Blog Posts for Health Rebels

Treating the Bark

Posted: December 3, 2018
By: Dr. Kevin

You walk into your Chiropractor's office, hop on a table and point to where it hurts. But the Chiropractor adjusts a totally different part of your spine... not even close to where you feel the pain. Why is that?

There's an old saying that goes when you step on a dog's tail, it barks out the other end. In Chiropractic, that means where you hurt (the bark) isn't necessarily where the problem is (the tail). Many times the symptom you feel in one area is due to a remote cause. For example, someone with sciatica may feel pain down their leg, but the cause of the problem is a Vertebral Subluxation in their spine.

Chiropractors recognize that if you address the cause of the symptom, the body will no longer have a need to produce it. That's why Chiropractors focus on fixing underlying problems and not superficial effects. Chasing after symptoms is like a dog chasing its own tail - spinning around and around until it gets dizzy, confused and frustrated. It's much smarter to address the underlying cause from the start.

Craps and Flu Shots

Posted: November 12, 2018
By: Dr. Kevin

This year, like every year, people will line up at their local pharmacies and walk-in clinics to get their flu shot. Here's some odds you should know before rolling the flu shot dice this year.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the last 14 flu seasons, the seasonal flu vaccine has been less than 50 percent effective against circulating strains for that year more than half the time. For the 2015/2016 flu season FluMist, the live virus nasal spray that typically has been recommended for children in recent years, had a failure rate of 97 percent. The 2017 flu vaccine was 25 percent effective against the A(H3N2) virus; 67 percent effective against A(H1N1)pdm09 viruses and 42 percent effective against influenza B viruses. The majority of influenza last year was caused by the A(H3N2) virus, which was the least effective vaccine strain virus in the flu shot. (1)

What we DO know for sure... 100  percent of the time, your body will have to contend with the formaldehyde, thimerosal, aluminum, phenol, glycol, nonoxynol, octoxinal 9 and antibiotics injected into your blood stream when you receive the shot (2) - a chemical cocktail that taxes the immune, circulatory, eliminative, glandular and nerve systems beyond what Mother nature intended. Are Big Pharma's odds good enough to take that gamble?

(1) 2017/2018 Flu Vaccine Update - Dr. Mercola

(2) Flu Vaccines are Toxic - Wendy Myers, FDN-P, CHHC

Daylight Subluxation Time

Posted: November 5, 2018
By: Dr. Kevin

What does turning your clocks back and subluxations have in common? Both leave you with less LIGHT - get it! The primary purpose of Chiropractic is to locate and correct Subluxations. If you break the word down you get:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

SUB = less, LUX = light, and ATION = a state or condition of.

Subluxation literally means a state of less 'light' or energy caused when misaligned spinal bones restrict the flow of impulses through the nerve system. A Chiropractic adjustment corrects this misalignment, eases pressure off the nerves and extends the time Life energy flows through you - giving you more opportunity to heal.

Even though it will be getting darker earlier now, remember your innate healing 'light' shines for hours after every adjustment you receive. Fall back into a healthy routine with Chiropractic.

Scary is Being...

Posted: October 29, 2018
By: Dr. Kevin

Are you an overly stressed person? Is anxiety a perpetual state of your being? Unfortunately, that constant fear of what's 'lurking in the closet' can be creating the chronic pain you're experiencing in your body right now.

According to Hans Selye MD, well known author of The Stress of Life, occasional anxious moments elicit a reflex stress response in our bodies. However, prolonged and constant levels of anxiety can cause an OVER reaction. Your muscles become so hypertonic, they unintentionally lock your spine out of alignment - creating posture distortions, chronic immobility and potential nerve damage (a.k.a subluxations). That's how constant FEAR causes constant PAIN.

Nothing is scarier than living in a perpetual, subluxated state. If you know someone who's suffering with chronic stress, anxiety and pain, tell them how Chiropractic care can potentially pull them from the darkness of dis-ease into the light of health and happiness.

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

Fox Guarding the Hen House

Posted: October 22, 2018
By: Dr. Kevin

You wouldn't contract a burglar to install your home security system. Nor would you hire a child abuser to babysit your kids. So what confidence would you have in a drug company solving the greatest pharmaceutical induced addiction crisis in our communities today?

In perhaps the most egregious example of 'the fox guarding the hen house,' the maker of OxyContin just procured a drug patent to treat the very opioid addiction it created in the first place. Seems Purdue Pharma has no qualms adding MORE chemicals to the mix, even after being named in multiple lawsuits for allegedly fueling the opioid epidemic in the first place.

You can't solve a problem (let alone a national crisis) with the same philosophy that created it. Better health through better chemistry is a flawed approach - and our country's problem with prescription pain killers is just one tragic result of it. More drugs to clean up an already out of control drug problem... sounds Oxy-Moronic doesn't it?

