My favorite natural pick-me-ups

Umeboshi Paste & Olive Leaf extract

Last weekend my cheek was throbbing, the pain had snuck up on me over the week. I tried to ignore it as I worked my way through to Friday. It was not going to go away, and I had to admit I had a  painful sinus infection. My cheek and eye socket were under pressure and made me feel like my head was going to explode. I had left it too late, my doctors office was closing and I didn’t want to drive to the urgent care center and see an unfamiliar doctor. Instead, I doubled down on some natural remedies that had me out of serious pain by Monday and back up and on my feet, feeling good by Tuesday. I was relieved that I could do this without the help of antibiotics. They are needed for major problems obviously, but as reported recently in a new study published in the American Society for Microbiology, antibiotic resistance is on the rise and I try to avoid them if I can.

The germ of the research was concern about the burgeoning increase in antibiotic resistance. “I am a physician specializing in infectious diseases, and I have seen antibiotics that I could safely rely on ten years ago being unable to cure my patients,” said principal investigator Anders Johansson, MD, PhD, Chief, Infection Control, Umeå University and the County Council of Våsterbotten, Sweden.

My go to products for natural healing are both available at your local health food store or online from vitacost. Both are less than a doctor co-pay and both have a long shelf-life. They are best used as soon as you start to feel the sniffles coming on.

Umeboshi Paste

When I travel and feel fatigued I always use umeboshi paste. I learned about it from my studies in macrobiotics. It originates from Japan and comes from the pickled plum. According to mitoku

The oldest Japanese record of pickled plums being used as a medicine is in a medical text written about one thousand years ago. Umeboshi were used to prevent fatigue, purify water, rid the body of toxins, and cure specific diseases such as dysentery, typhoid, and food poisoning. Slowly, extensive folklore developed about umeboshi’s ability to prevent and cure certain diseases.

During Japan’s furious samurai period, which lasted through most of the Middle Ages, the pickled plum was the soldier’s most important field ration. It was used to flavor foods such as rice and vegetables, and its high acidity made it an excellent water and food purifier, as well as an effective antidote for battle fatigue.

I add a quarter teaspoon of umeboshi paste to my tea in morning.

Olive Leaf Extract

I first came across Olive Leaf Extract when I was researching how I could help my daughter recover from mono. She was very sick for the first few days after she was diagnosed, but when I introduced olive leaf extract she started to feel like she had more energy and was back on her feet within a few days. As mono is a virus, the doctors had nothing to offer to her other than suggestions for keeping her fever down. For this reason, I think the Olive Leaf Extract helped speed up her natural recovery.

According to Chris Kilham who teaches ethnobotany at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

One of the primary compounds in olive leaf, a substance called oleuropein, has attracted scientific attention since the early 1900s.

An iridoid by definition, oleuropein exhibits antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal activity, and is useful for fighting various types of internal infections. Oleuropein also appears to increase the body’s production of thermogenin, a substance that helps us to burn fat more efficiently.

He adds

In the world of medicinal plants, it is often the case that traditional use of plants precedes, by centuries, the science that corroborates the same uses. This is certainly true with olive leaf.

I add a quarter of a dropper to a 1/4 cup of water morning and night until I am feeling better.

Also

I also load up on vitamin C if I feel anything like the sniffles or a cold coming on.

I encourage you to read further on both of these products and put them on your list the next time you go to the health food store.

The links to find them online are

http://www.vitacost.com/eden-foods-umeboshi-paste-pickle-plum-puree-7-oz?q=umeboshi+p&ta=umeboshi+p

http://www.vitacost.com/vitacost-olive-leaf-liquid-extract-alcohol-free-2-fl-oz

Disclaimer

Now you know I’m not a doctor right? If you have a serious problem go to see your doctor.

I’d love to hear other remedies that work for you though.

January Aromatherapy Fix

Aromatherapy Fix, Rosemary, lime & vanilla essence

A fresh dusting of snow is covering most of the garden this morning. It seems too cold to leave the house. As I pluck up courage and leave for a walk, I notice there are still some rosemary sprigs braving the weather and standing tall despite the weight of white upon them.

My garden is usually ignored in January, it is quiet and doesn’t often offer anything to bring inside. My blooms are store bought and the indoor plants get more attention. Today though, the woody stemmed rosemary offered themselves up. I snipped a long sprig and brought it into the kitchen. Within a few minutes I sliced a lime from the refrigerator and pulled vanilla essence from the spice rack. I added these three ingredients to a pan of water and set it to simmer on the stove.

