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Chiropractic and exercise are better for pain relief than drugs

Happy New Year! 2016 was a great year but 2017 is going to be even better! Here's a link to a fantastic article from Dr. Mercola who explains how chiropractic adjustments and exercise are both better than taking drugs for pain relief. if you would like the details just click on the link below. Otherwise give us a call and schedule an appointment. Let's start your year off on a great note!


Posted on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 06:08PM by Registered CommenterDr. Michael Onkels | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference


Hello all! The following is an excerpt from Dr. Tim O'Shea's website, Thedoctorwithin.com. It's such great information that I had to share it with you! Hope it enlightens you!- Dr. Mike


Can’t really blame it on the holidays – this epidemic is with us all year long. National Institutes of Health figures cite as high as 44% of the US population affected.

While NIH has about as much credibility as CDC for inventing epidemiological statistics out of thin air, it doesn’t take much imagination to see GERD as a disease endemic to the American lifestyle. It’s everywhere.

Do you get that burning in the chest at night? Do you wake up choking?

In the Enzymes chapter, we go into the physiological deconstruction of the disease, in a fair of amount of detail. Processed food by definition has no enzymes – it cannot then be well metabolized and absorbed as nutrition, or passed along through the tract.

The result is not just blockage but putrefaction and absorption, as the foreign, manmade sludge triggers the immune response.

The chronic situation that ensues typically involves the gut mucosa, from the esophagus all the way on down. Chronic inflammation, coupled with digestive enzyme depletion – all this brings on pain.

The acidic medium irritates the already inflamed cells lining the gut. After years of eating hydrogenated processed foods, normal digestion has long become a distant memory.

The pain is commonly described as a burning. Usually it begins as a transient localized stab. But as the condition becomes better established, the burning sensation can become prolonged and extend all the way from the back of the throat down into the stomach.

How bad can it get? Depends on the IQ of the owner. And how willing he is to adjust lifestyle to avoid symptoms. In this case, symptoms have a direct bearing on the progression of the condition – the more pain, the greater the irritation and edema surrounding the epithelial cells of the gut lining.

If diet excesses persist, inflammation can introduce fibrosis, scarring, and eventually metaplasia. Esophageal cancer has been one of our most common cancers for decades. Certainly no mystery about causation here.

The sequence above is the most typical pathway. But the body is talking to the individual all the time, sending frequent then constant pain messages that say, hey! stop shoving all that trash down the hatch. I can’t deal with it.

Often an incident will send the patient running to the emergency room for an upper GI and a scrip for industrial strength Prilosec. Or any of the other proton pump inhibitors, like Nexium, Prevacid, etc.

Drugs have a very low track record for curing reflux – they make a temporary condition permanent. Mainly because they pretend that temporarily relieving the pain by stomach acid suppression will solve the problem. Which of course it doesn’t, because the problem wasn’t pain – it was blockage from indigestion.

Here is a whole category of unnecessary disease-promoting drugs. Their sole stated purpose: inhibiting production of digestive fluids. Why on earth would you want to do that?

Only one possibility: drug sales.

Whatever happened to Hippocrates and primum non nocere? The only thing medicine takes care not to harm is their bottom line.

This is not even mentioning side effects. From the PDR here are just few of Nexium’s side effects:

* allergies
* gastroenteritis
* anemia
* abnormal liver function
* weight gain
* arthritis
* fibromyalgia
* depression
* migraine
* dysmennorhea
* asthma
* dyspnea
* Barrett’s esophagitis
* back pain
* chest pain
* loosening of the skin
* bloating
* constipation
* cough
* difficulty swallowing
* dizziness
* hypertension
* fever
* indigestion
* joint or muscle pain
* loss of appetite
* mood changes
* muscle spasms
* nausea
* osteoporosis
* pains in the stomach
* seizures skin rash
* hives
* itching
* sore throat
* vomiting
* reflux

Wait a minute: reflux as a side effect? Thought that’s what the drug was for…?

All these risks just because we’re too lazy to correct our diet and stop eating trash? Wow.

Drugs stop pain by stopping digestion. Inhibiting digestion compounds the blockage. But all too often, the forces of Domino’s and Cinnabun and Pieology and Taco Bell and Burger King and Pepsi and Doritos, etc. will prevail.

And acute esophagitis frequently evolves to the pre-cancerous Barrett’s Syndrome after a few years.

So much for the deterioration of all things. But there’s actually some good news – an escape from the downward spiral. The cure is very easy to understand, perhaps a little less so to accomplish.

It involves just 3 steps:

– hydration
– enzymes
– clean diet

Most people are dehydrated. Working your way up to 8 glasses per day takes a conscious effort. Many are starting at zero. Ice doesn’t count.

Just keep in mind the simple hydraulics of it all – you’re trying to clear out impacted sludge that has been dried out and hammered into place in your gut for months or longer. So at the very least it needs enough water to begin the flushing. 8 glasses. See chapter.

