Inspiration

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.

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.

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!!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Captains

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!!

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

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.

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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