So you decided to lose some weight. You are exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet and you’ve lost a few pounds. You have more energy, sleep better and feel stronger. Good for you!
Suddenly, after dropping some weight, you start to feel tired again, you may even get sick and have had to stop the great things that you were doing for your body. Why did this happen?
Because you did not do any drainage while you were losing weight.
Our body is designed to continuously and naturally remove toxins when it is functioning properly. However, toxins can be hard for the body to find because sometimes, they can hide in fat cells where they can be stored for years.
This is why it’s important when you are losing weight to be doing some kind of detox and drainage for your body.
Drainage therapy is a process and methodology to eliminate toxins and regulate the proper functioning of the organs, tissues and glands.
There are many products that can help you drain and enhance your weight loss. Our office uses the Biotherapeutic Drainage Liver and Kidney kit by Seroyal and the Pascoe Detox Kit depending on the patient.
If you or anyone else you know are currently trying to lose weight, remember to drain while you are doing so! Need help selecting the right products for you? Give us a call 613-446-6060
Have you ever wondered how your immune system works? At the very basis of it, your immune system, when working properly, is designed to be able to recognize what is you and what is not you. It knows what bacteria, etc are part of your normal flora and what is not. Once it decides that something is not a part of you, it destroys it and the body then gets rid of it.
When your immune system isn’t functioning properly, the invaders can take over and you get sick. In autoimmune conditions, the body has its signals mixed up and attacks its own cells in the body.
Most often, when we think of things that can hijack the immune system, we think of environmental pollutants, heavy metals, chemicals found in our food, etc. However, stress, thoughts and emotions also affect the immune system.
Do you remember when you were in school and had to write exams? You would get stressed out, study hard, write your exam, study again, pull all nighters, etc. Finally, when you exams were finished, you’d get sick. This is because the stress decreased your immunity.
When researchers studied people with anger disorders, they found that anger and violent behaviour were linked with inflammation in their body.
The immune system’s role is to identify self and non-self. If negative emotions are regularly part of who you are, it will lead to inflammation, a compromised immune system and eventually, illness.
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My daughter is currently learning to crawl. The challenge for her is...that she can only go backwards. This gets her really frustrated and she almost always starts to cry.
When she has a goal or wants to get to her toy, she will get on all fours, stare at her toy and start moving. But because she can only go backwards, she sees it getting further and further away from her. This leads to crying. My daughter is also pretty determined as she doesn’t stop trying to go after her toy until something stops her (wall, chair, table, etc.).
Watching this can be hard at first but I know that in a matter of a few short weeks, she will figure out how to crawl forwards.
In life, as in crawling, sometimes, you need to go backwards before you can go forwards. Think back to some hard times in life. Did you ever feel like you were taking 2 steps forward and 3 steps back again?
Healing is also like this. Healing is not linear. We do not always get better and better. Sometimes we get worse before we get better, other times, we get better, then worse then better again.
The pain comes from having our expectations that differ from reality. Think about it for a minute. Let’s say you broke your arm, they tell you that you will be in a cast for 8 weeks and you will probably need to do exercises after. Most people accept this. However, if you expected to be out of the cast after 1 week, you would suffer for the next 7. The suffering comes from not knowing when things will end.
So, remember the next time that you feel you are having a setback that sometimes, you first need to go backwards before you can go forwards.
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Illness can show up on multiple levels (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual) and in many ways. Most often, when we think of illness, we focus on the physical but that is not enough.
I had a new patient that came in with what seemed to be a simple back pain issue from shoveling his driveway too much. He stated that he felt he pulled a muscle because he was lifting and twisting too much. While, lifting and twisting certainly play a role in injury, I always dig deeper to see if there are other factors at play.
Questions I asked:
What I discovered was that he had been stressed out at work for months. When shovelling, he was thinking about how much he hated his work and he was even hoping for some time off. Well, his body did what he asked it to do! He got injured and got some time.
To get to the core issues hidden in your illness, here are some things to pay attention to:
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I was watching the movie, Kung Fu Panda the other day. In it, there was an exchange between the Panda and his kung fu master. This was after the Panda had a disastrous first teaching experience. The Panda thought he had to teach the same way his master did. What his master said was, I am not trying to turn you into me, I am trying to turn you into you.
This made me think. How often do we try to be someone else, only to have it not work for us? A lot of personal growth people tell you to follow the exact steps they took to get to where they are. This does not always lead to success, even if you follow all the same structures. The reason is because you are not the same person. You are a unique individual with different gifts, experiences and talents. Trying to be like someone else will only lead to failure.
Instead, what you can do is to learn from what others do and then take and use what works for you. Then, add in your own special uniqueness into the mix.
The world needs less followers and more leaders. The world is waiting for uniqueness and it rewards those who are courageous enough to be different.
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If 10 people touched an infected door handle, why is it that some of them will get sick while others will not? They came into contact with the same bacteria, virus, infection but the responses are different.
It comes down to each individual’s immune system and its ability to detect and get rid of invaders.
