Ever hear someone tell a child to go wash their hands after playing outside or at a playground park?
Does the above image bring you flashbacks to microbiology class and conjure up images of what you grew in those petri dishes? Well, thanks to Tasha Sturm, a microbiology lab tech at Cabrillo College, she decided to see what was on her sons hands.
She made her 8-year-old son, who had just played outdoors, leave a handprint in a petri dish that was filled with agar jelly. After warming it to body temperature in an incubator, the bacteria and fungus on her son’s hand grew into the cultures that could be seen in an image she posted on Microbe World.
The image is stunning, beautiful and somehow disrupting at the same time.
But don’t be alarmed, Sturm told Today: “It’s normal stuff that we’re exposed to every day. The skin protects us from a lot of the bad stuff out there. The take home message is that to have a healthy immune system, you’ve got to be exposed to stuff.”
So keep living dirty, kids. It’s good for your microbiome.
Enhanced Phagocytic Cell respiratory Burst Induced by Spinal Manipulation. JMPT 1991:14:399-408.
This study was designed to measure the effect that a Chiropractic adjustment has on the immune system. Blood was taken from each of the patients 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after the adjustment. These results were compared to patient’s blood test who received a sham (pretend) adjustment. The immune response from subjects who received the adjustment was significantly higher after than before treatment, and significantly higher than the response from the sham subjects.
Patients who come in with colds, sore throats, sinus congestion and stomach viruses often remark that their recovery seems to be accelerated by the chiropractic adjustment. Recent scientific developments now lend support to the idea that Chiropractic correction of the subluxation can aid the immune responses of the body by reducing nerve interference.
This is one of the most exciting areas of chiropractic. More and more research is pointing to an immune system enhancement effect of the spinal adjustment.
Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or CFS, find themselves in a state of perpetual exhaustion that no amount of bed rest can cure. Until recently, the medical community dismissed the disorder because it is not visible on diagnostic tests. However, for sufferers of this debilitating, chronic condition, CFS is very real.
Chronic Fatigue Symptoms
Each patient’s experience with CFS is slightly different, but common symptoms generally include:
- Mental and physical exhaustion
- Swollen lymph nodes and sore throat
- Difficulty thinking and concentrating
- Aching joints and muscles
- Headache pain
- Malaise following any kind of exertion
Some CFS patients report a number of other individualized symptoms including sensitivity to light, muscle weakness and night sweats.
Vertebral Subluxations May Cause Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
The nervous system is responsible for providing energy by delivering impulses that travel from the brain, down the spinal cord, and which then branch out to all points of the body through a dense network of nerves. The spinal column is designed to protect the spinal cord but sometimes a vertebra can become misaligned and pinch the nerves, blocking their energy impulses. The result is physical and mental fatigue. Chiropractors call these spinal misalignments “vertebral subluxations.”
Chiropractic Care Alleviates Chronic Fatigue
CFS patients often waste valuable time in the medical system. In order for a medical doctor to confirm a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome, the patient has to exhibit symptoms for at least six months. Meanwhile, the disorder can take hold and become entrenched. At that point, medication may be prescribed to mask some of the symptoms, but there is no medical treatment for the underlying cause of CFS.
You do not have to suffer for 6 months before you receive care for your condition. Doctors of chiropractic are specialists of the spine and nervous system, and they understand that neurological dysfunction usually begins in the spine. Chiropractic care is non-invasive and does not involve medication. By realigning the spine with gentle maneuvers known as adjustments, chiropractors correct the underlying cause of chronic fatigue syndrome and reopen the energy pathways within your nervous system.
A Program For Overcoming CFS
CFS undermines quality of life, but it also instills a feeling of helplessness, especially when it persists for years. Where appropriate, your chiropractor will advise lifestyle changes and nutritional improvement. A program of gentle exercise will be tailored to your specific situation, which will help to gradually increase your energy levels. Here are some steps that will allow you to take charge of your health and regain a sense of control:
- Improve nutrition
- Detoxify heavy metals
- Eventually discontinue medications
- Practice stress reduction techniques
- Get adequate sleep
- Receive regular chiropractic care
Come to our ENERGY Workshop on Wednesday, January 27th at 6:45 in our office at 100 Cummings Center, Suite 101D to learn more about how chiropractic care can help restore your natural energy levels!
