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Spirituality of Health

Spirituality of Health
The seventh building block of health
By Vince Methot, DC Student

There are seven categories in which all factors that influence health can be included. This set of seven I call the ‘fundamentals of health’. You can find the basic overview of these on the Vital Source Blog. The seventh of these I call the spirituality of health.

Often, when people hear the word spirituality they think of a church or religion; spirituality isn’t just religion, although it can be an important part. Spirituality, as I define it here, is everything that is not physical, that which complements and animates our body. SleepingBabySpirituality is taking a rest from physical things and focusing on our spiritual well-being. Some things that help us do this are sleep, wholesome recreation, fasting, prayer and meditation, holy day observance or just taking a day off, religion and worship, and even death.

Sleep is a state where consciousness practically suspended. It naturally refreshes and rejuvenates our body. Things that affect the quality of our sleep are the type of bed and pillow that we sleep on and the nature of the environment that we are in, like sound and temperature levels. The quality of our sleep can indicate that there is an imbalance in one of the other fundamental areas of our health. We should sleep at night for a solid eight hours according to popular belief. Dreaming can be an indicator to know that we slept long enough or well enough. Some of the many benefits of quality sleep are improved mental awareness, metabolism, immune function and mood.

Wholesome recreation is a healthy companion to work. It helps us learn and grow. Some examples include the arts, such as music, dance and drama, sports and group games. Recreation can be degrading if it negatively affects any of the aspects of health or promotes unhealthy behaviors. When recreation is in balance with work it is good but when it lasts too long it can promote idleness and waste time. The best activities promote good behavior, build relationships, and encourage creativity. It promotes happiness and helps develop a healthy identity.

Fasting in its most basic form is going without food and water for a short period of time, for example for a 12-24 hour period. Fasting is extremely rejuvenating for the body because it diverts the energy, normally used on digestion, to cleaning out toxins and healing. Other forms of fasting include water-only and juice-only fasts, where this is the only thing consumed. Fasting can be very detrimental and require a doctor’s supervision; the need for doctor supervision will depend on the person’s experience fasting, the toxic condition of the body, as well as the duration and type of fast. It is not recommended to go without water for more than a 24 hour period but fasting without food can go from a day to a few weeks with the proper training. The speed at which the body removes waste can cause negative side effects, which is why a doctor’s supervision would be required. Once the body has cleansed itself, the positive benefits far outweigh any of the negative feelings and include improved digestion and weight control, reduced or eliminated allergies and fatigue, and increased energy.

MeditationPrayer and meditation help receive inspiration and focus the mind. Holy day observance helps promote moral behavior. Taking a day off allows the body to rest from a week full of work and provides a rejuvenation period. Many religions teach methods to rest the body and focus on the spiritual parts of life. They also teach different ways to worship a higher power and give explanations for who or what to worship.

Death, while looked upon negatively by some and positively by others, cannot be escaped. We are mortals and no mortal can escape this. There are many explanations for what may happen after death; some include a period of time to focus on nothing but the spiritual in preparation for receiving a completely healthy, immortal, physical body. Regardless of what you believe, death provides the ultimate rest for or from the mortal, physical body.

Spirituality, while providing a rest from the physical, has a major influence on our physical health. BabySleepingIt helps cope with illness and stress and provides better enjoyment of life. It also helps reinforce all of the other categories of health which include our ability to choose to be happy, to be clean, to eat healthy, to seek the source of light, to strengthen relationships, to work towards a beneficial purpose and to prepare for our future. I encourage you to make spirituality a priority in your life so you can reap the many benefits.

Publisher News – October 2014

Publisher News
By Dave Jennings, Student Publisher

One more quarter down and it was a fun one with Boards, Lab finals and Lecture finals while throwing in a fun water main break week 9 and yet again we transition into a new quarter. I do enjoy my time at Life but so look forward to the end of the program and the quarter system grind as these week breaks are over in a blink of your eye. Thankfully we get entertainment during finals week and break with email bombs from administration; the recent change to the parking arrangement being quite the news. On August 21 a school wide email was sent looking for students to park on Roswell Road in front of Whole Foods and with little interest the administration took a very interesting position by having blue tag students, faculty and staff park remotely.

