Turkey bowl 28 is in the books! State Champs 2015

It has been a crazy last month or so for me and my family.  I hope all of you had a incredible Thanksgiving day.  We had hte 28th annual Turkey bowl here in Osceola.  It was a lot of fun playing in a mini snowstorm.  We had 18 players who ranged from 8 years of age to 55.  Tommy Krenz, Terry Baillergeon and Kevin Rogers have done all of them which is remarkable.   Now we have kids and grand kids playing, how cool is that.  I tried to defend my son Riley who plays at D2 Concordia and he totally smoked me.  My mind says yes but the body says no.  I can’t believe how I’ve lost some of my quickness.  I was sore for a few days but no major injuries so that’s good news.

Talk about crazy fun stuff, how about those Osceola Chieftains football team winning the Wisconsin state football division 5 Championship.  This was an incredible team effort through out the entire year.  I’ve had the honor to work with some of these student athletes from the 5th grade up and it was such a highlight for me to see them shine this year.  What incredible memories we will all have who followed this Championship season.  I’ve got pics on my phone from the game but don’t know how to put them on my computer.  Check out the pic of Tucker Hazzard and some of the boys from their 5th grade football practice.

These guys are state champs!

It has been a pleasure to be able to provide Chiropractic care to a whole bunch of these football players.  Whether it’s at the house or clinic I love being able to help these kids and keep them healthy and in the game.  We were fortunate to have no major injuries to any starters so that doesn’t happen very often.

I also had the pleasure to work with the Concordia football team in St. Paul where my son plays.  It started with just working on Riley since he was getting beat up pretty good in practice and next thing you know 1/2 the team was getting adjusted.  I worked on 67 of the 100 members of the team and even a few coaches before games.  These are college kids who really appreciated any help they could get and they really looked forward to the Tuesday night adjustment night.  Next thing you know a bunch would be coming up Sunday mornings to get worked on and Mary was cooking up a storm for the boys and they loved it.

It sure was fun working with a couple of the  Concordia captains to keep them playing when no one thought they could play.  The reason I do this is because I too was once a high school and college football and we didn’t have Chiropractic available like it is right now.  Having weekly and sometimes daily Chiropractic is what athletes need.  Sure wish I would have had it back in the day.  I’m hoping one of the athletes will go to Chiropractic school and come take over my practice when ever and if I ever to call it a career.

OK, here’s what’s going on at the clinic.  Check out my business facebook page and like it if you would.  I’ve got a video up there about my upcoming Thyroid recovery workshop coming up this monday night 6:30-7:30 at my clinic.   Nice video of one of my patients also.

Until next time, it’s going to be warm the next 10 days so get out and get some exercise.  I did happen to get an hour on the x-ski’s yesterday, that was fun..  May be a while before we see some snow.

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Help for knee pain.

This is one of my favorite times of the year.  Fall and football, you just can’t beat the combination.  With football I see a number of more acute type of injuries to the knee, contusions, mild MCL sprains, etc.  Most of these can be maanged and back to full function with our neuro based ARP wave therapy.  The muscles around the injury get turned off and your brain gets used to this and you need to get a new imprint into the brain and nervous system to get those muscles functioning properly again.  The ARP wave therapy I do at my clinic works phenomenal for this.  I first used it on Lincoln Howard who is the starting right tackle for Northern Illinois University.  Lincoln had a hip dislocation which is a devastating career ending injury because this type of injury can cause the blood flow tho the ball of the hip joint to be decreased and the ball eventually dies and you need a new hip at a young age.  Bo Jackson had this and that was pretty much it for him back in the 1980″s.  ARP was very successful on Lincoln and then I started using it on myself and all my little injuries and my son Riley with great success.  I’ve been using it for 5 years now and use it daily with my patients for not only knee problems but any neuromuscloskeletal problem that causes inhibiiton of proper muscle function.  I’ve been going down to Concordia University in St. Paul every tuesday night to work on football players and ARP has been awesome at keeping these guys practicing and playing games on weekend.  I’ll be doing a workshop on ARP wave therapy soon at my clinic so I’ll keep you posted if you want to learn more about how it may help you. It’s been great fun working with the Osceola football team also.  What a great bunch of kids.  Look for them to go deep in to the playoffs.  Hats off to all the OHS teams. One of the best things you can do for your self is do cut the carbs out of your diet.  Carbohydrate restriction is the best form of diet if you are prone to diabetes and cardiovascular disease.   Carbs are the deamons on your plate.  Want to lose weight don’t do grains and fat free foods.  Forget that, eat fat and protein.  I go through a dozen or so avocados weekly. I love avocados in a protein based smoothie first thing in the moring.  It tastes so darn great.   Try it, you’ll like it. Don’t forget to get in and get adjusted.  It’s incredible not only how good it feels but how important it is neurologically for good brain and body development. OK, make it a fantastic week.  I’m here to serve, and empower you to take charge of your helath so you can have a substantial improvement in the quality of your life.  Dr. E

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It’s been 25 years since…

Summer is at full force and I hope all of you are outside enjoying the incredible summer we are having.  Soon it will be fall and then winter so cherish the sunlight and get out and get your body moving.

One of the best things you can do for your brain is to get out and get some exercise.  The brain needs oxygen for fuel and there is nothing better than ramping the heart rate up a bit and getting oxygen to the brain.  You will  feelso much better.  Remember exercise is the best anti-depressant.

This past weekend I went up to Washburn Wi. to visit my old friends Dave Wilcox and his son Cam.  We did the firehouse 50 bike race which I haven’t done for 25 years.  It’s been 20 years since I’ve done a bike race so I wasn’t sure how it might go.

I started out way in the back in the 3rd wave and eased in to the race.  The main pack was already a 1/2 mile ahead of me after a couple miles.  Going up the great divide was really challenging.  I have only ridden 150 miles this summer and was wondering how my legs would hold up.

As I got over the great divide which seemed like a 3 mile hill climb I relaxed and was able to catch a group of racers which helps a ton.  I caught my buddy Willie at the 20 mile mark and was able to ride with him through the Chemomequon forest which was incredibly beautiful with rolling hills.  As we got to Drummond Wi. we had 8 miles to go.  I was really feeling it but made it to the finish line with just a little cramping.  My butt sure was sore and still is.

It was fun to do something different.  I can’t beleive I haven’t biked much over the last 20 years.  It sure is less pounding on the legs and is great for the heart when you start pushing the hills.  I probably won’t race much because you need to train for it and skiing is enough for me.  But to get outside and enjoy a nice ride with friends sure is fun.

Ok, here is what we are up to.  I’m holding a thyroid recovery workshop next Monday night the 10th at 6:30 at my offfice.  It’s an hour long, no charge.  If you suffer with a thyroid problem then this is a must attend class.

Football and fall sports are here.  The Chieftains should be really good this year.  I look forward to helping these athletes stay healthy and being able to compete at the optimal potential.

Keep up eating a great diet, moving your body, and being grateful for all the greatness that each of you have.

25 years ago on the shores of Lake Superior

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Challenges to change or opportunities for growth?

What an incredible nice summer we are having right now.  My plants took it on the chin last week when we got hail and holy cow did we get a soaking on monday.  I love the heat!  I love when it gets hot and humid in the summer.  I know how cold it can be when I’m skiing in the winter and freezing at a start of a cross country ski race so I appreciate all the sunlight I can get in and the heat.

Sometimes when I’m working with patients and shifting their paradigm about health, exercise, eating it can be challenging.  It’s kind of like the dog days of summer for people.  Change in diet, exercise can seem like an obstacle.  Lets look at the opportunities that taking charge of your health can bring for you.

Eating better.  I reccommend for everyone that I see to remove all inflammatory foods.  No gluten, dairy, soy, yeast to start.  Sometimes people cry when I say this.  It’s not that bad once you get going on it.  There are a ton of great foods you can eat like veggies, fruits, grass fed meats, etc.  If you do it it will change the quality of your life substantially in a short period of time.  If you really want to know exactly what you can and can’t eat we can run a array 10 food sensitvity panel from cyrex labs for $580  Check it out here. http://www.joincyrex.com/page/7781/Array-10-Multiple-Food-Immune-Reactivity-Screen

Brotherly love from 8 years ago.

There are so many toxins in food you really want to eat organic and keep anything processed to a minimum.  Everyone loves sweet corn this time of year.  As much as I used to eat a dozen ears at a sitting I can’t even tolerate one ear of corn these days.  It’s a big no-no for me.  I like the food sensitivity panels because I know exactly what my patients can or can not eat.  You are either adding fuel to the fire or putting the fire out with what you eat and how it effects your overall health and well being.

I like to get all my workouts done either first thing in the morning while my energy is highest, or at noon lunch.  I have always struggled with workouts at night.  If you don’t have much time do some fat burning exercises.  Pushups, planks, burbees, quick sprints.  Do 30 seconds on and 30  seconds off of these for 10 minutes and you are good to go.  The key is to just get the shoes on and get outside and start moving the body.  It may be getting a 10 minute walk in to start.   The benefits of moving greatly outweight the side effects of sitting and doing nothing.

Many patients struggle with sleeping problems.  Chronic stress can play a huge role in this.  One of the test I like to do is a adrenal stress index test which is a saliva test  which measures your cortisol levels which is a stress hormone at 4 different times of the day.  If you are in adrenal exhaustion or they are all over the place their are specific strategies you can do to help the adrenals heal and you can start sleeping better.  One of them is strict blood sugar control.  One of the biggest problems I see in practice is the poor blood sugr regulation of my patients.  This is crucial if you are ever going to have good energy and good sleep patterns.

The basic testing which people should have done is the 85 panel comprehensive blood work up for $199  It’s such a valuable test to have done.  It checks your 3 month blood sugar value, all your electrolytes, a fatty lipid profile, 10 different thyroid checks including your antibodies to see if you have Hashimoto’s thryoiditis, Vit D levels, a complete CBC with auto-differential to see if you have any viral or bacterial infections, and a urine analysis.  This is a must for everyone.  I get mine checked yearly.  If you did this on your own it would cost $1900  We contract through lab corp so we get a signifigant savings, you just have to run down to Edina for the blood draw.  Once we get the tests back we sit down and go over them and get a plan of attack to get you healthy.

Another huge issue I see with patients is difficulty losing weight.  Check out this video I put on my facebook page.  I invite you attend my class this upcoming Wednesday the 15th of July at my clinic at 6:30 pm.  It’s free.  https://video.xx.fbcdn.net/hvideo-xpt1/v/t42.1790-2/11735056_10153404707975180_489231277_n.mp4?efg=eyJybHIiOjM3NCwicmxhIjo4MDgsInZlbmNvZGVfdGFnIjoicmVzXzQyNl9jcmZfMjNfbWFpbl8zLjBfc2QifQ%3D%3D&rl=374&vabr=208&oh=4133bee538d38810906e2bddb50ce879&oe=559EC655

Ok, I’m out for a quick 40 mile bike ride.  Going ot stop up and visit my mom who celebrates her 83rd birthday!

Until next time.  Invest in your health.  it will pay huge dividends down the road.

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Where have you been Dr. Edling?

Wow, I just noticed it’s been 2 months since my last post.  Holy cow that’s the longest time spread I think I’ve ever done.  So this is what I’ve been up too.

I’ve been studying.  I spent 24 hours with Dr. Dr. Datis Kharrazian who is the author of “Why do I still have thyroid symptoms when my lab tests are normal”, and “Why isn’t my brain working”  This was an excellent 3 day weekend of very intense study on thyroid, and especially auto-immune thyroid.  90% of all thyroid problems I see are auto-immune related.  The problem for patients is that they are frustrated because even with the meds they don’t feel good.  The reason is no one has addressed the immune system which is attacking the thyroid, not just TSH levels.  I see a lot of people who have had great success with our auto-immune protocols.  Identifying underlying triggers and healing gut fucntion is imperative to success with any auto-immune conditon.    80% of your immune system lies with your gut-microbiome so it’s imperative you have good gut function.  This is just about impossibe with the standard american diet.   Our diet is the worst in the world and it’s one of the reasons we have so much sickness and disease in our society.  We have a bad source of food which is toxic to our gut and our brain because it causes massive amounts of inflammation.  If you have a bad gut micro-biome you will surely have a bad brain down the road.

Time for a little baseball.

There are specific strategies to calm the immune response down which is destroying your thyroid and put this auto-immune attack at bay.  Because once you are auto-immune in one area it’s just looking for another place to attack.  Cyrex labs have developed a test which is a predictor of  any other auto-immune attack to your body.  Your brain, your gut, your muscles, your nervous system, your joints, and many other areas that will predict what your future looks like unless you do something now.  They also have very sophisticated food sensitivty tests that we use (array 4 and 10), which can show us if you are putting fuel to the fire.  If you are eating foods that unknowningly make you worse then you must not eat these or else you will get worse.  Wouldn’t it be nice to find out what foods you may be sensitive to?

Look for upcoming workshops on thyroid and auto-immunity.  You can check my business facebook page Edling Chiropractic and wellness. Here is the link.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Edling-Chiropractic-and-Wellness/87940295179?fref=ts

Mary and I are now empty nesters.  Our son Riley graduated a few weeks ago and will be heading off to Concordia University in St.Paul where he will also be playing D 2 football.  Congrats to all the other seniors.  it’s been a great joy watching these kids grow and mature and have successes on and off the field.

We will not be in the clinic this friday June 5th.  We are headed down to watch Riley and his 4×200 and 4x 100 relay teams participate in the state track meet in laCrosse.  The state track meet is an incredible event.  There are some very talented boys and girls who really can bring it.  Last year was my first year ever attending and I was blown away how much fun it was.  I’ll be going back on a yearly basis.   I have anumber of track athletes who get adjusted for peak performance.  Congrats to them.  Going to state is pretty cool.

Grace Ulrich celebrating making it to state.

It’s finally getting nice out so get out and enjoy the sun.  Exercise is fuel for the brain.  It clears the fog and is the best anti depressant.

Come join me Saturday morning 9 am down by Cascade falls here in Oscela, I’ll be leading the “walk with the Doc”.  Just a fun 30 minute walk highlighting some of Osceola trail systems.  There will be one every month.  See you there.

Ok, it won’t be another 2 months until next post.  Get out there and be a Champ!

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30 days grain free for pain free.

One of the most important things you can do to get your health back is to clean up your diet.   This is a great time of the year than spring when it starts getting nice out and and you can get outside and start moving your body more after our winter hibernation time.

One of the best things you can do right now today is to drop all grains from your diet, period.  Grains are inflamamtory to your gut and body.  I can go into tons of detail why eliminating grains will help you be much healthier from your gut to better brain function to less back pain.  Just trust me on this one.  When people consult me this is one of the first things I advise patients.

It's right around the corner.

Most people come in with Chronic health issues which are due in large part  to the standard american diet which has a ton of grains in it and processed grains.  The standard american diet or SAD is killing our society.  I just read a study put out by the government that by 2044 our country will be BANKRUPT because of the cost to manage diabetes.  That means we will be spending more for the managment and treatment of diabetes than all the taxes that go in to the pot.  That’s incredible!!!  It’s time right now to take charge of your health.  You can do it, my job is to lead you there.  There are common findings in all chronic diseases which I address and one of the biggest things you can do is getttting off all grains, even the gluten free grains.  Don’t believeve me, just try it for 30 days and see difference on how good you feel. One of the cool tests I’ve been reccommending is gene testing through 23 and me.  You can order the test on line and get it for $99 and then spend another $20 for interpretation.  I have patients bring this in and then I can interpret what needs to be done and how this will pertain to their specific health and what they can do now if their is some genes that may not be working right for them.  I also am having everyone who is serious about figuring out their health get a 85 comprehensive blood analysis for $199.  It tells me so much about how you are functioning.  I put it all together and get a plan of attack to get you fucntioning optimally. Reducing blood sugar and reducing inflammation is really key for most chronic health conditions. Getting your gut microbiome is crucial also for good overall health.  Good gut health important for blood sugar regulation and great brain health.  Removing any food sensitivities which gluten, dairy, egg, soy, and yeast are important.  I can test for these but just try going off these and see how you feel. OK, it’s time to jump start after this winter.  Get outside and get moving.  It will do wonders for your attitude and get good oxygen for the brain.

I’m doing workshops 2-3 per month.  I usually put them on my Edling Chiropractic and Wellness facebook page.  You can go there and find out when the workshops are.  I just did a thyroid workshop last week and will be doing another since there are so many people sufferening and not getting answers for their thryoid problem.

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Bozeman or Bust.

It is very important to take time off from your daily routine and go out and adventure life.  While I’m pretty good at doing this, sometimes you need to just get away to appreciate all that you do have and get a fresh jump start to all the great opportunities that life has to offer.

Wednesday night I took off for Bozeman.  I picked up fellow Chiro Dave Leske and my nephew Matt Edling and off we were for the 13 hour and 1000 mile drive to Bozeman Montana.  We got there at 7am thursday morning and the sun was just coming up.. What a beuatiful scene it is at day break on the Bozeman pass from Livingston and into Bozeman. As tired as we all were the beauty of the Bridger mountains and Gallatin Valley gave us a rush of energy.  We checked into the Lewis and Clark motel in Bozeman and then off we were to Bohart ranch for some cross country skiing in the Bridger mountains.  Bohart ranch had the best groomed trails I have ever skied.  I sure wasn’t adapted to the elevation since the first hill I had to stop and catch my breathe.  I thought my heart was going to explode.  I knew I was in for a little challenge on Saturday when we were to race the Rendevoux x-ski race in West yellowstone which was at 6800 feet.

All roads lead to the Lewis and Clark Motel

We had to hit the Bozeman hot springs which felt so good after a long drive and ski.  If you get out to Bozeman hit the hot springs.  Your body will feel so great going from the very hot springs to the cold springs.

Then we were off to see my son Connor who gave us a tour of the campus.  What a great campus and it was nice to see Connor coming into his own out there.

On friday we went to the Museum of the Rockies which had incredible dinasour exhibit and a history of the civil war exhibit.  You have to see that if you get out there too.  Then off we were to West Yellowstone to pick up our bibs and get settled down for the big race on saturday morning.

Incredible trails in West Yellowsotne.

It was fun seeing people from all over the western states come to West Yellowstone for the  race.  This is kind of like our Birkie for them.  I met people from Pocatello Idaho, Salt Lake City, Truckee Ca, and even a skier drove out from Eau claire for the race.  Him and I were the only Wisconsin racers.

It was 25 degrees at the start of the race  and the course looked really fast.  It was a very competitive field and people were doing more racing than most races I race.  The gun went off and I took off at a decent pace but not going to hard.  Well 15 minutes later on the first big hill I couldn’t get my breathe and felt light headed.  I had to stop and let a group of people go by me as I tried to recover.  I knew I had to slow down and just pace my self and I did that.  The next big hill climb I was barely moving and I had to stop again.  This was what the whole first lap was like.  At the half way point I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to make the whole 50k.  Well I relaxed and somehow got my wind and starting picking off people who passed me earlier like I was standing still.  With 2 k to go I passed a young woman skier who said I looked strong and to go get the other guy ahead of us which I did.  Later that night while we went to The Montana Ale Works in Bozeman for supper this same girl who I had past was now our greeter.  We laughed and gave each other a big hug.

Cross country skiing like any passion that you have gets the most out of you and you meet great people when you get out of your comfort zone and just go for it in life.  I encourage all of you to find something you like or would like to try and give it a shot.  You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.  The most rewarding thing about skiing is hte relationships you develop by meeting people and the sense of accomplishment when training and racing.  I have great friends in Dave and Matt and they were able to experience the best of Bozeman and we had a great time.  You too can do what ever you dream about.  This whole Bozeman road trip was jsut a split second idea I had the night before the Birkie and I’ll remember it fondly for the rest of my life

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It was great to meet up with Scott and Amy Frischmon who own Wild Mountain.  They have a beautiful place on Big Sky spend a couple of hours after the race on our way back to Bozeman.  We also went to the Montana State-Montana mens basketball game Saturday nigth nd that was a lot of fun ecven though we were all pretty wiped out.

It’s back to helping all of you to my best ability.  I’ll be doing a lot of in office workshops so keep posted to emails and facebook as to what lecturees will be given and your ooportunity to attend and get your health back if you have lost it and keep it once you have it.

Dave and Matt Checking out course the night before race.

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I’m a true believer in Birkie fever.

Well the Birkie is over and what a spectacular event it was.  The new bridge crossing highway 63 and mainstreeet was so cool.  My nephew Matt Edling who was doing his first Birkie rode up with me and the first thing we did after we got our bib was go to downtown Hayward and check the new bridge that we would ski over.  We were both amazed how steep it was and huge it was.  Skiers were practicing skiing up and down the bridge and it looked really fun.  The bridge had a 15% grade going up and 18% grade going down.  I could only imagine the slingshot effect it would give all us skiers as we headed down the last 200 meters hearing the screams of friends and fans for the last push of energy to the finish line.

I woke up at 5:40 am on Birkie race day knowing this is the best day of the year for me.  I slept like a baby and was ready to bring it.  Paleo breakfast and off Matt and I were to catch the buses to take us to the starting line at Telemark.  This is when it gets to be a cluster.  We parked at Birkie ridge and finally got on a bus.  I wasn’t sure if I’d make it on time but it was smooth sailing and got their a good 25 minutes before my race went off.  I saw Tommy Krenz and he looked determined as ever.  I was running into people who I only see once a year and Birkie fever was totally in the air.

The gun went off and off I went at 8:10 am.  A nice smooth start and snow flakes hitting all our bodies it was a winter wonderland out there.  13 degrees felt very refreshing until the 5 k mark and the hills started coming.  Now it was time to concentrate, keep relaxed, and stride up those hills with confidence.

Kevy Rogers who was doing his 35th Birkie passed me like I was standing still at the 7 k mark.  Of all the skiers out there Kevy has the best technique.  He looks effortless as he went on to place 100th overall.

More hills until OO which is the halfway point of the birkie.  I loaded up big time on whatever would fuel my body.  I was halfway home and would now have a little reprieve from the hills until I hit Mosquito brooke and the 39K club.

I was starting to feel depleted a couple K before Mosquito brooke and  thank God Frank Lundeen was there with Coke and goodies to help replenish my fatiguing muscles.  Mosquito brooke generally isn’t to bad for me but this year it hurt.  All the hills hurt the last 15 K.

There was a nice addition to the course which added 1 kilometer and it was through the fish hatchery trail system.  I loved it.  I sure didn’t love  the climb up Highway 77 which is the last hill.  It’s a kilometer long but when you get to the top you can see the water tower of Hayward and it made me feel like I’ve been gone from home for months and I’m finally getting back home.   Oh what a feeling it is to cross Wheeler road and onto the lake.  I didn’t stop for Yager shots like last year because I was drafting in a group of guys and it sure helped.  3 k across the lake and a right turn and there was the bridge.  It was really steep and I herring boned it as fast as I could and down the other side the crowd was cheering everyone on as we were shot like a canonball out of a canon and one last and furious double pole to the finish and the Birkie was completed.

I couldn’t bend over to get my ski’s off I was cramping so bad.  A volunteer helped me and off I was to get my 23rd Birkie pin and get some warm clothes on.

It was off to anglers for a well deserved  brat and beer and to cheer all the other racers on.

Congrats to all the skiers.  There is something about the Birkie which makes me feel the most alive I can be.

There is an energy about not only doing the Birkie, but cheering fellow skiers on.  My nephew Matt Edling who just started skiing in December did the Classic Birkie in 5 hours and 44 minutes. I’m very proud of him for taking  the challenge on.  His ski broke but he was able to ski it in so that was remarkable.

My training partners Dave Leske and Duane Lee have been very supportive and I thank them for them for all the great ski’s.  Dave got sick during the week and wasn’t able to ski.  It’s impossible to ski such a grueling coure if you are sick.  Duane was right behind me and we all had a great time.

Thanks to Carrie O’Connell for a great feed friday night and Audrey Yunker for letting us stay at her Cabin.  A big shout out to my wife Mary Flood who puts up with me the other 51 weeks a year. Congrats to all my patients who skied the Birkie!!  Thanks Duane for the fast ski’s, and team Cyclova rocks!

A picture says a thousand words.

Now a little rest, and then it’s back at it for the next 51 weeks until next years Birkie.  If you want to really challenge yourself start training and maybe I’ll see you at the starting line of next years Birkie.  Anything is possible if you dream it and take some action.

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It’s Birkie Fever Week.

This week is my favorite of the year.  Thousands of my fellow Cross Country skiers will be marching up to Cable Wisconsin for North America’s largest Cross country ski race the American Birkebeiner.

This is an accumulation of 51 weeks of training for me so I’m going to be fit and ready to give it my best shot.  This is my 24th year and I enjoy it now as much as I did my first one.  I still get a little nervous this week.  I think it’s because your so excited to see old friends who you may only see this one day of the year but you have this special bond because of the Birkie.

It’s a fantastic event.  If you ever get a chance come up and spectate.  This year will be cold like so many years but you can go in and out of  Anglers bar if you need to warm up or get a hot toddy.  The winners should be coming down mainstreet Hayward about 10:15 am or so.  Generally it’s about 2 hours for their finish.  You want to see some really fit athletes,  these are the guys and gals in the elite waves.

When I was doing the skating race I was usually about 35 minutes or so off the lead pack always around the top 200 racers.  Those days are long gone and now I try to keep in the top 200 of the Classical race which is 55 kilometers and 4 kilometers longer than the skate race.  The Classical race is getting much more competitive and it’s great to see the numbers growing and growing every year.

One of the reasons I love Cross country skiing is because you can get outdoors and enjoy the best of what mother nature has to offer.  While I don’t care for a minues 1 degree start which it seems to be every year, there is nothing like being in the woods of the Telemark trails of the Birkie race.

This year has been a bad snow year so I’ve had to travel to Hyland ski in Blomington or Elm Creek in Maple Grove for man made snow.  For outdoors it’s been Timberland Hills in Cumberland, the Birkie course, or ABR in Ironwood.  That’s the downside of being a skier.  When there is no snow you have to travel.

The Birkie is really taken off the last few years.  They cap the race and registration is full by Sept. 1st.  More and more younger people are skiing, and more baby boomers are getting into it which is great to see.

How about Kevin Rogers who is doing his 35th Birkie and Tommy Krenz doing his 30th.  That’s incredible.  These guys are still in the elite wave and are great skiers smoking most of the kids half their age.  Kevy has done 1500 miles of skiing just for this race.  I bet he has more than 100,000 miles skied.

Cross country skiing is a part of a great healthy lifestyle.  I love being fit as a fiddle inspite of all the injuries I’ve had from other sports when I was younger.   Cross country skiing doesn’t beat your body up like running.  You have to eat well if you want to compete so you have to be on your game year round. Then you can celebrate and most of do after the race at Anglers where we reunite with friends and family and cheer the other skiers on.

The Birkie is really a race where you can celebrate what you  have accomplished not only that day but for all the energy and efforts for the past year.  It’s a great way of living and it’s fun having a little Birkie fever this one week of the year.

Birkie fever I'm a true believer!

Also, congrats to Arne Lagus for doing his 34th.  Whether you are doing your first Birkie or have done 35 of htem like Kevy has it’s a great accomplishment to put your self out there and stretch your self to what’s possible for your life.

My nephew Matthew Edling is doing his first Birkie.  Way to go Matt!

