Saturday, November 19, 2011

Health Children - Happy Family

Do you have all of the information you need to keep your family healthy this winter?
Nobody likes being sick... It keeps us from our responsibilities and from enjoying ourselves.  If our children are sick, even worse!  But what is being sick?  Our immune systems need to exercise, and when we try to take on too much when we are not feeling well, our ability to manage sickness is compromised. 

Sometimes it feels as though it will be impossible to avoid coming down with a virus that’s ‘going around’, but prevention of colds and flus is quite a bit easier than we might realize. Artificial immunity can help support our immune systems, but only if our natural immunity is already healthy and strong.

Our bodies are intelligent power-houses capable of defending themselves.  Health comes from the inside and we need to remember to support our natural ability to be well.

As society has evolved, our exposure to different environmental stresses has changed.  Our powerful, natural immune systems need to be carefully nurtured and supported. Supporting the body and its innate intelligence is a simple and key part of optimizing a healthy immune response capable of protecting us from viruses in the winter season.

Some of our key concepts are:

-                      Respect your body and let it go through some of its natural processes
-                      Exercise and Activity – not just in the summer time, but all year round!
-                      Sugar – too much sugar will impair immunity
-                      Include specific natural health care strategies to enhance our immune response
-                      The sunshine nutrient – Vitamin D – plays a role in immunity, inflammation and bone health
-                      The bugs in our bellies:
                         §  probiotics are essential to healthy immune systems
                         §  bacteria aren’t bad!

When I was enrolled in Kinesiology at the University of Calgary a large focus was on the health benefits physical fitness and exercise provided.  Among the many benefits, one concept that was regularly discussed was the pyrogenic nature of exercise.  In short, exercise raises your body's temperature making it an unpleasant place for 'germs' to live.  This natural fever keeps germs in check.

Many people are scared of the natural process we call fever.  As with most fear, for the most part this is due to a lack of education.  It is advisable for parent to know the typical temperatures of their children.  Also if you take your child's temperature after they have been playing vigorously, you will have a good idea of what temperature range you should feel completely comfortable and not having any concern.  Knowing this baseline temperature information will also help you educate any health practitioners that you may have to consult in case you have a concern that a fever is becoming dangerous.

We hope this information is helpful and remember natural immunity comes from proper nervous system function so be sure to keep your spine in line and your posture balanced to maximize the energy you have left to spend on keeping yourself healthy this winter. 

**Thank you to Dr. Colin Race for his contributions to this article and the associated presentation.

At the Practice of Upper Cervical Chiropractic our doctors of chiropractic are dedicated to improving the Health IQ of our community.  Health is optimized when your body, which is intelligent, has appropriate physical, chemical, mental, and environmental balance.  Through the use of our Secondary Vitals metric quality of life is emphasized to allow our clients strategies for graceful aging. Please visit us at


Sunday, June 19, 2011

We've Got Your Back - Dinner with Your Doctor

This year has been very exciting in our practice!   I have long dreamed of having an initiative in our office that supports your development care.  The idea of development care begins with the recognition that people who are 2 years old have different requirements than those that are 20 years old.  We recognize that as you exist on earth you continue to develop or evolve into a more complex and hopefully more complete human being and that, for your health, maintenance is just not good enough. 

When I started practicing, the priority was to create a great initial Trial Period of Care.  We did that and moved on to successfully create a complete and thorough Recovery Care.  With the addition of new chiropractors, Dr. Bohemier and Dr. Hopf, we have been able to have enough "elbow grease" to create some new initiatives toward our third and final phase of care, Development Care.

Development care starts as soon as you begin in our office but includes initiatives that aim to increase your Health IQ in the critical balances involved with health: Body Balance, Chemical Balance, Mental Balance & Environmental Balance.  One of those initiatives in our monthly dinner with your doctor series.  "We've Got Your Back - Dinner with Your Doctor", allows you to engage the knowledge held by the doctor of chiropractic in our clinic as well as visiting experts on a variety of topics critical to your ability to age gracefully.

Our inaugural dinner was very well attended by many of you.  Thank you for bringing your friends so that we could support health education in your sphere of influence.  If you have yet to attend a dinner, you are invited.  Tickets can be acquired by calling our office (  By bringing a friend that is not a patient in our practice, not only will you have company at the dinner but you will help facililiate our vision of helping our society develop a more sophisticated health IQ.

The next dinner is called "Feed Your Spine" and will provide information on how understanding and applying the nutritional building blocks involved in health not only makes you feel great but also helps you maintain a healthy and properly balanced spine.

See you there!