Posts Tagged ‘prevention’


Do you ever know that you REALLY need a massage but for whatever reason don’t get one? I’m usually pretty good about listening to my body and getting preventative care but with a 4 month old it’s easy to find any excuse to put myself last.

A couple weeks ago I had finally booked a slot in Kiwani’s schedule at Glow. All the hunching over while breastfeeding, constant picking up of baby, (baby-hereafter referred to as the 15 lb. sack o’ potatoes or,  S.O.P.), had really done in my back and neck. Problems that had been under control prior to the arrival of the S.O.P. with a magical combination of pilates, chiro, acu, and massage, were rearing their ugly heads.

Boy was I looking forward to this. The day before the “big day” of my massage, I realized I had double booked myself. Damn, had to cancel. Well ladies and gents it’s never a good idea to cancel a massage when you REALLY need a massage. The very next morning, the morning of what was previously the “big day” that I was going to get a massage, I reached into a cupboard and BAM!!!, stuck. Is there some crazy house gnome living in my cupboard? A poltergiest with an issue? Was the cupboard door really, really heavy?

Let me answer the last question first. The cupboard door was chest high and feather light. I DIDN’T EVEN BEND OVER!! “ Oh God WHY?- or Universe, or Whatever.” As far as the involvement of gnomes, poltergeists etc., I can’t say. I will say that I’m glad my husband happened to find me standing there, frozen and hanging onto the cupboard. What if the S.O.P. had needed me? Would I be stuck there all day? Crisis averted. Oh wait, my back is still out…nevermind.

Skip forward to today. It’s been a couple weeks. There is a mere hint of my spastic back remaining. That day I iced, took Calcium and Magnesium, stretched, did plenty of walking, and tried to pick up the S.O.P. as little as possible. Two Tylenol (left over from very painful breastfeeding) rounded out my treatment plan. Since then I’ve had two chiropractic adjustments and recommitted to Pilates 3 times a week.

The funny thing is I’ve recently had NUMEROUS patients throw their back out and say the same thing. “I knew I REALLY needed to get a massage, but I didn’t.” Now just like me, they are facing weeks of recovery and multiple treatments that all could have been prevented.

Let this be a warning to you people. Listen, before it’s too late, before you have to wonder if you TOO, have been the target of gnomes or sneaky poltergeists. Get a massage. Here’s a nice link that tells you all the reasons why you should. http://www.massagetherapy.com/learnmore/benefits.php

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So, you ate your beans just like me and then thought to yourself, “I wonder what the health benefits of these lovely beans are?” Lucky for you, I too had this thought, and then thought I’d pass some info along to you.

Beans help lower cholesterol (lots of bile binding fiber), in turn fighting heart disease, and lowering the risk of heart attack. A study conducted at the University of Kentucky has shown that only three weeks of increased bean intake (3/4 cup of navy and pinto beans) lowered the men’s cholesterol by an average of 19%. This reduces the risk of heart attack by almost 40%. Studies have also shown that there is a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, breast and colon cancers.

Beans are high in protein and fiber but low in fat and surprisingly high in antioxidants. Black and pinto beans beat out powerhouses like blueberries! Here’s a comprehensive post on the health benefits of beans. http://heart-healthy-recipes.fitsugar.com/Health-Benefits-Common-Beans-1090505 (Why reinvent the wheel I say!)

Here’s a excerpt…

“In one analysis of dietary data collected by validated food frequency questionnaires in 1991 and 1995 from 90,630 women in the Nurses Health Study II researchers found a significant reduced frequency of breast cancer in those women who consumed a higher intake of common beans or lentils. That was not surprising, what was surprising was that only beans and lentils seemed to offer protection. Intake of tea, onions, apples, string beans, broccoli, green pepper, or blueberries had not protective effect. Eating beans or lentils two or more times per week was associated with a 24% reduced risk of breast cancer.”

And… check this out

USDA Ranking of Foods by Antioxidant Capacity

1 Small Red Bean (dried) Half cup: 13727
2 Wild blueberry 1 cup: 13427
3 Red kidney bean (dried) Half cup: 13259
4 Pinto bean Half cup: 11864
5 Blueberry (cultivated) 1 cup: 9019
6 Cranberry 1 cup (whole): 8983
7 Artichoke (cooked) 1 cup (hearts): 7904
8 Blackberry 1 cup: 7701
9 Prune Half cup: 7291
10 Raspberry 1 cup: 6058
11 Strawberry 1 cup: 5938
12 Red Delicious apple One: 5900
13 Granny Smith apple One: 5381
14 Pecan 1 ounce: 5095
15 Sweet cherry 1 cup: 4873
16 Black plum One: 4844
17 Russet potato (cooked) One: 4649
18 Black bean (dried) Half cup: 4181
19 Plum One: 4118
20 Gala apple One: 3903

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How you can be better prepared to fight off this year’s bug.

Dr. Rachel Erickson, ND

Everyone knows that wintertime means playing the game of “who can run faster than the ‘bug’ trying to catch you” and lay you up in bed or worse, make work life miserable while you fight it off. Here are some strategies to prevent catching a cold and ways to shorten the duration.


Prevention is the best medicine. Exercise boosts your immune cell activity so stay active this winter. Wash your hands. Drink plenty of clean water all day long. Vegetables and fruits are full of all the antioxidants and vitamins and minerals your body needs to function optimally. This winter is the opportunity to add in an extra fruit or vegetable a day to one of your meals. If you make one veggie at dinner, try making two. If you don’t eat fruit at breakfast, add your favorite one in. Satsuma oranges and pomegranates are in season only in the winter and are great sources of Vitamin C and antioxidants. Make it fun!


The basics need emphasis when you’re feeling sick. We all know this, but let’s just say it again. When you’re feeling sick, it’s not time to go out to that holiday party and drink three glasses of hot buttered rum and two helpings of dessert. It’s time to lay low, sleep extra hours, stay hydrated and stay away from your vices. Sugar, alcohol and foods you may think you’re sensitive to are only going to suppress your immune function when you need it most. So what do you do when you feel that shift in your body that tells you you’re getting sick? A quick trick is to artificially raise your core body temperature for 20 minutes. You probably learned to suppress your fevers, but what I’m telling you is to actually create a little fever, either by sitting in a sauna or steam room, or by taking a hot bath. Add some Epsom salts in that case (sold at most drug stores) and soak in as hot of water as you can stand for 20 minutes. Don’t stop there! Bundle up warmly and stay hot. Your immune cells actually work faster in a slightly higher temperature while putting the virus or bacteria at a disadvantage!


For you special cases, the stressed moms and workers who struggle just to get breakfast let alone enough sleep, there’s hope even for you! The approach for your immune health is through your adrenal glands. They help you cope in times of high stress, and during this winter season they need specific attention. Through the wonderful remedy of herbal medicine, we have the right combination to meet your needs.


My favorite, herbal medicine, is also your biggest advocate this season. If you know you always get sick then try taking an immune boosting formulation specific to what you need now. We have some great combinations you can keep in your apothecary at home for just this purpose.


Come by for a visit and we’ll find a formula that works best for you.

Dr. Rachel wishes you happy holidays here at Glow!

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