Naturopaths ROCK!

Dr. George has become my go-to-guy for just about everything that ails me these days.  I’ve shared quite a bit in the last couple of weeks about my shins.  After the hours of standing on them Friday, all the walking on them Saturday, then the driving for two hours on Sunday, my shins were crying out for help.  I had kept up icing them when I’d feel the inflammation and I was using Da Balm on them when I knew I was going to be active.  By Monday, I wasn’t feeling the inflammation, but the pain was enough for me to worry about a stress fracture.  There was also a bumpy area on my right shin that was concerning me because I knew it wasn’t inflammation.

If I was worried about a stress fracture, why didn’t I get an x-ray?  I wanted Dr. George’s assessment before going to pay my other doctor for a visit and x-rays, then a potential referral to an orthopedist that might yield nothing for me.  I learned my lesson after all those tests and visits to specialists last year.  Dr. George found in a matter of minutes, what modern medicine couldn’t find for over 3 months.

With anything new, I have to spend a few minutes telling him how the original injury happened, what I’ve done to treat it and how it feels now.  He told me before he started, “This is going to hurt, you know.”  I responded, “I figured it would be, but how bad can it be compared to when you worked on my jaw?”  “It’s up there with that.”  Oh great.  I have a rather high pain threshold.  When he did the work on my jaw when my TMJ first developed a year and a half ago, it was quite painful, but I focused and breathed through it.  He commented that he’s had men walk out in tears after having the same work done on them.  Well, yeah, it’s PAINFUL.  I don’t blame any of the men that walked out in tears.

While he working on me, we started talking about movies, books, my body’s response to taking gluten out of my diet, and other wellness issues.  Our usual topics of conversation.  We have similar tastes in movies and books.  He’s a huge Star Wars fan and he’s the one that suggested the Twilight books to me.  I think the conversation served as a distraction as it gave me something else to focus on while he was working on my shins.  When he was done with the shins, he gave me a nice little tune-up, which I definitely needed.  Things just started popping all over the place, even in places that I had no idea were tight.  That’s one of the things I love.  I used to see my chiropractor as well, but Dr. George is all-in-one for me so I get more bang for my buck.  It was like a saw a physical therapist, general practitioner, and chiropractor today.  I really do like my chiropractor, Dr. O’Neil, but because we had to limit spending, I couldn’t see both of them.  I would recommend him to any of you in the Louisville area who need a chiropractor, but maybe aren’t ready for a naturopath.   His contact information is in the link I provided.

Before leaving, he showed me how to work my shins to help them heal.  Thankfully, I got to him before a lot of scar tissue had time to form, but that bumpy area on my leg is tendonosis that I’m going to have to work out.  Until then, I have to lay off the interval trainings, which I had been doing.  He informed me that I’ll now be  prone to develop shin splints from now on and not to overdo the running.  I told him I was planning on keeping to my mile and that is it.  No way am I going to attempt to do marathons or even 5Ks.  There was a day when I could have done a 5K, but that’s not my desire.

I linked Dr. George’s website at the start of this post.  If you are in the Louisville area and are searching for alternatives to pain medications and costly specialists, give him a call.  His full name is George Dominguez, but I call him Dr. George.  His fee is $50 for 30 minutes and $25 for each additional 15 minutes.  I’ve never been there longer than 30 minutes, but I know he’s had to go over on some clients that just had a lot going on.  I’ve also never been there less than 30 minutes, so you do get your money’s worth while you are there.  The only time I had to wait over my appointment time is when the client before me needed a little extra work.  But, there usually isn’t a lot of people in the waiting room and it’s pretty serene in there.  He shares space with other alternative/holistic practitioners.  If you give him or Dr. O’Neil a call, let them know that I sent you.  I don’t get a discount or anything, they just like to know who referred them.

Give naturopathy a shot.  I dare ya.  What do you have to lose?

The Shins Don’t Lie

The last few days have been full of rain on and off.  Friday, I was able to do my interval training in the morning when there was still just a drop here and there.  Today, I went into work for a little while in order to make sure I had all my stuff together for the class I’m teaching tomorrow.  While in the office, I was contemplating whether to do my interval training inside or outside.  I could be inside and comfortable in the exercise room in our complex while using a treadmill or elliptical machine.  Or, I could be outside in the cold and potentially wet weather.  My choice boiled down to my shins.  Yes, my shins are still bothering me a little.  In fact, I have ice on one of them right now.

I came home, changed, and went right to the exercise room to use the elliptical.  I figured the elliptical would minimize the impact on my shins.   It did minimize the impact while I was doing the training.  However, they are bothering me again now.  I’m not sure if this is just continued problems from the original or added.

Yes, the thought did cross my mind to not go at all.  My reasoning to go was I’m still fresh in developing this habit.  My worry was if I let go of the habit for one day, I might be tempted for let go of it altogether.  I know I was able to jump back in as soon as my body recovered from the conference two weeks ago, but I was mentally and emotionally exhausted, as well.  I’m not exhausted at all.  My shins just hurt.  I’m taking care of them now and praying they will be better soon.  I’ll probably continue using the elliptical to minimize the impact.

Ah, if only I were young again when I never had this issue!

