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Chiropractic Improves Digestion in Over 70%!

Posted: December 23, 2016
By: Dr. Michael Norman

Millions of children and adults suffer from digestive pain and diseases.  Most people know at least one person in their family, school, job, or community who suffers from a digestive ailment.  The standard treatment for most of these disorders is pharmaceutical and they carry dangerous consequences .  In addition, these children and adults receive little to no informed education on these consequences as more and more drugs are heaped upon them, in a trial and error fashion, creating long-term damage to their bodies.  Drug companies design their products to treat symptoms, but do so, while subjecting users to many unwanted and immeasurable side effects. 

The most important function of the digestive system is to absorb nutrients for tissue growth, repair and immunity. Medications do a great job of reducing pain but greatly inhibit the function and processes within the digestive system.  As pain is temporarily alleviated, the drug approach alters the absorption and excretion processes within the gut, setting these children and adults up for permanent long-term damage to the body.  Is there a better way than harmful drugs?  Is there a natural solution that addresses the root cause of the problem without interfering with the innate functions of the body?

A study from 2009 showed that patients suffering with digestive disorders achieved outstanding results from chiropractic spinal adjustments.  The research examined the relationship between a chiropractic adjustment and digestive health.  The study concluded that 71% of patients suffering from a digestive disorder experienced improvement in symptom severity and 45% reported the ability to reduce the use of digestive medications!  The numbers clearly show the correlation between digestive health and spinal health.  How can this relate you may ask?

The greatest neuro-scientists in the world now refer to the spine as the motor to the brain.  Abnormal spinal health creates abnormal brain and nervous system health.  The health of the spine influences most of the body's systems, including the digestive system.  Scientifically-based evidence continues to show that every person in every family benefits from regular spinal evaluations and adjustments.  The God-given potential for optimal health exists within the body and involves much more than freedom from back and neck pain.  Adjustments lead to better brain function and the overall improvement of the body and every health system within it.  Chiropractic produces health at the source of human function.  Try chiropractic today!

Merry Christmas,

Dr. Michael Norman

1) European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 2009 April 21 (4): p. 482-483. "Chiropractic manual intervention in chronic gut dyspepsia." Young MF, McCarthy PW, King S.

Chiropractic is Anti-Aging!

Posted: June 10, 2016
By: Dr. Michael Norman

While many people still believe that chiropractic care is only for people with bad backs or neck pain, modern research is growing about the true value of scientifically specific chiropractic adjustments.  This is one reason why millions of children under the age of 15 are adjusted every single week and infants and toddlers have received adjustments, throughout chiropractic's 120-year history, to increase immune function and overall health status, not to treat any symptom or condition.  Research is now showing us one more benefit of chiropractic: Chiropractic adjustments prevent the degenerative progression of aging!

A landmark collaborative study performed at the University of Lund in Sweden measured levels of thiol, a primary antioxidant responsible for repairing DNA.  Thiol levels are a measure of overall human health status and show a direct correllation to our future lifespan and how we are aging.  In other words, lower blood thiol levels result in faster aging and increased susceptibility to disease, whereas, increased blood thiol levels reduce both aging and the disease processes. The study demonstrated that long-term subjects under chiropractic care demonstrated dramatically higher than average thiol levels than patients with no chiropractic care.  This study confirms what chiropractic has been diligently educating the public for over 120 years; rather than resorting to drugs and surgery, chiropractic adjustments positively influence our body chemistry (thiol and countless other hormones) that dramatically regulate optimal body function.

Treating people with pills, potions, lotions and surgery will never be as effective (and safe) as improving healthcare and minimizing aging and disease through non-invasive solutions.  The chiropractic solution is leading the charge and empowering society with the health and function that is necessary to free people from the chains of medicine and disease.

Try chiropractic...it works!

God Bless,

Dr. Norman

1. Campbell CJ, Kent C, Banne A, Amiri A, Pero RW.  "Surrogate indication of DNA repair in serum after long-term chiropractic intervention - A Retrospective Study."  Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, February 18, 2005; p. 1-5.

