Nanaimo Chiropractors

Welcome to the Nanaimo Chiropractors blog of The Lifehouse Chiropractic Studio and Dr. Norm Detillieux, Chiropractor in Nanaimo, BC

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Celebrating The Rhythm of Another Year ~ The Beacon for Dec. 22, 2011

One of the most frequent complaints that I hear at this time of year is, “I am just so busy, I have no time for myself.”  People are zooming from one engagement to another, baking, cooking, wrapping and visiting.  Oh it is holiday season again!  And away we go.

Historically this time of year was celebrated for being a time of change, a turning point.  The longest night of the year was being replaced by expanding daylight.  Ancients built large ritual sites to track this sacred time of year, with Stonehenge being the most famous.  Religiously, most see this time as a highlight in their religious celebrations.  For Christianity, it is the birth of the Savior; new age people, the rebirth of the Christ within; for the Jewish, Hanukkah is observed by lighting candles.  Both historically and religiously this is a time of rebirth, a time of rekindling our inner light.

For me, personally I love this time of year.  I can feel the ending of a cycle, the joy of a year passing, the desire for time of reflection.  The death of one year means the birth of another, so this also offers a wonderful time to begin fresh, to regroup, refocus, restart, and realign.  I encourage you all to defy the standard cultural hysterics and material driven marketing frenzy, and find time to reflect, acknowledge yourself and your successes, acknowledge those in your life that are special to you, and get clear on the year ahead.  It truly is a most wonderful time of year.

Last year one of the brief reflection exercises I completed, (it only took about two hours), was journaling the story line of each of the past twelve months.  I also noted the challenges, the gifts and the lessons.  What a gift this time offered, slowing down and seeing my whole year in a snap shot, accepting the challenges, blessing the gifts, and reaping the lessons.  I encourage you to do the same, or do a process in your own way to mark the rhythm of a year passing and a new one beginning.

We have attached for you a reflective health journal with this article. I encourage each of you, whether you are currenly under care at The Lifehouse or not, to work through it.

We have had a successful response to our Gifts of Health campaign with many candles added to our Lifehouse Gifts of Health Tree.  We’ve also included a printable attachment of 2 Gifts of Health you can put in your wallet over the next few weeks. You may just meet someone who will appreciate that you care enough to share this gift with them.

Until next time may you celebrate the gifts of the season, the joy of being alive and the love that is inherent to all.  Be true to yourself.  Care for your body as the temple it is.  And remember the joy is in the giving and it’s okay to give to yourself as well.  I thank you all for being in my life, for reading our regular Beacons and for being the change that the world needs.

Dr. Norm, Heather and Melanie

Friday, December 16, 2011

Holiday Stress Busters ~ The Beacon for Dec 16, 2011

By now I am sure you have found yourself in full stride of the holiday season.  I am always amazed this time of year just how tense people’s spines feel.  Without a doubt this is the most stressful time of year for many.  It is not surprising when you consider that most people cram 4 weeks of work into 3, and then for the final week we are encouraged to eat and drink indulgently, socialize excessively and abandon our normal rhythms and healthy practices. 

This year I encourage you to keep your health and wellbeing a focus.  Below you will find some simple tips to have your holidays not only joy filled but also healthy.  All the best!

Watch your breathing. Most of us don't breathe enough normally; we take shallow breaths and deprive ourselves of oxygen. Add stress to that and we can even become light-headed. Sit in a quiet place, close your eyes and take 10 deep breaths. Inhale slowly and exhale more slowly. You'll be amazed at how relaxed you will feel!
Watch alcohol and food intake. Just because it is offered to you doesn’t mean you need to partake in it.  And if you do have one - enjoy it; enjoy it so fully that you may not need a second, third or fourth.  There is nothing wrong with a small amount of alcohol, sweets, or rich foods; it is when we indulge in gluttonous behaviours that take us half of January to finish digesting what we ate for Christmas dinner that is a problem.  Moderation is key or consider upgrading your choices to: 

Indulge in healthy treats.  It is the season for indulging - how about indulging in a nice bag of organic nuts, dried fruit or some other exotic food that you really enjoy that your body would also enjoy (and thank you for).

Make sure you have some quiet, alone time scheduled.
The social demands of holiday seasons are high. We are required to interact more with family, co-workers, etc. That can be very tiring, especially if socializing causes you anxiety. Factor in some down-time.

Plan one fun event just for you.
You probably spend much time and effort insuring others are taken care of and entertained this season. Remember to treat yourself - get a manicure, go to a heated driving range, babysit a friend's new puppy or read that new best-seller you've just received.

Connect with family to watch a favourite holiday movie or show.
 Pull your family together, laugh, cry, and fill your hearts up with love.  The holiday season is such a valuable time to nourish family connections.

