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Chewed up.

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I have the distinct honor and privilege to work with many amazing women every week. We cover a variety of topics, but typically we are discussing ways to improve health through lifestyle adjustments and adaptations. 

We cover a lot of information in our initial appointment, and one of the questions that I ask during their nutritional assessment is if they are using aspartame or other artificially sweetened products. The conversation usually goes something like this:

Client: “Well, no, I stopped using that years ago.”

I follow up by asking if they chew gum.

Client: “Yes, oh, yes, I do chew gum. I always have.”

Me: “Do you have a package with you?”

Client: “Yes, would you like a piece?” as they pull the package out of their purse.

Me: “No, no, but let’s take a look at the ingredients.” 

I had four of these conversations just last week, and two the week before, and knew that I needed to share this information. I absolutely, without a shadow of a doubt, know that we, as consumers, are truly trying to make better choices. Gum is a sneaky way for us to literally be poisoning ourselves each and every day, though, and to elevate our health we need to have all the facts. 

Since we aren’t actually eating gum, we don’t usually think about the effects of it on our health. I was a gum chewer. Loved it. Loved the minty fresh breath. Loved chewing it as a deterrent to eating. My brand of choice was Clorets, a sugar-based gum. I thought it sounded superior - healthy even, since it had chlorophyll in it. I chewed it for years, and would buy it by the case instead of a single pack, and stash the box in a convenient upper cabinet in our kitchen. Then, one day, I suddenly began to have stomach pains. Like couldn’t stand up straight, doubled-over-the-sink pain. And it scared me. I had been a diet coke drinker for several years before that until I realized that the ingredients were lethal to my health, and I quit. It was difficult to quit. The molecular structure of aspartame is almost identical to cocaine, and it’s as addictive, but when I realized that every time I drank it, it was turning to formaldehyde, a substance used to embalm bodies, and methyl alcohol - wood alcohol - a known poison, I knew I needed to break that habit. And, then I became diligent about my ingredient detective work. I read every label and diligently avoided aspartame.

But then this mysterious stomach pain started. I couldn’t figure it out. I hadn’t done anything differently. They were getting worse each day, and more debilitating. And then one day, I happened to glance at my newest Clorets box label as I was grabbing ingredients to make supper. And I stared at it. Still had sugar, but there, 6 ingredients down, was aspartame. They had snuck it into this sugared gum. And it made me so angry!! I immediately threw the box away. And within 24 hours the stomach pain stopped. That was twenty years ago.

Aspartame poisoning doesn’t manifest the same way in every person. It’s a neurotoxin, so it affects each of us differently. For some, it’s stomach pain or headaches. For some, it mimics the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, or lupus. It penetrates the brain, destroys brain cells, and interferes with normal function, like ADHD, and OCD, and for some, it triggers the formation of tumors. There is now a known link between Alzheimers and aspartame due to methanol toxicity. The list of side effects is long. There are over 90 - yes NINETY - known symptoms and diseases directly related to aspartame toxicity. They are all bad, and they are all avoidable!

Aspartame and artificial sweeteners are not the only reasons to avoid chewing gum. It will also cause gastro-intestinal distress as the parotid glands, or salivary glands, trigger the release of stomach acid and digestive enzymes to break down the food that the body perceives has entered the system. It exacerbates Irritable Bowel Syndrome, bloating and abdominal pain. It can trigger TMJ due to the uneven and overuse of the jaw muscles. In regards to the teeth, the acidic compounds can cause erosion, and the constant pressure may release mercury vapor from existing amalgam (silver) fillings. Mercury is also a neurotoxin, adding even more oxidative stress to our brain. 

So, if you are chewing gum, I get it. Let’s make it as good as we can by choosing better. One option is Simply Gum, a non-gmo, mostly organic ingredients product with thoughtfully chosen assorted flavors. Each pack even includes tiny pieces of paper to dispose of your gum when you are done with it. I’ve gotten mine at WholeFoods Market, but you can check it out here too: https://www.amazon.com/Simply-Gum-Assorted-Natural-Chewing/dp/B00KGH8S0G/ref=sr_1_3_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1502561406&sr=8-3&keywords=simply+gum

If you want to avoid chewing gum all together, but like that fresh breath feeling, try drinking purified water with crushed mint leaves, or Newman’s Own organic mints. They also have a nice variety of flavors. Here is the link to the peppermint ones: https://www.amazon.com/Newmans-Own-Organics-Peppermint-1-76-Ounce/dp/B000LKU16C/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1502561726&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=newsman's%2Bown%2Bassorted%2Bmints&th=1

There are so many manufactured products that prevent us from being as good as we can be and one of those seemingly innocent items is chewing gum. I want to help you choose better so that you can be fully prepared and ready to live a Living Well life. Each decision matters. Honest, it does.

