Posts for: May, 2015
I just finished reading an awesome book by Julia Ross called The Mood Cure. I wanted to share some insights with you!
While there is a time and place for many psychotropic drugs (anti-depressants, anti-anxiety, or other mood or behavior altering medications), oftentimes the problem lies within neurotransmitter imbalance in the brain and ultimately, unmet nutritional needs!
While there can be real emotions vs. false moods, and everything in between, positive diet and lifestyle changes can have a huge impact on our mood and our ability to handle life's stresses and tragedies. Here are a few of the most important points that I took away:
* Eat PROTEIN. This is Ross's BIGGEST point of the book. I repeat- eat protein! All of our neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine, GABA, etc) are dependent upon amino acids for production. Amino acids come from plenty of healthy proteins! Fish, beef, lamb, turkey, etc. About 15-20 grams per meal, or the size of your open palm, 3 times a day. Yes, this is about 60 grams of protein per day, at minimum.
*Eat high quality, healthy fats. "Fats are bad" is long outdated. Healthy, fresh, unprocessed fats such as olive oil, butter, coconut oil, and others are great.
*Let your carbohydrate sources be mostly vegetables, and some fruits.
*Reduce your stress load and rehabilitate your adrenals/thyroid and overall hormonal balance. This means reducing dietary stressors such as wheat, corn, dairy, soy, and sugar, food additives, and artificial sweeteners. Reduce your chemical load! And see your Chiropractic Applied Kinesiologist to work on rehabbing the endocrine system both with treatments in the office and supplemental support.
*Adjust to a healthy sleep schedule. Go to sleep in total darkness (block out all light) shortly after the sun goes down (9-10pm ideal) and wake with the rising of the sun. Avoid TV, computer, phone, and other artificial light and screens at least an hour before bed. Do this, and your life will begin to change.
*Exercise aerobically, a light jog, a few times a week to help keep blood sugar balance. And AVOID SUGAR! Sugar=evil.
*Meditate! Take a few minutes a day at the least to be quiet and still in meditation. If you don't know how to meditate, there are numerous guided meditations on YouTube (I know, I use them myself and often will post them to my Twitter page! Check out @synergychiros to see!
Thanks for reading!
So many times we are told by a medical professional that "nothing can be done" or that drugs or surgery is our only option.
We have a great patient success story here that shows that so many times this is simply untrue! Check out the story of our patient Gayle below. Many thanks to Gayle for wanting to share her experiences here!
Gayle came in for the first time last summer with a myriad of health complaints, the most concerning to her being moderate to severe osteoarthritis of both knee joints, with severe degeneration in the left knee particularly. Gayle had been told that there was really nothing to be done, and that she would inevitably need knee surgery, likely on the left knee.
After treating Gayle using a holistic approach with Chiropractic, Applied Kinesiology, and nutritional supplemental support, Gayle is now almost pain-free. She has returned to physical activity including pilates and hiking (as mentioned in her testimonial below!) without much difficulty at all. She has experienced other positive changes such as desired weight loss and improved mood. Check out the pictures below where Gayle demonstrates everything that she can now do with her knees that were not possible to do before.
Thanks to Gayle for sharing, and for being such a wonderful patient to work with!
Dr Amanda Thompson, of Synergy Chiropractic, is an exemplary Chiropractor. Upon my first visit, Dr. Amanda thoroughly examined my entire body and listened intently to my symptoms. She thoroughly diagnosed the issues I was having which were affecting my osteoarthritic knees; the reason for my visit . She then came up with a strategic treatment plan, not only to help alleviate the pain in my knees, but also, align the parts of my body which were out of alignment that were negatively affecting my knee issues.
Dr. Amanda treats my entire body, not only with her expert Chiropractic skills, but also Holistically. Her knowledge regarding how each part of the body affects one another is remarkable. Amanda's plan for me has included vitamin supplements, manipulations, exercise, and a diet, which have made vast improvements in my mobility, and I am happy to say that I am almost pain free!! I can truly say that if it wasn't for Dr. Amanda Thompson's expertise and most importantly her very caring nature, I wouldn't have been able to start hiking again!!!!
Here at Synergy Chiropractic, we not only work on the structural and mental/emotional aspects of health, but also on the biochemical (aka nutritional) part of the patients health. We must balance all three sides of the triangle if we want to restore true optimal health and life!
Here are the top 10 reasons to be muscle tested for and take a regimen of nutritional supplements, herbs, and/or homeopathy:
* Modern commercial food methods have made our food deficient in essential nutrients
*Many foods are shipped and stored for long periods of time, decreasing nutrient content
*Food processing, cooking, and preserving reduces nutritional content of food
*GMO foods are lower in nutritional quality
*Various illnesses and health conditions (cold/flu, stress, pregnancy, injury, etc) increase the need for certain nutrients
*Rising levels of environmental pollutants cause our body to use up more nutrients than normal
*Pharmaceutical medications deplete certain nutrients from the body
*Increasing food sensitivities impair nutrient absorption
*The prevalent Leaky Gut syndrome impairs nutrient absorption
Most importantly when choosing supplements- not all supplements are created equal! We carry only high quality, health care professional only supplements, that can be trusted to only help our patients, and not harm them. Find an AK doc who can muscle test your nutritional needs for you!
Happy 3rd Birthday to Synergy Chiropractic! May 5th marks 3 years since the day I saw my very first patient here. I am so grateful for both the growth that has occurred within the practice, as well as within myself as a practitioner. I am grateful for all that I learn from my patients, for the joy that I experience in the office interacting with my patients, for continued growth, and above all, I am grateful for being able to help better the lives of my patients. This is both an honor and an opportunity that I never take for granted.
Did you know that the TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint or jaw joint) is something that we can work on here in our treatments?
35-40% of all sensory input to the brain is related to the TMJ joint, making it one of the most important joints in the body. In fact, the TMJ joint relates to every single joint in the body.
A few rules of the TMJ: 3 knuckles of your non-dominant hand should fit in the mouth with jaw opening, and all teeth should be in simultaneous contact when you bite down (you may need to have a dentist who is specialized in this align your bite. I found a great one for anyone looking for a holistic dentist). There should also be no clicks or pops with jaw opening and closing.
During our treatments, I check the TMJ joint and TMJ muscles using muscle testing. We can identify teeth or muscles that are problematic, and then apply some treatment accordingly. Oftentimes, the atlas bone in the upper neck will become misaligned with TMJ problems. There can also be other spinal misalignments related to the TMJ.
The jaw is also related to the stomach meridian, so sometimes we may need to do work on the stomach, or give nutritional support such as B12, or others.