointestinal events and those associated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug use. Am J Gastroenterol 2005;100:1685–1693.
5. Lauretti W. The Comparative Safety of Chiropractic. In Daniel Redwood, ed., Contemporary Chiropractic. New York: Churchill Livingstone, 1997, p. 230-8.
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Whiplash Patients Respond Best to Chiropractic

Whiplash Patients Respond Best to Chiropractic

Read Whiplash Patients Respond Best to Chiropractic to learn more about Wise Chiropractic: Holistic Family Wellness Center located in Las Vegas, NV.

We look forward to serving you! Call - 702-248-6292.

Automobile drivers in the United States are involved in over 5 million auto accidents each year. As a result, over 2 million people annually suffer from some form of injury as a result of the crash. Whiplash is the most common injury received by an accident victim.

A history of disappointing results in the treatment of whiplash patients throughout the medical profession has lead researchers to further investigate the benefits of Chiropractic in victim care. The study published in the Journal of Orthopedic Medicine points out the superiority of Chiropractic care for whiplash patients and examines the type of injuries which might best respond.

Whiplash injury involves the sudden movement of the head in any direction. The result is that muscles and ligaments supporting the spine can become strained or torn. Some symptoms include neck pain or stiffness, pain between the shoulder blades, blurred vision, fatigue, headache, and dizziness, just to name a few.

This study was designed to determine which patients with chronic whiplash could benefit from Chiropractic intervention. One hundred Chiropractic referrals for chronic whiplash symptoms formed the study groups.

Group 1 members were those with radiating neck pain and restricted neck movement but no apparent nerve damage. Group 2 had symptoms of nerve damage associated with neck pain and restricted motion. Group 3 members had severe neck pain and restricted motion, plus had more serious symptoms including blackouts, vision problems, nausea, vomiting, and chest pain.

Each person received an average of 19 treatments over a 4 month period. Excellent improvements were seen in the first two groups. In Group 1, 72% of the patients gained “some benefit” with symptoms disappearing completely for 24%. Group 2 had 94% responding positively with symptoms disappearing completely for 38%. Only Group 3, the group with the most severe whiplash problems, showed only 27% improvement.

Researchers concluded that Chiropractic provided superior care in treating whiplash patients. “The results from this study provide further evidence that Chiropractic is an effective treatment for chronic whiplash symptoms,” the researchers said. Pointing to the results in Group 3, they emphasized that a careful history and physical exam be done on all patients before treatment is commenced.

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Dr. Jon Wise

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Major Medical Study On Chiropractic And Immunity

Major Medical Study On Chiropractic And Immunity

Many fields, including Chiropractic and Medicine, have shown that spinal misalignments (subluxations) can create visceral disease and immune dysfunction. A major medical study showed this link in 2004. The controlled study showed that vertebral correction treatment to reduce vertebral misalignments in patients with atopic dermatitis and bronchial asthma. The study also focused on the different connections between visceral and immune dysfunction and vertebral deformities.

It Was A Large Study:

Among 120 atopic dermatitis patients who received spinal correction treatments every day, 106 (88%) showed improvement in skin itching and 86 (72%) showed improvement in skin condition.Among 240 atopic dermatitis patients who did not receive spinal correction treatments every day, we could not obtain a sure treatment effect.

There was over a 70 percent improvement in allergic diseases. We found that vertebral misalignment is a common and characteristic finding in patients with atopic dermatitis and bronchial asthma.

“According to the results of this study the possibility may be considered that chronic nerve compression secondary to vertebral deformity in the thoracic region had a significant effect on the immune function of atopic dermatitis and bronchial asthma patients. The adrenal cortex functions of these allergy patients may be in the chronic decline condition with this chronic nerve compression." 1

You Are The Answer:

In order to understand the devastating effects of a Vertebral Subluxation and the Power of a Chiropractic Adjustment, you must understand Adaptive Physiology.When your body goes into a “Fight or Flight” response due to a stressor (bear jumping out at you, hearing about a tragedy, etc) your body will respond accordingly. The first thing that happens is that your blood pressure, heart rate, blood clotting factors, blood fat, LDL cholesterol, insulin, and glucose go UP so you can adapt to your environment adequately. Your cell-mediated immune system goes down which decreases your sex hormone binding globulin resulting in a higher level of circulating sex hormones in your blood....leading to cancers, colds, influenza, and other infections.

