Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

March 31, 2020

Keep It Simple

In the office I have been referring to it as “Basic – Plus.”

This is from a series of COVID-19 Questions and Answers from Medscape (these guys know all there is to know about fighting bugs).

General measures for prevention of viral respiratory infections include:

  1. Handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol may be used. However, if hands are visibly dirty, always wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Individuals should avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  3. Individuals should avoid close contact with sick people.
  4. Sick people should stay at home (eg, from work, school).
  5. Coughs and sneezes should be covered with a tissue, followed by disposal of the tissue in the trash.
  6. Frequently touched objects and surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected regularly.

That is all pretty “Basic” and I hope none of it comes a any surprise. (In my world it is standard operating procedure and always has been.)

The “Plus” just means doing more of the same,  along with gloves, masks, and extra cleaning of anything suspicious thrown in as and when indicated by circumstances.

This all gets you half way there; the rest is promoting health (increased resistance by definition) and “boosting your immune system” (now everyone’s favorite words when they are selling something).

This Blog has 15 years and more than a thousand Posts on that subject: dig in (use the search box).

March 26, 2020

Getting to the “So what?” Question

This is one of the many things that I like about Seth Godin: he never wastes your time; and he always addresses the “So what?”

Is everything going to be okay?

That depends.

If we mean, “Is everything going to be the way it was and the way I expected it to be?” then the answer is no. The answer to that question is always no, it always has been.

If we mean, “Is everything going to be the way it is going to be?” then the answer is yes. Of course. If we define whatever happens as okay, then everything will be.

Given that everything is going to be the way it’s going to be, we’re left with an actually useful and productive question instead: “What are you going to do about it?”

March 24, 2020

Reasonable and Necessary

[This was the email that I sent out to patients earlier today.]

Chiropractic doctors are Portal of Entry health care providers: our office is open.

We have and are taking every necessary and reasonable precaution, and we expect that you are too. (Everyone is now an expert, so there is no shortage of advice.) If, for whatever reason, you are uncomfortable making or keeping your appointment to come in, then please stay home and stay safe. If, on the other hand, you need to be adjusted, then call and come in; stay in the car until it is time for you appointment if you like. Some are wearing masks and gloves; that is fine too.

People are still getting into car accidents, and getting injured at work: I have seen one of each this week, and it is only Tuesday. Traffic is light, and parking is not a problem.

If you have any questions, feel free to call me at the office. I will return your call if I am not able to answer (I was going to send this email out yesterday, but have not had the chance until now).

Now is a good time for healthy habits. The Blog has over a thousands Posts on the subject, so if you have question, you might check there. (And the JuicePlus+ Vineyard Blend does have elderberries in it. I still have a few bottles available.:-)

DrD

March 20, 2020

Seth Always Saying it Best

Even if what he says shouldn’t even need saying at all…

 

Calm also has a coefficient

Panic loves company.

And yet calm is our practical, efficient, rational alternative.

If you’re on a crowded plane and one person is freaking out about turbulence, the panic will eventually peter out. If, on the other hand, six people are freaking out, it’s entirely possible that it will spread and overtake the rest of the plane. Panic needs multiple nodes to spread.

The same is true with a cabin of 10-year-olds at summer camp. One homesick kid usually comes around and ends up enjoying the summer, because being surrounded by others who are okay makes us okay. But three or four homesick kids can change the entire dynamic.

While calm is a damping agent, it’s not nearly as effective at spreading itself as panic is.

The library is usually a quiet place because the dominant cultural narrative in the library is to be quiet. Because it’s dominant, the coefficient of its spread is sufficient to keep it that way. We have to expend effort to create environments of calm, because calm has a coefficient that can’t compete with panic when it comes to spreading.

And Twitter? Twitter has been engineered to maximize panic. Calm is penalized, panic is amplified. And if you are hanging out in real life with people who spend a lot of time on social media and news sites, you’ve invited all of those people into your circle as well.

We can find lots of reasons why fifty years of watching just three dominant TV networks wasn’t ideal. But the combination of oligopoly and the FCC meant that none of them spread panic. They weren’t built for it. When cable “news” showed up, they discovered that panic was a great way to make a profit. Not to make things better, simply to spread anger and fear.

If panic is helpful, of course you should bring it on. But it rarely is.

Instead:

Curate your incoming.

