Wednesday, May 29, 2013

What Should I Do About My Pain?

What Should I Do About My Pain?

Chiropractic Care and Neck and Back Pain
Your chiropractor is your primary resource for evaluation and treatment of neck pain and low back pain. The majority of these spinal complaints are caused by irritation and inflammation of muscles, tendons, and ligaments that help create the structure of the spinal column and provide for full mobility of the spinal vertebras. By locating regions of your spine where mobility is decreased, your chiropractor identifies areas in need of treatment. By restoring mobility to spinal segments, chiropractic care helps remove the source of neck pain and back pain.
An additional benefit of chiropractic care is the removal of nerve interference. Irritation and inflammation of spinal soft tissues negatively affects the normal function of spinal nerves. The ability of these important neural pathways to transmit information from your brain to the rest of your body is compromised. The result may be a wide range of health problems. By addressing the root of many of these problems at the source, chiropractic care helps contribute to your overall health and well-being.
No one really wants to be a worrier. We certainly don't want to visit our chiropractor or family doctor for every ache and pain. But eventually we all experience physical problems and it may be difficult to know what to do about them. Some problems are immediate and serious. If you suddenly experience crushing chest pain and radiating pain down your left arm, possibly with nausea, profuse perspiration, and a feeling of impending doom, you know you have to call "911" immediately, if you can. If you awaken in the middle of the night with an intense, deep, sharp pain in your lower right abdomen, accompanied by vomiting and a fever, you know you need to go to the Emergency Room right away. In these exceptional cases, however, most people know which steps to take. What should you do when your pain is not clear-cut and dramatic, as it is in a heart attack or acute appendicitis? General guidelines are available which may be applicable in many situations.

Overall, pain is a warning signal. But many problems that cause pain take care of themselves. For example, you may twist an ankle on your daily walk. It may hurt to put weight on that ankle and there may even be a bit of swelling, but within two days your ankle is much better. There was initial pain owing to soft tissue injury, possibly involving muscles, tendons, and/or ligaments. However, the injury wasn't so severe that your body's ability to self-heal couldn't manage the situation. In the case of a greater degree of initial pain and more swelling, or if improvement wasn't being obtained within 48 hours, a visit to your chiropractor would be appropriate. In borderline situations involving musculoskeletal pain, whether you choose to seek professional advice depends on your intuition and level of pain tolerance. If you think something is "wrong", regardless of the nature of the injury or the intensity of your pain, you should seek professional assistance.

With some categories of physical problems, making the time to visit your chiropractor is the best course of action.1,2 A single occurrence of low back pain or neck pain could be ignored, especially if the problem goes away in a few days. But repetitive episodes of spinal pain should always be evaluated by your chiropractor. A severe headache should probably lead to a chiropractic examination, especially if you've never before had the type of pain and the intensity of pain that you're currently experiencing. Persistent radiating pain into an arm or leg, accompanied by numbness and tingling, should be evaluated by your chiropractor. Again, if discomfort persists and you can't clearly explain to yourself why you're having the pain that you're having, the best thing to do is to make an appointment to see your doctor, that is, your chiropractor or your family physician. You want to obtain expert information and advice, and you want to receive treatment if needed and instructions on how to care for yourself in the days, weeks, and months ahead.3

Comfort level is a valuable criterion with respect to your overall health and well-being. After considering the general guidelines, people should take the appropriate action that they believe will best serve their welfare.

1Smart KM: Mechanisms-based classifications of musculoskeletal pain. Part 1. Symptoms and signs of central sensitisation in patients with low back (plus/minus leg) pain. Man Ther 17(4):336-344, 2012
2Thornton GM, Hart DA: The interface of mechanical loading and biological variables as they pertain to the development of tendinosis. J Musculoskelet Neuronal Interact 11(2):94-105, 2011
3McCarberg BH, et al: Diagnosis and treatment of low-back pain because of paraspinous muscle spasm: a physician roundtable. Pain Med 12(Suppl 4):S119-S127, 2011

