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Peter Gyrst, DC
a-new-generation-of-adjusting-instrumentsHow it all began?  Side posture This whole series of adjustment instruments has evolved over a period of ten years and has been tested by Gonstead doctors throughout Europe, Japan and also the United States. The first table that was designed and built was the side posture pelvic bench. Actually, it was conceived in frustration and born of passion and necessity. Those of...
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TAC Staff
second-generation-chiropractor-in-the-trenches-for-broad-based-educationDr. Richard G. Brassard was appointed president of Texas Chiropractic College (TCC) in 2004, following several years of association with TCC as a member and chairman of the Board of Regents. He is a 1965 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, following in the footsteps of his late father, Dr. Jerry Brassard. He is licensed to practice in both Texas...
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Dr. David Bass, DC:, D.A.A.M.L.P.
spinal-decompression-and-traction-what-is-the-difference In the 20th century, the electric motor became part of our culture. The creation of intermittent power traction became a reality. This remained unchanged until Dr. Allen Dyer introduced decompression therapy in 1991.1 Dr. Dyer felt that, to reach the inner disc core, traditional traction needed modification. Although intermittent traction is an effective therapy for elasticity, circulation, inflammation and facet...
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Maurice A. Pisciottano, D.C.
the-piezoelectric-sensor-the-heart-of-the-proadjuster-patient-care-system Technique + Business = Results. Within this simple equation is the formula to business success. If you see your practice as a business and implement the most innovative, forward-thinking techniques, you will undoubtedly achieve the results you’re after. In this lesson, I would like to discuss the methodologies of the ProAdjuster patient care system. The business principles we teach our...
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TAC Staff: Nutritional Supplements
best-selling-nutritional-products AC GRACE Price Range: $9.50-$35.50 UNIQUE E Mixed Tocopherols Concentrate: Pure, all-natural mixed tocopherols vitamin E complex–700mg softgel capsules with 400 I.U. of d-alpha, and 300mg d-gamma content. No soy oil as filler. For more information, call 1-800-833-4368.        Be well homeopathic Wholesale: $9.75; SRP: $15.90 Flu Terminator 2 Oz (Also Available in1 Oz spray) (Ten Ingredients) FDA Registered....
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Susan Blackard, R.N., N.D.C, M.H.A., F.N.P.C
whats-your-solution-the-real-skinny-on-our-obesity-epidemic-no-pun-intendedIs there any one contributor to chronic health conditions more prevalent and dangerous than obesity? National obesity rates among adults has doubled since 1980 alone, yet it seems to be overlooked and misunderstood more often than any other disease catalyst. The explosion of weight loss products and the plethora of theories behind weight gain have seemingly done nothing more than...
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Interviews
Steve Thaxton, D.C.
treating-everything-from-anger-to-zygomycosisDr. Steve Thaxton is a graduate of Abilene Christian University (ACU) and Parker College of Chiropractic, a Board Certified Acupuncturist and Rehabilitation Specialist, and Brimhall certified. Dr. Thaxton served as the personal chiropractor and fitness consultant for the rock band Guns N’ Roses for their 2-1/2 year world tour, and has also been Jon Bon Jovi’s personal chiropractor and personal fitness...
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Steven Visentin, D.C.
marketing-machineMarketing Machine Interview with Steven Visentin, D.C.   The American Chiropractor recently heard about an e-book written by Dr. Steven Visentin (SV), Blow Your Head Off: Practice Building Secrets. Dr. Visentin graduated  from the National College of Chiropractic and decided to practice in  Denver, Colorado, for its excellent quality of life.  Unfortunately for him, many other chiropractors had the same idea and the...
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Jeff Spencer, D.C.
on-the-roadDr. Jeff Spencer is a former champion cyclist who competed on the 1972 United States Olympic Team as a sprint cyclist and currently serves as chiropractor for the United States Postal Service Professional Cycling Team.  A 1975 graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Dr. Spencer graduated summa cum laude from Cleveland Chiropractic College at Los Angeles in 1988. ...
