Saturday, March 3, 2012

Props to my peeps in Canada, Brasil, the UK, northern Asia, Kazakhstan and Australia...oh, and the USA

Who reads and really cares about what I have to say about health, Chiropractic and bicycling? Well it turns out that besides the usual suspect bunch of cycling gear heads here in the good'ole-USofA I have a bunch of fans in Canada, Brasil, the UK, northern Asia, Kazakhstan and Australia (Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!). Well who knew? I found it interesting to learn where my readers call home. I respond to all my emails and posts, so cheers to you and thanks for reading along. Dr. C

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Finding Raw Milk in Oregon

Raw milk gets a bad rap usually. Why? $$$ silly! You see farming is big industry these days. As is selling groceries. 

Get the facts on raw milk:

Food inflation is at its worst in 17 years:

Pasteurization was originally designed for beer not milk. Sure pasteurization extends the shelf life of products like beer & milk but it also kills off beneficial nutrients & probiotics. The milk you buy at New Seasons, Fred Meyers, Whole Paycheck (Foods/whatever) has been out of that mama cow for many days to weeks on average. Gross, it is still old milk. Today's UHT pasteurized milk (totally sterilized) can last for months without refrigeration (many health benefits are lost due to UHT). Just to be clear, milk that has been pasteurized can no longer be considered 'raw.' 

Have you ever followed the consumer price index website provided by the US gov't? Probably not because it is boring. Just in case here is the link:

                                  Seasonally adjusted changes from             
                                          preceding month                      
                              May   June  July  Aug.  Sep.  Oct.  Nov.   ended 
                              2011  2011  2011  2011  2011  2011  2011   Nov.  
 All items..................    .2   -.2    .5    .4    .3   -.1    .0      3.4
  Food......................    .4    .2    .4    .5    .4    .1    .1      4.6
   Food at home.............    .5    .2    .6    .6    .6    .1   -.1      5.9
   Food away from home (1)..    .2    .3    .2    .4    .2    .2    .3      2.9
  Energy....................  -1.0  -4.4   2.8   1.2   2.0  -2.0  -1.6     12.4
   Energy commodities.......  -1.9  -6.3   4.3   1.6   2.7  -2.9  -2.1     19.9
    Gasoline (all types)....  -2.0  -6.8   4.7   1.9   2.9  -3.1  -2.4     19.7
    Fuel oil (1)............   -.8  -2.2  -1.7   -.4   -.7   -.5   2.7     25.0
   Energy services..........    .6  -1.1    .4    .4    .7   -.4   -.7      1.7
    Electricity.............    .8  -1.6    .8   -.1    .7    .4    .4      2.7
    Utility (piped) gas                                                        
       service..............   -.3    .4  -1.2   2.2    .8  -3.0  -4.4     -1.3
  All items less food and                                                      
     energy.................    .3    .3    .2    .2    .1    .1    .2      2.2
   Commodities less food and                                                   
      energy commodities....    .5    .5    .3    .4   -.2   -.1    .1      2.2
    New vehicles............   1.1    .6    .0    .0    .0   -.3   -.3      3.3
    Used cars and trucks....   1.1   1.6    .7    .9   -.6   -.6   -.1      4.9
    Apparel.................   1.2   1.4   1.2   1.1  -1.1    .4    .6      4.8
    Medical care commodities                                                   
       (1)..................    .0   -.1    .0    .1    .2    .3    .2      3.1
   Services less energy                                                        
      services..............    .2    .1    .2    .2    .2    .2    .2      2.1
    Shelter.................    .2    .2    .3    .2    .1    .2    .2      1.8
    Transportation services     .1   -.3   -.1    .2    .5    .1    .1      2.6
    Medical care services...    .3    .3    .3    .3    .2    .5    .5      3.5

Good news, you can still buy fresh raw milk & raw milk products like cheese in Oregon!

As of 1/7/2012 here is the list of farms which carry raw milk and milk products in Oregon. 

