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September 2009 Health Newsletter

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» Hemp Hearts
» Feel Good Foods
» Health - Is Your Time Running Out??
» Feeling Blue? Bach Flowers to the Rescue
» Surfing The Electric Sky
» Dandelions For Dinner?
» Chiropractic Care Of A 6 Year–Old Girl With Head, Neck & Extremity Pain
» Chiropractic Care Cost-Effectiveness for Musculoskeletal Disorders
» Aquatic Exercise Effective For Chronic Low Back Pain
» Broccoli's Artery Cleaning Effects

Hemp Hearts


Have you ever tasted hemp hearts?  If not, is it because you've never heard of them?  With more required amino acids (protein) than meat, milk or eggs, and higher in total essential fatty acids (EFA's) than flaxseed or fish, they are a perfect food.  Extremely digestible, full of vitamins, enzymes, protein, healthy fats and fiber, they're one of nature's most nutritious foods!  With a taste that's similar to sunflower seeds or pine nuts, they can be eaten raw or cooked, added to smoothies, sprinkled on top of salads, or mixed with almond butter, peanut butter, and honey to make a delicious high protein treat.  Come in to pick up our original recipe to make these delicious Hemp Heart Treats. They are especially good when they are frozen –which is one way to keep from eating them all at once!


If you have never tried hemp hearts yet, come on into the office to pick up a single serving of hemp hearts.  Mention that you saw it in this newsletter and receive the special price of $1 per bag. (Limit two bags per person.)  This single serving, which is 5 Tablespoons (or 55 g) provides 20 grams of protein, and 3.3 grams of fiber.  The recipe included with them makes 5-7 treats (each about the size of a walnut).


Perhaps you are wondering whether hemp hearts contain THC - the drug found in marijuana.  Absolutely not!  Although hemp is considered a low-THC cannabis (in wild form), only minute amounts of THC in the flower's resin may cling to the outside of the hempseed shell.  This is easily removed by cleaning or shelling the seeds, which is why we sell only the "hemp hearts" -shelled hemp seeds.  The hemp hearts we carry are grown specifically for eating, carefully shelled, and imported from Rocky Mountain Grain Products in Canada - with no trace of THC. 


Hemp is also grown for industry, such as in the manufacturing of ropes, fibers, or other materials used in buildings, cars, or plastic products. For those of you with an inquisitive mind, you will be interested to know that hemp has an interesting history, including the fact that in the founding days of our country, taxes could be paid with hemp.


Why do we buy our hemp hearts from Canada?  Although hemp can be grown in the U.S. with a permit, the last one was issued in 1957.   Also, the hemp hearts we carry from Rocky Mountain Grain Products are free of pesticides, herbicides, preservatives, eggs, nuts, dairy, soy and gluten, which makes them perfect for even the most restrictive of diets.  So yummy and healthy, we hope you are planning to give them a taste test soon!


Author: Dr William Karl D.C.
Source: Dr William Karl D.C.
Copyright: Dr William Karl D.C. 2009

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Feel Good Foods


When was the last time you munched on celery and carrots, enjoyed an apple, or feasted on spinach salad?  It's not uncommon for people to depend on carbohydrates, sweets, or caffeine for short-term energy and then feel tired, groggy, or just plain lousy afterwards.  People usually think it's their own fault when they feel this way.  The connection between they way they feel and the food they ate is never made.  The chemicals put into most commercial foods play tricks on our bodies, hormones and taste buds to fool us into enjoying that fabulous cardboard meal. 

Many people believe healthy food is boring.  I admit that I didn't always appreciate fruits and vegetables.  It took time for my taste buds to catch up, and I needed incentive to go out of my way to eat fruits and vegetables.  For this I looked to an important study, which showed that there is a decreased incidence of angina, arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, cirrhosis, gallstones, heart attack, kidney stones, and peptic ulcers when people eat lots of fruits and vegetables (Epidemiology, March 1998, vol 9, No.2, p208). 

I also checked out the ORAC score (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) of the fruits and vegetables I now like best.  Dark greens and brightly colored plant foods have the highest ORAC rating.  Some of the best fruits include cranberries, blueberries, bilberries, raspberries, blackberries, kiwi, strawberries, red currents, elderberries, mangoes, noni, peach, pear, plum, pomegranate, tart dark cherries, deep purple plums and prunes.  Vegetables with a high ORAC score include spinach, carrots, beets, broccoli, and other cruciferous vegetables. 