Slowly the steam filled the kitchen with a deliciously natural scent. I left them simmering for over an hour. I’m calling it my antidote for cabin fever and have to try some other combinations of herb & spice room infusions as this winter goes on.

I’m not one for artificial scents at all, candle stores give me a headache as soon as I enter. So if you are sensitive like me, a natural stove-top scent like this is much healthier. You can always try it before company come over too.

I enjoyed it today as it gave me a way to enjoy the garden even though it is in deep hibernation, it still offered up some comfort and healing.

 

Canva for your next graphic design piece

find peace with the tech of your businessCanva.com is an online graphic design service that lets you create a wide range of online graphics from facebook headers, instagram pics, to multipage presentations and then lets you share them or export them.

It is a free or mostly free service. Some of their templates and backgrounds are premium content and cost a dollar. It is easy, however to upload your own photos and graphics which helps you maintain your brand consistency.

I find the tools intuitive, but I am quite familiar with photoshop and gimp. For beginners, the interface keeps the choices small so they don’t overwhelm, but you can dig into the tool palettes and find some advanced features.

The site offers a range of custom dimension graphics and templates that you can edit and customize for your own use.

There is a design school tutorial section that can get you up to speed with navigating the site and designing your own graphics.

I spent a short time playing with it and made some flyers that you can see in my profile their at www.canva.com/mindbodynourish

It can be a great way to quickly create graphics for your online business. Let me know how you get on, if you try it.

xo Lindsey

Easy Vegan Crockpot Soups

easyvegancrockpotsoupsEasy vegan crockpot soups have been my secret to surviving this deep winter in New England. Freezing temperatures are still with us during the next 10 days at least. It may be March but we still have a long way to go before the snow has melted and green shoots start to appear. Staying warm in front of a fire is a cosy reality lately, but the addition of eating to encourage deep warmth within can be just as comforting. These healthy protein packed veggie soups are ideal to sip as a precursor to a meal or sometimes as a complete replacement meal. I’ve been packing them as lunch and hearing my colleagues tell me how good they smell.

Easy

To make my soups as easy as possible I pull out my trusty crockpot and start chopping. With food heating in a crockpot, I don’t have to watch it, or time it. For the best kind of winter soups I put two or three vegetable combinations, add some water and I then let it do its thing. You’ll know when it is done, when the aroma hits you and you feel compelled to open the lid and smell the magic that has been created for you from just a few humble ingredients.

Favorite Ingredients

You don’t always need a recipe. You can soon build up the confidence to free-form with your favorite winter root and round vegetables. A few of my favorite ingredient mixes for these soups include

  • Kabocha squash, onion, and red lentil for sweet and smooth soup
  • Cauliflower and leek. I add a quarter cup of millet or quinoa for the creaminess
  • Chickpea, corn and quinoa goes well garnished with finely sliced kale kicks up a fresh warmth.

When you create without recipes it helps to have a few guiding principles as the cook and creator of your soup. Pay attention to the smell, the color, and the taste. Finesse with the cut of your vegetables and keep them harmonized by chopping them all in similar sizes. An immersion blender can guarantee the creaminess of smooth soups for maximum comfort and warmth. Finally it can help to ask, does the soup feel complete or does it call out for something more? Maybe some herbs, black pepper, salt, turmeric. Don’t be afraid to add garlic early on, in a crock pot it becomes less potent as time goes on.

Protein Power

It is easy to add a punch of protein in the vegetable soups so they can satisfy as a dinner instead of an appetizer.

A few protein additions include:

  • Lentils, red, green or brown
  • Chickpeas (precooked) (When cooking with beans I always add a little square of Kombu as this reduces the enzyme that makes beans gassy for some people.)
  • Quinoa
  • Millet (a quarter cup is enough as it expands a lot as it cooks)
  • Rice

Fresh Toppings

It makes a soup extra fresh when you can add a garnish. The right kind of garnish can also add another layer of nutrition.

  • Spring Onions
  • Sprinkle with turmeric (a natural anti-inflammatory)
  • Fresh cilantro or parsley
  • Finely sliced greens such as watercress or kale

Lasting

These soups last me for up to three days fresh and kept in the refrigerator, after that I am ready to move on to a new taste.  I’ll make a big batch and freeze it so I am ready for those days when I don’t have enough energy.

