Kids + Chiropractic

All too often when I am with clients I ask, “where are your children”?  “Why are the not getting a spinal check up?”   The inevitable answer I receive is that they do not have any problems or symptoms…  At this point I then proceed to explain to them the benefits of getting your child checked for spinal subluxations.

Spinal subluxations occur when a bone in the spine is misplaced or out of alignment.  When this occurs, there is interference to the nervous system creating malfunction and Dis-Ease in the body.  Unfortunately, only about 10% of the nerves demarilynal with feeling pain.  The other 90% deal with keeping the body functioning in what we call homeostasis (all body systems working in harmony).   So a child can seem fine on the outside and not have any symptoms, but be functioning at a limited potential, most often leading to problems later in life.

Because modern medicine likes to intervene with the natural birth process, all too often the first and worst subluxation to occur in an infant is during child birth.  There are many procedures that try to assist the babies exit through the birth canal or even during a C-section where there is pulling and twisting on the infant’s neck.  This can shift the top two vertebrae out of alignment causing possible:  pain, excessive crying, ear infections, constipation and colic as well as other more severe problems down the road.

If that was not cause enough, as a child begins to walk they end up falling over and over again causing more whiplash type injuries to their necks and hips.  As they grow, more and more kids are causing severe postural imbalances by playing video games, watching TV, looking on computers and now most of all, looking at their phones constantly.  Watch any adolescent when they are texting etc. on their phones, and you will see what I am talking about.  Severe postural imbalances are a direct cause of further subluxations in teens.  To add insult to injury we can top it off with many sports injuries.

There are many causes of spinal imbalances (subluxations) that lead to a variety of Dis-Eases (lack of ease in the body).  Too often symptoms are the last step in the imbalances of the spine.  As a chiropractor my job is to find the imbalances and interference to the nervous system and correct them with a spinal adjustment.  We are the only doctors who are trained and sufficient to perform spinal adjustments.  So if you leave your child at home when you go to the chiropractor or even if you do not go to the chiropractor yourself, you are letting them have the chance to have all the symptoms and problems you may be experiencing at this time.  You can prevent that!!!!

Dr. Eric Evans has been serving families for over 25 years.  His practice in Hamilton, NJ focuses on Holistic Health and Prevention Health for entire families from infants, children, adolescents, teens and adults.   Dr. Evans delivers a free monthly health talk discussing facts on Holistic health and maintaining better health.  It is held on the first Tuesday of the month with pizza and refreshments afterwards.

Food for Thought

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According to the world UN food organization, there is enough food on earth to feed 12 billion people, yet 27,000 die from starvation every single day.  We are to feed the people and nourish their souls.

Food insecurity is considered being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable and nutritious food.  More than 800 million people live every single day with food insecurity. As of 2014, 48.1 million Americans live in food-insecure households, including 32.8 million adults and 15.3 million children.

One out of every five New Jersey families do not earn enough money to afford food, although 85% of these families have at least one working family member.

In 2014, there were 906,735 people participating in the food stamp program in New Jersey, up from 542,424 in 2009, which is an increase of a shocking 67.2%

Below is a list of some of the most food-insecure counties in New Jersey:

  • Essex (150,140 people)
  • Hudson (101,940)
  • Bergen (91, 920)
  • Union (70,940)
  • Middlesex (88,290)
  • Monmouth (64,180)
  • Mercer (45,530)
  • Camden (72,570)
  • Passaic (72,630)

 

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It is time for us to help.  Evans Chiropractic is holding an event in our office on Tuesday, June 28 from 11-2.  We will be making bagged lunches to donate to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (also known as “TASK.”)

TASK feeds those who are hungry in the Trenton area and offers programs to encourage self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life for the people in need.

TASK was founded in the 1980’s by a group of individuals from local churches and service organizations.  Their goal was to feed Trenton residents in need five days a week. Every week, volunteers help the staff at TASK serve more than 4,800 meals.

If you are unable to make our event, we are accepting donations of the items that we need to make these lunches.  Below is a list of items you may donate if you are able to:

  • Bread
  • Juice boxes
  • Small bottles of water
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Brown, paper bags
  • Napkins
  • Baked goods (muffins, banana bread, etc.)

All are welcome to attend to help make lunches. If you have any questions about this event, please give us a call at the office (609-586-9199)

 

Sources:

  1. Map the Meal Gap, Feeding America and Community Food Bank of New Jersey, 2014
  2. Gundersen, C., E. Engelhard, A. Satoh, & E. Waxman. Map the Meal Gap 2014: Food Insecurity Estimates at the County Level. Feeding America, 2014.
  3. Hunger in New Jersey: http://rah.rutgers.edu/hunger-new-jersey
  4. Poverty Research Institute, 2011
  5. Trenton Soup Kitchen http://www.trentonsoupkitchen.org

 

Written by Olivia Santoro, Office Manager

Allergies + Chiropractic

Is your nose itching?  The old saying is that if your nose is itching, someone is going to kiss you.. Realistically, it could mean many things, but most commonly, it is from an allergen or something that causes allergies.