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Paul White, D.C.
optimizing-the-well-being-of-the-patient Nutri-West was founded in 1981, a small nutritional supplement company offering a limited, but effective line of its own products. The company was the creation of a successful Wyoming chiropractor and nutrition expert, Dr. Paul White, and his wife Marcia. Their children, Tony, Michele and Tiffany, have been actively involved with the business since they were very young and know...
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Ken Krimpelbein, DC
empowering-patients-from-the-inside-outDr. Ken Krimpelbein, former high school physical education teacher and personal trainer, and a 1995 graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College, is now the owner of a successful multidiscipline practice in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. He presently employs three chiropractors, a massage therapist, a registered dietician, five personal trainers and will soon have a physical therapist and a neurologist on staff. “Treat...
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George Michalopoulos, D.C.
million-dollar-chiropractic-features-dr-george-michalopoulosEach article in the MILLION DOLLAR CHIROPRACTIC series () focuses on the top surveyed issues facing chiropractors today.  Recruiting new patients, retention, profitability, marketing and staffing are each a determining factor in the growth, potential and success of the practice. The subject of this issue’s profile is Dr. George Michalopoulos an extremely successful chiropractor who has practiced in Illinois,...
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Nutrition
Dr. Ron Gilbert D.C., David C. Konn
how-well-do-you-know-your-ginseng-maybe-not-so-well-heres-whyWhat is Ginseng? There is good reason why you may not know your ginseng so well.  Although ginseng is one of the most well known herbs or supplements it is also the most misunderstood.  Most people have heard of “ginseng”, for example it ranks #1 in the Ebay search word for “herbs and botanicals”.     Ginseng has a remarkable history going...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
inflammation-and-diet-a-growing-concernThe January 1st issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) contained an editorial entitled, “From asthma to atherosclerosis–5-lipoxygenase, leukotrienes, and inflammation.”  Inflammation is something we are all aware of, and I have written about in most of my TAC articles this past year.  What about 5-lipoxygenas and leukotrienes; what are they? Our cell membranes are made...
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Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D.
calcium-supplementation-without-a-proper-balance-of-magnesium-can-increase-risk-of-heart-attack-osteoporosis-and-kidney-stonesORANGE, Calif., Sept. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The British Medical Journal recently published a large analysis based on the results of 5 clinical trials conducted in the U.S., Great Britain and New Zealand that involved more than 8,000 people. The analysis concluded that, "Calcium supplements ... increase the risk of cardiovascular events, especially myocardial infarction (heart attack) ... A reassessment...
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Dr. James B. Lavalle
recognizing-drug-induced-nutrient-depletion-in-chiropractic-practicePart 2 of a 2 part Series (cont. from part 1 in nov. 2009) Abstract:  Detrimental effects of drugs on nutrition status are a common occurrence but, because they usually occur over time (vs. what is considered an adverse event or allergic reaction, which occurs quickly), they are seldom recognized or corrected. Chiropractic treatment, however, takes place over a much longer...
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Laurie Endicott Thomas, MA, ELS
genetics-diet-and-ankylosing-spondylitisSome health problems are purely genetic. Others have nothing to do with genetics but are purely the result of environmental influences, such as diet, infection, or trauma. Then, there are many conditions in which some genetic predisposition interacts with the environment to produce the disease. The classic example is celiac disease, which is tightly linked to genetics but can be...
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John Brimhall, DC
the-road-to-complete-wellnessDr. John Brimhall has been referred to as “The Father of Wellness Care in Chiropractic”.  The much-lettered Doctor began a stellar career, which has now spanned more than three decades, with a single degree, a cum laude Doctorate in Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic, in 1971. Since that time, he has become an author, lecturer, formulator of over 50...
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Orthotics
Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
tarsal-tunnel-syndrome-a-orthotic-supportTarsal tunnel syndrome (TTS), while not common in the general population, is occasionally seen among athletes.  In addition, many TTS symptoms can be confused with conditions commonly treated in the chiropractic office.1  Because its etiology is often related to hyperpronation and, therefore, spinal complaints, TTS patients may be concentrated in the chiropractic office.  When a patient complains of burning pain...
