Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Lorax

I just watched the movie The Lorax. I have a lot of different feelings and thoughts about this movie. First of all, I feel afraid to share my thoughts because most people will think I'm crazy, or a "hippie". However, the more we bring certain issues to awareness, the more people will wake up.

For those that haven't seen the movie The Lorax, it is about a young man who cuts down all the trees to make scarves. He didn't think that cutting down all the trees would be a big deal. He is warned by the Lorax, that if he cuts down the trees nature will unleash a "great fury upon him". The boy does so anyway, leaving no clean air for any living creature. Another man invents an air processing plant, where he cleans the air and sells it back to the people. So in one purchase, consumers buy "thneeds" or scarf-type things. Then because of buying those, consumers have to buy clean air. Eventually, the people realize what is happening. They rise up, and replant all the trees because they want a cleaner environment. The man selling the air, tries to convince the people that trees are "yucky, dirty and difficult to take care of". This cycle sounds all too familiar to some, but to others this is a new concept. A seemingly harmless business endeavor destroys our environment and our health, therefore we have to purchase another product, or several products to remain healthy.

To me, this is analogous to what is happening right now, and mostly going unnoticed. My first thought was, "Oh it'll never get as bad as us having to buy air!". But will it? Only time will tell! We have been convinced that tap water is "gross" so we purchase tap water in bottles (on that thought, tap water is fluoridated for the "greater good" against certain individuals will. If individuals want fluoridated tap water, so be it. But to say that "everyone needs it, we know better than you" is a disgrace). Anyway, we have been convinced that so many normal things are dirty and gross, in order to keep things "cleaner", when we leave a heaping pile of trash that is just beyond our sight. Out of sight out of mind right?

So What kinds of things compare to this?
Water: the most obvious comparison is water. Of course fresh water has to be cleaned, I understand that. I don't think anyone would disagree that a clean water supply saves lives as far as preventing the spread of disease. I also like filtered water to remove certain said chemicals that are put into the water supply against certain individuals' will. I would prefer the choice to fluoridate our water or not. We buy tap water put in bottles because it's somehow magically cleaner. 

Our Meat and Milk Supply: It has become "normal" to get a pretty package of beef from the grocery store from hundreds, possibly thousands of different cows, pumped full of antibiotics, hormones and kept red with chemicals. Same thing with milk! NOT. NORMAL!!!! 

Our Chickens: Scientists are currently trying to genetically modify a chicken that only has meat, with no other organs. Tell me that is not gross. The chicken we eat has never seen the light of day if it's from a factory farm. Those two words, "factory" and "farm" just don't mix! 

The way we Birth: It doesn't make any sense for women to birth on their backs. There are 3 joints in the pelvic outlet. When women birth on their backs, they compress the 2 joints that move the most in delivery. Who is this convenient for? The Doctor. They don't have to bend down. Even the way we birth has become an assembly line! (FYI: When a woman is on all fours, her pelvic outlet is in its most open position). 

Pharmaceutical Drugs: I take pill x for my blood pressure, and pills y and z to help curb the serious, often mind altering or deadly side effects. Once again, one unnatural intervention (cutting down trees) causes a series of other interventions to counteract (selling clean air). 

Vitamins: Yes, even vitamins (didn't think I'd say this one did you?!). Since farmed vegetables and fruits are MUCH less nutrient dense, we take vitamins made in a lab, just to keep up. Keep in mind, that lab concocted vitamins don't react in your body they way vitamins from plant and animal sources do. They are often not absorbed or have a weaker potency. 

The list goes on. I'm sure there are a hundred other things that could compare. 

The Wrath of Nature that the Lorax was talking about is the wrath that comes from neglecting nature. In the movie, the "fury" never really showed itself, in the way the Lorax portrayed. It showed itself in a different more likely way. If there is no clean aid, people get sick. Trees give you clean air. Simple as that. I chuckled a little at the green glowing kid. Nature has been cleaning itself and continuously producing life, long before we were ever around. The idea that "we know better" is simply ignorant. Ridiculously ignorant. There are a lot of medical treatments, ways to keep our water clean, etc. that can work along-side of natural processes. However, it is important to always have a mindful reverence and respect for nature. I think for the most part we do this, but greed and a disregard for our health get in the way. Then the person profiting tries to convince you that the sterility is "better" and "normal". We have to stand up for the right thing, otherwise we might find ourselves buying "clean air". 

