7 years ago…

Holding the door open to future Wellness Members

Whew! What a whirlwind it has been! Seven years ago, I saw my very first real patient as a doctor of chiropractic. In MY office, using MY table, it was a rickety old thing that was ugly but worked well. A few weeks later a pregnant girl got on my table with excruciating back pain and went to her Lamaze class and told the entire room they needed to get adjusted! Before I knew it, I was taking extra classes to learn how to better serve these women. Then, babies came, and I had to learn more about torticollis and pooping than I ever cared to know. Years later a dear friend and wellness member had her water break right in the middle of her adjustment. It’s been a blast! There have been tears of sorrow with miscarriage, and joy with a mom FINALLY experiencing birth as it was intended. More than anything, I am proud. It doesn’t matter if it sounds conceited any more. I love this office and what it does for people. I’m proud of the front desk who takes care of members and goes the extra mile when there’s a bad day. I’m proud of the current Wellness Members who tell everyone they know to get adjusted! I’m excited for the future and how it looks differently because of the education we’ve provided and moms who were willing to listen and make difficult decisions despite the pressure to go with the norm. I’m excited to serve more of you, your friends, and your family. It’s an honor, thank you.
It has been an absolute PLEASURE serving you. To many more seven-year anniversaries. Cheers!
In Health,
Dr. Inhulsen (Peake)


From Fall to Spring, Can you really turn back the clock by lengthening your Telomeres?

Want to look younger? Join the club, me too! You may be asking yourself, what are telomeres and how can I lengthen mine anyway? Telomeres are segments at the tips of our chromosomes which are composed of our DNA. They are often compared to the plastic cover at the tip of shoelaces. Similarly, they protect the chromosomes from fraying or tangling preventing damage. Each time a cell divides to reproduce, the telomere shortens; after many years of reproduction, eventually the telomere becomes too short for divisions. The cells become inactive or die.

Telomerase is an enzyme that can lengthen telomeres and prevents them from wearing out too quickly. Constant cell division tends to deplete this enzyme over time. A study conducted on mice showed that when telomerase was removed, the mice aged quickly and when reintroduced, they returned to health. While this may seem like a promising possibility, we don’t yet know enough about telomerase to use it as an anti-aging solution. Not only does it lengthen telomeres on regular cells, but the enzyme helps existing cancer tumors grow faster by preserving the cancer cell’s telomeres.

For now, it seems the best way we can preserve our telomeres and overall health is to reduce oxidative stress in the body. Oxidative stress is an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the ability of the body to counteract or detoxify their harmful effects through neutralization by antioxidants. It can be caused by our exposure to toxins in our environment, food, beauty products, and cleaning products.

  • Lifestyle and Diet Modifications
  •  Reduce and manage stress
    • Stressed cells have much shorter telomeres; carve out time for yourself daily or weekly, ensure you are sleeping properly
  • Exercise
    • Exercise reduces stress and boosts happiness; establish a regular routine
  • Yoga/Meditation/Prayer
    •  These activities can reset your body into parasympathetic nervous system mode which is our rest and digest mode. It is our state of low stress.
  • Clean diet with lots of antioxidants
    • Ensure you are eating foods that only add to your vitality rather than detract from it.
      • Healthy fats like wild caught fish, olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, nuts and seeds
      • NO: processed vegetable oils like canola or trans-fats like margarine or Crisco
      • Clean meats
        • 100% grass fed/pastured/free-range meats, organic, or natural…in that order
        •  No added hormones or antibiotics
      • Organic produce
        • Eat as much organically grown produce as your budget allows. Stick to the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists regarding pesticides.
        • Eat a rainbow of colors to ensure you are getting a variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Set up a Consultation with me to learn more about food quality and how to best nourish your body.

Jen Granlund CNTP

Are You Magnesium Deficient?

Are You Getting Enough Magnesium?

Magnesium deficiency is dramatically under-diagnosed because it does not show up on a blood test! Magnesium deficiency has become one of the biggest mineral deficiencies of the western industrialized world! Yet it is the single MOST IMPORTANT MINERAL for maintaining electrical balance and metabolism in our cells.


Commercial farming technology and powerful fertilizers practically sterilize the soil – leaving it with little-to-no mineral content!
Only 1% of the magnesium in your body is stored in your blood and the majority of it is stored in your bones.

Some of the main health challenges that have been linked to a magnesium deficiency include:

  • Hormone imbalance and PMS
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Heart Attack
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Constipation
  • Tension or Migraine Headaches
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Chronic Fatigue

As you can see, increasing your intake of high magnesium foods is essential to your health.

Today statistics show that the majority of the population are magnesium deficient.
This is bad news, because magnesium is one of your body’s “master minerals.”

Magnesium rich foods are essential for cellular health and over 300 biochemical functions in the body. Unfortunately, around 80% of American’s may have a magnesium deficiency and most them don’t even know it!

A study published in BMC Bioinformatics found that your body has 3,751 magnesium binding sites.
This indicates that magnesium benefits are far greater than previously imagined. Because your body requires and uses magnesium for so many different functions, you can quickly become low in magnesium especially if you are not consuming enough high magnesium foods.

The human brain weighs about 3 pounds, is largely composed of water and around 60% fat.  The brain is the command center and is responsible for running almost everything in the body.  It transmits signals through 100 billion neuron cells each of which has 1,000 – 10,000 synapse connections between neurons.   The brain uses 20% of the body’s total oxygen and contains 100,000 miles of blood vessels!  Your brain continues to develop well into middle age, so it is important to continue to nourish our brain throughout our lifetime. Additionally, many of the tips below will nourish those miles and miles of blood vessels by including healthy fats and fighting inflammation.


Feeding Your Brain Through Habits & Nutrition 

Jen Granlund CNTP

Lifestyle Habits

  • Exercise: helps your brain work at optimum capacity by causing nerve cells to multiply and strengthens interconnections and protects them from damage through the action of BDNF hormone.
  • Sleep: restores mental energy; lack of sleep may result in reduced or halted production of new cells.
  • Challenge your brain: crossword puzzles, board games, mind-training exercise.
  • Gut health: ensure the balance of the bacteria in your gut is promoting health rather than detracting from it. Some bacteria produce toxins that can cross the blood-brain barrier and interfere with our brain chemistry. In addition, we produce the majority of our serotonin in the gut so we want that to be a happy place to produce happy chemicals. Set up a Consultation to learn more about how I can help you determine the state of health in your gut.
  • Avoid food additives and artificial sweeteners: interfere with brain enzymes and may lead to neurodegeneration.


  • Blueberries: loaded with antioxidants, reduce inflammation, gallic acid protects against degeneration and stress.
  • Broccoli: high in Vitamins K & C, and Choline.
  • Spinach, Kale, Swiss chard, romaine: can keep dementia at bay, loaded with Vitamins A & K to fight inflammation.
  • Celery: high in antioxidants and alleviates inflammation.
  • Beets: reduce inflammation, contain cancer-protecting antioxidants, natural nitrates boost blood flow to the brain, beets also help cleanse blood of toxins.
  • Turmeric: Curcumin is one of the most power anti-inflammatory agents, boosts antioxidant levels and improves brain oxygen intake.
  • Meat Broth or Bone Broth: high collagen reduces intestinal inflammation, healing amino acids like proline and glycine support immune functioning and improve memory. Bone broth is cooked much longer and may contain too much glutamate which is converted to glutamic acid and can be an excitatory neurotransmitter. Set up a Consultation with me to learn more.
  • Magnesium: improves memory, enhances learning, prevents Alzheimer’s, improves mood, calms anxiety, balances blood sugar, and improves sleep.


  • Avocado: healthy fat, Vitamin K & Folate for stroke protection, improves memory & function.
  • Olive oil: rich in protective polyphenol antioxidants, fights toxic proteins that can contribute to Alzheimer’s.
  • Coconut oil/milk: saturated fat integral to brain cell membrane integrity, enhances neurons use of energy and reduces production of free-radicals, prevents memory loss and supports healthy gut flora.
  • Omega-3
  • Wild-caught salmon: decreases brain fog, improves memory, tumor prevention.
  • Eggs: contain Choline the precursor to most fundamental neurotransmitter, and cholesterol which is a brain protective antioxidant as well as a component of cell membranes.
  • Nuts/seeds
    • Walnuts: rich in antioxidant Vitamin E, Omega-3 and minerals.
    • Pumpkin seeds: high in Zinc for memory support and overall brain function

Incorporate as many of these foods into your diet as frequently as you can to improve your brain health and function. Try some of these recipes to start you off!

Freedom: Toxicity vs. Nourishment

1. Nourish! Small Canhes
An interesting post I recently read states, “quit detoxing and nourish!” The author made a valid point. If your body is well nourished it can detox properly. Nutrients give your body what it really needs to function while toxins create havoc on your systems and make it harder for normal bodily function to occur. To properly nourish your body start small. If your breakfast is a cup of coffee every morning you’re running on fumes until lunch. Give yourself a kick start and add a banana! This may also boost your metabolism so you may eventually add an egg or dare I say it, juice! Not the store bought, sugar filled, toxic load of artificial coloring, but real juice that you run through a $300 piece of equipment that clutters up your kitchen counter and makes the best addition to ANY meal! If dinner is a protein shake, cut up some tomatoes and add an avocado. If your afternoon snacks consist of a candy bar, or an iced coffee, switch to an apple and an iced tea. Quick easy changes that don’t happen overnight but can make a HUGE difference in your overall health.
2. Eat REAL Food! Eat REal Food
Hate to break it to you, but that beef jerky, while high in protein and low in carbs, probably has a boat load of preservatives that get stored in your fat making it even harder to loose weight. Dairy products these days just don’t have the same nutritional benefits that they did in the 70’s, yes, this includes yogurt. Even the consistent rise in celiac disorders has us questioning the grain industry and how well they truly feed us. I’m not suggesting you go cold turkey and cut everything out. That makes all of us grouchy and leads to things like violence, just ask my husband. Just add one nutritious piece of food to every meal. Yes, EVERY time something touches your lips make sure you’re adding something whole, preferably organic, and from nature. Over time, those Doritos chips are a thing of the past and you’re truly able to appreciate the ‘sweetness’ found in a green pepper, and in your waistline. You’re welcome.3. Nourish!
No that’s not a typo. It’s that important. When you’re struggling to get in the much-needed nutrients found in food it’s more than okay to supplement. Finding a good nutritionist can make all the difference. Talk to your chiropractor about what’s best for you.

o4. Detox!

Start in your bathroom. Of course, having a regular bowel movement is incredibly beneficial but I’m talking about the products in your shower. Look at the soaps you use. Sodium Laurel Sulfate is an excellent neuro-toxin (meaning it kills your brain) put in soaps to make them lather. While I too appreciate this quality in products, cancer doesn’t sound fun, and no amount of smell good lavender soap can fix a health crisis like that. Also look for ‘fragrance,’ and ‘dyes’ or ‘coloring.’ Usually this means, “cancer causing neuro-toxins that make you sick over time and gives the pharmaceutical companies lots and lots of money,” but that’s too long to put on a label of other ingredients you can’t pronounce.

5. Sweat!
Improving Brain function on move at a time...There’s no sense in changing out your toxic aluminum filled deodorant unless you’re going to put those sweat glands to good use. Get those joints moving a minimum of three times each week to eliminate toxins from the muscles and joint spaces. Follow up with some time in the sauna (or outside in the Summer time) to ensure as much of those awful toxins are being removed as possible.

~ Dr. Alexia Inhulsen~

What is Detoxification?

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Detox Massage

Lifelong exposure to environmental pollutants contributes to the accumulation of toxins in the human body, including harmful microorganisms, microscopic particles like asbestos and harmful chemicals. Your body has its own natural method of detoxifying by means of the lymphatic system, but considering the amount of pollutants modern humans are exposed to, your lymphatic system might need some help.


Your Natural Detoxification
The lymphatic system is your main line of defense against disease. Lymph begins with plasma that is excreted from blood capillaries, carrying nutrients to your tissues and washing your cells to pick up metabolic waste and toxins. This now-contaminated fluid is absorbed into microscopic lymph vessels and carried toward lymph nodes to be purified. After purification, lymph is carried through progressively larger lymph vessels until it is returned to blood circulation through large veins in your neck. In a sense, the lymphatic system is the sewer system of the body, removing waste and purifying tissue fluids through lymph nodes.
Lymph Drainage Massage
Lymph drainage massage is a gentle style of bodywork that mimics the movement of lymph vessels. Peripheral lymph vessels contract at a rate of six to 10 contractions per minute, so massage movements are repeated at the same slow rate. There is a rich bed of lymph capillaries immediately below the skin, so it isn’t necessary to use deeper pressure to affect them. Lymph massage therapists use a light touch, less than nine ounces per square inch. Lymph fluid is drained toward lymph nodes in the neck, armpits and groin, before traveling to the largest lymph vessels and back into the cardiovascular system. Your therapist will massage your lymph nodes first, and then will massage lymph toward the lymph nodes, before massaging your trunk and extremities.woman's lymphatic massage diagram, Treatment of the swelling

Effects on Your Body
Lymph drainage massage stimulates the reproduction and circulation of white blood cells and removes toxins from tissues, to be destroyed in lymph nodes. It reduces swelling which would manifest as puffy eyelids or in swollen joints. The number of white blood cells and natural killer cells increases with regular massage. It also reduces stress, which is beneficial because chronic stress inhibits the immune system, making you more susceptible to illness.

Do not have a lymph drainage massage if you currently have an infection or fever. Wait until your temperature returns to normal before having the massage. If you have a blood clot, or history of blood clots, avoid any kind of massage. If you have heart or kidney failure, lymph drainage massage could overload your weakened organs because lymph drainage massage affects blood volume.
Other Tools to Avoid Toxins
Lymph drainage massage is a very effective tool for detoxifying your body. You can also help your lymphatic system by drinking adequate water every day, as it is a fluid based system. To reduce your exposure to toxins, try to avoid pollutants, eat as pure a diet as you can, avoid the freeway at rush hour, and use natural cleaning products in your house.
Tina Zilmer would love to help you help yourself by doing a lymphatic drainage massage. She had been doing lymph massages for fourteen years. Call Peake Wellness Center to schedule an appointment today!

by RAMONA FRENCH Last Updated: Feb 06, 2014


Walk for Wellness

What controls everything in your body?  What is it, that tells your heart to beat, your lungs to breath and allows you to comprehend these words on a page?  What allows you to feel, think, examine, and formulate an opinion?  What is it, that makes you exactly who you are?  It wasn’t an experience, a good or bad childhood, not even the last book you read or Peake Wellness post.  Your brain controls absolutely every process in your entire body, how does the brain do this?  Its responsible for EVERYTHING, and yet how does it know when to secrete insulin after a meal?  How does it know to give you a headache due to lack of water?  How does it know to make you cry at a funeral?

Your Brain Controls ALL

The primary source of the brain’s information comes directly from what it controls, THE BODY!  How the muscles are contracting, how the food is digesting, how you are feeling emotionally all comes from how you think, move and feel. Fascinating isn’t it!   The brain then knows exactly what to do in response to all the stimuli it receives.  Most of the time we have NO IDEA as to what this response is, but sometimes we get that ‘gut feeling,’ or we throw up the bad food we just ate.  All this, thanks to our handy brain.

The thing that stimulates the brain mechanically is movement!  Other than cardiovascular health and weight loss, exercise is also good for your overall health and well-being, and most importantly, the health of your noggin.  Every time you sit down, your brain tells your body not only how to get your bum onto that seat so you don’t crash to the floor but also tells the rest of your body that you’re sitting.  When you cough, sneeze, laugh, or meditate your brain is making conscious efforts to keep you as much in line as possible.  When you worked too hard in the garden over the weekend and your muscles are sore, that’s your brain’s way of keeping you upright, or if they’re in a spastic mess that’s also your brain telling you to slow down because you’re not 17 anymore.  Exercises that utilize the entire body are best for brain (primarily cerebellar) health.

Improving Brain function on move at a time...Yoga, Pilates and most of all, rock climbing that promote what’s called cross crawl movements are the best thing you can do to encourage better brain function.  If that’s beyond you now, do exactly what our ancestors did, walk.  Just the act of bringing one foot in front of the other feeds your frontal lobes and getting those arms swinging too, fires to other areas of the brain as well.  Not to mention all the endorphins and bodily benefits as well.


Dr. Alexia Peake Inhulsen D.C.

How to pick a ripe Watermelon

Everyday I see people banging on watermelons trying to pick the best one. Here’s the real deal on picking the sweetest ripest Melon around:

1.) Make sure it has a prominent yellow spot. This is where it sat on the ground ripening. No spot = premature pick = not ripe. 

2.) Look for “webbing”. This is the brown, coarse web looking materiel. This is caused when bees pollinate the flower and scar the membranes that later forms the fruit. The more pollination = more webbing = sweeter fruit! 

3.) Look for black hard globs seeping out. This is sugar not insects or rotting. 

You’re Welcome!

Healthy Happy Eating 

Peake Wellness Center

Active Nutrition

Sports nutrition is usually the last thing we think of when we want to get outside and play!  There are some key components to ensure you get the most out of your play time or workouts.


Dehydration is an internal stressor.  Being 15 oz. dehydrated causes the release of the hormones cortisol (stress hormone) adehyrationnd aldosterone which helps regulate our blood pressure and sodium levels in the kidneys. When we are training and performing, our blood pumps faster, we breathe heavier and with each exhalation we lose fluid and some electrolytes: Sodium (Na), Potassium (K), Calcium (Ca), and Magnesium (Mg).  Water is important to help regulate efficient distribution of oxygen, cellular renewal, and waste removal.

Electrolytes are involved in some important processes as well:

  • Magnesium: relaxes muscles
  • Potassium: prevents muscle cramps/heart palpitations
  • Sodium: maintains fluid balance/blood pressure
  • Calcium: required for normal muscle function

It’s no wonder that those sports drinks companies are so popular!  They provide electrolytes in their drinks.  But, what else are they providing?The answer is sugar, lots and lots of sugar.  There are many different types of sugar.

Structure of sugar

Monosaccharides are the simplest, most basic units of carbohydrates and are made up of only one sugar unit.

Disaccharides are a pair of linked sugar molecules. They are formed when two monosaccharides are joined together.Sucrose


Glucose is also called blood sugar, as it circulates in the blood.


Sucrose is commonly known as table sugar, and is obtained from sugar cane or sugar beets. Fruits and vegetables also naturally contain sucrose.


Fructose is a sugar found naturally in many fruits and vegetables, and added to various beverages such as soda and fruit-flavored drinks…but is NOT the preferred energy source for muscles or the brain. Fructose is only metabolized in the liver so it does not cause insulin to be released or stimulate production of leptin to reduce/satisfy our appetite. As a result, it makes us gain weight  and in high doses is very hard on the liver.


Dextrose is a simple sugar that is chemically identical to glucose, or blood sugar. It occurs in nature but is commonly manufactured from corn…likely GMO.

GareradeGatorade has changed their formula from High Fructose Corn Syrup to “sugar”, which upon further inquiry was learned to be a blend of sucrose and fructose + dextrose (highly processed).  This is still higher in fructose because sucrose is already a blend of glucose and fructose! So they are giving us glucose + fructose + fructose + dextrose likely made from GMO corn. Yum.


Sports drink alternatives include coconut water as it contains naturally occurring sugar and supplies electrolytes. You can drink coconut water before, during and after a workout.

You can also try filtered water with lemon juice or infused with fruit, cucumber, herbs etc. for added flavor and some nutrients; this could be enjoyed throughout the day and before your workout.

Filtered water with lemon, sea salt, and maple syrup contains a similar electrolyte profile to coconut water.  You could also try Nuun tablets that can be added to your filtered water. Both of these can be enjoyed during and after your workouts.

Increasing hydration though diet is as easy as eating more fruits and vegetables; they are high in water content and electrolytes to help you maintain optimal hydration.   Smoothies are a great way to get more produce and hydration into your diet. (see recipes at end of article)

Avoid foods that dehydrate you like overcooked meats, gluten/grains, processed foods (high in sodium), and caffeine (soda, energy drinks).  Health issues like diabetes can also contribute to dehydration.

How much water to drink?  Monitor your urine color.  It should be light yellow…not too dark, and you should be able to see at least a tiny bit of color. In general you should drink about ½ of your body weight in ounces each day.  If you are more active you will need to replace additional fluids lost.  It is also possible to drink too much water.  You can healthily have clear urine, but for some this means they have something called water intoxication or hyponatremia.  Basically you drink so much water that you wash out your electrolytes and have symptoms like mental changes, headache, nausea, vomiting, tiredness, muscle spasms, seizures, and heart palpitations.

Oxidative Stress

oxidation reduction

Oxidative stress is an imbalance between productions of oxidants and occurrence of cell antioxidant defenses. Endurance exercise produces reactive oxidant species (ROS) including free-radicals.  Higher level of energy during exercise increases metabolic rate and need for O2 in muscles.  Cells will steal missing electron or can be donated by antioxidants.

Vitamins C, E, A, Glutathione, CoQ10 and ALA are important antioxidants.Vitamins

Adrenal Fatigue can result from too frequent or strenuous of workouts so it is important to ensure you are not overdoing it.  Listen to your body; you should feel energized and good after a workout, not exhausted and unable to complete your day.

Recovery diet?

While exercising your body uses stored energy from muscles and the liver called glycogen and this must be replaced.  Doing this will support the adrenal glands because they help release that energy from the muscles and liver.

You have 15-45 minutes after a workout to jumpstart the recovery process. Blood flow is strong clearing lactic acid, metabolic waste and supplying nutrients to cells for repair and growth.  Digestion requires a large amount of blood in the stomach/intestinal tract, so easily digestible carbs are best for immediate recovery.  This is a good time for a smoothie or the Energy pudding at the end of this article.

Alkalizing foods like produce will help to counter the lactic acid build up from exertion, general stress and acid forming foods.  An increased metabolism leads to a lower pH; 7 is neutral, 6 and below is acidic while 8 and above is alkaline.

Intensity of Workout

If you are in training for a specific event or are just an over-achiever (just kidding!), you will need to pay more strict attention to how you fuel yourself before and after your workouts.

  • Level One
    • High intensity, shorter time; activity lasting one hour or less
      • Examples: Cross-Fit, 3-6 mile run; game of basketball, etc.
  • Level Two
    • Moderate intensity, moderate time; activity lasting between 1-3 hrs.
      • Examples: Half-marathon, marathon, Olympic distance triathlon, intense cycling, power hiking; activities involving more sustained output but less intense than level 1
  • Level Three
    • Lower intensity, longer time; activity lasting more than 3 hrs.
      • Examples: Half Ironman, Ironman, bike ride, hike, long walk, days spent on your feet in everyday activity

Pre-Exercise Snacks

  • Level One
    • Fuel up on simple carbohydrates, like fruit.
    • Dates + banana
    • Coconut oil = MCT
  • Level Two
    • Alkaline protein like hemp and ground flax seeds
    • Energy pudding (see recipe at end of article)
    • Combines fat with protein in easily digestible forms to extend energy levels
  • Level Three
    • Train your body to rely on fat stores rather than glycogen by training at low intensity
    • 3:1:1…Carbs:Protein:Fat

Recovery Meal

  • Contains carbohydrates, protein, fats, fiber and vitamin & minerals
  •  Eat about 1 hour after recovery fuel (smoothie or pudding)
  • our body and adrenals still need support to ensure you don’t experience inflammation (oxidation), reduced energy levels later and  inability to repair/rebuild tissue due to lack of nutrients
    • Example:
      • Sweet potato (easily digestible carbs)
      • Egg (easily digestible protein, fat and cholesterol to replace stress hormones)
      • Side salad with bell peppers, tomato, sprouts for vitamin C

~Jen Granlund CNTP~

Allergies… Why do we & how can we not!


A-Cheeew!  A common thing we are hearing lately.  More than just dandelions are blooming, and our immune system is also sprouting new responses to the various pollens in the air.  Allergies can stem from moreistock-639176294 than just outdoor intruders.  Many would attest to various cleaning supplies, perfumes, animal dander and household products as irritating to allergies. 


Have you ever wondered why one of your children can hardly stand to walk through the park on a warm afternoon while another would live on a farm if you let them?  Why is it that some of us struggle for sanity this time of year while others are basking in the sun soaking up all the rays and pollens that all of us are exposed to?  One word, Toxicity.  Allergies are simply the response of our immune system to outside stimulants.  The runny nose, and watery eyes are symptoms created by the body to rid the body of what is viewed as a “threatening substance”.  There are several ways to mitigate these to make Spring and Summer a little more enjoyable. 


First and foremost, Get Adjusted!  This is so simple and yet, so easily missed by more than 80% of the population.  Chiropractic adjustments, properly align the spine to allow the body to perform the way it was designed to. 

The nervous system controls everything in the body, and if there’s pressure on the nerve that goes to your sinuses, the body cannot differentiate between a little pollen and a toxic moth ball.  Therefore, mass amounts of mucus build up, creating a stuffy or runny nose that in turn makes you miserable.  Adjustments allow this communication between the immune system in our brain to differentiate such stimuli leaving us free and clear of itchy watery eyes without theA No Dairy use of over the counter medication. 


The hardest changes for anyone to make is a dietary one.  However, dairy is a huge proponent of allergies especially this time of year.  Unfortunately, this tasty product triggers its own immune response in the gut, and even more to those who are already sensitive to it, which in turn only amplifies the inflammation throughout the rest of the body when introduced to various allergens.  Avoid it at all costs, and you won’t need to use over the counter medication. 


An easier solution, but more expensive, is the use of essential oils.  We LOVE to promote the use of essential oils in the office, because of their low toxicity, and more importantly, their effectiveness when used for various household ailments.  The best combination we’ve come up with in the office is lemon, lavender, and peppermint in equal parts.  There’s all sorts of other fancy concoctions available online, but this simple recipe is what we usually recommendtriease-708x354.png to our wellness members.  We prefer this mainly because it’s the most effective and because most essential oil households already have these available at their fingertips.  If you’re not a big oil person, Tri-ease, also a doTerra product has shown us phenomenal results with seasonal allergies, and you guessed it, without the use of the over the counter medications. 


