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Stepping It up a Notch

Thank you so kindly for following my blog over the past few years. The time has come for me to raise the bar and take it up a notch to bring you more information, bring it more often and in a more professional format.

So, I’ve moved my blog posting over to my new blog website: drricksblog.com.  Just click on the highlighted text to take you there directly.

I hope your enjoy the posts and thanks again for your readership!

 

Is Menopause a Disease?

Is Menopause a Disease?

In a word, the answer is “hardly!”  Women have been going through menopause as a natural part of life for eons.  In many cultures, for instance, post-menopausal women are looked upon as women who have attained a status of wisdom and respect within the community.  In our modern, Western culture however, we’re unduly influenced by commercial images and hype from media who have contracted with drug firms to sell their products.

Only a small percentage of women actually experience difficulties with menopause and this small percentage includes women who’d experienced surgeries and had other difficulties with their reproductive systems.  Doctors don’t have as much occasion to see healthy women going through menopause because these women have no reason to seek care.  Therefore the medical profession makes most of its conclusions based on clinical experience with those women who are problematic already.

Unfortunately, in medical circles, menopause is viewed as an inevitable estrogen deficiency “disease” that all women will contract and that the “disease” needs to be “treated” with the estrogen.  The research, however, shows a different picture.  With menopause, a woman’s estrogen production decreases to about 40 percent of previous levels.  That’s still enough estrogen to provide adequate amounts for normal female body functions.  Just to make sure, nature provides a back-up plan.  Ovaries aren’t the only producers of estrogen.  Fat cells produce it as well.  This is one reason why women reaching middle age naturally tend to put on a little extra body fat.  Statistically, slightly heavier women past menopause actually produce more estrogen than slender women during normal child-bearing years!  So estrogen deficiency is not the real problem.

Estrogen in the absence of progesterone, however, is a BIG problem.  For instance, Dr. John R. Lee, a medical doctor with a women’s practice in Mill Valley, California for 30 years, says in his book, “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You about Menopause,” that estrogen in the absence of adequate amounts of balancing progesterone is responsible for 100% of uterine cancers.

What a woman’s body actually stops producing in adequate amounts at menopause is progesterone.  Progesterone is the hormone that helps a woman carry a baby to term, so doctors disregard it after menopause.  HOWEVER!  Progesterone is also the precursor – the vital building block – for all three of the estrogens, the thyroid hormones, your neurotransmitters (the chemicals your nerves use to communicate with each other [and your brain is primarily nerve cells]) and the most effective stimulator in existence, for creating and maintaining optimal bone density!

Want to find out more?  I think every woman should!  There is an excellent book on the subject, the one mentioned above by Dr. John R. Lee.  It’s the most complete and the easiest to understand text on the subject I’ve ever seen, including the required medical reading in my educational studies.  This one’s written for the public, however, so you don’t need a medical dictionary to follow it.  It’s available on Amazon .com.  Do yourself a favor and read it.  You’ll discover in no uncertain terms that menopause is NOT a disease!

 

Animal Chiropractic Issue

A Life and Death Situation

Ginger is a healthy, four-year-old, golden Lab.  Ann awoke one night with Ginger whimpering.  Ann discovered her dog could barely walk and appeared to be in pain.

Ann took Ginger to a vet here in Arizona. He examined Ginger and concluded that even though she was only four years old, nothing could be done.  He told Ann to put Ginger down.

Ann’s heart shattered!  The next day, Ann discussed her dilemma with her co-workers.

A friend suggested Ann take Ginger to see Dr. Boatright, a chiropractor who holds a certification to do chiropractic on animals.  Ann’s only alternative was killing her pet.  So she made the appointment.

At the first visit, Dr. Boatright found “subluxations:” joint discrepancies that interfere with nerve function.  Ginger was noticeably better when they left his office.

A week later Ginger tugged at her leash, pain-free, dragging Ann along behind her. That was two years ago.  Ginger is alive today, in excellent health with many years ahead, despite the vet’s death sentence.

