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Are Food Allergies & Sensitivities Hijacking Your Family’s Health & Energy?

"One man’s food is another man’s poison." ~ Author Unknown

-By Kelly Hayford, C.N.C

When most people think of allergies they think of breaking out in hives, a rash or having some other immediate, dramatic reaction. While that’s sometimes the case with food allergies, more often it’s not. The nuances of food intolerances are not completely understood, but we do know that there are essentially three different kinds of reactions.

One is said to be a classic allergic response in which the body exhibits an immediate antibody reaction. The other is often referred to as a food sensitivity, in which the immune system is also triggered but in a slower, less dramatic way. It can also happen that a person does not have an immune response at all, but a particular food is nevertheless wreaking havoc on their body.

The problem of food sensitivities is quickly gaining in recognition as it has become widespread, and is associated with a multitude of symptoms and health conditions. As a result, it has become common practice for the terms food allergy, sensitivity, intolerance or reaction to be used interchangeably and refer to any one of these three scenarios. The bottom line is that no matter what you choose to call it, we’re talking about foods that don’t agree with your body.

Some experts estimate that 1 out of 3 people suffer from one or more food allergies, the majority of which go undiagnosed. I believe this is a conservative estimate as it only accounts for full-blown food allergies. Many people are eating foods—especially wheat, dairy, corn, soy and sugar—that are causing them digestive problems, constipation, inflammation, congestion, sinus problems, depression, and more. Although they may not show a full-blown allergy to these foods, they are nevertheless sensitive to them on other levels.

Accounting for food intolerances is especially important for children because they are even more sensitive. There are so many infants and toddlers for example, who spend the first few years of their lives suffering needlessly from a host of conditions, especially recurrent ear infections and digestive disturbances which are frequently remedied by eliminating offending foods.

Food Sensitivity Symptoms

Common symptoms associated with food allergies and sensitivities
Include but are not limited to:

  • acne,
  • anxiety / depression,
  • arthritis /inflammation,
  • asthma / hayfever,
  • ADD / ADHD,
  • autism, bedwetting,
  • bronchitis,
  • candida (yeast,)
  • chronic fatigue,
  • Chron’s & celiac disease,
  • Colitis / IBS,
  • diabetes,
  • ear infections,
  • eczema / psoriasis,
  • gallbladderproblems,
  • headaches/migraines,
  • hormonal imbalance,
  • hyperactivity,
  • learning disorders,
  • mood swings / brain fog,
  • multiple sclerosis,
  • schizophrenia,
  • sinusitis,
  • sleep disorders

Note: After switching to raw dairy products from grass-fed cows, some people’s sensitivities to dairy subside.

Most Common Food Allergens

Blanket statements such as whole wheat, milk or soy are “good for you” are commonly accepted. These statements don’t take into account the fact that these are some of the most common food allergens, causing problems among increasing numbers of people today. These foods are certainly not good for those who are allergic or sensitive to them. And whether you currently show signs of being sensitive to them or not, it’s not wise for anyone to consume these common food allergens daily, as doing so can cause intolerances to develop.

Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of Americans eat the most common food allergens every day—frequently three or more times a day, usually in the form of poor-quality fake-food products. Their digestive and immune systems degenerate as a result and intolerances to these and other foods develop. It’s the body’s way of trying to tell you “I’m sick of this food”—literally!

The most common food allergens include but are not limited to:

  • alcohol,
  • artificial additives (esp. sulfites & MSG),
  • artificial sweeteners,
  • chocolate & cola,
  • citrus (esp. oranges),
  • coffee & caffeine,
  • corn & its derivatives,
  • dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.),
  • eggs,
  • gluten grains (wheat, spelt, oats, etc.),
  • nightshades (eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes, etc.),
  • peanuts,
  • preservatives,
  • colorings,
  • sugars (esp. refined),
  • shellfish,
  • soy,
  • strawberries,
  • yeast

I cannot stress enough the importance of discovering your specific food sensitivities. A woman once told me that no one in her family had any known food allergies. This same woman listed a slew of symptoms that she and her family had—digestive problems, headaches, joint pain, fatigue, sinus problems, ear infections and more. As I told her, if you’re discounting this information thinking it doesn’t apply to you or your family members, and yet you are experiencing any adverse health conditions, do yourself a big favor—think again! And stay tuned for the next article, Identifying Food Sensitivities.

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Kelly Hayford, C.N.C. is the award-winning author of If It’s Not Food Don’t Eat It! As a former chiropractic assistant and junk-food junkie turned nutrition and health coach, Kelly has helped thousands restore their health, energy and natural weight.

For more information on Eating for Health including a FREE REPORT ~ Secrets to Overcoming Unhealthy Food Cravings, visit:

Is Your Child’s Backpack a Source of Spinal Stress?