The #1 risk factor in determining whether or not you will get a site specific cancer is by the amount of sex hormones you have in your blood. Your body decreases serotonin which down regulates learning and up regulates anxiety and fear centers in brain so you can react to the stressor more effectively; however, this leads to increased anxiety, fear, depression, and learning and attention deficits. This response is called adaptive physiology. 2 These are all great things when you are being chased by a bear but not when they are happening all day, every day and you're trying to live an abundant health-filled life!

Movement of the Spine creates stimulation of proprioceptors in the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and discs. Proprioception and mechanoreception are essential nutrients for balance and health of the brain and the entire mind and body. When a human has a Vertebral Subluxation, proprioception is diminished which is recognized by the body as a Stressor eliciting the stress response, putting the body into adaptive physiology.3 Every time. And if it is not removed it stays there chronically.

If you look at over 95% of chronic illness, they are all the result of chronic adaptive physiology due to a stressor: Cancer, Diabetes, Chronic Pain, Obesity, Heart Disease, Fatigue, Depression, Infertility, Decreased Libido, Insomnia, Acid Reflux, Constipation, Auto-Immune Issues, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, etc.

This is how “The 2004 Journal of Orthopedic Surgery” did a study and proved the relationship between vertebral deformities and allergic diseases.4 They concluded that chronic nerve compression secondary to vertebral deformity in the thoracic region had a significant effect on the immune function of atopic dermatitis and bronchial asthma patients. The adrenal cortex functions of these allergy patients may be in the chronic decline condition with this chronic nerve compression. A sure treatment effect cannot be obtained without considering the nature and the function of the autonomous nerves. Wow!

Tapio Videman, M.D. published in Clinical Biomechanics 1987, proved that when Immobilization occurs (Subluxation) in a joint and remains there for more than 10-15 days, that joint begins to degenerate. (5) This was when post-operative patients of knee or hip replacements were forced to begin movement within 24 hours to prevent permanent damage.

A prospective study from “The Journal of American Geriatrics Society” 2004 proved that “Participants with hyperkyphotic posture had a significant, 2.4 times greater rate of death.”6 That's not back pain or arthritis....Death! Reverse or stop hyperkyphosis equals reversing or stopping death...According to the Medical Data!

The conclusion of one of the Most prominent up to date studies proving what Subluxation is and does and that is not associated with pain most of the time, was a study out of Clinical Neuorphysiology in 2007. This study proved that areas of reduced or restricted spinal motion causes spinal degeneration and changes in neurological communication between the brain and body are medically a fact and termed the Vertebral Subluxation Complex by Chiropractors.7 The study revealed that Vertebral Subluxation can be present without pain or with pain and getting rid of them requires a professional trained in detecting and correcting them much like a dentist does with symptomatic or asymptomatic cavities. And...preventing them requires improving spinal range of motion and postural exercises!

Now the question could be, "Where do they come from?" Just to make sure you know, according to the science, all humans that go through this experience are likely to have Subluxation: The Birth Process.8

New research commissioned by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) reveals that 32% of us spend over 10 hours sitting down every day, adding up to an amazing 32 years and 4 months of our lives.9

-On average, we spend 16 hours awake per day and 9.4 million of us spend over 75% of our waking day sitting.
-59% of the working population sit down all day at work, nearly 50% of those who work refuse to leave their desks, even for lunch!
-What do people do after work? 62% spend the majority of their evenings on their “behinds”.

“The typical classroom desk is uncomfortable and rigid and one size has to fit all students. In addition, students have to lean forward in the seat in order to take lecture notes.”10

Another study out of Cornell University and published in Computers in Schools found the following11:

* Children in elementary schools are at risk from sitting at improper workstations that have been designed with little or no regard for musculoskeletal development and this has implication for health problems.
* Sitting for more than short periods increase the risk for injury.
* Children’s developing musculoskeletal structures are especially vulnerable to postural trauma.
* Sitting not only causes Vertebral Subluxation Complex, it results in alack of regular full spinal motion that is required to recover from the falls and accidents of normal daily life.
* The stressors associated with living in industrial society make it virtually impossible to avoid Vertebral Subluxation Complex without regular chiropractic care just like it is virtually impossible to avoid dental cavities without brushing and flossing your teeth.

Sitting is to your spine what sugar is to your teeth. We have no genetic defense against sitting. We are genetically programmed for constant movement. And this is just a small part of the research that has been done. According to the gold standard of all healthcare delivered in our World (research), no other healthcare delivery system has what we have.That’s a fact.

