• New Research: Antibiotics Feed Bad Bacteria

    13 February 2018
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    Every human being is walking around with a plethora of bacteria on them – in them. I struggle on where to start on this topic, as most of you may already understand the importance of the gut microbiome, but I do not want to type above where others may be. If you are just beginning your journey into the knowledge of all things natural, then you are probably just diving into the pool of bacteria information. The gut, or digestive system includes the following organs: the mouth, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, small intestine, colon, and rectum. Within this system lies the true brain on the body. Every single aspect of our physical (and mental, respectively) being is linked to the gut, and the bacteria within it. You read that right, the gut is the true brain of the body.

    In all reality, it may soon be realized that the gut and brain are one system and not two because of how interlaced they truly are.

    Here is the beautiful and crazy thing, everyone has a completely different microbiome. Did you know that there are more bacteria than cells within our bodies?  With more than three trillion bacteria in our bodies, most of them reside with our gut. These bacteria have been found to be responsible to inflammation and immunities. They are a pertinent part of our genetic makeup, but yet, most people despise the thought of them.

    I want to clear the record; bacteria is not a bad word. A healthy person will have quite the diverse microbiome within their gut. This great diversity is what typically keeps us healthy. It hasn’t been until recently that researchers have discovered the link to abnormal gut bacteria and illness, and it has opened Pandora’s Box.

    There is no more denying that our gut bacteria isn’t the key to (almost everything). Research shows that a mother’s gut bacteria effects a growing fetus’ brain development. It plays a vital role in our physical and psychological health through its own neural network: the enteric nervous system (ENS), a complex system of about 100 million nerves within in the lining of the gut. It has connections to everything from autism to Alzheimer’s disease. But yet, no one is truly paying attention.

    The microbiome within our bodies is extremely sensitive, and this is why I stress the importance of taking high-quality probiotics. Keeping that balance of bacteria is so detrimental to our health.

    The latest publication of Scientific American included an article that touched on a recent research project from MIT, Harvard, and University of California. These scientists verified what other research had suggested: antibiotics wreak havoc on your gut health. Antibiotics:

    • Deplete central metabolism intermediates in the peritoneum
    • Elicit microbiome-independent changes in host metabolites
    • Alter bacteria during an infection and inhibit drug efficacy
    • Impair phagocytic killing by inhibiting respiratory activity

    For better understanding, antibiotics are causing the body’s naturally good bacteria to be affected negatively, but at the same time, the harmful bacteria are not being eliminated.  This presents a huge imbalance, and while symptoms may be lessened, the underlying issue becomes a much deeper problem.

    Yes, medicine has its place, but this should be a wake-up call for everyone to understand that antibiotics are not equivalent to vitamins. They should not be given or taken for every ailment. Antibiotics will always affect the balance of the microbiome, which will of course affect the illness-fighting capabilities of your immune cells. This then leads to further illness, a weakened and more susceptible immune system, inflammation, or a plethora of chronic issues.

    While researchers continue to peel back the layers, I hope that you understand that prioritizing your gut health will better equip you for a lifetime of health and happiness.

     

    References:

    http://www.cell.com/cell-host-microbe/fulltext/S1931-3128(17)30455-9

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-new-antibiotic-weakness-mdash-drugs-themselves-help-bacteria-survive/

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  • Magnesium: Signs of Deficiency

    2 January 2018
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    Magnesium is a mineral that is vital for more than 300 enzymatic processes in the body. It plays a role in everything from muscle movements to hormone production. It is essential for the body to perform at peak level.

    Magnesium:
    • Gives rigidity and flexibility to your bones
    • Increases bioavailability of calcium
    • Regulates and normalizes blood pressure
    • Prevents and reverses kidney stone formation
    • Promotes restful sleep
    • Helps prevent congestive heart failure
    • Eases muscle cramps and spasms
    • Lowers serum cholesterol levels and triglycerides
    • Decreases insulin resistance
    • Can prevent artherosclerosis and stroke
    • End cluster and migraine headaches
    • Enhances circulation
    • Relieves fibromyalgia and chronic pain
    • Treats asthma and emphysema
    • Helps make proteins
    • Encourages proper elimination
    • Prevents osteoporosis

    Magnesium is consumed, used, and excreted by the kidneys through the urine every day. The mineral is responsible for keeping the body relaxed, meaning mentally and physically. Without the correct amount of magnesium, chronic issues begin to arise. Less than 20-30% of Americans consume the recommended amounts of magnesium on a daily basis, which could be the link to so many suffering from chronic pain, anxiety, headaches, and other common ailments. Many in my field believe magnesium deficiency is the single largest health problem within our society.

