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Say Hello to Your Energy Field…

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Yes. This is what you really look like, that is, if you could see the energy field that surrounds your body. The shape this innate energy field forms is called a TORUS, and it’s the preferred shape that the Universe uses to create matter from energy. Take a look at the picture below and observe the similarities of structure in a tree, an orange, a tomato, dividing cells, the Earth’s magnetic belts, and the shape of the galaxies themselves.

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This toroidal structure of the human energy field has been mapped out by the Institute of HeartMath. They’ve used sensitive electrocardiographs (EKGs) to measure the electromagnetic pulses that emanate from the center of our torus, the heart. The field generated was measured to extend up to 12 feet around the human body. And, they discovered that humans (and other animals) can sense this energy field when in close proximity to each other.

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Have you ever felt your intuition sense if someone is a “warm hearted” or “cold hearted” person? I know I have. And scientists are saying that the heart field resonates at different rates in a warm, caring compassionate person as opposed to a black hearted scoundrel! We have the ability to sense others “vibes”, and it’s just a matter accessing and tuning into our own innate, inborn powers of focus and perception.

Shark Lateral-lineSound too woo-woo for you? Well let’s look at the shark, the ocean’s top hunter. Sharks hunt in the dark without the benefit of eyesight. Like most fish they have a special receptor organ derived from epithelial “hair” cells called the lateral line. This special sense organ can “feel” motion in the water as well as the electromagnetic field of other fish who may serve as dinner.

Although scientists have yet to conclusively find these same structures in humans, they hypothesize that we too may “feel” our surroundings, perhaps through modified “hair” cells of our own. We all know what it feels like when the “hair stands up on the back of our necks” in response to fear or danger.

breath energy flowIn my own decades long research on exercise, movement and physiological states of performance, I have found that we most certainly can train ourselves to access this most special of our innate powers. By focusing on breathing and movement exercises that emanate from our powercenter – the physical center of gravity of our body located an inch or two below our navel and an inch or two inside our bellies – we can become more attuned to the fields of energy, particularly human energy, that surround us.

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So remember this is what your energy field looks like, and I firmly believe that when we become aware of this field and learn how to tap its power, we can become healthier, perform better, be happier, and connect with ourselves and others at a higher level of existence.

That’s what this blog is all about, connecting, accessing and utilizing the innate powers that are inborn in each of us. And that’s why I chose the Torus as my new logo to represent innate power! Stay tuned because I have a lot of cool stuff I’m going to teach you so you can take this cutting edge information and put it to use in your life.

Please let me know your thoughts on this post and tell us about your experiences with innate power…

The George Washington Bridge of Your Body

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Here in Northern New Jersey, if you want to go to the Manhattan, The Big Apple, you take a drive over the George Washington Bridge (GWB). Most highways in the Eastern part of our nation travel through New Jersey with many passing through the GWB to connect to the metropolitan center of New York City.

What does this have to do with your body? Well, all the nerves in your body travel up your spine to form the brain stem that passes through the top two spinal bones in your neck, the Atlas (C1) and the Axis (C2). Named the Atlas because it holds your head up like the mythical Titan held the world, and the Axis because its the axle upon which the Atlas swivels. The final destination is Your Big Apple, your brain!

As your nerves pass through the brain stem, they relay billions of messages from your body to your brain and from your brain to your body. Just like the 100 million cars that cross the GWB each year. Talk about the possibilities for a traffic jam! You can’t afford one here. And all of us in North Jersey know what it’s like when a tractor trailer jackknifes on the GWB; major congestion and slow travel.

Well it’s the same thing when your upper neck (C1 & C2) loses proper alignment and gets stuck (SUBLUXATION, that’s what we chiropractors call it.) Vital communications between your brain and your body are interfered with, resulting in disruption of your brain/body functions. It may be slight at first, barely felt. but just as a single lane closed on the bridge can multiply the traffic jam on all roads leading to it. Likewise, an Atlas/Axis subluxation can disrupt many nerve pathways and ultimately affect your health.

Not only does Atlas/Axis subluxation interfere with nerve impulse traffic, it also restricts the normal flow of cerebral spinal fluid, the nurturing liquid that feeds all the cells of your brain and spinal cord. Imagine a twisted garden hose and you get the idea how fluid flow can be compromised.

