Nadine the Soldier Who Became a Chiropractor
Have you ever wondered how much a soldier goes through when the war has ended? This short story displays the health challenges that Nadine had after serving one year in Iraq. The vast tools of the medical community could not promote her recovery. It was up to her to find the solution: Functional Medicine and Chiropractic Care. Learn how to heal your body after intense episodes of stress.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Nadine the Soldier Who Became a Chiropractor
From Soldier to Dr. Nadine
Beating stress to live a kick-ass life
Once upon a time there was a young girl named
Nadine. She was from a small town with four
sisters. To pay for college on her own and travel the
world, she opted to join the army.
She was strong, healthy, 120 pounds, and ran faster
than most of the guys.
While trainingin Monterey, California, she
became a Russian linguist before being deployed
One afternoon while deployedin Kosovo on a
mountaintop doing signal intel work, President
There were 3 types of stress:
1. Physical: bombs, mortars, threat of rape
2. Emotional: away from family, facing unfamiliar situations
3. Chemical/Toxicity: contaminated food and water, parasites, toxins.
Nadine joined in the fight in Iraq
as a combat driver.She carried her
M16, wore a bulletproof vest, and
pulled shifts in the guard tower.
The constant threat
from bombs, her male
and the start of chronic
neck pain were
she unknowingly was
infected by a
Drivingin Combat was
hazardous. She had one
serious brain injuryand
severe neck pain after her
vehicle was hit and rolled
Nadine was going through some of life’s major stressors and after
several months she was worn out.
The boom from car bombs could not awake her. There was no
thirst or taste for food.
She could not smalltalk with her friends.
She essentiallyfelt like a zombie on The Walking Dead TV show.
Nadine’s war experience (Civilian world equivalent)
1. Put a human in a cage (Office cubicle).
2. Every hour make loud noises (phones), unleash a tiger in the
cage (boss) and keep fluorescent lightson constantly.
3. Create smells, sounds, sights that are shocking and can’t be
4. Lace the food with a parasite(contamination,GMOs, sugar) that
slowly deprives the body of nutrients.
5. Turn the temperatureup to 140°F and drop it to 30°F the next
day to confuse the brain’s thermostatand make the human very
6. Give the human a task daily that undoes the one completed the
day before (boss changes the standard operating procedures
daily). When you feel like you do not have a clear missionthe
mind becomes less engaged.
7. Tell the human that the project will be completetomorrow and
he/she can go home. Make thispromise for 6 months (promised
a raise that never comes).
1.Sicker than ever: 3 infections every winter
2.All food made her ill
3.Diarrhea every 7 days
4.Hair was falling out
5.Skin was dry and pale
6.Lost her female cycle
9.Muscle and joint pain
The stress had worn out the glands needed for her to be
resilient and energetic: the adrenal glands. These glands
secrete hormones that affect every tissue, how you feel
and how well you think by changing blood sugar levels,
gut function, immune health, fat storage, reducing
inflammation from allergens and toxins, and helping to
regulate the sex hormone cycle. These hormones have a
host of physical, psychological, and emotional effects
and when they are not balanced it is difficult to be well
and happy. Eventually, the adrenal glands produce less
than optimal amounts of hormones, which is called
Nadine found it difficult to have the energy to go to
school and have a social life. Also, the more she felt
exhausted, the more “PTSD” symptoms she experienced:
flashbacks, feeling hopeless, confused about her reasons
to plan for a future, study, make friends. She could not
get on with life in this condition. She needed a
treatment that would reverse the stress her body had
been under. That treatment was Functional Medicine
and chiropractic care.
Now that Nadine was out of the army
and back home, all she needed was to
get on with life, right?
Nadine’s Symptoms on Adrenal Fatigue
Functional Medicine vs. Conventional Medicine
The mission of healing the body using Functional Medicine is to optimize the function of all
body systems so that the individual may live with the highest state of performance possible
while preventing modern degenerative diseases. A functional medicine practitioner looks at
health as the absence of suppressed body function.
This is different from conventional medicine where health is defined as the the absence of
disease. Although adrenal fatigue has been recognized and treated successfully for over 100
years, conventional medicine does not treat it.
If you were to see your conventional MD, a standard and very minimal lab (Complete Blood
Count) would be performed and reveal little. Remember, adrenal fatigue is not a disease but
the beginning of the pathway to disease. Thus, your MD would not detect any abnormality,
would not suggest a remedy, and would send you away as if nothing were wrong.
Dr. Nadine experienced this countless times with her conventional doctor. She learned that
there was a clear line between medicine and alternative medicine: your medical doctor can
help you by screening your health yearly to detect the presence of disease and help you when
you have a recognized disease but does not work to prevent disease. For this, you have
complimentary alternative doctors: Integrative Medical Doctor, Functional Medicine
Practitioners, Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, Naturopaths, and others.