Thanks to Duane Lee for always getting my ski’s running super fast and being a great training partner.  Also, to Dave Leske who I do every workout with . .  Look for Dave to make a huge climb in the the standings this year.  He’s in the best shape of his life.  A big thanks to Audrey Yunker for letting her stay at her cabin every year too.

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How to gain 5 pounds over a weekend.

I would not reccommend this to anyone but I want to tell you a story of how I gained 5 pounds over a 72 hour time frame.

I left with my skiing buddies friday at 11am for the Noquomonen cross country ski race in Marquette Michigan.  It’s an incrediblely difficult race that starts in Ishpeming Michigan and goes through some incredible hilly terrain the first half of the race and finsihes all downhill right on the Northern Michigan university Superior Dome where they play football.

It’s an incredible race and is so difficult to do but very rewarding when you are doing it and especially when you are done and exhausted.

23 years ago. Funny photo.

You may be thinking how can you gain 5 pounds after doing a 31 mile cross country ski race with head walls for hills while burning 7000 calories during the race?

When you do a long endurance even it not uncommon to lose weight initially after the race.  But most of us really hydrate and probably over eat before the race to feel our energy stores so we have enought to go full throttle during the race and hopefully not bonk or cramp up.

Doing this race is incredibly stressful on your body.  You are really spent and extremly tired after.  You need to hydrate and put food in your body big time after the race.

Your adrenal glands produce cortisol  which is a stress hormone and during a race like that it’s working hard.  To much cortisol release and your body will store fat.  That’s why people who are under a lot of physical or emotional stress have a tendency to gain weight.

The good news is after a few more days I’ll be back down as I let my body and mind recover from the race and will probably be a pound or two lighter by end of the week or the next race which is the Badger State games in Wausau this weekend.

I only do 4 or 5 races a year in the winter if we have enough snow and a handful of 5 k running races in the spring and summer.  I only want to have about 10 weeks out of the year where i lay it all on the line.  Now I spend the other 40 weeks a year training and preparing my body and mind to be in race shape.  The training period is hard work but it’s also the process that is a personal growth time for me and I love it.  The races are the icing on the cake and kind of a celebration of why one trains.

Start with getting your body moving and start getting your own personal training going.  Hire my buddy Mike Colaizy at the wild river fitness if you need some structure in your training, get a group of friends and go out and do your favorite activity, or get out and do it on your own.  The big thing is to have fun and be consistant in your workouts.  Add great nutrition and watch your life take off.  If you do a 5 k running race from time to time you need to make sure you train during the week.  You can’t eat like a king during the week for a 5 k.  You can do that on a cup of coffee.

OK,  don’t forget about tonight’s thyroid workshop 6:30 pm at my lcinic.  If you or a loved one has thyroid issues and not getting help then this would be a great class.  It’s free and always some great info.  There is hope!!

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I need to lose weight

If losing weight crossed your mind over the holidays then it would be a great idea to take action on it.

I’ll be giving a weight loss seminar next monday night Jan. 12th here at my clinic.  I’ve got room for 8 and that’s it.

No gimmicks, but rather a structured approach that will identify why you haven’t been able to lose weight, or have had all the ups and downs.

Do you have a thyroid disorder, a brain issue with the hypothalamus, a blood sugar problem, are you anemic, are your adrenals shot?  Those are jsut a few things I’ll explore during the class.

You can check out my Edling Chiropractic and wellness facebook page for a couple of testimonials of patients who have been through our program and their experiences and successes.   Here is the link.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Edling-Chiropractic-and-Wellness/87940295179

The holidays were really a lot of fun for me.  I got to pick up my son Connor at the airport and spend some great time with him.

I was hungry!!

Riley has been busy trying to figure out where he wants to go to college.  It’s down to Luther college, Winona St, or Concordia of St. Paul.  He also wants to play football.  I know he can do it.  He’s finally realizing how important grades are and he knows football doesn’t last forever.

Mary and I did some fun parties over the holidays.  Too much as a matter of fact but they were all really fun.  New Years Bowling and celebrating our 21st Anniversary with Riley and his buddies and parents was a ton of fun.  We went to a Christmas play with Sunway Inc. (Tim and Julie Skiba’s company) and that was really a lot of fun.  And, we went to our first wine tasting party where each couple brought a case of wine and then we tasted them without knowing who’s wine was whose.  I bought a case at valley spirits here in Osceola, it was called Whiplash.  It’s a deep cab and to my surprise it won!!  I guess I must be either very lucky, or a pretty good wine taster.  Actually, I think I just liked the name of the wine and thought that was cool.

I did a ton of X-skiing over the holidays on the Birkie trail.  Boy those are some monster hills in the north end of the birkie trail north of OO.  I’m in good shape, now it’s time to race!

Ok, I am truly blessed to be able to share my thoughts, my vision, and be able to help others attain a substantial improvement in the quality of your life.

I’ll be doing a lot of educational classes this year and I bought a new video cam so I can start sharing on you tube and my facebook patients success stories and videos to help educate on a better way of living and being.

P.S.  I even burned down all the fence without burning down the neighborhood.  That’s pretty good!

Didn't burn down the neighborhood!

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Repair and clear your gut for good healing.

One of the most important priorities in delaing with people’s health or lack of health is to make sure they have good gut function.

Why is this so important?

Because, your gut has many many fucntions including 80% of your immune system lies right in the gut.  If you have poor gut health then you aren’t going to be healthy and you can have many other dysfunctions of the body becasue of poor gut health.

Digestion starts in your mouth and ends with a bowel movement.  It’s incredible the number of physiological processses that go on.  You have to produce enough hydrochloric acid in your stomach to breakdown your food.  Digestive enzymes must be released to break food down in the intestines, gall bladder and liver is activated during digestion, and a huge host of other activities that we do not have conscious control over but work their magic.

Mary and Connor at old house in 1994

What can get in the way of good digestion is the food we eat.  It can either work for us in a positive way or against us.  Unfortunatly the standard American diet will totally work against your body and totally destroy your gut lining and can lead to many health conditions.  When you lose the integrity of your gut lining your food proteins aren’t digested and go into the blood stream not getting digested and your immune system sets up an attack since this is foreign and can cause a host of problems over time from allergies, to auto-immune condtions, to just plain old poor gut and bowel function.  I guess you could call this a leaky gut condtion.  When you have a leaky gut it must get healed.  I do specific strategies to heal your gut and get you back on the road to better health and well being. It’s imperative that you change you diet, manage your stress, and get some movement in your life.  One of the tests I do to assess gut and bowel activity is a stool microbial test.  It measures how much good bacteria you have in the gut and also measures bad gut bacteria, yeast and parasites which also can cause havoc and wreck your gut and lead to a chronic inflammatory state.  It’s not uncommon to find bad gut bacteria and parasitic infections on the blood work and then on the stool microbial tests.  This must be hadled and I do a prtotocol to fix this.

When you have a leaky gut you probably have a leaky brain which can lead to brain fog, fatigue, and just not feeling good.

Be very conscious about what you put in your mouth.  Stay away from anythnig that is boxed, canned, or processed.  Those along with grains and dairy are offending foods that will more than likely just add fuel to the fire.

The one thing you must never have is high fructose corn syrup.  This is poison!  It will kill your gut, spike your blood sugar, and make you fat and stupid.  Just say no to all sugary and diet pops.

Winter high school sports are well on their way.  Good luck to all the kids who are in extracurricular activites.  it keeps them in the game of life.

It’s been kind of fun checking out different colleges with my son Riley.  He hopes to play a little football also.

It’s great to have Connor back from Montana State for the holidays.  He’s a whiz with the computers which helps me out a ton.

Ok, Christmas is right around the corner.  Don’t stress to much, enjoy it and have fun with your families!!’

Last thyroid workshop is tonight here 6:30 pm.  I’ve got room for 2 more people.

Be ready to jump start your new year with our weight loss program.  Starts first week in January.  Look for details in hte coming week or so.

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Madison Or Bust

Well it was a whirlwind weekend for yours truly.  It started with the 26th annual turkey bowl.  It was our coldest turkey bowl ever.  2 degrees at the start and 4 at the finish.  It was a defensive battle and it came down to the last possession with the black team holding the red team for a 20-14 win.

Danny Steffen had a great game at quarterback.  Fellow Chiropractor and long time turkey bowl participant John Hilpisch had an outstanding game.  Dave Leske and Jason Ellingson had really good games for the red team, and it was sure nice to have my son Riley Edling showing off his youth and dominating us older fellows.

The Osceola football field with 2 inches of snow held up great.  It wasn’t really that slippery out there which was surprising.  I’ll be ready for next years turkey bowl.  Only a chip fracture of my ring finger this year, so no major injuries.

Turkey Bowl 2014

On friday Riley, Dave Leske, and myself road tripped down to Madison for the Badger Gopher football game.  It had been 10 years since I had been to a Badger game.  What an incredible festive day it was on saturday.  50 degrees and a perfect day for football game.  There was a ton of Gopher fans done there also since it was the biggest game for them since 1967.  The Gophers started well but the Badgers just wore them out in the end with that running game.  Look for the Badgers to whoop up  on the Buckeyes for the Big 10 championship this Saturday.  It won’t be 10 years until I get back to Madison.  You must experience a Badger game if you are any fan of football.  I hope the Gophers can some day create a similar energy the the Badgers pre game festivities are.

It’s December first and cyber monday.  So far so good with not buying anything on the internet on friday or today so far. Here is something I’d consider doing to improve your health over the holidays.  I’d stick to a well balanced diet and actually fuel your system with great organic foods.  Meat, chicken, fish, organic if you can.   Eat tons of veggies, and keep your fruits to low glycemic fruits like stone fruits or berries.  Don’t skip breakfast, have some protein first thing in the morning.  Make sure you hydrate. Exercise is crucial too.  I’m training hard for the Birkie right now so I’m doing some hours on the ski’s.  Start doing bodyweight exercises which are fat burning and accelerate and boost your metabolism.  5-10 minutes a day of those fat buring exercises and watch out, you will be on fire!! Pushups, jumping jacks, planks, squats, lunges, are jsut a few you can start with.  Do 30 seconds of these , take a 15 second break and do the next exercise.  Do 5 minutes of these and your set.   Get of the computer and do wall slides.  Just put your back up against the wall and slide your arms up and down and this will activate your back muscles and help with your posture.  Don’t forget to get sleep.  I’m in bed at 9 pm most nights.  My body needs 8-9 hours a night and an occasional cat nap also.  Sleep is when our brain and body recovers.

I’ve been seeing a lot of thyroid patients lately and it’s fun working with these challenging cases.  Most are auto-immune which means their own immune system is attacking the thyroid gland.  Medicine really doesn’t have much to offer to calm the immune responce down. There are usually a host of other chronic conditons going on also and sometimes these can be tricky cases.  everyone is different so the care plan must be individualized to get good results.  Healing does take time.  You have to give your mind and body a good chance to heal and stay the course.

Right now is a good time to be very aware of your diet and don’t go crazy with your eating.  Get out and move your body and keep living a healthy life.  The healthier you get the happier you will be.   It’s very easy to get depressed over the holidays so exercise is your best anti-depressant.

OK, go out and make it an incredible day.  Congrats to the Minnesota Gophers on an outstanding regular season.  I know the coaches and players must be a luttle burnt out this time of year.  They have some good time to recover and get prepped for their bowl game where ever that will be.  It’s nice to see them relevant again in the Big 10.

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Staying the Course

Pool will be open in 6 months.

Mary, Riley, and I got back late Sunday from our 4 day trip to Florida.  It was perfect weather and now look what we have.

I was frantically getting everything put away Sunday night and sure enough I thought I’d only miss a few minutes of the Packer game and it was already 35 to nothing when I got back inside.  I’m sure glad I got all my stuff done because it would have been a bit of a disaster trying to get the golf cart, basketball hoop, and lawnmower in on Monday morning.

I love the first snowfall.  It’s always a bit hard for me to sleep as I’m waiting best I can for the big snowfall to hit.  Is school going to be closed, will patients make it in, will my rear drive Cadillac make it to the clinic and back without getting stuck?  Those are just some of the thoughts that passed my mind.  Some other fun thoughts were “I hope we get enough snow so I can get the cross country ski’s out”.  Well we have enough snow that I’ll adventure out to Rock Creek Farm and try my luck for a few hours.  It should be beautiful out there.  Now I need to grow the big white beard so I don’t freeze my face.

Scary white beard selfie!!

I’ve put in quite a few hours rollerskiing to get and keep in shape so I can compete and finish my 24th Birkie.  It’s incredible how fast time has gone by since I started cross country skiing.  I did it on a whim not even knowing how to ski but I needed something to do if I was going to relocate back here from Arizona.  Well it has changed my life.  I’ve always been into fitness and x-skiing didn’t beat my body up.  It felt and still feels like it builds my mind and body up.  I go out on a day like today and it’s nothing but a positive experience.  Positive experiences are anti-inflammatory to the brain and body.  That’s why vacations even for a few days are good for you.  They get you to stop and smell the roses.  Your body and mind can get into a bit of a recovery mode and you can balance out physiology.  One thing I am going to start doing is taking breaks more periodically.  It’s just something we should all do if you can swing it.

I’ve been practicing Chiropractic and cross country skiing for 28 years.  There had been times where I was fed up with  both and could have just quit. I’m sure we all have times like that.  I stayed the course through thick and thin.  Kind of like marriage, kids, and anything that you really value.  I’m asking all of you to stay the course with your health.  For some of you it has taken years for you to lose your health.  It ‘s going to to take time to get it back.  Be patient with your healing process, especially if it’s radical changes with your diet and exercise routine.  These can be tough for some and while most see great progress in weeks to months, some take longer.  Everyone is different.  It will all pay off in the long time.  Some quit right when they are ready to start seeing results.  I guess it’s like anyting in life.  I always encourage all the athletes I’ve worked with over the past 35 years to stick it out.  Even my own kids at times have felt like quitting.  I even hated my freshman year at the U. of Minnesota while playing football and I was starting.  I just couldn’t take the stress.  A reassurring phone call from mom and dad made all the difference in the world.  If you need to pick up the phone and give me a hollar I’m here for you.  Stay the course of being healthier in every way you can and watch the quality of your life improve over time.

A big thanks goes out to Heidi and Joel Hazzard for hosting us on Sanibel island.  What a great time it was!!

Congrats to all our athletes who participated in fall sports, now it’s on to winter sports.

I’ll be doing another Thyroid workshop this upcoming Monday the 17th at 6:30 pm.  I’ve only got room for 10, it’s free.

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The mindset of being healthy.

Gophers took down the Boilermakers!!

I was thinking how important a good mindset is with anything in life.

I see in practice some people who feel old age is something that just happens and you are suppose to feel bad and not be able to move and take a boat load of pills.

I’ve got my work cut out trying to educate you about your body’s ability to heal.  It doesn’t have to be that hard.  Get out and move your body, eat a really clean anti-inflammatory diet, and don’t live in fear.

I always say the power that made the body heals the body.

Medicine works great if you have a real crisis or emergency, but when it comes to getting and keeping you healthy that’s another thing.

Investing in your health is one of the most important things you can do.

I buy organic food, I buy 2 new pair of running shoes every spring, I workout a good 4-5 days a week, I get adjusted weekly, I get a massage weekly, I pray daily and count my blessings in good and bad times.

Being healthy is what God intended us to be, not sick and prematurely old.

I’m hoping and trusting I’ll be skiing Birkies when I’m in my 80’s.  I’d like to continue working out with the football team every summer as long as I can.  I’d love to walk 18 holes until I absolutely can’t walk anymore.

I said at the thyroid workshop last monday night that the greatest threat to one’s health is the belief that someone else or something else will take care of you.  My job is to help lead and guide you to a better way of being.  You have to put the work in to it like anything important and that you value in life.

I see people transform their lives daily.  It all starts with a mindset that you can get healthy again if you’ve lost your health, and when you get it back it’s a good idea to keep doing the steps that got you healthy.

Well we had a tough game friday night with New Richmond losing 10-0.  A very hard hitting game it was.  A penalty here, a bad bounce there, not able to convert three 4th and ones and it could have been a whole different outcome.  That’s sports.

Now we have to play Rice Lake and they will be a challenge.  The first thing I thought was that we may get killed, then I had to shift my mindset and just because they play all division 1 schools doesn’t mean we can’t compete and if we play mistake free football you never know.  I’m sure they will be heavy favorites, but I can go back over the years and look at huge upsets that have occurred.  The first one that comes to mind is when Phi Slamma Jamma Houston Cougars got beat by NC State in the 1983 NCAA basketball tournament.  I couldn’t believe it then and still after 31 years hard to believe they got beat.  How about Appalachian state going into the big house of Michigan and beating them in 2007.  How about NDSU coming in 2 years ago and destroying the Gophers.

A bunch of the players were over Saturday afternoon getting worked on and they expressed concern about the upcoming game.  I told them to just have a really good week and just keep competing like they have been.  We only had one game where we didn’t play well and that was against Somerset.  They have noting to lose and everyting to gain.  Relax and enjoy the week and lets go up there and smack htem around friday night!!

I’ll be doing another thyroid workshop next monday 6:30 at our clinic.  We had a full house for the last one.  I only have room for 9 people.

Make it a fantastic week and go out and live live to the max!!!

Proud parents.

Great seeing my old football buddies Bob Sudler, Joe Weipert, and Lonnie Farrow at homecoming.  Always great seeing them, and a huge win for the Gophers!!

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Do you have cold hands, feet, are constipated, no energy, gain weight easy?

Cold hands, constipation and hair falling out are just a few of the symptoms of a very common condition that I see in my office every single day.

Have you guessed what it could be?

It’s hypothyroidism.

Here are a few more of the symptoms.

Fatique, weight gain, depression, insomnia, infertility, oversensistive to hot or cold, poor circulation, chronic pain, require a ton of sleep to function, chronic digestive problems, itchy dry skin,dry or brittle hair, edema,lose of outer 1/3 of your eyebrows.

HOW MANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS DO YOU HAVE?

If you do you may have a thyroid problem.

Generally you go to your M.D. and get your TSH checked.  If it’s out of range then you get some meds for it.  You get re-checked and see that it is in normal range but you still have the symptoms listed above.

You get frustrated when you still feel bad and can’t figure out what is going on.  Then you may start thinking is it all in my head?  It’s not.  You just haven’t had all the thyroid testing that you need to have done.  You need to get your antibodies checked to see if you have Hashimoto’s.  This is a condition where your immune system has gone awry and is now attacking the thyroid gland and starting to kill the thyroid cells.  The TSH levels will look good the whole time but your immune system is attacking a destroying the theyorid.  Thi sis what we call an auto-immune condition.  90% of all thyroid cases are auto-immune and they never ever know it.

I do 1o thyroid checks including the antibody tests to see if you have a thyroid issue and if you have Hashimoto’s.  If you have Hashimoto’s I then use strategies to help calm and balance the immune system down.  One of those strategies is to get your cells fucntioning better so the genes that turn on the antibody reaction can be calmed down.  Diet is huge!!

It’s a pretty restricted diet but it works great.  You want to calm the fire down on your thyroid.  Everytime you eat the wrong foods you are putting fuel on the fire.  Getting specific common foods checked to see if you are sensitive is another blood test we may do.  This helps tell you what those foods are.

Gettign a handle on chemical, physical, and emotional stressors is huge also.

It’s pretty cool to see people feel better, most of they symptoms decrease, and they may even lose some weight on the diet.  Most do.

If you or a loved one have a thyroid condition feel free to give me a jingle.  I just did a thyroid workhop last monday night n which we had 10 people learn about this.  It’s such a common condition and we have good success with getting good results with people.

Ok, last football game of the regualr season for the Chieftains was last friday against Ellsworth.  We took it to them and won 42-6.  Ellsworth was hte #4 team in division 4 to start the season.  Now we have New Richmond this friday and htat should be a good game.  Then it’s off to playoffs.

Hereis a great picture of Riley I took right before the national anthem  It’s my favorite one  Congrats to Meredith Nelsona nd the whole Osceola Chieftain girls golf team for making it to state.  A big way to go!!

Riley Edling in prayer.

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The keys to success in life.

Confuscious said the key to success in life is “when you fall down 8 times, you get up 9 times”.

Most people quit things after the 3rd or 4th fall and make more excuses.

Just hang in there and keep moving forward inspite of all the obstacles..

That is why I love sports so much because you can have failure one second and success the next and you just don’t know when either of them is going to happen.

Above is a pic of Riley and his buddy form Durand after the game.

In baseball you can strike out 7 out of 10 times and still be an all-star batting 300.

In football you can fumble one time and then score a touchdown the next.

You just don’t know in life.  You just have to keep being positive just when you think everything and everyone else is coming down on you.

It’s all about the opportunity to do your best.  When you get your shot take advantage of it, even if you fall on your face just get back up and keep going.  Don’t let anyone keep you down.

I say this because of my own challenges in sports, marriage, kids, my practice, it’s always something.

We all have challenges, also known as opportunities.  It’s how you look at it.  Now I can get down and out sometimes but not for long because I know bad times are fleeting and good times lie ahead.

Go out today and do something different something that uplifts you and moves you in a positive way.

The Osceola Chiefs won on Saturday down in Durand 35-14.  We had to play Saturday to give Durand another day of practice. The poor school had a bad food poisoning and the whole school was affected.  It was their first game in 3 weeks.

We are now playoff eligible so it’s exciting times for the boys.  Come cheer the boys on this friday night as we take on Ellsworth in the final home game of the year.

I’m doing a thyroid recovery workshop this next monday night October 13th at 6:30 here at my office.  If you or  a loved one have a thyroid issue and are struggling this is a must attend class.  It’s free.  I only have room for 8 people so sign up now.

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Do you have numbness in hands or feet?

One of the most common complaints which people come in for is numbness or tingling in their hands or feet, sharp electric type of pain, cramping, pain when walking, difficulty sleeping from leg discomfort, prickling or tingling feelings.

This is not a good sign since it means your nerve cells or neurons are dying!

The typical treatment medically for this is a med called Neurontin.

Would you rather fix the underlying problem rather than cover it up with drugs?

One of the mot common causes of Peripheral Neuropathy(P.N.) is poor blood sugar regulation over years.

Pre-diabetes, insulin resistance, syndrome X, or diabetes is one of the most common causes of P.N.

It is imperative that your diet change big time in order for the blood sugar to come down.  You can take metformin or insulin but in many cases just hard core good nutrition can make a signifigant positive changes in blood sugar and eventually P.N.can be improved.

There are also a host of other strategies I use like vibration, adjusting, laser, ARP wave to turn those nerve cells on and wake them up.

Celebrating football win.

When you can’t feel your feet you can’t sense where your feet are in space and then you are more likely to fall and break a hip or injure yourself.  80% of people over 80 who break a hip are dead within a year.  Ususally you are in a nursing home after surgery for a hip and recovery can take months.

I’m passionate about working with people who have peripheral neuropathy because it runs in my family.  I have a huge history of diabetes and my dad had horrible neuropathy.  He’d scream at night the pain in his feet were so bad.

The ARP machine works great at getting the sensation back in the feet.  It also works part of the brain called your parietal lobe which helps sense where your feet are in space.

Another strategy for people who have peripheral neuropathy is they must go gluten free.  One of the most common problems with peopel with P.N. is an auto-immune issue where the immune system attacks the nerve cells and you start loosing feeling in your feet.  Gluten sensitivity is a major cause of this and other neuro-metabolic conditions.  Anyone with an auto-immune condition has to go gluten and dairy free.

It’s unbelievable how bad P.N. can be for people. I do a test called 2 point discrimination where you touch 1, 2, or 3 different areas on your lower leg.   You should be able to tell me how many fingers I am touching you. Boy, I tell you what, that would make me feel nervous if I couldn’t tell how many areas that someone is touching me in.  Dying nerves are not good.  If you have dying nerves you also have a brain that is degenerating.

Sometimes your meds can make your neuropathy worse.  One of the most common one’s statin drugs.  This lowers the amount of Co-Q 10  so you must be taking this supplement if on statins.  I’d rather look to the cause versus just treating effects.

If you have or know someone who has peripheral neuropathy  and would like to know what can be done about it using the newest clinically proven therapies just email me steve@dredling.com or call me 715-417-0496 for a consultation.

Homecoming parade.

What a fun homecoming week it was here in Osceola.  The Chieftains beat up on a bigger Prescott team and won 36-0.  We ran outside and threw all night long.  This friday is at Durand.  We win and we wil be in playoffs!  Good luck to Meredith Nelson and the Osceola girls golf team as they have regionals today in Cumberland.

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What you can do naturally for a head cold

This is the time of year where people start coming in for colds and flu symptoms.  One of the things I do not recommend is the flu shot.  It truly is a shot in the dark.

How about building your immune system up naturally?  What a novel idea.

Here are some simple things I recommend to build your immune system and be less sick during the change of seasons and winter.

1.  Avoid processed sugars. sugar is everywhere.  Let fruit and veggies be your source of sugar, simple as that.  Sugars stress the immune system big time in a negative way.  Kids eating sweets after Haloween get all kinds of colds and keep the dentist busy also.

2. Get sunlight.  It’s going to be a great week of weather.  Get out and get as much sun as you can.  Vitamin D is crucial for good immune health.  Most people are deficient in this.  I run a blood test to see where you are at so I know how much to give you,  then re-check after 60 days.

3.  Stay away from orange juice and making smoothies with tons of juices in them.  Fruit juices not good, they spike your insulin levels and this stresses your adrenal glands and pancreas out and immune system gets stressed.

4.  Get regular exercise.  This time of year people start getting ready to hibernate for 5 months.  Get out and enjoy the out doors 365 days a year.  You don’t have to kill your self with workouts but get the body moving.  I prefer quick 20 minute high intensity fat burning weight bearing exercises like planks, up downs, lunges, quick sprints.  You can find me at least 1 day a week doing sprints on the football field  Come join me.

5.  Get regular Chiropractic adjustments!  This is imperative.  In fact, studies have shown that people who get adjusted regularly have a 200% stronger immune system than people who do not get adjusted. I started getting adjusted when i was in college and it changed my life.  No more ear infections and colds are only if I train to much. and don’t manage my stress well.

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6.  Add garlic to your cooking.  I love garlic, it’s great for immune health as is olive leaf extract and other herbs such as astralagus, echinacea,licorace extract, zinc, Vit. A, and Vitamin C.  I carry a product called X-Viromen which works great for colds.  Another product if you feel like you are getting sick is Nucleo-immune.  Take this the first sign of a sniffle or achy feel and it does wonders.

7.  Get sleep.  One of the biggest things I stress to patients and especially high school athletes is to get enough sleep.  Sleep is when your body recovers.  If you aren’t getting 8 hours then you are probably stressing your body more.  I have to get at least 8 hours.  I go to bed early and get up early.  I do a saliva test called an adrenal stress index test.  This measures a stress hormone called cortisol at 4 different times in a 24 hour period of time.  It’s a must have done test if you have any sleeping issues.  You can not get and stay healthy if you aren’t sleeping well.  It’s only $95 and is a great investment.

8.  Count your blessings.  We all have tough times, that’s just part of life.  Be grateful for all things that come your way.  Go out and make a difference in other peoples life, that’s one of the best ways to feel good about your life.

9.  Have fun and smile!!

10.  Mentor others with your God given talents.  This helps build confidence which is great for immune health.  We can’t do anything about yesterday, but we can do a ton today and tomorrow!  Go out and live life!!

It’s homecoing week in Osceola!  Get out and support our youth!!  Beat the Prescott Cardinals Friday night!!

