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Be Informed. Be Inspired. Be Healthy. Nº01 - DECEMBER 2018 FREE

YOUR PET’S HEALTH

FEATURES, ARTICLES, MEDITATIONS

YOGA IS IT FOR ME?

Strike A Pose, Take a Breath, How to Find a Class!

UPPER CERVICAL AWARENESS

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SUMMARY 2

Message Therapy

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Is Yoga for Me?

10 Life with Riley 11

Recipe

12 Dental Health 16 Acupuncture 21 CBD Oil and You! 22 Chiropractic Health 27 Home Organizing 32 Pet Health

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EDITORIAL

Massage Therapy RONDA TROMBETTA LMT, CBP

“I feel like I’m walking on clouds, I feel so much lighter.”

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statement I hear quite frequently after giving a massage. So, what is going on in your body to get those effects? Therapeutic massage is applied to and directly affects the structure & function of your body. It has mechanical effects - manipulation from a massage therapist using different massage techniques is a direct effect, such as increased local circulation of venous blood & lymph fluid, stretching of muscular tissue, increased range of motion in joints, loosening of scar tissue (adhesions), and a decrease of inflammation. This is just the hands-on part! The bonus part of a massage is the reflex effects, or indirect effects on the tissue and body functions through the nervous system, such as increased circulation to muscles and internal organs, deeper breathing, reduced blood pressure, decreased heart rate, and decreased levels of cortisol (STRESS), as well as a boost of feel good neurotransmitters like: • Serotonin, called the” happy chemical” which is used to

send messages between nerve cells, helping to regulate your mood, memory, sleep, digestion, as well as social behavior and feelings of contentment.

• Oxytocin ”the bonding hormone” promotes a warm fuzzy feeling, as long as the massage is gentle not vigorous; say, relaxation or a swedish massage. And lets not forget... • Endorphins, these ”feel good“ neurotransmitters have pain-relieving properties that reduce the intensity of pain by blocking the pain signals produced by the nervous system. The effects from a massage pumping large amounts of these chemicals into the body boosts your immune system, reduces stress, and slows down the aging process. Mentally, the results are that of deep relaxation, and a sense of euphoria that can last up to 48 hours after a great massage. All in all, this means a deeper state of relaxation, a healthier immune system, and a happier “you”.

• Dopamine “happy, happy, joy, joy” is released by the hypothalamus. It emotionally affects inspiration, joy, intuition and enthusiasm. This is the chemical that gets you hooked on massage, or atleast the urge to try it again. QUEST FOR HEALTH MAGAZINE 2

Although massage has so many physical benefits, some people enjoy a session just because it feels good and offers the feeling of being comforted and cared for. In my opinion, there’s nothing better than that of human touch and


“In my opinion, there’s nothing better than that of human touch and the feeling of being connected to others.” the feeling of being connected to others. The benefits of a therapeutic massage go far beyond just rubbing out a sore spot. Research has long indicated that massage therapy is effective for the relief of stress (fight or flight syndrome), as well as relief of pain and muscle tension. Studies also show therapeutic massage to be helpful for one’s mental health and wellbeing. Massage is widely considered a part of integrative and complementary medicine. While there is still a need for more studies of the benefits from massage, there are ones showing its helpfulness for symptoms such as:

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Anxiety Depression PTSD Fibromyalgia Headaches Migraines Digestive disorders Insomnia Myofascial Pain Syndrome Sports injuries Soft tissue strains TMJ

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Why does the pain come back and what can massage do to help? The fact is that these feel good feelings will go away over time and the pain signals will start firing again. This is called the “Pain Cycle” or the “Pain-Spasm-Pain Cycle”. The cycle can start with a minor injury or muscular strain, causing the surrounding muscles to go into a natural reflex reaction and causing them to contract to protect the injured site; they then constrict blood flow (ischemia) so no extra blood gets to the injury. But because they are contracting, they are consuming more energy and in the process, burning up oxygen and nutrients which crea-


tes and collects even more metabolic waste into the tissues, resulting in ischemic pain. The reflex reaction to this pain is to respond the same way as the original injury and create even more spasms and lack of movement. A vicious cycle is put in the works, and even if the original injury has healed, the result is recurring chronic pain. A Therapeutic Massage Practitioner incorporates knowledge of anatomy, physiology and kinesiology with an intentional and intuitive touch to help relieve the mental, emotional and physical suffering of stress and pain. Even though the diversion of neutral or pleasurable sensation is temporary, the person has a chance to disassociate and hopefully shut down the stimuli, therefore turning off the fight-or-flight reactions (stress, anxiety and fear), and returning the tissue to a nor-

mal state with less pain. A skilled therapist will be able to shift between techniques to compliment an individual’s body rather than fight against them. The old adage “no pain no gain” should not be a part of the session. Forcing deep pressure into an injured or painful muscle will only halt the healing process and create an even tighter barrier. Every person is different and will need different pressure. So talk freely with your therapist to maintain comfort during your massage.

How do I find the right therapist for me? To know which therapist would be good for you, you first need to know what your body requires and what your expectations are. From the earlier information, you can see there is alot going on in the QUEST FOR HEALTH MAGAZINE 4

midst of a massage, so please above all else, make sure you feel safe and comfortable. Try a therapist or facility that was recommended by someone you trust. Interview your future therapists, ask questions like how long they’ve been licensed, what type of massage education they’re trained in. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, Your health and well-being should be shopped by quality & experience, not price. Credit: Mayo Clinic


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FEATURE

Is Yoga for Me?

T Ellen MacKay Yoga Instructor

he answer is yes! I have been teaching yoga since 2007. Through the thousands of hours of yoga I have taught, I have seen a wide variety of clients with different needs. The one common thread amongst the hundreds of clients that have made their way through my classes, workshops and private sessions is the desire to slow down and find more comfort in their own body. Sound like something that may interest you? Yoga is a combination of physical movements, breathing exercises and meditations that help bring the body and mind back towards balance. Our busy world filled with constant notifications, packed-full schedules, 24 hour news channels and minimal time outside can leave us feeling disconnected from ourselves as well as the people that are most important to us.

Strike a Pose The physical part of a yoga class consists of a variety of poses, or asanas. Each pose has different benefits ranging from increasing strength and improving flexibility to helping with digestion or arthritis. You may have seen some yoga poses in magazines or on television and social media that look more like a circus act than anything that might actually feel good to you. Rest assured, these are not the poses that you will encounter in the majority of yoga classes! QUEST FOR HEALTH MAGAZINE 6

Each well-balanced yoga class will move you through a warm up to get the muscles and joints ready to move; some standing poses to build strength, balance and flexibility; a cool down to iron out any left over tension; and then some time for relaxation, or savasana. At the end of each yoga class, the hope is to feel refreshed and renewed. You might be a little sore the next day, especially if you

worked on some strengthening poses. Always remember that the first class is the most challenging. Keep going back! Try it at least three times and with different teachers. It will get easier!