1 Y. Takeda & S. Arai : Relationship Between Vertebral Deformities And Allergic Diseases . The Internet Journal of Orthopedic Surgery. 2004 Volume 2 Number 1
2 McEwen, Bruce. Central effects of stress hormones in health and disease:understanding the protective and damaging effects of stress and stress mediators. Eur J Pharmacol. 2008 April 7;583(2-3): 174-185.
3 Seaman, D.R. Dysafferentation: a novel term to describe the neuropathophysiological affects of joint complex dysfunction. JMPT 1998 21 (4)
4 Y. Takeda & S. Arai : Relationship Between Vertebral Deformities And Allergic Diseases . The Internet Journal of Orthopedic Surgery. 2004 Volume 2 Number 1
5Videman, T. Experimental models of osteoarthritis: the role of immobilization. Clinical Biomechanics 1987; 2 (also reviewed in Chiropractic Report)
6 Kado et al., Hyperkyphotic Posture Predicts Mortality in Older Community-Dwelling Men and Women: A Prospective Study Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2004 52 (10) 1662
7Haavik-Taylor, H. & Murphy, B. Cervical spine manipulation alters sensorimotor integration: A somatosensory evoked potential study. Clinical Neurophysiology 118 (2007) 391-402
8Guttman, G. Blocked atlantal nerve syndrome in babies and infants. Manuelle Medizin 1987 25 (also reviewed in Chiropractic Report 1989; 3(2))
9British Chiropractic Association (BCA)
10 Kroemer and Grandjean. “Mental Activity” and “Fatigue”. Fitting the task to the Human: A textbook of Occupational Ergonomics. 1997
11Cornell University Computers in Schools 1998 14 (3-4)

Chiropractic and Pregnancy

Chiropractic and Pregnancy

Pregnant moms, let me share the following very good news with you:

· Chiropractic care has been shown to significantly reduce labor time for women who had care throughout their pregnancy. In one study, Dr Joan Fallon found that first-time mums averaged a 24% shorter labor, while experienced mothers (those who had given birth before) had a 39% reduction in the average labor time in a substantial percentage of births.

· In another hospital study that incorporated chiropractic adjustments during the patient’s pregnancy, the results indicated that there was a 50% decrease in the need for painkillers during delivery, attributable to pre-delivery adjustments.

· A study conducted by Dr Irvin Henderson MD (a member of the American Medical Association Board of Trustees) demonstrated that “Women who received chiropractic adjustments in their third trimester were able to carry and deliver their child with much more comfort.”

Show me any woman who would not be excited about these possibilities!

Adjustments help women successfully prepare for labor. In addition, a well functioning nervous system enables a mother to easily combat many of the hurdles of pregnancy. Often women learn to just accept pregnancy discomforts such as nausea, heartburn, constipation, pubic pain, etc, when in fact they don’t need to.

A chiropractor will check your spine to assess if it is properly aligned and subluxation-free (free of joint and nerve dysfunction). Regular visits while you are pregnant will help to keep you in great shape in preparation for your birth.

Chiropractic care is extremely important—before, during and after pregnancy. Here are some tips for Caring For Your Spine.

Tips for Caring for Your Spine During Pregnancy

Here are some top tips for caring for your spine:

· Don’t try to sit straight up from a lying position using your abdominal muscles. Instead, bend your knees, turn onto your side and push yourself up with your arm.

· Remember to unlock your knees when standing.

· Refrain from wearing high-heels.

· Avoid standing with your hands on your hips and pushing your tummy forward.

· Let others lift heavy items for you.

· Avoid twisting your spine on top of your pelvis; instead try moving your whole body with your feet first. For example, when getting out of the car, turn your whole body towards the open door as you place your feet on the ground.

· If you have other young children PLEASE avoid carrying them whenever possible. Have them walk (it is good for you to slow down the haste anyway), and sit and cuddle them as much as you can. Many pregnant women injure their abdominal muscles, pelvic floor or their pelvis by carrying other children.

· Avoid remaining in one position for too long. If you need to stand for an extended period, place one foot on a small box or an equivalent to reduce the load on your back. Swap legs.

· Keep your pelvic floor strong.

· Perform regular moderate exercise

· Breathe deeply into your lower abdomen, especially when stressed.

· Every day, gently stretch your body..

· Once a week or as often as you can, schedule a massage.

· Sleep with a pillow between your knees and place another pillow at your breast level to snuggle, so that you do not roll your upper body forward.

· Have your spine regularly checked by a chiropractor.

Thank you!

