Common Complaints

The following information is based on more than 30 years of my clinical experience. I present it here to give you a compass on your journey to health. For more clarification of an issue or a more detailed discussion, I am available for phone consultations. If you want information about a complaint that is not included here, let me know. Good luck on your healing journey and blessings that you may reach your goals!

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Acid Reflux (GERD)

This is a problem with indigestion in which a person is suffering from chronic heartburn. It can be caused by a structural problem, such as a hiatal hernia, which is a situation where the stomach is protruding partway into the diaphragm, pinching the stomach and causing poor digestion function. When this happens, you’re not able to optimally control the digestion process. Often, a decreased production of hydrochloric acid results from this structural irritation of the stomach tissue. This results in poor digestion of proteins, which allows bacteria to digest the proteins instead of your stomach.

A by-product of this protein breakdown by the bacteria is harsh, organic acids which are more irritating to your stomach than even hydrochloric acid. Many people take antacids either prescription or over-the-counter, to combat these symptoms of heartburn. Unfortunately, this only treats the symptom of the burning pain but doesn’t correct the underlying problem. In fact, it promotes more of the same symptoms because the normal pH of the stomach is highly acidic. This is what allows efficient protein digestion in healthy people.   Chronic used of acid stoppers and acid blocker drugs also block the absorption of calcium, iron, and a host of other nutrients that depend on a healthy acidity in the stomach/intestines for processing/assimilating.  A hiatal hernia can often be easily corrected by an applied kinesiology adjustment performed by a properly trained chiropractor. If you don’t live in my area, you can find an AK doctor in your area here.

I have found that improper food combinations can be a major cause of acid reflux symptoms. The incomplete digestion of protein and the resultant acids produced by putrifaction can be very harsh. Most of my patients who have been diagnosed with Acid Reflux Disease benefit greatly from the Food Combination Diet. As the digestion process improves, the heartburn symptoms disappear.

A third common cause of these symptoms is insufficient production of hydrochloric acid. Clinical studies have verified that the older we get, the less hydrochloric acid we produce. This may be secondary to a unrecognized, chronic zinc deficiency, which is a vital mineral used to produce hydrochloric acid. Zinc is one of the most common mineral deficiencies among Americans, and is vital in hundreds of chemical systems throughout the body. Some patients see significant improvements as soon as they take a hydrochloric acid supplement with their meals. As illogical as it may seem on the surface, putting more acid into a “heartburning stomach” actually helps a high percentage of people with these symptoms.

A small percentage of acid reflux cases I’ve seen have been due to excessive gastric juices. For this problem, there is a Standard Process supplement called Gastrex, which usually brings immediate relief.

ADD/ADHD

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a pattern of behavior that I see in children and adults. They often have neurological disorganization and/or chemical imbalances in their bodies and brains. Chemical imbalances are frequently due to chronic, unrecognized malnutrition. If you’re not feeding your body the raw materials for the cells to run on, they break down and don’t function properly, including nerve cells in the brain. For example, blood sugar imbalances often result from eating too many highly refined carbohydrates such as cereals, bakery products, snack foods, candy and soda.  The GAPS diet (stands for Gut and Psycological Syndrome) developed by Natasha Campbell-McBride, addresses a very effective approach to healing the gut, immune system, the psycological/mental health; the whole person, in fact.

The pancreas, liver, and adrenal glands have a hard time processing these excessive amounts of refined, nutrient-depleted carbohydrates. This dietary error leads to peaks and valleys in your blood sugar levels which can eventually lead to diabetes as well as the neurologic symptoms of ADHD. When you eat refined sugar, the pancreas is called upon the secrete insulin. This drops the blood sugar levels,  too fast and too low. The faster the sugars are absorbed from the intestines into the bloodstream, the more insulin is secreted, and the lower the blood sugar falls.  Many people will binge on even more sugar and refined carbohydrates to head off  this “crash” of blood sugar (hypoglycemia), repeating this distressing cycle to the detriment of these organs/glands.

Frequently, I see food allergies/hypersensitivities as a component of ADHD/ GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) and through AK muscle testing I identify food sensitivities and correct what I find. If there is a neurological component I do corrections based on my findings, including chiropractic adjustments, homework (consisting of lifestyle changes to undo damage that previous lifestyle errors caused), and neurological rehabilitation therapies to restore function and health in the intestines and the brain. I also look at chemical hypersensitivity and candida/yeast, leaky gut syndromes. Frequently I see a trend of hypersensitivity towards dairy products, gluten-containing grains such as wheat, and caffeine-containing products.  But in truth, bodies can become hypersensitive to any food, due to gut damage called leaky gut syndrome, in which large undigested food particles prematurely enter the blood stream.  This causes antigenic immune responses.  Only fully digested amino acids, fatty acids, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins are meant to enter the blood.  Then there is proper assimilation and no hypersensitivity reaction.   Chemical hypersensitivities can come from such things as synthetic perfume smells, new car smells, and outgassing substances like formaldehyde and phenols from new clothing, new carpet, new furniture, and new paint (ie. petrochemicals).

There is also evidence that ADHD patterns can start during the birthing process, when a baby’s neck may be injured as the baby is being pulled out of the birth canal. I have worked on babies as young as 12 hours old, and they have invariably needed an adjustment to correct a subluxation. For more information on this phenomenon and it’s relation to hyperactivity in children, there is an excellent article by Dr. John Upledger, developer of the CranialSacral Therapy. With adjustments, dietary changes and the elimination of environmental stressors, I usually see a dramatic calming of the ADHD behavior pattern, and parents and teachers are the first to notice and comment on this.

