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Allergy-Free: A Story

2015 May 19
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For our third week of May, we’re sharing a story with you.

In her own words, here’s how one of our patients describes her journey with allergies and chiropractic care:

When I started at Franson Chiropractic I was at the end of my rope.

I was on so much medication I could hardly keep track. I had been on allergy medication for half my life, I had three inhalers for asthma and medication for migraines and hormone replacement therapy for 11 years. Not to mention all the over-the-counter medications for indigestion, gas and constipation.

I had changed my diet a hundred times looking for relief and still my weight went up and my energy levels went down. After 4 months at Franson Family Chiropractic, I got off all the hormone therapy completely, Yeah! It has now been 1 year since I started care at Franson Family Chiropractic and I am medication FREE! My energy is way up and I am feeling so much better.

It’s hard to imagine that getting adjustments could help so much where pills had failed miserably, but I am living proof and finally living drug free.
-Mary Ellen F.

Mary Ellen has been a committed patient now for over 10 years, and she’s just as excited to be under chiropractic care now as she was then.

What is your story? Are you a life-long allergy sufferer? Have you had your spine checked?

We’d love to share your success with you!

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Asthma & Your Immune System

2015 May 11
by admin

Think of your immune system as your armed forces. So what do we have in the armed forces? We have the army, navy, air force, and marines – huge bodies of specialists that operate at different levels to protect us. This is what the armed forces do. This is also what your immune system does. And your nervous system is the Pentagon – it acts as the communication network for your armed forces.

The purpose of the immune system is to protect you and help you relate to your environment. It protects and defends the body against infection from disease-producing microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. You can’t separate the immune system and the nerve system, because they work intimately together – just like you can’t separate the digestive system from the nerve system or the cardiovascular system from the nerve system.


Allergies arise when the immune system incorrectly perceives a non-disease producing substance such as pollen, ragweed, shellfish, etc. as a threat, and in turn produces an immune response that ultimately results in some form of symptom.

Common triggers of an allergic reaction include foods likes nuts, eggs, milk, gluten, fruit and vegetables; insect bites from bees or wasps (often with a severe response); environmental factors such as pollen, dust, mold, plants like grass or trees, animal dander; and medications or chemicals can also produce an allergic response.

Nerve endings are found in the tissues of the immune system and research shows a direct connection between the nervous system and the immune system. The central nervous system is linked to both the bone marrow and thymus, where immune system cells are produced and developed, and to the spleen and lymph nodes, where those cells are stored. Researchers have found that inducing an immune response causes nerve cells in the hypothalamus to become more active, and the brain cell activity peaks at precisely the same time that levels of antibodies are at their highest.

So what does this all mean? Stress on your nervous system will have a profound effect on the way your immune system functions. Stress is caused by traumas and lifestyle habits, chemicals and toxins, and even from thoughts and relationships. That is why it is so important to have your nerve system checked by a chiropractor, not only to address allergy symptoms, but more importantly to address your long-term health. Your chiropractor can help you reduce stress on your nerve system and make sure there is nothing interfering with your ability to enjoy life.

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May Flowers Bring… Allergies!

2015 May 5
by admin

Spring is here. Yay!

So is allergy season. Boo!

This is the time of the year when people begin to struggle with seasonal allergies.  Allergies are symptoms or body signals that indicate that your body is not adapting readily and/or appropriately to its external environment.  Exposure to pollen, dust, pet dander, cut grass, dust mites, or mold can set off cascades of symptoms that leave people miserable.  There are many factors that can cause or exacerbate allergy symptoms.  If you are one of those people who struggle every year, here are the top 5 allergy busters.

