About Elia Acuna, DC, DACBN

Our Mission: “Your vitality is our Priority. Our goal is to restore your health and well-being using different chiropractic techniques and/or nutritional protocols which best suit your individual needs so that you can enjoy quality living for a lifetime.”

Dr. Acuna has been practicing Chiropractic since 1983. She is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, the fountain head of chiropractic. Her journey as a practicing chiropractor has taken her through a variety of training programs beyond her professional training foundation. This additional training has enhanced her ability to help those patients who have not responded well to traditional care. Her desire to help her patients has led her to pursue alternative methods of treatment to augment their care.

Dr. Acuna believes that the human body has an extraordinary healing capacity provided that it is well nourished, exercised and maintained.

There are safe, effective, natural alternatives that can usually restore health to the body. The incredible human body has the potential to heal itself if offending interferences are removed and allowed to function properly. The interference can be structural, (vertebrae out of alignment), nutritional deficiency, toxic chemical exposure, food sensitivity, toxicity of the bowels, liver and/or kidneys, etc...

At Acuna Chiropractic Center for Nutrition and Wellness we pride ourselves on our ability to listen to your concerns, address them and guide you into a restored body of health.

Thank you for choosing us for your health care needs. We will treat you like family: with respect, dignity, utmost concern and professionalism. We welcome you to our office.

What is DACBN?

Dr. Acuna has achieved a Diplomat status from the American Clinical Board of Nutrition, (DACBN). The ACBN has received full accreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). NCCA is a federally (USA) recognized, national accreditation agency. The ACBN is the first and currently only certifying agency in nutrition beyond the doctorate level to have attained this achievement.

As a certificant in clinical nutrition, Dr. Acuna’s focus is on the relationship between bodily dysfunctions, disease states and restoration to a healthy body. Through the use of review of systems, questionnaires and potential functional laboratory testing, it is probable to determine areas of dysfunction and imbalances.

With this training in clinical nutrition, Dr. Acuna may recommend functional laboratory testing to get to the foundation level of what is causing the health issue(s). Though functional laboratory testing of bodily functions we can access how well the body is working. Conditions that can be assessed are as follows:

  • Salivary testing to assess hormones such as adrenals, reproductive organs, thyroid.
  • Stool samples to understand the dysfunction of the digestive track.
  • Urine test to measure bone break-down, the ratio of healthy vs. unhealthy estrogen, neurotransmitters for conditions such as ADD, ADHD, insomnia, panic attacks, anxiety and depression.
  • Blood testing to evaluate bodily function, and to determine food sensitivity.
  • Hair analysis based on exposure and/or suspicion of heavy metal contamination over a lifetime.

These are but a handful of functional laboratory tests available to assist the patient in understanding their condition. With the information provided by these tests, measures can be taken to correct the problem for better health. For a sample of functional laboratory testing, visit its service page here.

Wellness vs. Standard Medical Care

The main difference between wellness care and standard medical care is that wellness care uses the body’s natural healing ability provided the body is dealing with minimal stressors. Wellness care addresses potential stressors that might interfere with normal function. Stressors can include food sensitivity, toxicity from chemical exposure and/or from organs systems that are congested. Wellness care addresses the stressors that are challenging the body before they cause damage to the systems of the body. With traditional medical care, the typical approach is to treat the symptom by adding something from the outside – such as medication, a surgery or procedure. These measures, of course, can be life saving; however, they do not typically address the cause at the root of the problem.

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Suppose a patient presents with high blood pressure, a standard medical approach would be to prescribe a drug that lowers blood pressure. This may serve to lower the blood pressure initially, but ignores the underlying cause that may be contributing to the high blood pressure, not to mention the medication’s side effects, plus the nutritional deficiency the drug will cause, further stressing the heart. Whether it’s a nutritional deficiency, environmental stressor, a pinched nerve in the spine or a manifestation of stress, the medication could decrease the blood pressure, dismissing the cause leading to high blood pressure to go unaddressed. A prime example of this is the natural arsenic found in the water supply in Thumb area north of Macomb and Oakland counties. Research is relating some cases of high blood pressure and diabetes to these high levels of arsenic. Rather than masking the symptoms caused by the possible high arsenic levels in the body, wellness could address the cause, negating the need for the medication.

The Wellness Approach

Wellness is a state of optimal conditions for normal function. The wellness approach is to identify underlying causes of any disturbance or disruption (which may or may not be causing symptoms at the time) and then take whatever interventions and lifestyle changes will optimize healthy bodily function. This type of environment encourages natural healing, and minimizes the necessity for crises management. When the body is working properly, it tends to heal effectively, no matter what the condition. When the body heals well and maintains itself well, then there is another level of health that goes beyond “asymptomatic” or “pain-free” which reveals an open-ended opportunity for vitality, vibrant health, and an enhanced life experience. This is true for mental and emotional health as well as physical health. Nutrient deficiency and neurotransmitter imbalances can contribute to mental health problems. Find the cause, don’t just mask it.