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Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 | Author: admin

In their search for more natural options to maintain health and treat disease, many people ask and research if regular chiropractic care has any meaningful benefits.  We have to say that, yes, it most definitely has, and we will explain why.

First, it is important to understand how you define prevention.  In the field of traditional medicine, prevention means detecting a serious disease early in its development, or employing toxic shots or medicine which present side effects that are much worse than the condition itself.

What traditional medicine hasn’t accounted for, and what most doctors and patients ignore, is that these methods only work when the illness is already present in the body.  Do you really think this is prevention?  Isn’t it obvious where the medical field’s main interest resides?  Yes, sadly, in your wallet.

Let’s just analyze one common procedure: mammograms.  It has been shown that 70% to 80% of the positive findings in a mammogram are proven negative by following biopsies, and around 25% of the real cancer cases are missed by mammograms.  Mammograms employ very high doses of ionizing radiation to create an x-ray image of the tissue in the breast.  This type of radiation is known to increase the activity of cancerous cells, and, in reality, can cause cancer to appear.

Just consider the proven fact that around 52% of women may have inactive cancerous cells in their breasts that may never become active; however, when exposed to high doses of radiation, this can change.  In other words, receiving regular mammograms may in reality increase many women’s chances of developing cancer.

A study performed not long ago showed that out of every 2000 women who received mammograms for more than 10 years, only one got a chance for a longer life, while 10 had to go through pointless and most likely harmful procedures.  The hidden truth behind these studies is how profitable these procedures are for the cancer industry.  In reality, mammograms are not wildly promoted because they detect cancer; these are forced on women because they mean big bucks.  And very sadly, this is what many think preventive medicine is all about.

Our health is always changing.  You can easily mark a scale from 0 to 10, where 0 is “almost dying” and 10 is “perfect health”, and on a daily basis, track where your status is.  You can also think what actions could increase the number and which ones will decrease it or maintain it.  The truth is that preventive medicine is anything that prevents or minimizes your moves towards the low numbers, while at the same time moves you up the scale.

In other words, the benefits must overpower the negatives, and these should be much better than doing nothing.  So, what would be the deeper functional benefits here?  Why keep getting regular chiropractic care if you feel and look like a million bucks?

Well, this regular practice basically helps you move towards the upper end of the scale every single day.  A chiropractic adjustment is much more than cracking your back; it enhances your nervous system’s ability to work at its best.  The nervous system controls and manages almost every body function, thus, it is essential for good health, just as much as good nutrition, exercise, and enough sleep are.  Whether a person is healthy or sick, chiropractic care will provide great benefits and almost no disadvantages.

Consider it this way:  if you give your car and teeth maintenance, why not give it to your body?  Remember that you can always get a new car, but you will never be able to get a new body if it fails.

Ask your Ottawa chiropractor about the many benefits that come with regular chiropractic care. You will be amazed and most certainly relieved to have found such a powerful health alternative.

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Monday, January 25th, 2010 | Author: admin

Every parent has been through it: endless hours of anguish because the baby doesn’t stop crying and you have no idea what’s wrong.  In the end, you join him or her in the desperation, and now there are two inconsolable souls under the same roof.

If your baby is crying non-stop, for hours a day, for several days, and several weeks, he or she is probably suffering from colic.  A colicky baby can be spotted because he or she will be crying out loud, with the legs flexed, the abdominal muscles tensed, and the fingers clenched.

A baby starts suffering from colic at three weeks of age and it can last until he or she is three months old, sometimes even longer.  Around 10% to 20% of babies suffer from colic, and this condition creates a lot of stress for the parents, who feel completely helpless when faced with their child’s pain.  Inevitably, this stress will get in the way of the bonding between mother and baby, and may even increase the risk of post-partum depression.

Studies have shown that babies who suffer from colic are more likely to be victims of child abuse and of shaken baby syndrome.  Since it is not known what causes colic, it is difficult to treat the condition; however, the best results have been achieved through a natural method: chiropractic care, with 94% of babies experiencing less colic after going through chiropractic adjustments.

In fact, chiropractic care has proven more efficient than dietary changes, medication, and positioning, through spinal manipulation.  Two groups of babies suffering from colic were defined for a clinical trial.  One group received chiropractic care for two weeks and the other group was given dimethicone for the same period of time.  The babies that received chiropractic care showed a reduction in crying of 67%, while the babies on the medication showed only a 38% reduction.

Another study performed with 316 babies confirmed the efficacy of chiropractic care to treat colic.  In this 3-month study, the mothers recorded in a diary the amount of crying of their babies.  The results were positive in 94% of the babies, and the improvements happened after only three chiropractic adjustments in a period of two weeks.

