Super Secret Superfood: the newest nutrient powerhouse!


Ooooo, how I love finding new and exciting ingredients that are packed with robust nutritional goodness! This Black Garlic was at Whole Foods a couple of weeks ago, and I was fascinated by it! I purchased it and then it sat waiting for it’s recipe debut! Today was that day! 

Black garlic is a product of a fermentation process that lasts for 30 days with an additional  45 days of oxidation. This process causes the black pigmentation to develop along with a mellow flavor and soft texture, and it is well worth it! I used it tonight to replace raw minced garlic in a tossed caprese salad with basil, tomato and romaine lettuce along with fresh mozzarella and balsamic vinegar. It was DELICIOUS! 

There are some anecdotal uses for black garlic that include boosting the immune function, and studies like this one have shown that it reduces inflammation in the liver specifically. 

Many of Black Garlic’s benefits come from over 100 active compounds found within this superfood vegetable. One of the major components is the highly touted S-allyl cysteine which is being tested and evaluated for use as a potential cholesterol lowering agent and as a chemo-preventive. 

Another study demonstrated it’s incredible anti-oxidant properties as well as certain tumor-reducing agents. The abstract revealed that black garlic provided 25% more potency than white garlic and was instrumental in helping to prevent Alzheimers Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and similar inflammatory diseases. You can find that study here.

For those looking to lower their cholesterol naturally, take a look at this 2014 study from Korea. It demonstrated a marked increase in HDL (good cholesterol) and a significant reduction of LDL (bad cholesterol). And because of the decrease in the Apolipoprotein B blood lipid markers, the study proved that it was beneficial for the cardiovascular system with no adverse effects!

Fermentation of the garlic provides more stability and 100% bioavailability which means that it will be assimilated effectively with instant nutrient absorption. For best results, black garlic should be consumed as a food item rather than a supplement, and the garlic cloves can be swallowed whole as you would a capsule rather than chewed if desired. Bonus: no bitter aftertaste, upset stomach, or bad breath!

I am always amazed at the complexity and the diversity of the healing foods that were created FOR us and are available TO us! I know that I will begin cooking with this potent superfood as often as I can find it, and may invest in my very own Black Garlic Fermenting device like this one , so that we can use it consistently for flavorful foods and healthier bodies! 

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Powerful Powder: UTI relief and other magical things to know about Cream of Tartar


Welcome to Wellness Wednesday! This innocent looking powder is a health benefits powerhouse!! You probably have a bottle of it tucked away in your spice cabinet. You probably take it out for whipping egg whites or if a recipe calls for stabilizing whipping cream, but for most of it’s life, it sits quietly waiting! But good news!! There is so much more to this substance than making meringue!

So what is it?? The label is misleading! It’s not creamy at all! It's a dry, powdery, acidic byproduct of fermenting grapes into wine. It’s official scientific name is potassium bitartrate, or potassium hydrogen tartrate or tartaric acid. But you can find it in the spice aisle labeled Cream of Tartar. It keeps it’s freshness indefinitely, but once you start using it as a superfood booster, you will be replenishing it often for you and your family!

I was about 24 years old when I first utilized Cream of Tartar outside the realm of baking. I had been battling with a kidney stone, developed a kidney infection, then when I was recovered from that, a urinary tract infection manifested. I was talking with a dear friend about it, and she told me that her grandmother recommended Cream of Tartar for that ailment. The recipe, stated in grandmotherly fashion was simple: a knife tip of Cream of Tartar in a big glass of water! I was at the peak of my catering career, and had lots of cream of tartar, since one of my most-requested recipes was mini-Pavlovas - those delicious meringue disks topped with home-made vanilla bean whipping cream, topped with fresh strawberries, blueberries and kiwis! MmmMmmmm, heaven on a plate! That’s another post for another time!

After the phone call with my friend ended, I quickly prepared the Cream of Tartar solution and drank it all at once. If you have ever had a UTI, you understand the discomfort and the distraction that it creates. Fast forward 20 minutes, and all that pain had disappeared! I had been trying lots of things prior to this, including cranberry juice, apple cider vinegar, lemon water, etc, but nothing had alleviated the misery until this magical potion! I was mesmerized by it, and it has become a staple in my traveling bag for a quick urinary system reset after a long day on the road!

