Common Conditions We Treat
There are more than 100 autoimmune diseases. Some of the most common ones are rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, inflammatory bowel disease, Addison’s disease, hashimotos thyroiditis, graves disease, sjogrens syndrome and myasthenia gravis. What they all have in common is the immune system which was designed to protect the body is now attacking the cells of the body. In summary a compromised poorly functioning immune system can no longer tell self from nonself.
Drugs can’t cure autoimmune diseases, they are intended to reduce pain and inflammation and to further suppress the immune system. To make progress with autoimmune diseases the immune system needs to be restored to its full potential to differentiate self from nonself. This is done by bringing the body back into balance or homeostasis which is the definition of health.
To bring the body back into homeostasis or balance is the specialty of structure function doctors. Function of the body is restored through diet, nutritional supplements, herbs, homeopathy, detox, glandulars and is carefully monitored through lab tests to monitor progress. Structural corrections are accomplished through chiropractic rehabilitative exercises, body work, acupuncture and other therapeutic modalities. Structure effects function and function effects structure. Doing both doubles the effectiveness of both.
What categorizes a patient as morbidly obese?
For men morbid obesity is a body fat percentage of 40% or above and for a woman it is a body fat percentage of 45% or above. This is measured by a Body Composition Analysis machine within our office. This will look at two key factors, Body Fat Percentage and Phase Angle. At our office we do not follow the traditional BMI.
How does Morbid obesity affect a patient’s health?
Morbid Obesity can lead to numerous complications such as the following
- Heart Disease and Blood Lipid abnormalities
- Type 2 diabetes
- Sleep Apnea
- Reproductive problems
- And so much more….
What diagnostics do we order for patients with morbid obesity
- Prather Profile
- Hemoglobin A1c
- Hormone Panel
- GI Stool Kit
- Food Sensitivity Test
- ANS (Autonomic Nervous System) Test
What services do we offer for patients with morbid obesity
- And much more…..
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD
ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood. Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors (may act without thinking what the result will be) or be overly active.
Treatments of ADHD include medications and/or behavior therapy. There are approximately 6.2 million children diagnosed with ADHD. Of these 6.2 million children diagnosed with ADHD about 30% were treated with medication alone, about 15% received behavioral treatment alone, about 32% received both medication treatment and behavioral therapy, and approximately 23% were receiving neither medication nor behavioral treatment.
At our office we offer a third alternative treatments for ADHD through structure function care. Through thorough diagnostic labs and examination we look for underlying conditions that may contribute to ADHD behaviors, which can be food intolerances, heavy metal toxins, endocrine imbalances, or nutritional deficiencies. We then find safe natural means of correcting what could be an underlying cause in the behavior.
- 50 million Americans live with chronic pain
- 630 billion dollars are lost annually to chronic pain in America
- Chronic pain is the leading cause of long term disability in the US
- Lower back pain affects 80% of Americans
- JFK went through 4 back surgeries for chronic back pain, each one making the problem worse
- 34.6% of chronic pain patients consider suicide
- 40% of all back surgeries fail and those that are successful usually are worse off after 5 years than if they had never had the surgery
- Opioids have been proven to only be beneficial for acute or end of life pain treatments, and will even make chronic pain worse over time
What is the answer to chronic pain patient’s dilemma? The new recommendations for chronic pain are to first seek relief through hands on treatments such as chiropractic, acupuncture, therapeutic massage, rehabilitative exercises, trigger point therapy, lifestyle changes. Along with these therapies we also offer dietary charges, nutritional supplementation, herbals with anti-inflammatory properties, and homeopathies that are safe and natural. We also refer and work with some of the best pain clinics in our area so patients can get the best of both allopathic and structure function care.
30 million Americans suffer from some type of peripheral neuropathy. 70% of all diabetics develop diabetic peripheral neuropathy. 54,000 diabetics have amputations each year. More shocking is the fact that 75% of amputations are preventable. Other causes of peripheral neuropathy is trauma, vascular and blood problems that decrease oxygen supply to the peripheral nerves. Autoimmune diseases, often caused by infections, or infections themselves can cause neurological damage. Certain cancers and benign tumors can cause neuropathy. Chemo and radiation treatments for cancer can also be a cause of peripheral neuropathy. Treatment of neuropathy in the medical setting is mostly geared toward symptomatic relief more than getting to the root of the problem. Circulation can be restored and nerves can heal if given an opportunity. Proper nutrition with vitamin and mineral supplementation is essential to healing neuropathy. Also chiropractic, bodywork, acupuncture, and rehabilitative therapy is essential to restoring the proper function and providing healing to the nervous system.
High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease and Stroke
High blood pressure puts you at risk for both heart disease and stroke. About 1 in 3 adults have high blood pressure which is 140/90 or higher. Also approximately 1 in 3 adults have prehypertension which is 120/80 – 139/89, which is not yet classified as high blood pressure but is not in the ideal range. This leaves only 1 in 3 adults with blood pressure readings in the normal or ideal range.
Heart disease is the number 1 killer of Americans, both men and women, and accounts for 1 in every 4 deaths in this country. Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the United States, killing 140,000 Americans each year or 1 in 20 deaths. Every year 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke, not only causing death, but leading to disability, reducing mobility in half of stroke survivors 65 and older.
Blood pressure is influenced by many factors in the body, such as heart, kidney and liver disease, to regulation by hormones and neurological control. Though medications can be helpful they sometimes don’t work, can cause adverse reactions and contribute to worsening of kidney function.
With structure function care we try to get to the underlying cause of high blood pressure, whether it is plaque in the artery walls, chronic kidney disease or weakening of the heart. We then work to turn those conditions around with diet, exercise, supplementation, herbals and homeopathies to restore proper health and homeostasis to the body without drugs or surgery.