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So lets pretend you have a chronic neck or back pain, Fibromyalgia or another condition that has a lot of inflammation and swelling that goes along with it.  So your friendly MD puts you on Prednisone to help it…what’s the big deal?

Well, basically what Prednisone does is decrease inflammation while depressing your immune system.

Common Side Effects according to www.drugs.com include difficulty sleeping; feeling of a whirling motion; increased appetite; increased sweating; indigestion; mood changes; nervousness.

Severe side effects include severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); appetite loss; black, tarry stools; changes in menstrual periods; convulsions; depression; diarrhea; dizziness; exaggerated sense of well-being; fever; general body discomfort; headache; increased pressure in the eye; joint or muscle pain; mood swings; muscle weakness; personality changes; prolonged sore throat, cold, or fever; puffing of the face; severe nausea or vomiting; swelling of feet or legs; unusual weight gain; vomiting material that looks like coffee grounds; weakness; weight loss.

Prolonged use of prednisone can cause adrenal glands to atrophy and stop producing cortisol.  That’s not good!  Patients are often told not to stop taking prednisone suddenly. The dose has to be tapered gradually to allow the adrenal glands, which have atrophied, time to recover. If not, the person could put themselves into an adrenal crisis (e.g., nausea, vomiting, shock).

So if you are put on any medication for any reason continue to seek the cause of the condition.  Especially if it is a drug as dangerous as Prednisone.

Do not just continually rely on a medication to cover up the effects but seek the cause.

If you have Fibromyalgia or Chronic Pain, please continue to read about NUCCA and seek answers.

It’s your body and your responsibility.

Dr. William R. Davis Jr., D.C. is a Vista Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist. He is in private practice in Southern California in the city of Vista. He specializes in correcting problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on his website at http://www.nuccawellness.com

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 Dr. Davis here from Vista CA…

According to the FDA, taking too much Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol and Excedrin, will kill you and the government agency also admits this chemical is the leading cause of liver failure in the U.S. Acetaminophen is responsible for 56,000 emergency room visits and 456 deaths annually, according to studies done between 1990 and 1998. In spite of this, billions of doses are sold each year.

Tylenol, Aleve, Advil, Aspirin, Excedrin and other medications called NSAIDS are frequently taken by people for years on a daily basis.  Many doctors will tell them that taking these medications are okay to use all the time.  Unfortunately that is not true!  In fact the regular ingestion of NSAIDS (Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) is very dangerous. 

The July 1998 issue of The American Journal of Medicine stated the following:

“Conservative calculations estimate that approximately 107,000 patients are hospitalized annually for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)-related gastrointestinal (GI) complications and at least 16,500 NSAID-related deaths occur each year among arthritis patients alone. The figures of all NSAID users would be overwhelming, yet the scope of this problem is generally under-appreciated.”

One of our patients recently understood this fact that he couldn’t keep popping pills to cover up his symptoms and instead he needed to address the underlying cause.  Here is John’s story…

“I was having pain from my neck into my right arm all the way to the hand.  I was also getting numbness, tingling and weakness into my right hand.  My activity level was way down.  The condition started about 7 years ago following a fall.  But the current episode started about a year ago.  I had gone to medical doctors, neurologists, had MRI’s, x-rays and physical therapy.  I was prescribed corticosteroids several times and I was taking 4-6 Tylenol every day.  I knew that I could not continue living the way that I was…I was on a downward spiral.  And I was poisoning my body with Tylenol!

I am about 3 months into my care at Breath of Life and the pain in my neck and arm are almost completely gone!  The strength in my arm is coming back as well…I am able to do push ups again!  I am also feeling more relaxed and rested overall.  My energy level has increased significantly.  My balance and coordination are also greatly improved.  My sense of well-being and my ability to handle stress are also much better!

For the first month or so I had very little results because my condition was so severe.  But as I have held my corrections longer and longer periods of time the nerves have been able to heal.  Thank you very much!”