Over the years, I’ve shared this simple trick with my daughters and also clients, and they have been equally amazed at the results. Because Cream of Tartar is alkaline, it can help change your pH levels. Increasing alkalinity while reducing acidity kills off bad bacteria, which is why this tried and true home remedy has the potential to be your newest go-to when it comes to UTIs. Just mix 1 ½ teaspoons of Cream of Tartar with 1 cup warm water. You can add some freshly squeezed lemon juice if you’d like to, then drink the mixture all at once. Do this a few times a day to keep those nasty infections away. So simple, 100% toxin-free, and readily available!! I love using God’s foods for healing!

As if that’s not enough, I’ve discovered that it has other supernatural powers too! Read on:

For heartburn: Mix a ½ teaspoon of Cream of Tartar with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Add 1/2 cup room temperature water and drink all at once. This will immediately help to relieve any pain associated with heartburn. Simply balancing the acidity is the process behind this effective formula!

For arthritis pain: Cream of Tartar is rich in magnesium, so adding 2 Tablespoons to a warm bath along with 3 Tablespoons of Epsom salt and soaking for 30 minutes will help to reduce inflammation and joint pain. Do this once or twice per day until pain is alleviated.

For acne and other skin conditions: This bacteria-busting home remedy works from the inside out to reduce oily build-up and promote clear skin. The alkaline properties of Cream of Tartar eliminates and flushes the destructive bacteria that causes skin inflammation and acne. It can even reduce blackheads. It’s the perfect toxin-free solution for healthy skin! Start with 1 teaspoon in 1/2 cup of organic fresh squeezed orange juice (or water) two times per day! You could also apply a thin paste over your skin as a face mask one or two times per week! Leave on for 15 minutes then rinse with cold water!

For high blood pressure: Hypertension is far too common these days and can lead to heart attack and strokes. One of the causes is often low levels of potassium. A simple blood test to determine your potassium levels is helpful in determining the cause of the condition. If you do suffer from low potassium, Cream of Tartar can be a toxin-free fix, packed with 16,500 mg of potassium in a mere 100 grams of cream of tartar. Just mix 1 teaspoon of Cream of Tartar in a glass of water and drink every night before bed until your potassium levels return to an optimal range.

Improve gallbladder function: The gallbladder is the liver’s best friend. They support each other in the break-down of fat and the elimination of toxicity from the body. When the gallbladder is malfunctioning, the pain can be excruciating. Unfortunately, the most common conventional treatment for an inflamed gallbladder, caused by stones, is surgery. This condition, called acute cholecystitis, affects more than 30,000,000 Americans a year. And more than 750,000 people will undergo a cholecystectomy, to have the gallbladder removed. According to researchers, approximately 75 percent of gallstones are composed primarily of cholesterol, which is fat in the blood. Cholesterol is important to help your brain, skin, and other organs grow and work the way they should, but when the body is out of balance through environmental toxicities or poor food choices, excessive, unmetabolized, under-utilized blood fats can add up to a very unhealthy gallbladder. Once again, Cream of Tartar to the rescue. Simply mix together 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, ¼ teaspoon Cream of Tartar with a ¼ cup of warm water. Drink this mixture every morning on an empty stomach for 5 days and it will improve bile flow, the emulsifying agent that breaks down cholesterol, and can reduce gallbladder pain. But wait there's more!!

Nicotine withdrawal: Even after you quit smoking or using other forms of tobacco, studies show it generally takes another three months for your brain chemistry to return to pre-smoking status. Wow!!! No wonder it’s so difficult for people to quit! Surprise! Enter Cream of Tartar. This amazing substance can actually help neutralize and eliminate nicotine from the body, including people that are exposed to second-hand smoke. Bonus: Because it helps to release nicotine from the body, the cravings will dissipate faster so that tobacco habit can finally become a thing of the past! The remedy is so simple: add a ½ teaspoon of Cream of Tartar to a half glass of fresh-squeezed organic orange juice, and drink before bed. Repeat for 30 days for the highest level of success!

Pretty amazing stuff, right??? So one last thought… It’s important to be sure that the Cream of Tartar that you are buying and using is non-gmo and non-irradiated. Wine grapes, the beginning stage of Cream of Tartar, have a reputation of being radically fumigated to eliminate critters and pests, but for the purpose of cleansing our blood stream and promoting health, it is essential that we avoid all pesticides, insecticides and fungicides! This Frontier Co-op product is what I use, and it’s what I recommend until I find something better! You should be able to find it locally, but if not, I have added it to our Living Well Life Amazon storefront for your convenience!

Please let me know if you have ever used Cream of Tartar medicinally, or if you have other fantastic stories to share about this powerful powder! Your experiences can be life-changing for others, and I love reading the wisdom from our Living Well women!


