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What Negative Noise Are You Letting Fill Your Airwaves

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We repeat what we support ourselves with. What messages and actions do you keep repeating? Are they healthy and in your best interest? You see, overall health and wellness and the “LIVE well. BE well.” lifestyle that we talk about is more than just about physical health. Dr. B.J. Palmer, the Developer of Chiropractic, would regularly say “Be careful who you rent your upstairs out too”. What he was saying reverberates back to the title of this blog. If you constantly let negative noise, thoughts, and emotions into your airways, then sooner or later they will run your life.

It has now become increasingly clear that chronic disease is the single biggest threat to our overall health in the world today. The statistics around this are sobering:

  • 7 out of 10 deaths in the U.S. are caused by chronic disease.

  • 1 out of 2 Americans currently have a chronic disease.

  • 27% of children in the U.S. now have a chronic disease.

You may be thinking, what does this have to do with our thoughts? Well, ultimately bad behaviors are the root cause of many chronic health problems. If this is true, it makes sense that behavior change is what is really needed to help prevent or potentially reverse chronic diseases. Everyone knows that eating poorly, not exercising, and not getting enough sleep are not healthy for them. Yet most people continue these bad behaviors anyway.

I see the pattern of chronic pain caused by deliberate choices every day.

When patients come in only after experiencing pain, its helpful to do a look-back at what could have been done to prevent the pain. Sometimes it just happens. But other times it’s what we are talking about today. Intentional decisions could be made that would reduce and potentially eliminate the predicament that they find themselves in. But that isn’t all. Rather than wait to seek chiropractic care when they are experiencing pain, adding regular chiropractic care to their routine before the fact may very well help reduce pain along the journey of everyday life.

This being said, I think it’s vitally important to not only train your body with regular physical activity, it is equally vital to train your mind. Read positive things every day, watch how much time you spend on social media, surround yourself with positive people, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Most people possess or have access to the right information to do the right thing. But…right information alone will NOT change behavior.

Bad habits are many times deep rooted.

You can look at it this way as well:

We can help get rid of the weeds in our lawn (pain) by pulling them at their source (prevention through better choices).

If you want to change your life to be able to live the healthy one you deserve, you may need to stop what you have been doing over and over again. Bad habits have grown “the weeds in your lawn”. Commit to something different. Commit to change. Along the journey don’t be afraid to ask for help to pull those weeds and plant healthy seeds. One decision at a time over time will create the lawn (the life) of your dreams. :)

Those are steps in your journey that will help you…

LIVE well. BE well.

What Obstacles in Your Health are Opportunities in Disguise

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George Bernard Shaw once said “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.” Life is full of obstacles, they will never end. How you react and approach them is what makes the difference between being successful and overcoming them or the obstacles controlling your life. This holds true when it comes to your health, just as in any other part of your life.

Let’s take a look at 5 obstacles many of you may be facing on your “LIVE well. BE well.” journey, and how you might be able to look at it from a different perspective.

  • 1. Lack of Time: This is one of the more common reasons or excuses for not exercising, eating well, or taking care of your health in other ways. Frankly, this is one of the easiest excuses out there, because we are all busy right? The lack of time excuse usually boils down to prioritizing and desire. If you really have a desire to do something deep in your core, you will always find the time. Are you interested in becoming healthy or committed? Decide to be committed, and allow nothing to stop you.

  • 2. Lack of Confidence or Knowledge: You either don’t know where to start, or lack the confidence that you will follow through. When in doubt, ask for help. I’m sure there are plenty of people in your circle of friends that would love to help…and maybe even join you on your journey. When all else fails, use Google. We live in the Information Age where there is a limitless amount of information right at our finger tips.

  • 3. Lack of Money: In many cases this one can be very real, but when it comes to your health there is always a way. You very well may have to be very smart about how you use your available finances, but this should not stop you from being healthy.

  • 4. Old Habits Die Hard: “I’m too old to change”. Have you heard that one? I think we all have. That is something said by someone that actually doesn’t want to change, not that they are too old. Habits are also very real, but with persistence you can overcome any of them and be free from the shackles that were holding you back. Break your old bad habits, and you will be a great example to all your friends and family of what can be.

  • 5. Adequate Support: Sometimes it simply comes down to those around you not supporting you in your health journey. The reality is people who are unhealthy and miserable love to have company. That may sound cold, but you need to live your life for you first and no one else. And some might say that sounds selfish. To which I would ask…who is more equipped to help someone else…one full of energy, resources, and ability…or someone who is exhausted, broke, and unable to help. By taking care of you, you create the opportunity to care for others. Be a shining example of what can happen in your life if you change and embrace a healthy lifestyle.

