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52 Year Old Female Normalizes Blood Sugar In Three Weeks- Without Medication

A 52 year old woman who was diagnosed with pre-diabetes came in to see Dr. John W Phelts, DC.  Her primary physician wanted to put her on diabetic medication, but she refused.  She was looking for a second opinion on how to mange her condition. 

Her blood work reults showed high blood glucose of 103. 

We put her on our Category II diet.

Three weeks later, she had her blood drawn and her bllod glucose was within the normal range at 95.  See image below:

This is just another example of how changing your diet, can positively improve your health and avoid the need for medication.  If you are looking for a second opinion, give us a call (212) 286-2012.  We are near the 10016, 10017, amd 10018 zip codes.

 

79 Year-Old Male Lowers His Blood Pressure Naturally

A 79-year-old male presents at this office with hypertension (high blood pressure).  He hadn't gone to see a doctor for 50 years.  In January 2019, he began vomiting and having severe abdominal pain.  At the ER they took his blood pressure and found that it was 210/120.  They kept him at the hospital to monitor his blood pressure.  After one week and trying various hypertension medications, they finally found one, Enalapril, which reduced his blood pressure to 160/90.  He was released from the hospital with a prescription.  He did not want to be on the medication, because it caused him to feel dizzy and faint.  He was seeking a natural alternative to the medication.

Examination:
A review of his blood work revealed that he had mild anemia and very low Vitamin D.
Urine Toxic Elements test revealed high Thallium levels, which, like mercury, is a heavy metal.
Blood Pressure 164/85 (while on Enalapril)

Treatment:
Dietary recommendations to improve anemia.
He was put on our high blood pressure protocol
Nutrients and supplements were recommended to address the vitamin D deficiency and anemia.
Supplements were recommended to assist his body in getting rid of excess Thallium.
He was instructed to take his blood pressure twice daily at the same times each day.

Results
After one week he noticed that his blood pressure was getting lower.  After one month the physician who prescribed the medication, lowered it by 1/4 dose.  One month later it was lowered by 1/4 again.  After two more months he was taken off the medication.  He had a follow up appointment at this office six months after begriming out treatment plan.  His blood pressure was 130/85.  He reported that his pressure had been stable for two months.  He no longer takes blood pressure medication.

After making a few changes to his diet (he already had a fairly healthy diet) and recommending certain supplements, his blood pressure normalized and he is medication free.

We will update this case after we analyze follow-up blood work.

If you would like to see if your health conditions can be managed naturally, give us a call 212-286-2012.  We are located in mid-town Manhattan, near the 10016, and 10017 zip codes'


 

 

 

New York Back Pain Treatment

New York back pain treatment by Dr. PheltsMost of us suffer from back pain at some point in our lives. Researchers estimate that nearly 1 out of 3 adults deal with some kind of regular spinal pain. Dr. Phelts and our talented staff see many back pain cases in our New York office, and we've found that chiropractic care is a highly effective way to not only help you recover from back pain, it's also a great way to protect against future episodes.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Chronic Back Pain

A recent article from the University of Utah confirms what our New York patients have reported: your New York chiropractor is the best first option for an event of back pain.

In this article, 747 patients were treated for low back pain. Each patient was evaluated based on the first person they sought treatment with, whether it was a primary care physician, a chiropractor, or a physiotherapist.

What the researchers discovered is that the subjects who first saw a chiropractor had fewer advanced imaging tests and fewer surgeries.

Other studies have found the same results. A 2012 study reported that chiropractic patients had the best functional recovery and pain relief for chronic back pain.

Chiropractic works by restoring the natural, pain-free function of your spine. Dr. Phelts and our team help your body heal with gentle chiropractic adjustments that don't use drugs or risky surgical procedures.

Dr. Phelts Can Help Clients Find Relief From Back Pain

If you live near our New York office and would like to get out of pain, give our office a call today at (212) 286-2012 for an appointment.

Reference

Fritz JM, Kim J, Dorius J. Importance of the type of provider seen to begin health care for a new episode of low back pain: associations with future utilization and costs. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2015(Sep 29).

Cecchi F, et al. Predictors of functional outcome in patients with chronic low back pain undergoing back school, individual physiotherapy or spinal manipulation. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2012;48:371-8.

 

Five Year-Old's Abdominal Pain Disappears After 10 Minute Applied Kinesiology Treatment

A five year old female, accompanied by her mother, presented at this office  complaining of abdominal pain.  The pain is in the upper right and upper left quadrants (upper abdomen0. The pain has been persistent for two weeks.  The pain intensifies about 1/2 hour after eating.  Her mother said that she had an ear infection two months ago and that she was prescribed antibiotics for it.  She normally has two bowel movements a day with a solid consistency- this has not changed since this condition developed.

