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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” 

September 26, 2014

Make The REST Of Your Years The BEST Of Your Years With Elevation Health!


I thank God that I am currently off my medications. When I was first started as a patient of Elevation Health, I was taking 3 antidepressants, a thyroid medication, and cholesterol medications. Now I have been off of them for six months. Over the past 17 years, I have taken over 18 different antidepressant medications. Although I always desired to rid my body of these awful drugs, I couldn’t go a day not taking them without severe withdrawal symptoms. These chemicals literally kept me imprisoned and were destroying my life. Over the last 6 months, I have seen incredible changes all through chiropractic care and the Elevation Health Core 4 nutritional changes.

Chiropractic care brings the spinal bones back into alignment, and as a result, the brain can send those critically needed healing messages to the body. When I first began my care, I had no curve in my neck (the arc of life).  It is supposed to have a “C” curve in it. Because it didn’t, the lack of curvature was stretching the brain stem down into the spinal column. That cut off blood flow and information coming from the brain to the rest of my body. Because of this interference, my body suffered greatly.

No strategy to heal my body worked prior to coming to Elevation Health. My psychiatrist told me the depression would never go away. Well, of course it would never go away if I depended on him.  He wants my money. So do the drug companies!  Yes, let’s keep the patient ignorant of the real CAUSE of their problems.  And while we’re at it, let’s keep their money too.

However, the real problem is dis-ease in the body, and my depression was a symptom of that sickness.  The causes of my sickness were interference caused by subluxation, inflammation, yeast, molds, acidic foods, and environmental factors such as food chemicals, preservatives, and additives in various foods that pollute the body.  My brain reacted to this flood of contaminants with anxiety, depression, allergies, ADHD, and a host of other brain dis-eases.

I thank God that I have my life back. Thanks to Elevation Health and their entire team, my quality of life has been restored and life is enjoyable again. Living without drugs, pain, and a dis-eased body is more than I ever dreamed possible. I am thankful to be alive and well, and I look forward to making the rest of my years the best of my years. Thank you for my new found freedom!

Janet M.

Elevation Health patient

September 25, 2014

The Kids’ Corner: How To Give Birth Safely

Three pregnant women

Yes, you read that correctly!  If you’re planning to start a family and plan to use a birthing center or hospital, you need to be in control. I have outlined your “informed consent for care” during your birthing experience. Accept no substitutes!  Find a physician/midwife and hospital/birthing center that will be part of your plan, NOT in control of your plan!

Video introduction by Dr. Dan Yachter:  http://youtu.be/gZIBT8Z44TQ   


Dear Prospective Doctor,

I have taken the time to type up a list of the things that are important to me for the care of the remainder of my pregnancy (I am currently 30 weeks pregnant) and the delivery of my baby. I realize that I may have views that are different from the standard of care you normally follow and that I may need to be flexible on some of these points. It is important to me to have a pregnancy and birth with as little intervention as possible however, my child’s well-being is my priority and all of these requests are negotiable should there be a risk to my baby. Please review my requests carefully and let me know if you are willing to work with me. Remainder of the pregnancy – these are the issues that I have had the chance to form opinions on, as the pregnancy progresses others will probably come up.

1.) G.T.T. – I do not want to have a routine GTT. I would prefer to have my urine monitored, if glucose spills into my urine I will agree to have one. If you absolutely feel it necessary I am willing to have a 2 hr. post prandial test. (Blood drawn after a lg. Breakfast.)

2.) Sonogram – I had a sonogram at 20 weeks (report will be in my records). I do not want another sonogram unless a complication arises that makes it necessary.

3.) Doppler – The Doppler was used during prenatal visits until the 24th week (6 times). Now that the baby’s heartbeat is strong enough to be heard with a fetoscope, I would like it to be use for the remainder of my prenatal visits. If a problem/complication is suspected by the fetoscope that necessitated the use of the Doppler, I will not object.

4.) Vaginal exams in the third trimester – I do not want any routine vaginal exams. I will agree to have one only if there is a clear risk to the baby that necessitates it.

Labor –

1.) Enema – I would like to have the option of whether or not to have one.

2.) Shaving – I do not want to be shaved.

3.) I.V. – I do not want to have an IV. If it is absolutely necessary, I will agree to have a needle in my vein for access in case of an emergency.