Get some exercise.
Most usual exercise routines get abandoned this time of year. We are full of excuses. But exercise is a terrific stress-buster and it is a terrific way to burn off and move through last night’s cream cheese surprises or sweat out the extra Caesar you drank.  During this time of year we typically have a little extra down time which is just begging to be filled with walks, a yoga class, or a run.  You will feel so much better for it.

Get enough rest.
 This is a wonderful time of year to nourish your body with a little extra rest.   It’s okay to call it a night before the rest of the party, to sleep in a little extra, or to enjoy an afternoon nap.  I dare you J

Be conscious
.  Be aware of yourself; don’t turn your brain off.  When you reach for the next treat, pause and ask yourself is this really what I want (Consider the question – Is this going to clog me or cleanse me?)  If you do eat it, track yourself afterward in how it makes you feel 10 minutes or an hour later.  This year I have been blown away with how little I enjoy holiday treats.  Sure they taste great (for the two minutes I am chewing on them) but after that I am left with 60 minutes of dissatisfaction as my energy gets all wonky and I have a hard time focusing on anything.

Give healthy gifts
.  Do they really need another box of chocolate?  Instead, how about giving them a yoga DVD or a bag of organic fruit or nuts?  These can be a very welcomed gift at this time of year. Or share our "Gift of Health" certificate (print the attached below) - to introduce your friend, co-worker, family member or neighbour to chiropractic and have their nerve system checked for interference. You`ll never know the long-term difference you can make by inspiring someone to make their health and wellbeing a priority. And what better time to start then now and carry forward into 2012!

Remember being healthy doesn’t mean that you can`t still have fun.  Quite the opposite.  You can have tonnes of fun and be healthy at the same time.  It just takes breaking some old habits and being creative.  Good luck!

Dr. Norm and his healthy crusaders.

P.S.  Our voice matters.  For the last two months we have been busy collecting names and petitioning for `Restore the Integrity to the CCE` for their attempts in changing chiropractic, earlier this week a hearing was held and found 41 violations that the CCE has to address!   For the first time in decades the CCE is being faced to be accountable to the profession and to the general public.   Your voice matters!  Thanks again for your support!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Can You Help? ~ The Beacon for Dec 8, 2011

Can you help us?  We are ready to serve more.  This means that we could be saving and transforming more people’s lives.  90% of all people that come to the Lifehouse meet us through ‘word of mouth’.  This is necessary because we don’t have the assistance of large drug companies and their unlimited advertising dollars to market their wares.  We rely on doing things the old fashioned way, and personally I kinda like it this way. 
If you are someone who believes in the vision of the Lifehouse, appreciates the quality of our work and would like to make a positive difference in other people’s lives, we would love your help.  We are looking for more people to join our conscious healing community at The Lifehouse

We have set up a program to make this easy for you and easy for them too, it’s called The Gift of Health.
   Through the holiday season we will be offering complimentary gift passes for people to visit The Lifehouse for their first visit, on us.   We have included a gift certificate (valued at $100) for you in this email so you can easily forward this invitation on to your friends and family electronically (we also have beautiful paper copies in the office if you would like some of those too).  In the past many of our clients have written a short introduction explaining from their heart what care at The Lifehouse has been like, how it has benefited them and then forwarded it on to their contact list.  This is a simple gesture that could have far reaching affects to the lives of many.

This truly is a win-win-win as it acts as a wonderful gift for you to give to the people you care about, helps to promote health in these people, and helps us fulfill our mission of creating a healthy vital Nanaimo area. 

Not sure who to refer?
  Well this past year we have assisted people to heal themselves of things such as ADHD, Depression, Colitis, RA, ruptured disc’s, headaches, migraines, sciatica, colic and not to miss mentioning the myriad of others who have tapped into a greater quality of life and a greater relationship with their bodies and with themselves. The effects of chiropractic are really far reaching.  I firmly believe that every adult and child should, at the very least, be checked by a chiropractor to find out if they too can be helped with chiropractic care.  From there they can choose for themselves where they want to go with care, no strings attached.  I just want people to be in a place of informed choice. 
Imagine more people with lives transformed, healing things they were told they needed drugs or surgery to resolve, relationships mending, behaviors changing, attitudes shifting, hearts opening and spines aligning.  Just think of the ripple effect more conscious, healthy, on purpose people will have on our community. 

As you are sending those Christmas letters to your family and friends, or looking at your co-worker who is suffering from his third cold this month, or hearing your husband continue to complain about his nagging back pain why not offer them a Gift of Health?

There are people out there who need you to tell them what is possible for them
– how else are they going to find out!  Together we are making a huge difference in Nanaimo, now let’s expand and grow.

How many lives are we going to LIGHT up this year?

