Top 8 Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractic

What is Chiropractic?

Does it really work and how?

Is Chiropractic Safe?

At what age should a person have a chiropractic check-up?

Does it hurt?

Does my insurance cover Chiropractic? / Is Chiropractic expensive?

How much time does a chiropractic visit take?

Once I start care do I have to go forever? / Does my body become dependent on chiropractic care?

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a natural healing science, art and philosophy primarily concerned with detecting and then eliminating interference to your nervous system. Since your nervous system controls every aspect of your body, chiropractic can have a major impact on multiple areas of your health. Founded in 1895, it is the world’s largest drug-free healthcare system and the 3rd largest primary healthcare system in the USA behind medicine and dentistry. Over 25 million Americans will see their chiropractor this year.

Does it really work and how?

Yes Virginia, chiropractic is the real deal! Chiropractic is firmly grounded in science and has an ever-growing body of research showing it to be safe, effective, comfortable and affordable. The latest estimates show that over 85% of Olympic athletes utilize chiropractic care to enhance performance and stay healthy as do most professional athletes. No question that it works!

Chiropractic is based on the fact that every structure and function of your body is controlled by the nervous system. If there is interference to the nervous system, then whatever body part or function that nerve was controlling will stop working at 100%.

For example, if a person suffers a pinched (irritated) bundle of nerves in their lower back they frequently experience back pain and muscle spasms. What most people do not realize is that the nerves in the low back not only control the muscles but other organs as well including the colon, bladder and reproductive organs. Irritation to the same nerve bundle can, in addition to muscle spasms, cause symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea, bladder control issues and menstrual cycle problems. What surprises many is that a person with a pinched nerve bundle in their low back may have the other symptoms but no pain and no muscle spasms! Only about 10% of your nervous system tells you about pain so you can have a problem in 90% of your nervous system and NO PAIN.

Chiropractors focus on the spine because this is where the delicate nerves are most likely to be compressed or irritated as they pass through on their way to control all parts of your body.

The majority of spinal problems arise from physical, mechanical stress to your body such as accidents, injuries, prolonged sitting etc.. These stresses and injuries result in stiff immovable joints which in turn cause surrounding joints to become overworked, loose and eventually damaged. The treatment to correct these problems also has to be physical and mechanical in nature.

It is crazy to think that taking a drug is going to loosen up a stiff, damaged spinal joint. The drug may cover up the pain and symptoms but will do nothing to correct the physical cause of the pain. In fact taking drugs over time will allow the joint to become more and more permanently damaged.

Chiropractors employ many gently methods of physically restoring the normal motion and function to your spine which reduces nerve interference and allows your body to heal itself. These treatments are called spinal adjustments and are typically, not only pain-fee, but an enjoyable experience.

Is Chiropractic Safe?

Yes, chiropractic care is exceptionally safe! The minuscule risks of chiropractic care have been greatly exaggerated by our competition in order to scare you away from the safest form of healthcare and back to medicine, the most dangerous form. Chiropractic has a better safety record than any drug, even baby aspirin and Tylenol! Medical treatment has become the 3rd leading cause of death in the USA, right behind heart disease and cancer, killing hundreds of thousands of Americans every year.

An interesting statistic is that you are more likely to be killed by being struck by lightning than killed by a vending machine and you are more likely to be killed a vending machine than by a shark and more likely to be killed by a shark than by a chiropractor!

Now knowing how safe, conservative and effective chiropractic care is, doesn’t it make sense to you to start with chiropractic first and then if you don’t get well go on to more radical and dangerous forms of care like drugs and surgery? We are a backward society that often starts with the most invasive dangerous treatments first and then sees the chiropractor afterward as a last resort. Insanity.

Please help us permanently dispel this myth about chiropractic care being risky. Educate your friends and family. Spread the word and save a life!

At what age should a person have a chiropractic check-up?

Chiropractic care has fantastic benefits for all ages and ideally a person should have their first check-up shortly after birth.

I know what you may be thinking, “Infant check-up!!?” Why would a brand new baby need chiropractic care? Stop for a minute and just think about what a baby goes though coming into this world. Even during a normal natural delivery there are tremendous pressures on the baby’s neck, back and pelvis of up to 90 pounds per square inch.

With modern medicine turning childbirth into a medical procedure instead of a natural process, infant trauma and injuries are sky rocketing. You see when you drug the mother, her ability to feel and push the baby out is impaired which forces the doctor to have to pull and twist the baby out from the birth canal. Babies are not designed to be pulled and stretched during delivery which is unnatural and causes injury, they are designed to be compressed and pushed out of the birth canal which is natural and much safer. This is the same reason c-section deliveries have a much higher rate of spinal injury compared to natural childbirth.

It takes just a split second for a spinal injury to occur during birth. An unexpected push from the mother, a pull at the wrong angle from the doctor, too much force from the doctor, the use of forceps or vacuum and you have a sprain or even worse injury to the baby’s spine. This injury, called a vertebral subluxation, if undetected and left untreated can plague the baby for the rest of their life, limiting them from reaching their full potential. “As the twig is bent so grows the tree!”

OK, chiropractic is safe and good for babies but what about senior citizens? I have heard the most ignorant statement repeatedly from seniors: “I know, at my age, I have arthritis so there is no point in trying to fix my spine” WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

ALL ages can benefit from chiropractic care. Even a single chiropractic adjustment in the right circumstances has resulted in unbelievable improvement in the quality-of-life of many patients. Until you are dead, your body has an incredible ability to heal and improve. Never give up on improving your health! If your doctor ever tells you “You’ll just have to learn to live with it” he/she is actually telling you it is time to find a new doctor, one that will help keep you improving and maintaining your health and well-being for life.

Does treatment hurt?

For most people the chiropractic treatments, called spinal adjustments, are not only comfortable but are actually an enjoyable experience. All treatment is geared to each individual’s comfort level and the old “No Pain No Gain” approach is never used. It is heartwarming to see children who are so small they can’t even get up on the adjusting table by themselves, fighting with their siblings to be the FIRST one adjusted. Pediatricians would be green with envy to see how even the smallest kids are happy to be in the chiropractic office and how they love to get adjusted.

