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A Chiropractor Lowers Blood Pressure, Not Just Pain

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Featured, Health | Comments Off on A Chiropractor Lowers Blood Pressure, Not Just Pain

A Chiropractor Lowers Blood Pressure, Not Just Pain

Chiropractic has a reputation for treating all things related to the spine. People come to a chiropractor because they know chiropractic can help with their back, neck and shoulder pain. A lot of them even know that a Network Chiropractor uses gentle forces to help them get relief, get moving again and get their lives back. The vast majority of patients get better with Network Chiropractic. Their shoulder and neck pain improves, their back pain disappears. And very often, there are extra added benefits. They’re happier, have more energy, and have fewer coughs and cold. Are these added benefits simply an accident or placebo? The benefits to overall health and well-being are real and come from chiropractic care. A 2007 study from the Journal of Human Hypertension – that’s where the experts on high blood pressure hang out – looked for the connection between chiropractic and lowering blood pressure. The researchers tested low-force chiropractic against a placebo chiropractic treatment and measured blood pressure. The people who were tested had no back or neck pain. Does a chiropractor help with blood pressure? Yes, absolutely! You don’t need to have back pain, neck pain, or pain of any kind to benefit from a chiropractor. People who received a low-force chiropractic treatment lowered their blood pressure on average by 17 points systolic (the higher of the 2 numbers) and 10 points diastolic (the lower of the 2). For someone with hypertension (140/90 mmHg), this is enough to lower blood pressure back to a healthy range. To put this in perspective, it would take drug therapy using 2 prescription medications combined to lower your blood pressure by the same amount. Chiropractic lowers your blood pressure. No side-effects and no need to have pain beforehand. What so many people knew all along is now proven by the research. A chiropractor is not just for pain and alignment, but for your overall health and well-being. Yours in health, Dr....

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Depression and Anxiety Improved with a Chiropractor

Posted by on Dec 24, 2015 in Featured, Health | Comments Off on Depression and Anxiety Improved with a Chiropractor

Depression and Anxiety Improved with a Chiropractor

Tis the season for gift giving and merry making and for many, the most stressful time of year. From the festive obligations to the change in temperature and daylight hours, the season can leave many feeling anxious and depressed. And if you already suffer from either of these during the brighter and warmer months, then winter can be a very overwhelming time. Each year, 1 in 5 Canadians experiences a mental health or addiction problem.[1] Over the years, many patients have shared with me their experiences of depression and anxiety, and they can vary dramatically. I’ve been told stories of tension, decreased mood, low appetite, sweaty palms, sleep trouble, fatigue, mental fogginess, worry and more. Fortunately, researchers have found that chiropractic can help. A 1997 study of 2818 patients receiving Network chiropractic showed that treatments helped to increase mental and emotional health, decrease stress and improve life enjoyment.[2] A 2013 study on chiropractic, depression and anxiety showed that chiropractic significantly decreased nervousness, worry, irritability, fear, hopelessness and fatigue. It found improvements to sleep, energy, self-esteem, concentration and life enjoyment. [3] How can a chiropractor improve anxiety and depression? Spinal misalignments can put pressure on your nerve system and cause changes in the way you think and feel. With pressure on the nerve system, communication between the mind and body is disrupted, even cut off. Your nerve system is made of nerves and nerve cells that are much like the electrical wiring, circuit breakers and fuses in your home and office. Imagine if the circuit breakers kept tripping off and shutting off the power? If the power was cut to your body, how healthy could you be? When the spine is misaligned, it damages and disrupts the nerve system, just like a circuit breaker constantly tripping off. It blocks the transmission of information between the body and mind. By realigning the spine and taking the pressure off the nerves, you improve your internal connection and ultimately your health. Depression and anxiety affect so many of us. Ask a chiropractor about how chiropractic can help. Call the centre today to book an appointment.   Yours in health, Dr. Leo     [1] Smetanin et al (2011). The life and economic impact of major mental illnesses in Canada: 2011-2041 [2] Blanks, R. H., Tonya L. Schuster, and Marnie Dobson. “A retrospective assessment of network care using a survey of self-rated health, wellness, and quality of life.” Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research 1.4 (1997): 1-17. [3] Roth, L., et al. “Upper cervical chiropractic care as a complementary strategy for depression and anxiety: a prospective case series analysis.” Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research (2013): 49-59....

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Bring Home the Bacon… but less of it please.

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in Featured, Health, Short Entries | Comments Off on Bring Home the Bacon… but less of it please.

Bring Home the Bacon… but less of it please.

