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About Dr. Tiffany Johnson

I'm Dr. Tiffany Johnson, from Healing Touch Chiropractic in West Fargo. I provide family chiropractic services to the North Dakota communities of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo. I believe health is all about creating wellness and living your life to its fullest potential. My interest in family health is a personal one; as a wife and mother of two young children, I understand the challenges families face today when trying to live a wellness lifestyle I'm passionate about transforming lives and am particularly inspired by the health changes that can happen within families with just the simplest of changes. It only takes one person to begin living healthier, for the benefits to rub off on every family member. I love what I do because through the transformation of one person, a thousand lives are being changed!

Fun and Easy Tips for Drinking More Water

Our last post, “Health Tip: Improve Your Health the Easy Way”, was a popular one. Clearly everyone is looking for simple and practical ways they can improve their health and feel, look and be better naturally.

I’m always telling people to drink more water, but what prompted me to write the article was the realization that I don’t usually tell people “why”. The “why” is important, because that’s what motivates people to take action, and, I must have done a good job explaining the “why” because there have since been many conversations with patients in our office on this topic prompting me to write this follow-up post.

In the original article (you can find it here if you missed it), I share about the importance of hydration to our health and bodies, and how drinking more water is one thing you can do immediately to make a positive impact on your health. I also shared the formula for ensuring proper hydration.  The information resonated with people, and based on their feedback they definitely want to experience the benefits, but there were still objections and obstacles to overcome. We worked through some solutions and many of our patients had creative ideas of their own to share. I wanted to pass the best of them along to you…

Water is boring…

  • Freeze slices of lemons, limes, oranges, strawberries and/or grapes to use in place of ice cubes. The featured image to this post is a great example of how much more enticing this is!
  • Add 2 tablespoons of fresh squeezed lime or lemon juice to a tall glass of cold water (or more or less as you like it). Sweeten with Stevia, stir and enjoy for a zesty, sugar-free lemon or limeade. Extra bonus: Lemon and lime helps to balance the body’s PH!

I just can’t get into the habit…

  • Purchase 2 water bottles (one for a.m. and one for p.m.). Use a permanent marker to make lines for various times of day. This will help you gauge our water intake and track your progress (see an example to the right).
  • Set a reminder on your computer or smartphone for the top of each hour. Drink one glass of water every hour while at work or school. When the work or school day is done your water quota should be nearly met.
  • Have a big glass of water at each transitional point of the day: when you first get up, just before leaving the house, when you sit down to work, before and after each meal and snack, etc.
  • Drink with a straw – you’ll take bigger gulps and drink much more quickly.
  • After each trip to the restroom, down an eight-ounce glass to replenish your system.

You’ll do better if you make it fun…

  • Make a bet with a co-worker to see who can drink more water throughout the day.
  • Drink water from a fancy or fun glass or bottle, add garnishes; anything to make it feel fun and special.
  • Add motivational or inspiring messages or quotes on your water bottle or glass. Use stickers or write with a permanent marker. You’ll smile with every sip!

Keep it green…

  • Purchase a reusable water bottle and fill it from the tap or water cooler instead of purchasing bottled water.
  • Keep those disposable water bottles out of the landfill by recycling. Or, you and your coworkers could plan a project like this one to the right!

When weight loss is your motivation…

  • When you have a junk-food craving, down a glass of water immediately. You’ll feel full quickly and probably find the craving will pass.
  • Drink two full glasses at each meal, one before and one after. Also, drink one glass before each snack. It’s a simple thing but you’ll find you won’t eat as much.

If you have your own water drinking tips, we would love to hear them! Please comment below and share what you do to incorporate more water into your wellness lifestyle.

Dr. Tiffany

Health Tip: Improve Your Health the Easy Way

While we haven’t had many really hot days yet, I’m confident their coming. And as the holiday weekend approaches, and we officially kick-off summer, you’re bound to hear reminders to drink more water.

It’s good health advice, and one of the easiest things you can do to improve your health. Hydration is so important in fact, that at my office we don’t reserve this recommendation for just the summer months; I believe getting plenty of high-quality H20 is an important part of good health all year round.

So, what exactly is the role of water in health? Water is the single most important nutrient for the human body.  Depending on our age, gender and weight, it can make up between 55-78% of our body and no bodily function could occur without it.

