Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

June 23, 2017

For Tai Chi Students: One of My Favorites from Othmar

May 10, 2017

Consumer Reports: Real Relief from Back Pain

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I keep forgetting to mention that the current issue of Consumer Reports features a cover story on back pain. It is a very good review of what most of mainstream medicine recommends, and therefore what most people are doing – the lack of effectiveness, cost, and risks associated with that approach. And it covers alternative methods of addressing back pain, the proven effectiveness (which is why it is the cover story), cost savings, and safety. All of that is old news if you have been reading this Blog long (and if you search any of the key words in this Post you will find many posts – there are over a thousand here – on that subject).

Two things are interesting to me about the article: what is right in plain sight, but missed entirely due to mindset; and how, still, the recommendations regarding how to bend and lift are erroneous – harmful even.

First, the mindset thing. Modern medicine is about treating symptoms: some will argue that but just look at what is said and what is the object of all the focus – back pain (a symptom) in this case, but it is everywhere all of the time if you look. And while they fairly accurately talk about the causes, they fail to conclude that substantially addressing these causes would be a means of preventing the symptom. Instead they point out, for example, that abnormal findings on X-rays is common among people who do not suffer with back pain. (That should be a clue, why isn’t it?)

Secondly, but related, is this whole business of correct bending and lifting technique – how could they get it so thoroughly wrong so consistently. How could they not connect the dots – remember the ‘they’ is the authoritative bodies of professional experts spewing opinions, guidelines, and recommendations (shifting gazillions of dollars within the economy)… but let’s not go down the cynical path.

I share all of this because we have a copy in the reception room – with the best parts highlighted (be me:-). Read it, but ignore the part about how to bend and lift, and talk with me about that.

DrD

April 17, 2017

For Tai Chi Students: High Pat the Horse (Wim Demeere)

March 28, 2017

For Tai Chi Students: Drape the Body & Kick (Othmar)

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February 10, 2017

For Tai Chi Students: Sword Form Comparisons

Worth a look – lots of room for conversation.

http://jianfa.se/form_comparison/formlist_qian_kun_jian.html

 

January 30, 2017

My Notes From Last Week’s JP+ Event

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It was a wall-to-wall crowd, with folks standing in the back and along the walls on one side. The food was great; and there were (mostly healthy) drinks. But the main speaker was almost an hour late, so I left when he finished at 9 p.m. and didn’t listen to Dr. Mitra Ray.

For most part what John Blair had to say was all old news, or very predictable (JP+ is the best, and way out ahead of all of the rest of the supplements available – we already knew that.) There was some interesting information though, and I took notes. So here I will share with any who may be interested in learning a little more. (All, or most, of the blanks in my notes is filled in by dozens of Posts on the subject over the past ten years on this Blog, and by the JP+ website I get as a Representative: I keep the website so patients and others can access all they want to online, before contacting me to place an Order.)

So here are my notes:

JuicePlus+ John Blair Event

Lynnwood Convention Center

January 27, 2017

 

John Blair is the Sr. VP of JuicePlus+ – for 27 years

Research common threads… lifestyle diseases: chronic inflammation, immune dysfunction, oxidative stress, & obesity (obesity is going to pass heart disease as the #1 disease…causes of death)

Predation: death by predator (that used to be a big deal – ancestors – verses lifestyle now).

The JP+ study on smoking was done in Italy (big smoking problem there).

NIH, WHO, & NCI… the “5 a Day” push for fruits and vegetables in the daily diet was an effort to get the public to do something in the right direction, they knew it was actually 9-13 servings per day that is recommended in the research.

 

“Salt, Sugar, Fat” by Michael Moss – about how the food industry worked to find the ‘bliss point’ (brain chemistry) that would have humans keep eating more and more of their food.

 

San Bernardino, CA – first McDonald’s… Dire Straights song was about McDonald’s

 

SuperSize Me, the movie: what would happen in 30 days (gained over 24 pounds, etc.) and then how long it took to get back to normal (14 months)

“Younger Next Year” – a book – the over 50 crowd has to exercise 6 days a week (Chris Crowley)

ChooseMyPlate.gov – the government has figured it out (1/2 of the plate is fruits and vegetables!!), but no one is paying any attention!

70% of us are taking supplements regularly… isolated, fragmented, synthesized for the most part (COSTCO).

One study on supplements recently… higher risk of dying (all cause) for woman taking the supplements!

