Is Your Attitude Killing You? Part II

Last month I introduced the subject of how a bad attitude can affect our health through the creation of vagas nerve malfunction. To compound the problem, that same bad attitude can move over to one’s eating habits. Many of us understand the inflammatory effects that sugar, transfats, grain fed meats and junk foods can have in our immune system, but few are aware of a relatively new arrival: The exitotoxin.

Excitotoxins are nasty little additions to processed foods that can result in damage to one’s brain when it becomes excited and over produces glutamate. Excessive glutamate breaks down the ability of our neurons to interconnect; which can cause diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other neurological disorders.

The two most common Exitotoxin products are MSG and aspartame (as in Equal and NutraSweet). How can we avoid consumption of these poisons? It is very simple: Don’t buy them. “But I always read the labels.” That doesn’t always work. The FDA not only allows foods that are banned in many countries to be sold in the USA, but also allows the processed food companies to hide ingredients. Unless the MSG is 99% pure, it can be called other names such as “hydrolyzed vegetable protein,” “spices,” “natural flavorings,” and many more.

At all of the speaking engagements I have given, people come up to me and ask me what I do. When I tell them I eat only fresh foods, never processed, that I no longer like the taste of chips, processed crackers or processed dips, I usually get back an answer “awe, you are taking away all the fun.” Well, here we go, score another one up for bad attitude causing bad health. Why do you think we are now about to enter the “Flu Season?”

It is not by coincidence that we are also about to begin the season of self destructive eating and drinking binges. Now include diet soft drinks. Bad attitude dominates when one would rather not make the effort to buy fresh and healthy and cook it yourself. I have the good fortune of loving to cook. Anyone can change their attitude and learn to enjoy cooking. This might just turn out to not only add joy to your life, but bring your family closer and make it healthier, especially if you have them take part in the meal prep.

Now that we understand that simply going to the doctor and following their recommendations, in most cases, won’t give us the best health and a long, happy life, it is time to direct our attention to the total picture—one that requires each of us to be responsible, not just to ourselves, but to those around us, for the many gifts we have been given.

Attitude is the answer! To experience true happiness we must bring everything we have to the table.

Relieving Chronic Pain and RSD/CRPS Naturally

Since Align Healing Center first opened our doors in 1999 we have seen a progressive increase in chronic pain and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), now called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) in our community. RSD/CRPS is a chronic, painful, and progressive neurological condition that affects the skin, muscles, joints, and bones. The syndrome usually develops in an injured limb, such as a broken leg, or following surgery. However, many cases of RSD involve only a minor injury, such as a sprain. And in rare cases, no precipitating event can be identified.

RSD/CRPS is characterized by various degrees of burning pain, swelling, and sensitivity to heat, cold or touch. Pain may begin in one area or limb and then spread to other limbs. In some cases, symptoms of RSD/CRPS diminish for a period of time and then reappear with a new injury.

Causes and Risk Factors for RSD/CRPS
An exact understanding of RSD/CRPS is not complete. It appears to involve a complex interaction among the sensory, motor and sympathetic nervous system as well as involvement of the immune system. Currently Western Medicine is not sure what causes RSD/CRPS. It is believed that in most cases the sympathetic nervous system plays an important role in sustaining the pain. Another theory is that CRPS is caused by a triggering of the immune response, which leads to the characteristic inflammatory symptoms of redness, warmth, and swelling in the affected area.

Treatment Options for RSD Patients
Medical treatments for the management of RSD/CRPS include analgesics, anti-depressants, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nerve blocks, and multiple other drug therapies.

The Natural Approach for Chronic Pain and RSD/CRPS
Holistic, non-invasive treatments for RSD/CRPS offernew possibilities patients may consider for pain and symptom management. As with traditional treatments, holistic treatments may need to be combined for optimal results. Natural Medicine (vitamins, herbs, natural compounds, etc.) has proven to be effective and long-term in helping calm the sympathetic nervous system and reduce systemic inflammation.

At Align Healing Center we are currently seeing beneficial results in the treatment of chronic pain and RSD/CRPS. The combination of Laser Therapy combined with Natural Medicine is yielding hopeful results.

Laser therapy is the application of low levels of laser light to areas of the body that have been injured or damaged. Contrasted with high-powered lasers used in health care that cut tissue, such as surgical or hair-removal lasers, therapy lasers produce beneficial chemical and biological interactions that can help relieve pain and repair injured/damaged tissue. Just as photosynthesis creates energy for plants, the absorption of the laser light by your cells causes increased production of cellular energy. In areas of injury or damage, this means there is more energy available to improve the rate and quality of healing.

Studies on tissue cultures have revealed a wide range of beneficial physiological effects, including increased levels of endorphins, reduced levels of inflammatory compounds and an increased rate and quality of tissue healing. We often have patients notice improvement after the very first treatment session; whereas with chronic pain or RSD/CRPSit is realistic that it may take a few treatments. The effect of laser therapy is cumulative, meaning that each successive treatment builds on previous ones.

The results that we are experiencing with our patients are nothing short of remarkable. Class IV Laser Therapy has exceeded our expectations of the healing potential that it ignites in the body and it is our mission to share it with anyone who is seeking freedom from their pain.

Dr. Niele Maimone, DC is the owner and founder of Align Healing Center in Danville, CA. She has been active in our natural health & wellness community since 1999. For more information or to set up a consult call 925.362.8283 or visit

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