Category Archives for "Mindset"

Secondhand Stress Can Be Contagious

A pair of recent studies have proven in the research lab something that you may already be instinctively aware of: being around stressed out people can make you stressed out.

And while this may seem obvious to you, understanding their research findings and incorporating this new term, “secondhand stress” into your vocabulary will help you decrease your stress levels.

One study performed at the Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Germany looked at couples and how their stress affected each other. One person was taken into a room and had to solve complicated math problems in front of two supposed behavior analysts who assessed their performance. As expected, Continue reading…

Alignment is Critical for Optimal Health

OK, one more car analogy!

For the last few weeks, I’ve been writing about the windshield wipers on your car and how it relates to your health. Now I want to talk about the tire alignment on your car and use it as a metaphor about your health as well.

Obviously, everyone knows that for your car to drive straight, the wheels need to be aligned properly. When you drive your new car off the showroom floor, everything is aligned perfectly. Over time, the tire tread is going to wear down with normal usage. But, after a while you might also start to notice some extra wear and tear on the edges of your front tires. They might start balding on the sides of your tires more than the area that contacts the road.

This uneven wear pattern is a symptom of misalignment of the front end of your car. If left alone, that balding will get worse and worse and eventually Continue reading…

To Be Healthy, You Have to Be Regular

Last week’s Health Tip talked about how getting an adjustment is like using the windshield wipers on your car. Sometimes you just don’t notice the haze that has built up until it’s been wiped away. Similarly, sometimes you might not notice how much tension has built up in your system until you get off the table. “Wow, I feel so much better right now and honestly, I really didn’t think I felt bad when I came in!”

To go a little further with this Windshield Wiper analogy, this is why I recommend to my patients to continue with regular “tune-ups” even after the pain or the problem that initially brought them into my office has gone away.

How many times do you have to use the windshield wipers over the lifetime of your car to keep your windshield clean?

The answer to that question depends on a few factors: Continue reading…

You Live Your Life Through Your Nervous System

You live your life through your Nervous System. Every sound, taste, touch, smell and sight – all of that energy and information gets transmitted to your brain so you can make sense of the world. All of your perceptions get filtered through your Nervous System.

If the transmission of this information from the outside world to your brain is distorted, then your perception of the world will be distorted.

Think back to the last time you were driving in your car and for whatever reason, you decided to turn on the wipers to clean your windshield. After the windshield wipers were done, your view was a lot clearer, right?

But then if you looked at the corners of your windshield that the wipers couldn’t reach, what did you see there? You saw a layer of grime on the glass left behind. Those corners were much dirtier than the area cleaned by your windshield wipers weren’t they?

But just moments before, Continue reading…

Rivers, Whitewash and Healing

Often when I am explaining the healing process and how adjustments work, I use the analogy of a river. This metaphor is a simple one to understand, yet it also explains more complex concepts about healing, bodywork and energetics. I’d like to share it with you here in case you haven’t heard it before in hopes that it will help you understand how your body works, how it breaks down and more importantly, how it can heal itself.

Imagine yourself standing on a bank of a river. As you look upstream, you see a seemingly endless flow of water coming towards you. Then as you turn your head downstream, you watch the river flow off into distance. Right in front of you, you can hear the roar of the whitewash created by the water rushing over huge rocks that lie in the river just a few feet away from you.

Now imagine your body is that river for a moment. Continue reading…

7 Ways to Boost Your Immune System Naturally

Are you a person who is worried about the next coming “cold & flu season”?

Are you one of those people that always seems to catch whatever bug that is going around your work, school or neighborhood?

If you live your life afraid that any sneeze or cough is going to get you sick, then this information will help you.

I know that you don’t want to live in fear of germs or in fear of getting sick. I know that you want to live more fully, doing what you want, when you want to do it.

And fortunately, you don’t have to.

There are safe, natural and effective methods that are proven to boost your Immune System so you can stay healthy. A strong Immune System is what will fight off any bacteria or virus that you come in contact with so you don’t get sick.

I am going to share with you here information and tools that will help you to:

  1. Strengthen your Immune System on a day-to-day basis thus preventing you getting sick in the first place.
  2. Fight off an infection more effectively and more quickly if you happen to have already become sick.

