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January 30, 2015

The Kids’ Corner: The Dangers of Antibiotic Use In Children and Adults – Part 1

The Kids’ Corner: The Dangers of Antibiotic Use In Children and Adults – Part 1


Often times antibiotics are prescribed to children who are burning fevers or who are ‘fighting colds’. It is important for parents to understand that antibiotic use early in life is thought, by some experts, to be linked to asthma, allergies, and many other diseases. My clinical experience has shown that in almost all cases a fever over 105 degrees is only dangerous when it’s chemically induced. Clinically, I’ve seen that most uncontrollable fevers are created by a malfunction and weakening in the child’s nerve system and immune system often caused by previous use of various medications including cold medications, vaccines, or antibiotics. As I have witnessed in a clinical setting, a fever will tend to burn abnormally when the child is subluxated as well.

The following quotes are the perspectives of many highly respected experts:

 “Patients who did not take antibiotics had a higher rate of recovery than those who did; the rate of recovery did not differ between different types of antibiotic. Antibiotic treatment did not improve the rate of recovery of patients in this study.”

-British Medical Journal, 1990

“The University of Washington found that if you filled twenty-five or more prescriptions for antibiotics over seventeen years, you doubled your risk of cancer.”

-Time, Dec 6, 2004 

“Infants exposed to one single round of antibiotics during their first year of life are twice as likely to develop asthma as those who don’t. The more courses of antibiotics, the worse the immunity and the greater the risk of asthma.”

–Newsday, March 6, 2006 

“Antibiotics don’t just lead to an increase in the risk of asthma. Antibiotics destroy our normal flora, which has severe adverse effects on the immune system function, digestion and absorption, and vitamin production. This adversely affects the function of every cell in the human ecosystem and significantly contributes to the development of illness. Deficiency in our normal flora also leads to the colonization of pathogenic flora, especially yeast and gram negative bacteria.”

–Dr. James L. Chestnut of The Wellness Practice-Global Self Help Corp

“Researchers attempted to study how long the ill effects of antibiotics last by studying people for six months. At the end of six months, people still showed low resistance and poor immunity, leading the researchers to conclude that they have no idea how long-lasting or how damaging the effects of antibiotics truly are.” -The Clinical Advisor, April 2007

“The basic message is that treating a patient with an antibiotic will cause a dramatic change of his normal [bacterial] flora and select for resistant genes that can spread to a true pathogen (disease),” – lead researcher Herman Goossens, M.D., Ph.D.,in a Lancet podcast interview.

“In our almost messianic quest to wipe out childhood disease through vaccinations, antibiotics and fever-reducing drugs – medical doctors have produced a wasteland of children who are literally chronically sick and tired, spending lives feeling uncomfortable in their untransformed skins. It is as if we have prevented caterpillars from becoming butterflies because the time of immobility as a chrysalis can be dangerous. Well

it is dangerous, at least a little, but it is more dangerous—in fact deadly—to never allow a child to fulfill his or her destiny and become a butterfly. We urgently need to respect the transformative power of illness, to pluck up our courage and not succumb to those who promise better health through injecting us with poisons, or harsh anti-life medicines

that become less and less effective. And more than anything we need to believe in the healing powers of our children’s bodies, so we can give them the gift of confidence in their own strength as they embark on the challenges of adulthood.” –Thomas Cowan, M.D.

Information provided by Dr. Dan Yachter, D.C. 

Join us next week for “The Dangers of Antibiotic Use in Children and Adults – Giving Your Child The Gift Of Life”  Part 2

January 28, 2015

Motion Is Life and Life Is Motion ~ Thank You Elevation Health!

Motion Is Life and Life Is Motion ~ Thank You Elevation Health!

I have been going to Elevation Health for the past three months and it has been a life changing experience for me and over 30 of my friends and family all over the country. In less than 30 days, one person is no longer insulin dependent after shooting up, twice a day, for over 15 years, one person couldn’t drive because he had double blindness and was hard of hearing, now he can drive, 4 friends all over age 50 taking over 100 pills a week are now drug free, no cholesterol meds, no blood pressure meds. The list is endless.

