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Detox Soup Can Supercharge Your Autoimmune Recovery

  
  
  
  
  
  
Detox Soup

When you feel like your body is filled with toxic sludge, make a soup out of these top detox foods! The recipe takes about 30 minutes from start to finish and the taste is just beyond delish.

Ingredients:

        • 1 tablespoon olive oil
        • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
        • ½ yellow onion, roughly diced
        • 1 head broccoli, chopped small (about ⅔ pound)
        • 2 ½ cups water
        • ¼ teaspoon sea or kosher salt
        • 1 cup fresh arugula
        • 1 inch piece of ginger, grated
        • ½ lemon

Directions:

  1. In a medium stock pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and sauté for about two minutes, then, add garlic and sauté another minute.
  2. Add broccoli, arugula, and ginger and sauté about 4 minutes.
  3. Add water and salt.  Bring to a boil.  Once soup boils, reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for 8 minutes (or until broccoli is tender).
  4. Remove soup from heat and ladle the mixture into a blender (work slowly and in batches - never fill the blender more than ¾ full), puree and return to pot.
  5. Ladle into bowls and squeeze a wedge of fresh lemon over the top and enjoy.

Serves two.

Find this and more delicious, simple to prepare recipes in the Eat Right for Your Type Personalized Cookbooks (they make a great gift at the budget-friendly price of only $10.80 each).

For more details about the natural approach I take with my patients, take a look a the book I wrote entitled: Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide To Revealing Your Body's Life-Changing Secrets For Renewed Health. It is available in my office or at Amazon and many other book outlets.

If you found value in this article, please use the social sharing icons at the top of this post and please share with those you know who are still suffering with low thyroid symptoms or other chronic health challenges, despite receiving medical managment. Help me reach more people so they may regain their zest for living! Thank you!

ALL THE BEST – DR. KARL R.O.S. JOHNSON, DC – DIGGING DEEPER TO FIND SOLUTIONS

Change Your Brain, Chronic Pain, Anxiety and Focus With Neurofeedback

  
  
  
  
  
  

I am pleased to introduce neurofeedback to the Shelby Township area of Southeast Michigan. Also known as Brain Training, this groundbreaking approach incorporates state-of-the-art equipment with the expertise of our professionally trained staff. Neurofeedback is ideal for helping people who suffer with medical conditions such as:

A NEW APPROACH

For over 40 years the accepted treatment for neurological symptoms has been the use of medications. However the disadvantages to medicating the brain are becoming more widely known. Side effects are common, and stopping the medication often results in a return of the symptoms. Patients are becoming increasingly frustrated with high cost medications that do not offer a long term resolution to their symptoms.

There are other ways to change the brain that are non-invasive and more natural. It’s no secret that the food you eat and exercise are all critical to brain function. But this is often not enough to alleviate more serious conditions. In my practice utilizing a metabolic and a neurological approach together has consistently shown the best results by getting to the root causes beneath the health challenge the patient presents with. Rather than treating the condition I am helping restore the patient's physiology back to self regulating balance. I call this combination apporach Johnson Neuro-Metabolic Therapy. Using chiropractic's neurological heritage is often the keystone that "cracks the code" on chronic health challenges. This new tool called Neurofeedback helps us speed up the process of changing neurological function more towards normal with objective measurements that are backed by years of research. In the end the most important measure of success for the patient is; do I have my life back? Can I now do the things I used to be able to do and desparately want to bet back to doing? I am happy to say that over the years hundreds of patients have been able to say yes to those questions. Now with the proven science behind neurofeedback, even more difficult cases can be helped.

Introducing Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback and the brainFortunately, a new field called Neurofeedback has emerged that is yielding positive results for many people with debilitating neurological symptoms. Neurofeedback has been shown to be incredibly powerful when done right with a licensed practitioner. There are many case studies of people who have changed their lives for the better using neurofeedback. Research has shown people of all ages see dramatic improvement in ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Brain Injury, Migraines, Seizures, Chronic Pain, Addiction and more. Results like these have become too common to ignore.

Neurofeedback is not an instant process. It takes time for the brain to change and learn. Often many sessions are needed to see any results. But often, once clients are functioning better and have fewer symptoms, they can reduce their reliance on medication.

Neurofeedback has been proven to change the brain – to change timing in the brain. It’s published in scientific literature. It’s used by thousands of licensed health professionals around the world. It could be the most important new tool available for mental and neurological health.

WHAT IS NEUROFEEDBACK?

Neurofeedback (also called Neuro Therapy) is a non-invasive process where brain waves are monitored in real time by a computer, which can then use that information to produce changes in brainwave activity. The process of adjusting brainwave activity is known as operant conditioning, which is a method where rewards for positive behavior increase learning capabilities.

The Neurofeedback Process

The computer monitors your brainwaves while you watch a movie or listen to music. When deviations from normal brainwave activity occur, the computer triggers an audio or visual cue that alerts the patient that they are outside normal ranges. These cues are received by the brain, which subconsciously adjusts itself back to a normal pattern to make the cue stop. With enough repetition of this process, the brain eventually learns to stay in the normal ranges on its own without the computer. With the brain functioning normally on its own, symptoms of irregular brain activity will decline.

ADD / ADHDIt has been well documented that people who suffer neurological problems have abnormal brain waves in certain areas of the brain. For instance, case studies using QEEG “brain maps” have shown that people with Attention-Deficit-Disorder (ADD) have elevated delta brainwaves, while those who suffer from depression have elevated alpha brainwaves. Those with anxiety will have elevated Beta brainwaves, while those suffering from memory loss usually have decreased theta brainwaves.

Training the brain using neurofeedback can change these brainwaves over time, adjusting them into normal, healthy ranges. It can improve alertness, attention, emotional regulation, behavior, cognitive function, and mental flexibility. When the brain moves back into normal ranges, users will often see a reduction in symptoms.

The best part of neurofeedback is that results are often permanent, allowing a person to reduce or even eliminate medications altogether (of course by the prescribing physician). Where medications only manage the symptoms, the goal of neurofeedback is to address the underlying cause and restore normal brainwave functions.

For more information you can visit my neurofeedback website at www.ClearmindSEMichigan.com. I plan on offering this new service first to our existing patients who are in need of the procedure. We will start with brain mapping and them move on to the actural neurofeedback training with current patients.

Stop suffering with chronic pain, anxiety, brain fog, insonmia, depression, ADD and other signs of brain and body imbalance. Come in for your evaluation and see for yourself how beneficial the Clearmind Neurofeedback can be for your health challenges.

For more details about the natural approach I take with my patients, take a look a the book I wrote entitled: Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide To Revealing Your Body's Life-Changing Secrets For Renewed Health. It is available in my office or at Amazon and many other book outlets.

If you found value in this article, please use the social sharing icons at the top of this post and please share with those you know who are still suffering with low thyroid symptoms or other chronic health challenges, despite receiving medical managment. Help me reach more people so they may regain their zest for living! Thank you!

