Sabtu, 28 Januari 2012

Change Is the Only Constant

The title of this post is a quote from one of the T-shirts that I have. I like it because it is so true. Think about it, change is the constant in life. Think of all of the things that surround you, think of all of the people in your life and how different they are day to day. What about the way your body changes each day physically? What about the way your mind changes and your emotions too? Everything is always changing around us so intern the only real thing that is constant is that change.

Now that idea might be a little scary to some. Many of us are always trying to control everything, always trying to find the perfect job or perfect partner. We try to change life to create the perfect body or try to find all the ways to defy aging. But if we try to do all of these things we will miss so many of the great things life has to offer. We get frustrated with all of the imperfections in our "ideal world" when those same "imperfections" make reality so amazing.

As a chiropractor knowing that change is constant does not freak me out, I see it every day with in myself and with in the people I help. The body is amazing and the one thing to balance out change in life and in our bodies is the ability to adapt. Our bodies are designed to adapt to just about anything. When we get cold our body shivers to warm us up. When we need water our bodies create thirst so we drink. When we are stressed out the body will create headaches in order for us to rest. When we cut ourselves the body will send healing agents to create a scab and create fresh new skin to replace the damaged piece.

I could go on and on with tons of examples on how amazing the body is but the main idea is this. The body adapts the best, while life is changing, when its nervous system is working at a normal state. The nervous system integrates all of the changes in life and then decides what the appropriate response is to that change. That is what adaption means. So when the nervous system is clear of any interference the body adapts perfectly. On the flip side, if the nervous system has something disrupting it, the adaption process becomes slower and intern there is a life change in a negative direction.

An easier way to see this is by comparing it to the Internet. They call it the "world wide web" because there are so many lines of communication that branches out from computer to computer creating ability for us to do many amazing things. But what happens when our Internet router goes down? Our connection is interrupted, the Internet is still up in the rest of the world but out communication to it is broken and we won't get the messages sent to nor will we be able to send any messages out.

The same thing happens with in the body when a bone moves out of place due to some great stress causing an interference in the communication of the nervous system with the rest of the body.

Chiropractic Principle: Evidence of Life. The signs of life (assimilation, elimination, growth, reproduction, adaptability) are evidence of the innate intelligence of life.

Change is always constant and the better we can adapt to it the better our lives will be. We can build ourselves up on life's principles or we can destroy it with fighting against them... choose to build.

Rabu, 18 Januari 2012

How to Prevent a Heart Attack With Lifestyle, Exercise, Diet, and Herbs

You may already be going down the mental checklist of heart attack prevention. Exercise. Check. Weight Control. Check. Lifestyle. Check. "OK", you may say, "I should be good to go!" These preventative items have all been written about in the popular press. Still, something deep inside bothers us when we hear that - despite all the prevention - cardiovascular disease is once again named as the number one killer of people like us in the U.S. There must be more to this. As an alternative health activist I can tell you that yes there is more to this! Read on and we will bring to light some very effective ways of preventing heart attack.

Not just weight control, good nutrition required here. Simply put, a healthy way of eating includes fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds, and grain, with a little meat thrown in weekly.. Delete dairy, add in water, and you have a good idea.

Exercise. Experts tell us to do this at least three times a week. In other words, do not be a weekend warrior - this is dangerous. What we want to do is condition our heart and vascular system. Packing all the exercise into one session is not conditioning - it is abuse of your body and can be fatal. Regular exercise that conditions the heart and blood vessels has several components:

It is done in regular sessions (not all at once). When we condition, we raise our heart rate to a level that is safe yet conditioning. This varies by the person. Consult your healthcare practitioner for this one. Again according to experts, we need to keep that heart rate up for at least 20 minutes at least 3 times a week.The intensity of the exercise can be increased over time as we condition our systems.

Lifestyle is next, so brace yourself. It is much easier to be macho and go to the gym and yet neglect lifestyle. Both are very important. What a good lifestyle includes is:

Exposure to the sun regularly. Do not go out and get 3 hours all at once if you are not conditioned to it. This is a good way to get a severe burn and even skin cancer. Avoiding a burn can be done

Air. Fresh air is imperative to your heart and all other tissues of the body. You cannot survive without enough oxygen. Why else get enough oxygen? Here is a good one: when we exercise, we need increased oxygen to build and heal those muscles and organs that work out.

