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Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 | 0 comments

Simple Holistic Ways to Keep Your Kids Healthy

Simple Holistic Ways to Keep Your Kids Healthy
FACT: Nearly 22 million school days are lost annually due to the common cold. One of the most common ways children get colds is by rubbing their nose or eyes. And children often don’t wash their hands often or well enough at school. In one study of middle and high school students, about half washed their hands after using the bathroom – and only 33% of the girls and 8% of the boys used soap!  Yikes!
  • TIP: Wash Well! Make sure your child knows to use soap and warm water.  They need to scrub all over – including the back of hands, between fingers, and around nails. Tell them to sing the Happy Birthday song twice before they are through.

FACT: In 2001 backpacks were the cause of 7,000 emergency room visits!  In today’s school system, with heavy school books and overstuffed bags, many kids end up carrying over a quarter of their body weight on their backs (that’s equivalent to an 180 pound man carrying over 45 pounds on his back all day). Backpack weight can cause muscle spasms, nerve and circulation problems, and severe neck and shoulder pain.

  • TIPUrge your child to wear both shoulder straps and buy a backpack with multiple compartments. Lugging the backpack around by one strap can cause a disproportionate shift of weight, leading to neck and muscle spasms. Using both straps and a backpack with multiple compartments can help to more evenly distribute the weight. Make sure that bulky objects are packed away from the back, and try to place the heaviest items closest to the body.

FACT: Most children do not get the nutrition they needEmpty calories from added sugars and solid fats contribute to 40% of daily calories for children and adolescents aged 2–18 years. Approximately half of these empty calories come from: soda, fruit drinks, dairy desserts, grain desserts, pizza, and whole milk.

  • TIP: Pack healthy balanced lunches for your children to bring to school. Include fruits and veggies, and substitute soda and juices for water. If your child eats from the cafeteria, check to make sure your school provides healthy options and educate your children on what choices to make.

FACT: According to the CDC, as much as 90% of all illness can be directly tied to stress. Stress breaks down the defenses of the immune system and opens the doorway to a host of injurious invaders.

  • TIP: Relax, and have a little fun! Just like you, your child can experience harmful stress that weighs on their immune systems. Make sure they get plenty of sleep and help your kids to manage their time so homework gets completed but relaxation and fun don’t get buried beneath the schoolbooks.
FACT: Healthy children are more active and productive in school! You can’t perform well when you don’t feel good. To help your child have the best chance at doing well in school, make sure they follow healthy habits. Take our tips to heart and, of course, nothing helps keep you child healthy like a strong immune system and a spine that is aligned.
  • TIP: MAINTAIN GOOD HEALTH WITH CHIROPRACTIC! Chiropractic Spinal abnormalities called “vertebral subluxations” interfere with the functioning of the nervous system by placing pressure on the nerves. When your spine is misaligned, your immune system suffers. Getting regular chiropractic adjustments not only makes your body feel better, but makes your immune systems up to 200% stronger!
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Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 | 0 comments

Things You Should Care About





Earlier this week  we showed you a list of things not worth caring about. Here’s s small list of things that are.

1. Keeping in touch with friends when one or both of you move away, even if that means reserving time to talk to them even when it isn’t convenient.

2. Listening to someone when they’re going through a breakup and need someone to vent to.

3. Paying attention to what your body needs in terms of nutrition and exercise, and not denying it things or overloading it with unhealthy stuff.

4. Forgiving yourself for making mistakes when it comes to your health and not falling victim to the “Oh, well, I ate badly today — may as well give up forever” line of thought when it comes to getting healthy.

5. Having good access to reproductive health and sex education for everyone.

6. Keeping a home environment that is at least reasonably clean/organized, and which promotes productivity — or at least doesn’t make you feel like a disgusting bridge troll every time you open the door.

7. Being surrounded by people who make you feel good about yourself, and don’t shame or judge you for who you are.

8. Being a good host to people who come and stay with you. (There is nothing worse than being made to feel like you are inconveniencing someone whose home you are staying at.)

9. Dressing in a way that makes you feel attractive and comfortable, even if other people may think of it as tacky or bizzare. If you want to dress up like you’re perpetually on your way to an anime convention, you do you, weeb.

10. Living in a neighborhood that is conducive to your lifestyle and in which you feel safe — even if it’s a little bit less centrally-located than you would have liked.

