60 Ways to Pay It Forward in 60 Seconds or Less

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Give without Expecting Anything in Return.

It’s Good for the Soul!

Say “Good Morning!” Leave a thank you note for your mailman.  End your email with a compliment. Start a piggy bank for a good cause. Share your blessings.  Have gratitude.  Give a helpful hand when you see someone carrying a lot of stuff.  Give up your seat to someone.  Be patient. Put down your phone and be present. Send a friend an old picture of the two of you together with a kind word. [Click to Tweet]  Leave a surprise so someone knows that you are thinking of them.  Call someone you love.  Add a note to their lunch box.  Tell them you love them with a lipstick note on the bathroom mirror.  Pick up trash you find along the way.  Donate blood.  Help someone loading groceries into their car.  Let a car pass in front of you and give a thumbs up. Write an “I’m thinking of you” note.  Tell someone that you appreciate them.  Pack their favorite snack.  Let someone know that they made a difference in your life.  Smile at everyone you cross paths with.  Let them sleep in.  Surprise your loved ones with their favorite hot breakfast drink.  Leave a nice comment on Facebook.  Hold the door open.  Send a thank you note through the mail.  Listen with your heart.    Pray for someone in need. Give a compliment to a stranger.  Compliment someone who deserves it.  Send a card to someone in the military overseas. Pass along a great book that you just finished reading.  Help a loved one with their least favorite chore. Donate old clothes to someone in need. Call an elderly relative.  Spread good news.  Agree to disagree. Give words of encouragement. Give a random hug. Leave an encouraging post-it note for a coworker.    Brush the snow off of someone’s car. Encourage a child to pay it forward in their own way. Visit a sick friend or loved one.  Plant a tree. Forgive mistakes. Celebrate something new every day. Bring hot chocolate to a friend who could use a pick me up. Leave a nice blog comment. Give the gift of music.  Be cheerful.  Draw someone a picture.  Feed the birds. Say “God bless you” when someone sneezes.  Give a wink. Be a positive person to be around. Let someone go ahead of you in line or simply ask them about the weather.

The entire chemistry of our body changes when we shift our thoughts, actions and words to ones of gratitude. [Click to Tweet] Gratitude for this life we are given. Small random acts of kindness is a great way to show your gratitude and to be thankful for all the good in our world. You never know how quickly you could change a moment by simply being kind.  I urge you to give intentionally to the moments in your life. I guarantee it to cause a positive chain reaction! So pay it forward, it’s good for the soul!

In keeping with my mantra, to live an intentional life, I choose to pay it forward!  I choose to be good to my soul!

How will you choose to pay it forward?

Joy Vale
February 28, 2016

www.balancingyourchemistry.com

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

“Get Involved — Pay It Forward Day.” Get Involved — Pay It Forward Day. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2016.

3 Questions To Ask Your Prescribing Doctor

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Be Armed With the Knowledge to Make A Good Decision About the Prescribed Medication That You Take.

Interesting Facts About Prescribed Drugs:
  • Number of drugs ordered or provided: 2.6 billion
  • Percent of visits involving drug therapy: 75.1%
  • Most frequently prescribed therapeutic classes:
    • Analgesics
    • Antihyperlipidemic agents
    • Antidepressants [2]

“You will be needing to pick up the following prescriptions from the nearest pharmacy,” says the nurse or doctor.  “Take 6 of each pill and you will be as good as new,” they say.  Even the names of the medicines’ are enough to frighten the toughest person.  These medical directions are becoming more frequent and patients feel obliged to follow these suggestions.  This gives the pharmaceutical industry power like no other. Analgesics are for pain, antihyperlipidemics are for lowering bad cholesterol levels or increasing the good cholesterol levels.