It’s all about understanding how the body works. The Elevation Health doctors host FREE workshops every month. Once per month, they do a “Dinner with the Doc” and share about how to get well and stay well. My favorite is the “Arc of Life” and how your body works. In all my research and reading, I have never had someone explain in layman terms the “Arc of Life” and how it affects the whole body. They really connect the dots for you so it makes sense. Motion is life and life is motion!

     This program is not for people who do not want to be well. I say that because popping pills is easy, taking responsibility for your health takes effort. Some people need their sickness. They need their pain and suffering because it is a part of who they are.  It keeps them in their comfort zone, where no one requires anything of them.  Sad to say, I know several people like that. 

We can’t change everyone, but we can throw out a rope to those that want to change!

For my age, having had 4th stage cancer, 5 car accidents and then the Hummer accident where I was in a coma for 4 days, I am feeling and doing great. My knees are even getting better every day.  I have at least another 43 years on this planet and I am not going to be spending it in a wheel chair drooling on myself in some nursing home. Termites do more damage than all the hurricanes in Florida. Just ask any insurance agent.  It’s the little changes you make every day that will have a far greater impact. Where do you want to be after age 50?  The time to start really is when a child is born.

That being said, God’s people perish for Lack of Knowledge! If you know anyone who is on medication and wants to find out how to work with their own physician to get off of them, or if they have diabetes or heart problems, let them know there is a better way. You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make them drink.  But you can always offer them choices.


Carpe Diem!
Elevation Health,

Lake Mary,

Orlando, Fl.

January 23, 2015

The Kids’ Corner: New Vision Healing Basics For Children


As you’ve learned thus far, the brain and spinal cord run, coordinate, control, harmonize, and govern every aspect of your health and your existence. God put the most amazing healing power in the brain and spinal cord. This power is what runs your body and heals your body. Without a proper functioning nerve system you cannot be well.

For your child to be well, the brain must be able to communicate with the body and its organs through the spinal cord, which is housed by the spine. If you want your child to be well, you need to keep the nervous system well. If your child is “sick,” or as we say at Elevation Health, “expressing health”, then you absolutely need to get your child adjusted. In clinical trials, getting adjusted has been shown to possibly boost immunity up to 200 percent. Clinically, we see that in almost every case the main cause of a potentially “dangerous” fever is a damaged nerve system due to subluxation. A child’s fever will not burn properly if there is interference to the system that controls the creation and regulation of fevers in the human body. Considering all the falls, accidents, and traumas that the typical child experiences, it stands to reason that so many children have subluxation that weakens their immune systems and in many cases possibly creates problems such as headaches, allergies, sinus issues, auditory problems, dizziness, motor problems, and other neurological disturbances.

“Drugs never cure disease. They merely hush the voice of nature’s protest,

and pull down the danger signals she erects along the pathway of

transgression. Any poison taken into the system has to be reckoned with

later on, even though it palliates present symptoms. Pain may disappear,

but the patient is left in a worse condition, though

unconscious of it at the time.”

–Daniel. H. Kress, M.D.


    In many scientific papers, vaccines have been linked to sickness, disease, and speculated in many cases of death. The children whom I see get vaccinated in a clinical setting develop a severely weakened immune system and often manifest disease shortly thereafter. The most common diseases that have been reported by patients of mine have been autism and learning disabilities. What you may not know is that the MMR [Measles, Mumps, Rubella] Vaccine and the Varicella [chickenpox] vaccines are both propagated [grown] on tissue derived from aborted babies. The cells are called “human diploid cells” in the product description. There’s more bad news for advocates of the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine with the discovery that it can cause a blood disorder. Researchers have found that it may trigger idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), an immune system malfunction that destroys the body’s own blood platelets.