ALL THE BEST – DR. KARL R.O.S. JOHNSON, DC – DIGGING DEEPER TO FIND SOLUTIONS

 


Chronic Pain Has Met It's Match With Pain Blasting Healing Laser

  
  
  
  
  
  

MLS Pain Blasting Healing Laser"The tennis elbow pain I felt when you pushed on my forearm is gone! How does that work"? "The sharp stabbing pain that made me pause talking between each word is so much better two hours after the laser treatment". "Dr. J, I am not shuffling any longer, the plantar fascitis pain in my foot is virtrually gone after the laser treatment"! These words were music to my ears as patients experienced the benefits of the Multi-Wave Locked System on its first day of use. 

The new Cutting Edge pain blasting healing MLS M6 laser now available at Johnson Chiropractic Neurology & Nutrition is proving itself invaluable on its first day of use. This research proven, Italian made powerful class IV laser will be part of the protocol we will be using to help heal damaged and inflammed tissue with all of our chronic and acute pain patients from here forward. 

After hearing about the positive results other doctors around the country are achieving for their patients and finding out the unique properties of this patented laser, I am happy to announce its availabily to all my patients.

The Cutting Edge MLS M6 Laser is one of the most technologically advanced therapeutic Class IV lasers approved by the FDA. The MLS Laser is capable of delivering over 100 times more healing energy than the most powerful devices of the previous generation (Class III – ‘Cold Lasers’ – LLLT – Low Level Laser Therapy). Johnson Chiropractic Neurology & Nutrition is one of the first clinics in Michigan to offer their patients the latest advance in safe, comfortable and highly effective pain relief and tissue repair as taught by the American Functional Neurology Institute.

MLS Stands for “Multi-Wave Lock System.” MLS is the name of the technology used that utilizes the patented combination of wavelengths. The 2 wavelengths are synchronized to work together, much like a symphony to deliver superior results. Like two musical instruments playing together in harmony, the patented MLS emission system organizes continuous and pulsed emission providing simultaneous anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects in considerably reduced times. In addition, this unique patented synchronization of multiple wavelengths creates less ‘scatter’ and allows for safe deep tissue treatment. (Scatter can produce heat in the tissues and is the reason why with other Class IV therapeutic laser devices the therapist must keep the laser beam in motion). Treatments take just a few minutes and are painless, however, the therapeutic effects continue to soothe and heal long after the treatment ends.

MLS Therapy has been developed and tested following a strict course of biomedical and clinical research. In fact, the effectiveness of the combination of the emissions making up the MLS pulse was initially tested in vitro on cellular cultures, then in vivo on animals, and finally by means of controlled clinical trials run by major state-of-the-art health organizations for treating traumatic or degenerative painful diseases.

The idea that light has curative properties is widespread in modern culture. Light is essential to almost all life forms: plants draw their energy directly from solar radiation by means of photosynthesis and light regulates the biological rhythms of the majority of living beings.

Today it has been scientifically proven that certain light emissions are able to effectively transfer energy to animal cells and tissue. Areas subject to a poor metabolism recover full activity and the ailing tissue is cured following treatment. However, some light emissions are more effective than others. Not all light emissions are of the same quality nor do they have the same therapeutic effect. In fact, each light emission has precise physical parameters that establish how the electromagnetic field associated with it “vibrates”. These parameters also play a
fundamental role in determining whether the emission is able to transfer its energy to the tissue or not. The analysis of clinical literature describing the results obtained with light emissions developed up to now, has highlighted that the extent of the therapeutic effect – after passing a threshold energy dose characteristic to the tissue and problem to be treated – depends on some fundamental parameters: the coherence of the emissions used, their wavelength and the way in which they supply energy over time (or rather the form of the energy impulse used).

Biomedical research and clinical trials have demonstrated the therapeutic potential of the emission used and have led to the identification of the most efficient emission parameters.

MLS therapy is possible thanks to the identification of an extremely effective wave form.

The synergic effects of MLS Therapy are obtained due to physical characteristics peculiar to the MLS pulse. It involves sophisticated light emission, which transfers the electromagnetic field energy to tissue in an extremely efficient manner: it is a light impulse of superior biological and therapeutic quality, which is generated by a combined, synchronized continuous and pulsed emission system involving several wavelengths. The MLS pulse was developed on the basis of the most recent information available in clinical literature, and the results of detailed scientific research, which demonstrated the greater induction effectiveness of the primary biochemical and bioelectrical effects of its component emissions.

What Are The Benefits of MLS Laser Therapy? 

  • No known side effects 
  • Painless and Non-Invasive 
  • Drug-free 
  • Rapid relief of pain 
  • Strong anti-inflammatory effect 
  • Timely healing of sprains & strains 
  • Rapid recovery of the structural integrity of injured regions 
  • Rapid resolution of swollen areas 
  • Immediate improvement of local blood circulation 
  • Rapid repair of superficial injuries, such as wounds and ulcers

Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC is elated to add this super-beneficial treatment modality to his already clinically beneficial help for patients who have consulted him for help with:

Stop suffering in pain. Come in for an evaluation and see for yourself how beneficial the Cutting Edge MLS pain blasting, healing laser can be for your health challenges.

For more details about the natural approach I take with my patients, take a look a the book I wrote entitled: Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide To Revealing Your Body's Life-Changing Secrets For Renewed Health. It is available in my office or at Amazon and many other book outlets.

If you found value in this article, please use the social sharing icons at the top of this post and please share with those you know who are still suffering with low thyroid symptoms or other chronic health challenges, despite receiving medical managment. Help me reach more people so they may regain their zest for living! Thank you!

ALL THE BEST – DR. KARL R.O.S. JOHNSON, DC – DIGGING DEEPER TO FIND SOLUTIONS

Dietary Culprits in High Blood Pressure and Autoimmunity

  
  
  
  
  
  
Omron Blood Pressure Monitor

One of the most prevalent health challenges I see in my patient population is high blood pressure. Patients don't come into my office specifically asking me for help with the chief complaint of hypertension. However, since I do a thorough health history, with current medical problems and family history, the topic of what can be done about it comes up. Many times the patient will as me what natural means could be implemented to help with getting to the cause of this common, potentially deadly health challenge.

There are several natural strategies can be employed to deal with the underlying causes of hypertension and many of the same helpful diet and lifestyle changes that help with patient who do come in with autoimmune issues, such as Hashimoto's, help with high blood pressure as well.

Here are some of the sobering statistics about high blood pressure:

  • Having high blood pressure puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke, leading causes of death in the United States.[1] People of all ages and backgrounds can develop high blood pressure. Fortunately, it's mostly preventable.
  • 67 million American adults (31%) have high blood pressure—that’s1 in every 3 American adults.[2]

  • 69% of people who have a first heart attack, 77% of people who have a first stroke, and 74% of people with chronic heart failure have high blood pressure.[3] High blood pressure is also a major risk factor for kidney disease.

  • More than 348,000 American deaths in 2009 included high blood pressure as a primary or contributing cause.[3]

  • High blood pressure costs the nation $47.5 billion annually in direct medical expenses and$3.5 billion each year in lost productivity.[4]

  • About half (47%) of people with high blood pressure have their condition under control.[2]

  • Almost 30% of American adults have prehypertension—blood pressure numbers that are higher than normal, but not yet in the high blood pressure range.[3] Prehypertension raises your risk of developing high blood pressure.

