Improvement in Chronic Hypertension Following a Single Upper Cervical Adjustment:


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Improvement in Chronic Hypertension Following a Single Upper Cervical Adjustment: A Case Report

Robert C Kessinger, DC & Carl Moe, DC

Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ January 19, 2015 ~ Pages 1-5


Objective:  To report a case presenting with chronic hypertension undergoing upper cervical chiropractic care.

Clinical Features: A 55-year-old male seeking chiropractic care with a 20-25 year history of hypertension. Various medication combinations have been used without success in maintaining normal blood pressure. Radiographs revealed an atlas misalignment anterior and superior with right laterality. History revealed a traumatic side blow cervical spine injury 25-30 years prior to chiropractic visit.

Intervention and Outcome: The patient received upper cervical specific chiropractic care over a seven month period. Thermography performed bilateral in the cervical spine via infra-red technology and leg length inequality were used to analyze progress on a daily visit basis. Radiographic analysis was utilized to determine the characteristics of the upper cervical misalignment present. An upper cervical adjustment was performed according to the KCUCS knee chest protocol. Through the course of 7 months care, the patient received one upper cervical adjustment and the blood pressure progressively lowered.

Conclusion: The findings presented in this case study suggest that an upper cervical chiropractic adjustment may benefit patients who have unresolved chronic hypertension.

Key Words: Atlas, Subluxation, Upper Cervical Spine, Hypertension, Upper Cervical Knee Chest Adjustment



Resolution of Chronic Cervicogenic Headaches in a 6 Year Old Male Following Care Directed at Vertebral Subluxations: A Case Report



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Resolution of Chronic Cervicogenic Headaches in a 6 Year Old Male Following Care Directed at Vertebral Subluxations: A Case Report

Ryan Olsen, DC  & Joel Alcantara, DC


Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic ~ Volume 2014 ~ Issue 4 ~ Pages 81-86



Objective:  To describe the chiropractic care of a child with chronic cervicogenic headaches.


Clinical Features: A 6-year-old male with chronic headaches of two years duration presented for chiropractic care. No organic cause was determined by extensive medical diagnostics. The medical care consisting of ibuprofen was ineffective.


Intervention and Outcome: The child was cared for with chiropractic characterized as high velocity, low amplitude thrust-type adjustments directed to the cervical spine. The patient attended care for a total of 10 visits over a 2 month period with resolution of the patient’s headache complaints.


Conclusion: This case report provides supporting evidence towards evidence-informed practice in the care of patients with cervicogenic headaches.


Key Words:Vertebral subluxation, cervicogenic headache, pediatrics, chiropractic, adjustment, spinal manipulation



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Resolution of Bilateral Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Following Subluxation Based Chiropractic Care:  A Case Study
Jonathan Murphy, BS, Rod Floyd, DC, Christopher Varnum, DC, Joel Alcantara, DC

Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ December 15, 2014 ~ Pages 206-210



Objective: To report on the successful care of an adult female with bilateral wrist pain along with numbness and tingling.


Clinical Features:  A 57-year-old Caucasian female presented with a chief complaint of bilateral hand pain and numbness of the first three digits that radiated towards her left arm. The hand pain was worse when sleeping and when performing repetitive motions. Ibuprofen, icing and rest mildly and temporarily alleviated her pain complaint. The patient’s numerical rating scale (NRS) for pain was 8/10 for both hands that affected her ability to use a mouse and keyboard and her ability to fall asleep or maintain her sleep.


Intervention and Outcome: The patient was cared for with a combination of Diversified Technique adjustments to sites of vertebral subluxations in the cervical spine along with adjunctive therapies that included soft-tissue manipulation, cold laser, icing and exercise to strengthen her wrist extensors. The patient’s presenting symptoms improved based on subjective reports and the use of the Upper Extremity Functionality Index.


Conclusion: This study adds to the evidence on the salutary effects of chiropractic care (i.e., chiropractic adjustments and adjunctive therapy) for patients with carpal tunnel syndrome.


Keywords: Chiropractic, carpal tunnel syndrome, subluxation, adjustment, manipulation 

A Dangerous Food Additive to Avoid

Andrew Weil, M.D.

Carrageenan is a common food additive that is extracted from a red seaweed, Chondrus crispus, which is popularly known as Irish moss. Carrageenan, which has no nutritional value, has been used as a thickener and emulsifier to improve the texture of ice cream, yogurt, cottage cheese, soy milk and other processed foods.

When I first wrote about carrageenan on this site 10 years ago, I reported that some animal studies had linked degraded forms of it (the type not used in food) to ulcerations and cancers of the gastrointestinal tract. But around that time, a prominent researcher in the field, Joanne K. Tobacman, M.D., now associate professor of clinical medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, conducted studies linking undegraded carrageenan – the type that is widely used in foods – with malignancies and other stomach problems. (Degraded and undegraded carrageenan differ by molecular weight with undegraded carrageenan having the higher weight.)

