Chiropractic & Common Conditions

FIBROMYALGIA and CHIRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME

>>What causes Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

The answer is a variety of problems such as a virus, impaired immune functions, food allergies, drugs, depression, neurological and structural imbalance, hormone dysfunctions, toxicity, and more including vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

It’s different for every individual. Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome or CFS are truly multi-faceted conditions and treatments that do not address them as such invariably produce unsatisfying results.

The big question here is, “Why aren’t my joints and muscles healing and repairing?” or “Why is my body not willing to allocate nutrients toward energy and joint and muscle repair?”. Do you think your body has more important things to do with those nutrients? Maybe there is some more important internal function that needs the extra nutrients right now and the body is not going to waste those valuable nutrients on non-essential tissue. Yes, you read correctly. Your joints, muscles and energy level are non-essential to the body. Your body needs to make sure your brain, heart and liver function, kidney function, immune system, etc are optimized and as a result of significant problems to these areas, it will break down your muscles, bones and joints to free up nutrients and protein to be used for more important bodily function! So, if you’re not getting the nutrients your body needs from your diet, guess what’s going to happen! But, how do you know which nutrients you’re deficient in?

We understand that the key to overcoming Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome lies in the testing. Proper testing will identify major and minor key elements of imbalance and deficiency, environmental toxicities, stress and physical structure, abnormal organ functions, digestive disorders, and much more. Through careful examination and analysis, and by addressing these conditions, we can help you know what lifestyle changes you need to make in order for your body to heal itself and restore your health.

Diabetes

Diabetes is the 6th leading cause of death among Americans. It is the fastest growing disease in every age group. It is a silent, modern epidemic. Currently over 17 million Americans are diagnosed with some form of diabetes, while another 5 million are considered to be diabetic without their knowledge. It is projected that 1 of 3 children born will develop diabetes. This is tragic because most of these individuals may have been able to prevent the onset of the disease with proper awareness, diet, and exercise.

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder characterized by elevation of fasting blood sugar or glucose. While the cause of the elevated blood glucose can be many things, chronically elevated high serum glucose levels are devastating and dangerous to the individual.

Medication is often used to reduce the glucose in the blood stream to avert a crises, but where does the glucose go when medications or insulin are used? The answer is that it gets forced into the cells of your body and the most delicate cells, such as the eyes and kidneys, will be damaged.
Diet is not the only factor to consider with diabetes. Many medications cause or contribute to diabetes. In addition liver disease, mineral deficiencies, toxic elements, chronic infection and digestion problems may all be factors, which is why proper testing is so important.

Complications of uncontrolled blood sugar include increased risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, loss of nerve functions and amputations. Your doctor can help you slow or even reverse these potentially devastating outcomes. Objective, comprehensive evaluations by Dr. Cynthia & Dr. Philippe can offer a different perspective to help determine the reasons for your uncontrolled Diabetes and possible need for medication. Diagnostic testing such as standardized blood work, bio-monitoring which is the practice of testing human blood, urine, or other fluids for the presence of environmental chemicals and other relevant tests are necessary to identify underlying conditions and nutritional deficiencies, then retesting to determine progress and effectiveness of the prescribed program.

Food Allergies

Food allergies were first recognized by the famous Greek physician Hippocrates when he recorded that milk could cause gastric upset and hives. He observed that many symptoms associated with serious disease were the result of eating foods that one was sensitive to.
Today food allergies are commonly associated with a wide range of symptoms and medical conditions such as migraines, irritable bowel, colitis, auto-immune diseases, hyperactivity, asthma, eczema, fatigue, and many more.

The best known form of food allergy is called an immediate onset allergy. This type of immune reaction happens when allergic symptoms to a food occur quickly, right after consumption of a small amount of the allergic food. The cause and effect relationship between the food and symptoms is obvious.

There is a much more prevalent, subtle and insidious type of allergy that can not be detected by the standard skin scratch tests used by most medical physicians. Such allergies are known as delayed onset food allergies or food sensitivities. Once thought to be uncommon, this type of allergy is now believed to be the most common form of food allergy in children and adults. These food sensitivities can be caused by poor digestion, infection, liver or pancreatic dysfunction or even inflammation.

