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Saturday, December 31, 2005

2006 Office News: Start the Year with an Inspiration Virus

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I tell people that I do not treat pain. Actually I don't want to treat pain for the wrong reasons so I won't treat pain. I see so many people who are only focused on getting out of pain. When they leave the office they are oblivious to the message that their pain was sending them.

What do I treat? I treat the desire to live a better life. For each one of us, that may mean something different. It usually centers around physical and mental balance, striving for healthy relationships, and a successful career.

What is the point of living better? If I send you on your way feeling better after an energizing adjustment, what are you going to do with your new found freedom?

Do something great!!

Don't just go back to work or back home after your adjustment. I challenge you to take action and do something magnificent. Do something you have been meaning to do. Are you a procrastinator? Do something now. You have been given a gift of a renwed nervous system. Use it! Use it to create something to benefit your neighbors. Change something around you that will influence others, as well. Let it spread like a Inspiration Virus.

I want everyone to feel good. I want everyone to have energy. I want everyone to honor the innate intelligence that governs their healing. Pay It Forward. Let the Energy Grow into Something Inspirational.

If you have pain, let's find out why. If you have chronic pain let's come up with a new way to manage it. Let's move forward by taking on a new life-style plan. Think about what you will gain. Think about your Gain Plan.

I don't want to treat your pain. I want to treat your heart and mind.

Stop Shuffle Syndrome In Its Tracks!

Friday, December 23, 2005

Take the 50/50 Challenge for 2006!

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Sunday, December 18, 2005

No More Getting Sick This Winter...and other New Year's Resolutions

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Hello, Everyone,
Thank you, to all my patients, for making this an enjoyable year. It is exciting to work with folks who are so interested in their health. Many of you have been outspoken in your disappointment with "Mainstream Health Care." I'd do believe wellness chiropractic IS the mainstream because more people are discovering the benefits of prevention, actively seeking natural ways to promote health, and turning away from the pharmaceuticals that are really small amounts of toxins put into a pill. I will still shock people when I tell them coumadin is rat poison!

My current goal, since winter is upon us, is to concentrate on keeping everyone free from the usual winter sicknesses that seem to spread around. The truth is, the same germs are around us all year. We tend to lower our resistance by "over doing it" during the holidays and getting very little exercise during the cold months.

During your adjustments we will pay particular attention to the upper thoracic spine where the nerves to the lungs are as well as the cervical spine for the throat and sinuses. I will highlight different supplements that are very good for the immune system, as well.

Here is my full list of New Year's Resolutions for my office:

  • 1. No more getting sick this winter for everyone.
  • 2. Getting everyone to stop buying Centrum and One-A-Day because they are not absorbable and can cause deficiencies. I'll prove it.
  • 3. Introduce more posture improving tools.
  • 4. Help everyone save money (which is a great stress reducer) and still protect their health.

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Monday, December 05, 2005

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It's Not the Flu: It's Over Indulging

Each year at this time we are bracing for the flu season. We pull out the heavy winter coats, sanitize every phone and door knob, and hope the correct strain was predicted for the chemical injection called the flu shot. I always wondered why the virus was so choosy. Why does it like the winter so much? What is so different about the summer? No one gets the flu in the summer, and if they do, they call it the “24 hour bug.” What about Florida? It is still 85 degrees but people there are just as cautious about the flu.

Part of the chiropractic approach to health is that the body will maintain health and heal itself as long as it is given optimal conditions through nutrition, exercise, rest, and chiropractic.

Allow me to share a different view point about sickness. It is believed we should build up the body, because there will always be viruses and bacteria. In other words, concentrate on the body, not the disease.

Did you know chiropractic patients had better outcomes during the flu epidemic of 1918?

Chiropractic and the Flu

Here’s another link on Chiropractic and the St. Louis flu

More on Chiropractic and the Flu

Did you know there is a large group of people who do not take the flu shot?

Why I Never Take the Flu Shot

Your Food Causes The Flu!!

If we look at what else is happening during the winter, we realize the germ count is no higher than the rest of the year. We have let our immune systems get run down. During the holidays we work too hard, rush too much, worry too much, eat too much, drink too much, and ignore what our bodies need to stay healthy. Increasing carbohydrate intake causes an increase in white blood cells which causes fever and decrease in appetite. It feels like the flu, but it is not the flu. It is a reaction to over indulging. After the holidays are over we are exhausted. Lack of exercise doesn’t help either. December is the most stressful month of the year and our culture has made it something of a phenomenon. Each year we try to do more. We try to outdo each other. It is overwhelming to the body. For a better winter season, try to maintain a healthy balance with your activities and keep your regular chiropractic appointment.

