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2 Easy Moves to Help with Pregnancy Pelvic Pain

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2 Easy Moves to Help with Pregnancy Pelvic Pain

In addition to my normal recommendations, the vertical shin squat and the glute bridge helped 3 pregnant patients stabilize their pelvises this week. No Comfortable Positions? Read On! We have a lot of success with pregnant patients who feel like when they sit too long, their pelvis hurts. Then they stand, and that’s okay for a bit and then it hurts. So they sit down and it’s better, until it isn’t. Does that sound familiar? What about laying in bed, tossing and turning because your back or hips just can’t get comfortable? There’s a chance that your pelvis has gotten hypermobile, and my job as a pregnancy chiropractor is to find out exactly why. In addition to recommending chiropractic care plus some basic supplements and support, these are the two simple exercises I show all of my pregnant people who come in with this specific problem. I’ve had a lot of success with this in the office, and I wanted to share things you could do at home. Need More Help? As always, consult with your perinatal chiropractor about these activities and recommendations. You should be doing this under guidance, because there are some underlying reasons I train doctors to look for that can be at the root of the problem. If for some reason you don’t have a chiropractor who specializes in pregnancy and want to find one, check out the ICPA directory. Resources I Mention Here are the resources I mentioned: Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Liquid) Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Capsule) Omega 3 Fatty Acid (Vegan) Most prenatals have DHA and EPA in them, which are types of omega 3’s (think about it like this: Dalmations and Labradors are both types of dogs; that’s the same thing for DHA and EPA.  They are types of the same family).  Calculate your dosage based on what you’re taking. Some people get fish burps with Omega 3’s.  You can put the capsules in the freezer if that’s the case for you. Serola Belt: http://www.serola.net...

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Hydroxychloroquine, Z Packs, COVID-19, and Basic Math

Posted by on 9:14 pm in Healthy Living, News, Proactive Wellness, Stress Management | 0 comments

Hydroxychloroquine, Z Packs, COVID-19, and Basic Math

TL;DR version The short version: Anti-Malaria drugs might help. The clinical studies aren’t awesome, so you should still do things to protect your health. There’s no magic bullets. Uncut Version The uncut version. Much more in here about other studies, including a bit for other chiropractors to chew on in regards to immune systems and chiropractic care. French Study Says Anti-Malaria Drug Could Stop COVID-19, FDA Loses Collective Mind And Buys it All The French study, “Hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin as a treatment of COVID-19: results of an open-label non-randomized clinical trial,” is a good example of how sometimes the right answer is the simplest. As a Floridian who has not traveled to endemic malaria hot-spots, I have a difficult time spelling hydroxychloroquine, let alone saying it (as you’ll witness). Here is what I’m good at: Numbers. They still matter. The authors stated in their paper that the numbers of patients they needed to make the results not due to chance was 48. They had 36. Of the original 26 in the treatment group, 3 were taken to the ICU and 1 died. That’s not likely going to get reported many places, because if we love one thing as a country, it’s a magic bullet to fix our problems. That doesn’t take away from the fact that this drug may work. A wonderful, geek-tingle inducing 2005 study cited by one of this article’s references (I like digging) described the mechanism of action for chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine’s slightly more problematic cousin. The drug (I’m going to use a big word here) interferes with glycosylation of the ACE-2 receptor on the cell from the inside. Here’s why the big words are important. Glycoslyation is the process I constantly talk about with the sugar-protein molecules that run the cells. They stick out like velcro and help cells communicate. This drug changes the locks to the door that COVID-19 uses, the ACE-2 receptor. Last week I discussed how the ACE-2 enzyme is naturally generated when the body has plenty of estrogen or Vitamin D. If hydroxychloroquine’s action is changing the lock, Vitamin D and estrogen’s action is blocking the door. There is, of course, ramifications to changing the locks. The enzyme that wants to get in the house can’t, and that enzyme is responsible for lowering blood pressure. Here’s where we get to the place where numbers matter again. The average age for the patients who received the treatment is this study is well below the 65+ crowd, and certainly below the mid 70’s which represented the majority of deaths in Florida last week. My hope is that it’s safe for use in these people. The study doesn’t make a comment about that. Will you stop taking Z packs already? Here’s the other problem. Americans love taking antibiotics for things that don’t require antibiotics, like viruses. In this study, only 6 people on the hydroxychloroquine received the z pack because the doctors were worried about further bacterial infection. Yet I hear educated people parroting “Take both!” Gang, it was 6 people. SIX in an underpowered study, in a country with far better health outcomes, on the French Mediterranean where people are undoubtedly healthier. We’re already battling MRSA. Some Hope Florida Governor Ron Desantis, who has been really amazing during this in terms of listening to...

