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End Allergies and Asthma! April’s Body Signals Topic

2016 April 5
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April's BSW Office FlyerAlthough the extent of people’s allergies (as well their sources) span a wide spectrum, anyone who spends whole months blowing through Kleenexes can likely benefit from a few adjustments – especially those new to the PB.

First, what to avoid… One of the best strategies to alleviate those miserable symptoms is to steer clear of alcohol and other histamine containing foods. As far as alcohol goes, wine (both red and white) seem to be the worst instigators. Sulfites are part of the issue with these drinks, but histamines that result during the fermentation process also wreak havoc. If you have allergy issues, consider avoiding other foods subject to aging and fermentation like aged cheese, pickles, and sauerkraut. And as for yeast, it’s one more reason to ditch bread. Grapes and ciders can be culprits as well.

Also, if you know the source of your particular allergy, you can further pinpoint foods that tend to trigger what’s called “oral allergy syndrome,” a reaction to allergen-related foods that affects primarily the lips and mouth. Check out the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia information on cross-reactive foods for those with seasonal allergies.

As for what to eat, think anti-inflammatory. It just so happens that the PB delivers just that. Research supports the particular benefits of fresh produce, fish and nuts for reducing both the symptoms of existing allergies as well as the development of allergies later in life. Research on the pregnancy and childhood diets of Spanish children found that a higher intake of certain vegetables (like tomatoes and eggplant) and fish offered protective benefit from allergies and asthma. Another study with Greek children linked high intake of nuts, fruits and vegetables with a lower risk for respiratory allergy. The EPA and DHA in fish and fish oils has been shown to be among the best preventative options for allergic disorders.

Want more? Tea, particularly green or white, offers a big flavonoid boost that reduces inflammation and supports general immune function. For raw dairy enthusiasts out there, farm milk consumption was shown to provide similar protective advantage against allergy and asthma whether or not the children drinking it lived on the farm or not.

Although antioxidants and flavonoids in general offer therapeutic benefit, certain nutrients like vitamin C and quercetin are potent natural antihistamines. An extra dose of magnesium can help alleviate wheezing symptoms. Some folks report success with spirulina as well. As for herbal remedies, butterbur shows good promise, but isn’t for women who are pregnant or nursing.

Another recommendation? Buy some wild – and local – honey. Because bees pick up the pollen of their environment, the resulting honey can offer something of a therapeutic dose for gradual desensitization – much like an allergy shot. It’s important to start small (1/4 teaspoon daily – max) and work your way up to gradually build tolerance.

Last, my own nearly debilitating seasonal allergies literally disappeared when I got rid of grains (and cut the chronic cardio). It may have been related to the autoimmune connection between anti-nutrients/leaky-gut and hypersensitivity to proteins in grass seeds and pollen (grains are grass seeds). Many MDA readers report a dramatic reduction in hay fever or allergy symptoms when cutting grains.

 

Read more: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/seasonal-allergies-treatment/#ixzz2PXcnHrGt

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Low Back Pain: Who’s YOUR Chiropractor?

2016 March 10
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When your back hurts, where do you go for help?

Most people head to their medical doctor, who prescribes painkillers or recommends surgery. But painkillers are dangerous – often addictive – and surgery is unable to fix the true problem.  So you might be in less pain, but you won’t be better.

A study published last year in PubMed* compared outcomes, patient satisfaction, and cost between patients who went to their medical doctor first and patients who took their back pain straight to the chiropractor. Their results matched the experience of patients in our office.

Amy was diagnosed with “severe lumbar strain” at the ER. The medical doctors had no idea how to help her, except to fuse her lumbar vertebrae. She had extreme low back pain, and seriously decreased function.

Nancy was experiencing excruciating pain in her lower back and down her legs. She could barely walk, and was so bent over she looked like a candy cane. She had to take action, but didn’t want surgery.

Alice’s case started with low back pain, and the beginnings of sciatica. In a few months, she was flat on her back in debilitating pain. She knew she needed to do something!

In 2004, Amy began chiropractic care. Within six months, she was able to participate fully in all her favorite activities, enjoying rock climbing, running, skiing, and biking with minimal back pain. Her experience was so rewarding that she changed careers and became a chiropractor!

Nancy’s sister brought her to our office, and she began treatment. Nancy came in for her regular adjustments, iced, and walked after each adjustment. Her hips leveled, and the pain receded. She straightened up, and can now walk normally.

After her first adjustment with Dr. Camilla, Alice experienced immediate relief. Over time, her pain completely disappeared, and she was able to work out, garden, sleep, and live pain free. Not only that, she felt truly cared for and listened to. She learned about how to take care of her body, and is much healthier all around than before.

Guess what the study found? Those patients who visited a chiropractor were significantly more satisfied with their results and care than those who didn’t. And it cost them significantly less!

Who do YOU know who struggles with low back pain and doesn’t know where to turn?

 

Chiropractic works.

 

 

*http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2628826

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March’s Body Signals Topic -Lower Back Pain

2016 March 7
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Management of a chronic lumbar diskherniation with chiropractic biophysicsmethods after failedchiropractic manipulative intervention.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To discuss the use of chiropractic biophysics methods in the treatment and rehabilitation of a patient with a chronic disk herniation at the L5-S1 disk, retrolisthesis of L5, and a reducedlumbar lordosis.

CLINICAL FEATURES:

A 23-year-old woman suffered from chronic unremitting symptoms of lower back pain and left-leg pain. She was treated five years prior, without relief. Diagnosis at that time was low-back pain and lumbar subluxation. Approximately 3 years later, she was evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon. Magnetic resonance imaging showed a moderate posterior disk protrusion at L5-S1 with degeneration.

INTERVENTION AND OUTCOME:

Chiropractic treatment of this patient consisted of mirror-image chiropractic adjustments, 3-point bending lumbar extension traction, and postural exercises. The patient responded well with a complete resolution of her symptoms and a restoration of her lumbar lordosis.

CONCLUSION:

This article suggests that successful management of chronic low-back pain symptoms may require a close analysis of a patient’s postural deviations and sagittal plane curves. This study suggests that it is possible to restore lumbar lordosis in some cases and this may have an unforeseen benefit to the patient. Further study is warranted into the treatment of chronic low-back pain with chiropractic biophysics methods.

SOURCE: http://circleofdocs.com/caring-for-chronic-low-back-pain-and-leg-pain-with-chiropractic-biophysics/

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Adjustments and your Immune System

2016 February 16
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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.

 

source: http://www.godiscoverhealth.com/immune-system/

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Why Germs are Actually Good For Your Immune System!

2016 February 11
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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.

 

 

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Adjustments and your Immune System

2016 February 1
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CAN WE JUST SKIP THE FLU SEASON THIS YEAR__

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.

 

source: http://www.godiscoverhealth.com/immune-system/

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Chiropractic for Chronic Fatigue

2016 January 25
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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

Source: http://www.atlaschiropracticphoenix.com/

 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!

 

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ENERGY! Workshop – Jan 27th @6:45

2016 January 7
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FB Post- Jan-Energy WS 2016Has 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.

Source: http://www.atlaschiropracticphoenix.com/

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Dr. Camilla’s Top 3 Tips That Women Need To Do In Order To Survive The Holidays!

2015 December 7
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2nd Annual Helping Hands – Glove & Mitten Drive

2015 December 3
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IMG_5119At 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.

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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!

 

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