Take a Breath One of the most useful tools that yoga has to offer is the breathing exercises. I use my yoga breathing exercises to help me relax and focus anywhere, especially in the dentist office! Breathing exercises are taught throughout a yoga class and can be used in different ways. We can use our breath to relax, focus and even feel more energetic.


Let’s try it! Sit in a comfortable position. Relax your shoulders and bring one hand to your belly. First, just notice the belly moving as you breathe in and out. Next, breathe in a little deeper and make the belly expand even more. Now, try to breathe in for a count of 4 or 6. Then, see if you can breathe out for the same count. Repeat this 5-10 times. Taking deeper breaths turns on our relaxation response, or parasympathetic nervous system. When we go about our busy days filled with multi-tasking and distractions, our body mostly runs in stress mode, or sympathetic nervous system. As we take deeper breaths and turn on our parasympathetic nervous system, the heart rate slows, circulation improves as well as digestion and

mood.

Mindful or Mind Full? In our society, we are constantly being bombarded with information. Whether it’s through emails, push notifications, websites, TV or podcasts, there is hardly any time to notice our own thoughts and feelings, let alone process them! Meditation is your chance to find some quiet and “just be” for a moment. Meditation does not have to be complicated! All you need is a quiet place, a comfortable position and a few minutes in your day. You can choose something as simple as focusing on your breath. There are several free meditation apps, websites or podcasts that can take you through a more focuQUEST FOR HEALTH MAGAZINE 7

sed process. You can even check out a book from the library. Start with something simple for only a few minutes then build your way up. In the beginning, five minutes can feel like an eternity. That’s totally normal!


How to Find a Class Now that you know a little more about what to expect in a yoga class, how do you go about finding the right class for your needs? The different styles of yoga vary from studio to studio. Many gyms offer yoga classes, too. Let’s break down the most popular class styles you may see on a class schedule: Gentle - a slow moving class with more focus on relaxation and breathing exercises. Great place to start for beginners! Chair - the majority of the poses are done seated on or with the assistance of a chair. Try this if you have issues getting up and down from the floor, or have had a recent injury or surgery. Hatha - poses are held for seve-

ral breaths focusing on building strength and increasing flexibility. Start here if you have had some exercise/yoga experience and you would like to take the next step. Flow - a faster-paced class connecting one pose to the next in a sequence. Some basic knowledge of yoga is helpful. This style is great for athletes. Some classes may be heated. Double check if you have a sensitivity to heat or if you just prefer an air conditioned room. If you like to sweat, this might be the style for you! Still not sure which class to try? Call the studio or teacher and ask for a recommendation. Any experienced yoga teacher or studio owner should be able to discuss the benefits of each class and help QUEST FOR HEALTH MAGAZINE 8

you find the one that would best fit your needs. You’ve cleared time in your schedule and found a class that fits your needs. Now what? First, find something comfortable to wear. Stretchy pants and a comfortable top that doesn’t ride up when you bend over are key! Check to see if you need to bring your own mat. Also, bring some water and a small towel. Most importantly, bring an open mind and your sense of adventure.


Green Juice Recipe This vegetable juice recipe commbines kale, cucumber, apple, lemon, and coconut water. It makes a great detox drink to remove toxins from the body. Ingredients

Instructions

• 1 handful torn kale

1. Place kale, cucumber, apple, lemon juice, and coconut water in a tall glass. Process for 10-12 seconds until mixture becomes smooth.

• 1/3 medium diced cucumber • ½ medium cored and sliced apple • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice • coconut water to top

2. Pour in a tall serving glass. 3. Optional: Garnish with a slice of cucumber or apple, if desired. 4. Serve and EXPERIENCE! 9


Life with Riley I Fell in Love with My Bully!

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have read that dogs always desire to be the leader of the pack. So, I ask myself, why do they seem to desire to be followers of people? If treated right, dogs truly can be “man’s best friend”.

tand, if not by words, by the tone of our voice. Love has a tone as well as other emotions. 2. Listen to her: Dogs have a tone in their voice as well. Riley has a bully language that I have only heard from her. At four months old, she truly has a repertoire of many discussions. 3. Eye contact: Dogs can read your facial expressions and body language. Bonding through the eyes is essential.

Riley Rogue came into our lives as a 14 pound bundle of “chill”. Born on June 14th and one of 7; I knew our next puppy adventures were just beginning. American Bullies get their name from their body build. Developed as a natural extension of the American Pit Bull Terrier, this breed is by far the most loving I have found in our family’s furry-friend history. Riley is as much loving as she is stubborn, all in one bundle of cuteness. Her eyes are full of expression, whether exuding love, sadness, or plain old “ I want this my way, and will use my bully build to make it happen!” But most of the time, I see love! Riley’s way of making me feel so loved is hard to explain. The eyes have it…..which makes me wonder….how can I repay the calm she shares with me. 1. Talk to her: Dogs love to be talked to and truly unders-

4. Scientific studies prove that dogs can read human emotions through our facial expressions. When a dog loves someone, they often raise their eyebrows, the left one more than the right. So greeting your dog with raised eyebrows and a relaxed smile tells your dog how happy you are to be reunited.

5. Lean on me: Dogs associate leaning as a sign of love and trust. So, lean against her and watch how she responds. 6. Take a nap: Take time to relax together. If you prefer no furry friends in your bed….a snooze on the couch will allow you both to take a moment to relax and leave your dog with a sense of being “worth your time”. QUEST FOR HEALTH MAGAZINE 10

7. Take a walk: Always enjoyable and beneficial in so many ways, whether building trust with training sessions or just sharing the adventure. Dogs thrive on routine and schedule, so a daily walk with training mixed in help them understand how much you love and prioritize them. 8. This one is truly a no-brainer. Just touching your dog releases oxytocin (the love hormone) in the giver and receiver, so a soothing massage, gentle grooming session, or extended petting time will tell your dog, in no uncertain terms, how you feel. This go around, in my life of furry-friend responsibility, I am trying to live by the 8 steps above. Hopefully, it will create much love in the “life of Riley”, which will in turn, make life with Riley a lifetime of love. Stay tuned….in the next issue of Quest for Health in Brandon….. Diet of Riley: hazards and benefits of some everyday “people” foods for dogs.


