Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

October 4, 2017

A Huge Finding

Here is the article about research on Lymphatic vessels in the brain.

We talk a lot about lymph drainage in Tai Chi – in particular there are certain exercises that we do in which we discuss the effect on the dura mater (the covering of the brain where lymph vessels are now known to exit). There are a lot of implications!

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September 27, 2017

Which is more difficult to come up with?

This morning I was told a story about a woman who will be having heart surgery next week. It will cost  in the neighborhood of $100,000 dollars.

All I could think about afterwards was how much JuicePlus+ $100,000 would buy.

When people choose not to take JuicePlus+ they usually mention price as a big part of the reason: too hard to come up with a couple of dollars a day for whole food in capsules to cover the serving of fruits and vegetables that they do not, can not, or will not get in their daily diet.

 

August 23, 2017

For Tai Chi Students: The EvCC Fall Tai Chi Class Syllabus – share with anyone interested

(This is an Everett Community College Class. Anyone who applies, registers, and pays may attend.)

 

Instructor:                 Dennis Dilday, DC

Course:                        PEHW            102            S

Class Sessions:          Thursday, 7:20 p.m. – 9 p.m. (with a 10-minute break)

Location:                    Student Fitness Center, Room #231

Credit:                         1 credit

Office Phone:            (425) 348-5207

Course Description:

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese system of exercise, and self-defense, based on the principles of stillness overcoming motion, and softness overcoming hardness. It teaches (1) how to breath, so you can relax and manage stress, (2) how to align yourself to relate to gravity and other forces, (3) how to move in a way that is safe and strong, and (4) how to be sensitive and aware. This Class will focus on teaching Tai Chi principles by learning part of the Long Round Hand Form, and three basic, foundational, Push Hands drills.

Course Objectives:

  1. Learn the beginning of the Long Round Hand Form (Styles 1- 17)
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of basic Tai Chi terminology
  3. Describe and demonstrate both Front and Back Stance
  4. Describe and demonstrate elementary Push Hands (e.g., 7-Star Step)
  5. Learn the 5 Components or “Five Pillars” of Tai Chi

Clothing: Street clothes are fine, loose enough so that you can move, or gym clothes. Flat-soled shoes are preferred for balance purposes. Wear shoes that will not mark up the floor.

Class Policies:

  1. Arrive on time
  2. Clean is good – so is trimmed nails and little or no jewelry
  3. Do not eat or drink too much before class, but do not come on an empty stomach
  4. Stay hydrated
  5. Please turn off, and put away, your Cell Phone

Course Outline:

  1. Warm ups
  2. Tai Chi walking/stepping
  3. Beginning of the Long Round Hand Form
  4. Push Hands: Fixed Step (Single Hand & 4 Directions) and 7-Star Moving Step
  5. Discuss functional aspects of Tai Chi (e.g., self-defense applications, stress management)

Evaluation:

  1. Letter grades are used
  2. ATTENDANCE is required
  3. If you are late, or absent unexcused, your grade will be lowered:

 

9- 10             classes attended = A

8                   classes attended = B

6-7                classes attended = C

Less than 6 classes attended = FAILING Grade!!!

 

 

A PASS- FAIL formatted make-up test will be offered on week 8 or 9, which will raise your Grade one level.

 

CAVEAT: The above schedule and procedures are subject to change in the event of unusual extenuating circumstances; students will be given advanced notice of changes.

 

IF YOU ARE GOING TO MISS CLASS, CALL 425-334-6944 AND LEAVE A MESSAGE

 

Cheng Tin Hung lineage – Wu Style – Tai Chi chuan (Hong Kong)

1. The Ready Style 11. Brush Knee Twist Step
2. Beginning Tai Chi Form 12. Form of Seven Stars
3. Form of Seven Stars 13. Stroke The Lute
4. Grasp the Bird’s Tail 14. Step Up, Parry and Punch
5. Single Whip 15. As If Shutting A Door
6. Flying Oblique 16. Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain
7. Raise Hand Step Up 17. Cross Hands
8. White Crane Flaps It’s Wings
9. Brush Knee Twist Step
10. Form of Seven Stars Left

 

 

“Think and enquire where does the final purpose lie? It lies in seeking longevity and keeping a youthful appearance.”

