In the last several days, I have been asked about whether or not Upper Cervical care can help people with various different conditions...ones that I am not frequently asked about.  While my first reaction is to, as my mentor always says, give them the ball...but I feel that I owe them an explanation, tying in their body functioning properly with how said condition develops in the first place.  That's where the understanding that, while Upper Cervical Care is not a cure all, yet a significant piece of the puzzle in the development of most conditions comes from.  Relating conditions that they've been masking for years without understanding of how they came about in the first place to getting their bodies functioning at a level where that dis-ease process can potentially reverse itself...

Rosacea

Rosacea is a cosmetic condition characterized by consistent redness in the face.  It occurs when the blood flow through the blood vessels in the skin increases, giving the face a flushed appearance.   Now, there are literally dozens of reasons why the face would become flushed.  When I go running, my face gets red.  If I do something stupid, my face gets red.  The first time I kissed a girl, my face got red.  Pretty much any time that I am involved in a stressful situation, my face gets flushed with a touch of pink.  From a technical standpoint, this is part of my fight or flight response governed by my autonomic/automatic nerve system.  In situations of stress, my blood gets pumping more so than normal.  And stress is stress, no matter if I'm running from a pack of wild hyenas or sitting on the couch watching NC State lose another basketball game :( - it is what it is. 

Once that fight or flight response goes away, though, my blood flow should be able to return back to a normal.  If I'm out of that stressful situation, why would I need extra blood flow?  Why would the increased blood flow to my face (technically called erythema) remain?  Well, your nerve system is as complex as it is simple.  When you get into the nuts and bolts of your body's neurology, you'll realize that if the hub of your nerve system (the brainstem) is being interfered with, it'll have a variety of abnormal effects on the body, much like interfering with a satellite that controls your TV reception causes the picture to look distorted, or the audio to cut in and out, or any of the other myriad of effects.  An emotional stress can cause the fight or flight response, but so can a physical stress...like a misalignment of the bone that protects the brainstem.  Again, stress is stress. 

Remove the tension on the nerve system hub and get your emotional stress under control, and tell me why the redness in the face wouldn't go away?

High Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a small molecule produced in various organs throughout the body, including the liver, small and large intestine, and adrenal glands.  You can also get it from foods that you eat.  It has many very important jobs in the body.  It helps with the nerve conduction, i.e. the signals sent along a nerve by messages sent via the brain and routed by the brainstem.  That ranks it right up there amongst the most important things in the body, in my book.  It also helps maintain cell membranes...and since there are, on average, 75 TRILLION cells in your body, I'd say that's pretty important, as well.  Additionally, cholesterol assists in making hormones and naturally produced vitamin D. 

High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) is a condition in which there is a lot of cholesterol build up in the blood vessels.  You see, cholesterol is transported throughout the body through the blood stream so that it can perform its many bodily functions.  Their transport vehicle is what is called a lipoprotein.  There are different types of these transport vehicles for cholesterol just like there are different types of transport vehicles for us to drive.  You may have heard of the terms HDL and LDL in association with cholesterol - particularly HDL being "good" and LDL being "bad."  HDL stands for high density lipoprotein; LDL for low density lipoprotein.  The higher the density (of cholesterol), the easier they travel through the blood stream.  The lower the density, the easier they have a tendency to get stuck and build up in the blood stream - such is why medical doctors are so concerned about the association of cholesterol build-up and cardiovascular (heart) disease. 

Well, just like the cars we drive are designed to work a certain way and, as long as you keep up with maintaining them, they ought to work that way for a long time...your body was designed to work a certain way and, as long as you keep up with maintaining it, it ought to work that for a very long time.  The problem is that we don't maintain ourselves like we maintain our cars.  Cholesterol is produced in certain amounts to be able to do just what it needs to for the various different processes that its involved in, but if your body is not functioning properly, then those amounts can vary.  The brainstem is in control of those organs that produce cholesterol.  Do some maintenance on your body...eat right, exercise, and make sure that the very thing in control of the function of your body is free and clear to do what it's intended to do...

Thinking good things for you, as always,

Dr. Chad