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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Sunday, March 18, 2012

When Did We Give Up Logic?

I came across this post about endometriosis being healed through the implementation of the paleo diet.  This article isn't just about endometriosis but about ignoring your natural inherent ways to function.  It is about covering up your own goodness, your original state.

Who knows when Alison began losing her original self?  Who knows when she began living an artificial life?  But isn't that what we all need to ask ourselves.  "When did we begin to live in a fake world?"

Fake emotions.

Fake foods.

Fake security.

Fake ideas.

Faking our lives pretending chemicals are just as good as God's creation.

When did we give up ownership over logic and move our trust outside of ourselves?

When did we give up thinking for ourselves?

When did we get lost in our symptoms focusing in on a microcosom of dysfunction.

When did we think the end of the river has nothing to do with the source of the river?

Read Alison's story here.

It's more than disease or dis-ease.  It is about how we view ourselves.

And then get over to the table....the adjusting table. We need to reclaim ourselves.

--Dr. Lisa
--Your Health Freedom Advocate

Primal Chiro

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

After the Stress

Alternate titles for this article:

When the doctor has troubles

Easy come easy go

So I let a mental stressor take over my life during the month of January.  For my poor family, I was not that much fun at home, especially in the evenings when we were all tired at the end of the day.  I worked through my issue and it has been a memory for quite some time.  That was in January and it is now March.

The problem is the after effects.  I let my diet go.  I let my workouts go.  I began staying up too late at night and  found it more difficult to get up early enough to do an adequate work out.  The diet is probably the easier one to fix.  I resumed better eating with a sincere commitment to myself.

I began taking the Metagenics supplement, Phyto-Multi and this gave me fast improvements. I slept better and had more energy.  I still have to make an effort to quit all my activities at 9 PM and just get to bed.  I am getting better at that, as well.

My workouts were probably affected the most and that is a little disheartening.  For two weeks at Christmas I allowed myself to eat anything I wanted and that didn't help when the new year rolled around.   When your carbohydrate intake is too high, you cannot work out with your usual intensity.  I always notice it the very next day after a high carbohydrate meal.  I get tired very quickly and my muscles give out much too soon.  It almost feels as if I am coming down with a cold.   (What's the big deal with carbs?)  (Whole grains are not your friend)

It's also easy to correct if  too much time hasn't elapsed.  If you lay off your work out for about two weeks you will have to start from scratch all over again.  That's how quickly we lose muscle tone.  If I go three days without a work out, I have to use lighter weights and take more rests.

During this time off the routine someone can easily come down with a cold or flu like illness and once that is over it takes even more time to get back into balance.

Lesson learned.

It isn't easy to get back up to speed.   I am blaming it on boredom with my current collection of workout DVDs. Often we blame aging and old injuries.But should we?

Before the thaw of winter finally comes by spring, I will be back to my usual routine.  I'm fed up with the dragging feeling.

So join me in turning over a new leaf ...or shamrock.
Don't forget to keep up with your adjustments.  And remember, adjustments don't work when the interference is greater.  Poor diet, lousy exercise, no sleep. dehydration, mineral deficiencies are all terrible interferences.

Stress effects have a prolonged effect.  That is why people are depressed, overweight, diabetic, having issues with metabolic syndrome.  The spine develops calcium deposits.  Muscles become spasmed. Scar tissue takes hold.  The brain loses healing connections with the body.

But not in our office.  We are dedicated to health building.

See you at the table...the adjusting table.

--Dr. Lisa
--Your Health Freedom Advocate

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Sunday, March 04, 2012

Auburn's Community Connections

I was one of the vendors at the YMCA health fair yesterday.  The hospital was providing blood testing services.  It was mentioned in this Citizen article here.  The YMCA holds a number of wellness events each year.

While I was there, I promoted the Change Your Plate Change Your Pain program.  This includes a quick survey that shows how the body is responding to dietary stress and I teach folks how to make healthier changes.

Margaret Hartman, a licensed occupational therapist who teaches deep water fitness provided information on how to add more balance to your day.  She was talking to health fair attendees about  recognizing how they react to various sensory stimuli that may cause them to spiral into a negative pattern of behavior, poor eating, and other quality of life issues in their relationships, ability to work, etc.

Connecshen Acpuncture was also there.  Susan Sheldon and I  were talking to another attendee how taking care of yourself is more than making it to your doctor appointments.  It can mean having to quit your job because the job demands are so out of balance that the immune system is weakened by lack of sleep, high cortisol output, etc.  Receiving a pay check is not as important when there is personal conflict due to unethical business practices, overwork, bullying co-workers, or an unsafe environment.

I ran into Kelly Cleason-Kelly, who graduated from my alma mater, NYCC.  She offers a free book on making food a complementary part of your lifestyle rather than an enemy that you are always at war with.  Her approach doesn't focus on restricting calories or banning a certain food.  She shows you how nourishing your body also nourishes your life's meaning.  CLICK HERE for her book.

I also met another upbeat lady, Michelle Dart who has devoted her nutrition expertise to diabetes education.  View her website here.  Something she didn't tell me is that she is an author of nursing textbook.  Look at it here. 

