Enteric Nervous System

The enteric nervous system is a division of our autonomic nervous system which is the system of nerves that automatically control our organs, glands, and blood vessels.   The Enteric Nervous System is a mesh-like system of neurons that governs the GI system.

Enteric NS

The ENS is capable of autonomous function of the Sympathetic (fight or flight) and the Parasympathetic function (rest/digest) within the autonomic nervous system.  This independent function has earned the ENS the nickname of “the second brain”.

This system of enmeshed nerves that are embedded into the GI system has over 500 million neurons.  That is 5x as many neurons as within the spinal cord.  This system of nerves that controls our guts is 1/200th the size of our brains.

90% of the neurotransmitter serotonin is found in our guts and 50 % of our bodies dopamine is found in the gut.  There is a lot of truth to the saying, “listen to your gut.”  Your gut actually gives you a clearer picture of the correct decision to be made when considering two different options.  The second brain of the gut literally uses the same neurotransmitters to operate efficiently.

The Vagus nerve is responsible for autonomic function to the gut while sensory nerves control chemical and mechanical response of the gut while the motor nerve controls peristalsis within the gut. ( the mechanical churning).

The ENS produces over 30 neurotransmitters including dopamine, serotonin, acetylcholine and many others. This system of neurotransmitters and communication is critical to overall nerve system function.  This is clear evidence that the nerve system operates and controls the GI system.

The other component of a healthy gut is a healthy biome of microbes in our guts.  Some experts estimate 100 trillion bacteria alone reside within our guts.  More bacteria live within and on us than we have human cells.  That’s mind-boggling.

Contact Ask Dr. Lask for more information about achieving a healthy gut through probiotics (Orthobiotic supplement) and gentle chiropractic adjustments to the Thoracic spine to stimulate GI function.   http://www.askdrlask.com  314-835-1234

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Top 10 Ways to Prevent/Treat Cold and Flu Symptoms Naturally


10.  Always wash hands after being in public. The main vector of transmission is by rubbing your eyes, nose, and mouth.

9.  Make sure you are getting adequate sleep each night.  7-8 hours is recommended.

8.  Be sure to stay well hydrated.  Aim for 1/2 your body weight in ounces every day.

7.  Gargle with salt water for sore throats.  This will kill gram negative bacteria that are usually the cause.  Gargle for at least 30 seconds + and then don’t rinse afterwards.

6.  Floss your teeth and then gargle with Listerine for at least 30 seconds to 1 minute.

5.  Supplement with Echinacea which helps to stimulate immune function.

4.  Supplement with Vitamin C.  1000mg  3x/day.

3.  Sinus infections are usually fungal infections;  use a product like Sinatrol which is specific for fungal infection.

2. Perform weight bearing exercise.  Lift weights or body weight exercises will naturally increase white blood cell production which are the cells that fight off foreign pathogens.

1.Get a chiropractic adjustment.  The nerve system controls the immune system.  This bolsters the functionality of your natural immunity.  Especially cervical (neck) adjustments stimulate the pathways into the neck, throat, sinuses, and head.


Prevention is your best approach this cold and flu season.  This years flu vaccine is not a good match according to many medical doctors.  Take time to read this list and put into action as many of the above suggestions as possible. Remember, antibiotics do NOT work on viral infections.


Yours in health,

Dr. David Lask, D.C.

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Health Fair and Open House 2017

Open House

Join us this Saturday 9/9/17 from 10 am- 2 pm for the Ask Dr. Lask Health Fair and Open House in conjunction with Finney’s All N1 Healthclub.  This year features food from Bogarts BBQ, El Agave Mexican food, Bounce House for kids, Free Mini-massages, Free Ice Packs, Supplement Superstore samples, Workout demonstrations and much more.  This is a Family friendly event and would love to see everyone this Saturday.

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Real Producers

IMG_5347IMG_5348Nice spotlight article about me and my two businesses.  The article in Real Producers magazine June 2017  featured information about Ask Dr. Lask Wellness and Childproofers of St. Louis.

