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Headaches….what!? You make your head hurt.

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Headaches are no joke.  Sometimes, it is lightning bolts through the eye balls that strike out of seemingly nowhere.  Other times, it is the throbbing pressure behind the eyes or the tension band that starts in the back of your neck and seizes your entire head.  Ever feel like there are dozens of tiny bastard people redecorating the inside of your skull with a hammer, drill, or other painful power tool?  You know it is bad when you are left in a dark room, void of any noise other than that of you rolling on the ground crying like you’re being tortured by a Justin Beiber song.  Headaches come in all shapes and sizes, and can affect anyone from little kids to the eldest of adults.

Why do we get them?  The medical world defines them according to the symptoms that people experience.  Cluster, tension, sinus, and migraines are some of the terms that doctors and TV commercials toss around but the medical world is not interested in the cause.   Blood work, MRI’s, CT scans, and most other testing methods are more often than not, inconclusive.  So without knowing what is causing the headaches, you get introduced to the wide world of over-the-counter drugs and when they don’t work, you get to try the real good stuff…prescription drugs.

The list of drugs thrown at headaches is HUGE!  Often, the side effects are worse than the headache! Everything from liver destroying Tylenol to mood stabilizing anti-psychotic drugs that send people on crazy shooting spree rages.(I will take the headache) None of these chemical cocktails even address the CAUSE of the headache to begin with!

So why do headaches afflict so many of us.  One possibility lies in our structure, more specifically, the structure that houses, holds, and protects the vertical communication system in our bodies known as the NERVOUS SYSTEM.   That structure is the spinal column.  When your head starts to migrate in front of your shoulders due to the repetitive stress of your life and gravity, the back of the neck is placed in a stretched position ALL DAY LONG.  You guessed right, this is not a good thing.  What happens next?  Your body starts to follow your head and your shoulders start to round and move forward which make your shoulder blades spread apart putting those muscles in a stretched position ALL DAY LONG.  If you didn’t know, muscles DO NOT LIKE being stretched or contracted all day.  They’re supposed to be in balance and relaxed once in a while.  The tension alone can start to cause headaches.  Some research has shown upwards of 80% of headaches is neck and back stress related.

Another possibility is fuel.  WHAT ARE YOU FEEDING YOURSELF!?  You cannot run a gas engine on diesel fuel, well at least, not for long.   Food sensitivities are HUGE!  Seriously, most of what people eat is crap.  Highly processed, refined, bleached, enriched, de-fortified, re-fortified “food-like” products are what the vast majority of the Standard American Diet (SAD Diet) is comprised of.  Addictive ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and known neurotoxins like MSG that damage your nerves are snuck into many of these products to make them taste good so that we buy them.  Artificial sugars, colors and flavors, synthetic vitamins in mass amount, even the preservatives used to prolong shelf life have known side effects such as HEADACHES.   If it has more than four or five ingredients or you can’t pronounce most of them, just walk away.  Watch what you eat!

By making sure that your structure is functioning properly so that your nervous system is operating optimally and giving your body the proper food, your chances of experiencing headaches are greatly reduced.  Not only will your symptoms most likely go away but you will actually have a more positive global impact on your body as a whole.

The final main cause of headaches is TOXIC OVERLOAD.  Toxins also come in many forms.  Environmental toxins in the air we breathe, water we drink, and the places we live and work all have impacts on our health.  Also, the toxic load of emotional stress that some endure during their lives can greatly affect how often or if you get headaches.  Our bodies are great at two things: 1. ADAPTING 2. HEALING.  When the toxic load of stress out-weighs our body’s ability to adapt, things break down and symptoms like headaches can be one of the end results.

It is simple, well far from it but we’ll call it simple.  Watch what you put into your body, be aware of the environmental stressors around you, have an interference-free nervous system and a solid, well-functioning structure to protect it.  Then, your chances of ever getting a headache are almost nil except for the occasional hangover which is your own fault.   Otherwise, try EXERCISING!  Exercise has been shown to increase blood flow, improve mobility and decrease headaches.  You can make it a headache-free winter and get your life moving in a healthier direction before Mother Nature has her way with us this winter.

Get up, get active!

Dr. Mik

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Be Powerful in 2013

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It’s time reflect on 2012 and start 2013 off on the right foot. Over the last year, I’ve written various articles on health and healing and taking a more active role in your health. Part of the reason why I do what I do is to not only help heal your body but also to grow as a person. It is my job to help you do so. The following are some ideas on how to help make your life a more powerful one. These ideas may help you in your business and with your friends, and may also help you with the most important people in your life, your family and you!

Powerful people are those who rapidly put action to ideas. Try something that sounds like it might work and either succeed or fail quickly. If you fail go on to the next thing and it is okay to ask for help.

