Chiropractic from Birth!

The birth process is pretty stressful for the newborn and the mom. The most normal vaginal birth method is to rotate the newborns head 180 degrees to the right and the left as they pull the baby from the pelvis. This can cause a lot of strain on their first vertebrae (atlas) during the birth process. Especially if any further methods such as forcepts, vacuum or C-section are performed.

The atlas (C1) provides protection around the brainstem and upper nervous system. It is critical that there is no misalignment causing pressure in this area of their spine. Many times symptoms such as difficulty getting the infant to breast feed on either side, colic, ear infections, hard or few bowel movements, spitting up, difficulty sleeping or even sickness are a result of subluxation (nerve pressure) at their C1 vertebrae.

It takes a tiny, gentle and specific adjustment to correct the alignment in their spine and allow them to heal. Infants’ bodies are remarkable and so pure that they respond immediately. Innate intelligence is what created them.  Chiropractic alllows that innate intelligence to continue to flow helping them develop into healthy, vibrant children without unnecessary drugs and side effects.

What an incredible start for a new life to be expressed fully! This is where true prevention happens.

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Can Chiropractic Cause Stroke?

This has been a huge debate for several years. A patient recently told me that a local company was informing their employees of the risk of stroke and Chiropractic so (of course) the company is no longer going to cover Chiropractic care in their insurance plans…. In my opinion it’s another low and dirty way to get out of covering alternative health care that has helped millions of people.

But let’s talk about the facts and get it all out there.

First of all, every study or case regarding stroke and Chiropractic are with manual manipulation ONLY.  The safest technique with no record of contraindications to adjusting a patient with vascular disease is an Activator Certified physician. You know, like us:)

As they say bad news spreads faster than good news.

An example of a recent case is a woman in New York who had seen a Chiropractor for 20 years getting great care for headaches. She then began seeing a different Chiropractor who on her first visit “twisted her neck to the right then to the left”. She was extremely sore following each visit and after the 3rd visit with the same manipulation each time, the doctor even performed this twisting TWICE on the same visit because he didn’t hear a pop, she began suffering speech and motor issues. She had a stroke as a result of a torn artery in her neck.

It is unfortunate and disheartning that there are ANY even if it is few cases such as hers. However, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and as Chiropractors we need to know when someone is at risk and care for them accordingly. What people don’t talk about is all the great doctors out there that find early stages of arterial insufficiencies in patients which help prevent them from having strokes or other problems in the future.

Despite websites and articles stating cases against Chiropractic manipulation I think the fact that Chiropractors have the lowest Malpractic Insurance of all medical doctors says it all. Even a major Malpractic Insurance Company, NCMIC stated in the recently published “Current Concepts: Spinal Manipulation and Cervical Arterial Incidents 2005” concludes in it’s Executive Summary: “Unfortunately, opinion rather than fact has tended to dominate discussions regarding CVAs and chiropractic, even though there has been no definitive evidence that chiropractic adjustments (actually) cause strokes. The good news is that this monograph notes that a causative relationship between chiropractic manipulation and stroke is unlikely. There is an associative relationship between the two because people may go to chiropractors for relief of stroke-related symptoms”.

Even in Canada they did a 10 year study of 4500 Chiropractors and found “The likelihood that a chiropractor will be made aware of an arterial dissection following cervical manipulation is approximately 1:8.06 million office visits, 1:5.85 million cervical manipulations, 1:1430 chiropractic practice years and 1:48 chiropractic practice careers. This is significantly less than the estimates of 1:500,000–1 million cervical manipulations calculated from surveys of neurologists”.

Those are staggeringly low numbers which still seem to get hype considering iatrogenic disease (death caused by a doctor, hospital, misdiagnosis or medication) is now the #2 leading cause of death in the U.S. as of 2010!

I am still amazed that only a handful of cases in the last 30 years relating Chiropractic and stroke can still get so much media. Especially when there are millions who have been able to walk, get off medications, go back to work and even live because of their Chiropractic care!

There are dangers if you have arterial disease or deficiency. Actually any disturbance to the vertebral arteries such as turning too quickly, laying your head over a wash basin and a car collision have all been proven to increase your risk of a stroke. So, choose your Doctor wisely. Not all Chiropractors are gentle and specific with their adjustments, just as their are bad surgeons, dentists and MD’s. Ask questions, check out their certifications and even watch an adjustment in their office.