Does my insurance cover Chiropractic?

Although most insurance policies have some coverage, the reality is that in most cases it is very limited and so highly managed that, like most other health services, it pays for only a portion of needed care.

There is currently a prevalent form of craziness that I call “Insurance Insanity”. It has 2 main parts: Firstly many people have this notion that if they can just somehow obtain really great health insurance (which by the way no longer exists) that this in some way protects them and makes them healthy. Secondly, they think that if a service is not covered by their insurance that they really don’t need it. CRAZY! A prime example is a patient who needed about $1,200 worth of chiropractic care, who had the money but refused the necessary treatment because he felt it was too expensive. When asked if it was more cost-effective to let his spine continue degenerate to the point where he will need a $200,000 surgery which would leave him disabled for life? His straight-faced answer was “Well, my insurance will cover the cost of the surgery.” Now that my friend is just plain crazy.

When it comes to care, if you need it, you need it! Regardless of if it is covered, regardless of if you can “afford” it and regardless of if you want it! If you need it, you need it.

A much better question to ask is “What is the best value for my healthcare dollar?”. Investing your money is all about value not amount. For example, I believe that a dollar wasted is too much but spending a half of a million dollars to buy a one million dollar house is an extraordinary deal.

The truth that any patient with a severely degenerated spine would gladly sign over the deed to their million dollar house, to the doctor, if he could restore their health. The sad fact is that once damaged, there is no cure. There are no spine and nervous system replacements and it is very unlikely there ever will be. What is absolutely tragic is that this type of degeneration is almost 100% preventable with regular check-ups and proper chiropractic maintenance.

Chiropractic is an exceptional value for your healthcare dollar. If you need it, the benefits you receive from chiropractic are incalculable compared to the amount of money spent! In fact they are priceless.

How much time does a chiropractic visit take?

For your first visit, allow 45 minutes to 1 hour. On this visit you will need to complete some obligatory health forms, you will have a chance to sit down and consult with the doctor to review your symptoms, history, lifestyle and your health goals.

The next step is a chiropractic physical examination, some very high-tech nervous system scans, possibly an x-ray study and finally, if you are in pain, some first aid care and home instructions.

Typically on the second visit allow 30 to 45 minutes. On this visit you will receive your doctor’s report of findings where he will let you know if he can help you, he will show you what is wrong and why, how long care will take, how much care will cost and finally he will let you know of your options for care. You will then receive your first full chiropractic adjustment (treatment).

On subsequent visits allow 10 to 20 minutes door to door. The actual treatments may only take a few minutes once your work-up is complete and you have set up your treatment plan and goals.

Once I start care do I have to go forever?

In a great practice the doctor should support all clients at the level and frequency that they choose. There should never be any pressure to do anything you are not 100% behind. You may take advantage of all the phenomenal health and wellness benefits for as long and as often as you choose. Great doctors should always respect and support the wishes of their clients.

Does my body become dependent on chiropractic care?

This question always make me smile. There is absolutely nothing about chiropractic care that makes you dependent on care. There is however something that is highly addicting about feeling really good. It is funny but once people start feeling great they tend to want to stay feeling great. Chiropractic care helps your body to function at a much higher level which feels fantastic. Chiropractic care is similar to exercise but without all the sweating. If you consistently work out, the benefit is you become physically fit which feels much better that being unfit and out of shape. Most people who are in great shape continue to work out because they like the feeling of being in shape. What happens if they stop exercising? They continue to feel good for a time but all too quickly lose their conditioning and lose the benefits of feeling great. Now I ask you is exercise addicting? Does your body become dependent on exercise? Of course not and there is also nothing about chiropractic care that makes you dependent either.

Conclusion: Safe conservative chiropractic care is an essential part of a natural wellness lifestyle. Not only will you enjoy less pain and an enhanced quality of life but you will avoid permanent damage and degeneration to your body.

Personal Values, Beliefs, Fears – Are Yeast Infections One of Your Current Or Recent Health Issues?

Yeast infections are a common health issue for women all over the world. In addition to using traditional medical treatment you may choose to explore complementary energy medicine and mind body spirit wisdom if this is one of your recent health issues.

Louise Hay is a long-time, respected pioneer in the field of mind body medicine. She has done phenomenal work in relating emotional and mental attitudes with specific illnesses.

The idea is that you can use the condition itself to help you understand the cause of the energy blocks that helped to create the physical challenge being experienced. In this way, re-balancing on the mental, emotional and spiritual levels can help to recreate balance on the physical level.

As you read through the possible cause and affirmation below, take a few deep breaths to center in your heart so as to allow space for your own inner intuitive knowingness to provide relevant insights and understandings.

Personal Values, Beliefs, Fears and ‘Heal Your Body’ Causes of Yeast Infections

Denying your own needs. Not supporting yourself.

Louise Hay Affirmations For Yeast Infections

I now choose to support myself in loving, joyous ways.

Effects of Stress on the Body, Dimensions of Health and Wellness Tips For Yeast Infections

If you are experiencing yeast infections,spend quiet time with yourself and begin to process how any of the above information relates to you .

As you invest time and energy to more deeply understand how your yeast problems relate to life issues that concern you now, it is my experience that revealing insights will reveal themselves to you. Use these to help you decrease stressful factors and increase your experience of love, joy, peace and abundance in every area of your life.

Why Is Reflexology Controversial Anyway?

Reflexology is based on the principle that there are different areas situated on the feet, hands, and ears, which correspond to different areas in the body. According to reflexologists there are different reflex areas on the feet and hands which form a body map; an image of the body. Reflexologists manipulate these zones through pressure on the premise and believe this pressure will physically affect different areas of the body. While there is no concrete medical evidence which supports this theory, practitioners are adamant that they can improve health and wellness through pressure points on these areas, and despite the lack of support from the medical community many people have found comfort and recovery through this alternative practice.

Reflexologists claim that they are able to influence “life energy” (known as Qi), open energy pathways and restore energy balance through this treatment. While facing a fair amount of criticism from the scientific community, reflexology still holds some standing, especially in the circles of alternative medicine practitioners. So, we know that reflexology has come under fire in recent years, but where did this treatment originate and can that possibly aid in substantiating reflexologist’s claims, debunking whether this alternative treatment has historical substance or if it was just formulated by a guy who was looking to make a quick buck and, instead, made a fortune.