Having soups around in the winter are also a sneaky way to consume less. Soup takes longer to eat than other foods, so the signal for feeling full is sent to your brain earlier and this helps curtail your appetite.Being creative in the kitchen and putting ingredients together yourself gives you the freedom to make something new & delicious everytime.

My favorite book for cooking without recipes is cooking without recipes by Cheryl Sindell, I’ve had it for years and refer to it often.

Enjoy!

Please share your favorite vegan soups in the comments. I love to discover new recipes.

Winter Loves: Yin Yoga

Living in Massachusetts our last winter seemed so long. In February, I traveled to a warmer locale and in the mere six days I was gone, there were three snowstorms back to back. Lucky to have missed them, it seemed extra hard to return into their hangover. Now, with the trees stripped of leaves and darkness arriving earlier each afternoon it is hard not to think of the coming months of bone cold, icy roads, snowy winds, and the fight we will have to carry on as normal within it all. As a result I’ve been trying to concentrate on the things I love about winter.

  • Hot chocolate
  • Bright blue skies
  • The quiet after a snow storm.

I’ve also been looking for some kind of exercise that can take the place of my beloved walks when the weather gets too cold and icy for safe passage around town.

Finding an indoor alternative, mindful, gentle and effective has been elusive until Andrea  mentioned that she had been doing yin yoga to replace her summer bike rides. I was intrigued and did some of my own research.  I ended up loving a 30 minute hip opening sequence (see below). In this type of yoga, you spend more time in the poses as opposed to the flow quality of most yoga forms.

This practice of Yin Yoga encourages the habit of slowing down, paying attention and listening to your body and mind.  I was also attracted to the emotional aspects of yin yoga as explained in yoga journal

“Supple hips can ease back pain, give you a more agile gait, and even improve circulation in your legs. But there’s a more subtle benefit to hip openers, too: We hold stress and negative emotions—such as fear, guilt, and sadness—in our pelvis, says San Francisco vinyasa teacher Stephanie Snyder. For this reason alone, Snyder believes it’s particularly important to do poses that move prana (life force) through that area. “You know your junk drawer at home?” she asks. “The pelvis is like the body’s junk drawer. Whenever you don’t know what to do with a feeling or experience, you put it there.”

I’ve been holding the poses for 3 minutes each (baby steps people) and doing the whole routine every other day for about 10 days now and I am in love with it. It is a definite addition to my winter loves list. If you want to try it yourself, I like this one it feels so gentle and easy. Enjoy!

 

Essential Components of a Rich and Nourishing Life

Happy Saturday

What have I done for me lately?

Play and fun and pleasure are ESSENTIAL components of a rich and nourishing life.

Chris Zydel. Facebook.

More Saturday

I decided recently (with a few nudges from Drew) that out of all of the days I like the feeling of Saturday the best. Haven’t you noticed that each day has a different feeling? They do for me and I’ve wondered why ever since I got my first job out of college. The distinction of days and hours is so arbitrary and yet they rule our inner lives sometimes. So, I’ve been playing with the idea of how to bring that easy Saturday feeling to everyday. What do I do on Saturdays that is different?

My mornings on Saturdays are way more relaxed without the regimen I think I need to get out of the door on time. One of the first things I thought of, and this might sound so simple, when I wake up I’m thinking about all the time I have ahead of me and I let myself lie in bed for a little. Waking up on a weekday with these thoughts instead of what I have to “DO” that day is a few thoughts away, separated from me only by the awareness that I get to choose. Another crazy simple thing is I take time to put lotion on after I get out of the shower, because I have acres of time and I like the fragrance it leaves in my room. Of course, that takes all of a minute or two to do, so adding it into my Saturday feeling routine on a weekday is no big deal in reality. It’s a little denial that I’ve decided now to allow. The smaller breakthroughs, as silly as they sound make a  big difference.

On a Saturday, I might let myself read a little before I go out and start my day. So instead of checking my email first thing, which I repeat when I get into the office anyway, I could easily squeeze in a chapter of fiction to bring a Saturday feeling to the weekday. One more allowance.

If I went into the office on a Saturday I imagine I’d probably sit differently on my chair. I’d be a bit more inclined to relax and tuck my feet up under me. Office norms would be relaxed on a Saturday, we’d bring our weekend selves to work. Why do we have weekend selves? We do though don’t we? Bringing this to a weekday is a subtle tweak that no one notices but you, and that is the whole point.

