The Secret to Fighting Disease: FOOD by Lisa Lombardi

There is centuries old compelling evidence that what we eat has to power to keep us well.

Foods affect us on a cellular level.  Special compounds in foods – phytochemicals, phytonutrients, and gut friendly fiber to name some – play a role in helping us fight off heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s.  Eating certain foods can also play a role in turning on and off genes that put us at risk for health problems. 

The phytochemicals are the antioxidants.  When you are eating the rainbow you are getting the phytochemicals.  Vitamins and minerals are the phytonutrients in foods.  Of course, it is always better to get it from natural whole foods rather than supplements.  Finally, the gut friendly micronutrient is polyphenols. 

The healthiest disease-fighting menu looks 75% plant-based.  It is also important to limit overly processed foods, high in sugar, artificial ingredients, and refined grains.  Limiting alcohol because it is a carcinogen as well as processed meats.  Here are just 3 disease fighting foods. 

     ARUGULA – This ancient plant has cancer fighting glucosinolates and when we eat them we break these compounds down to compounds that curb an enzyme that lets cancer cells progress.  Try it straight up as your choice of lettuce in a salad or toss into soups or pasta or top your pizza with it.  Dark greens support healthy circulation, and a cup provides more than 27% of the USRDA’s recommendation (which is always lower than it should be) for Vitamin K.

     BUCKWHEAT SOBA NOODLES – A naturally gluten-free grain alternative, it is great for your heart, lowers cholesterol and blood sugar levels.  Eating these noodles will give you B Vitamin, Thiamine as well as the mineral manganese.  Buckwheat is a complete protein containing all the amino acids the body needs.  Check the label that it is 100% buckwheat.

     CELERY SEED – This spice can fight H. pylori bacteria, a bug that can do a number on your stomach.  It comes from a Mediterranean plant related to celery and provides polyphenols which like antioxidants fight free-radical damage.  Try it in spice rubs, salad dressings, marinades, soups and stews.  One tablespoon gives you 27% of manganese that is needed with Vitamin D and calcium for healthy bones.

THE FOUR BASIC CONCEPTS OF CHIROPRACTIC

  1. The body is a self-healing mechanism.  Cut your finger, it heals.  Cut the finger of a corpse, it does not.  Life heals.

 

  1. The nervous system is the master system of the body.  Every aspect of the human experience is processed through the nervous system from reaching for something to digesting food.

 

  1. When there is interference with the function of the nervous system, not only can it compromise your physical well-being, but it can also have psychoemotional consequences because it distorts your perception of the world and limits your ability to respond to the environment.  When this happens to a significant number of people in a society, you have a sick society.

 

  1. What I do as a chiropractor is locate and correct the cause of the interference.  Your body does the rest!!

Balance Sheet of Life

The most destructive habit  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WORRY

The greatest joy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GIVING

The greatest loss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LOSS OF SELF-RESPECT

The most satisfying work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HELPING OTHERS

The ugliest personality trait . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SELFISHNESS

The greatest “shot in the arm” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ENCOURAGEMENT

The greatest problem to overcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FEAR

The most effective sleeping pill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  PEACE OF MIND

The most crippling failure disease . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . EXCUSES

The most powerful force in life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LOVE

The most dangerous act . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A GOSSIP

The world’s most incredible computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . THE BRAIN

The worst thing to be without . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HOPE

The deadliest weapon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . THE TONGUE

The two most power-filled words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .”I CAN”

The greatest asset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FAITH

The most worthless emotion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SELF-PITY

The most beautiful attire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SMILE

The most prized possession . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  INTEGRITY

The most powerful channel of communication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  PRAYER

The most contagious spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ENTHUSIASM

 

LIFE ends, when you stop DREAMING. 

HOPE ends, when you stop BELIEVING. 

LOVE ends when you stop CARING.

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SI

You may have seen some dimples at the base of your spine, those dimples are where your sacroiliac joints are located.  The sacroiliac joints are the joints where the lower part of the spine (sacrum) connects to the pelvis. There are two sacroiliac joints, one on each side, with ligaments in each joint that hold the bones together.

