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Powerful Adjunctives for Cancer
First off let me be very clear about something as to avoid any confusion, we do not treat cancer at our office. From a legal standpoint, only a medical doctor can make that claim. That being said, we see a lot of patients in my office that have cancer. Our job with cancer patients is to do everything in our power to help them with their pain, nutrition/diet and of course support their immune system and emotional state.
Cancer becomes a personal journey for each and everyone afflicted. Many patients choose the traditional path of chemo, radiation and surgery. Some patients avoid the traditional and go completely natural like Suzzane Somers did. And for many they choose a combination of traditional and natural. In our office, it is not for me to decide what route one goes, like I said, cancer is a personal journey.
That being said, there are a lot of exciting breakthroughs going on with cancer. Creighton University published a study a few years ago that supplementing with Vitamin D3 improved cancer mortality 77% for cancers across the board. At the time, their studies recommended supplementing 2000I.U. A day of D3. Since that time it is now recommended that patients with cancer take 8000-10,000I.U. a day.
Most people don't know that cancer's favorite source of fuel is sugar. And when you cut the sugar supply off, cancer cells starve. To do this, patients need to cut out all refined sugar and all grains.
Another exciting natural component that shows promising results with cancer is the essential oil Frankincense. A study out of the University of Oklahoma has demonstrated that Frankincense kills bladder cancer cells without harming the healthy cells. The Cancer Institute at the University of Nevada demonstrated a 72% inhibition and growth of cancer cells. Studies out of China has demonstrated the Frankincense's powerful effect on inhibiting malignant cells on lymphoma and brain cancer.
doTerra Essential Oils recommends that patients with cancer take 10 drops of Frankincense a day under the tongue. When it comes to essential oils, I personally only recommend doTerra Essential Oils since the are the only oils that are rated certified pure therapeutic grade and they are completely safe to take internally.
Several patients in my office with stage 3 & 4 breast cancers are currently undergoing chemotherapy. In addition to the chemo, my patients decided to take the 10,000I.U. of D3, 10 drops of Frankincense under the tongue and cut out all sugars and grains from their diet. The results, one of my patients tumors have shrunk 80%. The other patient, the doctors on palpating cannot find the tumors. These two patients are waiting to see if the oncologists want to follow up with a mastectomy or lumpectomy. At the rate my patients are moving they will either have a lumpectomy or no surgery at all. I have talked to several people that have worked with cancer patients and they informed me the reduction of the tumors at stage 3& 4 normally do not respond this fast after just a few chemo sessions. I like to think it is a combination of the D3, Frankincense, removing grains and sugars and the patient's positive mental attitude that are adding to their success.
Love, Light, & Laughter
Disclaimer- these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The information presented here is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to examine, diagnose, treat or cure any condition. Nor is it to be used as a replacement for any traditional medical procedures. Before engaging in any treatment be it traditional or natural, have yourself evaluated by a competent medical physician. Please remember, no therapy be it traditional, natural or complementary are 100% effective. Some patients may not respond to care.
Using Essential Oils to Balance Emotions and Release Traumas
Over the past seventeen years in practice, I have used a multitude of emotional/spiritual balancing therapies. My favorites are Neuroemotional Technique, Theta Healing, Psych-K, EMDR/Rapid, Eye Therapy and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). I eventually developed my own technique that combines Color Therapy, Rapid Eye Technique, Emotional Acupressure ( A shortened version of EFT) and now Essential Oils.
Before I started using essential oils I had wonderful results helping people release suppressed emotions, childhood traumas, and addictions and such. After I got exposed to essential oils and started combining them with my clearing techniques, my results with my patients were even more amazing. What used to take 5 to 7 treatments to clear a deep issue I can now clear them in 1 to 2 treatments.
Historically essential oils were used to treat primarily physical complaints such as infections, pain and a host of visceral problems such as asthma, allergies and digestive problems. What I didn't know is that each oil also helped address specific emotional and spiritual issues that people may be experiencing. How does this work you might ask? I haven't a clue. But I do know from historical observation and trial and error people respond positively to specific essential oils depending on what emotional and spiritual issue(s) they might be experiencing.