Parking has been a hot button issue at Life forever and just as we see in the chiropractic profession you can never make everyone happy but this is one instance where the school did create quite the firestorm and got professors, staff and students to talk about the issue. There is a group of upper quarter students who are in shock and upset with regard to professors being forced to park off campus finding it disrespectful and as one professor termed it the tail wagging the dog. There has also been talk by upper quarter students all 1st-4th quarter students should park remotely in place of professors but looking back at old social media posts I am quite sure if the shoe was on the other foot every quarter would be a problem with parking remotely. While I am sure administration weighed multiple options as to the parking shortage it seems with a topic as large as parking the final decision should affect all equally. Why not make all parking on campus carpool only which would have all staff, faculty and students share equally to reduce the parking congestion as well as reducing our carbon foot print. It might be a mild inconvenience from our normally everyday lives but as I like to say first world problems are fortunate to have. Exceptions should be made for professors who have active practices as they do have time constrains which deserve to be respected. Given time the shuttles will become more efficient as they modify routes and drops.

On a serious note we have a MAJOR theft problem on campus again and this time it is happening in CC-HOP and C-HOP. Laptops, purses and other valuables are being taken from places which should feel safe. If administration cannot provide enough lockers to properly secure our personal belongings it is beyond time to install secure entry to all areas where you student ID is needed to enter and cameras are on all entry/exit points to eliminate the scourge who is violating our trust.

Is Quinoa the Perfect Gluten-Free Grain?

Friend or Fad:
Is Quinoa the Perfect Gluten-Free Grain?
By Eric Zielinski, DC Student

Grains have gotten a bad rap recently and everyone seems to be going “Paleo!” Yet, like any diet fad or food movement, I have my suspicions that eating like our cavemen ancestors just isn’t the best option for everyone.

Omitting grains from your diet can be a great way to give your digestive system a break. If you’re fighting cancer or a chronic disease like type II diabetes, then yes, I could see the benefit of not eating grains for a season. But for the average healthy person seeking the Abundant Life, I personally view grains as a healthy addition to someone’s diet. The point of this article isn’t to bash the Paleo movement, but to offer a more balanced approach to how we eat today.

Here’s the bottom line: Considering the recent push toward a grain-free lifestyle, it is vital to remember that for millennia, people consumed grains as their primary source for nutrition. Native Americans had their corn, Incas ate quinoa, people in the Far East lived on rice, and Mediterranean countries consumed an exorbitant amount of wheat products like couscous and unleavened bread. Meat was (and still is in many countries) a delicacy reserved for the rich and the common folk lived off the land.

This is NOT to say, however, that everyone should be loading up on wheat and other gluten-rich foods. If I were writing this 100 years ago, I would have nothing bad to say about it as gluten sensitivity was relatively non-existent. Today, that’s a different story.

Gluten is the protein found in wheat endosperm that both nourishes plant embryos and makes baked goods chewy. Not only in wheat, gluten is contained in many grains like rye, barley, spelt and even oats. quinoaUp until the 20th century, people lived on wheat and gluten products with no documented problem. Then, in the mid-20th century, reports starting springing up about people having sensitivities to wheat and other grains and the issue has escalated so much that in 2009, researchers revealed that celiac disease (gluten allergy, not just gluten “sensitivity”) increased by 400% since the 1950s! Today, it has been suggested that up to 3% of people worldwide cannot digest gluten properly.

Why? What could have happened in the early to mid 1900s that could have led to this dramatic increase in celiac disease?
The answer, quite honestly, is speculative, but there is great reason to believe that it’s because of unnatural mass farming practices, genetically modifying grains and the simple fact that that the grains we have in our stores are a shadow of what pure grains once were.

According to research conducted by the Whole Grains Council, “Different types of wheat have different numbers of chromosomes, and some studies show that the older wheats, with fewer chromosomes, tend to have lower levels of gliadins, the type of gluten proteins that seem to cause most sensitivities. Einkorn, the oldest known type of wheat in our current food supply, has just 14 chromosomes, and is called a diploid wheat. Durum wheat (the kind most often used for pasta) and emmer are tetraploid wheats, with 28 chromosomes. Common wheat (used for most everything) and spelt have 42 chromosomes and are known as hexaploid wheats. Research shows that different tetraploid and hexaploid wheat varieties differ widely in gliadin levels, and it’s possible to select “individual genotypes with less Celiac Disease-immunogenic potential.”

