You Don’t Have to Live in Pain

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Learning About Laser Therapy:

Laser Therapy is a safe, non-invasive and drug free technology that accelerates the healing of injuries to get you back to the activities you enjoy. The treatment uses laser and light sources to stimulate energy for the cells in the body that repair tissue, reduce inflammation and reduce pain.

Laser Therapy is effective for a broad range of pathologies, including musculoskeletal injuries, arthritis, soft tissue and sports injuries. Unlike many modalities and pharmaceutical solutions which only modulate symptoms or mask the perception of pain, Laser Therapy treats the underlying condition, as well as reducing pain, providing a safe and lasting treatment option.

Here is what some of our patients had to say about their experience with our Laser Therapy Services:

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My knees were a mess.  It was very difficult to walk and stairs were also very difficult for me.  Will and Erin worked with me and the laser was so great.  There was no pain, it was easy to sit and receive the treatment.  I can not say enough regarding their care.  I am a long term patient and as I grow older they will take care of me!
Sharon R

January 16, 2015
I have had chronic wrist pain for years.  With one laser therapy treatment my wrist is 90% better.  This is absolutely amazing. Paul

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Are you suffering from pain?  Arthritis? Sports Injury?  Learn more about Johnston Health Center’s Laser Therapy Services by book a free consultation and demonstration today:

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Migraines and Laser Therapy

Processed with MoldivMigraines affects more than 10% of the population.  With symptoms typically lasting from 4-72 hours, excruciating at various times, you try everything to make the pain and nausea go away.  With many potential triggers including red wine, hypoglycemia, excessive stimuli (flashing lights or strong odors), weather change, lack of sleep or even stress, the frustration of trying to figure out what caused the episodes and the remedy to stop them are generally a variety of medications with their own side effects.

Laser therapy has been utilized for the last 40 years to treat acute and chronic conditions.  It has been discovered that with laser therapy patients have had a significant decrease in the number of headaches per month, a reduction in the severity of the pain and duration compared to migraines prior to the start of the laser treatments. (Kahn, Fred, MD.  Laser Report, Summer 2014.)

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Laser Therapy and the Treatment of Sports Injuries

baseballShoulder Injuries In Baseball Pitchers

Baseball pitchers are exposed to extremes of stress, imposed in throwing a ball at speeds over 100 km per hour. These movements subject a number of anatomical regions to repetitive motion type injuries, including the shoulder, elbow, cervical and thoracolumbar spine. As might be anticipated, the most common and most serious injuries sustained by pitchers involve the shoulder joint. The reasons for this are quite obvious. From an anatomical perspective, the shoulder joint and the surrounding tissues are structurally complex, highly mobile and involved in most upper body movements.

Initially, the pitcher complains of pain and subsequently undergoes examination and treatment by the trainer. Ultrasound studies, X-rays, MRIs and PET Scans follow, often on an all too frequent basis and clearly without any significant clinical benefit. Therapy almost invariably consists of a combination of treatments designed to alleviate the symptoms. These include exercise, interferential current, ultrasound, massage and the inevitable application of ice.

Essentially, ice is a counter-irritant and is not beneficial with regard to cellular function or structure. It should be noted that these therapies modulate symptoms in contradistinction to Laser Therapy which is designed to heal tissue at the cellular level, thereby restoring normal cell structure and function. In essence, this technology cures the existing pathology and thereby achieves the desired result.

Generally, conventional therapies relieve symptoms temporarily and as the inflammation subsides, the pitcher resumes throwing. In my experience, rest, gentle stretching and the application of some heat accomplishes the same objective, probably more rapidly. Subsequent to the institution of modulation therapies, pitchers undergo a course of rehabilitation, primarily based on exercise, which may be counter-productive with regard to the healing process.

The institution of surgery following unsuccessful rehabilitation almost invariably results in permanent failure. For surgical repair to be successful, at least from a theoretical perspective, complete immobilization of the shoulder for six weeks or more would be required. This measure is seldom observed, therefore the repair is subject to technical breakdown.

