The top 10 things successful people do in the summer to get and stay healthy in the Okanagan; Episode 3

The top 10 things successful people do in the summer to get and stay healthy in the Okanagan; Episode 3


If you’ve been watching our Top 10 List videos, or reading our blog posts, you’ll know that we’ve produced 2 previous episodes in our Top 10 list of what successful people do in the summer to stay healthy in the Okanagan.

Congrats for sticking with us and if you haven’t been privy to episode 1 and 2 then just poke around our Facebook page or our You Tube Channel or take a look HERE for episode 1 or HERE for episode 2

Today we’re going to count down from #4 to #1 so I hope you’re ready to get motivated because we’re shooting for 100+ years of age in great health.

#4 Manage your sleep better.

It’s tempting to stay up later with our longer days so if we do find ourselves out past our bed time on a consistent basis during the summer than something needs to give.

Depriving ourselves of 7.5 to 8.5 hours of sleep a night may seem fine but long term health studies show those who rob themselves of sleep over long stretches of time open themselves up to more disease and an early death.

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The “warrior mentality” is bad for your long term health. Don’t do it, even if you think you can get away with it.

The healthiest people in our community may have the odd late night with friends or watch some summertime fireworks, but they are quick to get back into routine and get recharged and refreshed with regular and full sleep cycles.

#3 Exchange your second cup of coffee for something different.

Hey, I love a good cup of coffee more than I should but keeping it to just one a day is the key to enjoy your “cup of joe” without it eroding your long term health.

A good substitute would be green tea if you’re looking for a warm pick me up in the afternoon and a great strategy that I’ve adopted is stoping in at a place like Glow Juicery for a fresh pressed juice for my afternoon pick me up.

Yes it comes with a price tag but it’s not every day and the energy boost you get from healthy things like green teas and fresh pressed juices will keep you coming back for more.

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Green tea and fresh pressed juices won’t derail your adrenal’s like the supercharged caffeinated drinks or sugar laden specialty drinks from your neighbourhood java dealer:) Get your fix in the morning and stick with a healthier, healing option in the afternoon.

#2 The healthiest people in our community actually double their efforts to get to the gym

It seems counterintuitive to head inside for a workout when the weather is incredible but you will find the healthiest people in our community are actually getting an extra workout in every week or two.

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The extra glass of wine in the evening, or the specialty bread with fabulous cheese with your summer visitors will add up by the Labor Day weekend. The healthiest people in our community adjust their energy output to match.

It doesn’t need to be a lot but it does need to mirror our extra dining adventures in the summer in the Okanagan.

And finally. . . .

The #1 thing the healthiest people in our community do to get and stay healthy in the summer is that they absolutely stay on track with their health care team.

As far as their chiro appointments, they stick to their schedule based on their diagnosis and if they are away for an extended period they either stack some adjustments before they go so they are in great shape when they are on holiday, or they are quick to make them up when they are back so they get their momentum back on track.

Healthy people know that when they are the busiest, their adjustments have the most impact. It is not a time to back off, in fact it’s the complete opposite they lean in so they can do more.

They also keep on track with their RMT and their muscle work to ensure all the increased summer activity doesn’t leave them beat up in September.

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Successful people who are healthy keep the right things going all summer long.

And yes, I don’t mind stating the obvious. The healthiest people in our community are under regular chiropractic care because today’s chiropractic looks after the most important structure in the body, the brain, brain stem and spinal cord.

So if you are expecting to live a long and healthy life and ignore your nerve system then I’m afraid you’re going to be really disappointed. On the other hand, if you are looking for strategies to build and sustain health then you really need to take a closer look at todays chiropractic and what it has to offer.

And if you’re interested in truly upgrading your health then give Lighthouse Chiropractic and Integrative Health a call.

I am confident if you are looking for an accurate diagnosis, a team that puts your needs first, and won’t waste your time then you’ll be happy here.

The people that are attracted to Lighthouse understand that you need to invest in your health long term and are looking for doctors who are willing to build relationship on mutual trust and respect.

You can connect with us through the details at the end of this video, and if you liked what you heard it would be great if you could give our video a like, share it with your friends and generally help us get the word out. The more healthy and vibrant people we have in our community the better. Let’s do our best to empty out the hospital!

Thanks and I’ll talk to you soon,

Dr. J

The top 10 things people do in the summer to get and stay healthy; Episode 2

The top 10 things people do in the summer to get and stay healthy; Episode 2

What is in Episode 2?

The other day I shared with you 3 strategies that successful people use in the summer to get and stay healthy. Today’s episode will focus on our next 3 tips in our top 10 list. So without any further delay let’s keep this top 10 list going.

#7 Drink more water and add a special ingredient

It makes sense to drink more water in the summer but did you know that about every third glass or bottle of water should contain electrolytes?

When we sweat, we sweat out more than water and if your electrolytes become imbalanced then our body can stiffen up, get weaker and even confuse the cardio vascular system.

I am not a fan of sugary sports drinks that market themselves as sports nutrition, when it comes to electrolytes, you get what you pay for. I personally use a product from Hammer Nutrition for my electrolyte needs — but simply adding a pinch of sea salt to your bottle is enough to do the trick for most people.

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Yes it does add a bit of taste to the water but remember it’s only every 3rd or 4th bottle.

One of the classic signs that you’re electrolyte balance is off, especially magnesium, is leg cramps or spasms at night. So follow this tip and it will really help you out.

#6 Fat’s are where it’s at.

Don’t forget to keep the fish oil and MCT (coconut oil) flowing during the summer.

Our culture had demonized fat’s. Grains are the real issue. 4-5 grams of a good quality fish oil and at least a tablespoon of coconut oil each day will keep your brain functioning better and protect you from a host of degenerative conditions.

If you want more on that then start watching my webinars that we have on our Lighthouse webinar page. Whither it’s heart disease, Alzheimer’s or our nutrition webinars, you will hear the real science behind healthy fats and it will radically change your opinion on how much fat, and the types of fats you should be consuming.