It moistens the oxygen we breathe. It regulates our body temperature.  It protects our vital organs. It helps to convert the food we eat into the energy we need.  It carries nutrients and oxygen we need to every cell in our bodies and then carries the carbon dioxide our cells produce away.  It cushions our joints so that we are able to move without our bones rubbing against one another.  And it allows us to excrete waste. Our blood is 92% water, our brains are 75% percent water, even our bones are 22% water.

Every beauty expert will tell you that hydrated skin has less wrinkles, and that no cream can hydrate the skin from the outside as well as water can from the inside. Weight loss experts agree that water helps to keep us feeling full (which limits the calories we eat) and that we often confuse thirst and hunger; eating when we’re actually just thirsty.

And then there’s dehydration, which is a very real and very common. Dehydration can set in with a loss of fluids as little as 2%. Even at such a small rate, this amount of fluid loss can cause concerning changes in the human body and many of our body functions. The first signs of dehydration may include decreased concentration, headaches, dry mouth, and heat exhaustion, which can then lead to heat stroke, muscle spasms, dry sticky mouth, sleepiness, dizziness, irritability and confusion, lack of sweating, little or no urination, sunken eyes, shrived dry skin, low blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, fever and finally a loss of consciousness which can lead to death. As you can imagine, dehydration is common during the heat of summer, which is the reason behind the frequent reminders to drink more fluids.

Obviously getting enough liquids is extremely important, but how much is enough and how do we know when we’re getting it? First, listen to your body; if you’re thirsty, take a drink. Beyond that, I recommend calculating proper daily water intake by drinking 1/2 your body weight in ounces (i.e. If you weigh 150 pounds, your water intake should be 75 ounces daily).

However, not everything we drink counts towards optimal fluid intake! Drinks like coffee, tea and alcohol are diuretics, which promote the production of urine. These strip our bodies of water, rather than adding to our fluid intake. That’s why I recommend pure, high-quality water to be a main source of fluid; it’s hydrating and caffeine-free, sugar-free, fat-free and as a result, won’t add a single extra calorie!

Water… drink up!

Dr. Tiffany

Are Antibacterial Products Really Better for Your Health?

Last week it was announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will finally be making a determination on whether antibacterial soap is causing more health harm than good among consumers.  I say “finally” because it’s taken four decades for the FDA to take action. The main catalyst for this move is the use of the chemical triclosan, the germ-killing ingredient found in 75% of the antibacterial products sold in the U.S., including soap, body wash, detergents, cosmetics, children’s clothing, toys and even toothpaste!

I’ve never been a fan of antibacterial products. There’s no  evidence that these products are actually effective, and the FDA’s own website states, “the agency does not have evidence that triclosan in antibacterial soaps and body washes provides any benefit over washing with regular soap and water.”

Yet, more and more I see the youngest patients in my office stocked with their tiny child-size bottle of sanitizer; complete with the bright colors, fruity fragrances, cartoon-characters on the label, conveniently attached to their wrist, zipper or backpack. I’ll ask them about it, just to get their take. “It keeps the germs away,” they say. They’ve grown accustomed to using these products at home and school, and their parents have come to believe that products that say “antibacterial” are superior and good for the family.

The alarm bells around triclosan have been going off for years. It’s been linked to disruptions in hormonal activity in animals. I’ve often suspected the use of this chemical (along with the widespread use of many others) to be a contributing factor in the rise of early puberty in our girls. And, boys are not immune to the hormone altering affects; in boys estrogen mimickers produce the opposite effect, delaying puberty (especially in obese boys).

Triclosan has also been shown to reduce circulating thyroxine in rats. Lack of this circulating thyroid hormone can lead to hypothyroidism, a condition which has reached epidemic rates.  Chances are you, or someone you know, has been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, and if so, you’ll recognize the symptoms: fatigue, thinning hair, depression, cold hands and feet, and difficulty losing weight.

As if that weren’t disturbing enough, the real danger of these antibacterial products may be the link to antibiotic resistance and superbugs. Antibacterials like triclosan don’t “kill” germs as you might expect, but rather “alter” them by interfering with the bacterial enzyme through penetration of the bacterial wall.  Since bacteria can evolve very quickly, microbes have the potential to develop enzyme systems that are resistant to triclosan (and antibiotics) over time. Could this be why antibiotic-resistant bacteria are becoming more widespread and their numbers are growing?