Here are a few dietary rules (ones you won't hear about in the popular press) to follow if you already have high blood pressure:

1. Stay away from High Fructose Corn Sweetener – it increases blood pressure through several mechanisms. It stimulates the sympathetic nervous system function (so it’s bad for anxiety patients too); reduces urinary sodium excretion (so it makes you retain water), increases uric acid which then reduces nitric oxide (heart patients need more nitric oxide as it helps dilate the blood vesses and red blood vessel inflammation). Dietary hint: Stay away from corn sweeteners and even high consumption of fruits that aren’t stone fruits (ones with center seeds like peaches and plums). Don’t drink fruit juice except pomegranate juice – drink 8oz of that each day.

2. Completely avoid artificial sweeteners like the plague! Talk about the most poisonous thing you could do to your body, all artificial sweeteners should be banned. Use stevia if you must but you’d be better with locally grown raw honey or maple syrup. I’d rather see a patient use some table sugar then artificial sweeteners.

3. PCBs (polychlorinated bipenyls), Heavy Metal Toxicities (especially exposure to mercury, cadmium, lead and iron), and other environmental toxicities such as pesticides and herbicides are very toxic to blood vessels. Most people don’t realize that iron supplements can be very toxic, especially if you are using an elemental form of iron like ferrous sulfate. It is similar to eating dirt. Also I found that almost no one knows that artificial colors contain heavy metals...it's what gives them their color. Lifestyle hint: Stop spraying (or even having sprayed by someone else) your lawn with toxic chemicals. Stop using toxic bug, bee, and insect sprays/repellants. Start buying natural products for your home including natural cleaning products, detergents, laundry soaps, etc. Use vinegar to clean; learn to read every label on everything! A great source for natural lawn, garden and household plant plant and pest products is Garden's Alive. I've been using their awesome products for years and they are in Lawenceburg, Indiana. Check them out at http://www.gardensalive.com

4. High blood glucose levels are an early warning sign to heart disease. Fasting blood sugar levels (taken right when you wake) should not exceed 100 and I like to see HbA1C levels at around 5.5 or less. Even if you are not diabetic yet, these elevated glucose levels raise insulin levels and damage your endothelium (the lining of your blood vessels) and your kidneys. Dietary hint: Start to limit carbohydrate intake. Even complex carbohydrates will still raise your blood sugar. I make every diabetic patient as well as all metabolic syndrome patient (fasting blood sugar 100-124) start counting carbs. You’ll be shocked at how many carbs (in grams) you consume every day. Try limiting yourself to first 75 grams per day (you can subtract out the grams of fiber) and then drop down to 50 grams per day. I don’t make patients add the carbs from whole vegetables but they must count those from potatoes (just eliminate white potatoes) and non-stone fruit. 

Limiting toxic exposure to high fructose corn syrup, poisonous sweeteners, toxic chemicals, and too many carbohydrates will help you in many ways, other than reduction of blood pressure (including reducing autoimmune inducing triggers). It’s really just a good, sensible way to live. 

Reclaim Your Life Book 3D Reflect

For more details about the natural approach I take with my patients, take a look a the book I wrote entitled: Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide To Revealing Your Body's Life-Changing Secrets For Renewed Health. It is available in my office or at Amazon and many other book outlets.

If you found value in this article, please use the social sharing icons at the top of this post and please share with those you know who are still suffering with low thyroid symptoms or other chronic health challenges, despite receiving medical managment. Help me reach more people so they may regain their zest for living! Thank you!

ALL THE BEST – DR. KARL R.O.S. JOHNSON, DC – DIGGING DEEPER TO FIND SOLUTIONS

Thanks and appreciation to many of the tips found in this article to one of my colleagues, Dr. Kevin Conners. He has written many helpful books including: http://www.beatchroniclyme.com/, http://www.stopfightingcancer.com/, http://www.immunebook.com/ and http://www.crazybrainbook.com/.

References:

1. Kochanek KD, Xu JQ, Murphy SL, Miniño AM, Kung HC. Deaths: final data for 2009. National vital statistics reports. 2011;60(3).

2. CDC. Vital signs: prevalence, treatment, and control of hypertension—United States, 1999-2002 and 2005-2008. MMWR. 2011;60(4):103-8.

3. Roger VL, Go AS, Lloyd-Jones DM, Benjamin EJ, Berry JD, Borden WB, et al. Heart disease and stroke statistics—2012 update: a report from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2012;125(1):e2–220.

4. Heidenreich PA, Trogdon JG, Khavjou OA, Butler J, Dracup K, Ezekowitz MD, et al. Forecasting the future of cardiovascular disease in the United States: a policy statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2011;123(8):933-44. Epub 2011 Jan 24.

5. Palar K, Sturm R. Potential societal savings from reduced sodium consumption in the U.S. adult population. American Journal of Health Promotion. 2009;24(1):49–57.

Mercury Toxicity Mimics Many Diseases Including Autoimmunity (Video)

  
  
  
  
  
  

Mercury toxicity is the great mimicker of a host of health challenges.

Here is a sample of what one should know about mercury toxicity.

Mercury-thermometer

1: Mercury is known to denervate nerve fibers, similar to the pathology of multiple sclerosis. In other words it makes it so the nerves do not work.

2: Mercury can leak into the blood-brain barrier and reduce nerve conduction velocity and visual evoked responses, diagnostic tests used for multiple sclerosis.

3: Mercury can inhibit the action (binding) of happy hormones, like serotonin, at the synapse (nerve to nerve connection) leading to depression.

4: Mercury can cause hearing loss.

5: Mercury can decrease norepinephrine and dopamine activity at synapses, damaging our molecules of emotion. This can make a person lack zip, enthusiasm, joy, and creativity and make him anxious, insomniac, and terribly tense.

6: Mercury can create peripheral neuropathy, auto-immunity and interferes with synapse transmission, decreasing infection control so the unsuspecting victim gets recurrent sinusitis, prostate or gum infections, as examples.

7: Hidden mercury toxicity can be at the root of a resistant Candida infection. Sometimes you just cannot clear Candida symptoms until you get rid of the mercury.

8: Mercury is also a major undiagnosed cause of chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.

9: Whenever we see someone resistant to all treatments, there is a high probability mercury toxicity is at the root of it.

10: Mercury toxicity can create any baffling neurologic disease as well as impair cure for any disease of other body systems.

One of the most common symptoms we see from mercury toxicity is that of terrible body burning and baffling pain that migrates.

But what neurologist looks for mercury toxicity?

And you certainly will never find it by doing an MRI.

Instead, folks get fictitious diagnoses like erythromelalgia, fibromyalgia, idiopathic neuropathy, neurosis, idiopathic pain syndrome, or hypochondriasis.

Watch the following 5 minute video on how mercury can cause nerve damage. This is a real eye opener.

 

In my practice I find that toxic overload is a common trigger in autoimmune illness such as Hashimoto's, multiple sclerosis, vitiligo, rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson's disease and many other illnesses. I wrote about my battle with plantar warts and by detoxing how I was able to have them go away in just a matter of 3 weeks (I had them for five years). 

