Steps To Minimize Your Exposure To Toxins

I have been using healthier, alternative products in my home and for my personal care for over a decade.  So, when a practice member asked me what I use for myself instead of the harsh, chemical-laden, toxic products commonly used today, I decided to make a list.

Now, my list might not be perfect.  I try to use products that are affordable, easy to purchase (locally or online), and as clean as reasonably possible.

Here it is:

  • Air Freshener:  Young Living Essential Oil in a diffuser
  • Toothpaste:  Jason’s Tea Tree/Cinnamon, Fluoride Free toothpaste
  • Dental Floss:  Dr. Tung’s
  • Laundry Detergent:  Trader Joe’s Liquid Laundry Detergent
  • Hand/Bath Soaps:  Dr. Bronner’s (solid & liquid soaps, can be used as shampoo)
  • Facial Cleanser:  Dr. Bronner’s
  • Cleaning Products:  Vinegar and water, yep, that’s it!
  • Shampoo/Conditioner:  Shea Moisture
  • Body Lotion:  Coconut Oil
  • Body Wash:  Whole Foods 365
  • Lip Balm:  Super Lysine Plus (even if you don’t get cold sores, this stuff is great!)
  • Perfume:  Young Living Essential Oils
  • Dish Soap:  Whole Foods 365, yikes, actually not a very clean one.  I need to work on this!
  • Deodorant:  Ok.  This one is tricky.  I haven’t found a natural, non-toxic deodorant that works very well.  (Lime juice is amazing, but eventually burns the skin.)  I am currently experimenting with making my own.

Please leave a comment on FaceBook if you have products that you use to help you steer clear of as many toxic chemicals as possible.

Buy The Healthiest Produce Possible

I always recommend the purchase of organic produce over conventional produce as much as you can reasonably afford. Organic produce is grown naturally, with little to no chemicals.

Conventional produce is grown with pesticides and other chemicals, such as herbicides.

Genetically modified produce is just that, produce with unnaturally modified DNA, as well as grown with chemicals.

Herbicides are especially concerning in regards to glyphosate, the main component in Roundup. I won’t go into the detail here, but if you are interested in learning more about GMOs and glyphosate, you can go to this article by Dr. Mercola.

In order to buy the healthiest produce possible, I recommend 3 steps:

  1. Learn to read produce labels.
  2. Always buy organic produce for items on the “Dirty Dozen” list.
  3. Make the rest of your purchases based on your financial ability to buy organic.

Bonus – Don’t forget to check out your local Farmers’ Market. Many small, local farms are chemical free even if they are not certified organic. And, fresh, local produce is better than store-bought produce, which may take several weeks to reach the shelves after being harvested.

Below is a guide for reading produce labels. A 5-digit code beginning with a “9” is ORGANIC, and thus never GMO.

Please be aware that the use of the 5-digit code beginning with an “8” (GMO produce) is NOT required. So, if you are buying conventional produce, it may or may not be GMO, depending on the grocer’s policy for labeling GMOs.

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Here is a list of the Dirty Dozen. ALWAYS buy organic!




Optimizing Cognitive Function

I can’t count the number of times people in my life have recently mentioned slow thinking, short-term memory issues, and foggy headedness. With all the toxins we are exposed to these days, including environmental ones over which we have no control, everyday thinking and brain function are definitely a concern for many. Fortunately, there are things you can do for yourself that have a significant impact!

This is a useful online course that I want to share with you. While I feel like Natural News is a viable source of alternative health information, I don’t necessarily embrace everything they produce. And, neither should you. Always think for yourself. It is imperative that you decide for yourself what feels true and what might be beneficial for you. If one, two, or even a handful of items feel like yours to do, by all means, go for it.

Use your judgment, experience, and knowledge to do the best you can with the wisdom you have.

How To Augment And Enhance Your Cognitive Function

What Is The Course Of Study To Become A Doctor Of Chiropractic?

Many people only think about chiropractors when they have neck or back pain. What most people do not realize is that chiropractors receive education in most of the same areas as other health care providers. According to the Council on Chiropractic Education, recognized by the Department of Education as a national accrediting agency that promotes excellence and assures the quality of chiropractic education, there are 15 accredited chiropractic teaching institutions in the United States.