The ORAC score is derived from a test that measures a plant's ability to neutralize oxygen free radicals.  Oxygen free radicals create problems in our bodies in the same way that rust creates problems for our cars.  Our bodies form harmful oxygen free radicals on a daily basis due to everyday functions, such as digestion and physical activity.  Their formation increases when we are exposed to polluted air, rancid food, rancid oils found in many prepared foods, and oxidizing radiation from the sun and other man-made electronic devices.   We need to eat lots of healthy foods, like fruits and vegetables, to neutralize them so that they can't harm us. 

Our bodies are like cars, which experience wear and tear, and require maintenance.  When our bodies break down, they need to be repaired, but unlike cars, they can't be replaced.  The type of care our bodies receive will determine how, or even if, they continue to run.  Eating good, organic foods keep our bodies in good condition.  Our eyes, internal organs, skin, and everything else in our bodies will be healthier and can be repaired as needed for many years with the proper nutrition.  Don't you think it's time for you to start eating your fruits and vegetables?  

To enjoy five to ten servings of fruits and vegetables each day, I eat some raw, and toss others into a salad or a fruit smoothie.  I love to sauté fresh, organic vegetables in a cast iron pan with good, unrefined high heat oil, such as sesame or almond.  Sprinkled with lots of Celtic sea salt and some raw butter, vegetables make a healthy accompaniment to any meal.  I also enjoy grilling vegetables, such as squash, eggplant, mushrooms, or peppers, and brush them with oil and tamari to make them taste even more delicious.  If you use tamari, make sure it's the kind made from good, organic cultured soybeans. 

My favorite salad consists of a generous serving of organic baby spinach topped with kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, Clementine's, peaches, or whatever I happen to pick up on my weekly jaunt to the Farmer's Market.  For protein and extra crunch, I add pine nuts and hemp hearts.  Desert is a dish of fruit drizzled with raw honey - something to satisfy my sweet tooth.  These are my "feel good foods."  What are yours?  

Stop in the office to pick up a FREE report outlining over twenty-five different fruits and vegetables, and their amazing powers.  Give us a call  (734-425-8220) today to reserve your copy! 

Author: Dr William Karl D.C.
Source: Dr William Karl D.C.
Copyright: Dr William Karl D.C. 2009

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Health - Is Your Time Running Out??


To many people, health is an elusive thing. We live in a world full of "artificial everything!" Our food industry sells products to us that not only do not nourish our bodies, but also confuse us into thinking that we are extra hungry, which make us want to gorge ourselves. It has been reported that approximately sixty percent of our U.S. population is obese – which means 40 pounds over their ideal weight. This often leads to serious health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and bone and joint disorders. This is only the tip of the iceberg of human suffering connected to this problem. Most of our food does not even give us the basic nourishment we need. We stay hungry - looking for the things our bodies need to survive – and then get fooled again by chemical additives. Usually, these chemical additives, or non-food components, have names that we can't even pronounce. In the case of MSG (monosodium glutamate), even a savvy shopper can get confused because it is listed under so many different names. There are also chemicals in our food, called "excitor toxins," that tell our bodies to eat more - but if we could really taste that food, we wouldn't want any!


The air we breathe is not clean, and the water we drink is not pure. Some of the toxins in our water supply are there because they have not been removed, and some have been added with the supposition of helping us.  Even good quality bottled water may be full of toxins as a result of the chemicals released from the plastic when heated.


Electro-Magnetic pollution is another problem. Although our amazing communication systems make our lives brighter in many ways, radio and television signals, power lines and appliances create energy dilemmas in our bodies. Our bodies are electrochemical in nature, ideally synchronized with the natural rhythms of the earth, the moon and the sun. Electromagnetic pollution stresses our bodies and disrupts our natural rhythms. So, what can we do?  We need to identify and correct the "Six Interferences To Health."  These Interferences include the following:


1st- Structure- Our physical structure houses our nervous system, which controls and coordinates the rest of our body, through a system of nerve fibers. This is such a large system that if laid end to end, our nerve fibers would wrap around the world at least once. The main trunk of the nervous system (the spinal cord) is housed within the spine. By removing interferences, you restore clear communication pathways. Make an appointment to have an expert check your structure.