Chiropractic and the Immune System

Posted: June 3, 2016
By: Dr. Michael Norman

The spine plays an important role in achieving a high-functioning immune system.  The spine encompasses so much more than a complex set of hard bones that help a person stand up straight.  Many scientists now refer to the spine as the motor to the brain.  Researchers use the motor analogy because the input created by the movement of the spine transmits required nutrients for brain health. The brain controls all of the body's organs, including all cells and tissues of the immune system.  Research now proves that the health of the spine plays a direct role in determining the strength of a person's immunity.

Millions of people receive chiropractic adjustments on a regular basis and report an increase in immune function.  The adjustment's role on immunity formulates a major reason why so many parents take their children to a chiropractor on a regular basis. Chiropractic gives children and adults an immunity boost with each adjustment.  Parents and children unaware of the benefits of chiropractic miss so many opportunities to experience optimal health and freedom from disease and, too often, end up turning to the common medical solution of drugs and surgery.  Consider the following:

A child taking one course of antibiotics increased the risk of future atopic disease by 159%.  A child taking two courses of antibiotics increased the risk of a future atopic disease by an astounding 387%.  Children subjected to a third round of antibiotics increased their risk of atopic disease by a frightening 415%.  Some children who experienced multiple rounds of antibiotics increased their risk to as high as 1920%.

Chiropractic offers immune system solutions based on a clear relationship between the spine, brain, and immune system.  Chiropractic adjustments do not treat or cure conditions. Adjustments remove interference to the nervous system and allow the body and immune system to work as intended.  The body contains immense power to operate far more effectively than any drug and do so without side effects.  Chiropractors believe everyone deserves to know the truth about chiropractic and experience the benefits that only an adjustment can deliver!

God Bless,

Dr. Norman


1. Brain, Behavior and Immunity, Volume 21, Issue 6, August 2007, pp. 736-745. "Autonomic Innervation and Regulation of the Immune System", Dwight M. Nance and Virginia M. Sanders.

2. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Volume 115, Issue 6, June 2005, pp. 1218-1224. "Antibiotic exposure in early infancy and risk for childhood atopy", Johnson, Ownby, Alford, Havstad, Williams, Zoratti, Peterson, and Joseph.

Please Get Your Newborn Babies Adjusted Today!

Posted: August 2, 2015
By: Dr Michael Norman

Lately, I have been adjusting many newborn babies at my office in the first days or weeks of life.  The results have been amazing and many babies are happier and many parents have been extremely grateful.  I share this because of the remarkably similar stories these families have told me upon consulting our office. It all seems to sound the same...shortly after birth... a constant, uncontrollable crying (sometimes  painful screaming) through a majority of the day, inability to sleep more than a couple of hours consecutively (for the entire household!), continuous spitting up and digestive upset, an exhausted infant and equally exhausted parents at the end of their rope, a perplexed medical team, untested and unsafe digestive medication prescribed for the baby and most distressing of all to me...stern cautions by their pediatricians advising against trying chiropractic after the parents asked.

As a last resort, these parents came into my office anyway and are so happy they did.  Through gentle, specific, safe chiropractic adjustments, nerve pressure is relieved that control the baby's digestive function.  Almost instantly, following the two minute adjustment, the baby ceases crying, becomes happier and many times, returns home to sleep several hours.As parents, get your newborns checked for vertebral subluxation soon after birth.  If a pediatrician is threatened by this decision, show him or her the amazing results of natural, drug-free chiropractic healthcare and the the thriving babies that can result!

Try chiropractic today.  It works!  

