Thursday, December 27, 2012

New Year, new healthy outlook

Happy Holidays!  
We hope your Christmas festivities were enjoyable for you and your family!  

With the New Year just around the corner, we are excited to kick off 2013 
with our popular workshop, Chiropractic 101.

Join Dr. Marc Tuesday, January 8, 2013
at 12:00 noon for Chiropractic 101.
All classes are held at Davis Family Chiropractic
2415 SE 165th Avenue, Suite 103, Vancouver, WA 98683

Dr. Marc will discuss:
  •  The shocking truth to what causes cancer, heart disease and diabetes and what you can do to dramatically reduce your chance of getting cancer, heart disease, or diabetes.
  • The #1 energy stealer effecting your health!
  • What the healthiest people are doing to boost their immune system.
    We look forward to being part of your journey as you live your best, healthy life.
To join Dr. Marc for Chiropractic 101 and free lunch for confirmed attendees,
register via phone (360)823-2225 or print off the sign up form
and fax it to: (360)823-2227.
Other upcoming events:
1/22/13    Secrets to Living Headache Free
Click here for class details and to sign up now.



Friday, December 21, 2012

Write condolences for Newtown

As the Newtown tragedy rests heavy on our hearts this Christmas season, 
the U.S. Postal Service has set up a special address for individuals to send condolences to those affected by the tragedy.

“We understand that there is an outpouring of support for everyone in the Newtown area, and we hope to make it easier for those who wish to send encouragement and messages of compassion to those affected,” said Kimberly J. Peters, Connecticut Valley District Manager for the U.S. Postal Service. “Through letters and cards, families will be able to hold that friendship in their hands and to read those kind words at a time and place that supports their pace of healing.” 

Letters of thoughts and comfort should be addressed to:

Messages of Condolence for Newtown
P.O. Box 3700
Newtown, CT 06470

Our candle remains lit for you.

Davis Family Chiropractic



Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Juicing for better health

 By Cassie McCully

Though the weather resembles nothing near the sweet days of summer, you can enjoy sunshine in a glass any day of the year. 

If you don't already juice, here's a few reasons why you might consider doing so:

1)  Fresh juice provides vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, proteins, immunity building and more
2)  Regular juicers rave about an increase in energy, clearer skin, and a clearer mind
3)  It's an easy way to consume your USDA recommended 2-4 servings of fruit and vegetables each day

Interested in adding juicing to your diet?  Here's a great 30 days of juicing list, and a green detox recipe that will be perfect for after the holidays and to start the New Year off right.

Once warmer days do roll around, I'm definitely going to pay a visit to Portland's very own juice cart, "Sip," who made it onto Food & Wine's list of best juice bars.  They're now closed for the winter, but their steamed "Flu Slayer": apple, lemon, ginger and garlic would have been a great pick for the entire family during these last couple of weeks.

Do you juice?  What has been your experience?



Thursday, November 15, 2012

We're PIE-ING It Forward!

Your pie is on us!
We're giving away 2 gift cards to Sheri's Restaurant-- 
Home of award-winning pies!

How to Win:
*Comment on the Facebook giveaway post*
8 ways to enter (entries go in their own comment)!

1.  Like Davis Family Chiropractic on Facebook (comment that you have).
2.  Share this giveaway with your pie-loving friends and family on Facebook 
by clicking the share button (comment that you have).
3.  Tell us one thing you are thankful for today (in a separate Facebook comment).
Entries 4-8: Come back and tell us one thing you are thankful for Fri., Sat., Sun. and Monday.*

*All comments should be on the Facebook post

One random commenter will be chosen
and the LAST commenter will be chosen.  
*Giveaway ends 6pm Monday, November 19th.*
Will you be the last?!



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Relationship Between Back Pain and PTSD Among American Soldiers

As we honor troops this week and reflect on the many who have served our country throughout history, true sacrifice and thankfulness is what comes to mind.  Not only do soldiers sacrifice the comforts of home and security of family while they are deployed, emotional and physical health are battles that continue to ensue, often long after a soldier's return.  New research has shown a startling link between back pain and PTSD in soldiers who've been to war.

