Woodbury Spine Wellness Center

Do you have a leaky gut?

Date: September 8, 2017 | Time: 11:32am

By Christy Nye, CHC

Leaky gut syndrome is a rapidly growing condition that millions of people are struggling with and don't even know it. From the sound of it, you might think leaky gut syndrome only affects the digestive system, but in reality it can lead to many other health conditions.

According to research, the cause of your food allergies, low energy, joint pain, thyroid disease, autoimmune conditions and slow metabolism could be leaky gut symptoms. Essentially, leaky gut syndrome is condition that happens as a consequence of intestinal tight junction malfunction.

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These "tight junctions" are the gateway between your intestines and what is allowed to pass into the blood stream. Your tight junctions keep things out like toxins, microbes and undigested food particles.

But having leaky gut is essentially like having the gates broken from your intestines to your blood stream so many of these particles that should never have been able to enter have now gotten through. When this happens, it causes inflammation throughout your body leading to a variety of diseases.

The main causes to leaky gut are foods, infections, and toxins. Gluten is the number one cause of leaky gut. Other inflammatory foods like dairy or toxic foods, such sugar and excessive alcohol, are suspected as well. The most common infectious causes are candida overgrowth, intestinal parasites, and small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Toxins come in the form of medications, like Motrin, Advil, steroids, antibiotics, and acid-reducing drugs, and environmental toxins like mercury, pesticides and BPA from plastics. Stress and age also contribute to a leaky gut.

According to Dr. Leo Galland, director of the Foundation for Integrated Medicine, the following symptoms might be signs of leaky gut:

  1. Chronic diarrhea, constipation, gas or bloating
  2. Nutritional deficiencies, food allergies, or food intolerances
  3. Poor immune system
  4. Headaches, brain fog, memory loss
  5. Excessive fatigue
  6. Skin rashes and problems such as acne, eczema or rosacea
  7. Cravings for sugar or carbs
  8. Arthritis or joint pain
  9. Depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD
  10. Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac disease or Crohn's

If you or someone you know suffers from DWD Sept 2017any of these symptoms or you'd like to know more about leaky gut syndrome, join us at 7pm on Monday, September 18that the Tamarack TapRoom for a Dinner with the Doc, featuring Josh Kauder (Functional Medicine Consultant) and Dr. Justin Nye, DC to learn more.

Dinner and life-changing info are FREE for all guests. It's time to get your gut on the right track!


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BACK to School

Date: August 24, 2017 | Time: 12:20pm

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As your kids get ready to head back to school, there is a LOT to think about (schedules, buying supplies, shoes, and clothes, new teachers, PTO meetings, meal planning, etc...) but there is one thing that simply can't be overlooked - your child's BACK to school health!

Our doctors have seen an increased frequency of children complaining of low back pain and showing poor posture. But the good news is, much of it can be prevented by proper backpack ergonomics and a quick check with your chiropractor!

At Woodbury Spine, we're offering free backpack safety checks through the end of September. We'll have information available at the patient education center, and all three of our doctors will be available to take a look at your child's (filled) backpack to check for proper fit and spinal health and safety.

Some general guidelines to follow when looking for the right backpack for your child:

The American Chiropractic Association recommends a backpack weigh no more than 10 percent of a child's weight.

When selecting a backpack, look for:

  • An ergonomic design
  • The correct size: never wider or longer than your child's torso and never hanging more than 4 inches below the waist
  • Padded back and shoulder straps
  • Hip and chest belts to help transfer some of the weight to the hips and torso
  • Multiple compartments to better distribute the weight
  • Compression straps on the sides or bottom to stabilize the contents
  • Reflective material

Bring your child's filled backpack in to their next appointment at Woodbury Spine, and ask Dr. Justin, Dr. Ian, or Dr. Drew to take a look at the backpack AND proper alignment of their spine!

If your child hasn't been in to our office, give us a call to schedule their initial visit (you can bring the backpack with you!) and we'd be happy to offer them a reduced initial exam fee of $20 (reg. $49).

Remember: A roomy backpack may seem like a good idea, but the more space there is to fill, the more likely your child will fill it. Make sure your child uses both straps when carrying the backpack. Using one strap shifts the weight to one side and causes muscle pain and posture problems. Help your child determine what is absolutely necessary to carry. If it's not essential, leave it at home.

Happy BACK to school from all of us at Woodbury Spine Wellness Center!

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