Ask Dr. Lask Wellness – chiropractic office that features a natural approach to health through chiropractic manipulation, deep muscle work, nutrition, and exercise. Dr. Lask has been saving lives for 20 years now.  He specializes in ADHD, sports, and Wellness.

Located inside of Finney’s All N 1 Healthclub on Watson Rd. in Crestwood/Sunset Hills area.

Childproofers of St. Louis– saving kids lives since 1992.  25 years of child safety.  Professionally installed baby gates, cabinet locks, toilet locks, outlet covers, and pool fences.

Located in west St. Louis county in Olivette, MO.

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Vaccines DO cause AUTISM

Recently I went to the Cal Jam conference of chiropractors in southern California where one of the featured speakers was Del Bigtree.  Del is a former producer of the Dr’s show on television that is created by Dr. Phil’s son.  Del heard a story about the link between Autism and vaccinations when he had Jenny McCarthy on the show and she was talking about her son and her suspicions of this link.  Suddenly Dr. Stork and the other M.D.s and producers on the show didn’t really want to go any further with the discussion and quickly and quietly stifled this topic.

Del Bigtree connected with Dr. Andy Wakefield and others to produce Vaxxed.com a documentary about a Whistle Blower from the CDC, named Dr. William Thompson. Dr. Thompson was the first to come forward and publicly expose the truth about a cover up where the CDC purposefully took a negative study and scrubbed the results to fit what BIG Pharma would want.  This deceit and fraud perpetuated upon the American public in the name of corporate profits is obscene and unconscionable.  However, this is exactly what has happened to the American public who has been duped again by the bureaucrats in Washington and the greedy corporate leaders of American business.

The sad result is millions of Americans who now have kids with AUTISM.  They took normally healthy kids and then at 18 months pumped in a triple shot of pandemic in the form of Mumps, Measles, and Rubella.  Completely assaulting the innocent immune system of an infant and completely overwhelming it with the live viruses of those three diseases at once PLUS a nice dose of Mercury (toxic) and Aluminum (toxic).   This assault to perfect innocent babies is permanently altering the kids DNA and expression of life.

I implore you to take a close look at this documentary and decide for yourself.  The facts are clear from the data that kids that take the MMR shot at 18 months are 7-8x more likely to develop AUTISM.  And for African Americans the risk is much higher.  Please share this message with everyone.  Big media isn’t going to broadcast this HUGE story.  They are sold out to Big Pharma.  70-80% of TV revenues come from Big Pharma ads.

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Defense Physiology

Defense physiology means a person is operating in fight or flight most of the time.  Fight or flight is a response to an environment that is stressed chronically.  You literally operate as if you are being chased by a dog all day and you have to run from it or turn around and bop it in the nose.  The problem with being in defense physiology all the time is that it leads to your body running down , wearing out, getting sick, and ending with chronic illness.

I heard Jill Farmer speak today at the St. Louis Master Mind group and she was talking about time management and how we lie to ourselves and tell ourselves their is not enough time in the day to get it all done.  The lie is that their actually IS enough time in the day and it’s all about the neurology of your thoughts.  Meaning, if you start making certain changes to self-talk, organization, prioritization, and some other skill sets you can actually start accomplishing a lot more each day. It was fascinating!

So it was during her talk today that she eluded to being in fight or flight most of the time and how that adversely affects our thinking and ultimately how successful we are and how much we achieve.  It was very interesting and something that connected the dots to the theories of Bruce Lipton, renowned epigeneticist who said,”a cell cannot simultaneously exist in a state of defense and growth at the same time”.

Think about it, if a basketball team is on defense all the time, are they going to score any points?  So on a cellular level, if the cell (brain cell)- neuron; is just trying to survive, how can it grow?  How can it achieve?  How can we prosper and live optimal vital lives?

You can’t. You wont. without making changes to the neurology of the body- the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, sensory nerves, motor nerves, autonomic nerves, sympathetic and para-sympathetic nerves. The changes are made most effectively and efficiently with the chiropractic adjustment.  Adjusting the spine and stimulating ALL of those pathways previously mentioned can be done instantaneously with an adjustment.

