Life is in the moment!

Life is what is happening in the now. I know most of you can relate to the feeling of being overwhelmed, overcommitted, and tired. I was having one of those days recently and had a mini breakthrough. Instead of focusing on all the noise and lists I carry around in my head, I chose to focus  only on what was in front of me. In this case, I was doing lawn work. I know how dumb or simple this may sound, but it is not easy to achieve. Not only did I put to rest the long list of things I was not attending to at the office or inside the house, I did not even allow myself to look around at the rest of the yard. This only left one thing to focus on and that was the grass and weeds in front of me. So I committed all my attention on doing the very best job I could do on that task and the amazing part is just how rewarding it was. I felt very connected to the task and when it was over I felt like I really did the job justice. Now don't misunderstand! I realize cutting grass may not be considered fun, but there was a true sense of completion. I think we miss countless oppurtunities everyday by not focusing on what is in front of us  We may not do as good of a job and we certainly don't feel as if we have accomplished anything because we are busy thinking about all the things we have not done yet. Another place in my life I get to witness this over and over again is volleyball. In volleyball most points are achived in a three step process consisting of a pass, a set, and a spike. Like in life it is very temptng to jump ahead in the sequence in  your mind and lose focus. The better each step in the sequence is executed the more likely you will achieve success. Also it opens more possibilities as the ame continues. Now let's bring all of this back around to your health. If you want to achieve and/ or maintain a high level of health you must pay attention to all the details that lead to better health, such as healthy eating habits, exercise, good relationships, etc. When we pay attention and make the right choices along the way there is a great sense of accomplishment in the small wins and in the long run we maintain more options in our life and we are not restricted by poor health.


Spring Cleaning Time...Again

Hey out there to anyone reading, it's detox time again. Time to throw out the garbage, prune the plants and generally clear space for renewal and new growth. Of course I am specifically speaking about the body. I am in constant amazement when it comes to the human body's ability to renew, heal and change. I also feel and see learning each and every year I come back to cleansing. This year I am profoundly interested in our emotional and mental connection to our habits with certain foods or beverages. I also have been contemplating the more spiritual aspects and the ability to give up our strong hold on all these physical attachments. Now I am not suggesting we have to give up food. I am simply observing how controlled our lives become by our habits. I am feeling refreshed and vital as a result of my diligence to the process. Join me and start a cleansing program today. If you are an old pro you know what to do, if you are a beginner and need assistance please feel free to call the office and I will give you plenty of information. Be well!


Who's got time to heal?

A couple of weeks ago I heard a great interview on NPR with a doctor named Victoria Sweet, who has written a book called God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage. She is a medical doctor who went back to school to get a Phd. in the history of medicine. While pursuing this she needed a part time job practicing medicine. At the time all she could find was a job in the only operating Alms Hospital in the U.S. in San Francisco, California. These Hospitals were once very common and in almost every county. They completely rely on charity for funding.  Her stories are compelling and unlike most modern medical testimonials. The difference can be summed up in this metaphor she shares; being a doctor is more like being a gardener than a mechanic. In other words, doctors support patients and create an opportunity for them to heal, much like a gardener tends to a plant in hopes it will thrive. As an example, she shares the story of one young woman that was her patient. This woman was a prostitute and drug addict living on the streets. She had been in and out of many hospitals and had many surgeries and lifesaving procedures. When she checked into the Alms hospital she had a gaping bedsore to large to fix through modern medicine. All that could be done for this woman was to keep the open wound clean and free of infection. Ultimately she fully recovered after two and one half years, but not only did her wound heal, she was off drugs, had quit smoking, and reconnected with her family. When she left she did not go back on the street. 

What is striking about this woman is her practical experience in both modern medicine and what most would consider old school medicine. Dr. Sweet has coined the terms "fast medicine" and "slow medicine". Dr. Sweet is not proposing we return to the middle ages with our medicine. She is simply reminding us that true healing takes time and usually encompasses the whole person. Chiropractors and other alternative practitioners have been the guardians of slow medicine in modern times and it's great to see it's value being rediscovered.


Eat Your Fruit and Veges

I know how tired the expression diet and exercise has become and how uninspired it seems, however, the health ramifications are paramount. In our society of technology and advancement, diet and exercise seems antiquated. Working in health care for well over 20 years and living in a body close to a half century I can attest that nothing can come close to the long-term benefits of a sound healthy diet and reasonable exercise program. As some of you may know, I have started utilizing a technology that tests the skin for the presence of carotinoids in the skin through laser technology. This piece of equipment is called a Bio photonic scanner and correlates with the level of active anti-oxidants in our body. Anti-oxidants are known to protect our cells from free radicals that interfere with normal cell function and replication that ultimately leads to aging and disease processes. These anti-oxidants are found primarily in fruits and vegetables and particularly in the ones with the most color such as blue berries, red peppers etc. As with all research surrounding health the story continues to unfold, but what we know is that people with high levels of anti-oxidants do not have cancer or many other diseases. So equipped with this basic understanding it seems relevant to know what your status or level of anti-oxidants are. I personally did not have high enough levels to be considered healthy to my surprise. So I got very serious about eating more foods with high levels of anti-oxidants and got more serious about my supplementation. I have over the period of the last few months seen a steady improvement in my numbers and can feel the results. I see this technology becoming as common as having your blood pressure or cholesterol monitored. This is a wonderful way to track just how well we are doing with our diet. It is a way for those of us who are working at our health to grade just how well we are doing. I only charge $20 for the first scan and nothing for follow-ups. My fee is only to cover the cost of the equipment. I strongly recommend this simple test so if need be you can get to work on improving your diet and supplementation. I would like to share one observation I have made since I started testing. What I have noticed is that plant-based diet people generally score much higher.( your vegetarians and vegans) While I don't believe we must all be vegetarians, I do think most of us eat too much meat, dairy and grain that don't contribute much to our anti-oxidant levels and, in fact, compete with fruits and veges in our caloric intake.


Sitting could kill us?

A recent study reported that men who had more than 23 hours a week of sedentary activity had a 64% greater risk of dying from heart disease than those who reported less than 11 hours a week. And many of these men routinely exercise. This study was published by professor Steven Blair at University of South Carolina who has studied exercise for over 30 years. So, the bright side is, that according to an 2008 Austrialian study, people who regularly break up their sedentary time with movement as small as taking one step had healthier waist circumference, body mass index and triglycerides. I have been preaching to clients for years to take frequent breaks from sitting, use an exercise ball to sit on, use the stairs, and park further away from where your going. Most people have sedentary type jobs so please try to keep moving