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Quantum Neuro Reset Therapy (QNRT) focuses on the adverse emotional experiences that have a direct link to physical concerns and unwanted behaviors. QNRT helps the brain become more balanced, less stressed, and unburdened by negative life patterns that lead to physical concerns and high risk behavior.

QNRT is designed to identify the root cause of the problem in the control center, which is the brain. Research and countless studies have shown over the years that emotional stress is the number one factor in illness. There are four major factors that contribute to brain dysregulation, with emotional stress being the No. 1 contributor along with genetics, disease and physical trauma.

The Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being. Adverse childhood experiences can be anything from abuse, tragic loss, divorce or parental separation, the perception of abuse or danger, or the perception of not feeling loved. The ACE study findings suggest that certain experiences are major risk factors for the leading causes of illness and death as well as poor quality of life in the United States. The ACE study explains the relevance of long-term unresolved emotional stress. This applies to adults and teenagers who experience emotional traumas as children and now later may be suffering physical and emotional symptoms. The traumatic event becomes locked in the nervous system (subconscious neurology). The brain will now interpret anything that it perceives as similar to the event in any way as a danger. This explains why some people overreact to situations and have unrealistic fears.

The brain is the control center for our body, so it all starts here. The negative thoughts and actions develop strong pathways in the brain, which can be linked to previous adverse emotional experiences. The unresolved emotional stress — whether remembered or not — now becomes the biggest factor in brain dysregulation. Technology can reveal and document those imbalances in the brain. We can see specific changes in the brain wave patterns measured with an EEG for people who have past and present emotional traumas.

The brain stores a message in the limbic system for future reference to anything that might appear similar to a previous type of danger. The limbic system cannot distinguish the difference between a painful physical event or a painful emotional event. Under stress, the body will start to break down. Our nervous system was not designed to handle prolonged stress of any kind without physical changes and possible symptoms ensuing. This a fact that will repeat over and over.

QNRT works to release the individual adverse emotional experience that has been identified through evaluation of the stress factors of the brain/body connection.

QNRT works to reprogram the coping mechanism that has been built from the adverse emotional experiences. These ancillary patterns are ways of surviving emotional trauma by using false beliefs, negative life patterns and/or unwanted core drivers.

QNRT works to reset the brain and neurological pathways to all areas of the body so that the individual can break free from the tangle that has been created in the nervous system. This approach assists clients to overcome traumas and make long-lasting positive changes.

A certified QNRT practitioner learns to read and interpret the brain/body connection and can identify specific brain lobes and body tissues that are being adversely affected, along with the time and event just by completing the QNRT evaluation.

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start now and make a brand new ending. 

A diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, usually hypertension (high blood pressure) or dyslipidemia (elevated cholesterol), often marks the beginning of a person taking multiple medications. Taking many medications is not only difficult but also expensive to maintain. Medications also quite often bring on drug-induced nutrient depletions, due to the actions of the medications used. With the potential problems of unaddressed cardiovascular disease and the adverse effects of the medications used to treat this disease, many individuals attempt to address their cardiovascular issues with nutritional options.

However, before looking at nutritional supplements, we need to look at lifestyle changes. Poor diets with too much hydrogenated fat from processed fats, or too little essential fatty acids, can bring about cardiovascular disease. Daily exercise is essential to help protect the heart and prevent cardiovascular disease. Minimizing stress and good weight management are also critical to good heart health. Once cardiovascular disease has been diagnosed, lifestyle and diet changes are absolutely critical to minimize medication use.

When it comes to lowering lipid levels, there are many nutritional products that have proven helpful. Berberine is an herbal product that has been shown to lower cholesterol levels comparable to statin drugs, and also to lower blood sugar and insulin levels comparable to the prescription drug metformin. Red yeast rice has a long history of being helpful for lowering high cholesterol. Magnesium has been shown to decrease lipid factors. When magnesium is taken with coenzyme Q10, a heart protectant, it has also been shown to improve heart stamina. Finally, healthy omega-3 oils help to offset harmful fats and oils, and decrease overall body inflammation.

Looking at the heart vessels and vasculature in the body, a number of products have been found to help keep blood vessels open, and minimize hypertension caused by small, occluded vessels. Hawthorn berry extract has been recognized for centuries as a potent cardiovascular tonic, improving the function of the heart and circulatory system. When addressing cardiovascular disease such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure, it may require multiple nutritional supplements to thoroughly manage these problems. 

 

We have all heard that America is a melting pot. People from cultures all over the world blend together as one, and the Fox Cities is no different. In fact, 17 percent of our total population is made up of minorities. According to A Community Assessment for the Fox Cities of Wisconsin, from 2006 to 2014 minority populations in our area grew by 2.4 percent on average.

