Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

May 16, 2017

Exercise… Again (this time it is Alzheimer’s)



May 30, 2016

When I Read This Blog Post From Seth Godin I Thought of Back Pain




Avoiding a problem with foresight and good design is a cheap, highly leveraged way to do your work.

Extinguishing a problem before it gets expensive and difficult is almost as good, and far better than paying a premium when there’s an emergency.

Fretting about an impending problem, worrying about it, imagining the implications of it… all of this is worthless.

The magic of slack (a little extra time in the chain, a few extra dollars in the bank) is that it gives you the resources to stop and avoid a problem or fix it when it’s small. The over-optimized organization misunderstands the value of slack, so it always waits until something is a screaming emergency, because it doesn’t think it has a moment to spare. Expensive.

Action is almost always cheaper now than it is later.

[Actually, I thought of Back Pain Prevention.]

February 24, 2016

101 Benefits of Exercise.18

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.

18. Can help improve short term memory in older adults. (Something to think about!)

(This might be a good time to think of the “industrial athlete” point of view in the prevention of job-releated injuries.) I have been focused on that here for the past five years: if you are interested search this Blog for related terms.

I will Posting a benefit every day 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.

I hope this list of benefits of exercise is of help to you.

February 28, 2012

What does it mean to be “grounded”?

James Oschman, Ph.D., who wrote What Is “Healing Energy”? The Scientific Basis of Energy Medicine, and Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis, talked with me a couple of months ago about a new book he had been working on, Earthing; The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?

The book is a fascinating discussion of what it means to be connected, literally, to the earth and to get grounded. It is a great story in a lot of ways and I highly recommend the book. This link takes you to his earthing site where you can learn about getting the book as well as related products. They may just make a difference. The beauty of the whole idea though is that all you really have to do is take off your shoes and put your feet on the ground.

Interestingly, this is something the ancient Chinese, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tai chi and Qigong community are familiar with and something that is an inherent part of the practice. (I always say that at the highest level a tai chi guy would do tai chi in bare feet on the grass in the dark – that would be a high level practice!)

December 15, 2011

#1 Treatment for Back Pain

Back Pain is what brings most patients to the Chiropractor

Back pain will affect almost everyone. Back pain will at some point cause almost everyone to miss work. Once a person has had back pain, they will have it again. The natural history is that it will gradually get worse, episodes will occur more easily be more difficult to recover from and full recovery to full function will be illusive.

Causes of back pain are many but most is considered “mechanical” back pain, otherwise referred to, ironically, as “simple” back pain. I say ironic because in general all the experts are in the dark as the precise cause at any given time of anyone in particular’s back pain.

The other bad news is that mainstream medicine has not much to nothing to offer. Pain medication, muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatories, etc. all may or may not help. They all have unwanted side effects that are nearly as bad or worse than having the back pain.

What’s worse is that if the pain does not go away with these measures a patient is referred for Physical Therapy. That may or may not be beneficial in relieving the pain. Hopefully it is because there is still a tendency (in our area at least) to recommend back surgery – even in these times when almost all the evidence is generally against recommending it – which is not at all likely to help in the long run. Well, I take that back, it helps run up the cost of health care. It helps generate revenue for mainstream medicine (think MRIs, the anesthesiologist, the hospital, the surgeon, etc., etc.).

A marketing guy on the phone with me the other day wanted to demonstrate how poorly placed my websites were on the internet by Goggling “back pain, Everett, WA”. My site wasn’t at the top (the expensive providers who pay out a bundle to get placed there were there, of course).

I offer this post not so that everyone in Everett with back pain finds me when the do a Google search. This post is just a reminder to my main audience (my patients) that I have 7 years worth of posts on preventing back pain, and avoiding back pain, and on rehabilitation after back pain to restore function to the highest possible level. I have also written several articles on the subject, and offered presentations in the office, and out in the community, including classes and workshops on a wide variety of subjects.

To those searching for relief of back pain, that’s what almost all chiropractic doctors mostly do. We do a lot of that. Any patient, whether consistently active in their maintenance program of exercises and occasional visits to my office or the offices of other provides, will get into trouble and have back pain now and then. These patients will come in for relief of their back pain and help in getting back into an appropriate level of exercise and activity.

Wellness is not about back pain or any other pain for that matter. Mostly we try to get patient’s attention focused on the benefits of wellness rather than just relief: relief can be very short-lived if it is not followed by health practices.

So if wellness and prevention, health and a healthy lifestyle is what you are looking for, you will feel right at home in our office and feel the rapport immediately on any of my websites. The best patients to our practice are the ones who have found this Blog and spent some time looking at it, maybe the Tai chi site, and our main office site. They know who we are, what we stand for and how we practice. They feel comfortable before they even get to the office, whether or not they initially have back pain.

You are not a “back pain” case. You are a person who happens to have back pain. There is a reason why patients of chiropractic doctors are consistently happier with their care than patients of mainstream medical providers: we know the difference.

