Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

April 24, 2020

A Question of Numbers

We are all being asked to trust numbers: numbers tested, tests positive verses negative, cases confirmed, recovered number, and numbers of terminal cases. I think we should be less focused on numbers (that can not be trusted anyway), and pay more attention to the principles.

Here are a bunch of numbers regarding the Spanish Flu and chiropractic care. From what I can tell, no one would consider it scientific – and not just because of its age. But then anyone who looks would consider little done in health care at that time scientific, but that is another story.

What I think is important is to realize that while, nowadays, it is much more common for people to say wonderful things about chiropractic because of the results that they got with back pain, neck pain or headaches, in the past it was different. In the past sick people became desperate for results, got what help they could from modern mainstream medicine, and then went to see a chiropractor – and sometimes they got good results, so chiropractic got the credit.

Behind all of this is the big picture: some bugs (and non-bug viruses, of course) are bad, very bad. They might kill you. And… it is ALWAYS better to be in adjustment and fully functional – especially when the body is fighting a bug battle. It is a matter of risk factors (being subluxated is a risk factor for ill health by whatever description) and resistance. Decreasing risk factors will support an increase in resistance.

And thinking people do understand this: what are the primary recommendations for dealing with the current crisis: all of the same health-generating recommendations we are always giving, for the same reason – it promotes HEALTH (our speciality!). And, of course, tune up your hygeine and sanitation practices, keep your distance, etc.

Whether it is breathing, bracing, bending and lifting, or diet and nutrition, chiropractic adjustments, and exercise, we do what we do to promote health and wellness. It is useful when you are well; it is even more useful when you are sick.

 

 

March 31, 2020

Keep It Simple

In the office I have been referring to it as “Basic – Plus.”

This is from a series of COVID-19 Questions and Answers from Medscape (these guys know all there is to know about fighting bugs).

General measures for prevention of viral respiratory infections include:

  1. Handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol may be used. However, if hands are visibly dirty, always wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Individuals should avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  3. Individuals should avoid close contact with sick people.
  4. Sick people should stay at home (eg, from work, school).
  5. Coughs and sneezes should be covered with a tissue, followed by disposal of the tissue in the trash.
  6. Frequently touched objects and surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected regularly.

That is all pretty “Basic” and I hope none of it comes a any surprise. (In my world it is standard operating procedure and always has been.)

The “Plus” just means doing more of the same,  along with gloves, masks, and extra cleaning of anything suspicious thrown in as and when indicated by circumstances.

This all gets you half way there; the rest is promoting health (increased resistance by definition) and “boosting your immune system” (now everyone’s favorite words when they are selling something).

This Blog has 15 years and more than a thousand Posts on that subject: dig in (use the search box).

March 24, 2020

Reasonable and Necessary

[This was the email that I sent out to patients earlier today.]

Chiropractic doctors are Portal of Entry health care providers: our office is open.

We have and are taking every necessary and reasonable precaution, and we expect that you are too. (Everyone is now an expert, so there is no shortage of advice.) If, for whatever reason, you are uncomfortable making or keeping your appointment to come in, then please stay home and stay safe. If, on the other hand, you need to be adjusted, then call and come in; stay in the car until it is time for you appointment if you like. Some are wearing masks and gloves; that is fine too.

People are still getting into car accidents, and getting injured at work: I have seen one of each this week, and it is only Tuesday. Traffic is light, and parking is not a problem.

If you have any questions, feel free to call me at the office. I will return your call if I am not able to answer (I was going to send this email out yesterday, but have not had the chance until now).

Now is a good time for healthy habits. The Blog has over a thousands Posts on the subject, so if you have question, you might check there. (And the JuicePlus+ Vineyard Blend does have elderberries in it. I still have a few bottles available.:-)

DrD

March 18, 2020

More Good News

I love this site: https://www.olivetomato.com/the-healthy-greek-mediterranean-pantry/?fbclid=IwAR1T7wDcAjpXIwKXoZ3n1zuoxI9rzbwdn_NZ3rg4c8j2d3ln_VnXHuMdH_U

March 17, 2020

Keeping You Up-To-Date During These Trying Times

The office is open during the usual hours (M, T, W, F, 10-7). If you need to be adjusted you can be. If you are sick, scared, or high risk and would feel better not coming in, then please call and cancel your appointment: we understand and support that choice. And if you have suspect symtoms, or feel that you are likely to any time soon, then stay home, get well, and be safe – if you have to get adjusted then call me at the office and you and I will make arrangements.

Meanwhile, I am assuming that you have brushed up on basic hygiene and sanitation, have your hand sanitizer, gloves and mask handy, and know all about social distancing and “close contact”. That is good.