Getting Ready to Go Keto…. You’re going to be amazed at how quickly and effortlessly a keto diet restores your health and fitness. In a matter of days you’ll feel the difference--more energy, less hunger--and in a matter of a few weeks you’ll experience dramatic reductions in blood pressure, blood sugar, or lipids if they’re elevated. We encourage you to get a snapshot of your current health by consulting your doctor before you begin any change in your diet/lifestyle. Most people who begin a keto lifestyle are pleased most with the side benefit of loss of body fat. In order to optimize the benefits of your diet adjustments, strictly follow two keto rules: Always meet your daily protein requirement. Never exceed your carbohydrate limit per meal or per day. One thing that keeps me on track while satisfying my craving for savory flavor, is to take the time to try new recipes. Some may require a trip to the store to buy ingredients you are not accustomed to cooking with, but it will be worth the effort! Have fun with the new lifestyle and enjoy your journey to a healthier “you”.

Keto Chicken Garam Masala Ingredients

Instructions:

25 oz chicken breasts 3 Tbsp butter or ghee Salt 1 red bell pepper, finely diced 1 ¼ cups coconut cream or heavy whipping cream 1 Tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped

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Garam Masala: 1 tsp ground cumin 1-2 tsp coriander seed, ground 1 tsp ground cardamom (green) 1 tsp turmeric, ground 1 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp paprika powder 1 tsp chili powder 1 pinch ground nutmeg

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Preheat the oven to 400 F. Mix the spices for Garam masala. Cut the chicken breasts lengthwise. Place a large skillet over medium high heat and fry the chicken in butter until golden brown. Remove the chicken and set aside. Add half the garam masala mix to the pan and stir thoroughly. Return the chicken to the pan and coat with sauce. Season with salt and place the chicken, including the juices, in a baking dish. Mix together the finely chopped red bell pepper and coconut or whipping cream and remaining garam masala mix. Pour over the chicken. Bake in oven for about 20 minutes. Garnish with parsley and serve.

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EDITORIAL

General Dentistry

DR. JOE F. DIAZ, DDS

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have been practicing General Dentistry for let’s say over 40 years. Along the way Dentistry led me to look at the oral structures from an overall perspective. This approach includes the relationship of the physiological processes that occur in the oral cavity and their relationship to that wonderful organism that we refer to as the human body.

HOW IS ORAL HEALTH CONNECTED TO GENERAL HEALTH?

It’s a very complex situation. Oral health is connected to our general health because the same blood that infuses the oral tissues does the same for our feet and toes. It’s the same liquid medium that carries nutritional factors and other factors when the body is diseased to all the other anatomical structures and physiological processes of the body. Of course, when a state of disease occurs it is the result of numerous factors included. Among these factors are variants such as genetics, nutrition, environment, and the choices one makes.

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There are many risk factors that go along. One of the big risk factors in nutrition today for instance, is the amount of sugars that we consume. Different studies have shown that sugar causes inflammation in the body. Inflammation can be a positive sign in letting us know that there is an issue affecting our body In a negative manner. Inflammation also brings toxic items to the very tissue affected. It seems logicalthat we should be selective in what we choose to eat. This may be difficult in the hectic times that we are living. One thing that we can do better is reading food labels. Present day labels on food products tell us the amount of sugar present in the product and also the added sugars. This is where many experts claim the problem comes in. The added sugars come under different names. When you read a label, anything that ends in “OSE”- lookout. It’s a hidden sugar. For example, fructose. Mannitol and other artificial sweeteners cause problems in sugar consumption since they

become sugars to the body. There are also studies that show that these sweeteners will cause alteration in brain waves and in turn it may actually make you hungrier. So again, how is the oral cavity involved with the human body health or disease? It is very connected. For instance, periodontal disease (inflammation of the gums with bone loss and periodontal ligament loss) has been associated as a risk factor

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in heart disease. Studies have shown that those many individuals with heart disease share the oral signs and symptoms mentioned above. Inflammation is present when there is periodontal disease present. The byproducts (certain ones) cause blood vessels in the body to thicken. This condition is called Atherosclerosis and tends to lead to heart problems. Is this cause and effect? NO. It is a correlation. We are talking about sugar and the amounts that we are ingesting can lead to obesity and diabetes2. There are those that would say we are in a diabetic epidemic. The point to be made is if there is some breakdown in one part of the body, the effect will be felt throughout the entire organism. Talking about disease and medications, certain observations can be made. Medications for high blood pressure and many others lead the patient to experience “dry mouth” This in turn inhibits the buffering action of the acids produced by the bacteria in the oral cavity. This leads to


be once every three months. It really is a personalize situation.

ORAL HYGIENE Oral hygiene is paramount whether you use an electric toothbrush, whether you use a manual toothbrush, or whether you use dental floss. The proper use of each dental health aid is basic and essential to maintain oral health. The use of dental picks is also recommended. The idea is to keep the oral bacteria upset so that their production of harmful acids is impaired.

SENSITIVE GUMS AND TEETH more decay and periodontal breakdown. Oral hygiene is a must. An individual must use the dental health aids that best suits their needs and their degree of dexterity in maintaining oral hygiene.

As the aging process occurs, it is the loss of flexibility that affects us. The more flexible we are the more competent we can be in our everyday activities.

HOW CAN WE FURTHER PROTECT OUR ORAL HEALTH ?

SEE OUR DENTIST?

The number one thing when protecting our oral health is to be aware, if not already, of some of the genetic factors that may be in our family lineage. Genetics cannot be denied. It is our own DNA. Try to be more selective on the foods that you eat. I understand it’s a very difficult situation in today’s fast-paced world. Sometimes fast foods are terrific to get us functioning in this hectic world that we live in but they could over time lead to poor health. You have to choose your behaviors and selections. Exercise is a must. Not everyone has to be a weightlifter. It’s more about mobility and flexibility.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD WE This is not a commercial. I suggest no less than once a year. It would be best one visit every six months. For some individuals, it would

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Sensitivity of teeth and gums can occur from different causes. Tooth sensitivity can occur as the gingiva (gums) recede from the necks of the teeth due to improper tooth brushing technique, alocclusion, post orthodontic therapy, aging process, and other diverse causes. This occurs when the cementum covering the roots is exposed. This can be treated with toothpastes, varnishes, and other methods. Sensitive teeth are reacting to different causes.


These causes can range from a crack in the enamel, traumatic occlusion, decay, or injury to the pulp of the tooth. Once the cause is correctly diagnosed, therapy can be initiated to relieve the discomfort.

