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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.

Success

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!

Betrayal

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.

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!

Chiropractic care for kids?

I was blessed to have parents that took me to a chiropractor starting at the age of 5 years old. I have always seen the value in chiropractic when it comes to my health and have never understood why everyone doesn’t seek chiropractic care.

I became a Doctor of Chiropractic in 2007. I have known the importance of being adjusted at any age, however, I attended a seminar this weekend that made me realize just how important chiropractic care is for children. I have treated patients of all ages (my youngest patient being 3 hours old and my oldest patient being 92 years old). It wasn’t until this weekend that I truly understood how untreated subluxations in children can manifest as an adult. I would like to encourage you to seek out a Doctor of Chiropractic in your area to begin regular chiropractic care. Many people seek chiropractic when they are in pain, however, this is not the only time chiropractic care is needed.

The expertise of the chiropractor is in checking the child’s spine for misalignments that impair nervous system function therefore affecting overall body function. The bones of the spine, the vertebrae, house and protect the spinal cord. The spinal cord is an extension of the brain and carries information from the brain to the body parts and back to the brain again. Subluxations interfere with the nerves’ ability to transmit this vital information.

The nervous system controls and coordinates the function of all the systems in the body: circulatory, respiratory, digestive, hormonal, eliminative and immune system. Any aspect of health may be impaired by nerve interference. The chiropractic adjustment restores nerve system function allowing the body the ability to express a greater state of health and well-being.

Many people may ask, “why do children need chiropractic care?” I mean they haven’t even done anything to hurt themselves right? Wrong! Child birth alone can create subluxations. Having your childs spine checked at an early age can save them a lifetime of issues, whether it be structurally, developmentally, emotionally, etc. The nervous controls everything! Who better to help heal the nervous system than someone who specializes in dealing with the spine?

I can not put it any better than Major Bertrand DeJarnette: “The only true subluxation you ever see must be in a child prior to the age of seven years. If this subluxation goes uncorrected it becomes a primary source of stimulus through life, but the tombs of distortion, which form from one traumatic experience to the other, soon bury this primary subluxation under that ‘tomb of distortions’…The subluxation that all of us worry about occurred some time between birth and the seventh year of life, and the remedy would of course be careful chiropractic care from birth through the seventh year of life.”

 

 

How can you avoid stress?

Stress Avoidance Secrets: Proven Strategies

**Robert M. Sapolsky, PhD, professor of biological sciences and neuroscience at Stanford University, Stanford, CA.

As the pace of American society continues to accelerate, the incidence of psychological stress keeps climbing. Stress is not just an annoyance. It has been linked to adult-onset diabetes, ulcerative colitis, atherosclerosis, high blood pressure and other serious ailments.                                                     Yet we all know individuals who are stress-resistant — lucky folks who never seem “stressed out” despite the competing demands of career, family, etc.

TWO SIDES OF STRESS

When confronted by a threat to its physical well-being, the body undergoes what is known as the stress response. It temporarily abandons its long-term “building projects” — growth, tissue repair, immune function, etc.              Instead, it floods the bloodstream with glucose, protein and fat from reserves in the liver and fat cells. Heart rate, blood pressure and breathing rate skyrocket. These physiological changes can save your live by giving you extra speed or strength…or a more focused mind.                                                         Problem: The stress response occurs not only when we are confronted by physical danger, but also in situations that simply make us feel anxious– from getting stuck in truck to having an argument with a spouse or coworker.   Research on both animals and humans suggests four effective strategies for limiting the toll taken by chronic stress…

A SENSE OF CONTROL

Having a sense of control over one’s situation reduces the stress response. This has been shown in studies of humans exposed to a loud, intermittent noise.                                                                                                    Individuals who believed they could stop the noise by pressing a button felt less stress than subjects without this option — even though the sense of control was illusory.                                                                                                             But reducing stress is not as simple as saying, Take as much control as possible. In the case of an automobile accident, a diagnosis of a terminal disease or another uncontrollable event, suggesting that an individual can control the situation only adds feelings of guilt and inadequacy to stress.           In extreme situations it’s usually better to deny personal responsibility for the problem — by identifying an external source of control.                          Example: No one could have stopped the car in time.                              Control is most helpful in coping with moderate stressors — traffic jams, supermarket lines, setbacks at work, etc.

PREDICTABILITY

Imagine asking your dentist, How much longer will you have to drill? It’s much less stressful to hear, Three minutes, than it is to hear, I don’t know.        Studies show that animals and humans given a warning signal before being subjected to a stressor experience less stress.                                        Caveat: This “early warning” must come far enough in advance to allow the subject to prepare… but not too far ahead.                                                    With rats, flashing a warning light 10 seconds before the administration of an electrical shock reduces stress response. A light that flashes one-half second before the shock has no effect.                                                                   When the light is flashed five minutes before the shock, rats experience more stress than if no light is flashed.                                                                     How can humans predict their stressors? By getting accurate, specific information.                                                                                          Examples: Listening to the traffic report on the way to work… reading about treatment options for a serious illness…setting aside a specific time each day to speak with coworkers who otherwise might interrupt your workday.

