Your Words – and your Child’s Brain

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Your Words – and your Child’s Brain

2014-10-19 12.59.02When we enter this world our mind is like a sponge. It is ready to absorb and learn from every single thing in our surroundings.  From birth to age six, our brain stays in the low frequency activity range labeled as Delta and Theta wavelength (0.5-8 Hz). This is similar to when a hypnotherapist drops the brain activity to a state that is below conscious awareness.

This scientific measurement clues us into the importance parents play in shaping and creating a child’s world. Often parents think their children’s genes will be in charge of the way the child develops, but we are learning that is just not the truth. The study of how environmental input, or epigenetics, shapes a child’s health and behavior is a newly emerging area of research that has a lot to say about the way we raise our families.

Epigenetics says the sponge that is our developing brain will soak up the beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that we observe in our parents. We essentially download the environment onto our hard drive and compare every event in our life to this reference point. This means that as I grow up and I watch my parents fight about money, I will develop an attitude about money that reflects what I have stored on my hard drive. This is most obvious to any parent whose child has repeated a curse word with almost the same tone, inflection and meaning behind it as the parent did.

This precise and detailed behavior-recording system will cement into the circuitry of the brain whatever signals it receives. Whether they are of praise and joy or statements such as “you will never amount to anything,” “You are so stupid,” or “Grow up.”  At such a young age a child’s brain has not evolved enough to question these statements and once programmed into the subconscious will shape the behavior and life of a child’s development.

So as a parent you must identify what fears you are reinforcing in your own life and therefore passing onto your next generation. You must do the work on yourself and determine what unnecessary investment of your own focus is limiting you. And you must take care not to pass those limiting beliefs on. Know that your choices, actions and presence helps to shape their world and that you have an amazing responsibility to help them reach their soul purpose, aA duty to teach them of the greatness inside of them.  And above all else, JUST BE LOVE!

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No Such Thing as a Normal Headache?

Headaches plague almost all people at some point in their life. But did you know that there is no such thing as a “normal headache?”

The answer is “no.”

A headache is a symptom – a way that your body tells you that you’re out of balance. The most common remedy people reach for when they have a headache is an aspirin or ibuprofen – but do you think your body is telling you that you have an aspirin imbalance?

While there are many causes for headaches, including dehydration, stress, and allergies, a group of physical therapists in Australia found the root cause of the majority of tension headaches was a misalignment of the vertebrae at the top of the spine: an Atlas misalignment.

The study, published in the December 2010 journal, Manual Therapy, reaffirms what a specifically trained group of Chiropractors, known as Upper Cervical Specialists, have known for decades. That proper alignment at the top vertebrae in the spine is crucial for good health and well-being.

Drs. Ted and Katy Morter, trained in various forms of Upper Cervical techniques, know that headaches are not the only symptoms that arise when your atlas is out of balance.

“The (atlas) is possibly the most complicated bone in the body, with direct connections to the balance centers of the brain, the subconscious functioning of your body, muscle tone and balance throughout the body, as well as a major contributor to blood flow to your brain,” says Dr. Katy. “Symptoms like headaches, digestive issues, reproductive issues, and even plantar fasciitis and back pain have improved or even disappeared with proper atlas alignment.”

To learn if you have an Atlas misalignment, arrange a visit with one of our doctors by calling 479-268-4477.

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Is Hidden MSG Making you Fat?

Natural flavor. Chicken broth. Gelatin. What do these three common ingredients have in common? They all mean that the food you’re eating may contain monosodium glutamate otherwise known as MSG.
A common additive in baby formula, soups, broths, processed and fast food, MSG adds more than just flavor. It can add inches to your waistline. It actually causes you to eat more. In fact, when scientists needed fat rats to use for diabetes studies, they fed MSG to the rats to make them obese.

So about MSG is making people fat? It’s an excitotoxin – which means it stimulates nerves to fire more frequently. This action stimulates your pancreas to secrete more insulin, causing you to feel hungry even after eating. So, you eat more.

More importantly than its effect on your weight, MSG’s excitotoxin properties damage your entire vital nervous system. It can excite nerves to the point of death – leading to conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Lou Gherig’s disease.

Children are particularly susceptible to MSG damage because of their rapidly developing nervous systems. Eating packaged foods and infant formulas laden with MSG is thought to contribute to conditions like ADHD, ADD, and other behavioral issues. Read more at

With such a naughty reputation, food companies have figured out ways to hide MSG under quite a few aliases. It’s up to you to be vigilant. Read labels to find out if your food contains MSG.
Avoid the following at all costs. They ALWAYS indicate that MSG is present: Autolyzed Yeast, Calcium Caseinate, Gelatin, Glutamate, Monopotassium Glutamate, Textured Protein, Yeast Nutrient, Glutamic Acid, Monosodium Glutamate, Yeast Extract, Hydrolyzed Protein, Sodium Caseinate, Yeast Food.

