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That First Chiropractic Experience

That First Chiropractic Experience

When I first met Dr. Parton a month or so ago, it only took me a few visits to realize that he was one of the truly good healers. Once in a while, you come across someone in the healing arts and realize that they have that “touch.” Not everyone has that unique gift. That intuitive ability to touch and find your trouble spots and go straight into working on them. Jeff is one of those people. And I can definitely say that I’ve already made great progress in dealing with several issues that chiropractic has been helping to heal.

Now for those of us who have been using chiropractic, it’s something we’ve certainly appreciated and used as part of our health regimen. But it’s easy to forget there are still a lot of people who have never heard of chiropractic let alone visited one. So one of the things Jeff and I discussed was the possibility of finding some time to do some blogging for him to address different topics related to alternative health in general and chiropractic in particular from a patient’s point of view. And hopefully, sharing some of my experiences might help others to feel more comfortable in trying out chiropractic.

My first experience with chiropractic was back in Toronto in the mid-’70s. My girlfriend at the time (who became my first wife and mother of my kids) ended up bedridden when Spring arrived and everything started blooming. She was sneezing and coughing and totally incapable of even getting out of bed for very long periods of time. And it turned out this had been going on since she was a child!

For some reason, a friend ended up telling us about a chiropractor she had found and how much it helped her. So with nothing to lose, I took her in for a full initial session right away. After a full set of x-rays and then an exam, he started to ask her about some history, including falls or accidents when she was younger; and she remembered a few. At that point, he walked us over to one of the x-rays and showed where this one injury was probably relevant to her allergies. He explained that there was a “pinch” at that spot which was likely causing her body to under-react to pollen which is basically how allergies are often caused. So he goes right up behind her and says, “This is the spot right here!” as he gently poked her in the corresponding spot he had pointed out on the x-ray.

My girlfriend started sneezing immediately!

The chiropractor then got her to lie down on his adjustment table and proceeded to go through a full regimen of adjustments along her spine and then her neck, with surprisingly little discomfort to her. She got up after it was done and had to adjust her balance while standing up. But she immediately noticed that she no longer felt like sneezing. And her condition stayed that way through to our next visit a few days later. Her allergies were literally eliminated in a few sessions! And I eventually joined her in getting regular adjustments from that point in our lives. And in all the time we were together, her spring allergies never came back because of scheduled adjustments to keep things aligned.

I look at it as maintenance. You take your car into the garage for scheduled maintenance; so why shouldn’t you do the same for your body? Taking care of your body may help avoid problems later. For me, a severe rear-ender on I-5 several years ago left me with whiplash, a torn shoulder, as well as hip displacement. And even though the insurance company had settled things out a few years ago, I’m finding timely maintenance helps a lot.

I’ll continue blogging about alternative health in posts to come. And hoping this will encourage more of you to check out Dr. Parton for your chiro needs. (Be sure to ask about any current special promotions they may have at this time!) And be sure to share this with your friends who might be in need of some bodywork! -Robert L.

My Chiropractic Journey

My Chiropractic Journey

INTRO FROM DR PARTON: Robert is a patient who has started with our clinic recently and I’ve asked him to share his personal experiences as he undergoes his first months of chiropractic treatment with Mercer Island Chiropractic.

Being Chinese, I grew up in a home where our father had grown up and been educated here while our mother lived the first half of her life in a small village in China before finally joining her husband in Canada in 1950. As we grew up in this Eastern/Western household, our mother would often lecture us about many of the foods we were eating, among other things. She would really nag us when we ate too much candy or other Western foods, while constantly making us a lot of Chinese dishes and soups that sometimes weren’t exactly easy to eat! Lots of herbs and vegetables, often kind of gross and not exactly gourmet! And lots of old-school lectures on ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ foods and keeping our diets balanced. As kids, we never truly had any idea what our Mom was trying to tell us.

Once I moved away in my late teens, I lived through counterculture ’60s and remember more of my friends talking about Yin and Yang and balance. One day, the light bulb went off and suddenly all of Mom’s scolding made sense. In her own simplistic way, she was passing along generations of knowledge that had been handed down to her as she grew up. While Mom had never been formally educated, the thousands of years of health and healing had been passed along to her and it was her duty to raise us in a healthy environment. So for much of my adult life, I’ve also continued to pursue a healthy lifestyle and diet with a focus on balance.

And because of this Eastern influence from my early years, I’ve also embraced a balanced approach to taking care of my body and my brain. (Moderation plays a key role in all of this.) As someone who has been a strong advocate for alternative health care, chiropractic has played an important role in my life for nearly 40 years. I truly feel that it has helped a lot at different stages in my life, especially following some traumatic events.