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These Rose-colored Glasses


I was recently at a park, sitting outside on a glorious afternoon, sipping on some lemon tea, enjoying a peaceful time making notes about a new project that I am working on, and two women came along. They sat down nearby, and began complaining about their lives, their husbands, their children, their jobs, their other friends, their homes. They seemed to feed off of each other, appearing to outdo the last comment with something even worse in their own life. It made me sad.

I tried to refocus my attention. I tried to put myself in their shoes. I tried making excuses for their negativity in my head. But in the end, I just left.

I left, and I started thinking. 

As one of God’s servants, what do people hear from my lips? Do I glorify His Kingdom when I am unaware that people are listening? Do I speak positivity into the lives of those I love and cherish?

I will admit it. I am a girl that typically sees the world through rose-colored glasses. I adored my father-in-law, but he would chastise and tease me for being too happy - he claimed that it would only end up disappointing me in the end and he didn’t want me to get hurt. He was the first to tell me that he was not a pessimistic person, he was a realist. I hugged him anyways, knowing that we were different and that was okay. 

He is not alone in his attitude. There are many that think they are preserving themselves by being realists. And maybe that’s true, but then are they truly living?? Are they capable of taking risks, and exploring life and opportunities?? Fear smothers the future, and steals the present. 

I believe that “realism” is pessimism. It makes my spirit bristle when I hear people being negative. God is not negative - He created hope, and faith in the things we can’t see. He knows the depth and desires of my heart, and if it aligns with His Will, He will bless it. I choose to honor and believe those hope-filled words that He shares with us, but I realize that it is not easy to see that light sometimes. 

With the level of chaos and confusion in this world today, it has become more and more difficult to navigate life with an uplifted attitude, but you can start that shift in your personal world. Changing the way you act, respond and process will help change your life. We need to encourage more, and criticize less. We need to see the glorious leaves rather than the raking that needs to be done. We need to watch the children play without seeing the dirt on their faces. There is good and bad in everything, and it is truly about where you direct your attention. It’s our perspective that creates our reality. 

I found an article about negativity a while back and was fascinated by it. I love to systematize and categorize everything, so I appreciated the breakdown on this subject. The article discussed how complaining rewires your brain for negativity based on these three types of complainers:

1. Venters: this is a dissatisfied person who is not interested in hearing any solutions to help them
2. Sympathy seekers: they believe they’ve got it worse than everyone else and look for others to comfort them
3. Chronic complainers: these people live in a constant state of complaint, complaining about the same thing over and over, and finding new things to complain about whenever necessary, blamers fall into this category. Those that can not <or will not> accept responsibility for their choices and their actions.

The article went on to explain that whenever we complain, thousands of neurons are triggered and form a neural network. The mind then finds it easier to follow this established network when reacting to everyday life. WHOA! Did you get that???? The more we complain, the more there is to complain about! So if we are looking to create a brighter perspective, it’s essential that we catch ourselves before we begin to complain, whine or lament, so that the negativity network short circuits and collapses, and we can establish a new thought life, one beautiful moment at a time!

1. Be grateful, it doesn’t matter what you’re grateful for, it can be anything. Write a list of 5 things per day - journal it, so that you can go back and watch your own progress. Practice this to create a brand new network for pleasant feelings and start to live a happier life.
2. I recently learned from Sonia Choquette about one of our superpowers: imagination. It's simple. Pretend you are one of Leonardo DaVinci’s students. They were required to say no less than 100 “I wonder” statements that would activate their imagination, and create an abundance of gratitude for the world and the people in it. For example, “I wonder why the sky is blue.” “I wonder why flowers don’t all smell the same.” “ I wonder how many colors there are in the universe.” You get the idea. This is also something that can be added to the dinner conversation, or when you are out with friends.
3. Rise with the day, and say out loud, ‘I choose to see the good, and talk about what’s best.”
4. Keep the TV off, and avoid the news. Trust me when I say that if there’s something vitally important for you to know about - you will know about it, but you don’t need to listen to the same sad, scary, fearful, horrific news reports over and over again. 
5. Schedule a Living Well Transformation Session with one of our specialists to identify and release trapped negative emotions, and establish positive core beliefs!

And, in case of emergencies, find some rose-colored glasses!

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If it's killing them, it's killing you!

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Want to know how to recognize your toxin-free neighbors? 

These beautiful yellow flowers! The ones that society thinks are a nuisance that punctuate our green lawns with a brilliant burst of sunshine!! 

It’s funny, well not funny, but eye-opening about marketing and how big business has swayed our opinion of what’s acceptable and what’s not acceptable! We see it everywhere, but in this case, our choices can mean life or death. 

