LeBaron Chiropractic

55 South Stapley Drive
Mesa, AZ
85204
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Okay, we’ll be brief here, but we want to give you a tip that may make your life a bit more enjoyable (and maybe quite a bit!).  We hear a lot of talk about low-carbohydrate diets.  The basic idea is that carbs will make you fat.  Anything eaten to excess can probably make you fat, but not all carbohydrates “are created equal.”

The difference between eating fresh-ground whole-wheat bread, for example, and white (or even wheat) bread made from processed flour is that of night and day.  The latter (white or wheat bread made from processed flour) contans both simple carbohydrates, and very little protien or fiber.

Whole-grain wheat bread, on the other hand, is rich in complex carbohydrates, vitamins, protien, and dietary fiber.  It is also delicious to the taste.  So, treat yourself to the wonders of home-made whole-wheat bread – trying not to overdo the butter or honey! – and you will not only enjoy one of the great taste treats that the world has to offer, but you will be getting a tremendously healthy source of nutrition.

If you make the bread yourself, you will enjoy it that much more (including the incomparable aroma of fresh-baked bread coming from the kitchen), and you may even save money.  All in all breads made from processed flour are not even in the same league with freshly-baked whole-grain wheat bread!

So you can stick with your low-carb diet if you think you must, but if you want to “cheat” a little, this is a great place to start; and you’ll actually be glad that you did!

We here at LeBaron Chiropractic, the leading Mesa, AZ chiropractic service, want you to be healthy, but we also want you to enjoy the process.  We offer America’s #1 Weight-Loss Program, along with Allergenix, a breakthrough technology for the treatment of allergies.  We also, of course, offer a full range of professional chiropractic services to help alleviate many of the aches and pains that may be preventing you from enjoying life to the fullest.

Call us for an initial consultation at minimal cost to you, and we will discuss your specific goals and needs, and see if we have a natural solution that will work for you.  Our goal is your optimal health (and happiness!), so give us a call today!

 

I read somewhere recently that depression “controls the mind.”  That may be true, but in truth, it is learning to control one’s own mind that will reduce and, eventually, eliminate this unhappy condition.

We at LeBaron Chiropractic, the leading Mesa, AZ chiropractic service, believe that optimal health (and happiness!) depends on a number of different things – physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual.  We deal primarily with the physical, but we encourage our clients to take charge of all of the areas of their life.

We all know, but sometimes forget, that the first thing we must do in order to solve a problem, is to describe or define the problem (determine what it is as best we can), in order to subsequently determine its cause.  So let’s here mention a few of the symptoms of depression.

Before doing so, however, let us first mention the fact that discouragement, disappointment, and sadness are normal and natural parts of every life.  Those whom we perceive to be perennially cheerful and happy – while there are certainly (fortunately!) those who are happy a good percentage of the time – are only being seen by us in public.  We do not know their private struggles and trials – just as they do not know our own.  So no one is happy all of the time.  (If they were, considering the vicissitudes of life, that might be an “issue” in and of itself!)

Women are often subject to strong mood change, if not depression at times, as a natural result of their menstrual swings.  We know, of course, that some women suffer more from these swings than others, but given the normal challenges of life, it is safe to assume that all women are pushed past their normal “limits” when something especially difficult for them coincides with the “time of month.”  While this may be disconcerting (both to them and their husbands and children!), it is certainly not abnormal.

Poor health and the subsequent lack of energy and low self-esteem that can result is another typical cause of discouragement and depression.

And then there are the myriad circumstances of life:  loss of a loved one, termination of a relationship, difficulty with boss or co-workers, loss of job, or business failure, quarelling with family, friends, etc.  The list obviously goes on.

Several other common causes are sleep deprivation or poor health resulting from injury, disease, allergies, or chronic conditions.  All are common, and familar to the vast majority.  Most of what we experience in life, is far more common than we might think.  We haven’t all experienced all of the challenges of life (hopefully!), but we all have at one time or another, and we are all probably experiencing some kind of challenge right now.  So we are not so unique, and we are not alone.

While the solutions that we here at LeBaron Chiropractic offer are typically of a physical nature, we are aware that one’s thoughts play a vital role in both their good and their bad health.  Certainly depression is largely due to the way we think about the things we are all confronted with.

Our circumstances may be unique – and they certainly are for each one of us – but they have been experienced (and are being experienced) by myriads of others in different forms – even as we speak!  Just knowing that we are not the only ones with difficult challenges can help us to realize that our plight is not as desperate or isolated as we might think.  Our problems are simply ours, and everyone has his or her own set.

Because many of the things that “push us over the edge” are of a physical nature, we here at LeBaron Chiropractic can offer many solutions.  In that spirit, we offer America’s #1 Weight-Loss Program, and Allergenix®, a breakthrough technology in the treatment of allergies, along with both traditional and cutting edge chiropractic techniques to heal many of the aches, pains, and conditions that may be preventing you from enjoying optimal health (and happiness!).