    A major concern is that most Americans experience the side effects of magnesium deficiency as part of their daily life without questioning them. Most people just assume that these issues are due to other avenues of their lives and lifestyle choices, but the truth is that it’s a simple solution that no one seems to know about. This is why magnesium deficiency goes untreated so often.

    Hypomagnesemia, the term used for magnesium deficiency, causes the following:

    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Kidney or liver damage
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Glaucoma
    • Alzheimer’s disease
    • Muscle cramps (Charlie horse is the perfect example)
    • Muscle spasms
    • Improper and poor digestion
    • Impotence
    • Constipation
    • Mood swings
    • Increased PMS symptoms
    • Cavities
    • Migraines
    • Headaches
    • preeclampsia
    • Hyperactivity or constant fatigue
    • Insomnia
    • Trouble sleeping
    • High blood pressure
    • Low immune function
    • Heartburn and Acid Reflux
    • Heart palpatations

    Why are we not consuming enough magnesium?

    Our soil is not exactly nutrient dense anymore. This alone causes our foods to contain less magnesium. Chemicals such as fluoride and chlorine in our drinking water bind to magnesium, preventing our bodies from absorbing it. Supplementing and consuming excess calcium without a 1:1 ratio of magnesium also causes the body’s magnesium storage to be depleted. Even stress triggers the body to deplete itself of magnesium.

    Then there is the overuse of prescription medications and antibiotics. This alone destroys our guts and causes the body to fail at nutrient absorption.

    The following also play a huge role in the over-depletion of magnesium on a daily basis:

    Caffeine (Coffee, tea, soda)
    Sugar (processed foods and beverages)
    Alcohol
    Diuretics

    While the amount of magnesium we need to comparison to other nutrients is small, our bodies deplete it continuously, and it is required for normal body function. It needs to be replenished throughout the day, every day. Healthy food choices are a great start, but supplementation should also be considered.

    Not all magnesium supplements are created equal.

    Read more about supplements in my series HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE

    Magnesium can be found in many forms, both orally and topically. Topically, the magnesium moves directly into the blood and tissues, replenishing the body’s needed magnesium stores more quickly and bypassing the kidneys. So, I often encourage clients to invest in a magnesium rub, take Epsom baths, and use magnesium oils. There are many powders and capsule forms of supplementation as well, with magnesium in citrate, chelate and chloride forms believed to be absorbed better than magnesium supplements in oxide and magnesium sulfate form.

    These are the current RDAs for magnesium depending on your age and gender — intakes vary on different individual factors — according to the NIH:

    • Infants–6 months: 30 milligrams
    • 7–12 months: 75 milligrams
    • 1–3 years: 80 milligrams
    • 4–8 years: 130 milligrams
    • 9–13 years: 240 milligrams
    • 14–18 years: 410 milligrams for men; 360 milligrams for women
    • 19–30 years: 400 milligrams for men; 310 milligrams for women
    • Adults 31 years and older: 420 milligrams for men; 320 milligrams for women
    • Pregnant women: 350–360 milligrams
    • Women who are breastfeeding: 310–320 milligrams

     

    References:
    https://bodyecology.com/articles/magnesium_deficiency.php
    http://www.ctds.info/magnesium.html
    http://jn.nutrition.org/content/133/9/2879.long
    https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Magnesium-HealthProfessional/
    https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Magnesium-Consumer/
    https://academic.oup.com/ajh/article/15/8/691/143851
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3703169/

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  • The Webster Technique

    19 December 2017
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    As chiropractic care is becoming a more well-known and utilized form of preventative care, it is also drawing in many women throughout their pregnancies. Pregnancy is a time of much discomfort, as the body is changing and causing misalignment and pain for the mother. This is when the term “Webster Technique” begins being tossed around.