WHITENING TOOTHPASTE Teeth whitening works and there’s a place for it. So far, I haven’t seen any evidence in the literature of it causing problems, but again you have to be careful. Enamel on teeth is a tissue that once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.​Yes, whitening is a very acceptable procedure but always be cautious of perhaps getting teeth too white. When teeth become too white one of

two things happen: they don’t look natural. Two, we don’t know what the long term effects on the enamel will be.

DOES ORAL HEALTH AFFECT PREGNANCY? I think it is the other way around. Usually when there is a pregnancy, the gums tend to become swollen and bleed easier. This is known as Pregnancy Gingivitis. This is due to hormonal changes in the mother. It is of extreme importance that when a woman is pregnant, she keeps her oral hygiene to the max. There used to be an old wives tale on whether women get cavities during pregnancy and there is some truth to it. Remember your diet. When a woman is pregnant QUEST FOR HEALTH MAGAZINE 15

she is eating for two. Along with if there are many hormonal changes. If oral hygiene is not kept up, there is a greater chance that decay will occur. Basically, there is not much you can do about your genetics. The air that we breathe has been federalized, and the water we drink is under governmental control, but we do have some choices still left. If we are prudent in the selection of the food we put into our bodies diet wise, exercise, and maintain good oral hygiene, we can be healthier.


EDITORIAL

ACUPUNCTURE Relief Is At Hand

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cupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine-based approach to treating a variety of conditions by triggering specific points on the skin with needles. Acupuncture is a minimally invasive method to stimulate nerve-rich areas of the skin surface in order to influence tissues, gland, organs, and various functions of the body.

Each acupuncture needle produces a tiny inflammatory response at the insertion site, and although it’s slight enough to cause little to no discomfort, it’s enough of a signal to let the body know it needs to respond. This response involves stimulation of the immune system, promoting circulation to the area, wound healing, and pain modulation. Current research on acupuncture relies mainly on this theory.

What’s the philosophy behind acupuncture? The Chinese philosophy behind acupuncture is slightly more complicated, as the ancient practice isn’t traditionally based in science and medicine as we understand in the west. Chinese doctors at the time believed that the human body was filled with and animated by an invisible life-giving force which they called ‘qi’ (pronounced ‘chee’) and when the qi is flowing well and going to all the right places, then a person would experience good mental and physical health. When the qi is flowing incorrectly, either blocked, in excess or deficiency that would result in illness. Think of this qi as your body’s natural inner workings. Sometimes you’re more prone to illness when feeling stressed or anxious. When you’re relaxed and healthy, your body physically reflects that too. After all, your mood, mental health, and general well-being do affect your physical health. Acupuncture aims to assist people in achieving balance in the freer movement of qi, providing relief for many ailments and reducing inflammation.

“Acupuncture aims to assist people in achieving balance in the freer movement of qi, providing relief for many ailments and reducing inflammation.”

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Treating Inflammation with Acupuncture and Other Natural Methods Inflammation is part of the body’s natural immune response to injury or invasion by what the body perceives as dangerous pathogens that can cause disease. While inflammation can be crucial to the body’s natural healing processes, prolonged or unnecessary inflammation can also wreak havoc on the body, leading to many maladies, such as chronic pain, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune diseases, certain cancers, and many more. Western medicine does provide treatment for inflammatory conditions, such as antiinflammatory drugs, like NSAIDS and corticosteroids. These drugs work by suppressing the body’s natural immune response, thus blocking inflammation

and reducing pain. While these effects may provide welcomed short term relief, they do not treat the underlying cause of the inflammation, and long term use can lead to some troubling side effects. By blocking the body’s inflammatory response, these drugs can inhibit blood flow to the area of injury, thus cutting off the necessary nutrients that aid in healing. In other words, they can actually interfere with the body’s natural healing process, and in the long term, weaken the tissues. This is why many doctors will often limit cortisone injections to no more than 3 times per year. Additionally, by suppressing the body’s immune system, these types of treatments can open the body up to infections. Patients who receive long term steroid therapy often experience increased susceptibility to a number of inflammatory infections. These could include many fungal and viral infections that can range from annoying to life-threatening.

How Can Acupuncture Help?

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Acupuncture has long been a safe and effective therapy for treating inflammatory conditions, including many acute and chronic diseases, like IBD, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, asthma, and many more. Acupuncture can reduce inflammation in the body by affecting the body’s cytokines, which are proteins secreted by the immune system that influence the way cells interact. Certain cytokines promote an inflammatory response, and acupuncture has been shown to reduce pro-inflammatory cytokines and increase antiinflammatory cytokines. Acupuncture also helps stimulate the release of natural pain killers of the body, or endorphins, to further reduce pain levels. From a Chinese Medicine perspective, inflammation and pain occur when blood and qi, or life energy, gets obstructed and the body is unable to heal. Acupuncture and electro-acupuncture can help to free up the flow of blood and energy, thus allowing the body to heal while reducing pain and inflammation.


Acupuncture Intervention for PTSD Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can originate from various causes ranging from aggression to violence or disasters. Any situation causing emotional, physical or mental trauma can result in PTSD. The use of acupuncture for PTSD has been scientifically proven to show reduced anxiety levels and stress in individuals. Through such Chinese forms of treatment, it is easier for affected individuals to regain composure in daily life activities. Typically acupuncture for PTSD is administered by stimulating specific auricular points in the body. These points of the body are responsible for controlling particular brain areas that help control nervous functioning as well as mitigate stress levels. Many soldiers who have been victims of PTSD after violent wars are being treated with acupuncture to provide successful results. Recently, the Pentagon has been investigating the beneficial effects of acupuncture for PTSD on soldiers affected with this condition. As per findings from recent trials, it has been found that combat veterans were relieved of their symptoms and experienced reduced depression, as well as pain. The improvements due to

acupuncture were also found to be very rapid and significant. Many natural remedies are used to treat PTSD disorders in affected individuals. However, out of all these remedies acupuncture seems to be most effective for treatment. A variety of studies show that acupuncture can be used successfully as a natural treatment for PTSD symptoms like depression, anxiety, insomnia as well as pain originating from psychosomatic disorders. The healing effects of acupuncture last over three months post-treatment. Unlike other conventional psychiatric treatments that are exposureoriented (in that they require patients to reconstruct traumatic incidents), acupuncture for PTSD does not expose the patient to such elements and hence is safer and non-intrusive. Studies conducted by the Pentagon have revealed that most soldiers affected by PTSD would be more inclined to accept non-exposure treatments such as acupuncture for PTSD. The biggest reason for this is because the soldiers need not share such traumatic experiences with their psychiatrist. Besides, acupuncture has been revealed to provide rapid benefits to patients through faster healing. Ear acupuncture on veteran soldiers has helped many overcome sleep disorders originating due to PTSD. The benefits of acupuncture for PTSD has translated into greater word of mouth as more people recommend acupuncture as a successful alternative medicine and treatment to conventional treatments.

