Archive for March, 2012

Eat Your Spinach

Eat your spinach!

Spinach is a known for its health benefits. There are several studies that show that it assist the body in staving off osteoporosis cognitive decline and cardiovascular disease.
Two studies show its benefit in both men and women.The first demonstrated that ingestion of leafy green vegetables might have the potential to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. They came to this conclusion because they cultured or grew prostate cancer cells and added various ingredients of some common carotinoids. Carotinoids are brightly colored yellow to red  vegetables and it is also found in green leafy vegetables. What they found is that with the addition of spinach the viability or the chance that the cancer cell would survive was drastically reduced almost eliminated. (, )

The second found that subjects eating carrots or spinach more than twice weekly compared with no intake was associated with an odds ratio of 0.56(95% confidence interval 0.34-0.91). Which means that those that ate carotinoids specifically carrots or spinach where half as likely to develop breast cancer. This type of study is less reliable in that people who eat fruits and vegetables regularly are typically more likely to do other things that promote health.

However the combined results indicate that adding green leafy vegetables regularly to your diet will have a positive effect on your overall health.


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Family Matters

Parenting for Success

Family Matters is a collaboration of local area business that have a deep commitment to the community and its health and development. Aqua-Tots Eaton Chiropractic Gymnastic Academy of Atlanta KidtoKid Primrose School of Kennesaw North The School Box.


April 24th 201 

Seminar Series

Fundamental Principals of Successful Parenting            

Featuring Professional Parent Coach and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Marian Andres – Fountain Gate Counseling Center

Seasons of Parenting- Parents will learn to identify the different seasons of parenting and the parenting responsibilities that go with each season.

Parent-Centered Homes- Parents will learn to set up their homes in ways that optimize parenting success.

Leadership Parenting- Parents will learn to present themselves most effectively as they parent.

Parents of Misbehaving Children- Parents will focus on why children misbehave and learn effective ways to respond to misbehavior.

Parenting Children of Character- Parents will learn practical ways to instill character  in their children.

Parenting Everyday Issues- Practical guidance for modern-day parenting conflicts.


“Our approach to parenting and discipline completely changed after attending these seminars.  We are a much stronger family unit now and our children have a new level of respect for us that was not there before.” 

Candice-mother of a four and eight-year old


“Absolutely wonderful series! Each seminar provided me with ‘new tools for my toolbox’ that have been effective in helping me to be a better parent and spouse.

Mark-father of a teen and seven-year old. 

“An unbelievable value for the money.  We need more events like this in our community.  There’s not a parent out there who wouldn’t benefit from attending these seminars.

Meghan-mother of a three-year old

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Chiropractic Adjustments May Lower High Blood Pressure

Chiropractic Adjustments May Lower Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (hypertension) is a major risk factor for disorders such as cardiovascular disease diabetes and dementia. New research shows that chiropractic a non-invasive manual procedure May be effective in reducing blood pressure.

A recent study in the Journal of Human Hypertension reveals that chiropractic adjustments May lower blood pressure. The experiment was conducted with 50 participants all with stage 1 hypertension who were not currently taking medication. The group was made up of 70 percent men and 30 percent women.  Half the subjects underwent chiropractic care and received adjustments designed to correct vertebral subluxations or misalignments of the spine that are believed to cause insult to the nervous system. The group was adjusted as indicated by chiropractic protocols over a period of 8 weeks. A control group received a -->serif;">’-->serif;">“sham-->serif;">’-->serif;">” procedure.

Vertebral subluxations are areas in the spine where movement is restricted or bones (vertebrae) are misaligned. This common condition is triggered by physical chemical and emotional factors. Vertebral subluxations are corrected utilizing gentle and safe manual maneuvers.

In the study those undergoing chiropractic care for vertebral subluxations enjoyed significant drops in both systolic blood pressure (first or upper number) as well as diastolic blood pressure (second or lower number).

At the end of the eight week study systolic BP decreased by an average of 17 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) for those receiving chiropractic care compared with 3 mm Hg for those who received the sham procedure. Diastolic BP dropped an average of 10 mm Hg among chiropractic patients compared with 2 mm Hg in control group. No adverse effects were detected among the study participants.

