Nanaimo Chiropractors

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

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Valentina's Fall ~ The Beacon for Nov. 18, 2012

Valentina, a Lifehouse member, is now 5 months old.  And what a sweetheart she is!  Two weeks ago she had a major fall.  While resting on the change table her brother accidentally pulled her off of it.  A fall like this is not uncommon, in fact, The National Child Safety Council says that approximately 50% of children fall head first from a high place during their first year of life.   As common as it is, it is still a very significant experience for a little being to go through.  There was so much for her to process that later that afternoon she was throwing up - resulting in her mom taking her in to the emergency ward.  The attending doctor quickly looked her over and announced that there was nothing broken, her head felt fine and that she would get over it.

The next day Valentina came to our office.  Her stomach had settled, however her neck was completely displaced turned at a 50 degree angle towards her left shoulder.   There was a massive subluxation in the upper part of her spine.  Her mom informed me that she had been in this position all day since the accident.  Upon further examination it was apparent that her skull bones had misaligned as well, putting pressure onto her brain.  A gentle adjustment and her neck subluxation resolved itself by 80%, and on the next visit completely resolved and her cranial bones regained their natural cranial pulse restoring the flow of fluid to her developing brain.

I couldn’t help but think, "What would have happened if she had not been adjusted?"   I have met many children who were struggling with ear infections, who were recommended to have tubes put in their ears, a rather common procedure for children now a days.  With each of these children when I have assessed them I have found a subluxation in the upper part of the neck in the same area that Valentina was subluxated.  And with each of these children after a series of adjustments they were no longer challenged by recurrent ear infections.   Also recognizing that the cranial fluid is the only way the brain nourishes itself, proper nourishment is essential to optimal growth and development of the brain. 

Although children falling on their heads, having regular ear infections and having less than optimal mental function are all common they are by no means ideal.   The truth is, children live a high impact, high stressed life, just because they don’t tell you they have a headache doesn’t mean they don’t need an adjustment.  To ensure your children and the children of your loved ones are growing up to be the best that they can be have their nervous system checked today!

For a healthier and brighter community tomorrow,

Dr. Norm
Lifehouse Events

Wednesday, Nov. 21st 7-8:30    
Complimentary Health Essentials
 This is your opportunity to ask questions, hear more about chiropractic care and how it can support and impact your life, health and wellbeing.
Thursday, Nov. 29th 7 pm
Advanced Nutrition Talk

 Join Dr. Norm and learn about holistic nutrition and nourishment.  You will leave understanding what you can do to fascilitate easy ways to nourish yourself through the food you consume, awareness around what we digest (foods, thoughts, emotions) and you will be given a mini cookbook.

Learn :
What is the difference between nutrition and nourishment?
What are supperfoods and what is all the rave about?
Are you feeding your emotions or are you nourishing your body?
Why following Canada’s Food Guide is an unhealthy choice.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Permission Slip ~ The Beacon for Nov. 8, 2012

It is undeniable that your lifestyle, (including how you nourish your body with the foods you eat, your amount of physical activity, the thoughts you think and whether you get adjusted or not) is by far the leading cause or preventative factor for all lifestyle diseases including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, depression and obesity.  Knowing this and then taking responsibility for this leaves you accountable for your health which may come as a great relief and for others may be disappointing.  Regardless, it is the truth.  You are ultimately responsible for your own health.  
I find it fascinating to witness people who have and are continuing to live unhealthy lives who go to their doctor with a concern.  Perhaps it is that they have had a minor heart attack, have diabetes or are suffering from depression.  The typical visit includes a physical assessment, lab work and other diagnostic findings followed by a short discussion and then the doctor writes on his or her white pad, a 'permission slip', a prescription for a drug that gives permission to that individual to continue living their unhealthy lifestyle.  So many people leave that visit feeling relived that the doctor found what was wrong and has determined which drug will cure them.   They have just been granted permission to continue living the same unhealthy life that they have been living.  Very convenient isn’t it?
Unfortunately, nature is not as permissive as our doctors.  Over time those symptoms will return as the body will adapt to it’s unhealthy environment, becoming more determined to intensify it’s adaptative response (like having high blood pressure when we are stressed), growing immune to the medication or will begin to express other side effects from the toxic load of this new drug.   Remember that nature always has the final word and nature cannot be cheated.  We must learn to live in balance and harmony with nature as we are part of nature.  Health is the result of this.  Disease is an indication that we are out of balance with nature.  Symptoms are the bodies cry to make a change.  To wake-up to our choices.  Whether you get permission from your doctor or not, it is as simple as that.
Dr. Norm and The Lifehouse Team

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Oil Spill In Nanaimo! ~ The Beacon for Nov. 1, 2012

People are coming together like never before to tell our provincial and federal governments that BC’s coast must be protected from tar sands pipelines and tankers.
Although this is not a health issue and may seem like a non-chiropractic topic, when one is rooted in a vitalistic perspective of life it is impossible to separate the health of the individual from the health of the planet.  
If the pipelines are built, there will be a massive increase in supertanker traffic on BC’s coast - including 84% more traffic through the Hecate Straight, the fourth most dangerous waterway in the world. The biggest tankers will carry 8 times as much oil as the Exxon Valdez spilled.  Many people agree it is not if a tanker spill occurs, it is a question of when.  
For a moment imagine what your life would be like if a spill did occur.  How would this affect your business, the value of your home, the places that you visit for outdoor recreation and holidays?  What about the wildlife, the plants and our valuable oceans?  A spill would change everything for us on this beautiful island that we live on.  What is to be gained, to support an industry that we know is unsustainable, that needs to be replaced with something more viable, more congruent with the times?  
When I was a kid the destruction of the Amazon rainforest was the largest environmental disaster on the planet, today it is the oil fields in Alberta.  Wow!  There is a small window of time to change this forever, and the effects will be felt for generations to come.  I urge you to take action in what ever way you feel call to do so.  Email your local MP, sign the facebook page, join a rally, stand up, your voice matters.  
Yours in health of the individual and that of the planet. 
Dr. Norm

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

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Wednesday, Nov. 7th 7-8:30    
Complimentary Health Essentials 
This is your opportunity to ask questions, hear more about chiropractic care and how it can support and impact your life, health and wellbeing.

Tuesday, Nov. 13th 7-10 pm $30    
Somato Respiratory Integration 
Using tools, resources & strategies from The 12 Stages of Healing, by Dr. Epstein, develop and expand your connection with your body and breath.

Wednesday, Nov. 21st 7-8:30     
Complimentary Health Essentials 
This is your opportunity to ask questions, hear more about chiropractic care and how it can support and impact your life, health and wellbeing.

Reserve your space today by emailing or 
call 250 740 0333