**** Don't forget that this is a consumer market. Every time you purchase something, you cast a vote. Try to cast a vote, that won't destroy the world your grandchildren will live in, and your own health in the process***

Thursday, April 19, 2012

11 Things You Should Never Buy to Keep You and Your Family Safe!

I got this information from EcoKaren, a fellow chiropractor! She gives excellent and cost effective tips on how to detoxify your home! Here is her website! You can sign up for newsletters from this site! 

A lot of things we are led to believe are safe or good for us, are not! We live in a society where people will say anything to get you to buy their product regardless of  the fact that it may slowly be killing you! I used to buy foods or household goods for convenience, regardless if they are safe or expensive. I am learning to be wiser. Besides the fact that there are certain foods we should avoid  because they are unsafe, there are things we should never buy since they are so much cheaper.
  1. Drumsticks or Chicken Breasts
  2.  – why pay twice the amount and buy drum sticks or chicken breasts when you can buy a whole chicken and debone it yourself? I buy free-range whole chicken, especially when they are on sale, and use parts and save the breast bone (and there are plenty of meat attached to it, even after you de-bone it) for making chicken soup or chicken stock. Deboning a chicken is so simple!  Watch this awesome video to learn if you don’t know how. 
  1. Chicken Stock
  2.  – OK, so you just watched how to debone a whole chicken. Well, take the body and maybe chicken wings and boil and simmer to make chicken stock. A 2~3 lb. chicken can yield about 5-6 cups of chicken stock. Save it for soup or use as broth for cooking. You know what’s in it – chicken and water – and you know it’s healthier and so much cheaper than buying a carton from the store. (I have heard of roasting beef bones in the oven before making beef stock with them. They have richer flavor.)
  1. Vegetable Stock 
  2. – If you use vegetables for cooking, save the bruised parts, ends, stalks, and even roots to add them to make vegetable stock. You can season with herbs and lots of garlic and onion and you got yourself a very tasty, cheap, and nothing but vegetables in your stock, without chemicals and salt. I like to freeze them in an ice cube tray and use them when you need them.
  1. Canned Tomatoes
  2.  – BPA is in resin that lines cans. Tomatoes are acidic so it breaks down the resin and BPA gets into tomatoes. So I don’t buy canned tomatoes but I buy Pomi Tomatoes in boxes. I buy tomato sauce in glass jars and tomato paste in tubes. But do you know what’s better? Canning tomatoes yourself. You know what goes in them, they are much cheaper, and they are tastier! There are tons of sauces in glass jars! 
  1. Non-Stick Pots and Pans
  2.  – this is a no brainer but I can’t reiterate this often enough. Don’t buy non-stick with PFOA. Buy cast iron, stainless steel, enamel baked, or ceramic coated. I’d love to get a set of Creuset but I already have a set of All Clad pots and pans with lifetime warranty – Yup, with LIFETIME warranty! So, in essence, my pots and pans will outlive me. (I can leave them to my kids, along with my LED lightbulbs!) Imagine all the money I’ve saved! So, if you are on the market for a new set of pots and pans, buy a quality set os stainless steel or cast iron pans. If you season them well, food won’t stick but if they do, here are my non-tosxic ways to clean stainless steel and cast iron pans.
  1. Plastic Containers 
  2. - BPA, Melamin, petroleum, you name it, they are in plastics. Plastics labeled #6, polycarbonates, contains BPA so it’s wise to avoid them. Besides the fact that plastic is made from petroleum and it can kill marine animals, plastic particles can leach into your food, especially, when heated. Even if it says, “Microwave Oven Safe”, it only means that plastic won’t melt in a microwave oven but it doesn’t mean it’s safe for our health. Micro particles and chemicals can leach into foods when heated. So switch all plastic containers to glass containers. And if you still use plastics, don’t ever use them in the microwave oven.
  1. Bottle Water 
  2. - filtered tap water is cheap, creates less plastic waste, and tastes better. Bottle water is not regulated and often times, it’s just, you guessed it, filtered tap water. So why pay to buy them when you have tap water in your own home? Just use good filter, like Zero Water, and you’ll have clean tasting water!
  1. Commercial Laundry Detergent
  2.  – Have you ever walked down the soap and detergent aisle and couldn't breathe? I do. I hate the strong odor of assorted fragrances and chemicals that exude from the aisle. I started making my own powder detergent a while ago and it doesn't have strong smell and it actually eliminated mildew from my front loader. And it only costs about 19¢ 
  1. Antibacterial Soaps or Hand Sanitizers
  2.  – containing Triclosan, the chemical pesticide used in many antibacterial soaps, has been linked to thyroid damage, hormone disruption, and the creation of hard-to-kill superbug infections. FDA states that washing hands with warm water and regular soap is enough to kill any bacteria. You don’t need Microban that actually makes antibiotic resistant germs. And most of these types of soaps are more expensive so save money and buy regular soap
  1. Wrinkle Resistant Clothes
  2.  – contains formaldehyde, carcinogenic chemical. You know how much I hate ironing. To avoid getting clothes really wrinkled, I add vinegar to my wash and take them out as quickly as I can and hang them. This way they don’t take that much time to iron them. A reader suggested spraying one part vinegar and one part water mixture after taking them out of the dryer, to make them wrinkle-free. I’m going to try that next time.
  1. Pancake and Waffle Mix
  2. - there is no reason why you should be buying boxed pancake and waffle mixes. You end up getting more than just the simple 5 ingredients when you buy a pre-made box. The BEST pancake recipe is made from scratch. It’s easy and cheap. I like to get stone-ground flour and cane sugar! I also make my mix and put it in those canisters that sit on your kitchen counter! Its just as easy as buying the mix!
    The Best Pancake Recipe! 
    6c flour
    1 1/2 tsp baking soda
    3tsp baking powder
    1 tbsp kosher salt
    2 tbsp sugar

