Why Is My Child Constipated?

Constipation has been something we’ve been coming across more and more with infants and children in our community. Many times we’re told it’s behavioral and maybe sometimes it is. That’s why here in our office we don’t guess, we test! We want to be sure if we can help or not.

Why Are So Many Children Affected?

This really is a two prong issue. First part is their nervous system, which is always the base since the nervous system “runs the show” digestively through the vagus nerve and other parasympathetic nerves. The second part is diet – what’s getting into their system.

For most of our infants we find the birth process can play a large role in developing constipation. The birth process can be jarring for a newborn and can be amplified in the cases where birth interventions are used such as induction, forceps, vacuum, or c-section. Many of these processes can place tremendous pressure on a newborns delicate spine and nervous system. Most importantly in the cases of forceps, vacuum, and c-section pressure can be placed on the upper neck, which houses the Vagus Nerve.

The vagus nerve is an incredibly important nerve exiting from the skull near the top bone in the spine and traveling down into the gut. When this nerve gets choked or irritated it can disrupt communication between the brain and digestive system, altering proper digestive function and leading to constipation, gas, bloating, etc.

It’s All Connected

The colon is a muscle. It’s job is to absorb the last amounts of water and expel whatever is left over by contracting in waves to push it out. All muscles are able to act only because the nervous system is telling them to contract.

When the nerves supplying the colon get choked off or irritated due to a condition known as subluxation, which is a misalignment in the spine that creates inflammation and stress on the nervous system, therefore altering the function of the colon.

We find by removing the stress and tension of the spine and nervous system, children slowly start to regain normal bowl movements as the brain can now better communicate to the rest of the body.

What We Eat

The other part of this equation tends to be the diet. I’ve found that as a child transitions to more solid foods, one of the most common foods suggested in rice cereal. Rice cereal as well as grains can be inflammatory to the gut and create constipation. Diets that contain dairy, grains, or sugar lead to inflammation in the gut, which can cause inflammation.

Even mothers who are breastfeeding need to be aware as well. Mothers may notice that dairy or gluten in their own diet may be a precipitating factor as well.

Our advice is to first get your child checked to make sure subluxations are interfering with their bodies ability to be well. Also try eliminating dairy and gluten from you and your child’s diet for a week to see if you notice a difference.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Dr Brady

1. Dr Brady Has A Major Sweet ToothDSC_0148

I know… Being a Chiropractor and wellness expert we’re not supposed to have our weaknesses but I do! I confess.

It’s not easy. If I see sugar, my body wants sugar and I have very little self control. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are loaded with sugar but so delicious. I love cookies and I love brownies. I love sweets even though I know afterwards I feel absolutely terrible the next day. It’s hard to wake up and makes me feel extremely tired the next day.

That’s why I try to never buy sweets for the house. You won’t find any of this stuff on our grocery list because I know if I buy it, I’ll eat. Christy never stands a chance. I think that’s a helpful tip for anyone who’s looking to lose weight or cut back on the sweets. If you don’t buy it, you can’t eat it or drink it.

2. Dr Brady first wanted to be an actor.

I grew up watching all the Saturday Night Lives with Will Ferrel, Chris Katan, Jimmy Fallon, and Chris Farley. I took acting class all throughout high school with plans and hopes of being on Saturday Night Live. I loved improvisational comedy and acting. However in order to take the acting class for my senior year, you had to do the school play.

No problem at all, I thought, until I realized that the play that year was a musical and I would have to sing. My singing voice isn’t particularly great. It sounds very similar to Adam Lambert, if he was sick with strep throat and had just smoked a pack of cigarettes. I immediately transferred into woodwork that day and that was the end of the acting career.

This has lead me to truly enjoy speaking and educating. I love speaking and educating. Part of my future will entail speaking more at events/conferences and possibly book writing.