2nd- Electro-Magnetics- When your body's electrical system is out of balance your health will be negatively affected. The electrical energy fields circulating around your body have been called Chakras. The importance of these fields has been known for thousands of years. In the past, the way to correct a damaged field was to walk barefoot on the ground so that the earth's field would reset you. Now, due to our misuse of the earth, we have altered the earth's field to the point that we need a personal magnet (that has a specific strength –360 gauss- and very specific multi-polar spacing) to help restore our proper electrical balance. If you use a cell phone and/or a blue-tooth device, this type of a personal magnet can help minimize the negative effects of the negative fields produced by these devices. Not all magnets are helpful, so you should be tested to see if a magnet makes you stronger or weaker before using one.  Give us a call and we will test any of the magnets you have found for this purpose, as well as the type we carry in the office. 


3rd-Nutrition-The adrenal glands must be working for all of the other body systems to work. Medical researcher, Hans Selye, wrote 3 volumes on the effects of stress on the body. His research showed that the adrenal glands were among the most affected, and that specific nutrition is needed to rebuild the adrenals and other stress handling organs. It is often necessary to replace your body's good bacteria with a reliable pro-biotic supplement or with naturally fermented foods, utilize enzymes and/or hydrochloric acid to aid in digestion, assimilation and elimination, and reduce the ineffective organisms in your body such as viruses, bacteria, yeast and/or parasites.


4th-Allergies and Sensitivites.  Allergies are an unnatural reaction to foreign proteins. We can reprogram the abnormal reactions to most allergic responses. When stimulated correctly while in contact with the offending substances, acupuncture meridians can be utilized to reset the body back into a more normal mode of operation.


5th-Emotional Patterns-We all know that when we become emotionally stressed, our bodies react abnormally. Unhealthy emotional patterns can be changed, or reset, with some simple techniques. Although some cases require the work of a "mind specialist," there are many techniques that only require some simple self-administered procedures along with the desire to release unhealthy emotional patterns and limiting belief systems.


6th- Heavy Metals and Toxins-It is no surprise that in today's world we need to deal with toxins and their removal. The interesting thing is that our body would not have taken on these toxins if we had better nutrition to start with. However, you can't just remove the toxins without having replacement nutrients there first. If you don't pay heed to this, you will crash. Those harmful chemicals are holding you together until you find what you need to do it right. (Sort of like the song that says "if you can't find the one you love, love the one you are with.")  In my office, we utilize many ways to remove toxins, such as ionic footbaths, homeopathic remedies, herbs, and whole food supplements which support specific organs in the body. Muscle testing is used to help determine which specific nutrients are needed.


When working to remove these six interferences to your health, don't get discouraged. Get hooked on reclaiming your health, and never give up… Giving up is the only way to lose the game, and in this game of life, you are meant to win!

Author: Dr William Karl D.C.
Source: Dr William Karl D.C.
Copyright: Dr William Karl D.C. 2009

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Feeling Blue? Bach Flowers to the Rescue


When healing from an illness or disease, it's been observed that the speed and degree of a patient's healing is directly related to his or her attitude.  My experience as a Certified Wellness Doctor shows this to be true.  For example, if two patients start treatment at approximately the same time with similar problems, the patient with the best attitude heals the quickest.  No matter what the prognosis, the patient with a positive attitude responds the best to any type of treatment.  The patient with a poor attitude tends to fail, while denying any responsibility for his or her failure.  Trying to get patients to really, truly comprehend the importance of their attitude when it comes to healing is not easy.  A question always asked in my profession is, "How can we help people change their attitudes in order to have the most positive outcome?"


Healing practitioners from different cultures throughout the world have tried many different methods to influence their patient's attitude.  Have you ever thought about what would change your attitude?  What do you believe comes first - your attitude about life, or what actually happens to you in life?  And if you were to become ill, how much do you believe your attitude would influence your healing?


The Western world has a reputation for advocating drugs to manipulate how a person views the world.  Antidepressants, stimulants, and painkillers are all examples of drugs that are taken into the body to attempt to change one's attitude.  Although these drugs have the ability to treat sadness, anxiety, or pain, the side effects generally offset the benefits.  Another problem is that unnatural drugs inhibit healing and compromise health.