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Do this, not that.

Fall is officially here.  I love those early fall mornings when you wake up and can see the frost on the roof and see it on the ground.

It was a great weekend to get out and about with this great weather.  I did most of the 25 k trail run through Rock Creek saturday morning.  Boy, was that a challenge.  Those hills are brutal.  That one will really get the fitness level up there so I’ll be ready for snow which will be early this year according to the weather reports.

I’ve been studying functional medcine for the past 5 years and see a lot of people who have auto-immune issues like hashimoto’s thyroiditis, type 1.5 diabetes, MS, raynauds, RA, psoriasis, and many others to name just a few.  These are conditions where the immune system is over excited and out of balance and then it starts attacking a certain organ or system.

A lot of these conditions are caused by our lifestyle.  Poor nutrition, lack of exercise, and chronic stress can really aggravate  these conditions especially if you have a high stress in your life.

The average western lifestyle  of poor nutrition, which is full of inflammatory foods like wheat, potatoes, (these foods hard to digest and get to much small intestine overgrowth of yeast and leads to more auto-immunty).  Dairy, soy, and yeast are pro-inflamamtory foods also.

Thus it’s really important to clean your diet up.  Just knocking out gluten and dairy can really make you feel a lot better.  Give it a shot.  It’s not that hard.  Your joints will feel better, you’ll probably lose some weight, and your energy will improve.

The problem is we get trapped into a certain way of  eating and living and we don’t know how to get out of it.

It’s much harder to start from scratch with diet and lifestlye but you have to start somewhere.  Just taking the steps now versus waiting is really important.  Get the shoes on tie them up and get moving.  Get a protein based breakfast and eat periodically throughout the day.

Get sleep at night.  One of the biggest things I work with young athletes on is their diet and their sleep habits.  You have to get sleep in order to heal and help your immune system calm down and start getting a wellness approached lifetyle versus diseased state and building more disease in your life.

We all could use some detoxification  becasue to  their are so many bad chemicals we are exposed to.  How about we address creating healthier enviroments for our body?.  The good air we breathe, stay out of polluted areas.  That’s one of the reasons I love living up here.  I don’t especially care to drive  a lot.  I don’t like traffic,

Did you know 20% of all food americans consume is fast food.  Do you think that’s good beef?

Everything is GMO food which is a real problem.  This is brutal on your immune system.

Want less cancer, want less heart disease, want less disease?  Then start eating, moving, and thinking better.  I try my hardest to help inspire you and your loved ones to live a better lifestyle and keep your nervous system functioning optimally since it controls everything.

It’s possible.  But it starts with you.  You have to meet me halfway if you want to be healthier.

Jump in and get going on a new you.  Let’s finish off 2014 with a bang and never look back!!

Way to go Chieftain sports teams.  Congrats to Meredith Nelson who has been medalist at her golf matches this fall.

Chieftain volleyball, girls and boys x-country, tennis and soccer are on fire.  Big win for Chiefs football.  Lets beat Amery friday night.

Way to go Riley Edling! Big game.

Make it a great week!!!!  Dr. E

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A little bump in the road called life.

We all have times in our lives where things just don’t go the way we want them to.

It could be with our family life, our health, finances, relationships, you name it it can happen any time and any place.

My son Riley and all the Osceola Chieftain football players took it on the chin last friday down in Somerset.  It was a total spanking.

While they just got dominated by a superior team they now get the opportunity to play 6 more games and have a great season.  It’s all about how you approach it with your attitude and then taking action.

The Chiefs can mope around and feel sorry for themselves and have a poor practice week or they can learn to get better, work hard, build each other up and come together as a team and have fun doing it.

One play at a time.

Lombardi said winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.  Well I love to win as much as any one, but there is something positive that can come out of a blow out.  Those young athletes get to figure that out this week at practice and then be ready to bring friday night against Baldwin.

If you have poor health you can’t reflect on the past, you must get knowledge and then take action with your new found knowledge.  I help many people with chronic health conditions.  If they follow my lead with the knowledge I teach them, chnge their diet, and manange their stress they can get big time results.  If they don’t take action then nothing changes and they will just get sicker with time.

Most americans won’t do anyting about their health until a crisis develops.  You really want to be pro-active daily with how you think, eat, and move your body.

Being healthy doesn’t have to be that hard.  Americans just have to get out of the way of their poor health choices and start making better ones.

Well we are going to get our first big  cold spell of the season.  Fifty five sounds chilly for friday nights football game.  Six months from now that will sound hot!

Adapting to change whether it be weather, diet, exercise, does take a little bit of getting used to.  As long as you are moving forward in a positive way it’s all good!!

Life is a marathoon, not a sprint.  The same with your health so take it day to day and be patient with your self and your health results.  The little things daily make the difference.

Go Gophers

Congrats to the Gophers, nice win over Middle Tennessee State.  First test of the year this weekend at TCU.

Former Somerset student athlete Galen Elmore saw a lot of action in the second half for the Gophs on defense.

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Heat, Humidity, and Cramps!

Boy it has been strange weather this past week. No sunshine for 4 days and high humidity.  Our Air Conditioner went out that cools the whole house and it was a stinker trying to sleep when you are dripping wet and irt’s 85 in the house and no breeze.  I can’t imagine how the people down south live without air conditioning.

I like the heat but I’m not a huge fan of humidity.

Make sure you hydrate and eat lots of good foods when it’s hot and humid out.  You should try to get 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water intake.  I’ve been preaching the the high school football team the importance of hydrating so they don’t cramp up.  You have to do it the whole week, not just gameday.  Sure enough, we had some cramping issues friday night.  Cramps are generally very preventable.  It all comes down to nutrition and hydration.  If you skip breakfast, have a coffee and hit the road then you are more than likely going to have some cramping issues if you are active outside.  I remember one Birkie I cramped so severely I had to get an I.V. afterwards.  I couldn’t walk.  That was 15 years ago and haven’t had an issue with them since.  I used to fear getting cramps in my quads or calfs with 10 km to go in the Birkie but now I may get a slight one near the finish line or after.  They are really painful.  Football seems to bring the cramps out in everyone.  Drink, and eat mineral filled foods like veggies and fruits.  I use Magnesium and pink salt for those that have a tendency to get cramps if normal hydration doesn’t seem to do the trick.

Coach Newton inspiring the guys

The Chieftains had their first football game friday night and beat my alma mater handily 36-0.  We just had to much speed and size for the Saints.  It was fun to see a great crowd and I saw my old football coach Keith O’Donnell and old basketball coach Ron Greenquist on the sidelines.  They are both Wisconsin Hall of fame football coaches and were really great coaches and fantastic people.

I tell my son Riley to listen to his coaches.  They have pearls of wisdom not only about football but life.  That’s one of the coolest thigns about sports is it’s a lot like life.  You have highs and you have lows.  You generally aren’t at either extreme to long so just hang in there and work hard and good things will happen.    We all have challenges.  That’s life.  If you have a health issue that’s where I come in to play.  While I don’t have all the answers, I will do whatever I can do assist you in your health and well-being so you can live a substationally better quality of life.

Ok, that’s a quick post for this week.  Get out and enjoy life.  Dr. E

P.S.  Chiefs play hte Hayward Hurricanes this Thursday 7 pm at OHS football field.

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What do Acorns have in common with your health?

Another fast summer week and it just seems to go faster and faster.  School is fast approaching and the sumac is already changed.  Every year it just goes faster and faster.  The only thing that seems to go slow is the NFL pre-season.  To me that seems like the longest 6 weeks ever.  Lets just get to the first real game.

Yes it’s true, the Acorns are falling.  I sat and watched 3 squirrels pick up 50 or so acorns yesterday afternoon.  They are already storing food for the winter.  No carbs in the nuts.  That’s a great source of energy that will have lasting power for them to get through the winter.  We Americans eat way to many carbs which only last a short period of time.  If we don’t use them then our body converts it to the bad form of fat and will really screw with your physiology.  Keep putting good things in and good things will come back out for you.  Be patient when you want to make changes with your health.  Keep the discipline and stick to the process of eating, moving, and thinking better.

Boy, my leaves are turning.

As I was in amazement watching the squirrels yesterday eat those acorns it is amazing how one acorn can eventually grow to be a giant oak tree.  I went up and pushed the oak tree and gave it a big hug.  it will probably live longer than me and it’s probably already 70 years old or so.  That tree needed plenty of sunlight and water to nuture it and make it grow to a 60 foot tree.  What would have happened if the tree didn’t get enough sunlight or water?  It would probably just die in time.  The same with our body.  It needs good water, good food, good fresh air, goood sunlight, and we need to be nurtured.  If we don’t get these we end up eventually and probably prematurely getting some form of sickness or disease that takes us from living the life we want to.

Being healthy doesn’t have to be that hard.  We just have to get out of the way of all the intereference we create for ourselves.

Ok, Osceola Chieftains have their first football game friday night against my alma mater, St. Croix Falls.  I think we will be pretty tough and competitive in our conference.  The boys seem to get along well and they work hard.

Make sure you keep hydrated daily.  You should try to get 1/2 your body weight in ounces.  It’s going to get hot by the end of the week so it’s not jsut the athletes that need to hydrate.

Come in and meet our new intern Steve Siqueiros.  He will be here until mid November when he then graduates from Chiropractic school.

Using on ARP wave therapy on a lot of our athletes and some other chronic tough cases and getting very nice results.  Stop by for a consult to see if you are a candidate for this form of therapy.

Ok, that’s it for today, make it a fantastic day!!  You can do it!  Dr. E

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This works great for knee problems.

What a fun filled weekend it was for me.  It seems like August is a time of month to get as many fun things done as possible before the weather starts changing.

Friday night I went to the Raiders-Vikings game at TCF bank stadium on the U. of M. campus.  What a great place to enjoy a football game.

Pre-season games typically aren’t that good.  Usually reserves trying to make the team get to play and the top players are generally held out or only play a quarter.

I do enjoy seeing players get there chance and then taking advantage of it.  Adam Thielen who played at Mankato State had a stellar game for the Vikis friday night.  He ran a punt back 40 yards and made a great tackle on special teams.  While he is a long shot at making the team he sure looked impressive as he was staying in the moment of the game and bringing it big time.

If everyone on the vikes brought it like that kid did they would be unstoppable.   Lets see how the QB situation plays out.  I’d go with the rookie Teddy Bridgewater.  Throw him in there and see what he can do.

The magic starts friday August 22 at OHS field

My neighbor Steph Nelson got married this weekend and it was awesome to see her so beautiful and so happy.  What an incredible moment for her and Brandon and all her friends and Family.

I also played in the Parsons electric annual golf tournament on sunday.  It’s my buddies from high school Mike Northquest, Jeff Erickson, and Jeff Parks.  We had so much fun and even tied for first place at 10 under.

These fun summer weekends are awesome, especially with the nice weather we have been having.  Get out and enjoy it because we all know what’s right around the corner.

So I’ve been dinged up for about 10 days now with my right knee.  I had just been over doing it and and it flared up playing baseball.  It gets swollen and then I lose strength and range of motion and it leaves me gimping around . When you can’t do what you want to do it sure isn’t fun.  It’s getting better everyday since I’ve been doing what it takes to get the swelling down and improve range of motion, then start getting the strength and stability back in it.  The ARP machine works wonders at getting the swelling off the knee and improves circulation so range of motion can improve.  It’s incredible how fast the muscles shut down once you have an injury.  It’s so important to start the rehab process immediately.  Sitting around and hoping things get better just isn’t going to do it.  The pain may go away but you really neeed to get full fucntion back in to whatever area the problem is.  Then you also need to re-condition the whole body, especially if you have been layed up for a bit.  This has been a good reality check for me to help me understand what patients go through when they are hurting. There is also an emotional side to it which sometimes can be difficult than the physical side.  If you are interested in seeing what ARP can do for you just email me or call for a free ARP session.

One thing I really promote is the benefit of regualr chiropractic adjustments.  I’ve got a new intern here at our office, his name is Steve Siqueiros.  He will be with me until mid November when he graduates forom Chiro school.  It’s going to be great getting more htan my weekly adjsutments.  I work out pretty hard and my body and mind need a recovery and adjustments help me so much with this plus overall energy and well-being.  Steve  is from St. Croix Falls and has played for the Osceola Braves and now plays for the St. Croix River Bandits in baseball.

The Osceola high school football team is looking fast.  Look out Somerset!!

Until next week, get out there and enjoy life to the max.  I’m here to help add value to your life and help you be all you can be!!

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What’s the best diet for weight loss?

I was just asked this question a few hours ago and thought it is an appropriate question for most people since if one is asking it I’m sure their are others.

Here is the best way to lose weight.

Cut the carbs and eat more good sources of fat!

The bad carbs are anyhting that is processed, and high fructose corn syrup is the #1 worst carb for you.  It throws your blood sugar in disarray and will add weight to you big time.

You want to add fats to your diet.  These will leave you feeling full and cut any of the sugar cravings.

Enjoy the beauty of summer.

Here are some of the good sources of fats.

Avocado’s.

Coconut oil, coconut milk.

Olive oils,

Fish oils,

Organic grass fed beef, chicken, and fish are excellent source of fats and proteins.

Start your breakfast out with these types of good fats and add some veggies for breakfast, it’ not that hard to do.  Doing this will help decrease the stress on your adrenal glands which play a huge role in losing weight and being healthy.  If your adrenals are stressed you won’t lose weight so you need to heal your adrenals.

Chronic stress over time is what throws the adrenals and other hormones off and gives you that bloaty belly fat around your waist which will leave you frustrated and fatigued.

Snacks between meals ok.  Just have some protein with your meals and don’t be afraid to add veggies.

Don’t over do it on fruits.  You need to add fat and proteins.  Keep your fruit to berries and stone fruits which are fruits with pits in them.  Examples are peaches and cherries which are great this summer.

So what’s missing?  Gluten(grains), dairy, soy, egg, and yeast.  These are all inflammatory foods which are hard on your gut and immune system and can dysregulate your blood sugar also.

An anti-inflammatory diet is the way to go.

You will feel much better, control the cravings and with time as your body changes you will lose weight.

This anti-inflammatory diet is excellent for detox pathways also.

If you need assistance with this just email me.

OK, high school sports start today.  I always say a prayer for the coaches, student athletes, and parents.  Sports are incredible for kids since it can change their lives in so many positive ways.  It teaches team building, and these kids can be role models for younger kids and other high school kids.

Extracurricular activites are wonderful for kids.  They are also great for parents since we get to cheer our children.  Coaches are dedicated to these kids and always are looking out for the best interest with our kids.

It’s going to be a fun season and I can’t wait for the first games ot start.

This is Mary and myslef’s last season of high school for our son Riley.  It’s really kind of bitter sweet.  I’ll be sad when it’s done but that’s life.  You just have to move forward to the next adventure.

If you can get out and cheer these kids on they will truly appreciate it and you’ll probably enjoy yourself.

OK, it’s already August!  Wow, summer is flying fast.  The braves played there last home game friday night.  good luck to the Bravees and the St. Croix River Bandits who start baseball playoffs this weekend.

Rileys last season of H.S. football

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The Last Camp

This past weekend was the last camp Mary and I will ever bring our son Rileyto.  What a fun filled process it has been.  It seems like we just started all the camps and activities with our kids and now Riley is a week away from his last football season and his senior year.

We were down at the Jeff Trickey-Randy Wright football camp for Quarterbacks and Receivers.  It was an outstanding camp and they really worked the boys on technique.  The best thing I liked about the camp was the emphasis on being a leader and having and building your character.

As parents we are always preaching that to our kids but it was great to have the kids hear it from someone else.  These camps have priceless pearls of wisdom not only on football but on life.  That’s what I love about sports.  It’s a lot like life.  You will have many ups and downs. It’s about not looking back but staying in the movement and moving forward with each and every day.

Derek Salewski taking a nap on the field. Naps are good!

The discipline sports demand are something I think are so valuable for our kids.  As adults it would be nice to have camps that trained your body and mind like these sports camps.  I guess we are kind of on our own to make it happen. I’ve been to many camps myself as a kid and watching my kids at camps and it’s interesting how focused and driven these kids were.  They were so attentive, worked their tails off, and were all very respectful.  Some of it may be because they were mostly juniors and seniors in high school and were more mature, but also these young athletes are looking toward bettering themselves with the hope of playing college football.

This camp was on the facilities at Coe College in Cedar Rapids Iowa.  What a beautiful campus.  Cedar Rapids seems to be an industrial blue collar type of city.  It’s interesting to see how many private small colleges there are in Iowa.  I’ve only been through Iowa a handful of times but there are some beautiful areas.  The corn must be 8 feet tall right now!!

One of the things they emphasised at the camp was the importance of getting enough sleep.  I’ve been preaching good nutrtion and good sleep  for years for the athletes I work with and all my patients.  This is when your body recovers, your brain recharges, and your hormones get balanced out and get you ready for a new day.  If you aren’t geting enough sleep you sare stressing your brain, your adrenals and will create a breakdown in your body-mind.  You will be more likely to get injured and not be able to compete like you want or lose weight like you may want to or just be healthy like you should be.  If you have a chance for a nap go ahead and take one too.

I want to share what I do in the morning for breakfast.  What I like to do on M,W, and fridays is get my nutra-bullet out and put all my supplements in there with a scoop of either clearvite which is a rice based protein powder or sometimes I’ll do the whey based protein.  I then add my favorite fruit, ususally a handful of blue berries, a scoop of greens or a handfull of blueberries and let the nutra bullet do it’s thing. You can add some coconut oil in there also, just a teaspoon and this helps emulsify your greens and allows for better absorbtion of your vitamins and minerals.  Try some spinach or kale leaves or kale leaves also.

Another great smootie I love is a handful of ice with 6 ounces water, add 4 ounces coconut milk, and one avocado and mix in nutrabullet.  Try it, I’m sure you will love it!!  It’s called a shamrock shake and it’s yummy yummy!!

I also like to do a quick 4 minutes of weight bearing exercises to stimulate my fat burning metabolism and then follow it with a shake. It’s very simple and easy great way to start your day.

Remember to not focus on yesterday but rather to stay in the moment of today.  Do this with how you eat, think, and move and you’ll be way ahead of the game called life.

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It doesn’t get much better.

Summer is really the time of the year I enjoy because of the weather.  We folk up here love our four seasons and although we may bitch about the winter and the extremem cold we are very proud of our winters.  This past weekend was one of those remarkable summer weekends you can look back on when it’s 20 below in the winter.

I went down to the North South Shrine All-Star foootball game Saturday in Oshkosh to watch two of my patients play for the North team.  Mark Johnson from Osceola and Travis Shackelton from Baldwin Woodville played.  They both had outstanding games.  I’m very proud of them.  Mark will be going to UWRF and Travis to Stout to go to school and play football.

It was 34 years ago since I played in that game and I hadn’t been over there since then.  Interesting how some things had changed while others hadn’t changed a bit.  The campus is quite nice.  It’s a long drive to Oshkosh and back but it allowed Tucker Hazzard and I to visit two different campuses.  We stopped at UW-Stevens Point which is a very nice enviromentally friendly campus.  It had been 35 years since I’ve been to that campus and I was impressed  how clean and friendly it was.  I think the UW system is an excellent choice for our young graduating high school students to attend one of these fine institutions.

Summer is halfway done.  We are just a little over 30 days from the first high school football game, the NFL camps start this week.  It’s my favorite time of the year when football comes around.  I’m going to enjoy the hot weather for now but my favorite season is the fall when temps are perfect to workout in and the feel of football in the air is what I love.

Good  idea to get your kids in for a good spine and extremity check up before the fall sports start.  Once they start they put a lot on load on these kids and sometimes their bodies start breaking down.  Adjustments help decrease the load and allow for better recovery.  I’ve helped keep a lot of athletes going over the years and I love working with these kids in keeping them on the field.  Symptoms are generally the last thing to come on and if you can see a dysfunctional movement pattern or a restriction in joint motion and catch it early you can prevent a lot problems from developing down the road.

Remember to keep the diet clean.  A anti-inflammatory diet consisting of tons of vegtables, good fruits, and organic beef, chicken or fish is excellent.  I love adding coconut oil to the diet also.  Good fats are crucial for your body.  Fats like avocados are great.  Try one in a smoothie, it’s fantastic.  Another thing we do at home is have a big glass container of a gallon water, and then we cut up a bunch of limes and put in there with just a little teaspoon of grade A organic maple syrup for flavoring.  Just sip that all day and it’s a great natural detoxifier.  Getting out in the sun for some vitamin D is excellent for your body also.  You want to get as much of your body exposed as possible.  20 minutes or so when ever you can get out is good.  Everyone I check on blood work shows there Vitamin D to be deficient.

Take time to de-stress your mind and body.  Sleep is imperative in repairing your body.  I’ve got to get a good 8 hours a night.  I think young athletes need  even more sleep.  I know my son Riley needs a good 9 hours nightly.  The more you stress your mind-body the more sleep you need.

OK, that’s it, if you haven’t been in for adjustment for a time I’d love to be able to serve you.  If you have a chronic health issue which you are frustrated with or not getting answers give me a hollar.  My metabolic practice incorporates many lab tests which your regular doc typically will not test.

Make it a awesome incredible week!!!

The above pic is the 50 yard line on the new Osceola high school football field.   You may see me out there running the track or doing sprints and body weight exercises on the field.  This is open for public use.  Get out and use it!!  The track is very receptive to your body compared to the old track.

This field I feel is the most incredible facility in the state of Wisconsin.  What a great investment for our kids and our community.

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Fixing knee pain

Knees have been a particular interest for me for ever since I had my first knee injury back in 1978.

At the young age of 16 I tore my right medial meniscus .

I remember not only the physical pain but the emotional distress of not being able to walk or do the normal things kids do.

I remember going down to Central Medical in St. Paul and seeing the Vikings doctor.  He checked my knee and said I had to have surgery.  That was a shocker and my first thing I thought was I hope this wasn’t going to ruin my sports career.

I rehabed it as best I could for what they did back then and 8 weeks later I was playing basketball.

2 years later I was just running down the court and went to catch a long pass and felt my whole right knee explode.

I knew at that moment something major happened and more than likely another surgery was needed.

This was prior to MRI’S, and they did not even know an ACL existed back in 1979.

Surgery was done again, tons of rehab completed, but my knee was still  unstable when I tried punt, play hoops or do daily activities.

I did everything I could but my career was cut short.  19 years of age and that was it.

I eventually had ACL repair which provided more stability, and has allowed for some better fucntion when I cross country ski.

Today after 4 knee surgeries I have much degenerative arthritis throughout my knee.

The reason I function fairly well with the knee is I do a lot of conditioning to keep my muscles around my knee, lower extremityes, gluts, and core strong. Adjsuting my spine and lower extremities helps keep my aligned, ARP, laser, and graston techniques work great also.

Stability is crucial.  I actually still do box jumps, kettle ball swings, one leg glut work, and a variety of strength exercises.  Speed and agility is also important.

If you have knee pain or chronic problems the worst thing you can do is sit home and do nothing.

You have to get out and move your body.

If you or a loved one has a knee issue that keeps you from enjoying life then an assessment by me is a good idea.  I’ve been through everything with knees and I know how to get people active again and keep them in the game of life.

The All-star game is upon us.  What a fantastic week for the Twin Cities.

I remember going to the first home run derby in 1985 at the Metrodome.  Dave Parker won it.  It wasn’t even televised back then and I think it was $10 to get in.  No the home run derby is bigger than the game and if you want a ticket you are going to have to pay $400.  Times have changed.

Growing up the all-star game was something I loved to watch every year.  It meant summer was 1/2 over.

Rod Carew, Tony Oliva, Harmon Killerbrew, Robin Yount, Brooks Robinson, Vida Blue, Al Kaline, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Reggie Jackson, were all some of my favorites.

Baseball in the summer was my favorite sport.  There is just something about summer baseball.  I’m still playing after all these years.  Wednesday night at Oakey Park the Oakey Owls will be playing at 7pm.  Come on down and enjoy some summer fun.

That’s it for this week.  Take action with your life and enjoy your life to the max!!  Dr. E

Mary and her dad. He just turned 86!

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Not being able to do what you want to do is no darn fun.

I hope all of you had an incredible 4th of July weekend.  It sure was a busy one for me.  It started early friday morning with the Siren 5 k run.  I did a 19:40 which was pretty good.  That’s 3 sub 20 minute 5k’s this year.  Interesting how I wasn’t running that fast 5 years ago.  The only thing different is increasing intervals and doing speed and agility work with the high school football players.

Time to enjoy summer.

When I was standing in line to registar for this race and at the starting line waiting for the gun to go off I heard people telling stories of how they haven’t been able to run like they normally would because of injury.  One of the most common one’s I hear in people over 30 or people who put on way to much mileage way to fast is plantar fascitis.  This can be quite debilitating.  Everytime you stand up to walk it hurts like the dickens in the heel.  It’s just about impossible to have any type of productive run when you are compensating due to the pain it produces.  Then when you do run your gait is altered and then you can get a whole bunch of compensation patterns that set in and then watching these people run looks painful.  If you have ever had it you know what I’m talking about.  There is hope.   I see and treat this everyday in my office.  You shouldn’t have to be off for months with this type of problem, but that’s what I hear when I talk or see people that come in.  You have to correct underlying poor biomechanics first.  I usually will use kinesiotape to help and then get custom fit orthotics which work great for most people.  You also need a lot of soft tissue trigger point work to work out the adhesions in the calf and foot muscles and adjusing the pelvis and lower extremities is crucial for good outcomes also.  Once you can walk without pain then go to 1/4 speed jog, then 1/2 and work up form there.  I also like doing a variety of activites to condition the whole body.  You don’t have to suffer if you have plantar fascitis.  Lets get you back in the game of life and start enjoying it again.

Another common condtion I see every day is peripheral neuropathy.  This is a neuro-metabolic condition which can effect the feet where you have pain, numbness, or can’t tell where your feet are.  It’s very disabling for people since they don’t know where there feet are in space.  That’s why these people fall alot because they can not feel there feet hit the ground.  I see this commonly in diabetics, peopel with spinal stenosis of the low back where the nerves get pinched is another cause of neuopathy, along with many others.  One of the easiest things you can do to help this condition is getting off gluten.  Gluten is in grain and there are numerous studies which show this creates inflammation and makes peripehral neuropathy worse.  Adjusting the lower extremities, using vibration, laser, and I love the ARP wave therapy we use at our clinic.  The ARP wave helps waken those dying neurons up.  Neuropathy patients are all different and can be difficult cases since they are so varied.  If you have peripheral neuropathy or know someone that does have it you have nothing to lose by giving this a fair shot.  The medical treatment for this is basically Gabapentan medication and then just live with it.

I’m starting to see a bunch of overuse injuries in young athletes who are trying to get in shape for there fall sports.  Most are due to to much stress on their growing bodies and they just can’t keep up and the body starts breaking down.  Do not train through pain.  Good idea to get these kids in here for a good biomechanical evaluation.  Lets get them fixed up so they can enjoy their sport and be fully functional.

I want to give a big shout out to Osceola grad Mark “MJ” Johnson and Baldwin Woodville grad Travis Shackelton for making the shrine football game.  It’s on the 19th of July and those boys are well deserving of this accomplishment.  Mark will be going to school at UWRF and Travis at UW Stout.  Both will be playing football there.  Osceola’s head football coach Scott Newton will be an assistant coach for the team.