There is a place for prescribed medication.  It can deliver comfort from a variety of symptoms, but medication also carries a bit of health uncertainty.  For example, did you know that the many of the medications are tested on men only?  Women, who take the most prescribed medicine, are at a higher risk for complications.  There are lots of questions you should ask yourself and your doctor about the need for prescribed medication, whether it will actually fix the cause of your health condition and long-term consequences of taking it.  These types of questions are best asked when developing a healthcare plan with your doctor.  Ask these 2 questions every time medication is prescribed for you:

  1.  What is the NNT for This Drug?

    NNT stands for the “Number Needed to Treat.”  Ask your doctor for the number specific to the medication he/she is ordering for you.  The NNT is a piece of data that doctors and pharmaceutical companies don’t like to discuss.  It records the number of people who need to take a certain drug in order for one of them to be helped by it. Consider the example of a statin drug, a class of drug routinely prescribed to lower patients’ cholesterol levels.  The NNT for the most-widely prescribed statin is a jaw dropping 250. That means for every 250 people taking this statin, it helps only one person. [2]

2.  What Are the Side Effects and What Percentage of People are Affected by Them?

Before agreeing to a new prescription, a patient should ask the doctor the percentage of people who suffer from side effects.  To stick with the example of a statin drug, the side effects are pretty serious (severe muscle damage). Each individual patient is 12.5 times more likely to be harmed than he/she is to be aided by the drug.  16% of all hospital admissions are related to adverse reactions to prescription drugs and this is 4th leading cause of death for Americans. The death rate for prescription drugs is 10 times higher than the number of people killed by illegal drugs! [2]

3.  Are You or Your Office Receiving Financial Incentives From the Pharmaceutical Company that Makes This Drug?

“The National Physicians Alliance said that 83 percent of doctors report having accepted food and/or gifts from drug companies. One study showed that the United States has about 100,000 drug representatives, which means about one for every eight doctors—and the average marketing spent on each doctor is more than $12,000. . . . When a drug company pays a doctor to act as a spokesperson for its drugs, that doctor will often feel obligated to that company. It will cause him to make recommendations based on the wishes of the drug company and not his best judgement.” [2]

So, ask your doctor if he/she is receiving money, gifts, speaking fees or other benefits from the company that makes the drug? [Click to Tweet]  This could even include free lunch that pharmaceutical representatives often give for a doctor and his staff.  You may also ask if his or her opinion of the drug is influenced by doctors paid to speak for its manufacturer?

I have family members, friends and people I care about on these same medications and it is frightening. So we should ask ourselves – is this the only option?  What can I do to enhance my health without these chemically made potions? What are the side effects of changing my diet or exercising? What is my medication doing to fix my health problem or is it just temporarily helping with the symptoms?

Nikita Williams
February 24, 2016

www.balancingyourchemistry.com

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

[1] http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ahcd/namcs_summary/2010_namcs_web_tables.pdf

[2] Jacques, Jeremiah. “Before You Ingest Powerful Chemical Medications Ask These Questions.” n.d.: n. pag. Web.

3 Ways To Make Meditation Part of Your Morning Routine

Meditation   Meditation Can Actually Create More Time in Your Day 

Wouldn’t it be great if you could have just a few more hours in your day?  Time to spend with your family and friends?   Time to get to the gym (like you’ve been wanting to do for months)?  Time to do that remodeling project that’s been hanging over your head.  Time to read that book that’s been on your nightstand long enough to collect dust?  Or, just time to catch a few more zzzzz’s or watch the latest episode of House of Cards?  Can you really create time?

Recently, I attended a seminar hosted by Dr. Joe Dispenza, the author of Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, and several other books.  Friends who had read all of his books and been to his seminars recommended Dr. Dispenza.  Have you ever known someone who is so full of joy and positive energy that you want to just be in the same room with them in hopes of absorbing even a fraction of it?  My friends who recommended Dr. Dispenza are those kind of people. So, of course, I logged on to Amazon.com immediately, ordered Dr. Dispenza’s book and read it in 2 days.[1]   Dr. Dispenza’s story is remarkable but this is not an article about him or his book – just the power of what he (and others) teach.  Mindfulness and being present was not a foreign concept to me but the science behind meditation and quantum thinking as taught by Dr. Dispenza really appealed to my analytical mind.  It also fit well with what I know from a scientific standpoint from working in a doctor’s office.  I had meditated for about 2 months before attending the seminar and at the end of the seminar weekend, I knew I had found something that could change my life.

