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Alternative Approach to Headaches in Mississauga

Alternative Approach to Headaches in Mississauga

Most people try to ignore their headaches and others can’t because they are so severe or become migraines. Initial investigations typically let you know that there is no tumor in your head or pathological reason for your headaches. On paper you are normal, but you still have headaches! Our Mississauga Chiropractor, Dr. Callum Peever,  shares with you in the video below regarding alternative approaches to headaches;

-What approach to take after medical tests have failed
-What is the impact of chemicals, foods, physical stress, and emotional stress on headaches.

Watch the videos below or read the transcripts to learn more or contact us today in Mississauga for help!


Chiropractic, Headaches, and Natural Health

Before becoming a patient of Dr. Ken Peever natural health and Chiropractic treatment was not familiar to me.  I had grown up in a time when most people had relied on their medical doctor only and there was a negative stigma around natural health and wellness. Today, we live in a society that is becoming more health conscious and willing to put in some work and effort for their wellbeing, instead of going to their medical doctors for medication. I am very fortunate to have a family doctor who is open to alternative care.  So when I told him I was going to see Dr. Peever about my headaches he was completely on board.  Growing up my family doctor had suggested everything: going on the pill to stop headaches, another pill that had the side effect of weight gain, you name it I tried it!  Nothing I had tried worked and on top of still experiencing terrible headaches I was now also unhappy. Before Chiropractic I lived with headaches almost everyday of my life.  Some days they were migraines that made me nauseous and other days were just a dull pain behind my eyes.  It got to the point that I was ready to try anything!  My Mom’s friend told her about Dr. Peever and although I didn’t know much about Chiropractic treatment I decided to give it a shot. After the first few Chiropractic adjustments from Dr. Peever I began to notice changes in my headaches.  In the beginning I was still getting some dull headaches, but I had 23 years of damage to correct. I can say that I am almost headache free!!  There is still the odd time every few months that I’ll get a mild headache but I have a routine and my wellness Chiropractic adjustments have made all the difference! Now thanks to Dr. Peever and all the wonderful Chiropractors at Erin Mills Optimum Health I have my headaches under control and my life back!

Yvonne, new Mom and part of the Front Desk Staff in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health


Headaches and Migraines

Chiropractic can make a huge impact on a person suffering with headaches and migraines. People often overlook the spine and spinal cord when they try to address their headaches. And often people only try to ignore their headaches and don’t address the causes of the problem. The pain is debilitating and life halting when suffering with headaches or migraines, but the pain is created or caused because of a reason. The neck and spine is a reason for headaches. This would be easier to identify by yourself if the pain didn’t spread or refer to various spots on the head.
I usually describe this to my patients by saying that the brain has a poor map of pain. If their is a cut on your skin it is easy to identify and locate. However, if an organ, joint, or nerve is injured or irritated the pain will spread and impact large areas or systems of the body. Heart attacks are classically felt in the left shoulder and gall bladder attacks are classical felt in the right shoulder…  neck problems are typically felt in the head or shoulders. Low back problems are classically felt in the butt or legs. Spine problems affecting the spinal cord and nerves (vertebral subluxations) have the capacity to impact the entire body due to interference to the signals originating in the brain and going along the nerves to the body.

When under regular Chiropractic care a patient becomes more in tune with their body and can identify with greater accuracy the location of the problem their body is faced with. This is of great benefit to patients suffering with headaches or migraines because they are able to learn the postural, structural, and functional triggers that can generate the headaches which are often ignored.

If you know someone suffering with headaches or migraines, get them to a Chiropractor now.


See a Headache! – MRI Videos of Spinal Fluid Flow that is impacted with Neck Postures

 

When learning about the spine and how the body functions at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto I didn’t understand from the text books how quickly the fluid in the spinal cord (Cerebral Spinal Fluid – CSF) moves.

I understood that the CSF was important for supplying nutrients/removing toxins from the brain and spinal cord and for protecting the cord from mechanical as well as chemical forces.  But I was missing a visual to understand its full functional impact on the health of the brain.

