Blog Posts for Health Rebels

Frogs and Flu Shots

Posted: October 15, 2018
By: Dr. Kevin

If you remember high school biology class, you most likely remember the animal specimens you reluctantly had to dissect. Worms, sheep brains and frogs - all preserved in an odiferous chemical solution of formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is also known for its use in the funeral industry as an embalming fluid.

In June 2011, government scientists expressed concern for formaldehyde exposure after finding 'worrisome quantities' of the chemical in plywood, particle board, mortuaries and hair salons. Several human studies went as far as reporting an association between formaldehyde exposure and lung nasopharyngeal cancer. It is now considered by the EPA a probable human carcinogen (Group B1) - it's also a trace ingredient found in your flu shot.

For chiropractors, it is 'worrisome' that millions of flu shot recipients have no idea of what's being injected into them every year. Inevitably, we're all going to get a dose of formaldehyde when we die. The question is, do you feel comfortable having it injected artificially into your body when you're still alive?

Diagnose and Diagnose-er

Posted: October 8, 2018
By: Dr. Kevin

The word diagnosis derives from the Latin 'di' which means two, and 'agnosis' which means without knowledge. So you can say a diagnosis is a meeting of two minds that don't have a clue about what's going on - not very comforting if it's a team of doctors trying to figure out what's wrong with you!

A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) revealed some rather shocking numbers about physicians' diagnostic accuracy and confidence (1). Turns out 118 MDs who participated in the study were right only 55% of the time on easy cases and just 6% on the tough ones. Even more surprising, an earlier Pew Survey (2) showed that patients were 41% accurate in their own self-diagnosis from on-line resources, giving them a statistical advantage over their more 'learned' MD counterparts.

So the question is, do we really have a 'health crisis' in this country, or is it just an 'OVER diagnosis' problem - a system clogged with people lead to believe they have pressing health issues when in fact they don't? When it comes to knowing what ails you, two heads aren't necessarily better than one. Maybe it's smarter to just trust the REAL doctor inside you.

(1)JAMA - Physicians' Diagnostic Accuracy, Confidence, and Resource Requests Nov 2013, Meyer et al
(2)Pew Research Internet Project - Health Online 2013, Fox et al

Subtracting for Health

Posted: October 1, 2018
By: Dr. Kevin

New trends in intermittent fasting and time restricted eating have taken the stage as holistic techniques that not only help with weight loss, but can restore entire physiologic systems of your body. It's reported in the medical journal Cell Stem Cell that restricting all food intake (aside from water) for three days can actually reset a damaged immune system.

Where medicine's approach to health favors addition - more prescriptions, more procedures, more therapies - studies like the one above support the concept that 'less is better' when it comes to restoring health and maintaining it for a lifetime. Many health issues resolve not because of what you ADD to your body, but because of the bad stuff you SUBTRACT from it... and Chiropractors have been leading the charge of 'subtracting for better health' since its inception

On top of your list of 'subtractions' should be the regular detection and elimination of spinal Subluxations - the subtle nerve disturbances that throw your body out of balance and put you in a state of dis-ease. That, in combination with health caloric restriction methods like intermittent fasting, can reset your body and your health back to factory settings.

There's More to a Blender

Posted: September 24, 2018
By: Dr. Kevin

If you bought a blender solely for the purpose of chopping ice, you'd be missing out on its potential to do so much more. After spending some time with your new appliance you may discover it can also grind fresh almond flower or make delicious smoothies – the culinary sky's the limit once your mind opens to the possibility.

If you went to a Chiropractor solely for the purpose of easing back pain, you'd likewise be missing out on the many health benefits that come from its proper use. After spending time in regular care you may notice your energy increasing, your sleep patterns normalizing, your digestion improving – a few of the many health changes that come from maintaining a healthy spine and nerve system.

When it comes to Chiropractic, don't sell the product short by using it only for pain relief. Do your homework and discover all the features and benefits this drugless form of care can offer. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how it can transform many aspects of your health – the sky's the limit when your Life line is clear.

Can You Hear Me Now?

Posted: September 17, 2018
By: Dr. Kevin

Did you know the very first Chiropractic adjustment wasn't for back pain? Here's how it all started as told by our founder Dr. D.D. Palmer...

"Harvery Lillard, a janitor, in the Ryan Block, where I had my office, had been so deaf for 17 years that he could not hear the racket of a wagon on the street or the ticking of a watch. I made inquiry as to the cause of his deafness and was informed that when he was exerting himself in a cramped, stooping position, he felt something give way in his back and immediately became deaf.

An examination showed a vertebra racked from its normal position. I reasoned that if the vertebra was replaced, the man's hearing should be restored. With this object in view, a half hour's talk persuaded Mr. Lillard to allow me to replace it. I racked it into position by using the spinous process as a lever and soon the man could hear as before.