 

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Chiropractors have a variety of methods to fix this problem, and we’re the only ones who really know how to do it with finesse, style and results! Some techniques are very gentle, like the slight finger pressure we use on infants and older folk. Some other methods use instruments or classic spinal adjustments that can rock your world and create an instantaneous change in your brain, perceptions and coordination. See my post on how adjustments can improve brain function by 20%.

Everyone, and I mean everyone, needs to periodically have their upper neck checked for subluxation and corrected with an adjustment if needed. Yes I mean everyone. If you are alive and have a spine, you qualify. This is as critical to your health as your blood pressure, sugar levels, heart rate, breathing cycle, etc…

If chiropractic is new to you, don’t be fearful of trying something new. I’ve been performing upper neck adjustments for over 30 years and our first goal is to help you feel safe and relaxed during you adjustments. And the funny thing is that an Atlas/Axis adjustment is one of the greatest experiences you can ever have. You’re going to want to go AAAAAAHHHHH!

Call me at 201-836-9558 to have you GWB checked!

 

Reboot Your Brain – Chiropractic Adjustments Improve Brain Function by 20%!

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After 30 years in practice, I’m still amazed by the testimony of my patients who tell me that after a fortunate chiropractic adjustment, they feel as if the fog has been lifted from their brain! They tell me they think more clearly, focus and concentrate more sharply, and have a feeling of peacefulness similar to meditation.

Well it’s an exciting time to be a chiropractor, as current research proves the effects of chiropractic adjustment and its ability to reboot your brain! It’s much like when you reset your computer by keying Control-Alt-Delete. Studies now show that spinal adjustments harmonize higher brain function, reduce nerve distortions, improve the connections between brain and body, and balance the four major brain wave patterns.

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Here’s a sampling of current studies that measured changes that occur in the brain following chiropractic adjustment:

* Adjusting a malfunctioning spine changes brain function by almost 20%, most possibly in the prefrontal cortex, the “conductor” of the brain. [1]

* Cervical adjustment improves sensory-motor coordination, the ability of your brain and body to work together to improve your movements. [2]

* Chiropractic adjustment improves brain wave patterns and brain function, particularly the meditative Alpha waves associated with a greater degree of relaxation, health and healing. [3]

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This is exciting stuff! No longer is Chiropractic only about neck and back pain, but a method to improve the functioning of the master control system, the brain and nervous system. Improved function of the “conductor” helps the body adapt to the stresses and strains of life with the result being greater health expression.

This is why it’s so important for anyone who is alive and has a spine to be checked periodically for vertebral subluxation, (spinal nerve stress) and be adjusted if necessary to restore and reboot the world’s most amazing computer network, The brain and spinal cord!

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Please share this post and call my office at 201-836-9558 to set up an appointment to have your whole family’s spines checked for subluxation.

References

(1) Lelic, D, Niazi, IK, Holt, K, Jochumsen, M, Dremstrup, K, Yielder, P, Murphy, B, Drewes, A and Haavik, H (2016), “Manipulation of dysfunctional spinal joints affects sensorimotor integration in the pre-frontal cortex: A brain source localization study,” Neural Plasticity, Volume 2016 (2016). Online.

[2] Haavik Taylor H and Murphy B. (2007). World Federation of Chiropractic’s 9th Biennial Congress Award Winning Paper (3rd Prize): Altered sensorimotor integration with cervical spine manipulation. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, in press. Online

[3] A study presented at the International Research And Philosophy Symposium held at Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic Online

“Forging the Mind Body Connection” – Testimony From A Special Forces Soldier Who Does Yoga

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“The practice of yoga – breathing, being present and letting go – taught me to allow things to happen naturally.” – Doug Kiesewetter, U.S. Army Special Forces

In this powerful article with video, a Cross Fit trained, Special Forces soldier describes how he was left in a shambles after his first yoga session. But he continued and stuck with the sessions, eventually finding that it allowed him to access untapped strength and new found mobility. Although he lost 30 pounds, his Cross Fit totals stayed the same! And he claims that his results were mainly because of the mental benefits he gained from yoga.

Yoga helped him forge a mind body connection that created a more clear frame of mind. He found he had an improved ability to assess life situations clearly and react more calmly and effectively.  His optimized mind body connection improved his life, his marriage and his ability to operate with his Special Forces brethren (who also have found mental strength and clarity at yoga class.)