John Z.                                                                          November 2010

Who do you know that is poisoning their body with drugs rather than getting to the cause of the problem?  Show this blog post to them and find out more about NUCCA Spinal Care at www.nuccawellness.com

Dr. William R. Davis Jr., D.C. is a Carlsbad Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist. He is in private practice in Southern California in the city of Vista. He specializes in correcting problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on his website at http://www.nuccawellness.com  



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Dr. Davis here from Vista CA…

Do you regularly sleep on your stomach?  This is the one habit that is the most harmful to the health and function of our spine and our nervous system.  When the head is turned to the side and then the weight of the body is placed upon it…the muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints, discs, nerves, etc. are compressed.  The application of this stress of stomach sleeping will lead to an acceleration of degeneration of the discs and joints.  Some of the worst degenerative disc disease that I have seen in the spine is in those that have spent their life sleeping on their belly.  We spend a third of our lives sleeping!

So if you shouldn’t sleep on your stomach…how should you sleep?  Flat on your back is best.  Some people will find that placing a pillow underneath the knees will be more comfortable.  You should always sleep with only one pillow under your head though so the neck is in a relaxed position.  If you are unable to sleep on your back then the next best option is on your side.  When you are sleeping on your side, you want to make sure that your head and neck are in as an aligned position as possible.  You should only use one pillow that is thick enough to support between your shoulder and your head.  Most people have a pillow that is too thin to sleep on your side…so there head is side bent all night.  The most vulnerable position for the neck to be in is side bent or extended. 

If you are thinking of making a change to your pillow, the best pillows that I have found are available at the select comfort stores in most malls or online at  http://www.selectcomfort.com/.  The make a customized design pillow that is unique to the person.  They will measure you, find out if you have a firm or soft mattress, find out what type of materials you want to put in the pillow, and design a pillow for you to sleep on your side or your back.  The pillows run around $125 or so and are very worth it.  

To break the habit of stomach sleeping sometimes you have to get creative.  I have had patients sew a tennis ball that they had cut in half to a t-shirt and wear that when they slept!  But most people don’t have to go to that extreme…just understanding the importance of spinal alignment and knowing that stomach sleeping will destroy the spine is enough.

To find out more about problems associated with stomach sleeping go to www.nuccawellness.com

God Bless and Be Well,

Dr. Bill Davis

Upper Cervical Specialist

Breath of Life Chiropractic


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Accidents and injuries will tear loose the connective tissue (Muscles, ligaments and tendons) that holds the spine in place.  This will create a weakness, which will allow the spine to breakdown and lock into a stressed position.  The longer the spine is misaligned the more progression that will take place in the wearing down of the spinal joints, discs, muscles, etc.  Frequently in our office we see patients who have been involved in car crashes.  Not only recent car crashes…but car accidents that have occurred 5, 10 or 15 years before or even longer.  Based on the extent of degeneration in the spine the injury to the spine can be dated approximately.  Why is that?  Well if the spinal balance is altered due to misalignment there will be unequal pressure applied to the spine.  Over time this will lead to a breaking down of the bones, ligaments, discs etc what is called degenerative disc disease (Bone spurs and disc thinning etc.). 

Upper Cervical Specialists have been seeing this phenomenon in our offices for years.  But now the research is also showing that Degenerative Disc Disease or what is commonly called Arthritis of the spine is a result of accidents or injuries. 

Here is what Dr. Mason Hohl an MD and professor of surgery at UCLA Medical Center says…“Follow-up x-rays taken an average of 7 years after injury in one series of patients without prior x-ray evidence of disc disease indicated that 39% had developed degenerative disc disease at one or more disc levels since injury.”  7 years after the injury the discs and other spinal structures are already breaking down!  There was an expected incidence of 6% degenerative change in the population over this period of time.  “Thus, it appeared that the injury had started the process of disc degeneration.” 

 He goes on to say “In another follow-up study of patients with similar injuries but with preexisting degenerative changes in the neck, it was observed that after an average of 7 years 39% had residual symptoms, and x-ray evidence of new degenerative change at another level occurred in 55%.”  So if you already have had an injury that has started the degenerative process and you have another injury it leads to more degeneration in the area. 

