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Chiropractic Services Relieve Low Back Pain in Female Veterans

Chiropractic Services Relieve Low Back Pain in Female Veterans: Study Legislation to expand access to chiropractic in the VA gains new momentum
Arlington, Va.- A new study finds that female veterans—one of the fastest growing populations receiving treatment through the Veterans Administration (VA) health care system—experience improvement in low back pain with a course of chiropractic care, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).  Published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, the study’s authors note that musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain are the most common ailments among female veterans. They also report that female veterans on average access VA medical care more frequently than male veterans, have a higher outpatient cost per patient and have a higher rate of service-connected disability.  "Although further research is warranted," the study says, "chiropractic care may be of value in contributing to the pain management needs of this unique patient population."  Chiropractic services are one of the conservative (non-drug) treatment options for pain offered in the VA. They are available at half of the major VA medical facilities in the United States.  Efforts to expand chiropractic services to veterans recently gained new momentum in Congress. Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA), ranking member of the Veterans Subcommittee on Health, and Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), have joined forces to broaden the range of services and care options available to veterans by supporting the Chiropractic Care Available to All Veterans Act (H.R. 103). The bill—supported by several major veterans groups—would require chiropractic services to be offered at all U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers and codify chiropractic care as a standard benefit for veterans using VA health care. There is a bipartisan companion bill in the Senate (S. 609).  "Chiropractic's non-drug, non-addictive and noninvasive approach to pain management can help alleviate disabling pain and improve function," says ACA President David Herd, DC. "That's why chiropractors are an important part of the health care team in the VA."  Chiropractors focus on disorders of the musculoskeletal system, most often treating complaints such as back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs and headaches. Widely known for their expertise in spinal manipulation, chiropractors are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, and to provide dietary and lifestyle counseling.

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association 2017

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January News Letter

Healthy Living

Schmidt Chiropractic Center

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Tumwater, WA 98501

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Enjoy the benefits of chiropractic - the largest natural, drug-free, surgery-free, expressive healthcare system in the world.


• Some Wisdom for the New Year
• Our Unique Heritage
• How Does This Relate to Healthcare?
• Questions and Answers About Chiropractic
• Alzheimer's Disease (AD) Is Increasing.
• Frankincense for the Brain
• Researching Chiropractic

Some Wisdom for the New Year

  • Lighten up
    If only we'd stop trying to be happy we'd have a pretty good time.
    - Edith Wharton
  • You don't need much
    All you need for happiness is a good gun, a good horse and a good wife.
    - Daniel Boone
  • Be humble
    Never take top billing, you'll last longer that way. 
    - Bing Crosby
  • Look within
    Never believe in mirrors or newspapers. 
    - Jon Osborne

Our Unique Heritage - 

 America is a unique nation - founded on the recognition that all people have inalienable rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But what does inalienable mean? It means that the government doesn't give us those rights; we have them by right of birth. Our founders understood that our rights are derived from our Creator; they are our natural rights. 

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Government, kings, potentates, parliaments, committees, politicians, dictators, etc. can take our natural rights away. History is replete with such abuses. The American government was founded to protect our inalienable rights. Government, laws and courts are created to protect those rights. Once our unique constitutional system was put into place, the definition of that principle, and its limits, needed to be understood by all. 

 For example, in his famous 1790 letter to the Jewish congregation in Newport, Rhode Island, President George Washington went out of his way to set up a critical distinction between a false type of tolerance - by which "one class of people" might condescendingly extend certain privileges to another, inferior class - and the American system, in which all enjoy "their inherent natural rights" equally, provided only that they "demean themselves as good citizens."


How Does This Relate to Healthcare? 

The more we give politicians, bureaucrats and "professionals" permission to control and manage our lives, the less free, the more dependent and the less capable we become. 

 As the Elders of the Oraibi Arizona Hopi Nation remind us:

"We are the ones we've been waiting for."

The world-renowned sociologist Ivan Illich, Ph.D. applied this understanding to health in his famous book Medical Nemesis:

 A world of optimal and widespread health is obviously a world of minimal and only occasional medical intervention. Healthy people are those who live in healthy homes on a healthy diet in an environment equally fit for birth, growth, work, healing, and dying; they are sustained by a culture that enhances the conscious acceptance of limits to population, of ageing, of 

incomplete recovery and ever-imminent death. Healthy people need minimal bureaucratic interference to mate, give birth, share the human condition, and die. (1)

 May 2018 be a year of increased freedom from drugs and surgery, and from sickness, weakness and dependency. May 2018 be a year of ever-increasing physical, emotional and spiritual health and happiness for you and your loved ones.