Regardless of whether your antibacterial products include triclosan on the label or not, they are still full of chemicals. And regardless of whether they are ingested or used topically, these chemicals are still absorbed into the body with each and every use. My recommendation is, and has always been, plain soap and water.

More importantly, don’t be so afraid of germs. Your body’s immunity is like a muscle, it must be used to remain strong. If your body’s immune system is strong, it will do the work to protect you from infection. Parents, let the kids play in the mud, eat dirt, put their fingers in their mouths.  Heck, the worst that could happen would be they need a bath and some good ol’ soap and water.

Dr. Tiffany

Get a Grip on Stress (Before it Gets a Grip on You)!

April is National Stress Awareness Month and I couldn’t let the opportunity go by without addressing a topic that plays such a large role in our overall wellness (or rather, lack thereof).  Study after study confirms as much as 95% of the illness and disease we face today is related in some way to stress, making it a very real threat to our longevity; more than any inherited gene, super-virus or toxin.

To be fair, stress isn’t all bad, and can affect us in both positive and negatives ways.  Sometimes stress is what energizes us and stimulates our creative thinking.  Sometimes stress becomes overwhelming and frustrating, tiring our minds and bodies and deteriorating our health.  The reality is that stress levels are growing higher and study after study shows that there is a connection between unmanaged stress and illness and disease, ultimately leading to rising health care costs for families and employers.

It makes good sense from a wellness standpoint, as well as from a financial one, to take steps to better manage stress levels.  Following are some simple and common-sense action steps you can put into practice today:

Nutrition: Eating a well-balanced diet and drinking a healthy amount of water is key to looking and feeling your best.  Low carb, low fat; the information on what constitutes a proper diet is vast and conflicting.  When it comes to nutrition one thing is true—variety is the spice of life.  I recommend keeping your food real, and focusing on nutrient-rich vegetables and quality protein.

One easy way to instantly improve your health is to drink more water.  How much water is the right amount?  A good rule of thumb is to take your weight, in pounds, divided by 2 (i.e.: A person weighing 150 pounds needs to drink 75 ounces of water per day.).  High levels of physical activity, medications and drinks high in caffeine may increase your need for water even more.

Sleep: Getting enough rest at night is essential for your body to recharge and heal from each day.  Everyone requires a different amount of sleep.  On average, the range is between 6-10 hours per night.

Exercise: The body needs a good amount of cardiovascular exercise each week to maintain health…but not as much as most people think.  All you need is 3-4 thirty-minute intervals of exercise per week to stay healthy.  Also, stretching should be performed daily to release the tension that builds up in our muscles.

Breathing: Have you ever paid attention to your breathing habits?  Be sure that you are taking nice deep breaths while expanding your chest.  Short, rapid, shallow breathing deprives the body and brain of important oxygen.

Proper Nervous System Function: The health of your nervous system is often overlooked when assessing stress and wellness levels.  When was the last time you had your nervous system checked?

The nervous system is the most important system of the body—so important in fact, that the spinal cord and brain are the only parts of the body totally encased in bone for protection.  With the nervous system being so critical to body function it only stands to reason that to operate at peak performance the messages from your brain must be sent through the nerves without interference.  That is why doctors of chiropractic check for vertebral subluxations.

Subluxations, when left uncorrected, will not only slow and skew communication from the brain to the body but may lead to numbing, pain, or illness.  Regular chiropractic care is essential to ensuring proper nerve system function.  Chiropractic adjustments remove nervous system interference; this enables the body to better manage stress and maintain health.

Stress can impact your health at any age.  That’s why the best advice I can give is, “Get a grip on stress before stress gets a grip on you!”

Dr. Tiffany

Healthy By Choice, Not By Chance

I was reflecting on the office and our patients the other day. I smiled as I recalled first opening the doors of our office as a new doctor back in 2005. I couldn’t wait to offer my services to the community and share all I had learned, throughout my years of training and internships, about healing and the power of the body. I can’t believe how far the office has come since that time and the number of people we’ve served. I’m so grateful that some of my very first patients are still visiting our office to this day.

Then it hit me… I realized that some people might wonder why someone would visit a chiropractor on such a long term basis. Is their back that messed up? Are they suffering from chronic pain and symptoms? Is the chiropractor just that bad (ha, that was a joke!)?!

