June 2, 2019

Financial Stress

Self Inflicted Financial Stress: Stop pretending to be someone you aren't and start saving money!
Mental stress has a massive impact on overall health and poor managed finances is one of the biggest causes of mental stress. We see this in our offices on a daily basis and it takes a huge toll on someones health.
In almost every one of these financially stressful cases it comes down to the fact that people value appearance over long term financial stability.
Some of the culprits are:
1. Buying a house that's at the top end of your budget
2. Driving a car that's more than you can afford
3. Paying for cable and all the extra channels
4. Eating out frequently
5. Shopping daily on Amazon
6. Expensive Vacations
You can easily save money by stopping these things immediately, and it's really not that hard to do. Sell your house and buy a cheaper one, buy a cheaper used car, etc.
"Northwestern Mutual found that Americans with retirement savings have an average of $84,821 saved"
If you were to only cut out $200 of your spending per month (Some cable packages are almost this much alone) which is very possible for most people and invested it instead over 30 years, you could easily have at least $250,000 which is much better than the average $84,000 and a great start towards reduced financial stress! Many people could do way more if they really wanted to.
You can make a huge impact on your overall health by managing your finances properly. Stop buying ridiculous stuff and trying to impress the people around you when it's more than you can afford!

May 28, 2019

The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen Produce

                                      Save this image to your phone to reference while shopping. 

Every year the Environmental Working Groupreleases a list of produce with the most (Dirty Dozen) and least (Clean Fifteen) pesticides. It can help you prioritize what fruits and vegetables to buy organic, as nearly 70% of the produce sold in the U.S. comes with pesticide residues, according to EWG. Strawberries topped the list, so be sure to prioritize buying organic. 

Or better yet -- shop at your local farmer's market and talk to the farmers directly about how they grow their fruits and vegetables. 

(This list is sorted alphabetically for quick reference, not in order of greatest pesticide residue.)

Mental Health = Physical Health.

                                          Mental Health = Physical Health.

                               Article: https://www.themorningsun.com/lifestyles/health/loneliness

May 21, 2019

Low Dose Daily Aspirin: Increased Risk of Stroke

Low Dose Daily Aspirin: Increased Risk of Stroke
"Use of low-dose aspirin was associated with an overall increased risk of intracranial hemorrhage, and heightened risk of intracerebral hemorrhage"
How many times in the past have we seen a drug marketed for a certain benefit only to find out years later that it really wasn't true. Aspirin has been marketed heavily to doctors and patients as a preventative drug. "An aspirin a day is good for heart health!"
I have and will always have a hard time trusting someone who says a perfectly healthy person should take a medication as prevention...to stay healthy. Healthy food, supplements or other natural products I can get on board with but a medication to STAY healthy? Medications work by altering biochemical pathways, which means they will always have side effects. Yes, there is a time and place for certain medications, but that time and place is WAY to often and not to maintain health in someone who is already healthy!
"Pooling the results from the random-effects model showed that low-dose aspirin, compared with control, was associated with an increased risk of any intracranial bleeding (8 trials; relative risk, 1.37; 95% CI, 1.13-1.66; 2 additional intracranial hemorrhages in 1000 people), with potentially the greatest relative risk increase for subdural or extradural hemorrhage (4 trials; relative risk, 1.53; 95% CI, 1.08-2.18) and less for intracerebral hemorrhage and subarachnoid hemorrhage."

Good Stress and Bad Stress

Most people know that having too much stress in their lives isn’t healthy but having too little is also very unhealthy especially as people age. 

Using your brain to make tough decisions on a regular basis is critical for long term mental heath and using your muscles on a daily basis is also critical for long term physical health. 

The healthiest clients I have in their 80’s and 90’s have purpose every day they wake up. They worked later in life, had a regular role in taking care of grandkids, have a huge passion for physical things like gardening or do a lot or volunteering on a regular basis.

May 14, 2019

Depression, Anxiety and Nutrient Deficiency

Depression, Anxiety and Nutrient Deficiency:
Our bodies require certain nutrients from healthy foods to function properly. When we replace those foods with processed junk food we start depleting our body of those vital nutrients.
Anytime your body is lacking nutrients you will start to feel different, and not in a good way. This feeling usually comes across as depression, anxiety and just feeling blah. Your body then tells you to eat more food because it needs more nutrients but eating more junk food that has no nutrients will only magnify the problem leaving you more anxious, depressed and deficient but now you start gaining weight! The cycle only stops when you change what you are eating.
The best way to fix this ASAP is to overload your body with healthy food and to take a natural anti-inflammatory and a multi-vitamin. I find that smoothies loaded with greens and berries are an excellent way to do this along with reducing processed carbohydrates and drinking lots of water.