Essentially, the grains widely on the market today have been scientifically modified and bred to be rich in gluten to improve taste, prolong shelf life, and to give foods a more appealing texture. This, mind you, has all been done at the expense of our health! Gluten in most grains today is like glue to our colon and has been linked to a variety of health concerns:

• Autoimmune disease
• Type II diabetes
• Learning disorders
• Autism
• Heart disease
• Cancer
• Digestive issues (constipation, diarrhea, gut inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome and leaky gut)

This is not to say, however, that all grains are bad. In the words of the Whole Grains Council, “Even if you’re not gluten-sensitive, you may want to consider some of the ancient grains. Research shows that Kamut has higher levels of antioxidants than some modern wheats, and that healthy plant sterols are higher in tetraploid wheats than in hexaploid wheats.”

My personal favorite grain is quinoa. Held to be sacred by the Incas, researchers have recently taken a close look at certain antioxidant phytonutrients in quinoa and two flavonoids, quercetin and kaempferol, are now known to be abundant in concentrated amounts. In fact, the concentration of these two flavonoids in quinoa can sometimes be greater than their concentration in high-flavonoid berries like cranberry or lingonberry. Recent studies are also providing us with a greatly expanded list of anti-inflammatory phytonutrients in quinoa. In an environment where inflammation runs rampant and has been linked to many disease processes, it is imperative that we eat anti-inflammatory foods as much as possible. In addition to being one of the most protein-dense foods and containing almost twice as much fibers as most other grains, the nutrients in quinoa are:
• Manganese (43%)
• Tryptophan (21.8%)
• Magnesium (20.9%)
• Folate (19.5%)
• Phosphorus (19.4%)

Probably the most common way people eat quinoa in America is to serve it up plain as a side dish, similar to rice or couscous. I like to make a meal out of it by boiling it in a big ol’ pot with curry and some diced carrots, onions, garlic, raisins, apples and nuts. Sometimes, when I have leftovers, I like to make a leftover quinoa porridge similar to rice pudding for breakfast the next day. It’s great with plain quinoa or the curry mixture that I like to make. Here’s the recipe:

Mama Z’s Quinoa Porridge

Ever wonder what to do with that left over quinoa from lunch or dinner? Here’s a great idea you and your family will love. Mix your left over quinoa together with a little maple syrup and butter or coconut oil, and you get a delightful warm cereal alternative. Use the leftovers for the recipe below.

Delicious Rice Pudding with Cinnamon• 2 large eggs
• 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
• 1 can coconut milk
• 1 1/2 cups Blue Diamond Almond Breeze
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 1/2 honey granules or coconut crystals
• 1/2 raisins or chopped dried fruit
• 1/2 teaspoon Finely Ground Pink Himalayan Salt
• 1/2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice


• Heat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
• In an un-greased 1 1/2 quart casserole, beat eggs and stir in ingredients in the order listed above.
• Bake uncovered for 50-60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes, until most of the liquid is absorbed. Top of porridge may be wet and not set (be careful not to over bake as the porridge may curdle).
• Stir well. Let stand at least 15 minutes. The more time the porridge has to settle and cool, the more liquid will be absorbed. To reach ultimate, creamy goodness, place in fridge overnight. Serve warm or cold.
• Enjoy!

Industry of Health

Industry of Health
The sixth building block of health
By Vince Methot, DC Student

There are seven categories in which all factors that influence health can be included. This set of seven I call the ‘fundamentals of health’. You can find the basic overview of these on the Vital Source Blog. The sixth of these I call the industry of health, not to be confused with the health industry.

Within each of us is an inborn need and desire to work towards a purpose that causes us to feel fulfilled, to make our own decisions and act on them, and to improve and perfect skills. We inherently have a desire to do and produce things that are fulfilling, pleasing, and rejuvenating. We also want control over something; what that something is will vary from person to person.

Our body has a need to be moved and challenged. It is the stresses on our body, when properly handled, which allow us to grow, strengthen and improve. Our muscles and bones allow us to move and do many things. They also allow us to handle physical challenges that we face. Without these stresses they waste away to nothing.

