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What does non-GMO mean, and why is it important?

photo (2)You’ve probably seen a lot on TV and in the papers about GMO and non-GMO foods – it sounds complicated, what does it really mean?

Chemical companies are constantly researching ways to make our lives better, and their breakthroughs are too numerous to count. Literally every aspect of our lives is affected by science — from the plastic containers we receive our products in, to the use of our energy resources, to transportation, manufacturing, and building, we could not possibly do without our chemical industry.

But like any business, they are constantly looking for ways to increase their profitability and market share, and as such, they have moved into some areas that perhaps serve themselves better than their customers, and this question of GMO may be one of those areas. Let’s take a closer look and see.

The concept itself is rather complex – every living organism has a genetic code, in other words, a natural pattern that acts as a blueprint for the organism to follow to create new cells in order to live.

Historically, this genetic code was a mystery, but scientists at these chemical companies have spent billions of dollars and invested the finest minds in cracking those genetic codes, for their own use – and in an effort to invent hardier, more disease resistant crops, they have genetically altered most of our corn, soy, wheat, and other food staples.

If all this did was what it was intended to do, then we would be singing their praises, and who cares how much money they make – but the problem is, evidence is mounting that the genetically modified foods are bad, bad for our health and bad for our planet.

Since the chemical companies are so powerful, giving money to politicians in bushel baskets and tipping public sentiment by not completely coming clean on the drawbacks of their products, we are approaching a time when it will not be possible to get non-genetically modified foods of certain types in certain areas, and that is increasing daily.

It’s important to realize that many countries have completely banned the use of any GMO foods, and others carefully monitor which ones they allow – but the truth is, this is a situation where “better living through better chemistry” is in serious doubt.   Many children are allergic to the GMO foods, as well as many adults – and the worst part of it is, there’s no way to measure the damage to our natural genetic material, since GMO foods are becoming so widespread, people are using them many times each day.

So what can we do? At the consumer level, you can choose non-GMO foods, offered by non-GMO companies. There are some brands that pride themselves on not using or selling any genetically engineered products – a little homework will help you discover which brands you should include and which you should avoid.  Also, any food labeled “organic” cannot contain any GMO substances, so this is a safe way to be sure you are not taking altered genetic material into your body.

At the social level, you can read about and discuss with your friends and neighbors the potential harm from such manipulated foods, and pool your resources so you learn as much as possible about how to keep your family safe.

One of the best resources for such information is Jeff Smith and his Institute For Responsible Technology. He has an eye-opening film called “Genetic Roulette: The Gamble Of Our Lives” which may shock you, but is worth watching to grasp the vastness of this problem, and learn more about what you can do to improve it.

Educate yourself so you can make good decisions about which foods are safe and which are not. No one knows just how dangerous this situation may be, but if living a natural lifestyle is important to you, it’s worth it for you to find out more for yourself.

Get Educated! Get Inspired! Take Action!

Until next time,

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Chiropractic Wellness Lifestyle

 

IMG_0760Do you make good decisions about your health and your family’s health?

Do you feed yourself and your family with wholesome, natural foods, drink plenty of water, and avoid sugars, fried foods, and excessive meals? Do you sleep comfortably and soundly each night, and awaken refreshed and optimistic?

Do you maintain a positive mental attitude, looking for the good in life and handling your challenges with a healthy outlook? Do you consult health and wellness advisors, including your doctor of chiropractic, to be sure you are covering the bases and moving yourself and your family toward the best life possible?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, congratulations – you are participating in one of the most important movements on the planet right now, the Chiropractic Wellness Lifestyle Movement.  Go into most supermarkets or grocery stores, and you’ll find organic, gluten free, non-GMO (genetically modified) and all-natural foods being sold. Go into any sporting goods store, and see the proliferation of athletic products, shoes and sports equipment and athletic apparel and much more.

This embrace from manufacturers, merchants and consumers alike is fueling the movement toward better lifestyle decision-making, which has been championed by doctors of chiropractic for over a hundred years.  There is a clear trend manifesting that supports healthy choices, the development of constructive habits and behaviors, and the philosophy of natural wellness. It all adds up to a lifestyle – the Chiropractic Wellness Lifestyle.

Your health is of paramount importance to us.  We want you to receive the most from your chiropractic visit, which is why our clinic is as much about education as it is about healing.  It has been our experience that when our patients understand how their body functions and how gentle chiropractic can facilitate healing, along with providing them with the information and tools relative to their needs, superior results are achieved.

Our patients have but one regret, not seeing us sooner.

