Chiropractic and Polio?

Dr. Richter, a chiropractor in east county San Diego, wants to share a true story with you.

In the early 1950s, Winifred Gardella was a poster child for the March of Dimes. Her picture was published in the newspapers to raise huge sums of money for the March of Dimes inSan Francisco. Nationally, her image raised millions of dollars to help fight the dreaded crippler, POLIO. Her sad, innocent face and her tiny body supported on crutches and leg braces, made many Americans reach into their pockets to donate.

But the March of Dimes couldn’t help Winifred. After two and a half years, under their doctor’s expert care, her parents were told: “There is no hope.”

Despite this dire prediction, her grandparents were determined to find a cure.

They were not about to accept the opinion of so-called “medical experts.” They decided to choose their own health care approach and took Winifred to Dr. Lewis Robertson, a chiropractor.

In less than six months of having her nerve interference corrected under Dr. Robertson’s care, Winifred Gardella threw away her crutches and braces and went for a walk with her chiropractor.

She’s been walking ever since!

Wow. Chiropractic works!! Let’s get those you know who are sick and suffering a chance to get well.

Have them call Mary right now and set an appointment for FREE consultation and exam with Dr. Mace to see if we can help. Thank you.

Your Nervous System

The Spinal Column

What is it really?  Chiropractors are often called “back doctors.” Actually, they have NOTHING to do with the back itself!  They work on the spinal column — one of the most important and complex components of the human nervous system.

The Nervous System

The human body is a remarkable thing. At any given moment, it performs hundreds of thousands of individual functions — circulating and purifying blood, turning fuel (food) into energy, maintaining proper internal temperature, taking in oxygen, and all the other operations which keep us alive and healthy.  But Dr. Richter has noticed that we take it for granted.

Guided by the knowledge our bodies are born with — our Innate Intelligence — every cell and organ sends and receives messages to and from the brain.

In fact, the brain acts like a central communication depot, processing millions of messages every second. These messages, relayed as electrical impulses, are sent out over nerves the way phone calls travel along telephone wires.

A thick braid formed by BILLIONS of these nerves is attached to the brain and extends down from the base of the skull.

This is the spinal cord.

Smaller braids branch off from the cord. These braids divide again and again into tiny nerve fibers and fill the entire body, going to each cell, organ and tissue.

Every human being has an estimated 15 billion nerve cells. All send and receive messages as nerve impulses through the spinal cord. What we do here at this clinic is make sure those 15 billion nerve cells are working at their optimum. Your body does the healing. We just remove the interferences. That’s all. Your body does the rest.

Call Mary today at Richter Chiropractic and send in a friend or family member who is sick and suffering. Chiropractic works!

Kidney Stones in Kids!

Doctors are reporting a “steep rise” in the number of young children with kidney stones, according to anecdotal data cited by The New York Times.

“In China recently, many children who drank milk tainted with melamine – a toxic chemical illegally added to watered-down milk to inflate the protein count – developed kidney stones,” the paper says.  “The increase in the United States is attributed to a host of factors, including a food additive that is both legal and ubiquitous: SALT!

Starting here at home in El Cajon, we are concerned about your children too.

Experts say children are consuming too much salt and too little water.

The also blame ‘obesity’ for the increase in the number of pediatric kidney stone cases that doctors are seeing across the USA.  Regular chiropractic care is a good health tip for your children.

“The incidence of kidney stones in adults has also been rising, especially in women, and experts say they see more adults in their 20s and 30s with stones; in the past, it was more common in adults in their 40s and 50s, the paper says.

Are your children drinking enough good pH water?  If not, you need to think about what you’re feeding them and letting them drink.

Their health depends on your choices.

We provide chiropractic care at our office in El Cajon.  They need it just as much as you do.

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinager?

Question: Aside from chiropractic care, is drinking apple cider vinegar going to improve your health?  Fix your gout?  Balance your blood sugar?  Which health tips are fact and which are fiction?

Studies show: It improves insulin sensitivity and management of type two diabetes.  Drink apple cider vinegar BEFORE MEALS which will lower your ‘glycemic index’ when eating carbohydrates.  Better digestion – It helps prevent necessary gastric acid from leaving the stomach too soon.   Appetite control and weight loss – Several trials show that drinking apple cider vinegar BEFORE a meal has the benefit of curbing appetite.

