Monday, February 23, 2015

The 21 Day Cleanse to a better you!

The 21 Day Cleanse to a better you!

“It takes 21 days to form a new habit “according to the European Journal of Social Psychology. Chiropractic Wellness Associates and its doctors focus on chiropractic, however, our doctors are also extensively trained in clinical nutrition and physiology. Our office has created a hybrid cleanse program that utilizes nutritional whole food supplements from Standard Process and nutraceutical supplements from Metagenics. In case you haven’t heard of these companies, Standard Process is an organic, whole food farm in Wisconsin.  Metagenics is one of the leading nutraceutical supplement companies in the country providing dairy-free and gluten-free products at a pharmaceutical grade level. Vitamins are not all created equal; for example, the picture below is an x-ray view of an abdomen after taking the popular vitamin, Centrum. The result is a non-digested vitamin which should be dissolved after leaving your stomach, NOT still in pill form two days later in your large intestine.  

What is our cleanse kit?
The cleanse kit consists of a series of dairy-free and gluten-free protein powders that can be blended or shaken together. The shakes have all the nutrients, proteins, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and food that you will need for an entire day. One element of the shake is SP complete, a powdered food supplement containing vegetables such as Brussel sprouts, kale, rice protein, alfalfa, buckwheat, and flax seed. These are very healthy REAL foods that are ignored in the American diet, but the powder makes it easy to consume, especially if you are not used to eating healthy.
The purification program combines whole food eating with supplements, nutritious supplement shakes, and light exercise. The menu includes an abundance of fresh vegetables and fruits. It works similar to an elimination diet where you do not eat any processed foods; no sugar, no caffeine, no dairy, no meat, and no fatty foods. After avoiding these harmful foods and supplementing your body with real whole food nutrition, you will feel a boost in energy in the first week. The best part is that it tastes delicious! 

It’s important to derive your dietary protein from more vegetable sources than animals sources. Your body becomes toxic and chronically inflamed from eating processed foods such as:  corn, wheat, beef, cheese and dairy. Rice protein is the gluten-free, vegetarian option that is as good as whey protein, if not better. Just remember the saying the next time you eat processed meat “you are what you eat eats”

Healthy Tips
One important rule-of-thumb that we give to our patients is the 2:1 vegetable to fruit ratio. Eat two servings of vegetables to 1 serving of fruit.  Fruit contains a lot of natural sugar, and in excess it can be unhealthy as well. It’s not the fat in food that makes you fat, it’s the sugar.
All carbs that enter your body that are high in starch such as wheat,  grains, breads, potatoes, corn, pastas etc. turn into sugar after your body digests them. The trick to losing weight is avoiding sugar and carbs, not fat!


You can order your supplements through our website or Just use our code and the Metagenics sign in screen: wellnessdrs

Xray pic
Standard process pics
Metagenics pic
fruits and vegies pic

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Truth About Auto Accidents

The Truth About Auto Accidents

Chiropractic Wellness Associates specializes in motor vehicle accident related injuries. We not only understand the treatment patients for these injuries but we understand how your insurance companies work and how to maximize your benefits.  Many people do not understand the PA laws regarding auto insurance so here are a few facts that everyone should be aware of. The following info is according to PA Act 6 and the § 1721 Statute of limitations in PA. This article will explain the Do’s and Don’ts if you or someone you know is confronted with an auto accident.

The biggest mistake that people make…

You must call your insurance company immediately or within 1-2 days following an accident and explain your injuries. If you do not feel pain right away you should tell your insurance that you would like to get checked by a professional as a precautionary measure. Many people do not feel pain from an accident for a couple weeks after the incident. The longer you wait the more difficult it will be to have your insurance cover your injuries. Even though the law states that any adult has 4 years and minors have 4 years from when they turn 18 to open up a claim, this is not enforced… We have had insurance companies deny coverage for patients in as early as 2 weeks from the date of the accident. Insurance companies will find any possible reason to deny your care and waiting too long to file is the most popular reason they find.

What does it cost?

Personal Injury Protection (PIP) is a mandatory coverage in PA. This is a basic no-fault type of medical insurance for your own medical bills. The minimum coverage required by law is $5,000. No fault means regardless of who is at fault for the accident, your medical bills (if you need treatment) will be paid through your PIP coverage. You are entitled to this protection and using it will NOT affect your rates or premiums in any way!

So why is this important to seek treatment?

Most low-speed fender benders cause more damage to the driver/passenger than the vehicle. These soft tissue injuries may cause chronic pain or accelerate degenerative changes in the spine and joints. Chiropractic care is one of the best ways to lessen these negative long term effects and help injuries heal properly.

Some simple physics

In a motor vehicle accident your head moves at a force of 10 G’s in less than 0.25 second and that force is what causes a serious whiplash injury. The Discovery space shuttle was only built to withstand a maximum of 3 G’s so you can imagine what kind of injury 10 G’s causes to your head and neck.  At only 8 mph in a rear end collision, the transfer of energy to the head and neck has been measured to be 2½ times more than the energy impacting the car – this is known as “magnification of acceleration.”  Excessive forces lead to injury.  Just imagine the sound a bull whip makes when it cracks, that’s your neck in an automobile accident.

Some facts

In the U.S, there are 3 million new whiplash injuries each year…
Without proper treatment…

• 1,200,000 (40%) of whiplash patients will have restriction in daily activities.
• 900,000 (30%) will suffer with long-term symptoms.
• 300,000 (10%) will become disabled each year.

Some important links

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Power of Prevention

The Power of Prevention 

Many people believe that they should only go to a doctor when their sick. This is an example of “Sick Care”.  That myth has created a growing economic problem which helped drive up healthcare costs.  The cost of  “Health problems are a major drain on the economy, resulting in 69 million workers reporting missed days due to illness each year, and reducing economic output by $260 billion per year” (CDC, 2014).  Increasing the use of proven preventive services can encourage greater workplace productivity. is paid by individuals and their employers.   Preventative medicine is becoming the new standard for keeping good health or “wellness care.”  It is better to prevent diseases from happening then to have to manage and treat it after the damage is already done.

Chiropractic care is a great place to start a journey with your own personal wellness.  Some people believe they should only get treated if they are having pain. This is a common misconception because pain is the last reaction that the body will feel in response to dysfunction, degeneration and biomechanical misalignment.  I use this analogy in my office: Just as brushing and flossing are important to maintain healthy teeth and gums, regular adjustments of the spine are important to maintain healthy joints and nervous system.              

Preventative care or wellness care prevents degeneration, osteoarthritis also known as spondylosis or degenerative joint disease (DJD) from effecting to your spine.  If the spine is left untreated, case studies show that “degeneration can start as early as 2 weeks” (Lipowitz & Newton, 2014).


Degeneration happens due to a lack of movement, or restriction, in a particular spinal segment, which causes it to degenerate.  As they say “if you don’t use it you lose it.”  For example DJD can lead to problems in posture such as straightening of the spine or lose of the curve. 

The BEST medicine is the one that you control the outcome to!  They key to wellness starts with prevention, the key to better health starts with the Wellness Drs.  

Yoga tree pose

CDC quote
cervical curve
DJD quote
 Date referenced 7/30/14
Degenerative Joint Disease and Traumatic Arthritis
Chapter 87
Alan J. Lipowitz
Charles D. Newton

Neck straightening Spine pic