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Severe scoliosis (curved spine) has no pain snowboarding or playing BJJ!

Huge thanks to my friends at Thom Body Theory for helping me feel BETTER than when I was a teenager.

Not everyone knows that I have fairly severe scoliosis (curved spine) with 2 curves. Doc Adam Paul Thom and team make sure that I can do Brazilian Jiujitsu and snowboard as much as I want, pain free.

I’ve had severe back pain for more than 30 years, but not anymore.

Whether you hurt your pinky gardening or got your neck cranked in a MMA fight, go see these guys! It works!

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ONE ARMED ROWS


1. Start in a tripod formation
a. Rest one hand and one knee on the bench while the other leg forms a tripod.
b. Remember to keep your shoulders back and down
c. Arch your lower back (the further you kick out your leg the better the arch will be)
2. With the arm that is not supporting your body grab the weight
3. With a straight arm retract the shoulder.
a. Keep the shoulder back and down, do NOT allow your should to come up to the ear. (easiest way to stop this is, think of a finger between your shoulder blades and SQUEEZE)
4. Rotate the weight, palm forward while keeping your arm straight.
5. SLOWLY lift the weight while scraping your elbow across your hip.
6. 3 sets of 10, alternate sides.

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Jeffrey Hogan DC
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Jeffrey Hogan DC

Born and raised in a small Canadian town, I was not introduced to chiropractic until my late teens. The junior hockey team I was playing for had their own chiropractor on staff and it was then where my love for chiropractic was born.

Chiropractic care helped me recover from and avoid numerous injuries in the last few years of my hockey career. It allowed my body to heal itself in ways I have never seen before. How could something so powerful and effective be missing from my life for so long?

With both of my older siblings being doctors, I knew I wanted to help people and make a difference in their lives; it’s how our parents raised us. After graduating from Oakland University with a degree in Health Sciences, I enrolled in Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida campus in 2012. Throughout my three and a half years at Palmer, I not only grew as a student and future clinician but also as a person.

I moved to Colorado in 2015 and met Dr. Adam and immediately latched onto his treatment style and its effectiveness. Helping patients get better and making a difference in their lives is one of the many similarities Dr. Adam and I share.

When I am not at the office, I enjoy playing hockey, hiking, fishing, BBQing, watching sports and heading to the barn with my girlfriend, Stefani, dog, Sammie and riding our horse, Boomer.

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No pain with herniated disc!

herniated-disc L4Had a wonderful experience here. I’d go back 100 times and be in pain to have finally been able to move almost 100% with no pain there afterward after suffering a herniated disc. The pain is in my opinion one of the best method to have long term healing and back functionality. Instead of pain, think of it as reviving your muscles that have been dormant for so long due to your back issues. Enough of these pills, adjustments, and back belts (although at times those help) lets get the real stuff going!!! This place is the real deal. Had about 5 sessions and continued my training at home.

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PMS and the Candida Connection

Dr. Mercola’s Comment:

The authors of this article, Dr. Dean and Ms. Beck, are key medical advisors to www.yeastconnection.com a Web site I highly recommend to women based on the pioneering work of Dr. William Crook.

Dr. Crook, one of my first mentors and a friend who passed away last year, was the author of the classic book, The Yeast Connection, and many other bestsellers that helped millions of women. He was instrumental in helping me recognize that there was a wide network of physicians who understood the importance of nutrition.

Indirectly, he helped connect me to this network and I will be ever grateful for his guidance in this area as that was really the beginning of my journey into high-level natural health.

His great legacy is being carried on at www.yeastconnection.com, where you will find out all the latest insights on how candida yeast causes problems in your body, and how to alleviate them.


By Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D.

Pre-menstrual syndrome or PMS can make life miserable, momentarily or monthly, for 90 percent of American women. It’s a mishmash of symptoms–bloating, cramping, tender breasts, irritability, food cravings and a dozen other symptoms–that can occur in the luteal phase of a woman’s menstrual cycle (right after ovulation until the menstrual flow begins).

To the eternal aggravation of countless women through time, PMS can last as long as 14 days until menstruation begins.

PMS can be aggravated by:

  • Stress
  • Genetics
  • Age
  • The number of children a woman has had
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Sugar and caffeine intake
  • Progesterone deficiency

Other dietary factors, lack of exercise, hypothyroidism and depression can also contribute to PMS symptoms that are severe enough to interfere with daily life for up to 40 percent of all women.

Listed below are some of the many symptoms of PMS:

  • Abdominal bloating
  • Acne
  • Anxiety
  • Backache
  • Breast swelling and tenderness
  • Cramps
  • Depression
  • Food cravings
  • Fainting spells
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Altered sex drive
  • Swelling of fingers and ankles
  • Personality changes, including mood swings and outbursts of anger

Of course, these symptoms can be caused by many conditions, but when they are consistently linked to this specific time in a woman’s menstrual cycle, they are usually grouped under the PMS label.

Scientific evidence now suggests that women who exercise regularly are less affected than sedentary women by the mood swings and depression often associated with PMS.