Dr. Boatright estimates ten percent of new animals he sees have been examined and treated by vets who subsequently give up or recommend euthanasia.  They include mostly horses and dogs. Vets do an excellent job with veterinary medicine, he says, but completely miss chiropractic diagnoses. So the animals fail to get life-saving treatment.

“It’s a great feeling to save animals lives after all hope has been abandoned by other doctors,” says Boatright.

On Monday, April 14, Dr. Boatright was informed that the Arizona Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners was instructing him to appear at a Board meeting two days later, on Wednesday, April 16, to answer charges of practicing animal chiropractic, which the Vet Board inappropriately considers "veterinary medicine," without a license.

Dr. Boatright knew that the American Medical Association mounted an effort to boycott chiropractic and eliminate it from healthcare from 1895 through the mid 1980’s.  Judge Susan Getzendanner, a federal judge in an appellate court case in 1987 found the AMA guilty of unlawfully restricting trade in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.

Current activities of the Vet Board and wording in the Arizona Statutes regarding veterinary medicine in Arizona appear to far exceed their purpose and to be nearly identical to the intentions of the American Medical Association to eliminate all competition, except the Board exercises a much greater degree of abuse of power; a particularly egregious offense listed in the Sherman Act.

In 1974, the final US state agreed that chiropractic is NOT the practice of medicine but a sole and separate healthcare discipline as evidenced by separate licensure.  So chiropractic, by definitions tested in 50 states’ courts, cannot be considered medicine of any kind … human or veterinary.

The Vet Board, however, insists it is obligated to uphold STATE statutes despite their conflict with FEDERAL law that takes precedent by reason of the Supremacy clause of the Constitution.  These statutes are so broad they make it a criminal offense to curry one’s horse or comb out your dog because it is “the application of an instrument to improve the animal’s health.”  They would also forbid a farrier from shoeing a horse based on the same broad definitions.

Dr. Boatright  believes it morally and ethically wrong that parents to have the right to decide on healthcare for their children but are denied the same right to choose healthcare for their animals … especially when the only alternative may be wrongful death for the animal.

He believes that not only animal chiropractors, but animal massage therapists, animal acupuncturists, animal dentists and other fully-trained, certified animal healthcare professionals are being unlawfully eliminated from the marketplace, by a particularly egregious abuse of power, at the expense of unnecessary animal suffering and with the unnecessary loss of animal’s lives.  Dr. Boatright plans to vigorously defend the rights of all qualified practitioners to participate in a fair marketplace with the full backing of the legal mandates of the United States Government.

AZ Vet Board meetings are held at 9535 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85258 - in the board room. The Vet Board also receives mail at that address.

Dr. Boatright welcomes your help in mounting a defense on behalf of alternative animal healthcare practitioners throughout the State of Arizona, AND THE NATION AS A WHOLE, who have been wrongly prosecuted; on behalf of rights of animal owners to choose care for their animals; and on behalf of the rights of animals to live with minimal suffering and unnecessary euthanasia for purely political or financial reasons.

Contact Dr. Rick Boatright, DC, by e-mail at rralby@frontiernet.net

 

Outer Leg and Ankle Pain

Outer Leg and Ankle Pain

A patient walked into my office in 1991.  Pain was evident from the expression in his eyes.  He limped horribly despite the fact that he was using crutches … not a cane … but crutches. He told me he experienced severe pain in the outer half of his lower leg from just below the knee, all the way down to his ankle.  He’d been suffering for some time.  It was interfering with his life.

He described it as a severe pain that would “catch” and then cramp over a period of several seconds before it would let up enough for him to move again.  He’d been told it was sciatica and that the sciatica was so severe it radiated down to his ankle.  (But the sciatic nerve doesn’t even “live” there.)

Back then, I was still something of a novice in “the real world” of treating patients.  I’d only been licensed and practicing for two years.  But I’d acquired some special training already.

I performed my exam.  I ruled out sciatica within seconds!

What I found was a “peroneal nerve” that was irritated.

