8WW http://8ww.com Give Us 8 Weeks to Change the Rest of Your Life Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Want to Naturally Boost Your Immunity? Read This http://8ww.com/immune-system/ Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:59:33 +0000 http://8ww.com/?p=2161 The post Want to Naturally Boost Your Immunity? Read This appeared first on 8WW.

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Want to Naturally Boost Your Immunity? Read This

Naturally boost your immune system. Colostrum is a form of breast milk that delivers a vital immune system boost to newborn babies in the first 72 hours of life. This improved immune system function stems from a special ingredient called immunoglobulin A (IgA). Increased IgA in the blood and lymph tissue boosts immunity throughout the entire body. With increased levels of IgA, the body can fend off infections with ease.

Proper nutrition, exercise, and sleep all positively influence IgA levels. The health and condition of the spine also plays a direct role on immunity. A study from 2011 showed that spinal adjustments increased IgA levels by 139%. The study surveyed IgA levels in a stressed population of people. Blood measurements were assessed before and after spinal adjustments and compared to a control group determined to be experiencing the same significant stress. Those receiving spinal adjustments experienced an average increase in IgA of 139% compared to the group that did not receive adjustments.

Brain and spine link and your immune system

The link between the spine and brain explains the reason for this elevation in the immune system. Chiropractic pursues the improvement of the communication between the brain and rest of the body. Many people associate chiropractic care as a form of pain relief, but research continues to prove that spinal adjustments positively impact the entire central nervous system by reducing interference between the brain and spinal cord. This relates to immune function because altered communication between the brain and organs of the immune system could result in an increased susceptibility to certain diseases.

Chiropractic care helps the immune system

If ten people walked into a room containing the rhinovirus (common cold), not all ten people would develop cold symptoms. The body maintains an incredible ability to resist infections, even when exposed directly to an adverse stimulus. Chiropractic helps improve the body’s natural resistance to the negative effects of a virus or bacteria through proactive immune defense. Other health care providers emphasize the use of chemicals and drugs to assist a weakened body. Chiropractic focuses on enhancing the innate defense capabilities found in the body to best handle any environment. Adjustments remove interference to the nervous system and allow vital communication and function to flow freely from the brain and other organs. A healthy body produces IgA and other substances that form the body’s natural defense and enable every family member to experience elevated health and vitality.

Just this past week, a patient who has been suffering from a chronic inner ear infection (mastoiditis) saw his medical (Ears, Nose, Throat) doctor for a follow-up consult after receiving two weeks of chiropractic adjustments. The ENT said he was discontinuing the antibiotics and wanted the patient to continue with chiropractic care because his infection had improved. The doctor attributed it to the improved nerve function in the area. Before the visit, the patient said that I deserved a “pat on the back.” After I discovered why he said that, I gave the “pat on the back” to chiropractic and its positive effect on the immune system!!

Schedule an appointment with an 8WW doctor and we will do our best to ensure that your body is functioning well, so you can fight off those germs and stay healthy and productive!

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Why Ankle Mobility is CRITICAL to Your Health! http://8ww.com/ankle-mobility/ Tue, 08 Aug 2017 14:25:28 +0000 http://8ww.com/?p=2049 The post Why Ankle Mobility is CRITICAL to Your Health! appeared first on 8WW.

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Why ankle mobility is CRITICAL to your health

Ankle mobility – Every engineer, architect, builder and carpenter knows the importance of a proper foundation in constructing a building, for this insures durability and long life. Any slight change or shift in the foundation can cause a great amount of deviation in the top part of the structure and, perhaps, ultimately, its collapse.

The body’s foundation is formed by the pelvic girdle. When this bony structure consisting of hip bones and the lower bones of the back is level, there will be maximum balance and stability in the spinal column. When the pelvic girdle or any of the vertebrae (bones making up the spinal column) become tilted or rotated out of their proper position, dramatic changes may occur in the body.

Let’s now consider the ankle. 80% of people today have foot problems. Problems with the foot and ankle can affect the way you walk which can alter the function of the knees and can lead to an unleveling of the pelvis: the foundation of the spine.