Stay off Twitter.

Do the work instead. Whatever needs doing most is better than panic.

Being up-to-date on the news is a trap and a scam. Five minutes a day is all you need.

March 19, 2020

Rolling Stop in Snohomish County

And, yes, we are open the usual hours. Take precautions, but get adjusted if you need to. See our website, Blog or FB Page for more details. (We are witnessing and reasonable and rational response to a real public health problem: be thankful you live in this country!) If you can not do that, then just be thankful:-)

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Hand Sanitizers – Not!

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March 18, 2020

More Good News

I love this site: https://www.olivetomato.com/the-healthy-greek-mediterranean-pantry/?fbclid=IwAR1T7wDcAjpXIwKXoZ3n1zuoxI9rzbwdn_NZ3rg4c8j2d3ln_VnXHuMdH_U

March 17, 2020

Keeping You Up-To-Date During These Trying Times

The office is open during the usual hours (M, T, W, F, 10-7). If you need to be adjusted you can be. If you are sick, scared, or high risk and would feel better not coming in, then please call and cancel your appointment: we understand and support that choice. And if you have suspect symtoms, or feel that you are likely to any time soon, then stay home, get well, and be safe – if you have to get adjusted then call me at the office and you and I will make arrangements.

Meanwhile, I am assuming that you have brushed up on basic hygiene and sanitation, have your hand sanitizer, gloves and mask handy, and know all about social distancing and “close contact”. That is good.

We each have to decide what to believe and how to behave. Right now we are all trying to strike a balance between business-as-usual (it is not) and ridiculous (some responses are that). I have Blogged about it all month, and shared some of the important imputs that helped guide me, but there were many others. You might find it helpful. You might also benefit from the following advice and, if you do, please let me know that next time you are in the office:

  1. Do your best not to live in fear or anxiety about the situation.  Yes, it is a serious matter that requires our attention.  However, it is important to note that when we get trapped in a fear response our immune systems shut down in favor of survival mechanisms, which actually further heighten our anxiety! Be wise and discerning about your lifestyle practices and choices, and trust you are doing what you can to keep yourself and your family safe.
  2. Fresh air is vital to healthy immunity – make a point of getting outside, daily.  Even as little as 10 to 15 minutes three times throughout the day will benefit you.
  3. Rest!  Get plenty of sleep and rest.
  4. Take some time off, perhaps use this time for a personal at-home retreat where you just enjoy some time spent away from work, extra-curricular activities and the hustle and bustle of life.  Walks in nature, healthy dinners together with your family, board games, curling up with a good book and limiting your social contact are all enriching ways to protect yourself from community transmission.
  5. Increase your consumption of anti-oxidant and nutrient-dense infection-fighting foods like: organic blueberries, raspberries, spinach, sprouts, garlic, onions, ginger, parsley, cilantro, spirulina, celery juice, bone broth and fermented foods and beverages.
  6. Drink lots of water. Drinking good quality water and herbal teas, staying hydrated, is one of the best things you can do to flush out toxins from your body and help support the immune system.
  7. Keep your immune system strong by reducing your sugar intake and eating a balanced diet.  Avoid eating processed sugars. Sugar weakens the immune system and makes it less able to deal with viruses and bacteria.  Be sure to read food labels carefully and to limit the amount of sugar you eat.

If I can help in any way, please let me know.

In health,

 

DrD

March 16, 2020

For Tai Chi Students: Online Training

More stuff from my teacher, from the past…

March 13, 2020

On the Subject of Hope

By C.S. Lewis…

The Eight Percent

I was going to write a Post talking about the eight percent. It is said, by those who keep track, that about eight percent of the population follow a lifestyle that is about promoting health and preventing disease. (They would be referring to the United States – context counts.)

The eight percent are not different people; they just make different choices. That difference, over time, produces results different than the results realized by the masses. (There are hundreds of Posts here somewhere on the subject, search “The Cause of Health” and this is what you get. Use the search box on any topic you like.)

Anyway, then I got this email from one of the eight percent. The cynic will say that she has something to sell, so of course she is promoting that. Yeah, the disease fighters have sell too. And… we choose.

Don’t think of it as either – or. Just think.

March 11, 2020

Not A Drill. Risk Factors

I have talked here about risk factors a lot. Turns out this guy mentions them quit a bit as well.

Get adjusted. Get healthy.

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