Every late Summer when I head to the beautiful northeastern portion of Colorado I still get hit with some serious hay fever.  It doesn’t matter if I got adjusted that day, avoided milk for months, and loaded on essential oils.  This dreadful head pressure followed by watery mucus misery follows.  The only thing that ever helped was Stan.  The sweetest man on the side of highway 6 and I76.  He would sit for days in the back of his blue pick-up selling jars of gold…okay honey, but it was as good as gold to me.  images79F0VLVGHoney, if in its most natural state, and from the area where the allergies are most offensive can be incredibly beneficial to someone fighting this war.  The pollen, used to make the honey by local bees acts like antibodies and combats the irritants in the environment naturally, without the use of over the counter medication. 


Google allergies, no really quit reading for a quick second and Google this.  The first thing that comes up are advertisements for various decongestants and over the counter allergy relief.  While I know they may bring a temporary relief for a short time, wouldn’t it be better to consider WHY allergies are in one person’s life and not another’s?  Just consider that before popping your next pain pill.  Why am I experiencing this pain?  It’s not due to an Aspirin deficiency!  Something may not be functioning properly A #getadjustedwithin the body to allow you to express your optimum potential.  Let a chiropractor help you with this.  From allergies to hip pain, to nutritional advice most of us have a passion for helping you live a more wellness based lifestyle. 


In Good Health,


Dr. Alexia Inhulsen D.C.



May flowers bring…Allergies

April showers bring May flowers…and seasonal allergy symptoms! Boy, can they make us feel miserable; here are some common seasonal allergy symptoms:

• Itchy, watery eyes
• Sneezing _opener
• Congestion
• Runny nose
• Post-nasal drip
• Tickle/irritation in the ears
• Middle-ear infections
• Scratchy throat
• Asthma
• Hives
• Eczema
• Irritability/mood swings
• Sleep disorders/fatigue – exhaustion
• Decreased concentration/focus
• Decreased decision-making

These symptoms result when our immune system responds to the pollen by releasing histamine and overreacts by producing antibodies to attack the allergen.
If you have certain underlying symptoms, your immune system is more likely to respond in this way. Underlying symptoms can include:
• *Stress
• *Asthma
• Deviated septum
• Polyps
• *Recent trauma/illness/surgery
• Pregnancy
• *and…even Food allergies!
(*Weaken the immune system)
Decongestants, antihistamines, corticosteroids, and over-the-counter allergy medications counteract the histamine produced, but they have a lot of side effects. I am unable to tolerate any decongestants or allergy medications. I sometimes won’t sleep for days if I take one, and once became so dizzy and nauseas from 1/4 dose of Tylenol allergy that my husband had to be called to pick me up in the middle of my massage! Besides sensitive people like me, those who are pregnant or nursing, have high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney or liver disease, glaucoma or thyroid problems should avoid these types of medication.
There are natural remedies for these seasonal allergies of ours. We aren’t all sensitive to each flower, tree or weed that releases pollen, but a majority of people are allergic to ragweed. About 1/3 of those allergic to ragweed are also allergic to foods like cucumbers, zucchini, sunflower seeds, melon, bananas, and chamomile tea.

Foods to avoid if you suffer from seasonal allergies:
• Conventional dairy
• Wheat
• Soy
• Peanuts
• Shellfish
• Sugar
• Chocolate
• Melons
• Bananas (ragweed)
• Cucumbers (ragweed)
• Sunflower seeds (ragweed)
• Bottled citrus juice
• Chamomile (ragweed)
• Echinacea (ragweed)
• Artificial sweeteners
• Processed foods
• Alcohol
• Caffeine
Some of the foods listed above are some of the most common food allergens. Others are highly inflammatory causing bodily stress that will compromise the immune system. However, it’s not all bad news…we can enjoy lots of tasty foods like:

Raw Local Honey because it contains local pollen and in small doses, like 2 tablespoons a day, can relieve symptoms.Honey
Probiotic-rich foods like kombucha, kimchee, kefir, sauerkraut, natto, yogurt and raw cheese aid in digestion, increase energy levels and support our immune system which is housed primarily in the gut.
Pineapples contain an enzyme called Bromelain which is a great anti-inflammatory. They are also loaded with vitamin C, B vitamins that can help reduce our seasonal allergy reactions. All of the nutrients are found in highest concentration in the core.
Fresh organic produce like apples, onions, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, kale, asparagus, citrus fruit contain a flavonoid call quercetin. Quercetin is a powerful antioxidant that can help to reduce inflammation. Fresh organic produce is also loaded with lots of vitamins and minerals to support your immune system.
Barggs Apple cider vinegar helps break up mucus and supports lymphatic drainage. Mix a drink with 1 TB ACV, 1 TB fresh-squeezed lemon juice and ½ TB of raw local honey daily.
Hot & Spicy foods will help relieve congestion because they thin the mucous; foods like onion, garlic, cayenne pepper, ginger, horseradish and even cinnamon can help.
Bone broth made from beef, lamb or poultry can help ease respiratory symptoms helping you to expel excess nasal mucus and reduces inflammation while boosting immune function.
 Clean protein like grass-fed beef, pastured poultry and wild caught salmon provide needed omega-3 fatty acids, various vitamins and minerals and are not taxing on our immune system like meats containing added hormones, antibiotics coming from animals fed poor quality or GMO based food.
Filtered Water is necessary to keep the body functioning properly; we are 70% water. Staying hydrated allows us to properly detoxify and keeps our mucus from clogging up our respiratory system.

In addition to watching our diets, there are lifestyle changes we can make.

Irrigate sinuses with a neti pot. You can find pH balanced saline rinses and my favorite product to use is Alkalol; it is an all-natural product containing natural antiseptic ingredients like menthol, camphor, wintergreen, spearmint, pine and cinnamon; you can find it in the pharmacy of major grocery or health stores.Evening shower
 Shower before bed to remove residual pollen from your skin and hair.
 Regularly launder clothing and bedding to reduce exposure to allergens.
 Keep windows closed and stay indoors on high pollen days.
 Wipe down pets when they come indoors to eliminate additional pollen from joining them.

Give these tips a try this year to see how your symptoms improve over last year! Remember that food sensitivities can contribute to your seasonal allergies. Keep in mind that I am offering a Food Sensitivity Consult special this month. Chat with me about your symptoms and learn about testing options and how to proceed once you receive your results. $30 for 45 minute appointment.

Jen Granlund CNTP

Showers of Health

Someone famous once said that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and I couldn’t agree more.  Unfortunately, sickness often knocks on our door before health becomes a priority.  If the desire is to be healthy, you must bathe yourself in it.  Health starts one drop at a time, but eventually it soaks you. The first drop is the most difficult but many drops turn into a bucket that can then water a garden, wash your body of the previous bad habits and bathe you clean.

The first drop of wellness starts with making the decision to be healthy.  We live in a society of have, do, be.  Meaning we think once we have the lean mean body (by enduring the crazy diet or invasive procedure), then we will exercise, eat more organic, and therefore we will be healthy.  Once we have conceived a baby, then we will automatically make better choices for them and therefore be healthier people.  Instead, think of this in the opposite order.  Be a healthy person by making the right choices so you can have a life of longevity and health.  I’m sitting in the hospital waiting for my dad to come out of an exploratory “procedure” where the doctor will eventually tell us if he has cancer or not.  We’ve been through this before, this particular waiting room is all to familiar, but I gotta tell ya, I don’t want to go through this again.  Watching my mom squirm is heart wrenching and scary, and I’m looking at my little niece hoping she gets to know the amazing man my dad is and compares ALL her future boyfriends to him.  I knew my dad would never quit smoking when we lost a close family friend before he reached 50, at the time that seemed old to me.  He never made the choice to put down the cigarettes.  Nor did he decide to pick a salad over a hamburger and now we are terrified every time the doctor’s office calls him.  Make the choice, just one, today.  Maybe don’t start with smoking, that’s a big one, even gluten and dairy are difficult, but pick one thing that will take you one step closer towards health instead of sickness and disease.

That first drop can turn into a bucket full.  This looks like making consistent choices and a dedicated effort to your health and well-being.  Getting regular chiropractic adjustments, yoga, cardio, and/or eating a well-balanced diet that includes all food groups can be included in this bucket.  Our “Crunchy Moms” group that meets every Tuesday has a vast array of bucket filled mommas!  Some make their own toothpaste and face cream, some are avid gym members, others had a home birth and feed their entire family with organic food, some get adjusted regularly, and others meditate.  None of us do everything the same.  As knowledge is shared and experiences seen from others, we can all grow and develop more ways to eventually shower wellness throughout our entire lives.  Buckets are filled and eventually we are bathed in a lifestyle.  A way of living that is far different from that of our neighbors.  A lifestyle that sometimes gets questioned and even ridiculed, but most of our wellness members know better.  They know that showering themselves with health looks differently than taking a pill.  It looks like the hard work, the sweat, the saying no to wine or dare I say it, chocolate!  It looks like one less pass through the coffee window and drinking water instead.  It looks like living longer and happier for not only yourself but for those you love and most importantly for those that love you.

In health,

Dr. Inhulsen

Water: Here’s to your Vitality!

Symptoms of Chronic Dehydration:

  • Fatigue/energy loss
  • HeadachesH2O
  • Constipation
  • Digestive Disorders
  • poor digestion
  • gas bloating
  • pain
  • nausea
  • indigestion
  • loss of appetite
  • High/Low Blood Pressure
  • Gastritis/Stomach Ulcers
  • Respiratory Troubles
  • Acid/Alkaline Imbalance
  • Excess Weight/Obesity
  • Eczema
  • Cholesterol
  • Cystitis/Urinary Infections
  • Rheumatism
  • Premature Aging

Additional Signs of Dehydration:

  • 1-2% body weight loss: Thirst, fatigue, weakness, vague discomfort, loss of appetite
  • 3-4% body weight loss: Impaired physical performance, dry mouth, reduction in urine, flushed skin, impatience, apathy
  • 5-6% body weight loss: Difficulty concentrating, irritability, sleepiness, impaired temperature regulation, increased respiratory rate
  • 7-10% body weight loss: Dizziness, spastic muscles, loss of balance, delirium, exhaustion and collapse

We can survive for several weeks without food…but only 5-6 days without water!

Our bodies are 70-80% water

Where do we keep it all?

At the individual cellular level, our cells hold water inside in what is called the cytoplasm, or intercellular fluid.  In addition, extracellular fluid surrounds our cells, filling in the small spaces between them.


Physical Compartments

 of water in the body


15% Extracellular fluid

Intercellular fluid

Water is essential for maintaining all functions in our bodies.  It is part of chemical reactions at the cellular level, acts as lubrication in our digestive tract, respiratory system, joints, eyes, mouth and protects organs, mode of transportation within the intercellular fluid as well as in the blood, is structural support for molecules, regulates our body temperature through sweat, and maintains our blood volume within our capillaries.

So how much does one need to consume daily to maintain optimal hydration?

Daily liquid loss in liters
Urine 1.5
Sweat 0.5
Lungs 0.4
Intestines 0.1
Total 2.5

What kind of water should you drink?

Bottled water:  FDA regulates bottled water and EPA regulates tap water.  FDA regulation is lax compared to EPA.  Many bottled water varieties are simply unfiltered tap water.  Production & transportation of bottled water in America uses more than 47 million gallons of oil = 100,000 cars on the road. 84% of bottles are not recycled! wae

Spring & Mineral water:   Spring water is bottled water from a natural spring.  The FDA allows companies to label as spring water even though they may be chemically treated. Mineral water is spring water containing beneficial minerals.

Tap water:  The quality of your tap water depends on where you live.  At the very least, it will contain additives like chlorine and fluoride and most likely pollutants from runoff as well as parasites.  For these reasons, you should filter your tap water.  The best filter will remove the pollutants, additives & parasites while leaving the beneficial minerals.

Best option: filtered tap water that you carry in your own glass or stainless steel container.

On average, we should ingest as much water as we are releasing every day.   The types of food you typically eat, determine how much water you should get from drinking.  If you eat mostly fruits & vegetables, you need to drink less because you are getting water from the foods you eat.  However, a good rule of thumb is this:  Your body weight ÷ 2 in ounces.  So if you weigh 160 lbs, you should drink 80 oz (2.37 liters) of water a day.

~Jen Granlund CNMT~

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint  Mentha piperita

The high menthol content of the doTERRA Peppermint essential oil sets it apart from others when it comes to quality—making it one of the best-selling favorites among doTERRA essential oils.



The peppermint plant is a hybrid of watermint and spearmint and was first described by Carl Linneaus in 1753. A high menthol content—like that found in the doTERRA Peppermint essential oil—distinguishes the best quality Peppermint from other products. Frequently used in toothpaste and chewing gum for oral hygiene, Peppermint also helps alleviate occasional stomach upset and promotes healthy respiratory function.* Peppermint continues to be one of the best-selling favorites among doTERRA essential oils.


  • Use a drop of Peppermint with Lemon in water for a healthy, refreshing mouth rinse.
  • Take one to two drops in a Veggie Capsule to alleviate occasional stomach upset.*
  • Add two to three drops to your favorite smoothie recipe for a refreshing twist.
  • Place one drop in palm of hand with one drop Wild Orange and one drop Frankincense and inhale for a mid-day pick-me-up.


Directions for Use

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of yourchoice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity


Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

Statements with asterisks refer to internal use. All others refer to aromatic or topical use.

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March Madness to Happiness…HOW?

March madness.  In just a few days the office will buzz with news of the latest upsets and who still has a worthwhile bracket.  ESPN will swarm with analytics and calculations that the best business minds never dreamed of, and yes, Warren Buffet is still promising a billion dollars to he who holds the vision of college basketball’s future.  It’s amazing how the incredibly unpredictable world of college sports intrigues the great minds of our time isn’t it?  Even if you don’t follow basketball, you’ve probably considered filling out your own billion-dollar bracket on the off chance you’d be the lucky winner, and if you haven’t done that you’ve at least considered what you’d do with such a massive amount of change.  Would a billion dollars make you happy?  images222I can’t say it wouldn’t help…I have dreams, big dreams that would require millions, and someday maybe just someday I’ll be able to bring those dreams to fruition without an investor.  The money itself though, would that make you happy?  What about it would change March Madness to happiness?  Would the new home, car, dream vacation be enough?  If not, what would be enough?  What would you do with it to create LASTING happiness for the rest of your life?

Colorado Lottery winner Kim Haggarty won $27 million in 1992.  We’ve all heard those stories of people to win the lotto and are bankrupt within the decade if not sooner, but I like the success stories, the stories where people get a chance to live the life they dreamed of, before life hit them in the face. Kim was a physician’s assistant.  Not a low paying job, but she always wanted to teach ice skating, so she and her boyfriend got married and moved to Steamboat and pursued their dreams!  My guess is that if she didn’t have these other ambitions she might have been another statistic instead of someone I like to read about.

One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever heard came from Tony Robins.  In one of his audiobooks he paints the picture of gaining all the wealth, millions, or a billion dollars, and he asks his readers what they would do with it.  I was exhausted at the time of listening to this.  I had hit a record high in the office and as exciting as that was, I was mentally and physically tired. March Madhappiness “I mean what would you do after the house was paid off, you got the perfect car, and dream vacation of two months?” Tony prompted.  “You can only lay on the beach for so long before you get the itch again.”  At the time, all I could think was that I needed a break!  No time though!  I just saw over 100 people that week, and some of them were coming back for more, when would I have time?  Two months on a beach sounded amazing, but he was right.  What would I do then?  I’m lucky enough to have the best profession in the world, so I decided I’d do exactly what I was already doing, just on a bigger scale.  Lucky me.  What would you do?  Would you quit your well-paying job to teach ice skating?  Write a book?  Travel?  Or better yet, for you moms out there, would you get a sitter once or twice a week so you had time to figure out what the heck you WOULD do if you had the chance to avoid a dirty diaper?

Not all of us can win the lottery.  Thank goodness.  But what we can do is start living like we’re already rich.  No, I’m not encouraging you to buy the Cadillac Escalade you cannot afford but maybe if you considered why you feel inadequate driving the simple Ford instead.   Consider what makes you feel alive, and unfortunately for most of us, it’s not our ‘job.’  For me it is, because I’m lucky to find a career that fulfills me, and wears me out at the same time.  Even if your main job is called Mom, it’s okay if that isn’t your definition of success.  Sometimes having children see mom achieving and trying at something outside the home (whether it pays or not) is the best thing for kids.  And sometimes being the mom whose sole purpose of raising great kids and helping other moms who must work (or not) is just perfect too.  The point is that all this March madness cannot be cured with a billion-dollar check from Warren Buffet.  It can be helped with a little soul searching and definition.

unleashthepowerwithin1The whole point of Tony’s book was to “Unleash the Power Within.”  Quite frankly all the money in the world can’t do that.  I’m sitting at my desk after a forced four-day weekend soaking in the little bit of devotion time I spent figuring out what makes me tick.  If I were to strip it all away.  The title, the practice, even my marriage what would I be looking at in the mirror?  My mom answered this so easily for me, after I spent an hour trying to figure it out.  “Lexi, you’re a revolutionary!  You march to the beat of your own drum, usually one others never hear, and somehow those vibrations make waves.”  What about you?  Take away the title, the job, the kids, even the house.  What’s left?  What would you do?  That my friend, will light your path to joy.

Yours in Happiness

Dr. Inhulsen

Emotional Eating

emotionaleating_blogI was recently asked why we crave comfort foods when we are under stress.  There are a couple of different things at play.

First, let’s talk about cortisol.  Cortisol is our ‘stress’ hormone but it governs many functions in the body like glucose metabolism, blood pressure, immune function, and the inflammatory response. It is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands and derived from cholesterol.  The body doesn’t understand the difference between being chased by a tiger and your overly full In-Box on your office desk.  Stress is stress.  The body will always choose survival over other bodily functions, so we tend to produce cortisol over other hormones.  Because cortisol is made from cholesterol, we crave fatty foods when highly stressed so that we can replenish those stores to continue to manufacture cortisol (and hopefully some other hormones).  Additionally, we tend to crave sugary foods when stressed because cortisol is involved in blood sugar management.  If we are in a constant state of stress, our adrenal glands will not be able to keep up with the demand for producing cortisol resulting in poor blood sugar management.  Instead of releasing our stored glucose reserves, we need to replenish sugar ‘in the now’.

We also tend to crave salt if we are in a constant state of stress.  Our body regulates our blood pressure through the hormone aldosterone which utilizes our salt levels.  Water follows solute; in other words the body wants our salt and water level to be balanced.  If we are funneling all of our resources to make cortisol, we make too little aldosterone which results in a dehydration state. Our body craves the salt to maintain hydration and blood pressure.

Second, let’s discuss the addictive properties of gluten and dairy.  When we digest the proteins gluten (wheat) and casein (dairy), they can become a gluteomorphine or a caseomorphine.  These substances are able to cross the blood-brain barrier and fit into our Opioid sensors in the brain. They relieve physical and emotional pain by releasing the feel good chemicals in the brain.  Over time, your body makes a connection that when you eat bread or cheese you get “high” so when you are feeling low, you tend to crave these foods in order to feel better.

How does any of this apply to “Emotional Eating” you may be asking yourself.  When we are in state of emotional turmoil, the body simply perceives that as “stress”.  So the food choices we tend to make in this state are motivated by a metabolic drive to satisfy the needs for these nutrients as a result of our stressed emotional state.

What are your “comfort” foods?  If I am having a bad day, I tend to crave something salty…like McDonald’s fries or Lay’s potato chips.  At my old job, they always knew if I was having a tough day because I would run across the parking lot for the $1 bag of Lay’s at 7-11!  I tend to want savory foods when upset or stressed…lasagna, cheeseburgers, etc.  Others tend to crave more sugary foods like pastries, ice cream, etc.  Maybe there is a food your mom used to make that just reminds you of the love and protection she afforded you when you were young.  For me, this is also lasagna – one of the favorite dishes my mom used to make for us!

When we eat these foods, they make us feel better temporarily because we have more nutrients to produce or regulate some hormones that are affected by stress.  In addition, we may be getting “high” off of the dairy and gluten products we eat as a result of them being able to cross our blood-brain barrier.   This can affect our choices.

I recommend that my clients make the best choices available to them in the moment.  Are you craving salt?  Add some sea salt to your water instead of reaching for the fries or chips.  Ensure you are eating a balanced meal and or snack so that you are not faced with such strong sugar cravings.

Don’t totally deprive yourself because this can just set you up for binge eating.  Instead, recognize what is happening in your body and that you are in a state of stress.

Nutrients like Vitamin C with bioflavonoids, B Complex, Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar and Magnesium are all very helpful for a body in a stressed state and could help to curb some of those cravings!

~Jen Granlund C.N.T.P~

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) and Anxiety

CST is a very gentle, non-invasive therapy that uses light touch to bring your central nervous system back into balance.

The CranioSacral System consists of the brain, spinal cord, membranes and fluid within it. The fluid has a rhythm all its own, similar to the tide of the ocean or your heartbeat and pulse. When there is a disruption in the flow of this fluid imbalance in the body and mind can occur. And it works the other way too…When we have emotional responses to anxiety-provoking experiences and this emotion cannot be expressed in a way that is healthy, this emotion is remembered or stored in the tissues of the body, the muscles, bones and organs. When people experience CST, the body relaxes, the brain activities slow down and the ego with its defense mechanisms gets out of the way. The stored emotions often will surface for the purpose of release and healing.

People receiving CST will lie comfortable on a massage table, fully-clothed as the therapist uses light touch, which engages the body’s own corrective abilities to facilitate changes from the inside out.

Although CST therapists are not psychotherapists, they are trained to release restrictions in the body. Emotions are often linked to tension held in the body and sometimes can be released along with physical restrictions. In that way, CST can help to address the root causes of anxiety and depression without the use of medications. CST has been experienced as calming to the central nervous system, allowing the body and mind to be stronger and more resilient.

I have recommended many people who suffer from anxiety give CST a try. Everyone I know who has experienced CST, myself included, reports that CST is provides a profound relaxation with lingering positive benefits and pronounced relief from anxiety in particular.

~Tina Zilmer LMT CNMT~

dōTERRA Cheer® Uplifting Blend

With a sunshiny, optimistic aroma, doTERRA Cheer can counteract negative emotions and provide a boost of happiness and positivity when you are feeling down.



Everyone knows a bright disposition and cheerful attitude can smooth over many of the bumps and challenges of life, right? But, sometimes no amount of positive self-talk is enough to avoid the blues. doTERRA Cheer Uplifting Blend of citrus and spice essential oils provides a cheerful boost of happiness and positivity when you are feeling down. Its sunshiny, fresh, optimistic aroma will brighten any moment of your day. Features Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Star Anise Fruit/Seed, Lemon Myrtle Leaf, Nutmeg Kernel, Vanilla Bean Extract, Ginger Rhizome, Cinnamon Bark, Zdravetz Herb.

Part Number: 31720001
Size: 5 mL
Retail: $33.33


  • Diffuse at home, work, or school to promote a positive, uplifting environment.
  • Apply to a cotton ball or terra cotta plate and place in car to experience doTERRA Cheer’s energizing aroma while driving.
  • When feeling down, apply one drop to hands, rub together, and inhale deeply as needed throughout the day.

Directions for Use

Diffusion: Use one to two drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.


Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product.

A Word from the Doc: Fall in Love with Wellness

In order to first understand how to fall in love with your health, one must first understand what the true definition of health really is.  From dictionary.com to the Merk manual, health is defined simply as “the absence of disease, a state of being free from illness or injury, being comfortable, healthy or happy.”  This is frustrating because I’ve seen very unhealthy people without a proper diagnosis and yet Webster’s (and some medical doctors) would consider this person in good health.  How many times does imaging come back ‘clear’ only to have the cancer return a few short months later? feb-2017-doc-note-meme-wellness-vs-health Was this patient healthy a week, a month, or just days before it ‘came back?’  Studies have shown that those diagnosed with chronic illness are happier before they receive treatment, and often do not have feelings of joy during or after receiving ‘life saving’ medicines.  Another example is when a patient comes in for their adjustment thinking they only need their neck adjusted.  Until I start moving my bony little hands across their mid-back and send them through the table.  Hmmm, was it just their neck?  My least favorite cases, are related to the heart, of all things.  When a patient leaves a stress test with a clean bill of health only to drop dead of a heart attack shortly thereafter.  Happens more than we’d like to admit.  I named my practice Peake WELLNESS Center for this very reason.  Wellness, is defined as ‘an optimal state of being, functioning at all levels to the best of its ability.”  Other sources say, “the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort,” and “an approach to healthcare that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging (quality) life as opposed to emphasizing treating diseases.”  Wellness sounds more like what we want in life instead of health.  Maybe this month’s theme should have been ‘Fall in Love with Wellness,” instead.
~Dr. Alexia Inhulsen~

LOVE YOUR GUT: With Jen Granlund


The term “leaky gut” is heard more frequently these days.  Have you heard it? Do you know what it is?  No, your intestines aren’t leaking into your abdominal cavity!  Leaky gut is also termed intestinal permeability and it refers to the loosening of the tight junctions of the cells in our intestinal wall.  Loose junctions allow partially undigested food particles to gain direct access to your bloodstream.  Because they are only partially digested, they are not in the form that the body can use and recognizes and it sets off the intruder alert calling our immune system into action.  What happens in the gut should stay in the gut! We can develop food sensitivities or allergies to foods we used to be able to enjoy without any reaction.  Leaky gut can also lead to the development of a host of health issues.

