March 2020 Health Newsletter

Hi everyone,

There is a great deal of concern throughout our country and the world concerning the coronavirus and pandemics. The lack of a medical solution for these outbreaks is troubling and frightening, and leads us to wonder what we can do about such a serious situation. The reality is very simple but it isn't one anyone really wants to hear or is willing to believe. Our media and pharmaceutical industry wants us to be victims, unwilling weaklings who can only hope that we don't get the dreaded droplets to land on us while we panic and wear masks, wash our hands incessantly, hoard toilet paper, and await the miracle vaccine that won't come.

Each week we are being more restricted and isolated from our daily activities. It is important to use common sense and avoid unnecessary trips where there are large gatherings of people. On the other hand, we cannot allow fear to take over and cripple us. A brilliant colleague of mine, Dr. Bob Rakowski, tells a story to illustrate. A man was walking in the desert when he came upon Plague and Fear. He asked them what they were doing today. They responded that they were going to the nearest town to kill 10,000 people. The man said, "Wow, Plague, you must be really strong!" Plague replied that he would only be able to destroy 100 people, but that his friend, Fear, would take care of the rest. We must remain calm and remember that there are a lot of things that are contagious. Viruses, fear, and panic are contagious. So are kindness, compassion, laughter, and love. Lets spread cheer instead of fear. Now is NOT the time to cancel or avoid scheduling your chiropractic adjustments. Your adjustments are vital to improving your immune system's ability to fight exposure. 

The solution to avoiding these infections is to strengthen your immune system in the first place. I have been discussing this for several years but it bears repeating. You can eat healthy, supplement with vitamin D3, C, essential fatty acids, drink plenty of pure water, move your body, get restful, restorative sleep, and learn how to manage your stress in a way that is practical and effective for you. Most importantly, get your spine adjusted regularly. The spine houses the nervous system. The nervous system controls your body's immune function. It's not about the pain, it's about the optimal function of your nervous system. That's it. Nothing very complicated, nothing scientific, nothing that is done TO you. You are in control of your own health. Take back that control and boost your immune system. And stop watching/listening to the media. Hug your kids, grandkids, pets, and spouses/partners. Play games, watch sitcoms, read a book, go for a walk, get outdoors in your yard.

Let's talk a bit more about this virus as well as influenza and the common cold. We are petrified that a vaccine won't be developed for upwards of a year to fight this particular strain of coronavirus. By the time the vaccine is developed, tested, and given the go ahead to use, this virus will have mutated several times. It is senseless to continue to chase every strain of every virus, bacteria, fungus, etc. We will never outsmart them. It would be much more effective and healthy to tap into the immune system of a person who never seems to get sick. What is their secret? Are they just lucky? Genetics, maybe? Of course not. Healthy people have healthy lifestyle habits. They invest in their health, not by taking several medications, but by avoiding fast food, eating organic, non-GMO, fresh foods, drinking water throughout the day, sleeping restfully, moving their bodies, managing their stress, getting adjusted, and avoiding bad habits like consuming alcohol and smoking. No, there isn't a pill, vaccine, or other magic potion for health. Please stop thinking big Pharma is out there with the next magic bullet. There isn't one because nature will always mutate for survival. The real secret is just plain old personal responsibility. Need help getting on track? Let us help you.

 As always, please call us to get evaluated or adjusted if you are injured. Time is of the essence in restoring normal joint alignment and promoting soft tissue healing after an injury, whether it involves a sport, a fall, or a car accident. I mentioned last month that muscles and ligaments repair in six weeks. Whether they heal with healthy new fibers or scar tissue depends on getting chiropractic care or ignoring the injury. Not sure if you need to schedule? Call us and we can help you determine if you need an appointment. We are here to help. 

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Susan, Dr. Tollefson, and I wish you a healthy beginning to spring.

Dr. Tracy


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Orthotic Footwear  

Author:Tracy Andrews
Source:Foot Levelers
Copyright:Foot Levelers 2016

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Chiropractic Care Effective In Managing Leg and Arm Pain  
A recent study finds chiropractic care highly effective for patients suffering from lower back (lumbar) and neck (cervical) radiculopathy - pain, numbness and/or tingling extending down the arm(s) or leg(s) due to nerve irritation related to the spine. In this study consisting of 162 patients, each received chiropractic manipulation, neuromobilization and exercise stabilization. Of the 162 patients, 10 unresolved cases were referred for epidural steroid injections, 10 were referred for further medical medication management and 3 cases were referred to undergo surgery. However, a total of 86 percent had resolution of their primary radicular complaints following their chiropractic care and thus were not required to received injections, medication management or surgery. According to the authors of the study, "The conservative management strategy we reviewed in our sample produced favorable outcomes for most of the patients with radiculopathy. The strategy appears to be safe." If you or another is suffering from pain, numbness or tingling in the extremities, contact your local chiropractor for a thorough evaluation. As this study demonstrates, chiropractic care is effective in many cases of cervical and lumbar radiculopathy and can be an appropriate, safe, non-invasive therapy for many.
Source:Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. Volume 7, Issue 3. LLC 2008

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Exercise, It Really Is A Wonder Drug  

First-time marathon runners can reap significant cardiovascular benefits, according to British researchers.† In the British "Marathon Study," subjects consisted of 138 untrained healthy individuals aged 21 to 69 years.† Each underwent 6 months of training for the upcoming London Marathons in 2016 and 2017.† Subjects were assessed prior to initiating their marathon training and again 2-weeks post marathon.† The researchers found that training for and completing the marathons, even at relatively low exercise intensity, reduced central blood pressure and aortic stiffness - equivalent to a 4-year reduction in vascular age.† Moreover, greater rejuvenation was observed in older, slower individuals.
Source:Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Jan 7, 20 | Vol. 75 No. 1 LLC 2020

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Most Parents Have Issues With Their Teenís Gaming Habits  

According to a new study, almost 9 out of 10 parents agree that their teens are spending too much time playing video games.† Moreover, more than half of parents set gaming time limits for their teens.† Parents expressed some of their most serious concerns as being the negative impact on their teenís overall sleep, family and peer relationships and overall school performance.† So what are parents to do?† First, experts suggest that parents do not attempt to suggest that gaming is a sort of mindless waste of time.† Teens can feel strongly that many games are complex, challenging and include valuable lessons.† Trying to convince them that all games are bad and a waste of time can backfire. Instead, parents should consider the "everything in moderation" approach.† Set reasonable guidelines and explain gaming limitations and restrictions are being done for the purpose of safety, health, relationship and school interests.† These are very specific reasons and more easily accepted than the "all games are bad" approach.† Another strategy is for parents to consider participating in some video game playing with their teens.† According to the researchers, "Showing your teen you are interested in what they are playing and want to understand their interest can help in communicating healthy limits. In some situations, games can serve as a point of connection and occasionally may be structured as a family activity to open the door to other conversations and foster interaction."
Source:University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll, online Jan LLC 2020

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