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3, 2, 1, Beeeeeeeep...........

Many times, lifestyle convenience comes with a price. Think "fast food" also known as, drive-thru dining, or trans-fats extending shelf life minimizing burdensome trips to the grocery store, or diet soda an illusionary short cut to weight loss. but there is one convenience that most people rarely consider.

The Microwave… and as with the other examples, our health is the price to pay.

Most people have grown up with the microwave, originally known as the radarange, as a standard kitchen appliance in their home. Because of it’s seemingly innocent presence, we have failed to consider the effects it has on the foods that are placed in them, or the bodies that are around them. Radiation accumulates over time and is never eliminated. It is part of the toxic burdens that our bodies bear. In this technological world that we live in - being constantly bombarded by radiation from cell towers, mobile phones, televisions, computers, satellites, and broadcast antennas, eliminating the items that are non-essential are an important step in minimizing your radiation exposure. 

Microwave ovens emit electromagnetic frequency. They are classified as non-ionizing radiation. They can not change the structure of atoms but they can cause physical alterations. Damage to your skin and eyes from the sun are examples of non-ionizing radiation. When particular radiation waves resonate with a body part, the biological effects are even greater. Microwave frequencies are very similar to the frequency of our brain, therefore the negative effects are focused on our brain. This is observed in impaired cognition, vision problems, depression and irritability, and hyperactivity in children. 

Exposure also creates changes in our blood significant enough to our cells that it triggers cancer growth. And though exposure is an issue in and of itself, it is exacerbated by eating foods that are microwaved. According to a study done in 1992 by Raum&Zelt, it noted that unnatural molecules were observed after consumption of various combinations of microwaved food. Transformation of cells into toxic forms was also noted and blood evaluations indicated hemoglobin and lymphocytes decreases and overall increase in white cell levels and cholesterol. 

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Then also consider the current state of our environment where nutritional value has plummeted due to depleted soil, and chemicals in our foods, every morsel and drop that we consume needs to be as nutritionally potent as possible. On average, microwaved foods lose 60-90% of their nutritional value and significant portions of Vitamin B, C, E, and essential minerals. One study done in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture found that when broccoli was microwaved, it lost 97% of it’s beneficial antioxidants compared to just 11% when steamed. (The Kirlian photograph above shows the life force of uncooked broccoli on the left, and microwaved on the right.) One writer described it as, “dropping a nuclear bomb on your food, and then eating the fall-out.”  It might help to contemplate that statement next time you are about to “nuke” your food! 

It should also be noted that microwaves are most commonly used for “cooking” highly-processed, obesity-promoting foods. Our country is in an ongoing state of malnourished overfeeding. We see it everyday in our office, and this is leading to epidemic rates of diabetes, cancer, heart disease, kidney failure, depression and liver disease.  High calorie +  preservative-laden + minimal nutrients = a life of degenerative disease. We can choose better than that!

Two and half decades ago, I knew that if I was going to take the time, energy and money to cook using organic, high life-energy ingredients in our home that I wanted to be guaranteed that it would be an investment in our health and well-being. Microwaving those nutrient-rich foods would have negated those efforts, so we gave our microwave away. I acquired a tea kettle to boil water, and utilized my oven and stove to cook and reheat foods, and my cooktop and largest stainless steel pot to pop organic corn for movie night! It was simply another course correction as we adapted a healthier lifestyle. 

If you still aren’t ready to throw your microwave away, move it to your garage. Improvise with new cooking techniques, and you will quickly realize that the microwave oven has been an over-rated, unnecessary, electricity-guzzling gadget, and can be eliminated from your kitchen counter, which by the way, also eliminates clutter! Don’t try to send it to Russia though, they banned microwave ovens back in 1976! (They reintroduced it in the 1990’s, but you understand what I mean…)

Please let us know if we can help you transtition to a Living Well Life by contacting us here or through social media @ALivingWellLife!