Questions and Answers 

 Q: What Do Doctors of Chiropractic Do?

 A: Doctors of chiropractic promote physical and emotional wellbeing. Chiropractic has become the largest natural, drug-free healthcare system in the US (and world) because chiropractors perform a unique service. Doctors of chiropractic are able to locate and correct subluxations, a condition that damages nerves, muscles, fascia, meninges and other tissues. Subluxations cause joints to "freeze" or lose normal movement, causing damage to the involved area.


Subluxations cause imbalance, weakness, pain, inflammation, abnormal body function - and much more. 

 Under chiropractic care your head is more balanced, your hips and shoulders are more level and stress is taken off the joints and muscles throughout your body. Because less of your energy goes into supporting an unbalanced spine and skeleton, you may immediately discover more energy, greater ease in movement and improved relaxation.


A healthy spine and structural system can make the difference between a life of pain, suffering and disability and one of ease, healing, happiness and freedom. Subluxations may be caused by stress that overwhelms us. For that reason, it is important to see your chiropractor to be "de-stressed" periodically. Why wait? Come in before it causes damage. And bring your family so everyone can enjoy a healthier holiday season and New Year.


Alzheimer's Disease (AD) Is Increasing. What Can Be Done? 

 Alzheimer's is now the third leading cause of death in the United States (after heart disease and cancer). Scientists have no idea why this condition, which was so rare it wasn't even noticed until 1911 (when it was first named), has exploded to epidemic proportions. Today nearly half of all people over 85 die from AD. Dr. Dale Bredesen, Director of Disease Research at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine states:

 It is a trillion-dollar global health problem. It was the sixth leading cause of death.... Now, it has become the third leading cause of death in the United States. This is something that's set to bankrupt Medicare... Many are walking around with early Alzheimer's without realizing it. (2)

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Can anything prevent AD? Medical care is ineffective. However, researchers report that avoiding vaccines, especially the flu shot, will prevent toxic chemicals from affecting the brain, and diet appears to be essential for preventing AD. Avoid all artificial sweeteners such as NutraSweet, Splenda, Equal, etc., because they cause brain inflammation. Especially get on a high-fat/oil (ketogenic) diet because it improves brain function and body chemistry. The type of fats and oils are important: add lots of tallow, lard, coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil, butter and ghee to your diet every day and especially avoid cheap, unnatural oils such as corn, cottonseed and canola oils. See below:


Canola oil linked to Alzheimer's complications in new study

 Canola oil is inexpensive and is advertised as being healthy. However researchers at the Alzheimer's Center at Temple University's Lewis Katz School of Medicine discovered its potential dangers in this experiment: two groups of mice received either regular chow or chow supplemented with canola oil for 6 months. The mice on the canola diet showed a decline in their working memory capacities, less healthy brain chemistry and had gained much more weight than the non-canola oil group.

 The authors write, "While more studies are needed, our data do not justify the current trend aimed at replacing olive oil with canola oil." (3)

Frankincense for the Brain 

 Aromatherapy (the use of essential oils) has been employed for thousands of years in nearly every culture. Recently Israeli researchers have discovered that the incense known as frankincense can be a very effective mood-altering tool. It affects the same part of the brain as anti-anxiety and anti-depression drugs and increases oxygen to the brain by nearly 30%. (4) 

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Use of frankincense and other essential oils is ancient. Because of its amazing health benefits frankincense was more valuable than gold. 

 Essential oils have been used to change mood, improve the immune system, heal and promote wellness. Why not add some aromatherapy to your life?

Researching Chiropractic 

Chiropractic clinical case histories have been a regular feature of our patient newsletter since its inception. There seems to be no limit to the health problems that respond to chiropractic care. How many people suffering, on drugs, facing a life of limitation could be helped by chiropractic care? Probably most of them.


Resolution of blindness in an 18-year-old.  An 18-year-old woman was complaining of migraines; seizures; mid-back, neck and low back pain; shoulder pain and numbness and tingling in both arms and into her left leg and foot. She had suffered a stroke four years prior and had brain surgery. Immediately following the surgery, she reported blurry vision and a loss of the lateral portion of the visual field of her left eye which continued to diminish before becoming completely blind. She suffered from migraines and seizures as well.

