“How often should I get an adjustment?”

I get asked this question frequently. My answer varies from time to time, but usually sounds like this. “It depends. Everyone is different.” What do I mean by this answer? Let’s break it down…

Chiropractic care is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ healthcare model. By this I mean, not everyone is the same, has the same job, does the same activity (or inactivity), etc. Therefore, each person may need a different approach, adjustment, treatment plan, etc.

So here is my simplified wellness approach:

Ages 0-5 years: Quarterly (every 3 months/4x per year)

  • This age group is developing at a fast pace (physically and mentally). It is important to ensure that kids are reaching their milestones and are not becoming developmentally delayed (thus, putting them at a higher risk of being uncoordinated, or developing ADHD, ADD, ASD, etc.). This age group is also an active one; full of falling downs, wrestling, and bumps and bruises. In fact, studies show that approximately 80% of newborns have a spinal misalignment immediately following the birth process. These little ones respond very quickly to chiropractic care.

Ages 5-18 years: Quarterly (every 3 months/4x per year)

  • This age group is “supposed to be” an active one. With kids sitting in school for long periods of time, P.E. being cut out of a lot of public schools, and sports only being offered to a limited group of students, chiropractic care is a must. Whether your child is sediment (forming poor postural habits) OR athletic (being plagued by sports injuries), it is better to address these issues early on before they become chronic.

Ages 18+: Monthly – Quarterly

  • Frequency of visits in this age group varies widely, and is mostly dependent on their activity/career. People who sit for extended periods throughout the day will usually have poor postural habits that lead to pain (M-Q). Those with a more active lifestyle are at a higher risk of traumatic injuries that cause pain (Q). Young parents are likely to have both traumatic injuries and poor postural habits (M). The older population is likely to be sediment and have other complicating factors like chronic diseases that will prolong healing (M).

Health Saving Tip: See your chiropractor as soon as the signs and symptoms appear. Do NOT wait to see if they go away on their own.  *The brain will adapt > relieving the pain without removing the problem > creating a muscle imbalance (weak, tight, or tender muscles) > creates joint misalignment > allows for improper motion > arthritis and degeneration of the joint.

Money Saving Tip: Bigger Problems = Longer Treatment = More Expensive.



Omega-3 vs. Omega-6

What’s the big deal?

Have you ever wondered why omega-3 supplementation is so widely recommended by health practitioners these days? Or, why it is considered an essential nutrient? Or, why Americans are so deficient in omega-3?

The truth is, not only are Americans deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, this deficiency is actually killing us. Below is an abstract with a brief explanation on why the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 should be addressed in our society.

Abstract: Several sources of information suggest that human beings evolved on a diet with a ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFA) of approximately 1 whereas in Western diets [Standard American Diet] the ratio is 15/1-16.7/1. Western diets are deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, and have excessive amounts of omega-6 fatty acids compared with the diet on which human beings evolved and their genetic patterns were established. Excessive amounts of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and a very high omega-6/omega-3 ratio, as is found in today’s Western diets, promote the pathogenesis of many diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, whereas increased levels of omega-3 PUFA (a low omega-6/omega-3 ratio) exert suppressive effects. In the secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease, a ratio of 4/1 was associated with a 70% decrease in total mortality. A ratio of 2.5/1 reduced rectal cell proliferation in patients with colorectal cancer, whereas a ratio of 4/1 with the same amount of omega-3 PUFA had no effect. The lower omega-6/omega-3 ratio in women with breast cancer was associated with decreased risk. A ratio of 2-3/1 suppressed inflammation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, and a ratio of 5/1 had a beneficial effect on patients with asthma, whereas a ratio of 10/1 had adverse consequences. These studies indicate that the optimal ratio may vary with the disease under consideration. This is consistent with the fact that chronic diseases are multigenic and multifactorial. Therefore, it is quite possible that the therapeutic dose of omega-3 fatty acids will depend on the degree of severity of disease resulting from the genetic predisposition. A lower ratio of omega-6/omega-3 fatty acids is more desirable in reducing the risk of many of the chronic diseases of high prevalence in Western societies, as well as in the developing countries, that are being exported to the rest of the world.

Nutshell Version: A diet high in omega-3s prevent and lower the risk of chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, cancers, auto-immune diseases, asthma, age related Alzheimer’s disease, etc. A diet high in omega-6s, increases inflammation, which increases chronic diseases, which increases mortality [death].

You are what you eat: Omega-6s are found in grains (corn is the most commonly consumed source). Our meat sources eat more grain than grass (in contrast from our ancestors, who consumed primarily grass-fed animals). Therefore, our consumption of grains and grain-fed animals increases our omega-6 intake, leading to more inflammation, and more chronic diseases. For this reason, grass-fed animals are actually healthier to consume (due to being higher in omega-3s, creating less inflammation in our bodies). But, if you are looking for a meat source to specifically increase your omega-3 intake, look for seafood. Salmon, mackerel, tuna, etc. are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s can be found in several non-meat sources as well, such as flax seeds, chia seeds, and walnuts.

Essential Fatty Acid Deficiency Infographic


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Health Hazard?
As the metal aluminum is present in our food, water supply, and soil, most people suffer from some degree of aluminum toxicity. After years of accumulated exposure and storage of it in body tissues, this poison can have results ranging from brain degeneration to skeletal deformities.

– Dr. Anita Pepi D.C.