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“Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” Because That Will Kill You Too

A new study published in “Experimental Gerontology” shows that its not only the big stressors that increase mortality rates, but the little hassles of life can kill you as well. Not such great news since we all experience stress and much of it cannot be avoided. Some stress is just part of life.

But it’s not all bad news. There is a small overlooked part of the study, a way that the study was designed, that reveals how you can free yourself from an early visit from the Grim Reaper.

Carolyn Aldwin, director of the Center for Healthy Aging Research at Oregon State University, examined the mortality rate data of 1,293 men whose stress levels were tracked over a 21 year period. She looked at two long-term stress patterns: Continue reading…

Could 50 Autopsies in 1921 Have Revealed the Keys to Long Life?

In 1921, Dr. Henry Windsor wanted to see if there was a connection between diseased organs and the structure of the body. He conducted 50 autopsies at the University of Pennsylvania and published his results in the Medical Times in November of that same year.

His findings were overwhelmingly conclusive that maintaining a healthy structure of your body is vital to enjoying a long, healthy life. Hopefully what Dr. Windsor learned can teach you a new perspective about how to take care of your own health.

After performing autopsies on 50 cadavers, Dr. Windsor had isolated a total 139 diseased organs. The diseased organs included the heart, lungs, stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, kidney, prostate, bladder and uterus.

He then traced the nerve that went that organ all the way back to Continue reading…

Parenthood, Cancer and the Life Force Inside of You

As many of you already know. I am a new father. My son, Nikolas, is 10 1/2 months old and will be walking any day now. To say that he has transformed my world is an understatement. But this isn’t going to be a post by a dad about how great he thinks his son is. This week’s Health Tip will start out with a parental observation, venture briefly into existential musings and then segue into understandings about your immune system and the Life Force inside of you that is on constant watch to protect and heal you.

Interested in seeing how these dots are connected? If so, read on… Continue reading…

The Attitude of Service

Some people believe that each of us is put here on this planet in this time for one specific, pre-determined purpose.

I believe this causes a lot of really well intentioned people out there to really struggle with uncovering their life purpose. They feel frustrated that their destiny has been hidden from them. They feel that if they don’t figure it out, then they will have wasted their life. They feel that if it were only just revealed to them, that specific thing they were born to do in this life, then they would be so much happier and then they could get to it already and finally start living a meaningful life.

But I believe the struggle that they bring to it only clouds their way. I believe this because I have done it. I have spent so much time in my life Continue reading…

The Attitude of Happiness

The Attitude of Happiness works hand-in-hand with the Attitude of Gratitude. When you are grateful for your life, you just can’t help but feel happy as well. Isn’t that what you want to experience more of in your life – more happiness? I have never met anyone that would turn down more of that and I’ll bet you wouldn’t either.

The way to get into this Attitude of Happiness is simply choosing to focus on what makes you happy and then doing the things that make you happy. Life all too often gets full of work and family obligations. We get so busy with “To do” lists and “honey-do” lists and with feelings of “Have to” and “Got to”. What about your “want to” list and better yet, your “I’d love to” list?

To help you remember what you love to do and what really makes you happy, I going to recommend Continue reading…

The Attitude of Gratitude

Much has been written about how showing Gratitude can positively affect your life. But did you know that there is research that shows Gratitude can actually affect the molecular structure of water? Well there is and after telling you about it, I’ll explain to you how important this can be for your physical and well as mental health.

Dr. Masuro Emoto performed his research on how different stimuli affected the molecular structure of water in the 1990’s. To do this, he would take a regular glass of water and then expose it to different light wavelengths and sound waves. He started by placing speakers right next to the samples of water and played music next to them. Then he would freeze the water to look at the crystal structure it formed under a microscope.

Regular, ordinary water produced some regular looking crystals. Interestingly, Continue reading…

The Attitude of Optimism

You can either view everything that comes to you as a problem or you can see it as an opportunity.

Is your glass half full, or half empty?

When you start looking at your glass as half full, the rest of life will appear to you as more full as well.

Let’s revisit the traffic example for a moment: the half empty view is that the traffic jam as just another example how messed up the freeway system is and how poorly people drive. You could get stressed out about how late it is going to make you. You could get angry at the people cutting you off and get self-righteous that these people need to taught by you how to wait their turn.

