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The Body is Information

The Body is Information

You may not be aware of this but the body is somewhat similar to a computer. The information present in your nervous system determines physiological choices that create health or illness. Your emotions and the way you view your life are all related to the information you carry within you. Past experiences both positive and negative can influence your present state of mind and also your physiology as well.
If you wish to change your present state of health consider working on changing the informational state of your nervous system.

How do you change the informational state of you body? Here are some strategies to consider…

1. Start a meditation practice and do it DAILY, here are three practices that I most highly recommend

Dr Wright’s Cleaing Out technique
The Living Soul Meditation
Consicous Mind Cleansing

2. See me or another practitioner who does NMT/TBM and have treatment performed weekly.

3. Constitutional Homeopathy. Finding the right remedy for you can be transformative, it takes time and patience. Working together we can find your remedy.

4. Perform EFT daily on anything and everything that is stressful in your life. For instructions see www.products.mercola.com/meridian-tapping

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Natural Treatment of Eczema, Psoriasis and Autoimmunity

Over the years I’ve seen many different conditions that are serious and potentially fatal if left untreated. The interesting part no one is concerned about treating a health challenge as much as the average eczema or psoriasis patient. The inconvenience, irritation and social implications all play a role creating a sense of urgency that can be counterproductive to properly getting to the root cause. Out of desperation people typically bounce around to different practitioners and treatments without really sticking it out to give any a fair trial to see if it works. This is of course understandable but it does get in the way of getting the job done. This article will talk about the process and time frame for best results.

When patients come in they are often on corticosteroids or some other form of suppressive therapy. These are great to get bad flare ups under control but it does change what our options for testing and treatment are. One of the most useful tests to do, if not on corticosteroids or immune suppressants, is food sensitivity testing. I generally prefer to test for IgG and IgA antibodies through a blood test. This will give us a snap shot of how irritating various foods are to your system. This is not an end all and be all test but a great foundation to get a good idea of how different foods affect you. When we find out most of the key triggers it is generally recommended that you avoid most of these foods for at least a few months if not longer while we work on the underlying cause for the food sensitivities in the first place.

The next step is to work on cleaning up and repairing the GI tract. Through Asyra, Functional Bio-Analysis and Acugraph testing we get an idea of what your weak links are (see http://www.doctorgallant.com/treatments/). Depending on what we find, digestive support, liver and hormonal support may be implemented to support the healing process. Testing is typically done every couple weeks to see what new layers present themselves to be worked on.

While nutrition, botanical, and detoxification is being done treatment that is vital to rebalancing of the nervous system is also implemented. Settling down stress responses via meditation, yoga and improving sleep at night is crucial. Nervous system imbalance leading to allergy tendency also needs to be addressed. NMT and TBM are implemented a couple times a week to desensitize to allergens over 6-8 weeks. Information about NMT can be found at www.nmt.md. It is a mind body therapy where the practitioner uses verbal questions and muscle response testing to get yes or no answers to increase mind body awareness of the “errors” that are underlying the cause of allergies. Through this communication with a patient’s subconscious nervous system and corrections through tapping the spine allergies are dramatically reduced over time. In fact, Dr Leslie Feinberg DC (founder of NMT) has a video on the NMT website demonstrating correction of anaphylactic allergy (peanut allergy type reaction) in only one visit. http://www.nmt.md/NMTVideoANAshort.cfm

This is perhaps a bigger process than most people assume. Many would ask for a natural skin cream but this is rarely effective by itself. Worse yet if the underlying cause has not been addressed other more serious conditions can emerge. It is very common for a child to have eczema treated improperly to later on manifest asthma so treating these layers will improve overall health not just treat your skin…

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Why Meditate?

The western world has made tremendous achievement over the last century. Today we enjoy a degree of abundance that no previous society has ever had.The emphasis of the material world has led to a world-view that leads to inevitable addictions, depression and a break down of community. Why Since the beginning of time it has been understood that the important things that lead to happiness are the immaterial. Love, joy, connection and spiritual experience are all internal.