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Who Are You In a Crisis?

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Who Are You In a Crisis?

This #OneBellyWednesday video almost didn’t happen.  I didn’t want to do it.  Like a lot of people I had this habit that I’d started and I just wanted to go to bed after a long day’s work.  So what got me motivated to post it?  You did.  I thought about the people who have come to rely on this information as a steady source in a time of chaos and misinformation.  I visualized who I want to become a week, 2 months, a year from now.  I decided I want to be the kind of person who is a reliable source for the new parents navigating their journey.  The bigger question is who do you want to be?  People are afraid, they’re anxious and panicking.   Our kids are watching how we handle a crisis because they will model how they will respond to theirs.  Who do you want to be?  What steps are you going to take to make that shift in mindset?...

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The Relationship between Covid-19, ACE-2, Pregnancy, and Vitamin D

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The Relationship between Covid-19, ACE-2, Pregnancy, and Vitamin D

edit: I have included an additional resources at the bottom of this blog post that was foundational in my understanding of Covid-19 as a novel virus. TL;DR Video Version The 6 minute version specific to pregnancy and Covid-19 Covid-19 binds to a receptor in the lungs associated with relaxing blood vessels called ACE-2. There is some evidence that if the receptors are filled with the enzyme, there aren’t as many docking stations for Covid-19 to latch onto the lung cells. This video covers 3 things that help the body make more circulating ACE-2: Estrogen, having a placenta, and Vitamin D. Emerging evidence suggests these may have a protective effect. However elderly patients (low estrogen) with cardiovascular disease, pregnant patients with pre-eclampsia, and people who are low in Vitamin D levels may be at greater risk for Covid-19 infection. Uncut Video The full 19 minute version, with additional information and theories based on current research. This is the full, uncut video that includes information and theories on ACE-2 enzymes and receptors, Covid-19, elderly patients, why those on blood pressure medication should stay on it, estrogen, placental influences on ACE-2, Vitamin D influences on ACE-2, and Vitamin D influences on pre-eclampsia. It also contains theories on why younger Americans who are obese, sedentary, and Vitamin D deficient may be at risk for contracting this disease. References Bukowska, A. et al (2017). Protective regulation of the ACE2/ACE gene expression by estrogen in human atrial tissue from elderly men. Experimental biology and medicine (Maywood, N.J.), 242(14), 1412–1423. https://doi.org/10.1177/1535370217718808 Garami A. Rapid Response: Re: Preventing a covid-19 pandemic – Is there a magic bullet to save COVID-19 patients? We can give it a try! Mar 12 2020 BMJ 2020;368:m810 Olshansky J. et al (2005).  A Potential Decline in Life Expectancy in the United States in the 21st Century. N Engl J Med 2005; 352:1138-1145DOI: 10.1056/NEJMsr043743. Purswani, J. M., et al (2017). The role of vitamin D in pre-eclampsia: a systematic review. BMC pregnancy and childbirth, 17(1), 231. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12884-017-1408-3 Sparks M & Hiremath S (eds). The Coronavirus Conundrum: ACE2 and Hypertension Edition. Mar 22 2020 http://www.nephjc.com/news/covidace2 Wang Y (2017). Vascular Biology of the Placenta (2nd ed). (pp 49-51).  Biota Publishing, accessed on Google Books. Zhu N. et al (2020). A Novel Coronavirus from Patients with Pneumonia in China, 2019. N Engl J Med 2020; 382:727-733 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa2001017   Image Credits Covid-19 image: ewscripps.brightspotcdn.com Kocovska E. et al 2017 “Vitamin-D Deficiency As a Potential Environmental Risk Factor in Multiple Sclerosis, Schizophrenia, and Autism.” Front. Psychiatry, 27 March 2017...

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Easy Steps to Order Ambrotose Life Online

Posted by on 10:12 pm in Breastfeeding, childhood illness, Diet, Fertility, Food Allergies, Healthy Living, Pregnancy, Proactive Wellness | 0 comments

