A Neti Pot can be a simple solution to sinus issues.
Neti Pots can be an effective and natural way to combat seasonal allergies and other sinus related illnesses. No medication works as fast and fully in clearing nasal congestion than neti pots and other sinus rinses.
Here's what Mayo Clinic has to say about them: A neti pot is a container designed to rinse your nasal cavity. You might use a neti pot to treat nasal allergies, sinus problems or colds. In fact, many people believe that regular use of a neti pot is more effective for nasal allergy and sinus symptoms than are over-the-counter medications.
If you are making your own saltwater solution, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends using bottled water that has been distilled or sterilized. Tap water is acceptable if it's been passed through a filter with a 1-micron pore size or if it's been boiled for several minutes and then left to cool.
To use the neti pot, tilt your head over the sink, place the spout of the pot in the upper nostril and gently pour in the water. As you pour, the water will flow through your nasal cavity and out the lower nostril. Repeat on the other side.
Be sure to rinse the irrigation device after each use with similarly distilled, sterile, previously boiled and cooled, or filtered water and leave open to air dry.
Neti pots are often available in pharmacies and health food stores, and you can find an even wider selection online.
When it came to choosing the best supplements to offer patients at ChiroElite, the choice was easy. Metagenics manufactures a product I can trust in having the utmost quality and potency. The company strives to offer the very best in the industry and I believe their products can not be matched in the grocery store or even in name brand health supplement stores.
Metagenics on Their Quality
No one looks at quality quite the way we do. And what makes us different makes us better. We devote the time and personnel to verify ingredient safety, ensure proper ingredient form/identity, and then test for purity and quality at multiple steps. This diligence may not change the way our products look, but we know it makes a measurable difference in the way our products perform. You’ll know it, too.
Cutting corners can have long-reaching health effects. Especially if a product contains the wrong ingredient form or potentially harmful contaminants. Or if the active ingredients aren’t absorbed properly. Metagenics starts with a formula designed with sound research and carefully monitors every stage of production to deliver a finished product that lives up to its scientific promise.
The result? A higher level of purity, safety, and quality for reliably effective use. In fact, we’re one of the first companies in our industry to achieve three independent certifications for Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) by world-leading arbiters. In many areas, we exceed these requirements with additional in-house testing and third-party assays by respected independent laboratories.
Because knowing that thousands of healthcare providers rely on our products to help their patients feel better isn’t something we take lightly.
ChiroElite Chiropractic + Rehab is an Authorized Retailer of Metagenics, Biofreeze, and Thera-Band
Oil Pulling for Oral Health
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic remedy for oral health and detoxification. It involves the use of pure oils as agents for pulling harmful bacteria, fungus, and other organisms out of the mouth, teeth, gums and even throat.
The most effective oil pulling is done by placing around a tablespoon of cold pressed organic sesame oil into the mouth and swishing the oil around the mouth for approximately 10-15 minutes and then spitting it out.
First, the oils mix with the saliva, turning it into a thin, white liquid. Lipids in the oils begin to pull out toxins from the saliva. As the oil is swished around the mouth, teeth, gums and tongue, the oil continues to absorb toxins, and usually ends up turning thick and viscous and white. Once the oil has reached this consistency, it is spit out before the toxins are reabsorbed.
Multiple scientific studies show the efficacy of oil pulling therapy. One study shows that oil pulling with sesame oil can boost overall oral health. Specifically, using sesame oil as an oral health agent helps to reduce the amount of S. mutans (germ) count in both teeth plaque and mouth saliva. Scientists believe that the lipids in the oil both pull out bacteria, as well as stop bacterial from sticking to the walls of the oral cavity.
A huge thank you to all the people who celebrated our clinic's ribbon cutting with us! It was great to meet so many nice members of the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce and others from around the area. Our reception area was packed with people even though the weather was nasty outside. We even managed to recruit a good majority to take an outdoor picture for the cutting of the ribbon!
Juicing has been a topic I've heard about for quite a long time. During high school I worked in the produce department at a local grocery store. A few people would ask me about juicing and juicers, but I didn't know much at the time. One day, an older woman came up to me and explained how raw juicing saved her life. She was dying from cancer and claimed that after going on a juice only diet, she was cured and her doctors were absolutely baffled. My co-workers and I thought she was crazy, but what she said stuck in my head nonetheless.
I went quite a few years not interested in juicing because it seemed costly and time consuming. I had tried it a few times after finding a juicer at a garage sale for $15 and thought the cleanup wasn't worth the effort. Then, after graduating chiropractic school, I was reintroduced to it by a colleague I worked with in Chicago. The ingredients he used figured to make a nasty tasting concoction, but to my surprise it always tasted excellent. At that point I was hooked. I found the old garage sale juicer and began making my own juices 4-6x a week.
Dr. Oz writes this about juicing: "There are many health benefits of drinking freshly juiced fruits and vegetables, and it’s a great way to add nutrients from the fruits or vegetables that you normally wouldn’t eat. Fruit and vegetable juices retain most of of the vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals (phytonutrients) that would be found in the whole versions of those foods. These nutrients can help protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer and various inflammatory diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis. Valuable compounds called flavonoids and anthocyanins are abundant in a variety of fruits and vegetables and guard against oxidative cellular damage, which comes from everyday cellular maintenance and is exacerbated by exposure to chemicals and pollution."
Dr. Mercola from Mercola.com writes that there are three main reasons to juice:
There are a wide variety of juicers on the market. I've used a handful and have done quite a bit of research to find the perfect moderately priced juicer. Firstly, there are two main kinds of juicers - masticating and centrifugal. Masticating use slow speed and normally employ an auger to crush whole foods into juice while expelling out most of the fiber into a separate container. Centrifugal juicers usually operate at high speeds and use a form of grater that spins, releasing the juices and spitting fibers into a rear receptacle. The main benefit of each is that masticating supposedly introduces less oxygen, lower temperatures and leaves the healthy enzymes and nutrients more intact in your juice. Centrifugal normally have bigger feeding tubes which require less cutting up of foods and juice almost as fast as you can shove things down the tube for it to eat. Normally for people just getting started or in a hurry, centrifugal works just fine. If you have more time and want a "better quality" juice, then masticating might be your option.
My favorite juicers
An interesting article on vaccinations:
I came across a post last week entitled “Dear Parents, you are being lied to. “ In it the author attempted to essentially tell parents who choose not to vaccinate that they are wrong, victims of a deceitful web of lies, and the equivalent of “vaccine preventable disease receptacles.”
Muscle Stripping: The provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with muscle stripping. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.
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Thomas R. Pellatt, DC
Chiropractor and Owner of ChiroElite Chiropractic + Rehab in Altoona, WI