    Over 30 years ago, Larry Webster DC developed the Webster Technique; he also founded the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) to oversee, promote, and ensure the proper chiropractic care of children, pregnant women, and families as wholes. His technique has become known in today’s society as one of the go-to methods of helping a fetus find the best position in utero. The truth is that the Webster Technique addresses sacral subluxation through sacral analysis, diversified adjustment and related soft tissue release. It was found that many women claimed their unborn children turned into a more ideal birthing position after receiving treatment. This intrigued minds and caused a large amount of talk in the research community.

    Due to these observations of breech fetal pregnancies reporting ‘correction of fetal position to vertex following the use of the Webster Technique, the technique was described in its early days as a “breech turning technique” by both patients and chiropractors.’ Since this time though, it has been learned that being called a ‘turning technique’ implies the treatment of a condition, or the intentional focus of care on an unborn malpositioned baby rather than focusing on the correction of sacral subluxation. The name was officially changed to ‘The Webster Technique.’

    According to the ICPA, “The Webster technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of subluxation and/or SI joint dysfunction. In so doing neuro-biomechanical function in the sacral/pelvic region is improved.

    The ICPA recognizes that in a theoretical and clinical framework of the Webster Technique in the care of pregnant women, sacral subluxation may contribute to difficult labor for the mother (i.e., dystocia). Dystocia is caused by inadequate uterine function, pelvic contraction, and baby malpresentation. The correction of sacral subluxation may have a positive effect on all of these causes of dystocia.

    In this clinical and theoretical framework, it is proposed that sacral misalignment may contribute to these three primary causes of dystocia via uterine nerve interference, pelvic misalignment and the tightening and torsion of specific pelvic muscles and ligaments. The resulting tense muscles and ligaments and their aberrant effect on the uterus may prevent the baby from comfortably assuming the best possible position for birth.”

    NOTE: Not all chiropractors are certified in this technique, and I cannot stress the importance of finding one who has completed the ICPA 180-hour certification program to ensure proper utilization.

    Throughout pregnancy, the body adapts to the increase of hormones, weight gain and postural adaptations. These changes increase the risk of sacral subluxation and neuro-biomechanical imbalance. The sacrum, the pelvis and the elaborate network of ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves attached and intertwined within this area are all under constant pressure and change during pregnancy. The pelvis and sacrum typically move as one, but as one side (the ilium) is ’rocked’ back and misaligned, it causes the other side to ‘rock’ forward. As you can envision, the pelvis is then tilted. This tilt is linked to:

    • Pain the legs
    • Tightness in the legs
    • Narrowed birth canal
    • Severe lower back pain
    • Long and painful labor leading to unwanted interventions

    This improperly aligned pelvis can also encourage a baby to settle into the breech position late in pregnancy. Because of these risks, it is important that a chiropractor assess the mother throughout pregnancy and adjust accordingly to aid the body as it changes, which also allows the baby to naturally find its most comfortable and best position to grow and be born from.

    A properly aligned pelvis and sacrum help the muscles stay loose, allowing the nerves within the pelvic area to send important messages from the nervous system to their proper destinations without interference. The Webster technique does just this; it balances the pelvis properly while reducing stresses to the ligaments that support the uterus.

    References:

    https://icpa4kids.com/media/1160/webster_technique.pdf

    http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/webster-technique-defined.html

    http://pathwaystofamilywellness.org/Pregnancy-Birth/for-many-pregnant-moms-webster-technique-is-the-key-to-a-safer-birth.html

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  • CBD Oil Part 3: A Neuroprotector

    5 December 2017
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    Cannabidiol (CBD) is growing in popularity as the research is released on just how wonderful it can be for anxiety, pain, and chronic problems so many people suffer from. But the benefits aren’t just for those currently experiencing troubles. The research is overwhelmingly positive and links CBD to not only balancing the Immune system, but protecting the brain as well.

    I know you are thinking that this can’t be so. That marijuana disrupts brains cells; it can’t protect them. Remember that CBD is not the equivalent to consuming basic marijuana. There are little to no side effects, no ‘high’ is felt, and the science undeniably backs the use of it.

    The US National Institutes of Health acknowledge the benefits of CBD and do not discourage against therapeutic usage.