4.) Vaginal exams – I do not want routine exams while in labor. I would like to be checked when I arrive at the hospital. After that only when I request to be examined (because I feel I have progressed) to determine if I can begin pushing.

5.) E.F.M.- I feel very strongly that I do not want routing fetal monitoring while in labor. I would prefer to be checked routinely with a fetoscope. Once again, if a problem/complication arises that necessitates the EFM to confirm or decide on course of action, I will not object.

6.) Internal Fetal Monitoring – I do not want to have this done under any circumstances.

7.) Bath/Shower – I would like to be allowed to get in the bath or shower, even if the bag of waters has ruptured.

8.) If I am not vomiting, and want to, I would like to be allowed light food and clear liquids.

9.) I would like the freedom to walk and move around as much as I want during labor.

10.) I would like to be in a sitting, squatting, on all fours or side lying position during the pushing stage of labor. Again, with the freedom to change positions as much as I want to.

11.) I would like to be in a vertical position for the birth.

12.) I want to control pushing with instructions on when not to push only.

13.) I do not want stirrups or any type of restraints to be used.

14.) Episiotomy – I am taking as many steps as possible to avoid the necessity of an episiotomy. I would appreciate perianal support and guidance of the baby’s head to prevent superior tearing. I would prefer to be allowed to tear a small amount with an episiotomy performed only if it is going to be large tear.

15.) Forceps Vacuum Extraction – I feel very strongly that these interventions should be used only in emergencies. I do not want these to be used unless the baby’s life is threatened.

16.) Breaking Stripping the membranes – I would like for the bag of waters to be allowed to break on its own. If my labor stalls for an extended period of time, I would appreciate having this option first discussed with me. If a complication arises that threatens my life or the baby’s life, I realize the bag of waters may have to be artificially broken.

17.) Pain medication – during labor – It is very important to me to have this baby without the use of pain medication. I would appreciate it not being offered. I realize however, because this is my first child and I have not experienced childbirth before, I may find it necessary to have the help of pain medication. For this reason, I would like to discuss my options ahead of time. I would prefer a fast acting / short half-life general anesthetic to an epidural. If repair work is necessary, I would appreciate a local anesthetic, after the cord has been cut.

18.) Contraction inducing drugs (ie: Pitocin) – I would appreciate every step possible being taken to avoid the necessity of using this drug both before the baby is born and for expelling the placenta.

19.) 3rd stage – Please allow the placenta to be expelled on its own, with no pulling or tugging. I do not want to be given Pitocin. If a complication arises that prevents the natural expelling of the placenta, I would like for my options to be discussed with me.

20.) Cutting the cord – Unless a complication arises that does not allow the time to wait, please do not cut the cord until it has stopped pulsating. Also, please do not milk the cord to speed this process.

21.) C-Section – Obviously it goes without saying that I do not want a cesarean but, if it becomes necessary to protect either my or my baby’s life, I realize it will have to be done. I would like to request however, that my husband be allowed to be present and he be allowed to escort the baby to the nursery when it is born.

22.) The birth – If there are no complications and the baby appears to be healthy, on the last push. I would like the baby to be immediately handed to me or placed skin to skin on my chest. I would like for any observations or measurements that cannot be delayed to be performed with the baby on my chest. 23.) Suctioning – I do not want the baby’s air passages suctioned automatically if it is attempting to clear them on its own (coughing, sneezing). I would like instruction so I can use the fetal Heimlich maneuver to assist the baby in clearing its air passages.

24.) Breastfeeding – I would like to begin feeding the baby as soon as it is determined to be

safe. (ie: air passages are clear). The above represents my birth plan so far. As I have already said, I realize I may have to make changes. Please let me know once you have had the opportunity to look it over. Thank you for your time and consideration.


1.) Rooming – in – After the birth, if there are no complications, I would like for rooming in to begin immediately. All necessary examinations will be performed in my room with no separation from the baby

2.) Breastfeeding – The baby will be breastfed exclusively. Unless there is a complication that does not allow breastfeeding ( in which case I would like to be allowed to express my colostrum for the baby), we want the baby to begin nursing immediately after birth and on demand thereafter. Please do not give the baby a pacifier, bottled water, glucose water or formula.