First, I’d like to clear up a few misconceptions about meditation – that it’s only done by artsy types whose wardrobe consists of lots of flowy clothing and who are flexible enough to sit Indian-style on the floor for hours.  People from every walk of life meditate.  From famous actors[2] to business executives like Oprah Winfrey, Rupert Murdoch (Chairman and CEO of Newscorp), and Bill Ford (Chairman of Ford Motor).[3]  Even “regular” people experience the benefits of meditation, like fireman, police officers and soccer moms.[4]  Recently, the benefits of and science behind meditation hit the news and social media when Dan Harris of ABC News made public how meditation changed his life. [5]  Moreover, you can meditate sitting upright in any type of clothing!  I admit though that my PJs are my favorite meditation “outfit.”  There are lots of other myths about meditation you can read about here.[6]

One of the biggest objections people have about starting a meditation routine is the same objection that pops up about lots of things that will improve our lives, like exercising, eating right, reading more, etc.  I don’t have time!  I get it and I’m guilty of making that exclamation about meditation and lots of other things.  But what I found out is that meditation creates more time than it takes.   How?

  • Meditation reduces pain, accelerates cognition, and sharpens your concentration.[7] (Click to Tweet) How much more time would you have if you had improved productivity because you had less pain, understood more and were super focused and able to concentrate? Meditation actually changes your brain structure!  In fact, every time you redirect your thoughts from where they may have strayed back to the where they should be (your breath or wherever a directed meditation might suggest), you are improving your brain’s plasticity.[8]
  • Meditation reduces stress. (Click to Tweet)  How much more time would you have with a sufficient reduction in stress levels to make every minute more efficient?[9]
  • Meditation enhances your creativity.[10]  Click to Tweet) How much more time would you have if you could quickly and creatively solve life’s little (or big) problems?Meditation increases energy. How much time would you have if you could buzz between tasks with limitless energy?

It makes sense, then, that if you meditate in the morning, you can draw on all of that “power” throughout the day!  So, how do you fit this into your routine?

  1. It’s been established that you now have more time because you are more efficient, productive and energetic. Voila!
  1. Buy yourself a good set of headphones, find a good guided meditation[11] and start with 15 minutes before anyone gets up. It’s your “you” time.  Believe me, your family will be more than happy to leave you alone when they meet the new focused, energetic and joyful you!  As Dr. Joe Dispenza says in his book, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, “if you want to make changes you need to change what you are doing.” (Click to Tweet)

3. Prepare your mediation site the night before. Put your headphones and media player by your favorite chair. Wear your pajamas, don’t brush your teeth or wash your face. Just get up, make your way to your chair, put in the headphones, press play and get ready for an awesome start to your day.

I hope this article will help you to understand the benefits of meditation and how to fit it into your morning schedule.  I will be attending Dr. Dispenza’s Advanced Seminar in the end of this month. I am so excited to see how I can take my meditation to the next level and create the life I want.   I’ll be back to share what I learned.

So, besides meditating, what are you going to do with all the time you have created?

Caroline Boardman
February 22, 2016

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians
www.balancingyourchemistry.com

[1] The book also has some exercises that take about 4 weeks to do.  I highly recommend doing them exactly as suggested.
[2] http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-meditate/celebrity-lists?format=SLIDESHOW&page=3
[3] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/05/business-meditation-executives-meditate_n_3528731.html
[4] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sharon-salzberg/meditation-practice-paradigm-shift_b_820138.html
[5] http://abcnews.go.com/WNN/video/dan-harris-meditation-path-happiness-22871879
[6] http://www.chopra.com/ccl/7-myths-of-meditation
[7] http://www.spring.org.uk/2013/11/10-remarkable-ways-meditation-helps-your-mind.php
[8] http://meditation-research.org.uk/2014/03/meditation-and-neuroplasticity-five-key-articles/
[9] http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/jobcenter/workplace/bruzzese/story/2012-07-08/meditation-helps-your-work/56071024/1
[10] http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/how-meditation-can-help-improve-your-productivity.html
[11] http://www.the-guided-meditation-site.com or http://www.topguidedmeditations.com or www.drjoedispenza.com

The Most Powerful Tool In Your Personal Toolbox

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Retrain Your Brain

Smile Your Way to A Better Life

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

We all have fondness for the grump: Grumpy Cat, Oscar the Grouch, Archie Bunker, Fred Sanford, Aunt [fill in the name of your family member]  and, of course, Scrooge.  They make us laugh (most of the time).  But, how effective are they in life?  Do you respond better to a smile or a frown?  Does your project or chore flow better when you are grumbling or smiling? This article is not intended to instruct you on how to live your life like Pollyanna.  There is real and scientific power in a smile. [Click to Tweet]