God Bless,

Dr. Norman 


Disneyland...Scientific Omissions and the Measles Vaccine

Posted: February 8, 2015
By: Dr Michael Norman

You may have noticed the recent media coverage regarding the measles cases that originated at Disneyland.  With nearly blanket media coverage, the medical community has tenaciously pounced upon this event to promote the effectiveness of the measles vaccine and to attack those parents who have exercised their free right by law to not expose their healthy children to this practice.  For me, it has been frustrating to see only one side of this debate presented to the public.  Even more frustrating, these media stories promoting the measles vaccine consist mainly of cliches and soundbytes and omit factual science; in my opinion this is not un-biased newsgathering, but a deliberate and fraudulent misrepresentation of facts to strip the public's lawful right to conscientious objection.  

Although these TV personalities and TV doctors mention the "science" of the measles vaccine, they never cite any; not one study, not one document, not one clinical reference - no legitimate science, nothing to back up their claim.  With the help of my colleague, Dr. Tim O'Shea, an expert on the vaccination debate, I would like to share some facts that have not been forthcoming by those who carry the responsibilty to inform.  Feel free to validate these claims for yourself and then use them to make your own well-informed decisions in regard to the MMR vaccine.

Science Fact #1  Measles is usually a mild, self-resolving disease.

Science Fact #2  No deaths from measles in the past 10 years.  108 deaths from the measles vaccine. (CDC: zero deaths from measles in past 10 years. VAERS: 108 U.S. deaths from measles vaccine, past 10 years).

Science Fact #3  The measles vaccine does not prevent measles.(Zhejiang province in China (population 54 million) has a 99% measles vax rate.  Measles continues unchecked.  Same in America, with a 85% rate.  The vaccine simply does not work. Worse, it perpetuates the new mutated version of the disease, not just in the U.S., but worldwide). (PubMed: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24586717)

Science Fact #4  There is no single measles vaccine available in the U.S. (Everybody has to get the MMR shot: measles-mumps-rubella.The mumps portion of that vaccine has been in litigation in U.S. district court for fraud for 5 years. That case is undecided, but the MMR shot continues for every child, with the presumption of safety).

Science Fact #5  Measles was 95% gone before the MMR vaccine began in 1978. (U.S. Dept. of Commerce. Historical Statistics of the U.S. Part 1; Bureau of Census 1975. also Vital Statistics of the U.S., 1937-1992.)

Science Fact #6  We never needed a measles vaccine.  (For over a century, measles has been a mild, self-limiting, immune-building disease of childhood.  Parents wanted their children to get it so they would have lifetime immunity. Without the vaccine, measles would have faded away completely. With the MMR shot mandated in 1978, measles was resurrected but mutated to a different form - the atypical version. Manmade. This is likely what most of the new Disneyland cases have.  Remember, they've mostly all been vaccinated. This is largely a group of vaccinated people!

Science Fact #7  The failures of modern medicine are apparent all around us.  We have the worst overall health of any industrialized nation (despite being the most expensive). Our children receive twice the number of vaccines than any other country on earth.  Auto-immune diseases in our children are at the highest level in recorded human history.  Those are scientific facts, and they are undisputed. Is it not logical to ask why?

Science Fact #8  Far from a benevolent public health initiative, reasonable estimates place the global vaccine industry sales in excess of $50 billion per annum. (This pharmaceutical money is lavishly lathered upon doctors, researchers, legislators and the media). Unknown by much of the public, a compensation court has been in place to settle vaccine injury claims; this court has paid out over $3 billion dollars to families and is completely bourne by the taxpayers.                                                                             (see:   http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/statisticsreport.pdf )  The drug companies are completely shielded and exempt from all liability and prosecution for vaccine injuries and deaths.  (Less than 10% of actual vaccine injuries are reported. Those that are reported receive no follow-up, some of which involve death or permanent neurological damage.  No one knows how many thousands have died or suffered adverse reactions from the vaccines, since there was no reporting agency in place until 1991).(O'Shea, Vaccination is Not Immunization)

Science Fact #9   Children today receive 69 doses of vaccines for 16 different viral and bacterial illnesses.(including 36 shots before the child's 18 month birthday).  In the year 2000, they received 34 doses of 11 different vaccines.  This schedule has more than doubled and they want more.  Those supporting forced vaccination are being dishonest by not acknowledging the exploding vaccine schedule while sounding alarms over small increases in overall non-medical exemptions.

