Cedar Crest Chiropractic - November 2018

Stress From Pain

Thanksgiving conversation is often a minefield of topics: political divides, your English degree and Aunt Marjory’s insistence that you meet her neighbor’s cousin’s dog walker’s uncle’s son who’s a fantastic up-and- coming podiatrist. Between constantly passing the potatoes and dodging your relatives’ questions, Thanksgiving can be an exhausting holiday. But it’s a day to be grateful for what and whom you have in your life, so why do so many people leave their annual gatherings feeling overwhelmed and misunderstood? This year, when the conversation begins steering in an awkward direction, try these conversation starters for a more relaxing and fulfilling holiday. 1. What’s your pet been up to? Maybe Fluffy learned a new trick or Oscar is undergoing some intensive grooming next week. Whatever the case may be, people love to talk about their pets. 2. What Thanksgiving dish can you not live without? Without going culinary critic on your grandma’s meal, gush about your favorite dish. Just like with pets, people love discussing foods and recipes. You may start a fun debate or a recipe swap with this question. 3. Dad did what as a kid? Getting to know your relatives, friends and significant others better will only strengthen those bonds. You’ll likely hear some interesting stories you can share with others and forge a stronger connection with your relatives. 4. Stupid human tricks, anyone? Let’s see those double joints! This one might not be for the squeamish at the dinner table, but it’s a fun, goofy activity that’s best shared over a glass of after-dinner wine. 5. How about we get coffee? Sometimes part of the stress of answering your relatives’ questions stems from holiday pressures. It may force you to address your bank account, love life and general life choices. If you really do want to talk about your job or your love life with relatives, suggest meeting up again without the holiday atmosphere. While you’re all in one place trying to enjoy a piece of pie, plan a family winery tour, beach day or camping trip. Family situations will always be a little stressful, but without the pressure of the holidays, you might feel more relaxed. Dodging Thanksgiving Awkwardness Conversations Appropriate for the Dinner Table


The Problem: Stress takes various forms: There’s the physical stress from pain, environmental stress from dangerous chemicals and toxins and emotional stress from living. In this article, I’ll address physical stress from pain . According to pharmaceutical company research, pain is a major public health problem . The remedy, according to the pharmaceutical companies, is taking enough drugs not to feel this pain. This ranges from over-the- counter drugs, such as Tylenol, which can produce chronic liver damage, all the way to the Opioid Crisis that kills thousands of Americans every day. The chemicals in these drugs are just one of the types of toxins people are exposed to. This “remedy” clashes immensely with my practice of finding and resolving the source of your problem without the use of pharmaceutical drugs or surgery. My goal is to help you avoid being part of this statistic. There is a growing percentage of Americans who are drug-dependent. According to a study in 2015 by the Journal of American Medical Association, nearly 60 percent of Americans are ingesting prescription drugs. In addition to the risks of drug toxicity, the chronic stress from pain increases the hormone cortisol . This hormone contributes to the epidemic of obesity, especially among young people. Statistically, the current younger generation will be the first generation of Americans to have a lower life expectancy than their parents. Due to increased cortisol, the adrenal gland is releasing more and more stored sugar (glycogen) into the bloodstream. Insulin, produced by the pancreas, then changes the excess sugar into belly fat . This mechanism contributes to high blood sugar and type 2 diabetes. ● Get adjusted. Chiropractic care has been proven to be a safe, effective, drug-free treatment. Once you’re out of pain, regular chiropractic maintenance will keep you healthy, prevent chronic recurrence of pain and drug dependency and reduce your health care cost. ● Continue to work on creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle . As I’ve said in the past, pharmaceutical drugs can be lifesaving, but statistics prove that we’re over-drugged, and excessive drugs block nutrition absorption and create risks. ● Ask me about an effective whole-food supplement called Min-Tran from Standard Process. It contains a mineral complex that has a mild calmative effect on the body. I take two nightly and sleep like a baby. As an added benefit, I can test you for proper dosage. Being free of physical stress from pain and full of energy is the goal; take action today to change your body and your life. I’m always available to help you. The Solutions:




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