The half full view is now you have some the extra time to listen to your good music or to learn something new in the audio book you picked up for your commutes. You could practice being the super friendly driver that lets everybody in front of you because you have decided that you have got all the time in the world and you want to help people along their way.

It is all up to Continue reading…

The Power of Attitude

Another powerful area for you to consider when creating a healthy environment for yourself is the Power of Attitude in your life.

Your attitude directly affects every experience you have in your life. You can either have a positive attitude or a negative one. You either take a positive attitude towards your experience or you take a negative attitude towards your experience. What is so powerful about Attitude for you is that it is completely under your control at all times.

A perfect illustration of how you can choose a positive attitude no matter how horrible the circumstances may be, comes from the movie “Life is Beautiful”. Continue reading…

How Your Environment Affects Your Health

Healthier people make healthier choices for themselves. As you start taking baby steps toward health, a healthy momentum builds and more and more health will come to you. Health creates health. It brings more of it to you and more health is attracted to you. So by making changes in your internal physical environment, giving your health the thoughts it needs, the movement it needs, the foods it needs and the energy it needs, you will be creating health from within.

But your physical environment is not just your internal environment. Your external environment plays a huge role in your health as well.

Think of Continue reading…

How Money Affects Your Health

You may not realize how much of an impact your Financial Environment has on your physical health and your emotional well-being.

It is important to understand that being healthy is not expensive. Being sick is expensive.

If you are suffering from any kind of severe chronic sickness or disease, the costs of dealing with it can be quite a burden. Between the diagnostic testing that is required, various treatments that are prescribed and all of the doctor’s office visits – they can all add up quickly and if you don’t have the means to cover those bills, that financial stress alone can prevent you from regaining your health not to mention it contributing further to the decline of your health.

But even if you are not dealing with chronic disease, the truth is money and financial issues are a major contributor to the stress you may feel Continue reading…

How Your Mind and Spirit Affect Your Health

Your Mental Environment concerns what you are reading, watching and what you are listening to on a regular basis. Remember Health Principle #2 – everything is either moving you towards Health or towards Illness.

Go On a “News Fast”

Do you think watching or listening to the news is contributing anything positive to your life? The majority of the evening news is sensationalized, fear based reports on what we don’t want to see in the world. Bathing your mind in pictures of murders, celebrity gossip, fires, floods and earthquakes do not contribute positively to your overall health and well-being. Trying going on a news fast. Try it for one week Continue reading…

How Your Relationships Affect Your Health

The environment of relationship is also critical to supporting your success as well. The people who you spend the most time with and interact with the most, influence you the most. If you have children you know this. You know that if they start hanging around with the wrong crowd, they are going to make poorer choices They are more likely to get into trouble with that crowd than if they have positive, considerate friends around them.

Healthy people make healthy choices. But the opposite it true as well: sick people make sick choices. If you are constantly surrounded by sick people, it is going to be much more difficult for you to stick to your new healthy habits.

It is common knowledge that Continue reading…

What You Really Want Instead of Just “Getting Healthy”

All the health information in the world doesn’t do you any good if you don’t do anything with it.

Examining what it means to be a human being, not a human “doing”, will create the inspiration to dream bigger, to act bolder and to go after greater goals and results than you previously would have.

You are here to live, to enjoy, to love and be loved and to be happy – not just to achieve, to accomplish, and to accumulate. “Things” can bring you more enjoyment and happiness…maybe. But consider that it is the pursuit of these things, not the things themselves, that adds to the enjoyment of your life and makes you happier. It is the person we become while pursuing our goals that we are after, not just the goal.

Relating this back to the health goals that you may have set for yourself already, Continue reading…

Teaching an ‘Old Dog’ New Tricks

Take a moment to remember back to when you were learning to tie your shoes as a child…

Do you remember taking your shoelaces in your tiny little fingers and trying to make “rabbit ear loops” with them? Then trying to put one loop under the other and then tried to pull it through so it stayed? Do you remember all the tries it took you before you could finally declare to the world, “Look, I can tie my shoes all by myself!”?

You might not remember that process because it was so long ago.

But now, take a moment to think of Continue reading…