    Tuesday, April 3, 2012

    Love of my Life

    This is something I wrote after my last college volleyball game. Its not healing for the body, but healing for the soul! Enjoy!

    Sports careers are like microcosms of life. Everything that can happen in a lifetime can happen on a sports team. The time had come to end the glory. As I mourn the loss of being on a team, I rejoice the reawakening I have seen. I will forever miss the glance I give my hitters before a play. They know they are getting the ball, and we trust the other to get the job done. I will forever miss the celebration after every point of 5 long games. I will miss the feeling of watching over my teammates as if they were my sisters. I will forever miss the blood sweat and tears spent just to keep the ball in the air.

    What is it for? It would seem foolish to do this all to resist the force of gravity. It is for the souls dedication, partnership, to learn and accept everything that comes at you. It is to do and live what is truthful and courageous. It is for the love of all components of the game. It is for the bus rides, meals together, secret buddy gifts, lifting together at 6 in the morning, being through 5 coaches. It is to better the ball because you know your teammate will have to dive if you screw it up. It is to set the ball 3 inches tighter for that one kill. It is to push yourself farther than you thought you could go.

    You never finally see it until it’s over. It’s like dieing then looking back on your whole life. You finally know. As soon as the last ball hits, you see what it was all about. It is for the souls undying dedication, just for the sake of dedication. A body will never be content living a self-serving life. It will flourish by surrendering to something greater, for the love.

    So yes I mourn the loss of the crowd yelling my name when I serve, seeing my teammates succeed and learn as well as fail and learn. I am so grateful for everything I have been through and received. I’m so grateful for the coaches, teammates parents and fans. This all made me who I am today. I am in love with the sport and will be until the day I die.

    Monday, February 20, 2012

    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    I am a huge advocate of reusing! I love finding new ways to use things I already have, instead of buying new items! One of the ways I like to reuse, is shopping and selling on craigslist and ebay! My favorite is craigslists "free" section! There is always tons of stuff on there that I can do creative projects with! They almost always have furniture, baby stuff, clothes and firewood! We would hope that everyone on these sites are honest hardworking people, but we know this is just not the case! Here are some tips on how to use these sites and protect yourself! Ill include one example of how these spammers work!
    How to spot a scam:

    This happens all the time, but I want to give people some advice on spotting scams on craisglist and ebay. I recently had someone try to buy a large item from us. He wanted his "agent" to pick up the merchandise and the agent needed 500$ to send it to his son. I received notification that the money was transferred via paypal to my account, so I thought. When I went to check my paypal, guess what... no money. So I decided to check with paypal and see if the emails were valid. If you are EVER in doubt, there is no harm in checking! All you have to do is forward the email to

    These scams are becoming more and more common. It is easy to spot them if you follow these few simple rules: (1) Don't send money to a buyer, EVER, there is no reason for it. (2) Check people’s ratings on ebay before buying, and read some of the comments people leave. (3) When buying or selling on craigslist, meet at a public place. (4) Trust your instinct. If something doesn’t sound right, it’s probably not. Again no harm in checking.