Why is it so important to get you head and neck alignment evaluated?  How many of us have had a head or neck injury that has misaligned our spines?  Every day that the spine stays misaligned…more degeneration takes place. 

When the head is on straight everything changes… www.nuccawellness.com or if you are outside of the San Diego County Area go to www.upcspine.com   

Dr. William R. Davis Jr., D.C. is a Oceanside Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist. He is in private practice in Southern California in the city of Vista. He specializes in correcting problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on his website at http://www.nuccawellness.com


 The Cervical Spine-The Cervical Spine Research Society, Lippincott, 1989 Mason Hohl, MD Professor of Surgery/Orthopedics, UCLA Medical Center Page 440

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Dr. Davis from Vista…

Do you notice that you have a bad side?  Maybe you see that your right knee bothers you, you have headaches on the right side and your right shoulder hurts.  Or the left side of your lower back is painful, left ear ringing and your left foot hurts…etc.  Or have you been told that your right knee has severely degenerated, but your left one is normal…no degeneration.  Haven’t you had your right knee as long as your left knee? 

Frequently we hear that one side of the body is doing worse than the other…What does this mean?

When there are accidents and injuries to the head and neck a condition known as an Atlas Subluxation can develop which will lead to a misaligned spine.  See our post on the misaligned spine here for more information https://nuccadoctordavis.wordpress.com/2010/07/13/is-one-of-your-legs-shorter-than-the-other/

Once the spinal column is misaligned…just like a car that is out of alignment you will get unequal stress to different parts of the car…you will also get uneven stress to different parts of your body when there is a misalignment.  That is exactly what Donna was feeling when she first came to our office…here is her story…

“When I first came to see Dr. Davis I was experiencing unexplained pain in my left wrist, since I am left-handed this began to concern me and it began to keep me from doing everyday chores, etc.

 To begin with the pain in my wrist has completely gone away and pain from an old injury to my left foot and ankle has greatly improved.  All of this without any medication!  Since I am an advocate for natural remedies versus drugs this outcome is a great joy to me!

I also have been able to begin an exercise program of walking and find I now can walk well without pain.  Also my breathing while walking has greatly improved…I am thrilled!!

I would encourage anyone who needs to come in for care based on my experience.  Through the knowledge Dr. Davis has to allow our bodies to heal themselves…my life has vastly improved…body, mind and spirit!!!

I have really enjoyed the friendly, peaceful and professional atmosphere of Breath of Life.  But I believe what has impressed me the most of all is the high level of integrity of the office.  Dr. Davis has taught me how to learn to relax again and let my body heal itself….thank you!!!

Donna A.             August 2010

Do you have a chronic one-sided condition that has not resolved?  The structure of your body could be misaligned causing that “unexplained pain” like Donna was experiencing.  Find out if you can be helped by going to www.chiropractorvista.com and getting a NUCCA evaluation today.

Dr. Davis

Upper Cervical Specialist

Breath of Life

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Dr. Davis here from Vista California…

Most of our patients come to us from referral…that was the case with Jeannine.  She saw her daughter’s life dramatically changed with Upper Cervical Care (read Lynn’s story here… https://nuccadoctordavis.wordpress.com/2010/04/17/i-got-my-life-back-from-fibromyalgia-allergies-and-more/) and she wanted to see if NUCCA could help her with a number of health problems.  She got even more than she expected when she got her head on straight…because when the head’s on straight…everything changes!!!

Read Jeannine’s story here…

“I came to see Dr. Davis after seeing that my daughter was able to get rid of her Fibromyalgia and Allergies.  And I wanted to see if he could help me also with my health.  So I went to Dr. Davis.  At first I noticed that I was breathing better and I felt brighter, then I realized that my car didn’t have such big blind spots!  I could move my head and neck around the way that I should…my shoulders and neck were unlocked!  What a difference!

 I also had severe leg cramps from my ankle to my butt…and in a few visits guess what?  No more leg cramps…Just fantastic!  I feel 10 years younger! 

Yes for Dr. Davis…God Bless him always.”

