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Listen up! It’s all about the ears…..

Ear infections are the most common reason that parents bring their children in for treatment, especially this time of year. Children are more susceptible to ear infections due to the anatomy of the ear. Adults can get ear infections, but it is less likely to occur.

There are two types of ear infections. The type that affects the middle ear and is called otitis media and is typically. The tubes inside the ear can become filled with fluid and mucus because at a young age the tubes are more horizontal to the ground and as we get older they become more vertical which allows for better drainage. This is the reason adults are less likely to be afflicted with ear infections.

The second type is common more common this time of year and is known as Swimmer’s ear or otitis externa.

As we all know, ear infections can be quite painful but if your child is too young to tell you that their ear hurts here are several telltale signs that you can watch for:

  • Tugging at ears
  • Crying more than usual
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Hearing problems
  • Balance issues
  • Fluid draining from the ear
  • Many of the mothers report a distinct smell coming from the childs’ ear

Ear infections can go away on their own, however, as a mother, it is miserable to see your child in pain. Many parents take their child to their pediatrician and antibiotics are prescribed. Antibiotics can help fight the infection but they do have nasty side effects so I would like to share some natural solutions and prevention tools to this painful problem so that you can help your littles avoid it all together. If you choose to use antibiotics I would recommend getting the ear drops vs. the oral to avoid many of the side effects.

Being a Chiropractic Internist I must mention the importance of the chiropractic adjustment as prevention and part of treatment. A chiropractic adjustment can ensure alignment of the cervical spine which can help with drainage, but more importantly, the adjustment provides a boost to the immune system by affecting the nervous system. Along with the adjustment I also use a technique called the pharyngeal sweep. This can be uncomfortable while it is being performed but when it is done then it is done. The eustachian tubes (tubes in the ear) drain into the mouth but are covered by a muscle. By using my finger to “swipe” the muscle it will allow for the tubes to drain. I encourage parents to allow the child to spit when needed as it may drain for several hours after treatment.

As prevention I like to use Melaleuca essential oil behind the ear morning and night daily. I use doTERRA essential oils because I love their dedication to providing Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils that I know are safe to use on my Itty Bitty. I am happy to share more information about doTERRA if you would like to contact me at Melaleuca can also be used as a treatment for ear discomfort as well. During an active infection I recommend to use it behind the ear 4-5 times a day until it subsides then continue as maintenance 2 times daily as I previously mentioned for prevention. For more information on Melaleuca Touch: I like the roller bottle because it is super easy to use!

My Itty Bitty is constantly in water during the summer, whether it be a pool or the lake so I like to use alcohol as a prevention as well. After she has been in the pool or lake I use an eye dropper to put a couple drops of alcohol in her ear and let it sit for just 10-20 seconds then we flip her head over and do the other side. The alcohol will dry up any water that may stay in her ear.

I also recommend a product called Biocidin. There are two forms that can be used but what Biocidin does is dismantle biofilms of the bacteria decreasing the life span, therefore, shortening the duration of the infection. This is also a safer alternative to antibiotics. 😉 For more information on Biocidin LSF:

Ear discomfort sucks not only for the kids but for the parents as well. I am a firm believer in preventing it in the first place and it is super easy. So parents do yourselves and your kids a favor and use these little tips and tricks. Be the super hero in your home by keeping things on hand to use so you can avoid doctors offices, waiting rooms, and copays.

Keep living happy lives peeps!

What is a Habit?

HABITS! Positive or Negative in development. Really, we probably all have some of both! Ever notice that negative habits seem easier to establish and more difficult to break? Whereas, positive habits tend to be a bit more challenging to start and super easy to break! Have you ever thought about WHY? Both require a lifestyle change, and that is usually a little more than any of us have time for, right?!  

I have never really considered habits at all until recently. This year I made a commitment to myself to read one book a month and listen to podcasts that would fill me with positive information. I guess this could be one step in the direction of creating a positive monthly habit. Well, this weekend in preparation for my  trip to Nashville, I went to my Audibles wish list and downloaded a couple books. I had pre-ordered Rachel Hollis’ Girl, Stop Apologizing, so it was already waiting for me. I had several people mention Mel Robbins The 5 Second Rule, so I chose that one knowing that I would finish the other. Now, , as I am finishing Girl, Stop Apologizing the Audible version has a “bonus” clip from her Rise conference which she happened to be talking about The 5 Second Rule which is….you guessed it MY. NEXT. BOOK!

