Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Whiplash --- this affect
my memory?
is it normal for people after a whiplash injury to notice problems with memory? I can't seem to remember things I just recently did since my car accident” This is a common complaint occurring as a result of a whiplash injury, but it's not commonly known, leaving those who are suffering wondering, ”… what's wrong with me?” Whiplash is an injury that classically occurs as a result of a car crash at any speed, even at low speed! This is because at low speed, there is little to no damage to the car, and the forces from the crash are not absorbed by the crushing metal. As a result of those forces are transferred to the contents inside the car---that is, the passengers. The actual injury that occurs in whiplash is caused by the sudden, rapid movement of the head resulting in vain degrees of injury to the neck, as well as to the contents inside the skull---that is, the brain. The brain literally “bangs” into the side walls of the scope when the head is rapidly accelerated during a car crash. The resulting injury is referred to by one of two names: Post-concussive syndrome or mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI).

Some people report a loss of concentration or ability to carry on a complete conversation, or manage their checkbook. This can be very embarrassing, frustrating, and scary for patients suffering with MTBI. Most of the time this completely clears up in 2 to 6 months without problems, however, in severe cases it can hang on for a couple years or longer, and some people may suffer permanently from this injury. We realize that you have a choice in where you choose to obtain your healthcare services. If you or someone you know is suffering from whiplash or brain injury, please give them this article and have them call us for a consultation.

-Dr. Wood

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Pnuemonia Deaths linked to acid reflux meds

Check this link out to WebMD. Are we making ourselves healthier with medications?

Acid Reflux - As published in Senior Magazine

Acid Reflux, Not ENOUGH Acid?
By Dr. Brian Helland

It occurred to me while working on a patient that too often we don’t connect the dots enough for our patients. I was adjusting a T6 subluxation on a patient (a subluxation is a misalignment of a vertebra with a resulting nerve irritation creating pain or some other dysfunction of the body) and asked her if she had been experiencing any kind of stomach issues. The T6 nerve is one of the main nerves that controls stomach function and the T6 vertebra is a common vertebra that we see in our office associated with acid reflux. She paused for a moment, and then she informed me that more times than not, she has to take Tums in the morning because her stomach is bothering her. Immediately two things came to my mind. Osteoporosis and not ENOUGH acid. Let me explain. First, calcium needs a strong acid environment in order to be absorbed into the gut, and protein absorption is also greatly diminished if the stomach does not have enough acid. Tums and other ant-acids neutralize acid thus preventing any beneficial amount of calcium from being absorbed and preventing certain enzymes from being activated that break down proteins. Knowing this, it seems kind of ironic that they package calcium with Tums, doesn’t it? Calcium and proteins are very important in bone health, so being on an ant-acid for a long time, might not be the best choice for someone concerned with osteoporosis. One of the classes we had to take during chiropractic college was called Gastro Intestinal class. This class was all about how the digestive system worked, and one piece of information from this class still sticks with me in the clinic to this day.
This information is that 80-90% of acid reflux cases are a result of TOO LITTLE acid, not too much acid. I know this sounds a little counter intuitive, but it makes sense when you break down the physiology of it. When the stomach doesn’t produce enough acid, the food you eat in essence “rots” in your gut. This results in an unnatural acid being produced in the stomach. The stomach is designed to handle a very strong natural acid, but it can’t handle putrid acids. The stomach can’t wait to get rid of this unnatural acid, and the quickest way out, is UP!
Our clinic has 2 ways of treating patients with acid reflux. First, we check their spines for subluxations in the areas associated with the stomach, and if we find nerve irritation, we give them a specific adjustment. You see, the body is designed to function correctly; it’s not intended to have acid reflux. Removing nerve irritation with a specific chiropractic adjustment, allows the brain to communicate better with the tissues of the body, and allow the body to better maintain a state of HEALTH. Chiropractors don’t diagnose or treat disease, we remove interference from the communication lines of the body. Bottom line, the body heals itself.
The 2nd approach that we use in our office to help people with acid reflux is to put them on an acid and enzyme supplement. This restores the proper acid balance in their stomach and aids the stomach in protein, fat, and carbohydrate absorption. The statistics from my college course are pretty accurate in our clinical findings. 80-90% of our patients with acid reflux notice a marked improvement in their symptoms. Some even get off their medication. (Always consult with your physician before changing your medications).
Used together, these two approaches allow the stomach to heal and start producing the acid and enzymes that it was designed to produce. If the stomach is healthier, it means that you are healthier. If you have acid reflux, give us a call and see how we can help. Our office is a no appointment necessary, low stress, high energy clinic. We don’t lock patients into treatment plans they don’t want to be on and we have no contracts like some other clinics do. Bottom line, you are never obligated to receive care beyond that which you need and choose. We just want our patients to have a long life that is full of happiness and QUALITY!

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Thursday, February 14, 2008


Welcome to our new website! After a lot of hard work and planning we have decided to provide you with a website that will be both informative and interactive. Please look around and check it out, you may just learn something new about us and/or chiropractic.

On our new blog feature, you will find educational pieces on: chiropractic, disease, health, wellness, nutrition, and current specials and promotions. The blog offers a unique email feature which allows you to email pieces to yourself or family and friends for sharing and future reference. Just click on the envelope with an arrow on the bottom right of each post. You will also find links to other informative and helpful articles and pages on the web to the right of the posts under the "Other health news and links".

Be sure to share our site with your family and friends. Sharing the gift of Chiropractic is giving longevity to others whom you love.

Thank you for visiting and we hope to see you soon at the office.

Dr. Herb Wood and Dr. Brian Helland