Your Personal Health Insurance Policy

Your Personal Health Insurance Policy

Chiropractic Care and Your Personal Health Insurance Policy
When we talk about lifestyle and good health, we usually only consider exercise and nutrition. A third area - rewarding and fulfilling relationships and interests - may be added as an afterthought. But a fourth area - chiropractic care - is in fact the key to gaining the benefits from all the other lifestyle areas and activities.
Chiropractic care focuses on how your body is doing its job. This "job" is to link harmoniously all the various separate physiological activities - to make sure all your body's systems are working well together. The responsibility for this harmony lies with the nerve system, the master system that ties together the functioning of your heart and lungs, your stomach and other digestive organs, your endocrine system, and your immune system. By identifying and correcting misalignments in the spinal column, chiropractic care helps ensure that your nerve system is functioning optimally. When your nerve system is doing its job, the rest of your body has the opportunity to produce the maximum health available. As a result, chiropractic care helps you get the most out of all your other activities and helps you gain and retain good health.
Everyone is aware of the extremely high cost of most health care services. These costs can be measured not only in cash outlays, but also in time spent at a doctor's office. Waiting times can often be an hour or more for a comprehensive physical examination at a family physician's or internist's office. If you have a problem that requires same-day attention, the waiting time at a local hospital emergency room is open-ended and can easily range into several hours or more.
Those fortunate enough to have health insurance are able to buffer some of the monetary expenses. But even with an individual or family health insurance policy, annual out-of-pocket costs continue to rise steeply as monthly premiums, co-payments, and deductibles increase substantially year-over-year. For example, during the past five years monthly premiums for many policies have increased 15% or more annually. This means that monthly payments in 2013 would be approximately double those paid in 2008. Twice the cost for the same coverage. That's a tough situation. Of course, the fees don't stop at the monthly premium. Many policies have deductibles in the range of $5000 or more. 
Thus, if we want to enjoy good financial health as well as good physical health, we might consider getting a "personal" health insurance policy. Such a "policy" requires more effort than that involved in writing a check. Your personal health insurance policy involves taking action in the two main lifestyle areas of diet/nutrition and exercise. A third lifestyle area, often ignored, involves personal well-being. This area includes building increasingly positive family relationships and friendships and developing a broader set of interests beyond one's favorite television stations and websites.
It is now well-established that lifestyle matters greatly to one's long-term health and well-being.1,2 Numerous studies have shown that one in three Americans have one or more chronic diseases - diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. The personal and family costs, the financial costs, and the costs to society of chronic disease are high. By establishing habits of good nutrition, regular vigorous exercise, and rewarding relationships and activities, we help prevent these major health problems.3 By engaging in healthy lifestyles, we are taking action that will reap many rewards for ourselves and our families down the years.
The only requirement to begin receiving the benefits of improved health is the willingness to get started. Even if you haven't done any regular exercise for many years, or if you can't remember the last time you ate a serving of broccoli, fennel, or kale, you can still start the journey to better health today. And if you begin, it's very possible that you'll look back after 12 months, 6 months, or even 3 months and be very glad you did.

1Thorgeirsson T, Kawachi I: Behavioral Economics: Merging Psychology and Economics for Lifestyle Interventions. Am J Prev Med 44(2):185-189, 2013
2Anderson AS, et al: Promoting changes in diet and physical activity in breast and colorectal cancer screening settings- an unexplored opportunity for endorsing healthy behaviours. Cancer Prev Res 2013 Jan 16 (Epub ahead of print)
3Mitra A, et al: Mechanistic studies of lifestyle interventions in type 2 diabetes. World J Diabetes 3(12):201-207, 2012

Monday, May 20, 2013

Natural Childbirth Immune System

Natural Childbirth Immune System

Nature needs no help, only respect, understanding and encouragement! That is a profound statement that applies to the way we were intended to birth, feed and nurture our children. I know we all love our children and want the best for them…health, happiness and the ability to thrive in this crazy world. I will start by describing the most natural and healthy way to accomplish those three objectives. This is based on my 50+ years raising 5 healthy happy children doing the best to let nature have her way! 

I am not giving medical advice of any kind.  I do believe that sometimes with birth, medical interventions are necessary for both mother and baby.  I myself, was born by Cesarian Section (C-section), a surgical procedure of removing the baby.  I was my mother's 7th child and she was hemorrhaging for several days before I was born.  It was possible that she or I would have died if not for that procedure.  I encourage parents to do everything possible to avoid unnecessary medical procedures that are common practiced today and are NOT life-saving!  Most are done for convenience of the doctor, hospital or staff, not for safety issues. I am sharing what I have learned as a natural health care advocate and a researcher. Let us start at conception where Mother Nature’s magic begins!

When the sperm and egg get together, a new existence begins and is systematically and miraculously forming. The development of a human being is magical and is under the direction of Innate Wisdom far beyond anything man can understand with his finite mind. We must realize that we are still learning so much about what goes on in the womb of a woman while making a child. We do know that every day, millions of cells are multiplying and dividing in just the right way to create a new human being.

The Brain and Spinal Cord

The brain and spinal cord (tail of the brain) is the first major organ to form and everything else follows under its orchestration. By the 5th week of gestation (development), the thymus begins to make stem cells that eventually learn to become T-cells which direct immune response. This is where “natural immunity” starts!

The Immune Systems 2 Arms

There are 2 basic arms of the immune system, Th1 and TH2, both with completely different functions. The (TH1) arm of the immune system begins in utero but is suppressed in utero so baby doesn’t attack mom and mom doesn’t attack baby. Th2 is not active at this time. Balance and harmony in this system is very important for optimum function. This delicate balance is influenced by mother… Mother must be very careful what she is exposed to while pregnant because many things pass into the placenta and can harm the developing baby. Let’s assume that Mom is eating a well balanced nutritional diet, getting plenty of rest, drinking lots of clean water, getting fresh air and sunshine, some exercise and is feeling really good! She is also avoiding those things that she knows could possible affect the baby in her womb such as exposure to heavy metals, recreational drugs, prescription medications (antibiotics, pain medications) and over-the-counter drugs, alcohol and cigarettes which have a direct affect on the baby’s nervous and immune system while it is forming.