PSTD and back pain

One specific study conducted by Department of Orthopaedics of the University of Utah, researched psychological distress and what relationship it has among spine patients at a VA hospital.  In this study of 149 individuals being treated for spine-related injuries in conjunction with the Distress and Risk Assessment Method (DRAM), 79.9% of patients were identified to have "some degree of psychological distress," while 20.1% were classified as normal.  Of those patients identified to have some degree of distress, 43.6% had levels of distress that were considered severe.  It was concluded that those with high levels of distress had greater levels of neck and back pain, used more narcotics for pain and antidepressants, and without surprise had a history with combat, more than those who did not have high levels of distress.

Dr. Eugene Carragee, a former Army reservist and orthopedic surgeon explained the harsh relationship between PTSD and pain, saying,
“Those who have psychological issues have less reserve to deal with chronic pain, and the flip side is those with chronic pain [lose] their psychological reserves” (Spine Journal).  
According to a study conducted by John Hopkins University school of medicine, "musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders are now the number one cause of medical evacuations from Iraq and Afghanistan, not combat injuries," (Chiropractic News & Research). 

Chiropractic Reduces Pain in Veterans of War

In a 2011 study, researchers looked at 171 veterans with back pain who served in the Iraq and Vietnam Wars. Of those who were treated with chiropractic care, over half had a significant reduction of symptoms while the average patient had a 37% reduction in pain.

In another study of 54 veteran patients who suffered from back pain, 43% had a significant reduction in neck pain after being treated with chiropractic care, while 67% had significant improvement in pain, cognitive behavioral symptoms and more.

We have solutions

Here at Davis Family Chiropractic, we remind our patients that pain is not a lifestyle.  If you or someone you know is dealing with similar symptoms, please contact our office to set up an appointment.  We feel strongly in helping you live your best, pain-free, natural life, and supporting your health needs.



Monday, November 12, 2012

Thank You, Veterans!

I am filled with deep gratitude for our troops and all who have sacrificed at some point in their lifetime to serve our country.  We are so blessed to have so many willing to lay their lives down for this great country.  In fact, this sacrifice is one that makes our country great.

Please share which branch of the military that you or your loved one are in by posting a comment to this post.  If there is anyone to pray for please let us know!

Thank you!

Dr. Marc


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Antibacterial Soap and Sanitizer: Safe or Risky?

At the close of my most recent post, 'Chiropractic Immunity Adjustments and 5 Other Tips For a Strong Immune System', I referred to couple of questions that I am often asked, in relation to immunity.  One of these questions is,
"What about antibacterial soaps, and should I wipe down surfaces with antibacterial wipes?"
The study of antibacterial soaps and sanitizers have been widely scrutinized in the last decade.  The findings on the effectiveness of these products may surprise you.

FDA Warnings

On April 8, 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration acknowledged two key points relating to the use of antibacterial products and the long-term health effects.  Here is what they stated:

1)  The antibacterial chemical triclosan, is no more effective than regular soap and water at preventing infections.
2) There is concern over triclosan's potential long-term health effects due to the development of antibiotic resistance from product use over time.


A 2004 research group from Columbia University and New York University found in their study, that the effects of antibacterial products did not reduce the risk of viral infectious diseases within a household of healthy individuals.  A review given by the Oxford Journal: Clinical of Infectious Diseases, concluded these same results after reviewing data from twenty-seven studies dated from 1980-2006:
"Soaps containing triclosan within the range of concentrations commonly used in the community setting (0.1%–0.45% wt/vol) were no more effective than plain soap at preventing infectious illness symptoms and reducing bacterial levels on the hands."
As for the second point mentioned by the FDA, that there is a concern for the potential long-term health effects related to antibacterial product use and a development of antibiotic resistance due to such use, the Oxford Journal referred to this concern in their review, as well.
"Several laboratory studies demonstrated evidence of triclosan-adapted cross-resistance to antibiotics among different species of bacteria."
 The Oxford Journal concluded their findings with:
"The lack of an additional health benefit associated with the use of triclosan-containing consumer soaps over regular soap, coupled with laboratory data demonstrating a potential risk of selecting for drug resistance, warrants further evaluation by governmental regulators regarding antibacterial product claims and advertising. Further studies of this issue are encouraged."
Hand Sanitizer and Children
Lastly, I feel it important to mention that in extreme cases, anti-bacterial sanitizers can be extremely harmful to children.  There have been documented cases of children ingesting the liquid and becoming poisoned by the high-alcohol content within the product.  Some sanitizers on the market carry at 65% alcohol content.  Children are curious and can be especially curious if sanitizers smell like something they would like to taste.  Read more on children and hand-sanitizers, here. 

