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How to Dissolve Trigger Points Through Your Upper Back, Shoulders, and Neck

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When looking to diminish knots or areas of hypertonicity in any muscle group, it can be highly effective to actively move an underlying joint through its natural range of motion while apply steady pressure to the muscle belly that is tight. Read more about How to Dissolve Trigger Points Through Your Upper Back, Shoulders, and Neck

 

Sustainable Fat Loss Diet

I'm relatively certain that there isn't one system of eating that works well for everyone, and that our dietary needs for optimal health invariably changes as we go through different life stages. So ultimately, it's up to each individual to try dietary strategies that make sense and are in alignment with human biochemistry, to observe how their body and health respond, and to make modifications when necessary.

When looking to lose fat, I feel it's vital to keep the following in mind:

  • The loss needs to be sustainable.

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What To Do If You Have A Tendency To Throw Out Your Back

This is a simple routine of spinal mobility exercises that I have long found useful to those who have a tendency to "throw out" their back or experience chronic and intermittent back pain from various sprains and strains, including those involving intervertebral discs. Read more about What To Do If You Have A Tendency To Throw Out Your Back

 

A Fun Game that Improves Balance, Core Strength, and Joint Position Sense

Here's a simple game that you can do anywhere with a soft belt or rope or anything similar that you and a partner can wrap around your waists and be connected with each other.

Have each person wrap one end of the belt around the waist so that the belt takes on an "S" shape. Each person should hold on to his or her end of the belt with the hand on the side where the belt ends, right along the side of the waist. Read more about A Fun Game that Improves Balance, Core Strength, and Joint Position Sense

 

Hanging Stretches for Improved Shoulder Mobility

Assuming that you can comfortably use your arms overhead, you can further improve your shoulder strength and mobility by doing the hanging stretches in this video.

The main idea is to allow your shoulders to stretch and move through their natural range of motion while they are gently distracted i.e. while your arms are being gently pulled away from your shoulder sockets. Read more about Hanging Stretches for Improved Shoulder Mobility

 

How to Prevent Anal Fissures

Few health challenges can generate as much pain as a chronic anal fissure. This article explains how an anal fissure develops, and how to promote healing of an anal fissure using natural methods. Read more about How to Prevent Anal Fissures

 

Natural Ways to Treat Wrist and Elbow Pain

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When looking to overcome wrist and elbow pain, a good first step is to identify its root cause. Read more about Natural Ways to Treat Wrist and Elbow Pain

 

How to Make Your Own Variable-Speed Percussion Massaging Tool

Materials:

Jigsaw:

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Universal Adaptor for a Jigsaw:

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Lacrosse Ball:

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Please note that I do not know if the universal adaptor listed above can fit into any jigsaw. Read more about How to Make Your Own Variable-Speed Percussion Massaging Tool

 

Hopes for 2018

I hope that 2018 is off to a positive start for you and those you are closest to. I love the rollover to a new calendar year for the feelings of hope and energy that it tends to bring out in many of us.

For the past few years, we've made it a ritual to write letters to ourselves, to be opened on January 1st of the next year. I posted a photo of the sealed envelope that housed our letters from January 1st of 2017 and that we excitedly opened yesterday at my Instagram account:

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A Growing Cause of Sleep Deprivation and Chronic Illness

Sara H. is a 25-year-old teacher who lives and works in northern California. She contacted me in September 2013 for help with chronic headaches and bloating. I actually met Sara years earlier when she came to our fasting clinic to support her mom, who did a 3-week water-only fast to address hypertension and rheumatoid arthritis. When Sara reached out to me, I remembered how caring and unassuming she was as a teenager, so I was eager to offer support. Read more about A Growing Cause of Sleep Deprivation and Chronic Illness

 

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