The 5 differences between Healthcare and “Sick-Care”

The debate is endless! From vaccinations to healthcare providers, people like to argue about what form of healthcare is best. We think that YOU (the reader) should make an informed decision with the emphasis being on the INFORMED portion of that phrase. Here are the 5 main things to consider when making any healthcare decision.

1.     Is this promoting health or just a temporary fix?

So much of what we do, is done to create a quick fix for a problem. The reality is that when we have issues that warrant our attention it’s often a problem that has been building for quite sometime. Does it make sense that a quick fix would actually not be best for a long-term problem? So often we utilize medications and remedies that just cover-up the noticeable symptom.  We have to acknowledge the intelligence that runs our body and realize that this symptom is actually a warning sign that is in place for our benefit. Listen to this warning and take care of the true problem that is at a much deeper level.

2.     When do you go to see your healthcare provider?

  Ask yourself this simple question: do you go see your healthcare provider when you are healthy or when you are sick? If you answered with the second option then you are in a sick-care model. There is a place and time for sick-care, but we cannot begin to kid ourselves and think that this can pass as healthcare.

3.     Proactive vs. Reactive.

Healthcare is a proactive process that slowly builds on healthy choices and optimal function, culminating in a vital expression of life. Sick-care is a reactive model that waits for something to go wrong and then tries to scramble in order to get you back to the level of health in which you were previously at.

 The health choices you make directly effect your health outcomes. ~ Dr. Viscarelli

4.     Inside-Out, or Outside-in?

  Healing takes place at a cellular level. That sentence can be dissected in many different ways, but for this article lets take this approach.  Your cells determine your health, and they are replaced with new cells throughout your lifetime. If we are able to provide a healthy environment in which these cells can grow and develop we will by default create healthy cells. Healthy cells = healthy you. What this means is that by changing your environment (the things you do to your body) you can change your level of health. We have to stop thinking of health on the genetic level and look to the epigenetic level (aka our environment).

5.     Investing in people, not just healthcare

 Don’t let the name healthcare fool you, so often people view the body as a collection of separate systems instead of a whole unit. When disease occurs in the body it often only occurs in a certain system… or so we think. The internal environment of the human body is consistent from place to place. When one part is healthy, every part is healthy! The same goes for sickness. As Dr. Hans Selye put it, “The human body is much like a chain, when stress is applied every link distributes the force evenly, but only the weak link will break.” Every system in our body feels the stress on dis-ease, but only the weakest link breaks first. 

When you are choosing the care that will affect your greatest asset, make sure you are choosing a proactive approach to HEALTH care. 

Are the Holidays Hard to Digest? The Key to Overcoming Digestive Issues.

It’s hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t love a Thanksgiving dinner feast. I mean what’s not to love? Turkey, stuffing, yams, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy and pumpkin pie. Once the meal is over though, the post-Thanksgiving dinner hangover ensues. For many this looks like a nap on the couch but for a great deal of Americans it leads to digestive chaos. Up to 45 million people in the United States suffer from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) symptoms of which include: gassiness, bloating, constipation or diarrhea, and abdominal pain. The average cost of IBS treatment per year in the United States is between $1.7 billion and $10 billion for direct medical cost—that doesn’t include any medication, prescription or over the counter–and a whopping $20 billion more for indirect costs, like time off (not only for doctor’s appointments, but for illness as well) or less productivity while at work. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) IBS is responsible for “more than 700,000 physician visits, 100,000 hospitalizations, and disability in 119,000 patients. Over the long term, up to 75% of patients with Crohn’s disease and 25% of those with ulcerative colitis will require surgery.”

Many Americans turn to over-the-countermedications such as Pepto-Bismol, Tums, Alka-
Seltzer or other antacids. The problem with these options is that they come with a vast array of side effects from the FDA such as anxiety, muscle weakness, headaches, depression, vomiting, and many more. Recent research studies have shown chiropractic adjustments as a positive alternative for IBS without the side effects of the aforementioned over-the-counter medications.

How could a chiropractic adjustment affect the digestive system you may be wondering? That’s a great question! The nervous system (which we focus on at Acru Health) directly innervates the digestive system at multiple spinal levels. The phrenic nerve, which arises out of the brain travels directly next to the atlas vertebrae (C1) innervating the majority of digestive organs, sympathetic nerves in the thoracic and lumber spine and parasympathetic fibers from the sacral region, which all play major roles in controlling digestive processes. If there are any subluxations (misalignments in the spinal column which negatively impact the communication across the nerves) present in these areas it can lead to many of the symptoms under the IBS umbrella.

In a published case study, a young woman had been plagued with IBS symptoms once or twice a week for 5 years. After one adjustment she noticed a reduction of symptoms and within a short period of time all her digestive problems disappeared. When the case was published 2 years later she was still symptom free.

As the holidays approach, remember that regular chiropractic adjustments could be the difference for the digestive challenges you may experience. At Acru Health, through the detection and correction of subluxations, we allow your body to heal and function naturally the way it was designed. We have already seen many practice members report positive changes in their digestion under scientific and specific chiropractic care in our office. We would love the same result for you this holiday season!

Wagner, T., J. Owen, E. Malone, and K. Mann. 1996. Irritable bowel syndrome and spinal manipulation: a case report. Chiropractic Technique 7:139-40. 

