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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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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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