3. Dr Brady was a rugby player

Not a common sport to hear about these days. I’ve played rugby since I was in high school. I loved soccer and played football through high school. Rugby is a perfect blend of the two and I fell in love. I played all the way through my time at Azusa Pacific University as a flanker.


4. Dr Brady used to be 50 pounds heavier!

It’s true. By the time I graduated high school I weighed 235 pounds. I was overweight even though I was playing rugby. I was working out 3-4 times a week for rugby but it wasn’t cutting it.

I’ll save all the juicy details about how exactly I lost all the weight for another time but long story short I became a learner and found a love to optimizing health through nutrition. I found out what my body needed vs what it wanted. I did a cleanse to reboot my system and flush toxins out. I then started a brand new eating regime while trying out different methods of eating to see what worked best for my body!

I lost the 50 pounds, workout at Crossfit 4-5 times per week, and get adjusted regular. That’s livin’ life with vitality!

5. Dr Brady almost became a Chiropractor in Peru!

That’s right. Right before graduating Chiropractic school I had lined up a job to work with a Chiropractic organization in Lima, Peru. I would become a lead doctor for one of their clinics and work there for at least two years. I’ve always loved Hispanic culture (with a last name like Salcido it should be obvious right?) and wanted to travel, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity for a guy like me.

One day however I got a message from a friend at my gym, who mentioned that there was a girl who I had to meet and her name was Christy. I immediately said that I was planning on leaving the country so meeting a girl was not the best idea. She showed me her picture and took back everything I said previously and took the date!

Long story short after the first date I knew I created a problem for myself because this girl was too perfect to pass up. So after a couple weeks I was sold and told the company I would not be traveling to Peru.

Now I get to be YOUR Chiropractor and it’s my honor to do so!

Chiropractic Mybuster: Once You Go To A Chiropractor…

“I’ve heard once you go to a Chiropractor, you always have to go to a Chiropractor.” This is one of largest myths propelled through society regarding Chiropractic. This really stems from a lack of communication and education about what Chiropractic does.

Many people assume that because they see their friends or family going to a Chiropractor regularly they assume either 1) the adjustments aren’t doing the job 2) the Chiropractor says they need to be seen “or else.”

It’s Your Health

Here’s the truth. You are always in control of your own health. You are the one solely responsible for what activities you do to contribute to your health.

Here’s something to think about. Do you need to workout? Does the gym make you workout? No. You workout because it is a requirement for health. You don’t workout regularly because the gym says you have to.

How about your dentist? Do you get your checkups because your dentists says you have to? No. You get checkups and cleanings because it’s important to prevent tooth decay from happening and to keep teeth healthy.

It’s no different for your spine and nervous system. We are all constantly bombarded by physical, chemical, and emotional stress. It’s inevitable. This stress takes a toll on our body and our body needs to adapt to that stress. When we can no longer adapt to that stress, it creates subluxations on our spine and nervous system.

Your nervous system is a pillar for health. If a nerve gets cut to your bicep, it no longer works. If a nerve gets cut going to the heart, it no longer beats.

Your spine and nervous system is like the control panel to the rest of your body. It is the master control system. Having a healthy nervous system is a requirement for optimal health.

You will only have a healthy nervous system as long as you maintain it. You will only maintain your fitness as long as you go to the gym.

Reality Check

Once you go to a Chiropractor and restore the health of your nervous system, it’s your choice as to how you choose to maintain it. Your chiropractor can help you get a plan in place to maintain the health of your spine and nervous system.

Be Weary of Antibiotics

Be weary of antibiotics? Really? Many people are surprised when we talk about antibiotics and the dangers associated with them. Yes, they have saved many lives in the past and was a critical discovery in a time of desperate need.

Antibiotics literally mean “against (anti) bacteria.” The concept behind antibiotics is to destroy bacteria. It makes sense and seems simple. It should be a great idea for sickness and ear infections right? Wrong.

