Compassion and Empathy

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There is a lot of talk today about being happy and how to get there. According to the Dalai Lama, “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” Radio personality Dr. Laura Schlesinger gave advice to people who were seriously unhappy to go out and help other people. Helping others appears to be one way to finding happiness.

What does this have to do with compassion and empathy? Everything. When we practice empathy, that is extending our imagination to where we can experience what someone else is going through in a different situation. Practicing compassion means to be loving and kind toward others.

Some people claim that they don’t feel that they naturally have any empathy or compassion for others. This doesn’t let you off the hook. In fact, it’s a cop-out. Developing compassion and empathy is a skill that can be developed over time. If you want to be happy, check and see where you might be able to improve your compassion and empathy IQ.

Look for common experiences. This is a key to positive and productive networking. But if you’re not genuine it won’t go anywhere. Put some authenticity behind it and suddenly you’ll find yourself very socially connected with people who genuinely enjoy your company. Our sense of compassion actually increases when there is a common connection between people.

Reduce the emphasis on financial reward. We already know that money can’t buy happiness. That also means that money doesn’t buy compassion either. As people climb in social status, their compassion for others tends to decline. Take a look at the monied class (celebrities, politicians, tycoons) to see how out of touch they are with the middle class.

Love Yourself. You thought I was going to say you have to love others, right? Yes, that’s the end goal. But if you don’t love yourself, it’s very difficult to be compassionate and loving toward others. Being gentle with your own human traits and habits is a much faster way to overcome problems than to beat yourself up about it. Other people respond better to compassionate understanding than being bullied too. Try it in the workplace sometime.

Be Present. When talking with others, be sure to focus on that person. Don’t worry about the beep or buzz from your cell phone notifying you of a text or email. Put yourself fully in the moment with the person you’re talking to in order to practice compassion and empathy. They’ll appreciate it and you’ll feel better.

Think back to times when someone has done something compassionate for you. It feels great. That’s a step toward happiness. Thank people who treat you with compassion and empathy and you’ll be on the road to feeling happier than you did before.

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DAY TWO – ENERGY & TOXIN RELEASE

I hope everyone is doing well….   This is when it is common to experience increased fatigue, possible headaches and a general feeling of malaise (just feeling “crummy”). 

As toxins are leaving your body, which they are doing very efficiently at this very minute, your energy levels may drop because it takes alot of energy to move the toxins out of your body.  The whole food supplements you are taking are increasing your body’s ability to move the toxins properly out of your body through your skin, lungs, urine and GI tract.  When you feel up to it, cardio exercise is an excellent way to improve your body’s ability to clear your toxins.

Once the toxins in your system start to clear from your system, energy levels will start to climb.  In some cases, as much as 2-4 times normal.  This is not a “speedy” feeling.  It’s just an overall feeling of elevated well being.

KEEP THE FAITH!!!   YOU ARE DOING GREAT!!!

SHAKES – For those of you struggling with your shakes, try my favorite recipe:

  • 3/4 cup Frozen Pineapple Chunks from Trader Joe’s
  • 3/4 cup Frozen Mango from Trader Joe’s
  • Add purified water and blend thoroughly to the consistancy of a thin shake
  • Add two level scoops of SP Complete Powder
  • If you feel you must, for flavor, add Stevia or Blue Agave from Trader Joe’s
  •      (It is best to go without the sweetener as your sugar cravings will reduce faster without the sweeteners)
  • You can also try adding some cinnamon to flavor
  • Susie’s suggestion – When using Strawberries – thaw them out first before adding to increase flavor

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK – THIS IS THE MOST CHALLENGING TIME – JUST WAIT UNTIL DAY 5 WHEN YOUR ENERGY STARTS TO CLIMB!!!

Dr. Roles

Board Certified Chiropractic Internist & Clinical Nutritionist

Lumbar Disc Condition

images (24)What is Lumbar Disc Herniation?

Structure

The backbone is comprised of several discs that are fixed between two vertebras. The spongy material can be compared to a jelly donut, which has an outer cover and is filled with a soft jelly on the inside. Similarly, a disk has a strong outer covering and a soft substance as a filling.

The Leak

Several times the outer coating of the disc is ruptured, causing an opening for the inner jelly like substance to seep out. Once out of its protective outer laying, the leaked material interferes with the normal functioning of the spinal nerves. The already narrow spacing of the spine, through which nerve roots runs, is narrowed further and puts pressure on the nearby nerves.

Lumbar Specific Herniation

Lumbar region is found in the lower back and is considered to be the strongest area of the spine. It is said to bear a large portion of the weight of the body. Sciatic nerve is said to be a conglomeration of nerve roots running down from the lumbar spine. Therefore, lumber disc injuries can cause pain in the legs and feet.

Symptoms

As the lumbar region is strongly associated with the leg and feet area, one of the significant signs of lumbar disc injuries includes pain in the legs. Another symptom common to this condition is the tingling sensation in the feet. Feet might also feel weak and numb at times following a lumbar disc herniation.

