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Heavy Metal Pollution – How to avoid and recover from health challenges related to environmental conditions that are beyond your control.

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 in Detoxification, Muscle Testing, Natural Healing, Nutrition and Healing, Nutrition Response Testing, Portland Oregon Lifestyle |

by Jeanne Kennedy Crosby, D.C.


Test vials that identify common problems or stressors affecting your body's ability to adapt and be well.

Test vials identify common metals that affect your health.

Portland, Oregon 2016 – We have contaminated, polluted air and soil. In some areas of the city it’s very dirty and there’s been some thoughtlessness, negligence and maybe even some cover-up.

If you’ve known me for any length of time, you have heard me talk about metals and how they’re messing up everyone’s best efforts to get well and stay well. All cities are filthy. They all have decades to centuries of dust and grime from current and past industry, construction/demolition, pesticide use, and transportation.

I have a metal detox system that is measurable. It is energetic in nature and requires no invasive medical testing. I’ve been practicing it for eight years. It identifies these metals by name (arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, aluminum, nickel, etc.) and also directs relief from the stress they cause on your body with effective, economical, deep detoxifying protocols. It’s here for you always. If you live in Portland, (not just in Southeast Portland, I’ve known for years that the air in my North Portland neighborhood is atrocious,) I encourage you to look into doing some measured, supervised and reasonably easy internal clean up, and I am here to help you. Please call Better Forever and schedule a nutrition response testing visit with me for this. It can make a huge impact on your healing efforts and accelerate your health improvement.

Human bodies are designed to absorb nutrients and eliminate auto-toxicity, the waste products our bodies naturally generate. Exposure to external sources of toxins wears down optimal function of the natural exit channels for substances to be excreted: lungs, skin, bowels, liver, kidneys, and lymphatic channels. Here’s the thing: we all have metals in our bodies. It accumulates. It suppresses optimal function of organ systems and the immune system. Exposure is pretty much constant through our lives on this planet. You can never really get rid of all of it, you can only work to optimize healing and limit your exposure in all ways you have control over.

Very recently I read a parent questioning about how to detoxify and heal a child who has been identified as having metals in their body with urinalysis. Every child I have ever checked out with my non-invasive system has tested positive for metals, notably lead. Check out the long-standing lead problem in our city housing. Metals also cross the placenta, and many times children have acquired metal in their bodies from their mother.

It was suggested in thread that the best thing that one could safely do to get metals out of a child’s body is have the child sweat (in this case, an 11 month old baby.) Not only a difficult endeavor, (how are you supposed to make an 11 month old sweat?) but I respectfully disagree. The easiest and most effective way to get metals out of any body is…. poop! Have bowel movements that are at least once to three times daily. Children have healing capacity that is so fast and uncomplicated. They will always benefit from chiropractic, and often some nutrient or homeopathic remedy to help them along, but when you feed them healthful fresh foods, teach them to drink water, eliminate or at least limit sweets and encourage them to sleep at night, they heal so much on their own. Kids often get constipated easily though, so it needs to be addressed. Constipation is a pretty good sign that your liver is overloaded with detoxification efforts. Frequent bowel elimination takes pressure off the lymphatic system, as many external toxins in the human body get impregnated into tissue and cells. This allows for extracellular matrix to drain, and then cells, into the lymph channels to be directed to the bowels and the kidneys. You want most of it, 90% ideally, to exit through the bowels and not the kidneys. Poop out those metals, people.

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We All Feel Crazy Sometimes: The Involuntary Part of your Nervous System

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in Chiropractic, Muscle Testing, Natural Healing, Nutrition and Healing, Portland Oregon Lifestyle |

by Jeanne Kennedy Crosby, D.C.

The autonomic nervous system is the part of your nervous system that doesn’t involve your control. It’s the involuntary, subconscious part of your wiring that runs all of your vital functions, breathing, digestion, sleeping, heart rate, body temperature, etc.

The two parts of the autonomic nervous system are the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system. In general, they should compliment each other fluidly in a healthy body that isn’t under constant stress.

Sympathetic characteristics: heightened awareness, wakefulness, preparation for action, ‘fight or flight’ response.

Parasympathetic characteristics: resting, sleeping, digestion, healing.

