THE ALKALINE MOVEMENT – FREE CLASS – TUESDAY, OCT. 23, 7:00 – 8:30PM @ Green Valley Chiropractic & Wellness Center

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Howard Cohn, Co-Founder & Developer of Seven Point 2
He will be sharing the POWER OF AN ALKALINE BODY. Most diseases find it very difficult to exist in an alkaline system. The key is checking your pH to make sure you are at 7.2 or higher. This is achieved through a high nutrient-dense lifestyle with lots of fruits & vegetables. Dr. Cohn has helped to create a GREAT TASTING GREEN DRINK to get most of the vegetables we need to eat… but don’t. COME JOIN US. RSVP with the office at 702.451.0480

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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If you are suffering from stif…

If you are suffering from stiff neck headache, especially if the occurrence is frequent,it might be best for you to see a chiropractor

DAY 12

Welcome to Day 12 of the Purification Program.

Most likely you have enjoyed a day of reintroducing meat back into your diet.  Hopefully you stuck to the amounts recommended and didn’t overdo it.  Remember to pace yourself, as you do not want to spoil 11 days of hard work!

How Should I Feel Today?

You should feel good after the reintroduction of meat into your diet.  Many people find that they have more energy, especially at the gym, after reintroducing protein from food (as opposed to simply adding the whey protein into their shakes).

If you do not feel good, you should ensure you are tracking how you feel and what you are eating in your Daily Intake Journal.  This is a key component of identifying what foods ‘agree’ with you and which ones don’t.  If you find that something you have reintroduced makes you feel less than 100%, experiment with not having that again for a day or so, then reintroduce it and see if the same negative reactions return.  If they do, flag that food as a potential allergen and discuss this with your health care provider.

Weight Loss

Have you not lost weight on the program so far?  Well, don’t give up.  Are your clothes fitting better?  Do you notice that your face is looking healthier?  It is entirely possible that you are losing fat even if you are not losing pounds.  This is actually quite common and you will find that as you continue to eat healthy and exercise the pounds will then begin to come off.

As you are reintroducing meat into your diet, remember that you should not ‘fill up’ on meat.  It is VERY important that you are eating lots of healthy vegetables and limiting your fruit intake.  It is these vegetables (especially cruciferous vegetables) that will help you to become healthier and lose weight.

CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES  – click on   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruciferous_vegetables    to learn more about what cruciferous vegetables

Reminders

Points to Ponder: Cruciferous vegetables have been shown in numerous studies to dramatically reduce your chance of getting cancer, especially hormonal cancers like breast, prostate and ovarian.  Some studies have even shown a reduction in bladder and lung cancer.

References: (Take a quick look!)

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/09/050915003652.htm

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17317210

http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/17/4/938

http://jn.nutrition.org/cgi/content/abstract/138/3/526

http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSARM78181220080317

Eating these powerful foods daily can make dramatic changes in the outcome of your life, so make them part of your diet from now on.  Don’t let the good habits you develop during the purification program go to waste.

One patient said, “I had to learn to eat to live and not just live to eat.”  Great advice!  In reality, good foods taste good and after the 21 days you will surprised to find that almost any meal you like can be made in a healthier manner.  The key is learning to use the right oils, right flour and right sugar (i.e. natural, unrefined sugar cane).  Once you start cooking healthier you will feel better and love the way it tastes.

Recipe of the Day

Fish Creole

Ingredients: 

1 tablespoon organic extra virgin olive oil

1/3 cup celery, thinly sliced

1 medium onion, chopped

¼ cup green pepper, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1 bay leaf

2 ½ tablespoon fresh parsley or 2 ½ teaspoon dried parsley

¼ teaspoon chopped rosemary

1 28 oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes with liquid (or regular)

1 ½ pounds fish fillet (tilapia, sole, etc. try to find wild versus farm raised)

2 cups cooked short grain brown rice (once reintroducing whole grains)

Directions:

1.

In a large saucepan, heat oil and lightly sauté the onion, celery, pepper and garlic until soft.

2.

Add parsley, bay leaf, rosemary and tomatoes.

3.

Leave uncovered and simmer for about 25 minutes.

4.

Add the fish fillets, which have been cut into small pieces.

5.

Simmer till cooked through – approximately 10-12 minutes.

6.

Remove the bay leaf and serve alone or with brown rice if directed by physician.

Shoulder Sport Injuries and Chiropractic Care

1361740537_7c6bbebfceAthletes and sports enthusiasts suffer from different sports injuries, the most common one being shoulder injuries, contracted during the strenuous activities and efforts required during various sports. Chiropractors provide effective treatment methods to rid the patients of the pain and suffering of a shoulder injury.