The peroneal nerve wraps around the top of the fibula … the small bone at the outside of the lower leg.  The bone attaches at the outside of the knee at the top and forms the bump at outside of the ankle on the lower end.  If the fibula has alignment discrepancies at the top joint, it can significantly irritate the peroneal nerve.

That nerve goes from just below the knee and down the outside of the leg all the way to the ankle.  “Ta Dah!!!” What a perfect match.

In my advanced training, I’d learned how to identify joint discrepancies at both ends of the fibula.  So I checked both ends and found discrepancies.

The correction was a simple matter of “clicking” the joints in a specific direction to relieve the irritating situation. I use an instrument called an “Activator” and a technique by the same name. (www.activator.com) I made one “click” at each end of the fibula.

My patient got up off the treatment table and reported that it felt a little better already.  He made an appointment for a follow up visit the following day, paid and was on his way.

Easing people’s pain is common for me as a chiropractor.  But the next day when this patient came back I was caught off guard.  He had no crutches.  He had no limp.  He moved fluidly and confidently. He told me that the pain hadn’t gotten better … it had completely disappeared, altogether.

And so it had.

In the two and a half decades since then, I’ve worked with hundreds of patients like him.  Not all were as dramatic as he was, but many were.  It’s hugely satisfying to help people like these.

Doctors tend to throw around a “sciatica” diagnosis with no scientific evidence to substantiate it.  In fact, surgery often follows the misdiagnosis and, of course, the surgery fails.  Statistically, low back surgery fails about 52% of the time … probably for this very reason.

If you have moderate to severe pain in the outer half of the lower leg, from the knee to the ankle, try the most obvious condition before you leap into dangerous drugs or back surgery.  Find an Advanced Proficiency Rated Activator chiropractor in your area.  Ask him or her to check your fibula.  The results can sometimes be awesome!

www.drrickboatright.com/blog

 

Cluneal Nerve Entrapment vs. Sciatica

 

Over the last twenty years, I’ve had patients come into my office telling me they were suffering with sciatic pain.  Some had come to that conclusion themselves.  I could understand that.

But HUNDREDS were repeating their doctors’ diagnosis too.  The majority of them were 100% WRONG!

So I never pay attention to their proclamations of sciatica.  I verify it myself.

In all fairness, a small percentage of these patients do have sciatica.  Let’s look at the glaring differences.

The sciatic nerve is at the lower inner buttock and runs down the center of the back of the thigh to the knee.  It doesn’t appear in the upper buttock … at all!  It doesn’t go down the outside of your calf.  It doesn’t go down to your ankle.  It goes from the inside lower part of the buttock to the knee.  (Pardon my redundancy for emphasis.)

Here’s the thing.  In medical school and chiropractic school they teach that when there’s buttock pain going down into the thigh, its sciatica.  That’s like saying if you look in the sky and see an airplane it’s a 747.  Sometimes it is, but you need a lot more criteria than that.

Unfortunately, not one doctor in 100 knows that there’s another nerve bundle in the buttock that goes down the thigh … at a different location.  A nerve called the “cluneal nerve” appears at the top of the buttock then runs down the buttock and outer half of the thigh to just above the knee.

It’s the upper, outer half of the buttock (the cluneal nerve) versus the lower, inner part of the buttock (the sciatic nerve).  It’s the exact center of the back of the thigh (the sciatic nerve) versus the outer half of the back of the thigh (the cluneal nerve).  Two entirely different conditions!

Of course if you’ve been diagnosed with sciatica, you’ll receive treatment for the sciatic nerve … even when the doctor is treating the WRONG DIAGNOSIS.  In my own practice, for every true sciatic patient, I see three who were suffering with Cluneal Nerve Entrapment but were misdiagnosed.

Don’t get caught in that misdiagnosed category!

Visual aids help show this much better than mere words.  So I’ve posted a video on You Tube that illustrates it clearly.  Check it out.  You’ll be so glad you did!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qbd-LRTdias

 

Golfers Wrist Injuries

Golfers’ Wrist Injuries

The four injuries that are most common to golfers are: low back, knees, elbows, and wrists.  The first three are more common to high handicappers.  The low handicapper, the scratch golfer and the pro are more prone to wrist injuries.

