I’ve had several patients ask me for my opinion on taking Yoga.
While I won’t claim to be an expert, I do think it’s great. Almost anything that gets you moving around and active is a positive in my book. Can yoga replace Structural correction chiropractic? Not in my opinion. But it goes both ways. Structural correction care cannot replace yoga either. They are both separate and unique. However, the do compliment each other quite well and I think it’s great for patients to consider as a means of staying active an improving both their mental and physical health.
Here are a few more things to consider:
1. In yoga it’s less about the destination, and more about the journey. I realize the poses are not the ultimate goal of a yogi. However, it’s important to keep in mind that doing these things incorrectly could lead to structural conditions or worsen existing ones. Have you ever noticed that during a certain pose it’s different on the right versus the left? Have you seemed to reach a certain plateau and you’re having trouble taking the next step in your journey? If this is the case, there is a possibility a structural condition might be playing a part. This is something traditional chiropractic care may not be able to help.
2. Motion is always a great thing. When I evaluate patients on our state of the art video x-ray system (see example below), we look for Vertebral Locking. Essentially this means a vertebra is “locked” and not moving properly, contributing to the structural condition. Our goal, through structural corrective care, is to “unlock” these areas and show the before and after difference on the video x-ray. This is why yoga compliments structural corrective care so well. Again, I realize yoga is not simply about flexibility, but it does play a part. Anything that helps get motion back into the spine (in a normal way), is going to be something that compliments structural care very well. Yoga does this.
3. Could yoga cause or exacerbate structural conditions? Absolutely, if not done properly. I recently had a conversation with a yoga instructor and she stressed the importance of doing things properly. She expressed her desire to instill in her students this exact point. It’s common for students and teachers alike to experience severe SI joint problems from improper poses by creating a shearing action in the joint when done improperly. This can even occur with no pain. There can also be a problem with many of the twisting motions when not done with a proper foundation.
4. Building upon number 3, do you constantly feel the need to twist, crack, pop, your spine or get into certain poses? This could be a sign of a major underlying structural condition. When you feel this need, you’re essentially “stimulating” the brain to turn off the pain receptors. But this only lasts for a brief time before you feel the need to do it again. You see, the pain receptors in the brain have an “override” of sorts. When you twist, crack, pop, or stretch your spine in certain ways, it’s like hitting the “override” button to the pain receptors in the brain. They are shut off for a brief time. But you’ll soon feel the need to do it again because it’s only temporary. The is finding out why this is happening.
In essence, structural corrective care and yoga are both unique and cannot replace each other. But yoga is definitely something I’d recommend to patients when they ask my opinion. It compliments structural corrective care well by keeping you active and adding motion to the spine.
Our holiday party went great and I’m glad so many people enjoyed the food Emma prepared (enjoyed the food seems like a definite understatement). I know many of you were waiting on the food recipes so here they are!
Green Bean Casserole
- 2 1/2 pound fresh organic green beans, trimmed and cut into 1- to 2-inch pieces (about 8 cups)
- 2-3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose unbleached flour
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon white or black pepper
- 2 1/2 cups organic low-fat milk
- 1 1/2 cups fresh whole-wheat breadcrumbs (see Tips) or 1/2 cup shredded or crumbled cheese
- 8 ounces portabella mushrooms sliced
- 3 tablespoons butter
- Position racks in upper and lower third of oven; preheat to 425°F.
- Toss green beans in a large bowl with 1 tablespoon oil until well coated. Divide between 2 baking sheets and spread in an even layer. Roast, stirring once and rotating the pans top to bottom about halfway through, until tender and beginning to brown, 20 to 25 minutes.
- Sautee mushrooms in 2 Tablespoons of oil and set aside
- Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil and 3 tablespoons butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently, until very soft and golden brown, 5 to 8 minutes. Add flour, salt and pepper; cook, stirring, for 1 minute more. Add milk and continue to stir, scraping up any browned bits. Cook, stirring, until the sauce bubbles and thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat. (See Tips.)
- When the green beans are done, remove from the oven. Preheat the broiler.