With the JP+ TRIO and the Complete you get over 40 fruits, vegetables, and berries (the TRIO alone has 30 whole foods)

 

The message of the RAINBOW DIET is (1) to get more colors, and (2) the more pigment the better (darker, e.g., the Vineyard Blend has lots of very dark berries!)

 

NSF – 3rd Party testing… all of their testing duplicates all the testing already done routinely by JP+

Plant Power

The most thoroughly researched name brand nutritional product on the market (JP+)

35 Medline published studies… compare to any other: none compare.

Over weight boys study… the researcher’s wife became a JP+ representative; the researcher went on to do the 35th JP+ study – he had the burning question (and the connections, resources, etc.)

Industry Conferences… as a Board member of the Council on Responsible Nutrition, and Past Chair, he attends many of these…. Where the talk is more and more about the microbiome… (turns our JP+ is way ahead of the curve and doing the research on how JP+ Trio + Complete affects the microbiome).

JP+ Children’s Health Study – there have now been 750,000 participants!

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The CRN overlooks the quality control of the nutritional supplements industry. As past Chairman, Mr. Blair will share insights and trends affecting the industry and explain where JuicePlus+ sits in the bigger scheme of things nutritionally.

 

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Join John Blair, Sr. Vice President of the Juice Plus Company, to get a real look inside the Nutritional Supplementation Industry and the Quality control and Research behind Juice Plus.

John is responsible for leading the Juice PLUS+ Company into the field of nutrition, and was the developer of the manufacturing team that has produced the entire Juice PLUS+ product line since 1993.

January 25, 2017

Left Knee Pain

Today a patient wanted me to know that her left knee pain, a pain that she didn’t even tell me about (that part impressed her the most), went away immediately after her last visit – and she hasn’t had that pain since.

Patients often like to hold back from telling me what is bothering them when they come in for any particular visit; and I don’t always  ask. They like to see if I can ‘find’ it without them telling me. Then, when I do, they make a big deal out of that.

When we accept people as patients we try to explain that ours is an “alternative” approach. That we are looking for something (the subluxation complex), and if that have that, they can be a chiropractic patient – as long as it is safe for us to address the subluxation with what we do (in our case the Activator Method). If they do not have that particular condition, they do not qualify as a chiropractic patient; if it wouldn’t be safe to adjust them in the way that we do in this office, they still do not qualify as a chiropractic patient, in this office at least.

Most all of that is lost on most people. They hurt, that is the problem. And they think that it is critically important for them to tell us where they hurt for us to do our job. We go along with the conversation and keep trying to help them understand the difference between a symptom-based approach and the chiropractic approach. First patients have to feel better. We know that. The rest is a bonus.

 

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.)

 

January 10, 2017

For Tai Chi Students: 7 Star Step Push Hands

Filed under: Tai Chi Chuan, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — doctordilday @ 8:56 am

January 8, 2017

Tips for choosing the right Chiropractor

The Val-U-Pak coupons came in the mail last week; I just throw them in Helen’s IN basket. Today I saw that she had pulled one out and put where I could find it: “5 Tips for choosing the right Chiropractor” – I had to read it.

And now I am compelled to share my thoughts on it with you – no, I am not going to address the marketing dynamics, or the low ball offer, and all that that implies. But let’s just look at the tips and go from there.

Tip #1:  Get a thorough consultation – Make sure your doctor truly listens to your problems and concerns. Now who going to argue with that: not me. (Falls under ‘goes without saying’ though I know it may not be what many patients have encountered in the offices that they have visited, chiropractic or otherwise.)

Tip #2: Detailed Computerized Examination – The doctor should provide you with access to the latest technology. Gosh that sounds good on the face of it, doesn’t it? All I can say it think this one through, all the way through. The trouble for patients is that they are way over their head when it comes to this and are ripe for picking for those who with less than stellar ethics.

Tip #3: On-Site X-Ray Facility – see your problems for the most effective care. This presupposes quite a bit. Nowadays it is pretty well recognized that most of the time the problems that we chiropractic doctors are addressing directly are safely and effectively addressed without having to expose the patient to either the radiation risks, or the expense of x-rays. Sometimes we do, then, having an on-site x-ray facility makes sense. The most “effective” care is the care the gets the results both the patient and doctor want in the least amount of time, for the least amount of money, and in the safest way possible. I would put ‘see’, ‘problems’ and ‘most effective’ in quotes and go from there:-)