What some may not know is that allergies are actually an overactive immune response to a perceived threat that can be harmless, but also, not so much.

Spring time brings out a series of pollen that creates an allergic reaction that causes itchy nose, watery eyes, runny nose, stuffy nose and even a sore throat.

There are many over the counter remedies and even several prescription remedies, but most of them are designed as antihistamines. These block histamines that the body produces to attack the perceived threat.  So in reality, it is actually stopping your immune system from working and leaving you more susceptible to other threats such as bacteria or viruses thus creating a common scenario of allergies and a cold.

Then when you stop taking the antihistamine, you end up having a rebound effect and your body says hold on, we don’t have to produce more histamine!

So what is a Holistic way to limit allergies?

One way is to be the boy in a bubble, not go outside and filter all of your air to remove the allergens, but that’s not a realistic way to live your life.

The second option is to work on your immune system so it does not perceive the allergens as a threat.  Most scientific health literature is pointing towards a healthy gut as the best way to improve your health, and I could not agree more. With the many fad diets out there, most are geared to lose weight and not so much to help your health. I believe we need to eat more fruits and vegetables and less meats and grains. We also need to balance the healthy bacteria in our gut. There are many great probiotics on the market today that can help with this; simply eating yogurt is not enough anymore.

Another key component is water, water, water. Drinking coffee, tea and soda do not hydrate the body, they dehydrate it. Bioflavonoid such as Quercetin, Vitamin C, and antioxidants such as CoQ10 help to improve the immune system and limit allergies. Taking bee pollen as well as local honey has also been said to help limit allergies! You can also never go wrong with a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar to help reduce mucus and cleanse the lymphatic system. Many also swear by the neti-pot because it is effective in washing out the nasal cavity getting rid of the allergens.

All of these are great tools to help limit allergies, however; if you do not have a proper functioning central nervous system that controls every cell, tissue and organ in the body, you are limited in the effectiveness of any remedy even pharmaceuticals.

Getting a regular wellness check by a chiropractor is the only way to determine if your central nervous system is out. Chiropractors are the only ones trained to fine tuning the spine to allow your central nervous system to function at its optimum.  When your nervous system is working properly than the allergies tend to diminish over time.

It is vital if you suffer from allergies to get to your chiropractor at least a month before allergy season starts to get a tune up for your nervous system, especially if you have not been getting regular wellness checks all year. Then, you can start some of the natural remedies listed above.

Written by Dr. Eric Evans

Disease vs. Dis-Ease

As a chiropractor in the Hamilton, New Jersey area, I am required to ask if my patients have any diseases or symptoms on their first visit.  Sometimes, I receive a list of problems or diseases that people think they may have or that have been given to them.  Many are happy with just a name for the certain set of symptoms that they may be experiencing.  To better understand what disease is, we must first look at the definition.

Disease:  a disorder of incorrectly functioning organ part, structure or system of the body; simply put; lack of function.  All diseases start with something in your body that is not working correctly.  I would like to change our way of thinking about disease.  I prefer to look at disease as dis-ease.  It means that our body is not at an easy state.  In order to combat the body not at ease, as our own health experts for ourselves, must then decide what can we do to give our body or mind a state of ease.  Does it have the proper nutrients, hydration, mental focus, and nerve supply?

For example:  I am sure if you are suffering from headaches that your body is not in a deficiency of ibuprofen.  It could be something as simple as dehydration.  What makes more sense; drinking water that creates balance and ease or taking a chemical that not only affects the head but also the kidneys, stomach and many other parts of the body.  This is a very basic example, and of course the body is very complicated, however the shift is happening where many are getting tired of taking medications for every little problem they may have.  Do not get me wrong, there are times when a medication is necessary to save or maintain a life; however most would agree that especially Americans are way over medicated.  According to the new data in 2014 from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, we spent $374,000,000,000.00 ($374 billion) on 4.3 billion prescriptions.  Our health ranking according to The World Health Organizations is at 37 out of 190 countries; France and Italy are number one and two.

I believe that it is time for change.  Since I became a health care professional in the New Jersey area, our government has been trying to resolve this problem by adding more gasoline to the fire.  One of my favorite quotes from Ghandi is:  “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  We must take back our health.  We must start feeding our body and minds with proper nutrients.  We must take our health into our own hands and not just rely on the Government and Health care industry.

The steps are simple on creating ease in your body:

