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Detox

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I have a love/ hate relationship with doing my 10 day detox program. I hate the idea of going without certain food items, but I love the way I feel during and after doing it. I have to prep myself mentally before starting but once I get into it, I remember why I do it. My energy level goes up, I sleep better and I like knowing I am doing something to help my body function better overall. It also helps to instill discipline which is necessary to achieve health.

Why should we do a detox? That is a great question. The main reason is because it is impossible to avoid toxins. They build up in our body over time and, as a result, start to cause problems. Even if we try to eat a perfect diet, there are still environmental toxins we take in every day. I like to think of a detox as a way to hit the “reset” button for our body. It gives it a break from the normal toxins and allows your body to clean out all the junk that has been building up. It is also a great way to put out the fire in our body, which is inflammation. Most health conditions are a result of inflammation in the body. When you do a detox, your inflammation level is lowered and health is improved.

There are many ways to do a detox. I have found that using a medical food supplement while detoxing is a great way to ensure your body is getting all the nutrients it needs to properly function and clear out the built up toxins. At my office, I carry a medical food supplement from Metagenics. I use this product and follow a 10 day guideline for the detox. There is also a 7 day program.

Fasting is another way to detox. If your health condition allows, fasting for a period of time allows your body to clear out some toxins.

Another way I like to detox on a regular basis is with an Epson salt bath. I love doing this because its benefits are two fold. First, it pulls toxins out of your body and, second, it provides a way to relax.

I have resolved to the fact that to achieve the health I want, detox is a must. Even though it is not appealing to deprive myself, it is worth it. The benefits far exceed the cost. Therefore, I love it more than I hate it.

Live life to the fullest.
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Dr. DoniBeth Davis is dedicated to providing you with the absolute best in family wellness care. Her
office is located at 3720 72nd Avenue Kenosha, WI (on the corner of Hwy142 and County Rd EA, just west of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club).  The office number is 262-764-9301.   

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Preparing for Birth

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A big part of my practice is working with women during pregnancy. I cannot tell you how many times I have people say to me “I didn’t know you could go to the chiropractor when you are pregnant,” or ” I wish I would have known about chiropractic when I was pregnant.”

It is my goal that everyone knows the importance of chiropractic during pregnancy. Not only can women go to the chiropractor when they are pregnant, they NEED to go. It offers so many benefits to the mother and the baby. It is my passion to help women have the best possible pregnancy, labor and delivery.

I see so many women who do not properly prepare for their birth and it is leading to many unnecessary interventions. To any woman out there who is going to have children, this is the message I want you to hear: prepare for your birth as you would for your dream wedding. Take time to research and figure out what you want and what you don’t want. Do not leave it up to the protocols that are established to favor the hospital staff.

Here are a few ways you can prepare.
1) Hire a doula. I would compare this to hiring a wedding coordinator. It is someone who knows a lot about the birthing process and what to expect. The doula can help you prepare properly.
2) Research birth care providers. You are hiring this person to help you bring your baby into the world. Make sure it is someone you like. It is okay to change birth providers. Also, research all the providers of the group because there is a chance one of them will be the doctor delivering. Find out what their c-section rate is. Just how you select the minister who marries you, you get to select your birth care provider and you want it to be someone you like and feel a personal connection with.
3) Take care of your body with proper nutrition, exercise and chiropractic care. You are going to be doing a lot of work to get that baby out of you, so you need to train for it. Every woman I know does a lot to prepare their body for their wedding, do the same for your birth.
4) Have a birth plan. Your doula is a great person to help you with this. Most weddings have a details agenda of exactly what is going to happen on the special day, so should your child’s birthday.
5) Take a detailed and informative birthing class. This is usually found outside of the hospital.

Think Prepare Exercise image Sozo blog 5.5.2016Your baby’s birth day is such a monumental day and the more you can do to prepare for it, the better your outcome with be. Unfortunately, I know of several moms who have had a traumatic delivery and they walk away from the birth of their child with physical and emotional scars. I hope to see this happen less and less. I hope to see more moms who say “the day my child was born was the best experience of my life.”

