Andrew Specht Chiropractic Newsletter

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Gluten Nation
Did You Know?
Laser and Massage

"EARTHING" by Clint Ober, Stephen T. Sinatra M.D. and Martin Zuker
"Earthing" means becoming connected with the natural electrical signals from the Earth that govern all organisms dwelling upon it. It restores the body's natural internal electrical stability and rhythms, which in turn promote normal functioning of body systems, including the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and immune systems.

Earthing is kind of
Earthing book equivalent to the "Slow Food Movement". Some of the benefits are subtle and take significant amounts of time for their benefits to be reached.  For example, cod liver oil - Omega 3 supplementation - takes up to 3 months for the benifits to be reached.  (In fact, in the Medical Journal titled "Pain", it was noted that it took 75 days for patients to reach a pain-free status where they no longer required drugs to manage their pain.)

The way to stay grounded while you sleep is by using an "earthing sheet" that lays on top of the regular sheet at the foot of your bed. This earthing sheet, or bed pad as they are called, is very thin with silver fibers in it for conductivity. The (non-electrical cord) is simply placed in the ground of the electrical outlet. (A grounded outlet will have 3 prongs, with the small, round one being the "ground", or the connection to the earth.)

Some things in "alternative health", i.e., "natural living", take time.  ESPECIALLY if a person is already at a "decent" level of health, and feels good most of the time.  With Earthing, some people notice an immediate effect with using the grounding pad, and others, (usually people with exempelery health), the change will be more subtle.  Most noticible for everyone, however, is the ability to fall asleep much faster, stay asleep more often through the night, and wake up feeling very well rested. And, let's not forget the frequently heard feedback of "having a lot of dreams that keep me asleep". 


We are pain free at night with the Earthing Mat!!! I am completely amazed and surprised. My disc injury and scoliosis predispose me to a certain type of back pain that I consider "normal." Now with the Earthing Mat, I am pain free all night for the first time in 24 years. My husband is also having no pain with his new work out routine at the gym when he should be in agony. We are convinced that Earthing/Grounding is important for our health. Thanks Dr. Andy for get us the mat.

Nancy D.
My husband and I recently invested in the bed mat after Dr. Specht's recommendation.  Since using the mat, we both report feeling amazing.  We wake up very well rested after a deep night's sleep.  We both have noticed the higher sense of relaxation and ease to fall into a deep sleep.   The mat has provided us with an overall higher degree of health.  We are very active in the off road community and have noticed that the bed mat has helped to keep our bodies feeling rejuvenated and strong.  We thank Dr. Specht for recommending the bed mat to improve our overall health and well being.
Kim and Brandon L.

The Earthing book gives results of studies, testimonials, and explains in detail WHY being on the ground, and grounded as often as possible, is so beneficial.
The books and the Earthing pads (for the bed or small ones to keep at your computer) are available at Dr. Specht's office or on-line.

"Gluten Nation: The Alarming Role that Gluten Plays in Arthritis, ADHD, Autism, Bipolar Disorder, Cancer, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia and other ailments
"   by Alexander Shikhman, M.D., PhD
A book that Dr. Specht has become aware of is called Gluten Nation. The author practices in La Jolla, CA.  Brenda (Specht) went to his lecture when the book came out last December.

The book covers many aspects of gluten intolerance from the symptoms, potential life-threatening problems, and gives great information on how to live "the gluten free lifestyle", including recipes.                              
Gluten Nation Book       
Gluten Intolerant?

Some of the symptoms are:
  • Low energy, sluggish
  • Joint stiffness
  • Muscle soreness
  • Digestion and elimination issues
  • Skin rashes, dry skin
  • Hormone imbalances
  • "Brain fog"
Have you ever been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease?  Chapter 2 of the book addresses the connection between gluten intolerance and autoimmune diseases. (There is a difference between being diagnosed with celiac disease and gluten intolerance. We are only addressing gluten intolerance in this article.)

Bottom line, if you suspect you could have a problem with gluten, you do want to get tested. If you are a patient of Dr. Specht's, he can test you using Clinical Kinesiology. If not, ask your individual health care provider.

Other avenues for testing are going on-line to Enterolabs (link provided) and ordering a test. (You do not need a doctors' prescription.) If you ARE gluten sensitive, REMEMBER, it could take 4-6 months or LONGER to notice subtle changes. It is worth it!!!!! Many people notice big changes in how they feel in as little as 2-3 weeks, but it STILL takes many months to eliminate gluten from your system completely.  (It may depend on how much gluten your body is used to consuming when you go off it.)


Remember, if you are gluten sensitive, to avoid health problems, including autoimmune diseases, you must stay away from gluten COMPLETELY. Having "a little bit" is not an option for best health.


There are MANY resources  to support the Gluten Free Lifestyle. In addition to the web sites, there is an excellent magazine called "Living Without". (We prefer to think of the title as living without health problems!) You can also check that  source out on line.

Yes, the gluten intolerant person eats different than perhaps other family members and friends, but it is WORTH it.  Some people's food is another person's poison. (And, yes, there is a book about that, but I will not cover it here!)

Please see the links for support in this newsletter.

Andrew Specht Chiropractic is located at 230 2nd Street Suite 101 Encinitas, CA 92024.

 Dr. Specht has been practicing for over 23 years in Encinitas, CA. Please see our web site ("Quick Links") for more information and general testimonials about what he does for his patients.

The information in this newsletter is the opinion of Dr. Specht and Brenda Specht only. If you have any questions regarding this information, please direct them to Dr. Specht, or your personal health care provider, at your next appointment.

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Stress relieving tips from Dr. Specht
Quick Links
Celiac Disease - CDF

More Gluten Free Info


 Book: Gluten Nation

Living Without

Book: Earthing

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Dr. Specht treats many, many imbalances such as:

  • Sleep Disorders
  • Stress
  • Hormone Issues
  • Headaches
  • Cold, Flu
  • Allergies (Environmental, Food)
  • TMJ
  • Skin rashes
  • Pregnancy Support
  • Joint Issues
  • Indigestion   
  • Elimination
  • Surgery Recovery 
  • Adhesions
  • Rehabilitation of muscles 

Please call the office if you have something specific for him to address.


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Earthing Testimonial:

"I recently developed a condition which causes occasional swelling and painful stiffness in my knee.  I have the earthing pad on my mattress and experience some relief from pain and inflammation when I awake every morning, however, this knee pain is so severe that I wanted to concentrate and accelerate the healing process as much as I could.   My husband deserves the credit for coming up with the following home-treatment:  I wrap the small earthing pad around my knee at night, gently "tie it on" with a strap so that my knee is completely covered while I sleep, and plug in.  The reduction in pain and inflammation that I experience every morning after 6 or so hours of this consistent and total-coverage earthing touch is amazing.   Along with regular visits to Dr. Specht, this treatment strategy has cut my healing time in half."

Antoinette E.

Laser & Massage by Alex


"With the addition of Alex (Blanchard) to his office, Dr. Specht has considerably increased his patient's opportunities to heal from their injuries and ailments.  I have enjoyed several 20 minute laser sessions with Alex to treat a knee injury, and every time I leave her treatment room my pain and discomfort have been cut in half, or more.  Last week my relief was so significant that I was literally singing her praises in the reception area.  She has several settings on that thing, and let me tell you, she knows how to use them to the patient's
maximum benefit.

Antoinette E.