July is a great month of summer.  The heat is finally here and it’s a great time to get out and enjoy life.  I’ll take the heat anyday over the cold.  I don’t know how we all do it up here in the winter.

I power washed 8 hours arond our pool area this weekend.  I’m finally done with all the major to do list outside our house.  That was brutal hard on my body.  Be careful if you power wash.  I have a huge gash above my ankle from where I accidently power washed myself.  Those power washers are remarkable.  Talk about getting things clean.

Powerwashing works miracles.

OK, that’s it for today.  Keep up moving your body, cleaning your diet up, and being grateful in life!!

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It’s done!

I’ve never been the most handy guy.  Fixing things around the house, putting toys together, painting, carpentry work, oil changes, and most guy kind of stuff I hire out.  Thank God for people that are skilled in doing the things I don’t like or aren’t skilled in.

The past 4 weeks I’ve been on a crusade for getting the outside of the house fixed up.  It started with taking the fence down around the pool.  Once that came down I knew we neeeded the major overhaul for landscaping since it looked really bad.  18 years and we haven’t done a thing.  Talk about neglect and no maintence!

Things opening up.

Once the fence came down it was non stop cutting and pulling everything in sight.  I’ve got a 15 foot high pile of brush to prove it.  We hired Tom Lemire to do the landscaping and he and his crew did a fantastic job.  I never realized what 10 minutes of his bobcat could do would take me a weekend to do.  We moved the steps from the porch to open up the patio area and it looks 1000% better.

The thing I’m committed to do now is to keep up with weekly little maintence so It will always look good and I figure this is probably the last big project we will ever do at our house.   I’m always preaching about prevention and doing the little things all day for your mind and body so you won’t need a big overhaul down the road someday.  Now it’s time to do that with the inside and outside of our house.

Anyone have big plans for the 4th?  I love fireworks and celebrating our freedom.  I remember  the 1976 Bicentennial celebration.  That was so cool.  We are a young nation of 238 years and there is no where better to be then the good old USA.  The opportunities this nation has are phenomenol.  It’s what you make of it that counts.

I’ve been working with a lot of chronic conditions like peripheral neuropathy, auto-immune conditions, and many more neurodegenerative cases.  While these can be challenging cases most do quite well.  Changing the diet is the most difficult for some but the one’s that do note a huge improvement in overall health and well being.  Removing inflammatory foods like gluten a

Steps now facing the west.

nd dairy can really help people calm their immune system while healing the gut and making life a lot more enjoyable.  If you or a loved one has some form of chronic problem and are not getting help then let me know, maybe I’ll be able to help them in some way or form.  It’s fun seeing sick people get better and be able to have a more enjoyable life.   If you can’t do the things you want to do in life then just pick up the phone and call me.

Make this week an incredible week, have a fantastic 4th.  We will be open through thursday and off friday the 4th.

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Are you in need of a makeover?

Good morning, the sun is shining, the rain has stopped for now and it’s all good!!   I hope all of you are having a incredible summer and are getting outside and enjoying the summer outdoors.

I’ve been working hard at cleaning and working around the house as we haven’t done anything in the 18 years of living here in Osceola.  I finally finished painting the deck and 200 spindels later I was happy to get that done.  I told Mary that’s the last deck I ever paint.  From here on out I’m going to do a little maintence yearly around the house.

Not being a painter I had no idea how detailed orientated and time consuming it was going to be.  I would be out there by 6 am and it was so quiet and peaceful.  You can do a lot of thinking while you are painting.  The end result is that it really needed a makeover and now looks like a new one.

Sometimes we need a makeover with our body and mind.  Some may haven’t done much for years and years and need a complete makeover, and some just need a touch up.  Trust me, the touch up is much easier then the complete.  That’s why I always recommend coming in for periodic check ups fo ryour spine and nervous system since I can catch things before they get symptomatic, you will feel great and like a car you don’t want to wait until the red lights come on.  I’ve been getting adjusted weekly for the last 35 years and it helps me be a better athlete, keeps me still competing, helps me sleep better, helps me manage my stress better, and generally helps my overall outlook on life.

I'm getting help with the landscaping project

I’ve had a few episodes in my life where I’ve neglected my body and sometimes stuff just happens and then I needed the complete makeover.  My first bad disc was when I turned 40 and that was pure hell. Felt like I was doing everything right but all the adjustments I give over the years finally caught up to me.  I wish I would have had the spinal decompression machine I have now.  That works like a charm for back and neck issues.

Now if you or a loved one has some kind of a chronic condition that developed over years it’s going to take in all aspects of your life to get you where you need to be.  You have to eat different to help the metabolic side of your condition, you have to move better to support the structural and functional side of your body, and you have to basically get a new paradigm on how you think or else nothing will change.  Change and compliancy to a new way of living can be really hard but people do it and have great success.  I’ll be posting a video on my you tube and facebook channel today of a patient who has lost 45 pounds since February first.  It’s so cool to see her get healthy and see her life change in such a positive way.

You to can have success with your health.  If you need a complete makeover or just a little touch up then I’m here to assist you in any way possible.  All you have to do is give me a jingle or email me.

Ok, make it the best day ever!!

Congrats to all my patients who did the Grandma’s marathon this past Saturday.  What an achievement that is!!

Double nickels for this young lady

Guess who turns 55 friday?

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This will inspire you to take action

What a fun filled inspiring weekend I had.

Mary and I went down to watch Riley in the state boys track tournament.

What an incredible venue they have at UW-Lacrosse.  It holds a good 10,000 and is state of the art new facility.

I had never been to a state track meet and it totally exceeded any expectations I had.  The energy was electric.  Watching the kids race was so exciting.  You couldn’t help but feel a little tear of inspriration as they gave it their best shot.

The one thing I love about athletics is the energy it produces.  Riley’s 4×100 didn’t make finals but they had a personal best.  A little better handoffs and they easily make the finals.  That’s why you race the race because you never know what will happen.  Those short relays it’s all about the handoffs.

You can practice practice and practice but when it comes to the race you just about have to have perfect handoffs. Look for the 4×100 to make finals next year.

Our girls team had some great performances.  Mickey Gearin got 2nd in the pole vault.  Our 4×800 took 5th with a personal record of more than 15 seconds.  Savanah Rivard placed in the 400.  How about Mackenzie Fortier who had personal best in the mile and 2 mile.

Aimmee-Rice-Strand the defending state champ in the 200 meter run had a bad quad pull which bothered her all season.  She toughened it out and participated in the 100.  Congrats to her on an incredible career.  Look for her to do outstanding things at North Dakota State University next year.  Our other seniors had great careers including Mackenzie Fortier and Shelby Miller who be participating in track at Winona State next year.  Shelby Tyrell is going to Stout and had a fine career at OHS.

If you ever get a chance to go to the state track meet just go.   You will leave feeling totally inspired and have much hope for our young student athletes.

Riely getting warmed up for state.

Our weight losss is going great.  Just had a patient who I haven’t seen in 6 weeks and she lost another 7 pounds.

If you have been reading my posts you have noticed how imperative it is to get the comprehensive 85 panel blood work up done.  This will help me identify exactly how to proceed with your case.  Some need heavy duty intensive metabolic work while others may need to cut back or eliminate certain foods and just clean things up a bit.  Some may need a boat load of supplements to get their body fucntioning better, some may need none.  Everyone is differnet. It’s all based on blood work and other testing I do such as the Adrenal stress index test.  We get the testing done and then we re-check labs to see how you are progressing.

As you get healthier the weight loss really comes off.  You want to jump start your summer and start taking total responsibility for your health then give me a jingle and lets get at it and get you transformed for an incredible life!!

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Compete on and off the track.

Mary and I have had a blast watching the boys and girls track team here in Osceola.  The sectional meet was last friday and it is great to see kids competing.

Some kids are injured, some kids are sick, some kids are nervous, some are confident.  You never quite know what will happen at a track meet.  One thing I observed was no matter what was going on in their mind or their body these kids competed and brought it.

Sports are where kids learn to compete.  They will need this when they are on their own and have to deal with all the things that occur in life like maybe making a living, a job, marriage, raising kids, working with others.

Every day life is a little bit of a competition.  You have to show up, practice, craft your skills, and do your best.  There is always someone out there who is probably doing more or who is better, but if you give it your all that’s all you can ask of your self.

I think sometimes with our health we all take it for granted and we don’t do a great job of taking care of our selves until a crisis hits, or you aren’t feeling so hot, or you can’t seem to do the things you used to.

Aimee Rice Strand back to defend title at state.

The incredible thing is if you start eating really clean foods, start moving your body, and have a better attitude your body and mind can get better.

I’ve been doing a ton of weight loss in the clinic and people have been losing weight, tons of inches, and are feeling the best they have in years.  It’s very simple strategies of getting back to the basics with fundamentals of  being healthy.

The bottom line is with being healthy, competing in sports or life is how bad do you want it?  Are you willing to put the time, energy, discipline, and perhaps some money into your health and well being?

Anytime you put energy in to your health the rewards will come back sooner than later and last a long time if you keep at it.

Sometimes set backs do occur and it’s how you respond to those set backs that determines your success.  Hang  in there and keep moving forward.

Believe in yourself.  Others believe in you!!

You can do it!!

Until next time, don’t let a rainy day get you down and keep you from achieving what ever you want.  Dr. E

P.S.  Mary and I will be down in LaCrosse for the state track meet friday and saturday.  I believe the running events do not start until 3 so we will have our normal hours on friday.  Congrats to all the Osceola track athletes.  The girls won the sectionals and we have a bunch of kids going.  Big shout out to Riley Edling for going in the 4×100.

P.S.P.S.  Osceola boys baseball takes on St. Croix Falls here tomorrow 5pm.  Should be a good one.

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The key to longevity.

I think we all want to live a productive long and healthy life where we can live our dreams and help others along the way.  Somehow someway negativity can seep in to our brain and we all get stuck or in a rut or get depressed or feel we are not livng the life we had dreamt about.

I was watching a you tube viseo this past weekend called SLOWMO.  Just google it or you tube it and watch this 15 minute video.  It’s very inspiring.  In a nutshell it’s about a 69 year old Psychiatrist who quit practice 15 years ago because he was uninspired by his work even though he had made tons of money and lived a charmed life as far as physical things were concerned.   He stated he felt he was becoming an asshole and didn’t want to live another 15 years working doing something he didn’t enjoy doing.  So he started rollerblading along the beach in southern California and hasn’t stopped since.  Everyone thought he was a homelesss guy.  He’s happy, he inspires people, he lives on a little bit of nothing.  He feels connected to the source and feels connected to people and is happy.

Climbing mountains makes me happy.

Slowmo as everyone calls him had a midlife crisis or finally listened to what his heart and soul told him to do.  Do what makes you happy.

What makes you happy?

Do you do things for yourself, family and others that make you happy and inspired?

This is a good question we should all ask ourselves each and everyday.

There are days where I’m not on at the clinic, I’m not on at home, or present with my family.  It just happens.  I’d say I have many more positive good days than bad days but I try to follow my heart and soul.  I always have.  Maybe I beat to my own drum.  I don’t think I could have been good in the corporate world or have a straight 9-5 job.

Here is the You tube link to the clip slo mo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn87-mcnoVc

So how to you get to live to 90 and be happy?  Do what you want to!!  I love that one!!!

The spring weather is upon us.  Finally a little warmer outside where we can all enjoy the outside.   Track conference is tomorrow, we still have all the spring sports going on, it’s all good!!  If you want to watch some great track and field stop by Osceola’s new track tomorrow at 4 pm for the conference meet.

I know one thing that will make you happier.  Eating better and getting outside and moving your body.  When I’m outside working out and taking up the sun and getting a good sweat going there is nothing better. Clean the diet up and you are on your way.  Being healthy doesn’t have to be that difficult.  Follow your innate and listen to it!

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Take a road trip for your health.

Well we got out of town for a road trip to Bozeman to pick up Connor.  It was quick, leaving Wednesday night and back late Saturday night.

The best thing about getting away even for a quick few days is to experience something different.  Bozeman lays in the valley between 2 mountain ranges.  It’s incredible waking up to sunshine and 30 degrees knowing it’s going to warm up to 75 and sunny by the afternoon.

Bridger mountains just outside Bozeman

I took breath taking mountain climbs up ot the “M” which you can see from anywhere in town.  It’s a quick 15 minute climb but your heart rate gets maxed out.   A great way to start your day.

Selfie climbing mountain atop Bozeman

Getting away and doing something different is good for the brain.  I always have an appreciation of what I have here and am grateful for being able to live and serve people here in the upper St. Croix Valley.

If you ever head out to to Montana make sure you check out Bozeman.  It has much to offer.  The downtown is great with historic buildings and a touch of the cowboy country.  The Montana State University campus is incredible.  Our son Connor loves it and we will be headed back in mid august to drop him off.

Montana State University Bobcats!

I would highly recommend this University.  It has much to offer and if you love the outdoors at all this place has it all.

The downtown co-op is incredible.  Great coffee shop and juicing smoothies bar upstairs.  You can sit here have a coffee is you like and look out over the mountains.

Co-op coffee house

I’m fresh and ready to serve you to the best of my abilities.  I’m doing a ton of weight loss right now.  If you need assistance I can help you out.  As you get healthier the weight comes off big time.  It’s a process, but the work you put into it pays huge dividends  with time.  Once you go on this diet you will never want to go back to the old way of eating and living.

It’s going to be nice out this week so get out and cheer our local high school athletes on.

Until next week, Mary and I are here to serve you and our community with passion, love, and expertise in healing.  Dr. E

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Do you remember your prom?

It was a crazy busy weekend here in “O” town.  It was the junior-senior prom so we were busy getting the last minute details ready for Riley our son.

His date Maddie Ringlin looked spectacular.  Here is a pic of the two below.

Riley and Maddie

We had some other parents over for a little party while the kids were off having prom on the river boat in Stillwater.

Everyone brought pics of their prom.  OMG was that funny.  The outfits, hairdo’s, and just how different we looked back then until now is amazing.  It sure was fantastic how they put on the prom compared to how they did it when we were in school 35 years ago.  What a nice touch they had at the grand march where they introduce all the kids.  And the dressess and tuxes looked fantastic.  So much fun for not only the kids but the parents also.

Now that prom is done graduation is less than 3 weeks away.  I don’t have to worry about that this year but next year I will.  I know that’s a lot of work for the parents so I don’t envy them that.

Hey, just a little heads up we will be closed Wednesday afternoon, all day htursday and friday.  Mary and I are flying out to Bozeman where Connor attends Montana State University.  We are picking him up and then renting a surburban and driving him home.  He will be done with finals on thursday.  Boy was that a quick first year.

I’m doing a workshop tonight on weight loss.  We have great success with that at our clinic.  6:30 pm here.  Just email me if you want in.

Losing weight is a matter of getting your cells working right.  Many things can cause it not to work well.  Some of the deal breakers are

1.  Poor blood sugar regulation.  This is number one for a good brain and body.

2.  Auto-immune problems.  These can be very tricky since it’s your immune system which is attacking tissue.  Ypu have to addresss the immune system, not just the organ or area that is affected.

3.  Anemia issues.  If you are anemic you will not have any energy.

4. G.I./liver.  If you have poor gut fucntion and a toxic liver they need to be working right.

5.  Fatty lipid dysfunction.  Cell membrane permeability is crucial to get toxins out and nutrients in.

Those are just a few major ones.  You have to fix all your systems.  I run a comprehensive 85 panel blood work up to see where you are at.  This really helps assess your body and what it is deficient in.  I can then customize a plan that will help assist you in getting you healthier.  Once you get healthy the weight comes off.

OK, that’s it, hopefully weather will be better in Montana!!  Going to do some running in the mountains.

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30 pounds in 11 weeks

The weight loss program I use at our clinic is working fantastic.  Today I had a client break 200 pounds.  She was 230 pounds when she started and through the neuro-metabolic weight loss program she is down 30 pounds in 11 weeks.  The key to her success was sticking to the program.  She says it’s not that hard.  The biggest thing she has noticed is the increase in her energy and all her aches and pains are gone.  At church yesterday she said people were coming up to her and complimenting how good she looked and if she had lost weight.

It’s really fun when I can share success stories like this.  Not everybody loses 30 pounds in 11 weeks.  It all depends on their physiology.  The sicker you are the harder it is initially.  Many people have autoimmune problems or blood sugar problems and a host of other disease states.  You have to get healthy first, once you do then the weight comes off.

If you are serious about losing weight and keeping it off once and for all and getting your life back next monday night 6:30 pm at my office I’m holding a weight loss seminar that goes over the details of the program.  This will fill up fast so sign up with me or call Mary, 715-294-3100

The pool will be open soon!!

Wow, what a day yesterday. 75 and sunny!  After Easter brunch at moms I came home and washed 4 cars.  Just sandals and shorts on taking in the heat of the sun felt so good.  It was a blessing to feel the sun on the body.  It gave me energy.  It’s been since September since I’ve felt that type of warmth.  I’m going to put that feeling in the bank of my mind when it’s cold out next winter and savor the memory of the first summer like day.

I went cross country skiing for 2 hours Saturday with Tom Miester at Big Rock Creek Farm.  They had a good 3-6 inch base and skiing was excellent.  The ski’s are officially put away until next November.

With the weather improving outside there is no excuse to sit inside and not enjoy the beautiful weather.  It’s great to see people out walking.  It seem like there is a 5 month lockdown where you don’t see any of your neighbors.  Then they all come out of hibernation once it gets nice.  It’s great to see everyone out and about enjoying the sun, heat, and the hope of spring and summer.

That’s it for this week, don’t forget about the workshop monday night.  If you want to jump start your life then this is for you.   Until then, make it a fantastic day!!!  Dr. E

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Master your own health

Watching the Masters golf tournament is one of my favorite sporting events every year.  What I love is how the tournament always comes down to the final day and final 9 holes.  This year was a little anti-climatic since no one really came out and challenged the winner Bubba Watson with eagles or birdies on the back 9.

Golfing is the one sport where total responsibility lies on the golfer.  Every decision, shot, and end result lies on the split second dynamics of the golf swing and contact through the ball.  Everyone thought Bubba was crazy to go for it in 2 on number 15 when he had trees in front of him, but that’s Bubba, he goes for everything.  I love seeing golf like Bubba, small town kid who swings from the heels and defies all traditional fundamentals of golf.  He’s an out of the box golfer who hits towering drives and has fun on the course.  He’s never had a lesson, he’s a total feeel player who takes full responsibility for his golf swing.

My own Magnolia lane.

Our health is our own responsibility.  If we all took total responsibility for our health we would all take much better care of our selves.  If you think your insurance company is going to take care of a poor lifestyle forget about it.  Drugs aren’t going to do it either.  Good daily choices in what you eat, how you move, and how you think are what are going to make the most difference.  I can adjust you until the cows come home but if you keep polluting your body it won’t make much difference.  Take charge of your health right now this very moment and start taking action today for your choices.  We will both be glad you did.

I got my first golf round of golf in on Saturday.  It’s interesting how I hit the ball as good as I ever have, but the seven 3 putts I had destroyed another good ball striking round.  Drive for show and putt for gold.  I better work on my putting.

Tax day tomorrow.  Wow, interesting how I haven’t heard any patients talk about taxes.  Maybe that’s a good thing?

More snow!  I guess that’s just April.  I feel for the track, tennis, baseball, soccer, and softball teams who have to play in this cold. If you get a chance go over to the football field and track and give it a shot.  What a great complex.  I’ve been using both the field and track and what a nice soft surface to run on.  Running sprints and adding fat burning exercises such as burpees, jumping jacks, mountain climbers, kettle ball swings, planks, are all a great way to burn fat, and get fit and healthy.

OHS, great place to run.

That’s it for this week.  Don’t forget about leaky gut syndrome workshop next monday night 6:30 my clinic.  Call and reserve your spot.  It’s free!!

Happy Birthday goes out to my son Riley Edling who turned 17 yesterday!  Dr. E

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Crawl, Walk, Then Run.

When it comes to any kind of chronic health issue you have to give your self time to heal.

One of the biggest things you can do to start the healing process is to go Gluten, Dairy, and Soy free.  That’s because they are inflammatory foods.  It’s kind of like putting fuel on the fire.  Doesn’t make sense.

Sugar is another huge inflammatory food.  Sugar is in just about everything.  A paleo type of diet is the best way to go.  I’ts how our ancestors years ago ate.

Our society has just poisioned itself to death.  To peel away the onion of sickness you must start with the diet.  Start eliminating these foods and watch your body rise to the occasion and start healing.

Amother layer of the onion to peel away to better health is to get out and get moving.  My buddies and I skied 35 miles this weekend.  We just had to get one last big time ski in before it all melted.  Let me tell you once it got over 35 degrees and that sun hit the trails it really got slow and was a lot of work.  The ski’s now have storage wax until next November and it’s time to start a new season of activity.  Get out side and do some form of an outdoor sport, you will love it and getting sun on your body will help you also.

Last ski of the year April 6th Rock Creek Farm

Some of you may have to get some new friends or not see some of your negative friends if they hold you back.  Chasing and going for your dreams in life are important.  Keep it positive and see neat things happen in your life.  There is always someone new to meet out there to have a great positive relationship with.

Spring is finally here.  I  have loved everything about this winter except trying to ski when it was 15 below.  That was a little nasty.   Now that spring is here and the sun is here I’m just so excited to get outside and enjoy the sun, hear the Robins, see an occassional bear, and see all of you out and about.

We all want health to be something that we can just run with and everything is grand.  Sometimes we need to take small baby steps, then up to a walking speed and then finally we graduate to an all out run.  It takes time and energy and a lit of sticking to the game plan in order to achieve optimal health and wellness.  If you stick with it it will pay off!!

It was tough seeingThe Badgers get beat by Kentucky on that last second shot.  What an incredible shot.  Look for Bucky and the Gophers to be tough in hoops next year.

Riley's first car!

Do you know if you have leaky gut?  I’m doing a seminar here in 2 weeks April 21st 6:30pm here at my clinic.  This is a must attend seminar if you have any gut issues, brain fog, or low energy, or have been diagnosed with some form of chronic disease or auto-immune issue.

First track workout tomorrow, maybe see you out there!!  Dr. E

P.S. A big thanks goes out to Dan and Monica Wolter for making Riley’s dream come true with his first car!!

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What inspires you to keep moving forward?

Every week I try to inspire you to take action in your life.  I try my best to live a life that is healthy, fun, and inspiring.

Find some form of activity that leads you to move your body like you’ve never moved before.

I try to inspire you to eat healthier so your body can function at an optimum level of health and well being and you will have energy like you’ve never had before.

Living and being healthy doesn’t have to be that hard.  Your body wants to heal itself constantly.  Your body want to have a great 6-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep at night so you can restore functions of the body and have energy for the day.

Viruses, bacteria, parasites, lack of exercise, poor nutrtion, auto-immune diseases, subluxations, all create problems with our mind-body.

The good news is there is hope for people.   The past 5 years I’ve been studying some of the best minds in the country on how to get sick people well.  This can be quite challenging and sometimes I do not have all the answers.  One thing I do promise is that I will do everything I can to get at the root cause of why you feel the way you do and what needs to be done to get you better.

One of the things I request everyone do is get a 85 different blood tests from Lab corp down in Edina. You can do this by calling Mary and she will take care of the payment $199 right at her computer. This is a great comprehensive analysis to rule out what causes a lot of poor health.  Here are the health breakers.

1.  Bad blood sugar.  This should my number one deal breaker for your health.  If it’s to high or to low you have ot get this under control.

2.  Anemias.  If anemic you will not have any energy

3.  Fatty lipid profile.  Why be on statins when you can fix this in most cases very easy with lifestyle changes

4.  Gastro-intestinal-liver issues.  I see a ton of parasitic infections and bad guts when I do stool ecology test and checking your differential white blood cell count.  H.Pylori is another very common gut infection htat can cause lots of problems including leaky gut.

5.  Methylation pathways.  Homocystiene is another test I run which is vital for checking inflammation in your body and brain.

6.  Vit D. levels.  Everyone I check is insufficient.  You need to have proper sufficient Vit. D levels to have good health.

7.  Thyroid function.  I do 10 checks on the thyroid including antibodies.  Just saw 2 patients today who had no idea they had postive antibodies for the thyroid.  This is an immune sytem problem, not just a thyroid problem.  Do you know the one food you should never eat if you have hashimoto’s or any other auto-immune problem?

If you really want to find out what the heck is going on with your body, this is a crucial comprehensive blood work up.  Your M.D. is not going to run this comprehensive of an exam.  If you are not getting answers or results then it’s time to get this test done.

I got some incredible skiing this past week.  Tuesday the Birkie trail was incredible, and both Saturday and Sunday at Big Rock Creek farm was the best skiing of the year!!!!!

I’ll get out tomorrow morning one moe time.

Way to go Badgers!! What an incredible sweet sixteen and elite 8 games they had.  I thing they are going to have there hands full with kentucky.  I think they can win it all!!!!

Until next time, dream big and take action!!  Dr. E

Gluten free spinach balls. Yummy!

P.S.  You got to put back in your body what is missing, nutrtition, exercise, etc).  It’s time to unwind your body and get your mind body working well again so you can live life and not feel like you are slowly dying.  Your family needs you to be your best!!

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Mother nature knows what to do.

I had an incredible weekend of tons of great x-skiing, march madness, end of the year x-ski party, and hanging with the family.

I saw something I had never seen before and was in awe of how mother nature works.

I skied by an open field and spooked 2 bald eagles who flew over to a tree with 4 more bald eagles.  I then spotted a huge coyote in the middle of the field looking at me.  I then saw 2 young dead fawns and the probable mother of them looking at them from about 50 yards away.   I couldn’t figure what was going on.  The coyote and eagles were hungry that’s for sure but I was mystified as to how they were killed.  There are so many deer at Rock creek farm that I would think the herd would be able to take care of a few coyotes.

At the ski party later in the afternoon my good friend Greg Mikunda said the doe sometimes abort the fetus when they are stressed.  It’s been a terrible long winter for the deer and I’m sure the coyotes have been chasing them all winter long also.  This made perfect sense to me then I was blown away by the power of mother nature. Those bald eagles were huge.

Ski season is coming to an end.  A big thanks to team cyclova and Danny Kahn for hosting the end of hte season party at his super cool house in Rice Lake.

The animals out in the woods have to survive and prosper or they get eaten by their fellow neighbors in the woods.  We also have to take really great care of our self’s or we break down and get some form of sickness over time.  We were not designed for sickness.  We were designed to prosper with good health.  Stress, poor nutrtion, and lack of exercise creates sickness.  The good news is that even small changes in diet and exercise can make a huge impact on your overall health.  Try eliminating gluten and dairy for a month in your diet and see the changes.  How about 20 minutes of brisk walking, or some body weight exercises daily for 5 minutes.  Do this over time and be conssitant and it will pay off.

One of the things that is often overlooked is emotional stress.  If you are in an environment that is bad it can be really tough to be healthy.  There is no perfect world out there but constant emotional stress, financial stress, can be devastating for your long term health.  These must be addressed and somethimes this can be the hardest thing to change.

Do your best.  Give your self time to heal.  It took years to lose your health and healing takes time, simple as that.

Well, the Badgers played an incredible second half against Oregon Saturday night.  Do you think they can beat that Baylor team thursday night?  It’s going to be tough.

Until next time, Go Bucky!!

Dad and I 15 years ago at Badger game in Vegas.

