Thursday, March 5, 2015

Not tonight, I have a headache...

Well....what can people do that suffer from headaches? There are many different ways to describe or label a headache. Migraine, tension, or cluster to name a few. You may have been told that you have other conditions like fibromyalgia or occiptial neuralgia. Regardless of the name of the symptom, we prefer to fix the CAUSE. What a concept in health!

Headaches are how I became interested in the chiropractic profession. It was chiropractic that fixed me. You can take all the over the counter medications until your liver fails from toxicity or you can get on the more powerful drugs like Imitrex. You can click here to look at all the nasty side effects from Imitrex. What is sad is that you go for a problem, and end up up with 3 or 4 additional problems from the drugs you take.

There is even a procedure where they can surgically remove some of the muscles at the back of your skull. Yes, someone came up with that one. The surgical removal of muscles that will alleviate your headaches. DO NOT DO THAT.

I was involved in a fender-bender and it jolted and jerked my head around. Months later I developed headaches. After all the trials of medications and feeling like a lab rat, I went to a chiropractor that eliminated my headaches forever. There is always a better way to do things.

When I was first in practice, my very first patient that I ever saw outside of the student clinic brought in a phone book sized folder of all her tests and history. She was unable to hold a job as she would need constant sick days from the headaches. At this point she had simply given up. 

Many headaches can be from the foods we eat, but if you clean up your diet or remove some things, that can be a big help. What about chronic headaches? Chiropractic is your best choice. When your spinal bones get misaligned, they put pressure on the nerves that affects nerve flow, blood flow, and lymphatic drainage. A headache is from a change of this flow.

Understand when you pinch a nerve, the muscle reflex is to get tight and spasm. By injecting the muscle, muscle realxers, or other procedures frankly never gets to the root of the problem. By restoring spinal motion and alignment you have no nerve pressure and balanced spine.

Take for example your car. If the front end alignment is off or there are two different sized tires, you get a bad functioning car that will wear and tear sooner than later. Fix the alignment and everything else goes away.

I have been treating headaches for 18 year with a success rate of 100%. YES 100%. If you know someone that is suffering from headaches, have them call my office now. Life is better without headaches and without the use of medications for them. 

I can take 1 x-ray of the spine and determine in seconds if you would be a candidate for chiropractic care and saying good-bye to your headaches forever.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Fat, Fat blockers, Protein, Exercise, and more!

Just a mouthful for a title today. I have a challenge coming for you. You will have it before the end of the month if interested.

For those that know me, I cannot stand a few things and the main culprit in my life is B.S. Yes that is  bull #$%!.  I do not like people that lie for financial gain. I don't care if you are selling me a car, insurance, or a surgeon selling unnecessary surgery. ( neck, back, and gallbladder are the most un-needed ones! )

I am not in the business of selling, but telling, informing, and teaching. Sometimes I think that the chiropractic explanation is so damn simple, that people think, nah it can't be that easy. There must be more do it. Let me say this quickly before I get into the topic at hand. Your very first structure to form is the nervous system. Your nervous system is PROTECTED and CONTROLLED by your spine. You take pressure off the nerve, your body heals. PERIOD. Would you not want FULL nerve supply to your entire body and organs? Who would not want that? Craziness. My kids have been adjusted every week for their entire lives. And their health is AMAZING compared to the rest. Their growth, so much better too. ( all in my next book! )

How long for health? Let me ask you this, when your doctor gives you a prescription does he give you 1 or 2 pills or 1 or 2 months? When you work out, do you work out 1x each week or 3-4 times each week? And for how long? People will exercise 150-200 times each year? Yet you don't want to give your spine 25 visits? Lack of spinal care causes degeneration and decay and your tissues respond accordingly. If it takes medications a month or so, or if it takes months to burn fat, do you think that it is possible that your spine and supporting tissues take time? Of course it does.

Let me get away from that and help you another way. You should eat better and you exercise. DUH! Just about ALL gyms that you join never offer any nutritional advice. You need to handle the nutrition FIRST. That is why so many people get tired, lethargic, and see no sustainable results from local gyms. Do you feel a calorie is just a calorie and as long as you exercise, you can eat whatever. WELL YOU CAN'T.

I had dinner with a friend this week and listen to this scenario. He constantly talks about his lack of motivation to exercise and is fat, and his big fat belly. His words.

Lesson #1: Whatever you focus on expands.

He will go with crash and fad diets, and lose weight then always gain in back, because of his mind set. Focus on the outcome and your results will improve. Do not think that drinking a diet soda is better for your health. It is NOT. The last 20 years has brought us diet foods, diet drinks, no fat, less fat, and fat-free...AND...we are FATTER today. There are no short cuts to health. A short cut is the longest path.

There are 3 macro nutrients: Proteins, Carbohydrates, & Fats.

We think all fats are bad. Like we eat fat, you get fat. No. We need fats in our diet, healthy fats. The more healthy fats you consume, the less fat you can have. Do NOT run out and buy some fat blocking supplement so you can then eat whatever and magically your body will not store the fat. Those fat blockers are terribly harmful to your health. Fat is not the problem, processed carbs are. It is the RX ( reaction ) from certain foods that affects our health. Adding lean protein with every meal and vegetables through out the day will drastically improve your health.

