Healthy Living Posts

Weird and Wonderful Ways to Prevent and Treat Kidney Stones

Weird and Wonderful Ways to Prevent and Treat Kidney Stones You may be wondering why a chiropractor would be writing about kidney stones. Here at Nightlight Chiropractic, we don’t treat kidney stones, but we see a lot of kidney stones here. And we know these kidney stones because back pain is the most common presenting complaint. So a patient comes in, they say, I’ve got some back pain. Can you help me? And then we’ll do an exam. And during that exam, we found some pain in their flank, and we determined that they had kidney stones and we couldn’t help them. And we need to send them off to a medical facility. So the medical facility typically will give you some medication for pain, and they might give you some medication to dilate your urethra so that you can pass this kidney stone. But today, I will talk...

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Weight Loss Drugs in 2023 – Is Ozempic Right For You?

Weight Loss Drugs in 2023 – Is Ozempic Right For You? I am always listening to the news so I can bring you interesting things that are happening in the world of health and wellness. When I heard this piece, I went from a sense of nostalgia, maybe almost to horror within the course of just a couple of different sentences. One of the big stories was about Weight Watchers, and the news was that Weight Watchers has come to the conclusion that they’re going to add medical doctors that members will have access to. Those medical doctors will help to prescribe medications that will potentially help with health. That sounds great right so far, that doesn’t sound bad at all. I love Weight Watchers. I just had a patient the other day that had lost a bunch of weight by going to Weight Watchers. He’s doing great and looking...

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Brain Exercises for ADHD

Brain Exercises for ADHD Here at NightLight Chiropractic, we are always asking our patients about the types of things they want to learn about in our video and blog series. A while back, you decided on the topic of ADHD and brain exercises that you can do to reduce the symptoms. We’re excited to share some of the research we’ve discovered and to offer some ideas for you! It’s interesting how many people think that if you have ADHD, you have one choice and one choice alone, which is to start taking medications to reduce those symptoms. Truth be told, medications really offer no long-term benefit for ADHD. You take the medication, you feel better for the day. Tomorrow, you’re going to have to take that medication to feel better for the ADHD or to get rid of some of your symptoms. The...

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Spilling the tea about CBD

Spilling the tea about CBD Here at our Downtown Orlando chiropractic office, we get a lot of questions regarding CBD oil and supplements. On today’s blog, we’ll talk about why you should or shouldn’t be taking it and what it does. Why is it important, and why is everyone talking about it? Let’s start with this: there isn’t enough research yet to fully support it or to say it’s not beneficial. The research has been slow to come out on this. However, we have been carrying CBD products in the office here for over four years, and there’s some value to it that we have seen. I haven’t seen any side effects yet, and in the research, there are very few long-term side effects. Even the short-term side effects are typically pretty minor. The top four conditions that CBD oil helps with are pain,...

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Is Chiropractic Safe During Pregnancy?

Is Chiropractic Safe During Pregnancy? One question we get a lot here at our Orlando chiropractic office is whether or not chiropractic is safe for pregnant patients. For a long time, we’ve been seeing a lot of pregnant patients. At any given time, some of the 5,300 patients that we’ve seen over the past 10 years will come in with a new pregnancy and back pain related to pregnancy. When I was looking through research related to this, I was interested to find that a lot of chiropractors say they don’t have much contact with pregnant patients, while we do. For a long time, I was a chiropractor under a program called MomCare, which is the Florida state-run program for women who don’t have insurance and find out they’re pregnant. Their baby is put into state Medicaid so that they have benefits to make...

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Nutrition Trivia with Dr. Merrill

Nutrition Trivia with Dr. Merrill Here at Nightlight Chiropractic, we’re here not to help not only your spine but your overall wellness. Every once in a while, I will go combing through it because the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has all kinds of topics that are relevant to you. Why is it relevant to you? Because you eat food, right? If you’re eating food, you can wait for the research to come out, the different organizations or governments to spin that research or give you their version of that research, or you can read the study yourself so that you have some say in what’s going into your body and it, whether it’s good or bad or how it should all play out. I dove into the research and came up with some exciting nutrition trivia to help you make better choices. Beer,...

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