  1. Drink Plenty Of Water: when our body becomes dehydrated the brain signals the production of Histamine.  This is a chemical involved in the inflammatory process which for us means inflamed mucosal linings of the sinuses, throat, and lungs.  More water = less histamine = less inflammation and mucous.
  2. Reduce/Remove Pro-inflammatory Food: once again, we want to reduce inflammation in the body. One of the best ways to do that is to avoid foods that are pro-inflammatory.  That includes refined carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, white rice, and white sugar.  This also includes dairy, corn products, and grain fed meat products.
  3. Rinse Off: we come in contact with allergens all day long.  They get stuck to our clothes, to our skin, in our hair.  When you get home from work or school, or if you have just been outside for an extended period of time, jump in the shower and rinse off.  Keep the clothes you wore in a separate area away from where you spend the most time (especially where you sleep).
  4. Eat Your Fruits And Veggies: allergies or not, you should be eating plenty of fruit and vegetables anyway, but for those who do suffer with allergies, this will help.  Colorful fruit and vegetables are high in Quercetin. This bioflavonoid is a potent antioxidant and prevents the release of histamine (see #1).  It is nature’s anti-histamine.
  5. GET ADJUSTED: what system is responsible for controlling how we adapt to our external environment? That’s right, the nervous system. If you are already seeing a chiropractor, schedule an extra visit make sure you are subluxation free.  If you don’t regularly see a chiropractor, have your spine checked.  Nerve irritation can not only cause allergy symptoms but prevents your body from functioning properly and expressing health.
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Look How Our Rowing Challenge Helped People Move

2015 April 9
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This spring we were looking to serve more people  so we launched a one-of-a-kind community referral outreach campaign. During the month of March the FFC team challenged the FFC practice members to a competition: which group could ‘row’ to Nantucket first – using an indoor rowing machine in our office.

It was neck and neck for about 10 days but then the practice members began to really crush the team and take a commanding lead. They rowed over 180,000 meters and successfully rowed the distance from Beverly to Nantucket. The FFC team, outnumbered by 20 to 1, responded by only made it to the South Shore. Better luck next year!

Rowing Challenge Results

We are so pleased with the results though because the ultimate goal was to get people moving after a long, cold winter. So keep the momentum going now that the snow is melting, and the days are getting warmer. Get out there and move: walk, dance, jog, hike, climb, swim, surf, bowl. You name it, just move.

And until April 16th there is still the opportunity to win a 2-night stay to Nantucket or an Indoor rowing machine! By helping a friend or loved one get healthier you can win an awesome prize. It’s so easy. If you know someone who can benefit from chiropractic care, refer them to our office by calling 978-927-8466, for an initial consultation.  If they schedule their appointment by April 16th they will receive our new patient exam for only $47 (a $285 value) and you will receive a raffle entry.

The winner of the raffle gets to choose which prize they want. Your friend or loved-one gets help in making improvements to their health. And we get work towards our mission of serving more of the community.


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Lifestyle Improvement Challenge with Crossfit Five Plus

2015 March 31
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Franson Family Chiropractic and Crossfit Five Plus hosted a great workshop last weekend discussing lifestyle strategies to be a healthy human being. The workshop was also the kickoff for a 7-Week Lifestyle Overhaul Challenge.

If you missed it and are interested in the information discussed, we have posted a rough cut of the video of the workshop on the Franson Family Chiropractic YouTube page.

If you are also interested in joining the challenge, it’s not too late! Check out the FB group: 7 Week Lifestyle Overhaul Challenge for more details – the challenge starts April 1st….no joke!

Resources for the challenge can be found on the FB group page or here:

Lifestyle Assessment, Circle of Life Evaluation, and Daily Journal

7-Week Lifestyle Overhaul Challenge Rules

7-Week Lifestyle Overhaul Challenge Point System

If you have specific questions please leave a comment on the FB group page or send an email to with #LOC in the subject line.

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More Health For Our Local Community

2015 March 23
by admin

We are looking to serve more people this year. To grow our practice this spring Franson Family Chiropractic is launching a one-of-a-kind community referral outreach campaign.