The TH1 Arm

The TH1 arm of the immune system is to identify acute illnesses, thru multiple exposures, process them and excrete them resulting in dominant Th1 arm. Healthier children have a Th1 dominant immune system and life-long immunity because Th1 cells are the infection fighters, especially intracellular viral infections. (More on this later) This is where “Natural Immunity” starts! TH1 is responsible for the production of fevers, swollen glands, skin rashes, diarrhea and vomiting and many other functions that are going on inside the body…what we refer to as sickness or “acute” illnesses. I like to call them symptoms of imbalance or the body working to bring balance back! I do not see these normal functions as “bad”, but signs that something is going on and we need to support that function, not interfere with it!

The allopathic medical model refers to symptoms as intrinsically “bad”, that they must be removed or changed through the use of chemicals. Example: For years they have encouraged fever reducers for babies, completely denying the role of the fever in fighting infections! We now know so much more about the immune system and how it protects us that we did not know 10-15 years ago. A knowledgeable doctor will encourage parents to let a fever run. 

The TH2 Arm

The TH2 arm of the immune system is the arm where long term immunity lives, is in the background, takes years to develop and requires multiple acute illness exposures in order to develop strong and efficient. It needs training thru ought life in order to be vibrant and healthy. That training is gotten by all the exercise taking place in the TH1 arm over the first 5-7 years of life. Now, back to the baby!

The Important Journey into the World!

Remember, I am describing the most ideal scenario for the best outcomes! Since the beginning of time, women have been birthing children unassisted just like the animals do in the wild. (When was the last time you saw a squirrel strapped into stirrups giving birth?) It has only been the last 100 or so years that we treat birth like an illness and intervene with all kinds of medical devises. Mother Nature has profound reasons behind everything, even though we may not understand those reasons! The most beneficial way to make the journey into life is through a vaginal delivery for both Mom and baby.

Vaginal Birth and Immunity

Many beneficial and essential things happen during this natural vaginal delivery process. In this article, I will just focus on the immunity benefits. Mom’s body, by contracting, is equipped to turn the baby and slowly (sometimes quickly) rotate the baby while pushing it out. This journey through the birth canal is the first stage of natural immunity stimulation. The child picks up necessary bacteria and flora from mother through their mouth and nose and ears. A baby is born with a sterile digestive track and needs this introduction of bacteria and flora so that it can colonize the gut. Healthy gut flora is essential for digestion, assimilation and absorption and detoxing chemicals and heavy metals. Babies who are not born vaginally by Cesarean section (C-section) are at a great disadvantage because they do not get introduced to the beneficial flora.

What to Avoid When Pregnant

What to Avoid When Pregnant

Toxins to Avoid During Pregnancy In my opinion, it is often what “Not to Do” that will insure a healthy baby! Nutrition is very important but even more important is going the extra steps to avoid toxic foods, drugs, chemicals in the home and work place, soft drinks, processed foods, microwaves, radiation, cigarettes and alcohol. Because we live in a world where we are bombarded with toxins, the babies born in this century will be physically, mentally and emotionally challenged more now than ever. To have a healthy baby, it is paramount that you avoid the “normal” toxic influences that are often disguised as good intentions. This is, in my opinion, the #1 single most important step to giving birth to a healthy happy baby!