#5 Vitamin D is just not for January and February

The healthiest people in our community continue with 4-5 drops of Vitamin D3 each day, all year long.

Yes, you can probably get away with dropping the Vitamin D over the summer but the science is clear, this hormone like Vitamin does so many good things to our body that it’s likely better just to keep on taking it over the summer.

Our skin makes Vitamin D when we are exposed to the sun but with so many people avoiding the sun or sensitive to the sun, as Canadian’s, we’re likely not getting enough sun exposure to replenish what our longer winters and cloudy day’s take away.

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The science is incredibly bad for people who are Vitamin D deficient, and incredibly encouraging for those of us who are taking daily Vitamin D.

**2019 Research Update

In a study on the link between Vitamin D deficiency with Multiple Sclerosis, researchers found little to no side effects in subjects taking 10,000 IU to 40,000 IU for up to 5 months.

Second installment wrap up

So that’s our second installment of the top 10 things people do in the summer to get and stay healthy.

What to do next?

And if you’re interested in really upgrading your health then give Lighthouse Chiropractic and Integrative Health in Kelowna a call.

I’m confident if you are looking for an accurate diagnosis, a team that puts your needs first, and won’t waste your time then you’ll be happy here.

The people that are attracted to Lighthouse understand that you need to invest in your health long term and are looking for doctors who are willing to build relationship on mutual trust and respect.

You can connect with us at [email protected] or call the office at (250) 870-9136. Let’s do our best to empty out the hospital!

Thanks and I’ll talk to you soon,

Dr. J

The top 10 things people do in the summer to get and stay healthier; Episode 1

Top 10 things people do to get and stay healthy in the summer

In Kelowna we are blessed with the unofficial nickname, California North, when it comes to our weather.

And this year is no exception. Now that we are through spring, our summer has been incredible.

There are some drawbacks to having some of the best weather in Canada. It attracts a lot of crowds so our city is bursting during the summer and many locals tend to lose their minds once the weather shifts.

People who are otherwise really dialed in when it comes to their health can start doing some really harmful things to their health and long term success.

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So at the request of several of my patients I have decided to put together a top 10 list of what the healthiest people in our community do to stay healthy even when there are distractions all around.

Each blog is going to focus on at least 3 strategies that the most successful people do throughout the summer to ensure that they don’t arrive on Labor Day weekend beat up and exhausted from a free wheeling summer in the Okanagan.

I’m hoping that by reading these blogs you can help yourself and your health care providers ensure you are living a long and healthy life, and that the distractions of the summer don’t derail you.

So here goes, in classic David Letterman format, the top 10 things that successful people do in the summer to get and stay healthy.

#10 Go with the flow

Summer schedules change as quick as the weather. If a friend calls you to head out on the lake or hit the links, then take a minute and reschedule the things that you need to. If it’s a work out, a chiropractic adjustment, basically anything that keeps your health on track, don’t drop it just reschedule it for a different time that same day.

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The same day is important because if you push it off there is a good chance it will get dropped.

#9 Stay connected to other people who are prioritizing their health

Summer is a great time to join a running group, hook up with a group of cyclists at a local bike shop or get in on an open water swim training group. The accountability to a weekly ride, run or swim goes a long way towards keeping you motivated.

You’ll not only meet some great people, make some new friends, it’s a great opportunity to fit something in during your week that you may not have time to do over the winter.

Here’s some suggestions that I have been involved with and would recommend wholeheartedly.

PACE Sports Fitness runs several excellent trail events each year and the coaching is incredible and super positive.

Rides and Runs with Fresh Air in Kelowna is a great start. By far the most encouraging group of cyclists I’ve seen is xelle cycling in Kelowna but sorry guys, this one is for ladies only.

There is also a weekly free 5k Park Run that is supported by Play Kelowna, the Running Room has running groups and even our local Mountain Equipment Co-op has fitness groups.

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Even if you miss a couple of weeks because of holidays, I can guarantee you will do more than if you didn’t sign up for the group.

#8 Keep your nutrition simple

Summer is not the time to radically change your nutrition. Keep to the basics. Eating lean, clean protein, more vegetables than you think, and try to limit the grains. If ever there was a time to enjoy more vegetables, summer is it. We have an abundance of local produce that is showing up at local markets and stores.

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Be sure to take advantage of our Kelowna Farmer’s Market during the summer.

With the increase in outdoor meals and BBQ season, be diligent in lightly grilling some local produce to keep your veggie intake up. Not only will you feel better about your meal, you’ll be building some great habits for the fall. And everyone knows fresh local produce tastes way better than what we have to put up with in February. Take advantage of it while you can.

So there it is, volume 1 of our top 10 things successful people do in the summer to get and stay healthier. Stay tuned for number 7 through 5 in our next episode.

Thanks and I’ll talk to you soon,
Dr. J

Chronic Whiplash Responds To Chiropractic Biophysics Care

Credit Where Credit is Due

 
I want to share right off the top that most of the credit for this blog post should go to two doctors, Dr. Joe Fereantelli and Dr. Deed Harrison.
 
For those of you who are Lighthouse Health chiropractic patients, Dr. Joe is the brains behind the digital posture screen software we use to track your progress in the office.
 
Dr. Deed is the son of the late Dr. Don Harrison. I first studied Chiropractic Biophysics under Dr. Don in 1998. Both Dr. Deed and Dr. Don are (and were) brilliant researchers and I am grateful to them both.
 

Why Whiplash Becomes a Long Term Injury

 
Car accidents are a way of life in most Canadian cities. In fact, this week we had an accident in our family. We were rear ended. It didn’t seem like a big deal but we’re taking it serious.
 
My goal for you at the end of this blog post, is to help you understand why you should take car accidents seriously too.
 

What I See That Gets Missed

 
The most common finding that is getting missed after most car accidents is ligament instability in the neck.
 
With any car impact the force that is absorbed through the neck and upper back can be quite extreme.
 
Even if you don’t see or feel it at the time. Even if there doesn’t seem to be a lot of damage to your car!
 