I encourage you to spread the good news about your results and Chiropractic! We need to take the lead in inspiring others not scaring them. Fear is a useful tool that insurance and pharmaceutical companies use to keep people on their medications.

Our body is resilient and it has the power to heal!

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Is Your Cell Phone Hurting You?

This is a big topic and new information has been released.

They can now prove that cellphones cause an increase in brain activity due to radiation in the area closest to the phone even when using for less than one hour. Obviously when you can see stimulation in the brain repeatedly, as many of us talk on our phones several times per day, this can lead to damaging consequences. There is no direct link yet to cancer but anytime you prove our bodies are reacting to radiation then there are cells being affected. I know we aren’t all going to immediately get rid of our cell phones but there are some smart things we can do to limit their harmful affect.

1. Use headphones/ear buds when on the phone for more than 10 min.

2. Switch ears when talking on the phone (stimulating different areas)

3. Don’t use the phone if your signal is weak.

4. Keep your phone at least 5 feet away from you while your sleeping.

5. Limit use if under the age of 20. Brain tissue isn’t fully developed and more susceptible to the radiation emitted.

Please check out the Dr. Oz show where he features this controversial topic!

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Who is Advanced Wellness Center?

This week we celebrate our 8th anniversary, so I think it’s only fitting to write about us! Eight years has gone in a flash but I see so many faces when I think of those great years so far.

When we first opened our office, starting from scratch, we knew we were different. We went around to many local practices and found everyone to be so beat-up by the system and negative. Chiropractors and MD’s constantly complaining about insurance, their patients, their hours and how people just won’t follow their recommendations. We decided it didn’t have to be this way. Granted, we knew we were a little green but we also knew there are too many amazing people in this area who need and want great leaders in health care. Eight years later our office is proof of that idea. It’s been a journey and took several steps to get us to this point.

Our technique: Becoming advanced proficiency certified in the Activator technique was our first step towards our goal. The technique allows us to care for infants, athletes, pregnant moms and older patients easier because of the gentle adjustment. Also the analysis and specificity was important to us in helping people reach their health goals.

Secondly, we knew we wanted to be great educators. People can’t make better choices without knowing how and why. So we joined a great group of Chiropractors who had a vision to change the health of our world. They gave us the tools to communicate our knowledge to you so we can all work together to create change. Chiropractic had been seen as just “back pain relief” for so many years. Chiropractors knew the true secret was taking care of your spine and nervous system over the course of your life that made the difference but they were too scared to tell their patients. Many were afraid they wouldn’t get paid by insurance anymore. Well guess what, that happened anyways and people still needed our help. We have to take a stand for what we know is the truth. So we that’s what we have been doing ever since.

Now, we are constantly inspired by all of you. We have the best practice I know because of you:) You push us to constantly learn more, do more and take Chiropractic to the next level. Just like this blog. Some of you wanted more information so here we are, and I love it!

Just remember that our bodies and minds are powerful and amazing. We all have innate intelligence which guides our lives and allows us to be healthy, inspired, unique human beings. Our passion for Chiropractic comes from seeing how it works in your lives everyday. Removing interference in the mind-body connection truly allows your innate to create the life you invision. Just as we created a wellness practice, not managed by insurance companies or the system, you can create your dream. Even when you’ve been told it’s impossible.

Thank you all for making our dream come true and we look forward to growing our vision in the years to come.

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Fluoride is a Silent Killer!

Despite those sparkly white teeth commercials, fluoride is actually hurting us! Americans have the highest levels of fluoride and we are feeling the effects. Fluoride is flat out bad for us. Research and information regarding the harmful effects of fluoride have been out for 50 years yet we still keep getting it.

Fluoride is used as an insecticide and a roach killer. Even at the level they use to fluoridate your public water supply, usually at the rate of about 1 part fluoride for every million parts of water (1 ppm) by weight, it causes severe problems. As little as one-tenth of an ounce of fluoride will cause death. It is more poisonous than lead and just slightly less poisonous than arsenic. No one will die from drinking one glass of fluoridated water, but it is the long term chronic effects of drinking fluoridated water that affects health. You know like getting it in our water, soil and toothpaste over our entire lifetime.

The yucky truth is fluoride is an industrial waste product, a by-product of the aluminum industry and the phosphate fertilizer companies who have mountains of fluoride that is polluting the ground water. They have to get rid of it, and the old solution to pollution is dilution – just put it in the drinking water. Lovely right?