Jeannine K.                                                            July 2010

Who do you know that is struggling with their health?  Do you feel older than you should?  Find out if NUCCA could help you Live Better, Work Better, Play Better and Serve Better!

Go to our website today to find out more info at www.chiropractorvista.com

God Bless and Be Well,

Dr. Bill Davis

Upper Cervical Specialist

NUCCA Procedure

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Polio was a devastating condition for many children in America prior to the mid 1950’s.  Now about 25% of the surviving population(about 200,000 people) of polio survivors have a condition known as Post Polio Syndrome.  According to the Mayo Clinic “some people who had polio at a young age may experience certain late effects of the disease many years later — post-polio syndrome. The exact cause of post-polio syndrome is unknown.”  According to Post-Polio.org scoliosis and lower back pain are very common in Post Polio syndrome patients.  Here is an example of a patient from our office who has struggled with the effects of Post Polio for more than 60 years!  The condition of her spine had degenerated to such an extent that Carolee’s back pain was keeping her from enjoying one of her favorite past times…Golf!  For those of you that love to play Golf you’ll understand her frustration with not being able to do something she loved….she is now back to swinging that Golf club pain free…here is Carolee’s story… 

“I came into the office with lower back pain, neck stiffness and high blood pressure.  I have had lower back pain for more than 60 years since I had polio.  I also have a severe scoliosis.  I was noticing that the lower back pain was getting worse…I was getting tingling into my right foot almost daily. 

I am only in the beginning stages of my care yet I have already seen a lot of improvement.  Lower back pain and tingling in the leg that had just become normal to me since the age of 10 is going away…already about 60% of the pain is gone.  My neck is stiff much less and my blood pressure is down! 

 I would encourage others to try the NUCCA treatment process…the office is very professional, clean, warm and friendly.  The appointments are timely and efficient.”

Carolee Z.                                                                                                                                      Carlsbad, CA

Who do you know that is struggling with scoliosis, post-polio or lower back pain?  Upper Cervical Misalignments could be an underlying cause.  Stop it before it gets worse…it is a progressive condition!

Find out more at www.nuccawellness.com or call 760-945-1345 today to schedule a complimentary consultation to see if you are a candidate for NUCCA Spinal Care…the most advanced chiropractic care available!

Here is Louella Harris’s story of how she got her life back from Post-Polio Syndrome and Fibromyalgia and how she has become an advocate for Upper Cervical Care ever since…an amazing story!


Dr. William R. Davis Jr., D.C. is a Oceanside Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist. He is in private practice in Southern California in the city of Vista. He specializes in correcting problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on his website at http://www.nuccawellness.com

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Dr. Davis here from Vista…On this blog we frequently speak of the misaligned spine and how it affects the health and function of our bodies.  Over the weekend I spent some time with a legendary NUCCA Doctor named Dr. Robert Brooks and he broke down the misaligned spine into such a clear and precise way that I wanted to share it with you…

The first thing that happens is there is an accident or injury that tears loose the connective tissue that holds the spine together.  This creates a weakness that allows the spine to break down and lock into a stressed position.  Lying down one of the legs is shorter and one is longer, standing up one hip is higher and one is lower, the head is tilted to the side, there is a twisting of the frame of the body…muscles are imbalanced, movement is abnormal and it creates a progressive condition that over time will wear down the structures of the body.

The key to understanding why the misaligned spine is so devastating to the function of the body is to see how closely related the nervous system is to the structure of the body.  When the structure is misaligned it can affect the brain, brainstem, the spinal cord and the nerves that make your body work.  Nerves from the brain primarily do 4 things..

1.  Every movement we make is from a nerve

2.  Everything that we sense or feel

3.  Control and regulation of every body function: (digestion, circulation, respiration, reproduction, body chemistry, etc.)

4.  And how we relate to the outside world is through the nervous system

So how many different problems could be associated with a misaligned spine?  There are over 100 different conditions in the literature that have either been directly caused by misalignments in the spine or associated with the misalignment.

