100 Fascinating Brain Facts

Back to School Back to YOU!

Posted: August 4, 2014
By: Drs. Dawn & Michael Falite

Back to School, Back to YOU!    

With the beginning of the school year upon us, there can be mixed emotions.  Yes, the traffic will get worse, there will be homework to do, checks to write for school activities, and schedules to implement.  Gone will be the carefree days of staying up late and sleeping in...not nagging the children to do an assignment or even take a shower!

On the flip side, a "routine" can be great!  With structure comes the known...you may find you have a little time to yourself each day.  You can get back to exercising regularly, attending to work-related items that may have been falling by the wayside (like blogging), or even meeting a friend for a grown-up playdate/lunch.

This can be YOUR TIME...enjoy it!  Think about what would be good for you - read a book, take a walk, go to your favorite chiropractor.  We've all heard the saying, "Without your health, you have nothing."  How true that is!  By taking better care of yourself, you will be able to take better care of the other people in your life, too.

So, when you think "Back to School," also think about getting back to you - use this opportunity to get reconnected to yourself...hey, we can help you with that!  See you soon!

We Love & Appreciate You!!!


Your Brain...it is a Beauty and a Beast!

Posted: June 20, 2014
By: Drs. Dawn & Michael Falite

     My daughter, Ava, and I are performing this summer with our community theater group in Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.  There is so much that goes into this type of production...building and painting the set, learning blocking for scenes, memorizing music and lyrics, finding and making costumes, selling tickets, advertising...not to mention lighting, sound, concessions for the show...there is just a lot to organize!  Throughout the course of 7 weeks during the summer, our group (Johns Creek Players) works incredibly hard as a team to produce the top-notch shows that this community has come to expect.  Sometimes, things get challenging, but we always find a way to make it come together at the end.  I love every minute of it!!!

     The ebb and flow of putting together such a massive production is similar to the way our brains function.  The brain is constantly receiving input...it needs to be able to organize thousands of things at any given time, decide what is of primary importance, and act accordingly.  Just think about your day so far: you woke up, sat up in bed, probably went to the bathroom, grabbed a bite to eat, etc.  Now think about the things your brain handled for you without you consciously telling it to do so: breathing, eyes open and registering what is in front of you, muscles contracting so you can walk to the bathroom, your bladder and kidneys processing waste, digesting food to make energy to fuel your body, etc.  These are just the obvious ones.  Your brain and nervous system do thousands of things every minute to keep your body functioning.

     Occasionally, something "beastly" may flare up...you have a pain somewhere, an organ doesn't work 100% correctly, stress inundates your life, dis-ease sets in, etc.  These are circumstances that may force your brain to look for a different solution...a different pathway.  When our brains are able to make those new pathways, your body functions better and is healthier all around.  It's BEAUTIFUL!

    So today, take a moment to marvel at the beauty that is your nervous system and body.  And...come see our show! :-)

 


Get Synchronized!

Posted: May 14, 2014
By: Drs. Dawn & Michael Falite

 

 

 

Get Synchronized!

 

 

 

Have you ever seen really BAD synchronized swimming?  (HINT: check out the picture above).  Let's just say, that it is representative of your brain before a reboot.  Our manual Synchronization process offers the simplest, most powerful and effective way to deal with the pressures of daily living...a guaranteed way to minimize the devastating effects of stress, tension, and worry.

Wouldn't you rather your brain look like the photo below?  Experience greater harmony, well-being, and personal power...Get Synchronized!!!   

 

 

 

 


Mary\'s Story Healthcare vs. Crisis Care

Posted: April 28, 2014
By: Drs. Dawn & Michael Falite

Mary's Story:  Healthcare vs. Crisis Care

        Mary started in our office, as most patients do, with a long list of illnesses and complaints.  After examining Mary, I explained to her that her problems stemmed from a major imbalance in her brain and nervous system.  I further explained that I would not be treating her aches and pains but instead, would focus on balancing her brain and body.  If she allowed her body enough time to heal, the adjustments would allow her to feel better and function better than ever before.  Well, Mary did not understand me.  Every time she would come in for an adjustment, she would complain, “It’s my headaches, my neck pain, my low back pain.”  I would respond, “No Mary.  It’s the imbalance in your brain and nerous system.  That’s what is causing your problems.”  Visit after visit, time after time, she would complain, “my neck, my tooth, my finger” and I would say, “It’s the imbalance in your brain and nerous system, Mary.” 