Additionally, we can measure scientifically how much stress is in your autonomic system and how much tension is in your motor nerve (muscle) system.  sEMG and HRV diagnostic tests demonstrate how efficiently your nerve system is operating and how deeply stress has penetrated into your body.

Call today to schedule these tests or to have an amazing chiropractic adjustment; 314-835-1234.



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Pre-diabetic is a term that means  you’re headed for diabetes if you don’t change your ways.  Increased blood sugars and a pancreas that’s  not functioning on all cylinders can be indicators that something’s wrong with the way your body is handling sugars. Increased sugars create high triglycerides which scar the inner lining of our blood vessels.  This allows plaques to form on the vessel walls and increase your risk of stroke and heart attack.

The strategy to treat this condition is two-fold.  Increase exercise and decrease sugar intake.  Obviously, you want to reduce sugar intake in all forms: artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, even certain fruits. Exercise is recommended at 30 minutes of vigorous exercise 5 times per week.  Try to achieve at least 150 minutes per week of cardio and weight bearing exercise.  Even a brisk walk counts.  Try walking after dinner for 30 minutes with a loved one and all aspects of your life will improve.

Final Note- I used to falsely believe that you had to be overweight or obese to be pre-diabetic.  I am a slim 183 lbs. and until having some blood drawn and checking these metrics did I know I was pre-diabetic.  I have adopted a lower sugar diet and have tried to increase my exercise to daily instead of just a couple of times per week.  So I encourage everyone reading this blog to get their blood checked for diabetes.  It could save your life.David New Professional Photo 007



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Brain Balance

Brain Balance has become a term that is used in conjunction with helping ADHD kids regain brain function.  Dr. Robert Melillo in his famous book, “Disconnected Kids” was one of the first people to coin this phrase.  Melillo studied under the Godfather of Functional Neurology- Dr. Ted Carrick.  Their groundbreaking work in the area of functional neurology helped pave the way for a new understanding of how the brain functions and what happens when the brain isn’t firing on all cyclinders.  The brain has a hierarchy of signaling that when interrupted leads to misfiring leading to failed communications within the brain AND the body.

Many children along the autism spectrum and ADHD spectrum have brains that are not balanced.  When the two hemisphere’s of the brain don’t sync up, communication within the brain fails.  This leads to behaviors and “symptoms” commonly associated with the spectrum including inattention and hyperactivity.  Learning disabilities, OCD, ADD, ADHD, Tourette’s, Dyslexia, and Autism all have shown improvement by balancing the brain.

I studied under Dr. Yannick Pauli of Switzerland who shared his knowledge of this subject with me and did extensive training learning this approach and bringing it to the midwest in St. Louis, MO.   We offer a ADHD Wellness Program at Ask Dr. Lask Wellness Center.   Call us today to schedule a consultation at 314-835-1234 or dlask@askdrlask.com.


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Manganese-a mineral that may help adjustments hold

Manganese (Mn) – Scientific Paper Abstracts
Manganese (Mn)
Minerals list

Manganese Deficiency & Its Role in Structural Balance

Cheryl Hawk, D.C.

The American Chiropractor, March/April 1982

In a certain percentage of patients with low-back pain and other problems related to structural balance, adjustments will not hold. These patients are the ones who are easy to adjust but who say, “I felt fine for a couple of hours and then my back went right out again.” Often these patients have been in car accidents or have otherwise injured their lower backs -lifting heavy objects, etc. They are often the patients who do not respond well to standard chiropractic technique in which manual manipulation of the articulations is done, but who respond better to low-force adjusting like Activator, SOT, or other techniques that do not directly mobilize the joints.

There are, of course, many factors which may contribute to chronicity in structural problems: the patient may not be following instructions properly; there may be metabolic problems like hypothyroidism or hypoglycemia complicating the situation; there may be emotional and mental stress which disturb the patient’s nervous system.