    As a neuroprotectant, CBD reduces the previous damage done to the brain and nervous system and allows for the growth and development of new neurons. This means that spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, diseases, and strokes may benefit greatly with CBD treatment. The oxidative stresses caused by head injury, genetic disorders, and autoimmune diseases that typically lead to temporary or permanent neurological damage may be protected against or greatly reduced with the use of CBD oil.

    But what about using CBD oil preventatively? Are the benefits still there if the problems are not?

    YES.

    Research has linked CBD oil, as a preventative supplement, to the following neurological disorders:

    • Amyuotophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
    • Epilepsy (and other seizure disorders)
    • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
    • Parkinson’s Disease
    • Schizophrenia

    It has also been proven that CBD oil aids in management of the symptoms of all of these disorders: depression, agitation, appetite loss, pain, insomnia, and inflammation.

    Alzheimer’s has been proven to be caused by inflammation within the brain, although the cause of the inflammation is still unknown. Research is currently being performed with CBD oil and the prevention of possible neurological inflammation. Ohio State Professor of Neuroscience, Gary Wenk, PhD has been studying this possibility for decades. He found that after the age of 30, the human brain naturally begins becoming inflamed. By utilizing CBD, this inflammation can be halted or reduced.

    The US government has recently labeled CBD not only as a neuroprotector, but as an antioxidant as well. These two titles are different, but after breaking it down, you will see that they are tied to one another. The brain accumulates excess glutamate over time, and this can lead to glutamate (a neurotransmitter) toxicity, which can destroy brain cells. Studies show that CBD reduces hydroperoxide toxicity in neurons.

    Furthermore (as if you need more reason to believe in CBD!), this oil promotes new brain cell growth in adult brains!

    While more research is needed, and occurring, it is believed that CBD oil can be used to minimize cell damage, promote healing, and prevent future neural damage.

     

    References:

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18679164

    https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/12df/a2e60583ba75667c0ee84f72ee114d01759b.pdf

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20439484

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15055508

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25935511

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24237632

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22342378

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21362108

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23902406

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16186518

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24614667

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25237116

     

     

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  • CBD Oil Part 2: Balancing the Immune System

    21 November 2017
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    As I discussed in Part 1, cannabinoids are derived from the cannabis plant, but are not the same thing as the drug marijuana. Cannabinoids, such as CBD oil do not produce a ‘high’ or other well-known symptoms of ingesting marijuana. Instead, this oil is known only to aid the body, as proven by more research than you have time to read!

    I have spent countless hours reviewing the studies available, and I truly believe that CBD oil can be an added benefit to almost everyone’s lives, but more specifically to those suffering from chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, and so many other health issues. It seems that where the medical professionals draw a blank and prescribe more medications, CBD oil may in fact be a much better supplement to the body. It is at least worth considering.

    Today, I want to address another powerful aspect of CBD oil that not many know about. The oil itself reacts with the body’s natural endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS). This system is a complex network of lipids and receptors. The endocannabinoids and their particular receptors are produced naturally by the body and are located in the brain, connective tissues, glands, and the cells of the immune system. These receptors are designed to interact actively with cannabinoids to balance the body’s immune system as a whole.

    Cannabinoids work hand-in-hand with the ECS to help the immune system -and the body as a whole- reach it’s optimal levels by binding to the ECS receptors. This process is proven to aid in most autoimmune diseases, such as Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, IBD, Fibromyalgia, Celiac Disease, and Lupus. Researchers are currently studying just how valuable CBD oil can be for other autoimmune illnesses; it will take time, but the current information points to positive results in all areas. This new research will be invaluable, as over 50 million people (75% of which are women) suffer from autoimmune diseases.

    With autoimmune diseases, the body cannot differentiate between outside intruding germs/cells and its own healthy cells. Research shows that CBD oil binding to the ECS receptors increases the body’s ability to distinguish differences.

    Our immune systems are complex aspects of the body. Often times, it falls out of balance and leaves us susceptible for illness and discomfort.  Typically, the immune system becomes overstimulated and causes common ailments, but an under-stimulated immune system is linked to cancers and other life-threatening diseases. It is important to work on keeping the system balanced and healthy. CBD oil works naturally with the ECS to maintain a healthy balance.

    Just as the body receives and benefits from the sun’s natural Vitamin D (and many other naturally occurring vitamins), it also greatly benefits from a plant’s natural oils.