Most golfers’ wrist injuries come from hitting out of sand, out of deep rough and hitting fat … getting divots.

There are fifteen bones in the wrist and they all have to work smoothly and in exact precision with to accommodate the movements at the wrist.  The trauma of any of the three above activities can misalign one or more of those tiny bones.  It can be so subtle that no discrepancy may even show up on x-rays.  The orthopedic doctor or physical therapist may diagnose the problem as a sprain, a strain or carpal tunnel syndrome when in fact it’s often a misalignment called a “subluxation.”

Even in cases of true carpal tunnel syndrome, understanding the condition helps to get appropriate correction.  The carpal tunnel is an actual tunnel formed by the shape of eight carpal bones and a tendon called the retinaculum.  If the bones move out of their normal position for any reason, it can flatten the tunnel and irritate the nerves that must past through that tunnel to the wrist and hand.

However, you don’t have to cut a wrist open to adjust the alignment of those bones to form a proper tunnel again.  Certified Golf Injury chiropractors who use instrument adjusting techniques, like Activator and Impulse, are very good at addressing wrist misalignments after a trauma.  They’re pros at addressing certain cases of carpal tunnel syndrome.  No drugs or surgery are involved.  Usually just a few adjustments are needed.

To avoid hitting from deep rough, work on perfecting your FIRs (fairways in regulation), getting on the short grass off the tee.  To minimize hitting from sand, work on accuracy.  Develop slower, deliberate full swings instead of trying to smash it!

Make sure you ALWAYS have a target firmly in your mind’s eye before you take your actual swing.  Keep your back foot at a right angle to the target.  And to minimize hitting fat (hitting the ground before you get to the ball) work on perfecting the ball placement in your stance.  Take practice swings with each individual club to see where your club head actually hits at its lowest position.  Place your ball there.

When your wrists hurt, you compensate and compromise your entire game. So wrist health is vital to a a lifetime of fun, great golf.

 

 

Negotiating Obamacare

Negotiating Obamacare

I’m flabbergasted by the propaganda flying around, willy-nilly, regarding the new government healthcare paradigm! The fear-mongering, deception and misinformed-sources quoting other misinformed-sources are enough to drive people nuts!

The fact is … you DO have more options than anybody wants you to know!

For those on Medicare, let me put this concern to rest for you immediately.  The only thing you need to do to comply with Obamacare is to be grateful about the timing of your birth!  You’re covered.  You don’t have to mess with exchanges.  In fact, according to Kathleen Sabelius herself, in her late October, 2013, Congressional testimony, it wouldn’t even be legal to look for coverage under an exchange!  You need no more insurance than Medicare.

That is unless you just like throwing money away on secondaries.

With one major hospitalization every year in my family, we’ve seen that we save a substantial amount of money annually by paying the co-pays out of pocket, instead of paying secondary insurance premiums all year long!

Let me put this into perspective.  After major hospital stays three years in a row in my household, we paid about less than $2,000 out of pocket for each one because we had no secondary insurance. Even after paying those co-pays out of pocket, we still saved an extra $2,000+ a year, each, by not paying secondary insurance premiums all year long!  That money stayed in OUR pockets!

Not Medicare-age yet?  Here are some considerations.

One option is to refuse to buy health insurance and simply pay the annual fine.  Compared to what you pay for insurance premiums, the fines can be a much better financial option!  Obamacare forbids insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions.  So if you develop a problem at some point, then get insured.  No problem.

If you’re paying the full price of typical insurance, you’re probably throwing away a tremendous amount of money every year.  You’ll never be able to recover it, even if you use your insurance several times a year!  You only need to see the opulent buildings that insurance companies own and the millions of dollars their CEO’s make in bonuses every year to understand the extent of this truth.

