Underserved Patients



A great article about the standard of care in this country.  Make sure you do your research so you can make an inform decision next time you seek medical care.–Dr. Nam

When I think about the typical medical doctor (MD), I think of only three things: diagnose, drugs, referral.  With the exception of  minor injuries, this pretty much sums up their “toolbox.”  The typical patient interaction amounts to a few tests and an “I’ve got a drug for that” conversation.

If the tests suggest something more serious, there is ultimately a referral to a medical specialist.  Chiropractic, nutrition, and other forms of care are rarely considered, yet a trip to the general/family practitioner MD is the first stop for most Americans.

When most people think about doctors of chiropractic, they think about back, neck, shoulder or some other musculoskeletal pain.  The typical chiropractic visit includes a discussion of the pain area, some palpation, sometimes a few tests, and the resultant adjustments.  Depending on the severity of the pain, other modalities may be utilized.  Depending on the DC, nutrition or herbs may also be part of the conversation.  There is little talk about drugs, even though the majority of the U.S. adult population is taking at least one prescription drug.  Most times these prescriptions are for ailments chiropractic or nutrition/herbs could address.

In both of the above scenarios, the patient is underserved.

From DynamicChiropractic.com, By Donald M. Peterson Jr.

Top 5 Essential Herbs You Should Get To Know


Below are some of the best herbs to have on hand are: boswellia, echinacea, milk thistle, rhodiola, and St. John’s wort. You can easily apply these herbs to support a variety of systems within the body.

Boswellia serrata: This is an ideal herb for your patients as it helps maintain and support joints. It is also an essential adjunctive therapy for spinal decompression support.

Boswellia is an Ayurvedic gum resin that has been shown to affect systemic inflammation via its key component boswellic acid. Numerous studies have demonstrated that boswellia can reduce joint swelling and is a suitable option for patients who can no longer use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for the treatment of chronic joint inflammation due to NSAIDs-induced organ damage.

Standardized and stable boswellic acid concentrations are the key to a reliable and efficacious product. These acids have been shown clinically relevant for 5-Lipoxygenase inhibition and are the key marker in bioavailability. Prefer products with extracts standardized to contain at least 180 mg of boswellic acids.

Echinacea: A strong immune system is essential to modern survival. Consider this your innate “immunity adjustment.” Since echinacea is globally a top selling plant extract, most patients will have had some experience with it.

Several recent studies on the alkylamides from echinacea have demonstrated its ability to modulate

innate immunity via interaction with CB2 receptors. These alkylamides have also been shown to increase white blood cell production. Using echinacea with guaranteed levels of alkylamides ensures bioavailability and reliable results.

Milk thistle (Silybum marianum): You will find this herb to be a true “metabolic adjustment” for many patients. As fatty liver becomes an increasing problem among younger populations, milk thistle holds promise for targeted hepatic support. Milk thistle becomes essential for patients who have a history of NSAIDs abuse, and is a valuable tool for those patients who require surgical intervention as a means to support the detoxification pathways post-surgery.

The unique phytochemicals — flavanolignans — from milk thistle, collectively known as “silymarin,” are the key to healthy hepatic support. Milk thistle has recently shown clinical promise for the support and management of metabolic syndrome in the reduction of several key blood markers including cholesterol, triglycerides, and Ha1C. Having a milk thistle product quantifying flavanolignans is essential for reliable results.

Rhodiola rosea: This herb may offer a stress adjustment for many of your patients. Its ability to reduce fatigue, increase physical work capacity and well-being, and improve performance and endurance in athletes are just some of the reasons your patients will find this herb an invaluable supplement.

It can also improve sexual performance in men with erectile dysfunction, and improve mental performance, concentration, and memory, especially when under stress. It’s suitable for nearly every patient. Selecting a product with quantified amounts of rosavins and salidrosides ensures a reliable outcome.

St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum): This is an essential tool in a drug-free practice. While it is pure adjustment support for many of your patients, it can be invaluable for nerve pain as well as immune support.

For patients who have difficulty relaxing, St. John’s wort is recognized globally as the most reliable herb for maintaining emotional balance and supporting the nervous system. It has a mixed reputation in the medical community because of reported adverse drug reactions when used with pharmaceuticals. Having a product that labels guaranteed levels of hypericins and flavonoid glycosides is essential for reliability and safety.

