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Can My Skin Rashes Be From A Food Allergy? Stamford, CT

Posted: May 1, 2018
By: Dr. Mark Joachim

Intro-Dr. Risa Sloves- Chiropractor Specializing in Pre & Postnatal issues as well as infants

Posted: May 1, 2018
By: Dr. Risa Sloves

Can Coconut Oil Kill You?

Posted: April 28, 2018
By: Functional Medicine University

The recent headlines about coconut oil say that because it's higher in saturated fat than beef or lard, it's bad for you. “You'll drastically increase the chances of cardiovascular disease if you eat it because saturated fat raises cholesterol, which leads to heart disease and mortality.” That kind of warning comes from the American Heart Association (AHA)—a powerful organization that continues to promote the mythical direct link between saturated fat and heart disease.

We know from the research that saturated fat can in fact raise your cholesterol. However, it raises it in a good way. Evidence has shown if your LDL cholesterol contains a lot of small, dense particles and you also have high triglycerides, then you're setting the stage for heart disease. Those small, dense particles come from a diet that's high in carbs and low in fat. Reduce your carbohydrate consumption and increase the good quality fats, your cholesterol particle ratio of bad to good will almost certainly improve.
However, if your LDL cholesterol is mostly made up of large, fluffy particles and your triglycerides are low, your risk of heart disease is much lower.

What makes the difference between dangerous small, dense LDL particles and safer LDL isn't the amount of saturated fat you eat. In fact, study after study shows that your fat and cholesterol intake have almost no impact on your blood cholesterol. It's the amount of sugar. The AHA estimates that the average person eats 20 teaspoons of sugar a day. Sugar raises your LDL cholesterol, lowers your HDL cholesterol, and increases your triglycerides. It has been shown to increase insulin resistance and trigger inflammation. In fact, an important study in JAMA Internal Medicine in 2014 proved conclusively that high sugar consumption is closely linked to death from heart disease—and that link is far closer than it is for cholesterol, smoking, hypertension, or any other risk factors. That is the statistic– about the dangers to your heart and your health–is where the real headline scare should be.

There's no need to avoid saturated fat as long as it comes from a healthy, plant-based source. Coconut oil is definitely preferable to cheap, highly processed vegetable oils that have had their nutrients stripped away. Coconut oil has other health benefits as well. The main fatty acid in coconut oil is lauric acid, which has well-known antibiotic, anti-microbial, and anti-viral benefits.

Coconut oil also helps stabilize blood sugar and helps soothe digestive upsets. Eating a lot of coconut oil does, indeed, raise your cholesterol levels–in a positive way by raising HDL (the good cholesterol), lowering triglycerides, and lowering the amount of small LDL particles.

So go ahead. Use coconut oil in your cooking.

Hyperactivity & Attention Deficit Disorder: Do We Have Options?

Posted: April 28, 2018
By: Functional Medicine University

Attention-deficit disorder affects a startling 17 million people and seems to be gaining ground every year.

As a parent of child suffering with this disorder.. what are you to do?? Attention-deficit disorder is the most frequently diagnosed childhood psychiatric condition in America. In the past most medical journals described this disorder as minimal brain damage, hyperactive child syndrome & minimal cerebral dysfunction.

The common symptoms include brief attention span, poor concentration, difficulty keeping track of things, making careless mistakes, impatience, difficulty waiting or taking turns, blurting out answers when not asked, impulsiveness, hyperactivity, failure to finish things off, lack of perseverance & poor organizing. These characteristics are frequently associated with difficulties in school, in both learning and behavior. Task that require concentration are nearly impossible causing frustration, irritability, agitation and often recklessness.

There are three types of ADHD: Inattentive, predominately hyperactivity and combined type. Girls are more prevalent to exhibit the symptom of inattentiveness, whereby boys tend to be more hyperactive. As a child with undiagnosed ADHD becomes a teenager, he/she may become involved in drugs and crime and will commonly drop out of school. In adulthood the predominant features are failure to complete tasks, disorganization, difficulty paying attention and difficulty beginning tasks.

Conventional Medical Treatment

The conventional medical treatment for ADHD is almost always pharmaceutical drugs such as methylphenidate (Ritalin) or or the amphetamine Adderall. A review in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry notes that two antidepressants -- bupropion and venlafaxine -- are now being used as an alternative. "Talk therapy" is often recommended in conjunction with prescription medication for ADHD.