     

    References:

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140602150914.htm

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2828614/

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24969296

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11357882/

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2516444/

    http://www.pnas.org/content/97/17/9561.short

    http://www.dl.begellhouse.com/journals/2ff21abf44b19838,1bb92ee6322077e8,51ea496923eaf9a5.html

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0885392409007878

    https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=XfW3AAAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PR1&dq=cbd+oil+and+the+immune+system&ots=hG6eaF73OL&sig=r87i2jK2GkhprUiCTP1s-2fAeyU#v=onepage&q&f=false

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  • Himalayan Salt: Lamps, Stones, and Your New Food Salt

    10 November 2017
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    It started off as a pink trend. Grocery stores started stocking their shelves, and customers started buying up the pretty pink salt, but other than a few ‘it’s good for you’ rumors, no one really knew anything about this aesthetically pleasing salt substance. It comes in cooking form, slab form, stone form, and lamp form. But what is ‘IT’ and where does it come from?

    True Himalayan salt is mined from within the Himalayan mountains that stretch through Asia, China, and India. Crystalized sea salt beds that formed within these mountains were covered in lava millions of years ago. This lava protected the sea salt from millions of years of pollution, bacteria, and ruins. It basically kept it in pristine condition. Now the red, pink, and white salt can be found just about everywhere.

    Let me be clear before I start informing you on the benefits of Himalayan salt, cooking with or on this salt, utilizing the stones, and places the lamps in your home will not be a cure all to anything. We tend to be a society driven by quick fixes, and this is not one of them. The benefits to Himalayan salt are real, but (like any and all-natural solutions) it takes multiple interventions, therapies, and lifestyle changes to truly impact your life. I absolutely enjoy having salt lamps around my home and office, and I believe that you should invest in a few as well, but please take the time to dig deeper into your health and mental state of mind to find other ideas to pair with the salt. Himalayan salt is only a small addition with great benefits that should be made to your life.

    Himalayan salt is the purest form of sea salt available. It contains varying amounts of minerals and iron-rich content. Nothing is added into this salt, as it naturally contains iodine and everything needed to benefit the body. It contains:

    • sodium chloride
    • sulphate
    • magnesium
    • calcium
    • potassium
    • bicarbonate
    • bromide
    • borate
    • strontium and more

    Together these elements and minerals are linked to:

    • Electrolyte balance
    • Mood stabilization
    • Aiding in adrenal fatigue
    • Increased hydration
    • Balanced pH (alkaline/acidity)
    • Reduce acid reflux
    • Muscle cramping prevention
    • Proper metabolism functioning
    • Strengthening of bones
    • Lowered blood pressure
    • Increased absorption of nutrients in intestines
    • Improved circulation
    • Removal of toxins and metals
    • Libido support

    You will find many blogs and articles saying these benefits are tied to the minerals but not the salt itself. I beg to differ, as most natural remedies are often described in this manner. Again, depending on your main complaints, you should include healthy lifestyle changes in combination with the Himalayan salt.

    Ways to utilize Himalayan Salt:

    Bathing: The skin soaks minerals through the bath water; this can be more effective than ingesting them! Using Himalayan salt in the bath tub allows the body to absorb the nutrients in the best way possible.

    Salt Lamps: While a single salt lamp will not purify your home, paired with an air purifier, the lamp should effectively help send negative ions into your air, impacting your focus, mood and health. Salt is hygroscopic, which means it attracts water molecules from the air. These microscopic compounds remain on the salt and not floating in the air where you would have been breathing. The heat also dries these particles and rereleases water into the air with negative ions. Every few weeks, it’s good to turn off your salt lamp for an hour, let it cool and then gently rub it with a damp cloth to clean away trapped dust and particles. The rest of the time just leave it on and let it work to clean the air in your home.

    Salt Slab: These can be used hot, warmed, room temperature, chilled, or frozen. You can serve any and all food types on the slab, as it enhances taste and mineral content within the food. It is naturally anti-microbial, so clean up is easy.

    Cooking: Himalayan salt is used just as table salt is – it’s an even substitution.

    Neti Pot: A salt water rinse of the sinuses can help with allergies and illnesses. Using Himalayan salt kills bacteria and bonds to many contaminants that may be stuck in your nasal cavities due to breathing polluted air.