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It's the Best Medicine!

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Thoughts create reality and focus changes physiology. Here’s an example… stop right now and think about something in your past that was incredible. The birth of a child, marrying the love of your life, the first time you saw the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon or the transparent colors of the Caribbean Sea... anything you remember as magical and transformative… how does that make you feel?

Blessed?
Blissful?
Balanced?

Emotions of joy, happiness, and elation actually begin to energize you and change your body chemistry in ways proven to boost your immune system and relieve stress on your heart! Staying in that place of peace is possible even under the most stressful circumstances! 

As an overwhelmed momma of three young daughters, I unintentionally discovered the therapeutic benefits of laughter therapy in a most delightful way! We enjoyed visiting Barnes & Noble with the girls. They loved it and we loved it. It was free entertainment and we enjoyed exploring and selecting books for each of us. On one excursion, we found a book that seemed age appropriate for the girls, and we plopped down in B&N's comfy kid’s reading area to see what it was all about. It was called "Junie B Jones & the Stupid Smelly Bus". The girls weren't allowed to use the word "stupid" so they immediately began giggling! 😊 I started the first chapter with them, and seriously laughed out loud in the middle of the store with tears rolling down my face! The girls were laughing too. They may have been laughing at me more than at Junie B. We purchased that book and I stalked Barnes and Noble for new releases since 1992 until my collection of this Barbara Park's bestselling series was complete!

Reading these books was very healing for me, and for our young family, but laughter is everywhere that you look… if you're looking! Stop at a local park and watch the children playing - laughter bubbles over in those young, innocent beings, in fact they laugh more than 400 times per day compared to adults who barely average a measly 15 times per day! Watch a funny movie or silly sitcom (mute the commercials). Encourage your animals to do crazy pet tricks! Look at photos of people laughing - like the attached photo of my gorgeous girls before Grace and Graham's wedding! :) Join a Laughter Club - yup, it’s a thing! Just train your brain to laugh easily and laugh a lot. 

Apparently the adage, "Laughter is the best medicine" has research to back up the claim. According to some studies, a healthy dose of laughter has resulted in physical benefits, such as:
* Enhanced oxygen intake resulting in better organ function, lung capacity and cardiovascular efficiency
* Elevated physical and emotional relaxation
* Release of endorphins - the body’s happy hormones
* Relief of indigestion and stomach discomfort
* Elimination of pain
* Balanced blood pressure and heart rate
* Brighter, more radiant skin
* Improved mental function, such as alertness, memory, creativity
* Strengthen social bonds and relationships

In a slumpy slump, or feeling overwhelmed?? Count backwards from 10-1, and then LAUGH out loud! We were born with the gift of laughter. It’s an innate therapy. It lifts our spirits and fills us with joy. It’s contagious and unites people. It can help us feel more alive and empowered. It may feel ridiculous at first, but the more you laugh, the easier it will be! Say a prayer of thanks for rebooting your attitude, and allow this pattern interrupt to dramatically increase your vitality, passion and positivity!

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Toxicity is death... dramatic but true

Who cares about endocrine disruptors anyways?!?! Why does it matter?????? And what does it even mean????

Ultra simple. Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that create toxicity.

Toxicity is imbalance.
Toxicity is pain.
Toxicity is stress.
Toxicity is death. (Dramatic… but true.)

Our endocrine system is made up of our bodies’ glands, each integral to life function. Here are some of the most prominent ones:

The hypothalamus gland is the control center for the entire endocrine system constantly monitoring hormone production and utilization from the other glands.

The pituitary gland is responsible for growth, skin pigmentation, absorption of water into the blood, and for stimulating and balancing the other glands, particularly important to thyroid balance.

The thyroid manages growth and development, protein synthesis, and is responsible for mood stabilization, and metabolic function such as body weight, breathing, heart rate, body temperature, and the central nervous system.

The adrenal glands manage cortisol and epinephrine production - the stress hormones. 

The ovaries produce estrogen, and balance testosterone, and progesterone.

The parathyroid glands balance calcium and phosphorus for healthy bones.

The pineal gland produces melatonin - a sleep hormone.

The pancreas regulates blood sugar, and insulin production. 

This intricate and well-designed system of glands operates in a delicate balance of hormone production, release and removal. These hormones trigger signals for proper major organ function such as cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and nervous systems. The proper function of these organs is vital for life. 

