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Dr. Matthew Norton, America's Holistic Doctor
The Holistic Health Newsletter
November 2008

Feature Article

When Back Pain Destroys Quality of Life

Is chronic pain threatening to steal away your joy and quality
of life?

I’ve been caring for hurting people for over 25 years, many desperate for even a little relief from their unrelenting back, neck, or head pain. They’ve frequently been hooked on strong medication, trying to mask their unwelcome feelings. I’m grateful for my ability to help ease their suffering and restore a better quality of life through finding and correcting their underlying condition as much as is possible.

I continue to love my work after this many years of serving thousands of patients. However, I must say that I’ve often been frustrated by the purposeful perversion of our health care system by those who make money keeping it stuck as a crisis-oriented “sick care” system. I’m also saddened by the vast numbers of trusting but uninformed citizens who’ve been misled and in their confusion can’t see where the true solution to their pain and declining health lies.

In my October 26th blog post at www.AmericasHolisticDoctor.com I spoke about the “atomistic” approach that divides people into separate pieces to be treated rather than the “holistic” view that sees a person with pain or illness as a complex body, mind, and spirit being that is out of balance or harmony within itself or in relation to its external environment.

The problem with atomism is illustrated by the New York Times article of February 13, 2008 by Tara Parker-Pope entitled Americans Spend More to Treat Spine Woes. It quotes The Journal of the American Medical Association report that “spending on spine treatments in the U.S. totaled nearly $86 billion in 2005, and yet the proportion of people with impaired function because of spine problems increased.”

The article concluded that “the nation is losing its battle against back pain despite the spending surge, with the biggest jump being for narcotic pain relievers.”

Why must we fight?

The statement in that article about “losing a battle” reveals one aspect of our dilemma. We typically approach pain and illness as a battle to be fought and sometimes we’re said to be winning and sometimes losing. We’re perpetually battling the evil germs (that always live within, on, and around us and are essential for our life) and then of course there’s the war on cancer. We endure many casualties along the way, and while we declare victory in some of the skirmishes, the wars never seem to end.

Have you noticed that?

In my office I know the story to be different. Hurting people often arrive appearing battle-weary, but we offer an alternate approach. The focus isn’t upon trying to beat back an enemy, but rather to provide a holistically-focused opportunity for healing. The process of healing involves a return toward greater wholeness, a resolution of the impaired function mentioned in the N.Y. Times article.

The “miracles” discussed in my book Where Does It Hurt? attest to the fact that we can often simply and inexpensively resolve chronic back, neck, and head pain by gently and safely restoring lost or disturbed function without narcotic risks.

My approach, and that of many others who share my perspective, is centered upon releasing the spinal and nervous system blockages to self-healing. Once those sources of interference are adequately cleared, the natural self-healing and self-regulating design of each person is restored. Gradually vibrant well-being can become the dominant expression again.

To find out more about the gentle, instrument spinal adjustments offered at Norton Chiropractic Wellness Center and how you might find the healing you’re looking for, call 559-490-9550. You may be like so many chronic pain sufferers over the years that have miraculously recovered and said “If I’d only known it would be this easy, I would have done this a long time ago.”

If you’re far from Central California and need guidance toward your healing miracle, check out this month’s Featured Product and also join our holistic community by going to www.AmericasHolisticDoctor.com and subscribing to my RSS blog feed.

Latest Research

Original Research:

Frequency & Duration of Chiropractic Care for Headaches, Neck and Upper Back Pain – www.JVSR.com

John K Maltby, DC, Donald D. Harrison, Ph.D, DC, MSE, Deed Harrison, DC Joseph Betz BS, DC, Joseph R. Ferrantelli BS, DC Gerard W. Clum, DC  August 21, 2008, pp 1-12

Results: Fifty-four randomized clinical trials with spinal adjustments as the treatment for headaches, neck pain, neck-arm pain, and/or upper back pain were located. The data indicated a 46.5% improvement in 7.7 average visits. Using a constant linear extrapolation of dose response in these studies, a mean of 17 visits was needed to resolve headaches, neck pain and upper back pain. Using an initial examination visit, once per week stabilization care for 4 weeks, and 2 follow-up examination visits, approximately 24 visits were needed to document, stabilize, and resolve the average headache, neck pain, neck-shoulder pain, and/or upper back pain case.