AK Eamination Results:
+ abodmen is tender to the light touch.
+ Small intestine neurolymphatic reflex is positive
+ Bacteria resonance test is positive
+ Fungus resonance test is positive
+ Ileocecal valve test.
+ tenderness and mild edema along the left thoracic paraspinal muscles
+ Joint restrictions T5-T9

Treatment
+ AK protocol for ileocecal valve correction
Manual treatment of the small intestine neurolymphatic points
Cold laser Small Intestine meridian tonification point
Manual treatment of the trigger points
Adjusted T5-T9 vertebrae with the Arthrostim mechanical adjuster

After the treatment she reported that the abdominal pain subsidied.  After applying deep pressure to the abdiome she said that she does not feel pain.  Her mother was taught how to do the ileocecal valve correction and instructed to perform it on her daughter once daily.  She was also advised not to give her any nuts, chips, or raw vegetables (they must be cooked) until her next visit.  Chewable probiotics were recommended to be taken daily.  She has a follow-up visit in three weeks.  This post will be updated after the followup visit.

 

HERBS EVERY PREGNANT WOMAN SHOULD AVOID

‚ÄčHerbs are usually great for improving health.  But there are times when herbs can be harmful.  Some can interact with certain medications and drugs.  Others are not safe to take when pregnant, breastfeeding, or in the process of conceiving.

Plants contain phytochemicals (plant chemicals) and phytosterols (plant hormones), which can affect the uterus and developing baby.  They can also affect a nursing newborn.  They may cause the uterus to contract.  Some constituents of the herbs can pass into the breast milk as well.

The following is a list of herbs deemed not safe to use during pregnancy.  This list is not comprehensive.  There are other herbs that are not safe, but the ones listed here are the more commonly used ones.

Aloe.  Internal use of aloe can initiate uterus contractions and cause a drop in blood sugar.

Goldenseal.  Can cause uterus contractions.

Licorice. Contains a compound called glycyrrhizin, which depletes potassium.  Low potassium levels can increase the risk of developing preeclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy). 

Sage. Contains a phytochemical called thujone, which can initiate a menstrual period.  This might cause a miscarriage. Consuming sage while breastfeeding is not recommended because it can decrease lactation in women. 

There are many herbs for which there is no safety data because research cannot be conducted while a woman is pregnant.  It is imperative that you consult a healthcare professional before taking herbs while conceiving, pregnant, or breastfeeding.  Dr. John Phelts, who has been trained in botanical medicine and women's health, provides consultations for pregnant women in his New York, NY office.   

Sources:
Johnson, R.L., S. Foster, Low Dog, T. and Kiefer, D. National Geographic Guide to Medicinal Herbs: The World's Most Effective Healing Plants.(2012) Washington, D.C.: National Geographic

Hess, Henry M. & Miller, Richard, K. Drugs During Pregnancy and Lactation (Third Ed.) Treatment Options and Risk Assessment (2015), "Herbs and Pregnancy" Pages 511-525 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780124080782000202

 

Managing Blood Sugar Naturally

Diabetes is a condition that develops slowly overtime.  It can be the result of decades of a diet high in sugar.  There are no symptoms in the early stages, and even worse, there are no symptoms to warn you that you are moving towards a diabetic condition.  Most people find out "suddenly" they have diabetes after a blood test.  If the diabetic factors in the blood were being monitored overtime, a trend of increasing blood sugar over the decades would alert the doctor that you were on your way to developing diabetes.  The doctor could have warned you to change you lifestyle and you may not have developed it.  

Dr. John Phelts, too often sees patients in his New York office, who were told that they have diabetes.  However, no one warned them before that they were at risk before developing the disease.  They come to Dr. Phelts looking for an alternative to the traditional methods of treating diabetes, like pharmaceutical drugs.  Before diabetes can be manged successfully, you first need to know what factors increase your risk for diabetes.   If any of these risk factors apply to you, then you must know what your options are to change it.  Diabetes can be controlled or reversed with lifestyle changes.  Often the preventative methods for managing diabetes are the same as the cure.  Lets look at at some factors that can contribute towards diabetes risk.   

