DAY 21 – CONGRATULATIONS!!! You’ve made it!!! What to do now….

If you just completed the SP Purification Program and have not had a consultation with me, please call the office to schedule an appointment, either at the office or over the phone.  In the meantime, ask yourself these questions… and consider these options…

o   How did things go for you?

o   Did you achieve the goals you set out to achieve?

o   Where would you like your current health direction to go?

o   Do you wish to stay on the program?   Yes – No                              How Long?

o   Do you want to re-introduce any foods?  Yes – No

o   What foods do you want to introduce?

o The healthiest foods to re-introduce are:

   §  Hummis

   §  Beans

   §  Eggs

   §  Meat (Organic Free-Range)

   §  Raw Nuts (be very careful on portion control – just enough to fit in the palm of your hand)

o A good food to add is Goat Yogurt (plain) from Trader Joe’s (you can add in the fruit)

§  Foods to watch very carefully are:

§  Bread

§  Pasta

§  Cereal

§  Milk

§  Cheese

§  FOODS TO AVOID CONTINUE TO BE:

§  Wine

§  Beer

§  Sugar

§  Caffiene

§  White Rice, white bread, white pasta…

 

o   RE-INTRODUCTION OF YOUR FOODS

o   ROTATE –

§  start a new food group every three days

§  Watch for any changes in

·        Your energy

·        Your overall sense of well-being

·        Your sleeping

·        Your bowel movements

·        Your digestion

o   Indigestion / heartburn / gas

o   FOOD RE-INTRODUCTION JOURNAL

§  Make notes of the food you re-introduced, when you introduced it and what, if any, changes you noted

o   WEIGHT-LOSS

o   To maximize your weight loss, keep on the same food program

o   Ok to increase protein servings to 2-4 per day

o   Coleus Forte is a helpful “fat burner” to add to your program

o   SUPPLEMENTS

o   BASIC

             §  MULTIPLE                        Catalyn                                              3-3

§  MINERALS                        Trace Minerals B12                      3-3

§  OILS                                    Tuna Fish Oil                                  2-2

o   ADDITIONS

§  Do you want to keep drinking your shake daily?

·        SP Complete Shake        1 shake per day                             

§  How are your bowel movements?

·        Gastrofiber or Whole Food fiber                                          

·        GF                                                                                     3-3

·        WFF                                                                                 1 scoop / day

§  Do you want additional aid for weight loss?

·        Coleus Forte                                                                     2/day                 

§  If you want extra protection against breast cancer you can add

·        Black Currant Seed (GLA)                                               2/day                    

o   DO YOU HAVE ANY HEALTH CONCERNS YOU WOULD LIKE TO CHANGE?

o   You can schedule a private consultation with me to discuss these concerns

o   No charge

o   FOLLOW-UP

o   Check in with Lisa or Susie once / month when you pick up your supplements

o   I am always available for private consultation for your assistance

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.

Types of Back pain

Posterior_view_of_lumbar_region_for_electrostimulation_electrode_placementAs any good chiropractor would tell you, there is no single cause of back pain. This is because back pain can occur due to various reasons, and affect different areas. It is important that you have an understanding of the nature of your ailment before going to the chiropractor for treatment.

Location Of The Pain

Back pain is classified in two categories, depending on where the pain occurs.

Upper Back Pain

Pain in the upper back, shoulders or neck is termed as upper back pain. There can be certain causes of upper back pain, such as stretched tendons or damaged ligaments due to strenuous physical work. Upper back pains aren’t as common as lower back pains, and can be treated by taking pain relievers such as Paracetamol or by visiting a Chiropractor.

Lower Back Pain

Like the name suggests, lower back pains are directed at the base of the back, and occur due to the overstretching of muscles in the lower back or direct injury to that area. This pain can be caused by a variety of reasons, such as lifting something heavy or bending in an awkward position. Treatment for lower back pains is the same as for upper back pains.

Duration Of The Pain

Besides location, pain can also be classified according to duration.

Acute Back Pain

A short term pain, lasting from a few days to weeks, is called an acute back pain. There may be numerous causes of this pain, the most common being blunt trauma caused by Ankylosing spondilytis, arthritis or other medical conditions.

The symptoms of this pain can range from muscular aches and incorrect posture to shooting pains in the buttocks and back of the legs. Acute back pain can lead to serious problems, but is generally harmless, and most people tend to let it heal itself.