Allergic symptoms in delayed reactions may take 2 hours to 2 days to appear. Delayed food allergies, due to a combination of delayed symptoms and multiple offending foods, are rarely self-diagnosed. Delayed onset food allergies and the laboratory immunoassays may be needed but not always. Blood testing will commonly be the best place to start to determine the cause of the food allergy or sensitivity. We are particularly qualified to determine if food allergy testing is appropriate for you. If so, he or she will help you to overcome your allergy problems and restore your good health and well-being.

Acid Reflux and Heartburn

Millions of people nationwide, and countless in Costa Mesa suffer from heartburn or reflux. Continued use of antacids and prescription drugs have serious side effects and merely mask the problem of heartburn or reflux. Continued use of these drugs will usually result in further problems and even worse digestion leading to more and stronger drugs.

Both of these symptoms can be controlled naturally and often times positive results occur quickly. Common causes of reflux include liver and gall bladder problems, pancreatic enzyme deficiencies, food allergies, infection and inflammation.

We can evaluate which tests are necessary to provide insight on helping you to improve your health. A healthy gastrointestinal system is vital to good health. Stop masking the real problem. Call us today at (949) 645-9355.

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is generally regarded as the greatest risk factor for heart attack or stroke and is known as the silent killer due to the fact that it can go undiagnosed until it results in death.

Blood pressure is a measure of the force produced each time the heart beats. This pressure is what keeps your blood flowing to all parts of your body. When blood pressure becomes elevated abnormally, it is called hypertension.

Hypertension is a blood pressure that is consistently above 140/90. It is closely associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease, stroke, impaired circulation, and kidney disease. Normal blood pressure is considered 120/80 or slightly lower.

Over 80% of individuals with high blood pressure are considered to have moderate or below moderate hypertension. According to the American Journal of Cardiology, drug treatment is not recommended in these individuals, as there is “little evidence these patients will achieve enough benefit to justify the costs and adverse effects of anti-hypertensive drug treatment.”

If not with drugs, then how should most people address this problem? Wait until it does get worse? Comprehensive blood and toxic element testing can indicate problems or the cause of the high blood pressure from things as simple as anemia, infection to inflammation and heavy metal toxicity. With the results of the testing, a program can be developed to improve the health of the body, which will fix the cause of the high blood pressure. This will likely include lifestyle modification, including weight control, exercise, avoidance of tobacco, increased consumption of fruits and vegetables, and the use of nutritional supplementation.

Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome

If you suffer from abdominal discomfort and/or recurrent bowel attacks, you do not have too. We are well trained and equipped to care for most bowel and stomach problems without the need for prescription drugs. The natural treatment and management of inflammatory and irritable bowel is highly effective.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is the general name given to two specific conditions: Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the term used when no medical disease is present, but bowel symptoms exist nonetheless.

IBD and IBS share many similar symptoms such as pain, constipation, diarrhea, gas, and bloating. Distinguishing between the two can be difficult, but is very important, as there are critical differences in the proper management of these two conditions. Although, medications may give relief, they do little to correct the cause or the digestive problem and will in fact actually contribute to the progression of the disease because the drugs will cause further malabsorption. The use of these medications will commonly slow improvement but progress is the goal. Appropriate laboratory testing is useful in both the diagnosis and successful treatment of these conditions. We can safely guide you through this process and recommend appropriate nutritional supplementation, as well as any dietary changes based upon your individual test results that will allow your body to restore itself to good health and well-being.

Menopause

Are you concerned about the health risks associated with hormone replacement therapy? The cancer causing potential of hormone replacement therapy or HRT, is a well established and serious risk.

The results of a study, called the Women’s Health Initiative which enrolled 161,000 women, found a 26% increase in breast cancer among women undergoing HRT, and an increased risk of stroke in women undergoing estrogen replacement therapy.

>>Hot Flashes

Provide you with natural and safe alternatives to hormone and estrogen replacement therapies. Hormone replacement was never the answer. Hormone regulation and balance is the path that will help you reach your health goals. Vitamin and mineral imbalances and lifestyle habits such as caffeine intake and dairy consumption can cause hormonal imbalances. Tests such as urine, and/ or blood tests are various ways to assess the reasons for your hormonal imbalances.