Best in health, naturally,
Dr. Marc


4 of the most dangerous myths about washing your hands . (Feb., 2011 25). Retrieved from 
(2007). Consumer antibacterial soaps: effective or just risky?. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 45(Supp 2), 137-147. Retrieved from

Larson, E., Lin, S., Gomez-Pichardo, C., & Della-Latta, F. (2004). Effect of antibacterial home cleaning and handwashing products on infectious disease symptoms: a randomized, double-blind trial. 

Mikkelson, D. P., & Mikkelson, B. (Feb., 2009 24). Booze ooze. Retrieved from 



Friday, November 2, 2012

Don't Forget to Fall Back This Sunday!

I'd ask what you all plan to do with that extra hour of time gained,
but I think most of us are sleeping in.  Am I right?
Enjoy your weekend!
Best in health, naturally,
Dr. Marc


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Fight the Flu and Common Cold With Chiropractic

It's that time of year when coughing, sneezing and the flu is swirling around us.  Chiropractic can help boost your immunity this season!

In 1918, the flu pandemic swept across the world infecting 100 million people and killing a high estimate of 50 million people.  During this time, preventative measures, treatment and cures for the influenza were unknown.  As the flu pandemic was spreading across the world, the practice of chiropractic was on the verge of extinction as the practice became the target of medical doctors with lenient slander laws.  Because many chiropractors had such a decline in business during this time, chiropractors began doing house calls, adjusting anyone who had the flu. 

The outcome for those infected with the flu who were adjusted by a chiropractor were astounding, thus they were nicknamed, "Flu Doctors":
In Davenport, Iowa, 50 medical doctors treated 4,953 cases, with 274 deaths. In the same city, 150 chiropractors including students and faculty of the Palmer School of Chiropractic treated 1,635 cases with only one death.
In the state of Iowa, medical doctors treated 93,590 patients, with 6,116 deaths – a loss of one patient out of every 15. In the same state, excluding Davenport, 4,735 patients were treated by chiropractors with a loss of only 6 cases – a loss of one patient out of every 789.
National figures show that 1,142 chiropractors treated 46,394 patients for influenza during 1918, with a loss of 54 patients – one out of every 886.
In the same epidemic, New York health authorities (who kept records of flu as a reportable disease) showed that under chiropractic care, only 25 patients died of influenza out of every 10,000 cases; and only 100 patients died of pneumonia out of every 10,000 cases. This comparison is made more striking when viewed in the following table:
—————————————Cases               Deaths
Under medical care                10,000             950
Under chiropractic care         10,000             25
—————————————Cases               Deaths
Under medical care                10,000             6,400
Under chiropractic care         10,000             100
The same epidemic reports show that chiropractors in Oklahoma treated 3,490 cases of influenza with only 7 deaths. But the best part of this is, in Oklahoma there is a clear record showing that chiropractors were called in 233 cases where medical doctors had cared for the patients, and finally gave them up as lost. The chiropractors saved all these lost cases but 25.
The results that chiropractic care had on patients with influenza is not surprising, as research has shown that there is a direct interaction between the nervous system and the immune system when chiropractic care is administered. 

How chiropractic revs up the immune system:
  • Chiropractic adjustments ensure that the nerves from the brain down the spinal cord to the adrenal glands (which help manage the immune system) are not obstructed by vertebral subluxations which are misalignments in the spine that put pressure on the nerve system.
  • Chiropractic adjustments decrease the stress hormone cortisol which increases our odds of becoming sick.
  • Chiropractic adjustments to the upper neck have shown an increase to the white blood cell count up to 200%, which helps the body's immune system to be strong. 
Let us help you be well this season!  If people around you are getting ill, or if you usually come down with illness yourself this time of year get ahead of things and schedule a chiropractic wellness check-up.  Call (360) 823-2225 and ask for your wellness check-up today.

