Our Mission:The purpose of our office is to help as many people as possible to achieve health naturally, and to educate them about chiropractic so they may educate others.
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- Dr. Moss
You've seen the abundance of the pink ribbon, right?
It's truly difficult to escape these days. But, what does it really mean? The widely recognized pink ribbon symbol is not regulated by any agency and does not necessarily mean it effectively combats the breast cancer epidemic. Some products sport pink ribbons to try to communicate that they are “healthy” and don’t contribute to breast cancer at all, such as a number of natural health and beauty products.
Other products have a pink ribbon in order to indicate that the company supports breast cancer programs even if the company’s contributions are not tied to the purchases of the specific product bearing the ribbon. Many companies have sold pink ribbon products that are linked to increased risk of breast cancer. There are companies profiting from building a reputation based on their concern about breast cancer, while their very products contribute to cancer. Some of the earliest cause-marketing companies were well-known cosmetics companies that continue to sell cosmetics containing chemicals that have been linked to breast cancer.
While we can all appreciate the need for awareness of disease, we need to make sure that our buying habits truly support what we stand for. Instead of deciding to purchase a product with a pink ribbon, take some time to research what that company truly supports. The purpose of our office is to reach as many people as possible in their quest for natural health so they may help others. Education of products, practices, and choices is the first step to true health.
Have you attended a home health class yet? This class is geared to new patients and long term patients needing a refresher course in home care. This month's class will be held at our office on Tuesday, November 11th, at 6:30pm. You need only worry about how many people to bring! Because we learn techniques to help others, we ask that you bring family, friends, even co-workers. Anyone that is able to work on you (and you on them) outside of adjusting time. Dinner will be served for all who attend. Make sure to let a staff member know how many you'll be bringing at your next appointment!
Please be aware that our office will be closing for the Thanksgiving holidays. We will be close November 27th and 28th.
Also, please remember to set your clocks back one hour this Saturday night for daylight savings time. An extra hour of sleep? Yes, please!
Chemicals That Can Cause Breast Cancer
Volume 17 - Issue 107
Although no one has figured out what causes breast cancer, there are several risk factors that are widely acknowledged. High exposure to certain estrogens is an important one, and 50 percent of breast cancers are actually estrogen-dependant. What causes high exposure to estrogen, and is it possible to control it? The level of estrogens in our body can, like all hormones, increase due to a number of factors.
•Birth control pills
•Excess body weight
•And Environmental estrogens.
Enviromental Estrogens - Often Over looked, But Important The last of these, ‘environmental estrogens,’ also known as xenoestrogens ,xeno being the Greek word for ‘foreign,’ are among the most common causes of high exposure to estrogen, and among the least considered. There are natural, plant-sourced xenoestrogens, which aren’t too much of a problem, and synthetic. The synthetic xenoestrogens are problematic because they are not easily broken down and tend to lodge in the fat cells, including breast fat. As you are exposed to more and more of them, they accumulate in the body and cause problems. How Are We Exposed t o Syntetic Xenoestrogens? Unfortunately, synthetic xenoestrogens are found just about everywhere. In pesticides, food preservatives, detergents, plastics, skin and personal care products like shampoos, toothpaste, mouthwash–they’re even found in the linings of the cans that contain our food!
You’ll recognize some of the names:
•Red dye#3 (in food)
What is the Solution to High Estrogen Exposure? For the first list, there are the obvious solutions. Stay away from alcohol and birth control pills. Keep your weight down, exercise, find a healthcare practitioner who will help with hormonal problems without throwing things out of balance and causing high exposure, and eat well – that means fresh food, preferably organic. But if we can also get rid of the outside influences – the synthetic xenoestrogens – we have a much better chance of keeping our estrogen exposure in a normal range. You can control your intake of xenoestrogens by eating fresh food that does not contain preservatives and other food additives, food coloring, and soon. Also, it’s vital to use natural cleaning and personal care products that do not contain toxic chemicals. With a little Internet research you can discover all the details, but the rule of thumb is ‘stay away from synthetic chemicals, and stick to the healthy alternatives provided by mother nature.’
There are many ways to detect cancer in the breast. One option that is gaining popularity is thermography.
Thermography is a process of photographing the heat, in the form of infrared radiation, produced by the body's surface. The most common use of thermography is for breast health screening but it is also a tool for assessing physiological changes associated with fibrocystic breast disease, mastitis, mammary dysplasia, and even cancer (or cancer risk). Cancer tissue is more metabolically active and can be seen in its early stages – up to 10 years before a tumor is visible on a mammogram. Because of this early detection of changes, thermography is an excellent tool for assessing overall breast health.
