FOR HEALTHY LIVING
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JJ VIRGIN/ VITAMIN D
OUR GIFT TO YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES
A vertebral subluxation is a minor misalignment of a bone or vertebra placing pressure on the nerve exiting the small space between the bones. This pressure causes a decrease in the vital nerve flow to the organs in the body they supply. How can I tell If I have a vertebral subluxation?
The only accurate way to determine if you suffer from subluxations is to receive a chiropractic evaluation. However, a number of signs and symptoms are commonly associated with the vertebral subluxation and include: neck pain, tenderness, soreness or stiffness back pain, headaches, dizziness, balance problems spinal muscle spasm, reduced spinal mobility pain, numbness, tingling in the extremities, joint pain, low energy, poor overall state of health, or poor tissue healing Individuals who are not currently experiencing pain or discomfort are not necessarily "subluxation free".
As previously described, pain is a very poor indicator of disease processes, including the presence of subluxations. Subluxations are similar to cavities in that many times a significant amount of damage is present before symptoms such as pain are felt. This is why we recommend, that individuals seek periodic spinal evaluations to check for the presence of subluxations and other spinal abnormalities, even in the absence of symptoms. The results of a thorough examination can show the location and severity of any subluxations you may have.
Contact our practice today to find out if you have subluxations before they become more serious and more difficult to correct. How can subluxations be corrected? The primary form of care to reduce subluxations is a series of chiropractic adjustments. By applying a specific and precise force, changes in the positions and motions of the spinal bones can be achieved over time.
MEET THE STAFF
Dr. Batterton performed her undergraduate studies in biology at the University of Texas in San Antonio. She attended Texas Chiropractic College for her doctorate studies, where she graduated Valedictorian of her class. Dr. Batterton has practiced in the Heights for 16 years and is committed to educating her community about the benefits of Chiropractic. She is an active member of Houston’s First Baptist Church, where she teaches first grade Sunday School. She is also very involved in foreign missions. She is dedicated to being your family doctor and providing holistic, effective, proactive health care for you and your family.
Dr. Michele Miller-Cobb was born in Williamsport, PA (home of the Little League World Series) and moved to Texas at the age of 10. After moving around and living overseas for several years, she returned to Richmond, Texas and graduated from Lamar Consolidated High School in Rosenberg, Texas. She attended Southwest Texas State University (now known as Texas State University) for her undergraduate. She graduated from Texas Chiropractic College (TCC) in Pasadena, Texas with a Doctor of Chiropractic and Bachelors in Human Biology. Unsure of what to major in Dr. Michele shadowed a chiropractor and fell in love with chiropractic and its natural healing abilities. She has been working in the Chiropractic setting since her freshman year of college as a Chiropractic assistant for 6 years and transitioning into the Chiropractor role upon graduation from TCC. She is a member of the American Chiropractic Association and active in the community. In her spare time she enjoys reading, spending time with her family and rescued Boxer, Bailey, riding horses, and baking. She is passionate about chiropractic and its benefits and helping patients reach their goals and live a balanced, healthier life.
JJ VIRGIN, PHD, CNS/CELEBRITY WELLNESS EXPERT
Vitamin D, once linked to only bone diseases such as rickets and osteoporosis, is now recognized as a major player in overall human health. There are only 30,000 genes in your body and vitamin D has been shown to influence over 2,000 of them. That’s one of the primary reasons it influences so many diseases, including diabetes, depression, heart disease and cancer, just to name a few. But while many focus on vitamin D supplementation, it's important to realize that the IDEAL way to optimize your vitamin D level is not by taking a pill, but rather allowing your body to do what it is designed to do – create vitamin D from sun exposure (or a safe tanning bed).
Sunlight is superior to supplements for a number of reasons:
• It is natural. Our ancestors optimized their vitamin D levels by sun exposure, not by swallowing it in foods. Although vitamin D is in some animal foods, it is in relatively low quantities and to my knowledge there are no known ancestral populations that thrived on oral vitamin D sources
• When you expose your skin to the sun, your skin also synthesizes high amounts of cholesterol sulfate, which is very important for cardiovascular health. In fact, Dr. Stephanie Seneff, believes that high LDL and associated heart disease may in fact be a symptom of cholesterol sulfate deficiency. Sulfur deficiency, in fact, also promotes obesity and related health problems like diabetes
• Most experts believe you cannot overdose when getting your vitamin D from sun exposure, as your body has the ability to self-regulate production and only make what it needs
• When taking a high dose vitamin D supplement, you also need to boost your intake of vitamin K2, either from food or a supplement, in order to maintain the proper ratio. These two nutrients work in tandem, and vitamin K2 deficiency is actually what produces the symptoms of vitamin D toxicity, which includes inappropriate calcification that can lead to hardening of your arteries
• Sunlight has many additional health benefits unrelated to vitamin D production
YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH
One of your most basic health principles is to eat a diet of whole, nutritious foods rather than processed fare. Cutting out grains and sugar (particularly fructose) — which happens more or less naturally once you ditch processed foods from your diet — will take you a long way toward normalizing your weight and improving your health.
But what are the best foods to eat in place of foods you shouldn't eat?
In her new book The Drop 10 Diet, Lucy Danziger, editor-in-chief of Self Magazine, describes how focusing on so-called "superfoods" might change the way you look at weight loss. And she certainly has a good point. Feeding your body the right nutrients rather than stuffing it with "empty" calories will not only help you lose unwanted pounds, it's a key ingredient for living a long and healthy life. Believe it or not, many people who are obese area actually profoundly malnourished.
"At the end of the day, you invest in your wardrobe and your hair and your car and everything else. So invest in your body. Because it's supposed to last for 100 years," she recently told CNN Health. According to the featured article, the term "superfood" was coined in 2004 by Dr. Steven Pratt, author of Superfoods Rx: Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life. He, like Danziger, points out that this kind of eating goes beyond the idea of dieting. It's really a way of life. "It's the non-diet diet. It's food you can eat for a lifetime," he tells CNN.
According to Pratt, a superfood fulfills three qualifications:
1. Are readily available
2. Contain nutrients known to enhance longevity, and
3. Have health benefits backed by peer-reviewed, scientific studies
Pratt's website SuperFoodsRx.com lists a total of 20 examples, which include:
1. Wild-caught salmon
5. Green tea
OUR GIFT FOR YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES
IT'S A CELEBRATION!
MAY 20TH - MAY 24TH
Batterton Chiropractic wants to celebrate YOU! We invite you to help yourself and others by introducing your friends and family to Batterton Chiropractic!
In celebration of our patients, we are offering FREE HEALTH CHECKS
for new patients during our celebration week.
On May 24th, we will end the week with a party in YOUR honor!
Call 713-861-9168 to schedule an appointment.
(Free health checks do not apply to personal injury, workers comp claims, or Medicare)