Sunday, August 21, 2005

The Cells Tell

Health Tip of the Week: Your body is constantly remaking and rebuilding itself. Every minute of every day, old cells are dying off and new ones are being created. In theory, our body never gets older, some cells are minutes old and the longest living cells are only one year old. So, the big question of the day is, why do we age? Or more importantly, why do we develop disease? My cancer and disease theory is in two parts. The first part has to do with chemical toxins. The things that we put into our body that don't really belong there, cause cells to mutate and prosper as abnormal tissue, leading to disease. What kind of things am I talking about? Chemicals and preservatives in foods, environmental hazards, over-the counter drugs and medications, nicotine, too much alcohol and caffeine. The other part has to do with brain to body communication. The brain directs the body to create normal cells. If that communication is interfered with, the body will interpret the message incorrectly and create abnormal cells leading to disease. Interference in brain to body communication comes from a disruption in nerve flow from the spinal cord and spinal nerve roots. To make your cells stay as young and healthy as possible, eat right, eliminate or limit toxins and have your spine checked for nerve interference.

Thought For The Week: "The beauty of chiropractic is the fact that it works with natural means. It puts nothing new into the body, nor does it take away any natural organ or gland. Chiropractic simply releases life forces within the body, sets free rivulets of energy over nerves, and lets nature do her work in a normal manner." - BJ Palmer, Developer of Chiropractic

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Offensive Stench Coming From Your Mouth?

Does your breath make a fresh flower wilt? Do children make scrunched up faces when you talk to them? Does your best friend's eyes tear and water when you get to close? Regular bad breath is nothing to shake a garlic clove at. Yes, certain foods can leave a lasting impression in your mouth, but when the offensive odors are persistant it could be a sign of trouble. Bad breath that lingers for more than 24hrs means you could have gum disease, chronic sinus trouble or intestinal problems. To check if your breath is bad, cup your hands and breathe into them, take a whiff. If it smells bad, guess what? Alternatively, ask someone if your breath stinks or look for the tearing eyes in your audience. If you just have regular bad breath from a food odor, try gargling, brushing your tongue or eating parsley. Another tip, if you are out and do not have floss or a tooth brush, after you eat, rinse your mouth out with a glass of water.

Thought for the Week: "Chiropractors do not manipulate; they do not use the process of manipulating; they adjust. A chiropractor is not a therapeutist; he is not interested in discovering nor applying remedies (drugs) To be versed in therapeutics would be to be skilled in the use and application of remedies. Chiropractors do not use remedies. While other professions are concerned with changing the environment to suit the weakened body, chiropractic is concerned with strengthening the body to "suit" the environment." - BJ Palmer, DC

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Take The Bite Out of Summer

Mosquitoes are an annoying problem. One, they bite. Two, they spread disease. Since 1946, when the US Army developed the Pesticide DEET, the Health Department has recommended its use for the control of mosquitoes. The only problem is that DEET is a toxic chemical ( Yes, to the mosquitoe, but also to us). DEET is a deadly and powerful neurotoxin that even the Environmental Protection Agency says you should wash off your skin when finished with the outdoors. They also say not to breathe it in or spray it on the face. The American Academy of Pediatrics state not to use it on children under six years old. Think about this. We take a poison and rub it on or spray it on our skin. The poison does not just stay on the outer layer of the skin. Our skin is not like saran wrap. Skin is porous. Think of all the tiny little holes called pores. The poison is than absorbed into our body where over time it accumulates. The accumulation of the Poison (DEET), is what causes disease. In the case of DEET, DEET has been associated with seizures and several cases of toxic encephalopathy (encephalitis) in children, including three deaths, according to the Extension Toxicology Network at Cornell University. The good news is that natural alternatives can keep mosquitoes away just as good as DEET without the harmful side effects. Neem oil extract is very effective for keeping mosquitoes at bay. You can find a gel sold at the health food store made from a blend of neem leaf , aloe vera, citronella and geraniol that will do the trick. Cinnamon oil has also been found to be just as effective in the mosquitoe fight.

Thought for the Week: " The science of chiropractic has modified our views concerning life, death, health and disease. We no longer believe that disease is an entity, something foreign to the body, which may enter from the outside, and with which we have to grasp, struggle, fight and conquer, or submit and succumb to its ravages. Disease is a disturbed condition, not a thing of enmity. Disease is an abnormal performance of certain functions; the abnormal activity it causes." D.D. Palmer, Discover of Chiropractic (Quote from the early 1900's)

The chiropractic application of this quote is that by enhancing performance and bodily function, via the reduction of nerve disruption (correcting subluxations), health is improved!!