Letter from Publisher, October 2019

October’s issue brings readers an abundance of health news that underscores the importance of paying attention to the little things—like teeth and gums. Our feature, “Mouth Matters: A Holistic Approach to Oral Health,” delves into the mounting evidence that this “doorway to the body” can usher in heart issues, inflammatory response and even Alzheimer’s if not well maintained. Writer Ronica O’Hara details the growing body of less invasive and less toxic approaches to dental care.

In the Upstate we’re fortunate to have a biological dentist who offers the services that are detailed in the article. Dr. Joe Palmer has been serving this region for several years and is one of the few providers of mercury-free dentistry in Greenville. We actually have a spotlight on Palmer Distinctive Dentistry in this issue. It outlines the benefits of zirconia implants versus the more familiar titanium implants. I’m sure you’ll find it an interesting read.

In keeping with this inside-out, whole-body approach, writer Marlaina Donato offers insights into how one region of the body might affect a seemingly unrelated area in “Spinal Solutions: Chiropractic Care Yields Unexpected Results.” Thus, chiropractors can offer patients relief for a host of conditions, from asthma and digestion to headaches and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ).

Several advertisers in our magazine are chiropractors. In Greenville they include Dr. George Auger of Auger Family Chiropractic on Haywood Road; Dr. Roger Jaynes of Augusta Street Clinic on Augusta Street; and Dr. Yvette Edwards of Life Health & Wellness on Woodruff Road. Dixon Wellness & Chiropractic is located on Whitehall Road in Anderson, and St. John Family Chiropractic is on East A. Avenue in Easley.

Since I became publisher of Natural Awakenings in 2014, I have learned a lot about chiropractic care. I have discovered how important it is to have regular adjustments. What I was unaware of earlier is the impact on other organs when your spinal column is out of alignment.

Nerve impulses start in the brain and travel down the spine to the body’s organs and tissues. Subluxation is a misalignment of the vertebrae of the spine. This can interfere with the messages that the brain is sending to various areas of the body. Subluxation can cause tension and pressure to build, eventually resulting in pain and inflexibility, thereby reducing function.

Spinal manipulation through regular adjustments by a chiropractor can help keep us healthy and flexible. It’s similar to a tune-up for your car. You can schedule regular appointments to maintain your vehicle and ensure good performance or you can wait until damage has occurred that may be irreparable. I choose the former option.

Peace and Blessings,
Roberta Bolduc