There is something to be said about a community that values diversity. Communities are at their strongest when everyone feels valued, have support to reach their potential and can fully participate in society. That is why it is important to embrace a culture of an inclusive society.

Successful immigrant integration builds communities that are:

  • Cohesive: A vibrant society shared and valued by established and newcomer residents of different experiences, histories, ethnicities and backgrounds.
  • Revitalized: A revitalization of declining communities through the contributions of immigrant families working in tandem with their U.S.-born neighbors.
  • Inclusive: Communities welcome and embrace all dimensions of diversity and celebrate the rich cultural fabric of our society.
  • Globally connected: Increased productivity and a robust global economy through an expanded base of multilingual and multicultural workers, consumers, taxpayers and entrepreneurs.
  • Vibrant democracies: A social and cultural environment in which all groups are accepted as equal members of society with the opportunity — and responsibility — to engage and contribute to the common good.
  • Secure: A more secure nation where all members of society regardless of race, national origin or socio-economic status live in dignity and equality.

From simply welcoming a new neighbor or colleague with kind words and a helping hand, to volunteering for an organization that supports inclusion through integration services that prepare communities to warmly welcome newcomers, any person can help their community to achieve a culture that feels welcoming and inclusive.

Effective integration services might include:

  • Language and education
  • Health and well-being
  • Citizenship and civic engagement
  • Economic integration and employment
  • Community development

Moving to a new place can be intimidating to anyone. Moving to a new place with cultural obstacles such as different societal norms and a language barrier can be downright terrifying. When communities recognize these barriers, and are proactive in taking steps to prevent them, it becomes a place that feels welcoming, a place where people feel they are supported, and a place to learn, grow and thrive. When you give people access to the resources they need to reach their full potential, you are supporting an environment for people to become self-reliant, connected and contributing members of their new communities. 


Reference: “A Community Assessment for the Fox Cities of Wisconsin.” http://www.foxcitieslifestudy.org.

More than 36 million Americans of all ages suffer from hearing loss. Regular hearing screenings are invaluable in identifying problems early. We encourage you to schedule an appointment for a hearing screening during the month of October, recognized as Audiology Awareness Month.

We take a team approach toward evaluating and treating hearing loss. We want to reconnect you with your world and improve your quality of life!

Answer the following to find out if you are eligible for a hearing test:

  1. Do you turn up the TV or radio louder than others need it?
  2. Do you often feel that other people are mumbling?
  3. Do you often ask people to repeat themselves?
  4. Has someone close to you mentioned you may have hearing loss?
  5. Do you experience ringing in your ears?
  6. Do you experience vertigo or problems with your balance?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should have your hearing checked by an audiologist. Call 877-502-9384 to schedule an appointment today. 

 

In America we are storing fat more than ever and it is being fueled by one primary culprit.

In 1990 only 4 states had obesity rates over 10 percent — body mass index of 30+. Now, 26 years later, every state in America has an obesity rate of over 20 percent! If you live in Arkansas, West Virginia or Mississippi, that rate is sadly over 35 percent. What the hell happened?

This trend is nothing short of alarming, and the shocking part is our population has never been more into dieting and exercise at any other point in our history. People are desperate to lose weight. Entire TV shows are dedicated to how to eat healthy and create health-minded dishes at home. Books come out every week with special ways to lose weight and mobile apps are developed to keep your waistline slim. But nothing is working.

We have been researching this phenomena for over 20 years while working with thousands of clients in clinical guided hypnosis settings to figure out exactly what the underlying cause(s) are, and most importantly, what we can do to fix them.

My conclusion is that the No. 1 cause of obesity is stress. To understand this we need to understand how we are experiencing stress like never before and the close relationship it has to the hormone cortisol. Generally speaking, stress is “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.” To be more practical, stress is a nervous system response to external circumstances or objects that require some sort of change. It is the product of living off of the earth in an artificial environment. In short, everything we do and experience in our modern world causes various forms of stress.

When your cell phone goes off, that is a form of stress. When you are driving your car that is stress. Watching the news causes stress. All day long we experience very mild forms of stress and quite often very acute intense levels of stress. Is this stress a big deal? And how does this relate to gaining weight?

Let’s go back a few thousand years. Our ancestors experienced life-and-death forms of stress that demanded a biological response. There were wild animals, wars and famine, but no cell phones, cars or cubicles. Our ancestors would experience a life-threatening stress that often meant that there would be no food available for some time. How did their body respond? By stimulating a strong impulse to eat as much food as possible so that they could store up fuel in the form of fat. It was a survival mechanism for the species, plain and simple. The hormone that causes fat storage in response to fight-or-flight stress is cortisol. Every time we experience any form of stress our cortisol levels spike and induce a craving to eat and store fat!