Chiropractic care has become a very cautious, gentle and effective natural way of treating colic in babies.  The adjustments performed are very precise, soft, and completely safe.

If you would like to find out more, contact your Ontario chiropractor and ask for her opinion and advice.  A chiropractor must be certified to work with babies, thus make sure you get the appropriate advice in order to get your baby the best professional help.

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Thursday, January 21st, 2010 | Author: admin

If you are a parent, you certainly know about the suffering an ear infection can give your baby.  It means pain, irritability, and endless nights of sleep deprivation, and as you may already know, most of these infections are caused by a virus, in other words antibiotics are not the appropriate option.

When a child is given high doses of antibiotics to fight an ear infection, the ‘super bugs’ develop.  These are bacteria resistant to antibiotics, so the child is given stronger antibiotics only to allow bacteria to conquer these too.  In addition, antibiotics change the gastrointestinal function because besides killing bad bacteria, they also get rid of the good one, which is indispensable for a healthy digestion, increasing the chance for candida, yeast, and thrush infections.

So, what can you do as a parent to get your child out of his or her misery and prevent this pain from happening again?  Given that traditional medicine hasn’t proved very effective and that the continuous use of medication can have serious health consequences, many parents are researching alternative and natural remedies as an option.  Some of the most popular remedies amongst these are chiropractic care, some foods, and essential oils and herbs.

Chiropractic care is the most used type of alternative medicine.  It cares for patients by correcting misalignments in the spine and other joints that get in the way of the nervous system’s functioning.  This system controls all body processes, including the immune system and lymphatic drainage from the head and ears, and if it is not working in the right way, nothing else will.  However, treating deficient lymphatic drainage and immune system through a chiropractor will help the body heal the ear infection.

Children who visit the chiropractor get a soft and exact adjustment as well as a lymphatic massage.  The chiropractor may also recommend certain diets, for example, one without dairy, to decrease mucous.

Essential oils can make the child more comfortable while he or she is suffering pain.  Eucalyptus oil in a humidifier can alleviate congestion; some tea tree oil with olive oil becomes a great massage oil that you can stroke from behind the ears diagonally down to the collarbone; and warm garlic with mullein oil can relieve pain and inflammation when poured into the ear, just make sure the eardrum is intact before putting oil in the ear canal.

Herbs like Echinacea, goldenseal, olive leaf, and St. John’s Wort are great options too.  The first two speed healing by improving the immune system, olive leaf fights infection, and the last one possesses antiviral properties and reduces inflammation.

No matter the kind of treatment you choose for your child, if he or she is getting worse, contact your doctor immediately; nothing should get in the way of ensuring your child’s safety and wellbeing.

An Ottawa chiropractor is one of the best options out there when looking for alternative medicine options for your child.  Her mission and vision are directed towards promoting total wellness, education, healing, and transformation, at the deepest levels of the body, mind, and spirit.

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Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 | Author: admin

Chiropractors have become very famous among sports players.  Once the players started noting the benefits of chiropractic care for injuries as well as for better performance, chiropractor’s offices started getting swamped with athletes looking for durable relief.  Chiropractic care has become a sort of hidden secret for success in sports.

The use of this type of care has been examined thoroughly across National Football League teams in the US.  When asked about chiropractic care use and referral, almost fifty percent of NFL trainers, the head athletic trainers of the National Football league teams, all men, with 17 years or more of experience in the sports field, and who had been in their current position for at least a year, answered that  they had been treated personally by a chiropractor.

A big percentage of NFL teams use chiropractors in an official role, as part of their personnel, but almost all trainers had referred a patient to a chiropractor outside their payroll for evaluation or treatment.  One thing was crystal clear, all of the trainers, 100%, agree that there are players who use chiropractic care without referrals from their team’s medical personnel.

Many of the trainers also agreed that players with suspected spinal subluxations (the technical term for spinal misalignments) must be referred to a chiropractor; but even more trainers agreed that there is a place for a chiropractor in the NFL.  In addition, these trainers understand that the role of a sports’ chiropractor is different from the one of a team physician.

Chiropractic care is not a privilege of football athletes; many other athletes engaged in many different sports count on chiropractic care.  John Stockton is a basketball legend that credits his success, even at the age of forty, to a good chiropractor.  When he was asked to explain why, he answered that although he was not an expert in chiropractic care and what the discipline comprised, he knew it was not just about adjustment. He knew it dealt with balancing muscles and general health.  He continued saying it has been great for him and his family, and that right next to chiropractic care, what kept him being a success was the love for the game and having fun with his family.