The best way to change and improve one's attitude is to work with the natural, physical energies of the body.  Besides having a high success rate, there are no negative side effects.  The monks in the Tibetan Himalayas referred to "whirling fields of energy" in the body as "Chakras."  It appears that when these energy fields are not flowing in the right direction, or when they stop rotating altogether, the health, vitality, and life force of a person will be compromised.  I believe that understanding and acknowledging these energy fields, as well as doing specific exercises to keep these fields flowing in the right direction, is very helpful in maintaining and developing a positive attitude.  (We teach these exercises in the Advanced Exercise Class in my office.)


Healing modalities such as meditation, Reiki, herbal medicine, homeopathy, and acupuncture also work at an energetic level in the body.  Bach Flower Essences are included in a category referred to as "vibrational medicine," which according to A Practical Guide to Vibrational Medicine, by Dr. Richard Gerber, is "based upon modern scientific insights into the energetic nature of the atoms and molecules making up our bodies, combined with ancient mystical observations of the body's unique life-energy systems that are critical but less well understood aspects of human functioning."  Dr. Gerber explains that "Bach believed that his flower remedies would not only neutralize negative emotional and mental energy patterns but also infuse positive vibrations associated with specific virtues into an individual such as the virtues of love, peace, steadfastness, gentleness, strength, understanding, tolerance, wisdom, forgiveness, courage, or joy."


I received training in the use of Dr. Bach's Flower Remedies when I first became certified as a Wellness Doctor in 2004.  Since then, I have found these Essences to be incredibly useful, as well as extremely safe, in helping my patients.  I also use them when doing an A/SERT (Allergy /Sensitivity Elimination Reprogramming Technique) in the office.


Dr. Edward Bach was a brilliant man who lived in England from 1886-1936.  Trained as a conventional allopathic physician at the University College Hospital, he later specialized in immunology, bacteriology, and research at the London Homeopathic Hospital.  After reading "The Organon," written by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (the founder of homeopathic medicine), he developed oral vaccines called nosodes, which are homeopathic remedies made from pathological specimens.  Published in medical journals and recorded by the Royal Society of Medicine, Bach's Seven Nosodes are still used today to treat chronic intestinal diseases. 


When Dr. Bach used these nosodes to treat patients, he observed that he could select the appropriate curative nosode based on the patient's emotional state, and that certain types of people reacted similarly to different illnesses and treatments.  This experience provided the foundation for his work in treating the emotional state of the patient rather than the disease.


In 1928, Dr. Bach discovered the first of 38 Essences that became known throughout the world as Bach Flower Remedies or Essences.  Each spring, he would go to the countryside to search out what he knew to be hidden there among the flowers.  In the later part of the year, he would return with his new remedies to treat his patients.  He became so excited by the results with his patients that he left his lucrative practice as a renowned physician in 1930 to continue searching for the specific nonpoisonous plants and flowers that would help his patients. 


Dr. Bach observed that by tapping into the natural energy of these flowers and plants his patients regained harmony and healing soon followed.  He believed that negative states of mind are the true cause of all disease, that life is a learning process, and that ill health occurs to help us understand more about our life's purpose.  Throughout the last six years of his life, Bach identified 38 basic negative states of mind and created a plant or flower remedy for each one. 


Dr. Bach was exceptionally dedicated to serving humanity.  He was like a comet that flew into our world, lit it up brightly, and then moved out just as quickly.  Bach passed away quietly at Mount Vernon in Oxfordshire, England in 1936 at only 50 years of age, leaving behind an incredible system of healing that I use with great success in my office. 

Remember, instead of resorting to drugs to cover up physical, mental, or emotional problems, plan to find what you need through nature's bounty, perhaps with the help of Dr. Bach's Flower Essences.  If you suspect that you have emotions that may be interfering with your health or well-being, plan to schedule a free consultation with me to help you get started in the right direction.  Thanks to Dr. Bach, we have the benefit of 38 natural substances designed to help us restore our physical and emotional health


Disclaimer: This information is not intended to replace medical advice.  We suggest seeking guidance from a qualified healthcare professional when making decisions regarding your health.

Author: William Karl D.C.
Source: William Karl D.C.
Copyright: William Karl D.C. 2009

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Surfing The Electric Sky


Recently, I got a new cell phone.  Highly functional with a full keyboard inside to make texting easier and faster, it is sleek and sexy.  It enticed me with new features and the ability to do everything I needed my phone to do, and more.  Anxious to start using it, I didn't read the instructions, much less the precautions in fine print.  Reading how electromagnetic radiation from my new cell phone could hurt me was the last thing on my mind.  Modern technology, with all of its glitz and glamour, is here to stay; and besides, I would miss my computer, my Wi-Fi, my cell phone, my television and all of the other wonderful electronic devices I use on a daily basis.  So, why should anyone learn more about the effects these things have on health?   

