My Headaches Were Getting More Frequent

I had no idea that a chiropractor in Santa Rosa was going to be so effective in treating my headaches. I thought that a chiropractor was a specialist who helped people with whiplash. I know that is a very narrow view, but how I was supposed to know any different when I had never been to one. My main doctor is actually the one who suggested I see a chiropractor for the headaches that were becoming more frequent. I had made a few appointments with him to try and get relief, but the only thing he could do was have me try different medications.

I was willing to do that, but none of them were working for me. That is when he suggested that I see a chiropractor. He was not simply passing me off to someone else either. I knew he had spent time researching my case, and he felt confident that a chiropractor would be able to help me better than he could.

Treating Pain and Stress with Chiropractor

Chiropractic care belongs to and is a form of an alternative and pseudo-medicine. The chiropractic care diagnoses and treats patients with unverified musculoskeletal system disorder, importantly of the spine. This disorder affects general health through the overall body’s nervous system. The disorder could be a pain, stress, injury, and likes. Chiropractic treatment is provided by qualified and certified chiropractors. Bakersfield chiropractor, Dr. Douglas Brooks, D.C. is providing chiropractic services in California.

People suffering from pain that are lower back, neck, muscle, headache, and other pain arising from musculoskeletal system disorder needs chiropractic treatments. The causes of pain are many and few are long hours of work, extra physical work-outs, accidental injuries, and pains complimented with an old age. Health and wellness are restored with this alternative medicine treatment given in Bakersfield.

Chiropractic care also heals patients with stress. People fallen sick carrying stress requires chiropractor for their everyday wellness. The wellness program helps them fight with stress and overcome it.

Had to Find a Cook County Chiropractor

I was lucky to be honest, because after I asked around a bit this guy I trusted gave me the number of his Orland park chiropractor. I had been having some real back issues ever since I got back from my vacation last week. We went down to the Daniel Boone Forest down in the Eastern part of Kentucky and we did a lot of hiking and camping. Somewhere along the line I must have knocked my back out. Perhaps it just came from sleeping on the ground with nothing except a light sleeping back. We did things in a very basic way, packing as light as we could so that we could move unencumbered and make it all the way through the itinerary with no delays. Of course you have to make compromises when you pack that light.

The Woman Who Goes the Distance

You don’t find too many old people who are willing to get on a skateboard. My grandmother is one of those rare people, and surprisingly, she’s very good at it. She can do all kinds of tricks and even grind on rails. She says that she wants to live life to the fullest, but it seems a little crazy to me. Once when she was doing a trick, she hurt her back and had to search through Sacramento chiropractors for a place to get treatment.

When the chiropractor heard how my grandmother injured her back, he was amazed that someone her age could do tricks on a skateboard. My grandmother treats it as if it’s something completely normal that all elderly people do.

I Couldn’t Even Touch My Toes

I bent down to tie my shoe a while ago, and I felt such intense pain in my back. I thought for sure I had pulled something in my back, I figured I would just put a heating pad on it, but that did not take the pain away. I figured maybe ice would be needed instead, but that did not help me either. I took some pain pills, and that took the edge of the pain away, but I knew the next morning that I needed to find a chiropractor in Sacramento when it was hurting just as bad as it had the night before.

Three Exercises Must Do For Your Health

aa6Just three basic movements will keep your entire body strong and fit

Like it or not, exercise is an integral part of healthy living. Fortunately, it can be easily and effectively incorporated into your everyday life without having to spend money on a pricey gym membership or personal trainer.

In fact, for the large majority of the population, buying a membership to a fitness center is no more productive than taking diet pills. Studies have shown that of those individuals who enroll in a fitness club, 80 percent drop out within eight weeks.

That’s not to say that gyms are a waste of time. If structured exercise programs work for you, stick with them. If they don’t, then don’t feel guilty, and don’t waste your money. You can get similar results at home.

There are three specific activities that are my favorites for overall strength. Together, they work to maintain strength in all areas of your body, literally from head to toe. You’ll recognize them as old stand-bys:

– Pushups
– Squats
– Trunk Twists

Pushups

The overall best exercise for upper body strength is the pushup. It builds your arms, shoulders, and chest. There are many variations on the pushup.

