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BRIO WELLNESS CENTER!

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70% of the population will have back pain

herniateddisc“Approximately 70% of the population will have back pain at some point in time.  Low-back pain (LBP) with associated leg pain due to a herniated intervertebral disc is one of the most severe and disabling forms of back pain.

Many treatment options are available that can be grouped into two categories: surgical and conservative care. Conservative care may include medication, corticosteroid nerve root or epidural infiltrations, bed rest, physical therapy, flexion/distraction therapy, and spinal manipulation…A large percentage of acute and importantly chronic lumbar disc herniation patients treated with chiropractic spinal manipulation reported clinically relevant improvement.”  

Read the full article online: http://www.jmptonline.org/article/S0161-4754(14)00034-7/fulltext

Common Phrases: Pain in the Neck & Pain in the Butt

Ever wonder why the phrases “pain in the neck” and “pain in the butt” were coined?neck-back-pain

The part of your spine where your “neck bone’s connected to your shoulder bone” and where your “back bone’s connected to your butt bone” are considered to be primary emotional store houses in our bodies.

These are the primary areas of the spine that suffer the earliest signs of osteoarthritis leading to long term dis-ease. If you’ve got a pain in the neck or a pain in the butt in your life, it’s probably time you get some much needed emotional support– CHIROPRACTIC! It does a body good!

Stand Up Straight… Mom was Right All Along!

“Chiropractors know that mom was right all along when she told us to “stand up straight.” But now there’s empirical evidence to give even more weight to her command. Good posture is essential to mental as well as physical health, keeping bones and joints aligned while boosting confidence. In fact, posture has been shown to have a greater influence on a person’s feelings of power than his or her job title or position.
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In a 2012 Harvard study, participants who spent a few minutes in private “power posing” performed better in high-stakes mock meetings and interviews. Slouching one’s shoulders, not surprisingly, may have the opposite effect, lowering self-esteem.”

Source:
“Posture, power and health can be defined by the spine,” by Stephanie Earls, The Colorado Gazette, November 26, 2013.  From this week’s “Foonotes for Balanced Living” from Foot Levelers.

“…freedom to say NO to the GOOD things in life, so you can say YES to the BEST things!”

I read this quote this week in the fall issue of CAKE&WHISKEY Magazine.

Sometimes in life we get to a cross roads and have to choose between two paths. Both paths appear well trodden. Both will get us from point A to point B accomplishing the tasks we have been well trained to do. Neither one is a bad choice. Neither is more dangerous than the other. Both will require a lot of energy and will-power to navigate the terrain. Neither path is longer path than the other. So what do you do? How do you choose which path to take? Ever been faced with this kind of a decision?

I am officially two weeks from graduating from chiropractic school and a few months from becoming a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic. What an unbelievable journey the last 4.5+ years have been! I have never worked so hard and so tirelessly for something I know I was called by GOD to do! I knew it then and I know it now. There has never been a doubt in mind. I can honestly say, I never wanted to give up.

Now here I stand at a cross roads of sorts with two good choices in front of me. Do I turn to the left and take that path or do I turn to the right and take that path. Let’s just say I did what my mentor told me to do, “Ask God!” Yup! It was just that simple. Well, after I asked Him. Up to that point I wrestled for days, losing sleep, feeling sick, etc… over what the right choice for me was. It wasn’t until I asked God, that He revealed to me the BEST choice.

You see, neither choice was bad, but I needed to choose. I needed to say no to the GOOD choice before me, so that I could say yes to the BEST choice. And by BEST I mean, the one that fits me like my favorite pair of jeans. You know, the ones you can wear all day long and never wish they had an elastic waist band. The BEST choice!

We all have choices to make every single day. Choose energy enhancers over energy drainers. Choose quality over quantity. Choose to live the QUALITY of LIFE you DESIRE and DESERVE! And if you’re not sure what the BEST choice is, just “Ask God!” I promise, you’ll never be disappointed in His choice for you!

Credits: Fall 2013 Issue 3 CAKE&WHISKEY Magazine “My Manifesto” pg. 94 www.cakenwhiskey.com

BTW: If you’re a female business woman, you need CAKE&WHISKEY. It’s a BEST choice!

Sunscreen Lotion Bars: Non-toxic Homemade Sunscreen

Make your own non-toxic homemade sunscreen with this easy homemade sunscreen recipe. Popular sunscreen lotions and sunscreen products contain unhealthy ingredients which we can easily avoid by making our own.

Why a Non-toxic Homemade Sunscreen?

If you didn’t already know, commercial sunscreens can be toxic due to potential endocrine disruptors and other nasty chemicals. I am not entirely sure that exposing my skin to the sun is such a bad thing what with Vitamin D being so important. Maybe the sun doesn’t even cause skin cancer anyway.

However, I live in Texas and the sun can get pretty brutal during the summer. I recently got a nasty sunburn at an outdoor event but thanks to coconut oil it went away within a couple of days without peeling. This never would have happened when I wasn’t eating a real, nourishing diet. I used to get heat rash and heat exhausting from being out in the sun longer than a few hours. Now that I can actually tolerate the sun without getting completely wiped out, I plan to go without sunscreen this summer for my normal day to day activities. However, if I am going to be out in the sun for a prolonged period of time, with my fair skin, I need some kind of protection.

I was inspired by Robin Konie of Thank Your Body to make non-toxic homemade sunscreen after reading her eBook, Toxic Free. However, I love the tallow lotion bars (recipe from Mommypotamus’ DIY Beauty eBook) I have been making because I can easily travel with them. I decided to try my hand at a recipe for a non-toxic homemade sunscreen lotion bar using similar ratios as the tallow bars, but use shea butter and coconut oil to provide some natural SPF as recommended by Robin.

I would assume this homemade sunscreen to be about SPF 15-20 given the amount of zinc oxide added. What I love about this bar is that it is goes on easily and soaks right in without being overly greasy. It also doesn’t turn your skin or your clothes white from the zinc!

Non-Toxic Homemade Sunscreen Lotion Bars

Homemade Sunscreen Ingredients

Homemade Sunscreen Directions

Combine the shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax in a glass bowl placed over a hot pot of water or use a double boiler. Heat on low until the ingredients are melted and full incorporated. Remove from heat and stir in the zinc oxide, the essential oil, and the vitamin E oil. Pour into silicone mold and place in the fridge to cool for about 30 minutes. Pop out and store in tins or an airtight container. Store at room temperature.

Homemade Sunscreen Notes

  • These homemade sunscreen lotion bars will melt in the hot sun. I plan to cut off a small piece to take with me to the pool or the beach and carry it in an airtight container. Once back indoors it will solidify again.
  • I have received questions about how to apply. You simply rub all over your body while holding in your hand. The texture is firm but emollient and it will feel like a lotion – not soap. You can rub it in further with your hands.

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Huge Thanks to HomemadeMommy.net! See the full article: http://www.homemademommy.net/2013/04/homemade-non-toxic-sunscreen-lotion-bars.html

Whoa, this is really serious business

Today, I saw a patient complaining of low back “achiness,” not really anything painful. All neuros, DTR’s, myotomes, dermatomes were normal. Mild discomfort was illicited with a few orthopedic tests. Due to the patient’s age and having sustained a minor fall 1 month ago, my supervising doctor recommended we take x-rays of his lumbar spine to be sure all was clear to begin treatment.

The x-rays revealed this patient had sustained a compression fracture. Thanking God for the wisdom I have gained at LACC. This was a moment where as a student, I take a step back and say “Whoa! This is really serious business!”