Interestingly enough the practices and principles of reflexology can be traced back to ancient Chinese and Egyptian civilizations. A practice started in the United States in 1913 when a doctor by the name of William H. Fitzgerald claimed that by applying pressure in specific areas he could anesthetise other areas of the body. This idea was developed in the 1930’s by Eunice Ingham, a physiotherapist stated that the hands and feet mapped the body through various reflexes. It was then that what was known as “zone therapy” was renamed reflexology. Ingham’s findings were then later developed by a woman by then name of Laura Norman who shaped and formed the practice of reflexology into the practice that it is today.

Now that we know the history of this alternative treatment, how does it work? We know that reflexologists claim that different areas on the feet and hands affect different areas of the body, but let’s delve a little deeper. For example, according to reflexologists the balls of the feet affect the heart and chest area, the tips of the toes affect the head; the arch triggers the pancreas and liver, and the heel; the lower back and intestines. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, but through applying pressure to these areas reflexologists believe that they can promote health in organs in the corresponding areas. An explanation of the treatment is that these pressure points send impulses to the brain, releasing chemicals and producing endorphins which combat pain and de-stress the body.

While reflexology does provide stress and pain relief it is also an extremely relaxing treatment. Indeed, reflexologists do apply firm pressure during the treatment, but this being said a reflexology session should never be painful. If you do experience pain during the treatment ensure that you let your reflexologists know. Your therapist may continue to apply pressure to these tender areas and the discomfort should decrease.

So, although there is limited evidence to substantiate this alternative treatment and a possibility of pain during the treatment, so why would anyone try reflexology? Because of the results! Despite the substantial opposition from the scientific community reflexology has helped many people with headaches, arthritis, hormonal imbalances, insomnia, stress, digestive disorders, and other conditions. The fact of the matter is; if you are finding no respite from any one of these conditions then why wouldn’t you try it? Each and every person is different, and while reflexology might not work for your neighbour it may work wonders for you!

This treatment is for anyone and everyone. You cannot say that a treatment is ineffective until you have tried it, and while there is much division around the subject, it could be your save and grace. Try a session of reflexology and at the very worst, you’ll simply relax and feel great afterwards. And if you are ticklish, don’t worry. Reflexologists apply a fair amount of pressure, so even if you giggle when someone touches your feet you will soon get over it and relax.

Effects of Aloe Vera Colon Cleanse Tablets

Since the age of time as old as Alexander the Great’s, the use of the medicinal herb Aloe Vera is already a practice in wound healing. Aloe Vera is a natural herb that is popularly known for its abundant vitamins and minerals giving the human body improvement on health and wellness while not causing any painful or uncomfortable side effects. Because of this, the Aloe Vera is extensively used in aiding healing in various health problems today.

Aloe Vera, with the advancement of technology today, can be seen in many forms, juice, gels, pastes and even tablets. Aloe Vera colon cleanse tablets are just one of many Aloe Vera products people rely on in improving their overall health.

Use of Aloe Vera Tablets

Aloe Vera cleanse tablets provide people with the essential nutrients of the herb in an efficient way in the form of tablets. Other than the important vitamins and minerals, the tablets also provide the herb’s natural antibacterial capability to fight against infection. The chemical structure of the herb Aloe creates a potent antibiotic element capable of destructing the cell walls of the harmful and toxic bacteria in the body, most especially in the areas of the intestines and the skin.

The Aloe Vera colon cleanse tablets also provide the fibers found in the herb. These fibers aid in colon cleansing by stimulating the normal peristaltic movement of the intestines. This is one of the mechanisms of the helpful capability of Aloe Vera as a colon cleanser. The peristaltic movements may also be increased with the intake of other colon cleanse tablets which may cause eventual pain and cramping. But Aloe Vera in particular do not cause gastrointestinal discomfort or pain. The fiber, chemicals, and other substances of the herb are friendlier to the intestines.

Other than not causing pain, Aloe actually relieves pain and soothes the intestines. In this way, normal process of digestion is regulated and restored. The gastrointestinal tract, after being cleansed by Aloe colon cleanse tablets will then be likely ready to handle normal process of digestion, absorption and movement of bowels.

Colon and Gastrointestinal Health

Cleansing in itself has many benefits to the body. People can get as much toxic substances as the nutrients they get from the variety of food they eat. This is especially true if the person does not observe healthy diet where majority of the food source he gets come from fast food and junk foods. Also, when people eat too much, the digestive system will also have much to handle and stress follows. In the normal process of digestion, food will be broken down into pieces and the nutrients they contain will be absorbed by the body. The waste products will then be removed by the body.

There are times when the intestines cannot excrete all the waste products, and some of them will be retained inside the colon. This is what causes the toxin build-up in the body leading a person to feel a myriad of uncomfortable symptoms including migraine, headache, dizziness, sleepiness, decreased mental awareness etc. This can also lead to constipation. To prevent this and also to get rid of this build-up of waste products, cleansing is done.

Cleansing is not performed in a regular basis. After colon cleansing is done, the colon is expected to be restored and somehow refreshed therefore making it more ready in the normal process of digestion and absorption of food. Another colon cleansing in the same week shouldn’t be necessary. But this only applies in certain colon cleansing products such as enemas, or formulated beverages or other colon cleansing pills. Aloe Vera Colon Cleanse Tablets are safe to use on a daily basis because it does not cause any disruption in the normal digestive process.

Qivana – The Secret Derek Hall of Qivana

Qivana is another new MLM startup that has thrown its hat into the health and wellness arena. What helps set Qivana apart is the unique approach to the health products they market. The company concentrates on detoxification and cleansing of the body first, while implementing a Chinese herb and mineral regimen later, after the body has regained its ability to absorb the nutrients.

Qivana is the brainchild of Derek Hall even though he shares the spotlight with co-founders Rodney James, Devin Glazier and Justin Banner, all of which have extensive backgrounds in the health and wellness industry.

