There is no better time to quit smoking than right now. Believe it or not, in less than 20 minutes after smoking your last cigarette, your body already experiences the benefits of kicking the habit.
Your blood pressure, pulse rate, and temperature, for instance, start to return to normal within 20 minutes after quitting. 12 hours after, carbon monoxide level which is abnormally high in smokers decreases as your blood oxygen increases to near normal levels. Continue Reading →
Pet lovers, as it turns out, get more than cuteness and companionship in caring for their pets. Studies suggest that owning a pet may actually prolong your life, by improving your physical and mental health altogether.
As an all-natural healthcare approach that treats the body as a self-regulating, self-healing organism, chiropractic care focuses on the organic connection that exists between the mind, body, and spirit.
Quite incidentally, caring for a pet enriches all three aspects of optimal wellness. As such, pet ownership easily complements the chiropractic lifestyle. Continue Reading →
If you watch one of the many Emergency Room medical drama shows on TV you could be forgiven for accepting the myth that modern medicine has triumphed over nature. It often appears that people’s conditions can be healed within one single half-hour episode (including the time taken to bring you the important messages from their sponsors).
The encultured belief in our society is that there is a drug for every condition and if the condition can’t be suppressed or eliminated then you need to seek a more powerful solution quickly. We have adopted a ‘this for that’ mentality where we expect to be ‘fixed’ or cured instantly from whatever ails us so we can get back into life again, (which is usually what caused the problem in the first place. Continue Reading →
In our busy lives it is often convenient to put babies into plastic cocoons or capsules rather than carry them close to us. We are often too quick to isolate little ones to their own bedroom at nights. Babies need contact with the presence of another human being. They wont be spoiled by getting too much of it. It is necessary for their growth and development.
Examples from the animal kingdom show that baby elephants are touched by their parents at least every 5 minutes 24 hours a day. Animal researchers conclude that the constant touching is an integral part of the physical, mental and emotional development of baby elephants. Continue Reading →
For most of us, our journey into this world is no picnic. After a tortuous passage out into the light of day the child is taken from the mother for weighing and measuring, blood is taken for a PKU test and then Vitamin K is injected into the newborn. What a welcome!!!
Parents of newly born babies face a stand up battle in the delivery room with the hospital staff if they decide on any other course of action. Seldom are these procedures of an emergency nature and it is only in the most obvious cases of maternal malnutrition that this intervention should be considered. There is no reason to further trauma-tize the poor baby by sticking another needle in them to inject something that is most likely unnecessary in the first place and possibly very dangerous to their future health. Continue Reading →
In the 1970’s Ivan Illich wrote a number of books including The Disabling Professions: and Diseasemongers: How doctors, drug companies and insurers are trying to make you feel sick. He wrote about the process of turning ordinary life and its ups and downs into medical conditions, the so-called medicalisation of society. He observed how the definitions of diseases are being widened in order to boost demand for doctors’ services and new products. He foresaw the alliances that have formed between groups of specialists, drug companies and even some patient groups, who all have a vested interest in making their particular condition look as widespread and serious as possible.
The media plays its part in disease mongering by using the biggest, most dramatic estimates of how many people suffer a disease and by featuring the most severe cases of disability. Continue Reading →
In our last blog we discussed some of the more common types of headaches, and some of the things that cause them. As we mentioned, many headaches are directly caused by subluxation and nervous system pressure. Spinal misalignments in the upper neck can cause pressure to your very delicate spinal cord and damage your health in many ways – even beyond pain like headaches. Your spine and nervous system are the foundation of your overall health – as always, with any persistent symptom, it’s essential that you make sure you’re subluxation-free. Only with full health and power in your body (delivered by a free and healthy nervous system) can you live your life at 100%, at your highest level! Continue Reading →
The head is one of the most common locations for pain. There are many, many different types of headaches, or cephalgia. Some headaches come regularly, almost as if following a schedule. Others are more random. Some are sharp, and others throb. Some headaches are associated with mental/emotional stress or tension. Others will let the sufferer know they’re coming, through some sort of unusual sensation or nausea. Some headaches are so severe that they seem to demand that the world STOP – that the only solution is to lie in a dark silence, waiting until the agony passes. Headaches can be a sign of a very serious problem, and they can be a tremendous interruption to the living of a whole and healthy life. Continue Reading →
We learned in our last blog about the dangerous effects of chronic stress on our health. Stress is killing us… but we don’t have to let it! It’s more important now than ever to pay constant attention to our health.
The chronically stressful demands of work and home can be overwhelming. Stress can be a normal and beneficial part of our lives, but more and more doctors are waking up to the fact that nothing jeopardizes your health more than constant, chronic stress. As our modern world continues to move and change faster and faster, and as we’re taking on more and more work and personal obligations, our health is paying the price. Continue Reading →
People often ask us why their children should be checked for subluxation. They’ll sometimes see a child on the adjusting table and think, “Oh, so poor thing. She must have a very serious problem if she needs this from so young.” Actually, they couldn’t be further from the truth, because the opposite is in fact true. With some rare exceptions, kids who get adjusted aren’t to be pitied… they’re to be envied!
These kids are the ones whose parents who understand that the only way to live to our full potential is by keeping our spines healthy and free of subluxation. They’re the ones who have learned that the very act of being alive means that our bodies are constantly under stress, and that the only way to deal properly with that stress is through a clear nervous system. Continue Reading →