Simple Truth

70% of our immune lives in the gut, which is made of mostly bacteria. When an antibiotic enters the body it kills all the bacteria it can, which unfortunately means that it will kill off good, healthy gut bacteria along with it. This good and healthy gut bacteria lays the foundation for our immune system. Without this good healthy bacteria our immune system is left vulnerable to another attack. This is explains why many people who have overused antibiotics have poor immunity and get sick more often.

By using antibiotics more frequently it doesn’t allow your immune system to work and strengthen. It’s like going to the gym to get stronger, but overtime you want to lift a weight, someone else picks it up for you. You don’t get any stronger and neither does our immune system.

Ear Infections

Ear infections are far and away the most overly prescribed diagnosis for children. in 2007 the American Academy of Pediatrics convened to discuss the treatment of ear infections with antibiotics. The report showed that there was no significant difference between patients who used antibiotics versus the placebo. It was then decided by the American Academy of Pediatrics that the new approach should be “watch and wait.” Essentially saying let it run it’s course. More evidence has been shown to support that ear infections may be predominately viral in nature.

The Cold/Flu Season

We get asked by parents often if antibiotics are a good choice for the flu or cold. My answer is no. Of course there are rare, life threatening situations that call for antibiotics. Common colds and flus most often times do not qualify. Most often children and adults will recover without issue. Using antibiotics for the short term seem like a good idea to recover quicker, but the long term effects may leave you in a worse place than you were before. It could leave you more vulnerable to getting sick and keep you from recovering as quickly as you would like.

What If I’ve Already Taken Antibiotics

Probiotics are your best bet here. There are plenty of great products out there at Whole Foods or Sprouts that are soil based and great. In order to recover from antibiotics, we need a good probiotic to start adding some healthy gut bacteria back into our system. Make sure to rotate between brands to make sure you are getting adequate amounts of various strains of bacteria.

Help your body heal and adapt through Chiropractic care. Chiropractic helps reboot your gut and immune system so that you get sick less often and recover quicker.

The Cause Behind Torticollis

Here’s a question for you.

When you grab a cup, does your hand squeeze involuntarily or did you make it squeeze? It may sound like a funny question but I’m trying to make a point. The point is the muscles of your forearm didn’t just contract on their own. They contracted because your brain told them to do so.

All muscles in the body are controlled and coordinated by the nervous system. Without the nerves telling the muscles what to do, guess what happens? They atrophy.

On the other end of the spectrum when the nerves get irritated, the muscle contracts and spasms.

The same goes with torticollis. It’s not because they didn’t get their banana and muscles started to spasm. It’s because at the root source the problem is the nerve is being irritated cause the muscle to spasm.

Many times we hear of procedures being used for torticollis that simply address the symptom, which is the muscle in spasm, and completely overlook the cause in the nervous system.

Our job as Chiropractors is to get to the root cause of the problem in nervous system by removing the stress on the nervous system so that the muscle can relax. Why? It’s because when stress is off the nerve, the nerve can now properly tell the muscle to do so.

That’s why we use the latest, state of the art technology to accurately and effectively measure for stress on the nervous system. The scans are certified by the space foundation and are pain-free and radiation-free.

That’s why we say, “We Don’t Guess. We Test.”

Is your child suffering from torticollis. Give us a call today!

A Chiropractor’s Take on The Vaxxed Documentary

IMG_3539Last Wednesday night at the Regency Theater in Westlake Village, CA I got to watch the film, Vaxxed: From Coverup to Catastrophe, for the first time. As an individual passionate about health and wellbeing, I as blown away. I have researched and read countless books, articles, and documentaries about vaccines since my time in Chiropractic school and still I came away with so much more knowledge and, honestly, disgust for the pharmaceutical and health agencies. As a Chiropractor, I have never felt so strong about my position in my community and the necessity of Chiropractic for the betterment of our children, our families, and our communities’ health future.

Here are a couple of my take-aways from this film. There is so much to say. I could write a whole book on my thoughts from the film, vaccines, and health in general, but we’re going to keep it focused for everyone reading. This isn’t a debate. This isn’t a scientific journal discussing all the facts. This is simply my first thoughts that I had after watching the film!

