Friday, April 8, 2016

It's not about your back, it's about your health

  Chiropractic is not about your back, it's about your health.

   The human body is a self-healing and self regulating system. The best doctor in the world is YOU. Your body makes every drug, hormone, enzyme that you need, if there is no interference. Very few people know that the very first system to be developed when we are inside our mother's womb is the nervous system. Only then can the other systems in our body be developed, such as the muscular system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, etc. The central nervous system is the CPU of the entire body. It controls and regulates all of our function. Without it, the body loses control of all function. No one says it best than Christopher Reeves:

   "People do not realize, if you inure your neck, you injure every organ in your entire body. An adult is as fragile as a blade of grass, millimeters from death."

   Because the nervous system is the master system of the body, the body protects it at all costs. The body has 5 defense mechanisms that protect the nervous system. The first defense mechanism is the curves on your spine.

   When looking at the spine from the side, there should be a 45 degrees forward curve at the neck and the low back 40 degrees. The suspension bridges of the Golden Gate Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, or the Hoover Dam bypass is approximately 45-62 degrees. However, over time we begin to lose these curves, more commonly the neck curve/cervical spine. The reason why it is more common to lose the neck curve and not the others is because the neck has more range of motion and is more vulnerable to injury due to its lack of structural support as compared to all the other areas of the spine.

   How do we lose our curves?

The easiest way to remember how we lose our curves is to think of the 3 T's: Trauma, Toxins, Thoughts.

   TRAUMA

   Trauma can be divided into 2 categories: macrotrauma and microtauma.

   Macrotrauma is a big injury such as an automobile accident or a slip and fall that can cause injury to the spine and if left uncorrected could cause a loss of curvature overtime leading to early degeneration.

   Microtrauma is everyday repetitive motions such as sports, poor seating posture, work, or twisting and bending. Although there may not be any pain associated with microtrauma, there may still be degeneration. Pain is never a good indicator for health. By the time we feel pain, the problem would have already progressed, making it difficult to correct. It is always easier to prevent than to correct.

   TOXINS

   Very few dis-eases are associated with genetics. Most of the time it is because you lived the same lifestyle as your parents or grandparents. The majority of all dis-eases are caused by either a long standing deficiency in the body or a toxic substance that we are not properly eliminating from our bodies. This is why it is crucial to have your blood work properly analyzed to assess these deficiencies and toxicities.

   THOUGHTS

   Everyone knows the saying that, "stress kills," but no one takes it seriously. Stress can affect the body at the physiologic level destroying and pre-aging many of the organs of the body. We may not "feel" its effects immediately, but if it is sustained over a long period (years), its effects will start to reveal itself. They may include, but are not limited to: early aging, ulcers, heart disease, cancer, uncontrolled weight gain, increased cholesterol, high blood pressure, and chronic fatigue.

   Our body was not meant to be in "fight or flight" mode all the time. It is important that we find ways to help cope with daily stress, such as getting adjusted, meditating, good nutrition, and exercising.

   Positive mental attitude (PMA) is also very important to maintaining good health. Our thoughts directly correlate with our health. Negativity can lead to a weak immune system putting our body at risk for many illnesses. This is why it has been shown that positive and happy people have less sick days than people who are negative and depressed.

