20 Ideas For The Best Fall Ever!

Fall Family Fun

Everyone knows that I am a summer lover.  I love the sunshine and the heat.  I love beaches and swimming and wearing flip-flops.  But, autumn is in the air.  The leaves are changing colors, the days are getting shorter and the air is getting cooler.  Snow will be here before we know it.

When the weather gets colder, we find ourselves in the house much more.  We sit and watch TV.  We snuggle on the couch.  We don’t go outside and exercise.  We get a little lazy and a little depressed.  But I have decided that I am not going to let that happen this Fall.  I am going to enjoy the change of seasons.  So, I came up with some fun activities I am going to do.  Here are some of my ideas:

  1.  Put on a sweater and take a walk.  Just walk around your neighborhood.  You can look at the fall decorations your neighbors put out.  You can enjoy the cool, fresh air.  Breath in deeply to get the full effect.  

2.  Put out your own fall decorations.  Use the beautiful fall colors to accent your front yard and porch.  Or just put a fall wreath on your front door.

3.  Go apple picking.  Find a local orchard and pick a peck of fresh apples. When you come home you can make baked apple rings with cinnamon or applesauce or even a gluten-free apple pie.

4.  Go to the park and look at the beautiful leaves changing colors.  Gather up some leaves and take them home.  You can decorate your house with them.  Maybe you can even iron them between two pieces of waxed paper and hang them in your window, just like we did when we were kids.

5.  Go to the metro parks and take a hike.  You can get fresh air, exercise and enjoy the beautiful colors.  Don’t forget to listen to the sound of the leaves crunching under your feet. Maybe you should even pack a picnic lunch and have a fall picnic.  (When my kids were little we used to have snow picnics just so we could enjoy the outside.)

  6.  Go on a hayride.  Again, check the metro parks, they have hay rides often in the fall.

7.  Plant bulbs in your garden.  You get to enjoy the crisp fall air and sunshine and then in the spring you get to enjoy the beautiful flowers you’ve planted.

8.  Take your sweetie and get lost in a corn maze.  You get to enjoy the crisp air and the smell of the fresh earth.  Remember how much fun it was when you were young.

9.  Tailgate at your favorite team’s football game.  Even if it’s a high school team.  Take a portable grill and some folding chairs and grill up some delicious treats.  Don’t forget to keep the hot cocoa flowing (with almond milk, of course).  

10. Take a drive in the country.  You get to relax and enjoy the smooth roads and the beautiful fall foliage.  Open the windows in the car so you can smell the sweet, fresh air.

11. When you are outside raking leaves, jump in the pile.  Cover yourself up with the leaves and throw them around, just like when you were a kid.  Sure you have to rake them again but think of the extra exercise you are getting and the fun you got to have.

12. Make a pine cone bird feeder.  Be creative with it.  Hang them out in your yard.  All winter you will be able to enjoy watching the birds coming to eat in our yard.

13. Gather a bunch of pine cones, when you are on your hike in the park, and make a centerpiece for your dining table.  You can put them on a plate around a pillar candle.  Or you can put them in a clear glass bowl and add some of those beautiful, colorful leaves you picked up too.

14. Pick pumpkins at a pumpkin patch. Bring them home and carve them.  Then you get to roast the pumpkin seeds and have a great treat.  

15. Go on a graveyard tour.  Try to make sure it’s a haunted graveyard.  Even if you don’t believe in ghosts, you get to get outside and walk and enjoy being with people.  And who knows, if you’re not a believer, maybe your experience will change your mind.

16. Go to a haunted house.  It was fun when you were a kid. It’ll be just as much fun as an adult.

17. Throw a Halloween party.  My family does it on Halloween.  We all gather together and bring a potluck dinner, then let all the kids go trick or treating while we sit outside and pass out candy.  We usually pull a portable fire pit down the driveway so we can sit around it and be warm.

18. Have a bonfire.  Invite your family and friends.  Sit outside and relax by the warm fire enjoying the company of your loved ones.

19.  Have a pumpkin carving contest.  Invite your family and friends and get creative and spooky!

20. Have a potluck Thanksgiving dinner.  That way you get to enjoy your family and don’t have to do all the work.  I recommend cooking the turkey.  It’s the easiest to make and your house smells wonderful.  Plus you’ll get to show off your beautiful pine cone centerpiece that you made.