We are so committed to introducing more of our local community to chiropractic care and helping more people to gain more health that we will give away an amazing prize.  To thank those who refer a friend or loved-one to our office, we’ll enter you in our raffle where you can win an Indoor Rowing Machine or a 2-Night trip for two to Nantucket!

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If you have a spouse, friend, or family member that you believe can benefit from Chiropractic care, please refer them to our office by calling 978-927-8466, for an initial consultation.  If they schedule their appointment by April 16th they will receive our new patient exam for only $47 (a $285 value) and you will receive a raffle entry.

The winner of the raffle gets to choose which prize they want. Your friend or loved-one gets help in making improvements to their health. And we get work towards our mission of serving more of the community.

It’s a win-win-win!



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Lifestyle Improvement Workshop and 45-Day Challenge

2015 March 17
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Crossfit Five Plus and Franson Family Chiropractic have partnered up for a unique lifestyle overhaul.  Join us on Saturday, March 28th at 10:30AM and learn more about the benefits of eating, moving and thinking well and how your choices can influence your health immediately – trust us, there are countless benefits beyond just fitting into those skinny jeans!

Register online on our facebook event page or call 978-927-8466.

The workshop will kick off a 7-Week Lifestyle challenge. Participants will be measuring their success over the 7 weeks of the challenge using a system of points.

The challenge is designed to reward those who stay dedicated to maintaining healthy eating, sleep, exercise, and mental/emotional habits. We will provide you with the resources you will need to guarantee success. And of course there will be prizes!

The Workshop and Lifestyle Challenge is open to the public. You know friends and family that need to be here so please invite them to join us Saturday, March 28th at 10:30AM at Crossfit Five Plus, 100 Cummings Center, Suite 135E, Beverly.

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New Wellness Family Resource For You

2015 March 17
by admin

We have added a new resource page to our blog: Wellness Family Newsletter. Every month we’ll post a new topic in our wellness family newsletter to help you make positive changes in your family’s overall health and wellness. At Franson Family Chiropractic we are dedicated to providing you with the absolute best in family wellness care. Take a moment to check out the blog page or stop in the office to pick up a copy of the newsletter.


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Serve Our Community With Healthy Food

2015 March 4

We are so honored to serve our community with healthy food. During our annual Fresh Food Drive we collected over $1200 in donations and new patient exam fees to purchase fresh food for the Beverly Bootstraps Food Pantry. Our goal was to stock the pantry kitchen with wholesome, nutritious, fresh produce.

This week we picked up nearly 700 pounds of fresh produce from Farmer Brown’s in Middleton, MA. The car was busting at the seams with boxes of vegetables. Delivering it right to the food pantry door, we were able to help restock the kitchen.

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Thank you to everyone  who donated and helped us serve our local community. Together we are helping to create a healthier community.

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8 Foods Your Local Food Pantry Needs This Week

2015 March 3
by Dr. Derek E. Gallant

We held our 5th Annual Fresh Food Drive over the Holidays to benefit Beverly Bootstraps.  Today we’re picking up over $700 worth of fresh produce like broccoli, lettuce, spinach, sweet potatoes, pears, carrots, bananas, and apples.

During the Fresh Food Drive we collected financial donations to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. Then we deliver right to the Bootstraps Pantry. Our goal was to stock the pantry kitchen with wholesome, nutritious, fresh produce. Not the packaged and processed foods you typically see with a food drive. This is what a healthy person requires. And we include recipe collections to make sure everyone knows how to make the best testing meals.

Franson Family Chiropractic contributed to the Food Drive by donating the proceeds from ALL New Patient exams during the month.

This is a great opportunity to make a difference in our community. We are proud to participate every year. We are always encouraged by all those who join this effort to help local families get healthier.

Thank you to Farmer Brown’s of Middleton, MA and Cider House Farms of Amesbury, MA for their assistance. And an enormous thank you to the patients of Franson Family Chiropractic for their support!


Food donation pickup 2013 – Franson


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