Friday, December 30, 2011

No Heart Attack 4 You?

Omega-3 fats (technically fatty acids, found abundantly in fish) are essential to human health. They reduce inflammation, and have benefits for every organ in our bodies, including heart, brain, eyes, and joints.

It is medical fact that most Americans have omega-3 levels in their bodies that are so low as to cause a wide variety of symptoms and put us at greater risk for pain, illness, disability and death.

Is having fish once a week enough? No; not unless you like to gamble with your health and your life. You need to be tested to see if you have enough of these critical fats to help protect you from heart disease, cancer, diabetes, neurological problems, anxiety, depression, skin problems, arthritis, pain, and much more ...

While many Americans simply take drugs to cover these maladies, research has shown that making sure that one has healthy levels of omega-3 fats can often improve or resolve them.

In our office we now offer a simple finger-stick, at-home test for measuring omega-3 levels and 20 other fatty acids including trans fats, saturated fats, and omega-6 fats. The test is from OmegaQuant. The cost to our patients is $130, which includes a follow-up visit to discuss the results.

You test the oil level in your car regularly because your engine will be damaged if the level falls too low. It is time for your first oil check for your body. Don't let yourself break down.

Contact us to get tested.

Saturday, December 24, 2011


car's heater just beginning to put out
tipping toward warmth
comfort in the process
interrupted by fearful imaginings
of those cold
without promise of shelter ...
still grateful
but troubled

KY 12/24/11

Friday, December 23, 2011

The American Chiropractic Association

Holiday Survival : Chiropractic Care Information – From The American Chiropractic Association

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Kids' Food-Induced Behavior Wreaking Havoc on Your Holidays?

photo courtesy Citril @ Flickr
An enormous number of American families suffer with children with food-induced challenging behavior. For many, the stress of these behaviors damages the entire family.

Many families don't even realize that everyday foods can turn an otherwise wonderful child into a Mr. Hyde. Still others see their children negatively affected by foods but can't face working to make the needed changes.

Some families recognize food effects, experiment with foods, and make changes that bring joy and sanity back into their lives. Here is one such family ....

"Hello Dr. Young,

Well the results are in from our two week experiment. We added dairy and sugar back into the kids' diet and their energy level [a gentle way of saying hyperactivity] shot back up. My daughter has had some pretty intense meltdowns and the all too familiar unresponsiveness when being talked to has returned.

During the two weeks it seemed like their energy level was much more manageable and they were easier to be around and interact with overall. My daughter's nightmares lessened, she seemed more rested and easier to wake up in the morning. Her tantrums and meltdowns, while stiill present were significantly less traumatic for all of us.

Needless to say we will be considering making some major changes to our diet and possibly trying another experiment with gluten after the New Year!

I can honestly say that I didn't miss the dairy and I felt so much better without it!

Thank you so much!"

Consider a holiday gift for your kids and for your family; find and remove the behavior-altering foods from your diets. This is a gift that keeps on giving; your children will do better in school, and socially. Do it for your kids, and for your own sanity.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

8 Year-Old Knows His Vitamins

Daniel Hrabak of Ventura, CA is 8 years-old. With the help of his wonderful parents, Renee and James; and with my help since he was 3 years-old; Daniel can rattle off the valuable nutritional supplements that he takes. Many adults would be fortunate to be as engaged and knowledgeable as Daniel in this area.

We, and medical science, know that most Americans are deficient in a number of nutrients. It is critical that we all give thought to, and have a plan for how we are going to meet our nutritional needs, and the needs of our children. Daniel and his family are helping to lead the way by practicing good nutrition and by sharing their experience with the world.

Watch Daniel as he stars in his first YouTube video! - less than one minute long

Ventura Chiropractic & Massage

Friday, December 9, 2011

Welcome to Medicare - How's Your Vitamin D?

"Medicare covers all the costs for a one-time, comprehensive “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit during the first 12 months that you have Part B." At least that's what it says on the site.

How do you like that tagline, "My start to a healthy future."? At 65, one is going to "start" toward a healthy future? At 65, the future is now. On the positive side, at least it's a positive outlook.