So why do we care about these chemicals abundant in our drawers, behind our doors and in our cabinets?? Because endocrine disruptors block, distort and destroy the production of the hormones that are essential for these signals to be appropriately sent and received throughout the body. If you think that the things we put on our body won’t have an effect on our internal organs, consider a birth control patch - a widely-used and well-known endocrine disruptor. These chemicals enter the bloodstream swiftly within 30 seconds, and immediately affect not only the targeted system but everywhere that blood flows throughout the body. The liver - your blood filter - goes on high alert to begin the removal of the excess hormones so that other areas of the body do not become imbalanced. The same holds true for anything we put on topically that contains the endocrine-disrupting parabens, phthalates, BPA, glycol ethers, and phyto-estrogens found in… body lotion, body spray, shampoo and conditioner, make-up, nail polish, deodorant, sunblock, perfume… they all matter, and they all have an impact on your health.

The symptoms of toxicity are exhaustive, but include migraines, weight gain, challenges with menstrual cycle - too early, too late, pre-menopausal, early puberty in girls, high estrogen in baby boys, erectile dysfunction, depression, faulty memory, skin conditions like acne, rashes, and eczema, blood sugar disorders, fatigue, compromised immune function and even cancer. 

The good news is that our bodies want to do the right thing under the right circumstances. We have control over our choices. Less toxicity from our environment… the things we eat, breathe, and apply… the better our body can manage it’s ever-increasing burden. We can consume healthy, organic foods, purify our air, drink purified water, and avoid the use of lawn chemicals and pesticides in our homes and gardens, but if we continue to apply toxic products to our skin, we continue to create a series of system malfunctions. 

Want to do an experiment? List 5 health challenges that you and your family are experiencing right now, and then for 3 weeks, maintain a pristine life-style with whole foods, including beets and radishes daily, “green” cleaning products, and toxin-free bath, body, and beauty care. Then compare the changes physically, emotionally and spiritually! Take back control and prepare to be amazed as you begin your Living Well life!

For more information on blacklisted ingredients and how to identify them in your beauty routine, follow this link to toxin-free freedom: www.crunchi.com/lisamccoskey

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Therapeutic Beauty!

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I was checking on our cherry tree today to determine if it was time for Hawk and Noble to help me harvest the ripe fruit. As I walked around, every plant that I observed had been identified, and possibly planted, by my wise and beautiful mom! I love seeing all the unique plants and flowers that come to life each year, and as I examine their petals and leaves, color and fragrance, I can hear her voice whispering information about each one. I am so blessed that she continues to share her wisdom about organic and toxin-free gardening and lawn care with us. She’s been professing the importance of chemical-free living for more than 30 years and I am thankful that she has created such a sturdy foundation of health in our family.

This happy flower with the radiating magenta petals is called Purple Coneflower, which is also known as Echinacea. Native Americans originally discovered Echinacea's medicinal uses when they found that it successfully healed wounds, infections and other physical ailments. It delivers a huge boost of immune support for your entire system stimulating the production of T-cells to fend off pathogenic invaders. I have noticed that by taking Standard Process Echinacea Premium within the first 4 hours of those little pre-sickness signals, feeling “off”, slightly scratchy throat, fatigue, or body aches, that I can usually avoid the illness altogether. It’s something that I keep on hand at all times - liquid and tablet - And you'll find it in my travel bags too! #therapeuticbeauty #thingswevehandeddown #alivingwelllife

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Go to sleep!

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Did you know that there is a direct correlation between the quality of sleep that you get and your ability to lose weight? Metabolism does not function properly without adequate sleep and the hormones that regulate appetite, ghrelin, the hunger hormone, and leptin, the satiety hormone, can become imbalanced. One study showed that people who were only permitted to get two-thirds their normal amount of nightly sleep, ate more than 500 calories each day compared with those in the study who were able to get a full night’s sleep. Not everyone needs or should get the widely-accepted 8 hours. The amount of sleep for individuals will vary from weekdays to weekends, it will fluctuate with their cycle, and it will change based on stress and external circumstances. It's important to monitor your own personal sleep requirements, energy test the optimum amount, and then honor what your body needs. 