Often, however, with or without complicating factors, there is a simple deficiency present which, when corrected, soon turns the three-adjustments-a- week patient into twice-a-month patients. Manganese is the mineral which often accomplishes this. When a hair analysis is performed on a patient with a chronic structural problem (usually in the lower back), the manganese level is invariably low. This fact alone, however, would not be significant since manganese deficiency is widespread in the general population and since the clinical significance of hair levels of manganese is presently unknown. What is significant is that, when these chronic patients are given manganese, they begin to hold adjustments and their symptoms decrease in frequency and severity.

There are several reasons for this dramatic improvement. Although manganese is most commonly known for its role in bone growth, reproduction, and enzyme synthesis, Its role in maintaining structural balance is not so frequently mentioned. There are three principle functions of manganese to consider in discussing this role: its function in connective tissue, in the thyroid, and in glucose metabolism.

Manganese is needed in the production and repair of connective tissue, which includes bones, ligaments, tendons, and fascia. Its specific role is in the manufacture of mucopolysaccharides, which are one of the main components of all connective tissue. Experimentally it has been found that manganese deficiency may produce structural deformities in animals. The slipped tendon and perosis syndrome in chickens -in which bone deformity and ligamentous laxity are involved -has for some time been used as a rationale for manganese supplementation in humans with ligamentous and osseous problems.

The thyroid gland also requires manganese in order to produce thyroxin. Consequently, correction of a manganese deficiency is necessary for proper thyroid function. This is important in relation to musculoskeletal problems because lowered thyroid function may result in muscle aches, spasms, and weakness; In the case of severe hypothyroidism, the general musculature becomes hypertrophied due to infiltration of mucopolysaccharides. This situation has obvious implications in the patient’s ability to maintain structural corrections.

Manganese is involved, too, in glucose metabolism The enzyme pyruvate carboxylase, which is utilized in gluconeogenesis, contains tightly bound manganese. Patients with hypoglycemia often complain of chronic back pain due to nervous system irritation and muscle imbalances set up by an endocrine disorder. Correction of the hypoglycemia condition is necessary before the patient’s structural problems will subside permanently, and manganese deficiency must be considered to be a factor.

Any form of soluble manganese may be used although preparations with manganese glycerophosphate and Vitamin B12 are specially formulated for maximum benefit. Though manganese is a trace element and only about 4 mg. is required daily, many patients benefit from larger amounts until their deficiency states have been corrected. At least 15 mg. per day is generally recommended for several months, and sometimes, especially in the case of sprains and strains, and disc lesions, more than that may be beneficial. Many manganese supplements contain far more than the minimum. Dr. George Goodheart has recommended up to 140 mg. of manganese six times per day or even as much as 140 mg. hourly

for severe disc lesions. Since manganese is not toxic except when exposure is very great, such as in the mining and manufacturing professions, short-term use of large amounts followed by a maintenance dose of approximately 15 mg. per day should pose no dangers of toxicity. It usually takes several months to correct long-standing ligamentous problems. Manganese deficiencies can’t be expected to be corrected in less than six months. The large doses of manganese, as mentioned previously, should only be used when physical medicine treatment is initiated. After symptoms have been reduced, a small maintenance dose (4-15 mg.) is all that is usually needed. In eight to ten months, a hair analysis may be repeated to determine whether to continue supplementation and to monitor progress. The improving symptoms should, however, be apparent within weeks or two to three months at most.

The following are indications for manganese supplementation (a hair analysis may be performed to verify deficiency):

1 -Sprains and strains which take longer than normal to heal. It is often wise, in fact, to suggest manganese supplementation immediately after an injury to prevent such a delay in healing,

2 -Chronic low back pain which does not readily respond to treatment,

3 -Hypermobilities of the spinal and extra spinal joints. This condition indicates ligamentous laxity and/or previous trauma.

