This post is dedicated to a fellow chiropractor colleague that took his own life this week in St. Mary’s, Georgia. Dr. Jon Shiels graduated a quarter before me and every time I saw him he always had a smile on his face with a positive outlook. The World will miss you Dr. Jon and your legacy will carry on. This is very unfortunate and completely refocuses and empowers me on my commitment to all of you on living your greatest life.

Atlanta, GA – When I decided to dedicate this post to Dr. Jon I knew this topic would have be powerful and something that could create a dramatic impact on others. The topic that came to me that affects roughly 1 in 4 of you that come to my office was on depression and anxiety. Many of you right now are either on a depression medication or anxiety medication and if not, then you know many people that are. The psychiatric industry is currently a $330 BILLION dollar business and no signs of slowing down as more people look for outside resources to solve their problems. I am not negating depression or anxiety but I want people to be more aware of what they are doing to their body and become more proactive with the decision to use more natural resources. When God created us we were not designed to be depressed or have anxiety but we were designed for happiness, abundance, service, love, and ultimately living an EXTRA-ordinary life. I have had friends in the past where they knew their life was about to get stressful whether it was deadlines, having a baby, or buying a house and decided to supplement with a xanax, zoloft, or paxil. I wander what people did to manage stress when there was no such thing as a pharmaceutical industry or anxiety or depression. I know when my life becomes stressful then maybe I go for a run, meditate, think about the good, or do something to increase serotonin.

When I looked at the research of the pharmaceutical drugs to treat depression most of them were no better than a sugar pill. As one doctor said about the drugs “they are an expensive tic-tac”. This is because depression or neuroemotional disorders are being related to toxicity or deficiency at a cellular level and not a lack of drugs. The next 4 steps are tips and tricks you can use to remove toxicity and provide sufficiency at the cellular level. I put them in order of importance so please be sure to follow the steps in order. Please forward this article on to your friends, family, and co-workers so these stories like Dr. Jon’s don’t happen.

1) See a Chiropractor

With 70 trillion cells in your body right now doing everything they need to do to keep you alive your body is smart. The system that controls all those cells is your central nervous system making up your brain, spine, and nerves, which control and coordinate all function. In today’s World we encounter significant stresses through long hours of computer usage, sleeping improperly, poor posture, toxic food, emotional damage, working out, and many others that can compromise this system. Only 10% of the nervous system perceives pain which means 90% of your nervous system does function which is why you will have no idea whether it is compromised or not unless you seek a chiropractor. A chiropractor’s ultimate job is to remove misalignments or stress from the spine to allow your body to function optimally. The reason I put this first is because I see people who eat right, workout, think positive thoughts, and take supplements but are still not healthy because the system that controls all those processes is stressed out. If you need a referral for a chiropractor because you do not live in Atlanta please e-mail us @ CohenChiropractic1895@Gmail.Com so we can tell you how to find the right one. Our Advanced Spinal Corrective Class is the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 6:30 – 7:30 PM and active patients will receive their spinal hygiene kit at this workshop.

2) Load Up on Omega 3’s

Since a lot of research is pointing right now to the body being inflamed with people who have depression these fats help reduce that. Omega 3 fatty acids can be found in 100% grass-fed beef, west coast wild caught salmon, sardines, walnuts, flax seeds, and mackerel. If you have any questions about this come out to our Advanced Nutrition Corrective Class the 4th Tuesday of every month at 6:30 PM.

3) Burst Training

On a past radio show I spoke about burst training and how high intensity interval training can help you get fit, burn fat, and regulate hormones in 12 minutes a week. The workout was created by Dr. Tabata and the concept is during the workout you burn sugar but 24 hours later you burn fat. The workout calls for 20 seconds of all out movement than 10 seconds of rest. Continue this for 8 rounds for a total of 4 minutes and this would be your daily workout along with some strength training if desired. The movements to choose from during the 20 seconds are jumping jacks, running, biking, sit-ups, pushups, air squats, or any other movement you can do 100%. If you have an iPhone or computer go to iTunes and type in under search “Half hour to health with Dr. Austin Cohen” to get all the old shows. Also, the 2nd Tuesday of every month we hold our Advanced Fitness Corrective Class from 6:30 – 7:00 PM.

4) Load Up On Vitamin D

Most people who deal with depression or high levels of anxiety notice them more during the Winter months when they are inside and not getting as much vitamin D. Researcher Sonal Pathak, MD. studied 3 women who were taking anti-depressants and found that they were highly deficient in vitamin D-3 and by supplementing it back to their diet their symptoms significantly decreased. Vitamin D levels should be between 60-100 ng/ml. The key to get Vitamin D naturally is with 20-60 minutes of healthy sunlight every day or 10,000-50,000 IU of emulsified vitamin D3 daily to get the levels where they should be. My favorite website for vitamin D3 is Vitacost.com.