Common foot and ankle problems:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Bursitis
  • Heel Spurs
  • Bunions
  • Arthritis
  • Hammer Toe
  • Flat Foot

Any of the above foot and ankle problems can ultimately cause major misalignment to the pelvis and spine. Not addressing them will perpetuate spinal misalignments and slow your chiropractic progress down. If you are struggling with chronic foot and ankle problems, let us evaluate your ankle mobility and alignment and see if we can help. If you do nothing, nothing will change.

If you are experiencing foot pain for any reason, don’t ignore it. He longer you put off correcting the problem, the harder it will be to correct it. If you suspect you have plantar fasciitis, let us scan your feet on our state of the art iStep digital foot scanner to see if foot orthotics are right for you.

Find an 8 Weeks to Wellness doctor near you.

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5 Tips for Improving Your Posture and Preventing the Dreaded “Humpback” http://8ww.com/posture-improvement/ Sat, 08 Jul 2017 12:37:52 +0000 http://8ww.com/?p=2044 The post 5 Tips for Improving Your Posture and Preventing the Dreaded “Humpback” appeared first on 8WW.

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5 Tips for Improving Your Posture and Preventing the Dreaded “Humpback”

Posture Improvement is One of the Most Overlooked Aspects of Great Health

One of my new favorite saying is actually an old saying, “Posture follows movement like a shadow”. First introduced by English Physiologist Charles Sherrington in 1922.  What does that mean? Well, our posture will not only determine how we look, but also how we move as we age. I believe that posture and alignment are one of the most overlooked yet significant aspects of great health. Your posture is the direct reflection of the alignment of your spine, and since it is the “effect” of good alignment, and alignment can be changed, the good news is that you have direct control over your posture. So follow these five tips and you will not only look better, you will move better, feel better and age better.

5 Tips for Posture Improvement

  1. Be aware of your alignment. One exercise I have patients do is to stand against a wall with their head, shoulder blades, butt and heels against the wall. Then I ask them to keep their spine in that alignment and tip toe away from the wall. Does that feel different I ask them. “Wow, YES” they normally tell me. Well, that wall is in better alignment than your spine. Use the wall as a reference for good vertical posture and alignment. Make that feeling of standing against the wall the new norm for your posture.
  2. Stop texting with your head in flexion. “Text Neck” is a new condition due to how much we are using our phones, our kids especially! Bring the phone up to a neutral eye level. Don’t flex your neck forward, it causes forward head posture which eventually leads to bad posture.
  3. Use a standing desk. I recently got a “VariDesk” which sits on my traditional desk and allows me to stand while I work. I LOVE it. If we were meant to sit for long periods of time, we would have 4 legs like a chair instead of two. If you sit for a living or for more than 5 hours a day, get a standing desk.
  4. Strengthen your core. Our alignment is only as good as our core strength. If we have weak abdominals, weak gluts and weak spinal muscles, there is no way we can have good posture, for it is our core that supports us upright against gravity. Most patients we test have extremely weak core muscles.
  5. Learn our “Posture Prep” exercises. At 8 Weeks to Wellness, we’ve developed a series of core strengthening and core lengthening (stretching) series of exercises that we call “Posture Prep”. The changes we see when we combine the Posture Prep series with Chiropractic Adjustments is amazing and the before and after pictures speak for themselves.

Posture Improvement and a Good Core

In my 25 year career as a Chiropractor, I’ve noticed that people who live “functionally” for a long time have a couple things in common and one of the big ones is that they have good posture and a good core. The ultimate rigidity in life is called “Rigor Mortis” and when we die, we will become as stiff as a board. So this is a good metaphor, life is motion, death is rigidity. When you have poor posture it affects your ability to move well and when you stop moving your core, you begin a slow decline towards stiffness and death. There is a reason we call dead people “stiffs”. So, follow these tips, take your posture, alignment and mobility seriously. The quality of your life depends on it!

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Mobility or Flexibility: Posture Follows Movement Like a Shadow http://8ww.com/posture/ Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:19:36 +0000 http://8ww.com/?p=2036 The post Mobility or Flexibility: Posture Follows Movement Like a Shadow appeared first on 8WW.

