Obesity MRI Scan

What does obesity look like on MRI?  Notice the increased fat in the abdomen.  This increases blood pressure among many other things. -DrA

Reduction in stress can be a migraine trigger

The weekend headache can happen the day after a stressful week. That is truly a slap in the face.

The day you plan to relax can become a day of suffering. Managing things that cause stress is one key. The biggest chiropractic connection is the reversed cervical curve. Make sure to get your neck check if you ever experience a headache. Don’t cover up with medications. –Dr. A

Objective: To test whether level of perceived stress and reductions in levels of perceived stress (i.e., “let-down”) are associated with the onset of migraine attacks in persons with migraine.

Methods: Patients with migraine from a tertiary headache center were invited to participate in a 3-month electronic diary study. Participants entered data daily regarding migraine attack experience, subjective stress ratings, and other data. Stress was assessed using 2 measures: the Perceived Stress Scale and the Self-Reported Stress Scale. Logit-normal, random-effects models were used to estimate the odds ratio for migraine occurrence as a function of level of stress over several time frames.

Results: Of 22 enrolled participants, 17 (median age 43.8 years) completed >30 days of diaries, yielding 2,011 diary entries including 110 eligible migraine attacks (median 5 attacks per person). Level of stress was not generally associated with migraine occurrence. However, decline in stress from one evening diary to the next was associated with increased migraine onset over the subsequent 6, 12, and 18 hours, with odds ratios ranging from 1.5 to 1.9 (all p values < 0.05) for the Perceived Stress Scale. Decline in stress was associated with migraine onset after controlling for level of stress for all time points. Findings were similar using the Self-Reported Stress Scale.

Conclusions: Reduction in stress from one day to the next is associated with migraine onset the next day. Decline in stress may be a marker for an impending migraine attack and may create opportunities for preemptive pharmacologic or behavioral interventions.

Source: Reduction in perceived stress as a migraine trigger

Anderson Wellness Panel

Available to anyone in Missouri.

Dr. Anderson has developed a blood panel to assess several components of a healthy lifestyle.  We can determine how well you are eating, how stress is affecting you and if you have pain, determine if its local or from a larger, whole body type of inflammation.

This is a comprehensive panel that includes 25 blood values and bio-markers to…

  • Determine where and how much inflammation is present
  • Determine the effects of stress
  • Measure fat levels
  • Nerve function
  • Immune System Function

We order the blood in the office and send you to Quest labs for the draw.  The results are know within a couple days.  We will review each test with you and formulate an action plan if needed.

Our Wellness Panel and Consult Includes:

  • 300 question survey to evaluate all body systems
  • A Wellness Blood Panel that includes test to determine:
  • Immune System Function
  • Diet and Immune System function
  • Blood Oxygen Carrying Ability
  • Blood thickness and your hydration status
  • Size of Red Blood Cells
  • Amount of Hemoglobin per cell
  • Oxygen carrying abilities per cell
  • Red Blood Cell Size
  • Blood clotting and healing time
  • C-Reactive Protein, Inflammation measurement
  • Cortisol, Stress Hormone
  • Cholesterol, Inflammation marker
  • Density of cholesterol
  • Kidney Function
  • Calcium Levels, Nerve and Muscle Conduction
  • Carbon Dioxide, Body Acidity
  • Water transport between cells
  • Glucose, Sugar measurement
  • Potassium, Nerve and Muscle Function
  • Urea Nitrogen, Waste from protein breakdown
  • Thyroid Hormone, Energy and Weight management (Women)
  • Testosterone, Hormone, Energy and muscle function (Men)

The results will help me provide nutrition advice and lifestyle modifications to get you well and keep you there.







Willpower — Not So Powerful.

Willpower — Not So Powerful.

“This time I’m going to lose the weight.” “I have had it! I’m going to start exercising and eating right!”

Living a healthful lifestyle is not rocket science. In fact, you know what you should be doing right now. (Put down the donut). Why is it that we so often fail in making good choices in our health? One possibility it we set ourselves up for failure.

Here’s the typical scenario. Billy wants to start exercising. He starts going to the gym 6 days a week for 45 minutes. This lasts 2 weeks then he misses a day. He feels bad about it but tries harder. After a month he is back to his couch potato ways, never to darken the door of a gym again. He failed.
Billy set himself up for failure. He was unrealistic about his abilities and most of all his willpower.

Psychologist and lead researcher Loran Nordgren, PhD, of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management says “The key is simply to avoid any situation where vices and other weaknesses thrive and, most importantly, for individuals to keep a humble view of their willpower.”

Keeping a humble view of willpower is key. Make realistic goals. Maybe plan to exercise twice a week for 12 weeks, then increase. Set yourself up for success then build on it. When it comes to diet, try to focus on one thing first. Maybe you need to cut soda, or eat 1 extra serving of fruit a day. Give yourself a time frame and celebrate when you make your goal. Then set another one.

Keep it real and you will succeed.

Dr. Craig Anderson

Why are you walking on your knees?

I came across a guy named Ben last week who was walking on his knees. Yea, he decided that walking on his feet wasn’t for him so he would bend his legs and actually walk on his knees. It turns out that by walking on his knees he didn’t need to bend as much making his back feel better. He also noticed that his feet didn’t hurt him like they use to.

Every few days Ben’s knees started hurting so he would walk upright for that day. He would put ice on them and take some Tylenol, that always fixed it. Then back to the knees. He has been using his knee strategy for a few years and it’s working out great. A great conversation starter.

It’s too bad, Ben’s knees are going to deteriorate and he is oblivious. Knees are not made to work that way.

I used this fictitious little story to help you get a glimpse into my world. I see people abusing their bodies everyday. I tell these real life “Bens” to “walk on their feet” but they are just fine taking a Tylenol every morning to “fix the problem”.

Most spinal problems never have to be. With early education and proper maintenance, your spine should easily last 100 years. Unfortunately preventative maintenance of the spine is often lacking in our symptom based world.

So the next time you see someone “walking on their knees”:

  • Bad posture
  • Lifting with their legs
  • Talking a Tylenol or other pain medication for pain that keeps coming back

Send them to your chiropractor.

Have a great weekend,
Dr. A

Dr. Craig Anderson