All of these colleges or universities must provide instruction in the following areas: anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, pathology, diagnosis, gynecology/ proctology, pediatrics, dermatology, diagnostic imaging, psychology, nutrition, biomechanics, orthopedics, neurology, spinal analysis, and chiropractic adjusting techniques, among others.

Chiropractors are educated to recognize and identify structural, pathological and psychological disorders in order to provide the best care to patients, including referral to other appropriate health care providers.

As would be expected, chiropractors are thoroughly trained in the identification, management, and correction of nervous system interference. The aim of chiropractic is to remove interference from the nervous system, the master control system directing every process and function in the body. By removing this interference, chiropractic facilitates the highest level of health possible.

Chiropractic Research Addresses More than Back Pain

There is a common misconception that chiropractic care is only beneficial for neck and back pain. While it has been suggested as the most effective, conservative care for such issues, chiropractic can be much more far-reaching than this. The idea that chiropractic can result in improved wellness on multiple levels is supported by the largest chiropractic research study of its kind, using a subluxation-based tonal model of chiropractic care.

This study retrospectively gathered surveys from nearly 3,000 participants that reported the effects of their chiropractic care. The results included a significant perceived improvement in overall quality of life, as well as improvements in four areas of health: stress, life enjoyment, physical state and emotional state.

The impact of this ground-breaking study is to illustrate a strong association with chiropractic care and self-reported, positive changes in one’s overall health and wellness. It supports the hypothesis that chiropractic can be more than just back care, with the possibility of benefiting patients on many levels of their health and well-being by helping to remove interference in nervous system communication.

Who Can Benefit from Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic is based on the vitalistic philosophy of innate intelligence that allows and guides the body to heal itself when the nervous system is free of interference. By removing this nervous system interference, chiropractic facilitates the highest level of health possible.

The typical chiropractic patient is 18 to 64 years old, of which 60 percent are female and 40 percent male. Additionally, children often seek chiropractic care for general health reasons, as well as for specific issues. For example, scoliosis and related complaints make up approximately 2.7 million chiropractic patient visits each year. Another group of the population, seniors, make up approximately 12 to 17 percent of most chiropractic practices.

Everyone can benefit from a nervous system free of interference. Chiropractic offers an ideal approach to wellness for anyone with the intent and willingness to heal who also appreciates a drugless and surgery-free approach to health.

The Chiropractic Connection to Improved Health

The World Health Organization’s definition of health is, “A state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” True health is about expressing the highest well-being possible on all levels, including body, mind and spirit, as a whole being.

On one hand, chiropractic addresses physical health by removing interference from the nervous system, which is the master control system of the body, directing every process and function. If messages from or to the nervous system are impeded or exaggerated, then those instructions are not likely to be the most beneficial. In the end, the process, organ or cell to which those instructions are targeted will function below optimum levels. This inherently impacts physical health, leading to cellular, organ and systemic dis-ease.

By removing this nervous system interference, chiropractic facilitates the highest level of health possible. Chiropractic is based on the vitalistic philosophy of Innate Intelligence that allows and guides the body to heal itself when the nervous system is free of interference, or subluxation. The restoration of the flow of nerve impulses then allows the body to reach its highest possible level of function.

Torque Release Technique (TRT), founded by Jay Holder, combines several chiropractic techniques and principles, quantum physics and the body/mind connection, creating the first integrated, non-mechanistic, non-linear chiropractic system that incorporates outcomes involving self-awareness and mind-body-emotional connections.

In a published research paper, Dr. Samantha Shriner, DC, discussed that TRT is, “…founded upon improving well-being and human potential through management of vertebral subluxation.” In TRT, there is a real-time connection to the nervous system of the patient, resulting in the location of the primary subluxation, the adjustment of which attempts to address the tone of the nervous system, as determined by the tension of the dural attachments of the spinal cord to the vertebral column. The author concludes, “By removing the neurological interference…the person is able to experience a higher state of well-being and human potential.”

Specifically, TRT is based on a scientific model of the brain reward cascade, because there are opiate (dopamine feel-good) receptors on the spinal cord. In the presence of subluxation/nervous system interference, the brain reward cascade is impeded. Feel-good possibilities are diminished, potentially leading to less than optimal health, addictive behavior and poor decision-making. By removing nervous system interference and allowing the brain reward cascade system to function at the highest level possible, a subluxation-free spine facilitates the expression of one’s greatest potential.

Torque Release Technique fully embraces the definition of health and works towards maximizing life potential by removing interference in the nervous system.