Once again, we are sure you will agree that natural solutions, with far fewer harmful side effects, are preferable when they are available for a particular treatment.  So if you suffer from migraines, allergies, back ache, insomnia, or obesity, please give us a call to schedule an initial consultation at minimal cost, in order to discuss your health goals and needs, and offer you professional assistance in getting your health – and your life – back!  We are here to assist you, so give us a call!

 

Most of us are aware that there are prescription drugs, as well as over-the-counter medications, available for the treatment of migraine headeaches.  Some may not have been aware, however, that there are a number of natural alternatives that can help.  When a natural solution is available, why not try it before taking a drug with myriad harmful and unwanted side effects?

We here at LeBaron Chiropractic, the leading Mesa, AZ chiropractic service, believe that optimal health depends on a number of different things, including proper diet and exercise.  We believe that if properly nourished, the body will not only remain healthy, but can heal itself when the need arises.

We also, of course, offer traditional as well as cutting edge chiropractic solutions to many of your health needs and concerns.  We also offer America’s #1 Weight-Loss Program, and Allergenix®, a breakthrough technology for the treatment of allergies.

We also believe in optimizing our health, including the strengthening of our immune system, as the best means to avoid and fight off unwanted illness and disease.  One condition that we can often treat successfully through chiropractic technique is that of the migraine headache.  Spinal problems often result in headaches, and we, of course, offer spinal treatments to reduce or do away with them altogether.

Another simple cause of headache is an excess of salt in the blood.  The solution is obvious:  cut back on the intake of salt in the diet.  Food allergies are also often the cause of migraines.  We recommend a Food Diary to help identify the specific food orfoods responsible.  Just keep a log of what time you eat, and list the foods eaten.  Then note the time of any headaches that occur.  Over a brief period of time you will be able to connect the dots, and identify the culprit.  Then simply cut back on or eliminate the offending food altogether.    (If you consumed a lot of a particular food, just reducing the amount may result in the reduction or elimination of the headache; so it may not be necessary to eiminate the particular food altogether.)

One final method or technique for the elimination of the deadly migraine is that of BioFeedback.  Through BioFeedback, one can often learn to control his or her heartrate, rate of breathing, skin and body temperature, and state of relaxation of the various muscle groups – including those of the head and neck, which often cause headaches or migraines.

Once again, we are sure you will agree that natural solutions, with far fewer harmful side effects, are preferable when they are available for a particular treatment.  So if you suffer from migraines, allergies, back ache, insomnia, or obesity, please give us a call to schedule an initial consultation at minimal cost, in order to discuss your health goals and needs, and offer you professional assistance in getting your health – and your life – back!  We are here to assist you, so give us a call!

 

Have you ever operated under certain premises or assumptions for some time, only to wake up one morning and realize (or discover) that they were simply not true?  I have….

When I, the writer of this article (obviously!), went to architecture school at the University of Texas at Austin, in 1969, I (we) were taught that historic styles were “irrelevant to our modern society,” or words to that effect.  Sadly, it was Frank Lloyd Wright, not only America’s, but the world’s greatest architect in his day (along with other world-renowned architects of his day), who espoused this view. In his Autobiography, Wright said that the Renaissance was “the setting sun that all the world mistook for dawn.”

So, in my five years of professional education, I, like all of my peers, was taught that historic styles were anathema.  They were meaningless, and, while they were taught in our required “art history” courses, they had no relevance to the architecture of our day.  “Form follow[ed] function,” and “art for art’s sake” was simply taboo.  The only artistic statements that were allowed were the overall form or composition of a building, or an “expression” of the structure of a building (such as a bar-joist or space-frame, if you know what those are!), or of, say, air-conditioning ductwork or plumbing pipes!  Those were the rules – the dogma – and to deviate from them would be not only heretical, but professional suicide.  I kid you not.

Then, somewhere in the mid to late seventies, the era of “Post-Modernism” was ushered in.  While it was somewhat of a “nervous” gesture – given the highly rigid doctrines (yes, doctrines!) of “Modernism” – the movement “allowed,” even required, a somewhat whimsical expression of historical (classical, at least) styles.  (Greek porticoes were suddenly acceptable outside of Ethan Allen bedroom suites.)

Thomas Wolfe, the great American satirist, who subsequently (I believe) wrote Bonfire of The Vanities, wrote a short but powerful parody of the Modern Movement, called From Bauhaus to Our House. I still recall lying on my bed back in Nashville, TN, in the mid-eighties, reading the words “worker housing pitched up forty floors” – Wolfe’s description of how we got the steel framed box skyscrapers that first adorned Chicago and New York City.

I don’t recall any of his other lines, but they were so good that I think I’ll go back – now some twenty-five years or so later – and reread this classic.  Anyway, I lay there on my bed and laughed out loud as he revealed the absurdity (not to mention the arrogance) of the race to dismiss all of the architectural advancement and development that had taken place over several millennia.  Right then and there I saw the “Emperors Clothes” (or lack thereof).  I had an epiphany, a paradigm shift; and I realized in an instant that I had accepted the doctrine of Modernism as gospel from the day I first heard it back in 1969, until that day, in roughly 1985 – some sixteen years later, plus or minus.