     “There has been a tenfold increase in autism and related forms of brain damage over the past fifteen years in England, roughly coinciding with MMR’s introduction, and an extremely worrying increase in childhood inflammatory bowel diseases and immune disorders such as diabetes, and no one in authority will even admit it’s happening, let alone try to investigate the causes,” wrote Dr. S. Corrigan in the Daily Mail in 2007.

According to the current vaccine schedule, by six months of age, a child is to be injected with forty-eight vaccines. At eighteen months, the average toddler is to be injected with seventy vaccines and by the age of six is scheduled to endure eighty-nine vaccines, which is up from seventy-four in 2002. “Between fifteen and twenty percent of American schoolchildren are considered learning disabled with minimal brain dysfunction directly caused by vaccine damage,” According to H. L. Coulter, author of Vaccination, Social Violence and Criminality: The Medical Assault on the American Brain. Even in populations that are fully vaccinated, outbreaks have occurred – and 80 percent of all cases of measles are contracted in vaccinated people, according to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

In 1975 Japan raised the minimum age of vaccination from two months to two years. Crib death, infantile seizures, meningitis, and other infectious diseases in infants virtually disappeared. Japan went from seventeenth in infant survival in the world to number one.

What parents usually discover is that some, but not all pediatricians appear to act as vaccine salespeople as evidenced by the little they know about these products. Once parents are armed with the right knowledge and can ask the right questions, it is much easier for them to say “no” and seek health care elsewhere. Below is a list of questions to which parents need to get answers. They are as follows:

  1. Are vaccinated children healthier than nonvaccinated children?
  2. Do vaccines have any long-term side effects or damage that may not surface for months or years?
  3. Does research show vaccines are safe?
  4. Can vaccines cause cancer or fertility problems?
  5. Do vaccines cause SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also known as crib death)?
  6. What are the chances that my child may be hurt or killed by a vaccine?
  7. Do the assumed benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks?
  8. Didn’t vaccines get rid of acute infectious childhood diseases?
  9. What about polio? Wasn’t it eliminated due to vaccination?
  10. Was the polio shot given in the 1950s and ’60s contaminated with monkey virus? Is it causing cancer?
  11. Is vaccination why we have so much cancer today?
  12. Are there benefits to a child having acute infectious childhood diseases?
  13. Are the ingredients in vaccines safe?
  14. How do vaccines work on a cellular level? How do vaccines affect the immune system/nervous system on a cellular level? How do vaccines cause damage on a cellular level?
  15. Do vaccines affect genetic material? Are we hurting future generations?
  16. Is there a conflict of interest in vaccine policy decisions?
  17. Can a person legally avoid vaccinations?

If you would like a complete list of vaccine ingredients, please let us know.


For more information on vaccinations, check out the following resources:


Information provided by Dr. Dan Yachter, D.C.

Next week’s article will be:  “The Dangers of Antibiotic Use in Children and Adults”

January 21, 2015

At Elevation Health You Learn WHY You Have Pain. Knowledge Enhances Healing!

At Elevation Health You Learn WHY You Have Pain. Knowledge Enhances Healing!

I have had poor posture since I was a kid in elementary school.  When I started working, I began experiencing neck, mid-back and lower back pain including headaches. Prior to chiropractic care I was in pain so I couldn’t do everything that I enjoyed to do without being in pain. I love working out, running, and doing 5Ks with my sister.

I moved to Florida from New Jersey and not knowing the area I was nervous about finding a good chiropractor. On the first day at Elevation Health I knew I chose the right place. X-rays were taken, tests were done and then a plan was set up for me to help me feel better and have a healthier future.

My experience has been amazing with Elevation Health. I don’t only get help with my spine, but I get educated. I learned why I was having back pain and how I can improve my posture and feel better. I now stand straight and confident. I love when I get adjusted because I walk out of the office feeling confident and motivated to live a healthier life style.

