Health Topics and Therapies

Read about home health topics and therapies authored by Dr. Arthur Annis. 

Chiropractic Adjustment

Ancient art work from Europe, Asia, and Africa depicts images of ancient doctors performing spinal manipulations on their patients. This illustrates that spinal adjustments are one of the oldest forms of therapy known to man. DD Palmer, the inventor of chiropractic, established the chiropractic profession in 1895. Since that time, chiropractic has become the profession best known for displaying the greatest expertise in the healing art of spinal manipulation.

Wilmington's best Chiropractors adjust the spine to bring about healthy changes to the spine and nervous system. The goal of the chiropractic adjustment is to restore proper movement and alignment of the bones in the spinal column. This promotes proper function of the nerves related to the spine and harmonious relationships between the joints of the spine. This further allows the body’s natural self-correcting mechanisms of the spine to make the proper corrections.

There are many ways chiropractors adjust the spine. There are over 200 officially recognized techniques for adjusting the spine. The most popular method of spinal adjustment is called “diversified” adjusting. In diversified adjusting, the chiropractor uses his hands to detect misalignments and then apply a manual force to reposition the vertebra of the spine. This often is associated with an audible sound. This audible sound has no real bearing on the success of the adjustment and should not be considered important to the patient.

Other forms of spinal adjustment utilize much more subtle forces. Often gentle instruments are used to adjust the vertebra. Some techniques are so gentle that they require very little force at all.

At the Myrtle Grove Chiropractic and Acupuncture Center our chiropractors choose the form of adjustment that they feel will best address their patient’s needs. Overtime, the best technique for spinal adjustment may change as the condition of the patient changes. Feel free to communicate with your doctor what you like best or least about your spinal adjustments so that optimal treatment techniques can be delivered.

Following your first chiropractic adjustment there may be some discomfort. This is a result of the body ridding itself of chemicals that promote spinal misalignments. Usually this is experienced as soreness in the areas that were adjusted. If this should occur, apply an ice pack over the painful area for 10 minutes. This should bring about satisfactory results by reducing the soreness.

Chiropractic adjustments work best in a series over a period of time where the beneficial results are built upon the previous adjustments. The benefits of chiropractic adjustments are analogous to the benefits of exercise. Where one session of exercise most likely will not produce noticeable results, or may even cause discomfort, a series of exercise sessions over a period of weeks or months will create extraordinary health benefits.

Written by Dr. Arthur B. Annis
©2010 All rights reserved.

Unfavorable Drug Reactions

The following quotes and statistics appeared in the Wilmington Star News in 2005 - 2006.April 17, 2005: The number of drug prescriptions has swelled by two-thirds during the past decade to 3.5 billion annually, according to IMS health, a pharmaceutical consulting company. Americans devour even more non-prescription drugs, polling suggests.

About 130 million Americans will swallow, inject, inhale, infuse, spray and/or pat on prescribed medication EVERY month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates. Americans buy much more medicine per person than any other country.

Well over 125,000 Americans die from drug reactions and mistakes each year, according to Associated Press projections from landmark medical studies of the 1990s. That could make pharmaceuticals the fourth-leading national cause of death after heart disease, cancer and stroke!

Drug safety researcher Dr. James Kaye of Boston University, remembers a medical school teacher telling the class: “All drugs are poisonous!”

Hospital patients suffer seven “hard-to-foresee” adverse drug reactions and another three outright drug mistakes for every 100 admissions, estimates Dr. David Bates, a researcher at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. That translates into 3.6 million drug misadventures a year!

Exercise and better diet ward off heart disease and diabetes just as effectively as drugs do, studies show. However, said Fred Eckel, who teaches pharmacy practice at the University of North Carolina, “There tends to be a reliance on drugs as the first option.”

April 19, 2006: Harmful reactions to some of the most widely used medicines - from insulin to a common antibiotic - send more than 700,000 Americans to emergency rooms each year, landmark government research shows. Even so, the study authors and other experts agreed that the 700,000 estimate was conservative because bad drug reactions are likely often misdiagnosed.

July 21, 2006: More than 1.5 million Americans are injured every year by drug errors in hospitals, nursing homes and doctor's offices, a count that doesn't even estimate patients' own medication mix-ups, says a report that calls for major steps to increase patient safety. Perhaps the most stunning finding of the report was that, on average, a hospitalized patient is subject to at least one medication error per day, despite intense efforts to improve hospital care in the six years since the institute began focusing attention on medical mistakes of all kinds."

It has been estimated conservatively that 16,500 NSAID-related deaths occur among patients with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis every year in the United States.” If deaths from the gastrointestinal toxic effects of NSAIDs were tabulated separately in the National Vital Statistics reports, these effects would constitute the 15th most common cause of death in the United States.

Researched by Dr. Arthur B. Annis
©2010 All rights reserved.

What type of supplements should you buy?
Wilmington's Nutrition

Supplements vs. Commercial Vitamins

Vitamins and minerals are very important chemicals for our health and well-being. There are specific diseases that are related to certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies. While these diseases are somewhat rare in the United States, less than optimal levels of vitamins and minerals will result in a less than healthy state.

Vitamins and minerals are, by definition, chemicals that your body cannot make. They have to be acquired through the foods that we eat or through supplementation.

The Journal of the American Medical Association states that the regular supplementation of vitamins and minerals will help prevent heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and many other chronic diseases. That should be enough evidence to convince everyone that regular supplementation is of vital importance to your health.

Vitamins and minerals are categorized as food substances by the FDA and therefore regulated as such. There are much stricter regulations regarding the manufacture of pharmaceuticals. As a result many companies will cut corners to save money in the manufacturing process. Vitamins will not be any good unless they are properly digested, absorbed, and utilized. Our clinical experience has led us to understand that many of the less expensive supplements are of such low quality that your body is not even able to utilize them properly. Cheaper vitamins are also known to contain impurities that may be harmful to your health.

At the Myrtle Grove Chiropractic and Acupuncture Center we utilize vitamins and minerals that have been shown to be of the highest quality and usability by our bodies. Of course these vitamins are going to cost a little more, but they have a much greater value as they will be properly utilized by your body for growth, healing, and efficient metabolism.

We recommend that everyone take these four important supplements:

1: A high quality multivitamin. We carry several different multivitamins that can be matched to specific genders and age categories.

2: Omega-3 fish oils. These are essential fatty acids which help balance the ratios between various types of essential fats. The omega-3 fish oils are anti-inflammatory in nature and therefore protect against heart disease, cancer, and many other chronic diseases.

3: Co-enzyme Q10. This is a chemical that is essential for proper energy metabolism within the cells of all of our tissues and especially the heart. People taking Staten drugs such as Mevacor or Lipator especially need this supplement because those drugs are known to deplete the body of co-enzyme Q10 which leads to heart failure.

4: Magnesium Citrate. Magnesium has been shown to be a factor in over 300 different enzymatic reactions. Deficiency of magnesium can lead to a wide variety of diseases.

Other Supplements:

There are literally hundreds of other supplements that are available on the market today that aid in the treatment of specific illnesses or simply promote wellness. We carry a variety of vitamins and minerals that we find our patients commonly need. Our doctors will be happy to help you choose supplements that may be beneficial to you.

Researched by Dr. Arthur B. Annis
©2010 All rights reserved.


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