When you experience a positive situation, “neuronal signals travel from the cortex of your brain to the brainstem (the oldest part of our brains). From there, the cranial muscle carries the signal further towards the smiling muscles in your face.  Once the smiling muscles in our face contract, there is a positive feedback loop that now goes back to the brain and reinforces our feeling of joy.”[1]  In fact, “[s]miling stimulates our brain’s reward mechanisms in a way that even chocolate, a well-regarded pleasure-inducer, cannot match.” [1]  Smiling actually produces the same type of happiness as when you exercise “in terms of how our brain responds.” [1] Smiling creates a happy cycle:  when your brain feels good, you smile and when you smile, your brain feels good. [Click to Tweet]

Also, did you know that your brain keeps score?   “It knows how often you’ve smiled and which overall emotional state you are in therefore.” [1]

“Smiling reduces stress that your body and mind feel, almost similar to getting good sleep, according to recent studies. And smiling helps to generate more positive emotions within you. That’s why we often feel happier around children – they smile more. On average, they do so 400 times a day. Whilst happy people still smile 40-50 times a day, the average of us only does so 20 times.” [1]

At University of California – Berkeley, a 30-year longitudinal study  analyzed “the smiles of students in an old yearbook, and measured their well-being and success throughout their lives. By measuring the smiles in the photographs the researchers were able to predict: how fulfilling and long lasting their marriages would be, how highly they would score on standardized tests of well-being and general happiness, and how inspiring they would be to others. The widest smilers consistently ranked highest in all of the above.” [2]  Why is this important?  Smiling reduces stress-induced hormones that negatively affect your physical and mental health.

Have you ever noticed that people smile more often when they are around children? “Two studies from 2002 and 2011 at Uppsala University in Sweden confirmed that other people’s smiles actually suppress the control we usually have over our facial muscles, compelling us to smile. They also showed that it’s very difficult to frown when looking at someone who smiles.” [2]  In other words, smiling is contagious!

Did you know that you are “actually better looking when you smile[?] When you smile, people treat you differently. You’re viewed as attractive, reliable, relaxed and sincere. A study published in the journal Neuropsychologia reported that seeing an attractive smiling face activates your orbitofrontal cortex, the region in your brain that process sensory rewards. This suggests that when you view a person smiling, you actually feel rewarded.”[3]

To sum it all up:

  • When you smile, you look good and feel good.
  • When others see you smile, they smile too.
  • When others smile, they look good and feel good, too

So, how do you perfect the art of smiling? Practice!  It sound silly, but practice your smile in front of the mirror.   Developing a better smile starts with being very comfortable to smile a lot. [Click to Tweet]

Mother Teresa Smile
“We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.” – Mother Teresa

“So now, whenever you want to look great and competent, improve your marriage, or reduce your stress…or whenever you want to feel as good as when you’ve enjoyed a stack of high quality chocolate without incurring the caloric cost, or as if you randomly found 25 grand in the pocket of a jacket you hadn’t worn for ages…or when you want to tap into a superpower and help yourself and others live longer, healthier happier lives…SMILE :-)” [2]

I would love to hear your stories on the power of your smile.  Please comment below and share your happiness.

Caroline Boardman
February 17, 2016

www.balancingyourchemistry.com

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

[1] https://blog.bufferapp.com/the-science-of-smiling-a-guide-to-humans-most-powerful-gesture
[2] http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericsavitz/2011/03/22/the-untapped-power-of-smiling/#d7a171020d8b
[3] https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/cutting-edge-leadership/201206/there-s-magic-in-your-smile

3 Ways to Effectively Communicate With Your Doctor

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How to Talk to Your Doc

Sometimes, going to the doctor is a stressful experience.  What will he/she find?  What will he/she tell me to do?  Will I need to take medication or have a procedure?  What if he/she cannot find anything wrong?  Will the doctor listen to me and really try to figure out what is wrong?

Doctors are busy.  The traditional medical office might allow for 5 minutes with the doctor. Even if you are fortunate enough to see a doctor who spends at least 20 minutes with you on each visit, like we do in our office, here are some tips to make your visit is as productive as possible.