Now for toothpaste, unless it says on the package does not contain fluoride, you are using fluoridated toothpaste. Fluoridated toothpaste contains 1,000 ppm fluoride. There is enough fluoride at 1,000 to 1,500 parts per million to kill a small child if they consume the entire tube. And “they” makes us believe our kids need fluoride for healthy teeth! Money.

The funny but not so funny part is it actually damages our teeth over time. Dental fluorosis is one of the earlier signs of fluoride poisoning, appearing in mild cases as a chalky area on the tooth, and in more advanced cases, teeth become yellow brown or black and the tips break off. Just the look your going for, right?

Fluoride not only can affect a slew of chronic diseases such as eczema, allergies, birth defects, kidney disease, diabetes and hypothyroidism but it even affects the DNA repair mechanism. It actually gets into the cell and causes the DNA to destabilize which causes uncontrolled cell growth. That’s right, according to the Consumer Health Organization of Canada “A few minor modifications will give you first a tumour, and secondly an invasive tumour or cancer. So fluoride has the ability to actually cause the cancer. We have a marvelous system of repair and rejuvenation. Even if we go out in the sun, even if we have a lesion by fluoride itself, we have what is called a DNA repair enzyme system. So any lesion caused by the sun or ultra-violet light will be repaired.”  They also add “The unfortunate thing is that one part per million fluoride, the amount of fluoride that they use in the public water system, depresses the DNA repair system by 50%. So they have attacked us on the first defense of damage to our genetic material. Since people can get cancer from so many different causes, fluoride is just increasing our chances of getting cancer.”

So what’s the answer?

*Start by cleaning out your old toothpaste and replace it with “Fluoride free” toothpastes. We use “Jason’s” and love it. Becareful because many of them say “natural toothpaste” but still contain fluoride, like Toms for example.

*Secondly, buy reverse-osmosis filtered water.

*Lastly, you can buy inexpensive filters that screw onto your faucets for showers and baths so your not absorbing so much into the skin as well.

These few changes can at least help limit the massive amounts of fluoride we are getting from several sources and allow our body’s to heal and repair the way they are designed.  

Oh and by the way, I haven’t had a new cavity since we stopped using fluoride 10 years ago:)

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Dr. Oz loves Chiropractic!

Yay for Chiropractic! I was excited to see an informative, positive explanation and demonstration of Chiropractic on the Dr. Oz show. Obviously Dr. Oz has a great Chiropractor who had educated him well. He later in the show shares that he strongly recommends Chiropractic care for wellness and prevention. I know this is great for Chiropractic as many people need to hear it from an MD and especially Dr. Oz who has such an amazing platform of notability. I am also so proud of the Doctor who demonstrated the adjustment on the show (even though Activator is better:). He gave a wonderful but short and to the point explanation of nerve interference. I was surprised at how little the Chiropractor really had to say because Dr. Oz explained it pretty extensively! So now if your friends ask about Chiropractic you can also say Oprah and Dr. Oz love it!! Watch a clip of the show here and send it to your friends!


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For any of you who have infants, are going to have children or know anyone pregnant please read this and share the information. This is affecting our next generation!

I know we have all heard the controversy over the recent years of the link between the astronomically growing rate of autism with the chemicals in vaccines. The reason for the controversy have been that no one has been able to “prove” the link… until now. Many of us know about the harmful toxins in vaccines such as mercury, thimerosal, aluminum and the effect they are having on generations of health creating more alzheimer’s, cancers, attention disorders, depression, infertility, fibromyalgia and many other health issues. But what many of us didn’t know that pharmaseutical companies have been using human tissue in 23 different vaccines with scary consequences. 

Former drug company scientist Helen Ratajczak recently created a firestorm of debate from all sides of the vaccine-autism issue when she published her comprehensive review of autism research. This is a massively important study, for more than one reason. One element brought to light that has managed to stay well below the radar is the use of aborted embryonic cells in vaccine production.

Her 79-page review contains one detail that could easily go unnoticed—five words that reveal one of the most shocking secrets Big Pharma has ever kept from you.

“…Grown in human fetal tissue.”
The line reads (page 70):
“An additional increased spike in incidence of autism occurred in 1995 when the chicken pox vaccine was grown in human fetal tissue.”
(You didn’t see that on the consent form you may have signed. )
CBS News recently reported:
“Ratajczak reports that about the same time vaccine makers took most thimerosal out of most vaccines (with the exception of flu shots which still widely contain thimerosal), they began making some vaccines using human tissue.
Ratajczak says human tissue is currently used in 23 vaccines. She discusses the increase in autism incidences corresponding with the introduction of human DNA to MMR vaccine, and suggests the two could be linked.”
Also, we have information at our office to help you:
*make educated choices on whether vaccinating is right for your child
*if you chose to vaccinate, how to do it safely
*if you chose not to vaccinate, how to navigate school/daycare requirements
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Is it safe to “crack” your back?