Secondly, going without insurance NEVER means you can’t get the care you need!  INSURANCE is NOT healthcare.  It’s only ONE option for PAYING for healthcare.  Healthcare is the care that your doctor provides for your health problems.  The insurance industry and the government have skillfully high jacked the term “healthcare” to make us believe we can’t get treated … can’t get well … without insurance!  Bull!

Nobody can be denied hospital care because they don’t have an insurance policy.  Anybody can pay cash.  In fact, doctors and hospitals prefer cash!  Healthcare providers have such a preference for cash that in nearly every case, you can negotiate a substantial discount on your bill if you do pay in cash!

And hospitals that accept any government funding can’t turn anyone away!

Most hospitals (and doctors) would be thrilled to accept payments for your healthcare bill in amounts as high as health insurance companies are demanding from you every month in premiums!

Let’s say your insurance premiums would normally be $589 a month.  Instead, let’s say you bank that money in a personal savings account (NOT an HSA!) and amass a huge savings account very quickly WHICH PAYS YOU COMPOUND INTEREST.   If you had a medical emergency and it cost you more than you had in savings, your offer to pay $589 a month on your bill would be joyfully accepted anywhere! The thing is - it’s an amount that you’d normally be setting aside for your healthcare anyway!  So you’d never be out an extra nickel!  And your unused savings wouldn’t disappear just because you didn’t use it … like your insurance premiums do!

And that’s only if you NEED care.  Insurers amass gargantuan profits! Most of us pay in thousands more than we use every year!  Why not keep those thousands for yourself!

In my personal opinion, paying the fines is the cheapest way to go.

The Obamacare fines will increase over time.  True.  So watch them.  If the annual fines should ever exceed what you’d pay over the course of a year for the cheapest plan, get the cheapest plan.  Still demand the best care you can get however, and just pay the difference out of pocket.  Cheap insurance doesn’t mean you can’t get the best care.  It just means you’ll need to pay for some of it yourself.

Let me qualify all of this.  If you or a family member has a very serious or long-term, constant health challenge which could be very expensive, one of the available plans may be your best option.  If it is, that’s what you should choose.  Just be financial prudent!  Don’t carelessly throw money away that you don’t absolutely HAVE to!  THAT’s not “AFFORDABLE” healthcare!

Here’s the thing.  Money’s tight these days.  At the same time, Obamacare is skyrocketing the cost of insurance in all but a few states.  Here in Arizona, for instance, fees are increasing by as much as 176%!    Saving money DOES NOT mean buying the cheapest insurance!  It means looking at ALL of your financial options. Contrary to what some people want you to believe, it is NOT illegal to have no health insurance.  It simply means we pay a fine instead.

Short of eliminating all health insurance, finding your best financial option is the ONLY way we can have truly “affordable” healthcare … ever!  The government won’t do it FOR you.  You’ll have to do your own research, weigh your options and make your own decisions.

But now you have some new perspectives.

P. S. Many of the best doctors have already announced their refusal to accept Obamacare.  Lots more WILL follow. They’re offering outside-of-the-system medical concierge services instead.  For a great many people, this could be a fabulous option!

 

DPT Vaccinations: a Painful, Deadly Skeleton in Medicine’s Closet

DPT Vaccinations: a Painful, Deadly Skeleton in Medicine’s Closet

Of all the controversial subjects I’ve addressed over the years, this, a sacred cow in medicine, is one of the scariest.  For years I heard people speaking out against the indiscriminate vaccination of the entire population and I was confused.  I had always unquestioningly accepted the medical propaganda touting the magical omnipotence of vaccinations.  So I decided to research the literature for myself and look at both the pros and cons.  I was amazed!

According to national records, the death rate in the general population without immunizations from pertussis (the ‘P’ in the DPT shot) is one in several million.  On the other hand, the documented death rate from the DPT vaccine is one in 1,700!  That calculates to a risk of death from the DPT shot more than a thousand times greater than from no vaccination at all!