People say?: Treatment of over-acidic conditions of the body, such as arthritis and gout.  Remember that right here in our chiropractic office in El Cajon we have an alkaline water machine for you to use.  Reducing swelling – wet a cloth and hold on a bruise for up to 1 hr.  Alleviating dandruff – the acids in the vinegar kill the fungus causing chemical imbalances in the skin of the scalp.

How do you get the benefits of apple cider vinegar here in East County?

  1. Use only raw unpasteurized apple cider vinegar.
  2. Shake bottle prior to use to disperse the threads of the apple cider vinegar.
  3. Take 2 tsp. of apple cider vinegar in 1/2 glass of pH water prior to meals.
  4. Always eat or rinse your mouth or brush your teeth after drinking this.
  5. You can buy pH tests at the pharmacy, and test your pH at home.

Richter Chiropractic in El Cajon -  619-670-7500.


75 Ways to Think Yourself into Good Health, part 2

This is my second part (of seven) on 75 ways to think yourself into good health.  This one is on the subject of dealing with stress.


Health isn’t just about working out and eating right. The way you think and feel can have a big impact on your health as well. Here are some ways that you can use your brainpower to make you happier, healthier and more fulfilled every day.

Dealing With Stress

Stress can have a big effect on physical and mental health. Here are some ways to think yourself free of it. 

* Relax and let stress go.
* Think about each breath.
* Control your thoughts at bedtime.
* Prepare mentally for bed.
* Revise your dreams.
* Concentrate on each muscle individually.
* Allow yourself to daydream.
* Stop worrying.
* Set aside time to think.
* Write in a journal.

Mace Richter, Chiropractor El Cajon

Improving Performance in Sports

What do Evan­der Holyfield, the heavyweight champion of the world, John Smoltz, the 1996 Cy Young award winner, and Dan O’Brien, the 1996 Olym­pic Gold Medalist in the decathlon have in common?

They have all been on the cover of Today’s Chiropractic Magazine sharing their excitement about the benefits of Chiropractic Wellness Care.

Evander Holyfield stated in the December 1988 issue, “I do believe in chiropractic. I found that going to a chiropractor three times a week helps my performance. Once I drove 20 miles to see a chiropractor before a fight. I have to have my adjustment before I get in the ring.”

Dan O’Brien said in the August 1996 issue, “you obviously can’t compete at your fullest if you’re not in alignment. It was the holistic idea that I liked about chiropractic. I really think chiropractic is essential in running. If I could put a percentage on it, I think I compete eight to ten percent better from regular chiropractic use, if not more. It is essential for me and my training routine,” declared O’Brien.

Ten percent is a huge amount for an athlete, or anyone for that matter. For Dan O’Brien it was the difference between him winning the gold medal and not even making the team.

Can you imagine if your entire life improved by ten percent? What if your energy, sleep, healing ability, and immune function were all improved by 10%? How about a 10% improvement in hormonal balance and digestion efficiency? If your entire body was functioning just  ten percent better it would make a huge difference.

Mace Richter, El Cajon Chiropractor


Think Your Way Into Good Health

This will be the first of seven posts with health tips from your El Cajon Chiropractor!  Each round will be on a different topic.


Health isn’t just about working out and eating right. The way you think and feel can have a big impact on your health as well. Here are some ways that you can use your brainpower to make you happier, healthier and more fulfilled every day.

1. Get out negative emotions.
2. Breathe
3. Realize change is possible.
4. Think about things that energize you.
5. Imagine yourself aging more slowly.
6. Feel in control.
7. Embrace your faith.
8. Trust in yourself.
9. Be honest.
10. Live consciously.
11. Accept what comes your way.
12. Forgive yourself.

Chiropractic for Chronic Ear Infections

An article by Jane Sheppard that I thought was worth sharing.

