Did you know that 43% of patients will suffer long-term symptoms following a whiplash injury, for which no traditional medical treatment has been proven effective?

A retrospective study was taken to determine the effects of chiropractic in a group of 28 patients who all suffered from chronic whiplash syndrome. The severity of patients' symptoms were assessed before and after chiropractic treatment using the Gargan and Bannister classification. 26 patients improved following chiropractic treatment.

The Gargan and Bannister Whiplash Classification

Group                                    Symptoms

                                                             A                                           None

                                                            B                                         Nuisance

                                                            C                                         Intrusive

                                                           D                                         Disabling

The encouraging results from this retrospective study compelled the instigation of a prospective randomized controlled trial to compare traditional treatment with chiropractic treatment in a chronic whiplash injury. The 28 patients in this study had initially been treated with anti-inflammatories, soft collars and physiotherapy. These patients had all become chronic and were referred for Chiropractic at an average of 15.5 months after their initial injury, receiving specific Spinal Manipulation. Of the 28 patients 27 were classified as a category C or D on the Gargan and Bannister scale at the time of initial Chiropractic treatment.

Following Chiropractic treatment 93% of the patients had improved by one symptom group and 36% by two symptom groups. This is particularly important considering that 96% of these patients had intrusive symptoms that handicapped their work and leisure activities and required frequent use of pain medications; or they were severely disabled, having lost jobs and required continued medical interventions with constant use of pain medications.

Spinal Manipulation:

A high-velocity low-amplitude thrust to a specific vertebral segment aimed at increasing the range of movement in the individual facet joint, breaking down adhesions and stimulating production of synovial fluid.

Complications from cervical manipulations are rare, and when they are reported in the literature, they often arose as a result of a spinal manipulation performed be non-chiropractors, who had been misrepresented in the literature as being trained chiropractors.

Call today for a consultation regarding any Whiplash injury that you may have.

What have we learned about Vitamin D dosing?

1. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cancer
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Pain
  • Loss of Cognitive Function
  • Decreased Strength
  • Increased rate of all-cause mortality

2. "Deficiency of vitamin D is now recognized as a pandemic, with more than half of the world's population at risk."

3. Approximately 50% of the healthy American population and for than 80% of those with chronic diseases are vitamin D deficient.

4. 80% of healthy Caucasian infants are vitamin D deficient. (The rate of vitamin D deficiency tends to be greater in African American and Hispanic children.)

5. People with vitamin D deficiency experience 39% higher annual health care cost than those with normal levels of vitamin D.

6. "Prolonged intake of 10,000 IU (international units) of supplemental vitamin D3 is likely to pose no risk of adverse effects."

7. Sarcoidosis patients should not supplement with vitamin D because it increases granuloma production increasing the risk of hypercalcemis"

8. A loading dose of supplemental vitamin D3 of 10,000 IU/day for 3 months and maintenance dose of 5,000 IU/day is not enough for most people in northern climates."

9. The loading dose of supplemental vitamin D3 should be about 20,000 IU/day for 3-6 months with a maintenance dose of 5,000 IU/day. Those taking this amount of supplemental vitamin D3 should periodically have their serum 25(OH)D3 levels measured.

Comments from Dr. Philip Tankersley

We offer Vitamin D3 blood spot testing which uses a finger prick analysis. The cost is $75.00.

1. Children that have dogs at home were healthier (had fewer respiratory tract symptoms or infections) than children with no dog contacts by 31%.

2. Children having dog contacts at home had less frequent otitis (by 44%) and tended to need fewer courses of antibiotics (by 29%) than children without dogs.

3. "Dog contacts may have a protective effect on respiratory tract infections during the first year of life."

4. During the first year of life, animal contacts are important, possibly leading to resistance to infectious respiratory illnesses during childhood.

5. Breast-feeding reduces the risk of infant respiratory infections.

6. Parents who smoke increase the risk of infant respiratory infections.

7. Children who had dog or cat contacts at home were significantly healthier during the study period. They had fewer weeks with cough, otitis, and rhinitis.

8. Having dog contacts had a more significant protective role on respiratory infectious disease than did having a cat contact. Having a cat contact had an overall protective effect, although weaker than dog ownership.

9. Other studies have shown that cat or dog ownership is associated with a reduced risk of gastroenteritis, indicating a "real relationship exists between animal contacts and the frequency of infections among children."

10. Evidence suggests that animal contacts might be crucial in immunity developing along a nonallergic route and in ensuring effective responses to respiratory viral infections in early life.

11. Animal contacts could help to mature that immunologic system, leading to more composed immunologic responses and shorter duration of infections.

Just as muscles become stronger with exercise, the immune system becomes stronger when it is exposed to a variety of pathogens. More so, when the immune system is exposed to a variety and increased number of pathogens early in life, it is stronger for the rest of that person's life. Pets, especially dogs, improve the function of children's immune system, reducing the incidence of respiratory and other infections.

These concepts are reviewed in a book titled: Why Ditrt is Good

By immunologist Mary Ruebush, 2008

"Is it ok for me to pop my neck?" That is a question that people ask frequently. The answer is NO! Your neck is a very complex part of your body. It is the home to several joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, blood vessels, your lower brainstem and spinal cord. There are arteries that run along the sides of your neck that are responsible for sending blood and oxygen directly to your brain. "Popping" your neck without having the proper chiropractic training is ill-advised and the more you give in to "popping" your neck the worse the underlying problem gets. I know most of you are probably thinking "If I don't pop my neck the pain begins to get worse." This is an even better reason to resolve the problem the right way, at a Chiropractor's office!