1. Be Prepared (but not over-prepared).

If this is the first time you are seeing the doctor, you filled out paperwork either immediately before or in the weeks before your visit.  Depending on the doctor, he or she may not have reviewed that paperwork before coming into the examining room. So, be prepared to answer the question, “So, what brings you here today?” in a few short sentences.  [Click to Tweet] Prior to your visit, jot down the most important things you want the doctor to know, not every symptom you’ve ever had, or your entire health history.  If you need to, you can bring your little checklist with you.  This will serve 2 purposes:  (1) give the doctor the critical information needed to diagnose and treat you; and (2) force you to really narrow down and focus on what is really bothering you.

If you see this doctor regularly, you should also prepare for your visit by jotting down specific questions, improvements, and issues that have arisen since your last visit.  You can assume that the doctor is familiar with your history at this point so there is no need to go back over any of those items unless it specifically relates to a question or issue that has come up since your last visit.

Whether this is the first visit with the doctor or one of many visits, there is such a thing as being “over-prepared.”  Information is at our fingertips thanks to the internet.  We Google everything.  35% of people say that they have gone on-line to figure out what medical condition they (or someone else) may have.[1]  But, only 41% of people say that a medical professional has confirmed that diagnosis. [1]. [Click to Tweet] So, what this means is that you may work yourself up for absolutely no reason when you try to self-diagnose on the internet.  According to  Dr. Aditi Nerurkar, many of her patients “come in after sleepless nights spent worrying about dangerous diseases they’ve learned about through web searches. ‘While I love their sense of curiosity and ownership of their health,’ she says, ‘their online searches can (and often do) go awry.'”[2]  Go ahead and do some internet research but remember when doing it to consider the source and understand that you are not a medical professional. By all means, mention your research to your doctor (briefly) but then allow the doctor to do his or her work.

2.  Bring a Current List of Medications and Vitamins

If it has been awhile since you have seen your doctor, you must give the office a current list of all medications, vitamins and over-the-counter medication you are taking.  If you have not put together a list before you go to your appointment, you cannot accurately communicate this information to your doctor either on a form or during your office visit.  This will make it hard for your doctor to discuss a treatment plan with you during your visit.  This means you cannot ask questions about that treatment plan with the doctor sitting right in front of you.  For example, if you are visiting an oral surgeon to discuss possible dental surgery in 2 weeks, your doctor will need to know what supplements/medications you are taking right now so he or she can tell you what changes you need to make before surgery. You may have questions about those changes.

3.  Be Courteous But Firm.

We have all been to a doctor at some point who breezed in and out so fast that there was absolutely no time to ask any questions even if properly ready.  There are times when this is necessary due to a medical emergency with another patient.  Otherwise, you should ask when scheduling your appointment how long you will have with the doctor that day and politely insist that you get that time.  Plan your questions (see #1 above) so that they fit within that time-frame.  You can start your appointment by telling the doctor that his or staff told you that you had 10 minutes with the doctor and that you are considerate of his or her time  and schedule and that you prepared for your visit to make sure everything is addressed within that time-frame.  Remember, too, that the doctor will have certain things that he or she has to do that will take time so it might be wise to time your questions for about 1/2 of the allotted appointment time.

You should also remember that the doctor does have other patients on his schedule.  Once you have reached the end of your allotted time, you should respect the doctor and his other patients and be ready to end the appointment quickly.  If you have other questions that have not been answered, ask the doctor if you can discuss those with his staff or give them a written list of questions that the doctor or staff can answer by phone at a later time.  If you have followed the steps outlined above though, your visit should have been productive and efficient for both you and your doctor.

We would love to hear about one of your doctor visits that was either productive or that left you feeling uncertain or confused.  Maybe we can figure out a solution.

Caroline Boardman
February 11, 2016

www.balancingyourchemistry.com

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

[1] http://www.pewinternet.org/files/old-media/Files/Reports/PIP_HealthOnline.pdf
[2] http://mashable.com/2012/06/15/online-medical-searches/#2XjEdh8ikZqH

 

Finding Your Peace of Mind: Guided Imagery in 3 Parts

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Uncover Guided Imagery

There are a lot of people in the world that are constantly on the go, never allowing their bodies and minds to rest. Rest is very important for both our physical and psychological state. Guided imagery can help give your body the peace of mind it craves and deserves!  Regular practice of guided imagery also improves the effectiveness of treatments like neurofeedback.

