We find ourselves, on a daily basis, discussing with patients the importance of good nutritional choices. Often people become overwhelmed by the thought of changing the way they cook and eat. The saying “You Are What You Eat” has never been truer than in today’s society. Inflammation, high blood pressure, and low energy levels can all be improved by removing chemical and processed foods from your diet and replacing them with healthy, fresh ingredients. In our office we find that the Paleo diet is the most beneficial when eating for better health. The Paleo diet promotes eating chicken, lean meat, fish, eggs, fruits, vegetables, healthy fats (avocados, olive oil, and coconut oil), and nuts and restricts consuming grains, pasteurized dairy, legumes, refined sugars, refined salt, and highly processed oils.


The Simply Dined and Well Aligned cookbook is meant to be a guide for better health. Although individuals feel better and become healthier when adopting the Paleo diet, some old habits die hard. We have found that our patients making a transition from their current eating habits to the Paleo diet may find it difficult. Our cookbook is “Paleo-friendly.” So, what does that mean? Well, you may find a recipe in our book that has a non-Paleo ingredient. That’s okay, don’t freak out! Our recipes are healthy, bottom line!

Types of Testing


A urinalysis is used as a diagnostic tool to detect and assess different components of urine. Often, substances such as bacteria, protein, or glucose will appear in the urine before producing physical signs or symptoms. Urinalysis testing is strongly recommended for those with low back pain and mid back pain due to pain referral from the kidneys, liver, and prostate. The test can determine issues such as:


  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Dehydration
  • Infection
  • Pre-Diabetes/Diabetes
  • Kidney/Liver Dysfunction
  • Gout


Food Intolerance Panel

A urine indican test measures the efficiency of digestion and it is an efficient aid in the screening for bacterial links to digestive issues. Conditions associated with increased incican are:


  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Celiac Disease
  • Low levels of Hydrochloric Acid
  • No Production of Hydrochloric Acid
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Pancreatic Insufficiency
  • Malabsorptions

Food intolerances are more common than most realize. It is quite common to not display symptoms and yet still have one or more food intolerance. Indications of a food intolerance include diarrhea, loose stools, indigestion, gastroesophageal reflux, constipation, poor assimilation of nutrients, and inflammatory conditions.


Food intolerance testing analyzes the antigen-specific secretory IgA in saliva to detect genetically inherited food intolerance to the following:


  • Wheat (gluten)
  • Eggs (ovalbumin)
  • Cow Milk (casein)
  • Soy Protein

Merkle Blood Panel

The Merkle Blood Panel is a science based approach to nutritional healthcare. It provides individual, drug-free recommendations to promote optimum health based on imbalances and dysfunction identified from test results. The comprehensive blood panel allows Dr. McGraw to establish a baseline of biomarkers to track your individual health and nutritional needs. Using blood work and other diagnostic tools, an in-depth analysis of your body function will be performed. The testing will show where problem areas are occurring or just developing. Your detailed report will explain your test findings, as well as the nutrient and dietary recommendations based on your test results.


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Food Allergy Panel



Hair Analysis



Adverse reactions to food may trigger countless effects in the body. These reactions may result in signs and symptoms ranging in severity from mild to life threatening. The Comprehensive Food Allergy panel measures serum concentration of IgG and IgA antibodies specific to 184 foods. Measurement of food-specific IgG and IgA may be used in determining whether a food sensitivity is present, and if so, the antigen causing the sensitivity.


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Hair tissue mineral analysis helps assess specific nutrient imbalances and heavy metal toxicity. Hair analysis is the most accurate way to assess both essential elements and toxic elements in your body. Deficiencies in trace elements, needed for an endless number of metabolic body functions, create many health issues. For example, Zinc is essential for insulin production and storage, Magnesium for normal muscle function, and Potassium for nutrient transport in cells. Toxic metal levels are examined to determine the heavy metal load in the body including Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Arsenic, and Aluminum.


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Active Care Chiropractic - Chiropractors in Wilmington, NC

Active Care Chiropractic

5814 Oleander Drive

Wilmington, NC 28403

910-791-9130 Phone

910-791-9165 Fax