Be thankful for all you have.  Be thankful for your family and friends.  Be thankful for your health.  Remember to tell the important people in your life that you love them.  And most of all have a fun fall and be happy.

Barb Schrader
September 20, 2017

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, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. David Hardy, Dr. Joseph Little, Chiropractic Physicians

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Your Gut is Like a Smelly Drain? What Ordinary Things Can Tell You About Your Gut Health.

    

The gut is the most ignored system in healthcare! It is a source for all sorts of health ailments. For example depression, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, autoimmune disease, fatigue, and migraine, just to name a few. Your gut houses about 90 percent of your immune system so, of course, it’s the area that needs the most protection. Think about all those microorganisms that we consume with food. When things go bad with the gut, it doesn’t always translate into pain. Because our health care system focuses on symptoms, gut health is often ignored.  Even when the gut is a focus, your doctor is most likely going to give you something to mask the symptoms instead of fixing the cause of the gut dysfunction.   

Let’s use the analogy of the plumbing in your body being like the plumbing in your house. Just like the plumbing in your house, sometimes things do not flow right, rot or backing up. The same is true with your human plumbing.  Here are a few examples of  the traditional healthcare approach to gut dysfunction.

Bad breath:    

If you started to smell an unpleasant odor leaking up through your drain, you would want to know what’s causing it right?! You wouldn’t just put a bunch of scented odor fresheners in your kitchen or bath to cover things up, would you?  Well, how many people just grab a breath mint instead of asking themselves if they should avoid the food that is causing the issue. Maybe you are not digesting food properly?  Maybe you should drink more water? The odor is caused by bacteria in the mouth, but often it’s coming up from your gut.

Heart burn:

Heartburn gives us a burning feeling but it’s not caused by too much acid in our stomach. Instead, it is because of a lack of acid in our stomach. A lack of stomach acid will cause food to stay partially undigested so the muscle that helps keep food down does not get the message to close. This also causes the contents of your stomach to putrefy.

Coating on your tongue:

That white stuff on your tongue is also coming up from your gut! All those germs don’t just grow in your mouth; they grow all the way through your GI tract. You obviously can only see it when it comes up. So, despite what someone might have said to you, brushing your tongue is not going to help get rid of it. Otherwise, it would have disappeared after your brushing.

Taste that rotten food in your stomach:  

In some places, they have a sensor to detect when pipes are working.  Your stomach has sensors in it as well.  One of them is a taste receptor, like what is in your mouth. How do we know this? Scientists conducted a study after they heard reports from people who were being fed through a tube in their stomach that they could taste it. Just think – if your stomach is holding garbage and not digesting it properly, you’re tasting it all day long. YUCK!

Swollen tongue and digestive tract:

We can’t really compare swelling tissue to a metal pipe, but now that you have the concept of all this build up and junk rotting in your GI track, I’m sure you can picture what that is going to do to your tissues. Correct! They swell up and so does your tongue. If you are one of those people who always feel their teeth poking are rubbing against your tongue you might want to get your gut checked out.

If you are still reading after all this unpleasant information and would like to learn how to fix these problems instead of covering them up, find a good functional medicine doctor who can help you get to the cause of the problem(s).

Dr. David R.A. Hardy, DC, DACNB, FABBIR
September 13, 2017

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, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. David Hardy, Dr. Joseph Little, Chiropractic Physicians

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Concussions: A Mom’s Perspective

It’s official, the 2017 High School Football Season has begun!  Watching my Son play football under the Friday night lights is one of my favorite things to do this time of year. His commitment, his dedication, and his hard work are paying off. Involving our children in sports has always been a priority in our family.    The commitment provides an opportunity to gain greater self-awareness, develop better social skills and commit to a consistent exercise regimen. Becoming actively involved in a sport provides a wealth of health benefits.  Playing a sport can improve efficient functioning of the heart, improve blood circulation, lower hypertension, and lower stress levels. Being part of a team also teaches so many valuable life lessons such as commitment, comradery and mental and physical toughness.  We can do great things when we keep up our physical and mental well-being!

