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» Chiropractic Care Associated With Improved Heart rate Variability (HRV)
» Please Get Your Vitamin D Level Tested!
» High Quality Vitamin D3 Supplement Available In Office and Online
» VA Chiropractors To Perform Physical Exams for Military Veteran Truck Drivers
» Chiropractic First - Surgery Last
» Appreciate your Doctor of Chiropractic

Chiropractic Care Associated With Improved Heart rate Variability (HRV)

 A new and interesting study from Australia shows that patients undergoing chiropractic care demonstrate improved Heart Rate Variability (HRV) after a trial of chiropractic care. Higher HRV is associated with improved health and longevity whereas lower/poor HRV is associated with poorer health and shorter life span. This small study adds to a large and diverse body of clinical and research evidence which suggests that chiropractic care can have positive health effects beyond back pain relief.

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Author: John Collins, DC
Source: Chiro.org
Copyright: John Collins, DC 2018


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Please Get Your Vitamin D Level Tested!

Hi Folks: Did you know that mid/late winter is the best time to get your vitamin d tested? Wintertime is when you are most likely to be severely deficient.  Please have your MD or ND get your vitamin d tested. Or, you can buy a home test kit and do it yourself. Vitamin D deficieny is something very important to me. Even though I am a chiropractor who focuses mainly on neuromusculoskeletal issues, I am also a pretty knowledgeable holistic/integrative clinician and I have an obligation to share important health information when I believe it is in your best interest. I believe that vitamin d deficiency is an ongoing epidemic in the Willamette Valley (where our sun exposure is particularly limited) and other places in North America as well. I, along with a growing number of doctors nationwide, believe that there is overwhelming evidence that chronic/long-term vitamin d deficiency can cause or contribute to a wide array of serious health problems. Additionally, I believe that many of the clinicians in Newberg and in USA are not paying enough attention to this issue. In my office, I estimate that close to 50% of the patients who get their vitamin d tested are deficient. On a personal note, I was diagnosed with vitamin d deficieny back in the 1993 when I was a chiropractic student (desite the fact that my diet and lifestyle was/is substantially better than the average person). Back then, I started supplementing (irregularly) with 1000iu/day of vitamin d but I never bothered to get retested! Years later (2015) I got tested again and guess what, I was still deficient! Fact is, I was probably deficient for that entire 23 year period! I immediately started taking a "proper dose" of 5000iu/day (consistently) and got retested and my levels were/are now in the normal range and I continue to supplement with 5000iu daily.

In closing, here is my general recommendation re. vitamin d. 

1-Everyone should get tested in the mid to late winter (Jan-Mar).

2-If your levels are above 30ng/ml in winter, you do not need supplementation. However, if your levels are not above 30ng/ml in the winter, then start supplementing as follows:

Adults = 5000iu/day; Children = 1000iu/day per 25 pounds body weight.
3-Get retested the following winter. If levels are normal, keep supplementing (don't stop). If levels are low, double the dosage. If levels are high (very unikely) stop supplementing.

 

Thank you for reading.

 

Author: John Collins, DC
Source: vitamindcouncil.org
Copyright: John Collins, DC 2018


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High Quality Vitamin D3 Supplement Available In Office and Online

Just a quick note to let you all know that we carry a high-quality, inexpensive vitamin D3 supplement. It can be purchased in the office or online at our website (if you have friends or family our-of-state, for instance). For more info click here.

Author: John Collins, DC
Source: John Collins, DC
Copyright: John Collins, DC 2018


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VA Chiropractors To Perform Physical Exams for Military Veteran Truck Drivers

President Trump has signed into law the Job for Our Heroes Act, which includes a provision allowing chiropractors working within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to perform physical exams on veterans needing a medical certificate to operate a commercial motor vehicle. "The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is committed to improving the health of our veterans by removing barriers and expanding access to chiropractors in the VA as well as other federal programs," said ACA President David Herd, DC.  Prior to the legislation, only 25 medical doctors within the entire VA health care system were qualified to perform the Department of Transportation (DOT) physical exams. Providers in the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners—including more than 3,500 chiropractors—were excluded from providing the exams to truck drivers who receive their care through the VA health care system. Consequently, the drivers were burdened with limited access and increased wait times, and were forced to look outside the VA and pay for eligible health professionals to perform the required physical. By increasing the number of health professionals, including chiropractors, who may conduct the physical exams, the new law will the ease the process, as well as save time and money, for veterans seeking commercial driver’s licenses.

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: Acatoday.org online, January 11, 2018.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association 2018


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Chiropractic First - Surgery Last
Many individuals suffering from back, neck and spinal-related conditions experience mild to moderate, even severe chronic pain. Often, a sense of frustration and hopelessness lead many to obtain surgery in their quest for relief before considering other forms of safer, less invasive care. The medical research discussing the complications of surgery are loaded with statements including, "Surgical site infection (SSI) after spinal surgery can result in several serious secondary complications, such as pseudoarthrosis, neurological injury, paralysis, sepsis, and death." Certainly there are conditions that may require surgical intervention. However, it's essential to first ensure that other forms of safe, non-invasive, mainstream interventions such as chiropractic care have first been considered, especially given the severity of complications related to spinal surgeries. If you or a loved one are experiencing neck, back and/or spinal related pain and/or discomfort, or, perhaps it's simply time for a checkup, call your local doctor of chiropractic today. Most chiropractors offer no obligation consultations allowing an opportunity to meet with the doctor and discuss your case prior to making any decisions about care.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: The Spine Journal. Vol. 15 Iss. 3, March 1, 2015.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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Appreciate your Doctor of Chiropractic

Did you know chiropractors are in a high-risk group for low back disorders. Ironically, low back problems are the most common conditions chiropractors treat. While providing patient care, chiropractors can place a great deal of stress on their back and spine. So next time you see your chiropractor working hard to get and keep you well, give them a friendly pat on the back… they deserve it!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2003;26:25-33
Copyright: ChiroPlanet.com 2003


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