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I have dedicated my life to studying and applying the best that natural health care has to offer. I am dedicated to patient education and my primary goal is to help my chiropractic patients in enjoying good health and balance in life.

Technology Could be Causing Your Insomnia

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Are you having a hard time falling asleep? For most people, an adequate amount of sleep is about 7 hours a night. Inadequate sleep puts you at a greater risk for a number of diseases and health problems, including a lack of concentration and impaired judgement, accelerated aging, cardiac problems including heart disease, heart failure, high blood pressure and stroke, as well as increased risk for diabetes, depression, and weight gain.

An often overlooked cause of insomnia and other sleep-realted problems is exposure to blue light from the display of your iPad, computer, laptop, or cell phone before going to bed. When blue light hits your retina, a signal is sent to your hypothalamus and melatonin production (a chemical in your brain that causes you to fall asleep) is turned off for several hours, disrupting your natural circadian (sleep/wake) rhythm.

Using f.lux , a free utility that adjusts the glow of your technology screens will reduce your exposure to blue light. f.lux doesn’t just control brightness like newer laptops do, it controls color temperature based on the time of day, dimming your monitors later into the evening and tinting the screen color based on the kind of lighting you use, which can help you sleep better.

If you’re having difficulty falling asleep after spending time on your computer, cell phone or other blue-light emitting device, I encourage you to try using f.lux, as high-quality sleep is critical to your health and quality of life.

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Chiropractic; a bodybuilder’s secret weapon!

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Chiropractic Adjustments and Pain

Posted By Chiropractic Intern Jayson Yaplee

Nociceptors and mechanoreceptors are scattered throughout the human body.  When nociceptors are stimulated it allows for the concious awareness of pain.  Mechanoreceptors are stimulated by movement and have been shown to inhibit the activity of nociceptors, and therefore pain.  The chiropractic adjustment at its most basic level improves the mobility and function of joints.  It allows the body move optimally and reduce pain.  Stay active, see your chiropractor regularly, get adjusted, and live without pain.

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Are You Suffering from an Autoimmune Disorder? My Journey Back to Health

I’ve been exceptionally healthy for most of my life. I’ve rarely gone a day without exercising.  I get regular chiropractic adjustments, read labels, choose my food wisely, prepare most of my meals at home, and keep myself physically fit.

Still, two years ago I had some serious health problems that turned my life upside down.   I was diagnosed with PRP, is an autoimmune disorder, with no known cause and no known cure. PRP is a rare skin disease characterized by scaly lesions over my entire body and thickening of the palms of my hands and soles of my feet.  The thick skin on my feet and hands (they resembled shoe leather) made them so stiff that I could hardly move them. On the rest of my body, the skin was paper-thin and it literally all flaked off on a daily basis.  I was shedding so much skin that my home and office resembled a snow storm.  My energy was totally depleted, severely limiting my ability to live life normally.  Living with the day-to-day limitations of chronic illness was overwhelming and depressing.

In most patients, PRP burns itself out after 3-7 years.   Medical doctors treat the disease by attempting (usually without success) to suppress the symptoms with steroids, which have dangerous side-effects.

My solution? I walked away from conventional medicine after two months–no more follow-up appointments, no more tests. I knew this health issue was brought on by stressful events in my life over the last year and that it was largely up to me to manage it.

I sought the help of Rosita Arvigo, a naprapathic physician, herbalist, international lecturer, author and teacher of Maya medicine. Rosita’s husband, Dr. Gregory Shropshire, dismissed the autoimmune supposition altogether and treated me with Flower Essences (herbal infusions made from plants). A dramatic improvement in my condition began almost immediately and I was able to go from barely being able to walk at all to going on a two-mile bike ride within two weeks after beginning Dr. Gregory’s regimen.

I’m not saying that this type of treatment is right for everyone. We all need to decide on the course that’s right for us, and different circumstances might dictate very different actions. There are times when we need to pursue the tests and stay the course, as is the case with cancer. For me, this was the right choice.

And the silver lining? This experience has changed my life. I’m focused on happiness instead of letting stress get to me. I’m slowing down. I’ve renewed a cherished friendship and have nurtured new friendships that I hope will continue to grow. I’ve discovered that my remarkable family, staff and patients will be there for me when the chips are down.  I’ve recognized which relationships were superficial. Not a bad silver lining. In fact, this may have been the best thing that’s happened to me in a long time!

