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Res­o­lu­tion of Anx­i­ety, Depres­sion, Insom­nia, Sco­l­io­sis and Clus­ter Headaches in a Patient with Opi­oid Addic­tion

chiroractic case study

In this case study, the 21-​year-​old male patient, gets relief from both phys­i­cal pain and men­tal ill health. Chi­ro­prac­tic even helped him over­com­ing his drug addic­tion. Find out more details from the study.

Abstract Of Case Study
To report the results of subluxation-​based chi­ro­prac­tic care in a patient com­plain­ing of anx­i­ety, depres­sion, insom­nia, and clus­ter headaches while under­go­ing treat­ment and recov­ery from sub­stance abuse. The results are based on this case study and also review of literature.

Clin­i­cal Fea­tures
A 21-​year-​old male patient pre­sented into a chi­ro­prac­tic office com­plain­ing of anx­i­ety, depres­sion, insom­nia, and clus­ter headaches. Patient stated he was also under­go­ing sub­stance abuse treat­ment. X-​ray radi­ographs revealed a 21-​degree tho­racic dex­trosco­l­io­sis, along with cer­vi­cal hypolor­do­sis, tho­racic hypokypho­sis, and lum­bar hyperlordosis.

Inter­ven­tion And Out­come
Ini­tial pos­tural and radi­ographic exam­i­na­tions were per­formed. After being put on an appro­pri­ate care plan, the patient was assessed and adjusted when nec­es­sary for sub­lux­a­tion using tra­di­tional chi­ro­prac­tic adjustments.

Patient was also pre­scribed cer­vi­cal trac­tion and ther­a­peu­tic exer­cises. Upon com­ple­tion of the care plan, the patient had a 10-​degree reduc­tion in the tho­racic dex­trosco­l­io­sis mea­sure­ment and obtained restora­tion of nor­mal cer­vi­cal, tho­racic, and lum­bar cur­va­ture. Patient decreased and even­tu­ally stopped all med­ica­tion usage and has not expe­ri­enced a relapse in 4.5 years.

Subluxation-​based chi­ro­prac­tic care played a role in the res­o­lu­tion of the patient’s com­plaints. The patient was able to stop all med­ica­tions and live a pro­duc­tive life symp­tom free.

Men­tal Stress and Its Link to Dis­ease

story of 2 wolves

By Dr Robert Bates, DC

They say 90% of men­tal stress is in the form of auto-​suggestion. Which really is just us beat­ing up on our­selves. When we’re in a stressed state, there are two dif­fer­ent sides of that. We are in the fight or flight response, which is like push­ing the pedal to the medal on the gas. That is where every­thing is in high alert, such as when you find your­self in a dark alley and some­one jumps out at you. Every­thing goes into high alert, and the blood rushes to the areas to get you to stay and fight or take flight.

The prob­lem with that is a lot of times we get so used to being in this fight or flight response that our lev­els stay at a steady state of high stress for long peri­ods of time.
We may feel stressed states for try­ing to get to work on time, wak­ing up and rush­ing off to work, time sched­ules, paper­work, school, work prob­lems, mar­i­tal prob­lems, and rela­tion­ship prob­lems. All these things cre­ate men­tal stress which is looked at, depend­ing on how you inter­pret it, as a fight or flight response, and causes stress to the body.

When it does that your body is in high alert all the time, which is not what it’s sup­posed to do, it only should be dur­ing those life threat­en­ing sit­u­a­tions when you have to fight or flight to save your life.
Your body has a ten­dency to start break­ing down at that state, because it never has a chance to go on the other side of the coin, which is the restora­tive type of rest­ing state that you should be in most of the time, in order to repair your body.

It’s really impor­tant to look at things this way, because a lot of times we are so used to it that we don’t even know we’re in this stressed state, because, it’s such a nor­mal sit­u­a­tion for our soci­ety or our lifestyle to be in a high stressed state.