Advocating On A Bigger Level

The more I work for the agency I’m with now and the more I’m out at meetings that involve other agencies throughout the state, the more I understand the importance of advocacy in the broader sense with our legislators. It is why when I see a bill I want to see to pass or one that I don’t want passed as is, I don’t hesitate to contact the legislators involved.

Case in point: Dan Allgyers in Kinzers, PA who received a surprise inspection at 5am Tuesday morning by the FDA. Even though he was already up and was getting ready to milk his cows, he was unable to do so. His children were scared that with all the people there walking around for the inspection, that their father would go to jail. To make matters worse, Senate Bill 510 (S 510) wants to put wording in that the FDA can conduct inspections based on “reason to believe” rather than “credible evidence.” You bet this fired me up. Our police can’t even get warrants on truly dangerous criminals based on “reason to believe.” I’m still having trouble seeing straight over this.

I’ve started to contact the Senators sitting on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee with this following message:

“I am outraged that farmers who pose little to no-risk to the community would be targeted for inspections by the FDA, like Dan Allgyers of Kinzers, PA was on 4/20/10. I am appalled that our government that is supposed to protect us, would even consider changing wording from “credible evidence” to “reason to believe” in S 510. This would give the FDA substantially more UNCHECKED power over a targeted set of people. This is more power than our own police have over the general public. I believe that this is inherently wrong and will serve to only bring an end to farmers who practice safe, sustainable and NON-TOXIC farming, while building up the food industry that is killing this nation. Please help this great nation by using the following when discussing S 510 with your Committee:

1. Regulate farms and food processors based on risk — with organic and local systems as the lowest-risk.

While no farm and processing plant can be completely safe and completely eliminate food safety risks, different production systems carry different levels of risk. Small and medium-sized organic farms are low-risk farms from a food safety point of view, and local food systems are low-risk systems. This fact speaks to a risk-based regulatory approach, particularly given limited federal dollars available for system-wide regulation and the need to prudently target the use of those funds.

Organic farms are already controlling pathogens and improving food safety in various ways that conventional, industrial-scale farms do not. Specifically, food safety regulation for organic and small-scale producers should focus on education and training, not one-size-fits-all food safety standards.

2. Protect organic farmers from conflicting food safety regulations.

Tell your Senator to ensure that the bill directs the FDA to integrate any food safety standards with the existing federal organic standards. No farmer should be forced to choose between organic certification and food safety rules, and the two should be streamlined to avoid unnecessary additional burdens and incompatibilities.

3. Protect wildlife, biodiversity and habitat from misguided food safety regulation.

Likewise, the food safety bill should ensure that FDA food safety standards do not conflict with existing federal conservation, environmental and wildlife standards. Farmers should be encouraged to adopt conservation practices on their farms — in fact, many conservation practices such as vegetated buffer zones and wetland preservation have been shown to reduce the presence of foodborne pathogens on farms.”

Everything from #1 down, I got from the Cornucopia Institute website. At the end, is the list of Senators on the Committee. The paragraph before that is all me. Feel free to copy it and use it should you decided to contact the Senators.

Venting done for now. On to better things.

I started following ATX Gluten-free blog, thanks to Amy from Simply Sugar and Gluten-free. One thing that really intrigued me on the ATX Gluten-free blog is that she mentioned that one of the Jason’s Deli’s in her area is test running gluten-free bread. I thought, how awesome is that? I saw that the other day. Today I decided to check out the Jason’s Deli blog and they have two polls going on right now. One poll is regarding gluten-free sandwiches and the other is about removing colorings and dyes from their foods. Go there and put your 2 cents in on the poll. People wanting gluten-free sandwiches and removing the colorings and dyes are leading the polls by a huge margin.

Don’t forget to sign Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution petition and pass it around! It’s getting up near half a million signatures in the U.S.

I broke in my new running shoes this morning, but my shins were still a little sore. I love listening to music while I’m doing the interval training. Linkin Park’s Bleed It Out came up as it was time to start my last running interval, which I was planning on not doing. But the song helped me dig deep and knock out the last minute of running. As I walked back into our parking lot, I twisted my left ankle and had to hobble up the stairs. I’ve twisted and sprained my ankles more times than I can count. So I know how important it is to take care of them as soon as possible. Once I had my shoes off, I went straight for my Da Balm (my homemade version of Tiger Balm) and slathered it all over my shins. Then I got an ice pack and put it on my elevated my ankle so the blood would flow back up into my legs and not stay in my foot. That’s the key to elevating. Most people I see “elevating” only have their legs and feet parallel to the ground. That just keeps the blood in that area and does nothing to help prevent swelling.

The most exciting part of my day so far is my find at Whole Foods this morning. I wanted some gluten-free crackers. I went for the Almond Crackers, they seemed to be the less evil of the ones I was checking out in terms of complying with my whole foods diet. Then a box on the very top shelf (yes, I was on my toes) caught my eye. Not only was it gluten-free, but it was completely whole foods friendly and organic. SCORE! I was so happy I forgot to mention to the cashier that they need to carry sorghum flour. Oh well.

Advocate for what you believe in, take care of injuries or they’ll come back to haunt you, and take joy in the little things of life.

Happy Aloha Friday!