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Mobility or Flexibility: Posture Follows Movement Like a Shadow

In my 25 years of being a Chiropractor, I’ve learned one thing for sure, Posture and Mobility are kissing cousins. There is a saying by an English physiologist Charles Sherrington, “Posture follows movement like a shadow” and it most certainly does. You just can’t separate the two. The one thing we need to be able to enjoy life, especially as we age, is the ability to move well. We simply can’t and won’t move well if we don’t have good posture. Take a look around and see for yourself. The people that move the best in older age have decent posture and the people that don’t or can’t move well have poor posture. Which came first, their poor posture or their inability to move well? Let me answer that one for you, they occurred at the same time.

Why is good posture important?

posture improvement with 8 Weeks to Wellness.Posture use to be something that was important. It was taught as a fundamental principle of health by our teachers and parents. Some of us remember having to walk with books on our heads to demonstrate that we had good, upright posture. Good posture is simply good alignment of the spine. It also hinges on good core strength and core mobility. Mobility is the ability to move through “loaded” ranges of motion. In other words, to move through full ranges of motion carrying weight, like the weight of our body for example. Being able to fully squat down and lift something heavy off the ground, like a bag of potting soil for example.  That requires good mobility and good mobility requires good posture. We have 53 joints in our spine and those joints all need to be aligned in perfect position for the spine to be able to move well. Posture hinges on alignment. When your spine is in proper alignment, you have the best chance for good posture and good mobility. This is an active process, not a passive one. It takes work to have great posture, alignment and mobility. However, the pay-off is freedom because when you can move well, you are free to move about the country.

3 Tips for Better Posture and Mobility:

  1. Be aware of your posture: You simply can’t change something you’re not aware of so remind yourself and use posture apps on your smartphones. Imagine that someone was pulling you up by a string through the top of your head like a puppet. That’s what you want to think of.
  2. Strengthen your core: If you core isn’t strong, you won’t have good posture. What holds our spine in its normal position? Correct, muscles. There are hundreds of muscles that attach to the spine and if they are weak from disuse, you won’t have the strength to hold you upright against gravity. Good posture depends on good core strength. What are you doing to strengthen your core?
  3. Sit up straight and take sitting breaks: So many of us sit for long periods of time. Keep your feet flat on the floor and your spine upright. Try to keep your butt as far back in the chair as possible. Lastly, take a break and do “wall angels” or a “bruggers postural reset” (look it up or ask the doctor).

We take our health for granted and certainly take our posture for granted. Whether you care about esthetics, proper aging or better mobility, they are few things that you can do that will pay bigger dividends than work on improving your posture. Make sure you look out for, and attend our better posture workshop called “Stop Humping in Public” (think about it) dinner with the doc talk. Before we end this article, sit up straight and/or stand up tall!

Wellness Solution Centers is a founding member of 8 Weeks to Wellness. Visit the tab for locations to find the nearest 8WW location near you.

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4 Keys to Preventing Golfing/Tennis Injuries http://8ww.com/preventing-golfing-tennis-injuries/ Tue, 23 May 2017 16:09:07 +0000 http://8ww.com/?p=2032 The post 4 Keys to Preventing Golfing/Tennis Injuries appeared first on 8WW.

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4 Keys to Preventing Golfing/Tennis Injuries

Decrease Your Risk of Injuries by Preparing Before You Play

It’s spring time!!! A time of renewal and regrowth. The spring season brings warm sunshine and new flowers and green grass. It’s a very positive time of year. Last week, Dr. Roger wrote about an unfortunate reality of spring…allergies and how we can build up our defenses, and minimize or eliminate the allergic reactions.

Prevent Sports Injuries

Today, I want to address another unfortunate reality of spring….INJURIES. Golfers and tennis players come out of hibernation to fill the courses and courts all over Bucks County! It’s FUN to play. Dr. Dane and my sons love to golf. I, personally, love to play tennis-up to 3x/week. With the increase in playing comes an increase in injuries. And honestly, in the majority of cases, these injuries could be PREVENTED! How?? By doing a better job of preparing to play. If you want to decrease your risk of injury while playing. Do these 4 things!