  • Albany: Midway Farms 6980 Highway 20 NW Albany, OR 97321 (541)740-6141 Red Holstein cow milked by hand fed organic grass & a large variety of organic greens for health such as mustard, dandelion, arugala and stored winter
  • Beavercreek: Northwest Nutrition, Farmer Kevin, 20771 S Upper Highland Rd, Beavercreek OR, Phone: (503) 632-8761, Email: Two Jersey cows fed alfalfa, orchard grass, and pasture, rotational grazing. Milk, cream, yogurt, corn/soy-free eggs.
  • Bend: Tumbleweed Farm is a small family farm raising Nubian and Nubian cross dairy goats. Their goats are treated with the utmost of care and we adhere to strict milk handling principles resulting in a delicious, creamy milk with no goaty taste. They are fed alfalfa pellets, grass hay and whole oats on the milkstand. Raw milk is available for pick up in half gallon glass jars. Milk is $6.00 a gallon with a $5.00 jar deposit. They offer in limited quanities to their goat customers yogurt, soft cheese, kefir, and buttermilk. They also raise meat chickens, turkey, pork, free range eggs, all natural vegetable soaps, and spinnable fiber. Their goal is always to provide high quality feed and care for our animals resulting in a superior product. Visitors are always welcome on the farm! Contact them at:
  • Bend/Prineville (and surrounding areas within 150 miles): Windy Acres Dairy has Herd Shares for sale to support their pasture raised Raw Dairy Farm. A Herd Share is like a CSA in that you pay a monthly fee to support the farm. When you own a share of the herd you own a share of their product. This farm has been producing incredibly delicious, raw cow's milk for over 5 years and has been a certified Grade A Dairy. Windy Acres Dairy also raises butcher beef, pork and lamb seasonally and has free range eggs. No hormones, antibiotic feed or petrochemical fertilizer on the pasture. The cows graze freely and in the winter they feed grass hay as the grass doesn't grow in the winter. Come visit the farm to check it all out or help with the milking, but please call first as this is Ms. Billie's home. If you cannot get in touch with Billie, you may call Allison in Bend at (541) 408-1494 to answer your questions immediately. Windy Acres Dairy Farm, Ms. Billie Johnson, 3320 NW Stahancyk Lane, Prineville, OR 97754, (541) 447-5389, email: , website:
  • Boring, Clackamas County: Mt. Hood Farm has 100% Jersey, Elaine, (our girl), who is hand and machine milked. She is pasture fed but in winter supplemented w/alfalfa and orchard grass. She has a high cream line and great fresh tasting milk. Cow milk is $7 a gallon, and $3 a dozen for free range eggs available at first come, first serve. Please call Lisa @ 503-896-8013.
  • Buxton: Healing Ponds Farm is located above Buxton, Oregon on just under 40 acres. They sell 100% grass-fed, organically raised, raw Jersey cows' milk. They also have organically raised Toggenburg goats' milk and fresh, pastured eggs. These are available at the farm, by herd share or by prearrangement at their pickup location in Beaverton, Oregon, 7 days a week. They also have chickens, turkeys, sheep, cows and pigs available for butcher. All are 100% pastured and organically raised. You can contact them at, or find them online at Like them on Facebook at "Ludeman's Farm & Garden Center, and Healing Ponds Farm." You can also follow them on Twitter @ludemansfarm.
  • Cheshire: Cheryl Smith, Mystic Acres Farm, 22711 Hwy 36, Cheshire OR 97419. Email: . Raw Goat Milk sold from the farm. We have Nigerian Dwarf and Oberian Dairy Goats. Milk is available from April through November.
  • Corvallis: Raw goat milk (licensed) from Ferns' Edge Dairy is now also available at First Alternative Coop in Corvallis, Oregon.
  • Creswell: Evan and Rachel from The Boondocker's Farm,,  Cell (775)544-7722,  Home(541)689-0881. They are a small organic farm specializing in endangered adaptive/productive livestock and rare heirloom vegetables.  Their farm is Animal Welfare approved which means their animals are raised with the highest level of care in an ideal environment, pasture!  Cow shares are now available for their Dutch Belted cow,  Cookie.  Individual sales on a first come first serve basis.  She comes from a certified organic dairy and is fed only grass, no grain supplements!   Milk from a Dutch Belted is high in protein and has exceptionally small fat globules making it easier to digest, many say it has a soothing effect.  Dutch Belted's are a breed in need of conservation, they are critically endangered as listed by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy with a global population of only 2,000.
  • Creswell: Woodham Farms is located 15 miles south of Eugene in Creswell Oregon. Selling raw cow milk for $3.00 per half gallon and A $2.00 deposit for the jar. They also sell fresh eggs most of the year. Phone 541-895-4142
  • Crow (SW of Eugene): Polyrock Ranch and Dairy, Co-owned by Deborah Mattson and Nicole King, 84402 Territorial Rd. Eugene OR 97405, (541) 485-3359: is located 13 Southwest of Eugene. They raise registered Jerseys and have been selling raw milk from the property for the past 8 years. Milk consistently tastes great and has exceptional butter fat quantity. They have up to three cows milking year round for a steady supply of fresh raw milk. Milk is sold at $6 per gallon and you may order as much as like on a weekly basis. Fresh eggs and Spring and Fall beef are also available for purchase. Featuring- Lost Creek CSA in the summer of 2009!!!!
  • Dallas: Summit Farms 2425 Mountain view Drive. For more information call 541 296 8255 or They specialize in cross-breed dairy goats-Saanen, Nubian and LaMancha crosses for hybrid vigor and to attempt to incorporate the best qualities of each breed. Their goats are on native grasses most of the year. Alfalfa pellets and hay during the rest of the year when the grass is not palatable. Supplemented with grain. They offer fresfresh, raw milk daily.
  • Dallas: The Carlson family's Fairview Farm goat dairy is now state licensed and selling raw milk aged cheeses from pastured goats. New website is: . Minimum order for mail order is one pound. They sell cheese, free-range organic eggs, and berries from their farmstand self-serve refrigerator. Email , or call (503)623-4744.
  • Dallas (30 minutes west of Salem): Mary Cate Bassett, River Ridge Farm, phone (503) 623-9735, . The goats are on pasture, fed hay, and are given freshly sprouted grain at milking. Free-range poultry also fed on sprouted grain. Raw goat milk and eggs available, as well as grass-fed meat: chicken, duck, goose, turkey and goat. (Must reserve animal before processing.) Kefir grain free upon request.
  • Elmira: Ellsworth Hobby Farm, 25450 Arnold Lane Elmira, OR 97437, (541) 912-1188. Raw milk from one Jersey cow - she is fed only field grass, alfalfa hay and at milking corn oats barley. Milk is processed with strict cleanliness, $6.00 per gallon - please supply your own jar.
  • Eugene: Capella's in in Eugene is carrying raw goat milk from Ferns' Edge Dairy, Lowell, OR 97452.
  • Eugene: Paula and Mike Pfeiffer at 89989 Green Hill Rd Eugene Oregon 97402. Phone (541) 912 7268 . Their cows are A2A2 tested and sale only A2 milk. They do not feed soy or corn ,cows get small amount of water soaked oats/barley mixed at milking along with kelp ,diamond v yeast ,diatomaceous earth , molasses, and apple cider vinegar. The cows are Guernsey ,jersey or milking shorthorn. Cows have grass year around. No antibiotics or hormones given. Very clean environment, dish washer, stainless steel sink, enclosed processing milk room away from cows, cats, and dogs. They are 2 miles off hwy 99 on Clearlake and Green Hill rd close to Eugene, Oregon airport .Please Bring Glass jars ,(half gallon or gallon wide mouth) or pay jar deposit of $2.50 on each jar Milk is $8.00 a gallon
  • Eugene: Living Earth Farm on Fir Butte Rd, only 20 minutes west of downtown Eugene, Sharon and Jim Blick, (541) 683-4635, Fresh raw milk from Nubian goats. Moved every 5 days to fresh organic pasture, supplemented with a little grain and alfalfa. Raised humanely and naturally: kids are allowed to nurse, no chemical wormers, antibiotics, or hormones. Certified Predator Friendly. Clean milking environment and technique, rapid cooling, no goat odor.
  • Eugene: Sundance Natural Foods in Eugene is carrying raw goat milk from Ferns' Edge Dairy, Lowell, OR 97452
  • Eugene/Roseburg/Central Oregon: Wholesome Family Farm is a Jersey herdshare operation with several drop sites in Lane, Douglas, and Deschutes counties. With a purchase in their herd you receive either milk, cream, or butter. For more information, contact Joe Bray, phone (541) 525-9150,, Facebook:
  • Eugene/Springfield: (Mohawk Valley) Thorn and Thistle Farm. Mary and Dan Malaby (541) 741-7172, . Raw Jersey and goat milk. Free range chicken eggs.
  • Grants Pass: Mitchells Farm, milks Holstien and Jersey with all natural products. They are located in Grants Pass or about 2 miles from town owned and operated by Justin and Amanda Mitchell. They sell raw honey raw milk eggs and awer own grown produce. Product availability is dependent on the time of year. depending on time of year. $6.00 a gallon for milk and have many openings, contact us for more information, 541-476-3306.
  • Grants Pass/Medford: James and Heather Romanek Happy Cow Permaculture Farm, 2446 Hugo Road Merlin, OR 97532, phone: (541) 479-1354. They sell Jersey/Brown Swiss cow milk for $8.00/gallon and feed Mama Cow certified organic alfalfa.