Another note, when your child is born, hold your child for as long as possible. The newborn exam can be performed while you are holding your baby. He or she does not need to be separated from you, unless there is a medical emergency. The weight and length of the baby can be taken later. It is not going to change in the first few minutes of life. The first few minutes are precious and so important for both the mom and baby. Don’t let anyone take that away from you.

Here’s to healthy moms and healthy babies.
Live life to the fullest.

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Dr. DoniBeth Davis is dedicated to providing you with the absolute best in family wellness care. Her
office is located at 3720 72nd Avenue Kenosha, WI (on the corner of Hwy142 and County Rd EA, just west of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club).  The office number is 262-764-9301.   

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My Road to Becoming a Chiropractor

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I thought I would share a little bit about myself for this blog. I know my bio is posted on the website but I wanted to go a little deeper.

Sometimes when people find out I am a third generation chiropractor they will ask if I felt pressured into becoming a chiropractor. My response to that is always “No”. I was raised with a chiropractic philosophy and lifestyle. When we got sick, we would get an adjustment and then allow the body to heal. The health challenges we faced were addressed naturally. It wasn’t until I was a freshman in college than I grasped how special and unique this approach was. While in undergrad, I started to work at my dad’s office part-time, just to help me get through college. I was an education major at the time, planning to be an elementary teacher. I felt no pressure to become a chiropractor. However, that job changed my career path. Read more…

While working there, I saw so many miracles happen. I realized how much I loved chiropractic- the philosophy and results. I realized I wanted this for my kids the way I had it when I was growing up. I realized that so many people don’t know about chiropractic and how amazing it is. I realized I needed to do this. It was part of MY purpose.

Fast forward 12 years. I am now married, have 4 kids and have been in practice for 6 years. I have been able to provide chiropractic care to my husband. One of the first things I did with my kids after their birth was adjust them. Such an amazing moment as a chiropractor and mom. I have also had several opportunities to help babies and other kids. Part of the dream has been realized, but there is more to it.

There are still so many kids who are not getting the benefit of regular chiropractic care. My goal is for this to become normal for everyone. I would love to see babies get a chiropractic exam before they leave the hospital, like they get their hearing checked before they leave. I believe we would see a dramatic change in the health of our kids.

When I have gone to register my kids for school, they require a dental exam as part of the enrollment process. My goal is that someday a chiropractic exam will be a part of this as well. I am all about having clean teeth, but really? They can get a new set a teeth. A child’s spine will be the same one they have at 86. It needs to be taken care of early so they are not immobile and debilitated by pain at 55. I think it is great that more and more parents are taking their kids early to the dentist but I hope they will have the same approach and concern for their children’s spine.

I feel blessed to be able to help my kids achieve a healthy life style and love to help other families on this journey as well.

At Sozo we are “changing the health of our community one family at a time.”


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Dr. DoniBeth Davis is dedicated to providing you with the absolute best in family wellness care. Her
office is located at 3720 72nd Avenue Kenosha, WI (on the corner of Hwy142 and County Rd EA, just west of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club).  The office number is 262-764-9301.   

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No Ho-Hum Here!

Developing A New Normal   
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It is always interesting to me what people define as “normal”. It is definitely a relative word and each person has their own perspective of what normal means in their lives.

One of my favorite things is to help people realize a new normal in their health. When doing an initial evaluation with a new patient, I will ask lots of questions of his or her current symptoms and health concerns. Many times people will refer to their pain or headaches as normal. From my perspective, headaches are not normal, back pain is not normal, leg pain is not normal, fatigue is not normal. The reason it is viewed as normal is because it has gone on for so long. There is a point when the pain or symptoms start to feel normal. People accept the pain and don’t know they can live a life free from that. Read more…

Are You Normal imageChiropractic care is such a great, safe and natural way to realize and embrace a new normal. You can live free from headaches and pain, and be full of life and energy. Depending on the situation it may be a longer process to get there, but it starts with realizing there is a possibility for a better normal.

My goal is to help people live life at their full potential. Chiropractic care is a big part of this. However, it is not the only part. Often there are lifestyle changes that need to accompany the chiropractic care to achieve the goal. To realize a new normal, you have to be willing to make the changes necessary to get there.

