School is back in session here in SWFL, and you know what that means. . . the kids are all back together again swapping germs. Especially in the younger grades, the beginning of the school year is often marked with the kids coming home sniffling and coughing with the first colds of the season. The best way to combat this cycle is with strengthening the immune system.
Having a strong immune system is the key to having good health. We are exposed to viruses and bacteria daily but don’t always fall victim to them. Why? Because our immune system protects us from them.
There are a number of factors that can lower immune function.
Because most of these factors are familiar to you, your next question is likely, “what is nervous system disruption?” The nervous system controls every other system in the body and that includes the immune system. If the nervous system is functioning properly, the immune system is stronger. The spine (specifically the upper spine) plays a role in how the nervous system communicates and as a result, how the immune system functions.
Research indicates that chiropractic patients have incredibly strong immune systems. Dr. Ronald Pero, chief of cancer prevention research at New York’s Preventive Medicine Institute and professor in Environmental Health at New York University measured 107 individuals who had received long-term Chiropractic care. The chiropractic patients were shown to have a 200% greater immune competence than people who had not received chiropractic care, and a 400% greater immune competence than people with cancer or serious diseases.
Summarizing the research, Pero concluded, “Chiropractic may optimize whatever genetic abilities you have so that you can fully resist serious disease…I have never seen a group other than this show a 200% increase over normal patients.”
As more evidence, in 1995 a study was conducted with HIV patients. HIV/Aids is so devastating because it destroys the immune system. One of the markers that is tested in the number of CD4 cells—the fewer in number the less effective the immune system will be. These cells are important because they recruit other immune cells to fight infection.
In the study there were two groups. One received specific upper cervical chiropractic, while the control group did not. Over the course of the six-month study, the group receiving upper cervical adjustments had a 48% INCREASE in CD4 cells, while the control group saw an 8% DECREASE in CD4 cells.
If that doesn’t demonstrate the effect of upper cervical chiropractic on immune function,I’m not sure what else I can tell you. The “proof is in the pudding” as they used to say.
So, if you want your child to have a bulletproof immune system here is where you start:
A stronger immune system will help keep your kids from picking up nasty bugs at school, viruses, and lessen allergic responses, and keep a lot of asthma issues in check.
By Dr. Lee Angle
“As I rained blows upon him, I realized there had to be another way”....if you are a Seinfeld or "Festivus" fan that line should sound familiar. Often we continue to attack the same problem the same way over and over hoping for a different result. Isn’t that the popular definition of insanity?
When it came to my allergies, that was the approach. Here is an allergy shot. The result will be the same (you will still suffer) but here it is anyway. I did that as a kid for five years. On top of it, we tried various oral medications and nose sprays. At the end of the day, I still suffered daily from a stuffed up nose, painful sinuses, migraines, and worst of all severe fatigue.
As I got older I stayed on the insanity path and took Benadryl and a host of other things with the same result—I still had bad allergies.
The problem was, we were all looking at it the wrong way. First off, what is an allergic reaction? It is when your body recognizes an outside substance as harmful. Your immune system goes into combat mode and attacks. When it is a virus or harmful bacteria that is what we want. When it is something that isn’t harmful we call it an allergy.
The issue is, the body isn’t adapting to its environment as it was created to do, and certainly my body wasn’t adapting. Seasons would change, it would rebel and I would be miserable. I was on that cycle my whole life until I finally decided that I needed a different approach. Enter upper cervical chiropractic, the day my life and my allergies changed.
The purpose of chiropractic is to keep the spine healthy. Since the spine houses and protects the spinal cord, a misalignment (especially in the upper neck) can lead to a series of events that can interfere with the proper communication of the nervous system. The nervous system has a big impact on the immune system so, poor or incorrect information being exchanged can cause an outside substance to be recognized as harmful, and an allergic response kicks in. Once corrected, the nervous system is usually able to send the right information, the immune system behaves, and allergic responses stop occurring.
After my upper cervical adjustment, I noticed it was easier to breath and my sinuses were less stuffed up. Within a few weeks, my fatigue was improved, and after a few months, my allergies were 90% gone. I may get the occasional day of mild sinus pressure a few times a year now, but it has no impact on my life and is very temporary.
If you feel like your body or your child’s body isn’t adapting, and allergies are making you miserable, maybe its time to take a different approach. Upper cervical chiropractic has had great results in this area. Give us a call at 239-243-8810 or request a free consultation by clicking the button below and let’s see if we can break that cycle of allergies for good.
One of the most essential items children get at the beginning of the school year is the backpack. Although it is necessary, here at Upper Cervical Health Centers, we know it is also one of the leading causes of back and shoulder pain in children.
Did you know, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there are more than 6,500 emergency room visits each year by children ages 5-18, which stem from injuries related to heavy backpacks or book bags. Additional research further shows that by the end of their teen years, nearly 60% of children experience at least one low-back pain episode. Backpack loads are responsible for a significant amount of back pain in children, teens and college students.
As children go back to school here are some helpful tips to help prevent any unnecessary back pain.
