Blog by Dr. Jami West
Heart Health - Why Exercise is Essential for a Healthy Heart Your heart is the most important muscle in the body. Exercise is Essential for a Healthy Heart.In order to stay healthy, it needs to be worked out just like the rest of your muscles. The current...read more
The Top 8 Secrets of the Super Small “Super-Food” Over the course of human history, chia seeds have been used by societies around the world for their wide array of health benefits. Although “supefoods” seem to be more of a myth than reality, chia seeds are challenging...read more
Lower your Risk of Having a Heart Attack Some people think that there is not much you can do about your lowering your risk of having a heart attack especially if heart disease runs in your family. They are wrong, I like to say just because you have a loaded gun it...read more
We believe in the BIG THREE, as in the big three supplements that every man, woman and child should take. They include:
Vitamin D: Vitamin D3 is actually considered a hormone and is involved in nearly every function of the body. Typically we think of bones strength and drinking milk, but vitamin D does so much more. Upwards of 200 genes are believed to be regulated by Vitamin D, most of which are not involved in mineral metabolism.read more
Just finished another great book, Success Is Not An Accident by Tommy Newberry. Here’s some things I highlighted and wrote in my journal.read more
1 in 8 Americans (13% or 40.3 million) are 65 or older
Percentage of all federal domestic spending that goes to the elderly: 46%read more
These are Ouch Moments….. when someone says something to you that feels like a band aid ripped off your arm or when you stub your toe….OUCH. Mine came when one of my patients said something to the effect, “I didn’t know chiropractic could help with that.” And the “that” was something so obviously related to the biomechanics of the spine and nerve system, that I yelled a huge OUCH in my head. Had a really failed to convey the message of chiropractic so poorly? OUCH I had.read more
So my mama taught me that you have to always have ‘someone to love, something to do and something to look forward to.’ We look forward to the weekend. We look forward to our next vacation. We look forward to the holidays. We look forward to when that loan is paid off. We look forward to when our kids are out of diapers. We look forward to our first grandchild. We look forward to retirement. We look forward to not having to do twenty loads of laundry each week. We look forward to Dancing with the Stars on Monday night. Geez there’s always something to look forward to.read more
Healthcare spending, currently at $1.7 trillion, will soon be 1/5 of our economy. Even more sobering ½ of the money will come from the government. In other words, it’ll come from YOU and your tax dollars. And where will that money spent? Well hospitals, doctor’s visits and prescription medicine will eat up most of the money.read more
The other day I was reaching far back into a kitchen cabinet for a bowl when I spotted a crystal Tiffany water pitcher I received as a wedding present. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve used it. Yet it is beautiful. So I pulled it out, washed it and filled it with filtered water. Then up on the night stand it went with a pretty glass cup.read more
Stop Calling It Healthcare! It’s Sick Care
We do not have any form of healthcare system regardless of what you may think. We have a sick care system, dedicated to caring and treating sickness. That’s it. Nothing else. Nada. Once you get sucked into the vortex good luck getting out. The title of Jim Morrison’s first biography sums it all up; “No One Here Gets Out Alive”. Pretty depressing no? I have taken care of countless people over the years that have been sucked in only to get stuck on the merry-go-round of the medical and pharmaceutical industries. I will never say that the medical profession has no place. That would be foolish. When my daughter had to have a birth defect corrected, they helped her immensely. Who knows where she would be without their help. In emergency situations and acute care they are the best. What I am saying though is that in terms of HEALTH and WELLNESS, they don’t know SH!T. They have no idea because the medical paradigm doesn’t support anything but sickness. This isn’t their fault. They aren’t bad people. I know they have good intentions. Having said that, they are not part of any solution to any problem other than crisis care. There. I said it. The health and wellness industry should be the leader. This is the bandwagon to jump on. The more people that become even slightly more health conscious, the better. Notice I didn’t say anything about exercise or nutrition or anything else like that. The more people who are conscious of what they are doing to themselves day in and day out would create a huge change. I had a guy tell me the other day that until he hurt his lower back he never gave his body and what he has been doing to it for the last 58 years a thought. He literally said he just wasn’t conscious of it. Needless to say, he is thinking about it now. Why do we wait until there is such an unbelievable crisis before we do anything in terms of health? I can answer that. It’s because all we know is SICK-CARE.