The authors speculate that subluxation of the upper cervical spine causes abnormal tension of the brain stem reducing blood flow and causing dysfunction of the cardiovascular neural control mechanisms.

The studys authors concluded: Restoration of atlas alignment is associated with marked and sustained reductions in BP similar to the use of two-drug combination therapy. This suggest that chiropractic care May prove to be an effective alternative to standard medication for hypertension (J Hum Hypertens 25:2007;Epub).

Past studies investigating the effects of chiropractic on hypertension achieved similar results although with smaller patient groups. One of these divided 30 participants with upper cervical (neck) subluxation into two groups. One received adjustments the other rested and did not receive adjustments. BP was compared before and after for both groups. The adjustment group experienced a significant change in BP; the rest group did not change significantly (J Manip Physiol Ther 2001;24:101-9).

Another study found that 6 out of 8 patients studied experienced significant drops in BP following chiropractic adjustments (J of Chiro Res and Invest 199;8).

A study of 75 students at Palmer College of Chiropractic who were found by chiropractic examination to have upper cervical subluxation found that blood pressure 5 minutes after an adjustment was significantly lower than prior to the adjustment (J Manip Physiol Ther 1988;11:261-6).

A review study suggested that the chiropractor is particularly suited to effectively manage patients with high blood pressure stating that hypertension :May be regarded as a prime condition warranting specialized care that included proper education during the formative years modification of dietary habits in conjunction with daily exercise regiments and regular spinal maintenance all of which are covered by modern chiropractic clinical practice. (J Manip Physiol Ther 1986;9:27-3)

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The Posture of Stress

Stress Posture

So in the last post I asked the question What would happen if every time we someone touched us on the shoulder we thought we where under attack? The answer is that you would not be fun to be around and we would call you stressed out! The reason becomes clearer as we look at the symptoms of stress.

stress posture

Think about a time when you where totally relaxed and try to visualize your posture at that moment. You where most likely extended meaning that your shoulders where back your head back and your trunk extended. Compare that to a time when you thought you where stressed and your shoulders rounded forward your head forward and a flex in your hips. This is natural for when we are in the sympathetic mode we flex and in the relaxed mode we extend. Have you ever noticed a worm curl up when it thinks it is threatened? Does it curl backwards or does it curl forward like the image in the picture. It curls forward because flexing is the natural stress response.

How to reduce the stress effect?

Manage your physiology

The first most powerful thing we all can do to reduce stress is to breathe. It May seem simple but our breath rate actually tells our brain how much oxygen to expect and that information alters hormones and other neurotransmitters that influence and dictate the function or other major organs like the thyroid and adrenals. By simply controlling the rate of breathing we can change our response to stress.

The next time you are in a room observe people as they walk in and out. Look for signs that someone is having a good day and some that indicate that they are not. It will become clear to you that our bodies or our physiology reflect whats happening with our thinking. The rounded shoulders head down tight facial muscles are signs that stress is not being handle well in that moment. When you find yourself in that physiology stand tall breathe deeply and change the focus in your mind. Without any effort you will be affecting the two of the three causes of subluxation and reducing the stress to your spine and nervous system and therefore the decay that comes with it.

Manage your thoughts or perception

The second way is to change how we think of what is causing our stress. There are several way for us to do this. Much of it depends on the type of stress we are experiencing. So let me give you one example of how to reduce stress using thought. Lets say that there is a big test coming up one that will impact your future with a company or a school or with your personal goals. You have done all you could to prepare for the test yet there is anxiety over taking the test. How do you think your body would respond if instead of focusing on taking the test you shifted your focus to what you were going to do after the test? This simple activity now puts your mind to something you are looking forward to and the test now becomes something that you want to do in order to get to that thing. The first time I tried this I did not expect much. I had to attend a two day meeting and was not looking forward to being away from my family. It was stressful to me. So I came up with some activities that I wanted to do when I returned and now instead of the stress of leaving for two days I was more focused on the fact that something fun was just around the corner. The side effect was that I enjoyed the meeting more than if I had stayed in that non-productive mind set. There are many ways to apply this simple idea. Find what works for you!



