Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

June 11, 2017

Priority #1 Video (Breathing!)

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.


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 14, 2012

Nedi Pot

Wildfire Haze – Breath Through Your (Clean) Nose

Using the Nedi Pot is like anything else: another thing to do. Here is the Wiki story on what it is, where the practice came from, and why you would want to do it.

It is in the news now because there have been deaths due to infections because of contaminated tap water. The authorities assure us that the contaminants (bacteria) responsible are only a problem because they end up in the nasal passages, but that they are fine if you drink them because stomach acid kills them.

Here are the lessons as I see it. Consider each issue for yourself and decide whether using the Nedi post is a positive thing or not worth the trouble or risk for you.

1. It’s an ancient east Indian practice. That doesn’t make it automatically a good thing, but they recognized the benefits and maintained the practice for a very very long time: there must be a reason.

2. That said, there is a long list of benefits – to healthy people and those who want to restore or maintain health. I began using the Neti pot regularly for those reasons many years ago. I love it. (The improved sense of smell is a double-edged sword, but…)

3. The Nedi pot like anything else is extra work. It’s adding a little system to a system that is already in place, and it takes time and some moves. I added it to the morning bathroom routine: the pot is handy and I do it in the shower. I buy Nedi pot salt and add it to the pot with a little spoon before getting into the shower.

4. There are many reasons to filter the tap water in the shower – now there is one more. I stopped trusting tap water in 1980.

5. Keeping the Nedi pot procedure simple and integrating it into an already established routine makes it relatively easy to follow regularly. I don’t do it every single day, but on most days I do. I don’t get colds, never had a sinus anything, and have a great sense of smell. Importantly, cleaning the nasal sinus makes breathing through the nose much easier. Breathing is a very big deal. Breathing through the nose is preferred for several important reasons – one is that it filters airborne contaminates. Mouth breathing is generally frowned on, though some will advocate exhaling through the mouth and that is fine under curtain circumstances.

6. There is another little procedure that goes with the Nedi pot use that I like. Sesame seed oil rubbed around inside the nose afterwards coats the mucous membranes and conditions the tissues. I use my little fingers dipped in the oil and then kinda snort it up one side and then the other. Then I blow my nose. It takes only a second and seems to be a good thing, especially in the hot dry summer months when occasionally nose bleeds can be an issue. I know it sounds a little gross to talk about, but…

Again, look at the list of benefits. Consider all the little procedures, etc., and decide it this is something that is worth doing for yourself. It’s like every other healthy habit. It’s important or it isn’t. It fits into your life or it doesn’t. Like every other healthy habit figuring out how to incorporate the practice in a way that is simple, easy, cheap and sustainable is the difference between having the practice become a life-long habit that builds health or becoming another one of those things that you “used to do.”

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