HAVING AN OUTLET

A rat exposed to shock feels less stress if it’s given an outlet for its nervous energy — the opportunity to run on an exercise wheel or gnaw on wood. Humans benefit from outlets, too. Most people know what helps them relax — whether it’s playing the clarinet, working out or practicing meditation. Each has been shown to lower blood pressure and adrenaline levels.                         Most important: Create a change in tempo from the rest of the day. Pursuing your favorite activities three times a week has a greater effect on stress than saving all your outlets for the weekend.

CONTACT WITH OTHERS

As a threat to health and longevity, social isolation is second only to low socioeconomic status. Isolated people have a higher mortality rate than even smokers, obese people and hypertensives.                                      Implication:You can defuse stressful situations via physical contact with another person — holding hands, hugging, etc.                                  Exception:An Ohio State University study found that spouses in bad marriages had drastically suppressed immune systems.                            People living alone needn’t despair — health benefits can accrue from contact with a liver, close friends, fellow members of a church or synagogue, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take Back the Tap

Q: Why should I drink tap water instead of bottled water?

A: Over the course of a year, tap water costs hundreds or thousands less than bottled water and is just as clean and healthy as bottled water.

Q: How do I find out whether my tap water is safe?

A: Contact your local utility to request a copy of the Annual Water Quality Report, also referred to aasa the Consumer Confidence Report. This report is required by law to provide information about contaminant violations in the water system. EPA posts many of these results on its website at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/dwinfo/index.html.  Local health departments often provide testing services or have lists of accredited laboratories that do the testing.

Q: What can I do if my water is contaminated?

A: Select a filter that removes the particular contaminants that are present.

Q: Can a filter remove chlorine and fluoride?

A: When it comes to chlorine, the answer is “yes.” Most water filters remove or reduce this chemical disinfectant. On the other hand, fluoride is more of a challenge. Typically, only reverse osmosis filters and distillation units reduce or remove it. 

Q: My water tastes funny. What can I do about it?

A: Odd tasting water does not necessarily mean that it is unhealthy or contaminated. The taste could be due to chlorination or to the mineral content in the water, depending on the region of the state or country. A home filtration system is the best solution to this problem.

Q: What kind of re-usable bottle should I use to carry tap water?

A: Many people have concerns about plastic food containers and beverage bottles because some chemicals in the plastic can leach into the contents. For this reason, Food & Water Watch recommends either stainless steel or lined aluminum bottles. I personally recommend glass containers.

Q: Should I reuse disposable plastic bottles?

A: The disposable PET #1 plastic bottles in which beverages are sold cannot be properly cleaned and, over time, may leach plastic components into the water. Therefore, they should not be reused.

Q: What is a contaminant?

A: Water is very rarely pure H20. It tends to grab particles from things it passes and brings them along for the ride. Whether flowing in a mountain stream or pouring out of your faucet, water usually contains more than just oxygen and two hydrogen atoms. Some of these piggy backers are harmless, but many are not.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which oversees the safety of tap water, currently regulates 87 different contaminants. The agency recognizes but does not regulate an additional 51 contaminants.

Tap Water vs. Bottled Water

  Health Effects of Bottled Water

 About 25% of bottled water is simply re-processed/used municipal (city) water according to a 1999 study in the United States. Both Aquafina from Pepsi-Cola Company and Dasani from The Coca-Cola Company are reprocessed from municipal water systems. While there have been few comprehensive studies, one analysis several years ago found that about 22 percent of brands that were tested contain, in at least one sample, chemical contaminants at levels above strict state health limits. If consumed over a long period of time, some of these contaminants could cause cancer or other health problems at rates higher than those considered tolerable by the regulatory body setting the standards. 

The FDA reports that:”about 75 percent of bottled water sold in the U.S. comes from natural underground sources, which include rivers, lakes, springs and artesian wells.” The other 25% comes from municipal sources, which are the “sources” of the aforementioned two leading brands of bottled water. The FDA was quoting as saying, “Companies that market bottled water as being safer than tap water are defrauding the American public.”

Bottled water processed with distillation or reverse osmosis lacks fluoride ions which are sometimes naturally present in groundwater. The drinking of distilled water may conceivably increase the risk of tooth decay due to a lack of this element. However, most people continue to cook with common tap water and this is thought to potentially provide sufficient fluoride to maintain normal prophylaxis in many instances. Any other minerals in tap water such as calcium and magnesium are present in such minuscule amounts that their absence is compensated for many thousands of times over by other dietary sources. On the other hand, some people wish to avoid exposure to fluoride, particularly systemic ingestion of fluoride in drinking water,and may choose such bottled water for this feature.