3.) Please delay weighing, measuring, footprinting and any other tests/measurements/observations that can be delayed for at least one hour after birth. We would like for all of these procedures to be done in our room.

4.) Erythromyocin ointment is not to be put in the baby’s eyes.

5.) Circumcision – We have decided not to circumcize our baby.

6.) Vitamin K Shot – We do not want the baby to be given this shot.

7.) PKU and other metabolic disorders – We do not want our child to be tested for these disorders until it is 24 hours old. If we have been discharged by then, we will have our pediatrician test the baby on its first visit.

8.) Hepatitis B – We do not want the Hepatitis B Vaccine given to our baby.

9.) No lab work is to be drawn, no injections or medications of any kind are to be given without our prior consent.

10.) I do not want the vernix to be washed off, I will rub it into the baby’s skin. The baby’s first bath is to be delayed for at least 24 hours. If I have already been discharged, I will bathe it at home.

This is an abbreviated list to be given to the LDR nurses in case your Dr./CNMidwife has not arrived. A more detailed list should be worked through ahead of time with your labor attendant and a copy should be in your file. Always have extra copies of your birth plan and baby plan with you.

Birth Instructions  (Patient’s Name)

The following instructions are to be followed as long as the mother and baby’s well-being are not jeopardized by them.

1) No routine prep. (Enema, shaving, or I.V.)

2) Vaginal exams. Initial exam upon arriving and only when I ask to be checked after that.

3) Fetal Monitoring will be done with a fetoscope only unless requested by my birth attendant.

4) Light food and clear liquids will be given if requested.

5) I want to control pushing with instructions on when not to push.

6) Episiotomy – Perineal support and guidance of the baby’s head to prevent superior tearing should be performed. I would prefer to be allowed to tear a small amount with an episiotomy performed only if the tear is going toward my clitoris or rectum.

7) Forceps/Vacuum Extraction should not be used unless the baby’s life is threatened.

8) Breaking/Stripping the membranes – Bag of waters is to be allowed to break on its own. If my labor stalls for an extended period of time, I would appreciate having this option first discussed with me.

9) Pain medication during labor should not be offered. If I decide to use pain medication, I would prefer a fast acting, short half-life general anesthetic to an epidural.

10) Contraction inducing drugs (ie: Pitocin) – I would appreciate every step possible being taken to avoid the necessity of using this drug both before the baby is born and for expelling the placenta.

11) Please allow the placenta to be expelled on its own, with no pulling or tugging.

12) Do not cut the cord until it has stopped pulsating. Also, please do not milk the cord to speed this process.

13) I do not want the baby’s air passages suctioned automatically if it is attempting to clear them on its own (coughing, sneezing).

Discuss this plan with your care provider. Do not wait until “D” Day (delivery). Your baby depends on you from the moment of conception. This does not guarantee a 100% problem-free delivery. We know things happen that are out of our control, but for the most part, most babies can and do find their way into this world with little assistance. It’s a natural process. No one said it is an easy process, but it’s always worth the extra planning. When you meet your new little person for the first time, you will fall in love. There is no experience like it and from that day forward, you will be this tiny person’s advocate. It’s worth the fight!

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

Join us next week for the next article in “The Kids’ Corner” series “Vaccine Truth!”


September 19, 2014

Crippling Back Pain Brought Me To Elevation Health – A New Healthy Lifestyle Has Changed My Life!


When I first started out at Elevation Health, my primary health concern was my crippling back pain.  I was in a lot of pain every day and couldn’t stand to be on my feet more than a few minutes at a time.  The pain was in my lower back, mid back and my neck.I had tried every over-the-counter treatment I could get my hands on.  This went on for 6 or 8 years and led to a whole cornucopia of problems including depression and anxiety.  I had been on anti-depressant medications since I was a child!

Someone from my grandmother’s church recommended we try Elevation Health.  I had been to a chiropractor before but the atmosphere and treatment program is so much different at Elevation Health.  I’ve learned how to take better care of myself and that gave me hope that this could help me.

After about 2 months of treatments, I found that I no longer needed Prozac! Now, there are no more pain killers and no more back pain!  I’m feeling good physically, feeling good emotionally, and feeling good mentally.  I’m feeling better than I have in a long, long time!

Zachary H.

Elevation Health patient,

Orlando, Florida


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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