  Although I enjoy watching my son progress and excel at his favorite sport, the sport itself is downright dangerous.  I worry about the next practice, the next play, the next hit or even the after effects of it all.  Last season, I received the call that my son, during practice, took a very hard hit to the head.  It was the second week of football practice and already my son had been hit so hard that he suffered a loss of consciousness, confusion, blurred vision, and a constant headache that would not ease up.   Although there were very real signs and symptoms of a concussion in my son’s case, that may not always be the case.  Often times, the signs and symptoms are subtle and are not always apparent immediately.   Concussions can happen in an instant. Yet they can have a lasting impact on a young athlete.  It is Important to know the warning signs and follow through with a treatment plan to reduce long-term effects. Your brain can heal itself.  However, just because your athlete may feel better doesn’t mean that the brain is healed.  According to Dr. David Hardy, Chiropractic Neurologist at Functional Endocrinology of Ohio, the brain takes time to heal.  Often times the brain compensates during the process and if not properly diagnosed and treated may lead to a more severe concussion to follow often resulting in worse damage than the first.

Be aware of the signs:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness or confusion
  • Trouble thinking or remembering
  • Speech problems
  • Feeling sleepy or a change in sleep pattern
  • Loss of consciousness (This doesn’t always have to happen)

Know what to do:

  • Seek medical attention, get checked out to assess the extent of the concussion. Become as involved as possible in the care and management plan to help prevent or lessen the long-term effects or injury.
  • Rest
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Seek neuro-rehabilitation. A trained functional neurologist is the best.
  • Keep open communication with your player. Make sure they know how important it is to communicate all symptoms

We are very fortunate to play for a high school program that provides our players with state of the art equipment and a professionally trained staff.  At the start of the season, players were all given base line testing or a preseason physical of the brain which records the normal neurological state.  In Sam’s case, the high school athletic department, trainer and coaching staff followed the proper protocol.  I know that I can’t shelter or protect my son but I will make sure to be equipped to recognize the signs and symptoms and know what to do in the case of an unfortunate head trauma or even a hard hit.

The most important way to equip your player is to encourage that they do not hide their symptoms.  Make sure that they know to report their symptoms to the high school trainer, coaching staff and parents.  Make sure that your player is always wearing protective gear.  If signs or symptoms are present, get checked out.  Whenever there is doubt, encourage them to sit out.

I feel very fortunate to work for a team of doctors committed to overall health and well-being.  This year, Dr. David Hardy, DC, DACNB, FABBIR joined our team at Functional Endocrinology of Ohio with an extensive background in Functional Neurology.  As an athlete himself, who competed in competitive rugby, high school football, and basketball, as well as Ironman competitions, his passion is treating all brain-related conditions but especially TBIs and concussions.  Even though I will always worry about that next practice, next hit, next play or even the after effects of it all, my doctors have educated my son and me about the proper protocols.  Because of this knowledge and guidance, I will know what to look for and how to aid in the recovery process.

When it comes to concussions, be aware and use your head!

Joy Vale
Patient Care Coordinator
September 6, 2017

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, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. David Hardy, Dr. Joseph Little, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

 

What is Really Causing Your Balance Problems

Do you ever have difficulty walking or maintaining your balance? Are you afraid of falling if you don’t have something to hold onto? Have you noticed that your stance is wider than it was? If you close your eyes, are you unable to stand without swaying or falling?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, you have a balance issue which is a warning sign of compromised brain health.  Three main systems govern your balance: feedback from the muscles and joints of your extremities, your vestibular system (inner ear), and your cerebellar cortex. In this post, I will direct our focus to the cerebellum.

  Located at the base of the brain, this area is primarily responsible for precision, coordination and timing aspects of motor movements and cognitive processes. The health of the cerebellum is extremely important as it provides a constant flow of information to other areas of the brain, which is vital for proper brain function.

When cerebellar function begins to decline we see problems in our balance, changes in cognitive and motor performance, and disturbances in other body functions. This also disrupts the constant flow of information from this area to other brain regions. This can, in turn, cause problems in other areas of the brain leading to seemingly unrelated symptoms, including anxiety, fatigue, restless leg syndrome, movement disorders, depression, and many other conditions.

Therefore, changes in balance and coordination of movement are carefully evaluated by a healthcare professional. Recognizing these potential signs of poor brain function may help find and stop long-term neurodegenerative conditions down the road.