Oh, I forgot to mention the #1 treatment for back pain. See all of my workplace wellness posts on this blog. Search “bending & lifting” on this Blog. Get adjusted by a good chiropractor on a regular basis. Do tai chi or yoga daily. Eat the recommended 7-10 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Drink enough water. Get enough sleep. And figure out a way to be happy (or at least pretend to be happy). Learn how to breath, stand, sit, walk, bend & lift, and get up and down off the ground properly. To the extent you do some or all of these things you will be less likely to get back pain, more likely to recovery fully from back pain, and experience less pain, discomfort, and disability when you do get back pain.

Call us at (425) 348-5207 for help.

October 31, 2011

Should You Get a Flu Shot?

The following is from Cherie Calbom, a juicing ethusiast with a Masters in Nutrition. This isn’t me telling you what you should do. This does, however, give you information that you won’t likely get at your ordinary doctor’s office so that you can make a better informed decision.

Should You Get a Flu Shot?

Recently, a friend told me she was getting a lot of pressure at work to get a flu shot. “Should she get the shot, she asked, “since she can’t afford to get sick with the flu?” My first reaction was “no” based on all I’ve read in the past. She said the new flu shots are supposed to be improved. So I got motivated to look at research to find out if anything had changed for the better. I wanted to know if flu vaccines were any more effective or any less harmful.

Here’s what I learned:

Over 200 viruses cause influenza and influenza-like illness, which produce the same symptoms–fever, headache, aches and pains, cough and runny noses. At best, vaccines might be effective against influenza A and B, which represent only about 10 percent of all circulating viruses. The Cochrane Database Review—which is the gold standard for assessing the scientific evidence for the effectiveness of commonly used medical interventions—has concluded that flu vaccines do not appear to have any measurable benefit either for children, adults, or seniors.1

Do You Want This In Your Body?

Here’s how flu vaccines are made:

The flu strains selected are cultivated in chick embryos for several weeks before being inactivated with formaldehyde, which is a known cancer-causing agent. According to the CDC, the majority of flu vaccines contain thimerosal (mercury). Some contain as much as 25 mcg of mercury per dose. This means that it may contain more than 250 times the Environmental Protection Agency’s safety limit for mercury. But that’s not all; you can also find—

• Aluminum—a neurotoxin that has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
• Triton X-100 — a detergent
• Phenol (carbolic acid)
• Ethylene glycol (antifreeze)
• Betapropiolactone – a disinfectant
• Nonoxynol – used to kill or stop growth of STDs
• Octoxinol 9 – a vaginal spermicide
• Sodium phosphate2

Adverse Reactions to the Flu Vaccine

• Life-threatening allergies to various ingredients
• Guillain-Barre Syndrome (a severe paralytic disease that is fatal in about 1 in 20 cases)
• Encephalitis (brain inflammation)
• Neurological disorders
• Thrombocytopenia (a serious blood disorder)2

A total of 6.1 percent of seniors injected with the regular Fluzone vaccine experienced a serious adverse event including:

• Thrombocytopenia (abnormally low platelet count, which can result in abnormal bleeding)
• Guillain-Barre syndrome
• Myelitis (spinal cord inflammation)
• Optic neuritis (inflammation of the optic nerve)
• Lymphadenopathy (enlarged lymph nodes)
• Facial palsy (Bell’s palsy)
• Paresthesia (numbness/tingling of the skin)
• Itchy skin
• Anaphylaxis (life-threatening whole-body allergic reaction)
• Stevens-Johnson syndrome
• Vasculitis (inflammatory destruction of blood vessels)
• Convulsions, fainting, dizziness1

1 http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/10/17/dangerous-new-ineffective-flu-vaccine-released-for-seniors.aspx?e_cid=20111017_DNL_art_1

2 http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/09/26/Flu-Vaccine-Exposed.aspx

How You Can Prevent The Flu Naturally

• Avoid all sugar including natural sweeteners, if you’re coming down with a cold or the flu. At all times avoid fructose, artificial sweeteners, and processed foods, which usually have added sugar. This also includes fructose from fruit juice, and all types of grains, especially refined flour (as they break down as sugar in your body). Sugar consumption suppresses your immune system and impairs your defenses against all infectious disease.

• Take vitamin D3. There’s a new hypothesis indicating that the widespread prevalence of colds and flu’s may be due to vitamin D deficiency, which is very common in the United States, especially during the winter months.

• Increase your Vitamin C and flavonoids to strengthen your immune system. Juice more vitamin C-rich veggies including kale, collard greens, parsley, turnip greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, watercress, and spinach, and add lemon and lime for extra vitamin C and flavonoids.

• Up your intake of raw garlic. Garlic acts as a natural antibiotic. Juice it or chop it up and eat it raw. Make sure you get at least one clove of raw garlic per day.

• Get plenty of sleep. Powerful healing hormones are released while you sleep. Fatigue is the first sign of a distressed immune system.

• Drink at least two glasses of fresh veggie juice per day. Stay healthy and strong by juicing fresh vegetables and lemon or lime. You will greatly increase your antioxidants and build up your immune system while detoxifying your body.

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