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Here are 8 Reasons Why You (We) Should Stay On Your (Our) Ideal Protein Plan:

1. We’ve come so far to go back now. We’ve made progress. And yes it’s been tough. But the feeling we get when we go down a size is reason to keep going.

2. We are getting healthier, stronger. We are moving and being active, which is good for our bodies.

3. Because we’ve tried to do this before and we never were able to keep the weight off for a long period of time. This time, let’s do it the right way so we can make a permanent change.keep the weight off for a long period of time. This time, let’s do it the right way so we can make a permanent change.

4.Because we are worth it. Period.

5.We are having fun finding out what we can do. Power Plate work outs with trainer Jeff, cross- fit, spin class. Losing weight and keeping it off can be fun.

6.Because of our children. If we give up, then what does that say to them?

7.Simply put, we don’t like being overweight, un-healthy and in pain. We want to be our best.

8.Because we can be saving our lives!

Compliments to Windsor CBP Spine Center


Increase Vegetable Variety!

Increase Vegetable Variety!

I am constantly telling people to eat a larger variety in vegetables! Mostly to help those individuals out who struggle to reach the 4 cup allottment while being on the Ideal Protein Nutrition program, BUT it will also help keep foods interesting by way of different textures and flavors. Here’s the abstract from a research study regarding variety in vegetable intake. Eat up!


People often ask……

People often ask, “How much school does it take to become a Chiropractor”?  What many people wonder in asking this question is how the training of a chiropractor compares to that of a medical doctor.  In actuality, the course work, labs, and clinical experience required to become a chiropractor rivals, and in some areas surpasses, that of a medical doctor. Here is the breakdown of requirements for a Chiropractic versus a Medical degree.

Chiropractic                                                            Medicine

540                         Anatomy                             508

240                         Physiology                          326

360                         Pathology                            401

165                         Chemistry                           325

120                         Microbiology                      114

630                         Diagnosis                             324

320                         Neurology                           112

360                         X-ray                                      148

60                           Psychiatry                           144

60                           Obstetrics                           148

210                         Orthopedics                     156

2887                       Total Hours                         2706

OTHER REQUIRED SUBJECTS

Spinal Adjusting                                Pharmacology

Manipulation                                     Immunology

Advanced Radiology                         General Surgery (in some states)

                                                Grand total Hours

4485                                                                       4248

Just as medical doctors can go on to specialize in certain areas of

Medicine, chiropractors can continue their education to get advanced degrees

In Radiology, Pediatrics, Nutrition, Sports Injuries, Neurology,

Occupational Health etc…

While the number of hours in basic sciences and in the total school program is very similar, there are some significant differences.  Perhaps the single biggest difference is that the chiropractic program focuses on natural means of helping people heal from the inside, improve function and prevent disease.   Medicine and medical education focuses on treating disease from the outside-in by using drugs and surgery.  The reason chiropractic education takes the path that it does,  stems from the fact that we recognize and respect the natural ability of the body to heal when interference is removed and the right circumstances are created.  Medicine, on the other hand, tends to minimize the importance of the body’s own inherent healing ability and puts greater emphasis on outside intervention and the role of the doctor.

In Health,

Jeremy Faue, D.C.


Win With Wellness: Chiropractic Care for Kids

By Dr. Jeremy Faue

Doctors of chiropractic hear from parents that they appreciate the importance of regular check-ups for their child’s teeth, eyes and ears, but they draw a blank when it comes to a spinal check-up. Yet that could be one of the most important check-ups your child will ever have.

Why should kids see a chiropractor you might ask? The most simple answer is that kids have spines, just like adults, and those spines protect a developing nervous system. It might come as a surprise, but a great deal of the subluxations and problems that we see in adults started when they were kids. In fact, the birth process itself is responsible for the majority of subluxations in kids. Simple, unassisted childbirth is not easy on the mother or the child, but add in the use of forceps or vacuum extraction or pressure on the head when pulling the baby out, and it can be much more strenuous. Did you know that the force of a doctor pulling on a baby can be up to 80-90 pounds of force directly applied to the baby’s head and upper neck? It’s no wonder why so many kids deal with ear infections when the nervous system in their neck has been traumatized like that. The nerves that control the inner ear and the drainage come right from the upper part of the neck.