A Closer Look

Many doctors are now beginning to take a deeper look at PMS. Recurring and life-altering PMS warrants an investigation of the following:

  • Thyroid function to determine if hyper or hypothyroid symptoms are interfering with hormone balance
  • Insulin metabolism to determine if blood sugar fluctuations are triggering food cravings, fatigue, headaches and irritability
  • Diet to determine if the patient is eating a diet high in sugar and refined and processed foods

The late Dr. William Crook, author of The Yeast Connection and Women’s Health, suggested a connection between the systemic overgrowth of candida albicans yeast and PMS. He believed PMS develops as the result of a number of causes, among them yeast overgrowth.

Some researchers suggest systemic candida overgrowth may trigger PMS symptoms by activating an autoimmune response to sex hormones such as estrogen.

The normal rise and decline of estrogen in a monthly cycle could help explain the periodic flare-ups and subsequent quieting of candida symptoms, which can be remarkably similar to those of PMS mentioned above.

For women experiencing PMS discomfort who also had a high score on the yeast questionnaire, Dr. Crook suggested his special sugar-free anti-candida diet, oral antifungal medications and nutritional supplements could be life changing. A growing number of his colleagues are now beginning to agree with the connection between yeast and PMS.

As can be seen from the yeast questionnaire, women who have taken repeated courses of antibiotics, suffered recurrent vaginal yeast infections, taken birth control and/or had a diet high in sugar and processed and refined foods are at particularly high risk for candida yeast overgrowth.

Learning to Eat Healthier

Research shows that women most likely to suffer from PMS had some remarkable dietary parallels. They consumed more carbohydrates (62 percent), refined sugar (75 percent), dairy products (79 percent) and more sodium (78 percent) than women eating the standard American diet.

We suggest that women suffering from the symptoms of PMS consider the following anti-candida diet for one cycle and see if there is a difference in PMS symptoms. It is best to begin the diet at the end of the luteal phase, the day your period begins.

The first phase of the anti-candida diet involves eliminating all:

  • Sugar
  • Sweeteners
  • Corn syrup (most fruit drinks are sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup)
  • White bread and other white flour products
  • Soft drinks
  • Most ready-to-eat cereals
  • All sweet, fat-laden snack foods

Foods containing these nutritionally deficient simple carbohydrates promote yeast overgrowth and literally feed the yeast organisms.

Replace all processed and refined foods with more vegetables of all kinds, including those you might normally eat. Avoid all fermented or mold and fungus-based foods, including soy sauce, vinegar, blue cheese and all types of mushrooms.

Avoid and Replace

Get rid of all hydrogenated fats and foods containing food coloring and additives. Add modest amounts of olive, walnut, flaxseed, sesame and other healthy unprocessed, unrefined oils for cooking and salad dressings.

Round out the diet with lean cuts of beef and pork, chicken, turkey, seafood, wild game, nuts and seeds. Modest amounts of high-carbohydrate vegetables, including potatoes (white and sweet), avocado, beans and other legumes, are permissible. Yogurt, hard cheeses and cream cheese can be eaten too.

For this experimental phase, avoid all fruit, which is high in the fruit sugar called fructose. It can be added back cautiously after the first month. Also avoid alcoholic beverages, coffee and other caffeinated drinks.

Charting symptoms, moods and general feelings of well-being over this month-long period can provide some powerful insights. Review our symptom chart. By the end of this phase, there should be a clear picture of the connection between diet and PMS symptoms.

For the next phase, certain foods can be gradually re-introduced. Experiment with fruit, brewer’s yeast and vinegar one at a time to determine how they affect symptoms. More explicit instructions about the challenge phase can be found here.

Probiotics (live “friendly” bacteria) are an essential part of the anti-candida program because they help restore the natural balance of intestinal flora, including yeast. Nutritional supplements like olive leaf extract and caprylic acid may also be helpful. See descriptions for these nutrients at our Web site.

In extreme cases, prescription antifungal medications may be necessary while keeping on a candida-free diet and taking probiotics.

Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D., is medical advisor to Woman’s Health Connection at www.yeastconnection.com and is featured on the website’s “Ask A Pro” page. Her latest books are The Miracle of Magnesium and Natural Prescriptions for Common Ailments.she ra

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Bowling ball on a tee

Forward_head_weight1Forward Head Posture….

Think of the neck and head like a golf ball on a tee, except your head is more like the weight of a bowling ball. Holding your head in a forward position puts strain on you neck, shoulders and upper back, causing pinched nerves, elevated shoulders and many forms of headaches.

For every inch your head posture sits forward the head gains 10 lbs in weight!! Things like building neck strength and working on scapular retraction can help correct FHP before it”s too late.

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The more you slouchie the more you ouchie!

diagram for perfect postureHere at Thom Body Theory we love to focus on the importance of good posture, but why? What happens to our bodies when we slump, slouch, lean, cross our arms and legs??

-Lumbar spine gets loaded with compressed forces

-Upper back gets stretched and weak

-Abdominal muscles turn off

-Neck moves forward to compensate for the shift in weight.

-Hip flexors shorten and tighten.

-Internal organs get compressed, compromising lung capacity and digestion.

Slouchie equals ouchie! Make little changes everyday to help your posture.

 

-Dr. Adam Paul Thom DC
www.thombodytheory.com
303.980.4118
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