Derek Hall is quite the impressive success story considering he emigrated at 15 from England. He began his working life at McKesson Corp as a truck driver of all things. Some would say that starting his career working for a pharmaceutical company and continuing there for 26 yrs really molded him for his success in the natural supplements business. He actually spent the last 10 yrs at McKesson as Senior V.P. in San Francisco at their corporate offices.

Literally every company that Derek Hall has touched, has experienced tremendous growth and prosperity.

At McKesson, sales revenues grew from 10 to 22 billion with Derek at the helm. As Chief Executive Officer of Oasis Life Sciences, annual sales ballooned from $18,000,000 to 76,000,000 in just over 2 yrs. As President and Chief Executive Officer of Botanicals Int’l, annual sales exploded to 42 million from 26 million in 2 yrs.

Seems everything Derek Hall touches simply turns to gold, and with good reason. He seems to have a unique vision for the future of natural products in the respective industry.

The fact that Derek also owned 3 businesses and founded Integrated Therapeutics, an alternative care company, helps give him a different perspective. One that can only help in his quest for the success of Qivana and the Independent Business Owner (IBO).

There are some in the industry that might say that Qivana is troubled right out of the gate, considering Derek Hall has been sued by UniVera Sciences, a company in which he served as the chief Executive Officer.

I personally have never been one to really believe in any type of non compete agreements and that is basically what the Qivana lawsuit is really about.

Realistically, how could anyone in their right mind expect someone like Derek Hall, who has spent 40 yrs. in this industry, not to re-enter if after taking a couple of yrs off after resigning from UniVera? It would be a totally different situation if he had stolen top secret, proprietary company research documents. If you read the petition, it’s more about him starting Qivana than anything else.

I guess it will depend on the way in which his contract with UniVera Sciences was written, oh, and of course the mood of the judge on any given day.

At the end of the day, with the unique and distinctive product line, and the top notch executive team Qivana has assembled, one would have to say they get an A+ in the areas of product development and industry experience, but a C- in regards to the online marketing training their IBO’s receive. Anyone that is anyone online knows you must drive huge amounts of very targeted traffic to sites and systems (that you own), and your blogs if you want to be successful in the long term.

Everyone runs out of friends, family and neighbors eventually.

Exercise, Bodybuilding and Natural Supplements

We all know that exercise is good for us and as increasing numbers of people flock to the gym, yoga or spin class, many of them are also running to the health food store eager to find a safe and natural way to do everything from increase energy and muscle mass to decrease body fat and recovery time. While there are several substances that have been proven to improve our health and aid our exercise regimen, many of the products available today are nothing more than empty promises in an attractive bottle. Indeed most natural health supplement companies spend more on marketing and packaging than they do on the ingredients!

When choosing a natural or herbal supplement the most important factors to consider are quality, potency, absorbability and evidence of that supplements efficacy. While many nutrients may be have been proven in a lab to aid different facets of our health and wellness, these nutrients, which are most often in an isolated chemical form, may not be absorbable and usable by the body. To try and make up for this, supplement manufacturers will often increase the sheer amount of nutrients, sometimes a 1000 fold, to levels where these nutrients can actually be dangerous to our health.

The best and most easily absorbable nutrients are found in whole foods and super foods that contain the necessary bio chemicals and elements that allow our bodies to assimilate them at an efficient rate. A healthy, well balanced diet rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and good fats and oils is the foundation of any successful exercise program.

Assuming we’re eating right and avoiding processed junk food there are substances, some of which have been used for centuries, that can dramatically improve energy, shorten muscle recovery time, increase muscle mass and promote weight loss.

Shilajit, a black gooey mineral complex once the strength and conditioning secret weapon of Soviet Olympic athletes and now the anti-aging and libido enhancing secret weapon of the Hollywood elite, is an effective herbal supplement with a plethora of uses in exercise and body building. Shilajit is thought to be made up of plant matter trapped in the rocky cliffs of the Himalaya mountain range millions of years ago. It is prized in India for its potent regenerative powers and for increasing strength. Pure and genuine shilajit, which is rare and difficult to find, produces immense and sustained energy, which, as has been proven in several major studies at Russian universities, can improve workload (weight x repetition) by as much as 29%. It has also been shown to decrease muscle recovery time by as much as 50%. It gets better! Shilajit also burns fat while at the same time increasing muscle mass, a property every body builder will find irresistible. There are several companies marketing shilajit but be cautious as many of these products are in fact extracts from ordinary dirt and not the rare and precious substance found in remote high altitude regions of the Himalayas. For maximum benefits, ensure that you purchase pure and authentic shilajit of Himalayan origin. Most of the powders and extracts are reported to be of questionable quality and efficacy while the genuine black gooey tar like substance, although expensive, is extremely effective.

Chlorella, single cell algae, naturally contains a wide range of vitamins, minerals, is made up of 60% protein and contains all essential amino acids. Like authentic shilajit, it is a whole food so this means that those nutrients have a high absorption rate in the body. It is also the highest source of naturally occurring chlorophyll on the planet. The cleansing action of chlorophyll helps to minimize muscle stiffness and inflammation while nucleic acids of a component called Chlorella Growth Factor help to build and repair muscle fibers. Chlorella is also a source of natural calcium and magnesium which are necessary for muscle and nerve function and help to prevent cramps and muscle fatigue.

Muira Puama, a shrub native to the Amazon rainforest, is mainly known for its aphrodisiac properties but has been shown to increase natural levels of testosterone. Testosterone is needed for exercises such as running and weight lifting, thus activities that require strength and endurance and is also needed to build lean muscle mass. Muira Puama is also reported to treat exhaustion and to promote nervous system function.

As with all herbs and supplements, ensure that you purchase from a reputable company that offers high quality, high potency products and can provide details of source and efficacy.

Always consult a health care professional before taking any supplements no matter if you buy natural herbal supplements or synthetic supplements made in the labs of the pharmaceutical industry.

Exercises to Help Reduce Candida Infections

Can exercising reduce yeast infections and cure them naturally? Yes! If you want to significantly impact your body’s ability to fend off excess candida, exercise is one of the best things you can do for yeast infection fighting as well as your overall health and wellness.

