The Garden in Your Gut (and skin, and…)

All the bacteria living inside you would fill a half-gallon jug; over 100 trillion organisms: bacteria, viruses, and fungi, live on and within in our bodies with the number of bacteria vastly outnumbering other types of residents.

Since the 1970’s, researchers estimated we have 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells in our body. While new data shows it may be closer to 1:1, if we’re half bacteria, it is only natural to expect a major role for them in how our bodies work.

Surely there is some reason for this.

Chronic pain, inflammation and health problems: The new approach

Consider this scenario: A bout with “food poisoning” that lead to swollen lymph nodes and then a diagnosis of strep throat. The antibiotics made the symptoms worse. Next referred to an internist for pain/inflammation, he declared the problem mental, not physical. The internist referred her to a psychiatrist who said she was mentally healthy who referred her back to an MD who—despite her nearly passing out in the waiting room with blood pressure of 70/50—said “everything’s normal, why do you keep coming back here?” Meanwhile, others became frustrated and labelled her “lazy and selfish” or “needing coddling.”

This is the famous author Laura Hillenbrand who documented and published the best-selling novel Seabiscuit: An American Legend—now a major motion picture. Hardly lazy; definitely in need of holistic health care.

Where did western medicine go wrong?

She didn’t fit the model:

Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy: Structure vs. Function

Holistic health focuses on function; Does the body work? 'Modern medicine' finds something wrong; and chases those symptoms.

Big Difference!

While structural integrity is essential to optimal function, a bigger question is: Does the curvature of my spine affect what I want to be able to do?

Your structure governs how your body moves (movement is a function) and how it sends messages (nerve signaling is a function) and that can affect other things.

But before we start blaming our short leg length or scoliosis or lack of hip flexibility for our symptoms, let’s understand what’s important.

anti-inflammatory food pyramid

Our First (annual) Clean Eating Recipalooza! (and birthday bash :)

What is Clean Eating? It’s about eating more foods that honor your nutrient needs and less of the products that stress your body or the environment. That means embracing whole foods like vegetables, fruits, healthy proteins and healthy fats.

What does that mean? What’s there to eat?

Let’s find out as we celebrate Phyllis Childers, RN’s birthday.


  1. Bring a dish and copies of your recipe to share.
  2. Anything goes as long as you leave out all sweeteners, grains, and dairy.
get some sleep - we can help

Why can’t I sleep?

In part, it’s because we don’t really know why we need to sleep in the first place. But 1 in 5 of us have sleep problems, poor sleep leads to accidents and even obesity, so it must be important. We miss it if we don’t have it—try to resist it and it conquers us anyway—and 7-9 hours later, we get up again.

Can’t get to sleep (or back to sleep)… ? join Dr. Ed Childers, DO for tips and help on catching zzz’s

controlling cravings

Controlling Cravings

Just can’t say no to chocolate or pizza? Craving pasta or bread?

join Phyllis Childers, RN and learn:

  • why we crave certain foods and how to overcome it
  • tricks & tips to stay in control, on track, and even manage emotions
  • stay satisfied without adding pounds, belly fat, blood sugar spikes and dips…

After every presentation all new guests are invited to receive a FREE no obligations consult.

It’s ALL about YOU

end back pain and neck pain without suffering

Back pain solutions designed with Osteopathic RADAR

You are more than just the sum of your body parts

a concept lost on the “if this symptom then take this pill” approach that doesn’t seem to mind when those pills create other problems as long as the first symptom is gone.

Your symptoms are caused by something. As an osteopathic doctor,  we examine all body systems and evaluate how each one is affecting the others. We believe…

  1. The person represents a combination of body, mind and spirit.
  2. The body can regulate and heal itself—it can maintain health if given the right tools.
  3. Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated.
  4. Effective treatment considers the body as a whole, the interrelationship of structure and function.

Join Dr. Childers’ talk and learn about the 4 key tools in the Osteopathic tool chest and how they are selected for each individual’s unique situation.

Bring your friends: at every talk, we offer FREE handouts and demonstrations