∇What We Do

Proper testing can reveal deficiencies or excesses that need to be addressed. A blood chemistry analysis, thyroid panel, and bone density scan may also be recommended to ensure you receive the best care. By accurately assessing your body’s needs, we can help you restore health and ease the transition from pre to post menopause.

Headache

Tension Headaches and Chiropractic
While drugs often reduce symptoms, chiropractic care addresses the underlying cause of many types of headaches.

Drug Culture
While convenient, drugs that numb your nervous system have side effects, such as kidney failure or liver damage. Worse, they don’t actually correct the underlying cause of the headache.

Hidden Cause
A common cause of headaches is from spinal bones in the neck that aren’t supporting the head properly. You might not notice your reduced ability to turn your head. But these subluxations affect nerves, muscles and even the blood supply to your head.
Our thorough examination detects subluxation or restriction patterns that could be causing your headaches. If restrictions are present, you’re likely to benefit from chiropractic care.

Compensation Reaction
Some are surprised to learn that their headaches may be caused by problems in their lower back! The upper spine compensates, putting their head off center, and headaches are produced. While we can’t guarantee results, we have a high success rate with patients who experience headaches.

Migraine Headaches and Nutrition
Migraine headaches may be brought on by food allergies, hormone imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, nervous system dysfunction, and/or toxicity.

Laboratory testing may show obvious things that could cause migraines and headaches such as anemia, hypoglycemia, and low thyroid among other things. Prescription drug use can be a cause or a contributing factor in both types of headaches

Osteoporosis

Are you concerned about osteoporosis? An early stage of bone loss is called Osteopenia. Once a person has lost approximately 30% of their bone density it is called Osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis can occur in both men and women however women are at greater risk due to a lower bone density prior to age forty. Bone loss is usually greatest in the spine, hips, and ribs.

Commonly a bone density test called a DEXA scan, which measures the density of the hip and the lumbar spine is used to assess bone loss. Osteoporosis is a preventable illness provided certain dietary and lifestyle measures are followed. Calcium intake is usually recommended however there are more minerals and nutrients that play a preventative role.

The big question here is, “Why aren’t my bones strong?” or “Why is my body not willing to allocate nutrients toward strong bones?”. Do you think your body has more important things to do with those nutrients? Maybe there is some more important internal function that needs the extra nutrients right now and the body is not going to waste those valuable nutrients on non-essential tissue. Yes, your bones are non-essential to the body.Your body needs to make sure your liver function, kidney function, immune system, etc are optimized and as a result it will break down your muscles and bones to free up nutrients to be used for more important bodily function! So, if you’re not getting the nutrients your body needs from your diet, guess what’s going to happen! That’s right, Osteoporosis may develop or other conditions. But, how do you know which nutrients you’re deficient in?

Suggested causes of Osteoporosis include low calcium, low vitamin D, low phosphorus intake, high protein diets, high salt intake, trace mineral deficiencies, and even increased soft drink consumption. Proper testing will identify major and minor key elements of imbalance and deficiency, environmental toxicities, stress and physical structure, abnormal organ functions, digestive disorders, and much more. Through careful examination and analysis, we can help you determine your risk and determine what lifestyle changes you need to make in order for your body to heal itself, build bone mass and restore your health.

RA

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an inflammatory condition in which a malfunctioning immune system causes the body to attack itself. The traditional approach to this condition has been to treat using immune suppressing drugs, steroids, and anti-inflammatory drugs. But is this the only option? Does it address the complex, fundamental causes of this disease?

There is another answer for those who suffer with Rheumatoid Arthritis. We offer a comprehensive approach to helping those afflicted with this multifaceted disease. He or she will assess the essential factors that may play a role in RA.

>>The Big Question About Rheumatoid Arthritis

The big questions here is, “Why aren’t my joints healing and repairing?” or “Why is my body not willing to allocate nutrients toward joint repair?”. Do you think maybe your body has more important things to do with those nutrients? Maybe there is some more important internal function that needs the extra nutrients right now and the body is not going to waste those valuable nutrients on non-essential tissue. Your joints, muscles and energy level are non-essential to the body.