I've got a great video for you to watch that explains the concepts of how to detox effectively. There are a lot of dangerous and downright inneffective methods to perform a detox on the internet, so be careful what you select. I highly recommend you consider Detox Done Right. Click here to view it now. You won't be disappointed. You'll need about 40 minutes to review it and I reccommend you shut your phone off to avoid interruptions.

Once you've reviewed the video and you now want to get started, call my office at 586-731-8840 to find out how to get started on your "new you" cleanse!

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For more details about the natural approach I take with my patients, take a look a the book I wrote entitled: Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide To Revealing Your Body's Life-Changing Secrets For Renewed Health. It is available in my office or at Amazon and many other book outlets.

If you found value in this article, please use the social sharing icons at the top of this post and please share with those you know who are still suffering with low thyroid symptoms or other chronic health challenges, despite receiving medical managment. Help me reach more people so they may regain their zest for living! Thank you!

ALL THE BEST – DR. KARL R.O.S. JOHNSON, DC – DIGGING DEEPER TO FIND SOLUTIONS

Portions of this blog courtesy of Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., M.S., director of Functional Medicine University.

Reference:

Rogers SA, Detoxify or Die, Prestige Publishing, Syracuse NY, 2002

Don't Let “Cold and Flu Season” Make You a Victim

  
  
  
  
  
  

Cold and FluHopefully, by the time you read this article, you have not already been plagued with a nasty cold, flu, sinus infection or upper respiratory infection.  Every year around this time we are told the “cold and flu season” is upon us. For many who haven’t learned a way around participating in this dubious season, the expectation is to get “sick” once again.

I’m here to explain what I have learned over the last 30 years of clinical practice as a chiropractic physician and clinical nutritionist that can minimize your chances of succumbing to the march of the “bugs!” I suppose the most important concept is to realize that a bacteria or virus does not go on the attack, but rather look for suitably weak hosts where they can start a family. Just like a vulture does not attack a live, healthy elephant unless it is maimed or killed, neither do bacteria and viruses attack healthy humans. Sometimes, I’ve explained this concept of health of an organism this way: a watermelon seed will not grow on a rock. A watermelon seed can, however, germinate in soil of the appropriate nutrient and water content. It is the same idea with our bodies. If your body is clean and vibrant on the inside with a properly functioning nervous system and proper fuel for the digestive system, then bacteria and viruses will not be able to take a hold and start colonizing, creating sickness.

First of all, as I’ve explained to my various staff members over the years, the “season of sickness” always comes after Halloween… The tradition of children going out in costumes begging for candy and then parents allowing the gorging of several dozen candy treats is, undoubtedly, the beginning of the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. “Excess sugar depresses immunity. Studies have shown that downing 75 to 100 grams of a sugar solution (about 20 teaspoons of sugar, or the amount that is contained in two average 12-ounce sodas) can suppress the body’s immune responses. Simple sugars, including glucose, table sugar, fructose, and honey caused a fifty-percent drop in the ability of white blood cells to engulf bacteria. An overdose of sugar—eating or drinking 100 grams (8 tbsp.) of sugar, the equivalent of two-and-a-half 12-ounce cans of soda—can reduce the ability of white blood cells to kill germs by 40 percent. The immune-suppressing effect of sugar starts less than thirty minutes after ingestion and may last for five hours.”1 After Halloween, comes Thanksgiving, then Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Valentines Day and finally Easter. These holidays all tend to be laden with lots of sweets among other immune bashing substances. You have to moderate the intake of the offending items, or else, suffer the consequences.

Our body is an amazing self-healing, self-regulating organism full of trillions of cells. This body of ours I liken to a racecar that requires racing fuel for optimum performance. Not only the fuel is important, but the electrical system must be top notch as well.

As long as you are fairly knowledgeable about chiropractic, you know the purpose of chiropractic care is to maintain a properly functioning nervous system. The relationship of the spine and all the joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons to the nerve tissue protected inside, is of vital concern to the chiropractic physician. Additionally, the neurological impact of all the sensors imbedded in the joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons of the spine are critical to neurological health. In case you didn’t know, all the sensors just mentioned are designed to provide constant neurological input to the brain, keeping the brain stimulated and healthy.

Every square millimeter of your body has sensors that feed the brain neurological input. When any joint in your body (your spine has 180 of them) does not move in all the available 6 ranges of motion, the brain misses the neurological input and thus, the neurological output from the brain is less specific. This loss of specificity is what we all feel as problems occur in our body. In addition, much of the brain’s output goes into activities we don’t feel, like how many disease-fighting white blood cells we are making, how much digestive juices are manufactured, the quantity of hormones the thyroid and other glands are making, etc.2

For a very short video showing how to prevent a cold or flu from the neurological standpoint, navigate here: http://bit.ly/19yucaZ.

Aside from the neurological aspects of weakened immune function, having a lot of sugar, a lack of a variety of clean vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, as well as a lack of quality protein sources, will lead to a weakened immune system. Increased stress (physical, chemical and emotional) also makes us more vulnerable to illness. Thankfully chiropractic care can help remove the physical effects of accumulated stress on the body setting the stage for a healthier you.3

In addition to good nutrition, limiting sugar intake, getting proper health enhancing chiropractic care, here are my top three of action steps to maintain a healthy immune system:

1.  Keep your mucous membranes, the first defense against foreign bug invaders healthy by staying properly hydrated. Be sure to drink the equivalent of 1/3 of your body weight in ounces of purified water every day. This habit will maintain proper functioning of the membranes (as well has many other key functions of the body).4 In addition, be sure to humidify your home. Your furnace (especially gas, forced air) dries out the air in your home. Be sure to set your furnace humidity level higher in the winter if you have a furnace installed whole house humidifier. If you don’t have this option, consider buying an ultrasonic humidifier or two and keep them on, being mindful to keep your humidifier very clean. I’ve used this model, available at Amazon.com to successfully to keep my home humidity at proper levels (41% or so). http://amzn.to/1fh7cOV.

2. Increase your vitamin D intake as fall and winter march on. Most of the patients I see at my office have blood tests that show their vitamin D is way below normal levels. Vitamin D is very important for proper immune system function.5 We recommend an easy-to-take, easy-to-alter dosage type of liquid vitamin D. Right now I am taking 6,000 IU per day (3 drops of the type I am taking). For children I usually suggest half the adult dosage. As time marches into deeper winter and less daylight is available, I will increase my vitamin D intake. Those patients who have done this report little to no colds or flu. Deficiency in vitamin D is associated with increased autoimmunity and an increased susceptibility to infection.6

3. Staying active is another strategy that helps your immune system. “Exercise sends antibodies and white blood cells (the body's defense cells)
Dr. J at ACF through the body at a quicker rate. As these antibodies or white blood cells circulate more rapidly, they could detect illnesses earlier than they might normally. The increased rate of circulating blood may also trigger the release of hormones that "warn" immune cells of intruding bacteria or viruses.”7 Everyone can go out for a walk—you just have to dress for the occasion. Indoor exercise classes are another option. My activity of choice will be starting up soon. I participate in an indoor bicycle, calisthenics and stretching program at my local American Cycle and Fitness store each year from November to March/April on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The fee to join supports charities.

