Not Just an Alternative…

Not Just and Alternative…
Pivotal Medicine
By José Hernández, Dietetics Student

The synergy of nutrition and lifestyle interventions is fascinating. The food choices we make every day and our behavioral patterns play a critical role in the cause, prevention and treatment of the chronic disease epidemic, which has become the primary cause of death worldwide.

There is a powerful scientific foundation to shift the conversations at the core of the medical practice and the making of public health policies to listen to what nutrition and lifestyle interventions can do to transform the conventional approaches of Western medicine. Instead of being focused primarily in blocking, interfering, or excising the biochemical or physical manifestations of disease, there is a more intuitive approach where the body, once provided with wholesome nutrients within an environment free of stress and toxins, is allowed to heal itself.

Scientific evidence of the potential of nutrition and lifestyle over pharmacological interventions is growing continuously. A recent study from 2009 published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, followed more than 20,000 people’s adherence to 4 nutritional and behavioral variables (non-smoking, 3.5 hrs. /wk. of moderate exercise, healthy diet, and keeping a healthy body weight/height ratio (BMI)); for those who successfully adhered to the program, the outcomes were impressive: 93% of diabetes, 81% of heart attacks, 50% of strokes, and 36% of all types of cancers were prevented.

Another study searching for “Intensive Lifestyle Changes for Reversal of Coronary Heart Disease” from 1998, patients with existing conditions of CHD adhered to a program consisting in a plant-based diet, moderated exercise, smoking cessation, and management of stress therapy, found a 50 percent reduction of all disease related deaths.

The HALE project from 2004, is yet another exceptional study of individuals 70 years of age, who began a healthy lifestyle program pyramidand after 10 years of consuming a Mediterranean-style diet, moderate physical activity, non-smoking, and moderate alcohol consumption achieved a 70% reduction in mortality by all causes; what is exceptional in this study is that the first approach to a healthy lifestyle for these individuals wasn’t until they were 70 years old! Proving it’s never to late to start with a wholesome diet and a set of small and progressive improvements regarding our own attitude towards life.

More related scientific findings are continuously being published all over the world. Healthful dietary patterns like the Mediterranean-style diet – which includes a well balanced array of nutrients from fresh colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, seeds and nuts, fish, seafood and seaweeds, olive oil, and a moderate intake of animal products and alcohol – combined with regular physical activity, and an adequate management of all sources of stress are associated with improvements along the whole spectrum of chronic diseases including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus type 2 or insulin resistance, high blood pressure, obesity, strokes, and metabolic syndrome among the more relevant havoc around the globe.

Recently I heard somebody say you should be given statins along with your cheeseburger and fries every time you visit a fast food restaurant. It is inconceivable to expect having a good health if we keep eating an unhealthy and toxic diet, avoid any form of physical activity, and have no control over our psychological stress.

We are at the position -and have the power- to takeover our own health; we now have the knowledge to halt the domination of our veggieshealthcare system by the pharmaceutical industry. The best medicine can be found in a wholesome, well-balanced diet and elimination of toxins, and can be supported by regular exercise and a relaxing environment; all these are variables that simply should be under our control, if we provide our bodies with them, even if we don’t completely understand how it works, the innate intelligence of our bodies knows where to go from there, and the only side effects from this medicine are weight loss, better sleep, longevity, higher energy, and an increasing state of well-being along with notorious improvement, and eventual elimination, of all those annoying chronic diseases.

Today, the most cost-effective way to deal with the worldwide chronic disease epidemic is not conventional medication and surgery; although, it is still a matter of controversy and intense debate, nutrition and lifestyle interventions have proven to be much more than alternative medicine, instead, it is pivotal medicine.

Jose Hernandez is a senior in the BS Dietetics program at Life University and Editor of the Newsletter of the Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society, chapter Nu Omega.