  • Gresham: Child's Family Farm: See C'est Naturelle Farms, Mollala, Oregon. We are a full-service "beyond-organic" sustainable farm providing herd shares for raw milk, butter, eggs, broilers, pork, vegetables and fruits, herbs and honey with drop-off locations throughout the Portland Metro area. Childs Family Farms has become a drop point for east side customers. See our website at for more information.
  • Halfway (in Eastern Oregon 5 miles form the boarder of Idaho): Lone Fir Dairy, 46720 Lone Fir Road, Halfway OR 97834, (541) 742-7612, , No website yet. Proud to be selling raw milk to the local town. Email or call - don't be afraid to leave a message as they are usually out tending to the farm and the animals - for more information.
  • Halsey: Lake View Farm 29540 Crook Drive Halsey, OR 97348. Andy Walton 541-409-4497 (cell), 541-369-2393 (farm office), e-mail . They have been marketing their Real Milk and related dairy products for 12 years through Oregon's first cow share program, since 1998. Pastured broilers, turkeys, beef, pork and lamb.
  • Hillsboro Oregon and Clatskanie: Barefoot Farm & Flowers (503)740-8229. They are a small family farm and offer fresh raw cow milk from our Milking Short Horn and Jerseys. They never feed any grain. Their cows are grass fed only with grass hay, alfalfa and alfalfa pellets. They use rotational grazing. Their fields are never sprayed with any chemicals. Milk is provided to our herd share members in glass half gallon jars. $10 herd share membership.
  • Junction City: Brian and Jodee Schack. They are located between Junction City and Harrisburg just off of 99E on noraton rd we are milking 1 jersey cow and working on expanding. Email brianschack1@hotmail , website: They feed natural grains alfalfa grass hay and grass. They welcome visitors to go and see their setup and if you want to see the milking process. Milk is $6 a gallon. They sell fresh raw milk and a limited number of eggs.
  • Lorane: Ellen Chanterelle, Pennyroyal Nubians, Lorane,OR. (541) 942-3437, . Healthy, well cared for herd of Nubian goats producing sweet, clean milkExcellent cheese-making milk due to the high protein and fat levels. Goats are fed high quality alfalfa, orchard grass hay, browse, and a hand mixed grain ration containing no additives of any kind. They have free choice kelp meal, baking soda, and fresh water at all times, as well as a large pasture for exercise. Milk is available at the farm in quart increments, for $2.50 quart, and customer must provide own clean bottles. Lorane is located 22 miles southwest of Eugene, and is a beautiful, easy 35 minute drive from Eugene.
  • Medford/Roseburg: Mini Nubian Dairy Goats and Hair Sheep herds. Farm borders National Forest. "Raising Goats Naturally" and "Homesteading for Conscious Living" hands on workshops. Camping and no-hook-up RV site available. Share farm facilities for healing retreats. For more information contact
  • McMinnville: - Top quality Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats producing excellent milk for crafts & cheese making. The Nigerian Dwarf milk has a higher butterfat content than milk from full size dairy goats & cows, usually a 5% to 10% butterfat. This makes Nigerian Dwarf goat milk excellent for cheese & soap making. Their milk is quickly chilled after milking each doe to ensure freshness, then frozen in individual quart size Ziploc bags for the crafters convenience. They can also quick-chill raw milk into glass jars by request. Milk is available from late February 2010 into the fall/winter months. Visit the website for more info: (Oregon Law states: Raw goat milk sales are legal on the farm and in retail stores. No permit is necessary for farmers with no more than nine producing goats who sell the milk on the farm directly to the consumer.)
  • Molalla: Fresh goat milk from happy healthy Oberhalsi and Toggenburg high production does. The goats are raised on high quality alfalfa and grass hay and some browse. Fresh milk is available daily. Lots of milk to share at this time. Call before coming. Located near Molalla city. (503) 829-9928
  • Molalla: Raw Cows Milk -- BlueBerry Sunrise Farm, just minutes from Oregon City. Their Jersey Cows are on 20 acres of pasture. They are fed all natural local grass hay and a small amount of fresh milled grain. They have 35 years of experience milking. Some butter, cream and eggs also available at times. Milk is $8.00 a gallon.(in glass jars), If you are interested in a serious commitment to raw milk please contact us at 503-380-0084 They also provide customer references.
  • Molalla: C'est Naturelle Farms, 30273 S. Hwy 213, Molalla, OR 97038: Raw Milk Dairy Herd Shares available (as of August 2010 taking new customers, but space is limited!). Herd share membership fee is $10. Their cows (a mixture of Jersey's and Guernsey's) are pasture-fed, with alfalfa and some sprouted grains at milking. They feed 100% sprouted grains to all of their livestock which include: laying hens, broilers, cows, and pigs. If you are interested in becoming a part owner of their dairy herd please contact them at or visit them on the web or .  They have a host of naturally grown products which they deliver weekly throughout the Portland Metro area.
  • Monroe: Danielle and Hailey Baldwin, Baldwin Family Farm, 24615 Alpine Rd, Monroe OR. 97456. Phone: (541)-285-0392 e-mail: Fresh raw Goats milk from healthy Alpine and Nubian dairy goats. Goats are on pasture and fed Alfalfa pellets and grain while milking. Milk has great flavor no goaty taste. Milk is avaiable at the farm in quart or half gallon jars. $4.00 half gal plus 2.00 jar deposit or bring own jars.
  • Oregon City: Abernathy Creek Farm. This picturesque 10 acre farm, located five minutes from I-205 at the Oregon City exit, Only produces Grass-Fed Certified A2/A2 milk from their 100% Guernsey herd. Guernsey's are known for their incredible tasting golden colored milk (from extra high Beta-Carotene levels). Their ultra high quality milk is sold only in glass bottles. Pastured Eggs are also available. Milk and eggs are available for pick up 24 hours a day in their farm store. Phone: 503-342-8561, email:
  • Oregon City/ Redland: Old School Farm, owner John and Joanne Graf, 19360 S Henrici Rd, Oregon City. (503) 705-5637, . They are a small family farm with raw milk from their stress free Jersey cows. They are pasture fed with the addition of alfalfa/grass mix and local organic grain at milking only. All animals are hormone and antibiotic free. Milk comes in sterile plastic milk jugs or you are welcome to supply your own glass. Each gallon is dated to ensure freshness. Adults and children alike are welcome to visit the cows, chickens and horses. Please call ahead to make sure they are there.
  • Philomath: Fern Rd., Vince Romano, 579-709-2889 . Raw milk, cow shares from pasture fed, Jersey cows.
  • Philomath: Lonsway Farm sells Raw milk and various Cheeses. For more information contact them by Phone: 541-929-5605, or Email:
  • Portland: Only 15 minutes from Portland, Cream Valley Farm offers grass fed raw milk. The milk comes in glass jars to keep it as pure as it can be and it is also A2/A2 certified. Email inquiries or call them at 503-688-7040
  • Portland: Abita Springs Farm, Fresh daily, pure, whole goat's milk raw or pasteurized, fresh or frozen. Enjoy the benefits of good, quality milk from this high production herd of Alpine dairy goats. $5 per half-gallon in new recyclable plastic, or bring your own container. The girls are happy, healthy, free-range, urban goats. Well fed on natural pasture browse, dairy quality alfalfa and grass hay. Their grain is custom blended and they have free-choice access to sea kelp mineral supplement. Convenient to the greater Portland-Metro area, close to PDX airport. Visitors are always welcome to learn how to milk and enjoy the antics of the spring kids. Evening milking begins about 6pm, year round. Please, clothing and footwear should be appropriate for the barnyard. Contact: Ed and Nancy Arcement, (503) 287-7773.
  • Portland: People's Coop is carrying raw goat milk from Ferns' Edge Dairy, Lowell, OR 97452.
  • Portland: Bags Dairy Goats, 9127 NE Thompson Street, near the airport. Mr. Raspberry No phone. I have Nubian dairy goats. Nubians produce rich flavorful tasting milk. Occasional animals and animal products available. Please contact owner by e-mail at for more information.
  • Portland: Windy Acres Dairy Farm operates out of Prineville, Oregon and now has Herd Shares for sale in the Portland area to support their pasture raised Raw Dairy Farm. A Herd Share is like a CSA in that you pay a monthly fee to support the farm. When you own a share of the herd you own a share of their product. This farm has been producing incredibly delicious, raw cow's milk for over 5 years and has been a certified Grade A Dairy. Windy Acres Dairy also raises butcher beef, pork and lamb seasonally and has free range eggs. No hormones, antibiotic feed or petrochemical fertilizer on the pasture. The cows graze freely and in the winter they feed grass hay as the grass doesn't grow in the winter. Come visit the farm to check it all out or help with the milking, but please call first as this is Ms. Billie's home. Please contact Allison at 541-408-1494 in Portland to answer your questions immediately. Windy Acres Dairy Farm, Ms. Billie Johnson, 3320 NW Stahancyk Lane, Prineville, OR 97754, (541) 447-5389, email:, website: (a work in progress).
