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Animal Chiropractic – Yes, it’s a thing.

Dr. Alissa Grover   Did you know that our very own Dr. Alissa Grover is an animal chiropractor? Like all vertebrates, animals can use occasional care in the spinal department. Dr. Ali works with dogs, cats, horses, reptiles, rabbits, and more!   Dr. Ali graduated Valedictorian of her class from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, where the chiropractic profession was founded. She completed an additional 220-hours of continuing education on animal chiropractic from Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, Texas. She is a certified animal chiropractor by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA). Currently, Dr. Ali is one of only a handful of AVCA-certified doctors in the entire state of Utah, and is proud to be the only chiropractic physician to hold that title. Also a certified Reiki master, Dr. Ali enjoys using energy work and kinesiology testing in addition to chiropractic.   What is animal chiropractic?   Animal chiropractic is similar to human chiropractic and is done for similar reasons. This specialized branch of chiropractic appeared in publications as early as 1944, but was not recognized officially until the 1980s (Willoughby 2002). Chiropractors had found that animals, particularly race horses, could benefit from chiropractic. This had proven difficult for many veterinarians and doctors to get behind, though, due to skepticism regarding chiropractic in general. With much work and dedication, animal chiropractic became an official branch of chiropractic, complete with certifications and specialized classes.   Like human chiropractic, animal chiropractic focuses on the health of the neuro-musculo-system. This system controls the body and, when there is stress or damage to the nervous system, the entire body experiences...

Essential Oils as Insect Repellents

How do they work? Plants have been used as natural insect repellants since ancient times, often grown strategically to deter harmful or pesky insects from entering human habitations. The mutually beneficial relationship between plants and humans has been extremely important, particularly in areas where mosquitoes and other biting insects can carry devastating diseases. Beyond planting some lavender, or growing basil, studies have shown that crushing or burning certain plants increase their insect repelling properties. This is where essential oils come in. Essential oils concentrate the oils in the plant, creating a more potent and active form of the natural substances found in the plant. Before we dig too much deeper, the first step in understanding essential oils as insect repellants is to understand how they work. Contrary to popular belief, not all of these plants push bugs away. Some of the more common oils have a potent scent, which hides other smells and confuses mosquitoes and biting pests. While the oils are not directly driving mosquitoes away, they are making it much harder for the mosquito to find and bite you. Other plants actively repel the insects, producing smells that drive them away. These plants tend to react when damaged by an insects bite, or when brushed against, so are typically more useful when used in an oil or smoke form. Finally, certain plants contain chemicals that are toxic to insects. This is where the ever popular citronella fits in, repelling and killing simultaneously.   How to use them? As mentioned above, having live plants in strategic locations can offer limited protection as an insect deterrent. Most plants that...

What Causes a Sunburn?

What is a sunburn? Sunburns occur when bare skin is exposed to UV rays, most commonly from direct sunlight or spending too long on a tanning bed. These rays cause the skin to respond by making melanin, a natural protective substance that gives us suntans and is responsible for the variety of skin tones across the globe. When the melanin defense system becomes overwhelmed, a burn occurs. You may have noticed that those with darker skin tones do not burn quite as easily as those with lighter tones. This is due to the quantity of melanin in the skin, and is determined genetically. Those with darker skin are naturally able to produce more melanin, while those with fairer skin have less melanin to work with and burn easier as a consequence. How do we protect ourselves? Sunburns can occur on sunny days, overcast days, snowy days, and even while swimming. Studies have shown that up to 80% of UV rays will pass through clouds and that snow, ice, water, and other reflective services can actually magnify the effect of the UV. This means that only going outside when it’s cold or cloudy won’t protect us. Wearing protective clothing that covers the skin is one of the surest ways to prevent sunburn. Be it a hat, long sleeved shirt, sunglasses, or long pants, covering the body protects us from exposure. This may not always be a practical solution, however, especially when temperatures peak and a nice dip in the swimming pool is needed. In these situations, the best preventative is a good sunscreen. Sunscreen comes in a variety of forms,...

Vegetables? Yuck!

“Vegetables? Yuck!”   We’ve all heard this around the dinner table, and not always from the children. What is it about vegetables that makes our taste buds rebel and our hands reach for sugary sweets over nutrient filled veggies? It all comes down to taste. There are five flavors that we taste in foods: Salty, savory, sweet, sour, and bitter. Salty and sweet are, by far, the most commons flavors to love with savory a close third. Sour seems to be an acquired taste, loved by some and hated by others, but wonderful when paired with sweetness in drinks like lemonade.   Bitter, though? Most people do not care for the bitter taste. In nature, bitterness is most often associated with substances that are harmful to us. As such, we have a natural aversion to the bitter flavor commonly found in vegetables. While they are not toxic, are generally good for us, and have a lot to offer in the way of vitamins and minerals – vegetables tend to have a bitter taste. This helps them avoid getting eaten in the wild.   Children, in particular, pick up on this taste and have an aversion to vegetables as a result. As we age and our taste buds become less sensitive, vegetables begin to taste better. While some of us may never learn to truly love the roots, legumes, leafy greens, and sprouts of the world at least now we know why. And knowing why means we can tackle the problem and make our vegetables taste better.   Here are some ideas, courtesy of Healthy Options, for improving the taste...

Hands For Life Serving The Under-served

Hands For Life Nonprofit is growing everyday. With Chapters starting all over the U.S., Hands For Life is looking to be the largest Chiropractic Nonprofit in the World. Over the last 18 months, we have been to India 4 times, serving over just under 10,000 people during each of our visits. We also serve in Mexico 2 times a month, seeing anywhere between 150 and 300 people the first and third Saturday of each month. Sharing the gift of chiropractic, health and healing is something we love to do. There are millions upon millions of people on our planet who have no access to health care, nor could they afford it if it were available. And Natural Healthcare is so hard for these people to find. When we were in India, we witnessed miracles right in front of our eyes!! Kids walking for the first time, eyesight changing, hearing restored, and the lifeless brought back to life. Being able to touch so many is truly a blessing, and even though one may not be able to attend these trips, their donations make it possible to “heal the world.” Keep checking back on our site to see the great things our donors are supporting, and to realize we all play a part in helping others. From a small donation to flying around the world, no matter what your role, we can only accomplish our mission TOGETHER!! Thanks for your support, your willingness to see the under-served taken care of, and mostly being part of our vision for a healthier, happier world...