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June 2009 Health Newsletter


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» Chiropractic A life Changing Experience
» I'm off my Blood Pressure Meds!
» Chiropractor Cures Paralyzed K9
» Chiropractic Safety Check
» Chiropractic Care Not Bankruptcy
» Increase Sleep, Lower Blood Pressure

Chiropractic A life Changing Experience

  

Patient 20picures 20001Dear Dr. Mike:

 

            I just wanted to give you a BIG thank you for everything you've done for me!  I'm so glad that I finally made that initial appointment to see you after much encouragement from my wise brother and even wiser sister-in-law.  I had been suffering for over 10 years with a diagnosis of chronic mixed connective tissue disease…….rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, bursitis, osteoarthritis, etc., which became worse in recent months.  At the age of 43, I began seeing my third rheumatologist who wanted me try his cocktail of medications that had worked for "his other patients."  Well, they did not work for me, I noticed after several medication and dosage combinations.  Unfortunately, I suffered with the awful side effects. I finally became fed up with all of the medication and side effects, some of which were worse than my illness.  In September 2008, I decided to make an appointment with Dr. Mike after being worn down by my brother's constant advice.  I thought, "What do I have to lose?"  Dr. Mike uncovered the source of my chronic pain with a set of x-rays that no other doctor has ever bothered to take.

           

            I work with numbers, and feel better when there are numbers and science to back up a claim.  I take blood tests regularly to monitor my illness and my response to certain harmful medications.  Two weeks after I started my appointments with Dr. Mike, I had blood tests taken.  I saw my rheumatologist later for the results, and he said my results for inflammatory response went from an out-of-control 55 down to 25.  He said to remain on the same dosage of med's that I was on.  He was very pleased with the results, and wanted me to return in January.  I continued my appointments with Dr. Mike, and took more blood tests prior to my appointment in January 2009.  The January results showed that my inflammatory response went from the last reading of 25 down to 9…………in the normal range my rheumatologist said.  He said he had never seen any of my numbers look that good, and he had never seen me look that good!  I felt great! Friends at work were noticing the difference in how I moved around……….pain-free!  My family noticed!  Friends that ride the bus with me noticed!  I noticed!  Everyone asked if I was taking a new medication, or if my medication was working.  That's when I told them about my appointments with Dr. Mike.

 

            Thanks to Dr. Mike!  It is definitely not the medication.  I am actually taking a lot less and no terrible side effects.  I am able to do the things that I enjoy without modifying my lifestyle.  I feel like I have my life back, and I can enjoy being active again!             

 

           

Thank you SO much Dr. Mike, and my family thanks you, too!!   

 

Dana W.

Author: Dana and Kathy
Source: Dana
Copyright: Dana 2009


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I'm off my Blood Pressure Meds!

 I'm off my Blood Pressure Meds

 

Valerie Paxton

April 2nd, 2009 at 4:30 pm

I wish I could say exactly how it happened but after four years on Diovan - which had been keeping my blood pressure at right around 120/80 - my BP dropped so low my doc took me completely off of it.   This morning, after not taking the medication for nearly two weeks, my BP was 117/72.  PERFECT!!  Last night before I went to bed it was 118/73.  I test it with the Omron Portable Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor, which has been checked by my doctor to be accurate when compared with the one in her office.

A couple weeks ago I had just popped the pill when it struck me that I hadn't checked my BP in a while.  I took it and it was 91/59.  Woah!  Yikes!  I called my doc and got an appointment for a couple days later, and in the meantime I was told to monitor it and not take the medication if it was too low.  It was mostly normal-to-low the next day.  The night before my appointment it was running really, really low - like 87/54.  Freaked me out a little. 

At the doctor's office, they took my blood pressure while I was lying down, standing up, sitting up - about 3 times and confirmed it was running normal-to-low.  I showed them the readings from my home wrist monitor which keeps results in its memory.  They were amazed at the readings and said I was officially off the Diovan but I needed to keep an eye on it and see them in a month.   I was totally excited (don't get too excited, Valerie), but danged if I know what caused the change. 

Four years ago, my blood pressure was consistently in the 160s, 170s and over 90s and 100s.  It was kind of a fluke that we discovered this so I suggest that if you don't have yours checked regularly, no matter how old you are, you at least get an inexpensive home unit.  I was 42 years old and in good shape.  No family history.  No signs of a problem.  As is my nature, I fought against traditional BP medication and my doc tried salt pills and beta blockers instead - but they weren't working.  Then, I had to go into the hospital for an unrelated outpatient surgery and my BP clocked in at 207/107 so they had to admit me.  They put me in the telemetry wing to monitor my heart and after a bunch of tests they couldn't find any reason for such high blood pressure.  So they brought it down with strong drugs, did my surgery and released me with an Rx for Diovan. 

My doctor said it's called essential or primary hypertension when the they are unable to find a specific cause.  She said it was probably stress and reminded me of my "extreme lifestyle".  

I pulled out the big guns and resolved to lower my stress.  To see what I did, read 15 Stress Tips that Could Save Your Life.

The only other thing that might be helping are my spinal adjustments.  In fact, my chiropractor, Dr. Mike, is taking full credit for lowering my blood pressure.  At first I just laughed, thinking he wasn't serious, but he was dead serious.  

I started seeing him to help ease occasional spasms in my back.  No more than 8 treatments later, I'm off my blood pressure meds.  Coincidence?  Maybe, but honestly it is the only really significant change I've made in my life recently.  His name is Dr. Mike Henriksen, Spinal Correctionn Center, tel. 480-460-1177. 