Here’s the thing: If it’s killing weeds, then its killing you. Glyphosates, the active ingredient in Round-up, shows up on my client’s Zyto reports, 9 times out of 10, usually along with a burdened liver, and other health concerns. It becomes the perfect opportunity to share new information. Unless you are as fortunate as I am - and grew up with a mom, who started an organic lawn care company almost 30 years ago - someone WAY ahead of her time, then most people don’t realize the detrimental effect that these chemicals have on our health and our lives.

“Eh, it can’t be that bad”… well, that’s exactly what Monsanto would like you to believe, and they have the money to influence what you see and what you read.

So how bad is it?? Horrific congenital birth defects or miscarriage, high rates of all cancers, autism, ADHD, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, MS, liver disease are all some of the devastating health problems that are reported due to exposure, even in small amounts.

And there’s this too… the chemical companies only have to test for the “active” ingredient, but the ones that are deemed inert, the secret ones, do NOT have to be tested OR identified! These inert ingredients are the ones that bring that poison into the cells of the plants. They are designed to penetrate quickly and effectively to kill those things that it contacts. 100 MILLION pounds of this poison saturate our lawns and our farms each and every year! Breathing this, walking on this, and eating the foods that have been sprayed with this are not only destroying our planet, but it’s compromising our lives, our children’s lives and our pets' lives! So, how can we escape it??

  1. Make the personal choice to STOP using chemicals in your yard and garden, and encourage your neighbors to do the same! Create a toxin-fee zone! 
  2. Eat organic, non-GMO foods, including meats and eggs. Remember, if the animal eats poison, then you are consuming second hand poison. Some researchers say the concentration of these chemicals in the meat is worse than being exposed to it on fruits and vegetables! So be picky!! 
  3. Keep learning more, and sharing what you learn with those around you! Nurture the earth and nurture a healthy life!
  4. If you know someone that could benefit from this information, invite them to our Living Well Life group:, or share the blog post with the ones you care about most!  

Let’s embrace the dandelion and make this year’s Earth Day the best one ever!! 



Q: Is it okay to use Truvia as a sweetener?

A: Absolutely NOT. (But only if eliminating toxins from your life is a high priority.)

Truvia is stevia “extract”, also known as rebiana, mixed with erythritol, a sugar alcohol, and the dreaded “natural flavors”. Erythritol has mixed reviews as a sweetener, but I have clients that have reactions that include stomach pains, and bloating, so whenever possible, I encourage people to avoid it. “Natural flavors” is the disguise used for soooooo many chemical additives including MSG, which is a known neurotoxin, responsible for headaches, mood changes, dizziness and ringing in the ears.... just a few of the negative side effects from ingesting it. 

If you are looking for a toxin-free sweetener, we recommend local honey and Sweet Leaf organic stevia to our clients that want to do better!



A Piece of the Health Care Puzzle


A Piece of the Health Care Puzzle

What originally drew me into chiropractic was knowing that I would be able to help many people. Particularly, the people who had been written off by other industries. I remember very distinctly when I started school that I couldn't wait for my first miracle case as a practicing doctor. 

Everyday people defy odds. Their stories of perseverance and willingness to take charge of their health inspire others to do the same. These individuals go on living despite the 6 months to go prognosis and not only do they go on living but they typically find a renewed purpose and end up doing amazing things with their life. I guess that's what happens once you know what it is like to operate with no guarantee for tomorrow.  

A nice perk to being a chiropractor is that we get to see this rare type of person on a routine basis. A not-so-nice anti-perk to being a chiropractor is knowing how many potential "rare" people are suffering because they don't know you exist to help them. 

Once I graduated and began actual patient care I'd sporadically get to help someone with multiple sclerosis, trigeminal neuralgia, Parkinson's, Meniere's Disease or epilepsy. And they'd get better. Inevitably, I'd get all amped up and go running to the neurologists in the area to tell them about my theories as to why I thought these kids were getting better after having uncontrollable seizures. 

40% of those with epilepsy have uncontrolled seizures even with prescription meds and often dangerous and debilitating surgery is the next step. Even knowing the statistics, not one referral ever came from any of the neurologists. 

The patients I'd see with neurological disorders were the ones who performed their own research and came to see us. Or they were a friend of a friend of someone we had helped. 

