Category Archives: Humor

Once Upon A Time…

As we move through the holiday season, we often get lost in our lives and begin to have tunnel vision in the mundane, sometimes it is a good idea to look back.  It is our forefathers that are able to share their wisdom from many years and of many years ago.  They push forth this knowledge in great hopes that we may take this valuable information and learn further, creating a future that is better than the past.  The issues don’t differ.  Our great grandparents wanted the same things that we do today, happiness, love, success and health.  It is merely the circumstances that have changed.

“We never know how far reaching something we may think, say, or do today will effect the lives of millions tomorrow.”

B.J. Palmer  D.C., PhC.

Founder of Chiropractic

And yet still we hold back!  Each of us can be the great person we want to be for others, just find a purpose.  Realize how much you can help others just by not being afraid to do so.  It is okay to be rejected, at least you tried!

“Great spirits have always experienced violent opposition from mediocre minds.”

Albert Einstein

If you knew in advance that everyone would reject you, but you would succeed later, what would you do?  Sometimes greatness is a lonely path.  Just think of the bigger picture, the long term, rather than today!

“Your greatest risk is to underestimate your potential.”

Burleigh Cook

Your potential in spirit and body are linked closely.  If you do not rise to your goals or are not true in your word, your body feels this defeat.  It is of the greatest importance to realize this connection and maintain health in both aspects.

“People are whole – a package of the problem and the solution.  There is nothing we can do about it, we are not in charge!”

Dale Lotter, D.C.

“Each patient carries his own doctor inside him.  We are at our best when we give the doctor who resides within each patient a chance to work.”

Albert Schweitzer, M.D.

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

                                             Thomas Edison

“If all the medicine in the world were thrown into the sea, it would be bad for the fish and good for humanity.”

O.W. Holmes, M.D.

Professor of Medicine, HarvardUniversity

“The power that made the body, heals the body, it happens no other way.”

B.J Palmer, D.C.

“Whether or not you believe it, doesn’t make it any less true.”

Damon J. Popovics, D.C.

So remember to give your body a chance to heal itself that is the way it was designed.  It was a far greater intelligence that made the human body.  Do you have faith in the arrogance that believes something was left out? If you see someone who needs help, tell them the truth that you know about the body.  Give them the chance to rise to their potential.  That is the right thing to do and it will make for a healthy new year for all!

Happy Holidays!

Dr. Mik­­

Laugh a little…more

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What’s infectious, free, and available to nearly everyone?  NO, it’s not an STD.  Try a little humor once in a while.  The sound of people falling over laughing is far more contagious than any sneeze, cough, or itch (which you may want to get checked).  Sharing smiles and laughter with others brings people together in happiness and intimacy.  Laughter has profound impacts on the body; such as, boosting your energy, strengthening your immune system, diminishing pain, and reducing your body’s stress response.  Best of all it’s easy to use, fun, and you don’t need a shot of penicillin afterwards.

“Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.”

-Mark Twain

Now let’s look at the biochemical impact of laughter. When you laugh, there’s a lot more going on in your body than just the physical effect. You’re also experiencing a biochemical benefit.

Your body manufactures chemicals based on certain needs and the sends them throughout your entire body.  It has been said that for every sixty seconds of laughter, you produce around $10,000 worth of HEALTHY body chemistry, versus if you had to go out and actually buy the refined, processed compounds from labs or pharmaceutical companies, you would have to pay at least $10k for the same chemistry that your brain is producing for free when you laugh.
Who can afford that in today’s economy? (Please do not try to sell your brain chemistry!)

Some of these are fun, brain-altering chemicals, such as serotonin; others are immune-boosting chemicals such as interleukins and pain-killing endorphins.  And yet, once again, you can create these chemicals for yourself at no cost by simply laughing!

Google “psychoneuroimmunology,” it’s a fascinating specialty that looks at the link between the mind and immune system function. What researchers have found in this field is that your state of mind has everything to do with the functioning of your immune system. By engaging in laughter, you can boost both your mind and your body.

  • Laughter relaxes the whole body. A jolly old laugh relieves tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
  • Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune      cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
  • Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins      promote an overall sense of well-being, increase orgasms and can even temporarily relieve pain.
  • Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels an increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.

Maybe, you could try creating opportunities to laugh; Check out a funny movie, go to a comedy club, hang out with funny people and share hilarious stories or play a stupid (but funny) game, play with a goofy pet.  Try to have some fun in life doing things that make you happy and laugh.

Bring more humor and laughter into your life, it is your birthright, a natural part of life that is innate and inborn. Infants begin smiling during the first weeks of life and laugh out loud within months of being born. Maybe, you didn’t have a lot to laugh about when you were younger but thankfully, you’re never too old to learn to laugh.