Along with weight management, another added bonus of adequate sleep is better sex. Research showed that women who had an additional hour of quality sleep were 14% more available to engage in sexual activity! New mommas, share this information with your husband - I can almost guarantee he'll take care of the baby so you can get that extra hour! 😊

If you are getting ready for a test or an important presentation at the office, proper amounts of sleep will stimulate your brain in ways that increase your overall intellectual performance! AND there is research providing a direct correlation between adequate sleep and improved athletic ability. Those are just a few of the benefits along with improved immune function, healthier skin, balanced emotional health, and lowered risk of inflammatory disease. 

Ultimately, if you are doing everything in the daytime to modify your health: exercise, portion control, supplementation, and elimination of inflammatory foods, and you are struggling to see a change, then assessing your sleep habits should be the next step. Experiment with these simple changes. They will allow your body and mind to be relaxed and comfortable for a healing night's sleep for all of the above-mentioned benefits.

For a week:

  1. do not drink caffeinated products after 2 p.m.,
  2. eat a light evening meal before 6:00 p.m.,
  3. exercise before 7 p.m.
  4. turn the TV off before 8:00 p.m

If you are still having trouble falling asleep, or if you are restless with tossing and turning, or wake up after several hours and can not resume sleep, we have several programs available including all-natural, non-addicting supplements that have our clients waking refreshed and renewed after a blissful night's sleep. #livingwellrested

Photo courtesy of June 9, 2017's strawberry moon.

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CREATE A NEW VIBRATION!

We all know people in our lives that emit a charge of energy… a burst of positivity. They are attractive to be around, light up the world wherever they go, and inspire us to be better versions of ourselves. Have you ever wondered why? And did you ever wonder if you created the same impact? 

The answer revolves around your personal vibration. Positive people resonate at a higher frequency elevating the world around them, and we can feel that and it’s powerful. Our vibrational frequency is measurable. It will fluctuate depending on our circumstances, but the goal is to maintain as high a level as possible - 852 Hz being optimum.

People that have an elevated frequency have learned to balance and harmonize with the universe creating a resonating cycle, the more they give, the more they receive, and then the more they give again… of themselves, their resources, and their energy. They epitomize peacefulness, joyfulness, and love regardless of their external circumstances. They have learned to release the emotional barriers to a living well life, and have learned to stay grounded in God’s truths.

This is a simple guide to empower you to make the changes necessary to increase your own bio-energetic field and vibrational levels:

1. Be connected to God without ceasing.
2. Be generous with your gifts and resources.
3. Make gratitude your life motto.
4. Fill your space with refreshing and uplifting sounds.
5. Train your resting face to smile.
6. Identify and release your emotional burdens.
7. Spend time in nature.
8. Capture and guard your thoughts and your words against complaints.
9. Refrain from destructive habits and behaviors.
10. Eat organic, live food to feed your body and soul.
11. Ensure that your nervous system is functioning optimally.
12. Live purposefully no matter what stage of life you are in.

The people that live in a state of positivity and high-vibrational frequency are more productive and more creative. They are healthier and stronger, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. They make choices that are in alignment with a benevolent lifestyle. They find goodness all around them, and that goodness leads to more goodness. It’s a beautiful rhythm of God’s providence in your lives, and when you elevate your frequency, you magnify your attractiveness to those that need what you have to offer… simply, the best you.

There are certainly other factors to consider, but this elemental list will energize and inspire your foundation. If you’d like more information about your personal vibration and how to achieve an optimal state of being, to be more impactful and more purposeful, let us know. We can help.

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Textbook Altering Link Between Immune System & Brain

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Textbook Altering Link Between Immune System & Brain

Prior to 2015 the medical community had zero workable knowledge of lymphatic drainage from the central nervous system. In theory, it was thought to exist and function in some capacity but no physical structure was ever found. In the words of one of the researchers from the University of Virginia who was a part of this amazing discovery, Dr. Jonathan Kipnis stated,

“I really did not believe there are structures in the body that we are not aware of. I thought the body was mapped…and that these discoveries ended somewhere around the middle of the last century. But apparently they have not.”

The structures the researchers had discovered are tiny vessels that reside in the meninges. These structures line the dural sinuses and transport immune cells to and from the central nervous system. The full text for the study can be found following this link.