- Transfer half the green beans to a 2-quart, broiler-safe baking dish. Add mushrooms. Spread half the sauce over the green beans. Add the remaining green beans and top with the remaining sauce.
- Combine breadcrumbs and the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a small bowl (skip this step if you are topping with cheese).
- Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture (or cheese) over the gratin. Place under the broiler and broil, watching closely, until the gratin is bubbling and beginning to brown on top, 1 to 5 minutes, depending on your broiler. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Tips & Notes
- Make Ahead Tip: Roast green beans (Step 2) up to 30 minutes ahead. Prepare the sauce (Step 3), cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day; gently reheat until steaming before combining with the green beans.
- Tips: To make your own fresh breadcrumbs, trim crusts from whole-wheat bread. Tear bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. One slice of bread makes about 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs.
- To add extra flavor to the cream sauce, at the end of Step 3 stir in 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs, such as thyme, sage or parsley. Or make it cheesy by stirring in 1/2 cup shredded or crumbled cheese, such as Gruyère, Swiss, Cheddar or blue cheese.
Apple & Fresh Herb Stuffing
- 1 1/2 cups cubed Ezekiel Bread
- 3 3/4 cups cubed whole wheat bread
- 1 pound all natural sausage meat
- 1 cup organic chopped onion
- 3/4 cup organic chopped celery
- 2 1/2 teaspoons fresh sage
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh rosemary
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
- 1/2 Organic Golden Delicious apple, cored and chopped
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
- 2 cups all natural turkey stock
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 350 degree F (175 degree C). Spread the Ezekiel and whole wheat bread cubes in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes in the preheated oven, or until evenly toasted. Transfer toasted bread cubes to a large bowl.
- In a large skillet, cook the sausage and onions over medium heat, stirring and breaking up the lumps until evenly browned. Add the celery, sage, rosemary, and thyme; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes to blend flavors.
- Pour sausage mixture over bread in bowl. Mix in chopped apples, dried cranberries, parsley, and liver. Drizzle with turkey stock and melted butter, and mix lightly. Spoon into turkey to loosely fill.
Sweet Potato Pie
- 1 pound 3 ounces organic sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 1 1/4 cups plain organic yogurt
- 3/4 cup packed, organic dark brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of organic cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of organic nutmeg
- 5 cage free egg yolks
- 1 (9-inch) deep dish, frozen pie shell (all natural)
- 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup (or agave)
- Special equipment: steamer basket
Put cubed potatoes into steamer basket and place steamer basket into a large pot of simmering water that is no closer than 2 inches from the bottom of basket. Allow to steam for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender. Mash with potato masher and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place sweet potatoes in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat with the paddle attachment. Add yogurt, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, yolks, and salt, to taste, and beat until well combined. Pour this batter into the pie shell and place onto a sheet pan. Sprinkle pecans on top and drizzle with maple syrup.
Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until the custard reaches 165 to 180 degrees. Remove from oven and cool. Keep refrigerated after cooling.
Emma Irwin, London trained gourmet chef (who’s fed the Queen of England and Prime Minister)and myself will be presenting some easy to implement holiday cooking ideas on December 15 from 7:00-7:45PM. We’ll take some traditional holiday recipes and put a healthy spin on them while still making them taste great. It will simply be a fun evening and anyone is welcome, you just need to let us know so we can prepare the right amount of food. There are no gimmicks and we’ll NOT be selling anything. We want to to just come and have a great time. We will provide you with web links to video’s showing step by step how to make each meal. We’ll also provide you with a small gift bag, including a t-shirt and several recipes. Hope to see you there!