Over the years Dr. Tobacman has published 18 peer-reviewed studies that address the biological effects of carrageenan and is convinced that it is harmful to human health. In April 2012, she addressed the National Organic Standards Board on this issue and urged reconsideration of the use of carrageenan in organic foods.

In her presentation, Dr. Tobacman said that her research has shown that exposure to carrageenan causes inflammation and that when we consume processed foods containing it, we ingest enough to cause inflammation in our bodies. She explained that all forms of carrageenan are capable of causing inflammation. This is bad news. We know that chronic inflammation is a root cause of many serious diseases including heart disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, and cancer.

Dr. Tobacman also told the board that in the past, drug investigators actually used carrageenan to cause inflammation in tissues in order to test the anti-inflammatory properties of new drugs. And she reported further that when laboratory mice are exposed to low concentrations of carrageenan for 18 days, they develop “profound” glucose intolerance and impaired insulin action, both of which can lead to diabetes.

She maintains that both types of carrageenan are harmful and notes that “degraded carrageenan inevitably arises from higher molecular weight (food grade) carrageenan.” Research suggests that acid digestion, heating, bacterial action and mechanical processing can all accelerate degradation of food-grade carrageenan.

All told, I recommend avoiding regular consumption of foods containing carrageenan. This is especially important advice for persons with inflammatory bowel disease.



How to become diabetic


Dr. Davis
Wheat Belly Blog
Mon, 28 Apr 2014 08:18 CDT

It’s so easy, anyone can do it! 

“After a number of years of diabetes, think how much more you can contribute to the nation’s economic success when you need a heart catheterization, stents, or bypass surgery, carotid artery surgery, stents in your femoral arteries, hemodialysis, and foot amputations?”

Becoming diabetic and proudly having to finger stick your way to blood sugar control is patriotic, as it builds revenues for Big Pharma. What better way to support your country than to help successful industries grow larger, increase shareholder value, and increase the salary and perks for hard working executives? 

So if you want to join the growing ranks of people who are becoming diabetic, now the largest epidemic of chronic disease ever witnessed in the history of the world, here’s what you do: 

 Cut your fat intake – Because it leaves you unsatiated and hungry, you will be left with cravings and the loss of resolve to consume healthy foods, making those chips and cookies irresistible. Celebrate with Frito Lay and Oreos! 

 Consume high-glycemic index foods – By “high,” I mean any food with a greater than zero or single-digit glycemic index, such as grains and sugars. Also eat more “low-” and “moderate-” glycemic index foods, because they raise your blood sugar to high levels, too!

 Consume modern wheat – Because the gliadin protein yields opiate peptides that stimulate appetite and increase calorie intake by 400 calories per day, every day, making you want more to eat all throughout the day, paving the road to a wonderful and proud collection of visceral fat. 

– Listen to your doctor’s advice to not supplement vitamin D or supplement at low-dose and be content with a 25-hydroxy vitamin D level of 30 ng/ml, the level you would have with minimal sun exposure and no consumption of animal organs. Ignore the fact that healthy, young, sun-exposed people typically have 25-hydroxy vitamin D levels of 70, 80, or 90 ng/ml. And ask your doctor to take the less effective, non-human form of vitamin D available by prescription! 

– Give into the joint pain, lethargy, and depression caused by grains. This allows insulin resistance to gain a foothold, sending up blood sugars. And, anyway, think of all the TV you can catch up on not having to worry about exercising. 

– Eat processed foods made with grains and sugars, also filled with herbicides like glyphosate and imizamox, that causechanges in bowel flora. Cut back on those healthy Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria species and give equal time to E. Coli , maybe even Clostridium difficile! 

– Eat gluten-free foods made with cornstarch, tapioca starch, rice flour, and potato flour, since they have the highest glycemic indexes of all foods – there’s nothing higher! Your doctor will be shocked at how high your HbA1c can go just by following this simple strategy. Gluten-free foods might even earn you your very own insulin pump! 

You’ll know when you’ve succeeded when you have to shop for larger and larger pants and dress sizes and, best of all, your doctor feels good about himself because he is able to do his job and hand out more prescriptions to treat your high blood sugars, high blood pressure, joint pains, skin rashes, acid reflux, and high cholesterol. Maybe he will even have to put you on antidepressants! Think how much you will add to the bottom line of your friendly neighborhood pharmacy alone. 

You can find a number of roadmaps to accomplish this lifestyle. One way would be to not read nasty books like Wheat Belly that could actually harm the profit making potential of grains and drugs. Another way would be to just follow the advice of the American Diabetes Association and all their friendly supporters in the drug and processed food industry. 

After a number of years of diabetes, think how much more you can contribute to the nation’s economic success when you need a heart catheterization, stents, or bypass surgery, carotid artery surgery, stents in your femoral arteries, hemodialysis, and foot amputations? Your doctor is happy, high-fiving you for all the terrific fees you generate, the hospital adds your name to its mailing list to keep up-to-date on all its new services, while dietitians congratulate you on how well you adhere to their low-fat, grain-based advice. 

See how easy it is?

