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Swine Flu Shot

Are you still on the fence about the Swine Flu Shot?   Do you need more information to make a decision?  Here is an article that goes over the nuts and bolts of the Swine Flu Shot.

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Swine Flu

My patients have been asking me about the swine flu and I want to address a couple of  things.  First, there is a lot of fear being created in the media about the swine flu going around.  I don’t want people to be afraid of this hype.  Secondly, it doesn’t matter if it is the swine flu, avian flu or the regular flu, there is one thing you need to focus on to protect yourself from ANY sickness? 

I understand that people are concerned and do get effected by what is going around.  At the same time your body is perfectly capable of handling what is going around provided that you take responsibility for yourself and own health.  The human body is an awesome self monitoring and regulating machine.  It knows exactly what to do every time we get sick or injured.  We don’t need to out smart our body, we just need to give it what it needs to function optimally.  Inside us, we have this amazing police force called our immune system.  The immune system can fight off anything that comes its way when it is strong.  What the immune system needs is a properly functioning nervous system, nutritional support and efficient waste removal.

Here are 6 things you can do to make your immune system stronger and keep it there. Continue Reading »

 As I see patients over a period of time, I start to see patterns in their health, behavior and lifestyle choices they make on a daily basis.  One thing that I am seeing recently is that people tend to get up, get ready for work, hit the automatic pilot button and go, go, go until they run out of energy at the end of the day 12 hours later.  Then the weekend comes, they go out with friends and are still on the run.  They do this week in and week out.  Does this sound like any of you?  Don’t get me wrong, we need to work and spend time with family and friends.   But what about YOU?  You need time for you to slow down, relax, breathe and sleep to recharge your battery so you can keep going.  Let’s take a look at what happens to people as they live the above example.

It’s overwhelming to see a lot of my patients experience this.  I am constantly advising them to take more time for themselves and sleep more.  Sleep is a very important part of our health.  Getting into the R.E.M. sleep is the only time our body has the ability to repair itself from the daily wear and tear.  It is also when our immune system is the strongest.  When my patients don’t take this advice, they don’t get better or it takes them a lot longer to heal and they get frustrated.  When they do sleep at least 7- 8 hours a night consistently, it is amazing to watch firsthand how the human body knows exactly what to do with their stressful circumstances and it heals very quickly. 


You have this routine down pat.  You are a master of it.  Now you are starting to have insomnia, energy levels are low throughout your day now and the stress at work is increasing.  You still forget to slow down and take time for ourselves and WHAM.  You get a cold or the flu, insomnia, stiff sore joints, heart burn, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea or experience recurring headaches.  We need to listen to our body and check in with it from time to time because our body knows what is best.  When you get sick or you start to experience 2, 3, or 4 of the symptoms I referred to earlier on a daily basis, your body is screaming SLOW down and take care of me!  Symptoms are like the check engine light coming on in your car.
 

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Everyone knows that when we have increased stress levels in our lives, whether it’s at work or in our personal lives or in these times of financial uncertainty, in due time our health also gets compromised.   We all have had an ongoing stressful situation at one point or another and after a while we tend to get sick. You might not notice it, because it has been happening over a period of time, but one day you wake up and say… “What happened to my body?” 

Well here’s a snapshot of what happens when the body is stressed.
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There is a big misconception about digestion.  One assumes that when you put food into your mouth, chew it and swallow that your body automatically digests, absorbs and assimilates the food and nutrients.  This is not always the case. 

For people who have digestion problems, understand what I am talking about.  In the most severe case, someone who eats a very narrow range of food because every time they eat, they experience bloating, gas, cramps and diarrhea.  These people have a diminished quality of life because their health condition is in control of their life.  I see this all the time in my practice. 

For people with more of a mild to moderate digestion difficulties, they may or may not experience any digestion symptoms at all.  Instead they may experience a chronic pain or tightness in their midback, shoulders and/or neck areas.

Why is digestion so vital for our health? 

The raw materials needed for our body to function optimally are protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and water.  We are going to focus on the big guns or macro-nutrients: protein, fat and carbohydrates.  These nutrients are used in the body for growth and repair, a source of energy and regulating body processes.  If one cannot digest their food then these main functions of the body do not receive the raw material they need to continue functioning properly. 
Think of digestion as the first domino of health.  If your digestion is strong, then everything else in your body will fall in place and function well.  However, if your digestion is weak, then this starts a cascade of events in the body which lead down the road to symptoms, degeneration and disease.  You can trace anyone with symptoms, disease or chronic unresolved health conditions back to improper digestion.  They go hand and hand and cannot be separated.  How does one know if they are digesting their food well?  The visceral stress reflex for carbohydrate digestion is under the left anterior rib cage.  The visceral stress reflex for protein digestion is under the right anterior rib cage.  60 minutes after you have eaten a meal, firmly palpate these areas and compare the two.  Let say the right anterior rib cage is tender or tighter then the left side.  Then you are having problems digesting protein.  If the left side is tender or tighter then the right side, then you are having problems digesting carbs.  If they are both tender and/or tight, then you are having a problem digesting both.  And lastly, if neither is tender or tight, then you can digest both well.  Most people can tolerate digestion problems for years, but the impact on the nutritional status of the body can be great.  Ultimately, the accumulative effects of decades of nutritionally depleted body are degeneration and chronic diseases.  Plant enzyme supplementation can help improve digestion along with stress management and chiropractic adjustments.

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Primary Cause or Secondary Effect?

Knee pain can be very debilitating for some people, especially if you are a physically active person.  If you are used to being active and exercising regularly, knee pain can really set you back.  What most people don’t understand is that even though you experience symptoms of some kind in your knee, the knee itself may not be the primary cause of problem.

If you have recently twisted your knee or have an old injury it’s safe to assume that it may be the cause of the pain.  But, if you have NO HISTORY of stress or trauma to your knee, then the likelihood the knee is the cause of your symptoms is very small.

 Let’s explore what could be happening.

It’s very possible that the cause of your knee pain may be coming from the pelvis and lower back.  In this case,  your knee pain would be the symptom of this misalignment.  If your pelvis and lower back are out of structural alignment, then you will have an imbalance in the length of your legs. 

One leg will become longer and the other will become shorter. This is what is known professionally as a “functional short leg” as opposed to an “anatomical short leg.” An anatomical short leg is when you have fractured one or more of the bones in your leg sometime in your life. 

This can be easily determined by taking a few measurements.  If it is your pelvis or lower back misalignment,  this is now causing a functional short leg and adds more stress to the knee on the side of the short leg.  This would be like walking around all day, everyday with one shoe one and one shoe off.  Over time this will cause extra mechanical stress to your structure.  With every step you take your wearing down the structures of your knee and knee joint. 

Over time your knee cannot adapt to the extra force and wham, you have knee pain. Down the road, if that is not corrected you could find yourself with degeneration and arthritis. Once the structure of the pelvis and lower back are aligned, the extra stress on the knee is normalized and the symptoms disappear.

It starts with strengthening your knee joint  and making sure that your lower back and pelvis are in proper alignment. Symptoms are your body’s way of saying to you that something is not functioning properly. Once you find the  source of stress on your body minimize it and restore normal function, your body has no choice but to be healthy!  

For natural solutions to these conditions you can follow me on:
Facebook: Keith Giaquinto
Twitter: DrKG
Website: www.YourDigestionDoctor.com