Healthy Thoughts by Dr. Helena

40 days

Posted: March 13, 2019
By: Dr. Helena

Fr. Peter Omogo, asked the question at mass today, "What would you do differently if you knew you had only 40 days left to live?"

During Lent, as a kid I would give up chocolate, Twinkies (yes, I ate Twinkies) or eating between meals.  Sunday was a day of rest, which meant I could eat chocolate again.  As an adult, I see Lent as a time of reflection and an opportunity to make a positive change to my life.  You do not have to be Catholic to dedicate yourself to something for the next 40 days.  I have seen Facebook posts suggesting we eliminate 1 unused item from our house each day for 40 days.  We could also choose to do a 30 day detox where we work on cleaning out our body each day.

However, this year, I decided to add to my life.  There are 5 pillars of health: Relational, Financial, Physical, Mental and Spiritual.  We can utilize this time to reflect on the different areas of our lives and see what needs some dedication.  Where have we been lacking lately?  For the next 40 days consider ways of enhancing these five areas of your life:

(Relational) Write a "Thank you" note each day to a different person in your life.

(Financial) Put aside every $5 you get back in change into a jar and at the end of the month donate it to your favorite cause.

(Physical) Set a goal to be active with your kids daily.

(Mental) Set up various volunteering activities throughout the month.

(Spiritual) Plan on starting and ending your day with prayer and gratitude.

Lent gives us the opportunity to care a little more, love a little more and forgive a little more.  If we are willing to commit to ourselves, at the end of 40 days, these changes will just become a part of our daily routine. 

In our office we strive to create a community of love, support and healing.  Change begins with all of us and each of us are responsible for making our corner of the world just a little bit brighter.  Let's commit together today so if our life would end in 40 days, we can honestly say we did our best.

 

  


LOVE HAS NO COLOR

Posted: March 13, 2019
By: Dr. Helena

 

 

I was asked recently; “How is the reservation project going?” My response was; “Awesome.  Just plain awesome.”  BFC has been a part of Love Has No Color since the beginning.  We do two fundraisers a year for LHNC and our LHNC event just came to an end.  Driving to Williston, ND after this year’s Christmas on the Reservation, I just started sharing what it was like the first time I went to Fort Peck.  I remember some kids kept their arms folded and wouldn’t smile when receiving their Christmas gift.  They acted like they were obligated to be there.  I remember an elementary school student yelling out, “I don’t want this!” after receiving a tall tower of match box cars.  I remember at early Boot Camps, Dr. Kevin (LHNC founder) would literally lay in the street with a sign to get cars to stop.  Parent’s would throw their kids out of their cars and keep driving. 

Now it is a completely different experience.  When I talk with locals and they realize I’m one of the Chiropractors, I get told great stories about the gifts their child or grandchild has received.  We now have people on the reservation going out of their way to help in any way they can.  In the past people just expected us to be like the other groups and never return.  But we didn’t give up and we did return twice a year for over a decade and as a result one of the most emotional things I experienced was having the older kids line the halls to high five us and give us hugs.  I brought my daughter Lily for the first time to COTR and she didn’t really know how to take the big kids clapping for us.  Lily just looked overwhelmed by what she was watching. We walked past a lunch room and kids jumped up and put their hands against the glass to line up with ours.  The changes are profound to say the least.

I have to admit, in the early years I didn’t really understand LHNC and what Dr. Kevin was wanting to accomplish at Fort Peck.  I only started to understand when I visited for the first time.  On that first visit, I was fortunate enough to help adjust the children at Boot Camp, dance at a Pow-Wow and do a traditional Native Sweat Lodge.  My head was spinning when I left that year and I was hooked.  The 2018 COTR was a great reminder as to why it’s so important to continue moving forward and what can truly change if we set our head, heart and hands to it.  All of the dedication and support continues to make a difference and BFC is proud to be a part of it.


Auction Items

Posted: February 23, 2019
By: Dr. Helena


Love Has No Color Auction

Posted: February 23, 2019
By: Dr. Helena

 

A Love Has No Color auction is starting today, February 20th at 12 PM (EST) and ends March 6th at 12 PM. We have two items up for bid! A drum and a war club both handmade by the one and only, Kenny Smoker. All the proceeds of this auction go to the taxes and upkeep of the movie theater in Poplar, MT. Our goal is to raise $2,000! Please share this link with your patients, family, friends, and on your social media pages!