Dr. Hartley is fabulous! She really cares about your health and does everything she can to help you live more comfortably. She educates you about your spine and also gives you nutrition and workout advice. I enjoy going to my appointments because it doesn’t feel like a doctor’s appointment. Dr. Hartley gets to know you and encourages you to live a healthy lifestyle. My experience at the office has been great and I look forward to going to my appointment every week!

Kelsey P.

Elevation Health patient

Clearwater, Florida, Dr. Theresa Hartley


About Dr. Theresa Hartley

Dr. Theresa Hartley is passionate about providing family wellness through chiropractic care, proper nutrition and exercise. As a center for treatment and education, the Hartley Chiropractic Center is now a designated Elevation Health office. This makes the practice part of an international system of principled chiropractic facilities whose purpose is to educate people on how to proactively care for their bodies.
The integration of professionals in this wellness network promotes the cause of teaching individuals and families about healthy lifestyle strategies. The core components that raise this awareness are achieved through education, acknowledging the function of the nervous system as it relates to the body’s natural healing capacity, as well as the benefits of exercise and nutrition.
Doctors who participate in Elevation Health are committed to weekly training sessions. It is also through this network they remain current on top research concerning nutrition and health initiatives for their patients.
With her Doctorate of Chiropractic earned from the esteemed Palmer College of Chiropractic, and as a candidate for the recipient of a Diplomate in Chiropractic Pediatrics from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), Dr. Hartley cares for family members from infants to seniors. The treatments are age-specific and address the cause of the symptoms, not just the symptoms alone.
Earlier in her career, Dr. Hartley worked in the Port St. Lucie area educating athletes and supporting the CrossFit community with a practice within Gold’s Gym. Proper spinal biomechanics enabled those competitors to achieve their personal health, fitness and weight loss goals.
Upon opening in Clearwater in 2010, she named the practice Hartley Chiropractic Center to commemorate the years of chiropractic care her father, Dr. Theodore G. Hartley, gave to his patients in the St. Petersburg area.
Dr. Hartley is known for treating patients through structural correction chiropractic care in addition to education, nutrition and exercise. Sensitive to the unique needs of individuals in all stages of life, Dr. Hartley is certified in the Webster Technique. A treatment sought by expectant mothers, it helps to keep the pelvis properly balanced throughout the term of the pregnancy. The technique ultimately trains the body to maximize its natural ability. When the neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is improved, proper pelvic balance is restored and optimal fetal positioning is facilitated.
With a practice dedicated to education, Dr. Hartley hosts workshops and seminars relevant to health, healing, nutrition, and exercise. Hartley Chiropractic Center, an Elevation Health office, is devoted to making this important contribution to the community with topics ranging from cancer prevention to spinal correction to weight loss. All events are free and open to the public. The intention is not to just relieve pain, but to restore health.

Dr. Hartley sees patients in the office at 2653 Ulmerton Road in Clearwater, Florida and speaks publicly to groups, churches, corporations, and through radio and television about the message of true health and healing.
Contact the office today at (727) 623-0992 for more information about care for you and your family, the date, time and topic of the next Elevation Health event, or about having Dr. Hartley speak to your group.

What to Expect

Celia G.

Before receiving chiropractic care, I was a diabetic taking 3 pills of one medication and one of another, a cholesterol medication once a day, a high blood pressure medication once a day, and a baby aspirin. I had lower back pain and neck pain. Before coming to the office, I did not think much of it and thought it was normal adjustments and that was it. After coming to the office and the orientation, I thought it was great and that it was very different, the staff was nice and helpful, and all the doctors are great. Since beginning chiropractic care, my health has improved, my lower back and chest pain are almost gone, and sugar levels are lower than ever. I now take one oil a day for my cholesterol, one every three days for my High Blood Pressure, and I lost about four pounds. I will tell my family and friends that it is wonderful to be here every time and to come ASAP; that they will feel a lot better with less or no medication at all.

Dwight C.