Do you feel like your body is in constant reaction to stress? Do you have anxiety? Insomnia? Your sympathetic nervous system is in dominance. What can happen when you are in this state for prolonged periods is you burn out, you have exhaustion, and you feel tired. A simplified analysis of this is:

Sympathetic dominance – “wired” as in amped up, wound up, anxious and nervous. This is not necessarily a bad thing in our society and we tend to reward it. Who can work the hardest and longest, process the most information at once, and need the least amount of sleep? People in sympathetic dominance are often successful for a period in their lives if their anxiety isn’t too crippling. However, these people usually burn out early. They may have poor digestion and they also may be irritable. They become depressed in such a way that they have insomnia or poor sleep quality. They may tend to seek out substances that sedate them to a degree, alcohol, or pharmacological sedatives (xanax, valium, klonipin, opioids, etc.). People who have PTSD with trauma in their history often exhibit sympathetic dominance. When someone is in this excessive sympathetic state for a prolonged time, the result feels like ‘tired,’ but ‘end-stage wired’ is more accurate.

Parasympathetic dominance – “tired.” Can’t get moving. Needs 10-12 hours of sleep. Depression with oversleeping. These people may tend to seek out stimulants, coffee and amphetamine-type drugs.

I see way more sympathetic-dominant people in my office. You can often as a practitioner see this right away when you meet someone, and the patient confirms it with their history. Often a person with sympathetic dominance will have a goiter, or fullness over the thyroid, and they will muscle test for excessive energy around the hypothalamus, the pituitary, the pineal gland, and other parts of the brain. These patients can be tough cases because the body can’t direct energy to heal in sympathetic nervous system dominance. We have several techniques and therapies to help balance these two parts of your autonomic nervous system by increasing parasympathetic nervous system tone, or function. Muscle testing has afforded us this rapid insight – we have not only the history and the exam findings, but also the muscle testing, which gives instant feedback. We also can identify environmental and energetic stress factors, which are often involved. I have recently learned or reviewed several autonomic balancing chiropractic techniques, and in general, chiropractic is a great autonomic nervous system tonifier, as the actual autonomic nerves are right along the spine and the regulating glands (hypothalamus, pituitary and pineal glands) are in the cranium. Treating and restoring good function to the spine, the cranium, and the TMJ is essential. We have some wonderful homeopathic, herbal and nutritional  remedies for anxiety and stress handling, they don’t just treat your symptoms, they have a lasting deep healing effect.

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*cough cough cough*

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in Chiropractic, Detoxification, Muscle Testing, Natural Healing, Nutrition and Healing, Nutrition Response Testing, Portland Oregon Lifestyle |

by Jeanne Kennedy Crosby, D.C.

So you had a cold. Maybe the flu, bronchitis or even pneumonia. You’re pretty much all better, but you still cough. What does it mean when a cough persists, even after you feel otherwise normal?

  • You may have some residual mucus in your lungs that you are trying to expectorate (cough up.) Massage around the ribs and chest muscles can help facilitate this.
  • You may have a misalignment or muscle strain around your ribs and diaphragm from all the coughing and now your lungs are irritated; you need a chiropractic treatment.
  • You may need some nutritional support for your heart after recovering from an infection. This is common. Cardio-Plus by standard Process is a good choice for heart support, and it’s fine for kids, too.
  • You may need some nutritional support for you large intestine. Lungs and large intestine are the same element in Chinese medicine, metal. The last time I was sick I had a persistent cough; I took Cholenest, a German homeopathic remedy from Nestmann (we use it here a lot, it’s great for many different things) and my cough disappeared immediately, it was remarkable.
  • You may have a lingering immune challenge and need additional immune support, like Congaplex, Antronex, Cyruta Plus, or Immuplex. These are safe and effective natural products that give your natural immunity extra support to resolve symptoms like coughing.

Please let me know if you have been sick and you haven’t stopped coughing. I can choose a remedy for you at your appointment.

Another reason for a chronic cough: exposure to chemicals. When you work or live around sources of chemical pollution, your lungs can be overloaded with detoxifying process. This can require focus on the other main detoxification organs (liver, kidneys, skin, lymphatic system) in addition to lungs. It’s more of a commitment compared to recovering from a cough caused by acute infection, but it’s time and effort well spent to improve overall health.

  • Hair stylists, painters, construction and demolition teams, janitors, medical personnel are all exposed occupationally to chemicals that can cause hypersensitivity and symptoms such as coughing.
  • People who work in shopping malls with chemically treated clothes and new items that are off-gassing formaldehyde can develop respiratory symptoms and sometimes other symptoms like migraines and skin conditions.

Applied Kinesiology and Nutrition Response Testing offer so many ways to support your body’s natural healing capacities. We have many options here at Better Forever to relieve symptoms such as coughing associated with immune challenges and environmental stress.


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