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Miracles

Everyday Vitalism
Miracles
Rebecca Koch, Director Of Service Initiatives

What’s the difference between the parting of the Red Sea and childbirth? Well, both are examples of what we call miracles. However, the parting of the Red Sea was a real deal miracle, requiring direct intervention of the Supreme Being, contravening the laws of nature as we typically understand and observe them to work. As for the other kind of miracle as seen in natural yet wondrous phenomena such as childbirth or a spider’s web or the Grand Canyon, singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan may have summed it up best in a song, called “Ordinary Miracles.” In it, she perfectly describes the sort of heartrending beauty and perfection that we encounter all around us every day, if we’re paying attention, but more often take for granted.

The guiding philosophy of life and living, as espoused by Life University, recognizes, respects, honors and supports ordinary miracles. I cannot overstate my love for LIFE’s vitalistic philosophy which, as inscribed over the lovely pool in Lyceum Park, reads:

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This idea, that the universe itself is conscious and is expressing itself through us – human beings – who are still discovering and developing our own conscious expression, is wondrously mind-blowing. We are the walking, talking, thinking, developing, ordinary miracles that sprang from the real deal miracle that happened when God spoke – or the Big banged – or however you choose to characterize it. I’m not one of those people who has the conviction that what I believe about the manifestation of the divine through religion is right so I’m not in a position to preach any particular theology here. All I’m saying is this: If you can’t recognize supernatural involvement when it’s inescapable – such as in the creation of life, the Universe and everything, I can’t help you with that. And, in the event you feel it’s all an accident or that humankind is the ultimate point and manifestation of the Universe – well, as much as I’m working on being non-judgmental, I also can’t help but feel a little concerned you might be suffering from hubris.

Of course, you wouldn’t be alone in your hubris, a human characteristic of excessive pride in the face of the Divine, often depicted in Greek mythology and which usually led to the undoing of those who exhibited it. spiderwebLife University’s philosophy – and I, personally, believe we’re ahead of the curve in that we actually have one – essentially says the natural state of human beings is one of optimal performance – to be engaged in becoming all we can be with respect for the natural order. Our philosophy supports the idea that the more we act as though we’re part of nature, rather than above it, the healthier we will be. Our view of health requires we work from the premise that, with regard to common illnesses, our bodies know what they’re doing and that symptoms are not enemies that must be suppressed but adaptations that happen for good reason.

This means, within the realm of vital health, a cold becomes reason for celebration for a body that knows how to adapt to a common virus. For the vitalistic thinker in the realm of psychology, coaching becomes a better option for improving performance than psychotherapy because it assumes we, ourselves, are a more specific source of wisdom and growth than generalized theories or medications that mask the most effective, though painful, opportunities for adaptation.

In short, the key to vital health and well-being is the trust, if interferences to optimal health and functioning are removed; our bodies have the power to heal themselves. To believe otherwise leads us down the same path of condition management the established Big Medicine and Big Pharma industries are perpetuating. Without a vital philosophy to guide us, we’ll simply substitute “all natural” remedies for pharmaceutical ones – and miss out on fully expressing our potential as the ordinary miracles we are.

ICA Hosts Political Talk

ICA Hosts Political Talk
Clum Speaks at Life
Will Renfrow, DC Student

On December 5, 2013 Dr. Gerard “Gerry” Clum addressed a packed house of Life students in room C-127. Dr. Clum appeared on behalf of the International Chiropractor’s Association (ICA) to report on the political landscape of chiropractic organizations.

According to his personal website, Clum has served in the chiropractic profession for over forty years including teaching at Palmer College of Chiropractic, faculty at Life College of Chiropractic during its formation, and as the first president of Life College of Chiropractic West from 1981 to 2011. He is currently serving as Presidential Liaison for External Affairs, Healthcare Policy task force Director, and Executive Director of The Octagon at Life University. Dr. Clum has held positions with the Association of Chiropractic Colleges, the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the ICA, the World Federation of Chiropractic, and the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress.

Dr. Clum spoke for forty-five minutes explaining the atmosphere of chiropractic politics. His main message was a suggestion for students to leverage their time to create personal value that might increase their influence on the profession. Clum also emphasized how organizational and political leaders can afford the time and personal expense of being involved.