  1. Do a 5-10 minute pre-game stretching routine
  2. Properly hydrate before you play
  3. Improve your core strength and posture
  4. Receive regular Chiropractic adjustments (what did you expect me to say…I’m a Chiropractor!). It maintains good spinal mobility.

Golf Stretching to Prevent Injuries

Golf Stretching Exercises and Warm up routine (www.sport-fitness-advisor.com/golf-stretching-exercises)

  1. Walking 3 – 5 minutes
  2. Supported squats
  3. Arm swings – across the front of your body
  4. Trunk rotations
  5. Swing a weighted club (or 2 clubs at a time) and take practice swings

 

Tennis Stretching to Prevent Injuries

Tennis stretching exercises to help prevent injuries.Tennis is more high impact and requires dynamic stretches (stretches done while moving) of the hamstrings, calves, quads and the torso. Trust me! I see so many players rush from work, jump out of their car and walk up to the first tee or onto a tennis court without doing anything. And they wonder why they get hurt. Ask the docs how to warm up.

If you want to learn more, please join us at our next Dinner with the Doc series on May 1st at 7pm at Applebee’s in Newtown. The topic is “Don’t Hump in Public”…..improve your posture and mobility!”

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Top 9 Techniques and Therapies Chiropractic We Use at Wellness Solution Centers http://8ww.com/chiropractic-adjustment/ Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:01:01 +0000 http://8ww.com/?p=2028 The post Top 9 Techniques and Therapies Chiropractic We Use at Wellness Solution Centers appeared first on 8WW.

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Top 9 Techniques and Therapies Chiropractic We Use at Wellness Solution Centers

Chiropractors pride themselves on taking a natural, drug-less approach to helping their patients reach their health goals. Because the nervous system controls every cell and organ in your body, chiropractors focus their attention on the health of your spine being properly aligned and, if there are shifts, helping the spine come back into alignment. The chiropractic adjustment is the most common procedure performed by Doctors of Chiropractic. The purpose of the adjustment is to restore joint function and mobility by applying a light force to the joints that have become restricted and painful. Adjustment of the affected joints and tissues restores mobility and increases range of motion, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness and spasms, and allowing damaged tissues to heal. Below are some of the different techniques we use to help return the spine and soft tissue to a more normal state.

Chiropractic Adjustment Techniques

  1. Diversified Technique: This is a manual technique in which we use our hands to perform spinal adjustments, as opposed to using instruments. The diversified technique is the most common type of chiropractic treatment.
  2. Drop Table: The patient lies on a special table with sections that lift about 2 inches and drop down when the adjustment is made. The chiropractor applies a quick thrust at the same time the section drops. The dropping of the table allows for a lighter adjustment without the twisting positions that can accompany other techniques.
  3. Instrument Assisted: We incorporate a chiropractic instrument called an ArthroStim to make the corrections by lightly tapping the area into place, making all adjustments very comfortable and light. A perfect technique for all ages, infants through seniors, each adjustment is totally individualized and can be performed standing, seated or lying down. Because it’s many times faster than adjustments delivered by hand, the body rarely tightens to resist, making adjustments comfortable and effective. It’s also helpful for adjusting elbows, wrists, knees and other joints of the body.
  4. Flexion/Distraction: This technique has become the most widely used approach to treating symptomatic disc injuries involving back pain and the often-accompanying leg pain. Flexion-distraction involves the use of a specialized table that gently distracts or stretches the spine and which allows the chiropractor to isolate the area of disc involvement while slightly flexing the spine in a pumping rhythm. There is no pain involved in the treatment.
  5. Trigger Point Therapy: The primary purpose of this technique is to reduce the pain that results from hypersensitive muscles. Trigger points are identified by gently pressing on the skin, also known as palpation, in order to feel the texture of the underlying muscle. A trigger point is like a knot, buried deep in the muscle tissue. It is made up of lactic acid, a normal byproduct of muscular activity, which sometimes gets trapped in the muscle from physical, chemical or emotional stress.
  6. Extremity Adjustments: In our office, we pay attention to not only the spine, but other joints as well. We can adjust feet, knees, sinuses, wrists, shoulders, TMJ to name a few.  Please let us know if you are experiencing any issues with your extremities so we can address them on your visit.
  7. Low level laser therapy: This is a non-invasive, fast and effective modality that has been proven in clinical trials to reduce pain, reduce swelling, and promote healing.  Photonic stimuli excite the body’s cells infusing them with energy, with the three primary reactions being: reduction of inflammation, cell regeneration, and increased blood flow.
  8. Anodyne: This is another type of light therapy that is used to help relieve the symptoms of pain, stiffness, muscle spasms, and circulation irregularities.
  9. Intersegmental Traction: This is a very effective chiropractic therapy that induces passive motion into the spine for stretching spinal joints and increasing mobility.Intersegmental traction helps to gently and effectively reestablish normal range of motion to your spine. This is generally performed before the chiropractic adjustment.

