December 2023 Newsletter

December 2023

 

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Enjoy the benefits of chiropractic – the largest natural, drug-free, surgery-free, expressive healthcare system in the world. 

 

More and more families are discovering that periodic chiropractic checkups and adjustments promote health and healing without drugs and dangerous medical treatments.

 

More and more people are turning away from symptom treatment and choosing natural ways of achieving and maintaining health.

 

Are you tired of taking drugs and the medical runaround? Welcome to the world of chiropractic – discover how natural health can be.

 

This Issue’s Table of Contents

  • Should I Go to A Chiropractor?

  • Chiropractic Care and Scoliosis in Children: A Potential Pathway to Relief

  • Did you know?

  • Why Saying "Thanks" is the Ultimate Mood Booster

  • Traditional Eating: Organic vs Non-Organic Beef

  • Researching Chiropractic

  • Success Story

  • Humor

  • References

 

HORNING CHIROPRACTIC CENTER, P.A., 137-D GAITHER DRIVE, MT. LAUREL, NJ 08054

 

Should I Go to A Chiropractor?

How do you know if you should go to a chiropractor? Ask yourself the following:

 

  1. Am I alive?

  2. Do I have a spine and structural system?

  3. Do I have a brain and nerve system?

  4. Do I have stress in my life?

  5. Do I live on a planet with gravity?

 

If you answered yes, drop what you are doing and run over to your neighborhood chiropractor for a chiropractic check-up.

 

Yes, the test seems a bit humorous, but we’re trying to make an important point. That is, everyone needs to ensure they have a healthy spine and structural system free of subluxations. That means everyone!  From infancy to the elderly. 

 

Most people have been taken to a dentist for check-ups since childhood. People also get their eyes checked, their hearing checked, etc. You can live without teeth, without vision, and even without hearing – but can you live without a spine? Never! Why haven’t you had your spine checked?

 

Children must be taught the importance of spine and body structure health. They need to be brought to the chiropractor for a check-up.  It’s a great habit to get used to. They’ll remember it. And then, when they are adults and must deal with life’s stresses, they won’t think twice about chiropractic care. And they’ll thank their parents for being so thoughtful.

 

Spinal care is ancient. Throughout the world, in many different cultures, the health of the spine is considered essential to the health of the body.  The Greeks, Japanese, Chinese, Indians, Africans, Polynesians, American Indians, and many others practiced spinal care. What happened?

 

It Was Lost but Has Thankfully Come Back

 

With the advent of conventional medicine, which is now dominant in society, spinal health was all but forgotten. That is ironic since the father of medicine, Hippocrates, said, “Look well to the spine for the cause of diseases.”

 

Fortunately, chiropractic has brought back that healing art, science, and philosophy of spinal care – true natural healing.  Please bring in your whole family for chiropractic checkups, and you’ll see a beautiful improvement in everyone’s well-being.  

 

Chiropractic Care and Scoliosis in Children:
A Potential Pathway to Relief

 

Scoliosis, a lateral curvature of the spine, is a condition that can be detected and diagnosed during childhood. Characterized by an abnormal, often S-shaped or C-shaped curve of the spine, scoliosis can result in physical discomfort, posture anomalies, and potential long-term health challenges. While various treatments, ranging from braces to surgery, have traditionally been prescribed for children with this condition, chiropractic care has emerged as a potentially complementary approach to managing pediatric scoliosis.

 

The fundamental philosophy of chiropractic care revolves around the belief that the body has an innate ability to heal itself. To that end, chiropractors aim to align the spine, ensuring that the nervous system functions optimally and fostering overall health and well-being. For children with scoliosis, specialized chiropractic adjustments may offer symptomatic relief and help address the root causes of spinal curvature.

 

One of the potential benefits of chiropractic care for children with scoliosis is pain management. Many children with pronounced spinal curves experience pain, particularly in the back, neck, and shoulders. Regular chiropractic adjustments can help alleviate this discomfort by realigning the spine, reducing pressure on affected nerves, and promoting balanced muscle function around the spine.

 

Beyond pain relief, chiropractic care may also support postural correction. When used in conjunction with physiotherapy and exercises tailored for scoliosis, chiropractic care can help reinforce proper spinal alignment and muscle balance.

 

A study published in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health (2011) investigated the impact of chiropractic care on a 15-year-old female with scoliosis. Over five months and 38 visits, the patient reported reduced pain and demonstrated a significant reduction in her spinal curvature (1). Though this is just one instance, it underscores the potential benefit of integrating chiropractic care into a broader treatment strategy for pediatric scoliosis.