It can be very hard to break these pat­terns, espe­cially pat­terns of thought. Some­times you think of some­thing and auto­mat­i­cally it’ll bring up a neg­a­tive thought or feel­ing. It’s a reflex type of sit­u­a­tion, because you’ve pro­grammed your­self sub­con­sciously that way.
The way the brain works is if you don’t use it, you lose it, but the more you use it, you have a ten­dency to go that way. It’s as if you’re walk­ing through snow, the more you walk through one path the eas­ier it is to go through it. So if that path is a neg­a­tive thought or a neg­a­tive auto-​suggestion, when a sit­u­a­tion arises, you will, more often than not, sub­con­sciously take that neg­a­tive path. So it takes a con­scious effort to watch your thoughts, to see what you’re think­ing, so that you can slowly start carv­ing a path towards how you want to think.
It is up to you to really have the will to catch those neg­a­tive thoughts of auto-​suggestion. I want to some it up with a parable.

An old Chero­kee was teach­ing his young grand­son one of life’s impor­tant lessons. He told the young boy the fol­low­ing parable:

“There is a fight going inside each of us. It is a ter­ri­ble fight between two wolves”, he said.
“One wolf is evil. He is anger, rage, envy, regret, greed,
arro­gance, self-​pity, guilt, resent­ment, lies,
false pride, supe­ri­or­ity, and ego.
The sec­ond wolf is good. He is joy, peace, love, hope, seren­ity, humil­ity,
kind­ness, empa­thy, truth, com­pas­sion, and faith.”

The grand­son thought about this for a moment.
The he asked his grand­fa­ther,
“Which wolf will win this fight?“
The old Chero­kee sim­ply replied,
“The one you feed.”

Drs C Gus & Jacque­line Tsiapalis

Vaughan Chi­ro­prac­tic: Fam­ily Well­ness Centre



Chi­ro­prac­tic Can­cer Foun­da­tion for Chil­dren

chiropractic cancer foundation children

Wel­come to the Chi­ro­prac­tic Can­cer Foun­da­tion for Chil­dren. The foun­da­tion is led by Cana­dian Doc­tor of Chi­ro­prac­tic Jamie Gar­vey. Dr. Gar­vey has a strong belief in the human body’s innate abil­ity to com­bat can­cer cells and other dis­eases. He has first-​hand expe­ri­ence with can­cer since Dr. Gar­vey, him­self, was diag­nosed with Leukemia at the age of eleven. Stress and poor cir­cu­la­tion can under­mine the body’s nat­ural heal­ing pow­ers and inter­fere with the cen­tral ner­vous systems’s abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate effec­tively. At the foun­da­tion, we believe that chi­ro­prac­tic adjust­ments and other nat­ural heal­ing tech­niques can mit­i­gate or reverse stresses that lead to poor health and even life threat­en­ing dis­eases such as cancer.

Unfor­tu­nately, there are many vic­tims of can­cer who can­not afford chi­ro­prac­tic treat­ment. The mis­sion of the foun­da­tion is to ensure that all chil­dren with can­cer have access to free chi­ro­prac­tic care so that cost is not a fac­tor in the deci­sion obtain this impor­tant care for all those in need. The foun­da­tion is very grate­ful to the over 100 chi­ro­prac­tors who believe in our cause and who have ded­i­cated their time to help­ing oth­ers. We have mem­bers in more than six coun­tries and are we are con­tin­u­ing to expand.

Drs Gus and Jacque­line Tsi­a­palis at Vaughan Chi­ro­prac­tic, have been mem­bers of the foun­da­tion for over 10 years.

To sched­ule a com­pli­men­tary spinal checkup for your child, con­tact our cen­tre @ 9058500909 or This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look for­ward to see­ing how we can help.

Can­cer Killers: What does health look like?

human anatomy cancer

Looks are Deceiving

Just because you think you eat right or “pretty good,” think you get enough exer­cise, or even see a chi­ro­prac­tor reg­u­larly or occa­sion­ally, does not mean you’re pro­tected from can­cer! Doing these things cor­rectly pre­vents or fights can­cer. I was work­ing out, eat­ing well, and get­ting adjusted for years. If you looked at me, I looked healthy! But I wasn’t. The can­cers they found in my body had been build­ing for a long time.

With nutri­tion, I was eat­ing a lot of fit­ness foods with­out a focus on qual­ity, and my sup­ple­ments were mostly syn­thetic rather than whole foods. I also didn’t work out to sup­port a healthy sys­tem, I just lifted heavy weights. So I looked great, but wasn’t devel­op­ing the kind of oxygen-​efficient body that makes one the most effec­tive Can­cer Killer.

