The healing power of fresh juices is amazing. Store bought, mass produced juices are nothing compared to what you can make at home with a good juicer. I have been juicing almost 25 years and find it to be one the greatest tools in detoxifying, providing the body with easily assimilated minerals/vitamins and increasing the overall vitality of the body. I have used many different brands of juicers, my current juicer is a Hurom juicer. I have worked this juicer very hard and it still does a great job. It uses low speed technology to extract more juice out your produce compared to centrifugal juicers. If you are new to juicing, the Hurom juicer comes with a "cookbook" to get you started. As spring approaches, consider making juicing a regular part of your health maintenance routine.
Did you know there are legal alternatives to the new health insurance mandates. Those of faith have the option of joining two different organizations. Samaritan Services and Medi-Share both offer very affordable plans (around $300 for a couple/month) and they often cover services with Naturopathic, Acupuncture and Chiropractic practitioners. The Amish are also exempt, but they are probably not reading this blog.
In 2011, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies Report stated at least 100 million adult Americans have common chronic pain conditions, a conservative estimate because it does not include acute pain or children. Pain is a significant public health problem that costs society at least $560-$635 billion annually (an amount equal to about $2,000.00 for everyone living in the U.S.)
Conventional treatments include drugs, surgery and physical therapy. Each of these modalities have a place in pain management, but as a last resort. Pain medications do not treat the cause and can easily make a person an addict in short order. Also, pain medications mask pain and often cause additional injuries as the individual aggravates their condition without feedback from the injured area. Surgery can be helpful but also can go horribly wrong. Deadly infections, medical errors, and inappropriate procedures add to and often worsen the condition, or does nothing. For example, a recent study showed that knee surgery for Osteoarthritis was no better than sham surgery to relieve pain.
Natural therapies are safe, effective, and curative in many cases. Acupuncture, osteopathic manipulation, prolotherapy, neuraltherapy and chiropractic are some of the most effective modalities. In most cases pain reduction can be immediate and coupled with a proper treatment permanent. Even if not curative, pain levels are often reduced substantially over time. In future blogs, each of the above natural therapies will be further explored. Until then, think twice about how you want to treat your pain, and always consider getting a second opinion.
#1 GO OUTSIDE:
As a society, we are increasingly spending more time indoors. Indoor air pollution is a real concern consider a HEPA air filter. Sunshine gets a bad rap but is essential to human biology. Natural circadian rhythms, hormones, vitamin D and happiness all come from the sun. Occasionally, other people will be seen outside, they may become your friends, try it.
#2 GO INSIDE:
Meditation, prayer, contemplation, breathing exercises, creative visualization, affirmations all contribute to improved health and well being. Make it a regular practice and see what happens.
#3 GO TO THE LABORATORY:
A yearly exam including blood work is a great idea. Even if you feel fine, it is good to get a baseline to compare in the future if something does go wrong. Functional labs can give you great data including: food allergies, hormones, parasites, autoimmune markers, nutrient status, toxicity levels etc. You won't know what is going inside of you unless you test.
#4 GO TO A FARMER'S MARKET:
Get to know your local growers there is so much great food being produced locally. These producers need you and you need them, it's the future of agriculture. Make sure they are organic and GMO free.
#5 GO TO BED:
We are living in sleep deprived society. Create a sleep oasis in your bedroom. Black out shades, cool the bedroom, move your bed to a north/south configuration, remove all electrical items out of the room. Go to bed earlier, studies show sleep prior to midnight is equal to twice as much sleep than after midnight.