* Thermography is entirely safe since the camera is only receiving information from your body.
* Thermography does not involve the painful compression of breast tissue that may increase chances of cancer spreading.
* Thermography does not emit anything while a mammogram uses radiation to detect the internal anatomical structure of the breast. However, there is concern that low doses of this can cause breast cancer, which they are trying to prevent.
* Thermography causes no trauma to tissue. There is concern that the trauma from tissue compression can cause the spread of cancer cells.
* Thermography takes an image of the heat from the entire breast area. The majority of breast cancers are found in the upper outer quadrant of the breast. This area of the breast is often not scanned by mammography.
The purpose of our office is to help as many people as possible in their quest for natural health. If you or anyone you know is interested in information on where in the Des Moines area you can have a thermographic scan done, let us know at your next visit.
Who likes coffee??? I like coffee! Who likes to be healthy??? I love to be healthy! How can we combine the two? Ganoderma coffee! Come to our Ganoderma class on Thursday, October 16th, and learn all about it. We will be talking about the fantastic healing mushroom Ganoderma. It has been used in Chinese herbal supplements for thousands of years because it does so many AMAZING things for your health. The class is here at the office at 7pm. Space is limited and we are providing dinner so let Wendy know many you will bring with you.
Just getting started with a new exercise routine? Do you feel stiff and sore after your workout? Are injures holding you back? Join us for our doctor supervised workout class! Saturday, October 18th, at 10 am at Fitness World Ankeny. This gym is located directly behind our office. Dr. Moss will be showing you the proper ways to work out in order to rehabilitate and/or prevent injury to yourself. Class space is limited, make sure you sign up today! You can come by yourself or bring your work out partner. To register, call 964-9114 or talk to Wendy the next time you are in the office.
"He who fears something gives it power over him." - Moorish Proverb
MRI Offers No Medical Benefit For Most Breast Cancer Detection And Treatment
Volume 15 - Issue 95
For the past 5 or 6 years, Magnetic Image Resonance(MRI) testing for breast cancer has cost the American health care system billions of dollars. And while the proponents of expensive MRI testing–which costs roughly 10 times as much as mammography – claimed that MRIs were more effective at detecting breast cancer and helping guide surgery, a new study in the medical journal The Lancet reports that the opposite appears to be more the case. A team from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NewYork, reviewed research from the past decade to examine the belief that breast MRIs are effective at finding and treating breast cancer.
They found little to no evidence that breast MRIs benefit the vast majority of women, and even less evidence that breast MRIs are effective at helping direct breast-conserving surgery. Back in 2007, when the first big push for breast cancer MRI began, the New York Times reported on the known drawbacks of MRI. It was so sensitive, the newspaper said – so much more than mammography–that it complicated the resulting images with“all sorts of suspicious growths in the breast, leading to many repeat scans and biopsies for things that turn out to be benign.” The NY Times article went on to say that for “women who are likely to have hidden tumors,the prospect of such false-positive findings maybe acceptable. But the risk of needless biopsies and additional scans is not considered reasonable for women with just an average risk of breast cancer, and is the main reason MRI is not recommended for them.” And yet, in spite of this and many warnings from other quarters, including experienced radiologists, the practice took off like a rocket. Everyone wanted in on the latest high-tech idea. The main beneficiaries were the hardware manufacturers, the hospitals and imaging centers, countless radiologists and prescribing physicians, and tens of thousands of technical support staff. For most of the women patients – not so much.
The researchers also noted that while a breast MRI might identify tumors missed by mammograms and ultrasound in those women at greater risk of breast cancer, “little is known about whether or not this improved detection has any impacton survival.” Although MRIs have no known side effects in themselves, the same cannot be said of the contrasting agent Gadolinium. Gadolinium can produce pain or aburning sensation around the area where it was administered, as well as light headedness, headache, nausea and low blood pressure.
Some people are also allergic to it; the irreaction is much more severe. The worst effect of Gadolinium is on those with kidney problems. They can develop a illness called Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis(NSF). NSF is a rare, but painful and serious condition that causes scarring of the connective tissue in the eyes, internal organs, joints and skin. Eliminating needless MRIs would not only lower the cost of healthcare, it would also limit exposure to Gadolinium.