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Healthy Living

At Gibbs NHC we believe health is more than just the absence of illness. To maintain health a person needs a healthy body, environment, lifestyle, nutrition and metal/emotional wellness. As well as treating the physical body, Dr. Gibbs can offer advice on healthy lifestyle choices, diet and nutrition, recommendations for nutritional supplements, Applied Kinesiology and other holistic services.




What is Applied Kinesiology 'Muscle Testing'?

Applied Kinesiology is a diagnostic tool developed by chiropractor George Goodheart, Jr. forty years ago. During the procedure, a strength resistance test is used to monitor the physiologic response to a physical, chemical or mental stimulus. The applied kinesiologist tests specific muscles for weakness and then attempts to determine the physical, neurological or biochemical cause.
The Applied kinesiology’s session includes an interactive assessment called a ‘functional neurologic evaluation’. Weakness in a muscle is believed to be related to the health of the area of the body being tested, as a result of the link between muscles, nerves and internal organs. The observed response is then correlated with clinical history and physical exam findings to identify potential health concerns.
Applied kinesiology is used by the chiropractic profession to treat structural imbalances and muscle or joint problems. It is also used as an indicator of organ dysfunction. Applied Kinesiology is also used to identify vitamins and mineral deficiencies, and in some cases, the examiner may test for environmental or food sensitivities.


What is Chinese food therapy?

Chinese food therapy (traditional Chinese: 食療;) is the belief in healing through the use of natural foods instead of, or in addition to medications.
Chinese food therapy dates back as early as 2000 BC. The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine, also known as the Huangdi Neijing, which was written around 300 BC, was most important in forming the basis of Chinese food therapy. It classified food by four food groups, five tastes and by their natures and characteristics.
For example, in Chinese food therapy, foods are categorized as yin and yang. Yang foods are believed to increase the body's heat (e.g. raise the metabolism), while Yin foods are believed to decrease the body's heat (e.g. lower the metabolism). The Chinese ideal is to eat both types of food to keep the body in balance. An unbalances diet can lead to disease, for example, a person eating too much Yang food might suffer from acne and bad breath, while a person eating too much Yin food might be lethargic or anemic.


What is Veganism?

Are you considering Veganism, Vegetarianism or other diet changes? Drs. Ed and Mary Ann have been practicing vegans for over thirty years. If you are considering a change to a healthier way of eating, they would be happy to give you advice, share their experience, or even swap favorite recipes.
Not ready to go completely vegan? Dr. Gibbs can offer other advice on a healthy, balanced diet that is right for your body type and fits your lifestyle.


*Look for the "Recipe of the Month" feature coming soon to our blog.

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