If you or someone you know has accepted a life full of discomfort and pain as the norm, I challenge you to start or recommend chiropractic care. From there you can incorporate the lifestyle changes necessary to find a new normal.

Live life to the fullest!
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Dr. DoniBeth Davis is dedicated to providing you with the absolute best in family wellness care. Her
office is located at 3720 72nd Avenue Kenosha, WI (on the corner of Hwy142 and County Rd EA, just west of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club).  The office number is 262-764-9301.   

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Seasonal Fun…Delivered!

Expecting?  
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Having been through several pregnancies myself, I can personally attest to the many benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy.  I honestly don’t know how women go through pregnancy without chiropractic, and no women should have to. Let me explain how chiropractic helps women during pregnancy:

In addition to the noticeable changes your pregnancy will cause your body, pregnancy can also cause subtle changes in the musculoskeletal system; changes a Chiropractor is able to detect and correct.  The position of your growing baby will cause your center of gravity to shift and your spine will naturally alter itself to accommodate this change. As a result, you may experience low back and pelvic pain. Read more…

SOZOCHIRO pregnantThe increase in hormones during pregnancy can also cause muscles, ligaments, cartilage and even bones to “soften” and become more pliable. Pelvic bones may even become displaced or fixated. Since your hips will need to spread to accommodate the delivery of your baby, fixated pelvic bones can lead to complications during delivery.  It’s especially important during pregnancy for nerve impulses to flow from your brain to all the parts of your body. A slightly out-of-place vertebra can create nerve irritation, which can and will interfere with your body’s communication system. By using special or modified techniques during your pregnancy, a Family Wellness Chiropractor can restore the function of your nervous system, improving your overall wellness and increasing your comfort during your pregnancy and delivery. In fact, research has proven that:

  • 84% of pregnant women treated by Chiropractic care received profound relief from low back pain
  • Women who received Chiropractic care had nearly a 25% reduction in the average labor time verses the “generally accepted average labor time” (With women who had given birth in the past, the number rose to 33%)
  • Postpartum pain was relieved in 90 of 120 moms that received regular Chiropractic care

During your pregnancy, a Doctor of Chiropractic can do the following:

  1. Correct vertebral misalignment and relieve nerve interference with gentle adjustments.
  2. Help ensure that pelvic bones are properly aligned, contributing to a shorter and easier delivery.
  3. Re-establish the natural position and mobility of the joints.
  4. Provide freedom from interference of normal nerve energy.
  5. Decrease the likelihood of your fetus being in the wrong position during the last trimester

More than just a treatment for low back pain, many mothers have come to recognize the vital role that Chiropractic care plays in a healthy pregnancy, reporting back to their Chiropractors that regular spinal adjustments helped them feel healthier during their pregnancy, decreased morning sickness, facilitated shorter labor and delivery times, and increased an overall sense of well-being.

 

Dr. DoniBeth Davis is dedicated to providing you with the absolute best in family wellness care. Sozo Chiropractic Dr DoniBeth headshotHer
office is located at 3720 72nd Avenue Kenosha, WI (on the corner of Hwy142 and County Rd EA, just west of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club).  The office number is 262-764-9301.   

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Well, Hello FALL!

5 Lifestyle Mistakes that
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From a wholistic point of view, one that understands your mind/body/spirit are interconnected and regulated by innate intelligence, you can pick any place to start changing your life for the better at any moment and that action will impact your whole being.  Read more…

Mistake #5 – Lacking a Positive Attitude

Sozo 5Taking yourself to task for having a crummy attitude can be like trying to find the beginning of a circle or ring. But because you are an interconnected being that “bad” attitude could be originating with other common obstacles to wellness. However, while they may take more time and effort to achieve, changing your mental state through a practice of gratitude can be done with immediate and measurable effects on the rest of your being. The social, physical, and psychological benefits of gratitude have been well documented and research suggests these benefits are readily available because gratitude:

  • Boosts feelings of optimism, joy, pleasure, enthusiasm, and other positive emotions
  • Reduces anxiety and depression
  • Strengthens the immune system, lowers blood pressure, reduces symptoms of illness, and makes us less bothered by aches and pains
  • Encourages us to exercise more and take better care of our health.
  • Helps us sleep better: get more hours of sleep each night, spend less time awake before falling asleep, and feel more refreshed upon awakening
  • Has been found to help people recover from traumatic events, including Vietnam War veterans with PTSD
  • Makes us feel closer and more committed to friends and romantic partners