I ran into my wonderful friend, Bill, at Rainbow Bridge yesterday. He recently turned 65 and very recently had one of these "preventive visits".

The first thing he told me about the visit was that he had had his Vitamin D levels tested and that his levels were low; 19 ng/ml. He didn't know it at the time, but this level is dangerously low. The broadly healthy range is 30-100. Truly healthy is probably more in the range of 60-100.

So here is what I think is important here:
  1. How wonderful that Medicare covers Vitamin D testing!
  2. How wonderful that Bill's MD ordered the Vitamin D test without being asked by the patient, Bill.
  3. Bill has suffered with arthritis for many years; his arthritis could have been worsened, or been caused by his Vitamin D deficiency.
  4. Bill's MD told him to take 5,000 iu of D3 daily; I told him to take 10,000 iu/day.
  5. Retesting needs to take place in 2-3 months to accurately determine how much D he should take each day.
  6. I have heard that Medicare will only pay for testing Vitamin D one time per year; not soon enough for Bill.
  7. Major medical labs in the US have been charging as much as $250 for a Vitamin D test. At this time, I can provide the same exact test for my patients for $50 (cash only basis). Friends don't let friends flush $200 down a toilet.

  1. Regardless of whether you are of Medicare age, have you started toward your "healthy future"?
  2. Regardless of your age, what is your blood level of Vitamin D?
  3. Did you know that most Americans have low levels of Vitamin D in their blood?
  4. Can you name 5 serious risks of being Vitamin D deficient?
Amazing what can come out of a simple trip to my local health food store!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Dr Mehmet Oz and I Are Almost Friends

Oz, you know, Oprah's doctor.

I learned yesterday that filming would take place today at Dr. Oz's studio, for a future segment on "food as medicine". Oz recruited four doctors for the show; David Perlmutter, MD, Wendy Warner, MD, Mark Hyman, MD, and Susan Blum, MD (left to right in photo).

The theme "food as medicine" is powerful and still not understood by our culture. To the degree that we begin to learn and practice using our food to heal us, we will individually and as a nation be healthier, and we will spend less on disease.

These doctors that Oz has brought together are brilliant and inspiring leaders! First, I encourage you to watch this program on The Dr. Oz Show, and second, choose one of these doctors to follow and learn from. I assure you, you will learn a lot, and will be healthier and happier for it.

So ... , I say that Oz and I are almost friends, because Perlmutter, Hyman and Blum are all friends of mine. Through attendance for years at the annual International Symposium on Functional Medicine, I have come to know them, and greatly appreciate them. I figure it is just a matter of time before I meet Memhet.

Maybe, right now, Dr. Oz and his team are looking for a Functional Medicine Chiropractor to have on the show. I'm busy, but I could make the time. And maybe, David, Mark and Susan will put in a good word for me.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Practicing Chiropractic Without a License

Now don't get me wrong, I really appreciate it when my patients pay attention and appreciate my professional advice, but one doesn't want to cross that line. Why just today, Dan, a patient, and a dear man, was second guessing my advice to a new patient that he had referred to my office. Apparently, he said, "she's probably taking an epsom salts bath right now." While this was merely conjecture, it is one step away from giving advice, and practicing chiropractic without a license.

I know, I am one step away from practicing comedy without a license.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Gluten and Dairy: culprits again!

Most just don't know, so it is my responsibility to report it and repeat it. Gluten from grains (primarily wheat), and casein in dairy products are extremely common causes of pain and illness.

Still others, know, but find themselves in the clutches of powerful addiction to these foods.

On Sundays you might think that a doctor would take a break from health issues, but not this doctor. While working in my organic vegetable garden, one of our wonderful neighbors, a construction worker, dropped by to wish us a belated happy thanksgiving. One thing lead to another and before I knew it he was telling me that he had found that gluten and dairy products make his musculoskeletal pains worse; keeping them out of his diet results in diminished pain.

In the office, in the garden, it's all the same; a lot of folks are sickened by gluten and dairy!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Updated Guidelines for ADHD - Really?

courtesy mdanys @ flickr
"For the first time in a decade, the American Academy of Pediatrics [AAP] has issued an updated set of guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) ...". While I appreciate updating, I can't say that I am impressed with this one.

