Make The Connection – Follow the Line to the Root and Pull the Plug

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God was pretty creative when he constructed the human body! I mean, we all know that the spine is the backbone (literally) of the human body, our support beam, you might say. We all know good connection in the spine gives us the ability to move our limbs properly. We all know the spine health is pretty vital to our mobility.

But here’s something not super well known (and I think it is pretty cool 🙂 ): The spine is not only connected to all the other bones but also to our organs. Yeah! The pain you experience in other areas of your body could be pointing to a problem in a specific area of your spine. If our spine is out of order than our organs will feel it.

But, why? And how? These are two questions that should come to your mind pretty quick. 

Communication Center

Let’s have a little fun with this one. I want you to try and picture the body like a telephone system. And, no, I don’t mean a cell phone, or even the modern day home phone. I want you to go a little further back in time. To those phones that you had to plug into the wall and had the spin dial. 🙂 You have the mouthpiece that sends messages, the earpiece that receives the messages, and the wire that transfers the messages.

The brain is the body’s “communication Center”. The brain sends messages to every part of the body, telling them what to do, and the body sends messages back to the brain. This is how we know pain.

These messages are sent through the nerves in the spine. (The body’s own telephone wire, you might say. 🙂 ) Now when telephone wires get cut, or damaged, the phone doesn’t work. We can’t communicate so well with friends or family members that live far away. The body is the same way.

Any time one of the vertebrae in the spine gets slightly displaced, it pinches a nerve and blocks any messages that are trying to get through. This is where chiropractors come in handy. They can adjust the spine and get the kinks out of the line to clear the way for the messages to get through so the body’s communication system can get back to working properly.

So you can see why the health of the spine is so important to the general function of the body. 🙂

Make the Connection

By this time, you (like I was) might be curious about what organs are connected to which area of the spine.

Now this is where it gets REALLY COOL! Each section of the spine has a specific connection… and each can cause specific issues to tell us what is wrong.

There are some issues that are pretty easy to relate to the spine (headaches are a big one)… and then the not so easy ones (like problems in the stomach and intestines).

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4 Simple Steps to Help Clear and Maintain Healthy Skin

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We would all love to have clear, flawless skin, right? But we can never seem to get rid of those annoying wrinkles or those pesky red spots. Just when you get rid of one two more pop up somewhere else. Usually we rush for some treatment we see on a commercial (those people have perfect skin so it must work, right?). But the chemicals in those treatments make our problem worse.

Here are 4 natural tips to try and minimize acne and other other problems and help maintain clear and healthy skin.

  1. Stress

Stress causes hormone imbalances which results in many skin problems, such as acne, eczema, hives and psoriasis. Stress hormones increase oil production, which can lead to clogged pores and whiteheads.

Take time each day to relax. Take a walk in nature, soak in a tub, listen to music or read a book. Whatever make you calm down and leave your cares behind you for a while.

  1. Eat the Right Foods

A portion of the body’s toxic waste is eliminated through sweating. If the body has more toxins than the kidneys and liver can get rid of effectively, the skin takes over and the toxins escape through the skin. This can disrupt the skin’s health integrity and cause skin disorders.

It may be cliche to read “you are what you eat.” Actually, you are what you digest. What you put into your body that isn’t used well can come out through your skin in the forms of hives, acne and eczema and many other skin disorders. Avoid processed foods, artificial flavors and high amounts of sugar. Be sure and drink plenty of distilled water and consume foods rich in vitamin E, Biotin and antioxidants, such as berries, almonds and salmon.

  1. Avoid Chemicals

Using harsh chemicals and dyes can irritate skin follicles and clog pores. This increases acne and many chemicals can also dry out the skin and cause redness.

  1. Essential Oils

Essential Oils are a great way to clear and rejuvenate the skin. Most essential oils are gentle on the skin and they get to the root of the problem instead of just treating the symptom. Essential oils have the power to kill the bad bacteria in your skin. Lavender oil also is great for protecting the skin from irritation and soothing stress.

*Not every essential oil used by one person may be the one that is right for you. I recommend testing each one to see what works for you.  Bring me your oils and let me teach you muscle testing to discover what oils work for you.

References:
draxe.com
naturallysavvy.com
acne-skin-care-expert.com

Commonly Misused Alternative Health Terms

Source: Wisconson Department of Natural Resources

I spend a lot of time reading alternative health blogs and Facebook pages. Something that I notice quite often is the misuse of a few key health terms. It seems that, over time, the words have taken on colloquial meanings, while the true definitions have been muddled to the point where they are almost unrecognizable. I rounded up a quick list of these terms so you can be sure that you know the true meanings. After all, terminology is important! Okay, ready for your vocabulary lesson?

 

Homeopathy

What you think it is: A blanket term for natural health strategies.

What it actually is: Homeopathy is a system of medicine that subsists on the principal of ‘like for like.’ For example, taking Apis Mel (bee venom then diluted at various potencies) to treat a bee sting or something that has a similar feeling to a bee sting. is a homeopathic treatment. The idea is that something that is harmful in large doses can actually be healing in small doses.

 

Holistic Medicine

What you think it is: Another term for homeopathic.

What it actually is: The concept of ‘holism’ refers to ones perspective. Holistic medicine seeks not only to fix symptoms, but resolve underlying causes. For example, peppermint can sooth an upset stomach, but if one is mismanaging stress or partaking in a poor diet, the stomach will eventually become upset again because the root cause isn’t being addressed.

 

Natural

What you think it is: Healthy and wholesome.

What it actually is: Just because something is natural doesn’t mean that it is good for you. Arsenic, for example, is a natural substance. That doesn’t mean it is something you should put inside of your body! Don’t fall for clever marketing. Always read labels and make sure you are buying something that is right and good for your body.

 

Healthy

What you think it is: Something that is nourishing and beneficial

What it actually is: Something that is nourishing and beneficial to YOU. When you are told something is healthy, stop and think: ‘Well, to whose standard?’ The US government food pyramid, the dentist who recommended I give my child artificial sweeteners, or the latest food craze? If the food causes you inflammation, it isn’t healthy even if it’s kale!  Healthy is what heals your body in this wonky world. Know what your body needs.

 

Responsible (as in, buying responsibly)

What you think it is: You have done your duty to consume or avoid certain goods. This gives you a sense of goodness.

What it actually is: The idea of responsibility is subjective and depends on many factors. For a local community, whose livelihood is based on cattle ranching, you may show love or appreciation to your neighbor by buying their cow. Or, it may be beneficial for your community to not buy cows, or to buy only cows raised with certain lifestyles. Responsibility is a vague term that can give a false sense of pride in our compliance. You don’t have any obligation to comply to any one ideal.