Joint or back pain? Key steps to reduce inflammation.

The average American has 212 chemicals in their body right now. You’re exposed 24/7 to nearly 85,000 chemicals listed on the EPA’s Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Of those, fewer than 300 have been tested and only 5 restricted. Less than half have been tested for their ability—alone—to cause cancers. You’re told “a little bit won’t hurt you”—an idea that has never been …

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Relieve Pain: About those trigger points

True story. One morning Jan, an office professional, developed sharp stabbing pains in her neck; sharp and pinchy pains. She tried to stay calm and got up to stretch, but the pains just kept coming back. Although the pain didn’t seem particularly muscular, it somehow seemed natural to press on the painful spot with her finger—the pressure on across the top …

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Why low (not high) stomach acid causes your indigestion

acid indigestion is actually too little stomach acid

Conventional antacid propaganda says to neutralize stomach acid whenever you have signs of heartburn, indigestion, bloating… but… Taking antacids may temporarily stop the symptoms, but sets the stage for it to happen again, and again, and again… Low (not high) stomach acid is jeopardizing your health Approximately 90% of Americans produce too little stomach acid. And that means the contents of your …

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Soaring health insurance costs? Four strategies to lessen the pain.

Mike came to see me, near tears. He’s had to pull money from what he’d hoped to save for his daughter’s college to cover his $1500/month family health insurance premiums now required under the Affordable Care Act. Sarah was enraged—“I’m 23, very healthy, I work hard, my premium skyrocketed 78 percent in one year!” Six years ago I had to get …

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Healthy fats to calm chronic pain

omega 3 fats in meat vanish in the feedlot

Waking up with the most sore and swollen arms, back and neck (non-stop landscaping…) it’s easy to want an instant fix. I’m only 60 years young! At any given time, nearly a third of us suffer from muscle and joint pain, joint swelling, limited movement… For many, if it sticks around for more than a couple of days (“I’ll get through …

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Minimize your allergies

asthma, allergies, chemical intolerance, allergic reaction, allergy test, anchorage chiropractor, naet, allergy clearing, clinical nutrition

It is starting to be that time of year again: seasonal allergies time and our unseasonably dry winter and spring isn’t helping. If you’re one of the 50 million people in the United States who suffer from the sneezing, stuffy nose, runny nose, watery eyes and itching of “allergic rhinitis” (hay fever), read on… The biggest clue, perhaps, as to …

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Is interference causing my nerve root problems?

degrading nerve after crush injury

It is scary and frustrating to have a lot of back pain. But the fact is, a lot can be done to fix it, even when it gets really bad or is given big diagnostic names. Truly, these long lists of diagnoses should not be used as often as they are—they are important tools for practitioners and help us communicate …

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Inflammation: your back’s first line of defense

Progressive spine disease, disc protrusion, bulging disc, herniated disc, osteophytes

Inflammation, our defense mechanism, our helpful friend… what ran amuck? Our  ancient defense mechanism, inflammation, is the first step in healing. After we injure ourselves or become invaded by harmful bugs, or even toxic chemicals, the front line of defense is this complex dance we call “inflammation”: It sends messages out to the body—messages through your nerves, changed hormones (chemical …

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Not the dreaded sciatica! (again)

low back pain from spinal degeneration

Sciatica is a pain @#$^*%^#$&!!  Need I say more?? Probably not, in fact too many people say waaaay too much more. Millions of Americans every year suffer from sciatic-like symptoms… “My sciatica’s acting up” is as common a phrase as “good morning.” In 2010, more than 250,000 patients underwent elective lumbar discectomy (spinal surgery) for the treatment of low back …

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My back locked up! Pain… what to do?

Spine misalignment from incorrect bending

“Doc, I don’t know what I did. I was just bending down to _____ and my back locked up on me.” I hear this day in and day out with a variety of “what I dids” to insert; everything from “pick up a pencil” to “feed my dog” to “sit down at my desk” (or get up)… and then debilitating low …

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