A chiropractic adjustment is not a one size fits all. As you can see, we have an arsenal of chiropractic techniques and therapies to accommodate virtually any patient we encounter. If you would like to understand more about the different techniques we use please never hesitate to ask. Knowledge is power! Wellness Solution Centers. is the founding member of 8 Weeks to Wellness. Please review the other locations of 8WW to find the nearest location to you.

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Your Hamstrings – The Human Parking Brake http://8ww.com/hamstrings/ Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:25:43 +0000 http://8ww.com/?p=2017 The post Your Hamstrings – The Human Parking Brake appeared first on 8WW.

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Your Hamstrings – The Human Parking Brake

Creator of Bad Backs

Have you ever gotten into your car and left the parking brake on and attempted to drive? You may have thought, “Somethings wrong here, this car isn’t moving properly?” Once you realized the parking brake was on and released it, the car started to move more freely and with less resistance. Well, welcome to tight hamstrings. Your hamstrings are a critical muscle group for proper spinal function and so many other normal functions such as walking, bending over, squatting, as well as your posture. As a matter of fact, if people knew how critical the hamstrings were to proper movement and function of the lower back, I think they would take better care of them by stretching and mobilizing them on a regular basis. How tight are your hamstrings? Lay on the floor and lift one leg at a time, can you get to 90°? I didn’t think so!

Cause of a bad back!

Can your hamstrings cause a “bad back”? Absolutely, I know it may be hard to believe but after 25 years of taking care of patients, I can tell you that people with “bad backs” have this one thing in common, the have tight hamstrings. Let’s talk about why we have tight hamstrings, especially kids now. We SIT way too much! When we sit, the knees are flexed causing the hamstrings to be in a semi contracted position, meaning they are not being stretched at all. When we stand, the knees and hips extend and the hamstrings have to lengthen. Your hamstrings attach to the back of your pelvis, into an area called your ischial tuberosity (look it up). When your hamstrings are tight, it pulls your pelvis backwards and flattens your lumbar lordosis (lumbar curve), which is critical to support your lower back. Without a proper lumbar lordosis, the natural arch in your lower back, all of your body weight compresses into your lumbar spine, causing pressure in the discs and joints of the lower back. This leads to eventual spinal problems such as bulging and herniated discs, joint misalignment, compressed or pinched nerves, muscle spasms and PAIN.

A functional fitness screen can help

Most of our patients are assessed using a “functional fitness screen” (have you had one lately?). With this, we can see that if they have tight hamstrings, as well as other tight muscles that are critical to proper spinal function. When we see problems with mobility and flexibility, we prescribe postural and mobility exercises to address tight hamstrings and/or other muscles and this makes a HUGE difference with lower back problems, especially if they are chronic in nature. Remember, the ultimate rigidity is called “Rigor Mortis”. Life is motion and motion is movement. Posture, movement and alignment are critical to your quality of life. Get up, get moving and get stretching those hamstrings! Ask a doc or trainer, they’ll how you how!   Wellness Solution Centers www.wscenters.com