Aluminum is in almost everything that affects our daily lives. It is in deodorants and anti-perspirants, over-the-counter medications, soda cans, toothpaste, food dyes, and the pots we cook our food in. Aluminum is in pesticides and can infiltrate our drinking water. Aluminum is in food additives found in baking mixes, processed cheeses, and pickles. Aluminum has also replaced Mercury in most vaccinations (one toxic metal for another one.)

A neat little side note:

  • Aluminum oxide is the active ingredient in most deodorants/anti-perspirants. It blocks the pores to decrease the amount of sweat that is excreted. The bad thing about this, is sweating is how our bodies release toxins from our skin and cool our bodies. Aluminum oxide is also the compound that mixes with bacteria in the armpit to cause the nasty green or yellow “pit” stains. Talk about attractive!

Disturbed sleep, nervousness, emotional instability, memory loss, headaches, and impaired intellect are all symptoms of aluminum poisoning. The metal aluminum is extremely toxic to the nervous system and can impair the way our body’s digestive system breaks down the food and minerals we ingest. For instance, it can hinder the amount of calcium and phosphorus our body is able to absorb. Thus, we can suffer from a reduction of bone growth and bone density. Too much aluminum can also cause aching muscles, speech problems, anemia, impaired liver, kidney, and intestine functions. It has also been connected to Alzheimer’s disease.

To lower your risks from having harmful amounts of aluminum in your bodies, you can cook with non-aluminum pots, cast iron, or glass cookware. You can also check the labels of products you are unsure about and eat more “homemade” foods, rather than those from mixes and restaurants that use aluminum in preparation. They also make aluminum free deodorants and other body products. If heavy metal toxicity is a concern, there are many ways to detox including the use of bentonite clay.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) has a strong, clean, fresh, minty aroma. One of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion. It has also been used to freshen breath, relieve colic, gas, headaches, heartburn, and indigestion. It has pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties as well as antibacterial, anticarcinogenic (anti-cancer), antiseptic, antiviral, and antispasmodic properties.

  • Jean Valnet MD studied peppermint’s supportive effect on the liver and respiratory systems.
  • Other scientists have also researched peppermint’s role in improving taste and smell when inhaled.
  • William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied peppermint’s ability to improve concentration and mental sharpness.
  • Alan Hirsch MD studied peppermint’s ability to directly affect the brain’s satiety center, which triggers a sensation of fullness after meals.

This powerful essential oil is often diluted before topical application to decrease any skin sensitivity. Peppermint may also be used to enhance the flavor of food and water. Peppermint has an approximate ORAC of 373,455, making it a great antioxidant as well!

Everyday Uses:

  • Add a drop of peppermint essential oil to herbal tea to help aid normal digestion.
  • Massage several drops of peppermint essential oil on the abdomen, place a drop on wrists, or inhale to soothe the minor stomach discomfort associated with travel.
  • Rub one drop of peppermint essential oil on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (careful to avoid contact with your eyes), and on the back of the neck to relieve head pressure.
  • Place 2 drops of peppermint essential oil on the tongue and rub another drop of oil under the nose to help improve concentration and alertness.
  • Apply peppermint essential oil to the back of the neck and shoulders throughout the day to keep energy up.
  • Inhale peppermint essential oil, apply topically to your temples or neck, or put a drop on your tongue or in water to jump-start your morning routine.
  • Diffuse or inhale peppermint essential oil mid-morning to curb the desire to snack.
  • Inhale peppermint essential oil or rub a drop on to your abdomen to soothe minor stomach discomfort.

* Contact you natural health practitioner and be cautious with use during pregnancy, and on children (especially those <6 year of age). Greater dilution may be required for certain individuals.

Source: Youngliving.com

Chiropractic, Omega-3, & Vitamin D3

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Thieves Oil

Possibly the best oil to add to your germ fighting arsenal!

Young Living’s Thieves essential oil blend was created based on the historical account of four thieves in France who protected themselves from the Black Plague with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing victims of the killer disease. When captured, they were offered a lighter sentence in exchange for their secret recipe.
howtoThieves oil has been tested and found to be highly effective against airborne bacteria! It can be used to prevent and treat cold sores, strep throat, common cold, skin infections, bronchitis, and more. It is also a powerful natural disinfectant, not only killing bacteria and viruses, but harmful molds as well. So what’s in the oil blend that makes it work?

  • Clove oil, nature’s richest source of eugenol, is the highest-scoring single ingredient tested for its antioxidant capacity on the ORAC scale. Clove is also known for its immune-enhancing properties.
  • Lemon oil, with 68 percent d-limonene, is a powerful antioxidant known for its ability to act as a natural solvent and cleanser.
  • Cinnamon bark, high in antioxidants, has a reputation for relieving discomfort during the winter season and supporting the digestive system.
  • Eucalyptus radiate, one of the most versatile of the eucalyptus oils, has many health-promoting properties. This powerful essential oil contains eucalyptol as one if its major elements, which in laboratory tests has been reported as being effective against bacteria in topical applications.
  • Rosemary oil is naturally energizing and may be beneficial for helping restore mental alertness when experiencing fatigue.

How to use Thieves oil:thieves-products-cleaning1

  • Diffuse it  – to deodorize and disinfect any room in your home!
  • Ingest it* – to support your immune system and fight infections like the common cold!
  • Clean with it – for a safe and natural way to disinfect any surface!

*For ingestion, consult your alternative health professional (Chiropractor, Naturopath, etc.) for instructions!

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