    Other clues to look for:

    1. Improper grammer: a lot of these people are from overseas, and don’t use proper grammer.

    2. Change in email address: if the persons email address changes as seen below, it may be a fake.

    3. Overzealous buyers: if someone feels the need to tell you their entire back life story, they may be fake. There is no reason to tell the seller who the item is for, what their job is... etc. All that needs to happen with you and the buyer or seller is the purchase. Any "surprises" or "favors" are on them!

    4. The name on their email is different from the name they give you... duh.

    5. If they insist on giving you more money than you asked for or than the item is worth. People dont raise what they are paying for an item, they are trying to talk you down...

    6. Duplicate emails from automated systems: paypal doesn’t send 2 emails. Their system is run very well, and you just don’t receive duplicates.

    7. Repetitive questions: as you can see below, “chris” asked me to create a paypal account twice, after I told him I had one, and he could pay via my email address. This may be a sign of a phishing attempt.

    8. If you are buying something on craisglist, there is no reason to send money. You have to pick up the item, so any money exchange can happen when you get the item.

    For those interested, here is the conversation that ensued. I bolded the person talking:

    From "" <>
    Hello is it available for sale.

    yes!! Im available next wed morning for you to come look to see if its what youre looking for!

    From: "Christopher Peck" <
    Thanks for the prompt response.. I am ready to buy it now as a gift
    for my Son,I am at sea at the moment as i am a marine engineer and due
    to the nature of my calls making and visiting of website
    are restricted but i squeezed out time to check this advert and send
    you an email regarding it. I really want it to be a surprise for my
    son i wont let him know anything about it until it gets delivered to
    him, i am sure he will be more than happy with it. I insisted on
    paypal because i don't have access to my bank account online as i
    don't have internet banking, but i can pay from my paypal account, as
    i have my bank a/c attached to it,Get back to me with your paypal
    email and the price so i can proceed with the payment quickly or you
    sign-up for a paypal personal account it is very fast
    and easy to set up. I have a pick up agent that will come and pick it
    up after i have made the payments.


    Yes it is! Im available next wednesday for you to come look!

    “Chris” or “Christy” who knows anymore... 
    Thanks for getting back to me with the payment details, I want you to consider the item sold and keep off other interested buyers that would make inquiry as am ready for it's purchase. I am just about to send the payment...I will be sending you $2100 for the Drum Set and $500 for my agent who will be coming for the pickup... So i want you to be aware that $2600 will be send to your account and you will have to transfer $500 to my shipper via western union for the pick up fee..............So i will email you shortly as soon as the payment is made.

    you don't even want to look at it? As long as the payments go through, that should be fine. This email is linked to my paypal. Let me know if you have problems

    From “paypal”: (I recieved 2 of these from paypal)


    You received a payment of $2,600.00 USD from Chris Peck (
    Thanks for using PayPal,You can now make the money transfer.

    This transaction will appear in your PayPal account as soon as you get back to us with the Western Union Information [MTCN]
    Seller Protection - Eligible Payment Status- Pending

    You received a payment of $2,600.00 USD from Chris Peck (
    Thanks for using PayPal,You can now make the money transfer.

    This transaction will appear in your PayPal account as soon as you get back to us with the Western Union Information [MTCN]
    Seller Protection - Eligible Payment Status- Pending


    Christopher Peck
    Agent's Info: - confirmed
    Name : Victor Jackson
    Address: #1409 halsted Str
    City : Riverdale
    State: IL
    Zipcode : 60827
    Country: United State.<
    Note from merchant
    Payment for the (Bike). So make sure you send the money to the agent today. 
    Shipping Handling
    Impediment Shipping Company

    Unit price
    Drum Set
    $2,100.00 USD
    $2,100.00 USD 

    PayPal Security & Privacy
    Issues with this transaction?
    This is to inform you that you are required to send a sum of $500.00 USD to the address below via Western Union Money Transfer and get back to us with the relevant information which you will be provided with after the money has been sent, you are requested to email us the Western Union Control Number, sender's name and address used to make the transfer and the secret question and answer.As soon as we have received these information from you, we will credit a sum of $2,600.00 USD to your PayPal account.

