Weathering the Cold: How Winter Time Affects Neck Health

Do you dread turning your head to check the icy road while driving, fearing the pain in your neck? Have you ever woke up on a frosty morning only to realize that the chill outside isn't the only thing making you uncomfortable—your neck is in knots, too? Do you hesitate to join friends for winter sports, not because you don't enjoy them, but because your neck pain acts up in the cold, damp air? Is the anticipation of snowfall met with anxiety, knowing that shoveling snow might mean days of neck discomfort afterward?  Have you ever found yourself missing out [...]


Let’s all get Healthy Together!

I often hear of a celebrity, politician, or even a distant relative having a grave illness or even dying. What happened? They seemed so young or healthy. We don’t really know what kind of life that person lived. We can blame their demise on unfortunate disease, bad luck, or poor genetics, but I feel there is more to it than that. Some of our blocks to having a long, healthy life are as follows: Prescription Medications Side effects of drugs The false feeling that they are doing something for their disease and therefore don’t have to worry about changing their [...]


Proud to be a Chiropractic Patient

The original scientist and developer of chiropractic was B.J. Palmer. From 1912 to 1962 he wrote 37 volumes on health, research and philosophy. His friends and contemporaries were Thomas Edison, President Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan, and many other dignitaries. I believe he is one of our great American heroes so it's safe to say that any Escondido chiropractic care provider looks up to him in many ways. In his book, The Bigness of the Fellow Within, he writes: THIS INNER POWER SPEAKS WE CHIROPRACTORS work with the subtle substance of the soul.  We release the prisoned impulse, the tiny rivulet [...]


So, what is all the fuss about my upper neck?

The atlas and axis are the technical names of the upper two vertebra in the neck. The top vertebra is called the atlas. Just as the Greek God, Atlas, held up the world, the atlas of the spine holds up the head. The axis gets its name from the axis of the earth since seventy percent of the rotation of the head occurs at the axis vertebra. Consider the weight of the head, at eight to ten pounds, and that these two top vertebrae are held to the head by only ligaments—the result is a very vulnerable joint to injury. [...]


Replace Drugs with Health

Drugs do not heal anyone. What drugs can do is stimulate, suppress or replace the action of an organ or system of the body. An example would be someone having asthma. Usually a steroid is used. A steroid is a hormone that we normally produce under a physical or mental stress. These steroids are normally produced from the adrenal glands, which in turn stimulate the sympathetic (fight/flight) nervous system. The asthmatic patient doesn’t produce enough steroids to deal with the physical or mental stress, resulting in an asthmatic attack. Does the steroid help the patient? Yes, yes, yes. Does the [...]


The Big Idea

A Thought from the Developer of Chiropractic A slip on the snowy sidewalk, in winter, is a small thing. It happens to millions. A fall from a ladder, in the summer is a small thing. It also happens to millions. The slip or fall produces a subluxation. The subluxation is a small thing. The pressure cuts off the flow of mental impulses. That decreased flowing is a small thing.  That decreased flowing produces a dis-eased body and brain. That is a big thing to that man. Multiply that sick man by a thousand, and you control the physical and mental [...]


The Dirty Little Secret

Every profession, whether they be dentists, doctors, attorneys, realtors, contractors etc. etc. have business building seminars available to them. Chiropractors and Blair Upper Cervical experts are no exception.  I have attended some over the 40 years of practice and I will let you in on the “dirty little secret” that is promoted in most of these seminars. “It doesn’t matter what corrective technique you do to the patient --- All that matters is that you have intention.” Hmmmmm. This statement is false, but caters to the young inexperienced doctor, the overly financially ambitious doctor or maybe just a burnt-out doctor.  [...]


The Hub

When one thinks of wellness care, Escondido chiropractic therapy comes to mind. In fact, most integrative holistic centers utilize their Chiropractor as its director. Why?  Think for just a moment about the human body. The brain and the spinal cord are the only two internal organs that are directly located within the midline of the body. The brain then the spinal cord are the first systems to show up in a developing embryo from which all tissues and organs grow from. The brain and spinal cord control function, adaptation, and healing of every living tissue in the human body. As [...]


The Question of Fever

We have all been raised thinking a fever is bad and we need to lower the fever. In some circles, people even believe a high fever can cause brain damage. For those who are fearful of fevers, listen up! Before going to Chiropractic College and becoming a chiropractor in Escondido, I was a microbiology major at the University of Long Beach State. In the lab section, we would grow disease causing bacteria in the little “petri” dishes with a nutrient gelatin. The stipulation for the bacteria to grow was that these petri dishes, with the bacteria swabbed from our own [...]


The Truth: A quote from the founder of chiropractic: B.J. Palmer

“WE CHIROPRACTORS work with the subtle substance of the soul.  We release the prisoned impulse, the tiny rivulet of force that emanates from the mind and flows over the nerves to the cells and stirs them into life. We deal with the magic power that transforms common food into living, loving, thinking clay; that robes the earth with beauty, and hues the scents to flowers with the glory of the air. In the dim, dark, distant long ago, when the sun first bowed to the morning star, this power spoke and there was life; it quickened the slime of the [...]


Boosting Your Immunity Through Chiropractic

Seeing a chiropractic doctor in Escondido can help you find relief from your various aches and pains. But did you know that chiropractic care can do more than that? In 1975, Ronald Pero, Ph.D., chief of cancer prevention research at New York’s Preventive Medicine Institute and professor of medicine in Environmental Health at New York University, began developing scientifically valid ways to estimate individual susceptibility to various chronic diseases. Pero and his colleagues found strong evidence that susceptibility to cancer could be gauged by the activities of various enzymes involved in metabolic and genetic changes due to exposure to carcinogenic [...]


Breast Self-Examination

Breast self-examination is regularly practiced by one out of four women.  After all, more than 90 percent of cancers are found by women themselves, and we all have heard that early detection is the key to “winning the war on cancer.”  Early detection is encouraged by the American Cancer Society, the American College of Radiology and the Canadian Association of Radiologists.  Should more women examine themselves and be regularly examined by their physicians?  The answer would be a resounding yes if regular examination could prevent untimely deaths from breast cancer.  But the evidence just isn’t there.  In fact, this seemingly [...]


Captain of Your Ship

Paranoia is rampant in our country.  Not paranoia of the terrorists but paranoia of sickness, disease, and death.   Between Breast Cancer, West Nile Virus, High Cholesterol, etc, etc, etc, we have become “A nation of hypochondriacs.” (1)  Everywhere we look a new test pops up in the name of prevention.  These tests vary from treadmill tests, mammograms, to colonoscopies.  Are these tests truly for prevention? I say “No”.  These tests show problems when disease has already been entrenched.  A positive finding now allows doctors to treat a disease.  Many times the relief care, via drugs or surgery, is more frightening [...]

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