Has the rush of the holidays got you feeling run down? Maybe you feel exhausted often and struggle to get though the work day? Did you know that fatigue is a major warning sign? Your body is trying to tell you that something is either physically or emotionally (or both) not right in your body.
Consider how much energy babies have. They are never bored, rather they are full of life and excitement and their only responsibilities are to eat and sleep. As we age, fatigue and tiredness set in. As a result, we lose our lust for life. This is a big problem!
Many external factors could be causes for lack of energy: physical diseases such as cancer, emotional stress like anxiety, lack of sleep, side effects of drugs, poor nutrition, and unhealthy lifestyle habits just to name a few.
One other frequent cause of fatigue is a misaligned spinal column.
Picture this: you need to carry a bowling ball all day long. Would you prefer to carry the ball along your side or held out in front of you? Likely you would have it as close to your body as possible to minimize strain. Did you know that our heads are nearly equivalent to the weight of a bowling ball? When your spine is not in proper alignment, your body will need to strain to hold your head up as if you would have to strain to carry a bowling ball out in front of you. How exhausting!
When the spine is healthy, the nervous system provides us with energy and resistance to disease. When blockages (subluxations) are present in the nerve flow, energy cannot reach the entire body and fatigue sets in.
Not having chiropractic care is similar to trying to water flowers with a kinked hose. Your water supply may be strong but as long as there is a kink the hose, it does you no good to stand with the hose over the flower beds.
Medicine is moving towards a better understanding of life energy and more techniques are being promoted to help improve energy flow throughout the entire body. If you are feeling run-down, bored, or depressed, try chiropractic.
At Franson Family Chiropractic we want to help the people of our community stay warm, comfortable, and healthy this holiday season. The cold winter months can seem to drag on forever, especially to people without warm clothing. Having a hat and mittens in a cold climate can keep a child or adult from getting frost-bitten ears and fingers.
Through our Annual Holiday Gift Drive over the past 8 years the community at Franson Family Chiropractic has donated 1000’s of new toys for children in the community.
For the 2nd year in a row we will be focusing our efforts on collecting mittens and gloves to donate to HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change) in Salem. HAWC is a local organization that provides services and support to victims of domestic violence who reside on the North Shore.
During the month of December, through the 17th, we will be collecting donations at our office at 100 Cummings Center, Suite 101D, Beverly, MA. Anyone from the community is welcome to drop off new mittens, gloves, hats, and gloves. No wrapping necessary!
We want to help families in need, but our mission to teach families to get healthier is not being served by collecting and donating processed, lifeless, dead “foods”. Our team does not feel right giving needy families processed, sugary junk. Rather than collect the leftovers from the back of your cupboards, we need to start from scratch.
Five years ago we started doing our food drive differently! We partnered with Beverly Bootstraps to deliver a huge stash of fresh, local produce right to local families. Instead of collecting cans and boxes of processed and preserved “food”, we collect money to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables which we deliver them right to the food pantry.
This is much more congruent with how we educate and live, and what a healthy person requires. And to cap it off, we add recipe collections to ensure that everyone knows how to make the best testing meals with real, whole foods.
Our goal is to provide families with fresh food for the holidays!
Over the past 5 years we have donated nearly 3,000 pounds of healthy, living, produce for the families in our neighborhoods! Let’s see how much more we can donate!
As part of our contribution, Franson Family Chiropractic will donate ALL proceeds from every New Patient examination from November 9th to 30th toward the Food Drive.
Spread the news to your friends and loved ones that they have the opportunity to receive an exceptional examination in our office and donate to an awesome local cause!
This is a great opportunity to make a difference in our community and we encourage you to join this effort to help local families get healthier.
Franson Family Chiropractic is holding their 6th Annual Real Food Drive on November 9th – 30th to benefit the Beverly Bootstraps Food Pantry. This is a great opportunity to make a difference in the community and everyone is encouraged to join this effort to help those in need.