The lumber region falls in your lower back area, therefore lower back pain is another common sign and symptom. Almost every body part below the lumbar region easily gets affected by lower back disc injuries. A weak bladder or loss of control of bowel movement and pain in the buttocks are considered to be symptoms of this condition as well. Other common indications include muscle weakness, groin pain as well as atrophy.

Visiting a Chiropractor

Considered to provide a conservative treatment, chiropractors can alleviate lumbar disc injuries. A case study of a 26 year old man is a validation for the success of recovery associated with visiting a chiropractor.  Within a period of 90 days, the patient, who suffered from a lumbar herniated disc due to an athletic injury, completely recovered from the condition. Utilizing activator adjustment instrument (AAI), a controlled mechanical force was applied to the location of concern. A follow up after 12 months indicated successful long term recovery.

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Cervical Herniated Disc – Disc Injuries and Chiropractic Care

Cervical_fracture_dislocation_C6-C7Individuals, engaged in strenuous everyday tasks of lifting and shifting heavy loads, and operating machines and computers for long hours on end, run a high risk of experiencing spinal disc injuries. Injuries in the spine or neck region tend to cause extreme pain and hindrance in the movement of the back or neck. Cervical herniated disc is a medical condition in which the patient feels excruciating pain in the neck, due to a slipped disc. Chiropractors provide invasive treatment methods for relieving the pain in the neck and spinal areas of the body.

What Is A Cervical Herniated Disc?

It is a medical condition, in which the individual suffers from extreme pain in the neck, and sometimes shoulder region, due to a slipped disc or pressure on a nerve. Cervical herniated disc injuries are less common than a lumbar herniated disc, which affects the lower region of the body. A cervical herniated disc condition is in the neck region of the body.

The 7 applicable vertebra of the spine are termed as C1 to C7, in a descending manner, for medical convenience. Between every two vertebra, a disc is located which serves as shock absorbers for the spine. The exertion and pressure on the neck and spine of the body causes swelling or bulging of the disc which might in extreme cases, even cause the disc to rupture, resulting in severe disc injuries.

The swelling and bulging of the disc exerts pressure on the nerves, which results in extreme pain in the neck and back region, hampering movement of the affected individual. A slipped disc or cervical herniated disc in the vertebra segment of C4 to C5 causes nerve root impingement, which results in pain in the upper shoulder or arm, hindering movement. Any swelling in the cervical segment of C5 to C6 results in weakening the front arm muscles, also called biceps, and causes a numbing and tingling pain in the wrist. It is the most common area in which a cervical herniated disc condition occurs.

The herniation of the discs in the C6 to C7 vertebra results in creating painful sensations in the back muscles of the arm, also called triceps,  which extends all over the hand, causing pain up to the fingers. Any disc herniation in the C7 to T1 region, results in affecting the control and grip of the hand, with a tingling pain and numb sensation throughout.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care and treatment methods are highly effective for different musculoskeletal disorders and spinal disc injuries, experienced by individuals because of over exertion and engagement in strenuous activities. Chiropractors provide services for joint and muscle adjustment and pain relief.

 

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Chiropractor Henderson shares shoulder exercises for beginners.

Body: Here is a simple exercise that you can do at home with no equipment.

It works the areas related to the shoulder such as deltoid – anterior, deltoid – lateral, pec major – clavical head, and coracobrachialis muscles.

The purpose of this exercise is to Increase shoulder strength and muscular endurance. By doing this exercise you can have the benefits of Improved stability, functional strength and injury p

Begin on floor on hands and knees.

Hips should be above knees and shoulders above hands. Attain a straight spine position.

Activate core muscles. While maintaining a straight spine, reach forward until arm is at shoulder level. Slowly return to start position.

Repeat for prescribed repetitions and sets.

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Chiropractic

800px-Playing_childrenWhat is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

Being one of the most commonly occurring behavioral disorders, ADHD can be diagnosed at a very early stage. Three main elements namely hyperactivity, inattention and impulsivity can be the basis for this disorder and can be obvious at a very early age. Although, it is common for children to be inattentive and run around, the inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsivity for ADHD comes forward in an exaggerated manner.

To be diagnosed with ADHD, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders- IV (DSM-IV) gives a list of certain signs and symptoms that have to prevail for a period of at least six months. However, care needs to be taken not to engage in self diagnosis or in the process of diagnosing your child yourself. Several times, only certain traits for as particular disorder are prevalent, indicating that a full blown diagnosis cannot be given.

How Can Chiropractics Help With ADHD?

What A Chiropractic Practitioner Does?

Chiropractic is based in the belief that the spine is the central structure and determines the activities and functioning in every other part of the body. Spine manipulation is adopted several times to stimulate the joints and adjust the spine. Chiropractic doctors make use of manual therapies where they use their hands and apply a certain amount of force at an area of concern.

Kids and Chiropractic

Chiropractic is mostly associated with adults who have pain in the back or neck and visit the practitioners for alleviation of the pain. With adults, they make use of high velocity thrust, if the case requires so. However, with infants and young children, they take the sensitivity of their bones into special consideration. With kids, chiropractic doctors avoid every sort of pressure and the pressure applied is equal to a fingers touch.