The doctor’s talk was followed with pizza and a question and answer session as well as an election for new student ICA officials. The question and answer period revealed student concern over ICA support of re-recognition for the CCE. An ICA media announcement published November 15, 2013 detailed the association’s intent to make their recommendation before the National Advisory Committee for Institutional Quality and Effectiveness (NACIQI) in December of 2013. Dr. Clum described the ICA’s action as a more direct and powerful approach to achieving any sort of change in CCE governance structure. He also cited CCE President Tom Benberg, Ed.D. as a likely catalyst for CCE governance reform. Other concerns were raised about the diminished role of the DaVinci Group of which Dr. Clum and ICA President Dr. Michael McLean were instrumental members. The DaVinci Group as described on their website is a “coalition of more than seventy organizations… The emphasis of the DaVinci Group is on bringing change to various bodies within the profession such as the Council on Chiropractic Education.

Another question was raised by students who were denied the ability to communicate via a Student ICA social media message board. Student ICA members were reportedly banned from the page after National ICA seized group administration authority. Dr. Clum responded by explaining his disdain for social media and inability to make any comments about the situation.

ICA1The election for student ICA officials took place immediately following and was open to all student members. Josh Gagric was elected as President, Zoe Pogrelis as Vice President, Catie Maylath as Secretary, and Laurel Beth McLean as treasurer.

As a follow-up, the ICA appeared before the CCE on January 11, 2014 where ICA President Dr. McLean delivered a statement including the following, “The core issue as ICA understands it, is that the current governance, particularly the manner of election of Councilors, is structured so as to perpetuate what I will take the liberty to call the “Liberal” wing of the profession. Previous governance structure allowed for representation that more closely mirrored the makeup of the professional mainstream. It may or may not be possible to return to that model, or a similar one, but until the governance is restructured to be representative of the mainstream, CCE is at risk.”

What’s Your Vision?

What’s Your Vision?
Student Life Force
Chelsea Durda, DC Student

What is your #lifevision? This question, posed by Dr. Gilles Lamarche at LifeVision in January, opened a new door in Chiropractic for both docs and students alike; we all have a chiropractic vision, why not share it?

I had the opportunity to stand up and share my LifeVision with the assembled group and was truly humbled by the experience. Three years ago, I would never have been able to speak in front of a gathering of that size without trembling. LIfeforce1000logoMy involvement with Student LIFEforce has given me the confidence and clarity to speak with authority in public. We have created an environment in which students are able to practice public speaking skills vital to successfully spreading the chiropractic story. We also help students to connect to the philosophy side of the chiropractic triangle and to think miles outside the box of back and neck pain and headaches. The vision of LIFEforce 1000 is to make chiropractic care and education available to every person around the planet. We cannot do this without 1) more chiropractors and 2) more leaders. If every chiropractor sent one student into school and that student opened a successful practice upon graduation, there would be an exponential increase in the number of people hearing the message of Innate potential of the human body to heal itself from above, down, inside, and out. We serve our people by releasing the subluxation through the adjustment and stepping back to watch the restoration of the connection between brain and body and the ability of Innate to self-regulate every cell, organ, and system in the body.

We all know chiropractic is a service profession, but how many hours a week do you spend actually serving? If you are in clinic, do you continue to see your patients after meeting your numbers for the quarter? Service is something students usually have to seek out independently, whether through the school such as at Orientation or Saturday of Service, charity fundraising with an outside organization, or in our case, with LIFEforce 1000. Lifevisionlogo2There are opportunities to volunteer for LifeVision, LIFEforce events, the enrollment department, field doctors, or Life Leadership Weekend. For me, the most beneficial and rewarding experiences with the club have been interacting with prospective students at Life Leadership Weekend. It is always so inspiring to hear the stories shared at the testimonial dinner, see the passion and fire of new students, and witness the transformations throughout the weekend. We have all been through a midterm or boards funk at one point or another, my cure is reading my notes from philosophy events I seek out, like Dynamic Essentials and recalling my Life Leadership and LifeVision experiences. It also helps to remember the “miracle stories” of the body doing what it is designed to do, as told by successful field doctors who are willing to share their experience and knowledge onstage at LifeVision and in personal conversations throughout LIFEforce weekend. As students, it is always beneficial to expand our network of connections with doctors who are in practice!

