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I heard a doctor once say, when you pick a food up to eat, ask yourself, “what is this going to do to my brain?”  That is a good question! You can say the same thing about any part of the body.  “What is this going to do to my heart, or kidneys, or liver?”

It is a good exercise because it makes you conscious of how the foods you are eating are supporting you.  How many times do I put something in my mouth to eat without much thought?  I think, “that looks good.”  But do I consciously consider its effect on me and my body?

A great game to play at the dinner table to teach your children or grandchildren about food is “how will this food help me?”  Carrots for the eyes.  Blueberries for the brain.  Raw red onions to fight cancer cells.  Avocado for heart health. And so forth. As kids become computer literate, “we are having broccoli for dinner. Why don’t you look it up and teach us what it is good for.” Younger kids especially love this kind of conversation at the table. And believe me, they will remember it as they grow older!

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Stomach Acid

Thirty-five years ago, when I was in chiropractic school, I became aware of the many research findings showing Americans having low stomach acid as they grow older.  How many Americans take the proton pump inhibitors, like Prilosec?  They take it because they were told they have too much acid in their stomachs.  I always ask, did you take the Heidelberg test?  I’ve never had one person say yes.

With the Heidelberg test, you swallow a capsule that will register the level of acidity in your stomach.  Why is this test skipped? I wish they would do it before giving a proton pump inhibitor. Why?

Now researchers are finding that people who take the proton pump inhibitors have strep in their small intestines that comes from their mouth.  The small intestine in not made to have many bacteria, so this causes people gastric problems. 

Most often people have too little acid and need some hydrochloric acid to help break down their food.   Then they can absorb the nutrients which will help increase their health. Ask me about this the next time I see you!

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Ginger might be your key to nausea relief. Whether the nausea is from pregnancy or car sickness or most other causes of nausea, ginger can be your cure. The best way to use it might be ginger tea. If in the car, those small ginger candies you can purchase at the health food store might be your best buy.

No one wants to feel nauseous. So why not try it. Nothing bad happens if it doesn’t work because herbs like ginger do not have the side effects of drugs. If you are drinking ginger tea, I think the best way is just to drink a little at a time. You can make the ginger tea from ginger you purchase or there are teabags you can use to make your cup of tea. This is a great going away gift for a college student. Have it on hand because the truth is, when you are nauseous, you DO NOT want to go out to get the tea. This might be part of your first aid kit!

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Childhood and Changes in my Office!

Starting this week, I will confirm your appointment by text the night before, if I have your cell number.

I am messing up my schedule too much so I need to make a change. Why am I messing it up? I still use a paper calendar. I’m not always home by that paper schedule.

Simple solution is to confirm. Of course, there can still be mistakes because if I don’t have you on my schedule, I won’t text you. So please feel free to text me the day before your appointment or the morning of your appointment before 9.

I hope this will help as you know, I like to be perfect!! And that leads to today’s health tip.

It has been proven, over and over again, that your health as an adult was determined by your childhood. Listen to one of the experts, Dr. Gabor Mate.

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Autism Film

This coming Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021, from 7:00 pm-8:00 pm MST, Scott Klumb’s film, Thriving on the Spectrum will be screening virtually for FREE! Please join him to watch his new documentary followed by a Q/A.
Feel free to share the details about the virtual screening with anyone you think would be interested in watching the film on Tuesday night.
Below is the link to register yourself for the screening:…/tJYoduytqzkuHNCt-9Pj0ItPiHQqFQaRCJCN

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Afraid of Losing Your Mind?

The biggest looming fear as we get older is keeping our wits about us. There are those moments of recognizing our memory isn’t as good as it used to be. I remember when I had lunch with a very good older friend when I realized she was not thinking the way she normally did. But there was no talking to her. She was paranoid. She had never been like that before.

I soon came to find that she had Alzheimer’s. My understanding is that if we are aware we are not remembering as well as we used to, we most likely do not have Alzheimer’s. My experience with my friend was a change in personality. She was mad at a friend. Before she was very accepting of our human mistakes. She was paranoid. I had never experienced her that way before. She was blaming. Very unlike her. She could not see herself properly. I understand that is more how “losing my mind” presents.

So if you are experiencing memory slips, and recognize it, don’t worry too much. Of course, I will always do what I can to help my brain. Brain health, for me, is at the top of my list!

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This doctor is new to me, but I so enjoyed all he had to say. The information is not new to me. He speaks about fasting. He gives us a good reason to fast. At one point he talked about how your body has 70% greater chance of avoiding cancer by fasting. Who doesn’t want that? Fasting is very good for us, but it is a mental game. Most people aren’t that hungry. Hunger goes away, but our mind wants to eat. He is a good doctor predicting that protocols of fasting will accompany cancer treatment in the future.

Even if you are not in the mental place to fast right now, listen to him and file it away for future use.

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The ONE thing

What is the ONE thing that a person can do for their health that will have the greatest impact on their health?  There are many things, obviously, but the thing I feel is one of the very most important is to eat organic food.  I know it is more expensive.   I say, “I am paying my co-pay on the front end.”

If you can’t eat all organic, there are a few fruits and vegetables that are most necessary to eat organic.  They are apples, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, celery, potatoes, grapes and cherry tomatoes.  It is that time of year so ENJOY THEM!

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Extensive Research

Maybe you don’t know, but I have macular degeneration.  Dr. Chris Knobble has definitively discovered that the rate of macular degeneration in our society has gone up as our use of vegetable oils has gone up.  

Most likely each of us can eat a different amount of vegetable oils, before developing macular degeneration.  I would think I have eaten much less than the average person, but I have macular degeneration.   I have only bought about 2 bottles of vegetable oil in my life because I never had a family.  Especially since going to chiropractic school, I just don’t eat that way.  

If you want to learn more about what he found on his extensive research into macular degeneration, watch this video.