32auctions.com/LHNCArtifacts2019


Choices

Posted: February 23, 2019
By: Dr. Helena

I don’t hear it all that often, but I’ve been asked the question, “Once I start Chiropractic care, do I always have to get adjusted?”

The truth is, you make choices daily.  You can choose to eat fast food, not exercise, drink too much, run on little sleep, do drugs, and rely on unnecessary medications.  You can live your life like this if you choose. 

-OR-

You could eat organic, exercise, drink only in moderation, celebrate sleep, work to eliminate drugs from your system, increase the health and well-being of your body with Chiropractic adjustments. 

If I ask a person, do you want to be healthy? 100% of the time, people answer, “Of course!”

However, they don’t always want to change. 

It takes up more of your day to live the first life and feel like garbage daily.

You get more accomplished when your body is functioning better and healthier. 

The choice is always yours:

How you react to things out of your control. . .

How you view yourself. . .

Your quality of sleep. . .

What you put in your mouth. . . (and what comes out!)

And last but not least; getting your butt moving for exercise and to the Chiropractor.

I had the choice once to keep living the way I was living or be open to change.  I jumped at the opportunity.

I went from living with chronic ear infections, rounds of antibiotics, bronchitis, tonsillitis, chronic stiff necks, and torticollis to a life that is drastically different.  I haven’t taken an antibiotic in easily over a decade.  I’m constantly working on the health of my body and immune system and making better choices.

Both choices you have to work at, so why not make the better of the two?

That my friend is up to you!


Snow Day!

Posted: January 27, 2019
By: Dr. Helena

Another snow day is upon us!  I have to admit I'm like a little kid when the fluffy white stuff falls from the sky.  Growing up on Long Island, we so rarely had a snow day, I still get excited by the thought of it.  With a snow day already announced on a Sunday evening, I get to sit up and wait for the storm to start.  I'm very fortunate that I get to be home with the kids tomorrow and look out the window with them first thing like it's Christmas morning.  We have no plans to go anywhere and no plans to do anything.  I got work done today so I can just let the day plan itself; a little snow time, a little hot chocolate time, a little play time and quite possibly a little cuddle-up-on-the-couch time.  

But in truth, I'm not always good with "doing nothing."  I'm a bit of a workaholic and there's always something to get accomplished.  These sort of magical days are just what I need to "just be."  Sometimes we need to give ourselves permission to enjoy a free day.  We have these so rarely, why not just give in and have a play day with the kids?  When was the last time you had nothing planned and just enjoyed a day off?  Let's take this opportunity to add more fun and laughter into our lives and we will be healthier for it!  


LOVE HAS NO COLOR

Posted: January 23, 2019
By: Dr. Helena


 

At BFC, we do four fundraisers a year.  We start and end the year with fundraisers for the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.  In December, four of us from BFC went to the res to give out the gifts raised during the Christmas on the Reservation fundraiser in October and November.  Each time I go, I am excited to see the positive changes that are taking place.  This year, the kids came out in the hall to meet and greet us at one of the schools we visited.  It was overwhelming and beautiful and emotional.  I am honored to be a part of Love Has No Color and we constantly look for different ways BFC can be involved.  In past years we have hosted an annual bowling event and had quilt raffles for our first fundraiser of the year.  This year we are auctioning off an awesome gift that comes with the feeling of summer!  Each raffle ticket is $10.  People that come to our health talks, and refer in new patients will receive a free raffle ticket!  For New Patients, a donation of $50 to Love Has No Color will cover the cost of their first visit here at BFC.  (This first visit donation does NOT apply to Medicare and Medicaid.)  This is a great opportunity to help support the children on the Fort Peck Reservation as well as help you and your family get healthier this year. 

When LHNC began 13 years ago, the donations went towards building out a movie theater and the Chiropractic Clinic.  The entire building was condemned at that time.  Seven years of work and hundreds of volunteers later, both were completed. Since then, the kids have a social meeting pace that provides protection from dangerous influences like gangs, drugs and crime.  Food is often provided for the children at the movie theater.  This year 100% of donations from this event will go towards the preservation and maintenance of the theater. Please help us continue to provide a safe haven for the kids on the reservation.  We truly need your help!