  • Portland/Vancouver: Cornerstone Farm is located 20 minutes from SE Portland in Eagle Creek, check the website for directions: or email Jaci Delgado at or call 503-630-7281. Car Pool 'Group' sign-up available at the Farm for Portland/Vancouver area residents. Jersey Cows and Mini-Nubian Goats get the best nutrition has to offer, 30 acres of free choice grass, the purist mountain water available and the finest volcanic mineral rich Eastern Oregon Orchard Grasses and Alfalfa. They receive minimal grain with "no" soy or canola oils. There is nothing these animals get that would compromise the quality of their milk in antibiotics, no hormones...nothing! Cow milk is $5 for ½ gallon and goat milk is $7 for ½ gallon...when available. Visitors from out-of-town orders are welcome. Mini-Nubian bucks, does, and kids available, show-quality in conformation and milk production, 3rd to 6th generation. Prices start at $250, available year around in all colors and legal to own in the city of Portland. A2A2 milk offered 10/2011.
  • Rainier: Deliciously sweet Nubian goat milk. Fresh in gallons or frozen in quarts. $15 per gallon. Gallon jar deposit: $5 each. Quart jar deposit: $1 each. Email inquiries at . Also farm fresh, free range eggs--$4 per dozen.
  • Redmond: Great Adventure Farm is a family owned farm, raising show quality, registered Alpine dairy goats in Redmond Oregon. They have raw goat milk available daily (1 day notice) chilled and bottled in new, sterile plastic milk jugs. Sold by the half gallon, discounts are available for quantities over 3 gallons per week or for feeder milk. .
  • Rogue River: Runnymede Farm, 1831 West Evans Creek Road, Arthur & Teri White, (541) 582-6193, , Raw cows milk available. Must be a member of the current customer list. Call to get on the list.
  • Rogue River: Premium quality raw goat milk from a small family farm focused on sustainability. Nubian and nubian cross goats are fed a diet of organic grain and no-spray hay. They have access to a free choice mineral buffet and pens/ paddocks are rotated for the optimum health of the animals and the land. The goats are raised and managed naturally using herbs and homeopathy for wholistic care. $6 per half gallon. Sold in glass masons. Return their jars or bring your own to fill. Located 3 miles from Rogue River, 7 miles south of Grants Pass, Oregon off Hwy. 99. or call Brittany (541) 531-8465
  • Salem: Good Earth Farm and Nutritional Healing, Linda Ellis, NTP, Owner. 5141 Vitae Springs Rd. So. Salem, OR 97306. Email: Phone: (503) 606-2035. Raw milk available from Jersey cow. Call to arrange visit.
  • Sandy: Pokrov Farm, A family run 35 acre farm that specializes in pastured Angus beef and raw milk from jersey cows. All of their jerseys are purchased from a certified organic dairy in Yamhill. They are fed, grass, hay and alfalfa along with free access to Thorvin Kelp for a complete mineral, now offer grain to our dairy cows while they're being milked. They are never fed any grain, even during milking. Milk is $10 a gallon and comes in two half gallon glass jars with a $3.00 deposit per jar. You are also welcome to bring your own jars to avoid the deposit. They also offer beef shares of either 1/4, 1/2 or a whole beef based on hanging weight (deposit required). Their beef cows are also never fed grain. They eat only grass and hay. They have have corn and soy free eggs all year and pastured turkeys and geese. Closed Sundays and are open Mon-Sat 9-6pm. Contact for prices, 971-269-9411 or . They are a herd share now. Herd share members can buy whole milk, cream, butter, buttermilk etc. Visit them online at
  • Scotts Mills: Indian Springs Farm, Barbara (503) 873-4136. Jersey milk and butter, from grass-fed cows, and cheesemaking information.
  • Sherwood: Shiloh Knoll Farm, offers raw cow’s milk from their grass-based dairy. Milk is $5 per half gallon, $10 per gallon, no deposit necessary if you bring your own glass half gallon mason jars, otherwise there is a $1.50 deposit per jar. Their certified organic stock Jerseys (two are A2/A2, if you wish to avoid the A1 casein due to sensitivity issues) are fed on 5 acres of pasture, premium Eastern OR hay/alfalfa, free choice kelp/salt, with a little custom milled organic grain (includes barley, wheat, and minerals - NO corn or soy) during milking. The animals are not given antibiotics, hormones, or conventional medications. If there is a health need they are first treated with nature’s powerful herbal remedies. Those at Shiloh Knoll Farm are dedicated to raising healthy animals on a natural diet and preserving the land by managed intensive grazing methods. Folks are always welcome to come visit the farm by appointment and see all the animals, including calves, pigs, and chickens! Please e-mail Emily at, or call 503-628-0748.
  • Springfield: Fresh, raw goat milk from Alpine and Nubian goats. $7/gallon. Sanitary, rapid cooling, leaving superior taste with no goaty flavor. Fertiilized, free range chicken eggs. Three Willows Ranch on Camp Creek Road in Walterville. Jean McClain (541)747-9296.
  • Tenmile: Nevermore Nubians has Fresh, raw Nubian goat milk. For more information contact Pamela Barrows by phone 541-784-2305 or email
  • Tumalo (Bend/Redmond area): MoonFire Farm is a Family operated Farmstead. MoonFire Farm raises, Boer Meat goats and Alpine Dairy Goats. Raw Milk available seasonally. Clean hormone free Goat, Rabbit and pork meat available seasonally and by reservation. We raise healthy Hormone free NZ Rabbits for meat and breeding stock, we produce a litter of Guinea Hogs each year for meat and breeding stock, and we have a couple meat goats each year we sell, first come first serve with a deposit. Please see website: or email us .
  • Waldport (Central Oregon Coast): Fresh from the Farm...No Antibiotics - No Hormones Added - Cows Milk and Grass Fed Beef. Triple D Ranch, Debbie Hodel-Ostling, (541) 563-3769 or (541) 270-4284, , on the web
  • Weston: Name-Pine Ridge Farm, Vicky Anglin, 57246 Hwy 204, Weston, Or. 97886. Phone: (541) 566-9412, , . Goat Shares, Veggie, fruit, egg and poultry shares. Pork, rabbit and goat meat.
  • Williams: Turkey Feather Farm, (541) 846-6246, Visit or . Fresh raw milk from our Alpines.
  • Willamina (west of Salem just off of HWY 22 and southwest of McMinnville just off of HWY 18): The Rinehart Family. 22400 SW Willamina Creek Rd, Willamina, OR 97396. Having quality food for the family is why they started raising goats over 10 years ago. The Rinehart Farm is home of King's Daughter Nubians and Dancing Cabrero Meat Goats. Both herds are CAE and CLA free (also no brucellosis or Johnes). The Rineharts often have breeding stock and an occassional family milker for sale. The Nubians are fed alfalfa and a grain ration that the Rineharts mix themselves to assure no corn and no GMO grain. If interested, send an email or call and ask about availability. The Rineharts specialize in mentoring others who want to raise their own goats. You can even learn how to milk a goat while there. They also have free range eggs to sell. For an appointment or more information, please contact by email: or call 503-876-8768.
  • Wilsonville: Foundation Farm, Phone/Text: 503-989-4779, Email: foundationfarm@gmail.comLocated in the Stafford Road area of N. Wilsonville with easy access from the I-5 and 205 freeways. Raw milk from Jersey cows along with corn/soy-free eggs from pastured hens. Other animals include a llama and alpaca (who eat out of your hand) and turkeys. Call/email for prices and directions.
  • Yamhill: (20 miles southwest of Portland): Kookoolan Farms, Chrissie and Koorosh Zaerpoor, 15713 Highway 47, Yamhill, OR 97148. They have three registered jersey cows from certified organic stock, the breed known for sweetest-tasting, highest-butterfat milk. Cows are grass, alfalfa and clover fed, with grain offered only in the milking parlor. Raw cow milk offered year-round, $11/gallon. There is currently no waitlist. Kookoolan Farms no longer offers goat milk. Cow only. Koorosh is an equipment engineer at Intel, and Chrissie is formerly a quality and reliability engineer at Intel: immaculate milking parlor with stainless steel sink and counter, sanitizing dishwasher, and hot water heater. Milk tested daily with California Mastitis Test, and weekly by outside lab for somatic cell count (generally in the low 100s, always less than 1000, the dairy page of the website is password-protected due to the no advertising law in Oregon, you can access it with username moo and password doitraw). Also available pasture-fed, naturally-raised chickens both for eggs and for meat slaughtered at their own on-farm, licensed, state-inspected poultry processing facility - one of only four farms in the state of Oregon with licensed on-farm processing. Kookoolan Farms is also the only Portland-area Cheesemaking supply house, with full line of cultures, rennets, thermometers, cheesecloth, wrapping papers, lipase, etc. Cheesemaking, breadmaking, milk culturing and other classes offered frequently. Self-service farmstore open daily 8am-6pm, please call for your first appointment only and after that you're welcome to shop whenever you like. All animals are raised on open pasture. Call (503) 730-7535, or , website

