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This was a request but I could not find a better quality to gif :/ But the video is still enjoyable to watch.  It’s one of the best early performances of MMMbop in my opinion.  Got to love Tay’s crazy legs, lol, somethings never change.

My fave performance of Mmmbop, ever. Hands down. It’s ironic that it’s also one of the first tv appearances. Love ‘em.

To clear the air

It seems as though I’ve opened quite the can of worms with my last post.

Let me start by making it perfectly clear that I was not attempting to be “diagnosed” with a gluten allergy. I didn’t ever say that I thought my body was reacting negatively toward gluten. I did, however, ask my chiropractor friend to look at my neck (as I get frequent headaches and migraines) to see if he saw any abnormalities in my cervical spine. When he found nothing to be “abnormal” with my c-spine, he looked at my thoracic and lumbar spine and saw/felt nothing “abnormal” in those areas which would alert him to a cause of my frequent headaches. Of course, without actual X-rays of said areas, one can’t be absolutely positive. The reason why I asked him to look at my neck/back was because I’ve seen my family doctor about my headaches and he seemed to dismiss my complaints, only to ask if I wanted him to prescribe me medication to take for migraines which will essentially knock me out. I don’t want a cover-up; I want a solution.

This friend is a practicing chiropractor, who a lot of people immediately disregard as a serious profession, for 22 years. He has his doctorate degree, along with other certifications in biomechanics, kinesiology, and nutrition. He has a holistic approach toward wellness, which includes supplements, herbs, vitamins and nutrition management, as opposed to invasive or prescribed medications since those can be tough on other organs. His areas of expertise lies with extremity adjustments, flexion distractions, using the Thompson technique, the sacro-occipital technique, following the Gonstead method. Other areas that he practices include pain relief in the forms of ultrasound, electrical stimulation, cryotherapy, nutritional and dietary recommendations, stress relieving techniques, disease prevention and acupuncture.

So, when my friend told me that he didn’t think my headaches were stemming from a skeletal or vertebral problem with my spine, such as pinched or impinged nerves, he started to think of alternative reasons for my headaches. He performed an applied kinesiology technique, which still seems weird to me, and from the result in that, he suggested that I might have a sensitivity toward gluten and should try to eliminate it from my diet.

Being ignorant on the topic, I researched it a little and saw that I do boast some of the other symptoms for non-celiac gluten sensitivity: feeling tired a lot, headaches, joint pain, feeling “foggy…”

That being said, I’m going to try cutting back the gluten in my diet. Just to see how it makes me feel. If I feel better and experience less headaches, then great. I never meant to step on the toes of people who suffer massively on a daily basis from celiac disease, nor did I mean to offend anyone by my “diagnosis.”

Make love, not war, right?

Gluten?

Yesterday, a family friend came to our house for a visit. This particular family friend is very educated, very well respected, and very knowledgeable in many aspects of life. One of his passions is health and his approach happens to be very holistic.

While hanging out on the backyard deck, waiting for dinner to cook on the grill, the topic came up about not believing in chiropractic treatments (this family friend also happens to have been a chiropractor for 22 years). He performed several quick demonstrations on my husband and brother in law, who were the biggest skeptics. My husband was like “wow, I feel great!”

Anyway, when I asked him to look at me, he said there was nothing wrong with my neck, and he looked at my posture and said it looked like nothing was wrong with my back. Then he took a piece of bread, which was a white bun, and a honey wheat pretzel. He first had me hold a piece of the bun against my chest with one hand and my other arm stretched out, while I was to resist him pushing down on my outstretched arm, repeated again oppositely. The same “test” was repeated while I held the pretzel. He said “hmm, interesting…” I felt confused and then he explained.

Part of his holistic outlook includes the body rejecting certain foods (or energies) which is doesn’t need or can’t tolerate. My body reacted negatively when I held the pretzel. He repeated the test several times and by this point, my body was acting so negatively toward the wheat pretzel, I could hardly hold my arm up. He then “transferred” some of his energy into me by forcefully rubbing my pectoral muscle, repeated the test and I was able to fully resist his pressure. He waited 5 seconds, allowing “his energy” to deplete out of my body, and then repeated the test: my arm practically fell down with very little pressure applied by him.

