October 29, 2012

Exercise is smart for your heart – and makes you smarter
     In a new study, previously sedentary adults were put through four months of high-intensity interval training. At the end, their cognitive functions – the ability to think, recall and make quick decisions – had improved significantly, says Dr. Martin Juneau, director of prevention at the Montreal Heart Institute.
     “If you talk to people who exercise, they say they feel sharper. Now we’ve found a way to measure that,” says Dr. Juneau.

October 15, 2012

Fabulous Food - October

Seven Ways That Taking Ginger Can Spice Up Your Health
Jonathan Benson

    Cultivated and used medicinally for thousands of years all around the world, ginger root is a powerful medicinal herb that offers a variety of unique health benefits. When taken regularly in therapeutic doses, ginger root can effectively cure nausea; promote healthy digestion; boost immunity; treat asthma; improve cardiovascular function and heart health; relieve pain; and even prevent and cure chronic disease by quelling inflammation.

October 8, 2012

Short & Sweet - October

Exercise, Sleep, and Caffeine

Researchers indicate that there is little benefit and potential heart-health danger associated with exercising more than an hour per day. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2154267/Excess-exercise-hurts-heart-cause-dangerous-long-term-harm-say-scientists.html#ixzz1wsEIAgoG

October 3, 2012

"O" Zone - October

The Four Steps to Blatantly Defy the Aging Process

Aging: The great fear of almost everyone. Getting older—not in wisdom, or just years, but looking older—is an undesirable side effect of mortality. 
One day, a lady of 83 years sat in my office, and with a shaken look on her face said, “I just had lunch with the girls.” These were her grade school girlfriends. They got together every month, and had done so for nearly 50 years.
“During lunch,” she continued, “I looked across the table at the other girls, turned to my friend and asked her, ‘Do they look as old as we do?’” She was very shaken. All of a sudden, the double chin that had slowly been cultured on her neck, the myriad wrinkles, the swollen ankles, and the sagging skin under her eyes all overcame the twinkle in those eyes. She was truly shocked. Fifty years of age had hit her in one sudden jolt. 

So, how do you elude this occurrence in life? Don’t have lunch with the girls? Yes, that would work. Drive really fast everywhere you go? That is another possible solution. Take up skate boarding after you go on Medicare? That is another possible way to escape aging. 
But let’s get serious: Are you really interested in living a long and highly-active, enjoyable life? Then let’s talk about the four core ingredients to an excellent quality of life, laced with a heavy dose of quantity.

The grand secret ingredients to a long and happy life are the Four P’s:
 Ingredient number one: 
Finding peace and quiet in the midst of a troubled world is the first step to defying age. Do you see the negative in the tumult of the world around you, or can you find peace in the possibility for good in every event? The steps that lead to this are contemplation, mediation and prayer. 

•  Contemplation is the willingness to look at life through your eyes, your heart and your gut. This requires we use logic, love and longing to see our current situation against a backdrop of the possible. 
•  Meditation is the course of stillness. It is the willingness to pause and be still, to stop telling yourself your story. Stop being a victim of life. Stop justifying, stop complaining, stop blaming, and start accepting that you are who you are and where you are because you choose it. This can be accomplished by formally meditating, or by just planning and allowing time, even fleeting moments of reality to penetrate the shell of fear we carefully build around ourselves. The more you allow this seeping-in of reality, the easier it is to become a cause in life rather than just another effect. 
•  Prayer is the next level of finding peace. Prayer is neither contemplation nor meditation: it is the conscious intent to communicate with the divine, or God, on God’s terms. Contemplation and mediation are solitary, like laying in a meadow on a sunny day, enjoying the warmth of sunlight on your face. 
      Prayer is the equivalent of spiritual agriculture: it is like learning to live with the earth and helping it to lend of its abundance to support your livelihood. Prayer requires reality and humility. It requires a willingness to set aside our own agenda in order to assimilate God’s will. 