This subject is a personal thorn in my side because my best friend in Chiropractic school lost his first baby to the DPT vaccination.  Tragically, it’s a very painful way to die too.  The baby had some complications after her birth and the doctors wanted to examine her closer before she left the hospital.  Surgery was required.  Afterward she recovered quite well, thrived and gained weight encouragingly.  Just as a matter of protocol, they insisted that she be given the DPT shot before she left the hospital even though she was less than 2 months old.  At 2 months, however, a child cannot yet mount an immune response to make the immunization work.  Pain set in immediately and increased significantly over many hours.  The child was dead by morning.

But this is only one story.  A book titled, Immunization Theory vs. Reality: Expose’ on Vaccinations describes at least 11 firsthand accounts of vaccine horror stories: children who suffered death or permanent brain damage after a DPT shot.  In nearly every case, within a few hours after receiving the shot, the child developed reddening in the buttock and often down the leg(s), high-pitched crying or screaming, inconsolable crying, lack of attention with a dazed look in the eyes, and sometimes convulsions.  Death often came after the babies finally exhausted and fell asleep.  Of the children who suffered these symptoms but survived, brain damage plagued them for the balance of their lives.

In nearly every one of these cases, in spite of the well-documented sequence of events and symptoms associated with death from DPT vaccinations, the administering doctors denied any connection to the immunizations.  In every death, doctors passed it off as “Crib Death” or “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome” (SIDS).  When parents demanded a post-mortem, they were met with obstructions and frustrations and no tests were ever performed.

The book outlines specific situations in which the author believes immunizations should be avoided, situations often overlooked by doctors.  The book explains how to determine what the true risks of immunization are.  You can see from the above that they actually aren’t all that safe.

Government agencies, such as schools, often try to convince us that immunizations are mandatory and that they are required by the government or the school district.  This is NEVER true, regardless of how much they try to convince you that it’s the law.  If it were, the requiring agency would have to accept 100% of the liability for any side effects such as brain damage or death of the child.  That simply will not happen.

Don’t let anyone intimidate you. If you decide against immunizations and they insist, demand a written notice of their full acceptance of responsibility for any and all side effects of the immunization, signed and dated by the person insisting the shot is mandatory.  It isn’t and they know it.  So no one will ever sign such a document.

In the end, you must weigh the possible benefits against the known risks.  It’s your child and that child’s well-being … that child’s life … is ultimately your responsibility.  You must decide for yourself and no one should make that decision for you, especially if it’s not an INFORMED decision.

If you would like to read the above-cited book, it’s Immunization Theory vs. Reality: Expose’ on Vaccinations by Neil Z. Miller, Code: ITH, ISBN: 1-881217-12-4.  It’s available through Barnes and Noble at www.barnsandnoble.com or on Amazon on  www.amazon.com.

 

Your Auto Insurer's Responsibilities

Think your insurance company is on your side?  The evidence doesn’t support it!

I’ve been a practicing doctor of chiropractic for more than two and a half decades.  There was a time when I welcomed auto accident patients … a time when we could sort of trust people.  That day has long since disappeared (pardon my cynicism).  That seems to be especially true of Insurers.  I dread working with auto insurance companies now because of their immoral business practices.

“How are you today?”  A “friendly” insurance adjuster’s voice asks you on the phone.

“Fine, thank you.  How are you?” is your conditioned, polite response.

But in this case, the conversation is recorded and later, the insurance attorney puts you on the stand and browbeats you with, “This is YOUR voice in a recorded conversation at 2:21 PM on June, 2, of this year saying that you FEEL FINE!  So WHY do you need care?”  You inadvertently testified against yourself just by being polite!

These people are anything BUT your friends!  Not only the other person’s insurance company, but YOURS too!

The internet article below caught my attention.  It outlines ten deplorable practices by insurers designed to unscrupulously deny your claims.  With that article, together with my 26 years of practice experience, my personal advice would be to NEVER talk with anybody from an insurance company, and especially NEVER answer even the tiniest, most innocent-sounding QUESTIONS they might ask without consulting your attorney FIRST!  Don’t even give them the time of day!  In fact, I believe you’re better off just referring insurance people directly to your attorney without speaking to them at all!

Just my personal opinion.

http://www.curielandrunion.com/ten-tactics/

Read the article on this link and see if you agree with me … and them!

