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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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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.




Which Foods You Should Buy Organic



Organic foods contain higher levels of nutrients and are lower in herbicide and pesticide residues. Buying or growing as much organic food as possible is not only best for your health, but is also best for the health of the entire planet.

With food prices rising, many of us are looking for ways to buy the healthiest foods possible at the lowest cost. One way is to focus on purchasing certain organic items, while “settling” for others that are conventionally-grown.

The highest concentration of pesticides is in non-organic butter. If you can only buy one organic food item it should be butter. The next priority would be meats and once those are addressed; you will want to focus on the fruit and vegetable list below.

The Dirty Dozen – These 12 fruits and vegetables have the highest pesticide load, making them the
most important to buy or grow organic (listed in order from highest pesticide load)

Peaches, Apples, Sweet bell peppers, Celery, Nectarines, Strawberries, Cherries
Lettuce, Grapes, Pears, Spinach, and Potatoes.

Locally-grown organics are your absolute best bet, but many times buying locally-grown food is your
best choice even if it’s grown conventionally, since the environmental impact of shipping organic produce across the globe can cancel out many of its benefits.

Watch Out For Genetically Engineered Varieties by checking PLU codes:

A conventionally grown product carries a 4-digit PLU code (Ex: conventionally grown banana: 4011)
An organic product carries a 5-digit code, starting with the number 9: (Ex: organic banana: 94011). A genetically engineered (GE or GMO) product has a 5-digit code, starting with the number 8: (Ex: GE banana: 84011), Avocados, bananas, pineapples and kiwis are LOW in pesticide residue, and good candidates to purchase conventionally-grown, just double-check to make sure you’re not buying a GMO variety.



My first chiropractic post and I’m talking about ballroom dancing?!?

The only thing I am more passionate about than chiropractic is my relationships, especially those with my family.  First let me say, I love being a husband and a father.  Secondly, I had no idea going into fatherhood (29 years ago now!) that I would ever be excited about ballroom dancing.  But my youngest daughter, and my only child still at home, changed all of that.

Julia and her new partner of only 5 weeks, Nathan, placed 2nd in the Latin division and 3rd in the Junior High Standard division at last week’s US National Dancesport Competition inProvo,Utah.  To get comfortable dancing with a new partner and learn all new routines in such a short amount of time, Julia had to dance almost non-stop in the weeks leading up to the competition.

But What Does Ballroom Dancing Have to do With Chiropractic?

It seems to me that most of the public doesn’t know that a huge number of professional athletes, including dancers, use chiropractic for a whole host of reasons:

  • injury prevention
  • faster recovery from injury
  • better sports performance
  • better health generally
  • preventing arthritis – there’s a lot of reasons.

Lastly, chiropractic optimizes PERFORMANCE. Chiropractors understand how muscles work and can restore balance and skeletal alignment to allow your body to perform with maximum efficiency.

My treatment for Julia and other athletes often includes:

  • Spinal and extremity adjustments
  • Graston Technique soft-tissue treatments
  • Kinesio taping
  • Training or technique advice
  • Diet and supplement advice
  • Movement modification
  • Rehabilitation (including flexibility, stability, proprioceptive, and eccentric exercises)

The results of being well-adjusted speak for themselves!

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