What I was missing was a visual:

Visual: The following two videos show standing functional MRI studies of a normal neck and a neck with a “blockage” created by poor postural strain on the neck and spinal cord.

(The front of the face is on the left. The back of the head is on the right. The brain is in the center with the spinal cord going down. The CSF is the black on the screen that is moving. The static is just background noise. )

Normal Neck with good flow of CSFNormal Neck with good flow of CSF. The fluid moves up and down smoothly in this case.
Blockage in neck with poor CSF flowBlockage in neck with poor CSF flow. The CSF fluid doesn’t make it past the mechanical blockage in the neck highlighted with the black arrow and “pounds” in the back of the head.

 


What did I learn as a Chiropractor from these MRI videos of the spinal cord, brain, and neck?

When I saw these functional MRI “videos”, a lot of clinical experiences made so much more sense to me. The experience that comes to mind is a pounding headache or migraine. Most people don’t make the connection of their headache or migraine pain to their neck and postures. But take one look at these videos and you can see the impact that a blockage in the neck has on the brain.  Constant physical pressure on the flow of the cerebral spinal fluid will greatly impact the health of the brain!

Through Chiropractic care, adjustments can be specifically given to the spine in order to unblock the neck. In doing so the pressure comes off the spinal cord and allows the CSF fluid to flow fluidly!

An analogy to show how the flow of fluid impacts the function of the brain and spinal cord

 

An early way to describe how Chiropractic treatment was helping a body was to use a garden hose as an analogy. When the hose is pinched, the water coming through it is slowed. The same goes for the spine with respect to the flow of CSF.

Also realize that I mention postural blockage in my description of the second video. These postural blockages, which in Chiropractic are called vertebral subluxations, can be induced by injuries, bad habits, sitting postures, and more.

A complete Chiropractic exam will help you identify any postural blockages that may be occurring in your spine. If any blockages are found, it is a good idea to correct them and keep them from returning!

Will I have pain in my neck if I have a postural blockage like the one seen in the video?

Sometimes, but not always.

Pain in the neck or pain in the back CAN be a warning sign that a blockage is occurring. Many people try to ignore or numb the pain associated with the spinal cord pressure by taking pain killers. The drug may make it hurt less, but it won’t move the bones.

But with today’s life we are so busy and focused that we usually don’t realize a health problem building up before it is too late.  A good example is a person who has a heart attack.  They usually feel okay before the heart attack – but they were in bad shape leading up to it.  The same goes for these postural blockages in your neck and spine.

That’s why it is imperative to have a complete Chiropractic checkup.

Where are these neck and spine videos from?

The videos are from a website that also discusses further implications of the long term consequences of a decrease in CSF flow and mechanical pressure on the spinal cord in the neck. Just imagine what would happen if the garden hose you were trusting to water your garden was pinched / twisted… your garden would not flourish without the proper water supply regardless of how often you fertilized the plants with chemicals. Now realize that a similar problem can be happening to your body and brain with the mechanical pressure occurring in your spine.

I hope this has helped you visualize the flow and blockage of the cerebral spinal fluid throughout the spine and how it can impact headaches and your health.  Read more about this topic just below!

If you want to stop having headaches and to grow your brain by positively impacting your spinal fluid flow – connect with a chiropractor and read more about postures here.

Sincerely,

Dr. Callum Peever – Mississauga Chiropractor at Erin Mills Optimum Health

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Cold And Flu Prevention for Healthy Families

Cold and Flu Prevention for Healthy Families

 

Our health professionals at Erin Mills Optimum Health in Mississauga enjoy speaking on cold and flu prevention regularly for our healthy families, and are also seen in the community speaking on natural health topics as well.  Check below for dates and times of events or connect with our doctors in Mississauga!

Also, Check out our office blog on Snort Sniffle Sneeze No Antibiotics Please.

