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September 4, 2014

The Kids’ Corner: Is Your Kid Toxic?


                                                            WE ARE WHAT WE EAT!

With so many foods to choose from, it’s no wonder parents are confused. One thing is for sure, there are certain ingredients that must be avoided without exception.  Some ingredients even in small amounts can do extensive damage to a healthy child. These ingredients can disrupt hormones and change body chemistry  in a negative way. With childhood cancers on the rise and early-onset diabetes and other conditions (not heard of in our generation and our parent’s generation), we must seriously evaluate everything we feed to our children starting in infancy. As they say, we are what we eat!  An introduction by Dr. Dan:  http://vimeo.com/100927196

                                                     Top 10 Food Additives to Avoid

 1. Artificial Sweeteners: Aspartame, also known as Nutrasweet and Equal, is believed to be carcinogenic and accounts for more reports of adverse reactions than all other foods and food additives combined. The artificial sweetener Acesulfame-K has been linked to kidney tumors. All artificial sweeteners are bad news.

2. High Fructose Corn Syrup: High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) increases your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels and contributes to the development of diabetes.

3. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): MSG is used as a flavor enhancer. It is an excitotoxin, a substance that overexcites cells to the point of damage or death.

4. Trans Fat: Numerous studies show that trans fat increases LDL cholesterol levels and increases your risk of heart attacks, heart disease and strokes.

5. Common Food Dyes: Artificial colorings may contribute to behavioral problems in children and lead to a significant reduction in IQ.

6. Sodium Sulphite: This is a preservative used in processed foods. People who are sulfite sensitive can experience headaches, breathing problems, and rashes. In severe cases, sulfites can actually cause death.

7. Sodium Nitrate/Sodium Nitrite: This common preservative has been linked to various types of cancer.

8. BHA and BHT: Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydrozyttoluene (BHT) are preservatives that affect the neurological system of your brain, alter behavior and have the potential to cause cancer.

9. Sulphur Dioxide: Sulphur additives are toxic and in the U.S., they have been prohibited in raw fruit and vegetables. Adverse reactions include bronchial problems, low blood pressure, and anaphylactic shock.

10. Potassium Bromate: This additive is used to increase volume in some breads. It is known to cause cancer in animals, and even small amounts can create problems for humans.

Sources: Food Matters November 24, 2010

                             Are You or Your Family Eating Toxic Food Dyes?

Here are some of the most common food dyes used today:

Blue #1 (Brilliant Blue): An unpublished study suggested the possibility that Blue 1 caused kidney tumors in mice. What it’s in: Baked goods, beverages, desert powders, candies, cereal, drugs, and other products.

Blue #2 (Indigo Carmine): Causes a statistically significant incidence of tumors, particularly brain gliomas, in male rats. What it’s in: Colored beverages, candies, pet food, & other food and drugs.

Citrus Red #2: It’s toxic to rodents at modest levels and caused tumors of the urinary bladder and possibly other organs. What it’s in: Skins of Florida oranges.

Green #3 (Fast Green): Caused significant increases in bladder and testes tumors in male rats. What it’s in: Drugs, personal care products, cosmetic products except in eye area, candies, beverages, ice cream, sorbet; ingested drugs, lipsticks, and externally applied cosmetics.

Red #3 (Erythrosine): Recognized in 1990 by the FDA as a thyroid carcinogen in animals and is banned in cosmetics and externally applied drugs.  What it’s in: Sausage casings, oral medication, maraschino cherries, baked goods, candies.

Red #40 (Allura Red): This is the most-widely used and consumed dye. It may accelerate the appearance of immune-system tumors in mice. It also causes hypersensitivity (allergy-like) reactions in some consumers and might trigger hyperactivity in children. What it’s in: Beverages, bakery goods, dessert powders, candies, cereals, foods, drugs, and cosmetics.

Yellow #5 (Tartrazine): Yellow 5 causes sometimes-severe hypersensitivity reactions and might trigger hyperactivity and other behavioral effects in children. What it’s in: Pet foods, numerous bakery goods, beverages, dessert powders, candies, cereals, gelatin desserts, and many other foods, as well as pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.

Yellow #6 (Sunset Yellow): Caused adrenal tumors in animals and occasionally causes severe hypersensitivity reactions. What it’s in: Color bakery goods, cereals, beverages, dessert powders, candies, gelatin deserts, sausage, cosmetics and drugs.

