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Heart Disease Prevention and Chiropractic Treatment

Heart Disease – the term could spark apprehension in even the most health-conscious and fit person. Not surprising as cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the US. Many different condition fall under the “umbrella” of heart disease, so we’d like to clarify a bit.

What is heart disease?

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Heart Disease, also known as cardiovascular disease (CVD), is actually a group of diseases involving the heart or related blood vessels. These conditions include angina, heart attack (myocardial infarction), stroke, arterial fibrillation, congenital heart disease, and many others.

The causes for heart disorders are, of course, all the “usual suspects”, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, limited or no exercise, obesity, high cholesterol, poor diet, and excessive alcohol intake. High blood pressure accounts for approximately 13% of deaths related to heart disease, while smoking, lack of exercise, excessive weight and diabetes account for 5% to 9% of heart-related deaths.

Other factors that determine a person’s risk of heart disease are age, gender, and family history. Nonetheless, it is estimated that 90% of cardiovascular disease is preventable.

Naturally, regular exercise and a good, healthy diet top the list of things you can do to keep your heart healthy. But there are many other lifestyle choices and therapies that can help as well. We’ll address those in a few paragraphs, but first let’s learn how you can discover it you’re at risk.

Determining your risk for heart disease

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Most tests for heart disease are non-invasive or require only a small sample of blood. Generally speaking and depending upon what type of condition your doctor believes you might have, a simple physical exam and information about your personal and family history will be all that is required. However, as we age, other tests may become necessary.

Aside from chest x-rays and electrocardiograms (ECG or EKG), other such tests available are…

Holter Monitoring – A Holter monitor is a portable device that is worn for 24 to 72 hours. It is designed to detect heart rhythm irregularities that are not found during a normal EKG.

Echocardiogram – This noninvasive exam is basically an ultrasound of your chest which provides detailed images of your heart’s structure and function.

Cardiac Computerized Tomography (CT) Scan – A CT scan is commonly used to check for heart problems. When you have a cardiac CT scan, an X-ray tube inside a donut-shaped machine will rotate all around your body and collect images of your heart and chest.

Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – For this type of test, you lie on a table inside a long tube-like machine that produces a magnetic field which, in turn, produces images that helps your doctor evaluate the condition of your heart.

A variety of blood tests can also be used to detect the risk of heart disease. They include the following…

A cholesterol test, which measures the fats (lipids) in your blood.

A CRP (C-reactive protein) test, which indicates a sign of inflammation somewhere in the body as a result of injury or infection. A CRP test, along with other blood test results and risk factors can help paint a picture of your overall heart health.

A fibrinogen test, which measures the protein in your body that helps blood clot. However, too much fibrinogen can increase your risk for heart disease because it can lead to clots forming in your arteries, leading to a heart attack or stroke.

Although cardiovascular diseases are prevalent, there are steps you can take to prevent and reduce your risk. Along with improving your eating habits, getting regular exercise, and stop smoking and drinking, you can also benefit from chiropractic treatment.

The benefits of chiropractic treatment in preventing or reducing heart disease

1. Chiropractic treatment can lower blood pressure – When the 1st vertebra (the Atlas) is properly aligned, many people show a marked improvement in blood pressure.

2. Improves the heart’s nerve function– this is called the autonomic tone, and it impacts almost every part of the body including the heart, gastrointestinal tract, lung kidneys, bladder and sex organs.

3. Decreases chest pain – If the vertebrae in the upper neck, the middle (thoracic) part of the spine, or the ribs are misaligned, it may affect the nerves causing the chest wall to tighten. Dr. Martin Gallagher who is both a D.C. and an M.D. states it this way, “The chest muscles, ribs, heart, lungs, and stomach are controlled directly and indirectly by spinal nerves. Misalignments can interfere with these nerves and cause chest pain similar to cardiovascular angina. We call this spinal angina. Sometimes it may even produce tachycardia and other arrhythmias. Few people know about spinal angina and it is rarely diagnosed by medical doctors.” Chiropractic adjustments are a very effective treatment for this condition.