Once I adjusted a kid who had nocturnal enuresis (bed-wetting). He was almost a teenager and when he came to see us he had back pain. The parents never even told us he wet the bed (which by the way is typically a neurological condition that can be helped without drugging your child and should get no ridicule from anyone about the issue). Anyways, they came from over an hour and a half away and did so quite consistently until we got his structure stabilized. One day the mom pulls me out into the hallway to ask if this could help with bed wetting. As a result of one kid's back pain, our office has almost single-handedly wiped out nocturnal enuresis for an entire Midwestern farming community as the referrals came flooding in with children who wet the bed. 

Where was the excitement out of the foundations and support groups for epilepsy & MS? Why do none of the websites have upper cervical care listed as a possible "alternative treatment"? Why are people told that drastic surgical procedures are their only hope when medication fails? 

About two days ago during a new patient consultation a lady says to me,

"my doctor warned me not to see you because you aren't a real doctor."

There are a host of reasons as to why this type of rhetoric is so prevalent and I will discuss these in detail in our upcoming podcasts and blog posts. None the less, I was impressed that I didn't get pissed-off by taking it personally. I think I laughed in earnest.  It was either that or get incredibly sad knowing enough people with power & influence still agree with her "real" doctor, not to my detriment- but to the people out there with neurological disorders. Especially to the people who aren't responding to one industry's treatment and therefore told there is no hope. 

I am by no means saying we have all the answers. On the contrary, I am willing to admit we do not (unlike some). But here is what I do know- The human body has far more potential to heal when it has a spine that allows for unimpeded nerve, blood, lymphatic and spinal fluid flow. The quicker people realize this the better chance they have to heal if they are unwell. 

By treating only the misaligned spine we often see some incredible results.  We also add in a little "real" doctoring where we spend time getting to know our patients and help them in other areas that could be holding them back from achieving their full potential. 

If you're reading this and you're one of the people with little to no hope and you haven't explored the treatment of subluxation, then I would highly recommend it. Know that the goal is not simply to get rid of 'XYZ' disease, but to get truly healthy and that requires more than the effort of any one doctor. It requires your commitment to improving all areas of your well-being, including the spine that houses your central nervous system, a rather large and enigmatic missing piece of the health care puzzle.

-In Health, 

Dr. Andrew R. Burns 




Actions & Consequences: 5 steps to a living well body


Actions & Consequences: 5 steps to a living well body

One of the biggest health challenges that we face as a nation is chronic inflammation throughout the body. Each one of us manifests those challenges in different ways, but MANY times the underlying cause of the dis-ease is inflammation due to bio-burden, and lifestyle choices.

The pathology of inflammation is complex. But let’s examine it simply.

Think about what happens when you get a bruise, or twist your ankle, or get a cold. The body instantaneously releases extra fluid and blood to oxygenate the tissue to support the affected area, and the immune system sends it’s fighter cells to ward off infection. This is an important and necessary part of healing. You can see the swelling, you can feel the discomfort and you realize exactly what’s happening to your body. It doesn’t feel good, but you understand it, and it’s temporary.

The challenge arises when this inflammatory condition becomes lingering and persistent AND internal. You begin having unexplained aches and pains, upset stomach, diarrhea, headaches, blood sugar imbalance, irregular heart function, and you become concerned - rightly so. Internal tissue becomes inflamed due to the same physiological response as a bruised shin. The difference is that we don’t see the damage, and it’s usually not due to a physical injury.

This modern epidemic of chronic, low-grade inflammation destroys the balance in the body and the tools that are typically used become ineffective in combating the inflammation, and disease and aging are manifested. This process is implicated in a multitude of health issues, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Crohn’s Disease, Grave’s and Hashimoto disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Type II diabetes, many other autoimmune disease, hormone disruption, cardiovascular malfunction, susceptibility to bacterial, viral, and fungal infections, among so many others.

The GOOD news is that if we change our lifestyle choices, then we change the outcome. It’s a matter of actions and consequences - a simple concept that we used as foundational training for the girls as they were growing up. It created an environment where Terry and I weren’t the bad guys - we were simply the enforcers of the rules. If you choose to be selfish, then a time-out is the result. If you choose to sneak out of the house at midnight, then the result is 3 months without a car, phone or privileges. (Yes, this happened!) :) It’s the same with our health choices. If we choose to eat that Whopper, then acid reflux, insulin resistance, clogged arteries, and greasy skin are the result. If we choose to eat that baby kale salad with olive oil-roasted beets, carrots and onions, seasoned with rosemary and thyme, and served with a handful of walnuts and wild blueberries, then the result is sustained energy, soft, clear skin, better eye sight, an immune boost, and a restorative night’s sleep.

We need to be proactive and make educated choices, so the body can reduce inflammation, reverse the disease process, and revitalize function throughout the entire system. This concept can be your reality. Here’s how.