To increase difficulty of a pushup, elevate your feet on a footstool, bed, or couch. Then suspend one leg in the air or one arm behind the back (or both).

If you can’t do a regular pushup and need to decrease the difficulty, try “pushbacks” using a wall. Stand back from the wall a little further than arm’s length, lean in, and put your palms on the wall at shoulder height and width. Slowly bend your elbows, lean into the wall, and repeat for 10 repetitions. Gradually work up to doing this three times. It is more effective if you don’t lock your elbows at the end of each pushback.

If you have stiffness or tightness between the shoulder blades, or have a problem with slumping shoulders, you can do a variation of the pushback by performing the maneuver in a corner, with your hands on either side of the corner. This will allow you to dip deeper and feel a nice stretch between the shoulders.

Other tips to get the most out of your pushups:

– Keep your weight at the back of your hands near your wrists rather than on your fingertips. If this hurts your wrists, look for “pushup handles” at a sporting goods store, or grab onto dumbbells (use hex-shaped ones, so they won’t roll away).
– Protect your back by keeping your bottom and your abdominal muscles tucked in to keeping it from sagging.
– Keep your hands at least shoulder-width apart to help protect your shoulders.
– Breathe in synchronization with your movement. Inhale on the way down, and exhale on the way up.

Squats

The squat is undoubtedly the best exercise for muscles in the lower body. The safest method is to use a sturdy, firm chair as a “safety net.” Stand in front of the chair with your feet spread shoulder-width apart. Keep your back straight, and your arms extended in front of you. Slowly lower yourself until you almost touch the chair, hold that position for a couple of seconds (longer as you progress) and then slowly come to the upright position again.

This exercise will strengthen the muscles in your legs, knees, and buttocks. If you have good balance, you can also strengthen your calves and ankles by rolling up on the balls of your feet when you’ve reached the standing position. If your balance isn’t so good, do this aspect of the exercise separately while holding on to the back of the chair.

To make squats more difficult, use something lower than a chair, like a short stool or ottoman, or work up to a full squat.

Trunk Twists

Stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart. Hold your arms in front of you at shoulder height, palms facing outward and fingers clasped. Keep your hips still and twist your torso clockwise, then counterclockwise, as far as you can. Be sure your arms and head move with your torso. This is mostly a stretching exercise so don’t “bounce” your trunk at the end of the movement, or you could injure your back. Instead, push as far as you can in one direction before moving back.

You don’t need to do all of these exercises in one concentrated session. Instead, do several of each several times a day.

The Benefits Of Drinking Fresh Juice Daily

aa5Juice is rich in antioxidants and juice fasting supports detoxification

If you have access to a juicer, you should make fresh juice a part of your daily routine. It’s a great way to get 3,000 to 5,000 ORAC units a day (Oxygen Radical Absorbance). Beet juice is particularly good in this respect. Adding beet juice to carrot juice not only sweetens the taste, but also significantly increases your blood’s antioxidant capacity. Plus, beet juice stimulates the production and excretion of bile from the liver and gallbladder—further reducing toxin removal from the liver.

Vegetable juice’s ability to nullify these free radicals and stop oxidation is one of the reasons I recommend a juice fast (as opposed to a water fast). It’s important that the toxins being released during a fast be neutralized and removed from the body as quickly as possible. Juicing takes care of the problem. A juice fast for two or three days each year can do wonders for your overall health.

For those who are extremely toxic or have never fasted before, there are two other techniques that will significantly improve the results. First, I generally recommend that these people take milk thistle, which both protects and helps increase liver function. The active ingredient in milk thistle is a bioflavonoid complex called silymarin. Studies have shown that silymarin can prevent damage to liver cells. It also has the unique ability to stimulate regeneration of damaged liver cells.

The best products for this purpose are concentrated extracts standardized to 70 to 80 percent silymarin content. I recommend that you take 420 to 450 mg a day (half with breakfast and half with dinner) for 30 days starting about a week before you begin a juice fast. The only possible side effect you might notice with this program is loose stools—which are likely due as much to the juice fast as to the milk thistle.

Also, a daily warm water enema should be taken for the first three to five days of any fast. It’s simply another method of quickly getting rid of toxins being released. The longer these toxins remain in the lower bowel, the more likely they will be re-absorbed into your system.