Before receiving chiropractic care I had prostate cancer, breathing problems, frequent urination, and improper sleeping patterns. Prior to coming to the office I already knew that chiropractic care was something good. After receiving care I found that it is much better than I expected. My health since being under care has improved tremendously. My symptoms from my prostate cancer have diminished for example; less frequent urination and I have more energy now. I tell my family and friends that chiropractic care is the best care ever!

Mary A.

Before receiving chiropractic care, I was experiencing back, neck, shoulder, and joint pains daily. Sometimes my fingers or toes “froze”, so then I messaged them back to mobility. Both severe headaches (4-6 Tylenols at a time) and acid reflux 2 times a week. Before coming to the office, I did not believe that chiropractic care could help. If “professionals” couldn’t, why should I consider chiropractic care? And so many tales of “watch out for the wrong things they may do-could be permanent damage.” After coming to the office and the orientation, I said, “Thank you Lord for this answer to prayer!” Since beginning chiropractic care, I have no headaches, no acid reflux, no joint pain, and very little pain in my neck, shoulder, and back. I am energized and able to care better for the elderly lady I care for and walk her dog as well as be actively involved at church. My mind in much clearer, I am more alert and able to teach three classes at church. (Before I would never have considered teaching one) I will tell my family and friends how much I love these doctors and the entire staff. They have done for me in five weeks what no one else could do in 73 years; and to top it off-they play my type of Christian music and praise the lord with me.

Karin L.

Before receiving chiropractic care, I had difficulty sleeping more than two hours due to hip pain and the need to use the bathroom frequently. Before coming to the office, I thought it was for people with severe back problems and I thought it was not covered by medical insurance. After coming to the office and the orientation, the doctor is trying to heal the total person and prevent future problems. Also, the doctor is trying to get us to a position of optimal health. Since beginning chiropractic care, I am now sleeping up to six hours a night! No more hip pain and no more necessity to use the bathroom at night, it has greatly diminished! I am more limber and feel ten years younger! I also have much more range of motion in my neck. I will tell my family and friends how chiropractic care has definitely helped me and could probably help them. I did not think I had any problems a chiropractor could help me with, but I am definitely sleeping better, feeling better and younger!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a conservative and natural healing art and science that concentrates on keeping people well. While chiropractic is an American science more than 103 years old, its basic wellness premise dates back to spinal “manipulations” first used by Hippocrates, the Father of Healing in the 4th Century B.C.

Doctors of chiropractic do not treat symptoms, though this may be the initial reason why a patient comes to a chiropractic office. What the doctor of chiropractic does is attempt to get to the root cause of a health problem. The primary focus of chiropractic is the detection, reduction, and correction of spinal misalignments (known as subluxations) with resultant nervous system dysfunction.

The spinal column houses a critical part of the body’s nervous system, the spinal cord, which is responsible for the transmission of nerve impulses or messages to and from the brain. This free flow of nerve impulses is necessary to allow the body to function properly. A spinal malfunction (subluxation) can interrupt this flow of information and affect the body’s nervous system causing pain, muscle and organ dysfunction, and other imbalances.

Is Chiropractic Scientific?

The practice of chiropractic is based on sound scientific principles.

The existence of the nervous system as the primary control mechanism of the body is an undisputed scientific fact. “Of the 9 systems of the body, the nervous system is supreme.  It regulates and controls all other systems.”—Gray’s Anatomy, 29th Edition, p4 Its relationship with the spine is the focus of the practice of chiropractic. The spine develops in utero to provide two primary functions: (1) allow for freedom of movement and (2) house and protect the spinal cord. When the vertebrae of the spine become misaligned through trauma or repetitive injury, two major consequences will result: (1) the range of motion becomes limited and (2) spinal nerves emerging from the spinal cord are compromised. Chiropractors use the term “subluxation” to describe such disruptions. Interruption of nerve flow can eventually lead to pain, disability, and an overall decrease in the quality of life. Conversely, the removal of that interference has been shown to have significant, lasting health benefits. Through the adjustment of the subluxation, the doctor of chiropractic endeavors to restore normal nerve expression. The body is then able to respond appropriately to any imbalance in the system, thus relieving symptoms and restoring health.