Common Toxic insults that are Often Overlooked
  • Antibiotics During Pregnancy : If at all possible, many doctors are now recommending pregnant mothers avoid the use of antibiotics. Antibiotics can wipe out all the good bacteria and flora necessary for health of mother and also needed in the breast milk colostom needed to develop a strong immune system and healthy gut in the new born. There are many other natural and non-invasive ways to fight infections while pregnant that will be less harmful and even better for mother! (All natural products carry a warning for pregnancy so consult an authority before taking).
  • Over the counter : (OTC) medications that contain Acetaminophen and other chemicals that cross into the placenta and can cause severe injury. Just because something is approved by the FDA or sold as OTC does not mean that it is safe. Every year, the FDA recalls many prescription drugs and OTC drugs that were assumed to be safe. (2008, 426 drug recalls, 2009- 1742 recalls) We also see law firms in TV soliciting parents of birth defect children due to drugs that Mom took while pregnant. (See Side Effects - Acetaminophen article for more information) No drug is completely safe for a developing fetus!
  • Cigarette and Alcohol and other Recreational Drugs : We all should know the dangers of these habits and how they can cause low birth weight and many other health issues. Love your unborn baby enough to quit! You owe it to them for the rest of their lives.
  • Routine Unnecessary Ultrasounds : Ultrasounds are usually done for the convenience of knowing the sex of the child or for the doctor’s malpractice protection. There is no benefit for the baby. In fact, routine ultrasounds have never been approved by the American Medical Association for many of the reason they are routinely performed. A fetoscope or stethoscope can detect the baby's heartbeat without the dangers of ultrasound. There are many other tests that can be done manually to get information needed such as weight and development of the baby. Ultrasound technology carries potential risks that have not yet been evaluated, yet many doctors are telling women that there is no risk. The risks are often overlooked and they have become a source of entertainment for the parents. The Canadian Medical Association Journal in 1993 found a correlation between ultrasounds and delayed speech. 1993, the Lancet Medical Journal found a correlation that infants were born at lower birth weight and often when technicians are wrong, parents are given inaccurate information that can lead to aborting the child or an emotional roller coaster during the pregnancy. Do your research and know that you have a right to avoid ultrasounds.
  • Household Chemicals : Commercials on TV promote the use of antibacterial sprays, carpet and furniture sprays, soaps, room deodorizers, lawn and garden chemicals, bug sprays, cleaning products, paints and many other toxic chemicals that should be avoided while pregnant. Toothpaste contains fluoride and other chemicals that should be avoided. Body lotions and sunscreens can contain many chemicals. We will never escape all chemicals but we can reduce them in personal use, especially when pregnant. Chemicals inhaled or contacted by skin can pass into the placenta and affect the unborn child. All natural products can be found in organic stores to be used instead of the common ones found in the local grocery store. Read labels and ask questions.
  • Microwave Ovens : Microwave radiation is between common radio and infrared frequencies. The big concern is the microwave radiation leakage from a unit that does not have a good door seal. Persons working in microwave fields have reported headaches, eyestrain, over-all fatigue and disturbance of sleep. These effects have been associated with the interaction of the microwave fields with the central nervous system of the body. Such effects have been labeled as "non-thermal" interactions. Foods cooked in microwave ovens do not lose nutritional value but are changed on a molecular level. Most health conscious people will avoid the use of microwave ovens as a precautionary measure because of the unknown effects.
  • Dental Amalgam Removal and Dental X-Rays : It is not recommended that a pregnant woman get dental x-rays as the radiation can be dangerous for the developing fetus. Removing amalgam (mercury) fillings is also not recommended because the process of removal will release mercury vapors and minute pieces of the fillings. This can be absorbed by the mother and lead to birth defects or neurological problems in the unborn child.
  • Vaccines : For years, doctors would never give pregnant mothers a vaccine, especially one that contains Thimerosal (50% mercury) or aluminum. In recent years, doctors are encouraging pregnant mothers to get the influenza vaccine which contains 225 micrograms of aluminum and trace amounts of Thimerosal (still not safe). If a mother is RH- (blood type) they are also recommending that the mother get up to 3 Rhogam vaccines while pregnant. Each vaccine may contain 25 micrograms of Thimerosal and can cause neurological injury for the unborn baby. If the shot is necessary, demand one that is Thimerosal FREE, look at the vaccine insert personally and you can also wait until after the baby is born. (See Rhogam Vaccine Dangers). Influenza vaccines given to pregnant mothers (2009-2010) have been shown to cause miscarriages. The reports are ignored by the media and the physicians who just keep recommending them. Vaccine package inserts state that the vaccines have not been tested to see if they can lead to infertility, effect breast milk or cause harm to the unborn fetus (Section 8).
  • Processed Fast Foods : The health of your baby will be determined by how well you feed your body while developing the baby. Processed, fast and packaged foods are full of chemicals that do not belong in the human body. Babies are now born with over a hundred chemicals in their umbilical cord blood! They will already be challenged when they get into this world because of all the chemicals they will encounter. Avoiding as many chemicals in foods will give them the best chance to be healthy and will also be better for you. Nutrition is the building block to cellular health!
  • Artificial Sugars : Artificial sugar is found in many food items that are low fat/low sugar, diet foods. They are man-made chemicals that are difficult to eliminate from the body, cause hundreds of negative affects in the body and should be outlawed! The most common ones are Splenda (Sucralose), Equal (Aspartame) and Sweet’N Low (Saccharin) and High-Fructose Corn Syrup. Plain old-raw cane sugar is much better if you need to sweeten something! Organic raw sugar is found in most grocery stores. Honey and Agave Nectar are also alternatives that are not dangerous to the baby.
  • Aluminum & Teflon Cookware : The use of aluminum, Teflon and other man-made cookware is a hidden source of toxins that leaches into our foods when heated. The non-stick surfaces tend to chip off and crack, leaching small particles into our foods that are toxic and hard to eliminate. Evidence shows that the chemicals that leach can cause cancer in rats. Use cast iron, glass or stainless steel for all baking and cooking to be safe.

Green Your Home and Environment

Every week, try to eliminate something in your home that is toxic and replace it with a “Green” alternative. There are books that will help you find the right products for your home that will create a better, healthier environment for your family…all will benefit! Support your local health food store and let them know what you are trying to accomplish. They may be able to help you by ordering in bulk or can recommend a Co-operative for you to join too! Do not get overwhelmed, change takes time. As you use up a product, replace it with a family-friendly one and before you know it, your home will be a toxic-free zone!

By now, you should see that it is more about “what not to do” and what to avoid” while pregnant that will help you to have a healthy child and delivery! I like to think that if we go back to the basic way of living, we will be much better off! The conveniences that support our modern, fast-paced lives are making us less healthy and are changing humans genetically in ways that we will never know! I am deeply concerned for this generation of children who are going to be bombarded with chemical toxins from conception and birth forward. As parents, it is our obligation to try to eliminate as much chemical, emotional and physical stress as possible for them. Congratulations to you as you reduce the toxins in your life and the lives of those you love.