Know More About Healthy Cholesterol Level

aa4Learn why it’s better to focus on reducing risk factors than to focus on a number

Determining what a normal blood cholesterol level is may seem easy, but it’s not as simple as you would think. There are several different types of cholesterol to consider, and experts keep changing what they consider the ideal levels to be.

A prime example was when our National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in 2004 suggested that anyone with LDL cholesterol of more than 100 mg/dL needed to be treated, replacing the previous recommendation of 130 mg/dL. The American Heart Association quickly agreed, and millions of otherwise healthy individuals in this country were instantly “at risk”—and candidates for cholesterol-lowering prescription medication.

The Truth About Cholesterol Guidelines

Cholesterol ratios can be helpful (e.g., the amount of HDL cholesterol as compared to the amount of total cholesterol) in determining risk, but the truth is that no one knows the best cholesterol levels for optimal health. This is one of the reasons why it’s far more helpful to focus on the known causes of heart disease than on hitting a specific cholesterol number.

If your cholesterol level is in the 300s or higher, you should certainly address it. The more total cholesterol you have, the more there is to become oxidized and collect in your arteries. Levels at or around 200 or so shouldn’t cause you concern, though. A healthy diet and adequate physical activity will keep your blood lipid levels in the normal range.

A Special Note to Women About Cholesterol Testing

You probably don’t know about this, but it may significantly affect the outcome of your next cholesterol test.

Researchers have found that a woman’s cholesterol level can vary as much as 20 percent depending on what phase of her menstrual cycle she is in. In a study of healthy, regularly menstruating women ages 18–44, HDL cholesterol levels increased and total cholesterol, LDL, and triglycerides dropped when estrogen levels were rising. The effect peaked and then went the other way at ovulation.

Test results for one-fifth of the women in the study exceeded the “desirable” cholesterol levels at least once. It makes you wonder just how many women are taking cholesterol medication based on misleading results.

We Needed to Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney!

My husband is generally a very calm person, but he has always been a champion for the underdog. When he saw our neighbor punch his wife, he went over and tried to get the man to leave until he calmed down. Instead, the man came after my husband, who knocked him out. He was taken to the hospital, and we thought that was the end of it. However, my husband was arrested later that day, and I knew that we needed to hire the best Sacramento criminal attorney because my husband could face some jail time otherwise.

We were both angry over this, but my husband vowed he would do the same thing again.

Learn More About What Causes High Cholesterol Levels

Learn about two common reasons you may have elevated cholesterol

The most important thing to remember about high cholesterol is that it is a symptom of a problem and not a problem by itself. If your cholesterol levels are high, it’s almost always because of a underlying imbalance somewhere in your body—and by correcting that situation, you can reduce your cholesterol numbers.

Here are two of the biggest causes of high cholesterol levels.

High Cholesterol Cause 1: Damage to Arteries

Cholesterol is usually thought of as fat that floats through the bloodstream and blocks arteries. This is an oversimplification.

While it’s true that cholesterol is found in the plaques that clog arteries, there has to be some type of damage or weakness in the artery wall before cholesterol, calcium, and the other substances that form plaque will begin collecting there. This damage can be caused by dozens of factors, including:

Rancid, oxidized fats
High blood pressure
Loss of arterial elasticity
Nutritional deficiencies
Improperly digested foods
Chemical toxins

If you can reduce the impact of any (and preferably all) of these factors, you will simultaneously reduce your cholesterol level.

High Cholesterol Cause 2: Dietary Imbalances

Highly elevated cholesterol levels can also be symptomatic of dietary problems. Diets that are lacking sufficient fiber or certain vitamins and minerals, or high in saturated fats, cause high blood cholesterol levels. These eating habits also make it harder for cholesterol to stay properly dissolved in the blood, and therefore it’s more likely to “settle out” and accumulate on arterial walls.

Tips to Speed Recovery From Surgery

How to lessen the trauma of even minor surgery

Undergoing a surgical operation, even minor surgery, can be a traumatic experience for your body. Of course, you’ll want to make your recovery as quickly as possible. Incorporating the following five recommendations will help both shorten your hospital stay and get back on your feet sooner.