So, with that “brief” introduction, I will now suggest a premise or assumption (a philosophy or even superstition, actually) that most of our society has operated under for generations, and probably hundreds – if not thousands – of years.  It is this:  that “health” is maintained, and diseases “cured” by “medicine,” drugs, or other potions or “remedies,” all administered or prescribed by doctors (“doctors of medicine,” as it turns out).

This “theory” of health contrasts sharply with another, which is that health can be both optimized and maintained simply by providing the proper nourishment (and exercise) to the body and its intrinsic system for self-healing, known as the immune system.

Now before you ponder that “opposition view,” consider this anecdote (which you may well have heard before).  A certain village located at the foot of a mountain, was “plagued” with numerous deaths as a direct result of vehicles careening off the side of the mountain at a particular curve in the road.

The town council met to discuss two proposed alternatives:  to provide an increased number of ambulances to transport the “patients” (victims, actually) to the local hospital, or to build a guardrail along the treacherous curve.  A vote ensued, and the obvious correct choice was made.  Prevention trumped the remedial or “curative” approach.

It may surprise you to learn that only in recent years have medical schools begun to include nutrition courses in their curriculum.  When I first heard this I was stunned; but if one accepts the premise that “health-care” centers wholly upon the “practice of medicine” – the ways we use words can be very revealing when we actually stop and look at them – we can see why prevention is not even on the radar of most “medical” (again, very telling) schools.

When one further considers that the total financial structure of the “health-care” industry rests squarely upon drugs (“medicines” at one time), anesthetics, and surgery – and the hospitals required to accommodate the latter – it is easy to see that even cures themselves are sometimes of little interest to those whose very existence (not to mention prosperity) depends upon the system in place.  (Two “recent” socioeconomic systems that exemplify this were the “Old South” – slavery, in a word – and Apartheid.)

As an interesting side note, there is now very sophisticated (although based on the simplest of concepts) technology available that has been shown to be effective in the treatment and even reversal of cancer.  The field is termed “virtual medicine.”  Nonetheless, the medical establishment (including the oncology wing – the branch which “treats” cancer) has apparently shown little interest.

Wouldn’t one expect that those involved in the “search for the cure,” would be all over this idea, and be ecstatic about the potential of ridding the world of this disease without any drugs or invasive – sometimes deadly – surgery, radiation treatment, or chemotherapy?  I will not point out the obvious here, but reread that last sentence, and ask yourself which entities therein might specifically oppose the pursuit of this breakthrough treatment which, at the very least, offers such promise (?).

But never mind what the medical establishment might think, do, or not do.  Have you, at least, had even the beginning of a paradigm shift?  Have you at least asked yourself whether the “ambulance at the bottom of the mountain” approach is, perhaps, a bit backward?  To underscore the importance of examining the premise upon which our entire health-care system is founded – that of “curing” disease through very expensive drugs and surgery, both of which sometimes result in serious harm to the body and often even death – I will here admit that even I, the writer of this article, a firm practitioner of regular exercise and experimentation with my diet for many years now, had never really considered the absurdity of a nation (not to mention the world at large) spending its overwhelming focus (and money!) on a system of cure, with prevention being only an interesting sidelight.

The point I am making is that while our entire nation has been engulfed I an extended and heated debate over providing “health-care” for every individual in our society – and asking society as a whole to foot the bill – there is absolutely no mention from certain corners on either the existence of the prevention alternative or the individual responsibility to pursue such a course.  Our entire discussion has been on the need to provide more ambulances – enough to cover everyone who might need one in the end.

So only when I “saw the paradigm “ for what it is, was I struck with the absurdity of this focus and of this debate.  I hope I have at least caused you to examine the premise of “cure” as our central focus – perhaps for the first time.  The conclusions that you draw will, of course, be up to you.

We here at LeBaron Chiropractic, the leading Mesa, AZ chiropractic service, believe in “wellness.”  That means that we believe that our focus should be on strengthening the body and its immune system in order that it might maintain its (our) health and use its innate healing properties when curative action is needed.

In that spirit, we offer America’s #1 Weight-Loss Program, and Allergenix®, a breakthrough technology in the treatment of allergies, along with both traditional and cutting edge chiropractic techniques to heal many of the aches, pains, and conditions that may be preventing you from enjoying optimal health (and happiness!).

Please give us a call to schedule an initial consultation at minimal cost, so that we can review your health goals and needs, and show you what we can do to help you achieve them.  We are always glad to offer our years of experience and expertise.

 

We at LeBaron Chiropractic, the leading Mesa, AZ chiropractic service, have introduced our readers to many important subjects over the past months.  While the topics were hopefully familiar, we also hope that we have brought you new information that was not only interesting but helpful.  We hope you will find this article will prove to be both as well.

You’ve probably heard that antioxidants benefit our health in a number of ways.   It is believed they can help prevent cancer, reverse or slow the process of aging, strengthen the immune system, increase energy, and improve heart and other organ health as well.

