Posts for: January, 2017
This past week, I had a new patient come in to address a recent diagnosis of osteopenia (loss of bone density), and in some areas of the body, particularly her hips, osteoporosis (increased loss of bone density leading to decreased bone strength).
The patient's first question for me was, "Can this be reversed naturally?" My answer was, "Absolutely yes, if we give the body what it needs to do so. If we are not able to fully reverse it, we can still increase the bone density, stop further loss of bone, and reduce the risk of any bone fractures occurring in the future. And we can do it all without prescription drugs."
The patient scheduled an appointment after reading the side effects of the prescription drugs that were prescribed to her as her doctors response to the diagnosis, which included Prolia injections and Fosamax. Some of the side effects of these drugs include osteonecrosis (decay of bone) in the jaw, increased risk of fracture, esophageal cancer, and heart arrhythmias.
These drugs usually work by preventing the breakdown of bone. While this leaves the patient with an increased bone mass, it is now old, poor quality bone. Bone MUST break down to be rebuilt! Both parts of this process are necessary for healthy bones. This is why many osteoporosis drugs actually list increased risk of fractures as a side effect- because the bone is poorer quality. While the bone may end up looking good on a DEXA scan, the bone has actually been made unhealthier.
So how do we address osteopenia and osteoporosis naturally? First is diet. We must eliminate the foods that cause demineralization of our own bones. These include all grains, dairy (Yes, dairy! Because it is so acidic, it contributes to breakdown of bone in the body. The best place to get calcium is green veggies like kale, broccoli, or by drinking bone broth), and sugars. We must work on decreasing inflammation in the body.
Chiropractic adjustments are actually very important for maintaining bone density! In addition to keeping joints mobile and in full range of motion, chiropractic adjustments actually stimulate osteoclasts, or the cells that BUILD new bone. Yes, chiropractic adjustments directly help your bones become stronger! Also, chiropractic ensures that there are no restricted joints and that weight distribution throughout the spinal column is even.
Lastly, a recommendation for nutritional supplements may be made. In the case of this patient, we put her on Calcifood wafers by Standard Process, an incredible bone building supplement that contains all of the necessary bone minerals in their natural, organic whole food form, as well as bovine and veal bone and bone marrow to give the body raw material to remodel bone. Other supplements may be necessary as well, including vitamin D, vitamin K, fish oil, and more, to give the body all it needs to begin reversing the osteoporotic process.
Before resorting to drugs, help your body rebuild bone and become healthier overall with conservative, holistic care like chiropractic kinesiology!
Even when I'm out traveling and taking time off, I am still always learning! I spent last Thursday shadowing orthopedic surgeon Dr. Victor Romano at Romano Orthopedics at West Suburban Hospital in Illinois.
Dr. Romano is a unique orthopedic surgeon in that he utilizes muscle testing in his practice! For an orthopedist to use muscle testing is rare and yet- so awesome!
I got to see Dr. Romano muscle testing his patients to help in diagnosing their conditions such as carpal tunnel, foot problems, spinal misalignments, TMJ disorders, and more. He also uses muscle testing to test his patients balance. He actually did some of this testing on me.
I really appreciated getting to see Dr. Romano use muscle testing with his patients. I especially liked seeing how he used it to help in saving his patients from any surgeries if they are perhaps not necessary. Dr. Romano is a conservative orthopedic surgeon as he tries to employ other treatment methods before resorting to surgery.
It was a truly enjoyable learning experience and I look forward to visiting again!
What better way to start the New Year than to show just another one of the amazing possibilities we have with holistic health care?
Below is a medication/supplement before and after chart from my patient Allison, who was kind enough to share this with us! The before chart is from 2014, while the chart to the right is from 2016.
In the 2 years that I have been treating my patient Allison, she has gone from 10 daily prescription medications to 2 as needed Rx medications, and she has also gone from 12 nutritional supplements daily to 8 supplements daily. We did this with holistic chiropractic care in the office including adjustments, organ system work, mind-body techniques and more, and dietary sensitivity testing and dietary changes, as well as muscle testing for Allison's nutritional supplement needs.
By incorporating holistic healthcare into her life, Allison has been able to get off essentially all of her prescription drugs. Notice that many of the medications were for allergies and sinus issues, which people may not think of chiropractic care being the first line of treatment for. Sure enough, with treatment in the office, dietary changes, and the correct nutritional supplements, Allison was able to get off her meds, many of which cause both short and long-term negative side effects.
By using muscle testing in the office to test for Allison's specific nutritional supplement needs, we were able to eliminate many of the natural supplements she was taking as well. Oftentimes, people come in to the office taking many supplements, which they have read about or been given before, without knowing if they are helping or if they are really what is needed by the body. With muscle testing, we can determine what exactly is needed by the patient. In this way, we were also able to refine Allison's nutritional supplement list.
I love to see the miracles of holistic healthcare work in this way! It has truly been amazing to look back at Allison's progress and see how far she has come. Thanks to Allison for sharing this journey so that everyone can see!
Here's to many more "miracles" like these here in the office in 2017! Happy New Year!