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October 8, 2014

The Kids’ Corner: Autism: A Chiropractic Perspective ~ Clinical Chiropractic


Video Introduction by Dr. Dan Yachter:  http://youtu.be/krIHRUs6QWA

2006 (Mar): 9 (1): 6-10 Aguilar carried out a series of chiropractic adjustments on 26 autistic children over a 9-month period. Twelve were found to have a left atlas laterality and 14 had a right atlas laterality. Outcomes from the study were varied but included normalization of deep tendon reflexes and dermatomal subjective sensation, increased cervical range of motion and reduction of other health problems. Many of the children were taken off Ritalin, bladder and bowel control improved, some children started to speak and eye contact and attention span also improved in some children. Hyperactivity and aggressive behavior were reduced in other children and five children were able to attend mainstream classes at school for the first time. Behavioral data, recorded by the teachers and parents, showed significant improvements in most cases.

The Effect of Chiropractic Adjustments on the Behavior of Autistic Children: A Case Review

Journal of Chiropractic 1987 (Dec); 24 (12): 21-25, Sandefur, R.; Adams, E

Autism is a severe behavioral and neurological disorder involving or inappropriate use of language, bizarre behaviors and an insistence on sameness. A systematic series of chiropractic adjustments was administered to

six autistic children to see if behavioral or neurological remediations would occur concomitant to treatment. The subjects were recruited from a Kansas City area specialized facility. Data used for the study were collected by the

classroom teachers. Those behaviors that remained fairly constant prior to treatment were selected for analysis. Results were divided into observable effects and no observable effects. All of the observable effects that occurred

following intervention were in the desired direction. Behavioral improvements were observed in such diverse areas as picking up toys, use of sign language, reduction of self-abuse and appropriate use of language. It is hoped that this pilot study will generate further research into the effects of chiropractic adjustments on similar neurological disorders.

**Gutmann, a medical/manual medicine doctor studied 1,000 infants with birth trauma. His study revealed that birth trauma (long lever technique) often caused upper cervical vertebral subluxation. The study revealed that infants who were adjusted during the study showed improvement with the following disorders – colic, restlessness, fever of unknown origin, seizures, postural scoliosis, etc. Dr. Gutmann speculated that abnormal nerve function may lead to a lowered immune system in children and may be a contributor to common childhood sickness as seen in ear infections and tonsillitis.

Chemical Stressors

70% of infants are breastfed at birth but only 36% will continue to be breastfed by 6 months and less than 18% at 12 months resulting in many children being formula fed. Formula fed infants have an increased likelihood of infections and are prone to developing allergies later in life. Over 6.7 billion gallons of milk are consumed each year. 40% of that or 3.1 billion gallons are consumed by children. Typically 20% of children are eating fast food more than three times a week and approximately $150 billion is spent on fast food each year. Studies are linking this to obesity, insulin resistance and type-2 diabetes as currently more than 9 million children are obese. A can of soda contains up to 55mg of caffeine and energy drinks may contain up to 350mg of caffeine. 13% of the average child’s daily calories come from soft drinks and 140 pounds of sugar are consumed per person per year. 

Vaccine dosages out of control?

Children will be given 48 doses of 14 vaccines before the age of 6. In the past 25 years, the number of doses of vaccines given children under 6 has more than doubled and their ingredients include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Mercury & aluminum
  2. Hydrochloric acid
  3. Formaldehyde
  4. Ethylene Glycol
  5. Latex
  6. MSG
  7. Amalgam, or dental fillings,contain 50% mercury, 30% silver and differing amounts of tin, zinc and copper.

Most foods on the grocer’s shelf contain:

  • Nitrates and nitrites (including sodium nitrite)
  • Sulfites (including metabisulfites)
  • Sulfur dioxide
  • Benzoic acid (aka sodium benzoate)
  • BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)
  • BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole)
  • Coloring
  • Coal tar
  • Propylene glycol
  • MSG (monosodium glutamate)
  • Refined or bleached flour (i.e. whitened using chloride oxide)

Over 20 million children ingest 8 to 15 pesticides each day.

The top ten pesticides used in the past ten years include:

  • Sulfur
  • Petroleum oil
  • Metam Sodium
  • Methyl bromide
  • Copper sulfate
  • Glyphosate
  • Mineral oil
  • Chloropicrin
  • Copper hydroxide

*When tested, fruits and vegetables were found to have traces of several different pesticides:

Sweet bell peppers – 64

Lettuce – 57

Hot peppers – 51

Apples – 50

Peaches – 42

Cucumbers – 40

Strawberries – 38

Imported grapes – 37

Green beans – 35

Pears – 33

*When possible, always buy locally grown organic fruits and vegetables.

