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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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Emergency Holistic Surgery

In the holistic healthcare world, medicine is sometimes seen as the enemy. Surgery is something to be avoided, and problems are best approached with a combination of lifestyle modification and holistic health practices. Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Massage, and Reflexology are some example of these practices that tend to view medicine as something to avoid. My view of medicine is that it is not the answer when it comes to “health”care, but that it serves a purpose. It’s very good at “sick”care. Namely, medicine is excellent at emergency situations, at keeping us alive when we might die without intervention. My wife went through a good example of when medicine is totally in its element, when she had to have an appendectomy surgery over a

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Pregnancy and the benefits of Chiropractic, Part 2

When it comes to pregnancy and chiropractic, there are skeptics. Some people believe that chiropractic has only some weak benefits for back pain, and that’s about it. (Not true!) Others think it might be dangerous for the mother or the baby. (Also not true!) Indeed, skepticism is so high that when I wrote a post in late February this year regarding the possible benefits of Chiropractic for pregnant women, the response from some folks on Twitter was cynical, and even outright derogatory. First, what I’m skeptical of is our own obstetric practices in this country. Our rate of c-section is two to three times higher than that recommended by the WHO. Well, that’s a bit of a misrepresentation, because the WHO

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If you knew what I knew…

That’s how the saying goes, right? If you knew what I knew, you’d do what I do. Well, I find that’s true for Chiropractic as well. Health care providers have lots of different advice to give. It comes in many different forms, but what is often the most interesting thing is what do those health care providers actually do to take care of themselves? Moreover, how healthy are they? Before attending Chiropractic school, I visited my chiropractor semi-frequently. I was an athlete (still am, I think) and I beat myself up pretty well, so every few weeks I would get to that point where my injuries and general stiffness weren’t being taken care of by my stretching and exercise programs.

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Chiropractic Philosophy

When I first attended Chiropractic school, I was beginning the process of questioning just what was wrong with health and healthcare. The biggest problem that I see is the faulty assumption that medicine equals healthcare. It doesn’t. Medicine is the study and practice of keeping people alive, that is, saving them from injury, illness and disease that is likely to kill them. Medicine is really great at this. If I am bleeding out from a severed artery, just had a heart attack or a broken limb, or need antibiotics because an infection is ravaging my body and I’m failing too rapidly to recover, then I will turn to medicine. But in delivering health, medicine had failed me for most of

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Pregnancy and the Benefits of Chiropractic

A lot of people who get adjusted at Brilliant Life Chiropractic are pregnant, and there are good reasons for that. In fact, here are 4 main benefits to receiving chiropractic care during pregnancy (and after). 1) When you get adjusted, you are healthier. You feel better, your body works better, and your nerve system allows all of that to work together better. If you’re pregnant, getting adjusted will make sure that your developing fetus, your baby, is getting all the benefits of a healthier you, a healthier mom! When you’re healthy, your baby has a better chance of being healthy. Specifically, you will generally have less pain, greater stability, greater fitness, and an easier time getting around as your body changes in

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