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Dr. Mark Studin DC, FASBE, DAAPM, DAAMLP
president-obama-the-insurance-industry-a-chiropracticPresident Obama, the Insurance Industry & Chiropractic by Dr. Mark Studin DC, FASBE, DAAPM, DAAMLP   On May 11, 2009, in New York Newsday, The Associated Press reported a coalition between insurance companies, drug makers, hospitals and doctors to contain and control health care costs to lower the premiums, so that the 50 million Americans who are currently uninsured...
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Kirk Lee, D.C.
make-me-run-fasterHow many times have you heard from an athlete, “Make me run faster!” or “Improve my performance!”? Many athletes would gladly take a little pain for better performance and faster speed. However, ignoring the warning signs of pain can be a no-no! We know that the long-term outcome of living for today and not for the future can lead to...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
metatarsal-stress-fractureHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 32 year-old personnel manager who has taken up running for stress reduction and weight control. She has been running for six months, and has been progressively increasing her mileage. She is experiencing recurring and worsening pain in her right foot, also increased low-back tightness. She recalls no specific injury to her foot or...
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John Danchik, D.C., F.I.C.C., F.A.C.C
ankle-pain-limits-runners-health-goals  History and Presenting SymptomsThe patient is a 32 year-old female who has been building up a running program for weight loss and wellness.  She reports a recent onset of pain around her right ankle and heel, which is becoming worse as she gradually increases the length of her longest runs.  She plans to participate in a 10-mile run in two...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
case-study-pedal-imbalance-with-associated-conditionsHistory and subjective complaints The patient has suffered from a postural imbalance most of her life, causing stress and strain to the pelvic and spinal areas.  The patient states that she has received chiropractic care “on and off” most of her life. As the patient has grown older, she has experienced more frequent and intense pain in her lower back, right leg,...
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Practice Management
Peter Fernandez, D.C.
the-independent-contractor-method-of-starting-a-new-practice-vii If you you are considering starting your own practice or purchasing an existing practice, ponder these points before you plunge in.   Independent Contractor In the business world, the term Independent Contractor usually refers to a person who contracts himself out (receives money for services), i.e., an independent fill-in doctor. However, in the chiropractic profession, the usual definition of an...
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Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., F.I.A.M.A.
winners-winwhiners-whine-There is a common thread between winners and losers.  That thread is attitude.  I have one client who will do in the range of seven million this year.  Yes, seven million. Health care is a trillion dollar industry and we are positioned nicely.  The world wants health care, which is what we offer in a disease conscious society.  Martin Luther...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
case-management-flow-sheetsManaged care, multi-provider practices, and increased medicolegal regulation require thorough clinical documentation.  At the same time, the realities of business and reimbursement constraints necessitate that this documentation be as efficient as possible. Case management flow sheets are an effective means of templating patient evaluation, care, and the procedural approach that a practitioner would ordinarily use in case management.  With a minimal...
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Dr. Eric Plasker, D.C.
the-financial-stability-of-family-practiceChiropractic Family Practice is extremely profitable. Rather than working harder and harder for their money, chasing insurance companies only to be denied payment, losing patients because their insurance doesn’t cover the care anymore, and dealing with the incredibly stressful, high overhead that comes with other types of practices, thousands of chiropractors are becoming the family wellness providers for their communities. The...
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Peter G. Fernandez, D.C.
an-associateship-that-worksThe tandem associateship: 2 doctors successfully treating the same patients. In the previous article of this, "How to Start a Practice" series, I discussed the "Associateships from Hell."  Unfortunately, most starting doctors get trapped in bad associate arrangements like these. However, this article describes an associateship structure that's very successful, an associateship in which both the established doctor and the...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
practice-management-tipsQ:  Which adjunctive services, if offered, have you found to be most beneficial for chiropractic practices? A:  The language of reimbursement today is the language of function.  In order to fully participate in the mainstream of healthcare, chiropractors must become proficient in objectively assessing and documenting the functional outcomes of their care.  It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to...