Here are some ways to start:

  • Smile.  Smiling is the beginning of laughter. Like laughter, it’s contagious. Have you ever found yourself in a bad situation where the only thing you could do was laugh?  Things suck less when      you laugh at them.  It’s already a bad situation, being pissed-off only makes that situation worse.  When you look at someone or see something even mildly pleasing, practice smiling. Better yet, try faking even if you really don’t like something or someone.
  • Be thankful and count your blessings. Literally make a list. It will remind you of the good even when things are bad.
  • When you hear laughter, move that way. Don’t but in on a conversation if it’s a private moment      or inside joke but if there are a group of people laughing, more often, people are happy to share so that maybe someone else will think they are funny. When you hear laughter, check it out and see “What’s funny?”
  • Spend time with fun, playful people. You know who they are, they (and you) laugh–both at      themselves and at life’s absurdities–and who are experts in finding everyday things to laugh at. Their playful point of view and laughter are contagious.
  • Bring humor into conversations. Ask people, “What’s the funniest thing that happened to you today? This week? In your life?”

Take yourself less Seriously for once!  Get a sense of humor.  One essential characteristic that helps us laugh is not taking ourselves too seriously. We’ve all known the classic tight-lipped duche who takes everything with deathly seriousness and never laughs at anything. No fun there!

Some events aren’t really sad and don’t really warrant a big laugh, in fact most events in life don’t carry an overwhelming sense of either boo or yippee. They fall into the gray zone of blah ordinary life–giving you the choice to laugh or not.

Laugh at yourself more. Share your embarrassing moments. That’s what friends are for.  Attempt to laugh at situations rather than whine about them.  Look for the humor in a bad situation, and uncover the irony and absurdity of life. This will help improve your mood and the mood of those around you.  Surround yourself with reminders to lighten up. Keep a daily reminder to smile and laugh, whether it’s a goofy toy, funny poster or computer screensaver that makes you laugh.  Keep things in perspective.Many things in life are beyond your control—particularly the behavior of other people. While you might think taking the weight of the world on your shoulders is admirable, in the long run it’s unrealistic, unproductive, unhealthy, and even egotistical. Deal with your stressful issues. Stress is a major barrier to humor and laughter. Pay attention to children and be a little more like them. They are the experts on playing, taking life lightly, and laughing. Maybe, you ­­are just out of practice:

When dealing with a bad situation, ask yourself this:

  • Is it really worth getting upset over?
  • Is it worth upsetting others?
  • Is it that important?
  • Is it that bad?
  • Is the situation final and unchangeable?
  • Is it really your problem?

You may find that it’s really NOT THAT BIG OF A PROBLEM and it’s only TEMPORARY!

Life brings challenges that can either kick your butt or become your imaginations new play toy.  When you “become the problem” and take yourself too seriously, it’s tough to think outside the box and find new solutions. But when you play with the problem, you can often transform it into an opportunity for creative learning.

Kids have it down already. When they are confused or afraid, they make their problems into a game, giving them a sense of control and an opportunity to experiment with new solutions. Playing with others helps you retain this creative ability.

As laughter, humor, and play become an integrated part of your life, your creativity will flourish and new discoveries for fun with friends, coworkers, acquaintances, and loved ones will happen more and more. Humor takes you to a higher place (remember the chemicals) where you can view the world from a more chilled, positive, creative, happy, and balanced perspective.

Health & Happiness,

Dr. Mik

Not Bacon!- Good Fats in Your Diet

Oh Bacon, how I wish your nutritional properties matched your magnificent taste. 

Sadly, and as much as it pains me to say, bacon is not a “Good” fat in your diet.  Research, fortunately, has shown us some healthier alternatives.

Recent research has shown:

Many still believe that saturated fats like coconut oil are “fattening” and bad for your heart, but indeed some are GOOD! – some may even help you attain your weight loss goals as well.

For cooking: Tropical oils such as palm and coconut oils (and even animal fats such as butter) are best for cooking… they have very little polyunsaturates and are mostly composed of natural saturated fats which are the least reactive to heat/light and therefore the least inflammatory in your body from cooking use.

Consuming lots of olive oil lowers your risk for stroke, according to a recent analysis of more than 7,600 people conducted by French researchers. People who used olive oil lowered their risk of stroke by 41 percent when compared to those who never used olive oil, according to the study.

Remember, however, olive oil has 120 calories per tablespoon, which people tend to forget when drizzling it over salads or dabbing it with a chunk of bread. Realize that could turn your 50-calorie salad into a 350-calorie salad, and that’s no good.