More and more parents are beginning to look to chiropractors to complement their children’s health care. Chiropractic care involves diagnosing spinal misalignments and correcting them by adjusting the spine. A slight pressure is most commonly used with children rather than the more forceful manipulation sometimes used with adults. Chiropractors attempt to get to the root cause of a health problem rather than just treat the symptoms. Misalignments of the spine (also called subluxations) can occur during childbirth, from tumbles or falls, or from any other normal activity. Misalignments left untreated can irritate the nerves and eventually disrupt the body’s ability to function properly. The purpose of a chiropractic adjustment is to help to restore the normal functioning of the nervous system so the body can heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. Ear Infections and Chiropractic Ear pain is the number one reason for child visits to chiropractors. Many chiropractors believe that there is a strong link between the birthing process and recurrent ear infection… Ear infection accounts for over 35% of all pediatrician visits in the United States. Antibiotics, the usual treatment, are not always effective and may even lead to a recurrence of ear infections. Many children are dealing with a continuing cycle of repeat ear infections, which lands them back at the pediatrician for more antibiotics. For nearly 100 years, the chiropractic profession has claimed that ear and other upper respiratory infections respond favorably to chiropractic adjustments. A promising study published in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics indicates that there is a strong correlation between chiropractic adjustments and the resolution of ear infections. 332 children with chronic ear infections participated in the study. Each child, ranging in age from 27 days to 5 years, was given a series of chiropractic adjustments. The results show that close to 80% of the children did not experience another ear infection within the six-month period following their initial visits. The six-month period included maintenance treatments every four to six weeks. Joan M. Fallon, D.C., the author of the study and the chiropractor who treated the children in the study, states that this pilot study can serve as a starting point from which the chiropractic profession can begin to examine its role in the treatment of children with chronic ear infections… chiropractic treatment is a conservative, drugless approach to consider trying if your child has a history of chronic ear infections.

 The Holistic Pediatric Association also provides an online directory of pediatric health professionals, including chiropractors. Related Article: Ear Infections: Alternative Solutions Fallon JM. The Role of the Chiropractic Adjustment in the Care and Treatment of 332 Children with Otitis Media. Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics. 1997; Volume 2, No. 2:167-183. Coulter ID. Efficacy and Risks of Chiropractic Manipulation: What Does the Evidence Suggest? Integrative Medicine 1998;1:61-66.

Mace Richter, Chiropractor, El Cajon

Body Trivia From Your El Cajon Chiropractor

 Your body is an amazing system. If you take good care of it, it will take good care of you. Here are just a few things you may not know that I’d like to share with you today.

  • The thickness of your skin varies from 1/2 to 6 millimeters, depending on the area of your body.
  • The four taste zones on your tongue are bitter (back), sour (back sides), salty (front sides), and sweet (front).
  • The five senses are sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste.
  • Your body contains eight pints (3.79 liters) of blood.
  • The strongest muscle of the body is the masseter muscle, which is located in your jaw.
  • Muscles normally account for 40% of one’s body weight.
  • There are 230 joints in the body, 37 of which are in your neck.
  • The large intestines are five ft (.61 m) long and are three times wider than the small intestines.
  • Most people shed 40 lbs (16.14 kg) of skin in a lifetime.
  • Your body is 70% water.
  • When you sneeze, air rushes through your nose at a rate of 100 mph (160.93 km/h).
  • An eyelash lives about 150 days before it falls out.
  • Your brain sends messages at the rate of 240 mph (386.23 km/h).
  • About 400 gallons (1,514.16 liters) of blood flow through your kidneys in one day.
  • You blink your eyes about 20,000 times a day.
  • Your heart beats about 100,000 times a day.
  • Humans breathe 20 times per minute, more than 10 million times per year and about 700 million times in a lifetime.
  • You have about 100,000 hairs on your head.
  • There are 10 million nerve cells in your brain.
  • Each of your eyes has 120 million rods, which help you see in black and white.
  • Each eye has six million cones, which help you see in color.
  • One in 12 men is color blind.
  • Placed end to end, all your body’s blood vessels would measure about 62,000 mi (99,779.33 km).
  • You see with your eyes and hear with your ears, but your eyes must send a message to your brain in order for you to see, and your ears must send a message to your brain in order for you to hear.
  • Your brain weighs 2 percent of your total body weight. It uses 20 percent of your body’s energy.

Mace Richter, Chiropractor El Cajon

Richter Chiropractic is doing a food drive!

We have been doing a food drive with the San Diego Food Bank to make this Holiday Season a good one for the hungry.  It has been going very well so far!  We have 7 days left to fill the food bins and we are accepting all food donations.  The food drop off is at 236 Jamacha Rd, El Cajon, CA. Thank you to all of our friends and patients who have already contributed.