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Upcoming Workshop!

Upcoming Workshop!

Hello Everyone! Last Thursday night we packed out our office for my newest health talk, which is POWER BRAIN (part I). We had 22 people attend and they really enjoyed it and are now applying the secrets and techniques we covered. My point, please register now for the next POWER BRAIN (part I) encore. I will be doing the same talk on Thursday Feb. 4th at 6:20 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. This is really critical stuff for your overall health but specifically your Central Nervous System. The younger you are, the more you can avoid massive problems in your future. Sadly, none of us are getting younger, so we must be diligent about the upkeep of our most important possession, our body & mind! I really feel that you’ll get a lot out of the information and teaching…hope that I’ll see your smiling faces Thursday night! We will have some nuts, cheese, crackers, fruits, veggies, and vino if you’re just getting off work and coming here for the workshop, so don’t worry about being starved! Call (386) 673-2000 to reserve your spot, we will only be able to hold 22 people! Much love & appreciation, Dr. Mike...

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January 2015 Newsletter

January 2015 Newsletter

It’s here! The awaited January edition of the Advanced Life. Click here or the picture below to read our January newsletter. Enjoy!

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Diet for your Disc Injury – Know what Works

Diet for your Disc Injury – Know what Works

An Apple a Day Keeps the Spinal Surgeon Away One of the cardinal rules that all chiropractors go by is to rely on the human body’s own abilities to heal its own self. In fact, this is exactly why most chiropractors say that patients who suffer from potentially debilitating conditions such as herniated discs can prevent the condition by eating the right kind of foods. Almost 80% of the population suffers from back pain and would rather resort to minimally invasive back treatments to make their pain a passing memory. Sadly, most people do not see the connection between what they eat and the affect it might have on their backs. Remember, your body needs to ingest the appropriate amount of nutrition in order for the muscles in your back to move as they should. Here is what you can include in your diet to ensure just that – Power Foods Your muscles need power foods in order to, well, become powerful enough to support your movements. These are natural food items that provide a great boost of energy in small doses over the course of a few hours. In other words, they can supply an ample amount of energy to keep you going without craving for a sugary donut that will deplete you of any reserves you might have in minutes. Foods that contain a high amount of antioxidants such as blueberries and salmon that contains omega 3 fatty acids are good examples of power foods. Chiropractors say that foods such as these can keep your body supplied with the fuel it needs to maintain or support your spine thereby preventing you from acquiring a disc injury. Foods that contain vitamins and minerals can also prevent your back from failing you when you need it the most. Power foods such as these actually aid the body in releasing energy from the food it ingests to keep itself healthy. Calcium and Vitamins such as vitamin D keep your bones strong and durable as well. Eating right can seem like a difficult prospect in the fast paced societies of today. However, your body shouldn’t suffer for it. Spinal injuries such as a disc injury are nothing to scoff at. Therefore it’s best that you include food items such as whole grains, whole wheat bread and vegetables in your diet.  Not only will this help keep your back in shape for the long run it will also help you run on a full tank of gas till lunch time. Image used under Creative Commons Licensing: Discovery...

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Chiropractic

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Chiropractic

What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)? Being one of the most commonly occurring behavioral disorders, ADHD can be diagnosed at a very early stage. Three main elements namely hyperactivity, inattention and impulsivity can be the basis for this disorder and can be obvious at a very early age. Although, it is common for children to be inattentive and run around, the inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsivity for ADHD comes forward in an exaggerated manner. To be diagnosed with ADHD, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders- IV (DSM-IV) gives a list of certain signs and symptoms that have to prevail for a period of at least six months. However, care needs to be taken not to engage in self diagnosis or in the process of diagnosing your child yourself. Several times, only certain traits for as particular disorder are prevalent, indicating that a full blown diagnosis cannot be given. How Can Chiropractics Help With ADHD? What A Chiropractic Practitioner Does? Chiropractic is based in the belief that the spine is the central structure and determines the activities and functioning in every other part of the body. Spine manipulation is adopted several times to stimulate the joints and adjust the spine. Chiropractic doctors make use of manual therapies where they use their hands and apply a certain amount of force at an area of concern. Kids and Chiropractic Chiropractic is mostly associated with adults who have pain in the back or neck and visit the practitioners for alleviation of the pain. With adults, they make use of high velocity thrust, if the case requires so. However, with infants and young children, they take the sensitivity of their bones into special consideration. With kids, chiropractic doctors avoid every sort of pressure and the pressure applied is equal to a fingers touch. Spine Manipulation and Chiropractic The area of the brain associated with ADHD is called the reticular activating system. This area is involved in two other activities of the body – the vision and hearing. Besides the reticular activating system, patients with ADHD are believed to have an under functioning in the frontal lobe, the cerebellum and the right or left hemisphere. Depending on the side that is your child’s strength (whether he is right or left handed), the particular hemisphere is likely to be under functioning. Based on these issues, the child faces major obstacles in processing and interpreting information. With the help of chiropractics, the spine manipulation therapies can be utilized to activate and stimulate the under functioning areas of the brain. Thereby, treating ADHD in younger children and preventing it from being carried till adulthood. Image used under Creative Commons Licensing: Playing...