Foods to Avoid When Pregnant

Foods to Avoid When Pregnant

When a woman is pregnant, her body is going through miraculous changes every minute of every day to develop the fetus. The developing fetus will demand what it needs from mother even if mother is not providing it, sometime at the expense of the mother! In countries where mothers have limited diets and consume little protein, they can still give birth to relatively healthy babies at normal birth-weight. The developing fetus will be the first consideration as innate orchestrates the development of the child. This is Mother Nature’s way of insuring the race will continue. Dr. Simeon, who studied women in impoverished countries, said that even when mother’s diet was very lean, she still gave birth to healthy babies. Her body made sure to give to the developing fetus what was needed by taking from the mother’s body. In our country where food is available in large quantity and assortment, malnourishment is not common. In the best of situations, the pregnant mother will get a well-balanced, chemical free diet that will insure her nutritional health and support the developing baby.

There are foods and other toxic insults that mother must try to avoid:
  • Soda : Soda has no nutritional benefits and should be avoided. Soda with carbonation will reduce the body pH level making it more acidic. If you drink a soda, be sure to drink several glasses of water to counter react the acidic affects. Causes severe tooth decay, Phosphorous in soda weakens the bones by depleting calcium.
  • Artificial Sweeteners : Man-made sugars (high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, dextrose, sucrose, fructose) highly refined white sugar, processed molasses, processed honey, malto dextrin, Splenda, Sweet ‘ N Low and Equal are all very toxic and difficult for the body to eliminate, cause hundreds of problems and must be avoided. You are better off using raw cane sugar, Agave nectar, raw honey or Stevia if you need to sweeten things.
  • Processed Foods : Foods that come in packages, ready to eat, microwavable, frozen and canned may be full of preservatives, soy additives, chemical colorings and many other taste enhancers that are very bad for the body. Go natural, organic, cook from scratch like Mother Nature intended! If it is too easy, it is probably not good for you. To eat healthy takes planning and is a labor of love and time.
  • Lake Fish : Many inland lakes are polluted and the fish will contain high levels of PCB’s and other chemicals including mercury. There are warnings by the DNR about how often a pregnant woman or nursing mother should consume fish. In some areas, they do not encourage eating any fish caught in inland lakes and if fish are from the Great Lakes, consume very sparingly. Fish in cans at the grocery store can also contain mercury and other pollutants. Farm raised fish should always be avoided as the food given to fish is grain and GMO corn, color enhancing chemicals and completely unnatural food for fish to eat.
  • Ocean Fish : Fish caught in the deep sea off Alaska and in other oceans in the world may have some toxic chemical burden but not enough to avoid completely. Bass, Cod, Halibut, Mahi Mahi, Snapper, Monkfish and Sea Trout are fish lowest in mercury and are usually safe. (Six servings or less per month).
  • Undercooked or Raw Meats : Due to the possibility of bacteria and parasites found in undercooked meats, it is important to get your meats cooked well. Avoid sushi, clams, ray oysters, uncooked eggs and undercooked pork.
  • High Sugar : Foods high in processed sugar can promote yeast and a pregnant mother is very venerable to yeast over-growth. Yeast over growth can cause many problems for the child post-birth.
  • MSG : Monosodium glutamate is a man-made excitotoxin that is very, very bad and unfortunately, found in thousands of food products from crackers, snacks, canned fruit, food bars, cereals, cookies, gravy, breads, bakery goods, canned meats and frozen meals to name just a few! It is used as a flavor enhancer and causes severe problems of all kinds.

Become a label reader to insure you avoid these unnatural toxic ingredients found in millions of foods. A great rule-of-thumb is to eat as natural as possible, feed the baby first by eating a good source of protein and use common sense and moderation. You only have one chance to build that baby’s constitution, consider that child every time you put something in your mouth or inject your body! It is no longer just about you!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Meet Dr. Wise