It reminds me of the fact that the real purpose of Chiropractic is to reestablish the connection of the brain to the body through the spine. Your spinal cord is the real-deal mind body connection, orchestrating billions of signals from your brain cells to every tissue cell of your body. When your free moving spinal joints lock up or spinal cord gets kinked, interference is created in this vital connection, hampering the coordinated function of your brain and body systems. It’s the Chiropractors job to free up the locked spinal joints and un-kink the spinal cord so normal signal flow can be restored and Life energy can flow.

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Respect that you have an innate, inborn intelligence within you that coordinates all the bodily and mental functions that keep you healthy and alive at any given moment. Chiropractic care and yoga share a common goal of creating a more optimized connection between all your body parts. The powerful result is greater awareness of your environment, improved mind body function, greater health, more resistance to disease, clearer thinking, and an optimal mind set of calm decision making and peaceful stress resolution.

It’s often said in Chiropractic philosophy that nature needs no help, just no interference. This is the new model of health and vitality. Trust your inborn, innate potential to grow, heal, function and express vibrant life through the regular practice of methods like chiropractic, yoga, clean eating, rest, and meditation. You’ll discover that you can enjoy your LIFE, and become more resilient when LIFE throws you the inevitable curve balls, challenges and obstacles.

Click here to read and view the Special Ops yoga article courtesy of Men’s Health Magazine. They also provide a do it yourself yoga routine to help get you started.

Click here to go to DrPete.com and learn how a chiropractic lifestyle can enhance the lives of you and your family.

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Special thanks to source:

http://www.menshealth.com/fitness/yoga-benefits-for-men

VIDEO: Innovative Exercises to Improve Your Low Back Strength

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Click here to go right to video, but I would read this first!

I’ve added a few new exercises to my daily core routine and I’ve been getting great results with them. The exercises were designed by my friend and chiropractic colleague, Dr. Eric Goodman, and I’m enjoying improvements of my own in the strength and flexibility of my low back, hips and hamstrings. These exercises hit what we call the posterior chain of muscles which basically include the spinal erectors, gluteus maximus and hamstrings. Take a look at this guy…

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Here’s a great video produced by Dr. Eric for World Surf League Pro Lakey Peterson (6th in the world!) I’ve been passing this video on to a few of my practice members and they are loving it.

A few important notes:

The first exercise is the squat with body weight. Because my focus is rehab for my injured leg, I do these slow and in control throughout. You should too. As Dr. Eric instructs, push that butt backwards and counterbalance with your arms. You shouldn’t feel it too much in the knees. Go down slowly only as far as you can and still feel strong and comfortable with no knee pain.

The second exercise is great for surfers and athletes, but I don’t recommend it as a beginner exercise. I do these after I’m warmed up and at a  slower pace. I’m not a 21 year old female surfer anymore!

The third exercise is the one where I want you to pay particular attention to Dr. Eric’s instruction. This one, called the Founder, is the basis for Foundation Training and it’s a wonderful exercise. It may look like a yoga posture but I assure you that it’s specifically formulated to strengthen the posterior chain. Some call it powerlifting for your deep core muscles and I agree. But you have to get the technique and form down.

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The last exercise is an innovative variation of the standard plank called the 8 point plank. That’s because you are contacting the ground at your wrists, elbows, knees and flexed big toes. This may seem like an easier variation, and it is great for beginners, but believe me when I tell you that you can really feel this exercise where it counts – in your deep core.

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Enjoy the video and give it a sincere try…you won’t be disappointed. Go to FoundationTraining.com to check out all of Dr. Eric’s cool videos and books. For any of you local people who need help with this, you know I’m always available in my office to check your form and make sure you get it right.

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A Unique Way To Feel Your Abs!

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I have a great tip for you today that I’ve always known but just recently rediscovered based on a great article I read by Pilates guru Alycea Ungaro. Since my wife Lisa’s Pilates studio is connected to my chiropractic office, I constantly hear the instructors implying their clients to lift their abdominals  in and up as they contract them. But because I hear it all the time, I tuned it out, and forgot how important this verbal / mental cue is to really feeling your abs working completely with full stimulation.

Most people who exercise know the feeling of “crunching” the abs as done in the popular ab crunch exercise. A bodybuilder will do the same thing when flexing the abs in an abdominal pose or when you bear down on your abs when resisting a punch to the gut! This activates your six pack muscles, the rectus abdominis, as you flex slightly forward in this ab contraction.

What we want to activate to really feel our abs is the transverse abdominis (TA) muscles, your bodies deepest abdominal muscles that are your natural “weight lifting belt”. I love that some even call them your inborn “Spanx” muscles.