Manganese and Carbohydrate Metabolism

A relationship between manganese and abnormal carbohydrate metabolism was first suggested by Rubenstein and coworkers (1962). They reported the case of a diabetic patient resistant to insulin therapy who responded to oral doses of manganese chloride with decreasing blood glucose levels. Interestingly, these investigators tried manganese supplementation partly because of the patient’s statement that his diabetic condition could be controlled to some extent by an extract of lucerne (alfalfa, Medicago sativa), an old South African folk medicine treatment for diabetes. Upon analysis it was found that the alfalfa contained a high concentration of manganese. In contrast to manganese, oral supplements of zinc, magnesium, cobalt, or iron had no effect on the patient’s blood sugar levels. The authors hypothesized that manganese acted by inhibiting the release or function of glucagon. Consistent with the observation of Rubenstein et al., patients suffering from chronic manganism show a prolonged reactionary hypoglycemia following intravenous glucose tolerance testing (Hassenein et al., 1966). A hypoglycemic effect of manganese has also been reported in rabbits (Pignatari, 1932) and dogs (Bellotti, 1956). Large-scale studies evaluating the therapeutic effect of manganese supplementation in treatment of diabetes have not been reported.

In experimental animals, an essential role of manganese in carbohydrate metabolism was demonstrated by Everson and Shrader (1968). These investigators found that guinea pigs born to manganese-deficient dams and fed manganese-deficient diets to 60 days of age had abnormal glucose tolerance curves and decreased utilization of glucose. Tissue pathology in these animals included hypertrophied pancreatic islet tissue with degranulated beta-cells and an increased number of alpha-cells (Shrader and Everson, 1968). All of these signs of manganese deficiency were reversed following dietary manganese supplementation for 2 months. Interestingly, the pancreatic lesions seen in the manganese-deficient guinea pigs appear to be similar to those of human infants born to diabetic mothers.

Manganese and Brain Function

Manganese is essential for normal function of the brain. Manganese-deficient rats are more susceptible to convulsions than are normal rats and show electroencephalographic recordings similar to those of epileptics (Hurley et al., 1963). The importance of these observations is underscored by the recent report by Papavasiliou and coworkers (1979), who found that whole blood manganese levels were significantly lower in epileptics than in control subjects.

In the human the highest brain manganese concentrations are in the pineal gland, olfactory bulb, median eminence of the hypothalamus, and basal ganglia (Bonilla et al., 1982; Barbeau et al., 1976). In the rat the highest concentrations are in the median eminence, hippocampus, midbrain, and cerebellum (Donaldson et al., 1973). Manganese in the brain accumulates mainly in pigmented structures, such as the melanocytes of the substantia nigra.



1. is an integral part of the enzyme, arginase, that facilitates conversion of toxic ammonia into urea –which is a good diuretic and stimulates wound healing.

2. is essential to reproduction and growth of mammals –also is vital to sex functions.

3. activates the enzyme, acetyl-CoA-carboxylase –which operates in conjunction with biotin and adenosinetriphosphate to normalize fat metabolism.

4. participates in acetylase activity in reuniting acetyl and choline in nerve impulse transmission processes.

5. deficiency causes malformation of bones.

6. its lack allows loss of calcium from bone.

7. aids biosynthesis of glucuronic acid –needed for detoxification purposes.

8. improves formation of connective tissues.

9. stimulates hemoglobin formation.

10. tends to prevent hypothyroidism by stimulating thyroxine synthesis.

11. is stored in thyroid for various emergency needs.

12. protects against kidney degeneration.

13. concentration in blood plasma is twice as high as in blood cells.

14. levels rise markedly in fetus during latter part of pregnancy.

15. is excreted largely via bile and colon.

16. aids metabolism of calcium and phosphorus.

17. has unexplained relationship to Vitamin B1 activity.

18. in vitro tests show manganese activates blood and bone phosphatases as well as liver and intestinal phosphatases –also cholinesterase.

19. in mitochondria of the cells; are the principal site of uptake of manganese.

20. in newly hatched chickens, the concentration of manganese is 0. 124 mg/% of whole liver, and this figure is doubled during first week of life. By the 18th day the weight of liver increases sevenfold whereas manganese increases 17 times.