This hard wiring will take many, many generations to change except for those who can hack their genetic conditioning. Through professional one-on-one guided hypnosis it is possible to deactivate this wiring so that the stresses that are not life-threatening that occur many times a day do not trigger an eating response.

For many guided hypnosis clients this has been nothing short of a miracle. With some good coaching and guided hypnosis you will have a special inside track to weight loss that not many people know about! Weight loss, quitting smoking, e-cigs and hundreds of other bad habits: they all say that stress relief is the number one side effect of our unique self-hypnosis guided approach that helps them to win. 

How healthy are your finances? The Center for Financial Services Innovation recently reported that 56 percent of American workers are financially unhealthy. A survey by the American Psychological Association (APA) identified some causes of financial stress including dealing with unexpected expenses, paying for essentials and saving for retirement.

Stress can leave people feeling irritable, anxious and overwhelmed. In the 2015 APA survey, 51 percent of the women surveyed said they had lain awake at night due to stress.

1. Rainy day fund

One proven way to relieve financial stress is to have money saved for the proverbial “rainy day.” Rainy days can come in many ways. A twisted ankle or nagging illness can trigger high co-pays and deductibles. Your car may start hissing like an alley cat instead of purring contentedly. Or your dentist may say, “It’s time for you to wear a crown” — only it’s not for the top of your head!

Experts recommend having three to six months of living expenses saved for emergencies. It takes time to save such a large amount. For a pain-free way to save automatically, ask your bank or credit union to set up an automatic transfer from your checking account to a separate savings account.

For example, on the 15th of each month, Lisa has $100 automatically transferred from her checking account to her emergency savings account. She is treating this just like she’s paying an important bill, and it is important, because it helps her be prepared and have peace of mind.

2. Plan to play

Financial wellness includes planning to spend money on playing and having fun. Surprised? We’re all busy. We need time to play and re-charge. For your long-term mental health, plan to spend an amount that’s appropriate for you on entertainment and vacations.

3. Have a spending plan

How much can you afford to spend on vacations and entertainment? A simple budget or “spending plan” earmarks money for necessities like housing and transportation, helps you save for your dreams and identifies what you can comfortably spend on entertainment.

Investing some time creating a spending plan offers huge rewards for your family’s future and your peace of mind. A financial coach can help you review your finances and develop a balanced spending plan that fits your life.

4. Financial check up

You know it’s wise to have an annual medical checkup. It’s also smart to have an annual financial checkup.

Summarizing your net worth is a key part of a financial checkup. Write down your assets, including your checking account balance, savings, 401(k) and IRA balances and fair market value of assets like a home and cars. Also list your debts, including car loans, mortgages, credit cards and student loans.

When you subtract your debts from your assets that is your net worth. The goal is to build up assets and pay down debt. If your debts are growing and your assets are dragging, don’t ignore that financial warning sign. (For a blank net worth worksheet and an example of a completed worksheet, visit https://www.fisc-cccs.org/resources/.)

Build financial security and peace of mind

A financial counselor or coach can help you discover ways to fine tune your finances, build financial security and increase your peace of mind. A few simple steps can often make a dramatic difference. 

The annual open enrollment period (OEP) is when you can enroll or change your health insurance plan.

Employer group plans have their own OEP dates, but if you have Medicare or buy health insurance on or off the Marketplace, you have a set OEP each year that follows a calendar year.

The 2018 Marketplace OEP is November 1 – December 15.

The Marketplace OEP is shorter this year, and we are expecting a very busy OEP due to the fewer days and more insurance carriers ending their Marketplace place plans. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Molina Healthcare are ending their Marketplace plans on 12/31/2017.

If you have an Anthem BCBS or Molina plan, you will need to pick a different company and plan during the 2018 OEP. If your current plan is continuing in 2018, you will be able to review any changes to determine if you want to stay or change. If you have no health insurance, this is your opportunity to enroll.

After you enroll and pay your first month premium, your new plan begins January 1.

2018 plan offerings and prices will be released Wednesday, November 1.

For your convenience, on November 1, you can visit our website at www.ulnesshealth.com to see 2018 Marketplace plans, prices and tax credits for 2018. Just click on health insurance for Wisconsin and put in your information to view and compare plans, tax credits and prices.

The Medicare 2018 OEP is October 15 – December 7.

It is your opportunity to change or add plans for January 1.

As a current Medicare member of a Part D prescription drug plan or a Medicare Part C (Choice) Advantage plan, you will receive your notice of any changes for 2018. Your annual notice of change (ANOC) letter from your current plan is mailed to you by October 1. It gives you any changes on your current plan by line item for 2018. If you are OK with any changes, your current plan will automatically renew.