The results of this study correlate exactly with my routine recommendation for two series of 12 visits each (or 24 total adjustments in close proximity) to create a “basic temporary correction”. Some people’s conditions are more difficult. Then you get to choose whether you want to further fine-tune and support your correction with regular intermittent Health Restoration Care (like retainers on teeth following braces removal) or let it go until life’s injuries and stresses keep disturbing function until pain returns.

Case Study:

Effect of Subluxation-Based Chiropractic Care on Quality of Life in a Patient With Major Depression – www.JVSR.com

Alain M.J. Desaulniers DC [April 23, 2008, pp 1-7]

This report documents the chiropractic care of a 46-year-old man    presenting with major depression, receiving specific chiropractic adjustments and suggests a relationship between subluxation correction and increases in quality of life and well-being.

A 46-year-old male presented with major depression. He was suffering from his third bout of depression at the time of his first visit. He presented with many symptoms related to his depression, such as generalized bilateral neck and low back pain, anxiety, fatigue, and a small appetite. He presented with many symptoms associated with effects from his medication, including a decrease in sex drive, dizziness, overall muscle weakness, and insomnia. Initial chiropractic exam, including prone leg length inequality, static and motion palpation, static surface electromyography, thermography and x-ray analysis, revealed vertebral subluxations.

The man received specific chiropractic adjustments for the correction of vertebral subluxations. During the course of care, there was a significant increase in self-assessed quality of life and wellness indicators, including Global Wellness scale, Daily Living Health Questionnaire (SF36), and a retrospective Health, Wellness and Overall Quality of Life Self Assessment questionnaire.

Conclusion: The progress that has been documented with this man suggests a connection between the correction of vertebral subluxations and increased wellness and quality of life.
For more on the connection between depression, spinal/nervous system disturbance, and chiropractic, see Dr. Norton’s book Where Does It Hurt?

Case Study:

Improvements in a 3 1/2-year-old Autistic Child Following Chiropractic Intervention to Reduce Vertebral Subluxation – www.JVSR.com

Nick Hoffman, BS, DC David Russell, BS, DC [March 24, 2008, pp 1-4]

Objective: To describe, discuss and track the subjective and objective changes of a 3½ year old autistic girl following chiropractic adjustments over a 10 week period.

Clinical Features: A 3½ year old female child with reduced social interaction and language skills and learning difficulties presented for chiropractic care. The child had been diagnosed with autism 1 year earlier.

Intervention and Outcome: The child received full spine adjustments where indicated to reduce vertebral subluxation, using the Torque Release Technique protocol and Integrator™ instrument. Strong verbal and physical apprehension to initial care was observed, however no signs of this were present after 5 visits, along with further improvements in social interactions, language skills and increased symmetry in surface EMG and thermal scanning over the 10 weeks of care.

Conclusion: The subjective and objective improvements observed by both practitioner and parents following chiropractic care indicate a link between subluxation and autistic behavioral patterns. Comparable studies have been undertaken previously with similar findings, however further study needs to be conducted to determine the exact relationship between chiropractic care and behavioral changes in autistic children.

Health News & Insights

The following are thoughts and tips on cancer and its prevention from French psychiatrist, neuroscientist, and cancer survivor David Servan-Schreiber from his new book Anticancer: A New Way of Life:

“This is what I learned: If we all have a potential cancer lying dormant in us, each of us also has a body designed to fight the process of tumor development. Something about our way of life weakens our defenses against this disease. It’s up to each of us to use our body’s natural defenses.”

“The body’s resources and its potential for dealing with disease are still too-often underestimated by modern science. We can arouse our immune cell’s vitality or, at the very least, stop slowing them down.”

“Studies on the activity of immune cells show they’re at their best when our diets are healthy, our environment is ‘clean’ and our physical activity involves the entire body, not just our brains and hands. Immune cells are also sensitive to our emotions. They react positively to states in which joy and feelings of connection with those around us predominate. It’s as though our immune cells mobilize better in the service of a life objectively worth living.”

