Pain Control with Vitamins?

The series of B Vitamins are considered bioenergetics. Bioenergetics is the part of biochemistry concerned with the energy involved in making and breaking of chemical bonds in the molecules found in biological organisms.

Growth, development and metabolism are some of the central phenomena in the study of biological organisms. The role of energy is fundamental to such biological processes. The ability to harness energy from a variety of metabolic pathways is a property of all living organisms. Life is dependent on energy transformations; living organisms survive because of exchange of energy within and without.

In a living organism, chemical bonds are broken and made as part of the exchange and transformation of energy. Energy is available for work (such as mechanical work) or for other processes (such as chemical synthesis and anabolic processes in growth), when weak bonds are broken and stronger bonds are made. The production of stronger bonds allows release of usable energy.

In addition to all this, Vitamin Bs, specifically B1, B6 and B12 are used in pain control, natural analgesics. The best part is that, they can help reduce the abuse of analgesics. B1 dose for pain is 500 mg twice a day ( total of 1000 mg) per day. B6 dosage for changing pain threshold is 100 mg per day. B12 is helpful in reducing pain from degenerative neuropathy with therapeutic dose of 1 to 2 mg per day for the duration of therapy.

Vitamin C reduces muscle soreness. The dreaded sore muscles after a good workout when you can’t even comb your hair, can be helped with 1 gram of vitamin, 3 times per day ( total of 3 grams).  If you are planning on participating in a strenuous physical event, take the recommended dosage of 3 grams for three days prior to the even and seven days after the event/  A pleasant side benefit of Vitamin C also is to help with minor issues of occasional constipation.

Vitamin E can help in pain reduction and improved joint function. Recommended dosage for Vit E in this capacity is 400 IU per day.

In short, summery of pain control / reduction vitamins are:

Vit B1 500 mg 2x/day (twice a day)

Vit B6 100 mg/day (per day)

Vit B12 1mg /day (per day)

Vit C 1 gram 3x/day (three times per day)

Vit E 400IU/day (per day)

Chiropractors crack?

I went to a net working event that was put together by Natural Awakenings, a monthly local magazine. We all got a chance to get up and tell others who we are and what we do. I talked for about 30 seconds in which people heard; “I am a Chiropractic Wellness Consultant in NE Portland, I help achieve a higher sense of physical, emotional and chemical stability and overall state of well being so they can do more of what brings them joy in life”. They heard; ” correcting the root cause”, “a few side benefits of being under regular chiropractic care are; improvement in allergy, ear infection, asthma, digestion, better sleep, more mobility, increased energy, vitality and sex drive”. Yes, being under regular chiropractic care does all those and more. I mentioned the use of Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique (B.E.S.T) and Koren Specific Technique (KST), both very gentle and extremely effective, as well as traditional chiropractic adjustments. A few people reached out and asked me if I did the cracking thing. To which I responded, “I don’t crack, I smoke that!” Joking aside, if you have any questions, if you have a slightest hesitation and for those reasons you have stayed away from Chiropractic, do a little research. If a technique does not resonate with you, find a Chiropractor that does. I promise you you will be glad you did.

Healthy Snacks for Healthy Kids

Many people snack during the day, and a couple of between-meal pick me ups can actually improve the diet if they’re balanced. It’s just as important to get good nutrition with snacks as it is to have healthy regular meals.

A balanced snack includes protein-rich foods, good carbohydrates like whole grains, and a little fat. The protein slows down the absorption of the carbohydrates, keeping you fuller longer and helping your blood sugar to stay constant, and a small amount of fat provides lasting energy.

There are even ways to to make healthy, delicious baked goods. Try adding whole grains like rolled quinoa, ground seeds like flax or whole wheat flour to get more fiber. Small amounts of dried fruit can be added, or you can even mix mashed sweet potato, grated zucchini or bananas in for added vitamins and minerals. Applesauce can be substituted for some of the oil in a recipe, and agave syrup combines just enough sweetness with a low glycemic index to keep your blood sugar stable.

Follow these links for more ideas on kid-friendly snacks, including fun designs that your kids will love:


Insurance & Finances

Would your ” health insurance” cover the care you receive in this office depends on the type of insurance that you have. You need to contact your insurance and get a summery for your coverage and I will do the same on  my end to make sure there are no unpleasant surprises.

Do you accept insurance?

Please contact your provider to see what your chiropractic coverage is for both in network and out of network practitioners. Depending on your coverage, if we are an in network provider with your insurance we will be more than happy to bill your insurance directly. If we are an out of network practitioner, you will be provided with a Super Bill listing all diagnosis and procedural information for you to submit to your insurance for possible reimbursement.

What if I don’t have insurance?