While we all need a little bit of yeast bacteria in our bodies to help with digestion and bacteria, candida that replicate beyond optimal levels create havoc in our bodies and many negative side effects ensue.

Fighting recurring candida infections involves many lifestyle changes including diet and exercise as well as the need for specific supplements in some cases. By exercising on a regular basis, you can make a big difference and it can happen in just five minutes a day. Here are some exercises you can do to help your body’s ability to fight off candida albicans from multiplying at an unhealthy level, which is what causes yeast infections or Candidiaisis.

Sweating and Candida

Sweating is a great way to rid your body of toxins so exercising with a lot of clothing on is important. Don’t forget to stay well hydrated and eat a balanced diet when you exercise and when undertaking a new exercise regimen it is important to have it cleared by your doctor, particularly if you have any other health problems.

Weight loss and a healthy diet are also helpful for fighting yeast infections. Those with a sedentary lifestyle and poor dietary habits create a haven for yeast that multiplies fastest in a toxic, sedentary environment.

Aerobics to fight Albicans Yeast

Aerobics gets the heart pumping and helps oxygenate the body. Oxygen increases the pH level of your body and if your pH level is in the ideal zone, candida albicans can’t thrive.

Rebounding and Candida

Rebounding is a cellular exercise that involves jumping on a mini trampoline and doing various exercises. Rebounding and candida fighting is something increasingly being looked at because of the many health benefits of rebounding exercise which takes pressure off your joints and helps you burn more calories in a shorter time without getting as tired and sore as you would from other exercises. Rebounding also helps your body’s white blood count increase, which strengthens your body’s immune system. An increased immune system can help your body naturally fight off candida.

One of the great things about rebounding is that people who are sedentary can begin this type of exercise quickly and easily. Even the elderly or very overweight can start off with easy and low impact rebounding exercises and escalate to high levels of fitness quickly. The rebounder cleanses the lymphatic system, burns calories and tones the body.

When you begin, start with five-minute increments and gradually increase to twenty minutes per day for increased benefits. If you are concerned about your ability to jump on the rebounder unaided, consider buying a model that has a stability bar for you to hold onto while jumping.

Other exercises that can be helpful include Pilates, Yoga, Cycling and strength-training. Any exercise can be helpful in fighting recurring yeast infections.

Your health can be significantly improved with a healthy diet and exercise. Along with increasing your activity level, a candida diet can be really helpful in naturally eradicating yeast infections from your life.

Personal Values, Beliefs, Fears and Your Health Issues Today – Having Problems With Post Nasal Drip?

Your front burner life issues that are of concern to you are reflected in your body’s consciousness map. You can learn and practice how to associate your current health issues with your current life issues because this gives you an effective tool that you can consistently utilise to help you clear and heal both.

Stressful life situations leave their energetic stamp as energy blocks in your body. Louise Hay is a pioneer in matching the body’s health conditions to the underlying mind body spirit life issues that you have not yet cleared and released.  Let us learn from what she has to say about post nasal drip.

 

Personal Values, Beliefs, Fears and ‘Heal Your Body’ Causes of Post Nasal Drip

Inner crying.  Childish tears.   Victim.

Louise Hay Affirmations For Mind Body Spirit Approach To Post Nasal Drip

I acknowledge and accept that I am the creative power in my world.   I now choose to enjoy my life.

Personal Values Beliefs, Dimensions of Health and Wellness Information on Post Nasal Drip

Take the above suggested post nasal drip causes and Louise Hay affirmations to help you pry open the door into the mind body spirit issues underlying your current health issue.   As you work this, allow your own innate insights and guidance to help you make connections between your post nasal drip and current personal values, beliefs and fears that are limiting your life now.

If you learn to figure out how these ways of thinking, feeling, believing and creating your life started, you will be able to transform your illness at the causal level.   This creates transformation of your health and gives you great practice in being the conscious creator of your life.

25 Plus Ways to Grow Your Business As a Beachbody Coach

To achieve the most success as a Beachbody coach I think the most important thing is to be consistent and take action. Try to set long term goals for yourself for 1 year, 2 years and even 5 years down the line. It takes time to build your business and to have massive success in network marketing you will have to build relationships, take consistent action and become a leader. Here is a list of ideas and ways myself and other coaches have used to build their business. So if you are just starting as a Beachbody coach or are looking into it here are some great ways to get your business going.

1. Make videos about anything related to Beachbody and put them on the popular video sites. Talk about your journey to fitness, your struggles, what programs you like or other things related to Beachbody. Doing videos helps you reach a large audience and people get to see you and hear your story. It is a good way to make a deeper connection with your customers.

2. Start a Fit Club. Getting out there into your community and doing the Beachbody workouts can really help to grow your business. It is a great way for people to try out the workouts. Many of the coaches who do fit clubs find their business is growing quickly.

3. Do a Home Party. Make a fun event out of Beachbody and the workouts. Have people over and demonstrate a workout and sample some of the nutritional products.

4. Lead a challenge with a group of friends or family. Challenge friends and family to a fitness contest or a weight loss challenge. You could use a Beachbody workout or product as part of the challenge. You could also make a Beachbody product an incentive for the winner.

5. Lead a health challenge at a large company. You will find many large companies have health and wellness incentives for their employees if they are working out a certain number of days per week. You could organize a large challenge at a company or work with their HR to make Beachbody workouts a part of their health and wellness incentive package.

6. Present the Beachbody opportunity to Personal Trainers. Beachbody is a great opportunity for personal trainers to not only supplement their income but help Beachbody customers with their knowledge. Working with Beachbody as coaches they will have the opportunity to offer more to their existing clients and make more money so it really is a win-win situation for them.

7. Present the Beachbody opportunity to Real Estate Agents. Beachbody is a business that works well for Real Estate agents because they already know the importance of networking and how to market a business. Beachbody is a great way for Real Estate Agents to supplement or replace their lost income.

8. Present the Beachbody opportunity to Teachers. While some teachers enjoy their summers off there are some that look for jobs or opportunities in the summer. Summer is an ideal time for a teacher to get started with Beachbody and build their business and then continue part time during the school year.