Splenda, the Artificial Sweetener that Chemically Resembles DDT Splenda is the brand name for the chemical compound called sucralose that is 600 times sweeter than sugar. It’s also worth noting that Splenda is actually 99 percent sugar (dextrose and maltodextrin, which are derivatives of high-fructose corn syrup), with 1 percent sucralose added. This is how strong a sweetener sucralose actually is. Economically using Splenda makes no sense, since it only saves you a handful of calories, and that isn’t even taking into consideration the health implications of using this toxic chemical!

Both sucralose and DDT are organochlorines, meaning they are in a class of man-made chemicals that have a chlorine molecule bonded to their chemical structure through synthetic processing (organochlorines are not found in nature).

Some other examples of organochlorines are a host of pesticides that have been banned worldwide because they disrupt both animal and human health, including being linked to the following: Neurological damage, cancer

v  Parkinson’s disease, birth defects, respiratory Illness, abnormal immune system function.

                                     Environmental Influences on Child Health

  • Children have greater vulnerability due to larger skin surface per body weight and the fact that they eat, drink and breath more than 3-4 times as much as adults due in relation to body weight.
  • One of the earliest and largest overlooked source of environmental stress comes from old and/or poorly maintained schools.
  • Molds, fungi, lead, asbestos, cleaning chemicals and pesticides all present risks to the developing child.
  • As of 2001, nearly 1 in every 5 schools across the country had unsatisfactory indoor air quality with 50% reporting at least 1 environmental hazard.
  • No mandated state or federal agency is responsible for protecting children from these hazards.
  • Environmental Stress: Exposures in the Home
  • Fumes from the off-gassing of new carpets and furniture made from pressed wood or particleboard has be known to cause headaches and eye, nose and throat irritation.
  • Chemicals used in floor and furniture polishes, counter top cleansers, dishwashing liquids, detergents, tub, tile and glass cleaners all play a roll in the day to day exposures of children.
  • Plastics have moved high on the chemical exposure list due to significant contact with the food we purchase and eat each day.
  • The long term effect of chemicals leeching from plastics into our foods is still poorly defined, but it is only a matter of time before the negative ramifications on are children’s health is understood.

                                       Indoor Air Contains More than 500 Chemicals

The long list of common household pollutants and toxic particles is summarized here:

  • Molds from water damage, high humidity regions, and humid areas of homes, like bathrooms and basements; most common molds are Aspergillus, Stachybotrys, and Penicillium; Aspergillus is a primary food for dust mites.
  • Bioaerosols (Biocontaminants such as airborne bacteria, viruses, etc.)
  • Humans, pets, moist surfaces, humidifiers, ventilation systems, drip pans, cooling coils in air handling units (can cause Legionnaires’ disease and “humidifier fever”)
  • Combustion By-products (PAH, CO, CO2, NOx)
  • Unvented kerosene and gas heaters, gas appliances, fireplaces, chimneys and furnaces, tobacco smoke, automobile exhaust from attached garages.
  • Tobacco Smoke (including second-hand smoke), Cigarettes, cigars, pipes can release mixtures of over 4,000 compounds.
  • Formaldehyde: Pressed wood products (hardwood, plywood, fiberboard, etc.), urea-formaldehyde foam insulation, mattresses,  clothing, nail polish, permanent press textiles, glue and adhesives,
  • Stoves
  • fireplaces
  • Automobile exhaust
  • Arsenic
  • Pressure-treated wood products used for decks and playground equipment are often treated with arsenic containing chemicals
  • Pesticides
  • Other Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
  • Paints, solvents, wood preservatives, aerosol sprays, cleaners and disinfectants, copy machines/printers/faxes, carpets, moth and repellents.

Written by Dr. Dan Yachter, D.C., Lake Mary, Florida 

To hear Dr. Dan’s comments about this week’s “Kids’ Corner” article, click here:  http://vimeo.com/100927196

Join us next week when our topic will be:  “The Dangerous Play of Pediatric Drugs.”


September 2, 2014

High Blood Pressure Reduced Without Medication

Below you will see the abstract for an study that was just published on August 11, 2014! Even more evidence that specific chiropractic care reduces high blood pressure naturally, without medication!

Please read the article and think about all the people you know who are taking blood pressure medication every day for years. Invite them to come with you to our next Blockbuster Workshop, Heart Smart Nutrition, on September 22nd, at 6PM! Call 727-623-0992 TODAY to reserve you spot! You will learn life changing techniques that will help you and your loved ones restore the proper blood pressure for your body!