 

    If you slip up and/or catch one of the “superbugs” caused by the abuse of antibiotics, I recommend you come in for a personalized Nutrition Response Testing (AKA Body Reflex Testing) session. During this session your body will tell me what is needed to assist your immune system in getting back to your active life quickly.  You can read dozens of testimonials about this unique health care approach at this link: http://bit.ly/1gphIqo.

    My wish for you is a fall and winter season, full of vibrant health and prosperity!

    For more details about the natural approach I take with my patients, take a look a the book I wrote entitled: Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide To Revealing Your Body's Life-Changing Secrets For Renewed Health. It is available in my office or at Amazon and many other book outlets.

    If you found value in this article, please use the social sharing icons at the top of this post and please share with those you know who are still suffering with low thyroid symptoms or other chronic health challenges, despite receiving medical managment. Help me reach more people so they may regain their zest for living! Thank you!

    ALL THE BEST – DR. KARL R.O.S. JOHNSON, DC – DIGGING DEEPER TO FIND SOLUTIONS

     References:

    1. http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/feeding-eating/family-nutrition/sugar/harmful-effects-excess-sugar

    2. http://www.chiro.org/research/ABSTRACTS/Immune.shtml

    3. http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/Brain-Function/Emotional-Health/

    4. http://www.unm.edu/~lkravitz/Article folder/WaterUNM.html

    5. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100307215534.htm

    6. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21527855

    7. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007165.htm

    The Connection Between Your Auto Accident And Thyroid Problems

      
      
      
      
      
      
    Car CrashIn the immediate and distant aftermath of an auto accident, you might find your quality of life compromised by a series of physical ailments whose symptoms are intense and somewhat debilitating but whose precise underlying causes are mysterious.

    Getting at the heart of your ailments seems the more impossible, since your recurring discomfort occurs throughout your body, especially in your neck/head region. Also, your moments of acute pain come and go randomly or remain with you constantly, a muted unease that flares intermittently. Occasionally, you find yourself inexplicably bedridden and/or lethargic, irritable and throbbing.

    You can't quite put your finger on the source of your problem and, unfortunately, neither can your doctor. Results from your most recent battery of tests say nothing is wrong with you. But you know better.

    You might be among a percentage of an estimated 50+ million Americans with undiagnosed thyroid conditions caused by musculoskeletal trauma. More common a condition than is widely believed, an underperforming or incorrectly performing thyroid can adversely affect your metabolism, energy levels, mood, immune system, brain functions and can further exacerbate your overall physical aches and pains. General musculoskeletal pain and neck pain in particular are both symptoms and causes of thyroid issues. Here's how.

    Essentially, trauma to your neck can affect your thyroid and subsequently open you up to a wider assortment of physical ailments. Your affected thyroid then becomes the source of more physical pain. In short, musculoskeletal trauma begets bodily pain and disrupts the thyroid--which causes more musculoskeletal pain. Thus the debilitating cycle ensues.

    Research conducted some years back uncovered connections between trauma from auto accidents and thyroid lesions and hypothyroidism.[1] Drivers who survived auto accidents realized years later the accidents had injured their thyroid glands, in turn creating problems that persisted long after bones healed. In the interim, subjects experienced visceral pain that seemed to emanate from nowhere. Even worse, when their doctors ran thyroid tests, results came back normal. Doctor and patient were at a loss.

    Consequently, the doctor merely prescribed pain meds to the patient. The meds only masked the pain, never getting at the core issue. This is because treating trauma from injuries without assessing adverse affects of trauma upon the thyroid will not necessarily cancel out the pain. Patients who have endured years of pain meds and various therapies targeting their physical trauma alone can potentially find themselves riddled with pain indefinitely, since the underlying cause is a subtle, undiagnosed thyroid issue precipitated by the initial trauma.

    Luckily, these scenarios do not have to be the case. Relying on pain meds and other prescriptions that merely blanket symptoms and never address the underlying problem is not the only option. A first step toward discovering and addressing what is really wrong might entail discovering and undergoing a new set of tests and evaluations.

    Of greater value is the necessity for approaching the issues of chronic pain in a way that capitalizes upon prevailing medical knowledge without limiting individuals to a simple diagnosis=prescription drugs paradigm. In my practice and throughout my career, I have devoted myself to assisting chronic pain sufferers with rooting out the causes of chronic pain in hopes of arming them with a means to take preventative action.

    I do this by asking lots of questions and getting to know you and your medical history. I use questionnaire that look at your hormones, immune system, digestive system and overall metabolic system. Bearing in mind what I learn about you, I employ a series of diagnostic tests to get at the heart of what's causing your pain. 

    All of my therapies address the delicate balance of neurological and metabolic protocols. Because thyroid problems are often the cause of/caused by metabolic/neurological ratios that are slightly out of proportion in any given patient, I target these specifically and holistically. This is what sets my approach to addressing musculoskeletal pain apart from that of other specialists.

    I do not use drugs of any kind nor conduct surgery. The key is isolating the unique balance between the thyroid and the whole body, finding out what's off and correcting it. Easier said than done but not impossible. The main benefit is you remain fully in charge of your capacities and won't have to bother with the perpetual fogginess pain meds often induce.

    Some standout therapies that are useful for alleviating overall musculoskeletal pain include:

    • Chiropractic structural adjustment that focuses on the nervous system and the relationship the spine and nervous system have with each other AND the relationship between the nervous system and ALL other body functions.
    • WAVE—Whole Body Advanced Vibration Exercise: Based upon techniques used with cosmonauts to prevent bone mineral loss after performing space exploration, Whole Body Vibration (WBV) is the equivalent of safely performing thousands of muscle contractions per minute. Benefits include increased metabolism (thyroid), improved flexibility and bone density, and a decrease in chronic pain.
    • Cold LASER Therapy (Low Level Laser Therapy or LLLT): LLLT therapy is an FDA-cleared treatment that has been shown to decrease pain and inflammation, speed healing, and more. By directing specific frequencies of LASER and near infrared light to the body, this painless treatment can accelerate the healing process and increase circulation. LLLT has been clinically shown to help with carpal tunnel syndrome, peripheral neuropathy, RSDS, fibromyalgia, and other painful conditions. I received specialized training for the cold laser from Dr. Jeff Spencer, who was the team doctor for eight consecutive Team U.S.A. Tour De France wins.

    We feature these and a host of other unique therapies at Johnson Chiropractic Neurology & Nutrition. I'm always happy to elaborate on any of our therapies. Be encouraged and know you have options and hope. Your victory over your health challenge is at hand. Take the first step toward improved health today. Also check out my YouTube page to view patient testimonials

    For more details about the natural approach I take with my patients, take a look a the book I wrote entitled: Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide To Revealing Your Body's Life-Changing Secrets For Renewed Health. It is available in my office or at Amazon and many other book outlets.

    If you found value in this article, please use the social sharing icons at the top of this post and please share with those you know who are still suffering with low thyroid symptoms or other chronic health challenges, despite receiving medical managment. Help me reach more people so they may regain their zest for living! Thank you!