For more information on diet, nutrition, healing and exercise you can contact the Drs. Pierce at:
our Chiropractic First, llc & The Bicycle Chiropractor clinic locations:
222 SE 8th Ave.  Portland, OR  97214  503-236-0013
12820 SW 2nd St.  Beaverton, OR  97005  503-626-5761

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Portland City Council voted today to seed a bike sharing program

The Portland City Council voted today to advance four transportation projects for Federal funding that will make our streets safer, encourage active transportation and improve freight access.

Of significant note they have agreed to provide seed money for a bike sharing program that would leverage an unprecedented amount of private investment to provide a new transportation option for Portlanders that is safe, convenient and transformative.

Dozens of cities around the world have seen success with their bike sharing systems, including several in the United States. Minneapolis is a great example, with its Nice Ride system exceeding expectations and expanding after being around just over a year. Click here for a video on Nice Ride from StreetFilms to see how it works. “Bike sharing will provide affordable access to a clean, sustainable transportation option in the central city,” said Portland State University’s Ian Stude.
Also, check out The Phenomenal Success of Capital Bikeshare from StreetFilms to learn about the system in Washington, D.C. Capital Bikeshare has grown from 120 bikes at 10 stations to more than 1,100 bikes at 114 stations throughout the metro area in only three years. Planning and Sustainability Commissioner Chris Smith said, “Bikesharing is essential to the health of downtown Portland's economy.”

IMHO this bike sharing program on a larger scale is long over due. I know there are some smaller bike loan and sharing programs around town but a critical mass must be achieved to make this a successful program. I'm looking forward to seeing more bikes on our roads.

Ride safe,
Christopher Pierce, DC
The Bicycle Chiropractor

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Question? Are there any vegetarian sources specifically algae oil of the 2:1 ratio we need of EPA:DHA Omega-3 fatty acids?

Question? Are there any vegetarian sources specifically algae oil of the 2:1 ratio we need of EPA:DHA Omega-3 fatty acids?

Answer: No, not if you are a human.

Algae oil sourced DHA is readily absorbed by the body in a form that can be a point.
However...a 2:1 ratio EPA/DHA should be maintained in "healthy adults" and the most common ratio of algae oil is 1:30 EPA/DHA. Eeek! To get a healthy dose of EPA you would need to take tons of the algae oil and be left consuming way too much DHA, and this left over DHA will need to be broken down and oxidized causing inflammation and pain, etc.