Reduction in Arterial Blood Pressure Following Adjustment of Atlas to Correct Vertebral Subluxation: A Prospective Longitudinal Cohort Study
Scott Torns, DC Bio

Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ August 11, 2014 ~ Pages 54-60

Objective:  This investigation was a placebo-control, randomized, prospective longitudinal cohort study to examine the long term effect Atlas Orthogonal (AO) upper cervical chiropractic care has on arterial blood pressure (ABP).

Methods: Twenty participants were computer randomized into a placebo-control group and a therapeutic group. All participants were examined radiographically, and coordinate values were calculated for Atlas dysfunction per AO Technique. The therapeutic group received an AO adjustment while controls received a sham adjustment. Pre and post therapeutic intervention ABP values were recorded for each participant. Subsequent measures for ABP were again recorded at one week, two weeks, four weeks, and lastly, six weeks after intervention. The Atlas was adjusted utilizing an AO Adjusting Instrument. No adverse reactions were recorded in either group.

Results: The therapeutic group demonstrated significant lowering of both their systolic and diastolic values. Improvements in systolic values continued to be statistically significant at six weeks. The effect on the diastolic values failed to reach significance after four weeks. There were no statistically significant differences detected in the systolic or diastolic values of the control group.

Conclusions: This investigation provides further evidence connecting upper cervical chiropractic care and ABP regulation. While the exact mechanism remains in question, data suggests an appropriate dose may be one upper cervical chiropractic visit per month for patients that suffer from high ABP.


August 23, 2014

A Chiropractic Baby Passes The Torch To Her Own Child!


I have always seen a chiropractor but when I found out I was pregnant I wanted a special chiropractor who was focused on the Webster Technique. The Webster Technique is where you make sure your hips and spine are in line properly so that you have a healthy pregnancy, less discomfort, and an easier birth. I went looking and I found that in Dr. Hartley! I had also battled with ear infections myself for many years.

Soon after starting care I made sure my husband, Adam, came in and received the corrective care that he needed. He had not been to a chiropractor before but he followed the plan and the exercises and he received great results.

After the birth of our daughter, Lain, we brought her to see Dr. Hartley. I was a chiropractic baby and I wanted to pass on that legacy to my daughter as well. The experience has been positive and uplifting! Everyone at the office is super supportive and as a result my husband and I have a very happy and healthy baby!

Coming to Elevation Health, getting adjusted, coming to the workshops, incorporating the supplements, I feel like I became a better version of myself! I love Dr. Hartley, if I could duplicate her and spread her joy around I would do it in a heartbeat!



Katie, Adam and Lain
Elevation Health patients

Dr. Theresa Hartley
Elevation Health
2653 Ulmerton Rd.
Clearwater, FL 33762

August 21, 2014

The Kids’ Corner: Introducing New Foods One Food At A Time


Introducing New Foods (6mos-1 year) 

Important things to remember

1.       No two children are alike.

2.       6-9 months generally the earliest age for new food and beverage introduction. Also an appropriate time for implementation of a multiple vitamin.

3.       9-12 months a time when an infant’s digestive tract has developed sufficient enough to handle foods other than breast milk.

4.       Requires constant close observation and accurate monitoring/recording of abnormal responses.

5.       Should have understanding of rotational diet plan Implementation.

6.       General rule….baby feeds for 9 months inside the womb, they should feed for 9 months outside on the breast

Determining What Foods are Best

1.       Start with one food at a time and continue for 3-4 days provided there are no signs of intolerance.

2.       Fruits are good first choice: make sure they are in season and regional

3.       In season and regionally grown are preferred and are usually tolerated well. Organic is always best.

4.       Start with the juicier fruits(peaches, pears, nectarines, melons, etc.)…mix in with breast milk…

5.       Freshly prepared juices rather than whole mashed to begin.

6.       If tolerated, mash or puree accordingly. In most cases it is appropriate to use the entire fruit being sure to put end product through fine mesh strainer.

7.       Do not use seeds

Fruits First

·         Require little digestion for adequate absorption and utilization

·         They contain an abundance of vitamins and minerals

·         They are excellent source of energy rich in natural carbohydrates

·         Infants take to them well due to high water content

·         Similar protein content to breast milk

·         Fruits convert to uric acid   be careful with too much fruit …especially if baby is not yet moving/active…it needs to be metabolized…


·         Seasonal organic and regionally grown are best and well tolerated.