Hippocrates, the father of medicine, was known to say “all disease starts in the gut”.  The reason this is true is that we absorb the majority of our nutrients in the small intestine and if we are unable to properly absorb those nutrients, we start to see degradation of health.  Additionally, 70% of our immune system is housed in our intestines.  Not only do we need a proper balance of bacteria (probiotics), but chronic or underlying inflammation can cause an exaggerated immune response which potentially could lead to the development of autoimmune conditions.  Inflammation occurs from exposure to toxins, foreign invaders and cell injury.leaky-gut-dr-axe

Improving your gut health will always leads to improved health overall…but how do you LOVE YOUR GUT?   There is a four step process:

  • REMOVE: (1) Any foods that you may react to especially gluten and dairy; (2) remove any pathogenic bacteria/fungus/parasites.  There are tests we can run to determine what we are dealing with.
  • REPLACE: Hydrochloric acid in the stomach for proper protein digestion and digestive enzymes to support the intestines and ensure you are breaking down your foods as completely as possible.
  • REPAIR: Damaged tissues and heal tight junctions with nutrients like L-Glutamine, Aloe Vera, Collagen (bone broth best), Deglycyrrhized Licorice Root, N-Acetyl Glucosamine, Quercetin, and Zinc. We may also need to add antifungals dependent upon what comes back on your tests.
  • REINOCULATE: Probiotics – these should have as many different strains of good bacteria as possible and the dose per serving should be in the BILLIONS.


Nutrition at its PEAK!

Jen Granlund CNTP

Pregnancy is a time of great change for Woman,…

…Not only physically, but mentally and emotionally too.

There are many physiological, structural, and psychological changes occurring daily when you’re pregnant, and many growing pains that accompany this include increased weight, hormonal changes, and ever increasing dropping of the pelvis. Massage therapy can provide significant relief from all those aches and growing pains.


Here are some reasons why a pregnancy massage will benefit you and your baby.

● Massage helps increase circulation, which helps to transport oxygen and nutrients to the cells better. This then provides your baby with better nourishment and oxygen supply. Increasing circulation also helps reduces the changes of varicose veins forming.

● Regular pregnancy massage helps to soften the muscles around the lungs, which helps to expand breathing capability and provide more oxygen to your baby.

● Massage improves skin elasticity, increases flexibility and tone to the muscles, which can help ease muscle cramps and reduce stress on weight bearing joints.

● Massage works effectively on the nervous system to induce a sense of calm, which then in turn helps you to sleep better and help your baby to grow healthier.

● Massage helps to ease lower back pain associated with pregnancy through addressing the lumbosacral tilt that occurs.

● Massage stimulates the endocrine system and the associated glands, which then helps to stabilize and reduce stress hormones to the baby.

● Regular massage during pregnancy can help to relieve those tense shoulders, chest and back and also help prepare you for the breastfeeding stage where you will be leaning over baby a lot.

● Massage helps to maintain correct posture, which then alleviates shoulder, neck and lower back pain.

● When you are pregnant your blood volume increases as much as 40%, which can the stress the lymphatic system, and increase fluid retention. Massage can reverse this.

● Lastly recent research studies indicate that pregnancy massage does more than just give symptom relief. The Touch Research Institute in Miami, Florida did some case studies and found that as well as all the above listed benefits the women also had fewer complications during their delivery as well as fewer postnatal complications. The report stated shorter hospital stays, shorter labor times and less postpartum depression.

Adapted by: Tina Zilmer L.M.T

Oxytocin: Finding the Love of Birth

Author // Sarah Buckley, M.D.
Perhaps the best-known birth hormone is oxytocin, the hormone of love, which is secreted during sexual activity, male and female orgasm, birth, and breastfeeding. Oxytocin engenders feelings of love and altruism; as Michel Odent says, “Whatever the facet of love we consider, oxytocin is involved.”
Oxytocin is made in the hypothalamus, deep inside the mammalian brain, and stored in the posterior section of the pituitary gland-the “master gland” of the endocrine (hormonal) system-which releases it in pulses. It is a crucial hormone in reproduction, and mediates what have been called the ejection reflexes: the sperm ejection reflex with male orgasm (and the corresponding sperm introjection reflex with female orgasm); the fetal ejection reflex at birth (a phrase coined by Odent for the powerful contractions at the end of an undisturbed labor, which birth the baby quickly and easily); and, postpartum, the placental ejection reflex, and the milk ejection or let-down reflex in breastfeeding.
As well as reaching peak levels in each of these situations, oxytocin is secreted in extra amounts during pregnancy, when it acts to enhance nutrient absorption, reduce stress, and conserve energy by making us more sleepy. Oxytocin also causes the rhythmic uterine contractions of labor; oxytocin levels peak at birth through stimulation of stretch receptors in a woman’s lower vagina as the baby descends.
High maternal oxytocin levels during labor and birth also benefit the baby. Research has found that maternal oxytocin crosses the placenta and enters the fetal brain during labor, when it acts to protect brain cells by switching them off, allowing low oxygen consumption at a time when fetal oxygen levels may be naturally low.
High maternal oxytocin levels continue after birth, culminating with the birth of the placenta, and are enhanced by the baby’s pre-breastfeeding and breastfeeding behaviors. Elevated maternal levels of oxytocin will protect against postpartum hemorrhage at this crucial time by ensuring efficient uterine contractions.
The baby also has been producing oxytocin during labor, perhaps even contributing to the processes of labor. So, in the minutes after birth, both mother and baby are bathed in an ecstatic cocktail of hormones. At this time, ongoing newborn oxytocin production is enhanced by skin-to-skin and eye-to-eye contact. Newborn levels begin to subside during the first hour after birth, but remain above normal for at least four days. Infant oxytocin levels are also elevated during and following breastfeeding, through activation of the vagal nerve.
During breastfeeding, oxytocin mediates the let-down reflex, and is released in pulses as the baby suckles. During the months and years of lactation, oxytocin continues to act to keep the mother relaxed and well-nourished. One researcher calls it “a very efficient anti-stress situation which prevents a lot of disease later on.” In her study, mothers who breastfed for more than seven weeks were calmer when their babies were 6 months old than mothers who did not breastfeed.
Outside of its role in reproduction, oxytocin is secreted in other situations of love and altruism (for example, when sharing a meal). Researchers have implicated malfunctions of the oxytocin system in conditions such as schizophrenia, autism, cardiovascular disease, and drug dependency, and have suggested that oxytocin may mediate the antidepressant effect of drugs such as Prozac. More recent research has implicated oxytocin in trusting interactions between individuals, which may reflect its role in lowering activity in the amygdala, a brain structure that processes fearful emotions.


This article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #51.

Evolve into Love

Author // Nicole Moore

Conscious evolution in loving, for ourselves and future generations.

Individually and collectively, we have long endured a troubled relationship to love. Applying intention, attention, and the science of epigenetics, we can heal our internal access to love via the limbic imprint.

As a species, we have the ability to consciously evolve. We can meet the challenge of living in awareness of our interconnection, and repair the damage we have done to our planet and to ourselves. We are the nervous system— the feeling apparatus—of the Earth. We have the ability to give ourselves and future generations a blueprint of feeling totally safe, deeply loved, full of potential and completely connected.

The most well-known teacher of our time had a simple message: Love one another

But how? That requires a huge amount of trust. Another great teacher said, “Don’t be attached. Accept what comes. Examine what is.” That would also require trust—trust that whatever result may come is OK, and trust that the world is safe to be in as we are letting go. It’s easier said than done, because of the way we are imprinted as we enter the world.

I was a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) baby. Mum was happy with this, feeling empowered after the difficulties of her first birth. She had post-natal depression after her first birth, so her next pregnancy (with me) had an anxious theme. The labor was induced and Mum was told not to breastfeed, because, she was told, the hormones would be disruptive. So she ignored my cries and kept her breasts covered. Slowly and sadly, I got the message: My needs weren’t important, love is unreliable, and I was not worthy of love. I’m sure it wasn’t easy for Mum. She was just doing what she’d been told was best. In 1974, there was no Internet and women didn’t question doctor’s orders. So my primal experience of deep longing—craving love, wanting something outside of myself for validation—was hardwired into my limbic system, the part of the brain that governs the emotional body. The limbic system is our perceptual filter—the lens through which we see the world. And my experiences in infancy have influenced my life ever since.

Masculine unavailability was also imprinted, as I longed for my father throughout childhood. As a young adult with low self-esteem and a “longing habit”—my limbic imprint in action—all kinds of situations manifested where this melancholia could thrive. Traveling the world, far from family, I perpetuated this cycle for years. Long-distance relationships, where I could legitimately pine and long for love, were a personal specialty!

Through many years of seeking, I tried to address my longing for affirmation outside of myself. I tried to find my place in the sun, to accept love and feel safe to be myself. And I did. I found a way to work beyond the confines of my neural constructs, the habits of my mind—and since that time, everything has shifted. I’m happy to share my gifts and ideas with the world, and stretch all the boundaries of my previous comfort zones. I allow a flow of love like never before. Victory! Just like my VBAC birth.

Look within any life story and you’ll find patterns, ways of being that seem to appear time and time again. Familiar archetypes, recurrent themes, and behavioral and emotional tendencies are easily linked to events and circumstances in the formative, primal period—your conception, gestation, birth, and early years. More than 30 years of research in pre- and perinatal psychology (by Drs. William Emerson, Thomas Verny, David Chamberlain, and others) show us that there are very clear correlations between circumstances of birth and later behavior.

In his book Windows to the Womb, Chamberlain brings our attention to the millions of nerve connections firing throughout gestation. They double at birth, and double again in the early months of life. However, by age 1, the removal of these connections rapidly outpaces their growth, so that by age 12 the average child operates on a mere 350 million neuronal connections, which the body has tested and deemed necessary. This is the new science of epigenetics in action—the way our environments and cultures form personalities, perceptual filters, and behavioral tendencies. It explains how musical geniuses often come from parents who are musicians. Their tiny brains are steeped in music starting at conception, which means that nerve connections for the language of music are constantly stimulated, and therefore they remain strong throughout life, increasing their capacity for musical brilliance.

So it is with love. We can have an increased or decreased ability to give and receive love due to the experiences in our formative period. Embryologists have defined week nine of gestation as the starting point for the “stunning choreography” of millions of neurons firing, each with a full load of genes, producing an array of chemicals, including the “love hormone” oxytocin.

The ability to produce oxytocin later in life is determined by our relationship to it in the formative period, which is largely dependent on the state of our mother’s well-being, her feelings about the pregnancy and motherhood, and the flow of love between us and her. Oxytocin is greatly beneficial to all aspects of our relationship with love—our ability to empathize with others, be kind to ourselves, and feel safe. Even our healthy sexual functioning and ability to orgasm are deeply affected by our oxytocin levels.

The Primal Health Research Centre (the brainchild of famous French obstetrician and oxytocin expert, Michel Odent) has a data bank with hundreds of studies of the links between the “primal period” and health and behavior later in life. Likewise, the American Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health website and journals indicate that an “impaired capacity to love” has clear correlations with risk factors surrounding birth.

So what can we do if we weren’t lucky enough to arrive in a bubble of bliss? How do we release subconscious beliefs and liberate our limbic imprints? How can we “enter into the creation of our reality” and allow more comfort and ease with love and peace?

Many modalities, both modern and ancient, espouse the path to healing subconscious beliefs. The idea that we can indeed hold strong sway over our inner world is becoming quite mainstream, and more accessible to everyone every day.

To name just a few, Energy Psychology modalities such as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), and Thought Field Therapy (TFT) have their roots in ancient meridian-based therapies like traditional Chinese medicine. The common denominator underlying EP techniques involves stimulating or releasing blocked energy, whether by tapping, touching, or intention.

Psych-K is a process that initiates a whole-brain state, balancing right and left brain hemispheres while restimulating subconscious beliefs to create change in the habitual mind. Known as a “high-speed mindset change,” Psych-K was designed, in the words of its founder Robert M. Williams, M.A., “to help humanity catch up with the technological advances we have made, which outstrip the wisdom to know how to use them.”

There’s also Psychodrama and Experiential Group Therapy, an exploratory enactment modality in which many transpersonal elements come into play.

Meditative Self-Inquiry methods offered by teachers like Byron Katie and the insight meditation community dismantle the structures of held beliefs, identifying one’s own thoughts as the cause of suffering, thus effecting change.

Interpersonal Neurobiology is an emerging, multidisciplinary field that has many applications starting during the prenatal period and continuing through the aging process; it involves the integration of science and spirituality. Dr. Daniel Siegal, an author and professor of psychiatry, proposes that “Integration is at the heart of well-being.” He argues that humans have an expanded identity that acknowledges human and planetary interconnection by cultivating “mindsight” and developing integration of our individual and collective lives; he calls this “transpiration.”

ReBirthing (aka Breathwork), Primal Therapy, and Prenatal and Birth Trauma Resolution Therapy approach change by going back to the source of all perceptions, the earliest experiences of life—conception, gestation, and birth.

Having been blessed with beautiful, expansive birth experiences, I became fascinated with the evolutionary potential of birth. I discovered the Russian visionary Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova and the Birth Into Being method she created during her 30 years of working with conscious procreation. It involves a range of processes that utilize concepts of neuroplasticity and epigenetics to create new cellular memories, strengthen neural pathways to allow love in, and foster a deep sense of well-being, safety, and personal empowerment. Without indulging in what was, you simply create a new memory. Think of it as an alternative route for the emotional body, or a parallel reality for the nervous system to adhere to. Using a multi-sensory approach it is possible to revise the subconscious emotional comfort zone with current, conscious intention.

This “in the body” experience of being conceived, gestated, and born in love and ecstasy can have a profound impact on one’s experience of life, love, and creativity. Limbic Imprint ReCoding is wonderful for preconception or pregnant couples, and anyone seeking deeper understanding of their recurrent patterns, ready to shift inhibiting or imbalanced beliefs that obscure the truth of themselves or their life’s purpose. It lets us create the life we say we want—free of the neural constructs of our past. In the big picture, we can create an upgraded version of our species by healing ourselves and then bringing in the next generation without trauma.

Author Bruce Lipton says, “Conscious parenting is the rule of the day to help us evolve from the planetary mess we are in.” Addressing the gap between the way we were parented and the way we wish to parent is an integral part of the Conscious Parenting path. Likewise, we must parent our inner children in the way we wish we had been parented, unobstructing the flow of life force, and loosening up the limbic system to allow love in. These steps are vital if we wish to embody conscious evolution.

Pathways Issue 52 CoverThis article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #52.

Fall in LOVE with your Health: February EOOM

ylang-ylang-15ml-picYlang Ylang Cananga odorata

Derived from unique star-shaped flowers, Ylang Ylang is often used to support healthy skin and hair, while simultaneously providing a calming effect and promoting a positive outlook.

Size: 15 mL
Retail: $47.00


Ylang Ylang essential oil is derived from the star-shaped flowers of the tropical Ylang Ylang tree and is used extensively in making perfumes and in aromatherapy. Similar to Jasmine, Ylang Ylang has been used for centuries in religious and wedding ceremonies. In aromatherapy, Ylang Ylang is used to lessen tension and stress and to promote a positive outlook. Ylang Ylang is frequently used in luxurious hair and skin products for its scent and nourishing and protective properties. Taken internally, Ylang Ylang provides antioxidant support.* Ylang Ylang blends well with Bergamot, Geranium, Grapefruit, and Vetiver.


  • Put Ylang Ylang into an Epsom Salt bath for relaxation.
  • Refresh your skin with an aromatherapy steam facial using Ylang Ylang essential oil.
  • Put on your wrists for a sweet, floral perfume.
  • Add Ylang Ylang to doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil for a deep hair conditioner.
  • Take internally for antioxidant support.*

Directions for Use

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.


Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

January EOOM: Slim & Sassy Products

slim-and-sassy-no-wordsSlim & Sassy® Metabolic Blend

Designed to help boost your metabolism and manage hunger cravings, Slim & Sassy Metabolic Blend can be used as part of a weight management plan when combined with exercise and healthy eating.*


Slim & Sassy, our proprietary metabolic blend, combines powerful essential oils known to promote a healthy metabolism in a natural way.* The flavorful blend of Slim & Sassy helps manage hunger throughout the day while supporting healthy metabolism and promoting a positive mood.* Slim & Sassy contains Grapefruit, Lemon, Peppermint, Ginger, and Cinnamon. When taken with a healthy eating and exercise plan, Slim & Sassy Metabolic Blend can help you reach your weight management goals.*


  • Add to water or tea and drink before working out for a revitalizing energy boost.*
  • Consume before meals to help control appetite and overeating.*
  • Perfect for any healthy weight management program.*
  • Add a few drops to Slim & Sassy TrimShake or V Shake.

Directions for Use

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute four drops in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.


Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product.

Statements with asterisks refer to internal use. All others refer to aromatic or topical use.

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Start 2017 off on the RIGHT Foot!

I love the hustle and bustle of this time of year! Instead of running to the bakery between shopping sprees and getting kids from one Christmas program to the next we are running towards a better version of ourselves. We set goals, and actually step foot into a gym, and hope for a brighter future. We make changes and plan for success. It’s so fun! Often times, patients will ask me, “where do I even start?” There’s so much information out there it’s hard to know where the best starting point for a better self is. Well, this month I’m going to encourage you just to START. Here’s how.2017-ways-to-start-the-year-dr-inhulsen

Do a passion road map. If you’re like me, I have a million things I want to accomplish in a very short amount of time. This year, I’m hoping to double my practice, write a book, finishing all my sports diplomate requirements AND start a bee hive and continue my garden! I used to cringe at the thought of creating a spider-like map of what mattered to me, until I bought my very first Passion Planner. It’s easy! Make a wish list with today’s date in the middle and draw a circle around it. Draw four lines off the circle and at the end of them write ‘three months, one year, 3 years, and Lifetime.’ Several life coaches tell you to set a timer and brainstorm for 5 minutes and ask yourself the question, “If I could have anything, be anything, or do anything what would it be?” Pretend that everything you write on this paper can come true. I personally, never set a timer, I like to specifically describe all my hopes and wants for the future. Next you go through each section and circle the ONE goal that would make the most positive impact on your life. These are your priorities.   Ta-da!

Next, start small. Last year, my husband and I signed up for a Dave Ramsey class. Love him or hate him, the principle of paying off your smallest debt and working up from that WORKS! This works with things other than debt. If your goal is to lose 100 pounds by this time next year, that’s daunting. So, start with going to the gym 2 times per week and only have two pops instead of the usual 5. If you start with baby steps you can take larger leaps in a matter of months that don’t seem as difficult. When I’m encouraging a wellness member to cut wheat and dairy out of their diet, we never START with taking this away. We start with ADDING one healthy food to each meal. Adding healthy habits is easier than taking away bad ones. When Brad and I were trying to cut back on frivolous spending we started out with a larger spending budget and slowly backed down so that we could get used to spending less instead of feeling like we had to “cheat.”

Finally, create some action steps towards success. If your biggest resolution is to lose weight, your three action steps should be more activity, less calories, and either more water, sleep, supplements and for sure seeing your chiropractor! More activity leads to sore joints. Shameless advertising I know. Create just a few steps that you could implement immediately that’ll send you in the right direction. If your goal is to save money, make a plan to only get coffee or lunch out once per week instead of three times, but don’t stop there! Ensure that your coffee maker at home works properly, pack a lunch the night before you leave early for the office so you’re not scrambling and forget it all together. Action steps sometimes need action steps.

New Years can be fun if you set yourself up for the results you’re hoping for instead of getting frustrated when you have a difficult morning and fail. First decide what matters with a passion road map, start small and then decide what you can do NOW that will make a large impact later.

Yours in Health,

Dr. Inhulsen

Start 2017 off on the RIGHT FOOT!

With the New Year upon us, we may be thinking of New Year’s Resolution… like weight loss! Have you been “dieting” in years past and not had lasting results, or maybe no results? Here are some initial tips to spur your metabolism to help increase your weight loss:

  • Consider your macronutrient balance: Are you eating too many carbs and not enough protein and fat?
    • Ensure adequate quality protein in your diet
      • Quality matters…poor quality meats or those treated with antibiotics and growth hormones as well as the animals being subjected to poor living conditions lead to poor quality meat = inflammation in the body. Grass-fed/pastured or organics are best.
      • Protein provides energy and nutrients for our brain chemicals. It allows us to feel more satisfied so we don’t turn to a heavy carbohydrate diet which leads to weight gain.
    • Ensure adequate quality fat in your diet.
      • This may seem counterintuitive when trying to lose weight, but we can actually benefit from good quality fats.
      • Medium chain triglycerides can be used for immediate energy. These can be found in foods like coconut oil/milk, palm oil (quality & source matters here…can be damaging to the environment), grass-fed butter & raw milk cheese (Natural Grocers or Sprouts)
        • See me for a consultation to determine the appropriate amount for YOUR body/activity level/hormone level/organ function.
  • Addressing Inflammationanti-inflamatory-vs-inflammatory
    • Anti-inflammatory diet
      • Limit/remove processed foods (most anything packaged, fast food, most restaurant meals due to the quality of foods, oils and the way foods are prepared).
      • Increase produce consumption: gradually increase to 7-10 servings per day.
        • 1 cup raw or 1/2 cup cooked = 1 serving
      • Removing gluten and dairy products as they are difficult to digest and cause inflammation of the gut.
      • Consider food sensitivity testing or stool sample testing to determine if you have underlying issues causing your body to be in a continual state of low-grade inflammation.
      • Gut health: probiotics
        • Inflammation can be curbed by adding good bacteria to restore balance and help to digest difficult proteins.
  • Consider a detoxification; we can reduce inflammation by detoxifying our bodies. I am offering a special for January
  • Vital Clear detoxification protein powder…normally $60.10; on special for 25% off or $45.08.
  • I will also host a Group Detox so you have my support as well as that of others on the same plan.


  • Apple Cider Vinegar apple-cider-vinegar
    • I recommend Bragg’s as it is organic, raw and naturally fermented
    • Pectin can act as an appetite suppressant
    • Stimulates protein digestion
  • Green tea/caffeine
    • Green tea contains about 24-40 mg of caffeine per cup vs. 100-200 mg in a cup of coffee; caffeine is a fat burning aid but must be used RESPONSIBLY…more is not better!
    • Antioxidants called catechines, especially EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate), are metabolism boosters by spurring fat burning hormonesgreen-tea-cup

Happy New Year,

Jen Granlund CNTP

NIKKEN: Start 2017 off on the RIGHT FOOT



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Keep the Germs at School!

This month’s theme is “Leave the germs at school”, so I wanted to address how the body trains its immune system to deal with anything we may encounter out in the world. I will also provide you with a bit of information on how to support healthy immune function.
Unborn babies have an immune system which resembles an un-programmed computer in need of instructions. Babies are exposed to mom’s immunity and good bacteria as they vacate the womb through the birthing canal during a normal birthing process. They also get to learn from her life experience through the antibodies she shares in breast milk.
Ever noticed how babies tend to put everything in their mouths? They are partially exploring their environment, but because humans have strongly developed other senses like smell, sight, sound and touch some things could be learned in other ways. I believe that babies are instinctually exposing their immune systems to organisms that will help them develop appropriate immune regulatory actions.
Those who grew up in more sterile environments (and probably those of us that are first-borns!) have more of a tendency for something called atopic immunity. Our immune systems didn’t get much practice so it tends to perceive everything as a threat and overreacts. These are the individuals that tend to develop allergies (air and food borne), asthma and auto-immune conditions.
This is all well and good, but school just started and what you really need to know is how to bolster your kiddos immunity NOW, right?
In general, plain soap and water is best to clean with. You’re not performing open-heart surgery, right? Ensure your little ones know that they should wash their hands after using the restroom. They should lather for about 20 seconds, or going through “Happy Birthday” about twice. When running water is unavailable, using essential oils is best and alcohol-based gels are a good last resort.
Change into “hang-out” clothes when they get home and train them to toss those school clothes right into the laundry bin in the room where you wash rather than where they sleep or the bathroom.
Ensure they are getting plenty of rest/sleep. You know your child best; some need more than others and at differing times of the day. In addition, if your child is experiencing a growth-spurt try to limit their activity as much as you can so that they are able to get the rest they need.
Reduce stress. Kids have their own stress and most definitely pick up on yours. Assess your lifestyle/schedule and do the best you can.
Because I am passionate about nutrition, of course I have to talk about the importance of nutrients! The diet we eat directly impacts our body’s ability to handle any contaminants we encounter. In general, eating a balanced, whole-foods diet is best.
After school recipe: http://foodapparel.com/pepitas-cranberries-chocolate-mix/

The following can support a healthy immune system:
• Whole-foods based diet: reduce/eliminate processed foods (did you make it?); ensure not ingesting reactive foods (most common are dairy, gluten, peanuts, soy); sufficient protein (meat, eggs, nuts/seeds); sufficient produce (lots of organic fruits & veggies!)
• Reduce sugar: reduce/eliminate processed foods and or added sugars (read labels…if it ends in “ose” it’s a sugar)
• Maintain good gut bacteria: probiotics like organic kefir, kombucha or supplements
No problem with kids. Ha! Yeah, right! This is where supplements come in. We literally can’t get all we need from our foods these days, even if you live in Alaska and are providing all of your own foods off of the land. Unfortunately we have degraded our environment to this state.
Luckily, I am offering 50% off of Douglas Lab’s Children’s Daily…IN STOCK; comes in grape or orange flavors. Contains NO yeast, gluten, soy, dairy, corn, sodium, starch, artificial colorings, flavors or preservatives. Normally $21 for a 30 day supply; Now $10.50 + tax!
Get yours NOW to get the best discount! Once I am sold out, it goes down to 25% off…
Will continue special through end of month…25% off of Douglas Lab’s Children’s Daily…ON ORDER. Normally $21 for 30 day supply; Now $15.75 + tax.

Jen’s Nutritional Basics dates/links:
Sept 7th https://www.facebook.com/events/1121687847918598/
10th https://www.facebook.com/events/1618215951810718/
21st https://www.facebook.com/events/1763804983889742/


Toxic. Toxins. When these terms comes to mind my brain immediately jumps to a nuclear waste site that is dripping with green goo. Ok, so perhaps that is more the storyline for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but all joking aside toxins are a real problem and one that we all face every day. The human body is a unique system that is equipped with its own top of the line defense system. When functioning correctly the immune response is swift and without mercy and quickly gets the system back up and running full speed. Unfortunately in today’s fast paced environment the human body is facing many more toxins that come in so many forms that it is almost impossible to count them all. At this point you may be wondering what exactly I am referring too?

I urge you to go to your bathroom and open a cabinet or look in the shower. Like most people you will probably see shampoo, maybe conditioner, body wash, a beauty bar, deodorant, toothpaste, perhaps mouthwash and more than likely a few bathroom cleaning supplies as well. Pick your shampoo bottle up and turn it over, look down past the witty sales pitch that reminds you to rinse and repeat and look at the ingredient list. Read through it. Now be honest. Do you even know what half of the ingredients are? Where they come from? Or how they are wreaking havoc on your body?