Dr. Joseph M. Little
August 30, 2017

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, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. David Hardy, Dr. Joseph Little, Chiropractic Physicians

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Feed Your Football Fans The Healthy Way – 6 Great Recipes!

I can hardly wait!  “The Ohio State Buckeyes“ kick off their season on August 31st.  It’s bad I know, but I’ve been doing a count down since it was 100 days out.   I’ve made the decision to eat healthily and offer healthy snack options during football season. I’ve been collecting recipes, and here are some of my favorites.

Avocado Hummus

Nutritional profileDairy Free, Egg Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Diabetic Appropriate, Gluten-Free,  Heart Healthy, High Fiber

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 ounces) Can no-salt-added chickpeas
  • 1 ripe avocado, halved and pitted
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Directions

Drain chickpeas, reserving 2 tablespoons of the liquid. Transfer the chickpeas and the reserved liquid to a food processor. Add avocado, cilantro, tahini, oil, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, and salt. Puree until very smooth. Serve with veggie chips, veggie, gluten-free crackers

Slow-Cooker Braised Pork with Salsa

Nutritional profile:  Gluten-Free,  Healthy Aging, Healthy Immunity, Low Added Sugars, Low-Calorie, Low Carbohydrate,  Low Sodium,

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds boneless pork shoulder, or butt
  • 1 ½ cups prepared tomatillo salsa
  • 1 ¾ cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, or ground cumin
  • 3 plum tomatoes, (1/2 pound), thinly sliced
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • ½ cup reduced-fat sour cream

Directions

  1. Trim and discard pork surface fat. Cut meat apart following layers of fat around muscles; trim and discard fat. Cut into 2-inch chunks and rinse with cold water. Place in a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker. Turn heat to high.
  2. Combine salsa, broth, onion and cumin seeds in a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Pour over the meat. Add tomatoes and mix gently. Put the lid on and cook until the meat is pull-apart tender, 6 to 7 hours.
  3. With a slotted spoon, transfer the pork to a large bowl; cover and keep warm. Pour the sauce and vegetables into a large skillet; skim fat. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil, skimming froth from time to time, for about 20 minutes, to intensify flavors and thicken slightly. Add the pork and ¼ cup cilantro; heat through.
  4. To serve, ladle into bowls and garnish each serving with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of the remaining ¼ cup cilantro.

 Sriracha-Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Nutritional profileGluten-Free, Egg-Free,  Soy-Free, Nut-Free, Low Added Sugars, Low-Calorie, Low Added Sugar, High Fiber, Low Carbohydrate

Ingredients

  • 8 cups 1 ½-inch cauliflower florets
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce, such as Frank’s RedHot
  • 1-2 tablespoons Sriracha Sauce
  • 1 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Coat a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Toss cauliflower, oil, and salt in a large bowl. Spread on the prepared baking sheet; reserve the bowl. Roast the cauliflower until it’s starting to soften and brown on the bottom, about 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine hot sauce, sriracha to taste, butter and lemon juice in the large bowl. Add the roasted cauliflower and toss to coat. Return the cauliflower to the baking sheet and continue roasting until hot, about 5 minutes more.

Slow Cooker Honey-Orange Chicken Drumsticks

Nutritional profile: Gluten-Free, Healthy Aging, Healthy Immunity, Low-Calorie, Low Added Sugar, High Fiber, Low Carbohydrate

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons Orange Juice (Pulp Free)
  • 3 tablespoons Tamari
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon Rice Vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 12 medium chicken drumsticks (3-31/2 lbs) skinned * see tip
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds

Directions

  1. Combine honey, orange zest, orange juice, tamari, garlic, ginger, vinegar and crushed red pepper in a small bowl.
  2. Coat a 5 to 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Add drumsticks, pour in the sauce and mix to coat. Cover and cook until an instant-read thermometer registers 165°F when inserted into the thickest part of the meat without touching bone, 2 to 3 hours on High or 4 hours on Low.
  3. Transfer the drumsticks to a bowl. Very carefully pour the liquid from the slow cooker into a medium skillet. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil until reduced and syrupy, 10 to 15 minutes. Pour the sauce over the drumsticks and stir to coat. Serve sprinkled with cilantro and sesame seeds.
  • Tip: To remove the skin from chicken drumsticks, grip the skin from the meaty end of the drumstick with a paper towel and pull down toward the exposed bone until it comes off completely. 

