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Determination to Transformation 2017

It’s the start of a new year and how many of you have set New Year’s Resolutions? If you’re anything like us, those resolutions usually stick for a few weeks and then we fall off and quickly forget. This year, we are determined to help our patients transform their lives and make long lasting lifestyle changes. To launch this campaign, we are hosting a 21-Day Purification Challenge. Participants will follow the Standard Process protocol and learn how easy it is to eat healthy and make the right lifestyle choices. Dr. Allison and Dr. Meghan will be joining everyone in this challenge as well! We are super excited for everyone to join us and to make 2017 our healthiest year yet!

RSVP by Friday 1/13 to enter for a chance to win a free shaker bottle! 515-782-2763

First Responder Cookie Drive

As many of you know, for the past few weeks we have been hosting a cookie drive. We asked for donations to be given to local police officers, fire fighters, and EMT’s. This was a small token of our thanks to all they have done and do for us throughout the year. Our community suffered a very difficult loss this year and it truly rocked our city. We had an amazing turn out and had dozens upon dozens of cookies donated. Thank you so much to everyone that donated! The officers, fire fighters, and EMT’s were very grateful for all the cookies and lucky Isaac got tours of multiple fire houses! It was an extremely rewarding day.

5 Ways to Kill Cancer: Quality Nutrition

Cancer Killer Essential #3: Quality Nutrition

Many know that poor diet and nutrition choices will lead to weight gain. The obesity epidemic is ever rising. Today’s commercial diet not only adds on the pounds, it also contains countless toxins and lack essential nutrients. Consuming these foods will place you on the road to serious disease. The culprits behind disease include sugar, bad fats, and refined/chemical-laden products. When addressing nutrition related to cancer, we look at how the nutrition affects our hormone levels. Hormones such as insulin increase fat stores, and cancer loves fat!

This may sound contradictory, but the thing most Americans are lacking is fat!  This isn’t just any kind of fat however, we’re talking about good fats.  Good fats are essential to hormone production, cancer prevention, regulating your metabolism, burning fat, brain development, weight loss, and cellular healing. The typical American however is not eat the good fats necessary for these processes, they are consuming things like hydrogenated oils and rancid vegetable fats. So what are examples of bad fats? Here are a few, vegetable oil, canola oil, cottonseed oil, safflower oil, soybean oil, margarine, and shortening. These fats are often found in many processed and packed foods. The following are all good fats you should be incorporating into your diet: raw nuts and seeds, olive oil, avocados, coconut products, animal proteins, and full fat raw dairy products.

Next up, we’ll discuss proteins. Protein comprises the building blocks for hormones and neurotransmitters within your body. Many studies have no linked commercial produced meats to cancer and heart disease. To avoid the toxicity of those commercially produced meats, your proteins should come from organic, humanely raised, grass-fed, and anti-biotic free sources.  When those animals that are meant to eat grass are only raised on grains, it alters their fatty acid ratios. Many milk produces use recombinant bovine growth hormone (RBGH) to increase milk production. This practice has been deemed harmful and is banned in the European Union, Canada, and other countries.  Research has linked this hormone to the development of childhood cancers. Here are good and safe proteins: grass-fed organic meat, wild caught fish, free-range organic eggs, grass-fed organic whey protein, raw nus and seeds, grass-fed organic dairy products. The following bad proteins should be eliminated: pork, conventionally raised poultry, farm-raised fish, processed soy products, and commercial whey products.


Sugar is considered the fuel for cancer. Cancer cells have more receptor sites for sugar than any other substance. When an oncologist does a PET scan on a patient, the patient is given dextrose (sugar) with radioactive dye. The cancer cells will then eat the sugar and the scan lights up wherever the cancer is. This is hard proof that cancer feeds on sugar and it will just fuel it to grow. A 2004 study conducted by the National Cancer Institute concluded that women who ate the highest amounts of sugar were 3x more likely to develop colon cancer. We often see high fructose corn syrup added to foods. The University of California, LA found that pancreatic tumor ells use fructose to divide and spread. If this has hit home with you, you may be wondering what to use instead of sugar? Stevia is an excellent sugar alternative and comes from natural sources.

The major take-away from this should be that whatever you put into your body plays a huge role in your health. You only have one body, you should take good care of it. By following these simple guidelines, you could eliminate a multitude of toxins from your life.