Alternative Medical Treatment:

The causes of ADHD are many and it would serve your child well for the parents to investigate the possible underlying factors that could very-well be causing the condition.

The Functional Medicine Approach looks at the triggers of ADHD. People with ADHD often have impaired digestion, environmental and food sensitivities, nutritional insufficiencies, heavy metal toxicities, fatty acid and amino acid imbalances, sensitivity to food additives and sucrose (sugar). Some studies indicate a possible genetic predisposition. Children with ADHD usually have histories of more ear infections (otitis media) than other children with learning problems.

It is unfortunate that many people who have children suffering with ADHD are not informed of all the options. I must agree that prescription medications such as Ritalin and Adderall can make a significant impact on the symptoms of ADHD. A child who once was inattentive is now focused and doing well in school. Who can ask for anything better?!! But, are you being told everything? What are the long-term health risk for your child?

Studies done on children taking Ritalin using a PET scan revealed that although the children had a reduction in their symptoms the PET scan was highly abnormal.

Most physicians are trained to treat ADHD with amphetamine-like drugs. But nutritionally oriented physicians have known for a long time that food allergy is a primary cause. The first major scientific study to show the link between food allergy and hyperactivity appeared in a 1985 issue of Lancet, a prestigious international medical journal. Dr. J. Egger, head of a pediatric university hospital in Munich, and Dr. J Soothill, London, England, studied the effect of food on 76 hyperactive children. 79% had clear improvement in their mental activity, emotions and behavior and 28 became completely normal. To prove their findings, the researchers reintroduced the allergenic foods to the children and their hyperactive symptoms returned.

The following have been linked to ADD:

  • Food sensitivities
  • Heavy metal toxicity especially lead has been linked to attention deficit and learning problems. Dr. H.L. Needlemen of the University of Pittsburgh Medical School has conducted scores of studies over the last 20 years clearly establishing the link between lead levels in children and specific hyperactive and attention deficit behavior traits. Follow-up studies indicate that these effects often persist into adulthood.
  • Fatty acid deficiency
  • Amino acid imbalances
  • Methylation dysfunction
  • Intestinal dysbiosis
  • to name a few

Dr. Grisanti's Comment:

I would have to say that I have not met a parent who did not want the best for their child. The parent who is struggling with what to do to help their child, faces a major dilemma. Should you medicate your child or take the road less traveled and identify the underlying cause of your child's problem. Realize you have two sides of this sensitive issue. On one hand you have your family physician who insist that pharmaceutical drugs is the only way to go and offers no real alternative. And on the other hand, the volumes of medical research is quite over-whelming in favor of looking for the root cause(s) of your child's condition.


Is Your Neck The Cause of Your Headaches?

Posted: April 13, 2016
By: Dr. Mark Joachim

                                                              How can the cause of my headaches be coming from my neck?  

Nerves coming off your spinal cord in your neck travel into your head. When the nerves exit your neck they travel between the spinal bones calledvertebrae. When there are misalignments of the vertebrae called subluxations in your neck these nerves may become pinched and irritated causing you to feel the pain in your head (or othe symptoms such as dizziness and ringing in your ears.) The term used for this condition is Cervicogenic headache.  It use to be thought that all headaches were caused by something in the head itself, but now we know that the cause may certainly be coming from the neck especially after neck injuries or traumas  related to sports, whiplash or even poor posture over time.

Cervicogenic headache patterns may include one sided head pain along with same side shoulder and or arm pain; limited neck movement. You may also have migraine related symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or throbbing sensations in your head. Because of the different signs from a typical migraine headache, the neck may not be considered as a potential source of your head pain and other causes need to be ruled out, such as high blood pressure. In any case, the lack of pain pills in your diet is not the cause of your headache. Taking medications to cover the pain will not ultimately correct the mechanical irritation of the nerves in your neck sue to the presence of the subluxations.  

Chiropractic care has successfully treated spine related head pain especially cervicogenic headaches. A comprehensive chiropractic examination of your spine will determine if subluxations of the vertebrae in your neck are causing your headaches.     

If My Lab Results Are Normal Why Do I Still Feel Sick?

Posted: September 12, 2015
By: Dr. Mark Joachim


       If  My Lab Results Are Normal, Why Do I Still Feel Sick?