Here is a fun little side note…I highly recommend the Audible version of The Five Second Rule, because Mel herself is reading it! I don’t know about you but I like when the author reads the book better than when narrated by someone else. The author brings personality and makes it seem like they are sitting there having a conversation with you.

Anyway, back to the original inspiration  of this blog. HABITS! She talks about habits and they contain three important  parts. Now, what are these three parts that play a vital role in habits? First is a thought/trigger, second is an action, and third is a reward. Now, these may not be the exact words that she uses, but researching this there are several different spins by several different establishments. Therefore,  use whatever words you want. You get the jist of it. I heard what she said while listening, but like anything else went in one ear and out the other. Until, I had a patient come in to the office and report that she quit smoking!. Cold turkey, quit that very day! Hmmm. So, I am curious and start asking her questions.During our conversation, I start telling her about The 5 Second Rule, and as I am trying to explain it to her I ask her if she has come up with a “substitution” for smoking. All of a sudden I find myself discussing the three parts to a habit, and it suddenly clicks! Lightbulb moment! Now, during this conversation it begins to make so much sense to me WHY people fail at creating new “Positive” habits in place of negative  habits they are trying to break. My revelation led me to think the reason it is so hard is because we don’t take into account all 3 parts.

I have never smoked, so I don’t claim to know what it is like to smoke or be addicted. Just for the purpose of breaking down the three parts of a habit, this is the example we will use. What are the three parts? First, let’s work through the thought/trigger. Often times I think that stress is the trigger, however, in young people it may just be to “fit in”. Once someone has used this negative habit several times the nicotine addiction part kicks in. Second, is the action itself which is smoking the cigarette. Third, is the reward which is the feeling of stress relief that people describe, which makes them feel better. It is this reward of feeling better that makes the person want another cigarette and the vicious cycle begins. Now, back to my patient, because remember I am just putting all this together as I am talking to her and of course she asks me for an example, so what did I do? Have you ever heard the saying “fake it til you make it”? That is what I did. I told her she clearly didn’t want to use food as a replacement because that would cause weight gain. During our discussion,  she had disclosed to me that she was smoking approximately 40 cigarettes a day. So, even if she was eating healthy stuff, that could turn into a whole lot of calories, making food replacement a no go for sure. She also said that she wanted to stay away from anything that would continue with the oral fixation part of it, so gum is not an option either. Smart girl right?! As I am scrambling to find something that would fit the guidelines of a habit,I came up with was this….positive affirmations.! I recommended that she record herself or better yet her kids saying positive affirmations for her to listen to when she felt the urge to have a cigarette. Now, let’s break this down the same way we did with smoking. First, we have the thought/trigger which is actually the same with smoking which is stress in this case. Second, the action in this case is going to be to listen to the positive affirmation. Third, the reward is that she will get to hear her sweet babies tell her how proud they are of her. OMG! Who wouldn’t want to listen to that 40 times a day?!

Since reading this can you come up with another way you could change a habit or create a new one? Since talking to her I got to thinking about other “rewards” she would gain by quitting smoking, she would gain time. SO. MUCH. TIME I have no idea how long it takes to actually smoke a cigarette so I researched it and several sites stated it can take anywhere between 2-10 minutes to smoke a cigarette depending on your smoking style. So, for our purpose here, I am going to use an average of 5 minutes. In this case, at 40 cigarettes a day, 5 minutes per cigarette would total  200 minutes per day. This means she would gain over three hours a day just by NOT smoking, and add years to her life. Not to mention the money she will save! According to Fair Reporters, the average cost of cigarettes in the US is $5.51 per pack which contains 20 cigarettes, so at 2 packs a day she will save approximately $4,000 per year. These can also be rewards to help change the habit but it will not likely make it easier to make the choice not to smoke on a daily basis. We are a society of instant gratification so we need that little hit of reward every time we make a choice to get us closer to our goal.