I love the idea of meditation, but like many others I find myself lacking the time and discipline to meditate daily. I have always been attracted to guide imagery because you are in control of the experience and can visualize anything you want. After talking to a lot of patients, friends, and family it seems like the most common theme people like to visualize is a beach setting. For me my peaceful place is a brisk snowy night! There is no limit to what you can visualize. The best thing to do is let yourself get into a relaxed state and starting focusing on positive thoughts. Those positive thoughts will eventually lead you to a positive experience. Some people like to think about their children, watching them play or holding them as a baby. Others examples could be playing with pets, reliving a memorable moment from the past, imagining a successful achievement that you’ve been working towards, white blood cells cleansing your body of disease, etc. In this blog I have outlined some of the basics about guided imagery. I could talk about it all day, if you have any more questions please leave a comment and I would be happy to help.

What is Guided Imagery?

Most people think that guided imagery only involves your visual senses. This is not true, guided imagery techniques actually involve all 5 of the senses.[1]. [Click to Tweet] This fact is important to know because only around 55% of the population is strongly wired visually. Do not be discouraged from guided imagery even if you are not a very visual person.  When you are practicing, you involve your whole body and work with all of your senses to achieve the most powerful experience.

Guided imagery is one of the easiest form of relaxation in which you can take part. Although it is a form of meditation, guided imagery is easier for most to use than deep, mindfulness meditation. Guided imagery requires far less time and discipline but still allows participants to develop a high level of skill.

The 3 Key Components of Guided Imagery

The three most important parts of guided imagery are mind-body connection, altered state, and locus of control, [Click to Tweet] according to author Naparstek who wrote Staying Well with Guided Imagery and Invisible Heroes.[1]

  1. The Mind-Body Connection:

    One of the most important factors is a person’s mind-body connection. For example, whether you see food, reads about food, hear or smell food cooking, your mind has the same response. Your mind thinks food! You may even salivate from the thought of food. When you involve any of you senses, you trigger a mental response. The purpose of guided imagery is to use this mind-body connection to develop a positive and empowering experience.

  2. Altered State:

The second part of guided imagery is developing an altered state. The best way to describe a successful altered state would be a relaxed focus with a kind of calm but energized alertness.[1] Attention becomes concentrated on one thing or at least on something very narrowed down. It will cause a heightened sensitivity to the object of focus, and a decreased awareness of everything else that is going on in the external environment. It is in the altered state that we are capable of more rapid and intense healing, growth, learning and performance.[1] In an altered state we are even more intuitive and creative. Our brain wave activity and our biochemistry actually also shift when we are in this state.

3.  Locus of Control:

The third piece to guided imagery is locus of control, or the state of feeling in control. Now, this may seem like the simplest task to some but others may find this very hard to do. The bottom line is there has been years of research that shows a direct connection with feeling in control to gaining higher optimism, self-esteem, and ability to tolerate pain, ambiguity and stress.[1] On the other hand, feeling out of control or helpless will actually lower self-esteem, omit the ability to cope and lose optimism about the future.[1] If you find it hard to convince yourself that you are in fact in control of a situation, instead of stating you are in control ask yourself this simple question: “Why do I have such strong control over this situation?”

Guided Imagry Picture 2 More Interesting Facts About Guided Imagery
  • Because of the brain structures involved it often heightens emotion, laughter, sensitivity to music, openness to spirituality, intuition, abstract thinking and empathy.[1]
  • Women and children tend to have a natural advantage with achieving guided imagery
  • It can considerably reduce blood loss during surgery and reduce the need for morphine use post-surgery.[2]
  • Decreases headaches and pain.
  • It can increase skills such at skiing, skating, tennis, writing, acting and singing.[2]
  • It accelerates weight loss or aid in quitting smoking. [Click to Tweet]
  • It has been proven to reduce the adverse effects of chemotherapy, especially nausea, depression and fatigue.[2]
  • There are no known risks.[3]
  • Relieve stress, anxiety, depression by 65%.[3]
  • Insomnia relief, improve sleep 85%.[3]

Take some time to study and apply guided imagery in your life, let us know what powerful ways it has affected your life!