In closing...the unvaccinated don't care what the vaccinated do, or what they read.  But now suddenly the vaccinators want to take away the right of anyone to disagree with their beliefs, and even the right to study the issue. They demand to have their opinion on vaccines, but refuse to allow an opposite opinion, even though both postions are protected by law.  In the end it comes down to this; Why do the vaccinated care if some go unvaccinated? Aren't their children protected? Don't their vaccines work?

Most un-vaccinators I have met are not anti-vaccine.  They are in favor of any vaccines that have been independantly tested and found to be absolutely effective, with no chance of harm to the recipient. If this is not the case, they merely want to retain their lawful right to receive an un-biased informed consent and have freedom of medical choice. They are highly intelligent, have done thorough research and have concluded they are best suited to make the health decisions for their loved ones; rather than  doctors, drug companies or the government.  

God Bless,

Dr. Norman












What Can Chiropractic Do For You?

Posted: November 13, 2014
By: Dr Michael Norman

Some people mistakenly believe that chiropractic is only for those in pain.  This is sad.  Chiropractic is great for pain relief but to simply stop there causes one to miss the true benefits of chiropractic.  My practice consists primarily of "wellness" practice members.  That is, practice members who are not experiencing any type of pain, but are choosing to reach and maintain their optimal potential (health or otherwise). The following is my top 10 list of some of the most common benefits a chiropractic practice member receives by having a healthy nervous system through chiropractic adjustments.

Correcting vertebral subluxation to enable the innate intelligence of the body to better express itself results in:

  1. Greater ability to heal, cure and prevent disease
  2. Greater ability to handle the stresses of life
  3. Increased immune system function and higher resistance
  4. Improved athletic ability and coordination
  5. Greater emotional stability
  6. The ability to function with greater intellectual capacity
  7. Greater abilty to reach one's genetic/hereditary potential
  8. Increased longevity potential
  9. Being more productive in business, industry or the academic arena
  10. Being a better you in all ways (spouse, parent, grandparent, etc)

Remember, your nervous system is the master control system of your entire body and forms the brain-to-body connection.  Vertebral Subluxation limits the flow of information on this neurological "superhighway."  A properly performed, precise and specific chiropractic adjustment removes the interference caused by a vertebral subluxation, re-establishing the flow of information and bringing your neurological "superhighway" back into greater harmony within your body.  What does this mean for you? It can affect every aspect of your life in a positive way!  

Call today for your family's spinal checkup.  You will be glad you did.

God Bless,

Dr. Norman

Keeping Ebola in Perspective

Posted: November 1, 2014
By: Dr Michael Norman

Several practice members have asked my opinion on the recent Ebola cases here in Dallas the last couple of months.  I would like to share what we have talked about.

The non-stop news coverage created a ridiculous hysteria.  Hysteria (and any ensuing government over reaction to it) will always create more harm than any virus could hope to. Fear and hysteria are also extremely profitable to many special interests.  Follow the money trail.  

Since first diagnosed in 1976, approximately 7000 people have died from Ebola.  This is primarily on the continent of Africa which has a population of nearly 1.2 billion people!

To put in perspective, let's take the 3 leading causes of death in the U.S.:

1.   600,000  Americans will die each year from heart disease

2.   585,000 Americans will die each year from cancer.

3.   225,000 or more Americans will die at the hands of the U.S. health care system (medical errors).

So, despite the U.S. having the most expensive health care system in the world and billions of taxpayer-subsidized dollars flowing into "research", this is the result we get?  Dwarfing the Ebola outbreak, more people are dying from lifestyle and at the hands of our healthcare system than ever before.  Why is this not on the front page of every newspaper or 24 hour CNN coverage?  Where's the outrage here?  Where's the hysteria? 