Now, most conventional medicine such as antibiotics is geared towards getting rid of the bug and that is an important part of fighting an illness. However, that should not be the only focus. Sometimes, anitbiotics, don’t get rid of all the bugs. What then? Do you get another round? What if you need multiple rounds and your body becomes resistant?
Other considerations for treatment should include treating the terrain.
The terrain is affected by exposure to toxins. This could be from the environment and pollution, from chemicals that our food is exposed to, an accumulation of heavy metals, etc.
The terrain and each cell of our body is made from the foods that we eat. If you are eating a diet full of candy, chips and pop, that is what your cells are created with. There is no one diet that works for everyone. Whether it’s paleo, intermittent fasting, a plant based diet, etc. Try one and see what works for your body. The basis for most healthy diets does not include candy and sugary cakes.
Genetic abnormalities or changes will affect the terrain as well. It is important to note that just because you have a gene for something, it does not mean that the gene will be expressed. The right environment for gene expression needs to be in place for it to turn on.
Remember, health is not only about the presence or absence of illness, our environment plays a vital role.
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I fell a few weeks back and it hurt. I was carrying my baby when I slipped on black ice on the driveway. I was conscious of protecting the baby so I ended up with scraped knees and a very sore neck and shoulder.
There’s nothing like an unexpected event to throw off your day!
As I carried on my way to my car appointment, I thought to myself how did this happen. My first reaction was that the driveway wasn’t salted or shovelled properly. After that passed, I asked myself, why did this really happen to you?
With that question, I had to admit to myself that I had had a difficult week. I had been angry and the energy had not resolved itself yet. I was also in a rush trying to get the kids ready, dealing with a toddler who would rather not wear shoes (who would? haha) and trying to get to a car appointment on time.
The fall was suppose to disrupt my life. It was supposed to hurt. I had been stressed, running around and angry. It was what I needed to calm down and take things slowly, not because I wanted to but the pain left me no choice.
Life will give you clues and when you don’t listen, the clues will get louder and louder until you can no longer ignore them. I should have slowed down and I did not.
I am grateful for the life lesson and I hope I learned what I needed to through the fall.
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When I was driving to work, a light came on to check the tire pressure in my vehicle. I went to a gas station and pulled into the air station. I am embarrassed to say that I had never had to put air in my tires before, but how hard could it be?
I pulled into the station and fumbled for some change. I put my change in and the clock started to countdown the time I had. I ran to the first tire and kicked myself for not removing the valve cap first because it was hard to get off. I got the cap off, put the gauge on and forgot to press the button that lets the air in….so when I measured the tire pressure, I had actually lost air. Sigh, I then pushed the button and filled up the tire. I then thought, perhaps, I should check the other tires….and then my time ran out. I thought to myself, do I add more money in and do this again? I turned on my car and the light was still on but I was running late for work so I left for work.
I didn’t want to go back to check the tires again but something told me to. I went back and this time, I checked and filled all the tires. Just as I finished, a lady approached me and asked me how to fill the tires. I knew that this was the reason why I went back. I was to learn and skill and then to teach it to someone else.
Learn and teach. There are so many valuable lessons from learning things on our own. It is also time consuming as we don’t usually learn from things in one try. We may have to try things many times before we get it right. If we are taught by someone else who already knows, we can cut down on our learning time.
If you teach enough people new things, you will eventually change the world. Each lesson is important. Learn the lesson in life and teach it to another.
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It had just snowed yesterday and the snow plows were out in full force. As I was stopped at a red light, I pointed out to my son, one of the snow plows that was working. When the green light came on, I told him to say goodbye to the snow plow and we drove off.
As it drove out of sight, he screamed, more snow plow! I tried to explain to him that I was not magical and could not make snow plows appear out of thin air whenever he wanted to see them.
Or could I?
It suddenly occurred to me that I could practice the law of attraction and could get my son to do the same. So, I told my son that I needed his help if he wanted to see more snow plows. His job was to concentrate really hard and keep saying what he wanted to see. I was going to do the same thing.
I heard him yelling, see snow plow, see snow plow, over and over again, from the back seat. Suddenly, a snow plow appeared! I pointed it out to him and he said more Mama, more! Sure enough, at the next street, there was another.
In fact, in a span of 5 minutes, we saw 10 plows!! I even surprised myself. He believed more than I did and he manifested them. I was just hoping to see one more after the first one. He kept saying more, more, more and he attracted it.
Focus on what you want in life and believe it can happen. You will never know what kind of magic you can create.
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Communication is important in your relationships with others. It is also just as important to check in with yourself and communicate with your body. When talking to your body, you may want to know what you are feeling physically. Is there pain somewhere? Emotionally, what emotions are you experiencing. Mentally, what thoughts are going on.
If you have a disease, it is a part of your body. Why not communicate with it because it is talking to you. The symptoms that you have are messages from your body trying to tell you what is going on. Do you listen?
Have a conversation with your disease. Here’s how:
Being in dialogue with your disease is being in dialogue with yourself. Your disease is a part of you. To alienate it is to deny a part of yourself.
Healing happens best when we are whole. Talk to your disease. Accept ‘what is’ in the current moment and then do what is it your power (i.e. diet, exercise, prayer, supplements) to change your state.
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Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization in Ottawa, Canada.