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Patti Larson wrote an article in “Pregnancy Today” magazine about her experience of receiving help from chiropractic care. Of course being a magazine for parents to be, it’s fitting that she herself was pregnant too. Like other pregnant women, she unnecessarily suffered from fatigue, pain, and stress due to her changing body shape and wild hormones. Unlike some pregnant women, she sought care from a chiropractor for relief of many symptoms associated with pregnancy. Since her body was changing rapidly due to baby in the oven, she received chiropractic care weekly, and sometimes more often, depending on how she presented.

Her Chiropractor, who is also a Doctor, explained that chiropractic care would benefit her situation. Chiropractic deals with the functioning of the nervous system. The nervous system works optimally in the absence of stress, which could be physical, emotional, or chemical stress. Take a moment to think about your past day, week, or month, weren’t you stressed? Stress doesn’t only come when you’re pregnant, it is a part of life. You’d agree that birthing is stressful too, which causes stress in everybody involved. Stress is the cause of subluxation.

Chiropractic is only for those who want to be functioning at their best levels. That means, chiropractic care can help during labor too. It can be used in place of many drugs associated with birthing, such as inducing, pain management, and relaxation.

Although science’s limited methods of research has not found a link satisfying medicine’s causal relationships to explain chiropractic, chiropractic care shares many anecdotal success stories. Newborns who receive regular chiropractic care have been shown to have less likelihood of colic, ear infections, colds, or other sicknesses or diseases. This is especially important as young immune systems have not yet developed the capacity to deal with all pathogens it will meet.

Dr J


Want an asthma treatment that’s
1) Tested over the last half century
2) It’s harmless if practiced as directed
3) Has the potential to improve the health and quality of life
4) Helps save health care dollars
5) Used with people who must stop using steroid medications

Bronchodilators and steroids are severe drugs. There are long-term side effects to using them. But without them, some people have terrifying emergency room trips when asthma attacks rage out of control.

A person’s quality of life and performance at work suffers greatly with severe asthma attacks. These people are willing to try anything to regain control of their lives.

Enter the Buteyko method. It’s a shallow-breathing technique developed in 1952 by a Russian doctor, Konstantin Buteyko. Videos are widely available on YouTube.

You could actually feel your airways relax and open. It’s very impressive. People who were once incapacitated by their asthma and on disability leave from their jobs can now return to regular life and jobs. It may be difficult to keep up with the exercises, but you’ll be able to cut back on your medication about 75% and your quality of life will gradually return.

People lose hope with asthma. They use their rescue inhaler 20 or more times in a 24-hour period. If they’re exposed to any kind of irritant or allergen, they could easily get a reaction that jeopardized their existence and forced them to go back on steroids to save their life. What a mess!

After about 3 months and a series of lessons and refresher sessions in shallow breathing, You can use less than one puff of inhaler each day. That’s right! No drugs, just breathing exercises.

Although I cannot promise a cure, I believe it could eventually happen if you stay diligent about the exercises. But think of it this way: Your quality of life will improve beyond your expectations. It’s very exciting and amazing. You need to tell more people about this!

Usually, during an asthma attack, people panic and breathe quickly and as deeply as they can, exhaling larger amounts of carbon dioxide. Interestingly, breathing rate is not controlled by how much oxygen is in the blood, but by the amount of carbon dioxide. It’s the gas that regulates the acid-base level of the blood.

Hence, when you hyperventilate, or breath too fast and too deeply, you are causing the asthma, making it worse by lowering the level of carbon dioxide in the blood so much that the airways constrict to conserve it.

This technique may seem counter intuitive: when short of breath or overly stressed, instead of taking a deep breath, you breathe shallowly and slowly through the nose, breaking the vicious cycle of rapid, gasping breaths, airway constriction and increased wheezing.

This shallow breathing aspect intrigues me because I had discovered its benefits during my gym workout routines. I noticed that gym goers who had to stop to catch their breath after a workout were taking deep breaths very often, since I take small puffs of air after a longer period, and can go indefinitely without becoming winded.

Too much air can be harmful to health. Almost every asthmatic breathes through their mouth and takes deep, forceful inhalations that trigger bronchospasms, which are the hallmark of asthma.

When you inhale through the nose, even when you speak and sleep, you don’t lose too much carbon dioxide.

Don’t forget to deal with stress and continue exercising without hyperventilating, and to avoid foods that provoke asthma attacks.

By the way, don’t stop taking your medications unless you consult the prescribing physician first. However, you will notice a reduction of dependence on the drugs significantly. On average, if you are diligent about practicing your breathing, you can expect a 90% reduction in the use of rescue inhalers, and 50% reduction in the need for steroids within 3 to 6 months.

