Global Wellness

Chiropractic Care | Lewiston, ID | Joan P. Burrow DC NMD

Oral Health – the 800# Gorilla in the Wellness Room

One of the lectures I attended today:

Gerry Cruatola DDS runs a dental practice and teaches at New York University’s College of Dentistry. He presented “TOXICITY AND THE MOUTH-BODY CONNECTION’. Periodontal pathogens are linked with Alzheimer’s, and are found in the plaque that clog coronary and carotid arteries.

85% of adults over 35 have some form of gum disease.  The link between gum disease and systemic illness was first made by Weston Price DDS  way back in 1901. Our current approaches to dealing with this problem [antimicrobials] are both ineffectual and harmful.

Our oral microbiome is made up of water, proteins, immune complexes, minerals, and anywhere from 6 to 10 billion microorganisms [approximately 700 species.] A healthy oral ecosystem is essential for life – it protects against harmful environmental pathogens and is a component of both our digestion pathways and our immune system regulation.  Emerging science has identified this oral ecosystem, the oral microbiome [or oral biofilm]. as an intelligent semi-permeable membrane.

Keeping the oral microbiome in balance [homeostasis] is central for oral health.  It is like a beautiful garden, with many species living in harmony, and also like a bee hive with a well formed structure and agreed upon job descriptions.  When it becomes unbalanced, bad things happen.  The biofilm can be too thin [atrophic – like a desert] or too thick [hypertrophic – like a jungle],  and either acid/base or oxidation/reduction reactions can predominate.  Then, instead of oral health, we experience tooth sensitivity, decay, gum disease and/or canker sores.

This is only the tip of this iceberg, and the first ten minutes of this lecture!  More, soon,



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Leaky Gut – what’s the big deal?

The gut-brain connection has been well established.

The GI tract, the barrier between the slurry inside your intestines and you, is literally one epithelial [skin] cell thick. The enteric nervous system [ENS], performing as a “second brain”, is made up of the more than 100 million nerve cells that line the GI tract. The ENS begins at the esophagus, ends at the rectum, and provides the connection between mood, cognitive ability, and digestion.

When the cells of the GI tract are not properly nourished, they can lose the structure they need to support proper function of the ENS, and therefore, alter this major gut/brain communication. Instead of being a tightly closed system, the gaps between the cells expand, and the wall leaks [Leaky Gut].

As the amount of room between the cells in the GI tract expands, larger molecules can leave the intestine and flow into the bloodstream. Our immune system recognizes these larger molecules as ‘not good’, and sets up to fight the invaders. This immune response creates multiple food allergies and triggers inflammation. These larger molecules are often toxic, and this impacts the performance of the liver.

We use a natural approach to restoring the gut wall. By restoring the distance that separates the epithelial cells to normal, we can look after the leaky gut, and address many other health challenges in the process.

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Another reason to stop the Diet Cola’s

Girls that start their periods [menarche] before age 12 are at an increased risk of many conditions, including breast cancer and depression.

A study that followed 2,379 girls 9 to 10 years of age for 10 years was published this September in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition [Mueller NT, et al 2015;102:648-54].

It revealed that every serving of caffeinated soft drink per day increased the risk of early menarche 47%. For each serving per day of artificially sweetened soft drinks, the risk of early menarche increased by 43%.

The researchers did not find any association between noncaffeinated sugar-sweetened soft drinks and early menarche.

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Maybe You Should Rethink that Daily Aspirin.

More than half of middle age and older adults are taking an aspirin a day to prevent heart attack or stroke. Well many shouldn’t be, the food and drug administration only recommend using the drug for people who have already had an event or are at extremely high risk.
So before you pop that daily pill find out if the risks outweigh the benefits.

To read the article from NPR click here

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Vitamin D Deficiency

This week is Women’s Health Week and It’s a great time to take a moment and focus on helping improve the state of your body and mind. Doing something as small as adding a Vitamin D supplement to your diet or getting out into some beautiful sunshine for at least 20 minutes a day can do wonders for both your body and mind. Vitamin D helps your hair shine, keeps your teeth strong, and does amazing things towards treating depression. But did you know what can happen if you aren’t getting enough of this very important but commonly overlooked vitamin? Click the link  to read about Vitamin D deficiency and find out if you could have it.

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How Often Should You Get Adjusted?

There are a lot of people out there with chronic low back pain. The Journal Spine published a study recently that indicates that chiropractic adjusting reduces pain and disability in the short term, but after nine months without care, the pain had returned almost to pre-treatment levels.

The great news is that when patients combined an intensive treatment period with maintenance treatment [here, twice a month] they not only didn’t get worse again, they saw even more improvement in their pain and disability scores.

If you suffer from low back pain, this study offers one more reason to take advantage of our Wellness program!

See the study here and read the article here