We feel a more rational and elegant therapy would be to adopt the following strategy:

  • Rest (during early phase of injury)
  • Shoulder anatomy highlighting the nerves and muscles of the shoulder joint
  • The administration of Laser Therapy daily
  • Massage as indicated
  • The initiation of gentle stretching 1-2 weeks post injury

The incorporation of this relatively simple approach to all shoulder injuries sustained by baseball pitchers would lead to a cure in over 90% of all cases; a player’s career would therefore be extended. For example Duane Ward and a host of other pitchers that have labored for the Toronto Blue Jays and other baseball organizations in the past, are prime examples of the results produced utilizing the surgical approach for shoulder injuries. All too frequently, subsequent to surgery, pitchers will seldom throw the ball again – certainly not at the professional level.

Combining the healing potential of laser, nature (i.e. time) and other conservative measures, over 90% of all pitchers post injury could be returned to normal functional levels, if this strategy were to be followed.

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From: http://www.bioflexlaser.com/sports_injuries/

Do You Have Toxic Foods in Your Kitchen?

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Toxic Foods Right at Home

We came across this fascinating article regarding some of the toxic foods that are found right in our kitchen!  Everyday items that can really make us ill if used inappropriately.    The website ca.shine.yahoo.com shares 9 toxic foods that we have in our kitchen.

We were startled by the list and thought many of our readers and followers would be too!

Take a look through your kitchen as you read through the list.  The article offers some good tips on making your kitchen a safer and healthier place.Quinoa

63% of Americans are Actively Avoiding Soda in their Diets! What about you?

971009_65283515The trend of away from soda is taking hold in the United States.  According to an article from www.mercola.com 63% of Americans are taking this substance out of their diets.  Soda consumption, according to Dr. Mercola, has been at its lowest level in decades!
Hopefully you are taking soda out of your diet as well.  If you are not convinced, this article also highlights the effects of soda on the brain:

Your Brain on Soda

When you drink soda, numerous changes happen in your body, including in your brain. A new animal study, presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, found that sugary beverages may be particularly damaging to the brains of adolescents, one of the key age groups soda companies are trying to “court.”  Both adult and adolescent rats were fed sugary beverages for one month. They then were tested for cognitive function and memory.  While the adult rats did okay, the adolescent rats fed sugary drinks had both impaired memory and trouble learning.6 Next, the researchers plan to study whether soda leads to inflammation in the brain’s hippocampus, which is crucial for memory and learning.

Dr. Mercola goes on further:

What Happens When You Drink Soda?

Soda is on my list of the absolute worst foods and drinks you can consume. Once ingested, your pancreas rapidly begins to create insulin in response to the sugar. A 20-ounce bottle of cola contains the equivalent of 16 teaspoons of sugar in the form of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). In addition to contributing to insulin resistance, the rise in blood sugar is quite rapid. Here’s a play-by-play of what happens in your body upon drinking a can of soda:

  • Within 20 minutes, your blood sugar spikes, and your liver responds to the resulting insulin burst by turning massive amounts of sugar into fat.
  • Within 40 minutes, caffeine absorption is complete; your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, and your liver dumps more sugar into your bloodstream.
  • Around 45 minutes, your body increases dopamine production, which stimulates the pleasure centers of your brain – a physically identical response to that of heroin, by the way.
  • After 60 minutes, you’ll start to have a blood sugar crash, and you may be tempted to reach for another sweet snack or beverage.

As I’ve discussed on numerous occasions, chronically elevated insulin levels (which you would definitely have if you regularly drink soda) and the subsequent insulin resistance is a foundational factor of most chronic disease, from diabetes to cancer. Today, while many Americans are cutting back on sugary drinks, soda remains a dietary mainstay for many. Along with energy drinks and sports drinks, soda is among the top 10 sources of calories in the US diet (number four on the list, to be exact),10 and, in 2012, Gallup found that 48 percent of Americans said they drink at least one glass of soda a day,11 with proven detrimental impacts to their health.

 

So if you haven’t given soda up yet…the time is now!

For a Dr. Mercola’s complete article go here

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Juicing the Healthy Way

images tWhile juicing is a healthy option for many people, it is very important to understand why and how to include fibre in your juicing.  We have come across this great article written by Jill Buchner, which provides guidelines for safe juicing.
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Juicing is the latest health craze, but it can actually be very unhealthy. Eden Elizabeth, the nutritionist behind Vancouver’s Juice Truck, shares what ingredients you need in a healthy juice diet.
The juice craze has taken the health community by storm. Advocates tout juicing as an ideal way to lose weight and get a huge dose of nutrients. But not all juicing is healthy: Subsisting solely on a sugary liquid diet without fibre can be dangerous. Eden Elizabeth, founder of nutrition company Feed Life and the registered holistic nutritionist behind Vancouver mobile company The Juice Truck, shares tips for fueling your busy life.

