Posts by Dr. John W. Phelts, D.C.
A review of 50 case studies involving chiropractors treating patients with frozen shoulder syndrome (FSS), also known as adhesive capsulitis, showed significant improvements in their condition. The patients received chiropractic adjustments to their cervical spine (neck) and thoracic spine (spine). Shoulder range of motion and a pain rating scale were used to measure progress.
Out of the 50 cases reviewed, “16 resolved completely (100% improvement), 25 showed 75% to 90% improvement, 8 showed 50% to 75% improvement, and 1 showed 0% to 50% improvement. “1
These patients saw improvement, although their shoulders were not directly treated. How is that possible? Chiropractic adjustments improve nervous system function. The nerves…Read More
Lymphocyte- a form of small leukocyte (white blood cell) with a single round nucleus, occurring especially in the lymphatic system.
Dendritic Cells- are antigen-presenting cells. Their main function is to process antigen material and present it on the cell surface to the T cells of the immune system.
T-cell- a lymphocyte that develops from stem cells in the bone marrow and matures in the thymus gland.
Naïve T-Cell (Th0)- a T-cell that has not encountered an antigen within the periphery.
Allergen- An allergen is any substance (antigen) that is recognized as an invader by the immune system and causes an allergic reaction.
Antigen- a toxin or other foreign substance which induces an immune response in the body, especially the…
If you are not famiiar with immunology, you may want to open the glossary in a separate window as a reference as you read this article
Millions of people around the globe have allergies. They suffer from hives, eczema, itchy watery eyes, runny noses, asthma, nausea. Allergies can mean misery for them. Many need to have medication on hand to cope, like steroidal creams, inhalers, and oral medications. They often imagine what life would be like, if they didn’t have allergies and need medication. This article explores the allergic reaction process and natural methods of managing them.
The main cause of allergy symptoms is excess of histamine in the body. Contrary to popular belief, histamine is not bad. It serves many important…
Many of my patients have been asking which immune support supplements, herbs and vitamins are best to take during cold and flu season. The answer depends on which part of your immune system is active. There are two parts of your immune system, the Innate and the Adaptive Immune system and each requires different support. Below I explain the function of and the correct regimen to support each one.
Innate Immune System:
This refers to the body’s defense against an infection that is triggered immediately or within hours of a foreign cell or organism appearing in the body. It is composed of barriers that keep viruses, parasites, bacteria and anything the body identifies as foreign, out of your body and limits its ability to spread…
With the daily updates about the coronavirus, it is easy to panic and feel unsure about what you can do to preserve your health. Below I have provided some recommendations on how to maintain a healthy immune system during this time.
Sleep - Get plenty of sleep. Your immune system is most active when you are sleeping and it works best when you get sufficient sleep. Daily sleep recommendations vary depending on your lifestyle: 6-8 hours for sedentary individuals, 7-9 hours for those who are moderately active, and up to 10 hours a day for professional athletes.
Drink Water - At the first sign of any flu or cold like symptoms, drink plenty of water. Water slows the replication of viruses and reduces the…
From Asian cuisine to gluten-free and other special diets, rice is a staple food for many people. But is it healthy? Depending on where it's grown, rice contains one of the world's most toxic elements: arsenic. It can be passed into the human body, building up in body tissue over time, leading to impairments in the nervous system and brain functioning, birth defects, cancer, and other health problems.
Arsenic, like lead, is a trace element found naturally in the environment in two forms: (1) Organic, found in plant and animal tissue, and (2) Inorganic, found in rocks, soil, or water. The inorganic form is more toxic. Arsenic also gets into the soil through pollution and runoff from manufacturing.
Because rice is grown under flooded…Read More
Fruits and vegetables are often recommended for their vitamin and mineral content. Did you know that plants contain other substances that positively impact our health? They are called phytochemicals (substances that give plants their vibrant colors) and they support your body with increased health and play a role in disease prevention.
Many people substitue fruits and vegetables with synthetic multivitamin supplements. This is a great error, because plants also contain phytochemicals, which support your immune system, reduce inflammation, support the body's detoxification processes, protect cells from free radical damage, protect your heart and blood vessels, and modulate your hormones. Those listed are only a few of the…Read More