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De-Clutter for a Healthier Body, Mind & Spirit http://8ww.com/de-clutter-for-a-healthier-body-mind-spirit/ http://8ww.com/de-clutter-for-a-healthier-body-mind-spirit/#respond Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:07:50 +0000 http://8ww.com/?p=1264 Chronic stress leads to chronic healthcare issues, such as high blood pressure, colds and stomach problems. So it’s good to de-stress. Although there are many sources of stress, let’s focus on one stress creator… and that’s CLUTTER. Fall is the perfect time to de-clutter because this is when you switch over clothes, put away lawn […]

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Chronic stress leads to chronic healthcare issues, such as high blood pressure, colds and stomach problems. So it’s good to de-stress. Although there are many sources of stress, let’s focus on one stress creator… and that’s CLUTTER. Fall is the perfect time to de-clutter because this is when you switch over clothes, put away lawn furniture, etc. So clean out drawers, cabinets, and sheds and throw away, give away and de-stress.

Each change of season when I de-clutter, I use a pretty simple rule. If something hasn’t been used that season, it is given away (or used for your yard sale). I have large heavy duty trash bags on hand. I keep one for charity. I have another bag for trash. It does my heart good to fill these bags.

To minimize “clothes hoarding”, remember this rule, you wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time. So give away the 80% and you’ll never complain about closet space again. Right now with the changing of summer to fall clothes, it’s the perfect time to give away those clothes that went ‘unworn’ this summer. Even if it is brand new…. If you didn’t wear it, it means you don’t love it and there’s surely someone else who will love it.

Another easy rule is to never have more than you need. Do I really need 3 black tees or 2 unused TVs in the closet? And what about that basement and shed?? Oh you can have some fun there. This key is to not get overwhelmed. Start with one closet or one drawer if that’s all you have time for or, frankly, can handle. I do this cleaning out process continually. When putting folded laundry away or unloading the dishwasher, I might take the time to clean out a drawer or cabinet. It always amazes me how much stuff accumulates in our home. And don’t forget about your office environment. When we decluttered our office we were able to fill up an entire extra long dumpster, shredded 30 boxes of files and had a 5 foot high pile of x-rays to give away for recycling.

I’m not sure the study behind this thinking, although one must exist. Be by getting rid of stuff, i.e. material, we become less materialistic. In a world that thrives on materialism, in particular our country, I think getting rid of material is a good thing. It opens the door for your mind to focus on other, perhaps, more important areas of your life, like your family, your health, and your passions.

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What Happy People Do http://8ww.com/what-happy-people-do/ http://8ww.com/what-happy-people-do/#respond Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:24:39 +0000 http://8ww.com/?p=1249 by Dr. Denise Chranowski, Co-founder 8WW. So I’m a happiness expert. I’ve declared it. You’ve heard, “better one who knows then ten who are trying.” Well I know. I’m happy. I haven’t always been happy. I know the difference. Here are the top 5 things I do to be happy. I wake up early. My […]

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by Dr. Denise Chranowski, Co-founder 8WW.

So I’m a happiness expert. I’ve declared it. You’ve heard, “better one who knows then ten who are trying.” Well I know. I’m happy. I haven’t always been happy. I know the difference. Here are the top 5 things I do to be happy.

I wake up early. My father developed this discipline in my brothers and I that became a habit. He would stand at the bottom of our stairs and toot his hand bugle and yell ‘reveille’ at an ungodly hour even during the summer.

I spend or prefer to say invest my earlier morning hour from 5am to 6:15am. I invest it reading, praying, journaling, giving thanks, and meditating. I do a combination of all these things each morning. Here’s the new prayer I’ve memorized. “If left to my own devices my perceptions would be skewed. I surrender to you God everything I think and feel. Please take my past and plan my future and send your spirit to redeem my mind that I may be set free. May I be your vessel and SERVE the world. May I become what you might have me be, so that I may do what you would have me do and I will dear God, I will.” (written by Marianne Williamson)

I have purpose. My purpose is as follows: To inspire, educate and show people within my area of influence how to release their health potential. “When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds,” a favorite quote of mine by Patanjali some really old Yogi that lived 150 BC.

