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Why do some people get sick and others do not?

Chiropractic Questions and Answers

Q. Why do some people get sick and others do not?

That question was discussed by DD Palmer, the discoverer of chiropractic. 

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Palmer wrote extensively on the perfection we are born with and the many ways that perfection can be perverted or prevented from functioning. When we function at less than 100%, when we are unbalanced with spine and nerve stress, when we have physical blockages that decrease life energy flowing through us (subluxations), we suffer from dis-ease, which is a common precursor to diseases of all kinds.

Dr. Palmer was very much ahead of his time when he described the three causes of dis-ease (body malfunction) as follows:

Thoughts-emotional stress. The emerging science of PNI (psychoneuroimmunology) studies the intimate and intense relationship amongst thoughts, brain, and immune system function. This confirms Palmer’s original insights into the relationship between the mind and body. See the article below on marriage and longevity for an example.

Trauma-structural distortions affect and weaken our ability to adapt to all environmental stresses. Physical traumas may be from birth, macro-trauma such as sports injuries, car accidents, and similar events, or micro-trauma such as always working in the same position, always swinging a golf club or tennis racket the same way (and on one side), or living on a planet with gravity-meaning everyone on this earth.

Toxins-poisons that we are exposed to that are internal or endogenous (produced from within) or external or exogenous poisons that we are exposed to from the environment. 

Internal toxins can be from a poor diet, an unbalanced intestinal flora, dental/oral infections from root canals, and unhealed wisdom tooth sockets. External toxins can be from the pesticides and herbicides that are in our foods (always eat organic foods), vaccinations (a toxic brew of chemicals), air pollution, smoking, anesthesia, drugs (prescription as well as otherwise), and even EMF-electromagnetic frequency radiation (i.e., cell phones and cell phone towers), among others.

Chiropractic care permits your body to function at its best. By releasing old physical/structural stress from your spinal column the chiropractic adjustment also releases stress from your spinal cord and brain. This improves your nervous system (which your mind uses). That improved function helps your ability to detoxify and rid your body of any internal and external poisons you have accumulated. 

Many chiropractors have noticed that in addition to the above, regular chiropractic care may increase a person’s sensitivity to their state of health and they naturally begin to eat better and avoid unhealthy toxins and procedures.  Every organ, gland, system, and part of your being is interconnected. Improving any physical, mental, or spiritual aspect of your well-being improves the health of every other part of your mind and body.

Make an appointment today and start to feel better.

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You are the world’s greatest drug store!

You are the world's greatest drug storeYou create your own drugs (No, I don’t mean illegally!)

The greatest drug store in the world is your own marvelous body, as long as your body is functioning properly.

Your body manufactures:

  • antibiotics
  • insulin
  • painkillers
  • blood pressure and heart drugs

Your body also creates hormones and chemicals that regulate:

  • brain chemistry and mood
  • digestion
  • elimination
  • growth
  • blood chemistry
  • hundreds of other drugs, many still undiscovered

That’s where chiropractic care helps

Chiropractors help keep your internal drug store functioning optimally by locating and correcting a very common condition that causes your body to malfunction. That condition is called a subluxation. A subluxation is usually found in your spine and although it often causes pain, it may also be painless.

Want to keep your internal drug store (the World’s Greatest) making and delivering all the drugs you need for your whole life? In addition to a nutrient-rich diet, make sure your body is free of subluxations – that’s the specialty of your chiropractor. Come in for a chiropractic checkup. Your internal drug store will thank you for it.

Can a Pregnant Woman Get Chiropractic Care?

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Question: Should a pregnant woman receive chiropractic care?

Answer: Absolutely! If there is one group of patients who benefit from and need chiropractic care more than almost any other, it’s those who are pregnant.

During pregnancy, the body secretes a hormone called “relaxin.” This hormone does as it’s called – it relaxes the tendons and ligaments of the pelvis preparing the body for birth. Unfortunately, if a woman’s body is misaligned, distorted, or subluxated then the misalignment, etc. could get worse! That is one of the reasons why some pregnant women suffer from a lot of back, leg, hip, and other structural pains.

Another problem that could happen during pregnancy is that the pelvis is locked or doesn’t move properly and the unborn baby cannot turn. This could result in a breech birth wherein the baby is not in an ideal position to be delivered. The baby may need to be delivered feet first or butt first or there may be back labor which can be painful.

Chiropractic care, by keeping a woman’s body free of structural stress (subluxations), has been a blessing to millions of women and their babies. Pregnancy is much more comfortable, labor is worry-free, a breech presentation turns to a normal (vertex or head down) presentation and babies are born with more ease.

Please share this article with a pregnant woman you know! You could be helping her prevent a lot of unnecessary ain and discomfort.