Stress relief? Why? Stress does some bad things to our cardiovascular system. For example, it causes the blood vessels to tighten up and increase the blood pressure. An increased blood pressure can, over time, damage the heart and other organs. Continuous stress over time also can lead to Adrenal Burnout. Adrenal burnout, in turn will lead to cardiovascular damage. We have to get rid of continuous stress. Exercise helps. Prayer helps. Worshipping God and and meditating on His Word helps.

Beyond all these things, Herbal Aids can help with heart attack prevention and even aid in healing if it has already happened. For example:

Take Apple Cider Vinegar is a good way to help dissolve the gunk hanging on the inside of the artery walls. Three tablespoonfuls daily. I like to take it all at once in warm water sweetened with honey.

Cayenne pepper can help to rejuvenate those blood vessels. Cayenne contains flavones that are needed to maintain and heal the interior of blood vessels. I like to take 1 teaspoonful of 35,000 unit cayenne in 4 oz cool water three times a day. It is hot, so work up to a teaspoonful. Cayenne tincture has also been given to people in the throes a heart attack (one dropper to a couple ounces or water or just squirt a dropper under the tongue). It is amazingly effective in its ability to stop a heart attack in its tracks.

Can Bellabaci Massage Therapy Be Used for Natural Fibromyalgia Relief?

Common side effects for fibromyalgia medications include dizziness, nausea, fatigue, dry mouth, hypertension and difficulty concentrating. Side effects can also include suicidal thoughts and the medications can also have dangerous interactions with other drugs. Because of this, a lot of people are looking for a way to get some natural fibromyalgia relief.

Bellabaci massage therapy may be a way for people that suffer from fibromyalgia to get relief from some of the common symptoms. Bellabaci massage therapy is a form of cupping therapy with some advantages over the older, traditional cupping therapy methods.

What Is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine that dates back hundreds of years. Cups are applied to parts of the body and a vacuum is created to cause suction. The suction penetrates up to 4 inches into the body's tissues causing the tissues to release toxins. This suction is also supposed to activate the lymphatic system and help clear blockages in veins and arteries. In order to create a vacuum and cause suction, the air inside the cups is heated and then the cups are applied to the body. As the air inside the cup cools, pressure inside the cup drops, creating a vacuum.

What Is Bellabaci Massage Therapy?

Bellabaci massage cupping therapy for fibromyalgia uses the same theory of creating suction to remove toxins and blockages but the suction is created in an easier and safer way. Rather than heating up cups that could actually cause burns if you are not careful, Bellabaci cups are made of silicone and all you need to do is gently squeeze the cup with your hand and then release pressure as you apply the cups to the surface of the body. With Bellabaci cups you get the same benefits that you do with traditional cupping therapy but it is safer and simpler to apply.

Can Bellabaci Therapy Help with Fibromyalgia Pain?

An article on the Mayo Clinic website says that there are some studies that indicate that cupping therapy, when combined with acupuncture may actually reduce fibromyalgia symptoms more effectively than conventional medications. The studies that have been performed measure the cupping procedures effectiveness by comparing it to other forms of treatment. There is a need for more research and additional studies but the article states that "some of the available studies do suggest a possible role for cupping in treating fibromyalgia".

One way to know if Bellabaci cupping therapy will work for you is to simply give it a try. Unlike traditional medications you don't have to worry about any dangerous side effects and with Bellabaci cups you don't have to worry about being burned and you do not have to have a lot of skill in order to use Bellabaci cups. There is no risk other than spending a few dollars on the Bellabaci cups themselves so if you are suffering from painful fibromyalgia symptoms and you would like a natural way to get some relief, you may want to give the Bellabaci Body Massage Therapy a try.

Selasa, 17 Januari 2012

Natural Remedies For Sinus Relief

Sinus problems are quite common and most people are desperate to try anything to get some relief. Whether it is the common cold, an allergic reaction, or just about any other nasal congestion, it is very annoying, painful, and can reduce the quality of life. There are quite a few remedies available, but most of them give only temporary relief, and cause some nasty side effects as well. Here are some natural remedies that are effective and safe as well.


