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"I'm going to stop brushing my teeth."

Why do we brush our teeth regularly? Many reasons, but the main one is that we only get one set of adult teeth, and they need to last us for the rest of our lives. From the time we were very young, we were taught to brush our teeth. It is one of those healthy habits that follow you into adulthood.

So, what would happen if we decided to stop brushing altogether? Well, for one, nobody would want to talk to you because your breath would be terrible! But besides that, our teeth would eventually begin to decay, break off, and fall out.

Inflammation

Over the past several months, I have been attending classes in order to achieve the 36 hours of "continuing education" credits I need to renew my chiropractic license. I usually choose something in the field of nutrition, and this time is no different. The course topic is inflammation and its effects on the body, so I would like to write a little about that today.

Inflammation is the body's response to anything that may potentially harm us. It is a normal part of the healing process and can be beneficial on a short term basis.

Cold Weather and Mood

Cold Weather and Mood

Well, this post is a little late. I didn't have as much extra time to write over the past two weeks, but better late than never!

It's warming up out there and the snow is melting, but I hear it's only temporary. I wanted to finish the three part series pertaining to cold weather, so here it goes.

Do you feel depressed or "blue" during the winter months? Most of us do, and there's a reason for it. During the cold winter months, we don't get enough sun.

Cold Weather and Appetite

Cold Weather and Appetite

Everyone knows that we tend to put on weight during the holidays. Most of us then spend the rest of the year trying to take it back off. This constant struggle with body weight can be stressful and is the basis for a multi-million dollar industry designed to try to help us lose weight.

Why is it that we gain weight during the cold winter months? The answer is instinct.

Our bodies are designed to adapt to changes in our environment. Throughout history, our bodies have learned that winter is a time when food is often scarce.

Cold Weather and the Human Response

The Hunting Reflex

With this recent bout of cold weather, it got me thinking about a phenomenon I learned about in chiropractic school called the hunting reflex. This is a primitive reflex of the body where prolonged exposure to the cold causes our brains to send more blood to the extremities to keep those areas warm. This was particularly useful in early humans when they would spend long hours hunting out in the cold.

This relates to chiropractic in the application of ice packs to reduce swelling.

Announcing My Weekly Blog

Hey, everyone.

I would like to announce that I will begin posting weekly blogs on my website. I tried this before on my old website, but it wasn't a true blog. It was really just a page I added to my site that I wrote on every week. I really didn't know what I was doing, but most people found it informative and helpful, which was the whole point.

What's cool about my new website is that I can actually post these blogs and they will be archived so you can go back and read the old ones. You can also post your comments, so I am pretty pleased with this feature.
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