 

Why Are You Alive?

What an odd question to ask. And yet, what keeps your heart beating? Your brain thinking? Your stomach digesting? What keeps your cells growing and dying as they are replaced by new cells-millions of new cells every day.

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What organizes this vast symphony of life made up of trillions of cells and numerous organs, organ systems, glands, muscles, joints, and all the rest to work together in perfect harmony to keep you functioning at your peak?

There is a life energy flowing over your nerves, in your brain, and in every cell and organ. This energy has been called by different terms in nearly every culture for thousands of years: prana, chi, neshama, life force, vital principle, and much more. All earthly life energy comes from the sun. The sun’s electromagnetic radiation that bathes our planet, gives energy of all kinds to every plant and to every animal that eats plants and other animals.

All energy is divided into seven categories: mechanical, thermal, chemical, electrical, radiant, nuclear, and sound. Your body has all these energies-even nuclear. Living creatures are even able to change atoms from one element to another.  We are so amazing-who knows what other energies we contain? What about consciousness? Aren’t our thoughts a form of energy?

It’s not only energy But it’s not just energy. Energy by itself is just potential. The wisdom of your body uses this energy. Where does that wisdom come from? All we know is what we can observe. We observe that within us is a wisdom, an “organizer” that takes in raw energies, converts them to various types of energies, and uses it for life: for running your body, doing all those things that go on without your thought such as breathing, digesting, seeing, sleeping and dreaming. Plus there is also energy under your conscious control:
for just running around, playing, thinking, making music, loving, taking care of others, building things and so much more. What runs this vast little universe of your being?

Is it the soul?

Is there a cosmic or universal template or program we are following?

Your five senses cannot perceive that but your other “eyes” sometimes can. Perhaps it is what you can see with your heart?

A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart. -Goethe

Let us return to our original question-why are you alive? The answer cannot be seen with your ordinary eyes; the answer can only be seen with the eyes of your heart.

2019 Stuff The Bus Campaign

 

This is an open letter to all the business members and community members of Grand Ledge.

Firstly, we would like to express a heartfelt Thank YOU to each and every one of you who have so generously supported the Stuff the Bus for the Food Bank campaign that we have been spearheading for the last 29 years. 

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We have grown from a few bags of groceries in our very first year to a pickup truck-bed full to using the Independence Village bus to changing to an all monetary donation collection that exceeded $15,000 last year.

This town has a reputation of taking care of its own and The Grand Ledge Food Bank run by GLSDA has been a grateful recipient of the food and funds we have raised.

That time of the year has rolled around again and we are earnestly asking each of you to help us yet again.

We have looked at several different options to reach our goal and the one we like the best is, if we ask you if you could donate at least the value of one bag of groceries. We have a bag that includes toilet paper, deodorant, shampoo, soap, pasta sauce, pasta, 3 cans of veggies and 3 cans of beans and soup and it comes out to just around $35.00.  

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Our goal this year is $17,500 or the equivalent of 500 bags of groceries.

The question is: “How many bags of groceries would you be prepared to cover the cost of?”

We welcome all donations, great and small, and would ask that the checks be made out directly to GLSDA FOOD BANK.

Please mail them to our office so that we can coordinate the collection.

PLEASE SEND THE CHECKS TO:  

2019 STUFF THE BUS FOR HUNGER

C/O LANJOPOULOS FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC

P O BOX 44

GRAND LEDGE MI 48837

This campaign will close November 22nd, 2019

THANK YOU AGAIN!

Spring Resolutions are Better

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People like to make a big to-do about “New Year’s Resolutions,” but springtime is really the best time to make them. After all, there’s no difference between December 31st and January 1st. The weather is still cold, rainy and snowy in many places; it’s still dark, the ground is frozen and bare. Life is hunkering down to survive the elements and you may even have a hangover from the celebrations the night before. How inspiring is that? Is it any wonder we don’t follow through with all our grand plans and ideals?

Spring is the true time for renewal and growth.

We get another chance.The earth is thawing, transforming and awakening; sunlight is much stronger and lasts longer and new life is appearing. So here we offer you a better recommendation: make your resolutions now. What better time than the season of renewal to:

  • get more sun (it’s easier) spring resolutions
  • eat better
  • cook more meals from scratch
  • eat more fruit and veggies
  • go for walks
  • exercise
  • call your mother and father more
  • play with the young ones more
  • write
  • make music
  • dance more
  • take better care of yourself

With that in mind don’t forget a resolution to come in for regular chiropractic checkups and adjustments.

There’s another reason why springtime is the ideal time to commit to the resolutions you probably forgot about on January 1st.

Who can think about exercising when you have a hangover?