Whether with your health, or other aspects of your life, when faced with a challenge try and look at it from a new perspective. Ask yourself what you need to do to not only overcome it, but also to gain positive momentum from it. Remember, life is a journey where we are constantly changing and evolving. It will never stay the same. The question is, how are you going to keep changing for the better? Commit to this perspective, and this will help you to…

LIVE well. BE well.

What is Your Health Standard?

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Is it average?

I hope not.

Here’s why…

In life, being average may seem like a good idea. I think it’s actually a bad idea. When it comes to your health it is a VERY bad idea. We need to raise our standards when it comes to our health. How many of you have said before “this is the year I am going to get healthier!” Did you do it? Likely not. The standards most have set for yourself over the years as to what is acceptable are far too low. Why do we resort back to them? Because it’s comfortable.

Here is What Average Looks Like:

The facts aren’t pretty about the health of an average American. Here are what the latest health statistics show…

  • 80% of adults do not meet basic standards for aerobic and muscle strengthening physical activity.

  • 1 in 3 adults (roughly 92 million) have at least 1 type of cardiovascular disease.

  • Less than 3% of Americans meet the basic standards for what is considered a “healthy lifestyle”.

  • Roughly 40% of adult Americans are now considered obese.

  • 40% of Americans get less than average recommended sleep per night.

Try Out Some New Standards:

Making a shift in what you hold yourself to for a standard of health can take hard work, but it is absolutely worth it and necessary. Here is a look at a few minimum standards for your health and well-being:

  • A minimum of 150 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous exercise.

  • A body fat percentage under 20% for men, and under 30% for women.

  • DO NOT smoke, and keep alcohol consumption to a moderate to minimum level.

  • Get 8+ hours of sleep per night.

Motivational speaker Jim Rohn once said, “The things easy to do, are also easy not to do.” Essentially what he is saying is the things you should do are just as easy not to do. Because that is the case, we stay stuck in our bad habits. If you want more than average, if you want your health and well-being to be great for years to come, you MUST do the little things that are both easy to do and easy not to do. It’s going to take time to develop better health habits. I want this blog to be an encouragement to you. You can do this. Take things one day at a time so you can build a consistency that will help you create a new health standard. This new standard for your health will help you to…

LIVE well. BE well.

How To Know If You Are Making The Correct Health Care Choices?

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When it comes to your healthcare, making the right choices for both you and your family can at times be equal parts frustrating and confusing. Not knowing what else to do is a story I often hear from new patients in the office. It is a sad and lonely place to be I’m sure. You feel helpless. The other side of that coin is sifting through all the information you are told about taking care of your health. It can be like drinking from a fire hose.

What is right for you?

Are the opinions you are getting biased?

I recently had a young mother bring her child into the office who was suffering from ear infections. Luckily, as a patient herself, she knew that chiropractic care can be very helpful for ear infections. However, her child’s pediatrician had other thoughts. He told her it wouldn’t help, and advised that she not bring him in. Well, you can see she made her own decision there. This goes to show there can be misconceptions or misinformation out there at times that can make things confusing. This is not meant as a negative on pediatricians or physicians (I have good professional relationships with many of them). This also does not mean that their recommendations are always bad because they are not. However, it is reasonable that you can have a conversation with any of your doctors (including me) as to whether their recommendations are a good fit for you or your family.

How Can You Take Control?

Be Your Own Advocate: Ultimately you should and do hold the cards on the final decision making when it comes to your health. Gather all the information you think is correct and unbiased, and make your decision. It is your body and your life. Don’t let anyone force their agenda upon you.

Stick To Your Values: It is completely normal to have different values than someone else, and this includes people within our own family. This doesn’t necessarily make one right or wrong, just your own preference. Stick to doing what feels right in your gut.

Get Back To The Basics: Sometimes the best answers are the simplest. Taking regular care of your health with diet, exercise, chiropractic, etc., can help keep your body healthy. The less you need to rely on “disease care” and instead focus on nurturing your body to prevent a health crisis, the better.

Just like a lot of situations in life, sometimes you don’t truly know in the moment if you are making the correct decision. Hindsight can be 20/20. This should not stop you from making the best decision possible. Remember to follow your gut, and in the long term, more often than not, it will help you and your family to…

LIVE well. BE well.