I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Jeff Parton in April and became a patient after my first visit. There are some of you who – like me – have used alternative medicine for years, while others may have finally tried chiropractic for the first time recently. I’ve been treated by many practitioners over the years and I can honestly say that Dr. Parton is one of the best I’ve met. He takes his time with his patients, often explaining details about the issues he has found in your spine. His adjusting technique is very firm and he’s one of those rare practitioners who has an intuitive touch so he always manages to focus on your problem areas quickly.

As I’ve gotten to know him better over a few weeks of adjustments (and improving results), we both realized that we had mutual philosophies on healthy lifestyles, diet and balance. And it’s this holistic approach that helps each of us maintain a better lifestyle. So when Dr. Parton found that I was a writer and blogger (among other things), he asked if I would consider blogging about my personal experiences with his clinic and his unique approach to his patients’ needs.

We’ve already had some interesting discussions about Yin and Yang, diet, food and water, and exercise. The whole package. I have a feeling we won’t run out of topics to cover in the months to come. I hope you’ll find reading my personal journey helpful in learning more about your own healing.

Robert Lee

a grateful patient

Questions & Answers regarding I 522 and Label Genetically Engineered Foods #5 of 5

Questions & Answers regarding I 522 and Label Genetically Engineered Foods #5 of 5

 

9. Does the initiative require labeling of genetically engineered fish?

Yes. Genetically engineered salmon, which the Food and Drug Administration is recommending for approval, will be labeled under I-522. Alaska already passed a law in 2005 to require labels on genetically engineered fish and seafood.

 

10. I’ve heard that there are studies that show there are no effects of genetically engineered foods on humans, then why do we need special GE/GMO labels?

 

Initiative 522 is an important first step because Washington shoppers should have the right to know what’s in the food they and their families eat. Just like you have the right to know the nutritional content of your breakfast cereal or a favorite candy bar, Yes on 522 allows shoppers to have more control over their grocery shopping decisions.

A “yes” vote on 522 allows Washington shoppers to make informed decisions when buying food for themselves and their families.

 

11. Do other states or countries require foods to have genetically engineered labels?

Yes, there are more than 60 countries around the world that require labels for food or ingredients that have been genetically engineered.

 

For more information visit website:  yeson522.com

Remember to vote Tuesday, Novbmer 5th

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7. Are all foods, including meat and dairy, required to be labeled if genetically engineered (GE) under this Initiative?

Initiative 522 is an important first step in giving Washington shoppers the information they need to make informed decisions about the food they buy and feed their families. It was modeled on the most common global GE labeling standards. The authors of the initiative intentionally worked to ensure that Washington’s labeling laws would not be stricter than global standards so that it wouldn’t have an adverse economic impact on our farmers and food producers.

Here are some examples of food that, under this initiative, would require labeling if they were genetically engineered or contained genetically engineered ingredients: sweet corn, papaya, cold cereals, corn chips, soy milk, canola oil, soft drinks and candy.

 

8. Does the initiative require labeling of meat or dairy?

Meat and dairy from animals that are themselves genetically engineered would be labeled under I-522. Meat and dairy from animals that only ate genetically engineered feed would not be labeled under this initiative. This conforms with common global labeling standards. It wouldn’t make economic sense for Washington to be stricter than global standards, because that could have an adverse economic impact on our farmers and food producers.

 

For more information visit website:  yeson522.com

Remember to vote Tuesday, November 5th

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5. Are you worried that this measure will fail since a similar initiative failed in California?

Let’s not forget that despite large chemical and pesticide companies spending well over $45 million, they barely defeated the measure. Prop 37 heightened awareness of this issue and advancing the national dialogue about food labeling. For example, since the California measure failed in November 2012, Whole Foods announced this spring that they would require all of their products to have GMO labels by 2018, and many grocery stores have come out as opposed to genetically engineered fish (GE Fish). Chipotle, the restaurant chain, also recently announced it started labeling its genetically engineered ingredients.

“Yes on 522” is doing things a little differently. With the excitement and momentum from JustLabelItWa turning in over 350,000 signatures to get I-522 on the fall ballot, we have started this campaign with a lot of interest and public engagement. People, organizations, businesses, and communities from all over the state are coming together to ensure Washington consumers have the right to know what’s in the food they and their families eat.

6. What type of salmon is on the logo?

King Salmon.

Vote Tuesday November 5

YES on 522