For instance, people having issues dealing with toxic, parasitic relationships respond to the essential oil, Melaleuca. People needing protection respond to On Guard or Terra Shield ( doTerra brands). People having issues with negative body issues respond to Grapefruit.
I incorporate essential oils by putting them on specific acupuncture points on the head and then combine it with Color Therapy, Acupressure and Rapid Eye Therapy. The results never cease to amaze me. I would have never thought essential oils could be so powerful. My initial perception of essential oils were, "Oh boy, essential oils, put them on your body and you smell so good, aromatherapy, whoop-de-do!" Boy was I ever wrong.
Love, Light , & Laughter
What's in your Mental Toolbox?
What’s in Your Mental Toolbox?
Yesterday I was perusing my news feed
on Facebook when I came across a post from a dear friend from my college
days. She is a big fan of yoga and I
knew that it was a big part of her life.
But what I didn’t realize was that yoga was just one small part of what
she referred to as her mental toolbox. Courtney felt compelled to share her Mental
Toolbox with everyone as a way to help people cope with stress in general as
well as dealing with the recent tragedies in Connecticut last week. Below is the post she put on Facebook:
I don't really believe in 'evil', but I do believe in extremes of
mental illness, and it's important to me to devote the same attention to my
mental health that I devote to everything else in life. To that effect, I have
developed my own mental health toolbox, and I think it has saved my life many
times over. In my toolbox, I have yoga (this would be the sledgehammer),
regular acupuncture, occasional talk therapy, a shaman (seriously), really awesome
girlfriends, my mother, books, 8-9 hours of quality sleep a night, gardening,
cooking, an absolute minimum of junk food, vitamin/mineral/herbal supplements,
avoidance of shitheads, and a housekeeper who comes in every other week.
Occasionally my tools include three glasses of wine and trashy television, or
an entire day spent in bed watching movies. Going forward, I would like my
toolbox to include regular massages and meditation. In the past, the toolbox
has included pharmaceuticals; I'm not ashamed to say. What's in your toolbox -
big or small? Maybe you could borrow my tools, and I could borrow yours?
As Courtney posed
the question, what’s in your toolbox? I
thought to myself, I don’t really have a mental toolbox. In fact, until she described her idea of a mental
toolbox it never occurred to me that I needed one. Oh sure I routinely talked to my patients
about the basics of optimal health: hydration, proper diet, exercise, rest and
sunlight which does address the physical, biochemical and to some extent the
mental component of health but I now find that my basics that I recommend are
not enough for my patients and I believe it is time that I expand on my basics
for optimal health by adding Courtney’s Mental Toolbox to the mix.
So what else am I
going to add to my Mental Toolbox?
Well I like the
three glasses of wine, reading more and watching movies all day. I love to read but practicing and writing two
books at the same time doesn’t leave me much time to read more. That will definitely change. I used to get monthly massages and talk to my
Shaman friend more than I used to. I
will have to add that to my toolbox. I
think my wife would like a housekeeper every two weeks. And I have been talking for months about
taking up yoga (I could use a good sledge hammer). And cooking definitely relaxes me.
I talked with
Courtney briefly after she posted her Mental Toolbox and she had more to
I was compelled to share this because of
the shooting. I think shootings like that are primarily mental-health issues.
Sometimes the public likes to call those shooters 'evil', but that implies that
there is nothing we can do about it, and absolves us of the responsibility we
have to take care of ourselves and each other. In my perfect world, we would
all have free access to quality mental health care that included all kinds of
modalities, and we would be free to talk about mental health issues, including
our own, without feeling ashamed.
So I wanted to talk about the things I do
for my own mental health (which sometimes feels precarious) and hear what other
In a nutshell, your
Mental Toolbox is your personal recipe for maintaining your mental health
(sanity) on a daily basis. Courtney also
pointed out that she believes happiness is a full time job requiring a lot of
work and at times can be difficult.