·         Start with freshly prepared juices of carrots, squash, beets, celery, cucumber, zucchini.

·         Best diluted 4 parts water to 1 part fresh juice.

·         When certain of tolerance, the dilution may slowly be reduced.

·         As with fruits, whole is better than part. Raw is best to ensure that all enzymes and nutrients remain intact.


·         Growing number of experts agree that grains are less likely to be properly digested until between 1-1.5 yrs. of age.

·         Should never be rushed into infants diet.

·         Because of the frequency of allergy and intolerance to wheat and other gluten containing grains(barley,

·         oats, rye and triticale), it is suggested that they are introduced last.

·         Non-gluten grains (brown rice, millet, buckwheat, amaranth) are better choices when introducing grains for the first time.

Signs of Intolerance

·         Redness around the mouth within 1-2 hours, or around anus within 12-24 hours.

·         Abdominal bloating, gas and distension Irritability, fussiness, over activity, poor restless sleep often waking throughout the night, moderate crying.

·         Constipation, diarrhea, foul odor to stool

·         Frequent regurgitation of foods

·         Nasal and upper respiratory congestion, runny nose

·         Eczema-like skin on face, groin, bottom, or anywhere else on the body

Wrong Foods/Wrong Time and the Effect on Gut Integrity

·         Implementing foods other than breast milk too early in a child’s life can create negative ramifications on overall health.

·         Enhanced absorption of infant’s small intestine and specific and limited digestive capacity combine to allow increased uptake, from the intestine to the blood, of incompletely digested proteins or antigens. The infant’s immune system subsequently identifies these antigens as foreign and potentially harmful and attempts to remove them from the blood by forming antibodies.

·         These antibodies can remain in circulation for many years and perhaps even a lifetime.

·         As the child ages, and the foods that originally triggered an antibody response are eaten, the body will respond via its immunological defense system.

Common Food Intolerance Culprits

·         Cow’s milk and milk products

·         Wheat

·         Corn

·         Citrus fruits

·         Eggs

·         Yeast

·         Soy products

The Immune Defense Response

     The release of powerful pro-inflammatory substances such as histamines and leukotrienes provoke an array of symptoms. Many of these symptoms include the common childhood health disorders such as colic, flatulence/bloating, constipation/diarrhea, dermatitis/eczema, recurrent upper respiratory infections, asthma, ear infections and alterations in mood and behavior.

The Health Dangers of GM Soy and Corn

     Genetically modified soy and corn are two of the most prevalent GM foods in the US food supply, and both have been linked to potentially serious health effects. For example, one 2009 Brazilian study discovered that female rats fed GM soy for 15 months showed significant changes in their uterus and reproductive cycle, compared to rats fed organic soy or those raised without soy. This finding adds to a mounting body of evidence suggesting that GM foods can contribute to a number of reproductive disorders, including:

·         Changes in reproductive hormones, such as excessive production of estrogen, progesterone, follicle stimulating hormone, and luteinizing hormone

·         Damage to pituitary gland

·         Retrograde menstruation, in which menstrual discharge travels backwards into the body rather than through the uterus, which can cause a disease known as endometriosis, which may lead to infertility. The disorder can also produce pelvic and leg pain, gastrointestinal problems, chronic fatigue, and a wide variety of other symptoms

·         Testicular changes, including damaged sperm cells

     Another disturbing study performed by Irina Ermakova with the Russian National Academy of Sciences, reported that more than half the babies from mother rats fed GM soy died within three weeks, while the death rate in the non-GM soy group was only 10 percent. Additionally, the babies in the GM group were smaller, and, worst of all, could not reproduce. In a telling coincidence, after Ermakova’s feeding trials were completed, her laboratory started feeding all the rats in the facility a commercial rat chow using GM soy. Within two months, the infant mortality facility-wide reached 55 percent.

Join us next week for the next article in the Kids’ Corner series, “Top 10 Food Additives To Avoid.”  We already know that Nutrasweet is a dietary “poison”, but what else can hurt your child?

By Dr. Dan Yachter, D.C.

Elevation Health, Lake Mary, 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.


The Elevation Health Community dinners or “Dinner with the Doc” are special events we hold once a month for our community. It helps us to get out and spread the word about health and healing and all the great things that are happening in our office.

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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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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.

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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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