Is chiropractic care expensive?

Doctors of chiropractic provide effective, low-cost health care for a wide range of conditions.
Studies conducted according to the highest scientific standards and published by organizations not affiliated in any way with chiropractic institutions or associations continue to show the clinical appropriateness and effectiveness of chiropractic care. One of the most recent, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health, stated emphatically that: “On the evidence, particularly the most scientifically valid clinical studies, spinal manipulation applied by chiropractors is shown to be more effective than alternative treatments for low back pain…There would be highly significant cost savings if more management of low back pain was transferred from physician to chiropractors.”

Is Chiropractic Care safe? 

The process of chiropractic adjustment is a safe, efficient procedure which is performed nearly one million times every working day in the United States.

There is a singular lack of actuarial data that would justify concluding that chiropractic care is in any way harmful or dangerous. Chiropractic care is non-invasive, therefore, the body’s response to chiropractic care is far more predictable than its reactions to drug treatments or surgical procedures. Of the nearly one million adjustments given every day in this country, complications are exceedingly rare. Perhaps the best summary statement on the subject of safety was published in 1979 by the Government of New Zealand which established a special commission to study chiropractic. They found:

“The conspicuous lack of evidence that chiropractors cause harm or allow harm to occur through neglect of medical referral can be taken to mean only one thing: that chiropractors have on the whole an impressive safety record.”

Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I’m pregnant?

Anytime is a good time for a better functioning nerve system. Pregnant mothers find that chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Adjusting methods are always adapted to a patient’s size, weight, age, and condition of health.

What can you expect when you come into an Elevation Health office?

When you walk into our office, you can expect to be met by some of the friendliest people on the planet! After completing your new patient application, you will be taken on a tour of the office and be shown our state of the art equipment and educational tools.  You will then be met by one of our doctors and he will do the following:

  • The doctor will do a consultation to find out how we can best help you.
  • If the doctor determines that we can help you, you will have a thorough physical examination to determine what is causing your condition and how to best help you.
  • You will be scheduled for a follow-up visit so the doctor can show you the results of the examination and x-rays.
  • Our staff will give you a clear understanding of financial arrangements

I have heard that once I start chiropractic care, I’ll have to continue with it for the rest of my life. Is this true?

You may have heard the notion that once you go to a chiropractor you have to keep going back. Before we answer that question, ask yourself how many times you have visited a dentist? Like most people, you’ve probably gone dozens of times. Why? Quite simply, to prevent your teeth from literally rotting out of your head.

Once chiropractic care gets you out of crisis and rehabilitates the injured tissues we do recommend that you maintain a schedule of periodic spinal checkups.

Like your dentist and like many of the medical experts are now recognizing, prevention is the key to reducing recurrences of existing health conditions and minimizing new injuries in the future.

So the answer is yes, we want you to keep coming back to maintain your spinal posture and prevent injury from happening in the future. Maintenance  chiropractic care minimizes spinal and nerve stresses, reduces recurrences of old injuries, prevents new injuries from developing, minimizes degenerative processes, which enhances overall health and wellness.

Is chiropractic appropriate for children?

Yes. Chiropractic’s drugless and preventive approach to good health makes it perfectly appropriate for infants, children, and teenagers. Chiropractic is licensed in all 50 states of the U.S. for the care of children of all ages.

How safe is chiropractic for a child?

Chiropractic is one of the safest forms of children’s health care. A chiropractor does not adjust a baby or a child the same way as he or she adjusts an adult. A baby’s spine is very supple during the first few months of life, so the doctor of chiropractic applies only a slight pressure to make an adjustment. For older children whose spine is still made of mainly cartilage, slight pressure followed by a gentle push is all that is required to put the vertebra back in place.