Manganese Summary

Despite the essentiality of manganese, its metabolism and biochemistry are still poorly understood. Although a deficiency or toxicity of this element has pathological consequences, the underlying biochemical lesions have not been well defined.

Absorption of manganese is not well regulated and is influenced by several dietary factors. Homeostatic regulation of manganese is mainly through excretion of the element into the intestinal tract via bile. Absorbed manganese is transported on alpha-2-macroglobulin and transferrin; retained manganese concentrates in mitochondria-rich tissues. Within a cell, much of the element is localized in the mitochondria. Fluctuations in the intracellular concentration of free Mn, like that of Mg2 + and Ca2+, may be a mechanism of cellular metabolic control. Manganese functions both as an enzyme activator and as a constituent of metalloenzymes. It is the preferred metal cofactor for a number of glycosyltransferases, and much of the connective tissue defects seen with manganese deficiency may be explained by depression in activity of these enzymes. Manganese metalloenzymes that are affected by manganese status include arginase and superoxide dismutase. Some of the membrane abnormalities seen with manganese deficiency may be the result of depressed superoxide dismutase activity, with subsequent increased lipid peroxidation.

Manganese is involved in carbohydrate metabolism, as a deficiency of the element may produce abnormal insulin metabolism and abnormal glucose tolerance. Acute manganese toxicity also perturbs carbohydrate metabolism. The relationship of manganese to lipid metabolism has not been defined, but it appears to have a lipotropic action and is involved in cholesterol and fatty acid synthesis.

Manganese is essential for normal brain function, at least in part through its role in the metabolism of biogenic amines. Manganese toxicity is a serious health hazard in some industries, resulting in a permanently crippling neurological disorder of the extrapyramidal system. The role of manganese in immunocompetence and oncogenesis is poorly defined.

The adequacy of manganese nutrition in man has not been well characterized, in part because of lack of methods for the detection of suboptimal manganese status. Future studies defining manganese status of various population groups at risk, coupled with a greater understanding of the element’s function in metabolism, will further delineate the role of this element in biological systems.

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How healthy is your drinking Water?


Water is a critical component of staying healthy. You should be drinking around 1/2 of your body weight in ounces of water per day. So if you weigh 100 lbs., you would drink 50 ounces of water. Healthy drinking water is vital if you want to keep your human biome and brain functioning properly.

If your drinking unfiltered water from the tap, you are ingesting chlorine, fluoride, bacteria, sediments, and other harmful materials potentially including anti-biotics and pesticides. Chlorine and fluoride interact with the pineal gland in the brain and cause it to calcify. They also affect thyroid function as well. The thyroid uses iodine to function properly and these elements are also halides and so they react similar to the iodine and take it’s place.

Chlorine also kills the good flora in the gut which is critical to proper bowel function. Without a healthy biome in the gut, the gut wall distends and becomes inflamed. This inflammation causes Leaky Gut Syndrome. This allows harmful undigested particles to leak directly into the bloodstream. These particles are identified as foreign proteins by the immune system and get attacked . This sets off an auto-immune response.

This process is called agglutination. It literally translates to “glue”. These glued particles then get stuck in your joints, heart, brain, arteries, etc. and leads to inflammation of all of these organs and tissues. This my friends is the root of all disease, all pathology, and most cancers if left untreated in a chronic condition.

So keeping your gut healthy is really a critical component of overall health and wellness. By eliminating the tap water with all it’s dangerous chemicals, you give your gut and brain a chance to heal. The human biome is critical to overall health.

Do yourself a favor and invest in some sort of water filtration system. There are lots of them out there. Do your homework and decide what’s right for you. Depending on your budget and how deep you want to go with this.

I invested in a gravity filtration system by ProPur. It’s a counter top one that wasn’t too expensive, but filters up to 2 gallons of water at a time. It’s a lot more effective than the Brita or Pur water filtration systems you hook up at the sink.

So make the switch away from tap water and start drinking more filtered water or natural spring water.  Staying hydrated with healthy water is a must for anyone interested in overall health.

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