I'ts Over In A Flash

Thanksgiving came and went. I realized this when dinner was over and I was looking at a pile of dirty dishes. All the planning, shopping, and baking for one meal seemed to take up so much time. The meal was eaten in less than half an hour. I spent all my time in the kitchen, barely talking to my family. I don’t want to treat Christmas this way. I have three weeks to plan for it without stressing. I can plan appropriate activities and discard any old ideas I have about expectations. If you want to do the same thing, keep your new goals on the forefront of your mind. Reflect on them at least twice a day. This helps you stay within your means, physically, mentally, and financially. Merry Christmas.

Monday, November 14, 2005

How Much Does Prevention Cost? (And Whose Priority Is It?)

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Many local governments are struggling with soaring health care costs. Medicaid is poorly underestimated, therefore, poorly funded. The lower income brackets struggle to attain affordable insurance that fits their needs. Smaller communities are losing health care professionals for the more lucrative metropolitan areas. Basic medical care provided by family practices is dwindling because medical specialties are more attractive career choices. Why has health care become out of reach in cost and in geographical distance? What can we do about a disappointing health care system?

Looking at current trends, it would appear that the U.S. should be considered healthy with our health care dollars reserved for crisis medical care. However, in the book, Primary Care: Balancing Health Needs, Services, and Technology by B. Starfield, (Oxford University Press, 1998) cited health care spending in the U.S. at $3724 per person, which is almost twice that of Japan’s health care spending. Japan is ranked #1 in quality health care; the U.S. ranks 37 compared to 191 countries. The U.S. is ranked last in infant mortality compared to 12 other industrialized countries.

The Department of Health and Human Services reported in The New York Times, January 8, 2002, that the increases in health care costs are due to the high cost of pharmaceuticals. However, more pharmaceuticals have not lead to better health. The March 2004 issue of Life Extension Foundation showed that medical intervention is now considered the number one cause of death, with medical doctors and scientists providing stacks of papers to prove it. This article is such an eye opener that I included a link to the entire article (Click Here For LEF).

Demonstrating how less intervention may be best, The British Medical Journal reported decreased deaths at an Israeli hospital when the doctors went on strike.

It appears that more money is spent on others expenses besides direct patient care. The New England Journal of Medicine reported in 2003 that health care administration costs, benefit programs, hospitals, practitioners, nursing homes, and home care agencies make up $31% of all health care costs, while Canada’s administrative costs are half that. Even with all this spending, we are the sickest nation and medical care is now the number one cause of death.

Increased spending has not resulted in better health. How we spend our money now needs to shift. Government and personal spending both need to be overhauled. According to Dr. Bob Martin on his radio program, only 3% of our health care dollars are spent on prevention. His idea of prevention includes nutrition, exercise, regular chiropractic visits, stress reduction, limiting the use of drugs, and managing health concerns conservatively to avoid surgery.

Unfortunately, insurance programs would rather pay for a heart bypass instead of regular use of high quality grape seed extract supplements to maintain healthy arteries. The increased use of credit cards to pay for eating out and fast food not only endangers our health, it also keeps people in such a high debt ratio that simple things such as gym memberships, chiropractic care and shopping for organic groceries are placed lower on the list of priorities. Regular patients in my office know about the chiropractic studies showing better overall health and significant money savings when ongoing chiropractic care is part of a preventive/maintenance program.

Changing health behaviors is not easy without the proper support of a health care team that focuses on prevention. If a dollar went into a slush fund for every New Year’s resolution that was forgotten by Valentine’s day the National Debt might be paid off. The good news is there is a Wellness Paradigm shift gathering momentum. As more people realize the rewards of embracing the attitudes toward self care and prevention, there will be less burden on our society that currently provides temporary and expensive solutions to the health care crisis.

More Links:

British Medical Journal--Deaths Decrease When Doctors Don't Work

An Ounce of Prevention: Lessons from Katrina

Dr. Bob Martin

Drugs Don’t Work on Most People

If you look at your grocery newsstand you will see a free copy of the October issue of New Health: Holistic Approaches for Western/Central New York. In this issue, an article written by Steve Connor reports that the vice president of genetics at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) admitted that drugs only work for a small portion of the population. The statistics show that 90% of drugs will help 30 or 50% of people. This may sound like a new revelation, but the pharmaceutical industry has known this for a long time.