While it’s true that many patients first enter our office with the goal of relieving pain or symptoms, pain relief is actually the least significant benefit that Chiropractic care can offer. When your spine is aligned and your nervous system is functioning optimally, every area of your life is affected in a good way.

Here are just a few of the reasons patients choose to include chiropractic as part of their long-term wellness strategy…

Structural and postural changes.  Most patients experience positive corrective changes in their spinal structure and posture, which is directly related to having a healthier nervous system. This kind of correction takes time, but can be seen during progress evaluations and in x-rays.

Functional improvement.  Relief of pain or symptoms doesn’t mean you’re back to 100% health. With long term care, your body systems will have a chance to return to full functional capacity and your health will return once again. That means you’ll experience an improvement in your health expressions, and you’ll see evidence of this through nerve system scans performed routinely in our office.

Spinal degeneration slows or stops.  The subluxation process is slowed or stopped with long-term Chiropractic care, and many spinal structures can regenerate as well. This is the exciting thing about your body’s healing abilities! Regeneration of the damaged cells and tissue of the body accompanies the removal of nerve interference and you’re regaining health and vitality.

Improved quality of life.  When your pain and symptoms are gone, and your immune system is functioning at 100% capacity, the quality of your life will be substantially better. The result: a longer and healthier life in body, mind and spirit!

Decreased dependence on medication, and visits to the hospital.  As your health improves and your body begins the process of healing itself and functioning optimally, most patients lose their dependence on medication and see that they no longer get “sick” as they have in the past. No more medications, no more side-effects, no more hospitals, invasive tests or surgery; yes, that’s a good thing!

With all those amazing benefits, it’s no wonder many of our patients have been around for years! They chose to live a wellness lifestyle, rather than leave their health up to chance. And, regular adjustments are a part of a healthy lifestyle and the choice to continue was theirs.

Dr. Tiffany

The Top 5 Reasons You See So Many Children at our Office

It’s something new patients to our office comment on all the time. Some share their surprise when they hear those tiny voices, or remark on our children’s play area. Others will just come right out and ask what’s on everyone’s mind, “Why are there so many children in your office?”

I love it when people ask my staff and me this question; it’s truly a teaching moment for us! You see, at the root, their question is based on the misunderstanding that a chiropractor is a “back doctor” and that our services are for adults with backaches and other pains.

Allow me once and for all to lay this misconception to rest: Chiropractors are doctors of the nervous system. The nervous system is comprised of the brain, spinal cord and nerves, and controls every cell, system, tissue and organ of the body. It’s encased in bone for protection (mostly the vertebra of the spine).  Your spine runs along your back. And that my friends, is where the Doctor of Chiropractic comes in: In simple terms, our work involves eliminating vertebral interference, which causes stress to the nervous system and affects your body’s ability to function optimally.

So when I’m asked why there are so many children within our office, I’ll usually respond, “Well, they have a spine and nervous system, don’t they?!”  The reaction is usually a light bulb moment, and a much deeper conversation about kids and chiropractic that hits on these 5 points…

Birth: The birth experience is an amazing process, but for many children it’s a time when significant degrees of trauma are experienced.  Physical stress may start in the womb with the baby lying in a distorted or twisted manner.  In addition, pulling, twisting, pushing, forceps and vacuum extractions all cause traumas to the spine of a newborn creating subluxations and spinal cord damage that can be silent for years. Early detection and correction is the key, which is why I recommend every newborn get checked as soon as possible after birth.

Nervous System: As I already mentioned, the nervous system is made up of your brain and spinal cord, and controls every function of the human body.  Interruption of this communication network means your body is not functioning at 100%.  As children grow, learning to hold up their head, sit, crawl and walk are all activities that affect spinal alignment and nerve function.

Trauma: Microtraumas (repetitive falls) and macrotraumas (large falls or accidents) must be taken seriously.  Running, jumping, falling, twisting are just a few of the mechanisms for childhood spinal injury.  Furthermore, movements while changing a diaper, learning to use a walker, being lifted by parents, carrying a back-pack, physical demands of sports and sleeping positions all become stepping stones for serious future difficulties if not dealt with immediately.

Prevention:  A healthy spine and nervous system helps to prevent common health problems experienced in children.  Colic, reflux, breathing problems, nursing difficulties, sleep disturbances, allergic reactions, chronic ear infections, headaches and bed wetting can often be traced to nerve system stress. Prevention is the key at an early age to deal with problems that could plague your children for a lifetime.