    ALL THE BEST – DR. KARL R.O.S. JOHNSON, DC – DIGGING DEEPER TO FIND SOLUTIONS

    References:

    1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12917086

    Photo: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AUSMC-0800114-M-1909N-015.jpg

    Thyroid Poisons That Can Derail Your Wellness Efforts

      
      
      
      
      
      

    Thyroid SymptomsYou've researched your symptoms and came to the conclusion you have low thyroid symptoms.

    You even consulted your medical practitioner and he or she concurred and prescribed thyroid hormone replacement therapy. You were hopeful to finally regain your energy and your drive. The medication was supposed to help you with the brain fog, body aches, neck pain or migraines. Unfortunatley, these and other symptoms were with you more often that you cared to admit over the last few years.

    What else could there be? Your doctor said you lab tests were now in the normal range on your medication, but you still feel lackluster. You are slowly gaining weight despite exercising and dieting. The pain in your neck and headaches are becoming commonplace. You are frustrated.

    In fact you are so frustrated that you are now looking outside of tradition medical care. You decided to try taking supplements you've read about on the internet, hoping nutritional deficiency was the missing link to getting back to feeling like how you did, what seems like a long, long time ago. Despite your best efforts, you feel like you have to resign yourself to a sentence of being overweight, feeling exhausted, neck hurting all the time, frequent headaches and brain fog. More often than you care to admit, finding the words you know are on the tip of your tongue, isn't easy any more.

    Thankfully, there is a large body of knowledge outside the standard medical model of hormone replacement for low thyroid symptoms. In fact a variety of factors can affect thyroid function. One example is the flame retardant used in pajamas, mattresses and other furniture called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). This chemical can lower your blood levels of thyroid hormone thyroxin. [1]  PBDEs, not only lower levels of thyroxin, but also cause changes in the structure and function of the thyroid gland over time. Your thyroid's inability to function properly often manifests similarly in most cases. Symptoms may include lethargy and depression, fatigue, overall body aches, joint and neck pain, headaches and migraines, weight gain, and a host of other musculoskeletal complaints, including carpal tunnel syndrome pain. [2] 

    In case you did not fully realize all the symptoms that can be caused by low thyroid function, here is a list of the many signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism:

    • Fatigue
    • Weakness
    • Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
    • Difficulty swallowing
    • Coarse, dry hair
    • Dry, rough pale skin
    • Thinning hair on scalp/hair loss
    • Loss of body hair
    • Cold intolerance (you can't tolerate cold temperatures like those around you)
    • Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches
    • High Cholesterol
    • Constipation
    • Depression
    • Irritability
    • Memory loss
    • Inability to concentrate
    • Abnormal menstrual cycles/Heavy period
    • Infertility
    • Decreased libido

    Another aspect to consider when it comes to low thyroid symptoms, despite receiving proper medical management, and even taking supplements are thyroid poisons.

    The missing link in good thyroid care is often the elimination of thyroid poisons. You can take supple­ments constantly, but if you are continually damaging your thyroid, you may never get the results you need. The places where you will find thyroid poisons are often surprising. The main poisons are:

    Chlorine and Fluorine. These two halogen com­pounds are taken up by the thyroid because their structure is so similar to iodine, which is a thyroid food. They inhibit thyroid function, poison enzymes, cause premature aging and bone disease, and can cause seizures and cancer.

    Obesogens. chemicals that inappropriately alter lipid homeostasis and fat storage, change metabolic setpoints, disrupt energy balance or modify the regulation of appetite and satiety to promote fat accumulation and obesity.[3] Many have been found to impair thyroid hormone synthesis, destroy the thyroid gland or reduce the ability for the thyroid hormones to have their effects at the cellular level.

    Pesticides and Estrogen. Pesticides have an estrogenic function which inhibits the thyroid. And estrogen in all forms is highly thyroid-inhibiting. These chemicals slow thyroid hormone secretion and conversion. Estrogen is not only limited to synthetic prescription drugs or drugs like Premarin. All estro­genic compounds inhibit thyroid function. This includes herbal estrogens like black cohosh, licorice, soy, pennyroyal, and sage.

    Antioxidants like Beta Carotene. High doses of these substances inhibit thyroid function.

    Radiation and Mercury. Radiation, as well as high serum mercury (usually from dental amalgam fillings), inhibit thyroid hormone conversion. High amounts of either one or both can actually cause thyroid disease.

    PABA. High doses of para amino benzoic acid (a B vitamin that lots of people consume in super doses as a healthful endeavor) are highly antithyroid.

    Synthroid. The inactive form of thyroid hormone that can shrink the gland, suppress the pituitary, induce osteoporosis, and increase cancer rates.

    Unsaturated Oils. All store-bought oils and almost all oils that are liquid at room temperature except olive and flax oils are thyroid inhibitors.

    Soy Products. All soy products like soybeans, tofu, soy protein, isoflavone supplements, tempeh, soy milk, and more are thyroid inhibitors.

    Raw Cruciferous Vegetables. Cabbage, broc­coli, and cauliflower are thyroid inhibitors in their raw form. The danger here lies in drinking juices (concentrated amounts) of these vegetables. This is the reason why a glass of raw cabbage juice daily can slow down an overactive thyroid. When these vegetables are cooked, they are no longer anti-thyroid.

    Vegetarian Diets. Diets with low or no animal protein, especially for those with blood type 0 and B, inhibit thyroid function. Protein, especially animal protein, is needed to convert thyroid hormone to its active form in the liver.

    Liver Damaging Substances. Anything that damages the liver is thyroid inhibiting because the liver converts the inactive thyroid hormone into the active form your body uses. The more toxic or diseased your liver is, the less biochemical conver­sions are properly performed. Alcohol, prescription and all other drugs, cigarettes, highly processed foods, and poor quality drinking water are the main offenders.

    Read 8 Lifestyle Tips For a Healthy Thyroid

    Given this list, it becomes easier to understand the legions of hypothyroid people. If you are one, take some joy in the knowledge in this article. You can safely eliminate thyroid poisons and safely employ thyroid fuels—foods and supplements to help yourself.

    How to Tell if You Are Deficient

    If you are not sure if you have a sluggish thyroid (functional hypothyroid) and your blood tests don’t really tell you much, you can test yourself. Most people with sluggish thyroid will experience prob­lems like dry skin, thinning hair, being too cold, etc. Women will frequently exhibit the “pear-shaped” body type with weight and fat gained in the buttocks and hips.

    A good test is to take your basal temperature five mornings in a row and get the average temperature. Shake down a thermometer before going to bed, and immediately upon waking place the thermometer under your armpit. Wait 10 minutes and take the reading. Do this for five days and get the average. If it is below 97.4 or so and you have symptoms, you should suspect functional hypothyroid. Simply employ the data in this article for six months and reevaluate your symptoms. Many people enjoy better thyroid function with elimination of symptoms in six months without much raise in basal temperature. Your success in natural thyroid therapy should be judged chiefly by your symptoms and abnormal blood tests if present.

    If you decide you need my help with your recurrent neuro-musculoskeletal health challenges, we'll begin with a consultation, complete a case review questionnaire, and conduct a dietary and nutritional evaluation. Meanwhile, I'll review your submitted medical records and determine if you've had all the appropriate tests. Last, we'll proceed to your written recommended action plan.

