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Living Upward – Never Look Back & Never Give Up Hope.


My personal belief is that it is a great crime to take away hope. No matter how dire the situation seems to be. We should be realistic about he seriousness of a situation, but we should never take hope away from a patient. It is often times the only thing they have left after a dire diagnosis.  Check out this article published in the Sarcoma journal in 2008.

This article sites “spontaneous remission” of angiosarcoma of the breast with lung metastasis. It also sites references reporting spontaneous remission of osteosarcoma with lung metastasis and endometrial stromal sarcoma.

Let’s talk a little bit about how spontaneous remission is defined in medical literature. Spontaneous remission DOES NOT mean that the patient did not undergo treatment. The article defines Spontaneous regression (SR) of cancer as “a partial or complete disappearance of a malignant tumour in the absence of medical treatment or in the presence of treatment which is considered to be inadequate to produce a significant influence on tumour regression.”

Rather than focus on the negative aspects of how these semantics can mislead the general public, let’s focus on the positive.  There are many people every day who choose to treat their various diseases conservatively. Does it always work? No, of course not. But there is an underlying philosophy of health that is beautifully articulated by an alternative cancer treatment doctor in Mesa, AZ named Dr. Lodi. He is a medical doctor who has chosen to approach health in a much different way than he was taught in medical school.  Listen for yourself:

At Upward Living Chiropractic Wellness, we promote the off-label benefits of chiropractic care. Your Upward Living doctor will truly care for you as an individual.  When this happens, the effects of the chiropractic adjustment are as far-reaching as the powers that hold together the fabric of the universe.  That is because the same powers that maintain matter in existence are also responsible for the human body’s regenerative processes. That regenerative process is mediated by the nervous system. The primary intention of the Upward Living doctor is to measure, track & restore the higher level functioning of the nervous system.  When approached from this philosophy, chiropractic care suddenly becomes a necessary part of any health care regimen, instead of a simple therapy for back and neck pain.

However, we do take your pain very seriously because we know that your pain is intimately tied to your health. This signal is often pointing to a different problem.  We take the time to figure out where your pain is coming from and we nurture you toward health.  That is the true nature of healthcare.  That is what you can expect at Upward Living Chiropractic Wellness.


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What makes Upward Living Chiropractic Wellness unique?

Image“The uniqueness of an Upward Living doctor lies in the ability to listen.  We not only listen to your history, but also to the subtle cues given by your body language and demeanor.  We couple this with a strict adherence to a stringent system of problem solving. Our methods are based on the prolific work of the late Dr. Clarence Gonstead, allowing us to safely and effectively balance your structural, chemical and emotional health with measurable results.  We will find the hidden cause of your unique health challenge – guaranteed.”

Largest Pharmaceutical Settlement in History.

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I am continually baffled by these class action lawsuits that hit the news shelf every few years, but go seemingly unnoticed. This most resent settlement (the largest in history) is for off-label uses of many drugs resulting in Hawaiian vacations, lavish benefits, etc. for doctors prescribing the medications.

Paxil was sited in this broadcast as being pushed as an anti-depressant for children despite the fact that it was never approved to do so! Yet, doctors can legally prescribe it AND it gets reimbursed by insurance companies! In fact, the very first line of the Paxil listing on the PubMed Health website (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001037/) states:

“Warning: A small number of children, teenagers, and young adults (up to 24 years of age) who took antidepressants (‘mood elevators’) such as paroxetine during clinical studies became suicidal (thinking about harming or killing oneself or planning or trying to do so). Children, teenagers, and young adults who take antidepressants to treat depression or other mental illnesses may be more likely to become suicidal than children, teenagers, and young adults who do not take antidepressants to treat these conditions.”

Glaxo achieved net profits of $8 billion dollars last year. The reporter highlighted that this settlement, although it is a large number was simply “the cost of doing business.”

Are we to sit back and accept this sort of blatant manipulation and malpractice? Where can you turn when you feel that you can no longer trust the western medical system?

Perhaps it’s time that we start getting more bold in our statements concerning the “off-label” benefits of chiropractic care. Sure, chiropractic is an excellent way to alleviate tight muscles, back and neck pain, but I would also like to direct you to a listing of actual case studies showing how chiropractic care has helped with a number of conditions including, but not limited to:

Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Asthma, ADD/ADHD, Autism, Blindness, Cerebral Palsy, Crohn’s disease, Colic, Epilepsy, Fibromyalgia … the list goes on and on. (http://www.chiro.org/research/ABSTRACTS/Conditions.shtml)

The best part is that chiropractic is among the safest interventions in the history of healthcare.

So, if chiropractic care can be the difference between a medicated child committing suicide and a healthy happy child, then I have to ask:

What’s stopping you from trying chiropractic care for your family?