    Note: As this transaction was done via our e-mail payments service, any inquiries and necessary information should be sent to us by directly replying to this message, because of the status of this transaction, it has not been passed on to our customer care phone service section,and all inquiries should be directed to this e-mail address as it is the one monitored for your transaction.
    This PayPal® payment has been deducted from the buyer's account and has been "APPROVED" but will not be credited to your account until the pick up shipment Arrangement has been finalized and messages are sent to us for verification so as to secure both the buyer and the seller. Below are the necessary information requested before your account will be credited. Send all your inquiries to us through this mail and our customer service care will attend to you. As soon as we hear from you about the pickup arrangement, This is due to the security purposes and the safety of the buyer and the seller,the money will be credited to your account.

    All you have to do is to reply directly to this mail with the Western Union Money Transfer Control Number,Secret questions and answers,sender's name and address used when sending the money and mobile number. Once it has been verified and the details above sent to us, you will receive a "CONFIRMATION E-mail" from Pay Pal® Service informing you that your account has been credited with $2,600.00 USD

    Please, understand that this is a security measure intended to help protect both the Buyer and the Seller.We apologize for the inconvenience that has caused you.
    Because of the inconvenience this causes we are giving you the next two incoming transfers for free! You will pay no fees for your next two incoming transfers*.

    To send the money via western Union just visit
    Please do not reply to this email. This mailbox is not monitored and you will not receive a response. For assistance, Contact us at this link

    To receive email notifications in plain text instead of HTML, Contact us at online.verify@consultant. com.

    PayPal Email ID PP405

    Thanks for the prompt response.. I am ready to buy it now as a gift
    for my Son,I am at sea at the moment as i am a marine engineer and due
    to the nature of my calls making and visiting of website
    are restricted but i squeezed out time to check this advert and send
    you an email regarding it. I really want it to be a surprise for my
    son i wont let him know anything about it until it gets delivered to
    him, i am sure he will be more than happy with it. I insisted on
    paypal because i don't have access to my bank account online as i
    don't have internet banking, but i can pay from my paypal account, as
    i have my bank a/c attached to it,Get back to me with your paypal
    email and the price so i can proceed with the payment quickly or you
    sign-up for a paypal personal account it is very fast
    and easy to set up. I have a pick up agent that will come and pick it
    up after i have made the payments.


    the email im using IS my paypal email.

    (I was suspicious before this, but this confirms it!!)


    This message is originated from PayPal Company. The payment we received from ''Chris Peck'' has been made successfully and the money has been credited in to your PayPal account but it will not show in your PayPal account. However, since this money is meant for a purchase or a service that involve a Shipping Company.We have to receive a confirmation that you have sent the pick up cost to impediment shipping company before the money will be available in your PayPal account for spending. This is due to the large increase in the rate of the online scams recorded last year (2010). We have changed some of our rules and regulation to make sure our clients, are safe from scam, PayPal in conjunction with The FBI and The IFCC has invented certain preventive measure to ensure the safety of our customers. As part of our security measures, we regularly screen activity in the our system and discovered that the transaction ID 0TR19308DU070732T is legitimate and confirmed. So we will require you to send us the Money Transfer Control Number [MTCN] as measure i requested and as soon as we have confirmed it,your money will be automatically transfer into your account immediately.Please understand that this is a security intended to help protect you and the buyer. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    We also want you to understand that we have choose this customer care email address as to monitor the transaction between you and "Chris Peck" and we want you to know that we have to receive the western union details so that we can have your account credited with the fund pending. We want you to know that we have many people on our desk that we attend to and many may not understand the new safety policy that is why we have choose to use email to monitor some transaction...So we will greatly appreciate if you could get back to us here so that we can process and credit your account fully.

    Be informed that this transaction is only available and can only be tracked and traced via email,so do reply back to us if you have any question about the transaction and not via phone call.

    Questions? email us at:
    Please do reply to this email. This mailbox is monitored and you will receive a response. For assistance, always reply to this email as is use to monitor this transaction between you and James Jack .