                                                            – Song of the 13 Tactics (4th Tai Chi Classic)

 

 

“What has taken China thousands of years to build can not be grasped by theft. We must, instead, earn it to possess it.”             – Carl Jung

August 12, 2017

The Mediterranean Diet May Be Good For Your Brain Too!

That exclamation mark I added:-)

July 29, 2017

The Importance of Breath

“For many people it seems difficult to believe that changing breathing patterns can have such significant impact on mental and physical health. Not to mention performance and recovery.
It is the lowest hangning fruit and very few poeple are picking it. Instead many are looking for complicated methods or become dependent of pharmaceuticals.”

– Paul Silfverstrale, Wudang Practical Tai Chi Chuan

Here is his recent Blog Post entitled Nasal Breathing: https://wudangtaichichuan.wordpress.com/2017/07/29/tai-chi-chuan-qi-nasal-breathing/

It compliments, perfectly, all that I have said on this Blog on the subject, including the very recent Post on mouth breathing (the problem).

July 5, 2017

Maybe you too?

“I feel amazing” she said. And “doing stuff that I haven’t done in years… and on my knees too!”

When I met this patient in December of last year, it was: “I sometimes have to pull over…” while driving due to knee pain. She said that her back was “always really tight” and it had been that way for two years.

Now?

She is going a month between visits. She knows how to brace and breathe, and how to bend and lift, as well as get up and down off the ground. She does the exercises to keep the joints that I adjust moving between visits; and she is helping her husband build a 40 foot deck – with no pain anywhere!

This is a woman who has had back surgery for lower back disc herniations – twice.

Not every patient does this well. Not all chiropractors check and adjust hip, knee, and ankle/foot joints. But all chiropractors who use the Activator Method properly can check all the joints. If you need help finding a decent chiropractor in your area, just let me know. Maybe I can help.

And if you are within striking distance of Everett, WA., then give us a call at (425) 348-5207.

May 24, 2017

You Have To Wonder Sometimes…

http://neurosciencenews.com/brain-disease-detection-6760/

An earlier Post: https://doctordilday.wordpress.com/?s=nedi+pot

April 19, 2017

Beet it!

http://neurosciencenews.com/aging-beetroot-exercise-6445/

Think exercise…

And nutrition…

March 4, 2017

State Secrets: You Heard It Here First

A very good friend told me at breakfast this morning that a person can give up being cynical (since it doesn’t help much in a transformational relationship). True enough. Then I got this article (below) in my email (and I was thoughtful of this recent Blog Post by me…). Welcome to the real world.

From the Friday, March 3, 2017 San Fransisco Chronicle…

SACRAMENTO — For years, state health officials kept secret a set of guidelines meant to inform the public about the risks associated with cell phone use and the best practices to avoid potential harm.

On Thursday, the California Department of Public Health released the guidelines, which advise cell phone users to keep the devices away from their bodies, keep calls short and to use the speaker phone on lengthy calls. The guidelines were released only after a Sacramento Superior Court judge indicated she would order them to be disclosed, and after The Chronicle told the state it was publishing a news story about the case.

The health department’s lawyers had argued in court that the guidelines were never formally approved by the agency and that releasing them to the public would cause unnecessary panic.

The two-page suggestions, which have been written and revised over the past seven years, are based on studies “that suggest that long-term cell phone use may increase the risk of brain cancer and other health problems,” according to the document, which includes a stamp saying it is a “draft and not for public release.”

December 12, 2016

Neighborhood Earthquake Disaster DRILL

The Why

“… to improve your chances of surviving a disaster.”

The Where, What, When, Who, and How

Saturday (12/10/16) the Harbourview-Seahurst-Glenwood Neighborhood conducted an Earthquake Disaster Drill.