Meet the Doctor
Hello, I would like to take this time to introduce myself. My name is Dr. Jonathan Wise and this is my family: My wife Christen and my Daughter Savannah.
Feel free to browse my website and come back often. For whatever reason has led you to this site - whether you are suffering with pain and are looking for relief, or you have great health, looking to get even healthier, wanting to eliminate allergies from your life, loose some weight or if you are just looking for some general information - I am sure that you will find this site to be extremely helpful. As being the first and only Certified Wellness Physician in the state of Nevada, My goal is all about the proper education in getting everyone to evaluate their lifestyle choices to improve the quality of their lives. 
Why did I choose chiropractic? Years ago something happened to me that changed my life forever. Let me tell you my story. When I was a teenager, I used to play high school football. I suffered injuries to my neck, my back and both knees. The pain at times seemed unbearable. I was popping pills like candy. As a result, I had to wearing knee braces constantly and ended my high school football career early.
Over the next few years, I was involved in several car accidents, including a head-on collision. By this time, I had constant pain in my body, developed headaches, gained tons of weight, had increased bouts of acid reflux (heart burn) and it seemed like my grades in school where declining. I had been to the family doctor and received little to no relief at all.
After the head-on collision, I was referred to new doctor. He preformed an exam, took some x-rays and gently adjusted me. The adjustment didn't hurt, it actually felt really good. And guess what? I started getting better right away. If you haven't already figured it out, this new doctor was a chiropractor.
He told me that my nervous system controlled everything in my body. From every muscle you move to even every heart beat. The different types of stress that we go through in our everyday life can cause damage to that system and cause interferences within our bodies. These interferences can cause all types of symptoms. Chiropractors, he explained, remove that interference so that your body can heal itself. It made perfect sense to me, and I received the results to prove it!
I was so impressed by the results and the other miracles that I saw over the next few years, I decided to skip Med School and go to Chiro School. I graduated with magna cum laude honors from Cleveland Chiropractic College. Now people bring their families to me with their health challenges and are getting the big idea about health: A healthy nervous system will keep you healthy! An unhealthy nervous system will keep your body unhealthy, sick and full of pain. The ultimate ideal is to stay healthy rather than just avoiding sickness.
My goal is to optimize people's nervous system and remove any damage that may have occurred. At the same time, to help people create healthy lifestyle habits that will not only stop them from recreating the damage, but build stronger, healthier bodies to last them an entire lifetime with the highest possible quality of life they can imagine. That is what I want for my practice members, and I am fully committed and passionate about helping them achieve optimal health and wellness.
Thank you for taking the time to better yourself, and if there is ever anything that I can do to help you, please don't hesitate to call me. Feel free to contact me at 702.248.6292 for a consultation or an immediate appointment.
Thank you for taking the time to read my Bio,
Dr. Jon Wise DC, CCWP 
Always remember Dr. Jon Wise
Cleveland Chiropractic College, Los Angeles, CA 
Doctorate of Chiropractic (Magna Cum Laude)
Life West Chiropractic College, Hayward, CA
Post Doctorate Certification in Wellness. C.C.W.P. 
Internships: Cleveland Health Center, Los Angeles Mission, USC Medical Center   
Currently finishing on a Post-graduate Degrees in Pediatrics through Cleveland Chiropractic College/ICPA.

University of California, Irvine, CA 
B.A., Sociology
National Board Certification, Parts I, II, III, IV and Physiotherapy
Nevada Chiropractic License Member - Active
NAET Certified Physician: Basic and Advanced Certifications
Member - American Chiropractic Association
Member - International Chiropractic Pediactrics Association
Member - Council on Wellness Lifestyle Science 
Member: American Pregnancy Association 
Member - American Public Health Association
Member - California Chiropractic Association
Member - International Chiropractic Association 
Business Network International
Member - Lion's Club - Las Vegas Host (Vice President/Board of Directors)
2011 -2013 Finishing up on an Advanced Degree in Pediatrics through the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association. 
2011-2013 Advanced Degree in Wellness and Preventative Medicine, Certified Chiropractic Wellness Physician. CCWP. 
20010-2013 NAET Seminars - Certified Basic and Advanced Practicioner.
2008-2013 +100 Hours of Online Seminars
2003-2013 Attended 9 Parker Seminars
2003-2013 Attended 35 Diversified Adjusting Seminars
2003-2013 Attended 9 Gonstead Seminars
2004-2011 Attended 5 Cleveland Alumni Seminars
2004-2006 Attended 2 Cleveland Conferences
2004-2008 Attended 12 Masters Circle Seminars
2004-2006 Attended 3 SOT Seminars Over 1000 hours of Continuing Education
2004 - Cleveland Chiropractic Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Community
2004 - John Rathel Memorial Scholarship
2007 - Finalist for America's Top Chiropractor
2008 - Biltmore Who's Who's Among Executives and Professionals
2008 - Named one of America's Top Chiropractor
2009 - Cambridge Who's Who Among Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs
2009 - Named America's Top Chiropractor for Holistic Wellness
2010 - Who's Who's Among Executives and Professionals
2011 - Named America's Top Chiropractor for Holistic Wellness
2011 - CMUS Talk of the Town Award for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction
2012 - CMUS Talk of the Town Award for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction
2009-2012 - 6 Community Service Awards for being a Member of Lions International.
2012 - Named America's Top Chiropractor for Holistic Wellness