5 Vitalizing Steps to combat chronic inflammation, disease, and discomfort, AND reduce the signs of aging:

1. Avoid trigger foods such as sugar, soy, all GMO grains including wheat, corn, oats, etc, commercial dairy, all packaged foods, and other specific items that have caused known allergic reactions in your family. For some people, eating peanuts will trigger a headache, so avoid those foods that you know don’t make you feel well.

2. Establish a new beauty routine with toxin-free products such as Crunchi, and Balm skincare, or HollyBeth Organics to eliminate endocrine imbalance which can produce reproductive inflammation - like polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, and exacerbate menopausal symptoms.

3. Eliminate toxicity throughout your home with safe swaps. Email for a comprehensive master list of better choices called “The Living Well List of Toxin-free Alternatives”. AND minimize chemical exposure by purchasing only organic fruits, vegetables and foods.

4. Create a balanced physical, emotional and spiritual environment - stress of all types creates inflammation as your adrenal glands send extra cortisol and epinephrine to combat the perceived (or real) threat to the body. These next steps will help to reduce that biofilm: Prioritize your nervous system care plan for restorative results, move more - park a little further, and take the stairs if possible, nurture live plants in your home to naturally clean the air, maintain a schedule to identify and release trapped emotions with a body code specialist, and stay connected with the Creator through His Word, prayer, and up-lifting music in your home and automobile.

5. Eat foods daily that help to reduce inflammation, like several cups of leafy greens, 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric in your Veg-E Pro smoothie, 1/2 cup wild Maine blueberries, grass-fed beef, wild-caught salmon, olive oil, sweet potatoes, 1/4 cup organic walnuts, and 3 cups of Fresh Ginger Root Tea using the recipe below.



I use this special recipe integrated into most of the personalized protocols and dietary guidelines that we create for our clients. They experience excellent improvement with consistent use. This also becomes a base for combining other energy-tested herbs, like red clover, milk thistle, or rose hips to further enhance the healing response.


1 large (size of your hand) piece of organic ginger root, peeled

4 quarts of filtered water

Local honey


Cut the ginger root into 1/4 inch slices and add to a pot with 4 quarts of water. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat off and let it steep for 30 minutes. You can have your first cup at this point. Strain some of the liquid, add up to two tablespoons of honey (less if you can) and sip on it for 15 minutes or so. Store the remaining tea in a glass container with the gingerroot pieces in it. Refrigerate. Drink at least 3 cups per day for the most benefit.

I encourage you to put these 5 Vitalizing Steps to work for you today, and watch your system transform into a balanced, functional and living well body!


The Breath of Life


The Breath of Life

A little girl was born in a hospital in metro Atlanta. She had developed normally in the womb and all the ultrasounds and prenatal tests provided showed the uninhibited development of a normal baby girl. Her family and her siblings were excited to add to their growing family. The parents and the children were all chiropractic patients. Everything seemed just fine leading up to the moment when the little girl was finally born but one major complication existed. She was unable to take her first breath.

Immediately she was hooked up to a ventilator and ushered off to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). All the latest and greatest technologies were applied but no answers could be found. She was seen by specialists, clergy, and her family was in constant prayer. Why couldn’t this little girl breath?

A month passed by and the hospital bills continued to pile up all while the family’s hope was dwindling. Late one night the mother contacted their family chiropractor. She was sobbing while trying to explain their circumstances. She continued to cry as she told him how the delivery seemed normal but that her daughter was blue when she came out due to a lack of oxygen and she had failed to ever take her very first breath. After some coaxing by the NICU pediatrician, they had reached a decision as a family that if she was still unable to breathe on her own by the next morning that they were going to give permission to unhook the ventilator and allow her to pass away. As a last-ditch effort the mom wanted her chiropractor to examine her daughter before this occurred.

The chiropractor explained that he could not simply walk into a NICU and adjust a baby hooked up to a ventilator. If someone from the hospital saw him doing this he could get into trouble and possibly even lose his license but after hearing the critical tone of the mother and her pleading, he reluctantly agreed.

It was a little after 3 in the morning when he finally reached the NICU. As he reached down and felt the little girl’s neck he knew right away something wasn’t right. In his own words, “anyone with even a basic level of understanding of anatomy should have been able to tell this girl’s atlas (top vertebra) was way out of place.” With the family huddled around to block the view of the nurses he gently adjusted her atlas back into alignment. Before he could even remove his hands from her tiny neck the little girl let out the most beautiful cry the family or he had ever heard. Breath at last!