Once again I learn something new.
It makes perfect sense that happiness would be a full time job.
Thank you so much
for the great insight and information Courtney.
in your Mental Toolbox?
Love, Light & Laughter
Why Am I Still Gaining Weight and Feeling Like Crap Even Though I Am Gluten Free?
This is a common question I hear in the office. Gluten Free is all the rage right now. And the food industry is responding with a plethora of gluten free foods. It is no secret that I am firm believer that gluten wrecks havoc on the body. Even patients that test negative for Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac Disease or gluten altogether, many patients still have problems. One does not have to have a true gluten allergy to suffer the effects of gluten. In fact it has now been documented the gluten can be tied to over 200 symptoms or diseases in the body. For more information, check out the link from greenmedinfo.com. http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/200-clinically-confirmed-reasons-not-eat-wheat
What most people also do not realize is in addition to gluten there are other compounds not only in wheat but in all grains that cause imbalances, inflammation and nutritional deficiencies in our bodies. Two other lesser known protein based compounds: gliadin and lectins also lead to inflammation, nutritional deficiencies and auto-immune conditions in the body.
So yes going gluten free is one of the healthiest choices one can make. People begin to lose weight and feel better but another problem is the food industry replaces wheat and glutenous foods with rice, corn, potato, and tapioca flour. As a result, our bodies are flooded with these excess sugars which leads to weight gain, unstable blood sugars for diabetics and again, inflammation due to the high levels of omega 6 fatty acids in most grains. Scientists over the last ten years have finally concluded that all disease processes including auto-immune, cancer, heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer's have one thing in common; INFLAMMATION. It is the over consumption of grains with high levels of omega 6 fatty acids that leads to the degenerative disease processes in the body. That is why I take it a step beyond gluten free and advocate the elimination of all grains from our diets (rice, corn, wheat, rye, oats, barley, etc.)
Cutting grains out of the diet which Atkins, Paleo, and Primal Blueprint advocates recommend leads to the reduction or elimination of auto-immune, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity. Patients have more energy and vitality allowing them to do the things in life they were unable to do while overdosing on grains, gluten and gliadin.
Corey Sondrup, D.C.
Paleo Diet Lifestyle Resources
I have always been a fan of lower carbohydrate-higher protein based
diets. The Atkins'/Ketogenic diet was my first venture away from the
traditional high carb/low fat that is to this day still pushed by the
food industry and traditional medicine. Early in my chiropractic
career, I found that my patients responded better to the higher
protein/lower carbohydrate diets. Not just from a obesity standpoint
but also from a chronic disease standpoint; patients with heart disease,
diabetes and auto immune conditions greatly improved if not resolved
their conditions all together.
About three years ago, I was exposed to the Paleo Diet; originally
developed by Loren Cordain, PhD. I found his ground breaking book, The
Paleo Diet to be a nice change of pace to the Atkins' diet. Many of my
patients felt too deprived while on Atkins'/Ketogenic. Since that
time, I recommend the Paleo Diet, a.k.a. Paleo Lifestyle to all of my
In my office, I routinely tell my patients to check out website
after website about the Paleo Lifestyle. To avoid confusion and
repeating myself, I decided to create a list of all the
websites/resources for my patients that I routinely recommend. These
sites offer a wealth of information regarding the dos and don't s, the
science behind Paleo and thousands of wonderful recipes to try.
Books: The Paleo Diet (L. Cordain) thepaleodiet.com
Life Without Bread (Allan & Lutz).
Neanderthin (R. Audette)
The Paleo Solution (R. Wolf) robbwolf.com
Education: Weston A. Price Foundation. westonprice.org
Great Paleo Websites: fastpaleo.com *My favorite for Paleo recipes.*
Sugar Substitute: Just Like Sugar, justlikesugarinc.com All natural, no calorie, no carb sweetener.
