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Answers to frequently asked questions about chiropractic care for children.

Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on September 5, 2019 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

QUESTIONS

1. What is chiropractic?

2. How does the Doctor of Chiropractic help?

3. Is chiropractic appropriate for children?

4. How safe is chiropractic for a child?

5. When should I take my child to a chiropractor?

6. How effective is chiropractic care for children?

7. How can chiropractic care help an older child who is not sick?

8. What if my child has a health problem that does not respond to chiropractic care?

9. There are so many different health specialists today, who is responsible for the health of my child?


1. What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a conservative and natural healing art and science that concentrates on keeping people well. While chiropractic is an American science more than 103 years old, its basic wellness premise dates back to spinal “manipulations” first used by Hippocrates, the Father of Healing in the 4th Century B.C.Doctors of chiropractic do not treat symptoms, though this may be the initial reason why a patient comes to a chiropractic office. What the doctor of chiropractic does is attempt to get to the root cause of a health problem. The primary focus of chiropractic is the detection, reduction, and correction of spinal misalignments (known as subluxations) with resultant nervous system dysfunction.

The spinal column houses a critical part of the body’s nervous system, the spinal cord, which is responsible for the transmission of nerve impulses or messages to and from the brain. This free flow of nerve impulses is necessary to allow the body to function properly. A spinal malfunction (subluxation) can interrupt this flow of information and affect the body’s nervous system causing pain, muscle and organ dysfunction, and other imbalances.

2. How does the Doctor of Chiropractic help?

The doctor of chiropractic, through a procedure called an adjustment, helps restore misaligned vertebrae to a more normal position, thus allowing the nerves to properly communicate with the rest of the body and let the body heal itself — safely and naturally.

3. Is chiropractic appropriate for children?

Yes. Chiropractic’s drugless and preventive approach to good health makes it perfectly appropriate for infants, children, and teenagers. Chiropractic is licensed in all 50 states of the U.S. for the care of children of all ages.

4. How safe is chiropractic for a child?

Chiropractic is one of the safest forms of children’s health care. A chiropractor does not adjust a baby or a child the same way as he or she adjusts an adult. A baby’s spine is very supple during the first few months of life, so the doctor of chiropractic applies only a slight pressure to make an adjustment. For older children whose spine is still made of mainly cartilage, slight pressure followed by a gentle push is all that is required to put the vertebra back in place.

5. When should I take my child to a chiropractor?

When you want to give your child a head start in good health and all the benefits of a conservative, drugless approach to health care, you should take your child to a chiropractor. It is important to have a chiropractic exam during the first year of a child’s life as spinal trauma can occur during birth, as well as from tumbles while learning to sit up or walk. Improper lifting and carrying can also contribute to spinal stress.Your child’s spine grows almost 50% in length during the first year. This is equivalent to a six-footer growing to nine feet in just 12 months! It’s this kind of tremendous growth and developmental changes which make a complete chiropractic examination so important in the early stages of a child’s life. If there is a problem, the earlier it is corrected the less likelihood there is of it becoming a chronic or more serious problem later in life.

Doctors of chiropractic believe it’s much more important to prevent diseases than wait till some disease occurs.

6. How effective is chiropractic care for children?

Chiropractors have been providing safe and effective care for children for more than 103 years. Without efficacy, parents would have long ceased to seek out a doctor of chiropractic for their children. A 1992 survey showed that the most common conditions for which children visit a chiropractor are: earaches, neck pain, check-up, headache, upper respiratory, low back pain, allergies, asthma, enuresis, and thoracic pain. Other reasons are ADD and ADHD, colic, torticollis, insomnia, growing pains, and persistent crying in infants.

7. How can chiropractic care help an older child who is not sick?

Chiropractors do not treat diseases, they help to correct spinal misalignments that can cause health problems. Through regular adjustments, counseling on proper nutrition, exercise, and posture, the chiropractor can help you raise a child who is structurally and functionally sound.The number one “illness” in children is accidents. You may not realize it, but youngsters take numerous tumbles — learning to ride a bike, or even just jumping and running around. If your child takes part in athletic activities, the “sack” of a quarterback could twist a young spine, pitching a ball can throw a vertebra out of alignment. These underlying injuries, if left uncorrected, can cause serious problems as the child grows into adulthood.

Doctors of chiropractic can do more than correct these problems. They can also help improve performance on and off the field by helping the body to function at its optimum level, naturally, and without drugs.