1. Bank Your Blood

What you may not realize is that some of the most important steps you can take to recovery from surgery happen before you even reach the hospital doors. One of these is being sure to bank your own blood if you’re planning on undergoing surgery that may require transfusions. I’ve been recommending this process (called autologous transfusion) as a pre-surgery precaution for nearly 25 years, and it still is good advice.

Thankfully, due to modern donor blood test screening protocols established after the emergence of HIV in the 80s, now you’re more likely to be transfused with wrong blood type than you are to contract HIV/AIDS or hepatitis from donor blood. However, donor blood still contains other various pathogens, because at any given time the body is fighting some form of infection. For some people it could be simply from a cut on the finger, gum disease, a cold, a chronic sinus problem, etc. But in other people the pathogen might be more virulent.

Research shows that the risk of developing any kind of infection is three times greater in any patient who receives a blood transfusion when compared to a similar patient who doesn’t. And the more blood one receives, the higher the risk of infection.

In many cases, however—hip replacement, bypass procedures, and the like—you have time to donate and bank your own blood prior to the surgery. In a University of Michigan study, individuals who didn’t receive transfusions, and those who banked their own blood before surgery, had the lowest risk of infections and, subsequently, a lower risk of dying during the 100 days after surgery.

Remember that it may take anywhere from four to eight weeks to accumulate enough blood for many surgeries, so plan ahead when possible. When you donate blood, they take a unit, and you can donate once every eight weeks. Your body will replace the plasma (the fluid portion) in a couple days, but it takes two months for your body to replenish the blood cells contained in a pint. If you bank your own blood before surgery, be sure to allow enough time between your last blood draw and the date of your surgery.

2. Supplement Program

In addition to your normal multivitamin-mineral supplement regimen, you also need to make sure you are taking certain vitamins at least a couple of weeks before and two to three months after surgery. Research studies have shown that taking as little as 250 mg a day of vitamin C after surgery cuts the healing time in half.

I recommend you start taking the following supplements at least two weeks prior to the surgery: additional vitamin C (1,000 mg to 2,500 mg), bioflavanoids (1,000 mg), zinc (50 mg), vitamin E in the form of wheat germ oil capsules (50 mg), and a good B-complex (that contains at least 50 mg of pantothenic acid). Also remember that zinc can become toxic if not taken with vitamin A as well as vitamin C, so it would be best to include 20,000 to 25,000 IU of vitamin A daily.

Wheat germ oil can also help in the healing of any scars immediately after surgery when applied directly to the scar area. (Simply puncture the wheat germ oil capsule and squeeze onto the area.)

3. Probiotics and Fiber

If you haven’t already, you should add a probiotic and fiber to your diet during the weeks preceding and months following your surgery. According to one study, patients who ate fiber and probiotics after undergoing a major abdominal surgery or liver transplant had substantially fewer incidences of post-surgical infection than patients given conventional nutrition or placebo. For example, of the 95 patients in the study who received liver transplants, 48 percent of those on conventional nutrition and 34 percent of those receiving the placebo developed infections. Only 13 percent of those receiving the probiotic and additional fiber developed infections.

Based on the results above, surgeons should place all of their patients on probiotics and additional fiber. The difference in infection rates is phenomenal! This simple therapy can reduce suffering, lower death rates, decrease antibiotic use, and shorten the duration of hospital stays, dramatically reducing medical expenditures in this country.

Most people are aware of the immune system-boosting benefits of probiotics (“good bacteria”). But not as many people realize that for probiotics and beneficial bacteria to work and proliferate, they need their own “food,” also known as “prebiotics.” Fiber serves this purpose. Indigestible fiber not only helps bowel motility, but it also serves as base media for the necessary probiotic fermentation process that happens in the bowels. The vitamins and nutrients produced by this process feed the good gut bacteria and prevent infections, which would otherwise start in the area. Increasing the fiber in your diet with raw and cooked fruits and vegetables will make any probiotic work more effectively.