May 9, 2019

Negativity Leads to Depression

“Negativity is a downward spiral, meaning that the more you focus on problems instead of solutions, you eventually start to see the negative side of everything in life”
It takes 120 days of focusing on being positive to start rewiring your brain to be positive.
Every time you have a negative thought or comment stop yourself and change it to be positive.

May 7, 2019

Benefits of Magnesium

1. Magnesium is involved in hundreds of biochemical reactions in your body
In fact, it’s involved in more than 600 reactions in your body, including:
Energy creation: Helps convert food into energy.
Protein formation: Helps create new proteins from amino acids.
Gene maintenance: Helps create and repair DNA and RNA.
Muscle movements: Is part of the contraction and relaxation of muscles.
Nervous system regulation: Helps regulate neurotransmitters, which send messages throughout your brain and nervous system
2. It may boost exercise performance
Studies have shown that supplementing with it can boost exercise performance for athletes, the elderly and people with chronic disease
(Source: healthline.com)
To read about benefits of magnesium, follow this link: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition

April 29, 2019

Chiropractic Care Reduces Opioid Scripts

Wow, almost a 50% reduction in opioid scripts! Please share!
Legally prescribed opioids can ruin lives extremely fast. I never realized how huge of a problem opioid addiction was until I started seeing patients in practice. AND IT'S A MASSIVE PROBLEM and deviating for those dealing with it along with their families.
Yes, there is a time and place for powerful medications like this (metastatic type cancers, repeat failed osteopathic type surgeries, etc.) however just going to the doctor with general pain and not trying chiropractic, PT, anti-inflammatory supplements or anything else natural first is NOT the time for these medications. The risk of getting addicted after a short period is extremely high.
The Yale School of Medicine revealed that “patients who visited a chiropractor for a musculoskeletal pain condition were 49 percent less likely to receive an opioid prescription than their counterparts who went to other healthcare providers.”
Nobody wants to be in pain but starting with the most aggressive route first is never the answer!
1. Get your body moving better, proper movement reduces pain and accelerates healing. Work with a professional to guide you.
2. Reduce processed/inflammatory foods, they are inflammatory and cause physical pain.
3. Take anti-inflammatory supplements that are right for your specific problems.
4. Sleep more, this is when your body heals.
5. Meditate and reduce mental stress. Mental stress causes increased inflammation which causes physical pain.

Choose Healthy Breakfast

Would you give your kids a glazed donut every morning as their breakfast?
The majority of parents would say definitely not -- but many of them don't realize that the bowl of cereal their kids eat instead often has the same amount of sugar and nutritional value as a doughnut.
Recently on NBC’s Today Show, nutritionists studied the surprising amount of sugar in breakfast cereals and healthier alternatives. Cereals are full of sugar – and it is mostly brands marketed to kids that have the highest amounts. Reports show there is more sugar in some cereals than there is in a glazed doughnut.
A new study found many breakfast cereals for kids are loaded with 50 percent sugar. Those that top the list are Post Golden Grahams and Kellogg’s Honey Smacks.
One of the reasons we tell people to avoid grains is because they often serve as a "vehicle" for additional sugar.
Start giving your kids other options for breakfast. Why do we typically eat so much cereal for breakfast? Because it is convenient and marketed as a breakfast food. But is it best for us and our kids? No.
Healthy, fast and affordable breakfast meals include a vegetable omelet, a fruit filled whey protein shake or an egg. Your kids will feel better and be healthier!

April 28, 2019

Almond Flour Crepes

Making Sunday breakfast for the family? Try these blueberry crepes! 

Eating healthy doesn't mean eating food that doesn't taste good. Most people should be eating 100 grams or less of net carbs per day. (Total carbs - Fiber = Net Carbs) 

Replacing flour with almond flour is a simple way to reduce net carbs and still make delicious breakfasts. 

4 eggs
½ cup almond flour
¼ cup water
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix all ingredients together, heat pan on medium with coconut oil. Add crepe mixture and cook for one minute on each side or until brown.

