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» Chiropractic Services Relieve Low Back Pain in Female Veterans
» Chiropractic For Persistent Headache

» Happy New Year
» Vitamin E Helpful In Treating Mild to Moderate Alzheimer's Disease
» Ice or Heat for Pain?
» Gratitude
» Salt Redux
» Stay Healthy
» Your Feet
» New Testing

Chiropractic Services Relieve Low Back Pain in Female Veterans

Chiropractic Services Relieve Low Back Pain in Female Veterans: Study Legislation to expand access to chiropractic in the VA gains new momentum
Arlington, Va.- A new study finds that female veterans—one of the fastest growing populations receiving treatment through the Veterans Administration (VA) health care system—experience improvement in low back pain with a course of chiropractic care, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).  Published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, the study’s authors note that musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain are the most common ailments among female veterans. They also report that female veterans on average access VA medical care more frequently than male veterans, have a higher outpatient cost per patient and have a higher rate of service-connected disability.  "Although further research is warranted," the study says, "chiropractic care may be of value in contributing to the pain management needs of this unique patient population."  Chiropractic services are one of the conservative (non-drug) treatment options for pain offered in the VA. They are available at half of the major VA medical facilities in the United States.  Efforts to expand chiropractic services to veterans recently gained new momentum in Congress. Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA), ranking member of the Veterans Subcommittee on Health, and Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), have joined forces to broaden the range of services and care options available to veterans by supporting the Chiropractic Care Available to All Veterans Act (H.R. 103). The bill—supported by several major veterans groups—would require chiropractic services to be offered at all U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers and codify chiropractic care as a standard benefit for veterans using VA health care. There is a bipartisan companion bill in the Senate (S. 609).  "Chiropractic's non-drug, non-addictive and noninvasive approach to pain management can help alleviate disabling pain and improve function," says ACA President David Herd, DC. "That's why chiropractors are an important part of the health care team in the VA."  Chiropractors focus on disorders of the musculoskeletal system, most often treating complaints such as back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs and headaches. Widely known for their expertise in spinal manipulation, chiropractors are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, and to provide dietary and lifestyle counseling.

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: acatoday.org
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association 2017


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Chiropractic For Persistent Headache


Most people are aware that chiropractors are experts in dealing with back issues. As shown in a recent case study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, chiropractors are also equally trained in successfully diagnosing and treating many cases of headaches. In this case study, chiropractic care was delivered to a 54-year-old woman suffering from chronic debilitating headaches for the previous 11 months. After just five chiropractic manipulative therapy and adjunct treatments over 6 weeks, the patient experienced resolution of the headaches. If you or someone you know if suffering from headaches, call your local chiropractor today for a no obligation consultation.


Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Journal of Chiropractic Medicine Volume 12, Issue 4. December 2013.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2014


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Happy New Year

It has been a pleasure to serve you this year!  We are grateful that you have chosen us to be your health care providers. We truly think our patients are the best. People that have the intuition and courage to choose alternative medicine in the face of all the stuff we see on TV deserve to be acknowledged. 

Mainstream medicine is brilliant on in many ways and on many levels, but big pharma will have you believe that you need a pill for everything and this is simply not true. YOU have the wisdom to know when its not in your best interest to merely mask the symptoms of a dis-ease and try to get to the root of the problem. For this, we applaud you. It sets you apart.

Thanks again for making 2017 an amazing year. All of us at the clinic wish you continued health and happiness and a bright 2018. We all have so much to be thankful for.

 

Regards,

 

Dr. Saul

 

Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: Dr. Steven Saul
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul 2017


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Vitamin E Helpful In Treating Mild to Moderate Alzheimer's Disease


In a new double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group, randomized clinical trial involving 613 patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's Disease (AD), Vitamin E was shown to slow the functional decline of Alzheimer's. AD affects approximately 5 million older Americans and is marked by irreversible, progressive deterioration in memory and thinking skills. In this study, mild to moderate AD patients received either 2,000 IUs of vitamin E daily or a placebo. Over the average follow-up time of 2.3 years, researchers estimated those patients receiving the vitamin E had slowed their functional decline in activities of daily living (ADLs) by 19%. ADLs include things such as making meals, getting dressed and holding a conversation. According to researchers, this translated into a delay in progression of mild to moderate AD by 6.2 months. Another significant finding was that caregiver time was reduced by approximately 2 hours per day in the vitamin E group. Previous studies have also shown Vitamin E effective in those with moderately severe AD. It's important to note that those considering vitamin E supplementation to treat AD only do so under the supervision of a physician as vitamin E can interfere with blood thinners, cholesterol drugs and other medications.


Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JAMA. 2014;311(1):33-44.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2014


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Ice or Heat for Pain?

Low Back Pain: An Ice Pack or the Hot Tub?


Many patients perform some self-care when they first hurt their lower back, hoping this will keep them out of a doctor’s office. While home remedies can sometimes make the pain go away, sometimes they don’t. It just depends on what you try. When the back is first hurt, it’s often a sprain/strain type of injury with accompanying muscle spasm.