Beverly Bootstraps Food Assistance Programs provide Beverly and Manchester-by-the-Sea residents with access to food through a variety of programs. The food collected through the food drive will help provide food to those in need through the Food Pantry.
Our mission is to help the people in our community move, eat and think healthier and we know that the best way to do this is through real, local and nutrient dense foods, so we opt to only donate these fresh, perishable goods.
Dr. Stephen Franson says about their support of this food pantry, “most food drives focus on non-perishable foods like canned vegetables, beans, pasta, and cereal…whatever you can find in the cupboard. But here we take a different approach. We want to help folks get healthier, so we provide real foods with the highest nutritional value. And we deliver the food with healthy recipes.”
If you would like to help with the Real Food Drive initiative, deliver a financial donation to Franson Family Chiropractic by November 30th and they will purchase local produce from farmer’s markets in the Beverly area.
Or the best way to help is to refer a friend in need of quality chiropractic care to Franson Family Chiropractic for a new patient consultation and exam. As a further dedication to the drive, Franson Family Chiropractic has committed all proceeds from their November New Patient Exams toward donations to the Real Food Drive! Everybody wins!
In addition, with the food purchased for the Food Pantry, Bonfire-approved recipes will be provided. If you don’t know what it means to be Bonfire approved, check out the free web-based health resource at www.bonfirehealth.com.
If you prefer to write a check directly to the pantry, you may mail the check to Beverly Bootstraps at 371 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA.
With all the wonderful causes out there, especially during the holidays, please consider Franson Family Chiropractic’s Real Food Drive initiative.
At Franson Family Chiropractic we our proud of practicing quality, specific, corrective care using the Gonstead System of Chiropractic. Have you ever wanted to know more about the Gonstead System and the man behind the original research and teachings? Read the History of Clarence S. Gonstead, D.C. from the Gonstead Clinical Studies Society.
Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back alley bone setting to an understandable bio-mechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency. In the 1930s, the chiropractic profession was dominated by its iconoclastic leader B. J. Palmer and his Hole-In-One upper cervical specific technique. At that time the technical skills of the typical graduating chiropractor were crude and rudimentary. Gonstead changed that and gave the profession a logical and bio-mechanically sound system for practicing chiropractic. With a gift of solving mechanical problems, he developed his own ideas on subluxations, x-ray, and adjusting bones through the empirical data he gathered from his large practice. Although perhaps not his intent, Gonstead redefined the very nature of chiropractic. With the adoption of the Gonstead technique by Palmer School of Chiropractic in the early 1960s, his technique assisted the profession in restoring chiropractic to its full-spine roots.
Life in Primrose, Wisconsin
Gonstead was born in Willow Lake, South Dakota on July 23, 1898, the son of Carl and Sarah Gonstead. A few years later his father decided to relocate the family to Primrose, Wisconsin and become a dairy farmer. Growing up a rural farm provided young Gonstead with plenty of opportunities to explore the mechanical world. His enthusiasm for repairing tractors and early automobiles provided him with the kinesthetic tools for his later calling in life.
The Eureka Moment
Surprisingly, little is known about Gonstead’s education, but while in trade school Gonstead became terribly sick. In his own words:
“I developed acute rheumatoid arthritis… One morning I woke up and my toe next to the little toes was really sore. I could hardly step on it. It hurt all day and the next morning it got worse and the third day the whole foot swelled up. I couldn’t walk on it so I couldn’t go to school… that was about a week and it was just getting pretty good and it jumped into my left knee, and that puffed way up one morning. It hurt so much I couldn’t step on it and then it went into my right knee, so I was out of school for about four weeks. For about two weeks I was in bed, I couldn’t even stand having the (bed) covers over my knee. I had a box over it… the knee was that sore. The University doctors were taking care of me then, they’d come out to the house. I stayed on the east side with my aunt. About the second week she said, “Now you’ve fooled around with those University doctors long enough. Now I’m going to call in my doctor.”
Her doctor happened to be J. B. Olson, a chiropractor. Olson came to the house to care for Gonstead and after a series of adjustments and rest, he could walk again. It was a life changing event for Gonstead.