Best in health, naturally,
Dr. Marc

1. "Chiropractic: Maybe the Best Defense Against Influenza." ChiroUnity. 27 April 2009.
2.  Rhodes WR: “The Official History of Chiropractic in Texas.” Texas Chiropractic Association. Austin, TX. 1978. 


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Quiz Question From the Doc Answered!

Thanks to those who gave the Quiz Question from the Doc a guess!
Q: In the spirit of skeletons, what region of the body has the most bones?
A:  Half the bones of the body are found in the hands and feet.  There are 27 bones found in each hand and 26 bones found in each foot.  That's a total of 106 bones out of 206 bones in the entire body!

Pretty incredible.

Best in health, naturally,
Dr. Marc


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Quiz Question From the Doc

In the spirit of skeletons and ghoulish things,
what region of the body has the most bones?

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Coming Up: Chiropractic 101 Lunch 'N' Learn

Every month, Dr. Marc teaches life changing workshops
on optimal health and healing.

Join him Tuesday, October 23, 2012
at 12:00 noon for "Chiropractic 101."
All classes are held at Davis Family Chiropractic
2415 SE 165th Avenue, Suite 103, Vancouver, WA 98683

Come find out the fundamentals of chiropractic and why it's the fastest growing, drugless, healing approach in America.

Feeling fatigued?  Don't miss this class!

To join Dr. Marc for Chiropractic 101 and free lunch for confirmed attendees,
register via phone (360)823-2225 or print off the sign up form
and fax: (360)823-2227.

Reserve your seat(s) today.  They go fast!


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

5 Ways to Embrace the Rain This Season

As a Pacific Northwesterner, I've lived through years of rain.  In fact, if I've calculated correctly, I've spent a third of my life in the rain.  Here are a handful of things I've learned during the rain-filled decade of life. 

5 Ways To Embrace the Rain This Season:

1)  Don't hate.  Instead saying things like, "I hate this weather," and "I hate my life," when you wake to rain pounding on the rooftop, remember why you live here.  For many of us, it's the exchange of rain for the greenest landscape around that has us sold.  You may not be thrilled with the rain, but nixing the negative-talk will keep your mind happier.   
2)  Don't be afraid to get wet.  Most of us flock indoors once the rain hits.  With a little planning and the appropriate attire, you can still enjoy the outdoors, even when they're soggy.  What if you had your tea on the patio like you use to during the summer?  What if you planned to run your favorite trail even though you may come home splattered in mud?  How bad is shopping in the city in wellies and an umbrella, really?  You're still shopping, and that act alone can do wonders on a person's mood!  Don't let the weather control you!
3)  Make a plan of action.  Do you suffer from seasonal depression?  Think of ways that you can break the blues beforehand.  Plan to get out of the house and meet a friend in the city.  Take a walk with your umbrella in a new neighborhood.  Keep your blinds open during the day to let in more light and so you can soak in more vitamin D.
4)  Visit new places.  Go to Slappy Cakes for breakfast or take the kids to the Children's Museum in Portland.  Attend $3.00 bargain movie night at Camas' Liberty Theater, or schedule a night out with friends at a new restaurant.  A regular change in scenery is sure to keep you stimulated and off the couch feeling sluggish.
5)  Take up a new hobby.  Have you wanted to learn how to crochet, take up painting again, join a Crossfit gym or a bowling league?  Do it!  Having a project or an activity that excites you will help you through the rain.  And before you know it, the sun will have returned and you'll be ready to head outdoors!

How do you keep your head above water during the rainy season?