The Dirty Dozen
(The 12 most common conditions we address in the office; in no particular order)
Most people when they think of chiropractic, they think of back pain. Back pain is just the tip of the iceberg of what we see in the office. Most conditions are the direct or indirect result of too much, too little or blocked nerve or meridian (chi) flow in the body. In addition to chiropractic, we also utilize nutrition, acupressure, biopuncture, homeopathy and a wide array of Eastern based healing modalities to address more than just pain. In the state of Utah, chiropractic physicians are considered primary care physicians, so our scope of practice is much wider.
Below is our top 12 “DIRTY DOZEN” list of the most common conditions we see in the office. Often patients are unaware of the wide variety of conditions that we treat naturally or holistically.
1) Fatigue/No Energy: What most patients don’t realize is that lack of energy is usually related to our poor lifestyle choices. Most energy problems can be alleviated when we drink our water, eat the right food, get our exercise and get plenty of rest. A lot of patients say that they have no energy because they don’t get a good night’s sleep. Sleep is usually remedied when we drink our water; eat the right foods and EXERCISE. There are other factors that come into play with energy such as: thyroid, adrenal, pathogens, and emotional stress; all of which we can address in the office.
2) Back Pain (Arthritis, Disks, Sciatica, Sprains/Strains): Whether it’s a mild strain or a full blown herniated disk, we can help. Chiropractic, Neurolink, and Biopuncture are a powerful combination to address your back pain issues. In sixteen years of practice we have had only six patients that I needed to send out for surgery. The odds are in your favor that we can help you.
3) Neck Pain (Arthritis, Disks, Pinched Nerves, Whiplash): Your neck is no different than your back, from the mild strain from sleeping wrong to the pinched nerve to the herniated disk we can help. And we have many non-forceful techniques at our disposal to address your neck issues.
4) Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Most patients do not realize chronic fatigue syndrome is a more severe form of fibromyalgia. A lot of patients come in saying they have both. Bottom line, you can have one or the other but not both. Both are usually the result of a subclinical viral infection usually mono or Epstein Barr. Using Neurolink, we can effectively contain the virus so the body gets better. In addition, we also have to adjust the diet and check thyroid status.
5) Headaches (Migraines, TMJ, Tension, Cluster): Across the board, we have a 90% success rate with headaches. Even if patients have had them thirty or more years, we can help. Chiropractic and Neurolink are a powerful combination for all headaches and without utilizing potentially dangerous prescription drugs.
6) Female Related Conditions (PMS, Endometriosis, Irregular Periods, Infertility):
You name the female related conditions and we have seen them. With these, we utilize Chiropractic, Neurolink, Total Body Modification and specific nutritional supplementation to balance these conditions with great results. Over the years we have had a dozen or so couples get pregnant when nothing else was working and PMS is a thing of the past for many of our female patients.
7) Thyroid/Adrenal Issues (Hyper/Hypo): Thyroid and adrenal issues are two of the most common hormonal issues we see in our office. Most of the time there is an iodine deficiency or a food allergy disrupting thyroid output. With the adrenal, emotional stresses need to be balance along with proper supplementation to stabilize the adrenal glands. Neurolink and Chiropractic also help to stabilize both glands.
8) Digestive Issues (Reflux, Hiatal Hernia, IBS, Crohn’s, Colitis, Celiac Dz., Constipation, and Diarrhea): Chiropractic, Neurolink and eliminating identified food allergies has a profound impact on your digestive health. We also check for food allergies, pathogens, enzyme deficiencies and bowel flora disruption to improve digestive health. Our emotions have a big impact on our digestive health. We use Neuro-Emotional Technique, Psych-K, Theta Healing and GAMMA to remove the emotional components affecting your health.
9) Joint Pain (Carpal Tunnel, Sprains/Strains and Tears of the Shoulder, Knee, Elbow & Ankles): From the mild sprain, all the way to a torn ligament or meniscus, over the years we have prevented numerous surgeries using Chiropractic, Neurolink and Biopuncture. Often times, joint issues are a dehydration problem and/or disruption of the gallbladder meridian.