Exercise Smarter Not Harder

Exercise Smarter Not Harder

Chiropractic Care and Smart Exercise 
Chiropractic care assists us on the path to smart exercise. We want to do our work, making gradual progress toward increased strength and cardiovascular fitness. But even if we're really doing smart exercise, injuries may happen. Chiropractic care helps prevent unexpected injury and helps us recover faster if an injury does occur.
Many training injuries occur owing to tight muscles and lack of flexibility. Regular chiropractic care helps restore flexibility to the joints of your spine and helps reduce tightness in the numerous muscles that attach to your spinal vertebras. The result is a spinal column that is more freely movable, one that can better withstand the physical requirements of exercise and is less susceptible to injury. Regular chiropractic care enables us to get the most out of our exercise program and achieve our goals of long-term health and well-being.
We all want to get the most out of the time we spend exercising, and it's natural to think that exercising harder is going to provide a bigger, faster payoff. But exercising harder without adequate preparation often leads to injury. Then there's recovery time, possibly the need for rehabilitation, and ultimately you're back at the beginning in terms of fitness, strength, and endurance. Injuries are to be avoided, if at all possible. The best way to avoid injury is to exercise smarter. Exercising smarter is also the best way to achieve continual, progressive gains in fitness, health, and well-being.
Exercising smarter means doing what you're capable of doing, and then doing a little bit more. For example, if you're a runner and typically run three miles a day, three times a week, it wouldn't be smart to do an eight-mile run the next time you go out. The likely outcome would be a strained muscle, shin splints, or worse. If you lift weights and typically bench press 100 pounds, it wouldn't be smart to find out what it feels like to bench press 150 pounds. What it could feel like is a back, neck, or shoulder injury. In either scenario, the price paid for attempting to train "harder" is at least two weeks of down time, possibly much longer, while you recover from your injury. Of course, we've all made mistakes and sometimes training injuries just happen, but tempting fate by doing too much is not, in fact, "smart."
The goal with any type of exercise is to progress gradually over time.1 For example, if you're 60 years old and haven't exercised for many years, a walking program is a good way to begin. On your first day, walk at a comfortable, steady pace for 10 minutes. That may not feel like much, but you will be increasing your total time over the next four to six weeks. The next day, add a couple of minutes. As long as you're continuing to feel good, add a couple of minutes on every second day or so, building up consistently to a total of 30 minutes per day. At this point, you're walking 30 minutes per day, five times per week. Next, every second day or so, increase your pace by a bit.
Don't increase your pace if you feel uncomfortable or feel as if you're working too hard. Be in tune with what you're doing. After four to six weeks of gradually increasing your pace, you'll probably be able to walk 30 minutes per day, five days a week, at a nice brisk pace.2 You may also notice that you've lost some weight,3 you feel more flexible, you're standing more upright, your skin has a nice, healthy glow, and you're sleeping more soundly and more restfully.
Use the same gradual approach with strength training. Start with lighter weights, not heavier weights, than you think you can use. With lighter weights, you can build up your strength over time. With weights that are too heavy, there's always the danger of incurring an injury that will set you back and interfere with your training. Exercising smarter leads to consistent gains in strength, muscle mass, ability to do physical work, and overall health.

It's natural to want to exercise harder. But exercising smarter is the way to go for long-term benefit without the danger of time-wasting injuries. Exercising smarter is the effective way to maximize the value of our investment in physical fitness.

1Braham R, et al: Can we teach moderate intensity activity? Adult perception of moderate intensity walking. J Sci Med Sport 15(4):322-326, 2012
2Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Vital signs: walking among adults - United States, 2005 and 2010. MMWR Morbid Mortal Wkly Rep 61:595-601, 2012
3Exercise training and impaired glucose tolerance in obese humans. McNeilly AM, et al: J Sports Sci 30(8):725-732, 2012

Top Two Tips for Reaching Your Normal Weight

Top Two Tips for Reaching Your Normal Weight

Chiropractic Care and Lifelong Health 
Chiropractic care helps support all your health-related activities. Following a healthy food plan and making sure to eat at least five servings of fresh fruits and vegetables every day is one important step. Engaging in a regular program of vigorous exercise is a second critical step. A third key component of an overall health-and-wellness program is regular chiropractic care.
Regular chiropractic care helps you get the most out of all the other things you're doing. By helping reduce nerve interference, chiropractic care helps your body perform its tasks properly. For example, your digestive system works more efficiently and you're able to make better use of the good things you're eating. Your musculoskeletal system is better able to adapt to stresses and strains and your body builds lean muscle mass where it's needed. Regular chiropractic care helps your body do the things it needs to do to keep you healthy and well.
It's well-known that one-third of American adults are overweight and an additional one-third are obese.1 In addition, 17% of U.S. children and adolescents are obese.2 Worldwide statistics are similar. These facts are strongly associated with ongoing epidemics in diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Diabetes may cause loss of vision, kidney problems, and loss of circulation in the legs and feet. Cardiovascular disease includes high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attacks. Being overweight or obese may cause diseases which require lifelong treatment. Personal action is needed to begin to restore good health, but it's important to understand the specific nature of the actions to take.

What is not required is a drastic reduction of body weight to some idealized norm of "thinness." It is not appropriate for people to attempt to force themselves to look like runway models. What does work is applying simple techniques and strategies to encourage a gradual loss of weight. Over time persons on such a plan will achieve a body weight that is normal for them. There are two key steps to reaching your normal weight.

The first step is to reduce your overall intake of calories by eating six small meals a day. If five small meals works best for your schedule and daily needs, that’s fine. The main point involves total calories. With six small meals, each one is about 300 calories - a little less for women and a little more for men who are taller and more heavily muscled. For men the daily calorie intake is between 1800 and 2100 calories. For women, the daily calorie intake is between 1700 and 1800 calories. By experimenting a bit, you’ll find your optimal calorie level that results in consistent weight loss. Make sure to combine complex carbohydrates and protein at each small meal. The numerous benefits of food combining include maintaining insulin levels in a normal range and improved cognitive/mental function.