You may also be aware that the primary source of antioxidants is fruits and vegetables.  The daily recommended “dose” is five (one cup) servings per day.  (Seven to ten servings are even better.)  So let’s see what we can do to increase the number of servings we are all getting.

  1. Start with breakfast. X the pop tarts!  Instead throw several types of fresh fruit on your whole-grain breakfast cereal (Total® is one of, if not the, best), or into the blender with low-fat (or fat-free) yougurt, and 100% juice.  (Or you can drink the juice with your cereal – which can also have yogurt or low-fat/fat-free milk. Obviously, the best – if you have time – is the cereal route, as the whole grain is hugely beneficial.)  In either case, you have just started your day with at least two of the 5-10 servings you will want to have.  Good start!
  2. Morning, Afternoon, and Bedtime Snacks. Here is another place to pick up additonal servings of fruit.  (Lunch and dinner will have to provide your servings of vegetables.)  Consider fresh nuts (also antioxidant rich) and raisins, an apple, banana, pear, plum, orange, or grapes.  You can also do any of the above on low-fat (or no-fat) yogurt  - or use your favorite fresh berries instead of the fruits listed.  If you got one serving at each of these three regular times, you would pretty much have all of the fresh fruits you would need for the day! Good job!
  3. Yep, start at least one of your other two meals (lunch and dinner) with a green salad. Don’t stop there, however.  Add tomatoes, beets, carrots, onions, bell peppers, cucumbers, etc.  (You can even add raisins, craisins, grapes, strawberries, or other berries to your salads, and be sure to use low-fat or no-fat dressings.  Some are as good as the original!)  You can easily pick up another 2-3 servings here.  Now we are at 7-8 servings.  Excellent!
  4. Along with your salad and main course, throw in one or two cooked vegetables as well at dinnertime.  For you men, you will be delighted to know that there are actually some vegetables that can satisfy your hunger as much as mashed or baked potatoes.  One of these is Spaghetti Squash.  Spray a little of the lite spray butter (zero calories or fat) on, along with salt and pepper (garlic salt has added health benefits as well), and you will be thrilled with this filling treat.  So, now we have gotten 9-10 servings without even counting lunch.  Fabulous!
  5. You can have the traditional sandwich for lunch – or even soup and sandwich - and add 1-2 more servings of vegetables, making 9-11 in all.  (That would be an average of 10 all totaled!)

We here at LeBaron Chiropractic have repeatedly emphasized our conviction that good health is based on many things, and that diet is decidedly one of them.  Since antioxidants are key to fighting aging and even cancer, we strongly recommend that you get your 7-10 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables (some cooked as well) per day.

In addition, we offer America’s #1 Weight-Loss Program, and Allergenix, a breakthrough technology in the treatment of allergies, aong with an array of traditional and cutting edge chiropractic services to relieve many of the aches and pains that may be preventing you from living a rich and full life.

Please call us today to schedule an initial consultation at minimal cost, to see what services we can offer to return you to full activity and health.  You’ll be glad you did!

 

Last month’s article was on the big difference between eating whole-grain wheat bread.  (As a clarification, we should have included any kind of whole-grain breads – barley, oats, etc. – although wheat is still considered the most nutritious by many.)  This month we will explain that not all oils “are created equal” as well.  While most cooking oils – such as vegetable oil and corn oil – contribute directly to body fat, coconut oil, when consumed, reportedly does not turn to fat.

Most cooking oils contain long-chain triglycerides (LCT’s).  These are usually stored in the body as fat.  Coconut oil, on the other hand, is a medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) which, like a carbohydrate, supplies energy to the body, but is not stored in the body as a fat.

Those in the tropics have consumed large quantities of coconuts (and, hence, coconut oil) for centuries.  It has helped many of them to remain lean and trim.  Reportedly, only as they have begun to consume modern vegetable oils have they experienced obesity and the other problems common to our society.

Those who raise cattle have known this for some time.  When livestock are given feed that contains vegetable oil they produce fatty meat.  When the feed contains coconut oil, the cattle are apparently much leaner.

Not only does coconut oil convert to energy quicker, it also increases the body’s overall rate of metabolism.  By some reports, coconut oil may triple the rate at which your body burns calories.  (See Woman’s World Magazine, February 15, 2005.)

Additionally, coconut oil contains Omega 3 fatty acids.  While most cooking oils contain Omega 6 fatty acids.  The ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids that we get should be 1:1, but in Americans it is reportedly many times that.  So, we need to cut way back on the Omega 6 fatty acids that we ingest, while greatly increasing the amount of Omega 3 fatty acids, and coconut oil is filled with the healthy Omega 3.

Many people with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia have found that adding coconut and coconut oil to their diet was helpful to them.  Coconut oil is also one of the best things you can apply directly on your skin and hair. It gives temporary relief to skin problems like rashes. It aids in healing and restoring skin to a younger appearance. It has also been known to help with people who suffer from yeast infections in the skin, as well as many other skin problems.