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For the not so Irish

Well I grew up not ever giving St. Patty’s day  a thought.  It seemed like everyone I knew was protestant, and Norweigan or German.

As I grew older I found out that my dad was adopted and his real name was of total Irish decent.

Then I marry Mary who is big time Irish Catholic .  I’ve started to learn about the irish culture.

I’m not a fan of Giuness or Harp, but do like an ocassional Jameson on ice.

As many celebrate their Irish heritage I always get a kick out of everyone dressing up green and marching in parades.  I guess New Richmond has a big St. Paddy’s day parade every St. Padds parade.

Maybe someday I’ll get dressed up and go out and celebrate.

It should be a great NCAA boys and girls tournamnet.  We have brackets you can come in and fill them out or just email your picks.  We are having our yearly pics for prizes!!!

It’s still a bit winter out and the cross country skiing is still excellent.  If we get a few inches of snow tonight it should be good through the weekend if it doesn’t get to warm.

Spring is a great time to jump start your exercise, clean up your diet, and get moving in a positive direction.  You can do it!!!  It’s been fun seeing patients getting better and doing the things once again that are important to them.

I’m in the solution business and we are committed to doing what ever it takes to assist you in getting your health back and keeping it once and for all.

OK, make it a fantastic St. Patty’s day!!!!

It will be 100 in no time

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305 inches of snow

I just spent one of my favortie weekends of the year up in Calumet Michigane where I was competing in the Great Bear Chase which is the last x-ski race of the year.

Calumet has 305 inches of snow this year.  It’s amazing to see how much snow there is.   Check the photo below.  Basically all you see are the roofs of the smaller houses.  It’s nuts.  When you are skiing on the trail it’s like you are on a sunken highway with 8 feet of snow on each side of you.  You never see any deer tracks up there because the deer could never survive trying to get through the woods.

Copper mansion house in Calumet Michigan

The last race of the year is memorable because you are usually a bit tired from the Birkie and it’s coming to a sweet end with the warm temps we are having.  It was great to do the race with my training buddies, Duane Lee, and David Leske.  We train, race, and have a ton of fun on and off the trail.  We have had a great year of skiing other than training in the severe cold which is really hard on the body.  Spring skiing is always the best, hopefully we can get a few more days of skiing when you can get some sun on the face.

I somehow managed to win my age group in the 25km classic race.  The pic below is one with Nancy Bauer and myself.  Nancy won her age group.  Nancy is an incredible skier and she has traveled the world skiing in world master championships with her husband Bill.  Nancy and Bill are parents to one of North America’s greatest cross country skier.  Their son John is a 3x Olympic Cross Country skier.   Calumet brings the old finnish skiers of the area out to race.  It’s incredible to see some of the skiers skiing incredible well into their 70’s.  I had a guy who was 67 years of age beat me.  Now that’s pretty impressive.

Nancy Bauer and I.

It feels fantastic today being 53 degrees.  The days are getting longer and I just love the sun and heat.  This has been one of the toughest winters I can remember.  How would you like to have 305 inches of snow to deal with yearly?

That's a 10 foot wall of snow to get to the house

We are having great success with our weight loss patients.  As they get healthier the weight flys off.  It’s really not that hard.  The key is you have to eat!!  No starving.  You have to put good anti-inflammatory foods in your body and avoid adrenal stimulants.  If you want to learn more about how you can lose potentially 30 pounds in 30 days just email me back steve@dredling.com

A big congrats to the Unity boys basketball team.  It’s their first trip to state.  It’s been 35 years since I played in the 1979 state tourney.  Wow, that was a quick 35 years.

Until next time, get out and enjoy the sun and warm weather, we could get a couple of feet of snow yet.  Dr. E

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If you are bored with what you are eating.

One of the toughest things for people who are trying to lose weight or want to really get their health back and start a anti-inflammatory diet.

It’s the number one thing you can do to get your body to start de-toxing and start healing.

Bye bye aches, pains, and oh by the way as you start healing the weight melts off.

The important thing to realize when you are on a anti-inflammaotry diet is you will be eating incredible good foods.  There is no gluten, dairy, soy, egg, or yeast, but there are so many great foods you can eat that heal your body. Remember inflammation is making oyu sick, so we eat anti-inflammatory foods.

So what can you eat?  Organic meat, chicken, fish, tons and tons of green and multi color vegetables, stone fruits(fruits with pits in them), nuts and seeds after a month or so.

Here is a great website of a fellow friend of mine who has a great facebook page on repairing and surviving an anti-inflammatory diet.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Surviving-Dr-Praxs-Metabolic-Repair-Program/165800056908756

Well I’m still recovering from the Birkie.  Man did that race take it out of me.  So time to get rested up because i’ve got the last race of the year this saturday in the wonderful town of Calumet Michigan.

In 1900 Calumet was the second largest city in Michigan.  It’s an old copper mining city that peaked out about 1920 and has been on a slow decline since.  They have incredible old churches and historic buildings and an opera house.   It’s the one race a year I absolutely love.

The great bear at the Bear chase

Calumet is also the home of George Gipp.

George Gipp, native of Calumet,

You can also check out my wife’s facebook site, she has been putting on 2-3 x a week things we eat at our house.  Just add her to your facebook.  I’ll also have her start putting them on my Edling Chiropractic and Wellness facebook site.

Ok, I know it’s cold, just hang in there!!  Spring is right around the corner!!

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Birkie Recap 2014

One word, BRUTAL!!!!

This time of year I write quite a bit about one of my favorite passions and that is the American Birkie, North America’s largest cross country ski race.  I try to inspire you to take action in your own life with great exercise, nutrition, and positive thoughts so you can live the life of your dreams.

I’ve trained with Duane Lee and Dave Leske the past 365 days for this one event.  While the American Birkbeiner doesn’t define me as a whole, it gives you a good test of your conditioning and skiing ability since it is the hardest x-ski marathon course in the world.

Dave, Duane, and myself meet every Tuesday for a run, roller ski, or ski in the winter.  We do specific workouts for strength, conditioning, and interval training to get us fast for the race.  Well, everything we had trained for in thought and in action went out the door the first kilometer of the race.

15 inches of snow the day before and I knew it was going to be a slow, difficult race conditions.  Well, in my 22 years of racing I knew right away that this was one that I had to be mentally as strong as I could be,  to make it to the finish line.

2014 Birkie finisher

At the 15 kilometer mark my left hamstring was already cramping.  If I do cramp it’s not usually until the last kilometer of the race.  I had 39 more to go!!

In Seeley at the half way point I felt like I had been out there a lifetime.  I fueled big time with anything I could get in my mouth.  Banana’s, goo, energy drink, water, you name it I drank or ate it. What kept me inspired was all the people cheering!!

The second half of the race the ski’s started working better.  I found that the skate lane was faster skiing on the uphills than the classic track which was deteriorating and very soft.  It seemed to warm up a bit and my energy was better.

I started passing people who passed me like I was standing still the first half of the race.  I ran into Dave Leske at the mosquito brooke water stop and he was having a great race.  There was 14 kilometers to go and 4 major hill climbs left.  Somehoe those skied relatively easy for me and I knew I could make it in.

When I crossed highway 77 for the last long climb of day I was thinking about my good friend Dave Landgraf, a Birkie founder who  tragically lost his life in a bike accident a couple years back.  The Birkie foundation has a nice memorial marker on top of that hill.  As you get to the top of that hill you can see Hayward and the incredible view.  A long downhill to the lake then just 3 miles across the lake to downtown Hayward.!

As I got on the lake you could feel the winds out of the west.  The skiers ahead of me looked like they were standing still. Every year there is a group of people who give jagermeister shots out to skiers.  I actually stopped and had her throw one down my throat.  It actually was the only thing that felt warm all day. The lake was miserable trying to cross.

Finally mainstreet Hayward.  The crowd was going crazy and one last hard push and this 2014 Birkie was over.  I have never wanted to be so done with a race as this one.  I got my ski’s off and changed as quickly as possible.  Off to Angler’s to start telling stories of carnage.

Congrats to all my patients who did the Birkie!!  Congrats to Caitlin Compton who won the Birkie for the women.  It’s her 3rd time winning.  She has stayed at our house and been adjusted and done ARP wave therapy at our clinic for her sports injuries.  Congrats to her husband brian Gregg making this years Olympics and competing in Soshi.  What an incredible accomplishment. Kind of fun training with 2 olympians right here in the St. Croix Valley.

So that’s it for this years wrap up.  The lesson I learned was to just hang in there when the going gets tough. I am proud of my efforts and placing 190th in hte Classical Birkie, not to bad when I was feeling so bad that first half.

The best part of doing the Birkie is seeing all the people who you may only see once a year.  It’s a pretty cool commmunity of people, and they are passionate about the Birkie.  Who want’s to give it a shot next year.  It changed my life 25 years ago when I started doing these.  It’s never to late to start something new.  What ever you decide to do, just take action!!

P.S.  A big thanks goes out to Audrey Yunker for letting us stay up at her cabin.  Sure miss not having Bruce around.

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5 things I would do when we get a winter storm.

This may be a no brainer but here a few of the things I promote for surviving and prospering a winter storm like we are getting today.

1.  Do not get so wrapped up into what the weather guys say the day before.  I know sometimes I do, so I just shut it off and occasionally look at my cell phone to see what the live radar says.

2.  Use sound judgement when traveling and if you have to go out get it done sooner than later.  I always tell patients if the weather is bad to use their own best judgment.   I’d rather have them come in the following day than get stuck in the ditch.  I’ve got rear wheel drive and a steep driveway so any amount of snow and there is no way I’m getting up my driveway.  Now I generally have no problem getting to my clinic but if we get over 5 inches it can be a problem getting out of my neighborhood.  I do not envy commuters to and from the cities everyday.  Somehow they make it in and make it home.  I think we have gotten a bit wimpy from years ago.  I love hearing stories of older patients who had to walk 2 miles each way to their one room school house.  There was never any school closings back in the day.

3.  I feel sometimes people really let themselves go a bit when the weather gets bad.  Don’t stop eating healthy and getting some exercise.  Shoveling the snow, doing some body weight exercises in the house doesn’t take much time and you can still get your exercise in even if it’s bad outside.  If you eat really clean you will be ahead of most others.

4.  Have resources to help you out if you need it.  I told you about my nightmare driveway.  Well, yesterday my son Riley got half way up our driveway  and slid off the driveway and got stuck.   Thanks to good friend Ryan Lee for pulling us out.  It’s great to have people help you out when you need it most.

5.  Be adventurous.  On a day like today I like to get my old classical ski’s out and ski through our neighborhood or go down through Schillbergs.  Very easy, just taking it all in.  I love watching the snow come down.  On a snow day how about taking the kids or grandkids out for some sledding.  This is perfect snowshoeing weather.  With all the snow we have had you will be working your tail off in the deep snow.

So there are a few tips.   Spring is right around the corner.  It’s suppose to be 40 tomorrow.  I’m already starting to think about golf.  If you have nothing going on this Saturday and you want to see something fun, then head on up to Hayward for the American Birkebeiner.  I’d be in downtown Hayward no later than 10:00 am since the winners will be coming in around 10:30 or so.  I’m doing the

Dave Leske and I, after Birkie, at Anglers.

classical race which is 4 kilometers longer and it’s slower so I’ll be in around 11:30 or so.    I’ll have a re-cap of everything next monday.  Congrats to Tom Krenz who is doing his 25th Birkie, and Kevin Rogers who I believe is doing his 34th Birkie.  These guys have been great friends, mentors, and are still elite cross country skiers.  Congrats also goes out to Thor Riemer, and Victor Lowney who moved through regionals and now have sectional wrestling this weekend.

Until next time, more snow please!  Dr. E

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Living Your Own Olympic Dream

I’m always so inspired when watching the Olympics.  The stories are incredible but I prefer watching the competition the most.

I’ve had the honor to work with 3 cross country Olympic skiers and  I know of their struggles to get to the Olympics.  It seems to be constant adversity in their quest to make the team.  There is also many joyous moments along the way.

The thing I see with the Olympic athletes I’ve met and worked with is that they never give up  when the going gets tough.  I think some times we give up or get frustrated when we are ever so close to reaching the dream or achieving the goal.

I remember working with my first Olympic athlete Suzanne king.   Her and her husband Mark would come up to the St. Croix Valley area and train with us die hards.  They would stay at my little house I had in St. Croix Falls and we’d have some great times working out and eating lots of great food.

They would live on a little bit of nothing and sleep overnight for days at a time in that old black 4 door volvo.  They seemed to live on oatmeal and banana’s 3x a day.  There isn’t any money in cross country skiing unless you win the Birkie which Caitlin Compton did a few years back and it paid the down payment for their house in the cities.

Chase that dream.

I thought Caitlin was a shoe in for the Olympics and was stunned she didn’t make hte team.  Her  husband Brian Gregg made the mens cross country team and placed 45th in his first event in Sochi.  That was a very respectable race.  Caitlin has an incredible amount of energy and in her dissapointment she has been so gracious and supportive of her husband.  You can follow their journey on facebook.   Kare 11 did a great interview with them a few weeks back and they really walk their talk about the journey and living the lifestyle.  It’s fun to see all  the cool things they have done with the youth of north Minneapolis mentoring young kids to a healthy way of living .

The olympic athletes I have been associated with are driven, never quit, love what they do, and have a passion for helping others be there best.  What an incredible journey they and all the other athletes have had.  This must be the icing on the cake for them.

I feel like training year round for a few cross country ski races is my mini olympics and I love my lifestyle.  It’s healthy, fun, and I try to inspire others to go for their dreams.  I could barely stand up on a pair of cross country ski’s 30 years ago.  Now it’s a breeze but the work that goes into the training and competing is a lot of discipline and focus.

I guess that’s with anything you are passionate about.  I think that’s the key, find a passion and go for it.  If you have lost your health and you know you need to get it back then I’m your guy.  I can show you how and what to do but you still need to take the action.

Anything is possible if you just stick with it.  Losing your health takes time and getting it back takes time.  It took me 3 years of skiiing before I felt pretty good on the ski’s.  I’m learning a new disipline, classic skiing which is the traditional way of cross counrty skiing.  I get decent results but my technique needs some major work on the hills so I’m more efficient and  don’t have to expend so much energy.  I know it’s going to take a few more years until I get it.  It just doesn’t happen but when it does it’s so cool.

What are your dreams, what are your goals?  I was reading where most americans have no goals?  If you look at my wax room in my basement I put pictures up and quotes, and write my goals down so I see them everytime I wax my ski’s.  I may  not reach all of them but I make  most of them.  It gives me something  to strive for.

It’s not really so much the goal that is important but it’s the journey along the way.  That’s the best part of it when I reflect back.  I have weight loss patients I’m working with and all of them want to lose weight.  They all have a certain weight they want to get at.  I know they will get there and they know they can never go back to the poor lifestyle of poor eating choices.  I’m sure they will look back at the process of losing thee weight as being one of a remarkable journey.  I focus them on what it takes to get healthy first , and once they do, that’s when the weight comes off.  Until next time, go out and live your own Olympic dream.

Riley Edling at barnebirkie

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Solutions for why you are tired all the time

One of the most common symptoms I hear daily from patients is a lack of energy.

There are many different reasons that people are tired.  If it’s chronic, then you really have to look at the underlying cause of the problem.

One of the most common one is poor sleep at night.  There are many underlying problems causes of this also.  Poor blood sugar regulation, thyroid issues, stress, hormonal imbalances, etc, etc.

To find out why you are tired I use lab testing.  I do a 85 panel test which covers just about everything under the sun and a test called an andrenal stress index test.  This is a saliva test that measures your 4 cortisol levels.  If your cortisol levels which are stress hormones are elevated at night then there is no way your sleeping very good.  Most peopel tell me they either can’t get to sleep or can’t stay alseep.  Both of those need to be addressed and the blood work up and ASI test is a great place to start.

There are some simple things you can do also like not eating sugary foods at night, don’t eat past 7 pm, eat a light supper, get to bed the same time each night.  Clear your head of worrry and fear before you go to bed.  Count your blessings and I could go on and on.  The big thing is to take some form of consistant action which works best for you.

If you want to find out more information I’m doing a fatigue recovery workshop this Wednesday night 6:30 pm at my clinic.  Just email me back if you want in.  Seating is limited.  No charge for this seminar.  Will take about 45 minutes or so.

Well that Super Bowl was a dud, and so were the commercials.  Game over after the first few series.  The packers are going to have a tough time getting to the super bowl the next few years with trying to get through that Seattle defense.  They really bring it.

40 years ago in 1974 I was part of the Super Bowl halftime entertainment at the punt, pass and kick national championships.  What a thrill that was.  Now they put on these huge shows which cost millions of dollars.  I say bring back the kids!

Allright, I know it’s cold out, if it’s to cold for you get in the gym or so some workouts at home.  Your body and mind need movement.  I did a 43 kilometer race in Wausao on Saturday and that really took it out of me.  Very cold and slow snow but i got it done.  It’s always  a great accomplishment after  doing a hard race.  Less than 3 weeks until the Birkie!!

40 years ago.

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A picture can tell a thousand words

It’s funny  how I took a picture of myself after a ski race this weekend on my cell phone and posted it to facebook and somehow 120 people liked it and a lot of comments on the pic.  If you want to see the pic just go to my facebook page and you can see it.  I was shocked to see how that one pic got so much attention.

Now here is a funny pic from a birkie close to 20 years ago.

Now that's an icy beard.

I was simply attempting to show you what it loked like after skiing a race in six below temps and minus 30 windchills.  It was pretty brutal out there.  That was the first time ever my lips got a little frost bit.  I was skiing down the hills and I had to put my mitten over my lips since they were burning.  Thank God I did the short 18km race.  The long 32 km race would have been tough. It took me 64 minutes to get the race done.  It was fun but an hour out there going all out is enough when it’s that cold.

Yesterday Duane Lee and I skied at Big Rock Rock farm and it was so much fun skiing in 6 inches of fresh powder.  We got done just in the nick of time before the winds starting picking up.

If you dress warm enough you can get out and get a good workout in.  You don’t have to be out there all day long.  Just get out and get the body moving.   I  also love getting good natural oxygen in my system.  It’s surprisingly not bad on the lungs being out in the cold.  You just have to get warmed up a bit and then once your moving well the lungs work better.

It’s very important to hydrate with water after you ski.  You use much more water and energy when you are out in the cold.  You would think it would be more in the summer but it’s not.

Polypropelene long underwear is incredible at keeping the sweat off your body.  I raced in my skiny thin race suit with poly pro underwear and that’s all I needed for a short race to keep warm.  You can use this form of underwear anywhere, anytime of the season.  Check out this funny pic from 20 years ago.  This was when they first came out with it and it worked great but  it was a bit itchy.  The new stuff is great.

Funny pic! No gray hair!

How are you doing with your 2014 health goals?  Are you eating, moving, and thinking better?  You can do it!!  If you need some assistance just give me a jingle.

I’m doing a “Fatigue” workshop on Wednesday February 5th at 6:30 at my clinic.  I’ll explore in depth the underlying causes of fatigue and have solutions for you.  I’ve only got room for 8 so if you want in email me back steve@dredling.com  It’s free also.

Ok, keep becoming your best and be sure to help others along their journey.

Congrats to Joel and Heidi Hazzard in sponsoring the “Feed our starving children”  at the OHS auditorium.  The kids packed 118,000 meals which will feed 365 children around the world for one year.  Now that’s giving back big time.  The kids had a great time and I think learned some valuable lessons about giving back.

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Eat, move, and think your way to better health

You are what you eat.

You are what you think.

You are how you move.

Take massive action today to improve on these and implement into your daily lifestyle and watch your health sky rocket.

Don't be afraid to give it your all in life!

That was a nice sweet to the point post.  It’s true.  Why do Americans make it ever so difficult?  Obesity is at an all time high.  Kids don’t play like they used to when I was a kid, and there seems to be so much more stress in life today.  We are getting sicker and sicker in the richest country in the world.

Try this for a little exericise.  I’m doing this right when I get done writing this post.  Get a piece of paper out and write down your goals for all the different aspects of your life.  Financial, nutrtition, spiritual, exercise, family, time off, what ever is important to you.  Write it down and don’t limit yourself.  Keep it in a safe place and look at periodically.  Are you working towards the life you want, or are you controlled by someone or something else.  You only go around once so make the most of it or it can will lead to poor health and misery.

I know there are areas I’m really strong on like exercise.  It’s no big deal for me to go out and ski 30 miles.  Then other areas I’m not so good at and sometimes I just don’t want to face the music with those I’m not good at.  Well, that’s one of the goals for 2014.  Get better at those areas I have neglected.  It will take work and time but I know I can do it.

This past year and actually the past 5 years I’ve been doing a ton of continuing education on being the best functional medicine provider I can be for you and your family.  This is when I do blood work and other tests to find out how your body is fucntioning and if its off get a game plan to restore your physiology to it’s optimal function.

Changing and implementing new lifestyles can be stressful especially with diet and exercise it seems.  If you understand the deleterious effects of some of your poor food choices and understand the benefits of great foods that work for your body and do not create inflammation then that’s a great choice you are making.  The same with exercise.  Some of you just need to start walking and moving the body.   I know you can do it.  Believing in yourself is huge when making changes.  I can lead you in the right direction but you have to follow through and stay the course for desired results.  It’s a never ending process.  You will have both good and bad days but somewhere along the line it averages out so don’t get hung up if there is a bad day or two along the way.  Keep positive and praying always helps.

You can ski here at Rock Creek Farm

It was great to see all the racers at the Balsam Vinter fest race on Saturday.  I really felt good about my race.  We had 3 inches of fresh snow so the course broke down but it was a lot of fun.  It was also great to see all the people at Rock Creek farm cross country skiing, fat biking, and snowshoeing.  It you want to find an incredible place to spend a few hours htis is the place.  Scott Hanson does a great job grooming the trails.  It’s just 3 miles north of St. Croix Falls on highway 87.  You’ll see the sign with a couple of ski’s there.  Park in the parking lot, there is a warming hut there also.  It’s going to be cold this week but when you are in the woods it’s not that bad.  They have plenty of beautiful woods out there.

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Why I do weight loss.

The reason I do weight loss seminars is because my dad was obese his whole adult life and I saw the devastating things it can do to your health.  I also see it daily in my practice and there is hope for people who struggle with weight, are not healthy, and want to regain their lives.

Diabetes,

Heart disease,

Hypertension,

Poor bone and muscle quality,

Poor sex drive,

Low energy,

and the list goes on and on to say the least.

All the goodies over the holidays, all the cocktail parties, all the deserts, all the laying around watching football, it was fun doing it but now it’s time for you to get serious about your health and there is no better time then right now to get your health back and lose some weight.

If you really want to change, if you are sick and tired of the same old you, if you are frustrated and can’t figure out what you need to do, if you have been seeing other providers and not getting help, if you are really ready for change then you should call me and set up a time where I can do an evaluation and see if you qualify for this form of care.

It’s not for everyone.  It is for those that are really truly ready to take their health on for 2014 and beyond.

Digging deep is essential to find out why you can’t lose weight.  If it’s because you have been eating junk food for a while and put on a few and don’t workout much then it’s not for you.  You know what to do and just have to get at it.

This is for unhealthy people who are sick, and want to get better.  Once I find out through proper testing of lab work and other specific metabolic tests then I can design a plan specific for you.  You have to get healthy first then the weight falls off.

Why am I passionate about this because the people that do this program and follow through and do really well.  I just had a patient who started 21 days ago and weighed 338 pounds, was diabetic, and has bad peripheral neuropathy and balance disorders.  He’s 22 pounds lighter, went from a 44 to a 42 inch waist, and his feet don’t hurt as bad and his energy is through the roof.

You can be next.  Jut email me if you want a consult.  I can send you the forms I need to look at and then email them back to me.  If I feel you may be a candidate and you say you really want to do this, then you need to set up a time with Mary.  she will go over what it entails, price etc for evaluation. If after exam I will sit down with you go over what I think needs to be done then I’ll go over time, cost, and expectations along course of care.

It”s possible!  Want in?

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Time to get rock your weight loss and get healthy for 2014!!

Now is the time to rock your new year with strivng to be your healthiest for 2014.

If you need to lose a few pounds, a lot of pounds, or are desperate for help with your health, then my upcoming saturday morning weight loss seminar is a must for you.

The people who have followed through have lost the weight, got their energy back, and felt like they have their life back.

In this workshop you you will learn why and what holds you back from losing weight and being healthy.

You will learn you do have the power to change.

You will learn why you need a complete metabolic lab work up and other testing to get at the root of why you can’t lose weight.

You will learn what foods cause inflamamtion and why you should never eat them.

You will learn how important good gut function is for health.  Did you know 80% of your immune system lies in your gut?

You will learn why exercise is imperative for any chance of being healthy and losing weight.  Especially fat burning exercises versus aerobic exercise.

It’s never to late to get your health back.  The problem is people procrastinate.  It really is the killer of all dreams.

If not now, then when?  Everyday you delay taking action is another day of being miserable.

This Saturday 9 am at my clinic.  Room for 8 only.  This will fill up fast so email me if you are in.  steve@dredling.com

The class is free.

Ok, it’s still minus 17 as I write this blog.  I was out yesterday to Rock Creek skiing for 90 minutes and it wasn’t bad at all.  I felt it was worse skiing on Saturday when I was out. Get out there and try your luck at cross country skiing.  The number one sport to get fit and drop the weight while increasing lean muscle mass. Watch out for hte deer out there, just about ran into one yesterday.

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Ole man winter has arrived!

It’s going to be a great 2014!!  May all your dreams come true.

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Play like a Champion, train like an underdog

I love the above quote I saw on NCSA which is a recruiting service for high school athletes.  What a great affirmation that would be.  Below you will see some common affirmations that work wonders.  Give them a shot and see your subconscious align with the conscious and watch out world.

Be on the watch for upcoming weight loss classes at my clinic.  I’ve had a couple do a jump start and get started now.  They don’t want to wait which isn’t a bad idea.

Goofball Christmas pic fro 3 years ago.

Yesterday was a day of rememberance service at our church.  It’s a day of remembering loved ones who have passed.  This was the first such service I had been to and it was a really nice service.  I didn’t realize how hard it was going to be.  It ‘s interesting how your emotions can be when you least expect it.  This past year has been quite a process for me dealing with my dads poor health and subsequent death.  The death and funeral was hard but the last year was very tough.  I try to remember all the good times, especially playing golf and going to ball games.  The one thing I learned is that you will never forget the memory of a loved one.  So, take a moment over the holiday season to remember a loved one who has died.  Remember to take care of yourself and love one another even if it is at times difficult to do.  Love is a important part of being a human being.  It can transend all the up’s and downs of life.  Prayer is also a powerful healing tool we should all use.  We all can use prayer.  Pray for one another also.

Mom, Dad, and I 30 some years ago.

Another thing you may want to try is some affirmations.  Aligning your subconcious with the conscoius is very important.  Maybe try a few of these below.  Look in the mirror and say the affirmations 5 times out loud and then 5 times to yourself. If you don’t have a mirroe that’s ok.  Make sure you keep your eyes wide open when you are doing your affirmations.

I am healthy.

I am in control of my health.

I am loved.

I am loving myself

I am forgiving yourself.

I am changing for the better.

I am happy.

I am fearless.

I am giving unconditional love to others.

I have a burning desire ot succeed.

I am a go getter.

I have a wonderful, lasting relationship with _________.