Unfortunately this is a very common and all too often heard complaint of patients.  They have been poked and probed and had multiple types of diagnostic imaging and everything is "normal" according to their MD. "How can that be?" they ask if they are not feeling well. Typical responses will include "You're stressed " 'You're not eating properly"  "You're not sleeping enough" and on and on go the explanations. The challenge is that the people who are still not feeling well do all the right things. They eat right, workout, sleep, meditate ........ So why don't they feel well?  

We all agree that when someone does not feel well something is wrong, no matter how minor it may seem to be. The body is not working properly or at ease with itself (dis-ease). Agree. Then perhaps we need to look at the condition and testing from a different view point.

 First, perhaps the medical tests can only detect pathology and aren't sensitive enough to detect minor problems which are related to poor function (dis-ease). If the body is not sick enough, then the medical testing will not detect a problem. The second issue, pertaining to blood work, is the blood lab value ranges are too big and again does not indicate a problem because the person is not sick enough. Also through time, the averages of lab values  have increased and therefore the ranges have been skewed to a sick society. So in fact, there really are more sick people than lab values indicate as "normal".

When  performing a thorough evaluation utilizing blood, urine, stool and hair analysis and evaluating with functional ranges instead of pathological ranges, dysfunction can truly be determined and improving function and physiology using diet, supplements and lifestyle changes can be implemented to obtain a better state of health.  

Dr. Mark Joachim, D.C. F.I.A.M.A.

Associates In Family Chiropractic & Natural Health Care

156 East Avenue      Norwalk,  CT 06851




Posted: September 12, 2015
By: Dr. Mark Joachim



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                                                             156 East Avenue

                                                          Norwalk, CT 06851

                                                                203 838 1555



Dr. Joachim & Dr. Sloves Offer A Natural & Alternative Treatment For Ear Infections

Posted: February 3, 2015
By: Dr Risa Sloves

"Why does my child keep getting ear infections?" is perhaps one of the most common questions a pediatric health care provider is bound to hear at the beginning of the "cold & flu season". Middle ear infections known as otitis media (OM) are the number one reason parents bring their children to the doctor and, unfortunately,  over the last decade, the number of children with earaches has risen sharply. Approximately $8billion is spent annually on conventional medical treatments for OM including antibiotics, antihistamines and surgical insertions of "ear tubes".  However several studies have shown that for most children, drugs and surgery are not only ineffective, but these costly measures may actually predispose children to recurrences of OM. In fact, a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that children who took Amoxicillin for chronic ear infections were 2 to 6 times more likely to have a recurrence of their ear infection than those who received a sugar pill. And, ongoing studies at the University of Pittsburgh suggest that only about 1 out of 7 children with OM should receive an antibiotic.

          An earache develops when the tissue lining the middle ear or eustachian tube swells causing the opening of the tube to become blocked , thus preventing the middle ear from draining properly. As inflammation continues the production of fluid increases and exerts pressure on the pain sensitive structures of the middle ear. The obstruction that occurs may be due to physical or mechanical means.

           Biomechanical obstruction such as abnormal structure or function of the skull, the jaw, and especially the bones of the neck can contribute to and often cause the development of ear infections. These biomechanical problems often develop due to positioning problems in-utero, due to birth trauma, or following a prolonged or difficult labor and delivery, which may in turn result in swelling, muscle spasm, decreased circulation, decreased motion, and even misalignment of the spinal bones in the neck relative to one another( called a subluxation). These effects can go undetected for months or years unless your child has a chiropractic check up.

     In fact, Gotfried Guttman, M.D.  one of Europe's most prominent researchers in the field of physical medicine, has found that one of the most common consequences of  these upper neck "subluxations" is an increased susceptibility to ear, nose and throat infections. These findings are so significant to the overall health of infants and children, that Dr. Guttman recommends the examination of the upper part of the neck be mandatory after every difficult birth, and with regard to recurrent infections  ".....the success of adjustment overshadows every other type of treatment, especially the pharmaceutical approach."

      Have your child checked for spinal subluxations by a Board Certified Pediatric Chiropractor such Dr. Risa Sloves, D.C. D.I.C.P.A. who is located at 156 East Avenue,  Norwalk, CT. but also service the areas of Fairfield, Westport, Darien, New Canaan, and Wilton.


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