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Best of Jackson Hole 2019 Alternative Medicine Practitioner

We thank you for your support! It is such an honor to make it on the Best of Jackson Hole list. Dr. Mark Menolascino and Kevin Meehan are some big names to follow! It is so exciting for us as we are just over a year into practice here.

So what does it mean to be an Alternative Medicine Practitioner?

For us, it means we do our best to help you heal so you can get out and do what you love. Chiropractic means “done by hand.” We use our hands to diagnose and to treat. We love working on shoulders, hips, knees, feet, gait patterns, and core conditioning as well as the normal chiropractic targets of back pain and headaches. Our goal to is find the cause of your pain and dysfunction and address it. We treat using muscle release techniques, adjustments, and therapies, then teach you exercises and stretches to you can maintain (and not have to visit us too often).

We also value the role of tradition medicine. If you need care that isn’t in our scope, we will recommend another medical professional. There are some great ones in this town.

And so you know, it is our favorite thing when we run into you on the slopes, out hiking, or dancing at Bluegrass Tuesday. It is always encouraging to see you living your life so fully. Keep enjoying!

Much love,
Dr. Laura and Dr. Tyler

Why do Chiropractors get called Quacks?

We admit that chiropractic had some rather quackish beginnings.  D.D. Palmer, the founder of chiropractic in the late 19th century once said, “A subluxated vertebra… is the cause of 95 percent of all diseases… The other five percent is caused by displaced joints other than those of the vertebral column.”[1]

We definitely disagree with the quote above and rest-assured will never claim to be a cure-all.  To compare, Western medicine also had its share of questionable beliefs and practices.  Even in the 20th century doctors used arsenic and mercury to treat syphilis, and some prescribed radioactive juice [2] to stimulate the thyroid, adrenals and gonads.  We can all be thankful that both Western medicine and chiropractic have come a long way thanks to modern research and education.  Chiropractic is now a four-year doctorate program with four rounds of national boards in chiropractic and one in physiotherapy.  And while there are still philosophy-based chiropractors out there, the newer curriculums are focused on evidence-based practice, and this we are happy to be a part of!  Today, we start a series on what research shows to work.  Our first topic is the all-too-prevalent issue of low back pain. 

The Evidence for Chiropractic and Low Back Pain

Almost a fifth of US adults experience back pain in a given year [3]  and up to 80% in their lifetime.[4]
People have long been going to chiropractors for low-back pain and now we have the research to substantiate the practice.   Systematic reviews (reviews of years of research studies) show that chiropractic care decreases pain and disability both in the short-term and the long-term.[5]   A 2018 study found that chiropractic care in addition to traditional medicine was far more effective than medical treatment alone.[6] The results were statistically significant in favor the addition of chiropractic treatment showing reduced low-back pain intensity, reduced disability and increased satisfaction with care. Not a surprise!  The majority of low-back pain is mechanical, a result of an aberrant movement like shoveling heavy snow or from chronic posture or gait patterns.  Addressing the muscles and other soft tissue as well as the joint mechanics gets to the root of the problem, as opposed to masking it with painkillers. Our favorite way to work through the soft tissue- Active Release Techniques!

Why you need Vitamin D

Vitamin D is quite possibly one of the most important vitamins required for human health.  The best source of Vitamin D is direct sunlight exposure.  Other dietary sources include cod liver oil, salmon, mackerel, sardines and tuna.  Milk that is fortified with D (as well as milk products) supply a smaller amount of D.  It is recommended by nutrition experts that both children and adults consume between 800 – 1000 IU of vitamin D per day, especially in places direct sunlight exposure is limited (like Jackson, WY in during the winter months).  At JH Backcountry Health, we carefully select our supplements from reputable sources.  If you are in need of Vitamin D, we have your back!

Some important functions of Vitamin D:
  • Prevent bone fractures
  • Prevent falls in older people and osteoporosis
  • Reduce the risk of cancer, especially colon cancer, prostate cancer, and breast cancer
  • Reduce the risk of diabetes, especially in young people and in those living in high altitude
  • Protect against heart disease, including high blood pressure and heart failure
  • Reduce your risk for multiple sclerosis
  • Improve your mood
  • Improve your lung function.


Diet & Lifestyle Coaching

Are you ready to tackle some major changes in your life? Do you want to radically improve your diet, stress level, hormone balance, sleep or exercise routine? We offer one-on-one sessions, working with you to expand your knowledge and achieve your goals. Sit down with Dr. Laura Peterson in a quiet office to work through material and make sustainable healthy changes in your life. Four and six-week programs are available.