When a nerve in the low back becomes pinched or irritated, the body will protect the delicate nerves by keeping you from moving and risking further nerve injury. The easiest way for the body to do this is to cause the back muscles to spasm in the injured area.

Muscle pain can be quite severe and heat can sometimes soothe the pain. For this reason, many patients take to the heating pad or to the hot tub to try and get some relief. This should be avoided in an acute injury because inflammation is present. With inflammation, there is increased heat and the additional heat you provide is like adding gasoline to a fire. The results are usually not good.

A better choice with an acute injury is to ice the area, but this also needs to be done with some caution. The simplest ice pack is ice cubes placed in a plastic bag. While effective, you can cause a frostbite injury if you leave the pack on for too long. When you first ice the area, you will go through several phases before some pain relief is achieved. At first, the pack will feel cold. The next phase is a burning sensation and the ice will almost feel hot. This is followed by an aching or throbbing sensation. Just before the area is numbed, a very sharp pain will be experienced followed by the relief you desire. It can take between five to ten minutes to go through all of the phases.

Once numbness is achieved, the pack should be removed. You should most definitely not fall asleep while the pack is on.

If this simple procedure does not solve the problem, it’s best to get your spine checked by a doctor of chiropractic.
Chiro-Trust.org

Author: Chiro-Trust
Source: Chiro-Trust
Copyright: Chiro-Trust 2017


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Gratitude

Hi! Have you ever noticed how much better life feels when you are in the gratitide zone? Complaining can be perfectly appropriate at times, but can easily get out of control. You see, we are not hard-wired for gratititude. It is not the default setting for our mental conditioning. It must be cultivated.

According to  Dr. Robert Emmons there are 3 stages. 1. Recognize what you are grateful for. 2. Acknoledge what you are grateful for and 3, Appreciate it.

 

Gratitude makes us happier. It helps put situations into perspective. It helps us realize what we have. For example, recently, there has been much debate over NFL players kneeling durng the national anthem. There is a lot of upset on both sides of this issue. So what is there to be grateful for? Lots! We can ALL be extremely grateful that we live in a country where we can actually even have a debate!!

And yes, this realization helps put this all in perspective.

 

Ways to cultivate gratitude

 

Pay attention to the goodness around you. Amplify these moments.

Keep a gratitude journal. Write down the good you see. Savor the observations.

If you find yourself caught up in negativity, take a few deep breaths. Remember this too shall pass.

Compliment others and yourself on a daily basis. At least once a day. EX: "The sky looks beautiful today", "I am so happy to know you", Thanks for being you", "Isn't it great to be alive"?

(Its awesome to think that we ive better than Kings and Queens of the not too distant past. Did they have air conditioning, bathrooms with hot showers, refrigeration, grocery stores? We are living in an amazing time that we can easily take for granted.)

If you find yourself in a difficult situation, ask yourself, "What am I supposed to learn from this"? There is always a lesson. Life is for continuous learning.

Give up watching the news for a week. Its ok, you can pick up where you left off. Its ok to take a NEWS vacation.

Remember to be happy when people call you. They are showing that they value you. Dont feel like you have to answer the phone if you know you dont want to talk right then.

 

Wishing you a beautiful Autumnal season!

 

Regards,

 

Dr. Saul and Staff

 

 

 

 

Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: Dr. Steven Saul, Dr. Robert Emmons
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul, Dr. Robert Emmons 2017


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Salt Redux

Hi. Why is Celtic Sea Salt is good and regular salt is not. I wrote this awhile ago, but thought it was worth repeating.....

When I found out that salt was actually good for you, I was really confused. All those years spent not salting, eating bland foods, trying to do what was right!

WE WERE LIED TO!

Here is the problem. Most of us grew up eating something that said "SALT" on the box. However, it was not really salt at all!!

It was merely Sodium Chloride, the combination of just 2 minerals. It turns out that Sodium Chloride or NaCL is toxic and your body will retain water in an effort to dilute it on a cellular level. Excess NaCl can lead to increased risks of Osteoporosis, Hypertension and Stomach cancer and Adrenal exhaustion.

But here is the good news... SALT...real salt has over 80..yes...84 trace minerals which are essential for the survival of all living creatures, including humans. Lack of these minerals can result in Liver , Kidney and Adrenal problems, lack of electrolytes, early cellular degeneration, and heart problems.

Celtic Sea Salt is naturally moist and harvested right from the sea. It contains magnesium as the second ingredient as well as iodine, iron, calcium, manganese, potassium and zinc. The appropriate magnesium content makes sure that the unused sodium is quickly and completely eliminated by the body through the kidneys to prevent harm.

Celtic Sea Salt helps with�Digestion,�Sinus and Bronchial congestion. It regulates blood pressure, aids healing, prevents over-acidity in the body, balances sugar in diabetics, prevents muscle cramps and is a strong alkalinizer.

Generally you use 2/3 of the amount of Salt that you would normally use. Of course, EVERYTHING must be done in moderation. When cooking, use it at the end so that the heat will not destroy the nutrients. As always, make sure you get adequate amounts of water.

Now you can enjoy your meals...salt to taste....dont overdo it......have fun....