Our goal is to provide everyone with the best care possible. We know that there are many reasons why not everyone has health insurance these days. We have taken all measures to make care affordable. Your treatment plan, the duration, and the cost will be discussed with you once we have determined what your specific health needs are after going through the initial required examination.

How much does treatment cost?

The cost of your care can be better evaluated upon receiving an examination so that the doctor can make her recommendations. Please feel free to contact us for more information.

As different modalities  and treatments are offered here, the pricing varies. General prices for Chiropractic alone are: $150 first visit( includes your health history, computerized, EMG, Thermal and HRV scans, orthopedic exam and a report of finding). Regular followup visits are $75.   There are going to be additional charges in the case of more modalities, programs and / or time being required in the office. There are no hidden costs and all additional charges will be discussed prior to the services being rendered. Expect your first visit to take about 45 minutes to and hour and the followups 15 to 20 minutes.

Visiting Body Elements

Do you adjust on the first visit?

Your first visit is dedicated to going over your health history and performing initial examinations. Typically you will not be adjusted on your first visit unless it is found necessary for your condition. Otherwise, you will be adjusted once you receive your report of finding and are an accepted candidate for care.

What should I expect after my first adjustment?

You may feel more awake as your brain has more blood flow and your vision may be sharper. That is why children under chiropractic care have increased attention span, and improved concentration and performance in school.

Many people feel a change in their symptoms after their first adjustment: less pain, more movement, greater ease, better sleep, improved digestion, easier breathing, greater strength, improved relaxation, a lifting fo depression and other signs of health restoration.

Do you have care / wellness plans?

Yes, your plan is determined by your examination and evaluation, case history, your current state and your health goals.  The objective of this practice for each practice member is to get you well, keep you healthy so you can be more and do more of  what you enjoy doing more of in life.

Do you identify & detect subluxation?

Yes, our office is subluxation based and we specialize in the detection and correction of vertebral subluxation.

What techniques does Dr. Zaré use?

Please see our techniques page for more information.

Do you recommend particular supplements?

Yes, we make recommendations for supportive care, and the final decision is always at the discretion of the client. Handpicked products from Douglas Laboratories, Standard Process, Biotics Research, Dr.Mercola upon request. We also offer the Standard Process Purification Cleanse and Weight Management Program to help kick-start your system:

The 21-day purification program is a very effective way to detox, lose weight, reduce cholesterol levels, improve lipid profiles, and support all of your organ systems that play a role in purification. The purification program is more than just a diet. It encourages patients to adopt a healthier lifestyle, which, in turn, helps them look and feel better.

 This streamlined, easy-to-follow program emphasizes whole, organic, and unprocessed foods; whole food supplements; and water. Vegetables and fruit are eaten from days 1-10, with select proteins (meat if desired) added at day 11. Whole food supplements taken during the program include: SP Cleanse®, SP Green Food™, SP Complete™, and Gastro-Fiber® or Whole Food Fiber. Other supplements such as Whey Pro Complete, a protein powder with 15 grams of protein per serving, can also be added to the protocol to support purification.

All About Chiropractic

What is a subluxation?

A subluxation is a nerve disturbance effecting how the brain gets and sends messages from and to every single organ, tissue, cell, muscle, joint, ligament, etc in the body.

Do I need chiropractic even if I am not in pain or sick?

While over the years chiropractic has been most associated with back pain and injury, chiropractors are technically nerve system doctors. What we see, how we breath, our experiences in life and how we perceive them, how we feel and on and on, is through our nerve system. In short; we live our lives through our nerve system. The fact is that as long as our nerve system functions at it’s optimal level, our body performs at it’s optimal level which helps equipped us to handle the ever ongoing challenges that life tends to throw our way.

Does getting adjusted hurt?

Ask anyone who has gotten care in this office and they will tell you that their visits are not associated with, ache, pain or hurt. The objective is to get you out of pain and help you live a healthier life. If you come in due to an injury and are in pain already, then you may experience mild discomfort. Worse case scenario,  adjustments MAY cause discomfort for a second or two. The only known side effect is occasional mild soreness very much like the soreness experienced after having a good healthy exercise session.

How can chiropractic help children?

Children have the same spinal structure as adults do. Children tend to go through lots of what could potentially be considered trauma’s to some level. There is a potential of difficult pregnancy, difficult labor to begin with that can put the child in quite a bit of disadvantage. Children may be suffering from ear infection, unexplained crying, allergic reactions, unusual shoe ware, poor concentration to name just a few signs of how subluxation shows up in children. Being under chiropractic care is a proven way to help make children and adults alike have more energy and a better immune system. This allows their nerve and immune system to function at its best keeping children healthy and free from any prescription drugs!

