Friday, May 13, 2011

Your Balanced Baby- Part II “A 6 Week Old Infant Pre – Post Atlas Correction”

Little Kimberly entered the world 6 weeks ago through a relatively unremarkable birth process. She has not yet had a bowel movement on her own, and has struggled nursing—having more difficulty on one side, than the other.

Kimberly's mom had been a patient of mine, and Kimberly's older sister, Kristen (now 3) had needed an adjustment right after she was born. So, fortunately for Kimberly, her mom knew what signs and symptoms to look for. She brought Kimberly in several days ago, and I examined her, and determined that she was indeed subluxated—not all newborns or children are subluxated, some are just fine—but this wasn't the case with Kimberly. We decided it would be of benefit to do some imaging to help us determine the exact nature of the Atlas Subluxation.

In the x-rays above, the pre-correction x-ray (on the left) shows that the atlas bone is elevated on the left side 7.5 mm. Close examination also shows the collar bone on that same side is dislocated and elevated. Notice mothers loving hands supporting Kimberly's tiny head, stabilizing it for the x-ray. Everything is miniature in this X-ray, except the misalignment.

After taking the initial frontal view, I was able to calculate the appropriate vector to properly reposition the base of the skull on C1. After doing so, little Kimberly was immediately more happy.

A close look at the Post-correction X--ray shows not only the head and neck realigned, but the collar bone has properly repositioned itself.


In an earlier blog post, I gave parents a few pointers on what to look for in their newborns and infants so they might be able to detect when the newborn or infant was in need of getting balanced by an AO or NUCCA doctor.

Kimberly's mom noticed some of those signs, such as, she was frequently “scrunched” up on one side, and tended to hold her head in fixed patterns and positions. She also noticed that Kimberly was more difficult to nurse on one side over the other—a tell-tale sign of an Atlas Misalignment.

Getting this corrected at this age will make all the difference. At six weeks, Kimberly is tabula rosa, meaning a blank slate. Her genetic body plan is to develop a straight and balanced spine. I believe that undetected atlas misalignments can cause the bony structures to adapt to the cranio-cervical distortion, and change the course of her healthy body plan. Some of the research suggests that early spinal distortions can lead to more serious structural problems later in life.

I am not sure this little lady would have been referred by her pediatrician—in fact, I’m quite sure she would not have. In my 15 years of practice, I have never had a referral from a pediatrician. The clinical need for AO and NUCCA work does not often show up on the radar of conventional medical practice as pediatric resources—but rather falls squarely in their blind spot. Mostly, it is discerning parents who are able to perceive the need. If you are curious about what to look for, I posted an earlier blog that addresses that very subject.

I love this work! And as always, I'm here to help you with your family's health.

Your comments and questions are welcome.

Dr. Chapman

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Is Your Head On Straight?

C1 is situated between the base of the occiput and the superior articular surfaces of C2, much the way a tea cup rests in a saucer on a table surface.

Let us look at the anatomy of a tea cup in a saucer, as this comparison is useful in demonstrating how the head sits on the neck.

The tea cup base is formed to be stably situated in the circular impression of the saucer below. If it is dislodged from this impression, it will be situated slightly askew on the saucer, and the cup’s rim will rest at an angle that is not co-planer with the base circular impression of the saucer, or the table surface.

If the cup is filled with tea, the liquid will seek equilibrium, and the liquid surface will be oriented to the surface of the table and the circular recess within the saucer, but not the rim of the saucer. This is not only an example of compensation, it is an unstable system. The fluid elements seek equilibrium within the rigid form structures. The system comes into balance and equilibrium when the tea cup is placed properly into the circular recess of the saucer, and brings the rigid forms and the fluid elements into balance, and one could say that the system has achieved a higher level of thermodynamic balance, i.e., a lower energy state. Objects at rest tend to remain so, hence, stability.

The analogy is useful if one considers that bringing the base of the cranium, i.e., the occiput back onto the superior articular facets of C1 is like restoring the tea cup to the circular formed impression on the saucer. The cranium is the tea cup, while the base of the tea cup is the occipital condyles. The liquid may be analogous to the dynamic compensatory functions organized and initiated by the pre-motor cortex in keeping the head in a state of dynamic balance. The saucer is related to the Atlas bone which maintains a “physical” relationship with the cranium above and the spine below. The superior surface of C2 may be analogous to the table top surface.

It's about "tea-time"... Is your tea cup straight?

Saturday, February 12, 2011

What is wrong with our health paradigm today?

What is wrong with our health paradigm today?


There is much confusion on what the foundation of health is.

In our western society, we are conditioned to believe certain things—and disbelieve others. Tragically, some very essential keys and approaches to staying well and healthy have been pushed right out of the discussion. Some ideas that are so basic---so fundamental---so crucial---so common sense when you stop and think about them, and yet you never hear about them...