Here’s the anatomy…

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Notice how the TA wraps around your waist fully like a girdle and fills the waist space from ribs to pelvis. When you learn to contract your TA muscles properly, you start to build tone in those muscles which creates a hollower waist for you, much like a strong cinching girdle.

So let’s review the cue you’ll tell yourself to help you feel these muscles contracting. That cue is pull your navel (center) IN AND UP! That’s right, you’ll feel your abdominal wall flatten and lift up into your ribcage. Much like Arnold in the featured image. Or, like this classic pose by Mr. Olympia, Frank Zane…

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You can try this ab vacuum maneuver standing, seated or lying supine. As you pull your center in and up, breathe out, and try not to use your chest and shoulders to pull up. You will immediately improve your posture with this move and stand a little bit taller. After a few reps, you should feel a nice burn at the sides of your waist and ribs.

One of my favorite places to complete a few reps is sitting in my car at stoplights on my morning drive around town. I get a good workout and the red lights seem to turn faster! I suggest you do sets of five repetitions holding for a ten count on contraction. As you breathe in, let your abs and waist relax as much as possible to get a full range of motion.

Even give this a try when you are doing any regular workout exercises as this awareness will help you brace yourself with proper form on many a variety of exercises. Let me know if you have any questions or need help finding these special muscles. I hope your waist size reduces as a result!

The Surprisingly Potent Energy of the Earth

How Grounding Yourself Leads to Better Health and Healing

Earthing2One of the simplest healthy habits we all can do is right under our feet and we don’t even realize it! Research has shown that just 15 minutes of daily contact between our bare feet/skin and the ground restores the electrical balance of energy in our bodies, thus neutralizing the effects of stress and restoring our health and vitality.

The concept of EARTHING (making an electrical connection with the ground) rose to prominence when it was employed by team chiropractor Dr. Jeff Spencer and the Tour de France U.S. Cycling Team led by Lance Armstrong. Dr. Jeff made use of earthing technology to help the athletes recover from the grueling intensity of the race, and it worked. Earthing helped to reduce the accumulative racing stress on their bodies; sprains and strains seemed to heal overnight.

What is Earthing? From the Earthing Institute website:

Throughout time, we humans have sat, stood, strolled, and slept on the ground – the skin of our bodies touching the skin of the Earth.

And throughout time, such ordinary contact served as a conduit for transferring the Earth’s natural, gentle negative charge underfoot into the body. You see, we are bioelectrical beings living on an electrical planet.

Modern lifestyle has disconnected us from this primordial charge.

Earthing is the landmark discovery that the disconnect may make us more vulnerable to stress and illness. Contact with the Earth appears to uphold the electrical stability of our bodies and serve as a foundation for vitality and health. In an age of rampant chronic inflammation and disease, “grounding” ourselves by reconnecting with the Earth beneath our very feet provides a way back to better health.

As we make barefoot contact with the Earth, DC current full of negatively charged electrons flood into our body and neutralize free radicals, the nasty atomic particles responsible for inflammation and irritation of our tissues. Taking antioxidants or eating antioxidant rich food has a similar effect, but the Earth’s energy is free and readily available.

I’ve been recommending earthing for years as part of my program in the office and I make it a point to use it myself. I walk or stand barefoot on my grassy lawn daily, particularly when I’m gardening and watering the flowers. It’s important that there is some moisture involved to create the electrical connection – dry rock, sand or sidewalk won’t do. Connection can occur while in lakes, rivers and especially the ocean. Leather mocassins that get damp from grass or persperation would also work. Modern shoes with rubber soles are electrically insulated, thus they disconnect us from the Earth.

You can also purchase Earthing pads and bed linings that connect to an electrical outlet and recreate the flow of electrons from the ground. This is what they used in the Tour de France. I’ve had quite a few patients who utilized this technology and they reported that it worked great.

When you do earthing, you may feel some tingling in your legs and an increase in energy and good feelings. Many times mild to moderate aches and pains will quickly disappear. Earthing also neutralizes the effects of all the other electrical gadgets and electromagnetic fields that we are bombarded with daily.

Here’s links to a few websites that delve more deeply into the details of earthing if you’re interested, but for most of you, just get out there and go barefoot! Let me know how it’s affected your health and vitality!

The Earthing Institute Main Page

Frequently Asked Earthing Questions

Earthing and Grounding Products

Keep Looking Forward…

Dr. Pete

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www.DrPete.com

201-836-9558