Enzyme supplements: 3 caps, 3 times a day. Adds back the enzymes that have been removed in processing. SeeDigestazyme section.

Clean diet. How can we hope to clear the digestive tract of impacted food if we’re adding to the toxic load with heaps of new indigestible processed foods every day? At the very least no hydrogenated oils, no pasteurized dairy, no refined carbohydrates. See New West Diet.

Been using Tums, Prilosec or Nexium for years? That’s just what they want. How’s that working out so far? Chronic disease spells chronic drug sales.

But if you’re interested in breaking free of the cycle, try the above. The only time it fails is when the patient doesn’t follow through. For most people it’s not a question of will this method work or not, but rather, how long will it take. With perfect compliance, it rarely takes this simple program more than a very few weeks to resolve even the most persistent cases of reflux.

Posted on Friday, December 11, 2015 at 05:42PM by Registered CommenterDr. Michael Onkels | CommentsPost a Comment | References84 References

Pressure on your spine increases as your posture worsens!


Here is a picture of how the pressure increases on your spine as your posture worsens. If this isn't motivation to come get adjusted I don't know what is! We can help you maintain and improve your posture. Just give us a call!


Posted on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 05:55PM by Registered CommenterDr. Michael Onkels | Comments1 Comment | References16 References

The chiropractic cure: Thoracic outlet syndrome 

TOS happens when nerves or blood vessels just below your neck are compressed or squeezed. The compression occurs between the muscles of your neck and shoulders or between the first rib and collarbone. Thoracic outlet syndrome has various causes, including exercise-related injuries, car accidents, pregnancy, obesity or anatomical defects (i.e., extra ribs). Symptoms of TOS can vary from intermittent symptoms that are rather mild to constant symptoms that are quite severe.

Burning, tingling, or numb sensations may occur along your arm, hands, and fingers. Due to nerve compression of the brachial plexus, pain or numbness is usually felt in the arm, shoulder or neck. However, pain can radiate to the hands and fingers, resulting in weakness. It’s suggested that patients don’t keep their arms held above their heads or outward for a long period of time. Heavy lifting of objects should also be avoided.

TOS is more common in women and usually starts between 20-50 years of age. Since pregnancy is one of the causes of TOS, woman are slightly more prone to TOS. Some risk factors also include people who work in fields and regularly use their upper extremities against some force of resistance, people who lift weights, and those who are obese.

Injury, anatomical defect, poor posture, pregnancy and repetitive movement can cause TOS. Preventing or reducing the onset of TOS is very likely. Individuals can avoid lifting heavy objects too frequently or reduce extra weight if they’re obese. Maintaining a good posture and adjusting your activities can also reduce the symptoms of TOS.

Chiropractic care can safely, gently remove the pressure from your neck and shoulders. To treat thoracic outlet syndrome, we usually focus on the upper cervical region and work to mobilize and manipulate the joints. Doing so can help initiate balance back into the joints of the neck and spine, as well as the muscles of the neck.

Do you or someone you know suffer from thoracic outlet syndrome? Call us at (818) 841-2442 and we can help reduce or eliminate your symptoms.

Posted on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 05:40PM by Registered CommenterDr. Michael Onkels | CommentsPost a Comment | References5 References

Chiropractic care can prevent injuries 

Chiropractic care helps with stability and alignment, reducing the risk of chronic injuries. Although chiropractic therapy is mainly recognized for helping injured individuals who are seeking relief for their physical pain, it’s also an excellent preventative care option. Gentle spinal alignments and other effective techniques can help prevent the onset of chronic injuries and restore one’s mobility and motion.

Even small subluxations can grow worse over time, resulting in injuries or chronic pain. Subluxations may go unknown for some time, however, they can gradually get worse -- causing pain and increasing the likelihood of injuries. With regularly chiropractic therapy, we can decrease the chances of developing chronic pain due to subluxations and thereby improve your overall health.

Preventative care is the safest, and most affordable, technique for taking care of yourself. Dealing with injuries can be painful, costly, and time consuming. Why not take appropriate measures before injuries occur? Regularly visiting your chiropractor can vastly improve your posture, stability, and alignment.

Many of our patients schedule bi-weekly or monthly "tune-ups" to make sure they're in the best possible condition. A simple "tune-up" can go a long way. These bi-weekly or monthly adjustments can reduce your likelihood of getting an injury or experiencing chronic pain. The older you get, the more chance you have of obtaining a chronic injury. Therefore, the sooner you take care of your body, the healthier you'll be in the future.

We have a special offer of 10 sessions for only $450, enough for almost a year's worth of chiropractic care! Regular sessions are a great way to stay in good health, and with our current offer, regular chiropractic care is extremely affordable! Remember, your health is incredibly important, so be sure to give your body the care it deserves.

Call us at (818) 841-2442 to learn more about our preventative care options.

Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 04:53PM by Registered CommenterDr. Michael Onkels | CommentsPost a Comment | References8 References
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