     

    References:

    http://datupaglas.com/articles_health/himalayan-crystal-salt.pdf
    https://doi.org/10.1089/act.2010.16302
    http://www.thresholdenterprises.com/publications/controlled/101909.pdf
    http://heatherdane.com/wp-content/uploads/Overcome-Adrenal-Fatigue-by-Heather-Dane.pdf
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18514747?ordinalpos=3&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DefaultReportPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

    Study suggests salt might be ‘nature’s antidepressant’

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  • Why Postpartum Chiropractic Care is Needed

    10 October 2017
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    I have many mothers join my practice during pregnancy with the thought that it won’t be needed once baby arrives. I have several others who call for their first appointment shortly after birth begging for relief of new found pains and problems. It doesn’t take either mother long to understand just how valuable chiropractic care is as a standard of care in a healthy lifestyle.

    I have shared much information about care throughout pregnancy here on the blog and within my book, but I feel as though the topic of postpartum chiropractic care is an extremely important topic within itself. I am not just talking about the week after having your new baby, which of course is highly needed, but also the months – and even years for some – after having children.

    After giving birth, you may not consider one of your first outings should be to the chiropractor, but once you think about the journey you have accomplished, you may think again. That first visit after birth is wonderful for both mother and baby. Your baby has just experienced quite the ride – no matter how she entered this world. Her positioning within your uterus may or may not have been ideal, the birth process is strenuous, and the world can be a hard place to adjust to. A great family chiropractor is exactly what she needs! I’ll save those details for a future blog, but know that a newborn definitely can and should be seen after birth.

    Today, though, I want to talk about YOU… the mother.

    As you may (or may not) have realized, your body has changed significantly throughout birth:

    • Ligaments have loosened
    • Bones have spread
    • Nerves have been pinched
    • Back Pain has persisted
    • Weight has shifted
    • Posture has changed
    • Balance is different
    • Hormonal tides have caused chronic complaints

    After giving birth, some of these problems disappear while most linger and new ones arise. The body immediately begins working to tighten the ligaments and realign organs and bones, but it is a process. This can take months, even up to a year to completely occur. And while this is happening, you are altering your body by holding a baby, leaning to breastfeed, survive in a state of exhaustion. To put it mildly, your body is not in its peak performance state.
    Seeing a chiropractor immediately after birth grants you the ability to jump start your body’s healing process. Chiropractic care ensures proper blood flow to these tightening ligaments, aligns the spine to allow proper neuron reception and movement, and can alleviate aches and pains.

    There are, of course, the most common areas needing adjustment after birth; the pubic bone, sacrum, and lower back. While pregnancy can alter these areas, birth significantly throws them out of place. A good adjustment will ease the body into motherhood with far less pain than a mother who does not get adjusted. Continual chiropractic care throughout the postpartum period speeds the recovery time as a whole, too.

    Postpartum chiropractic care can also be responsible for the following:

    • Correcting Posture
    • Speeding Pelvic Floor Recovery
    • Alleviating Sciatica and Nerve Pain
    • Aiding in the Prevention of Postpartum Depression
    • Relieving ‘New Mother Wrist’ Pain
    • Subsiding Headaches
    • Providing Comfort for Better Sleep

    If you are planning to have more children, it is even more important to help heal your body properly. Future pregnancies deserve a strong foundation and healthy start.

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  • Chiropractic Care Throughout Puberty

    27 June 2017
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    Puberty is a time of life that we don’t often sit and reflect on; however, there will be a time in which parenthood presents the chance to relive all of the acne, cramping, back pain, emotional rollercoasters, and slamming doors through the lives of our children. I’m not exactly looking forward to this time when my own daughter will go through it, but I plan to help her as much as possible.

    There are several things to note before I dive into why seeing a chiropractor throughout the onset of puberty (and continuation of menstruation) is beneficial. The first being the average age of puberty is growing lower each year. This is a scary realization, when you see 10-year-old girls needing to grow up before they are ready. But this is the reality we are currently living in. Our hormone-injected, processed and sprayed food, vaccines, water supply, and pesticide-filled environment may be to blame, and other than living in a bubble, it can be very hard to avoid all of these possible exposures.