Frogs and Flu Shots

Posted: October 15, 2018
By: Dr. Kevin

If you remember high school biology class, you most likely remember the animal specimens you reluctantly had to dissect. Worms, sheep brains and frogs - all preserved in an odiferous chemical solution of formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is also known for its use in the funeral industry as an embalming fluid.

In June 2011, government scientists expressed concern for formaldehyde exposure after finding 'worrisome quantities' of the chemical in plywood, particle board, mortuaries and hair salons. Several human studies went as far as reporting an association between formaldehyde exposure and lung nasopharyngeal cancer. It is now considered by the EPA a probable human carcinogen (Group B1) - it's also a trace ingredient found in your flu shot.

For chiropractors, it is 'worrisome' that millions of flu shot recipients have no idea of what's being injected into them every year. Inevitably, we're all going to get a dose of formaldehyde when we die. The question is, do you feel comfortable having it injected artificially into your body when you're still alive?

Diagnose and Diagnose-er

Posted: October 8, 2018
By: Dr. Kevin

The word diagnosis derives from the Latin 'di' which means two, and 'agnosis' which means without knowledge. So you can say a diagnosis is a meeting of two minds that don't have a clue about what's going on - not very comforting if it's a team of doctors trying to figure out what's wrong with you!

A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) revealed some rather shocking numbers about physicians' diagnostic accuracy and confidence (1). Turns out 118 MDs who participated in the study were right only 55% of the time on easy cases and just 6% on the tough ones. Even more surprising, an earlier Pew Survey (2) showed that patients were 41% accurate in their own self-diagnosis from on-line resources, giving them a statistical advantage over their more 'learned' MD counterparts.

So the question is, do we really have a 'health crisis' in this country, or is it just an 'OVER diagnosis' problem - a system clogged with people lead to believe they have pressing health issues when in fact they don't? When it comes to knowing what ails you, two heads aren't necessarily better than one. Maybe it's smarter to just trust the REAL doctor inside you.

(1)JAMA - Physicians' Diagnostic Accuracy, Confidence, and Resource Requests Nov 2013, Meyer et al
(2)Pew Research Internet Project - Health Online 2013, Fox et al

Subtracting for Health

Posted: October 1, 2018
By: Dr. Kevin

New trends in intermittent fasting and time restricted eating have taken the stage as holistic techniques that not only help with weight loss, but can restore entire physiologic systems of your body. It's reported in the medical journal Cell Stem Cell that restricting all food intake (aside from water) for three days can actually reset a damaged immune system.

Where medicine's approach to health favors addition - more prescriptions, more procedures, more therapies - studies like the one above support the concept that 'less is better' when it comes to restoring health and maintaining it for a lifetime. Many health issues resolve not because of what you ADD to your body, but because of the bad stuff you SUBTRACT from it... and Chiropractors have been leading the charge of 'subtracting for better health' since its inception

On top of your list of 'subtractions' should be the regular detection and elimination of spinal Subluxations - the subtle nerve disturbances that throw your body out of balance and put you in a state of dis-ease. That, in combination with health caloric restriction methods like intermittent fasting, can reset your body and your health back to factory settings.

There's More to a Blender

Posted: September 24, 2018
By: Dr. Kevin

If you bought a blender solely for the purpose of chopping ice, you'd be missing out on its potential to do so much more. After spending some time with your new appliance you may discover it can also grind fresh almond flower or make delicious smoothies – the culinary sky's the limit once your mind opens to the possibility.

If you went to a Chiropractor solely for the purpose of easing back pain, you'd likewise be missing out on the many health benefits that come from its proper use. After spending time in regular care you may notice your energy increasing, your sleep patterns normalizing, your digestion improving – a few of the many health changes that come from maintaining a healthy spine and nerve system.

When it comes to Chiropractic, don't sell the product short by using it only for pain relief. Do your homework and discover all the features and benefits this drugless form of care can offer. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how it can transform many aspects of your health – the sky's the limit when your Life line is clear.

Can You Hear Me Now?

Posted: September 17, 2018
By: Dr. Kevin

Did you know the very first Chiropractic adjustment wasn't for back pain? Here's how it all started as told by our founder Dr. D.D. Palmer...

"Harvery Lillard, a janitor, in the Ryan Block, where I had my office, had been so deaf for 17 years that he could not hear the racket of a wagon on the street or the ticking of a watch. I made inquiry as to the cause of his deafness and was informed that when he was exerting himself in a cramped, stooping position, he felt something give way in his back and immediately became deaf.

An examination showed a vertebra racked from its normal position. I reasoned that if the vertebra was replaced, the man's hearing should be restored. With this object in view, a half hour's talk persuaded Mr. Lillard to allow me to replace it. I racked it into position by using the spinous process as a lever and soon the man could hear as before.

There was nothing 'accidental' about this, as it was accomplished with an object in view and the result expected was obtained. There was nothing 'crude' about this adjustment; it was specific, so much so that no Chiropractor has equaled it."

And that's how Chiropractic was born on September 18, 1895 - good thing D.D. was a great persuader! Happy 123rd Birthday!