8. What if my child has a health problem that does not respond to chiropractic care?

Doctors of chiropractic are trained to recognize complex health problems. Their primary obligation is the welfare of the child. It is the position of the ICA Council of Pediatrics and its parent organization, the International Chiropractors Association, that when the doctor of chiropractic or any doctor reaches the limits of their skill and authority that they are “ethically and morally bound to make patient referrals to practitioners in other fields of healing when such referrals are necessary to provide the highest quality of patient care.”

9. There are so many different health specialists today, who is responsible for the health of my child?

You are. As a parent or guardian you must take responsibility for your child’s health and use your best judgment as to what is most appropriate for your child. Fortunately, there are some outstanding primary health care providers to help you make your decision, including your doctor of chiropractic, pediatrician, and dentist. These professionals should make up your child’s personal health care team.


How to keep you and your air healthy!

Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on August 22, 2019 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

An intervention study conducted in California found that (unsurprisingly), using an air purifier resulted in significant improvements in nasal symptoms in children with hay fever. The Samsung air purifier used in that study contained a HEPA filter that captured particles 0.3 microns and larger. Another HEPA air filter used in a 2018 study in China found that it improved symptoms in patients with hay fever. Studies have also shown that interior foliage changes air particle accumulation – rooms containing vegetation have lower levels of air particles.

Different plants may attract and remove specific toxins better than others, though, making it a good idea to use multiple species. Here’s a rundown of the top plants for different types of airborne toxins (peer-reviewed Journal references for this list are here, here, here, here and here).

A great way of starting an evaluation of your air is by using 2 petri dishes one for out side and one for inside then cover in foil and set in a cool dark place and see what grows. Dr. Pam

Plants that Have Been Shown to Remove Specific Toxins

Trichloroethylene: Epipremnum aureum (devil’s ivy or ‘money plant’)*

Benzene: Epipremnum aureum (devil’s ivy or ‘money plant’)*, Spathiphyllum spp. (peace lily)

Toluene: Hedera helix (common ivy), Philodendron spp., Sanseviera spp. (devil’s tongue or snake plant)

Xylene: Zamioculcas zamiifolia (ZZ plant)

Formaldehyde: Osmunda japonica (Japanese royal fern), other ferns, Spathiphyllum spp. (peace lily), Chlorophytum comosum (spider plant)

General VOC removal: Purple waffle, Purple heart, English Ivy, Asparagus fern, Variegated wax and Crassula portulacea (jade plant)

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons: removal attributed to bacterial species present on leaves of many ornamental plants (nonspecific)

Mercury vapor: Tillandsia usneoides (Spanish moss)

Ozone: snake plant, spider plant, golden pothos

General toxin removal: Spider plant, peace lily, english ivy and golden pothos

*Grown on an activated carbon filter system. Activated carbon is available for potted plants.

While it’s nice to have some data that link specific species to the removal of specific toxins (especially if you know you have specific exposures or an elevated body burden of a specific toxin), the research isn’t that extensive, and so we would still recommend a variety of species. Keep the air in your living and working spaces moving, too, since air movement increases the effectiveness of plants at removing toxins.

Fascinating Fact! While you may think that plants collect and detoxify air pollutants through their leaves, it’s actually their roots and the plant’s associated microorganism population that take up and process toxins.

Things to know about keeping healthy houseplants – avoid introducing plants to your home that have been sprayed with pesticides or come in plastic pots. Water your plants appropriately but don’t allow them to become moldy. Dust leaves to maintain their effectiveness and reduce the room’s dust burden.

Reducing indoor air pollutant sources helps to minimize their levels in your home or office to begin with. Use building and decorating products that have no or fewer toxin emissions. Don’t use or store chemicals, solvents, glues or pesticides. Keep your home smoke free. Use exhaust fans in kitchens, baths and laundry areas. And minimize the use of candles and wood fires.

Consumer Reports has a review of air machine purifiers.

Author: Romilly Hodges, MS CNS

https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/

 

Have you tried self massage

Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on August 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Self Massage

The New York Times reported that:

"One of the biggest mistakes people make with [joint pain] is to limit movement of the affected joint, which leads to stiffness and weakness that only makes matters worse1."


 

The bottom line?

If you want to beat joint pain, you MUST keep moving.

But when you're suffering from aches, pains, and stiffness - movement is the last thing on your mind.

So, what's the solution?

What you need is a safe way to soothe pain - without drugs (or even OTC meds) that are hard on your stomach, kidneys, and liver

And while easier said than done, a new twist on an old discovery is making that possible (and without the dangers and side effects of commonly prescribed treatments).

In fact, it's been shown in more than a DOZEN research studies2,3,4 to help stop stiffness and improve mobility.