    As one enters puberty, the body is experiencing a multitude of things:

    The body is growing at a more rapid pace than normal, causing the muscles and spine to misalign which can add to already mounting emotional and physical stress during this trying time. The pain may come across as increased emotional outbursts, growing pains, or back pain.

    Cartilage is hardening. Puberty is a crucial time for bone development, as the flexible cartilage that had allowed for growth in childhood hardens into true bone.

    Hormones raging. There is no better way to describe the hormone distribution that is occurring throughout puberty.  Hormones serve as messengers traveling through the bloodstream. Hormones can be responsible for:

    • Growth
    • Sleep Patterns
    • Emotions
    • Depression
    • Reproduction
    • Sexual Arousal

    When the body is out of alignment, hormones cannot travel from point A to point B efficiently.

    Sports and physical activities intensify around this stage of life. As the competition increases, the physical toll on the body does too. Many teenagers begin lifting weights, increasing work outs, hitting harder on the field, and taking harder hits themselves. Even when not competing, the feeling of invisibility seems to soar throughout puberty, inviting daring jumps, awkward landings, and crazy stunts. All of which can cause misalignments of the spine.

    Books are heavier. Chiropractors everywhere have a bone to pick with our school system and the amount of weight our children are supposed to carry around each day. As the grade levels increase, the weight and number of books seem to increase as well. Carrying this amount of weight around is bound to leave a body needing adjustment. When you add in the overall changes occurring throughout puberty, it’s a recipe for extreme discomfort.

    Gentle adjustments by a chiropractor can help a child throughout the transition of puberty. By keeping the body aligned, there is a higher probability that hormones can quickly rebalance, neurons can properly fire and be received, the body can handle greater impacts, and the symptoms of puberty remain calm and mild.  For girls, what they think may just be back problems may actually be displaced pain from the reproductive organs. These organs depend upon a healthy nervous supply from the lower spinal column. If these nerves going between the reproductive organs and the spine are somehow blocked, it can lead to menstrual pain, cramping, and irregularities. Putting the lower spine back into proper alignment with chiropractic adjustments will relieve the pressure on these nerves going to the reproductive organs, relieving both menstrual and lower back pain.

    Regular chiropractic care aids in all of the stages of life and should not be overlooked throughout puberty.

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  • The Power of Baltic Amber

    27 June 2017
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    In recent years, it has become almost trendy to be seen with an amber beaded necklace on your toddler. I’m not sure if most parents even understand the true significance of this stone, but I must admit that I love seeing it everywhere!

    If you are not into trends, but want to really know if your baby (or you!) should be wearing an amber necklace, read on.

    For centuries, mankind has known that stones and crystals have healing powers. It wasn’t until our medicine-driven society decided that man-made is better than earth-made. With a balance in life needed, it is about time that we start looking toward the abilities that our earth can provide to us.

    I need to begin with the fact that there is not one study out there that has been conducted proving that Amber does anything that I say here. You won’t find any ‘real’ research out there on the subject, but what you can find is testimony after testimony of how it has impacted individuals.

    What is Baltic Amber?

    In short, amber is fossilized tree resin. Baltic amber is mined from close to the Baltic Sea and contains between 3-8% of a substance called succinic acid. It comes in a variety of shades and colors, with most people claiming the lightest shades to be the most powerful. However, all shades seem to have people saying pain is eased. The same is noted about raw versus polished finishes on the stones. A polished stone is tumbled to achieve the shiny look, and is not less beneficial than a raw finished amber. The succinic acid within the amber is thought to be absorbed into the skin as body heat is released. This process allows the body to benefit from the acid, reducing inflammation and pain.

    Who Can Wear Amber?

    The beautiful thing is that anyone can wear Baltic amber. From infancy throughout adulthood, there are necklaces, bracelets, and other jewelry pieces that can be worn safely. Some swear by wearing amber as a preventative aid, along with a more natural lifestyle of organic eating, healthy choices, and chiropractic care. Others utilize amber to aid in reducing pain and inflammation. Many parents use a necklace on their infants when teething begins to help with gum inflammation. Most parents choose to keep the necklace long passed the teething stage, as a child’s body is always growing and changing with possible inflammation occurring at any time.