        This continued non-stop until one day we heard a loud screech in the parking lot.  After a while we started to hear some faint scratching noises.  We didn’t think anything of the noises until they got louder and louder.  I headed to the front door of the office, where the noises were coming from, and saw something lying on the ground right outside the door!  It was Mary!  She had tire tracks all over her body, her dress was ripped to shreds, one eye was hanging out of its socket, blood was spewing from every orifice of her body, and her scalp was partially ripped from her head. 

        “Oh my gosh!  Mary you’ve been run over by a car!  Your arms are broken!  You’re bleeding internally!  You’re losing a huge amount of blood!  And your face is disfigured...we need to call 911!”  And Mary, almost too weak to speak, muttered, “No, Dr. Michael.  It’s the imbalance in my brain!  I need an adjustment!!”

* * * * * * * *

        Obviously, Mary was confused about the difference between healthcare and crisis care, and when to use the services of each.  Unfortunately, much of our society seems to be as confused as Mary.   

        Despite what you may think, the medical system with medical doctors, hospitals, and prescription drugs is NOT healthcare...it is crisis care, or emergency care.  Make no mistake about it.  The medical system in this country is the absolute best at what they do: saving lives in true emergency situations (heart attacks, car accidents, burn victims, or like in Mary’s case,  getting hit by large moving metal objects).

        While the medical community is great at crisis situations, they are clueless when it comes to health related matters.  Medical doctors deal with sickness and disease, not health and vitality.  They treat the condition and not the person.  Case in point: go to your M.D. or local hospital and tell them you have no major complaints...you feel great...but you came to get even healthier.  What will they do?  Absolutely nothing: there are no drugs to give or surgeries to perform!

        Conversely, as chiropractors our specialty is natural, holistic healthcare.  Our expertise is keeping your body tuned-up to its God-given potential, allowing optimum health and function.  We do not treat specific diseases or conditions (Mary had a tough time understanding this) but rather, treat the person first, and allow the body to heal itself.  Therefore, I do not deal with emergency situations.  It’s really pretty simple.  If you, God forbid, have blood splurting out of your femoral artery, feel like you’re having a heart attack, or get your body mangled in some type of catastrophe (as Mary did), do not come in for your adjustment that day (as Mary did) - but go straight to the hospital!  Once you are sutured up, resuscitated, or revived I will come to the ER to adjust you!

        A serious problem today is that people do not know the difference between healthcare and crisis care and thus, do not know how to use doctors.  People are visiting medical doctors for things M.D.’s have no viable answers for: low back pain, headaches, migraines, carpal tunnel, cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinsons, chronic fatigue, etc.  The results have been disastrous.  We have more pain, more sickness, more dysfunction, more disease, more obseity, more unhappiness, and more people taking drugs for unhappiness than ever before.  In other words, someone should only go to the hospital or medical doctor if they have a true crisis or true emergency.  If you get confused and go to your medical doctor (crisis care doctor) for healthcare there is a good chance their treatment (drugs, surgery) will severely harm you or kill you.  This is what happens when people misuse their doctors. 

        So remember, there are two types of care:

1.  healthcare: chiropractic, nutrition, exercise, massage, vitamins, natural remedies, acupuncture, emotional balance, etc.

2. emergency care/crisis care: medical doctors, drugs, surgery. 

        There is a time and a need for both.  However, we challenge you to have more faith in the power that made your body and only use crisis care when it truly is a crisis...just ask Mary!

We love & appreciate you!!!

 

 

 


Rainy Days and Mondays...

Posted: April 7, 2014
By: Drs. Dawn & Michael Falite

     Although I love the Carpenters, I have always thought that song was very negative.  Here we are...on a rainy Monday...but why do we have to be down?  Those of you who know us well know that we are big on "re-framing" the way you look at things.  There is always a silver lining to every cloud, let's make lemonade out of lemons, etc.  In this case, we in the Atlanta area should welcome the rain.  It washes away some of the springtime pollen that makes so many people uncomfortable.  It also helps the plants green up, the flowers grow, and the earth get ready for a long, hot summer.  It might seem a little dreary when you look out the window, but just be grateful that we have free water today!  Think how low your water bill will be! :-)

    Take a few minutes to just sit in silence and listen to the rain falling.  It is so peaceful.  You can almost hear the grass growing!  If you are feeling adventurous, put on your rain boots and go for a short walk.  Don't forget to splash around in a puddle!  It's fun!!!