Medications
Many people are not aware that cholesterol lowering drugs (statins) actually raise glucose levels.  Statin drugs can increase fasting blood glucose by 7 mg/dL in individuals without diabetes.  In diabetics, they can raise glucose by 39 mg/dL.  Wow, that is a very significant increase in sugar.  Statin drugs actually doubles your risk of developing diabetes.  Statins work by blocking your liver from converting starch into cholesterol.  This creates an excess of starch (sugar), which cause glucose and insulin levels to rise.  Studies show that individuals who used statin drugs longer than two years are more than three times as likely to get the disease.

In 2014, the American Diabetes Association recommended that patients with diabetes be put on a statin drugs to lower the risk of heart disease.  Were you diabetic before going on a stating drug?  If the answer is no, then there is a chance that it is contributing toward your diabetic state.  If the answer is yes, then the statin drug may be hindering your ability to be free of diabetes.  There are many ways natural ways to to reduce cholesterol, like the adopting the right type of diet and exercise routine.

Beverages
The easiest way to cut down your daily intake of sugar is to cut down on sweet drinks.  Research studies have shown that soda, fruit juice, sweetened tea, and coffee drinks with sugar added can increase your risk of developing diabetes, inflammation, tooth decay, and cancer.   You may be surprised to see fruit juice in that list, but fruit juice does increase your risk.  Did you know that a 12-ounce soda contains 35 to 45 grams of sugar. 12 ounces of fruit juice has 30 grams- not much different from soda.T

Food Additives
- MSG (mono-sodium glutamate) Increases blood sugar, which increases the risk of diabetes.  
Aspartame causes rapid release of the hormones insulin and leptin.  These hormones that tell the brain when you are satisfied, regulate your metabolism and fat storage.  Leptin is responsible for insulin signaling and determines whether or not you become insulin resistant.

Get Tested
It is important to test you Glucose and Hemoglobin A1C  regularly.  If Dr. Phelts sees the trends of these numbers going up then he may recommend some lifestyle changes.  Significant improvements can be seen in just a few weeks!  It is also advisable to do a urinalysis every 6 months if you are over 30.  A comprehensive blood test should be done initially and repeated once a year to monitor other metabolic factors in the blood to include kidney function, liver function, digestion and other areas that may need to improved and or optimized for your health overall. 

Deficiencies can be corrected easily with proper supplementation.  Diabetics should be on common vitamins such as Vitamin C, Fish Oil, Magnesium, and Vitamin E.  Based on the testing results other nutrients like Vanadium and Chromium Picolinate may be advised.  Do you believe that you have been eating a healthy diet and exercising, but not seeing much change in your Hemoglobin A1C and Glucose?  Then get tested and get on a plan tailored to exactly what you need.  Give us a call, 212-286-2012 to see if we may be able to help you.

 

References

1.  Sukhija, Rishi, et al. “Effect of Statins on Fasting Plasma Glucose in Diabetic and Nondiabetic Patients.” Journal of Investigative Medicine : the Official Publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Mar. 2009, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19188844.

2.  “Are Statin Drugs Linked to Diabetes and Muscle Damage?” Mercola.com, articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/28/are-statin-drugs-harmful-to-health.aspx.

3.  “Sugary Drinks May Raise Diabetes Risk.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 19 Nov. 2016, www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/study-ties-sugary-drinks-to-an-increased-risk-of-pre-diabetes/2016/11/18/94e8ddb0-ac1e-11e6-8b45-f8e493f06fcd_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.882566254ea0.

4.  Collison, Kate S, et al. “Effect of Dietary Monosodium Glutamate on HFCS-Induced Hepatic Steatosis: Expression Profiles in the Liver and Visceral Fat.” Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.), U.S. National Library of Medicine, June 2010, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20111022.

 

Chiropractic Treatments Is Effective For Migraines- New York, NY

Migraines can be debilitating for some. They incapacitate them to the point that they have to miss family events, cancel outings and recreational activities, and stay home from work.  They must stay inside on a beautiful day, because the light from the sun exacerbates their pain.  They may have to miss dinner with friends, because of nausea and vomiting.  Many people who suffer from migraines have gotten relief from Dr. Phelts' treatments at our New York, NY office.  Dr. Phelts uses chiropractic adjustments and applied kinesiology treatments, which seems to be the best combination for migraine relief.

Migraine headaches are part of a complex neurological condition that can encompass a variety of symptoms, including visual disturbances; nausea and/or vomiting; dizziness; extreme sensitivity to sound, light, touch, and smell; and tingling or numbness in the extremities or face.1

Chiropractic migraine research studies

A 2017 study included 104 patients who suffered from migraines with a frequency of at least 2x/month.  The participants were divided into three groups:
1.  Pharmaceutical treatment group.
2.  Chiropractic treatment group
3.  Placebo group.