Allergies

The first step in helping an allergy problem is to determine what you are allergic to, which can be accomplished with muscle testing. Once we find what you’re allergic to, I attempt to desensitize you using acupuncture meridian points. By stimulating those points, typically using laser light,  I’m able to tell the nervous system what the body is hypersensitive to and allow the body to stop reacting and start healing.  The GAPS diet (Gut and Psychological Syndrome) may be necessary to help the intestines heal fully.  Healthy intestines are a pre-requisite for healing allergies.

The patient will usually be asked to avoid exposure to a their trigger substance, such as wheat/gluten containing foods. You will need to avoid eating it for 3 to 4 weeks to give your liver a chance to cleanse the blood system of any antibodies, which are what your body uses to get rid of an “invader”, i.e. wheat. This takes the body out of “alarm” state which involves inflammation response.  In this ‘fight or flight’ mode, there is little chance of healing.  Desensitization therapies, and neurological rehabilitation, combined with dietary lifestyle changes and nutritional supplement therapy often allow the body to heal itself fully.

Environmental allergies can be a little more challenging to treat because they are all around us. It’s hard to allow your immune system to quit reacting and producing antibodies and histamines. It’s best to treat these types of allergies off-season, when possible.  If it’s a pet that you’re reacting to in your home, sometimes the pet can be placed elsewhere, temporarily, while you’re body is going through that desensitization process. After you’ve become desensitized, I suggest a small exposure as a trial, to test your body’s response to the triggering stimulus.

Sometimes people’s allergic responses are due to improper food combinations, such as eating protein and starch in the same meal. The “meat and potatoes” diet so common in America can increase the production of histamines in the blood as neither the starch nor protein is properly digested in the intestines. When starch and protein are eaten together, the starch will be broken down first and typically there is an inadequate amount of stomach acid/pepsin digestive enzyme to fully digest the protein. When the undigested protein begins to putrify in your intestines, it can lead to increased histamine production as this material begins to absorb into your blood stream. The Food Combination Diet PDf on this site is an excellent source of information on this phenomenon, and patients who have followed this diet have reported a dramatic decrease in allergies almost immediately.

As a basic guideline to decrease allergy symptoms, eliminate sugar, alcohol, and coffee from your diet. Also make sure you are eating the proper balance of acidifying and alkalinizing foods. A pH imbalance can also cause allergy symptoms, such as an excessively alkaline shift in salivary pH. Histamines are much less effective until you get the salivary pH back to 7.2 or so.  Another reference for health gut/immune function/psychological health is the GAPS diet.  You can read about it here.

Anxiety

My philosophy of stress management to control anxiety is to bring your body to its ultimate vitality so that it can more easily withstand the stresses of everyday life. I also emphasize techniques to help you cope with stress as you encounter it. I typically give patients physical exercises, breathing exercises and an improved way of fueling the body that will  accomplish this goal. How much benefit you derive from these tools depends mostly on the amount of time and effort you put into them. This is your chance to use some simple, effective techniques to make huge improvements in the way you feel.

There are those of you who may benefit more from an evaluation and tune-up before these techniques can be fully beneficial. If you have one or more chronic injuries, rib muscle spasms, etc, you may not be able to perform some of these exercises until those underlying problems are resolved. In that case, I urge you to consult with me for a short period so we can get you back into balance and moving in a  positive direction toward more vitality.

To successfully achieve stress management, we must identify or define what stress is.  Simply put, stress is imbalance within body, heart, mind and/or spirit.  Restoration of balance within each area leads to decreased negative effects of stress.

For example, a person exercising too intensely (anaerobic, high heart rate exercise styles to the exclusion of appropriate low heart rate aerobic style exercise) can cause repetitive overuse syndromes with symptoms of fatigue, muscle imbalance leading to pain and loss of flexibility and eventually a compromised immune function, not to mention an unhealthy craving for sugar to replace the glycogen stores depleted from excessive anaerobic exertions.  Whereas a person using appropriate guidelines and a heart rate monitor will feel refreshed, relaxed, mentally clear and emotionally happy by stimulating the aerobic processes during mild aerobic, lower heart rate exercise.

An example of nutritional stress is the lack of appropriate healthy fats in the diet.  In our society, we have brainwashed  to become fat phobic to our detriment,  incorrectly believing that eating fat makes us “fat”.  Healthy fats such as coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil and cold water fish oils (salmon, halibut, sardines, etc.) provide essential fatty acids used by our bodies for many vital functions. This includes the makeup of each cell membrane (which is the ‘brain’ of the cell),  detoxification processes, creation of vital hormones such as testosterone, progesterone, cortisone etc. and production of anti-inflammitory prostaglandins. These help control the metabolism in the body in various ways.  Also, they are natures premier “aspirin”.  So you can see, by limiting good fats in the diet, you are promoting degeneration/inflammation in every cell of your body;  making yourself dependent on synthetic drugs to control/mask the symptoms of this degeneration/inflammation,  drugs that are dangerous to your health.  Few people realize this, but more Americans (>40,000) die EACH YEAR from gastrointestinal bleeding from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (aspirin, Tylenol, Aleve etc.) use than died in the Vietnam war.  These drugs are not to be taken lightly.  They are not the safe long-term therapy most assume.  The risks are real.  The good news is that  nature had a safe, effective nutritional answer to fight inflammation long before these drugs came along, including omega-3 essential fatty acids.  If you suffer from pain/inflammation, a more logical approach would be to identify and support the body’s missing needs, to heal the underlying cause, rather than using symptom blocking chemicals with dangerous consequences and no healing.

