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Adrenal Fatigue Is Not Real: Part I

Adrenal Fatigue Is Not Real: Part I

Drs. Takacs and Wisniewski The Origins The term “adrenal fatigue” started sometime in the 1970s. It served as an explanation for patients who suffered from fatigue that could not be explained by other causes. This was never an appropriate term for what is happening,...

Is Keto the Answer? Plus 5 common Keto-mistakes

By Shaun Adams DC, DABCI The Ketogenic diet remains one of the most popular weight loss diets for people to attempt right now. While we recognize there are some great benefits to the diet, especially for certain groups of people, it is not for everyone. However, if...

Fish Consumption and Mercury Exposure

Fish Consumption and Mercury Exposure

In a study recently published in the journal Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry researchers questioned college students about their tuna consumption and their knowledge of possible mercury toxicity from eating too much of the tuna. Hair samples...

Heat Related Illness. What You Need to Know.

It is that time of year again—the kids are out of school; summer plans are in effect and the temperature is rising.  This combo normally makes for an enjoyable summer, but some are caught off guard.  It doesn’t take much, just a few minutes in some cases, and when the...

7 Testosterone Boosting foods

7 Testosterone Boosting foods

by Shaun Adams, DC, DABCI Low testosterone is becoming more and more common and we are seeing it at alarming rates in younger males.  Once a condition seen in the aging population, for the first time, many males are being diagnosed in their 20-30s!  There are many...

How Mold and Gut Health Can Affect Your Weight

How Mold and Gut Health Can Affect Your Weight

By Shaun Adams, DC, DABCI When you think of mold, rarely does weight gain pop into your mind.  Normally we think allergies or lung infections but fat deposition is not one of them.  Don’t be upset, your doctor probably hasn’t connected the dots either.  That is...

Ouch! Why Does Sex Hurt? + Natural Therapies for Relief

Ouch! Why Does Sex Hurt? + Natural Therapies for Relief

This is a topic many women feel uncomfortable discussing with me, but believe me- I talk sex with everyone. I may ask you, ‘Is pain vaginal or pelvic?’, ‘How long has your libido been low for?’, ‘How long have you had vaginal dryness?’ There are also women who think...

How Does the Female Menstrual Cycle Work?

How Does the Female Menstrual Cycle Work?

One of the most common things I hear in practice from women after describing the menstrual cycle to them is “I had no idea that’s how that worked.” So today I want to share that same information with you all! We’ll start from the beginning. A woman’s menstrual cycle...

Sugar: Revisited

Sugar: Revisited

Sugar: Revisited By: Dr. Shaun Adams & Dr. Brett Wisniewski 2/5/19 We are currently in the middle of a global crisis.  Diabetes, heart disease, obesity and mood disorders are all on the rise.  What if I was to tell you that they all have one familiar thing in...

How Does the Female Menstrual Cycle Work?

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Causes + Diagnosis

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) affects 1 in 10 women of childbearing age (1). It is estimated that up to 70% of women with PCOS have not been diagnosed (2). PCOS is a disorder of the endocrine system affecting sex hormones, hypothalamus-pituitary communication,...

10 Tips for Eating During Thanksgiving

10 Tips for Eating During Thanksgiving

Happy Monday! Today marks the Monday leading to Thanksgiving, you’re likely doing some last minute cleaning, prepping for all of the cooking (or drinking), and some of you may be braving the crowds for the crazy black Friday sales. I will be crossing my fingers and...

Benefits of Drinking Kombucha & How to Make It

Benefits of Drinking Kombucha & How to Make It

Dr. Katie Takacs B.S., D.C.     It is very common now to see glass bottles front and center in the grocery store, filled with carbonated, ginger flavored kombucha. What the heck is kombucha? Why are so many people consuming it? What is Kombucha? Kombucha is...

Is Marijuana Safe to Use During Pregnancy?

Marijuana use during pregnancy Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug during pregnancy. From 2002 to 2014 the prevalence of self-reported, past month marijuana use among US adult pregnant women increased from 2.4% to 3.9% (1). Currently, about 1 in 20 women...

Custom orthotics can help more than you think

Custom orthotics can help more than you think

Your body is an interconnected system of specialized parts, and the support structure which holds everything together is made up of bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Even if your feet don’t hurt, they may be contributing to your overall postural balance. If...

Antibiotic Resistance: A Present Day Epidemic

Antibiotic Resistance: A Present Day Epidemic

A survey conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), of nearly 10,000 adults concluded the following about antibiotics: – Three quarters of respondents think antibiotic resistance happens when the body (not bacteria) becomes resistant to antibiotics.  – Nearly...

Not Another Anti-Vaccine Rant: 2015 Flu Vaccine

Not Another Anti-Vaccine Rant: 2015 Flu Vaccine

Another year down and another poor performance by the flu vaccine. We were promised, in early 2015, that scientists had finally got ahead of the curve with the 2015 strain. Well they didn’t. Was this an accurate statement or simply marketing? I’m not sure we will ever...

Chiropractic Internist…What is that?

Chiropractic Internist…What is that?

Often times we will get asked: What is a Chiropractic Internist? Historically chiropractic has been well known for its beneficial role in alleviating back pain and headaches, as well as improving athletic performance. Little attention is given...

Should we accept 82% failure?  The Flu Vaccine.

Should we accept 82% failure? The Flu Vaccine.

Next time you are at a restaurant ask the waiter for the item that has an 82% chance of being bad.  Or buy the TV that has an 82% failure rate.  You probably wouldn’t do either of these, right?  Well why not?  You don’t have to be a mathematician to understand the...

Just feed her pasta….

Just feed her pasta….

The following was taken from an email that was sent out to our subscribers on 7-26-15 My sister called me this morning to tell me that her dog was sick. They took her to the ER Vet last night because they thought her Lyme disease had flared again.  The Vet concluded...

Top 6 Reasons to Fire your Physician

Top 6 Reasons to Fire your Physician

Written by: Dr. Brett Wisniewski and Benjamin Harwood This is one of those things that is rarely discussed in medicine, but I’m going to put my neck out there and let you all in on a little secret. When you enter a doctor’s office, you have essentially HIRED them to...

The Gut-Brain Connection

The Gut-Brain Connection

What if I was to tell you that the bacteria and the environment in which they live is responsible for more than just how your stomach feels?  What if I was to tell you that, depending on the number, variety, and vitality of your gut microbiota, it can determine or be...

Ebola: The Basics

Ebola: The Basics

It's hard to have a conversation without the topic of Ebola popping up, but do we really understand exactly what it is other than we don’t want to “catch” it?   Let's start with the basics.  Ebola is a viral infection.  A virus that must live...

Vitamin C:  More Than Your Ordinary Vitamin.

Vitamin C: More Than Your Ordinary Vitamin.

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a household name mostly for its function in boosting the immune system, but it plays many other roles. Over the years I’ve read numerous studies on ascorbic acid and effects on the body and was always amazed that something as “simple”...

Chipotle Lime Avocado Mayo

Chipotle Lime Avocado Mayo

Sundays are dedicated to rest and relaxation.  This can consist of anything from reading research, watching a movie on a rainy day or food prepping!!  Here is a quick recipe in place of that mayo you put on your sandwich or use to make chicken salad....

Organic Vs. Non-Organic:  Is it worth it?

Organic Vs. Non-Organic: Is it worth it?

The debate continues against organic vs. non-organic and GMO vs. NON-GMO.  In my opinion, the science is clear that Organic, NON-GMO foods are not only a better choice, but should be the only one.  It still baffles me that “man” feels like he/she needs to...

Stop the Mammography Madness: Part 1

Stop the Mammography Madness: Part 1

The gold-standard in breast cancer prevention is currently the mammography, or simply, a breast X-ray. Some less endearing labels I have heard are: “the compactor,” the “breast vise,” and the “can compressor”. A diagnostic procedure that is so infamous it has...

Is Gluten Free one big HOAX?

Is Gluten Free one big HOAX?

The gluten-free industry is currently totaling $10.5 billion and is expected to produce around $15 billion in 2016.  Compare that to the more seasoned, sugar free market, at $13.3 billion.  So what sparked this volatile growth in the gluten-free world? ...

3 Things You NEED to Know About Green Tea

3 Things You NEED to Know About Green Tea

Green tea began its life in ancient China and is made from the Camellia sinensis plant. It was originally harvested for medicinal purposes and later a method of consumption, drinking, came into vogue. Like many herbs, green tea contains chemicals called polyphenols....

Sugar is just Sugar what is the BIG deal?

Sugar is just Sugar what is the BIG deal?

We are currently in the middle of a global crisis.  Diabetes, heart disease, obesity and mood disorders are all on the rise.  What if I was to tell you that they all have one familiar thing in common?  What if I could show you simple ways to improve...

What do my Cholesterol numbers REALLY mean?

What do my Cholesterol numbers REALLY mean?

Short answer to the above question, NOTHING when taken out of context, which is most, commonly what happens.  Cholesterol has really gotten a bad rap, almost to the point where we would want to remove it completely, but cholesterol is not a dirty word.  As...