Posture: You may have heard the old adage, “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree”.   A child’s spine is subject to a number of stress and strains placing it at risk of future problems like scoliosis or a curved spine.  To prevent this from taking place and causing future health challenges, regular spinal screens are extremely important.

Today’s parents have a desire for their children to achieve a state of true health, safely and naturally. And, this is leading a growing number of moms and dads to seek health care options which support their children’s own natural ability to be healthy.  Chiropractic is one such option. 100% of children function better with 100% nerve function and all children deserve the right to express their fullest potential.  And therein lies the reason for the large number of kids in our office!

Dr. Tiffany

Autism: Are We Asking the Right Questions?

Last week, major news outlets reported on a new National Center for Health Statistics study, which revealed some alarming data related to the increase in Autism Spectrum Disorder in American children.  The study, which was reported in, “U.S. autism estimates climb to 1 in 50 school-age children”, revealed that as many as one in 50 U.S. school age children have a diagnosis of autism. This is a 72% increase since 2007, the last time the study was conducted.

Leading researchers on the study sited that the new numbers may not necessarily represent more cases of autism, but instead may reflect greater awareness, stating, “…the increase in the estimates from the current parent survey was the result of diagnoses of children with previously unrecognized autism.”

So, more children who have autism are being diagnosed with autism earlier; does that make the results of this study any easier to take?  Why isn’t anyone asking the most important question, “Why?”

Instead of being so accepting of these results, why aren’t we as parents and communities demanding more answers into the reason behind these alarming statistics?  It doesn’t matter if it’s 1 in 88 or 1 in 50; either way, that’s too many children and families whose lives are being affected.

Regardless of your generation, raising a family is a hard job; yet I can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of fear and sorrow for the families of this generation. We’re a country with a drug problem (and no, I’m not referring to street drugs, I’m talking pharmaceuticals).  We’re force-fed a food supply that isn’t really ‘food’. Our children receive up to 50 toxic injections before the age of 5. As a result, our homes and families are being broken – in mind, body and spirit.

I can’t imagine anything worse than having a sick and struggling child — the emotional, mental, financial, marital, physical stress this puts on a family.  To me these statistics are a sign that peace, love and harmony are at risk in our communities. And, not only at home, but in our schools, too; how will our teachers continue to teach our children?

What’s the answer? One expert I saw interviewed suggested, “We better put more services in place for these children and their families.”  Really, that’s the best solution we’ve got?

Parents, it’s time we stand up, insisting on answers and demanding better.  In the meantime, I can help these kids and their families through chiropractic… Together, WE can help our community and the world so that families can live in health and happiness always, just like how we did as kids.

Dr. Tiffany

Are You a Step Away from Better Health?

Have you ever thought about how your feet affect your spine? Sure, our feet do a great job of helping us get around, and they hold up pretty well despite putting on several miles a day. Our feet also impact our health – although not in the way you might think. Your feet may not hurt, but they could be the source of the pain in your back, those headaches, or even your digestive distress.

The joints and muscles of your body function most efficiently when they are in physical balance. The body is a biomechanical chain where abnormal movement of one joint can interfere with the proper movement of the others. Your feet are your body’s foundation and if they are not properly supported, posture problems develop that place excessive stress on your spine and joints.

How can you avoid this source of stress and the symptoms that accompany an unstable foundation?  Here are my head to toe tips…

Tip 1: Start at the top.  When it comes to your feet, it’s important to use your head and make decisions in footwear that keep your feet happy and support proper posture.  It’s no surprise that women are 4 times more likely to have foot problems than men; look at their shoes to see the reason why.  Even a modest 2½-inch high heel can increase the load on the forefoot by 75%.  And pain in the feet often leads to pain elsewhere in the body (or worse).  A change of shoes may be all it takes to improve pain (from the bottom of your feet to the top of your head), and improve overall health by relieving stress on ankles, knees, hips, the vertebrae of the spine, and more.