10) Pathogen/Infections (Bacteria, Virus, Parasite, Fungus/Yeast): Many complaints in the body are the result of an infection in the body, utilizing manual muscle testing, we can identify the offending pathogen and determine the appropriate nutritional or reflexive correction to eliminate pathogens.
11) Depression/Anxiety: This is a big one. Depression is usually the result of poor diet, lack of exercise and sunlight and the suppression of thoughts, emotions and feelings over unresolved events in our lives. Adjusting the patient’s diet and exercise routine while combining effective body-mind balancing modalities such as Neuro-Emotional Technique, Psych-K, Theta and GAMMA, we can free up those suppressed emotions so the body can restore itself to proper homeostasis. Anxiety often times is a side-effect of anti-depressants and it is often a learned behavior due to the fact that many people haven’t properly learned how to express their emotions and feelings.
12) Obesity: Without a doubt, weight issues are the most complex condition we see in the office. Obesity is multi-factorial involving diet, exercise, attitude, hormonal, and emotional and spiritual statuses. All areas have to be addressed accordingly. In the end, diet and exercise has the biggest impact and most people are either doing it wrong or unwilling to put forth the effort to make real change.
If you have any questions about the techniques we use in the office or conditions we treat. Fill free to call our office and talk with Dr. Sondrup (801-476-1752). We will be glad to answer any of your questions. And if we don’t think we can help you, we will refer you to the appropriate facilities or specialists.
Corey Sondrup, D.C.
Life Lesson #7: Flexibility
“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless-like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it into a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water.”
- Bruce Lee
Definition: Flexibility involves our ability to move through life with ease, grace and beauty.
Synonyms: Adaptability, Improvisation,
Spontaneity, Going with the Flow,
Letting Go, Allowing
Meridian Associations: Lung
Organ Associations: Lung, Bronchi, Diaphragm, Lymphatics.
Physical Imbalances: Perspiration, Circulation, and Lymphatic Complaints, Arthritis.
Pain Patterns: Chest, Shoulder, Thumb, Nose, and Neck, Joints in General
Emotional Patterns: Grief, Sadness, Suffering, Anguish, Longing, Torment.
How many friends or family members do you know that have some kind of joint problem. Maybe they have bad knees, ankles or hips. Take a closer look at them. How many of them have issues with being rigid, inflexible or set in their ways? Better yet, how many of them have issues with always having to be in control. Metaphorically and spiritually the integrity of our joints is an indicator that we are resisting or going with the flow of life.
We all have our own comfort zone. Going outside our comfort zone feels uncomfortable and sometimes scary. However, the only way we can grow physically, emotionally and spiritually is to challenge ourselves to move out of our comfort zone. It’s like the “living in a box” analogy. We all live in boxes. Some boxes are bigger than others. Everyone knows someone who lives in a small box. People who live in a small box tend to have a limited view of the world. They are set in “their way”, comfortable living in their little box. The ultimate goal is to expand our knowledge and awareness, move out of our little box into a bigger box. Eventually, we can learn to grow and moving into an ever expanding box.
The only way we can do this is to learn to be more flexible. Be open to new ideas and beliefs. As we allow ourselves to be more open and flowing with life, we are free to move through life with more ease, grace and beauty creating the life we want. But, we can’t grow and create being set in our ways having to control everything.
Exercise for Mastering Flexibility:
Inflexibility arises out of a feeling that one is not in control. When we give up the need to control and instead go with the flow of life, we have more creativity, more power to create. How do we learn to be more flexible? Simple, set aside one day a week for a friend, family member or spouse to plan all of the days activities. They are to pick what restaurant you go to, what movie you see, any activity. If you don’t like it, too bad! Your job is to actively participate in whatever your partner has planned. Instead of resisting, you go with the flow. At first, it will be uncomfortable because you are getting out of you comfort zone. However, the only way we learn and grow is to get out of our comfort zones.
Love, Light & Laughter