Peace in life comes as we pursue the path of our highest potential. Unless we walk that path, we cannot find peace. Peace is the blend of inwardly knowing that we are reaching toward the reality of our potential, and the divine sanction of that same reality. 
Peace is neither quietude nor stillness, alone. It is a growing inner knowingness, and a divine manifestation that you are reaching your potential.

Ingredient Number Two:     


How long has it been since you acted like a playing child? How long has it been since you jumped rope, walked on a curb, balanced on one foot, laughed like a child, had someone tickle your ribs until you cried, let someone hold you and comfort you, jumped on your bed, or sat and colored a coloring book and didn’t stay within any of the lines? 
What do you do physically that you really love? It can be intimacy, ecstasy or just plain silliness. Let some light into your life and “lighten up” and have some physical phun.  Exercise doesn’t have to be boring, difficult or complicated.  To be most effective it should be phun, and you will get younger. 
What have you always wanted to do?  It’s never too late!  Start now and work toward it.  The harder might be the better.  Let us support you.  Tell us about it, and we will help you find any help you need to stretch you body, mind and soul, but make it physically phun!  They claim that laughter can lengthen your life by eight years.  Interested?  Stop being so serious.

Ingredient Number Three:     
Give your body the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason, and your body will express its gratitude in kind with smooth skin, pliable strong muscles and a clear mind. 
Nutrition comes in many forms: the food we eat, the things we put on our skin, the sunshine we absorb, the thoughts we think when we eat, and how we blend with nature in our habits. 
•  Eat clean, whole food. Choose foods according to your metabolic type and energetic needs.  We have developed a new, outstanding nutrition program that gives you exactly the right nutritional approach for your system.  No more generalizations: this nutritional system is perfectly personalized to your needs.  The early returns are so exciting, I can’t recommend it highly enough!
•  Eat according to the seasons.  Eat the food that grows in your climate, in the season in which it grows, and eat it fresh.
•  Be grateful for each meal you eat.  Express gratitude by offering a prayer of thanksgiving for the abundance you have.
•  Eat with a good attitude. 
•  A family meal is always good for everyone. 
•  Take your time: eat slowly. 
•  Drink after your meal not during it (it dilutes digestive juices).
•  Your skin is an organ of assimilation and of elimination. Don’t put anything on your skin that you couldn’t eat. Everything you put on your skin ends up in your body, or blocks your body’s ability to absorb. I highly recommend a high-quality product to hydrate and nurture your skin, like those from Arbonne. Contact us for more information on this wonderful topical form of nutrition. Look good and feel great by caring for your shell as you nurture your whole system.
•  Get a little sunshine every morning, if you can. 10 a.m. sun is safe and beneficial.  Start with very little, like ten or fifteen minutes, then work up to half an hour a day. It is good for you in almost every way. Avoid burns. Don’t stay out so long that you need to worry about sunscreens. Your body will be happier. It is best to be active while you are outside. A little perspiration cleanses the skin, while you feed it with pure sunlight. 

Ingredient Number Four:    
      Take care of your physical frame:
•  Chiropractic adjustments are essential ingredients to any health plan. It is the only organized system to free the nerve system of disorder called a “subluxation.” This is a condition in which the nerve system gets obstructed from its normal function by the spine being out of alignment. It only associates with pain about 20% of the time.
      Come in and have a nerve system check up to see if you have interference in your nerve system function. Your nerve system controls your energy, your immune function, and has a huge influence on your mood. Removing nerve interference is one of the greatest paths to getting younger.
•  Energy balance is vital to youthfulness and vitality: the Dao De Ching says that flexibility is life and rigidity is death. Maintaining your energy balance is a vital aspect to staying young & flexible, and regaining lost health. Acupuncture is the preeminent system of energy balance. A simple test called the Acugraph test will show how balanced your energy is.

So, again: are you really interested in living a long and highly-active, enjoyable life? If so, make the four P’s an integral part of your daily life. Peace, Phun, Phood and Physical will nurture the twinkle in your eye.

Have a blessed month,

Dr. Olson