Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

March 16, 2020

For Tai Chi Students: Online Training

More stuff from my teacher, from the past…

March 6, 2020

Are You Vulnerable?

This may be a good time for you to review your policies and procedures related to preventing disease and promoting health (not the same thing). Likely you are already an expert on washing hands and wearing gloves and masks.

If you breathe through your mouth, are you more or less vulnerable? You can think of every one of your policies and procedures (“habits” from now on) in terms of a cost-benefit analysis. It is a matter of risks and odds, health economics, if you will. Hopefully, we can agree that breathing through your nose is not about convenience or cost.

Speaking of breathing, what is your policy on air quality: are you trusting the indoor air quality, or are you filtering the indoor air that you breath, as a matter of habit, at home or in your work space? If you are not cleaning the air you breath, then you are taking the risk that you can afford that cost.

It is the same questions and the same thought process for a long list of habits: are you in the “habit” of Best Practices when It comes to the big three: physical, chemical, and emotional (mental) factors?

Is it a cost or an investment for you to wash your hands after using the toilet? Ok, it costs time, soap, and water. Most would consider it a wise investment in staying healthy. Staying in the bathroom, what about the thoughtful two-to-three times per week habit of doing a saline nasal wash (the Nedi Pot)? Are you more or less vulnerable if you do? Cost? Benefit? Risk? What would be a good “best practice” for you? (Actually, before we even get there, are you more or less vulnerable if you filtered that shower water in the Nedi Pot? No chlorine or other contaminants breathed into your lungs or allowed in or on your body? Cost? Benefit? Risk?)

Consider oil pulling in the same light, as another possible example. And consider that you may not know enough to make an “informed” decision. Getting informed is a cost. (Or is it an investment?)

I was in the office a local chiropractic doctor yesterday. He had produced a flyer for his reception room that reframed the current bug battle into an opportunity to market JuicePlus+ products – focusing, like all good chiropractors, on promoting health rather than fighting disease. JuicePlus+ is whole food, proven (like chiropractic adjustments) to enhance the immune system – making you less vulnerable.

When I got home there were fresh fruits and vegetables all over the kitchen table, just in from a shopping trip. I was thinking how mentally reassuring it is to know that they will all be washed with 2.5 pH and then 11.5 pH Kangen water before we eat them. A healthy habit, a best practice, but also the product of a very long cost-benefit-risk analysis – based on knowledge that informs the choice – in this case, to make the investment.

Whether it is breathing, bathing, buying supplements or a Kangen water machine, it is the same questions, same process. You can choose to be less vulnerable. Our Blog has over a thousand Posts that can help with the “informed” part. Start by washing your hands and breathing through your nose.

And we offer the chiropractic adjustments, JuicePlus+ (and Blue Green Algae), and Kangen water machines if you think that any of them will help you become less vulnerable.

February 19, 2020

Tai Chi In The News Again

They call it the “perfect exercise” for a reason!

https://focustaiwan.tw/culture/201406070027?fbclid=IwAR09R7VTJ7I8zgLMWKjAA2n3-72ySkoXmSI03IdmNRoHafIhQ7cerFaej80

February 6, 2020

Circadian what?

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S002228362030070X?fbclid=IwAR3RbN0sDr-CqbfjMrxK7B6ZxDZ_AkIxHCz9w56b_cyReo30zI97AYj-6EE

January 27, 2020

N.E.A.T. and the Blue Zones

Not new at all, and certainly not new to the centurions of the Blue Zones, this new science is both common sense and clearly evident among the healthy elderly.

It is still a good read; and a good reminder.

Here you go: https://www.bluezones.com/2020/01/the-neat-way-to-exercise-for-a-longer-healthier-life/?utm_source=BLUE+ZONES+Newsletter&utm_campaign=7f9b84a218-JANUARY-2019-5&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9642311849-7f9b84a218-198896425&mc_cid=7f9b84a218&mc_eid=0d9ed4d239

(I would add, however, because it is not said here, two things. First, movement that is poor in quality is neither safe nor sustainable, it leads to injury and degeneration. And second, breathing can be used to up the game of N.E.A.T. – in fact it is a perfect match. Breath through your nose – in and out. Let that be the guide to whether you are working hard enough or too hard. If you use your breathing to limit your excursion you will reduce the risk of serious consequences from overdoing.

January 24, 2020

Tai Chi in the News in Hong Kong

The health benefits are so impressive the Hong Kong government promotes the practice of Tai Chi by providing free classes.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/13/health/tai-chi-health-benefits-wellness/index.html?utm_campaign=meetedgar&utm_medium=social&utm_source=meetedgar.com&fbclid=IwAR1N7NkXy2D_X1M5xmsCE0j_vhBc6i9J-BO_w_u0fkMdMgoPJo2NqP8UOnc

January 10, 2020

A New Phrase: Longevity Warrior!

https://www.worldhealth.net/news/114-year-old-longevity-warriors-secrets/

December 27, 2019

CAUSE AND EFFECT

From the Longevity Magazine Journal: https://www.worldhealth.net/news/2030-half-american-adults-will-be-obese/

For more on the CAUSE read “Hacking the American Mind”.

December 21, 2019

Your Brain Needs Exercise!

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https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-your-brain-needs-exercise/

December 20, 2019

Zero Drop

From an email from Xero Shoes…

“It’s just a matter of time until everyone thinks like you do.

What I mean is that you’re on the leading edge when it comes to understanding the value of letting your feet do what’s natural — bending, flexing, and FEELING.

But when we see a mainstream publication like Men’s Health promotes an aspect of natural movement, we know it’s just a matter of time until what you already know becomes “normal.”

Here’s what they said, in favor of the philosophy behind one of Xero Shoes’ design features: not elevating your heel:

“Unlike four-legged animals, us bipeds didn’t evolve to stand or move about solely on the balls of our feet. We’re strongest, most powerful, and most stable when our entire foot is aligned, so when you elevate your heel above your toes, both your ankle mobility and overall stability take a hit.

That’s why “zero-drop” shoes can make such a difference in the gym. In shoe parlance, “drop” refers to the angle between your heel and your toes, so zero-drop shoes have just that—zero angle. Your heels and toes are level, just like they would be if you were hoofing around in bare feet. Zero-drops take some getting used to if your feet and legs are conditioned to raised-heel shoes, but many people who switch notice a boost in performance right away, especially in exercises that require good ankle mobility, such as the squat.”

Read the rest here: Men’s Health Magazine, then, whether you lift or run or walk or hike…”

November 6, 2019

For Tai Chi Students: Push Hand to Strikes

For Tai Chi Students: Paul Silfverstråle

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