These two needs, to have purpose and to move, when combined, allow us to be industrious or to work. The industrious nature that is in us allows us to produce something of value. In society, the type of work chosen is often classified as an occupation, industry, or career and is more effective when coordinated with others in a unified purpose.

It is possible to live alone or with a family and do everything on your own such as grow food, make clothing, and build and maintain a shelter. While this would be truly self-reliant, WorkerAntsan important skill to have, it is possible to be self-reliant in a community. We specialize in areas that interest us and is enjoyable and then we create value. As a community we verify that all needs must be met, but as an individual we must produce enough value to equate to providing all of those necessities of life and more. Then we exchange with those who produce something of value for us and as a group we uplift each other.

In today’s world there are an increasing number of jobs or careers which fulfill the need to work towards a purpose but not the need to move and be physically challenged. When this is the case we still have to fulfill that need. Some people pick up hobbies that fulfill this need, such as exercise. Exercise and work that is physically challenging needs to be done in a way that is not damaging to the body.

Exercise and physical labor can be done in many different ways. These many ways can be divided into two categories – quality and quantity. The quality of exercise that we do involves the level of difficulty, muscles of focus – such as core or extremity, stages of emphasis – such as isometric, concentric, or eccentric, preparation and cool down, aerobic or anaerobic, power – such as strength or endurance, or refined movements – such as flexibility or balance. The quantity of exercise that we do is how long we spend and how often we repeat. Likewise, within a training session we can do interval or continuous training. It is good to keep all muscles in balance with each other, especially opposing muscles.

In a large society a medium is created that represents value produced by individuals and businesses. This medium is money. “Money is preserved labor, it is industry made negotiable, [and] it is stored up accomplishment.” Budgeting_Pig(S. Sill) Money allows for a large diversity in how value is exchanged. How money is perceived and handled has an effect on health just as our physical labor has an effect on health. When money is treated as an object in and of itself, separate from what it symbolizes, it is spent in excess, even to the point of unmanageable debt; then problems occur and health is negatively affected. When it is treated as the symbol that it is, it is spent with limits and invested to the point of abundance; then health can be positively affected.

These behaviors are a window into some of the person’s core beliefs. When someone spends money as if it had little value they are showing that they have a small perceived value of themselves and their work. When someone has a low perception of their own self-worth that will manifest itself in their body and show in what they do and how their body handles stress. When someone is reasonably frugal they are showing that they have a more balanced value of themselves and their work. This has positive effects on their health.

As we fulfill our needs to manage our money well, live a self-reliant life, and physically challenge our body, we will see many health benefits. Some of these include improved stress management, self-confidence and self-esteem, productivity, creativity, body image, and memory, learning and overall brain performance. It also increases endorphin release and happiness, strength, brain power, relaxation, and control over addictions. It decreases anxiety, depression, undesired weight and risk of common health problems such as Alzheimer’s, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and osteoporosis. Take control of your health by taking control of yourself.

Publisher News – September 2014

Publisher News
By Dave Jennings, Student Publisher

Board quarter…enough said. Compiling and synthesizing two years’ worth of learning takes its toll. As I go through the process, questions on two current issues on campus come to mind. I encourage you to ask your own questions and attend Let’s Talk, support Student Government and get involved in making this a school you are proud to read on your diploma.

Two issues ago we wrote an article about the changes coming to the anatomy department with the exit of cadavers and the entrance of a virtual cadaver. We took the time to interview anatomy lab directors from Stanford University and James Madison University to inquire about teaching with new technology either by itself or in conjunction with cadavers. Unanimously we found the use of cadavers was the preferred teaching method for anatomy because it allows for a three dimensional view of the human body which cannot be duplicated with technology. Currently, everyone gets to do dry lab for the next two quarters before they bring cadavers back for a short period because of a movement created by the early quarter students who want the cadaver experience. The question we now have is will the university keep the cadavers after this group moves through?

