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By Banks Chiropractic on 9/1/2016 4:50 PM

One of the most common classes of drugs I see in my patient population is proton pump inhibitors (PPI). Examples are Aciphex, Prevacid, Nexium, Prilosec and Protonix. Patients take these drugs to reduce the production of stomach acid. Short term use is without much risk, but once patients go on these drugs they have a difficult time stopping. Long-term use is rich in adverse reactions.

By Banks Chiropractic on 8/19/2016 11:04 AM

So many people know that chiropractic could really help them, but are often fearful of the adjustment. They might have been told by a medical doctor “never get your neck adjusted or you could get injured.” I have seen this many times. Even my own mother was fearful of getting her neck manipulated.  She would say, “Not my neck!”

By Banks Chiropractic on 12/5/2015 10:16 AM

I am excited to introduce a new piece of equipment for our patients, Game Ready. It

delivers active compression and cold therapy technology for injury treatments and postoperative recovery.

By Banks Chiropractic on 10/16/2015 11:24 AM

It is beneficial for women to keep track of their hormone levels in order to maintain proper breast health for life.

There are several different ways to evaluate breast health. We can use blood, saliva or urine testing; measuring estrogen levels. I mostly use blood hormone testing because it has fewer variables, more published data, and is more likely to be covered under insurance.

Estrogen interacts with other hormones, so levels do change from day to day and minute to minute. Free estradiol is the primary active estrogen, but there are active metabolites that cannot be ignored. Levels fluctuate depending on time of the month, during menopause transition and as a result of many other factors. 2-OH and 16-OH the active metabolites of estrogen are available. When estrogen is evaluated it must also include progesterone levels.

Women usually do not need more estrogen. In fact, they probably need help with hormone metabolism.

By Banks Chiropractic on 6/23/2015 9:59 AM

It is common for a patient to have a multitude of symptoms that the clinician is often at a loss of how to precede in assisting the patient on the path to wellness. The patient can present numerous complaints including, but not limited to, digestive, dermatological, neurological, fatigue and muscular-skeletal. In my clinical practice, I move forward with a safe, gentle and supervised detoxification program.

By Banks Chiropractic on 5/18/2015 4:44 PM

If you are like most people, then this year’s allergy symptoms have been notably worse than prior years. Sneezing, post-nasal drip, red and teary eyes are just a few of the annoying symptoms.



By Banks Chiropractic on 3/16/2015 4:28 PM

dr scott banks functional medicine solutionsMethylation is a process that occurs in the body millions of time per day. In this process, a single carbon plus three hydrogens known as a methyl group is applied to facilitate many crucial functions in the body. 

Methylation is critical in repairing DNA, removal of environmental and metabolic toxins plus boosting your immune system just to name a few.

Methylation defects are associated with estrogen related cancers (breast, ovarian, prostate etc.), stroke, cardiovascular events, depression, anxiety, Alzheimer’s, autism and many autoimmune disorders. Defects in methylation reduce your ability to detoxify.


By Banks Chiropractic on 1/30/2015 6:34 PM

In patients’ search to get well they have often gone the traditional route with little results and a prescription for an acid blocker. This is not going to fix the problem and often will contribute to the patient’s downward spiral over time. Conventional testing looking at IgE food allergies fails to pick up foods that the patient has a delayed sensitivity to. IgG testing looks at these delayed sensitivities and can often be discovered and then removed from the diet with a positive outcome in the patient’s health. 

As a certified gluten practitioner I have the ability to offer my patients a more sensitive and sophisticated type test. Cyrex labs is a premier functional assessment lab that offers testing that I can not get from any other lab.

By Banks Chiropractic on 1/16/2015 5:26 PM

 Dr. Scott J. Banks' first book Natural Cures for Dummies (Wiley) is here and you can now pre-order it on Amazon before its official launch in the Spring! To preorder CLICK HERE!

By Banks Chiropractic on 8/14/2014 3:48 PM

As a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner I see people with a wide range of symptoms.


If you polled 50 Functional Medicine Doctors, all would agree the place to start with a complex patient is in the gut.


Research is now showing that there is a relationship between SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and FM (fibromyalgia).


SIBO refers to a condition in which an abnormally large number of bacteria are present in the small intestine. Additionally, the types of bacteria in the small intestines resemble the bacteria of the colon rather than the small intestine.


Simply put, small intestine bacterial overgrowth is a chronic bacterial infection of the small intestine.  The infection is of a bacterium that normally lives in the gastrointestinal tract, but has abnormally overgrown in the location not meant for many other bacteria.