How Are Shoulder Sports Injuries Contracted?

Shoulder sport injuries are contracted by professional athletes and individuals who pursue a certain sport as a hobby. The strenuous and exhausting practice procedures, along with the constant exertion on the body, result in acute muscular pains in the arm and shoulder regions, for the sports professionals. In extreme cases, the pain spreads throughout the entire arm, causing sore and stiff shoulder muscles and tingling pain up to the fingers.

The sports which require extensive physical effort like basketball, baseball, football, etc., require the players to engage in different repetitive movements, which sometimes cause shoulder sport injuries.

Symptoms of Shoulder Injuries

Shoulder injuries which are very common among sports athletes and professionals present certain symptoms and signs which help in the diagnosis of the form of injury. A patient with a shoulder pain which persists for a couple of days has a high risk of suffering from a shoulder injury which needs to be treated promptly.

Recurring episodes of shoulder pain is also a sign of a shoulder injury, while inability to carry objects highlights the extent of damage suffered by the shoulder of an individual. In extreme cases, the shoulder injury causes a deformity in the joint and damages the muscles of the shoulder, which leaves the individual in extreme pain.

Shoulder injuries also include bruises and swellings around joints or the arm region of the body, which results in stiff muscles that are difficult to move. In some cases, the patient suffers from a fever and swelling with an infection, if there is acute damage to the muscles and joints of the shoulder region. Some individuals also face difficulty in moving their injured shoulder and experience pain in the area throughout the day.

Treatment Options

Shoulder injuries require prompt and efficient medical treatment, carefully administered, to ensure that there are no further damages to the injured area. Rest and anti-inflammatory medicines are prescribed by doctors to bring down the swelling in the shoulder. Various painkillers are prescribed which only serve to alleviate the pain for a short period of time. Chiropractors provide effective treatment for the shoulder sports injuries contracted by different individuals.

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5 Common Symptoms of Poor Posture and How to Treat Them with Exercise

Good posture is very important when it comes to a healthy way of living.  Chiropractors help you maintaining one.  A lot of people don’t comprehend the importance of a good posture.  Some experience varying degrees of pain all over the body that gradually turns into major complications.  What people fail to realize is that the root of many of the simplest and even the complex of all health issues are usually linked to the body posture, in one way or another.

If someone is experiencing anything from the following symptoms, it would be a wise idea to get their posture evaluated to see if that is causing any of the complications.  Fortunately, a few relatively simple exercises can help in restoring the body posture and eliminate any problems associated with it.

1.    HEAD

Following symptoms may be felt in the head due to incorrect postures:

  • The person may have frequent headaches, including the ‘throbbing’ feeling
  • It feels that the head may split open
  • It feels as if something is pounding inside the head
  • The individual may suffer from dizziness and a loss of sense of balance
  • The sounds around them may seem way too loud to them along with a ringing sound in the ears

2.    EYES

The eyes may be subjected to the following:

  • The eye-sockets are painful and cause the eyes to feel sore
  • Rolling the eyes causes pain
  • Eyes lose their natural wetness
  • The vision starts to get blurry

3.    NECK

The neck is a quite sensitive area due to the passing spinal cord and is almost always affected by a bad posture.

  • Shooting neck pain
  • Muscle spasms occur regularly
  • The neck feels stiff

4.    JAW

The jaw bone is also affected by bad posture in the following way:

  • The individual may start experiencing TMJ pain
  • It gets painful to chew, and a popping sound is heard
  • The cheek muscles start to hurt
  • Shoulders are also significantly affected:
  • The person may feel pain in the socket
  • It may become difficult to raise arm or when trying to scratch the back

5.    SHOULDER

 

Exercise

Fortunately, before any complicated problems start happening, a chiropractor can prescribe exercises that are aimed at strengthening muscles and bones and help in restoring a proper body posture.  Many of the exercises are easy to do at home and are designed to relax stiff muscles, keep the spinal column in a correct shape and thereby improve the overall lifestyle.

Exercise is also a great way to avoid heart diseases, high blood pressures, diabetes and scores of other diseases that result from

ARE YOU CONTENT?

Are you content with being among the “average American”?  40% will die of heart disease or suffer a disabling stroke or lose their legs due to heart disease.  It is estimated that 95% of the US population over 40 already have heart disease, with no symptoms, and carry a 50% chance of dying from that disease.

HEART DISEASE IS REVERSIBLE!!!  You can change the odds for yourself and for your family.  If you follow a 90% whole food, plant-based lifestyle, exercise and reduce your risk factors, you can virtually eliminate any heart disease risk you currently have.

FREE CLASS TONIGHT – 6:15-7:00  I will be discussing how you can change the tables on your health.  It is also check-in for our participants on the 21 Day Freedom Plan.