4. Bromelain

A couple of days before and after surgery, it would be wise to include at least 1,000 mg twice daily of bromelain (the pineapple extract). It should be taken between meals with a full glass of water. Bromelain is a powerful proteolytic enzyme (meaning it breaks down proteins). In addition to its uses as a digestive aid, its excellent anti-inflammatory effects reduce swelling and bruising, speeding healing and recovery time. Even pineapple in its raw form has been shown to be effective when applied topically to wounds. Bromelain tablets can be purchased at most health food stores.

5. Sunshine

After your surgery, try to get a bed next to a window that lets in the most sunlight.

Although the public has practically been brainwashed into believing we would be healthier without sunlight exposure, nothing could be further from the truth. Moderate exposure to sunlight is essential for optimal health, and research shows that exposure to sunlight after surgery can help make the recovery process less painful.

In the study, researchers observed the effects of sunlight exposure on the amount of pain medication needed by 89 patients who had recently undergone spinal surgery. Medication use was compared to intensity of sunlight in each of the patients’ rooms. Patients staying on the bright side of the hospital unit were exposed to 46 percent higher intensity sunlight. These patients experienced less perceived stress and less pain, and took 22 percent fewer pain medications per hour than those on the dim side of the hospital. As a result, their cost of pain medication was 21 percent lower.

I see no reason why one wouldn’t experience similar results while recuperating from an illness in a home setting. During your convalescence at home, try to get 15–20 minutes of sun a day, either by sitting outside or at least by a sunny window.

Even though surgery and the subsequent healing process are often frightening and painful, following these five steps will go a long way toward helping you make a quick and full recovery.

Minimize The Stress With Five Steps

Stress. We can’t see it, hear it, taste it, or reach out and touch it. Consequently, we downplay its ability to do us harm. But we shouldn’t.

The effects of unresolved stress are cumulative. Stress depletes the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands. It compromises the immune system and lowers your resistance to illness. It has now been directly linked to cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Simply put, stress can destroy your health.

Here are five simple steps that you should go through every night before you go to sleep to help you come to grips with the unresolved stress and conflicts that have surfaced during the day.

Step 1: Relive Your Day

As you lie in bed, quickly relive the events of the day. If there were instances where you expressed any anger, bitterness, ill will, hatred, or other negative feelings (either verbally or even if you just had these types of thoughts) you need to visualize the situation in your mind, and picture yourself handling it in a positive manner. After doing this for several weeks, you will gradually begin to automatically handle real-life situations in a positive manner. Mentally “transforming” the negative attitudes and feelings will also allow only positive and constructive thoughts to flourish in your subconscious mind.

Step 2: Forgive Yourself and Others

As you begin to re-examine and understand how you react to others, you’ll most likely need to work on forgiveness for both yourself and others. Regardless of how guilty you might feel for past actions, you must come to grips with those actions and forgive yourself. Move on knowing that you are making changes and will become more positive as a result of those past experiences.

Forgiving others begins with truth. You can’t keep the fact that someone hurt you a secret. Openly recognize that you’ve been hurt, experience the sadness, and above all relate this (honestly, but without bitterness) to the person who hurt you. Being totally honest is the only way to allow for forgiveness and start the healing process.

Step 3: Give Thanks

Give thanks for all of the wonderful things in your life. If you can’t find anything to be thankful for, it’s only because it’s easier to feel sorry for yourself than it is to look for the “silver linings” in your life. If nothing else, you should feel extremely positive and thankful that you’re going through this process to make things better from this moment forward.

Step 4: Relax

After a few minutes of working through the above suggestions, it’s time to relax and get rid of the physical stresses that have accumulated throughout the day. You should already be lying flat on your back with a pillow to support your neck and head and with your hands at your sides. Beginning with your toes, first tense the muscles then allow them to relax completely. From there move to your feet, lower legs, thighs, etc., until you finish with the neck and head area. Don’t move onto the next body part until the part you are working on is totally relaxed.

Step 5: Visualize the Positive

Once you have mastered the physical relaxation technique in step 4, it’s time to add some visualization and positive inputs to the process. First, imagine your entire body encompassed by a bright white light. Next, picture yourself as you would like to be. For example, you might see yourself as extremely happy and healthy enjoying a walk on a beautiful spring morning. Picture situations with loved ones or friends in the surroundings you would like to experience. The key is to use your imagination to not only “see” circumstances you would like to occur, but also to develop the ability to imagine how to touch, feel, smell, and even taste those situations. In other words, when you picture yourself in a positive situation, imagine the inputs you’d be receiving from your other senses. The more detailed you can become, the more powerful a tool visualization will be.