Yours in service
Dr. Norm and The Lifehouse Gang

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Aging Gracefully ~ The Beacon for Dec 1, 2011

With so many baby boomers looking at how to age gracefully I came across this great article from my friend Dr. Sukhi Muker that I wanted to pass on to all of you. (Thanks Sukhi!)  Enjoy. 

Know that where you are today is a result of beliefs, actions and behaviours of yesterday. And where your life is going is dependent on the beliefs, actions and behaviours of today. To live a proactive life includes adopting a wellness lifestyle that actively empowers you to co-create, manifest and live the life you intend fully connected to your mind, body and spirit. 

In the western world the average life expectancy has increased by over 30 years in the last century. We have been domesticated to believe that this is due to better medical care. Medicine is a vital service that specializes in diagnosis and treatment of symptoms, sickness and disease. The absence of disease or illness does not equate to optimal health. Research has shown that medical care has contributed to 15% while lifestyle factors contributed to 85% of the increase in life-span of 30 years. Therefore, your quantity and quality of living is dependent on factors over which you have full control over.

A reasonable question to ask yourself based on the above research is:  What can I do to increase the quantity and quality of my life?” Research has also shown that not fully integrating life’s experiences and creating subluxations as you age has been linked to chromosomal damage, loss of muscle strength and a loss of memory. It is wonderful to live longer; however, the quality of life during these extra years is vitally important.     

How may we all better sustain the child within us as we age? Research has shown that chiropractic plays an instrumental role in sustaining a high quality of living as we age. 

    Adults who receive regular chiropractic care:
    •   Are more likely to exercise vigorously
    •   Are less likely to be hospitalized
    •   Are more likely to report a better health status
    •   Are less likely to need and use prescription drugs
    •   Are less likely to need to use a nursing home
    •   Are more likely to be active in the community

Your quality of life and health is dependent on the choices you make today. Be proactive and adopt a wellness lifestyle that includes regular exercise, healthy nutrition and life enhancing chiropractic care.  This will ensure that you add more years to your life and more life to years.

Have a beautiful weekend.
Dr. Norm, Heather and Melanie

~~ Congratulations to Caron! 
Our Halloween Draw winner, she selected
"The Breakthrough Experience" by Dr. John DeMartini,
a juicy book to support transformation and growth.  (Copies available at the Lifehouse) 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Occupy Yourself ~ the Beacon for Nov. 24, 2011

Over the past two months we have witnessed what is now the largest global rally for any one cause ever.  Occupy Wall Street has spread like wild fire across the world.  It is no surprise.  I believe that each one of us have a sense that something needs to change and needs to change quickly.  For many I see fingers being pointed solely at the high level CEOs and “banksters” as being the ones to blame, which is easy to do at times like this.  Taking a larger look, I think you will see what is happening is merely the reflection of where we are investing our time and resources into the systems we have been using and upon that reflection sensing a need to reorganize into something greater.

Right now the three major industries in the United States are:
1) War 
2) Wall Street /Commerce 
3) Pharmaceuticals

I would hardly see these three as being vibrant choices for a healthy future.  But the problems aren’t just happening below the border.  Here in Canada 49% of your tax dollars are being spent on the medical system.    And are we getting healthier?  No, in fact this is the first generation of humans where our children have a lower life expectancy than their parents!   Our health and lifestyle practices are leaving us very unhealthy.   In fact adverse effects to prescription medications now rank as the third leading cause of death in Canada!  Please hear me correctly - I am not blaming medical doctors, I have a number of good friends who are MDs one being my sister-in-law, and I have a great deal of respect for what they do.  But the truth is, we as a community are misusing, abusing and overusing drugs and surgery.  And most MDs and nurses would agree with me.   It is easy to point our fingers at someone out there and see them as the problem, but a more responsible approach is to recognize that each one of us has a part in the greater whole.

This brings me to the fundamental issue I believe is occurring right now on the planet.  It is clear that our practices of trying to manipulate, control and overpower nature are not working.   The reality is we are part of nature and we must learn to work with nature.  This includes both our external and internal environments.   We must give birth to a society that is based in a vitalistic paradigm where we recognize and appreciate the inherent intelligence in all things.  Life is sacred and must be respected.  Living our lives in natural order is essential for the survival of our species as an individual and as a collective.  The change begins within.   Occupy yourself.  Listen and trust your own voice, not a voice outside you that is guiding you towards fear and lack.  Learn to nourish yourself in natural ways.   Be proactive, practice prevention, and be willing to make changes in your lifestyle.  Get adjusted so you have a clear connection to your inherent intelligence (aka your innate/ your lifeforce).   The solution does not reside outside you, it lies within.  Stand up and stand tall knowing that you are the difference.  Together we form the web of life and each strand is essential to the whole and together we are webbing a new collective.  It is such a splendid and dynamic time on the planet.  How exciting!

Until next time,
Daring you on to express yourself fully so you can be the best  you – you can be!
Be well,

Dr. Norm & his team