Thursday, August 28, 2014

Rockford Chiropractor - Helping the Runner!

What happens when you have a balanced spine, your brain is communicating well with your body, and yet, when you get into a stressful activity (like running) something doesn't feel right?
We have found that there can be hidden misalignments that will only show up when you place the body into a stressful activity, like running. Then we can do something about it!
One person needed a remedial lesson in tension release to get his lungs expanding properly.
Another person needed an ankle bone adjusted to the correct position for the knee to work right.
Another needed a leg bone to be re-positioned to get the leg to move fully.
What's your running issue?
If you are not a runner, do you need a closer look in your activity-of-choice?
Come to the Runner's Clinic on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, hosted by 1st Step Chiropractic, S.C., Rockford's only center for upper cervical health care (NUCCA procedure).

Friday, March 7, 2014

Are You a Gluten Gnostic?

The Gluten Myth 
Tim O'Shea, DC

This is getting out of control – hysterical, unreferenced disinformation about gluten.  Another market driven by mythology, joining the ranks of dairy, fish oils, carbohydrates, vaccines – buzzwords directed by systematic error.
Demonizing gluten has spawned a whole new industry, evident in entire aisles of gluten-free products in today’s supermarkets everywhere.  It’s big.  It’s part of the Alternative Lite program – the militantly uninformed who read a couple things off google and then act like they just discovered the Holy Grail of nutrition, and the cure for all disease. Which they will now condescendingly share with the rest of us.
Most of us know that gluten is the proteinaceous part of the wheat kernel. In itself it is not toxic or allergenic, but a necessary component of an integral whole food, which in many civilizations has been part of optimum human nutrition for the past 100,000 years.
The main deceit in the new anti-gluten frenzy is that if a food contains gluten free grains, or else no grains whatsoever, it is automatically a nutritious valuable whole food.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.
It’s about reading labels.  Stroll down the gluten free aisle when you’re not in a hurry and just start randomly pulling items off the shelf.  Read the ingredients.  All of them. The majority of gluten free products contain allergens,  chemicals, and neurotoxins including HFCS, hydrogenated oils, refined sugar, to name a few. 

These are the same culprits that contaminate the principal American processed food diet, and define it as non-nutritive and toxic.  Who are the largest contributors to the gluten free aisles?  The big names we all know—the global purveyors of processed and packaged enzymeless nutrient deficient foods.  For them, Gluten free was just another niche buzzword marketing device that needed to be covered.  And they have done a masterful job, not just in the US, but globally.
We talk about Jeffrey Smith’s pioneering work on GMOS in the Nutrition seminars, both live and online.  Just saw him lecture last week at CalJam.  His new work cited proof how changing to a non GMO diet ended gluten sensitivity.  Why might that be?  Because there’s no such thing as gluten sensitivity. What they were sensitive to were GMOs and the above processed ingredients, seen in virtually all gluten free foods.  Cut them out, the patient improves.

When people say they got better after eliminating gluten from the diet, they did.  But gluten wasn't why.  It was eliminating all the above additives in the processed foods, foods that also contained wheat.   
Whole grains, including wheat, have been important sources of B and C vitamins, as well as protein and complex CHOs, for most cultures from time immemorial. No need to change that because of some social-media-driven trendy pop myths.

Time to re-visit Weston Price.
Everybody’s not going to get this.  Fine.  The survival of the Correctly Informed. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Rockford NUCCA Practitioner Helping Headaches

Everyone is saying it's all in your head and you'll never get better, right? Those headaches that started maybe a year after you had a whiplash injury. You didn't think you were hurt because nothing was broken, right?
We are finding that after a trauma, there is an association between the upper cervical misalignment (called the atlas subluxation complex) and a serious problem that looks like your brain is falling out of your head! It is called "cerebellar tonsillar ectopia," and is so subtle that many radiologists will not notice it on the MRI. When you look at this picture, (the left side of the picture is the right side of the brain) you can see that the left part of the brain is pushing the brainstem from left to right. Do you think that might constrict some blood vessels and cerebral spinal fluid, preventing normal fluid flow and oxygenation of brain tissue? This particular patient's radiology report was "normal."
Symptoms improve with the correction. Now we are looking for stability, which will come over time, it always does.
In our study group this past year, we have been looking at this phenomenon and seeing how the upper cervical correction (we use the NUCCA procedure) seems to be the best way to help with that.
Who do YOU know that has had whiplash injury and chronic headaches? 815-398-4500.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Rockford NUCCA Chiropractor Helping Myasthenia Gravis

LaVerne began NUCCA care in 2008. After 6 months, he described changes in his body..."I'm feeling stronger," he wrote. Myasthenia Gravis is considered an autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks its own nerve endings. You can think of it as though the muscles cannot "hear" the signal coming from the brain. Medication is the only remedy, according to the predominant practice in the USA today. However, we know that the immune system is being managed by a particular center in the brain (solitary tract nucleus) which is taking information from other areas in the body. Now if the body is twisted and out of balance, do you think that it will be giving distorted information to the brain?
With the NUCCA procedure, we are able to bring balance back into the spine and entire body. Interestingly enough, the immune system likes this. We can see evidence of this in the fact that LaVerne reported being off all his medications in October of 2013, and he feels fine!
What a fine example of how the body can heal itself when we restore balance in the body! If you're ready to get balance back into your body, call us at 815-398-4500.

Friday, January 3, 2014

NUCCA in Rockford IL Reaching Out...

Experiences from the Intern
                Only around half of the students at Palmer College actually get to be rewarded with an internship.  Students must finish 250 adjustments prior to starting their 10th and final trimester in order to intern with a field doctor.  This was a priority for me because I felt that the learning experience under a field doctor would let me receive more one on one mentoring.  The experience I have gained under Dr. Schalow thus far has been tremendous.
                I have learned a lot from Dr. Schalow in the short month that I have been at 1st Step Chiropractic.  I will share with you a few of the things that I feel are the most important.  First, I have never met anyone who cares about their patients more than Dr. Schalow.  All of the patients here are happy to come in and get checked.  He truly cares for each and every one of his patients and wants them to get better.  Second, I have learned how thorough you must be in order to get great results.  It takes a lot of skill and patience to get the results that Dr. Schalow does.  Many chiropractors run patients in and out the door in a matter of minutes.  Dr. Schalow takes the time needed for each patient and ensures that they receive the quality care that they deserve.  Lastly, I have learned the amount of hard work and hours that you must put in to be a successful chiropractor.  A lot of hard work and countless hours go into running a practice that many patients don’t see or notice.
                In chiropractic school, we always hear about all of the miraculous cases that get well under upper cervical specific chiropractic care.  It is often hard to believe these stories because of not being able to see them on a day to day basis during school.  At 1st Step Chiropractic, I have seen a wide array of cases get better under Dr. Schalow’s care.  I see all of these miraculous cases every day here.  Seeing how a precise realignment of the atlas vertebra can affect so many conditions gives me the motivation to work hard for my future patients.  I thank all of the patients of 1st Step Chiropractic for giving me the opportunity to learn.  Lastly, I thank Dr. Schalow and Dr. Orem for their guidance and mentoring that they have given me.  I’ll end with a great quote from the developer of chiropractic, BJ Palmer, “You never know how far reaching something you think, say or do today, will affect the lives of millions tomorrow."
In good health,
Matt Morris