Chronic Back Pain

If the pain lasts for more than 3 months, it is termed as chronic back pain. The cause of chronic back pain can rarely be determined without the help of a Chiropractor or other medical professional. This long term pain gets progressively worse with time; immediate treatment is necessary to prevent further complications.

Now that you know what type of back pain you suffer from, you can act on them by looking up for home treatments online, or doing exercises which may stimulate the back. It is also recommended that you visit your nearest chiropractor who could suggest you treatment options.

 

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Take Your Kids to a Chiropractor

kid8118About Chiropractic care

Chiropractic care has become very popular among parents with kids who suffer from back pain. While conventional treatments continue to be used and provide results, there is more to chiropractic than just alleviating back pains. Many health complications can occur in a child which may go undiagnosed. It is essential to achieve proper development for kids, and chiropractic care aims to serve that.

Take Your Child to a Chiropractor

The methods and treatment plan of chiropractic care in children has been proven as being safer than conventional treatment. Chiropractic treatments involve adjustment and aligning of the spinal cord through hands and by stimulating muscles. It seeks to improve range of motion and bodily functions by relieving back and neck pain. However, regular visits to a chiropractor can improve general health and, on the long run, promote well being and vitality.

Effective chiropractic treatment on children:

  • Encourages neural development ( brain and nerves)
  • Improves the child’s immunity
  • Assists in dealing with irritable baby syndrome and colic
  • Helps in dealing with behavioral disorders
  • Improves immunity and prevents injuries
  • Helps in relieving breathing problems and allergies
  • Assists in sleeping disorders and bed wetting issues
  • Improves posture
  • Increases concentration

Better Alternative

Research has shown chiropractic care as a better alternative over conventional treatments in many ways. Conventional treatments like surgeries and prescription drugs are known to provide a temporary solution to back pain. Chiropractic care, on the other hand, is a non-invasive method that addresses the whole body of a child. It does not involve any use of medications or spinal surgery.

Conventional treatments can be expensive, and on many occasions go uncovered by medical insurance. However, a chiropractic treatment is highly recommended by medical experts, and is cost effective as well. There are also potential fall backs and side effects of getting a spinal surgery or medicinal use in such an early age. These may lead to development of disorders, addictions, and health complications later on in the child’s life. Studies and personal experiences of parents show that chiropractic care is much safer with very few and mild, to no side effects at all.

Makes the Difference

Every parent wishes their child reaches milestones like first steps, first words, and first day at school, etc. in optimum health. Chiropractic care seeks to promote proper development in children to ensure they grow up healthy and strong.

 

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Chiropractor Henderson shares low back exercises for beginners.

Here is a simple exercises that you can do at home with no equipment.

It works the multifidus, erector spinae, transverse abdominus, oblique muscles.

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


Begin lying on your back.

Extend arms above head flat on floor.

Activate core and lift knees above hips and maintain a 90/90 hip and knee position.

Activate core.

Lift one arm off the floor and raise it towards ceiling until above shoulder level while simultaneously extending one leg downward towards floor.

Pause momentarily.

Return to start position, alternating sides.

Core activation should be maintained throughout entire exercise.

Repeat for recommended repetitions and sets.

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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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Testimony – Deep Blue Essential Oil

I was amazed with my first experience with an essential oil called Deep Blue. A friend gave me a sample to share with patients. 

I had a patient with severe foot pain that no drug could touch. We couldn’t help her. So I rubbed some Deep Blue on her foot and sent her home with a small sample. 

The oil was very powerful and effective. For the first time in months, her pain reduced, so much, in fact, that she called back within two days ordering two bottles. 

We are excites to bring these oils to you from doTERRA (Gift from the Earth).

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Treatment and Prevention of Muscle Cramps during Exercise

6253806401_9a9cd9a555Muscle cramps that are caused by exercise can be very painful and can cause athletes to drop out of competitions.  Muscle cramps can happen in any types of sports and are usually a result of muscle fatigue, a loss of electrolytes or dehydration.

Cramps are not limited to sports, they can happen even to people who are not involved in any type of sports.  Repetitive cramps can be healed by a chiropractor by aligning the vertebrae correctly in the spine using various techniques.

Causes of Cramps

The American College of Sports Medicine published a review on the causes of muscle cramps during exercise – two possible causes were identified that lead to muscle cramps.