Since August of 2011 I have been involved with the formation, development, and leadership of the club along with former President and founder Andrea Smith and the invaluable members of our executive board, Amanda Rodriguez, Katie Kenny, and Cordie Williams. This is my last quarter as the President of Student LIFEforce and I must say, it is bittersweet, however I am thrilled to be able to pass the club into the hands of new leadership.

Are you prepared to be a chiropractic leader? Are you ready and willing to learn how? Join our tribe.

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Essential Oils 101

Essential Oils 101
Support Healing Naturally
By Trystanna Williams, DC Student

Winter is here and this Arizona girl is freezing and waiting for the warm summer weather! Since I can’t change the environment, I like to arm myself with natural defenses against wintertime illnesses. My second favorite go-to natural treatments (after a chiropractic adjustment, of course) are essential oils.

essentialoil1Essential oils act as the immune system in a plant to keep it healthy and protect it from the environment. These oils protect humans in a similar fashion. Humans have been using essential oils for thousands of years for their medicinal and cosmetic properties.

Essential oils are a natural alternative to synthetic drugs. There are hundreds of different compounds of oils and each compound has a different medicinal benefit. Many pharmaceutical companies isolate and synthetically mimic the natural compounds. Often times, these synthetic chemicals may cause adverse side effects. According to the CDC.gov website, 100 people in the United States die every day from drug overdoses. This is completely unnecessary!

Essential oils assist the immune system in fighting viral, bacterial and fungal invasions. Bacteria reside on the outside of a cell and viruses on the inside. Pharmaceutical antibiotics are able to kill bacteria however they are unable to penetrate the cell membrane to fight viruses. Essential oils are able to penetrate the cell membrane thus eliminating or inhibiting the growth of viruses and bacteria.

The very essence and healing from the plant is received via inhalation, ingestion or topical applications of the oils. When looking at essential oils under a microscope you will see the molecules are much smaller than common fatty oils. These smaller molecules are more easily absorbed by the body and have the power to reach all areas of the body quickly. These small molecules can cross through tissues, cell membranes and the blood brain barrier.

Certain oils can be applied topically via skin or bath water application. The soles of your feet are very porous and absorbent. I often apply oils to the bottom of my feet then cover them with socks. Massaging the area that you plan on applying the oils increases the circulation to that area thus increasing the absorption of essential oils applied. Always test a small area of your skin before applying essential oils to larger areas. Even though oils are natural, some oils should not be used topically. Oregano is a hot oil and may heat the skin when you apply it. If you apply oil that burns, use a carrier oil to soothe the skin and reduce the heat. Examples of carrier oils are olive oil, coconut oil, and grapeseed oil. Always use a carrier oil when using on babies, children and pets since their skin is much more sensitive.

Inhaling essential oils is known as aromatherapy. When inhaled, essential oils quickly affect the body. Inhaling substances can have immediate effects on your body. If you were to inhale chloroform, it would immediately cause negative and potentially deadly effects to your body. Likewise, inhaling healthy immune boosting essential oils causes positive effects. This brings the body and mind to a healthier state of being. Oils inhaled via the nose or mouth interacts quickly with the olfactory system. The airborne molecules inhaled are carried to the lungs and respiratory system thus rapidly affecting several parts of your body. The limbic system is directly connected to areas of the brain that control our heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels and hormone balance. For example, inhaling eucalyptus oils can help reduce a cough and peppermint can reduce a headache. Plus they smell wonderful!

Essential oils may be ingested orally. Ingesting oils is not recommended unless you consult a trained health care professional or unless the brand states that you can ingest them. Some essential oils may be toxic to the liver or kidneys when ingested. The chemical breakdown of some oils during digestion can change their composition and the effects may cause damage. If the oils are approved for ingestion, you can use them in many ways such as in capsules, sublingual, cooking, or by adding a few drops to a cup of water.

