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The best natural deodorant!

Have you heard about how toxic most store-bought deodorants are? Aluminum is found in most off the shelf deodorants. It actually blocks your pores to prevent sweat and keep you "dry" all day.  Click here to read up on the hazards associated with conventional deodorant and the benefits of using this brand.

You may feel “dry” all day, but are actually not allowing your body to release the toxins by sweating.

There are many other chemicals in typical deodorant that are linked to a whole host of health problems.

Parabens are preservatives that allow the product to last longer by preventing mold or bacteria growth, BUT have been very closely linked to endocrine disruption + breast cancer.

  • Fragrance masks body odor + makes you smell slightly floral or shower fresh, BUT is a mixture of 3,000+ chemical ingredients and the cause of countless serious health issues.

  • Aluminum blocks your pores to prevent sweat and keep you dry all day long, BUT studies have revealed its connection to detrimental diseases like Alzheimer’s and even death.

I finally made the switch to a natural deodorant and am so glad! I waited until I ran out of my typical stuff, and will never go back. Primally Pure charcoal deodorant is awesome!  I've been using "Degree"  deodorant for years, and felt like I needed to re-apply throughout the day and it didn't work very well! I used another popular “natural” deodorant, but even after letting it warm up a bit on my skin, it was still abrassive on my skin and difficult to apply. The charcoal deodorant has a nice clean aroma to it, and I’m going to get some for my husband too!

Here's what I've noticed since switching:

  • no need to re-apply throughout the day

  • less product used: 1-2 swipes per arm is all you need

  • glides on smoothly (I had issues with Schmidt's being too hard + abrasive when applying)

  • no underarm odor

  • no endocrine disrupting ingredients

Ingredients in the Charcoal Deodorant:

  • Arrowroot Powder

  • Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil*

  • Tallow from Grass-Fed Cows

  • Organic Beeswax

  • Baking Soda

  • Non-nano Zinc Oxide

  • White Kaolin Clay

  • Activated Coconut Charcoal

  • Organic Essential Oils of Eucalyptus and Peppermint

*FAIR TRADE

Use code ‘STUMPTOWNCHIRO’ for 10% off your order!

Use code ‘STUMPTOWNCHIRO’ for 10% off your order!

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October is National Chiropractic Health Month

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"During National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) 2017 this October, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is sharing back injury prevention and strengthening tips as well as information on the value of a conservative approach to back pain treatment with the theme “Back to Basics.” 

"Back pain remains one of the most prevalent and disabling conditions worldwide. It is one of the most common reasons that patients visit their doctors, and one of the most common conditions for which doctors prescribe pain medications. It is estimated that up to 80% of people will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. In addition, with the overuse and abuse of prescription opioid painkillers in the United States still a major public health issue, it’s essential for health care consumers to understand that spinal manipulation and other conservative treatments can treat common musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain effectively and safely. 

NCHM 2017 focuses on back health “basics” -- the importance of overall health and injury prevention as key strategies in maintaining spinal health throughout a lifetime -- and highlights the growing body of research supporting a conservative approach to back pain treatment. "

  • Exercise, ergonomic workspaces and proper lifting are a few things that can help you avoid

    serious injury.

  • Sleeping on your back puts excessive pressure on your spine. Choose a side position instead.

  • When texting, bring your arms up in front of your eyes so that you don’t need to look down at

    the screen.

  • When reaching for something above shoulder level, use a stool rather than straining your

    neck/pain to reach.

  • When sitting, keep your knees higher than your hips with your head up/back straight. Don’t

    slouch.

  • If an item is too heavy, push it instead of pulling it. Use your legs, not your back when doing so.

  • When sitting at a computer, make sure your feet are firmly flat with your knees lower than your

    hips.

  • Never pinch your phone between your ear & shoulder. Use a headset to reduce shoulder strain.

  • Did you know that back pain is one of the leading reasons why people are prescribed opioids?

    Chiropractic spinal manipulation is widely recognized as one of the safest, non-drug therapies

    available for the treatment of back pain.

  • A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) adds to a

    growing body of recent research supporting the use of spinal manipulative therapy, a treatment

    used by chiropractors, as a first line treatment for acute low back pain.

  • Did you know injured workers with similar injuries are 28 times less likely to have spinal surgery if the first point of contact is a chiropractor, rather than a surgeon?

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World Spine - October 16, 2017

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  • 50% of workers will experience back pain at least once per year, often due to lack of movementor incorrect posture.

  • Back pain is the most common reason for a visit to the doctor’s office next to the common cold.