Please feel free to call our office to get 2018 plan information on Medicare plans beginning October 1. You can also go to www.ulnesshealth.com to see schedules for educational and informational meeting opportunities to learn more about 2018 plans. Other insurance agents and companies will be holding meetings that you can attend as well.

You want expert help during the 2018 OEP to avoid any surprises in the New Year. 

It is that time of year — summer has come to an end, and parents are packing their child’s backpack and sending them off to school. Back pain not only affects adults; young children are suffering from back pain much earlier than previous generations, and a major contributing factor is overweight backpacks. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has previously reported that backpack-related injuries sent more than 7,000 people a year to the emergency room. As a patient, what can you do to prevent these injuries? The American Chiropractic Association offers some tips to help your child avoid an injury from carrying a backpack the improper way:

  • Choosing the proper backpack size for your child. The backpack should never be wider or longer than your child’s torso, and the pack should not hang more than 4 inches below the waistline. A backpack that hangs too low increases the weight on the shoulders, causing your child to lean forward when walking.
  • Backpacks should have padded shoulder straps. Non-padded straps are uncomfortable, and they can place unnecessary pressure on the neck and shoulder muscles.
  • Make sure your child uses both shoulder straps. Carrying a heavy backpack by one strap can cause a disproportionate shift of weight to one side, leading to neck and muscle spasms, low-back pain and poor posture.
  • Adjust the shoulder straps so the backpack can be fitted to your child’s body. The backpack should be evenly centered in the middle of your child’s back.
  • Bigger is not always better. The bigger the backpack, the more they can fit in and the heavier the load.
  • When packing the backpack, place the heaviest or bulkiest objects near the back of the backpack, resting against your child’s back.
  • You should never carry more than 10 percent of your bodyweight in a backpack. A 100-pound child should not carry more than 10 pounds.

Parents should make sure to have their children inform them if they have any pain from carrying a backpack. If the problem persists, please contact our office and seek chiropractic care. 

 

It is that time of year — summer has come to an end, and parents are packing their child’s backpack and sending them off to school. Back pain not only affects adults; young children are suffering from back pain much earlier than previous generations, and a major contributing factor is overweight backpacks. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has previously reported that backpack-related injuries sent more than 7,000 people a year to the emergency room. As a patient, what can you do to prevent these injuries? The American Chiropractic Association offers some tips to help your child avoid an injury from carrying a backpack the improper way:

  • Choosing the proper backpack size for your child. The backpack should never be wider or longer than your child’s torso, and the pack should not hang more than 4 inches below the waistline. A backpack that hangs too low increases the weight on the shoulders, causing your child to lean forward when walking.
  • Backpacks should have padded shoulder straps. Non-padded straps are uncomfortable, and they can place unnecessary pressure on the neck and shoulder muscles.
  • Make sure your child uses both shoulder straps. Carrying a heavy backpack by one strap can cause a disproportionate shift of weight to one side, leading to neck and muscle spasms, low-back pain and poor posture.
  • Adjust the shoulder straps so the backpack can be fitted to your child’s body. The backpack should be evenly centered in the middle of your child’s back.
  • Bigger is not always better. The bigger the backpack, the more they can fit in and the heavier the load.
  • When packing the backpack, place the heaviest or bulkiest objects near the back of the backpack, resting against your child’s back.
  • You should never carry more than 10 percent of your bodyweight in a backpack. A 100-pound child should not carry more than 10 pounds.

Parents should make sure to have their children inform them if they have any pain from carrying a backpack. If the problem persists, please contact our office and seek chiropractic care. 

 

The deep and bright colors of fruits and vegetables mean they are high in the nutrients that we all need. Beets are bright red and besides having any other nutrients, they lower blood pressure. Kale and broccoli are dark green and they have more nutrients than a head of lettuce, which is pale in color.

Perhaps you are not as interested in nutrition as I am. You can be well-nourished without all the studying I do. Just eat some brightly colored fruits and vegetables each day. I buy big bags of blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and bright red cherries at the store. I mix some of each in a big bowl with a lid and keep it in the refrigerator. They will last a week and they are always thawed and ready to be added to yogurt or a smoothie or just eaten in a bowl with some whipped cream.

Butternut squash, pumpkin and carrots are all orange and high in vitamin A, along with many other nutrients. Other fruit and vegetables are not so brightly colored and they have important nutrients too. An example is cabbage. Pears and apples are not so deeply colored on the inside, but they have important nutrients too. Bananas are bright yellow on the outside but white on the inside and are high in potassium.

It is important to your overall health to be well-nourished. Pay attention to eating a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables each day. The key words are bright and variety. It is smart to eat what is in season. Now is the time for melons and bing cherries. In season fruits and vegetables cost less and taste best!

 

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