    Bear in mind, I do not diagnose or treat medical conditions other than neuro-musculoskeletal disorders. If you come to me with thyroid issues, this presupposes your doctor has already diagnosed you. I address stubborn and persistent neuro-musculoskeletal symptoms that have not responded to your main course of medical treatment, and I attempt to promote overall long term health and equilibrium. In other words I treat the patient, not the diagnosis, or label you have been given.

    Give us a call today or stop by Johnson Chiropractic Neurology & Nutrition for more information. I'd be happy to meet with you and discuss any of the therapeutic techniques I use. Also check out my YouTube page to view patient testimonials. Be encouraged and know you have many natural, noninvasive options for addressing your chronic pain and help you rid your body of toxins.

    View My \u0026quot\u003BDetox Done Right\u0026quot\u003B Video For Free

    For more details about the natural approach I take with my patients, take a look a the book I wrote entitled:Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide To Revealing Your Body's Life-Changing Secrets For Renewed Health. It is available in my office or at Amazon and many other book outlets.

    If you found value in this article, please use the social sharing icons at the top of this post and please share with those you know who are still suffering with low thyroid symptoms or other chronic health challenges, despite receiving medical managment. Help me reach more people so they may regain their zest for living! Thank you!

    ALL THE BEST – DR. KARL R.O.S. JOHNSON, DC – DIGGING DEEPER TO FIND SOLUTIONS

    References:

    1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2713042/

    2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10913216

    3. http://www.collinsdictionary.com/submission/358/Obesogen 

     

     

    Recurrent Body Pain Can Be Solved Naturally

      
      
      
      
      
      

    Madeyski Pain ResizedRecurrent body pain is not an inescapable life sentence. Like a lot of people, perhaps you have struggled with such pain for years despite having seen doctors, taken various medicine cocktails, and participated in some form of physical therapy.

    Despite all these measures taken, your pain has continued. Occasionally your pain sneaks up on you and debilitates you for a period. Or it stalks you in the background of your life, never showing its face but shadowing your every mood and causing you tremendous, persistent unease.

    These metaphors relate well to conditions like migraines and headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, and neck pain. These examples of musculoskeletal pain are well known, but the myriad assortment of underlying causes relating to each is still foggy at best.

    With migraines, for example, discovering your triggers and making lifestyle changes is the best advice most experts can offer. Despite superficial relief through meds, there are no cures for migraines. Other body pains are similar in that their specific underlying causes are a mystery and their cures remain elusive.

    In these cases, your best bet is to uncover the deep network of interconnected health issues that might be the cause of your recurring body pain.

    Concerning recurrent body aches and neck pain, a very likely culprit is your thyroid. Approximately 50+ million Americans have an underperforming and/or compromised thyroid. It's not known precisely what impairs thyroid function. Stress, toxins, pollution, chemicals and nutritional deficiencies are thought to be causes--but these are only the tip of the iceberg.

    Though a variety of factors can affect thyroid function, its inability to function properly often manifests similarly in most cases. Symptoms may include lethargy and depression, fatigue, overall body aches, joint and neck pain, headaches and migraines, weight gain, and a host of other musculoskeletal complaints.

    Too often, results from your thyroid tests come back normal, suggesting there is no deeper issue beneath your recurrent body pain. Your doctor might attribute your episodes exclusively to stress, too many long days seated at your desk, not enough sleep, etc.

    While reversing any of the above is helpful, doing so won't necessarily stop your recurring pains. It might also be true your thyroid tests seem normal because your case is one of subclinical hypothyroidism.

    The nature of  subclinical hypothyroidism makes it difficult to diagnose using standard thyroid tests. In fact, extensive blood work is generally required. This is how some people can go for years, enduring body pain that never leaves them--all because their thyroid is actually impaired but doesn't appear to be according to standard thyroid tests.

    Request Your Copy of My Thyroid Ebook Today

    If you have struggled with bodily aches, neck pain, and other musculoskeletal conditions for years, there is hope that you can properly, fully address your pain and live a comfortable, fatigue-free life. The first change to consider is how you might go about understanding the whole nature of your health challenges.

    Traditional approaches to healing often compartmentalize the human body, focusing on localities and not the whole person. But I look at all your systems, I give you a questionnaire, and get to know you. I talk with you about your medical history and your past struggles. I draw a complete picture of you. Then I step back and try to determine what is slightly out of focus.

    I don't use drugs or surgery. I employ an array of diagnostic tests to penetrate the invisible web of factors causing your pain. Then I arm you with an individualized set of  comprehensive, preventative measures to help you address your chronic condition.

    One of my corresponding goals is to help you develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of your own body, a remarkable instrument that is always willing to heal--no matter what. I do this through my structural, neurological, metabolic approach, explaining in detail whatever you're curious about during the steps on your journey to health.

    Upon coming to me, we'll begin with a consultation, complete a case review questionnaire, and conduct a dietary and nutritional evaluation. Meanwhile, I'll review your submitted medical records and determine if you've had all the appropriate tests. Last, we'll proceed to your written recommended action plan.

    Bear in mind, I do not diagnose or treat medical conditions other than neuro-musculoskeletal disorders. If you come to me with thyroid issues, this presupposes your doctor has already diagnosed you. I address stubborn and persistent symptoms that have not responded to your main course of medical treatment, and I attempt to promote overall long term health and equilibrium. In other words I treat the patient, not the diagnosis, or label you have been given.

    These are some of the standout therapies I've begun using in last few years:

    • NANO SRT Stress Reduction Therapy is based upon the Bio-Electric Medicine theory that states all substances, loving or non, have a frequency. Gauging the body's stressors is simply a matter of mimicking these frequencies. An FDA-Cleared BioFeedback System emits frequencies representative of substances and records the body's stress responses toward these frequencies. The Nano SRT 100-point wellness inspection takes 10-12 minutes and uncovers stressors contributing to chronic health issues.
    • Active Therapeutic Movements (ATM2) is a revolutionary new treatment in physical therapy that gets immediate pain relief. ATM2 can help to normalize painful central nervous system muscle patterns and improve/increase mobility. The ATM2 device is essentially an upright treatment table with three sets of belts. These belts support you safely while your troubled/painful body areas are positioned and compressed. Painful movements and trouble areas can become pain-free within minutes when using ATM2.

    Give us a call today or stop by Johnson Chiropractic Neurology & Nutrition for more information. I'd be happy to meet with you and discuss any of the therapeutic techniques I use. Also check out my YouTube page to view patient testimonials. Be encouraged and know you have many natural, noninvasive options for addressing your chronic pain.

    For more details about the natural approach I take with my patients, take a look a the book I wrote entitled:Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide To Revealing Your Body's Life-Changing Secrets For Renewed Health. It is available in my office or at Amazon and many other book outlets.

    If you found value in this article, please use the social sharing icons at the top of this post and please share with those you know who are still suffering with low thyroid symptoms or other chronic health challenges, despite receiving medical managment. Help me reach more people so they may regain their zest for living! Thank you!