Cran-Razzy

Nutritional profileGluten-Free, Low-Fat, Low-Calorie

Ingredients

  • ½ cup fresh or frozen raspberries, for garnish
  • 2 cups cranberry-raspberry juice
  • 2 cups seltzer
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice, plus 4 wedges for garnish
  • 6 ounces ( ¾ cup) vodka

Directions

  1. If using fresh raspberries, freeze them in a single layer for about 1 hour (or overnight) before proceeding with Step 2.
  2. Combine cranberry-raspberry juice, seltzer, lime juice and vodka in a pitcher. Divide among 4 ice-filled glasses. Garnish with frozen raspberries and lime wedges.

Spiced Chickpeas

 

Nutritional profileGluten-Free,  Low added sugars, Low-Calorie, High Fiber, Vegan, Vegetarian

Ingredients

  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat to 450°F.
  2. Blot chickpeas dry and toss in a bowl with oil, cumin, marjoram, allspice, and salt. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake, stirring once or twice until browned and crunchy, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet for 15 minutes.

Here are some websites that you can find plenty of healthy snacks for the games.

Nancy Boardman
August 23, 2017

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, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. David Hardy, Dr. Joseph Little, Chiropractic Physicians

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Earthing: Take Off Your Shoes and Get Healthy!

TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES!

Hopefully, we have all experienced the sand between our toes at the beach or squishing around in the mud with our shoes off.  In today’s fast paced life, it doesn’t seem like we get many opportunities to do these kinds of things.  You may not realize, but every time you do get a chance to get your shoes off and dig your toes into the ground, you are gaining greater health benefits than you thought.  The technique that has been around since the day our feet touched the ground, is now making leaps and bounds in the world of natural healing.  Known as “Earthing”, you simply take your shoes off and let them touch any natural earth surface.

The goal is to balance the electrical exchanges in your body.  We have lost this exchange because we have become so grounded by wearing shoes almost every day.  I cringe as I write this blog because I have shoes on, inside a building, with carpet, with no chances of soaking up any electron potentials from the earth.  It takes me back to my days at The Ohio State University when I studied electrical concepts in my physics class.  There are three types of materials used in electricity: conductors, insulators, and semi-conductors. (1)  These electrical materials use protons, neutrons, and electrons as the active nano particles that make the magic of electricity occur.  It is the exchange of electron particles that power the appliance in your home or give an electric shock if not properly insulated.  Please do not confuse “Earthing “and electrical engineering though.  Electrocution is a serious hazard, and any electrical questions you may have, please refer to a qualified electrician.

So, what really happens when you practice Earthing techniques?  Your body becomes infused with the negatively charged free electrons that are so abundant on the surface of the earth.  Your body immediately equalizes to the same electrical potential of the earth.(1)  The earth’s frequency is 7.83 Hz (the Schuman resonance). (2)  Mankind has tried to harness the Earth’s energy from the beginning of time to generate electricity, make food, and machines.  The concept of harnessing the earth’s energy to create restorative properties in our bodies is a new concept which is getting some serious consideration at multiple levels.  You can simply Google “earthing mat” and look at all the products being sold that allow you to earth.  You can buy mats for the office and even home use so you can soak up the earth’s electron potential as much as possible.

Every day I learn about these new ideas, I get more and more excited about our bodies innate potential to heal.  For me, it was Chiropractic that grounded me to the universal concept that nature needs no help, just no interference.  The idea is that the power that made the body heals the body!  The idea that life is “vitalistic” and “holistic” and not “mechanistic” and “reductionistic”!  Maybe reading this blog today will trigger you start earthing and get grounded in this hectic life we live on planet earth.  So, take your shoes off, stay a while, and go get connected!!

Dr. Andrew Kender, III, DC
August 16, 2017

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, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. David Hardy, Dr. Joseph Little, Chiropractic Physicians

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  1. Ober, C, Sinatra, S, Zucker, M: Earthing; The most important health discovery ever. Basic Health Publications, Inc. 2010. Page 5
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schumann_resonances

 

6 Ways You Can Choose to Be Happy!

Make Yourself

  Again!

 

When you’re living in a funk from day-to-day, it is hard to find things to smile about. It’s hard to find some refreshing positivity. But, the truth is, it is up to you. You can wallow in misery, but if you want things to change – if you want to find your smile again – you’re the one who has to make it happen.