He said that lower blood pressure due to his treatments are not uncommon. It has to do with my atlas bone (1st cervical vertabrae) coming into alignment.  In fact, he's helped people get off all kinds of medications.  I'm sure if you called his office he, or his assistant Kathy, would be happy to explain.  He uses his patented Turbo Drop Table to make the adjustments and doesn't "crack" your back or neck (he says crack kills).  Dr. Mike is world-renowned and trains chiropractors all over the world so maybe one of his trainees is near you.  Plus, he's a really nice guy.

But I digress.

All I know is that I must be doing something right.  Whether it's the yoga, the hiking, the multi-vitamins, the spinal adjustments or the happy, healthy life I'm leading, I can't say.   Perhaps it is the alien visit I had last month . . . kidding . . .

I'll be writing a series of stress-relief blogs over the next week, so if you want to take control of your stress - stay tuned!  Don't know

if you're stressed?  Take the Stress Test.

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About the Author: Valerie Paxton

Valerie Paxton is a co-owner of AllegroMedical.com and lives in Phoenix, AZ. After helping to grow publicly traded Insight Enterprises to more than $1 billion in sales as VP of Marketing and Corporate Communications, she set out with her business partner, Craig Hood to form Allegro Medical - a company dedicated to helping people lead more independ ... (more)

Author: Valorie Paxton
Source: Valorie Paxton, April 2, 2009
Copyright: Valorie Paxton 2009


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Chiropractor Cures Paralyzed K9
The following is a re-posting of a recent article discussing the incredible power of chiropractic care. While in this case the patient happened to be a paralyzed dog, the mechanism is not much different, if at all, in humans:

Mike Lean and dog
Mike and Tania Lean's cherished pet Lady was hit by a car last year and diagnosed "paralyzed" and worse by their vet.

Cue Sylvia Arts, a doctor chiropractor, who when asked if she would treat the eight-year-old mongrel could not refuse.

"Mike rang me terribly upset," says Ms Arts. "He told me Lady was paralyzed and would have to be put down. He just said 'will you try?'

"At first I said I had never dealt with anything of this capacity. Mike said to me, 'a back is a back, a bone is bone, would you please check her?' If you can potentially help, how can you say no?"

Mr and Mrs Lean travelled from their home at Kaiwaka, north of Wellsford, to visit Ms Arts in Howick, a trip they've been doing for some years as her regular clients.

Giving it a go, Ms Arts says the first time she saw Lady, the little dog couldn't move her two hind legs and was in "terrible pain".

"I'd been told she was paralyzed, but I knew she could feel what I was doing," she says.

"Then her tail started wagging – we all nearly started crying. I was as astounded as Mike and Tania were."

Lady's mum Mrs Lean told the Times the dog now runs around as if the accident never happened, the opposite to her diagnosis.

Although Ms Arts enjoys working with Lady, it's an unusual case and she prefers to keep her practice for humans. "Obviously if someone came to me [with their animal] and had no other option I wouldn't say no," says Ms Arts.

"People should always go to their vet first and there are professional veterinary chiropractors out there."

Whether it's a human or canine, Ms Arts has used her same healing principals on Lady.

Initially she treated Lady daily, then every three to four days and had her bounding around in two weeks.

"Looking at Lady now, you'd never know what she went through last year," says Mrs Lean.

"Seeing Sylvia really worked for us and it still works for Lady."

Ms Arts does not want to take any credit for the dog's rehabilitation. She says she works on a principal of "getting the body to heal itself".

"Her tail started wagging – we all nearly started crying." – Sylvia Arts
"I clear the subluxations [when spinal joints misalign] to the vertebra, then the central nervous system, which is like the super highway of information from brain to body, can communicate better and then go on to heal itself."

Lady still visits Ms Arts "every few months" for minor readjustments.

Her owners say that "it's easy because Lady gets treated the same time as we do".

"She still gets a bit nervous but mostly excited when she comes in," says Ms Arts. "It's as if she knows what I'm doing is good for her."

Author: Jo Tuapawa
Source: Howick and Pakuranga Times
Copyright: Times Newspapers 2009


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Chiropractic Safety Check

Chiropractic is not only one of the most effective forms of care for a number of different health conditions, it's also extremely safe. Numerous studies have been conducted showing this to be true. Chiropractic's natural, non-invasive approach helps to minimize adverse effects and helps ensure a safe, successful outcome to care. In fact, according to a recent study published in the new issue of Spine, the leading international medical journal focusing on the spine and spinal region, "There is no robust data concerning the incidence or prevalence of adverse reactions after chiropractic." Chiropractic is and continues to be safe, natural and effective health care for all ages.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Spine. May 15, 2009. Volume 34. Issue 11.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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Chiropractic Care Not Bankruptcy

While we're not claiming chiropractic care will prevent bankruptcy, we do want consumers to be aware that chiropractic care has been shown to be a very cost-effective solution for back pain as well as other conditions. With more than 60 percent of U.S. bankruptcies stemming from excessive medical bills and the economy struggling to get back on track, now more than ever is the time to make not only wise financial decisions but also wise health care decisions. If you're suffering from back pain, musculoskeletal pain and other ailments, or you just wish to become healthier and "well" again, consider the safe, natural, cost-effective approach of chiropractic care.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: The American Journal of Medicine. Volume 122. No. 6.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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Increase Sleep, Lower Blood Pressure

New research indicates adults who get inadequate amounts of sleep experience an increased incidence of high blood pressure. In middle-aged adults, missing on average of just one hour of sleep per night over five years raises the risk of developing high blood pressure by 37 percent. This is concerning as high blood pressure significantly increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, and is the first and third leading cause of death in Americans. Other complications include heart failure, kidney disease and blindness. So if you're looking for a valid excuse to get your beauty sleep, you've now got it!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Reuters. June 8, 2009.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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