A proper examination after an accident should include stress x-rays.
 
A properly trained chiropractor will measure a stress x-ray to record any area of the spine that is sliding forward or backwards too far.
 
Over time this will cause early onset osteoarthritis and disc disease.
 
 
If this simple but important test is missing then during rehabilitation the physiotherapist, chiropractor or massage therapist may cause more harm than good.
In the x-ray above the ligaments only allow the spine to move less than 1mm each direction (1mm to 1.7mm at C4/5 and 1.3 to 2.1 at C5/6) so this person is safe to adjust (and prescribe the appropriate strengthening exercises) but if there was more movement between vertebrae we would need to take a far different approach.
Could you imagine if this was not done after an accident and the person just went ahead with care?
 

When This Simple Test Gets Missed Your Neck May Never Heal Properly

 
In a research study on whiplash, Dr. Fereantelli published a case that was mis-managed and almost cost a police man his career.
 
Fortunately, a family friend encouraged this patient to seek help from Dr. Fereantelli and he recovered properly (and quickly).
 
I’ve seen several cases in my career where ligament instability was missed, and years later the patient was still suffering with neck pain, headaches and chronic shoulder and arm pain.
 
This doesn’t need to happen but it does take a chiropractor who will take the time to accurately diagnosis the problem and come up with a game plan that works.
 

Once An Accurate Diagnosis is Discovered

 
Once we know what needs to be done to help you recover from your accident, we also need to factor in what might interfere with your complete recovery.
 
Just because we find damage from your fender bender in your spine, it doesn’t include how your spine looked before your accident.

The Guessing Game

Pre-accident condition is a difficult target. Your insurance adjuster will press you (and your medical team) to deliver an exact date of recovery, but it’s not that simple.
 
If your chiropractor, physiotherapist, massage therapist or lawyer doesn’t know the research, then you can be at risk of being taken advantage of.
 
If that happens you could find yourself in pain 2 years later with a closed case and a pile of medical expenses.
 

Know the Research

 
In a research study in 2002, 100 people still suffering from whiplash 3 months after their accident were compared to the normal population.
 
These patients were measured with an MRI; the gold standard for spinal and neurological diagnosis.
 
98% of the whiplash patients had lost their proper neck curve, compared to 2% in the normal population. 28% of the accident patients had visible disc injuries, compared to 2% of the normal population.
 
If your medical team doesn’t know what “normal” is before you had your accident, how can they communicate to your lawyer or insurance adjuster what came from the accident and what was there before?
 
Another important research paper is a 2001 study where researchers documented on x-ray that 44-46% of whiplash patients also suffer with neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome.
 
Thoracic outlet syndrome can manifest as numbness or tingling in your arm or fingers, pain or aches in your neck, shoulder or hand and weakening grip. In more advanced cases you can even see muscle wasting in the muscles of the thumb on the affected side.
 
If we don’t know this kind of research exists, then conditions caused from your accident are assigned to your “pre-accident condition”.
 
Your medical team needs to know the research.
 

How Do We Manage Your Case Successfully?

 
Start with an accurate diagnosis.
 
From there we need to determine the best plan of attack for your recovery.
 
At Lighthouse we use a collaborative approach. Your chiropractor acts as your primary contact and care giver because we are trained in proper spinal corrective protocols through a very exhaustive training process with Chiropractic BioPhysics NonProfit.
 
You will be responsible for some very specific home based and in office exercises, stretches and blocking exercises. All your recommendations are based on your x-rays, posture and results from several other tests we perform on day one.
 
The majority of our car accident cases will also include a referral to an equally talented physiotherapist or kinesiologist.
 
We also work with massage therapists and any other discipline that will help you recover better and faster.
 
Ethical lawyers love us because we provide accurate and timely reports that help them understand your condition.
 
The more information your legal team has, the better they can represent you and set realistic targets. Targets for both for your recovery and for your settlement with your insurance company.
 

Recovery Takes Time But Not a Lifetime

We understand that your recovery will take time but it shouldn’t take a life time.
 
Our goal is to get you back to work, life and family as soon as possible. Not be stuck in an insurance claim for the rest of your life.
 

Nothing More Frustrating Than People in Pain

 
There is nothing more frustrating for me than sitting down with a new patient and discovering they’ve been suffering for years.
 
Lost time at work, missed family outings and generally feeling horrible is no way to live.
 
Many times it’s because of a missed diagnosis or poor follow through by professionals who should know better.
 
No doctor is perfect, but some of the cases I see are down right unethical and it’s frustrating. And if it’s frustrating for me, imaging how depressing it is for the patient?
 

If You or a Loved One Is Suffering

 
If you’ve been in a car accident and feel like you’re not getting better then we’d love to see if we could help.
 
Our team at Lighthouse will do the necessary tests to see if you are a good candidate for chiropractic corrective care.
 
We also take the time to share with you your results so you can understand what’s involved before we move forward with any kind of care.
 
If you have a loved one who is suffering then please forward this blog post to them, it could transform their life.
 
Yours in Health,
Dr. J
The 5 Concepts that will Completely Crush Cardiovascular Disease.

Heart disease may not keep you up at night but it haunts a lot of Canadian’s because of their family history.

Not quite as scary as cancer, but it’s up there. It’s in the back of people’s minds.

Few families have escaped the rising epidemic of heart disease.

Saying “get some exercise and avoid stress” is not cutting it.

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We need real strategies.

Even more than that, we need strategies that are solid scientifically, that will get you real, lasting results.

Genetics don’t have the final say.

This really hit close to home a few years ago when my dad had a heart attack and required quad bypass surgery.

My family history is definitely slanted towards heart disease BUT I’VE NEVER BELIEVED it had to be the final chapter of the story for any of us.

With that hear attack that belief was stretched to the max. But now that we’re on the other side of this family trauma, I still believe genetics can be overcome.

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That’s why I’ve crafted the “5 concepts” that will completely crush cardiovascular disease.