9. Work with Brides. Every bride wants to look fantastic on her wedding day. You could coach a bride and her wedding party to get into shape using Beachbody products. You could work with wedding planners to offer your free fitness coaching when they buy a Beachbody workout.

10. Work with New Moms. Moms are also a large demographic who want to get back in shape and feel good. Beachbody works out great for new moms because they can workout at home when they can fit it into their schedule.

11. Present Beachbody workouts to people doing a weight loss program such as Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers. The Beachbody workouts are a great compliment to eating well and losing weight. Since these programs focus more on weight loss with eating you could help people using these programs to find an appropriate workout to round out their weight loss plan.

12. Present the Beachbody Products to Police and Fire Departments. Police and fire departments are great to work with because they need effective workouts to keep them in shape for their jobs. You could even lead a challenge with a fire or police department.

13. Present the Beachbody products to Athletes. Many of the more intense Beachbody programs really help sports players and athletes train for their sport or build up their endurance. There are many pro sports players and even MMA fighters who are using P90X.

14. Have a garage sale and display Beachbody Products. If you are going to have a garage sale you could hand out samples of Shakeology to shoppers at your sale. You could also set up a table with Beachbody products and have a workout playing.

15.Do a booth at Local Events- There are events both big and small where you can set up a Beachbody booth. You could do a booth at a race or a marathon, a health and wellness fair or any other local gathering where you get permission. Check into costs and any restrictions you might have before committing to it.

16. Go to the Library and leave your business cards in exercise and fitness books. People looking for exercise and fitness advice from books would most likely be thrilled to have the free coaching that Beachbody coaches offer. This is a great way to target people who are looking for what you have to offer.

17. Communicate with your free customers. Market and follow up with your free customers. Find out what program they are doing and send them a follow up letter or post card asking how they are doing and how you can help them.

18. Do weekly a weekly newsletter for all of your customers. Stay in touch with your customers so they know who you are and are there to offer them help. I have had several customers contact me and say their coach has never been in touch with them. You will lose out on developing a relationship with your customers if you don’t stay in touch and offer your help.

19. When you are out and about wear Beachbody logo items. Many of the Beachbody brands are very popular so you will most likely get people starting conversations with you.

20. Be a great example of someone who is a product of the product. If you want to sell the products it is hard to do if you are not using them. If you are using them and have had great results people will approach you. It leads to easy conversations and sales when people can see you have used the product and have had a great result. I hope these things help you out if you are a new Beachbody coach or are looking to become a Beachbody coach.

21. Have Beachbody decals made for your vehicle. This is fairly inexpensive and you get a lot of exposure for your business as you are out driving around.

23. Start a Facebook Page/Group.Create a Facebook page or group. This is a great way to separate your business from your personal Facebook page. It is a great way to communicate with your customers and fans about what is going on in your business and to keep people plugged in.

24. Create a Hub page or Squidoo lens about fitness or Beachbody. These 2 sites are free and they are a great way to write about things related to fitness or Beachbody. Try writing unique and interesting content and you could help get traffic to your blog or website.

25. Learn. Learn all you can from people on your team, in your upline, and underneath you. Read all you can about network marketing, personal development, personal branding, social media, or anything else that relates to this business. The more knowledge you have the more powerful you will become.

26. Set long term goals for your Beachbody Business. Beachbody is not a get rich quick business. You will have to work at this business to be successful. Set goals for yourself for a year, two years or even five years down the road. Take consistent action to achieve those goals and you will be doing well.

I hope these ideas help you get going in your Beachbody business or give you some ideas if you are looking to get started as a Beachbody Coach.

‘Daoist Health Preservation Exercises’ By Bian Zhizhong – A Review

Chinese anti-aging and longevity expert Bian Zhizhong looks to natural treatments to restore youthfulness and prolong healthy life in ‘Daoist Health Preservation Exercises’ (1996) from China Today Press. He explains why these are more effective than traditional Western methods before setting out in easy-to-understand detail, practical methods and routines with supplementary drawn illustrations for those interested to follow as part of a relatively short text (144 pp) but one jam-packed with sound practical advice.

Never judge a book by its cover,’ they say. However in this case the aforementioned, showing two Cranes walking to and fro with outstretched necks, should not be ignored. The Crane, a Chinese Longevity symbol, has good habits that help make it long-lived, These include Qigong practice. Safe in their mountainous, forested retreats Cranes walk to and fro with necks outstretched calling out ‘He’ forcibly exhaling stale air after a long day’s flying and feeding many miles away– thus the Crane’s is ‘He’ in Chinese. They are also associated, via 5 Elements Theory, with Water and the kidneys, hence the association between the latter and good health and longevity made by Bian Zhizhong at various points in his text.

The author initially laments the fact that exercise and sport are not, by themselves, conducive to longevity, pointing out that even athletes and manual workers may age quickly and die young. “How can we restore youthfulness?” (p.15) he asks,when medicines, drugs, hormone therapy, organ transplants etc may upset the body’s natural balance and cause illnesses to develop as a consequence (p.19). These disturb the immune system’s natural pattern of hormone production essentially associated with the kidney-the resulting imbalance making us more prone to disease and sickness than before.

The body’s internal and external performance and overall health are, he argues, best improved by Qigong practice combining breath control, exercise and external self-massage focusing on the ‘xiadan’ or lower abdominal area of the body (front and rear). The kidneys, intimately associated with internal and external watery secretions are essential to healthy growth, development and aging. Strong kidney vitality means long life and good health and weak kidneys early, fast aging and a short lifespan the author states (p.17) before presenting details of the preventative and remediative exercises of the Huashan Mountain Daoist Qigong School (to which he belongs) which focus on this area in particular.

Exercises fall into three categories: i. Rhythmic Breathing (e.g. Restoring Spring p.19); ii. Exercise Routines (e.g. Dragon Swimming p.32) and iii. External Self-Massage (e.g. Rubbing the Dragon’s Head p.93). Regular combined practice of these for general health and fitness purposes, as part of a regular exercise routine, should cause noticeable improvements to various bodily functions within a relatively short time (my own experiences indicate that this is so).

