More or Less?

Is it human nature to want more of something, or less of something? If you use money as an example, the answer is obvious. You want more. How about vacation time? Once again, you want more.Joy1

What about health? Isn’t it true that if you have headaches, your goal would be to have less? Or neck pain? You want less of that! Or digestive problems, you want less of that! Anxiety and stress? Again, definitely less!

What would happen if you shift your paradigm to wanting MORE? I do not mean more headaches, or more neck pain, or more digestive problems, but I mean the MORE that comes with having a better functioning Nervous System and greater health. As you regain your health,

How about more energy?

What about more happiness?

Are you up for more ease in your life?

Who wouldn’t want more flexibility?

What would you be able to accomplish with more motivation?

How would your life be more amazing with more gratitude?

How much better would your life by with more compassion?

The model that has been created in our “health care” system is one of “LESS”. You want less pain, less anxiety, less tightness, less stress, less sleeping problems. Now, once you start on a path towards greater function and greater healing capacity, and your problems go away, what paradigm do you adopt? Do you think, “All my problems have gone away, I’m done?” With the changing of seasons, this is a great time to begin to think about “What do I want MORE of”, or “What have I been experiencing MORE of?”

There is so much personal power when you begin to realize that you are more energized, more in touch spiritually, more focused on your goals, more present in your relationships, more playful, more adaptable, more able to express happiness for others, and more energized!

There is much less power in living the lifestyle of having less headaches, less stress, less tightness. They are important benchmarks, but if you live this paradigm, you will soon plateau in your self assessment of your health and life. Where can you go up from there?

I want you to go for it and create the most powerful list of MORE’s that you can think of. I am here to support you in your transformation from wanting LESS of something to wanting MORE. Let me know how you’re doing in your process. Additionally, if you know someone who is struggling in not being able to reach the goal of achieving LESS of their problems, please share me with them. I would love to help them shift their paradigm from less to more.

Steve Kerr says, “Stay away from Back Surgery”

Yes, I am a sports junkie, and there is much to gleam from the world of sports. If you do not follow pro basketball, the Golden State Warriors were crowned NBA Champions Monday night, but head coach Steve Kerr is not in a celebrating mood, and it’s because of his back and what’s followed since the back surgery that he got back in the summer of 2015.steve kerr

Here’s the problem that Kerr has been dealing with since his first back surgery: leaking cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Your brain and connected spinal cord are pretty sensitive. Therefore, the brain and spinal cord sit in a “balloon” filled with clear fluid, called CSF, that cushions and protects these vital structures. This CSF bath helps ward off nasty microbes too. Normally the “balloon” membrane keeps the CSF from leaking out, but if this membrane is punctured, during an accident or surgery for example, then the CSF is no longer contained.

CSF leaks are not pretty and can cause all kinds of problems. This is because the leaks change the pressure in the “balloon” so that the brain and spinal cord are no longer cushioned quite the same way. Messing with the brain and spinal cord can literally mess you up, but you know that, that’s why you’re here! Common problems are headaches, nausea, vomiting, neck or shoulder pain and stiffness, and balance problems. Such leaks can affect your senses, impairing your hearing and sense of smell or making you extra-sensitive to light and sound. You can have strange tastes in your mouth or ringing in your ears. The CSF can make its way into your nose, ear, sinuses or other parts of your body. The symptoms can be debilitating and obviously prevented him from coaching effectively and enjoying his amazing life, coaching the best team in professional basketball.

The problems started around when the Warriors won the NBA championship in June 2015. He had suffered a ruptured disk in his back and then underwent surgery. After the surgery, he began experiencing CSF leaks, which led to another surgery later that year. The second surgery did not successfully correct the problem. Since then, Kerr has gone through a wide range of attempts to ease his symptoms, ranging from different medical treatments to yoga to meditation to marijuana.

To date, nothing has really worked. After the first surgery, Kerr started suffering from a leak of cerebrospinal fluid. Since then, Kerr has been going back and forth among different health specialists (including a second surgery later in 2015), trying to deal with the leaking cerebrospinal fluid that has occurred since his first back surgery. Although CSF leakages can occur spontaneously, based on reports, the timing did seem to coincide with the first surgery. In fact, Kerr told the Washington Post, “I can tell you if you’re listening out there, stay away from back surgery. I can say that from the bottom of my heart. Rehab, rehab, rehab. Don’t let anyone get in there.”