That is the type of toxins I am refereeing too. Today I would like to dive in deeper into Soap specifically. On your bathroom tour you may have grabbed several items you would refer to as “soap”. Here is the catch, none of the items you may call soap, are actually real soap. Even the bar you bought at the store is labeled as a beauty bar or similar name on its packaging. This is because none of these items are true soap.

For a company to label an item as soap the FDA requires that the product go through a saponification process that results from natural plant or animal fats (oils) chemically reacting to lye (another natural product) and resulting in very real and true soap. Your shampoo, conditioner, body wash or beauty bar are NOT soap, rather they are a chemically (often man-made) filled detergents more similar to a laundry detergent than a true soap.

I specialize in making real old fashion soap similar to the way that Laura Ingalls Wilder writes about in Little House on the Prairie. The process in its most basic manner includes water, fats (I prefer coconut, olive, and sustainable palm), and lye. The recipes that I make are supper fatted to 5%. This means that 5% of the fat is left out of the saponification process so that it can actually nourish the skin, or hair (think shampoo soap bar), rather than stripping the body of all its natural oils the way a “normal” detergent body wash or shampoo would do. Three ingredients that is all you need to make soap. If you want to be fancy and add a scent then look no farther than essential oils. Chemically man made scents are not needed!

So ask yourself would you prefer a product with an ingredient list like this:

Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Tallowate or Sodium Palmitate, Lauric Acid, Sodium Isethionate, Water, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoate or Sodium Palm Kernelate, Fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

Or would you prefer to save your body a few toxins and go with this: Coconut Oil, Sustainable Palm oil, Olive Oil, water, lye, orange essential oil.

Toxic Toxins

We are faced with toxins on many more fronts than we may think.  We are constantly exposed to toxins through air, food, water, and medications.  Toxins accumulate gradually and damage the cells of the body and toxicity may go unnoticed until disease develops.

Heavy metals displace vital minerals like zinc and calcium, act as direct carcinogens, and damage the nervous system.  We are exposed to heavy metals via lead in bones: water, air, cigarettes, leaded gasoline and paint; mercury: fish, coal, vaccines, dental fillings; cadmium: tobacco, mining, fertilizers, air pollution; aluminum: antiperspirants, antacids, and carbonated sodas.

Other toxins that pose health risks include anaerobic bacteria in our root canals and opportunistic bacteria in our gut.

We are also exposed through the food that we eat via packaged foods which contain chemical additives, preservatives, and are deplete of nutrients.  Fresh fruits and veggies are potentially harmful if genetically modified.  Peer reviewed studies show potential toxicity and harmful effects in lab animals fed GM food:

Organ damage

Altered blood biochemistry

Stomach lesions

Immune disturbances, response and allergic reaction

Enlarged lymph nodes

Disturbed liver, pancreas and teste functioning

Disturbed enzyme functioning in kidney and heart

Liver and kidney toxicity

Altered gut bacteria and intestinal abnormalities

The major genetically modified offenders are But-toxin (insecticide) and Roundup Ready (herbicide) varieties.  Bt-toxin is made from soil bacteria that punch holes in the gut lining of certain insects.  When genetically ingrained into cells, it is more potent than the spray which is safely used.   When ingested it has been found in fetal cord blood, and has known allergenic properties.

Roundup Ready products are derived from DNA supposedly from bacteria found growing at a waste dump of Roundup chemicals.  Its DNA has been found in the only human feeding study performed on GM’s.  Another component, glyphosate, may interfere with Cytochrome P450 enzymes involved in liver detoxification and neurotransmitter production in the brain.

Preapproval of GM’s is not required by the FDA who considers them GRAS (generally recognized as safe) and substantially equivalent to non-GM foods.

Hidden toxins can be found in: conventional meat and dairy, antibiotics, growth hormones, animals fed GM products, homogenization and pasteurization of dairy products, healthy foods a person is allergic or sensitive to, rancid oils or cooking with inappropriate oils, processed foods, mold or bacteria on grains and nuts.

Consider your environment; toxins can be released or ‘off-gassed’ from bedding like mattresses & pillows, carpets, furniture, building materials, and soft vinyl floors. We must also consider office supplies like copy machines, correction fluid and cosmetics.  Visit http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ to determine the toxicity level of the beauty products you use.

Is detoxification even needed? Many experts say that the body detoxifies daily as part of our normal functioning, but disease begins as a breakdown in the biochemistry of the body’s cells. If toxins are not effectively removed, they contribute to the breakdown.  Lack of nutrients and insufficient oxygen contribute to waste accumulation.  Because we are exposed to far more toxins than our ancestors were, I believe a regular detoxification regime is warranted.  Depending on the person and overall toxin exposure, performing a semi-annual or quarterly dietary detoxification is encouraged.

Symptoms of Toxicity:


Poor concentration



Bad breath

Poor skin (acne, eczema, itching, and hives)


Body odor

Muscle pain

Frequent constipation


Nasal congestion

Bodily systems that detoxify:








Supporting your body’s natural detoxification systems can be achieved by cleaning up your diet and supporting the above referenced bodily systems by applying other techniques like deep breathing and sauna’s.  Contact me for more details as a dietary detoxification is not recommended for everyone!

Water and Sleep Quality, Making the Connection

Sleep like a babyEight glasses a day, and 4-6 hours don’t cut it anymore. Some of you may remember the “good ol’ days.” A time when drinking water meant putting your face up to a garden hose and hoping your little brother didn’t smash your face into the cool clean liquid that poured onto the grass. A time when you got up with the sun and sometimes went to bed with it. Oh how times have changed. First off, we’re lucky to see kids playing outside much less drinking from a garden hose, or better yet from the kitchen sink. Today, we come home late, stay up later and hope to fall asleep quickly in order to get up earlier and do it all over again. I’m all for working hard to get where you want in life, it’s the reason my practice is here today, and of course, because of the amazing patient like you! Possibly though, have we taken it too far? Where it’s considered ‘healthy’ to get the MINIMUM 6 hours of sleep per night, and MINIMUM 8 glasses of water per day and yet our country is in the biggest health crisis its ever seen. Call me crazy, but minimum is not enough. Quality counts when it comes to both water and sleep. The days of drinking water from hose are over, partially because children don’t play like we used to, and partially because we now know all the harmful chemicals used to ‘clean’ that water have left a lovely presence that we don’t want to ingest. Water from a plastic bottle isn’t much better I’m afraid. Sorry to tell you, but you’ll be glad to know that when you buy bottled water and the plastic has those ridges in it, that’s the manufacture’s way of ensuring the containers don’t break open through the extreme temperature changes the bottles are exposed to during transportation across the country. The other bottles that have smooth edges, ensure that the plastic is not intended to be frozen and heated up to the extremes of other bottles that likely have BPA and other harmful chemicals in them. These chemicals often mimic the estrogen hormone which has serious links to cancer.
While our water quality has changed, our sleep needs have NOT changed. Decades ago, the idea of getting less than the recommended 8 hours was less than once per month. Any more than that and you had a problem. Now, it’s a regular occurrence to function on less than 6! I’ve even read business books that encourage this craziness! Sleep fuels the brain, it’s your best defense against colds, flu, and other infections…other than the chiropractic adjustment of course. In chiropractic college we were told that sleep would be our best weapon, especially during finals when we took well over 7 tests in a week.
How can we improve? Start small. If I were to tell you to drink a MINIMUM of a gallon of water per day, would you be overwhelmed? What if I told you to start going to bed before 9:00 PM every night? Those are some big leaps not just for your schedule but for your body. When I first started to increase my water intake, I was easily drinking at least 32 oz (one Nalgene bottle) every day. I made my goal to have it gone before lunch. Some days were more successful than others. Now, I drink two before lunch and at least another in my afternoon shift. Usually before dinner a fourth is down the hatch. This took more than 6 months to accomplish. The same is true for sleep, which I still struggle with. Because my job is so active I rarely have a difficult time falling asleep once I’m in bed, but most of my patients (maybe you) struggle with this the most. I encourage these folks to turn off the stinkin’ TV! Read a book, and move! Exercise can wear you out physically, take your mind off all the stress you’re experiencing giving you a mental break, and studies show emotionally healthy people exercise on a regular basis. Oh, and go to the chiropractor!
In PEAK Health,
Dr. Peake

Health by Chance?

Earlier this year I was visiting with a patient about the misfortunes of bad health. He proceeded, in all his elderly wisdom, to inform me that “it’s all by chance.” No rhyme, reason, or understanding behind why one of his brothers gets struck by cancer, the other by heart disease and yet why he’s still here talking to me instead of lying in a hospital bed. Maybe, just maybe the fact that he’s under regular chiropractic care has just a little something to do with that? Maybe? They were all raised by the same parents, lead similar lifestyles, got married, had kids, the whole gambit and yet why dis-ease strikes one and not the other is left up to “chance.” Forgive me sir, but I just can’t help but believe otherwise. Over the past several decades heart disease and cancer have been passing the first place trophy back and forth, and quite frankly why would I do what I do if this were all up to chance? Why would I take the time to talk to a mom about the benefits of breast feeding if it didn’t matter, and help a runner get their knee back in proper position if the importance of cardiovascular health meant nothing? If it really is our genes that determine our destiny, why do identical twins have a completely different fate? Their birthdays are the same and yet their funerals can be decades apart? Genes are an expression of their environment not a death sentence.
I may beat this to the ground; but why on earth would I be found to be a “PERFECT” bone marrow match to my sister who underwent chemo and radiation therapy at the age of 21 and I, five years older was considered in great health to donate to her? All of our major genetic markers were found to be the same, and yet, she was “sick” and I was “healthy.” Truth be told, while we were raised in the same household, we were raised by different parents. Same mom and dad, different parents. By the time us two older siblings left the house, Emily was given free rein to come and go as she pleased, eat what she wanted, and go out for sports…or not. She chose the latter. By college Emily was quite the over achiever, much like her oldest sister. She was taking on more than a full class load, serving as the student body president, working a full time job where she was promoted to manager, and living the typical college lifestyle. By her junior year, she was pushing 300 pounds and continually using the drive through as her means of food due to her busy schedule. I lived a similar busy lifestyle and strove for success much like my youngest sister, however, fast food wasn’t a habit and exercise was. Not that my parents did a bad job with her, they just had an easier time handing her $10 to grab dinner than handing 3 girls (plus whoever we adopted that day) $40-$50 to grab something quick on the way home. Same genes. Different outcome.
The same questions can be asked of our reactions to different medications and treatments. We’ve all had the conversation of witnessing either ourselves or someone else on various high dose narcotics. How one person may respond to morphine the other relates more to Vicodin. If a treatment is effective for one patient and not the other, does this deem it insufficient? Perhaps such side effects should be considered and carefully evaluated. Along with the statistics of response.
I absolutely LOVE James Chestnut’s talk on gene expression. He very passionately explains that the genetics of an eye cell are exactly the same as those in the toenail. What makes the cells differ are the expression of their environment. Somehow, some way these cells know how to differentiate themselves after conception. Amazing! Yet, why one cell becomes diseased and other remain healthy, we can’t explain either. Being the science nerd that I am, I remember being so excited about the human genome project in my late years of high school and into college. We thought we were going to find all these genes that were the root cause of every disease known to man! Well, either science is lying for population control reasons or the entire theory that our genes determine our destiny is a total bust. I chuckle every time a new publication emerges about how a new cancer gene is discovered. When will we learn that it’s not our genes but our environment that determine our health? Will it take 1 in every 2 people instead of 1/3 of our population getting a devastating diagnosis of cancer? The same is true for heart disease.

There are preventable measures to be taken for such times as these. It’s damn near impossible to find pure organic food unless you own several acres of land and know how to milk a goat. However, the more we vote with what we buy at the grocery store, the more we educate ourselves and friends about the toxic effects of utilizing toxic products the better off we as a society can become. Until we decide this matters. That we are sick of being a sick culture. We will continue down this same path of death and destruction. I hope you’ll join me in the fight.

Chiro and Cardiac Health

Chiropractic is not about curing an ailment.  It’s about allowing the body to function at its optimal potential.  However, one of the first “ailments” ever known to be helped by chiropractic other than back and neck pain was blood pressure.  Just shy of a decade ago, WebMD posted an article about the effects of an atlas (the first vertebra in your spine that articulates with the skull) adjustment on this rising health care issue.

“Allowing the body to function at its optimum potential,” simply means that the body is doing what it’s supposed to do without the use of outside sources.  My favorite question to ask new patients is, “how does it make you feel knowing that your body doesn’t work correctly without…insert whatever drug, supplement, treatment, etc here?”  After they’re done being offended it usually turns into an amazing conversation.  We have been brainwashed into thinking there’s a pill for everything.  Even caffeine has us convinced we focus and perform better while under it’s stimulation.  As much as I hate to admit it, even continually seeing a chiropractor for the same thing over and over again throughout the course of a year or more is considered a failure in my office.  My goal is help patients maintain their state of wellness, not come in every two weeks for the rest of their lives for chronic headaches.  Sometimes, after trying everything from dietary changes, to Botox shots, patients come in kicking and screaming, only to leave (hopefully) with the first real relief in years.  Sometimes we adjust, and we adjust and we adjust some more, and sometimes it’s not a structural issue.  Sometimes it’s structural and diet, or muscle, or outside stress, or hormone imbalances.  And sometimes they need to see someone else.  This is why we have multiple practitioners in the office.  So we can converse, learn, and hopefully make a difference in the way the world views health.  I truly believe that an optimally functioning nervous system under regular chiropractic care is the best way to live a healthy life, and more times than not, we get great results.  When we need additional support, we have it.

What is best?

Chiropractic works by removing the nerve interference from the heart and blood vessels to the brain in order to allow the control center of the body to keep the blood flow at a normal pressure.  When these nerves cannot function, due to pressure, inflammation, lack of nutrition etc. signals cannot get to the brain to tell the heart to slow down or not pump the larger amounts of blood.  Most of the anatomy and physiology books from college report high blood pressure as “the silent killer,” however, subluxation has an even more wide spread reach in the body and goes undetected from birth on, and should more correctly be labeled as such.   The reason being, that the majority of hypertension diagnosis are idiopathic or unknown.  Chiropractors and other natural health care providers don’t consider hypertension as the problem.  Instead it’s viewed as a symptom to poor diet, lack of exercise, heart arrhythmia, etc.  The American Heart Association says to limit the amount of alcohol. Then a study comes out saying to utilize red wine for your benefit. Who do you trust?  The best way to determine what information is good versus what should be ignored is to determine who is doing the research.  I always joke that women came up with the idea that wine and dark chocolate were good for cardiovascular health.  If this is true, I can’t say for sure, but from the basics of anatomy and physiology I can’t help but just toss this concept out the window.

This is why people come into the office for headaches and give amazing testimonials about how their digestive tract now functions better.  Why children come in for their very first adjustment at less than a week old, and then never have the ear infections, allergies, colds and flu that their older siblings once faced as well.  This is why we do what we do.  Why we love serving, and striving for better.  YOU are our WHY!

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Recipe of the Week: Congee

CongeeThis month Peake Wellness Center is all about detoxing the body, start the year off on a healthy note by resetting your body and ridding it of toxins from all of the holiday goodies that no one can seem to resist! While you’re detoxing, you might wonder what is good to eat that won’t throw off all of the progress you have made. Congee is a fantastic food to consume during the detoxification process.

Congees are Asian grain soups used in Oriental nutrition therapy to treat patients. Congees place very little demand on the body’s digestive system, thus you are able to absorb maximum nutrients with minimal bodily effort.  They are a popular Asian breakfast, but can be enjoyed any time of day.


  • 1 cup of gluten-free grain, usually organic brown rice (long grain)
    • Soak your grains in filtered water for at least 8 hours; discard water and rinse
  • 9+ cups of filtered water
  • Additional ingredients for liver detox
    • Dandelion greens, 2 cups+
    • Artichoke hearts, 9 +
    • Lemon, 1 whole cut up
    • Carrots, celery or parsnip for added flavor
  • Uncooked avocado slices and pine nuts are a nice condiment

Makes 10-15 servings

  • Add all ingredients together in crockpot
  • Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours (8 hours recommended)
  • Stir occasionally, add water if needed
  • Congee should be runny

Feel free to experiment with your ingredients; the above are specifically to support liver detoxification.



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Recipe of the Week: Hummus


Who doesn’t love a good bowl of hummus with their vegetables and pita chips? This healthy hummus recipe calls for an extra ingredient most people probably don’t think to add – Lemon Essential Oil. Lemon oil has a couple beneficial uses for one’s digestive and respiratory system, as well as mood. Lemon, if ingested can help with seasonal respiratory discomfort, it can also cleanse the body and aid in healthy digestion. If diffused into the air it also has uplifting effects on one’s mood. Lemon oil in hummus – like the recipe below – provides one with a pleasant tangy undertone when eaten.

Intrigued? Try this recipe and let us know what you think!

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What to Expect When You’re Detoxing

What is detoxification?

Toxins are anything that can harm our body tissues. Our bodies are constantly exposed to toxins in our    environment: toiletry/cosmetic products, air pollution, drinking/bathing water and even our food in the form of:Picture1

Pesticides, herbicides, hormones in food, chemicals from food packaging, household cleaners, detergents, food additives, heavy metals, pollution, drugs, cigarette smoke.

The body will eliminate toxins through the liver, kidneys, lungs, lymphatic system and our skin on a daily basis.  However because we are bombarded with a higher amount of    toxins than our ancestors, it is beneficial to aid our body in this process by periodically following a dietary detox plan.

A dietary detox can vary in length; in general 7-28 days is recommended.  It incorporates an increase of fiber and water to eliminate toxins by increasing bowel movements and   urination.  It also incorporates foods that provide vitamins, nutrients & antioxidants the body needs to support the detoxification process.

How do you know if you need to detox?

The cumulative load of the toxins in our body can lead to illness, hormonal imbalances, impaired immune function, nutrient deficiencies, and a sluggish metabolism.

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A Note from the Doc: A Year in Review

A Year in ReviewI absolutely LOVE this time of year!  The snow, the shopping, the busy weekends of Holiday parties seeing people you forgot you knew.  It’s almost magical isn’t it?  I love talking to my pediatric patients about the magic of Santa Claus and what they love most about this time of year.  I’m especially proud when they respond with something other than “presents!”

This year is a little different though.  For me, and for others of you who have dealt with loss in the recent years, it’s hard to be excited about seeing your favorite Aunt, or making that famous recipe when you don’t get to share it with someone who has passed.

I encourage you to look back…way back, to January of this year and look at the great things that have happened this year.  Lucky for me January is an easy one to remember.  I took Jillian to Vegas for a chiropractic seminar, she was 6 months pregnant, and had never been to sin city before.  We came back so on fire the whole office was vibrating for months!  In April our dear Kaitlyn joined the office to help out while Jillian was out on maternity leave and she did such a great job, we added more marketing responsibilities to her plate!  Unfortunately, at this same time my youngest sister was diagnosed with terminal cancer and again, the office had a different vibe to it.  I had a new meaning.  If a new patient came in with more serious health questions than neck or back pain, I was on them like sticky spaghetti!  If one of you asked me about chemo, radiation, an antibiotic even, I let you know what I thought.  Remarkably enough, you responded!  We got more and more questions, we later hired a nutritionist, Jen, to help with the influx of real health concerns from people like you, who didn’t want to accept a drug as the answer!  Wow!

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Recipe of the Week: Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Blog CocoaWho doesn’t love a warm drink this time of year? To be able to cozy up next to a fire or in a blanket, with a hot mug of holiday goodness in your hands, while watching your favorite show or a classic Christmas movie – that just sounds like heaven! This week’s recipe showcases the Peppermint Essential Oil, known for its digestive and respiratory support, it is also great for festive and hot cocoa purposes. A few handy uses for this oil are: a drop of Peppermint with Lemon in water for a healthy, refreshing mouth rinse; Add two to three drops to your favorite drink recipe for a refreshing twist; place one drop in the palm of your hand with one drop Wild Orange and one drop Frankincense and inhale for a mid-day pick-me-up.

Peake Wellness Center’s Recipe of the Week comes from the AromaTools Modern Essentials Living recipe book.


  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar or other sweetener
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup canned coconut milk (shake before opening)
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (almond or rice milk work too)
  • 1–2 drops peppermint essential oil


  1. In a saucepan, mix together the cocoa powder, salt, and sugar.
  2. Add coconut milk, and heat until combined.
  3. Slowly add milk while continuing to stir. Keep stirring until little bubbles start to form on the surface.
  4. Remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly. Stir in a drop or two of peppermint essential oil.
  5. Pour into mugs, and serve. Warning: It will be hot, so allow the hot chocolate to cool to a reasonable temperature before drinking.
  6. Top with whipped cream, marshmallows, chocolate chips, or ground peppermint candy.

* If peppermint isn’t your favorite flavor, you can add a couple drops of Wild Orange, Cinnamon, or Cassia Essential Oil for a different twist on a classic drink!

Holiday Party Survival Guide

pinterest survivalWho doesn’t love a good holiday party? Those treats can be quite tempting, but when we give in….we tend to regret it later that night, or the next morning! Below, our nutritionist, Jen, has provided us with a handy guide as to what to do to prepare ourselves for that sweet temptation usually waiting for us when we get to the party!

Avoid that belly like a bowl full of jelly: How to avoid weight gain and still enjoy the festivities

  • Consider Glycemic Load (impact of entire meal on blood sugar) when filling your plate
    • Not all carbs are created equally
      • Fiber vs. non-fiber
    • Choose alcohol or dessert
  • Choose smaller plate if available
  • Know and avoid your trigger foods
  • Practice mindful eating:
    • smaller bites, savor, chew thoroughly
    • Do not sit near the snack bowls/dishes
  • Bring your own dish or call ahead to find out what is being served so that you can make the best choice
  • Have a healthy snack before you leave the house
  • Pop a breath mint after eating to cleanse palate
  • Eat breakfast day of party
  • Get plenty of sleep night before party
  • Alcohol: yes or no?
    • Decide ahead of time if drinking and set your limit
    • Avoid mixed drinks with juice or soda pop
    • Red wine great choice

Nutrition: Respiratory Health

The lungs are one of the body’s largest organs. We inhale air through the trachea or windpipe and it connects to the bronchi.  The bronchi are the breathing tubes that lead into the alveoli or air sacs of the lungs.  In the lungs, air is exchanged for carbon dioxide which we exhale.lungs

There are many afflictions that affect lung function including COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease caused by emphysema or chronic bronchitis), bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma.

COPD is caused by smoking or exposure to other toxins as well as chronic bronchitis.

Bronchitis can be acute or chronic; acute bronchitis is due to a viral or bacterial infection which can lead to pneumonia.  Chronic bronchitis is brought on by allergies or continual exposure to toxins that irritate the lungs.

Asthma is a disease of chronic inflammation and an immune system overreaction to an allergen or perceived threat.  It is a breathing disorder characterized by the spasm and swelling of the bronchial airways with excretion of thick mucus.  Much like COPD, the difficulty is getting the carbon dioxide out of the alveoli and the oxygen in.

How to nutritionally support your lung health:

  • Avoid foods that are common allergens: gluten, dairy, eggs, peanuts, corn
  • Avoid toxins: food additives, pesticides, chemicals, pollution in your environment (work and home)
  • Consider your gut health: acid reflux contributes to asthma
  • Drink plenty of filtered water to keep respiratory tract secretions more fluid
    • Rule of thumb is ½ your body weight in ounces (150 lbs drinks 75 ounces) per day
  • Foods/herbs that support lung health:
    • Ginger
    • Turmeric
    • Cayenne pepper
    • Apples
    • Onions
    • Parsley
    • Peppermint
    • Oranges
    • Cumin
    • Homemade or organic chicken soup


Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Phyllis A Balch, CNC



Chiropractic and Stress

For moms, it’s a screaming baby and the cell phone ringing, while the other two kids are trying to race down the stairs in their new sled.  For the business suites, it’s that fast approaching deadline whileblog you are just one more late night at the office away from World War III at home.  For our fellow college students and professors, it’s the inevitable week of finals.  Athletes are most anxious about weigh-ins, or performance.  Pastors, the couple they haven’t seen in months who are struggling in their marriage.  The term “stress” was first borrowed from the engineering field, in reference to physical forces upon mechanical structures. It was first used in its modern medical sense around the turn of the 20th century by Walter Cannon, a Harvard physiologist who also described the “fight or flight” syndrome, and noted the damaging physical effects of a continuous stress response, which is often discussed in our office. Modern healthcare is increasingly recognizing that many illnesses are caused by stress, or worsened by it. In fact, in every chiropractic office, including Peake Wellness, many patients will show the ravages of chronic stress. While chiropractic can treat the effects of stress on the body, such as headaches, it can also help the body manage and process stress in a healthy way.

While, Chiropractic care can’t make your job less stressful, nor can it create a quieter, calmer world. It can however, help you develop a healthier response to your stress and reduce the potential physical damages caused by stress. Continue reading

Recipe of the Week: Spiced Apple Cider


This time of year has us all craving warm delicious drinks filled with flavor that makes us more and more excited about the holiday season. Who doesn’t love a cup of spiced apple cider? It’s a classic! The essential oil that is being showcased in this recipe is Cassia Essential Oil.spiced

Cassia promotes healthy digestion and supports healthy immune function.  It also provides a warm and uplifting aroma to the room it is diffused in. To support your immune system, take a veggie capsule with one to two drops of cassia inside – this is especially good to do when seasonal threats are high. Combine one to two drops along with Lemon in a glass of water to aid digestion or ward off hunger cravings. And finally, for a warm and uplifting aroma, diffuse with citrus blends or clove and ginger during the fall and winter.


  • 5 red apples
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 Tbs. ground allspice
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10 Ways to Stay Healthy for the Holidays

10 ways holidaysThis time of year can be the best time of year; with Thanksgiving, and Christmas quickly approaching, and all of this season’s activities to be done with friends and families, we don’t want anything to interrupt our plans. It’s the worst when we get sick and have to miss out on the festive fun. To keep such a thing from happening, we at Peake Wellness Center, have come up with a list of 10 things that can be done to stay healthy for the holidays!