We know that teachers give homework, and the easiest way for children to get their books and school supplies back and forth to school is to use a backpack. So that’s not changing anytime soon, but you can prevent back, shoulder and neck injuries by following some of these basic instructions. It is also important to remember that a healthy and properly functioning spine will hold up much better to heavy loads. So, remember to bring your child into Upper Cervical Health Centers to have your child's spine checked for proper alignment, especially if they complain of headaches, back, neck, or shoulder pain. Some simple, gentle adjustments can make the difference in their pain, and can keep your child’s entire nervous system functioning in a healthy way.
We offer a free spinal check to find out if your child’s spine is in proper alignment. Call Dr. Lee Angle at Upper Cervical Health Centers today for an appointment 239-243-8810
How in the world can upper cervical chiropractic help with autism?
It sounds crazy right? Well, hear me out.
When I was opening my first practice I researched local groups to find places to speak. I, of course, wanted to “get the word out” about my practice, but also to share information about chiropractic. I found several area autism support groups. I heard so many testimonials from other upper cervical chiropractic doctors and their patients, and the science behind why it could help began to make sense. So, off I went to speak to the autism support groups.
When I finished my talk a large number of parents came up, and requested appointments for their children. I thought I must have really knocked it out of the park on that talk. What I realized was these parents were desperately trying to get help for their autistic children. I saw what they saw. A shining light in the kids eyes that was struggling to get out.
Now armed with an understanding of how to I analyze and correct spines, they began to come in with their children. I did thorough exams, took X-Rays, and finding a bone out of alignment in the upper neck, I adjusted it. At that point my job is done. It’s up to the incredible healing power of the body to do its job. Afterward, day by day, I had parents come in the door with huge smiles on their faces, as they told me of various improvements in their child’s behavior. The children were getting better grades, had better behavior in school and at home, had a reduction in allergies, improved speech, and so much more. The power of chiropractic proved itself over and over.
How is this possible? First of all, I’m not claiming upper cervical chiropractic is a cure for Autism. But, what I will tell you, is I have seen some amazing results. How it happens is actually pretty simple. Autism is for the most part a processing disorder. Brain signals get a bit jumbled, and aren’t able to communicate properly, this can lead to developmental delays and other issues.
The brainstem, (the lower portion of the brain), extends slightly into the upper neck and is involved in this communication. If one of the top two bones is misaligned, it can cause the brainstem to malfunction. This makes it difficult for the complex system of the brain and brainstem to function properly.
How does this happen in a young child? The birth process is a very common cause of upper neck issues, and the many falls toddlers generally experience when learning to walk can also be a culprit.
If this misalignment in the C1 and C2 is corrected, the brainstem can begin to function normally. This is the point at which we have seen some incredible results in Autism cases.
“We have gone through six rounds of antibiotics, and had tubes put in twice. He still has a double ear infection, and we don’t know what to do. It seems like nothing is working.”
Nothing is worse than when your child is in pain and nobody can seem to help with it. One of the things I love about the work I do, is that quite often through upper cervical chiropractic adjustments, I can eliminate the causes of problems many doctors have already given up on.
I questioned this very worried mother about prior treatment on her 3-year-old’s ear infections. He had had almost non-stop infections in both ears for the last year and a half. As she explained this to me her baby boy sat there tugging at his ears and crying on and off. I had a feeling I could help, and I had the statistics to prove it.
Like so many things, chiropractic isn’t a parents’ first thought when their child is sick—especially when it is something like an ear infection. I get it, after all their ear isn’t in their spine, and in fact, it where it is located looks like it has nothing to do with their spine. But I have some numbers that might change your mind. One study looked at 332 children with chronic ear infections. The results of using upper cervical chiropractic show that after being adjusted, 80% of the children did not experience another ear infection within the six-month period following their initial visits.
That is a pretty good success rate. In my office the success rate has been closer to 90%. The reason is pretty simple. The joints in the spine have receptors that send information up the spine to the brain. This information is then sent wherever it needs to go. If the joint moves the way it should, we get the right information to the brain. If it is stuck out of alignment, we get the wrong information.
One of the locations information is sent, is a muscle called the tensor veli palatini. Which is a fancy Latin name for the muscle that opens and closes the eustachian tube in the ear. If this muscle doesn’t do its job properly then the tube may not drain fluid properly. This sets up a great environment for bacteria. In this situation, an antibiotic might clear out the current infection. But given that the tubes are still not functioning properly, they will still not drain fluid, new bacteria will quickly set up in the fluid, and bam…. another ear infection.
This is why the proper alignment of the cervical bones is so important. Once they are aligned, the brain signals sent to the muscle will open and close the tubes, allowing them to function, and drain the ear properly. Which is exactly what happened with my 3-year-old patient. I did find he had a misalignment in the top bone in his neck. I corrected it and sent them home. They came back four days later, and the ear infections had cleared up.
Those were the last ear infections he ever had.
Dr. Lee Angle
Dr. Lee Angle is originally from southern West Virginia. After having his life changed through Upper Cervical Care he chose to pursue it as a career. He has been practicing Upper Cervical Chiropractic for over nine years. Dr. Angle previously worked as a certified personal trainer. This background allows him to educate his patients on proper movement and exercises to speed their recovery and enhance their Upper Cervical Care.