One of the most common questions new patients ask us is “is it okay if I want to crack my back?”. It’s important to know that if you or someone you know always feels the need to crack their back this is the first sign that something is wrong. When a joint loses it’s normal alignment and range of motion then gases (toxins) build up in the joint until you feel the need to release it. That’s the cracking noise you hear, it’s actually gases being released from the joint! So yes, you have gas:)

When you twist your back or pull your neck until you hear the crack that is when your doing damage! If the spine or joint is out of alignment and you continue to “crack” it on your own, you are only stretching those ligaments further making it hypermobile and unable to hold the proper alignment. Each time you “crack” that joint is actually wears and ages it at a faster rate causing degeneration.

It’s funny because one of the first things patients notice once they begin getting adjusted is their need to crack their own backs is gone. Once your spine is in good alignment getting good range of motion, the sensation goes away! So every time you see that person in the movie theater pull his head over and crack his neck please hand him/her our card and tell them their spine is telling them to get it corrected before it causes them bigger problems!

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Roll Down Your Windows!

I know it’s July and it’s very hot outside. So we immediately get in our car, turn on our A/C full blast with our windows rolled up to not let the air conditioning out. Bad idea!

Did you ever read those manuals that come in your glove box? Me either, but apparently they know something we should! The manuals say to roll down your windows before turning on your A/C to allow the hot air in the car escape. Well there is a VERY good reason!

So here is the nasty news: According to research the car dashboard and seats emit Benzene, a cancer causing toxin (that’s the smell on carcinogen you smell when your car is hot). Benzene poisons your bones causing anemia and reduces white blood cells. Prolonged exposure will cause Leukemia, increase the risk of cancer and miscarriage.

A car parked indoors with the windows closed will contain 400-800 mg of Benzene. If your parked outdoors under the sun at a temperature above 60 degrees F, the Benzene level goes up to 2000-4000 mg! That’s 40 times the acceptable level, and let’s face it we know our cars are hotter than 60 degrees right now.

The good news is there is an easy solution. Just ROLL YOUR WINDOWS DOWN before blasting that A/C in your toasty, hot car. It only takes 2-3 minutes to release the toxins from the vehicle instead of inhaling them into your lungs!

Share this info with your friends. The more we know, the more we are responsible for helping educate the world.

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What’s in Your Grocery Bag?

Did you know our produce and grain are becoming “Frankenfood“? Companies are finding ways to turn our food into chemical factories. When food is genetically engineered they can take single genes or combinations of genes from anywhere in the plant or animal kingdom, so we have insects or viruses being inserted into plants. Now it’s gone even farther, they are creating new genes and combinations causing massive collateral damage throughout the plants DNA. Major health consequences are appearing in the animals and the humans eating these foods. 

Here are a few examples of currently commericialized GM (genetically modified) crops in the U.S. :

Soy (91%); canola (88%); corn (85%); sugar beets (90%).

Other Sources of GMOs you could be ingesting:

  • Dariy products from cows are injected with GM hormone rBGH
  • Food additives, enzymes, flavorings and processing agents like aspartame are used to make hard cheeses
  • Meat, eggs and dairy products from animals that have eaten GM feed
  • Honey and bee pollen may have GM sources of pollen

    It takes the flight of just one bird to begin spreading GMO seed to a non-GMO crop.

So then you start to realized any foods that contain any of these products will of coarse be genetically modified but the scarey thing is they don’t have to tell us this! That’s right other countries like the European Union, Japan, Australia and many more all have labeling requirements unlike the U.S. and Canada. In other countries, consumers have rejected the GMO food companies. You can see how hard these companies are working to keep us in the dark about our food in the latest WikiLeaks. (*see the link below)

We must take responsibility for our own food choices but we must also take action. This is not only effecting our generation but more importantly will cause disasterous consequences in the health of our children and grandchildren.

So you ask, what do we do?

  1. Buy Certified Organic (as often as you can)
  2. Look for verified non-GMO labels
  3. Download and consult the Shopping Guide
  4. Join the Non-GMO Tipping Point at

You can read more on the Wikileaks document at

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