An example of neurological balance in the body can be illustrated with blood pressure controls.  Blood pressure is the result of balance between the excitation and inhibition of the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight responses) . With adequate brain cortex neuronal activity, the brain dampens (inhibits) the sympathetic system to maintain normal blood pressure.  When the brain output commands decreases, blood pressure rises, sometime to pathologic levels, increasing risk of stroke and heart attack.  Cortical output is dependent on sensory input, primarily from mechanoreceptors. Mechanoreceptors are special nerve endings  in all muscles and joints that sense motion and gravitational forces on our bodies.  The more we move (including appropriate exercise) the more we wake up our brains with good sensory input, enabling the motor output controls from the brain to easily control blood pressure within safe limits.  Of course, this is dependent on good posture, joint mechanical alignment and muscle balance.  When these are lost due to injuries, illnesses, and conditions, rehab must be performed to restore this function so the brain and nervous system can guide the body back to optimal function, including, but not limited to blood pressure.

An example of mental balance can be illustrated with excessive thoughts keeping you focused on the past or the future.  The only time in which you can truly be effective is here,  NOW.  The mind easily gets stuck in guilt (the past) and fear (the future).  By focusing on your breathing and being in the present moment, you can be more creative and enjoy the fruits of your creativity much more.  The Emotional/mental Stress Release Technique I teach is an effective tool to help center those who are overwhelmed by prior traumas (whether physical, mental, emotional, etc), without having to rely on tranquilizers or other mood altering chemicals (and their negative side effects). The Emotional Freedom Technique and the Emotional Code technique are two extremely effective ways to heal energetic blockages associated with trapped, hidden emotions, which can perpetuate anxiety in the body, which leads to any number of symptoms. These symptoms can include addictions to drugs, foods, cigarettes and alcohol, unhealthy eating habits, physical symptoms that don’t respond to structural corrections. These addictions are an attempt to self-medicate and minimize the internal anxiousness caused by the energetic blocks that need to be cleared. These blocks are the aftereffects of various traumas we experience in life, such as physical assaults, molestation, psychological abuse, and PTDS from combat experience, violent injuries and accidents, etc.

An example of spiritual balance is seen with a person committed to following their bliss.  When following your heart, or as some say, your higher self, you will intuitively know you are on your path.  While at times very challenging, the satisfaction of doing your mission in life is reward enough.  I can speak from my experience that this is so true.  When deviating off this path, for whatever reason, you will have a sense of being unfulfilled or longing for something more deeply satisfying.  One of life’s biggest challenges is figuring out what our path is; what we came here to accomplish.  True satisfaction comes from achieving this.  Sometimes life changes must be made to achieve this (change in relationships, location of your home base, career,  new hobbies, learning something new you’ve always had an interest in, volunteer work, etc.)  Remember, courage is always greatly rewarded.  To fully appreciate these rewards, you need to take the risk of changing your life to better suit you as a spirit.

Arthritis

Osteoarthritis has been described as ‘cooked food disease’, by Dr. Royal Lee.  Lee founded Standard Process Labs nutritional supplement company in 1929.  Heat denatures (changes) the shape of protein molecules.   Like broken building materials (bricks) or twisted/warped timbers, the damaged proteins are unusable by the body to repair day to day wear and tear on the cartilage lining of our joints.  Typically, the greatest load bearing joints degenerate first.  Lack of sufficient raw, uncooked protein, prevents day to day maintenance/repair of the joints. How common do we hear of people undergoing knee or hip replacement surgeries?   There are potentially serious, quality of life LOWERING outcomes, from these surgeries.  Surgeons often don’t disclose this real risk, and if/when they occur, there is little to be done to correct the situation…..permanent disability/pain can be the outcome.   I’ve seen it in my patients and hear story after story about family members and friends who regret the decision to undergo surgery.

My approach is to identify any muscle imbalances/dysfunctions and the common neurological breakdown responsible for the muscle problems.  Like the electrical supply panel in a house that contains circuit breakers for the different areas of the house, overload of a given circuit causes the breaker to trip;  preventing an electrical fire and the resultant damage/injury/loss of life that could otherwise occur.  It’s a great safety mechanism.  Understanding how it operates makes it simple to correct electrical service interruption in the house.   Identify the offending overload, stop said overload use, reset the circuit breaker, and enjoy the normal electrical supply’s return of function.

The nervous system has similar functionality and safety features built in.  If an injury/illness or other condition overloads the nervous system, the body does its best, with the resources at its disposal, to repair the body and restore health and function back to optimal.  Sometimes, this happens almost immediately, sometimes overnight with sleep/rest.  However,  if the body lacks the necessary energy, information and nutritional resources to complete said repairs, we are left with pain, weakness, spasms, stiffness, loss of range of movement, inflammation, etc.  This, for example, is what a limp in your walking pattern is. This pattern is common in the genesis of osteoarthritis.  I often find, on examination, a variety of muscle imbalances, weakness that prevents normal joint stabilization.  This results in abnormal biomechanical wear and tear forces on the joint that accelerates degeneration.  Couple that with insufficient dietary proteins (undamaged by cooking) and other nutrients REQUIRED to maintain healthy joint cartilage and  you have the perfect recipe for arthritis.

My approach to helping patients heal joints like this is three fold.  First, identify muscle imbalances and their frequent neurological component of injury…..and second, do appropriate neurological and applied kinesiological rehabilitation to correct that.  Stable joint’s don’t hurt, unstable joints do….its that simple.  Thirdly,  I evaluate the patient for nutritional requirements.  Without the appropriate building materials, the body cannot remodel/repair degenerative tissue. Human bodies simply cannot make something out of nothing…..apparently, only God can do that.  If  a diet consisting of too much processed/packaged food is creating a hidden nutritional deficiency, and  said missing nutrients are supplied to the body, then the repair process can finally begin at the cellular level.