  1.  Don’t fall behind on your workout regimen. This time of year, the sweet smells of baked goods fill the air and it can be really hard to fight the urge to chow down. We aren’t saying you can’t enjoy that delicious slice of pecan pie, but don’t allow it to slow you down. After a night of baked goodies and other delicious foods and drinks, it can be hard to roll out of bed and keep up that great regimen you’ve been working so hard on!
  2. Keep up with your vitamins, and maybe double up on the On Guard oil you bought to keep from getting sick and catching that terrible bug that tends to find its way into our homes during this time of year.
  3. We have already mentioned the tempting, and oh so delicious, goodies that tend to come around during the holidays. While you may feel no remorse eating these wonderful treats, try to be more cautious about what you cook with, try to find some healthy alternatives to traditional recipes. When making grandma’s pecan pie recipe, try to use some healthy substitutes for sugar. Organic coconut sugar, and agave are two great natural substitutes for sugar.
  4. When considering healthy alternative ingredients for cooking, there are a few dairy substitutes that you could consider as well. When picking out those perfect recipes, consider using almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk or soy milk instead  of cow’s milk. If the recipe requires cheese, think about using soy based cream cheese or soy based sour cream. Continue reading

Chiropractic for Treating Headaches

Most people describe a tension headache as a feeling of a tight band or dull ache around the head or behind the eyes. A common cause of tension headaches is subluxations in the upper back and neck which is effectively treated with chiropractic adjustments.

20431e5c-5595-48d4-811a-25ca4bdb6d2fHeadaches affect just about everyone at some point and they can present themselves in many different ways. Some people only experience pain in one part of their head or behind their eyes, some people experience a pounding sensation inside their whole head, and some people even experience nausea, while others do not. The pain itself may be dull or sharp and may last for anywhere from a few minutes to a few days. Fortunately, very few headaches have serious underlying causes, but those that do require urgent medical attention.

Chiropractic Care for Headaches

Numerous research studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments are very effective for treating tension headaches, especially headaches that originate in the neck.

A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, found that “spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than commonly prescribed medications.” These findings support an earlier study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics that found spinal manipulative therapy to be very effective for treating tension headaches. This study also found that those who stopped chiropractic treatment after four weeks continued to experience a sustained benefit in contrast to those patients who received pain medication.

Each individual’s case is different and requires a thorough evaluation before a proper course of chiropractic care can be determined. However, in most cases of tension headaches, significant improvement is accomplished through manipulation of the upper two cervical vertebrae, coupled with adjustments to the junction between the cervical and thoracic spine. This is also helpful in most cases of migraine headaches, as long as food and lifestyle triggers are avoided as well.

Headache Information

Although headaches can be due to a wide variety of causes, such as drug reactions, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), tightness in the neck muscles, low blood sugar, high blood pressure, stress and fatigue, the majority of recurrent headaches are of two types: tension headaches (also called cervicogenic headaches) and migraine headaches. There is a third, less common, type of headache called a cluster headache that is a cousin to the migraine. Continue reading

Recipe of the Week: Basil Pesto Chicken


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The Recipe of the Week of November 1 is Basil Pesto Chicken. Who doesn’t love a good meal bursting with flavor? The answer to that is No One! This recipe calls for Lemon and Basil Essential Oils. Lemon Oil is great for supporting healthy digestion, healthy respiratory function, and overall positive mood support. Lemon oil also works as a purifier for surfaces and air. The oil – depending on what you are using it for – can be taken internally to support digestion and respiratory function, diffused for an uplifting aroma, or mixed with water in a spray bottle to use for cleaning and sanitizing. Basil Oil soothes sore muscles and joints, assists with clear breathing, acts as a cooling agent for skin, and promotes mental alertness and lessens anxious feelings. Basil can be diffused to promote mental alertness, applied topically to sore muscles and joints, and applied to the feet to fight fatigue.


  • 8–12 oz. pasta of choice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups spinach leaves, tough stems removed
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts (almonds or walnuts can be used instead if needed)
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 drop basil essential oil
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
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October Nutrition News

The low-fat fad has made many people fat-phobic. This is unfortunate as fats are highly beneficial to the body—the good fats, that is. The good fats provide essential fatty acids that nourish the brain, dau-dua-phu-thinh-co-flickr2lubricate internal tissues and organs, assist digestion and elimination, and take part in hormone production—just to name a few of the many benefits. And contrary to popular belief, the good fats don’t make you fat. So dive in by familiarizing yourself with the following recommended fats, oils, nuts and seeds.


Recommended Oils                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Look for oils that are unrefined, cold-pressed, and virgin or extra virgin whenever possible. Heat alters the nature of oils and renders them harmful to the body. Cold pressing oils prevents damage to the essential fats caused by the heat process, thereby, maintaining the beneficial nature of the oil. Virgin and extra-virgin is the highest quality oil, because it’s been extracted from the best produce of the harvest from the first pressing.

Following is a list of recommended oils:

  • (butter) or ghee (clarified butter)
  • olive oil (extra virgin)
  • coconut oil
  • sesame seed oil
  • hemp oil
  • sunflower oil (flaxseed oil) – do not heat!

Also contrary to what we’ve been told the last couple of decades, coconut oil is actually good for you. […]

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Chiropractic: How it Helps the Respiratory System

Chiro RespiratoryIs it just me?  Or is half the population coming down with a sinus congestion or upper respiratory infection?  Tis’ the season for prevention of colds, flu, and apparently breathing difficulties this year. As a chiropractor it’s amazing to see someone come in for headaches and once winter hits, they express that they haven’t gotten sick (yet) this year.  I smile and ask them to tell a friend.  Sometimes they don’t recognize the fact that their lack of subluxations are what has been allowing their immune system to function properly – I welcome you to what is the phenomena of “wellness”. To this person, my expression is to simply ask them to give credit where it is due. Continue reading

Cardamom Cookies

October’s essential oil is Cardamom, a strong sweet spice that is great for adding extra flavor to your cooking. The recipe of the week is for cardamom cookies, a sweet snack with essential oils that have a great effect on the body!

cardamom cookies

Things you’ll need:

1 cup of butter                                                                                                       Cookie Sheet

1 cup of sugar                                                                                                         Cooking Spray

2 eggs                                                                                                                          2 mixing bowls

1 cup of whole wheat flour                                                                             Mixing Utensils (electric mixer preferred)

1 cup of white flour

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom

3 tablespoons of sugar Continue reading

Cardamom Essential Oil

CardamomCardamom is a flowering plant in the ginger family; described as spicy, fruity, warm and balsamic. Cardamom essential oil is primarily beneficial for easing indigestion, supporting overall respiratory health, promote oral health, uplifting mood, and adding a flavorful spice in cooking and baking. There are no known toxic effects, however, consuming too much of this oil could result in bowel irritation. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are advised not to consume Cardamom oil. This oil is known to be gentler and safer for children than that of other oils also used for digestive and respiratory needs. Continue reading

Chiropractic: How it Can Help Digestion

TummytroubleGut Reaction.  Go with your gut.  Why do we get that feeling in our stomach when something seems array?    I remember 15 years ago, scientists were considering a ‘second brain’ hypothesis, which aimed to prove that not everything in our bodies was controlled by the brain in our skulls but rather other influences from the body primarily in our di
gestive tract.  While they come up short, except for a further examination of a large nerve cluster that we already knew existed, I don’t think our fellow researchers were completely out of touch.  We all experience a change in digestive habits with stress; but why?  Why there?  Why not closer to the source of the brain that controls everything do we experience such discomfort? Continue reading

Thin Mint Shake

I love making protein shakes for breakfast because:

1. It’s easy to make.

2. It primes your metabolism.

3. It sets you up for a clean pattern of eating for the day.

Equally important, the ingredients in it provide the right blend of extremely high-quality protein, fat, fiber and  important nutrients all of which are needed for healthy cells and a smooth running metabolism.

Thin Mint Shake


1 serving protein powder                                                                      shake

½ cup almond milk

4 ice cubes

1 tablespoon ground flax or chia seeds

3-5 drops of Peppermint Extract

2 tablespoons of cacao powder

2 teaspoons stevia or xylitol

 Instructions: Place all ingredients in the blender and add approximately ½ a cup of water to create desired consistency. Process until smooth and then serve immediately. ENJOY! Here’s to being  FIT. HEALTHY. BEAUTIFUL…At Any Age!


Eucalyptus Essential Oil

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION Eucalyptus trees are tall, evergreen trees that grow up to 50 feet in height and are sometimes referred to as Gum Trees. The main chemical components of Eucalyptus radiata are eucalyptol and alpha-terpineol, making it an ideal oil to promote clear breathing and respiratory function and for use on sore muscles. Eucalyptus has purifying properties that can be beneficial for the skin and for cleansing surfaces and the air. Studies have shown that Eucalyptus is effective in helping lessen tension and supports a healthy response to oxidative stress. Eucalyptus can be found in mouth rinses to freshen breath and promote oral health.

USES • Combine with Lemon and Peppermint in a spray bottle for an effective cleaning spray.   • Mix with a carrier oil and rub on chest to assist with clear breathing.   • While showering, place a few drops in the hands, place over nose, and inhale deeply to clear the mind and promote clear breathing.

  • Assists with clear breathing
  • Supports overall respiratory health
  • Soothes tired, sore muscles
  • Purifying and cleansing propertieseucalyptus


Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.

Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize

CAUTIONS Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

Bellanina Facial

Let’s face it.  We all want to look younger at any age! As gravity, the sun, the environment and heredity all take their toll and create time-worn etchings on our face, a new awareness is being brought to the public that can actually shift the hands of time.
The Bellanina Facelift Massage is a time-tested, proven technique that can offer anti-aging.

When you receive a treatment, not only are facial muscles toned and tightened and the skin softened, but the client is put into a state of deep relaxation -SHEER BLISS!
With repeated facelift massage sessions, clients begin to see noticeable changes in their face and neck. The Bellanina Facelift Massage is a pampering, relaxing massage that improves the appearance of the face through stimulation of the underlying layers of skin and soft tissue. This support system can make surface wrinkles less visible, slows down the formation of new ones, and helps keep facial muscles from giving in to its two biggest enemies – gravity and time.  Its techniques include acupressure, lymphatic drainage and contouring strokes. When facial muscles are massaged and exercised regularly, all the metabolic processes are stimulated, which means facial circulation is improved, capillaries are strengthened, the facial lymph system is cleansed and the skin becomes blemish-free.
Studies have shown that massage keeps the collagen and elastin fibers wet and warm which encourages and stimulates their growth.  Which each facelift massage, the toning benefits increase because muscles have memory.  The treatment consist of first cleansing and exfoliating the face of dirt and makeup.  Warmed towels are used to gently hydrate the skin and help relax the client.  Once the face is prepared, a vigorous and active massage begins.  The stimulating effects of nimble fingers forces blood to rush to the skin’s surface, promoting circulation, detoxification and relaxation.  This rejuvenation process can be accelerated by adding the stimulating honey-lift massage to your facial massage treatment.  The special techniques of whipping and tapotement of the honey-lift treatment give the skin a pinkish cast, because blood has been brought to the surface.  Vigorous stroking movements remove impurities and give the skin “breathing room,” opening pores and eliminating toxins by removing dead skin cells.
This one hour treatment also includes massage to your neck, shoulders, arms, hands and feet. Call today to schedule an appt 970-373-4475!

Health Spotter

In the modern day world of 24 hour news, reporters are quick to jump on a story and often seem to exploit our fears about the future by sensationalizing and exaggerating everything. I’m acutely aware of this when it comes to topics of health.


Our health is our most precious commodity and needs to be taken seriously, so I’m not trying to downplay its importance. I just don’t want people to overreact when it is unnecessary. The reality is that society seems blasé when it comes to the fact that we are getting fatter and sicker from chronic disease every year, but goes into a full blown panic when a cold is going around.


I think we all need to take on a “spotter” approach when it comes to health challenges. If you have ever been weight lifting you know that if you are going to move some heavy weights it is important to have a spotter to help you in case you get to a point that you are unable to handle the weight safely by yourself. Often the spotter only needs to offer a slight amount of help to get the weight safely back in the rack, but sometimes a     person becomes overwhelmed by the weight and the spotter is needed to lighten the load. We should take the same approach when we are monitoring our health and that of our families.


Take the time to understand adaptive physiology. What I mean is how the body should react to certain stresses. It is normal and helpful to develop a   fever when there is an infection in the body and it usually doesn’t need to be suppressed. Vomiting and diarrhea are often used by the body to eliminate toxins and shouldn’t be suppressed under most conditions. It is only in prolonged cases or when dehydration becomes a concern that we may need to provide some type of intervention.


These are only a couple examples of many that could be used. So again, understand the body and how it reacts to certain stresses and act as a spotter who only intervenes when necessary. In that way, just like someone lifting weights, your body will adapt and get stronger.

If you are unsure of when intervention is necessary, talk to your chiropractor. Chiropractors have a great understanding of adaptive physiology.


Is Stress Keeping You FAT?

What’s Stress got to do with it?

 Everyone is stressed, right? It’s part of our everyday life, but did you know chronic stress could be the reason you can’t lose weight?

What?! That’s right! There are several ways in which stress contributes to weight gain and the inability to lose weight.

When we are stressed it triggers the Fight or Flight response which in turn tells the body to release Cortisol the stress hormone.

3 ways chronic stress and Cortisol lead to weight gain:

  • Metabolism Too much Cortisol can slow down your metabolism
  • Blood Sugar Continued stress can alter your blood sugar levels, which in turn cause mood swings, fatigue and possible hyperglycemia.
  • Fat Storage Constant stress can affect where we store fat. People with higher levels of stress tend to have greater levels of abdominal fat.

Next time I’ll talk about ways to Bust Stress!

Till then stay FIT. HEALTHY. BEAUTIFUL!!

Fight or Flight

It seems like every Spring, patients come flooding in with more stress and tension than the holidays! Instead of repeating the same lecture over and over I will attempt to explain what’s going on here.
The nervous system is made up of many different parts. One of the parts is known as the Autonomic Nervous System or ANS. The autonomic nervous system controls many of the automatic functions within the body. The two major portions of the ANS are the Sympathetic and the Parasympathetic. The sympathetic function is what controls the fight or flight response, and the parasympathetic controls the rest and digest portion of the nervous system. Continue reading

5 Causes of Cravings

Your body is amazing. It maintains a temperature of 98.6 degrees, repairs itself when wounded and knows the miracle of pregnancy and childbirth. Your heart never misses a beat. Your lungs are always breathing. The body is a super-computer, and it never makes mistakes.

Many people view cravings as weakness, but really they are important messages meant to assist you in maintaining balance. When you experience a craving, deconstruct it. Ask yourself:  what is my body try to tell, what does it want and why?

  1. Lack of primary food. Being dissatisfied with a relationship or having an inappropriate exercise routine (too much, too little or the wrong kind), being bored, stressed, uninspired by a job, or lacking a spiritual practice may all cause emotional eating. Eating can be used as a substitute for entertainment or to fill the void of primary food.
  2. Water. Lack of water can send the message that you are thirsty and on the verge of dehydration. Dehydration can manifest as a mild hunger, so the first thing to do when you get a craving is drink a full glass of water. Excess water can also cause cravings, so be sure that your water intake is well balanced.
  3. Seasonal. Often the body craves foods that balance the elements of the season. In the spring, people crave detoxifying foods like leafy greens or citrus foods. In the summer, people crave cooling foods like fruit, raw foods and ice cream, and in the fall people crave grounding foods like squash, onions and nuts. During winter, many crave hot and heat-producing foods like meat, oil and fat. Cravings can also be associated with the holidays, for foods like turkey, eggnog or sweets, etc
  4.  Lack of nutrients. If the body has inadequate nutrients, it will produce odd cravings. For example, inadequate mineral levels produce salt cravings, and overall inadequate nutrition produces cravings for non-nutritional forms of energy, like caffeine.
  5. Hormonal. When women experience menstruation, pregnancy or menopause, fluctuating testosterone and estrogen levels may cause unique cravings.

Children & Chiropractic

All of you Mommy’s or Soon-to-Be’s should have a look at this..The Chiropractic Lifestyle!

Children & Chiropractic

Parents will do just about anything to protect their child’s health. They serve nutritionally balanced meals, encourage daily exercise, and insist on regular dental and eye examinations. Yet many neglect the most important part of the child’s health care program: regular spinal checkups. Misalignments in spinal bones which interfere with the normal flow of nerve energy are known as subluxations. Many people still associate them with major trauma. They think the spine can be affected only after lifting heavy objects or being in an automobile accident. They don’t realize that the daily activities of young children can easily result in subluxations. In fact, many babies receive their first subluxations during pregnancy and the birthing…Read More



One of the foundations of health is a positive mental attitude. A good dose of levity is a great way to create mental peace and balance in your life. It seems appropriate to discuss levity in a month where the first day is dedicated to foolishness and pranks. My hope for you is that you get to partake in the giving and/or receiving of some good natured April Fool’s Day hijinks and have a good laugh!

Levity is so important because it is a break from the stresses of daily life. In fact one source defines levity as humor or frivolity, especially the treatment of a serious matter with humor. We all have stress in our lives, it’s unavoidable. However, how we deal with that stress is what is most important. Doing something silly and outrageous can be a wonderful distraction and hopefully lead to some great laughs. It is well documented that laughter reduces stress and stress hormones, promotes circulation, and improves immune function.

There are even groups that are dedicated to bringing more levity to our lives. The Levity Institute states on their website that the mission of The Levity Project is to help decrease the spirit of negativity, stress, and fatigue in our society by infusing public spaces with a lighter and more buoyant energy. Who doesn’t want more of that? If you see a bunch of people in your community doing something silly, there is a good chance that they are a part of The Levity Project, and I encourage you to play along.

So go out and find or create some good-natured levity, especially if you are under a lot of stress. Sing out loud in public, dance in the street, exchange funny faces with a little kid, or do whatever floats your boat. Just don’t miss the opportunity to partake is some levity, it’s good for your health


Nutrition is a secondary source of energy. Primary foods, or nonfood sources of nourishment, are what really fuel us.

As children, we all lived on primary food. Lovers thrive on the pure bliss and peace they are experiencing, while passionate entrepreneurs are fueled by their work.  The excitement and rapture of daily life can feed us more completely than any food.

Think back to a time when you were involved in an exiting work project. You  believed in what you were doing wholeheartedly and felt confident and stimulated. Time stopped, and the outside world was muted – food was an afterthought.

Now recall a time you were depressed or experiencing low self-esteem – you were starving for primary food.  No matter how much you ate,  you never felt satisfied. The need for love, power, or mere acknowledgement. drove the desire for excess food.


The four main primary foods are:





Juicing for PEAK health!

Juice Therapy 

The vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants found in fruit and vegetables are concentrated when made into juices. Juices heal and regenerate tissue quickly because of this concentration and because the body does not have to expend energy digesting, absorbing and metabolizing whole foods.

Now, do not go out running to your local grocery store and buy juice off the shelve. The Juice Therapy I’m talking about is the FRESH juice made in your very own kitchen.

One great reason to start juicing is to alkalize your body.  Diseases grow abundantly in acidic environments and scientists belief that creating an alkaline environment could be one of the best ways to fight off disease. Most people today have highly acidic bodies.

I always recommend buying organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible and your local farmers market is a great resource for fresh produce.

Health Benefits of Juicing:

  • weight loss
  • immune boosting
  • better digestion
  • improved sleep
  • healthier hair
  • increased energy

When it comes to juicing the sky’s the limit. Experiment with juicing different fruits and vegetables and find what delights your taste bud!

Here’s to being fit and healthy at any age!

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If you Rest you Rust

If you rest, you rust.” The late American actress Helen Hayes is credited with this quote from her 1990 Memoir entitled, My Life in Three Acts.  I recently saw this quote on Facebook in a picture next to a gymnast and thought it was an appropriate concept in regards to what I do as a chiropractor.  If taken out of context, one could easily argue that this quote is false.  Sure, rest is absolutely essential for health, but in the context of joint motion and how dysfunctional movement affects your health, it’s spot on.

You see, as your body is adapting to the stresses of life you develop dysfunctional movement patterns in the joints of your body, especially the spine, as a result of the physical stress caused by your body adapting to physical, chemical, and emotional stresses.  When a joint in your body becomes fixated or stuck, the health of that joint immediately begins to deteriorate.  Much like a hinge on a gate that has been exposed to the elements and not been opened for a long period of time, it becomes rusty and stiff.

 If you don’t have a strategy for correcting these patterns then they are definitely affecting your health.  This is what maintaining health is all about.  Your body has requirements in order to express health, and you    employ strategies for meeting these requirements…or not.  Do you brush your teeth every day?  If so, you are employing a strategy for keeping your teeth and gums healthy.  Do you change the oil regularly in your car?  If so, you’re employing a strategy for keeping your car healthy.

A healthy body requires that you consume certain nutrients and avoid toxicity.   A healthy body requires that you manage stresses well and avoid negativity.  A healthy body requires healthy movement.  A healthy body requires a clear brain-body connection. 

These are all requirements that can be met through various strategies.  Chiropractic care is the only strategy that focuses on keeping your spinal joints moving appropriately and the brain-body pathways clear.  Chiropractic, coupled with a functional fitness and mobility program, is a recipe for success and keeps your joints from “rusting”.

 If you get your spine checked on a regular basis, good for you.  If not, schedule an appointment today to get checked and learn more about strategies for health.

A healthy body requires that you manage stresses well and avoid negativity.  A healthy body requires healthy movement.  A healthy body requires a clear brain-body connection. 

Don’t Leave Your Health to Good Luck

Marketing is the art of making something desirable into something that you feel you can’t live without.  Every product uses images, tag lines, music or other sense-stimulating activities to peak your interest and make you want what they are selling.  However, when it comes to the truth about the products it is important that you know what you are getting.  Marketing people are very clever and can at times be deceiving.  We will talk about a few ways marketing of products may be stretching the truth or playing on similar words.

The first thing we will talk about pertains to foods.  What do you think the words “lite” and “light” mean when you see them on a package?  The marketers are hoping that you will think that they mean they have less calories or fat.  The truth of the matter is that they are talking about the “light” as it pertains to color or flavor or “lite” pertaining to thickness or cut.  These are all comparing the product to the original formula.  Another stretch on labels is when you see “cholesterol free”.  The trick is that only foods that contain animal fats can have cholesterol in them.  Most foods that you see advertised as cholesterol free never contained any animal fats so they never contained cholesterol at all. 

Health products are not void of these clever marketing strategies.  Many products and services make claims that are neither correct nor truly researched.  A perfect example of this is the class action suit that has recently been settled between the company Vibram and the individuals who purchased the FiveFinger minimalist shoes.  Vibram claimed that the FiveFinger shoes reduced foot injuries and strengthened foot muscles.  The problem is that Vibram did not have any research to back up this claim.  Vibram has agreed to settle the class action suit.

Last but not least are the pharmaceutical companies.  How many drugs have you seen that have been pulled from the shelves after being marked ‘safe and effective’.  Marketers use people’s fear of diseases and conditions to push their products whose side effects can be worse than the conditions they are treating.  The FDA is responsible for regulating drugs but they do not do any testing on drugs.  That is left up to the company that is creating it.  The FDA only reads the research looking to make sure all conditions and requirements have been met.

The way to make sure you are getting what you are looking for is to do your own research. The only way to truly be sure is to read labels, ask questions, and take the time to look into the product.  Whatever you are buying, no matter what the product, watch out for clever marketing and do your homework.

            Until next time…Live well!


Dr. Alexia Peake D.C.
Peake Wellness Center
Chiropractic At its’ PEAK!

by Dr. David K. Hill Oregano

More than Just a Spice, Oregano Essential Oil and its Therapeutic Benefits by Dr. David K. Hill
An ever growing body of research is positive and suggestive of additional study and inquisition into the powerful healing attributes of essential oils. There is growing interest for personal use to improve health and modern medical science is validating its therapeutic benefit. The medicinal use of essential oils is well documented and has been readily considered to be one of the most potent forms of natural medicine. The need for more cost effective and intuitive approaches to healthcare along with public demand has increased the popularity of essential oils exponentially. They are readily available as key components in a variety of health and beauty products and as individual commodities.
For those who utilize essential oils personally along with a growing number of Health Care providers who are incorporating more holistic therapies, there has been greater acceptance and openness regarding the benefit and simplicity with which they can be
incorporated into models of health. Various maladies and a host of ailments along with an almost endless list of practical uses are all within the scope of the medicinal value of pure essential oils. Oregano essential oil is certainly no exception.
Within the plant family of Lamiaceae is the genus Origanum consisting of more than 44 specific species and at least 6 different subspecies. In addition there are 18 or more naturally occurring hybrids and 3 botanical varieties. Included within this host of plants are several types of the unmistakably herbaceous and potent oregano. Revered for its traditional role as a cooking herb many are now discovering the vast health benefits associated with the essential oil of oregano. Although many differing species and subspecies exist, most oregano available is considered non-therapeutic and best suited for cooking. Generally only two species are revered for their medicinal potential. Thymus capitatus, (Spanish oregano) primarily found
in Spain and Origanum vulgare which is predominant throughout the rest of the Mediterranean. In a process known as chemical polymorphism these two distinct oregano plants develop specific and potent chemistry.
Wild crafted Origanium vulgare L. within the subspecies of hirtum seems to be especially potent. Carvacrol is a phenolic monoterpene present in many essential oils of the family Lamiaceae. As a primary compound comprising of 60% or more of the chemical profile of the subspecies hirtum, oregano has proven to be invaluable for many differing health circumstances. Typically most users of oregano for health practices give great value to its strong antimicrobial benefit. Indeed origanum vulgare due primarily to its phenolic compounds of carvicrol and thymol, it is far superior to many other essential oils in this regard. As is the circumstance with many essential oils its antimicrobial benefit is not limited to one strain of bacterium

Green vegetables are the most commonly missing food in modern diets.  Learning to incorporate dark leafy greens into your diet is essential to establishing a healthy body and immune system.  When you nourish yourself with greens, you may find that you don’t crave the foods that make your sick.

