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If you feel fine, you must be healthy… right?

That seems right, doesn’t it? If I feel good, I must be healthy, right? It is true that you may be healthy if you have no symptoms. But it is also true that your body may be reacting perfectly to a situation even in the presence of a symptom. It might be helpful not to look at things in absolutes, like healthy or ill, but rather in terms of what is actually happening in your body. For example, let’s say that two people both eat a bit of spoiled food. One of them doesn’t throw up. Rather, they have a bit of indigestion, maybe a lot, take some antacids, struggle with their pain for some time, but ultimately it goes

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Healing from a back injury

It all started so poorly. I didn’t start the day with the best sleep. For some reason, I only got 3 hours of sleep that Sunday night. It annoyed me! I couldn’t figure out the reason why, so I just pushed through and angrily said I was going to go do it anyway. The workout was a good one: 4 minutes of burpees, followed by an overhead lifting movement called the snatch at 75 lbs. First round, no problem. The second round called for increasing the weight to 135 lbs. I hadn’t warmed up to that weight, but I was confident I could do it. I’d done it before without any problems at all. Made it through the burpees, and

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What is BGI? – By Dr. Sue Brown DC

“To understand BGI, it is necessary to first have an understanding of chiropractic. Not the mainstream view of chiropractors as “back doctors,” but the original intention of chiropractic, that being, “to release interference to the expression of the innate intelligence of the body.” There is an organizing intelligence in the body that coordinates our heartbeat, breathing, digestion and chemical balance without conscious thought. It allows us to walk, talk, think and listen without knowing the complex interactions that must take place for those things to occur. All actions and reactions and all healing occur as a result of the expression of this intelligence. The only reason we experience disease in our lives, whether it expresses as a physical symptom, a

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Have you ever considered that there are ways that your body speaks to you? (Guest Post by Kari Elliott, LMP)

Those aches, creaks and stiffness can be viewed as a valuable feedback loop, a message from our daily taxi service or even a warning from our very best and vested friend. Many times I have witnessed immediate reversals and relaxation during a session when an area of distress is recognized, validated and given voice. Several years ago, I was faced with the decision to leave a dear friend’s back room where I did sessions each week to remain there or open my own Studio. There were many options on the table as her business was transitioning as well. In the days that surrounded this event, my feet began to ache as if there were lead weights attached and each step was an effort to

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Great stuff by Paleo Leap!

The folks at the site Paleo Leap have got it right as far as I’m concerned. It goes to show that Paleo is more than simply a way of eating, it’s a philosophical approach to living. As they produce articles that deal with genetics, nutrition, exercise, stress, as well as other things. This approach is concerned with how our bodies are meant to work, and supporting that process, rather than trying to hack it with tricks or spins. Mindset matters: This is a wonderful post that teaches us that encountering stress is not what determines the health risk. It’s how we frame that stress for ourselves. We all know people who seem to be the calm in the storm, those

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Acceptance Aids With Healing

I don’t like pain. I really don’t. Most people I know also don’t like pain. It hurts! You know what? It’s supposed to hurt. It’s supposed to motivate you to change something in your life. All symptoms do. They are messages from your body, and when you have a symptom, it means that your system has gotten to the point where it can no longer effectively adapt to the stress that you are experiencing, whether from your lifestyle, or from some event. People sometimes say, “It just started for no reason.” Here’s the thing. That’s NEVER the case. There is ALWAYS a reason. We just might not know what it is. And thinking that there is no reason and that

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Wellness Programs

Starting this month Brilliant Life Chiropractic is proud to present wellness plans. Let’s say you came in with a problem. It was painful, it was limiting, and under the tremendous care at Brilliant Life Chiropractic, you have healed! You are living pain free, expressing nearly optimal health, and loving your life. So now what? Wellness care. If you’re treating your car well, you don’t simply wait until the next maintenance to take it to the repair shop. No, instead you get oil changes regularly, whether it needs it or not. We do the same with our teeth. So, let’s do the same with your spine and nerve system! The wellness plans at Brilliant Life Chiropractic are designed to allow you to

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Powerful Chiropractic Testimonial

An amazing testimonial to the power of chiropractic. “This past Christmas, [someone with whom] I work … made a very unwelcome move on me. This triggered me to my core. I was back in an old dark place of being afraid of men, downplaying my appearance and wishing I was invisible. It was in this headspace that I came in to see you. I apologize about giving you no heads up about why I was sometimes tense but I didn’t want to give any more energy to the old, unfounded fear that was running my life. As it turned out, I couldn’t have seen anyone nicer or more competent. Maybe this is the holistic power in your chiropractic style and

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A Story of Holistic Healthcare

When I grew up, we didn’t know anything about holistic healthcare. My parents were steeped in the medical model of healthcare.  Who could blame them, really, since they were coming out of an age when it seemed like medicine might have all the answers, and we were looking to run around nature at every turn, thinking that we knew better?  When I was young, I got my vaccinations recommended for me at the time.  I also had frequent ear infections, and got a few rounds of antibiotics.  By the time I was five, I had childhood asthma.  I was put on a rescue inhaler and used it pretty much every day from then on.  I still tried to be active,

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Children & Chiropractic

Make sure your child’s developing at their best! Children & Chiropractic Parents will do just about anything to protect their child’s health. They serve nutritionally balanced meals, encourage daily exercise, and insist on regular dental and eye examinations. Yet many neglect the most important part of the child’s health care program: regular spinal checkups. Misalignments in spinal bones which interfere with the normal flow of nerve energy are known as subluxations. Many people still associate them with major trauma. They think the spine can be affected only after lifting heavy objects or being in an automobile accident. They don’t realize that the daily activities of young children can easily result in subluxations. In fact, many babies receive their first subluxations

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