    ALL THE BEST – DR. KARL R.O.S. JOHNSON, DC – DIGGING DEEPER TO FIND SOLUTIONS

    Photo: By Creator:Antoni Madeyski (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

    Causes of Migraine Headaches and What To Do About Them

      
      
      
      
      
      
    Migraine

    Close to 15% of the global population will experience migraines at some time or another. Despite decades of empirical and anecdotal evidence, studies and research, the exact causes of migraines are still unknown. Sufferers, or migrainers, are advised to avoid migraine triggers; those that are well documented. Other research suggests links between environment, genetics, diet, and hypothyroidism. Associated conditions and symptoms with one or all of the above include depression, anxiety and recurring/constant neck pain.

    If you are a migrainer and also experience high blood pressure, frequent neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and depression, these may/may not have a direct relationship to your migraines, but they may still qualify as comorbid conditions. Comorbid conditions typically present at the same time, whether by default or after a series of internal triggers. Indeed, decreased livelihood and social activity owed to migraines may exacerbate depression, and both can adversely affect even healthy thyroids or vice versa. Physical discomfort, particularly neck pain, is a symptom of all of the above.

    Migrainers will encounter one of two main types of migraine: With aura and without aura. Both are formerly known as classic migraine and common migraine respectively and are distinguished from other headaches by persistent throbbing on one side of the head that worsens with movement of the body. What distinguishes the two? Aura migraines are denoted by distinct sensory disturbances occurring anywhere from two to 24 hours before and during a migraine. Disturbances, like partial blindness and/or visual distortions, occasionally persist during the initial aura migraine phase.

    Of the two types, migrainers fall into further categories according to frequency of suffering: episodic versus chronic. Migrainers who learn to become conscious of each phase of their migraine soon grow accustomed to the symptoms and can anticipate migraines hours in advance. Symptoms include:

    • Sensitivity to light or sound
    • Thirst
    • Fatigue
    • Mood changes, including depression, restlessness and irritability
    • Positive auras and/or shimmering lights or dark holes and blind spots comprise aura symptoms
    • Intense migraines might entail speech disturbances, tingling, confusion

    During the actual migraine, you might experience one or a combination:

    • Nausea
    • Feeling cold/hot
    • Throbbing on one side of your head.
    After your migraine, deep fatigue and mental fog often persist for hours or days. Hypothyroidism sometimes intensifies these symptoms. Also, neck pain will feel more acute as pressure builds in the cranial and neck region. Old neck injuries will seem new again or may manifest as sharp and/or diffuse.

    Despite the difference in frequency of attacks between different migrainers, the underlying triggers and comorbid conditions may be similar—regardless of age, gender and other conditions. While women comprise 75% of migrainers, men are still susceptible to a number of similar triggers. Among the triggers are:

    • Skipping meals
    • Gluten in your diet
    • Lack of sleep
    • Motion sickness
    • High altitude
    • Strong odors and chemical smells
    • Bright flickering lights
    • Abrupt weather changes and barometric pressure
    • Physical exertion
    • Emotional stress
    • Food additives such as nitrates and MSG

    Age, family history and certain medical conditions are also thought to be migraine triggers. Occasionally, structuring your daily life to encompass preventative measures either around the time you feel a migraine coming on or in general is thought to help with lessening migraine intensity and frequency.

    Hormones are believed to be another main trigger. This accounts for the equal occurrence of migraines among adolescents and the gender based disparity that presents after puberty. Testosterone levels swell and gradually even out in a man's 20s but estrogen/progesterone levels in women continue along a very complex, delicate trajectory for years thereafter. The thyroid, a part of the endocrine system responsible for producing its own variety of key hormones, is an understandable culprit.

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    Headaches and Your Neck

    Neck injuries sustained during auto accidents may correspond to migraine-like conditions that are simply waiting to be triggered. In addition, the correlation between pain/pressure in the neck and subclinical thyroid dysfunction is well documented. Both are associated with migraines.[1]

    For some headache patients, the three nerves that exit the top of the spine (upper neck) may be at least partially responsible for their headaches. These three nerves travel into the head and have to pass through a very thick group of muscles in the upper part of the neck near where these muscles attach to the base of the skull. This is why when you have headaches and rub the back of the neck, the muscles may feel tight and or tender. In fact, if enough pressure is applied over one of these three nerves, pain will radiate into the head following the course of the nerve, sometimes all the way into the eyes. When chiropractic treatment is applied in the upper neck region, a reduction of the headache and neck pain may occur because the muscle tension is decreased and joint motion is restored.[2]

    "Several clinical trials indicate that spinal manipulation therapy may help treat migraine headaches. In one study of people with migraines, 22% of those who received chiropractic manipulation reported more than a 90% reduction of attacks. Also, 49% reported a significant reduction of the intensity of each migraine." [3]

    It is possible that individuals with chronic neck pain and migraines are candidates for thyroid dysfunction, even while their lab tests may repeatedly reflect nothing. In such events, second and third opinions from other specialists are strongly advised, and the migrainers in question would do well to brush up on all aspects of their symptoms and related medical conditions.

    Migraine prevention is worth investigating also. There are documented cases where migrainers have lessened migraine frequency and intensity with a combination of natural supplements like herbs, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and various therapies.

    Some of the more standout therapies are Exercise With Oxygen Therapy (EWOT), Therapeutic Movements (ATM2)Blood Type Diet Counseling, Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET), Acugraph Digital Meridian Imaging testing and treatment.

    Avoiding triggers is also key. Triggers are different for each person. Trial and error is unfortunately the best means to catching triggers and learning to circumnavigate them. Once identified, triggers can be desensitized using NAET. Lifestyle changes like getting more sleep and exercising are advised. These generally improve health and the body's ability to process and bounce back from severe pain.

    If you've been in an auto accident or any other sort of collision within the past few years and have noticed a frequency of migraines since then, expert feedback from several physicians is strongly recommended to uncover the possible comorbid conditions associated with your migraines.

    Because symptoms of neck pain, musculoskeletal pain, migraines, depression and the thyroid malfunction are all so closely related, seeing that you receive multiple objective opinions about their combined causes is crucial. It might be possible to address underlying conditions by simply taking steps to prevent migraines. Or seeing to a dysfunctional thyroid and correcting it with the right therapies could conceivably end your migraines and bodily pains.

    Your ultimate solution will likely include a combination of known therapies or something altogether new. Be encouraged on your quest to address your health concerns and know there are abundant resources, help and support available

    For more details about the natural approach I take with my patients, take a look a the book I wrote entitled:Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide To Revealing Your Body's Life-Changing Secrets For Renewed Health. It is available in my office or at Amazon and many other book outlets.

    If you found value in this article, please use the social sharing icons at the top of this post and please share with those you know who are still suffering with low thyroid symptoms or other chronic health challenges, despite receiving medical managment. Help me reach more people so they may regain their zest for living! Thank you!

    ALL THE BEST – DR. KARL R.O.S. JOHNSON, DC – DIGGING DEEPER TO FIND SOLUTIONS

    References

    1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12917086

    2. Steve Yeomans, D.C., April 2010

    3. http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/condition/migraine-headache

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