I exercise, eat right, get adjusted, get massaged, and treat my house i.e. my body well so that it may sustain me. This I know. I am given one body. It is where I will live all the days on earth. The more I treat it well, the better it treats me. The better it treats me, the less I think about it. The less I think about it, the less selfish I become. The less selfish I become, the more selfless I become. The more selfless I become, the more I am able to fulfill my purpose of helping others get healthy. The more I’m able to fulfill my purpose the happier I am (refer to point 3.)

I surround myself with happy things and I unsurround myself with unhappy things. Yes I know unsurround is not a word, but it seems appropriate here. I unsurround myself with TV. I unsurround myself with news. I unsurround myself with nay-sayers or glass half empty people. I surround myself with nature. I surround myself with music I love. I surround myself with my beautiful home. I surround myself with a work family that bring joys to my life. I surround myself with family & friends who love life and love me!

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Flu Shots – What’s the Answer? http://8ww.com/flu-shots-whats-the-answer/ http://8ww.com/flu-shots-whats-the-answer/#respond Sun, 07 Sep 2014 23:38:25 +0000 http://8ww.com/?p=1184 Flu Shots – What’s the Answer? by Dr. Denise Chranowski, co-founder 8WW program Many patients ask me about the flu shot. I can tell you honestly that not one of the 5 chiropractors in our office has EVER had a flu shot. That’s about 260 human years not receiving a flu shot. We practice and […]

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by Dr. Denise Chranowski, co-founder 8WW program

Many patients ask me about the flu shot. I can tell you honestly that not one of the 5 chiropractors in our office has EVER had a flu shot. That’s about 260 human years not receiving a flu shot. We practice and believe in a holistic lifestyle. That lifestyle follows the approach that the body is a self-healing, self regulating organism. Yes, we do occasionally get sick. But we inherently trust the wisdom of our bodies to heal us of our sickness. Now of course for that to happen we actually have to practice what we preach. We have to eat right and exercise. We have to get adjusted and we take our supplements. We practice mindful meditation and we get frequent massages. Therefore it is not just good luck that we rarely get sick and we more rarely get the flu, it’s good choices.

Dr. Dane, my twin brother and co-founder of the 8WW program, frequently says that a motto he lives his life by is “you can’t have it both ways.” So if you choose to not eat right and to not exercise, if you choose to not get adjusted regularly or strengthen your peace of mind muscles through meditation and massage, well then perhaps you’ll feel differently about the flu shot than I do. But by getting a flu shot what you are saying is that you prefer an outside/in approach. You believe in the medical approach to the treatment of disease. So then you must ask, ‘does getting a flu shot actually prevent the flu?” The answer will surprise you.

The Lancet in October, 2005 published a systematic review of all previous studies testing vaccines for the flu. It showed that they are NOT effective in preventing the flu or “influenza-like illness” or pneumonia in the elderly population. Another article published in the Lancet, February 2005 concluded they could not find a single study that assessed reductions in mortality, serious complications or even community transmission of the disease in the vast database of research papers that they searched.

I reached out to Dr. David Brady, a former professor of mine at Texas Chiropractic College and currently Vice Provost of Health Sciences at University of Bridgeport. He had this to say about the flu vaccine.

“Other examples of concern and potential political and economic influences in the flu vaccination debate include when, in response to the supposed swine flu pandemic back in 2009, vaccine manufacturers rushed out the H1N1 vaccine and put it into mass production. Pharmacies and health clinics nationwide seized the opportunity to distribute the shots, handing them out to millions through various vaccine outlets and convenience-based H1N1 stations. Millions received the vaccine containing 25 micrograms of thimerosal, which is made up of approximately 50% mercury, causing the vaccine to contain over 250 times the EPA’s safety limit for mercury exposure. Cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome began springing up world-wide, a deadly nerve disease that government health officials admitted months later was linked to the H1N1 vaccine.”

Here’s the bottom line – rather than depend on an outside-in approach, such as a flu shot, to “get you” healthy, we advise an inside-out to get and keep your immune system strong so that you don’t get sick in the first place. Get adjusted, exercise, practice meditation, eat a healthy diet, supplement with good vitamins and get massaged. That’s our approach.

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