Immediately after the adjustment was given the patient reported seeing "sparkles" in the left eye. She was left to rest on the table. After approximately 15 minutes of rest, the patient experienced a full resolution of the vision loss in her left eye.

After 11 weeks care her eyesight was still intact and her migraines and seizures reduced in frequency and severity. Her neck and back pain resolved and her arm and foot symptoms continue to improve. (5) 


Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and chiropractic.  A 39-year-old wheelchair bound woman with a 20-year history of MS wished to begin chiropractic care. MRI confirmed her diagnosis revealing that she had multiple brain lesions. The patient had been under medical care and was experiencing increased disability with multiple movement and sensory deficits. She also had pain, visual loss and inability to walk. 

Vertebral subluxations were located. X-ray and other analysis revealed C2 and C3 (upper neck) subluxations. Chiropractic adjustments were given only at the C2 vertebral segment level. The patient's care plan was over 18-36 months. 

A follow-up MRI revealed no active plaques in her brain. Concurrently she experienced decreased multiple sclerosis symptoms. She had improved function that included the ability to walk. (6) 

 Breech delivery turned with chiropractic.  

A 38-year-old woman pregnant with twins began chiropractic care in her 30th week of pregnancy. The twins were breech, in a "footling" presentation.

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 Over a two-week period, she received five chiropractic visits that included correction of a sacral subluxation, following the principles of the Webster Technique. Both turned to normal vertex presentation and the woman was able to have a successful vaginal birth of the twins without medication. (7) 




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1. Illich I. Medical Nemesis: the Expropriation of Health. New York: Bantam Books, 1977.

2. Bredesen D. The End of Alzheimer's. New York: Random House, 2018.

3. Lauretti E, Pratico D. Effect of canola oil consumption on memory, synapse and neuropathology in the triple transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer's disease. Nature. Scientific Reports 7.Published online: 07 December 2017 and

4. Moussaieff A et al. Incensole acetate, an incense component, elicits psychoactivity by activating TRPV3 channels in the brain. The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal. 2008;22:3024-3034.

5. Saffron B, Murdock B. Resolution of vision loss in a teenage girl following upper cervical chiropractic care: a case study & review of the literature. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research. July 24, 2017:40-44. 

6. Tabick C, Quintero-Villa J. Improved health outcomes in a multiple sclerosis patient undergoing chiropractic care for vertebral subluxation: a case report & review of the literature. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. November 9, 2017:221-231.

7. Shtulman I, Alcantara J. Resolution of double footling breech presentation and successful vaginal twin birth following adjustment of vertebral subluxation. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health - Chiropractic.2017;4:185-188.







Author: Schmidt Chiropractic
Source: Schmidt Chiropractic
Copyright: Schmidt Chiropractic 2017

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Chiropractic For Persistent Headache

Most people are aware that chiropractors are experts in dealing with back issues. As shown in a recent case study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, chiropractors are also equally trained in successfully diagnosing and treating many cases of headaches. In this case study, chiropractic care was delivered to a 54-year-old woman suffering from chronic debilitating headaches for the previous 11 months. After just five chiropractic manipulative therapy and adjunct treatments over 6 weeks, the patient experienced resolution of the headaches. If you or someone you know if suffering from headaches, call your local chiropractor today for a no obligation consultation.

Source: Journal of Chiropractic Medicine Volume 12, Issue 4. December 2013.
Copyright: LLC 2014

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Vitamin E Helpful In Treating Mild to Moderate Alzheimer's Disease

In a new double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group, randomized clinical trial involving 613 patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's Disease (AD), Vitamin E was shown to slow the functional decline of Alzheimer's. AD affects approximately 5 million older Americans and is marked by irreversible, progressive deterioration in memory and thinking skills. In this study, mild to moderate AD patients received either 2,000 IUs of vitamin E daily or a placebo. Over the average follow-up time of 2.3 years, researchers estimated those patients receiving the vitamin E had slowed their functional decline in activities of daily living (ADLs) by 19%. ADLs include things such as making meals, getting dressed and holding a conversation. According to researchers, this translated into a delay in progression of mild to moderate AD by 6.2 months. Another significant finding was that caregiver time was reduced by approximately 2 hours per day in the vitamin E group. Previous studies have also shown Vitamin E effective in those with moderately severe AD. It's important to note that those considering vitamin E supplementation to treat AD only do so under the supervision of a physician as vitamin E can interfere with blood thinners, cholesterol drugs and other medications.

Source: JAMA. 2014;311(1):33-44.
Copyright: LLC 2014

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