11. Saying an actual “Happy Birthday” to people whom you care about, instead of just scribbling it on their Facebook wall with a million other acquaintances.

12. Staying within your budget each month, even if that means forgoing something you really want until later in the year (or saying no to social events that you’d like to attend).

13. Having friends who are understanding about your need to stay in sometimes for budget reasons, and don’t make you feel guilty or lame for it.

14. Dating someone who is proud to introduce you to their friends and family (and whose friends and family treat you with respect and kindness).

15. Responding to people who text you as promptly as you can, within reason. No one likes to be left hanging on a “what’s up” for three hours.

16. Being on time for meeting people — because nothing says “My world is more important than yours” than being perpetually tardy. We’ve all got things to do, be on time.

Read more at http://thoughtcatalog.com/2012/32-things-that-are-worth-caring-about/#WitJsbtPDWBZmO0h.99

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Posted by on Oct 30, 2012 | 0 comments

Things You Should Stop Caring About


1. Your ex. (Yes, really, once more with feeling.) Your ex.

2. Whether someone thinks that the literature, music, art, film, or any other kind of entertainment you enjoy isn’t cool.

3. When someone looks at the food you’re eating and comments on how it isn’t good for you. (THAT IS WHY I ORDERED CHILI FRIES BITCH PASS ME THE RANCH DRESSING)

4. What the people you don’t like post on their Facebook status (why are you even still friends with them?).

5. Getting/maintaining a tan.

6. Which celebrity’s breasts are exposed this week.

7. Which celebrity is cheating on which other celebrity.

8. The opinions of people who a) will never like you and b) have absolutely no bearing on your life.

9. Whether or not you look as good as some random, well-dressed stranger on the subway.

10. Who is making more money than you, or how much exactly you think that they are making.

11. The fact that you are perceived as not as sexually appealing as a picture of a celebrity or model that has been put through so many rounds of makeup and Photoshop as to be rendered little more than a cartoon.

12. Reality television stars, how much sex they are having (and with whom), and whether or not they decide to start a family.

13. Whether people you know are getting married, having children, or making big life changes when it either hasn’t happened to you yet or you don’t want it to happen at all.

14. The social lives of people who don’t invite you out places.

15. What negative thing a critic has to say about a film you really enjoyed.

16. The fact that friends are going to make harmless decisions that we wouldn’t necessarily make for ourselves. (They are there for your love and companionship, not to have another parent.)

Read the rest of this article at ThoughtCatalogue

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Posted by on Oct 9, 2012 | 0 comments

Can Stress or Emotions Cause Pain?

By Dr. Gray

I received a great question from a patient recently: She had read somewhere that stress and emotions were the cause of back pain, and wondered if I agreed or if it was true. Here is the majority of my answer.

While not the only cause of pain, the relationship between mental/emotional complaints or stress and how they lead to various physical conditions has long been known. The technical term for it is “psychosomatic,” or “psychogenic,” and refers to physical complaints being caused by mental/emotional problems. As our world has gotten busier and busier, and we have gotten away from stress-reducing activities in our daily life, these psychosomatic conditions have become much more widespread. Unfortunately, addressing psychosomatic conditions is difficult for several reasons.

First, psychosomatic complaints can be varied in their expression. Some people experience headaches when stressed, while others will develop back pain. Still others will suffer from indigestion… or high blood pressure… or neuropathy… or constipation… panic attacks… etc. Because of this highly variable presentation, it is difficult to determine exactly when our conditions are psychogenic in nature or when there is a true underlying disease process. In addition, there are no real tests that can be performed or evaluated to definitively diagnose psychosomatic conditions. Therefore, we are often in a position where we must run a multitude of tests and evaluations to rule out more serious complications or underlying disease processes. When these tests, inevitably, show no evidence of other causes, by exclusion the only plausible remaining diagnosis is “psychosomatic.” However, the very process of so many tests, the costs associated with these tests, and the continual disappointment of another test without an answer… only adds to the stress that is ultimately the underlying cause!