Chiropractors have been adjusting babies and kids for as long as chiropractic has been around. Protecting the nervous system in children is even more important than adults because in children that delicate system is still developing. A healthy spine and nervous system for children is essential for reaching all of their developmental milestones.

One of the most important things a chiropractor can do for your child is to check and make sure that their spine and pelvis is functioning optimally. Research is showing that scoliosis in kids is being traced back to a functional distortion of the pelvis. When a child has a distortion in the pelvis, it changes the way that the muscles work in the low back causing one side to work more than the other. This then causes the body to compensate and leads to a curve in the low back. Once the low back starts to curve, the upper part of the back will curve back the other way to compensate. This is a very easy problem to detect in children, but the only person looking for it is your chiropractor!

So next time you look at your kids, check their posture (we have posture charts to take home if you’d like) and if something isn’t quite right get them in a.s.a.p. for a check-up. Remember, it is our policy to offer a complimentary wellness check-up for the child of any patient in the clinic. Please take advantage, it could change their life!


Win With Welllness: What are Mental Causes of Subluxation?

By Dr. Breanna Tivy

The level of optimal health a person has is influenced by three main stressors: chemical, physical, and mental. The affect that mental stress has on the body is probably the most nebulous, but is likely the most pervasive of the three. We live in a fast paced society and are bombarded with stress about family, money, work, etc. It’s easy to make a list of things that you can do to reduce your overall physical stress load, or to make decisions about your diet that reduce your overall chemical stress load. It is, however, more difficult to escape the basic stress of everyday life, which makes mental stress the most common of the three.

One of the ways that mental stress can cause subluxation is by creating physical stress. Emotional stress or tense situations change our posture. Many people will report that when they are stressed they feel muscle tension across their shoulders and through their neck, and a result these areas tense up. When excess tension is created in muscles it creates imbalance and influences the bony structures of your spine underneath. Due to the fact that many of these emotional stressors are long lasting, subluxation can result from ongoing imbalance.

Another way in which mental stress causes subluxation is due to the body’s stress response. From a primitive standpoint, the stress response was designed to get you out of a physically threatening situation. For example, if one of our hunter/gatherer ancestors encountered a bear, the stress response was created to get them out of that situation as quickly as possible. This involves redistributing resources in the body away from areas that are unnecessary for survival at that moment. At the moment you need to escape from a bear, digesting your food or keeping the body free from illness may not be particularly important. The difference between our hunter/gatherer ancestors and us is that our stressors are not the immediate threat of a bear, but long term and unrelenting stresses of jobs, relationships, and money. Therefore, these “less important” systems in the body, like the digestive and immune systems, lack the resources they need over long periods of time. This creates a compromise of these tissues and systems. The body communicates this compromise back up to the brain via negative messaging, and ultimately can create subluxation.

The stress response also triggers the release of cortisol, also known as the stress hormone. Its primary function is to increase blood sugar. In an immediate stressful situation, this would allow the body a rapid source of energy. Over long periods of time, it can lead to weight gain and insulin resistance. Cortisol also increases blood pressure, suppresses the immune system and decreases bone formation. All of these effects of cortisol, which occur as a response to mental stress, create physical stressors that can result in subluxation.


Win With Wellness: What are the Physical Causes of Subluxation?

By Dr. Breanna Tivy

Subluxations are created in our bodies when external forces are strong enough to overcome our internal resistance to these forces. These forces, or stressors, can be categorized as mental, chemical, or physical. Physical is probably the most easily understood because it’s not difficult to imagine how a hard fall down the stairs, car accident, or slip on the ice could cause a misalignment in the spine and interfere with normal transmission of the nervous system. Any of these types of events that cause rapid trauma to the body can cause subluxations.

Other types of physical stress that result in subluxation may happen more on a daily basis without much thought. There are certain jobs or activities that require use of only one side of the body. For example, a carpenter may spend their days swinging a hammer repetitively with their right arm, just as a waitress may carry trays all day long with the same arm. Similarly, there are recreational activities such as tennis or golf that require the same motion from one side of our bodies over and over again. Any time repetitive movement is done in the body unilaterally, or one sided, it can cause imbalance in the body which can, in turn, result in subluxation.