The idea of a BALANCED SPINE is largely missing from the health care discussion on how to stay well. I am not talking about a manipulated spine; I am talking about a spine that has been aligned through precise means and in a state of healing. A spine that has become clear of nervous tension and structural distortions.

I know of only two procedures that deliver A BALANCED SPINE.


Our clinic is the only clinic that will offer both procedures in the state of Utah.

As we explore the ideas of healthcare, we have to understand that there are two kinds of healthcare providers or practitioners:

Chemists and Vitalists.

The Doctor of Medicine is achemist, or atomist; and the NUCCA or Atlas Orthogonal Doctor is a Vitalist. One introduces chemical agents to the body, the other returns vitality to the body through natural but scientific means.

Vitalistic doctors tend to be oriented around Holistic ideas and the procedures that bring about wellness, prevention of disease, improve the quality of life and fix pre-existing problems naturally and scientifically. Doctors of Medicine tend to focus on prescribing chemical agents (drugs), conducting research and performing surgeries.



We do not have a prescription pads, but we offer real solutions to health problems.

Migraines, dizziness, nausea, jaw pain (TMD) asthma, arm, leg, hip head, neck, knee, ankle, feet pain, just to name a few.

All of these symptoms can arise from a body whose FOUNDATION IS OFF CENTER—OUT-OF-BALANCE.

Our solutions are not head-lining in the national debate on health care, but they are based upon good science and common sense and sound methodology—in fact, the procedures we perform offers the best of science, sense and method, and will help you get your HEALTHY FOUNDATION BACK.

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Why is it that so few really good things ever become truly popular? I am talking about things that are actually good for us, and don’t cause a host of other problems? How much money is spent on advertising personal organic gardening? Very little. But how much is spent on imbedding unhealthy behaviors like smoking cigarettes? Or advertising French Fries? We’re all still looking for the BEEF….

There are hundreds of millions of dollars spent on pharmaceutical advertising every day. The advertising efforts are relentless. Advertising influences the way we think. It influences what we consume. And our consumption has consequences—therefore, the effects of our consumption patterns can and are influenced as well.

I would imagine that the reason we consume healthcare is because we want to be healthy—but perhaps we are being duped.. Let’s look at it:

Take a look at HOW the average American sees healthcare. Think of your health insurance policy. Your insurance policy has enumerated your “health benefits”. These “benefits” are supposed to keep you healthy, and, should you fall prey to some illness or another, will help you regain your health? Right?

In your health package, you may have really good prescription drug benefits

In most cases, will that keep you healthy? No.

The number one cause of DEATH in patients over the age of 65 is “polypharmacy”—meaning drug interaction related death. Great benefit!! Patient’s seeking true healthcare in my clinic are actually able to GET OFF much if not all of their medication when their FOUNDATIONS are RESTORED TO BALANCED through a BALANCED SPINE.

Perhaps you have really great surgical benefits in your policy, but will those keep you healthy?

How many times have I heard a patient who has experienced miraculous results with NUCCA say: “I have told my friend about you, or, I have told my neighbor about what you do, or, “I told my dad about you and he just doesn’t believe it can help him”. “His insurance will cover his back, hip or knee surgery once it get’s bad enough, so he’s just going to endure the pain until he qualifies for knee surgery, or back surgery…” I actually hear these type of comments from patients! And how does one qualify for knee of back surgery? They have to let it get really bad!! OK. That makes a lot of sense-----great benefit.

Some policies have rehabilitation, mental care, and even chiropractic care and nutritional counseling benefits—will these keep you healthy?—they do come a lot closer, but it depends on how you use them. If you use them for prevention, then yes. Sadly, these benefits are the little tiny sliver of things available to most health insurance policy holders.

But by and large, the healthcare system as we have known it was not designed to keep you healthy--IT IS DESIGNED TO REDISTRIBUTE WEALTH. It does this by taking money from you regularly, systematically, and distributing your wealth to the insurance and banking industry. Then, if claims are made, that wealth flows towards the medical industrial complex--- which is made up of hospitals, drug companies, research universities and finally physicians who are all benefited financially when you get sick.

The medical industrial complex guys are benefited when you get sick—not when you stay well! The insurance, investment banking guys are benefited when you or your employer pays your healthcare premiums. They all benefit off of the Big Idea that is being sold as healthcare. They get richer—you get sicker, until you die.

Folks, don’t get hung up in thinking that your health insurance policy—with its inclusions and exclusions is all you need to keep healthy. It’s NOT!

I ask you to keep this in mind: When you consider the real "value", and the actual purpose of your healthcare benefits, please understand that you are basically just using the policy to answer this question: (We’ll call it question-A)

“How is the medical system going to take care of me when I get sick?” And look at it honestly—because most of you who are insured, are ultimately looking at this way. If this is your only solution to healthcare, you are headed towards "a world of hurt". It’s the wrong question.