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Friday, October 12, 2012

5 Tips to Keep Your Spine Aligned While Driving

In 2005, the Census Bureau reported that Americans, on average, spent more than 100 hours commuting to work per year, with the average commute lasting 24.3 minutes.  According to the American Community Survey (ACS), the longest commutes happening within the country, were most prominent on the East coast:

The cities fortunate to have a shorter commute time average were: 

Corpus Christi, Texas (16.1 minutes)
Wichita, Kansas (16.3 minutes)
Tulsa, Oklahoma (17.1 minutes) 
Omaha, Nebraska (17.3 minutes)

As a chiropractor, these amount of time spent commuting concerns me, and this doesn't account for the time spent driving to the grocery store, taking children to school, extracurricular activities, vacations, etc.   Many of the patients I see have problems stemming to how they sit in their vehicle as they commute, and many are who work from their vehicle.  Here's a list of tips to help keep you comfortable and healthy during those accumulated hours spent in your vehicle.

5 Tips to Keep Your Spine Aligned While Driving

1) Seat position matters.  Position your seat so you can reach the pedals and steering wheel with ease.  Your back should not come away from the seat as you reach for the peddles are make other driving movements.  Lumbar support may be necessary if your car lacks sufficient lumbar support.
2) Adjust your headrest.  Your headrest should center the back of your head. 
3) Rest your hands properly.  The days of 10 and 2 are gone.  9 and 3 is key!  By placing your hands in the 9 and 3 position your shoulders are able to relax.  Be mindful to not rest your wrists at 12 o'clock or clench the steering wheel.  These movements can cause numbness.  Also, be mindful of how you reach for the stick-shift.  Adjusting seat placement and/or back position to meet comfort levels is necessary.
4) Smart Phone Neck.  Americans are enthralled with smart phones.  Consider the amount of time you spend looking at your phone and for how you tilt your head down as you read your email, messages etc.  Over time, tilting the head in a downward position can strain the ligaments in the neck.
5) Working in vehicle.  There is a large amount of the workforce that works from their vehicle--ie. plumbers, police officers, service technicians, etc.  When possible, take your work indoors--inside a coffee shop, the office or to the park, to free your back from the twists and turns that working inside a vehicle requires.

As an expert in ergonomics, I am happy to check patients sitting in their car.  Call to set up your time for me to do a quick seat/position check.

Unofficial Pole:  How long are you in your vehicle on an average day.  For me it's 35 minutes.

Best in health, naturally,
Dr. Marc

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US Census Bureau

Other good links:
Seats to look for when buying a car


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Getting Back to Work: A Success Story

By far, the best part of my job is seeing patients so thankful because of how much better they are feeling as a result of natural chiropractic care. Here's one success story that shares how the body heals with chiropractic.

Simply put, when I first came in 6 weeks ago, I was very concerned about receiving an adjustment.  The amount of pain I was experiencing in my lower back was the worst ever.  Tying my shoes and walking even short distances was a great challenge.  I knew I had to do something, anything to get some relief.  All I can say now is...thank God for Dr. Marc and his knowledge on what to do.  Today, 12 visits later, I am completely back to the job I was doing before my accident, 95% pain free and still improving.  I look forward to continued improvements through exercise, nutrition, and routine visits to Dr. Marc.  I give my full endorsement to Dr. Marc and his staff.    -Dale B.
Thank you, Dale, for your powerful testimony of chiropractic and how it has changed your painful circumstances into a positive road to recovery.  Chiropractic works!

Best in health, naturally,
Dr. Marc

Read Dixie C.'s story here.

Do you have a success story that you would like to share? Please email me at and we'll highlight your success!



Friday, October 5, 2012

Unplug and Enjoy

How do you plan to make the most of this October weekend sunshine?
Best in health, naturally,
Dr. Marc



Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Mattresses: They Can Make or Break You

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One of my primary focuses as a chiropractor, is preventing health problems before the onset of symptoms.  During appointments with patients, examining the spine for postural misalignments, is routine.  Such misalignments, also known as vertebral subluxation, may lead to a wide range of ailments, such as back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and headaches.  Studies have also suggested that vertebral subluxations may be related to ear infections, Parkinson's disease, high blood pressure, colic and other maladies.  In our office, I also emphasizes the power of prevention with my patients by teaching monthly wellness courses and educating patients about vertebral subluxation and how to treat them through chiropractic adjustments, as well as teaching about nutrition, stress reduction and exercise, as a means of preventative measures.