In our culture we have continually looked externally for our source of contentment and joy. We’ve lost our connection to source and we continually project it onto further material needs and addictions. When we aren’t happy we either blame someone else or reach for the next novelty to please ourselves.

What if there were a way out of this trap? Is it possible to find contentment within and then from there manifest an abundant life that embodies sustainable values? Holy men from all philosophies would agree with a resounding YES! By learning to quiet the mind and embody compassion all things come to us. This is the value of meditation.

Over time the mind becomes quiet, peaceful and from this your natural state of joy begins to emerge. From there a new understanding of yourself and the world around you become patently obvious allowing you to better choose a path in alignment with who you really are. Many of us see the world through our past experiences and pain, not how it truly is. Meditation is a way of clearing these past filters allowing us to see the world clearly as if a window had been washed of all the dirt and grime preventing a clear view. Interestingly, many health problems are related to mind-body communication problems so as one’s mind becomes quiet many health concerns improve dramatically.

What kind of meditation should you do? There is quiet meditation, breath work and mantra meditation. I do all three and found all of them to be compatible and beneficial for me. I often advise people to listen to what seems to work for them but there are some options that I’ve found to be helpful for most people. Two websites that contain a vast resource of various meditation materials are www.sanskritmantra.com and www.tybro.com. These are two trustworthy resources that I suggest you peruse to learn about the vast world of spiritual work. Dr Wright’s cleaning out technique from www.sanskritmantra.com is highly recommended. It is a simple practice that brings profound results. For those who want to work on their subconscious a meditation called “Conscious Mind Cleansing” is available on the www.tybro.com website.

When you start any meditation practice your mind will come up with all sorts of reasons to stop doing it. Try your best to be consistent for 3 months before you decide whether or not it is good for you. I guarantee if you do 15 minutes a day of Dr. Wrights cleaning out technique you will understand why I’m recommending this to you.

Dr. Jamie Gallant

(604) 465-7745
www.doctorgallant.com

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​​Got Sleep?

Almost nothing is as rewarding as a refreshing nights sleep. As we age an insidious change creeps into our sleep patterns. We toss and turn a little more, wake more frequently and perhaps go to the bathroom several times a night. The fact is, something happens that drags down our ability to sleep deeply and restfully. Research indicates hormonal imbalance, stress and nutrition all play a role in diminishing sleep quality.

So how do we get a good nights sleep? First of all, practice proper sleep hygiene. Go to bed at the same time every night, limit watching tv or exercising too close to bedtime and try to sleep in complete darkness. These habits can improve overall sleep quality. It is also recommended that you do not have any wireless technologies or cell phones near you while you are trying to sleep because these can interfere with optimal electrical activity of the brain. Epsom salt baths before bed can also help to relax a person while being quite healthy as well.

Supplements that can interfere with sleep tend to be the stimulating type products. B vitamins generally should be taken earlier in the day for sensitive people and restriction of all caffeine containing products is a good idea.

Sometimes people wake frequently through the night because of blood sugar imbalance. In these cases it is a good idea to have a protein snack before bed like a small piece of meat or cheese. You can tell these people by the way they react to skipping meals. If you tend to feel agitated, sweaty or anxious after a few hours without eating it is likely that you would benefit from eating some protein before bed.

A racing mind from the day’s stress can wreak havoc on your sleep. This may be a sign of a heart meridian imbalance and is worth checking out through meridian testing but also there are ways to help quiet the mind. The method that I like best for a busy mind is called “Conscious Mind Cleansing” by Dr Mitchell Gibson MD. This audio track is a guided meditation with a collection of pitches and tones to help balance brain wave activity. Most people report an improved, restful sleep by doing this a few times a week. This can be downloaded or ordered at www.tybro.com.