Dr. Jon Wise

Wise Chiropractic: Holistic Wellness Center

-Fallon, J. DC. The Effect of Chiropractic Treatment on Pregnancy and Labour: A Comprehensive Study. Proceedings of the World Federation of Chiropractic, 1991:24-31. Fallon, J. DC. Chiropractic and Pregnancy; A Partnership of the Future. ICA Review Nov/Dec 1990. (pg. 39-42)

-Frietag, P. Expert testimony of Frietag, P. MD PhD, comparing the results of two neighbouring hospitals, US District Court, Northern Illinois, Eastern Division, No.76C 3777. May 1987.

-Henderson, I. MD. American Medical Association records released in 1987 during trial in U.S. District Court, Northern Illinois, Eastern Division, No. 76C 3777. May 1987.

Over the Counter Medicines No Longer Recommended for Children

Over the Counter Medicines No Longer Recommended for Children

In case you missed it, both the FDA and the manufacturers themselves are no longer recommending most of the standard cold medicines Americans have been buying our kids for the past 10 or 15 years. Reason: no proof they work.

[ Before You Buy Children's Cold Medicines - V. Iannelli MD 3 Nov 10]

A few from the List:


Little Remedies







Why the sudden attack of social responsibility? These medicines were never proven all along, so why are they acknowledging it suddenly now, after all this time? There must be some angle to this story I'm not clever enough to figure out.

The missing pieces of the immune puzzle must certainly include:

* Highest rate of asthma, colds and flu among children today
* Highest percentage of child allergy
* Intake of pasteurized GMO dairy: milk, cheese, ice cream, yoghurt
* Child obesity

Drugs simply don't have a chance against allergens like this.

So what is your child's best chance for a strong immune system?

No child is born with an intact immune system. Years of clinical experience have shown the best way for a strong immune system to develop is to let the child alone in most instances, except for adjustments of course. Subject to gentle, regular stimulation from the natural environment, children will develop resistance on their own with mild, even subclinical responses - fevers, rashes, colds, flu. Usually lasting only a few days, these are generally desirable events: immune building.

In the past, these mild, valuable diseases of childhood also included measles, mumps, chickenpox, etc. No longer true. The onslaught of vaccines since the early 90s has created mutations of these old diseases. Today these diseases have mutated to much stronger versions, through vaccine use.

Though no randomized trials have ever been done, clinically and empirically the children with the strongest immune systems are those who are given the fewest drugs and vaccines. Now after all these years, the FDA is admitting the drug part. Unfortunately I wouldn't be expecting the same admission of guilt for vaccines any time soon. That level of education requires a bit of well- documented research, like the science found in the parent manual:

Vaccination Is Not Immunization.

Today's lesson is clear: if you're still running to the drugstore for cough syrups and pills when your kids get colds and flu, you're on your own. The science says no more.

Introducing Baby's First Foods

Introducing Baby's First Foods

Baby food
The introduction of certain foods at certain times is relative to the maturity of the digestive system. Children less than six months need only breast milk, not solids, as the infant's digestive system is not developed to maturation. If you start sooner, you may cause your child future food allergies. Since your child's taste buds will not develop until the eighth month, the feeding of your baby should be guided for nutritional purposes, not taste.

At six months of age fruits and vegetables are the best to start with. Fruits are a cleansing food, vegetables a body builder. Each should be introduced slowly, one at a time and for several days to see how the baby responds to each new food and to allow the baby's digestive system to adapt. Avoid berries as they may create an allergic response in some infants. Peaches, apples, pears cooked and mashed into sauces are great. Citrus fruits can be introduced at a later time.

Bananas are very nutritious although they may be a bit binding; so do not panic if your baby's bowel movements slow down for a day or so. Melons are a great raw fruit because they are watery and easy to mush in the mouth. Very ripe mangoes are also a soft starter for toothless chewing. One other note on fruits: it is best not to eat fruits within a half hour of eating any other foods at any age, as they digest quickly and will not allow the other food to be properly assimilated.

The easiest vegetables to start with are: steamed carrots, zucchini, squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas and other easily softened veggies. Again, introduce items separately, giving a few days for your baby to become accustomed to each food. Vegetable juices, especially freshly juiced carrots are wonderful starter foods for your baby. Juicing is also a good way to get fresh, raw greens into your baby. All juices should be cut with distilled water or water purified by reverse osmosis purified water. Other bottled water may contain chlorine or fluoride; both are known toxins.

Introduce fruit juices with caution. The juice should be diluted: one-third juice, two-thirds water; the type mentioned above. Remember that a high content of fructose (natural sugar) may be too much of an over load for your child's system. Any fruit juices should be of the type found in natural food stores because they are not from concentrate. Concentrated juices have high sugar content and are a known cause of candidias (yeast infection) in children. Another great drink for children is herbal tea. Served with natural sweeteners (see below) and at room temperature, they are refreshing and tasty.

