Vitamin D–Are you getting enough?

Would you believe that the majority of the population- up to 90% of adults in the United States- is believed to have a Vitamin D deficiency? Many physicians are starting to take this vitamin deficiency very seriously; in fact Vitamin D is one of the most recommended supplements by physicians today.

Most adults are believed to be at least somewhat deficient in Vitamin D, however, people with dark skin, who live in northern regions of the world where less year-round sun exposure is experienced, and those who are overweight have an even greaterchance to be deficient.

According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), the newest statistics demonstrate that more than 90% of people with darker skin pigments (Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians) living in the United States now suffer from Vitamin D insufficiency, while 75% of the white population is deficient. (1)

As the population of overweight and obese adults and children has risen steadily over the past several decades, so has the incidence of Vitamin D deficiency symptoms. Sadly, this Vitamin D deficiency is correlated with increased risks of developing common cancers, autoimmune diseases, hypertension, and various infectious diseases too. (2)

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What is Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that is stored in the liver and fatty tissues. This means that increased body fat has the ability to absorb Vitamin D and keep it from being used within our body. Vitamin D is somewhat different than other vitamins because our body makes most of our Vitamin D on its own, rather than solely relying on food sources.

The way that our bodies make Vitamin D is to convert sunshine into chemicals that are used by the body. The cholesterol in our skin converts “previtamin D” and makes it into usable vitamin D3 which is sometimes also called provitamin D (3). Previtamin Ds first travels through the kidneys and liver in the blood stream, and then is converted into a biologically active and usable substance called calcitriol.

Vitamin D actually becomes a hormone within our body, particularly a secosteroid hormone. What we know as Vitamin D is really a precursor to a steroid hormone. It impacts not only our skeletal structure, but also our blood pressure, immunity, mood, brain function, and ability to protect ourselves from cancer. (4)

 Are you getting enough Vitamin D?


Does Back Pain Affect My Overall Health?

chiropractor-boise-eagle-health-effects-back-pain-600x270This article was originally published by Chiropractic BioPhysics on December 31,2014. For the link to the original article click here. 

Many chronic back pain and neck pain sufferers have reported that their condition has led to a wide range of physical, psychological, and emotional problems. From headaches, migraines, and digestive issues, to depression, anxiety, fatigue, and compromised immune systems.1-3

Does Back Pain Effect Your Health?
Yes. Recent studies clearly indicate that alterations in alignment of the sagittal plane (side view) of the spine are strong determinants of back pain, disability, and health status; this is especially true for the lower back (lumbo-pelvic region of the spine.4-6 ) For example, in a 2002 report, Korovesis et al4 prospectively evaluated the lumbar lordosis (side curvature) in 100 normal controls age, sex, weight, and occupation matched to 100 Chronic LBP subjects between the ages of 20-70 years. In addition, to radiographic alignment, all subjects completed the SF-36 Health Status Questionnaire. It was found that chronic LBP statistically correlated to general health, physical function, emotional function, social function and pain. Importantly, all these variables were also statistically correlated to a reduced overall lumbar lordosis, a reduced L4-S1 lordosis, and a reduced L4-S1 lumbar disc height index.

It’s not just your bones, muscles, ligaments, and discs that feel the effects of spinal misalignment; your nervous system will be affected too. The nervous system is responsible for EVERY function of the human body. The brain sends vital nerve energy down into the spine, and out to all the limbs and organs – effortlessly and without any interference. The reality is that when people’s spines have been misaligned one way or another, this altered alignment exerts excessive and sometimes, dangerous, pressure on the delicate nerves flowing out of the spine.

Generically, altered nervous system pressures from spinal misalignment can be thought of as nerve interference. This interference not only causes pain and discomfort in the back and neck, but more importantly cuts down on vital nerve energy from reaching other body systems. Without proper nerve energy, body systems may experience dysfunction and eventually disease may set in.

Surgery vs. Conservative Care 
While severe spine deformities can require surgical interventions, why not fix the problem before it gets to that point. As early as 2002, studies demonstrated that very focused conservative-non-surgical methods can improve the sagittal plane (side view) alignment in patients with low back pain and disability.7-10 One of the most successful non-surgical methods for restoration of the lumbar lordosis and pelvic tilt is called extension lumbar traction; this was developed and tested by Chiropractic BioPhysics or CBP Technique researchers.7More than a decade later, other researchers have confirmed what Chiropractic BioPhysics researchers reported and suggested in 2002 – that correction of the lumbar side view of the spine improves back pain, disability, and nerve function.8-10

How does Spinal Misalignment Happen? 

Spinal misalignment is a result of poor postural habits (computer use, driving, watching TV), automobile accidents, sports injuries, and even birth trauma. Everyone who experiences gravity, will eventually experience some sort of spinal misalignment. Back pain, neck pain, and headaches are often the last indications of spinal misalignment, since the majority of internal organs don’t have many pain receptors and can’t signal that something is wrong. Fatigue, depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, acid reflux disease, asthma, high blood pressure, allergies, weak immune system, and difficulty sleeping are all common indications that there can be a serious spinal misalignment.

 What can be Done to Remedy This?

One of the best ways to eliminate the source of pain, dysfunction, and disease is to realign the spine back to its correct shape, and take pressure off of the delicate nerves in the neck and back.

How Can You Get Help?

Chiropractic providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a our office today to see if you qualify for care. providers in your area.

It’s OK to be honest with your Doctor.

Hello everyone! We are back from Thanksgiving, and finally getting back into the swing of things again.

While I was at home I had a discussion with my aunt, it was really interesting and gave me a new perspective. I wanted to share it with you, because I have a feeling this scenario happens more often than not.

My aunt recently started chiropractic care and has been receiving chiropractic adjustments, but she “hates” going to her appointments because sometimes she is in more pain after she leaves, and she doesn’t like part of the adjustment itself.
All valid points, and it’s not the first time I have heard concerns like these. My first question to her was “Have you talked to Doctor XYZ about your concerns?”

She responded, “No, I don’t want to hurt his/her feelings.”

Doctors want YOU to have the best care and best experience in their office, when you aren’t 1000% happy in the care you are receiving it is perfectly OK to speak up! You are in charge of your health, and you have the right to truthfully be informed about your health.
Often times, if nothing is said from patient to the doctor in regards to any concerns, the doctor has no idea that anything is wrong. Your doctor (should) have your health as their primary concern, and their goal should be to give you the best care possible.

So, SPEAK UP and I promise you won’t hurt their feelings!

In my office, I will ask almost every visit (especially in the beginning) if they have any questions or concerns. People aren’t afraid to ask questions, but they are afraid to talk about the concerns, because there is an emotional component.

I’m here to tell you, it’s ok to ask questions and it’s definitely ok to communicate any concerns with your provider.
I promise, we won’t get our feelings hurt!

Until Then-
Walk in Excellence, Comfort and Conviction with a Total Spirit of Love!

—Dr. Erica

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Do you ever feel overwhelmed?
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Do you suffer from anxiety or depression?
Do you have high cholesterol? High blood pressure?
Do you rely on medication to be “healthy” ?

Where does your health rank on your priority list? If life was a car, does your health sit in the front seat or the back seat?
Are you stressed? 

If you answered YES to any of the questions above, you NEED to be at our stress workshop TOMORROW at 6:30pm.

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I hope to see you at our workshop tomorrow! Your health truly depends on it!

Until then-
Walk in Excellence, Comfort and Conviction with a Total Spirit of Love!
–Dr. Erica