One Of The Best Films For Vaccine Awareness

I have seen most, if not all, the vaccine documentaries such as The Greater Good, Bought, and Trace Amounts. I feel that documentaries are going to be the gateway into raising awareness on this important issue because many people simply aren’t going to pick up and buy a book they’re not completely certain they’ll agree with to begin with. There is simply too much information to get across that a book doesn’t always do the best job for a newcomer.

Vaxxed does a brilliant job of addressing a deeper issue that affects everyone, including those who are pro-vaccination. It addresses the fact that we have been LIED TO and that the doctors, the experts who families have trusted for generations, have been lied to as well.

It’s my opinion that many documentaries go about it from a scientific stand point, often trying to attack the vaccines themselves. While it’s a valiant effort, the problem still remains that there is cultural authority for this term called “evidence-based.” The problems with the “evidence” in this case is 1) the “evidence” is being conducted by the same organization that stands to profit from the vaccines and 2) there is evidence (thanks to a whistleblower within the CDC itself) that data may have been falsified. How can we base our decision on evidence that may be corrupt?

Vaxxed addresses these evidence issues. This film is set up like a court case. The case is NOT to address the efficacy of vaccines, but to address the corruption within the organizations who stand to profit from the vaccines and who also happen to control the safety regulations and studies done on vaccines. The case in this documentary is a question of whether the CDC has committed fraud or not. Has the CDC deliberately destroyed documents and falsified data to cover up a significant problem with the MMR vaccine?

The filmmakers lay out the terms within our judicial system that would substantiate a case for fraud and take the viewer step by step through the case uncovering fraudulent claims, obstruction of justice, and more. The end conclusion doesn’t deliberately scream out “Don’t Vaccinate Your Child!,” but calls for further investigation on the CDC because of the evidence presented. The goal isn’t to make your decision for you but to show that there is some serious corruption in the iron throne of our CDC.

If these claims are true that the CDC did cover up information about vaccines and studies done, this SHOULD make you furious. The evidence and facts that arise during this documentary are absolutely mind-blowing and should truly resonate with you to look into this issue further.

If you are basing your decision off of falsified information, wouldn’t you want to know?

The Stories Are Powerful

IMG_3541As a Chiropractor who sees whole families and children with neuro-developmental challenges, I have heard many of the stories from our parents, but to actually witness and visually see what some of these parents went through immediately following the injuries and throughout their lives was truly heart-wrenching. I am beyond impressed with all our parents in our office. You all are rockstars.

It’s one thing to read about the science, the data, the facts, the theories, and the conspiracies, but when you see videos of children growing up smiling and perfectly healthy and witness video footage following a vaccination where the child slowly starts to regress from walking to crawling to banging their head, it is hard to watch and not make the connection.

We see a lot of babies in our practice. Not because they have back pain or neck pain, but because they have a nervous system that needs to be maintained in order to ensure an optimal brain-body connection for 100% health. Adjustments are extremely gentle with no clicking or popping (for those who are wondering) and uses the same pressure I would use to check a tomato for ripeness.

There’s a video of a little baby girl having a terrible seizure while mom tries to comfort her… I’m not a father yet, but as a doctor for many babies whose parents have trusted me with their little girl’s or boy’s health, I cannot imagine the weight and the pain of watching your own child go through that, nor do I ever want to.

The stories are powerful, whether you have children or not. When watching the before and after videos, you cannot help but be thinking what everyone else is thinking.

The Audience

What was fascinating to me was the audience. You’d think that a documentary about vaccines and fraud would draw a strong crowd from mostly people who have experienced a child or family member being injured by vaccinations, but that was not the case. The truth is only 25% of the crowd fit that category.

