What to Expect During HBOT

Curious about hyperbaric oxygen therapy? Here’s what you can expect during a typical session at our Council Bluffs clinic.

You’ll lay in our HBOT chamber while breathing in pressurized oxygen — up to 3x the amount in the everyday environment. This helps pump oxygen to your body’s tissues, promoting healing, reducing inflammation and supporting overall wellness.

Once inside the chamber, you’ll hear air beginning to circulate. There are two windows at the top of the chamber — one on each end — where you’ll be able to see and talk to us. And we’ll communicate with you the whole time so you know what to expect.

As the chamber fills with air, you may experience a full sensation in your ears, similar to changing altitudes in an airplane or driving up a mountain. Once the chamber reaches its prescribed pressure, the fullness in your ears should subside.

You can take items inside the chamber with you, so you can listen to music or your favorite podcast, catch up on some reading, or just use the time to relax.

Near the end of your session, we’ll gradually decrease the pressure. This is the decompression phase, which usually lasts about 5-10 minutes. During decompression, you may experience an automatic “popping” sensation in your ears as a result of the decreasing pressure — again, just like you’d feel on an airplane.

After that, you’re free to go about your day or stick around for an adjustment. Either way, you’ll continue reaping benefits from the chamber long after your session ends. (But depending on your situation, you may want or need a few more.)

Whether you’re recovering from an injury, managing a chronic condition or simply looking to optimize your health, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is where it’s at!

In particular, it can help provide relief fo:

  • Anemia
  • Brain abscesses
  • Bubbles of air in blood vessels (arterial gas embolism)
  • Burns
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Crushing injuries
  • Deafness
  • Decompression sickness
  • Gangrene
  • Infections
  • Lung issues
  • Nonhealing wounds, such as diabetic foot ulcers
  • Radiation injuries and skin grafts
  • Sports injuries, including medial collateral ligament and anterior cruciate ligament injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries and concussions

Contact us to learn more or book a session. (New patients get $25 their first one!)

What is Autonomic Response Testing?

When an illness starts, your body can typically transition to a state of healing within a few days. But when your system is blocked, your body can’t self-regulate and becomes stuck in fight or flight.

This can be due to:

  • Undiagnosed food allergies
  • Heavy metal toxicity
  • Environmental toxicity
  • Chronic unresolved infections and scars
  • Unresolved psychological stress or family trauma
  • Electromagnetic stress (like EMF)

Identifying these imbalances can help prevent potential illness and disease and allow your body to maintain optimum health. One of the ways I do this is through Autonomic Response Testing or ART.

ART is a science based system of muscle testing developed by Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD. ART is different than other forms of muscle testing in that it uses the latest findings of biophotonic physics to aid in the assessment of the body. What this means is that different substances can be tested and determined whether they are residing in the body. When a substance is placed over the body, such as a toxin, heavy metal or bacteria, it will resonate with that particular substance if it is present in the body.

If you’re dealing with unexplained health issues, reach out. I’d love to help you get to the root cause of your condition.

Understanding the Role of Toxin Binders in a Detox

Binders are a crucial part of any detox protocol. Like their name suggests, they “bind” to toxins and help pull them out of the body.

You can use binders to help detox:

  • Mold and mycotoxins
  • Heavy metals
  • Biotoxins from Lyme and/or parasitic infections
  • Pesticides
  • Herbicides
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

There are several different types of binders, and each one can attract different toxins. The right one depends on your specific goals and condition. Reach out for help finding the one that’s right for you.

Six Symptoms of Mold Toxicity

Mold exposure may be affecting your health without you even realizing it.

Possible signs of mold toxicity include:

  • Chronic fatigue and brain fog
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Asthma and breathing problems
  • Anxiety of trouble sleeping
  • Digestive issues

Mold toxicity can appear differently in everyone, and it is often hard to detect. As a result, people with mold toxicity are commonly misdiagnosed with respiratory issues, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease/dementia, irritable bowel syndrome or IBS, crohn’s and colitis.

Some hidden sources of mold include:

  • Mattresses
  • Air conditioning units
  • Toilets and showers
  • Fruit
  • Coffee
  • Grains
  • Corn

If you have a chronic health condition you can’t solve, it may be a good idea to get tested for mold exposure. (Psst! This is something I can test for — and help you detox from — right here in our clinic. Reach out to learn more.)

How do Xenoestrogens Impact Your Health?

It doesn’t take much to throw off your hormones, and xenoestrogens can be the tipping point.

Xenoestrogens are endocrine disrupting chemicals that impact your ability to excrete estrogen, increasing your risk of other health problems like:

  • Cancer
  • Infertility
  • Low progesterone, low testosterone
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid dysfunction

If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from estrogen dominance caused by prolonged exposure to xenoestrogens:

  • Depression
  • Low libido/sex drive
  • Mood swings
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Tender/fibrocystic breasts
  • Weight gain

In addition to switching out your personal care and cleaning products for safer alternatives, kidney and liver detoxes (like the ones available through my clinic) can help rid your body of harmful xenoestrogens.