The right question is: (We’ll call this Question B)

“What do I need to understand and know about myself, and the world I live in so that I can improve the quality and quantity of my own life, and the lives of my loved ones?”

We are taught to believe question A is the right approach to healthcare. I am saying, NO.

Question B is the right question. And if you’re asking question B, then you are closer to understanding what the FOUNDATIONS of healthcare really ARE.


It is:

Keeping your body in its most optimally functional state by MAINTAINING A BALANCED SPINE THROUGHOUT YOUR LIFE, and while doing so,

FEEDING your body with healthy, toxin free nutrients, including

plenty of pure water,

Getting proper rest and relaxation,

Performing purpose driven meaningful work,

Engaging in healthy non-injurious play,

Engaging your mind in uplifting activities and studies in the liberal arts, sciences, religion and humanities. Discovering your vital relationship with your God, and

Learning to love and express your love, and

Receive love from others.

Your BODY is----a most wonderful vessel----- in which---- you experience---- life.

NUCCA and Atlas Orthogonal procedures balance the Body.

A balanced body becomes the key foundation for your health. Everything is better when the spine is in alignment and the body in balance. True, we need good water, plenty of exercise and good food. And if we get these things when our BODY’S ARE BALANCED, we

· assimilate the food nutrients better,

· absorb the water better,

· our blood flows more freely,

· our bowels work more normally,

· we have less pain, more energy, better sleep.

· And YES—pain free living is possible with a balanced, aligned spine.

It is not normal to lose focus and concentration power when you get older!

The medical establishment may sell that "bill of goods", to justify and prepare you to by their drugs...


Keep the blood flowing to the brain,

keep the oxygen and vital nutrients moving into the brain tissues and the other vital organs.

It’s a choice. What do you want to settle for? Healthcare as it is presented? That is not healthcare—it is disease care.

IF you want to feel the very best you can feel, call the clinic, schedule to get your spine balanced and turn on the healing, vital power that has lain dormant. In some cases, it was never switched on—with some of you. Some of you were misaligned at birth and have never experienced vital health. It doesn’t matter how long your system has been hibernating. If you’re still breathing—you can and will be helped by getting aligned.

Everybody needs this. Your friends, your family. What do you want out of life?

I have placed a few interesting statistics produced by the #1 healthcare system in the world--allegedly ours:

(Our American Healthcare system has produced some very interesting statistics)

Abortions 1,210,880 [2nd of 19]

Age of women at first childbirth 24.9 years old [15th of 17]

Drug access 95% [27th of 163]

Heart disease deaths 106.5 per 100,000 people [13th of 26]

Life expectancy at birth > Male 75.29 years ime series[48th of 226]

Obesity 30.6% [1st of 29]

Spending > Per person 4,271 [1st of 133]

Suicide rate > Females 4.4 per 100,000 people [40th of 80]

Suicide rate > Gender ratio 4.5 per 100,000 people [17th of 76]

Suicide rate > Males 19.8 per 100,000 people [30th of 80]

Teen birth rate 64 [1st of 40]

Teenage pregnancy 494,357 births [1st of 26]

Breast cancer incidence 21.2 per 100,000 females [17th of 26]

Daily smokers 17.5% [29th of 30]

Death from cancer 321.9 deaths per 100,000 people [9th of 16]

Life expectancy at birth > Total population 78.14 years ime series[46th of 225]

Maternal mortality 8 per 100,000 [121st of 136]

Hospital beds 3.6 per 1,000 people [27th of 29]

Hospital beds > per 1,000 people 3.3 per 1,000 people ime series[37th of 149]

Physicians > per 1,000 people 2.3 per 1,000 people ime series[31st of 148] (San Marino: 47.35 per 1,000 people)

Improved water source > % of population with access 100 % ime series[15th of 176] Definition: Health > Improved water source > % of population with access Source: World Development Indicators database

Consultation with doctors 8.9 per person per year [2nd of 15] Definition: Health > Consultation with doctors Source: OECD Health Data 2003 and Health Data 2002. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Australia's Health 2002

Motor vehicle deaths 15.5 deaths per 100,000 people [1st of 17] Definition: Health > Motor vehicle deaths Source: UNICEF

Per capita government expenditure on health in international dollars 2,368 [5th of 185] Definition: Health > Per capita government expenditure on health in international dollars Source: World Development Indicators database

Percentage of life lived in ill health > Males 10.8% [9th of 29] Definition: Health > Percentage of life lived in ill health > Males Source: OECD

Red Cross donations 221,259,000 [1st of 37] Definition: Health > Red Cross donations Source: OECD Health Data 2004

Child maltreatment deaths 2.2 per 100,000 children [1st of 27] Definition: Health > Child maltreatment deaths Source: UNICEF (1995-1998)