If you don’t opti­mize and main­tain your cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem, you’re negat­ing the area that plays the largest role in help­ing your immune sys­tem han­dle today’s toxic envi­ron­ment. I was get­ting adjusted every week, but the wrong way. It wasn’t cor­rec­tive care. After 14 years of care, my cer­vi­cal spine was still in ter­ri­ble con­di­tion and con­tin­u­ing to inter­fere with nerve sup­ply to organs and tissues.

On top of all that, I’d never addressed the mas­sive toxic over­load that my body was under. I’d lived in sev­eral new homes and office build outs the last sev­eral years before my diag­no­sis. Because of the new con­struc­tion, I’d been exposed to all of the chemically-​treated build­ing mate­ri­als that emit gas that’s absorbed by the body but can’t be metab­o­lized with­out help.

So, yes, I appeared per­fectly healthy! I looked like I ate healthy! I was adjusted, but it wasn’t cor­rec­tive care and it was done the wrong way. Addi­tion­ally, the toxic bur­den I’d been exposed to was rapidly over­whelm­ing my sys­tem. That’s why it’s so impor­tant to never judge your health by the way you look phys­i­cally, or because you think you do one area like nutri­tion or fit­ness pretty well. Your abil­ity to be truly well and pre­vent chronic dis­ease is deter­mined by how closely you live accord­ing to these 5 Essen­tials (a max­i­mized mind, max­i­mized nerve sup­ply, qual­ity nutri­tion, opti­mum fit­ness, and min­i­mized toxins).

— Orig­i­nal excerpt writ­ten by Dr. Charles Majors, pub­lished in “The Can­cer Killers”

Dr Charles Majors

Dr Charles’ Story

In Sep­tem­ber 2010, Charles was diag­nosed with mul­ti­ple myeloma which had spread to his brain in the form of four large tumors. A very rare can­cer, mul­ti­ple myeloma occurs in less than 1% of the adult pop­u­la­tion. Attempted surgery to remove the brain tumors was unsuc­cess­ful, and Charles was left with very few options for sur­vival for this con­di­tion, con­sid­ered to be incurable.

Hav­ing been given weeks to live, Charles sought the care of inte­gra­tive oncol­o­gists, and embarked on a heal­ing jour­ney using all holis­tic, non-​medical inter­ven­tions. Through this care, Charles’ health improved dra­mat­i­cally. Four years after his diag­no­sis, shock­ing his con­ven­tional physi­cians, an updated MRI revealed no tumors in Charles’ brain. He was pro­claimed to be cancer-​free at the five-​year anniver­sary of his diag­no­sis.
Dur­ing these years, Charles used his own expe­ri­ence to help and inspire thou­sands of indi­vid­u­als look­ing to pre­vent and beat their own can­cers. It brought Charles incred­i­ble joy to not only be cancer-​free him­self, but to see oth­ers receive the same procla­ma­tions from their own doc­tors as a result of his inspiration.

Hav­ing been strong and hav­ing beaten all the odds for six years, Charles expe­ri­enced new symp­toms in the final few months of his life. Charles had a rare sub­set of mul­ti­ple myeloma, occur­ring in 1% of mul­ti­ple myeloma patients — very unex­pect­edly, the dis­ease man­i­fested aggres­sively in Charles’ final weeks. Though he received tremen­dous care from both his holis­tic physi­cians and con­ven­tional oncol­o­gists, Charles’ body was unable to keep up the fight; he passed away at the age of 46.

Charles beat all of his doc­tors’ expec­ta­tions for six years, sur­viv­ing longer than any­one would have ever expected. He ded­i­cated his life to help­ing every­one in his path. The sheer num­bers of friends, patients and col­leagues who have accred­ited their achieve­ments in health and in per­sonal suc­cess to the inspi­ra­tion of Charles Majors has been immeasurable.

Happy Thanks­giv­ing

Dr Gus TeamA mes­sage of THANKS to our Chi­ro­prac­tic prac­tice mem­ber fam­i­lies!
Dr Jacque­line and I feel so blessed to be your Fam­ily Chi­ro­prac­tors over the last 18 years. We want to thank you for being a part of our lives, and our chi­ro­prac­tic centre.