At the end of October, the World Health Organization (WHO) unwittingly upset the carnivore world by releasing scientific evidence that bacon causes cancer[1], or more specifically processed meats and possibly red meat in general. But how is this possible? Processed meat simply means that it has been modified to either extend its shelf-life or change the taste, through smoking, curing, salting or adding preservatives. Researchers believe that the Chinese started salting pork in 1,500 BC as a means of extending its shelf-life through the harsh winters. In the middle ages in Britain, bacon consumption was restricted to peasants only because it’s made primarily from the cheap fatty parts of the pig, but only once or twice a week. And then along came Oscar Mayer in the 20s revolutionizing the meat industry by pre-packaging all kinds of different processed meats, including hot dogs, sausages, corned beef and bacon, making it easier to consume even more. Which we did! In the last 4 years, North Americans have consumed more bacon than ever – in 2013, it made over $4 billion in sales. This is why scientists have decided to take a closer look at just how good these strips of greasy deliciousness are for us. Which brings us to the newest reports: the chemicals involved in making processed meats – including the sodium nitrite found in the brine – along with high temperature cooking, such as on a barbeque which creates carcinogenic chemicals, could be increasing the risk of cancer. And this last point is why bacon has been placed in Group 1 of carcinogens, the same category as smoking, causing much ire among the salted-smoky meat-loving community. So is bacon really as bad as smoking? Smoking increases your risk of lung cancer by 2,500%; eating 2 slices of bacon a day increases your risk of colorectal cancer by 18 percent[2]. So even if you ate more than 10 pieces of bacon a day, you still wouldn’t be at the same risk level as a smoker. The key here is MODERATION – lots of things are bad for you if done in excess, including exercise, but a few pieces of salted goodness once or twice a week are not going to land you on the slab at the morgue any sooner. Just make sure to balance them out with some great colon cleansers like dark leafy greens!   [1] http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2015/pdfs/pr240_E.pdf [2] http://www.wired.com/2015/10/who-does-bacon-cause-cancer-sort-of-but-not-really/  ...

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Reconnecting with Help from Lana

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in Featured, Health, Short Entries | Comments Off on Reconnecting with Help from Lana

Reconnecting with Help from Lana

While reading this article, I was once again reminded how incredibly lucky we are here in North America, but at the same time, how globally women are still considered the ‘other’, and how we are often left to feel disconnected within ourselves. I’m very fortunate to be surrounded by great healers at Source Centre, including Lana Kevic who offers Reiki, Womb Healings, and The Art of Feminine Presence to help me reconnect with my true self. I recently asked Lana about the work she does, and here’s what she had to say…   Lana Kevic, Art of Feminine Presence, Womb Blessing What led you to focus on energy work like that involved in Womb Blessing and Reiki? I enjoy working with women who are interested in exploring and connecting to their femininity, and this is unique work. Often a disconnect manifests itself as an issue affecting a woman’s reproductive organs or it could just be a sense of missing something, a longing to discover who they really are, what they are passionate about and what they want in their lives. Then to be able to articulate and receive it! I also enjoy doing energy work with men. Men also benefit from connecting to their power source, their centre and finding the paths to deep relaxation and healing. What are you proud of in your practice? In my practice, I love facilitating people’s connection to themselves and their intuition. Over time, this also becomes expressed as a deep love and appreciation for themselves which grows self-esteem and confidence. It is very moving to me to witness. Why should patients see you? ​I really love what I do and I believe in it. I have witnessed many a transformation. The growing awareness and embrace of energy work is allowing access to many to heal deep issues, because often what there is to heal is underneath our conscious awareness. We don’t actually have to try or strive. We just keep an open heart and mind and say yes to the journey. ​ Interested in reconnecting with your essence? Please call Lana directly at 416-820-2754 to book an appointment.  ...

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Immune Boosting: Change of Season Soup with Chicken and Root Vegetables

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 in Recipes | Comments Off on Immune Boosting: Change of Season Soup with Chicken and Root Vegetables

Immune Boosting: Change of Season Soup with Chicken and Root Vegetables

Change of Season Soup with Chicken and Root Vegetables Using delicious fall harvest staples, this soup is great for helping boost the immune system as seasons change,  and keeps us warm during the cold winter months. Serves 3-4 INGREDIENTS 1 chicken cut into 4 to 8 pieces 3-4 cloves of garlic 3-4 onions A few slices of fresh ginger 1 cup of sliced horseradish or parsley root 2 spoons sesame oil 2 pieces of dried tangerine skin 1 cinnamon stick 250g squash/ pumpkin 3-4 pieces of black Chinese mushrooms 1 tablespoon miso paste ½ teaspoon black pepper INSTRUCTIONS Soak the mushrooms for 30-40 min before cooking. Sauté the onions and ginger until golden-brown and add the garlic and chicken. Sauté for few minutes and add all the other ingredients. Cover in water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 1 hour. During the last 5-10 minutes, add the miso paste and the black pepper....

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