Key recommendations include: [I have only included these 3 recs]
  • first line of treatment for preschool-aged children 4 to 5 years old should be evidence-based parent- or teacher-administered behavior therapy;
  • titrating medication doses to achieve the maximum benefit with the least adverse effects; and
  • for adolescents, the primary care clinician should prescribe FDA-approved ADHD medications with their consent.
These recommendations are fascinating! Given that both medical science and parents are in agreement that foods can, and do cause behavioral changes, why would the AAP encourage behavioral therapy as the "first line treatment" with no mention of diet, one of the most powerful factors influencing behavior and causing specific behaviors? Many children simply can not control the behaviors that foods can cause. Asking for behavioral change from a child without removing foods that are affecting his nervous system, is analogous to asking an adult to walk a straight line while intoxicated.

So, the AAP skips the most powerful and safest therapy for ADHD, diet, and moves immediately to "titrating medication" for the maximum benefit, with the least damage. Titrating means, experimenting with the individual child to get the best balance of good and harm.

And finally, be sure to use drugs that the FDA approves.

Not only have I successfully treated some children with marked forms of ADHD (severe enough to be failing in school and impossible for the parents), but have done so primarily with diet change, and vitamin supplementation.

Medical experts such as Dr. Michael Lyon have also found that dietary change with nutritional supplementation can often resolve ADHD. These safe treatments address the causes of the condition and the needs of the child; drugs do not. These safe and science-based approaches are customary in the practice of what is called Functional Medicine.

It is my hope that by continuing to speak and write about the overwhelming evidence of the effects of food and nutrition on behavior, that some children with be spared the harsh life of "misbehaving" and its consequences. It should not be forgotten, the painful and exhausting effects of a hyperactive child on caregivers (read - MOMS).

If you know, or have a child with behavior problems, please seek guidance from a doctor who can help uncover and treat the causes of the condition. Life could be so much easier and joyful!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Breast Tenderness Miraculously Relieved

I have know for years that deficiency of the mineral magnesium, can be a cause of breast tenderness in women.  What was shocking was the instantaneous effect!

On November 9, 2011 I was treating a 61 year-old female whom I have seen many times over the last 25 years. On a number of occasions she has experienced discomfort from breast tenderness when lying face-down on my treatment table. This time she was unable to lie still and moved and tried to reposition herself; to no avail. She had never experienced this much discomfort on my table.

Knowing that it would not help with her current pain, I nonetheless provided the patient with some Cenitol, a powdered magnesium glycinate manufactured and distributed by Metagenics, dissolved in water. Immediately after drinking the magnesium solution, I placed her face-down again on my treatment table. I was surprised to see that she did not move or reposition herself at all. After a few minutes I inquired about how she was feeling. She reported that she was amazed to find that her breast tenderness had decreased by approximately 70% within the minute that it took to drink the magnesium solution and lie back down on the table.

No placebo here: neither the patient nor I believed anything like this was possible!

PS: Who cares? Breast tenderness, though itself not a major health problem, is an indicator of probable magnesium insufficiency. Magnesium insufficiency is of critical importance. It is associated with muscle and joint pain, muscle cramps, menstrual cramps, dysmennorhea, high blood pressure, arrhythmias, anxiety, constipation, insomnia, asthma and more.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Highest Rated Chiropractor in Ventura, California

Ratings clearly don't tell the whole story, but I appreciate that for the time being, I am Yelp's highest rated chiropractor in Ventura, California!

The best part for me is reading the reviews written by 21 of my patients. It is rewarding, and I am so grateful that my care, enthusiasm and expertise are felt and known by my patients.

If you go to the Yelp site and search for Ventura Chiropractic & Massage, you will initially only see 3 reviews. The other 18 have been "filtered" (hidden) because Yelp's computers have trouble sorting out the legitimate from fake reviews (all businesses have trouble with this). On the far left, beneath the 3rd visible review, you will see in a very lite gray type "(18 filtered)". When you click on "(18 filtered)" you will be asked to verify that you are a real user, by typing the words that you see. Then the other 18 reviews will appear.