When it comes to rest, your mattress can have a large impact on the quality of your sleep.  If you suffer from disturbed sleep due to shoulder pain, low back pain or spine stiffness, here are a couple of studies to consider:

A 2002 study of 22 individuals between the ages of 25-75 took a look at individuals who had been dealing with ongoing disturbed sleep due to chronic pain of the shoulder, back or spine.  With the implementation of prescribed bedding reduced back pain by 57%, shoulder pain 61% and back stiffness 59%.  The subjects quality of sleep improving by 61%.  (J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2002;25:88-92.)

A 2003 study researched mattress firmness and how subjects with back pain responded to either a firm or medium-firm mattress.  The study was conducted according to the European Committee for Standardization which places mattresses and their firmness on a scale beginning at 1.0, the firmest and ending at 10.0 the softest.  The study then took 313 adults who dealt with regular backache and/or stiffness while lying in bed and upon rising, and randomly assigned them to either a firm or medium-firm mattress for 90 days.  The study found that 95% of the subjects who used medium-firm mattresses had less pain in bed and upon rising than the patients who used a firm mattress. (Lancet 2003; 362:1599-604.)

Choosing a Mattress

There are many options for mattresses on the market.  Let's take a look at a handful of them:

Adjustable Beds 

These mattresses make a couple happy, as each sleeper can adjust the head and foot portions of the mattress.  This is definitely a selling point for someone whose spouse has a particular spinal issue.  However, be aware that sleeping with the spine on an angle can instigate vertebral subluxations.


Instead of being filled with springs or foam, the bed is filled with, you guessed it--air!  An airbed allows the consumer to adjust the firmness of the mattress.  This is the kind of mattress that I have and love.

Tempur-Pedic Mattresses

These mattresses are based on the material that was created for NASA's Ames Research Center in the 1970's to protect astronauts from gravitational forces experienced during lift-off.  The mattress' best selling points are it is made of open-celled, temperature sensitive and breathable material, which allows for body weight to be evenly distributed over the entire surface area.

If you are shopping for a new mattress, or will be in the near future, look at all of your options and don't be afraid to tell the sales associate your questions and concerns.  Your mattress and its quality effect both your sleep and your body!

Also, on occasion, local mattress stores offer patients of Davis Family Chiropractic discounts.  Inquire within our office to see about the latest offers.

Best in health, naturally,

Dr. Marc


Monday, September 24, 2012

Backpack Safety: Pack Right, Avoid Injury

Each year, I remind my patients to be mindful of the load they or their child is carrying on their back.  Backpack safety has grown to such a level of concern that school districts, hospitals and experts are warning against the potential hazards that can come when carrying too much weight on one's back.

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, an estimated 6,512 emergency room visits each year result from injuries related to book bags, while backpack-related injuries are up 256 percent since 1996.

Last year, conducted an online survey of more than 200 chiropractors, and this is what was found:
  • 89 percent of chiropractors surveyed responded that they have seen patients (ages 5-18) reporting back, neck or shoulder pain caused by heavy backpacks.
  • 71 percent of chiropractors presently seeing such patients responded that they are currently seeing one to four patients (ages 5-18) reporting back, neck or shoulder pain caused by heavy backpacks.
  • 20 percent of chiropractors presently seeing such patients responded that they are currently seeing five to nine patients (ages 5-18) reporting back, neck or shoulder pain caused by heavy backpacks.
  • 9 percent of chiropractors presently seeing such patients responded that they are currently seeing 10 or more patients (ages 5-18) due to back, neck or shoulder caused by heavy backpacks.
The implications of heavy backpacks are real, and are taking a toll.

Dr. Davis' Tips For Backpack Safety (according to the American Chiropractic Association):
  1. Make sure your child's backpack weighs no more than 10% of their body weight.  This will prevent you or your child from slouching forward while carrying their backpack.
  2. Backpacks should be worn over both shoulders.
  3. Backpacks should be adjustable, positioned square on the back, close to the body, with the bulk of the weight at the waist. 
  4. Minimize what is carried in the backpack.
  5. Backpacks should have wide shoulder straps to help carry weight effectively.
  6. When backpack has a waist strap--use it.