Second, when we have confirmed that stress is either the primary underlying cause or just a complicating factor, it is extremely difficult to get patients to comply with our recommendations on how to reduce that stress. Regardless of whether a physician is involved or not, a person who recognizes that stress is the culprit will often be unwilling (or unable) to take the necessary steps to correct their situation. How many of us can change occupations at will? Which of us can rapidly make money problems disappear? Who among us chooses when to deal with a dying parent? Which of us set our own work hours? And on and on… However, there are a great many things that we can do, but are often unwilling. For example: How many of us turn the television off and read a book in the evening? How many of us go to bed early with some soft, soothing music? How many of us choose nutritious snacks instead of sugary, carbohydrate-rich junk? Who do you know that closes their eyes and rests for fifteen minutes at lunch instead of checking in on Facebook? How many of us go for a walk in the evening instead of watching American Idol? Stress is largely a direct effect of the choices we make, our response to the consequences of those choices, and our willingness or ability to change those choices.

Read the rest of this article at Dr. Gray’s Straight Talk

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Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 | 0 comments

Why Laughter is the Best Medicine

That old adage “laughter is the best medicine” is more than just a fun saying; it’s the truth. Whether you giggle, hoot or snort, letting it all out when something tickles your funny bone is incredibly healthy. Children have no problems with laughing, and studies have shown that they do so hundreds of times a day. Unfortunately, as people age, they quickly lose the luster of laughter (averaging only 17 episodes per day).

But what’s not to love about laughing, especially when there are serious health benefits? Living a long and healthy life is no laughing matter. Here are a few reasons why it’s time to kick the chuckles into gear:

Laughing improves social interactions. In many cases, the act of laughing requires an exchange with another person. Having a good sense of humor makes it easier to work in a team and can help reduce stress in a workplace setting.

Laughing oxygenates your organs. When you laugh, you take in large amounts of oxygen, which serves as a catalyst for energy to be created within the body. It also helps the body rid itself of carbon dioxide. Laughter also helps circulate lymph fluid around the body simply due to the convulsions that occur in the process of laughing. This helps clean old and dead waste products from organs and tissues, and it boosts the immune system’s functions.

Laughter is a form of exercise. The physical movement of laughing works several muscles in the human body. The abdomen and face muscles are most affected, but laughter also enhances joint flexibility.

Laughter releases healthy chemicals in the body. Studies have shown that for every minute of laughter, you produce somewhere around $10,000 worth of healthy body chemistry. What we could buy in refined chemical compounds from labs and pharmaceutical companies can be produced for free simply by laughing. These chemicals include serotonin and interleukins, which have many healing effects including boosting the immune system, diminishing symptoms of depression and reducing stress.

Read the rest of this article at The Specific

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Posted by on Jul 31, 2012 | 0 comments

Vertigo, Dizziness, and Upper Cervical Care


Using Chiropractic Care to Treat Dizziness and Vertigo

If we feel physically off balance or the world seems to move around us, we have a problem with dizziness. Dizziness causes some people to experience slight environmental movements while more extreme symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, hearing loss, visual problems, difficulty walking and ear pressure. Regardless of the severity of symptoms, the bottom line is that people can’t function well when they don’t feel upright and balanced.

There are essentially four types of “dizziness”: Feeling lightheaded, feeling faint, feeling off balance with a sense of disequilibrium and experiencing vertigo, a sensation that feels as though the world is spinning around us. While the inner ear frequently plays a role in such problems, cervical factors may be present in all types of dizziness. Disequilibrium and vertigo are most commonly controlled by chiropractic rehabilitation, but upper chiropractic care may be essential in helping to manage all four types of dizziness.

The spine plays an essential role in helping the body maintain a sense of equilibrium and balance. Several studies have determined that cervicogenic vertigo occurs when joints in the upper neck are irritated (another type of vertigo, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, is caused by problems in the inner ear). These joints are essential in coordinating eye, head and body movements as well as controlling posture and helping determine spatial orientation, so it’s little surprise that stress on these joints can result in vertigo. Though trauma-induced vertigo may take months or years to develop, upper cervical chiropractic care can help minimize the symptoms associated with this type of injury by reducing the irritation to the nerves that cause vertigo.

Upper cervical chiropractors use a handful of tests to determine if the dizziness or vertigo experienced by a patient is due to a cervical spine problem and/or an inner ear issue, the most common of which is the rotating stool test. If vertigo or disequilibrium is caused by an issue in the cervical spine, an upper cervical chiropractor can frequently treat the problem. The cervical spine must be fully functioning in order for patients to completely recover from cervicogenic vertigo. Treatment for this type of vertigo is directed toward the area of joint dysfunction as well as areas of muscular dysfunction.

Read the rest of this article at The Upper Cervical Blog

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