Frustrated consumers have tried many types of prescribed drugs that did not give them the results they hoped for, had dangerous side effects, and were withdrawn from the market. It is sad how the same drugs continue to be prescribed by doctors even though patients continually report that their health conditions do not improve. The pharmaceutical industry is very good at promoting the "fashion of drug taking." Isn’t it the industry’s goal to sell as many drugs as possible? The more drugs we take the bigger profits they make.

GlaxoSmithKline is developing a "genetically friendly" type of drug line. Since current drugs only work for a small number of people, GSK is focusing on the genetic similarities in people who respond to specific drug therapies. They hope to predict how well a drug will work for someone with a certain genetic makeup. This is being touted as a new field of "pharmacigenomics," – drugs designed for genetic match-making.

While this may sound more promising because the drug companies truly want to see their products working well, the old adage that one cannot fool Mother Nature still rings true. Sometimes we are trying to the reinvent the wheel. At least the drug companies are trying to figure out why humans cannot be lumped into a one size fits all category. We are fortunate to have the option of natural health that focuses on proactive care rather reactive care. Proactive care still has safer outcomes, costs less and, puts the consumer in the driver seat. The educated consumer makes confident decisions. Avoid being an experiment. Take the time to educate yourself on wellness.

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Go Home for your Appointment: House Calls with a Twist

Homic Advanced Chiropractic is growing! Services are expanding to meet the need for more wellness care. That means I have to tell you to go home! And why not? Home is where the heart is. We want to take care of your heart just as much as your spine, so I’ll talk to you at home. While I can adjust you in the office, I can cover more health information over the phone in a wellness coaching session. We can schedule it any part of the day while you are in the privacy of your own home. We can take more time to cover wellness topics and design an individualized wellness plan. After dinner, while sitting in your slippers, your mind can relax. You can concentrate on the most important wellness issue - making a better life for yourself. When your body is stuck, so is your mind. Wellness coaching is a great opportunity to concentrate on being your personal best. Advanced Chiropractic will address your pain, but more importantly, will provide more opportunity for achievements.

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Happiness Doesn’t Get Enough Attention

I found an interesting book at Seymour Public Library. It is called, Exuberance: The Passion for Life, by Kay Redfield Jamison. She is also the author of, An Unquiet Mind. The title caught my eye because it sounded so strong and, indeed, this author has a strong message. She commented on the lack of study of exuberance. She believes there is too much emphasis on pathologic mental states. Mood disorders are heavily researched in the field of psychology. What about the happy people? Why doesn’t optimism have equal importance? What would happen if we subtly shifted our awareness to the state of exuberance? As a society, what would that be like? I haven’t read the entire book yet, but it has inspired me to ask similar questions.

Is it possible we have not been taught how to be happy? Most people assume they know the difference. It sounds logical. We are careful not to be down for too long. We’ve been taught how to grieve. We know how to offer help to someone who has an addiction. Do you know someone who finds it uncomfortable to be happy or content? Is it so different and so scary that the person remains in a more familiar low mood.

We don’t learn everything in our early education. We are not taught how to save money and create budgets. Very few of us learn how to open up a business. Working on relationships is not a high school elective. Living life with an enthusiastic attitude is not taught either. We may learn from our parents’ examples. Does anyone remember the "Exuberance Lecture?" before the birds and the bees? We waste half a lifetime finding ourselves.

People are looking for answers anywhere they can. Alternative healing has become the new "buzzword." Who knew there was more than one way to heal? New churches are springing up everywhere and Oprah is franchising peace.

People are becoming interested in natural ways to restore balance to their lives. I have mentioned in the Wellness Resource Group that there is a great deal of misinformation regarding wellness. The news inundates us with bits and pieces but we’re still left with gaps. Don’t give up. Let’s not forget social wellness. Each of us has wisdom to share. Being open-minded is the first step to cultivating exuberance. The Wellness Resource Group meets the first Thursday of every month to discuss these things.

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Sunday, October 16, 2005

How Fear Affects Health

Coming up next month, the topic for the Wellness Resource Group is "The Power of Fear in Health Care." I'd like to discuss how health care decisions are made when fear interferes with our understanding of the issues and the effectiveness of informed consent. Some medical procedures considered "Standard of Care" do not sit well with people. Does this strike a chord with you? Join us in the discussion, November 3rd at 6PM. For folks who are not local, contact me about joining in on a teleclass. In the meantime, I found a website that addresses fear:

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Monday, October 10, 2005

What If Blockbuster Had Insurance?

