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About physical health, DIY, and other information related to health through the osteopathic lens.

How To Find An Osteopath In The US

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Finding an osteopathic physician who practices hands-on osteopathic treatment can be hard. Much of the population in the United States does not know that osteopathic physicians (D.O.s) exist. Even with those that do, many do not know how to find an osteopath that does hands on osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). Unlike much of the rest of the world, D.O.s in the U.S. are trained as fully licensed physicians on top of their osteopathic training. The end result of this is that the vast majority of U.S. trained D.O.s practice medicine in a similar fashion to their M.D. counterparts. They practice…

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The Most Compelling Reason To Heal Your Trauma Down To The DNA

By Emotional/Mind Health, Health, Osteopathy, Physical HealthNo Comments

What if we looked at cultivating our health differently? What if we were more proactive in cultivating both physical and mental health? It might surprise you how that could change not just you, but your family in the present and the future. Many patients who have had quality osteopathic treatments, myself included, describe feeling like their body is being unwound. They describe feeling lighter and looser. Movement becomes easier and more efficient. Sometimes patients describe feeling a natural high as endorphins are released. Over time, some patients start to understand and experience how this unwinding has an effect on their…

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The Rule of the Artery: Osteopathic Reflection

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The rule of the artery is supreme.” Andrew Taylor Still, D.O.   This quote is often mistaken as being the primary principle that osteopathy is based on. Dr. Still, the founder of osteopathy wrote about the importance of other structures and having the whole body in working order. Having said this, he did understand how vital unobstructed blood flow is to overall health. Having unobstructed blood flow generally means all the tissues are in proper working order. Does Blood Flow Matter? Blood flow is highly important for the overall health of the body. The tissues that get the best blood…

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Questions About Health? Start With Nature For The Answer

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These days there is so much conflicting information about health. There are so many different diets, exercise programs, medications, supplements, and more. It can become overwhelming even if you are an expert on health. Since its beginning, osteopathy has looked for answers in nature. In his book Osteopathy: Research and Practice, Andrew Taylor Still wrote, “The Osteopath who succeeds best does so because he looks to Nature for knowledge and obeys her teachings . . .” This is a great place to start and is the standard we should strive for. What Does This Mean? It seems with so many…

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What Else Cesar Millan Taught Me About Medicine

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It would always catch my attention when I would watch The Dog Whisperer television show and Cesar Millan would help dogs with self esteem problems by having the dog owners walk their dogs like if they were in a dog show. This would keep the dog to walk in a posture of confidence and from going into a posture of fear and self doubt. Walking the dog on a regular basis with its head held high like a confident dog would change the dog’s attitude and help give it confidence over time. One episode I saw, he not only adapted…

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Why Do Some Kids Get Chronic Ear Infections In Only One Ear?

By Health, Medicine, Osteopathy, Physical Health3 Comments

Why The Current Idea Just Does Not Work When parents ask their pediatricians why their children get chronic ear infections, the answer is invariably the same. Babies get ear infections because their ear canals are more horizontal than that of an adult. Therefore the fluid cannot drain as well into the throat making the stagnant fluid a breeding ground for bacteria. Sounds reasonable right? I used to think so until I thought about it a little more. Then I had questions that I still felt needed answering. If babies are born with horizontal ear canals, then why do not all…

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What If We Are Approaching Pain All Wrong?

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Imagine you are driving down the street and the “check engine” light comes on in your car. You stop your car, get a piece of masking tape, and cover up the “check engine” light. Now that you cannot see the light, you continue on your way. This is the equivalent to taking anti-inflammatory medications to mask the problem when feeling aches and pains. The ache or pain is your body communicating that something is not right. Taking the anti-inflammatory or getting the anti-inflammatory injection may block the pain but does not address the underlying issue. Without trying to figure out…

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Nutritional And Homeopathic Tips For Back Pain

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Guest post by Natasha Zarrin, H.H.C.   So just about all of us have experienced some type of back discomfort. The reasons are as varied as we all are. Whether it’s chronic or a result of negotiating slippery sidewalks, having this type of irritation is no fun! To alleviate these pains most people would do well to book a bodywork appointment – osteopathic manipulation is particularly effective. In addition, there are other supportive and healing things to consider that are quite simple.   Shedding some weight might be helpful to those who are carrying a few extra pounds which are…

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3 Assumptions Doctors Make About Health

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According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word health is defined as, “the condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit; especially :  freedom from physical disease or pain.” In short, this is saying that health is simply the “absence of disease or pain.” Sounds good right? This definition of “health” is what drives the medical field today. Think about it. The traditional medical approach takes whatever symptoms people have and the medicine given is generally aimed at suppressing the symptoms or simply remove them. Because as long as those symptoms are not present, then one is “healthy.” If you have inflammation, you…

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How Your Glasses Or Contacts Are Causing Headaches

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Have you ever had headaches after getting a new eyeglass prescription? Have you ever wondered why you get those headaches? That is what we will explore in this article and some options besides surgery to improve your vision.  In order to understand what happens, we will be operating with the understanding that the bones of the head are capable of moving. More details on that later. Also it is important to understand that with vision, the eyeball will elongate or shorten based on whether you are looking at an object far away or close to you. This is so that…

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