If you want more information about the top 5 recommended herbs, please call the office at 616.238.8888

Source: ChiroEco.com, Dr. Brockenshire

How to avoid the top 10 most common toxins

Household consumer products injure 33.1 million people in the United States every year. These incidents cost $800 billion in related expenses from death, injury or property damages. And many scientists are starting to believe that, in particular, the chemicals found in a wide variety of the goods you use every day may be more toxic than previously thought. Here are 10 of the most common products that may be hazardous to your health:

10. Mothballs

Since moths chew holes through clothing and other textiles, people pack away these stinky repellents to kill them. But studies on one active ingredient in some repellents, paradichlorobenzene, found that it can cause cancer in animals. Other types of moth balls use naphthalene, which after prolonged exposure can damage or destroy red blood cells, and which can also stimulate nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

9. Pesticides

Ninety percent of households in the United States use some form of pesticide, a broad term that encompasses a variety of chemical formulas that kill everything from tiny microorganisms up to rodents. In 2006, the American Association of Poison Control Centers received nearly 46,000 calls regarding children under 5 years old who had been exposed to potentially toxic levels of pesticides.

8. Pressed Wood Products

This faux wood takes bits and pieces of logs and wood leftovers and combines them together. Pressed wood products include paneling, particle board, fiberboard and insulation, all of which were particularly popular for home construction in the 1970’s. However, the glue that holds the wood particles in place may use urea-formaldehyde as a resin. The U.S. EPA estimates that this is the largest source of formaldehyde emissions indoors. Formaldehyde exposure can set off watery eyes, burning eyes and throat, difficulty breathing and asthma attacks. Scientists also know that it can cause cancer in animals. The risk is greater with older pressed wood products, since newer ones are better regulated.

7. Chemicals in Carpets

Indoor carpeting has recently come under greater scrutiny because of the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) associated with new carpet installation. The glue and dyes used with carpeting are known to emit VOCs, which can be harmful to your health in high concentrations. However, the initial VOC emissions will often subside after the first few days following.

6. Laser Printers Chemicals

A 2007 study found that some laser printers give off ultra fine particles that can cause serious health problems. Another study confirmed that laser and ink-jet printers can release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and ozone particulates. All of these have been linked with heart and lung disease.

5. Lead Paint

In 1991, the U.S. government declared lead to be the greatest environmental threat to children. Even low concentrations can cause problems with your central nervous system, brain, blood cells and kidneys. It’s particularly threatening for fetuses, babies and children, because of potential developmental disorders. Many houses built before 1978 contain lead paint. Once the paint begins to peel away will, it release the harmful lead particles that you can inhale.

4. Air Fresheners and Cleaning Solutions

Air fresheners and cleaning solutions, when used excessively or in a small, unventilated area, can release toxic levels of pollutants. This comes from two main chemicals called ethylene-based glycol ethers and terpenes. While the EPA regards the ethers as toxic by themselves, the non-toxic terpenes can react with ozone in the air to form a poisonous combination. Air fresheners in particular are linked to many volatile organic compounds, such as nitrogen dioxide, and some fresheners also contain paradichlorobenzene, the same chemical emitted by mothballs.

3. Baby Bottles and BPA

Canada has taken the first steps to outlaw the sale of baby bottles made from polycarbonate plastics, which are the most common type on the market. It has done so because the plastics are made with a chemical called bisphenol-a (BPA). BPA has a structure very similar to estrogen and for that reason is referred to as a “hormone disruptor.” Hormone disruptors can interfere with the natural human hormones, especially for young children.

2. Flame Retardants

Commonly used in mattresses, upholstery, television and computer casings and circuit boards, flame retardants usepolybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs for short. Two forms of PBDEs were phased out of use in manufacturing in the United States in 2004 because of related health threats, but the products containing them linger on. Studies have linked PBDEs to learning and memory problems, lowered sperm counts and poor thyroid functioning in rats and mice. Other animal studies have indicated that PBDEs could be carcinogenic in humans, although that has not yet been confirmed.

1. Cosmetic Phthalates

Phthalates, also called plasticizers, go into many products including hair spray, shampoos, fragrances, and deodorants. Phthalates bind the color and fragrance in cosmetic products, and are also used to increase the durability and flexibility of plastics. Like BPA, these hormone-like chemicals are linked to reproductive and developmental problems in animals. Because of these findings, California and Washington state have banned the use of phthalates in toys for younger children.

Source: Mercola.com

Chiropractic Research

People often criticized or bash chiropractic because they don’t understand or want some peer reviewed scientific research so they can further understand what exactly goes on in a chiropractor’s office.  Below are articles taken from many research papers done over the years to educated the public and the medical profession about what happens behind every adjustments.