4 Week Program

  • One 15 minute “See if this is right for you” consultation in person or by phone
  • One initial 1 hour session
  • Three follow-up 1 hour sessions
  • Workbook with materials and calendar for tracking diet, stress, sleep and exercise.
  • Weekly tracking of weight, blood pressure, waist circumference, blood glucose and ketone level as applicable
  • Reference list for each topic including peer-reviewed scientific research and evidence-based books and readings

6 Week Program

  • One 15 minute “See if this is right for you” consultation in person or by phone
  • One initial 1 hour session
  • Five follow-up 1 hour sessions
  • Workbook with materials and calendar for tracking diet, stress, sleep and exercise.
  • Weekly measurement and tracking of weight, blood pressure, waist circumference, blood glucose and ketone levels as applicable
  • Reference list for each topic including peer-reviewed scientific research and evidence-based books and readings

Additional sessions and longer programs are also available.

Which challenges would you like to tackle?

Dietary changes

Would you like to explore the low-carb and keto diets?  Learn to how to do it safely and sustainably as well as avoid the common errors leading to electrolyte imbalance and keto flu.

Do you need to start an anti-inflammatory or auto-immune diet? Understand why and how to make important dietary changes to reduce your inflammation and start feeling better naturally.

Intermittent fasting -Learn why skipping meals isn’t a bad thing, and how it can help you lose or maintain your weight and improve various health markers such as insulin levels, human growth hormone and cellular repair.

Stress and hormone balance

We live in a fast-paced world with more distractions and to-dos than ever before, and this is wreaking havoc on our cortisol and other adrenal hormones. This in addition to our diet affects our sex hormones, often pushing women into estrogen dominance.  We will talk about the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems and how to allow ourselves to rest and digest, cortisol production and adrenal fatigue, and how to restore the estrogen and progesterone balance. 


At least one-third of Americans are sleep-deprived.  Lack of sleep is associated with all kinds of negative effects- decreased immune system function, poor memory, decreased neuro and endocrine modulation, as well as moodiness and depression.  We will talk about what a good night’s sleep should look like and how to become a better sleeper.  Sleep is critical to your health and not something to be ignored or replaced.


Exercise is proven to improve mood as well as brain function, cardiovascular health and bone density.  We will work through how to fit it into your schedule, and what type of exercises would be best for your health and most sustainable for your lifestyle.   We will create a plan for you to use exercise to combat stress, improve your health markers, and achieve your health goals.

Ready to get started?  Book your free consultation now.

Keto Grasshopper Bars


This won as the favorite at the Keto Cookie Swap last week. And I am happy to share the recipe. So starting off with the base layer, which is just slightly different than the one in Keto Coconut Brownies since I was missing a few of those ingredients..

Fudgy Keto Brownies
1 cup butter
1/2 cup xylitol (or 2/3 cup erythritol)
3 eggs, room temp
1/2 cup almond flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
/4 tsp baking powder (this is the high-altitude version)

-Soften or melt butter (it seems to work either way), mix thoroughly with xylitol
-Beat eggs slightly, then mix in to butter and xylitol
-Mix together all dry ingredients (the rest) in a bowl and pour in slowly while beating
-Pour into 8″ by 8 ” pan and bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes, until just set. Once it has cooled, place it in the freezer while you make the next layer.

Peppermint Cloud Layer
2/3 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped to a stiff peak
3 oz cream cheese, softened
½ cup powdered erythritol,
½ tsp peppermint extract
1-2 drops green food coloring (completely optional!)

-Whip the heavy cream with about 2 Tbsp of the powdered erythritol
-Mix softened cream cheese with the rest of the erythritol, peppermint extract and optional food coloring (I don’t like food coloring but I do use it for pictures 😉 )
-Gently fold in the whipped cream into the cream cheese blend, starting with about a quarter of the whipped cream.
-Smooth on top of brownies
-Put pan in freezer while you make the next layer

Chocolate topping layer
4 oz unsweetened chocolate
1/3 cup heavy cream
2 droppers liquid stevia

-Melt the chocolate carefully into the cream to emulsify, whisk in the stevia and pour over the peppermint layer.
-Cut with a hot sharp knife when fully chilled.
Eat, share, enjoy!