Green is associated with Spring – a great time to renew and refresh.  In traditional Chinese medicine, green is related to the liver, emotional stability and creativity.

Nutritionally, greens are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc, vitamins A, C, E, and K.  They are also a great source of fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals.  Although choosing organic is recommended, eating non-organic greens is still preferable to not eating any greens at all.

Benefits of dark leafy greens:

  • blood purification
  • cancer prevention
  • improved circulation
  • strengthened immune system
  • improved liver, gallbladder and kidney function
  • cleared congestion, especially in lungs, by reducing mucus

Cooking Greens

Try a variety of methods like steaming, boiling, and sauteing.  Boiling helps greens plump and relax.  Boil for under a minute to avoid losing nutrients in the water.  Steaming makes green more fibrous and tight, which helps you feel fuller, longer!

Till next time, here’s to being FIT and HEALTHY at any age!


Lucky Enough?

One of the biggest misconceptions out there is that your genetics determine your destiny.  That for some reason unknown to man, a third of our population will suffer from cancer at some point in their life, and yet another third will suffer from heart disease.   The idea that sickness is a gamble has made hundreds of millions of dollars for pharmaceutical companies!  I’ve literally heard nurses tell patients that “cancer is a funny thing, it could be you it could be me, it’s just a matter of luck.”  Now, maybe they’re just trying to console a greiving patient, and maybe they just don’t know what I’m about to share with you, but I couldn’t disagree more.  My sister and I have VERY similar DNA, I know this is a fact because exactly 6 years ago I was found to be her (perfect) bone marrow match.  Yes, I often remind her of just how perfect I really am.  You don’t hear nurses saying that to heart patients.  No, you hear all about prevention and the importance of a low fat diet and regular exercise, but yet when it comes to other illnesses that we know little about, you hear about the poor gene pool theory.  I don’t say this to condem those with cancer or other illnesses, I say this to hopefully help one reader make some changes that will eventually lead to a “cure.”

Cancer lives in every single one of us! At this exact moment you have hundreds of deformed, malfunctioning, cancerous cells inside of you.  As cells grow and divide it’s only to be expected that mistakes happen during cell division, at this time DNA is replicated letter for letter, strand by strand and chromosome by chromosome to create every little portion of the cells from the energy producing mitochondria to the protein creators called ribosomes.  The energy and substance for this amazing process comes from what we give our cells, and in turn, our body to live on.  Therefore, if we put “bad” things into our body, like chemicals in artifical colorings, flavors, and sweetners our body doesn’t know what to do with these substances and ultimately they end up getting stored in our fat cells (more on that at a later time) but not before doing a lot of damage.

Think about it, why do we sit in the sauna?  Invest in Foot Detox treatments? The whole point is to assist our liver, spleen, and lymph organs in getting rid of dangerous toxins in our body.  The problem arises when our body can’t get rid of these dangerous chemicals faster than what we are putting them in.  In turn, cells and tissues are exposed to dangerous toxins that are harmful to the functionality and therefore causes the cell to not work as well as it once did.

Why does cancer choose to grow and develop in some but not others?  This could take 10 pages to discuss yet one more cancer causing agent, or what other gimic is now promoting cancer prevention.  The number one cancer causer is toxicity.  In a well fed body, you will find well fed (and well functioning) cells, tissues, and organs.  In a poorly fed body you will find sickness and dis-ease.  It’s just that simple.  Add a well hydrated, individual who manages her stress and exercises on a regular basis the level of toxicity goes down even more along with the odds of getting a horrible diagnosis.

The solution is fairly simple, detox!  Slowly eliminating sugary foods with artificial colors and flavorings, adding more water and stopping at one cup of coffee, and of course getting a good sweat helps your body eliminate the chemicals it doesn’t work well with.  Getting regular chiropractic treatment allows the nervous system to do its job opening up nerve channels which tells the body how to work.  You can throw all the green food and supplements you want at a pinched nerve, and it’s not going to move the interference.  Only the chiropractor can do that.  Likewise, I can adjust you all day long but if all you’re doing is throwing diet Coke at your weight problem, chiropractic is the last thing you need to be spending your time and money on.

You aren’t a victim of your genes.  Still not convinced?  Take my sister Emily for example.  At the ripe age of 21 this poor girl got the devestating news that rarely crosses any young person’s mind.  The night before I graduated from chiropractic college nonetheless.  Emily was in a hospital room with a pick line being told she’d have to fight for her life against Leukemia.  A month later they told her she’d need a bone marrow transplant and a month after that we were told that I was found to be a perfect match!  Huh?  How come someone so similar (the closest they’d ever seen that wasn’t a twin) in DNA needed a bone marrow transplant at 21 and I, 27 at the time was living a very viable healthy life, and still am at 32?  Nurture, NOT nature, that’s why.  Emily was living a very “normal” college kid life.  She was taking too many credit hours as a junior in college, serving as the student body president, working full time as a manager, oh and pushing 300 pounds.  As much as our DNA matches, our lifestyles did not.

Make one change today that can lead you down the road to better health.  Just one change that your body will thank you for in 5, 10, 30 years.

Many common childhood ailments respond to…

Some of the most “normal” childhood ailments ARE NOT Normal! See how Chiropractic can help

Many common childhood ailments respond to…

“Chiropractors have been caring for children for more than a 100 years. Many common childhood ailments will respond to this safe, natural form of health care.” -Belinda Siddle, D.C. Want to learn more about “Chiropractic Care for Children”? Visit:  http://tinyurl.com/ChiropracticCareforChildren  in  Pathways to Family Wellness Magazine


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7 Big Benefits Of Exercising Outside This Winter

Face this cold weather and stay active!

7 Big Benefits Of Exercising Outside This Winter

Let’s face it — it’s tough to find the motivation to exercise outside these days. During the work week, sometimes both legs of our daily commutes are completed in utter darkness. And while weekend sunshine is appreciated, it doesn’t do much to warm up our wintry surroundings. But before you throw in the towel and restrict yourself to the crowded, stuffy gym for the next few months, it may be worth giving the idea of a winter workout a second thought. Exercisers are often concerned…Read More



Why can’t I “adjust” myself?

I’ve been asked a lot of crazy questions since I started practicing chiropractic, and even before I was licensed. Anything from how does Viagra work, to what I’m feeling for in the spine, to how much red wine is too much. I absolutely LOVE patient questions! It means they’re thinking about their care! It means they’re considering the importance of what’s going on in their body and trying to make an educated decision as to what should be done with it! It makes me feel like I’m not the only freak out there who is just going to nod at the white coats in agreeance to whatever crazy recommendation they may have for MY health!
One of my favorite questions is also one of the most difficult to answer in the office because it takes time and some visual help to fully explain the importance of allowing a chiropractor and ONLY a chiropractor to adjust your spine. You can allow lawyers to “manipulate” you all you want, but eggs crack and balloons pop so any noise coming from your joints from someone other than a D.C. is one of the above, NOT an adjustment.
Watch the video below for a further explanation as to why you should not perform this technique on your own.
Just in case I haven’t been on my soap box enough this round, I went to school for a REEEEEALLY long time to learn how to do this stuff. Besides the basics Biology, Chemistry, Toxicology stuff, I’ve been adjusting spines for almost a decade and I still learn new things every year. I know doctors who have parents and grandparents who have been teaching them chiropractic basics since they were old enough to use their own hands that are STILL perfecting their technique. Chiropractors go to school for the soul purpose of learning to remove subluxation in the spine (and extremities), you on the other hand, did not! Quit doing this to yourself!
Ahem! Okay, enough lecturing.
Go in health,
Dr. Peake

The Hormone Game!

Are you playing the hormone game? Are you trying to balance your hormones so you can feel good again? Or maybe you don’t know that it’s not you, it’s your hormones making you crazy.

If you are having skin issues, low energy, are unable to lose weight,  have trouble sleeping, have infertility issues, PCOS, a low sex drive, and PMS… chances are your hormones are imbalanced! These are symptoms (PMS, trouble sleeping, low energy, Etc.) are messages from your body telling you it needs help. The help it want is for you to address the ROOT CAUSE of your problem.  This can be done naturally through lifestyle changes and if needed through natural supplementation.  Rarely do women actually need hormone replacement therapy.

The best way to start is by paying attention to what your fueling your body with.  What you eat and drink is information for your body? What kind of information is your body getting?

5 Ways to Reset Your Hormones:

1.  Say NO to Sugary and Sugary Substitutes: Refined carbohydrates raise cortisol, the main stress hormone.  And what does high cortisol mean? It means that you may experience a slower metabolism, messed up sleep cycle, and a lagging sex drive.  High fructose corn syrup contains mercury, which can hijack your thyroid and adrenals. That is correct: No Sugar or Sugar Substitutes! Diet drinks and aspartame lower serotonin: the feel good neurotransmitter.  You want serotonin, it helps your mood, sleep and appetite.  Plus sugar substitutes actually cause you to gain weight!

2. GOT Fiber! Most of us do not get enough fiber in our diets. Studies show fiber intake helps reduce cortisol (the main stress hormone), stabilize insulin and blood sugar, and helps lowers estrogen. Increase your fiber intake slowly. If done to quickly will cause gas, bloating and even constipation.

3. Take Your Probiotics: Your health starts in your gut and so does the hormone game. Your gut flora responds to the food you eat: whether you store it as fat or use it as fuel. Make an effort to eat probiotic-rich foods such as tempeh, kim chi, kombucha, miso soup and sauerkraut. I also recommend taking a probiotic supplement. Like fiber you want to slowly increase your intake.

4. Stop the Grains and Gluten: We eat to many of these bad carbohydrates, which often can cause hormonal issues such as more stress, raise cortisol levels, and gut issues. If your already struggling with weight issues, per-diabetes or diabetes, and have sugar cravings your need to stop consuming grains and gluten.

5. Conventional Meat: Did you know that cows in the US get injected with 6 or more growth hormones and steroids! When you consume conventional meat it increases your risk for Type 2 Diabetes (according to a Harvard study done over a four year period) and increases estrogen levels. If your going to buy meat, buy organic, grass feed meat. Avoid the extra hormones and steroids your body will thank you.

There are many ways you can reset your hormones, but this is a good start.  Be mindful of what your putting in your body! Thanks for reading, here’s to being FIT and HEALTHY at any age! If you have more questions come see me at Peake Wellness Center!

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25 Reasons to See a Chiropractor!

25 Reasons to see a Chiropractor

Taking care of your spine has many effects on your life. Babies love it… Kids love it… Adults love it… If you are not seeing a chiropractor for your continual wellness, either no one ever told you how powerful and important a healthy spine can be, or you haven’t found the right doctor for you. Either way, it’s time to find out what you’ve been missing?

Here’s what the majority of people in our office report experiencing:
01. Increased energy
02. Improved sleep
03. Stronger immunity/sick less often
04. Enhanced posture
05. Clearer thinking/concentration/focus/memory
06. Taking fewer medications
07. Reduced tension25 Reasons Chiro
08. Easier movement/more flexibility
09. Better performance
10. Restored health
11. Slower aging/more youthful
12. Faster healing/recovery
13. Maximized organ function
14. Maximized joint function
15. Improved balance and coordination
16. Breathing better
17. Reduced blood pressure
18. Alleviated sinus pressure
19. Improved digestion
20. Enhanced libido
21. Fewer injuries
22. Less wear and tear
23. Hormone balance
24. Faster metabolism
25. Being more awesome
Last time I checked, those are pretty remarkable and powerful benefits. Make a commitment to get yourself checked, your kiddos checked, and your family and friends checked. Increase your life’s longevity and vitality by find a chiropractor that is a good fit for you and your family. LIFE IS BETTER WHEN YOU ARE WELL ADJUSTED!

Sitting is the New Smoking: Ways a Sedentary…

Sitting is the New Smoking: Ways a Sedentary…

The ticking clock and furious patter of computer keys are staples in offices around the world. Regardless of specific business, offices share many similarities. One such similarity is a sedentary culture and studies show all that sitting is taking a major toll on employee health. Click Here to see the Complete List of Ways Sitting is Shortening Your Life From the driver’s seat to the office chair and then the couch at home, American’s are spending more time seated than ever and…Read More


Children and Chiropractic

Whole Health for Children… Peake Wellness Center serves patients as early as 24hrs old!

Children & Chiropractic

Parents will do just about anything to protect their child’s health. They serve nutritionally balanced meals, encourage daily exercise, and insist on regular dental and eye examinations. Yet many neglect the most important part of the child’s health care program: regular spinal checkups. Misalignments in spinal bones which interfere with the normal flow of nerve energy are known as subluxations. Many people still associate them with major trauma. They think the spine can be affected only after lifting heavy objects or being in an automobile accident. They don’t realize that the daily activities of young children can easily result in subluxations. In fact, many babies receive their first subluxations during pregnancy and the birthing…Read More


Fall In LOVE With Your Health


Its’ the month of Valentine’s Day, some love it for the cards and hearts, others just think it’s another Hallmark holiday to help someone else make their yacht payment, and yet still others are even more utterly aware of how single they are.  Instead of making this month about loving someone, I encourage you to show a little love and respect to no one other than Y-O-U.  Instead of hoping for your favorite carnations to show up at work, or plotting your trip to the gym that night only to gorge on fast food on your way home, avoiding a restaurant full of ‘happy couples’ (guilty).  I’m encouraging you to fall in love with your health and make a difference in just one aspect of your wellness lifestyle that takes the focus off chocolate hearts and puts it into your wellbeing.  This could be making the commitment to eat a healthy lunch every day this week, going to the gym and doing 30 minutes of cardio 3 times, starting a yoga class, taking time to meditate, read, spend time with your kids or spouse.  Of course my favorite option is to consider seeing one holistic health practitioner to further evaluate where you are on a wellness scale and where improvements can be made.  The key to making these improvements is a healthy functioning nervous system.

What controls everything in your body?  Think about it.  What controls how your lungs breath, allows your legs to move, causes your hair to grow?  I love asking kindergarteners this question because I get a resounding, “your brain!”  Well, that’s great but so what? You ask.  Well, the brain does this through the very complex nervous system. Information travels from the brain down the spinal cord and out to various points of the body through nerves, whose soul purpose is to ensure that the body part of interest functions properly.  So what happened?  Why the headaches all the time?  Why am I constipated unless I drink coffee and why do my children suffer from ADD and struggling in school? Well, when the nerve to the heart gets “pinched” the heart doesn’t function properly.  This could look like arrhythmia, heart attack, high blood pressure etc.  If the nerve to the intestines or stomach is interfered with, vomiting, diarrhea, cramping, bloating, IBS, and a decreased immune system could surface.  My job as a chiropractor is to balance this nervous system to ensure that the body functions the way it was designed to function.  Chiropractors around the globe remove these interferences called subluxation by aligning the spine that encases the spinal cord.  That’s why when patients come in because of lower back pain I’ll often ask about their digestive and reproductive systems, and explain why they’ll see a change not just in their pain but also in the way their body is working.  spinal cord

I recently had a guy come into the office who had spent a total of $400 on migraine shots in the last week.  Each shot gave him relief for about 24 hours and then the migraine would flare up again.  I was delighted and a little cocky having him come to me after medicine had failed him.  “Ready to try something that works now!”  I thought.  “Well, you’re cheaper than a shot, so I thought I’d give this a try.”  Ouch!  Well, instead of puffing up my wellness branded chest and telling him all about the spine and nervous system, I said, here’s a guy that wants to feel better.  He wants to be able to go to work and play with his son and enjoy having a beer with his buddies.  He doesn’t care about anything but the bottom line.  So I checked my ego at the door (reluctantly) and said to him, “the problem is in your neck, I’m going to align the neck and you’ll probably feel a little bit better, and guess what…for $400 you could see me for the next few months all you needed and wanted.”

All the shots (and drugs) in the world will not make you better!  They’ll tell your body to shut up and quit hurting and you’ll FEEL better but you won’t operate the way you want your body to work!  and an even bigger kicker is that you can’t out exercise all the time you spend sitting!  We have talks with patients every day about where to put their computer monitor, how to align their chair, and where to place their keyboard for the best possible posture at work.  All of this is great, but guess what?  If you don’t get up and move SEVERAL times during your 8-12hour shift all you’re doing is creating tight muscles that pull on the bones and interfere with the nervous system!

Well, now that I’ve completely terrified you into seeing a chiropractor (hopefully) what else can you do other than the usual, eat better, exercise, quit smoking “health talk” (they should call these sick talks instead of health talks…just saying).  The very simple one thing you can do at home for free is stand up straight!  Quit watching TV in bed or in the recliner with your head propped up so it’s protruding away from your body!  You want your head up over your shoulders, not leaning forward and putting all sorts of unnecessary strain and torque on the spinal cord (more on that at a later date).

The bottom line is that chiropractic can help!  It helps even more if you do your part of at home exercises, fixing your work station, and moving around more than the so called recommendation of 5,000 steps per day.  Get a better idea of how you can operate at a higher level…and even feel better, for cheaper (gasp!)  image

To PEAKE Health!

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Good Morning and Happy Monday!! Here are some great tips for starting your week off on an positive productive note!

How to Have a Happier Monday


By Annie Daly, SELF Everyone struggles through weekday drudgery to reach their weekend fun. But what if you could reclaim every day of your life? Take a minute to look in the mirror right now. Like what you see? Your answer could depend on the day of the week. According to a new survey by the global media agency PHD, we feel least attractive on Sundays and Mondays. This could be because our moods tend to be at their lowest point then. “People can come to feel that the weekends…Read More

Expecting or current dads should read this article!

5 Ways Fatherhood Changes A Man’s Brain

Fatherhood can change a man’s life. It also changes his brain, in ways that it seems to equip dads with the very same “baby sense” that’s often attributed to moms. From an animal kingdom perspective, human dads are unusual. They belong to a group of less than 6 percent of mammal species in which fathers play a significant role in rearing offspring. In these species, paternal care often involves the same behaviors as maternal care, with the exception of nursing. [ History’s 12 Most Doting…Read More


Chiropractic is a key component of health. Make your Chiropractic treatments part of your plan for a better you!

Restore Balance

The body has an innate intelligence that relies on proper balance and coordination in order to function correctly.


Dr. James Chestnut – Why are we so sick?

Some awesome must see knowledge, our bodies are made to self-heal if given the right tools

Dr. James Chestnut – Why are we so sick?

Drugs override the body’s innate ability to self-heal and self-regulate. For more information about Dr. James Chestnut, check out his website: http://thewellnesspractice.com .


Find out all of the wonderful benefits of balance!

Find out all of the wonderful benefits of balance!

Balance™ has a warm, woody aroma that creates a calming sense of well-being. It works by grounding the central nervous system and is often used in the office for calming anxious children or the stressed out mom. It can be helpful for people who feel confused or unsettled.

Balance™ truly is a unique aromatherapy blend. It is perfect for aromatic diffusion, at home or work. If you’d like to experience it yourself come on into the office through the month of February and we just may have it going! When applied to the bottom of the feet or the back of the neck, Balance™ quickly releases its harmonizing effects.

The Balance™ essential oil blend can be used topically and diffused into the air.

Balance essential oil blend is a woody blend of:
Spruce: Antibacterial, antispasmodic, antiparasitic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, hormone-like activity (clears those receptor sites), cortisone-like action, improves circulation, immune stimulant,motivates muscle intelligence for repair. Grounding and helps with emotional release.
Ho wood: Analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, nerve tonic, anti-depressant, mood lifting, stress reduction, good cell regenerator and deodorant. Tonic effect on the body without being a general stimulant but it is an immune stimulant. Very powerful spiritual awareness oil for inner clarity.
Blue Tansy: antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic/anesthetic, anti-itching, relaxant, gentle hormone-like activity in that it clears receptor sites so proper matches within the hormone world take place. Great affinity for soft tissue tuning, clears excess debris from tissues so that improved oxygenation takes place so age reduction at the cellular level happens. Gentle to the skin and gentle in its action – soothing in nature. Relieves anger, and promotes a feeling of self-control.
Frankincense: Volumes written on the benefits (used in medicinal and ceremonial practices since the beginning of record keeping); antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumoral, immuno-stimulant, antidepressant, muscle relaxant, excellent for soothing skin, brain tonic, neurotonic, and calming for the mind. Increases spiritual awareness, promotes meditation, improves attitude and uplifts spirits. (Master oil – that it often makes other elements step up to their potential –can draw out the maximum benefits when combined with others). Restores DNA and RNA.
It promotes tranquility and a sense of balance. It is very grounding and helpful for recovering balance inside and outside the body. Calming, soothing to the nerves, supports pancreas in processing sugar and carbs, pain relief to muscles and coordination enhancer.

Within 30 seconds of applying one drop of Balance on an individual’s feet, the effects of this essential oil blend can be observed (i.e., the red blood cells go from being clumped and irregularly shaped to being round and oxygenated).

Ways to use Balance blend:
Diffusion is the most effective method of enjoying a balancing blend.
Putting a drop on your hands or on a cotton ball to inhale the scent.
Direct application with massage to the feet, neck and back.
For calming: Apply Balance on the back of the neck, over the heart and on the wrists and rub wrists together and inhale.
Read about several more uses for Balance here.

5 Effective Ways to Reboot Your Body for 2015

Here are some great ideas for 2015 and for your Month to PEAK!7-Day-Reboot-square

5 Effective Ways to Reboot Your Body for 2015

Everyone starts the new year wanting to make a change and to make it fast. With that in mind you might be tempted to try a quick detox. But I suggest that instead of a detox, you do a reboot . The common idea of a detox can be a detour away from your optimal eating habits and a false quick fix. That’s why I talk to my clients about a reboot instead. By “reboot” I mean a process that restores your energy and health through well-balanced nutrition. Rather than the deprivation of a quick detox,…Read More


The Toxic 5


If one of your goals is to be FIT and HEALTHY, than here is your first assignment. DETOX! DETOX! DETOX!  First step to a healthy and fit lifestyle is to remove the TOXIC FIVE foods from your diet.


1.  Soy Products: Soy, like meat, is all about the quality and quantity you ingest. Not all soy is created equal! Many soy products found in the store are made from PROCESSED soy. If the label reads “soy protein” it means the soy’s’ contents are processed and likely loaded with sugar, fat and refined flour. Consume soy in moderation and make sure it’s FERMENTED. Your best bet is to consume the following: Edamame, Tofu, Tempeh, Miso and Natto.

2. Sugars: Sugar is a refined carbohydrate and raises cortisol, the body’s main stress hormone.  What does high cortisol mean to you? It means disturbed sleep cycle, lagging sex drive and it will make it harder for you to lose weight.

3. Conventional Dairy: Have acne or bloating?  Cows milk, cheeses, and yogurt have been proven to increase your body’s matrix metalloproteinase (MMK).  MMK is an enzyme which causes inflammation.  Increased inflammation in body will make it harder for you to lose weight, causes higher levels of androgens and increase in acne. Conventional dairy is full of chemicals and hormones. Can you say Toxic!

4. GMO’s: Genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) mmmm… sounds yummy doesn’t it? The DNA of a GMO has been altered by wiring in genes from other plant forms, pesticides, bacteria and viruses.  There are countries who have banned the import of GMO foods.  Common health concerns that are link to GMO foods are an increase in allergies, antibiotic resistance, problems with endocrine system and cancerous tumor growth.

5.  Gluten: Don’t dismiss this as another crazy fad diet; it has proven scientific backing.  Having a gluten sensitivity/allergy causes inflammation throughout the body. This increased inflammation can cause weight gain, diabetes, autoimmune disease, and multiple chronic diseases. If you are having gut issues, you need to say no to gluten and your tummy will thank you.

Is Chiropractic Safe for Pregnant Women?

Pregnant or thinking about trying for a family? Chiropractic care can help. Give us a call today!

Is Chiropractic Safe for Pregnant Women?

Chiropractic is extremely beneficial during pregnancy for a number of reasons. At Markson Chiropractic, we work with expectant mothers to help them achieve proper spinal alignment, which allows the body to function and feel better. A properly aligned spine and pelvis can allow for proper fetal positioning, which encourages less complications during the birth process. Toward the end of the first trimester and beginning of the second trimester, the expectant mom may start to feel changes in her uterus, and even in her spine and pelvic area. These changes become more apparent as the uterus and baby grow. The uterus has many ligaments that support its position inside the abdomen and connect it to other structures in the body for more…Read More

Clean Up Your Toxins

Find out how to detoxify your body!

Find out how to detoxify your body!

From the early days of the Chiropractic profession, founder, D.D. Palmer identified the causes of subluxation as traumas, thoughts and toxins – Three T’s. Today we have a much greater understanding of how these factors affect the function of our body, but the concept remains the same.

The case has been made. Everyone should have a chiropractic checkup. Back to the Three T’s though. Today we are going to discus the toxins section of subluxation.

How do subluxations from non-physical factors, such as Thoughts and Toxins, develop? It is the job of your nervous system to adapt to your environment both internally and externally. When your body perceives anything as a threat, whether it be something that causes emotional stress or something that you put into your body in the form of what your eat, drink, breath, inject or absorb, the nervous system either directs your muscles to brace and defend or the stress to your body caused by the Thoughts or Toxins results in reflexive tension on the spine and nerve system. Either way, this tension will lead to subluxation patterns that will affect your ability to express the extraordinary health you are designed to experience.

