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How I beat the asthma monster

My personal asthma story: I’ve mentioned before how diseases are basically a constellation of symptoms that we have labeled as a disease. That’s the case with a lot of diseases that result from inflammation, inflammatory diseases. Asthma is one such disease. I was diagnosed with asthma at about 5 years of age. When my parents saw me running around outside with my chest up under my chin they realized that I had a problem. I just didn’t want to stop playing. So, they took me to the MD, and I was diagnosed with asthma. And the treatment is to force the bronchioles open during spasm with a bronchodilator, which is basically a stimulant, that forces a sympathetic responses in the

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Posture is not as important as you think

Posture, not as important as you think Chiropractors in general are big fans of posture. It makes sense, doesn’t it? When you think about a chiropractor, helping to adjust the spine, it makes you stand up straighter and feel better, right? When I meet people and they find out I’m a chiropractor, they almost immediately stand up straighter. And seeing someone with poor posture immediately makes one think it should be improved. But standing up straighter is not as important as you think. Or rather, it’s important, but not for the reasons you think. You see, when you have poor posture, there can be any number of reasons why it is the way it is. But all of those reasons are simply

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5 Reasons That Have Nothing to do with Pain

Reasons to get adjusted that have nothing to do with pain Improve your mood – I see it every single day. People are happier when they get adjusted, feel less anxious/nervous, and less depressed. There are neurochemical changes in the brain which happen almost instantly, and the effect can last for days afterwards. I know that I am always in a better mood after getting adjusted. Prepare for a sporting event – Want to be your best for a tennis match? Or bowling? Or golfing? Get adjusted. The adjustment will make sure your nerve system is coordinating all of your limbs to work together, improving strength, conditioning, lung capacity, oxygen delivery, and hand eye coordination. This is why athletes use

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Medicine Cannot Deliver True Wellness

Medicine has its uses, that’s for certain. But one thing that it cannot do is deliver wellness. It’s not that medicine is a bad thing. It’s incredibly useful for what it is. It saves lives every day. Unfortunately, it also ruins lives by trying to do wellness care when it just isn’t set up to do it. From a financial metaphor, medicine is like getting out of debt, sometimes extreme debt. Wellness care builds up your savings and investments to help you weather future storms. It comes down to philosophy. The philosophy of medicine is that if someone doesn’t have some kind of detectable symptom, then they are healthy, and there isn’t anything to do. Even their preventive medicine, which

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Why the Primal Lifestyle?

Information bombards us daily. New dietary studies are published in the news on the regular basis. Yet they serve only to confuse us by offering contradictory information. The USDA publishes their food pyramid which was not designed by using science. It came about because of whatever lobby groups could exert the most influence on it. Obesity continues to rise, and diabetes is becoming increasingly common. How can we work through all of the data that continues to make the news. This glut of misinformation is why I think it’s important to have a philosophy of health to guide decisions, backed by basic science, of course, and not subject to the random whim of whatever study happens to make it to

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Vibrant Health, or out of pain?

Medically, we’re not where we should be when it comes to health. I assert that part of the reason for that is we have misunderstood symptoms and what we should do about them. Are symptoms something we should suppress? Or are they a message from the body? Most people who visit me in my office after having visited the ER for a very serious injury are looking for resolution of their symptoms. At least at first. People, and doctors, are trained to do that. Medicine can be very helpful at keeping people alive, but beyond that, they simply suppress symptoms. They are given muscle relaxants and pain killers at the hospital. But what’s the reason for that? Are the pain

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The Importance of Stress

Important? Stress? Really? Yes, really. Stress has long been considered a bad word, or at least, a bad thing. We can be overwhelmed by it, have stressful jobs, and even the word itself is enough to make us clench our teeth and shrug our shoulders to protect ourselves. But it is not all bad. Stress is simply a force or strain on your system that requires adaptation. This is why you can categorize almost any experience you have in your life as stress. What doesn’t require adaptation? Anything that you are already fully adapted to. Is life really meant to be lived that way? Devoid of hardship or struggle, devoid of challenge, and devoid of the requirement of adaptation? I heard

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The Importance, and Futility of Exercise

Exercise. For years it has been said that if you want to lose weight and be healthy, you need to exercise. If you talk to twenty people about what kind of exercise you should do, you’ll get twenty different responses. Even if the quest is just to lose weight. Many people equate losing weight with being healthy, and for quite a lot of folks out there, there is truth to that association. But exercise is pretty hopeless when it comes to losing weight. Before you castigate me, read on. There are people who do so much physical activity that they can’t help but lose weight. Athletes who train hours a day with intense and crazy regimens will undoubtedly need to

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Wellness Care: Save for your future

Why am I such a proponent of wellness care? Not only have I been doing it for years, and received enormous benefit for myself, and for many of the people in my practice, but it just makes sense. I’d like to use a very simple analogy to show how beneficial it can be. Most of us understand money and it’s unattractive black hole, debt. When we are in debt, we’re usually acquiring interest, and it just keeps getting worse, if we’re not paying it off, right? We have purchased something with money we didn’t have, and now we have to pay it back, at a further cost. Most of us want to get out of debt, right? And what then?

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Why we don’t take X-rays

X-rays are a common diagnostic tool in many Chiropractic offices. Why is that? Well, for one thing, a common focus of Chiropractors when adjusting someone is the actual physical alignment of the spine in space. Many Chiropractors believe that a subluxation occurs when one of these blocks in the spine is not lined up with the others. That creates impingement of the nerves. When the nerves are impinged, this creates pain, immobility, and a host of other problems including a lack of healing ability. When you receive an X-ray, a machine is emitting radiation at your body. Some of the rays are absorbed by your bones or other hard things in your body, like metal left over from surgeries. Earrings

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