    The Transfer Approved.Scott Thompson


    PayPal, Inc.
    PayPal Account Review Department
    Thank you for using PayPal online services.

    “Chris”.. or victor
    I just want to inform you that I just send the $2600 for the Drum Set via
    paypal now and i am very sure you would have been notify for the
    instant payment made check ur mail inbox or junk for
    the payment confirmation..... So i want you to get the $500 send via
    western union to the agent headquarter address for the pickup fee..Also i need you
    to get back to me with ur address for the pickup...So i hope to hear
    from you with the info soon.get the money send to this address below.
    Happy Business

    Name : Victor Jackson
    Address: #1409 halsted Str
    City : Riverdale
    State: IL
    Zipcode : 60827
    Country: United State

    (It is here, I sent the emails to paypal and confirmed they were fraudulent. I was just going to ignore him, thinking he would go away, but then he threatened me with legal action)

    Dear Valued Customer,
    It is important we know the status of the money been ask to send otherwise, legal action may be taken against you since you have not replied to the confirmation of payment made to your account by ( Christopher Peck ) over time.
    We believed you entered into bidding agreement by requesting money through PayPal,and by non response to the payment confirmation made to your account you have violate the Craigslist and PayPal agreement. However the buyer has already contacted us in other to make report about your non response.We are ensuring to make PayPal a safer place, therefore we need to set confidence on our users. We believe you should be able to abide with our rules and regulation .

    We request for the Western Union Money Transfer Control Number to prove Transfer of the money in less than few hours and we will fund the money into your account or face the consequences of LEGAL ACTION and your account will be canceled
    This is done in other to protect both the seller and buyer.
    Thank you for using PayPal!
    The PayPal Team

    From Victor/Chris/Christy
    Morning how are you? What is the status of the money you were been ask to send,The payment has been made and deducted from my account so i'm sure you would have been notify by paypal concerning the payment made so kindly go and have the agent pick up fee transfer via Western union today .ASAP
    My response to the “Legal Action Alert”
    You’re not getting the 500$ for shipping. I checked with paypal to see if your emails were fraudulent and they confirmed it. You don’t even speak proper english! Your grammer is horrible! In the time you spent trying to scam me, you could have made 500$, if you had a job. Leave me alone and GET A REAL JOB!!!!

    Yay! No more emails from Victor! This scam was pretty obvious, but sometimes they arent as obvious! Buying on these sites can be a great thing, Just trust your intuition!! 

    Friday, September 30, 2011

    Plant Food

    Casey and I have been trying this for about 2 months now. With the exception of 1 week when I visited my grandmother. We have been eating mostly fruits and veggies. We eat small amounts of meat and cheese. My main reason for doing this, is to see if my menstrual cycle cramps would resolve. Obviously, Casey has other motivation ;) Let me give you a little bit of history on these cramps. I am sure it will sound  all to familiar for most of you female readers. Since I was 16, I had cramps every month, to every other month. I would be bed ridden for 2-6 days while I was on my cycle. I experienced cramps in my lower abdomen which felt like someone was stabbing me over and over (about ever 5-30 seconds) with crying, vomiting and uncontrollable shaking. This could last from hours to days. There were days where I couldn't work, go to school or play volleyball. This year, in particular was very bad. They came every month. So I tried this diet change that Casey and I had seen on "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead", and "Forks over Knives". This past month I didn't have ANY cramps.

    How did this happen? Certain foods can cause your body to be acidic. This is called metabolic acidosis. These foods include meats, dairy and refined sugars. Some foods cause your body to be alkaline. These include fruits and vegetables (grains are still in debate!). Too much acidic foods and not enough alkaline foods may cause metabolic acidosis. Also, different people have different susceptible tissues. This means that some people susceptible tissue may be their breasts (breast cancer), uterus (cancer), heart (heart disease, aneurysms…), prostate (cancer), brain (MS, cancer, Parkinson's...). Basically whatever disease you fall victim to is your susceptible tissue. Mine were my reproductive organs. These are particularly sensitive in most people because it takes such a small change in your hormones to make such a large change in your chemistry and physiology.

    Casey and I aren't dieting. We are changing our habits so we don’t fall victim to diseases that are preventable. After knowing what we know now, there is no going back. I encourage you to research how diet affects your body in order to make informed decisions about your health. What you are told is often not the truth. I encourage everyone to look deeper how what you put in your mouth affects your body. It may change your life and the lives of your loved ones. 