Please review and make public comment about those who serve you. Most people don't know who to turn to when they need a chiropractor or other provider. Your experience and your words can help another make a better, a more informed choice!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Holidays Without Illness or Weight Gain

As John Lennon said, "Imagine"

Lennon was talking about something much larger, but would you join me in a small imagining? We could have a conversation, a free video conference this coming Thursday evening, the 10th, about being healthy through the holidays, and not even gaining weight. You may say I'm a dreamer, but why not withhold judgement until you have given it a whirl?

The November meeting of Community of Health ~ Ventura will again be a virtual event through Google+ video conferencing. The topic is “Holidays Without Illness or Weight Gain”. There is no charge for attendance. This is an educational gathering, and is not for sales.

If you are not yet a Google+ user, and wish to join us, go to: and create an account. Google+ is simple and free to use. You need an internet connection, a microphone and video camera connected to your computer.

I understand that Google+ will only accomodate 10 video conference connections at a time. First come, first served; which means some blend of those who contact me ahead of time to confirm attendance, and those who show up on time. I will try to be "fair"; and I trust you will be understanding.

We will meet online from 7-8:30 PM on Thursday the 10th of Nov. The first 10 first-time attendees at one of my Google+ conferences will receive $10 off on their next chiropractic appointment.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

'Project Runway' star Santino Rice is a Man After My Own Kale

I have vaguely heard of 'Project Runway'. Never heard of Santino Rice. But Lisa McKinnon's column in the Ventura County Star on November 5 rang my bell peppers!

The words: organic, vegetable, Ojai, greens, fresh, farmers, and juicing filled the page!

Some of my favorite local organic farms were named!

And the icing on this story is that if Santino eats cake, he does so only if it is gluten-free! His testimonial will save another few lives in a culture that is slow to grasp simple and profound answers to health.

Below I have pasted the words and parts of McKinnon's story that I found both healthful and delicious.

"'Project Runway' star Santino Rice has designs on local organic produce

Santino Rice shops regularly for fresh produce at the Ojai farmers market. Fresh greens are among his favorite ingredients.

... when Los Angeles-based fashion designer Santino Rice, a love-him-or-hate-him fan favorite from "Project Runway," walked through the farmers market in search of dark, leafy greens on a recent Sunday, it was hard to resist craning one's neck to get a better look.

After existing for most of his life on such on-deadline fashion-industry staples as greasy takeout food washed down with gallons of coffee, Rice has gone not only organic but vegan and gluten-free.

Making the switch has kicked his existing love affair with Ventura County — which is home to several organic farms — into high gear, he said.

Santino Rice, "Project Runway" star, also is an avid juicer. The Ojai farmers market is a favorite stop for fresh produce.

Rice, who now focuses on making one-of-a-kind pieces for private clients, was shooting the Lifetime series "On the Road with Austin and Santino" when he began having the health problems that led to a complete change of diet, he said.

"I was eating all of this gluten and other stuff and the only sleep I was getting was on planes. I was waking up exhausted," he said.

When that feeling didn't go away, Rice went to a series of doctors until one diagnosed him as having celiac disease, which causes those who have it to suffer a variety of autoimmune-system reactions to gluten, the protein in wheat.

"I had got to the point where I thought I had cancer. It took me becoming extremely ill to learn that there even was such a thing as celiac disease," said Rice.

Cutting gluten from his diet had such an immediately beneficial effect that Rice went on add meat and dairy to his list of foods to avoid, he said. And because so much of what he buys at farmers market and other sources goes through a juicer, it's especially important that those ingredients be organic, lest pesticides enter the equation, he added.

"I've been doing this for five months now; I've shed 30 pounds, my skin's great, my thought process has never been clearer and ..."

Rice paused. "It's a bit like talking religion to people — a little goes a long way," he said with a smile. "And it's a bit off topic for a fashion designer, I know. But fashion and food are about using quality ingredients. So I definitely see a connection."

Before heading home, Rice bought several bunches of spinach and rainbow chard from The Farmer and the Cook of Ojai.