What Are YOU Thankful For? #HEALTH

The love of another? A new career? A roof over your head? This is the time of year Americans gather around the table with friends and family and often share what they are most thankful for... so what wins out for you? This tradition of appreciation and gratitude is one of my favorites, but we often forget one of the most important things to be thankful for. This overlooked attribute is responsible for allowing us to appreciate the other great things in our life. This keystone to happiness is none other than the elusive and often misunderstood idea of health. Health allows us to enjoy the great gifts that life has to offer. Unfortunately, we never truly understand the value of health until it is gone.

My grandfather subscribed to the same concept of health as most people in today’s society do, thinking that just because he didn't have any signs of sickness or disease he was by default healthy. The default state of the human body is health, but I must clarify that the lack of symptoms (signs of disease) does not mean that one is healthy. He was a strong “healthy” man, until one day he wasn't. He was diagnosed with a large brain tumor and his condition began to quickly deteriorate. They tried surgery and chemotherapy, but in the end the cancer that was growing in his body won out. Now some may see this as a case of bad luck or a tragedy, but in reality it was a case of reacting too late. You see, on average most cancers have been growing in the human body for 10 years before they become large enough to be detected. Seventy percent of all cancers are diagnosed asymptomatically, and according to the American Cancer Society only 5-10% of all cancers are genetic. This means that the majority of cancers (90-95%) are due to the lifestyle choices that we make. This is the case with the vast majority of sickness and disease in this country. If we make the mistake of judging our health on how we feel then we are taking a reactive approach. In order to produce health in the body we MUST take a proactive approach.

If health is not just a lack of symptoms or disease... what is it? Well I'm glad you asked! Health is the presence of optimal function in the body. So what controls function? Did you say the brain? If so, then you are correct. Your brain controls every function in your body with the help of the rest of your nervous system. When you have proper function in your body then you will produce a state of health, which reflects that. Many things are needed to assure that you are functioning at a near perfect level. You can eat better, move more, maintain a positive outlook, and love life a little bit more... but none of these will serve their maximal benefit without proper integration and adaption to every interaction, stress, and struggle that you encounter in your day to day life. Chiropractic allows your brain to communicate with the rest of your body, in a way that improves function and moves you one step closer to your optimal level of health. Many materials are needed to build a house, but if a proper foundation never gets set then even the best built houses will not withstand the test of time. At Acru Health we specialize in a very light force chiropractic adjustment that has been found to get maximal benefits without the standard cracking and popping of traditional chiropractic. We recognize that there is nothing wrong with traditional chiropractic, but it may not be for all people. Our mission is to improve function in your body allowing you to live your life and do the things that you love.

Health is built one choice at a time. When we start making better choices we will start having better health outcomes. My dream is for everyone to be able to say they are thankful for their health and are taking proactive measures to insure their most valuable asset. By investing in your health you are able to pursue the unique passions that give your life meaning. So lets all take steps (one foot in front of the other) to better understand what health really is. If you would like more information on health and some simples steps to increase your own, head over to our website and enter your email on the left side of the home page in order to receive a copy of our E-book as a gift from us to you. Lets all be thankful for our friends, family, and the health we were designed to have.

Take a first step…you don’t need to meet the gold standard…at least not yet!

You should be exercising several times a week.

You should only be eating healthy foods.

You should lose weight.

You should be taking high-quality supplements.

You should have a more positive mindset.

You should be functioning optimally.

You really should be enjoying life more.

Shouldn’t you?

After a couple of recent conversations with practice members I was reminded of an idea regarding health that I had heard a while back on a podcast. The concept was “progress, not perfection." Our culture leads us into this often-destructive habit of comparing ourselves to others. We usually walk away from the internal conversation feeling worse about ourselves than when we walked in and then rationalizing our current actions or inactions.

I think it's important to hold up the ideal of “gold standards” in health. Without such a thing we don’t really have a way to gauge where we are and where we should be headed. While it's important to establish a “gold standard”, it doesn’t mean you should be there tomorrow, or next week, or even next month. It’s about taking that initial step.



If you haven’t seen the inside of a gym (or exercised period) in years, it would be unrealistic, and most likely unhealthy, to ask you to start working out five days a week. If your diet mainly consists of processed carbohydrates, asking you to drop all of those in place of a largely “paleo”-based diet would not be sustainable. This concept is why most research shows that only 1-5% of people (depending on the article you choose) actually find long-term success on diets…they aren’t sustainable.


At Acru Health, we are all about making small changes in your health. These investments compound over time and create long-term success, measured in sustainability and improvement in function.


Our bodies have requirements for health that encompass (but are not limited to) proper movement, good nutrition, positive mental/emotional states, and a strong brain/body connection. Each person finds one or two of the aforementioned requirements easier to meet while others are an absolute struggle. The key to creating success in this journey of health is to start by taking a step and implementing a small change.


If you never exercise, start with one or two days a week of walking or other mild activity until that becomes part of your routine.


If your digestive tract hasn’t experienced fresh fruits and vegetables in some time, start by getting one serving of each per day.


If you haven’t had your spine and nervous system checked for interference then make an appointment with your local corrective care chiropractor (if you are in the San Diego area come check us out) to make sure the system that controls all other systems in your body is functioning at its highest level possible.


Take a first step…you don’t need to meet the gold standard…at least not yet.


The Acru Health Team