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It’s a cold rainy night as you splash your way into the local movie rental to pick up a few DVD’s for the weekend. After you gather some new releases you take out the laminated blue card that lets you take home your favorites. The clerk who rings up your rentals looks at your account and sees that you have already seen your limit of action flicks and you are almost at the end of your drama allotment. “That’s not fair,” you tell the clerk. “I do not like comedies. Why can’t I see more action movies instead?” The clerk tells you he doesn’t make the decisions. It’s not based on an individual’s taste. The policies are set forth in the handy movie insurance guide book provided by the local entertainment association.

This is a story of an idea that looked good on paper but defeated its own purpose. Once upon a time movie rental insurance was established that would revolutionize how movies would be promoted to the public. For a monthly insurance premium, the policy owner is allowed to take home a certain number of movies. The premium is established by a committee that studies how often people rent movies. The policies are set so there will always be a supply of movies available for taking home. Sometimes a new release is so popular that there are not enough copies to handle the demand. Some people go without, but they still pay the same premium each month. It almost appears as if the committee purposely runs out of copies of a certain movie so there is a waiting list. The movie rental company makes more profit because fewer movies are circulating even though the customers pay full price. Not long ago, the movie rental company added a surcharge for DVD’s. Not only did the customers pay a premium every month, they also had to pay more out of their pocket for each rental. Lately, a small group of customers who felt they were treated poorly cancelled their movie insurance. They pooled their money and purchased movies they wanted. They took turns watching them. They were pleased with their decision because they had control over their choices. They were also assured that the DVD’s were in good condition. Some families realized they were saving money and could afford going to the theatre. They liked it better because the theatre staff was nicer and always made them feel welcome. Another group of former customers decided the whole movie business was becoming a nuisance and they looked elsewhere for entertainment. Music performances, book clubs and bowling nights were more fulfilling. Some members of this group found it more interesting to participate in activities rather than just sit passively in front of a TV screen. They didn’t even miss the movies. More and more customers are appreciating the variety of entertainment options available and could not believe they were once in such a rut.

Fibromyalgia: Do Away With That Absurd Word

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This is the typical scenario: someone goes to the doctor with a complaint of pain and chronic fatigue. The condition is debilitating and disrupting. Blood tests and other laboratory work find nothing that requires urgent medical intervention. The person’s presentation does not fit any other disease. Fibromyalgia is the “next best diagnosis.”

This essay was not written to present the history of fibromyalgia or review the signs and symptoms but to confront the unique dilemma that has made fibromyalgia so puzzling. Why has a so called disease that is supposedly non-life threatening ruined careers, destroyed marriages, and forced people to apply for disability assistance? Are we looking for the answer with the wrong map?

Consider alternative medicine since it has grown into a huge wellness industry. Medical journals have noted that people visit more alternative health care practitioners than traditionally based medical physicians. They are even paying for this care out of pocket. A change of attitude has brought people at a crossroads. Those who address their health care questions with alternative medical practitioners are taking a different direction, blazing a new path.

These practitioners are teaching a new definition of health. More accurately, they are reviving the long ago professed understanding that health needs to be nurtured rather than “confronted” like a school yard bully. The human body is very capable of surviving and thriving under appropriate conditions. Inappropriate conditions are known as stress. The new job is to figure our how to return back to those appropriate conditions.

Fibromyalgia sufferers have been on the merry-go-round of dissatisfaction for a long time. Their concerns are ignored. They are told to get used to it. “Go see a shrink to help you cope…” It is not yet an epidemic, so why be bothered? Yet, we have another epidemic to deal with: the consequences of stress. Maybe those with fibromyalgia have a lesson to teach us. For example, stress is not good for the heart. Someone with a heart condition is told to get on the treadmill and come back later for an angioplasty. Heart disease is very apparent. Looking at the heart has become easy. A person knows right away his or her heart attack risk. People with fibromyalgia, also suffering from stress, are faced with a bigger challenge. On their own they have to search for information about treatment alternatives. Because fibromyalgia is a syndrome, someone usually has to go to multiple practitioners, each one addressing a different symptom. They become detectives on a personal search for a better understanding of their situation.

The public is aware of stress. We know it is unhealthy. Sometimes we give it lip service because we do not see effects of stress until something severe happens. Fibromyalgia is another example of the effects of stress. But, there is no early detection test for it. A machine to monitor its progression has not been invented yet.