Easy Steps to Order Ambrotose Life Online

We use glyconutrients, or glycans, or fancy-way-for-saying-essential-sugars, to build healthy cells. We recommend a supplement, Ambrotose Life from Mannatech, to help with that process. Here is a step by step guide (with pictures!) on how to order Ambrotose Life online. Finally you can stop worrying about whether or not we happen to have any in stock on the day of your appointment and get it delivered to your door. Plus, you’ll save $$$ Ordering This is the item you’ll find on the Mannatech site. Select a canister here: https://us.mannatech.com/products/integrative-health/details/51701/ or, if you would like an on-the-go option, the slimsticks (order here) contain the same amount of the active ingredients and are great for travel. The canisters have a scoop in them, and my typical recommendation for patients (adults and children) is one scoop daily. This should be about 60 servings worth. The main difference is that the Ambrotose in the canister doesn’t have a taste and mixes well in everything but plain water (it clumps). The one-a-day slimsticks have a lemony-citrus taste. For kids I usually recommend a half stick daily. The following instructions are for the canister, but they are similar for the slimsticks. When you select your quantity you’ll see it added in the shopping cart. Click “Review Cart” to go to the next screen. Click the blue review cart button While this next part is optional, I really recommend it. Mannatech does occasionally give discounts, but usually that’s tied to ordering other products in packages. Often they have a special if you buy 2 boxes of slimsticks. The subscribe and save discount is the only consistent one I’ve seen in 5 years. That’s what we do for the practice. We don’t get a special healthcare provider discount or wholesale on this stuff, so the automatic order discount is the only way those cans pay their own rent on our shelves. When you’ve made up your mind that you like saving money, click the blue “Check Out” button. Automatic Order gives you a discount on all products. If more than one person is using the canister, this is a good idea. Of course they want your info. You want the product mailed to you, yes? Fill this out please. Enter your customer details When you finish with the security information, the next part connects your account to the Mama’s Chiropractic account. Click the green box. Select the referral information to proceed. Referral Code Pretty simple here: Select “Yes, I was referred,” then search for us by entering the referral ID for our practice: 3525316 . Important: Select “Yes,” then copy and paste this number into the field: 3525316 Click “Find Associate.” I’m getting excited! Are you excited?! I wonder what’s going to happen? Confirm the number matches, then click Find Associate. WAIT. What?!! Who the heck is HealthStory Productions? Well, fun story… HealthStory Productions is the official name of the parent company for Mama’s Chiropractic. This is the correct name. Oprah Winfrey has been a big source of inspiration for Doc and loved the idea of HARPO Productions (that’s Oprah spelled backwards) being the umbrella for all of Oprah’s work, from film to tv to her magazine. Back in 2010, Doc decided to start a company called HealthStory Productions, LLC to do talks, film production, and produce...

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Stalled Labor? Now what.

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You have everything set up. You are ready to birth at home. The Midwife and her team is in place. The pool is set up. The older siblings are off with family so you can focus on your birth. Your husband is holding your hips through each contraction, but things are progressing as they should. That’s when we can come into play. This Momma had been under chiropractic for nearly half her pregnancy and this was baby number 5. She felt so much relief with this pregnancy and was happy to have us on her team. When her labor began to slow, the Midwife called us in. We arrived at 6:15pm. We worked through three contractions with her as we gently adjusted her spine and the ligaments tied into child birth. By 6:24 the water had broke and by 6:28 and were holding her healthy baby boy! We urge Mom’s to seek chiropractic by 20 weeks gestation and if you are having a home birth, a chiropractor may be a wanted addition to your team! We’d be happy to help your body function as it’s...

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Why can an 11 year old not poop?

Posted by on 8:46 am in Child Development, Children, Constipation, Diet, Food Allergies, Lifestyle, Medicine, Patient Referrals, Pediatric Chiropractic, Proactive Wellness, Subluxation, Testimonials | 0 comments

An 11 year old recently came into the office with her Mom. In this little girl’s life, she has not been able to poop without taking medications or having lots of pain! Mom & Dad had every medical test run. Have seen countless specialists and no one could bring about a change. Surgery was looking to be the next option. Mom had a family member who kept mentioning Mama’s Chiropractic. Mom had tried everything else and as a last resort, brought her daughter through our doors. After a consultation and thorough exam, this little girl was given a gentle & specific adjustment. She felt better before even getting off the table. The family were sent home with a follow up in 5 days. Five days later, this girl happily walked in and announced that she had pooped EVERY day, MULTIPLE times a day since and did so with no medication!!! Her Mom was over the moon, but skeptical as she had tried so many other expensive and time consuming things, and nothing produced this change! We rechecked the girl’s spine and found another specific adjustment was needed. This was given and told to come back in 4 days to recheck. Guess what? She had gone another 4 days with pooping multiple times a day, with NO medication! Her mom was nearly in tears of joy! They have now gone on vacation, but not before receiving a Food Sensitivity Test to see what foods she should stay away from so as to not aggravate her body so her gut can continue to heal! Does this sound like someone you know? Maybe chiropractic can be the answer for them, too!...

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I’ve just had a baby, now what?