I love and forgive______________.

I am making correct decisions and taking immediate actio!

Give them a shot.  Utilizing this protocol will super-charge your affirmations and burn them into your sub conscious!!

Christmas is only 8 days away.  I am blessed othave my son Connor back safe and sound from Montana State University in Bozeman Montana.  He survived his first finals.   This is a great time to get your kids in for an adjsutment over the break also.

Keep up being positive in your mind and take action .  Remember to play like a champoion, and train like an underdog and you will lose the fear and enjoy success!

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2 weeks to better health

Ok, we are only 2 weeks from Christmas!  Wow, it’s ever so close and there seems to not be enough time to get everything done.

I think this is a great time to jump start your health.  Why wait until New Year’s to do it?  How about starting right now today with cleaning up the diet, get some exercise and try to be as positive and kind to others.

Eliminate grains from your diet and you will lose weight and cut the deadly inflammation from your body.  All grains are inflammatory to your body which means every time you eat one you put fuel to your fire.  Gluten free for sure.  I’d stay out of the gluten free sections of the store since most of those products are depleted in minerals, and are full of sugars.

I’d add more fat to your diet.  Eat an avocado, have some fish, or organic beef or chicken, and eat tons of veggies.

My sisters gluten free Spinach Balls

Do not eat any trans fats which are in everything it seems, and high fructose corn syrup which is deadly for your blood sugar and causes non alcohol fatty liver degeneration.  Keep the spirits down a bit also in the holiday season would be a good healthy choice also.

Working out in the cold can be a challenge.  I went out for an hour ski on Saturday and froze my face.  I’ve never had frost bite but it sure stings.  Coconut oil helps ease the pain and will be using that when I ski tomorrow.  You can basically use coconut oil for anything.  I eat a teaspoon a day also.

Getting adjusted is a wonderful thing for your mind body.  I get a massage weekly and get adjusted weekly to keep feeling great and functioning for optimal health and well-being.

My moms homemade organic meatballs

You can tell from the pics above I love food.  Those are a couple of the family traditional foods we do at my mom’s every Christmas.

Start with the little changes and just keep at it.  I know you can do it.  If you need assistance with this just give me a jingle.

I’m gearing up for our weight loss program starting first of the year.  These workshops fill up fast.  If you want in, let me know now because once they are full that’s it.

Ok, make it a great day, and don’t be afraid to get outside and get some fresh air, just bundle up and get at it!!

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Don’t miss out on a great opportunity by taking massive action now.

I survived the 26th annual Turkey bowl Thanksgiving morning.  It was a beautiful 28 degrees and sunny and little wind.  The new Osceola High School football field is amazing to play on.  No one got hurt and everyone had a ton of fun.  The black team beat the red team by 7 points and like usual years it came down to the last drive of the game.  We had over 20 people play this year and it is something we all look forward to.  I was a little sore but not to bad.  I had been training doing sprints for the past 3 weeks and that helped a ton.  We had youngters playing, high school kids playing, and middle aged men like myself playing.  Tommy Krenz, Kevin Rogers, Rollo Grant, Terry Baillergeon, and myself have played in most of the 26 Turkey Bowl games.   The torch is now being passed to our kids and the high school kids to keep this game going long after we are gone.   I had the opportunity to guard my son Riley and I thought that would be no problem.  Well, I quickly realized there was no way I could guard him with his speed.  I did school him a couple times when I was receiver but there is nothing like having the speed and athleticism of your youth.  Thanks to all who played and those that came to cheer us on.  Another great tradition lives well in Osceola.

2013 Turkey bowl participants

December is here and what a great opportunity for you to be your best over the holidays.  We have a short December so why wait to New Years to start your resolutions, weight loss, or new workout.  How about starting right now today with better living.  I think the hardest thing is deciding what you want first, then taking MASSIVE action with it. For example, what one thing do you want to do today to improve your diet.  I’d recommend going gluten and dairy free.  These are inflamamtory foods.  Inflammation is like putting fuel to the fire.  You want to do somehthing incredible for your physiology, do this and watch what happens.  What are you doing to move your body today?  Our body needs to move for survival.  Want to feel better, just get some form of exercise today.  Your brain will work better also if you do.   Thinking good positive thoughts always helps.  I know it can be tough at times but when you are having a bad moment you can shift it with a positive thought at the click of your fingers.  One of my favorite sayings is nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.  How true is that.  That’s why I love sports so much.  There is nothing like preparing yourself to succeed with practice so you can have a great game.  You can do the same thing with all aspects of your life.  Prepare first, then take massive action and see what your results are.

I’m doing a knee workshop tonight at my clinic.  I’ve had 4 knee surgeries on my right knee and no knee cartilage since 1978 and I’m still going strong.  Learn how to get and keep your knees lasting a lifetime.  7 pm at Edling Chiropractic.

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Be Thankful, Be Healthy!

Tis the season to count your blessing for all that goes on in our fast pace world we live in.  I hunted this opener for the first time in 8 years.  I passed up 3 small bucks and saw about 20 does before 10 am.  Thanks to Tin Skiba for letting me hunt on his property.  It sure was nippy out there.  I can handle the cold pretty good but when I can’t  feel my hands even with those hand warmers then it’s time to come in.

I’m thankful to be able to hunt because it gives me time to relax and just hang out in the wonderful woods of northern Wisconsin.  I have always loved just sitting in the woods.  It’s the one time all year when I don’t feel I’m on the move.

After the saturday opener I picked my son Riley up and we went to the Gopher-Badger game.  Wisconsin dominated the game and won fair and square.  It sure was cold at that game.  I couldn’t wait to get back to the car and warm up.  I’m grateful for heated seats and a heated steering wheel.

Now the Packer-Viking game is another story.  Can you believe it ended in a tie?  No one wants to witness a tie.  I believe they should run the overtime like they do in college.  Put it at the 25 yard line and let each team get a crack at.  Play until there is a winner.  The pack just isn’t the same without Aaron Rodgers.

Don’t forget about the 26th Turkey bowl coming up Thanksgiving morning 9-10:30 at the new Osceola football field.  We are moving it up an hour because the Packer-Lion game starts at 11 CST.  Come on by and cheer us on or if you want to play just show up and be ready to bring it.  I actually have been doing sprints to get in shape for this game.  We get together Wednesday night at P.Y’s every year so come on down.

Studies have shown that when we are grateful we are healthier and happier.  Your immune system is stronger, you have less heart disease, and many more healthy benefits.

On a sad note one of St. Croix Falls legends died on Saturday.  Bruce Yunker had the Yunker Pulbing and Heating for ever up in St. Croix Falls.  Thak God for Bruce  because he saved the day many a time when the heat went out in the house or if anything needed to be fixed he could get it done.  He would stop over for coffee and cookies and was quite the character.  I stayed every year at Bruce and Audreys house in Hayward for the Birkie and they were always gracious hosts.  Bruce always had fresh fish that he would fry up and that would be our little ritual to get us through the Birkie.  He will be missed by many.  R.I.P. Bruce.

Audrey Yunker. Bruce's giant moose on the wall.

Our clinic will not be open on friday.  Have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy your families!!  Dr. E

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Laser helps you heal faster

This past weekend I continued learning as much as I can about cutting edge technologies I can use to help you heal faster.  This seminar was on cold laser.  Cold laser is light therapy which helps injured and damaged cells to heal faster by increasing ATP into the cell and helps the cells communicate with one another.

Dr. Oz in January of 2013 called cold laser the “No-pill pain buster”.  Not only does it work for pain control, but I like to use it for turning muscles on or off and keep the communication from brain to the body parts working well.  I’ve been using it for 4 years but I learned some new techniques which will really help you heal faster and see less of me.

When I do laser you do not feel it.  I can test a muscle, check your range or motion before a treatment to see what it is and then laser and re-check to see the improvement.  It’s pretty fascinating to see immediate benefits.  Send you home with some spinal flossing exercises for the nerves and to relax the muscles and you will notice a big improvement.

What gets in the way of healing is poor living, sitting at the computer all day, lack of exercise and a poor american diet which inflammes the heck out of you.  Sitting is the new smoking.  So get out and MOVE YOUR BODY!

One of the most important things you can do to help yourself heal faster is get on an anti-inflammatory diet.  If you want a copy of one just email me steve@dredling.com.  If you are inflammed you are not going to heal and be in pain or stiffness all the time.  I get everyone on an omega 3 (fish oil), to help decrease inflammation.  Do not buy it at wall-mart or GNC.  Most fish oil is rancid by the time it gets to the store.  I only sell GMP (Government certified) products, so you know exactly what you are getting.  I think it is also a great idea to get on a pro-biotic since gut health is crucial as you know if you have read any of my blogs.  A good greens I sell is loaded with 8 servings of fruits and veggies whcih will help your PH be more alkaline.  If you are acidic you will likely end up getting Cancer or some form of chronic disease.

Ok, here is a pic below of one of my succussful deer hunts back about 20 years ago.  Check out the valley wire for the article I wrote about my hunting escapades.  It’s called “They shouldn’t allow guys like me in the woods” Be safe in the woods!!

I actually shot this monster.

Don’t forget to get your kids in to get checked.  They will be less sick, their athletic performance will be better, and they will just feel and function better.  Dr. E

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Coming together when tragedy hits home

Coming together when tragedy hits home..

I’m sure most of the readers are aware of the tragic snowmobile training accident that took the life of Sarah Thorsland .  It’s the worst of the worst of tragedies.  Something as safe and innocent as going through a snowmobile certification test and a freak accident occurs and a life is snuffed out.  The pain and grief of a small community, neighbors, classmates, friends and family feel, is unbearable at times.

Sarah was my next door neighbor.  I watched her grow up.  I watched her learn to swim in our swimming pool.  This past summer she really came out of her shell.  She was a teen now and it was fun to watch her and her girlfriends flirt with the older high school boys around the pool.  The young innocence of being a teen is now lost.

Her folks Jay and Lisa, brother Josh and sister Cammie are great neighbors, and this time of year was always a special time since the Thorslands would put on a spooky path behind their house in Buckridge for Halloween.  All the neighbors would gather there and have a blast.  It’s a fond memory and I know how much fun it was for Sarah.  It was a tough Halloween knowing how much Sarah loved this holiday

The shining light of this tragic loss has been to witness neighbors and our community, come together to support the Thorslands in their time of grief.  From planning meals, to picking family members flying in for the funeral, to planting a memorial tree to just saying I’m sorry for your loss this community has risen to the occasion to lend a helping hand and heart.  This is why I love living in a small community.  You get to know your neighbors and they are kind of like a part of the family.  I guess we are all family.  From attending athletic events, to Braves games in the summer, to the fair in the fall, it is a great community we live in.

It shouldn’t take a tragedy for us to be neighborly.  We should all be kind, non judgmental, and appreciative of one another even though we may have different viewpoints, ways of living, and beliefs.

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You are guided by your mind

This is the time of year I start knocking off some great roller ski workouts because I know if I do the work now it will pay off in February and March when I do my ski races.

Now sometimes I don’t feel like training especially when it’s raining and just ugly outside.

I have to sell myself into the benefits of working out.  Not a hard sell, just a little self motivating pep talk once in a while to keep me on my goal.

It just doesn’t happen, it does take action.  I just can’t wish a great result at anything in my life.

This does take courage but it’s always well worth it in the long run.

Here is a tip that helps me.  Write down on a little card what you really want in your life.  Be crystal clear.  Look at it everyday and every night and keep thinking about it all day nad then take action on it.

You want health then it takes a great diet, exercise, and a great attitude.  You want to be a great spouse and father, it takes a great listener.  You want anything you can do it if you believe it.  Think about where you want to go and just go for it.

Purpose and faith! I’m writing on this because this is something I have to work on this daily myself.

Until next time, I look forward to seeing you succeed in your thoughts and actions in life.  I know you can attain anything you want in your life.

Worry brings fear and it can cripple you, trust me, been their, done that.  It’s awful.

Reap the positive, reap the rewards.

OK, that’s it for today..  Make it the best day ever!!  Dr. E

P.S.  Osceola volleyball team playing for conference championship tomorrow night in Baldwin, good luck Chiefs!!

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This will leave you inspired

I went down and watched the finish of the Twin Cities Marathon yesterday and man was that inspiring.  I parked my car 3/4 of a mile away and you could already hear the screaming, music, and noise, noise, noise.  My heart rate kept increasing as I got closer to the finish line.  You could see runners who were at the 3 hour mark and they were wrapped in aluminum foil and looked pretty beat.

Finish of T.C. marathon 2013

I was looking for Dr. David Leske who is my training buddy.  I saw him as he finished at the 3:45 mark.  It was a really good marathon for not doing a ton of hours running.  He was hurting prettty bad in his legs and hips after the run.  I can totally feel for him because I’ve done one and the pounding your legs take is like nothing else.  It’s kind of like someone hitting you with a hammer for 3 hours straight.  Congrats to Dave, Sheri Henck, Doran O’Brien and I’m sure I’m missing another patient who did the marathon.  I know a bunch of people are doing the Whistlestop half and full marathon up in Ashland this weekend, including neighbors Pete and Michelle Ward.  That’s a great course and the after party is excellent also.  I hope the weather holds out for them.

David and Mason after the marathon

It was great to see Mason Vavere an old St.Croix Falls buddy who flew in from California for the marathon.  He was on pace for a sub 3 hour marathon and the hills hit his legs but still finished in 3 hours and 9 minutes.

It’s incredible to see 12,000 people moving toward a common goal of finishing the marathon.  I know there are times where they may think they can’t finish it but the human spirit prevails and they do.  What an accomplishmnet.  I was getting a little emotional watching the spirit of these runners as they finished.  It truly is amazing what the physical body can do and what the spirit is capable of doing.  Having loved ones there to cheer you on is amazing also.

Keep your body moving!!  I’ve never regretted one day that I’ve worked out.  Going outside and getting a run or ski in the woods is the best energy creator I can do for myself.  It’s also the best anti-depressant   I may never do a marathon again but I sure was inspired to keep exercising and do my cross country skiing.

Here is a pic below of some of the football team getting tuned up before each game on fridays.

Friday adjustment time

Check out this video of the kids from St. Johns crashing the field after they beat their arch rival St. thomas a couple weeks ago.  I was there to witness this and it was incredible!!!

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More than just adjusting backs.

In my 26 years of being a Chiropractor I’ve seen a lot of different trends and in health I’m wandering if as a society we are any healthier?  One of the reasons I’ve been working my tail off attending many seminars focused on metabolic(how your organs are working), and neurological(how your brain and nervous system are working) is to help people finally get some answers for their health condition and for those who are not helped by other health care providers.  This takes a ton of work and I sure wish I would have had this education and insight back in Chiro school.  There are more sick people now then there were when I was in Chiro school.  People are living longer but the quality of life may not be as good.  I just read a study saying how providers of all kinds are not ready to care for the aging population.  It’s the quality of life that matters more than longevity.  Can you do the things you want to in life?  If you can’t then you need to do something about it now.  That’s where I can assist you. Find out what’s not working right and get it going again.

Hawkeys dominated the Gophers

There are answers.  If you do have a chronic disease such as diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, an autoimmune disease such as hashimoto’s thyroiditis, chronic neck or back pain, and the list can go on and on.  You really do not have to suffer.  Do I have all the answers, no, but if you are going to the same doctor for 10 years and aren’t doing any better than something isn’t working.   I guess that could be the definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

You have to have good brain health in order for the rest of your body to work well.  I do a complete neuro evaluation and then look at you metabolically and then put it all together and come up with a game plan to get you on track to better health.  Yes you will have to do some changing with your lifestyle especially the diet , which can be challenging.  But if I do food sensitivity testing and you come back for a food that you should not be eating and you don’t stop it then you will never ever get better.  Doing the right tests are very important.  The gut barrier testing is a great test.  If you have barrier issues in your gut creating a leaky gut then you are probably having a leaky brain also and have gut issues and brain fog issues also.  A barrier is something that protects you from the outside or things from getting in.  You have a gut lining that protects things from getting into your blood stream and running rampid throughout  your body.  If this is breached it can really cause problems.  That’s why healing the barriers in your gut is of so much importance.  80% of your immune system lies in your gut.  If you have poor immune health then you have probable gut issues.  Wuth the standard american diet most people are going to have gut issues even if they are not symptomatic.  A good thign you can for gut health is to go gluten free.

If you want more information on my neuro and metabolic portion of my practice just email me at steve@dredling.com and I can have you fill out the metabolic assessment form which gives me a good look into how all your organs are functioning, and the neurological assessment form to seee how your brain is working.  Then we can sit dowm and go over these forms and how it effects your overall health and well being.

Ok, got rained on big time at Gopher homecoming this past saturday.  It was great to see all the guys I played with.  Bob Sudler flew in form Miami for the weekend.  Always great to see Bob.  Here are a couple of pics from the game.

Former Golden Gophers Bob Sudler and I.

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If you build it they do come

What an increidble weekend here in our little town of Osceola with the grand opening of our new stadium.  The Robert Vesperman memorial field.

Robert Vesperman field

The Osceola football team won in grand style 26-6.  While it wasn’t our best game we will take it.

Off to Prescott for our next victory if we don’t turn the ball over.

Game ball.

Bob Vesperman was a one of a kind guy.  I have such fond memories of him and my dad playing golf and teasing each other about the St. Croix Falls-Osceola football rivalry.

Bob is looking down proud as can be of the new sports complex named after him.

Proud Mary, Riley and I.

It sure is fun seeing these young people doing well, having fun doing their sports, and being leaders in the school.  These student athletes are the leaders of the school.

Congrats to all the other varsity teams.  The Volleyball team is rocking, and watch out for the tennis, girls golf and soccer teams.  Playoffs are right around the corner and anything can happen.

Captains at coin toss

I’ve been working with student athletes for 30 years and it’s going to be interesting to see how the athletes who use the new football field hold up.  I’ve already seen a couple nasty turf burns which can get infected.  The pebbles from the field sure seem to get in to your shoes quite easily and somehow I got a couple in my pocket of my pants the other night.  I’m not sure how healthy the surface is but the kids seem to like playing on it.  They say they have less shin splints, the field seems to absorb the force better than the grass fields which get very hard when there is a drought, and they love the looks of the field.

If you get a chance go down and run around the field and get a feel for it.  The new track is going in this week and then the complex will completly finished.

Do not procrastinate with your health.  Keep working out, eating well, and have a great attitude.  remember your body has a great ability to heal itself if you take great care of it.  We were designed to be healthy and not sick.  The problem is we humans seem to get in the way with our poor habits.  I seem to spend much more time on counseling people on how to eat better and live healthier.  There is a great new book out there called “Grain Brain”.  I just listened to a podcast of it, and if you want to have your brain work well for your lifetime then you will want to avoid grains.  I’ve been preaching this for years and it’s finally starting to go mainstream. Just google it and get a copy of it.

I also have a book at my clinic called “Why isn’t my brain working” by one of my mentors Datis Kharrazian, it is a fantastic book.  The first person who would like a free copy of this book just needs to email me back and it’s yours.

I was reading that the government is spending a ton of money on trying to find a new drug for Alzheimers.  If you already have it it’s too late.  Why not work on prevention?  Spend money on learning what causes inflamation and what causes your genes to get turned on.  I just don’t get it.  I guess the big drug companies can’t make money on prevention and lifestyle.

Ok, that’s it for this week.  I look forward to hearing and seeing all of you in and out of the clinic, and look forward to seeing my buddies at homecoming.  Look for the Gophers to beat the Hawkeyes by 14 Saturday.  Dr. E

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If it’s good enough for Aaron Rodgers…

It was fantastic to see Packer QB Aaron Rodgers give his Chiropractor credit for helping him get through this week of practice and the game against the Washington Redskins.  Rodgers threw for an all time high 476 yards in their win.

The stress Packer QB Aaron Rodgers goes through every week is like getting hit by a semi once a week.  No wonder he receives weekly adjustments and sometimes multiple adjustments on game day to keep him playing at an MVP candidate.

Chiropractic works at helping your body adjust to all the physical, chemical, and emotional stressors that we all have.  Releasing the internal tension is what I do as a Chiropractor, and then your body starts the healing process.

It’s homecoming week here in Osceola.  The new stadium opens up friday night for the game against the Amery Warriors.

Riley Edling celebrating win with Natalie Benoy

The thing I love about football is it is so much like life.  You get knocked down and you either get back up and keep going or they are going to put someone in for you who will.  It teaches you how to play with others. It teaches you how to be respectful, follow rules, and take care of yourself if you want to perform your best.

Osceola has a Division one football player in Thor Riemer this year.  Thor has been receiving adjustments weekly and has been doing our ARP machine which speeded his recovery for his knee sprain from a 6 week injury to two weeks.

Big Thor showing his pipes off after a huge victory.

Fall is in the air and the change of seasons is happening now.  I was out with Dave Leske for a 10 mile trail run yesterday morning and it was amazing to see how much color was already taking place in the woods.  All the Birch trees have lost their leaves.  Be careful not to run into bears when your out in the woods.  Dave wanted to get 2 more miles in when he ran into the 2 bears and really shook him being only 60 feet away.  The ole adrenalin kicked in after running already 10 miles of hills.  I think it’s going to be a quick fall especially with the leaves having no rain the last 6 weeks.  Enjoy the next 2 weeks because if we do get some rain and wind they will surely fall off soon.

Future Gopher? Amy Rice Strand

The above pic is yours truly with Osceola senior state champ sprinter Amy Rice Strand at the Gopher game last weekend.  She’s being recruited heavily by the gophers and many other division one schools.  She’s the real deal and would be a fantastic addidtion to an already outstanding Gopher track team.

Below is a picture of Travis Shackleton a great kid from Baldwin who played a whale of a game against us last friday night.  He pretty much dominated the game on both sides of the field.  Travis comes up and gets regular adjustments at our clinic also.  Look for Travis to play college ball.

Baldwin captain Travis Shackelton

OK, hope to see you out and about Osceola, and maybe at the game friday night, and Chiropractic is good enough for MVP Aaron Rodgers isn’t it good enough for you?

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The Last Family Picture

Here are a few Pics with brief stories behind them.

Our last pic as a nuclear family

This was our family 3 weeks ago as Connor and Mary headed out to Bozeman montana and Montana state Univeristy.  It’s been more quiet around the house but it has been great to let Connor spread his wings and have his own life now.  Exciting times for him.  He hasn’t called once since he left so all must be going well.

It's good!!

Here is a pic of great friends Tim and Julie Skiba who were celebrating life at the Somerset-Osceola football game last week up in St. Croix Falls.  In the background you can also see hte ad for Jeff Parks who I played football with on that same field 30 some years ago.  Congrats to Jeff and Wendy Parks on 25 years of marriage!

Just like old times

Back in the day we used to sell out every game at the St. Croix Falls football field.  It was great to see such an amzing turnout for the Somerset-Osceola game last friday night.   The next best thing is the new Osceola field.  Pics to come very soon on it.  That ocmplex is amazing, but sure still love the St. Croix field.

Neighbor dog Comet

This is our neighbor dog Comet who spends more time at our house than her home I think.

Comet is a great dog.  He   wants nothing but attention and loves to run and jump on all of us 24/7 it seems like.  Especially when I give him treats.

OK, just a quick fun post with some pics.  Don’t forget to stop in for an adjustment to help keep you doing what’s important to you in your life!!  Dr. E

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You can’t win them all

I haven’t written on my blog for a while now and I feel inspired to tell a few stories today.

Sinc my last blog my oldest son Connor has moved to Bozeman Montana and started college.  This has been rewarding for Mary and I that he is spreading his wings and has his own life now.  He has called only a few times, and has sent few texts. Iy sounds like he loves it there and school is going well.

We have been really busy with our  youngest son Riley and this football season.  Riley is a junior and has been doing well on both offense and defense for the Osceola Chieftains.  He’s been a little dinged up with a high ankle sprain, but between adjusting him, doing soft tissue work, and the ARP machine, he’s only missed one practice and no games.  He was on crutches for 2 days a week ago so this is a great testament to how your body can heal, and with the technology we use at our clinic we can get these kids healed up and ready to go for their big games.

Proud Mary

And talk about a big game, the defending state champs, ” Somerset Spartans” came in and took advantage of our turnovers and beat us 30-14.  While we dominated time of possession, you just can’t turn the ball over.  What a great crowd there was at the St. Croix Falls football field, it reminded me of the big rivalry between SCF and Osceola during the years I played.

The new stadium will be done in 2 weeks.  If you get a chance, go over and take a look at the new stadium and go on the field and feel the next texture of the new synthetic turf.  This place this is going to be fantastic for both athletes and spectators.

I had a coupel people ask me what I was giving the football players on the side line when they came off the field.  It was pink salt, which is a pure sea salt that helps decrease cramping in the extreme heat and humidity.  These kids had a heck of a time playing in the heat and they were completely drenched before the game even started.  They really need to hydrate and by game time, you can’t give them enough fluids to keep up .  I use pink salt and love the stuff.  It’s full of minerals and good for you.  Whatever you do, just don’t use Mortons salt.

I’ve been working on the sidelines for 30 years and it has been fun coaching these kids when they were in youth football and keeping them healthy so they can play is a real pleasure for me.  Get out and cheer all your local teams on.

While we didn’t win against Somerset last year either, we have a great opportunity to finish the season strong and make the playoffs.

I did the first annual 25 kilometer Sasquatch trail run held at Big Rock Creek Farm.  It was 80 degrees at the start and 89 when I got done.  I knew it was going to be tough, but not that tough.  There was a 2500 foot change in elevation and some of those hills on the north 800 acres are brutal.  I walked most all the hills with Dave Leske and was never so glad to jump in the lake afterwards and cool down.  I was in trouble when I stopped sweating with 3 miles to go.  The last 1.5 miles my hamstrings were cramping.  I was scaring all hte animals out there with my screams as the cramps wouldn’t let go.  Not enough electrolytes and still not enough fluids.

I was thinking about the Birkie 1/2 marathon trail run in 2 weeks but may not be healed up by then.  Talk about great training for x-skiing…

I’ve been doing a ton of ARP wave with the high school kids at the clinic and it’s amazing how fast you can get a get functioning after an injury.   If you have an acute or chronic problem let me assess you and see if you are a candidate for this form of therapy.  The first one is on me so you have nothing to lose.

That’s it for this week.  I hope all the locals survived Wheels and Wings, which is our local town days.  I never made it down since I was feeling so beat up from the run.  Make it a great day, and be sure to hydrate, because its supposed to be 105 heat index today.

P.S.  While it’s really nice to win the game, it’s who you are becoming in the process and your journey that matters more.  Take time to enjoy your own journey and discovery.   I bet you may surprise yourself.  Dr. E

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Building The Dream

One of the coolest things for me is working with a lot of our local high school athletes.  Some of them I coached in youth football and now some of them are off to play college football.    One of those is Micheal Skiba who who I’ve been working with for years is going up their with fellow classmate Bryce Byl to help keep the the St. Johns football tradition alive and well as they have a new coach for the first time in 64 years.

New football ocmplex taking shape

They have close to 200 kids out for the football program and 90 freshman at St. Johns in Collegeville MN.  .   Everyone gets to dress and be a part of the team.  What a cool experience that must be.  Playing division 3 football is good football.  I’m looking forward to checking out a game this year at St. Johns.  They have an incredible stadium up there.