Spine Manipulation and Chiropractic

The area of the brain associated with ADHD is called the reticular activating system. This area is involved in two other activities of the body – the vision and hearing. Besides the reticular activating system, patients with ADHD are believed to have an under functioning in the frontal lobe, the cerebellum and the right or left hemisphere.

Depending on the side that is your child’s strength (whether he is right or left handed), the particular hemisphere is likely to be under functioning. Based on these issues, the child faces major obstacles in processing and interpreting information. With the help of chiropractics, the spine manipulation therapies can be utilized to activate and stimulate the under functioning areas of the brain. Thereby, treating ADHD in younger children and preventing it from being carried till adulthood.

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THE WAVE – An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Sponsored by LIFE CHIROPRACTIC COLLEGE WEST…. this was one of the most inspiring events I have been to in my 32 years of practice.  They spoke the truth about CHIROPRACTIC.  They spoke the truth about HUMANPOTENTIAL.  They spoke the truth about this AMAZING BODY of ours and it’s innate ability to heal.  You see, there is, within each and every one of us, a HEALING FORCE.  A powerful force that knows nothing but what needs to be done to make this body better. A FORCE, I believe, that was put within us when God breathed life into Adam.

They spoke the truth about the SPINE & NERVOUS SYSTEM and about SUBLUXATION.  Our body has miraculous abilities, God-given abilities to heal; however, if the flow of LIFE FORCE, the FLOW OF ENERGY within our bodies is disrupted or INTERFERED WITH, we lose our health.  In fact, the consequences can be deadly.

Imagine as if you had a network of computers operating a city, and that network was dependent upon fiber optic cables to transmit data between the different computers.  And that these computers provided life for the city in the way of water, power, electricity and gas.  What do you imagine would happen if, all of a sudden, the fiber optic system was compromised.  That there was INTERFERENCE in the fiber optic line.  WHAT WOULD HAPPEN???

PEOPLE WOULD DIE…. RIGHT?  Especially the elderly who are life dependent upon electricity for their heating, cooling and refrigeration.

This is exactly what is going on inside your body. There is an INNATE INTELLIGENCE, like the main frame computer, that is running the show.  And it requires a complex network of FIBER OPTIC CABLES called NERVES to carry the information from one part of the body to the next. The SPINE is your LIFELINE, because that is exactly where the NERVES are flowing through.  You see, when you are SUBLUXATED, you lose the vast network of cables / nerves traveling down the spine and out to all of the organs.  And just as that city required a LIFELINE, an intact system of communication, your body does too.

Without that LIFELINE, without a NERVOUS SYSTEM FREE OF INTERFERENCE, you end up with DEATH.  No different than the elderly in the city that has lost it’s connection to the MAIN COMPUTER.

So…. TURN ON YOUR LIFE FORCE….. GET ADJUSTED TODAY…… YOUR KIDS TOO……

Special thanks to Dr. Brian Kelly, President, Life Chiropractic College West

DIABETES – PREVENTION & ELIMINATION

There is abundant evidence revealing that, if you have Diabetes Type II, you do not have to live with it or just contol it.  YOU CAN GET RID OF IT!

IT IS FAR MORE IMPORTANT TO WATCH YOUR WEIGHT

THAN TO WATCH YOUR BLOOD SUGARS.

THE ANSWER:  Say NO to SAD – the Standard American Diet which is 87% refined foods and animal products.  Say YES to a 90% Whole Food Plant-based Lifestyle (Vegetables, Fruit, Beans, Nuts & Seeds).  You can still have the foods you are used to….. but only 10%…..

Here is what happens:   As your weight increases, your body develops a resistance to your insulin, which causes your blood sugar to rise.  This causes your body to produce even more insulin applying stress to your pancreas.  The increase in insulin causes your body to store more fat and thus you develop more resistance to the insulin you are producing.  It is a vicious cycle causing the pancreas to overwork, fatigue and give out.  When this happens, the blood sugars continue to rise out of control and, before you know it, you have diabetes.

THE GOOD NEWS IS… THIS IS ENTIRELY REVERSIBLE….

As you increase the nutrients and fiber in your diet with a Whole Food Plant-Based Lifestyle, your weight starts to drop and the insulin in your body begins to function properly.  This reduces the stress on your pancreas which allows it to repair and as your weight continues to drop to a normal weight, your body’s production of insulin is normalized and your blood sugars are normalized.

MEDICAL NOTE:  Be sure to check with your physician if you are on Diabetic medications before you try this program and before you attempt to reduce your medication.  Change your medication only under the guidance of your medical doctor.  If you make these changes while on your med’s without monitoring them medically, you may end up with complications from excessive insulin in your body.  So, be sure to keep your doctor on board.

21 DAY FREEDOM PLAN – DAY ZERO – PREPARATION

Click on the link to listen to Coach Susie share some important tips on preparing for your Purification Program