When should I take my child to a chiropractor?

When you want to give your child a head start in good health and all the benefits of a conservative, drugless approach to health care, you should take your child to a chiropractor. It is important to have a chiropractic exam during the first year of a child’s life as spinal trauma can occur during birth, as well as from tumbles while learning to sit up or walk. Improper lifting and carrying can also contribute to spinal stress.

Your child’s spine grows almost 50% in length during the first year. This is equivalent to a six-footer growing to nine feet in just 12 months! It’s this kind of tremendous growth and developmental changes which make a complete chiropractic examination so important in the early stages of a child’s life. If there is a problem, the earlier it is corrected the less likelihood there is of it becoming a chronic or more serious problem later in life.

Doctors of chiropractic believe it’s much more important to prevent diseases than wait till some disease occurs.

How effective is chiropractic care for children?

Chiropractors have been providing safe and effective care for children for more than 103 years. Without efficacy, parents would have long ceased to seek out a doctor of chiropractic for their children. A 1992 survey showed that the most common conditions for which children visit a chiropractor are: earaches, neck pain, check-up, headache, upper respiratory, low back pain, allergies, asthma, enuresis, and thoracic pain. Other reasons are ADD and ADHD, colic, torticollis, insomnia, growing pains, and persistent

What Type of Education do Doctors of Chiropractic get?

Today’s Doctor of Chiropractic is well educated. The science of chiropractic requires a special emphasis on anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, biomechanics, X-ray, spinal adjusting techniques and related subjects. This demanding curriculum prepares chiropractic doctors to locate the Vertebral Subluxation Complex and help correct the resulting nervous system dysfunction.

Before beginning Chiropractic school, chiropractic students need to complete 3 years of undergraduate education to obtain the necessary prerequisites. A chiropractic student then completes 4 years of graduate school to receive a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. However the testing is not done. Each candidate must then pass both Federal and Provincial board examinations in order to receive a license to practice chiropractic. It takes about 7 years of post-secondary schooling to learn how to be a chiropractor!

A chiropractic education never ends. Most doctors continue to educate themselves by taking postgraduate courses and staying current by reading the latest scientific research.

After undergraduate studies, today’s chiropractic doctor completes an additional four-year curriculum of over 4,500 classroom hours of health sciences.

What is an Adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is fixated, ‘locked up,’ or not moving properly. An adjustment adds motion to the joint, helping the bones gradually return to a more normal position and motion. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is improved spinal function, improved nervous system function, and improved health.

There are hundreds of ways to adjust the spine. Usually the doctor’s hands or a specially designed instrument delivers a brief and highly accurate thrust. Some adjusting methods are quick, whereas others require a slow constant pressure.

After years of training and clinical experience, each chiropractic doctor becomes highly skilled in the delivery of a variety of adjusting approaches.

Can I Be Too Old For A Chiropractic Adjustment?

More and more people are consulting chiropractic doctors, especially in their later years. With growing concerns about over-medication and the side effects of combining various prescription drugs, safe, natural chiropractic care is growing in popularity.

Restoring better spinal function can help improve mobility, vitality, endurance and appetite. Many patients report improvement with arthritic symptoms and other chronic ailments often associated with the aging process.

The adjusting technique used by your doctor will be modified for maximum comfort and results.

As we get older and wiser, the simplicity and effectiveness of chiropractic care becomes more and more obvious.

Regardless of your age, chiropractic care can help improve mobility and maintain vitality.

What causes the sound during an adjustment?

Actually, adjustments do not always produce a sound. Often, however, adjustments do create the sound of a spinal “release,” or “popping” sound. The sound is caused by gas rushing in to fill the partial vacuum created when the joints are slightly separated. This sound is painless and totally harmless.

Can I adjust myself?

No. Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction to a specific joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself correctly and accurately. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a “popping” sound that sometimes accompanies a chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable spine even more unstable, and can sometimes be dangerous. Adjusting the spine is not for amateurs!