How can you use this principle to change a current habit or create a new habit in your life? I would love to hear from you!

5 Things That Make You Happy

I have been listening to podcasts for the last several months and with the New Year a lot of them are reviewing 2018 and setting intentions for 2019. Last week I was listening to one (I believe it was Rachel Hollis’ Rise podcast) and one of the things she said to do was list 5 things that make you happy. When was the last time you asked yourself that question? I don’t think I have ever asked myself that question so I started to try to list stuff. It is really hard! I am still working on this list a week later and I haven’t gotten too far. So I got to thinking that we as a society (or maybe it is just me) focus on all the things that we “have” to do that we forget about the things that make us happy. So in 2019 I am committing myself to doing more of the things that make me happy and saying no to more of the things that don’t serve me. With this being said I realize that there are things that we sometimes have to do that we don’t want but that doesn’t have to be the majority of the things that we do. So I want to hear from you. What are your 5 things that make you happy?

I love to work and enjoy it so it is one of my 5 things that make me happy. Over the last couple of years I have found that my focus is changing and I want to reach more than just the people I come in contact with everyday. One way to do that is through social media. I have been wanting to consistently blog and serve for the last several years and as you can see it hasn’t stuck so this year will be different. I want serve by providing information and inspiration for those of you that are searching. The name of this blog is Get Well. Stay Well. but it will probably encompass lifestyle and my journey. Beware I “squirrel” a lot! Anything shiny distracts me so this blog could be on anything at any given time. Lol! I have so many things that I still want to learn and one of the best to learn is to teach. So bear with me and enjoy the ride!

Confessions of a Mom

This is written by Jenny Poor.

I am going to admit a wrong doing that I did 6 ½ years ago. This confession isn’t so you will feel sorry for me or so you can tell me that it is ok. My reasoning behind all of this is so hopefully I can shed some light on the effects of poor choices moms sometimes make.

On November 18, 2008 I gave birth to a handsome, funny, quirky, empathetic, wonderful, awesome little boy, Cooper. However, I made a decision the week before he was born that I truly think has affected his whole life. I decided to be induced. Was there a risk of life on either of our parts? No. Was he getting too big? No. So what was the reason? You ask. I had two very selfish reasons…1) My OB was going home (out of state) for Thanksgiving (the week Cooper was originally due) and his partner was going to be on call. His partner is a very competent doctor, but he wasn’t MY doctor. He didn’t know my quirks. 2) This is the best reason if you ask me (insert extreme sarcasm there), I didn’t want to be in the hospital for Thanksgiving (my favorite holiday). Yep, true selfishness right there on both reasons.

As most moms know and soon-to-be moms learn, a babies lungs are the last thing to develop when in utero. However because I was in the “safe” zone of 38 weeks my OB said “Ok, be at the hospital at 7am on the 18th and we will try induction”. Don’t get me wrong, I am not placing any blame on the OB. I take full blame for this. I should have researched the effects of induction, I should have put my “big girl panties” on and sucked it up and had Cooper when my body and he said it was time.

Fast forward 6 ½ years & here I am on a beautiful weekend in July with Cooper who has a cold that has settled in his chest. Have you ever tried to keep an otherwise healthy 6 ½ year old still? You would have better luck nailing Jell-O to the wall. Whenever he gets a cold or allergies kick in they will go straight to his respiratory system. When this happens, Cooper ends up with his notorious “snot rockets” when he sneezes, a dry wheezy cough, and dark circles around his eyes due to lack of sleep because the boy can’t breathe. Every time this happens I am reminded that it is because of that choice of convenience that I made.

So why am I telling you this? I writing this for a few reasons. I am writing this to encourage moms-to-be to research when you decide to induce for convenience sake. The majority of us have access to the internet and can find a ton of information on induction. Also, talk to other moms about their experiences. We aren’t shy when it comes to talking about labor and delivery! I am writing this to hopefully help the other moms who were induced that have kids like Cooper. Lastly, I am writing this for ALL moms that have ever made any kind of mistake. It’s ok! We, as moms and parents for that matter, are not perfect. If you made a mistake, FIX it and stop beating yourself up over it. I for one am going to forgive myself (the Lord knows I have given myself a 6 ½ years guilt trip over it) and work to fix the problem. Is Cooper going to get better over night? No, the problem didn’t come to this point over night, so why should it happen that quickly? However, through good nutrition, supplementation, other natural ways, and with God’s help we will fix the problem.

