Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

June 11, 2017

Priority #1 Video

It is amazing where and from whom you learn the most important stuff: in this case it was while having my teeth cleaned.

What I like about this video is that, first, tai chi is never mentioned one time. And second, all of this wisdom and life-changing advice flows naturally in the learning and practice of… tai chi!

The last thing about this video that makes it priceless is that you are not hearing any of it from me. If you have heard it all from me in the past, perhaps this video will impress upon you the value of the information. If not, please take every word seriously – she makes one technical, little tiny, mistake, but the message is huge and everyone needs to hear it. You especially need to hear it if you plan to deliver via c-section, plan not to breast feed, or plan to feed your baby cow products… or if any of the above happened to you. (I know, you are wondering how and if all of those things are really related. They are.) Enjoy this amazingly important presentation.

May 8, 2017

Mindfulness and Fecal Transplants

I choose to share the link relating to mindfulness. It is about how Freshman stress less and smile more. You might like it!


March 31, 2017

How Slow Breathing Induces Tranquility

Filed under: Exercise, General Health & Wellness, Meditation, Tai Chi Chuan, Wellness care — Tags: , , — doctordilday @ 12:02 pm

This is from Neuroscience News…

Breathing is basic. Better breathing is healthy. Access to breath control through training is access to relaxation. (We could go on all day about that by itself, and on this Blog I have – if you search the terms you will find many Posts). And relaxation is key to stress management on many many levels. (Right now I am reading The Unthinkable, where the importance of breath control is highlighted as the primary means of controlling fear in an emergency situation.)

January 24, 2017

She couldn’t wait to tell me…

The first patient in the office this morning said that she was amazed at what happened when she practiced the breathing exercise I gave her on her last visit.

Patients show up, usually, with some ache or pain. Once that is dealt with there are often underlying or other issues that come up; stress-related tension is common.

For that and many other reasons we often teach people how to breath, if they are interested. How to breath, so you can relax, so you will be less tense, so you can hold your chiropractic adjustments, so you will feel better: it all goes together.

Anyway, I gave her the most basic of breathing instructions; the same one I give every patient, every tai chi student, and anyone else that cares to listen (It is probably on the Blog somewhere in fact.). She tried it, and…

Almost immediately fell asleep.

(She was pleasantly stunned and amazed.)


June 15, 2016

101 Benefits of Exercise.60


Research overwhelmingly shows that regular exercise lowers the risk for many diseases, enhances the functioning of virtually every physiological system in the human body and improves psychological well-being.

60. Improves respiratory muscle strength and endurance.

I will be Posting a benefit every day – well, most days – from a list put together by Dr. Dave Phillips, M.D. He is an M.D. from Atlanta, GA who specializes in Sports Medicine. As a former All-American swimmer he knows a few things about exercise. He is also on the JuicePlus+ Health Advisory Board. He is also all over YouTube doing videos on JuicePlus+, exercise, and other health-related topics.

You can be healthier: this is list of ways exercise affects the body; think of them as motivational if you like.

February 1, 2016

“…the most common dysfunctional movement pattern…”

Do You Teach Patients How to Breather Properly?


November 2, 2015

Living Near Trees Is A Healthy Choice

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — doctordilday @ 5:16 pm

This link is all about the Ads really, but if you ignore them and read the article, it’s a good one.

April 11, 2014

Sense of Smell – A Mixed Blessing

White Rock, B.C. Looking South at Birch Bay

White Rock, B.C. Looking South at Birch Bay

I’ve talked before about the nedi pot, and still recommend it highly with certain precautions.

One of the first noticeable things that happens when you begin using the nedi pot is an increased sense of smell. Another is an improved ability to breathe and, as you know, I am big on breathing (check here, here, and here.

This article talks about our sense of smell and the ability to detect over one trillion various smells. There are lots of ramifications when you factor in all the phermone issues, etc. Something to think about.

September 22, 2013

From the Yoga Journal, October, 2013


be here now

“According to new research done at the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis focusing on the present moment can significantly reduce your levels of the stress hormone cortisol. ‘If you start rehashing the past or worrying about the future, try drawing your attention back to the present by focusing on the sensations of your own breath,’ recommends lead author Tonya L Jacobs.”

Notice that she said the “sensations” of the breath.

Notice that she talking about drawing “your attention” back to the present…

One of the things that happens with people in pain (think back pain in the case of many of our patients) is that their breathing gets altered in negative ways. That becomes a habit (unconscious). Later, whether they are in pain or not, their breathing is still affected, and now it is causing subtle problems that eventually become not-so-subtle.

Another thing that commonly (almost always) happens with people who experience back pain, especially long term back pain, is that they are not relaxed and they are unable to will themselves to relax. Proper breathing is the key that opens the door to relaxation.

The secret (actually, the secret is out!) to breathing properly and to eventually relaxing (clear into any conversation about medication) is to NOTICE the breath. Just notice for starts. Draw your attention back to just noticing.

You can do this in the car on the way to/from work. You can do it at home while watching TV. You can do it while on your walks. And you can do it while laying in bed before going to sleep or when you wake up.