All of this information is available with my book No Gym Go Slim. Grab a copy and read it, then apply it. If you simply count calories, you will fail with your efforts. Your body will adjust to a decrease in calories and simply slow down. The greatest losses I have made with body fat is when I eat more, not less. There are times when things like intermittent fasting and a lower caloric intake is beneficial. It helps to re-set your system. But not long term. You will lose muscles and weaken bones.

I do want you to focus on less fat in your body. It's healthier for you, and would equal more muscle mass which offers a ton of benefits. Understand that fat cells hold toxins. The heavier you are, then the more chance of sickness, suffering, and disease is coming your way. Simply exercise can help lymphatic drainage and kill germs. So go do something! As your health and strength improves, you can get away from the slow boring "cardio" as there are more efficient ways to burn fat and it does not involve a treadmill or bike.

I will do my best to share my video in the next week. You will enjoy it. I am offering what I am calling the RLS challenge. ( RLS ? - yea those are my initials )...Be prepared for it mentally. It lwill last 72 hours. You can do it. I am here for you. 

Always focus on the positive outcome and watch your results sore. Please be healthy for today and tomorrow!

Don't give up, don't ever give up!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Is going to a chiropractor the same as living like a chiropractor?

If there is anyone who practices what he preaches, it's me. I would not give up chiropractic care for me or my family for 1 million dollars. NEVER! I love my health too much. Years ago it was taught to me that in every situation no matter how bad it is, there is a gift and lesson there. The gift of being a chiropractor for 18 years, is what I see with people lacking any thought of future health. I see the devastating effects of too many medications, poor diet, and lack of spinal health. It scares me on how fast health can change. 

Example: This week my father-in-law was sitting at a restaurant and with NO symptoms, he collapsed as his heart just stopped. CPR and EMS revived him and got his heart working. He has NO clogged arteries. The reason ( I think ) is for discussion later. This is scary and allows us to sometimes think how precious life is.

I have no problem getting older, I just don't want to be old. And guess what? 2016 is coming and so is 2017, 2018, and on and on. It cannot be stopped. If you have taken time to come to one of classes or talks that I do, you have heard me speak of the Book of Life and the author of this book is YOU. It is unique to you and your life history. Your book has an Introduction, all the chapters in between, and a conclusion. This is EVERYONE's book of life. The main part of YOUR book is that I seriously want you to have AS MANY CHAPTERS as possible. No pamphlets, no short stories. You in my eyes are a novel. There are so many chapters not yet written for you. So I ask you to go for it. What ever that is for you. You just need to be healthy to enjoy life.

I am a big giant nerd. I know this. I like reading medical journals, I like reading text books with amazing titles like Continuous Passive Motion and Guyton Physiology. I like learning. I live like I try to nudge many of you. I ask that you eat a "little" better, I ask that you exercise a "little" bit more, I ask that you avoid too many un-necessary medications, I ask that you drink mainly water, I ask that you get routine chiropractic care. That alone will increase the quality and quantity of your life.

I personally have not any medications in over 20 years. My kids have never had an antibiotic, never had a flu shot, never had any vaccines. My dad who never gets chiropractic care ( bad dad ), but he is 73 years-old and takes no medications, walks daily, and eats lots of veges. Do you know how rare that is? That is like finding a unicorn in a field of 4-leafed clovers, with a winning lottery ticket on its horn. IT'S THAT RARE for someone that age with no meds. We seem to think that is just how it is or what happens. I disagree! We have been conditioned to think like that. Give me 20 mins. for my health talk and I will show you better options without medications.

And please don't miss the point. Not all meds are bad and many are helpful, but people take too many and forget that the body has a natural ability to heal. If people would get out of their own way, they could find better health. Health-care is very different than sick-care. We have fantastic doctors when it relates to emergency care, crisis care, and even reconstructive care. But what about the rest? 

I am referring to the understanding that diabetes is 99% reversible, or that you can lower your blood pressure without meds, or you can fix your spine without harmful injections, medications, or surgery, or your kids can have lower asthma / allergies without the use of medications by utilizing dietary changes, supplementation, and chiropractic care.

Chiropractic offers more than back pain. It affects the nervous system in a positive manner. Ask yourself if you want full power or half power? At what point do symptoms appear? A loss of about 65% function is when symptoms appear. So if you are at 50% loss and no symptoms does that mean you are healthy? Most medicines are designed to make you feel a little better, but not heal you. Why? So you have constant reliance on the medications.

Adding chiropractic care to your life is a small part, but it has a large effect. Your spine will get misaligned and will become stuck and not move fully, this will manifest to poorer health over time. Don't allow that to occur. Continue with chiropractic and make other smaller adjustments ( no pun ) to your lifestyle and watch how wonderful your life will transform.

When I get adjusted my attitude is lifted, my energy boosts, I sleep better, and even the colors around me become brighter. Chiropractic care is putting energy and nerve flow to FULL POWER. It makes a difference. Sometimes we forget how good we used to feel, we think it is "just what happens." 

Not on my watch. Get excited for 2015. Great things for you. You will not fully enjoy what it is that you enjoy with poor health. Let's fix it. Let's go for it. As Nike says, "JUST DO IT!"