I also dress a little more quirky on a Saturday, more for me and less for the office, but there’s no dress code published at the office, I’ve just taken it on as expected, so I’m subtly busting through that weekday constraint. I love this wear your joy project from Kelly Rae Roberts it is all about wearing clothes that delight your spirit and light you up and this has the hallmark of the Saturday feeling written all over it!

This week I’ve been doing some…

Creative sewing

I’ve been busy making skirts out of dresses that have been sitting in the closet and making skirts out of dresses that I now admit are too short for me (I’m 5′ 10″ so that is often the case). Transforming the dresses into skirts has given them a new lease on life and my wardrobe joy a boost. One of the dresses was huge on me, but I loved the fabric and managed to make it fit by using another skirt as a pattern and if I call it creative sewing I think that leaves a lot of leeway for the amount of imprecision and eyeballing and different size stitches that I bring to it. I wear these on the days I want to feel like Saturday.

Recipes I’m stealing this week

So excited to make these, they look delicious and easy. Perfect for Saturdays.

Vegan lentil and walnut tacos from Gena Hamshaw

Books I’m reading this week

Chapters from these two are enjoyed early morning with tea and cats.

Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield & Why Quantum Physicists Play Grow a Greater You by Greg Kuhn

So, are Saturdays your favorite? and if so, how can you infuse your other days with more Saturday

Too tired to cook? These 7 tips can help…

tootired

I got home at 2am from a west coast trip last week. The next day I spent most of the day unpacking resting and remembering the adventures we’d had in the sunshine state. By dinner time I was ready to crash and in no mood for cooking. Luckily, I pulled out a serving of lentil casserole from the freezer that I had made earlier in the month on a time free, energy filled Sunday afternoon. It felt good to still eat well, it tasted good and it propelled me into the next day when I had more energy to cook something new and healthy.
I thought I’d share my scheme to streamline the way I try and cook healthy meals to last the whole week. How I cook enough so I can save some for later and how to supplement occasionally to keep you going through the low energy times.

Prepare

Shop early

I have the most energy in the mornings and the least energy at dinner time. This makes it tough in the past to get dinner on the table, but I’ve adapted my schedule to work with this energy pattern. I do my grocery shopping early on Saturday morning, before 9am, when I have lots of energy and the shops are quiet. I keep a list of recipes, but buy the veggies that look good and are in season. Then I adapt my meal plan to match.
Later on Saturday, I get a few servings of beans ready to soak. Chick peas and black beans usually, lentils you don’t need to soak.
On Sunday morning, I’ll start the beans cooking in the pressure cooker before breakfast, that way they are done by 9am or so. Then I”ll soak a cup or two of brown rice.

Schedule Time to Cook

Sunday afternoon is my cooking time, especially during the football season.
I’ll turn half a batch of chickpeas into a casserole and half of them I’ll make into chickpea burgers. I’ll cut enough veggies so I can make a lentil casserole too. I’ll turn the black beans into refried beans with chili & cumin seasonings adding corn, onions and chopped mushrooms.
Then I’ll cook the rice in the pressure cooker so it comes out fluffy and sweet.
I’ll also put on some millet and squash or quinoa to make the beginnings of a breakfast porridge that can be reheated. I’ll toast seeds and nuts to use as nutritional packed sprinkles over veggies and breakfasts.If it is going well and I have enough veggies, I’ll make a soup, sometimes cauliflower and leek, and a favorite is squash.

Save some for later

I’ve also found I have the most energy at the beginning of the week and by Thursday I’m getting tired. To work around this, I cook a lot at once on the Sunday so I can freeze a few portions.
This gives me enough to eat for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, by Thursday I’m out of fresh dishes so I might pull something from the freezer from the cooking session a week or two ago.

Enjoy easy sessions during the week

During the week I break up my cooking so it doesn’t seem like such a chore. If I chop the veggies into bowls, just like the chefs on TV do,  before I start dinner, the cooking seems simpler and just flows. As an aside, I love to buy pretty bowls from the thrift store or as a treat. Another thing I like to do is measure out my breakfast before I go to bed, so when I get up in the morning it can be made while I’m still a little sleepy. I even put a tea bag into my mug so its waiting for me. The kitchen just seems friendlier this way.


Supplement

By Thursday and Friday my energy for the week in waning, and I might have run out of the dishes I prepared on Sunday. On these days, I’ll pull from the freezer or supplement pre-cooked salads or burritos from The Natural Grocer or from the best organic lunch places in town. If I eat out at lunch I’ll save some or order a soup to go that will do for the evening as I eat lighter after a big lunch.


