Facing Reality

January 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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spinewave chiropractic rock paper scissorsWe want a bigger house for our little family.

We’d worked and saved and thought we were in a position to make that move. But when we started looking, what we actually want isn’t within our reach right now, especially with Auckland houses being less affordable than New York. We could get what we want in other centres, but not what we want here.

For a long time I’d driven myself to this point, creating a lot of internal frustration, clearing myself entirely of business and personal debt, only to reach a bridge that says “still under construction.” I had to accept this reality, and that we will continue to work and save for what we really want, not settling for what we don’t. And that’s OK.

Nonstriving is a term used to describe surrendering to the moment, acknowledging and facing one’s experience instead of fighting it or trying to make it something that it’s not. What usually follows this sudden enlightenment is laughter, because laughter is the side by side comparison of illusion with reality. Striving and illusion accentuate pain, heightening the awareness of the nervous system to a false reality. So when you consciously decide not to strive anymore under false pretenses, a lot of pain, anguish and frustration begins to subside. Sometimes physically.

Accepting reality and having a laugh doesn’t mean there is no longer work to do. It means you have surrendered to the reality (to what is) and are now willing to do what is required without rose-tinted glasses.

People’s suffering often comes from a lack of neural harmony, which means incongruence between the mind’s perceptions and the life we experience. Over time we build up false realities and false evidence to support “our story” about why we’re in this relationship, why we’re overweight, why we’re in this job, why we chose this career, why we live in this country; why I get sick every winter, why I’m in pain, why I have no other options, why I am the way I am. The story is reinforced in the nervous system and creates more and more neural disharmony. The illusion and pattern perpetuates. Suffering continues. Read more

Study links fast food to asthma and eczema in children

January 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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fast food eczema asthma mcdonaldsEating fast food three or more times a week is linked to a higher risk of severe asthma and eczema in children, researchers found.

Teens who ate three or more weekly servings had a 39 percent increased chance of developing severe asthma, while younger children had a 27 percent higher risk, according to a study of 319,000 teens in 51 countries and 181,000 children ages 6 and 7 in 31 countries. The research, led by scientists at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, was published today in the British medical journal Thorax.

The study didn’t prove that eating more fast food caused the increase in the conditions, which both can be linked to the overreaction of the body’s immune system. Because fast food was the only dietary category shown to have an association with the disorders, the results suggest that such a diet may cause asthma attacks or eczema outbreaks, the authors said. Conversely, eating three or more servings of fruit a week showed reduced risk in developing those conditions, they said.

“What’s clear from this study is that fruits and vegetables turned up as protective factors and fast foods turned up as risk factors,” Gabriele Nagel, a senior researcher at the Institute of Epidemiology and Medical Biometry at Ulm University in Germany, said in a telephone interview. “Our study provides evidence toward giving dietary recommendations in order to prevent asthma and allergies in childhood.”

Serafino, Phil. Bloomberg.

Reference: Thorax doi:10.1136/thoraxjnl-2012-202285

WWII veteran’s sight restored after fall

January 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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robert-chapmanBlurred vision was the norm for World War II veteran Robert Chapman, until a footpath fall miraculously restored his sight.

This was not a miracle insofar that there is rationale behind what happened. As upper cervical chiropractors, we see it often.

25% of your brain is used for processing vision. When there is disturbance in the upper spine (upper cervical), this can change the way signals are sent to these areas of the brain.

Disturbance in the upper cervical area over time from bumps, falls or stress can lead to poorer vision, near or far-sightedness, or a change in visual acuity. Here are two Cases of the Month from our archives on positive changes in vision from upper cervical care: September 2008 and October 2008.

Robert Chapman’s “miracle” was the fact that he fell at exactly the right angle to make an upper cervical correction. He won lotto. Seeing an upper cervical chiropractor improves your odds, in a much safer way.

The Mildura man, 88, was walking his beloved maltese-shih tzu cross, Flossie, when he tripped on his shoelace and fell hard on the concrete path. Suffering from severe bruising on his left side, but no broken bones, Mr Chapman returned home, waking the next day with restored vision and better hearing.

Mr Chapman can now read without glasses and can see objects clearly. A widower of four years, he has worn long-distance, reading and bifocal glasses for more than 50 years. Now, the only glasses he needs are his sunglasses. Read more

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