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How Fast will you Heal?

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In my practice I see many people who have been in pain for months or even years. Like anyone in pain they want to how long it will take to get better. Read More

4 Types of Pain

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Chronic pain is exists along with us

Everyone has experienced pain.  Acute pain is often due to some form of injury, like catching your finger in a door. Chronic pain, while normally not as intense as acute pain, lasts much longer. This article focuses on the types of chronic pain. Broadly, chronic pain comes from four sources: Read More

Why Do I Hurt There?!

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Why Do I Hurt There?

OUCH!

You just fell and now the right side of your back is sore. That’s normal, you fell on that side.

Wait a minute! Why does your left side hurt too?

If you have ever suffered an injury and then realized a few days later that you are feeling pain on the opposite side from where you were hurt, then it is possible you are experiencing complimentary pain. Read More

Thyroid and Pain

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Thyroid and Pain

I had a lesson this week in why a holistic approach to healthcare is so important. Pain management, which is my focus, is not just the simple treatment of sore muscles or tingling nerves; no, if I want to actually make a difference and help my clients I need to go deeper than this. Why are the muscles and nerves hurting in the first place? Read More

From Chaos to Calm

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From Chaos to Calm

With the election over and the holidays fast approaching, it may be wise to revisit some of the principles of stoicism which I have spoken on before in a podcast, “Mental Stress Management and Stoicism.”

William Irvine’s book, Ancient Art of Stoic Joy, is a philosophy book that can also serve as a self-help guide. Normally, I am not thrilled with self-help books as they tend to push the reader to adopt a “Pollyanna” approach to life—suggesting people to remember the pleasant more than the unpleasant. Such an approach is unreasonable as there are real problems in life, and bad uncontrollable things do happen. At times, one is perfectly justified to express anger, sadness, disappointment, etc. The challenge is to not let these emotions consume you. Irvine’s book covered five key points to the stoic philosophy which can help one deal with stress. Read More

The Limits of Acupuncture

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The Limits of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a strange practice…for most Westerners.

It is a system based on the combination of Eastern esoteric principles and anatomical principles. It uses a very different language, or jargon to be more specific, for describing its treatment of disease and injury than is seen in Western medicine. In the media, acupuncture is often associated with mysticism and martial arts. There are several claims about what acupuncture can cure, including terminal autoimmune diseases such as cancer. These claims have led many to question both the effectiveness of acupuncture and the integrity of its practitioners. Read More

Tension and Training

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Tension and Training

I am a physically active person and have been for several years. I enjoy rock climbing, dance, calisthenics, and martial arts. I worked on physically active volunteer projects like building houses and doing landscaping work—and soon I hope to be volunteering with Search and Rescue groups. As a result of a highly active lifestyle, I understand the frustrations and inconvenience of injuries, aches, and sprains. Muscle tension usually works against our will, keeping us down, and gets in the way of our goals.

But that isn’t always the case. Read More

B All You Can B

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B All You Can B

There is a lot of talk about B vitamins, particularly B6 and B12, as new research explains how they play into stress management, bone health, digestion of wheat and protein, and nerve function.

Outlook

Strengthen your baseline to reach high.

The Weston A. Price diet mentioned in a previous article,”Natural Nutrition to Make Pain Go Away,” gives nutrition suggestions which include a number of foods high in B vitamins. The highest amount of B vitamins are found in organ meats, fish, and animal products, such as eggs and milk. There are a few vegetable and grain sources for B6, as the NIH shows in their Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet on B6. B12 is found in fortified cereals but, it is otherwise only available in meat or animal products. The NIH Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet on B12 expands on its role.

Much like vitamin D, the B vitamins require a healthy gut and kidneys for proper absorption into the body. As such, people suffering from Crohn’s Disease or impaired kidney function may be deficient in B vitamins. B12 is stored in the liver, so an impairment there may decrease the amount of B12 available. Likewise, vegetarians and vegans may find it necessary to supplement their B intake, especially B12, due to scarce sources.

In Oriental medicine, the body needs the right nutrition to work properly. The types of nutrition that each of your organs requires differs, but the baseline will be the same and B vitamins are part of that baseline. Body aches? Feel bad after eating pasta? Just feel down for no particular reason? It may be that you are low on B vitamins or, that your organs need some assistance to process healthy food in order to help you heal and live a richer life.

Why Do I Hurt?

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We all have felt pain. Whether from catching a finger in a door, a sports injury, a pulled shoulder muscle, and even headaches; everyone has dealt with pain. However, the pain does not end for some. The cause could be improper or inadequate healing of the body but, sometimes there is no apparent reason. For these people, the pain persists in spite of surgery and consulting with doctors.

Why are they different? Why are some people in pain even after their body healed? Read More

Who Should I See?

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I pulled a back muscle working around the house.

My shoulders are so tight after a workout.

It hurts when I move a certain way and, I have muscle spasms.

Who should I see about this?

This is a question that many people have. There are several health care providers out there, and you want the best care without:

  • Paying a lot of money trying to find the right person for you.
  • Working on expensive treatments which either:
    • Don’t take care of the problem, or
    • Do more than you need.

Let’s take a look at some of the aches and pains you have and see who is the best practitioner for you to choose. Read More

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