  • 50% to 85% of those who experience neck pain report symptoms again within 1-5 years.

  • Back pain is the most common reason for a visit to the doctor’s office next to the common cold.

  • You can help to prevent neck and back pain by having good posture and keeping active. Make sure you Straighten Up and Move Today!

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Sugar and Pain

Have you heard all of the news about sugar lately?  Some sources are even saying that sugar is far more harmful to our bodies than fat!   Whether you are in chronic or acute pain, sugar may play an important role in the inflammatory process, which may be contributing to your persistent symptoms.  Read on to find out more!

Excess sugar in the blood leads to a pathological process, called glycation. Glycation is the process of sugar molecules adhering to fascial proteins, causing stiffness and thickening (Cameron, 2014).  Robert Lustig, MD has become an anti-sugar advocate, exposing just how toxic sugar is.  See his presentation, "Sugar: The Bitter Truth" here.  Dr. Lustig has published several peer reviewed research articles regarding sugar and its connection to degenerative diseases.  Throughout his research, Dr. Lustig has concluded that about 75% of all diseases in America are in fact, preventable.  UCLA conducted a study on the impacts of fructose and high fructose corn syrup on the brain.   The professor of neurosurgery concluded that, "eating a high-fructose diet over the long term alters your brain's ability to learn and remember information" (Schmidt, 2012).  Based on the research study, he believes that "eating too much fructose could block insulin's ability to regulate how cells use and store sugar for the energy required for processing thoughts and emotions". 

Dr. Teitelbaum has written many books on chronic pain and is currently a medical director at a fibromyalgia center.  He notes that, “Sugar aggravates low blood sugar and adrenal problems, yeast (Candida) overgrowth, and nutritional deficiencies that worsen fibromyalgia,”.  He has seen patients experience a decrease in their pain, a sharper memory and more energy after coming off of sugar in as little as 10 days.

The Oxford Journal of Rheumatology performed a 2 year study, and found that 45% of patients had an increase in symptoms after consuming sweets and refined sugar.

Not only does sugar cause rapid spikes in blood sugar levels, release of cytokines (inflammatory messengers), and contributes to your risks of developing diabetes, it also attacks cells and tissues in the body.  The sugar and inflammation/chronic pain connection has been researched more and more over the past several years.  Many medical providers are advising all patients to reduce their sugar intake, now more than ever before.  White flour and other simple carbohydrates break down into sugar, so it is essential to eliminate/reduce actual sugar, along with white flour.  Chronic low grade inflammation, greatly contributes to atherosclerosis, strokes, memory loss, and more scary health conditions.

Common chronic conditions negatively affected by sugar:

  • fibromyalgia
  • arthritis
  • autoimmune conditions
  • leaky gut
  • adrenal fatigue
  • strokes
  • peripheral artery disease
  • irritable bowel disease (IBD)
  • arthritic conditions
  • colon cancer
  • diabetes
  • cataracts
  • poor memory
  • heart disease
  • osteoporosis

As you can see, sugar is not only costly to the human body, but also on the economy.  An estimated 40% of healthcare costs are due to excessive sugar intake (and this is probably a low estimate).  When you make the commitment to quit sugar for good, you will realize just how sweet today's foods are!  Sugar is addictive, don't get me wrong, but the more we consume, the more we crave it, like a drug.  There are several resources online that can help you to wean yourself off of sugar, and structured programs and books, such as the "21 Day Sugar Detox".  I remember seeing a baking tip years ago, that you could half the amount of sugar in any recipe and not notice a difference.  Since I've gone Paleo, I use honey or coconut sugar in recipes, but they usually only call for a few tablespoons, not multiple cups of refined white sugar!  After eliminating sugar and you taste sweet things that you used to crave constantly, you will realize just how sweet and sugar laden they were.

Consider going cold-turkey, signing up for a monthly sugar detox, or start tracking your daily meals, just to see how much sugar you are consuming!  Many products contain sugar, that you might not realize, such as: ketchup, salad dressings, yogurt, dried/dehydrated fruit, sauces, and more. 

If your pain is not going away with over the counter products or routine care, consider eliminating sugar from your diet!  Chiropractic and other holistic forms of healthcare can help to resolve musculoskeletal conditions with a proper assessment, diagnosis and treatment plan, but sugar may be hindering your progress and overall health and well being.  Remember, things labeled as "sugar free", are not necessarily better alternatives, if they contain harmful artificial sweeteners; always check the label and choose minimally processed foods.

 

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