“[Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy] in conjunction with [standard medical care] offers a significant advantage for decreasing pain and improving physical functioning when compared with only standard care, for men and women between 18 and 35 years of age with acute low back pain.”
–Goertz et al. (2013), Spine

In a Randomized controlled trial, 183 patients with neck pain were randomly allocated to manual therapy (spinal mobilization), physiotherapy (mainly exercise) or general practitioner care (counseling, education and drugs) in a 52-week study. The clinical outcomes measures showed that manual therapy resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general practitioner care. Moreover, total costs of the manual therapy-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of physiotherapy or general practitioner care.
– Korthals-de Bos et al (2003), British Medical Journal

“Patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement and satisfaction at one month than patients treated by family physicians. Satisfaction scores were higher for chiropractic patients. A higher proportion of chiropractic patients (56 percent vs. 13 percent) reported that their low-back pain was better or much better, whereas nearly one-third of medical patients reported their low-back pain was worse or much worse.”
– Nyiendo et al (2000), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

“Reduced odds of surgery were observed for…those whose first provider was a chiropractor. 42.7% of workers [with back injuries] who first saw a surgeon had surgery, in contrast to only 1.5% of those who saw a chiropractor.”
– Keeney et al (2012), Spine

“In our randomized, controlled trial, we compared the effectiveness of manual therapy, physical therapy, and continued care by a general practitioner in patients with nonspecific neck pain. The success rate at seven weeks was twice as high for the manual therapy group (68.3 percent) as for the continued care group (general practitioner). Manual therapy scored better than physical therapy on all outcome measures. Patients receiving manual therapy had fewer absences from work than patients receiving physical therapy or continued care, and manual therapy and physical therapy each resulted in statistically significant less analgesic use than continued care.”
– Hoving et al (2002), Annals of Internal Medicine

“Chiropractic is the largest, most regulated, and best recognized of the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) professions. CAM patient surveys show that chiropractors are used more often than any other alternative provider group and patient satisfaction with chiropractic care is very high. There is steadily increasing patient use of chiropractic in the United States, which has tripled in the past two decades.”
– Meeker, Haldeman (2002), Annals of Internal Medicine


Cramer GD, Tuck NR Jr, Knudsen JT, Fonda SD, Schliesser JS, Fournier JT, Patel P. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2000 (Jul-Aug); 23 (6): 380-394

As to the 7 minute doctor visits:


Peter Salgo, a professor at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03…

Groenewegen PP, Hutten JBF. Workload and job satisfaction among general practitioners: a review of the literature. Soc Sci Med. 1991;32:1111–9…


Hopefully this will “back” up what chiropractors have known all along.  Optimizing the function of the nervous system is what Doctor of Chiropractic try to strive for.  To keep it short, a subluxation will cause incorrect proprioceptive firing, which drives the perception of the body by the brain, and then causes incorrect efferent communication back to the body. A subluxation is not a “bone out of place,” but is improper neurologic communication.

Additional Sources: ColeBradburn.com


Winter Immune Support: Target the Respiratory System


imagesWinter can bring a surge of immune challenges for your patients.  Proper hygiene, a healthy diet, good sleeping habits, and exercise can help support the immune system but sometimes that’s not enough.  When a patient is dealing with immune system issues, the respiratory system can benefit from specific support.  Often the upper or lower respiratory system is the target area.

In most cases, upper respiratory issues often show up one to three days after initial contact.  Something as simple as a handshake, touching the nose or mouth after contact with a shopping cart, or sharing a straw with someone can be the start of an unpleasant episode.

Patients dealing with upper respiratory issues may report challenges with the head, throat, nose, ears, and sinuses.  In most cases, patients are back to their old selves in a week or two.

Lower respiratory challenges often result in patients having issues with their lungs, chest, breathing, head, sinuses, and nose.  On these occasions, patients often say they are tired and have low energy.

Standard Product and MediHerb have products that support immune health.

We recommend taking Congaplex for upper respiratory support, Emmaplex for both upper and lower respiratory support, and Allerplex for lower respiratory support. These are all great products from Standard Process.

Please call our office at 238.8888 for more details.

Whiplash Injuries and Postural Support


The risk of persistent problems after experiencing a whiplash injury has been shown to be quite high.  One literature review concluded that “between 14% and 42% of patients with whiplash injuries have chronic neck pain and that approximately 10% of this group experience constant severe pain.”  If patients are still symptomatic after three months, there is an almost 90% chance that they will remain so.  Another investigative group looked at whiplash-exposed patients an average of seven years after injury and found a two-to-three times greater prevalence of headaches, neck and back pain.

Defining the Injury

Many practitioners and researchers still use the terms “whiplash injury,” or “whiplash associated disorder.”  These expressions relate to the common concept of the injury as caused by the head being “whipped” back and forth on the neck.  However, biomechanics research has defined the mechanism of this injury much more accurately.