Remove crepe from pan, load it up with blueberries and roll it up, add a few blueberries and sprinkle cinnamon on top!

April 26, 2019

How To Quit Grains

This month we're talking about why you should go grain-free.
Here's a great article from Mark's Daily Apple about HOW:

April 22, 2019

Go Grain Free

“Researchers have known for some time now that the cornerstone of all degenerative conditions, including brain disorders, is inflammation. But what they didn’t have documented until now are the instigators of that inflammation—the first missteps that prompt this deadly reaction. And what they are finding is that gluten, and a high-carbohydrate diet for that matter, are among the most prominent stimulators of inflammatory pathways that reach the brain.”

― David Perlmutter, Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers

April 19, 2019

Poop 101

Let's talk about poop.
Snickering aside, what comes out of our bodies can be an indicator as to what's happening inside our bodies, and here's a great guide on Robb Wolf's site by Ben Greenfield about signs, symptoms, and health-minded strategies for eating.

April 18, 2019

Food and Depression

                                Feeling depressed? It might help to look at what you’re eating.

                            Source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-food-that-helps-battle-depression

April 16, 2019

Sleep Myths

New study looks at five sleep myths:
1. You can get by on less than five hours of sleep
2. Snoring is harmless
3. Booze before bed boosts sleep quality 
4. Watching TV helps you unwind
5. Snoozing your alarm isn't that bad for you

April 15, 2019

Good Vibes are Contagious

We talk about how a positive mental outlook improves your physical health, but let’s take it one step further...
It can improve the health of the people around you, as well

The Benefits of Grass-fed Butter

Butter was given a bad rap in the 1950s when Americans started their fat-phobia phase. This inspired a common, but untrue, belief has been that butter causes heart disease, cancer and obesity.
But if this were true, how would some of the world's healthiest populations have always had butter as a continuous staple in their diet? It just doesn't make sense, or does it?
There is a huge difference between grass-fed cow's butter and grain-fed cow's butter. It is like calling a golf cart and a Cadillac the same thing just because they both have a motor.
Cows are meant to eat grass. When they eat grass, they are healthy and produce healthy butter. It also means they are getting exercise and living in an environment that they should be living in. Grain-fed cows are fed an unnatural diet, typically don't have much room to move around and are at a higher risk for disease. This, in many cases, causes acidosis in the cow leading to liver problems, nutrient absorption issues, digestive problems, dehydration and many other issues that can be fatal. Grain-fed cows do not produce healthy butter.
One of the main differences between grass-fed butter and grain-fed butter is the Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio. When you have more Omega-3's compared to Omega-6's, it helps to reduce inflammation. Grains increase the amount of the unhealthy Omega-6's leading to excess inflammation. Cows that are fed grass have 50 percent of their fat in the healthy Omega-3 form, while cows fed grains have almost none. This makes grain-fed butter very inflammatory, potentially leading to many health issues from fibromyalgia to cancer.
Eating grass-fed butter on a regular basis can have many health benefits:
• Full of Omega-3s: reduces inflammation, therefore reducing pain and disease.
• High in CLA: has been shown to help with weight loss and to prevent cancer.
• Contains Vitamin A: provides positive benefits for your eye health. Vitamin A is what gives grass fed butter the bright yellow color.
The next time someone tries to tell you butter is bad for you, you are welcome to teach them about the differences between grass-fed and grain-fed cows. And don't even get me started about margarine and other fake butter... it is even worse than butter from grain-fed cows.

April 11, 2019

Sitting Is Killing Us

Weightlifting, Zumba, running, Peloton, walking...whatever you’re into, move every day!

April 5, 2019

The Truth About Grains

"What are the benefits of eating grains? I don’t know, you tell me. My old classmates would probably tell you that they’re nutrient dense and packed with fiber. To which I ask:
'Compared to what?'
Grains are actually nutrient defunct compared to meat, nuts & seeds, and vegetables.
Conventional wisdom says the fiber in whole grains keeps us regular, and this prevents colon cancer, right?
It also lower cholesterol, and this prevents heart disease, right?
Sorry to burst your bubble, but you’re at risk of heart disease and colon cancer because you’re fat and inflamed. And the reason you’re fat and inflamed is because you listened to the government that told you to eat less meat and saturated fat and start stuffing your gullet with 6-11 servings of whole grains.
Meanwhile, there’s no association between fiber intake and colon cancer. This was concluded in a study from 1999 in the New England Journal of Medicine based on data from 89,000 Nurses:[xi]
'Our data does not support the existence of an important protective effect of dietary fiber against colorectal cancer or adenoma.'
And it’s the same story with heart disease."
To read more about "the upside to grains", follow the link.

