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

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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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https://greatist.com/health/super-bowl-recipes-snacks
http://www.cookinglight.com/entertaining/holidays-occasions/football-party-recipes#healthy-football-recipes
http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20338949,00.html#dips-desserts-and-more-1

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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“How To Meditate: 6 Methods That Can Get Anyone Meditating.” Collective Evolution. N.p., 19 Dec. 2014. Web. 17 July 2017.
“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.

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Reading is #1 Thing that the Most Successful People in the World Do! How You Can Get These Benefits When You Really Do Not Like to Read

HOW YOU CAN MAKE READING AND THE BENEFITS IT PROVIDES PART OF YOUR LIFE

I should admit I wasn’t much of a reader growing up, I loved having someone read to me. I would beg my sister to read to me every night before I went to bed. She read all the Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books to me. I would have to get up often to fetch her more water as I would beg her to read just one more chapter. As I grew older I would read for school but that was about it.

In my early 20’s, I started my first business and realized that I needed success required a lot more information. I had a great mentor and I noticed he was an avid reader. So, I asked him what some of his favorite books were and why he read so much. He told me knowledge is power and that with the fast pace world and technology changing things so quickly it was his only way to stay up to date on what was going on around him.  Since he was 30 years older, I thought I don’t need to read all those business and self-help books. But I did remember how much I loved being read a good book and since my sister wasn’t close by, I picked up a book.  Soon, I became an avid reader.

I love biographies & memoirs and history books. They are still my favorites although I’ve added some mystery books into the mix.  5-6 years into owning my business, I realized I needed more help.  We were steady but not growing and I had to take a hard look in the mirror and realize if I wanted us to grow I was going to have to change and lead my team. I checked back in with my mentor and asked him to recommend my first business book.  Any guesses on what it was???? How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. It really changed my life and recommend that everyone read this book at least once a year! I soon asked my entire team to read the book also. I bought each of them a copy and during our weekly staff meeting, we would discuss different parts of the book.  I don’t know if they all read it but I know that some did and it made a difference in my business.

But a woman does not survive on business books alone!  I remember my Mentor telling me not to read just business/self-help books. When you do this, you run the risk of getting tired or bored and will stop reading. He said read one fun book and then one self-help or business book. This was fantastic advice and something that I practice regularly.

I’m a firm believer that if you want succes in business or in life, you must read. You also need to take what you read and put some of it into action. It’s great to have all the knowledge but if you aren’t willing to get started, it’s not going to work. For example, I recently read a book that said successful people make their beds every day.  It’s a task but you start off every morning accomplishing something, which starts your day off with a bang.

For more on the relationship between reading and success check out this article.  https://www.themuse.com/advice/20-books-that-the-worlds-most-successful-people-read-and-recommend

Here is a list of my favorite books:

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

The Andy Cohen Diaries by Andy Cohen

You’re a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Yourself and Start Living An Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe

Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson M. D.

A Life Well Played by Arnold Palmer

What On Earth Am I Here For? Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Al Switzler, Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson and Ron McMillan

Leading With My Chin by Jay Leno

The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

Lincoln on Leadership by Donald Phillips

Over the last 25 years, I have read a lot of books. There have been times when I just stopped reading but when I would start to struggle I would realize I’m not reading and I need to pick up a book. It is so easy to find a book on a topic that interests you.  You can go to Amazon, type in your search and have it downloaded or at your doorstep in a couple of days. Or, just visit your local library.  I’m also an audio book fan, alternating between one “fun” book and one book that is going to help me grow.  On my nightstand, right now – Lovely Traces of Hope by Kathy Burrus. I hope this inspires you to pick up a book.

Nancy Boardman
July 12, 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, Chiropractic Physicians

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Shake It Up and Starting “Blending” Your Diets for Amazing Results!

Blending Diets: Another way to keep you eating healthy!

Just when you think you were being original, you find out somebody has already coined the idea and find gobs of information about a certain topic.  This is the case often when I am working on an idea that just pops into my head.  I may run to google and do a quick search to see if there is anything on the topic and often, there is.  This happened at the beginning of 2017 when completing my annual New Year’s Detox.  On my detox, there is a week where you eat a strict vegan diet.  I took the opportunity to blend the vegan diet with ketogenic diet concepts and found profound results in doing so. In the past, I have struggled with vegan diets and just felt drained and deprived.  What was most magical about my vegan adventure was that I didn’t feel drained and deprived. I felt just the opposite.  I felt a sense of clarity and wholeness.  Maybe it was just the dopaminergic surges going through my brain from completing a new challenging diet and having great results.  Maybe it was the combination of two dietary philosophies and having a greater understanding of utilizing my diet as a tool to function at a greater state of health.  Either way, I use this story to help spark further excitement of how to use your eating plan to your benefit.

 

Recently, a fellow colleague said, “treat the patient and not the symptom.”  It was refreshing to hear because it reminded me again of the amazing opportunity I have each day to influence patients about their diet and lifestyle.  When people say don’t discuss politics and religion, I often fire back, “don’t forget diet”.  What I mean by this is that through my experience of discussing and making dietary recommendations, people can get very emotional about the topic.  Everyone thinks they have already done that diet or wants to “one up” me in the discussion about some detail of a diet.  The fact of the matter is that I don’t know it all and I enjoy learning new things about diet, but when I recommend blending two dietary philosophies, it is often an effort to make my patients further understand how powerful diet is in their lives.  Let’s take again, for example, a ketogenic diet.  This is a high-fat diet that can give the brain an abundance of ketone bodies, which are very efficient in producing energy for the brain.  I like to combine this diet with the Atkins diet concepts.  I always laugh to myself when making this recommendation because people always say, “Oh yeah, I’ve done that diet before”.  People may have indeed done this diet, but when I investigate further and discuss the biochemistry of this diet and how and why it may work, it often starts to go over people’s heads.  I do not do this as an egotistical rant about diet to prove how smart I am when it comes to dietary considerations.  I do this to help educate and hopefully spark some excitement into the minds of my patients.  I have seen it in myself and see it often in my patients, “the thrill is gone.”  It is hard to keep pushing forward with a healthy diet when so many bad influences surround us when it comes time to fueling our bodies with food.  When you eat healthily and feel better because of it, it’s like a freight train moving faster and faster.  It is very hard to slow that momentum down.

Next time you set out on a dietary adventure and try a new eating plan, I urge you to talk to your functional medicine doctor to learn as much about it as possible.  Read about the philosophy of the diet, try to understand the biochemistry of the diet, and certainly look up recipes on the diet so eating is fun and fulfilling.  In doing so, you will be building steam like the freight train.  Soon enough you will be blending dietary concepts and coming up with successful strategies that best fit your body type and propel you down the road to health.  So, get out there and try a new diet!

Dr. Andrew Kender, III
July 5, 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, Chiropractic Physicians

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