Dr J

Asthma Advice

  • Use air filters to help clean air in your home.
  • Cover mattresses and pillows with dust covers and use hypoallergenic bed clothing to cut exposure to dust mites.
  • If your condition is getting worse, get checked for viral respiratory infections and different medical conditions, such as flu, rhinitis, sinusitis, and gastroesophageal reflux. When those are treated and eliminated, asthma symptoms improve. Endocrine factors, such as menstruation, pregnancy, and thyroid disease, may exacerbate asthma, as well.
  • Some medications—aspirin; beta-blockers, including eye drops; nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, etc.—can also precipitate or aggravate asthma symptoms.
  • If your asthma is exercise-induced, an individually prescribed exercise program carefully chosen under the guidance of your primary health care provider or doctor of chiropractic should be incorporated into the treatment plan.
  • Avoid sulfites or monosodium glutamate (MSG) in foods. Since both additives are used in a variety of foods, carefully read processed food labels and choose MSG-free foods when eating out.
  • Choose a more vegetarian-type diet. Animal proteins found in meat include arachidonic acid—a precursor for inflammation.
  • Include foods with omega-3 fatty acids in the diet—such as fish or fish oil.
  • Supplement with vitamin C, which helps reduce allergic reactions and wheezing symptoms.
  • To reduce stress in your children, spend quality time with them and limit their exposure to TV programs that include violence.

Dr J

Try A Buckwheat Pillow

Since about undergrad, I’ve been using a buckwheat pillow. It’s a special pillow filled with hulls, which help support the head and neck while sleeping. It reduces aches and pains by conforming to the neck and head’s contours. It helps keep the spine aligned.

Tru-Makura Co. of Orange, California gets its buckwheat hulls from the Dakotas. The hulls are cleaned to remove flour residue, which may trigger some allergies. Buckwheat hulls don’t compress, so the pillow conforms to the contours of the head and neck. I highly recommend it for relief of neck pain, headaches, muscle tension, snoring, sleeplessness, and other conditions. It’s simple: if you support your cervical spine and neck, you’re going to sleep better. If you’re a back sleeper, put a dent in it and it supports your neck. If you’re a side sleeper, bunch up the buckwheat husks under your neck for support.

When neck muscles are tense or irritated, it may cause neck pain. Poor posture during the day or bad ergonomics at work are usually to blame. Therefore, a buckwheat pillow used properly to keep the neck in neutral position can cut the stress while sleeping, thereby allowing muscles a chance to recover. There are also Tight and irritated muscles in the back of the neck can also cause headaches.

It started in Asia, and now it’s catching on in United States. The pillows are about $15 to $75. Or you can make one yourself. Most buckwheat pillows have a zipper which can be used to adjust the number of hulls. Sometimes, after years of use, the pillow flattens and more hulls need to be added.

Dr J

One of the major manufacturers, Tru-Makura Co., Orange, Calif., uses buckwheat hulls grown in the Dakotas. The company, which makes the Makura Miracle Pillow, cleans the hulls to remove flour residue, which could trigger some allergies. Since the buckwheat hulls don’t compress, Tru-Makura says on its Web site, the pillow “conforms to the exact contours of the head and neck” and is recommended by health-care professionals for relief of neck pain, headaches, muscle, tension, snoring, sleeplessness and other conditions.

It’s interesting that since April 2009, when Swine Flu was officially recognize, only 22 million people in USA have been affected (7% of USA). Of which, 4000 have died (barely a blip in statistics). Come on, why is this flu so blown out of proportion?! Annually, 56,000 people die from flu anyways.

Well, there’s a decline in deaths, I don’t think it’s because of the vaccine because the vaccine has barely become widely available. Did you get scared into getting the vaccine? Did you feel you were thoroughly informed, or did you just follow the hype?

Dr J

Breastfeeding for several months can significantly lower a woman’s risk of metabolic syndrom years later.

Not only that, but breast feeding has shown to reduce the risk of asthma in infants. If you’re breast feeding, try to do it for at least 9 months. Literature suggests longer is better. But how long is too long? When it’s no longer socially acceptable. A grade-schooler needing breast milk will be hard to keep up with.

For mother and infant, it’s important to keep a few things in mind. First of all, eat healthy! This isn’t hard, we all know how to eat healthy, and in moderation. Next, get regular exercise. Again, everybody knows what that is. Remember that intake of food must match output of energy expenditure.


* The prevalence of allergic disorders has doubled in the last 20 years.
* There are 30-50 million allergy or asthma sufferers in the US.
* There is a causal relation between the DTP vaccine and anaphylaxis, and tetanus toxoid and anaphylaxis.

The JMPT study showed that children who were given DPT and tetanus vaccines had significantly greater odds of asthma an allergy-related symptoms than those who were unvaccinated.

A child who had the DTP and tetanus vaccinations is:
* 50% more likely to experience severe allergic reactions
* 80% more likely to experience sinusitis
* 100% more likely to experience asthma

Different reactions were associated with different ages of vaccination.
* Vaccinated younger children get severe allergic reactions and sinusitis (sinus problems)
* Vaccinated adolescents get asthma, wheezin and whistling, and nose and eye symptoms

Dr J