We are thank­ful to have ben called to what we do, and to be an instru­ment in your heal­ing process. It is your own innate intel­li­gence in your body that God and the uni­verse gave you, that does the heal­ing. Chi­ro­prac­tic enhances your life energy and life force, keep­ing the con­nec­tion between the brain and the body, and the body and the brain strong by remov­ing any inter­fer­ence along the nerve path­ways. The improved life force flow­ing through your body, allows you to live at your best potential.

If you haven’t received chi­ro­prac­tic care in a while and are inter­ested in opti­miz­ing and main­tain­ing your health, you are always wel­come! Chi­ro­prac­tic works for every body — babies, chil­dren, mom, dad, grandma, grandpa.

Our Thanks­giv­ing thoughts and prayers are with you and your fam­i­lies over the week­end and through­out the com­ing year.

With Love from Above Down and Inside Out!

Drs. Gus & Jacque­line Tsi­a­palis & the Vaughan Chi­ro­prac­tic Team

Don’t Blame the Bugs

dont-blame-the-bugsHave you ever expe­ri­enced real fear? Most of us have tasted moments of panic at some time in our lives, even if it was only the first wob­bling solo effort on a bicy­cle or can­ter on a horse. For oth­ers it may have been the first ter­ri­fy­ing pub­lic speech or careen­ing down a 30-​degree slope for the first time on skis with­out hav­ing a real idea of how to stop.

These are all fears that fade with famil­iar­ity: As we gain con­fi­dence and expe­ri­ence there is no longer the same sense of trep­i­da­tion. But there is another type of fear that is more insid­i­ous. It is instilled in us from an early age and con­di­tions our minds and the way we con­duct our lives for years to come. It is a fear that has cre­ated multi-​million-​dollar indus­tries and the use of vast pub­lic and pri­vate resources to com­bat the per­ceived danger.

And what is it that has the power to dis­rupt our lives to such a degree, the poten­tial to make intel­li­gent men and women lose their objec­tiv­ity and rea­son? It is some­thing we can­not even see with the naked eye — microbes, bac­te­ria, viruses — the “bugs” we blame for every minor ail­ment or afflic­tion that besets us.

Peo­ple say “I have a tummy bug” when they have indi­ges­tion, or a cough or cold is attrib­uted to “a virus.” It not only passes the respon­si­bil­ity for their predica­ment to an invis­i­ble and mali­cious force, but it makes them a vic­tim of cir­cum­stances beyond their con­trol and cre­ates the notion that they have only to kill off the unfor­tu­nate micro­bial scape­goat for all to be well. It has cre­ated a great mis­con­cep­tion that has pre­vailed for well over 100 years: that health is syn­ony­mous with hygiene.

The San­i­ti­za­tion of Life

From our ear­li­est years hygiene is instilled in us: We must wash our hands, clean our teeth, use only our own tow­els. Mil­lions of pounds are made by man­u­fac­tur­ers of chem­i­cals and deter­gents to kill all pos­si­ble germs and ster­il­ize our lives. We pour pre­cious resources into the san­i­ti­za­tion of our soci­ety. Steril­ity has become syn­ony­mous with purity, and clean­li­ness close to so much more than god­li­ness. How else can we explain the uni­ver­sal pref­er­ence for “whiter than white,” which has fol­lowed the mis­sion­ar­ies into the remotest cor­ners of the earth?

I’m not sug­gest­ing that hygiene and clean­li­ness are unnec­es­sary. They have brought enor­mous ben­e­fits to mankind. We know, for exam­ple, that bet­ter con­di­tions in child­birth have reduced infant mor­tal­ity and, thereby, raised the aver­age life expectancy. Many con­ta­gious ill­nesses have been con­trolled and a bet­ter qual­ity of life is enjoyed by peo­ple as a result of the prac­tice of asep­sis in many spheres of life. The prob­lem is that the whole notion of hygiene being health has left us with the wrong pri­or­i­ties; we seem to have for­got­ten that health is not sim­ply the absence of disease.

The error of equat­ing steril­ity with health goes back to the time when peo­ple were search­ing for an expla­na­tion of dis­ease. Doc­tors had long rec­og­nized that poor san­i­ta­tion and poverty were equated with ill­ness. Water in the river Thames was believed to har­bor all man­ner of evils.