After trade school, young Gonstead took a job working as an automotive engineer. The job allowed him to save enough money to pay for chiropractic school.
After graduating from Palmer School of Chiropractic and Infirmary, Gonstead started practice with his mentor Olson who was temporary disabled. After leaving Olson’s practice, Gonstead purchased his own practice in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin.
Mechanics always guided Gonstead’s thought process, which was constantly refined during his fifty years of practice. From his early childhood playing with farm machinery and automobiles to the unique scientific exploration taking place at Palmer School of Chiropractic while he was a student, Gonstead was nurtured by his surroundings to become an investigative clinician. Following the paradigm of observational science which emphasizes scientific exploration through trial and error, he sought to perfect the craft.
The Bonds of Brotherhood
Merton Gonstead, Clarence’s younger brother, joined the practice in 1929. The collaboration resulted in the Gonstead Disc Concept to better explain the mechanism of subluxation. The prevailing theory at the time was B. J. Palmer’s idea that the subluxation was the result of a vertebral bone causing nerve pressure. In contrast, the Gonstead concept emphasized that the vertebral disc was the primary culprit of nerve pressure. The Gonstead Disc Concept would later become recognized as a model for understanding discogenic back pain.
Gonstead’s chiropractic talent attracted numerous patients seeking relief. His first office was located above the bank building in downtown Mount Horeb. With only a small reception area, patients often overflowed into the street outside. In 1939, Gonstead built a new ultra modern chiropractic office on the corner of Main Street and Second Street in Mount Horeb. As his practice continued to grow, Gonstead started working six and half days a week, adjusting up to 250 patients a day. Patients came from all over the Midwest for care.
Gonstead’s clinical success attracted the attention of other chiropractors. They wanted to know why their patients in Iowa, South Dakota, Illinois, Michigan and elsewhere were traveling all the way to Mount Horeb, Wisconsin to get adjusted. With much hesitation, due to the demands of his own practice, Gonstead finally consented to have Ted and Phyllis Markham organize the first formal class for other chiropractors to learn his unique approach to chiropractic.
Over the next few years, the Markham team, with the help of their friend LeeVogel, helped organize the lexicon, symbols, tools, and concepts unique to Gonstead’s method of chiropractic.
Adapting to the growing demands on his schedule, Gonstead refused to slow down and simply added more office hours in his day to ensure he saw all his patients. He often treated his last patient at 2:30 in the morning. Furthermore, his informal classes became more structured and transformed into the Gonstead seminars. As more field doctors wanted to learn his methods, Gonstead started traveling across the country to teach.
With his ever expanding practice and the growth of the seminar business, Gonstead needed a larger facility. In 1964, the new Gonstead Clinic of Chiropractic was completed east of town. The two level facility boasted 29,000 square feet, 11 adjusting rooms, a complete chemistry laboratory, research facilities, and various seminar rooms. To better manage the seminar business, Gonstead hired Ted Markham and LeeVogel. Marvin Klaes and Albert Grove were brought on board as additional seminar instructors.
In 1965, adjacent to the new clinic, a full-service motel was constructed. Prior to the motel, out of town patients stayed at local boarding houses. Gonstead’s reputation as a remarkable chiropractor had expanded beyond the United States and he had patients flying in from all over the globe. To assist these patients, limousine service was setup between the Madison airport and the Gonstead clinic. Patients with their own private planes could fly in and land at Gonstead’s personal airport located next to his home on the outskirts of Mount Horeb.
In 1961, Palmer School of Chiropractic lost their leader BJPalmer. Under new leadership, the faculty decided to rewrite its technique curriculum. Within a few years the Gonstead method became the cornerstone of school’s technique department. In time, other chiropractic schools followed suit and added the Gonstead technique to their curriculums.