Power starts in the morning! Clarity of mind is one simple way to boost your productivity and effectiveness. Think about what you will do for the whole day and make a list, prioritizing the things of greatest importance.

Be Grateful! While you are making your list of to dos, also think about the things for which you are grateful. Make a list of these people or things. Somehow committing things to paper solidifies your gratitude.

The source of your power begins with your daily routine! This begins with what you eat, how well you sleep, and includes your daily workout. We all know breakfast is the most important meal, so give your-self enough time to eat well. Make sure you are getting adequate sleep so you are fresh for the whole day. Daily workouts are another great way to up your energy. People who are active stay active.

Help others get what they want! Zig Zigler once said that “You can get what you want as long as you help enough people get what they want.” Helping other people is a good idea anyway because it is the right thing to do. It just generally works out that both people benefit. Didn’t we learn this in Kindergarten?

Power is woven into the very fabric of what you believe! If you believe that you will be successful in you endeavors then you will. Unfortunately, vice versa. The shear power of belief in ones self is of much greater importance than the abilities or talents that may be necessary. If you are lacking, try positive affirmations in the A.M. and before you sleep.

Ask and you shall receive! Write down what is that you want in your life or for others and be sure to be specific. It is like making an order. If you like your salad with croutons and dressing on the side you must say so. Need I say more?

Realize that you have the power to make your life happen in 2013!

Health & Happiness,
Dr. Mik

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Are you up for a CHALLENGE this Summer?

 It’s spring time!  Summer is right around the corner.  The weather is improving and more and more people are venturing outdoors after a long winter hibernation.  What else comes with summer time?  Almost every philanthropy group has some type of 5k run/walk nearly every weekend. 

Along with the 5k’s, 10k’s, half and full marathons, and  triathalons are a growing trend of new, and more adventurous ways to torture yourself all while raising money for a good cause.  They have names like: The Tough Mudder, The Warrior Dash, The Spartan Race, GR 5k Mud Run, Muddy Buddy, and The Down and Dirty 5k just to name a few.

Last weekend, I completed (and survived) the MI/OH Tough Mudder, which was a 12-mile obstacle-course through an old Quarry in Amherst, OH.  Participants from across the country were hit with everything from treacherous terrain, lots of mud, freezing cold water, fire, and even electric shocks while crawling through muddy water.  Let’s just say it was challenging and I have the video and bruises to prove it.

People were spraining ankles, breaking ribs, and wrists, and running on the verge of hypothermia, all to benefit the Wounded Warrior project, which aids wounded Veterans.  One thing that I didn’t expect to see was all of the smiles and fun that people were having in the dreadful conditions that we were running in.

About half way through the race, as I was pulling a fellow mudder over an obstacle, I noticed something peculiar as he came out of the muddy water.  The guy only had one leg!  Just as soon as I pulled him up, he turned around, lowered his artificial limb to the guy behind him and pulled the guy up! 

There I was, freezing cold, sore everything, only half way through this hellacious race, thinking about the pain I was feeling and how far I had left to go and here is one of our Veterans, who gave his leg for our country, completely covered in mud, running this crazy race right next to me on ONE LEG!  That was a turning point for me…  I had a different feeling wash over me.  I no longer felt the pain, I couldn’t complain anymore, I just started smiling and continued on my muddy way.

Later in the course, I encountered a guy with one arm.  He sprinted up a 20 foot quarter-pipe and was able to latch onto someone’s hand and pulled himself up with ONE ARM onto the platform!  Not only was it an amazing feat of strength, but for the people watching, it was motivation for them to get to the top of that obstacle. 

One of my own teammates lost her grip on an obstacle, fell, and broke 2 of her ribs as she hit the platform on her way down.  Guess what…she ran over 5 miles afterwards and still completed the race. (She’s one Tough Mudder)

At one point, my teammates and I, encountered 3 grandmothers trying to navigate a 12 foot wall, so myself and two of my teammates helped push the sweet old ladies over the wall.   They were voiced their thanks and went on their merry way, smiling the whole time.  I couldn’t believe the variety of people that we saw along the course, from 18 years old to people well into their sixties!

The bottom line is, there are a TON of challenges waiting for you out there.  It doesn’t matter your age, athletic ability, or motivation, just pick one, or two, or three this summer and challenge yourself to do something proactive with your health and help out a great cause.  Even if you just walk, you are still moving in the right direction.  You may amaze yourself with what your body and mind can actually do!

Check out the local events list in your area to see what’s available.  You’ll feel better about yourself and also lend a hand to a cause that can always use more support.  If you can’t run or walk, volunteer to help out with whatever you can do.  Either way, you will be helping others as well as helping yourself take a more proactive role in leading a healthier lifestyle.

See you in the Mud!

Dr. Mik