4. Improves lung function – Evidence indication that chiropractic care can positively impact patients with asthma and emphysema. As reduced lung function is linked to heart failure. improved breathing reducing stress on the cardiovascular system.

Dietary supplements to improve cardiovascular health

Although pharmaceutical companies would like you to believe that statins are the only way to reduce cholesterol levels, this simply is not the case. As we’ve discussed in other articles, there are many foods and supplements that can aid in cholesterol reduction without the use of statins. Today we’d like to introduce you to two more favorites: Standard Process’ Cyruta Plus and Cardio – C

Cyruta Plus – This powerful whole food complex can help cholesterol transport and supports healthy healthy peripheral circulation. Some people liken it to a rotor rooter for the arteries..

Cardio-C – This nutritional supplement was formulated based upon chemical and nutritional findings of Linus Pauling. It’s a fine-powder dietary supplement that you take 1-3 times per day

Linus Pauling, an eminent American chemist, biochemist, and the world’s only two-time unshared Nobel Prize laureate believed that too little vitamin C in the body can elevate cholesterol levels, including the Lp(a) variant which causes narrowing of the blood vessels. Upon learning that Lp(a) binds to strands of lysine protruding from weak and damaged blood vessels, Pauling invented a high-lysine / high-vitamin C unified therapy
Cardio-C is a tasty drink mix, and has no fillers. It’s easy to dissolve and is very easy to take.

We stock these two supplements along with many other professional grade supplements in our clinic.

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Lastly we need to consider our hectic lifestyles and the ways they may contribute to heart disease. Rarely do we find time to rest and relax, but such downtime is essential for our nervous systems. Take time to play by indulging in a favorite hobby, such as knitting, crochet, coloring in an adult coloring book. Recently Dr. Mixon began playing the ukulele! If music from the Hawaiian islands isn’t your style, guitar might be.

Meditation has also been shown to lower stress levels. You don’t have to take a class, you don’t have to be a pro. The key is consistency and to take time to still the mind. Don’t let your harried lifestyle push aside much needed relaxation.

If you’d like to schedule a chiropractic appointment with our clinic you can contact us through our website, or call us at at 972.840.2520. We are an integrated medical clinic and offer the services of two chiropractors a nurse practitioner, massage therapy and exercise rehab. We can help you bring your life back into balance!

5 Healthy Tips for Treating Back Pain

Like many of us, you may be looking for alternative ways of treating back pain other than traditional medical solutions or pain pills.

if you’re currently treating your back pain with either over-the-counter or prescription drugs, recognize that these medications are incredibly strong, and all have a long list of side effects that may lead to more health problems.  Besides cigarettes and alcohol, pain pills, acetaminophen, aspirin, and ibuprofen are a few of the most common toxins.

Every medication we take, every thing we eat or drink is filtered through the liver. If the liver becomes toxic, you’re on very dangerous ground. Since the liver is the largest cleansing organ of the body, we must take care to protect this vital organ. Unfortunately, it is well known that even legal drugs are hard on the liver. So where does that leave you and me?

Either we need to deal with the pain, or we need to find alternative solutions to help us function better. Our chiropractic and nutrition programs can help your body heal naturally. It’s also likely you’ll feel better emotionally, which can help with depression and anxiety.

So what are these natural cures for treating back pain?