Why oh why can’t I lose any of this weight? It seems the harder you try the harder it is to lose that extra weight. We gave you a little “taste” of information on this topic last week and the problem is probably not what you have removed from your diet but what you are adding and your eating habits. There are several common mistakes that will inhibit your weight loss. These are changing your eating habits, staying away from “diet” or low fat/fat free food, and eating the ‘right’ foods.
The first mistake that most people make is thinking that a diet is the best way to lose weight. A diet is temporary; the only true way to lose weight and keep it off is to make lifestyle changes. One of the most important changes should be the frequency and times that you eat. The ideal schedule is to eat 5 moderate meals. This allows your metabolism to stay at a constant level rather than spiking and falling after 3 big meals, or for some of us the 1 big meal at the end of the day. It is beneficial for most of us to have a small snack full of good nutrient dense foods to help keep you going until lunch, then another between lunch and dinner. Some good ideas for snacks are; a hand full of raw nuts or some protein with a small fruit.
We have all seen the people who are drinking the diet sodas and the fat free foods thinking they are doing the right thing. The problem with all of the low fat or diet foods is that the fake sugars trick your body into thinking they are getting sugar. When your body tries to use these sugars they are not there so your body begins to crave sugar which makes you hungrier. The same happens when you eat the fat free items. All of the products have chemically engineered ingredients to make your body look for more FAT AND SUGAR to satisfy its cravings.
The last and most important problem people run into is they think all qualities of food are created the same. ‘If I just eat a small plate of food I will be ok.” It is ok to eat a healthy quantity, because it needs to become a sustainable lifestyle. A good visual is to fill your plate high with steamed or raw veggies, a quarter of the plate with a low fat protein (think chicken or fish) and the other with starch (think quinoa, brown rice or a potato). Eating the right foods will help you maintain a healthy weight. Most bodies need a protein and starch, or protein and veggie/fruit at each eating time to maintain even blood sugars.
The sooner you are able to re-train your mind and habits the sooner you will be on the right path to a happier, healthier, and leaner you.

The key to extraordinary health is getting your spine checked regularly by a chiropractor and developing lifestyle strategies that ensure you are meeting all your body’s requirements and avoiding toxicity in your environment, in your food, in your movements, and in your mind. To learn more about developing healthy lifestyle strategies and how chiropractic can help you, contact our office for an appointment today.

Until next time, make a choice each day to live at your PEAK!

We Work On The Cause

In order to keep your body well, it is critical to maintain your spine’s alignment on a consistent basis.

We Work On The Cause

In order to keep your body well, it is critical to maintain your spine’s alignment on a consistent basis.


5 Reasons You Can’t Lose Weight

5 Reasons You Can't Loose Weight!

5 Reasons You Can’t Loose Weight!

Reason #1: Toxic Overload

If you have lost weight and gained it back it’s likely you have toxic overload in your body.  In order for your body to best metabolize and use up the nutrients your eating, you must first rid your vital organs and systems of toxins. Weight loss won’t be permanent if your body’s systems are sluggish or impacted with waste matter or if your organs are not functioning at peak performance.

Reason #2: Your on the S.A.D diet

The Standard American Diet (SAD) is convenient and cheap. Americans continue to get fatter and fatter year after year. Obesity rates have tripled since the 1960 and it’s not just the adults suffering, but now even child obesity rates have skyrocketed.  The SAD diet is highly processed, full of sugar and has little to no nutritional value.

Reason #3: Your Emotions Take Over

Do you eat when you’re stressed, sad or depressed? If so, what are your eating during these times? Most likely it is not good nutritional food. Don’t use food to escape your problems.  Just like we need to get rid of toxic waste in the body, we need to get rid of toxic emotions. Stand up, process and eliminate your those negative emotions. Food is supposed to fuel your body, to give it energy and vitality.

Reason #4: Your Hormones are Waked 

Ah yes, you gotta love all those wonderful hormones!  Many women have hormone imbalances and don’t even realize it.  When your hormones are not in harmony you may feel fat, moody, tired and unsexy. Hormones are responsible for how you feel, look and how you maintain your weight and health. Balancing your hormones should be done naturally through lifestyle changes. Taking a pill will only mask your symptoms and provide short term relief.

Reason #5: Always on a Diet

How many “diets” have you been on? Calorie counting, fat-free, no carbs, low carbs?  Yo-yo dieting is going to affect your metabolism, but don’t worry it’s not permanent.  Someone who is constantly dieting has probably, unknowling, slowed down their metabolism. When someone goes on a diet and is eating less than normal the body is going to take notice. The body will slow it’s metabolic rate in order to conserve energy, and it will store the food it is getting as fat to ensure it will have enough for later. So stop dieting and make healthy eating habits a lifestyle, as well as working out!

BioNutrient Complex


Iron Free Multivitamin


BioNutrient Complex is a complete, iron-free multi-vitamin designed to provide the body with the nutrients needed for overall optimal function.


2 capsules a day twice a day or as recommended


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Just add 3-5  drops to 8oz. of water 3-5 times daily (use glass or stainless steel container). Sip your flavored water before, between, and after each of your healthy meals throughout the day to help manage hunger, calm your stomach, and lift your mood. The Metabolic Blend® blend also makes a delicious and healthy flavored water for proper hydration during exercise or other activity. It has zero calories and is an excellent replacement for high-calorie beverages or for drinks that contain artificial sweeteners and colors.

Slim and Sassy® can be used aromatically by diffusing in your home or personal office space or by simply applying a few drops to the palms, then cupping your hands and breathing deeply for a moment of calm and meditation as you reprogram your body to your new healthy lifestyle.
Slim and Sassy® is safe to use aromatically, topically or internally when used as directed. Because it contains citrus essential oils that may increase photosensitivity in the skin, it is recommended that you avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after topical application. Do not use directly in eyes, ears, or nose. Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician.



Click on the link below to enjoy a great workout video coming to you from our Practitioners at Peake Wellness Center!

H.I.I.T. Work Out:

This work out as explained in the video can be done under a time restraint or as intervals.

Time: Set your timer for 15 minutes and do as many rounds of steps 1-5 as you can within that 15 minutes.


Interval: Each set done as many times within 20 seconds and then a 10 second break, then move to the next set. ( Ex. Burpees for 20sec – rest 10 sec – Inchoworm for 20 sec – rest 10 sec…. Etc.)

1. Burpee – 10 reps

2. Inchoworm – 10 reps

3. Plank Jacks – 10 reps

4. Skater Hops – 10 reps

5. Plank Climber – 10 reps

Splenda…not so splendid

See what Artificial Sweeteners are really doing to your body!

See what Artificial Sweeteners are really doing to your body!


It’s obvious that Americans as a society consume way too much sugar, and it is having a devastating effect on our health. However, while doing research for this article, I was very surprised by some of the facts I discovered.

According to Drs. Bowden and Sinatra, in The Great Cholesterol Myth, sugar, not fat or cholesterol, is the leading dietary contributor to heart disease. Sugar and processed carbohydrates found in grains contribute to inflammation in arterial walls and spike insulin levels, which increases blood pressure and cholesterol, thus making sugar the missing link between obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
A USDA survey shows that sugar consumption has been increasing every year since 1982. The average American consumes 135 lbs. of sugar per year compared to about 5 lbs. per year in the late 1800’s.
In an effort to offer low calorie sugar substitutes, a variety of commercial sweet alternatives have been developed including Splenda, Aspartame, and Saccharine.
In the United States it is estimated that the average American consumes 24 pounds of artificial sweeteners per year. Some of this consumption is intentional, but a lot of it is being consumed unknowingly. There are artificial sweeteners in foods such as yogurt, frozen dinners, and even baby foods.
Diet sodas are the number one way that artificial sweeteners are consumed. For many, the belief is that there are less calories and it is better for you when you are trying to watch your calories. The truth in fact is that consuming artificial sweeteners actually causes you to gain weight. When we eat artificial sugars our body tries to use the sugar. This causes the pancreas to release insulin. The problem is that there isn’t any sugar in our body to use so we begin to crave sugar which in turns makes us crave food.
Splenda has become one of the most used artificial sweeteners on the market today. Splenda is a form of sucralose which is one of the four FDA approved types of artificial sweeteners. There are many rumors about sweeteners. The first is that they cause cancer. While this has not been proven, researchers have seen an increase in cancers due to excessive body fat in people who use moderate amounts of artificial sweeteners. Splenda and other artificial sweeteners have been shown to be very addictive as well as causing hyperactivity of the muscles controlling the bladder.
The best thing to do is avoid artificial sweeteners all together. There are many natural healthy substitutes such as honey and raw cane sugar. Many people have shifted to using Stevia which is derived from the stevia plant. The problem is unless you are making it yourself some companies place additives in with the stevia such as other artificial sweeteners.
While Splenda has been promoted as a healthy sugar alternative and even boasts that it is made from sugar, it is a far cry from sugar once the chemists are done manipulating its chemical structure. In fact, Splenda is the trade name for sucralose; a synthetic compound stumbled upon in 1976 by scientists in Britain seeking a new pesticide formulation. The biggest issue with Splenda is that we don’t know the long term effects it can have on the body. Some people have been known to have allergic reactions ranging from skin rashes and dizziness to stomach pain and headaches. Only time will tell if there are more serious side effects. Meanwhile, anyone using Splenda is a participant in a long term lab test.

Aspartame, on the other hand, has been around a long time and its effects are well known. When Aspartame is digested in the body it is converted to formaldehyde and can accumulate in the brain. It’s been linked with MS, lupus, fibromyalgia, and other central nervous disorders. Side effects also include headaches, migraines, panic attacks, dizziness, irritability, nausea, intestinal discomfort, skin rash, and nervousness.

Saccharine has long been considered to have carcinogenic effects. Although Saccharine is not as widely used as it once was, it can still be found in a variety of products, such as gum.

So what is a sweet tooth to do? Honey is a viable option. How about apple sauce in baking? Another alternative is polyalcohol sugars like sorbitol, xylitol, malitol, and mannitol. These are natural sweeteners that do not trigger an insulin reaction. They have half the calories of sugar and are not digested by the small intestine. However, sorbitol is a natural laxative and should be used sparingly.

The best known alternative appears to be Stevia, a sweet herb from South America. Although it is not widely used here in the United States, it is gaining popularity. Stevia can be used for anything you might use sugar in, including baking. It is naturally low in carbohydrates. You can buy Stevia at most health food stores and various online stores. Based on reports from other countries where Stevia has been used for years, it appears to have little to no side effects.

The best possible results will come from being as natural as possible. Removing sugars both natural and artificial is one of the best ways to both lose weight and gain more energy!
Make sure to educate yourself about what you are putting into your body, and ‘pick your poison’ wisely!

Rescue Calm


A homeopathic remedy used for acute emotional stress/trauma.


According to the principles of homeopathy and based on the research of Dr. Edward Bach, flower remedies, or flower essences, can provide gentle, natural and effective emotional support.  Rescue Calm contains four flower essences targeted toward lessening feelings of stress, fear, grief, trauma, shock and impatience.


30 drops orally twice daily or as directed.rescue-calm

Elevation for Woordpress

Elevation is the perfect blend for those moments when you need to be revitalized. This exciting blend provides an invigorating combination of essential oils that can elevate your mood and increase your energy. Elevation combines the uplifting and euphoric floral scents of Lavandin, Lavender, Melissa, Ylang Ylang, and Osmanthus with Tangerine, Elemi, and Lemon Myrtle to create a unique blend that promotes a positive mood and energized mind and body.

USES • Diffuse Elevation to promote feelings of self-worth, while also helping to lessen feelings of sadness and anxiety. • Diffuse Elevation in the mornings before waking kids — helps to start the day with a positive, uplifted mood.

• Rub Elevation essential oil over your heart, temples, or wrists for an almost immediate mood booster.

• After a long, stressful day, take a bath with a few drops of Elevation to help relieve anxiety and restore the mind and body.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice. Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.

CAUTIONS Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product.

Doo’s and Don’ts of Poop

Find out the DOOS and DONT'S of POOP!

Find out the DOOS and DONT’S of POOP!

                  DOO Want:

  • At least 2 bowel moments per day
  • Bowels are easily moved
  • Stools that are fairly large in diameter
  • Stools should hold together
  • Smooth on the outside, similar to the shape of the colon
  • “Bobbing” stools
  • Brown in color
  • Very little odor

                 DON’T Want:

  • Only 1 or no bowel movements in a day
  • Strain, pain, cramping and explosive gas
  • Skinny stools
  • Rabbit pellets, diarrhea
  • Chunky or lumpy stools (often a sign of dehydration or incomplete elimination)
  • Green, clay colored, very dark or any color other than brown
  • Sinking or floating stools
  • An overpowering stench (indicator of poor digestion)

Our Bodies are constantly providing us with messages and clues as to what is going on inside.  When we open up the flow of the body, we assist our natural healing process and provide an open door to better health.  Who knew poop could do that?


Digest Zen

DigestZen is known as dōTERRA’s “tummy tamer” blend due to its ability to aid in digestion, soothe stomach upset, and maintain overall digestive health. This unique blend contains Ginger, Fennel, and Coriander to help ease stomach discomfort, including motion sickness and indigestion, while Peppermint, Tarragon, Anise, and Caraway aid with digestion and help maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract. DigestZen can be taken internally as well as applied topically to the abdomen when stomach upset occurs and can be used safely by the entire family. DigestZen is a healthy, natural, and gentle way to soothe an upset stomach or maintain a healthy digestive system.
USES • Add a few drops to water to take internally or rub on the stomach before flying or taking a road trip to reduce motion sickness. • Take at the first signs of indigestion or heart burn. • Have DigestZen on hand when enjoying heavy holiday meals to promote digestion. • Take DigestZen with you when traveling or trying new foods to soothe occasional stomach upset.DigestZen

Bio Gest


Broad-spectrum digestive support. Promotes digestion of protein, carbohydrates and fats.


Naturally enhances and improves digestion, absorption and elimination. Situations such as illness, gall bladder removal, overuse of antacids, and normal aging can contribute to insufficient secretion of stomach acid, pancreatic enzymes and bile.  This can lead to heartburn, gas, bloating and other symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort.


Take 1-2 capsules with each meal or as recommended by your health- care practitioner.


Pumpkin Bread (gluten & dairy free)

ThPumpkin_Bread-490is is a quick and easy pumpkin bread recipe. A nice treat to feel cozy and warm in the Fall. As an added bonus it’s gluten & dairy free and it’s loaded with fiber, potassium, and protein!
Pumpkin Bread
Makes 1 small loaf, or a dozen muffins
  •  1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 of a very ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup raw honey (or omit & add 2 more dates for sugar free)
  • 1/2 cup cashew butter (or any other nut or seed butter)
  • 4 dates, pitted
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • A dash of sea salt
  • Pumpkin seeds, to top (optional)
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
In a blender, combine pumpkin, banana, honey, nut butter, dates, eggs, and vanilla. Blend until very smooth.
Next, add the remaining ingredients and blend until a semi-thick batter forms.
Pour into the greased pan or dish or tin that you’re using, top with a few pumpkin seeds, and bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Enjoy! mmmm…good!

Nov 6th Nothing but thanks

On October 1st my practice turned 4 years old!  I can’t even begin to explain what a blessing it has been to serve this amazing community.  THANK YOU!

My first year in practice was a humble start.  I was renting a small room out of an aesthetics clinic where make up and botox were common discussions over the front desk.  Yet, I continued to grow and eventually found the need to expand into my own building where we now have two massage therapists, a Holistic Health Practitioner, and an Acupuncturist…eventually. I never dreamed we’d be this far so quickly!  We’ve served several hundred people with their health ailments and hopefully have made a dent in the current idea of “health care.”  I truly look forward to serving you for the coming years and decades to come if you’ll have me.
Please join us for our open house Friday November 14th from 4:00-6:30 where we will be giving you a sneak PEAKE at our holiday specials and offering $40 massage appointments, $15 foot detox, and 20% off ALL essential oils AND supplements! Hope to see you there!
Dr. Peake

Patient Appreciation Open House Friday Nov. 14th 4:00-6:30
20% off ANY supplement and /or oil
$40 massages with this offer
$15 Foot Detox

Phyto Rad Antioxidant

Check out this awesome antioxidant!

Check out this awesome antioxidant!


Powerful antioxidant support.phyto-rad


An herbal blend of powerful antioxidants including Turmeric, Grape Seed Extract, Green Tea, Ginseng and Quercetin with added liver support. Antioxidants scavenge free radicals which, if left unchecked, can cause numerous health problems such as premature aging, cell damage and degenerative disease.


30 drops orally or in water/juice, if desired. Twice daily AM/PM, or as directed.

Shake away Cancer

In 1952 Dr. Johanna Budwig was the German Government’s Senior Expert on lipids and pharmacology and was considered the worlds leading expert on fats and oils.

In her research she discovered that processed fats and hydrogenated oils were destroying the membranes of our cells which then can lead to   diseased cells and toxicity.

The conventional processing of fats destroys your cell membrane which does not allow your cells to fire properly.

In simple terms, these conventionally processed fats and hydrogenated oils are shutting down our cells electrical power which leads to diseased cells (aka cancer)

So what are we to do?

She  found that the health of your cells can quickly be reversed by consuming a mixture of cottage cheese (quark), flaxseeds, and flaxseed oil.

milk-kefir     chia-seeds


1. Cultured Dairy: Keifer (Goat Milk), organic cottage cheese, Amasai (A2 Cows Milk), or Yogurt (Sheep or Goat Milk) – Make sure they are  low-temp processed or raw and that they are organic from grass-fed animals.

2. Sprouted Super Seeds: Chia and Flax – These are nutrient dense seeds and have incredible health benefits and are best sprouted.

3. Cold Pressed Flaxseed Oil – Flaxseed oil contains essential omega-3 fatty acids that can help energize your cells (plus a host of other benefits).

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl or blender and enjoy! OR if this just does not sound appetizing make it into a shake by adding in your favorite fruit or veggies.

  • 6oz of Cultured Dairy (cottage cheese, goat’s milk kefir or amasai)
  • 4 Tbsp of sprouted and ground Chia or Flax
  • 1 Tbsp Flaxseed Oil





Better for cancer treatment and prevention than chemotherapy

Better for cancer treatment and prevention than chemotherapy

Frankincense is from the Burseraceae family (resinous trees and shrubs). The oil is steam distilled from the gum or resin.

One of the oldest medical documents known to man, dating back to 1500 B.C., recorded the use of frankincense oil, by physicians and priests alike, for the treatment of disease and illness. Today, modern science is giving validity to these early ancient practices and, once again, the essential oil of frankincense is bringing new hope for achieving and maintaining optimal health.

The α-Copaene molecule: One of the sesquiterpene compounds in frankincense oil.

Like all essential oils, frankincense brings a complexity and synergy, through its many beneficial compounds and structures. Researchers have discovered that compounds, identified as sesquiterpenes, stimulate the limbic system, the emotional center of the brain, as well as key glands.

No wonder the rich aromatic scent of this unique essential oil is calming to the senses, emotional state and overall sense of well-being.

Key properties of frankincense oil
Some of the therapeutic properties of frankincense include: analgesic, anti-depressant, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, diuretic and sedative.

Common uses for frankincense oil
Frankincense oil can be used very effectively to relieve stress and bring about a sense of calm. It has a relaxing effect on the body, and is very uplifting to the mood and sense of awareness. Its mood lifting properties can be applied aromatically, either through diffusion or direct inhalation, or through topical application, including various forms of massage.

Frainkincense is also beneficial for various skin conditions. It is mild enough to be applied without dilution, in most instances. It can be used for dermatitis, acne and other skin conditions, as well as to reduce wrinkles or scarring from cuts and wounds. The most practical way to use frankincense for skin care applications is to dilute it down to 1% – 2% in a carrier oil or ointment before using.

Frankincense is also a powerful immune enhancer. It is great for use during the cold and flu season; but then, your immune system is constantly challenged in today’s world, and boosting your immune system is a great idea any time. The chemical constituents in frankincense oil support the healthy production of white blood cells. This was a special benefit to my mom, during her bout with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2000.

On more than one occasion, the chemo-therapy left my mom’s white blood count dangerously low, and her doctor was about to order her into the hospital. We applied frankincense oil along her spine, using RainDrop, and her white count returned to normal. We did this one three separate occasions before we had the sense to start applying the frankincense every day.

Modern research into frankincense oil
It’s nearly impossible to list all of the benefits linked to this potent essential oil. Science is just beginning to understand some of its more prominent benefits.

Researchers from Japan and the University of Maryland both determined that frankincense oil has anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown that the boswellic acids in frankincense have an anti-inflammatory action, much like the conventional nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) used for many inflammatory conditions today.

This is critical when you realize that inflammation is widely-believed to be the root cause of many chronic and degenerative diseases, from heart disease to diabetes to Lupus and Crohn’s disease to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease to arthritis to cancer. And it takes on even more significance when you consider the serious risks posed by most of these drugs, from cardiovascular risks to joint deterioration to cancer.

Clinical studies using frankincense have shown its benefits for both osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis. Its anti-inflammatory properties have also been shown to make frankincense a safe and effective treatment for asthma, inflammatory bowel diseases, such as colitis, Crohn’s disease and ileitis.

French medicinal uses of frankincense include asthma, depression and ulcers. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it perfect for bronchial restrictions with asthma and bronchitis. Several properties of the oil make it beneficial for indigestion and ulcers.

Other uses for frankincense oil
This oil may help with aging. Just add one drop to your morning facial cream.



A homeopathic remedy used for draining and toning the body’s immune system during onset of the flu.


Flu-Tone contains homeopathic ingredients designed to move out and drain toxins and waste associated with the flu. Also contains ingredients to build immunity and fight infection.


30 drops orally twice a day

5 Immune Boosting Foods

  1. Avocados! Add these to your diet to keep your immune system happy and to support adrenal function. Avocados contain essential amino acids, antioxidants and healthy fats.
  2. Cabbage is a source of immune-strengthening glutamine. And cabbage is easy and inexpensive to find during the winter months when it’s in season. Add cabbage to soups and stews to sneak in extra antioxidants and boost your meal’s nutritional value.
  3. Grapefruit packed with flavonoids — natural chemical compounds that have been found to increase immune system activation. Plus they also have some vitamin C too. Don’t like grapefruits? Try oranges or tangerines.
  4. Mushrooms are great immunity boosters. They contain a powerful antioxidant called ergothioneine, that does not get destroyed during the cooking process. There are a variety of mushrooms and unless you’re an expert it’s best to stick to the known varieties, like Maitake, Shiitake, Enoki and the Common Mushroom.
  5. Sweet Potatoes are considered a powerful immune boosting food because of the high amount of beta-carotene and Vitamin C they contain. Beta carotene is converted to Vitamin A which is key for healthy skin. What does healthy skin after to do with our immune system? Well, it’s actually our first line of defense!


mushroomsgrapefuit  cabbageavacados NCI5_POTATO



Fall into Health

Before you avid flu shot participants get offended let me explain!  The first vaccine was an amazing scientific discovery that changed the way we look at health care even today.  The ancient Chinese knew that once a person had small pox they were no longer threatened by the disease if they survived.  Those affected would get lesions on the skin that would then scab over.  The Chinese would then take these scabs, grind them up and then sniff the substance infecting them with a more mild form of small pox and thus preventing them from getting the more severe form of the disease.  The real magic of vaccines was discovered in the late 18th century (nearly 200 years after it hit Europe) when Edward Jenner asked some nearby milkmaids why they were never infected with small pox.  Their conclusion was because they were routinely infected with cowpox a more mild virus that created similar blisters on the hands of the maids.  Jenner believed so much in their theory that he inoculated his own son with fluid from a cow pox blister and later followed with the deathly small pox fluid.  His son never got ill!  This amazing discovery lead to what is believed to be the first grant towards medical research which would be equivalent to millions of dollars today.

To make a long story short Louis Pasteur (a friend of Jenner) later developed a vaccine for Rabies, and another colleague later developed many more vaccines that saved 100’s of lives, he also cost some lives as well, by accidentally infecting recipients with the very microbes they were supposed to prevent.  And aren’t we glad!  Or are we glad?

The following picture has caused an uproar on Facebook and between health care providers world wide.

vaccinesch.Have we gone too far?  Many of you reading this don’t even recognize the list from 1983 unless you had children during this time.  Still, even more of you remember when the chicken pox vaccine came out.  We thought this was ridiculous back then!  Now, it’s just a minor requirement for getting into kindergarten.  The important thing to remember is that you and your children have rights.  You can refuse all or some of these vaccines without being told you have to home school…at least in the state of Colorado…. for now.

Just something to consider before hitting up

Just something to consider before hitting up

Today, not only are kids the target but EVERYONE including pregnant women are more than encouraged to partake in the flu shot.  Is it really because these pharmaceutical companies truly care about the spread of illness in our country or because they can make one heck of a profit off us lowering our immune system.  Remember the original vaccines?  They first caused and immune reaction to a similar virus before protecting against a bigger threat.  I get it, no one likes getting the flu, no one likes taking a week off work because their child has chicken pox, but what’s a bigger risk here?  Once we are inoculated artificially against such pathogens our immune system no longer has to work at protecting us against various sicknesses.  We often hear that one person complaining about how she got a flu shot and got deathly ill shortly after?  Well, the main reason behind that, is because she was probably infected with the flu before the vaccine was administered, as it takes approximately two weeks before the vaccine becomes affective.  She could have already had a lowered immune system, or the fact that the vaccine is only geared toward a certain strain of the flu which is probably no longer even in existence from the time it was created was null and void.  Yes, you read that correctly folks!  The flu vaccine is made months before flu season even begins, how well can they guess the strain of virus that will evolve by the time it hits your neighborhood?  The amazing thing about biology is that it isn’t stupid.  Bacteria can change it’s state in order to better survive in certain conditions, meaning, in a dry vs. wet, a hot vs. cold, a place with or without oxygen bacteria AND viruses can ADAPT to such areas to better survive!  They can do that in a host body as well.  If I get the flu from a patient that virus will have to alter it’s functioning state in order to survive in my body as opposed to the person I obtained the virus from.  Ever wonder why that one person in the office never gets sick while their neighbor seems to catch everything?  Some bodies are more hospitable to infection than others.  Those high in sugar and lower in pH (more acidic) tend to be a hotel for microbes, as it’s easier to live here.  Those who are regularly detoxed due to a good sweat a decent diet and regularly flushed with water tend to not be as appealing for these little critters and therefore they don’t stick around for very long.

Finally take a look at this most updated chart directly from the CDC website that lays out the vaccine schedule as recommended today.  We are not saying not to get vaccinated but to consider the affects AND the disease before lining up to pay $30 for some sub-par research.