I think it’s incredible to see so many people become more aware and interested in this topic. I believe it is going to be so beneficial for the health of our children that people are starting to hold the healthcare system more accountable and are starting to take responsibility to do their due diligence before going forward with any decision on what to put in their bodies.

The reality is we have lived in a world for so long where Medical Doctors have always been right and there is no need to do our research. Let the experts take care of it, and we don’t have to think about it. Vaxxed exposes the reality that these experts that we’ve looked to for answers have been lied to. It’s not their fault, but now the system is slowly collapsing, and honestly it needs to! We need to hold our system accountable.

During the Q&A, we listened to countless stories of people affected and frustrated by the situation we are in. Parent after parent came forward to share their story, and it really wasn’t so much of a Q&A as it was almost venting! You could feel in the air how needed this film was because all of these people just needed a voice.

Final Thoughts

I’m very thankful this documentary has been receiving so much recognition in the world, but it truly needs so much more. The quality of the film is incredible and is a perfect entry point for those who want just a taste of what is going on in the vaccine industry without getting loaded down with all the science.

I love that I get to help families and children build health from within. I love growing our wall of testimonies and helping as many people as possible. One thing that I realized after watching this film is that my office will be desperately needed with the new vaccine law in effect.

There will likely be many more cases that walk through my doors due to these injuries. I desperately wish that was not the case. It saddens me every time, but I feel blessed to be able to be a part of many families’ healing afterwards. We get to see amazing things happen everyday, whether it’s the little everyday things that we can help or sometimes the bigger miracles. I’ve realized that for many families the small things are big things to them, and that’s all that matters me.

I strongly urge you to see this movie. If you don’t like it, you’ll be out a couple bucks and an hour and a half of your time.

Once the video is available for purchase we will be holding private showings of the film for our community. So make sure you stay connected so we can spread the word.

Love you all!
Dr Brady
Your Family Chiropractor

Why Should I Go To The Perfect Storm Workshop?

The Perfect Storm Workshop is a culmination of research and science showing how the current climate of our healthcare system today is creating the Perfect Storm for chronic illnesses and neuro-developmental disorders. Even with the vast amount of money and resources we are putting towards these issues, it seems things are only continuing to get worse.

There are many factors in our day and age today that place stress and may be harmful to our children’s health. There are physical factors like birth, slips, falls, and car accidents. There are chemical factors such as diet, the environment, and vaccinations. There are even emotion factors like relationships, bullying, and family life.

Individually, on a micro scale, the factors don’t seem like a big deal, but when we step back and look at all these factors as a whole, we can see why this generation is being called the sickest generation yet.

The Perfect Storm walks through each of these factors and demonstrates how these factors can alter normal development of our children’s health and brain.

After every workshop, we take surveys to gain valuable feedback and questions that continue to make the workshop better each time. We commonly hear things like:

“Wow this makes so much sense.”

“Why didn’t my doctor tell me about that.”

“Why don’t more people know about this.”

“This is exactly our story.”

Whether it’s Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Ear Infections, Asthma, Seizures, or even chronic immune challenges, the Perfect Storm gives critical insight into the developmental of many of these “common” concerns that are continuing to go on the rise.

I encourage you to come see what the Perfect Storm is all about. Check out our events page to see when the next Perfect Storm Event is coming.

Chiropractic “Side Effects”: Better Sleep

One of the common “Side Effects” we hear from patients when they are going through their Restoration Care is “I feel like I’m sleeping better!”

Most of the time, it’s not because they are sleeping longer, it’s that they are sleeping deeper. Now we have patients who would wake up every couple of hours and to them they were truly sleeping longer, but for the vast majority time didn’t change but quality did!

This has to do with stress. When stress is allowed to settle in the body, it’s puts you nervous system into a state of fight or flight. When your brain is in fight or flight, the last thing it wants to do is get deep profound sleep. Imagine you are at work and you are in the middle of a stressful project or need to meet a deadline. What if someone came up to you and said you had to fall asleep right then and there? Essentially it’s the same concept, when you are stressed, your body brain can’t shut down.