But before we can get into these 5 keys, we need to deal with the elephant in the room. Genetics.

Aren’t my genetic’s out of my control? 

Many are of the opinion that genetics are unbendable and so they have resolved to just do the best they can and accept their fate.

In my dad’s family, my grandfather had his first heart attack in his early 50’s then proceeded to have 2 more, until finally he passed away in his 60’s.

Grandpa was a businessman, so no doubt he had his fair share of stress and although they ate from “scratch”, it wasn’t always healthy.

In fact, if you looked at his diet compared to what the Canada Food Guide recommends, it wouldn’t be too far off.

He went to his family doctor religiously, followed the standard recommendation; watch your stress, take your medications, stay away from salt and fat and keep on keeping on. The underlying message? Your fate is set, it’s in your genes. Try your best but it still won’t work out for you in the end.

I’m making some assumptions about my grandfather, but I would imagine he knew where his cholesterol was and didn’t eat eggs and butter; you know, all the things that kill you.

But in the end, he died far too young. The last 20 years of his life, my memory as a kid was, it didn’t take much for grandpa to get winded.

The Next Generation

Fast forward to my dad. 71 years of age, playing hockey with his buddies 2-3x per week, he’s training for the BC seniors games. Heart attack on the ice half way through the game. You can watch his story here.

Genetics in action, right?

Mom and dad eat responsibly (but they’re not obsessive about nutrition).

Lots of home cooking, a bit more eating out than the previous generation, not excessive though.

He’s been getting adjusted regularly for as long as I’ve been a chiropractor, going on 20 years now. He takes vitamins (some seasons of life more than others).

So for the last 20 years mom and dad have been doing really well. They exercise a lot and look far younger than their 70+ years.

So if genetics is not set in stone, why would my very own father get hit with a massive heart attack?

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Consequences do catch up to us.

It’s only been the last 2 decades of his life that he’s really worked on his health. I mean for real and with a plan. And the biggest change has been the neurological support today’s chiropractic has given him.

For the first 50 years of my dad’s life, my parents thought their “fate” was in their genetics. Their nutrition was really no different than most other “home cooking” Canadians, they never got adjusted other than a few times for pain and exercised occasionally.

Dad exercised just enough to get in shape for the hockey season.

It makes perfect sense if your genetics are the final chapter. Why bother?

Other than staying out of pain, why work on your health? Especially, if the outcome isn’t going to be any different than working your “hind end” off for years and years?

50 years of Canadian lifestyle will set in motion a fairly predictable outcome.

Where has this left us?

1 out of 2 Canadians will die of heart disease and 1 out of 3 will die from cancer. In fact researchers are saying that our Canadian lifestyle is responsible for upwards of 80% of the current disease we are struggling with. See the research here.

So following the “healthy” recommendations of mainstream nutritionist’s, doctor’s and personal trainers will not get you the life you deserve.

100+Living is not about repeating recommendations you get in popular media or from Health Canada. 100+Living is about looking at our desired outcome and working backwards.

So what’s our desired outcome? Our goal is simply 100+Living.

Living to 100 years, possibly even beyond 100 in great health.

But not just physical health; 100+living is also about loving relationships, incredible attitude and a joy filled, rewarding life.

The 5 Myths we are destroying in the next few blogs are;

1. & 2.  We are completely off the mark when it comes to blaming dietary cholesterol (Myth #1) and saturated fat (Myth #2) for heart disease.

3. Third Myth of Cardiovascular Disease; it’s all about Your Cardiovascular System.

4. Myth #4 is that we’re all physical.

5. Myth #5 is that I can do it alone, the Marlboro Man lives again. . . .

And for each of these blogs I would love to get your input on what you think about these concepts. I believe they can radically transform your life if you implement them. I’d love to hear when and how you are putting them in your lifestyle.

And to learn even more, take the time to register and attend our latest 100+Living Workshop called “Natural Strategies to Build a Healthy Heart; Beat Your Genetics Before They Beat You”.

You can register here.

We’d love to have you join us. We’re always glad to meet another 100+Living enthusiast.

You, Your Teen and Tech Neck

Tech Neck is Epidemic

We have all heard of “tech neck” by now.  We chirp at our teens with their nose buried in their phone “get off your phone and look at me”!  Apple now gives us stats on our screen time with a recent update called Screen Time.
It’s an epidemic.
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As chiropractors, we study and diagnose abnormal curvatures of the spinal column.  A normal, healthy cervical spine has a curve and is aligned with the rest of the spine.
Tech neck causes the neck to lose its curve, causing it to straighten putting pressure and tension on the spinal cord and brain stem.  Sound serious?  It can be devastating!

Technology Neck and Sitting at Work or School

We as chiropractors focus on spinal and neurological correction are concerned with the society’s use of technology and desk jobs.

Both of these activities cause a tremendous amount of slow and steady damage to your spine and neck.
The biggest challenge is that bending over technology or sitting at work or school doesn’t cause pain today.  But it will cause a slow erosion of your posture over time.

More dangerous than a car accident???

I think this type of physical stress on your spine and nerve system can be more damaging than an obvious trauma like a car accident or sports injury.
At least with trauma, people know they are hurt and most people do something about it.
Sitting at work and bending over technology just erodes your spinal and neurological health without you really knowing about it.
Yes, you may have a stiff lower back and neck after you get out of your office chair but usually once you get moving that stiffness goes away.

It’s what You don’t know that hurts you

What also is going on is a reprogramming of your posture centre in your brain and central nerve system.
Your nerve system is un-learning what proper upright posture looks like and this damaging pattern is reinforced with every hour we sit or are curled over our mobile devices.
So even though you are standing, or working out and moving around, your nerve systems dominant pattern is sitting or curled down over your device.
This causes the slow erosion of posture over time, damages the delicate joints of your spine and ultimately will cause chronic pressure on your nerve system.

