Health Report, September 19th, 2014.

Chiropractic is an approach to health care that uses spinal adjustments to relieve pain.

It is sometimes used for headaches or for pain in the arms and legs, but most often for back or neck pain. Chiropractors take a natural approach to promoting health through lifestyle changes, nutrition, and exercise. Many chiropractors have extra training in physical rehabilitation and specific exercise therapy. Some also use nutritional analysis, herbal therapy, and acupuncture.

The goal of chiropractic treatment is to increase movement in the joints and relax the muscles which allows the body to function and heal from the inside out. Dr. Moss uses many tools to assess what patients need through clinical examination, diagnostic testing, and laboratory testing to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate. The purpose of our office is to help as many people as possible in their quest for natural health. If you know someone who needs our help, please talk with a staff member at your first opportunity.

Throughout the month of September, we are celebrating CHIROPRACTIC'S 119th BIRTHDAY!!! Beginning September 1st and continuing through the end of the month, all of our patients are eligible to earn entry tickets for a chance to win awesome prizes, with the grand prize being A LAPTOP! You can earn tickets by doing things like, coming to your appointment, purchasing your supplements, referring a new patient, and many more. The celebration is going out with a bang with a party on Tuesday, September 30th, from 3-6:30 pm. We will draw names at 6:30 for the winners. You do not have to be present to win, but it's more fun to be there when you win!

"Look well to the spine for the cause of disease." - Hippocrates

Volume 11 - Issue 123

Two recently completed surveys bring more good news for the Chiropractic community. One had to do with the overall safety of Chiropractic adjustments to the neck region. The second showed the very positive effects of cervical adjustments in reducing high blood pressure. The results of both studies were published in October 2007.

The first study took place in England with results reported in the scientific medical journal Spine. This national survey took a look at the outcomes of 19,722 Chiropractic patients who had received some form of neck adjustment. The researchers reviewed a total of 50,276 neck adjustments to see if there were any serious side effects from Chiropractic care. They defined serious effects to be those that resulted in the need to be referred to a hospital, or any that caused a worsening of symptoms immediately after treatment, or any that resulted in persistent or significant disability or incapacity.

The researchers arrived at very positive results. “There were no reports of serious adverse events,” they said. Overall, they found cervical neck adjustments to be a safe procedure in the UK when administered by trained and registered Chiropractors.

In the U.S., a study published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research showed that Chiropractic adjustments had a profound effect on reducing Stage 1 hyper- tension. (Stage 1 is the first level of elevated blood pressure that causes health concerns.) The goal of the research was to determine if non-surgical procedures to properly align the Atlas (top) vertebra in the neck produced changes in blood pressure and heart rate.

This study compared two groups of subjects who had a history of Stage 1 hypertension with no apparent cause or disease creating this condition. One group of patients received Chiropractic adjustment and the other received “sham intervention” similar to an authentic procedure.

Both groups were examined before and after the procedures, with blood pressure read showed that both the systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings were significantly reduced for the group who received an actual adjustment to their Atlas vertebra. “This pilot study shows that correction of misalignment of the Atlas vertebra lowers and sustains reductions in blood pressure for at least 8 weeks in people with Stage 1 hypertension.”

Health Report, August 21st, 2014.

Across the United States, the flu (influenza) season starts around the end of September.

With cold weather soon knocking on doors, many are concerned about falling victim to colds and flu. Flu vaccine, the most effective way to prevent the flu according to the Centers for Disease Control and prevention, remains a controversial subject for many reasons. First, most flu vaccines still contain thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative. Second, because of the unpredictability of upcoming flu strains, the available vaccine often doesn’t match the strain of flu that hits the population. Third and most importantly, even if the vaccine correctly matches the circulating flu strain, its effectiveness is not that high.

A recent systematic review has assessed the efficacy and effectiveness of the flu vaccine in the U.S. elderly and found that, “The overall effectiveness of vaccines against influenza-like illness was 23 percent when vaccine matching was good, and not significantly different from no vaccination when matching was poor or unknown.” With flu vaccine effectiveness unclear, many are looking into natural ammunition against winter viruses. There is significant research on the connection between the nervous system and the immune system, specifically through the adrenal glands, the hormones, and chemicals that relay messages from the nervous system to the cells of the immune system.

