Sunday, October 23, 2016

Katie May, Chiropractic Care

There has been talk in our offices about the tragic death of Katie May, the Playboy model that was ruled as an accidental death from stroke after seeing a chiropractor.  Since I was not there and I'm sure there is information I may be unaware of, I just wanted to give everyone some information that I DO know about stroke and chiropractic care.  So for all you folks who enjoy studies and information, this is for you:

In 2008, Cassidy, Boyle, Côté, He, Hogg-Johnson, Silver, and Bondy  studied the occurrence of this problem in the province of Ontario over a nine year period with a database representing almost 110 million person-years (12.2 million people, studied over 9 years equals 110 million person-years). The purpose of this study was to investigate if an association between chiropractic care and vertebral basilar artery stroke exceeded the association between medical primary care providers and vertebral basilar artery stroke. The premise was that if there was a greater association between chiropractic care and this stroke then one could logically say there was a cause and effect relationship between chiropractic care and this problem. There was no greater likelihood of a patient experiencing a stroke following a visit to his/her chiropractor than there was after a visit to his/her primary care physician. The results were conclusive; there was no greater association between manipulation (chiropractic adjustments) and ischemic stroke or TIA's (transient ischemic attacks).

The research did conclude that overall, 4% of stroke victims had visited a chiropractor within 30 days of their strokes, while 53% of the stroke cases had visited their medical primary care providers within the same time frame. The authors offer the perspective that because neck pain is associated with some stroke, patients visit their doctors prior to the development of a full-blown stroke scenario. Cassidy et al. (2008) noted, "Because the association between chiropractic visits and [vertebral basilar artery] stroke is not greater than the association between PCP [medical primary care providers] visits and [vertebral basilar] stroke, there is no excess risk of [vertebral basilar] stroke from chiropractic care" (p. S180). In fact, the incident of chiropractic vs. medical care was substantially lower in certain situations based upon the data.

There is more information out there and if you want to read more studies, feel free to follow our link:

Studies on Chiropractic

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Diagnosed With Diabetes? Things You Had to Know

Individuals of all ages, all races, all cultures, and all body types can contract diabetes. It's a disease that attacks your body's ability to manage blood sugar.

When dealing with a child that has diabetes, make sure that you include the entire household along with the unique dietary plan that the kid has to sustain. This will make it a lot easier for the kid to manage, rather than needing to watch other individuals eat foods that they might want.

For you ladies - even if you "just" have Gestational Diabetes, it is especially essential for you to monitor your blood glucose levels. Your infant will be affected by the slightest peak you might have as the insulin does cross the placenta, so make certain to keep your levels under control.  In most cases your infant will grow normally.

Women, specifically in their teenagers and early twenties, may experience substantial fluctuations in their blood sugar levels in the week preceeding their menstrual period. Screen your levels regularly during this time, then make any required changes in your insulin doses and urinary ketone measurements, as this can avoid further spikes.

This might show that your body is especially low on insulin levels if you observe that your urinary ketone levels are unusually high. Your body is being required to process sugar, instead of fat as fuel for your body from day to day, or as part of your fasting efforts. If ketone levels continue to rise as this may be a sign of a condition called ketoacidosis, consult your physician.

Once in a while to keep your flow pumping, treat yourself to a leg and foot massage. Diabetes triggers peripheral neuropathy, which can be painful and is very difficult to treat. Have your spouse put some cream on your calves and give you a calming rub to ease your stress and assist your feet remain healthy. For more permanent options - click HERE

Make sure to vary the insulin injection site if you're a diabetic who utilizes insulin to manage your diabetes. Varying the site assists in insuring that the skin in one location doesn't scar or become irritated, making it more difficult to take the injection. Vary the site whenever you inject yourself.

Be VERY mindful with any suggestions you receive online about diabetes treatment. It is great to do your research online, as well as to find out what other individuals are doing to look after their disease, however you need to take any new details you want to act upon to your physician, to make sure that it's clinically sound. No information on this site, or any site affiliated with Health First should be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician before beginning any treatment regimes.

Because diabetes is so common, there are lots and lots of ideas out there that will help you live a healthy and well controlled way of life with the illness. You should be focusing on staying healthy if you have diabetes, and the tips in the above article can assist you out enormously. Don't overlook them - especially since they are so easy to use.

Individuals of all ages, all races, all cultures, and all body types can contract diabetes. If you're a diabetic who uses insulin to manage his diabetes, make sure to rotate the insulin injection sites. Because diabetes is so common, there are numerous pointers out there that will help you live a healthy and well regulated lifestyle with the disease. You should be focusing on staying healthy if you have diabetes, and the ideas in the above article can assist you tremendously.

Monday, October 3, 2016


Get ready for Halloween and make sure all your little ghouls and goblins are ready to be out and about.  Make sure Mom and Dad are ready for a trek through the neighborhoods by making sure you've had your adjustment!  Call us and get ready for a "spine-tingling" experience!