Ask yourself...Where will you get your EPA from?

Extra DHA is needed for growing infants and chronically ill individuals (with neurodegeneration who need nerve regrowth).

EPA prevents inflammation and DHA rebuilds the cell membranes of nerves and prevents inflammation to a lesser degree than EPA. A critical effect of increasing EPA is that it enhances the formation of prostaglandin E3 (PGE3) by utilizing COX-2. PGE3 blocks inflammation, whereas arachidonic acid derived PGE2 promotes inflammation.

The principal neuroprotective component of fish/algae oil is DHA. Without EPA, Arachadonic Acid causes a whole host in inflammatory related problems. As I mentioned before, we humans are terrible at converting ALA or DHA into EPA. Ohhh to be a shrimp, krill or phytoplankton for a day.

Only keep reading if you are jazzed about the science and research behind N-3 FAs like I am as it can be a bit dry reading to some.

Less simply:
Most algae sources of Omega-3's have a 1:30 EPA:DHA ratio. The conversion of alpha linolenic acid (ALA) (plant omega-3) to the anti-inflammatory EPA omega-3 is enhanced with adequate levels of vitamin B6, magnesium, and zinc. The conversion of alpha linolenic acid (ALA) (plant omega-3) to the anti-inflammatory EPA omega-3 is impaired by trans fats and caffeine. The true human range of conversion of ALA to EPA is generally between 0.2% and 9% but averages out around 3% in your average person mostly due to poor diet.

The most current research states that fetal gestation and fetal benefits could be achieved by supplementing with 2700 mg/d of EPA (1780 mg) + DHA (920) in the ratio of 1.93/1 (essentially 2/1).

I think: Algae oil supplementation may possibly beneficial to a breast feeding vegan mom whose infant needs a 1:2.6 EPA:DHA ratio and will get just that from breast milk, but even at those levels that is a lot of lipid oxidation and free radical formation for the mom to have to oxidize the leftover DHA. With pregnancy because of the elevated relaxin causing joint changes, other hormonal changes and body/joint morphology: it comes with enough inflammatory painful conditions on its own and doesn't need any additional inflammation, yikes! Both arachidonic acid (AA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are critical to fetal and infant central nervous system (CNS) growth and development. DHA is also involved in visual and neural function and neurotransmitter formation. During the last trimester, the fetus requires at least 50-70 mg a day of DHA. Babies require high DHA for their CNS up until about 18 months of age.

For adults the 2:1 (1.93:1) or 8:5 EPA:DHA ratio (depending on the literature you read) stands as a safe zone of consumption ratio. Providing adequate antioxidant consumption beforehand naturally. Increasing EPA relative to arachidonic acid blocks pro-inflammatory prostaglandin formation (by inhibiting the arachidonic cascade) from arachidonic acid by inhibiting cyclooxygenase.

Again... a critical effect of increasing EPA is that it enhances the formation of prostaglandin E3 (PGE3) by utilizing COX-2. PGE3 blocks inflammation (good stuff), whereas arachidonic acid derived PGE2 promotes inflammation (bad stuff).

The most important things here are (1) American's ratio of Omega-3:Omega-6 is 1:25 currently and getting worse by the year as it should be 1:1. (2) "Nearly everything" we buy at the grocery store or at restaurants is void of Omega-3's of any kind.

Supplementing with 1:30 EPA:DHA ratio algae oil is only 5% efficient at delivering the oils at the right ratio to our bodies requiring 95% of the DHA to be Oxidized and excreted. Even worse: ALA Omega 3's from flax seed and other vegetable sources is only 3% efficient at being converted to EPA/DHA the other 97% must be oxidized and create free radicals to be processed by us. (Thus playing a significant role in chronic pain, cancer, thrombosis, atherosclerosis, insulin resistance, & neurodegeneration.) Intake of omega-6–rich oils found in sunflower, corn, and cottonseed oils should be minimized because they are converted to substrates that compete with EPA.

Of additional note I think the algae oil higher DHA levels may help to limit the effects of Alzheimers Disease and here's why: Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids compete for incorporation into the labile second position of brain phospholipids, so that high Omega-6, low Omega-3 intake ultimately leads to a preponderance of Arachadonic Acid (AA) in brain phospholipids. Since AA is the substrate for cyclooxygenase (COX) and lipoxygenase (LOX) enzymes, this creates a net proinflammatory environment that interacts directly with Alzheimers Disease pathogenesis.”

Fun DHA Trivia:
DHA is rich in the cerebral cortex, retina, testis and sperm, and DHA is one of the most abundant components of the brain’s structural lipids. - "Didn't someone at the workshop mention eating brains and balls?" It made me laugh when I read this.

Regarding Alzheimer's Disease
The apolipoprotein E4 (ApoE4) is by far the single most potent and best established genetic risk factor for Alzheimers Disease (AD). This gene is involved in cholesterol metabolism, oxidative damage, and inflammation. AD is initiated by increased Aβ protein accumulation. Aβ protein interacts with metals to cause oxidative damage and neuroinflammation causing synaptic dysfunction and loss along with tau neurofibrillary tangles......So yes, people may have a genetic predisposition toward AD, but from what we know about Omega-3 & 6 we should be able to prevent naturally the metabolism, oxidative and inflammatory changes that bring on the symptoms of AD.

The DHA should be greater than the EPA, because children experience more nerve growth than nerve repair relatively, baring nerve injury.
900 mg of EPA + DHA per day (1:2.6 ratio of EPA:DHA)

Has an ideal ratio of ALA, EPA, DHA, and GLA; EPA should be double DHA
3,000 mg of EPA + DHA per day (6 Complete Omega-3 Essentials)

Degenerative Neurological Conditions - Amount of EPA + DHA Required
No chronic disease - 2.5 grams / day
Overweight, obese, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, before starting any weight-loss program - 5 grams / day
Chronic pain - 7.5 grams /day
Neurological Disorders - 10 grams / day

Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids (fish oil)
The use of fish oil for the treatment of muscular, skeletal, and discogenic
diseases, can be traced back to the late 18th century.
“Research has shown that the omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids are some
of the most effective natural anti-inflammatory agents available.” [7 references in PubMed]
“With the discovery that vascular inflammation is the underlying cause of
coronary artery disease, fish and fish oil supplements are now recommended by the
American Heart Association for the prevention of this disease.”
“Countries that have the highest fish consumption also have a lower incidence
of neurodegenerative disease and depression.”
“The biological basis for the effectiveness of fish oil in treating arthritis has
been well documented with many positive clinical studies, when compared to
traditional pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory agents.”
“The active ingredients in fish oil, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and
docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), enhance the conversion of COX to prostaglandin E3. A
natural anti-inflammatory agent, prostaglandin E3 competitively inhibits the effects
of the arachidonic acid conversion to prostaglandin E2, a highly inflammatory
“Prostaglandin E3 also inhibits the synthesis of TNF-a and IL1b, both of which
are inflammatory cytokines.”