Chiropractic adjustments remove subluxations, thereby assisting proper communication in the nervous system. By improving your brain and body connection, you are giving your body the best advantage against a cold or flu virus. So the next time you are feeling not so good make an appointment with Wendy so you can get adjusted and to help your immune system kick out the crud!

Our next home healthcare class will be held on Tuesday, September 9th, at 6:30pm. We will be talking about trigger points and how they affect your life, reduce your stress, and how to treat them at home and work with a little help from a friend and family member. We know that many people are interested in joining the class, and seats are limited. Let us know as soon as possible that you will be attending and how many you will be bring with you. It is here at the office and we will be providing dinner so that you have one less thing to worry about. We will save you a seat!

Do you like coffee, hot chocolate or tea? Would you like to know more about Ganoderma mushroom and what it can do for you and your family? We have the perfect informative class for you! On August 7th and the 21st we will be talking about Organo Gold, sampling the products and talking about the benefits of this fantastic product. We will be providing dinner for you and seating is limited. If you are interested in joining us please let us know at your next visit or give Wendy a call.

Do you remember what September is? CHIROPRACTIC 119 BIRTHDAY MONTH!! We will be celebrating all month so watch for details. There will be prizes you can enter to win - even a laptop computer! With a party at the end of the month, who wouldn't be excited?! Watch for more details!

“Health is not valued till sickness comes.” - Thomas Fuller

Volume 11 - Issue 136

One of the many benefits of Chiropractic care is that it can provide excellent benefits toward fighting against and warding off the flu. Spinal adjustments provided by chiropractors have an excellent track record in increasing the immune function of the body and helping it to stay healthy – especially during cold and flu season. The reason for this success is because Chiropractic works to increase the function of the immune system. It does so by correcting spinal abnormalities known as subluxations (minor dislocations of the vertebra). These subluxations are known to cause interference with the proper function of the nervous system by placing undue pressure on the nerves themselves.

As the nervous system controls all bodily functions, including those of the immune system, Chiropractic adjustments go a long way toward contributing to overall health and wellness. The interaction between the nervous and immune systems has been shown to be positively affected by Chiropractic adjustment. “Through research, we know that Chiropractic has beneficial effects on immunoglobulins (a naturally occurring antibody), Blymphocytes (these are the white blood cells), pulmonary (of the lungs) function and other immune system processes,” said Dr. Matthew McCoy, who serves as the editor of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research. One such study tested the response of white blood cells as important infection fighters.

When Chiropractic manipulation was applied to the middle of the back, it was found that white blood cells were present in significantly higher number than prior to the adjustment. What this study demonstrated was that the adjustment provided an “enhanced respiratory burst” that helped immune cells to destroy invading viruses and bacteria. In so doing, they provided greater resistance toward the invasion of the flu virus. Another large study examined the overall improvement of people who had experienced Chiropractic care. A wide variety of benefits ensued, showing between 7 and 28 percent improvements to people suffering from spinal discomfort, fatigue, incidence of colds and flu, headaches, allergies and physical pains.

Specifically of interest to cold and flu sufferers is that a 15% reduction in colds and flu was achieved by this group of 2,818 individuals who received regular Chiropractic care. In addition to providing needed adjustments, chiropractors are concerned with the total well-being of the individual and educate their patients toward positive health and lifestyle practices. Getting ample rest, drinking adequate water, exercising regularly, choosing a proper diet and correctly using multivitamins and minerals are essential to staying resistant to colds and flu.

Health Report, July 5th, 2014.

Do you know what your child is eating at school

You probably think the school is providing him with a wholesome and nutritious meal. In reality, he/she may be eating just about the worst quality meat possible. A typical American elementary school menu can include deep-fried popcorn chicken, tiny taters, bread, barbecue sauce, ketchup, milk, etc. Everyone from nutritionists, public-health experts, the First Lady, and a growing number of extremely frustrated parents, believes that our children's school lunches are still over-processed affairs laden with unhealthy preservatives, sodium, sugar, and trans fat.