Bottled water is typically printed with expiration dates. However, industry associations claim “bottled water can be used indefinitely if stored properly.” Reusing plastic water bottles could be potentially harmful because bacteria builds up in the bottle.


3 Reasons not to drink bottled water:

1. Bottled water isn’t a good value. 

Take, for instance, a 20 ounce bottle of water that can be purchased from a vending machine. For ease of numbers, let’s say you can find one that sells them for $1 (which you can’t), that works out to be 5 cents an ounce. Most brands are essentially filtered tap water, bottled close to their distribution point. Most municipal water costs less than 1 cent per gallon. Now let’s consider the “high” price of gasoline. It has to be pumped out of the ground in the form of crude oil, shipped to a refinery (often halfway across the world), and shipped again to your local filling station. In the U.S., the average price per gallon is hovering around $3. There are 128 ounces in a gallon, which puts the current price of gasoline at a fraction over 2 cents an ounce. So, the next time you are pumping your gas at two cents an ounce and drinking water at 5 cents an ounce you may want to reconsider which you complain about price.

2. No healthier than tap water.

In theory, bottled water in the United States falls under the regulatory authority of the Food and Drug Administration. In practice, about 70 percent off bottled water never crosses state lines for sale, making it exempt from FDA oversight. On the other hand, water systems in the developed world are well-regulated. In the U.S., for instance, municipal water falls under the purview of the Environmental Protection Agency, and is regularly inspected for bacteria and toxic chemicals.

3. Bottled water means garbage.

Bottled water produces up to 1.5 million tons of plastic waste per year. That plastic requires up to 47 million gallons of oil per year to produce. And while the plastic used to bottle beverages is of high quality and in demand by recyclers, over 80 percent of plastic bottles are simply thrown away.

 

What can you do?

There’s a simple alternative to bottled water: buy a stainless steel thermos or glass bottle and use it! Don’t like the way your local tap water tastes? Inexpensive carbon filters will turn most tap water sparkling fresh at a fraction of bottled water’s cost.


This is just a tiny bit of information to get you thinking. My next few posts will have more information and about effects of the plastic the water comes in as well as how you can find out if your tap water is safe. Check back in!



 

 

 

A Weekend of Revelation

Have you ever thought that you knew your purpose in life and worked your way toward it only for a new purpose to present itself? That seems to happen to me a lot but this past weekend may be the best one yet and absolutely the most important. I had recently decided to start a new program that will expand my knowledge on chiropractic care for prenatal care for women and pediatrics. During my first class we watched videos on childbirth both in a hospital setting and a home setting. Being a Doctor of Chiropractic I know the importance and fragility of the nervous system especially in a newborn child and I was completely flabbergasted by the utter disdain that babies are handled with during childbirth. It seems as if there is total disregard of the lasting effects that doctors can inflict on children during the process. In multiple videos (some of which are actually teaching videos for OB’s) the baby’s head is pulled, twisted, turned and cranked on before the doctor could even possibly know which direction the body is facing. It was horrifying. 

I had a six hour trip home so I had lots of time to think about what is happening to our children right out of the gate. I had decided on my way home that I was going to start giving those babies a voice. I am going to start empowering the parents to ask questions and state their wishes and create a birth plan that is right for their family. I am going to start educating parents on choices they can make that are best for their children. As a doctor my job is to EDUCATE! It is not to tell patients what they should do but to educate them on their options and the pros and cons of each, let THEM make an informed decision. As I am thinking all of this it suddenly occurred to me….How many times had patients asked me how chiropractic worked and my response to them was don’t worry about how it works just know that it does. I suddenly realized that I had been being one of THOSE doctors! 

Then just when I thought I had it all figured out (again) I arrived home only to find out that a close family friend had been diagnosed with cancer. I must have hit my tipping point because these two things combined have been all I have thought about since. I am being consumed with one question, “What the hell are we doing to ourselves?” So over the last 4 days I have made it my mission in life to educate people on what we are doing to ourselves. I realize that all I can do is give people the tools they need to make healthier choices but that it is up to them to make those choices. I hope to be able to break down research into a language that everyone can understand and then begin utilizing the information. I have already thought of many subjects that I would like to go into but I welcome any ideas that you may have in mind. A few things that I plan to discuss are the effects of the use of plastic, chemicals, and artificial sugars. I don’t think that as a society we look at these things as hazardous to our health so my goal is to educate people on safer ways to store food, clean, and eat. 

There are so many toxins in this world that there is simply no way to eliminate all of them but we can definitely eliminate as many as we can! Let’s do this together and create a healthier life for our families!