For many people, this reduction in daily calories will have an immediate and dramatic impact. There may be real hunger pangs, and it will be important to remember that the next small meal is only a couple of hours away. The pounds you lose in the first couple of weeks will likely provide plenty of reinforcement to help you through the times when you are really hungry.

The next and simultaneous step is to begin a program of regular, vigorous exercise. Of course, if you haven't exercised in a long time you'll need to start slowly. Your goal is to build up to 30 minutes of vigorous exercise five times per week.3 Ideally you'll be doing both cardiovascular exercise and strength training, and in the process you'll build lean muscle mass. The result is an elevation in your basal metabolic rate which causes your body to burn fat even while you're resting!

As you follow these two health-promoting programs, you will notice that you're steadily and gradually losing weight. There will come a time, anywhere from 6 months to a year after you've begun your new lifestyle, when your weight loss will stop. For example, you'll notice you only lost half a pound over the previous week or two. Then you'll know that you've reached your "ideal" body weight. You've reached the weight that is normal for you. It is very likely that your new body mass index (a ratio between your height and weight) is now in the normal range or very close to the high end of normal. You've taken control of your health and your life, and the very good news is that you've built new habits that will last a lifetime.

1Ogden CL, et al: Prevalence of obesity in the United States, 2009-2010.  NCHS Data Brief No. 82. National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, January 2012
2Waters E, et al: Interventions for preventing obesity in children. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 7(12):CD001871, 2011
3Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Vital signs: walking among adults - United States, 2005 and 2010. MMWR Morbid Mortal Wkly Rep 61:595-601, 2012

Heart Disease Is Still Number One!

Heart Disease Is Still Number One!

Chiropractic Care and Lifestyle Disorders
A hidden element in the development of lifestyle disorders is the functioning of a person's nerve system. This master system controls the activities of the cardiovascular system, the digestive system, the immune system, and every other system that contributes to your physical health and well-being. If the nerve system is irritated, normal functioning gets disrupted. Important information gets lost, sidetracked, or corrupted. The long-term result may be poor health and disease.
Therefore, an important part of getting well and staying well is making sure that your nerve system is working properly. By removing the cause of nerve irritation, regular chiropractic care helps ensure that your body's systems are working optimally. Regular chiropractic care helps ensure that your body is working efficiently from the bottom up and helps improve overall health and well-being for years to come.
According to a recent report, cardiovascular disease claims more lives worldwide than any other disorder.1 Diseases of the heart and blood vessels, including coronary artery disease, are responsible for more than 4 million deaths in Europe each year2 and almost one-third of all deaths worldwide. In the United States, coronary artery disease is responsible for nearly 20% of all disease-related deaths. Each year approximately 1.5 million Americans suffer a heart attack. Despite decades-long public health campaigns conducted across the globe, heart disease remains a powerful, formidable foe.

A large part of this problem is related to three classical risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels in the blood, and diabetes. As worldwide epidemics of obesity and diabetes continue to worsen, it is easy to understand why heart disease remains a number one killer. Obesity is strongly linked to high cholesterol levels, and the combination of diabetes and overweight/obesity is strongly linked to high blood pressure. As the epidemics persist, so does the prevalence of heart disease risk factors. No public health issue exists in isolation, and this is especially true for heart disease.

However, there is good news. Heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, high serum cholesterol levels, and overweight/obesity are all lifestyle disorders. This means that we can take meaningful action on our own behalf and begin to do things that will positively impact our long-term health and well-being. Such lifestyle changes are important for everyone, as people of all ages, races, and genders may be affected by lifestyle diseases.

Lifestyle changes primarily involve modifications to diet, engaging in consistent vigorous exercise,3 and getting sufficient rest. For example, it is well-known that many people in the developed world consume more calories than they need on a daily basis. The excess calories are stored primarily as fat. Reducing daily food consumption, while adhering to the basic principle of eating from a wide variety of food groups, including fresh fruits and vegetables, will likely result in weight loss and a normalization of high cholesterol levels. Assisting in this process is the practice of engaging in regular vigorous exercise. A proven method is to exercise for 30 minutes five times per week. Such exercise can include walking, cycling, running, swimming, and strength training. The specific choice of exercise is less important than the consistency. The payoff for your commitment to a healthy diet and regular exercise is significant. Research shows that prevention strategies such as lifestyle modifications account for a 50% reduction in mortality from heart disease. This is a huge return on investment.

But in order to reap these rewards, a commitment of time and effort is required. In today's world, good health doesn't just happen. We have to work at it. It's up to us to choose whether we're worth it, whether we want to continue to enjoy a full range of relationships and activities, whether we want to be healthy and well for many years to come. If the answer to these questions is affirmative, lifestyle changes become very important.

1Carmon B: Biochemistry to behaviour. Nature 493:S2-S3, 2013
2Perk J: The power of disease prevention. Nature 493:S6, 2013
3Winter KH, et al: Hypertension Prim Care 40(1):179-194, 2013