Vegan to carnivore: why those on a plant-based diet are turning over a new leaf

Well + Good NYC
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:33 CDT

For five years, Claire Murray was a vegetarian, confident in her belief that she needed fruit, veggies, and whole foods for nourishment – and nothing more. But 18 months ago, as she struggled with bad eczema and difficulty concentrating, the Aussie naturopath had to cop to a hard truth: meat-free living wasn’t working for her. 

“I was confused as to why I wasn’t a beaming, radiant goddess bursting with health,” says the 23-year-old. When she switched to a Paleo diet, Murray says, she felt her energy levels increase. 

She’s not alone. Whether you chalk it up to the popularity of the Paleo Diet and CrossFitor the availability of better, grass-fed meat choices, many wellness experts are noticing a major return-to-meat moment. 

“We’re in the early stages of a trend,” says nutritionist Dana James, MS, founder of Food Coach. She’s seen plenty of women who went plant-based to feel better in their bodies, but “as they tuned in two to three years later, they realized, ‘Maybe that was more than what I needed to let go.'” 

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Nutritionist Dana James is seeing more clients go back to meat, she says.

“Vegan with a side of Paleo” 

New Jersey-based physician’s assistant, Megan McGrane, 29, recently went from vegan to carnivore for health reasons, having grappled with autoimmune disorders for years. “I was like, ‘I’m in my twenties, and I feel crummy every daywhen I wake up,'” McGrane says. 

After seeing integrative guru Frank Lipman, MD, and completing his two-week cleanse (which allows certain types of organic, free-range animal protein), McGrane made the switch, full-time, to what she calls “vegan with a side of Paleo” – Bulletproof coffee in the morning, a huge salad with chicken for lunch, and a small serving of high-quality animal protein with a sweet potato or roasted root vegetables for dinner. She feels great, though the change has been a bit of a culture clash. 

“I’m a big yoga person,” McGrane says. “The stereotype of Paleo is Crossfit. It’s kind of a funny mix when you’re sitting in the yoga studio and topics come up like, ‘Oh, did you see the Instagram of my bison burger?'” 

Why the return to meat? 

Experts agree that hardcore workout is a big reason behind the trend. “Most CrossFit gyms recommend a Paleo lifestyle,” says nutritionist Amy Shapiro, RD, founder of Real Nutrition. While it’s certainly not a requirement to join a box, CrossFit diehards tend to become a part of the tight-knit community and culture in a way that doesn’t happen with other workouts. And who wants to be the only one ordering a post-WOD lentil burger? 

Plus, the fact that grass-fed and organic meat are “gaining recognition” takes some of the guilt off of those whose main goal is to eat consciously, vegan or otherwise. 

But topping the list of meat-free-eaters’ complaints are health and digestive issues, particularly among those filling their plates with hard-to-break-down raw veggies. Nutritionist James has also seen mood issues, from too little protein and too few brain-boosting amino acids. 

For her part, Murray says switching from no-meat to Paleo (with a focus on veggies) has generated its share of blank stares and eye-rolls, but her increased energy is all the defense she needs. “I didn’t do it to jump on a trendy bandwagon,” she says. “I did it to eat medicinally, for my health.”

This Common Vitamin Lowers Bad Cholesterol Level

This Common Vitamin Lowers Bad Cholesterol LevelPosted by: Scott Davis

Having been diagnosed with high cholesterol your doctor is probably pushing you for dangerous medications with a list of side effects that extend longer than the listings in a phone book.

Now if he/she is good, you may also have received recommendations of some basic diet and lifestyle changes (oftentimes impossible to follow).

But how about taking one vitamin, available in every health food store… and even better, one you can get for free in most places?

And this vitamin was proven in a new study from Women’s Health Initiative to significantly lower bad cholesterol and raise good.

Vitamin D is well-known for treating weak bones, but now it has been identified that it can help control the level of cholesterol as well.

In the study published in the journal, Menopause, the researchers focused on a group of 576 women, all of whom were postmenopausal. They were divided into two groups: one group was administered a daily dose of 400 units of Vitamin D along with 1000 milligrams of calcium while the other group was given a placebo.

The women were followed-up for a period of three years. The researchers took into account the various habits of the women including initial Vitamin D level in serum, smoking and drinking habits.

At the end of the study period, it was found through blood tests that there was a significant rise in the level of Vitamin D in the serum. This included a corresponding small but significant drop in the ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol and a rise in the ‘good’ HDL.

It was also discovered that the supplements were especially helpful in raising Vitamin D levels in older women. Also the Vitamin D level rose at a higher level in those women who did not smoke or consume alcohol.

While the researchers emphasize that Vitamin D cannot be directly correlated to cardiovascular health, they recommend that Vitamin D is included as much as possible in the daily diet, because this vitamin plays many regulatory roles in the body and is essential for overall health.

A small amount of Vitamin D is found in fatty fish like mackerel, herring, tuna and sardines. Many dairy products, cereals and juices are fortified with Vitamin D.

However, the best way to get your daily requirement of Vitamin D is to go and get some sunlight! 15-30 minutes of daily sunlight is all you need.