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Incorporating acupuncture into everyday life If you have a condition that acupuncture may benefit, here’s

what to expect from a session: an acupuncture session will last anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes, though most of this time may be spent discussing your symptoms and concerns


with your practitioner without a positive change. It’s hard to put How much does an needles. The actual treatment into words but there’s a distinctly acupuncturist cost? portion of acupuncture may last balanced and harmonious around 35 minutes, though you feeling that acupuncture gives The cost of an acupuncture don’t necessarily have needles in most people and it just feels session depends on where your skin for that long! good! You may also feel tired you live and on whether or In terms of results, it’s nearly after a treatment and see changes not the practitioner takes impossible to say what one in your eating, sleeping, or bowel your insurance. On average should expect, as everyone habits, or experience no changes in the Tampa Bay area, an responds to and experiences at all. initial treatment session with acupuncture differently. There a consultation would be about is no universal response to $125, with subsequent treatments acupuncture. Some running about $85-$100. people feel relaxed and may be a little tired, Dr. Doug Werner, OMD, AP is a national others feel energized and board certified and State of Florida ready for anything. Some licensed acupuncture physician. people experience an He can be reached at improvement right away 813-416-4112 and for others it can take or several docdougwerner@gmail.com treatments before noticing QUEST FOR HEALTH MAGAZINE 19


CBD Oil

AND YOU! Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound that comes from the Cannabis Sativa L. plant. There are a lot of misconceptions about cannabis, and the first one worth clearing up is that both marijuana and hemp are plants that are part of the Cannabis plant species and both contain compounds called cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are the keys that unlock these receptors and this system is incredibly important to our health. They can help with our immune systems, protect our brains, help us manage stress and even keep our bodies in balance, or homeostasis. Ongoing research is proving that CBD can have positive effects on pain relief and as an anti-anxiety remedy for better sleep. Pain affects one in three Americans. Inflammation is often at the root cause of pain and since CBD is a known anti-inflammatory and analgesic, it can assuage a broad range of pain symptoms. The best way to consume CBD for optimum effect is either oral drops or transdermally with a topical pain balm. There are other options as well. I found a great company right here in the Tampa Bay area that carries a full-spectrum CBD oil in various strengths, and a pain balm that my patients swear by. Check it out at cbdbiocare.com/drdoug or call me at 813-416-4112. Dr. Doug Werner

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FEATURE

UPPER CERVICAL CHIROPRACTIC

THE BIGGEST SECRET IN HEALTH CARE

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ince the first dreams of improved well-being and the birth of the medical arts, practitioners and patients have been searching for ways to easily obtain health. Today, you cannot go more than 24 hours without seeing advertisements in magazines or on television or the internet that claim how so-and-so promises to completely change your life with little to no effort on your part. There is so much health information out there that it is impossible to know what is best for you. Some of the best advice I’ve ever received was that getting and staying healthy is not easy and is an endless journey throughout a lifetime. This article will not discuss the latest fad, pill, potion, or lotion. Instead, it will shed light on one area of health that continues to be neglected. Proper treatment and care of the junction between the skull and the rest of the spine (upper cervical spine) can facilitate greatly improved health and function over time.

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Dysfunction or untreated injury in the upper cervical spine

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(Figure 1) is a silent killer. The upper cervical spine consists of the base of the skull, the atlas vertebrae and the axis vertebrae. These three bones create a very delicate articulation that arguably house some of the most important organs and structures in the entire body. Some of the structures that travel through or around the upper cervical spine include the brain stem, the jugular vein that drains the brain, the vertebral artery, vagus nerve, and a large amount of peripheral nerves including cranial nerves (Figure 2). The

atlas bone itself is a two-ounce bone that supports a 10-12 pound skull; and the articulation between the skull and the atlas allows for the majority of the neck’s range of motion. This wide range of motion makes this joint relatively unstable and especially susceptible to injury and trauma. Injury to the upper cervical spine is much more common than most people imagine. The range of injury to this area of the spine can range from muscle strain to complete dislocations and fractures. (A macabre tidbit to share for the Halloween season is that a fracture of the C2 or axis bone is called a hangman’s fracture, and is how most people die by hanging.) Upper cervical chiropractors do not work with or correct severe traumas such as

dislocation or fractures, but are specifically trained to diagnose and locate extreme injuries to the upper cervical spine or refer the patient to the correct provider in cases of fractures. On the other hand, upper cervical chiropractors do have extensive training in locating and correcting an injury in the upper cervical spine, which is known as an Atlas Displacement Complex (ADC), as shown in Figure 3. If the neck sustains a sufficiently

FIGURE 3

significant trauma, alignment of the upper cervical spine can be displaced. In turn, misalignment can lead to significant dysfunction, including decreased blood flow through the brain, a stretching force on the spinal cord, spinal nerve compression and distorted signals to the brain. ADC also causes the rest of the spine, hips and shoulders to structurally shift out of position, causing biomechanical stress (Figure 4 - next page). The direction and severity of misalignment determines what symptomatology will occur, and the list of possible conditions is vast. Just as when the wheels of your car are misaligned, misalignment of your spine can slowly lead to more issues. ADC has a large effect on common chiropractic disorders such as neck pain, headaches and low back pain, but has been shown through scientific research to lead to or have a negative