Healthy Families: How to Prevent Cold & Flu

In this seminar, Dr. Wyse discussed differences between cold & flu, Why our body mounts a fever and how to make that fever effective and how to optimize our health to prevent the cold & flu from taking over our household.

 

Naturopathic Doctor Tiffany Wyse presenting health class at Goodness Me in Mississauga
Naturopathic Doctor Tiffany Wyse presenting a health class at Goodness Me in Mississauga
health presentation in Mississauga no antibiotics please
Dr. Peever and Dr. Tiffany presenting this topic in Mississauga at Goodness Me.

Here are some notes from Dr. Tiffany’s talk on Cold and Flu prevention for the family:

How can we prevent the flu?

We can OPTIMIZE the resilience of the body.

The flu is an opportunistic pathogen. When a person’s immune system is run down it presents an “opportunity” for the pathogen to infect the body.

The immune system becomes run down from:

  • highly refined diets
  • refined sugar
  • chronic stress
  • lack of sleep
  • can you think of more?

 

What is the difference between

a cold and the flu?

COLD FLU
onset: gradual, 1 to 3 days rapid, 3 to 6 hours
duration: 4 to 10 days 1 week to several
fever: little or none high often with chills
coughing: hacking, productive cough dry, unproductive cough
aches: slight severe
sneezing: common uncommon
stuffy nose: common uncommon
sore throat: common uncommon
chest discomfort: mild to moderate often severe
headache: fairly uncommon common
chills: uncommon fairly common

 

Lifestyle for cold and flu prevention

  • Ensure adequate rest – 8 hours in ideal. Restful sleep is healing and restorative
  • Wash hands with soap frequently during the day
  • Do deep breathing exercises
  • Walk and do stretching exercises to boost the immune system

(Note: Extreme aerobic exercises and weight training are best minimized if you have any of the above symptoms)

  • Dry skin brushing and contrast showers are useful to support optimal lymphatic system function
  • Remember that ‘emotional’ stress, fear and worry can depress the immune system
  • Allow and respect a fever. A fever of 1-3 degrees above normal core body temperature (37.5 degrees Celsius) has a profound effect on immune modulation and optimizes the healing response

 

Nutrition for cold and flu prevention

This is a good time to incorporate preventative measures to help strengthen the body’s immune defenses.

Some beneficial choices include:

  • Immune Boosting Astragalus
  • Vitamin D – It is an amazingly effective antimicrobial agent, producing 200 to 300 different antimicrobial peptides in your body that kill bacteria, viruses and fungi. Remarkably, researchers have found that 2,000 IU of vitamin D per day abolished seasonal influenza. This is somewhat surprising, as it is half the dose of what most adults need to achieve ideal levels of vitamin D. The best source for vitamin D is direct sun exposure. For many of us, especially in our Canadian climate, this just isn’t possible during the winter so supplementation is recommended. In order to prevent the flu, children and adults need 35 IU of vitamin D per pound of body weight. So, for example, a child weighing 57 pounds would need 2,000 IU a day of vitamin D.
  • Drink plenty of fresh, pure water daily – we recommend half of your body weight in ounces (for a person weighing 150 lbs., drink 75 ounces of water). Water is essential for the optimal function of every system in the body
  • Avoid too many sweets or processed foods – these foods suppress immune function and slow the body’s healing ability
  • Eat 5-8 locally grown organic fruits and vegetables every day – they are packed full of essential vitamins and minerals
  • Include mushrooms, especially Reishi, Shiitake, Chaga and Maitake, which contain beta glucans (with immune-enhancing properties)
  • Use Coconut oil – it is antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral when used topically or eaten
  • Use vitamin C daily – Young children (under 5) can take 250mg twice a day and older children can take 500mg twice a day
  • Include probiotic as a part of your daily supplement regime as well as consuming plenty of probiotic rich fermented foods such as kefir, kimchi, miso, pickles, sauerkraut, etc…
  • Eat garlic, regularly – it is a potent antimicrobial that kills bacteria, viruses AND fungi
  • Exercise – preferable outdoors in the fresh air – regular, moderate exercise can reduce your risk for respiratory illness by boosting your immune system. Be careful though and do not overdo it, over-exercising can actually place more stress on the body, which can suppress the immune system–and you don’t want that either. You might just go for a walk if you are coming down with something

When to seek immediate medical emergency

In children, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish or gray skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

Ways that a Naturopath can help treat a cold or flu:

HERBAL strategies:

If you or a loved one happens to contract a cold or flu there are many natural options that can shorten the duration of an illness and lessen the symptoms.