This discovery should have profound effects on how neurological conditions are treated, particularly those characterized by a neuro-inflammatory response. Whether it is the build-up of proteins in the brain with conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease (amyloid plaques) or Huntington’s Disease (huntingtin protein), or the waxing and waning response of multiple sclerosis, the mechanistic relationship adjoining the brain and immune system cannot be ignored.

As upper cervical chiropractors, we have a responsibility to our patients to make sure we are optimizing the bony structure that surrounds the brainstem. One study performed by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association found that secondary venous drainage from the skull was reduced in people suffering from migraine headaches and subsequently relieved symptomatically through the NUCCA correction process but also there was a greater percentage of venous blood flow from the skull post adjustment.

Another study that is currently still in the works is finding a plethora of evidence involving a stagnation of the cerebral spinal fluid and its inability to properly circulate around the brain and spinal cord due to a herniation of the cerebellum through the hole in the bottom of the skull that transmits the brainstem. (This often misdiagnosed as most MRI units view the structures in non-weight baring positions.) This has the effect of placing a cork in the opening of a bottle. Pressure can then build up inside the cranium and around the meninges that surround the brain and spinal cord. When restoration of the bony structure occurs through a specific correction to the misalignments between the skull and the top two vertebrae, the fluid can then begin circulating in a more normal pattern. When this occurs long term, neural tissue has displayed a remarkable ability to heal.

If venous drainage and cerebral spinal fluid can be altered to the extent that it causes disease based on the misalignment of spinal bones, it stands to reason that the same can be said of the proteins that build up in the brain with certain conditions. By restoring normal spinal biomechanics along with dietary changes to reduce systemic inflammation, a conservative approach to some of these conditions could drastically alter the outcome for many people suffering from neurological conditions. For those already under long term management for such conditions, co-managing with upper cervical providers could prove to be an essential missing piece of the puzzle in the patient’s journey back to health.

-In Health,

Dr. Andrew R. Burns

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The 26 Second Rule

Educate and celebrate! Here's another amazing "did you know"...

75% of estrogen for women and 50% of adults testosterone for the body is made where?
Not in the ovaries and testes?....NO
Not in the liver or brain?....NOPE
Then where?

The skin! Oh, and nearly 100% of post-menopausal estrogen is made in the skin. The skin IS an endocrine (hormonal) organ. Not a gland like the liver or pancreas, but a full-on endocrine organ, and the biggest one we have. The skin makes hormones for the body including IGF-1, Thyroid, Human Growth Hormone, and many neurotransmitters, but it also has its own feedback loop that controls our hormone function.

What you put on your skin goes through this hormone factory and feedback loop. 60-95% of what you put on your skin will be absorbed into your bloodstream within 26 seconds. And the absorption rate on the face and scalp is 5-10 times higher! Cosmetics today have no regulations and most contain these hormone and endocrine disruptors that are covertly sabotaging your health and well-being. We see it all the time in girls starting their periods younger and younger, and women becoming prematurely menopausal! 

Overwhelmed by that information and need to know where to start?? I'll be posting a good, better, best "getting started" guide soon, so you can have A Living Well Life! 

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Age in Days

I recently started following someone on Instagram that was counting her age in days. I was fascinated by the concept, and enlightened. Truly, each day is significant, but we tend to fly through them, getting by without much thought to the minutes.

Reading about this inspired me to know exactly how many days I had lived, so I jumped on and googled an age-in-days calculator and quickly entered my information. It ASTONISHED me: 19,440! Whoa! I started asking God’s forgiveness f...or falling short in appreciating each and every one of those 24 hour gifts. What had I missed thinking there was always tomorrow? What did I take for granted? What Kingdom assignments had I failed to see… or had seen, but hadn’t accepted? What blessings did I miss along the way? I needed to refine my thinking. I needed to expand my willingness to grow. I needed to find peace in facing my fears. Life is so much bigger than I am, and that number - 19,440 - has changed me.

It has made waking up in the morning more meaningful. My new favorite question..."So what's on our agenda today, God?" foremost in my mind. I feel ready to make an impact…. to use the gifts and talents that He has given me to their fullest potential… to not waste a single moment. I realized that making good, better, best decisions daily will lead to a year full of Kingdom service, fulfilling relationships, accomplishments in business, and self-care improvements. To truly bring to life and embrace one of my favorite verses… “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might”, so that when I look back, I will have solace knowing that I had served faithfully without limits and without fear in the capacity that I was created.