 

 

 

 

Pregnancy

It’s the incredible miracle of life creating life through the divine act of sharing love.  It’s the great responsibility of introducing a brand new human being into an ancient and complicated world.  As the egg is fertilized and becomes an embryo, the developing child goes through many elaborate changes.  At one point, the embryo of the human and that of a shark can’t be distinguished with the human eye.

But even as all of the wondrous and magical changes are occurring in the newly forming individual in the mother’s womb, so are changes occurring in the mother’s body, not all of them comfortable or beneficial to the mom.

One of the first things to consider is that nature gives the baby’s nutrition priority over the mother’s.  The baby will receive the bulk of the nutrition it needs to develop and grow a healthy body, at its stunning rate, to the point of leaving the mother malnourished if need be.

Calcium is one of the big players in this process.  In fact, it has been stated by several medical experts that osteoporosis in a woman’s senior years is set up to a great extent during the child-bearing years.  We all lose bone density as seniors.  But because men’s muscles put more stress on the bones making them denser than women’s in general, men’s bone loss isn’t noticed much as they age.   However, women can lose a significant amount of calcium during each pregnancy to the baby so that when the natural amount of bone loss occurs in later years, it’s too much bone loss to sustain healthy strong skeletal structures, resulting in the weak, brittle bone condition called osteoporosis in her retirement years.

Also a great concern, but less well-discussed, is that fact that when a woman is pregnant, her body secretes a hormone called “relaxin.” (Even my spell-checker didn’t know the word.)  The purpose of relaxin is to soften a piece of cartilage called the pubic symphasis, at the point where the two pubic bones join together in the front, just above the vulva.  This cartilage softening is necessary so that the pubic bones can spread adequately during delivery to allow the baby’s body to deliver.  This leaves her vulnerable to “subluxations,” misaligned joints, both in the spine and in other joints in the body.  These misalignments can wreak havoc on nearby nerves causing either pain or improper function of various body parts or both.

For instance, we often see alterations in digestive challenges, low back pain and challenges in the legs during pregnancy and these can often respond well to chiropractic care.

So you don’t have to just “buck up” and suffer through the ordeal as so many doctors would have you believe.  It’s not that they want you to suffer; it’s just that they don’t know any better.  We can’t know what we haven’t learned or been taught.

One of the best things an expectant mother can do for herself during her pregnancy, especially during the third trimester, is to see a chiropractor at least weekly to get adjusted.  Most have special equipment or techniques in their offices to accommodate the changes in your body’s shape and take away the pressure on the baby.  I personally believe that instrument adjusting is the safest approach to chiropractic during pregnancy but if no instrument adjusting chiropractors are available, do see a chiropractor of some kind.  It will probably make the both pregnancy and the delivery much easier.  Mothers can typically get adjusted safely up to and including the day of delivery.

Regarding the big day itself, please be aware that the tremendous pressures and muscle contractions the mother exerts and endures during delivery are more than enough to misalign bones anywhere in her body, including her jaw.  This is especially true when coupled with the fact that cartilage throughout the body is at its softest during delivery.  I recommend getting adjusted during the first two weeks after delivery for all of my patients who become new moms.  In fact, I think this is so important and recommend it so adamantly that it’s my gift to all my new mom patients.

It’s a great stress to a couple of other members of the family too, namely the new baby and the father.  The tremendous stresses the mother uses to push the baby through the birthing canal is exerted on the baby.  If they’re enough force to cause the mother subluxations, they’re certainly enough to create subluxations in the baby too.  But because babies are so resilient, their subluxations are usually few and are easy to correct in the first few days of their lives.

The most common subluxation in babies is C1, the top vertebra in the neck.  This subluxation is commonly associated with colic and may be a contributor to breathing problems in infants too.

And last, but not least, Dad endures a lot of stress during the time his progeny is finding its way into the world as well.  So we also recommend that he get adjusted during the first two weeks of fatherhood too.  Again, we believe in it so much, it’s our gift to our new fathers.