  1. Whole Food Supplements – Dr. Mixon’s customized nutrition programs can help  strengthen your body. Using Nutrition Response Testing, Dr. Mixon can determine the precise supplements that will help to decrease inflammation, rejuvenate tired ligaments and muscles and reduce pain.  Not only can our whole food supplements reduce your need for pain medications, they can also improve your overall health.
  2. Spinal Decompression Therapy – Spinal decompression is a well known therapy that has a proven track record of success in treating back pain.  Whether your pain is from sciatica, disk problems, or from excess weight this  highly effective treatment can help you. This simple procedure requires only that you lie down on the bed of the computerized spinal decompression table. The technician will program the machine with the settings the doctor has recommended and then you’re free to rest and relax. The machine will guide you through a series of stretches that will relieve pressure on the discs while encouraging healing.
  3. Chiropractic Treatment – Getting your back into proper alignment will often result in almost immediate pain relief. When small spinal misalignments are corrected, your nervous system  can communicate more effectively, resulting in faster healing.
  4. Exercise – After chiropractic treatment,  your Garland chiropractor will determine if you are physically able to add more movement into your life. If so, your chiropractor may recommend targeted exercises to help you strengthen weak joints and muscles. Here’s an added plus. Exercise helps to release natural endorphins, (much like natural opiates) to help control the pain and make you feel better.
  5. Homeopathy– Homeopathic treatments are natural and effective remedies for treating back pain. This time honored tradition of medicine is remarkably safe and affordable. The health professionals at Texas Spine & Wellness can determine the right remedies for your condition.

As a side note, proper posture will also help keep your back in better alignment. Try not to slouch while seated or stand with your shoulders hunched over.  If you spend long hours at a desk job, give your back a break by taking frequent stretch breaks or short walks to the water color.  Also remember to drink lots of water to help cleanse your body. Each good habit you adopt will positively impact your overall health.

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How Your Chiropractic Treatment is Helped by Proper Nutrition

Few aspects of health are more important than proper nutrition.  Eating the right foods and drinking plenty of water are vital to staying fit, healthy and living longer.

If you’re suffering from back pain or other health problems, a proper diet supplies your body with the building blocks it needs to repair and heal itself.


There are many reasons that nutrition is important for the spine, but one of the most important facts that you should know is that proper nutrition will help you ‘hold’ your Chiropractic treatment longer and keep your your spine stronger.

The explanation for this is simple; your spine is made up of a series of bones called vertebrae and these bones need calcium, magnesium and a number of other minerals and vitamins to stay healthy.  These minerals and vitamins are best found in whole foods, like fresh, raw vegetables, lean meats, nuts and legumes and some dairy products. Whole food based supplements can help you round out your nutritional requirements. Eat these foods and your vertebrae will stay healthy and strong.  Eat a diet filled with fatty, salty, sugary junk food and over time, your spine (and your health) will suffer.

Water is another critical aspect of proper nutrition and plays a vitally important role in keeping your spine healthy. The inter-vertebral discs of the spine are composed of more than 80% water.  These discs act like shock absorbers, taking the stress from accidents, falls, and exercise.  If you don’t drink enough water they will slowly shrink and degenerate, causing a range of problems for the spine and for your overall health.

Thinking of the discs like sponges makes it easier to understand why water is so important.  Let’s use a kitchen sponge as an example.  If you leave the sponge sitting on the kitchen counter for a few days it dries up and become hard and brittle.  Soak it in water and in an instant it regains its pliability.  The discs are very similar.  If they have enough water they will remain pliable and flexible, able to absorb shocks and protect the vertebrae.  If not, they will shrink, dry out and become very fragile, like the sponge after a few days on the countertop.

Give your chiropractic treatment a boost

Your spine is supported and  held in place by a vast array of muscles,  ligaments and tendons and, just like the bones, they need minerals and vitamins to stay healthy and strong. 

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If they’re weak, it won’t take long for your back to go out of alignment following chiropractic treatment.  But if they’re strong and healthy your adjustment will ‘hold’ longer and you will get better faster.

Proper nutrition is also important for those of us who carry a little extra weight.  Excess weight can put an enormous amount of strain on the spine, especially the final 5 bones of the spine called the lumbar vertebrae. Eating a healthy diet will help you to lose those extra pounds and give your lumbar bones a rest, allowing them to heal.

Just like regular exercise, and healthy sleep patterns, proper nutrition plays a vital role in your overall health and the health of the spine.  Avoiding low quality pre-processed foods will help you stay strong and fit.  Drinking plenty of pure, filtered water will keep the discs, muscles, ligaments and tendons pliable, flexible and healthy.

Make a commitment to your health and make good nutrition a top priority.  You’ll feel better and have more energy and vitality!