   See you soon!  We love and appreciate you!!!

 


The Alpha State

Posted: March 19, 2014
By: Drs. Dawn & Michael Falite

The Alpha State

     The natural, non-stressed, idling frequency of your brain is around 8 Hertz (Hz), called the Alpha State.  Interestingly, this is very close to the natural vibrational frequency of the planet.  It is completely normal and appropriate for your brain to slide into the Beta State (above 14 Hz) as anxiety levels and/or focus and concentration increases. 

     However, ongoing physical, mental, emotional, chemical, and electromagnetic stress causes the brain to get inappropriately locked in the Beta State...literally STUCK in a "stressed-out" brain wave state!  It is like having your car stuck in the mud!  This loss of brain wave fluidity and brain wave flexibility is the source of untold human suffering, pain and unhappiness. 

     The good news?  Our brain wave synchronization process instantly awakens the brain, unlocks it, REBOOTS the brain...restoring brain wave flexibility and refreshing the brain.  This allows your brain to return to its normal idling state: the Alpha State...the more peaceful, harmonious, intuitive, connected, relaxed, and healing state...YES!!!


Let It Go!!!

Posted: March 5, 2014
By: Drs. Dawn & Michael Falite

Let It Go!!!

 

By now, most people have heard about John Travolta's butchering of Idina Menzel's name...er...Adele Dazeem...at the Oscars.  Some have defended him, saying he has dyslexia, while others have said he should have pronounced it correctly.  After all, he was only responsible for remembering ONE name.  Whichever camp you side with, it must be noted that Idina seemed fine with it.  She had to "let it go" and sing on the spot.  Good for her!

In this day and age, it is so easy to make excuses when things don't go our way...my co-worker didn't get their part of the job done; the dog ate my homework - OK, that is an old one; it was Billy's fault we lost the game; the teacher doesn't like me; John Travolta screwed up my name; (insert excuse here).  Perhaps we can all learn from this example and just "let it go" when something doesn't go our way.  As the old saying goes, "sometimes you get the bear and sometimes the bear gets you."

The important thing is to learn from your experiences and do better the next time.  The way Idina handled herself was beautiful.  And, in the grand scheme of life this was just a blip on the radar.  It seems it is already giving her fantastic career a boost.  There's no such thing as bad publicity!

So, the next time your morning starts off like this: the coffee maker breaks, your 7-year old barfs in the car on the way to school, you forget the flash drive with the finalized presentation that is due at 11am, there is a traffic jam on 400...you get the idea...try to "let it go!"  Laugh to yourself about how ridiculous the whole thing is...maybe even play that song from FROZEN - what is the name of it again???  This is a crazy life we all have, but let's be grateful for every moment and let go the things we can't control.

So if you pass me driving around town and see me belting out a song, you can bet I am singing along with Adele Dazeem!

We love and appreciate you!!!


It\'s Magical!!!

Posted: February 20, 2014
By: Dr. Dawn

It's Magical!!!

We hear this sort of comment regularly in our office after an adjustment...people are amazed at what a difference being balanced makes! 

So, how do you know if you need a re-boot?  Well, it isn't always obvious.  You don't have to be crawling around on your hands and knees or using heavy narcotics before you come into the office.  Pay attention to the little things...does your brain feel a bit foggy?  Are you lacking energy or feeling fatigued?  Do you have occasional symptoms that you try to attribute to "getting a little older?"  Do you just feel "off?"

By getting a re-boot, your brain hemispheres are once again connected and your body can work better.  The adjustments you get in our office are unique - just ask any one of our patients!  That's why people come from all over to receive care here at Falite Chiropractic - the current record-holder is a patient who came from Ireland! 

Don't let anything stop you from experiencing all that life can offer!  Get adjusted today and experience the magic!

We love & appreciate you!!!


H2O is the Way To Go!!!

Posted: March 16, 2012
By: Drs. Dawn & Michael Falite

H2O Is The Way

To Go!

 

 

          Water is vital to the functioning of the human body.  In fact, we are composed of just 25% solid matter and 75% water.  The brain consists of 85% water, accounts for only 1/50th of the total body weight, and receives 20% of all blood circulation.  This is just one more example of how the nervous system is the most important system in the body.  It takes water to carry on the daily physiologic processes that need to occur every second of every day within your cells.  It is vital to your body metabolism, nerve transmission, cellular integrity, protein and enzyme function, and blood volume just to name a few.