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Radiology
Jeff Cronk, DC
using-x-ray-digitization-to-enhance-your-credibility-and-quality-of-careThe theory behind evidenced based practice is scientific knowledge gathered through good research. Clinical examination procedures can lead to clinical consensus and standardization with regard to diagnosis, decision making and treatment guidelines. X-ray digitation fits into this model, since it is a clinically accurate way to objectively assess spinal stability and spinal motion segment integrity loss. Two or more doctors can...
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Andrew Cheesman
digital-x-ray-do-i-need-one-in-my-officeSo, you are considering “transforming” your practice? Or maybe starting a brand new or satellite office? What are some of the things you should keep in mind in making decisions on just what your practice will offer? What should it look like? What kind of vibe would you like it to put out? And how does the decision of installing...
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Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., and Alicia M. Yochum, D.C., R.N., BSN
melorheostosis[Case History] This male patient has a history of multiple traumas to his humerus.  Are these radiopacities exuberant callous formation from hematoma? Diagnosis:  The answer is no!! This is a rare sclerotic skeletal dysplasia referred to as “MELORHEOSTOSIS”. General Considerations Melorheostosis is a rare, sclerosing bone dysplasia that was first described in 1922 by Leri and Joanny.  Synonyms include Leri type of osteopetrosis, osteosis...
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Terry R. Yochum, DC, D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., & Alicia M. Yochum, DC, R.N., BSN
degenerative-spondylolisthesis-and-leg-pain-whats-the-connectionHistory This 60-year-old female patient presents with lower back and sciatica pain through the buttock into the posterior thigh.    Diagnosis:   Observe the extensive sclerosis and osteophyte formation occurring bilaterally at the L5/S1 facet structures. There is a degenerative anterolisthesis of L5 upon the sacrum of approximately 4 mm. No evidence of pars defects is seen at the L5 segment.   Degenerative Spondylolisthesis: Degenerative spondylolisthesis is...
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drmarks380
herniated-discs-a-advanced-imaging The patient enters your office and has significant pain radiating into an extremity. Being responsible, you adopt the policy of the insurers and treat the patient conservatively for 4-8 weeks and the pain doesn’t diminish; you then refer the patient to the imaging company for an MRI. In the report, there are minimal findings, so you continue to treat with...
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Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.
benign-or-malignant-thats-the-questionHistory This adult male patient presents with hip pain and a lesion is found on X-ray. Is this likely to be benign or malignant?   Note the well demarcated geographic radiolucent lesion in the proximal femur. It has a sharp zone of transition around it with a sclerotic border. These roentgen signs suggest a benign lesion. Diagnosis: Monostotic Fibrous Dysplasia...
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Rehabilition
John K. Hyland, D.C.
rehab-after-injuryCommunication skills are vital to achieving good results when dealing with patients after an injury. One of the most important components of post-injury rehabilitation is to give very clear instructions when the patients first start to exercise. This is because it is easy for patients to do too little or too much, and both will interfere with the desired outcome....
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Dr. Mitch Mally
inflammation-management-an-updateA cascade of physiological, biomechanical and biochemical events complicate Acute and Repetitive Injuries. Musculoskeletal pain and range of motion is affected by biomechanical aberration, joint dysfunction, segmental hyper/hypo-mobility and the result of several pathways and stimuli. However, the inflammatory response may be treated anecdotally by ice, compression and elevation. Allopathic recommendations often include anti-inflammatory medication with significant side effects (consumed like...
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Tim Maggs, D.C.
high-school-athletes-and-structural-managementrDid you know...?  • All high school athletes in this country must undergo a physical exam prior to participating in their sport. That exam, however, is a medical exam (eyes, ears, nose and throat). (See Fig. 1)   Eyes______________________________ Skin (Non- communicable)_________________  Ears (Otoscope) ___________________ Epilepsy __________________________________ Lymph Nodes _____________________ Nervous System ___________________________  Thyroid __________________________ Speech ___________________________________ Nose _____________________________  Nutrition __________________________________  Tonsils ___________________________  Height ______________ Weight ______________  Teeth ____________________________  Vision ____________________________________  Heart _____________________________  Hearing __________________________________  Blood Pressure ____________________  Orthopedic _______________________________  Lungs ____________________________                  Feet...