“Cancer is the reverse of health, the negative of our vitality. But our immune cells represent a powerful chemical armada that constantly nips cancer in the bud. Everything that strengthens our precious immune cells impedes the growth of cancers.”
When asked what the most important thing a person could do to prevent or fight cancer would be Dr. Servan-Schreiber replied: “I think most important is to take a little bit of time every day – maybe just five minutes – with yourself to listen to the life force in yourself, pay attention to it, nurture it, and express your gratitude to it.”

Here’s a list of his other cancer prevention strategies:

  • Be positive.
  • Resolve stress and past traumas.
  • Accept yourself and your emotions, including the negative ones.
  • Practice some form of relaxation
  • Eat cancer-fighting vegetables: Beets, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, garlic, kale, leeks, and scallions.
  • Also good are onions, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, red wine, and soy.
  • Increase your intake of Omega-3 oils, typically found in fish and flax seeds and oils.
  • Avoid sugar, white flour, vegetable oils, white rice, and non-organic animal fat (meat, eggs, milk, and cheese).
  • Filter your tap water.
  • Spend 20 to 30 minutes a day on a physical activity like tennis, swimming, or walking.
  • Be out in the sun for 20 minutes every day.
  • Avoid being surrounded by people who smoke.
  • Use cosmetic products that don’t contain parabens or phthalates.
  • Use skin-care products without estrogens or placental by-products.
  • Use cleaning products without synthetic chemicals.
  • Don’t prepare food in a scratched Teflon pan.
  • Reduce the influence of cell phones by using a headset consistently.

Featured Product

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News and Upcoming Events

Wednesday, November 12, 8:30 a.m. PST

Interview on Sheridan, Wyoming’s "Public Pulse"

Dr. Norton will be interviewed live on KROE 930 AM radio in Sheridan, Wyoming on the Public Pulse program on Wednesday, November 12th at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Time. Simply go to http://www.sheridanmedia.com/site/
and you will have the option to listen live and to comment back to the station regarding his message. He will be discussing his book and “How Drug Companies are Tricking Pain Sufferers into Addiction.” Please join us.

Wenesday, November 12, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

"Is Your Pain Stopping You From Fully Living?"

Dr. Norton teaches an in-office program entitled “Is Your Pain Stopping You From Fully Living?” based upon the releasing pain principles from his Where Does It Hurt? book. You may attend for free and then receive a complimentary consultation and computerized assessment of your nervous system.

Call 559-490-9550 for more details and to reserve your seat.

Tuesday, November 18, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

"Is Your Pain Stopping You From Fully Living?"

See above.

Thursday, November 20, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. PST

Virtual Book Tour Interview

America’s Holistic Doctor, Dr. Matthew Norton, will be interviewed by author, entrepreneur, and lifestyle coach Bruce Hurley. He will be explaining how to apply the message and strategies of his book Where Does It Hurt? to your life for pain resolution, disease resistance, and an expanded quality of life. This live telephone seminar will be free while being recorded that night and later made available for purchase on CD or MP3. Think about those you know in need of help and look for call details in the next days.

Wenesday, December 3, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

"Is Your Pain Stopping You From Fully Living?"

See above.

Wenesday, December 10, 6:45 to 8:15 p.m.

"Revealing the Secret to Restoring Whole
Body Health"

Dr. Norton also teaches another in-office program entitled “Revealing the Secret to Restoring Whole Body Health” based upon those advanced health concepts and research discussed in his book. This is truly health- and life-transforming information that you’ve probably never heard. Food and refreshments are provided. Call 559-490-9550 for reservations please.

Winter 2008

Article on ADD/ADHD, Stimulant Drugs, and Alternative Options in World of Wellness

Look for the new article by Dr. Norton on ADD/ADHD, Stimulant Drugs, and Alternative Options to be published in the next edition (Winter 2008) of the World of Wellness magazine, the publication of the Central California Wellness Connections group. It will be available before Christmas. You can pick up a copy at Whole Foods in Fresno and other locations around town. Call 559-275-3675 for more information.

Weekly Blog

Whole Body Health: The Blog from America’s Holistic Doctor

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