5 Ways to Kill Cancer: Nerve Supply

Cancer Killer Essential #2: Nerve Supply

When you have a subluxated area of your spine (section that is not moving properly or is shifted out of place), pressure is placed on your nervous system. This is like dealing with bad cell phone reception and communication within your body breaks down. The longer this interference is in place, the more damage is done on your nervous system. How is this related to cancer and disease? Well your immune system is completely controlled by your nervous system. If your nervous system is damaged, it cannot send the proper energy and nerve supply to your immune system.

In a healthy body, the immune system sends out countless cells to protect your body.  It creates specific cells meant to kill off cancer. When your cancer-killing system is activated, it sends out a substance called interleukin-2 (IL-2).  These power-house cells promote the growth of new T-cells whose job it is to attack disease-causing agents, activates T-cells and natural killer cells (NK) that kill off viruses, and stimulate Lymphokine-Activated Killer (LAK) cells that will destroy tumor cells.

In a subluxated body, many of these processes cannot take place with the nerve interference. Realigning the spine restoring proper curves, and aligning the skull and pelvis will reinstate proper nervous system function.  The process of doing this is called spinal correction and that is exactly what we specialize in. Through spinal correction, we are able to address the underlying issue, remove the interference, and maximize function of the whole body. Chiropractic is not all about spinal pain alone. Revitalizing the nervous system is our main goal, reduction in pain just happens to be a positive side effect.

Research has long shown the positive effect chiropractic care can have on the immune system. In the 1918 Flu Epidemic, the death rate of chiropractic patients was 1/40th that of non-chiropractic patients. In 2010, a study was done on the effects of a chiropractic adjustment on IL-2 cells. “Chiropractic adjustments temporarily influence interleukin-2-regulated biologic responses following a single adjustment”.

It is astonishing what are bodies are capable of, if we only eliminate the interference.

References: Cancer Killers: The Cause is the Cure by Dr. Charles Majors and Dr. Ben Lerner

5 Ways to Kill Cancer: Mindset

As most people know, October is breast cancer awareness month. This month we bring awareness to the disease and many focus on raising money for research. What if we told you that the cure to cancer has already been discovered? We will be sharing this information at our Cancer Killers talk on the 20th (see events).  In the week leading up to this life changing talk, we will be exploring the 5 factors to kill cancer. Make sure you attend the talk so you get the in depth information! You do NOT want to miss this!

Cancer Killer Essential #1: Mindset

The first vital step when addressing cancer or any disease for that matter, is to control your mindset. If you believe that you have no control over your health, you won’t.  If you believe you have the power to change your health and the capability of leading a healthy and fulfilling life, then you will!  Many people put their job, families, and other priorities before their own health and wellbeing. You won’t be any good to your family or job if you’re too ill. Think back to the last time you flew in an airplane. Didn’t your flight attendant tell you in case of an emergency and the oxygen masks come down, you must take care of yourself first and then help others? You won’t be able to help anyone else if you pass out first! Take action and responsibility and help yourself first, so you live long enough to help others.

Dr. Bernie Siegel is a leading oncologist in the US. Through his career treating cancer patients, he started noticing something about the patients that survived versus those that passed away. Those patients that beat the cancer had a very specific mindset. They did not view themselves as victims; they took action and knew they would win against the disease. If you have the mindset that anything is possible, you will achieve what you have your mind set on. Constant stress and negativity suppress the immune system and will only make you more sick. Change your mindset, change your life.


Chiropractic for Heart Health

0b0d0318ed2b8044e6fce26c229ed3bdHeart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States.

Did you know that chiropractic adjustments can actually be healthy for your heart?! Your heart is controlled by your central nervous system (CNS) and your CNS is what keeps you alive. As we all know, chiropractic adjustments maintain the health of your CNS. Therefore, through the CNS, adjustments will affect heart rate, blood pressure, blood flow to the heart.

Here are 6 Benefits to Heart Health:

  1. Lower Blood Pressure – studies show that the 1st vertebra (atlas) is related to blood pressure
  2. Improves nerve function of the heart
  3. Decreases blood markers of inflammation – more inflammation leads to heart disease
  4. Improves heart rate variability
  5. Decreases chest pain – more often then not, chest pain is due to musculoskeletal problems
  6. Improves lung function – poor lung function can lead to heart failure


Can Chiropractic Care Prevent or Treat Cardiovascular Disease?