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George LeBeau, D.C.
the-ear-adjustment Mrs. "H" and her husband had been coming in for their "maintenance" adjustments for quite a while and, during one particular visit, she brought her fifteen-month-old daughter, who was in a seriously poor mood. When asked, Mom said the little girl, Amy, had an ear infection "again" and was going to have the tubes put into her ears "again." I...
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Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C., C.C.S.P.
evaluating-the-gait-cycle-as-part-of-your-chiropractic-treatment-plan As a doctor of chiropractic, how you perform your initial evaluation and management on a patient may vary greatly from your peers. Many doctors’ examinations include numerous neurological and orthopedic procedures. Do you rely heavily on visual and palpatory findings, range of motion studies, or maybe totally on radiographic findings? For most of us, it is probably a combination...
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Roger R. Coleman, DC and Stephan J. Troyanovich, DC
how-to-measure-successful-curve-restorationOne of the things that we have been discussing in past issues is the cervical lordosis.  There are probably few clinicians who have not drawn an association between the loss of cervical lordosis and headache.  This clinical observation is also supported in the scientific literature.1,2  But, of course, we’d like a quick, easy, accurate and inexpensive method to measure the...
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Techniques
Tedd Koren, D.C.
the-sphenoid-pattern"Gentlemen, damn the sphenoid bone!" - Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894), opening an anatomy lecture at Harvard Medical School I don’t know what Holmes was complaining about; perhaps he was frustrated at his inability to adjust the sphenoid (he was an MD after all). For most of my chiropractic career, I limited my practice to correcting spinal subluxations. While developing Koren Specific Technique (KST),...
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Paul Yanick, Ph.D.
the-quantum-repatterning-technique-The Quantum Repatterning Technique™ (QRT) provides specific tools for identifying precisely what is taking place in the weakened or disordered physiology associated with unresponsiveness of the immune and endocrine systems.  In the chiropractic profession, it is recognized that all disease originates with a disturbance in the flow of innate communication.  When innate is inhibited or blocked, there are reactions that...
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Robert C. Gordon, D.C.
clinically-justifying-mua-in-the-field-of-pain-managementFrom a clinical standpoint, MUA has never been questioned as an alternative to correcting fixated articulation, and shortened muscles. But, as a procedure performed by the chiropractic profession, it is questioned constantly. Manipulation Under Anesthesia or medication-assisted manipulation has long been used by the orthopedic, and osteopathic professions to correct joint fixation. Chiropractic physicians started using this technique in the late 80’s as...
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Lisa Upledger, D.C.
craniosacral-therapyCranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a manual modality that has made its way into the chiropractic clinic as an effective adjunctive therapy.  It focuses on normalizing the craniosacral system, which extends from the skull, face and mouth down to the sacrum and coccyx. The craniosacral system consists of a compartment formed by the dura mater membrane, the cerebrospinal fluid within the membranes,...
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Tim Maggs, D.C.
the-importance-of-x-rays-in-todays-chiropractic-practice When I graduated from chiro-practic college in 1978, I elected to come back to my home state of New York to practice. At the time, the law didn’t allow for chiropractors to X-ray below L2. Chiropractors couldn’t order X-rays below L2. We were reduced to hoping there were no pathologies or contraindications. Since that time, I’ve come across a...
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Tedd Koren, D.C.
fix-allergies-with-chiropracticYour immune system works to keep you 100% natural, organic, unadulterated, you! It recognizes and destroys bacteria, viri, pollutants, dust, pollen, drugs, tumors, debris and artificial substances (metal and plastic, however, don’t trigger an immune reaction). Many things influence how well your immune system functions: your nervous system, endocrine system, diet, genes and emotions.1-3 Allergens...
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