The author then proceeds to list commonly occurring chronic conditions and/or areas of ill-health and assigns to each a prescription of routines drawn from i) to iii) above. This is interspersed with ‘vignettes’ taken from case-records of such treatments in action to indicate the potential effects of dedicated application of his methods on the conditions concerned.

A final extensive report (relating to the treatment of impotence) from a grateful ex patient testifies to such practices’ efficacy in treating a range of conditions inflicting untold misery upon many. All this may be achieved without surgery or drugs (and the consequent imbalances to internal bodily functions their use occasions) the book makes clear whilst these exercises also help to maintain and restore the body’s natural hormonal balance at the same time.

Understanding Stress and Coping

In my college stress management textbook, Coping With Stress in a Changing World, I define stress as “a holistic transaction between an individual and a potential stressor resulting in a stress response.” This way of defining stress combines three elements of most modern definitions of stress;

(1) viewing stressors as potential stressors,

(2) transforming a potential stressor to actual stressor involves a transaction between you and the potential stressor that takes place in a specific holistic context, and

(3) the result of the transaction determines whether a physiological stress response kicks in.

Stress begins with the presence of a potential stressor, something that is personally threatening and has the ability to trigger a stress response within you. This potential stressor can be a person, place, thing, situation, thought, emotion or body sensation. There is a limitless array of potential stressors. It is important to understand that a stressor is really only a potential stressor until you feel threatened by it and unable to cope with it. A bill, for instance, is usually not a stressor if you have enough money in your checking account to pay it. It becomes a stressor when you don’t know how you are going to pay it or when you know you need that money for something else. Often, the threat posed by a potential stressor is more ambiguous than just described and the uneasiness you feel when exposed to it is caused in part by your inability to put your finger on what is making you feel uncomfortable. The threat could be to your self-esteem, someone dear to you, or a variety of other things.

A transaction is the actual assessment of the threat posed by the potential stressor. It involves weighing the degree of threat posed by the potential stressor against your perceived ability to cope with it. Coping involves your own psychological strengths as well as outside resources. An important fact about stress transactions is that they do not occur in a vacuum. They are holistic because they are influenced by your overall level of physical, social, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, occupational, and environmental health at the time you are exposed to them. Your overall level of health and wellness provide a frame of reference (or context) for your exposure to, and appraisal of, the potential stressor.

Your evaluation of a potential stressor is always influenced by the time and place in which you are exposed to it and your overall level of health and wellness at the time. This is why you will evaluate the same potential stressor differently the next time you are exposed to it. Not only will you be exposed to it at a different time and under different circumstances, you will be a different person (a little older and wiser, maybe more rested, perhaps on your way home from a wonderful vacation etc.).

The last component of my definition refers to the response that is triggered once you perceive a potential stressor as threatening and beyond your ability to cope with. The stress response begins in your brain as it sends messages throughout your body via nerve transmissions and circulating hormones that initiate a complex response designed to mobilize energy to fight or flee from the stressor. This fight or flight response is immediate, life-saving, and the same for all people in response to all stressors. If fight or flight is not possible, your body shifts into a lower-intensity response that adapts to and resists the presence of the stressor. In time, if the stressor is not removed, or coped with effectively, it exhausts you. While the stress response initially is beneficial and designed to get you out of harm’s way and save your life, frequent or continual activation of this same response can cause serious physical and psychological health problems.

Stress as a Holistic Phenomenon

Let’s use getting stuck in traffic and being 20 minutes late for an appointment as an example of what I mean by the holistic nature of stress. Imagine you are on your way to work this morning. Last night you had a bitter argument with your husband/wife and slept on the couch. You had a fitful night’s sleep and woke up late, with a sore back. Running late, you rush to get out of the house, forget your briefcase, and don’t have time for breakfast. On your way to work you buy coffee and an egg sandwich at the drive-in window of your local fast-food store. Still angry at your spouse and feeling distracted by being rushed, you pull out of the store without looking and almost ram into another car. You swerve to avoid the other driver and in the process spill hot coffee on your new business suit that you just got last night. Five miles into your 30 mile commute to work there was an accident on the road involving a tractor-trailer and a mini-van that slows traffic to a crawl. You realize that this is going to make you 20 minutes late for work and that you are going to miss your appointment. Now you are really furious and scream and yell at the accident as you pass it on the highway. You fumble for your cell phone and, while trying to drive and dial, call your boss explaining that you are going to be late for work. Your utter sense of helplessness and inability to cope with this situation sounds the alarm for the initiation of a stress response.

Let’s look at the same accident and 20 minute delay under different circumstances. Imagine it is six months later. You are on your way to work this morning. Last night you had a wonderful romantic evening with your husband/wife. Your daughter slept over a friend’s house and your spouse suggested that you play a little tennis together and then go out for a late dinner and drinks, even though it was the middle of the week. You had a great game of tennis, a wonderful meal, shared an excellent bottle of wine, and had the best sex in a long time, knowing that your daughter was sleeping soundly at her friend’s house. You slept like a log and woke up late, but with a smile on your face.

You rush out of the house, but make sure to stop and give your spouse a big hug and kiss. On your way to work you buy coffee and an egg sandwich at the drive-in window of your local fast-food store. You are careful not to spill the coffee all over yourself as you slowly pull out into the traffic. A car cuts in front of you but you are see it coming and are able to avoid it without spilling coffee all over yourself. As you pull out of the store you find yourself smiling and singing along to a song on the radio. You can’t remember when an egg sandwich tasted so good. In a few minutes you enter the highway. Five miles into your 30 mile commute to work there was an accident on the road involving a tractor-trailer and a mini-van that slows traffic to a crawl. You realize that this was going to make you 20 minutes late for work. As you pass the scene of the accident you sip your coffee and are thankful it isn’t you in the wreck. You pull over and call your boss on your cell phone explaining that you would be late for work. You call the person that you had the appointment with, apologize, and reschedule for another date.