Even then you may not feel it

And even after that, you may not have any pain at all.
Depending on the type of nerve that is getting hit, you may not feel any discomfort.
Researchers tell us that only 5-7% of the nerves in your body are designed to perceive pain. The rest of the nerves are for functions like digestion, muscle activation, liver function, heartbeat and breathing (this is a long list).
So, hypothetically, you could have over 90% of your nerve system impacted and you still “feel great”.  Obviously that’s not likely, but even if its 20 or 25% of your nerve system impacted you still could be very, very ill AND still feel like you are healthy.

The Power of the Chiropractic Adjustment

Postural and structural corrective chiropractic (specific spinal adjustments) has been shown to improve general health status by 47% in a study of chronic pain patients(1) compared to Celebrex or Vioxx (18%) and acupuncture (15%)

Research like this still leaves me in awe of the ability of the human body to heal.

There is no time in our lives where we can not afford to have a spine and nerve system at 100%. From early development on into our elderly years, our spine and nerve system is the engine that keeps our bodies and brains running.

Today’s structural and posture based chiropractic focuses on returning your posture to it’s best position so you are healing and functioning your best every day, all day.

Schedule a comprehensive chiropractic spinal assessment including digital x rays for you and your family as the first step to combatting Tech Neck!

Talk to you soon,
Dr. J
How much life (and money) is your back pain and neck pain stealing from you?

I recently had a conversation with a friend whose significant other was at home because of back pain.

They determined that for every day she was “off work” it was costing the family budget $200 per day.

Last another friend’s lower back pain spiked the day before putting him off work for at least one day, likely more. That will cost his family several hundred dollars.

Even with my help shortening their recovery time back pain is an expensive imposition for both these families.

It is estimated health care costs in Canada are between 6 and 12 billion dollars a year(1) and in the US the number balloons to 86 billion dollars a year.(2)

And that’s just back and neck pain. Can you imagine what the numbers would be like if we included headaches and sciatica?

Back and Neck Pain Unresolved, Despite Billions Spent.

Researchers from the University of Washington, found that USA’s dramatic rise in costs for the diagnosis and treatment of back and neck problems has not led to expected improvements in patient health (Journal of the American Medical Association).(3)

After adjustment for inflation, total estimated medical costs associated with back and neck pain increased by 65% between 1997 and 2005, to about $86 billion a year.

That’s in line with annual expenditures for major conditions, including cancer, arthritis, and diabetes.

Yet during the same period, patients reported more disability from back and neck pain, including more depression and physical limitations.

“We did not observe improvements in health outcomes commensurate with the increasing costs over time,” lead researcher Brook I. Martin, MPH, and colleagues wrote.

More Money is Not the Solution.

The report went on to explain that 1 in 4 people with back pain see their family physician for advice.

The problem with that is the most common recommendation is still either medication or referral to a specialist.

Even though for almost 25 years chiropractic management has been a much more cost effective strategy than what medicine has offered.(4,5)

What’s the difference between Spinal Manipulation and Chiropractic Adjustment?

Here are some direct quotes from the British Medical Journal article in 1990, when medical management was compared to chiropractic management.

“The trial was not simply a trial of manipulation but of management” as 84% of the hospital-managed patients had manipulations.”

“Chiropractic treatment should be taken seriously by conventional medicine, which means both doctors and physiotherapists.”

Successful management is more than getting the spine to make noise. The cracking and popping sound that so many people associate with spinal care is not an indication of quality of care.

If you “crank” hard enough on a joint you can make a noise.

The key is specificity and accuracy if you want to correct a spinal issue.

Mobility vs. Spinal Correction

Restoring the range of motion in a joint may offer some temporary relief of symptoms on occasion, but to really solve the back and neck pain dilemma we need to get to the root of the problem.

In fact this study even calls manipulation into question as it showed that 84% of the hospitalized patients received spinal manipulation (to restore mobility in the spinal joints).

It may look and sound the same (manipulation and chiropractic adjustment) but it’s very different. A chiropractic adjustment is specific for correction of spinal alignment, not just moving a joint through its range of motion until it makes a noise.

Getting to the root of your problems is the key.

Correcting the postural and structural problem gets the resistance off the nerve system so your body can heal from the inside.

Chiropractic is addressing the spine AND the nerve system on an entirely different level. Here is Dr. Ken discussing a case of purposeful and specific spinal correction (rather than just the effects of spinal manipulation)

What happens when you fix the posture on the inside?

The biggest reason you have pain is because the spine and posture has shifted and now is causing pressure on the nerves, ligaments and surrounding tissue in your back and neck.

If the pressure is there long enough it will evolve into headaches, sciatica or neuropathy.

By specifically addressing the posture and correcting the structure then your body starts to heal. First through the nerve system then through strengthening the new, corrected posture.

That’s the key difference with proper chiropractic management.

The goal is to release the nerve system to do the healing from the inside, not to try and manipulate the joints in hopes of just a return of motion.

Getting your body healing is different than just getting your body moving.

Those differences may seem subtle, but it is the difference between success or failure in beating your lower back and neck pain. And more importantly, keeping it away even though you continue to sit at your computer, lift at work and experience daily stress.

Take the time to educate yourself on today’s Chiropractic.

I know the dominate world view is still drugs or surgery BUT I am hoping that people will read the available research and make a wise choice to think differently.

I’ve helped thousands of people beat their pain and correct their posture and I know there are chiropractors in your community doing the same thing.

What ever prejudice or fear you have, I encourage you to put it aside and educate yourself about today’s chiropractic. You’ll be glad you did.

Not only will it help you beat your back and neck pain, it will limit your time off work because of pain and keep more in your bank account.

This is defiantly one of those investments that when you spend some money fixing your posture, it will come back to you in better health and cost savings down the road.

Don’t be like the average Canadian that spends more time and money fixing and maintaining their car then they do their bodies.

You can replace your car, but once your body is broken beyond repair you’re stuck.

What you can do from here.

If you are having trouble finding a chiropractor in your area that specializes in postural correction then connect with us.

Connect with us through our contact page or call our office (250-870-9136) and we’ll try our best to connect you with a chiropractor in your area that does corrective work.