Not only does is soften and smooth your skin, coconut oil has antioxidant properties that protect the skin from free radical damage.  Coconut oil is not easily oxidized and does not cause harmful free radical damage in the body, like polyunsaturated vegetable oils. (Free radical damage is thought by some to be responsible for many ailments in our body from arthritis to increased susceptibility to cancers.)

Reportedly, coconut oil is nature’s richest source of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT’s).  It is also stable for over a year at room temperature.  It makes an excellent massage oil as well.  Coconut oil also helps our bodies absorb other nutrients more effectively, such as Vitamin E.

Finally, coconut oil is one of the best oils you can use for cooking.  It has a higher smoke point than olive oil, which means it can take higher temperatures better.  While olive oil is rich in essential fatty acids, once it (like all other oils) reaches its smoke point, the benefits of the essential fatty acids are compromised.

There are several healthy omega 3 oils we can choose to consume, such as flax and olive oil, but they don’t do well under the high heat we use for cooking.   In contrast, coconut oil can be used at these higher cooking temperatures.

As we have emphasized in numerous or the articles on our website, we here at LeBaron Chiropractic, the leading Mesa, AZ chiropractic service, believe in a holistic approach to health, which means that we believe that optimizing our health (and happiness) requires a multiple-pronged approach.  So what has been reported here is simply one additional approach that may bring benefits to some.

Please give us a call to schedule an initial consultation at minimal cost, so we can identify your particular health needs and goals, and perhaps offer you a natural solution to optimize your health.  We offer America’s #1 Weight-Loss Program, along with Allergenix, a breakthrough technology in the treatment of allergies.

We also offer an array of traditional and cutting edge chiropractic services for the treatment of many of the aches and pains that may be keeping you from optimal health and wellness.  So give us a call today, so we can get you back on the road to health and happiness!

 

While most of us probably think  we have to do some really big things to improve our health, here are a few not-so-big things that we should all consider doing.  Although they are small, the results can be big indeed!

  1. Eat breakfast every day. It has been reported that those who eat breakfast tend to weigh less and have better overall diets than those who do not.  For a filling and nutritious breakfast, top whole-grain Total® with fresh fruit and either low-fat (or fat-free) milk or low-fat yogurt.  Be sure to include bananas as one of the fruits.  Suffice it to say that the health benefits of bananas are too long to list here!
  2. Try to eat three servings of whole grain each day.  Most Americans reportedly get less than one serving per day.  Wheat is the “staff of life,” and whole-grains in general provide both essential fatty acids and dietary fiber, as well as protien and complex carbohydrates.  And whole grains have nearly twice the protien and three times the fiber as refined grains.
  3. Start at least one meal a day with a green salad (with low-fat or fat-free dressing).  This will count as one of…
  4. Five Servings of Vegetables and Fruits each day. To keep it simple, try to eat two servings of vegetables and fruits each day (at least 1 cup per serving), and make perhaps half of these raw. Interestingly, there are benefits to both raw and cooked vegetables, so do some of each, and don’t smother them with butter.  The spray-on butters will give you the flavor without the added calories and fat.
  5. Reduce the fat. Substitute poultry or fish for red meats most of the time.  (Most of us can probably treat ourselves to red meat once or twice a week without dire consequences.)  Use low-fat or no-fat cheeses and other dairy products and condiments.  There are plenty that taste just as good – in some cases – as the original.
  6. Cut back on sugars and processed foods. We all love them, but by simply cutting back on the amount we eat will help.  Be realistic.  Most of us don’t need to eliminate them all together.  Just start by eating a little less.  In a short time, you will be able to cut back even more.  The key, in all of this, is moderation.  Don’t eat too much of anything that you know can have harmful effects.
  7. Drink a lot of fresh water.  It has been recommended that we drink at least half as many ounces of fresh water each day as our weight in pounds.  So, if you weigh 200 lbs., you should drink at least 12 -8 ounce glasses of water (12 cups) per day.  For good measure, try to drink a cup every hour.  That will be some 16 cups (an entire gallon) of water per day.  This is not hard as you can easily drink twice that at each meal, and with a morning or afternoon snack; thus knocking out 8 of the 12-16 cups at four regular times a day.

So, there you have it.  Seven fairly simple things we can all do that will dramatically improve our diets and our health.  And if you will start walking daily, and eventually throw in strength-training every other day, you will be well on your way to optimal health.  As a side benefit of the exercise, you will be able to eat more (within reason, of course), and not gain additional weight as you will not only burn more calories while working out, but boost your metabolism for the rest of the day.

We here at LeBaron Chiropractic, the leading Mesa, AZ chiropractic service, believe that having good health is the result of a number of different things.  A healthy (and enjoyable!) diet is certainly one of them.   In addition, we offer America’s #1 Weight-Loss Program, so please call us to schedule an initial consultation at minimal cost.  We will discuss your specific needs – including any allergies, aches, or pains that might be hindering your progress.