“The EPA and DHA can inhibit the 5-LOX pathway, which converts
arachidonic acid to inflammatory leukotrienes.”
When EPA and DHA are incorporated into articular cartridge chondrocyte cell
membranes, there is a dose-dependent decrease in the expression and activity of
the enzymes that degrade cartilage.
Omega-3 EFA, found in fish oil, can directly reduce the degenerative enzymes
and reduce the inflammation in synovial cartilage.
Belching may occur if fish oil supplements are not taken with meals.
“Persons on a regimen of anticoagulant medications should not take omega-3
EFAs because of the possibility of increasing the bleeding potential.”

Fun Omega-3 practical studies

Omega 3 Fatty Acid's Role in Preventing Breast Cancer
BioMed Central: Cancer, June 30, 2009; 9: 216
After adjusting for confounding variables in postmenopausal subjects:
1) Consuming more than 101 mg of EPA/day decreased breast cancer risk by
62% compared to the reference group.
2) Consuming more than 213 mg of DHA/day decreased breast cancer risk by
68% compared to the reference group.
[The reference group consumed less than 14 mg of EPA and 37 mg of DHA per day]

Omega-3 fatty acids and cardiovascular disease
Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care
Volume 7(2) March 2004 pp 131-136

1) Marine n-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids, prevent
fatal myocardial infarction and sudden cardiac death by their antiarrhythmic effects,
by their effect on infarct size, by plaque stabilization, and by improvements in
endothelial functions.
2) A cardioprotective effect of alpha-linolenic acid, a plant-derived n-3 fatty acid,
has not been clearly demonstrated.
3) Eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids, but not alpha-linolenic acid,
prevent sudden death and other cardiovascular catastrophes.
4) Rodents can convert alpha-linolenic acid (18:3n-3 from plants) to EPA
(20:5n-3 from fish) and EPA to DHA (22:6n-3 from fish) through desaturation and
elongation; but in humans, this process does not occur at a quantitatively or
biologically relevant degree.
5) Humans cannot obtain an adequate amount of EPA of DHA from dietary
alpha-LNA, even if they take 6.3 g/day alpha-LNA for 2 years.
6) Because of their poor interconversion, alpha-LNA, EPA, and definitely DHA are
each essential fatty acids by themselves for humans, and each need to be ingested
7) Plant sources of n-3 fatty acids does not achieve the cardiovascular benefit
noted for EPA plus DHA.

Omega 3 Fatty Acid Treatment in Autism
Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
Volume 19, Number 4, August 2009, pp. 449–451
In this study, 9 autistic children aged 4–7 years old with autistic spectrum
disorder were given supplements containing 380mg of eicosapentaenoic acid and
180mg of docosahexaenoic acid (omega-3s) per day for 12 months. [This is a total
EPA + DHA of 560mg per day; this is a light amount, as some studies use 10,000
mg / day]. 8/9 (89%) showed improvement of about 33%, and this improvement was
usually documented within 6 weeks.

Omega-3 Long-Chain Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid Intake Inversely Associated With 12-Year Progression to Advanced Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Archives of Ophthalmology, Vol. 127, No. 1, January 2009
“Participants reporting the highest baseline consumption of omega-3 LCPUFAs
were approximately 30% less likely than their peers reporting the lowest omega-3
LCPUFA consumption to develop advanced age-related macular degeneration by the
end of the 12-year follow-up period.

The Emerging Role of Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Psychiatry
Omega-3 fatty acid status in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids
Volume 75, Issues 4-5, October-November 2006, Pages 299-308
“The frequency of skin/thirst symptoms was found to be higher in the ADHD
group, and the omega-3 fatty acids were found to be lower in the [ADHD] cases
versus the matched controls.”
“Several essential nutrients play a role in the biosynthesis and/or metabolism
of LC-PUFA and thus status of these nutrients may impact omega-3 fatty acid
proportions in membranes. Additionally, suboptimal status of several of these same
nutrients has been implicated as playing a role in ADHD, and these include
magnesium, zinc, iron and vitamin B6.”

Omega-3 Treatment of Childhood Depression: A Controlled, Double-Blind Pilot Study
American Journal of Psychiatry, June 2006
The subject children received two 500 mg of omega-3 or one 1,000 mg of
omega-3 oil daily. The 1,000 mg active capsules contained 400 mg eicosapentanoic
acid and 200 mg docosahexaenoic acid per 1,000 mg capsule. [Notice: 2/1 ratio of
EPA/DHA] The 500 mg of omega-3 contained 190 mg eicosapentanoic acid and 90
mg docosahexaenoic acid. [Notice: 2.5/1 ratio of EPA/DHA]
“Among the children on omega-3 treatment, seven out of 10 had a greater
than 50% reduction in CDRS scores.”
“Of those on placebo, zero out of 10 had a greater than 50% reduction in
CDRS scores.”
Four out of 10 children in the omega-3 group met the remission criteria of a
CDRS score, while no subject in the placebo group met the criteria.

Christopher Pierce, DC - The Bicycle Chiropractor
222 SE 8th Ave Portland, OR 97214

Monday, December 6, 2010

Holiday season is a great time to give back to the BTA.

Christopher Pierce, DC - The Bicycle Chiropractor
SE Portland, OR - 503-236-0013 -

Holiday season is a great time to give back to the BTA.

Businesses Give Back to BTA Members This Holiday Season

Posted by: Margaux
Dec 03 2010, 11:24 am

We're excited to share some new special holiday offers for BTA members from our generous business supporters. Check out these sweet deals on chiropractic adjustments from the Bicycle Chiropractor and bike accessories for women from Po Campo. Many more bike shops and businesses that offer discounts to BTA members are listed on our member benefits page.

The Bicycle Chiropractor

As a proud new business member and supporter of the BTA, The Bicycle Chiropractor would like to help raise funds for the BTA and give a gift to all other BTA members and BTA supporters.

For the month of December 2010, The Bicycle Chiropractor is offering new client exam and treatment/adjustment services (normally $60 exam + $60 adjustment = $120) for FREE for any BTA staff, BTA members, or non-BTA members who make a donation for the BTA at The Bicycle Chiropractor clinic.

After the month of December and through the year 2011, the offer for complimentary/free new client exam (normally $60) will be extended to all current BTA members as well as $10 off the already discounted $60 adjustment fee ($60 – $10 = $50).

The not so fine print: Call The Bicycle Chiropractor at 503-236-0013 for more information. Offer not valid when we bill your health insurance, auto insurance or worker's compensation insurance. This offer may be limited to the 1st 20 clients treated each month and may be canceled at any time.