 

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Cheers to you,

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Dr. Saul

Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: Dr. Steven Saul
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul 2017


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Stay Healthy

Hi. I was thinking about what to say this month and frankly speaking there has been a lot going on in the world of healthcare. Debates about who should be covered. Who should pay? Is health care a right?

 

I dont pretend to have all the answers. I only have my opinion. The system is broken. Malpractice suits cause Doctors to charge more to then be able to pay the insurance premiums. Insurance companies are profit minded, not health minded. They want profits for their shareholders. The government is divided and uses the issue for its own political agenda. Its a mess and I am sure this is not news to you and merely a recap.

 

We need to consider and adopt strategies to stay healthy so you only need to use your health insurance in an emergency. What to do? Get Adjusted. Get Acupuncture. Get massages. Eat properly. Get some exercise. Drink plenty of water. Avoid artifiical stuff.

 

Please share with me how you plan to stay healthy and I will share your ideas in the next newsletter.

 

Happy Summer,

 

Dr. Steven Saul and Staff

Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: Dr. Steven Saul
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul 2017


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Your Feet

Welcome!

How are your feet? If you want to stay in optimal alignment, you should always consider your feet first!  Each foot has 26 bones and 19 muscles. If that foundation is not solid and balanced, your entire body is affected.As soon as your feet hit the ground, signals are sent to your brain asking for coordination of muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, fascia nd all the connections in between.

If you feet do not follow the proper path, it will put more pressure on your knees and then your hips sockets get involved which lead to spinal problems.

As summer approaches, more and more people wear shoes with little or no support for their arches. Traditionally, flip flops have been enemy number one. Till now!

 I recently found and have a display of great flip flops and slides that really suport normal foot/gait path! Finally a flip flop I can recommend!! Call Lily if you have questions. These really are the most supportive and comfortable flip flops and slides I have ever worn.

If you have foot trouble, let me know and I can evaluate you for pronation/supination and of course if you need to see a Podiatrist, we can recommend that as well.

 

 

 

All the best,

 

Dr. Saul

Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: Dr. Steven Saul
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul 2017


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New Testing

We have 2 new tests that we are very excited about! One is SPECTRACELL micronutrient  analysis.

What is Micronutrient Testing?

SpectraCell's Micronutrient tests measure the function of 35 nutritional components including vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and amino acids within our white blood cells.  Scientific evidence shows us that analyzing the white blood cells gives us the most accurate analysis of a body's deficiencies.

 



Are You in Control of Your Health, or Is It Controlling You?


Nutritional balance plays a key role in optimal wellness, chronic disease prevention and managing the aging process.

  • Do you find yourself feeling stressed, tired and maybe a little depressed?
  • Do you take prescription medicines to alleviate symptoms of certain conditions, but wonder why the condition exists at all?
  • Do you want to boost your immune system now, to possibly prevent chronic disease later? 

SpectraCell's Micronutrient testing offers the most accurate, scientifically proven method of assessing nutritional deficiencies.

Be Proactive, NOT Reactive

Traditionally, a person waited to go to the doctor at the first signs of a symptom.  Today, individuals are looking for way to not only manage illness with personalized treatment plans, but they are also seeking to achieve a higher level of wellness.

Eating a balanced diet, exercising and taking a multivitamin is simply not enough.  Each person's body is unique in its own way.  Due to the complexity of the human body, an individualized healthcare approach is the only way to guarantee optimal results.

What is Micronutrient Testing?

SpectraCell's Micronutrient tests measure the function of 35 nutritional components including vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and amino acids within our white blood cells.  Scientific evidence shows us that analyzing the white blood cells gives us the most accurate analysis of a body's deficiencies.

What results will I see?

SpectraCell's Micronutrient lab results include an overview page with all deficiencies listed, numeric and graphic reports easily identifying deficiencies and repletion and supplementation recommendations.

sample results - mnt graphs

SpectraCell's Micronutrient test includes:

Vitamins

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B3
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B12
  • Biotin
  • Folate
  • Pantothenate
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin K

Minerals

  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Zinc
  • Copper

Amino Acids

  • Asparagine
  • Glutamine
  • Serine

Fatty Acids

  • Oleic Acid

Antioxidants

  • Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Cysteine
  • Glutathione
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin E

Carbohydrate Metabolism

  • Chromium
  • Fructose Sensitivity
  • Glucose-Insulin Metabolism

Metabolites

  • Choline
  • Inositol
  • Carnitine

 

The other analysis is Genetic testing. Genetic testing is also called DNA testing. This test will show  vulnerabilities in your bloodline and your  tendency toward inherited diseases. This test can shore up you inherited weaknesses and help capitalize on your strengths. If you have already done the "23 and me" test we can have it analyzed to see what specific nutrients are needed for you to perform at your best. I consider this the most amazing breakthrough in the last  25 years of studying nutrition.

 

Call us to discuss timing and options. These tests offer the best value in healthcare today.

 

Yours in Health,

 

Dr. Saul and Staff

Author: Dr. Steven Saul, Wikipedia
Source: Dr. Steven Saul, Wikipedia
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul 2017


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