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would know if you are injured, and when you should be checked for an Atlas Displacement Complex. Physical traumas are the most common causal factors for an injury to the upper cervical spine. Sports trauma, especially those that are football related, falling out of trees, falling down the stairs, and car accidents are common events that can lead to this injury. In Florida, after a car accident, you should see a doctor within 14 days. It is important to determine if anything happened from the collision that can cause immediate or long lasting health concerns including injuries to this spine. An injury pattern may not be due to one trauma alone, but may be the result of a collection of traumas over a lifetime. Symptoms can show their ugly head immediately or may even take years to develop. Patients should also be analyzed for an Atlas Displacement Complex if they suffer from the following symptoms: unresolved headaches, migraines, episodes of vertigo, fibromyalgia, chronic ear infections, and neck pain. There are many other conditions that can be affected by an Atlas Displacement complex, so patients that have found no answers to their health concerns at other providers, may find answers at an upper cervical chiropractor. Upper cervical FIGURE 4 chiropractic centers practice simple and pain-free methods impact on certain severe health symptoms and polypharmacy to determine the presence of conditions. In our office, we with the correction of an Atlas an injury to the upper neck. have had a positive impact on Displacement Complex1. Some Such methods will differ from many of the conditions we will of the most influential research office to office, but at Current discuss. Some of our greatest with upper cervical chiropractic success come from patients includes a study on the reduction Chiropractic, we utilize dual with severe vertigo, migraines, of high blood pressure, following probe infrared analysis, structural assessment, range of and fibromyalgia. Dr. Soriano upper cervical treatment2 and and Dr. Apatiga with Current also improvement in function with motion testing, cranial nerve Chiropractic have published in multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s testing, and X-ray analysis. We also perform a complementary the Journal of Upper Cervical disease patients in 81 patients. consultation and X-ray or MRI Chiropractic Research on the review. reduction of fibromyalgia You may be wondering how you QUEST FOR HEALTH MAGAZINE 24


The treatment necessary for this type of injury is determined by the extent of misalignment, length of time the injury has been present, and extent of secondary degeneration of the spine. Upper cervical chiropractors determine the exact direction(s) in which the Atlas and Axis vertebrae are misaligned, either by using a series of neck X-rays or Cone Beam Computerized Tomography. In this way, the most accurate analysis of the area is made possible, which is important considering how delicate and sensitive the upper cervical spine is. Performing realignment of the upper cervical spine is important, but just as important is the stabilizing period post realignment. This is anywhere between 15 minutes to 1 hour after treatment, during which the patient is required to lay straight on their back to allow the upper cervical spine time to stabilize. If the patient does not lie down after the correction, there is a high probability that the spine will not remain in the proper position. The process over time is similar to realigning teeth with braces, but chiropractors cannot put patients in casts for months at a time. This means the correction needs to be performed at increasingly infrequent appointments. The goal is to

fix the spine, not just provide temporary relief. Upper cervical chiropractic care is not for everyone, and there are few people lucky enough to never have an injury in the spine. This number has become less and less with the frequency of car accidents, sports injuries, desk jobs, and now with the overuse of cell phones putting negative stress on our structures. Upper cervical chiropractors have completed thousands of hours of additional training to be able to take care of those with the worst health concerns and give hope to those who have none.

Sources: Soriano, W, and A Apatiga. “Resolution of Fibromyalgia & Polypharmacy Concomitant with Increased Cervical Curve & Improved Quality of Life Following Reduction of Upper Cervical Subluxation: A Case Study [Case Report].” Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, vol. 2014, no. 4, 21 Oct. 2014, pp. 61–67. Bakris, G, et al. “Atlas Vertebra Realignment and Achievement of Arterial Pressure Goal in Hypertensive Patients: A Pilot Study.” Journal of Human Hypertension, vol. 21, no. 5, 2 Mar. 2007, pp. 347–352. Elster, E. “Eighty-One Patients with Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease Undergoing Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care to Correct Vertebral Subluxation: A Retrospective Analysis.” Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, vol. 23, no. 8, 2 Aug. 2004, pp. 1–9.

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EDITORIAL

Declutter Your Life for Less Stress and Better Health

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By Elizabeth Player Professional Organizer Certified Marie Kondo Consultant Owner of Energetic Organizing, LLC.

eople often say something is bad for your health, whether it is smoking, eating junk food, consuming too much sugar, a lack of exercise or sleep, etc., but there are things that can be bad for our health that we often overlook. Clutter, disorder and untidiness, can all also be bad for our health on an energetic and subconscious level. Most people have no idea how much their clutter affects them, and it isn’t until it is cleared out that they realize how much better they feel without it. Our things can hold onto issues that we are avoiding. Just like a body, a detox helps us rid ourselves of toxins, decluttering can rid our home of things holding us back and create space for us to thrive. Our health depends on what we eat, and what we put in our home can have repercussions for our psychological well-being as well. It’s important to choose wisely what we put in our bodies, and also be mindful of what we surround ourselves with. Ridding ourselves of useless objects delivers the same sense of well-being as natural, whole foods after a diet of processed ready meals. The word clutter derives from the word “clotter”, which means to coagulate. Just as a blood clot blocks circulation, so can clutter disrupt the flow of energy in our homes and other areas of our lives. The Oxford Dictionary defines clutter as “a crowded and untidy collection of things”, which is describing clutter on the physical level. Examples are, things that we do not use or love that are only taking up space, areas that are untidy or disorganized, too many things in too small of a space, anything broken and in need of repair, or incomplete tasks and anything unfinished. This includes anything unfinished in the mental and emotional realms as well, such as relationships we may need to move on from. When there is a feeling of disorganization it creates clutter in our psyche. They are things that are a constant drain on our energy. They are all loose ends in our lives that hinder our progress if not dealt with. Clutter is a symptom of what is going on in our lives and then can become part of the

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problem. When this happens, it takes effort to clear the clutter and unstuck. Excess stuff weighs us down, holds us back and can prevent us from reaching our highest potential and living an optimal life. Below are several ways clutter can affect our overall health and wellness. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

It can make us feel tired and lethargic. It can congest our bodies. It can affect our body weight. It can make us depressed. It can dull our sensitivity and enjoyment of life. It can distract us from important things. It can make us feel confused. It can make us disorganized. It can make us procrastinate. It can keep us in the past, putting our lives on hold. It can symbolically keep us in the wrong frequency for what we want in life. It can affect the way people treat us. It can cause disharmony in relationships. It can be isolating. It can make us feel ashamed. It can create excess baggage in our lives. It can cause extra cleaning. It can be a health or fire hazard. It can cost us financially. It can drain us physically, mentally, emotionally, energetically and socially.