What’s often described by my patients as unique about my approach compared to other health care providers is my ability to find these underlying hidden/undiagnosed weakness and nutritional requirements.  Providing the needed energy, information and nutritional resources allows the body to self-repair, frequently in just seconds or minutes (unless, of course, tissues need time to put the nutritional therapy to work with remodeling….this does take more time).

Again, bodies are driven to self repair, IF they have the necessary energy, information, and nutritional support.  Lacking one or more of these crucial ingredients, the body in unable to heal, and degeneration becomes your lot in life.  I see degenerative diseases, like arthritis, autoimmune diseases, high blood pressure, allergies, headaches, etc as being evidence of deferred maintenance.  I do NOT see them as signs of aging.  My perspective allows for healing, PROVIDED YOU TAKE RESPONSIBILITY  and do the necessary ACTION steps to recover health.  The alternative is a life of suffering.   The choice is yours, and only yours, so choose wisely and enjoy a lifetime of great health!

Bladder Infections

Bladder infections, like any infections, are a sign that your immune system is having a difficult time keeping you in balance in the presence of bacteria. One of the first things I look at are immune system stressors such as too much sugar or alcohol intake, which inhibits the immune system. Chronic mental/emotional/physical distress can also cause immune inhibition due to the adrenal stress hormones that are dumped into your system during a stressful situation. This promotes delayed immune reactions and allows more severe signs of infection.

Nutrients effective in helping this type of infection pattern include Calcium Lactate, Cataplex F, and Cataplex A-C-P, used to support the epithelial tissues which line the entire urinary tract, giving them more resistance to infection; the calcium and vitamin F feed the white blood cells so they can destroy the pathogenic bacteria.  Thymex gives support to the thymus gland, which helps direct antibodies to aid in the immune response to get rid of the infection.

Candida

Candida is a yeast organism normally present in the gut but it’s kept in check by the acidophilus and other friendly organisms that are in our gut via lactic acid production.  Simply put, yeast can’t overgrow in an acid intestinal tract. Through lifestyle, dietary and healthcare practice we destroy the friendly bacteria, losing the ability to keep the candida organisms in check. If this occurs, for example, through chronic use of antacids, antibiotics, prednisone, cortisone, birth control pills, too much sugar/alcohol/carbohydrates in the diet etc., we create imbalances and candida overgrowth occurs.

Symptoms include oral thrush, vaginal yeast infections and fungul outbreaks on the nails, in the ears, or on patches of skin. Candida sufferers may also feel lethargic and bloated after eating, especially if the meal includes sugar,carbohydrates and/or alcohol, which act as food for the Candida.

To treat candida, I first identify the problem with muscle testing, then do a desensitization protocol which is a treatment procedure to help your brain quickly focus on the problem and its resolution. Then I implement dietary and lifestyle changes as appropriate to the individual to maximize the potential to restore the balance of the healthy organisms in the intestines.  Often I give a patient nutritional supplements to speed that recovery. Often, women who refuse to give up using birth control pills find that they have a very hard time healing this problem.

Men also get candida but seem to be more “carriers” of the organism rather than symptomatic sufferers. Candida can be transmitted through bodily fluids or even a kiss, which is why I sometimes need a sexual partner to come in for treatment to get a complete resolution of the problem.

As a preventive measure, I recommend taking acidophilus and bifidus supplements when you are exposed to antibiotics, steroidal hormones such as prednisone and cortisone or if you are taking birth control pills. The diet below will also greatly assist the candida sufferer.

Candida DietDownload the PDF here
Here’s a simple overview of a very effective Candida diet. A minimum of three weeks on this diet is recommended to help reduce the amount of yeast in your system.

For 3 weeks do not eat any foods containing these ingredients:
Sugar, honey, sucrose, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, nutrisweet, equal, maple syrup, soy sauce, alcohol, mushrooms, fruit juice, fresh fruit, dehydrated fruit (e.g. raisins)
limit vinegar (i.e. salad dressings, etc. ) Read all ingredient labels for “hidden sugar!” Do not use artificial sweeteners!

You may eat:  Proteins (meat, poultry, fish, tofu, etc.), fresh veggies, whole grains, nuts and seeds (raw, not roasted)

Drink:  6-8 glasses of water each day

A good book to read on the subject is:

The Yeast Connection by William G. Crook, M.D.
A good description of the scope of symptoms caused by antibiotic overuse, artificial foods, synthetic hormone prescriptions (e.g. birth control pills, prednisone). The yeast organism overgrows the intestine as a result of those factors. Although the books’ proposed treatment options are quite limited in scope, I have a treatment that effectively eliminates the problem, based on lifestyle and dietary changes, over the course of one to two sessions. Available at bookstores or www.amazon.com.

Chronic Fatigue

This is a situation where you have chronic, unremitting fatigue, which continues for a long period and sleeping doesn’t help. Two of the common factors I find are immune system imbalances and respiratory disorders, where the person’s breathing capacity has been compromised and they are no longer able to take deep breaths. Oxygen being the most important in the molecule to maintain our vitality can be dramatically reduced on a breath-to-breath basis just by shallow breathing. By not exercising appropriately the ribs lose the ability for the ribs to articulate and move properly, preventing the ribs and subsequently the lungs within to expand fully, causing shallow breathing. Chronic shallow breathing can be a big contributor to CFS, because if you don’t get the oxygen in, you don’t have the energy available in your cells.

I check breathing on all my clients because oxygen is such a key player on the biochemical side of the triad of health.  If you’re trying to stimulate the healing process in other ways, through nutrients or exercises, and the body doesn’t have enough oxygen available, that step that the other nutrients are going to activate will put a stress on the system because there’s not enough oxygen to drive the system.