In 7th quarter, The Clinic Knowledge Competency Test is given to students as a measure of how well the University is doing. While National Board exams are what is required to obtain a license to practice in most locales, the NBCE urges the chiropractic colleges to administer their own test to be sure a student is prepared to treat patients in their clinics. The test is taken week four and is a do, redo or die test. You can pass it the first time with a score of 84 with no one section below an 8. You can get remediation if you score less than an 84 and all sections are above an 8. If you get any section below 8 there is no opportunity for remediation or retaking of the test in the current quarter thus pushing you into week 4 of the next quarter to retake the exam for the opportunity to enter clinic. This quarter, the rules changed after the test was given in week four. As long as you got a 60 or above you could take the remediation. The part that bothers me in this process is when you are taking boards the same quarter. Why exclude anyone from remediation and retest? Wouldn’t the student taking boards and not passing the CLIN-3601 exam be the student the University would want to help prepare?

Gilles Lamarche DC: Here to Make a Difference

Holla Back Y’all
Gilles Lamarche DC: Here to Make a Difference
By Michael Hollerbach, DC Student

Holla Back Y’all is a regular column which gives one member of the Life University community an opportunity to offer their thoughts and opinions and share themselves with the rest of us; in addition, it gives the community the opportunity to be able to get to know one of the many incredible people on this campus.

This edition I would like to introduce Dr. Gilles Lamarche, DC. Giles LamarcheHe is a recent addition to the Life University family and comes here with boundless energy and passion for principled chiropractic. He is the new Vice President of Professional Relations and Gilles is an author, mentor, professional coach, motivational speaker and has an impressive resume. He came to Marietta with his wife, Melissa Briscoe Lamarche, DC and is here to bring the most passionate dynamic speakers in the world to our campus. He recently organized the first Philosophy Night in Lyceum Park. In addition, he is creating LifeTalks, an annual event that will soon rival the Ted Talks series. Currently, he his working to promote the Life Vision events. I recently was able to chat with Dr. Lamarche and get his story.

Michael Hollerbach: How did your journey bring you to Life University?
Dr. Gilles Lamarche: I spent 6 years at Parker University, beginning as seminar director and moving to VP in charge of clinics, research, CE and seminars. Left there in July 2012. Dr Riekeman reached out to me in May of 2013. I was driven to come to LIFE after sharing a couple days with him and learning of the vision for chiropractic that he had, and that was prevalent at LIFE. I saw this as an opportunity to have a major impact on world health, and leave a legacy.

MH: Oh that is fantastic. Very nice to hear. Do you have a personal mission statement or motto you live by?
GL: Yes I do, my personal mission statement is: “I hereby pledge my life to my greatest expression of love and service for the benefit of humanity.”

MH: So where were you born and raised and how did you find your way to chiropractic school?
GL: Born and raised in Timmins, Ontario, Canada. My first experience with chiropractic was at the age of 12. Though I presented for low back pain after an injury, I soon understood the importance of the nervous system and the negative effects of subluxation on my health. I had been an unwell child, digestion and elimination issues, and discovered that these were due to subluxation, likely caused during my forceps delivery. Within a short time I regained my health and decided to do what it would take to become a DC.

MH: What has your career path been since graduating?
GL: I started my own practice in a small town of Hearst, Ontario, population 5,000. Within a few short months I had a thriving practice. Spent 5 years there, and also had a satellite practice in the town of Longlac (population 1,500). Both were high volume, principled practices, teaching the chiropractic principles for health and wellbeing. I sold both practices and then moved back to my hometown of Timmins, Ontario. Built that practice to capacity within a few months and maintained a high level service practice there for 20 years.

MH: What do you enjoy doing outside of your office?
GL: I read a lot, rarely fiction, more philosophy, psychology of success, personal and professional growth; I write – articles, books etc. I run and cycle; spend quality time with my wife who is also a DC; have always enjoyed being dad and doing things with my children, who are now adults. I have three children – Jason is a DC in the Chicago area, as is his wife, Rebecca; they have a 6 month old daughter, Brielle. My daughter is an RMT, married with a 2-year-old daughter, Kherington, living in Edmonton, Alberta. And my youngest son, Christopher, is an automotive electronics technician, owns his own business in Timmins, ON, married to Melissa, and they recently, April 22, 2014, had a daughter, Harper.