This clear evidence shows that everyone who performs a physical activity, be it professionally, for health reasons, or just leisure, will benefit from consulting with a professional chiropractor to get the most out of the sport of their choice.  And if you are in Ottawa, take a look at this Ottawa chiropractor, and get ready to play your best game ever!

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Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 | Author: admin

Patti Larson, a mother and author, wrote an article on “Pregnancy Today” magazine about her own experience of being pregnant and receiving help from professional chiropractic care.  “Pregnancy Today” is a nationally recognized magazine that prides itself in being the journal for parents to be.

Patti began by explaining her emotions and her husband’s when they found out they were pregnant.  She was in her mid-thirties and pregnant for the first time, which prompted lots of questions and concerns like: when would she feel the morning sickness, how long would she be able to work, would she be able to bear the pain during delivery and not cry out like a drama queen?  In short, valuable and normal doubts of every first time mom-to-be.

She clarified that she had a healthy diet and slept well, but she was far from being an exercise fan, in other words, she had great intentions but couldn’t commit to an exercise routine.  This is when she wrote about her rescuer, what saved her from suffering unnecessary fatigue, pain, and stress due to her changing body shape and wild hormones: chiropractic care.

Patti explained that she was accustomed to visiting a chiropractor prior to being pregnant, so the logical thing to do was to keep going.  Her chiropractor recommended that she schedule weekly appointments, but that she should increase them if she felt the need.

Her doctor, a chiropractor in Santa Monica, talked about why chiropractic care was so good for Patti during the pregnancy.  He explained that this type of care deals with the functioning nervous system.  When the nervous system is not overly stressed due to environmental aspects, possibly physical, emotional or chemical, the body is able to work in accordance to its particular genetic design.  If a birth is stressful, this will, in turn, cause stress in all the parties involved, and it will stay present until the nervous system’s stress is relieved.  Through chiropractic care, the body is allowed to manage the stress, helping future moms, new ones, and their adorable love bundles, to cope with life much easier.

Chiropractic care can really help during labor, stimulating the body when the due date arrives and passes, and nothing happens, prompting women to start labor in a natural way instead of letting a hospital use drugs to do it.  Patti stated that she not only continued with the care during her pregnancy, but also after she gave birth to her daughter Madeline.

To finish, she explained that Madeline received regular adjustments during her second week in this world and she never suffered from colic, ear infections, colds, or any other type of sickness before she turned one, which is the most vulnerable period for babies.

She confessed that many people are shocked when she tells them that her daughter sees a chiropractor, however, they also agree that she is among the most vivacious and active babies they have met.  Many people call her lucky, but she knows it is all in the adjustment!

So, follow Patti’s advice and confirm it for yourself, talk to a professional Ottawa chiropractor and discover a life without aches.

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Monday, November 23rd, 2009 | Author: admin

Ahhh, blessed youth!  You are invincible, and so is your digestion.  No matter how spicy the food is, a young digestive system can cope with it all, or at least it could, until some years ago.  Today’s diet has proven lethal for digestive enzymes even in young people.  It’s incredible how things change…

After a certain age, or not so certain, eating something and having it turn into nutritious food takes a lot of work.  You see, digestive enzymes and bacteria in your gut convert food into necessary energy, and as a person gets older or more reckless, among other things, those enzymes decrease their production and the bacteria slows down its reproduction.  When this happens, digestive problems arise, and gas and bloating are the norm.  Eventually, the person starts showing signs of a lack of vitamins and even malnutrition.

But don’t despair!  There is a way to improve digestion at any stage in life.  In order to understand how, let’s take a look at what enzymes do:  When you eat, an enzyme, salivary amylase, starts entering the food as soon as saliva is produced and mixes with the food you are chewing.  These enzymes start to break down the food you’re savoring, but only if you are chewing. If you are drinking your meal (like in a protein drink or smoothie) you must take a second to chew it a little bit, or healthy digestion will not have even begun.

When the food arrives to the small intestine, the hormone secretin is produced, and it tells the pancreas to add the digestive enzymes trypsin, chymotrypsin, and pancreatin, as the food continues to move through your body.  Other parts of your system will add more enzymes, lactase and lipase.  When a person ages or eats a lot of junk, these enzymes decrease and your digestion pays for it.

To get digestive enzymes back, one option is to eat lots of raw vegetables and fruits, which contain natural enzymes for digestion; however this doesn’t work for everybody, as some people may not eat enough of these, or they lose their benefits during cooking.  Another important action is to take enzyme supplements, specifically natural plant enzymes like the ones used by this Ottawa wellness specialist, which have proven truly effective in restoring the digestive system’s functioning.