Mistake #4 – Living Bodies Need Living Foods

Seems logical, right? A living seed placed in the soil has all of the nutrients and life force to grow Sozo 4generations of plants for years to come. But take that same seed and slather it in pesticides and herbicides, jam some foreign animal DNA into its gene make-up, irradiate it, ship it an average of 1500 miles to the grocery store where it will sit on a shelf before being shoved in a nutrient killing microwave… well, you get the idea. Most of our food supply, while “edible” and filling to our stomachs, is dead on arrival.

What are living, whole foods? Food that is in its natural state, preferably organic, local, and seasonal. Most of these foods are found around the perimeter of your grocery store. “Many people feel that if they can’t eat their favorite junk foods, they are being deprived. In reality, the sooner you switch your eating habits, the sooner you’ll enjoy increased energy, normalized weight, a better mood and improved health overall. Knowing this, many initially succeed at implementing an improved diet, but then fall back into old habits… and therefore, the ‘old’ body,” says Joseph Mercola, MD. “To avoid this, I recommend you make the changes to your diet gradually, starting with making one meal a day raw, then increasing from there.”

Mistake #3 – Not Getting Enough Sleep

For decades, studies have related a lack of sleep to health problems and cognitive impairment but there Sozo 3is still little attention paid to sleep as a part of health. “One of the failings in the field of sleep research over the past 40 or 50 years is that we went in search of the one single Holy Grail function of sleep. We now realize that sleep is necessary for a whole constellation of different functions for both the brain and the body,” says Matt Walker, an associate professor of psychology at UC Berkeley and Principal Investigator at the Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory, in an interview with the Greater Good Science Center. Additionally, a study of mice published in 2013 in the magazine Science, showed an unrealized function of sleep: to wash away trash from the brain. “The trash, including pieces of proteins that cause Alzheimer’s disease, piles up while the rodents are awake. Sleep opens spigots that bathe the brain in fluids and wash away the potentially toxic buildup,” writes Tina Hesman Saey, in Science News. “The discovery may finally reveal why sleep seems mandatory for every animal. It may also shed new light on the causes of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.”

Mistake #2 – Lacking Fitness or Physical Activity

Sozo 2The tagline that describes society’s pandemic of inactivity was introduced in early 2013 when the Harvard Business Review published “Sitting is the Smoking of Our Generation,” by Nilofer Merchant. “The common denominator in the modern workday is our tush,” wrote Merchant, a corporate director at a NASDAQ traded firm and a former founder and CEO of Rubicon. “As we work, we sit more than we do anything else.” Add in the time we sit at home, and we’re averaging 9.3 hours of sit time every day.”  American lifestyle – of working at a desk all day – is mostly to blame for Americans finding themselves lethally sedentary.  But so is the American past time of television watching. In 2012, an Australian study found that for each additional hour of television a person sat and watched per day, the risk of dying rose by 11 percent, according to The New York Times.

Mistake #1 – Lacking a Healthy Nervous System

Sozo 1Just as the seed mentioned above carries all of the information it needs to grow into its full potential in the right conditions, every cell in our bodies carries the capacity for full health and wellness – with the right conditions. It is the human nervous system that is responsible for delivering over 100,000 messages per second to each cell, organ, bone, muscle and blood vessel. These messages are delivered at 325 miles per hour across 45 miles of nerves. What happens when the vital life giving and regulating messages of the nervous system are blocked in subtle or overt ways? Chiropractic care addresses these subtle or overt obstacles, called subluxations, to your nervous system’s optimal functioning through adjustments to your spine, which houses and protects the superhighway of messaging to the body, the spinal cord. Subluxations can be caused by stresses that overwhelm the body’s ability to function properly:  physical stresses, like a car accident, a fall, improper posture; or emotional stresses; or chemical stresses from the use of prescription or illicit drugs, inadequate nutrition or environmental toxins.

