Cell Phone Use Strains the Neck And Whiplash Part 2





As a society, we have all become more reliant on the use of cell phones and handheld devices.  We stay connected and informed, but at what cost to our health?  The amount of time you spend looking down at the screen on your phone or device strains your back and especially your neck.  You may have even heard the term “text neck”, as the problem becomes more prevalent.  We can make smarter choices about how to use devices every day, and reduce strain on our bodies without having to unplug and disconnect.  

Looking Down Brings You Down

The average adult head weighs between 10 and 12 pounds, and neck muscles are meant to support the weight of the head in a neutral position.  Looking down at a screen increases the strain on your neck as if your neck is carrying a lot more weight.  Tilting your head forward just 15 degrees adds enough force to double the weight your neck is supporting, and the greater the angle, the greater strain.  Many people who text with their chin near the neck are tilting the head forward 60 degrees, which increases the load to about 60 pounds!

Save Your Neck!

Starting with good posture will always reduce strain on your neck.  Sit up straight with your shoulders lined up above your hips and your head upright. Hold your phone or device up higher rather than looking further down to see what is on your screen.  If you work on a computer a lot, position your monitor at eye level to avoid looking up or down too much.

Stretching your neck is also important to reduce the risk of painful strain.  When your neck muscles are strong and flexible, it is easier for you to keep go less likely to have a painful spasm.  

You should make your technology work for you!  There are mobile apps available that can alert you when your phone is being held at a bad angle for your neck. You can also set reminders on your device to take breaks from looking at the screen and to stretch throughout the day.


Whiplash injuries can range from mild muscle strain to even death.  It is believed that most people on TWA Flight 800 were killed instantly by whiplash -- not in the fireball or crash.  In many cases, symptoms don't occur until hours after the accident.  Associated symptoms include headaches, low back pain, neck pain, nausea, decreased range of motion, tingling in the arms and legs, dizziness, sleep disturbances, visual symptoms including vertigo, post-concussion syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia and travel anxiety.  Neck pain, which accompanies all whiplash injuries, reminds the victim of the accident continually and interferes with common daily activities.  

If you or a loved one have been in an accident recently, or think you may be suffering from the effects of whiplash, please contact our office immediately!  




Fiber is key for detoxification. Go green! Deep green veggies and green drinks are a great enhancement to a cleanse as the phytonutrients in them can help pull out toxins, especially heavy metals. And the stinky veggies including cabbage, Brussels sprouts and broccoli, contain sulfur which helps your body detoxify better. If you are having a challenge getting in 5-10 servings of organic veggies a day (yes, that is what you need for optimal health) then you can cheat a bit by adding a green drink 1-2 times a day. 

Your body detoxifies in two phases. The first phase frees up the toxins and the second phase (which is dependent on amino acids from protein) takes them out of the body. When you take protein out of your diet you slow down phase two detoxification, which means you now have a lot of toxins freed up in your body that can’t escape! Hint, if you feel bad while you are on a cleanse, this is not a sign that it is working. This is a sign that there is something wrong!




Why is diet soda unhealthy? 

1. Neurotoxic. While artificial sweeteners may be a zero calorie alternative to sugar, they are in no way healthier. Diet sodas may use a variety of artificial sweeteners in place of sugar, including aspartame, which acts as a neurotoxin. Also known as NutraSweet, aspartame originally received FDA approval for use in carbonated beverages in 1983, and it still remains the most commonly used sweetener in diet soda. Annually, reactions to aspartame result for a majority of the adverse reaction reports made to the food and drug administration.

Once in the human body, aspartame breaks down into phenylalanine, aspartic acid, and methanol. Methanol is a wood alcohol poison that, when heated above 86 degrees Fahrenheit (the human body temperature is 98.6 degrees), converts to formaldehyde. Aspartame is also an excitotoxin that builds up in the brain, and can excite brain neurons to the point of cell death.

2: Causes Headaches and Other Symptoms. Another artificial sweetener commonly used in diet sodas, sucralose, may cause a host of health problems including headaches. Made from a modified sugar molecule, sucralose is supposed to pass through the body unabsorbed. Because sucralose is relatively new in the market still, its long-term effects have not been measured. Some evidence1 suggests sucralose may cause migraines, gastrointestinal issues, and thymus gland damage. Sucralose may also intensify sugar cravings, increase appetite, and trigger insulin release.

3: Acidifying. Soda is made up of a number of acidic chemicals. It is one of the most acidic substances humans ingest. The acids in diet soda demineralize the bones and teeth, and can lead to fractures and osteoporosis. Acid in the body also can lead to a number of health conditions such as inflammation and corrosion of body tissue. When your body is overly acidic your skin will not be as beautiful or youthful. It will contribute to looking older.

4: Caffeinated. Many diet sodas contain caffeine, which is an artificial stimulant and an addictive substance. Caffeine also excessively taxes the liver and can hamper its ability to cleanse and filter toxins from the body. Additionally, caffeine can trigger stress hormones, which can result in chronic stress and weight gain. Caffeine is also a diuretic, which dehydrates the body. It’s best to avoid caffeine in all its forms, particularly diet soda.

There’s not a lot that’s natural in diet soda. Here are just a few of the ingredients you may find:

-Carbonated water

-Artificial coloring

-Phosphoric acid

-Potassium benzoate

-Citric acid

Doesn’t sound so delicious and healthy, does it! It sounds nasty, and that is because it is indeed a nasty product. Diet soda places a significant toxic load on your liver and can contribute to toxic sludge in your intestines. You are much better off drinking pure, filtered, non-tap water.




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