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Thursday, 05 October 2017 22:08

Gratitude, Service & Health

It is Thanksgiving weekend coming up. This is a time we often talk about gratitude, and it is a good time to do so! The government gives us a day off work, and we have an opportunity to enjoy the spectacular autumn weather. Why am I talking about this as a chiropractor? Look at the posture of the grateful person in this picture! What a wonderful treatment for text neck! Even if we don't get fantastic fall weather on the weekend (I think there may be some rain in the forecast), we will enjoy the long weekend if we have a gratitude focus. For Jane and I, our kids are coming home from University, and we will be together with extended family. All good things!…
Wednesday, 06 September 2017 22:18

Lean into it

I watched a movie this summer where the main character shares the 6 rules of wisdom that he learned from his father. The fifth rule was to "lean into it". He tells his nephew that the outcome doesn't matter, what matters is that you are there for it, whatever it is- good or bad. I liked that. I used it this summer at Preteen Camp, as we experienced one day of rain and we were running the programs as usual. Jane and I were stationed on Kayaks, standing in the water and loading kids into boats. Some of the kids were worrying about getting wet, and I shared this pearl of wisdom with them, encouraging them to embrace getting wet- they were going to get…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 01:11

Posture and Depression

May 1-7 is National Mental Health week.  There have been numerous headlines lately on the topic of posture and depression, as a recent study demonstrated the correlation between our posture and our mood.  Does someone have poor posture because they are dealing with depression, or can the poor posture actually affect an individual’s mood?  In a New Zealand study led by Dr. Elizabeth Broadbent, 61 adults diagnosed with mild to moderate depression were divided into 2 groups.  One group had specific work done to improve their posture while the other group had “sham” work done, to test for a placebo response.  The researchers found that the group which worked to improve their posture felt “more alert and enthusiastic, less fearful and had a higher self…
Monday, 03 April 2017 23:26

Spring: Time to Cleanse!

The first day of spring has arrived, and the weather alternates between cold blusters of winter remnants and the tantalizing teasings of spring- with the hopefulness of warmth and new life to come. It's time for SPRING CLEANING! This is when we go through the closets to get rid of junk, and wash the winter grime off the windows to let in sunlight and fresh air. Soon it will be time to get outside and rake the thatch from the lawn, clean the dead leaves from the garden and prepare the yard for a season of growth. Just as we need to get rid of the debris from our gardens to make them thrive, the same is true for our bodies. Spring is a great…
Friday, 27 January 2017 16:42

I Did NOT Want to Like It....

...yet here I am, recommending this product! I have been a chiropractor for 28 years. In this time, I cannot tell you how many companies have approached me and tried to get me to sell their product. Let's just say, a lot! Vitamins, supplements, the list is endless. Other then selling a few pillows to facilitate some patients getting proper back support, I have had ZERO interest in aligning myself with a product. Eight years ago, a colleague of mine retired from Chiropractic in order to market and sell a Nutritional System, because he was so excited about the product. I was happy for him, but did not try the product at all. I was just not interested. Then Facebook came along, and a different…
Friday, 16 December 2016 01:10

Eat Your Way Healthy

Foods that increase your healing potential As part of my preparation for our talk on MAXIMIZING YOUR BODY'S HEALING DEFENSES, I turned to Dr. Google to research foods that increase our immune function. Of course there are varying views, but it is generally agreed that the foods listed below can help you fight the good fight. Of course, eating these foods is no substitute for the things discussed in our previous article. All the oranges in the world won't help you if you aren't getting adequate sleep... Citrus fruits: These are rich in Vitamin C, which tops the chart as a necessary ingredient to keep your immune system running at 100 percent. Vitamin C is thought to increase the production of white blood cells, which are…
Tuesday, 29 November 2016 22:05

Maximizing YOUR Body's Healing Defenses

As we head into "colds and flu season", it is important that we take time to prepare. We are constantly exposed to all kinds of nasty germs. We must make sure we are fully armed in the battle for good health- whether it is the winter season or not. In researching for our Wellness Workshop, I read a number of articles on boosting one's immune system. A Harvard Health Publication recommends some simple and basic things: • Healthy Diet• Regular Exercise• Adequate sleep• Decreasing stress• Do not smoke.• If consuming alcohol – minimal consumption.• Avoiding infection through hand washing Pretty common sense! Yet so many of us succumb to illness each winter. In our next "In Good Health" article, I will discuss healthy diet and…
Friday, 16 September 2016 14:16

TEXT NECK: Have you joined the epidemic?

Kenneth Hansraj, Chief of Spinal Surgery in New York, has published research to the National Library of Medicine regarding "Text Neck". He describes an epidemic resulting from the dangerous effects of the chronic use of smart phones and electronics, as they lead to poor posture, wear and tear on the spine, degeneration and surgery. The danger lies in the fact that we are oblivious to the stress we are placing upon our bodies, and we can be wholly unconscious of the damage we are causing until we develop symptoms such as headaches, neck & back pain, arm tingling & numbness, carpel tunnel and tennis elbow. Once symptoms have developed, it is much more difficult to correct the damage! The human head weighs 10 to 12…
Friday, 24 June 2016 21:03

Create your own Standing Work Station

As previously discussed in our last article, "Sitting is the New Smoking", there have been a number of studies recently that highlight the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle upon one's health. Prolonged time sitting was found to be associated with increased risk of mortality as well as a great number of serious diseases. What can we do for our health to fight the deleterious effects of sitting? Many of us have jobs that require significant time at a computer. We spend time at home on-line or performing tasks that are normally done sitting down. In most situations, with some creativity, one can create a standing work station. My daughter recently injured her back at the gym and found that sitting aggravated her condition. She…
Friday, 06 May 2016 22:02

Sitting is the new Smoking...

There have been a number of studies recently that highlight the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle upon one's health. Sitting is described as the new smoking. The harm associated with prolonged sitting is so significant that it has been compared to the impact of man's most well known carcinogen, smoking. It seems smoking has become the new standard of risk- another recent study suggested that consumption of smoked meat is also the new smoking. I am not going to address the impact of bacon in this short article, but I would like to discuss the tremendous harm related to the amount of time spent sitting by the average person today. Most people don't realize just how many hours they spend sitting in their regular…
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