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Vitamin D

We really don’t have a ‘cold and flu season. We have a ‘low level of Vitamin D so poor immune function’ season.

Vitamin D could be called the mother hormone. It is essential, and very few foods in nature contain it. The flesh of fatty fish (such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel) and fish liver oils are among the best sources, and small amounts of vitamin D are found in beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks.

Our bodies will make it, if we expose enough skin to enough sunlight – without sunscreen – something many of us are unwilling or unable to do.

Since Vitamin D is fat soluble, anyone whose fat digestion is impaired [like someone whose gall bladder has been removed] will have trouble absorbing the oil form.

We stock Biotics Bio D-Mulsion Forte, an emulsified Vitamin D that has about 700 2000 IU drops per ounce, and costs $20.

To read more check out this article, published by which talks about the benefits and sources of Vitamin D and what Vitamin D deficiency looks like.


Kinesio Tape

Paul Coker’s article on kinesio taping is a great one to check out if you have any questions about kinesio taping and whether or not it’s something you should use. He cleanly and clearly addresses what it is about the material that makes it so effective. Coker also address several misconceptions and lists some of the conditions that kinesio tape helps relieve.kinesio tape foot

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How to Make Stress Your Friend

How to Make Stress Your Friend
By Dr. Shayne Morris -adapted from transcripts by
Professor Kelly McGonigal
Stress makes you sick. It increases the risk of everything from the common cold to cardiovascular disease. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Stanford UniversitypsychologistKellyMcGonigal tracked 30,000 adults in the United States for eight years. What she found is that people who experienced a lot of stress in the previous year had a 43 percent increased risk of dying. But that was only true for the people who also believed that stress is harmful for your health. People who experienced a lot of stress but did not view stress as harmful were no more likely to die. In fact, they had the lowest risk of dying of anyone in the study, including people who had relatively little stress.So how do you Change your Belief about stress?Step 1: When you change your mind about stress, you can change your body’s response to stress. Remind yourself that the stress response is helpful for your performance. That pounding heart is preparing you for action. If you’re breathing faster, it’s no problem. It’s getting more oxygen to your brain. Next time your feeling the physical changes from stress, you’re going to think to yourself, this is my body helping me rise to this challenge. And when you view stress in that way, your body believes you, and your stress response becomes healthier.
In a stress test study conducted at Harvard University, participants were taught to rethink their stress response as helpful. When participants viewed their stress response as helpful, their blood vessels stayed relaxed. Their heart was still pounding, but they had a much healthier cardiovascular profile. It actually looked a lot like what happens in moments of joy and courage.

Step 2: Understanding that Stress actually makes you social.
Oxytocin Is a stress hormone. Your pituitary gland pumps this stuff out as part of the stress response. Oxytocin is a neuro-hormone. It fine-tunes your brain’s social instincts. It primes you to do things that strengthen close relationships. Oxytocin makes you crave physical contact with your friends and family. It enhances your empathy. It even makes you more willing to help and support the people you care about. But the key here is that Oxytocin helps heart cells regenerate and heal from any stress induced damage. All physical benefits of oxytocin are enhanced by seeking support AND helping someone else. Human connection is a mechanism for stress resistance.

Step 3: Remember CCR – Caring Creates Resilience.
Find someone to care for. Help your neighbor. Visit people in need. Give someone a Hug. The more you care the more resilient you become.
Another Study that tracked 1,000 adults in the united states found that people who spent time caring for others showed absolutely no stress-related increase in dying. Zero. Caring created resilience.

The harmful effects of stress on your health are not inevitable. How you think and how you act can transform your experience of stress. When you choose to view your stress response as helpful, you create the biology of courage. And when you choose to connect with others under stress, you create resilience.

“Stress gives us access to our hearts. The compassionate heart that finds joy and meaning in connecting with others, and yes, your pounding physical heart, working so hard to give you strength and energy, and when you choose to view stress in this way, you’re not just getting better at stress, you’re actually making a pretty profound statement. You’re saying that you can trust yourself to handle life’s challenges, and you’re remembering that you don’t have to face them alone.” – Kelly McGonigal

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Shin Splints – What are they really?

We love looking at other Chiropractors work. We can learn, give advice, or even just be reminded of techniques and ideas that we haven’t used in a while. Today we ran across a great article by a Dr. Daniel P. Bockmann, a fellow Chiropractor in Austin, TX.

In his article he talks about what causes shin splints and what kind of injury they are. Here are a few of our favorite points:

“…the term “shin splints” doesn’t refer to an actual condition”

“There are 4 general causes for that deep, achy pain you feel around your shin bone, and if you’re a runner it’s very important to know the difference between them.  Here are the 4 biggest causes:

1.    Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS).  The most common cause of leg pain in athletes, period.  A deep, achy pain felt on the inside and sometimes around the back side of the tibia (or shin bone).  Caused by micro-tearing of the posterior tibialis muscle where it attaches to the back & inner part of the tibia.
2.    Tibial Periostitis.  An irritation or inflammation of the periosteum, the thin membrane surrounding the tibia.  Pain is felt directly on the front of the shin bone, usually near the ankle and extending part way up the leg.
3.    Anterior Compartment Syndrome.  The muscles on the front of your lower leg are encased in a thin, leathery sheath, or compartment.  Excessive swelling within that sheath can quickly compress nerves and blood vessels, causing pain on the front of the leg, outside the shin bone.
4.    Stress Fracture.  These are small, sometimes microscopic cracks in the shin bone that can quickly worsen if you continue running.  Caused by the repetitive impact of landing strides while running, the pain from a stress fracture is usually localized to a very specific area, rather than spread out across the bone like the other 3 conditions.  Early diagnosis and treatment is critical, as stress fractures can lead to COMPLETE fractures if left untreated.”

You can read all of Dr. Bockmann’s article on his website. HERE

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That fluttery feeling in your chest

Atrial Fibrillation is an electrical disorder that causes rapid electrical signals in the heart that may reach hundreds of beats per minute. The rapid-fire signals interfere with the ability of the upper chambers to contract in an organized way.

I was sent a very user friendly explanation of ‘Afib’ – a great explanation of the problem in understandable terms can be found here.