Genetically engineered foods are becoming more common:






Cottonseed oil





18% of dairy cows are injected with rBGH and dairies often mix milk.

Roxarsone (chicken feed) contains arsenic and tests have found 466 ppb of arsenic in chicken liver.

Animals are often fed antibiotics, creating antibiotic resistant bacteria.

*Off-labeling of prescription drugs has become a major problem. 2/3 of drugs prescribed to children have not been tested for them and drugs are used off-label in nearly 80% of major children’s hospitals.

*Physicians are prescribing drugs based on a “best guess” as to the dosage, efficacy and even safety.

Almost 10 million children per year will be written a prescription. Off-labeling of prescription drugs has become a major problem.

The top ten drugs typically prescribed off-label include:

ü  Albuterol

ü  Phenergan

ü  Ampicillin

ü  Auralgan

ü  Lotison

ü  Prozac

ü  Intal

ü  Zoloft

ü  Ritalin

ü  Alupent syrup

Join us next week when our topic will be:  “Physical Stressors.”   http://youtu.be/krIHRUs6QWA 

Information provided by Dr. Dan Yachter, D.C., Elevation Health, Lake Mary, FL


October 8, 2014

Ways to Prevent and Beat CANCER!

Know someone with Cancer or Scared they will get it?

This workshop will teach you how to cleanse your body and increase your immune system so that you will have the healing power to ward off debilitating diseases and lower your risk of cancer!

Monday October 20th @ 6:00 pm

Hartley Chiropractic Center

2653 Ulmerton Rd

Clearwater, Fl 33762  

Call to reserve your seat TODAY! 727-623-0992

October 3, 2014

With The Core 4 I Don’t Need Medications Anymore ~ Thanks Elevation Health!

core 4

Before coming to Elevation Health, I was suffering from frequent migraine headaches, neck stiffness and tension, and seasonal allergies.  I took several different OTC medications for headaches and allergies.  I was taking these several times a week!

Through Elevation Health, I began the Core 4 system of vitamins and supplements and attended several informative workshops.  I also received weekly adjustments and continue to do all of the above.  Since beginning chiropractic care, I am no longer experiencing any headaches and my allergies are almost symptom free!  I have never felt better physically and mentally!  I am also drug free!  I no longer need medication for anything!

This office has been crucial to my path to wellness.  They are very knowledgeable and up to date on current chiropractic trends.  I wouldn’t be where I am today without them!  I feel amazing!

Amy B.

Elevation Health patient

Dr. Hill

October 2, 2014

The Kids’ Corner: Vaccine Truth


                                                                    VACCINE TRUTH


It starts from the moment of birth with the vitamin K injection. It is a never-ending battle that you must win. They won’t give up. Neither should you. Be informed and just say NO to vaccines! Here’s why:

Congressional Investigation on the link between Autism and Vaccination

On April 6, 2000 Republican Dan Burton convened a congressional hearing regarding the increasing scientific evidence linking vaccination to the increasing dramatic rise in Autism in the US. Mary Megson, MD explained that autistic children have a total deficiency of Vitamin A as early on as 15 months of age. Her research shows it is directly related to the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine. Also in her research she found the Pertussis toxoid found in the DPT shot disrupted certain proteins needed for retinal formation. This finding accounts for the prevalence of night blindness and loss of 3 dimensional vision in autistic children.

More Testimony

•             John O’Leary, Ph.D. in molecular biology found measles virus in the gut of 96% of autistic children compared to 6.6% of normal children. Dr. O’Leary reports that the virus did not come from natural sources it came from the MMR vaccine. He also stated finding the measles virus in 75% of children with Crohn’s Disease. V. Singh, MD studied over 400 cases of autism and found that these children experienced an autoimmune episode, in which their bodies were made to attack their own nervous system. He stated that 55% of the families stated that the autism appeared after the MMR vaccine and 33% stated autism appeared after the DPT vaccine was administered.

•             Andrew Wakefield, MD noted an almost 100% incidence of Lymphoid Nodular Hyperplasia or swollen lumps throughout the intestinal system of autistic children. The condition typically follows soon after the MMR shot is administered. Dr. Wakefield explained that as the fragile, newborn intestine cannot function because of its swollen condition, undigested toxins from vaccines and drugs are allowed to get into the liver, which is also in a formative stage. Liver pathology is very common among autistics. Michael Goldberg,MD, a California pediatrician and researcher, explained how it was impossible to have an epidemic based solely on genetics. That’s the standard explanation the CDC and the NIH have been using to explain how autism has grown from 1 in 10,000 to up to 1 in 300 in just 22 years.