Improvise

Feel free to improvise during the week. I recently found a recipe for no-bake granola that I changed up some ingredients and turned it into a baked granola bar recipe that turned out delicious and provided for a few breakfasts.
 It helps to allow for the spontaneous which leads us into our next tip.

Build a good pantry

Often recipes will call for a tablespoon or two of an item that comes in a bag that costs a lot. This makes the recipe seem expensive the first time you make it. I’m thinking chia seeds, nutritional yeast, spices, wheatgerm etc. Also, having a good stock of dried beans and grains on hand gives you the variety you will need to keep you inspired and prevent you from slipping into a rut. It helps if you can slowly build a pantry of items that you use a lot so cooking doesn’t involve running to the store. I try to add something each week. This week I got a bag of organic polenta that I’m going to use with some refried black beans and corn.

That’s how it works for me and my energy, I front load the week with a cooking session at the weekend and then make my weekday schedule light, flexible and enjoyable. A meal that seemed to flow well this week was chickpea burgers served on a bed of steamed kale with tahini dressing served with nishime vegetables squash, carrots and onions. Dessert was a strawberry kanten.

I hope that if you are struggling to find the energy to cook this post helps you out.

Finding Space in LA

I lived here 17 years ago. I left with a toddler and baby gently growing inside. I returned this week to show that baby around. She dreams of living here when she turns 18.
We left the east coast in a snow storm, so it felt amazing to walk out into sunshine and comfortable temperatures. It felt amazing to see flowers blooming. We both basked for six days finding space and light and beauty in a city known for traffic, smog and people. These are a few places with space that we enjoyed on our trip.

Whales

We saw whales from Point Vicente on Palos Verdes.

Space

The beach at Hermosa on Valentine’s Day gave us a chance to recover from our east coast cabin fever.

Destinations

Bus rides in LA are a must. When we lived there we only had one car, so I’d often take the bus to doctors appointments and of course the bus took me to work. I remember impromptu stops while the driver ran into McD’s to pick up something for lunch. We all waited until he got back to continue his route. The 534 stops right outside the Gettty Villa in Malibu and now there is an app to find out when the next bus will arrive, ah progress.

Discoveries

LA is made up of towns and the towns are made up of neighborhoods. When you live in LA you live in a neighborhood within a town, within a city, so there is a lot to feel a part of. Our wanderings led us to discover this charming neighborhood library. Take one, leave one.

Favorites Revisited

One of my favorite places in the world is in San Marino, near Pasadena, The Huntington. The gardens there are vast and wonderful. I managed to capture the peace to be found there.

It was wonderful reconnecting with a city, with friends, neighbors and memories.  

Heal: Do Less, Allow More, Receive

I’ve been trying to spend more time doing less…..because to be in a state of receiving is healing.

For an interactive look at the receiving states, click below

You can see a larger image when you view the image on the web

(Words taken from The Power of Receiving: A Revolutionary Approach to Giving Yourself the Life You Want and Deserve

The states of receiving are:

Meditating

Allowing

Noticing

Including

Appreciating

Letting be

Listening

Opening

Observing

Embracing

Being

Attracting

Feeling Grateful

Relaxing

Welcoming

Feeling

Contemplating

Revealing

Accepting

Letting go

Yielding

 

Is your head on straight?

Upper Cervical Chiropractic careQuest for Health

As you probably know, I’m on a quest for wellness. I didn’t realize that one step in the right direction could be such a gentle nudge on a bone at the top of my spine.

This part of my quest started after searching for answers after my daughter experienced a crunch of a neck trauma two years ago when she took a fall while cheerleading. She had the regular x-rays and an emergency room visit and was told she just needed to wait out the stiffness.

Fast forward two years, and she was struggling at school and  having many migraines and daily headaches. A guidance counselor noticed a big change in her grades between middle and high school, which was the summer she fell. Coincidently I was working with a student who was trained as a chiropractic assistant and had suffered her own head injury. As we chatted about head injuries, she mentioned that seeing a upper cervical chiropractor might be a good idea for my daughter.

I searched online to find a NUCCA  practitioner and found Dr. Christopher Dawson in Portsmouth NH. There are only 400 practitioners in the country, so we are fortunate to be so close.

