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Health Q&A

Posted August 22, 2012 in Advice Column, Waukee

Q: How can I become healthy?

A: There are three basic steps each of us can take to walk the path of good health.

First, we need to learn to eat right. Providing quality fuel for this human machine is critical. While there are many styles of good eating, there are a few simple guidelines we must all respect:
• Eat enough but not too much.
• Stick with fresh whole foods over processed foods.
• Avoid toxic substances like preservatives, food additives and colorings.
• Strike a proper balance between proteins, fats and carbohydrates.
• Drink water.
• Supplement with vitamins and minerals from natural sources.

Second, we need to think right, creating a healthy mindset that helps us deal with the stresses of our lives effectively. Developing supportive self-talk, practicing meditation or just quiet introspection and sleeping sufficiently can lead to a better attitude and more happiness.

Third, we need to move right, through appropriate exercise, proper breathing, good posture and maintaining your structure and nerve system with chiropractic care. Including yoga, stretching or martial arts helps to create balance and coordination.

Addressing these three basic needs, eating right, thinking right and moving right, will lead to a better quality of life with less illness and more productive time. Take the responsibility to notice where you could improve, and make good decisions to enhance your lifestyle — it will pay off for you, as it has for millions who are adopting the wellness way of life.

Information provided by Dr. Paul Kerkhoff, Kerkhoff Chiropractic, 260 Highway 6, 987-4747.

Q: Why don’t chiropractors and medical doctors get along?

A: This is a big problem that you, the patient, are dealing with these days. There is a misconception that medical doctors don’t refer to chiropractors and vice versa.

While this is true for some, it’s not the way it should be. When this occurs, there is only one loser in this scenario — you. There is a time and place for medicine, and there is definitely a time and place for chiropractic. Chiropractic is not for just neck and back pain. Unfortunately, that’s what most people believe. There is so much more to chiropractic. If MDs, DOs and chiropractors would work together, our society would be a much happier and healthier place.

Chiropractic operates under the fact that our nervous system controls and coordinates every cell, tissue and function of our bodies. If one of these nerve pathways is interfered with, then wherever that nerve goes to may not function at a 100 percent. Chiropractors remove this interference and help the body heal on its own. Chiropractic helps people become healthier along with making healthy lifestyle choices, eating well, exercise and mental stress reduction techniques.

As a healthcare professional, I would advise you that if your M.D., D.O. or chiropractor is not open to working with your other healthcare professionals in your life, then you should find a new one. It’s not about us; it’s about you. The priority should be on whatever it takes to get you and your family healthy.

Answer provided by Dr. Wesley Nyberg, Waukee Wellness & Chiropractic, 710 Alice’s Road, 978-6661.

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