As a Certified Wellness Doctor, I am familiar with electromagnetic pollution as one of the Six Interferences to Health.  However, I have recently begun to do more research into the effects of electromagnetic radiation from carrying cell phones, spending time in front of television screens, and using computers.  It is my contention that as we increase our understanding of this invisible radiation that floods our environment and fills the sky, we can better make the kinds of choices that will benefit our health and our future.  I'm certain that you will agree how important this is, especially when it comes to our children. 

Looking up at the sky, we don't see anything except the beautiful colors of a sunset, a sunrise, or a reflection of our ever-changing weather.  What we don't see is something that is very dangerous, yet is just as real as the clouds.  Although easy to ignore, we are all affected by it.  The "it" I am referring to is the radiation that was developed in the name of progress.   Radar waves, television waves, and microwaves followed radio waves, one of the earliest forms of electromagnetic radiation.  Then came Extremely Low Frequency waves (ELF) that are used in communications with submerged submarines, Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Radiation waves (PEMR) that are used in old style television screens, and the latest are Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplex Modulation (OFDMM) that are used in the new digital televisions.

Quite a few years ago, it was observed that if you were in close proximity to radio wave transmitters, you could become ill.  This was aptly called "radio wave sickness" or "RWS."  As time went on, more problems with radiation were observed.  Research from as far back as 1989 shows problems stemming from time spent in front of television and computer screens, especially those of the tube (CRT) type.  These screens produce PEMR waves that affect productivity, development, behavior, memory, attention span, fatigue, reproduction and more.  Studies have shown that four solid hours in front of a screen increased the urinary output of adrenaline, a stress hormone that has been associated with aggression, nervousness, and even violence. (Reference: WHO publication-1989.) 

Exposure to PEMR waves coming from computers, televisions and video game screens also blocks the secretion of melatonin, the hormone needed for the immune system to function.  Blocking melatonin can result in general weakness, chronic fatigue, and pathogen attacks that disrupt endocrine functions.  Research has shown that after just 20 minutes of exposure to these types of screens, the corpus callosum (which divides the right and left brain) is saturated with electro-magnetic radiation and certain brain waves between the G and D lobes are shown to go flat. 

Cell phones create extra problems because of the fact that phones are constantly seeking and staying connected to the closest cell phone towers to be ready to serve at a moment's notice.  Since they emit microwaves even when not in active use, we are constantly eradiated from our cell phones.  Dr. George Carlo, formerly the lead epidemiologist of Cellular Telecommunication Industry Association, makes the risks very clear.  He states, "There are over 300 statistically significant findings showing an increased risk of tumors (from cell phone use.)  There are three to four statistically significant findings showing no increased risk.  So it's like 300 to 4.  So how do you reconcile that with what's in the news media?  We've never had an exposure that's that dangerous that's being sustained by four billion people (cell phone users worldwide)."  (EPOCH Times.Feb.2009)

Children are at the greatest risk from cell phone use due to the nature of their developing bodies and the possibility of mutation in cells that divide quickly.  This is the reason we try to avoid x-raying children under age twelve, and restrict exposure whenever possible below age twenty-one.  Often unbeknownst to their parents, I've heard that some children even sleep with cell phones under their pillows so they can text their friends at night.  Some experts believe that cell phone use may be contributing to learning disabilities, such as ADD and ADHD, as well as cancer, brain tumors and acoustic neuroma's.  Other risks to children come from the significant wave energies derived from WI-FI networks, high power lines, and cell towers that have been located on school property as an income source for financially strapped educational systems. 

By now you are probably shaking your head.  It is frightening stuff, but there are things that you can do.  Limiting time spent in front of computers and televisions is a great place to start.  When it comes to kids, limiting their exposure may not be easy, but it is so important.  Remember that your job as a parent is to protect your children from what they don't yet understand.  A Bible verse from the Gospel of Luke, Verse 11:12 says,  "No parent would hand their child a snake in place of a fish or a scorpion instead of an egg."  Since the media uses such sophisticated advertising in trying to seduce children (and adults) into wanting to buy all kinds of new electronic toys, parents have to be strong.  It's hard for parents to resist their child's begging for these new and exciting toys, or the latest video games.  It is equally hard to turn down requests to spend more time in front of the television or computer, and to ignore the cries that they are the only ones that don't have their own cell phone or computer.  Saying no isn't easy, but parents must remember that children will be exposed to electromagnetic radiation for a very long time!