As you already know, your waist size is not only a matter of your outward reflection on the world (the way you look), but also an indicator of the build-of fat around your internal organs which is strongly linked to 2 of America’s Top Health Concerns: Diabetes and heart disease.  It’s actually more accurate than your body mass index (BMI). The greater the waist circumference, the higher the chances are for diabetes.

If you want to determine if your waist size is in a healthy range, use a tape measure to figure the distance around the smallest area of your abdomen below your rib cage and above your belly button. Then compare your measurements to this general guide:

  • For men, between 37 and 40 inches is overweight and more than 40 inches is obese
  • For women, 31.5-34.6 inches is overweight and more than 34.6 inches is obese

In other words, if you can’t see your toes, get to Meijer and start cooking with Coconut Oil…It’s a good first step.           

Many of coconut oil’s benefits may be due to its content of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), rather than the long chain fatty acids (LCFAs) found in vegetable oils like soybean oil and animal fats (bacon…damn) and lard.

Additionally, many LCFAs are from genetically engineered vegetable oils that are loaded with omega-6 fats.  Not only do you want to avoid the genetically engineered foods, but even if they were organic these vegetable oils should be avoided as they are high processed and also distort you fragile omega 6/3 ratio.

Vegetable Oils (including soybean oil) and lard:

-are difficult for your body to break down

-cause more strain on your pancreas, your liver and your entire digestive system.

-are predominantly stored in your body as fat.

-when oxidized, can deposit within arteries, contributing to both blood vessel inflammation and plaque build-up.

Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, REAL Butter (not margarine):

-are smaller and more easily broken down

-are easily digested, thus putting less strain on your digestive system. This is especially important for those of you with digestive or metabolic concerns.

-are sent directly to your liver, where they are immediately converted into energy rather than being stored as fat.

-can actually help stimulate your body’s metabolism, leading to weight loss.

Additionally, a very exciting discovery is that coconut oil may even serve as a natural treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

Whether you’re trying to lose weight or not, using coconut oil as your primary cooking oil is important because it is the only one that is stable enough to resist heat-induced damage. Extra-virgin olive oil, while great as a salad dressing or for other non-heated uses, should not be used for cooking. Due to its chemical structure, heat makes it susceptible to oxidative damage.

And polyunsaturated fats, which include common vegetable oils such as corn, soy, safflower, sunflower and canola, are absolutely the worst oils to use in cooking. These omega-6 oils are highly susceptible to heat damage because of their multiple double bonds.

Coconut oil is far superior to any other cooking oil and is loaded with health benefits, not to mention flavor. Make sure you choose an organic coconut oil that is unrefined, unbleached, made without heat processing or chemicals, and does not contain genetically engineered ingredients.

I still think bacon should be one of the four basic food groups, but I have to go with the research on this one, try to maintain my girlish figure, and stick with the coconut oil for cooking and olive oil for my salads.  Though, I will be dreaming of bacon tonight.

Health & Happiness,

Dr. Mik

Occupy Survival Guide

 

Here in West Michigan we see slight flurries to road-covering, knee-high, drifting, blowing lake-effect snow but snow doesn’t have to be the enemy.

Latitudinally-challenged people like the Eskimos build their places of residence (igloos) from the fluffy white nectar of the sky. But likely, you’re no Eskimo– 20,000 folks in a small area sure can cause a lot of problems… so how do you survive?  For those Occupy Wall Street/Grand Rapids/Lansing protesters about to embrace their first lake-effect, ice-ridden winter the way a hedge fund manager embraces his bonus check, here are a few tips to keep you and your fellow freedom-fighters from sickness and freezing to death.

The bacteria swimming around all those people is pretty much like the cantina scene in Star Wars… you never know when a green alien is going to jump out and blast you.  So? What do you do? Let’s face it, most of us are not MacGyver, and if you went through Med School, you probably wouldn’t be sleeping in a tent in the middle of a city.

There are a few things you’re going to need to defend yourself.

Let’s start with occupying some clothes: Remember, cotton kills-it pulls heat from the body and doesn’t insulate well and is highly absorbent.  If you’re looking for natural fibers, wool is a much better option.  Wool can insulate you – even when wet – up to 1/3 saturation.  Obviously, go inside and warm up when possible but be aware that if you’re sweating when you leave and return to the frozen tundra, you run the risk of hypothermia and even death. Some wool has the ability to take moisture away from the skin, leaving you drier and better protected. 

Occupy your head, hands, feet and ears. Your extremities are the first to feel the pain.  Your body naturally will divert blood flow away from the limbs in order to keep protect your brain and internal organs.  As for the proper foot attire, stick with something waterproof and unventilated. And allow for some “wiggle room.”  If you lace up too tight, you restrict even more blood flow to the toes and the feet stay cold.  Blood flow keeps you warm. 

