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August 2009 Health Newsletter


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» Our GIFT To Your Children
» Chiropractic A life Changing Experience
» I'm off my Blood Pressure Meds!
» Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation Effective In The Elderly As Well
» Common Spine Surgery As Effective As No Surgery At All
» Smoking Reduces Mobility In Upper Spine
» Chiropractic Care To Be A Standard Benefit For Active Duty Military Personnel

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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Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation Effective In The Elderly As Well

Although chiropractic care has helped countless millions of patients of all ages, research studies have been primarily focused on those under the age of 55 years of age. In a new study, researchers evaluated the success of chiropractic care versus conservative medical care on 240 adults with an average age of 63 years who were suffering from subacute and chronic low back pain. Results of six weeks of either chiropractic care or minimal conservative medical care were compared via study participant completed disability-related questionnaires (measuring each participants overall function) at 3, 6, 12 and 24 weeks. Researchers found those receiving chiropractic care had significant improvements in their functional status as compared with those receiving medical care. Researchers also found that no serious adverse events were associated with chiropractic care. For those elderly adults who were under the impression that safe, natural and effective chiropractic care was only for infants, children and younger adults, we hope this clears up any misconceptions. If you or another maturing individual are suffering from health problems or would like to be professionally evaluated by a doctor of chiropractic, please don’t continue to wait - take that first important step by calling our offices today!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JMPT. Volume 32, Issue 5, Pages 330-343 (June 2009).
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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Common Spine Surgery As Effective As No Surgery At All

Close to 40,000 costly spinal surgeries referred to as vertebroplasty are performed each year in the United States. However, shocking new research may change that number. Published in the prestigious The New England Journal of Medicine, a new study indicates that vertebroplasty is as effective as performing a fake surgery. Vertebroplasty is a surgical procedure where the surgeon injects a cement-like substance into a fractured vertebrae for the purpose of providing vertebral strength and reducing the associated pain. According to Rachelle Buchbinder of Monash University in Malvern, Australia, whose group found that 36 volunteers who received sham surgery did just as well as 35 who got the real operation, "We had hoped this treatment might get the pain better quicker, but we couldn't demonstrate that… I don't think there's any place for vertebroplasty at the moment." According to Dr. James Weinstein of Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire, "The results may change vertebroplasty from a procedure that is virtually always considered to be successful to one that is considered no better than placebo." While it is not our intent to bash the medical profession, we feel the findings of this study and the comments of the physicians involved with this study are extremely newsworthy and should be made available to anyone considering spinal surgery.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: The New England Journal of Medicine. Vol. 361; No. 6. & Reuters. August 6, 2009.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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Smoking Reduces Mobility In Upper Spine

A recent study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine has found the motion between vertebrae of the upper spine area (thoracic spine) in smokers is significantly reduced as compared to that of non-smokers. Smooth full range of motion between the vertebrae that make up the spine is essential not only for optimal trunk movement, but also for providing nourishment to the joints of spine. As the spinal vertebrae lose their natural full range of motion and thus their nutrition, spinal motion decreases and stiffness and spinal degeneration increases. Smoking also reduces the amount of oxygen the tissues of the body receive including those tissues of the spine. In effect, those who smoke are at even greater risk for spinal abnormalities, degeneration, stiffness, loss of motion and ultimately pain. If you or someone you know is suffering from back and/or neck (spinal) problems, especially if they smoke, have them call our offices today. Chiropractors are highly trained in conditions of the spine as well as conditions that affect the spine.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. Volume 8, Issue 2, Pages 51-55.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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Chiropractic Care To Be A Standard Benefit For Active Duty Military Personnel

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a directive that orders the Pentagon to make chiropractic care a standard benefit for all active duty military personnel.  The legislation is contained in HR 2647, a bill authorizing defense programs in fiscal year 2010, and is based in part on recommendations from the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC).

The bill - passed by the full House on June 25 - also contains language allowing for chiropractic demonstration projects at overseas military locations and clarifies that chiropractic care at U.S. military facilities is to be performed only by a doctor of chiropractic.

"When signed into law, this legislation will pave the way for expanded access within the military health care system to the critical services offered by doctors of chiropractic—both stateside and overseas," said ACA President Glenn Manceaux, DC. "ACA leaders are dedicated to this effort and will settle for nothing less than full access to chiropractic."

In 2008, the House passed similar language in the form of HR 5658; however, that provision was not included in the Senate version of the bill.

"I would like to thank House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton, D-Mo.; Ranking Member Buck McKeon, R-Calif.; Rep. Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii; and Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala. for their support and for shepherding this language through the legislative process," Manceaux added.

To date, there is a doctor of chiropractic at 49 military bases around the country; however, according to a 2005 Government Accountability Office report, only 54 percent of servicemen and women eligible for chiropractic care can reasonably access the benefit.

This latest development comes on the heels of an announcement by TRICARE that beginning this fall, 11 additional military hospitals and clinics will provide access to chiropractic services for active duty military members, including facilities in Germany and Okinawa, Japan.

The Senate is expected to take up the legislation in the near future.  Watch ACA's Web site and publications for more details as they become available.

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: http://www.acatoday.com. July 10, 2009.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association 2009


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