Already in his bag were dandelion greens and celery from Roots Farm of Santa Ynez, black kale from Tutti-frutti Farms of Lompoc, and arugula and collard greens from B.D. Dautch of Ojai's Earthtrine Farm."

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Who You Gonna Call When You've Got Health Issues? Ghostbusters?

Few Americans have a proven and valued health mentor, a health guru, a real doctor. And face it, few Americans have enough experience to be their own guide in the frontiers of health and disease.

Most of us focus on health only when we have lost it.

Few Americans actively practice health maintenance, and even fewer study health.

When illness does "strike" we are apt to seek symptom relief. Unfortunately, chances are that our healthcare practitioner will be interested in the same thing we are. There will probably be no discussion of the causes of the illness, nor the lifestyle factors that could predictably restore and maintain health.

Right now American health is on life support, but if we are going to be the change we would like to see in the world, here is what we might do:
1) begin gently to study health. You could start reading Dr. Gundry's Diet Evolution,
2) start practicing basic health; you know, vegetables, walking, forgiveness,
3) find yourself a great health mentor; a example would be Mark Hyman, MD,

Who you gonna call now?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Treating Reflux with Drugs is a Loser

I would gladly tell you the reflux/acid blocker story, but Dr. Ballard has done such a magnificent job in this short animated YouTube video, that I'll let you watch it and then be available to answer questions. Click here to watch, learn, change, and not lose your health.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Chiropractors Treating Cancer Patients

Things just keepuh changin'. There are chiropractors on staff at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, a highly acclaimed cancer treatment organization.

Just this evening I participated in a webinar entitled "Chiropractic Care for Cancer Patients", that was sponsored by the American Chiropractic Association, and presented by Dr. Jeffrey A. Sklar, a chiropractor on staff at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

We are seeing more and more cooperation on the parts of healthcare providers, for the good of the patient; as it should be.

Dr. Mark Hyman Said Hello to Me

You'd think I had a crush on him; but it is actually enormous admiration and deep gratitude. Dr. Hyman is one of the leading doctors in the world; not just in healing patients, but in healing the American disease-care system. When you read about Dr. Hyman you will see that he is Chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine. He is on the Board of Directors of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine. He is also on the Board of Advisors of Memhet Oz’s HealthCorps, which tackles the obesity epidemic by “educating the student body” in American high schools about nutrition, fitness and mental resilience.

Dr. Hyman has testified before the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and has consulted with the Surgeon General on diabetes prevention. He has testified before the Senate Working Group on Health Care Reform on Functional Medicine, and participated in the White House Forum on Prevention and Wellness in June 2009. In June 2010, Dr. Hyman was nominated by Senator Tom Harkin for the President’s Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health, a 25-person group to advise the Administration and the new National Council on Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health.

With Drs. Dean Ornish and Michael Roizen, Dr. Hyman crafted and helped to introduce the Take Back Your Health Act of 2009 into the United States Senate, to provide for reimbursement of lifestyle treatment of chronic disease. He continues to work in Washington on health reform, recently testifying before a Congressional hearing on Functional Medicine, nutrition and the use of dietary supplements.

So, as you can imagine, it is an honor to be acknowledged in a Twitter by Mark, my good friend and esteemed colleague!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Life Hard Enough?

photo courtesy of tourist on earth at creative commons
If life is hard enough, consider rolling it back to livable, maybe even to an enjoyable level, by removing the dairy, gluten, refined starch and sugar from your diet for 30 days.

If things get too good, you can always start eating them again.

When you try this, you probably won't need to take 2 aspirin, and you probably will call me in the morning, but just to tell me how much better life is.

                                                                               You can afford this treatment. Occupy it.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Oprah's Got a Book List - So Do I

This is the next book on health that I would like you to read!

I recently listened to a one-hour interview with Dr. Gundry. He is a brilliant cardiovascular surgeon who became more brilliant when he realized that what we eat is much more powerful and beneficial than surgery. He now has a center in Palm Springs where he helps patients reverse heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancers and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease.

My own kids are already starting to read this book for my birthday present.

Let me know what you think!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Ever Thought of Becoming an Allergist?