    Best in health, naturally,
    Dr. Marc


Friday, September 21, 2012

A Picture Worth A Thousand Words

I thought you would appreciate this.

Best in health, naturally,
Dr. Marc


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Astounding Aspirations of a Young Friend

A patient brought this into our office this week.  Her grandson had created this piece and she knew we had to have it.  Nothing brings a smile like a child appreciating chiropractic care and what it can do for others!
Best in health, naturally,
Dr. Marc


Monday, September 10, 2012

A Success Story

Dr. Marc and Dixie Caris
By far the best part of my job is seeing patients so thankful because of how much better they are feeling as a result of natural chiropractic care.  Here's one success story that shares how the body heals with chiropractic.
I had an auto accident in June of 2011.  I was broadsided on the driver's side of my body, particularly my upper back and left shoulder.  Due to chiropractic treatment, much of the pain is gone, but I will need ongoing chiropractic treatment due to lingering pain.  My spine and left shoulder get out of alignment easily.  While I needed a can initially, I walk well without a cane.  I still have a great fear of driving, but the chiropractor can't fix that.                                         -Dixie Caris  March 2012
I am thrilled with Dixie's progress.  Simply put, chiropractic works.

Best in health, naturally,
Dr. Marc

Do you have a success story that you would like me to share? Please email me at


Friday, August 31, 2012

Day 31: A Guinness World Record and a GIVEAWAY!

Whew!  We've made it to our last day of the 31 Days of Summer Series!  It has been a long, fun run, and we hope you've gathered some great activities and recipes to do and share with your family.  We also hope this summer has been good to you, and refreshing in the same.

To end this series, here's a fun fact:
Yesterday, August 30, 2012, Thailand, known as the massage capital of the world, claimed a Guinness World Record.  They did so, with 641 massage therapists massaging 641 people simultaneously for 12 minutes at an indoor facility in Bangkok.

I just heard a collective sigh through the interwebs.
Because you have been great readers, clients and referrers to Davis Family Chiropractic, Dr. Marc wants to give you an hour to unwind and relax:
To enter the drawing:
(4 ways to get an entry)
Drawing closes Thursday, September 6th at midnight.
1.) "Like" Davis Family Chiropractic on Facebook and leave a comment on this post saying you've done so.  If you've already liked, leave a comment saying so!
2.) Invite your friends and family to like Davis Family Chiropractic on Facebook by sharing this post, and leave a comment saying you've done so.
3.)  For Facebook and non-Facebook users:  Share with us your favorite summer activity/memory.
4.) For Facebook and non-Facebook users: Tell us what you love best about the Fall (answers can be left on the website under the post "comment" section).
Thank you for your support over the summer and over the years.
We are grateful for you,
Davis Family Chiropractic, PLLC

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Day 30: Be Adventurous This Labor Day Weekend

Earlier this summer, I made a list of things I wanted to do this summer. Some were tradition like berry picking, making jam and growing a garden, while others were new and adventurous ideas like go rock climbing and attend a hot air balloon festival.  As the days have flown by, and the weather begins to turn, I'm scrambling to do a few last things before the chance is lost.
Such things on that list are camping, river rock jumping (mini-river rock jumping--which is a brave act for me), visit a flower farm, and sadly, many more that I haven't yet found the time to do.  Do you still have a small list of things you want to do before the leaves turn and the rain begins to fall?
I'm curious.  What haven't you done, yet?
And will you be adventurous enough to tackle any of them
this Labor Day Weekend?
Be safe this weekend,


Day 29: Overnight Oats

We all know how busy life becomes when the school year begins.  Multiply that for each child you have, and compound it with sports and other extra-curricular activities.  Time is of the essence! 

Starting your day off with a healthy breakfast fuels your mind and gives proper nutrients to your body to sustain energy levels.  Why not try overnight oats?  Throw them together in the evening--in a jar, Tupperware, a mug, put them into the refrigerator and let the ingredients seep into delicious goodness overnight.  The perfect no-hassle, healthy breakfast.  High in fiber, protein and calcium and low in fat and sugar, too.

