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Health Newsletter - Winter '10

Prepared By Burdi Chiropractic & Massage; Dr G Burdi, MS, DC
Celebrating 30+ Years Of "Light-Force" Adjusting, Physiotherapies & Wellness Care To Support YOUR Life-Style

Welcome to our health newsletter. It is meant to entertain, inform, and even inspire you to better health. Help others by sharing your thoughts and experience. They will thank you profusely.


  • Adjustments Help Infant
  • Cell Phone Radiation
  • Produce With High/Low Pesticide Levels
  • Vicks On Soles Relieves Cough
  • Baby Carrots, Yuck!

Happy New Year Baby Adjustments

Adjustments Help Infants - Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health - Chiropractic reported a research study on a 2 week old boy presenting complaints of colic, constipation, sleep sporadic/irregular, and excessive crying with resolution following a brief trial of chiropractic care.

“Research is revealing that minor disturbances to spinal alignment and function may be a factor in a number of disorders. These disturbances lead to nerve interference and can result in a host of disorders such as colic, constipation and sleep disorders” stated Dr. Sean Batte the author of the study. Other chiropractic researchers have reported on similar results and reviews of the scientific research reveal numerous other studies that have shown a similar connection.

“It makes a lot of sense when you think about it” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy D.C, a public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study, “If you damage or compress the neurological structures in the spine this can have far reaching implications on the functioning of the body".

In the above study the child had a difficult birth, cried regularly, was not sleeping during the day, and if he wasn’t eating or sleeping, he was crying. At night, his sleep was sporadic and irregular and his parents were not able to sleep or catch up on sleep during the day as he wasn’t napping at all. The mother’s general practitioner recommended anti-depressants and tranquilizers for the child. Instead the parents had the infant  evaluated and cared for using chiropractic protocols to reduce vertebral subluxations in the child’s spine. Within five visits his mother reported his bowel movements had started to become more regular, he was belching normally after meals, started to sleep better and the crying abated.

Past cases suggest a link between breech presentations/difficult births and spinal subluxations. Correcting the nerve interferences many times can return a child’s function to normal. Over my 30 years of experience I have found this to be true.


Cell Phone Radiation - Effects of radiation from mobile phones and wireless devices on human health is of high interest due to the enormous increased usage of these devices. Sleep disturbances have been linked to them when body is in close proximity of them. Long term effects have not been tested yet.

Mobile phones emit electromagnetic (EM) radiation in the microwave range where many believe are harmful to human health because part of the radio waves emitted by a mobile telephone handset are absorbed by the human head. Typically peak energy levels of GSM handsets are 2 watts, US analogue phone 3.6 watts, and CDMA2000 or D-AMPS are below 1 watt. The rate at which radiation is absorbed by the human body is measured by the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR). Maximum levels for modern handsets have been set for the human head by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to 1.6 W/kg (averaged over a volume of 1 gram of tissue).  The microwave radiation is dielectric heating. The cornea of the eye does not have the necessary temperature regulation mechanism so exposure of 2–3 hours duration has been reported to produce cataracts in rabbits' eyes at SAR values from 100-140W/kg, Obviously this is high but long term low level effects are unknown, so why chance it?

Suggest minimizes the exposure by using hands-free procedures, keeping phone away from the head while not excessively using the phone, and buying a cell phone with a low SAR level.  CNET.com reviewed  popular cell phone radiation levels with the lowest SAR level being 0.109 and the highest being 1.600 W/kg (maximum allowed), an almost 15 times difference. It pays to shop to help your health.

UPDATED March '11 - VATUCAN RADIO, as reported March 1, 2011 in The Independent , ordered by Italy's Supreme Court to compensate Cesano, a small town near Rome, following allegations the their high power transmitters were above the legal limit and put children at a high risk of cancer due to EM radiation exposure. (Note - People starting to realize that excessive exposure to EM radiation is dangerous.)

UPDATED June '11 - WebMD.com carried an announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO) on their Cancer Health Center that cell phone useage may cause cancer but there is not enough long-term data to link directly to issue an alert. WHO now groups cell phones in the same hazard category as chloroform, lead, and engine exhaust!

Horn of food

Produce With High/Low Pesticide Levels - All of us want to eat good food. Unfortunately due to mass production the use of pesticides have turned good into bad food. The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization that advocates for policies that protect global and individual health, produces a Shoppers' Guide to Pesticides in Produce to help you select some mass produced food that are low in pesticides. It is based on the results of nearly 43,000 pesticide tests. Ideally we should eat organic fruits and vegetables, grown without the use of such pesticides. Unfortunately they are more expensive. So next best thing is to stay away from the worst foods and stick mostly with the best. Of the 43 different fruit and vegetable categories in the Guide to Pesticides, the following fifteen foods had the lowest pesticide load when conventionally grown, thus the safest to consume:
Onions, Avocado, Sweet Corn, Pineapple, Mangos, Sweet Peas, Asparagus, Kiwi, Cabbage, Eggplant, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Grapefruit, Sweet Potato, Honeydew, Melon.

The twelve worst foods that one should consume the least are:
Celery, Peaches, Strawberries, Apples, Blueberries, Nectarines, Bell Peppers, Spinach, Cherries, Kale/Collard Greens, Potatoes, Grapes (Imported).


Vicks On Soles Relieves Cough - One of my industrious patients send me an email regarding the successful use of Vicks VapoRub on the foot soles for relief of a cough, enabling one to sleep at night and regain health. The procedure while in bed is to rub Vicks VapoRub on the soles of the feet, put socks on and go to sleep. People have found that their cough stopped and were able to sleep most of the night. Stay away from dairy products to minimize mucus production. I have also heard that the use of garlic on the soles reduces fevers (be careful in this usage since some fever is good and used to fight virus and bacteria). Try the Vicks procedure and reply your results back to me, please. 

Of course one should look at why a cold/flu/cough occurred. The primary reason when exposed to and allowing a virus to overcome the body is that the Autoimmune Defense System was lowered. (This also applies to getting Cancer, according to some Cancer Research Institutes, since we fight Cancer on the average 6 times in our life span.) Taking Vitamin C of 5000 units/hour (back off some if diarrhea occurs) also helps, especially if taken at the onset of virus attack.

The lowering of the defense system comes from consuming too much sugar, drinking soda (read more below), eating allergic foods (taxes body systems), and exhausting one's adrenals (our "get up and go" system). Also the upper/mid back will tighten up since this is where most nerves for that system are housed. So listen to your body and stay healthy!

Baby Carrots Coated

"Baby Carrots Coated, Yuck! - One of my patients discovered this unique problem with baby carrots and confirmed it at Snopes.com. Most of us love to eat them, but beware! A farmer who grows and packages carrots for IGA, METRO, LORLAWS, and others decided to inform others after learning about the processing. The small cocktail (baby) carrots you buy in small plastic bags are made using larger crooked or deformed carrots which are put through a machine which cuts and shapes them into cocktail carrots. The problem is that once the carrots are cut and shaped into cocktail carrots they are dipped in a solution of water and chlorine (also used in swimming pools in order to preserve them. Without their skin or natural protective covering, higher absorption of chlorine occurs. Notice after keeping carrots in the refrigerator for a few days a white coating forms on them. This is the chlorine resurfacing. Yuck - at what cost to our health results in having esthetically pleasing vegetables?

It is well known that chlorine is a carcinogen, which causes Cancer! So give it a second thought when buying baby carrots for vegetable dips or just for munching. We don't need to increase our risk to disease, especially Cancer, right?

String of Gold Globes

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