Reflexology is a method of applying pressure on certain points on the feet and hands, which causes reflex actions and stimulation in other part of the body, corresponding to that particular point. For sinus relief, the points are on the tips of toes and fingers, and under each nail of the hand. The technique involves only squeezing gently on these points; however, it is better to get this massage done by a certified reflexologist, who will know the correct pressure points.

Using a Nettie Pot

The Nettie pot is a container with a spout, used for directing saltwater solution or plain water into the nasal passage. This is a yogic technique, and is often performed as a daily routine by many practitioners. Here you tilt your head and pour the water by placing the spout on the upper nostril. When you pour, the water will flow into one nostril and out of the other. Repeat on the other side, and this will dilute the mucus, and flush it out.

Hydrating your Body

Drinking lot of liquids, especially water will prevent the build-up of thick mucus, and hence it will be easy to flush it out. Hydration is also known to reduce infection, compared to people who have lesser liquid intake.

Using a Humidifier

If you maintain the ideal level of humidity in your living space, there are lesser chances of getting, or aggravating a sinus problem. If the humidity is very less, the air will be dry, and the mucus in your nose will dry up, and will not drain well. When the humidity is too high it becomes the ideal breeding ground for fungus and mold, which can cause many allergies and host of sinus problems.


Aromatherapy uses herbal healing properties in the form of essential oils, which have to be inhaled. Essential oils of mint and eucalyptus are generally used for relieving sinus problems. The inhalation will reduce sinus swelling, prevent infection, and improve drainage of mucus.

Sinus congestion and the resulting pain are very troublesome, and needs to be attended to immediately. For avoiding sinus infections, invest in a humidifier device and keep your home well ventilated. When you are already suffering from sinus problems, try out these natural remedies, as they are quite effective and safe.

Minggu, 08 Januari 2012

Possible Treatments for Cervical Spondylosis

Arthritis of the neck or Cervical Spondylosis can be very painful and irritating for those who have it. It hinders you from doing things that you wanted to do. The pain usually blocks your time for laughter and enjoyment. Good News! Most of the treatment for this condition is very old school. You can try doing these immediately.

A variety of medications can be used to eliminate inflammation and pain in the neck caused by cervical spondylosis. You can try taking NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) like naproxen and ibuprofen. These two drugs are commonly used to address neck pain. You can also try using muscle relaxants and acetaminophen. These two drugs can also relieve neck pain along with muscle spasms.

Physical therapists are also one of the vital and effective sources of treatment for cervical spondylosis. Strengthening tense or weakened muscles or stretching it is commonly the initial treatment that is suggested. Your Physical Therapist can also utilize posture therapy and cervical traction. Therapy programs usually last for 5 to 7 weeks but sometimes, the duration may also differ from one case to another. Schedule of therapy sessions is twice or thrice a week.

Wearing a neck collar to restrain motion or movement is also one of the possible treatments. Aside from limiting the movement of your neck, it also provides and serves as a support. It also let your neck muscles rest. Soft collars must be worn and used only for a short period of time. The reason for this is that long-term use can minimize the muscle strength of the neck.

In treating cervical spondylosis, you can also consider using physiotherapy such as hot and cold compress or exercise. Cautious use of massage can aid in alleviating symptoms of the disease.

Some people are having a hard time bearing the pain caused by cervical spondylosis. If this is your condition, you can try having parenteral medications. Steroid-based injections are usually used to relieve the pain although it only provides short-term relief. Your physician can also inject anesthesia to the joints of the spine.

If you really want to treat your condition practically and traditionally, the easiest way is to take a rest. Cervical spondylosis is most commonly caused by stress and different activities involving neck movements. Your body also speaks. Its way of crying is through pain. The moment you feel pain, your body is telling you that you need a rest. Enough rest and sleep can be beneficial. If you hate spending for other treatments, try this. Take a rest now.

Sabtu, 07 Januari 2012

Your Electrical Force

Health is a habit-a bunch of little "bite size pieces" of healthy information-made easy.

It's rush hour on the highway to health, and being sick is something no one has time for. We run ourselves ragged, worry ourselves sick, eat fast food on the run... and wonder why disease is getting worse these days. Our lifestyle is fast-paced and "without support "we often get sidetracked by the latest "crisis" and are left without the energy to regroup and get back on track.