With all things concerning your health and the health of your family, I encourage you to research all of your options and be your advocate and the advocate of your family.


I read something this morning that Dr. Bernard Jenson said at one time regarding a patients success at a healthy lifestyle that really struck home with me. He said,

“The best doctor can do little for an uncooperative patient. So much depends upon the patient’s determination to get well, upon his or her willingness to make major lasting life changes, that a great deal hangs on the patient’s attitude. It is only now, in recent times that people have begun to learn that they are primarily responsible for taking care of themselves, for eating right, getting enough rest, exercising and so forth. Once a person has grasped this principle, a giant step forward has been taken.

                On the doctor’s side, I believe there is much more to take care of than the patient’s body. Especially among those with chronic conditions, every resource at the patient’s disposal, body, mind and spirit, must be considered and brought to bear on the healing process if the patient is to get well. A positive attitude is a must. Willingness to work with the doctor is a must. And perseverance through what is often a long, routine program of cleansing and rebuilding is a must. Everybody is looking for a good doctor, but I look for good patients. A good patient is one who will do whatever is necessary to leave the disease or ailment behind.

                Perhaps the most useful art a doctor can have is to touch that part of the patient, something deep inside, that engages the will to live and get well at all levels of the person. This, I believe, is one of the greatest keys to the wholistic healing art.”

In part, he is saying is that achieving a healthy, disease free life is a joint effort between the patient and the doctor. As your doctor or health care provider we cannot care more about your health than you do. It is up to the patient to care enough and love themselves enough that they WANT to get well and stay that way. However, it is up to the physician to HELP spark the patient’s fire to want to get well and stay well.

So many times the beginning of a new lifestyle change or diet program or fitness program we (the general public) are fired up and ready to go full throttle. “Let’s do this!!!” is our motto. But when we sit down to see what this new change requires we get overwhelmed and quit before we even begin. Why is that? Trust me when I say we have heard all of the excuses (and yes, that is what they are). “I don’t have enough time”, “I don’t know how to cook”, “I will go to the gym when I lose weight”, “It costs too much to be healthy”, etc. Do we not love ourselves enough to want to be healthy? Do we not care enough about ourselves to be healthy? Do we not care enough for our families to want to be healthy so we don’t have to compromise their lives because of our bad choices? Those are some of the things that we need to focus on at the beginning of every lifestyle change that involves our health.

This journey is a joint effort, but it all begins with YOU!

Dry Skin Brushing

Dry Skin Brushing

When I first heard about dry skin brushing (DSB) I was kind of skeptical about it. I mean, really, how does taking a brush that looks like horse brush (or at least what I always thought a horse brush to look like) and running it over your skin help anything besides sloughing off dead skin? But it is so much more than just skin care. When you think about it, our skin is like a gateway to the inside of our body. The pores allow passage through the skin both going in and coming out. Our skin is made up layers that contain nerves and glands that are like a defense system for our body. Our skin is crucial when it comes to good detoxification. However, if the skin is bogged down then it has hard time properly eliminating waste products from the body and then, here is the gross part, all of that waste stays in our body to be re-circulated (YUCK!). This is where dry skin brushing comes into play.

DSB can stimulate your lymphatic system. The lymph system is responsible for eliminating cellular waste from the body. If you were to look at a picture of the lymph system in the human body, you would be hard pressed to find where there wasn’t a “leg” of the lymph system. It is EVERYWHERE! When the lymph system is bogged down that is when we get sick, develop inflammation and/or disease. DSB also helps improve circulation to the skin, which helps with metabolic waste elimination.

DSB is an excellent way to exfoliate the skin, improving the appearance, unclogging pores which allow your skin to “breathe”. People have also found that by starting DSB it helps soften fat deposits below the skin surface, making cellulite appear evened out or less.