I also look at emotional and immune issues, which could be affecting how a person’s body is or is not able to heal itself. It varies case to case, but excessive stress is a common stressor of the immune system. When a person is under stress the adrenal stress hormone cortisol is secreted into the blood system, and gives you the "fight or flight" response. If you are under constant stress you’ll have high levels of this hormone in your system all the time. Cortisol is an important stress hormone, but at the same time it supresses the immune and lymphiod tissues. so if you’re constantly supressing the immune system, you’re going to have a harder time responding to infection patterns.

Exposure to high levels of toxic chemicals can also overwhelm the body’s detox systems, especially in the liver, and can cause chronic fatigue patterns until those chemicals are eliminated from the body, or new exposure to toxins is avoided. Over time, the body will excrete what has built up. Mercury fillings may contribute to this toxic pattern. To my understanding, the EPA has ruled that mercury is a toxin and should not be in the body. Mercury has toxic effects in many areas of the body, particularly the nerve cells, where it tends to be deposited in the mylin sheath.

In short, chronic fatigue can be brought on by a number of environmental factors, including petrochemical, viral, mold, and chemical outgassing from new carpet and paint.

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is simply a sign that you are out of balance on some level. If you can identify what aspect of you is out balance, you can heal the chronic pain. Sometimes there’s a structural component involved, such as in chronic low back. You may have a foot arch subluxation. If you’re foot isn’t stable, your ankle won’t be stable, your knee won’t be stable, your low back won’t be stable, etc. It’s just a serial structural stress pattern stemming from the failure of that foundation arch of the foot.

Chronic pain may also be the result of a nutritional imbalance. For example, if you are needing B-vitamin factors to stabilize muscles that stabilize your low back, you can have a nutritional deficiency which results in an unstable low back and chronic back pain.

One of the most common forms of chronic pain comes from mental stress patterns. When these occur, such as financial stress, job stress, family worries, etc., they create a physical stress response in your adrenal glands, i.e. the “fight or flight” response. When you increase the output of adrenal stress hormones, especially cortisol, you can have a weakening effect on the ligament structures that support the sacroiliac joints, which can produce low back pain. As you can see there are not only structural causes, but nutritional and mental/spiritual causes that all feed into the system we call a human body.

Crohn’s Disease

It has been found that these problems can be the result a long-forgotten disease: scurvy. It is caused by a deficiency of the whole vitamin C complex, not just the isolated ascorbic acid form that is commonly sold. This lack of vitamin C often affects bones, joints, teeth, gums, digestive membranes and all connective tissues, including the skin. Many cases of Crohn’s or IBS, including bleeding ulceritive colitis and enteritis, are a form of scurvy of the intestines.
Unless the missing whole vitamin C complex is used in these cases, you will have to try to exist by “controlling” the condition with drugs or surgery, neither of which supply the missing vitamin C nutritional key. I also test for allergic reactions to dairy, wheat and gluten and frequently recommend a 30-day avoidance trial to determine if hypersensitivity to these foods is producing the symptoms.

Many people also benefit from nutritional support for the liver and gallbladder which improves digestion, soothes diarrhea and cleanses the gut. Vitamin A is another nutrient that may be important in the healing of intestinal lining. Follow these guidelines and others specific to your individual needs and allow sufficient time for healing: 8-18 months. Remember that ascorbic acid alone will not solve this problem. The whole vitamin C complex must be used.

Colds

When we exhibit symptoms of colds and flu, we are demonstrating that our body is being pushed beyond its physiologic balance. More toxins accumulate in the body than it can evacuate, creating an environment that isn’t healthy. Nature’s solution to this imbalance is to send in bacteria to compost, or break down, these toxins. Therefore, the best way to eliminate and prevent colds and flu is to stimulate the elimination of toxins and cleanse all the routes of elimination that the body uses. This includes nasal douching with a salt solution, the Lemon Routine, hot peroxide baths, saunas and hyperhydrating, such as drinking a gallon or more of water a day.
By doing this cleansing, especially at the first hint of symptoms, the body is flushed of excessive toxins, making it unnecessary for the composting bacteria to be there. Once the bacteria are brought down to baseline levels, your symptoms go away. Clinical studies have proven again and again that over-the-counter cold and flu remedies do nothing but increase the burden of toxic substances in the body, prolonging your suffering.

Of course, avoiding sugar and sugar-containing foods is important for prevention and to get over symptoms. Sugar lowers your immune system and your body will have a harder time fighting off infection. The organisms that cause colds and flu are always present in your body, but you don’t exhibit symptoms until your immune system is stressed to the point that it can’t keep those organisms in check.

Concussion/Closed Head Injury

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Dental Problems

Cavities, gingivitis, periodontal disease and the like are usually a result of improper diet, including insufficient raw vegetables, fruits and nuts, and RAW bone-meal sources of calcium. This form of calcium is used to rebuild dental tissues. A few Standard Process products include BioDent, Biost and Calcifood, which are designed to help healing loose teeth, bleeding gums, gingival pockets and sore spots with denture use. They are nutritional sources for the tissues which are breaking down and failing, such as the gum or the bone structure that supports the tooth.
Of course, it should go without saying that diet needs to be balanced with regard to sugar intake. Excessive refined sugar consumption leads to fermentation processes where the bacteria in the oral cavity produce acids that will decay the tooth enamel and start the cavitation process.

De-toxing

One of the easiest ways to begin de-toxing is simply to wisely choose the foods and beverages you put in your body, and which chemicals you breathe into your lungs, which will decrease the amount of toxic material you will have to eliminate. Standard Process has a supplement that is an extract of liver, which helps speed the process of the liver detoxification. A variety of herbal substances also help cleanse and detoxify, including silimoran, artichoke heart, milk thistle and tumeric.
Diet plays a large role in the toxic load on your body. What you come to realize is all you’re doing is finding a diet that fuels your body with the fewest number of harmful consequences. By fueling your body this way you’ll have more energy and less illness. I have incorporated the Food Combination Diet into my life with much success. Pesticide and hormone-free foods are an essential part of decreasing your toxic load.