Birth to 15 Months
Vaccine Birth 1 mo 2 mos 4 mos 6 mos 9 mos 12 mos 15 mos
Hepatitis B1 (HepB) ←1st dose→ ←2nd dose→ ←3rd dose→
RV1 (2-dose series); RV5 (3-dose series)
←1st dose→ ←2nd dose→ See footnote 2
Diphtheria, tetanus, & acellular pertussis3(DTaP: <7 yrs) ←1st dose→ ←2nd dose→ ←3rd dose→ ←4th dose→
Tetanus, diphtheria, & acellular pertussis4 (Tdap: ≥7 yrs)
Haemophilus influenzae type b5 (Hib) ←1st dose→ ←2nd dose→ See footnote 5 ←3rd or 4th dose,
See footnote 5
Pneumococcal conjugate6 (PCV13) ←1st dose→ ←2nd dose→ ←3rd dose→ ←4th dose→
Pneumococcal polysaccharide6(PPSV23)
Inactivated poliovirus7 (IPV)(<18 yrs) ←1st dose→ ←2nd dose→ ←3rd dose→
Influenza8(IIV; LAIV) 2 doses for some: See footnote 8 Annual vaccination (IIV only)
Measles, mumps, rubella9 (MMR) ←1st dose→
Varicella10 (VAR) ←1st dose→
Hepatitis A11 (HepA) ←2 dose series, See footnote 11
Human papillomavirus12 (HPV2: females only; HPV4: males and females)
Meningococcal13 (Hib-Men-CY ≥ 6 weeks; MenACWY-D≥9 mos; MenACWY-CRM ≥ 2 mos) See footnote 13
Range of recommended ages for all children Range of recommended ages for catch-up immunization Range of recommended ages for certain high-risk groups Range of recommended ages during which catch-up is encouraged and for certain high-risk groups Not routinely recommended

18 Months to 18 Years
Vaccines 18 mos 19-23 mos 2-3 yrs 4-6 yrs 7-10 yrs 11-12 yrs 13-15 yrs 16-18 yrs
Hepatitis B1 (HepB) ←3rd dose→
RV1 (2-dose series); RV5 (3-dose series)
Diphtheria, tetanus, & acellular pertussis3(DTaP: <7 yrs) ←4th dose→ ←5th dose→
Tetanus, diphtheria, & acellular pertussis4 (Tdap: ≥7 yrs) (Tdap)
Haemophilus influenzae type b5 (Hib)
Pneumococcal conjugate6 (PCV13)
Pneumococcal polysaccharide6(PPSV23)
Inactivated poliovirus7 (IPV)(<18 yrs) ←3rd dose→ ←4th dose→
Influenza8(IIV; LAIV) 2 doses for some: See footnote 8 Annual vaccination (IIV only) Annual vaccination (IIV or LAIV)
Measles, mumps, rubella9 (MMR) ←2nd dose→
Varicella10 (VAR) ←2nd dose→
Hepatitis A11 (HepA) ←2 dose series, See footnote 11
Human papillomavirus12 (HPV2: females only; HPV4: males and females) ←(3 dose series)→
Meningococcal13 (Hib-Men-CY ≥ 6 weeks; MenACWY-D≥9 mos; MenACWY-CRM ≥ 2 mos) See footnote 13 ←1st dose→ Booster

Nov 20th Gut Check

Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday!  Not because of the food, or even the football but more because of the history, and the pretty decorations to follow.  Although not everyone agrees I happen to believe that the first Thanksgiving took place in Plymouth Colony, in what is now present-day Massachusetts,in 1621.  John Alden, William Bradford, Priscilla Mullins, and Miles Standish were among the 52 Pilgrims who were accompanied by approximately 50 Native Americans.  This First Thanksgiving is believed to have been a secular event and wasn’t repeated, but in 1623 a Calvinist feast did occur without Native Americans.  The first national celebration of Thanksgiving was declared in 1775 by the Continental Congress and was to celebrate the win at Saratoga during the American Revolution. However, this still was not an annual event.  Shockingly it took more than 200 years from the first feast before President Abraham Lincoln declared the final Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving, and Congress finally made Thanksgiving Day an official national holiday in 1941.

I hope that woke your brain up!  Ever wonder why we get so sleepy after such a large meal of turkey and stuffing and cranberry sauce?  Of course Tryptophan (that well known amino acid that makes us tired) is the first to blame.  Tryptophan has been the culprit for many years, however, I couldn’t help but wonder why after eating a turkey sandwich or eating foods higher in Tryptophan I didn’t experience the same sleepy slumber.  WebMD asked the same question but failed to address why after Thanksgiving dinner specifically do we pass out on a strange couch at grandma’s during football.  My attempt at the discovery is simple.  Quite frankly we get tired after every heavy meal, not just Thanksgiving, because our amazing brain knows that to prevent us from exploding our parasympathetic nervous system needs to go to work.  This system lives primarily on the Left side of the brain and in the thoracic or mid back area of our spine and is solely responsible for the rest and digestion of nutrients in our body.  On the right side of the brain is our sympathetic nervous system which is where stress is processed.  This system pumps blood away from our core to our limbs so that we can run away from a threat.  Therefore after consuming our fair share of calories our brain knows to send blood and digestive enzymes to work in the digestive area of our bodies and that the rest of the body can relax and enjoy a quick nap.


Don’t let cancer scare you

Every year at this time I get a little irritated…as if seeing pink plastered all over the NFL isn’t enough to put a damper on my Sunday afternoon the shear ignorance of my peers tends to create controversies that are better left to rest.  Before you delete me from your news feed hear me out.  I know several of you who have survived breast cancer, I know even more who have had other debilitating cancers and yet every single one of us knows someone who has had or lost the battle with this awful disease we call cancer.  I should probably let you know as well, that the night before I graduated from chiropractic college, a time when celebration and congratulations are in order, my youngest sister (21 at the time) was diagnosed with Leukemia.  A year later my dad (my favorite person in the entire world) was diagnosed with Bladder Cancer.  He didn’t even want to break the news to me on either occasion for fear it would ruin my day.  It ruined more than my day, it ruined more than that year or years to come, it ruined my trust in the medical profession.  I’m a chiropractor, we’re not supposed to “like” medical doctors and vice versa…right?  Well, when you’re holding your sister’s hand in the ICU you sure “like” the fact that they’re saving her life regardless of the fact that the chemo and constant infections put her there in the first place.  When your dad gets a clean bill of health after two years of undergoing some pretty bizarre treatments you “like” hearing such news.  So I’m not saying that I don’t like the medical profession, I’m not saying that Susan B. Komen had the wrong intentions of starting her breast cancer awareness foundation.  What I am saying is that we are looking to the wrong “cure.”  We are looking into more chemicals and more radiation, so called “treatments” to cure this awful disease that made its way into my family’s reality.  Think about it, if I were to give you and I the chemotherapy and radiation that we give to our sickest citizens what would happen to us?  I consider myself a pretty health conscious individual and yet I know what would happen to me, I’d get nauseous, I’d loose all of my hair, and be laid up in a hospital bed just like my sister.  You’d probably be in the same boat I don’t care how healthy you are.

We could go on and on about how to prevent breast cancer, and just because I can, I will.  More importantly I want to address what you can do once this harsh reality hits home.  Let’s face it 1 in 3 Americans receives the news of cancer in their lifetime and if it’s not me or your neighbor you want to be prepared.  Should you choose to go through the recommended chemo/radiation recommendations of your doctor I suggest you follow them.  Don’t add witch hazel, or essential oils, vitamins, or homeopathic remedies to make you healthy at this time, if you survive they’ll be time for that later.  If such things help with the symptoms of the treatment consult your doctor first.  The entire goal of such treatments is to kill the cancer before it kills the person.  Allow them to do their job and don’t add things that are going to boost your immune system at the time, the whole point is to lower it so the cancer can be killed.  After medical treatment or if you decide not to undergo such “treatments” first and foremost you must DETOX!  We talk about this in our office every month because it’s so vital to HEALTH, whether we’re discussing flu and cold season or this ugly topic cancer.  The basics of detoxing looks like cutting out all sugar, dairy (we will discuss in a later post), artificial sweeteners/colors etc., and bad/sick thoughts.  The easy part is adding a trip to the sauna on a regular basis (daily if possible), using aluminum free deodorant and non toxic toiletries and make up, and switching to organic produce and range free eggs and chicken, grass fed beef, and preferably going vegan…tough I know.  Most importantly is making the decision to THRIVE in this adversity and seeking help.  Feel free to call our office for help on the subject I take approximately 20 minutes with each patient just discussing their concerns free of charge before moving forward on a case.  Proven fact: patients under regular chiropractic care have a higher functioning immune system and therefore have  better recovery from diseases such as cancer.  No, you won’t find this study in JAMMA.

Interesting depiction of deaths caused by various diseases and the funding behind them.

Interesting depiction of deaths caused by various diseases and the funding behind them.

Of course I’d much rather we talk about things we can do to prevent you from ending up in the hell my family found itself in 5 years ago.  Because it’s October we’re going to focus on breast cancer but stay tuned, cancer is one of my passions…in case you couldn’t tell.  As we discussed above, the number one best thing both men and women can do is detox on a regular basis.  The first recommendation I make is to throw away your old deodorant (AKA Cancer Stick) and switch to something without aluminum.  Not only is aluminum a known neurotoxin, a substance that disturbs nerve function but once it’s in your body it’s very difficult to get out.  This is the perfect time of year to start experimenting with different brands to find one that works for you.  The first couple you try probably won’t work like you need.  If all else fails, at least switch to a stick that is JUST deodorant and NOT an antiperspirant.  Ever wonder why people would torture themselves by sitting in a sauna for 20 minutes at a time?  Other than to cool us off; what’s the purpose of sweating?  Sweat isn’t exactly just water and salt from our body, it’s also full of toxins that need to be removed at a more superficial level.  If you’re covering those armpits with a thick coat of neurotoxin that prevents this process all that sweat and toxins are remaining in that area of your body.  Funny that the majority of breast cancers take place in the corresponding armpit.  What’s even more disturbing is that that the next most common occurrence of breast cancer takes place in the lower quadrant of the breast.  I won’t get into the full anatomy but in both men and women a large number of lymph nodes live here. Now girls, I know those underwire bras make things go where they “belong” or used to when we were younger but Victoria’s Secret is a business not a doctor.  Many of these tightly fitting garments are preventing the flow of lymph in areas such as the lower breast and therefore toxins and immune boosting cells are not allowed to travel where needed.  Those are a couple fairly tough changes but imagine what a difference just those two things could make in the statistics if every woman in America changed her habits.  Some easier ideas may include getting a massage, drinking more water, taking your vitamins, getting adjusted, trying a foot detox, or switching to real sugar instead of the pink packets.    What two things could you change today?

funding vs illness chart

A great alternative to using the On Guard product!  These beadlets are coated with coconut oil and hold just a drop of the amazing essential oil.

A great alternative to using the On Guard product! These beadlets are coated with coconut oil and hold just a drop of the amazing essential oil.

On Guard is dōTERRA’s unique, proprietary blend formulated to support healthy immune function.* Wild orange essential oil, combined with clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary offer a fragrant, natural and effective alternative to synthetic options for immune support. On Guard, with its unique aroma, is one of our most versatile blends. It is also safe to use on counter tops, as a non-toxic way to cleanse surfaces, or to clear the atmosphere by diffusing.*
On Guard Beadlets are my personal favorite because of the easy and convenient way to obtain the immune-boosting benefits of On Guard Essential Oil Blend. On Guard Beadlets provide a flavorful dose of dōTERRA’s proprietary blend , all contained in tiny vegetable beadlets that melt in the mouth quickly to freshen breath and support the immune system. My patients are always grateful for this benefit. On Guard Beadlets are perfect for home use, while traveling and to boost your family’s immunity – anytime, anywhere. My mom personally can’t stand the taste but she can swallow the beadlets before the coating dissolves and still enjoy the immune support.

Bundles of joy?

Life Sucking Bundles of Joy

Life Sucking Bundles of Joy

The most recent comment I heard regarding the responsibilities of parenting, “life sucking bundles of joy.”  Interesting thought for someone who’s not even close to marriage must less rearing a child.   Gives us something to look forward to right?

It’s always a fun day when a new mom brings in her precious bundle of  joy into the office.  All too often I get the deer in the headlights look from patients, “you adjust….KIDS?!?!” My response is always a big grin and a very simple, “of COURSE!  They have a nervous system don’t they?”  Not to mention the resounding evidence that chiropractic care helps in the prevention and maintenance  of ear infections, immunity, digestive issues including constipation and diarrhea, and joint development.

Most importantly, getting a head start before the birth process begins. Women are usually well aware of the ailments in their midst the moment they see two pink lines instead of one, but few are prepared for the discomforts the second and third trimester brings.  Lower back pain, constipation, skin changes, swelling, and digestive issues just to name a few.  Chiropractic can help with most of these!  I first started seeing pregnant patients while still in the student clinic at Parker College in Dallas, Texas.  Once I started practice I had a front desk girl who was 21 and just started her third trimester.  Scared out of her mind and not sure where to turn, I asked if I could try to help.  Seeing her jump off the table with tears of relief in her eyes was more than I could have asked for, but it didn’t stop there, she called me that night to say she finally had a bowel movement, the swelling in her feet went down, and yes of course, her lower back pain was better.  Not gone, but better.  A few days later in her birthing class she made an announcement to all the other soon to be moms about the success she had, and with in two months half my practice consisted of pregnant mothers.

I decided it was time to ‘really’ figure out what I was doing as a prenatal doctor of chiropractic.  I started taking classes, and seminars and reading anything I could on the importance of getting adjusted while your body is going through so many changes.  During the pregnancy process ligaments and tendons are preparing for the shifting of the pelvis during birth so increased flexibility is a common symptom that few women complain about.  However, its VERY important that a chiropractor understands just how much this can affect a woman’s body and how to adjust appropriately.

Another thing to consider is getting the viewpoint of the doula and midwife.  One of the biggest requests women have in my office is to have a ‘natural birth,’ which always makes my ears sing!  Women have been delivering babies for thousands of years and now we think we’re such a sophisticated society that we shouldn’t expose new babies to the “dangerous” germs and poisons of our world?  News flash!  They’re getting exposed at some point!  For being such a highly modernized society America has one of the worst birth rates and maternal fatalities in the developed world!  Why?  Possibly because we are taking a normal biological processes and making it into a money maker for the hospitals?  Adding drugs to “hurry along” a natural process?  Sound familiar?  Most importantly, you need to understand what ‘natural’ means to you, and be able to communicate that to your doctor/midwife etc.  If they’re not cooperating or willing to honor your wishes…frankly, get another doctor.

In PEAK Health,

Dr. Peake

Top 5 Foods to Eat During Pregnancy

Expecting? During your pregnancy it’s very important for you and your baby to eat a healthy diet.  Proper nutrition helps build your baby’s brain, boosts IQ, and prevents birth defects. Incorporate these into your diet, and you’ll be doing a world of good for yourself and your baby.                                                                                                                                                                           skin-healthy-food

  1. Berries: Packed with carbohydrates, vitamin C, potassium, folate, and fiber. The phytonutrients in berries have beneficial plant compounds that protect cells from damage.
  2. Flax Seeds & Chia Seeds: Great for healthy hair, skin and nails especially during pregnancy. These seeds contain an abundance of antioxidants, complete protein and they are also a great source of fiber.
  3. Green Leafy Veggies:  Probably the most concentrated source of nutrition of any food. They are a rich source of minerals (including iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium) and vitamins, including vitamins K, C, E, and many of the B vitamins.
  4. Organic Free Range Eggs: Loaded with protein and healthy fats. They contain more than a dozen vitamins and minerals, including choline, which is good for baby’s brain development.
  5. Cultured or Fermented Dairy:Yogurt, kefir or amasai are high in fat soluble vitamins like Vit. E, Vit. A, Vit. K. They’re highly important in supporting the brain and the nervous system in early development.  I don’t suggest dairy that’s been ultra-pasteurized.

Basic Prenatal


A complete supplement for pregnant and lactating women. Basic Prenatal is a comprehensive formula designed for the special nutritional needs of pregnancy.


It contains nutrients essential for the mother and child in the most easily absorbed and utilized forms.

  • Provides folate as the bioactive, naturally-occurring 5-MTHF
  • Can be used by nursing mothers
  • Does not include unnecessary ingredients that can reduce absorprtion or cause upset stomach


Take 3 capsules daily.


GingerGinger has offered benefit to mankind since the beginning of recorded history. Anciently esteemed as a spice, and recognized for its affinity for the digestive system, ginger oil was used by the ancient Egyptians and the Greeks, as well as other people groups from around the world.

About ginger oil:
One of ginger’s most distinctive characteristics is its sweet, warm and citrusy fragrance.

Its unique scent is the expression of hundreds of individual compounds. In fact, ginger is one of nature’s most complex essential oils. And, an almost infinite cascade of beneficial activity results from the synergistic reaction of its chemical constituents, giving ginger oil profound therapeutic benefits, and making it one of the most valuable of the oils.

Some of the therapeutic properties of ginger include: analgesic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-nauseant, expectorant and stumulant.

Common uses for ginger oil
During the cold and flu season, ginger oil offers some important benefits. It provides excellent soothing benefits to the digestive system, helping to relieve nausea and lessen diarrhea and vomiting. It can also be used as an expectorant, and for congestion, coughs and sore throat.

Ginger is also beneficial for nausea due to morning sickness, motions sickness, chemotherapy and general anesthesia. It can also be used for stomach ache.

Ginger also aides digestion, and is helpful for colic, constipation, diarrhea, stomach ache, indigestion and nausea.

Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it can be beneficial for some types of migraine headache, as well as arthritis and rheumatism, chest pain and back pain. It might also help with high cholesterol (which can be a response to inflammation).

Ginger oil is certified GRAS by the FDA, so it can be used topically, internally and diffused into the environment.

To aid with motion sickness or nausea, mix 3-5 drops of ginger oil with water or juice, then drink. This can be done 2-3 times per day, depending on the need. Ginger may also be diffused or inhaled to lessen nausea or motion sickness.

Ginger can also be applied topically for nausea or stomach issues. Just apply to the stomach, lower back and behind the ears. For use on children, either apply to the bottom of the feet, or dilute with a carrier oil.

For a sore throat or throat infections, add 1-2 drops to water or juice and drink or gargle.

For chest or back pain, or cold or flu symptoms, apply topically on location. For migraines or other headaches, apply to the originating areas immediately upon onset.

Modern research into ginger oil
Several studies have been published that confirm the traditional claims that ginger is an effective anti-vomiting and anti-motion sickness agent. In one such study, when ginger was given to persons who suffer from motion sickness, it actually produced better results than dimenhydrinate, an antihistamine used in the over-the-counter motion sickness products Dramamine, Gravol and Vertirosan.

Ginger was also tested in a double-blind, randomized placebo study on sea sickness. In this study, 80 naval cadets, not used to heavy, high seas were given either a ginger capsule or placebo. Those who took the placebo experienced symptoms of sea sickness; those who received the ginger capsules had reduced tendancies to both cold sweats and nausea.

In another study, researchers found that ginger exerted migraine-headache-relieving and preventative activity, without side effects.

Other uses for ginger oil
Ginger’s esteem as a spice dates back to ancient times. It has also been recognized for its affinity for the digestive system.

The Greeks, up to 4,000 years ago, used ginger in gingerbread. In ancient Egyptian, it was used in cuisine and to ward off epidemics. In Indian, it was used for a tea, to soothe upset stomachs. And, in Chinese, ginger was used in tonics, to strengthen the heart and relieve head congestion. Other uses for ginger include the following:

Apply one or two drops to feet, back of neck and wrists, to assist with motion sickness.
Place one drop in palm of hand, rub hands together and inhale for further motion sickness assistance.
Drop one or two drops on arthritic joints, for relief of pain and swelling.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.





A homeopathic remedy designed to hydrate the body at deep levels.


Allows the entire body to absorb water more effectively and achieve proper hydration


ReHydration is to be mixed with your drinking water. Add 15 drops per 1 liter of water.

You’re NOT SICK! You’re THIRSTY!

Allergies, muscle cramps, and joint pain seem to be the common theme coming into the office lately. It’s no surprise to me, all the unexpected moisture, the spread of misquotes, and let’s face it, us Coloradans don’t handle 97 degrees very well! Frankly, most chiropractic patients feel BETTER in higher temperatures.  There are many theories as to why this is, from barometric pressure allowing tissues to expand putting pressure on joints, to nerves being more sensitized, but my personal favorite is simple.  Our blood flows better in higher temperatures.  It’s less viscus, assuming we are well hydrated, and we are more inclined to move about when we can sweat it out.  The increased perspiration can lead to a mineral imbalance which presents itself as a muscle spasm or cramping, which rears its ugly head at 4 in the morning and wakes you up in the most unpleasant of ways.  We’ve all been there, we finally started working out, or we helped a neighbor move his refrigerator out of the basement, we go to bed that night sleeping like a baby, and BAM!  A muscle cramp, AKA “charlie horse” (where did that name come from anyway?) in our calf or glute starts pulling our limb(s) in random directions and we are doing our best not to wake the entire neighborhood screeching in pain.

My very apathetic response to such a complaint from a patient is usually, “drink more WATER!”  You know that stuff that comes out of your bathroom faucet while you brush your teeth?  There’s all sorts of fancy, overpriced bottles of it lining the shelves at King Soopers, and you can even buy a toxic version laced with artificial sweeteners and colors now!  Welcome to America folks, we’ve managed to make water, the most needed compound on the planet, toxic.  Once we’ve discussed the importance of the most abundant resource on Earth, I then look into Magnesium, Potassium, Calcium, and Vitamin D levels.  Naturally, Vitamin D is rarely the issue in the Spring and Summer months, but many-a-white-girl has surprised me.  Calcium, is commonly misdiagnosed as a deficiency in more than just those with osteoporosis.  Mark my words, RARELY and I mean RARELY is a lack of Calcium a problem in the American diet.  Which leaves Magnesium and Potassium.   The best form of magnesium is the liquid version and if you truly believe dehydration is not the issue then I recommend  adding this wonderful supplement to your morning regimen.  If that doesn’t work…bananas are awesome, but spend a little extra and get the organic kind.


In his book, Your Body’s Many Cries for Water,  Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj states that “…feeling flushed and irritable, anxious, dejected, depressed, etc…” are ALL signs of dehydration.  He goes on to explain the hundreds of roles water plays in the most basic of functions of the human body, including immunity, muscle contraction, and of course, I must mention the importance in joint lubrication.  So is drinking broing ol’ water our only option?  The easiest answer is…yes.  Sorry, suck it up, grab some mint, lemon, ice, whatever you need and drink up…momma will be so proud.

-See also our “Infused Water Recipes” blog post

-PS ‘Charlie Horse’ is believed to have originated in the late 1890’s during a baseball game.

Infused Water Recipes

It’s time to leave the sports drink, soda, energy drinks and the “natural” flavored waters on the shelves…….  lets make our own! Have you infused water read the list of  ingredients on your favorite drink? Most will have preservatives, artificial sweeteners, artificial coloring, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose (WOW) Not Healthy. Get to your PEAKE!

10 Ways to make hydration taste GREAT! 

  1. Berries – Full of antioxidants aka anti-aging
  2. Chia Seeds – Strengthens teeth and bones
  3. Cinnamon – Helps with blood sugar and cholesterol
  4. Cucumber – For after a great workout, cools & hydrates
  5. Fresh Mint/Peppermint oil – Freshens your breath & helps with nausea
  6. Lemon/lime – Immunity booster
  7. Pineapple & Ginger – Helps with digestion
  8. Watermelon & Rosemary – Stress-less
  9. Apple & Cinnamon Stick – Metabolism Booster
  10.  Watermelon & Coconut water – Energy Booster

 How to make infused water:

  1. First, add your fruit/veggie into a glass container with water
  2. Next, if your adding an herb/spice gently bruise the leaf before putting in to help bring out the flavor
  3. Let it sit in the fridge for 2-8 hours, the longer you leave it, the stronger the flavor. ENJOY!

Thanks for reading – Gabby Nigro

Benefits of Lemon

lemon oilLemon is great!


Originating in China, lemon quickly spread throughout all the ancient world.  It was established in the New World in the 1400s, arriving with Columbus.  Today, Italy is still one of the best sources forlemon oil.

The fruit has long been associated with freshness and cleanliness; and now, many products are advertised as “lemon scented” to entice buyers.

Today, lemon — and citrus oils, in general — are widely accepted, and FDA has approved it for ingestion.

Lemon oil, as with most citrus oil, is not steam distilled, as are most other essential oils; instead, it is cold pressed, to preserve its delicate natural essence.  Under extreme pressure, the rind reluctantly gives up the liquid sunshine, in its untainted, wholesome form.

Like all pure essential oils, lemon has a complete chemical profile, just as it did in nature.  Among its chemical constiuents, one of the most impressive is limonene.   Limonene has been extensively researched for its protective influence to cells.   (All citrus oils contain limonene, as a major component of their chemical structure.)

Lemon oil offers many possibilities for health improvement, due to its defensive attributes, which can easily be distributed throughout the body, even to its very core — your cells!

Key properties of lemon oil

Primary constituents of lemon:

  • Monoterpene (limonene 65%)
  • Aldehydes 12% (primarily citral)

Some of the therapeutic properties of lemongrass include: anti-bacterial, anti-biotic, antiseptic, anti-viral, astringent, diuretic and disinfectant.

Common uses for lemon oil

One of the easiest ways to receive lemon oil‘s remarkable properties, is throuth diffusion or direct inhalation.  It can also be applied to the bottom of the feet, or added to a glass of water, as a purifier and for a quick energizing boost.

Traditionally, lemon oil has many uses.

  • It is a powerful antiseptic, and is cleansing to the environment (home or office),
  • It has antiseptic-like properties, and contains compounds that have been studied for their effects on immune functions.
  • It may serve as an insect repellent,
  • It can be an effective means to improve circulation.
  • It is a considered to be an excellent antibacterial agent.
  • It may be helpful for respiratory infections or inflammation, and,
  • Its pleasant, sweet aroma can be uplifting, to lighten any mood.

Historically, adding a few drops of lemon oil to warm water, with a little sweetener, has been used to provide relief from coughs or sore throats.  Lemon oil has also been known to be strengthening to fingernails.  Simply rub the oil directly on location.

Note: Citrus oils should not be applied to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight or ultraviolet light within 72 hours.