Merolla Chiropractic

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Posts for: January, 2013

By Dr. Mike Merolla
January 30, 2013
Category: hearing loss
Tags: chiropractic   neck   dizziness   tinnitus   anxiety   hearing loss  

A 75 year old women underwent chiropractic care due to several years of dizziness, hearing loss, and ringing in the ears that had been progressively getting worse during the month before her first chiropractic visit.  The same women was on an anti-anxiety medication and had taken it for almost 30 years.

Her chiropractic examination revealed clear evidence of a subluxation in the upper portion of her neck.  The patient also had her hearing tested just prior to chiropractic care, which revealed hearing loss, particularly in the higher frequencies.

She then underwent chiropractic care for just over twelve weeks.  At the end of her care, she was no longer dizzy, did not have any ringing in the ears, and had stopped taking her anxiety medication because she no longer suffered from panic attacks.  To top it all off, when her hearing was re-tested, she had improved.  Most notably there was a 38% improvement in the higher frequencies.

How could such results be had from chiropractic care?   Well, the upper segments of the neck house much of the nerve supply to the inner ear and the blood vessels leading to the brain.

When a subluxation disrupts the normal function of these nerves, all sorts of health problems can result.

From: Vertigo, Tinnitus, and Hearing Loss in the Geriatric Patient.  JMPT , 2000; 23: 352-363.

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By Dr Mike Merolla
January 28, 2013
Category: diet
Tags: Glass   BPA   Toxins  

When it comes to bottled water, it appears glass is really the way to go.  Here is a link to a recent article about BPA replacements messing up our hormones: Also here is a link to the water bottles we use in our house.  They may be glass, but we've dropped them and they have done well!  Here is a picutre of one, I think they look good: 

By Dr. Mike Merolla
January 28, 2013
Category: diet
Tags: cortisol   Fatigue   tired   energy   diet  

Fatigue: tracking down the cause is never tiresome!

Fatigue which is also called tiredness, listlessness, lethargy, or exhaustion can be either physical, mental, or both.  Being tired and weak in the body or mind are different problems, but are often found hand in hand.  So if you are physically tired for a long enough time, you become mentally or emotionally tired.

Some of the most common causes of fatigue are sensitivities to food, blood sugar handing problems, infections in the digestive tract, and hormonal imbalances.

For example, having long-term undetected low-grade infections in your digestive tract can weaken the functioning of your immune system.  Because the body is constantly fighting an infection, your cortisol levels can drop which leads to the feeling of fatigue.

Or if you have a food sensitivity / allergy, your immune system is constantly fighting a food that it believes is an infection.  Over time the lining of your intestinal tract can become irritated and worn, leading to inflammation.  This again lowers cortisol levels and leads to feelings of fatigue.

Difficulties with blood sugar control also contribute to fatigue.  The body requires a nice steady level of blood sugar.  If blood sugar rises, the pancreas secretes insulin to use the sugar and lower the level.  If blood sugar drops, the adrenal glands and the pancreas produce hormones that raise blood sugar.  If your diet spikes and drops your blood sugar, it is like a roller coaster to the hormones of the body.  All of these back and forth changes to deal with poor food choices and poor timing when you eat can lead to feelings of fatigue.

Worst of all, these problems can gang up on an individual.  If you eat a carbohydrate that produces a low-grade allergic reaction in your body and you do not have any protein with that meal, you will spike your blood sugar and set off the immune system.  And if this is repeated over and over again, you will bring on inflammation.  A triple whammy!

So with time, any or all of these issues can lead hormonal imbalances primarily due to the stress your body is placed under.  Initially your adrenal glands can handle the stress by raising cortisol and DHEA levels in your body.  But with time, adrenal exhaustion sets in and despite your bodies best efforts; cortisol and DHEA levels drop and stay low.  This causes problems with many of the other hormones needed to be healthy and what began as fatigue leads to other health issues.

In order to regain real energy these body systems must be addressed.  Luckily, this is not hard to do.  For difficult cases, lab tests can map cortisol levels for correction and detect infections in the GI tract for treatment.  Nutritional and lifestyle coaching can be brought into play.  It does not take a lot of detective work to listen to an individual as they explain there eating habits.  The clues are usually obvious when you know what to look for.    Once found, correcting something as simple as breakfast and snack time can have a huge impact on a person’s well being.

By Dr Mike Merolla
January 27, 2013
Category: diet
Tags: coffee   cortisol   weight  

I was driving my kids to school the other day and while waiting at a light I couldn’t help but watch people going in and out of the local Dunkin Donuts coffee shop. 

There was a brisk line (as there is every morning I drive the kids to school).  And it came to me that this chronic use of coffee is an excellent example of how we can damage the metabolism of our body without even knowing.

When you wake up, your body requires food after having fasted all night.  If you skip breakfast in favor of a large coffee, biochemically all h*ll breaks loose inside. 

First, your cortisol is elevated to artificially high levels by the caffeine.  High cortisol feels good, but is damaging to the body. 

And if you have added sugar to your coffee or a donut or bagel, your blood sugar also spikes.  When your blood sugar spikes, insulin is released to lower your blood sugar.  But when your blood sugar drops under these circumstances, it is too much and too fast, so your brain demands more. 

Your body then uses its cortisol to break down your muscle and bone for building blocks to help your liver make more sugar.  You have shifted your body from growth and repair into a catabolic state (breaking down your important cells and tissues).  And for all of you who still think using artificial sweeteners helps with weight control, this part of the break down is independent of sugar, so even with Splenda the breakdown is still occurring.

This scene plays out every day, living through a blood sugar spike which leads to an increase in insulin to remove the excess glucose, which then triggers the production of inflammatory chemicals, which in turn causes an increase cortisol.  Cortisol then does it job and increases blood sugar and the vicious cycle continues. 

As an added bonus, once insulin enters the picture, your body goes into fat storing mode (so you set yourself up for weight for the rest of the day while your body plays catch up on your metabolism).

So, in order be healthier you might just want to rethink the whole coffee thing and go with a couple of eggs.


Put this in your cup and drink it!

January 25, 2013
Category: diet
Tags: Untagged

If you are plagued by various low-grade symptoms (maybe even high-grade), you simply could be gluten intolerant.  JJ Virgin published a great article in the Huffington Post back in September that makes great food for thought.  Take a look.