I really believe that your best health and lifestyle mentor is a great chiropractor.

For 120 years our profession has lead the way in common sense health solutions. And because we’re educated as a doctor we see the landscape very differently than just a therapist or a general practitioner (like the British Journal of Medicine found out in 1990).

A more complete picture.

Not to say there are not great therapists out there AND not so great chiropractors BUT as a general rule because of a chiropractors extensive education and knowledge of pathology, neurology, and whole body physiology you’re likely to get a more complete picture of what you can do to take control of your health.

Again, I’d love to hear your stories and your experience with what we’ve talked about, your comments are what make this a dialogue and a learning experience for all.

So until next time, remember posture and neurology matters; and it’s a key in great health.

 

  1. http://boneandjointcanada.com/low-back-pain/
  2. http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/news/20080212/86-billion-spent-on-back-neck-pain
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4381435/
  4. The Lancet editorial review the June 2,1990 British Medical Journal article by Meade: Low back pain of mechanical origin: randomized comparison of chiropractic and hospital outpatient treatment.
  5. Low back pain of mechanical origin: randomised comparison of chiropractic and hospital outpatient treatment.
Some good news; Genes don’t dictate disease, you do. And here is the science to prove it.

A recent research article in the Journal of Nature and Human Behaviour has pressed the pause button on some popular genetic myths.

Taking a Look at Obesity

Genes don’t dictate your future as much as popular thought would have us believe.

Genetic Testing

With the availability of genetic testing like 23andme, ancestry.ca and livingDNA we have more access to our genetic hardwiring than ever before.

This may be interesting when we are tracing our family roots, but when taken out of context it can cause unnecessary stress and anxiety.

Science Magazine Articles are not Helping

Popular science publications don’t help when they write article titles about what genetics are telling us about disease.

That “catchy title” may get a lot of clicks to help with website placement on Google but the average person isn’t reading the entire article. If you did read the entire article, you would find the “Harvard educated doctor” also states that genetics are not the only indicator of disease.

What Does this Recent Research Say?

I wanted to break down the science that I mentioned right off the top in this post.

In the December issue of the Journal of Nature and Human Behaviour Stanford researchers looked at two genes that have been linked to obesity and exercise.

The researchers took a group of people with the “obesity” gene and asked them how they full they felt after a meal. They then measured the level of blood leptin in these people after that meal.

Leptin

Leptin is a hormone associated with feeling full after a meal. This feeling is a strong long term psychological indicator of obesity.

The Results of the Research Project

The results were about the same for people genetically prone to obesity and those who weren’t after the meal.

The next week the same people went through the exact same process. This time half the group was told they had the gene that protects from obesity.

The other half of the group was told they had the higher risk version of the obesity gene.

The second half (that was told they had the higher risk gene) didn’t change their previous weeks results. Which would make sense if we are all slaves to our genetic makeup.

But here is where the science gets funky.

The people who were told they had the gene that protects against obesity had two and a half times more leptin in their blood tests.

Remember, Leptin is the hormone that makes us feel full, so we stop eating.

Just by being told they had the genes that protect from obesity was enough for their body and minds to create the physiology that could make that belief happen.

Even though some people had the obesity gene and others in the group did not.

Let’s Think This Through

Now before you stop reading and think this is another “power of positive thinking” article, let’s take a look at the true genetic research.

For a more complete understanding of how our genes influence our current and long term health, we need to look at a field of research called epigenetics.

Epigenetics?

Epigenetics is the study of cell biology, and how a parent cell impacts the genetic expression of its daughter cells.

This impact works through chemical tags added to chromosomes that can switch genes on or off.

What does this all mean to you and me?

Dr. Rudolf Tanzi Ph D wrote in the book Super Genes that up to ninety-five percent our gene expression is from our lifestyle.

Yes, up to ninety-five percent of our disease risk is from things that we do to ourselves, while the remaining five percent is possibly out of our control.

So we are not slaves to our genetics.

If we really want to make an impact on our health, we need to take a look at our lifestyle and see where we need to make changes.

It’s our lifestyle and the things we’re doing every day that either turn on or switch off our genetic expression.

It’s our lifestyle that impacts a parent cell to pass on the correct genetic coding to the next generation of daughter cells.

You are the one person in the world that has the greatest influence on your health, not your parents, your doctors or your co-workers.

You.

What Lifestyle Indicators have the Greatest Impact?

I’ve had the privilege to spend almost 25 years in private practice and almost from day one I have prepared and delivered lifestyle talks to my practice members.

From hundreds of books, thousands of research articles and years in private practice here is my top 3 list on what gives you the biggest impact on longevity.

I’m also convinced that there is a priority to this list as well.

What to Work on First and Why

1. Posture and Neurology

Posture is the window to your spine and nerve system.

If your posture is off, the system dedicated to coordinating every other organ system is off.

Do what you need to do to correct your posture so your nerve system can function optimally.

Many people still don’t know that today’s chiropractic, especially a certified chiropractic biophysics doctor has trained specifically to correct postural problems and has the tools and experience to help you correct long-standing postural problems.

2. Fitness

Research has been quite clear that fitness is a stronger indicator to overall wellness than nutritional choices.

This makes a lot of people upset with me when I put physical activity ahead of nutrition because the nutrition and nutrient industry is big business but the facts are clear.

Fitness trumps nutrition but if you ignore your nutrition indefinitely it will eventually limit your ability to stay fit and compromise your neurology.
For a more complete strategy for fitness geared toward longevity, click here.

3. Nutrition

Finally, the one everyone thinks needs to be at the top of the list. Yes, it’s important but I have to go with the longevity science and the numbers.

Nutrition is important and critical for a long and healthy life but if you want to make the biggest impact on your long term health and you can only focus on one change at a time, posture and neurology is your first target.

I’ve seen the best results in my life and the life of my clients when we move away from the grains and begin to consume more healthy fats. I also believe that fad dieting is a dangerous roller coaster and for a better understanding of your nutritional needs the Eating for Your Metabolic Type platform is a great start.