Our bodies are extremely sensitive to even the minutest electrical fields that are produced by other people and other things on the planet.  You, or perhaps people you know, can probably feel the advance of a storm coming in their direction often days before it arrives.  People have been known to sense other phenomena as well.  How often have you heard the expressions,  " I feel it in my bones" or "This just doesn't feel right"?  You should not ignore the things that you feel, but instead use them to guide you.  If you don't feel well when you are under florescent lights or when you have been sitting too long at your computer, do something about it.  For example, replace those bulbs with some of the new full spectrum bulbs and make the best use natural sunlight whenever possible.  Get up and stretch intermittently when you are using a computer.  It is good for your eyes and will give your body a chance to rebalance itself.  We are so used to running our bodies and neglecting the things we need to do to take care of ourselves.  Perhaps we should feed and take care of our bodies as if we were planning on keeping them for a while - as if they were irreplaceable.  Wait a minute, they are!

Taking responsibility for your body and your health is the best way to offset the effects of electromagnetic radiation.  Although there is danger in our electric sky, fear can be replaced with understanding.  Going backwards in technology is not the answer.  Learn about the Six Interferences to Health by coming to workshops where I am a guest speaker, or call my office to make an appointment so that I can show you what you can do to reduce the ways that these interferences, such as electromagnetic radiation, interfere with your health.  Remember that the things that are invisible to us are the things that hurt us the most, as well as the things that help us the most.  Appreciate every sunrise and sunset, and start making the kinds of choices that will help you, rather than hurt you. 


Author: Dr. William H. Karl, D.C
Source: Dr. William H. Karl, D.C
Copyright: Dr. William H. Karl, D.C 2009

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Dandelions For Dinner?

            Did you know that the dandelion is one of the world's most nutritional foods, with more vitamins and minerals than even broccoli or spinach?  In our country, the dandelion is commonly thought of as a "weed," which we commonly see growing rampant in fields, roadsides, and unattended yards in the springtime.  Perhaps you remember picking dandelions as a child and couldn't understand why your parents weren't as thrilled with the beautiful "flowers" as you were.  Maybe you were even bold enough to taste your bouquet, unconsciously aware of its health benefits.  As adults, we tend to rely on others and want the support of studies to tell us what is good for us…. which is why you will be amazed at what you are about to read!                        

            Rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium, niacin, thiamin, iron, and vitamin A, as well as other micro-nutrients, the dandelion has one-third more beta-carotene (the precursor to vitamin A) than carrots, (840 g beta-carotene/100 g for dandelions vs. 610 g/100 g for carrots.  Used medicinally since the 11th century, the dandelion is known for its ability to purify the blood and detoxify the body.  It is among the top six herbs in the Chinese herbal medicine chest.  Taking approximately 5mL (1 metric teaspoon) one or more times per day of dandelion as a liquid herbal supplement is the best way to obtain all of its therapeutic benefits.  In our office,  we carry Dandelion Leaves 1:1 and Dandelion Root 1:2, which are listed by MediHerb to help with fat metabolism, aid digestion and bowel   function, and support your kidneys, liver, gallbladder, skin, and urinary tract.  Not surprisingly, it's often used in weight loss programs.  Dandelion greens are also an interesting addition to salads and can be included in recipes, such as those found in The Dandelion Celebration, A Guide To Unexpected Cuisine by Peter A. Gail, PhD (on our shelf in the office).  Roasted dandelion root smells and tastes much like coffee, minus the caffeine, so drinking an instant herbal alternative to coffee, such as Dandy Blend, is great way to obtain the benefits of dandelion.                                                                                                    

            Stop by the office, pick up a FREE packet single serving of Dandy Blend and see for yourself how delicious it tastes.  Begin celebrating the bounty of our Michigan spring by including some dandelion in your diet today!