As you visualize desired situations, don’t try to picture exactly how they will happen. For example, let’s say you were under a great deal of stress because Aunt Mary never ended her two-week vacation and has continued living in your house for the last eight months. Sure, you could visualize your aunt suddenly having difficulties back home forcing her to leave. But a more positive visualization would be just to picture her not there any longer.

Visualization may seem strange to some people, but we all use it every day in the form of imagination and day dreaming. With a little effort and practice, you can now also use it as a potent tool that can improve your health.

Minimize The Stress With This Five Steps

Stress. We can’t see it, hear it, taste it, or reach out and touch it. Consequently, we downplay its ability to do us harm. But we shouldn’t.

The effects of unresolved stress are cumulative. Stress depletes the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands. It compromises the immune system and lowers your resistance to illness. It has now been directly linked to cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Simply put, stress can destroy your health.

Here are five simple steps that you should go through every night before you go to sleep to help you come to grips with the unresolved stress and conflicts that have surfaced during the day.

Step 1: Relive Your Day

As you lie in bed, quickly relive the events of the day. If there were instances where you expressed any anger, bitterness, ill will, hatred, or other negative feelings (either verbally or even if you just had these types of thoughts) you need to visualize the situation in your mind, and picture yourself handling it in a positive manner. After doing this for several weeks, you will gradually begin to automatically handle real-life situations in a positive manner. Mentally “transforming” the negative attitudes and feelings will also allow only positive and constructive thoughts to flourish in your subconscious mind.

Step 2: Forgive Yourself and Others

As you begin to re-examine and understand how you react to others, you’ll most likely need to work on forgiveness for both yourself and others. Regardless of how guilty you might feel for past actions, you must come to grips with those actions and forgive yourself. Move on knowing that you are making changes and will become more positive as a result of those past experiences.

Forgiving others begins with truth. You can’t keep the fact that someone hurt you a secret. Openly recognize that you’ve been hurt, experience the sadness, and above all relate this (honestly, but without bitterness) to the person who hurt you. Being totally honest is the only way to allow for forgiveness and start the healing process.

Step 3: Give Thanks

Give thanks for all of the wonderful things in your life. If you can’t find anything to be thankful for, it’s only because it’s easier to feel sorry for yourself than it is to look for the “silver linings” in your life. If nothing else, you should feel extremely positive and thankful that you’re going through this process to make things better from this moment forward.

Step 4: Relax

After a few minutes of working through the above suggestions, it’s time to relax and get rid of the physical stresses that have accumulated throughout the day. You should already be lying flat on your back with a pillow to support your neck and head and with your hands at your sides. Beginning with your toes, first tense the muscles then allow them to relax completely. From there move to your feet, lower legs, thighs, etc., until you finish with the neck and head area. Don’t move onto the next body part until the part you are working on is totally relaxed.

Step 5: Visualize the Positive

Once you have mastered the physical relaxation technique in step 4, it’s time to add some visualization and positive inputs to the process. First, imagine your entire body encompassed by a bright white light. Next, picture yourself as you would like to be. For example, you might see yourself as extremely happy and healthy enjoying a walk on a beautiful spring morning. Picture situations with loved ones or friends in the surroundings you would like to experience. The key is to use your imagination to not only “see” circumstances you would like to occur, but also to develop the ability to imagine how to touch, feel, smell, and even taste those situations. In other words, when you picture yourself in a positive situation, imagine the inputs you’d be receiving from your other senses. The more detailed you can become, the more powerful a tool visualization will be.

As you visualize desired situations, don’t try to picture exactly how they will happen. For example, let’s say you were under a great deal of stress because Aunt Mary never ended her two-week vacation and has continued living in your house for the last eight months. Sure, you could visualize your aunt suddenly having difficulties back home forcing her to leave. But a more positive visualization would be just to picture her not there any longer.

Visualization may seem strange to some people, but we all use it every day in the form of imagination and day dreaming. With a little effort and practice, you can now also use it as a potent tool that can improve your health.