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Plantar fasciitis (PF) affects approximately two-million people in the US, of both athletic and non-athletic populations. This condition can be debilitating and significantly affect one’s quality of life in a very negative way. There are few high quality studies on this condition and the most successful treatments. Treatments range from chiropractic care, physical therapy, injections and surgeries. Fortunately this condition can typically be resolved with conservative treatment and lifestyle modifications that can prevent going under the knife. (1) read more


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In our practice, we see a lot of patients that are struggling with chronic digestive symptoms. They complain of symptoms ranging from indigestion to bloating and constipation.

Recently, a condition called SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) has been popping up more and more. SIBO is a condition in which not just one type of bacteria has overgrown, like a candida infection, but a widespread overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine.

The types of symptoms you will notice with SIBO are as follows: read more


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Collagen hydrolysate is one of the most overlooked quality sources of protein and one of the keys to anti-aging; we’re not just talking aesthetically. Collagen Hydrolysate not only plays a role in preventing wrinkles and diminishing cellulite, it is also essential for maintaining healthy joints, athletic recovery, detoxification, preventing atherosclerosis, and organ function.

WHAT IS COLLAGEN?

Collagen is the single most abundant protein in our bodies. It helps maintain structure and elasticity of our tissues. This includes skin, blood and blood vessels, cartilage, fascia, muscles, tendons, ligaments and even the synovial fluid in our joints. read more


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Dry needling is a very safe and effective treatment that we offer in our clinic. It is used to restore proper muscle balance, relieve restrictions in the fascia and nervous system, treat inflammation, and alleviate pain. But this procedure tends to strike fear in the hearts of the bravest, strongest women we know (sorry fellas, when it comes to pain tolerance you don’t hold a candle to your female counterparts).

So we have taken time to write this post to address some concerns about dry needling you may have. read more


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85% of Americans have hypoglycemia also known as low blood sugar. In a study of normal weight women between the ages of 15 and 49, 20% had some sort of dysglycemia meaning unregulated blood sugar.

Blood sugar is a key indicator of risk of cardiovascular disease and risk of stroke, and one of the most important indicators in health.

If you can’t regulate your blood sugar effectively, you are going to have a very hard time stabilizing your symptoms. Your weight, mood, energy levels, sleep, hormone balance, immune system, thyroid function, and many others issues will not resolve without stable blood sugar.

Do you ever experience “hanger”, shakiness between meals or if meals are delayed, difficulty losing weight, trouble falling asleep, waking up at 3 or 4 am for no reason, fatigue, sugar cravings, needing coffee to get through the day, fatigue after meals, headaches, constant hunger? All of these symptoms are signs of blood sugar dysregulation. Now contrary to what you may think, a lot of people with blood sugar dysregulation aren’t necessarily overweight. Many times these people are also fairly healthy eaters. Sometimes it’s a matter of high stress, skipping meals or waiting too long between meals, and/or skipping food for coffee. High sugar, high carbohydrate and highly processed diets are another cause. The good news is that you can fix this naturally. By changing the way eat and supplementing with herbs that help regulate your blood sugar.   read more


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Between 50 and 70 million American adults have a sleeping disorder.

Insufficient sleep creates short term problems like decreased job productivity, difficulty focusing at work, low libido, and dangerous driving. Long term ramifications of sleep disorders are related to chronic health conditions like pain, inflammation, weight gain, depression, anxiety, and autoimmune disease.

Sleep is incredibly important for your body to be able to recover and heal.

Sleep is a warning symptom that something has really gone wrong in one or multiple organ system.  It is important not to address the symptom of sleep but figure out what is causing the sleep issue.  Each issue relating to sleep dysfunction is different and needs a specialized treatment protocol.  The treatment for someone not being able to fall asleep verses someone who wakes up multiple times per night is a different mechanism.  The idea is not to just supplement to fall asleep with herbs or medications.  It is important to find the cause, then address the issues, and the sleep should be fixed as a result. read more


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Here are 3 simple steps to determine if you are suffering from fibromyalgia.

Step 1. Run a comprehensive blood panel: Sometimes other conditions occur concurrently with Fibromyalgia

Some of the more common conditions are hypothyroid, Polymyalgia Rheumatica, hepatitis C, sleep apnea, and cervical stenosis. What this means is that you need to have a blood draw performed with a complete blood count if you are suffering from chronic pain. The reason for this is that chronic pain and autoimmune disease tend to go hand in hand. It is important to rule out more severe autoimmune diseases first before jumping to a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia because the symptoms can be similar. read more


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Is chiropractic appropriate for children?

Chiropractic is extremely effective in the treatment of children.  The one of the most traumatic events in a child’s life is the birthing process.

Some children are affected more than others.  Some signs your child may need chiropractic treatment are only nursing on one side, crying for no reason, ADHD, behavioral issues, chronic ear infections, asthma, and colic.  Dr. Barter also addresses food sensitivities.  Most of these people can benefit from a multifactor approach.  Your child may benefit from both diet modification and chiropractic adjusting.  Dr. Barter has found in the cases of skin rashes, ADHD, behavioral issues and chronic ear infections that both are necessary to help your child improve. read more


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Learn the right way to identify and avoid the common triggers for migraine headaches In 7 simple steps.

How exactly does one cure a chronic problem such as a migraine headache? When the dreaded migraine starts, it is all you can do to go lay in a silent, dark room. Unfortunately, our busy hectic lives do not allow us the luxury of laying in bed for a couple hours a couple times a month. The migraine headache has certainly been demonized but it is a warning symptom to tell you that something is not functioning properly in your body. I am going to go through an incomplete list of 7 simple steps to identify and avoid the common triggers for migraine headaches. read more


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Listed here are 7 easy steps you can take to cure your acne, rapidly!

Step 1. Improve detoxification and elimination to reduce waste products in the body

This will mean that you’ve got to start a major detoxification program to rid your body of excess toxins. If you don’t do that or neglect it, you may expect to continue to have chronic skin problems.

Step 2. Identify and eliminate food allergens

This part is very important because if you continue to eat the offending food, then the acne will never go away ).

Step 3. Balance hormones because excess androgens are present

In addition, it means that most likely blood sugar levels are also elevated. Diet modification is extremely important in helping to balance hormone levels. read more