Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

March 18, 2019

Jason Fung, M.D., Excerpts from “The Diabetes Code”

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“MOST HEALTH PROFESSIONALS consider type 2 diabetes to be a chronic and progressive disease. This promotes the idea that type 2 diabetes is a one-way street, a life sentence with no possibility of parole: the disease continues to get worse until you eventually require insulin injections.”

“But this is actually a great big lie.”

“…: type 2 diabetes is a reversible disease.

“But only diet and lifestyle changes – not medications – will reverse this disease, simply because type 2 diabetes is largely a dietary disease. The most important determinant, of course, is weight loss. Most of the medications used to treat type 2 diabetes do not cause weight loss. Quite the contrary. Insulin, for example, is notorious for causing weight gain. Once patients start on insulin injections for type 2 diabetes, they often sense they are heading down the wrong path.”

“Since weight loss is the key to reversing type 2 diabetes, medications don’t help. We only precent they do, which is the reason most doctors think type 2 diabetes is chronic and progressive. We’ve avoided facing an inconvenient truth: drugs won’t cure a dietary disease. They are about as useful as bringing a snorkel to a bicycle race. The problem is not the disease; the problem is the way we treat the disease.

The same principles used for reversing type 2 diabetes also apply to preventing it. Obesity and type 2 diabetes are closely related, and generally, increased weight increases the risk of disease. The correlation is not perfect, but nevertheless, maintaining and ideal weight is a first step to prevention.”


March 16, 2019

“Lifestyle Changes, Not a Magic Pill, Can Reverse Alzheimer’s”

From the Blue Zones site… By Clayton Dalton, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital


March 9, 2019

For Tai Chi Students: Stephen Wooster

Running Thunder Hand

March 4, 2019

Vacuuming without Back Pain

Patients often show up in the office after vacuuming. Here is how to move, push and pull without undue stress to the back (here we won’t talk about all the other injuries that could happen, later if there is interest).

Vacuuming is no different than anything else; it is the basics that keep you safe: knee rule, neutral spine, pushing from the heel.

Use the stance to push: go from weight being on the back leg to weight being on the front leg: push with the heel of the back leg. Critical to back safety is the ‘line’ we always talk about in Tai Chi (this line is the signature characteristic of Wu style Tai Chi). DO NOT BEND AT THE WAIST! Reaching further than you can go by shifting your stance will require that you bend over at the waist. Instead, take a step.

Use the stance to pull: go from weight being on the front leg to weight being all on the back leg. In Tai Chi we call this the Back Stance. These stances: ‘back stance’ and ‘front stance’ are described in great detail with pictures elsewhere on this Blog (use the Search Box). Move your feet, generate the force from the heel, then leg, then waist.

Stiffen your spine with ‘bracing’ to add strength and increase safety. That just means to tighten the butt, gut, and pelvic floor muscles when you generate force. Bracing correctly is how the strong people squat, bench, and dead lift great weights – and you are welcome to make all of that noise that they make, too, no one will hear it over the vacuum cleaner.

Let me know if this helps.

March 3, 2019

For Tai Chi Students: Form (Cuong Sam)

March 1, 2019

“Follow The Breath to Enter the Zone”

I put that in quotes because it comes from a book by Patrick McKeown entitled, The Oxygen Advantage. I share it because it is almost the exact verbiage I have use to teach tai chi students how to breath – in their first class. He didn’t get it from me; and I didn’t get it from him. It is fundamental to healthy breathing, as a starting spot. In tai chi it is part of getting centered and grounded before embarking of the journey that is the tai chi Hand Form. On this Blog I have also talked endlessly about the benefits of proper breathing; and the consequences of not doing so.

Here are his words…

“Following the breath involves observing the cycle of each inhalation and exhalation, and is a simple and useful method of internalizing your focus while shutting out any unnecessary thoughts. …

… The breath is the bridge between the mind and the body

February 27, 2019

Interval Training May Be Best for Weight Loss

Aside from the fact that exercise alone will never provide the long-term results in weight loss that most people would like (for that you would search this Blog for Jason Fung, MD) , this research is still useful.

February 26, 2019

Stuff That You Can Not Improve On: Seth Godin

Lessons for telling time

For something as dominant as the four digits that we use to tell time, it’s disappointing that there’s no manual, and not surprising that we do it wrong so often.

I’m not talking about the big hand/little hand part of announcing what time it is. I’m focused on how we use our awareness of time to screw up our narrative about life.

Here are some examples:

We focus on the days, making short-term decisions, instead of being cognizant of the years. We ignore the benefits that short-term pain can have in earning us long-term satisfaction. Which means that we often fail to invest, embracing a shortcut instead.

We rehearse the past, obsessing about sunk costs, instead of freeing ourselves up to make new decisions based on new information.

We put a stopwatch on our best experiences, ticktocking the moments instead of living in them.

But we fail to be honest about the time when we’re in a dip, or unhappy, imagining instead that it is lasting forever.

We confuse the thrill of fast-paced media with the magic of doing work that matters, even though they each take just as long.

We might have a fancy watch, but that doesn’t mean we’re good at telling time.

February 25, 2019

For Tai Chi Students: Applications

February 24, 2019

Seth Godin: Gosh this guy is good!

Telescopes and microscopes

It pays to look at opportunity with a telescope. It’s real, but it’s distant. The telescope brings it into focus and helps you find your way there. Telescopes are easy to find if you look for them.

And it often pays to look at trouble with a microscope. Not to get intimidated by the amorphous blob that could snuff out your dreams, but instead to look at the tiny component parts, learning how it is constructed and taking away its power. Once you realize how it’s built, you can deal with it.

February 23, 2019

For Tai Chi Students: Flying Oblique Application by Othmar Vigl

February 22, 2019

Box Breathing (Calms you down)

If the Navy Seals do it and first responders do it, it must be good, right? Here is a link on “Box Breathing”.

I am currently reading “Oxygen Advantage” by Patrick McKeown. In it he talks about breathing techniques that simulate high altitude training and high intensity training. He mentioned the best example of perfect breathing he has encountered: it was in an advanced tai chi person – big surprise.

It is all Tai Chi to me.

To learn more about the importance of breathing correctly: how, why, when, etc., come to tai chi class or search ‘breathing’ on this Blog. It really is important; it really is simple.


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