Bunker Mentality? Is this what you are Choosing?

Innocent citizens shot to death by police officers. Innocent police officers shot to death by citizens. Political parties foaming from the mouth. Terrorist throughout the world. Our society has not been this polarized since the 1960’s, and for many people, the 60’s happened before they were born!bunker1

I recently read an article by Dr. Patrick Gentempo, D.C., who spoke about the stress that surrounds our society today, and the effect it can have on our emotional well-being.

With all the current stress and turmoil people in our community and communities everywhere are experiencing, what are your options to address the angst and dread you feel… and the illness that eventually ensues?

Do you adopt a “bunker mentality,” whereby you hunker down, pretend it doesn’t exist, and wait it out, or do you take action, and create a strategy that will allow you to rise above the noise and keep your focus so that you can live the life you deserve?

What does “bunker mentality” really mean? An example is that you can enter the medical realm and you will be prescribed drugs that will numb you to what you are feeling, create addictions and eventually destroy your health.  It is known that pharmaceutical sales spike when psychological stress escalates due to world events.

Or…

You can come to see me.  And in a natural, drugless way, your stress can dissipate, symptoms abate and your life improve. This week, I performed two reexams on patients who have recently begun their care. The greatest takeaway from each of these exams was my patients’ awareness of how their response to stress has improved. Better adaptability to stress, greater awareness of how stress affects them, and a better ability to regulate their response to stress were just a few of the improvements that they noticed, and were excited about.

The truth is, there is a definite shift in the equilibrium in our society. With shift comes chaos. When chaos arrives, will you have an optimally functioning Nervous System that has the ability to successfully adapt to stresses that may only get worse, or are you going to hunker down in your bunker, medicate yourself, to the point that it will numb you to what you are feeling, create addictions and eventually destroy your health?

It’s always great to have choices, especially when it comes to your most important asset, your health. Remember, you can have lots of “things” in your life, but they lose importance quickly when your health begins to suffer. You can choose a proactive path, set a goal of optimal health and take action, or you can wait until the stress reaches threshold level, reducing your choice to a reactive one.

9 Proven Benefits of this Exercise

For the last 19 years, I have participated in the Bolder Boulder. This year will be extra special, as my two sons have agreed to start the race with me. I last ran with my older son, who will be 25, when he was 11 or 12, and I last ran with my younger son, who will be 20, when he was 13. My training this year started in March, so I spent some time researching the benefits of running on your body and health. Many of these benefits can be applied to walking or hiking, so don’t think you have to take up running to achieve these benefits. If you do, more power to you. So here you go…BB

Overall mental health.
Runners are happy people. They’ve got that runner high thing going for them. Running supports the release of endorphins. Nature’s home-brewed opiates, endorphins are chemicals that act a lot like their medically engineered counterpart, morphine. Runners have credited them for their feel-good effects for decades, but it wasn’t until 2008 that German researchers used brain scans on runners and were able to identify exactly where they originated. The scientists found that during two-hour-long runs, subjects’ pre-frontal and limbic regions (which light up in response to emotions like love) spewed out endorphins. The greater the endorphin surge in these brain areas, the more euphoric the runners reported feeling.

Strengthens your lungs.
Runners have increased lung capacity from logging mile after mile. Those strong lungs come in handy if you ever find yourself on the other side of race as a spectator. A runner’s WOOHOO! is loud and proud.

Helps prevent high blood pressure.
Your arteries expand and contract while running helping to keep your arteries fit which in turn keeps your blood pressure in a normal range. Just 30 to 40 minutes of running most days of the week can help prevent or reduce hypertension — a potentially deadly condition in which abnormally high blood pressure damages blood vessels and vital organs.