Kombucha tea has also been ascribed wonderful detox benefits by many sources and can be a simple way to assist your body in the healing process. The internet has many resources for information on kombucha and how to prepare it, including a kombucha network to find you a starter mushroom.

I recommend what I call the Lemon Routine for patients with infections and for detoxification. Lying on your left side, take an enema with the juice of 1/2 fresh lemon (not from concentrate) in a quart of lukewarm water. After evacuating the enema from the bowel, take the other half of the lemon and rub the cut edge all over the skin – arms, legs, abdomen, all over. Then immediately climb into a bathtub full of water, as hot as you can tolerate. Stay in the bath for 15-20 minutes.

Make sure that you are properly hydrated before performing the lemon routine, because the lemon juice on the skin will cause the pores to open up and the hot bath will cause you to perspire excessively. Also, be certain that there is someone there with you, because following the bath clients are frequently too weak to pull themselves out of the tub. When the bath is finished, you should quickly wrap yourself up warmly and quickly go to bed where you will continue to perspire for some time.
The lemon routine causes improved elimination through both the bowel and the skin, and is a most important helper in the treatment of infections. Many times, this procedure will bring on a healing crisis, and you will be better either immediately afterwards or by the next day. This is also a good routine for preventive maintenance to keep your system flushed.

Digestion Problems

See: Acid Reflux, Crohn’s Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Ulcers

Ear Infections

In the case of chronic ear infections, you have to look strongly at what is stressing the immune system to the point that it’s having a hard time healing. Frequently when I deal with kids and ear infections, I see food allergies causing a chronic immune battle, and the immune system simply starts to fatigue and has no ability to fully correct the problem until the dietary allergen is identified and eliminated. Milk, sugar and dairy are the most common stressors that have to be eliminated from the diet before you will eliminate the chronic infection pattern. But after identifying these things I usually see quick resolution of the symptoms on a permanent basis.
I have observed that the placing of drainage tubes in the ears is more for symptom control and doesn’t do anything to stop the chronic lymphatic drainage problem. If you do something to correct the cause of the congestion and the production of the mucus there is no material that needs “draining” from the ears via the tubes. I think treating the cause of the problem is more effective and less traumatic to the child.

Epilepsy

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Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is an umbrella term that covers a group of symptoms including pain, tenderness and stiffness of joints and nearby structures. Muscles may also be affected by these symptoms. Systemic symptoms such as fatigue, depression and insomnia may also occur.
I usually find that treatment centers on dietary changes and nutritional supplements to supply the nutrients the body is missing in the daily diet. The modern diet most people consume is over-refined, stale and is lacking in these vital nutrients. The vitamins needed depend on the individual and can include A complex, B complex, C complex, calcium, magnesium and/or essential fatty acids (the good oils) – called essential because your body can’t make them from other fats and relies on adequate dietary intake every day.

In some cases fibromyalgia is a result of blood sugar imbalance due to excessive intake of refined foods. In other cases it is the result of using synthetic B vitamins made from petrochemical derivatives like pharmaceuticals.

Flu

When we exhibit symptoms of colds and flu, we are demonstrating that our body is being pushed beyond its physiologic balance. More toxins accumulate in the body than it can evacuate, creating an environment that isn’t healthy. Nature’s solution to this imbalance is to send in bacteria to compost, or break down, these toxins. Therefore, the best way to eliminate and prevent colds and flu is to stimulate the elimination of toxins and cleanse all the routes of elimination that the body uses. This includes nasal douching with a salt solution, the Lemon Routine, hot peroxide baths, saunas and hyperhydrating, such as drinking a gallon or more of water a day.
By doing this cleansing, especially at the first hint of symptoms, the body is flushed of excessive toxins, making it unnecessary for the composting bacteria to be there. Once the bacteria are brought down to baseline levels, your symptoms go away. Clinical studies have proven again and again that over-the-counter cold and flu remedies do nothing but increase the burden of toxic substances in the body, prolonging your suffering.

Of course, avoiding sugar and sugar-containing foods is important for prevention and to get over symptoms. Sugar lowers your immune system and your body will have a harder time fighting off infection. The organisms that cause colds and flu are always present in your body, but you don’t exhibit symptoms until your immune system is stressed to the point that it can’t keep those organisms in check.

Foot/Ankle Sprains

See: Structural Alignment page

Herniated Disc

Some medical estimates are that herniated discs are insignificant, clinically benign, with regards to the patients symptoms in about 97% of cases. This leads one to wonder why there are so many back surgeries in America when approximately 85% of all back surgeries fail.
I frequently find muscular weaknesses that lead to mechanical dysfunction in the joints. The resultant lack of movement  creates a physiological “splint” of sorts, which means that the bones in the lumbar area, for example, are unable to move, leading to pain patterns that radiate down the leg. Neurologic patterns can and do create weaknesses that are “clinically classic” cases of herniated disc syndromes, including symptoms of loss of sensation and muscle strength. In my experience, however, these symptoms are more often related to other neurologic imbalances and problems. By making the neurological changes I can usually restore sensation and muscle strength within minutes, showing that it wasn’t in fact due to a disc pressing on a nerve.