When our things get jumbled up, confusing and messy, it creates stress

rather than peace and clarity that comes from knowing where things are. Our lives work better when we know

where to find things. Our home is an outward representation of what is going on inside of us. If we are messy on the outside, then there is a corresponding mess of some kind on the inside, too. When putting our external world in order, there are synonymous changes that happen internally, as well. Anything in our environment that is not absolutely fit for a purpose and brings us joy, becomes a clot that clogs our energy inhibiting the clarity and happiness we seek. Clutter can mute our ability to live life to the

ttering guru, Marie Kondo who wrote the book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up - The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing”. Everything around us, especially our home environment mirrors our inner selves, so by changing our home we also change the possibilities in our own lives. When people put their houses in order, they often find out what they really want to do. Some setup their own companies, or change jobs, or become more passionate about their current employment. They impro-

fullest. Closets crammed with clothes (but nothing we can wear), cupboards and drawers overflowing with things (but we can’t find anything), a refrigerator with expired food (nothing we can eat), every space filled with things (no space to move with ease), a freezer needing defrosting, leaky toilets, and an overgrown garden, are all symptoms of an ‘unhealthy’ home. The absence of clutter, the ability to find what we need when we need it, everything in working order and a clean, tidy environment are signs of a ‘healthy’ home, and one in which peace and joy flows through it with ease. If we do not make the conscious decision to deal with clutter, it can sometimes stay for months, years and even decades. “If you want your life to change, start by putting your house in order”, so says the Japanese declu-

ve their relationships or choose to move on, they work on their bucket lists and find new interests that bring them joy. The things we desire cannot enter until we make space for them. A new world of prosperity opens up. For instance, keeping your wallet and purse clutter free can increase your wealth, and recycling and donating things to those less fortunate can ease the anxiety of having to let things go. When we let go of what we don’t need, we make space for what we desire to arrive. Create a vacuum. Clear old stagnant energy so what is meant to come can come. A new job can arrive, a new house, a new love, improved health, increased wealth. Removing the obstacles that are blocking harmonious flow of energy in our living environment creates more harmony and space for wonderful new

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opportunities to come. If our good can’t get through the front door because it is blocked by clutter, nothing can ever change. A new relationship cannot arrive if the space is taken up by memories of a former love. Living in the past, means overlooking the present and closing the doors to the future. We have to release the past in

order to create a better tomorrow. A dramatic reorganization of our environment causes correspondingly dramatic changes in our lifestyles and perspectives. It is life transforming. Putting our houses in order, puts our affairs and pasts in order, too. By eliminating the many, often unnoticed

obstacles that make us feel cramped and confined, we create breathing room. Clearing clutter helps us make a fresh start. I have seen this with my own eyes, in my work as a professional organizer, drastic and immediate changes have taken place in my clients’ lives after decluttering. It is wonderful to witness such amazing transformations. Getting organized is important, but that doesn’t just mean storing things away. It is even more important to declutter and let go of that which no longer is being used or enjoyed. The personal storage business has soared to $22 billion annually, and it is estimated that families spend over $1400 on storage units every year. Even if we try to “tune out” the clutter by storing it away in tidy storage bins, in an attic or a paid for storage facility, the energetic connection to those things can still affect us whether the items are visible or not. These storage “solutions” are just a means within whiQUEST FOR HEALTH MAGAZINE 29

ch to bury possessions that we really don’t like. What gets stored away still impact us, even if it is our stuff, something we inherited or something we are holding on to for others. What gets stored away will have to be dealt with at some point, by us or by others. When we need to buy things for our things, it may be time for fewer things. Research has found that once we have enough to meet our basic needs, happiness related to material goods flatlines. Without joy, anything that we’ve accomplished and anything that we have doesn’t mean anything. We cannot appreciate hordes of objects, they lose their essential soul and beauty when they get buried. Once we become aware and very selective of our material things, our quality of life improves as a result. Don’t suffer your possessions, choose them. Train yourself to evaluate the objects around you, your material possessions, relationships and how you spend your time, and your peace of mind will grow as the things that make up your


everyday world come to reflect your true needs and personal tastes. Accept into your life only what satisfies your soul and reflects your personality. When we truly declutter, we learn to appreciate our relationship with our things. The age-old saying that more stuff equals more happiness, is something that has been instilled in most of us at some time in our lives. But less is not nothing. The things that make a place feel like home aren’t things. It feels like home when we cook a familiar meal, spend time with loved ones, curl up in a favorite chair reading a great book, or sleeping in until the sun shines through our bedroom window and wakes us up. Our home needs to be a place of rest, a source of inspiration, a healing retreat. A place where we replenish our energy, find peace, harmony and serenity. It is also a place to feel safe and secure. Cherish your home, clean it, and inhabit it with care and respect. People who live in clean, empty

spaces feel in control of their lives, and feel a greater satisfaction and comfort as a result. Home should not be a source of worry, additional work or a burden, but a place that shelters and nurtures our bodies, minds and spirits. Only when the mind and spirit are free of clutter can they truly develop. Clearing clutter can transform our entire existence, and once we complete unfinished business our vitality levels soar. Sort out your life by sorting out your stuff, which results in renewal of life energy. Let go of that which has served its purpose. Keep what you use and really love. Free yourself of what you don’t. As Marie Kondo says, “The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.” Let living with ease be your ultimate goal. If you can’t do it yourself, ask for help. Reach out and connect with those who can help you. Once you set the intention to change your circumstances and your surroundings, the space will be created for all else to fall into place…including QUEST FOR HEALTH MAGAZINE 30

people to help you. Bibliography: • The Magic Path of Intuition – Florence Scovel Shinn • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing - Marie Kondo • Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui – Karen Kingston • L’art de la Simplicite: How to Live with Less – Dominique Loreau • Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More - Courtney Carver


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EDITORIAL

The Benefits and Precautions of Raw Diet Vs. Commerical Foods

Holistic Care for Animals

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ack in the day, owning a domestic animal wasn’t such a big deal, whether it’s a dog, cat, bird or horse. They are there for comfort, company, and to never tell a secret. I can remember back to when a pet was just that, a pet; a cute, loving animal living to breathe your air and always anxiously waiting for you to walk through the front door for a proper greeting. Change out their water daily, inexpensive food made just for them, a walk here and there and life was grand! Growing up, I never owned a pet that cost over $100 to purchase, much less did I think about the benefits of giving my animals a massage or adding healthy additives to their food. Nowadays, owners and pets have an even more intimate connection, mainly pertaining to dogs and cats; sleeping in the same beds, working to serve a purpose, showing, companionship, training and aid in special needs - the list goes on. The connection involves deep emotions, including monetary ties, to keep up with a fad, professional breeding, or just plain out personal interest in a certain breed or species. This isn’t exactly a bad thing; we are becoming more connected with the animals around us. Of course, for example, certain dog breeds are pretty pricey, but as the price tag gets larger and the love and compassion grows stronger, the more likely the owner will spend more time and money on quality dog food, consistent check-ups and vet visits, as well as take the time to explore other therapies such as bioacoustics, hydrotherapy and massage therapy that are proving a significant increase in overall pet health. Reason being: the health benefits your furry friend reaps from Holistic care is remarkable on many levels, and the bond that forms in the process is immeasurable. Vast knowledge and findings in holistic healthcare for animals is becoming more evident, or maybe the information has been there all along, just not openly discussed as a topic of importanQUEST FOR HEALTH MAGAZINE 32


ce as it has been in most recent years. As a kid, I’d give my dog a bowl of milk every other day, not knowing a majority of dogs are lactose intolerant. And my dog loved it! No one ever said, “No! You can’t do that”. But then again, I would go back to my daily schedule and didn’t realize if the milk had an affect on them or not. I didn’t think of hanging around for them to have a bowel movement... What??