Here are some of the ways to make yourself happy.

Thank Your Pillow

Get a boost of delight from thanking objects and what they do for you.  When you wake in the morning, put your hands together like a Buddhist monk, bow your head and say, “Thank you, pillow, for the dreams you have given me.” Try this with your bed, blanket, pj’s and shoes. Do it to as many things as you like.

Smack a Smile on Your Face

Leave your worries and boredom at the door. Make every entrance a bright one.  Whenever you’re walking through a door, imagine there’s a smile hanging from the top of the door sill. As you walk through the door, grab that smile and smack it on your face, like you’re putting a cover over your mouth.  Imagine that whatever worries or boring thoughts you may have had just got smile smacked out of you when you walked through the door.

Take a 30-Second U-Turn Back to Happy-Ville

Here’s how to get yourself back to happy-ville when you meet a silly little drama. When you get frustrated or upset, take a 30-second pause. For the first five seconds, you acknowledge the bad moment. For the remaining 25 seconds, you let the frustration or irritating feeling go by, imagining that you have arrived at this silly little drama-ville and you see it for what it is. Then you U-turn back to happy-ville.  Just remember, the only person who can put a dent in your happiness is you. You always can return to happiness.

Create a Happy Folder on Your Phone

One of the simplest ways to make yourself happy is to create a special “happy folder” of photos on your phone. The easiest way to do this is to browse through your photos and move the ones that bring a grin to your face to the happy folder. Don’t forget to add happy, inspiring Facebook photos too.  Now, when you feel bored, miserable, or hurt, launch your happy folder and feel the happiness oozing back into you again.

Pat Your Back to Brighten Up Your Feelings

Here’s a quick and easy way to lift your feelings up. Once you’ve successfully done something, raise your right or left hand, pat yourself on the back, and say something like, “Way to go, (your name)!”

You can do this any time of the day to give yourself a little pick-me-up delight.

Give a Surprise That Will Make You Smile

When you’re feeling bored or down, you can perk yourself up by surprising someone who is important to you. Buy a present or do something special or unique. You can try washing their car, mowing their lawn, or shoveling their snow without telling them. Just do it and imagine the surprise on their face when they see what some kind soul has done for them.  Of course, you can let them know it was you. Either way, you’ll be filled with a whole lot of merry pride.

Now Go Turn Funky Days into Sweet Delight!

Living in the funk is no fun, especially when it feels like there’s no way out. But escape is possible and there are ways to make yourself happy. You just have to take charge of things and actively seek out happiness every day. The takeaway is that it’s up to YOU to turn each day into sweet delight.

Barb Schrader
August 9, 2017

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, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. David Hardy, Dr. Joseph Little, Chiropractic Physicians

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Taken from Ken D. Taylor, HealthyAgingHabits.com

Brain Health: What is the True Power?

The Bombardment of the Sensory Brain

Numerous articles and publications discuss the effects that our modern-day world and technology are having on our brains. I would like to simplify things right off the bat and state a little-discussed fact: every piece of sensory information to which you are exposed will re-wire your brain. Whether it is sound, light, touch, gravity, movement, smells, taste, etc.; stimulation to any of your body’s multiple receptors will fire neurons that send information to the brain. The old saying “neurons that firer together wire together” applies here. Now, the extent to which your neurons form new connections or fortify old connections depends on the frequency, intensity, and duration of the stimulation to the pathway. Bottom line, when it comes to activation and experience, the brain can learn to do things well (positive neuroplasticity) or it can learn to do things that aren’t good (negative neuroplasticity). In a world where we consciously like to believe we are in full control of things, it becomes an unpleasant fact that we are dependent and constantly manipulated by all the sensory information that bombards us every moment of our lives.

Let’s use light as an example. We know that if we were to flash light in front of a person with epilepsy it would not be a good thing. We also know that some people are sensitive to light and that others become depressed from lack of sunlight. Why is this? If you trace the pathways from the photoreceptors in our eyes, you would come to an area in the brainstem called the mesencephalon where roughly 10% of light stimulation is received. This area excites the rest of the brain and fires down to excite our sympathetic nervous system. Since no human brain is the same, each person’s response to a sensory stimulation is different. Someone with an over excited nervous system (ex. Epilepsy) cannot handle the stimulation. On the opposite end of the spectrum, someone with a underactive nervous system requires more light stimulation to function better. This is where a comprehensive neurological examination by someone who understands the nervous system is of paramount value.