The studies occurred over a period of three months. The subjects were followed up with at three, six, and 12 months after the studly ended.

All three groups from experienced a significant reduction in frequency of migraines from the begriming of the study to 3 months.  )Whenever a placebo group experiences improvement, Dr. Phelts says, "faith works").  This reduction in frequency lasted through the 12 month follow-up for the chiropractic groups. The length of each migraine episode was more significantly reduce in the chiropractic group as opposed to the pharmaceutical group.

References
Migraine Fact Sheet. http://www.migraineresearchfoundation.org/fact-sheet.html. Accessed July 14, 2019.

Chaibi A, Benth JŠ, Tuchin PJ, Russell MB. Chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for migraine: A three-armed, single-blinded, placebo, randomized controlled trial. European Journal of Neurology. 2017;24(1):143-153.
 

 

Why Folate Is Important For Pregnant Women

Dr. John Phelts offers nutrition consults for moms-to-be in his New York, NY office.  Folate is necessary for the development of the baby's neural tube, which is forme during the first trimester.  The neural tube is important for the development of the baby's brain and spinal cord.  It is also important for the formation of genetic material.  Low folate levels are associated with neural tube defects, which can cause brain and spinal cord conditions, as well as heart conditions. 

When purchasing a prenatal multivitamin it is important to understand the difference between Folate and folic acid.  Folate is in the form that the body can use.  Folic acid is synthetic and the body has to convert it to folate before the body can use it.  The body is not good at converting folic acid into folate.  The active form of folate is 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (5-MTHF).  Look for supplements with 5_MTHF.  They are a little more expensive, but also more effective at the same time.  You also want to make sure that it has at least 400 mcg of folate.

Consuming whole foods is always the best way to get your nutrients.  Foods rich in folate include:liver, asparagus, avocados, Brussels sprouts, spinach and lettuce. A dietary supplement in recommended in order to ensure sufficient levels during pregnancy.  If you have questions about the role of or form of folate you need during pregnancy, consult Dr. Phelts for guidance.  Call us at 212-286-2012.

 

Recommendations For A Healthy Pregnancy

A woman's body is designed to nurture and provide an environment in which a human being grows and develops until it is ready to move to the outsied world.  This process can be facilitated when the mom-to-be makes healthy choices in regard to nutrution, exercise, and healthcare.  Dr. Phelts sees many expecting mothers at his New York practice.  The following recommendations can help you acheive a healthier pregnancy.

Pregnancy Nutrition Essentials

The mom's body must nurture the baby, so as the baby develops and grows, the mom's nutritional requirements also grows.  Calories, vitamin, and mineral requirements all increase.  For most normal-weight pregnant women, the right amount of calories is about . . .

  • 1,800 calories per day during the first trimester.
  • 2,200 calories per day during the second trimester.
  • 2,400 calories per day during the third trimester.

If you are exercising regularly, you can add about 100-200 calories  (depending on the intensity of exercies) to the above recommendations on days that you exercise

These calories should be acquired from a variety of whole grains, fruits and veggies as well as eggs, lean cuts of meat and poultry, and low-mercury fish, such as tilapia or salmon. (Vegetarians and vegans will have dietary considerations to discuss with Dr. Phelts in order to ensure they meet their caloric and nutrient needs.) Chemicals added to foods can cross the placenta and affect the baby.  This make it important, when possible, to choose foods that are organic, verified non-GMO, and antibiotic-free.

Tips For Meeting Pregnancy Nutrient Requirements

Increase Protein. Pregnant women need 75 - 100 grams of protein daily, Great sources include: fully cooked eggs, fish, grass fed red meat, and poultry, and plain greek yogurt with added fresh fruit.   Good sources include: nuts, legumes (black beans, lentils, chickpeas, etc.), , and tempeh. If you find it challenging to eat high-quality sources of protein, speak with Dr. Phelts about using protein powder to make smoothies (or to oatmeal).

Choose Healthy Fats. Consuming adequate fats is vital to baby's organ and brain development. Focus on healthy sources such as avocado, nuts and nut oils, olive oil, coconut, eggs.  Supplementing with high quality fish oil has been shown to enhance brain development.

Snack on Veggies and Fruits. Many pregnant women complain of fatigue.  Consuming a variety of  fruits and veggies can help boost energy, and provide fiber, vitamins and minerals.  Limit fruits to 2 servings/day.  The rest should be vegetables (as much as you desire).  Vegetables should be eaten slightly steamed.