The 33 Chiropractic Principles

  1. The Major Premise - A Universal Intelligence is in all matter and continually gives to it all its properties and actions, thus maintaining it in existence.
  2. The Chiropractic Meaning of Life - The expression of this intelligence through matter is the Chiropractic meaning of life.
  3. The Union of Intelligence and Matter - Life is necessarily the union of intelligence and matter.
  4. The Triune of Life - Life is a triunity having three necessary united factors, namely: Intelligence, Force and Matter.
  5. The Perfection of the Triune - In order to have 100% Life, there must be 100% Intelligence, 100% Force, 100% Matter.
  6. The Principle of Time - There is no process that does not require time.
  7. The Amount of Intelligence in Matter - The amount of intelligence for any given amount of matter is 100%, and is always proportional to its requirements.
  8. The Function of Intelligence - The function of intelligence is to create force.
  9. The Amount of Force Created by Intelligence - The amount of force created by intelligence is always 100%.
  10. The Function of Force - The function of force is to unite intelligence and matter.
  11. The Character of Universal Forces - The forces of Universal Intelligence are manifested by physical laws; are unswerving and un-adapted, and have no solicitude for the structures in which they work.
  12. Interference with Transmission of Universal Forces - There can be interference with transmission of universal forces.
  13. The Function of Matter - The function of matter is to express force.
  14. Universal Life - Force is manifested by motion in matter; all matter has motion, therefore there is universal life in all matter.
  15. No Motion without the Effort of Force - Matter can have no motion without the application of force by intelligence.
  16. Intelligence in both Organic and Inorganic Matter - Universal Intelligence gives force to both organic and inorganic matter.
  17. Cause and Effect - Every effect has a cause and every cause has effects.
  18. Evidence of Life - The signs of life are evidence of the intelligence of life.
  19. Organic Matter - The material of the body of a "living thing" is organized matter.
  20. Innate Intelligence - A "living thing" has an inborn intelligence within its body, called Innate Intelligence.
  21. The Mission of Innate Intelligence - The mission of Innate Intelligence is to maintain the material of the body of a "living thing" in active organization.
  22. The Amount of Innate intelligence - There is 100% of Innate Intelligence in every "living thing," the requisite amount, proportional to its organization.
  23. The Function of Innate Intelligence - The function of Innate Intelligence is to adapt universal forces and matter for use in the body, so that all parts of the body will co- ordinated action for mutual benefit.
  24. The Limits of Adaptation - Innate Intelligence adapts forces and matter for the body as long as it can do so without breaking a universal law, or Innate Intelligence is limited by t the limitations of matter.
  25. The Character of Innate Forces - The forces of Innate Intelligence never injure or destroy the structures in which they work.
  26. Comparison of Universal and Innate Forces - In order to carry on the universal cycle of life, Universal forces are destructive, and Innate forces constructive, as regards structural matter.
  27. The Normality of Innate Intelligence - Innate Intelligence is always normal and its function is always normal.
  28. The Conductors of Innate Forces - The forces of Innate Intelligence operate through or over the nervous system in animal bodies.
  29. Interference with Transmission of Innate Forces - There can be interference with the transmission of Innate forces.
  30. The Causes of Dis-ease - Interference with the transmission of Innate forces causes in-coordination of dis-ease.
  31. Subluxations - Interference with transmission in the body is always directly or indirectly due to subluxations in the spinal column.
  32. The Principle of Coordination - Coordination is the principle of harmonious action of all the parts of an organism, in fulfilling their offices and purposes.
  33. The Law of Demand and Supply - The Law of Demand and Supply is existent in the body in its ideal state; wherein the "clearing house," is the brain, Innate the virtuous "banker," "brain cells "clerks," and nerve cells "messengers."

Thursday, April 7, 2016

How often do you feed your baby?

A Parent’s Guide: How Often to Feed Your Baby

By Dr Bob Sears

This is a very common question we get from parents in our office: How often to feed your baby. The feeding routine may change as your baby grows. The amount and frequency of feedings will also change as the months go by. Below are general guidelines that we recommend:

Between birth and six months of age your baby will need an average of 2 to 2.5 ounces of milk per pound per day. So, if your baby weighs ten pounds, she will need 20 to 25 ounces per day. Here are additional guidelines to follow:

  • Newborns may take only an ounce or two at each feeding
  • One to two months: 3 to 4 ounces per feeding
  • Two to six months: 4 to 6 ounces per feeding
  • Six months to a year: as much as 8 ounces at a feeding

Small, more frequent feedings will work better than larger ones spaced farther apart. Your baby’s tummy is about the size of their fist. Take a full bottle and place it next to your baby’s fist and you’ll see why tiny tummies often spit the milk back up when they’re given too much at one time.

Is my baby getting too little or too much milk?

Signs that your baby may be getting too little formula are:

  • slower-than-normal weight gain
  • diminished urine output
  • a loose, wrinkly appearance to baby’s skin
  • persistent crying

Signs that your baby is being fed too much at each feeding are:

  • a lot of spitting up or profuse vomiting immediately after the feeding
  • colicky abdominal pain (baby draws his legs up onto a tense abdomen) immediately after feeding
  • excessive weight gain

If these signs of overfeeding occur, offer smaller-volume feedings more frequently and burp baby once or twice during the feeding.