          One way to tell if you are drinking enough water is to check your urine color.  It should be light yellow to almost colorless.  If it is darker than this it is a signal that your kidneys are working too hard to get rid of the toxins in your body.

          Sometimes, symptoms that people experience can be directly traced back to dehydration.  Morning sickness, headaches, chest pain, heartburn, arthritis pain, muscle soreness, high blood pressure, excess body weight, and water retention are some of the most common symptoms.

          Drinks like tea, coffee, alcohol, and sodas are not good substitutes for water because they contain dehydrating agents.  Chronic use of drinks like these in lieu of water lead to a decrease in your natural thirst sensation.  If you wait for your mouth to be dry before you drink, you are waiting too long. 

          Another misconception is that salt dehydrates you and is bad.  Actually, it is an essential ingredient in the body.  Approximately 27% of the salt content of the body is stored in the bones in the form of crystals because they make the bones hard.  Thus, a salt deficiency could contribute to the development of osteoporosis.  Salt will be taken out of the bones to maintain its vital normal levels in the blood.

          Your body needs an absolute minimum of six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day.  The best times to drink water are: one glass 30 minutes before each meal and another glass 2 1/2 hours after eating.  This is a minimum.  Shoot for 64 ounces a day and you’ll be on track (that’s just two Falite Chiro bottles full).  In fact, you’ll be doing swimmingly!  For more info, check out Your Body’s Many Cries For Water by F. Batmanghelidj, M.D.

We Love & Appreciate You!!!

 

 

 


Happy Birthday Papa!

Posted: February 29, 2012
By: Drs. Dawn & Michael Falite

Happy Birthday,

Papa!!!

 

     Dr. Michael's father, Tony, is turning 90 on Monday...90 years old!!!    As new immigrants, the Falite family settled in Everett, Massachusetts after being separated for several years.  Tony's father originally came to America from Sicily while his wife and first child stayed behind.  Once he could afford to bring them over, he did just that.  The third of seven children, Tony was a hard worker.  As a youth, he delivered ice and eventually learned the trade of plumbing.  While home on leave from the Army, he met his future bride, Gloria.  They were married in 1947 and went on to have 5 children (the youngest of which is Dr. Michael).

      I like to think about all the changes that have occurred during his lifetime...the advances in technology, the changes in society, the wars, the “times” in general.  When Papa was born in 1922, the President was Warren G. Harding.  Here are some other interesting facts from that year:

- Geological survey says U.S. oil supply would be depleted in 20 years.  I guess they were wrong about that one...

- Babe Ruth signs 3 years at $52,000 a year New York Yankee contract.  Cheap compared to today's contracts!- Supreme Court unanimously upheld 19th amend woman's right to vote

- 1st southern radio station begins (WSB, Atlanta Georgia).  It is still on the air today.

- British court sentences Mahatma Gandhi to 6 years in prison

- 1st airplane lands at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

- 1st microfilm device introduced

- Ralph Samuelson is the first person to Ski on Water and the sport of Waterskiing is born

- China, hit by a typhoon; about 60,000 die

- 1st facsimile photo send over city telephone lines, Washington, D.C.

- Rebecca Felton of Georgia becomes 1st woman in Senate

- 1st coast-to-coast radio broadcast of a football game

- Benito Mussolini takes control of Italy's government

- 1st successful technicolor movie (Tall of the Sea), shown in New York City

- American Pro Football Association renamed "National Football League"

- WOC-AM in Davenport, Iowa begins radio transmissions.  Ronald Regan was on the air a decade later.

- Film director Hal Roach released the first of many 'short' features called 'Our Gang.' Considered racist by many today, it was actually groundbreaking to include black and white children playing together in 1922. In 1955, the series of shorts was renamed 'Little Rascals' for television.

 - 1922's Most Popular Christmas gift: "Playing Doctor" kits

- Lincoln Memorial is dedicated by Former US President William Howard Taft

- The Tomb of Tutankhamen is discovered on November 4th in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt.

- Under new additional Prohibition Laws home brewing is illegal

- Fifty thousand people affected during Lower Louisiana Floods causing concerns over starvation

- The Reader’s Digest Magazine is launched

- First successful insulin treatment of diabetes in Canada

     Above all else, Papa is a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  We are very happy to be able to celebrate with him.  Is there someone in your life that you respect, admire and love?  Tell them! 

 

We love & appreciate you!!!