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Failed Back Syndrome – The Result of a Failed Spinal Surgery

Failed Back Syndrome – The Result of a Failed Spinal Surgery

Failed back syndrome is a term that is used to define a failed spinal surgery that causes continued pain to the patient. Not much can be done regarding a case of failed back syndrome apart from performing a second surgery. Chiropractic care has, however, introduced means of therapy and adjustment to the spine that can significantly reduce the ill effects of the syndrome with undergoing surgery. The truth is that outcome of a spinal surgery cannot be predicted precisely.  Sometimes an MRI scan can show an abnormal image which could lead to a wrong diagnosis of the problem. Causes of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome Some possible causes of a failed back surgery syndrome may include: A wrong diagnosis of the patient’s condition Incorrect surgery procedure performed on the patient Surgery performed at an incorrect level of the spinal column A failed spinal fusion surgery that had led to other complications Continued pinching of the nerve despite the surgery Scar tissue formation Symptoms of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome The symptoms of a failed back syndrome include: Chronic pain that continues even after the surgical procedure Pain around the treated level of spine Slow or no recovery from the surgery Moving around is difficult and flexibility is compromised Throbbing pain in the back Spasms High levels of anxiety leading to depression Alternates to Repetitive Surgery  Before undergoing another surgery, chiropractors recommend trying the following: Undergo physical therapy – Physical therapy has proven to be a great method in relieving back-pains of all kinds Try Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation – This therapy is performed by inducing low voltage to reduce pain Take non steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines – These medicine can help suppress inflammation which is a major factor in causing pain Get injected with Steroids – Epidural Steroid Injections are a common method of treating inflamed spinal nerves Carry out therapeutic exercises – Exercises help greatly in pain management Have hot and cold compresses – Hot and cold compresses applied on the pain-stricken area can greatly reduce the inflammation and pain Due to the vast nature of spinal surgeries, it is always best to consult with a physician or a chiropractor to find a solution that is suitable for a specific case.  Professional advice is necessary when it comes to severe cases. Image used under Creative Commons Licensing: Spine of...

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Diet for a Herniated Disc – Heal through Nutrition

Diet for a Herniated Disc – Heal through Nutrition

Chiropractic treatment plans also include diets for herniated discs. A herniated disc is a back condition that occurs when one of the spongy discs that cushion the vertebrae breaks open or bulges. The condition is also known as a ruptured or slipped disc. As discussed the spine is made up of 24 moveable vertebrae each of which is separated by a soft tissue like shock absorbers that are known as discs.  A traumatized disc inflames painfully. If it is left as it is it can often lead to disc degeneration or bulging. This can irritate the sensitive nerves that pass through the spinal column and is where the pain is at its absolute worst. While a herniated disc can occur in any part of the spine it is more common in the back. You can prevent yourself from ever having to suffer from a herniated disc if you include the following in your diet – Omega 3 Fatty Acids Foods that are rich in omega 3 fatty acids have the ability to form collagen which the body uses to prevent or repair any damage to cartilage or discs that is caused by inflammation. Glucosamine Sulfate This nutrient is naturally found in the body and is important for the repair and maintenance of collagen which is the primary component of discs. It needs glucosamine sulfate to create the chemicals that it needs to repair cartilage, ligaments, tendons and synovial fluid that bathe the spinal joints and occurs naturally in the body. Fiber Include this nutrient in your diet and you will do your digestion a huge favor. Fiber smoothens out the digestive process and prevents any strain on discs that may place pressure on the abdomen. It also heals the spine at the cellular level. Super foods that contain fiber include shellfish such as crab, fish, prawns and oysters. Other food items that are rich in fiber include fruits and veggies such as beets, stewed or fresh tomatoes, red peppers, black as well as blueberries. Soy products such as tofu, soy cheese and soy milk also contain a high amount of the protein. Every type of food you consume impacts your health. Give your body the chance to heal faster by watching what you eat. Your back will be better off for it and prevent any herniated disc from cramping (pun intended) your style. Image used under Creative Commons...

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