Tip #4: Report of Clinical Findings – Prior to receiving care, you should know what’s wrong, if they can help, how long the process will take, and how much it will cost. Great ideal, but this promises more that any of us can deliver. First, you should know if the chiropractor believes that you have the problem/condition that chiropractors’ attempt to prevent, correct, or manage and if they think that it is safe to address it in the way that they specifically work. And those, by the way, are the two questions that the doctor is trying to answer in the consult and exam: do they have the problem we fix; and would it be safe to fix it the way we fix things around here? That is the “if they can help” part. But don’t be fooled – it isn’t if they can help. It’s if they think that they can help. We don’t really know if we can help for sure until we try. Which leads to how long the process will take: no one knows! In our office we make the following “promise”: that the patient will feel different in two weeks and better in four weeks. We offer that knowing full well that the vast majority will feel different and better before they get to the door to leave on their first visit. BUT, there is no guarantee! I tell them that’s the promise, and that that way if results come quickly chiropractic is a hero, if not, we are still on schedule weeks into it – it’s a reality check. Patients bring us spinal conditions that have been developing, often pain-free, for years (sometimes decades). They have developed degenerative changes, habits, lifestyles, and other conditions that affect recovery. But we live in a society that expects instant results, so… it’s an attempt to interject the truth about their conditions seriousness and the potential limitations to recovery.

Tip #5: Education – it is critical to be instructed on how to get better faster, stay better longer, and achieve maximum results for less money. Yep. And I dedicated a whole Category of our office Blog to “Be Careful Who You Listen To”. In our office we offer the following basic education to all patients, not all want all of it, some don’t want any; some want some of it, but it is always offered: (a) The problem(subluxation): how it was created, what makes it worse, and what makes it better; (b) Our solution (the adjustment via the Activator Method) to restoring function to the joints; this includes the use of basic back first aid tricks, such as the proper use of ice; (c) how their lifestyle might be the cause of or a contributing factor, and what they might be able to do about it; (d) how to correctly move and use their back, knees, and shoulders (as a minimum) because often their history is that they do not know – and/or it is revealed in our examination – and moving poorly prevents recovery and promotes relapse; (e) exercises that the patient can do at home to promote joint motion in the joints that we had to adjust, so they can go longer between visits. From there, and not before covering that ground, we will go into strengthening, flexibility, balance or coordination exercises addressing whatever is revealed as the weak areas, or according what will help the patient hold their adjustments longer.

So, for $38, you can have a posture analysis (computerized no doubt), consultation, examination and two X-rays, and save $172 – and you can get $10 off a one hour massage to boot! And… well, stop by the office if you want this coupon (it’s first come – first served).

I hope that my comments were helpful to you and that you choose a chiropractor that delivers on all their promises and gives you all the results that you seek. Happy New Year!

 

December 27, 2016

2016 Questions & Answers

Some of these questions came up only once; others come up now and then, but I thought it would be nice to cover them for those who wonder.

  1. Yes, we do take new patients. A patient asked this question a while back, saying that she thought we were so busy and had been here for so long (30 years) that we probably couldn’t take new patients any more. We do.
  2. No, I will not teach you how to use the Activator Instrument if you find one to buy on eBay. A patient did actually ask.
  3. Yes, we are open on Fridays. Our hours changed many years ago – there was a time when we were closed on Fridays. Now our hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Sometimes, though rarely, I come in on a Saturday; if that is the only thing that will work for you just call and let us know, we will work something out.
  4. Our fee, when you pay us at the time of service, cash, is $43. That’s right, only $43. We don’t money to be the reason you don’t get the care you need. We ‘fiddle’ with that for kids – usually, if we charge at all for kids, it’s $20. (We certainly don’t want money to be the reason you don’t get the kids the care that they need!!)
  5. Yes, we sell Biofreeze. And the folks who regularly buy it here, as well as the random stranger who buys it, say that our prices are great. I wouldn’t know; I don’t know what everyone else charges.
  6. Yes, we sell Kangen water machines. This Blog has about a dozen Posts on the subject of water and we routinely recommend it and the machine that makes it. There is no healthier water – though sometimes it is actually too healthy (Like everything else, powerfully healthy choices are best made by reasonably healthy people. People who are very sick can not just blindly change to what would otherwise be a very healthy habit. Seek professional advice!) P.S. – we strive to make what we offer the very best in it’s class. So whether it is Activator Method chiropractic care, tai chi (exercise), JuicePlus+ (supplements) or Kangen water, as far as I know, there is no better (healthier, more effective) choice: and usually whatever is in second place is way back there! When we say that we take your health seriously, we are not kidding.

There are going to be other questions – I will add them as I think of them:-)

Happy New Year!

DrD

December 26, 2016

If This Describes You, Maybe We Can Help

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