Hiatal Hernia

When you have a hiatal hernia, your stomach is actually protruding partway into the diaphragm, pinching the stomach and causing poor digestion function. Hiatal hernias can be caused by improper breathing technique while lifting heavy objects or exercising, straining during a bowel movement, vomiting and excessive coughing. The proper breathing technique when lifting or exercising is to exhale fully before exertion. This lifts the diaphragm out of the way of the stomach while you’re contracting and prevents the hernia.
A common symptom of a hiatal hernia is feeling nauseated after eating. This is because the food you are eating is not staying in the stomach. A simple way to diagnose a hiatal hernia is to hold your arms out in front of you at a ninety-degree angle to the ground with the backs of your hands together. Have someone try to pull your arms apart while you resist. If they are able to pull your arms apart, you may have a hiatal hernia.

The easiest way to fix this problem is to visit a chiropractor or AK practitioner who can perform the adjustment to push your stomach back into alignment. Do not perform this adjustment yourself!

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

It has been found that this problem can be the result a long-forgotten disease: scurvy. It is caused by a deficiency of the whole vitamin C complex, not just the isolated ascorbic acid form that is commonly sold. This lack of vitamin C often affects bones, joints, teeth, gums, digestive membranes and all connective tissues, including the skin. Many cases of Crohn’s or IBS, including bleeding ulceritive colitis and enteritis, are a form of scurvy of the intestines.
Unless the missing whole vitamin C complex is used in these cases, you will have to try to exist by “controlling” the condition with drugs or surgery, neither of which supply the missing vitamin C nutritional key. I also test for allergic reactions to dairy, wheat and gluten and frequently recommend a 30-day avoidance trial to determine if hypersensitivity to these foods is producing the symptoms.

Many people also benefit from nutritional support for the liver and gallbladder which improves digestion, soothes diarrhea and cleanses the gut. Vitamin A is another nutrient that may be important in the healing of intestinal lining. Follow these guidelines and others specific to your individual needs and allow sufficient time for healing: 8-18 months. Remember that ascorbic acid alone will not solve this problem. The whole vitamin C complex must be used.

Menopause

Menopause should be a time in a woman’s life when she grows her creative side and uses the energy she had been using for motherhood into a process of opening up and blossoming in her creativity. Unfortunately, too many women in America have difficulties during this time due to deferred maintenance of hormonal balance during the previous decades. When the adrenal glands or the ovaries have been dysfunctional for some time, it’s unlikely that they will improve function spontaneously when stress demands or functional demands increase. This is the kind of change that occurs with menopause when the adrenal glands are supposed to take up the slack when the ovaries go into “retirement”. If the adrenal glands have become depleted during a woman’s life, these glands won’t be able to pick up the baton and run with it, so to speak, and hot flashes and other symptoms results.
Common stressors of adrenals include chemical stresses from fake food diets, taking synthetic drugs and vitamins, caffeine, alcohol, pesticides and herbicides, antibiotic residues, and hormonal residues in meat products and poultry. Mental stress includes such things as finances, job, family, etc. Thermal stress can occur if you frequently move in and out of warm/cold buildings. Physical stress can be overworking at the gym, or attempting a high level of activity when you’re not in shape.

There is an excellent book by Dr. John Lee, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause. This is an great source for a comprehensive overview of women’s health issues, including a very important solution to many common complaints.

Migraines & Headaches

I frequently find with migraine patterns that there are hormonal imbalances and/or structural problems. By doing different tests, I find out which areas seem to be the most problematic and I can focus on what is causing the stress in those areas. From a nutritional standpoint I often find that there are thyroid or ovarian problems and until I get those glandular areas working optimally the pain pattern won’t resolve. Food allergies can also play into migraine headache patterns and should be investigated.
Chronic Headaches:  I see a lot of structural problems in people with chronic headaches, primarily in the feet and the neck. When the feet, which are the structural foundation of the skeleton, have a problem such as a chronically sprained foot and ankle, it creates reflected stresses migrating up to the knee, hip, shoulder all the way to the neck area. It’s likely that this type of skeletal stress will produce tension patterns up into the neck and skullbone area that won’t be mitigated until you identify the source. Once the structural problems are corrected in the lower half of the body, I tend to see immediate improvement in the headache pain.

Morning Sickness

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Plantar Fascitis

See: Structural Alignment page

Pre-menstrual Syndrome

PMS symptoms such as breast tenderness are usually a result, in my clinical experience, of estrogen excess relative to the progesterone level. Sometimes this is a function of poor estrogen clearance in the liver. A lot of people may not be aware of this, but the estrogen is usually broken down relatively quickly after it’s secreted. If the liver is sluggish in it’s ability to do this, the estrogen levels can rise higher than they should be and you will feel their effects longer than intended. One of the effects of this is that the water-loving estrogen will be retained in the breasts and extremities, causing edema pressure and pain.
An important function in improving liver activity would include the avoidance of toxin, alcohol, refined carbos,  baked goods, soda, and candy. The problem with eating these goodies is that your body has to deal with them, and it needs the nutrients required to process them. For example, when you eat refined sugars, you are eating something that has been stripped of the nutrient material the body uses to produce the insulin molecule that processes the sugar you’re consuming. This chronic deficiency of the nutrients that would normally induce insulin secretion can lead to pancreatic stress and a diabetic type pattern. Ensuring a healthy functioning intestinal tract is also important since a toxic colon is a major source of burden for the liver.

Many women having severe PMS have elected to do a surgical procedure to eliminate the organ to eliminate the symptoms, but there are alternative approaches. I’ve had success working with women who were on heavy medication for PMS symptoms that would incapacitate them for 3 days a month who after getting nutritionally, structurally and neurologically balanced had zero symptoms.  Nutritional supplements, reflex work or dietary changes are designed to bring the progesterone and estrogen into balance, improving mood swings, cravings, and cramps.

