February 2, 2016

Enhancing Neural Plasticity – Max Cynader

“Neurons that fire together, wire together,” says Max Cynader, a well-regarded Canadian Ophthalmologist and Neuroscientist, as he takes the TED Talks stage. It might be a common phrase to anyone who studied psychology at school, but to scientists and researchers, its applications are far from academic. It’s all rooted in the idea that “Contiguity breeds connectivity.” We often say that the Nervous System is contiguous, that it is a vast but interconnected system where the actions of one part of it somehow touch the other aspects of the Nervous System. For Max Cynader his life’s work has meant an incredibly […]
February 2, 2016

Epigenetics: Why Your Genetic Future Isn’t Set In Stone

For decades, the central dogma of genetics told us that our DNA dictated our future, that at the moment of conception our health destiny was set in stone. We believed that DNA was the molecule that controlled our life, programming us towards certain health realities. It was an inheritance that shaped our future. The DNA passed information down to the RNA which passed information to the protein. We were the protein and the expression of our genes. We couldn’t pass information back up the chain, therefore we could not impact our DNA. The implication was that we could not improve […]
January 28, 2016

Can The Mind Heal The Body? Why Compassionate Care Matters

The philosophy of vitalism that many chiropractors subscribe to holds that the force that sustains the body, heals the body. It’s a philosophical standpoint that some love and others are neutral to. After all, we have a mounting pile of proof that chiropractic works. We have thousands of happy people leaving our practices feeling better, living better, and regaining health. Isn’t that what matters at the end of the day? Let us take pause to consider this though: if the body (and its master, the mind) can indeed heal itself, where is the evidence? According to Lissa Rankin MD, a […]
January 26, 2016

Stress On The Spine: The Downside Of Prolific Social Media Use

Ten short years ago, a great postural concern for chiropractors was the way backpacks were worn by students and young people. They were commonly slung over one shoulder, often heavily weighted with text books and other items. It took some time for this trend to change. In 2015, it is far more common to see the backpack worn over both shoulders – still too low in most cases, but a move in the right direction. However, a new postural concern has entered the arena, and it has to do with smartphones, texting and social media usage. According to numerous surveys, […]
January 21, 2016

The Impacts Of Electromagnetic Stimulation On Sleep

For some, bedtime is relaxing. The cares of the day fall away as you are lulled into the land of nod, where you rest and recharge before awaking fresh and ready to face the new day. For many others, this scenario is but a dream. Bedtime for them is a time of frustration marred by the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep. Data now shows us that up to 35% of adults have brief symptoms of insomnia, 15-20% have short-term insomnia and around 10% have chronic insomnia [1]. Perhaps it wasn’t always so. The Hunter-Gatherer’s brain would have easily […]
January 19, 2016

Gamifying Research: How MIT Is Mapping The Brain

Of all the organs in the body, the brain is surely the most complex. So much so that despite the all the advancements of the modern age, no computer equaling its flexibility and processing power has yet been developed. There are literally billions of neurons and synapses that make up this complex system, hence mapping it on a cellular level has been a task so big that it has not been attempted – that is until now. Imagine the potential discoveries that could be made if we could see inside the brain, and see the neuronal pathways as they crisscross […]