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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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Autumn – One Step Before The Long Cold Winter

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Featured, Health, Short Entries | Comments Off on Autumn – One Step Before The Long Cold Winter

Autumn – One Step Before The Long Cold Winter

According to ancient Chinese Philosophy the man is a representative of the universe. He’s a  microcosm of the macrocosms. Therefore, it is man’s desire to become one with nature and live according to its rules. One of the basic but most important ways to connect with nature is to synchronize life’s activities with the changing of the seasons. Among the five elements, the autumn season is controlled by the metal element. The action of metal is to cut; cut and separate the unnecessary from the necessary, to keep what’s needed and get rid of the waste. Autumn is a time to store everything that is essential and necessary for survival, and let go of all the excess from the the summer. In the natural world, we see animals trying to gain weight, store food, and prepare their homes to be warm and cozy in preparation for the long winter months ahead. Trees are no longer giving fruits and leaves fall down to the earth, all in an effort to preserve energy. For many of us, the fall is a time where we “get back to work” and return to our busy routines. Many people will work exceptionally hard as the seasons change, but without balance, they find themselves burnt out by the time November comes around. For human beings, autumn presents a time to find a healthy balance between work/family/school routines and self-care. It is a time to slow down and recover from the summer’s fast-paced activities. It encourages us to look into ourselves in an introspective way and do some internal emotional cleansing. It’s a good time for moderate physical activities like yoga, tai chi, meditation or other deep breathing exercises. The typical climate of autumn is a chilly, dry wind. According to Chinese Medicine, the wind is a “carrier” of external pathogens like viruses and bacteria. These winds tend to penetrate the body through the neck and the back of the neck; for women the lower abdominal region is another area of susceptibility. To strengthen our “immune system” energy, it is very important to keep these areas warm and covered. It is also very important to adjust our diet. It is a good time to eat concentrated foods with a contracted quality, like nuts, brown rice of any kind, legumes (especially  lentils), and an assortment of root vegetables like radishes, kohlrabi, turnips, celery root, and onion & garlic. Change of Season Soup (click here for recipe) is a great addition to the autumn diet as it tonifies the immune system and nourishes the internal organs. Generally, cooking methods appropriate to the fall season will be longer, and more warm foods should be consumed – such as soups and stews which are easier on the digestive system and help our bodies cope with the colder temperatures. Sleep is also essential to overall health and strong immunity; as cold and flu season approaches, this is the time to prioritize rest by going to bed earlier and waking at a regular time. Just remember, in order to eat you need to cook first, in the same way, a healthy winter body requires support and preparation through the autumn!   Source Centre is pleased to bring you the Health Topic of the Month. Each month, the team at Source Centre looks at a health issue that’s making waves, breaking the news, and even sparking controversy. Health Topic of the Month gives you professional insight on today’s hot-button health issues from leaders in alternative health....

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Fibroids – Health Topic of the Month

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Featured, Health, Short Entries | Comments Off on Fibroids – Health Topic of the Month

Fibroids – Health Topic of the Month

Following a July 2015 radio piece about the risks of minimally invasive fibroid surgery on CBC’s The Current, we asked the health team at Source Centre for their opinion on dealing with uterine fibroids. Uterine fibroids are usually non-cancerous growths in the uterus that are usually caused by hormonal imbalance. Uterine fibroids can be detected during pelvic exams; only larger growths can be detected by pelvic ultrasound. Symptoms can include heavy menstrual bleeding, spotting between cycles, and pelvic pain or pressure. Interested to learn more? Read on.     Dr. Tara Andresen, Naturopath Fibroid growth is stimulated by hormonal changes, in particular by estrogen and progesterone. Naturopathic treatment focuses on improving estrogen clearance which can work to improve fibroid symptoms. Treatment includes diet changes as well as nutrient and herbal supplementation. Diindolylmethane (DIM) supplement is a good example of a naturally occurring phytonutrient that improves estrogen metabolism.   Divya Yadava, Registered Holistic Nutritionist Uterine fibroids are benign tumors in the uterus that are usually caused by too much estrogen in the body. As a nutritionist, my approach would be to eat foods that can help reduce estrogen. By eating a diet rich in soluble fibre, probiotics, cruciferous vegetables and liver-supportive foods you can help your body clear excess estrogen naturally. My favourite estrogen-busting meal would be a fresh kale salad with roasted beets and crunchy almonds topped with a garlic-hummus dressing, served with a protein of your choice. Click here for recipe. Changing your lifestyle is also a big part of the puzzle – lack of exercise and stress tend of increase estrogen levels. As a holistic nutritionist, I can create a program that combines customized diet and lifestyle recommendations to help you banish excess estrogen and prevent future fibroids.   Yuval Blum, Acupuncturist Uterine fibroids are known as ZHENG XIA in ancient Chinese medical texts. Fibroids may cause abdominal pain, swelling, and bleeding, yet require completely different acupuncture treatments because each fibroid stems from a unique cause. For example, I often find that an imbalance of the liver organ and its meridian can manifest as fibroids, so performing acupuncture along this meridian can help balance the energy flow through the uterus, which is on the same meridian. Acupuncture has helped many of my patients strengthen the liver, reduce estrogen, and shrink the fibroids.   Lana Kevic, Art of Feminine Presence, Womb Blessing Signs of dis-ease or imbalance appear in a person’s energy field long before manifesting in the physical body. When fibroids appear in a woman’s reproductive system, variations in the energetic field can cause, or be said to result from blockages in creative expression. Our desires and vision are suppressed, and result in physical growths in the centre and birthplace of our creativity. Energy work can offer a subtle and powerful path towards healing.   Dr. Leo Quan, Network Chiropractor When we’re under prolonged stress – physical, emotional, mental, or environmental – we can easily cause a state of disconnection between brain and body. When there’s a disconnect with the uterus, it can lose its ability to repair and regenerate, as well as fend off growths like fibroids. A healthy fibroid-free uterus is a uterus that is connected to the nervous system. Network Chiropractic adjustments to the spine can stimulate the nervous system to grow new connections to the uterus, helping it to heal from fibroids.   Source Centre is pleased to bring you the Health Topic of the Month. Each month, the team at Source Centre looks at a health issue that’s making waves, breaking the news, and even sparking controversy. Health Topic of the Month...

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