The best part?

It takes just 30 seconds per day and can give you results in as little as one weekDo this ONCE DAILY for better knees and pain-free joints…

References:

1 Jane E. Brody (Sep. 19, 2016). Don't Take OA Lying Down. The New York Times.

2 Bakilan, F., Armagan, O., Ozgen, M., Tascioglu, F., Bolluk, O., & Alatas, O. (2016). Effects of Native Type II Collagen Treatment on Knee OA: A Randomized Controlled Trial. The Eurasian Journal of Medicine, 48(2), 95–101.

3 Di, L., Mannelli, C., Maresca, M., Micheli, L., Martinez-puig, D., & Ghelardini, C. (n.d.). LOW DOSE CHICKEN NATIVE TYPE II COLLAGEN Inflammatory infiltrate. Florence, Italy.

4 Scarpellini, M., Lurati, A., Vignati, G., Marrazza, M. G., Telese, F., Re, K., & Bellistri, A. (2008). Biomarkers, type II collagen, glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate in OA follow-up: The "Magenta OA study." Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, 9(2), 81–87.

What Your Endocrine System Needs To Protect Your Health

Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on August 9, 2019 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Scientists are calling these chemicals “endocrine disruptors.”

First, though, I want you to know these dangerous substances are in more places than just plastic water bottles.

They’re also found in countless household items like:

Clothes, carpets, cosmetics, furniture, store receipts, and many of the foods you eat — just to name a few.

But wait, how exactly do these “endocrine disruptors” sabotage your health and wreck your waistline?

Well, the way I explain it to my patients is simple...

Your body controls pretty much every process inside you using chemical signals called hormones.

These hormones regulate your metabolism, appetite, energy levels, mood, sleep cycles, and more...

And your body manages these hormones with a special “hormone computer.” (It’s called your endocrine system.)

Now, here’s where things go haywire...

 

Endocrine disruptors have the ability “hack into” your system by DISGUISING themselves as hormones.

When this happens, you stop receiving messages from your REAL hormones...

And start getting messages from these hormone imposters instead!

Once the imposters gain access, WATCH OUT! They quickly start...

Making you hungrier

Slowing your metabolism

Zapping your energy

Attacking your joints

Clouding your thinking

Now the question is, if endocrine disruptors are so bad... why are they being allowed into all of your household products?

Well, this was the exact subject of an INFURIATING report I just read. (It’s also why I’m going to reveal a solution I’ve devised in a moment.)


The report was released on July 1st by The National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides — a D.C.-based consumer safety organization.

 

It detailed how, despite growing evidence about the dangers of endocrine disruptors to the American public… 

The government has knowingly turned a BLIND EYE to these dangers since at least 2009.

And during my research, I discovered a total of 4 proven compounds that can help neutralize these sneaky hormone imposters. 

One in particular goes by the name KSM-66.


KSM-66 is almost impossible to get your hands on these days. It’s the most potent form of an ancient Indian plant extract called ashwagandha.

This plant has been around for centuries. It has an amazing ability to protect the endocrine system. So it can soothe irritated joints, reduce stress, boost mood, and support overall health.

Studies have also linked KSM-66 to improved levels of focus and concentration… along with a slimmer body.1, 2

Dr Gundry



A Tasty Treat That Helps Your Health

Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on August 2, 2019 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (1)

But first — here’s the quick and easy recipe for my Pear and Sage Olive Oil Snack Cake:

Ingredients (serves 8-12):


FOR THE CAKE:

⅔ cup extra virgin olive oil, divided

2 green pears, peeled and diced

2 Tbsp sage, minced

1 ½ cups blanched almond flour

Zest of 1 orange

1 ½ cups xylitol

2 tsp baking powder

Juice of 3 lemons

4 eggs, beaten (or approved vegan egg substitute equivalent)

½ cup water Instructions:

 


FOR THE SYRUP:

½ cup water

Juice of 2 lemons

4 tablespoons xylitol


1 Grease an 8 inch cake tin with olive oil (ideally a springform pan).

Heat half the olive oil over medium heat, and add pears and sage. Saute until pears are tender and sage is fragrant, then remove from heat and let cool.

In a food processor fitted with an “S” blade, pulse the almond flour and orange zest until well combined.

Transfer to a mixing bowl and stir through the xylitol, baking powder, and lemon zest. Add the lemon juice, olive oil, and eggs, and mix until combined.

When cool, add the pear, olive oil, sage mixture to the batter, and fold in until well-combined.

