Once upon a time it was unheard of for a doctor’s opinion to be challenged, but today’s patients are getting second and third opinions, seeking out alternative health care solutions and pursuing natural options to find out the best course of action for their health.
And recently, the medical system is now being challenged by the medical community itself exposing the flaws of medicine and misdiagnosis that runs rampant in the healthcare industry. Unfortunately, these are the things we hear about and sometimes experience ourselves as our confidence in conventional medical treatment diminishes and new healthcare options become available.
According to several doctors including Dr. Otis Brawley, Chief Medical Officer for the American Cancer Society, Americans are suffering and dying avoidable deaths because the current healthcare system is not working. It is projected that America spends one and half times as much per person on healthcare than any other country. However, it ranks 50th in life expectancy and 47th in infant mortality. Dr. Brawley blames unnecessary treatments on a lack of medical knowledge and the financial attractiveness being supported by big pharma, medical manufacturers, and hospitals. He also stresses the unfortunate attention given to treatment of illnesses rather than promoting health and preventing disease. Why? Because disease is big business and job security for many healthcare professionals.
You, as a healthcare consumer, have every reason to be angry that the costs simply are unsustainable. Studies show, that a majority of cancers are preventable through lifestyle and not medical treatment.
Dr. Brawley is not the only medical doctor to challenge the healthcare system. In fact, this is now widely known in the medical industry and has struck chords with the healthcare overseers. Dr. Brawley recognizes that the medical community needs to take a hard look at itself in the mirror and give healthcare consumers better treatment options as a priority and not because it makes more dollars.
So what can we take from this? We encourage you to take responsibility for your own health. Do your own research and also always challenge your healthcare providers. Getting educated about what you can do to maximize your potential for better health and a longer life should always be your number one concern for yourself and your family. Make wise, informed decisions by getting your information from multiple sources. You shouldn’t just take what the doctor orders because if you do, you could potentially increase your chance for health risks.
While steering away from the bandwagon is never easy, relying on a single source for anything in your life can set you up for disappointment. Take back your health into your hands and you too can live a healthier you!
All golfers alike have an on-going common goal and that is to improve their golf swing. This is a sport that comes with a lot of repetitive motion of the same muscles and joints, so wear and tear is likely to happen. Dr. Reed gives out some pointers on how to prevent injury when playing the game you love the most.
Your kid’s health is important. That’s why we’re announcing the addition of new doctor approved kid’s fitness classes at Bridge Chiropractic. Class participation includes a posture and functional movement assessment by a Bridge Chiropractic doctor.
Beginning January 15, kids can come to our fitness center and be greeted by the smiling face of Kelsey Walsh, coach and trainer, who will lead them through fun, fitness activities. “I always come in happy!” says Kelsey, who loves what she does and wants kids to feel the same way. “My mission is to find a spark or a light in kids to help them live active and healthy lives.”
In the classes, kids will experience general functional fitness, which Kelsey will design to challenge all skill levels, ages 8-15. The program is entertaining without the risk of injury.
Kelsey says, “My favorite part about kid’s fitness is ‘learning’ an individual. My best coaches paid attention to me, like how my body was reacting. That’s how I teach group classes, by paying attention to the individuals.”
Kelsey’s roots are in gymnastics, where she’s competed most of her life, and began coaching 15 years ago. She studied Early Childhood Development with an emphasis on Human Development & Family Science, earning a B.S. degree at Oregon State University. Kelsey is also a Crossfit athlete and is a Level I Crossfit Certified Trainer.
She joins the wellness team at Bridge Chiropractic, adding this new layer of overall health to kids. “There’s a good recipe here at Bridge to tie wellness into kid’s lives. It’s all here,” she says as she motions to the large fitness area in Salmon Creek. “Bridge ties it all together – chiropractic care, massage, acupuncture, nutrition. Now kids can come into this facility, in an adult world, and see all these things come together and how it all helps a person maintain health throughout their life.”
Class Days & Times: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays, 3:15-4:30 p.m.
Cost: Drop in or monthly rates as low as $67!
Where: Salmon Creek Location
Give us a call to learn more and get signed-up!
Pumpkin season has finally arrived, so we thought it appropriate to carve out some time for dishing out some impressive health benefits of this yummy seasonal favorite. No more feeling anxious about what you’re bringing to family gatherings, now you can feel good about all of your pumpkin recipes this fall and brag away about how healthy they are.
Check out our 6 favorite health benefits of pumpkin and feel free to share them with everyone, unless you want to hog all the credit for yourself, in which case we won’t tell anyone.
Top 6 Health Benefits of Pumpkin
1. Pumpkin Seeds Are Heart Healthy
Seeds and nuts no matter what kind are actually all heart healthy, and of course that includes our favorite pumpkin seed. They contain what are called phytosterols, a plant-based molecule that acts in the intestine to lower bad cholesterol absorption. Pumpkin seeds can lower cholesterol by 10% when taking 2g per day, which is a little less than 1oz. If not being used as a garnish for a delicious recipe, raw pumpkin seeds are great snacks that can be picked up at most local grocery stores. Snack away!
2. Pumpkin Can Boost Your Mood
Unless you’re just a Scrooge around the holiday season, who doesn’t like to be happy? Pumpkins contain an amino acid called tryptophan, a key ingredient in producing serotonin. In case you were unaware, serotonin is huge when it comes to our mood, so partaking in a bit of pumpkin this season will help chase those moody blues away. And unlike Cinderella, this pumpkin will last past midnight.