Drink More Water. A woman's blood volume increases during pregnancy and her body has to supply fluid to replenish the amniotic fluid surrounding the baby. Drinking water is important for hydration levels and may help with morning sickness and prevent constipation. The amount of water needed varies by activity level, climate, food consumption; an average rule of thumb is 1 quart per 50lbs of body weight, but no more than 3 quarts total.

Go for Whole Grains. The carbohydrates provided by whole grains are your body's primary source of energy. Grains also provide B vitamins and fiber. Ancient Grains (such as millet, flax, farro, oat, and quinoa) are an excellent source of whole grains. Choose fresh-baked breads from the bakery; opt for whole grain crackers, pasta, and brown rice.

Consume Fermented Foods. Fermented foods are a potent source of probiotics, which are essential to powering up the mucosal immune system in your digestive tract and producing antibodies to bad bacteria. Both are key to maintaining vibrant health for mom and baby. Dr. Phelts may recommend a probiotic in lieu of fermented foods.

Eat Smaller Meals. Many expecting mother find eating to be a challenge due to nausea.  In these cases, it is reocommneded tha you eat frequent small meals every 1.5 to 2 hours. 

Avoid Chemicals. Chemicals in processed foods, caffeine, and sugar can affect the development of the baby's brain and nervous system, as well as immunity and gut health. For your baby's health, try to avoid these foods.

Consider Supplements. A prenatal vitamin containing folate is beneficial to many women during pregnancy and Dr. Phelts  recommend starting it a minimum of three months preconception. A number of other supplements are considered important for mom and developing baby, based on individual needs. Consult your Dr. Phelts to determine what is safe and best for you.

The Integrity of the Womb

Many chemicals and medicines have unknown risks for the fetus, which can result in birth defects. To protect the integrity of the womb, it's important for a woman to avoid use of over-the-counter and prescription medicines that are not essential for a health condition. Recreational drugs, alcohol, and smoking are always to be avoided. Finally, herbs (botanical medicines) and essential oils should be cleared by your physician before use during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

These tips skim the surface of making healthy choices during pregnancy. To address your unique needs, speak with Dr. Phelts, obstetrician or midwife about what is best for you and baby during pregnancy.  Dr. Phelts is always willing with your obstetrician or midwife to insure your best care.

References:
-TheHolisticNutritionist.com "What to Eat During Pregnancy." Posted 4 May 2016. 
 

-http://www.theholisticnutritionist.com/pregnancy/whattoeatduringpregnancy/ American Pregnancy Association. Accessed 11 July 2019. _____ "Diet During Pregnancy."

-https://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/diet-during-pregnancy/ _____ "Pregnancy Nutrition." https://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/pregnancy-nutrition/ 

 

New York TMJ Pain and Auto Injury

New York TMJ Treatment by Dr. PheltsJaw pain is a fairly typical problem reported by many people after a car crash, and it can be confusing for some physicians to identify the source of the problem. Complicating the matter, oftentimes you won't develop TMJ pain until many weeks or months after the original injury.

Dr. Phelts has helped many individuals with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical research explains what causes these types of symptoms. During a crash, the tissues in your spine are often stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve damage. This can clearly cause pain in the neck and back, but since your central nervous system is one functioning unit, irritation of the nerves can cause problems in other parts of your body.

For example, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause tingling or pins and needles in the arm or hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injured tissues, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a wreck are very common because of neck injury, and the TMJ works the same way. Dr. Phelts sees this very often in our New York office.

Research Supports Chiropractic Lessens TMJ Pain After an Auto Accident

Research shows that the source of many jaw or TMJ problems begins in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to resolving these symptoms is simple: Dr. Phelts will work to restore your spinal column back to health, decreasing the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured areas, and eliminating the irritation to the nerves in your spine.

Dr. Phelts finds that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy condition.

If you reside in New York and you've been hurt in a car crash, Dr. Phelts can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 2003, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (212) 286-2012 for an appointment or consultation.

Ciancaglini R, Testa M, Radaelli G. Association of neck pain with symptoms of temporomandibular dysfunction in the general adult population. Scandinavian Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine 1999;31:17-22.

Brantingham JW, Cassa TK, Bonnefin D, Pribicevic M, Robb A, et al. Manipulative and multimodal therapy for upper extremity and temporomandibular disorders: a system review. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2013;36(3):143-201.