Tip 2: Get adjusted.  You knew that was coming, however, it’s true.  Regular chiropractic adjustments restore balance to the spine, improving posture and overall nerve and body function.  When proper balance is achieved, stress on the feet is relieved.  Note: If your pain and problems originate in the foot, the spine will continue to be under stress and won’t hold an adjustment for long.  And, that brings us to Tip 3…

Tip 3: Know thy feet. How can we know if your feet are the source of your pain and health challenges?   At our office we have the technology for that!  We can diagnose your foot problems, and their real cause, with a state-of-the-art digital foot scan.  A scan of your feet can provide pressure readings that depict how your feet are balancing your body’s weight.  If your scan shows any imbalances, we can help you decide how to correct them.  Often correction can be achieved using custom orthotics.

Orthotics restore both your structural and functional balance and help you develop the strength and flexibility needed to keep your body stable as you stand, walk and run.  With regular wear, they encourage optimal muscle and nerve function by guiding your feet through a more normal pattern of movement, eliminating excessive forces on the other joints of your body with each step that you take.

Why custom?  No one else’s feet are exactly like yours. Off-the-rack shoe inserts are mass produced, made from a generic mold, and cannot provide the specific support that you and your feet need.  Foot Levelers is one of the most trusted names in the industry and we trust them and their digital scan technology to help correct foundational instability.  Based on an exam and the results of your scan, a pair of orthotics is custom-made to support all three arches of each of your feet, specifically designed to provide the proper structural support that you need.  Regardless of your lifestyle, the perfect pair can be made for you to accommodate nearly every shoe (high heels, work boots, tennis shoes, etc.) and footwear need (sweaty feet, wet conditions, etc.).

Is it possible your pain or health challenges are related to your body’s foundation (a.k.a. your feet)? There’s only one way to find out and that’s to contact our office to schedule a digital foot scan. The results can reveal any imbalances in the feet and how they may be leading to problems in the knees, hips, back and shoulders.

Dr. Tiffany

Is This The New Childhood in America?

Recently at a speaking engagement I misspoke, and an attendee pointed out my mistake.  Instead of saying, “This may be the first generation of children to not outlive their parents,” I said, ““This is the first generation of children to not outlive their parents.”

I was not exact in the statement of that fact and I apologized. However, after further reflection, perhaps it wasn’t a mistake after all, but rather more of a “Freudian Slip”?

Freudian Slip: n (Psychology) any action, such as a slip of the tongue, that may reveal an unconscious thought.

Just look around at our kids and the state of their health today, you can’t deny they’re sick…

1 in 3 is overweight
1 in 6 has learning disabilities
1 in 9 has asthma
1 in 10 has ADHD
1 in 12 has food allergies
1 in 20 has seizures
1 in 88 has autism
50% have chronic illness

Frankly, this is a generation of children that I’m having a hard time relating to.  I don’t remember my elementary friends bouncing off walls…or drugged and lethargic.  I don’t remember them missing weeks of school.  I don’t remember having vaccinations and shots at school.  I don’t remember kids leaving school because of fevers.  I don’t remember kids visiting the office 3 times a day for their daily medications.  Our school nurse didn’t and couldn’t administer pain relievers (not even aspirin).  I was never in the nurse’s office, but I heard the typical treatment protocol was a glass of water and a few minutes of rest sitting in a chair or lying on a cot.

What is different today?  Are there more germs?  No.  Are the winters longer?  No.  Is it colder outside? No.  Although, I’ve heard these silly statements suggested as possible theories.

Following are some questions that may give you some insight on today’s “lifestyle” as compared to 20 years ago…

  • How was your birth with your children?  Think of the birth experiences 20 years ago vs. now.  Did you know there has been a dramatic increase in the percentage of inductions, C-sections, forceps and vacuum extractions?
  • Did you breastfeed?
  • As a mother, was your diet (when pregnant and/or breastfeeding) largely white and fluffy foods (breads, pastas, crackers, chips, cookies, sweets)?
  • Have your children been checked for nervous system interference by a family chiropractor?
  • Did you vaccinate?  If so, when did you start?  Did you notice any behavior changes after the inoculations?
  • Have your kids been given antibiotics or medications?
  • What was their first food?
  • What do they eat for breakfast?
  • How much water do they consume?
  • What other drinks do they consume?
  • Do they sleep 10-12 hours/night?
  • Do they get one hour of exercise/day?
  • How stressed are they (rate 0-10)?
  • Do you have family meals and are they home-cooked?
  • Do you love and take care of yourself?  Your children learn from you.

