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Today I was thinking of how many of my friends–offline and online–don’t understand chiropractic, let alone my passion for it.  I get it, as there are many mixed messages out there, including “chiropractors” who try to practice in a medical model treating back pain (we call these people medipractors).  I can see from their perspective it is hard to know what to believe.

Let me share with you what I believe.  

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It is common to get strange looks from people I talk to about taking infants to the chiropractor.  I know what is going through their heads: is it safe…babies don’t have back pain…do babies get adjusted the same way I do?  These are legitimate concerns for any parent, but to answer them I will begin with the most important question: WHY?

Let’s start with the obvious.  When was the last time you tried to squeeze through a 10cm hole?

“It’s kind of hot in these rhinos”

Being born is tough work, there are a lot of pressures and forces being exerted onto your baby during their journey into the world.  A current study demonstrated that 90% of newborns suffered birth trauma and associated strain through the neck and cranial areas following birth:

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Moms and Dads, this ones for you.  Ear infections are the number one reason for antibiotic prescription in infants and young children, so what do you need to be aware of?  First, the average child under 2 years of age will have 2 ear infections per year.  Risk factors that increase the likelihood of ear infection include: daycare attendance, exposure to cigarette smoke, pacifier use beyond 10 months, and formula feeding.

Since it is likely that you and your child will experience this at some point, here is the best current information to keep in mind:

  • Most cases are viral, so antibiotics will be of no help.  Medical offices do not culture the ear fluid to determine if it is viral or bacterial.
  • A British Medical Journal study found that 17 children must be treated with antibiotics to prevent just one child from experiencing some pain.
    -Del Mar C.  Are antibiotics indicated as initial treatment for children with acute otitis media?  British Medical Journal 1997; 314(7093): 1526-1529. 

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Has it ever occurred to you that everything you do in your life is done through your nervous system? Watching a sunset, tasting a great wine, feeling the ocean breeze on your skin — you experience your life through your senses which communicate to your brain via nerves.

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Can you fix it? This has to be one of the top 10 questions that all doctors hear on a daily basis. It is actually a troubling question to answer, because if the doctor says “yes,” then the patient is not empowered to change their health, and responsibility moves from the patient to the doctor.

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Do you feel less creative than your younger self? Has brain-fog and routine become your reality? This spring are you looking for new experiences and new life? If you answered any of these “yes!” then this is being written just for you.

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My purpose is to be happy, healthy, vibrant, and to teach others to do the same. If you are healthy you can be a better citizen, spouse, parent, worker, and friend. You have more energy to devote to your purpose and vision, more years to achieve your goals, and more time on earth to enjoy your loved ones. This is how we build better communities, one healthy family at a time

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Everyone seems to be searching for an “authentic” experience. A chance for something to happen to them, for a story to be made, for a pivotal moment that shifts their paradigm. We as humans are happiest when we are living congruently and consciously, though this is an uncommon state.

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Being born is hard work, for momma and for baby. Add that in to all the slips, falls, and bumps that are experienced in infancy and toddlerhood and subluxations (i.e. nervous system interferences) are likely to result.

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Today I would like to share a story with you from an unknown author. It is applicable in many ways, but as you are reading it, think of yourself as the carpenter of your body. You hold within you the power to lead a long, healthy life if you use the right materials and the right effort. God supplied the blueprint, and daily we provide the materials to rebuild. Build wisely, and live abundantly.

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