After fifty-one years of practice, Gonstead sold the clinic and Gonstead Seminars to Alex and Doug Cox. Today the clinic is owned by the non-profit C.S. Gonstead Chiropractic Foundation. The Gonstead seminars continue in their original format under the leadership of Alex Cox’s son, John Cox. This group continues to teach the material across the globe to chiropractic students and doctors. In the later part of Gonstead’s life, another seminar group formed with the purpose of being a focus group for experienced Gonstead practitioners. After Gonstead’s death, under the leadership of LarryTroxell, the group restructured itself to focus on providing valuable internship opportunities for students to master the Gonstead work. It also offers a limited number of seminars to the profession.
In 1978 Gonstead died at the age of 80. Throughout his life he was deeply concerned with questions about bio-mechanical dysfunction and its role in neuromusculoskeletal pain. In his later years, he delved into chiropractic’s more complicated clinical questions such as subluxation’s role in Type O disorders (diabetes, bradycardia, asthma, etc.). In turn, Gonstead’s reception by patients and by his professional colleagues brought out the ideas inherent in his work. His work is recognized as a cornerstone of contemporary chiropractic practice.
Gonstead is credited with several innovations in chiropractic. Some were modest: consulting with Electronic Development Lab to produce a better nervoscope (a descent of the neurocalometer), and refinement of the knee-chest table and zenith Hylo table. Others were more ambitious: an x-ray line marking system, a chiropractic x-ray machine, split screen x-ray film cassettes, and adjusting the cervical spine in the chair position.
For all of his life, Gonstead maintained a commitment to the craft. He never abandoned the tools that defined his schooling—the neurocalometer and x-ray. He was driven by a desire for technical control and mastery of the perfect adjustment. In the end, his legendary reputation as a great healer confirmed the value of his unique method.
Preserving the Gonstead Clinic of Chiropractic — A Case of National Support
The Gonstead Clinic of Chiropractic is a work of architectural art…and it is falling apart. Read and see a slide show of its current condition and learn how you can help through the Gonstead Preservation Group.
Ever wonder about the history and development of the chiropractic profession? September 18, 2015, marks the 120th “birthday” of the profession. Read this description from the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).
History of Chiropractic Care
The roots of chiropractic care can be traced all the way back to the beginning of recorded time. Writings from China and Greece written in 2700 B.C. and 1500 B.C. mention spinal manipulation and the maneuvering of the lower extremities to ease low back pain. Hippocrates, the Greek physician, who lived from 460 to 357 B.C., also published texts detailing the importance of chiropractic care. In one of his writings he declares, “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases”.
In the United States, the practice of spinal manipulation began gaining momentum in the late nineteenth century. In 1895, Daniel David Palmer founded the Chiropractic profession in Davenport, Iowa. Palmer was well read in medical journals of his time and had great knowledge of the developments that were occurring throughout the world regarding anatomy and physiology. In 1897, Daniel David Palmer went on to begin the Palmer School of Chiropractic, which has continued to be one of the most prominent chiropractic colleges in the nation.
Throughout the twentieth century, doctors of chiropractic gained legal recognition in all fifty states. A continuing recognition and respect for the chiropractic profession in the United States has led to growing support for chiropractic care all over the world. The research that has emerged from ” around the world” has yielded incredibly influential results, which have changed, shaped and molded perceptions of chiropractic care. The report, Chiropractic in New Zealand published in 1979 strongly supported the efficacy of chiropractic care and elicited medical cooperation in conjunction with chiropractic care. The 1993 Manga study published in Canada investigated the cost effectiveness of chiropractic care. The results of this study concluded that chiropractic care would save hundreds of millions of dollars annually with regard to work disability payments and direct health care costs.
Doctors of chiropractic have become pioneers in the field of non-invasive care promoting science-based approaches to a variety of ailments. A continuing dedication to chiropractic research could lead to even more discoveries in preventing and combating maladies in future years.
As a profession, the primary belief is in natural and conservative methods of health care. Doctors of chiropractic have a deep respect for the human body’s ability to heal itself without the use of surgery or medication. These doctors devote careful attention to the biomechanics, structure and function of the spine, its effects on the musculoskeletal and neurological systems, and the role played by the proper function of these systems in the preservation and restoration of health. A Doctor of chiropractic is one who is involved in the treatment and prevention of disease, as well as the promotion of public health, and a wellness approach to patient healthcare.