4. Attitude and Relationship

The final piece of the puzzle is your attitude and relationships. As much as I put this as number four, this one needs to be personalized.

I’ve had clients that needed to start with one through three before they could become the person they needed to be so they could work on their attitude and relationships.

I’ve also had clients that needed to get out of a toxic relationship and change their attitude before they could make the necessary life change to start back at number one.

This one is a personal decision and will either fuel you for success or constantly derail you if you get it wrong.

Where do you go from here?

If you’re looking to make a change then we’d love to help you in your journey.

Our Lighthouse doctors and therapists work together to build a personalized health recovery plan for you and your family.

Throughout the year we provide advanced lifestyle talks to help you break through to the next level in your health.

We don’t have all the answers but we will do what we can to find you the support and answers you need.

If you want to find out more about Lighthouse then click here.

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You can book an appointment online or give us a call to discuss your health concerns with one of our team members.

We are a truly integrated health care group and our team collaborates with each other to ensure you are getting the right advice and care to help you reach your health goals.

Ice or Heat? What to Choose and When.

The age old question of ice versus heat has been around for hundreds of years. Unfortunately, the answer is vary rarely based on solid scientific evidence.

In this article I want to share with you when ice is best and when heat is best. I will also share with you how long and how much of each you should apply, and for what conditions. I will also support each recommendation with one or two research articles.

So much of today’s health care advice is founded on personal opinion and not solid scientific evidence. The question of ice versus heat is just another area where too many personal opinions take over the discussion.

The first question I would encourage you to ask yourself is “what are you trying to accomplish?”

What do you want to achieve?

If you are looking for stress relief, body relaxation and need some relief from tension then global heat (like a hot tub, hot shower or sauna) is your best bet.

Researchers have shown that hot water therapy is helpful for conditions like fibromyalgia, some types of arthritis and many chronic pain conditions (1, 2). It has also been shown to help in your overall well being by reducing stress and anxiety (3).

Researchers vary in how long people were exposed to the hot water or sauna therapy, times from 20 minutes up to an hour. Temperatures were also varied, from 32 degrees Celsius all the way up to 60 degrees Celsius.

The higher the temperature, the shorter the duration. My recommendation is to use common sense; don’t overdo it. Most spa’s have a time recommendation, more is NOT better.

Follow the instructions and use common sense.

Sleep, depression and constipation?

Several studies looked at cold water immersion with what was called an adaptive shower. My understanding is that is a shower with your water as cold as you can make it, so it’s not “ice bath” cold but my impression is that it’s cold enough to be uncomfortable.

Researchers found two significant benefits. Anti-depression and if done before bed, better sleep effects (4,5). As a side note; the study that indicated you can sleep better after a cold shower, also found some benefit for people with colon cleansing.

So if you’re looking for natural solutions for constipation why not give a cold shower a try?

I’ve heard time frames of 2-3 minutes for these cold showers and some closer to 5 minutes. The “5 minute” time frame is generally associated with changing your shower temperature from cold to hot and then cold again (contrast showers).

Contrast showers have become popular in the athletic community for speeding up muscle recovery after an especially hard work out. There is some mounting scientific evidence to support them (7). Be advised, they are not for the faint of heart.

Local pain control.

One of the most common reasons to reach for an ice pack is after injuring yourself.

Research has shown over and over that local ice application helps with inflammation, reduces swelling and helps speed up the healing process (6).

We recommend local ice application for 8-10 minutes on smaller body areas like the neck and smaller joints like wrists and elbows. For larger areas like the lower back or hips, 18-20 minutes once an hour does the trick.

A general rule of thumb is ice locally, heat globally. Unless you’re brave enough to jump in a cold shower like the researchers recommended above.

I always recommend you have a good team.

With most health conditions, there are lots of opinions. My number one recommendation is that you follow the science AND your common sense.
Remember not all science is created equal so you need health care providers with a solid scientific background and excellent clinical skills to help you recover.

This has never been more important than in today’s health care landscape. From google, to Dr. Oz, you can get health information everywhere. The question? Is that advice based on a logical and thoughtful examination that is unique to you and your individual problems?

I personally would not move forward with any advice that is not unique to me and also based on a solid, scientific approach.

If you’re serious about getting well and doing it with as little drama as possible then we’d love to have a conversation about your health goals.

If you have any questions about the recommendations in this article then reach out to us by clicking on our contact us page and filling out the web form. [Click Here]

Our doctors and therapists take time to answer questions during our exam process and even before so you know you’re getting the right advice for you.

If you want to check our availability, then [Click Here] and fill out some personal and clinical information and you can find out when we have available appointments.

It all starts with a a logical and thoughtful examination and that’s what Lighthouse is all about. Recommendations that are unique to you, based on science and that follow a strategic plan to get you well.

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Beating Lower Back Pain Once and For All

Beating Lower Back Pain Once and For All

Hello everyone, This is Dr. Jenkins here with Lighthouse Chiropractic and Integrative Health. We’re a premiere health group in The Landmark District of Kelowna British Columbia.

If you’ve clicked on this post then you are likely frustrated with your back pain and you are looking for some answers.

If that’s you then I’d encourage you to read through these three effective strategies that we prescribe almost daily in our clinic to help people manage and heal their low back pain.

These strategies help our patients take control of their health. They also help them beat the pain that they may have been struggling with for years.

All three of these strategies are super simple. The first two strategies are done in your own home, on your own time.

Strategy #1 – Motion is Lotion

The small joints of your spine and neck may seem strong but often the impacts and repetitive injuries over your lifetime have weakened these critical joints.

The ligaments that are designed to hold these joints together can become damaged with as little impact as a 20 or 30 km/h fender bender. That’s not a lot of force but can have a big impact on your spinal health.

Once these tiny spinal ligaments are damaged, your spinal joints may not be able to move well, or at all.

Watch this short video where Dr. Ken demonstrates a simple but effective exercise that we prescribe for your lower back to gently but slowly get motion back in your lower back.