April 4, 2019

Good Fats and Bad Fats

Eating good kinds of fat is an important part of healthy eating. Healthy fats lower the risk of heart disease, decrease inflammation, help create healthy cell membranes, and stabilize hormone levels.
But sometimes just looking at labels, it’s hard to tell what is a “good fat” and what is a “bad fat."
Here’s a little cheat sheet:
Bad fats:
Vegetable oil
Hydrogenated oil
Sunflower oil
Cottonseed oil
Soybean oil
Corn oil
Canola Oil
Good fats:
Coconut oil
Olive oil
Grass Fed Butter
Wild caught fish
Grass fed meats
Raw tree nuts

March 29, 2019

Improve Memory Loss and Dementia With Meriva

Worried about memory loss or dementia?
People that supplemented with a bioavailable type of curcumin such as Meriva had a 28% improvement in memory and attention abilities, improvements in mood, and less amyloid and tau signals in the brain. These changes help to boost memory and reduce the risk of dementia compared to those taking a placebo.
This study used 90 mg, twice a day. Meriva, which is a curcumin phytosome, has also been shown to reduce inflammation, pain, and improve mood in many other clinical trials as well.
We carry Anabolic Labs Nutra-Disc at all our locations that contains Meriva and is one of the only quality products like it on the market.
You can read the study here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/

March 23, 2019

Eggs Will NOT Kill You

“Don’t worry about your eggs, keep enjoying them.⠀

A new study published in the medical journal JAMA says, ‘Eggs are bad,’ but are they really?⠀

It is important that we look at the specifics of the study. This particular study is an observational study; it does not prove cause and effect.⠀

This new study surveyed 30,000 people over a 17 year time period. Each person completed one questionnaire about what they’ve been eating.⠀

It is very difficult to conduct nutrition studies and food frequency questionnaires are fundamentally flawed because people tend not to report what they think is bad.⠀

If you think a food is bad, you’re likely to downplay having eaten it. People also tend to over report the food they think is good.⠀

Also, people don’t actually measure their portion sizes and often can't remember how much they ate.⠀

During the time this study was conducted, eggs were considered bad. We were told not to eat eggs; to avoid cholesterol. So people who were eating eggs were likely people who weren’t otherwise health conscious. Maybe they were smokers, didn’t eat well, didn’t care about their diet, or didn’t eat fruits and vegetables, which are things that could have also led to heart disease.⠀

It doesn’t mean the eggs caused the heart disease.⠀

There are 300mg of cholesterol in two eggs. You have 10,000mg in your blood normally. If you add 300mg, will it make a difference? Not really.⠀

When you eat cholesterol, it doesn’t have an impact on your lipid levels or your heart disease risk. A study done by UCLA found that 75% of patients hospitalized for a heart attack had normal cholesterol levels that would not indicate any risk for a cardiovascular event. ⠀

In fact, cholesterol is essential. It’s what we make vitamin D from and hormones like estrogen and testosterone. Cholesterol is part of our cell membranes and our brain.⠀

Whenever you look at a study, it is important to decipher whether it’s an experiment or just a correlation study? If it’s a correlation study, you have to take it with a grain of salt unless there’s a 100% increase risk.⠀

Make sure to look into the data whenever these types of studies come out and stay informed.”

-Dr. Mark Hyman

March 21, 2019

The Link Between Sugar and Cancer

Dr. Lewis Cantley hasn't eaten sugar in decades.

"I have a very simple rule," he says. "I eat fruit, but I don't eat anything that has sugar added to it. And I guarantee everybody would be better off if they ate zero sugar."

Follow our page to see the health and nutrition information we post every day, and read more about the link between sugar and cancer here: https://medicalxpress.com

March 19, 2019

Sugary Drinks and Cardiovascular Disease

Frequent consumption of sugary drinks such as sodas, sports drinks and juice is linked to an increased risk of premature death from cardiovascular disease.

Source: https://www.wnem.com/sugary-drinks

March 15, 2019

Things You Can Control In Life

Many things in life are out of your control, but many things aren't -- and that includes health aspects. It's never too late to start making your health a priority.