The type of physical stress that most people are least aware of is what can be referred to as a repetitive stress injury. This is the type of physical stress that is put on the body day in and day out due to our occupations and habits. Consider the fact that from a genetic standpoint, we are essentially unchanged from our hunter gatherer ancestors from 40,000 years ago. Their days were spent up and about, in constant motion, only really stopping to eat, rest, and sleep. Take that exact model and transport it into our current society where most jobs require sitting…at a desk…in front of a computer monitor…for at least eight hours a day. And often, this regular day is sandwiched between a long commute to and from work while sitting in the car. Putting the body in these positions day in and day out over long periods of time deprives it of the movement it requires, and creates a repetitive stress injury resulting in subluxation.

The physical sourcesof subluxation described thus far are easily illustrated in most adults. It is, however, important to note that one of the biggest physical causes of subluxation happens at birth. Even during an ideal “normal” birth, when the baby is pulled out, enough force is used to stretch an infant’s neck almost twice its normal length. C-section, forceps delivery and vacuum extraction place additional stressors on the baby’s body and nervous system. This is why we recommend that all babies be checked for subluxation soon after birth.

 

 


Win With Wellness – How Do You Know If You Have A Subluxation?

 As you recall if you have read earlier articles, a subluxation is a misalignment or loss of normal movement of the spinal bones that leads to alteration and stress on the nervous system. There is really only one way to know whether you have subluxations in your spine; get checked by your chiropractor.     At Chiropractic Health and Wellness we use a combination of physical examination and x-rays to locate subluxations.

In healthcare, the usual circumstance is that people do not go to the doctor until they hurt, and if the pain is bad, they go quickly.   The problem with this approach is the flip-side of it- people often believe that if they are not in pain, then that means that their health is good and that their spine is functioning well. That, unfortunately, is not the truth in a lot of cases.  If you have subluxations in your spine there is a very good chance that you will have no symptoms at all.  This is just like going to the dentist and being told that you have a cavity in your tooth when you have no symptoms.  Under those circumstances would you tell the dentist to ignore the cavity until it was hurting you?  Of course not…you would go ahead and have him fix the tooth.

Once a subluxation becomes established, it begins a process of decay in the disk and surrounding joints, all-the-while impacting the ability of the nervous system to communicate efficiently and accurately.   This process continues until that subluxation is corrected.  Subluxations start by affecting the way the muscles work and the spine moves.  When the spine does not move properly the disks are deprived of nutrients and begin to deteriorate.  This happens because movement pumps fluids and nutrients into and out of the disks.  Spinal joints, known as facet joints, also begin to get mechanically irritated and can begin to degenerate.  After a time there may be inflammation, the formation of scar tissue in the surrounding tissue and even the development of bone spurs and arthritis.  The problem is that you might not feel any of this until there is enough inflammation, muscle spasm, restriction and even degeneration to trigger symptoms.  This is when most people seek out a chiropractor in order to get some relief.

Once a person begins under care it is quite common for the symptoms to disappear very quickly, far sooner than the subluxation is corrected.  Be aware that if the subluxation is not corrected, the symptoms will likely return and the process of degeneration will continue.  At Chiropractic Health and Wellness the real work begins when the patient is free of symptoms, because that is when the corrective phase of care begins.  Our job is not merely to make you feel more comfortable while your spine and health deteriorate, but to increase your overall function and health.

Yours in Health,

Dr. Jeremy Faue


Win With Wellness- Can you have a health problem without any pain or symptoms?

By Dr. Jeremy Faue

Over one million Americans have a heart attack every year and sadly, over one third of these are fatal. What is even more startling is that, in the majority of these cases, this is the first sign of heart disease in an otherwise “healthy” individual. The word ‘healthy’ is significant here because these people were obviously not ‘healthy’ the day before they had the heart attack. This is where the current standard of health in America is wrong. The current standard of health says that in the absence of pain and symptoms, a person is completely healthy. Wrong! The health of our nation is in very poor condition and that can be seen in the rising costs of health care and the increasing rates of disease. Not to mention that now, for the first time in history, the current generation of children is not expected to outlive their parents! How can we accept that?