What is an adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is a carefully directed and controlled pressure applied to a spinal joint that is subluxated, or not moving properly. The chiropractic adjustment removes subluxations and restores motion to the joints, helping the bones of the spine gradually return to a more normal position and motion. With improved position and motion, there is decreased interference with the nervous system, increased communication within the body, and improved overall balance. Some adjustments may require a quick movement, and others involve slow and constant pressure. After a thorough examination, we determine which technique will work best for you.

What Exactly is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is based on a simple premise that our body is a self-healing, self-regulating organism controlled by the brain, spinal cord and nerves. The 24 bones of the spine, or vertebrae, surround and protect the spinal cord and nerves. When misaligned, or subluxated, the vertebrae can interfere with the nerve system and the communication of the brain and the rest of the body, causing aberrant function of our body.

At Body Elements Chiropractic, our objective is to analyze the spine, locate and correct these vertebral subluxations. We correct specific adjustments of the spine, which are intended to correct vertebral subluxations over time. This allows the natural healing abilities of the body to work at maximum efficiency.

Top Priority Healing

Did you know that your body heals what is most important first?  Occasionally we might make a mistake in establishing our priorities, but the body doesn’t.  If your painful shoulder or back is not responding as quickly as you would like it to, you can be sure your body is directing the healing to some part needing the attention more right now for your very survival.

Your body rebuilds itself as a total unit – not piece by piece.  It would be foolish for your body to completely rebuild and repair your kidneys, if your heart were to last only a few more days.  It will, for example, improve your kidneys perhaps 5% then change priority and work on your heart.  When your heart is improved so it is no longer the worst threat to your survival, then your body will direct it’s attention to another organ or symptom.

Medications alter the priority of the body by fooling its intelligence.  An aspirin may mask the pain of a headache, but this is accomplished only at the expense of interrupting the body’s normal communication.  If the fire alarm is disconnected, pulling the handle will accomplish nothing.  To get well, the body must be allowed the time and opportunity to repair everything that needs repair.  Pain is a good thing, it warns there is something wrong.  Acute severe pain is usually in priority and will respond accordingly, but chronic, long-term aches and pain may be down the list of priorities for survival.

Your body’s energy must be balanced to allow it the chance to accurately select its top priority, and do the proper job of making repairs.  That is how your Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique (B.E.S.T.) treatments help your body heal.  How well you maintain that balance keeps your systems running smoothly and free from future pain or illness.  Keep your body’s energy balanced; follow a good nutritional program; maintain a positive mental outlook, and have patience in allowing sufficient time for your body to heal itself.

Brain Boosting Exercises for ADHD

EOG Brain Boosting Exercises

Positive,  Active,  Clear and Energetic thinking.

Many students find that, especially in times of stress, they value having this way to restore a natural pace.  **Finding Your P.A.C.E.  (From “The Brain Gym” – Teachers Edition)

The P.A.C.E. exercise routine prepares the brain to learn, and gives students a chance to settle in to the relaxed, unstressed, self-initiated pace that allows for optimal thinking.

Try doing P.A.C.E. before starting or during breaks between important exams.

Energetic-Sipping Water
Start by sipping water.  Hold each sip in your mouth for a moment before swallowing.

Clear-Brain Buttons
Make a “U” shape with one hand and place the thumb and index finger in the soft depressions just below your collarbone and to each side of the sternum; place your other hand over your navel.  Rub the Brain Buttons for about thirty seconds as you move your eyes slowly to the left and right along a horizontal line (where the ceiling meets the wall), keeping your lower hand still.  Switch hands and repeat the activity.

Active-Cross Crawl
Stand comfortably and cross the midline of your body as you smoothly and alternately move one arm and its opposite leg, then the other arm and its opposite leg, rhythmically touching the hand, or elbow, to the opposite knee.

Part One:  Cross your ankles.  Next, extend your arms in front of you and cross one wrist over the other; then interlace your fingers and draw your clasped hands up toward your chest.  Hold like this for a minute or more, breathing slowly, with your eyes open or closed.  As you inhale, touch the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth at the hard palate (just behind the teeth), and relax your tongue on exhalation.

Part Two:  When ready, uncross your arms and legs, feet flat on the floor, and touch your fingertips together in front of your chest, continuing to breathe deeply for another minute and while holding the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth while you inhale.

How PACE worked for Cody
My son Cody struggled with many areas in school.  When he was a fifth grader, he started out the year at a 3.6 reading level.  I convinced him to just do PACE every day, and he always did it at least once.  His reading level increased from 3.6 to 5.5 by years end, and I have no doubt that this was due to the PACE activity he did.  His previous test scores had indicated that he would not make AYP.  Yet he did PACE before that years state exam, and then easily met the standards in reading, exceeding the state average!    – Carrie Q.