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Your Knees

We are in the midst of winter.   People have been getting sick right and left.  If you can’t shake your coughing and feeling sick, come in and see me!  I’ll help you.

The knees are so important. I probably don’t have anyone disagreeing.  When you complain that the inside of your knee hurting, that is one of the first indications I have that you are stressing yourself out too much.  Your adrenals can’t keep up with you.  Of course, that is when the patient reports no falls or injuries to the knee.  The pain just came on.

So please beware of your inner knees. The ligament is trying to hold your knee in the right place, but it needs some help.  Slow down and rest.  Relaxation is restorative.  Americans tend to go, go, go.  Get to bed by 10 pm at night.  If you are drinking coffee, monitor the amount.

If you don’t pay attention and get a little help for the knee when it needs it, you are setting your knee up for injury!  Don’t be that person.

Have a great January!

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Brain Health

Think back when you were a kid.  Did you know any adults who had Alzheimer’s?  If you are even close to my age, the answer might be no.  I grew up with grandparents, so I was probably around more older people than most.  I did not know anyone who had a bad case of dementia, no matter what the diagnosis.

Of all the problems of old age, most of my patient’s share my concern:  I don’t want to lose my marbles.  I don’t want to live like that.  My patients tell me they don’t either.  But I notice more and more nursing homes.  More and more problems with memory.

There is seldom one cause. The causes add up and now we have cities full of nursing homes and care centers.  The things I do for my health, I do for the long game:  old age.  I know many older people who are vibrant, and I tell them, “You are my model.”

To stay vibrant, we need to do what we can to insure brain health.  Here is an articlethat nails one of the causes.  And have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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CHOICE

Today we have some choices for care that we didn’t have when I was a child.

If you are thinking you could be a candidate for a knee replacement or a shoulder replacement, you have more choices in most circumstances now.  Have you ever considered a stem cell injection?  Or a shot of protein rich plasma, called PRP?  When I weigh a shot, which is how stem cells are given, or a surgery, I think the shot is a great deal less invasive.  Yes, it is possible it won’t work.  But a replacement might not work either.  After a stem cell injection, you can still have a replacement if you need it. The only glitch is that insurance will not pay for stem cells or PRP and they are pricey.

There are many complaints about the costs of health care (I call sickness care).  And yet, a great deal of the costs could be eliminated if people were given stem cell and PRP shots instead of replaced parts.  You see, the powers that be don’t really want to decrease the health care bills.  “They” say stem cells and PRP  are experimental.  How long do they have to be done before they are no longer classified as experimental? Is it possible that big pharma does not want them considered regular care?  I mean, how much medicine would you need with a shot?  Think about it!

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Dropped Metatarsals

Do you have a dropped metatarsal?  You would know because your foot would hurt.  Normally it hurts on the bottom of your foot.  This issue is a bigger issue for woman than men and I think that is because of high heels, which put the foot in an unnatural position.  The metatarsal is the bone that attaches to the toes.  The bone is long and thin.  When the bottom of the foot hurts, in the ball of the foot, it is often a dropped metatarsal.

If you have this condition someway regularly, you might want to go to Rite Aid or Walgreens or a good quality shoe store and see if they have a metatarsal pad that will help. You put it under you’re the ball of your foot and it supports the metatarsal.  That is certainly a lot better than having pain.  They are inexpensive and can really be helpful.  Try one if you need it!

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Avoiding Cancer!

I doubt there is any adult who hasn’t been touched by cancer.  Perhaps a grandparent or an aunt or an uncle has had the diagnosis.  Who doesn’t know someone who has had cancer? We live in a world in which cancer thrives.  Our food has problems.  Our environment has problems.  But that isn’t what I want to talk to you about today.

If a cancer diagnosis arrives, what do you do?  Of course, it is always better to avoid a cancer diagnosis, but how?  I am giving you a link today to The Truth About Cancer docu-series.  Their mission is to educate, expose and eradicate cancer once and for all.  I’ve previously seen it and I’m sure there is new information. You can watch a segment each day or you can buy it and watch it at your leisure.