There are various homeopathics, botanicals and supplements that can be beneficial to further enhance your sleep. To get an idea of what is best I prefer that we test you via Asyra, Acugraph and Functional BioAnalysis to find out what is best for you.

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The Importance of Exercise

People come in to my office with a variety of complaints.  Most of the time it is really due to too much stress and too little exercise.   Healthy people generally respond to treatment while sedentary individuals struggle to kick chronic aches and pains.  While I consider many of the techniques I use for treating pain to be state of the art there are limits to what can be achieved in an unhealthy patient.

There are several reasons for you to take control NOW and start exercising.  Exercise done properly corrects muscular imbalances that lead to poor biomechanics, a major underlying cause of why many chronic pains occur in the first place.   Management of blood sugar and metabolism is radically enhanced by activity.   I’ve found poor blood sugar metabolism to be behind many cases of allergies, anxiety, insomnia, digestive problems and arthritis.  While it is possible to be healthy without a regular exercise program I’ve found that it is a rare occurrence.

What kind of exercise?  There are many options but I suggest to you that some effort should be involved.  Yes there are studies showing that going for a brisk walk 3 times a week improves health outcomes but I consider that more of a testimonial for how badly out of shape most of us are.   Weight training, yoga or pilates with short bouts of cardiovascular exercise is ideal.

What exercises you choose should be based on your current fitness level and if possible, work with a personal trainer if you are new to an exercise program.

 

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How to raise a healthy child

1) Healthy, organic, non-gmo food. Minimize sugar and junk food as much as possible.
2) Exercise should be done daily
3) Vit D3-supplement daily to improve immune function. Shown to reduce ear infections by 50%!
4) Fish oil-Good fats are universally deficient in children’s diets leading to increased allergy, anxiety and ADD/ADHD frequency.
5) Probiotics-Good bacteria is a must as good health starts in the digestive tract.
6) Immune tonics-echinacea, astragalus, and other herbal extracts strengthen immunity and improve adaptivity to stress. Use regularly as prevention and also during cold/flu.
7) Use homeopathics instead of medications whenever possible. Most often minor colds/flus can be managed without resorting to antibiotics and Tylenol/Advil. In fact, unnecessary suppression of fevers leads to increased allergy, asthma and autoimmune disease in children. Minimize use to severe cases or when fever is high for hours (104F) under physicians guidance. Fever should rarely be suppressed at 100F-102F.
8) Get regular nervous system treatments. This helps improve mind/body communication to decrease allergy tendency and improve overall health.

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Why is my Energy Low?

Low energy is probably the most common complaint heard in a doctor’s office today.   There are many potential causes though some are much more common than others.Diet plays a role here with regard to nutrient deficiencies, food allergies and blood sugar imbalances.  When your diet is inadequate to provide your body what it needs it’s easy to see how your energy won’t be at its best.  Food allergies/sensitivities are another hidden culprit.  When you eat foods that you have reactions to you can manifest a variety of symptoms, low energy being one of them.  If you notice you have consistent low energy after lunchtime it is likely you have a food sensitivity contributing to your fatigue.   Not only is it important for you to eat healthy foods but also the combination of foods also matters.  Diets rich in simple carbohydrates and low in protein and good fats tend to encourage unstable blood sugar.  Whenever there is a blood sugar high (after a starchy/sugary meal) there also tends to be a low (hypoglycemia) leaving one with cravings for stimulants and sugar.

Adrenal fatigue is another common cause of fatigue.  The adrenal gland helps the body deal with stress by making adrenalin, cortisol and a variety of other hormones.  When a person is stressed regularly the adrenals can become “fatigued” compromising their ability to produce appropriate hormones to allow you to react to stress appropriately.  Why is your body stressed?  There are several ways you can manifest chronic stress responses including but not limited to emotional upsets, structural misalignment, chronic pain, constant overexposure to food allergies or toxins and poor sleep quality.