Po Campo

Po Campo makes stylish and functional bike accessories for women. The Chicago-based business just launched a new online store, and they're offering 10% to BTA members through the rest of the year. You need a code to enter at checkout to receive the discount. Coming soon. If you'd like to make a purchase before Monday 12/6, please email to obtain the code.

Save the Date!
Whole Foods Market Laurelhurst – BTA 5% Day on January 6

Plan to do your grocery shopping at Whole Foods Market Laurelhurst on January 6, because five percent of the day's sales will be going to the BTA! There will be other advantages for bicyclists shopping at the market that day, so it's worth a taking a trip out of your neighborhood to check it out.

Thanks, and happy holidays from the BTA.

One Response to “Businesses Give Back to BTA Members This Holiday Season”

It is a pleasure to give back to everyone who supports the BTA as the BTA has supported us Portland cyclists very well through the years. – Best, Christopher Pierce, DC – The Bicycle Chiropractor – "I ride way too fast to worry about my cholesterol."

Friday, November 5, 2010

Headaches from Bicycling and Relief with Chiropractic Care

Headaches from Bicycling and Relief with Chiropractic Care

Christopher Pierce, DC - The Bicycle Chiropractor - SE Portland, OR - 503-236-0013 -

Car exhaust fumes, bumpy roads, poor posture, poor bike fit and stressful commutes: these things can all lead to headaches while riding your bike. Let's face it they all suck and no one likes them but we are face with reality and bicycling in America hasn't hit critical mass yet unfortunately. Most headaches associated with cycling are cervicogenic (resulting from stresses placed on the neck) in nature, so lets take a look here at the latest research dealing with cervicogenic headaches and what works to help and prevent them in the first place.


It was reported in October of 2010 that 1 in 6 or 16.54% or approximately 45 million Americans get headaches yearly, with many people suffering daily. While the statistical numbers vary based upon your source of information, it can be agreed upon that headaches are very common and shared with Americans at an epidemic rate.

Taking into account that a single pill for many Americans can cost as much as $43, the overall cost to our economy totals billions of dollars and we need to focus on not the treatment of the effects, but the root of the cause.

While there are many types of headaches ranging from common headaches, migraine headaches, cluster headaches, tension headaches and many more, the one thing to keep in mind that there is no such thing as a "Normal Headache." You are not supposed to get headaches as pain is an indicator of a problem and you body’s mechanism of letting you know something is wrong, go fix it.

One of the most common and less understood headaches is the "cervicogenic headache." This is a syndrome characterized by chronic pain around the head that is associated with either the bony structures of the head or the muscles of the neck. This has also been associated with migraine headaches as 64% of migraine sufferers have reported associated neck pain/stiffness with their migraine attack; 31% experienced neck symptoms before and 93% during the headache phase and 31% during the recovery phase.

Therefore cervicogenic headaches are also a component of the migraine headaches and can be treated.

One of the hallmarks of determining if there is a cervicogenic component of any headache is to change the position of your head and if you increase, activate or alter the pain pattern, there is a component.

According to M. Haas, ET. Al. in 2010, spinal manipulative care (chiropractic adjustments) showed significant reduction in cervicogenic headaches of over 50% of the research group that lasted for 24 weeks, or the length of the study. The researchers used the 50% mark to determine validity and they reached their milestone and it lasted for 24 weeks, the length of the study. They also noted a decrease in over the counter medication during the 24 weeks of the study.

Haas also reported in 2010 that at 12 weeks 85% showed improvement with varying degrees of improvement ranging from 25% to 100% with similar findings at 24 weeks.

Chiropractic has been proven to reduce and in many instances totally eradicate headaches. The financial cost to headache sufferers for drugs is staggering along with loss of paychecks when unable to work, the disability costs to insurers and loss of production of workers to industry when their employees cannot perform their jobs on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

Research has concluded that chiropractic has a drugless solution that works.

These studies along with many others conclude that a drug-free approach of chiropractic care is one of the best solutions for patients with headaches.


Prevalence Statistics for Types of Headaches, (October 2010) Retrieved from:

Consumer Reports Health Best Buy Drugs, Treating Migraine Headaches, The Triptans; Comparing Effectiveness, Safety and Price, Retrieved from:

Biondi, D.M., (April 2005) Cervicogenic Headaches: A Review of Diagnostic and Treatment Strategies, Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, 105(4) 16-22

Haas M., Spegman A., Peterson D., Aickin M., Vavrek D., Dose response and efficacy of spinal manipulation for chronic cervicogenic headache: a pilot randomized controlled trial, The Spine Journal, 10 (2010) 117-128

Haas, M., Schneider M., Vavrek D., Illustrating risk difference and number needed to treat from a randomized controlled trial of spinal manipulation for cervicogenic headache, Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2010, 18:9 doi:10.1186/1746-1340-18-9

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Can Chiropractic help to improve cycling performance?

Can Chiropractic help to improve cycling performance?

The very first bicycle was invented in China around about 2300 BC. The very first bicycle injury probably happened that very same day. Bicycling is one of the most popular recreational sports. However, it can be associated with fractures, strains and sprains, contusions and non-traumatic overuse injuries. Many injuries are preventable given proper positioning on the bike and an accurate understanding of the biomechanics of cycling. Bicycle-related spine pain has probably been underreported. The incidence of spine pain in long distance cyclists varies from 17% to 70% in various studies. Spinal muscular strains and ligamentous sprains cause the majority of bicycle-related back pain.

What do the professionals have to say about improving cycling performance with Chiropractic?

Jeff Spencer, DC served as the team Chiropractor for the Postal and Discovery Channel Professional Cycling Teams. Here is what Lance Armstrong said about him, “Jeff is part doctor, part guru, part medicine man… we believed Jeff could fix any and all of our problems… While he fixed us physically, he also fixed us mentally… If you judged the most important man on the Postal team by foot traffic in and out his door, then it was Jeff. Without him, we knew we’d never make it to Paris.”
- Lance Armstrong, Every Second Counts

What does the research have to say about Lance Armstrong’s high regard for Chiropractic?

The review of the current research suggests that Chiropractic collectively documents statistically significant improvements in respiration, range of motion, heart rate variability and autonomic function, endocrine function, cardiovascular function, immune function, muscle strength and overall athletic ability of “healthy” or specific-function “normal” individuals. These are all necessary attributes of a health bicyclist at any performance level.

Other studies have documented statistically significant increases or improvements in neurocognitive functions such as reaction-time and information processing, visual acuity, stress and reproductive hormones, healing / recovery time, and the general health following or during Chiropractic care. Optimizing these attributes can mean the difference between taking 1st and 2nd place in a bike race.

Spine in Sports 2005, Pages 113-134

The author:
Christopher Pierce, DC
The Bicycle Chiropractor
222 SE 8th Ave
Portland, OR 97214