3. Pumpkin Helps Boost Your Immune System
Packed FULL of vitamin C, it’s hard not to get excited about pumpkin during the season that is famous for cold and flu assaults. The recommended daily dose for vitamin C is 65mg, and one cup of cooked pumpkin contains nearly 20% of that recommended dose. Sounds like a winning combo to us, so start pumping your body with some pumpkin before sickness has a chance to set in.
4. Pumpkin May Reduce Cancer Risk
The orange family of vegetables all have something in common, and we’re talking about carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash and of course pumpkin. They all have strong levels of beta-carotene, and according to the National Cancer Institute, it may have a strong link to preventing certain cancers. Seems silly NOT to plate up some pumpkin this season, there’s really nothing to lose.
5. Pumpkin Protects The Skin
Hello best beauty product ever! Ok, maybe a bit too far but seriously how awesome is that?! Carotenoids contained in pumpkin act as protective antioxidants that not only protect the body against free radicals that damage the body but also keep the skin wrinkle-free. So don’t feel bad to ask for seconds when the pumpkin’s being passed around. Your skin just might thank you.
6. Pumpkin Supports Natural Weight Loss
When we think of fiber, we hardly think of pumpkin, but it has surprisingly large amounts of fiber within that bright orange packaging. For every 1 cup of pumpkin, there are 3 grams of fiber and only 49 calories. It’s common knowledge that a fiber-rich diet actually helps people feel fuller longer and eat less, giving them the ability to lose some of those pesky pounds. PLUS pumpkin is just yummy to eat. Wins all around!
These top health benefits are yours to take advantage of this fall season, so pop into your local farmer’s market or grocer and grab some pumpkin before it’s all gone! If you have any questions about how your diet plays a part in balancing the body and its function, then we’d love to help. Give our team a call today!
Naturally, when you have lower back pain you’re going to think that it’s due to a lower back issue. That’s not necessarily the case, and it can leave you scratching your head as to how to get rid of the pain. You can’t relieve the pain if you don’t know where it comes from, right? Here, Dr. Paul Reed clarifies some of these questions and helps you learn the source of your pain as well as tips on how to prevent it.
Food. Family. Fun. That’s about the order of priority around the holidays, but if you (like most) are worried about gaining those few extra pounds over December, we’ve got a few tips for you.
It doesn’t have to be a blue Christmas this year with bland foods that taste like cardboard, but take the initiative to make a DEFENSIVE game plan when it comes to eating this season. Start with some of our helpful tips and maybe sprinkle in a few ideas of your own. Happy season’s eatings!
1. Be A Picky Eater – In other words, spend your calories wisely on the foods you love and enjoy. Put yourself on a food budget at each meal and at every party and come New Years, you won’t be disappointed in your waistline. That’s something you can take to the bank.
Try This: Make a mental note of which foods are your favorites and try to stick to those instead of going crazy and eating every single thing on the table.
2. Rethink Seconds – It takes a little time for your brain to realize you’re “full” so give yourself a break and then take inventory of how you feel. You may not want those seconds after all.
Try This: After you’re finished with your first plate of food, take a 10-minute break. Grab some water. Talk to an old friend. Go to the bathroom.
3. Don’t Be A Grazer – We’re talking about acting as guardian of the food table. It’s easy to mindlessly eat while you talk, even if you’re full, so keep some distance between you and that delicious spread.
Try This: If you know you’re the type who will grab a snack at every turn, carry some gum or mints in your pocket and pop those in when you get a hankering to keep on snacking.
4. Never Go To Party With An Empty Tummy – That’s just asking for trouble and you’re almost certain to gorge yourself when you get there. It’s just human nature, when you’re famished, you FEAST.
Try This: Grab a filling bite before heading out. Something like apple slices with peanut butter or turkey and cheese on pita bread are perfect choices.
5. Try Not To Drink All Your Calories – Easier said than done when you’re enjoying friends and food in a fun atmosphere, but there are some tips that can at help (a little). Did you know that a glass of eggnog can rack up 500 calories or more in a single glass? Wine, beer or cocktails typically run 125-250 calories per drink, so they can add up quickly. Be mindful of those deliciously dangerous drinks.
Try This: Take a break between drinks to grab a glass of water or even a flavored seltzer between takes.
6. Slip-On Those Dancing (Walking) Shoes – Depending on the type of dancing and obvious intensity levels, dancing can burn up to an average of 282 calories per hour! The perfect way to make up for those yummy hors-d’oeuvres and cocktails. Walking can also be a great way to burn some calories before a night of partying.
Try This: Choose a dinner spot that offers live music so you can dance the night away or grab a friend or family member and take a brisk walk around the block before the night starts.
7. Don’t Shop Hungry – Similar to going to a party hungry, NEVER leave the house hungry, especially if you’re going shopping. Strolling around the mall or department store will have your stomach growling for those yummy cinnamon rolls and pretzels that you won’t be able to resist. Poor choices are just bound to happen.
Try This: Grab a healthy snack before you leave the house or eat a good meal at home. This will help cut down on those impulse snacks that seem to be everywhere.
8. Cook For Those You Love – Going out to eat or to a party, it’s hard to control your food choices or more importantly what’s in them. Why not plan your own dinner party and cook a delicious heart-healthy meal for the important people in your life. There are lots of ways you can make your meals healthier around the holidays without sacrificing all the good flavor.
Try This: Get creative by using less of those ingredients that are piled high with saturated fats and cholesterol like butter, cream, and vegetable shortening. There are lots of healthy alternatives out there such as applesauce or even evaporated skim milk.
We want everyone to be happy and healthy overall, and that requires baby steps sometimes. We hope these tips help you out, and if you have any questions about health and wellness we’d love to talk with you. Give our team a call and let’s set some health goals to make next year your best year yet!