Grains are not advisable until your baby has teeth. At the same age babies get their teeth they start to secrete salivary amylase (ptyalin), which is essential for digesting carbohydrates. Before that, children can have problems digesting carbohydrates, thus they become 'gassy'. The food goes into the intestine, where it ferments and putrifacts. Of course when grains are introduced they should be whole grains like brown rice, barley, oats and millet. An easy preparation is to blend the raw grain into tiny bits and then cook it, usually two parts water to one part grain. It makes for a wholesome cream of rice type of meal.

Avoid wheat right away, as many children are sensitive to it. Do not feed your child white flour products. White flour (bread, pasta) has gone through a bleaching process, which leaves little to no nutritional value in the product. Pastas are mostly made from processed wheat flour and tend to clog the bowels. When you start with "bread" products, sprouted breads are much healthier than traditional flour breads. A great whole grain snack is rice-cakes.

In addition to grains, other protein foods for babies can be: cooked chickpeas or adzuki beans. Both are mild and are great finger foods...babies love to participate in the messy process of eating. Brown rice miso soup is also a simple, very nutritious food with protein. Almond butter, cashew butter and sesame butter are terrific sources of protein. Peanut butter is the hardest to digest and most brands are filled with added oil and sugar. Additionally, peanuts are highly allergenic.

Sugar and artificial sweeteners are not good for your baby (soft drinks, cookies, candies, ice cream, etc.). Sugars will only increase your child's susceptibility to hyper activity, lower resistance levels (colds), or slow growth rates. Also, avoid honey as a sweetener before the age of one, it has been known to cause botulism. Natural maple, or brown rice syrups are safer and quite sweet. When using salt to enhance your cooking, sea salt or tamari sauce are much healthier than the table salt.

Also avoid all milk products including yogurt until after age one. (You may consider avoiding them altogether!) Dairy products are mucus producing. They often create allergic responses in babies. Additionally, they are also loaded with hormones and antibiotics, two ingredients your baby can do without. Rice milk, almond milk and soymilk are much better substitutes (sometimes soy may cause an allergic response as can milk, so start slowly). If you are overly concerned about calcium intake, sesame butter is very high in its calcium content.

Keep in mind, jarred baby food is as good as junk food or fast food, so preparations from scratch are best. Baby food manufacturers make the food to please the parents' tastes. Baby food has harmful chemicals like MSG (flavor enhancer). Baby food is 60% water. In meat products, it has five times the salt. Strained vegetables have 60 times the salt too. Your infant's taste buds are not developed until the eighth month. The baby food has only been created to meet your taste, not the nutritional needs of your baby. Remember, the baby food industry is the second largest food industry in the United States. Once your baby gets used to the whole eating adventure, you can get a little baby food grinder and start giving him or her what you eat.

Whether you are vegetarians or not, you may want to consider holding off serving meat until twelve months of age. It takes several days for the intestines to fully digest meat. With a newly functioning digestive system, this can be a stress overload. Also, the meat can be loaded with hormones and antibiotics (the harm may outweigh the benefit). Better sources of protein are available in many other foods. When you do introduce meats, organic meats are preferable, as these animals have been raised on organically grown grains without pesticides and additives. Typically, the animals are also hormone and antibiotic free. In the fish family, use a mild white fish. Shellfish is not as healthy and is known to cause allergic reactions. If you choose to introduce eggs, watch closely for signs of allergy as eggs are hyper allergenic. Children with egg allergies should not be given certain vaccinations (MMR is grown on egg cultures).

Just because your child is beginning to eat solids is no reason to hurry the weaning process. The average weaning time around the world is at 3 years of age. If that seems too long to you, consider this; your child's immune system is under developed until about 18 months of age. Mother's milk infers natural passive immunity, and contains all of the ingredients for the immune system of your child (B & T Lymphocytes, macrophages, lysosomes etc.). The baby can digest the protein in this milk. Also breast milk will cause the stool to have a unique enzyme that destroys the bacteria involved in diaper rash. In addition to the physiological benefits, nursing your baby provides an emotional bond that is beyond substitute.

Take your time introducing new foods and allow your baby to go at his/her own pace. Children have an innate sense for survival and if only good foods are introduced in their early years, they will soon be telling you what they need. Along with your choices for infant nutrition, keep in mind that the regular chiropractic adjustments remove interference to your child's vital nervous system and allow his/her body to function at its best. Follow your intuition as parents when making health choices for your children; often these insights are our most valuable resource for well-being.

(Written by Jeanne Ohm, D.C.)