It is our goal to get you back to optimal health (and happiness!).  We look forward to helping you achieve these all-important goals.  Thanks for stopping by!

 
Are you stressed out? Do you worry about your physical health? Your mental health? Your spiritual health? Do you wish you had less stress and anxiety in your life and more peace and harmony?
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Well, I felt all of these things a few years ago and I thought I was going to go crazy or die. I was working 10-12 hours a day, 6 days a week at a very stressful job. I had a wife and two kids at home who wanted, and deserved, my time and attention. I had a mortgage, two car notes, tuition, medical bills, overdue taxes, and credit card debt coming out of my ears!
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I was running nonstop through my days trying to take care of everything and make everybody happy but I never had enough time to take care of myself. In bed at night, my heart would pound from stress and anxiety. I worried about my job, my marriage, the kids, the bills, the house, my heath, and even my sanity.
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My health was of particular concern. I felt tired all the time. I was gaining weight. My back was always hurting. Climbing even one flight of stairs left me breathless and dizzy. I felt like I was falling apart physically, mentally, and spiritually.
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I was really worried about myself but I didn’t know what to do. I tried the gym, several fad diets, home exercise machines, and even time management programs. I had about the same results with each new thing I tried. They all seemed to help at first, but I just couldn’t stick with any of them for very long. I now realize that they didn’t work because they were all short term fixes to a long term problem. I had to change my life.
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I knew I had a lot to learn, but I couldn’t afford to buy a bunch of books and everything at the library seemed to be outdated. So I made a habit of stopping at the local Barns and Noble on the way home from work each day. I read everything I could find on stress, anxiety, health, diet, and self-improvement. I felt like a cheat just sitting there reading the books without buying them but nobody seemed to mind. I usually bought a cup of coffee or tea just to ease my conscience a little.
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I read a lot of great books with wonderful insights on improving one’s life. Not surprisingly, one subject came up over and over; meditation. I had tried to meditate several years earlier but had gotten frustrated and quit before really giving it a chance. But, I was desperate and determined to try anything that might help.
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One book in particular said, “Start right now!” I was too embarrassed to sit in the book store and meditate, but I didn’t want to waste another moment. So I went out to my car, adjusted the seat into a comfortable position, set my watch alarm for 30 minutes, then closed my eyes and started counting my breaths.
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That turned out to be a defining moment in my life. Of course, I didn’t have instant success. Mediation takes practice and can be very difficult at times. But making the decision to incorporate meditation into my everyday life changed everything for me.
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I continued to stop at the book store each night for a while and split my time between reading and meditating. Nothing else had changed in my life. I still had a stressful job, my marriage, my kids, my house, and bills but, somehow, I was feeling better—less stressed—even more energetic!
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No, it didn’t magically solve all of the woes in my life. But once I started feeling more relaxed and less stressed, I was better able to focus on the other things I needed to do to become mentally, physically, and spiritually healthy.
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I soon started a daily meditation practice at home. I also began a reasonable exercise plan that included walking, a light workout, and yoga. These things combined with eating right (most of the time), have literally changed my life. I’m now happier, healthier, and at peace with the world around me.
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I hope this story inspires some of you to take that first step and begin incorporating meditation into your own life. This is the perfect time to make the decision. What better New Years resolution than to change your life for the better? There are numerous meditation methods and practices out there and a myriad of resources available to you in book stores and on the web. I’m sure you can find something that works for you.
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In fact, I’ve compiled a host of information on mediation, relaxation, yoga, and other related subjects at my website: <a href=”http://www.imcalmer.com”>www.imcalmer.com</a>. I would also be very happy to share my own experience. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at <a href=”mailto:mikes@imcalmer.com”>mikes@imcalmer.com</a> if you have any questions or comments.
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In peace,
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Mike Suzuki

We at LeBaron Chiropractic, the leading Mesa, AZ chiropractic service, believe in a holistic approach to health.  We understand that good health is not based on any one thing, but on a combination of things – mental, emotional, and spiritual, as well as physical.  So here is the experience of one person who got his life back on track through the simple practice of meditation, combined with mental stimulation (through reading), exercise, and improved diet.  We believe all of these things can play an important part in optimizing your health.  So….

Are you stressed out? Do you worry about your physical health? Your mental health? Your spiritual health? Do you wish you had less stress and anxiety in your life and more peace and harmony?

Well, I felt all of these things a few years ago and I thought I was going to go crazy or die. I was working 10-12 hours a day, 6 days a week at a very stressful job. I had a wife and two kids at home who wanted, and deserved, my time and attention. I had a mortgage, two car notes, tuition, medical bills, overdue taxes, and credit card debt coming out of my ears!

I was running nonstop through my days trying to take care of everything and make everybody happy but I never had enough time to take care of myself. In bed at night, my heart would pound from stress and anxiety. I worried about my job, my marriage, the kids, the bills, the house, my heath, and even my sanity.

My health was of particular concern. I felt tired all the time. I was gaining weight. My back was always hurting. Climbing even one flight of stairs left me breathless and dizzy. I felt like I was falling apart physically, mentally, and spiritually.