 

Did you know?
 

  • Honey Never Spoils: Archaeologists have found pots of honey in ancient Egyptian tombs that are over 3,000 years old and still perfectly edible! This is because honey has natural preservatives like low water content and high acidity that discourage the growth of microorganisms.

  • Bananas Are Berries, but Strawberries Aren't: Botanically speaking, a berry is a fleshy fruit produced from a single ovary, and by that definition, bananas qualify as berries. On the other hand, strawberries develop from a flower with many ovaries, making them aggregate fruits, not berries!

 

Why Saying "Thanks" is the Ultimate Mood Booster

 

Have you ever thought about the magic behind the simple word "thanks"? It's like a little spell we cast that makes both the sayer and the receiver feel warm and fuzzy inside. But there's more to being thankful than just polite manners and that warm feeling. Let’s dive into why being grateful is the ultimate win-win situation.

 

  1. Hello, Happy Brain: Saying "thanks" isn't just about making the other person happy. When you express gratitude, your brain releases dopamine, that fabulous feel-good neurotransmitter. It's like giving your mind a mini spa day!

  2. Stress, Be Gone: Gratitude has this excellent side effect: it reduces stress. By focusing on the positive and acknowledging the good things and people in our lives, we shift our focus away from what's bothering us. The result? A calmer, more centered you.

  3. Builds Strong Relationships: Have you ever noticed how saying thank you makes both you and the other person smile? That's because gratitude strengthens bonds. It's like glue for human connections. When you show appreciation, you tell the other person, "Hey, I see you. I value you." And who doesn’t want to feel seen and valued?

  4. Boosts Resilience: Life throws curveballs. Being thankful, even for the small stuff, helps us bounce back. It reminds us of the good times and the supportive people around us. So, the next time life gives you lemons, make some lemonade and thank the lemons!

  5. Sleep Like a Baby: Yep, you read that right. Studies have shown that jotting down a few things you're thankful for before hitting the sack can lead to better sleep. Dreamy, right?

 

So, the next time you feel down or just meh, try counting your blessings. Not in a preachy, "you should be grateful" kind of way, but as a self-care, mood-boosting strategy. It's a small gesture with massive benefits. After all, a thankful heart is a magnet for miracles. Cheers to gratitude!

 

Traditional Eating

Why Organically Raised Beef is Superior to Non-Organically Raised Beef

 

In today's health-conscious era, consumers have become increasingly discerning about the foods they consume. One significant area of focus has been the meat industry, where the debate between organically raised beef and conventionally raised beef continues to intensify. Several compelling reasons suggest that organically raised beef is the superior choice, both from a nutritional standpoint and an ethical one.

 

  1. Absence of Harmful Chemicals: Organically raised cattle are not exposed to synthetic hormones, antibiotics, or pesticides. Overuse of antibiotics in livestock has been linked to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a concern for both animal and human health. Organic beef, in contrast, is produced without these additives, ensuring that consumers are not indirectly ingesting these potentially harmful substances.

  2. Nutritional Benefits: Multiple studies have shown that organic beef has a more favorable fatty acid profile than its conventionally raised counterpart. Specifically, organically raised beef tends to have higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to benefit heart health and reduce inflammation. Furthermore, organic beef often has a higher concentration of antioxidants, including vitamin E and certain carotenoids, which can help combat oxidative stress in the body.

  3. Ethical and Humane Treatment of Animals: Organic standards generally mandate more humane treatment of cattle. This means that animals have access to outdoor spaces, can engage in natural behaviors, and are raised without the stress of confinement. Happier and less stressed animals often mean healthier meat for consumption.

  4. Environmental Benefits: Organic farming practices tend to be more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Such practices can reduce soil erosion, increase soil fertility, and decrease water pollution. Without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, organic farms help maintain healthier ecosystems and contribute to biodiversity.

  5. Improved Taste and Quality: Many consumers and chefs argue that organically raised beef has a superior taste and quality. Though the taste is subjective, the meticulous care given to organic cattle and the absence of chemical additives might contribute to a purer, more robust beef flavor.

 

The benefits of organically raised beef extend beyond just health. Its production considers the animals' welfare, our ecosystems' health, and consumers' well-being. As Butler et al. (2011) noted in a study published in the Journal of Dairy Science, organic farming practices, including those for beef, can substantially benefit animal welfare, environmental sustainability, and product composition (2).

