Tag Archives: Chiropractic care

Spring Detox For a Better Summer

Detoxing, juicing, fasting or cleansing are terms used to describe a short time frame where the body and digestive system is given break and allow toxins and metabolic waste to be eliminated from the body.  Cleansing is vital in the connections between what our body needs and what it wants due to our overly active pancreas from our addiction of sugar.

At VFC, we recommend doing a ten day juicing cleanse of just raw fruits and veggies.  Dr. Vu is currently juicing for breakfast and for his afternoon snack.  You are still allow to eat whole foods for lunch and dinner.  Snack often on raw veggies and fruits to boost metabolism.  The keep is to avoid refine carbohydrates and high fructose corn syrup.

Here are a couple of great websites for recipes on juicing.




If you have any questions or concerns please call the office at 238-8888

A Spring Recipe for Boosting your Health

Berrylicious Smoothie


Spring-Cleaning is a holistic process; it includes what you eat and the environment you live in.  Here is a great spring-cleaning recipe to get you off to a good start:


  • 2 rounded tablespoon of Whey Pro Complete or SP Complete(from Standard Process)
  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon of organic yogurt (optional)
  • 1 cup water or almond/coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup of ice


  • Blend all the ingredients. Drink and enjoy.
  • Servings: 2


Healthy Adrenals Can Be a Girl’s Best Friend: Women, Menopause, and Weight Management


In a culture where multitasking is key and life seems to run on fast forward, a woman’s adrenal system can get quite a workout.  When you add menopause to the mix, the adrenals can go on high alert.  Keeping the adrenal glands healthy plays a very important role for women in menopause.  This is especially true for those feeling worn down from dealing with the effects of hormone fluctuations and battling weight gain.

Stress and Cortisol

Many patients are often aware of the hormonal fluctuations that occur in menopause but don’t see the connection between adrenal health and menopause.  When stressed, either physically or emotionally, the adrenals will release adrenaline and cortisol to moderate stress.  When a woman in menopause also has chronic stress, cortisol production can be in excess, and she may experience adrenal fatigue.  This can result in cravings for sweet or salty foods, weight gain, or stubborn pounds that won’t go away, even with diet and exercise.  Without the support of a healthy adrenal system, menopausal symptoms can be more pronounced and make life miserable.

Caffeine-Fueled Lives Don’t Promote Energy

Women facing the combination of menopause and hectic lives often feel tired.  Many think they need caffeine in their morning coffee, energy drinks at lunch, and midafternoon lattes just to keep going.  These stimulants make the adrenal glands work harder, and though there may be a temporary lift in energy, in the long run it won’t last.  The delicate adrenal system was not meant to run on high speed at all times.  Supporting adrenal health can help provide a solid foundation for easing menopausal symptoms.

A Healthy Diet and Nutritional Support

Stress on the adrenal system can come from many sources, and menopause is definitely one of them.  By reviewing your eating habits, you can suggest healthy alternatives to foods that aren’t friendly to their waistlines.  You can also look into how much sugar, caffeine, and processed foods you are consuming, since all these things can affect mood and stress levels.  For some, we suggest eating smaller meals throughout the day to keep blood sugar levels and energy even.  You can also recommend nutritional supplements that help support the physiology, function, and nutritional needs of the adrenal glands.

We recommend Drenamin from Standard Process as a nutritional support for the adrenal glands along with regular chiropractic adjustments. Drenamin promotes healthy adrenal gland function, encourages a healthy response to environmental stresses, maintains energy production, and supports a balanced mood.

Workers’ Comp Study: Lumbar Fusion Surgery Fails 74% of the Time

Did you know that the annual number of spinal fusion operations in the U.S. increased more than 75 percent between 1996 and 2001?  But “failed back sugary syndrome” is still a common problem, with enormous costs to patients, insurers, and society.

According to a study published in Spine last year, spinal fusion surgeries often backfire, failing an astonishing 74 percent of the time!

Researchers looked at 1,450 workers’ compensation patients who had diagnosis of disc herniation, radiculopathy, or disc degeneration.  Half of the patients had fusion surgery in hopes of curing low back pain.  The other half had no surgery, even though they had comparable diagnoses.  The results were as follows:

  • Two year after fusion surgery, 26 percent of union cases had returned to work, while 67 percent of nonsurgical controls had returned to work within town years from date of injury
  • The re-operation rate was 27 percent for surgical patients
  • Of the lumbar fusion subjects, 36 percent had complications
  • Permanent disability rates were 11 percent for surgery case and 2 percent for nonoperative controls
  • For lumbar fusion subjects, daily opioid use increased 41 percent after surgery, with 76 percent of cases continuing opioid use after surgery
  • Total number of days off work was more prolonged for surgical cases compared to nonoperative controls, 1140 and 316 days, respectively

From the study’s conclusion:  ”Lumbar fusion for the diagnoses of disc degeneration, disc herniation, and/or radiculopathy in a WC setting is associated with significant increase in disability, opiate use, prolonged work loss, and poor RTW(Return to Work) status.”

Source: Long-term Outcomes of Lumbar Fusion Among Workers’ Compensation Subjects: An Historical Cohort Study, Spine: 15 February 2011-Vol 36-Issue 4-p 313-3

(MAC Journal-May/June 2012)

Kids and Chiropractic Care

Being born is a natural phenomenon.  Two cells become four and four become eight and so on until nine months later a perfect human being enters the world.  His heart started beating at 24 days.  Her eyes formed at 36 days.   This miracle unfolds perfectly-unless there is INTERFERENCE.  Today’s birthing procedures can put tremendous pressures on a child’s spine.  Injuries to the spine can occur from forceps deliveries, vacuum extraction, and eager hands.

Signs of poor health such as colic, unexplained crying, lack of appetite, and frequent ear infections may be due to a damaged spine.  A chiropractic checkup is helpful to monitor spinal development as infants sit upright, support their heads, learn to crawl or take their first step.  Chiropractors use no more pressure than you’d use to test the ripeness of a tomato to check for and reduce these subluxation(interference).

Seek accurate information and make and informed choice.  First, make sure your child has the best chance to be all that he or she can be by having a nervous system free of subluxations.  Life is a miracle.