I have included a number of suggestions here. You may choose what works best for you. The herbal medicine that we use comes from Viriditas Herbal Products, which use the highest quality organic herbs and are crafted in a precise artisanal manner.

If you buying herbs on your own, look for those that are organically grown and be sure that they are fresh.

herbal teas/tinctures:

Echinacea of course is the king of the cold/flu herbs, and deservedly so. Besides stimulating many aspects of the immune system, it also helps stop the infiltration of germs deeper into the body by inhibiting the enzyme hyaluronidase. This is what bacteria like Staph and Strep use to break down the body’s lining and penetrate deeper.

Echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia) is safe, gentle, and capable of both preventing and fighting viral infections. Echinacea can be used in small preventative doses throughout cold and flu season or in larger doses for fighting sickness. Use of echinacea has been shown to shorten the duration of colds. The tincture is the single most effective way to give children this medicine. For maximum effectiveness during an acute infection it’s important to give echinacea tincture in therapeutic doses.

Dose:

1 drop of extract per 2 pounds of
the child’s body weight (i.e., a 50-pound child would get 25 drops, every 2 to 4 hours, depending upon the severity of the infection).

It can be given diluted in 1/4 cup of water, tea, or diluted natural fruit juice.

In children over one year honey may be added.

 

Elderberry as a tablet or concentrated juice daily.
rx a defense by gaia herbs 1-2 caps daily or andrographis tabs daily.

Elderberry: In one study, published in the Journal of International Medical Research, elderberry syrup reduced the severity of flu symptoms and shortened their duration by about four days. Elderberry extract is also known for inducing sweating, and helps relieve congestion.

 

At the first signs of illness start:

Cold and flu tea, drink hot 3-4 times daily.
increase the rx a defense or andrographis to 2 caps four times daily. increase vitamin c to 2-3 times daily.
vitamin d – 1000iu for children; 2000-3000iu for adults per day. gargling with salt water.
neti pot with saline solution or warm water.
flew away by natura 2 caps 3-4 times daily, or
esberitox as directed on the box.
probiotics with each meal.

Hydrotherapy

try a wet sock treatment for upper respiratory congestion and sinus pressure. After a warm bath or shower put a pair of cotton socks wet with cold water on to the feet with a plastic bag over each sock and get into bed with extra blankets. Keep the socks on 1/2 hours or until they feel warm. this hydrotherapy technique might sound a little crazy but it helps more times than not.

The remedies listed here are intended for children over the age of two. For treating younger children with herbs, consult your health care practitioner.


Dr. Aisling Lanigan recently presented her “Prevention of Colds and Flu” class at Goodness Me! Mississauga.

Check out the pictures from the event below and schedule an appointment if you want to apply Naturopathic health strategies to your life in order to prevent colds and flus!

 

Dr. Aisling Lanigan presenting at Goodness Me! Mississauga on preventing colds and flus
Dr. Aisling Lanigan presenting at Goodness Me! Mississauga on preventing colds and flus
Dr. Aisling Lanigan presenting at Goodness Me! Mississauga on preventing colds and flus
Dr. Aisling Lanigan presenting at Goodness Me! Mississauga on preventing colds and flus
Dr. Aisling Lanigan presenting at Goodness Me! Mississauga on preventing colds and flus
Dr. Aisling Lanigan presenting at Goodness Me! Mississauga on preventing colds and flus

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