The first was credited to muscle fatigue.  Neuromuscular systems are embedded into muscles to allow control of contraction of the muscles. When this system malfunctions, contraction of muscle takes place and then causes the cramps.

Muscles that are regularly used, such as those of an athlete or a person with a very active lifestyle, are at a higher risk of experiencing cramps or spasms.

The second major cause is a result of an excessive fluid loss from the body (sweat), which decreases the body’s electrolytes level.  This depletes the body of sodium.

Body’s Natural Cooling System

The body is designed to cool itself by sweating when body temperature starts to rise beyond normal levels.   The loss of electrolytes due to sweating can cause depletion of body’s electrolytes and if it is not replenished properly, it will cause cramps.

What are Electrolytes?

Electrolytes are minerals including sodium, chloride, magnesium and potassium. They are dissolved in the body and directly control the required muscle contractions and nerve conductions.

Consuming bananas to treat muscle cramps has no solid ground and there is no evidence to support such a remedy.

Treating Muscle Cramps

– Fatigued Muscles

Treatment of muscle cramps depends upon the initial cause.  For those people who experience a muscle cramp due to a strenuous workload such as exercise or sports, chiropractors recommend treatments such as a massage, application of cold packs to the affected muscles and passive stretching.

Proper rest must be given to those muscles which have experienced an overload due to stress.

– Cramps due to Loss of Electrolytes

For those people who suffer from cramps as a result of excessive sweating and a deficit of sodium, the same methods of treatment can be used besides replenishing the lost fluid levels.

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ARE YOU STILL HUNGRY?

Remember, on the SP Purification Program, as you eliminate the foods that you crave, your body will at first experience a desire for them. You will feel like you are hungry when you really are not. You just feel “uneasy” because the body is starting to detoxify. If you were to eat your sugar, your chocolate or your starches… whatever you crave, the detoxification will stop and your “hunger” will go away. This is not true hunger, it is ADDICTIVE HUNGER. Once your body has cleared the toxins (3-5 days), your “hunger” will go away, your cravings will reduce and you will start to experience NORMAL HUNGER. A real sign when your body is actually telling you it is time to eat.

ALSO…. remember to eat LARGE AMOUNTS of greens and vegetables, both cooked and raw. Ideally a pound of each per day. The high amount water, fiber and nutrients will remove your hunger completely once your addictive hunger has passed.

Hope this helps…. Keep up the good work

Dr. Roles

Four Secrets to Increase Your Work Productivity

If you find yourself having trouble being productive at work, here are a couple tips that might be helpful.

1. Throw Out Perfectionism. Good does not have to equal great. In fact good enough is sometimes better than great because you can produce good work on time, where producing great work might put you way behind a project plan. When that happens other important tends to get ignored. This not only makes you work harder, longer, and faster, but you will ultimately burn out and find it harder and harder to recover. Trust yourself that the work you are doing is good enough and then give yourself props for getting it done on time.

2. Prepare for the Day Ahead. People who get a lot done in a single day are organized and know exactly what they are doing on any given day. The biggest secret is time spent either at the end of the previous day or early every morning is to take quiet time alone and plan the day out. Create a “to-do” list and prioritize tasks. Then make sure you handle the most important and/or the most difficult tasks first or when you know yourself to be most productive. Physically writing out the list improves your memory on what you plan to do and notes on each task help you to make sure you don’t leave anything to chance.

3. Limit Time Spent Online. Don’t sit at your desk and check your emails every fifteen minutes. Generally speaking, most emails are not that important so unless you are waiting for one that is absolutely vital (and we all know that doesn’t happen very often) then set aside one or two times during the day when you check your email, and the rest of the time get off the internet. People have done their own experiments and have found that when they unplug from the internet for a set period of time are more than twice as productive as when they keep their computer connected to the internet.

4. Take Frequent Breaks. Like it or not, by breaking away from work and taking a quick five minute break will allow you to return to your task refreshed and rejuvenated. Some people believe that they have to sit at their desk until a task is done. By the end of the day they are exhausted and the task is still undone. Workers who learn to listen to their bodies and their brains for signs of fatigue give the body the ability to move, hydrate, oxygenate and then return to the task with improved efficiency. Take a walk. Climb stairs. Drink water. Go out of the building for lunch. Anything that changes your physical position makes a difference.