Sometimes the nutritional balancing requires supplements such as calcium, essential fatty acids, B vitamins, iodine, B-Complex, E, and black current seed oil.  Black current oil is a source of essential fatty acids, which are used by the body to produce prostiglandins and other hormone-type substances which help to normalize the progesterone and its functions in the body. Calcium is used to relax muscle tissues and release spasms. Often a topicial progesterone cream is also used to increase the blood levels of progesterone.

Sciatica

Sciatica is truly one of the biggest misnomers used in common conversation. In true sciatica, the pain pattern extends from the knee down into the back and side of the leg and down into the foot. People complaining of low back pain that radiates down the buttock, thigh and then down into the knee are not describing what is medically known as “sciatica”. What they are experiencing is referred pain from the lumbar or sacroiliac (low back) joints sending nerve impulses that radiate the pain into the extremities. In my experience, these cases of “sciatica”, there is nothing more to correct than the unstable mechanics of the sacroiliac and lumbar spine, and once these abberrations are balanced the pain is eliminated.

Sinus Infections

Sinusitis and inflammation of the sinuses can result from a variety of causes. Among these the most common are dairy and wheat allergies, chronic infections, especially unrecognized subclinical and chronic dental infections. Fungal/yeast infections can also spread from the intestines via the bloodstream and focus in the sinuses. If they are mistreated with antibiotics, which only treat bacterial infections, it leads to further spread of the fungal infection.
Sugar intake must be stopped in these cases until sinus health is restored, otherwise the likelihood reocurrance is high because sugar is the preferred food for fungal organisms! See the Candida Diet for a good guideline regarding reducing dietary sugars. Some cases of chronic infection are due to simple hypothyroidism. In this situation, low thyroid hormone lowers the metabolic rate including the immune system. The immune system consumes a large amount of energy to function like a standing army would require.  Until the metabolic rate improves there is insufficient energy to drive the natural immune defense system and chronic infection is the result.
Good hygiene of the sinus area can be enhanced by regular flushing using warm salt water, preferrably organic sea salt, or diluted 3 percent hydrogen peroxide in a Neti pot. Both of these must be diluted to tolerance starting with a pinch of salt or approximately 5 drops of 3 percent peroxide. Increase concentration gradually each time you do the flush so that you don’t burn or irritate your nasal passages. Some people find that the salt solution doesn’t make a great change but the hydrogen peroxide solution causes a major elimination of mucus/morbid matter. Experiment to see which works best for you. It goes without saying that you should be drinking plenty of water – at least the recommended 8 glasses per day – to help flush toxins produced by the infection.
Neti pots are available over the internet or at your local health food store.

Sports Injuries

Rotator Cuff:  Rotator cuff injuries have to do with shoulder injuries. The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles (including the superspinatus,, infraspinatus, subscapularis and teres minor) are commonly injured by pitchers when throwing baseballs repetitively, and in competitive swimmers)   This can lead to a weakening or tearing of the tendon attachments of these muscles  depending on the severity of the trauma. In many cases I”ve been able to non-surgically reduce these microvulsions and stimulate healing using AK reflex points to assist the muscles in the completion of their healing process. Muscle testing done before and after therapy indicates which muscles  are weak and which are creating pain in the movement of the shoulder. Once identifed, those muscles can be specifically isolated and theraputically assisted with reflexology, chiropractic manipulations, neurological rehabilitation and nutritional therapies to help the body repair cellular damage.
Shin Splints:  Shin splints are an overuse syndrome from over-training a muscle group in the front portion of the leg or shin. These muscles act as deccelerators, or brakes, so that your foot doesn’t slap the ground upon heelstrike. One of the easiest ways to prevent shin splints is to be a toe-runner. This allows the calf to act as a natural shock absorber for the foot strike. Those who chose to be heel strikers should simply decrease their mileage until they find the distance their body can handle without showing breakdown symptoms.

Stress Management

See:  Anxiety

Thyroid Problems

See: Hormone Balance page

TMJ

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Ulcers

Ulcers are commonly caused by a bacterial infection. This has been known for decades but not by all. Helicobacter pylori, also know as campylobacter pylori, is a bacteria that produces an ammonia cloud around itself and can survive the harsh stomach acid environment. As it colonizes on the stomach lining, it can cause damage known as ulcers. A combination of antibiotics is usually prescribed by medical doctors.
An alternative approach that I have found clinically useful is the use of nutritional supplements and/or herbs which have led to elimination of the burning, painful symptoms.

Weight Gain

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Hormone Disregulation: insulin, leptin, grehlin, msg, HFCS, artifical sweeteners

Weight Loss, Unexplained

After ruling out cancer, diabetes and thyroid disorders as a cause of rapid, unhealthy weight loss, please consider the following. If your cells thchromosomes (the cells blueprints, so to speak) are  not protected by the “envelope” which is made of Vitamin F complex, your cells don’t self-repair and regenerate/reproduce correctly. This loss of cellular function results in difficulty in maintaining total body weight, and creates a need to over-eat compared to a normal feeding patterns, to avoid rapid weight loss.  This is sometimes seen in children and is described as “failure to thrive” and similar terms.  They don’t put on weight normally, and often are sugar hounds, preferring carbs to all other foods.  When they are fed properly, and given healthy amounts of the Vitamin F complex, the body is able to protect the chromosomes with the proper “envelope”‘, and the function of the blueprints returns, and the cells are able to repair themselves, and utilize nutrition again.  Often, the patients lose their sugar cravings and desire a more healthy comprehensive variety of foodstuffs, including proteins, veggies, fat/oils with resulting normalization of body weight, without the need to “overeat just to maintain the underweight state”.

Yeast Infections

See: Candida

Disclaimer:
The information contained herein is for research purposes only and should not be construed as medical recommendations for any disease or symptom. It is not intended to provide medical advice.

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