We went and found out all about the atlas bone at the top of your spine and how important the alignment of that bone is. Your brain stem runs through the middle of it and your head is balanced on top of it. If this bone is out of alignment it can cause friction on the nerves, blood flow and brainstem and can cause all sorts of pain and symptoms in the body.

A Gentle Approach

After a quick examination and some X-rays it was found that my daughter did indeed have a misalignment of her atlas cervical bone, (the one that sits at the top of your spine and holds your head up). Within the hour, she was successfully and painlessly adjusted and has been pain and migraine free since.

An upper cervical chiropractor is not a regular chiropractor (which I’m a little scared of) but they are a specialized sub group…. As explained on webmd

The subtle adjustment is practiced by the very small subgroup of chiropractors certified in National Upper Cervical Chiropractic (NUCCA) techniques. The procedure employs precise measurements to determine a patient’s Atlas vertebra alignment. If realignment is deemed necessary, the chiropractor uses his or her hands to gently manipulate the vertebra. “We are not doctors. We are spinal engineers,” Dickholtz says. “We use mathematics, geometry, and physics to learn how to slide everything back into place.”

It’s an epidemic.

It turns out my my head isn’t on straight either. I’m not the only one though.

So think back, how many falls have you had?

How many times have you tripped or jarred your body while stepping off a curb?

Most of the time you are going to brush these off as non events. If you are like me however, you might suffer from a series of symptoms that might be indicative of a misalignment of the atlas bone.

A couple of the falls and bumps that I’ve experienced

  • I got hit by a car at 11, I flew backwards and hit the pavement with my back and head. I recovered
  • At about 7, I fell off a wall and landed smack in the middle of my forehead. I recovered
  • As an adult I was embarrassed when I toppled off my bike while at a standstill. I jammed my head sideways against a car door on the way down. I got over it.
  • Then, two years ago I was hit  again by a car. This time I was on my bike. We were the only two people on the road on a beautiful September morning. An ambulance ride. After that I ended up in the cath lab for a second go around.
  • A few weeks ago I slipped on a rug and fell at my friends house.

Is this particularly clumsy? Do any of these make you cringe? Do you have your own memories? You may want to rethink that brush off? They are the lifetime of falls that involve a little neck trauma each time.

Suspicious that I may still suffer from those traumas I decided to make my own appointment with Dr. Dawson. I have a few rare diagnoses and finding an underlying cause is elusive. I’m thinking that a misalignment could be something that could throw the body off balance and over the long term could cause damage and misfiring of various systems in the body, including hormone, nervous and immune functions.

In the examination Dr  Dawson could tell one of my legs was shorter than the other and according to his scales that measure the weight distribution across each side of your body, I was favoring my left side by 11 lbs. X-rays showed that my head was not on straight at all, by 8 degrees. An 8 degree offset from normal is about the worst that he sees. He said he only sees one or two new patients a month with such a discrepancy.

Part of the brainstem extends through the atlas bone, and a misalignment can cause inflammation and pressure on this portion of your brain. Messages from the body don’t get through to the brain as easily and vice versa. The angle also causes your body to misalign, one side of the body compensates and holds more weight as the muscles on the other side contract and give you a functional shorter leg.

An easy painless adjustment with a small machine that put pressure on the bone and moved it back into alignment was all it took. There was no pain, and no “crack yer bones” type adjustment. Afterwards, I stepped immediately back on the scales and my body weight was already even on each side of my body. My legs had evened out. I lay in a darkened room on an anti gravity chair for about 20 minutes just to alleviate the weight off the bone and to let my body adjust. Then I was on my way.

The body after an adjustment enters a period of self-healing so there are some side effects to watch for, but I didn’t experience anything too crazy. I walked slightly differently, but by the end of the day all the pain I had been feeling, which I attributed to the inflammation in my descending aorta, was gone and hasn’t returned this week. The adjustment was checked after 4 days and in my case it had held, my body didn’t reegress back to the misalignment. This is the case for about 50 % of the patients he sees.

I am so hopeful that this is going to help with the management of the inflammation that is behind the issues I have with my vasculitis of the aorta. I know that Dr. Dawson is going to be a part of my self-care from now on.

If you are curious and have some issues you’d like to resolve I hope this helps.

For a full list of nucca (national upper cervical chiropractic association) go to
http://www.nucca.org/find_doctor.php

For a scientific perspective you can read on WebMD about a study that showed patients experienced on average a 14 pt drop in blood pressure after receiving an adjustment.

http://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/news/20070316/chiropractic-cuts-blood-pressure’

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