  1. Give your body proper nutrients and hydration from the food and liquids you put into it.  The food is not only the energy you receive, but the building blocks for the cells that you need to produce to stay healthy.
  2. If you do not move it you lose it.  Our bodies are meant to move and work.  It has only been the last 20 years that the computer work station is a mainstay in most jobs.  Our bodies are breaking down just from the simplicity of not moving enough.  You also get natural anti-stress and anxiety hormones released when you perform consistent exercise.  Do some form of exercise at least 30 minutes every single day.
  3. Get proper sleep.  This is when the body repairs, regenerates and heals itself.  That means trying to go to bed by10:00 pm (you get the best sleep before midnight) and then waking up anywhere from 4:00-6:00 am.  Also, falling asleep in front of the TV, cell phone, computer or I-pad makes your brain think that it is still daylight and makes it much more difficult to get a restful, deep sleep.
  4. Proper mental attitude.  The mind can often run away from us and continue what I call stinking-thinking constantly.  A positive mental attitude must be learned and trained through watching our every word and thought that we put out.  This can be used in a very constructive and positive way when mastered.  Daily meditation practices train the mind and connect you closer with the source.  I have personally found that Kundalini Yoga helps me best with this.
  5. Most importantly, all four steps cannot help if you do not have a proper, functioning nervous system.  Every cell tissue and organ is controlled by our nervous system, so in order for you to have full function and ease in your life, you must make sure all of the nerves are connected.  Regular Chiropractic check-ups help to ensure that the nerves and energy flows in your body and mind are at their optimum.  As a Chiropractor, I help to tune the nervous system to create better function, better ease and to prevent dis-ease or disease.

Written by Dr. Eric Evans

Yogi Tea

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There are many, many benefits of drinking Yogi Tea; It acts as a tonic for the entire nervous system. Yogi tea purifies the blood, lungs AND circulatory system. It reduces tiredness, physical weakness and it also helps restore mental balance. It is also known to prevent atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes and liver disease and also aids in weight loss.  It is a remedy and preventative measure for colds, flu and sinus problems.  The list of benefits could go on and on.

The recipe to follow is posted below, and it makes one cup of tea.

  • 10 ounces water
  • 2 slices of fresh ginger root (optional, but excellent!)
  • 3 cloves
  • 4 green cardamom pods, cracked
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • ½ stick of cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon black tea (1 teabag)
  • ½ cup of milk or equivalent honey (optional)
  1. Bring water to boil and add spices
  2. Cover and continue boiling for 10-15 minutes
  3. Remove from heat, add black tea and let sit for 1-2 minutes
  4. Add honey and milk, bring to a boil and remove from heat
  5. Strain and serve

The benefits of the ingredients have to be touched upon because they are each amazing as well.

To start, Cardamon has pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic effects.  It removes mucus from the stomach and lungs and can also be used to treat stomach pain, involuntary urination, phlegm, indigestion and gas.

Black Peppercorns aid in relief for hay fever, ear or sinus problems, coughs, asthma or any kind of respiratory issues.  It is also a blood purifies and can be used as an anti-aging agent.  Black peppercorns also prevent the depletion of glutathione which effects the immune system.

Cinnamon promotes agni, the fire element, which maintains vitality.  It helps sluggish digestion and the metabolism.  Boiled cinnamon sticks are part of a remedy for bone loss.  Another benefit is that it can be used to prevent menstrual and muscle cramps.  It also has high levels of salicylic acid (the anti-inflammatory ingredient in aspirin!)

Cloves thin mucus and support the respiratory system, promote digestion and prevent gas.  Cloves also enhance the circulation of blood and lymph, lower triglycerides and blood sugar levels.  Relief of muscle aches and pain of rheumatism and arthritis is yet another benefit of cloves.

Ginger is known as a universal medicine and detoxifier.  It can relieve muscle cramps, headaches, cold and flu symptoms, nausea and upset stomach.  It lowers blood sugar and cholesterol and also soothes any inflamed joints.

Grab some Yogi Tea and experience all of the benefits for yourself!

Written by Olivia Santoro, Office Manager

An Avenue for Wellness

I am happy that you have chosen Chiropractic as an avenue towards wellness.  Over the past 23 years, I have had the honor of assisting thousands of individuals in the improvement of their lives.  My ultimate goal is to empower you to make choices that support you on your path of healing.  I believe in the power of human spirit and that miracles and changes occur at any stage in life.

Chiropractic is a unique approach toward wellness that focuses on the essence of who we are and the life force that flows through each of us.  Chiropractic accesses this life force through the central nervous system.  Our nervous system has a memory of experiences and traumas, which can be physical, emotional or psychological.  If the body does not process these traumas on its own, interference can occur.  If interferences are not identified, physical symptoms and other indicators of stress can begin to surface.  My role as a chiropractor is to find those interferences and gently remove them.   The body is then able to move back into balance, restoring its own innate healing ability and the capacity to process, adapt and heal.

Chiropractic does not fix or cure anything; it is your own miraculous body that makes the transformation from a state of Dis-Ease to one of health, wellness and vitality.  Chiropractic is not a substitute or alternative form of medicine.  Medicine specializes in the reactive diagnosis and treatment of disease, sickness and symptoms.  Chiropractic specializes in the proactive creation, expression and maintence of healing, wellness and life.  Healing is a journey and an essential part of life.  Healing can occur at different rates and times in our lives, but we all possess the power to change.

I would like to thank you for allowing me to serve you on your path towards healing and wellness.  I look forward to caring for you and your family.

Written by Dr. Eric Evans

Top 5 Chiropractors in Hamilton Township

We want to thank everyone who over this year, have found value in our services. We were awarded the Top 5 Chiropractors in Hamilton Award from OpenCare.com for 2015 and we could not be happier about it!  Thank you again to everyone who helped us achieve this award, we appreciate the support so much.

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