Your body needs to make sure your liver function, kidney function, immune system, etc are optimized and as a result it will break down your muscles, joints and bones to free up nutrients and protein to be used for more important bodily function! So, if you’re not getting the nutrients your body needs from your diet, guess what’s going to happen! But, how do you know which nutrients you’re deficient in?

∇What We Do

We understand that the key to overcoming Rheumatoid Arthritis lies in the testing. Proper testing will identify major and minor key elements of imbalance and deficiency, environmental toxicities, stress and physical structure, abnormal organ functions, digestive disorders, and much more.

Through careful examination and analysis, and by addressing these conditions, we can help you know what lifestyle changes you need to make in order for your body to heal itself and restore your health.

Sinusitis

What is the best treatment for sinus pain and congestion? Is it antibiotics? Most often, no. In fact, there is little evidence to support the use of penicillin, amoxicillin, and other antibiotics for the treatment of sinusitis.

The overuse of antibiotics in such cases can lead to the creation of antibiotic resistant bacteria, compounding the problem. Plus, antibiotics may reduce the infection the first time but it will also kill off all of your good bacteria [which you need for a healthy immune system]. This is going to leave you more susceptible to bigger and more frequent infections.

Why are you getting sinus infections? Why isn’t your body healthy enough to fight off the invaders?

We offer a safe alternative to antibiotics in the management of chronic or recurrent sinusitis. With the focus on increasing the health of your body, they will implement a strategy that addresses the underlying cause of sinusitis, namely an unhealthy immune system, poor lifestyle habits, and nutrient deficiencies. A combination of physical examination and appropriate laboratory testing can reveal the status of these fundamental dysfunctions, allowing us to determine the most effective and appropriate action to correct them. By addressing the underlying cause or causes of chronic sinusitis, we can help you achieve effective, permanent relief and restore your good health and well-being.

Adrenal Gland Burnout

There are two glands located above each kidney called the adrenals. They influence many body functions that are extremely important to our well-being. When the adrenal rhythm is abnormal it can affect a variety of areas.

Effects of Abnormal Adrenal Rhythm
· Energy production: abnormal adrenal rhythms lead to low energy levels, poor blood sugar regulation, and a hard time rising in the morning.
· Muscle and Joint function: Tissue healing may be compromised and tissue breakdown can lead to chronic pain.
· Bone health: If the morning cortisol level is too high or the evening cortisol level is elevated we become more prone to osteoporosis.
· Immune Health: The cortisol cycle if disrupted, can adversely affect the immune system and resistance to infection is reduced and allergic reactions can increase.
· Skin Regeneration: A normal cortisol rhythm is needed for optimal skin health. High cortisol levels at night prevent optimal skin regeneration.
· Thyroid Function: It is common for hypothyroid symptoms such as fatigue and low body temperature to be caused by adrenal dysfunction.
· Sleep Quality: High cortisol values at night and in the morning can decrease deep sleep resulting in a reduction of mental vitality and depression. Common symptoms may include feeling tired and fatigued during the day with the inability to sleep at night.
· Grain Intolerance and Stress: If the gut becomes inflamed within 30 minutes of eating grains it can cause increased cortisol and reduced DHEA.

∇What We Do

We can test for adrenal dysfunction and recommend customized treatment as well as preventative measures including diet and lifestyle changes, and proper supplementation based upon your individual test results.

Thyroid

Are you taking thyroid medications and wish there was a safe alternative? Do you have all the symptoms of thyroid disease, but you are continually told it is normal? Often small variations in thyroid levels that are within the medically normal range can create severe symptoms.

Many physicians only test the TSH, however to accurately diagnose thyroid disease it is necessary to order the appropriate tests and to interpret them correctly.

It is important to run T3 uptake, T4, T7 and at times other tests like Reverse T3, thyroid immunoglobins, and TSH. Other tests that may help influence the thyroid include heavy metal analysis, iodine levels, and lifestyle evaluations.

∇What We Do

There are natural alternatives to manage and correct thyroid disease that may include vitamins, enzymes, homeopathic remedies and diet modification. Ask us to order the proper tests, evaluate them and manage thyroid disease naturally.

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