If you were to become an allergist, or just start paying attention and learn a bit about allergy, it could potentially, literally save your life!

Many common ailments and complaints are caused or worsened by allergy. Things like headaches, constipation, frequent infections, apnea, weight gain, depression, hypothyroid disease, ADHD.

On September 23, 2011 (today) WebMD had this posted on their site: "There is no cure for allergies, but there are several types of medications available -- both over-the-counter and prescription -- to help ease annoying symptoms like congestion and runny nose. These allergy drugs include antihistamines, decongestants, combination drugs, corticosteroids, and others. Allergy shots, which gradually increase your ability to tolerate allergens, are also available."

No cure, but here are the drug choices. Ever hear that before? "Cure" is a word that must be used cautiously, but the fact is that many people with allergies can be relieved of their allergies by making dietary change (even if environmental allergens appear to be causative), without drugs.

I am not an allergist by training, degree, nor certification, but everyday I help individuals, young and old, recover from what they thought were "incurable" allergies.

Ready for a change? Ready to become an allergist? Or are the symptoms and drugs alright with you?

Monday, September 19, 2011

E-mail from a 14-year-old female patient

   my visit
   Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2000

Dear Dr. Young,
I would just like to say I think you are one of the nicest doctors I have ever met! After my visit today (10/16) I felt so relaxed. Before I had felt like I was real tense, then after I felt so much better.     Thank You so much!
I can't wait to see you again!


I save these. ~ Dr. Young

Saturday, September 17, 2011

You Patients Affect Me!

I recently received this note from a patient.

“I'm at the Optimum Health Institute in San Diego and they mirror your thoughts. Have been on detox. It is an opportunity to grow and expand. I look forward to talking with you when I get home. You are a true friend.”

You probably don't need help understanding the many ways that this message touches me, but being of help, being on target, and being a friend are so important to me.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Afraid of Cancer?

photo from
Most of us know that cancer can be a pretty tough road, and one that often kills. So, it makes sense that we might have some fear about developing cancer, or having a loved-one develop it.

Fear activates the immune system and interferes with the function of the digestive system; each of which increase inflammation in the body. Inflammation is known to be a central factor in the initiation and progression of cancers.

So, we fear cancer, but fear can be a factor in the promotion of cancer. What's a body to do?

What we can do is to learn more about cancer and the factors that precipitate it, and those that keep it at bay. Most cancers are a direct cause of lifestyle; according to medical science. We can begin to practice more fully the optimization of our health and the tracking of markers that reflect cancer risk.

The following are just a few steps to begin with:

1)     make sure your sugar and refined starch intake is much lower than the American average,
2)     have your body composition measured annually - as body fat increases as a percent of total weight, inflammation and cancer risk increase,
3)     don't just have your blood glucose tested, have your insulin levels tested too - insulin can increase inflammation and cancer risk,
4)     have your Vitamin D blood levels tested and think beyond the normal reference range on the lab test - more and more studies are confirming that higher levels of Vitamin D confer greater protection from cancers such as breast, colon and prostate - discuss your results with a doctor that knows,
5)     if you aren't exercising regularly, start - exercise reduces cancer risk.

Finally, stay with this conversation. If you don't feel safe; address those feelings with intelligent, engaged behavior.

Oh yeah, many people state that they have found it difficult or impossible to find a healthcare provider to guide them in this, and other arenas of health and disease; don't give up, look actively, speak up, ask others, beat the bushes. Giving up doesn't work.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Facebook Spreads Health

Facebook posts: 9/13/11

Nicole Haines: "I am at a pre-release gathering for a new book called Gluten Gladi8or. I am going to send you a copy....thought of you!

Dr. Kristofer Young: "Nicole, thank you so much for this update and for the upcoming book! Thank you for knowing that I care about you! Thank you for your work with food! We so need those who can lead like you!

Note: Nicole was a patient of mine for a number of years before she moved to Colorado. You can see that we will be looking out for one another indefinitely.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

What's the Matter with Kids Today?

For the month of September, my nephew, Ian, and his sweetheart, Kristen, are off of sugar, gluten and dairy. I am grateful to them for leading. Our Country is in deep trouble in a lot of ways; not the least of which is eating ourselves to death. These 3 "foods" are known to be causes of much disease in America.