By moving your lower back through a greater range of motion the joint surfaces will provide lubrication and nutrition for the whole joint.

Without that lubrication and nutrition, your joints will continue to degenerate and eventually be at risk for early onset spinal arthritis. (White A. A. and Panjabi M. M., 1990, Clinical Biomechanics of the Spine, 2nd ed. Lippincott, New York)

That’s where today’s chiropractic is so effective.

When specific adjustments are delivered to a region of the spine that is not moving well, the joint is dramatically impacted. It’s like months and months of stretching and mobility restored instantly; only safely and effectively with a safe, specific spinal adjustment.

So if you’re looking for a faster fix, today’s chiropractic is a much faster solution than months and months of home-based exercises.

An even better option is to do both, so your chiropractor is helping you and you are helping yourself.

Another positive side benefit to a chiropractic adjustment is that it helps low back pain directly by helping your nerves.

Spine researchers have documented significant pain issues when these delicate joints of your spine are not moving or positioned properly. (Dong L. and Winkelstein B. A., 2010, “Simulated Whiplash Modulates Expression of the Glutamatergic System in the Spinal Cord Suggesting Spinal Plasticity is Associated With Painful Dynamic Cervical Facet Loading,” J. Neurotrauma., 27(1), pp. 163–174)

If you want help getting your mobility and nerves working better than click the link below.

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Strategy #2 – The classic question for back pain – Ice vs. Heat. Who wins and when.

The simple answer is that there is no simple answer. The answer to the ice vs. heat question is . . . . “it depends”.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to leave you in the dark. I will share with you what we recommend to our patients so that you can choose the solution that fits you best.

When Ice is Best

When we first start working with a new patient their body may resist the change we need to see. Ice helps hold their adjustments by stiffening up the muscles in the area we are working to change.

Generally, ice application for 7-10 minutes in the neck and up to 20 minutes in the lower back will give us the help we need.

After the initial 2 weeks of working with someone the body has decided to give up the fight and ice is no longer necessary. Occasionally we will instruct someone to continuing icing after their adjustment for many months but that is rare.

Ice may help you when you start to add mobility to your lower back with the exercise we shared in strategy #1. It may also help if you’re starting a work out plan and you have been away from activity for some time.

Think about ice “helping your body hold” the new positions and deal with any inflammation that might occur from this newly discovered (or re-discovered) mobility.

If people apply heat to an already inflamed body part it may feel good in the moment but it drives the inflammation deeper and you will pay for it the next day.

Usually once a month we have a new patient call in after they have hurt their lower back. The first thing they did was reach for the heating pad heat, then they can’t get out of bed the next day.

They call us in absolute agony for help. And we’re glad to help, but ice would have been a better strategy.

When do we reach for heat?

Believe it or not, very rarely.

Some arthritic conditions (Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Pain Conditions, Fibromyalgia) respond well to heat.

Sometimes we recommend a rotation of ice, then nothing, then heat, then nothing and then finish up with ice. We always end with ice. Why? Because of the story I mentioned above; inflammation can take hold and put you in a bad spot.

In the lower back, we would recommend 18-20 minutes of ice, followed by about 30 minutes of nothing and then 18-20 minutes with the heating pad. After the heat, another 30 minute break and then finish off with ice.

If the spine is warmed up before bed, often the inflammation overnight can put that person into a crisis and it’s not worth it. Yes, I know this is the third time I have said this, but I’ve seen too many people make themselves worse with heat.

Heat can be good if it’s applied to the whole body. A hot tub, hot bath or shower is different than a heating pad.

Strategy #3 – Many Hands Make Light Work

Many people with back pain feel like they have to go it alone. They suffer silently thinking that they just have to put up with the pain or that it will eventually go away.

Some people actually think that back pain is normal. Back pain definitely is not normal and is a signal that there is a problem.

Unfortunately “Dr. Google” doesn’t help. When you search lower back pain online you will see everything from “don’t worry about it, your back pain is no big deal” to “your back pain might be cancer”.

When should you seek professional advice?

Likely sooner than you think.

The important thing to understand with back pain is that your body is trying to get your attention for a reason. The sooner you pay attention, the sooner you will know if it’s a serious condition or not.

Even the peace of mind from an accurate diagnosis can help you manage your pain better.

Most people are quick to respond to a red flashing light on the dashboard of their vehicle. But that same person will suffer with back pain for weeks or months before they schedule a checkup. Don’t be that person.

Yes, a proper assessment will take some time and it might even cost you some money, but we need to take back pain seriously.

What are you looking for when you are seeking an expert opinion?

When we do an exam we use several different measurements. Posture is a great sign of how your spine is doing. Posture is a simple test but will often point us in the right direction.

The next test is to feel how the spine is moving and assessing the muscles that move the spine (or in the case of spasm, not letting the spine move).

More physical testing like muscle testing and range of motion are important but sometimes can be blurred by pain and spasm.

The final test is a very specific x-ray of the area of the spine that might be the culprit.

With modern digital x-ray, we get an incredible view into how the spine is doing. We can pick up postural imbalances, arthritic changes and areas the nerves may be getting pinched.

Another key for an accurate diagnosis is that we need to see the spine weight-bearing.

That means we need to take spinal x-rays standing up if we want to accurately detect many structural problems.

All this seems fairly logical but you would be surprised how many chronic cases of lower back pain we see where the person has never had a thorough exam or an accurate diagnosis.

How do we know what needs to be done without an accurate diagnosis?

You would never let your dentist just start randomly drilling your teeth. Why would you let someone adjust your spine without doing the necessary tests to determine what is wrong?

Saving time and money.

If you want to save time and money, ensure you start with an accurate diagnosis.

I know that sounds basic but I’ve seen some very frustrated people waste months (and sometimes years) on problems that should have been solved simply with a better examination process.

So if you’re looking to beat lower back pain once and for all, without breaking the bank, start with an accurate diagnosis.

Then any work that is done is effective so you get the results you deserve.