There are many oils that I love but my three favorites are lavender, lemon and peppermint. Lavender has a sweet floral aroma that is soothing and refreshing. essentialoil2This is a very versatile oil that I would recommend everyone has in their home. Lavender is wonderful for relaxing yet is a great aid to boost stamina and energy. Therapeutic-grade lavender can be used to soothe and cleanse common cuts, skin irritations and bruises. Applying 2-3 drops of lavender essential oils to minor burns will soothe the affected area.

Essential oils from lemons are different than lemon juice. Lemon essential oils are cold-pressed from the rinds of lemons. Lemon oil has a strong, purifying citrus scent that is revitalizing and uplifting. Lemon oil boosts alkaline and antioxidant levels while cleansing the body. Adding a few drops of lemon oil to a spray bottle can help cleanse and sanitize surfaces.

Peppermint is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion because it stimulates the gallbladder and improves bile secretion. It is excellent for mental fatigue, headaches, and relieving pain. Use peppermint oil on the skin to cool, relieve and reduce skin irritations. Rub one drop of peppermint essential oil on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (avoid contact with eyes) and on the back of the neck to relieve head pressure and to keep energy up.

Now that you’re familiar with the basics of essential oils, start using them and benefit from their positive effects. Feel free to branch out and create your own combinations of oils. Essential oils can easily be incorporating into your daily life and will benefit you and your family for many years to come.

Sources:
http://www.naturalnews.com/034662_essential_oils_healing_remedies.html
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/09/18/5-essential-oils-that-heal/
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CCE Re-Confirmed

Council on Chiropractic Education Re-Confirmed
Students Take Stand at Hearing
Will Renfrow, DC Student

On December 11, 2013, twelve Life University students made their way to Washington D.C. to attend the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) hearing for the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE). CCE1The hearing was held to determine whether CCE would receive U.S. Department of Education recognition as an accrediting body for the next three years.

The U.S. Department of Education reports that NACIQI advises the Secretary of Education on matters related to accreditation and certification for institutions in the Federal Student Aid Program. The committee provides recommendations concerning the standards and effectiveness of accrediting bodies such as CCE, which accredits all Doctor of Chiropractic programs. NACIQI recommendations ensure the value of degrees being purchased largely with student loan dollars.

CCE Chairman Craig Little, DC provided an opening statement on behalf of the CCE. Additional speakers were determined from a sign-up list; NACIQI allowed every individual on the list a third party oral comment period. Speakers were given a three minute time slot and answered any following questions from NACIQI. Supporters of CCE recognition were representatives of organizations within the Chiropractic Summit. Those opposed to CCE recognition included students, practitioners, and representatives from the DaVinci Group, a group devoted to “bringing change to various bodies within the profession such as the Council on Chiropractic Education” and the Movement for Chiropractic Quality and Integrity (MCQI).

According to The Chronicle of Chiropractic, NACIQI identified over forty compliance issues within CCE in December 2011. Additionally, a US Department of Education Staff Report identified 25 written comments regarding CCE recognition. Of those 25 letters only two were in support of the CCE and a medically based approach to chiropractic. What would normally be a brief vote for recognition of the CCE turned out to be “anything but routine, with four hours of public comments, agency responses, and deliberations.”

The tone of the hearing was identified by NACIQI members as being based upon a “long-standing philosophical dispute in the profession.” Third party comments in opposition to CCE recognition centered around language disputes such as discontinued use of “subluxation” and “without drugs and surgery” in CCE standards as well as consideration of equivalent degrees citing chiropractic medicine and physician. Many of the same speakers mentioned a “culture of fear” surrounding CCE interactions in schools, a parallel curriculum, the scope of practice as determined by education, and inequality in governance structure leading to one-sided representation in policies and procedures. Dr. Arno Burnier likened the parallel curriculum to “a dentist not being taught about the cavity in school and having to pursue and pay for that knowledge outside of school.”

CCE2Eight out of twelve students attending the hearing volunteered to speak before the NACIQI board. All were late-quarter or graduating and communicated their concern as stakeholders in a committee that does not allow for representation as well as echoing the ideas formerly provided by those opposed to CCE renewal. The students provided NACIQI members with opinions of the divergence in classical chiropractic practice and expanding scope in a crowded curriculum.