Presenters: Testimony before U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform, 6 Apr 2000:

1.            Hirtz D, National Institutes of Health

2.            Megson M, MD, American Academy of Pediatrics

3.            Wakefield A, MD, Royal Free University College Medical School.

4.            O’Leary J, PhD, Coomb’s Women’s Hospital, Dublin.

5.            Singh V, PhD, Utah State University

6.            Boyle C, MD, National Institutes of Health

7.            Offit P, MD, University of Pennsylvania

8.            Taylor B, MD, Royal Free University College Medical School

9.            Rimland B, PhD, Autism Research Institute, San Diego

10.          Goldberg M, MD, NIDS Research Institute

Infant Mortality Rate vs. Vaccines

Infant mortality rates regressed against number of vaccine doses routinely given: Is there a biochemical or synergistic toxicity?

Neil Z Miller and Gary S Goldman

Journal of Human and Experimental Toxicology 5; 2011


Prevalence (2006 data)

Country                  # Vaccines                     Autism Rate                       Mortality Rank <5 y/o

United States                36                             1 in 150                              34

Australia                        27                              1 in 200                             16

Canada                           26                             1 in 165                              20

Iceland                           11                             1 in 1,100                            1

Sweden                          11                             1 in 862                               2

Japan                              11                             1 in 475                               4

Norway                          13                             1 in 2,000                            5

Finland                           12                             1 in 719                               6

France                            17                             1 in 613                               11

Israel                              11                              1 in 1,000                            17

Denmark                       12                               1 in 2,200                           18

Additional research links:



*Results- Testimony of Coleen Boyle, Ph.D. – Associate Director, Science and Public Health – CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, April 2001: Thimerosal

Despite the fact that thimerosal preservative has been effective in lowering the risk that vaccines could be contaminated by bacteria leading to serious infection, the United States Public Health Service agencies, including NIH, FDA, HRSA, and CDC, working collaboratively with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American

Academy of Family Physicians, took action in mid-1999 to begin removing thimerosal preservative from the vaccine supply. While the risk of harm from this source was only theoretical, the decision was made as a precautionary measure. The elimination of thimerosal preservative from vaccines was judged a feasible means of reducing an infant’s total exposure to mercury in a world where other environmental sources of exposure may be more difficult or impossible to eliminate. As a result of this action, all manufacturers of routinely recommended licensed

pediatric vaccines are now producing for the U.S. market only vaccines that are thimerosal-free or contain trace amounts of thimerosal. The vaccines are supplied in single-dose vials which eliminates the need for a preservative.

***Smoking gun: Dr. Colleen’s statement above regarding thimerisol (removal of thimerasol took place 6 months prior to hearing….” costs billions of dollars to take it out, for no reason? They knew that it was causing damage.

OTHER SOURCES of mercury other than vaccines

  1. Air and water pollution
  2. Amalgam dental fillings
  3. Batteries
  4. Cosmetics
  5. Shampoos
  6. Mouthwash
  7. Toothpaste
  8. Soaps
  9. Mercurial Diuretics
  10. Electrical devices and relays
  11. Explosives
  12. Residues in foods (esp. grains)
  13. Fungicides, Insecticides, Pesticides
  14. Florescent light
  15. Fresh water fish esp bass, pike and trout
  16. Paints
  17. Petroleum products
  18. Salt water fish esp. halibut, shrimp, snapper,
  19. swordfish, shark, tuna and shellfish

GI DISORDER Studies on Children with Autism vs. controls with neurotypical children reveal higher incidences of:

  • Higher serum copper
  • Zinc deficiency
  • Magnesium deficiency
  • Iron deficiency
  • Higher copper/zinc ratios
  • B12 deficiency
  • Below normal glutamine
  • Lower plasma sulphate
  • Lower amino acids tyrosine, carnosine, lysine, & hydroxylysine
  • Lower methionine levels
  • Fatty acid deficiency
  • Calcium deficiency
  • Lower Vitamin B6
  • Inadequate levels of Vitamin D,
  • E and A

Immediate Recommendations for children with Autism 

1. Caseine Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free and Refined Sugar Free Diet

2. Probiotics

3. Digestive Enzymes (Vital-Zymes by Klaire Labs)

4. Supplement with:

• Multi-vitamin with Minerals (no copper)

• B6 in the P5P+Magnesium form 50mg

• Vitamin C 100-1000 mg (until loose stools)

• Calcium 500-1000 mg

• DMG (Dimethylglycene) 125mg

5. The gut must be healed or in a state of considerable recovery before any chelation should be considered.

Information provided by Dr. Dan Yachter, D.C., Elevation Health, Lake Mary, FL 

Join us next week for the next Kids’ Corner Article “Autism: A Chiropractic Perspective Clinical Chiropractic” 


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.

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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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