How important is it to have your spine in alignment?  It is a no brainer to keep your spine in alignment throughout life.  Why is NUCCA so effective at restoring the spine to its normal position and then keeping it there throughout life?  In order to balance the spine the head must be balanced over the top of the spine.  Where the head goes the rest of the spine will follow.  If the atlas which sits underneath the head has been misaligned by accidents or injuries usually to the head, neck or spine then that will begin to shift the alignment of the entire rest of the spinal column creating an imbalance at the pelvis and an apparent short leg.  Many people will say that they can get those legs even…but how long will they stay that way?  That is the difference with upper cervical procedures like NUCCA and Orthospinology is the stability of the alignment after the correction.

Manipulation feels good and helps lots of people…but I don’t want to have to get adjusted once or twice a week to maintain my alignment.  I would rather have a long-term solution…like NUCCA.

Find out more at Upper Cervical Healthcare Simplified or www.nuccawellness.com or call to schedule a complimentary consultation to see if you are a candidate for NUCCA spinal care today!!!   760-945-1345

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Have anyone ever heard that before?  That what happens when you get older…you get used to it.  You may have heard this from a friend, a family member or even a doctor.  Blaming your health problems on aging or “arthritis” is very common.  It is a rarely the case.  Are bodies are designed to be healthy…so when they are not, generally there is a reason for that symptom or condition.  Here is an example of a young mother in her 30’s-Veronica, who was told these things prior to coming to see me.

“I had been in a three car collision and had never quite been the same after that.  I had trouble sleeping, a severe loss of energy, forgetfulness and my body always seemed to ache all over.  My doctors gave me pills for the symptoms and I was told “that’s what happens as you get older” and that “you get used to it.”  Well, I didn’t want to get used to it…so I looked into chiropractic.

At first I was a bit apprehensive.  I didn’t know what to expect.  But my apprehension ceased after my first adjustment.  I felt some of the pressure in my neck, upper back, lower back and hips release.  Gradually my headaches, insomnia, forgetfulness, shortness of breath, digestive troubles and my constant back pain went away.

I was able to regain my energy and now I can go jogging and cycling with my kids!   I feel like myself again, full of life and energy.  Thank you Dr. Davis for making each visit one that I look forward to:).”

Veronica J.

Who do you know that has health problems that are limiting their life?  They can’t exercise, play with their kids, work comfortably or whatever it may be for them.

Have they ever had their spine and nervous system evaluated to see if they could be helped?  It usually isn’t because you’re getting older! 

Schedule a complimentary consultation to see if you are a candidate for NUCCA Chiropractic today!     760-945-1345

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Hello everyone…Dr. Davis here from Vista…who do you know that has been told that it is too late for them?  Their degeneration in their spine is too severe and they cannot be helped?  They have been told that surgery isn’t even an option anymore.  They will have to just take pain pills and wait to die!!!

Well sometimes there is another option…upper cervical chiropractic…here is Connie’s story…she was 82 when she first came to our office….

“I was having constant pain in my lower back and into my left leg, it was getting to the point that I couldn’t even sleep at night because of the pain.  I went to my medical doctor and after doing an MRI he told me that I was going to have to live with it because I had bone on bone degeneration in my lower back and I was too old for any surgery.  After hearing about Dr. Davis’ office I came in to see if he could help me.  Progress was very slow at first…it took almost 2 months to start feeling the pressure come off of my lower back and left leg.  But the longer I was under care the better I felt!  Not only has there been a dramatic reduction in my lower back pain but I am also sleeping so much better now and my energy level is way up!

I am a very active person and now I can do the things that I want to do again!  I can move so much easier…I just feel younger!  At 82 years old I feel more relaxed and more rested than I have in a very long time!  Thank you Dr. Davis and Breath of Life.”

Connie P.

How does realigning the head and the neck affect someone with pain and degenerative disc disease in their lower back?  Find out more here (https://nuccadoctordavis.wordpress.com/2010/03/04/lower-back-pain-and-nucca-whats-the-connection/)

Tell a Friend about Upper Cervical Care today!  760-945-1345  www.nuccawellness.com

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