His conclusion: my body has a sensitivity to wheat. While the bread I held on to was made with wheat flour, it was bleached white flour, and the pretzel was made with whole wheat flour. He highly suggested that I try to eliminate as much whole wheat foods from my diet as possible.

He also went on to explain that the human body is like a constitution and what doesn’t help make the constitution stronger and functional, the body will try to reject. But if we keep feeding ourselves with things that the body is trying to reject, there’s going to be an adverse reaction (allergic, weight gain, feeling sluggish, being tired, etc…).

Family friend also performed this test on my hubby, who also fell to the same conclusion: wheat sensitivity. It’s kind of ironic because my hubby is one of the biggest skeptics when people claim to need gluten free foods or to have gluten allergies.

So… Long story short… We are officially going to try a gluten free diet for a couple of weeks to see if we feel a difference.

Indulgent?

I rarely treat myself to extravagances, such as massages or mani/pedis, so when I do, I generally make a big to-do about it.

My job induces stress. I work with my body a lot and need to use it in order to complete my daily tasks that are required by my job. As a physical therapist assistant in a skilled nursing facility, I am depended on by my patients and co workers to be able to do some heavy lifting, in both the figurative and literal sense of the words. Also, as a woman, I carry myself in such a way that tension lies in my shoulders and neck (which is quite common in women more so than men). And, for reasons unbeknownst to me, I tend to keep my low back clenched tightly throughout the day and have a very difficult time relaxing said back at the end of the day. Let’s not forget that my grandma just passed away a couple weeks ago and that I’m in the process of trying to promote my current book (Unfamiliar Faces by Noell Mosco, available on Kindle, Nook and iBooks; shameless plug), as well as edit my next novel……

Because of the tightness in my low back and tension in my shoulders, I get a lot of headaches. Most, not all (thank God!), of those headaches turn in to migraines. I can feel those fuckers coming on and there’s honestly nothing I can do to prevent them. Drugs help at the very beginning but only delay the inevitable. Heating pads do nothing. Darkness does nothing. Cool wash cloth over the eyes does nothing. Sometimes the only thing that cure my migraines is sleep.

My husband, the lucky rat bastard, never gets headaches, unless he forgets to drink his AM coffee, which resolves the instant he gets caffeine into his system. Well, since he’s never plagued by migraines or headaches, he just doesn’t understand my pain. He doesn’t understand that I want to be left alone, to lay quietly on the couch with my eyes closed, under a blanket with my kitty laying on top of me and purring, in hopes that sleep will claim me. He doesn’t understand why I don’t want him to play his war reenactment video game on the xbox at full volume with the surround sound turned on in the living room. He doesn’t understand why I’ll frequently ask beg him to dig his thumbs deep into my scapulae because it will feel marvelous. So, since he doesn’t understand, he simply shrugs his shoulders like it’s no big deal and just says “so go get a massage.”

I usually don’t.

But during my last migraine, I took his advice. Before I forgot about it, I grabbed my iPad, looked up a local massage center, utilized their super convenient online scheduling program and booked myself to a treat.

On Saturday morning, I will be in heaven. My treatment will include a Back Be Nimble massage for 50 minutes, a reflexology sampler add-on and the Ultimate Head and Face Relaxer add-on. 70 total minutes of bliss will rain itself upon my body. To make you even more jealous, here’s a quick description of each service:

Back Be Nimble massage focuses primarily on the back, neck, shoulders and scalp. It will help eliminate stress and tension and combines stroke from the following techniques: Swedish, deep, hot stone, neuromuscular and Russian sport massage.

The Reflexology sampler is an ancient technique that stimulates points in the hands and feet to release tension and offer total body relaxation.

The Ultimate Head and Face Relaxer focuses primarily on the scalp and infuses a slight trace of a facial for increased relaxation of the face muscles to avoid any unnecessary age lines.

Soooo… Is it Saturday morning yet???????

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