The blog, Kath Eats Real Food, has a long list of combinations for delicious overnight oats.  For starters, here's her basic recipe.

Basic KERF Recipe

Kath Eats Real Food

1/3 cup rolled oats
1/3 – 1/2 cup milk [depending on how thick you like it]
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1/2 banana
1/2 tbsp chia seeds--a great source of Omega-3's
Pinch salt
Pinch cinnamon


Stir everything together in a bowl. Place in fridge overnight. In the morning top with something crunchy and something with healthy fats – like nut butter or nuts.

The Yummy Life has a great list of recipe ideas as well.
Have you tried overnight oats?  What do you think would make a fantastic flavor combination?

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Day 28: It's Tightwad Tuesday at Cinetopia!

Now, these are some deals!
Did you miss some posts?
Day 24, 25 & 26: Crafting With Nature
Day 27: Color a Child's World  (pass this on)!


Monday, August 27, 2012

Day 27: Help Color a Child's World

With summer winding down, back to school is on our minds.
For the third year, Davis Family Chiropractic is excited to help school-age children in the
community with their school supply needs.  
This year, one in two children are in need due to financial hardship of their family.
In effort to help support this cause, Davis Family Chiropractic is offering a free first visit, including any necessary x-rays to those who bring in listed supplies or refer a friend, family member or co-worker to the office. 
All supplies will be donated to schools within the community. 
Thank you to those who have seen the campaign in the office and who helped with Color a Child's World.  Your gift helps tremendously.
Davis Family Chiropractic, PLLC
Davis Family Chiropractic


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Day 24, 25 & 26: Crafting With Nature

Day 24: Painted Sticks & Rocks
Gather sticks and rocks on your next nature walk with the family and bring them home for an afternoon of art!  They're perfect for showcasing your kiddos--or your own creativity.

Day 25: Stamping With Fruits and Veggies

Here's an idea that will take you back to elementary school.  Stamping with fruits and veggies isn't a new idea, but it's one that for most, has long been forgotten!  You can create wrapping paper, add stamping to bags and scarves (like the link shows) and everything in between.

Day 26:  Nature Inspired Artwork

How neat are these bugs and flower art made from items found outside?  It's amazing how creative you can get with things outside your back door! 


Are there some things around your property that you could use creatively?



Friday, August 24, 2012

Day 22 & 23: Road Trip With Success!

By Cassie McCully

There's something incredibly freeing about taking a road trip.  Maybe it's the long hours that lead to deeper conversation, or the hours of music playing in the background that rejuvinates the spirit. Of course, the adventure that awaits the destination is reason enough to hop in the car and drive, but the journey travelling usually lends many memories.
Traveling with children, may lend a different experience...
but it can surely be a fun one!
Remember BINGO and I Spy?  Here they are in vacation edition!
5 Ways to Make Your Road Trip a Success
Since traveling with a car full of people can be overwhelming,
here's  a few 5 ways to make your trip a success:
1.  Allow each road tripper to call a stop!  If someone sees something or somewhere they want to visit or photograph, let them!  Happy individuals makes a happy car, and it let's each person help create a portion of the trip and memories.
2.  Have scheduled stops for gas and meals.  Eliminating guess-work ahead of time will create smoother travels and less-anxious travelers.  Plus, each stopping point will feel like an accomplishment.
3.  Allow each road tripper to contribute to the music collection!  Whatever it may be--80's 90's, childrens tunes or country.  A little bit to fill each person's likings goes a long way on a road trip.
4.  Wear comfy clothing and bring whatever it'll take to help you get comfortable for the long ride ahead.  A neck support pillow (as Dr. Marc recommends) as well as a blanket and pillow for naps, will make the ride and sleeping more comfortable.
5.  Make sure to bring adequate amounts of water and healthy snacks.  People often want to limit fluid intake on trips, but staying hydrated and eating healthy snacks will keep you feeling your best. 
So, how's Labor Day Weekend looking for you?  You going to hit the road?
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Health Disclaimer

This information on this web site is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting Dr. Marc, your pediatrician or family doctor.

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