Posted by on 2:57 pm in Breastfeeding, Child Development, childhood illness, Children, Colicky Babies, Constipation, Diet, Healthy Living, Infants, Newborn, Pathways to Family Wellness, Pediatric Chiropractic, Pregnancy, Stress Management, Subluxation | 0 comments

You’ve just delivered a beautiful child and may be running into some issues that you didn’t expect. Especially as a first time parent, sometimes we don’t know what we don’t know, and get to ask our friends and family for advice. They may refer you to a pediatric chiropractor. For those newborns who have colic, are latching more easily to one side than another, excessively spitting up, not sleeping well, or having more than 5 or less than 2 poopy diapers a day –  these are all signs to bring your baby to be checked by a pediatric chiropractor. If there seems to be issues that you believe are to be diet related, but nothing seems to change – despite eliminating various foods from your diet – is another sign to bring your baby in to be checked by a pediatric chiropractor. A memorable recent appointment, that a newborn be in constant pain and uncomfortableness from gas, having a hard time being held by his parents, always fussy and crying, and not pooping very much – to literally falling asleep while being adjusted. I can tell you, Mom & Dad were very happy with these results in just a few visits! For Mom’s who did not receive chiropractic through pregnancy, it’s not too late to get checked. There are a lot of changes that occur post delivery, that can effect how well you move, how well you function and how well you can get about your new daily activities. Ensuring that both your nervous systems have no interruptions, allows your body to heal itself and adapt to the environments and changes each new day...

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Where do I go from here?

Posted by on 2:43 pm in Breastfeeding, childhood illness, Children, Colicky Babies, Community, Constipation, Healthy Living, Infants, Lifestyle, Newborn, Pathways to Family Wellness, Pediatric Chiropractic, Pregnancy, Subluxation | 0 comments

So, you have a newborn who is colicky, not sleeping well, not pooping easily, having a hard time latching and you are at your wits end to help your little one through this….. What do you do? I suggest coming to a Pediatric Chiropractor. Yes, a chiropractor! Our job is to ensure that the communication between the brain and body is fully flowing so as to enable our body to function as it was meant to. We get to the cause of what the problem is and there is no other profession trained to do so! Chiropractic is a safe, gentle and effective way to bring about a happier baby and a happier Mom. Just this week we had a few week old baby come in having a hard time latching and having a difficult time pooping. The very next day, mom reported two good poops and already an improved quantity of sleep! Sometimes it happens that fast! It’s hard for me to not share this good news with so many parents who are having a tough time and looking for natural solutions to help their families out....

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The Excitement and Struggle of Growth

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April has been an emotional month. I’ve gotten to speak with many of you over the last four weeks about our office’s transition and realized a few things. For one, things haven’t always happened the way I planned or likely would do again. Being sick after two long weekends away really impacted my ability to discuss our plans with those of you who have been in the practice since the beginning, and I wanted to both apologize and explain a few things. My vision since Mama’s Chiropractic was born was to be the healthcare provider of choice for expecting mothers and their children who want to live well. As I’ve lived in the community I discovered a medical-political set of hurdles to women having their birthing choices honored and a geographical barrier to accessing chiropractic care. Season helps a lot of us financially, but to say it plainly the way our roads are strewn about in Lee County sucks, and having an office on a peninsula compounds the issue. When Baby Love closed I had to make a decision about the future of our practice. I will always remember a conversation I had with my friend Dr. George about how I could do a better job networking with birth providers. He told me that, as a profession, chiropractors don’t do a good job of communicating with other doctors. In order to diversify our professional referrals I started writing letters to the patients I shared with the midwives and doctors at HealthPark, Cape Hospital, and as the only option for VBAC at the time was homebirth, the independent midwives who would attend them. The summer of 2015 a group of us went to the largest chiropractic convention in the country and had a conversation about what was the most realistic to serve our local community- one large co-op style office or small satellite offices around the county, in order to implement our vision. What we set in motion was a plan to grow our staff and address our geographical barriers by planting clinics within the vicinity of our largest referral sources- Lee Physicians Group midwives/HealthPark Labor & Delivery Nurses and LifeSong Midwifery. We sought to find the balance between serving the south Lee/ north Collier patients and the north Lee/Charlotte County patients and these centers where our patients were already making their regular appointments. It was a model that worked really well at Baby Love because it made care exceptionally convenient. When planning the Estero office location I made a mistake. I looked at the map and saw the shortest distance between I-75 and US 41 was Corkscrew Rd in Estero, and thought if I was going to commute from my house and office in Cape Coral that would be the easiest drive. I also saw Lane Pediatrics, which many of you go to, a satellite office for Island Coast (where many of you have since been dismissed from), and Oakhaven Montessori all in the same 3 blocks. I thought it was a great fit, although the asking rent was triple what we’d budgeted. I’ve struggled with how to keep things like our fees consistent among the clinics, and the idea came up that if we started the relatively low overhead office in North Port first instead of in a...

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