Ian and Kristen are experimenting with the effects of what they eat. This is both smart and powerful.

I guess this time we can't say, "what's the matter with kids today?"

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Putting a Bit More Public in Public Health

In December of last year I began to design Community of Health Ventura (COHV), a monthly gathering at which attendees can learn more about health and wellness, and be supported in living healthfully.

We have had many valuable meetings since beginning in January.

Recently Google launched Google+, a Facebook-like online platform that offers free video conferencing. I realized that we could incorporate Google+ into COHV and allow access to more individuals.

At this very moment I am hosting a Google+ hangout (virtual gathering) of COHV from my home in Ojai. Actually, there's nobody else on the conference but me, but it takes time for folks to get on board with new technology. :)

You can sign up for Google+ by going to this page:, and join us on the second Thursday of the month from 7:00 to 8:30 PM PST.

In health,
Dr. Young

Friday, July 29, 2011

Finding a GREAT Chiropractor

It is important to find and use great doctors of every kind. It is pretty much the same approach what ever kind you are looking for.

1)    Don’t use a referral service. Doctors often pay to be listed. Don’t go by the college attended. There are GREAT  doctors from every school and poor doctors from every school.
2)    Personal referral is the best place to start.
3)    Ask everyone you have contact with, “Do you know of a GREAT chiropractor?” Ask everyone; the gas station attendant (historically speaking ;) ), the grocery clerk, friends, family, co-workers. Ask if they know of a GREAT chiropractor, because you don’t want a good/OK/average chiropractor. It is true; Ask and ye shall receive.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Lost 16 lbs in 2 Weeks

A wonderful patient of mine was prompted by progressive health problems to take a closer look at her diet. What she said to me today was, "Wow, there is sugar in everything!"

Two weeks ago she got rid of all the sugar, and cut out the refined starches.

She lost 16 lbs. in 2 weeks, without effort. And that is just the beginning.

Simple story. Simple answers. Cut way back on sugars and refined starches. Reduce your risk of all chronic degenerative diseases that disable and kill Americans.

And the price is right for the treatment.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Who Would Have Guessed?

As we have learned more about ourselves and the universe in which we live, we have relatively recently learned that while the human body is made up of roughly 10 trillion cells, there are roughly 100 trillion one-celled organisms, bacteria and fungi, living in and on us. Ten times as many of their cells as ours.

Knowing this, could and should change one’s life.

If it doesn’t jump out at you, at least, consider what they eat, and who’s feeding them.

Friday, June 10, 2011

I am Not a Chiropractor ... Entirely

Dr. Young and Emma Hrabak
I’ve been thinking about this a lot. While I used to be a chiropractor, it is clear to me that now I’m only part chiropractor.

Don’t be mislead, I am proud to be a chiropractor. I love that part of me.

The schism occurred between our culture’s understanding of chiropractic, and my own professional life in the healing arts.

The chiropractic profession was founded in Davenport, Iowa in 1895. The central thesis of its practice was that the function of the spine directly influenced the function of the rest of the body, and the central therapy was spinal manipulation. Though not as well known, chiropractors have historically also provided patients with physical therapy, laboratory testing; and lifestyle, exercise, and nutritional counseling. Chiropractors are licensed in all 50 states and are only limited in our scope of practice in that we cannot perform surgery nor prescribe drugs.

While many satisfied patients in the last hundred years have directly experienced, and known the benefits of chiropractic care for problems such as constipation, menstrual cramps, allergies, and elevated blood pressure; the more obvious cures were of back pain, neck pain, sciatica and headache. Understandably, what stuck in our cultural mind was that chiropractors are back doctors, the treaters of musculoskeletal complaints.

From the day that I opened my practice in 1983 I wanted to treat both musculoskeletal and other conditions. In the first few years I had the opportunity to treat 2 insulin-dependent diabetics, who within 2 weeks of beginning spinal manipulation, had to reduce the amount of insulin that they were injecting by 50%. Years later
I successfully treated a 19-year-old woman with ankylosing spondylitis who had been in and out of a wheelchair, and had been told that she would be on drugs for the rest of her life.