Deb Turner is a local partner with Seniors Helping Seniors, an organization that matches up seniors who help each other.  Ms. Turner is very inspirational to talk to.  She shared with me how valuable people are and this program helps older people remain purposeful in their community.  The founder of Seniors Helping Seniors worked with Mother Teresa in India for 14 years.  Ms. Turner is continuing a great lineage of handing down the gift of relationships.

Shelley Augustine is a Community Services Representative for Home Instead.  She emphasized the importance of older people feeling confident in their own homes.  After all, your home is your castle.  She was very cheerful and knows how to make a person feel good.  She boosted me up when she told me she reads my monthly Citizen columns!

I talked with fellow chiropractor, John Lesch.  We were discussing how the insurance industry has restricted chiropractic coverage which gives the public a limited view of chiropractic's health benefits.  Without our educational efforts, the public we deal with will miss out on important healing information.  We are dedicated to making sure our clients are well educated and tuned into their own healing power.

There is so much going on in our small city.  Please share these people's names with those who would benefit from their knowledge.

See you at the table...the adjusting table.

--Dr. Lisa
--Your Health Freedom Advocate



Saturday, March 03, 2012

Chiropractic Saved Me


My x-ray in 1995 was similar to this
one.  The curve was reversed from 
a head injury as a child in 1971.  I 
was forming bone spurs in my mid- 
twenties.  I had a 20-30 year head 
start on arthritis.

This resembles the beginning of 

very debilitating fibromyalgia and 

other pain syndromes.  Also, 

studies of mild brain trauma are 

showing a correlation with 
depression and bipolar disorder, 

especially in teens who play sports.

It wasn't back pain or a headache 
that brought me to chiropractic.  In 
fact, I was pain free when I 
received my first adjustment.

I had a condition more painful than a physical injury 
because it was not physically obvious.  I had a certain 
arrogance that would have taken my health away if I 
hadn't been exposed to chiropractic thinking 17 years 

I was arrogant about health and healing because I 
was young. I took my health for granted because I 
thought nothing would make me sick.  I thought I 
knew how to take care of myself.  Boy, was I wrong!  

I  worked with people who were challenged by the 
label of mental illness. They were told they had a 
brain imbalance and they needed a steady supply of 
brain altering drugs to keep them "normal" by 
society's rules.

No one proved they had brain problems.  No one 
measured brain improvements to check if  the drugs 
really helped.  No one gave them an option to stop 
taking these drugs.   It was all one sided and my 
clients were actually getting worse.
If you or someone you know
has suffered under the psychiatric system
become a member of the 

I started teaching a few of my clients about stress 
reduction techniques and dietary changes.  Much to 
my surprise, they were improving and gaining  self 
confidence.  While I was addressing their physical 
health I began to see how the state of the body has a 
great deal of influence on mental function.

I realized my job as a therapist was a joke. If the 
body isn't healthy, the mind stays stuck (more like 

After prayerful consideration to change careers, I 
looked at chiropractic.  I had no pain or health 
problems, but I volunteered in a chiropractor's office 
to learn about this drug free approach.

Not much of a science buff, I was awe struck when 
my new chiropractors (a married couple) taught me 
how the nervous system controls every cell, organ, 
body function, thought and emotion.  The nervous 
system is also considerably affected by the condition 
of the spine.  

It was also a major revelation when I learned how 
damage progresses for years but we don't feel it.

They showed me my X-rays and explained how 
mechanical disruptions of the spine adds incredible 
stress to the brain and spinal cord.  A sample X-ray 
above is very similar to my own X-rays.

This was a big mind shift to me.  I thought spinal cord 
damage was paralysis like Christopher Reeve.  I 
never considered milder forms of damage could have 
such an impact on disease and mental status.

If I never addressed this 17 years ago, I would have 
suffered from a gradual and progressive degenerative 
process. Pain doesn't show up until damage is fairly 
permanent.  Combine it with a stressful life style and  
poor nutrition and chronic disease takes hold.

I also learned chiropractic gave mental patients great 
results in the early 1900's before drug therapy 
became the monopolizing treatment.  It is now 
showing great promise for addiction recovery.

I often think about my therapy clients who felt 
helpless and defective.  Their nervous system/life 
force was stifled and no one offered them the release 
chiropractic can provide.

Chiropractic is not about pain relief.  Pain is  part of 
being human.  Chiropractic is about knowledge, 
personal power and being given options.  

My first interest is in mental wellness.   
Inside the mind are the sparks that ignite great 
ideas.  The body is the engine that allows us to push our ideas forward.  
They work as a team.

In my work as a mental health counselor I saw a serious separation 

between this awesome team.  
When physical health is not properly addressed, it clouds the mind.  
The body often 
gives us important clues.

Chiropractic rejoins the mind and body in an extraordinary 
way as the adjustment  enhances how the nervous system
 fosters innate intelligence.

Thanks for being curious.  
It means you are  looking for something new to try.  
You are in the process of a personal evolution.   
It's a superb journey!

I can't convey much more of it on a website.  Come to a health talk, come in for 
an appointment, or let's chat on a phone-coaching session.

Read more about my journey here.

The Vegan Trap

Check out Primal-Chiro for the article: The Vegan Trap.

See you at the table...the adjusting table.

--Dr. Lisa
--Your Health Freedom Advocate

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