by Sheila Julson
Chiropractor Jeffrey Griffin, founder of the Center for Natural Healing, in Doylestown, has over 34 years of clinical experience in nutrition and spinal care. In 2003, he was introduced to the work of Howard F. Loomis, an influential chiropractor and nutritional scientist. Loomis’ approach to healthcare focuses on the importance of digestion and, specifically, the assimilation, absorption and elimination systems of the body and their relationship to overall health.
That encounter, along with subsequent and continued training, has made a profound impact on how Griffin approaches healing. Since then, he has successfully used the Loomis System in combination with several chiropractic techniques to ease pain and achieve optimal health for his patients at his busy office.
Griffin hears from people struggling for answers to some very basic health related concerns. As they become frustrated and confused, they often turn to pharmaceuticals to alleviate symptoms, Griffin observes, which can result in more unwanted symptoms due to medication side effects. “It turns into a never-ending battle to feel good,” he says.
Patients might be further confused when they experience pain or illness, yet their medical tests come back negative—but Griffin notes that can be a good thing. “Normally, if patients have symptoms, but their diagnostic testing comes back normal and their doctor is unable to locate abnormalities, it becomes much safer to assume the patient is free of disease, and their symptoms are caused by a nutritional imbalance. The good news is that something can be done about that.”
Griffin likes to joke that MEN are the source of all stress. “Only women seem to laugh at that, but what I mean is that Mechanical, Emotional and Nutritional are the sources of all stress,” he explains. “What is well known and documented in medical literature is the fact that all sources of stress can cause the exact same set of symptoms. As a practitioner, it is imperative for one to get to the source of stress that is causing the problem.”
As a practitioner that goes beyond the scope of traditional chiropractic medicine, Griffin sees himself as more of a holistic wellness doctor, taking time with each patient to identify the three types of stress and develop a customized treatment plan. “Stress is what’s behind the initiation, exacerbation and maintenance of most killer diseases like heart ailments, hypertension, diabetes, cancer and mental illnesses,” he emphasizes. “Stress causes energy deficiencies in our bodies, and our organ systems need energy to work properly. The symptoms you feel are your body’s way of telling you that there is an energy drain, and you are failing to recharge.”
Through his specialized nutritional approach based on Loomis System principles, along with a relaxed, humorous manner, Griffin educates patients on how to put the pieces of their health puzzle together. He explains how the body metabolizes carbohydrates, proteins, amino acids, fats and glucose; how to read the body’s symptoms; and how to replenish the body’s “bank account” of proper nutrients when illness or exhaustion hits. Griffin also combines chiropractic modalities, detailed lab work, massage therapy, medical thermography and custom foot orthotics to help patients achieve whole body wellness.
Griffin emphasizes that the human body is incredibly intelligent and naturally seeks health, not disease. “We have become our own worst enemies. We stress our bodies in a manner that depletes us of the energy needed to maintain optimal health. If you’re not feeling well or unable to heal from ailments, ask yourself, ‘where is the source of stress?’ That’s where the answers to all health concerns lie. Once stressors are known, the treatment will become obvious.”
Center for Natural Healing is located at 252 W. Swamp Rd., Doylestown. For more information, call 215-348-2115 or visit C4NH.com.
Sheila Julson is a freelance writer and contributor to Natural Awakenings magazines throughout the country.