    Baltic amber has been said to help with the following:

    Boosting Thyroid Function

    Arthritis

    Back Pain

    Shoulder/Neck Pain

    Jaundice

    Teething

    Colic

    Strengthens kidneys and intestines

    Anemia

    Common Cold

    Increased Energy

    Swollen Glands/Sore Throat

    Baltic Teething Necklaces

    Please understand, that these are not to be chewed on. The necklace should not be long enough to slide over the chin and into the mouth of a child. They can be wrapped as an anklet until they fit properly, or a smaller size can be made.

    I highly recommend Baltic amber to my clients. Even if you doubt the power of this stone, it doesn’t hurt to try it!

    Resources:

     

    http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v239/n5374/pdf/239527a0.pdf

    http://www.abstractboard.com/abstract/14561530/Anxiolytic-like-effect-of-succinic-acid-in-mice.html

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  • Are You Drinking Aloe Vera Juice? You Should Be.

    27 June 2017
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    The search results are overwhelming when trying to learn about the benefits of aloe vera juice. There are over 22,000 resources to sift through that are based on research and studies linking aloe vera juice to positive benefits. I have been preaching this for quite some time now, and feel the need to spread the word to everyone else out there!

    Over the past few decades, aloe vera has become a household stable when it comes to sunburns, but the truth is that there is so much more to this naturally occurring resource. It’s an easy to maintain plant that can be grown indoors and may provide you with a multitude of benefits. I want to focus purely on aloe vera juice today as to not overwhelm you with all that the plant can do. As always, ensure that you are purchasing a high-quality product. Most natural stores (and many grocery chains!) will have options.

    Aloe vera juice is a nutrient dense drink that contains Vitamins A, C, E, and many B Vitamins. It is one of the only plants known to contain B12. It also has a natural source of folate (known to many as ‘folic acid’), magnesium, zinc, calcium, selenium, sodium, chromium, iron, and potassium.

    When clients talk to me about digestive issues, the first thing I suggest is to begin adding aloe vera juice to their routine. The juice contains an insoluble fiber that acts as a cleaning agent to the digestive track as it passes through. It also has a soluble fiber that aids the body in absorbing sugar and fat. These fibers also help the body to absorb and rid itself of toxins, helping promote a healthy detoxification and improving the gut.

    Our society is not consuming the healthiest of diets, and even those of us trying to maintain a healthier lifestyle struggle with keeping our bodies in perfect alignment. Most people tend to be unbalanced and lean toward an acidic internal environment. This leads to chronic inflammation and pains throughout the body. Joint pain, headaches, ulcers, weight gain, fatigue, arthritis, allergies, and even diabetes, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, and heart disease are linked to chronic inflammation. Aloe vera juice is a natural alkaline that helps rebalance the body and reduce inflammation significantly.

    Oral administration of aloe vera (ingesting it as a drink) is a useful support for lowering blood glucose in diabetic patients as well as for reducing blood lipid levels in patients with hyperlipidaemia. What this translates to is that aloe vera juice can aid in lowering cholesterol.

    Aloe Vera Juice has been shown to add in all of the following, in addition to the above mentioned ailments:

    · Asthma

    · Candida

    · Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

    · Degenerating Eye Conditions

    · Digestive and Bowel Disorders, not limited to atonic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis

    · Anti-inflammatory Lupus

    · Swelling

    · Skin Problems, not limited to eczema, psoriasis, acne, burns, athlete’s foot, cold sores, frostbite

    Overall, aloe vera juice cleanses and detoxifies while stimulating cell growth. It has even been proven to improve brain function, increasing memory and danger awareness. Research also shows it aids with depression, as well as improving nervous system functioning. It is known to regulate appetite and boost metabolism (even promoting healthy hair growth!), while also reducing the risk of kidney and heart disorders.

    Drinking aloe vera has a (gentle) laxative effect on the body for some people, and should be drank in moderation if this is proven for you. You do not want to throw the electrolyte balance off and become dehydrated. However, this is not the case for most who drink the juice. It is a naturally hydrating product and is safe and healthy to consume during a well-balanced diet and lifestyle.

    Resources:

     

    http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10408690490424694

    http://bjgp.org/content/bjgp/49/447/823.full.pdf

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26171992

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23394255

    http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.335.8751&rep=rep1&type=pdf

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19218914

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3872617/

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4103709/

     

      

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