Strengthens immune system.
Regular running builds up your tolerance to germs which results in fewer minor illnesses. People who run (or exercise aerobically) at a moderate level experience fewer days of sickness from the common cold and other Upper Respiratory Tract Infections (URTI). What’s more, less competitive endurance athletes following lower key exercise regimens have enhanced immune reactions to infection. One study found that women who walked briskly for 35-45 minutes, 5 days a week, for 15 weeks, experienced half the incidence of colds as the sedentary control group. A Runner’s World survey showed that 61% of recreational runners reported fewer colds since taking up running, and only 4% had experienced more colds. Many studies indicate that exercising at a medium intensity level reduces our risk of infection over the long term. How does this happen?

Light or moderate running boosts our body’s natural immune system by circulating protective cells through the body faster, to attack and eliminate bacteria, viruses and fungi. Infection fighters, such as Natural Killer Cells, macrophages, immunoglobins, white blood cells, and other antibodies, are produced in the bone marrow, lungs, and spleen, and have a clean up effect on foreign invaders.

Weight control.
Running burns mega-calories. However, it makes you mega-hungry, especially if you are training for long distances. Your ability to lose weight while running will be measured by what you eat after you run. If your run ends at Sweet Cow every time out, you’ll probably find you’re gaining weight from running. Runs should be followed by a quality source protein, a vegetarian or whey based protein powder shake or a lean meat such as chicken. Protein helps rebuild muscle and will not add calories as carbohydrates do.

Physically strong legs.
Want the strong, lean look of runners’ leg muscles? Depending on whether you are jogging or sprinting you utilize one of two types of muscle fiber: slow-twitch or fast-twitch. Long-distance running uses slow-twitch fibers which are not as strong as fast-twitch but have a good oxygen supply and can work for long periods of time without tiring. By contrast, fast-twitch muscle is stronger but tires quickly, so it works when you are sprinting. The bulging leg muscles of sprinters are because they have more fast-twitch muscles, while the lean legs of distance runners are composed of slow-twitch.

Relieves stress.
Running boasts the brain’s serotonin levels which make you calmer and more relaxed. Aside from simply being happier because you’re in better shape and feeling good, endorphins play a big role in these results. You might know endorphins as the “feel-good” hormones of the body. It’s an opiod chemical that the body uses to help quell pain. They also help slow the aging process, relieve stress and anxiety, and enhance the immune system. And you guessed it — running can release a flood of these endorphins.

Increased bone density.
Running stresses your bones. Essential minerals are sent to the bones when under stress, which makes them stronger. Moderate amounts of running provide the most beneficial influence on your bone health, the U.S. Sports Academy reports. Runners who get 12 to 19 miles, or 20 to 30 km, of road work per week typically fall into this healthy category. However, runners who regularly exceed this amount of activity risk permanently elevating their blood levels of cortisol, a hormone produced in the adrenal glands that can degrade bone health. In fact, athletes who run roughly 56 miles, or 90 km, per week have shown levels of bone density that are lower than those found in physically inactive individuals.

Increased confidence. Once you start running, your confidence begins to grow. You’ll feel more in control of your life and your body. Endorphins, stronger legs and muscles, reduced weight, improved mental health, stronger immune system, what NOT to like? Improved self-confidence is just the natural byproduct of accomplishing all of the above.

I can Virtually Guarentee you Healthy Teeth and Gums!

One would say, “I love it when he lifts my left hip”, and the other would say, “I know, I can feel my body just releasing everything.” Then one would say, “How about when he touches here,” and the other would say, “Yes, that’s the best!”dentist

I have noticed when I work with dentists and dental hygienists, that they have very similar muscle tension patterns. That’s because they sit hunched over for very long periods, leaning over to the left (if they are right handed). Over a period of months, years, decades, what happens to them? Those muscles become tight, rigid, inflexible, and it turns to pain. What happens to them? Is it possible they become tight, rigid, inflexible, and they live a life of pain?

I am so thankful and proud that my two wonderful dentists have decided that “enough is enough,” and they do not want to live this way any more. They have decided that they want to live a healthier lifestyle, with less subluxations, and have a greater ability to adapt to and heal from their daily stresses. What a great decision they have made.