Interested in learning how to safely detox your body from harmful chemicals? Reach out. I’d love to help!

Is Glyphosate Impacting Your Health?

Chances are you have a substantial amount of toxic glyphosate in your body.

Glyphosate is a herbicide used to kill weeds. It has also been linked to serious health issues like:

  • Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Immune system dysfunction
  • Liver and kidney problems
  • Mitochondrial DNA damage

Sadly, glyphosate is hard to avoid given how often it’s used. Foods associated with the highest levels of glyphosate include:

  • Non-organic fruits and vegetables
  • Corn-based products
  • Soy-based products
  • Bread and baked goods
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Processed food
  • Seed oils like vegetable/canola oil

Organic farming prohibits the use of glyphosate, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be any glyphosate residue on your food. Plus, you can still be exposed to glyphosate through your skin and particles in the air.

If you’re struggling with any of the conditions above, it may be worth considering getting tested for glyphosate toxicity. This is something I can do right here in my clinic. Reach out if you’re interested in learning more.

What’s In Your Tap Water?

Years ago my wife and I had our tap water tested, and what we learned will surprise you…

The rep told us our water was technically considered “safe” by our city’s standards, but it certainly wasn’t clean by any means…

The reality is there’s an increasing number of toxins in our water supply. The vast majority of these chemicals are not regulated, so even when the government says your water is “safe,” it can still contain harmful contaminants. In fact, many U.S. cities have chemicals in their water supplies that exceed established health guidelines.

So, what can you do to reduce your toxic load?

  1. Assess your body’s toxic burden — If your water is toxic, it’s going to be difficult to achieve optimal health. Toxins can overwhelm your liver and get stored in your fat cells and brain, which can lead to a whole slew of health problems. That’s why I recommend regular muscle testing, blood work and/or urine samples to assess your body’s toxic load. Then, you can invest in a targeted functional medicine detox to clean up your body.
  2. Invest in a clean water system — One of the best ways to reduce toxic exposure is to ensure you have clean water in your home. In our house, we not only have a water softener and RO system, but we also invested in a distiller for our drinking water.

Distillation is the most effective process for purifying water. It removes 99.9% of contaminants. Essentially, the process adds heat to tap water, turning it into water vapor and leaving any junk behind in the boiling chamber. Then, the pure water vapor rises and is moved into a separate chamber where it’s cooled back into liquid.

Have you had your tap water tested? What type of clean water system does your family use? Comment below to share your thoughts.

Contact us to schedule a functional medicine consultation today.

7 Signs You May Have Parasites

Parasites are extremely common, and they can live dormant for years without symptoms. When they do, it’s usually the ones above.

You can get parasites from:

  • Soil/dirt
  • Pets
  • Lakes, rivers and creeks
  • Raw fish (sushi) and undercooked meat
  • Pork
  • Tap water
  • International travel

In addition to practicing proper hygiene, it’s a good idea to avoid foods that feed parasites like processed carbs and sugar. Parasites cannot survive without a steady supply of sugar, which triggers sugar and carb cravings in the host.

Parasites are also more active during a full moon, so if you notice symptoms during this time, you can probably benefit from a cleanse.

If you’re interested in learning more about parasites and how to get rid of them, reach out! I’d love to help. Contact us to learn more.

Assessing Your Body’s Toxic Load

You may think it’s just a little bit, but that “little bit” can add up and cause serious health issues.

When toxins overload your body, your immune system becomes suppressed, making you more susceptible to viruses, parasites and other pathogens.

Swapping out common household products for safer alternatives is one way to reduce your toxic load and improve your overall health. But it’s also important to support your body’s natural drainage and detox pathways.

In my clinic, I use muscle testing and blood work to identify the root cause of patients’ ailments and address their health issues head-on. You’d be surprised how often environmental factors come up.

For example, I often see patients who think gluten and/or processed dairy are causing their gut issues. While these may not be helping, I usually find that glyphosate toxicity and/or parasites are to blame. Once we get them on a personalized detox protocol — which always includes a binder to safely pull the toxins from the body — they start feeling better.

If you need help identifying the root cause of your ailments and detoxing safely, I’d love to help!

Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Options for Plantar Fasciitis

Our feet undergo a lot of stress, which can lead to significant foot and heel pain. As a board-certified chiropractor specializing in sports medicine, I see many patients with foot and heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis. The condition involves inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the long, thick band of tissue that runs along the sole of the foot, connecting the heel to the front of the foot.

Below, I discuss several causes, symptoms and treatment options, including chiropractic care, to help you better understand the condition and how to relieve the pain associated with it.

Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia tissue supports the arch of the foot and acts as a shock absorber when we move our feet. With every step, that tissue is subjected to significant tension as the heel hits the ground, and tiny tears can occur. This can cause inflammation and irritation in the plantar fascia, accompanied by stabbing pain and stiffness on the bottom of the heel.

It’s often unclear exactly how plantar fasciitis occured, but it can be caused by a number of factors, including inadequate footwear or an overuse injury. Other factors that can increase the risk for plantar fasciitis are:

  • Age – As we get older, our risk of experiencing plantar fasciitis increases. It most commonly affects people over age 40.
  • Foot structure – Flat feet or high arches can mean a higher risk for plantar fasciitis. An unusual gait or walking pattern can cause an uneven weight distribution that is harder on the feet. Tight Achilles tendons, which attach your calf muscles to your heels, also may cause foot pain and stress for your plantar fascia.
  • Weight – Excess body weight makes it harder for your feet to support you. Pregnant women or people who experience sudden weight gain may develop plantar fasciitis.
  • High-impact activities – Activities that involve your heels can add a lot of strain to the area. Sports-related activities that involve repetitive impact are common contributors to heel and foot pain. Likewise, a sudden increase in activity, such as starting a new walking or running program, can increase your risk of plantar fasciitis.
  • Time on your feet – Jobs that require several hours of walking or standing on hard surfaces can damage the plantar fascia.

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

The primary symptom is pain on the bottom of the heel that develops over time. Some people experience pain on the bottom and at the middle of the foot. It’s usually most noticeable with the first steps of the day and may return after extended periods of standing, or when standing up after sitting or lying down.

Plantar fasciitis usually affects just one foot, but it can occur in both feet. The pain can be alternately sharp or a dull ache extending outward from the heel. You may also feel a higher level of discomfort when walking barefoot or in shoes with minimal support, like flip-flops.

Plantar fasciitis can often be confused with a heel spur. A heel spur is a calcium deposit that builds up and protrudes from the underside of the heel bone. Although the risk factors for a heel spur are similar to those of plantar fasciitis, heel spurs often do not cause pain or present symptoms unless they cause an injury to the soft tissue.

Tips for Relieving Pain

The following tips may help you relieve heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis:

  • Rest – It’s important to keep weight off your affected foot as much as possible when you’re experiencing plantar fasciitis. This means you may need to decrease athletic activities that involve jumping or pounding on hard surfaces.
  • Proper footwear – Supportive shoes with thick soles or cushioning can help relieve pain and reduce the stress on your plantar fascia. Silicone heel pads also provide cushioning. You should also consider replacing your athletic shoes often, and avoid high-heels or non-supportive footwear.
  • Avoid going barefoot – Without any support, especially on hard surfaces, this can be a serious stressor to the tissue in the bottom of the foot.
  • Stretching – Tight muscles in your feet and calves can aggravate the pain of plantar fasciitis. We can provide several stretching and at-home exercises that you can do to help loosen the muscles in your achilles tendon and plantar fascia, as well as to help strengthen your lower leg muscles and stabilize your ankles.
  • Ice or cold therapy – Pain and inflammation often respond well to cold therapy. Consider applying an ice pack or rolling your foot over a cold water bottle for 15-20 minutes several times a day. You can also fill a plastic water bottle about three-quarters full, freeze it for several hours, and then roll your foot over the bottle for relief.

Chiropractic Care for Plantar Fasciitis

We offer several treatment options for plantar fasciitis, including:

  • Chiropractic adjustments – As a board-certified chiropractor, I can perform adjustments to your feet, ankles, knees, hips and spine to alleviate pressure, allowing you to relax and heal. Realigning the body in this way also helps reduce the risk of further injury and discomfort.
  • Corrective exercise – Rehabilitation is an important part of the recovery process following any injury, and it’s a key part of my treatment. When necessary, I can provide specific recommendations to help you regain strength and improve flexibility in the foot, heel and ankle.
  • Laser therapy – I’m proud to offer the industry’s leading and most effective Class IV Laser for patients who need it. During treatment, I gently guide the laser over the affected area. The red and near infrared light from the laser helps alleviate pain, reduce inflammation and speed up recovery.
  • Soft tissue therapy – Graston Technique® is a type of soft tissue mobilization used at our clinic. During the treatment, I use a stainless steel instrument called a Graston tool to break up scar tissue and fascial restrictions in the foot, heel and ankle. This helps alleviate pain and reduce inflammation.
  • Trigger point dry needlingDry needling is a great treatment option for muscular pain, tension and myofascial dysfunction. The treatment involves gently inserting a thin, dry needle (one without medication) into the trigger point and gently manipulating it until we get a “twitch” response, indicating that the muscle has released.

If you’re suffering from heel or foot pain, don’t ignore it. Use our online scheduling tool to book an appointment, or contact us for more information and an expert recommendation.