But let’s not forget about the bacteria.  In order to gain the Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria back, the body needs probiotic supplements, which are available in many health food stores today.  However, in many cases, these are not truly effective due to their manufacturing process or time on the shelves, so, researchers are now investigating a new very promising probiotic called Saccharomyces boulardii.

To conclude, if you have digestive imbalances that are making your life miserable, taking natural digestive enzymes before eating and having probiotics as a dietary complement will certainly improve your digestion and, in addition, make you feel much younger… or your actual age!

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Saturday, November 21st, 2009 | Author: admin

The majority of us know about allergic reactions like runny noses, itchy and swollen eyes, sore throats, and feeling sad or moody, but possibly, you don’t know what allergies really are.

Allergies are actually an immune system reaction to certain plants, foods, or animals.  Our immune system is an intelligent structure that works very hard to keep us healthy.  Sometimes, it decodes an allergen as a harmful disease or virus, and as a means of defense, it initiates an attack in the form of different body reactions.  Allergies are simply the body’s way of showing us how much it cares for our wellbeing and how much it wants to protect us from external invasions.

The most common allergens are:

-    The tiny bugs found in dust: dust mites.

-    The protein found in the dander (dry skin), saliva, and urine, among others, of animals.

-    The pollen from grass, flowers and trees.

-    Those small living creatures that grow in damp places: mold and mildew.

-    Foods like milk, wheat, soy, eggs, nuts, seafood, strawberries, and legumes like peas, beans, and peanuts.

-    Latex, an elastic material used to make gloves and clothing.

Despite the immune system’s good intentions, allergies are very invasive and uncomfortable happenings that may even disable us to function during our daily activities, and in some cases turn out to be life threatening, with symptoms like rashes, vomiting, irritable bowel syndrome, and breathing problems.

Some people are born allergic, causing them to react negatively to the environment around them and creating chronic illnesses in them that truly affect their general health.  In some cases, allergies are hereditary.  This is why, it is important that allergic individuals know what exactly it is that they are allergic to, and for this, they have to consult with a doctor who specializes in allergies.  There are many tests that will tell exactly what substances react negatively in your body and how negative this reaction can be.  Dr. John Brimhall, a chiropractor, developed a technique to desensitize and get rid of allergies and sensitivities, called Allergy and Sensitivity Elimination and Reprogramming Technique (ASERT), used by this Ontario chiropractor with amazing success.

The treatment of an allergy depends on how severe it is and what reactions it produces.  Some require preventive treatment while others can’t be predicted, but, in any case, there is valuable help available. You just have to find the right professional to look after you so that you can enjoy your life fully and feel 100% healthy.

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Friday, September 25th, 2009 | Author: admin

If you suffer from back pain continuously, or even if you don’t, you must know some facts that will help you naturally alleviate this excruciating pain, or keep it away for good.  Back pain can literally disable you to act, to live your life as fully and actively as you wish, thus, pay attention to your body and learn how to care for it to avoid chronic back pain.

1.    Fish oil helps lubricate your joints and decreases your chances of feeling back pain.  Include average amounts of fish oil into your diet, especially if you suffer from chronic back pain.

2.    Massages should not be seen as a luxury anymore.  Massage therapies are vital to enhance your body’s circulation, muscle toning and relaxation, thus, strengthening it.  It is recommended that you get regular massages, more so if you suffer from back pain.  These will help you alleviate the pain gently and eventually will keep it away by maintaining relaxed muscles and better spinal alignment.

3.    Acupuncture works magic to alleviate back pain.  It is a Chinese alternative remedy that works with energy points in the body to balance and enhance its functioning.

4.    Regular exercise is crucial for your body’s wellbeing.  The more flexible and strong you are, the less risk of back pain or injury you will experience.  Perform all exercises under a professional’s supervision to avoid movements that may cause you harm, but remember that when you exercise, your body releases nutrients that feed your spine, bones and muscles, so, find one that suits your lifestyle and make it a routine.

5.    Self-medication is never recommended as you can develop an addiction to painkillers without even noticing it.  If you need something fast, it is better to go for the topical treatments such as ice and stay away from pills until you talk to a doctor.

6.    Your mattress matters.  Get one that helps you support your back and body structure so that your whole body can rest appropriately.

The very best treatment for back pain is always an individual matter because we are all so different. Make sure your doctor is open-minded and that you emphasize your preference for natural methods rather than invasive ones. If you do seek a more holistic approach, and live in the Ottawa area, consult with an Ottawa chiropractor who specializes in such treatments.