Freeing your body from subluxations, the interference of the nervous system, allows the full expression of the nervous system and its ability to regulate and move your body toward optimal wellness. As long as these nervous system communications are open and flowing at 325 miles per hour down 45 miles of superhighway, the human body largely has the innate intelligence to maintain health.
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Tweet Tweet, Watch What You Eat

Cheer Up, Baby Chick

by JAK’s guest mom blogger from Pleasant Prairie, Bonnie Hahn

This post is pretty personal and a bit of a testimonial, but will also hopefully serve as a ray of hope to some folks out there who deal with mood disorders or behavioral issues, whether in themselves or their family or friends.

My son recently turned 9.  He’s a great kid, smart, very social, active in Taekwondo.  He is mine, I own him, and I love him to pieces.  I don’t care how ‘cool’ he is…I will grab him and kiss him and squeeze the daylights out of him any time I please.  That’s my boy.  My first, my oldest, my son.  Any parent knows what I’m talking about, you will do anything for your kids!

From the time he was a baby we knew we were in for a heck of ride – he has always been strong-willed.  At first it may seem an undesirable quality, especially in a small child, but strong-willed can be good!  If cultivated correctly, he can turn into one determined, confident, knows-what-he-wants-and-does-what-it-takes-to-get-it adult.  But recently he has seemed…out of sorts.  Honestly, he’s been a miserable sh-t.  Moping around, being nasty with a bad attitude, seemingly upset or angry all the time.  I’ve had a hard time even talking to him because he’s immediately defensive and angry.  This has not made for very pleasant family time!  I want my happy little boy back.
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I’ve done a lot of thinking and worrying about him.  Should we see a counselor?  Is there something ‘wrong’ with him?  What am I doing wrong as a parent?  OMG, should he be medicated?  Maybe I’m not strict enough.  Maybe I’m TOO strict.  Could it be diet or allergies?  Do we not give him enough attention?  WTF is his PROBLEM?!?!

As you may know, I am very health conscious and do what I can here at home with natural remedies first.  Naturally the first thing I think of is food allergies.  Maybe there’s something he is eating that makes him act out.  It’s certainly not unheard of!  (Food coloring is a big offender when it comes to behavior).  Over the past couple years I have cut the artificially colored, flavored and processed foods down to very little here at home.  No cow’s milk, no meat with ‘added hormones’, etc.  Naturally, it’s hard to control what goes on at the school lunch table or at friend’s houses or where ever, but we do our best where we live and spend most of our time.  Unfortunately, this hasn’t helped a whole lot with his attitude.

Being a Shaklee distributor, I’ve learned so much about what supplements do what for you, and what happens when you’re deficient.  One of the first things you learn is that B vitamins are your ‘happy pill’.  Sounds good! Bottoms up, boy!  (And husband, and mother, and sister, and…kidding, kidding!)  So I’ve been giving the child a single B Complex tablet every morning with his breakfast, along with another Shaklee product called Moodlift Complex.  Moodlift contains St. John’s Wort along with a proprietary blend that helps the St. John’s Wort be more effective.

We’ve been doing this for a week now, and the difference is AMAZING.  He wakes up in the morning joking and energetic.  I’ve been communicating with his teacher by email all this week, and she has said that the boy is much more focused and on task at school all day. When he comes home from school he actually speaks to me and tells me how his day was!  He is agreeable and hasn’t been nearly as argumentative as before.  The negativity is not completely gone, but it is so far in the background that if I was not overly conscious of it I’m not sure I would realize it was there.

I guess my point here is sometimes a little bit of the right stuff can make all the difference in the world.  Nutrition is such a huge part of our lives, and so many people don’t realize how important it is and how it affects SO MUCH of what we do.  Too many times people resort to heavy medications to ‘fix’ a behavior that could easily be remedied by changes in diet or by supplementing a deficiency.  Not all cases of course…there are many children that need the heavier stuff on a daily basis, and there’s nothing wrong with that.  Simple solutions aren’t always going to work for everyone, I’m not trying to say they are.  But if you’ve been feeling down, don’t run to the doc and get a prescription for Zoloft.  Try a natural remedy first – diet, fitness and nutrition. You might be surprised! 

Read more of Bonnie’s blogs (including this one!) at http://adventuresingreenness.blogspot.com/

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