I was really worried about myself but I didn’t know what to do. I tried the gym, several fad diets, home exercise machines, and even time management programs. I had about the same results with each new thing I tried. They all seemed to help at first, but I just couldn’t stick with any of them for very long. I now realize that they didn’t work because they were all short term fixes to a long term problem. I had to change my life.

I knew I had a lot to learn, but I couldn’t afford to buy a bunch of books and everything at the library seemed to be outdated. So I made a habit of stopping at the local Barns and Noble on the way home from work each day. I read everything I could find on stress, anxiety, health, diet, and self-improvement. I felt like a cheat just sitting there reading the books without buying them but nobody seemed to mind. I usually bought a cup of coffee or tea just to ease my conscience a little.

I read a lot of great books with wonderful insights on improving one’s life. Not surprisingly, one subject came up over and over; meditation. I had tried to meditate several years earlier but had gotten frustrated and quit before really giving it a chance. But, I was desperate and determined to try anything that might help.

One book in particular said, “Start right now!” I was too embarrassed to sit in the book store and meditate, but I didn’t want to waste another moment. So I went out to my car, adjusted the seat into a comfortable position, set my watch alarm for 30 minutes, then closed my eyes and started counting my breaths.

That turned out to be a defining moment in my life. Of course, I didn’t have instant success. Mediation takes practice and can be very difficult at times. But making the decision to incorporate meditation into my everyday life changed everything for me.

I continued to stop at the book store each night for a while and split my time between reading and meditating. Nothing else had changed in my life. I still had a stressful job, my marriage, my kids, my house, and bills but, somehow, I was feeling better—less stressed—even more energetic!

No, it didn’t magically solve all of the woes in my life. But once I started feeling more relaxed and less stressed, I was better able to focus on the other things I needed to do to become mentally, physically, and spiritually healthy.

I soon started a daily meditation practice at home. I also began a reasonable exercise plan that included walking, a light workout, and yoga. These things combined with eating right (most of the time), have literally changed my life. I’m now happier, healthier, and at peace with the world around me.

I hope this story inspires some of you to take that first step and begin incorporating meditation into your own life. This is the perfect time to make the decision. What better New Years resolution than to change your life for the better? There are numerous meditation methods and practices out there and a myriad of resources available to you in book stores and on the web. I’m sure you can find something that works for you.

In peace,

Mike Suzuki

We hope you have enjoyed Mike’s story, and that you will take to heart what he has shared here.  In the meantime, we would like to offer you relief from any aches and pains (even from allergies) that you might be experiencing, which are keeping you from living a “normal” and happy life.  We also offer the #1 Medical Weight-Loss program in America, so give us a call, and we will schedule an initial consultation at minimal cost, so we can discuss how we can help you to achieve your optimal health at any age!

 

Let me begin by saying that there are, no doubt, an infinite number of things one could do to abate minor depression.  We are offering six simple ones that we believe can help.  Perhaps in the process of reviewing these, other means or ideas will come to mind.  That could be good – depending on the ideas, of course – because taking action will strike at one of the root feelings of those experiencing any degree or level of depression, that being the feeling of helplessness.

Sometimes well-meaning people will offer solutions that themselves can contribute further to your depression:  Do 100 pushups first thing out of bed in the morning (at 4:00 am!); eat only raw vegetables six times a day (green leafy raw vegetables!); read the Complete Works of Sigmund Freud (and memorize any terms with which you are not familiar!).  You get the idea.  So if any of these suggestions is “too much” for you now, just start with one or two that you can handle.  Any and all can help, but the most important thing is to do something.  Nothing will change until we do – and we do mean “do!”

Let’s get real.  No one would do any of those things – okay, ex-navy Seals might attempt the first one – so what’s the point.  Yes, we’re going to suggest that you do some things, but they are going to be simple and doable, so how’s that?