Anyone can do this. It’s profound. You will get better and better at it. Eventually you will be able to move on to more challenging practices like abdominal breathing and bracing.

Doing this will help with your recovery.

December 29, 2011

Nonbiological pollutants

Master Wang Doing a Double Sword Form

Indoor Air Pollutants

Here are a couple of discussions about the health impacts of poor indoor air quality.

The long version.

The short version.

Here the EPA talk about Formaldehyde, one of the main culprits.

The bottom line

Air quality is critically important. We are wise to be aware in this area. We can not avoid the contaminants, so we are probably wise to invest in the best air purifiers we can afford. We would also be wise to “air out” our work spaces and homes often.

Because we can’t avoid breathing some of these pollutants in, we would be wise to have a “de-tox” thought process in place that helps to deal with getting these things out of our bodies.

I am reminded of a Boeing Tai Chi Club picnic that I was invited to once. A Master Wang from China was the honored guest. He was leading a group in some Qi Gong when they started up the Barbeque. The second he smelled the smoke from the Barbeque he stopped all activity and moved to get away from the smoke.

There is a reason (or several) that Tai Chi folks choose Parks to practice in (most natural surroundings – better quality air), and early morning (better quality air), and often near water (better quality air with more negative ions).

BTW, “nonbiological” pollutants struck be as an interesting way to say man-made. It’s estimated that we modern humans are exposed to over 70,000 made-made chemicals in our environment that our ancestors did not experience. These tend to do harm in our bodies one way or the other in the long run. We are wise to be aware and take what measures we can.

August 12, 2011

Tai Chi and Breathing (Andrew Weil)

According to the World Tai Chi & Qigong Newsletter, best selling author, Dr. Andrew Weil, says that Poor Breathing Habits are at the Core of Most Illness. I would agree. Here is their tip of the week:


Tai Chi is a form of Qigong. QIGONG means BREATHING EXERCISE

Students ask, why does the tip of the tongue lightly touch the roof of the mouth when doing tai chi and qigong breathing.

Two reasons:

1) It changes the throat structure, so that your breaths become longer breaths. Research shows this is the most effective respiratory beneficial type of breathing.

2) The tongue connects the Governing Vessel, which is the energy meridian running up your back and over your head, with the Conception Vessel, running from the perinium up the front of your body to the lower jaw.

These tips are excerpts from The Complete Idiot’s Guide to T’ai Chi & Qigong, and the DVD Anthology of T’ai Chi & Qigong: The Prescription for the Future.

September 21, 2007

Lessons Learned in a Montana Fire Camp


In addition to chiropractic practice and tai chi chuan I have a private contracting business in wildland fire suppression (see the pic of my truck as it looked just before this year’s inspection in the May20 blog).


This year we were called to Montana and worked there for just over three weeks: 14 days on followed by 2 days R&R followed by another 7 days working. There are several reasons for me doing the fire business. One is get out of my usual life and get a chance to see new places, have new experiences and find out what other people are up to and how other people live their lives. This year was unique because it was the first time we were ever called out of our Region (Oregon and Washington) and it was the first time I had actually worked that long on a fire. (Usually my crew works most days while I give them days off now and then and support them in whatever way is needed.)


So what’s there to blog about? Well, I have to blog about something and there were several things that struck me during this incident. I’m going to list them here in case there is something of interest.

First and most significantly, I discovered that my tai chi chuan training throughout the year does prepare me well for firefighting. The firefighting environment can sometimes be extreme (smoke, dust, heat, darkness, bugs, altitude, the fire, etc.). The working conditions can also be extreme at times (very long hours, poor sleep in a tent because of noise, heat, cold, rain, etc and the very nature of scrambling around on steep hillsides dragging fire hose up or down and working on the end of shovels and polaskis for up to 16 hours a day – day after day after day, etc).


Tai chi training one-to-two hours per day is a fine way to prepare for that kind of demanding work. Beyond the obvious physical demands, which are significant there are several other related factors where tai chi played a role. In a smoky dusty environment it is best to breath only through your mouth even if that is extremely difficult because of exertion – tai chi teaches that; everyone ends up extremely fatigued and everyone has to deal with that – tai chi teaches how to learn from fatigue; there are a multitude of aches and pains, scraps and strains encountered (or that may be encountered) on a daily basis on a fire. Our bodies have to be able to repair, recover and be restored (in six or seven hours) so that we can do it again the next day – tai chi through its beneficial effects on the immune system helps make that possible.

Other lessons? Well, three plus weeks spent with the same two guys dawn until dark is a challenge no matter how well you think you’re going to get along. Tai chi helped there too, but that’s probably too subtle to explain.

Montana (the part we were in anyway between Kallispell and Libby) is a very interesting place. Very pretty country, very nice people, and a lot of game – we saw about everything except a moose. The state, it was said, still has less than a million people. My favorite place was a small town called Thompson Falls, which we went through on a short cut from Highway 2 to Interstate 5.

One of the last lessons came to me when I got back to Everett. After three weeks with no cell reception, no computer, and no TV or radio to speak of I found that I get by just fine without TV.


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