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Intentional musings of a unique Shelby Township Michigan Chiropractic Physician dedicated to helping people find solutions to improving their health by rooting out causes to chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, stubborn thyroid disorder symptoms, balance disorders, chronic knee & shoulder pain, migraines, sciatica, ADD/ADHD/ASD, back pain, peripheral neuropathy, gluten sensitivity and autoimmune disorders so they can Reclaim Their Life!

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4 Ways To Keep In Top Shape As We Age

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Mar 20, 2018

4 Ways to keep in Top Shape As We Age

We can count on getting older every day...until we stop aging and join the next dimension. While we are still here on terra firma the choices we make in four categories can make a huge difference in our vitality.

Our physical body is a machine. An advanced, incredible machine, but still at machine. It matters what we do to it and what we put into it on a regular basis. If we take care of our machine, it will take care of us as we age. Health and wellness must be a priority. Nutrition, exercise, inflammation and brain activation can all determine our quality of life.

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Topics: exercise, Nutritional Help, Brain heatlh, Healthy Eating, Healthy Aging, inflammation modulation

Beating Obesity with Exercise, Diet and Mind/Body Connection

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Mar 13, 2018

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Obesity is on the rise in the United States, with the number of Americans suffering from obesity increasing faster than ever— On top of that, other studies show that almost half of Americans do not get the amount of exercise they need to maintain good health. Many doctors and healthcare providers agree: there is most certainly a connection between a obesity and exercise.

That’s why one of the best ways that you can fight obesity is to create wellness—focused activities that help you find an enjoyable workout routine, improve sleep, eat more balanced diet and address any mental health issues that could be contributing to your weight gain.

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Topics: exercise, Obesity, Healthy Eating


Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Mar 06, 2018

Help Your Brain Work More Efficiently with neurofeedback

Neurofeedback (NFB), also referred to as neurotherapy, EEG biofeedback or brainwave biofeedback, is a drug-free treatment technique used to improve your brain's ability to operate more efficiently. Like otherforms of biofeedback, NFB uses monitoring devices to provide moment-to-moment information about biological functions in your body. This information is simultaneously "fed back" to you so that you can become more aware of and eventually learn to control processes in your body. The characteristic that distinguishes NFB from other biofeedback is its focus on the central nervous system and the brain.

Begin Your efficiency training with a brain map

Neurofeedback training typically begins with a computer analysis of brainwave patterns which provide results in the form of a quantitative electroencephalogram (QEEG), also known as a brain map. The QEEG results are often displayed in a colorful map of the brain with different colors representing different brainwave frequencies or patterns. This information can be compared to an extensive normative database to determine appropriate treatment protocols.

Schedule a Brain Map (qEEG)

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Topics: ADHD, Anxiety, Neurofeedback, QEEG, Brain Mapping

Beyond Medicating The Brain: Why We Need a New Approach

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Thu, Mar 01, 2018

What’s the generally accepted medical practice for treating someone with clinical depression, anxiety, ADHD, migraines, seizures, or many other “brain” problems?

The usual answer is to prescribe a pill, such as a stimulant, an anti-depressant, an anti-anxiety medication, or in some cases, a mood stabilizer/anti-convulsant, or an anti-psychotic

Disadvantages to medicating the brain are becoming more widely known. Many people who take medications still struggle with symptoms. For many others, stopping a medication causes the problems to reappear or even get worse. In addition, there can be side effects ranging from mild to severe.

Further, it is common to take medications for a very long time period, which is not only problematic as dependence can develop, but there are also growing concerns about the long-term use of medications and for good reason.

The pills don’t TEACH you how to change your own brain. They just temporarily help manage symptoms.

For certain “brain problems”, such as autism, Asperger’s, learning difficulties, PTSD, and even stroke and traumatic brain injury, there are no medications that really work well or work at all. Yet, these are clearly brain problems.

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Topics: ADHD, Brain Health, Neurofeedback, Medication, ADHD Medication

Hidden Source of Joint Pain, Gut Woes and Thyroid Problems

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Feb 06, 2018


Dr. Joe Mercola

Story at-a-glance 

Plant lectins act as a built-in defense mechanism that ensures survival by triggering a negative reaction in predators; in humans they attach to your cell membranes, often wreaking havoc on your health.

Many lectins can cause inflammation, damage your nerves and kill your cells, while some increase your blood viscosity, interfere with gene expression and disrupt your endocrine function.

While it is nearly impossible to avoid all lectins due to their presence in countless foods, if you are struggling with an autoimmune disease or other chronic health issue, you may benefit from a lectin-restricted diet.

Among the most problematic lectin-containing foods are beans, grains, legumes and members of the nightshade family like eggplants, potatoes and peppers.

High-lectin foods can be made safe to eat through proper soaking and cooking, as well as fermenting and sprouting; using a pressure cooker is particularly beneficial for beans.

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Topics: thyroid symptoms, inflammation, Blood Type Diet, autoimmune illness, autoimmune disease, Lectins, Joint Pain

Natural ADHD Treatment-Setting Expectations

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Thu, Jan 25, 2018

With so many options in this day and age it can be difficult to find a beneficial and natural ADD/ADHD treatment for your child. Medications, therapies, treatments, they are all over the place! In reality there is not a “worst alternative medical treatment” for ADD or ADHD. Naturally some treatments may be less effective than others, or what treatments work at first may wear off. The same theory applies to alternative treatments. To be specific, no treatment is perfect for everyone, each and every case is different in some way. Therefore, to find what does work you should find a provider that will work best for your child to develop care options specific to their needs and goals. In other words, treat the person not the diagnosis.

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Topics: ADHD Treatments

Are Your Adrenals Sabotaging Your Health

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Jan 23, 2018

Those of us with Hashimoto's (or other forms of thyroid disorders) often blame our thyroid for the many signs and symptoms we experience.

Hair loss? Thyroid!

Weight gain? THYROID!

Fatigue? It's gotta be the thyroid!

Treating hypothyroidism without treating the adrenals is one of the biggest reasons people continue to feel exhausted despite receiving treatment with thyroid hormones.

Patients may initially report feeling more energetic after starting thyroid hormones, but this is usually followed by feeling worse and worse until they are right back to where they were before they started the thyroid medications. They will go back to their physicians to check blood work and will be told that everything is normal. 

AdobeStock_Woman_Thyroid-1200.jpegThe patient begins to feel crazy … but that’s when another layer of what is broken in Hashimoto’s becomes unraveled. Many symptoms of hypothyroidism actually overlap with symptoms of underactive adrenals, however, physicians don’t routinely check adrenal function in those with Hashimoto’s.

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Topics: Hashimoto's, thyroid, stress, adrenal gland, adrenal fatigue, Stress Control

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