Category Archives: Practitioner’s Corner

The MTHFR Gene SNP Scam

(The following is a transcription from Mark Anderson’s November 2017 teleconference call with practitioners. It has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.) Mark Anderson: We want to talk today about the MTHFR (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) mutation gene and why this is so important for our consideration. You have heard me say in other classes that…

Quality of Life: Saying Goodbye to Your Pet

One of the hardest decisions pet owners have to make is deciding when it’s time to put their companions to sleep. But addressing the topic and discussing your options while your pet is still healthy will make it that much easier when the time comes around. I recommend that you start by making a list…

A Little Bit of Magic: Fertility, Fat-Soluble Vitamins, and Chinese Medicine

A few years back, a patient came to me with severe polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which was causing her a heck of time conceiving a second child. When she asked me if Chinese medicine could help her, I replied that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine could enhance her fertility, help resolve the PCOS, and return…

Radically Rooted in Health and Wellness

Back when I was in chiropractic college, I remember the day in pathology class (the study of sickness) when my instructor held up a pot with a beautiful, colorful, vibrant, wonderfully scented flower. It filled our classroom with a sweet and pleasant aroma. Our instructor talked about the secret part of the plant. He explained…

Constipation: A Natural, Long-Term Solution

Constipation can be a major medical issue if not properly treated. Fecal buildup and retention can cause significant internal damage and related health issues, which doctors often recommend treating with more water, high-fiber foods, and prescription medicine. If the problem is a moderate case of constipation, such treatments can help. But such short-term solutions aren’t…

7 Ways to Restore Adrenal Health

Too many of my patients show up in my office without their adrenals. Well, technically, their adrenals may still be intact, but often they are having troubles such as: Low energy/excessive fatigue Insomnia Thyroid imbalance Unexplained weight gain or loss Muscle fatigue/soreness Anxiety or depression Poor digestion and/or multiple food intolerances Thinning hair Low libido…

Everything and Everyone is Better with Butter

As proponents of whole foods and a holistic, natural diet, we’re big fans of butter. But what exactly makes butter so much better than synthetic margarine? For starters, if the cow is fed high-quality pasture grass—particularly fast growing, new spring grasses—the resulting butter will be a plentiful and effective source of vitamins A and D….

5 Steps to Improved Immune and Gut Health

Did you know that the lining of your intestine (also known as the second brain) plays a huge role in the health and strength of your immune system? That’s why you should pay close attention to the following conditions and address them before they offset the delicate balance of your gastrointestinal system: Irritable bowel Constipation/diarrhea…

Chronic Allergies: What to Know, How to Identify and Alleviate

A modern update on nonreaginic allergy in theory and practice. Did you know that extensive fatigue, mood swings, and radical behavioral changes can all be allergic reactions? Read on! Because many allergic reactions can include not only physical symptoms but emotional, mental, and physical ones, monitoring and identifying chronic allergies to food, medicine, and inhalants…

Spring Is Here! Cleanse and Detox

Why detox? Research suggests that many health problems are associated with prolonged exposure to various toxins in our environment, which can overburden our system and result in “dis-ease” or feelings of un-wellness. Who should detox? Everyone! All of our bodies produce toxins during the process of digestion and elimination, and when we fight infection and…

Alternative Modalities in Veterinary Medicine Today

Remember when a trip to the veterinary clinic would focus mainly on topics such as vaccinations and fecal exams? Well, today’s veterinarians are more aware of alternative care than ever before. Veterinarians, just like their counterparts in human medicine, now provide acupuncture, chiropractic care, laser treatment, stem cell treatment…the list goes on and on. Why,…

Are You Buying or Renting Your Probiotics?

What are “probiotics”? They’re living organisms (friendly bacteria) that need a conducive environment in order to grow and become self-sustaining. If the environment of your intestines, sinuses, and/or vaginal tract isn’t conducive to friendly bacteria, you’ll always “need” probiotics. The World Health Organization (WHO) currently defines probiotics as “live micro-organisms which, when administered in adequate…

6 Steps to a Healthy Thyroid

A sluggish thyroid affects much more than just your weight: it plays a role in managing body temperature, metabolism, and libido; regulating fluid balance and bowel transit time; and maintaining everything from healthy hair and nails to brain function to the female hormone cycle. Hypothyroidism is when your thyroid is sluggish, or functioning suboptimally. It’s…

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Prevention

Tons of words. Tons of cures. We must change our way of thinking. Instead, we’re chasing “cures” and waiting for someone else to find magic bullets. I’ve said this many times, and I’ll repeat it countless times before my time expires: You. Are. The. Magic Bullet. An ounce of prevention. A portion of my heart…

5 Top Tips for a Safe Dog Park Visit

Dog park

Dog parks are a popular solution for ever-growing cities with ever more restrictive leash laws. And you’ll find that taking your pet to the dog park has many benefits, including social interaction (for both of you), plus physical and mental stimulation. Some dog parks are even known for building strong communities. Unfortunately, although dog parks…

Solved by Walking: Simple Steps to Health

Walking

In our modern life, have modern men and women lost touch with—or just forgotten—what our long-dead bipedaling ancestors inherently knew about the benefits of walking? When was the last time we were inspired to read books and essays with titles such as Reveries of the Solitary Walker, In Praise of Walking, or Foot Notes; or,…

The Weight Loss Triad for Your Pet

Big dog

None of us like to hear that our pets are overweight—or that they may potentially develop a serious medical condition such as heart disease, diabetes, or osteoarthritis pain as a result. But the truth is, many of us don’t even realize it when our pet is overweight. For example, according to the Association for Pet…

Proteins, Hormones, Fats, and Children

Parents with child

Every cell, tissue, gland, bone, and organ in your body is made from protein. Without protein, you cannot repair and rebuild these vital body parts. Processed grains, cereals, breads, chips, and sugary foods provide nothing but a quick burst of energy and calories to burn. These sugary and starchy foods have no protein components whatsoever…

Prenatal Problems: Michael’s Story

Ultrasound

More and more people are coming to understand that nutrition, acupuncture, and chiropractic can help improve virtually any situation with the body’s health. It’s especially fulfilling when parents on the way home from the hospital with their newborn first stop to see you, the chiropractor, so you can examine and adjust the infant—just like Michael’s…