We each have to decide what to believe and how to behave. Right now we are all trying to strike a balance between business-as-usual (it is not) and ridiculous (some responses are that). I have Blogged about it all month, and shared some of the important imputs that helped guide me, but there were many others. You might find it helpful. You might also benefit from the following advice and, if you do, please let me know that next time you are in the office:

  1. Do your best not to live in fear or anxiety about the situation.  Yes, it is a serious matter that requires our attention.  However, it is important to note that when we get trapped in a fear response our immune systems shut down in favor of survival mechanisms, which actually further heighten our anxiety! Be wise and discerning about your lifestyle practices and choices, and trust you are doing what you can to keep yourself and your family safe.
  2. Fresh air is vital to healthy immunity – make a point of getting outside, daily.  Even as little as 10 to 15 minutes three times throughout the day will benefit you.
  3. Rest!  Get plenty of sleep and rest.
  4. Take some time off, perhaps use this time for a personal at-home retreat where you just enjoy some time spent away from work, extra-curricular activities and the hustle and bustle of life.  Walks in nature, healthy dinners together with your family, board games, curling up with a good book and limiting your social contact are all enriching ways to protect yourself from community transmission.
  5. Increase your consumption of anti-oxidant and nutrient-dense infection-fighting foods like: organic blueberries, raspberries, spinach, sprouts, garlic, onions, ginger, parsley, cilantro, spirulina, celery juice, bone broth and fermented foods and beverages.
  6. Drink lots of water. Drinking good quality water and herbal teas, staying hydrated, is one of the best things you can do to flush out toxins from your body and help support the immune system.
  7. Keep your immune system strong by reducing your sugar intake and eating a balanced diet.  Avoid eating processed sugars. Sugar weakens the immune system and makes it less able to deal with viruses and bacteria.  Be sure to read food labels carefully and to limit the amount of sugar you eat.

If I can help in any way, please let me know.

In health,

 

DrD

March 11, 2020

Not A Drill. Risk Factors

I have talked here about risk factors a lot. Turns out this guy mentions them quit a bit as well.

Get adjusted. Get healthy.

March 6, 2020

Are You Vulnerable?

This may be a good time for you to review your policies and procedures related to preventing disease and promoting health (not the same thing). Likely you are already an expert on washing hands and wearing gloves and masks.

If you breathe through your mouth, are you more or less vulnerable? You can think of every one of your policies and procedures (“habits” from now on) in terms of a cost-benefit analysis. It is a matter of risks and odds, health economics, if you will. Hopefully, we can agree that breathing through your nose is not about convenience or cost.

Speaking of breathing, what is your policy on air quality: are you trusting the indoor air quality, or are you filtering the indoor air that you breath, as a matter of habit, at home or in your work space? If you are not cleaning the air you breath, then you are taking the risk that you can afford that cost.

It is the same questions and the same thought process for a long list of habits: are you in the “habit” of Best Practices when It comes to the big three: physical, chemical, and emotional (mental) factors?

Is it a cost or an investment for you to wash your hands after using the toilet? Ok, it costs time, soap, and water. Most would consider it a wise investment in staying healthy. Staying in the bathroom, what about the thoughtful two-to-three times per week habit of doing a saline nasal wash (the Nedi Pot)? Are you more or less vulnerable if you do? Cost? Benefit? Risk? What would be a good “best practice” for you? (Actually, before we even get there, are you more or less vulnerable if you filtered that shower water in the Nedi Pot? No chlorine or other contaminants breathed into your lungs or allowed in or on your body? Cost? Benefit? Risk?)

Consider oil pulling in the same light, as another possible example. And consider that you may not know enough to make an “informed” decision. Getting informed is a cost. (Or is it an investment?)

I was in the office a local chiropractic doctor yesterday. He had produced a flyer for his reception room that reframed the current bug battle into an opportunity to market JuicePlus+ products – focusing, like all good chiropractors, on promoting health rather than fighting disease. JuicePlus+ is whole food, proven (like chiropractic adjustments) to enhance the immune system – making you less vulnerable.

When I got home there were fresh fruits and vegetables all over the kitchen table, just in from a shopping trip. I was thinking how mentally reassuring it is to know that they will all be washed with 2.5 pH and then 11.5 pH Kangen water before we eat them. A healthy habit, a best practice, but also the product of a very long cost-benefit-risk analysis – based on knowledge that informs the choice – in this case, to make the investment.

Whether it is breathing, bathing, buying supplements or a Kangen water machine, it is the same questions, same process. You can choose to be less vulnerable. Our Blog has over a thousand Posts that can help with the “informed” part. Start by washing your hands and breathing through your nose.

And we offer the chiropractic adjustments, JuicePlus+ (and Blue Green Algae), and Kangen water machines if you think that any of them will help you become less vulnerable.

February 6, 2020

Circadian what?

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S002228362030070X?fbclid=IwAR3RbN0sDr-CqbfjMrxK7B6ZxDZ_AkIxHCz9w56b_cyReo30zI97AYj-6EE

January 10, 2020

A New Phrase: Longevity Warrior!

https://www.worldhealth.net/news/114-year-old-longevity-warriors-secrets/

December 27, 2019

CAUSE AND EFFECT

From the Longevity Magazine Journal: https://www.worldhealth.net/news/2030-half-american-adults-will-be-obese/

For more on the CAUSE read “Hacking the American Mind”.

December 21, 2019

Your Brain Needs Exercise!

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https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-your-brain-needs-exercise/

November 8, 2019

A Terrible Article on Longevity

Terrible only because it does not mention Tai Chi!!

Here you go: https://www.worldhealth.net/news/tips-staying-active-and-social-you-age/

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