The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) acted in support of CCE recognition after having been in previous alliance with the DaVinci Group. A November 2013 media announcement from the ICA identified the association’s intent to endorse the CCE in exchange for a promise to discuss reform of CCE governance structure.

In the final vote for CCE recognition, three NACIQI members opposed recognition for CCE accreditation rights renewal. The vote had been anticipated to be a unanimous decision in favor of CCE.

The Chronicle of Chiropractic identified MCQI leaders Steve Tullius, DC and Arno Burnier, DC as responsible for organizing the largest ever social media chiropractic campaign and petition revolving around the CCE hearing. Steve Tullius, DC was quoted as saying the following, “Today saw the recognition of CCE for an additional three years. It was the most likely scenario and we were well aware of that probability. We showed up strong and spoke truth. Great statements are now a part of the public record and will be used to move forward, adapting to the outcome of today’s events but not diverting from our ultimate objectives. I am most impressed by the courage, drive, and determination of the many students that sacrificed much to be at the hearing today as well as the three dissenting opinions on the NACIQI who did not feel CCE should be renewed.”

What Do You Stand For?

What Do You Stand For?
Plan Your Life with Purpose
By Vince Methot, DC Student

There are several principles which lead to success: what it takes to succeed at accomplishing goals and what it takes to succeed in business. These same principles can be applied to life. A wise man once said “plan your life with purpose.” (T.Monson) However, another wise man said “Martin Luther King gave the ‘I have a dream’ speech not the ‘I have a plan’ speech.” (S.Sinek) In reality, a dream without a plan is wishful thinking and a plan without a dream and purpose is fruitless and unfulfilling.

A popular song on the radio says Methot_Vince_PlanYourLife“What do I stand for? What do I stand for? Most nights, I don’t know…” (Fun) This is so sad. If you don’t stand for something, how could you ever hope to be happy? Decide what you want to stand for. This is not something that can be given to you from someone else. Write down what you stand for, summarize it into one sentence and then memorize it and repeat it every day. If later you find something higher or more inspiring to stand for, then modify your sentence.

“Life is to be enjoyed, not endured.” (G.Hinkley) Where do you see yourself when you are 100 years old? What will you have accomplished by then? What will be on your obituary? Create a vision board of what you want to be, what you want to do and what you want to have, in that order. Create a bucket list. This is where you need to dream big. You are capable of so much more than you can dream, so don’t limit yourself.

Get in the habit of setting goals. “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible to the visible.” (T.Robbins) With something to stand for and a big vision, commit to live it. Life is about commitment. A strong character develops through making and keeping commitments. Methot_Vince_PlanYourLife_Nov_2013There are at least three areas to which you should commit. Commit to befriend people and teach them what you stand for. Commit to exchange with others; give something of value to others and receive something of value in return. Commit to improve yourself.

“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and the thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.” (E.Lee) Attract people who stand for the same thing or support you in what you stand for. These people need to support you in your commitments and may teach or show you how to accomplish them. These are your close friends and family.

“The secret to your future is hidden in your daily routine. You have to be self—disciplined to spend your time wisely.” (M.Moore) Fill your time with your commitments and your friends and family. There is no time to waste. You may not need to plan every minute of every day but when distractions try to get you to stand down, a plan with an uplifting routine can make all the difference.

With a mission, vision, commitment, support and plan in place you need to act. “You can’t plow a field simply by turning it over in your mind.” (G.Hinkley) Live the life that you dream of. Your priorities become clear as you act with purpose. There are things in your life which will be essential; do those first and consistently. You will find that you have to neglect doing good things in order to do the best things.

As you refine your life plan, reflect on what you have done that brings the most joy and compare that to your foundation. Did they come from being built on your foundation? Seek for the best foundation to build on. If something seems to be going wrong ask yourself, ‘am I moving from my foundation or is my foundation not strong enough?’ Moments like these can be enlightening. Write a history as time goes on that you can use to reflect back on when these moments come.

As you plan your life with purpose you will find that your dreams will be fulfilled and you will be an inspiration to your children and grandchildren. You will create a legacy worth remembering.