The more people who change their focus to health and wellness, the more of a reality it becomes that we could actually have a healthcare system. Until that time, our politicians will continue to miss the big picture and try and fix a broken system by once again bandaging it up so it stops hemorrhaging for a little while longer. Do I believe people are entitled to insurance? Yes. But stop saying people are entitled to have healthcare coverage. Insurance doesn’t cover HEALTHCARE. It only covers SICK-CARE! Phew! It’s a mess out there. Arm yourself with information. Most of it is FREE! Knowledge is power.
Dr. Jami West. – December 2015
How an 86 Year Old Man Found His Smile Again
I started an 86 year old man as a new patient the other day in my office. He has had some pretty severe medical issues over the years and was on the brink of death when his kidneys started failing a year ago. Thankfully, he recovered, but he still has less than optimal health. The reasons he came to see me were because he was experiencing a lot of pain in his low back and pelvis as well as his neck. He also fell recently and cracked three ribs due to instability in his legs. This particular gentleman also has severe weakness in both of his arms, wrists and hands and he is also having trouble walking. To make matters worse, he is barely getting any sleep. After going over his history and recent x-ray reports, I examined him and went over his findings and determined that it was safe to proceed with chiropractic care. On this visit I opted to use a hand held instrument that delivers a very specific yet gentle impulse. I determined where to apply the impulses to his spine, adjusted him and sent him home. He came back yesterday and we talked about his first visit and how he did. He told me how he couldn’t believe that what I did on his first visit had the effect that it did. He noticed that he now had almost complete range of motion of his neck which totally blew his mind because he hasn’t been able to turn it well to the left for quite some time. He also noticed that he had less pain in his low back and he felt more stable while standing and walking. During our consultation he told me that his handwriting was getting worse because he barely had any grip strength in his right hand. He told me the day after his first adjustment he was writing a note to himself and he noticed that his handwriting improved. He then realized he had more strength in his hands. One of the most exciting changes that he experienced with his first adjustments was the fact that he slept through the night for the first time in YEARS! These changes might not seem like a big deal to you, but it was LIFE CHANGING for him.
The story above is really about a man who was searching for happiness and finally found it with chiropractic. For YEARS he has been poked, prodded, tested and medicated only to be disappointed. He has been through 10′s of thousands of dollars of MRI’s, CT scans, and x-rays only to progressively get worse. Many people benefited from his “condition” except him. A lot of people he trusted to help him got him nowhere. After 3 visits in my office he is the happiest he has been since his wife was still alive. The power that made the body heals the body every time. Chiropractic can unleash that power. Imagine what chiropractic can do for you.
Dr. Jami West – November 2015
Do You Cell-Phone-Itis?
Almost overnight there is a new repetitive injury people are dealing with on a daily basis: Texting, emailing tweeting etc. from your phone! Yes I know. Having the ability to do all these things and more is awesome. I’m totally guilty!
One of my new clients is a 15 year old girl with chronic neck pain! Chronic neck pain at 15 is just plain wrong. I asked her how many texts she does a day. She didn’t know the exact number but it was in the 100’s! I then asked her to show me what it looks like when she texts. She pulled out her phone, hunched forward with her head bent down and simulated what it looks like when she texts. BINGO! That posture will create so much strain on all of the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the upper back and neck not to mention the spine and spinal cord. This is serious people. If this girl has a chronic problem now, what the heck is going to happen to her? Well, actually, since she is coming to me for chiropractic care this will probably end well for her but for millions of tweens, teens and adults it usually doesn’t. In addition to the care that she is receiving in my office we also talked about better texting postures like holding the phone up a little higher or dare I say, decrease the amount of texting she is doing!
Who do you know that suffers from Cell-Phone-itis?
Dr. Jami West. – October 2015