Chiropractic Adjustments Increase Your Antibodies


Did you know that with a single chiropractic adjustment, the levels of antibodies in your body significantly elevates?

When cell cultures were taken  following on adjustment, the number of interleukin-2 cells increased. What are interleukin-2 cells you ask? These are vital cells that activate our white blood cells. They are our body’s natural response to infections and will target bacteria and other foreign invaders within your body. Interleukin-2 cells will also trigger the release of immunoglobulins which are another type of immune cell. Following an adjustment, the number of immunoglobulin G and immunoglobulin M rose significantly.  Even two hours following the adjustment, the levels of immune cells was still high.

These cells are so vital to being and staying healthy.  Without these cells, we would be in a constant state of illness. During this time of year there are many people suffering from allergies and colds. Chiropractic adjustments are a great way to boost the production of your immune cells!


Antibiotics and Your Immune System

3f5c7c3cff1388620f290bda72ef0623Most people when they get sick will go see their medical doctor to see what is wrong with them. Often times when someone simply has a cold the doctor cannot say for sure what is causing it so they will prescribe the patient with antibiotics. This, they guarantee will kill off any invading bacteria and make you well again. What the doctor doesn’t tell you however, is that the antibiotic is also killing all of the good bacteria within your body as well.  The antibiotics have no way of just seeking out the bad bacteria that are making you sick, so they just kill off everything, especially within the gut. Antibiotics will permanently alter one’s immune system this way.

Now that the gut is left without any good protective bacteria, this gives fungus like candida albicans the opportunity to move in.  Once candida settles in the gut, it latches on and is extremely difficult to kill off and remove.  This fungus will then weaken the intestinal wall, leading to “leaky-gut”. Now things within the gut are able to pass through the wall and into the bloodstream. Your already weakened immune system is trying to recover and now you have all of these new toxins seeping into the bloodstream.

Heavy metals are also removed from our bodies by those good bacteria. Without them, the heavy metals will now be transported throughout our bodies to other organs.

Make sure you do your research before starting an antibiotic regimen.  If it is completely necessary, follow the regimen with probiotics and gut repairing supplements to help your immune system recover.


Chiropractic Can Help my Allergies?!

immuneMany people aren’t aware that chiropractic adjustments can help alleviate allergies.  The way this occurs is closely tied with our nervous system and involuntary functions. Breathing, digestion, and our heart rates are controlled by our autonomic nervous system (ANS).  The ANS is divided into the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) and parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest).

Allergic responses have been found to be due to imbalances within our ANS.  It can easily become overexcited due to inflammation caused by irritants like pollen and dust. When this overstimulation of the ANS occurs, the reaction snowballs and leads to more histamine being released, which leads to more allergic symptoms. It becomes a vicious cycle that many cannot escape. Certain levels of your spine are related to your sinuses.  When an adjustment is made to these levels, it has a calming effect, much like an anti-histamine. Regular adjustments as well as nutritional supplementation can do wonders to alleviate many allergies.

Other great methods to battle seasonal allergies include:

  • eating 1 tsp of local honey per day
  • eating locally grown cantaloupe
  • D-Hist supplement (see Dr. Allison & Dr. Meghan)

Your Immune System & Subluxations

f77d3bf890211786e1ed62ed49e8774eThe job of your immune system is to protect and defend the body against infection from disease-producing organisms such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites that live in our environment. The nervous system plays an important role in the control and activity of the immune response. Nerve endings are found in the tissues of the immune system. Changes in the central nervous system alter immune responses and triggering an immune response alters central nervous system activity.

When a vertebrae becomes misaligned, interference to the nerve impulses occurs – which reduces the overall functioning of the nervous system and of the particular organ to which it is assigned. These misalignments are known as “subluxations”. A chiropractic adjustment will restore the proper nerve impulses and allow the proper flow of energy to the immune system.  A properly functioning nervous system should be the first priority in strengthening the immune system.

Symptoms represent the body’s best efforts to heal itself. By treating symptoms, you are suppressing the body’s natural response and inhibiting the healing process. Instead of treating symptoms, doctors should stimulate the body’s defenses to allow for completion of the healing process” – Dr. Stephen Cummings