March 10, 2019

SVSU honors Dr. Dan Kehres, DC with Outstanding Entrepreneur Award

SVSU honors Dr. Dan Kehres, DC with Outstanding Entrepreneur Award

Saginaw Valley State University will honor businesses, entrepreneurs, faculty and alumni dedicated to enriching the business climate of Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region during SVSU's 6th annual Academia Awards Best in Business ceremony Friday, March 22, 2019.

Recipients of the business and alumni awards were chosen by an advisory board for the Scott L. Carmona College of Business & Management.

The Outstanding Entrepreneur Award will be presented to Dr. Dan Kehres, DC, owner and chiropractor at Kehres Health &Chiropractic. The award honors individuals whose successes include both supporting the local community and business growth throughout the region.

Since moving to the Great Lakes Bay area in 2010 and opening his first office in Saginaw, Dr. Kehres has since opened a total of five offices with additional locations in Bay City, Midland and Mt. Pleasant. He has also been the Team Chiropractor for SVSU Athletics since 2015, becoming the first time SVSU has added a chiropractor to their sports medicine staff.

In 2018, he opened Kade Wellness, a wellness-based distribution company that covers the state of Michiganwith a business partner.

With the mission of making Michigan a healthier place, Dr. Kehres has donated his time teaching hundreds of health classes at a variety of businesses, schools, community events and more. He has mentored many undergraduate students interested in chiropractic and is a preceptor site for graduate chiropractic students.

Passionate about helping people make their health a priority, Kehres Health & Chiropractic offers more than chiropractic – they also provide nutritional consults, free health classes, massage therapy and many other health resources.

It has always been my goal to make my community a healthier place, and this community has been very supportive whenever I open a new business,” said Dr. Kehres. “It is an honor to be recognized with this award.”

Dr. Kehres is a past recipient of a RUBY Award, the Community Champion Award from the Michigan Association of Chiropractors in 2016 and one of the first chiropractors as a member of the Saginaw County Medical Society.

March 8, 2019

High Protein Diets

High-protein diets have been found to improve sleep - people report a higher quality of sleep and waking up less throughout the night. The belief is that protein may optimize chemical transmitter balance in the brain (protein is brain food!) keeping up feeling energized during the day but restful during the night.

February 27, 2019

Caffeine Effects In Coffee

Everybody loves a good cup of coffee.
But while you probably know that too much caffeine is too much of a good thing, do you think about WHEN you drink your coffee as influencing your health?
Caffeine has a half-life of six hours which means that half the caffeine you ingested will be left six hours later.
If you go to bed at 10:30pm, this should put your last cup of coffee at 10:30am. Drinking coffee later than that increases the difficulty of falling asleep or degrading the quality of sleep if you do.

February 20, 2019

Balancing Fatty Acids

Omega-3, Omega-6, fatty acids, fish oil… what does all this mean?
Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids need to have a balanced ratio in our body. Ideally, it is good to have a ratio of 4:1 or less of Omega-6 to Omega-3 acids, but recent studies show that 95% of foods consumed in the U.S. are processed, driving this ratio up to 20:1 or even 50:1 in some people.
The average American has 24 times too much inflammation and this is why NSAID's (Aspirin, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.) are the #1 over the counter medications and the rate of chronic inflammatory diseases is at an all-time high.
Keeping a balanced ratio helps reduce inflammation, and inflammation can lead to a variety of conditions ranging from mild back pain to heart disease and cancer. Eat more green vegetables, grass-fed meats, cage-free farm fresh eggs, wild game, fresh fish, flaxseeds, chia and hemp seeds. Avoid processed foods that have high amounts of Omega-6’s including grain, flour, corn, seeds, seed oils, grain fed meat and eggs, and farmed fish.
In addition to healthy eating, supplementing your diet with high-quality fish oil is very beneficial, and using a quality supplement is important in order to avoid high levels of mercury.

February 18, 2019

Breakfast and Intermittent Fasting

"The most important meal of the day is breakfast"...except when you're using intermittent fasting as an eating strategy.
The most common protocol for IF is 16 hours of fasting followed by an 8-hour window of eating, and many people find that skipping breakfast is the easiest way to achieve this schedule.
Contrary to what you may think, many people report having more energy, a clearer head, and more motivation without having a morning meal.

