Scoliosis is NOT only a spinal curvature, but an entire cascade of hormonal, neurological, and digestive disturbances that manifest the spinal curvature we know as scoliosis. This article discusses 5 common symptoms of scoliosis that are not spine-related. Anxiety/Panic In children with idiopathic scoliosis (IS), this is often observed but not reported until we [...]
Lyme disease is growing at epidemic rates, with 30,000 new cases diagnosed each month. Lyme disease is very difficult to diagnose, since only about half of all people who contract Lyme disease ever recall getting a tick bite or bullseye rash. Unfortunately, delays in treatment, even only a few days, can result in a lifetime [...]
A new study published late last year has shown that a chronic deficiency of vitamin D can limit the production of B vitamins by our beneficial gut bacteria. More specifically, the researchers found that vitamin D deficiency caused a secondary pantothenic acid deficiency, known as vitamin B5. This B vitamin is important for normal production [...]
Genetic Parkinson's disease may benefit from niacin A 2016 study by Lehmann et al suggests that patients with a genetic form of Parkinson's disease may significantly benefit from the supplementation of niacin. In the body, niacin is converted into a compound called nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+), an enzyme used in the mitochondria of [...]
An article written in the journal published by the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that physicians should avoid using the term 'natural' when talking to new moms about breastfeeding. The authors of the article write, "we are concerned about breastfeeding promotion that praises breastfeeding as the 'natural' way to feed infants. This messaging plays into [...]
The Prefrontal Cortex in the human brain is that portion of the brain that makes us, us. It's what separates us from other animals. It's what allows us to contemplate the meaning of life. It allows us to weigh the benefits and risks of our choices, and even consider our own mortality. Through poor diet, [...]
The latest trend in functional medicine is to test patients' genetics to help individualize treatment. Perhaps the most recognized example of this is the MTHFR test for methylation defects. Sites like MTHFR.net have helped to educate thousands of people on this. However, recent studies are also showing that the appropriate intake of nutrients can influence [...]
Over the last 5 years we have received 2 live ticks in the office to send out for Lyme testing. Already this year we've had 3! For anyone who doesn't know, we have Tic Kits in the office that we can use to send a tick out to be tested for Lyme disease. The tick [...]
Seeking a scoliosis treatment provider who can recommend a variety of treatments is the next phase of scoliosis treatment evolution.
A case report co-authored by Dr. Morningstar was accepted for publication into the International Journal of Clinical Medicine. This report discusses how a 59-year-old woman was able to substantially improve her pain and quality of life by wearing a ScoliSMART Activity Suit for just 8 months.