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I wanted to share with you a case from several months back because I thought it was really amazing. The patient was a former chiropractic student who had been suffering worsening tremors in her right hand for several years. She had been to several chiropractors/medical doctors with no improvement. The initial x-ray was taken and it showed a complete reverse of the cervical curve. Within 2 adjustments all tremors were gone and she was feeling great. Post x-ray was taken 10 days after care began (no adjustment on that day). As you can see the obvious difference in her spine and the interference was removed from her nervous system. All if this with chiropractic adjustments ONLY! No need for traction or exercises when you have a specific way of looking at the spine that gives reproducible results. If doctors or students are interested in learning more check out the upcoming seminar: http://www.squidoo.com/marietta-chiropractor-pierce-results-seminar-april-15-16
Courtesy of Dr. Capoferri
A new study shows those common antidepressants are associated with a 35% increased risk of heart disease. That’s a very large number of Americans when put into perspective, considering 10% of the population ( 27 million people) are on some sort of antidepressant drug. What’s even worse is antidepressants are no longer only being prescribed for only depression, but now back pain, headaches, anxiety, and sleeping problems. Not that I’m advocating chiropractic is only good for headaches and back pain(it’s much more than that) but why not choose a safe, drug free alternative with no side effects? Next time your doctor recommends any sort of antidepressant you may want to think twice! Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/8171128/Commonly-used-antidepressants-may-raise-heart-disease-risk.html
With all the talk of a government shutdown looming, a recent report shows the government is wasting billions of taxpayer dollars. That got me thinking, I wonder how much we waste as a whole if all of the useless drugs and surgeries were factored in? With the health care crisis that’s looming, why are we putting billions of dollars into things that don’t work, such as cholesterol medication, vaccines, or why are we inflating the prices of supplements like fish oil (think Lovaza). Someone I know was recently prescribed Lovaza and he told me what they cost. Let’s say I was simply astounded! I do have to admit, as much as I disagree with many of the pharmaceutical adds on TV, they are brilliant from a marketing standpoint. It’s no wonder they have so much success getting people to do things that have little or no research to back them up. Around the corner are probably patents on modified “healthier” fruits/vegetables,supplements , vitamin D, and new vaccines for anything you can possibly think of. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least bit to see any of these make headway soon or far crazier things I’m not even imagining. As always, I encourage you to take your health into your own hands and approach it from a natural perspective with proper diet, exercise, and a balanced nervous system!
Recent reports have uncovered over 40 shocking medical experiments by US government doctors on prison inmates and the disabled. Often times these experiments were done for little more than curiosity, with no medical value coming from them. US officials have acknowledged dozens of studies making healthy people sick have been done on US citizens. In cases such as these, the first priority “do no harm” is obviously being violated. As this comes as no surprise to me, it serves as one more reason to take your health into your own hands, instead of blindly accepting what the government, news station, or doctor tell you is healthy. As history has shown, they do not always have your best interest at hand and those who believe they do are just refusing to accept the truth. If you’d like to read the whole article: http://www.aolnews.com/2011/02/27/horrific-us-medical-experiments-come-to-light/
Here is a great link to learn things you probably won’t hear from your doctor.
Health: a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The definition straight from the World Health Organization. But does this sound like anything being debated with all the talk of healthcare reform? Of course not, because we don’t even have a healthcare system, but a SICK CARE system in place. We wait until we are sick to visit the doctor. If we’re going by the definition of health stated above, ask your self what would happen if you went to your MD with no signs or symptoms. They would probably look at you like your crazy and tell you they cannot help you. But remember, health is NOT MERELY THE ABSENCE OF DISEASE, yet your M.D. has not way to help you get healthy, they can only treat symptoms. If you truly want to be healthy, not lacking symptoms of disease, you need to take control of your health before it gets to that point. In time maybe our debate can shift from how to get more prescription drugs and surgery to more people (which obviously doesn’t work), to how can we teach people to be healthy before it’s too late. Learn to eat right, exercise, and visit a chiropractor to have your nervous system in complete balance and you’ll be off to a great start!
Here is an example of an amazing subluxation correction after only 29 days, with adjustments ONLY! Patient was literally carried into the office by her husband and was already scheduled to have surgery. 1 month later 100% pain free. Note how the curve in her neck was “reversed” on the left, and now its “normal” on the right. No need for traction or exercises, just specific chiropractic care. Do you want to learn to do this consistantly? Doctors and students join us at the next Pierce Results seminar April 15-16 in Atlanta or contact me for more info!