REMEMBER, good health is not merely the absence of disease.  Good health assumes protection from disease in the future and can be predicted only by a healthy lifestyle and diet.

You cannot buy your health.  You must earn it by healthy living.

Excerpts taken from a tremendous book I just finished by Dr. Joel Furhmer.  In the thirty years I have been in practice, Dr. Fuhrmer’s work is the closest to the lifestyle I embrace and that I feel is the most effective in providing the life that God has intended for us.  I encourage you to read his book, Eat To Live.  You will glad you did.

SEE YOU TONIGHT….

 

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

Ergonomics and Employee Productivity

020614-N-0552D-001Ergonomics has become a very popular field, which deals with designing suitable furniture, which is comfortable for individuals, both at home and in the office environment. The absence of ergonomically fit furniture and surroundings, results in different muscular problems in individuals like back pain, neck ache, strains, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Chiropractors provide treatment for alleviating the pain caused because of engaging in strenuous activities throughout the day.

How Is Employee Productivity Linked To Ergonomics?

Ergonomics or human factors, focuses on designing furniture and workplaces, so as to ensure convenience and ease for individuals, both at home and at the office. An ergonomically fit work environment is designed to ensure, that the working stations and the furniture used, are in accordance with the industry standards. It facilitates the functioning and activity of employees, engaged in work at the computer or at the factory floor.

Employees working in an environment, in which the work spaces and the computer equipment are stationed within easy reach, and do not cause any strain, will remain fit and healthy, resulting in efficient productivity. A considerable percentage of employees, contract different muscular pains and strains, which affects their work efficiency. In cases of extreme pain, sometimes individuals have to take time off from work in order to regain enough fitness to resume work.

Benefits of Ergonomically Fit Surroundings

An office having a work station and space, specifically designed keeping in mind the ergonomic standards prevalent in the industry, facilitates the factory workers and office employees in performing their duties efficiently and on time. This improves the overall productivity, resulting in increasing profits for the business.

By designing a safe and ergonomically fit factory production site, companies can ensure minimum accidents and absences of workers. The suitably designed production lines, with the appropriate equipment, increase productivity and worker efficiency, and reduce the wastes to a minimum.

The correct usage of lights and space in the workplace improves productivity and minimizes errors, which results in high job satisfaction.

An ergonomically fit work place is not only convenient for the employees and workers, but it also benefits the business by improving the productivity levels of the company. The improved morale and work efficiency of the employees, increases job satisfaction, and also minimizes the risk of accidents and muscular strains, caused because of inconveniently and unsuitably designed work places. Chiropractors provide treatment to employees suffering from various muscular strains and pains, contracted while working in an office.

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Importance of Blending Chiropractic Care with Back-Strengthening Exercise

Side_PlankBack problems often are a result of a bad posture that could cause severe pains.  Restoring the back to its original and natural condition takes time, and a combination of chiropractic care with the recommended exercise can dramatically enhance recovery.

A combination of the two provides numerous benefits.  Exercise keeps muscles in their proper tone, increases blood circulation around the body, improves digestion and develops a better lifestyle all together.

The following back-strengthening exercises complement the healing process greatly:

Hip Bridge

The Hip Bridge exercise strengthens those muscles near the lower back that play an important role in stabilizing the spine.

It can be carried out by lying on the back with the feet flat and about hip width apart; the knees should be bent.   The arms should be relaxed.  The person then squeezes their buttocks as they lift their hips in a straight line towards the shoulders.  After around 3 seconds, return to the starting position, slowly.

Around 12 repetitions are recommended.

Bird Dog

The bird dog exercise aims at strengthening the lower back, hip, butt and thigh muscles.

The person kneels on the floor with both hands spaced out about a shoulder-width apart.  Tuck in the belly towards the spine and raise one leg straight backwards while raising the other hand in opposite direction.

Hold in this position for 15 seconds and then return to starting point, carrying out the same procedure on the opposite side hand and leg.

Side Plank

The side plank exercise strengthens the lower back.  It is done by the following method:

The person is to lie on their right side, straight from head to the feet while resting on their forearms.  The elbow should be directly under their shoulder.  The abdominals are to be gently contracted and the hips slowly lifted off the floor – in the same straight position.

This position should be held for at least about 30 seconds before lowering the hip.

Lunge

Lunge exercises enhance a person’s overall control of their body.  This tends to protect the spine in daily activities, such as walking and running or even stair-climbing.

Starting off with the abs gently contracted.  The hands are placed on the hips; the person then takes a big step-forward using the right foot while sinking the right knee at a right-angle.

The person should then slowly return to the starting position, switch the legs and repeat – 10 repetitions are recommended.

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