When one or both joints misaligns, you will experience swelling there.  What you might feel is either a dull pain or sharp pain. The pain will usually not be where the joint is but you will feel it in the buttocks, low back, or legs.  It can also affect the groin and even the feet.  That’s why sometimes it is misdiagnosed as a hip problem or sciatica.  The tell-tale sign is difficulty turning in bed.  You would usually have more pain on weight bearing (standing, stair climbing) and relieved by sitting.  Low back pain especially a disc problem would have increased pain on sitting. 

What can cause SI joint pain could be increased stress due to weight, improper gait or a traumatic event even one that occurred years ago and has been dormant.  Many times it is just posture such as how we sleep.  Many times it can also be from lifting things. 

Usually X-rays won’t show much.  On examination, I will see one side of the pelvis higher than the other. 

Over the counter pain relievers usually don’t help much.  Use of ice can help a little.  Physical therapy may address the surrounding muscles with specific stretches; however it does not address the misalignment like chiropractic does.  And finally, some supplements that can help are apple cider vinegar, turmeric and omega fish oils to help with the inflammation.  Additionally, glucosamine or Wobenzyme can help.

Snake & Rock

Saw this on FB not sure who to credit.

 

The man doesn’t know that there is a snake underneath. 

The woman doesn’t know that there is a stone crushing the man.  The woman thinks “I am going to fall! And I can’t climb because the snake is going to bite me! Why can’t the man use a little more strength and pull me up!”

The man thinks “I am in so much pain! Yet I am still pulling you as much as I can! Why don’t you try and climb a bit harder!?”

The moral is – you can’t see the pressure the other person is under, and the other person can’t see the pain you’re in.  This is life, whether it’s with work, family, feelings, or friends, we should try to understand each other.  Learn to think differently, perhaps more clearly and communicate better. 

A little thought and patience goes a long way.  Be kind.  Everyone we meet is fighting their own battle. 

Vertigo

Saw this on FB not sure who to credit.

The man doesn’t know that there is a snake underneath. 

The woman doesn’t know that there is a stone crushing the man.  The woman thinks “I am going to fall! And I can’t climb because the snake is going to bite me! Why can’t the man use a little more strength and pull me up!”

The man thinks “I am in so much pain! Yet I am still pulling you as much as I can! Why don’t you try and climb a bit harder!?”

The moral is – you can’t see the pressure the other person is under, and the other person can’t see the pain you’re in.  This is life, whether it’s with work, family, feelings, or friends, we should try to understand each other.  Learn to think differently, perhaps more clearly and communicate better. 

A little thought and patience goes a long way.  Be kind.  Everyone we meet is fighting their own battle. 

GOING BAREFOOT IS BENEFICIAL FOR YOUR BODY

You are made up of atoms.  Everything in this world, animate and inanimate things, are made up of atoms.  There is a net charge of positive, negative, or neutral. 

When your body’s overall charge is off, chemical reactions happen that shouldn’t and reactions fail that should.  There is a growing body of evidence that shows a disruption of the body’s charge is a health concern. 

Normal day to day activities builds up a positive charge in the body.  People used to spend a lot of time in contact with the earth either walking or sleeping on the ground which would get the body back to neutral.  Wearing shoes and walking around in buildings prevents us from discharging the charge we have built up into the ground.

The best way to ground yourself is to go outside in the dirt, grass, or sand barefoot.  You can also increase your skin-to-earth contact by lying on the ground. 

So why bother to do this?

                Regulating cortisol which is your body’s main stress hormone.  You will recover from stress more

                quickly.

                Neutralizes free radicals which are molecules that damage cells in our body leading to things like

                cancers.

                Reduces inflammation.

                Improves sleep.

                Reduces some risk factors of cardiovascular disease.

                Reduces pain.