 

 

 


AWARENESS

Posted: January 23, 2019
By: Dr. Helena

For the last few months, I have been going through every closet and drawer in our house.  I am not manic about it by any means.  I go where inspiration strikes me, like “What is in the guest room dresser drawers?”  I open them up one by one and either add stuff to the Goodwill pile or put it where it might actually belong or become aware that we have this particular item so we don’t buy another one.  In most drawers there is excess and possibly things another person could use.  As humans we accumulate stuff.  When the stuff becomes clutter, it frustrates me and I feel overwhelmed by it.  I do enjoy finding new homes for things and it feels good to get fresh air into a previously cluttered drawer or closet. 

Awareness of our surroundings is important.  But what about awareness of our bodies?  Most often our body gets ignored, because we are afraid to step on that scale and then be responsible for what we see there.  I find the human ego is very interesting.  I people watch all the time.  The ego says, “If I actually knew what my current weight was, and didn’t like it, I would have to become responsible to my health to change it.”  That is just too painful, so we will just avoid it altogether. 

It is hard to get back to exercising, because if you stopped and you decide to start again, you most likely won’t have the same strength or endurance you had before.  That loss can make one feel like a failure, so we just avoid exercising altogether.

We truly need to start just becoming aware for the sake of awareness and not place any emotions to it.  It is just a start point. Period. If we want to change our weight, our endurance, our strength or our environment, we need to start somewhere.  I challenge you to start with the junk drawer in your house.  Empty it.  Throw out garbage, make a goodwill bag and put back what you need so you can find it when you need it.  I challenge you to get on that scale.  Write down the weight and take your measurements.  Look in the mirror and tell yourself you are beautiful and commit to changing those numbers if you feel they need changing.  Don’t be manic about it.  Don’t harbor negative feelings towards yourself.  Just get up and start moving because it’s good for you.

On January 1st, I pulled my Fitbit out of my drawer, charged it and put it on.  I wasn’t sure I wanted to record what I ate each day and how much water I drank.  But in truth it brought forth awareness of what I was doing.  Since I have to check in with the computer each day, it also helped to create responsibility.  What am I putting in my mouth each day? Does that allow me to thrive? Or is it making me sick?  Is it helping me reach my goals? Or is it counterproductive?  What are your goals? You can’t change if you don’t know where you’re going.  Commit to change this year. Commit to being a better you.  It helps me to have goals on my Fitbit for how many steps I took today; how many staircases did I climb, and how many times did I exercise this week?  How are my stats this week compared to last?  We all have a little competitive side.  Why not compete to make yourself better?

The treatment plans we lay out for you at the office work.  Why not commit yourself to that plan to get the most out of your care in our office? Commit to coming to our health talk so you are fully engaged in your healing.  There is such a difference in the outcome of those that commit to themselves versus those that don’t.  We, the Chiropractors at BFC, will NEVER quit on you.  We always see opportunity and potential regardless of age or past history.  Sadly some people quit on themselves and never give themselves a chance for a better life.  But those that commit, get a life back they often didn’t think was possible!  And there is nothing better than that. 


Miles's Story

Posted: May 23, 2018
By: Dr. Helena

Miles has inspired many Chiropractors to study CATS.  You can read Miles's story in the Important Patient Records Folder you receive on your first visit here at BFC.  His story was also published in a book named; "The Making of a Miracle" compiled by Dr. Kevin Pallis, DC.  If you are interested in learning more, ask for a copy of Miles's story in book or booklet form. If you are at BFC when Miles is visiting, you may even receive a "cranial adjustment" from Mr. Miles! 


Dr. Jed Emms, DC is a CATS instructor for the U.S.A.

Posted: May 23, 2018
By: Dr. Helena

Dr. Jed Emms, DC is performing a cranial adjustment on our son, Miles Beacom.  Dr. Jed Emms, DC has a family practice in Grand Rapids and is child focused.  Dr. Jed is a Whitehall native and has a beautiful wife and two handsome sons.  To learn more about Dr. Jed, visit www.grfamilychiropractic.com.