Chiropractic is focused on removing stress from the body and nervous system as well as balance out the nervous system so you can sleep better.

This brings us back to the state of the art scans in our office. This is where our Heart Rate Variability Technology comes into play

On your heart rate variability evaluation we can see exactly how dominant your nervous system is on the Sympathetic nervous system (the fight or flight mode). This gives us a quantitative look into the health and balance of your nervous system to see if that is truly disrupting your sleep. We then gain more insight and clarity into your health by diving into our other scans and finding where exactly the stress is holding and building up in your nervous system.

Asthma: The Two Sided Coin

Asthma and Chiropractic: A Two Sided Coin

Asthma is becoming a much more common issue for our world. When people ask how Chiropractic can help people struggling with asthma, I tell them it’s a two sided coin.

There’s two concerns when dealing with Asthma. One is there is a serious immune imbalance, which causes a hyperactive response to stimulus. There other part of this is when there is a severe immune imbalance, it allows inflammation to storm the body and in particular the lungs!

When inflammation hits the lungs it causes the bronchioles to swell, making it much more difficult to breathe and may cause wheezing.

As a Chiropractor, my job is simply this: To restore the function of the nervous system so the body can start to balance and heal. When the body starts to heal it starts to balance the immune system.

One of the most important nerves in the body is the Vagus Nerve. There were studies done where they stimulated the vagus nerve and found a significant reduction in inflammation. This nerve exits the spine from the skull and upper neck. Stress on this area of the spine and nervous system can cause inflammation to linger in the body.

So the first step in the process is we need to restore the health or the nervous system and immune system. They are interconnected, which is why neuro-immunology is becoming huge in research right now!

The second part is poor mechanics. This is where we address the issue of the structural problem. Often times asthma suffers have developed poor posture and major restrictions through their thoracic spine and ribs, leading to a difficulty opening their chest fully.

Our second step as Chiropractors is then to address the postural distortions that create dysfunction in breathing patterns.


We Don’t Guess. We Test

You’ll hear us say this over and over. Why? Because we care about addressing the cause not just treating your symptoms. That’s why we get the results that we do. We treat the body as a whole and help to restore normal function of the body so you can live your best life now!

Chiropractic “Side Effects”: Energy

This is a public service announcement to warn individuals in our community of the side effects of Chiropractic… They just so happen to be good!

One of the most common “side effects” we hear from our patients during their care in our office is an increase in their overall energy. There’s a couple reasons for this.

Chiropractic Makes You Efficient

The best part of taking our state of the art scans is we can see exactly where your spine and nervous system is wasting energy just to be upright. When the spine is not in optimal alignment, it puts stress on the muscles and nervous system to adapt and compensate. This robs your body of valuable energy you could be using to play with your kids, to focus better at work, to go to the gym, to go on a date night, or whatever else fatigue takes away from you.

Chiropractic care allows your spine to be in optimal alignment, removing stress on your nervous system allowing your body to use all of that energy for whatever it is you would love to do! Chiropractic helps you truly LIVE BETTER!

Chiropractic Helps You Sleep Deeper

Many patients report not waking up as tired in the morning. This isn’t because they are sleeping longer, but it’s because they truly sleep deeper! It’s not the length of time you sleep, it’s the quality of the sleep you get that makes the biggest difference.

In your scans you’ll see just how stress your nervous system is. When the nervous system is stressed, it makes it very difficult to get quality sleep, since your brain is perceiving it’s in a state of fight or flight.

Chiropractic Helps You Feel Better

Seems like an obvious one, but Chiropractic truly helps you feel better. That’s not our intended goal but it just so happens that as we restore normal health of the nervous system and the body begins to heal properly, you tend to feel better.

When you feel better, it allows you to have more confidence in your health and body. When you have more energy and confidence you are unstoppable.

Is it time for you to get checked? Call today so you can start experiencing the side effects of Chiropractic in your life!