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Chiropractic for Kids

Do you think that chiropractic spinal adjustments are just for grown-ups? Think again! Children of all ages also benefit from a fine tuned nervous system.

More parents are choosing chiropractic for their kids!

All over the world parents are understanding that conservative care early in life reaps huge benefits later and that the overuse of drugs to treat minor illnesses and developmental conditions are causing unintended consequences for our children as they grow older. Some of the drugs that parents are taking and in some cases have taken before conceiving their children have had physical effects on the developing fetus. So it is no surprise that informed parents are seeking alternatives to the current healthcare model which is really sick care because the doctors have little interest in caring for someone who is not complaining of anything.

The current numbers show that in Canada half of the children in one study (Can J Nerurol Sci 2005;3:524) used alternative health care and the one they chose the  most was chiropractic. They learned about chiropractic by learning about other families successes and about 60 percent described improved quality of life for their kids. Now ask yourself if you could improve the quality of life of child that you know would you do it? A larger study out of Australia (J Paediatr Child Health 2005;41:424-7) showed similar results as the Canadian one with 51 percent of children using alternative care and chiropractic being the most used.

Low-Back pain in kids.

Really? Kids get low back pain too. One study (J Manipulative Physol Ther 200;26:1-8) reported that 24 percent of kids experienced low-back pain for more than three months! In the same study just under half of the kids started to report low-back pain after a traumatic event mostly a sport related event. That means that about half of them reported low-back pain without any trauma this often gets the diagnosis of growing pains which is actually a statement that the medical model has no treatment for kids with pain. Chiropractors see these symptoms as signals from your body and its innate intelligence that something could be wrong and seek to find the cause. The study goes on to point out that of all the kids included in this study a total of 61 percent reported low-back pain so if you have two children there is a chance that one will report low-back pain to you. The question is what will your response be?

Predictors of Low-Back Pain in Kids.

Besides the obvious playing sports that demand so much from growing kids like baseball gymnastics tennis and football research shows that the greatest predictor of low-back pain in kids was sitting for long periods in a poorly designed chair. Can you think of a situation that might put your child in this situation? The study (J Manipulative Physiol Ther 200;26:1-8) goes on to explain that overloaded backpacks and school bags provoke reports of low-back pain.

ADHD – Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

The drugs that are used to treat this condition are loaded with side-effects and there are suggestions that these stimulants increase the risk of drug abuse and leave the child with a greater susceptibility to the addictive power of cocaine. Well you might be surprised to learn that chiropractic research (J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1989;1:35-6) demonstrated impressive evidence that the majority of the children in this study did in fact improve under specific chiropractic care. This study shows that chiropractic has the potential to be a non-drug intervention or choice for parents concerned about the risks associated with a pharmaceutical approach.

Ear Aches

Any parent that has had a child diagnosed with otitis media or an ear infection knows just how disruptive this condition can be. The child May have crying spells interrupted sleep and overall discomfort. The treatment ranges from wait and see to tubes inserted in the kids ear. Chiropractic has been helping kids in this situation for years and now there is some scientific evidence that supports this claim. This study (J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1996;19:169-177) took 46 children 5 years or younger with ear infections. They all were seen by the same office they each were seen three times the first week and twice the second and then once per week until improved.

The results are amazing! 9 percent of the episodes improved by 75 percent in 10 days or fewer and by 4 percent after only one or two sessions! The parents reported no fever or signs of ear pain or symptoms.

Putting all together

All this proof that chiropractic helps with conditions that children face as they grow is wonderful for parents concerned about giving medication to their children needlessly. It is also encouraging to those who have or know of a family struggling with the decision to have tubes inserted in the kids ear. While chiropractors do not claim to treat any condition other than that of vertebral subluxation complex your chiropractor can find the cause of your childs problem in most cases and improve the quality of life for the entire family.

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