MH: What do you think of Georgia and how has your experience been since arriving?
GL: It has been wonderful. Great people, beautiful terrain, greenery… We bought a beautiful home in Marietta, and have the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park as our backyard. It’s peaceful and a great place to think, live and thrive. The Marietta Town Square also offers so much. Close to downtown Atlanta for entertainment and all that life has to offer.

MH: Have you and your wife, Melissa, explored Georgia and/or Atlanta much yet?
GL: We have spent a bit of time getting acquainted with Atlanta, a few concerts, a few great restaurants, and our immediate area. We have had one trip up to the Blue Ridge Mountains with more to come this summer.

MH: So this Life Talks series, what is it and what are your intentions for it?
GL: LIFE Talks – the inaugural event will be held at Life University in Marietta, GA (Atlanta), April 24 and 25, 2015. The goal is to have thought leaders/decision makers come together and experience the Vitalistic health paradigm conversation from a physical, mental, social, environmental and spiritual wellbeing perspective. We want to invite speakers on nutrition, exercise physiology, positive psychology, compassion, relationships, vitalism, and environmental health – all important in our opinion to a Vitalistic balanced healthy lifestyle. We believe that having thought leaders involved in this conversation will lead to improved social change.

Well, thank you Dr. Lamarche, it was an honor to be able to interview you. I look forward to seeing what great things you do on this campus in the future.

Chia Seeds – Hydration Powerhouses

Chia Seeds
Hydration Powerhouses
By Caridad Claiborne, Dietetic Program

Yay for warmer weather! After the long and icy winter had us stuck indoors, I’m sure we are all delighted to be able to enjoy the sun again. With nice weather, comes more opportunities for outdoor activities, sports, and exercises. Now if you are one of those outdoor loving people and spend most of spring and summer outside, there is one rule you must follow: Stay hydrated! When the weather is hot there is a risk of dehydration and an even greater risk for those who practice high intensity workouts and sweat profusely. Dehydration can set in when you have not taken in enough fluids or lose too many fluids through sweating. Symptoms such as lightheadedness, nausea, weakness, confusion, a decrease in urine, and fainting could occur. Though an increase of thirst could occur as well, you should not always rely on thirst alone as a sign of dehydration. It is extremely important to drink plenty of liquids, water being the most effective, as well as making sure you drink beverages to replenish electrolytes.

One of my favorite ways to stay hydrated during outdoor activities in hot conditions is consuming chia seeds. Yes, these are the same chia seeds used in the Chia Pets that where popular in the 80’s. Sing it with me now…”Ch-ch-ch-chia!” Chia seeds are just as fun to eat or drink, as the jingle is to say. So what exactly are chia seed and how do they keep you hydrated? Chia seeds are these edible little powerhouses that are grown in Mexico and have been a staple food in Mayan and Aztec cultures. The word “Chia” means strength and these tiny seeds are said to increase endurance and boost energy. MyPlate states that two tablespoons of chia seeds contain 138 calories, 5 grams of protein, 12 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of dietary fiber, and are packed with vitamins and minerals. Additionally, they are easily digested and have higher amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids than flax seeds. Chia seeds can slow down the conversion of carbohydrates into sugars, which will fuel your body longer. Therefore, taking them before a workout can aid in endurance.

So how do you eat these black and white seeds that resemble marbled dinosaur eggs? You could sprinkle them into yogurt, oatmeal, over salad, or on toast. However, to use them to help with hydration you must first allow them to absorb liquid. Chia seeds have a hydrophilic property that allows them to absorb up to 12 times their weight in liquid. This means it is important to place the seeds in plenty of liquid and allow them to soak up the liquid for 10 minute before consuming. This is also what helps them combat dehydration. When the seeds absorb the liquid a gel forms around them. If the texture of foods is important to you, this might be a slight issue, but I assure you it is worth it to forge through. Chia seeds have a mild, nutty flavor that won’t over power the taste of whatever you mix them with. Now that you have the complete background on chia seeds, here is a super hydrating and energy packed drink recipe to try before you next outdoor adventure:

Claiborne-chia22 tablespoons of chia seeds
2 cups of coconut water (you could use regular water but coconut water is packed with electrolytes)
the juice of one lemon (or 2-3 tablespoons of any fruit juice you like)

Let the chia seed sit in the water for 10mins. Add juice. Enjoy!