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July 2009 Health Newsletter


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» Our GIFT To Your Children
» Chiropractic A life Changing Experience
» I'm off my Blood Pressure Meds!
» The Secret To A Long Healthy Life
» How Well Does Your Doctor Understand Back Pain?
» Chiropractic Care for Active Duty Service Members Expands to 11 New Locations
» Beware Bottled Water

Our GIFT To Your Children
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Author: Dr. Mike and Kathy
Source: none
Copyright: Dr. Micahel Henriksen 2009


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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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The Secret To A Long Healthy Life

Results of a 20-year long study on monkeys could provide insight to one of the secrets of living a longer, healthy and disease-free life. According to researchers, a reduced calorie diet could be the key. Rhesus monkeys consuming a calorie restricted diet were 3x less likely to die from age-related diseases like heart disease, cancer and diabetes during the 20-year study as compared to monkeys that ate as they liked. Another interesting finding was that the calorie restricted monkeys also had more brain volume in some regions, suggesting diet may also improve brain health in aging as well. Researchers fed the calorie restricted monkeys 1/3 less than what their counterparts were eating at their leisure. Clearly humans are not primates. However, since similar findings have been reported in yeast, worms, flies and rodents, it wouldn't be that much of a stretch to speculate that humans might also benefit from certain calorie restriction. It should be noted that no studies of this nature have been conducted on humans and to restrict calories in this manner could be harmful and is in no way recommended. What we do hope readers take from this new study is the understanding on how going in the other direction, in other words overeating, can have devastating effects on one's health.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Science. July 10, 2009: 201-204.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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How Well Does Your Doctor Understand Back Pain?

A newly published study indicates the knowledge most orthopedic surgeons and family physicians possess in managing simple low back pain (LBP) is far from stellar. The exact wording from the study abstract includes, "Both orthopaedic surgeons' and family physicians' knowledge of treating LBP is deficient." While our objective is not to bash the medical profession, we do want our patients and the general public to understand that the management of even simple back pain is often difficult. This is why chiropractors spend a significant number of years learning about and studying the back and spine as well as unique, safe, natural and effective ways to properly manage the many conditions that arise in this area. The results - Millions of people around the world have experienced the relief from pain and better overall health and wellness as a result of their chiropractic care. Perhaps you've heard as so many others have that chiropractors are the experts in treating back pain and many other conditions of the spine, extremities and body. If you or someone you know is suffering from back pain or other aches and pains, take that first step in getting relief – pick up the phone and call our office today!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Spine. July 1, 2009. Volume 34, Issue 15, pp. 1600-1603.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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Chiropractic Care for Active Duty Service Members Expands to 11 New Locations

Beginning this fall, 11 additional military hospitals and clinics will provide access to chiropractic services for active duty military members, reports the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).

Included in the list of sites tentatively scheduled to open on Sept. 30, 2009, are military treatment facilities located in Germany and Okinawa, Japan—marking the first time in the history of the Chiropractic Care Program that overseas active duty military members will have access to chiropractic.

"Increasing the number of military men and women with access to the essential services provided by doctors of chiropractic is an accomplishment we can all be proud of, especially with the long-over-due expansion to overseas facilities," said ACA President Glenn D. Manceaux, DC. "Research has shown that the most common pain complaint among injured soldiers is low back pain, and let there be no doubt, doctors of chiropractic are the ideal providers to not only treat back pain, but also to help our service members prevent injuries."

The planned expansion sites are:

Air Force
1st Special Operations Medical Group, Hurlburt Field, Fla.

Army
Irwin Army Community Hospital, Fort Riley, Kan.
Lyster Army Health Clinic, Fort Rucker, Ala.
Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital, Fort Polk, LA
Bassett Army Community Hospital, Fort Wainwright, Alaska
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany
Grafenwoehr Army Health Clinic, Germany

Navy
Naval Health Clinic Quantico, Va.
Naval Branch Health Clinic Groton, Conn.
Naval Hospital Lemoore, Calif.
U.S. Naval Hospital, Okinawa, Japan

The 11 new locations join the 49 military clinics and hospitals currently providing chiropractic care. For a complete list of military facilities offering chiropractic care to active duty service members, visit the TRICARE Web site at www.tricare.mil/ChiropracticCare.

Doctors of chiropractic who are interested in applying for positions at any of the 11 sites should monitor the federal government's employment Web site, www.usajobs.gov. In addition, ACA will provide application information as it becomes available.

Author: American Chiropractic Association.
Source: ACAToday.com. July 2, 2009.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association. 2009


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Beware Bottled Water

According to a new U.S. Congressional report, makers of bottled water have less regulation than that of tap water. According to the report, the "FDA does not have the specific statutory authority to require bottlers to use certified laboratories for water quality tests or to report test results, even if violations of the standards are found." With the relatively high price of bottled water and their many slick marketing messages and claims, we're guessing like us, you may also be at least a little concerned. It should also be noted that bottled water has been recalled numerous times due to contamination with arsenic, bromate, cleaning compounds, mold, and bacteria. Just this April, a dozen students at a California junior high school reportedly were sickened after drinking bottled water from a vending machine. If you like the taste and health benefits of clean filtered water, it just might be best to purchase your own water filtration solution for your home and leave the bottled water in it's plastic container. After all, the plastic bottle isn't going anywhere anytime soon!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Reuters. July 9, 2009.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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