My experience of playing Big 10 football was a real eye opener for me.  The best thing about it was developing friendships with guys I still keep in contact with to this day.  We are actually going to get together for the Iowa game this year.  I don’t think any of us enjoyed 3 practices a day, especially in the miserable heat.  This year the kids have had perfect weather for football practice.  When we were freshman back in 1980 we couldn’t wait until we had just one practice a day.  I’d have class from 8-12 and then I’d head over to Bierman building about 1:30 and get back at 8 at night.  That was a real transition from high school.  Thank God I didn’t have to go to mandatory study hall.  Those guys never got back to the dorm until 10pm.  Football was a 24 hour job it felt like at the Division one level.

Lincoln Howard is doing well down at Northern Illinois.  Lincoln graduated a year ago and will get playing time this year for the MAC champions Huskies of NIU.  Here’s a kid who was recruited on potential and is now coming into his own.  I had the privilage to work with Lincoln when he had what was a career ending injury  with a hip dislocation and we starting the  accelerated Recovery Performance program “ARP” and this made a huge and fast improvement as we were able to increase blood flow into the injured hip which usually dies, and they then need a hip replacement in 5 years.  Lincoln was able to play his entire senior year of basketball and now he will probably start next year for the Huskies.

I love keeping our athletes practicing and playing.  It’s a passion I’ve had from being an athlete and working with athletes for 25 years with sports injureies.  I know what it’s like ot be injured and not being able to play.  It sucks!!!  I feel I have great experience and have the latest in technologies to help keep these student athletes playing the sports they truly love.

Rumor is today is the day they put the new artificial turf in at the new Osceola stadium comples.  They are working diligantly getting the complex finished up for hte first home football game. in a month against the state champs from Somerset.

OHS new football complex 2013

Ok, like building a team or building a new stadium it takes a game plan and a lot of sweat and tears to see the finished product.   The same ting with our health.  The thing is your never done working on your health.  If you stop working on it then the outcome is not going to be very good and then if you fall into the medical system of treating disease and watch your life go down the tubes.  Eat, move, and think better each and every day and watch your life grow like the spring flowers.  Until next time, get out and cheer your favorite team on!!  Dr. E

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Don’t drink the water!

I was up in Canada last Wednesday thru Saturday and I’m telling you it was rainy non stop, very cold, and windy the whole time.  The fish were not biting and I drank out of the tap and got very ill with Giardia.  It sucked the life out fo me.  I couldn’t eat, couldn’t move, and felt a 100 years old.  I was putting my best game face on but running to the bathroom every 15 minutes for 24 hours wasn’t much fun, especially when the out house was 100 yards away and it was pouring outside and 45 degrees.

Canada Dry "Not"

I slept a ton during this time and eventually by monday morning I had gotten over the acute symtoms of having a parasite destroy my insides.  I used Apex’s G.I. synergy which is a combination of products to help kill bad gut bacteria and parasites.  Added high doses of HCL and within 24 hours of being home I was about 80 % better.  Now on a high dose of probiotic and I”m feeling much better.  If you have poor gut health it can really mess everything up.  Remember 80% of your immune system lies in your gut and if it’s compromised you are going to have energy problems and a host of other issues.  Keep your gut clean and health and you will have a lot of energy for sure and you are more likely not to get sick.  Also, when traveling don’t drink the water.

Well, the St. Croix Valley lost an incredible person over the weekend.  Susie Raygor Jasperson was one of a kind human being.  I’ve known her my whole life and she was a giver of life I can tell you that.  She was never afraid to speak her mind.  I remember the first time she met Mary, she paused and said it will never last.  We looked at each other and I said to Mary, that’s our Susie.  It may be the only time she’s been wrong the last 20 years.  Boy, we sure loved her and she is going to be deeply missed.  I going to miss seeing her at all the Braves games.  This past year I’ve seemed to go to so many funerals.  It used to be weddings every weekend in the summer, now it seems to be funerals.

My advice when friends and family are dying is to get out and start living.  Living each day to the max is something I love to do.  I do not like sitting around watching the T.V.  I love playing and having fun.  I know if I’m down or not having a great day then the best anti-depressant is exercise.  Add some good nutrition for your brain and body and watch out world.  We are all here for such a short period of time.  You blink and life has passed you by.  Start living and have no regrets so when the time to pass comes you will feel great about your life here on this earth.  So lets all get busy and live life to the max each and every day!!  Dr. E

P.S.  I just accidently smashed my cell phone and won’t have another one out for 4 days or so. If you need to get a hold of me call me at the office 715-294-3100 or home 715-755-3733

P.S.P.S. I did catch a 17 inch Walleye.

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Creating Energy First Thing In The Morning

One of my favorite things I do to create energy in my life is to get up early and get a workout in.

There is nothing better than on a hot humid July day like today to see the sun coming up and energize your spirit.

I know that most people are still sleeping or just getting up and I’m outside getting a run or rollerski in, at the fitness center doing bootcamp, or working out with the high school football team.

Keep moving forward and upward!!

There is something to be said about getting a workout in bright and early.  One is your cortisol levels are highest in the morning so you will have some energy and when you workout first thing in the morning it gives you big time energy so you can last throughout the day.

How about tomorrow morning just getting up at 5:15 and go out for a 30 minute brisk walk.  I know it will clear your head of fear and anxiety.  You may see a deer or two or some other wildlife which is very cool, and you may get a nice little sweat going.  This will jump start your metabolism and you are just going to feel a lot better.

I also love the discipline of working out early in the morning.  I know if I don’t do it bright and early I’m going to be tired, it will be to hot, or I’ll have some other lame excuse not to workout.

It’s not to hot to workout in the summer.  Just get up and get at it.

Life is about energy.  I remember when I was in Chiro school and I wasn’t eating or working out very well.  I was tired and miserable.  I did not want to go down the road of poor health so I got my shoes on and start running, and eating better.  I haven’t looked back.  I continue to get up early every morning thanking God for life and to be able to help others with their health problems.  If you want to get better you have to start moving.  Exercise is the best anti-depressant out there.

Football is right around the corner

What’s your favorite workout the empowers your spirit?  I look forward to seeing and hearing about your success with your health.  If you need a little kick in the pants then I hope this has inspired you to take action.  Get out of your head and just get at it.  I know you can do it!!!

Congrats to Bryce Byl who is playing in the Wisconsin Shrine Bowl this weekend.  Way to go Bryce!!

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How to be healthier over the 4th.

Here is a short sweet way to be healthy over the 4th.

1.  Get some exercise.  I’m doing the Siren 5k run at 8am July 4th in Siren.  Always a fun race.  Come walk or run with me and about a thousand others.  Just get out there and do some form of aerobic workout and maybe a little resistance training.  You’ll increase your energy and just feel great.

2.  Keep the carbs down.  Americans get way to many carbs, especially the high glycemic junk carbs.  Keep your carbs to fruit and you’ll be much better off and won’t be tired all the time.

3.  Up your protein and good fats.  How about some fish, maybe go out and catch your own then cook it up.  Veggies are a good source of protein so eat as many as you want.  They are free foods.

4.  Drink more water and less beer and pop.  This can be a challenge but water with a little lemon or lime is a great natural detoxifier.

5.  Get some rest.  How about a lazy hazy nap on the 4th and get a solid 8 hours a sleep each night.  No burning the midnight oil, we all do enough of that anyway.  Sleep is when our body and mind heal.

6.  Take some time for yourself.  For me it will be reading the life of Pi..   It’s required reading for all incoming students and parents for Montana State University.

7.  Count your blessings.  Give thanks for everything.

8.  Don’t forget to get adjusted.  It’s so important for a properly functioning nervous system and to feel and function your best.  A healthy spine is necessary for a healthy life.

9.  Time with friends.  Friends always energize me.

10.  Think nothing but positive thoughts.  The theatre of your mind can make you or break you. Try your best to let go of negative feelings and thought patterns.  Replace the negative with something positive and see how it empowers you.  Take action on that positive thought and watch out world.

Old Faithful in Yellowstone 2013

Make it a fantastic 4th!!  I’ll be in all day today and Wednesday the 3rd, then off until Monday the 8th.  Dr. E

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Should you go gluten free?

I was out in Montana last week for Connors orientation to Montana State and what impressed me was how informed I was as to the process of what to expect in detail for him over the next four years.  Parents were so informed it reassured me big time.  I also was impressed on how healthy the Bozeman community was.  People are active, fit, and look incredibly healthy.  I spent most of my time when I was off campus at the local Co-op which had the most incredible fresh food ever.  I have never ate so well in my life.  They really were pumping the gluten free foods out there.  I thought that was great since the more I learn the more I should never let gluten touch my lips.

Buffalo at Yellowstone.

This past weekend I was doing post grad work on the glutem, leaky gut, and autoimmunity connection.  The new research coming in is fascinating and people need to be aware of this so they can start making informed choices about what they put in their mouths.  I’m actually going to do a workshop on this next monday night at my clinic at 6:30 pm.

I’ll go over the gluten basics such as gluten in foods, hidden sources of gluten, potential gluten cross reactive foods, gluten sensitivity versus celiacs, prevelence of gluten sensitivity, factors leading to gluten sensitivity, gluten and autoimmunity, gluten and leaky gut, and a host of other very important items regarding your choice in eating gluten or not.

This is vital information is you have any gastro-intestinal complaints when you eat, if you have a condition which is unresolved, if you have a history of auto-immune disease, if you have a thyroid problem, if you want to eat better, lose weight and feel better then I’d make the class.

Another cool thing about going on a break was  just dreaming about life, what I’d like to see etc.  One thing I’d love to see is a co-op like the one they had in Bozeman Montana, here is the link. https://www.bozo.coop/  Good food is vital for your body and mind.  Add some exercise(I love interval training, most bang for your buck), and have a great attitude and all things are possible.

My son Connor has his graduation party this suday at our house.  I’m very proud of him and feel his best years are just starting.  I feel Osceola has prepped him well for his college years and I’m sure he will love Montana state.  Way to go Connor!!

Connor in front of the library at Montana State

O.K. That’s it for this week.  Sign up for the gluten free class by emailing me or just give me a jingle 715-294-3100.  It will change your life!!  Dr. E

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I’m back from Montana, ready to serve you!

Wow, just got back last night from Bozeman Montana where I was with my son Connor for his orientation and registration for his upcoming college years at Montana State University in Bozeman Montana.

Connor and the team Mascot.

I was super impressed with the campus and they have an incredible staff who will go the mile for these young people.  What a great progressive city and if you like the outdoors what a great place to live.

I’m back energized and ready to go the extra mile for you assisting you along your journey so you can be the healthiest you possible!!!

Connor climbing up to the big"M" that over looks Bozeman

Having your health I feel is got to be one of your top priorities.  If you haven’t got your health then how can you really enjoy life.  The one thing I saw out in Bozeman was how active people are.  It’s a very young crowd and everyone seems to be on the move and you don’t see any over weight people.  Gluten free is the norm out here, and people seem to take being healthy as a top priority for their lives.

If you want to hike in the summer or ski in the winter this place has it.   It’s always fun to see other places of the country and the thing that I loved was the beauty of the area and just how healthy people looked and how active they were in Bozeman.

Connor looking down over Bozeman

I’m at work this morning and will be back regular hours first thing monday morning.  It’s always good to be back home and it was also good to take a break and get re-energized.

I look forward to serving you and your families to the best of my abilities!! Dr. E

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Count your blessings through the thick and thin of life.

I was watching the Oklahoma tornadoes yesterday live on CNN between patients and then last night watching it was such an incredible tragedy.  I can’t believe there wasn’t more people killed, and those poor kids in the schools.  Count your blessings each and every day for everything that comes your way.  Sometimes I think life gets so crazy and I lose focus on what’s really important, faith, family, friends, and your health.

Faith, there is so much unknown out there, and life has so many ups and downs that for me it’s my faith that gets me through all the daily stressors.

Family, as dysfunctional as we all can be, when it all comes down to it, they really have your back.

Friends, they come and go through out our life but there are usually a handful who stick with you through thick and thin.

Health, if you haven’t got it it can be a rough journey through life.  If you have it and can function optimally you then can live a high quality of life.

The greatest threat I see to one’s health is the belief that someone else or something else is going to take care of it for you. In this day and age if you think your insurance company has your best interests you have another thing coming.  More out of pocket expenses, higher deductibles, and co-pays and much less coverage.  This will only get worse.  Your best bet is to improve on your diet, get regular exercise, good sleep, and have a great attitude.  Regular Chiropractic adjustments are imperative for a great functioning spine and nervous system also.  Don’t let yourself break down because it can take some major work and investment to get it back.  The little steps each and very day to improve your health can go a long ways at improving your total quality of life.

Still up to bat at 51.

Ok, that’s it for this week, congrats to all the area graduates and all the high school kids in their sports.  Go cheer these young student athletes on.

Also, I was 0-2 against the Braves last Wednesday night.  My first at bat was ugly.  My second at bat I made contact and just about beat out a grounder. I’ll see you at an Osceola Braves game!!  Dr. E

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This is long overdue.

Thank you!!!

Thank you for all your positive comments and prayers for our family with the recent passing of my father John.  We are all doing really well.  I feel incredibly blessed to have had him as my father. What an incredible life he lived.  He loved serving people and had a big heart for others.

Graduation is tomorrow night for Osceola high school seniors.  I have about 15 seniors who come in for wellness adjustments to keep them in tip top shape.  Many of them I’ve coached in either youth baseball or football, and have seen them grow and become fine young adults.  I remember walking Connor down our driveway for his first day of kindergarten.  That sure was a fast 12 years.  He’s off to Montana state this fall so another new chapter for him is about to start.  Congrats to all the seniors!!

This is the time of year when spring sports are starting to wrap up and tournament time starts.  I was down in Ellsworth Tuesday for the conference track meet and OHS girls team won going away.  Congrats to all these kids.  Baseball, golf, soccer, all are having great seasons.  Keep it up and good luck the next few weeks!!

I’ve been seeing a ton of knee patients lately and have been having a lot of success using ARP and cold laser.  The ARP WAVE system is a combination of a proprietary electrical device and carefully designed protocols which target injury at the source, eliminate inflammation and dramatically accelerate the recovery of all soft tissue injury often eliminating the need for surgery .  The cold laser is light therapy which helps speed the healing of soft tissue and works great for a ton of different conditons.  I use it myself pretty much daily for all my little aches and pains and would not practice without it.

Connor and Riley 10 years ago

Many of the people I’m seeing right now are adding stress to their bodies with spring cleaning, being weekend warriors, and they are having a hard time adapting to the stress put on their body and they get a soft tissue problem and inflammation and pain result.  Most people jump on ibuprofen but there are many studies out their that show that ibuprofen slows down healing.  Ice is still your best anti-inflammatory agent.  Many of you have chroinc soft tissue problems and your biomechanics  have compensation patterns developing and you then can  get have some big time problems which effect your life in what you can do.  The ARP and laser may be very beneficial to help break up scare tissue and get your body to start healing so you can function optimally.  Some of these cases can be tricky depending on your age, length of injury, sleep patterns, medications, diet, etc.  I have to address all of these when you come in.  Then get a plan of action that will get you back to as near normal function as possible and in most cases better function than before.  It takes work and committment on both parts.

Remember, your body needs to move.  If you have an injury a day or two of laying low is about it.  You need to get the body moving.  Get on an anti-inflammtory diet(email me one and I’ll send you one), get proper sleep, and start exercising and you’ll feel so much better.

Thanks to all of you for being patient with me during the past few months with dealing with my dad while he was in the nursing home and his passing.  The hardest part wasn’t his death, but the day in and day out of seeing him suffer.  Thank God he doesn’t have to suffer any longer.

Until next time, get out and enjoy this beautiful weather.  I’ve finally put the storage wax on the ski’s. Dr. E

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I’m Not Dead Yet!

The last 9 months have been a real challenge for my family dealing with my fathers poor health.  He’s been in Hospice for 3 weeks now and after a family vigil last weekend we thought that was it.  Somehow my dad who has horrible diabetes is still hanging in there.  This morning I told him when he had a moment of lucency all the well wishers that I’ve heard from and he appreciates it greatly.  He also said I’m not dead.  He was able to smile a bit as I chuckled.  He has surprised all of us who have been there non-stop.  It’s incredible how strong the will to live is.  I think he’s burning that extra weight he carried all those years since he isn’t able to take any food in.  I keep telling him it’s OK to go, I’ll miss him terribly, and that he’s lived an incredible life.  A big thanks to everyone who has sent prayers and well wishes.  I will keep you posted on this blog and facebook as to any changes.

Dad and I vegas for Badger game 15 years ago

One thing you do not want to experience in your lifetime is a chronic illness.  I can’t tell you how exhausting this has been not just the last month but the last 30 years dealing with a loved ones poor health.  It takes a toll on you mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.  I never want to have some form of chronic disease since I see so much of it in my practice but also see it in loved ones and once you get to that point you better have a good support team.

I’ve spent the last 5 years learning from the best functional medicine practictioners in the country learning how to help people with metabolic and neurological issues.  Most of you may not know that I do specialized care that addresses underlying poor physiology to your neuro-metabolic systems.  This form of care works great and the people that follow my lead get really great results.  Some slower than others but their is always progression.

If you really want to get better then you have to take total charge of your health choices and sometimes that means getting out of the traditional way of thinking about your health.  You have nothing to lose and everything to gain if you haven’t got anywhere with your current care.

I’ve been having some really good results with a new laser protocol that I’ve been using.  You may know that I’ve had 4 knee surgeries and have had no cartilage for the last 35 years in my right knee.  Well, I just ran a 5.5 mile race this weekend on snowy trails and my knees hold up pretty good inspite the fact my orthopedic surgeon said I would need a knee replacement by the time I was 50.  If you have a bad knee give me a jingle and lets see if this is something that will work for you.

Ok,  take good care of yourself daily.  Every time you make a great choice about what you eat, how you move, and how you think, it will help in the long run.  Keep removing the toxic load us americans are famous for and watch your health get better.  I believe in you, keep up your healing journey, and if you need some assistance or have a question just send me an email or jingle.

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Should you go gluten free? Why, and how.

When I talk to patients about going gluten free and giving up some of the foods they truly cherish it can be difficult for them at times.  I try to explain to them that it is not only for people who have been diagnosed with celiac’s disease which is a terrible condition where the villi of the stomach are destroyed by an immune reaction in which white blood cells come and attack the villi or wall lining,  but also for people who have a sensitivity to gluten which we do testing for.  There is a difference between a full blown celiacs and one who is sensitive.  Being sensitive means everytime you eat gluten you are just adding fuel to the fire.  It doesn’t have to be only gut and intestinal symptoms.  It could be a gut reaction causing leaky gut which is another barrier to our body for protection, but it could also be many different things including leaky brain which is when the blood brain barrier is breeched and can cause a myriad of neurological problems like brain fog, MS symptoms, migraines, chronic pain syndromes, and many other things that are chronic in nature and unless you remove the gluten you are just causing more problem.  If you are up for it and want to find out what foods you are sensitive to and may be causing problems for you  can do that right here.  If not I’d try it for 30 days minimum and see how you feel.  Many people do really well when they get off gluten and tell me their knees feel better, their back doesn’t hurt anymore, they haven’t had a migraine, and they have lsot weight.  This is awesome, so I would continue to stay off it if they are getting results.

It's right around the corner

Many people I see have chronic pain syndromes.  Most have terrible standard american diets which are full of inflammatory foods such as sugar, gluten, dairy, soy, etc.  Many of these people are overweight, and may have an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, MS, RA, Psoriasis, Lupus, Scleroderma, etc.  Autoimmune conditions are when your immune system has got overexcited and causes an attack upon a particular tissue.  Once you are auto-immune you are always autoimmune.  How do you know if you have one of these conditipons?  You have to have an antibody test done to see if you are producing antibodies to a particular tissue.  One of the most common autoimmune conditions I see is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.  It’s an attack of your immune system on the thyroid tissue.  Unfortunatly most people don’t ever get the antibody testing and still suffer even when on meds.  I test all my patients for thyroid antibodies.  If you have this condition or any other auto-immune condition you must go gluten free, and be on a very restricted anti-inflammatory diet.  If you want to feel better and function better then you have to , it’s as simple as that.  You would not put gas on a fire when you are trying to put it out.

Once you have an auto-immune condition you manage it, because once you have an excited immune system it is always looking for another tissue to attack, you better hope it’s not your brain or some organ.  Now, I’m not here to scare you but your immune system is very important and if it’s not functioning well and you are having problems with your life and taking a bunch of meds which do nothing to address the immune issue you may want to seek my advice or someone who has training in functional medicine and understands and knows how to help these type of suffering prople. If you don’t know what to do and are sufferring try gluten free to start.  Grains are inflammatory to your body and create an immune reaction, and for those that are sensitive or have a full blown auto-immune case you will never get better unless you remove this food from your body.

This is right around the corner also

When you go gluten free the big thing I would do is not go to the gluten free section.  There are many products that are gluten free but have tons of sugar.  Lots of cookies, muffins, etc. that are gluten free but not sugar free. Stay away from that since the excess sugar can be just about as inflammatory to your body as the gluten is.  Your sugar should be fruits only, specifically stone fruits, or berries.  This is a tough time of the year to get good fruit so you can always get blueberries which are fine.  I’d keep your diet to a ton of mixed color veggies which is most of your diet.  If you have a plate I’d have 2/3rds of it covered with veggies, then you can have some protein in organic fresh meats, chicken, or fish, and then a little fruit in there if you’d like. What do I eat for breakfast?  Same things as lunch and dinner.  Mix it up and get creative.

You want to have an anti-inflammatory diet which is going to give you nutrients because when I do blood work I see all kinds of insufficiences in minerals and vitamins due to a poor toxic and insufficient diet.  It you do this diet you will start feeling better quite soon, and once your systems start working better, you get your life back.  I love helping people who have been through the mill with their health and it’s great to see them get their life back and keep it once we do the testing and get them on a specific designed program that addresses their problem.   It’s incredible to see that the body can heal when given the right nutrients and incredible self care.

I’m getting a little long winded here but I feel this is important information for you to use.  I’m here to help transform your life and add vitality to it.

Thanks to all of you who have been praying for our family.  My dad is near his end and a quick update for you who want to know.  He was alert today and could talk a bit.  I’ve been reading your well wishes from facebook to him and we truly are appreciative and grateful for your thoughts and prayers.  he’s a fighter and is not ready to go yet even though his body is severely shutting down.  We pray it will be peaceful when he decides to go.  Mary and I are up there as much as we possibly can. Morning, noon, night, and anytime between we can sneak up  there.  I feel your health is so valuable and you never want to lose it because it is tough on everyone and it may cost you everything you value. On the positive side if you work at it and take care of yourself then health and life are limitless.

Mom, dad, and me some 30 years ago.

Until next time, keep eating, moving, and thinking well!  Feel free to call me or email anytime.  Dr. E

p.s.  Looks like I may get the ski’s out one last time.  Big storm coming, bring it on!!

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If you’ve got your health then you’ve got your life.

I hope you had a great Easter weekend with your family. I enjoyed it with my family and we also celebrated my son Connors 18th Birthday so that was very nice.  Those 18 years have just flown by.  He has 6 weeks of high school left and then it’s off to Montana State next fall for college.  It seems like yesterday when Mary and I walked him down the driveway to the bus for his first day of kindergarten.  Here is a pic of Connor and I.

Connors 18th Birthday!

If you have your health then you can lead an incredible quality of life, and just the opposite if you havent got your health, life can be miserable.  As I enter my 26th year of Chiropractic practice I see many I have been able to turn their lives around with my neuro-metabolic care and good old fashioned structural work.  This gives me much joy when I see a patient who is committed to making the necessary changes and does incredibly well.  The big thing I see in the transformation process is that they take total responsibility for their health and then take the massive action on my lead.  This is so gratifying to see.  I’ve been studying my butt off and have conferences the next 3 months in Chicago on the latest to help people with thier chronic conditions get better, and stay better.  There is hope!!!

I was reading a study last week that said the average diabetic pays 250,000 in care over a lifetime. I thought that was a pretty conservative estimate since if you live long enough like my father has with this chronic condition it will suck the life out of you and also your funds.  Poor blood sugar regulation is really the number one deal breaker for your health I feel.  It’s devastating to all systems of your body and most importantly your brain.   We live in an obese society and you are going to see more and more of this unless we as a society say enough is enough.  Most chronic conditions can be stopped, slowed downed and even reversed if caught soon enough.  It all starts when you are young.  Eating great organic foods may cost a bit more but it’s an investment in yourself.  Getting regular exercise is an investment in yourself.  Some people have to pay big bucks to see me because they have lost their health.  It may seem a lot at the time but it pays off down the road with you being able to do the most important things in your life.  I think a $5000 bike is great if you use it.  A by-pass surgery is a couple hundred thousand so pretty good deal I think.  Whenever you invest in yourself your doing something to improve your life.

I am so excited about Connor going off to Montana state.  A great education is an incredible investment.  My Chiropractic schooling cost me $30,000.  Best investment I ever did.   I buy a new pair of ski’s every 5 years or so and while they are about $600 it’s one of the best investments I’ve ever made.  This year I put on well over 1000 kilometers or roughly 625 miles on them.  Pennies for such a great investment in your health and I get to be in the beautiful woods.  Check out the picture below of Dr. Dave Leske when we skied at Rock Creek Farm in St. Croix Falls last week.

Dave Leske at Big Rock Creek Farm

Good health doesn’t cost, it pays off overtime.  I think it’s the number one thing you should invest in.  If you save all your  money you’ve made over a lifetime and then not be able to truly enjoy it because your health is so poor, that would be tragic.  I see it all the time and it doesn’t have to be that way.  Until next time, investing in your health and well-being is a conscious choice that makes life a heck of a lot better for you and your loved ones.  Until next time, did you see the trumpeter white swans on the ski pic?  Have an awesome April, baseball is here!!! Dr. E   p.s.  Got room for a couple more for the weight loss workshop at my clinic 6:30 pm.  Just email me if you want in.

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I haven’t forgotten about you.

Been a good 3-4 weeks since I’ve put a blog out there.  I had no computer for 2 weeks and finally after 2 trips to the Apple store the fix was a new plug in cord.   Going 2 weeks with out a computer was actually kind of nice at times.  I seemed to get more done in the day and I realized I spend way to much time checking emails and checking facebook.

I’ve also been spending a ton of time with my dad who is on his last legs up here at our local nursing home.  He needs to be fed by hand so I’m up their usually 2x a day feeding him and just to get 3 bites in him takes about an hour.  i usually am able to get 6-8 ounces of a homemade protein smoothie in him so he’s gettign some nutrtion in him.

It certaintly has been an eye opener and I have more empathy for people who are dependant on others for care and have admiration for those who take care of these people.  It’s a full time job taking care of nursing home people.  Below is a pic af me and my dad.  He said it was O.K to put the pic in the blog.  It has been hard to see someone you love deterioate and lose their memory and thir basic skills of living.

Dad and I

This is a really good picture of dad.  Usually he can’t hold his head up so this was a good day.

I feel blessed that I am here able to helpo out my folks in time of need.

/Here is what else is going on at our clinic.  Two weight loss seminars coming up , one is this Saturday 9am and next Wednesday the 3rd at 6:30 at  my clinic.  i have only roon for 7 so sign up now if you want to get healthy, lose weight, and jump start your spring.   Just email me if you want in.