Did you know-Disease can begin with the decline of electrical integrity within the body?? No.. So how do we get energy? Answer is... We get energy from the frequency of our food source. Yes the food we eat contains energy. If we eat "fast Junk food", it contains very little frequency compared to fresh raw vegetables. We use this energy to work, love, play, look good and think. If the cell is thought of as a little engine, converting fuel into ATP -the question arises: Where is this little engine getting it's energy to do it's job? Answer: Electricity... And where does the cell store this electrical charge? Answer: In the cell membrane. All Life is electrical... Why is this important? Our healthy cells operate optimally at a high vibration frequency of around 60 to 80 megahertz, therefore it makes sense that we should ideally consume those foods that naturally have a vibration energy (or 'life force') closest to that of our own cells. Why? Because..At lower frequencies, dis-eases can manifest.

So what about your mind? Have you heard the "energy of your food" becomes your mind? "You can't drink soda pop and expect to have noble thoughts".. said David Wolfe.

The mind and body are always connected and always feeding off of the foods and emotions we consume. There is a fluid and interactive relationship between our mental, physical, and spiritual energies. Emotional traumas have been proven to result in illness.

Trying to keep a healthy body and mind can be a difficult task at times. Sadly, about 80% of the common foods that are the norm in the American diet are not electric.

According to Fritz Frederick Smith, the body compensates for energetic or vibratory loss. When there is energetic deficiency, the body attempts to limit further loss by reducing its function.

So - today I will offer you some "bite size pieces" of information. Add color to your plate, forget about all those whites or beige foods, eat plenty of 'rainbow foods, which contain the electrical energy you're looking for. Food is Art.. Adding colors to your plate will ensure that you ingest all the beneficial enzymes available for your bodily functions, and you can make them Organic too. You can Eat them raw when possible, as there is more energy in raw foods than foods that have been cooked or prepared several days earlier. Forget those "all you can eat" buffets..

By realizing the connection we are speaking of today, and putting it into practice in your life, you can feel better physically, mentally and emotionally in record breaking time. You will never feel like you are giving up your favorite foods. or going hungry, you will feel empowered in your choices, taking an active roll in your wellbeing.

Minggu, 01 Januari 2012

General Well-Being With Chiropractic and Acupuncture

Seeing that we all have but one host to travel through life with, our bodies should be our most valued companion. Unfortunately, many people only become hyper-aware of their bodies when something goes wrong. We shouldn't wait until we are in pain to checkup on our health. For each individual to be his or her ideal self, they should strive for optimal health and remain aware of the constant changes occurring with his body. For example, it's crucial to examine the activity of the spine - a structure that could be considered the primary pillar of human function. Even when one does not experience pain or aggravation, it would be smart to consult a chiropractor for frequent checkups. The spinal cord is a sensitive collection of nerves and tissues that are subject to repetitive, daily abuse if one does not allow his body to perform to its optimal potential. Often times, when someone's back "gives out" after a simple act such as bending over, it is because the spine has, in fact, endured years of subtle stressors. Such injuries can be avoided before they surface with the aid of a trained and trusted chiropractor. A chiropractic doctor can provide exercises, nutritional education, and numerous other techniques to inspire each patient to reach his full potential.

Another technique often used to help patients achieve their ultimate well-being is the traditional Chinese method of acupuncture, which addresses the energy flow of Qi that travels throughout the body. If a person's normal flow of Qi is interrupted, health problems may present. Acupuncture helps to regulate the body's Qi or energy flow and keep the body healthy. The therapy involves placing thin, solid needles into precise sites on the body that are related to energy-flow meridians. Those who fear needles can be assured that patients will not feel much more than a tap during the insertion of the needle. In fact, acupuncture has been described by many as a relaxing, therapeutic process.

Of course, there are numerous methods of maintaining one's optimal well-being. Frequent visits to a chiropractor and undergoing treatments of acupuncture are great ways to do so. It should be known that these actions can serve as preliminary steps in avoiding pain, not just treatments for aggravation that has already surfaced. Be good to your body. Give it the attention it deserves all of the time, not merely in times of stress or pain. Be well!