Nutritional quality varies widely from district to district, but according to the USDA a typical school lunch far exceeds the recommended 500 milligrams of sodium, with some districts as high as 1,000 milligrams. The USDA also reports that less than a third of schools stay below the recommended standard for fat content in their meals. A recent study released by the American College of Cardiology found that students who ate lunch provided by the National School Lunch Program were more likely to be obese compared to students who brought lunch from home.

In addition, kids who ate school-provided lunches were more likely to eat fatty meals, drink sugary beverages, and eat fewer fruits and vegetables than their counterparts. So, is it time to review what your child eats at meals at school? If the quality of your child's nutrition is a question for you, let us know. Dr. Moss strives to help each patient ingest the best quality food possible and supplement whatever nutrients are lacking. A healthy body starts with a healthy nutrition plan. Let a staff member know of your concern as soon as possible so we can schedule a nutrition exam for your child, and maybe even you!

Our next home healthcare class will be held on Tuesday, July 8th, at 6:30pm in our office. We will be talking about trigger points and how they affect your life, reduce your stress, and how to treat them at home and at work with a little help from a friend and family member. We know that many people are interested in joining the class and seats are limited. Let us know as soon as possible that you will be attending and how many you will be bring with you. We will be providing dinner so you have one less thing to worry about. We will save you a seat!

Join us for our doctor supervised workout class! We will be having Dr. Moss show 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. This class will be on Saturday, July 19th from 10am-12pm at Fitness World Ankeny 116 SE Lorenz Dr. If you are interested in joining us please let Wendy know the next time you are in the office or give her a call.

“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.”
― Ann Wigmore

New Research Links Childhood ADHD Symptoms Directly to Poor Diet
Vol 15 - Issue 59

A recent European study of 100 children diagnosed with ADHD has found a strong link to diet, with as many as 63 percent of them negatively affected simply by eating processed foods. When ADHD kids were placed on a restricted elimination diet – removing all foods linked to allergies and in tolerances,such as wheat,eggs,dairy,and highly processed foods – 78 percent of them showed a significant reduction in symptoms,including decreases in challenging and defiant behavior.

The children,ages 4 to 8 years old,were randomly divided into two groups: kids on a restricted elimination diet,and a control group of kids on a “healthy diet,” which included processed foods. Of those on the diet without processed foods,78 percent got better. When highly processed foods were reintroduced as part of the research, ADHD symptoms among 63 percent of the kids immediately spiked. The five-week study, “Impact of Nutrition on Children with ADHD”, was conducted in the Netherlands and Belgium by the Radboud University Medical School and the ADHD Research Center in the Netherlands.

Professor Jan Buitelaar of Radboud University said the study's findings showed that food additives were not a direct cause of the shift in ADHD behaviors – although there are other experts that would question that conclusion–but that the children were “overly sensitive to certain food stuffs”, whether a basic food,or an ingredient.

Food sensitivities areactually a form of allergy. They are usually diagnosed with a food allergy test known as IgG ELISA/EIA, which tests for immunoglobulin type G (IgG) antibodies. These antibodies are created by the body to attack invading allergens or pathogens and they contribute to a variety of health problems. However,the accuracy of this test is in question since symptoms can occur hours or even days after consuming the food – long after the IgG spike has passed. Also, in the case of a gluten or dairy sensitivity, for example, if the offending food is only one ingredient of many, it can be difficult to determine which ingredient is actually causing the problem.

The bottom line in the battle against the symptoms known as ADHD is that you need to identify the substance or ingredient that is causing the sensitivity using a carefully supervised elimination diet. And do not rely on IgG blood tests. The findings in this study agree with earlier research that has shown that children whose diets contain foods that are high in preservatives, additives, and food colorings are at greater risk of suffering from a whole range of conditions,including those symptoms known as ADHD.

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