The methodical act of DSB has shown to lessen stress in some people. By regularly performing DSB it can reduce muscle tension, calm one’s mind, and relieve stress. Who couldn’t use a little stress relief?

Those who are addicted (yes, it does become an addiction, albeit a good addiction) to DSB swear that it is invigorating. I believe that while it can be invigorating to one person it may not be for another person. I usually do my DSB in the evening before my shower and find it more relaxing than invigorating. With that said I recommend you trying it out for yourself and see if it does one or the other or both for you.

So, I gave you all of the good things about DSB, but how the heck do you do it? Be patient, I’m getting there. First you want to get a good quality brush. You can find one online or at our office for under $20. The bristles should be made from natural materials and should feel stiff, but not overly so. Its best to get one with a long handle or you can get the ones like our office has that has a long removable handle. The long handle allows you to reach the “hard-to-reach” areas on your body.
For best results, DSB should be done daily. Some do it twice a day; I prefer to do it once a day right before my shower. That way if there are any dry skin cell stragglers you can wash them down the drain.

So, let’s start brushing! You want to begin at your feet (don’t forget to get the soles) and work your way up to your heart as that is the direction in which lymph flows in our bodies. Using firm pressure is best; however, make sure not to “scrub” the skin. You want to have a pink glow about your skin when you are done. Some prefer to use long strokes while others like to work their way up using short circular strokes. Try both and see what works best for you. Please note that you want to avoid DSB on the face, genitals, any abrasions, and varicose veins. The average brushing session can last anywhere from 2-20 minutes.

Most importantly take this time to help yourself be a healthier happier you. The cost and time are minimal for the great benefits that are reaped. If you have any questions about DSB, feel free to call, email, or stop by and ask me. I’m not an expert, but I can always find out the answer if I don’t already know it.

Happy Brushing!

Jenny Poor, CNHP


One of the amazing people who works in our office received a cancer diagnosis yesterday, so this disease has now made its way directly into our path. We have already been on a mission to educate patients about what we put in our bodies and making better choices and this has just intensified our passion. While this is not a diagnosis we want for our work family member it is one that we will take on as an opportunity to learn more and be able to better treat our patients in the future.

Please send prayers and happy thoughts to Deb as she moves forward and begins her fight against cancer. The following is a Jenny’s (another work family member) thought process following the diagnosis. I would like to share with all of you because not only is this 100% true but it very well said.

Blog Post as written by Jenny Poor, CNHP

In the past 2 years three women I have known have been diagnosed with breast cancer. The first one is a lady I have known and grown close to for the last 12 years. Her cancer started in her breast and has since moved to her liver and lymph nodes. The second lady is someone I have known almost my whole life. She worked with my mom when we lived in California. She was always very sweet to both my mom and me. The third lady is a very special lady. She loves unconditionally and is more loyal than most four-legged friends. We received her diagnosis this week.

Later that evening, after we received lady #3’s diagnosis, I was still reeling from the shock and becoming angrier. I thought about how unfair it was that this disease picks anyone it wants. Why can’t it go to the people who “deserve” it? You know, the bad people who hurt other people. Not the people in my life!! As I was showering that night, I wondered what did these 3 women think when they were showering and felt their breasts and knew there was an “invader” in there? If it were me, I would feel like my body betrayed me. How could it do this to me? And then the light bulb shown its bright light…you could probably see it from space.

Our bodies don’t betray us when there is a cancer diagnosis. Don’t worry I’m not going to go into how one’s body is just doing what it needs to do to get rid of the bad stuff, that’s not where I’m going here. The cancer happens when there have been years and years of betrayal from US! Yes, I said it. We betray our bodies, not the other way around. “How can this crazy natural chick say that!?!?” you ask. It’s true when you think about it. Our body doesn’t choose the foods we put in it. It doesn’t decide to choose alcohol over water. It doesn’t choose staying up late instead of sleeping. It doesn’t choose to hold stress in instead of releasing it. We are the ones making the choices!!

