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Frazetta Chiropractic Wellness Center Newsletter [May 2010]

The Gift of Good Health for Mother's Day and Beyond

Mike_Cropped_Head_Shot.jpgSince I opened this practice more than 15 years ago, I've rejoiced with patients who have experienced the elimination or reduction in pain, increased mobility, a reduced or eliminated need for medications and an overall better quality of life. In honor of Mother's Day, I'd like to help a special woman in your life, too.

Do you know a woman who suffers from neck or back pain, headaches or is recovering from an injury? Chiropractic may be the answer.  Until May 21st, refer your mother, grandmother, favorite aunt, wife or significant other to our office and you will be eligible to win dinner and a movie for two to the Saxonburg Hotel and Southpike Cinemas.  With each patient you refer who comes in, you will receive five entries for the May 21st drawing.

Your referral will receive a consultation, exam, necessary xrays and a report of findings, at no cost to her.  

What better way to celebrate the special women in your life than sharing the gift of good health.

Here's to all the wonderful women who care and nurture us, past, present and future.

Dr. Mike

Chiropractic Benefits Nothing To Sneeze At This Spring

Allergies and asthma are big business. Approximately 50 million Americans suffer from allergies, and approximately 20 million suffer from asthma. With some overlap between the conditions, more than 60 million Americans experience either allergies, asthma or both. 

Allergies and asthma are big business. Approximately 50 million Americans suffer from allergies, and approximately 20 million suffer from asthma. With some overlap between the conditions, more than 60 million Americans experience either allergies, asthma, or both.

Rag_weed_Image.jpgThe costs for medications, hospital and emergency room admissions, and loss of business productivity are huge - approximately $18 billion annually.1 And the impact on children is significant and ongoing - 14 million school days are missed annually due to allergies and asthma. These disorders are the number one reason for school absenteeism.2

Standard treatment for allergies and asthma consists of a variety of medications, and if you have one of these disorders, you know all about the meds. For allergies, typical medications include antihistamines and corticosteroid nasal sprays. You may also undergo more aggressive therapy - desensitization injections, known as immunotherapy, which are given regularly over a period of years.

For asthma, the gold standard of medication is inhaled corticosteroids. Asthma inhalers are now so much a part of daily life that they appear regularly as props on television serials and in film. In plot-driven, contrived "difficult" moments, lead actors - children and adults - pull out their inhalers and take a quick dose.

The challenge, of course, with allergy and asthma medication is there is no end-point. There is no cure. Asthma and allergies, for the most part, are lifelong conditions requiring lifelong medication. Might there be a better way, an alternative solution?

"Alternative" is the key word. Medical treatment is designed to combat symptoms, and is successful to a certain extent with allergies and asthma. Underlying causes are not addressed, however, and symptoms continue year after year. What else might be done?

Enter chiropractic care. Chiropractic health care, with its unique comprehensive approach, is able to offer positive benefit to a variety of conditions and ailments. In the case of allergies and asthma, these "hypersensitivity conditions" may respond well to therapy designed to normalize the body's flow of nerve signals. To use a metaphor, chiropractic treatment removes roadblocks to the body's natural healing abilities. Restoring these imbalances may help reduce such hypersensitivity reactions.

Chiropractic care frequently includes nutritional counseling, a critical component for people with allergies and asthma. Such individuals need as much physical optimization as possible, and nutritional awareness is key. A balanced food plan will help support all metabolic systems, reduce irritation caused by deficiencies, and provide fuel for exercise programs.

The benefits of chiropractic care are wide-ranging, and may be very useful in cases of hypersensitivity disorders such as allergies and asthma.

1Weiss K: The costs of asthma. Asthma and Allergy Foundation, 1998 [updated 2001].
2The Condition of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2001

Dr. Paula's Corner: The Affects of Allergies

Cropped_Paul_Image.jpgAllergies are abnormal reactions to ordinarily harmless substances. The sensitizing substances, called allergens, may be inhaled, swallowed, or come into contact with the skin.  In order to treat allergies properly, it is best to understand the main organs and systems of the body that need support so that the body can start its own innate ability to heal itself.  Many of the body's defenses are called into action in the process to remove these intruders. The ones most affected are:

The immune system is the body's organized defense mechanism against foreign invaders, particularly infections. Its job is to recognize and react to these foreign substances, which are called antigens. Antigens are substances that are capable of causing the production of antibodies. Antigens may or may not lead to an allergic reaction. Allergens are certain antigens that cause an allergic reaction and the production of antibodies IgE.  After these antibodies encounter the invader, a large amount of histamine is released.  This causes the surrounding blood vessels to dilate, which allows fluid and cells to migrate to the sight of the insult.  The body overreacts to these intruders, causing stress on the immune system.

Histamine in the respiratory system causes muscle constriction in the lung's bronchial tubes, which may affect normal breathing.

The liver when bombarded with histamine becomes weakened and its ability to remove toxins is compromised, which slows down the release of invaders from the body.

The adrenal glands when under stress secrete cortisol to regulate histamine levels and assist with the body's natural anti-inflammatory response--helping to combat the symptoms experienced with pollen, seasonal and other stresses.

We carry a wide range of supplements that can help with your allergies, including Allerplex, which you can read about in this issue.  Stop in to discuss what whole food supplement may be right for you.

Nutritional Approaches for Allergies and Asthma

In addition to avoiding one's specific hypersensitivity triggers such as dairy products, shellfish or gluten, there are many proactive nutritional solutions available. All will help restore the body's natural ability to create internal balance and more normal functioning.

The Water_Image.jpgmost important recommendation is to drink enough water. Most of us don't do this. Coffee, tea, juice, and soda don't count. Water is the key - eight cups per day are recommended. If you're not used to drinking water, start with four cups per day, get used to doing that, and work your way up to eight cups per day.

Put simply, if you're not drinking enough water, your internal metabolic environment is toxic. For those with hypersensitivity a problem, not drinking enough water exacerbates the problem. Drink water!

Also, make sure you're doing food combining - eating portions of protein and portions of carbohydrate at each meal. Combining protein and carbohydrate is metabolically efficient, keeping your blood sugar level throughout the day, and removing unwanted stress on your endocrine and other systems.

Featured Product: Allerplex

Allexplex_Image.jpgSpring brings many blessings-emerging flowers, lush, green lawns and budding trees. But for those sensitive to seasonal allergens, these celebrated rites of spring are a mixed blessing. Itchy, burning eyes, sneezing, sinus congestion and coughing are as common this time of year as robins and the smell of fresh cut grass.

Here in our office, we've seen patients experience real relief from season allergy symptoms with Standard Process Allerplex, an all-natural, whole food supplement.

The nutrients in this popular formula work in the body to maintain a proper alkaline/acidic balance, keep bronchial airways clear and support healthy functioning of the lungs and respiratory systems.

Share Your Story

Would you like to share thoughts about how  chiropractic has helped you in a future issue of the Frazetta Chiropractic newsletter?  Do you want to help others by letting them know how chiropractic has changed your life, given you relief from pain or reduced your need for medication? If you've got a story to tell and the desire to inspire others to improve their health, we'd love to hear from you. 

A Special Offer For A Special Women 

In honor of Mother's Day, refer a special woman in your life to our office by May 21st and they will receive the following, at no cost to them:

  • Complete Consultation & Exam
  • Necessary Xrays
  • Report of Findings

Offer expires on May 21st.  Call today to schedule your appointment at 724.353.8600