I’ve been skiing quite a bit on my spare time and it has been the best spring skiing ever.  Big Rock Creek farm 3 miles norrth of St. Croix Falls has been a fantastic place to ski.  This is an incredible piece of land to ski.  Scott Hansen is doing a great job grooming, and it is open to the public.  We’ve got a week or so left of skiing and then once the snow melts you will be able to mountain bike, hike, run on the trails at Rock Creek farm.   If you want to get in shape you sure will at Rock Creek farm.  The outer loop has some tremendous climbs.

We are well into march madness and my brackets are toast.  Wisconsin laid an egg, and the Gophers said bye bye to Tubby.  I had a feeling thtat was going to happen so it’s no surprise.  The bottom line comes down to winning, you don’t win and you are out.  I feel their is much more to it than that, but that’s how it unfortunatly rolls in the competitive Big 10.  Look for Shaka Smart or Flip Saunders to be the new coach.   Tubby’s buyout cost 2.5 million, and I’m sure most of that is going to come form private donors and not state tex money.  Let’s see how it all plays out.

Have an incredible Easter everyone.  Enjoy your families, and we have our normal hours Good Friday,and Easter Monday.  Dr. E

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Let the Madness begin

I always love March because we are getting closer to warmer weather, golf season, and it’s great having light until 8pm.  It’s also March madness basketball season.  I love watching the high school games and especially the NCAA basketball tournaments.  I love watching the underdogs beat the Goliath’s.  Survive and advance is what Jim Valvano said to his 1983 NCAA championship team from North Carolina State. Sometimes life is survive and advance from day to day.  That’s how it just is at times.  Other times we can cruise a bit, and other times you are planting seeds and hope they turn into bountiful fruit. Health can be the same in some ways.  I think if you get some form of consistency with healthier habits then you have a greater chance of being healthy.  We are not perfect by any means but simple strategies like cutting junk carbs, going gluten free, getting some form of daily exercise, being a bit more positive in how you see your life can go along ways to improving who you are, how you feel about yourself, and how others see you. I finished the cross country ski season this past weekend with our annual trek up to Calumet Michigan for hte great Bear Chase ski Marathon.  50km in a driving snowstorm and I was glad to just finish.  We had soft snow for all the races this year which makes it much slower and more difficult since you are out there longer.  You just adapt and move forward just like anything in life.  It was a great year of skiing.  Thanks to my tuesday training partners Duane Lee and Dave Leske.  Those guys inspired me to be my best and have fun while doing all the training. Here are a few pics from the weekend.

The great Bear

Famous football coach Geope Gipp from Calumet

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The Fever Has Broken.

It finally broke, that is the Birkie fever.

After 52 weeks of training, numerous times when I just didn’t feel like it, many doubts, and times when I wanted to do something else, the race has come and gone.

That’s how life is, that is how health is.  If you want your health you have to work at it, it’s as simple as that.  You have to eat well when tempted by all the goodies out there.  You have to move your body when you may want to just sit and veg watching T.V., and you have to think well despite all the negative crap going on in the world which can suck one in if they don’t watch it.

5:00 am day of the Birkie. I've got the Fever!!

This year’s race was particularly interesting for me since I was doing the traditional classic Birkie.  54 kilometers of some of the most beautiful trails in North America.   We finally had a year when it wasn’t below zero at the start.  We did have 8 inches of fresh snow on friday and the groomers did a great job grooming but the snow did not transform and the hills broke down early in the race and were like mash potatoes.  This made it extremely energy consuming since I herring boned every single hill.

The spectators were out and about and were really loud and in a festive mood.  A mile away from the halfway point you could here the screams, cheers, and cowbells which was inspiring for me.  I was already hurting at this point but some more fluids, goo energy gel, and it was offf to downtown Hayward.

This was the one year I am glad I did not do the skate race.  The classic tracks were really fast on the downhills and the skate lane skiers looked like they were struggling as I would pass them on every downhill.

Everyone was saying thier time was 30 minutes slower than last year so it was a tough one.

By the time I got to Mosquito Brook I had only 14 more kilometers to go.  This is a good climb and there is a group of rowdy people every year who are partying and the drums are drumming to what seems like our racing heartbeats.   They have a shot-ski where if you are inclined you can do a shot of yagermeister.  I was pretty focused but got a good chuckle out of the Mosquito brook crew.

I was feeling pretty good as we crossed highway 77 for one last hill climb.  This is  a nasty 6 minute hill climb.  If you can just get over this hill it’s all downhill and then you hit Lake Hayward where you just pray it will be fast on the lake.

I Hit Lake Hayward and made one last push but my right triceps was cramping.  It wasn’t all that fast but I was double poling by the skate skiers so I knew my tracks were much faster than their skate lane.  I felt for them.

You can see Hayward as you cross the lake and then you start hearing those cowbells and you get a little adrenalin rush.  When you get off the lake you have about 500 meters to go and it is getting louder.  You ski south 100 meters, and then you turn on to mainstreet and it’s like coming out from a tunnel at the super bowl.  Thousands of people are cheering everyone on to give it there all after 30 some miles of skiing.  This is why you do all those workouts and discipline yourself for this one minute of pure joy as tears roll down your face knowing you have given it your all.

Always ecstatic to be done. With Dave Leske at Angler's.

It’s a great feeling crossing the finish line totally exhausted.  I always say a thank you prayer for total graditude for being able to do and finish this race.

I’m glad this years race is done, I’ve got the the Great Bear Chase in Calumet Michigan in 10 days and then my season is done.

It’s been a really fun year classical skiing.  I haven’t done it for 20 years and I’m loving it.  I was 130th male and 146th overall in the Birkie Classic.   Congrats go out to Caitlin Compton Gregg who has been a patient and is a friend of mine.  She won her second womens Birkie.  Now she is focusing on next years Olympics .

Thanks to Audrey and Bruce Yunker for hosting us again this year.  We had a big crowd of skiers from team Cyclovaxc.  Thanks to my training and skiing partners Dave Leske and Duane Lee for their friendship and being there when I may have not wanted to. Way to go everybody who skied the Birkie.

At Anglers Bar in downtown Hayward

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You have to check this place out.

I went to the most incredible place ever this past weekend.  Big Rock Creek Farm located just off highway 87 3 miles north of St.Croix Falls.  They have over 20kilometers of groomed trails and room for another 30 kilometers.  I normally don’t ski much the week before the Birkie but I couldn’t resit skiing 4 hours over this incredible piece of land.

I’ve been waiting my whole life to be able to go back on htis piece of land and now it is available for cross country skiing.  Totally breath taking traills with spectacular views of trout streams, ponds, lakes, damns, hardwoods, corn fields, pines, and old rustic buildings.  Check it out on their website www.bigrockcreekfarm.com

Long straight away at Big Rock Creek Farm

Scott Hanson is hte caretaker and  he has plans for many different outdoor avtivities .  They also have an incredible cabin on the lake that people can stay in and the main lodge sleeps 18 people.  This would be the perfect place for an outdoor wedding.  Check out some of the pictures below.  Go out there and  check it out for yourself.  Go north of St. Croix Falls about 3 miles and you will see a yellow sign on the right for Big Rock Creek farm.  You can’t miss it.

OK, its less than a week until the Birkie.  We’ve been training hte past 51 weeks for the 40th Birkie.  This week  is all about rest and recovery and mentally preparing yourself for  a fun successfull race.  There is nothing like skiing with thousands of other people and feeling the energy of this event.

I ‘m doing the classic race this year which is 4 km farther so we get a 30 minute head start on the skaters.  We take off at 8am so we have to be up at 5 and out the door by 5:30 if  we are going to make it on time.  There have been a few years where it’s been a close call.  I remember about 10 years or so ago I got off the bus and heard the national anthem playing and took off late trying to catch my wave.  That wss stressful.

It’s all about seeing people you may not see but once a year and just having fun and not stressing out over the race.  I’ve prepared myself, I’m confident, and I’m not sick which is huge.  If you are tired and sick then there is no way you can enjoy and have a good race.

Great trails.

If you have nothing going on and want to be inspired take a trip up to Hayward and watch the finish.  You better be downtown no later than 10AM.  The winners are right around 2 hours so they will be coming through about 10:25.  It’s a lot of fun for skiiers and spectatiors.  You won’t be dissapointed.  You come up and I’ll buy you one at Anglers afterwards.

Until next time, do something today to improve your health for tomorrow.  It’s all about action!!!!!

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It’s Getting Closer

Whenever you have a desire, a goal, a dream it usually takes some form of massive action in order for them to become a reality.

I’ve been training for the past 50 weeks for my 21st American Birkibeiner ski race.  One last hard interval session today and then I start shutting it down and rest up for recovery and to be at optimal physical and mental well being on race day February 23rd.

Despite being tired, poor weather conditions along the way, not really wanting to workout, my ski buddies and I persevered through all the negative and made it a positive.

The fun thing about training for something that you know you are going to be out there for 3 or so hours is you find out a lot about who you are.  It’s really not about the end result.  We all forget about our times a couple of days after the race.  It’s really more about the experience of who you are becoming along the way.

I have patients who have really bad spinal health and to get them back to where they need to be can really be quite the process.  Some are in it for the long haul, while others just aren’t ready to make the committment to themselves to do whatever it takes to get their health back and keep it.

The same is true for my metabolic patients.  It’s really quite a committment to do the testing, change the diet, implement consistant fat burning exercise, and never go back to poor living again.  Add that insurance doesn’t cover anything to get your health back and my fees and you really have to want it.

The really cool thing is watching people transform their lives who are dedicated and remain committed to the program. It’s an incredible process to see people get their health back and see them able to do things they only dreamed about.  Now that’s cool!!

You can have anything you really want if you stop the self limiting beliefs.

I think having your health is one of the most important things God gives us.  If you haven’t got your health then life sure can be a challenge.  Just look at family members or loved one’s that don’t have it, it’s not a pretty sight.

The start of the American Birkie

If you have a question about your health give me a jingle or an email.  I’m here to help assist you to the best health possible with the latest in metabolic, neurologic, and structural procedures and testing that will get you back on course and towards optimal health and well being.

I want to wish all of you a fantastic Valentines day!!  Make a great one.  Dr. E

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Taking it to the limit.

I was up the U.P. of Michigan this past saturday doing a 50kilometer cross country ski race.  We started in Ishpeming and  skied across lakes, hills, and valleys down to the dome at Northern Michigan University in Marquette Michigan.  Duane Lee, Tom Krenz, Ron Raymond, Dave and Melissa Leske participated in the race.

We woke up to 6-8 inches of fresh lake effect snow.  It was absolutely incredible to see a winter wonderland compared to what we have had for snow this year.  In 25 years of cross country skiing I have only done one other race where their was signifigant snow and that was the 1991 birkie.

The Noquemonen cross country ski race is a very challenging course and as we got to the woods they had not groomed and I knew it was going to be a slow race so just get your stride and enjoy the beauty of the day

All spent after taking it to the limit.

At the 15kilometer mark I was thinking how am I going to make another 35 kilometers?

Once I got to the half way point their was a fairly lengthy downhill section where you could rest a bit and that helped.  With 10kilometers to go you could see the electric plant smoke stacks and I knew I could make it then. As we all got closer to Marquette where the finish was the snow got less and less and basically the last 7 kilometers their wasn’t much of a track to ski and a lot of rocks and debris was on the course which you were trying to avoid those while still keeping upright totally exhausted.

I must have taken 8 energy goo packs and a bunch of energy drink and water to fuel my system.  It was instant energy for your fatiguing muscles.  It’s really the only time you ever need those type of sugars is when you have exhausted your glycogen storages.

Three hours and 47 minutes it took to do this race and I was very happy with my effort.  Everyone looked pretty depleted at the finish line.  Thank God for the NMU dome and hot showers, massages, and great food after the race to warm the body, feed my muscles, and start the recovery process.

It’s incredible what one’s body can do.  Skiing in 6-8 inches of fresh powder for over 30 miles is taxing.  Your mindset has to be spot on.  Your focus has to be one kick and glide at a time.  You have to be patient since this is a process.  It sounds a lot like life. Ups and downs along the way but if you just hang in there and perservere you can do anything.

If you have a goal of doing something then get a mentor to assist you along the way.  I’m doing a lot of weight loss with people right now at our clinic.  The first thing we focus on is getting them healthy first.  Once they start getting healthy then the weight falls off.  Patience is key with weight loss.  It’s a process just like a long cross country ski race.  A lot of work goes into the process so you can reap the rewards later.

I love to stretch myself.  I love to see patients take full responsibility for their health and rise to the occasion and get healthy once and for all.  It’s amazing what your mindbody can do if you just start the process going.  When I started cross country skiing 25 years ago I had no idea I would have done over 150 races, 2o Birkies, and meet hundreds of incredible people, and allowed me to take care of three Olympic cross country skiers.  What a cool journey.  Until next time, take that first step to to maximizing your life.  I can’t wait to hear about your journey!  Dr. E

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Getting fit as a fiddle during the winter months.

I had minus 16 degrees this morning and I was glad I wasn’t a kid waiting for the bus to come pick me up.  I certaintly have never been a huge fan of the cold winter days.  The good news of days like today is the sun is bright and this always brings me optimism that there will be more warm days to enjoy the outdoor activities of winter and that spring and golf are just a few months away.

It’s just a little over a month from this years American Birkibeiner in Hayward Wisconsin.  There is not enough snow to do the Birkie at this time so we are hoping and praying they get snow so we can have an incredible weekend always the 3rd saturday in February.  If you want to do something fun come up and be a spectator at the Birkie.  Thousands of people cheer thousands of skiers on mainstreet Hayward.  It really is a sight to be seen.  You can’t help but be inspired when doing or watching the Birkie.

Riley Edling skiing his first Barnebirkie

I remember back in 1989 living and practicing up in Park Falls Wisconsin.  I lived just down from the papermill in town.  I can still smell that ugly pulp smell, yuck!!  I was also coaching high school basketball at the time and was having a blast doing that.  I needed somehthing to do for my fitness since I couldn’t play basketball due to my knee.  I had a patient named Dave Wilcox that suggested we go cross country skiing.  I got a pair of ski’s and started skiing with Willie up at Johnsons ski trail in Wakefield Michigan every Wednesday.  It was so much fun and I was getting in great shape and felt so much better.  I started doing a couple of citizens races and then signed up for the Korteloppet which is the 1/2 Birkie.  I did a couple of those before my first Birkie.  20 Birkies later and meeting hundreds of great people along the way it has truly been a lifechanging sport for me.  It has kept me young, fit, and disciplined to treat my mind-body well.

When we get the dog days of winter there is always something you can do for exercise.  You can join a gym, do bodyweight exercises at home, snowshoe, cross country ski, play hockey, skate, slide, jog, walk, and on and on.  Fitness is an ongoing 365 day process.  Your body needs movement for survival.  Your brain needs movement, that’s how it gets oxygen which is fuel for your brain.  The worst thing you can do is sit all day on the computer and then go home and watch T.V. all night.  Do that along with not eating protein based breakfast, and having a poor diet is a recipie for disaster over time.  We have enough sickness care in our country.  How about finding something you like to do and just doing it. I know you can do it.  I’ve seen people change who I never thought would.  It all comes down to how bad do you want your health and well being.  I try to lead by example as to what’s possible for your health.  I figure I’ll have 50 Birkies in by the time I’m 80 and still kicking butt on the youngters.

Until next time, tie the shoes or boots up and get at it.  Once you decide to make the change then anything is possible. Stick with it, don’t stop, find some friends to work out with, and have fun with it.  You’ll surprise yourself in no time if you just stick with it.  For those that have some chronic health issues please give yourself time to heal.  Patience is a virtue if you have neglected your body mind.   I’m here to lead you along your way to improved health, well being, and happiness in life. Dr. E

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Steps you can do to prevent getting the flu.

Seems like all you hear is how bad the flu is htis year.  Eveerywhere i go I hear someone who has the flu.

Have you ever thought why do we have the flu this time of year and not in the summer?

Here are a few things you can do to build your immune system up and naturally defend yourself from the flu.

1.  Drink at least 6-8 glasses of good quality water a day.

2.  Get adequate rest.  Sleeping is recovery  and healing time for your mind and body.

3.   Try to eat more nutrient rich foods like veggies and fruits.  i prefer stone fruits which are lower glycemic .

4.    Avoid refined sugars. No pop, no high fructose corn syrup.  If you want to have a sugar have a fruit.

5.   Take in clear broths and soups.  I like putting garlic in mine.

6.  Avoid sugar!!!  Sugar weakens your immune system.

7.  Exercise regularly.   If feling tired, back it down. If energy good then get at it.

8.  A good multi vitamin, a pro-biotic and adequate omega 3 fatty acid supplementation is a good idea.

9.  Eccchinechea and Goldenseal are two herbs I use in a product called nucle-immune by premier research labs.

10.  Keep your Vitamin D levels above 60.  Do you know what your’s are?  i get everyone’s D levels checked.

11.  Get adjusted.  Many studies have shown that people who get adjusted on a regular basis have a stronger immmune system than those that do not .  I see this with my clientele.

I bet you never knew Mary was a cross country skier?

We are well in to the New Year.  How are you doin gwith your goals so far with health, weight loss, fitness?  I’m working hard at guiding my patients to what’s possible with their health for 2013 and beyond.  I’m inspired to see people living more consciously and eating better.  I love it!!

Remember, you can do anything!!!!  Until next time, keep eating well, moving well, and thinking well!!  Dr. E

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Weight loss workshop my clinic 6:30 tomorrow night 1/9/2013

A happy 2013 to you!  I’m so excited about the start of every new year.  What I like best is about the New Year are the hopes and dreams that come with it.  I love the structure of eating better, moving my body through the woods cross country skiing, and being as positive as I can in light of everything else going in the world.

One of the things I’ve seen over the past year with family, friends, and patients, is the devastating effects of not taking care of one’s self.   Most all chronic diseases are preventable.  It’s so sad to see people who abuse their bodies, let themselves get terribly out of shape, and then expect by some miracle for someone to fix them or take care of them.

If you want to be healthier for 2013 then the first thing you have to do is take total responsibilty for your health.  Not me, no doc, your insurance company, or government is going to bail you out.  You first must decide to do everything in your power to live differently.  You got your self into this problem, but the good news is you can get yourself out of it.

I can assist and help you along your journey of transformation if you are open and up for it.

Right now at our clinic we are hitting weight loss hard.  I’m doing a workshop tomorrow night Wednesday 1/9/2013 at my clinic at 6:30 pm if you want to start your way on to better health and take off those pounds or get your health back once and for all then this class is for you.  Email me steve@dredling.com  and I’ll get you in.

This workshop will be the start of getting you on track for the healthiest year ever and is meant to be a lifechanger for you.

The date is Wednesday 1/9/2013 6:30 pm.  Just email me back or facebook me or call 715-294-3100 if you want in.  First 5 people get in.   Take action now.

The one food you never want to touch again

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Weight loss for 2013

Once again we celebrate the beginning of another New Years.  I’m asking everyone about what their health goals are for 2013 and the most common one I keep hearing is weight loss?  I’m good at helping people lose weight but they have to follow exactly what I tell them to do.  You have to be motivated to make a change in your life especially with weight loss.  You have to change how you think about yourself, how you eat, and you have to get moving for sure.  You have to eat for energy and not just for pleasure.  I’m doing a workshop next Wednesday night from 6:30-7:30pm at my clinic.  I only have room for 7 people so sign up now if you want bottomo line results with getting healthy like you never have before and in the process lose the weight you want to.  It’s time, no more excuses.  Taking action is the key.  This is the ad that was run in the Osceola Sun this past week.  Again, the workshop will be Wednesday night 6:30 pm at my clinic. Call me 715-294-3100 or email me steve@dredling.com

Badger fan needs to come to my class.

I CAN MAKE ANYONE LOSE WEIGHT!
That may sound like a bold statement, but that’s how confident
I am in our weight loss program. Not only can I make you lose
weight, I can show you how to keep it off forever! I’ve found that
helping people lose weight and keep it off is one single thing that
has the potential to create the most numerous changes in overall
health problems.
If you are like most people, you have probably lost weight in
the past only to gain it back and then some. The old yo-yo dieting
syndrome. There is a reason for that and I’ll show you what it is.
There is no gimmick or quick fi x that will ever make you lose
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I know there is a good chance you are dealing with Type II
Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Hypo-thyroidism, joint pain, and possibly a number of other health conditions.
Come spend one hour with me and I’ll show you how you may be
able to completely get rid of Type II diabetes, and possibly throw
away your blood pressure and cholesterol drugs forever. Whether
you want to lose that last 10 pounds or you NEED to lose 100lbs
or more, I can show you how to do it.
IF YOU ARE SERIOUS ABOUT LOSING WEIGHT THIS
YEAR, DO NOT MISS THIS FREE
ONE-HOUR SEMINAR!!!
My goal for this year to help as many people as possible to
reach their goal weight and reclaim their lives! Will you be one
of them? If you are suffering with a weight problem or any of the
related illnesses that go along with it, don’t wait another minute.
Let me help you. This seminar could liter-ally change your life the
way that it has been for so many people just like you.
Listen to what just a few of my patient’s have to say:
“I’ve lost 27 pounds in 4 weeks and have my blood pressure
and diabetes under control for the fi rst time in years.  I’m amazed
how fast the weight came off once I started Dr. Edling’s protocol.”
Brad S., St. Croix Falls
“10 pounds in first
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Niccki D., Dresser
“Dr. Edling has helped
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me and contributing to my weight gain and poor health”.
Mary, Osceola
“I had doubts if I could do this diet but it’s been very doable.  I
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and I will never skip breakfast again.  I’ve lost 55 pounds in 6
months and am at my goal weight and will never go back to that
way of living again.”
Tanya, Osceola
WEIGHT LOSS WORKSHOP
with Dr. Steve Edling, Chiropractor
Wednesday January 9th,  • 6:30 pm
at Edling Chiropractic in Osceola
Limited seating!  Call 715-294-3100

Well the badgers took it on the chin against the Stanford Cardinal.  We sure could have used Russell Wilson.  The Big 10 really struggled in Bowl games this year.  I think the only winner was Northwestern who got the monkey off their back winning their first bowl since 1949.  I was really proud of my alma mater who put up a great fight against Texas Tech.  They should have won that game!  It should be a fun year next year at TCF bank stadium.

I’ve been putting the smack down on my cross country skiing getting ready for this years Birkie.  I love how I feel after a good ski.  Even if it’s cold out you can get a great ski in.  Just bundle up a bit and get out there.  It’s beautiful.  DD Kennedy at Balsam Branch is in good shape and so is William O’Brien.  Troll hollow always is in perfect shape.  Hope to see you at the class and out on the trail in 2013!!!

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No More Shootings.

While I keep many of my political views to myself this is one I want to express as my own personal and professional opinion on the recent shootings at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown Ct.

Why would someone have an AK47?

I’ve deer hunted for 30 years and all my guns are at my neighbors in his safe.  I’d be scared to have a gun next to my bed at night.  I guess it wouldn’t make me sleep any better.  I was taught to never shoot unless it is a kill shot for hunting.  Basically one or two bullets is all you should ever need if you are a good shot .

I’ve never seen an assault weapon, I really thought they were for fighting wars and that’s it.  I’ve had a healthy respect for guns since I know the power they have.    What’s changed is that we live in a sicker and sicker society, and a much more violent society.

Violence is another thing I just don’t get.  I think we have to look at our society as a whole and then start with our own self in how we can each of us make our home, community, state and country more tolerable with each other and have a society that is much less violent..  How many more shootings are there going to be until we all say that’s enough and put pressure on the people who make our laws.  I think this is ground for good discussion.

We live in such a different society then when I grew up.  Here is what I see is different.  We could go to high school and show off our new gun.  We had one obese kid in each class not 35% of the classroom being obese.  We had one kid in the community who was very troubled, now their is one on each block.  If we lived in town you walked to school, now they take the bus.  If there was a little altercation in a classroom we took it outside at recess and got it handled.  Now you take it outside and you get suspended for 3 days.  If you wanted to visit a friend you walked to their house, now you visit on the cell phone.  We had 4 T.V. Channels, now there’s like 400 channels.  We had pong for video games, now kids have violent games.  So there are many changes in our society.  Look at people who are nearing 100 years of age.  They went to 6th or 8th grade for the most part.  They walked 5 miles each way to school.  They had horse and buggy and only the wealthy had a model A or T.  There was no indoor plumbing growing up.  They lived off the land not McDonalds.

I can’t remember one kid being on any psychotropic drug or anti-depressant when I was growing up.  Now it seems that my practice is full of not only children on meds for depression and anxiety, but so are the parents.  I think my generation of kids would experiment with alcohol and pot , but now it seems like kids today are experimenting with drugs I’ve never even heard of and have no idea where they are coming from.

I guess I could go on and on about differences from way back until now.  Society is always changing.  Time is going by faster and faster as I age.  How can each and everyone of us have more awareness and live more consciously healthier in mind, body, and soul.

Chiropractic is great because it is about removing interference to your mind, body, and soul with an adjustment, and then teaching one how to live in more congruency with proven diet, exercise and lifestyle modifications so your body, mind, and soul can be express itself with optimum maximal potential in life.

Until next time, Have a great Christmas, I will have the clinic open monday Christmas eve 7-11 am.   Come on in for a little Christmas cheer!!

Connor and Riley Christmas 2002

Well, that;s it for this week.  Our hours are normal hours through the holidays other than Christmas eve and new years eve just working the morning shift from 7-11.

Hope you all have an incredible holiday season.

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17 inches of snow and out of the comfort zone we go.

It finally hit us, the 3rd largest snow fall ever in the month of December.  It was really fun watching the snow just keep coming and coming.  I felt like a kid again until I had to adventure out and get the snow blowing done.  That didn’t last long as I broke the belt  ont he blower.  My neighbor broke theirs also so thank God Gary Verhasselt bailed me out and plowed my driveway so I could get to the clinci this morning.  A big thanks Gary!!

The best thing about a big snowfall for me is that there will be plenty of cross country skiing.  I can now go to a variety of places to ski and and even get my classical ski’s out and get a 100 kilometers a week in as I prepare to do this years Birkie classical.  I saw on facebook last night someone was wondering if they should go outside and walk around Osceola, I said they should x-ski around Osceola.  Some  of the funnest skiing to be done is after heavy snowfalls just make your own tracks.  I can’t imagine not getting outdoor exercise in the winter.  I am not a big fan of cold weather but take advantage and do some form of outdoor activity just like you did as a kid.  The benefits out weigh any of the fears you may have.  I remember ice skating in downtown St. Croix Falls next to the dam site.  We’d spend hours down htere ice skating and playing hockey.  It was so much fun.  Go out and make an angel in the snow, it will rejuvenate you.

Most people put 7-10 pounds on over the holidays.  To much bad food and maybe a few to many drinks and it can add up quite easy.  Just be a bit more conscious and get off gluten and dairy and watch the pounds come off as you get healthier.  Add some exercise and you will feel fantastic.  One of the reasons I’m so passionate about exercise is because I feel so much younger and better afterwards.  I feel 15 again and not 50 when I exercise.  You want to anti-age yourself, then get that body moving.

I’m cutting a whole bunch of DVD’s this week on some of the most chronic conditions that plaque our society and I can help these people out with.  Fibromyalgia, Peripheral Neuropathy, Diabetes, Hypothyroidism, Hasimotos auto-immune thyroid, weight loss, migraines, digestive disorders,  and a host of other problems I am helping people out with.  If you know someone who has these type of problems just ask me for a DVD and I’ll ge tyou one.  You