My first son had a similar experience, albeit of lesser severity. When he was born, he had engaged down in the pelvis with both hands up by his face which was unknown to us, the midwives and even the doctors. One progression lead to another and in the end an emergency C-section was performed. Breathing was difficult for him at first. Amniotic fluid is typically expelled from the lungs while being compressed through the birthing canal. He didn’t have that luxury so his little body was tasked with absorbing it through the lungs.

We were living in Atlanta at the time and I hadn’t even taken my first chiropractic class when he was born. I felt helpless. I stayed with him day and night only to leave when I was kicked out of the NICU every morning from 4 to 4:15 while the nurses switched shifts and received their daily briefing. A feeding tube was placed into his nose and every day I watched him yank it out. As a new dad, I was excited to see his unwillingness to submit and eventually the nurse gave up. Hawk 1, NICU nurse, 0.

I gave specific instructions to the pediatrician to clear all tests with me prior to any being performed. One time after the 15 minutes that I was made to leave the room, I came back in to see a Band-Aid on his tiny little heal. A rather loud and intimate conversation was then had between the pediatrician and myself. No tests and no procedures were to be done WITHOUT MY CONSENT. I think he took the warning.

It took almost 3 days after his birth for his papaw to finally make it south from Ohio to see his first grandchild. Being a seasoned chiropractor, I was glad he could finally get his hands on my son to see if any subluxations were present. Within two hours the monitors that displayed his respiration began normalizing and he was dismissed from NICU.

How can the misalignment of the top vertebra effect breathing to such a great extent?  

The answer lies in the brainstem. The medulla and the pons, a portion of the brainstem house the control centers for breathing. Space is already at a premium in the neck so if anything is out of order, things can get a little cramped. Throw in the fact that there is coupled motion of the skull, C1, and C2 and it becomes obvious how a slight correction properly made to C1 can save an infant’s life or allow my son to go home from the NICU.

I recently started taking care of a child in our office who has asthma. This is not the exact same mechanism as described above but the results have been no less profound. After dealing with asthma attacks 3x per week, he has only had one attack since starting care, which occurred two nights after his first adjustment. He has been asthma free ever since. He is hardly an isolated case. Our office and many other chiropractic clinics across this huge globe see people of all ages recover from asthma among other respiratory issues on a routine basis.

I am one person. Just one individual out of 6.5 billion people who call Earth home. If I know this many people who have had such wonderful success after being adjusted, how many infants out there have been allowed to pass away without a chiropractic examination? How many were written off as deeply flawed or unable to survive and simply unplugged?

The number is likely far less than those kids who grow up with all types of health issues. You know the ones. The kids who have coughs that last for 6 months. The ones who every time you turn around they are sick. The ones getting tubes put in their ears. The kids who deal with autoimmune issues and are constantly being pumped full of antibiotics while never actually being cured. The kids who start getting body parts removed because they are told they are malfunctioning. Who needs tonsils and adenoids anyways? (Side note: These are not just for show. They protect you from infections!) These are usually the kids who have had a traumatic birthing experience or have had other types of injuries along the way. If your child fits this bill then they should be under chiropractic care. You’ll be astounded by the progress they make in terms of their overall health and well-being!

-In Health,

Dr. Andrew R. Burns




Poison Control: 30 different names for the same toxin

Did you know that there is a particular food additive that is causing families to experience symptoms such as: obesity, eye damage, headaches, fatigue, disorientation, depression and/or numbness, burning, tingling, facial pressure, chest pain, nausea, rapid heartbeat, drowsiness, or weakness?? It is in almost EVERY processed food available on the market… frozen, fresh, canned, and most restaurant food, and it can lead to learning disabilities, early on-set Alzheimers, and Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Without going into excess detail, suffice it to say that this food additive, MSG, is an excitotoxin meant to stimulate the cells of the system to the point of damage and death of those cells, triggering adverse reactions throughout the body, like the ones mentioned above. 

So here's the thing.... manufacturers know that consumers are doing research, reading labels, becoming educated, and are smarter than ever before! And this is the part that gets me.... instead of just removing this toxin from foods and other products, in an effort to mislead and misguide us, they have created more than 30 different names or ways to disguise this poison called Monosodium Glutamate <MSG>. 

Did you catch that I referred to it as a “food additive” in the first paragraph? That’s the way it started out... as a search for the fifth taste receptor - "savory", to join sweet, bitter, sour, and salty. They began with a pure solution of seaweed and water, but then took it to the laboratory where it could be patented and sold. That company, Ajinomoto, who began manufacturing MSG in the early 1900’s is now a pharmaceutical company along with it’s on-going production of monosodium glutamate. 

