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Diagnosis treatment planning

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Scoliosis is a common condition of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems that is seen in general medical and orthopedic practices. It refers to a lateral curvature of the spine greater than 10 degrees, meaning that the spine and its bones are curved to one side or the other.

Generally, a scoliosis chiropractor is a professional who is well-equipped to assess, manage, and treat scoliosis and its related complications.

Scoliosis is usually present from birth, and typically first noticed during late childhood or early adolescence when the child has a “growth spurt,” and the abnormality in their spine is first noticed.
If you are concerned that your child might have scoliosis, you may want to take them to a professional scoliosis chiropractor to see if this is the case.

Chiropractic Assessment of Scoliosis

The first step in the chiropractic management of scoliosis is assessing the patient to see if they have scoliosis, and if so, the extent to which they suffer from it and its related symptoms.

Your scoliosis chiropractor will look at your back in several positions and may use other instruments as well as copies of a spinal X-ray to see the degree of curvature of the spine.

Depending on the severity of the curvature, scoliosis is classified as mild, moderate, or severe. Mild scoliosis features a curvature of less than 25 degrees, severe scoliosis is when the degree of curvature is greater than 40 degrees, and any lateral curvature between 25 and 40 degrees is considered to be moderate scoliosis.

Interventions to treat scoliosis are generally the same, regardless of the degree of curvature of the spine. However, surgical involvement is usually only considered in severe scoliosis.
Even then, it is usually reserved for patients who suffer from considerable pain, difficulties with breathing, or another major disability impacting their quality of life that is directly related to their scoliosis.

The primary method through which a chiropractor treats scoliosis is usually through providing manual manipulation of the bones in the spine. Depending on their assessment, they will gently move the bones in the spine using their hands to reduce areas where the bones are incorrectly aligned.

By adjusting the spinal bones, the chiropractic care of the spine in the scoliosis patient can do a great deal to prevent pain and discomfort and make it easier to move and breathe.
Most people who work as a specialized scoliosis chiropractor have a heavy component of physical therapy within their practice.

They will usually have a heavy focus on strengthening the muscles surrounding the spine and back so that the person is able to support their torso without putting too much pressure on their abnormally curved spine.

Chiropractic Treatment of Scoliosis

The primary method through which a chiropractor treats scoliosis is usually through providing manual manipulation of the bones in the spine. Depending on their assessment, they will gently move the bones in the spine using their hands to reduce areas where the bones are incorrectly aligned.

By adjusting the spinal bones, the chiropractic care of the spine in the scoliosis patient can do a great deal to prevent pain and discomfort and make it easier to move and breathe.

Most people who work as a specialized scoliosis chiropractor have a heavy component of physical therapy within their practice.

They will usually have a heavy focus on strengthening the muscles surrounding the spine and back so that the person is able to support their torso without putting too much pressure on their abnormally curved spine.


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Autoimmune Thyroiditis

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Few people give much thought to how important iodine is to their health. Iodine plays a significant role regulating your hormone system. You’ve heard people blame weight gain on thyroid problems. If you are struggling to lose weight, it could be you don’t have enough iodine. Iodine is important to a properly functioning thyroid gland. An under or inactive thyroid leads to weight gain, severe fatigue, colder hands and feet, as well as other health problems.

Iodine Increases Testosterone

Even fewer men understand the impact low iodine has on testosterone levels. An iodine deficiency results in increased estrogen production. Iodine inhibits aromatase, the enzyme that converts testosterone to estrogen. This means more estrogen and less testosterone in men. An iodine supplement is very often necessary to reduce estrogen conversion to retain testosterone that the male body naturally produces.

Iodine also releases bromine and heavy metals from your tissues. Bromide is a known sex drive suppressant. In the past, bromide was given to prisoners for this reason.

We simply do not get enough iodine in our diets.

Not Enough Iodine

People used to get plenty of iodine but changes in our foods and environment have stripped us of iodine sources. In the 1970s, the food industry moved away from iodine-based yeast stabilizers to a bromine-based stabilizer. Not a good thing for men (or women). Additionally, fluoride (in our water supplies) binds to the same receptor in your thyroid as iodine does. The fluoride interferes with your thyroid function and lowers the amount of iodine your thyroid releases to your body and effectively causing men to have low testosterone levels.

Bromine is important because bromine causes the body to defecate iodine and replace it with bromine. Your thyroid hormone needs iodine, not bromine. Bromides are in medicines and cosmetics. It’s lurking in consumer products such as furniture, clothing, mattresses, baby furniture, and computers. Nonorganic potatoes contain bromine. Bromine is in popular drinks such as sodas and Gatorade. Bromides also come in nonorganic peanut butter and some deli meats. Many foods contain brominated flour and brominated vegetable oil (labeled as BVO).