I have always loved relieving back pain, neck pain, and headaches, but have continued to be drawn to a deeper involvement with patients. I have also been driven by the unmet health needs of our community, our nation, and our world that  cry out for doctors who are willing and able to apply a Functional Medicine, or holistic approach to patient care.

This last month I was rewarded and fulfilled to treat an eight-year-old with excessive weight gain (unresolved medically), an adult female with severe ulcerative colitis (unresolved medically), and a two-year-old with ADHD (unresolved medically).

Thank goodness some people know that I am not a chiropractor ... entirely.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Stool Softeners Like Dynamite

Stool softeners are treatments, not answers. Folks use stool softeners because they are constipated. Obviously, stool softeners do not answer the burning question of why the food you ate is moving through you at a snail's pace.

Something mysterious is holding things up in your gut. While stool softeners are not literally explosive, you are metaphorically using dynamite to blow things on through you. Sounds like something is wrong, and we all know that it is not bright, and often dangerous to simply use a bigger hammer or more dynamite.

So, what causes constipation, bowel movements less than once a day, or difficult bowel movements? The four main factors are: food allergens such as dairy products, lack of exercise, stress, and lack of the mineral magnesium. Correcting the real causes can often cure the problem.

For you ladies, please beware that if the contents of your digestive tract move slowly, there is greater opportunity for bacteria in your gut to re-release estrogen that was slated for excretion with your stool, back into your blood stream, thereby potentially increasing your risk of hormonally-related cancers such as breast cancer.

Remember, dynamite is not the best answer for your colon, or for your health and safety.

Friday, April 15, 2011

We Need to Talk About End-of-Life and its Costs

"The soaring cost of health care is the greatest threat to the country’s long-term solvency, and the terminally ill account for a lot of it. Twenty-five per cent of all Medicare spending is for the five per cent of patients who are in their final year of life, and most of that money goes for care in their last couple of months which is of little apparent benefit."

 From the New Yorker:

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

America is Due for its Annual Chiropractic Check-Up

Dr. Eve Venturi treating Dr. Young
It’s a simple idea; maybe so simple as to be overlooked or misunderstood; but the annual chiropractic check-up is not only a concept whose time should have already come in America, but should have arrived at least 39 years ago.

Chiropractic was founded in America in 1895. In 1972 the US Congress voted to make chiropractic care available under Medicare. Chiropractic was clearly determined to be of value, for at least our elderly, 39 years ago. Recognizing that those under 65 years of age also have spines, and that degenerative diseases don't begin at 65, one might conclude that all American's would be benefited by chiropractic care.

We all know that it is wise to see our dentist each year, and we do so because of 4 factors: 1) we have teeth, 2) teeth  are known to become unhealthy and painful, 3) dentists specialize in treatment of the oral cavity, and 4) preventive care is less expensive and results in better oral health than that achieved by repairing damaged teeth.

The situation with chiropractors (doctors of chiropractic – DC) is a bit more complicated, because while we do specialize in treatment of the spine, we are also licensed as general practitioners, treating virtually all conditions, and being limited only in regard to the use of drugs and surgery. But, for the moment, let us focus on chiropractic expertise in spinal function and spinal health.

It would be reasonable for all Americans to have annual spinal check-ups provided by a spinal health expert; a chiropractor. The same 4 factors that drive the annual dental check-up, drive the need for the annual chiropractic check-up: 1) we have spines, 2) spines are known to become unhealthy and painful, 3) chiropractors specialize in the treatment of the spine, and 4) preventive care is less expensive and results in better spinal health than that achieved by repairing a damaged spine.

It is important to additionally consider that while dental problems can be very serious, their effect on our society, compared to the effect of spinal (back and neck) problems, is minor. Back pain is the second leading cause of lost work time, and was estimated to have cost America $100 billion in 1998.

Do you get at least one spinal check-up per year?

I am suggesting that our culture needs a chiropractic check-up, and a wake up to spinal health.

PS – I know that there are some doctors, other than chiropractors, that can provide excellent spinal evaluation. If you have one, then see her/him at least annually.