This post isn’t me telling you to quit making bad lifestyle choices. The Lord knows I make bad choices where lifestyle is concerned too (hence the pizza and rum I had the night lady #3 was diagnosed). This also isn’t me pointing a finger at anyone with cancer. That’s the last thing they need right now. This is me sharing my “ah-ha” moment. I know after having that light bulb glare in my eyes, I will be making healthier lifestyle choices. I will think about how what I’m doing or eating will affect my body. Will I be perfect at it? Absolutely not! Who is perfect? But I am going to be more aware of what choices I am making. Will it be easy? Nope, but it is doable.

Lastly, I encourage you to take care of yourself and to love yourself enough to realize what choices you are making and how they are affecting your body. Your body deserves it.

Motivation vs. Inspiration

Motivation seems to be something that everyone wants and yet we all have a hard time getting it. What is interesting is that people seem to think that motivation and inspiration are the same thing. People seem to think that the two have the same meaning and the two words are often used interchangeably. This is not an accurate assumption.

Let’s look at the meanings of each of these words.

Motivation: (as taken from the Dictionary)

1. the act or an instance of motivating, or providing with a reason to act in a certain way
2. the state or condition of being motivated or having a strong reason to act or accomplish something
3. something that motivates; inducement; incentive

Inspiration: (as taken from the Dictionary)

1. an inspiring or animating action or influence
2. something inspired, as an idea.
3. a result of inspired activity.
4. a thing or person that inspires.

By looking at the definitions you can see that motivation seems to imply that there is a goal to reach. So the goal has a pulling force on the individual creating motivation. The individual has a “motive” to reach that goal, whether it be to lose weight to look good in their swimsuit or have financial freedom to have a retirement home.

Inspiration on the other hand, is more of a process. If something or someone inspires you, it touches you on the inside and connects you to a state of being more excited, productive, purposeful or anything that comes as a result of being inspired.

So, inspiration is something that you feel on the inside, while motivation is something from the outside that compels you to take action. Inspiration is a driving force, while motivation is a pulling force. They both can help propel you forward.

Getting Back on the Wagon

Last year I had decided I was going to start a blog and use it to educate my patients and my community. Well…..I did not do as well as I had hoped. I didn’t realize how much thought and planning went into a blog let alone just getting one set up! I have a whole new respect for people who post on a daily basis! Anyway this time I have done a bit more planning. This past year was also a huge learning curve for me. Now I can better navigate my way through a blog and know how to work them a little better. I hope in the coming year (and many more after that) that I can utilize this media to educate people on their health. I want this to be an arena where people can feel like they can ask any question they want and get responses (whether it be by me or other followers) that are helpful to them and their situation. While I realize that health and fitness can bring up many topics of debate I don’t want this to be a platform in which people feel like they may ridiculed (we get enough of that on a regular basis). I hope the topics I discuss will empower people insert themselves as a part of their own healthcare team. I welcome any suggestions on topics that you are curious about. I want this to be a learning experience for everyone that follows this blog. So join me. Knowledge is power…..Be empowered!

The Benefits of Chiropractic During Pregnancy

Pregnancy and Birth as a Natural Process

With Chiropractic Care Supporting this Process

Chiropractors work with the body’s ability to adapt and function the way it is designed to. Chiropractic care in pregnancy is vital to the normal physiological function of both the mother and baby in pregnancy and birth. Here are the potential benefits:

In the mother:

  • Prepares the pelvis for an easier pregnancy and birth by creating a state of balance in pelvic bony structures, muscles and ligaments.
  • Removes torsion of the ligaments that support the uterus thus potentially reducing aberrant tension to the woman’s uterus.
  • Reduces interference to the mother’s vital nerve system which controls and co-ordinates all of her systems and functions.
  • By improving maternal function we are decreasing the potential for unnecessary intervention.


To the infant:

  • Reduces interference to the mother’s nerve system allowing for better baby development.
  • Pelvic balance allows the baby greater room to develop without restrictions to its forming cranium, spine and other skeletal structures.
  • Offers the baby the room to move into the best possible position for birth.
  • With proper fetal positioning, there is a significant decrease in dystocia and the resulting birth trauma caused by intervention.