    Tuesday, September 27, 2011

    Common Chiropractic Myths

    I can crack my back on my own.  You may be causing more problems. The most important part of adjustments is proper positioning, which is not feasible on your own. Any joint is capable of the “pop” sound. Along with the release of nitrous oxide (popping sound) comes the release of endorphins. Endorphins will give you a brief sense of pain relief, making you think you’re cured. The pain will likely return 20-25 minutes later. Over adjusting joints will create instability and predispose the joint to degeneration.

    Once I start seeing a chiropractor, I will have to continue seeing one for the rest of my life. It is not necessary to continue seeing a chiropractor once they have taken care of your main complaint. You are never obligated to continue treatment. Many chiropractors recommend occasional visits to maintain optimal health ranging from 2x/ month to biannually depending your lifestyle and the condition of your body. People often find that chiropractors can help with more than just their main complaint and wish to continue treatment. 

    You only have to see a chiropractor when you are in pain. Chiropractors take preventative measures to ensure that problems do not occur in the future. Some people see a chiropractor simply for a check-up, to make sure joints and muscles are functioning properly.

    My Philosophy on Health

    My philosophy on health is to start with the least invasive procedure for a particular condition, then to proceed to more drastic treatments. This makes sense right? Start with procedures that do the least damage to surrounding tissues, first. Unfortunately this is not the philosophy of most people today. Doctors will start with drugs that have numerous side affects without even considering natural or herbal remedies. Patients are just as guilty. They often seek drugs and surgery first and try natural remedies as a last ditch effort.  People seem to want to do the most drastic and heroic method first. If the drastic method works, the doctors looks like a hero. The natural method would have worked just as well (often times better), but as you can see, that route was never given a chance. Confucius once said, "Never use a cannon to kill a fly".

    It is a common belief that because something is natural or comes from a plant, that it doesn’t work as well as a manufactured drug. This is not true on so many levels. First of all, many natural treatments ARE supported by recent research studies. One example is the use of ginger for osteoarthritis treatment (1). Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn defeated heart disease in one of his studies (2). Not only did the test subjects defeat heart disease, they reversed their already advances stages of arterial compromise. This is more than can be said for coronary transplants, bypass surgeries, vasodialtors, ect. However, these do save lives if the patient is in the middle of a heart attack.

    Also remember, most drugs start as a plant. Advil is made from white willow bark. Here is some information on willow bark taken from the University of Maryland Medical Center (3):

    "Medicinal Uses and Indications:
    Willow bark is used to ease pain and reduce inflammation. Researchers believe that the chemical salicin, found in willow bark, is responsible for these effects. However, studies have identified several other components of willow bark that have antioxidant, fever reducing, antiseptic, and immune boosting properties. Some studies show willow is as effective as aspirin for reducing pain and inflammation (but not fever), and at a much lower dose."

    Why would we take advil if willow bark works better? Both Advil and Willow bark have been shown to aggravate stomach conditions. Plants and herbs, such as willow bark, have thousands of active compounds that cure, heal and promote health. Ginger referenced above also helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Taking natural things often helps alleviate other conditions, where as pharmaceutical drugs often CAUSE other issues. I'm not saying that all pharmaceutical drugs are evil. There are some cases where they are necessary and life saving! I am saying they are overused and often prescribed without giving patients proper informed consent on other available treatments.

    Another mistake commonly made is we try to look at these natural healing agents one chemical at a time. What I mean is, we look at how vitamin E helps neurological disorder or vitamin D helps  heart disease and depression. I often tell patients to eat a fruit or vegetable that has a lot of one vitamin or mineral in it (4). I know that the thousands of other bioavailable compounds in the plant that will help the patient too. There are thousands of biochemical processes going on in your body right now. It is completely out of context to pick one and focus on curing that one thing. It would take years to pinpoint each necessary element, and by the time you fix one pathway, the previous will be deficient again!  I'm trying to say, you cant think of health and nutrition one pathway at a time. It is a symphony of biomechanical processes that plant food and herbs are the most suited to treat effectively.

    Think of chiropractors as natural doctors. If you have a non-emergency condition, I encourage everyone to try a natural or non-invasive treatment first.