A better approach is to look at the person who is dealing with fibromyalgia. What can we learn by exploring the person’s strengths, weaknesses, attitude, living situation, etc.? The person gets overlooked when we are fixated on identifying and naming a disease. There is too much emphasis on the disease rather than the person who has the disease. Return to the beginning. What did we start with? A person. We have a person living his or her life. All of a sudden life changes. These folks are facing a different challenge that makes it difficult to live their original life style. Their old ways of functioning became incompatible and an “overload” was created. The challenge now is to figure out what contributed to the overload. The process requires adopting a life style most often endorsed by the alternative health care practitioners who are teaching the “renewed” definition of health. Because fibromyalgia does not affect each sufferer in an identical way, I prefer to do away with the word fibromyalgia. Once again, let’s get back to the individual and focus on the challenge he or she is facing. Managing the stress overload is a better protocol than accepting a disheartening label. Disregard the name of the disease and reframe the circumstances as a challenge to seek out a better way of living. It is still an arduous task, but the attitude is that of managing with empowerment and pride rather than the outlook of immobilized victim.

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What I Learn From My Toddler

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When you see Eirne running around the office, you see his actions inspired by a curious mind. He is a keen observer and constantly tries new things. How soon that trait is lost!! At what age do we become the robot-like conformists? Kindergarten? We are conditioned to stop exploring and wait for someone else to teach us. Later in adulthood our routines turn into ruts. Often I am watching the fresh spirit of my son and I vow to make sure this attribute is not squelched. This is something we all want of our children. While we don’t want to cross the extremes and create children who are out of control or too withdrawn to enjoy life, we want them to be inquisitive and creative. One way to do that is to be good examples for them. We need to continue our love of learning. It is an important part of living a long and full life. Intellectual development plays a part in our health as well. A mind that no longer thirsts for stimulation is more prone to disease. I invite you to take a bigger role in your chiropractic care by developing a wellness plan. Your nervous system is enhanced as you strive for new goals. Your adjustment helps spark new nervous system connections. With more nerve connections forming, your brain and body thrives in spite of the stress around us. Don’t forget the Wellness Resource Group for ideas and inspiration. The format has changed so we can accomplish more at one meeting.

Remove the Blocks That Slow You Down

September is a great time to get back into gear. Summer is winding down, the kids are back in school, and we resume a more balanced routine. With this mind set, it is time to update wellness plans. Dr. Homic is going to ask you to consider any healthful changes you would like to make that can be easily incorporated in you chiropractic care. This is part of her wellness coaching program that she is introducing. Subluxation care and prevention are best achieved when your life outside the office is “in line” with your chiropractic care. The speed of your progress depends on what happens in between visits. Subluxations block our ability to heal. In a similar way there are other blockages that we can work on removing so optimal function and balance shine in our lives.

It is important to set aside some quiet time to decide what wellness goals need attention. Dr. Homic’s coaching will help you prioritize them and design a realistic plan to put into action. During this quiet time, write down where you feel you have “blockages.” Consider all aspects of your daily life and how you have lived this past year:

**Evaluate your mental and physical health.

**Evaluate how you spend your time at work and at play,

**How do you treat your relationships?

**How do you handle money?

**How content are you in your life’s calling?

**Are you being nudged by a different calling?

**How do you describe your connection with your creator and the rest of the world?

These are not typical questions asked in a doctor’s office.

Chiropractic Wellness is about evolving. It’s time to stop asking, “How is your pain?” The wellness question is, “How much can I achieve?”

How Dr. Dean Ornish Gets Remarkable Results

How many cardiologists talk about eating better and exercising more? Everyone is talking about it!! Did you know 95% of heart patients do not change their life style even when facing a close call with death? Amazing enough, Dr. Dean Ornish has reversed heart disease and published very impressive statistics. Dr. John McDougall has a wellness center at a resort spa providing a 10 day stay to help people rediscover vibrant health. His program is also very highly acclaimed. They have remarkable results because they empathize with human behavior. They provide extraordinary ongoing support. Dr. Ornish’s program also focuses on relationships and spirituality. The Ornish program uses social leverage because relationships are wonderful motivators. While we can’t easily give up our jobs to attend a residential program to receive the kind of support needed to restore health, Dr. Homic has a wellness planning and coaching program available. Inquire about consultations, group coaching which is discounted, and individual coaching sessions, as well.