Helpful FAQs Regarding Our Chiropractic and Functional Nutritional Medicine Services
Below, we've included a number of commonly-asked questions that we hear at Carson Chiropractic & Acupuncture Clinic for your convenience.
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Useful FAQs About Our Services
Q: Why do I need so many adjustments?
A: Most people first visit their chiropractor after they've had years of long-standing spinal subluxations. By that time scar tissue (or fibrosis) has built up around the spinal disks, nerves and joints.
Long-standing subluxations also cause postural changes, tender muscles areas, trigger or tender spots. You may "feel fine" but when someone touches a "hot spot" you jump! This scar tissue takes a long time to heal and it may take months or years of spinal adjustments before your spine is strong again.
Q: Why periodic care?
A: So, although symptoms may disappear after a few spinal adjustments, the spinal degeneration caused by years of uncorrected vertebral subluxations usually remains. Sadly, it takes a long time for spinal degeneration to heal and your spine will not be as strong as it should be while degeneration is still there.
That's the reason you might need to return to your chiropractor's office in the future when stress builds up causing your spine to "go out." Your symptoms my take a little longer to go away the next time ("I don't understand it doctor, the last time if felt better after a couple of visits…") because there may be more degeneration.
Q: What is nutritional response testing?
A: Nutrition response testing is very precise and scientific. However, if I were to analyze you using nutrition response testing before it was explained to you, you might find it strange, or simply not believable, but only because it is probably very different from anything you may have experienced before.
I can completely understand that because when I first saw this type of work being done, my first reaction was, "Hmm, what is this strange stuff?" No one was more skeptical than I was. As a result, I studied nutrition response testing extensively to see if it was for real. And I am sure happy I did because it has helped me improve my health and because of nutrition response testing, we are here and are able to help you improve your health.
Quite frankly, if you want to get healthy and stay healthy, it is important that you understand what nutrition response testing is, and what our recommendations are based on.
Otherwise, you are less likely to follow through and actually do what you need to do to get well. To put it simply, if you don't follow through, you won't get well. And if you are not going to get well, why do it in the first place?
The results we have been having with nutrition response testing are often in the 90% and better range. The only reason we are here is to help you get well. We have no other reason for being here and, hopefully, you are here for that same reason. That is why I want to make sure you get the correct understanding of what nutrition response testing is right from the start.
The initial analysis is done through testing the body's own neurological reflexes and acupuncture points. The neurological reflexes are derived from the part of the nervous system whose job is to regulate the functions of each and every organ. The acupuncture points are selected from the ancient Chinese system of acupuncture, which is thousands of years old.
Nutrition response testing is a study of how the different points on the surface of the body relate to the state of health and to the flow of energy in each and every organ and function of the body.
Interestingly, since the human anatomy has not changed significantly in thousands of years, the utilization of these reflexes and specific points have become extremely useful in our practice because they are so accurate!
Q: What exactly is designed clinical nutrition?
A: First of all, designed clinical nutrition is not 'over-the-counter' vitamins. Over-the-counter vitamins are pharmaceutically-engineered, chemical fractions of vitamin structures reproduced in a laboratory. They are not "whole food," and the body does not actually recognize these as anything even vaguely beneficial (to put it mildly). Please ask about our audiotape: "The Whole Truth About Vitamins," for an entertaining, in-depth explanation of this aspect of vitamins and other nutritional supplements.
Because they are not made from whole foods, "over-the-counter" vitamins lack the essential synergistic elements normally present in whole foods.
An example of a whole food could be carrots. Carrots are high in vitamin A complex. A "complex" is something made up of many different parts that work together. Synthetic vitamin A does not contain the whole" vitamin A complex" found in nature. So, if we were looking for a food high in vitamin A, carrots might be one of our choices.
If one actually were deficient in any of the component of vitamin A complex, one would be wise to seek out a supplement that was made from whole foods that were rich in this complex - not from chemicals re-engineered in a laboratory to look like one little part of the vitamin A complex that has erroneously been labeled as "vitamin A."
Vitamins that are being used all over today generally only need to have a small percentage of their actual content derived from natural sources to be labeled "natural". If they are not derived from whole foods, they often make you even more deficient and nutritionally out-of-balance. They can create o her health problems because they do not contain all of the co-factors found in nature that make the vitamins work.
So-called "scientific research," done with these shoddy substitutes, repeatedly "proves" that vitamins don't do much good for anyone! Can you imagine who pays for these "researches"?
"Designed clinical nutrition" is exactly that: designed (especially prepared based on a specific plan) clinical (pertaining to the results gotten in clinical use or actual practice on huge numbers of patients over many years) nutrition (real food, designed by nature to enable the body to repair itself and grow healthfully).
It is whole food in a tablet, capsule or powder, concentrated in a vacuum, cold-process system that preserves all of the active enzymes and vital components that make it work as the Creator intended.
These real food supplements have been designed to match the needs of the body, as determined by the positive response shown when tested against the active nutrition response testing reflexes that were found on your individual nutrition response testing analysis. These are nutrients you are simply not getting, or not assimilating your current diet.
These deficiencies may be due to your past personal eating habits and routines, but it is for sure due, in some large extent, to the lack of quality in the foods commercially available in grocery stores or restaurants today.
Q: How are these products produced?
A: One example of a designed clinical nutrition supplement that we use is called Catalyn. This product is produced by starting with a wide variety of carefully chosen organically grown vegetables, taking the water and fiber out using vacuum, low heat process - without heating or cooking the vegetables, and then utilizing the concentrated food to make a bottle of standard process Catalyn tablets.
The key to this whole procedure is the way it is done, using the "standard process" method. Standard process nutrients are derived from plants grown on their own farms, in soil free of pesticides - and no chemicals are ever used. Doctors check the soil before the seeds are sown, to make sure of the fertility of the soil - and even the weeding is done by hand. The machinery involved in the processing of these products is made of glass and stainless steel only.
The temperature used in processing harvested plants is never raised above the point of 90 degrees Fahrenheit, so that the active ingredients are not cooked; they remain active and alive, and have a very long shelf life.
Your vitality and energy is derived from live food. Most foods today are all dead - or are not really foods at all - as in boxed cereals, canned vegetables, soda pop, etc. You can readily understand the difference between dead, devitalized pseudo-foods, with the synthetic or isolated vitamins on the one hand and "designed clinical nutrition".