Missty Klinger
February 7, 2016

www.balancingyourchemistry.com

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

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  1. Health Journeys. (2015). Staying Well with Guided Imagery. http://www.healthjourneys.com/WhatIsGuidedImagery
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3 Ways to Get the Most From Your Vitamins and Supplements

Untitled design (32)What Vitamins Should You Absolutely Be Taking?

Almost everyone takes a vitamin or supplement.  In the U.S., we spend nearly 1.5 billion dollars each year on supplements and vitamins. [1]  Nearly half of all Americans take at least 1 vitamin or supplement.  How do you now if it is the right vitamin for you?  How do you know if the level of the active ingredient in the vitamin you buy is enough or too much?  How do you know if the vitamin quality is worth what you are paying for it?  How do you know if the supplement is really helping you?

If you do a Google search for vitamins or supplements, you will see millions of results.  Many articles state that vitamins are a waste of money.  Some articles say that if you do not take a vitamin, you cannot be healthy – scaring you into thinking you need to rush right out to buy a vitamin.  And, of course, there are thousands of vitamin companies that want to sell you the latest and greatest vitamin that will make you live a very long and healthy life, lose weight, improve your energy level, improve your sex life, balance your hormones, etc.  Recently, Dr. Oz was criticized for “peddling” various products on his television show.

In our office we practice functional medicine.  Click here to learn about functional medicine. We balance a patient’s chemistry using, vitamins, supplements, creams, gels, and dietary and lifestyle recommendations.  It is clear then that we believe vitamins and supplements can be a good thing.  However, we do not believe that every person needs to take lots of vitamins for the rest of their life for good health.  In fact, too much is just as bad as none at all.  So, how do you know what vitamins to take?

  1.   Get Tested.

    Dr. Oz was accused of endorsing “quack remedies” on his show.  Dr. Ungar has had lunch with Dr. Oz and appreciates how he has brought alternative and natural health to the mainstream. Generally, the products he discusses on his show are not generally bad. However, what Dr. Oz (and people who “sell” vitamins) do is recommend a particular vitamin or supplement for everyone regardless of that person’s specific case history and body chemistry.  Some of the supplements recommended by these sellers will work for some people.  But are you part of the “some?”  The only way to find out is to see a doctor who will do thorough testing of all of your body’s systems – hormone levels, adrenal function, thyroid function, GI function.   Vitamins, supplements, dietary changes should then be used to bring your body back into balance and full function based on the results of that testing. [Click to Tweet]

  2. Buy Quality Supplements.

    Do you need to spend more to get good quality vitamins?  Yes and no.  The best answer is to buy vitamins that have research to back up their efficacy and that a doctor who knows exactly what you need recommends.   [Click to Tweet]  This is not to say that you should only buy vitamins from a doctor’s office (although this is usually the safest bet). You can buy vitamins on-line or from your local vitamin store but before you do, have the testing done and ask your doctor if these over-the-counter vitamins are right for you and if the amount of active ingredient is enough or too much to help you meet your health goal. You will also need to watch the filler included in drugstore vitamins.  You could be sensitive to that filler, which could negate the vitamin’s benefits.

  3. Get Retested and Make Adjustments.

    After your first testing, you doctor may recommend supplements to bring your body back into balance.  Balancing the body’s chemistry is a process.  You don’t achieve good health simply by taking some vitamins for a few weeks.  In order to see how you are progressing and to decide whether to continue, stop or adjust levels of your supplements, retesting is necessary.   Be wary of any practitioner or vitamin seller who suggests that you should just take a supplement forever without a personalized clinical basis for that recommendation.   Your goal (and your doctor’s goal) is to bring your body back into balance and then only take supplements needed to keep it that way. [Click to Tweet] In many cases, that might be nothing!

Some vitamins and supplements are necessary for some people based on their specific body needs.  Criticism of vitamins and supplements is warranted when this rule is not applied like above.   Applying this rule, the results speak for themselves in black and white (test results) and in the lives are patients live.  We see people meet their health goals in our office every day.  Click here if you would like to hear from a few of them.

Do you take vitamins or supplements?  Do you know if they are helping you?

Caroline Boardman
February 3, 2016

www.balancingyourchemistry.com

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

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[1] https://www.exercise.com/faq/how-much-does-the-average-american-spend-on-supplements