The following ingredients often contain MSG or create MSG during processing: Flavors and Flavorings, Seasonings, Natural Flavors and Flavorings, Natural Pork Flavoring, Natural Chicken Flavoring Stock, Anything Enzyme Modified, Protease, Soy sauce, Broth, Carrageenan, Corn Starch, Anything Ultra-Pasteurized, Soy Protein Isolate, Malt Extract, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid, Soy Protein, Malt Flavoring, Pectin, Powdered Milk, Natural Beef Flavoring, Bouillon, Barley Malt, Enzymes, Anything Protein Fortified.

If you’re not prepared to scrap processed food or infant formula entirely and prepare your own, hopefully from fresh, local products, contact the manufacturers to find out if MSG is present in your favorite products. To learn more about the questions you’ll need to ask in order to get a straight answer visit And if you still have questions, be sure to ask Dr. Katy about alternatives to MSG.

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Kids & Sports Injuries

Children are playing sports more than ever and younger than ever and their little bodies are put through enormous strain. For them, Chiropractic care is essential. Maintaining spinal and joint alignment helps prevent injuries as well as promoting general health.

Sports can be fantastic opportunities for kids to have fun, learn teambuilding skills and exercise, but there is a downside.

With more and more kids playing organized sports, studies have shown that one quarter of kids in sports develop injuries in areas like the knee, shoulder, ankle and elbow.

The real culprit in these injuries is repetitive actions. The San Francisco Gate reports “About half of sports injuries in children are from overuse – think Little League pitchers or high school swimmers who make the same motions over and over. Adult bodies can often take the strain of constant use, but younger bodies, especially pre-adolescents who haven’t finished growing, are more vulnerable to injury.”

Along with moderation in kids’ sports, a key in staying healthy and in the game is maintaining proper alignment of the joints with Chiropractic care. When the joints are aligned properly, this nervous system (the connection between your brain and body) works more efficiently. Therefore your body operates more efficiently. Your weight distribution and the strain on muscle attachments, ligaments and cartilage is balanced, reducing the chance of injury.

Adult sport superstars like Lance Armstrong, Joe Montana, Evander Holyfield, Barry Bonds and Emmitt Smith all retain personal Chiropractors and credit regular adjustments with helping them succeed.

Smith told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that “Playing in a football game is like being in 30-40 car accidents.”

Dan O’Brien, gold medalist in the Decathalon said, “You obviously can’t compete at your fullest if you’re not in alignment. And your body can’t heal if your back is not in alignment. It was the holistic idea that I liked about chiropractic…”

What people are saying about Morter Wellness

WOW…Dr. Ted, you have “The Touch”. For years I have had chronic low back pain. It has been so severe at times that I was unable to walk. I have seen other doctors and they have helped, but the pain has always remained. I have learned to deal with it on a daily basis. The mornings are the worse, trying to get out of bed. After two treatments from you, I was able to get out of bed and feel fantastic…ready to start my day. Thank You! Thank You! I am a believer and will keep coming in for regular “tune ups” for my body.

Susan, Arkansas

When we first started going to see Dr. Katy in January 2011, my son was having about 10-15 seizures a day, that lasted about 5-10 seconds, and he would fall most times and when he fell at school, they sent him home. January, and February he was sent home almost everyday. Dr. Katy did a lot of adjustments, and gave my son exercises to do to reduce stress. She also changed his diet and our whole family is now eating healthier because of her educating us….Our health has totally changed, we feel so much better!… Since Dr. Katy started us on the diet, my sons seizures have been few and far between, and if and when we see one it is only a maximum 2-3 seconds. Read the rest of Elijah’s story here.

Scheleta, Indiana

What I expected was for Dr. Ted to adjust my back by pushing and causing it to crack… I wasn’t expecting the treatment or results I received and I can’t explain what happened… That one non-invasive, unaggressive adjustment led to the elimination of lower back pain that I had suffered from for many years – and had seen other doctors for!… I was anticipating something extraordinary and that’s just what I got. Go for it! Read the rest of Shenice’s story here.

Shenice, Indiana

I am 27 years old, and I was born with mild spastic cerebral palsy. All my life I’ve had back and muscle pain because of the way my cerebral palsy causes me to walk. My pain always got even worse when I was under emotional stress. I was in physical therapy for most of my childhood, though I couldn’t see it helping me. I started going to Dr. Katy about six weeks ago, and within two days of my first adjustment I noticed a vast improvement in my walking. Now I am walking straighter than I ever have, and I can walk for much longer before getting tired. Now when my feet move incorrectly, I notice it right away and I am able to adjust my feet immediately. This is something I’ve never been able to do before going to Dr. Katy. The treatment I’ve received with Dr. Katy is the only treatment I’ve ever truly seen help me.

Maria, Indiana