 

Consumers seeking a wholesome, ethically produced, and nutritious option would do well to consider organically raised beef as their top choice.

 

Researching Chiropractic

 

Chiropractic clinical case histories have been a regular feature of our patient newsletter since its inception. There is no limit to the health problems that respond positively to chiropractic care. How many people suffering, reliant on medication and drugs, and facing a life of limitation could be helped by chiropractic care? 

 

Probably most of them.
 

Sports Concussion (post-concussion syndrome). A 20-year-old athlete presented to a chiropractic office with complaints of headache, nausea, dizziness, and diplopia after he suffered a sports-related concussion. It was his third concussion in five years.
 

The patient received chiropractic adjustments. He experienced a 50% reduction in symptoms after the first adjustment.  He was seen nine times over five weeks and was completely symptom-free (asymptomatic) with no recurrence of symptoms. (3)

 

Anxiety and Chiropractic. Chiropractic has a long and rich history of helping individuals with mental health disorders. In a paper looking it how Chiropractic care could help it discussed the finding of how two women and three men (24-53 years old) who were diagnosed with anxiety began chiropractic care. In addition to their anxiety, they all complained of headaches, neck pain, and/or back pain. One person had hypertension. 

 

The five individuals reported health improvements in all areas, including improved digestion, bowel movements, weight management, allergies, immune system function, anxiety, and reduced or eliminated medication use. (4)

 

Hypertension (high blood pressure). A 77-year-old woman who was previously diagnosed by her MD with hypertension (high blood pressure), and prescribed Clopidogrel to treat her symptoms for the prior five years.

 

She was involved in an auto accident 25 years prior and stated she had polio and spinal meningitis in 1952 and a full hysterectomy in 1990.

 

A chiropractic examination revealed subluxations in her cervical spine (neck). During the patient’s care, improvements were observed in all objective indicators, including a correction in x-ray findings and a decrease in the patient’s blood pressure readings. 

 

The patient is currently under care and continues to maintain a lowered BP and has stopped taking one of her BP medications. She is evaluated every five weeks for vertebral subluxation and adjusted accordingly. (5)

 

Success Story

Back Pain

In 2017 I woke up with severe back pain. I saw a back surgeon who recommended physical therapy. I did the PT for several weeks and learned different exercises to help with the pain. It never totally cleared the pain. A friend recommended Dr. Horning after he had treatment and called Dr. Horning a miracle worker. I made an appointment and Dr. Horning was re-aligning my spine. I was uncomfortable after the initial appointments but then each time I went I felt so much better. Dr Horning cares about helping people. I recommend him 100%! Jim R.

Humor

 

Why did the turkey go to the chiropractor before Thanksgiving? It heard people saying its back was going to get stuffed! When it arrived, the chiropractor said, "Looks like you're under a lot of pressure!" The turkey replied, "You have no idea. Everyone's always talking about how juicy my spine is." The chiropractor chuckled, "Well, let's get you adjusted before you're the centerpiece." In the end, the turkey felt so good it strutted out of the clinic with a new pep in its step, saying, "Finally, someone who doesn't just see me as a piece of meat!"

 

Bye

 

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References

1. Morningstar, M. W., Joy, T. (2011). Chiropractic Care of a Pediatric Patient with Thoracic Pain, Scoliosis & Polyarticular Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, 2011(3), 37-44.

2. Butler, G., Stergiadis, S., Seal, C., Eyre, M., & Leifert, C. (2011). Fat composition of organic and conventional retail milk in northeast England. Journal of Dairy Science, 94(1), 24-36.

3. Angerami J, Evans O. Resolution of Post-Concussion Syndrome in a 20-Year-Old Male Athlete Following Chiropractic Care: A Case Study & Review of the LiteratureAnnals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, Volume 2023 Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ September 12, 2023 ~ Volume 2023 ~ Pages 120-129

4. Steinberg B. Clodgo-Gordon, K,, Russell DG, Reduction in Anxiety & Dysautonomia in Five Adult Patients Undergoing Chiropractic Care for Vertebral Subluxation: A Case Series & Review of the Literature. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ April 17, 2020, Pages 50-58

5. Smith W, White R. Improvement in Blood Pressure Values Following Specific Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care: A Case Study & Review of Literature. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research. Vol 2023, August 4, 2023, Pages 23-31