more; the benefits for our beloved animals are greatly received alike. Our pets can’t verbally say what’s going on with them and they are always happily seeking affection, so it’s difficult to sense if something’s wrong without actually seeing an issue with our own eyes. Many of us are constantly searching for alternatives that provide a healthy, relaxing way of life for the mind, body and

I don’t ever recall thinking, “pet health benefits and precautions”, besides the traditional nail clippings, baths and ear cleanings. Now that I am older and wiser, my pricey bull-hounds, currently holding the title of American Bully: The World’s Most Favorite Family Pet, truly teaches this old dog new tricks on a daily basis. Since holistic healthcare for humans is more widely accepted and reliable in our society, we are open to lowering stress levels, aiding and healing chronic illnesses, supported with stronger immune systems, and much QUEST FOR HEALTH MAGAZINE 33

soul; most strangely intriguing to some, this includes domestic animals: dogs, horses, goats, cats - even Bengals! And now, with holistic alternatives in the mainstream, we have an array of exciting options to choose from when caring for our pet’s well-being, all while building a trusting and everlasting relationship. Continued on page 34.


A great start to holistic exploration is a well-balanced, nutritional and protein-rich diet fed from pup to adulthood. There is much controversy on whether dogs of any breed, as well as other domestic animals, should explore a raw diet, or to consume commercial bag and canned food as normally intended for pets. As raw diets for animals are becoming more widespread among pet owners and family homes, more research is being conducted that focuses on nutrition, health dangers, digestion and overall health. It was recently reported that the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences conducted a month-long trial including a group of well-cared for dogs, three types of refrigerated raw diets as sold in the pet stores and one traditional meal of kibble. Although, the end result suggested that both the healthy kibble and the refrigerated raw diet met the nutritional guideline for dogs, the raw diets proved to be more digestible and lowered blood triglyceride levels as opposed to the kibble in just 14 days of the 30-day trial. Studies show that commercial foods generally take 8 to 10 hours to digest, and raw takes 4-6 hours to digest. Despite the many factual research articles that are available to support the amazing health benefits of a raw diet, the stern concerns seem to pertain to uneducated and unsanitary humans rather than dogs. The controversy of raw diet vs. kibble, especially from health professionals, derive from the factual bacterial dangers of homemade raw meals. Many animal professionals are against raw diets, and at no surprise, so are a majority of individual pet owners. When asked why, valid answers are re-

turned, being mindful of both pet and owner’s health and safety. Zoonosis is a bacteria that can pass between humans and animals. Salmonella is the number one concern when handling and serving animals raw meat, as it is made up of zoonotic bacteria and parasites that affect thousands of humans each year. As we explore the dangers of salmonella, there are rarely any reports of dogs contracting this bacteria. This is because dog’s stomach acids barricade and protect against contracting this illness before the food touches the stomach. Another reported concern when feeding raw diets to our animals is the lethal hazard of feeding bones. But, the knowledge behind that is that the raw bones are soft and digest properly, whereas QUEST FOR HEALTH MAGAZINE 34

cooked bones dry out and splinter which can be life-threatening - another precaution the owner can regulate. The same goes for proper nutritional values that pertain to your pet. Just as in human diets, dog diets should meet their suggested daily servings. Kibble is manufactured following the suggested guidelines; raw diets are put together with the same guidelines but the owner must be aware of what foods hold what nutritional value and how to properly feed to reach maximum benefits. The decision on what to feed your pet should end with personal preference and what your dog’s capabilities are used for, i.e., working dogs; strength and fitness; showing and performance; as well as animals needing special diets due to other underlying


Raw Pros: • Less poop! • Less smelly odor; easier to pick up. • Better, faster digestion. • Less likely to causing cancer and other chronic/ severe illnesses. • Supports healthy weight and muscle. • Fresh, natural ingredients Greater immune system. • Raw Cons: • Expensive; must have a sufficient system in order to cut costs. • More prep time and sanitary precautions. • Time consuming • Requires continuous research and understanding.

issues. If you’re interested in allowing your pet’s body and mind perform to the best of their abilities and potential, not just on a physical plane but mental, emotional and spiritual level as well, you have to learn your animal. Know the potential of bodily functions of the animal you’re choosing; reach out to alternative professionals that offer these services, ask questions and narrow down what you feel is quality and beneficial to your animal. Find out the pros and cons of all products, therapies, dog foods, etc. When choosing a diet for your pet, it all comes down to personal preference and what you are able to provide for them. There is no wrong way, as long as you can provide well-balanced nutrition, peace and love.

Commercial Food Pros: • Follows nutritional guidelines, consistently. • Vitamins and minerals in puppy kibble are great for pups and nursing dams. • Cheaper in price Convenient and simple. Commercial Food Cons: • Less potential for muscle mass and weight building. • Processed food ingredients • Longer digestion process • Much more poop and bowel movements. Raw prep tips: • Invest in meat grinders - bones can be easily grinned into their meals. • Invest in a deep freezer to store individual meals. This will save money and time. • Cleanliness and sanitation. • A set feeding schedule that includes the proper percentages of protein, fats, carbs, vitamins and minerals. • Avoid avocado, grapes, raisins and onion - hazardous and poisonous to dogs. QUEST FOR HEALTH MAGAZINE 35

Commercial food tips: • Read labels; proteins and meats should be at the top of the list • Avoid corn, wheat, and unhealthy fillers and additives. If you choose to feed half raw half commercial foods, be mindful of the difference in each digestion process. To avoid any issues, don’t mix too much together, and try to feed at separate times, i.e., raw in the morning and kibble at night, or vise versa. If either food is new to your pet, run it past your veterinarian first, and slowly introduce these food each day to avoid symptoms of upset stomach and/ or diarrhea. If you’re not too keen on feeding a full raw diet to your pet but would like to treat them to some nutritional additives, add a few of these to their meals or give as a snack: • • • • • •

Raw egg Herbs, e.g., cilantro or milk thistle. Sardines. Coconut oil. Organ meat, e.g., liver or gizzard A tbsp of yogurt or cottage cheese.


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