If you don’t have cancer and want to avoid it, you can learn a best approach by watching the series.  If you have cancer and want information on a holistic approach, then listen and learn.  You will be given much information.  No one uses all of it.  You can pick and choose what works for you.  Knowledge is power!

 

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Blanket Time

My patients are the best! Sometimes they tell me about a product that they love, and I want to share it with others.  Have you heard about the weighted blankets?  I know they are often used on pets and on babies, but hey, adults are using them too.  Why would you want to use one?  Here are some of the symptoms that the blankets claim to help:   anxiety, panic attacks, stress and tension, insomnia, hot flashes, PTSD, restless leg syndrome, symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, ADD, ADHD, autism, any sensory disorder.

I don’t know how much they would help.  I know my patient said it has helped her hot flashes.  And if you have ever had a hot flash, you would grab that weighted blanket in a hot minute.  It seems so counter-intuitive that you would use a blanket when you have a hot flash, but she says it works.  Don’t try to take away her blanket!

I have a gold standard way of assessing whether I think something is worth trying.  If you don’t have to swallow it (you know I’m very particular in that regard), and it won’t hurt you, why not try it.  A blanket won’t hurt you.  And if it has the possibility of helping, that is fabulous.  I’ll let you in on a secret:  my patient ordered her blanket from weightingcomforts.com.  I have no connection with the company, but if you have any of the symptoms above, and try it, please let me know how you like it!

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Children are back in school and we are clearly looking at fall.  Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year are around the corner.  Throw a fall break in there, if you have children in school, and you have your calendar for the rest of the year.

But right now, we are enjoying the bountiful summer harvest.  Going to a farmer’s market will heighten your senses.  Enjoy the fresh produce because winter isn’t far behind. My Granny always “put up” vegetables and fruits by canning and freezing.  I hope these arts aren’t lost in our progressive world.

When we can or freeze, we know exactly what it in the product.  When we buy it, we don’t know exactly what is in the product. Because our health depends on our food, if you are so inclined, I think you are awesome if you can or freeze even a small portion of your food.  In the winter when you take a cobbler out of the freezer that you made this time of year, it is far better than any you can buy!  And probably more nutritious.

Whether you freeze or can or don’t do either, enjoy this time of year with our bountiful harvests.  My favorites are the peaches this time of year.  What fruits or vegetables available now are your favorite?

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Mercury in the Teeth

In our struggle for health, one major concern is the mouth, specifically the teeth.  Mercury is a neurotoxin.  Do you really want that in your mouth?  There are many other options these days.  Other countries have mercury free dentistry, but we don’t. Holistic pratitioners are struggling to get mercury out of our mouths.  At least don’t put any more mercury in your mouth.  Alternatives are available.  Use them.

But please, don’t take my word for it.  Go to youtube  and see for yourself what the mercury looks like coming off the teeth.  You continue breathing while you are getting your teeth worked on.  You breathe that gas.

You are bombarded with chemicals on a daily basis.  Many you cannot avoid, but this one you can.  To better understand mercury-free dentistry and the difference it is making around the world, go to the article on Dr. Mercola’s site.

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Can You Change Your Body?

Someone was in my office recently and asked me to look at their child’s feet.  They turn in.  Often it is called pigeon-toed.  What could she do about that?  It is obvious the child has a muscle imbalance and the muscles that turn her feet in are stronger than the ones that turn her feet out.  Some people say, “it runs in the family.”  That doesn’t mean it can’t be changed.  The fact of the matter is, something can be done about it. She may have perfect alignment with the right therapy as a child.   As an adult, I know she could see improvement, but her improvement might not be as complete as when she is a child and still growing and developing.

Don’t just accept that is the way it is.  That may be the way it is right now, but it doesn’t mean it has to stay that way.  It can change, especially if the change is done as a child.  Even bone remodels.  If you get the muscles that are too tight to relax and get the muscles that aren’t doing their job, to contract, her feet may turn out perfect.

Let’s change for the better what we.  It will make a difference in that child’s life!