It went almost unnoticed because almost no one was interested: that’s the way it is with preventive measures. The professionals show up because they get paid to; almost no one else is interested.

But it was a success. The Auxiliary Communication System (ACS) was activated, as was the Citizen’s Emergency Response Team (CERT), and the Neighborhood Block Watch and Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) folks were involved to some extent. The whole event was administered by the City of Everett Everett, Office of Emergency Management (at the local Fire Station).

The event was almost cancelled do to bad weather, but doing the drill in less-than-perfect weather conditions reminded thoughtful observers and participants how inconvenient an earthquake might have been instead. Something to think about.

Anyway, I mention all of this because I want to share two things: First, some links to local resource authorities in case there is interest. And secondly, there is a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) brochure entitled Preparing Makes Sense. Get Ready Now, which has a checklist that is a simple, straightforward and easy starting spot for folks. They recommend that you (1) Get a kit, (2) Make a plan, (3) Be informed, and (4) Get involved.

Brochures entitled Preparedness Shopping List, Important Documents, and something about Pets were also made available. I ended up with them, and they are now here at the office in case you would like to pick one or more of them up on your visit.

I understand that life is busy, and prevention as a priority is a challenge – I deal with it every day in patients who suffer from pain and injury. It is a choice for most of us though. In the case of an earthquake it may be a matter of survival; in the case of preventing back pain it is mostly about suffering – somewhere not quite at the ‘survival’ level, but sometimes near it. Safety, security and survival – they are just spots along a continuum.

Here are some links:

Everett Office of Emergency Management (https://everettwa.gov/241/Office-of-Emergency-Management)

SCDEM (I don’t know what that means – too many acronyms) (http://www.snohomishcountywa.gov/180/Emergency-Management)

And here is the Basic Emergency Supplies Kit:

Water – one gallon per person per day for drinking and sanitation

Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food (they are now suggesting closer to three weeks, after Catrina)

Battery -powered radio and extra batteries

Flashlight and extra batteries

First aid kit

Whistle to signal for help

Filter Mask or cotton t-shirt, to help filter the air

Moist towelettes for sanitation

Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

Manual can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)

Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place

Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

Unique family needs, such as daily prescription medications, infant formula or diapers, and important family documents

November 18, 2016

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September 23, 2016

“What’s in your supplement?”

That is the title to the feature article in the most recent Bottom Line’s Health In Action.

We have talked about it here many times and will be again at our Event on the 28th.

Here is some of what that article said:

“About one out of every four supplements sold in the US does not contain what is listed on the label or has other quality problems, according to tests performed by ConsumerLab.com”

The Labels are Not Accurate

“…last year, an investigation into the store-brand supplements of the biggest national retailers – Walmart, Target, GNC and Walgreens-found that man of thither products did not contain the herbs listed on their labels…others included ingredients that were not listed on their labels, some of which were potential allergens.”

“And the problem goes way beyond the the four big retailers above.”

“RISK: THE SUPPLEMENT IS CONTAMINATED WITH HEAVY METALS-SUCH AS LEAD, ARSENIC, AND CADMIUM-OR WITH TOXINS.”

“…because the industry at large goes unregulated, be sure to purchase only professional-grade vitamins and supplements that have undergone testing and quality assurance from a reputable supplier.”

Again, we have talked about it here literally hundreds of times, and will again next week, but the bottom line, really, is that you need to be careful who you trust. This and other articles may be part of an agenda to bring supplements under the control of the Government and the medical establishment: do you really want to trust them? They haven’t demonstrated themselves to be too trustworthy in my view. Further in the magazine there is another article talking about what supplements you should be taking. The whole idea that you should buy and take individual vitamins or minerals is close to 40 years behind the times: you need whole food and whole food supplements if you want to give your body nutrition in a way that it’s been used to dealing with for a million years. The idea that people who create vitamin & mineral formulas are smarter and know better and can second guess the body hasn’t panned out too well.

Join us Wednesday night, September 28th at 7 p.m. here at the office for an event that will help you make healthier choices. Call to RSVP (425) 348-5207.

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