There was nothing 'accidental' about this, as it was accomplished with an object in view and the result expected was obtained. There was nothing 'crude' about this adjustment; it was specific, so much so that no Chiropractor has equaled it."

And that's how Chiropractic was born on September 18, 1895 - good thing D.D. was a great persuader! Happy 123rd Birthday!

It's Not the Weather

Posted: September 10, 2018
By: Dr. Kevin

Knee sore on Monday... Creaky back on Tuesday... Congested on Wednesday - there must be bad weather in the forecast. How many people do you know who attribute their aches and pains to what's going on outside, instead of trying to find and fix the real problem INSIDE?

When your body responds negatively to every change in environment, the problem isn't the weather - most likely you're breaking one or more of the cardinal rules of Health. Proper nourishment, full body motion, adequate rest, and internal cleanliness aren't cliche healthy needs. Practicing these basic habits enables your body to thrive amid the stresses it experiences every day. Fail to eat right and your body won't resist the elements. Fail to move your joints fully and even the barometric pressure of weather will wear them down. Now you've become a victim of your environment, instead of being a master of it.

If weather was the real culprit of your aches and pains, wouldn't EVERYONE around you feel the same thing? We all share the same atmosphere! Instead of blaming the elements, strengthen your nerve system, move your body, and build up your innate ability to adapt to whatever mother nature throws your way.

Band Aids Don't Heal

Posted: September 4, 2018
By: Dr. Kevin

When you get a paper cut, the natural thing to do (after getting over the intense pain) is clean it up and put a Band Aid on it to protect it from getting irritated. After a few days when the bandage comes off, the cut is hardly noticeable. The question is, did the Band Aid do the healing?

Band Aids and Chiropractic Adjustments have something in common... neither one have the ability to heal you. Sure, both are helpful after an injury. But they can only provide an environment conducive for healing to take place. Band Aids approximate damaged skin to optimize the mending, adjustments approximate misaligned vertebrae to optimize nerve flow - but it's the innate healing power of Life inside you that scripts the repair.

The next time you come for an adjustment to instantly ease your headache, your sciatica, or your sleeping problems, understand that it's not the adjustment that produces the result. Chiropractors don't perform miracles. The doctor inside you is the one who does that work.

Subluxations Don't Take Vacations

Posted: August 27, 2018
By: Dr. Kevin

Toes in the sand, not a cloud in the sky, 75 degree water temps. Vacations are the perfect time to decompress, spend precious time with family and friends, and reconnect with your soul. What could possibly stress your body?

How about ten days of sleep on a mushy mattress? Or two hours of novice water skiing / body dragging lessons. Not to mention the bottomless Mojitos and obligatory trips to the dessert buffet... and don't forget nursing that nasty sunburn from day three. Unfortunately, stress doesn't take time off. The scenery may change, but your nerve system is still hard at work - reacting and adapting to those "relaxing" shifts in routine. It's a prime opportunity to become Subluxated.

If you've been away from the office for a while, we hope you're well rested. But now it's time to get back on track and into a healthy regimen; especially getting your spine cleared of Subluxations. When you need to recover from vacation - put Chiropractic on the top of your itinerary.

The Resonance of Healing

Posted: August 20, 2018
By: Dr. Kevin

In physics, resonance occurs when an object vibrating at a specific rate transfers its frequency to a second object as the two approximate each other. Think of a still tuning fork taking on the vibration of another as they are brought closer in proximity. A similar transfer of 'energy' happens in true healing environments.

When a sick individual seeks HEALTH in a place of sickness (i.e. a hospital) the unfortunate result may be more sickness – the negative vibration of the environment amplifying within the individual searching for help. If a sick individual, on the other hand, seeks health in environments that vibrate HEALTH energy, syncing and resonating with that place usually produces a HEALTHY response. You slowly take on the environment you surround yourself with... namely HEALTH.

Logically, if you want more HEALTH, it's smarter to 'align' yourself with environments that emit that frequency. A good place to start is at your Chiropractor's office... we radiate all the HEALTH ENERGY you need right here!


Posted: August 13, 2018
By: Dr. Kevin

The Sixth Principle in Chiropractic states there is no process which does not require time, including the healing process. BJ Palmer (the developer of Chiropractic) believed that with time and clarity in the nerve system, the body could heal itself in just about any situation.

A sick cell is replaced by a healthy one - healthy cells become healthy tissues - healthy tissues become healthy organs - healthy organs make a healthy human being. The conversion from sickness to wellness is an innate process that can only be performed by the doctor within you, via a healthy, toned, nerve system.

Healing is, therefore, a process of RE-creating yourself, one cell at a time, over a period of time. The power that made your body is more than capable of converting you from sickness to wellness. All it needs is a clear pathway and enough sand in the hour glass to accomplish it.