February 15, 2019

Diet Drinks Are A Scam

Diet drinks are a scam. Artificial sweeteners aren’t metabolized properly in your body and can wreak havoc internally.
“Previous research has shown a link between diet beverages and stroke, dementia, Type 2 diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome, which can lead to heart disease and diabetes.”

February 13, 2019

Nutrition Labels On Vitamin Drinks

While enhancing food and drink with extra vitamins seems like it would be to your advantage, it often comes at a cost. For example, one of the biggest problems with a vitamin-enriched drink is that it typically contains a lot of sugar to improve the taste. The nutrition label of Vitamin Water by Glaceau, heavily advertised as a healthy beverage, shows that the drink contains 13 grams of sugar per serving, but there are 2.5 servings in each 20 oz. bottle. That means there are a whopping 32.5 grams, which is nearly seven teaspoons of sugar in each bottle of Vitamin Water—nearly as much as a 12 oz. can of soda.
The ingredients list is another clue that Vitamin Water is an unhealthy beverage. Listed from greatest to least amount, Vitamin Water’s first and second ingredients are water and crystalline fructose (sugar). There are more water and sugar in this beverage than any other ingredient—including vitamins.
When reading nutrition labels, basically anything that ends in the letters '–ose' is going to be a sugar, including fructose, sucrose and glucose. With the average American consuming between 160 and 200 lbs. of sugar a year, increased sugar consumption is currently a major health issue in the United States. In excess, sugar is poison to the body and creates unwanted stress that can lead to health problems ranging from depression to diabetes to obesity.
Is Vitamin Water just sugar water in a pretty package? In my opinion, yes. Save your money by drinking purified tap water, examining your diet and improving where you can, and using quality supplements when necessary.

February 10, 2019

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern that cycles between eating and fasting -- NOT focusing on calorie counting. Research has shown it can increase rate of fat burn and benefit heart health.

Here is a sample schedule of what I typically follow for intermittent fasting.
(If you have any concerns check with your primary care physician. This is not recommended for
pregnant or breastfeeding women.)

February 6, 2019

Magnesium Deficiency

The number one nutrient deficiency I see is magnesium. Magnesium is one of the most prevalent elements in the human body and is involved in over 300 metabolic reactions. It's also the first thing to be depleted when someone is stressed out.
Signs you are deficient:
Muscle spasms
Poor sleep
The average person should be getting around 1000 mg of magnesium per day. If someone is eating pretty healthy they could easily get around 600 mg from their food, so it is suggested they supplement with 400 mg of magnesium on top of that. However, most people are not eating healthy so they can require more than 400 mg per day.
The more stressed out you are the more magnesium you should take.
The quality of the supplement makes all the difference. Cheap supplements will have fillers, less magnesium than is listed on the label and it will be less pure than higher quality products. You pay for what you get in the supplement industry.
I suggest a combination of magnesium from amino acids chelate, malate and citrate. We carry Anabolic Labs Clinical Magnesium that has this exact combination.
The only side effect of taking too much is loose stools, and if someone is depleted it's suggested that they take enough to hit this point and back it off slightly.

January 29, 2019

Sleep Is When Your Body Heals

Sleep is when your body heals. The less you sleep the more pain you will have.
“The results clearly show that even very subtle changes in nightly sleep — reductions that many of us think little of in terms of consequences — have a clear impact on your next-day pain burden,”
1. Sleep more in the winter
2. Create a routine and go to bed around the same time each night.
3. Take magnesium before bed
4. Keep your room below 70 degrees5. Block out as much light as possible.

January 20, 2019

Chronic Pain and Medication

Chronic pain now affects 116 million Americans, and our medical system's first line of defense is powerful pain medications. This is a problem for a variety of reasons, but here are a few reasons that it's a ridiculous route.
1) Pain pills don't do anything to fix the problem, they only cover it up. For example, why fill your car with oil when you can just disable the oil light on your dash?
2) Powerful pain killers take away the pain, but they can also cause serious addiction problems - the destruction of health, relationships, and death.
It is not always the doctor's fault either. Patients need to take responsibility for their own health. You need to be your own advocate.
If you keep going to your doctor for chronic pain but haven't tried to make a change in your lifestyle (nutrition, stretching, posture, chiropractic, massage, acupuncture), you're exposing yourself unnecessarily to the risk opiods bring.