All of this points to the need for an iodine supplement.

The Best Iodine Supplements

Several studies find that daily iodine intake is healthy in the range of 7 mg for men (some studies recommend 12.5 mg) and 13 mg for women. Women need more iodine for other reasons. It doesn’t limit estrogen in women because they produce their own estrogen instead of converting it from testosterone using the enzyme aromatase.

The best iodine supplements contain other healthy nutrients and vitamins such as vitamin d-3 along with iodine and iodide. Iodine supplements do much more than increase testosterone. Iodine also increases hormonal sensitivity of the brain and all body tissues. Iodine acts as an anti-oxidant, is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and controls your body’s cortisol response during stress. For these reasons and other sexual and health reasons, be sure you’re getting enough iodine.


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Ocular allergies or eye allergies usually occur when your eye conjunctiva comes in contact with something you are allergic to. As a result, your immune system responds by sending antibodies which cause allergic reactions in the form of itchy, red, swollen and watery eyes.

Allergies always tend to worsen during certain seasons when pollen and mold accumulate outside. Ocular allergies pose no threat to your vision other than effects like temporary blurriness and discomfort, but if they are persistent, you should see an ophthalmologist for ocular allergy treatment as continued discomfort could result in bacterial infection risk. You should also schedule ocular allergy testing to rule out other infections that come with the same symptoms but can be a threat to your eyesight.

Ocular allergy testing

If your symptoms are persistent, ocular allergy testing can eliminate the possibility of serious infections that could be a threat to your vision. Your ophthalmologist will perform an allergic test on you to evaluate environmental allergies and rule out other more serious infections. These tests will help your doctor determine the exact cause of your allergic reactions and help him to prescribe appropriate treatment for you.

If you have persistent ocular allergies, make sure to visit your ophthalmologist and let him give you the best and most effective ocular allergy treatment for your condition.

Ocular allergy treatment

Ocular allergies have become a very common condition affecting at least 20% of the American population. Some ocular allergy treatments could help relieve the symptoms, and they include.

1. Immunotherapy. Immunotherapy is one of the most effective proven treatments of ocular allergies. This treatment can be effective in the treatment of eye allergies and is a preventative for recurring allergies. Immunotherapy treatment comes in the form of shots and pills and is used to destroy allergens that set off allergy symptoms.

2. Artificial tears. Artificial tears help clean allergens from the eyes providing you with relief from ocular allergies. This treatment is easily accessible even without a prescription and is effective in dry eyes relief.

3. Antihistamine. This ocular allergy treatment is effective and can prevent eye allergies. Packed with antihistamine and a must cell-stabilizer, an antihistamine can provide significant relief to red eyes, burning and tearing.

4. Corticosteroids. Steroid eye drops are another effective treatment which can be prescribed along with other treatments. Eye steroids are effective in treating allergic effects like red eyes, irritation, and swelling.


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Category : Health

It’s something we were forced to do every six months as children, yet something so many of us fail to follow through with as adults – visiting a Michigan City dental practice on a regular basis. Whether you choose to blame a busy work schedule, a hectic family life or a demanding social schedule, one thing’s for sure – we should all make time for the dentist, or we might seriously regret it later in life.

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Teams

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Hello Act Out Loud Teams!

Act Out Loud is taking a break for 2015, and we hope to bring it back to you next year bigger and better! For now, we’d love for you to head over to our newest NOYS program, the Seat Belts Save Challenge! This is a great tool to get your peers wearing their seat belts – Every Ride, Every Time! There are cash prizes and you have time to plan – the next challenge opens for registration on March 17, 2015.

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act-out-loud

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What if you could help save a life?

You can. Did you know that car crashes are the number one cause of death for teens?  Keep your friends and classmates safer on the road and have some fun at the same time by entering the 2014 Act Out Loud Contest.

Act Out Loud is a teen-led contest that encourages youth across the country to take action to help keep what you value most – your friends, freedom and fun. Act Out Loud 2014 has one project goal – to plan and host a safe teen-driving rally in your school and/or community in April or May 2014, in support of Global Youth Traffic Safety Month.  The contest will focus on educating your peers and communities on the three primary causes of teen crash fatalities: speeding; lack of seatbelt usage and distractions caused by teen passengers.  Teams can earn up to $1,000 for completion of activities and will receive a free toolkit with great ideas and materials to get you started. The first 220 teams to submit their date, location and rally plans will receive the team stipend and toolkit. Teams that submit a video or picture slideshow of their event will be eligible for the grand prize of $10,000 and three runner-up prizes of $2,000 each. Registration opens October 16, 2013.

Act Out Loud is brought to you by National Organizations for Youth Safety and made possible through the generous support of The Allstate Foundation.