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Ease Back into Excercise

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Spring is a time for reawakening and movement, and it’s normal to want to get outside and enjoy the natural splendor.   But if you’ve been less active over the winter months, it would be shocking to your body to plunge too abruptly into a vigorous exercise regime.

There are a few simple guidelines that will help you ease back into exercise, and avoid unnecessary injury from trying to do too much too fast.

1. Start where you are. If you have always exercised regularly, you can get back into it more aggressively. But for most people, warming up with some gentle stretching, some deep breaths and a positive attitude is a good beginning.

2. Hydrate. Most people don’t drink enough water, and when you initiate an exercise program, your demand for water goes up. Plan to drink a half ounce for every pound of body weight – so, if you weigh 128 pounds, you need to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water, and if you weigh 192 pounds, you need twelve 8-ounce glasses of water.

3. Pace yourself. Tomorrow is another day – do just enough exercise so that you know you have exercised, not so much that you feel you can’t come back the next day or two and do it again. You’re better off being moderate at first, and work up to greater intensity.

4. Be consistent. You’ll do better with thirty minutes of walking three days a week for six or eight weeks than with an overly challenging workout of weightlifting and running that leaves you exhausted and too sore to exercise again for days. Develop a rhythm that raises your standards but stays within reasonable limits.

Your doctor of chiropractic can help you decide on an exercise program that suits your current physical condition. Ease yourself into exercise, and before you know it, you’ll be in great shape, feeling well and looking good.

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Remember: Our patients have but one regret – not seeing us sooner!

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Good Health is Common Sense

Fruits and veggies in heart tapeSometimes we mistakenly think that good health is complicated, and that only highly educated people can understand the science of being well. But actually, most of what we need to know to be healthy and well is common sense. For example, which is probably better for you, clean and wholesome natural and organic foods, or processed, chemically treated foodstuffs? Which is better for you, sleeping soundly and comfortably through the night, or missing sleep? What keeps your body in good working order, regular exercise or no exercise? Who is healthier, someone who thinks and speaks positively, or someone who is unhappy and hostile? Who is more likely to express good health, someone with a healthy brain, spine and nerve system, or someone with interference and stress?

You see, good health is common sense – decide which habits you think and feel are best for you, and adopt those behaviors, and you’ll have a better chance of living with vitality, energy and good body function.

Until Next Time and remember – Our patients have but one regret, not seeing us sooner!

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Kids Are Getting Healthier and Fitter

Family yardOne of the most important things any parent can do is develop good lifestyle habits with their children. There is still a long way to go before we can say with certainty that our children are truly healthy, but there is evidence of great progress.

A recent report helps us to understand the current state of children’s health, and why fitness, health and wellness in children increase their probability of becoming healthy adults.

On February 25, 2014, The New York Times ran an article called “Obesity Rate for Young Children Plummets 43% in a Decade.” It talks about a study of kids between two and five years old, when many experts agree that many bad habits are established, which lead to an unhealthy adulthood.

The lead author on the paper is Dr. Cynthia Ogden, a researcher for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Ogden said this was “the first time we’ve seen any indication of any significant decrease in any group,” calling the results “exciting.”

There is a shift in the way people are thinking, paying more attention to living naturally and healthfully. Parents of young children today are more likely to be exposed to new ideas and take action on them, and this is showing up in better health and less overweight for our children.

In a related story, children’s IQ has been linked to exercise, says Dr. Gwen Dewar in her “Parenting Science” blog – but she adds a twist. “It’s important to find forms of aerobic exercise that your child really enjoys. Structured activities — like team sports or dance lessons — may be fine options. But so are nature walks, tree-climbing, roller-skating, and playing hide-and-seek. In fact, play — like exercise — is good for the brain.”

Well-known health and wellness advocate Dr. Joseph Mercola agrees. “The evidence speaks loud and clear,” he says, “that regular exercise can improve test scores, IQ levels and task efficiency.” He found that elementary school students raised their IQ an average of four points with forty minutes of daily exercise, and that fit sixth graders scored thirty per cent higher than the average on standardized tests, while unfit students scored twenty percent below the average.

This is good information, and it’s reassuring that scientists are finally interested in doing this kind of pro-wellness research. As science explores and uncovers the truth, people will become more motivated to create habits and make lifestyle decisions that are likely to bring about fitness, health and wellness.

That not only decreases the tremendous pressure on our health care delivery system, but it also improves the quality of life we can all enjoy.

Let’s help our kids grow into healthy adults,   by guiding them toward healthy behaviors like exercise, eating well, getting enough sleep, and being consistent with safe, all-natural chiropractic care.

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