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Stop peeing in the wind…

Hey Folks!

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Do you suffer from IBS symptoms, acid reflux, varied energy levels, and/or various musculoskeletal aches and pains? You don’t need to live that way!

We’ve all slowly wandered astray when it comes to our health, often wondering, “oh no, what’s WRONG with me?” when our health is less than optimal. I’m here to tell you that there is NOTHING intrinsically wrong with you! If you forgot to water your plant or keep it in adequate light, you wouldn’t think to yourself, “the plant is wilting??? What is WRONG with it?” – you would probably think to yourself, “darn it, I forgot to water the plant again”.

So what? What’s the difference?

The difference is that we don’t assume there is something wrong with the plant – we assume we forgot to provide something to the plant that it needs to be healthy. Well if we apply that same paradigm to ourselves, then there is nothing wrong with you either. You are experiencing symptoms because your body is trying to tell you something. It’s trying to tell you that you are either deficient in some required ingredient for health, or that you are being exposed to something that is preventing you from expressing health.

So then, the magic questions are, “what are the requirements to create a healthy human being?” and, “what do I need to do, or avoid, to maintain my health once I’ve got it?”

For the vast majority of us, the answer to these questions is very simple. We need to live like humans should. Many folks believe this means going back to living like “a caveman”, but that isn’t true. We just need to live in a way that would emulate their lifestyle, while fitting it into our modern lives. This way we can take advantage of the benefits of modern living (like toilets and motorized vehicles) while enjoying the health and vitality of living in a more “natural” environment. But, how do we recreate that environment?

The folks in the NHL devote their lives to hockey, Accountants know how to best optimize your income, and I know how to help you live the healthy life you were meant for. I spend a large majority of my waking hours actively making people healthier, reading about making people healthier, or writing about making people healthier. I have spent thousands of hours, completed a masters degree and spend my days helping people improve and maintain their health. Let me be the one to help you too.

The services I provide are designed to make you healthier. They are simple, but not always easy (sometimes they are though!). I don’t provide anything outside of what you need. No fluff. No magic. No BS. I am your resource for information about eating well, moving well and reducing stress levels. When needed I refer to other health care professionals and gladly work with them. If you take the necessary steps to provide your body the base ingredients it needs to create health, it will have no choice but to respond. You can’t take supplements to fix a toxic and deficient diet. You can’t buy fancy supports to strengthen a weak back. You have to meet those basic needs before other things like supplements, supports, and fancy tweaks to your diet can have their desired effect. I wish there was a way around it (as it would be much easier to sell) but there honestly isn’t. No pill will ever replace exercise and an intelligent diet – and taking one with that goal in mind is doing as the title of this post suggests – peeing in the wind!

I’m available for chiropractic care, nutritional counselling and I own and run CrossFit Sudbury (a way of working out that will change your life). Check out the following link and book in for what best suits you. Or feel free to email me any questions you may have regarding chiropractic, nutrition, exercise or health in general. I love this stuff and love helping people. Looking forward to hearing from you!

You can also reach my office by phone at (705) 586-7873.

In health,
Dr. Adam Ball

Your DNA doesn’t care about who you are…

As a wellness and prevention practitioner, I face the occasional challenge in regards to patient compliance to a genetically congruent lifestyle far more frequently than I face those patients who have been provided with bad information.  My experiences with patients have taught me something that I’ve heard before, but which really resonated with me today.

Your DNA does not care one bit about WHO you are, how important you may be, or how much money you make.  Not even a little.  THAT is powerful information, and it can be an important reminder to be meticulous with how you spend your time, and what you allow to enter your body (in terms of food, thoughts and movement).

100 times out of 100 your DNA and its’ genes will respond to the stimulus they are provided.  You will only express genes and their corresponding proteins in response to the environmental demand you place on them.  This can mean the expression of vibrant health, or the expression of unfavourable physiological states (often referred to as pathology).

So, this is where the truth comes in, and in some cases where it can sting a little.  If you’re working your butt off, putting in 80 hour weeks, forgetting meals (which doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing, depending on what foods you’re eating), neglecting friends and family (your positive social relationships with actual people), and reducing the amount of time you spend sleeping (or avoid it all together) – And all this makes you a billion dollars… well, I hope you have children to pass the money on to, because you aren’t going to be around long enough to enjoy it.

If you don’t make your health a priority now – you will have to at some point (if you’re lucky enough to live).  I know what this is like.  I had 40+ hours a week of classes, supplemented with 40+ hours a week of studying – all leading to something that was going to be my future career, i.e. if I didn’t pass those classes, then I just invested a tonne of cash in an education I wouldn’t be able to use.  That’s a fair amount of pressure and it’s a fair amount of stress – and my body responded with crappy sleep, lots of food cravings and a less than desirable body composition.  When I started out in my first year I would avoid going to the gym, going out with friends and a lot of other stuff I loved doing because I felt like I needed that time to study.  What I found out later on (when I knew I could get good grades without killing myself with the books for hours), was that when I spent that time in the gym or with my friends, that I was more focused when it came to study and I was far more efficient with my time.  My grades improved with less studying.  I retained the knowledge better.  I was healthier and in better shape.  And I grew my relationships with my friends.

What’s the moral of the story?  Your DNA wants you to succeed.  When you provide it what it needs, you will do better in every aspect of your life.  How concentrated are you at work during those 80 hours if you have back pain, blood sugar swings and some mild depression?  Does it make sense to you that you might feel better and concentrate more knowing you are experiencing the best health of your life?

It does to me.  And I’ll spend the rest of my life trying to help it make sense to you too.

 

Cheers Folks!

Dr. Adam Ball

Wellness Explained: The Simple Math Analogy

Hey Folks!

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So I’m back again for another post about the Wellness Paradigm.  I’m always searching for good, or even better ways to explain what my goal is with the treatment of my patients as it can be quite different from the outcomes other health care practitioners are looking for.  While the distinction can be difficult to appreciate in some cases (i.e. where you actually HAVE a problem you would like to remedy and treatment from a Chiropractor provides that remedy for you) it is important to your future and ultimate health.  Let me begin by asking you a series of questions…

  • If you were in good health and you went and had your appendix removed, are you now healthier?
  • What if instead of removing your appendix, you decided to exercise – would that make you healthier?
  • How about if a healthy person decided to take statins and ACE inhibitors (common medications for to lower cholesterol and blood pressure, respectively) – would it make them healthier?
  • What if instead they decided to eat a high quality diet and see a Chiropractor regularly to ensure proper spinal movement – would it make them healthier?

I’ll stop now with the questions, but hopefully you’re sensing a common theme in those questions.  The point I’m trying to make is this – Medications and Surgery (and even many manual therapies) are aimed NOT at increasing health, but in decreasing disease.  This isn’t the same as increasing cold by decreasing hot.  No one in their right mind would elect to take medications or have invasive surgeries performed to increase their health – it’s ridiculous.  Now, this does NOT mean that I think these things are silly or unnecessary, as in many cases they are required to remove disease/dysfunction in order for you to achieve an appropriate baseline of health.  But the goal in treatment is different.

You take antibiotics, and have growths removed to decrease your disease/dysfunction while you exercise, floss, eat well, work your mobility and get your spine checked to increase your health.  Different approaches for different jobs!  You wouldn’t use an axe to rebuild the wall you just chopped down with it, you’d elect for a hammer – so why then, wouldn’t you decide to build on your health instead of waiting for a problem that needs to be “fixed”?

All the best Folks!

 

Dr. Adam Ball