This is the calculator that I used to find out this valuable information: http://jalu.ch/coding/days/en. So, what’s your age in days???

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Beautiful, Black Magic

Whole Foods Market is a wonderland for me! 

While we were away this weekend, we stopped into the Rochester, Michigan location to pick up some party supplies, and while we were there, I couldn’t stop myself from exploring the produce department. Ahhh, all those beautiful bins of fresh fruits and vegetables are like candy to me! :)

I was admiring each and every one of them, and then as if a shaft of light came down from above, I spotted the black radishes. This is a vegetable that has such amazing therapeutic value, and I’d only ever experienced it encapsulated in our Standard Process products! But here they were in real life. Some people may pass them by as being unattractive, and possibly a little scary looking, but knowing the benefits makes them gorgeous to me!

When we recommend Black Radish in the office it is typically used for liver detoxification. The liver is critical for regulating cholesterol. It manages the purification of your blood. It is responsible for eliminating excess hormones, like cortisol, adrenaline, and estrogen from the body. It has over 600 functions, so we need to love our livers, feed them and nurture them so that they can do their job for a very long time.

Detoxification of the liver allows all of the necessary B vitamins, C, and zinc to support the skin to bring back a youthful glow, and to heal scarring or stretch marks. Keep in mind that the health of the skin includes the scalp, so if the scalp is healthy, there will be less hair loss, and hair growth will be at its optimum. 

Black radish is also essential in balancing the thyroid. Down-regulating it if it’s hyperactive as in Graves disease or Hashimoto’s disease, or up-regulating if it's hypo-active. 

So if you see these remarkable Black Radishes, better known as “Black Magic”, buy them… juice them…. eat them on a salad, and let them to rapidly restore and rebalance your entire body, top to bottom, inside and out!

[And if you don't see them fresh, or prefer not to eat them, let me know and we can get you hooked up with some organic Standard Process Spanish Black Radish capsules that will assist your body in all the ways that are listed above.]

#healthyskin #cholesterolcontrol #healthythyroidfood #skinrejuvenator#bloodpurifier #hairgrowth #balanceskintexture #immunebooster#digestaid #banishbloating #pHbalance #mentalalertness #stonecrusher

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My Chiropractic Superhero

Headaches are horribly annoying. They rob us of being in the moment, they create a distraction to our creativity and isolate us from joy.

When I was in my early 20’s before meeting my superhero husband-to-be, I lived on excedrin. I started my day with 3-4 tablets and carried the bottle with me to take again later. I assumed this condition was something I had to live with and the drugs were the only way to manage the pain. 

Until I met Terry. It was shocking to him that 1) I had such frequent headaches, 2) that I hadn’t searched for a solution to the underlying problem, and 3) that I would continually pollute my liver with a constant stream of drugs. But I didn’t know there was another way… a better way. 

AFTER ONE ADJUSTMENT, the headaches were GONE. I had been misaligned for so long that I assumed this was normal. It wasn’t normal. After this structural correction, my body was so so happy to be balanced and living well. I no longer needed to take excedrin, and was able to function clearly. I noticed other things too:

My monthly cycle was smoother emotionally and less painful.

My energy level was lifted. 

I was no longer constipated.

My metabolism increased and I lost weight. 

I was more productive because I was no longer in pain. 

My creativity returned.

And I felt truly joyful as I was able to connect fully to my Creator. 

It has been so long since I’ve experienced a headache that I began taking it for granted. I maintain a chiropractic care plan to help avoid any setbacks in my health, but yesterday afternoon, I started feeling discomfort over my left eye into my temple. We were headed out to meet our daughters and their families for dinner and I hoped it would just go away, and that I would be fine, but as the evening continued, it got worse and worse until I felt like I couldn’t open my eyes because of the setting sun, and the intense pain. 

Enter that same superhero man who offered to carry me to the adjusting table… “Come on, lets get you checked and adjusted.” He palpated my neck and discovered muscle contraction and tension knowing that the vertebrae were locked up. This was the contributing factor to the head pain. He gently and systematically corrected the subluxation and within the hour, I was pain-free, able to sleep soundly waking up fresh and revived and ready to serve God’s Kingdom in the way that I was created. 

Headaches are not normal. If you suffer from them, I empathize. When you are ready, we have a structural Living Well solution that will change your life!

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