5 rules for healthy juicing:

1. Go easy on fruit
You might think adding loads of fruit makes for a healthful juice, but when fruits are stripped of fibre, their natural sugars become concentrated, making blood sugar skyrocket. Focus on green veggies, and use fruits and root vegetables sparingly.

2. Rotate your greens
Small amounts of toxins unique to each green vegetable are perfectly safe for eating, but can be harmful in extremely high doses, says Elizabeth. Since you ingest more of these compounds when the greens are concentrated in a juice, it’s best to alternate veggies. Plus, variety helps you get a broad spectrum of nutrients.

3. Go organic
Juices call for large quantities of produce, so it’s more important to buy organic when juicing to avoid all the extra pesticides.

4. Don’t discard the fibre
Most people throw out the fibre that gets caught in the filter when juicing, but that’s healthy stuff! Add it back into your diet when making veggie burgers or broth.

5. Keep the skin on
The skin is often the most nutritious part of fruits and veggies (as long as they’re organic), so even if you don’t normally eat the skin, juice it!

Your power-up potion
Put a little pep in your step before or after a workout with this energy-boosting juice:

Cucumber: Cucumber’s hydrating properties help keep your energy levels high. “A lot of people find that they’re tired due to dehydration,” says Elizabeth.

Celery: Natural electrolytes (compounds, like sodium and potassium, that your body loses through sweat) found in celery work with the cucumber to improve hydration.

Coconut water: This drink’s balance of electrolytes is similar to your blood plasma, so it’s a perfect hydrator.

Kale: One of the most nutrient-dense plants, kale helps your bodily systems work efficiently. “Our body functions best when we’re supplying it with nutrients,” says Elizabeth.

Green apple: A sweet apple will make this juice a little tastier, while its natural sugars offer an energy boost.

The stomach-soothing sipper
Having tummy troubles? Drink this mixture before or after a meal to aid digestion:

Cucumber: Elizabeth likes to start with cucumber to keep her digestive processes running smoothly.

Celery: This veggie protects against inflammation in the digestive tract and has the potential to help regulate stomach secretions. Celery can help manage conditions such as heartburn, in which stomach acids rise up to the esophagus.

Ginger: This tummy-taming spice helps eliminate intestinal gas and relax the intestines—ideal for people with IBS who may experience muscle spasms in the digestive tract. When you first try this juice, use only a bit of ginger, then slowly add more over time.

Cabbage: Healthy bacteria naturally found on cabbage leaves help propagate good intestinal bacteria. Alternate between green and red cabbage to vary your nutrient intake.

Pear: This delicious fruit contains a kind of pectin with soluble fibre that can bind to and remove waste, aiding digestion.

Chia seeds: A tablespoon of chia seeds adds more fibre. “It basically cleans the gunk off your intestinal lining,” explains Elizabeth.

What’s so great about cold-pressed juice?
Pros love cold-press juicing, whereby fruits and veggies are crushed or ground, then pressed. This process introduces less heat and air than centrifugal juicing, which cuts the produce, leaving all kinds of surface area vulnerable to oxidization.

Elizabeth says cold-pressed juices can be made in advance because the nutrients last longer. (The best juicers, she says, make juices that can last for about three days, but expect to pay about $3,000 for these models.) If you don’t want to buy a cold-press machine, buy juices that have been cold-pressed.

(article by By Jill Buchner)

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Lower Your Blood Pressure the Natural Way – Blueberries

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New research published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics showed just how powerful a strategy this can be, using a food that many people love to eat – blueberries.

Dr. Joseph Mercola outlines the benefits of eating these delicious little fruits in his recent article: “Daily Dose of Blueberries”  He goes on to explain that like blueberries are among the healthiest fruits you can eat, assuming you don’t overdo it. They’re relatively low in sugar while being high in fiber and heart-healthy antioxidants. Past research has shown that women who ate more than three servings per week of blueberries (and strawberries) had a 32 percent lower risk of having a heart attack.  Eating whole fruit can be beneficial to your health, says Mercola, “but it’s important to remember to eat fruit in moderation, especially if you have high blood pressure, because of its sugar content.”

For his complete article, CLICK HERE 

 

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