In closing, all sensory information is excitatory. Consequently, are we getting too much or too little stimulation in our lives? Think about it; does our modern world increase or decrease our exposure to sensory information? The answer, of course, is we are now bombarded with sensory information and this is ramping up our brains. Also, think about what is going on around you in a calm setting versus a place that you need to protect yourself. One is lowly lit with calm flowing sounds and very little movement. The other is full of short frequent bursts of loud noises, flashes of light and chaotic movement around you. If you understand this then you can start to take control of your sensory overload. Sometimes the true power is turning the power off.

Dr. David R.A. Hardy, DC, DACBN, FABBIR
August 2, 2017

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, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. David Hardy, Dr. Joseph Little, Chiropractic Physicians

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3 One-Tank Trips That Will Help You Unplug and Unwind for a Happier, Healthier You!

Sometimes you just need to go off the grid and get your soul right – livelifehappy.com

Sometimes we just need to Unplug, Unwind and Recharge. Sometimes we just need a break from the fast-paced world.  Sometimes, we need to go offline, clear our mind and rejuvenate the senses. It’s important to unplug at various times to make time to appreciate real things. Real life is so much more beautiful. We need less mindless consumption and more mindful choices. I continue to strive for balance in my life. It’s not something that happens; I have to remind myself to stop, unplug and LIVE.  My Mantra this year, has been to get out and actively participate in my own life!  I want to take advantage of my free time and fill it with intention – intentions of living a healthier, happier, more balanced life.

Needing to recharge has inspired me to take my one tank road trips to destinations that will be good for the soul!   Below are 3 of my future destinations, 3 local B & B’s.  I can’t wait to start clearing my mind, relaxing, and enjoying the ones I love!

The Villas at Gervasi Vinyard

This is my favorite destination to simply rejuvenate!  The grounds are absolutely breathtaking.  Each Villa provides a Tuscan experience perfect for a weekend of relaxation.  You can stroll the vineyard, dine in one of three Italian inspired restaurants, shop the marketplace or simply unwind with an outdoor yoga class.  I recommend adding this to your list!   1700 55th Street NE, Canton, Ohio 44721, http://www.gervasivinyard.com

Pine Lakes Lodge

 This “Log Cabin Palace” is the perfect place to get away from it all!  You can relax atop a beautiful ridge overlooking Ohio farmland or even enjoy a Swedish massage. I plan on reserving a space during the fall to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage and fireplace.  61680 Buskirk Ln, Salesville, Ohio 44378, http://www.bedandbreakfast.com/oh-salesville-pine-lakes-lodge

The Lakehouse Inn

 This beautiful Lake House sits on 2 acres overlooking Lake Erie.  It is also, located in the heart of wine country.  You can take a long walk on the beach, through the vineyards or simply catch up on your reading lakeside.  Be sure to catch a sunrise and experience their full-service spa, 5653 Lake Road, Geneva-On-The-Lake, Ohio 44041, http://www.thelakehouseinn.com

Whatever you do or wherever you go, unplug, disconnect and take in the fresh air. Enjoy the companionship or time alone. Practicing presence will increase your joy and cut your stress!

So what are you waiting for?  Make a plan.  Go get some fresh air. Unplug, unwind and rejuvenate.

Check this out for an interesting read: www.whoishostingthis.com/blog/2014/06/03/why-going-offline-makes-you-smarter-healthier-and-more-attractive/

Joy Vale
July 26, 2017

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, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. David Hardy, Dr. Joseph Little, Chiropractic Physicians

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“The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard.” The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard in Canton, Ohio | B&B Rental. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 July 2017.
“Pine Lakes Lodge.” Pine Lakes Lodge in Salesville, Ohio | B&B Rental. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 July 2017.
“The Lakehouse Inn.” The Lakehouse Inn in Geneva On The Lake, Ohio | B&B Rental. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 July 2017.

Rule Your Migraine The Functional Medicine Way!