Pour batter into prepared cake pan, then put into a cold oven. Turn oven to 350 degrees, and bake for approximately 25-30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Leave in the tin for 5-10 minutes to cool.

While cake is cooling, make the syrup. Gently heat all of the ingredients until the xylitol has dissolved.

Bring to a gentle boil for 5 minutes, allowing the rosemary to infuse.

Pierce holes in the cake and pour the syrup over while still warm.

So… what makes this snack cake so good for you?


Well, aside from being loaded with vitamin C, vitamin K, and fiber (which helps feed your good gut bugs)...


Pears, sage, and orange zest have REALLY high levels of antioxidants… which help destroy the free radicals that cause aging and illness.

 

But what really gives this recipe the “Gundry Stamp of Approval”? It all comes down to its star ingredient: Olive oil!


Olive oil helps to improve brain function, promote weight loss, strengthen the immune system and so much more.

Do you have an autoimmune condition?

Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on July 16, 2019 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (1)

Get out from under the weight of these diseases, like rheumatoid or reactive arthritis, celiac sprue, skin disorders, hair loss, inflammatory bowel, type 1 diabetes, Hashimoto’s, Graves,’ Addison’s, lupus, Sjögren’s syndrome, degenerative brain diseases, fibromyalgia and many more.

  • First we need to sort out the root causes for the Autoimmune Ds
  • We will evaluate the gut permeability
  • Micro biome or good bacteria
  • Food digestion
  • Environmental toxins 

Check out our Website and see how our biomeridian machine analysis along with Kinesiological muscle testing can get you some answers and healing.https://www.healingcenterofvermont.com/biomeridian-testing" target="_blank">(https://www.healingcenterofvermont.com/biomeridian-testing)


BioMeridian testing is a non-invasive assesment of energy paths also called channels. The machine uses currents through accupressure points to measure tissue resistance. (http://biomeridiantesting.com/index.html) 


Call the office to set up a reading and evaluation.

Are Essential Oil Body Patches what you have been looking for?

Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on July 2, 2019 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Inflammation and Chronic Pain gone. Pain Relief Patch Works even Better than topical Arnica

Check out our arnica patches from Natural Patches of Vermont.


We are getting testimony from patients saying they help relieve chronic pain better than other analgesics.

The patches are 3 inches by 2 inches with a cotton backing. They can be cut to custom size them. The patches are not only for pain relief. There are several different patches addressing issue such as stress, sleep, energy and more!


 

Natural Patches of Vermont® Essential Oil Body Patches provide the targeted benefits of essential oils without feeling greasy or oily. Leaving no oily residue on the skin, either during use or upon removal, the patches require no clean-up and can be worn day or night, without fear of damaging clothing or bedding.

With all the information available on the subject, some of it conflicting, many people may find the use of essential oils mysterious and intimidating.

Natural Patches of Vermont® Essential Oil Body Patches are neither mysterious nor intimidating. Convenient, user-friendly and requiring no time or special materials for use, they provide the aromatherapeutic benefits of custom oil blends aimed at addressing various common conditions and complaints without the mess and bother often associated with the use of essential oils.


As for convenience, Natural Patches of Vermont® Essential Oil Body Patches can be tucked into apocket or purse for use anytime throughout your busy day.

Pick up a tin of 10 or try a single use patch at our office.


Dr Pam


How Nutrition Alters Genetic Expression

Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on June 27, 2019 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Now here's where epigenetics comes in … certain foods, such as broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, garlic, and onions contain substances that act as histone inhibitors, which essentially block the histone, allowing your tumor suppressor genes to activate and fight cancer. By regularly consuming these foods, you are naturally supporting your body's ability to fight tumors.



What is Chiropractic?

Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on June 20, 2019 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Chiropractic is a healthcare discipline that emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.


In addition, doctors of chiropractic recognize the value and responsibility of working in cooperation with other health care practitioners when in the best interest of the patient.



72 Percent Success Rate for Sciatica

Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on June 13, 2019 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Sciatica 72 percent success rate in treating sciatica-related symptoms.

Compared to most medical treatments, few interventions can initiate back pain relief and healing like chiropractic adjustments can.

The European Spine Journal published findings from a clinical trial uncovering how chiropractic adjustments resulted in a 72 percent success rate in treating sciatica-related symptoms. This can be compared to a ___20 percent success rate from treatment with physical therapy, and a __50 percent success rate from corticosteroid injections.

Another study published in the “Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics” found patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement and satisfaction one month following treatment compared to patients treated by family physicians.

Moreover, total costs of the chiropractic-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of physiotherapy or general practitioner care.



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