I frequently remind my practice members:

Our immune systems decide who gets sick, not the latest virus.  Since we have been born, our immune systems have saved our lives countless times.  If the germ theory/virus theory of disease were correct, there would be nobody left on the planet to believe in it.

God created an amazing immune defense in our bodies, however we must do our part to avoid lifestyles which weaken it and take consistent steps to build it up. Through Chiropractic, you are taking major strides in strengthening and building up your immune system.  Chiropractic adjustments save and prolong lives every day!  This is one of the simplest lifestyle choices you can make if you want a strong immune system.   

Get started today.  Get the whole family on a chiropractic adjustment plan.  It works!

God Bless,

Dr. Norman

Are You Living Your Life As a Question Mark or An Exclamation Point?

Posted: October 28, 2014
By: Dr Michael Norman

I was speaking with a practice member today regarding the great improvement in posture she has experienced since starting chiropractic care.  We spoke about how her body posture use to assume the form of a question mark (ex. forward head posture, rounded shoulders, hunchback,etc.).  Today, I told her, her spine is looking great and she looks more like an exclamation point (ex. upright head, shoulders back, erect spine, etc.)  She also has noticed the difference and is feeling great.  

In fact, not only her spine and posture, but her whole life is beginning to resemble this exclamation point!  We both have noticed along with great posture, she has also gained much more (happiness, mobility, flexibility, energy, social engagement, focus, hope, enthusiasm, etc).  This "exclamation point" analogy has profound implications.

Live your life as an Exclamation Point rather than a Question Mark!  Try chiropractic. Reach your optimal potential and live the life God intended for you.  

God Bless,

Dr. Norman 

Proper Spinal Alignment Eliminates Toxins!

Posted: June 22, 2014
By: Dr Michael Norman

Did you know our body has a natural inborn system of detox?  It is controlled by our nervous system as our Innate Intelligence (the body's inborn wisdom) determines which materials and toxins are no longer needed by the body and can pose harm to our body.  This process is called excretion and it is triggered within a healthy nervous system by neurological signals in our brain-body connection.

As one of the fastest routes of elimination in the human body, the skin has a vital role in excretion.  This is why children (and adults) may develop skin rashes in response to vaccines, antibiotics and other drugs.  When the body senses a toxin, the speed of elimination through the skin makes it a likely and often used path of excretion from the body.  Medically, rashes may be "treated" by suppressing them with synthetic steroid drugs.  Does it seem rational to act as though the rash was due to a deficiency of steroids?  What is done if a person has diarrhea?  There is a drug for that.  Oops, now constipated?  They can prescribe a laxative.  By ignoring the underlying functional rationale behind the overt symptom (or not understanding it), there is no choice but to treat the symptom as the larger issue.  There is a better way!

Chiropractic has always understood there are many tissues that play roles in elimination.  These tissues and processes of excretion and detox must be enhanced, not suppressed!!  Skin eliminates toxins and rids our bodies of thermal waste.  Our lungs purge our body of carbon dioxide and even alcohol.  Our kidneys, liver and many other organs provide various routes of excretion.  In fact, Chiropractic recognizes every cell within our body has metabolistic wastes that must be eliminated or our cells greatly suffer and ultimately perish.  In time, our bodies retain these materials to toxic levels and we suffer the effects of toxic exposure as a potentially long list of chronic ills and disease begin to result.

Chiropractic removes the interference to proper excretion and detox by removing vertebral subluxations.  This enhances and maximizes our neurological signals within our brain-body connection as the materials and toxins posing destructive threats to our bodies can be more efficiently recognized and eliminated from our body...naturally.  Yes, diet and exercice are important but a healthy nervous system is the most important part of the process!  