  1. Consider getting a pet. (We say “consider” because your circumstances may not allow or warrant your doing so.)  This may sound like something out of the sixties, or even “new-age,” but there really are some potential benefits.  The right pet (one that you would like to have) can provide companionship and a degree of unconditional love.   The right pet (not one that is going to add a huge cost and maintenance burden to your already stressed existence) can get you focused on the needs of “someone” else outside of yourself.   They can be both fun and funny, and can get your mind on something else other than whatever is bothering you or bringing you down.
  2. Try getting out of the house for some exercise. (This can be an additional benefit from getting the right pet.   You can start by getting up and going for a walk.  (If you can get up a tad earlier to do this, you may even feel more invigorated.)   Don’t make this a chore.  Just enjoy it.  You don’t have to walk far or fast.  Just walk, and, if possible, do it where you will enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.  (Another benefit of getting up early is that it will be more peaceful and quiet, with fewer distractions.)  It won’t take long before you will be walking both farther and faster, but this isn’t a race, so just make sure you enjoy it!    After you’ve done this for a few weeks, consider going to the gym for some light strength training every other day.  Again, this doesn’t have to be strenuous and daunting.  You are going to enjoy getting stronger and more energetic.  That is the purpose, and you will enjoy it if you don’t feel you have to make yourself suffer.  (Most masochists are probably chronically depressed!  Who wouldn’t be?)
  3. Start doing something that you love to do. While this could be a hobby, or a subject you love to read about, we’d recommend starting with a hobby because it will involve doing things.  (Reading on the right topics can be a wonderful and uplifting habit, but actually doing something that you love to do will have even more powerful effects.  Once you’ve gotten into your hobby, you can add reading at night.  You could even do this now, but we do not want to recommend too much to begin with!)
  4. Make sure you are getting the right amount of sleep. Inadequate rest can be a significant contributor to the stress that can lead to depression.  So if you are not getting enough (and that is usually around eight hours per night), then use your digital recorder, and turn off the TV so you can get to bed early enough to get the sleep you need.  If, on the other hand, you are sleeping too long, then refer to step 2, and get up earlier and get out of the house for your morning walk!
  5. Do something about your diet. Okay, we don’t mean that you should start going around hungry.  We’re just saying that you will feel far better – physically and emotionally – as you begin to eat more of the right things, and less of the wrong ones.  We also recommend treating yourself every couple of days – or at least once a week – just to keep your life enjoyable.  You can even have moderate amounts of desert if you are getting all of the good things you need and avoiding the really bad ones (fried foods, too much red meat, too much bleached flour, etc.) – particularly if you are exercising daily!  The more progress you make towards looking and feeling your best, the more willing you will be to make the adjustments that you need to make, and you will be excited to do them!
  6. Pay attention to your spiritual life. Whatever your religious beliefs, you should spend time daily in quiet meditation or other spiritual practices.  Getting in touch with your inner self and a higher power outside of yourself will bring both peace and stability to your life.  And be true to whatever creeds you believe you should live by (the Golden Rule, etc.).  One of the leading causes of depression is the feeling that one has not been true to himself, so live the way you believe you should live, and start each day in quiet reflection of who you are, and how you should live, in both your own practices and behavior, and the way you treat those around you, starting with your family, friends, and those with whom you work.

We here at LeBaron Chiropractic, the leading Mesa, AZ chiropractic service, promote wellness.  We want you to be the best you can be in all areas of your life.  We believe these things can be a real help to you in getting (and keeping) yourself on track.  If you are suffering from allergies or other chronic aches and pains, those too contribute to unhappiness and even depression, and we can help relieve them.  So please give us a call, and we will schedule an initial consultation at minimal cost to you, to determine – if at all possible – what natural solutions are available to you.  We are here to help, so please call today.

 

There are, of course, many types of allergies, ranging from allergies to cigarette smoke, pollen (hay fever), dust, dust mites, mold, pet dander, and many different types of foods.  The first question that arises is:  how do you know if you are allergic to something?  The short answer is that your body will react in a way that is not normal.  This might take the form of a sneezing bout, or of a skin reaction, or even restricted breathing.

In basic terms, an allergy is simply a reaction of the immune system to a perceived threat from outside the body.  If two people were to walk outside, and one began to sneeze repeatedly, while the other did not, it is likely that the one sneezing was allergic to a particular particle, or allergen, in the surrounding air.  In this regard, it would appear that all of us are allergic to some things, as we have all had sneezing bouts when placed in certain environments, and exposed to certain substances.

When our reaction is out of the ordinary, or severe, we should sit up and take notice.  In some cases, such as an allergy to, say, cats, the cause would be fairly obvious or easy to detect.  In the case of a food allergy, it may take a little more thought, but we could probably identify the offending food substance by process of elimination.  (We ate an egg-salad sandwich for the umpteenth time, but for the first time we put paprika or cayenne pepper on it.)

In simple cases such as those cited, the solution is also fairly simple and obvious:  avoid contact with a particular type of pet, or avoid eating a particular substance.  You should probably experiment a bit to see if the reaction was consistent, or if it was an aberration – perhaps caused by a combination of things or just a unique circumstance.  (If you were in a saw mill, for example, and there was poor ventilation, you – and everyone else who was there – would probably start to sneeze; or perhaps a dog you had been exposed to had just run through a hay field.  You get the idea.)

There are also both skin and blood tests that can be used to identify offending substances.  At the LeBaron Chiropractic Clinic, the premier Mesa, AZ chiropractic service, we approach both “prevention” – and, wherever possible,  “curing” – from the perspective of optimizing one’s health.  When we are strong and healthy, our entire body – including our immune system – is benefited.  Conversely, if we are not taking the right steps to optimize our health, our immune system may be less than healthy as well, and thus possibly overreact to potential allergens or threats outside of the body.

So if you have concerns with allergies, please call to schedule an initial consultation at nominal cost, and we will discuss potential natural solutions to return you to optimal health.  Our goal is to assist you to be as healthy (and happy!) as possible, so give us a call, and let us show you what we can do for you!  Be sure to ask about our Allergenix program when you call.

 
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