               

CASE STUDY: IMMUNITY AND CHIROPRACTIC

 

CASE STUDY: IMMUNITY AND CHIROPRACTIC

Young boy, 7 years old, suffered from chronic colds, allergies, and asthma since the age of 5 months.  The child was medicated daily in addition to nebulizer treatments when he had asthmatic attacks.  Steroid injections were also used regularly. Nothing helped!

In kindergarten, he missed 1-2 days of school per month due to being sick whether it was a cold or asthma.   Once a month he needed to go to the medical doctor.  And he experienced repeated episodes of tonsillitis and bronchitis. 

Chiropractic examination revealed structural spinal shifts in all areas of his spine that were obstructing his nervous system.  The shifts causing obstruction are VERTEBRAL SUBLUXATIONS. 

After only 2 weeks of receiving adjustments, the mom noted improvement.  Soon he was no longer dependent on his prescription medications and his asthmatic episodes were less in frequency and intensity.  No more nebulizer needed.  No more bronchitis, tonsillitis or colds!!

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CHALLENGES – HAVE YOU DONE A CHALLENGE RECENTLY?

I am referring to a challenge like the ice bucket challenge also known as the ALS challenge.  This challenge involved dumping a bucket of ice water over a person’s head to promote awareness of the disease.  It went viral on social media. 

There are many types of challenges out there . . . we will only talk about the healthy ones such as no technology challenge, 21 day meditation challenge or abs and gluts challenge.  Some challenges are physical; while others are intellectual, spiritual, or relational. 

One of the definitions of challenge is to invite to do something that one thinks will be difficult or impossible; test the abilities of.  Is that why people are drawn to challenges?  Do we do challenges to battle issues that become excuses such as time or boredom? 

I think challenges are important for personal growth.  I read somewhere that challenges should be considered personal training for the soul.  When we stretch the limits of our physical or mental capacity, we are motivated.  It also gives us accountability.  Challenge shapes us. 

Furthermore, a challenge develops mental toughness.  You either rise to meet the demands of a challenge or you succumb to them.  And because victory starts in the mind, all challenges are won or lost between your ears.  And by saying you are going to do a challenge, you put fear aside.

Challenges manifest character, initiative, self-control, focus and responsible behavior.  By rising to meet and complete a challenge, you provide proof to yourself that you have what it takes.  So you may want to start with a small challenge of only 7 days and then move into bigger ones with time and success.  You can do anything you put your mind to. 

What challenge will you do? 

HOW LONG IS YOUR TELOMERE?

First of all . . . what is a telomere? Telomeres are the caps at the end of each strand of DNA that protect our chromosomes (genes), like the plastic tips at the end of shoelaces. Without the coating, shoelaces become frayed until they can no longer do their job. Without telomeres our DNA strands become damaged and our cells can’t do their job. 

Constant stress actually wear down our telomeres.  In fact, our thought patterns in general impact our telomeres.  The longer your telomeres, the younger you are inside and the more protection our cells get from illness and aging.

Abnormal spinal alignment and posture increase stress and strain to the nerve and blood supply of the spinal cord. This can seriously affect the nervous system and the theory is that because the nervous system controls all functions of the body this can negatively affect our biochemistry including telomere length. 

There is scientific literature that supports the effectiveness of chiropractic to restore healthy spinal alignment and posture thereby lowering the risk of degeneration and poor health. Increasing telomere length may be one way it does this. 

One study had a 35 year old patient who began chiropractic care for chronic neck and mid-back pain as well as frequent urination in the middle of the night. The patient was examined and found to have vertebral subluxations and a loss of the normal spinal curves. Testing of her nervous system revealed dysfunction due to the problems in her spine. She also had her blood drawn and analyzed for telomere length. 

The patient was seen for 36 visits over 5 months while she maintained her regular lifestyle throughout the chiropractic care. The patient reported her pain resolved and her quality of life improved. Her subluxations and spinal curves improved and she no longer needed to urinate at night. The patient had blood drawn again to assess her telomere length which increased significantly.  

Now if that isn’t reason to go for regular chiropractic care!


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