A well-designed investigation by Panjabi et al. clarified the intervertebral kinematics and quantified the functional injuries to the soft tissues.  Dr. Panjabi’s group found an injury mechanism much more complex than cervical hyperextension.  They documented very clearly that the spine initially translates (a straight-line motion), with practically no head extension.  They described an “S-shaped curve resulting in local extension of the lower cervical spine with upper cervical spine flexion”.

Another study identified that immediately after the initial “retraction” phase of posterior translation, the head translates forward rapidly in a “rebound” phase, causing potentially injurious lengthening (eccentric) contractions of the neck muscles.

Understanding these dynamics helps explain the constellation of injuries observed in patients who have been struck from behind.  Even at low speeds, the nervous system is “jolted” during this translation movement.  A jolt is “a sudden, unexpected, forced stretching and/or reflex contraction of skeletal muscle induced by a barrage of impulses from receptors in muscle spindles and joint capsules.”  This can cause a “generalized central hyper excitability” of the nervous system, and result in muscular hyperalgesia and large referred pain areas.  The resulting joint capsule damage requires a phase-specific pillow protocol to help manage this condition.

Please contact our office at 238.8888 to find out how chiropractic can restore the cervical function after a whiplash injury.

Article taken from Foot Levelers Balanced Insights Volume 4 Issue 1

What You Need To Know About High Blood Cholesterol

High blood cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for heart disease.  So lets take a look at the differences between “bad” and “good” levels of cholesterols.  It is desirable to have a measurement of less than 200 mg/dL level of total cholesterol level.

Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol–the main source of cholesterol buildup and blockage of arteries.  It is optimal to have an LDL level lower than 100 mg/dL.

High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL, or “good”) cholesterol–which helps keep cholesterol from building up in the arteries.  An HDL of > or equal to 60 md/dL will help your risk for heart disease.

Keep the ratio of LDL to HDL around 3-1.  If you have 10 times as much LDL as HDL, then you’re at very high risk of a heart attack as well as other cardiovascular disorders.  Take some proactive steps to avoid taking statins drugs for the rest of your life.  Avoid corn oil, low graded oil, hydrogenated oil and processed foods.  Regularly physical activities (8-10 hrs/wk).  Start incorporating superfoods such as spirulina and chlorella into your diet.  Any plant based foods from the ocean is high in anticancer agents and LDL fighting agents.

Starting moving today.  Go out and walk to the mailbox.  Set a goal everyday to walk a little further.  Drink lots of water.  We all know what we have to do.  We just have to execute the game plan.

If you have any questions or would like more tips please call our office at 616.238.8888.

Back to School Special

Back to School Special

 Everyday stress getting you down? Kids going back to school added more stress to you?

We want to take that stress away.  Come in for a massage and get $10.00 off an Hour or ½ hr Massage. Can’t make it right away get a Gift Certificate and save it for another day. (Gift Certificate expire 3 months after purchase)


Offer good until Sep 20th, 2013

Food of the Month: Pistachios



Pistachios: All they’re cracked up to be

A new research study using an experimental model that mimics digestion, suggests that nearly all of the polyphenols n pistachios are released to the body during digestion.  The new findings, when considered along with earlier research that suggests dietary fat my not be completely absorbed, is a win-win for those on the lookout for nutrient-rich snacks they can feel good about as part of an overall healthy diet.

The new study appears in the January issue of the Journal of Nutrition and was conducted by the Model Gut Group at the Institute of Food Research (IFR) in the United Kingdom in association wit the University of Messina.

The study specifically looked at polyphenols and antioxidants, such as gamma-tocopherol (Vitamin E), found in pistachios.  The study found that these polyphenols and antioxidants, which are also found in fruits and vegetables, are released during digestion, making them available to the body.

Next time you are looking for healthy low calorie snack, grab a bag of pistachios.

Source: PistachioHealthInstitute.org

New research suggests massage therapy is a powerful tool for pain relief



Pain can negatively affect a person’s quality of lit and impede recovery from illness or injury.  Recent research compiled by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) suggests that massage can be a helpful pain management strategy for manually controlling symptoms in people suffering metastatic cancer and rheumatoid arthritis, among other illnesses, as well as post-cardiac surgery pain.

“Massage Therapy for Improved Pain and Sleep in Metastatic Cancer Patients” published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, found that therapeutic massage at home for metastatic cancer patients can improve their overall quality of life by reducing pain and improving quality sleep.

AMTA’s president Winona Bontrager, say of the study.  ”These findings suggest that cancer patients, can also benefit from professional massage, both physically and mentally, providing the necessary comfort during advanced stages of the disease.

Contact our office today at 238-8888 for more information on medical massage.

Source: PR Newswire