What are Mirror Neurons and How to Benefit from Using Them

How to benefit from one of the most important discoveries in neuroscience in the last decade
How to benefit from utilizing Mirror Neurons.

The discovery that watching the actions of others activates similar neural circuitry, as if we were doing the action, has been called one of the greatest discoveries in neuroscience in the last decade.

How can you use this knowledge to upgrade your nervous system with new behaviors and perceptions? Surround yourself with people who are better than you in what you are trying to accomplish. Play with better guitarists, run with better runners, be around better investors, be in the company of serial entrepreneurs, hang out with philanthropists.

Is there someone who embodies multiple aspects of their professional and personal lives that you admire? Ask them to be your mentor.

We all have the basic hardware, and we build our own software by what we habitually do until it becomes effortless. If there is something you are struggling with doing on your own, or you have reached a plateau, being around someone who is better or more efficient will prime the circuitry in your system, putting you “in entrainment” for those behaviors and perceptions, thus making it easier for you to get there on your own, with practice.

How does Network Spinal Analysis Change Peoples Lives?

“A central tenant of Network Spinal Analysis is that change rarely comes directly from the area in the body that is defensive, guarded and wounded.  Instead, it comes after the individual becomes aware of the area where resources exist.  Meaningful change comes when a place of connection is brought to awareness and “inspires” or entrains other parts of the system.”

Reorganizational Healing: A Paradigm for the Advancement of Wellness, Behavior Change, Holistic Practice and Healing. Volume 15, Number 5,  P. 477

When your nervous system cannot adapt to current stress and energy demands, the spine, muscles and vertebrae are locked into a limited range of expression.  The Spinal Entrainment contact, unique to Network Spinal Analysis, allows the nervous system to “reset” and reorganize through spinal awareness.

The reorganization of the nervous system is demonstrated by improved posture, more energy, wider range of emotions expressed. Lifestyle changes including: change in diet and exercise habits, change in long term behavior like career or a relationships.  All these findings and more have been associated with those receiving Network Spinal Analysis Care.

Watch “Food Inc.” Tonight and Start Making Healthier Food Choices

Tonight on our local PBS station, you can catch “Food Inc.”, a documentary about the American food industry with Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan.
(WHTJ – 41.1 -) http://tvlistings.zap2it.com/tv/pov/EP00003289

Read more about the movie here:

Among the highlights of the movie is an interview with local farmer Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyface_Farm

“Healthy People Make Healthy Choices” – Donald Epstein

Being a Patient (with a Concussion)

48 hours ago I had a hard fall on my bike. I was turning on to a narrow road with leaves on the edge, once my tires hit the leaves I was on the ground. My head hit with enough force to crack my helmet. Thank goodness I was wearing one, a relatively new one, thanks to an interaction with Scott Paisley of Blue Wheel Bicycles. I met him at a health and wellness fair at a Nelson County elementary school, our booths were next to each other and we started chatting about cycling, I was telling him my helmet was 15 years old and was due for replacement, he definitely agreed!

When should you replace a helmet? I found a nice article here.

I didn’t lose consciousness, but I immediately knew I was hurt and probably had a concussion. Concussions have been a popular topic in the media, they are more common, and often under diagnosed. In our practice we have seen a few people with lingering symptoms of a concussion 6 or more months after the initial trauma. As a chiropractor I understand the importance of a healthy brain and nerve system. My personal care includes regular wellness spinal check-ups. I have someone who knows what my spine feels like and how it responds when it is healthy, thus she can detect small changes in structure and function when it is under stress (from trauma).

These major publications have all recently reported on concussions:
Time: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1873131,00.html
CNN: http://pagingdrgupta.blogs.cnn.com/2010/11/01/docs-seek-to-better-id-concussions-invisible-injury/
Sports Illustrated: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/baseball/mlb/10/21/mlb.concussions.ap/index.html?eref=sihp
ESPN: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=5763375

The most important article I’ve read on concussions is from Oct. 2010. http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/News-concussion-free-athletes-show-brain-inpairment-100810.aspx?xmlmenuid=51 It shows small, repeated trauma cause brain changes, not just large impacts.

“These four players showed significant brain deficits. Technically, we aren’t calling the impairment concussions because that term implies very specific clinical symptoms, such as losing consciousness or having trouble walking and speaking. At the same time, our data clearly indicate significant impairment.”

These are the types of concussion injuries that go undetected. If you are a parent and your child plays sports, this is a must read.

So, what did I do? I immediately had my chiropractor examine my spine, and entrain my nervous system. What is an Entrainment? Watch here:

I knew by getting my spine and nerve system entrained my body would be best able to handle the trauma it had just encountered. I knew my symptoms wouldn’t magically disappear, but would set up the best conditions for healing. Each day I’ve improved, and since it’s only been two days I know I have a way to go before I’m 100%. In the mean time I’ll give myself extra time to rest and recover.

March 2014 – I was going through a memory card and found a picture of the cracked helmet.

Time to replace this helmet

Time to replace this helmet

For an in depth article on bike helmets and concussions, read this: