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Chiropractic Helps the First American Win the Boston Marathon in 31 Years

chiropractic runner“As an elite athlete, recovery and therapy is essential to staying healthy and competitive. I have seen Dr. Devin Young as my chiropractor for years and see him twice a week during training. His care has been especially helpful leading up to and including the Boston Marathon. I have been able to recover faster and easier after races. He is very knowledgeable and professional, and I am very thankful to have him locally to keep me healthy.”

Source: “Boston Marathon Winner Trusts in Chiropractic Care,” by Editorial Staff of To Your Health, May 2014.

Babies and Chiropractic

Here is a testimonial from one of our patents / wellness team members regarding chiropractic and infants:

baby chiropractic“My son Jacob was delivered via vacuum extraction and the first thing that came to my mind was concern for the amount of strain it would have on his neck and body. The first few nights were rough because Jacob wasn’t sleeping well. He would literally wake up every hour and was having a hard time staying asleep. At four days old I took him to see Dr. Elton for his first Chiropractic adjustment. Immediately after the adjustment, Jacob slept through the entire afternoon and was also sleeping much better at night without waking up. Dr. Zaker did a follow up adjustment and Jacob has continued to improve in his sleep pattern.”

-Sylvie X.

 

The physical stress of childbirth can be very damaging to the baby’s musculoskeletal system.  The results of this are often aches, pains and headaches, caused by pinched or damaged nerves.  The result is a baby the cries for hours and sleeps very little.  Although the cause of colicky babies has yet to be identified, most chiropractors will agree that baby colic can be effectively treated by chiropractic adjustments.

Chiropractic & Ear infections

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My first patient this morning was a cute, one year old girl that I saw for the first time two weeks ago. At that time she was miserable and so were her parents. Over the past 5-6 months she had suffered from ear infections that were not clearing up. She had been on five different antibiotics and the parents were at their wits end and very sleep deprived!

I examined her and she had very red and bulging eardrums. She also had subluxations in her upper neck, where the nerve supply is to the ears. She was adjusted, got a homeopathic remedy, was taken off dairy products and wheat. This morning, two weeks and six adjustments later, her ears are totally cleared up, she sleeps 12 hours a night, she is a happy girl and so are her parents!

This is what makes my work very rewarding.

Barbro Brost DC

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Dr. Barbro Brost

CrossFit + Chiropractic

The Brost Clinic is proud to announce its partnership with CrossFit Sisu, one of the Midwest’s most respected CrossFit gyms. Sisu athletes, like all athletes, often suffer from conditions like lower back pain, shoulder pain, and/or neck pain. The chiropractors and massage therapists at The Brost Clinic are experts in treating these conditions and have been treating CrossFit athletes since Sisu opened in 2008. crossfit plymouth

Under the new partnership, Crossfit Sisu and The Brost Clinic will offer its athletes and patients better access to wellness through natural healthcare and exercise. The goal of the partnership is to improve the health of more Plymouth, Wayzata, Excelsior, and Lake Minnetonka area residents through the combination of CrossFit workouts and The Brost Clinic’s chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, and natural healthcare treatments.

Dr. Sailer completing a 14 minute crossfit competition
Dr. Sailer completing a 14 minute crossfit competition

Dr. Shawn Sailer, a Chiropractor at The Brost Clinic, states, “The advantage of combining Crossfit with chiropractic is that chiropractic will help prevent injury, and when coupled with CrossFit exercise, your body will function at an optimal level so you can reach peak performance.” Dr. Sailer knows this first-hand, as he has been a CrossFit Athlete since 2009. Through his years of training with CrossFit Sisu, he has improved his physical strength, conditioning, and capabilities, all while never suffering an injury (thanks to chiropractic).

More About CrossFit Sisu

“CrossFit SISU is a community based on the foundation of the CrossFit fundamentals. We focus on the virtuosity of basic CrossFit movements with an attention to detail and quality coaching not found in many gyms. CrossFit athletes from around the world have visited our facility and immediately noticed the SISU difference. From our amazing community and friendly atmosphere to our excellence in advancing athletes of ALL skill levels, CrossFit SISU is an experience welcomed by all.” source: http://www.crossfitsisu.com/about-sisu/

Crossfit “sought to build a program that will best prepare trainees for any physical contingency — not only for the unknown, but for the unknowable. After looking at all sport and physical tasks collectively, we asked what physical skills and adaptations would most universally lend themselves to performance advantage. Capacity culled from the intersection of all sports demands would quite logically lend itself well to all sport. In sum, our specialty is not specializing.”  source:  http://www.crossfit.com/cf-info/what-is-crossfit.html

Crossfit Sisu has two locations in Excelsior and Plymouth, Minnesota. You can contact them at 763.238.2678, info@crossfitsisu.com, or visit their website at crossfitsisu.com

 More About The Brost Clinic

The Brost Clinic is an award winning chiropractic, acupuncture, and natural healthcare clinic operating in Wayzata, Minnesota for 28 years. It is one of the largest clinics in the world, and Brost is admired by chiropractors around the USA as one of the most respected and progressive clinics in the world. The mission of the clinic is to provide the highest quality chiropractic and natural healthcare to families and individuals of all ages.  You can contact The Brost Clinic at 952.473.9637 or info@thebrostclinic.com.

March Madness at The Brost Clinic

The Brost Clinic has decided to make 2014 a “Miracle Year for Wellness.”  The mission of our chiropractors this year is to improve the health of our local community (West Minneapolis suburbs of Wayzata, Plymouth, Medina, Minnetonka, Minnetonka & Orono) and beyond, while raising as much money and awareness for charity as possible.

As part of our Miracle Year for Wellness, we have a March promotion called “March Madness.” During the month of March, we will provide all first day chiropractic services (consultation, examination, X-rays, report of findings, and first treatment) at no cost to new patients who donate $20 to Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners.  Are we mad!?  No, we’re just hoping to improve the health of our new patients, while improving the lives of people in our community who could use a helpful hand.

To take advantage of this promotion, call The Brost Clinic today (952-473-9637) to schedule your whole first chiropractic treatment in exchange for a $20 donation to IOCP.  You can also book online here.

Remember – We’re trying to raise as much money for IOCP and improve as many lives as possible this year, so please share this offer with any family and/or friends who suffer from symptoms like lower pack pain, neck pain, sciatica, shoulder pain, leg pain, hip pain, migraine, headaches, arthritis, or anybody who just wants to live a healthier life.  Our chiropractors are experts at naturally treating a huge variety of conditions far beyond those listed above.

We hope you take this opportunity to improve your health so that, together, we can make a difference in many more lives by supporting IOCP while providing the highest quality chiropractic, acupuncture and natural healthcare treatment available.

Click here to schedule your first visit to The Brost Clinic!

Or call 952-473-9637

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Laura Zaker D.C., Ryan Elton D.C., Caroline Brost-Sailer D.C., Shawn Sailer D.C., Barbro Brost D.C., Arthur Hoffman D.C., Chris Slice D.C.

Have a Heart – Save a Heart

A Valentines Day message from Dr. Brost:

Dear Friends,

At The Brost Clinic, we have decided to make 2014 aMiracle Year for Wellness. Our goal this year is to improve the health of more people than ever by providing chiropractic and natural healthcare while simultaneously raising money for some of our favorite charitable organizations.

As part of our Miracle Year for Wellness, we have a Valentine’s promotion called “Have a Heart – Save a Heart.” During the month of February, we will provide all first day chiropractic services (consultation, examination, X-rays, report of findings, and first treatment) at no cost to new patients who donate $20 to the American Heart Association. We’re hoping to not only change the lives of our new patients, but change the future for the millions affected byheart disease.

I would like this opportunity to personally invite you and your family to experience wellness through chiropractic, acupuncture, and natural healthcare. Call The Brost Clinic today to schedule your whole first chiropractic treatment in exchange for a $20 donation to the American HeartAssociation.

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Remember – We’re trying to raise as much money for the AHA and improve as many lives as possible this year, so please share this offer with any family and/or friends who may need chiropractic care.

We hope you take this opportunity to improve your health so that, together, we can make a difference in many more lives by supporting the American Heart Association while providing the highest quality chiropractic, acupuncture and natural healthcare treatment.

Happy Valentine’s Day from my family to yours!

-Dr. Barbro Brost

Click here to schedule your first visit to The Brost Clinic!

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Dr. Barbro Brost

Arthritis Pain by Barbro Brost D.C.

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Dr. Barbro Brost

A recent article in Medscape Rheumatology (9.25.13) found an increase in use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for relief of arthritis pain, in comparison to lifestyle modification and pharmacotherapy. Among CAM options available, chiropractic care is documented as one of the most popular among consumers, according to research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Nathan Wei MC, rheumatologist, has noted that in many cases Doctors of Chiropractic are more knowledgeable about the musculoskeletal system than other health care providers.

Chiropractors treat arthritis differently than the common medical approach of pain pills and anti-inflammatory medication, that all cause long term negative and often dangerous side effects. Instead of masking or suppressing the symptoms of arthritis, our doctors at The Brost Clinic look for the cause and correct that.

Basically there are two main types of arthritis, the “wear and tear” type (osteoarthritis or degenerative arthritis) and inflammatory arthritis (rheumatoid, etc.) Arthritis in the spine develops in joints that are misaligned for a period of time or from uncorrected trauma to the spine such as an untreated whiplash injury. This type of arthritis can be treated very effectively with chiropractic adjustments.

Inflammatory arthritis also responds well to chiropractic adjustments but warrants further investigation to determine the cause. Diet changes and nutritional supplements are often required in conjunction with chiropractic care.

Acupuncture is a good compliment to chiropractic care and massage therapy can also be helpful. The Brost Clinic has expertise in all of these treatments and can tailor the most effective treatment plan for each patient, to alleviate the gradual worsening symptoms of arthritis, by correcting the cause instead of just masking the symptoms.

If you or anyone you care about suffers from arthritis, call today to schedule an appointment!

-Dr. Barbro Brost

Vitamin B And Folic Acid May Reduce Risk Of Age-Related Vision Loss

Taking a combination of vitamins B6 and B12 and folic acid appears to decrease the risk of age-related macular degeneration in women, according to a report in the February 23 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in older Americans, according to background information in the article. Treatment options exist for those with severe cases of the disease, but the only known prevention method is to avoid smoking. Recent studies have drawn a connection between AMD and blood levels of homocysteine, an amino acid. High levels of homocysteine are associated with dysfunction of the blood vessel lining, whereas treatment with vitamin B6, vitamin B12 and folic acid appears to reduce homocysteine levels and may reverse this blood vessel dysfunction.

William G. Christen, Sc.D., of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, and colleagues conducted a randomized, double-blind clinical trial involving 5,442 women age 40 and older who already had heart disease or at least three risk factors. Of these, 5,205 did not have AMD at the beginning of the study. In April 1998, these women were randomly assigned to take a placebo or a combination of folic acid (2.5 milligrams per day), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6, 50 milligrams per day) and cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12, 1 milligram per day). Participants continued the therapy through July 2005 and were tracked for the development of AMD through November 2005.

Over an average of 7.3 years of treatment and follow-up, 137 new cases of AMD were documented, including 70 cases that were visually significant (resulting in a visual acuity of 20/30 or worse). Of these, 55 AMD cases, 26 visually significant, occurred in the 2,607 women in the active treatment group, whereas 82 of the 2,598 women in the placebo group developed AMD, 44 cases of which were visually significant. Women taking the supplements had a 34 percent lower risk of any AMD and a 41 percent lower risk of visually significant AMD. “The beneficial effect of treatment began to emerge at approximately two years of follow-up and persisted throughout the trial,” the authors write.

“The trial findings reported herein are the strongest evidence to date in support of a possible beneficial effect of folic acid and B vitamin supplements in AMD prevention,” the authors write. Because they apply to the early stages of disease development, they appear to represent the first identified way—other than not smoking—to reduce the risk of AMD in individuals at an average risk. “From a public health perspective, this is particularly important because persons with early AMD are at increased risk of developing advanced AMD, the leading cause of severe, irreversible vision loss in older Americans.”

Beyond lowering homocysteine levels, potential mechanisms for the effectiveness of B vitamins and folic acid in preventing AMD include antioxidant effects and improved function of blood vessels in the eye, they note.

This study was supported by grants from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and from the National Eye Institute. Vitamin E and its placebo were provided by the Cognis Corporation. All other agents and their placebos were provided by BASF corporation.

Source:  William G. Christen; Robert J. Glynn; Emily Y. Chew; Christine M. Albert; JoAnn E. Manson. Folic Acid, Pyridoxine, and Cyanocobalamin Combination Treatment and Age-Related Macular Degeneration in Women: The Women’s Antioxidant and Folic Acid Cardiovascular Study. Archives of Internal Medicine, 2009; 169 (4): 335 DOI: 10.1001/archinternmed.2008.574

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090223221336.htm

Chiropractic More Effective in Treating Ear Infections

Every year, millions of children visit doctors for ear infections (otitis media)-they account for more than 35 percent of all pediatric visits and are the most common reason why kids are prescribed antibiotics. Yet, these treatments have been shown to be ineffective in recent studies. A misaligned spine affects the normal draining of the Eustachian tubes. Stagnant water in the ears is ripe for bacterial growth. A gentle chiropractic adjustment may be able to help, releasing pressure on the tubes and allowing for normal drainage.

The research supports this. When forty-six children age 5 and under suffering from ear infections were treated with chiropractic care, 93 percent reported improvement, a study showed. Seventy-five percent saw improvements in 10 days or fewer and 43 percent with only one or two treatments. (Manipulative Physiologic Therapy, 1996 Mar-Apr;19(3):169-77.)

Source: “Ear Infections and Chiropractic,” CDAPress.com, by Wendy Cunningham, DC, November 13, 2013.

Psycho-Pharma Front Groups

Little known but extremely relevant fact: The Campaign to “Stop the Stigma” of “Mental Illness” was launched by…. the Pharmaceutical Industry.

With a seemingly altruistic agenda, the fact is the campaign to end the “stigma” of mental illness is one driven and funded by those who benefit from more and more people being labeled mentally ill—pharma, psychiatry and pharmaceutical front groups such as NAMI and CHADD to name but a few. For example, take NAMI’s campaign to stop the “stigma” and “end discrimination” against the mentally ill—the “Founding Sponsors” were Abbott Labs, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly, Janssen, Pfizer, Novartis, SmithKline Beecham and Wyeth-Ayerst Labs. So next time you see an ad promoting “stop the stigma” see it for what it is, a pharmaceutical marketing campaign. Below are the facts about how pharma not only partnered with, but created patient’s rights groups for the “mentally ill,” and extensive information on the right hand side bar about each one, including some of the kingpins of pharmaceutically funded groups, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) — A U.S. Senate investigation revealed that in just two years alone (2006-2008) Pharma funded NAMI to the tune of $23 million, representing about three-quarters of its donations. Another such group is Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD) – In 2009, the total pharmaceutical donation support of CHADD was 26.6%

CREATING THE PERFECT MARKETING/LOBBYING MACHINE: MENTAL HEALTH “ADVOCACY GROUPS” FUNDED BY PHARMA

The majority of the public may or may not be familiar with these so-called mental health advocacy organizations, such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) or the myriad of bipolar, depression or ADHD “support groups” that are inundating the internet.

ARE THESE SO-CALLED MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY GROUPS FOR PATIENT’S RIGHTS OR PHARMA’S RIGHTS? YOU DECIDE.

These are groups operating under the guise of advocates for the “mentally ill,” which in reality are heavily funded pharmaceutical front groups – lobbying and working on state and federal laws which effect the entire nation — from our elderly in nursing homes to our military, pregnant women, nursing mothers and school children. Presenting themselves as patient advocacy groups is highly disingenuous not only to their membership, many of which may have a sincere desire to help a loved one or a family member with mental problems, but to legislators, the press and the American public — for they have consistently lobbied for legislation that benefits the mental health and pharmaceutical industries which fund them, and not patients they claim to represent.

Certainly any organization claiming to be for the rights of patients diagnosed mentally ill would have as their primary goal, full informed consent in the field of mental health – including full and complete disclosure of all drug risks, the right to refuse treatment, the right to know that psychiatric diagnoses are not medical conditions (evident by the fact there is not one confirmatory medical/scientific test). Above all such groups would provide patients with an abundance of information on non-harmful, non- drug, medical solutions and options considering the dangerous and well documented risks of psychiatric drugs by international drug regulatory agencies.

These groups do not.

A patients rights group for the mentally ill would never endorse something as absurd and obviously dangerous as giving electroshock to pregnant women, nor condone schools being able to require children to take a psychiatric drug as a condition of attending school. Furthermore, they would never be opposed to the FDA actually doing its job and finally issuing long overdue warnings that antidepressants can cause children to commit suicide, or issue warnings that ADHD drugs have serious and even deadly side effects. Yet these are just some of the actions condoned and promoted by these so-called patients rights groups.

To put it simply, these groups are not what they appear to be. Yet their influence over legislation, lobbying, drug regulation (or lack thereof), and public relations campaigns is substantial and effects the entire nation. For they claim to be the voice of the “mentally ill.” But are they? Or are they the result of a brilliant marketing/lobbying campaign designed to benefit the Psycho/Pharmaceutical industry that funds them.

THE UNHOLY ALLIANCE—HOW IT ALL STARTED:

In the late 1970s and 1980s, prominent American Psychiatric Association (APA) psychiatrists, directors and researchers with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) were in need of more government funding, and devised a plan to create a “growth of consumer and advocacy organizations” with the intention of getting these groups to help lobby Congress for increased funding for psychiatric research.[1] Several groups emerged first on the scene during that period: The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA), National Depression & Manic Depressive Association (NDMDA), now called Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, (DBSA) and National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD).

In an incestuous relationship, many of these groups were formed by the directors or researchers from NIMH-the very organization that needed mental health advocacy groups to make demands on Congress for increased funding. All of them had board or advisory board members with financial ties to Pharma and the majority of them were heavily funded by Pharma. So this was a brilliant marketing/lobbying strategy – Set up patients rights groups to lobby for the funding needed for psychiatry and big Pharma while claiming to be “advocates” for the mentally ill.

Perhaps this explains why these groups which claims to be patients’ “rights” groups would so vehemently oppose such vital mental health reforms as:

· Black box warnings to highlight how antidepressants can cause suicide in children and young adults.

· ADHD drug warnings that the psychostimulants being given to millions of children should carry warnings that the drugs could cause heart attacks and strokes.

· A federal law prohibiting school personnel from forcing parents to give their children mind-altering psychiatric drugs as a requirement for their inherent right to education.

· Better informed consent rights.

· Banning the use of ECT on pregnant women, and instead endorse its use.

Rather, these groups—while raking in millions of Pharma dollars each year—frenetically lobby Congress and state governments to channel billions more taxpayers dollars into mental health programs that benefit the industry that funds them — not the patients they claim to represent. Among the issues these groups have supported include forced drugging of patients, endorsement and promotion of psychiatric drugs documented to be dangerous and lethal, mental health screening of all school children, drugging and electroshock treatment for pregnant women. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. These groups have also done all they can to suppress and/or minimize any workable alternative non-drug method (e.g. Soteria House a proven and workable non-drug treatment for those diagnosed “schizophrenic”/psychotic) that threaten their multi-billion dollar psycho-pharmaceutical empire.

It is for this reason, and the disingenuous nature of many of these groups, that we are exposing their conflicts of interests because a patients’ rights group should be dedicated to patients—not the vested interests of the psycho/pharmaceutical industry. Big Pharma admits it gets more bang for its buck from funding these front groups than it does from spending on direct-to-consumer marketing (DTC).

Josh Weinstein, “a veteran pharma marketer” writing for the trade magazine Pharmaceutical Executive, in an article titled, “Public Relations: Why Advocacy Beats DTC,” said:

“I have witnessed that the most direct and efficient tool for driving long-term support for [drug] brands has been, and continues to be, a well-designed, advocacy-based public education program….”[2]

· “Unlike DTC, advocacy-based promotion brings with it a cadre of allies…This factor grows in importance as the pharma industry becomes more of a political target,” Weinstein says. In such a situation, advocacy groups “can be counted on to speak out for [the company]” and “the media will view them as more objective sources than industry spokespeople.”[3]

The pharmaceutical industry magazine Pharmaceutical Executive published a report by PR expert Teri Cox called “Forging Alliances, Advocacy Partners.” According to Cox, partnering with advocacy groups helps drug companies to “diffuse industry critics by delivering positive messages about the healthcare contributions of pharma companies to legislators, the media, and other key stakeholders.” And they help influence the decisions of policy-makers and regulators.[4]

Jeffrey Winton, vice-president of global public relations for Pharmacia is even clearer about the role of these groups. “Gone are the days when companies just handed out big checks to groups with no discussion afterward,” says Winton. “Now, we seek opportunities with groups that not only help them achieve their goals and objectives, but also help us move our business along.” [5] [Emphasis added]

According to Dr. Peter Breggin, psychiatrist and founder of The International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology (ICSPP), the psychiatric-pharmaceutical company “advocacy” groups hold national meetings that bring together drug advocates to talk directly to consumers. They also put out newsletters and other information that praise medications. Sometimes they actively suppress viewpoints that are critical of drugs—for example, by discouraging the media from airing opposing viewpoints.”[6]

The psychiatric-pharma cartel is able to conceal its covert advertising and uses these groups to bolster its poor reputation.

Sharon Batt of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, studied the behavior and funding of advocacy groups after years working herself in advocacy, where she noticed a general pattern. Organizations that accept pharmaceutical funding, she says, “tend to advocate for faster review and availability of drugs, greater insurance coverage, and they tend to see ‘direct-to-consumer’ advertising as a benefit to patients.” On the other hand, groups that maintain financial independence, she says, “emphasize safety over speed and are critical of direct-to-consumer advertising.”[7]

Weinstein adds: “working with advocacy groups is one of the most accomplished means of raising disease awareness and enhancing the industry’s image as deliverer of new and tangible value to patients.”[8]

Government agencies such as NIMH, NIDA, FDA and NIH should not have its officers or employee researchers sitting on the Boards or as advisers to any of these groups. All of these groups can and must disclose their pharmaceutical funding (of their own accord, not due to the fact that they are under Senate investigation as many of them currently are) they should also require complete disclosure of any vested interests of their board members and advisory committees. When you read each of their histories as we have provided, you will understand why.