Fun­da­men­tal Flaws in the Germ Theory

In the late 19th cen­tury, Louis Pas­teur came up with a plau­si­ble expla­na­tion of dis­ease: Germs were respon­si­ble for the symp­toms of dis­ease, and, by impli­ca­tion, their erad­i­ca­tion would effect a return to nor­mal health. This seemed such a log­i­cal expla­na­tion for many of the ail­ments that afflicted man and ani­mals that it soon became accepted as a uni­ver­sal truth. Any other the­o­ries of dis­ease cau­sa­tion were eclipsed, and the germ the­ory became a sort of dogma in the manger. Pasteur’s fame (and the for­tunes of many man­u­fac­tur­ers of anti­sep­tics and antibi­otics for a cen­tury) was based on some largely false assump­tions. These were:

That bac­te­ria were found every­where in the atmos­phere, and cause not only fer­men­ta­tion and putre­fac­tion, but also many diseases.

That each type of bac­te­ria is a dis­tinct species, and that each species causes a spe­cific disease.

That a nor­mally healthy ani­mal has bac­te­ri­o­log­i­cally ster­ile tis­sues, and therefore…

That any dis­ease of bac­te­r­ial ori­gin must be caused by an inva­sion of exter­nal germs through direct or indi­rect con­tact with pre-​existing cases of the disease.

With the excep­tion of the first assump­tion (which is largely cor­rect), these have since been proven false, but they have not stopped the momen­tum of the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal indus­tries which have based their main prod­ucts on the erad­i­ca­tion of microbes.

In fact, mod­ern bac­te­ri­ol­o­gists rec­og­nize that, in spite of asep­sis and what Pro­fes­sor Rene Dubos in his 1965 book Man Adapt­ing called “the eupho­ria of mod­ern med­i­cine over infec­tious dis­ease,” mor­tal­ity and mor­bid­ity rates have not changed appre­cia­bly since Pasteur’s day. In fact so overchem­i­cal­ized have our bod­ies become that new and more vir­u­lent strains of bac­te­ria, such as MRSA, have appeared, pos­ing a real threat to patients in many of our hospitals.

From time to time, the media carry warn­ings of impend­ing epi­demics of flu — caused, it is believed, by new viral strains from the Far East, trans­mit­ted by birds, or from trop­i­cal zones, trans­mit­ted by mos­qui­toes. The phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal indus­try endeav­ors to pro­vide new vac­cines to pre­vent con­ta­gion, but there is always con­cern that there will not be enough to go around. In any case, they sim­ply weaken the immune sys­tem, mak­ing peo­ple more vul­ner­a­ble to other microbes.

A Bet­ter Outlook

The out­look is not as gloomy as it might appear, how­ever. We don’t need to be afraid of ill­ness and dis­ease. We are not the inevitable vic­tims of vicious exter­nal pathogens wait­ing to strike us down at every grubby cor­ner we may fre­quent. Our health is sus­tained by the dynamic inter­play of our emo­tions (the way we think, act, and feel); our struc­ture (our pos­ture and the phys­i­cal con­di­tion in which we main­tain our bod­ies); and our bio­chem­istry (the way we use food and other nour­ish­ment to main­tain our func­tion). These are largely under our per­sonal con­trol. If we become unwell it is usu­ally the result of the break­down of this bal­ance, and the bac­te­ria and viruses which pro­lif­er­ate are a sec­ondary con­se­quence of that break­down. They may, in fact, have a vital func­tion to per­form in bring­ing things back to nor­mal — for exam­ple, by scav­eng­ing and clean­ing up unhealthy tissue.

So the next time you feel ill, don’t blame the bugs! Try instead to see where things may have gone wrong with your inter­nal bal­anc­ing process. Find the real cause of the dis­or­der and see if you can, in some way, start cor­rect­ing it. Seek ways to strengthen and sus­tain your own resilience and immu­nity. As you learn to do so, you will begin to respect and under­stand the won­der­ful self-​regulatory pow­ers of your own body and mind.

Above all, you will gain a con­fi­dence that can erad­i­cate the lead­ing cause of dis­ease, which is fear itself.

Author: Roger New­man Turner, ND, DO

Pub­lished in Path­ways to Fam­ily Well­ness, Issue #52

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