This is where it gets personal. Literally. MSG is no longer used solely in foods - it is also in your personal care items… shampoos, conditioners, lotions, toothpaste, cosmetics, medications, etc. We already know that it only takes 26 seconds for those toxins to enter our bloodstream from the skin, and I feel certain that it why even the most diligent label detectives continue to have issues with MSG or food additive toxicity that are creating many of the underlying health challenges that we are faced with today. Does this shock you as much as it does me???

Attached is a comprehensive list from Dr. Mercola for easy reference. For those that would like more information, we've also created a printable guide based on the website, To receive a copy, please email


As we seek answers to difficult health questions, it’s more important than ever to find trustworthy companies willing to disclose all ingredients, AND ingredients within ingredients, so that truth will be revealed, and we can make smart and conscious choices for both inside and out.



Seeds & Germs


I just discovered these little fellas growing in one of our recently dead summer flower pots! They're actually hearty after last night's frost. The fascinating thing is, we don't have a vegetable garden. Never have. (I'm not proud of that, but it's true)

Apparently, and I'm no agronomist, but the seeds for these peppers found their way into conditions that foster the growth and proliferation of peppers from seed to fruit. Maybe someone tossed them in from their plate after a summer meal on the deck. Perhaps birds "dropped " them in while flying the friendly skies. I have no idea! It's a miracle!

It's also a wonderful reminder of how nature works. Seed, soil, sunshine and rain. Very specific conditions for this outcome. If seeds had fallen on the deck a few inches peppers. Too much or too little peppers. Soil too acidic/sandy/ peppers. No peppers. 

All this to say...germs are just like seeds. They need very specific conditions to thrive. Don't provide the conditions and... no cough/cold/fever/flu. Even though someone in the same house might be 'sick'. If the germ theory were accurate, it wouldn't be called a theory. Know that the same intelligence that created seeds and germs created you. Know, too, that your body is geared to thrive if you provide it the right conditions. 

Just do that. 



Love Unfiltered...


Terry and I took a quick trip to Sanibel Island with some family and friends last weekend. As usual, I brought a bag of wet nondescript sand from the beach for my collection from around the world. I always bake it for an hour when I get home to eliminate any parasites or other stowaways that may have traveled with us, and it was no different with this batch. I tucked those saturated gray crumbles into the oven and an hour later removed a beautiful array of tiny shells and sparkling sand. My eyes were instantly drawn to this delicate iridescent piece… mother-of-pearl. I used to collect buckets and buckets of these treasures on the sand bars off the coast of Cape Cod when I was a little girl. I was mesmerized by them, and would add them to my over-flowing jars when the summer was over. I never realized the deep emotional impact they had on my life until relatively recently.

Part of the work that I do at Living Well Spine Center is called The Body Code, and it is a technique used to identify and release trapped emotions. Part of that process sometimes involves a heart-wall. In the holistic sense, a heart-wall refers to the barrier of emotional energy you build up subconsciously to protect yourself from heartache and heartbreak. As you age and are exposed to new hurts and pain, the heart-wall expands as well.

After my first exposure to Body Code work, I became a client to learn more about it and my own trapped emotions. I was feeling overwhelmed and stressed at the time and was experiencing physical challenges like high blood pressure and unexplained pain throughout my body. My heart-wall was identified in the first session, so I was educated about what it was and what to do about it. The practitioner explained that it can be any size and it can be made out of anything. In my own practice, we’ve seen heart walls made out of plastic toy trucks, concrete, sapphires, steel, vinyl record albums, clear glass, and many other unique substances - it can literally be anything that the subconscious connects to. Through muscle testing, the practitioner was able to determine that I had a 3 mile heart wall created from mother-of-pearl. I was shocked as she revealed that information to me. I hadn’t told her my affinity for these beautiful artifacts of the sea, but through the testing process she was able to identify it perfectly and I resonated with it completely. We then went through the process of identifying the actual negative emotions that were holding me back from sending and receiving love in the purest form possible until the heart-wall was dissolved.

Seeing these beautiful fragments of mother-of-pearl this weekend reminded me of how my emotional health has improved and the stress in my life has been minimized because of the elimination of my own heart wall. If you struggle with connecting to people - if you feel as though you are filtering your love through negativity, or have a difficult time receiving someone else’s love, if you have unexplained sadness or depression, if you have physical aches and pains that have been unidentified, then you may have a heart wall too. If you’d like information on how to break down this barrier or are looking for health direction or increased balance in your life, we can help.



Chewed up.


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:

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:'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.