Why things hurt

don't let joint pain impact quality of life - fix what's wrong

My broken arm bone healed years ago and the tendon is clearly not involved; why can’t I move my hand well? —SJ   I threw out my back, but years later my legs hurt. Why? —KR Without pain, we’d never know when we have exceeded the natural motion of a joint. We would never know that we have sprained, strained, or broken …

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Is your nervous system out of sync?

fatigue

I’ve tried everything but nothing worked I was doing well; now I’m not I’m tired all day; but then I can’t sleep We fix these age-old complaints in our office every day. Why do they happen? Blocking, switching, and nervous system regulation The fact is that our bodies are in a constant state of change. During the day, we play hard …

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Have the health you want—understanding healing reactions

Today I don’t feel good. Doc, I’ve been working my program. All of the sudden I started feeling bad last night and today I’ve been in-and-out of the bathroom. There’s something going around at (work, school, all the kids have ‘it’…) I hear this sometimes. Clinically, these healing reactions are very meaningful and we always make room on our schedule for …

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Is your anti-inflammatory drug causing your inflammation?

knee injury runner

I used NSAID’s for way too long, for every pain, to try to reduce inflammation and swelling… now I’ve learned these anti-inflammatory drugs may be why I have a gastric ulcer. –Gabe NSAIDs, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are common pain-killers available in over-the-counter doses as well as stronger, prescription-only, anti-inflammatory formulations. I thought it was safe to take aspirin and Ibuprophen. …

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Detoxify your lymph

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The body’s second circulatory system, your lymph (a clear to slightly yellowish fluid, similar to the plasma in blood) flows through vessels—but unlike blood there is no heart to pump it. Specialized lymph nodes filter harmful substances and produce lymphocytes (a type of immune cell), a key portion of your immune system. Your tonsils, adenoids, spleen, and thymus are organs of the lymph system and …

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Surviving imbalanced hormones

Female vs Male

“I need to balance my hormones” says Kathryn, a member of my Eating to Restore Balance group. “My doctor says I need hormone replacement to feel better, do I really have to do that? Or is there a natural way?” “I’m having night sweats, day sweats, emotional, teary and anxious. But worst of all, in the last 6 months I’ve …

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Managing migraines: key tools

trigger point and myofascial release

So severe, painful (in fact the official migraine diagnostic criteria requires that they be severe) migraine-sufferers spend nearly $2500 out of pocket (after any insurance reimbursements) to manage the pain. Those of us diagnosed with migraines never forget the first time we have one: A bizarre “aura” phase is usually the first clue. Visual disturbances like double vision and other …

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Powerful solutions for osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis: the leading musculoskeletal cause of disability in the Western society. As we age, years and a lifetime of ignored low-level chronic inflammation catch up to us—our joints wear down, become painful… Cartilage—the firm, rubbery tissue that cushions bones at joints and lets bones glide over one another while absorbing energy from the movement—that vital cartilage breaks down and wears …

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Joint or back pain? Key steps to reduce inflammation.

The average American has 212 chemicals in their body right now. You’re exposed 24/7 to nearly 85,000 chemicals listed on the EPA’s Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Of those, fewer than 300 have been tested and only 5 restricted. Less than half have been tested for their ability—alone—to cause cancers. You’re told “a little bit won’t hurt you”—an idea that has never been …

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