Boy with BackpackChiropractic tips for safe backpack use:
1. Wear both straps and avoid the one-strap styled back packs. Uneven distribution of the load causes postural compensations and spinal stress.
2. When putting on and removing backpacks, bend at the knees or have the pack at a higher level such as on a desk or table. Sudden twisting motion adds to the potential of injury.
3. Arrange the backpack so it rests evenly in the middle of the back. Shoulder straps should be adjusted to allow the child to put on and take off the backpack without difficulty and permit free movement of the arms. Straps should not be too loose, and the backpack should not extend below the lower back.
4. Keep the load at 10-15% or less of the student’s bodyweight.
5. Carry only those items that are required for the day. Request additional textbooks to be kept at home instead of hauling heavy books to and from school.
6. Organize the contents of the backpack by placing the heaviest items closest to the wearer's back.
Modified excerpt from: Is Your Child’s Backpack a
Source of Spinal Stress? by Jeanne Ohm, DC.
Read more in Pathways:

Ease Into Wellness

Man with boy looking through telescopeOne day not so 
long ago, a practice member named Craig walked into our center with a slight limp. When I asked him what was wrong, he told me that he had been wrestling with his son A.J. and had hurt his knee. When I told him we’d take a look at it he replied, “Oh that’s OK, it will be fine by the end of the week.” Just then, a woman walked in and I heard Amy at the front desk greet her and ask her how she was doing. She replied to Amy, “Oh I’m fine today, but I just know I’m going to be in bad shape by the end of the week with the storm that’s on its way!” 

Albert Einstein once said, “The most important question you will ever ask yourself is whether this is or is not a friendly universe.” Dr. Einstein believed that your answer to this question would in fact be the most important decision you would ever make. The reason it would be so important is summed up in another of his famous quotations; “You cannot solve a problem with the same level of thinking that existed when it was created.” 

In our center for wholeness, we can see your answer to this question demonstrated in your attitude. You see, you either go through life with what we call a wellness mentality, or an illness mentality. People with an illness mentality expect that mainly unpleasant things will happen to them because they believe that the world is hostile, 

unpredictable and out of their control. On the other hand, those with a wellness mentality expect that mainly good things will happen in their lives because they believe that the world is friendly, and that they control and attract to themselves what happens to them through each of their thoughts, words and actions. In the story above, Craig was in a state of dis-ease, and yet he had a wellness mentality—a positive expectation that things would be good. The other woman was actually in a state of ease, and yet had an illness mentality– a certainty that things would go downhill for her. 

How do we develop, maintain and even expand a wellness mentality? Three things are necessary. 

1. A deliberate focus on moving toward what you want, as opposed to trying to move away from what you don’t want. 

2. A healthy lifestyle that allows your body to function properly, heal and continue growing. 

3. A clear neurological connection. 


Where does chiropractic fit into this equation? Interference in your nerve system causes your body to use energy at a much greater than normal rate. This rapid depletion of energy sends your body into survival mode and causes the highest thinking centers of your brain to shut down. With these parts of your brain shut down, do you think it is possible to see the world as friendly, or do you suppose that coming from a state of survival that you might interpret many (if not all) things as threatening? 

The chiropractic adjustment process restores the free flow of energy at a normal and natural rate; a rate that allows for ease of function in every cell, tissue, organ and organ system—including your brain! Your body goes out of survival mode and back into ease, allowing you to once again see the world as friendly. 


Modified excerpt from: Ease Into Wellness by Kevin Donka, DC. Read more in Pathways:

School Supply Drive: Only Two Weeks Left!!

BackPack DriveThe British Columbia Chiropractic Association (BCCA) is once again proud to support the Salvation Army's Backpack and School Supply Drive which runs from July 15 - September 11.  Along with several other committed partners, the BCCA will help to provide over 5,000 BC elementary school students with the best possible start at an education. Backpacks filled with paper, pencils and other essentials for learning will be distributed before the start of the next school year.

Help Us Help Kids:
From July 15 - September 11, drop off a donation of cash or unused school supplies to participating Starbucks, Staples and Fitness Town locations. Or make a $5 donation through your phone by simply texting "GIVEBC" to 45678.

What school supplies do kids need? Find a printable list at:
For more information on how to donate

Please help us help BC kids to get off to a great start this upcoming school year!

5 Weight Room Exercises You Should Ditch!

CanThere are more exercises available today than ever before.  Where 20 years ago we did basic exercises using a set of barbells and a bench, today we have choices:  dumbells, the bosu ball, the swiss ball, kettle bells, ropes, suspension training, etc.  Isn't it time then that we trimmed the fat from our exercise repertoire?

Here are 5 exercises that you might as well scrap and replace with something else.

Ditch This:  Shoulder Press:  This is a staple in the exercise world, but it has a couple of design flaws.  If you are sitting there is more pressure on the lumbar spine, and the weight you are lifting makes you more vulnerable.  It also requires you to fully twist your arm in external rotation and move it around, which can put strain on your shoulder muscles in a bad way.

Replace it with:  Standing lateral raise with a cable machine or exercise bands.  This allows you to sweep your shoulder through a larger range of motion with even resistance, allows you to stabilize your torso, and is in a friendlier standing position.


Prevention? Vitality? What's the difference?

TreeThere is more than one reason to visit a chiropractor.

A man with severe low-back pain might look over at the cheery woman reading a magazine in my reception room and say "what the heck does SHE need a chiropractor for?"  

Read the three reasons people visit a chiropractor, and guess which one she is.  


Rake without the Ache: Spring Gardening Tips

Plant & Rake

Gardening is a great outdoor activity anyone can enjoy. But, like any other location in the home, the garden is also a place where injury can occur.These helpful tips will keep your back in check and your garden in bloom.

Warm–up before you start

Before you get going, warm-up your muscles with a brisk 10 minute walk around the block or even on the spot. Swing your arms and lift your knees to enhance the benefits.


Follow your warm-up with these easy, low- impact stretches. Repeat each stretch five times. Relax and do not overextend when you stretch. Remember to take frequent stretch breaks while working in the yard.

Your sides

  1. Extend your right arm over your head.
  2. Bend toward the left from the waist.
  3. Hold for 15 seconds and repeat on the