Why do chiropractors take x-rays?

Chiropractors take x-rays to reveal the internal structure and alignment of the spine. We are also concerned about underlying disease processes and disorders of the spine such as spinal deterioration, arthritis of the spine, abnormal development, bone spurs, disc disorders, tumors and spinal curvature. X-rays also provide a blueprint for correcting the spine back to optimal health and alignment.

Join us

The Elevation Health Blockbuster Workshops are special events we hold once a month for our patients and community. Whether it be Heart Smart Nutrition, Cancer Prevention, Weight Loss, or Stress Management, every month there is a different theme that follows our event calendar. This enables us to create an opportunity for health conscious individuals to continue to learn and grow in the latest cutting edge developments and breakthroughs in natural health and healing.

This is a fun and exciting event that we welcome the community to and strongly encourage you to come ready to be charged up with healthy lifestyle, life- changing information. As a patient or guest you will absolutely be inspired by your Elevation Health doctor as they deliver a powerful and relevant presentation with a health strategy that you will be able to implement immediately.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!


Call us at (727) 623-0992 to find out about our next Blockbuster Workshop and to reserve your spot.

Elevation Health - the Core 4

Function | Fitness | Nutrition | Education



Science has proven the superiority of the nervous system in controlling and coordinating all function and healing inside of the human body.

Since the nervous system controls every organ in the body, an interference to this system will cause an overall lowering of healing potential causing a decrease in function.

Life activities such as the birthing process, slips and falls, car accidents, athletic injuries, distorted ergonomics and sitting/standing posture, as well as poor lifting and bending technique can cause any of the 24 moveable vertebrae of the spinal column to move out of alignment.

When these mis-alignments interfere with the electrical life-giving messages being transmitted from the brain through the spinal column and cord, it is termed subluxation.  Subluxation interferes with neurological function, lowering health potential, thus allowing sickness and dis-eased cells to grow in the body.

An Elevation Health chiropractor’s primary concern is the removal of subluxation by way of specific, scientific adjustments, most often done by hand. The objective of the adjustment is not to cure illness, but to elevate the innate healing capacity of the body, thus allowing the doctor inside to accomplish the restoration and maintenance of well-being, naturally.

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Oxygen is a powerful catalyst for health. Driving oxygen deep down to the cellular level facilitates an internal healing environment for the human body.

The right type of exercise program can strategically create muscle mass, fat loss, and metabolic changes to stabilize and even reverse most degenerative diseases. Elevation Health fitness strategies are effective, results based, life changing programs designed for the health conscious patient with the most demanding schedule.

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Quality nutrients are not only important, but vital to our overall health. We make navigating through the nutritional maze of healthy eating manageable and easy!

Our approach in EH is a proactive, anti-aging strategy focused on quality with results backed by scientific research.

Our nutritional program works with the bodies natural, hormone response to the quality of foods consumed and the timing in which they are consumed. We provide you with the tools you need to reduce body fat, and preserve lean muscle through a superior, nutrient delivery system, and the elimination of toxins in the body.

Better nutrition will change the way you feel, look and most importantly, give you a better quality of life which is what Elevation Health is all about! Now is the time to Live your Life!

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Education is the foundation of Elevation Health’s Core 4. EH equips our patients with the understanding of how the body works, how it gets sick and how it heals naturally.

Without the understanding of how the body actually works as a “whole”, it is impossible to truly be healthy. In the past we have been taught what to think and have done things just because someone said so. At Elevation Health, we teach you HOW to think for yourself when it comes to your health, not WHAT to think.

A true understanding of how your body works as a “whole” allows our patients to eliminate and replace destructive habits by using successful skills that will positively impact their health, marriage, relationships, family, finances and careers. These key components allow your body to function and heal at its optimal level, creating a healthy future for you and your family.

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Clinic Hours

  • Monday 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Tuesday 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Wednesday 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Thursday 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Friday By Appt Only
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  • Sunday Closed