What will be your Spring Resolutions?

Sweden’s Revolutionary Recycling

DUE TO RECYCLING, SWEDEN IS RUNNING OUT OF TRASH RECYLING

When it comes to recycling, Sweden sets an example for the rest of the world. Thanks to a government prioritization on sustainability, the Nordic country recycles 1.5 billion bottles and cans annually, a staggering amount for a population of about 9.6 million (in 2013). In terms of rubbish, Swedes only produce a measly 461 kilograms (1,106 pounds) of waste average per year—less than 1% of discard ends up in landfills. This is slightly below the half-ton average in the rest of Europe.

 

This impressive commitment to an eco-friendly world has a bizarre effect on electricity production. Sweden participates in a waste-to-energy (WTE) program, and they have 32 of these special plants. If you’re unfamiliar with this unique form of energy production, here’s how it works: furnaces are loaded with garbage and burned to generate steam. This newly-produced gas is then used to spin generator turbines and produce electricity, transferred to transmission lines and the power grid. By using this approach, the country is able to reduce toxins that seep into the ground. “When waste sits in landfills, leaking methane gas and other greenhouse gasses, it is obviously not good for the environment” Swedish Waste Management communications director Anna-Carin Gripwell explained in a statement.

Before incinerating garbage, it’s first filtered by home and business owners. Things that can be recycled are separated (such as food scraps and paper products), and anything that can be salvaged is set aside. Because would-be waste is carefully examined, it leaves relatively little for the WTE program. As a result, Sweden imports garbage from the UK, Italy, Norway, and Ireland to ensure they stay up and running.

Don’t Trash It, Repair It!

Sweden continues to think of innovative ways to stay green. “We feel that we have responsibility to act responsibly in this area and try to reduce our ecological footprint,” states Per Bolund, Swedish Finance and Consumption Minister in a video for AJ+. “The consumers are really showing that the want to make a difference and what we’re trying to do from the government’s side is to help them act, making it easier to behave in a sustainable way.”
GIVES US PAUSE TO THINK ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF TRASH WE GENERATE –RIGHT???

Interesting Facts to Keep Life in Perspective

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If we could shrink the earth’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following.
There would be:

  • 57 Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 from the Western Hemisphere, 8 Africans
  • 52 would be female, 48 would be male
  • 70 would be non-white, 30 would be white
  • 70 would be non-Christian, 30 would be Christian
  • 6 would possess 59% of the entire world’s wealth and all 6 would be from the USA
  • 80 would live in substandard housing
  • 70 would be unable to read
  • 50 would suffer from malnutrition
  • 1 would be near death, 1 would be near birth
  • 1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education
  • Only 1 would own a computer!!!!

When one considers our world from such a small compressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding and education becomes glaringly apparent.

The following are also some things to ponder…

  • Someone once said: What goes around comes around. Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching. Sing like nobody’s listening. Live like it’s Heaven on Earth.
  • Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.
  • To handle yourself, use your head; To handle others, use your heart.
  • Anger is only one letter short of danger.
  • Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.
  • He who loses money, loses much; He, who loses a friend, loses much more; He, who loses faith, loses all.
  • Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, But beautiful old people are works of art.

Latest News from Charmaine: July 2016: Summer!

Greetings all,

We now can officially say it is summer. All the hoopla of family, friends, vacations, BBQs, sunshine, festivities, suntans and mosquitoes ( or maybe the lack of them so far this year) all mixed into one messy bundle.

In June, Dr. Ray and I celebrated 35 years (each) in Chiropractic practice, having graduated together in the Summer of 1980. Daughter Damaris graduated 6 years ago almost to the day and has firmly established herself in Norway in a great practice.

Next month I defend my Michigan Senior Olympics powerlifting records and then I am off to Norway for a week to help daughter Damaris with re-organizing their house post some fairly extensive renovation work and to prepare for December’s bundle of joy.

I leave you in the hands of Dr. Ray and Sophia while I am gone.

At the end of September we will be taking a break from the office as both Dr. Damaris and I will be attending a conference in Milan Italy the last weekend in September and we are adding our belated Summer break to that time…So make a note in your calendars now…

The office will be closed 9/23 through 10/2

We will have extra hours Thursday morning 9/22.

Make this a great Summer and feel free to share any of your recipes or holiday experiences with us.

See you in the office, on the mat, under the barbells or maybe at the Farmers Markets!

Dr.’s Ray and Charmaine and Sophia, too!

Words of Wisdom for June 2016

quotes Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. – George Washington

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. – Abraham Lincoln

I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. – Will Rogers

If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free! – P. J. O’Rourke

Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you! – Pericles (430 B.C.)

No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. – Mark Twain

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