VESTIBULAR MIGRAINE

Migraine is one of the most debilitating chronic health care disorders. For far too many, it is an everyday occurrence. Often these people go from healthcare provider to healthcare provider without finding lasting relief. The key to migraine treatment lies in identifying the underlying mechanism of onset and developing a unique, personalized treatment plan for that person. However, there are many mechanisms and variables to consider. In this post, I will discuss one of the most misunderstood and largely underdiagnosed mechanisms – vestibular migraines (VM).

Approximately 40% of migraine patients have some accompanying vestibular syndrome involving a disruption in their balance and/or dizziness at one time or another. The dizziness can occur prior to, during, after, or totally independent of their migraine event. VM is the most common cause of episodic vertigo in adults as well as in children. Migraine and vertigo (illusionary sensation of spinning) are two very prevalent conditions in the general population. Having both is a significant clinical challenge, since it is not always possible to understand whether they are causally related or associated by chance, requiring different diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. The clinical presentation of vestibular symptoms that often correlate with migraine includes—but is not limited to—dizziness; motion intolerance with respect to head, eyes, and/or body; spontaneous vertigo attacks (often accompanied by nausea and vomiting); diminished eye focus with photosensitivity; sound sensitivity and tinnitus; balance loss and ataxia; cervicalgia (neck pain) with associated muscle spasms in the upper cervical spine musculature; confusion with altered cognition; spatial disorientation; and anxiety/panic. The following are the diagnostic criteria for VM classification as determined by The International Classification of Headache Disorders (3rd edition):

ICHD-3 Beta Diagnostic Criteria of Vestibular Migraine

  1. At least five episodes filling criteria (C) and (D)
  2. Current or history of migraine, either with or without aura, considering the International Classification of Headache Disorders (ICHD)
  3. Moderate or severe vestibular symptoms, lasting 5 minutes to 72 hours4
  4. At least half of the episodes are associated with at least one of these migrainous features:
    1. Headache with at least two of the following characteristics:
      1. Unilateral location
      2. Pulsating quality
      3. Moderate or severe intensity
      4. Aggravation by routine physical activity
    2. Photophobia and phonophobia
    3. Visual Aura
  5. Not better accounted for by another ICHD-3 diagnosis or by another vestibular disorder

Causes of Migraine

One proposed explanation is parallel activation of vestibular (inner ear) and cranial nociceptive (pain) pathways. Sensory fibers from the vestibular system (inner ear) converge with several brain areas that play an important role in modulating the sensitivity of pain pathways. Sensory fibers are also involved in the formation of anxiety responses, explaining some aspects of the comorbidity of balance disorders, anxiety, and migraine. Various studies have shown increased vestibular excitability in migraine patients. This increased excitability is linked to increased motion sensitivity, even motion sickness; and reduced perceptual thresholds of dynamic head movements.

A number of other factors can also play a role in migraine including:

  • Hormonal changes in women. 
  • Foods. 
  • Food additives. 
  • Drinks. 
  • Stress. 
  • Sensory stimuli. 
  • Changes in wake-sleep pattern. 
  • Physical factors. 
  • Changes in the environment. 
  • Medications. 

How we treat it:

Vestibular rehabilitation training is effective in VM patients as an add-on treatment to medical therapy or as a stand-alone treatment option. The goal of treatment is to re-establish appropriate sensory integration within this system as it relates to the patient’s condition. At Functional Endocrinology of Ohio, we use cutting-edge diagnostic equipment and in-depth physical examination to find the appropriate intervention for each unique patient case.

Dr. Joseph Little, D.C.
July 19, 2017

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, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. David Hardy, Dr. Joseph Little, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

Dieterich, M., Obermann, M., & Celebisoy, N. (2016). Vestibular migraine: the most frequent entity of episodic vertigo. Journal of Neurology, 82-89. Retrieved July 10, 2017, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4833782/.

Luzeiro, I., Luís, L., Gonçalves, F., & Martins, I. P. (2016). Vestibular Migraine: Clinical Challenges and Opportunities for Multidisciplinarity. Behavioural Neurology, 2016, 1-11. doi:10.1155/2016/6179805

Vestibular Migraine (a.k.a. Migraine Associated Vertigo or MAV). (2015, December 28). Retrieved July 10, 2017, from http://vestibular.org/migraine-associated-vertigo-mav

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/migraine-headache/symptoms-causes/dxc-20202434