Happy and Healthy New Year in 2017
The office will be open regular hours for chiropractic adjustments on Monday, January 2nd. Please contact us if you would like to schedule an appointment.
Please note that on your first visit in 2017 we will have some paperwork for you to complete to update our records and maintain HIPPA compliance.
Standard Process 21-Day Purification Program
- improve your health, energy, sleep and nutrition
- lose weight
- drop dependence on sugar or caffeine
- improve blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure
- join a group of people also making a 21-day commitment to better health habits.
Join us for the Standard Process 21-day Purification Program in January!
The purification program is designed to give your digestive system the nutrients and rest that it needs to heal and improve function. You will eat healthy meals throughout program (it's not a fast) and also take several Standard Process supplements to help your digestive system.View my video for more details.
I will be participating again this year as I like to give my body a healthy reset to start the year. Last year around 35 people participated in the January program last year with great results. Click here to read some of the experiences people shared with me.
We will have a kickoff class at Thrive on Thursday, January 5th at 7:00 PM. At this class we will go over the details to insure your success.
The total cost for the program is $209 + tax. Email or call us to sign up and get started or to ask any questions.
You are also welcome to attend the class to learn more and we can order kits to ship to the office or directly to your house within a couple days should you decide to join us. If you are unable to attend the class, you may still participate. We have tips and advice we can email you so you can start on your own. We can also ship the kits to anywhere in the USA.
Evaluate Your Heart Health in February
In 1937 Dr. Royal Lee introduced the Endocardigraph which could evaluate the rate, rhythm, and tone of the heart muscle from a nutritional standpoint. This technology is now available in digital form, allowing heart sounds to be graphed via computer and saved. This allows also for follow-up tests and comparisons after implementing nutritional changes.
Read more about the rate, rhythm and tone of the heart here.
We will be offering In-Office Heart Sound Recorder Testing on Tuesday, February 21st from 10:00AM - 2:00 PM. The test is non-invasive, easy, and only takes about 15 minutes. At the end of the test we will be able to make recommendations for any nutrition changes and/or supplements to improve the rate, rhythm and tone of your heart muscle. Please contact the office for more information or to schedule a time.
Learning More About Why Pain Is Reduced Following Spinal Adjustments
It is well established that chiropractic helps decrease pain levels in the body. In this study, The Role of the Descending Inhibitory Pain Mechanism in Musculoskeletal Pain Following High-Velocity, Low Amplitude Thrust Manipulation A Review of the Literature, authors see that the adjustments initiate changes traveling up the spinal cord to effect the brain. Dr. Dan Murphy summarizes it nicely:
The key message from this study is that the pain reduction noted immediately after being adjusted is not primarily attributed to biochemistry/neurology changes at the adjusted joint, but rather are primarily attributed to activating the supra-segmental descending pain inhibitory control system, which involves the periaqueductal gray matter of the mesencephalon.
This is very important because it is established that the periaqueductal gray is itself influenced by the hypothalamus. This adds to the evidence for explaining how spinal adjusting can influence a number of aspects of systemic physiology, as the hypothalamus controls whole body homeostasis, the pituitary gland, and the autonomic nervous system.
As the holiday season winds down, many people find themselves overwhelmed by the consumerism and all the physical "stuff" that accompanies it. If you are seeking to step away from some 'stuff' to find a more meaningful lifestyle in 2017, consider listening to the The Minimalists Podcast.
According the the founders Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, "Minimalism is a lifestyle that helps people question what things add value to their lives. By clearing the clutter from life's path, we can all make room for the most important aspects of life: health, relationships, passion, growth and contribution". Through the podcast Joshua and Ryan help people with the process of working towards a minimalist lifestyle and share the successes and challenges they have experienced.
You can find the podcast on your favorite podcast app or listen on your computer here.
The Benefits of Controlled Breathing
For hundreds of years yoga practitioners have preached the importance of controlled breathing for help with concentration and vitality. Now scientific studies prove the importance of deep breathing, saying it also can help reduce symptoms from insomnia, PTSD, depression, and anxiety.
Controlled breathing is consciously changing the way you breathe by paying attention to the length of your inhaling and exhaling. This article from the New York Times shares information about several studies recently completed on controlled breathing. Dr. Richard Brown, author of "The Healing Power of the Breath" says taking long deep breaths activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which signals your brain to calm down.
The article also shares three different methods of controlled breathing to help with stress release and to re energize during a mid-afternoon slump.
What Egg Labels Really Mean
Not all eggs are created equal and often the labels on egg cartons are confusing and misleading. In her quest to eat real food, blogger Lisa Leake, researched how to find the best eggs and what the labels on eggs mean. Ultimately, pastured eggs from chickens with access to both grains and grass have the most nutrition and taste the best. Those can most likely be found at farmers markets as opposed to chain grocery stores. If a farmers market isn't an option, her article can help you make the best decision on what types of egg to buy at the grocery store.
Roasting vegetables brings out their delicious flavor but often getting the time and temperature right can be challenging, leading to under or over cooked vegetables. This article from Bon Appetit shares several recipes for roasting various types of vegetables. The article also has a printable matrix to help you create your own roasted vegetables recipes. During the winter, many of the root vegetables in season are at their most delicious when roasted.