(FYI:  Did you know having a properly aligned spine will help you detox more efficiently?  The intervertebral discs of our spines have no discernable blood flow to bring nutrients or remove metabolic waste materials after we reach adulthood. (1)  They (the discs)  are fully dependant upon proper functional motion of the corresponding vertebra to convey nutrients and extract waste materials. In the absence of this proper motion of the vertebra (vertebral subluxation), your spine and body will begin to suffer the effects of toxic exposure). 

Try chiropractic today!  It works and the benefits keep growing by the day!

God Bless,

Dr. Norman

(1) Aebi M, et al, eds. The Aging Spine. Berlin: Springer-Verlag; 2005; pp. 5-6.


Spinal Surgery and The Big Lie...Do Not Take the Bait!

Posted: March 3, 2014
By: Dr Michael Norman

I recently had a new patient come into the office with neck and arm pain.  She told me she had just gone to the orthopedic surgeon a few days prior and he recommended neck surgery for her due to a "bulging disc."  After exam and x-rays, I found her to have a misalignment of a cervical vertebra (spinal subluxation) and started her on a chiropractic corrective plan.  She has done fantastic and her symptoms diminished within the first few adjustments.  She expressed anger to me regarding this orthopedic surgeon:  "Why did he lie to me?  Why did he try to get me to do this extremely risky surgery unnecessarily?  I shared with her the following:

The Disc Theory is Dead! In 1994, researcher Dr. Scott Boden et al. followed by researcher Maureen Jensen et al. found no clear correlation between disc abnormalities and back pain.(1) They took 67 patients off the street with no symptoms whatsoever and performed MRI's on them. About 1/3rd of them had a substantial disc abnormality.  In the 60 years or older group, 57% had abnormal discs (36% had a herniated disc and 21% had spinal stenosis).  35% of the group had degenerative or bulging discs.  Yet none of these patients had any symptoms!  So, the conclusion you ask?

1)  In essence, MRI scans make it much easier for surgeons to lie to their patients.

2)  Most spine surgeons will use the evidence of cervical/lumbar disc degeneration to warrant fusion (surgery) when, in fact, it is a natural part of the aging process, like graying hair.

3)  The world of spinal medicine is producing patients with failed back surgery syndrome at an alarming rate.  Spine surgery has been accused of leaving more human wreckage by the roadside than any other operation in history.  By far the number one reason they fail?  Patients experience continued pain after surgery (usually more) because the lesion that was operated on was not the cause of the patient's pain.

4)  The rate of American spine surgery is unusually excessive and directly attributed to the supply of spine surgeons.  Back surgery rates increase almost linearly with the per capita supply of orthopedic and neurosurgeons in that country.  Does this mean Americans' backs are five-times weaker than the people from Great Britain or does it mean U.S. surgeons do too many unnecessary spine surgeries?

And finally the obvious...

5)  Doctors and hospitals are making huge profits off the backs of unsuspecting patients who are not told there is a better and cheaper way to solve their spinal pain with chiropractic care and other non-invasive methods.  Spinal surgery has become the cash cow in the medical world and will only grow larger unless sensibility prevails over profiteering.  

The Big Lie 

Regrettably, the images seen on MRI scans are convincing selling points to the naive public by surgeons who know better, but profit greatly, by pointing to these misleading images:  "I can show you your problem right here (a herniated or degenerative disc), and the only solution is surgery.  And whatever you do, don't go to a chiropractor who might rupture it."  This is another Big Lie told too often to unsuspecting patients who take this bait, succumb to surgery, and suffer for the rest of their lives in many cases.

Don't take the bait!  Try chiropractic first!

"Anyone who has a back surgery without seeing a chiropractor first should also have his head examined."  Dr. RS Mendelsohn, MD,  author Confessions of a Medical Heretic

God Bless,

Dr. Norman

(1)  SD Boden, et al., "Abnormal MRI Scans of the Lumbar Spine in Asymptomatic Patients, J Bone Joint Surg Am. 72 (1990): 403-408.

MC Jensen, et al., "MRI of the Lumbar Spine in People Without Back Pain," N England J Med. 331 (1994):69-73.