Remember, when you’re not awake, you’re asleep.  When winter occupying, you must beware if snow completely envelopes your tent because breathing eats up all the oxygen and replaces it with carbon monoxide, a poison. Yes, breathing can kill you. Take shifts dusting snow off of the tent (perhaps using a tire boot and parking tickets) and make sure to keep it ventilated.

Also, remember the earth sucks…the body heat out of you through conduction, so protect yourself by using a raised cot, sleeping pads, 3-liters of moon mist, pizza boxes – whatever you can find. You need to occupy yourself a good sleeping bag: -20 degrees is fitting for this side of the state.

 

Hand Sanitizer… you’re going to need to occupy a lot. Don’t stock up on that cruddy alcohol based sanitizer like Purell. You need something hardcore with what they call, “persistence.” Look for Triclosan or PCMX in the active ingredients. Persistence doesn’t just mean you’re going to occupy some space until people listen to you, or hitting on someone in a bar until they give up their digits. It means the good guys in the sanitizer are going to kill the bad guys… for a lot longer than the alcohol could.

Speaking of persistence… let’s talk about that odor issue that’s going to be occupying YOU! Don’t be the homeless guy who walks around, talking to himself, regarding his own personal hygiene.  You want people to see you when you’re out protesting, not run away from the rank stench that could knock a turkey vulture off a telephone poll at 100 yards. What do you do?  One of the ways is with a shower wipe. This can help you get the dirt, gunk, and stank off in absence of running water. I’d recommend going with something delicate, like a cucumber and aloe… which can also double for toilet paper… if you can actually find a toilet someone is going to let you use.  And, look after your mouth!  Save yourself a trip to the dentist and go out to buy some Wisps. No water needed, brush, pick, toss… and SHARE.

Money… you’re going to need at to occupy least $1000 cash for a couple of reasons. You’re probably going to need to post bail when you get arrested for continually using the Starbucks toilet without buying coffee… or… you’re just going to have to buy a LOT of coffee. Yeah, I know, $1k is a lot of dough, and you may have issues putting all that money in your skinny jeans, but people that take bribes? Well… they don’t take American Express.

If you’re not tweakin’ for the weekend on triple skinny carmel macchiato with 4 shots of espresso, you’re going to need to occupy some hydration. Protesting is a tough job, so you don’t want to go passing out and end up handcuffed to a hospital bed, or falling over when they turn the fire-hose on you. I’d say go get a Camel-Bak and fill it up with some cold water; it’s like a backpack and a water-bottle all in one.

Nutritionally? Okay, so you’ve survived the night and now it’s time for breakfast. Dunkin Donuts, for example, are high in calories, which are good, but they lack complex carbohydrates, which break down slowly, keeping you warmer longer. Staple junk foods like donuts and bagels (mmm…bagels) are loaded with simple sugars (mmm, simple) so the energy burns up quickly, leaving you like a low-blood sugar, mush-brain, with little to no mental capacity for decision making.  So stick to the complex-carbs.

What about booze?  Alcohol makes you feel warm, but in reality it makes you colder.  Cigarettes are equally unhelpful at providing warmth.  Both alcohol and cigarettes cause constriction of the blood vessels, especially to the hands and feet, limiting the blood flow to those areas=COLD. 

You’ll probably want to occupy an acoustic guitar. It’s not that “Stairway to Heaven” and every Pearl Jam song ever made get old after hearing them 100 times… but you can also smash the guitar and use it for firewood. Depending on how you play, you might actually make more friends that way.

 

Bring a tent big enough for 2 to occupy. You never know when you’re going to meet that special protester that dots their “i’s” with a heart on their placards. In that case, you had better occupy some condoms as well. Sharing body heat to keep from getting hypothermia has been a long standing way to stay warm in harsh times. If you don’t smell like butt-crack and tacos, there’s probably a higher possibility of that.

Occupy some duct tape. It’s got 1001 uses, right? When your shoes and clothes become raggedy tatters flapping in the wind like Donald Trump’s hair piece on a speed boat, your faith in your cause isn’t going to hold them together… duct tape is!

Move it or lose it!  Sedation is the enemy.  Sitting around will make you more susceptible to cold.  Break up the day with jumping jacks, push-ups, free-style running or cold yoga.  Blood is your body’s thermoregulator, so it’s essential to keep it flowing.  I’ve personally never seen a hippy do a push-up, but I am confident in their ability to do so (even if it’s hard to do push-ups in skinny jeans).

Following these simple and brief tips in this article may be the difference between life and death for many of the protesters out there this winter.  Otherwise, toilet paper is always an option.

If you ever have any health questions or concerns/comments please email me at dr.mik@healthylife4me.com

 

Health & Happiness,

Dr. Mik