In both situations you were exposed to the same potentially stressful situation; running behind schedule, getting stuck in traffic, and being 20 minutes late for work and an appointment. You encountered the potential stressor under two different sets of circumstances. These circumstances and the time between the two occasions definitely played a part in how you perceived the potential stressor each time it presented itself. In the first scenario you were already tired and in a bad mood from the events of the previous night and early morning. Under those circumstances, you rushed unnecessarily and were distracted. Getting stuck in traffic and being late for work was very threatening and something that you just couldn’t cope with. In the second scenario you were in such a great mood from the events of the previous night and early morning that you felt that you could cope with just about anything. You were thinking more clearly and realized that rushing unnecessarily would not get you to work much quicker at that time of the morning. Rather than feel stressed, you felt lucky that you were safe in your car as you crawled past the scene of the accident.

A New Way of Looking at Coping

Defining stress as a holistic transaction between an individual and a potential stressor resulting in a stress response sets up an entirely new way of coping with stress. When you view stress this way, you no longer see it as something that just happens to you, and is beyond your control. Stress is more than just “bills” or “traffic” or “the government.” Stress is now viewed as something that you can play an active role in understanding and managing. This gives you a sense of power because it provides multiple places where you can step in and intervene in the transaction. The progression from potential stressor to actual stressor and stress response does not have to automatically happen. You play the biggest part in determining how it proceeds.

The first way to intervene is to make a subtle shift in your language. Just using the words potential stressor, instead of calling them stressors, defuses their power to create stress. It allows you to stop accepting the outdated belief that certain things are inherently stressful. The whole notion of universal stressors (things that are threats for everyone under all circumstances) is nonsense and something you will no longer just accept without question.

Another example of how you can intervene in the leap from potential stressor to stress response is to build a toolbox of different kinds of coping strategies that are based on your values and work for you. In my approach to stress management I teach students and clients a variety of strategies and levels of coping that will give them all of the tools they need to cope with an infinite variety of potential stressors. Think of each coping strategy as a resource you have at your disposal to deal with stressors. The more different coping resources you have at your disposal, the easier it is to find one that works for you against a specific stressor in a specific place and time. Once you develop such a repertoire of coping strategies you begin to build confidence in your ability to cope with almost any potential stressor. This is called your perceived ability to cope. If you believe you can cope with a potential stressor it will keep you from perceiving it as threatening. In other words, if you feel that a potential stressor is not threatening and you believe you can cope with it, you can short-circuit the stress response.

Lastly, by understanding that the stress transaction is holistic in nature, you’ll begin to recognize the important role that your health plays in the stress response. Since every stress transaction is influenced by your overall level of wellness across the seven dimensions of health (physical, social, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, occupational and environmental), you can become more stress-resistant by building high-level health. High-level health can help you prevent potential stressors from ever becoming actual stressors by giving you the energy and resources you’ll need to assess them accurately and cope with them properly.

Aerobic Or Anaerobic – Which Is Better?

Aerobic training is exercise that involves or improves oxygen consumption by the body. The word Aerobic means with oxygen. Along with using and improving the body’s oxygen consumption, aerobic training also increases the body’s ability to burn fatty acids during an exercise session. An example of an aerobic exercise session would be one that consists of a warm up, then a moderate level of exercise for an extended period of time that exercises the large muscle groups, and is then followed by a cool down. No matter what the type of exercise, it is important to know that aerobic exercise is very beneficial from fat burning to cardiovascular health and wellness.

Anaerobic training involves exercise that is intense enough to trigger anaerobic metabolism. It greatly increases the body’s functional capacity for development of explosive strength and maximization of the short-term energy systems. An example would be non-endurance sports such as body builders using anaerobic training to promote speed, strength, power and muscle mass. This leads to greater performance in high intensity, short duration activities.

Several physiological responses the body will happen with aerobic training. A person’s aerobic capacity will be higher. There will be an increase in trained muscle capacity which is from the capacity to utilize and mobilize fat that is resulting from high amounts of fat metabolizing enzymes as well as increased blood flow. The body also experiences greater development of slow twitch muscle fibers, increased myoglobin content which is essentially an iron-protein compound inside muscle that acts to store and transport oxygen to the muscle. Aerobic exercise improves the body’s use of oxygen, thus increasing the ability to store it and transport it, which results in greater slow muscle twitch fibers.

A number of physiological changes exist with anaerobic training as well, and will show the large difference between the two and what benefit each one is. Anaerobic training increases the size of the fast twitch muscle fibers vs the slow twitch. Creates an increased tolerance to higher levels of blood lactate as well as increases enzymes involved in the anaerobic phase of glucose breakdown. Anaerobic training also produces increase resting levels of ATP, CP, creatine and glycogen content. High intensity weight training in sessions of 45-75 minutes will cause increased growth hormone and testosterone levels.

Because aerobic and anaerobic training focuses on very different results on the body, it is easy to assume there are many different adaptations the body must make if one were to choose to only exclusively train aerobic or anaerobic.

If one were to choose to do only aerobic training for over one year, you would see increased overall cardiovascular health. The body would adapt to using fatty acids for energy and would target the development of slow twitch muscle fibers. Those who choose to train aerobically are your typical 5k, 10k and marathon runners. Aerobic training will create endurance and those who train aerobically will be able to maintain exercise at a certain level for a longer period of time. What the body will not experience is a gain in overall strength. Aerobic training will not give a person gains in overall strength, power or explosive strength abilities. The body after a year has conditioned itself to utilize oxygen, burn fatty acids, and be an endurance machine. After a year, it would be hard for the person to attempt to try anaerobic training such as weight lifting. However, it can be done with the change of one’s fitness goals and training.

If someone were to choose to do anaerobic training for over a year, the body would adapt to using glycogen as fuel instead of the fatty acids used in aerobic training. The body will use the training to develop fast twitch muscle fibers versus slow, as well as build muscle mass, explosive strength and overall power. The choice to use anaerobic training would allow muscle growth and fitness, but not overall cardiovascular health and no endurance. Body builders are your typical anaerobic training clientele. They have tremendous explosive strength and their bodies have adapted to a large amount of strength for a short period of time versus endurance strength over a long period of time. Many body builders use anaerobic training and no aerobic training and thus it’s not uncommon to see an extremely fit body builder who cannot run/walk/jog for even ¼ mile as they have not had any aerobic training to build their cardiovascular health and endurance abilities.