In short, your wellbeing is a matter of balance in every area of your life; achieving this balance will ensure you live a full happy life, free of pain and aches.

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Friday, September 25th, 2009 | Author: admin

Most people often consider sweating to be quite undesirable, but experts feel differently.  Sweating under the proper circumstances can be very beneficial, and can even play a huge role in keeping the body healthy.  When your body sweats, it regulates its own core temperature, and rids itself of waste material and unhealthy toxins.  Far Infrared Saunas are ideal for this detoxification process as they help to purify the body of its stored toxins.

Our skin is an organ, and just like any other organ in our body, it needs to be able to get rid of waste material.  However, skin tends to not be as active as other eliminative organs in the body such as the kidney, or the liver, and needs assistance in riding itself from these toxins.  This is why an Infrared Sauna can be so valuable to the health of the body.  Most of the toxic cells and viruses in the body are normally weaker than your normal active cells, which means they have a very little tolerance for heat.  While the Infrared Sauna begins to heat up the tissues in the body, the body naturally fights disease faster and helps speed up the recovery time from infections.

Far-Infrared waves provide concentrated radiant energy, similar to the energy of the sun, which can increase blood flow, and heat internal muscles and tissues.  This assists the reduction of swelling and inflammation in your body by improving lymph flow, while also reducing soreness.  The Infrared Sauna also works with the body to flush out dangerous toxins and metals that may have built up over time.  Dangerous metals such as mercury, lead, and aluminum are often found in our bodies at dangerous amounts, even though we are completely unaware of this.  The Infrared Sauna can also sweat out dangerous chemicals and pesticides that might be in the body, as well as alcohol and even cholesterol.

Infrared Saunas can also be an excellent primary or secondary treatment option for many health problems.  Getting regular Infrared Sauna treatments can help reduce chronic fatigue, chronic back pain, improve digestive health, and strengthen the overall immune system.  It can also improve your lymphatic flow, increase blood and oxygen circulation, and provide pain relief from chronic problems like arthritis, fibromyalgia, and joint stiffness.  Not only will the infrared beams be busy killing organisms like bacteria and parasites in your body, but they will improve your skin and speed up your metabolism as well.  There is an Ottawa chiropractor that offers Infrared Sauna treatments, which may be a great option to someone who is looking to improve their health, and obtain pain relief all in the same process.

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Thursday, August 20th, 2009 | Author: admin

If you suffer from insomnia or a milder sleeping problem, you are not alone.  There are millions of people experiencing difficulties falling and staying asleep.  Today’s stressful and hectic lifestyle, combined with declining eating habits and less relaxation time, are some of the biggest reasons why so many people are finding it hard to rest deeply at night.

However, there’s good news!  There are easy and natural ways to get rid of insomnia.  Follow these tips to create a healthy routine in your life that will ensure you enjoy countless nights of restful sleep.

1.    Make it a habit to drink a cup of chamomile tea before going to bed.  Chamomile is a mild and safe sedative that promotes restful sleep.  It has been used for many years as a remedy for stress, anxiety and insomnia.

2.    If you would like to vary chamomile from night to night, there are other herbs that help you achieve a good night’s sleep:  California poppy, passionflower and valerian are known for their calming effect before bedtime.  Another one you may want to research more about, if your insomnia is due to stress or anxiety, is kava kava.

3.    Your teatime is more effective if combined with a hot bath an hour before going to bed.  Make sure you enhance the water with some drops of soothing essential oils.  If a bath is not an option, apply lavender lotion to your body just before bedtime.  More and more, we are hearing about the relaxing effects of aromatherapy, especially English lavender, which is known to calm the mind and induce deeper sleep.

4.    Along with this delicious bath, take five milligrams of melatonin one hour before lying down to sleep.  It is one of the best remedies for insomnia, as it is the natural hormone produced by the pineal gland inside the brain that regulates the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle.  As we get older, the production of melatonin in our bodies diminishes.

5.    Have a night snack composed of yogurt, a banana, a date or a fig.  These contain tryptophan, one of the best sleep promoters.

6.    Most importantly, plan your nighttime routine as you do your daytime one.  Take some time, at least an hour, to relax and calm down before sleep.  Get worries out of your mind; instead, think of a nice event and recreate it in your mind; or read an inspiring book.

7.    Make a monthly appointment with an Ottawa chiropractor to align your body, and learn to walk and sit in the proper way to help your body relax even while active and, in this way, reduce tension and stress during the day.

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