If pain and symptoms are not a good marker of health, then what is? Pain and symptoms are the body’s response to a significant decrease in function: they are a warning. Think of symptoms just like the oil light in your car. That light does not turn on when the car is only a cup or two low on oil. The oil light turns on when the oil level is so low that there is serious danger of doing damage to the engine. The human body works in the same way. Symptoms do not show up at the first sign something is wrong. Instead, the human body adapts and changes until it reaches a point that it can no longer adapt and change without incurring serious damage to tissues, cells and organs of the body. This is why it is so important to find these functional issues before they become a problem presenting with pain and symptoms.

Health is not a destination that can be reached with a miracle drug, fad diet, or super-food. Health is a continuous journey that must be addressed daily with every decision you make. Everything you do affects your health in either a positive or a negative way. On a daily basis, you are in charge of making sure that the decisions you make are benefitting your health and not destroying your body. This means you are getting adjusted, eating nutritious foods, drinking plenty of pure water, moving your body and eliminating toxins from your life. If you applied these five things to your life on a more regular basis you will enjoy better health in no time.


Win with Wellness- What is a Subluxation?

By Dr. Tim Fargo

If you have been a patient in our clinic for more than a day then you have doubtless heard the term “subluxation” before. This is not a new concept in healthcare as it has been used in Medicine to describe a circumstance where there is a major structural misalignment in a joint without the joint actually becoming completely dislocated, something just shy of having the ends of the bone come apart. In chiropractic the term “subluxation” has been expanded to include a range of other aspects and effects.

Chiropractors began using the term “subluxation” right around 1900; chiropractic as an art and science marks its beginning with Dr. Daniel David Palmer’s first documented adjustment in 1895. Its basic definition is that it is a misalignment or loss of normal movement of a spinal joint which then causes an alteration or interruption of the normal flow of communication through the nervous system. Subluxations are not confined to the spine, as a person could have one in his wrist or knee or any other joint, but chiropractors tend to focus on the spine because this is where the subluxation has its greatest impact.

Historically it has been thought that a subluxated spinal joint actually “puts pressure on a nerve”, but this is not actually true in most cases. Rather there are some more complex mechanisms at work that have to do with tension on the cord and the associated nerve roots and changes in the messaging coming from areas of the spine and nervous system under stress. Suffice it to say that empirically (through observation and experience) it has been consistently observed that when the spine does not function well it has an impact on health in a number of ways.

First, a subluxated joint and the tissues surrounding it become much more prone to deterioration through simple mechanical means; they become irritated, inflamed and often arthritic. Second, when a joint is subluxated it impacts the surrounding muscles causing some of them to become tighter or spasmed and others to lose strength. Third, the inflammation that often occurs causes the development of scar tissue which can impact joint movement, cause pain and accelerate deterioration. Fourth, a subluxated joint loses its normal movement which affects mobility, athletic performance and activities of daily living. Fifth, and perhaps most importantly, a subluxation can affect the way the nervous system works. Since the nervous system is a “two way street” with information flowing from the brain to the tissue and from the tissue to the brain the impact can be felt in both ways. I have often seen the functioning of organs like lungs, bladder, uterus, stomach or others be affected by adjusting a subluxation in areas of the spine related to those organs. Similarly I have seen muscles turn on and off like flipping a light switch with a simple adjustment. On the flip side, I have seen how subluxations raise stress levels through the negative body messages that they send to the brain. This can have tremendous impact on stress hormone production, blood pressure, sleep patterns, depression/anxiety, immune function and a host of other problems. The bottom line is that when you are subluxated you are not going to be as healthy as you could be and neither will your children. Make sure you get you and your children get checked for subluxation regularly.


Win with Wellness!

The Doctors and staff at Chiropractic Health and Wellness are dedicated to helping you learn about wellness. We strive to motivate and inspire you to make choices that result in a lifetime of vibrant health for yourself and your family. As part of that mission, we are now offering a program called ‘Win with Wellness’. Every week we will post a wellness article written by one of our amazing Doctors in the clinic and on our Facebook page. Answer the question of the day for an opportunity to WIN a $25 Gift Card to Whole Foods. We will enter your name into our drawing for every question you answer correctly. Drawings will be held monthly. This is a great opportunity for you to introduce your friends and family to chiropractic and natural healthcare because everyone is welcome to participate. Join in on the fun and Win with Wellness!


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