Nadine found out what was the cause of her symptoms
using the BioHealthAdrenal 201 test kit.
An ideal balance of hormones enhances
metabolism, energy production, immune
function, and other processes critical to
Hormone imbalance degrades such
functions and accelerates the aging process.
Your stress response is dependent on your
adrenal gland hormone, cortisol. This is the
hormone measured to assess your ability to
cope with stress and remain healthy.
Could you benefit from Functional Medicine?
You may have Adrenal Fatigue if you answer “yes” to
oIncreased frequency of illness.
oIncreased gut pain, intolerance to food,
diarrhea, constipation, bloating.
oBreakdown muscle tissue for fuel while
increasing abdominal fat. “Muffin Top”
oSkin lesions, pimples, pallor, dryness
Stress is the cause of 80% to 85% of all human illness and disease.
Stress is a major contributing factor either directly or indirectly to
coronary artery disease, cancer, respiratory disorders, accidental
injuries, cirrhosis of the liver and suicide; the six leading causes of
death in the United States.
When your adrenal stress test results reveal a
problem in adrenal function, there is a solution
to get them working optimally.
Nadine’s yellow line indicates a depressed
adrenal function and the cause of her
Nadine’s supplement protocol was based on
her individual lab results . You will have a
tailored protocol to your specific state of
adrenal fatigue to restore your function back to
We don’t guess but know what you need. Stressed Healthy
Nadine was getting better but her neck still had pain
from her injury even after several years! Her pain was
stealing her youth and ability to be productive. She
noted that her success was inversely proportional to her
neck pain; the more pain she had the less productive
she was at home and at work. This was not how she
dreamed of living.
Chiropractic Care was the solution.
Chiropractic care is a system
of complementary medicine based on
the diagnosis and manipulative treatment
of misalignments of the joints, especially
those of the spinal column, which are held to cause
other disorders by affecting the nerves, muscles, and
Ask for a BioHealth 201 Kit today to
check your adrenal hormone levels.
More people are turning to chiropractic than ever before.
As a Doctors of Chiropractic, Dr. Nadine is skilled in
determining if your complaint is musculoskeletal,
neurological, or involves dysfunctions in organs and tissues,
such as adrenal fatigue, kidney stones and gut inflammation.
She spends 40-60 minutes listening to your health
complaint, asks questions about your lifestyle to identify
causes and remedies while performing a diagnostic
examination. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and
can identify the need for medical intervention. Dr. Nadine
often refers for co-management of your complaint with
other members of her healthcare team: integrative
alternative medical doctors, nurse practitioners,
acupuncturists, massage therapists, personal trainers, and
To help you get better quickly,
Dr. Nadine has a 3-Step approach:
During Step 2, changes specific for your needs and goals will be introduced
and this is what makes Dr. Nadine your partner in reaching your goal.
2. Sleep Habits
3. Food and Water Quality
4. Food Choices
6. Home Lighting at Night
7. Body Care/Exercise
8. Learn New Tasks
9. Social Connections
10. Workplace Posture
11. Strength, flexibility
12. Cleaning and Body Products
12 Consideration Points in
Dr. Nadine will coach you through
optimizing your environment to get
your body working at its best.
Dr. Nadine treats your body as
a whole unit at each visit.
What to Expect During Your
1. Injured tissues will be treated using
Graston Technique (20-30 minutes)
2. Improper movement patterns will be
3. Immobile joints will be adjusted to
restore motion using your preferred
4. Sports Tape is applied to restore
proper biomechanical function of
tissues to continue the healing process
outside of the office.
Dr. Brinton graduated as Valedictorian with Magnum Cum
Laude Honors from Palmer College of Chiropractic West in
2012 to receive her doctorate of chiropractic degree. As a
California native, she graduated with Sume Cum Laude honors
from UC Davis in 2009 with a BS in Clinical Nutrition. Nutrition
became an important aspect of life to Dr. Brinton after eating
too many MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) while serving as a
Russian linguist turned into a combat driver during Operation
Iraqi Freedom II. During five years of military service, Dr.
Brinton learned compassion, dedication, the meaning of loss,
the pain of physical trauma to the spine and body, and the
true meaning of life: service and love. As a result of the
physical, emotional, and chemical traumas she experienced,
she needed and attained the healing success of the
combination of Functional Medicine with Chiropractic care.
Dr. Nadine Brinton, DC
CHIROPRACTIC, NUTRITION & FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE
Morgan Camp, MD & Associates
131 Camino Alto, Suite F, Mill Valley
(415) 383-9903 Office