Toxic overload is almost never talked about with regard to fatigue.  It generally occurs because the average person is routinely exposed to over a 100,000 toxic agents from the environment each day!  Poor food choices, genetically modified food (GMO), cosmetics, artificial additives, pesticides all contribute to our daily burden of toxicity.  Energetic testing often can reveal ways to use drainage remedies to help reduce the toxic burden while changing lifestyle to limit exposure to common toxins can improve energy and health dramatically.

Once overall diet is improved the next step is to work on decreasing underlying causes of stress while also using various treatments to rebuild your energy reserves.  Treatment of injured areas (prolo/neural therapy), rebuilding tired adrenals (homeopathy, botanicals, nutrition), and improved detoxification (drainage, nutrition, botanicals) serve to restore energy and wellness.

Fatigue is often a symptom of a suboptimal lifestyle and an underlying imbalance.  Testing often helps to get a better idea of fundamental causes leading to better, healthier choices.  Treatment should be viewed as a lifetime process of healthy choices and treatments to improve balance and quality of life.

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10 Things you Should do to Maximize your Health

1. Eat a healthy low sugar, low fried fat, organic, fruit and vegetable rich diet

2. Drink 1 liter of water per 50lbs of body weight per day

3. See your local Naturopathic Physician for an optimal supplement regime for your body.

4. Find a good NMT practitioner and get at least one treatment per month

5. Exercise regularly

6. Learn to meditate

7. Get your spine realigned monthly

8. Start an ND directed detoxification program

9. Go to bed early, at the same time every night

10. Minimize exposure to electromagnetic fields, microwaves and cell phone radiation

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When Do You Visit Your Health Practitioner?

While most people understand the concept of car maintenance, house repairs and household cleaning, only a select few understand the importance of maintaining their body. Many people don’t realize that a health practitioner is not only there to assist you when something is wrong. In fact, you should consider seeing your practitioner to help maintain and improve your health on an ongoing basis.

The occurrence of many diseases are a result of imbalance in our systems for many years.  Once identified, it may take months or even years to reverse the illness. The longer you wait, the longer and greater the challenge is in reversing the impact.  Waiting for the disease to surface before seeing your practitioner is much like doing an oil change on your car after the engine blows up… too little too late.

There are many things you can do on a regular basis to maintain and improve your health. For example… regular spinal adjustments from your Chiropractor or Naturopathic Physician can improve immune function and may decrease arthritic degeneration of your spine. Also, weekly NMT treatment can decrease allergy tendency, improve stress, speed up wound healing and decrease your overall aging.

Give some thought to how you utilize your health practitioner. Chances are, you’re missing out on many of the benefits they’re trained to provide.

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Good fat…bad fat

A common misconception today is that fat is bad for you. Fats, like any other nutrient, are essential to life and optimal health. People do not generally associate fish oil with reduced arthritis pain, better concentration, decreased heart attack risk or better yet weight loss. Did you know that consumption of coconut oil has been found to improve thyroid function? Did you know that menstrual cramps can often be alleviated by a few months of primrose oil supplementation?

If fat has so many benefits why does fat get such a bad wrap? The reason is that we have been getting our fats mixed up. There are “good fats” which is helpful in treatment and prevention of almost every disease known to man and there are “bad fats” which can cause, or contribute to, almost any disease process. The good fats are generally found in fish, nuts, and seeds and are typically not processed in any way. Bad fats come in most fried foods, margarines, meats and cheeses. Although some bad fat is okay, problems generally start when quantities get out of hand. Consuming too many bad fats leads to increased inflammation which contributes to joint pain (arthritis), heart disease, cancer and possibly hormonal imbalances (pms comes to mind here).

A good recommendation for most people is to eat more fish, flax oil and olive oil in the daily diet while decreasing fried foods, fatty meats and cheeses. Essential fatty acids are essential to the daily diet of anyone who wishes to improve health, sports performance, reduce cholesterol and lose weight.

 

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