Getting back to my original statement, how can I virtually guarantee you healthy teeth and gums? I can say with 100% confidence, that when I go see my dentist who is functioning with a healthy Nervous System, and has a greater ability to adapt to his daily stresses, I KNOW he is providing a better service for me than a dentist who is subluxated, who has extreme muscles tension, and may be feeling tight, rigid, inflexible, and in pain. That’s who I want to help my teeth and gums be as healthy as possible.

My request to you is, the next time you see your dentist or hygienist, please give him or her my card, and tell them WHY they should be receiving chiropractic care. If it’s good enough for you, why isn’t it good enough for them?

This is How I’ll Die

I hope this headline got your attention. The good news is that I am not dying. Have you ever thought about how you want to die? I have not given it lots of thought, but I got the idea for this blog by thinking about how I WOULDN’T want to die.drugs

There are the obvious choices, such as from a bloody car accident, or an airplane crash. Those are situations where you do not have any control over your fate. My thought in writing this article is to discuss what you CAN control.

What control do you have in your life about how you’ll die? Well, here’s one way that I’m NOT going to die: Death by Medicine!

Did you know that:

  • Taking sleeping pills has been linked with over a 50% chance of getting Alzheimer’s disease? YES, that’s right! I don’t want those odds!
  • The British Medical Journal found that past use of benzodiazepines was associated with a 51 per cent increased risk to Alzheimer’s disease. The link was stronger with longer exposure to the drugs or use of long-acting versions of the medicines.1
  • Prescription Drugs Kill Over 100,000 People Each Year?
  • According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, two-hundred and ninety people in the United States are killed by prescription drugs every day.2 If my math is right, that’s over 105,000 people killed every year by prescription drugs!
  • All of this makes “Death by Medicine” the 3rd leading killer in this country, behind heart disease and cancer.

So, how would you like to die? Personally, I’d like to come back from a hike when I’m 95, have a healthy meal, lie down for a nap, and it’s lights out. But then again, I really don’t have a choice, or do I?

Make your health choices wisely. Before you do, answer these four questions:

  • What is your greatest asset?
  • What is health?
  • What controls your health?
  • Now that you know what controls health, how can you maximize yours?

By the way, if you do not know the answer to any of these questions, the answers are right here!

  • Your greatest asset is your HEALTH
  • Health is defined as a state of physical mental, and social well being, not just the absence of sickness and disease. Basically, health is “how you function”
  • Your Nervous System, your brain, spinal cord, and spinal nerves, controls EVERYTHING that happens in your body.
  • The BEST way to maximize your Nervous System function, and protect your greatest asset, is to commit to a consistent chiropractic plan

1          http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11083674/Sleeping-pills-taken-by-millions-linked-to-Alzheimers.html

2          Starfield, B. (2000). The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Vol 284, No 4. Johns HopkinsSCHOOL of Hygiene and Public Health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you Championship Material?

It has certainly been an exciting week with the Denver Broncos winning the Super Bowl. What made this even more surprising was that this team was not picked to win the championship, nor were the expectations as high as they were for the 2014 team, which got smashed in the Super Bowl.john wooden

I began thinking of what makes up “championship material.” You could say things like teamwork, selflessness, tenacity, creativity, and glorious descriptive words such as those.

I went back to one of my greatest resources, Coach John Wooden, who coached the UCLA Bruins to 10 National Championships in 12 years in the 1970’s, including 7 in a row! What I admired about Coach Wooden was his attention to detail. It has been said that he would prepare 3 hours for a 90 minute practice, every day!

Take the “Are you Championship Material” quiz. Here are some of my favorite John Wooden classics. Ask yourself if these quotes describe you, what you are up to in your life, and whether you are “Championship Material”:

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”

“Be prepared and be honest.”

“You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.”

“You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”

“What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player.”

“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”

“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.”

“It isn’t what you do, but how you do it.”

“Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.”

“Consider the rights of others before your own feelings and the feelings of others before your own rights.”

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

“Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.”

“Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”

Success is never final; failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.”

And my favorite:

“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”

So, how did you do? Remember, the lesson is to learn and be better today, then tomorrow, then the next day. It’s a long race. Pace yourself, and learn and improve every day.

Source: CoachWooden.com