We have it made these days, with all of the conveniences our grandparents couldn’t even dream of!

But what with cell phones, overnight delivery, drive up windows, microwave ovens, texting and the like, it seems the latest time-saving technology does little more than increase expectations and make us even busier than we were before we had all these modern “conveniences.”

How we use time to fulfill our priorities can be a major source of stress. How you use this most precious of all resources reveals a lot about your purpose and what you value.

Many of us work 60- and 70-hours a week in the hopes of having a better life for our families. But our families hardly see us.

Could it be that we actually find our work more rewarding and fulfilling than our families? Turns out that success, achievement and a sense of peace are not destinations. You can have them instantly by slowing down and counting your blessings. Embrace an attitude of gratitude. Check your priorities.

Stress is something we do to ourselves by what we think is important. And while chiropractic care can help each of us better accommodate stress, a better strategy is to slow down and make sure we’re investing our time in what’s really important.

Dr. Myles Starkman

drmyles@oasisdoc.com

305.374.5866

Seed or Soil?

Imagine the freedom of learning that every effect has a cause!

We take this idea for granted, but this was not always the case. In times past many believed that poor health came as punishment from the “gods” or just bad luck. It’s difficult to keep and maintain one’s health if you don’t know what causes poor health.

We see disease and poor health from a slightly different perspective. Germs are a lot like grass seed. They have the potential to germinate and become a healthy green lawn, but only if the circumstances are just right. If you’ve ever tried to start a lawn from scratch, you know it takes some effort.

While grass seed needs the proper temperature, moisture, sunlight and soil conditions, all germs need is a lowered resistance due to stress. In fact, next time you get a cold, take an inventory of the physical, chemical or emotional stresses that you experienced in the days just prior to your cold.

When your adaptive capacity is reduced, even the mildest stress can exhaust your reserves, creating the perfect environment for a host of diseases, aches and pains.

One of the best ways to enjoy good health is to get regular chiropractic checkups and make sure your ability to adapt to stress is at full capacity.

Do You Break the Rules?

Turns out, the quality of our health is the result of a set of very simple rules. Play by the rules and you have the best chance for optimum health.

Break the rules and you’ll pay for it. Not always immediately, but eventually. Here are 10 of the most obvious ones:

  1. You shall breathe. If you stop breathing, breathe in a shallow manner or inhale pollutants, there will be price to be paid.
  2. You shall ingest nutrition. Quality food is needed to fuel, grow and repair your body.
  3. You shall expel wastes. If you expel wastes too quickly or too slowly, you’ll suffer.
  4. You shall hydrate. Drink enough so you never feel thirsty.
  5. You shall move. A sedentary lifestyle causes stagnation, poor circulation and hampers the function of the lymphatic system.
  6. You shall rest. Your body needs time to renew and repair.
  7. You shall adapt to your environment. The nervous system orchestrates every cell and tissue.
  8. You shall love. Love your neighbor as yourself.
  9. You shall forgive. Forgive others and forgive yourself.
  10. You shall die. Many try to break this one, but it’s natural. It’s part of the plan.

Valuing your health and following the rules permits you to live a purposeful life!


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