My heart and thoughts go out to others who are dealing with life-changing medical challenges. I know what you’re feeling. All we can do is take charge of our own lives, be proactive and refuse to let it get the best of us!


Derrick Rose Attributes Return to Basketball Court to Chiropractic


Derick Rose is one of the many athletes who utilize regular chiropractic care to stay at the top of their sport. It is no coincidence that the finest athletes in the world choose chiropractic. They know something that many others still don’t… chiropractic works!



Death by Medicine – Could You Be a (Prescription) Drug Addict?

Modern medicine and big Pharma have failed to make us well. Instead, they have turned us into a nation of prescription drug addicts.

Before you take another prescription pill, think carefully. Accidental death from prescription drugs is now the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and more people die from prescription pain killer overdose, than from heroin and cocaine use combined!

Dr. Devine is a Seattle Chiropractor who uses natural and effective chiropractic adjustments and other drug-free therapies to help his patients obtain optimal health.  At his Seattle chiropractic clinic, Dr. Devine  specializes in spinal injuries, as well as injuries to the shoulder, knee, wrist, and ankles. Whether it’s pain relief, improved mobility and function, or enhancing your athletic performance, Seattle Chiropractor, James A Devine D.C. will work with you to reach your goals.




Yard Work – What a Pain! Preventing Back Pain from Gardening.

Spring is here and the sun has been shining; so predictably, I have been treating lot of back injuries and muscle strains caused by improper twisting, turning, bending and heavy lifting from yard work.

Avoiding Injuries While Doing Yard Work

Here are the best ways to prevent injuries while gardening:

Warm up before working in your yard. Go for a walk and stretch before weeding or doing other strenuous yard work. A few easy stretches like trunk rotations to stretch your back, bringing your knee up to your chest to stretch your lower back and legs, and reaching above your head with hands locked to stretch your arms and shoulders will get you properly warmed up.

Use Proper Body Mechanics. Be aware of your body position when raking, bending or picking up debris in the yard. Remember to bend from your knees and keep your back straight. Use a cart or wheelbarrow to move heavy items. When using a hoe, place one foot in front of the other and switch to the other foot forward after 10 minutes. When carrying heavy items, hold them close to your body, and use your body weight to push the lawn mower, as opposed to your arms.

Don’t twist when digging. Keep your feet shoulder-width apart with one foot forward, alternating which foot you put in the front.

Change Tasks Often. Changing positions will help you avoid repetitive motions, which are hard on your body and can lead to injury. Stand up after 10 minutes of pulling weeds to stretch and change position, or better yet, take a short walk, have a drink of water and re-fuel. Staying hydrated and eating a nutritious snack will help you stay energized and be less likely to injure yourself.

Use Ergonomic Tools. Tools with larger, padded or curved handles are less strenuous to use over long periods of time. Look for protective gloves that have a no slip surface for a better grip and to help prevent blisters. When using ladders, have someone you, go slow, and touch each step as you ascend and descend.

Lift with your legs, not your back. Bend at your knees when picking up heavy objects instead of bending over at the waist, and don’t twist your back as you lift. If you have to turn, rotate your entire body.

Wear supportive shoes. You will be on your feet for a while, so wear shoes that will absorb some of the shock of walking and standing all day and have less of an impact on your back. Flip-flops and sandals are not adequately supportive for yard work.

Take your time. Most likely, you have more yard work to do than should be done in a single weekend, so break the work into easily manageable chunks and do a little at a time.

If you are sore and stiff the next day, use ice to soothe the discomfort. If there is no improvement in your aches and pains, see your Seattle Chiropractor.


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The Problem With Using Prescription Drugs

whackThe object of Whack-a-Mole is to use a mallet to knock out as many moles as possible. As soon you hit one mole, others pop up elsewhere and disappear before you can nail them. Whack-a-Mole is a perfect example of how most Americans treat medical ailments.  A patient takes medication for one problem, which ends up causing another problem and so on until the patient ends up on a list of drugs, for a multiple problems, with no improvement in their health.

Drugs merely mask pain or other symptoms without addressing the underlying cause. Chiropractic, on the other hand,  goes to the root of the problem, while helping patients live healthier, drug-free lives.