One of the most common complaints that people that seek healthcare advice and treatment for, is fatigue and lack of energy. It is a major problem in our society and has great impacts on our lives and ability to function productively at our jobs, in our homes, and how we interact socially with others. When you feel fatigued it is difficult to have a positive outlook on life and be able to contribute to others because you go into survival mode trying desperately to take care of yourself. Unfortunately, overcoming fatigue can be much more difficult than just trying to get more sleep. There are multiple body functions that must work together to help your body sustain the life energy you need to function optimally in our society
Which Appointment Option is Best For Me:
Two regular appointment options are available to established patients. I am often asked how to determine which option to choose when calling for an appointment or scheduling online.
A Centenarian is a person who lives to be 100 years old. There are certain areas of the world that have higher populations of people who live to be 100, but there are people in all parts of the world who also live that long. Living to be 100 is no easy task. As a human being we are constantly battling against forces that are trying to recycle us back into the earth. Those forces include disease, trauma, malnutrition, and gravity. Read more »
As we approach the shortest day of the year, we here in Bozeman really feel the affects of less sunlight each day. There is a true medical condition associated with this change called seasonal affective disorder or S.A.D for short. SAD is a really appropriate acronym because that’s exactly what happens to people who suffer from the shorter days with less sunlight, they become sad. Read more »
How often do you hear yourself say, “I wish I had more energy”? With only 24 hours in a day and so many things to do, we often feel we are falling short of accomplishing everything we want too. Last month in Bozeman we had Neil deGrasse Tyson speak at MSU and he shared with us some wonderful thought provoking ideas and pictures about science and our solar system. He reminded us that we are all made of the same things; tiny molecules bound together by electrons and re-arranged into many shapes and structures to bring diversity to life on our planet. So how do we get this energy into our bodies?
For many years there has been a misconception about the fat we eat and the fat in our body. Starting with elevated cholesterol on a blood test, to doctors telling their patients not to eat diets high in saturated fat because it will raise your cholesterol. We now understanding that it is not fat that increases cholesterol in your blood or contributes to fat in your body, but rather sugar is the biggest culprit. Unfortunately even though we now understand that sugars, and not fats, are the biggest problem with elevated cholesterol and obesity, we still get very little information on how we should be consuming appropriate fats and avoiding hydrogenated fats and oils in our diet.
Have you ever awoken from a deep sleep in a cold sweat in a dark room scared to death from a nightmare where a zombie was trying to eat your brain? Zombies are mythical creatures defined as the undead mindless corpses that want to feed on human flesh. Super scary right? Well as scary as these mythical creatures are in fantasyland it is becoming a reality that we have a pandemic of brain deterioration and the creation of a zombie mind state that is creating many social and economic problems in our country and our world.
The Triad of health requires balance of the bodies structural, physiological, and psychological systems. All the systems must be in balance and working together to allow us to have optimal health. We have previously discussed the structural and physiological aspects of health in the last two months. This month we well explore the psychological and energetic system of the body. This includes how our thoughts affect our body as well as how the acupuncture system and the way the energies move throughout our body will affect our health.
In last months article we described the triad of health and looked at how structural balance is very important in our overall health. The triad of health relates to equal balance of the structure, the physiology, and the psychological aspects of the body. Each aspect of the triad of health is connected through the nervous system, which is the underlying factor in our overall health. The triad keeps our body balanced and allows for good communication within our body so we can function optimally. However if the communication breaks down that’s when dis-ease sets in.
You wouldn’t jump off the couch and go run a marathon without having done any training to prepare yourself for the long distance run would you? If you did you would feel an incredible amount of pain, breathing would be hard, your legs would hurt, you would get blisters on your feet, and most likely you would pass out from exhaustion before you reached the finish line if you don’t have a heart attack first. It’s a scary picture to think of, but if you start slow and train appropriately it becomes very achievable to finish running 26.2 miles all at once. Life is a marathon; it’s not a sprint. Just like a marathon it has a beginning, and an end, and their can be many different courses that we must travel from the straight and narrow to the up’s and down’s and everything in between.