Author: Dr. William H. Karl, D.C.
Source: Dr. William H. Karl, D.C.
Copyright: Dr. William H. Karl, D.C. 2009

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Chiropractic Care Of A 6 Year–Old Girl With Head, Neck & Extremity Pain
A recent case study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine reviewed the care and outcome of a 6-year old girl receiving chiropractic care. The 6-year old girl was pushed into a playground slide, hitting her head and resulting in acute complaints of her "neck and brain hurting" and hand, foot, and occasional leg pain. In addition, she had a several-year history of unexplained fatigue, vomiting, and coughing spells. Upon examination, the treating chiropractic doctor found she was suffering from noticeable head tilt, significant loss of the cervical (neck) range of motion as well as tenderness, muscle spasm and edema along her cervical (neck) and thoracic (upper back) regions. After her 5th chiropractic treatment, her symptoms had dissipated and by her 9th treatment, she was able to return to normal activity. At 19 weeks, her neck and back continued to be asymptomatic and full and normal motion had returned to her spine.

Source: Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. September 2009.
Copyright: LLC 2009

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Chiropractic Care Cost-Effectiveness for Musculoskeletal Disorders

A new pilot program shows that conservative heath care, including chiropractic, may reduce overall health care costs in patients with musculoskeletal disorders, such as back and neck pain. The pilot, conducted by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield to measure quality of patient care for its members in Iowa and South Dakota, also shows promising outcomes for the patients choosing chiropractic and other conservative care.

"The cost-effectiveness and safety of chiropractic has been documented in several studies. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is pleased that insurance companies are starting to recognize the value that doctors of chiropractic and other conservative providers can offer to their members," said ACA President Glenn Manceaux, DC. "Especially during the health care reform debate, it's important that chiropractic and other conservative care methods are taken into serious consideration as a cost-effective alternative to the utilization of expensive surgery and hospital-based care," he added.

Wellmark conducted the Physical Medicine Pilot on Quality in 2008 for Iowa and South Dakota physical medicine providers. A total of 238 chiropractors, physical therapists and occupational therapists provided care to 5,500 members with musculoskeletal disorders. According to Wellmark, data from participating clinicians show that 89 percent of the patients treated in the pilot reported a greater than 30-percent improvement in 30 days.

The pilot compared data for Wellmark members who received care from doctors of chiropractic or physical therapists with a member population with similar demographics who did not receive such services. The comparison showed that those who received chiropractic care or physical therapy were less likely to have surgery and experienced lower total health care costs, according to Wellmark.

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of back pain, neck pain, headaches and other neuromusculoskeletal complaints. A significant amount of evidence shows that chiropractic care for certain conditions can be more effective and less costly than traditional medical care. Recent research includes:

  • A study published in the October 2005 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) found that chiropractic and medical care have comparable costs for treating chronic low-back pain, with chiropractic care producing significantly better outcomes.
  • A March 2004 study in JMPT found that chiropractic care is more effective than medical care at treating chronic low-back pain in patients' first year of symptoms.
  • A study published in a 2003 edition of the medical journal Spine found that manual manipulation provides better short-term relief of chronic spinal pain than do a variety of medications.

Author: American Chiropractic Association.
Source: August 12, 2009.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association. 2009

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Aquatic Exercise Effective For Chronic Low Back Pain
Did you know that aquatic-based (water-based) exercise can be very beneficial for lower back pain? New research indicates in certain cases, it can actually be more effective than land-based exercise. In a recent study of 65 chronic low back pain patients, individuals were randomly assigned to receive either aquatic exercise or land-based exercise. Patients performed 5 exercise sessions per week for 4 weeks – 20 total exercise sessions over 4 weeks. Patients were initially evaluated a 0 weeks, then re-evaluated at 4 and 12 weeks. Both groups experienced statistically significant improvements with certain improvements in lower back disability being superior within the aquatic exercise group.

Source: Spine: June 15, 2009. Volume 34; Issue 14.
Copyright: LLC 2009

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Broccoli's Artery Cleaning Effects
Heart Disease is the number 1 killer in America as well as other parts of the world. Aside from the obvious exercise and physical activity, diet also greatly affects one's risk for developing heart disease. New research indicates that broccoli and other green leafy vegetables can provide a natural defense against heart disease. British researchers recently discovered that broccoli and other brassicas turn on a protective protein in the arteries that in effect, prevent the arteries from clogging with fatty plaques, especially in the most vulnerable parts of the arteries most prone to clogging. While additional research is in the works, these preliminary findings drive home the importance of eating plenty of green leafy vegetables on a regular basis.

Source: Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology. September 3, 2009.
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