Parents, grandparents, teachers, principals, everyone…are we looking around?  Something clearly isn’t working here.  Is this the new “normal” in our country, and if so, why would we allow this to be acceptable?

Personally I’m concerned and refuse to stand by and allow the declining health of our children become the standard.  I will not accept it for my own children or for my patients, and I will do everything I can to change this reality for our community and our world.

Dr. Tiffany

P.S.  My friend and colleague Dr. Fabrizio Mancini hosts a weekly show on Hay House Radio. It’s called “Self-Healing with Dr. Fab” and it was inspired by the book, “The Power of Self-Healing”, which I reviewed last year on this blog. We’re especially excited for this week’s show, “Raising Healthy Children in a Sick World- What Every Parent Must Know”. It will air at 10:00am (CST) this tomorrow, Thursday, March 14, 2013. If you can’t catch it live, you can visit the website to listen to the archived show (it’s free for 1 week). You’ll find the link for live listening and the archived show list here.

Dr. Fab has been a mentor and inspiration to me; we share the same no-nonsense, natural approach to health and healing. I have no doubt you’ll learn a great deal from this episode and his future shows. As a matter of fact, Dr. Fab’s debut show from last week is still available for free listening on the Hay House Radio Archive. In last week’s show he shared how as a pre-med student he became interested in chiropractic and natural healing. It’s a powerful story!

The Benefits to Letting a Fever Run its Course

It’s a conversation I see and hear quite often. In fact, last week I noticed this very discussion taking place among some of my friends on Facebook…

“Help; my little one is running a fever! We’ve tried Advil, Motrin, and Tylenol, but he’s still so hot! I’m worried…why aren’t the meds bringing his fever down?!”

Then the flurry of comments begins and everyone offers their advice for “breaking” the fever. These kinds of conversations literally keep me up at night. As a matter of fact, my palms are getting sweaty as I type this, and I’ve got that uncomfortable feeling in my stomach… I always feel this way when fear, frustration and concern come together inside me. Why would a doctor find this type of conversation so upsetting? Read on…

A fever is the body’s inborn ability to fight an infection, virus, etc.  Just like heating meat to kill the bacteria before we eat it, the fever does just the same, only within the body. The fever prevents the bacteria from reproducing, and as the temperature of the fever rises, it begins to kill the bacteria.

But, what happens when we don’t allow a fever to kill the bacteria? That’s when we end up chasing symptoms! For example, the immune system may not be able to fight a sniffle, and in turn the sniffle becomes a sinus infection. While initially just a minor cough, suddenly a cold turns into a deep chronic cough or even pneumonia. The next fever that isn’t naturally fought could create digestive issues (stomach pain, constipation). I could go on and on with examples.

Just like a cough is the body’s innate ability to get something out of the body, the fever is the same. It is there to fight the infection and/or virus. But, instead of allowing the body to do what it knows to do and allow for healing, we rush to the medicine cabinet.

For example, when a child has a cough, it’s common to give them a cough suppressant. While this may help quiet their cough, it doesn’t mean what was causing the cough is out of the body; no, it’s just suppressed.  The same goes for giving a fever reducer. The body’s innate ability has been halted by synthetically bringing the fever down. Does that mean what was causing the fever is out of the body? No, it is just suppressed! And that’s when we must ask; are we giving our body the tools to be stronger or weaker?

I’m concerned that we’re being bogged down by a fear-based medical system. Parents, especially, are scared that something will happen to their children because of what we see, hear and are told by the media and advertising. I understand; as a mom, I’ve been there. But I think we’re going out it all wrong.

I don’t want you to take my word for it; do the research and learn more about how the body innately and naturally works. I’m confident you’ll then understand why the advice I give to these panicked moms and dads is so important: Do what you can to NOT interrupt the process.  

That’s what I love about my favorite healing modality and why I love the chiropractic profession so much! Our focus is not on symptoms or interrupting the body’s natural healing abilities. Rather, the goal of chiropractic is to assist the body in functioning at such a level that you don’t get sick as often. And when you do get sick (because we all do from time to time), your immune system, stronger because of more efficient and higher functioning body-brain communication, is better able to fight off the disease, letting you, or your child, recover more quickly, and in a natural way.  As a result, you become more attuned to your body and your body’s healing reactions and abilities, and are also able to better adapt to future bouts of illness.

Dr. Tiffany